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Mayer Brown picks up Camerons property finance partner

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  • Improving 2011? Please check your facts - have all the voluntary partner departures not registered? Also isn't it interesting that the London office was so keen to 'leak' their financials for 2010 but not a peep re 2011?

    MB is bad news.

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  • Either Camerons is in REAL bad shape or this guy has never learnt how to use Google. Or both.

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  • @ 5:17-Stop all this negativity. MB is a fabulous global firm that continues to attract/retain leading lawyers and provides unparalleled service to its clients.
    From my experience MB lawyers are a happy and diverse group.

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  • I really don't know if Anon @ 9:25 is tongue in cheek or just some witless HR person?

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  • Dear Negative People, I am very sorry to have to inform you that not everyone is unhappy with Mayer Brown. My own view is Mayer Brown is a little more tolerant and diverse than many other firms, so that leads to more outward discussion of internal problems and probably more turnover. But my time there was a happy time and I am proud to have the firm's name on my CV. I keep up with many alumni, who are, let's face it a diverse and interesting group. Can that be said of many firms? Also, my guess is a lot of this negative chat is from friends of a certain ex-partner who worked at an unknown firm, merged with a well known US firm, and now works again at an unknown firm. I guess many of us are just not cut out for Slaughters and/or Wachtell - I am quite happy with that conclusion - maybe some of you need to retrain and rejoin such firms and then at least I could understand your arrogance and superiority complexes. Signed, happy when I was there and happy to support the firm today.

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  • Dear Clueless People... I am sorry to inform you that the London office has (in the last year or so) lost of the head of capital markets (debt and equity), head of real estate, head of competition, various other senior and rain making lawyers and the heads of other teams are well known to be interviewing at other firms. Porbably most telling is the departure of various members of the global management committee. These are people who have tremendous knowledge of the firm and set their own pay. And they're leaving. Much of the rot started before the R&M merger and it was certainly worsened during Maher's reign. GTM (and its massive losesof money and turnover of partners) is evidence of how Maher struggled to build firms. Signed... happy with friends when I was there, couldn't wait to get out the door and even happier not to be there any more.

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  • Rarely do lawyers stay in one firm for their entire professional life. Such moves shouldn't be interpreted with undue pessimism. MB is a fabulous global law firm that continues to attract the brightest stars of the legal world. It is a happy place where associates cannot wait to get tucked into their next deal and partners inspire/instil confidence.
    All potential trainees should consider applying before heading to the magic circle. Added to this is better remuneration, what more could you ask for?

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  • Regarding Maher. Anon 4:37 i have never heard such utter nonsense in my life. 'GTM (and its massive losesof money and turnover of partners) is evidence of how Maher struggled to build firms. '
    GTM has been the fastest growing firm in the city in terms of head count and turnover since it was formed only 2 and a half years ago. It is expected to make a profit as originally planned over 3 - 5 years. I can't quite see how this is evident of how Maher 'struggled to build firms.' He orchestrated the largest transatlantic merger of its time to create the worlds 8th largest law firm in Mayer Brown in 2001 and subsequently led the negotiation team that merged Mayer Brown with JSM in 2008. The greatest firm builder the legal industry has ever seen if you ask me.

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  • Only 5 happy people at MB, by machiavellian means they have sucked all the juice out of the London business, a small number of supplicants feed from their teat. Global management has no idea what to do with their problem child. Spin Spin Spin on performance and profit, London survives on transfers from the US and only due to the embarrassment that would be involved in fixing this mess

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