Cravath sends US stalwart to build London disputes practice

Cravath Swaine & Moore senior litigation partner John Beerbower has moved to the firm’s London office to spearhead the dispute revolution practice in the capital.

The firm is also upping its corporate strength in the UK capital later in the year with the transfer of partner David Mercado. Beerbower, until now based in the firm’s New York office, will focus on developing the London office’s dispute resolution and international transactional capabilities.

Cravath presiding partner Evan Chesler commented: “John will be an important addition to our London office. Having him there will enhance the services we provide to our clients based both inside and outside the United States.”

While Cravath has been developing the firm’s expertise in this area, Beerbower will be the first disputes partner based in London on a permanent basis. Part of Beerbower’s responsibilities will be to expand the London dispute practice.

Beerbower’s key clients include Deutsche Telekom, Bae Systems, Grupo Modelo and Unilever. He joined Cravath in 1974 and made partner in 1980.

Mercado has a diverse practice, with an emphasis on financings and mergers and acquisitions in Latin America. A significant component of his practice also involves private equity funds.

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