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Corporate/M&A


Corporate/M&A: The Elite - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Top New York practice able to provide a national and international presence alongside world-class transactional ability from its single US office model. A regular player in some of the most important and sophisticated matters in the market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Cravath is clearly one of the top law firms in the world. It excels in mergers and acquisitions."

"Their service is excellent, as always. Their guidance on issues, support in negotiations and willingness to make themselves available are all outstanding. Top of class." 

"They are especially smart and hardworking - they figure out how to get it done."

Work highlights Represented InterMune in the sale of the business to Roche Holdings for $8.9 billion.

Acted for The Jones Group in its acquisition by affiliates of Sycamore Partners in a deal worth $2.2 billion.

Notable practitioners 

Scott Barshay is co-head of the firm's corporate department and a key contact for transactional matters.

Significant clients Aercap Holdings, British American Tobacco, IBM, Time Warner, Unilever.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Menlo Park.

What the team is known for An outstanding corporate offering with a strong presence on both coasts. Diverse group which can handle all major areas of transactional work involving all industry sectors at the highest level of complexity and importance. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The people are super-smart and they have a really strong work intensity. They know the customers really well and they give practical, personal advice."

"They're easy to work with, they're very experienced, able to anticipate problems and also able to provide potential solutions."

"I've been very impressed with them. They're very thorough, very broad in their capabilities, very professional and very responsive."

Work highlights Assisted AstraZeneca with the defense of Pfizer's hostile merger bid for the company, worth $119 billion.

Acted for Comcast on its pending $45.2 billion combination with Time Warner Cable.

Notable practitioners

The M&A group is co-headed by New York partners David Caplan and George Bason.

Significant clients Citigroup, ExxonMobil, Morgan Stanley, Pepsi, Sallie Mae.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Washington, DC, New York and San Francisco.

What the team is known for A giant in transactional work of all kinds, particularly in private equity, where it possesses near-unmatched strength and depth of expertise. Features excellent geographical breadth, making it well-placed to cater for the needs of clients throughout the country.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're truly head-and-shoulders above everyone else I've worked with. The attention to detail is unsurpassed - there's nothing they're not aware of and on top of. They're flawless in their service model."

"One of the preeminent transactional firms in the country."

"They're willing to do anything we need at any hour of the day, any day of the week and they don't stop until it's accomplished." 

Work highlights Acted for Burger King Worldwide Holdings on its major combination with Canadian firm Tim Hortons, worth $11.4 billion.

Assisted Thoma Bravo with its acquisition of CompuWare in a $2.5 billion transaction.

Notable practitioners

David Fox is a leading practitioner at the firm's New York office and a key contact.

Significant clients Blackstone Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Summit Partners, Oaktree.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Houston, Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Premier group able to offer impressive geographic breadth and uniform quality to its formidable M&A practice. Market-leading capability in a range of industries including technology and life sciences among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I'm almost stuck for superlatives - just a fabulous firm. Everything we ask them to do, they step up to the plate and do a fantastic job."

"It is their general awareness of the corporate landscape and cutting-edge research that differentiates them from other firms. They anticipate clients' needs and are up to date on all current matters."

Work highlights Represented Actavis in its purchase of fellow pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories for $28 billion.

Acted for nationwide retailer Safeway on its sale to Albertsons in a $9 billion deal.

Notable practitioners 

Chicago partner Mark Gerstein and David Allinson in New York are cochairs of the firm's M&A practice. 

Significant clients Allergan, BRE Properties, Boston Scientific, Starbucks, Illinois Tool Works.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles and Palo Alto.

What the team is known for A go-to for major market deals, whether acting for private equity sponsors or large corporates at home and abroad. Involved in some of the biggest deals in the energy and financial services spaces, while also possessing a bench of experts in a wide array of other fields.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're super-smart guys and they're very creative. If you have something that's complicated from a transactional perspective, I trust them implicitly."

