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Corporate/M&A: The Elite - New York

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What the team is known for Elite M&A practice recognized for its capabilities in high-value and sophisticated transactions for public and private companies. Strong bench of talented individual lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The quality of the intelligence of folks at Cravath is second to none. They are available 24/7 and are extremely experienced in navigating the world of M&A."

"They were very down to earth, really good lawyers and they really proved themselves on our transactions, where all of their sophistication and negotiating skill really came to bear."

Work highlights Acted for Grupo Modelo on its $20.1 billion acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Represented IBM in a number of acquisitions, including those of SoftLayer Technologies, UrbanCode and StoredIQ.

Notable practitioners 

Head of the corporate department Scott Barshay is a highly regarded M&A practitioner with a high-profile client roster spanning a number of industries. Clients are full of praise, saying he is "very bright, very capable, thoughtful, creative and exceptionally talented." Recent work includes representing JDA Software Group's board of directors in relation to the company's $1.9 billion acquisition by RedPrairie.

Richard Hall is "a very talented M&A lawyer," according to peers, while clients appreciate his pragmatic approach to transactions. Recent work includes handling The Linde Group's $4.6 billion acquisition of home healthcare company Lincare Holdings.

Faiza Saeed co-heads the M&A group at Cravath and handles a wide range of transactional and corporate governance matters, including proxy contests and takeover defense. One happy client says: "The work product that is delivered is flawless and fast. She thinks of all the issues relating to the matters, not just technical legal concerns, identifies the implications of those issues and presents solutions that anticipate and resolve those implications. She explains it all simply and quickly."

Philip Gelston is chair of the corporate department and handles corporate advisory work, joint ventures and M&A. Kraft is a key client, and recent work includes handling the spin-out of its North American grocery business. Peers appreciate his approach to negotiations, saying he is "an absolute gentleman."

Mark Greene has a particular focus on cross-border work in the M&A space, recently advising the special committee of the board of directors of CNH Global on the company's merger with Fiat Industrial.

George Schoen recently acted as a lead partner for Delta Air Lines on its joint venture with and $360 million share purchase in Virgin Atlantic Airways. His practice covers both hostile and consensual transactions, as well as corporate governance advice.

Robert Townsend co-heads the M&A group and is very well regarded by peers, while clients say he is "very creative in helping us solve issues, very knowledgeable in his field and a pleasure to work with." He recently advised AmerisourceBergen on its strategic relationship with Walgreens and Alliance Boots.

Clients say Damien Zoubek is "an incredible corporate lawyer: very sophisticated, practical and really very bright." He recently acted for Lender Processing Services on its approximately $2.9 billion acquisition by Fidelity National Financial.

Significant clients Santander, DreamWorks Animation, Johnson & Johnson, Shell, Time Warner.

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What the team is known for Very highly regarded corporate and M&A practice, frequently called on for complex, high-value and cross-border matters. Excellent client roster of public and private companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are outstanding at what they do and have a mind to try and solve problems rather than create them. They're really, really easy to work with. They combine an excellence in their craft with practicality."

"They are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in their field, but in addition are very well coordinated internally. They're extremely good at offering a seamless, coordinated response to all questions."

Work highlights Represented HJ Heinz in its $28 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital.

Acted for Comcast on the $18.1 billion acquisition of the 49% common equity stake it did not already own in the NBCUniversal joint venture.

Notable practitioners 

Co-head of the M&A department George Bason is well regarded by peers, who appreciate his "steady, reasonable" approach and highlight his extensive experience in M&A matters. He recently acted for CNOOC on its $15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen. Clients praise Bason as "one of the most established members of the M&A legal Bar and one of the brightest M&A lawyers. He's very practical and incredibly thoughtful."

David Caplan is co-head of the M&A department at Davis Polk, and handles M&A and strategic partnerships for corporate clients and investors. Clients say he is "very practical in big transactions where there could be hundreds of issues. He really focuses on the things that are most important and is very firm when he needs to be." He recently represented Aetna in its $7.3 billion acquisition of Coventry Health Care.

Phillip Mills has a wide-ranging practice encompassing public and private M&A, corporate advisory work and cross-border transactions. Recent work includes acting for Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance on the $1.3 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based Jackson Square Aviation.

