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Mayer Brown has bolstered its corporate and securities presence in Chicago with the hire of Marjorie Loeb from her former role as a senior vice president and general counsel of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Mayer Brown announced the move on Tuesday, describing Loeb as a seasoned corporate finance and securities lawyer who has spent years working with global manufacturing companies as both in-house and outside counsel. Loeb’s in-house experience included helping to complete Chrysler’s integration into the Fiat Group.

Marjorie Loeb of Mayer Brown.

Prior to her role at the automaker, Loeb served as an assistant general counsel at Delphi Corp., during a time when the auto parts manufacturing company entered bankruptcy and, after several years, emerged.

“Margie brings a thorough understanding of the legal and business challenges faced by our clients every day,” Rebecca Eisner, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office, said in a statement. “In addition to her experience managing through significant corporate events and transactions, our clients and colleagues alike will benefit from her commercial contracting experience—particularly her ability to adapt relationships among manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and end-user customers as new and disruptive technology is incorporated into consumer products.”

Loeb said in an interview Tuesday that she decided to return to private practice—before going in-house at Delphi and Fiat Chrysler, she spent earlier parts of her career at Ropes & Gray—in part because she was looking for a new challenge after her in-house roles.

“I had accomplished pretty much everything I wanted to accomplish at Fiat Chrysler,” Loeb said.

She said she was drawn to firms in her current home city of Chicago, after years of commuting to Fiat Chrysler’s outpost in Michigan, and that she had positive experiences working with Mayer Brown during her time at Fiat Chrysler and Delphi.

Mayer Brown also fit the bill, Loeb added, because it has a strong regulatory practice in its Washington, D.C., office, and the firm has lawyers focused on regulation, data security and compliance issues surrounding new auto technologies, such as connected and autonomous vehicles.

“It was a great meld of practices,” Loeb said, “and culturally, it was a great fit for me.”

Loeb officially started at Mayer Brown on Nov. 21. She said she expects to remain attuned to the auto industry in her role at Mayer Brown, but also believes that her problem-solving skills would benefit clients in other industries.

“I do hope to go back to my core corporate governance and securities practice,” she said.

Contact Scott Flaherty at sflaherty@alm.com. On Twitter: @sflaherty18.