Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities

Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities - Delaware


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What the team is known for Heavyweight corporate and transactional practice with an emphasis on alternative entity work and an active involvement in the drafting of Delaware-specific statutes. Frequently represents limited partnerships in the energy sector and is adept at handling corporate governance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are technically strong, precise and thoughtful, and offer practical advice relative to the business goals in the transaction."

"The firm's experts are available around the clock, respond quickly and show the highest level of client service." 

What's new? New client wins include Enbridge Energy Partners, Molasky Group and Morgans Hotel Group.

Work highlights Counsel to AerCap Holdings in the $7.6 billion purchase of an aviation company.

Represented Bayer in a $14 billion transaction to acquire Merck's consumer care business.  

Notable practitioners  

"Leading light" Frederick Alexander is an experienced corporate and M&A attorney who specializes in transactional work such as sales, purchases and IPOs. He is also well versed in advising boards of directors and committees on the control and direction of corporations.  

Walter Tuthill is a seasoned corporate practitioner with a thriving Delaware special entities practice. He has extensive knowledge of consumer banking law and continues to be highly regarded in the Delaware market.

Patricia Vella is a respected attorney who undertakes a combination of sales, acquisitions and corporate counseling work. 

Jeffery Wolters is held in high regard for his depth of knowledge on a range of issues including corporate transactions, stockholder disputes and proxy contests. According to one observer, he is "an extremely strong technical lawyer who is practical and thoughtful in his advice."

Gilchrist Sparks has over four decades of experience handling corporate and M&A matters for a diverse list of clients and remains a leading figure in the Delaware Bar.  

David Harris regularly advises on a full range of alternative entity structures unique to the state of Delaware. He is particularly praised by sources for his commercial and practical approach to matters and his strong negotiation skills.

Louis Hering is a commercial and corporate attorney with experience handling Delaware statutory trusts, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. He frequently represents clients in the energy industry.

Significant clients Advent, Barclays, Oppenheimer, TPG, Koch Industries.

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What the team is known for Recognized as a top choice for corporations and other business entities seeking sophisticated commercial and transactional advice. Areas of particular focus include assistance with mergers, the sale of assets and the restructuring of debt and equity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They were very thorough, knowledgeable and thoughtful in pretty much every response they gave. They walked us through the various requirements from the general all the way down to technical."

"They have a very thorough knowledge of Delaware law and good communications skills."

What's new? Myron Steele, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware, joined the team this year.  

Work highlights Local counsel to Williams Companies in a $6 billion deal to increase its interests in the gas company Access Midstream Partners.

Advised the seller, Lorillard, on its $25 billion sale to Reynolds American.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Symonds is often sought after to provide third-party opinions on Delaware corporate and alternative entity law and is involved in much legislative drafting. He is described by sources as "thoughtful, wise and an excellent negotiator."

Mark Morton is identified by the market as "very responsive, good at analyzing situations and practical." Recent highlights include advising Time Warner in relation to an $80 billion offer from 21st Century Fox.

Michael Tumas devotes a significant portion of his practice to corporate governance and transactional work. As one reporter notes, he "has deep knowledge of the Delaware corporate code and M&A work."

Thomas Mullen is recognized for his specialist expertise in sophisticated financings, recapitalizations and liquidations. His practice also covers the creation of various types of investment vehicles including joint ventures and mutual and private equity funds. 

Matthew O'Toole leads the alternative entity practice and is lauded for his attention to detail and client-focused approach. He represents lenders, borrowers, investors and trustees in a wide array of corporate transactions.

Significant clients IntercontinentalExchange, NRG Energy, U.S. Bank Trust National Association.

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What the team is known for A thriving corporate and commercial practice with extensive expertise in the negotiation of ground-breaking deals for a range of public and private entities. The team is renowned for its knowledge of Delaware's corporate law, including all aspects of the relevant judicial procedures and processes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"Provides practical and business-oriented solutions." 

"They have an extensive mastery of all the aspects of Delaware law and a good grasp of the market. They also have a very good sense of the implications of alternative approaches to particular problems."

Notable practitioners  

Paul Altman remains the driver of the firm's corporate practice and is commended for his insight and understanding: "He sees very deeply into issues," explains one source. He is familiar with the intricacies of private investment funds and serves on several alternative entity committees.

Stephen Bigler is described as an "extremely user-friendly" corporate and alternative entity practitioner with an excellent reputation in the market. He focuses his practice on the creation of special business entities and handles divestitures and financing transactions.  

According to one source, Donald Bussard "is very quick to answer his phone and not only gives you the answer, but can give you the entire history of Delaware law." He is adept at counseling a range of stakeholders on complex corporate transactions and is an accomplished author on the subject of Delaware corporate law.

Mark Gentile is singled out for his skill in the negotiation of takeovers, recapitalizations and divestitures for a range of impressive clients. Sources note that he "has a wide-ranging grasp of Delaware law, great poise under pressure and a collaborative spirit."

