Exclusive: Greenberg hires Maher to build '21st century firm'

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  • Wow, this looks like an amazing move, especially as Maher gets his name on the firm. But who the hell are Greenberg Traurig?????

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  • Oh only a firm that generates $1.2bn has 1350 lawyers and more offices than any other firm in the United States. I’ve certainly never heard of them!

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  • Precisely man, also the last time I checked their overall global ranking was greater than Mayer Brown’s.

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  • Greenberg is a perfect example of a firm making the most of the downturn. The hires it has made in the US have been fantastic. There is no doubt that GT would not have been able to hire the likes of Zirinsky during the boom. I suspect it's the same with Maher.

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  • I'm not sure if the point about Maher is right, they're obviously paying him a huge premium whilst offering him the potential to achieve a vast amount. I believe this is a deal that both parties would have clutched regardless of the economic climate; it's not often a lawyer of Maher's calibre is available.

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  • What happened to all the talk of going to top firms like Lathams? I wonder if either side know what they're getting here. Greenberg are a third tier firm in the US, like an Eversheds or at best lower second tier like a DLA. They may have size and a few highly paid partners, but they're otherwise very average or below, mostly known for real estate and certainly not for corporate. Is anyone surprised he moved from Maher Brown to Greenberg Maher? Will be interesting to see if anyone else jumps from the safety of a full service practice to a boutique firm with little to offer in the UK.

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  • Mayer Brown’s just bitter Paul, Greenberg's better in every way; facts speak volume and paint a clear picture for every onlooker. I don't remember Mayer Brown being awarded law firm of the year! Good luck with your new venture it sounds fabulous.

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  • Who are the two he has taken with him? Never heard of either of them.

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  • Re; 2.50pm
    "Paint a clear picture for every onlooker"? I'm not entirely sure what you mean. If you predicted that Maher would move to a boutique (at least in London) firm in the City, you're a better man or woman than I. Where has all the talk of Maher moving to one of the London giants, taking wave after wave of associates with him?
    In my opinion, this is a good move for Maher (in that he gets his name 'in lights'), a riskier one for Greenberg (in that they are starting a relatively new venture with a man that is known to be a divisive as he is talented) and a better-than-expected for Mayer Brown (as I can't see them losing out dramatically from this move).

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  • This may be a good opportunity for Maher, but make no mistake about it: Greenberg is most definitely a third tier firm in the US and rarely get attorneys from the top 25 law schools. We will see if Maher can make something different and better in the US. Ask anyone who is familiar with both firms - comparing it to Mayer is laughable.
    Let's just call it what it is: a surprising move by Maher to not join a peer (or better) firm than Mayer, in exchange for probably a ton of money and the opportunity to do whatever he wants at his own office.

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  • I suspect Mayer Brown are very happy with Maher's final destination as it won't offer any sort of threat to them. This is also a vindication for those who doubted Maher. No big firm has taken on the risk of his well known issues and he's clearly gone for the Man is Bigger than the Firm option by insisting the new firm use his name. Good luck to the 3 of them as both sides are no doubt happy with the outcome.

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  • Maher has a 20 million pound client base; he has taken the very two lawyers who have been working closely with him on this clientele base over the last 10 years.
    As for Greenberg they're bigger and a far more highly respected law firm than Mayer Brown; call it a boutique firm if you like but their turnover is the same as Mayer Browns.
    As for Mayer Brown Chicago, distort the facts as much as you want but you have just lost a big chunk of your business; you’re not the Chicago giant you were 20 years ago so stop trying to live of that reputation; you’ve even been surpassed by Kirkland and now sit at no.3 in Chicago. I sense there is even a hint of jealousy in the 4:55 Bloggers writing.

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  • I know Maher well as the chairman of a large law firm and i can tell you that he has turned down a bunch of legal giants to join this firm; may I just remind everyone GT is bigger than Mayer Brown.
    I am very disappointed you're not joining us Paul but I wish you luck. We almost had you!

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  • Apparently Cate Sharp was head of environmental law at Mayer Brown in the UK. Not sure what she and Greenberg are going to offer each other...

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  • Sorry when did Mayer Brown last win law firm of the year outside london?

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  • sorry when?

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  • These comments are wierd

    "I am very disappointed you're not joining us Paul but I wish you luck. We almost had you!"

    Is this for real? Somehow I think not.

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  • If Greenberg is a 3rd tier firm Mayer Brown must be a 6th tier firm.

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  • 5:19: you are sorely mistaken if you think Greenberg is "bigger and more respected" than Mayer. Greenberg barely cracks the top 70 US firms on Vault which, for all of its problems, is probably the best measure of "prestige" in the US market. Sure, things could change, but they are a third tier firm with third tier rates that has only grown by a series of roughshod mergers and high profile lateral hirings. Yes, the aggressive policy may pay off down the line, but it hasn't yet. And your comment on Kirkland shows that you know nothing about US firms. Kirkland is one of the top 10 law firms in the US and has been that way for a long time (and anyone who works there would argue top 5). It's no slight to Mayer to say that they aren't Kirkland.

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  • there are also more mcdonalds in the world than GT offices. Does that make mcdonalds better than GT? With reasoning like this you people can't be lawyers.

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