Mayer Brown has boosted its London office with the hire of finance and restructuring partner Victoria Thompson from rival US law firm Morgan Lewis.
Thompson focuses on secured lending and restructuring work including distressed debt funding, special situations, asset-based lending and supply chain finance.
She acts for banks, hedge funds, asset managers, alternative lenders and credit funds on deals.
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Thompson was promoted to partner at Morgan Lewis in 2019, having joined from Reed Smith the previous year, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Dominic Griffiths, Mayer Brown’s London managing partner, said Thompson “will deepen our relationships with many existing global banking clients as well as private credit funds and asset managers”.
“[Thompson’s] capabilities fit squarely with the uptick in client demand for complex financing solutions across different product lines and multiple jurisdictions,” said Mayer Brown’s banking co-head Alex Dell.
Recent hires for Mayer Brown in London include energy specialist Richard Nelson, who joined from King & Spalding earlier this year.
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Chicago-headquartered Mayer Brown posted revenue of $1.86bn and average profit per equity partner of nearly $2.4m in 2022.
Demand for experienced City lawyers remains strong despite sector headwinds. There were 65 partner moves across London in July and August, up 8% on the previous year and 15% more than the five-year average for the period, according to figures from legal recruitment firm Edwards Gibson.
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