"They're so involved with big mega-mergers that they're a well-oiled machine. They keep us informed with everything and you know what to expect."

Work highlights Represented tobacco company Lorillard in its acquisition by Reynolds American in a deal worth $27.4 billion.

Acted for TRW Automotive Holdings in its proposed purchase by ZF Friedrichshafen for $17.4 billion.

Notable practitioners

Lee Meyerson leads the firm's mergers and acquisitions group from New York.

Significant clients Ingersoll Rand, Microsoft, Smithfield Foods, Tyco International, Vodafone Group.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Continues to be known as a top-notch corporate law firm, largely due to its strong bench of experienced and versatile attorneys. Offers a high-quality transactional service across multiple practice areas from each of its offices throughout the country.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"When it comes to large M&A deals, they're as good as it gets - very efficient and with an incredible work ethic."

"They are fantastic. Not only are they the very best at what they do from an M&A perspective, they are very commercial negotiators. They have the legal expertise."

Work highlights Represented Merck in its purchase of chemical manufacturer Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion.

Assisted Joh. A Benckiser with its $9.8 billion acquisition of D E Master Blenders 1753. 

Notable practitioners

Skadden's global M&A practice is cochaired by Eileen Nugent and Scott Simpson.

Significant clients Compuware, Danaher, Digital River, Coca-Cola, The Sage Group.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Leading US corporate practice which is involved in some of the market's largest and most significant M&A matters. Prominent reputation for pharmaceuticals deals as well as a variety of other types of transaction, thanks to its distinguished bench of corporate attorneys.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're one of the best firms in the world, fantastic in their specialty areas and so service-oriented. You always feel in good hands."

"They are very, very commercial, know the law and are extremely rigorous. They handle complexity extremely well and their communication is excellent."

"They are fantastic at what they do in their specialty areas. So service-oriented that you always feel in good hands."

Work highlights Represented Bayer in the purchase of Merck's consumer care business in a $14.2 billion deal.

Acted for ZF Friedrichshafen in its $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Frumkin heads the firm's M&A practice group and is a key contact.

Significant clients Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, AT&T, Perrigo, IntercontinentalExchange, Pepco Holdings.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Widely regarded as a leading player in the market, with an exceptionally deep bench and an outstanding track record of working on the biggest and most important transactions. Equally strong acting on domestic and international deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"When you hire Wachtell, you have outsized expectations, but they deliver. They are incredibly responsive and work as hard as lawyers are humanly capable of working."

"Their negotiating skills were impressive and they were very thoughtful about the various deal points and helpful in letting us know what to fight for."

Work highlights Acted for pharmaceutical giant Allergan in its acquisition of Actavis, worth $66 billion.

Represented Dresser-Rand Group in its purchase by Siemens for $7.6 billion.

Notable practitioners

The corporate practice is cochaired by Steven Rosenblum and Andrew Brownstein.

Significant clients Halliburton, BB&T, Publicis Groupe, Hewlett-Packard, Walgreens.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Expertise in corporate matters of any size with a powerful presence, particularly in East Coast markets. Counts a variety of household names and other blue-chip companies among its extensive clientele.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"When you know you need something done right, with no margin for error, this is the firm you go to. They're always outstanding."

"They really excel in sophisticated cross-border transactions."

"They not only bring the ability to strategize at the highest level but the ability to execute in the trenches. There are not a lot of firms in the world that bring that skill set."

Work highlights Acted for Medtronic on its acquisition of Covidien for around $42.9 billion.

Represented Google in the sale of its Motorola Mobility arm to Lenovo for $2.9 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Austin is a key contact for the practice.

Significant clients American Express, Family Dollar Stores, GlaxoSmithKline, Lafarge, Suntory Holdings.

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Basic facts about the department Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Impresses with a diverse practice which can cater to clients' needs across a wide variety of industries and deal types. Particular areas of strength include private equity and deals involving the technology, media and telecommunications industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're our trusted counsel for everything important. What I like is that they're really, really good."

