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Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Gabriela Kennedy and Dr. Jochen Seitz are recognized by International Law Office (ILO) as 2015 Client Choice award winners for IT & Internet in Hong Kong and Capital Markets in Germany. The awards recognize law firms and lawyers around the world that stand apart for excellent client service.

ILO Client Choice award winners were selected based on their ability to add real value to their clients’ business. Winners could only be nominated by their corporate counsel clients where they were asked to rate the nominees on the following client service criteria: quality of legal advice, value for money, commercial awareness, effective communication, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, response time, sharing of expertise and use of technology.

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Gabriela Kennedy is a partner of Mayer Brown and head of the Asia IP and TMT group. She is also co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Intellectual Property practice. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, media, information technology and telecommunications law. On the information technology side, Gabriela's particular expertise includes advising on complex IT transactions and projects, IT outsourcing, cloud-computing, mobile payments, smart card projects, the regulation of encryption technology, software licensing, and disputes stemming from failed IT projects. She has been involved with a number of international organisations in discussions involving standard setting for the cross-border transfer of data and the formulation of strategies to deal with cyber-security. Her clients said she provides “consistently clear and practical legal advice” as well as “excellent services on IP and IT work, including contentious and non contentious.”

Dr. Jochen Seitz is partner in the Frankfurt office and also heads Mayer Brown’s Banking & Finance group in Germany and is European Head of Capital Markets. Jochen advises consortium banks and issuers on the entire range of debt capital markets and derivatives transactions, including investment grade bonds, debt issuance programs, structured notes, securitized derivatives and OTC derivatives as well as certificates of indebtedness (Schuldscheine). He is author in one of the leading legal commentaries on the German Securities Prospectus Act. Furthermore, his practice covers financial services where he advises banks, exchanges and other infrastructure providers among others in connection with the trading of commodity derivatives and cross-border financial services as well as on current changes on European level, especially MiFID II/MiFIR and EMIR.