Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 16 lawyers worldwide to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.

“Each one of these talented lawyers embodies our Firm’s commitment to world-class client service,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Paul Theiss. “By promoting them to counsel, we are pleased to recognize their many contributions to our clients and the Firm.”

The new counsel are:

Maria A. Alevras-Chen, Banking & Finance, Chicago
A Banking & Finance counsel in Chicago, Maria Alevras-Chen focuses on complex international and domestic financings, including bond and equity issuances, leveraged finance, project finance and structured finance. Ms. Alevras-Chen also has experience with real estate fund formation and restructurings. She represents lenders of all types in various deal roles, such as arranger, administrative agent, underwriter and/or placement agent as well as borrowers.

James Ancone, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York
Jim Ancone is a counsel in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice in Mayer Brown's New York office. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts. A member of the Firm’s Banking & Finance Litigation practice, Mr. Ancone has significant experience representing domestic and foreign banks and directors and officers in shareholder disputes, securities fraud, common law fraud, and breach of contract actions, including actions pertaining to the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), and other complex financial products.

Wayne K.W. Cheng, Real Estate, Hong Kong
Wayne Cheng is a Real Estate counsel in Hong Kong. He acts for many major developers in Hong Kong in the establishment and subsequent sale of large-scale developments involving hundreds to over a thousand units. He is also known for his expertise in the regulatory regimes governing project sales of the Lands Department and the Sales of First-hand Residential Properties Authority. Finally, Mr. Cheng advises on the restructuring of properties holding portfolios, including “court-free” statutory amalgamation under the new Companies Ordinance, and stamp duty issues, as well as real estate aspects of the sale and purchase of property holding companies.

Robert E. Entwisle, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Chicago
A Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Chicago, Bob Entwisle represents domestic and international companies and other clients in antitrust litigation and investigations. His experience includes matters involving price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, and monopolization. Mr. Entwisle also focuses on the financial services sector, where, in addition to his antitrust work, he has represented multinational banks in cross-border regulatory investigations and litigation involving claims of fraud, violations of commodities and securities laws, and market manipulation.

Rosalyn J. Han, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Beijing
Rosalyn Han, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Beijing, advises clients in relation to domestic and international arbitration before major arbitration institutions such as CIETAC, HKIAC and DIAC. Her experience covers all types of construction disputes, including those related to payment, valuation and measurement, delay and disruption, design and other professional liabilities; issues arising from defective works and contract termination; and the enforcement of performance security.

Neal Handa, Banking & Finance, London
Neal Handa, who is a London-based counsel in the Banking & Finance practice, has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting a wide range of international financing transactions, with a particular focus on structured finance and securitization. Mr. Handa regularly helps clients achieve specific goals within the context of a transaction, including the financing of a new asset class and/or in an unfamiliar jurisdiction, novel credit enhancement structures and particular accounting, tax or regulatory treatment.

Sara E. Hess, Government and Global Trade, Chicago
A Chicago-based counsel in the Government & Global Trade practice, Sara Hess focuses on infrastructure and construction transactions and public law. She advises public- and private-sector clients on complex projects across the US, with a particular emphasis on public-private partnership (P3) transactions and alternative project delivery. Ms. Hess has wide-ranging experience representing owners, developers, lenders and contractors in procurement and negotiation of infrastructure and construction transactions involving transportation, higher education, hospital and healthcare, industrial and commercial real estate projects.

Felicia P.Y. Lee, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong
Felicia Lee is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Hong Kong. She has experience advising on construction disputes, including claims arising from construction defects, plants and equipment issues, delayed completions and variations. Ms. Lee has assisted in drafting construction project documentation. She has also advised on rating issues, work safety issues, damage to underground cables, and rating appeals.

Evelyn W.J. Lok, Banking & Finance, Hong Kong
A Banking & Finance counsel in Hong Kong, Evelyn Lok focuses on aviation and shipping finance. In the aviation industry, she has experience in cross-border commercial aircraft financing and leasing. She has acted for banks and other lenders, lessors and airlines on a number of commercial aviation matters. Ms. Lok also acts on general aircraft transactions, including the financing, management, sale and purchase of corporate jets, sale and purchase of commercial aircraft and procurement of equipment for airlines and lessors.

Chris Roberts, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London
A Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in London, Chris Roberts acts for clients on internal and criminal investigations, including those brought by prosecutors such as the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice. He advises clients on their policies and procedures relating to the UK Bribery Act 2010 and the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017. Mr. Roberts is also an experienced litigator with a background in financial services disputes, representing clients in complex multi-party and multi-jurisdictional litigation, as well as in arbitration and mediation.

Jonathan R. Rosaluk, Banking & Finance, Chicago

Jonathan Rosaluk, a Banking & Finance counsel in Chicago, focuses his practice on representing financial institutions, investment funds and corporate borrowers in a variety of secured and unsecured finance transactions, including subscription-backed credit facilities, bi-lateral loans, bridge loans, acquisition financing arrangements and asset-based financings. Mr. Rosaluk also has extensive experience representing both domestic and foreign issuers, underwriters, asset-backed commercial paper conduits and investors in capital markets transactions.

Wei Na Sim, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong

Wei Na Sim is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Hong Kong. She specializes in litigation and investigations, with a focus in financial services-related matters. Before joining Mayer Brown, Ms. Sim practiced in Singapore for more than nine years, advising publicly listed companies, banks, insurers, financial institutions and intermediaries and inter-dealer brokers in matters at all levels of Singapore courts. Those matters involved novel issues of law in multiple jurisdictions.

Miller Smith, Banking & Finance, Charlotte
A Banking & Finance counsel in Charlotte, Miller Smith focuses her practice on structured finance and real estate finance matters. In this capacity, she has represented underwriters, mortgage loan sellers and servicers in connection with commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions. Ms. Smith has also represented borrowers and lenders in commercial and residential mortgage warehouse facilities. Finally, she has advised clients in connection with regulatory matters, including risk retention, Regulation AB II and Rule 15Ga-1.

Evan M. Wooten, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles
Evan Wooten, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Los Angeles, is an experienced civil litigator who focuses on privacy, consumer class action defense and actions by public officials and public enforcement bodies. He assists clients in drafting agreements, policies, and terms of use to minimize litigation and government investigations. A member of Mayer Brown's Consumer Litigation & Class Action and Commercial Litigation groups, Mr. Wooten has represented clients in telecommunications, false claims, false advertising, unfair competition, foreign commerce and consumer protection matters.