William Haubert has significant knowledge and experience when it comes to advising officers, directors and boards on fiduciary and internal governance matters. Sources remark that "he knows his stuff and is a fierce advocate for his clients."

Bernard Kelley handles alternative entity work as well as representing financial organizations in commercial and regulatory matters. As one observer comments, he is "very smart, focused, practical and results-oriented."

John Zeberkiewicz is an accomplished transactional attorney particularly noted for his skill in corporate financing issues. He is praised by commentators as "very bright and dependable."

Srinivas Raju is routinely engaged to counsel the public boards of limited liability companies, limited partnerships and general partnerships. Interviewees say he is "an excellent litigator - very articulate, to the point and commercial in his perspective."

Gregory Ladner continues to work at the forefront of the alternative entities space advising on the operation and formation of the full range of entities available under Delaware corporate law. He is also well known for his aptitude in handling financings and investment vehicles.  

James Leyden has a diverse practice offering expert assistance in a range of matters including M&A, dissolution and strategic alliance transactions. He is "a smart attorney with a real focus on LLCs," says one source. 

Eric Mazie remains a towering figure in the market and is acknowledged for his strong technical ability: "He knows the law inside out," remarks one interviewee. He is regularly asked to represent clients as local counsel in the formation of funds, IPOs and cross-border transactions.

Michael Allen is a talented corporate attorney with significant expertise in proxy contests, stockholder meetings and Delaware corporate law as a whole. According to reporters, he is "practical, responsive and analytical."

Doneene Damon is a vastly experienced alternative entities lawyer who principally acts on behalf of issuers, underwriters and investors in commercial transactions. She also represents many companies in the banking, trusts and healthcare industries.  

Mark Purpura continues to command tremendous respect for his skill in all matters relating to Delaware limited liability companies, partnerships and trusts. He frequently represents clients in the financial industry. 

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What the team is known for A highly respected practice offering extensive transactional advice to a diverse list of national and international clients with an interest in Delaware. Well known for its ability to counsel on the formation of all kinds of alternative entities and the direction and control of business organizations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm has expert knowledge in the field but is still commercially sensitive to what the client aims to achieve."

What's new? New client wins include Knight Capital Group and Redline Capital Management.

Work highlights Acted as local counsel to Prudential Financial and its subsidiary, a Delaware LLC, in a complex financing worth $3 billion.

Represented the Delaware corporation AECOM Global in a $250 million cross-border issue involving the validity of a contractual guarantee.

Notable practitioners  

According to interviewees, Ellisa Habbart is "very plugged into Delaware legal developments." She maintains an impressive international client base and advises on various issues including the formation of investment vehicles, M&A and complex financings.

Significant clients Shazam Entertainment, Accenture, BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management, RBS.

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What the team is known for Provides the full range of corporate transactional advice to clients in the healthcare, energy and retail industries. Core strengths of the team include counseling on fiduciary relationships and Delaware limited liability companies and limited partnerships.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their performance was spectacular - they are very strategic, understand our objectives and are ferocious fighters." 

"They are creative, have unique expertise and are service and solution-oriented."

Notable practitioners  

Robert Pincus continues to enhance his reputation as a leading corporate attorney. He draws particular praise for his knowledge of private equity matters, takeovers and reorganizations.  

Steven Daniels is praised by myriad sources for his advice on corporate issues including fiduciary obligations, recapitalizations and tender offers. He routinely acts for public and private companies and investment funds.

Allison Land has a wealth of experience in corporate, M&A and alternative entities matters. She consistently demonstrates the ability to handle joint ventures, securities and transactions concerning limited liability companies.

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What the team is known for Prominent Wilmington practice that is a recognized authority on the design, negotiation and implementation of complex corporate deals. Undertakes a range of transactions and litigation for various types of business entity including Delaware-specific partnerships and limited liability companies.

Notable practitioners  

David McBride remains a preeminent corporate/M&A attorney and has been involved in some groundbreaking Delaware corporate law matters over the years. He regularly advises directors and boards of directors on the operation and control of corporations and resolves disputes that arise.  

Norman Powell specializes in Delaware-specific entities including limited liability companies, partnerships and trusts. He is particularly recognized for his transactional skills and often provides third-party legal opinions.  

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Head of department Marla Norton of Bayard, P.A. draws upon two decades worth of experience as a corporate lawyer in Delaware. She is most noted for her expertise in alternative entities, M&A and governance work.

Eric Feldman of K&L Gates has a broad corporate practice that caters for clients seeking advice on joint ventures, securitizations and private equity matters. One client remarks that "he focuses mainly on SPVs and he is really good at what he does."

Nicholas Froio of K&L Gates has a varied practice that involves the use of statutory trusts, partnerships and limited liability partnerships on a national and international scale. Interviewees are impressed by his "razor-sharp memory" and "ability to come up with creative solutions."

Commentators remark that founding partner Scott Waxman of K&L Gates "is very good at coming up with creative solutions and knows Delaware law inside out." He is adept at effectively handling alternative entities matters including those relating to limited and general partnerships and special-purpose corporations.

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