Mayer Brown has extended the geographic footprint of its corporate and securities practice by relocating two partners to Palo Alto.

Jennifer Carlson and Nina Flax, partners previously situated in the firm's Chicago office, are now based full-time in Palo Alto. From their new base of operations, the partners will represent foreign and domestic clients active in areas such as technology, financial services, renewable energy, and agribusiness.

The moves are aimed at enhancing Mayer Brown’s West Coast corporate offerings generally and its capital markets, M&A, and private equity capabilities in California in particular. Carlson has represented companies, investors, and underwriters in a wide range of capital markets transactions including IPOs, investment-grade and high-yield offerings, follow-on and secondary offerings. She also helps clients undertake investments and public and private M&A. Flax specializes in advising buyers and sellers in stock and asset M&A and divestitures, and has represented clients in cross-border joint ventures.

The partners have extensive transactional track records. Carlson has worked on a number of notable deals including Packaging Corporation of America's $2 billion tender offer for Boise Inc., and TransAlta Renewables Inc.'s $200 million IPO and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. She advised Barclays Capital and Citigroup in $1.1 billion offerings of senior notes by Johnson Controls. Highlights of Flax's career include representing a confidential biotech client in a Series A capital raising, and advising a U.S. casino owner and operator in joint ventures in Korea and Singapore.

“Jen and Nina have extensive experience in cross-office and cross-practice collaboration, which will enable them to leverage the full range of the firm’s capabilities . . . in California and in other jurisdictions globally,” said Marc Sperber, global head of Mayer Brown’s corporate and securities practice.

Carlson holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. from Augustana College. Flax earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Duke University.