"They are constantly on top of all the moving pieces, are great negotiators and are also well-organized."

Work highlights Represented TIAA-CREF in connection with its purchase of Nuveen Investments worth a total $6.25 billion.

Acted for Protective Life in its acquisition of Tokyo firm Dai-Ichi Life for $5.7 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Rosen chairs the corporate practice group and is a key contact.

Significant clients AIG, The Carlyle Group, Johnson & Johnson, Tribune Company, Verizon Communications.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for An impressive nationwide practice with a healthy reputation for corporate work, featuring a broad-based approach encompassing major deals in most practice areas. Notable for its coverage, possessing strong offices in several major markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're highly skilled practitioners at the top of their profession. They're knowledgeable about the market and can offer practical advice while providing the technical expertise needed to navigate issues."

"They did a great job - they were efficient, experienced and allowed us to move through the process very quickly."  

Work highlights Acted for Lazard as financial adviser to Walgreens on the latter's $15 billion acquisition of a 55% stake in Alliance Boots, making Walgreens sole owner.

Represented TRI Pointe Homes in its purchase of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate in a deal valued at $2.7 billion.

Notable practitioners

The M&A practice is cochaired by Barbara Becker, Jeffrey Chapman and Stephen Glover.

Significant clients 7-Eleven, Fender Musical Instruments, Hewlett-Packard, Marriott, Towers Watson.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Silicon Valley and New York.

What the team is known for Extremely proficient in several locations across the USA in addition to its strength in New York. Represents clients in a range of important industries, with technology, energy and healthcare just a few of its key areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do a great job of keeping track of the sheer number of issues that flow through a major transaction. They also ensure great team consistency even on super-large transactions."

"They distinguish themselves by being as smart as anyone, aggressive when they need to be and they give great counsel in the true sense of the word."

"They are incredibly service-oriented. They listen to their clients and are objective." 

Work highlights Represented Kinder Morgan in a major restructuring, featuring the acquisition of the remaining interests in three of its subsidiaries, worth a total of $70 billion.

Acted for Facebook in its acquisition of WhatsApp in a $16 billion deal.

Notable practitioners

New York partner Michael Aiello is the chair of the firm's corporate department.

Significant clients DIRECTV, Eli Lilly, Herbalife, Kroger, Sanofi.

Band 3 | Jones Day

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Cleveland, Palo Alto, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Strong corporate group characterized by its breadth, both geographically and in sector expertise, and depth of deal experience and bench strength. Acts for a wide array of clients, including a number of blue-chip firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The level of service we have received from Jones Day has been superb, encompassing excellent legal advice, extreme responsiveness, unsurpassed attention to detail and, most importantly, the utmost attention to our needs and concerns."

"Its team is able to provide a great range of experience, knowledge and abilities. It provides great services, everything ranging from technical, arcane legal issues to day-to-day counseling matters."

Work highlights Represented Reynolds American in its purchase of Lorillard for a total of $27.4 billion.

Acted for SAP on its acquisition of Concur Technologies in an $8.3 billion deal.

Notable practitioners

Robert Profusek leads the firm's M&A practice.

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Tokyo Electron, Koch Industries, Eastman Chemical, ConAgra Foods.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Acts on significant corporate transactions on behalf of clients all over the US and beyond from its New York headquarters. Possesses an impressive bench of experienced and high-quality practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Really a phenomenal firm. They're the epitome of being available and are great when you need things to move quickly."

"They were able to develop sage advice as to how we should practically address situations. It's not just getting the work done but sensitivity to our needs as well."

"They are highly professional and pragmatic, as well as responsive and available at all times." 

Work highlights Acted for Time Warner Cable in its merger with Comcast, valued at $45.2 billion.

Represented Oak Hill Capital Partners in the sale of aerospace manufacturer Firth Rixson to Alcoa for $2.85 billion.

