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Mayer Brown expands digital infrastructure capabilities with addition of three-lawyer team led by Emily Naughton in DC

Mayer Brown today announced that Emily Naughton has joined the firm as a partner in its Real Estate and Projects and Infrastructure Markets practice team in Washington DC, alongside partners Whitney Smith and Sarah Mernin. They come from Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

“Structuring and negotiating transactions to support real estate matters, including specific issues related to digital infrastructure, requires a deep understanding of highly technical issues and operational complexities,” said Brian Aronson, Practice Leader of Mayer Brown’s real estate markets. “Emily’s deep understanding of the technology that powers the cloud and the cloud services market will be invaluable to our clients as we expand our digital infrastructure capabilities to meet growing opportunities for strategic investors.”

Emily advises clients on a wide range of commercial real estate transactions, with a focus on digital infrastructure and cloud computing. She represents data center owners, developers, operators and investors globally in proposed acquisitions and development, divestiture and transition of data center facilities, as well as data center leases and co-location agreements.

“Digital infrastructure is an increasingly important asset class for our infrastructure investor clients,” said Joe Seliga, co-head of Mayer Brown’s Projects & Infrastructure team. “Emily and her team bring immense market knowledge and extensive experience that will benefit our clients investing in the digital infrastructure space.”

“The digital infrastructure industry continues to evolve and grow globally as data-driven technologies proliferate and consumer demand for content increases,” said Emily. “Mayer Brown is one of the few companies that can offer a unique approach to clients in this industry through its broad multidisciplinary capabilities, global reach and dedication to the highest level of client service.”

“Emily’s arrival signals our continued commitment to enhancing the depth of our digital infrastructure offerings for clients across all industries,” added Liz Espín Stern, Managing Partner of Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office. “His established leadership and shared commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our profession also creates a strong cultural fit.”