Mayer Brown announced today that the firm has been profiled by Law360 as a “Global 20” firm. Earlier, Mayer Brown was named to the list for the sixth consecutive year. The list recognizes the 20 law firms that had “the biggest global presence and handled the most large, significant and groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year,” according to the publication. Mayer Brown has been ranked every year since the list’s inception. View the article.

In the profile, Mayer Brown Chairman Paul Theiss said the firm's rapid expansion over the last 15 years to its current 23 offices is a conscious effort to meet the specific needs of major clients on their turf. “We will never be a law firm, in my opinion, with 45 or 50 international offices. That’s not who we are. Our growth has been and will be controlled and strategic, and always built around the needs of our clients,” Theiss told Law360. “The needs of our clients are global needs, and we’re able to meet them around the world.”

In the past year, Mayer Brown opened an office in Mexico City and announced a new Dubai office in December. The firm also entered into a “correspondent firm arrangement” with Moroccan firm Afrique Advisors and recently partnered with the firm Jingtian & Gongcheng in the People's Republic of China, which Theiss called a “major leap in capability.” According to Mayer Brown’s Asia region head Terence Tung, The Jingtian partnership has been a boon. “We’ve been working very closely with them, resulting in quite a number of significant referrals between the two firms,” Tung said.

Law360 emphasized Mayer Brown’s extensive reach and “ability to handle the most complex cross-border situations” and “ground-breaking deals.” The publication highlighted a number of recent matters, including:

• Advising Beijing Enterprises on its acquisition of EEW Energy from Waste GmbH from Swedish investor EQT for €1.44 billion ($1.6 billion), marking the largest-ever direct investment in a German company by a Chinese buyer;

• Successfully defending recliner part maker Changzhou Kaidi Electrical Co. Ltd. and its US sales arm in a Maryland federal court; and

• Advising Yum Brands Inc. as it readied a major spinoff of its China division, expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

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