November 07, 2022

Mayer Brown expands digital infrastructure capabilities with addition of three-lawyer team led by Emily Naughton in DC

Mayer Brown announced today that Emily Naughton has joined the firm as a partner in its Real Estate Markets practice and Projects & Infrastructure team in Washington DC, along with associates Whitney Smith and Sarah Mernin. They join from Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

“Structuring and negotiating transactions to support real estate matters, including the specific issues related to digital infrastructure, require a thorough understanding of highly technical issues and operational complexities,” said Brian Aronson, leader of Mayer Brown's Real Estate Markets practice. ”Emily’s in-depth understanding of the technology powering the cloud and the market for cloud services will be valuable to our clients as we expand our digital infrastructure capabilities to match increasing opportunities for strategic investors.”

Emily advises clients on a broad array of commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on digital infrastructure and cloud computing. She represents data center owners, developers, operators, and investors globally in connection with acquisition and development projects, disposition and transition of data center facilities, and data center leases and collocation agreements.

“Digital infrastructure is an increasingly important asset class to our infrastructure investor clients,” said Joe Seliga, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Projects & Infrastructure team. “Emily and her team bring immense market knowledge and a long track record of experience that will benefit our clients investing in the digital infrastructure space.”

“The digital infrastructure industry continues to evolve and expand globally as data-driven technologies proliferate and consumer demand for content grows,” said Emily. “Mayer Brown is one of the few firms that can provide a one-stop approach to clients in this industry with its vast multidisciplinary capabilities, global reach, and dedication to the highest level of client service.”

“Emily’s arrival signals our ongoing commitment to enhancing the depth of our digital infrastructure offerings to clients across industries,” added Liz Espín Stern, the managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office. “Her established leadership and shared commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our profession also makes for a strong cultural fit.”

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