Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced the promotion of 16 lawyers worldwide to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2018.

“Each of these outstanding lawyers demonstrates the superior work ethic, legal skills and dedication to world-class client service that are at the heart of our business,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Paul Theiss. “We are pleased to recognize through these promotions their many contributions to our clients and the firm.”

The new counsel are:

Michelle J. Annunziata, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York
Michelle Annunziata, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in New York, focuses her practice on complex commercial and financial services litigation. Her experience includes cross-border internal and government investigations involving the DOJ, CFTC, SEC and IRS. Her experience also includes numerous contract disputes, lender liability matters, federal securities litigation and international arbitrations. Ms. Annunziata has represented both national and multinational corporations in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Chad Clamage, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Chicago
Chad Clamage, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Chicago, is a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice. He focuses on brief writing and legal strategy at every stage of the case, from the trial court to the appellate courts and, ultimately, the US Supreme Court. Mr. Clamage possesses extensive experience in class action law and environmental law, especially with respect to environmental mass torts and actions based upon the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. He also has managed dozens of railroad litigation matters.

Katherine H. Dean, Employment & Benefits, Chicago
Katherine Dean is a counsel in the Employment & Benefits practice in Chicago. She advises clients on a wide variety of issues involving employee benefits and executive compensation. Her practice includes the design, implementation, communication, administration and amendment of tax-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements, equity-based compensation plans, and health and welfare plans. Ms. Dean also advises clients on employee benefits issues in global and domestic corporate transactions.

Peter W. Denton, Government Relations & Public Law, Washington DC
Peter Denton, a Government Relations & Public Law counsel in Washington DC, advises clients on railroad regulatory and commercial issues, including rail line construction and acquisitions, mergers, operating and shared use agreements, and the application of railroad labor laws. He regularly represents railroads and other parties before federal regulatory agencies and courts on railroad matters. In addition, Mr. Denton advises clients on innovative delivery methods to develop large-scale transportation infrastructure projects and federal and state legislative and regulatory matters related to transportation infrastructure.

Danuta de Vries, Banking & Finance, London
Danuta de Vries, a London-based counsel in the Banking & Finance practice, has extensive experience acting for banks, financial institutions and a variety of borrowing entities on a broad range of domestic and international finance transactions, particularly in the areas of project finance, export finance, real estate finance and asset based lending. Ms. de Vries’ project finance work focuses on the mining and minerals sector. She has vast experience working in emerging market jurisdictions, including in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Wilson Y.W. Fung, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong
Wilson Fung, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Hong Kong, advises on commercial and corporate disputes. He has experience advising on financial services-related disputes and regulatory matters. Mr. Fung worked as an in-house counsel at the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong for over three years. He speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Amita Kaur Haylock, Intellectual Property, Hong Kong
Amita Kaur Haylock is an Intellectual Property counsel in Hong Kong. She focuses on intellectual property, competition and commercial litigation across a broad range of industries, and she also advises on telecommunications, broadcasting and information technology matters. Ms. Haylock has experience in advising both plaintiffs and defendants in relation to a broad range of commercial and intellectual property disputes including breach of a variety of commercial contracts and licensing agreements, infringement of intellectual property rights and for breach of confidence.

Patrick Hennessy, Corporate & Securities, London
A London-based counsel in the Corporate & Securities practice, Patrick Hennessy focuses on private M&A transactions (including cross-border deals), acting on behalf of purchasers, sellers and targets. He has a particular focus on private equity, as well as joint ventures and co-investment deals and structures. Mr. Hennessy also concentrates on corporate finance and corporate governance work and advises on restructurings and non-contentious insolvency matters.

Melissa L. Kilcoyne, Banking & Finance, Chicago
A Chicago-based counsel in the Banking & Finance practice, Melissa Kilcoyne has experience structuring complex securitization and other financing transactions across a wide variety of asset classes, including retail auto loans and leases, dealer floorplan loans, student loans, credit card receivables and more esoteric asset classes such as solar assets. Ms. Kilcoyne focuses her practice on representing issuers, sponsors, underwriters and initial purchasers in public and private asset-backed securitizations, including guiding clients through the shelf registration process with the SEC.

Vanessa Klesy, Employment & Benefits, Frankfurt
A Frankfurt-based counsel in the Employment & Benefits group, Vanessa Klesy represents national and international clients in all individual and collective employment law matters, including, but not limited to, the preparation, conclusion and termination of employment and service agreements, business and workforce restructurings, outsourcing transactions, employee leasing and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Klesy also focuses on global employee mobility and data protection law.

Joanna C. Nicholas, Banking & Finance, Chicago
Joanna Nicholas, a Chicago-based Banking & Finance counsel, focuses on securitization and structured finance transactions, with an emphasis on CLO transactions and mortgage-related facilities of residential mortgage loans. Ms. Nicholas is experienced in representing CLO clients in connection with warehousing, new originations, refinancings and resets. In addition, she has represented clients with respect to purchases, sales and servicing of real estate assets, including repurchase facilities.

Robert Patterson, Real Estate, London
Robert Patterson is a Real Estate counsel based in London. He has extensive experience acting for investors, funds, property companies, banks and developers in all kinds of investments, as well as in development and finance transactions. Among other London-based transactions, Mr. Patterson has acted on the sale of the Leadenhall Building (the Cheesegrater); the acquisition of Aldwych House; and the acquisition of the Ampersand Building.

Kirsten Schürmann, Banking & Finance, Frankfurt
A Frankfurt-based counsel in the Banking & Finance practice, Kirsten Schürmann advises on banking and finance, securitization and capital markets issues. Ms. Schürmann advises clients on national and international matters across a broad spectrum of asset-based lending transactions, securitizations (with a focus on German auto loan and consumer loan transactions), real estate finance and distressed debt transactions.

Tim Shepherd, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London
A Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in London, Tim Shepherd has extensive experience defending complex, high-value and high-profile claims, often with a trusts, pensions or tax-related background, brought against a wide range of professionals – including solicitors, trustees, accountants and actuaries. Mr. Shepherd is experienced in handling High Court litigation and has been involved in resolving a substantial number of disputes by way of arbitration and mediation. He has also assisted professional advisers facing regulatory investigations.

Tamsin Travers, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London
Tamsin Travers is a counsel working in the construction and engineering non-contentious team in London. Her experience includes drafting and advising on all aspects of national and international construction contracts using both bespoke and standard forms such as JCT, NEC and FIDIC. Ms. Travers also provides procurement and drafting advice to clients involved in mining projects in various geographical regions.

Sam Webster, Corporate & Securities, London
Sam Webster, a London-based counsel in the Corporate & Securities practice, focuses on corporate finance, private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital. Mr. Webster has particular experience in the energy sector and is a member of the firm’s global energy group. From 2012-2013, Sam was seconded to Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, and he regularly advises clients on inbound and outbound investments to and from Brazil and on other Brazil-related transactions.