Louis Goldberg handles M&A and private equity matters, strategic alliances and corporate governance advice. Recent work includes acting for CVS Caremark on its acquisition of Brazilian health and personal care retailer Drogaria Onofre.

John Bick's practice covers a range of matters, from M&A and private equity transactions to takeover defense and corporate governance. Clients say he is "a very impressive M&A attorney – extremely responsive, with excellent judgment." He recently acted for HJ Heinz on its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G.

Marc Williams recently represented ConAgra Foods in its $6.8 billion acquisition of food product manufacturer Ralcorp. Clients say he is "really responsive and very commercial, looking to solve problems and get deals done."

Rising star Michael Davis focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A, recently acting for Warner Chilcott on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Actavis. Clients are impressed by his ability to "capably handle a tremendous volume of work."

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Cigna, Bertelsmann, CNOOC, Comcast.

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What the team is known for A leading firm in the private equity space, with an excellent M&A offering for public clients as well. Recognized by peers and clients alike for its high-quality transactional advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"We use them without hesitation on complex and high-value deals. They have a very broad bench and can put whatever resources are needed on it. Highly responsive."

"They are outstanding: creative and client-driven." 

Work highlights Acted for Smithfield Foods on its merger with Hong Kong-based Shuanghui International Holdings.

Advised Crestwood Midstream Partners on the merger of Crestwood with Inergy Midstream.

Notable practitioners 

Gary Horowitz's practice covers M&A, strategic alliances and corporate finance, for clients including public companies and private equity firms. Clients appreciate his "vast experience" in transactional matters, adding that he "knows his stuff inside and out, and is very effective as a negotiator." 

Lee Meyerson is well regarded in the market for his work in the financial institutions space. He handles mergers, acquisitions and other transactions for banks, government agencies and private equity investors.

Mario Ponce handles a broad range of corporate and M&A matters, including proxy contests, joint ventures and corporate governance. He recently acted for Office Depot on its merger with OfficeMax. Clients say he is "business-focused and extremely responsive; he's one of those lawyers who can give you the answer when you need it."

Robert Spatt's practice covers corporate governance and M&A, with experience acting for the full range of transactional parties. Peers note that he is a formidable opponent, praising him as being "tough to work against, but very good," and saying he is "very knowledgeable about the law."

William Curbow represents both private and public companies, recently acting for Vodafone on the $130 billion sale of a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications. Clients appreciate that he "stays commercial and knows what's important."

Richard Beattie is an esteemed figure in the New York market, with a specialty in corporate governance issues. One client praises him as "a preeminent attorney," adding: "There's no one I would rather go to for advice."

The highly experienced Casey Cogut handles domestic and international M&A, as well as private equity and corporate governance matters. He recently acted for Eaton on its approximately $11.8 billion acquisition of Cooper Industries.

Significant clients ARAMARK, Cogeco Cable, McKesson, Tyco International, special committee of the board of directors of Clearwire.

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What the team is known for Widely recognized as a powerhouse M&A practice, representing private and public companies as well as private equity firms. Talented bench of individual attorneys.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are very responsive. We hire them for very complex, high-end matters and they certainly have the resources and substantive knowledge to really guide us through and be good counselors. They bring value in their advice."

"Skadden: for me, they are God." 

"They are extremely efficient and resourceful. They have a great depth of talent."

Work highlights Acted for Sprint Nextel on its $21.6 billion sale of a 78% stake to SoftBank, and on the related convertible bond issue.

Advised News Corporation on the separation of its publishing and entertainment businesses into Twenty-First Century Fox and News Corporation, now two publicly traded companies.

Notable practitioners 

Peers recognize Peter Allan Atkins as "one of the key M&A players in the market." He has significant experience in corporate advisory work and M&A matters, acting for buyers, sellers and investment banks. Clients say: "His judgment, and the way he deals with extremely complicated deals and with complicated 'people issues' in deals, is truly extraordinary."

Lou Kling focuses on public and private company M&A, with experience in consensual and hostile acquisitions. Recent work includes representing DuPont in the $4.9 billion sale to The Carlyle Group of DuPont Performance Coatings. One happy client praises Kling as "one of the most balanced and thoughtful lawyers I have had the pleasure of working with."

