Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 23 lawyers worldwide to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2020.

“All of these talented lawyers have excelled throughout their careers,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Paul Theiss. “They are highly skilled advocates with a strong commitment to client service and world-class legal skills. It is my pleasure to recognize this group.”

The new counsel are:

Tyler D. Alfermann, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Chicago
A Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Chicago, Tyler Alfermann concentrates on products liability actions and consumer lending disputes. His experience encompasses all stages of litigation, including initial fact investigation, discovery, removal and remand, dispositive motions, trial and appeal. Mr. Alfermann frequently appears before the state and federal courts in northern Illinois, and he has argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to representing clients currently in active litigation, he has also counseled clients with respect to general litigation preparation and strategy.

Jean-Maxime Blutel, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Paris
Jean-Maxime Blutel is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel and a member of the Antitrust & Competition practice in Paris. Mr. Blutel assists clients in several sectors in merger disputes before European and French competition authorities, particularly concerning the structuring and notification of complex joint ventures and transactions involving local markets. He also advises companies in broad cartel investigations, resale price maintenance cases and dominance investigations, as well as damage claims related to antitrust and cartel investigations.

Beth Brown, Employment & Benefits, London
Beth Brown, an Employment & Benefits counsel in London, provides advice to trustee and employer clients on all aspects of pensions, with a particular focus on defined contribution governance, pensions insolvency and risk transfer matters. An active member of the cross-disciplinary pensions insolvency and pension risk transfer teams, Ms. Brown advises on de-risking by pension funds, investments and restructurings. Her work has included advising trustees on employer insolvencies and transition to the Pension Protection Fund, including one of the first largest multi-employer schemes.

Ryan Castillo, Corporate & Securities, New York
Ryan Castillo, a Corporate & Securities counsel in New York, is also a member of the Capital Markets practice. His practice focuses on securities and corporate finance transactions. Mr. Castillo advises issuers, investment banks and sponsors in connection with public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and other capital markets transactions in the US and the Euro markets.

Pavlina Chopova-Leprêtre, Government & Global Trade, Brussels

Pavlina Chopova-Leprêtre is a counsel in the firm’s Government & Global Trade practice in Brussels. She focuses her practice on food and drugs, food contact materials, cosmetics, biocides, chemicals, pesticides, waste and medical devices. She also has particular experience in more “horizontal” EU matters, such as general product safety, liability for defective products, and practical implementation of the mutual recognition principle to facilitate the free movement of goods in the EU, among other matters.

Meaghan Connors, Banking & Finance, Houston
Meaghan Connors is a Banking & Finance counsel in Houston. She represents administrative agents, lenders and borrowers in connection with various types of financings. Her experience includes secured (first lien and second lien) and unsecured commercial transactions such as credit facilities (syndications, club deals and single lender facilitates) for working capital, asset based financings, acquisitions, refinancings, high-yield debt offerings, debtor-in-possession financing and other types of debt financings. Ms. Connors has a particular emphasis on the oil and gas pipeline and other energy-related industries.

Nicolas Danan, Tax Transactions & Consulting, Paris
Nicolas Danan is a Tax Transactions & Consulting counsel in Paris. His practice focuses on acquisitions and financings, as well as providing day-to-day tax assistance to companies. Mr. Danan also advises individuals on patrimonial tax management, including the establishment of management packages in private equity transactions.

Evan D. DeCresce, Banking & Finance, New York

A Banking & Finance counsel in New York, Evan DeCresce focuses on securitization transactions involving auto loans and leases, trade receivables, equipment leases, telecommunications services, student loans, credit card receivables, residential mortgages, commercial loans and other assets located in the US and abroad. Mr. DeCresce represents banks and other lenders, including asset-backed commercial paper conduits and hedge funds, and borrowers.

Thomas Delille, Government & Global Trade, Brussels

A Government & Global Trade counsel in Brussels, Thomas Delille focuses on EU regulatory matters. He advises companies, consortiums and trade associations on a wide range of EU regulatory issues, including REACH, the Nagoya Protocol to the UN Convention on Biodiversity, CLP, biocides, product safety, the transportation of dangerous goods and waste management (packaging waste, RoHS and WEEE). He is also involved in cases before the European Court of Justice and ECHA Board of Appeal.

Ségolène Dufétel, Corporate & Securities, Paris
A Corporate & Securities counsel in Paris, Ségolène Dufétel focuses primarily on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as leveraged buyout transactions in several industrial and financial sectors. She advises French and foreign investment funds and clients in a variety of industries with regard to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings.

Déborah Gelblat, Real Estate, Paris

Déborah Gelblat is a Real Estate counsel in Paris. She has extensive experience advising domestic and international real estate investors in all areas of real estate law, including, in particular, real estate investment transactions (acquisitions, disposals, sale and lease back and real estate joint ventures), real estate development transactions and commercial leases. Ms. Gelblat recently acted on the letting and sale of the “Sémaphore” building located in Levallois-Perret and on the acquisition of several major buildings in the Paris CBD.

