Legal Business

Altered Images – will the real Mayer Brown stand up?

Once one of the most lauded transatlantic players, Mayer Brown has struggled to find its form over the last five years either globally or in the City. Legal Business asks if the firm knows what it wants to be in the Square Mile.

A little over four years ago Mayer Brown went through the latest in a series of reboots aimed at repositioning the firm. Back in 2009 that desire to begin a new chapter was understandable. Mayer Brown had recently weathered a turbulent period dominated by a partner restructuring, problems in its Chicago and New York arms and, of course, the fallout generated by the global banking crisis. The message the firm sought to articulate was that it was determined to reposition itself as a more performance-driven outfit, geared more strongly towards a globalising but increasingly competitive market.