Paul Schnell's practice covers both domestic and international M&A, private equity matters, takeover defense and corporate governance. Peers rate his abilities highly, saying he is "a difficult lawyer to do a deal with, but not in a bad way: he's a guy you can't make a mistake with, because he'll pounce on it. It's a high-stakes match-up!" He recently acted for Pfizer on the complex carve-out of and split-off from its animal health business (now Zoetis).

Clients say Howard Ellin "lives and breathes M&A law and transactions." His broad practice encompasses M&A, private equity and LBOs, and corporate advisory work. He serves as global co-head of the firm's corporate transactions and M&A groups. 

Eileen Nugent handles acquisitions and dispositions, both domestically and internationally, with particular experience in LBOs. She recently represented Becker Underwood in its $1 billion purchase by BASF. Clients praise her for the "ton of experience" and "very good perspective she can bring to the matters that we work on." Nugent serves as global co-head of the transactions practice.

The well-regarded Stephen Arcano represents buyers, sellers and targets in a range of corporate and M&A matters. He recently acted for Valeant Pharmaceuticals on the acquisition of Bausch & Lomb for $8.7 billion. Clients say: "He is able to always be strategic and to make difficult choices without sugarcoating them. He can explain the pros and cons very well."

Eric Cochran handles general corporate counseling as well as M&A matters, with experience in both domestic and international transactions. He recently acted for Mylan on the $6.1 billion acquisition of Agila Specialties, an Indian pharmaceuticals manufacturer.

Joseph Coco is experienced in M&A, private equity matters and corporate finance. He recently acted for Vanguard Health Systems on its acquisition by Tenet Healthcare, for $4.3 billion. Clients say he "knows the industry back and forwards. He provides grounded advice, and is measured but practical."

Thomas Kennedy specializes in media, technology and telecom transactions. He recently acted for Sprint Nextel on the sale of a 78% stake to SoftBank.

Martha McGarry handles the full range of corporate and M&A matters for clients, with notable representations including Rain CII Carbon's $914 million acquisition of German chemical company RÜTGERS. Coca-Cola is a key client.

Significant clients Activision Blizzard, Joh. A. Benckiser, Goldman Sachs, National Financial Partners, TPG Capital.

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What the team is known for A go-to firm for sophisticated and strategically significant corporate and M&A counsel. Frequently called upon for both domestic and international transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Sullivan & Cromwell is at the head of the class from our perspective. I would recommend the team for any deal that is strategically important for the company." 

"They are among the elite of the elite." 

Work highlights Acted for Anheuser-Busch InBev on the $20.1 billion acquisition of the stake it did not already own in Grupo Modelo.

Advised Fiat Industrial on its merger with CNH Global.

Notable practitioners 

Rodgin Cohen has a stellar reputation in the New York corporate and M&A market, with clients identifying him as "simply the most commercially aware, proactive and connected of the outside counsel," and highlighting his ability to "put himself in his clients' shoes." He recently acted on IntercontinentalExchange's approximately $8.2 billion acquisition of multinational financial services company NYSE Euronext.

Francis Aquila co-heads the firm's general practice group and has a practice encompassing negotiated and hostile M&A, private equity matters and strategic alliances. Peers say he is a "very practical" lawyer whom "clients love."

The well-regarded James Morphy represents the full range of transactional parties in negotiated and hostile M&A. Peers rate his abilities highly, saying: "He's just a very intelligent lawyer; he really knows what he's doing. He can be very tough, but he's also practical and reasonable."

Clients praise Joseph Frumkin as "a very reasonable, persuasive and thoughtful man." He recently acted for the special committee of the board of directors of American Greetings on the company's $878 million acquisition by the Weiss family and certain related parties. Frumkin is well regarded in the New York market for his M&A and corporate governance experience.

Stephen Kotran advises acquirers, targets, special committees and financial advisers on a range of M&A transactions. He recently represented Goldman Sachs in a number of transactions, including as financial adviser to Gardner Denver in its $3.9 billion acquisition by KKR. Peers say he is "an excellent transactional attorney, very smart, and very constructive."

Mitchell Eitel has a practice focus on financial services transactions, including M&A and investment matters. Clients praise his "consistently good work" and appreciate that he is "always available."

Melissa Sawyer handles a wide range of M&A and private equity matters, including takeover defense and shareholder activism. Clients highlight her "wonderful manner" and say that she is both "thoughtful and careful" in her approach.

