Mayer Brown continues City growth spurt with A&O hire

Mayer Brown has continued to ramp up its London partnership with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) employment partner Stefan Martin.

The firm has made seven partner hires in London in less than two months, compared to five across the whole year in 2012.

These new arrivals include ‎White & Cases’s international corporate finance partner Greg Stonefield, SJ Berwin real estate partner Patricia Jones, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) banking and finance partner Richard Todd (7 October 2013), BLP finance and restructuring partner Trevor Wood (24 October 2013) and White & Case senior associate Mayank Gupta, who was made partner.  

Martin has been a partner with A&O for over 13 years, advising financial institutions and corporates on employment issues. He joined the magic circle firm in 1992 and has spent most of his career there, taking just over a year out to work as an associate at SJ Berwin in 1997. 

In October Mayer Brown alleged to have are over 70 CVs piled up in its London office.

Read The Lawyer’s interview with chairman Paul Theiss in Mayer Brown takes London to its heart. 

Comings and goings at Mayer Brown

London leavers 2012: Inclues reinsurance litigator Ian McKenna to Locke Lord (29 October 2012), structured finance partner Stephen Day to Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft (24 August 2012), corporate partner William Charnley to King & Spalding (5 July 2012), leveraged finance partner Neil Caddy to Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy (August 2012) and finance partner Nicola Marley to Minter Ellison (2 May 2012).

The firm also launched a redundancy consultation among support staff (21 September 2012) after announcing plans to cut some 20 lawyers and staff from its London office in May (4 May 2012), a process that ultimately saw the departure of 16 people. 

London joiners 2012: The London office took on longstanding Ashurst partner Martin Wright to fill the new position of European real estate head in November (15 November 2012), months after picking up CMS Cameron McKenna real estate finance partner Chris Harvey (19 March 2012). The firm says it made five lateral partner hires in London during 2012.

London leavers 2013: US firm King & Spalding established a financial services regulatory practice in London with the addition of Mayer Brown partner Angela Hayes (3 September 2013). Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft hired finance and banking practice partners Bruce Bloomingdale and Jeremiah Wagner (18 September 2013). 

London joiners 2013: Partner hires in recent weeks include Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) banking and finance partner Richard Todd (7 October 2013), Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate David O’Connor, White & Case’s international corporate finance partner Greg Stonefield, SJ Berwin real estate partner Patricia Jones, BLP finance and restructuring partner Trevor Wood (24 October 2013), and White & Case senior associate Mayank Gupta, who was made partner.