US Briefing: Mayer without Maher
In the seven years after Paul Maher helped wed his firm, London's Rowe & Maw, to Chicago-based Mayer Brown & Platt, he established a reputation as the firm's best strategist. He pushed his partners to open a Hong Kong office, which was later used to open the door to a merger with Johnson Stokes & Master, a Hong Kong firm with 300 lawyers in Asia. As vice-chairman, he argued for strengthening Mayer Brown's wilting New York office - a perpetual work-in-progress - and for boosting profitability, which has sagged in recent years.
Touched by scandal and internal conflict, Mayer Brown is attempting to freshen up. Will more streamlined management and a new focus on the firm’s global platform do the trick? Ben Hallman reports
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