London, 7 June 2016 — Mayer Brown today announces the appointment of private equity lawyer James West as a London-based partner in the Corporate & Securities practice. James is the most recent addition to the Firm’s expanding global private equity offering.

James has a broad range of experience in private equity. He advises private equity firms, hedge funds, joint ventures, management teams and both institutional and minority investors, and regularly acts on both the buy and sell-side of transactions.  James joins Mayer Brown from Reed Smith and previously spent eight years at Fried, Frank, Harris & Jacobson.

James will work alongside Perry Yam, who joined Mayer Brown in February as Head of Private Equity in London. Other private equity partner appointments made by the firm in recent months include Rod Brown in Singapore, and Julian Lemor and Birgit Hübscher-Alt in Frankfurt.

Jeremy Kenley, co-leader of the global Corporate & Securities practice at Mayer Brown, said: “James is a high calibre lawyer and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm. Working alongside Perry, he will play an important role in the continuing  development of our private equity capabilities, across Europe and globally. The breadth of his experience make him an excellent fit for the firm and his arrival is another important step in the consolidation of our growing private equity offering.”

Perry Yam added: “Having worked with James previously I know how talented he is with clients, who appreciate his technical and commercial intellect. James has great client service skills and it gives me huge pleasure to welcome him to Mayer Brown. His arrival will enable us to further enhance the scale and depth of our private equity capabilities in London.”

James said: “I am excited at becoming part of Mayer Brown’s growing European private equity offering and to be linking up once again with Perry.  The quality of recent additions, together with the existing strength and depth of Mayer Brown’s corporate capabilities, gives us a fantastic platform from which to develop the Private Equity practice in London and elsewhere.”