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

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  • to 5:33. 2009. It's not that hard to google 'mayer brown law firm of the year'

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  • I would have heralded an international alliance with Salans as Greenberg's next move in Europe instead. It might be too late for that now since Pinsents seized the moment, or is Greenberg still pursuing the idea? Not that I loved Maher less, but that I loved Paris more!

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  • If People want to live their lives in the 1980's then let it be but Mayer Brown has been outshined by Greenberg in the last 30 years: look at the facts.

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  • Leaving Mayer Brown and Greenberg aside for a moment everyone on this blog is forgetting one crucial aspect of the deal in question: Maher and Greenberg are establishing a new LLP; a new firm. Whilst Greenberg’s growth has been nothing short of magnificent over the last 20 years the core of the new firm is Paul Maher. Paul is a man with a highly respected reputation in London; a reputation that he will exported with him. This is what matters.

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  • With all due respect, but your cover today claims that Mr. Maher is Mayer Brown's "best known partner"!!?? Really? No doubt I am not well-enough plugged in, but I think you are betraying a clear London-centric bias, which may be inapprorpiatee when discussing a U.S.-based law firm. I, for one, have never heard of Mr. Maher (nor has he ever heard of me no doubt, so that is not at all meant as any kind of a put down of Mr. Maher whatsoever). I have, however, heard of Joel Williamson in Chicago, who has handled many of the largest U.S. tax litigations (involving literally billions), and Debra de Hoyos, an ex-Managing Partner.

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  • No, I think we're all forgetting that this Maher dude is no Boardman or Cheyne. Nor is he a Knowles or an Angel. Neither is he ever likely to be. He's more of a randon dude from a 4th tier firm who doesn't even register on most radars except for the fact he annoys some people.

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  • I'm from London, and I'd never heard of this guy until he recently parted ways with his firm. I suppose it's big news because he was management.
    I'm thinking this bruhaha is the equivalent of people getting worked up over an election for a district school board vacancy in Iowa: compared to a presidential election, for example.

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  • I will be glad when this guy settles in to his new role with this random firm so I can stop looking at his picture and reading boring stories about his career everytime open The Lawyer.

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  • Very funny, no one’s ever heard of him but he sits on the front cover of the lawyer every other week, has a 25 million pound client base and a $1.2bn dollar firm changing their name to accommodate his. Sorry but once again the facts work against most the arguments on these blogs.

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  • Maher does not have a £25m, £20m or any other laughably over inflated number for a practice. He has been running around the globe the last few years trying to mould Mayer Brown into his image and has been doing very little billable work. Even in his hey day when some mid-tier corporates (all of which no longer exists due to takevoers - which he didn't work on...) used him for mid-tier work, it would more like £3m. No disgrace, mind you, but all these hysterical claims of £20m followings are ridiculous. An internationally unknown US law firm with a relationship with that other heavy hitter, Olswangs, has hired him and let him carry his name. Big Deal.

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