Notable practitioners

Key contact Robert Schumer chairs the firm's corporate practice group.

Significant clients Apollo Global Management, General Atlantic, Ericsson, CI Capital Partners, Kate Spade.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco and New York.

What the team is known for Accomplished M&A practice held in high regard for its breadth of expertise in complex M&A deals. Undertakes a broad variety of transaction sizes and types for clients in an array of industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have tremendous expertise. When we have complicated deals, we go to them."

"They are top-notch and they don't take client relationships for granted - they view us as important and we always get the resources we need."

"They give really good legal advice, including the business aspects of getting the deal done as well as the legal side." 

Work highlights Acted for chemicals manufacturer Albermarle in its purchase of Rockwood Holdings for $6.2 billion.

Represented Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $1.6 billion sale of Air Distribution Technologies to Johnson Control.

Notable practitioners

George Casey is the head of the firm's global M&A group.

Significant clients Citigroup, Dow Chemical, Liberty Global, Mubadala Development, Nokia.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Highly rated practice with a genuinely nationwide presence thanks to capable offices in a number of major markets. Advises clients in a wide variety of industries, including utilities and energy, as well as providing transactional expertise in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were very quick in adapting to our needs and really providing what we need. They provide the highest-class service."

"They are smart, responsive and dedicated to their clients."

"A magnificent firm."  

Work highlights Acted for life sciences firm Sigma-Aldrich on its sale to Merck for $17 billion.

Assisted liquor producer Beam in its acquisition by Suntory Holdings. The deal was worth approximately $16 billion.

Notable practitioners

Paul Choi in Chicago and Scott Freeman from New York are co-heads of the corporate practice.

Significant clients Brunswick, Churchill Downs, eBay, Hillshire Brands, Roche Group.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, Austin, Dallas, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Respected giant in the energy space with an exceptional Texas presence, while also undertaking a broad spectrum of transactions across the country relating to areas such as media and financial services. Experienced in handling multi-billion deals for domestic and international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have deep subject matter expertise, they know the market and the people we deal with are exceptionally responsive."

"I like their practical approach to problems. They have an understanding of the business and our desires and they'll talk through different alternatives."

"The way that they communicate in particular is one of their strong points. They keep us informed of what's happening and pick up the phone to talk about strategy in a quick manner." 

Work highlights Represented Crosstex Energy in its merger of its midstream assets with Devon Energy in a deal worth more than $10 billion. The newly formed company is known as Enlink Midstream. 

Acted for Sallie Mae in its spinoff of part of its business to form Navient. The new company had a $7.1 billion market capitalization.

Notable practitioners  

The corporate practice is cochaired by key contacts Kelly Rose and David Kirkland.

Significant clients LINN Energy, CA Technologies, Marathon Oil, Schlumberger, Halliburton.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Active in a range of M&A deals involving important practice areas including aerospace, technology, real estate and healthcare. Provides clients with the benefit of an experienced bench of highly proficient transactional practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very business-minded and have a completely can-do attitude. No matter how substantial the request or short the notice, they just do what it takes to get the job done."

"They figure out a way to get the deal done in the way the client wants. They do a great job."

Work highlights Acted for Merck in the sale of its consumer care business in a $14.2 billion deal with Bayer.

Represented Beckman Coulter in its acquisition of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics' clinical microbiology arm for $450 million.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Schwenkel is a key contact in the practice.

Significant clients Costco Wholesale, Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Humana, Permira, Morgan Stanley.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, McLean, New York, Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Possesses impressive nationwide capability thanks to a network of strong offices advising prominent clients. Provides expertise in international deals, with the firm's Asian presence a particularly productive area for large, cross-border transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are responsive, solutions-oriented and they can bring in the right expertise when needed to think creatively on any problem."

"They've been great - they have been very thorough as well as thoughtful about the business side including relationship-building, rather than just the strict legals." 

