Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities

Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities - Delaware


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What the team is known for Established market leader with a breadth of expertise in M&A and corporate litigation. The group additionally focus on alternative entities and fund formation, where it provides corporate advice to both private and public companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality of their advice is routinely superior and highly reliable." 

"I would rate the firm and the attorneys I have dealt with as top-notch." 

Work highlights Represented Berkshire Hathaway in its $28 billion purchase of food manufacturer H.J. Heinz.

Acted as the Delaware counsel to the special committee for Dell, in a contentious $24 billion private buyout. 

Notable practitioners  

Frederick Alexander is considered a "true dean of the Delaware Bar" and comes recommended for his M&A and corporate governance works, and is also noted for his capital raising expertise. Sources highlight his excellent negotiating skills and also single him out as "practical and commercial, and in terms of boardroom advisory work."

"Top-notch" lawyer Louis Hering draws acclaim for his proactivity, communication skills and excellent judgment. Hering is recognized for his M&A expertise, with a particular emphasis on structures involving alternative entities.

Walter Tuthill is highly regarded for his alternative entities work and has a wealth of experience handling partnership, limited liability company and statutory trust matters. He is also sought after for his strength in bank and insurance regulatory matters as well as general M&A and contract law issues.

Jeffery Wolters is described as "highly commercial and responsive" and draws further praise for his "charismatic and client-friendly" nature. His recent highlights include acting as partner on Berkshire Hathaway's high-profile acquisition of H.J. Heinz.

The "incredibly smart and well-respected" Gilchrist Sparks principally concentrates on M&A and litigation concerning the governance of Delaware corporations, and is regarded as a "legend of the Bar" by market sources.

"Talented lawyer" Patricia Vella handles a broad array of corporate matters, including M&A and financings for publicly traded and privately held corporations, and is described by commentators as "prompt, responsive, knowledgeable and practical." 

Significant clients AsiaInfo-Linkage, Contango Oil Company, Crestwood Midstream, Dex Media, Navistar.

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What the team is known for Strong corporate practice, well versed in a variety of transactional and financing work. Also comes recommended for its advice to clients on their fiduciary commitments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a strong team - very effective, very collegial and they have been successful in representing us over a long period of time."

Work highlights Represented SoftBank in conjunction with its separate acquisition of interests in Sprint and Clearwire.

Acted for the board of directors of NRG Energy in its $1.7 billion acquisition of GenOn.

Notable practitioners  

The excellent Robert Symonds excels across a broad a range of domestic and cross-border corporate issues, including M&A and alternative entity work, on behalf of lenders, borrowers, investors and trustees.

Mark Morton is experienced in a number of corporate law areas, including alternative entity work and advising corporations in relation to fiduciary obligations. Peers particularly rate him as an "excellent special committee adviser." 

Thomas Mullen is a recent addition to the team and is noted for his work on behalf of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and statutory trusts in regard to transactional and alternative entity issues.

Matthew O'Toole represents a fine choice of counsel to limited liability companies, as well as corporations, partnerships and statutory trusts, and is well versed in both cross-border and domestic transactions.

"Superb practitioner" Michael Tumas receives considerable praise for his expertise in corporate law and understanding of the courts, with one source stating: "He knows the Delaware courts better than any lawyer I have dealt with."

John Grossbauer is an experienced practitioner, with peers particularly singling out his work on proxy and voting issues and Delaware General Corporation Law.

Significant clients Applied Materials, DuPont, General Growth Properties, Liberty Media Corporation, Spanish Broadcasting.

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What the team is known for All-encompassing corporate practice, with particular strength in M&A and corporate governance matters, as well as alternative entity work. Also much sought after for its expertise concerning securitizations and fund formations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is very helpful because they are up to speed on the case law."

"High-quality advice and opinion work." 

Work highlights Represented Jefferies Group's shareholders who will receive stock in Leucadia, following Jefferies's merger with Leucadia, the value of which is estimated at $3.7 billion. 

Acted for Zipcar in its $500 million sale in cash to Avis Budget Group.

Notable practitioners  

The "very perceptive and knowledgeable" Stephen Bigler "knows the law backwards and forwards and has very strong judgment," reports one source. He is recognized for his M&A strengths, particularly issues concerning fiduciary duty, and is further singled out by sources for his practical advice, accessibility and measured approach to matters.

James Leyden comes recommended for his strengths on partnerships and limited liability company laws, where he is considered by peers to be a "preeminent expert in this field." He is also well versed in structured finance.

Paul Altman chairs the business department and concentrates alternative entities work, with a specific interest in limited liability companies and partnerships.

Mark Gentile is "highly recommended" by peers for his corporate expertise, where he advises on M&A and corporate governance matters, among other areas, for a client base that includes directors, board committees and stockholders, as well as large corporations.

Peers are impressed with Mark Purpura's "dedication and knowledge" in alternative entity matters, and he elicits further praise for his fine negotiation skills. 

Bernard Kelley is a highly experienced corporate attorney who specializes in alternative entities work, including the organization, structuring and operation of limited liability companies and partnerships.

