For the sixth consecutive year, the Financial Times has ranked Mayer Brown among the most innovative North American law firms in the publication’s annual special report, “North America Innovative Lawyers.” Mayer Brown has been recognized in the report each year that it has been published.

The report recognized Mayer Brown’s innovation with three rankings in two categories—“Expanding Clients’ Business” and “Protecting Clients’ Business.”

  • Expanding Clients’ Business: Mayer Brown was “Highly Commended” for its response “to the poor performance of 401k retirement plans by helping to create alternative investment vehicles, giving [such plans] access to high performance funds.” The Mayer Brown team was led by Chicago ERISA partner Lennine Occhino.
  • Protecting Clients’ Business: Mayer Brown also was “Highly Commended” for using a state law procedure known as an Article 77 proceeding “to an unprecedented level” to get judicial approval of a deal for The Bank of New York Mellon involving 1.6 million loans. The Mayer Brown team was led by New York Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Matthew Ingber.
  • Protecting Clients’ Business: Finally, Mayer Brown was “Commended” for “protecting UCB and Schwarz Pharma from the practice of alleging injury from a branded drug where only the generic had been used” and the firm’s key role in convincing “over 100 courts to rule in [the clients’] favour.” The Mayer Brown team was led by New York Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Hank Bullock.

For the 2015 report, the Financial Times received nearly 300 submissions and nominations, which were researched by RSG Consulting via follow-up interviews with clients, lawyers and experts.