Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 27 lawyers worldwide to partner. The appointments are effective January 1, 2021.
“Once again this year, I have had the great pleasure of announcing the promotion of an extremely talented group of lawyers to our partnership,” said Chairman Paul Theiss. “This year, in the face of unexpected adversity and unprecedented challenges, I am particularly pleased to have this honor. Throughout their legal careers, our new partners have provided our clients with world-class service and expertise, and they have demonstrated the collegiality for which Mayer Brown is known. This has earned them the trust of our clients and colleagues. I am pleased to join with my partners in welcoming them to the Mayer Brown partnership.”
The new partners are:
Guy W. Barcelona Jr., Intellectual Property, Chicago
Guy Barcelona, an Intellectual Property partner in Chicago, counsels clients in a diverse array of enforcement, procurement and transactional IP matters covering a variety of technological and business areas. His trademark experience covers all aspects of prosecution and enforcement. He manages large and small portfolios and advises clients pursuing a worldwide trademark strategy. Mr. Barcelona has enforced and defended trademarks and domains before the US Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, US federal courts, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Ryan Castillo, Corporate & Securities, New York
Ryan Castillo, a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice in New York, focuses on securities offerings, advising issuers, including foreign private issuers, and investment banks in connection with private and public offerings of debt, equity and equity-linked securities. Mr. Castillo also advises issuers and underwriters in investment grade, high-grade and high-yield offerings, as well as in connection with liability management transactions. His work also includes advising on continuous offering and covered bond programs, and structured finance transactions.
William W. C. Chan, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong
William Chan is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Hong Kong. He is experienced in personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on medical negligence claims and medical malpractice. Mr. Chan advises healthcare professionals, including doctors, dentists and physiotherapists, in civil, criminal and disciplinary proceedings, as well as in coroner's inquests, ICAC-related offences and judicial review cases. He has also advised and assisted hospitals in medical negligence claims.
Esther Chang, Corporate & Securities, Chicago
Esther Chang is a Corporate & Securities partner based in Chicago. Ms. Chang focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions and has significant experience representing strategic clients and private equity sponsors in a variety of transactions, from domestic to complex cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and minority investments. In addition to her transactional work, Ms. Chang advises on corporate governance and commercial matters. She represents leading participants in a variety of industries, including fintech, insurance, manufacturing and nutritional products.
Jennifer M. Chang, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles
Jennifer Chang, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Los Angeles, focuses her practice on internal investigations in cybersecurity and healthcare matters and civil litigation in federal False Claims Act, healthcare and financial services cases. In her internal investigations practice, Ms. Chang has designed and conducted internal white collar investigations, first-chaired over 100 witness interviews, and drafted fact-finding and risk analysis reports. In her civil litigation practice, Ms. Chang has ample trial-preparation experience.
Timothy C. D’Arduini, Employment & Benefits, Washington DC
Timothy D’Arduini is an Employment & Benefits partner in Washington DC who focuses his practice on global mobility and immigration. He assists Fortune 500 clients in the financial services, healthcare, insurance, defense and information technology industries to develop and execute global mobility strategies for their work corps. Mr. D’Arduini has experience with business visitor, work permit and resident permit requirements in multiple jurisdictions, including Brazil, Canada, China, Iraq and the UK.
Sébastien Delaunay, Employment & Benefits, Paris
An Employment & Benefits partner in Paris, Sébastien Delaunay advises public and private companies in France and elsewhere on the structuring and implementation of employee stock purchase plans, particularly in the context of IPOs and privatizations. Mr. Delaunay advises clients on a large variety of employee shareholder plans. He also counsels companies on governance matters and in the restructuring of employee savings schemes.
Pierre Dzakpasu, Restructuring, Singapore
Pierre Dzakpasu, a partner in the Restructuring practice in Singapore, advises banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of cross-border bilateral and syndicated finance transactions in Southeast Asia and South Asia, including corporate loans, pre-IPO financings, equity-backed financings, structured financings, acquisition financings, real estate financings, receivables finance, restructurings and work-outs.
