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Ms. McGarry to co-lead the US M&A practice

Mayer Brown announced today that it added leading corporate and securities lawyer Martha McGarry to its global Corporate & Securities practice as a partner in New York. She joins the firm from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

With extensive experience in M&A, corporate governance and shareholder activism, Ms. McGarry has advised on numerous high-profile, and often transformational, transactions. She has been a strategic advisor to some of the world’s largest and best-known companies, including American Express, Coca-Cola and The Hershey Company. Ms. McGarry will co-lead Mayer Brown’s US M&A practice.

“Martha’s leadership abilities and reputation as a mentor and talent developer, coupled with the deep relationships that she continues to nurture and build, will be a tremendous asset to the firm, our clients and our team,” said Mayer Brown Chair Jon Van Gorp. “Hiring Martha furthers our strategic goals of growing in New York and growing our M&A practice.”

Clients across the globe involve Ms. McGarry in early-stage strategic planning, and she has substantial experience advising companies in a broad range of industries, including consumer products, finance, telecommunications, real estate, technology, gaming, defense and pharmaceuticals.

“Mayer Brown’s collaborative culture is second to none and well-known in the industry,” said Ms. McGarry. “The combination of that culture with Mayer Brown’s impressive global footprint and strategic vision made the firm the obvious choice. I’m thrilled to make this move.”

“We are incredibly energized at the prospect of working alongside Martha,” said Jodi Simala, co-leader of the firm’s global Corporate & Securities practice. “Martha is an outstanding lawyer, with a breadth of skills, body of work and history of premier client service that make her a great addition to the Mayer Brown team.”

“Martha is a highly talented and respected lawyer,” said Matthew Ingber, managing partner of Mayer Brown’s New York office. “Our strategic focus on attracting the best New York talent, coupled with our industry-beating lateral partner retention success, continues to bear fruit.”

Ms. McGarry is recognized as an industry leader by numerous rankings and publications, including Law360’s Top Female Deal Makers, Chambers USA’s first-ever Women in Law Awards as Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year; Lifetime Achievement Award from New York Law Journal and Am Law Daily Dealmaker of the Week.

Ms. McGarry has served on the boards of some of the East Coast’s most significant cultural institutions, including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Morgan Library and Museum. She co-founded and served on the board of W.O.M.E.N. in America, a professional development and mentoring organization for promising young female leaders in business, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.