"Highly knowledgeable, gives practical advice and delivers excellent client service"
Chambers UK 2012


Paul de Bernier is the office practice leader in Los Angeles for Mayer Brown’s Corporate & Securities practice. He is an experienced US corporate and securities lawyer whose practice focuses on M&A, capital markets and other corporate transactions, including joint ventures, private equity, venture capital and restructuring. Paul regularly advises on US and international commercial contracts, including sales, agency and distribution, supplier, joint ventures and collaborations, manufacturing, logistics and licensing arrangements. He also advises management and boards on corporate governance and regulatory matters.

Paul spent a number of years in Mayer Brown’s London office, where he led the US corporate and securities group. Ranked as a key individual, one client enthused that Paul is “highly knowledgeable, gives practical advice and delivers excellent client service,” notes Chambers UK 2012. He “excels in tough negotiations” (Legal 500, 2011). He is a “top quality lawyer, insightful and responsive” (2010), has a “great reputation” (2009) and provides “excellent, remarkable service and superb quality” (2008).

Paul’s experience includes US, European and Asian capital markets, cross-border M&A and advising clients with international operations, including non-US clients investing in the US. Paul is active in media/entertainment and clean energy transactions and is co-chair of our India practice and an active member of our China and East Asia practices.

Paul has lived for extensive periods in India, the UK and the US and is fluent in Hindi and conversant in French.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Hindi
  • French


SOAS, University of London, LLM, BA

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, JD


  • California


  • Board member, LA’s Promise
  • Board member, Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (Western Division)