Sheena Frazer, Restructuring, London
Sheena Frazer is a Restructuring partner in London. In that capacity, she represents a range of clients, including banks, central banks, funds, insolvency officeholders and directors, on a mixture of cross-border, contentious and transactional restructuring assignments. In recent mandates, Ms. Frazer has also acted for clients in the aviation, financial services and construction sectors.
Veronica R. Glick, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Washington DC
Veronica Glick is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution, National Security and Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practices in Washington DC. Ms. Glick counsels clients on a variety of complex and novel legal issues regarding national security, cybersecurity and international law, in addition to assisting clients with government investigations and regulatory compliance. Additionally, she serves as a member of the United Nations Experts Committee regarding the prevention of terrorist exploitation of the Internet and related information-communications technologies.
Brian D. Hirshberg, Corporate & Securities, New York
Brian Hirshberg, a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice in New York, represents US and foreign private issuers, and investment banks in private and public offerings of debt, equity and equity-linked securities, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, and PIPE transactions. Mr. Hirshberg advises life sciences, technology and telecom, consumer products and energy issuers in connection with offerings and SEC disclosures. He has worked on numerous formation transactions and offerings, for REITs and BDCs. Mr. Hirshberg is a frequent author and speaker on securities law matters.
Nishrin A. Hussain, Corporate & Securities, Hong Kong
Nishrin Hussain, a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice in Hong Kong, represents corporate trust providers in debt capital markets transactions across numerous jurisdictions in Asia-Pacific. She possesses wide experience with new issuances, liability management, consent solicitations, keepwell and stand-by letter of credit structures as well as complex cross-border restructurings of debt. In addition, Ms. Hussain leads a number of important diversity and pro bono initiatives focused on refugee issues and increasing educational opportunities for women across the region.
Tiago do Monte Macêdo, Corporate & Securities, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro
Tiago do Monte Macêdo is a Brasília-based Corporate & Securities partner focusing on regulatory matters impacting the oil and gas industry in Brazil. Having served 13 years in a variety of positions in the federal government, including the last seven years as the general counsel for the National Petroleum and Natural Gas Agency, Mr. Macêdo provides innovative solutions to oil and gas regulatory issues for clients operating in Brazil. His experience includes advising on oil and gas exploration, production and natural gas transportation companies, complementing the firm’s market-leading oil and gas, energy and infrastructure work in Brazil.
Jessica A. Michaels, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Chicago
A Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Chicago, Jessica Michaels counsels clients on antitrust matters, including mergers and acquisitions and civil and criminal antitrust investigations. Ms. Michaels has represented clients in a variety of industries, such as pharmaceuticals, transportation, and technology and software. She has experience assisting clients with all stages of the merger review process, including analyzing antitrust risk provisions in transaction documents and preparing Hart-Scott-Rodino Act filings, among others.
Cory R. Miggins, Banking & Finance, Chicago
Cory Miggins is a Banking & Finance partner in Chicago. He focuses his practice primarily on representing clients in connection with a wide range of domestic and cross-border securitization and other structured finance transactions in both the public and private markets. Mr. Miggins has represented clients in transactions involving a wide variety of asset classes, including trade receivables, insurance premium finance contracts, consumer loans, commercial loans, auto and equipment loans and leases, dealer floorplan receivables and credit card receivables.
Bryan C. Nese, Intellectual Property, Washington DC
Bryan Nese, an Intellectual Property partner in Washington DC, focuses his practice on patent litigation, both in district court and at the International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. Nese has been a crucial part of trial teams before juries and at the ITC and has assisted in all aspects of discovery, trial preparation and post-trial filings. He also has experience with inter partes review proceedings. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Nese is also well-versed in handling the technical aspects of patent litigation.
Ahmad S. Nofal, Real Estate Markets, Chicago
Ahmad Nofal, a Real Estate Markets partner in Chicago, regularly represents pension funds, owners, developers, equity investors, private equity funds and other domestic and foreign financial institutions. His work includes a broad range of complex commercial real estate transactions across asset classes, including vacant land, multi-family, senior housing/assisted living, industrial, office, retail and hotel. Mr. Nofal also has substantial experience representing clients in the transactions involving multi-asset portfolios and hotels, the creation of joint ventures and a broad range of financing matters.