Work highlights Acted for VMware in its purchase of AirWatch in a deal worth $1.54 billion.

Worked with Balfour Beatty in connection with the sale of its subsidiary, Parsons Brinckerhoff, to WSP Global for $1.35 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Townsend is a key contact at the firm's San Francisco office.

Significant clients Intel, Softbank, McKesson, Autodesk, Yahoo!.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Impressive corporate practice in a number of areas, with particular expertise in private equity transactions. Additional focus in other sectors including healthcare and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a really high-quality team and a deep bench. I get outstanding service and outstanding minds."

"They're wonderful at running deal processes. We get good legal advice but also people that have a business outlook." 

Work highlights Assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch with its role as financial adviser to Kroger in Kroger's $2.65 billion combination with Harris Teeter Supermarkets.

Acted for Wright Medical Group on its merger with Dutch firm Tornier, valued at $1.5 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Goldstein is head of the practice and a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, Morgans Hotel Group, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Keurig Green Mountain, Becton Dickinson.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, Dallas, Austin and New York.

What the team is known for A top-level firm for energy-related transactional work, particularly in its home state of Texas. Also offers high levels of capability in other markets and sectors, with pharmaceuticals and healthcare among its areas of expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their ability to grasp the issues and provide practical solutions really stood out."

"Vinson & Elkins is very service oriented and has consistently risen to every challenge we have put before them."

Work highlights Represented Devon Energy in its merger with Crosstex Energy to form EnLink Midstream.

Acted for Targa Resources in its purchase of Atlas Pipeline in a $7.7 billion deal.

Notable practitioners  

Keith Fullenweider is head of department and a key contact.

Significant clients C&J Energy Services, Energy XXI (Bermuda), Oil States International, Sabine Oil & Gas, TPG Capital.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Prominent firm that has a strong heritage and reputation in mergers and acquisitions from its New York base. Able to cover a number of industry sectors and types of transaction, with insurance and real estate just a few of its areas of expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're fantastic - my guys for M&A. They're extremely sharp and M&A is their expertise. They know things inside and out and can make transactions very smooth."

"What distinguishes them is their imagination, their understanding of your real objectives and their ability to deal with the other side in a way that gets the deal done."

"They have an excellent understanding of our business and are very dedicated to doing the right thing for us."

Work highlights Assisted leading Japanese insurer Dai-ichi Life Insurance with its $5.7 billion acquisition of Protective Life.

Acted for The Men's Wearhouse in its acquisition of Jos. A Bank. The deal was worth a total $1.8 billion.

Notable practitioners

David Boston and Steven Seidman cochair the firm's M&A practice.

Significant clients Level 3 Communications, Comcast, Homesite Group, Thales Group, Wright Insurance.

Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded - Nationwide

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Band 1 | Dechert LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Philadelphia.

What the team is known for Experienced and capable practice primarily undertaking private equity deals and strategic M&A, both domestically and internationally. Offers a wide array of industry expertise with healthcare and financial services among its strongest sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're phenomenal - we feel like we're the only client of the firm."

"They were very dedicated and creative as well as being very business-oriented and trying to find solutions."

"They're very strong when it comes to negotiating and execution - understanding how to get the deal done."

Work highlights Acted for Crown Holdings on its acquisition and financing of Misiva Envases in a $1.65 billion deal with affiliates of Blackstone Group.

Worked with Edgen Group on its purchase by Sumitomo Corporation of America in a $1.2 billion transaction.

Notable practitioners

Key contacts are Henry Nassau in Philadelphia and Mark Thierfelder in New York.

Significant clients Brickman Group, Certares, FMC, H&E Equipment Services, Monster Worldwide.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, New York, Menlo Park, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for High-quality practice which has both coasts covered and is a good choice for a variety of corporate and private equity deals. Features expertise in a diverse range of areas including financial services, life sciences and technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they are excellent at what they do. They have a good commercial sense. These guys are very business minded in addition to the legal stuff."

