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Mayer Brown is uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes. With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with 200 or more lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy. We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry. Our diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by our clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything we do. Our “one-firm” culture—seamless and integrated across all practices and regions—ensures that our clients receive the best of our knowledge and experience.

Attesting to the strength of our various capabilities, the firm’s accomplishments are frequently reported by respected business and trade publications. Examples of such coverage include the following: 

  • A $7.15 billion licensing deal with Starbucks for Nestlé SA, which the two companies described as a “global coffee alliance.”
  • A $7.9 billion acquisition of SCANA by Dominion Energy.
  • A unanimous US Supreme Court ruling in the most significant bankruptcy dispute of the 2017 – 2018 term.
  • A decision by a federal court in Texas not to grant a new trial in a closely watched patent-infringement dispute after a jury ruled in favor of Mayer Brown’s Chinese client.
  • Two of the most significant transactions of 2017 in London, involving the iconic “Cheesegrater” and “Walkie Talkie” buildings.

In addition to press coverage, Mayer Brown is widely recognized in leading rankings and legal directories. In 2018, Law360 named Mayer Brown a “Firm of the Year” for the second consecutive year, finishing, with Skadden, in the top spot. In addition, the publication included Mayer Brown in its list of the “Global 20” for the eighth consecutive year, joining 19 other firms that offer “the biggest global presence” and “global expertise to handle complex cross-border matters spanning multiple time zones.” Also in 2018, Mayer Brown was a finalist in The American Lawyer’s highly competitive “Litigation Department of the Year” competition. The Financial Times, the highly regarded business publication, ranked Mayer Brown in its 2017 North America “Innovative Lawyers” report in two categories, recognizing our innovation in “Accessing New Markets and Capital” and “Rule of Law and Access to Justice.” In addition, Mayer Brown was recognized as one of the most innovative law firms in Asia in FT’s Asia ranking of large law firms.

Attesting to our reputation for prowess across practices, Mayer Brown won numerous awards for litigation and transactional work. In 2018, Benchmark Litigation awarded the firm a top-tier ranking in the national Appellate category. The firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice was also included in The National Law Journal’s 2018 “Appellate Hot List” for the 10th consecutive year. In 2017, Mayer Brown was named to Global Investigations Review’s “GIR 30” list of the “world’s top 30 investigations practices” for the third consecutive year. We were named “Americas Law Firm of the Year — Overall,” the highest recognition given, at GlobalCapital magazine’s 2018 Americas Derivatives Awards and “European Law Firm of the Year” in the transactions category at GlobalCapital’s 2017 Global Derivatives Awards. Recognizing the firm’s capabilities in infrastructure, P3 Bulletin awarded Mayer Brown a Silver Award in its “Legal Advisor of the Year” competition. Among the firm’s real estate honors was its designation by PERE as “Asia Law Firm of the Year” for the fifth consecutive year.

Finally, many of the projects we have worked on have been recognized as “deals of the year” for 2017 and 2018, including the following: International Financial Law Review’s “Restructuring Deal of the Year,” “High Yield Deal of the Year” and “Project Finance Deal of the Year”; IJGlobal’s “Latin American Refinancing Deal of the Year”; GFC Media Group’s “Project Finance Deal of the Year”; Global M&A Network’s “Canada Deal of the Year” and “Global Telecom Deal of the Year”; and The M&A Advisor’s “Energy Deal of the Year (Over $1B).” 

Mayer Brown serves many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, CAC 40, DAX, Hang Seng and Nikkei index companies and more than half of the world’s largest banks. During the past three years, Mayer Brown has opened offices in Dubai, Mexico City and Tokyo to support our growing list of clients doing business in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. In Brazil, Mayer Brown has an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados, one of the country’s largest law firms, with offices in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusion requires opportunity. Mayer Brown strives to foster a workplace environment that welcomes, respects and embraces differences and in which every lawyer has an equal opportunity to succeed and reach his or her full potential. We continue to seek and promote innovative and effective ways to increase the number of diverse students interested in law school and to recruit diverse law students and lateral lawyers. Our ethnically diverse, women and LGBTQ lawyers are deeply involved in our recruiting efforts as interviewers and Recruiting Committee members.

