Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that the 2012 edition of Legal 500 United States ranked the firm’s practices in 32 categories, including top-tier rankings in six categories:

• Finance – Structured Finance;
• Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate: Appellate;
• Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate: Supreme Court;
• Media, Technology and Telecoms – Technology: Outsourcing;
• Tax – Domestic Tax: Central; and
• Tax – Tax Controversy.

Legal 500 US also lists 16 Mayer Brown partners as “Leading Lawyers” in their practice categories. Following are comments from the publication about Mayer Brown’s top-tier practice rankings.

Finance – Structured Finance
“Mayer Brown is ‘one of the top firms nationally for structured products and is truly unmatched in the non-mortgage ABS space.’ The well-rounded practice is considered a ‘very strong player’ and has seen a resurgence of securitization in the M&A market, as well as an increase in auto loans. The team is well versed in the new issues hitting the industry such as regulatory changes and RMBS reform and restructuring.”

Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate: Appellate and Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate: Supreme Court
“Mayer Brown’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice melds ‘outstanding written advocacy, excellent judgment, and legal knowledge’, and has argued 13 cases over the last three Supreme Court terms. Praise abounds for the litigators of this firm, each of whom is ‘a brilliant and open-minded legal thinker, an expert written and oral communicator, and a business-savvy and trusted team partner.’ The firm has a broad appellate practice, with 21 attorneys active in 2011 across 18 federal and state courts.”

Media, Technology and Telecoms – Technology: Outsourcing
“Mayer Brown’s 50-attorney practice is an acknowledged leader in this field, representing national and international clients in large-scale outsourcing mandates. The ‘proactive’ group’s size and international scope make it first choice for clients, who commend its ‘deep and broad industry knowledge’. The team covers information technology outsourcing (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO), including multi-sourcing, next generation strategic sourcing, renegotiations, disputes and terminations, as well as issues surrounding offshore providers, facilities management, spin-offs and divestitures. The practice is highly experienced in niche areas of sourcing, including facilities management, telecoms and privacy.”

Tax – Domestic Tax: Central
Mayer Brown’s Chicago-based domestic practice handles tax controversy, transfer pricing, M&A, tax planning and advisory work, financing, corporate transactions, insurance and reinsurance matters, providing ‘a quality work product’ where ‘timeliness and responsiveness of the service is outstanding’.”

Tax – Tax Controversy
The tax controversy and transfer pricing practice at Mayer Brown is ‘at the absolute top of the profession in this area’, with ‘a deep bench when it comes to controversy work’. The team is one of the largest in the US, with approximately 40 lawyers dedicated primarily to tax disputes. While the practice supports other departments when required, it prides itself on the fact that clients often engage the firm solely for the controversy expertise on offer.”

Partners listed by Legal 500 US as “Leading Lawyers” in their practice categories are:

• Scott Davis, Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts – M&A: Large Deals
• Paul Forrester, Finance – Structured Finance
• Dale Giali, Litigation – Trade Secrets
• Kenneth Klein, Tax – International Tax
• Jason Kravitt, Finance – Structured Finance
• Larry Langdon, Tax – Tax Controversy
• Ted Livingston, Media, Technology and Telecoms – Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory
• Barry Machlin, Finance – Project Finance
• John Mancini, Litigation – Trade Secrets
• Dan Masur, Media, Technology and Telecoms – Technology: Outsourcing
• Brad Peterson, Media, Technology and Telecoms – Technology: Outsourcing
• Andrew Pincus, Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate
• Paul Roy, Media, Technology and Telecoms – Technology: Outsourcing
• Stephen Shapiro, Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate
• Jon Van Gorp, Finance – Structured Finance
• Joel Williamson, Tax – Tax Controversy

Following is a complete list of the practice categories in which Mayer Brown is ranked in the 2012 edition of Legal 500 US.

• Asset Finance and Leasing
• Bank Lending
• Capital Markets: Debt Offerings
• Capital Markets: Equity Offerings
• Capital Markets: Global Offerings
• Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings
• Corporate Restructuring
• Financial Services: Regulatory
• Project Finance
• Structured Finance

Industry Focus
• Environment: Litigation
• Insurance: Advice to Insurers
• Insurance: Non-Contentious

Intellectual Property
• Patent Litigation: Full Coverage
• Trademarks: Litigation

Investment Fund Formation and Management
• Private Equity Funds

Labor and Employment
• Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

• Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort
• Supreme Court and Appellate: Appellate
• Supreme Court and Appellate: Supreme Court
• Trade Secrets
• White-Collar Criminal Defense

Media, Technology and Telecoms
• Technology: Data Protection and Privacy
• Technology: Outsourcing
• Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory

Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts
• Antitrust
• M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-5bn)

Real Estate and Construction
• Real Estate

• Domestic Tax: Central
• Domestic Tax: East Coast
• International Tax
• Tax Controversy