"All the lawyers are available 24/7. We couldn't get better service."

"They are very good strategically. They are helpful at advancing our goals and know how to execute them."

Work highlights Acted for Trulia on its acquisition by Zillow in a $3.5 billion deal.

Represented Mac-Gray in its sale to CSC ServiceWorks for $524 million.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Johnson in the Boston office is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients TripAdvisor, Essex Property Trust, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Royalty Pharma, Hubspot.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Baltimore, Denver, Miami, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Utilizes a fine international capability and deep expertise to provide a comprehensive transactional service. Broad-based practice which covers the full gamut of industry areas, with particular strength in matters involving highly regulated industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We could not be happier with the firm. In terms of the attorneys' expertise, it is as good as I have encountered. Where they really stand out is their overall service level; they are incredibly responsive and have a real knack for giving very practical advice."

"Hogan Lovells stands out for its unparalleled expertise and ability to help globally, given its broad geographic reach."

Work highlights Acted for a REIT, Colonial Properties Trust, in its $8.6 billion merger of equals with Mid-America Apartment Communities.

Represented Gemalto in its $890 million acquisition of Safenet from Vector Capital.

Notable practitioners

David Gibbons is global head of the firm's corporate group and is a key contact.

Significant clients Ford Motor Company, Novartis International, Office Depot, 21st Century Fox, ExxonMobil. 

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Miami and New York.

What the team is known for Proficient corporate department which handles a wide range of M&A work at the high-end and mid-market levels. Highly adept at international transactions, with offices in Europe, Latin America and Asia regularly assisting on cross-border deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their knowledge of the market with respect to legal matters is top-notch, as is their level of expertise."

"They are very practical, pragmatic and understand the needs of the client." 

Work highlights Represented Dynegy in its purchase of 11 gas and coal power plants from Duke Energy for $2.8 billion.

Acted for Zimmer Holdings on its acquisition of medical device producer Biomet for $13.35 billion.

Notable practitioners 

Global head of M&A John Reiss is a key contact.

Significant clients DISH Network, Fortis, Calpine, Pilot Flying J, Hess.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, Palo Alto and Seattle.

What the team is known for Large West Coast-based practice with a high level of capability in transactional matters. Continues to provide key expertise in technology-related deals on behalf of both startups and large tech firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They always bring their A-game. They really care about the client and I feel like my outside counsel are an extension of my legal department."

"The thing they bring is that they have so many different niche resources they can bring in to get things done. It's a well-orchestrated practice." 

Work highlights Assisted computing company Fusion-io with its acquisition by Sandisk for $1.2 billion.

Represented Google in its purchase of Nest Labs in a deal valued at $3.2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Korman is head of the firm's M&A and private equity groups.

Significant clients Adobe, Expedia, Netflix, Seagate, Twitter.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Notable corporate practice with an established presence in transactional matters, as well as expertise in advising clients on shareholder activism issues. Regularly involved in top-level deals for a wide range of organizations from numerous industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I find them to be keenly sensitive to business issues as much as they are with the corporate legal minutiae. I can't speak highly enough about them."

"They're super-responsive! They're just outstanding."  

Work highlights Acted for Goldman Sachs as financial adviser to Jos. A Bank on its joint acquisition, with Golden Gate Capital, of The Men's Wearhouse.

Represented Mercuria in its purchase of the energy and commodities business from JP Morgan for $3.5 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Cox is a key partner in the corporate practice.

Significant clients Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Barclays Bank, Credit Suisse, Forbes Media, Towers Watson & Co.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Seattle, Atlanta, Pheonix, San Diego, Boston, Baltimore, Palo Alto, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Features outstanding geographical breadth across the major economic centers of the USA and brings skill and experience to bear on transactions. Caters for a wide variety of industry needs, with life sciences, technology and real estate among its core areas of expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have partners on the ground in basically every jurisdiction - real depth and breadth of legal support across the board, with specific experts and exceptional partner relationships."

