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June 15, 2009 1:21 PM

Greenberg Traurig Launching in London with Former Mayer Brown Partner Maher

Posted by Ed Shanahan

In late April, former Mayer Brown partner and global vice chairman Paul Maher released a memo to his partners, announcing that he was taking a sabbatical so that he could explore his options. The announcement came after a series of planned management changes at the firm.

"In recent days I have been approached about several interesting opportunities," Maher said in that statement (reported by our colleagues at Legal Week). "To give them careful consideration, which I am sure you will understand I must do, I have requested and been granted a short sabbatical leave from the firm. Whatever my ultimate decision may be, it will involve me alone."

Less than a month later, on May 19, Maher made his departure from the firm official, with no indication of any specific plans.

Now comes news of Maher's next move. The M&A lawyer is joining forces with Greenberg Traurig to form a new firm in the U.K., Greenberg Traurig Maher that will launch by early July, according to a statement released by Greenberg (Legal Week reported the news here). Maher will serve as chair of the London office and cochair of Greenberg's global M&A practice. He will be joined by former Mayer Brown partners Cate Sharp and Fiona Adams, who will serve as co-managing partners of the office.

Greenberg Traurig Maher's work will be mostly transactional with an emphasis on industries, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and energy, Maher told Legal Week.

"[Greenberg's] business model has a can-do attitude," Maher said. "They are very ambitious and enthusiastic and open to the growth and style that I think is going to be needed moving forward. They have a good growth story."

Read Legal Week's report here.

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