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Mayer Brown announced today that leading global leveraged finance lawyer Scott Zemser has rejoined the firm in New York as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice, where he will serve as a co-leader of the global Lending group. Previously, Mr. Zemser was a partner at Allen & Overy, where he served as global co-head of that firm’s leveraged finance practice, and prior to that he was a partner at White & Case. Mr. Zemser began his career at Mayer Brown.

“Scott is highly regarded as a market leading leveraged finance and restructuring lawyer and it’s a privilege to welcome him back to the firm,” said Paul Jorissen, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Banking & Finance practice. “His extensive knowledge of both US and global leveraged finance markets, exceptional reputation representing financial institutions as lenders in leveraged finance and acquisition finance transactions and restructuring, and deep relationships in the financial community, will enhance our cross-office, cross-border and cross-practice finance offerings.”

Mr. Zemser has more than 25 years of experience practicing in the US and international leveraged finance markets and represents banks and other financial institutions in their capacities as lead arrangers, underwriters and participants across all types of financings, including acquisition, tender and bridge financings, investment grade financings, secured high-yield debt securities and asset-based financings. He also represents lenders in connection with complex workouts and restructurings.

“Mayer Brown’s sophisticated global finance and restructuring platform, coupled with the firm’s collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to solving clients’ complex business needs and its strong US presence, were the key factors in my decision to rejoin the firm,” said Mr. Zemser. “I look forward to working with my colleagues across the globe, including many longstanding friends, to continue to grow the global leveraged finance and restructuring practices and build upon Mayer Brown’s top-tier finance offering.”

“It’s an exciting time to welcome Scott back to our expanding New York office and firm,” said Richard Spehr, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s New York office. “Scott’s finance practice adds a new dimension to the existing work handled by our world-class banking and finance, litigation and restructuring practices on behalf of our historic financial institution client base. His addition also builds on the steady growth of the New York office, which has added nearly a dozen notable laterals in the past few years, including Dan Stein, former chief of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York’s Criminal Division.”