Significant clients Ally Financial, Apollo Tyres, Perrigo, priceline.com, Sobeys.

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What the team is known for Maintains a stellar reputation in the M&A market for sophisticated, high-profile and business-critical transactions. Strong bench of talented individual lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They really are tremendous. Everyone I've ever worked with there has been first rate."

"An excellent firm, especially around large public-to-private transactions." 

Work highlights Acted for Verizon Communications on the $130 billion acquisition from Vodafone of a 45% interest in Verizon Wireless.

Advised Thermo Fisher Scientific on its $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies.

Notable practitioners 

Adam Emmerich advises clients on M&A and corporate governance matters, with additional expertise in takeover defense work. He is well regarded in the market, with peers praising him as being "smart and easy to work with."

Edward Herlihy is a well-known name in the banking sector, with peers identifying him as "an absolute star in financial institutions M&A." He is also experienced in advising on proxy contests and takeovers.

Peers hold David Katz in high regard, highlighting the strength of his practice and saying he is "wonderful to work with." As well as M&A and buyouts, he advises on corporate governance, proxy contests and takeover defense.

The "superb" Andrew Nussbaum handles a wide range of corporate and M&A work, including takeovers, private equity matters and spin-outs. He has a particular focus on media and entertainment, as well as cross-border transactions. 

Andrew Brownstein cochairs the corporate group and advises on M&A, LBOs, proxy contests and takeovers. He recently acted for Corning on its $1.9 billion acquisition of the 50% interest in Samsung Corning Precision Materials it did not already own. Peers say he is "a great lawyer: very practical and good to work with."

Clients praise Daniel Neff, alongside partner Steven Rosenblum, for their "virtuoso performance" in M&A transactions, adding that "watching them negotiate was like watching Stradivarius make a violin." Neff's practice covers corporate counseling, M&A, hostile takeovers and proxy contests.

Corporate cochair Steven Rosenblum handles a broad spectrum of M&A and corporate issues, including shareholder and hedge fund activism. Recent highlights include representing Michael Dell in the $24.4 billion buyout of Dell with Silver Lake.

David Shapiro handles a wide range of corporate and M&A matters for clients in the financial services, media and entertainment, and real estate sectors.

Trevor Norwitz's practice encompasses M&A, corporate counseling and strategic alliances. Clients identify him as "a great corporate lawyer."

A founding partner of the firm, Martin Lipton continues to be regarded by peers as "a superstar" in the New York market. 

Significant clients Publicis Groupe, Leap Wireless, Chesapeake Energy, TowerBrook Capital Partners, Lions Gate Entertainment.

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What the team is known for Longstanding reputation in the New York market. Frequently called upon for complex and cross-border M&A matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were available 29 hours a day. They handled the transaction so well, smoothed things over and made my life a lot easier."

"They got up to speed very fast. It was a pretty leanly staffed team and the entire team worked well together. We really enjoyed working with them." 

Work highlights Advised Google on its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Acted for Bausch & Lomb on its $8.7 billion acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners 

Victor Lewkow handles M&A for public and private companies, as well as advising boards of directors. Clients say he "is really thoughtful and applies a lot of judgment" to transactions. He recently advised the board of directors of National Financial Partners and the special committee of the board in relation to the company's acquisition by Madison Dearborn.

Paul Shim is well regarded by peers and popular with clients, who say: "He is just a phenomenal lawyer. He combines years of experience with tremendous expertise, legal skills and strategic thinking. Has a remarkable demeanor and really commands the room." He acts for both public and private companies, recently representing Dollar Thrift Automotive in its acquisition by Hertz Global Holdings for $2.3 billion.

Michael Ryan's practice covers M&A, corporate and financing matters, and he is especially well known for his work on the private equity side. TPG is a key client.

Senior counsel Daniel Sternberg advises on public and private M&A transactions as well as corporate governance issues.

Christopher Austin remains a popular choice with clients, who say his work is "always top-notch" and appreciate his "really good attention to detail on our projects." He advises on M&A for public and private companies, as well as counseling clients on corporate governance and fiduciary duties.

Ethan Klingsberg handles M&A transactions and advises public companies' boards of directors. He recently acted on Stanley Black & Decker's $1.4 billion sale of its hardware and home improvement group. Clients say he is "really looked to as a trusted adviser in his capacity as outside counsel," and appreciate "his understanding of how business operates."

