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Mayer Brown announced today that Brian McKenna has joined the firm in Hong Kong as a partner in its Corporate & Securities practice.

Joining from Debevoise & Plimpton in Hong Kong, Mr. McKenna is a distinguished international lawyer who represents private equity sponsors, financial institutions and fund managers on corporate and investment transactions in both New York and Hong Kong across a wide range of industries, including insurance, financial services and TMT (telecommunications, media and technology). He has advised global and regional clients across the Asia-Pacific region on a variety of investment transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic control investments and buy-outs, pre-IPO and cornerstone investments, PIPEs (private investments in publicly-traded companies) and secondary investment transactions.

“With a broad platform of institutional clients in Asia-Pacific and globally, we are excited to offer Brian's regional experience and high-quality execution capabilities to our clients,” said Jason T. Elder, a partner and global co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Corporate & Securities practice. “With robust activity in the region, and an increase in both inbound and outbound transactions, Brian’s arrival significantly enhances our ability to serve our clients’ increasingly complex needs.”

“I am excited to join Mayer Brown in Hong Kong,” commented Mr. McKenna. “The firm’s extensive global capabilities and experience across multiple practice areas provides a decisive advantage in serving clients in Asia and elsewhere. I look forward to helping expand our global Corporate & Securities practice as we continue to forge long-term relationships with our clients by supporting them in their strategic corporate and investment transactions.”

“The addition of Brian to our team in Hong Kong represents the latest strategic hire by Mayer Brown in Asia,” added Terence Tung, the senior partner of Mayer Brown. “His appointment follows a number of important recent partner additions to our team in Asia. These hires demonstrate our long-standing commitment to Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as Mayer Brown's commitment to adding partners with the skill sets and experience that our clients need.”