We also ensure that all of our associates receive challenging work assignments and the necessary career guidance to reach their full potential as practicing lawyers. Our efforts take on many forms, including national and local office diversity programs, which enable diverse lawyers in all US offices to meet locally for professional development and networking programs. These programs provide our diverse lawyers with additional opportunities to interact with the firm’s senior management and practice leaders, network with other diverse lawyers, enhance professional and business development skills, influence firm policy, and obtain guidance and mentoring on the path to partnership.

In 2018, we are particularly proud to have received, for the eighth consecutive year, a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. The firm has also been recognized by Equality Illinois for our commitment to LGBTQ inclusivity in the organization’s annual “Raising the Bar” report for the sixth consecutive year. Furthermore, the firm is among only 25 companies/law firms recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2016 as a Diversity Leader, an award that recognizes excellence for outstanding standards that align diversity initiatives with business goals. Additionally, for the past two years, Mayer Brown has been named a Top Performer by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). This designation is given to a select group of corporations and law firms that have committed the most time and energy to LCLD programs.

Pro Bono

Mayer Brown is a leader in developing innovative approaches to pro bono work. We were the first major law firm to develop and implement a pro bono strategic plan, and we strive to pioneer projects that will have a substantial impact, both locally and globally.

The firm strongly encourages every lawyer to participate in the pro bono program and provides credit for the hours they contribute. To foster the firm’s commitment to pro bono, we require that every incoming first- and second-year associate complete 60 hours of pro bono within their first year at the firm. And we have a pro bono department dedicated to managing the firm’s pro bono program and ensuring that our lawyers get the support they need to become involved in pro bono work.

The guiding purpose of our program is to use the resources of one of the world’s largest law firms to attack systemic problems. We have formalized projects that allow us to maximize impact while still encouraging our lawyers to find individual cases and issues of importance to them. Through our pro bono program, we not only help individuals rebuild and restore their lives, we help foster the industries and organizations that address the underlying issues and challenges those individuals face.

Pro bono efforts of note include a social finance initiative that has counted among its clients BRAC, the Grameen Foundation, ACCION, FINCA International and Root Capital; representing the plaintiffs in the Benisick v. Lamone (Maryland) and Gill v. Whitford (Wisconsin) gerrymandering cases; obtaining a temporary restraining order from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the January 2017 travel ban executive order; representing parents separated from their children at the border; extensive involvement in LGBTI equality issues; assistance to veterans; and continued work in the area of refugees, asylum and immigration. The firm also has a significant pro bono appellate and Supreme Court practice. Through our Seventh Circuit Project, we have handled more than 170 cases in the areas of prisoners’ rights, habeas corpus and immigration. We have also argued numerous pro bono cases in front of the Supreme Court. In addition, the firm has global initiatives in the areas of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, International Human Rights, Transparency and Good Governance, and Economic Development.

Our achievements on behalf of pro bono clients have garnered considerable praise. Most recently, Mayer Brown was:

  • Named to the 2017 Pro Bono Hot List by The National Law Journal for our work on restoring trust between police and communities in US cities, including the firm’s widely publicized contributions to the work of Chicago’s Police Accountability Task Force
  • Honored at the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice’s 2017 Celebration of International Pro Bono Excellence for advising The Nature Conservancy on its efforts to balance energy development and the conservation of river systems in Mexico
  • Honored by the Lawyers Alliance for New York with its 2017 Cornerstone Award for dedicating countless pro bono hours to assist nonprofit organizations
  • Recognized by Children’s Law Center as its 2017 Children’s Pro Bono Champion for partnering to support vulnerable children and families in the District of Columbia

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