Up-and-comer Benet O'Reilly handles M&A and private equity matters. Recent work includes representing Brightstar and its founder, Marcelo Claure, in the $1.26 billion acquisition of a 57% interest in Brightstar by SoftBank.

Significant clients Scientific Games, Oriental Financial Group, Coca-Cola FEMSA, 3M, ABB.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded practice with a good reputation in the market, particularly in private equity. Handles complex and high-value M&A transactions for public and private companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"You feel like they've really got your back, whether it's going the extra mile to send you news articles that might be helpful, or whether it's being on calls or helping to prepare for calls. If you need them, they will undo their tie and help."

"I felt they had a solid understanding of everything and were able to execute efficiently and with quality."

Work highlights Acted for the special committee of the board of directors of Dell on the $24.4 billion buyout of Dell by Michael Dell and Silver Lake.

Represented Tribune Company in its $2.7 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings.

Notable practitioners 

Corporate practice chair Jeffrey Rosen is very highly regarded, with peers naming him "one of the finest lawyers in town" and clients identifying him as being "extraordinarily experienced, intelligent and creative." He recently acted on the Dell go-private transaction for the special committee of the board of directors.

Cochair of the corporate practice Paul Bird advises public companies, private equity firms, boards of directors and special committees. One source praises "his ability to be not just a good lawyer, but to appreciate all the nuances associated with getting a deal done in a competitive context," adding that "he was very holistic, not just contracts-focused."

William Regner is co-head of the firm's M&A group, acting for public companies, investors and financial advisers. Clients say he is "super-knowledgeable, realistic and very pragmatic, and gets things done."

Kevin Rinker's practice focuses on M&A, private equity and the life sciences sector. He recently acted on AssuraMed's approximately $2 billion sale to Cardinal Health.

Significant clients Access Industries/Warner Music Group, Pernod Ricard, Amazon.com, The Carlyle Group, Schneider Electric.

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What the team is known for Traditionally strong in private equity, with a flourishing public company practice. Frequently called upon for complex and high-profile transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I highly value their responsiveness, availability, level of experience and creativity, and the breadth of their service offering. No matter what specialty you need, they have someone who can help you."

"Kirkland is always striving for outstanding quality and service to the client."

What's new? New clients include Accenture, The Blackstone Group and Hess Corporation.

Work highlights Acted for 3G Partners on the $28 billion acquisition of HJ Heinz with Berkshire Hathaway.

Advised Clearwire on its approximately $14 billion sale to Sprint Nextel.

Notable practitioners 

David Fox represents targets and acquirers in M&A and private equity matters, as well as advising boards of directors and special committees. Clients are full of praise, identifying him as "a top M&A lawyer" and adding that "if you have a complex M&A deal, you want to use him." He recently acted for the special committee of the board of directors of rue21 on the company's approximately $1.1 billion purchase by Apax Partners.

Stephen Fraidin's practice encompasses M&A and corporate counseling for companies and investment clients. He recently acted on 3G's acquisition, with Berkshire Hathaway, of HJ Heinz. Peers commend his approach to deal-making, saying: "There are few people who interact with clients and counsel clients in the way he does. He doesn't feel compelled to prove he is the smartest in the room; he is instead very much focused on the outcome."

Daniel Wolf advises private, public and private equity clients on M&A matters. He recently acted for Duff & Phelps on its acquisition by a consortium including The Carlyle Group and Stone Point Capital. Clients commend Wolf as being "extremely responsive, thoughtful and creative," adding that he is "practical in his responses and in how he deals with situations that arise in the course of negotiating a deal."

Sarkis Jebejian handles domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, as well as corporate counseling. He recently represented Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital in the $6.9 billion investor group acquisition of BMC Software. Clients say: "He is always practical, business-oriented, responsive and hard-working."

Clients say Leo Greenberg is "excellent, very commercial and super hard-working." He focuses on private equity representations, acting for both buyout funds and portfolio companies.

William Sorabella represents strategic acquirers and targets in M&A transactions, as well as private equity clients. He recently acted alongside partner Stephen Fraidin on 3G's acquisition, with Berkshire Hathaway, of HJ Heinz.