James Lewis, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong
James Lewis is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Hong Kong. He has experience in contentious and non-contentious construction matters and international arbitration. In addition, Mr. Lewis has advised both contractors and employers on a variety of construction-related issues and assisted with a number of construction disputes, including claims relating to delay, variations and defects. He has acted for clients in international arbitrations in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Michael L. Lindinger, Intellectual Property, Washington DC

An Intellectual Property counsel in Washington DC, Mike Lindinger focuses his practice on patent litigation in federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Lindinger has litigated patent disputes in numerous technical areas, including electrical arts, mechanical arts, and business methods, and is experienced in managing complex multi‐defendant litigations from filing to trial. He has also litigated other complex class action and false advertising matters.

Aubrey H. McEachern, Banking & Finance, Charlotte
Aubrey McEachern is a Banking & Finance counsel in Charlotte. Mr. McEachern advises a number of financial institutions in the structuring and negotiation of financings, particularly hedge fund financings, issuances of asset-backed securities and collateralized loan obligations. He also represents clients in the establishment of associated warehousing facilities.

Michael T. Neidigh, Risk Management, Chicago
Michael Neidigh, a Risk Management counsel, advises on legal and business conflict issues, as well as other professional responsibility matters that arise in Mayer Brown’s offices worldwide. To support these efforts, especially with respect to the firm’s transactional practices, Mr. Neidigh has drawn upon his previous experience as a finance partner at the firm specializing in asset securitization and structured finance transactions.

Michael Newham, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London
Michael Newham is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in London. Before qualifying as a solicitor, he spent several years working within the finance teams of two large commercial property companies in London. Mr. Newham has advised in relation to various contentious and non-contentious matters. He has particular experience in advising professional firms and in advising insurers in relation to policy-coverage issues. Finally, he assists insurers and policyholders in relation to the defense of third party claims and regulatory and disciplinary investigations.

Carolin A. Rost, Risk Management, Hong Kong
A Risk Management counsel, Carolin Rost serves as the firm’s compliance officer in Hong Kong. She advises her internal clients on all aspects of professional ethics and practice, as well as other legal matters affecting the firm. She manages the firm’s conflict, anti-money laundering and other compliance procedures in Asia. Ms. Rost is the conflicts attorney for Asia and the regional head of risk and compliance of Mayer Brown.

George E. Rudy, Corporate & Securities, New York
George Rudy, a Corporate & Securities counsel in New York, is a private equity and mergers and acquisitions attorney. Mr. Rudy represents strategic and financial investors in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity securities offerings, bank financings and joint ventures, frequently with a cross-border dimension. He has particular experience advising private equity sponsors, as well as insurance, financial services, healthcare, specialty chemicals, railroad, logistics, shipping and technology companies.

Kitty Swanson, Tax Transactions & Consulting, London
A Tax Transactions & Consulting counsel in London, Kitty Swanson has advised on the tax aspects of a wide range of domestic and cross-border matters and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, fund structuring, domestic and international reorganizations, real estate transactions, employment-related matters, banking and structured finance, and insurance matters.

John-David Treumann, Banking & Finance, Chicago
John-David Treumann is a Banking & Finance counsel in Chicago. His experience includes a wide variety of asset-backed and other debt financing facilities and receivable categories, including student loans, retail auto loans and leases, equipment loans and leases, trade receivables, secured and unsecured consumer loans and credit card accounts. Mr. Treumann has also represented commercial banking clients engaged in domestic and international secured and unsecured financing transactions.

Duncan Watson, Employment & Benefits, London
Duncan Watson is an Employment & Benefits counsel in London. He advises institutional pension funds and asset managers on investment management work, including all kinds of investment funds, liability-driven investment mandates, custody and stock lending. Before joining Mayer Brown, Mr. Watson worked for the asset management division of a leading global investment bank, where he advised on segregated mandates, all aspects of funds (including custody and distribution) and general commercial and regulatory issues.

Michelle N. Webster, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Washington DC

A Litigation & Dispute Resolution counsel in Washington DC, Michelle Webster concentrates on civil litigation and regulatory matters, with a primary focus on large class action litigation. She has represented a wide range of clients in matters involving consumer class actions, employment and benefits, antitrust, and securities enforcement and investigations. As a member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery & Information Governance practice, Ms. Webster manages data collection, processing, and review for large litigations on behalf of large international and national companies.

Michelle G.W. Yee, Intellectual Property, Hong Kong

Michelle Yee, an Intellectual Property counsel in Hong Kong, specializes in trademark, copyright and other IP matters. Utilizing her degree in chemical engineering (with a specialization in biotechnology), Ms. Yee worked as a scientific researcher and engineer in the oil and gas industry. She subsequently served in an in-house role with a well-known US cosmetics company. Ms. Yee has carried out in-depth IP audits and has also advised institutional clients on global and regional brand protection strategies, with a particular focus on innovative filings in China and other jurisdictions in Southeast Asia.