"They offer a business approach. Not only do I get the black and white of their legal response, they're also not afraid to share a business perspective, which is extremely helpful."

"Extraordinarily responsive - any hour of the day, any day of the week. There has never been an issue getting hold of them. Amazing." 

Work highlights Advised healthcare outsourcing firm Synergy Health on its merger with STERIS, worth $1.9 billion.

Acted for Measurement Specialties on its purchase by TE Connectivity in a $1.7 billion transaction.

Notable practitioners

Key contact Jonathan Klein is head of US M&A at the firm.

Significant clients BioFire Diagnostics, Federal-Mogul, Groupon, JDS Uniphase, The Active Network.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and New York.

What the team is known for An increased national presence following the arrival of a number of attorneys from Bingham McCutchen. Experienced and proficient in M&A deals of all sizes, with various areas of sector expertise including energy, life sciences, media and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're second-to-none in terms of client service - incredibly responsive and they just try and lift the pressure off you and give the impression of 'leave this with us.'"

"They're responsive and nimble, making us a high priority. They're creative and willing to think outside the box."

What's new? A substantial number of corporate attorneys relocated to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Bingham McCutchen in November 2014.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of MICROS Systems in its sale to Oracle. The deal was worth a total $5.3 billion.

Represented food distributor Nash Finch in a $1.3 billion merger with Spartan Stores.

Notable practitioners

The firm's M&A practice is cochaired by Richard Aldridge and Jonathan Morris.  

Significant clients Apollo Advisors, Pearson, Deutsche Boerse, Sun Capital Partners, Kynetic.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Enjoys a healthy reputation for its corporate practice, particularly in the key sectors of technology and life sciences. Provides clients with a seamless service thanks to its ability to utilize multiple offices across the USA and worldwide where necessary.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"When you have to pick a firm that can cover all the bases, Paul Hastings is phenomenal."

"They are there every step of the way and have a complete understanding of our company."

Work highlights Acted for David Murdock, chairman and CEO of Dole Food, on his take-private acquisition of the company in a $1.6 billion deal.

Represented the Allbritton family in the sale of its stake in Perpetual to Charleston Television. The transaction was valued at $985 million.

Notable practitioners  

Carl Sanchez, global chair of the M&A practice, is a key contact.

Significant clients Samsung, General Electric, Boeing, Wolters Kluwer, Publicis Groupe.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Washington, DC and New York.

What the team is known for Exhibits a broad-based corporate practice which can undertake work in a wide array of sectors to a high standard. Regularly hired by major clients to act on high-end and upper mid-market transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I've been very impressed. They're thorough, appropriately aggressive when needed, they have an incredible work ethic and they're very smart people." 

"They're really focused on the client's needs and they have a great understanding of our business and culture."

Work highlights Acted for American Realty Capital Properties in its purchase of Cole Real Estate Investments for $11.2 billion.

Assisted Grifols with its acquisition of Novartis's transfusion diagnostics business for $1.7 billion.

Notable practitioners

Ronald Papa is a key contact for the practice.

Significant clients Ares Management, Amadeus IT Holding, BTG Pactual, Henry Schein, Summit Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Recognized for its expertise in handling transactions involving regulated industries, including the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors. Experienced in advising private equity firms and hedge funds as well as large corporations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were outstanding. Their subject matter knowledge and responsiveness were unparalleled, their attention to detail, diligence and follow-through truly outstanding. I'd go with these guys any day of the week."  

"If I had a choice, I'd pick Covington every day. They're very approachable guys, very competent and give good advice."  

Work highlights Acted for Forest Laboratories on its purchase of Furiex Pharmaceuticals in a $1.1 billion deal.

Assisted Aristocrat Leisure with its acquisition of Video Gaming Technologies for $1.28 billion.