Significant clients Bristol-Myers Squibb, Community Health Systems, Accenture, Avis Budget Group, Wyndham Worldwide.

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation in the New York market for M&A matters. Engaged on high-value and strategically significant transactions for a number of high-profile clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An extraordinary level of service, sophisticated advice, and an easy team to work with."

"They know us well, execute well and ask the right questions. They have a very good understanding of the issues and creative ways to address concerns raised by us or the other side in a transaction." 

Work highlights Acted for GE on the $18.1 billion sale of its 49% stake in NBCUniversal to Comcast.

Advised Health Management Associates on its $7.6 billion merger with Community Health Systems.

Notable practitioners  

Peers praise corporate department chair Michael Aiello as "a very practical and incredibly experienced transactional attorney." Clients appreciate his "good judgment" and measured approach, saying that "as a result, people listen to him when he talks." Recent work includes representing the special committee of the board of directors of McMoRan Exploration in connection with the company's $3.4 billion acquisition by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. 

Cochair of the M&A practice Howard Chatzinoff handles a broad range of corporate and M&A matters, including spin-outs and strategic alliances. Clients say he is "a pleasure to work with," highlighting his commercial focus and technical strength. He recently acted for GE on the $18.1 billion sale of its 49% stake in NBCUniversal.

Thomas Roberts's practice encompasses M&A, private equity matters, hostile takeovers and corporate counsel. He recently acted for AMR, parent company of American Airlines, on the airline's $11 billion merger with US Airways Group.

Clients say Frederick Green is "great to work with," citing his ability to "deliver great results with appropriate staffing." His practice covers a wide range of transactions, as well as counseling. Green also serves as cochair of the firm's transactions practice.

Michael Lubowitz remains a popular choice with clients, who appreciate his "strong skill set, great facility with relevant case law impacting M&A, great knowledge of what is 'market', and significant business savvy." He recently acted for American Securities on its acquisition of engineering components manufacturer Metaldyne. 

Significant clients Sanofi, C.R. Bard, Medicis Pharmaceutical, GS Capital Partners, Leucadia National.

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What the team is known for Sizable New York practice handling large and complex M&A transactions. Particularly active representing life sciences and financial services clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Latham understands how we do things. They made a commitment to learn our business and the way we think about issues, our risk tolerance, and the way we make decisions. They're willing to dig in and think about things from a business perspective on a much broader scale."

"My industry is one of the fastest moving in the world and Latham is pivotal in this process."

Work highlights Acted for Access Midstream Partners on its approximately $2.1 billion acquisition of Chesapeake Midstream Operating.

Acted for One Call Medical on its acquisition of TechHealth.

Notable practitioners  

Cochair of the M&A practice Adel Aslani-Far handles negotiated and contested transactions, as well as advising clients on corporate governance and takeover defense. Clients praise him as being "solution-oriented, business-minded and commercial," adding that "he cuts right through to what we want to achieve and how to get there." Peers highlight his transactional expertise, saying he "lives and breathes M&A."

Newly minted partner Thomas Malone is a popular choice with clients, who say he has "a fantastic knowledge of details and is fantastic at negotiating documents." He handles a wide range of M&A transactions for public and private companies.

Significant clients Safran, GSI Group, Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores, PLH Group, Access Midstream Partners.

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What the team is known for High-quality M&A practice representing domestic and multinational clients in a range of sectors. Strong showing in private equity transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Strengths include their creativity, their ability to step back and look at things from a broad perspective, their ability to understand our business, and their intellectual prowess. They are very smart lawyers."

"They have strong corporate attorneys and very talented partners in supporting practices like tax, ERISA and finance that work seamlessly together. They are very hard-working."

Work highlights Acted for funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management on the $2.4 billion acquisition of McGraw-Hill Education.

Acted for Reckitt Benckiser on its $1.4 billion acquisition of all outstanding shares of Schiff Nutrition International.

Notable practitioners 

Chair of the corporate department Robert Schumer handles M&A, strategic alliances and LBOs, as well as advising on corporate governance and fiduciary duties. He is well regarded by peers, who say: "He has incredible experience and is one of those guys who is an adviser as well as a lawyer. He's obviously very smart and a skilled negotiator."