Rachael O’Grady, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London
Rachael O’Grady is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in London. A solicitor advocate, she focuses on international commercial and bilateral investment treaty arbitration and public international law. Ms. O’Grady has acted as counsel and advocate for claimants and respondents in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations across a wide range of industries, including the satellite, telecommunications, taxation, mining, oil and retail sectors. She has particular experience in large-scale investment disputes in Africa and the Middle East.
Anthen T. Perry, Real Estate Markets, Chicago
Anthen Perry is a Real Estate Markets partner in Chicago. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions including mortgage and other financing, development, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate assets. Mr. Perry regularly represents developers, real estate funds, REITS, and other types of institutional investors in all types of commercial real property, including office buildings, mixed-use developments, hotels, shopping centers, multi-family and industrial properties.
Peter W. Raish, Banking & Finance, Houston
Peter Raish is a Banking & Finance partner in Mayer Brown’s Houston office. He represents commercial banks, mezzanine lenders, institutional investors, direct lending platforms, corporate borrowers and issuers in a variety financing transactions, including fully underwritten acquisition financings, reserve-based and asset-based credit facilities, institutional terms loans, general refinancings and restructurings. Mr. Raish focuses his practice principally on financing transactions in the oil and gas exploration & production, midstream and related services sectors.
Jordan D. Sagalowsky, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York
A Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in New York, Jordan Sagalowsky represents clients in all phases of litigation, from initial pleadings through discovery, trial, and appeal. Mr. Sagalowsky’s practice focuses on banking and financial services disputes, environmental mass torts and products liability claims. He also serves as a trusted advisor to clients on risk mitigation issues—regularly advising clients’ in-house legal, government affairs and external communications teams on matters impacting the defense of litigation.
Rory K. Schneider, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York
Rory Schneider, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in New York, has considerable experience in both the trial and appellate stages of litigation. Mr. Schneider has worked on more than a dozen jury trials, advising clients on complex legal issues and drafting key filings such as motions in limine, motions for directed verdict, jury instructions and motions for new trial. He has also drafted winning appellate briefs in a multitude of courts, including the Second, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as several state appellate courts.
Rebecca R. Seidl, Corporate & Securities, Houston
A Houston-based partner in the Corporate & Securities practice and Oil & Gas and Infrastructure Investment groups, Rebecca Seidl represents global energy and infrastructure companies on complex cross-border transactions in the United States and Latin America. Her oil and gas practice includes advising clients on acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other business and operational aspects of the onshore and offshore upstream and midstream sectors. Before joining the firm, Ms. Seidl served as a senior in-house counsel at BHP Billiton, supporting major natural resources projects.
Linda X. Shi, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Chicago
A Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Chicago, Linda Shi represents national and multinational corporations in complex federal white collar and regulatory defense and internal investigations, as well as in complex litigation in federal and state courts. Her white collar and investigations experience spans a wide range of industries and subject areas. Ms. Shi has represented corporate and individual clients in investigations led by the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Department of the Treasury and state attorneys general.
Manuel J. Velez, Intellectual Property, New York
Manuel Velez, an Intellectual Property partner in New York, focuses his practice primarily on patent infringement litigation and PTAB proceedings in the life sciences field. Mr. Velez has extensive experience litigating on behalf of innovator companies in high-stakes challenges under the Hatch-Waxman Act and the BPCIA. In this role, his experience spans every phase of litigation from pre-case assessments to expert discovery, conducting Markman hearings, dispositive motion practice, trial and appeal. He also performs due diligence in connection with M&A transactions.
Tameem A. Zainulbhai, Banking & Finance, Chicago
A Banking & Finance partner in Chicago, Tameem Zainulbhai represents issuers, underwriters, investors, banks and financial institutions in various structured finance transactions. His securitization experience includes public and private transactions involving various asset classes, including residential mortgage loans, commercial mortgage loans, aircraft leases and commercial loans. In addition, Mr. Zainulbhai has represented clients in a variety of structured finance and other transactions, including repurchase transactions and portfolio sales and acquisitions.
Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 27 lawyers worldwide to partner. The appointments are effective January 1, 2021.