Global 20: Mayer Brown

Law360, New York (June 1, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT) -- Mayer Brown LLP's mergers with established firms worldwide have given it on-the-ground global expertise, enabling its lawyers to collaborate on major deals including Caterpillar Inc.'s $8.6 billion planned acquisition of Bucyrus International Inc., earning it a spot among Law360's Global 20.

Unlike some global law firms, Chicago-based Mayer Brown has not launched new foreign outposts with a handful of attorneys. Instead, it has combined with existing firms that already have strong ties to countries in major commercial and financial centers, such as Asia.

In fact, Mayer...
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