Mayer Brown partners have elected seven of their colleagues to the law firm's new partnership board, a 12-member body that was created last month as part of a revised governance structure.
The partners elected to the board are Ian Coles, a London lawyer who is the finance practice leader; Jeffrey Gordon, a securities lawyer in the New York office; Robert "Bob" Gray, a Houston lawyer who is the corporate and securities practice leader; Nicholas Hunsworth, a litigator based in Hong Kong; Barry Machlin, a finance and global projects lawyer in the Chicago office; Friedrich Merz, a corporate and securities lawyer in Berlin; and Patrick Wong, a corporate and securities lawyer in Hong Kong.
The firm's new governance structure, approved last month with Herbert "Bert" Krueger as its new chairman, will take effect on June 1 when Chairman James Holzhauer steps down as he previously announced he would. The firm's five other partnership board members were nominated and ratified in a partnership vote last month.
The new governance structure, made up of the partnership board and a six-member management committee, replaces a 16-member policy and planning committee. The new structure also eliminated the "office of the chairman," which included two vice chairmen: Kenneth Geller, an appellate litigator in Washington, D.C., and Paul Maher, a London partner who has said that he is leaving the firm. Geller has been chosen to fill the new post of managing partner at the firm.