London - Leading global law firm Mayer Brown has strengthened its London debt capital markets offering with the hire of Corporate Trust and Agency expert Gary Silverman as of counsel. This senior hire is part of an ongoing, global initiative to further strengthen Mayer Brown's capital markets offering in key financial centres in Europe, the United States and Asia. It also highlights the global coverage Mayer Brown offers to its corporate trust and agency clients in all areas of international finance.

Gary, a senior English debt capital markets lawyer, joins Mayer Brown from Allen & Overy, where he specialised in advising providers of corporate trustee and agency services on a broad range of issues and products, including stand-alone bond offerings, medium term note programmes, securitisations, repackagings and other types of asset-backed and structured finance transactions. Gary also has significant experience in advising on post-issue matters, such as restructurings, defaults and, generally, on the exercise of trustee powers, duties and discretions.

Gary's arrival in the firm's London office closely follows the hire of equity capital markets partner Greg Stonefield from White & Case in September 2013 and the addition of structured finance and securitisation partners David O’Connor (also from Allen & Overy) and Richard Todd (who rejoined Mayer Brown from Berwin Leighton Paisner) in October 2013. Other recent strategic additions to Mayer Brown's capital markets practice in London include the hire of debt capital markets partner James Taylor from Allen & Overy in 2012 and the relocation of US capital markets partner Robert Flanigan from the firm's Paris office to London in 2013.

Dominic Griffiths, Head of Banking & Finance in London, said: "We are delighted to add another accomplished lawyer to our steadily expanding capital markets team. Gary's appointment highlights our long-standing and continuing commitment to further bolster our capital markets presence in London and Europe.

Our focus on the capital markets space over the last two to three years has already led to a steady stream of high-profile instructions across the full range of capital markets transactions, including multi-billion dollar SEC-registered offerings for the firm's blue chip corporate clients, initial public offerings (IPOs), rights issues, standalone offerings of both retail and whole-sale debt, high yield and convertible bond offerings, medium term note programme establishments and sovereign debt offerings in the emerging markets. Gary’s arrival will help us to capitalise further on these achievements."

Ashley Katz, Joint Head of Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency in London, commented: "Gary’s extensive experience advising corporate trustees and agents not only in the transactional context, but also in the post-issue context, including in distressed and default scenarios, makes him a welcome additional resource for our Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Insolvency team."

Gary said: "It is an exciting time to be joining Mayer Brown as the firm's experienced corporate trust lawyers in the US and Asia look to strengthen their offering in London. I was particularly attracted by the firm's global platform, top tier structured finance and derivatives practices and extensive US capabilities. I'm delighted to be joining Mayer Brown and look forward to working with the Banking and Finance group to further strengthen the services offered to clients."