William Haubert is a well-respected corporate attorney in Delaware. Peers comment that he is "extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic and gets right to the answer." They add: "It is not an academic thing with Bill, he is just very practical."

Gregory Ladner comes recommended for his work relating to limited liability companies and partnerships, and is also recognized for his expertise concerning a range of corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, and investment fund and structured finance transactions.

Eric Mazie heads the trust and agency services team and is particularly sought after by a range of clients, including investors, issuers, underwriters and credit enhancers, for his expertise regarding trust issues involved in commercial transactions.

The highly respected Srinivas Raju acts for Delaware corporations and alternative entities on a broad range of matters, including corporate governance and transactional work, and is also recognized for his litigation strengths.

"Very bright young lawyer" John Mark Zeberkiewicz is making a name for himself in M&A and corporate governance matters, with sources describing him as "truly brilliant" in these arenas.

Doneene Keemer Damon has considerable expertise in statutory and common law trusts, and maintains a fine track record in securitization and structured finance work.

Michael Allen is well versed in a variety of transactional areas, including M&A, divestitures, recapitalizations and corporate governance matters, acting for a range of clients, from corporations and directors to board committees and stockholders. Recent highlights include acting for Starbucks in its $620 million all-cash acquisition of Teavana Holdings.

Donald Bussard is singled out as "one of the best technical lawyers" in the state, with sources praising him for his "very practical advice" and "very good judgment." He concentrates on advising with regard to M&A, recapitalizations, stock issuances and corporate governance issues, for a client base that includes large corporations, boards of directors and board committees.

Significant clients Clearwire, Plains Exploration & Production, Dean Foods, Schiff Nutrition International. 

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What the team is known for Specialist alternative entities practice, that handles complex transactions and litigation relating to security and corporate options, financial and governance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a specialist firm and are good at what they do. They focus on something and do that well." 

"I value their size and the fact that they take time to know me as a client."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Bank of America in relation to the extension of a credit facility to the federal government of Brazil, in a matter valued at $662 million.

Notable practitioners  

Ellisa Opstbaum Habbart is highly adept in all matters relating to alternative entities, whether it concerns advice on limited liability companies, partnerships, trusts or corporate governance. She elicits much praise from the market, with one source noting: "Her responsiveness, pragmatism and practicality really stand out," while another commentator avers: "She is very knowledgeable, her opinions are thorough and accurate, and she is personable and easy to work with."

Significant clients Accenture, Fannie Mae, RBS, SBA Senior Finance, Wells Fargo Community Investment Holdings.

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What the team is known for International giant maintaining a strong presence in the Delaware market. The team handles a broad array of matters, ranging from corporate transactions and bank financings to governance issues and restructurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What comes to mind is that they are very practical and business-oriented, which is coupled with first-class legal advice."

"They do everything we need and they exceed expectations."

Work highlights Represented Toshiba in a comprehensive, $1.4 billion purchase of interest in its majority-owned subsidiary, Westinghouse, and additional transactions relating to this. 

Acted on behalf of Hughes Telematics with regard to its sale to Verizon. The transaction was valued at $730 million.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Daniels specializes in securities law, M&A, private equity transactions and corporate governance, among other areas. He has recently handled cases for important clients such as Toshiba and Pfizer.

Clients praise Allison Land for knowing the "Delaware Code inside out" and describe her as "incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and prompt with her advice." She is a particular expert in the area of partnerships and public companies. 

Robert Pincus is the head of the firm's corporate group in Delaware and maintains a broad practice covering the full spectrum of corporate work, including M&A, governance issues and matters relating to fiduciary obligation. He wins particular praise for his negotiation skills and for the business-focused nature of his legal advice.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its corporate disputes strengths. Also represents a fine choice of counsel for alternative entities work and is routinely called upon to advise with regard to fiduciary obligations and corporate governance matters.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely personable" David McBride maintains a much-admired commercial litigation practice in addition to his corporate transactional work.

Norman Powell comes recommended for his expertise concerning alternative entities and securities matters, and is also noted for his knowledge regarding uniform commercial code work.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

The "extremely knowledgeable" Marla Norton at Bayard, P.A. is recognized for her secured lending transactional work. "What is most impressive about her is her legal expertise, her clarity of thought and communication, her understanding of our business and her commercial sense," reports one highly impressed client.

The highly respected Eric Feldman of K&L Gates principally concentrates on both domestic and cross-border transactions concerning alternative entities, including limited liability companies and statutory trusts.

Nicholas Froio of K&L Gates comes recommended for his expertise in alternative entity matters, and is well versed across a wide range of transactional work, including venture capital, private equity and hedge fund transactions, in addition to M&A and joint ventures.

Scott Waxman heads the practice in the Wilmington office of K&L Gates. Sources describe him as a "top-notch attorney" who is "easy to work with" and "proactive and responsive." He maintains a broad corporate practice, which includes advising on matters relating to corporate governance, private equity and hedge funds, and preferred securities transactions, as well as M&A and joint ventures.

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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