Edward S. Best

USA: Illinois

Mayer Brown
71 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
United States of America

Tel: +1 312 701 7100
Fax: +1 312 706 8106

Email: ebest@mayerbrown.com
Web: www.mayerbrown.com

Edward Best joined Mayer Brown in 1986 and steadily built a successful capital markets and corporate law practice. Today, he is co-leader of the firm’s Capital Markets and Financial Institutions groups and serves on Mayer Brown’s Partnership Board. He is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading capital markets attorneys. Eddie’s experience includes:

Capital Markets. Representing issuers and underwriters in connection with public and Rule 144A offerings of debt, equity, convertible and hybrid securities in the US and Europe; continuously offered debt and equity programs; liability management transactions, including equity and debt self-tenders, exchange offers, and consent solicitations; particular emphasis on offerings by financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, brokers and specialty finance companies, and cross-border offerings.

Mergers and Acquisitions. Counseling buyers, sellers, and financial intermediaries in connection with public and private acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, mergers, tender offers, and proxy contests.

General Corporate Practice.  Advising companies regarding Securities Act and Exchange Act compliance, NYSE and NASDAQ compliance, corporate governance, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters.

Chambers USA noted that “Edward Best’s ‘extremely quick mind’ makes him a popular figure among lawyers and clients alike. ‘He is never stumped by a question . . ..'” Eddie has been described as “Aptly named, as he’s one of the best in town,” and as “A ‘stand-out debt and equity’ lawyer.” Legal500 recommended Eddie in “Capital Markets – Debt  Advice to Issuers” and “Capital Markets – High-Yield – Advice to Managers,” noting that Eddie is “chief amongst [Mayer Brown’s excellent partners].” Eddie is also listed in Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers in America for Securities Law, the Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Market Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers (2007), and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2008). In addition, he has been named among the “Leading Lawyers” in Illinois in the categories of Corporate Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Securities and Venture Finance Law.

Mayer Brown’s Capital Markets practice consists of corporate lawyers who represent both issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of debt and equity offerings, as well as an experienced structured finance practice working at the forefront of the market for securitized products.

With lawyers located in the principal financial centers in the Americas, Asia and Europe, we regularly represent both issuers and underwriters in connection with issuances of fixed-income securities, including investment-grade debt, leveraged capital, high-yield debt, continuously offered products, equity-linked note programs and hybrid capital. In addition, we have substantial experience in all aspects of equity capital transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, American Depositary Receipts and Global Depository Receipts, private investment in public equities and spin-offs.

Mayer Brown also has one of the largest structured finance practices in the world–and with that size comes the knowledge, experience and manpower to tackle transactions of any scale in almost any jurisdiction. We are a recognized leader in the execution of asset-backed securities and mortgage-backed securities, as well as asset-backed commercial paper, IP and whole business securitization, global ABS, collateralized debt obligations and structured derivatives.

Utilizing our knowledge, experience and global platform, we are focused on the business objectives of our clients, managing the risks inherent in financing transactions and utilizing resources efficiently to help clients achieve their goals. As a result of the diverse nature of our clients, our representation of issuers, underwriters and other market participants, and our global presence, our group has a thorough understanding of the business and legal issues that arise in complex financing transactions and the ability to create solutions that meet the needs of all parties.

We are noted for our commitment to client service and our ability to assist clients with their most complex and demanding legal and business challenges worldwide. We serve many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies and more than half of the world’s largest banks. We provide legal services in areas such as banking and finance; corporate and securities; litigation and dispute resolution; antitrust and competition; US Supreme Court and appellate matters; employment and benefits; environmental; financial services regulatory & enforcement; government and global trade; intellectual property; real estate; tax; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; and wealth management.


“Edward Best’s ‘extremely quick mind’ makes him a popular figure among lawyers and clients alike. ‘He is never stumped by a question…'”
Chambers USA, 2014