Mayer Brown was commended by the Financial Times in its 2017 North America “Innovative Lawyers” report in two categories. The highly regarded publication recognized Mayer Brown’s innovation in: 

  • Accessing New Markets and Capital: Mayer Brown secured capital for Chicago Fundamental Investment Partners (CFIP) from non-profit educational body Academic Group applying tracking units to the traditional collateral loan obligations (CLOs) used. This first-of-its-kind structure allowed Academic Group to take a minority interest in CFIP and make investment returns. The Mayer Brown team was led by Chicago-based Banking & Finance partner Paul Forrester.
  • Rule of Law and Access to Justice: The firm negotiated with the US Department of Justice to secure safe passage for two Yemeni brothers and members of another Yemeni family after they were sent back on a plane to Yemen in the wake of the January 2017 executive order on immigration. The Mayer Brown team was led by Litigation & Dispute Resolution partners Andrew Pincus and Paul Hughes (both Washington DC).

For the 2017 report, the Financial Times received over 500 submissions from 79 law firms and legal service providers, which were evaluated by RSG Consulting in follow-up interviews with clients, lawyers and other experts.