Mayer Brown London chief defeats finance head to retain top job

Mayer Brown’s London senior partner Sean Connolly has been re-elected to serve another five-year term, defeating London banking and finance head Dominic Griffiths.

Sean Connolly
Sean Connolly

Connolly, who advises clients on insurance and reinsurance matters and will continue as a member of the firm’s global management team, was re-elected by London equity partners having held the role since 2007. Griffiths, the second candidate in the two-man contest, will continue in his role as City banking and finance head.

The news comes shortly after the US firm confirmed the appointment of Chicago-based corporate partner Paul Theiss as its new chairman (18 May 2012).

Following Theiss’s election, Mayer Brown was touted as a possible tie-up partner for SJ Berwin, which has publicly stated its ambition to link up with a US firm (22 May 2012).

Theiss said in a statement: “I’m confident that Sean will continue to provide effective leadership and help us grow in [the London] market.”

While a number of new partners have joined the firm this year, including London-based CMS Cameron McKenna real estate partner Chris Harvey (19 March 2012), Mayer Brown also announced plans to cut around 20 lawyers and staff from its London office last month (4 May 2012).

Connolly had not responded to calls for comment at the time of writing.