Notable practitioners

The practice is co-led by Catherine Dargan and Scott Smith.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Illumina, MidFirst Bank, Salix Pharmaceuticals.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Highly capable West Coast practice which is particularly adept at technology-based deals, including the representation of some of the leading tech firms in Silicon Valley. Also noted for its ability to act for clients in the venture capital space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are an outstanding firm with tremendous range. They scale very well across deal sizes and types and are just as good on a middle-market deal as a large strategic one."

"I like their breadth of experience, the responsiveness and the quality of their advice."

Work highlights Advised WhatsApp on its purchase by Facebook in a deal valued at $16 billion.

Represented cloud software firm Responsys in its go-private acquisition by Oracle for $1.6 billion.

Notable practitioners

The M&A department is led by key contacts Doug Cogen and David Healy.

Significant clients Cisco Systems, Facebook, Airbnb, Diamond Foods, Symantec.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami and New York.

What the team is known for National practice spreading across the East Coast, Midwest and Mountain States from its Florida headquarters. Adept at transactions across a wide range of sectors and able to undertake both high-end and mid-market deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The service was world class. Incredibly skilled lawyers providing really attentive service."

"The firm is top caliber. They have a group of experts in all the key areas that we need which makes it very efficient to get things done."

Work highlights Represented Jefferies as financial adviser to Salix Pharmaceuticals in the latter's $2.6 billion purchase of Santarus.

Acted on behalf of Jarden in its purchase of Yankee Candle for $1.8 billion.

Notable practitioners

Global M&A practice chair Dennis Block is a key contact.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, HEICO, MasTec, Equity International.

Band 3 | K&L Gates

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Seattle, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

What the team is known for Versatile corporate team which maintains a strong geographic presence across the country. Acts for clients in a wide range of industries, with TMT, transportation and energy among its strongest areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Strong acumen of course and, most importantly, they get things done for us and are willing to do whatever is needed on whatever timeline is required."

"They have strong and deep resources and are able to handle a wide breadth of matters competently in a cost-effective manner."  

Work highlights Acted for Brightstar on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Softbank for $1.26 billion.

Represented Allegheny Technologies in the sale of its tungsten business to Kennametal. The deal was worth $605 million.

Notable practitioners 

Robert Zinn is a key contact for the department.

Significant clients Microsoft, Alcoa, Halliburton, PPG Industries, Koppers.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Atlanta.

What the team is known for Proficient in a wide variety of M&A transactions, with mid-market deals a particular specialty. Respected for its work across a range of practice areas including life sciences, technology and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very responsive, have great attention to detail and are well-organized. They understood our business very quickly and had relevant connections."

"They always bring a broad team to bear - you get senior leadership in addition to well-qualified and hardworking younger guys. Their strategic insights have been spot on." 

Work highlights Represented private equity sponsor Roark Capital Group in its purchase of CKE for $1.75 billion from Apollo Group.

Assisted a portfolio company of Arcapita in its acquisition by Sandvik for $740 million.

Notable practitioners

Raymond Baltz is head of the firm's corporate group and a key contact.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, SunTrust Banks, General Electric, The Home Depot, Sprint Nextel.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Miami, Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Well-established mid-market practice which acts for both corporates and private equity clients on deals as well as providing corporate governance support. Areas of expertise include industrial manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very professional with bright attorneys who are very service-oriented. Availability, responsiveness and proactivity are hallmarks of our relationship with McDermott."

"They give great advice and service, and have good judgment. They know our industry and our business very well, which is a big plus."

Work highlights Assisted Millard Refrigerated Services with its acquisition by Lineage Logistics Holdings for a reported value of around $1 billion.

Represented Duvel Moortgat Brewery in its purchase of Boulevard Brewing Company in a $100 million transaction.

Notable practitioners

David Goldman heads the firm's corporate department.

Significant clients Bridgestone, Covidien, Motorola, Tribune Company, Ryder Systems.

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