Mayer Brown ramps up finance practice with hires from Clifford Chance, Linklaters

Mayer Brown has hired three leveraged finance partners for its London office after pledging to significantly bulk up its finance capabilities in the City.

Leveraged finance partners Lee Cullinane and Nicola Marley have joined the firm from Clifford Chance and Linklaters respectively. Asset based lending partner Graham Wedlake has joined the firm from Taylor Wessing.

Mayer Brown London senior partner Sean Connolly (pictured) said: “This is a further commitment to develop a leading City finance practice, complementing the skills and resource provided in the US, Europe and Asia.

“These hires are the first of a raft of measures to help us achieve this objective and they build on the significant successes the finance practice has achieved in recent years.”

As reported by The Lawyer last month, the firm is also in advanced talks with a group of leveraged finance lawyers from Allen & Overy as well as a capital markets team from White & Case (22 June 2009).

The plan to bolster the London practice comes after a management shake-up that saw former co-vice-chair Paul Maher leave the firm to set up a London office for US firm Greenberg Traurig (15 June 2009).

Chicago partner Bert Krueger has taken over the role of firm chairman, while Maher’s counterpart as vice-chairman Ken Geller, who is based in Washington DC, has been handed the newly created role of managing partner.