Co-head of the firm's M&A group Toby Myerson is "truly a lawyer's lawyer," according to clients, and remains "exceptionally cool under unreasonable pressure." He represents private and public companies, as well as advising on corporate matters and LBOs.

Paul Ginsberg serves as co-head of the M&A group at Paul Weiss. He handles both strategic M&A and private equity transactions. Clients appreciate his "deep experience and calm, confident demeanor," praising him as "a skilled negotiator."

Jeffrey Marell's practice covers strategic, private equity and hostile transactions, as well as proxy contests and carve-outs. Peers rate his abilities highly, saying he "is business-oriented, understands his clients' objectives and can really cut to the important things too."

Significant clients Citi, Oak Hill Capital Partners, General Atlantic, Time Warner Cable, Ericsson.

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What the team is known for Very active in the New York market, handling high-value and complex M&A transactions. Often called upon for international and cross-border work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very responsive. The legal analysis is always very articulate and clear, as well as practical in terms of application."

"Service levels are exceptional." 

Work highlights Acted for Liberty Global as deal counsel on its approximately $23.3 billion acquisition of Virgin Media.

Acted for the special committee of the board of directors of Sprint Nextel in relation to the $21.6 billion acquisition of 78% of Sprint Nextel by SoftBank.

Notable practitioners 

Peter Lyons handles M&A, strategic alliances, and asset acquisitions and sales. Clients say he is "very experienced," as well as "a very practical M&A lawyer." He recently acted for Nokia on its EUR1.7 billion acquisition of Siemens's 50% stake in Nokia Siemens Networks.

Clients say that Clare O'Brien is "good at helping us think through associated issues, not just legal issues, and holistically looking at the transaction." She recently acted on Lafarge North America's $700 million sale of its gypsum operations in North America to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds.

The well-regarded John Marzulli handles M&A, strategic alliances, corporate governance and corporate finance. Peers appreciate his approach to deal-making, saying he is "a great lawyer and a consummate gentleman."

George Casey is head of the firm's M&A group and handles a broad range of corporate transactions, including joint ventures and venture capital financings. Peers say: "He's a very smart, disciplined, high-quality, thorough lawyer, on top of which he's user-friendly."

Creighton Condon advises on corporate governance as well as representing private and public companies in M&A transactions. Clients say he is "excellent in the M&A space."

Significant clients Anglo American, Citi, Corning, Dow Chemical, GE.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded corporate and M&A practice with a longstanding reputation in the New York market. The technology, energy, aerospace and defense sectors are areas of particular focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their deal team has been very helpful in the negotiation phase, helping to bridge differences in the buyer's anticipations and the seller's expectations. Without this assistance I am not sure we could have reached agreement. Additionally their tax staff is always very capable, translating complex tax questions into terms that can be understood then dealt with." 

"Fried Frank is one of our go-to, most trusted partners on the legal side."

What's new? Siemens and BlackRock Investment Management are new client wins.

Work highlights Acted for Virgin Media on its $23.3 billion acquisition by Liberty Global.

Acted for Permira on its $1.6 billion acquisition of Ancestry.com.

Notable practitioners 

Philip Richter serves as co-head of the M&A group and advises clients on a range of matters, including proxy contests and strategic alliances. Peers commend him as being "smart and a good technician."

Co-head of the M&A group David Shine handles strategic transactions as well as private equity matters. He recently acted for Generali on the $920 million sale to SCOR of its US life reinsurance business.

John Sorkin advises on corporate governance, strategic transactions and LBOs. He recently acted for public company Media General on its merger with privately held New Young Broadcasting. Peers commend him as being "very user-friendly and sensible."

Senior counsel Arthur Fleischer advises special committees and boards of directors, as well as companies involved in negotiated or hostile transactions. He is a well-known figure in the New York M&A market. 

Significant clients CVR Energy, DaVita HealthCare Partners, Humana, Merck, Rio Tinto.

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What the team is known for Well-known name in the New York M&A market, with particular expertise in the insurance and asset management industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Incredibly deep and experienced in the insurance transactional space."

"Hard-working, technically excellent people who really focus on what we need." 

Work highlights Acted for Aviva on the $1.8 billion sale of Aviva USA and other assets to Athene Holding.

Acted for Hudson's Bay on its $2.9 billion acquisition of Saks, the US department store retailer.

Notable practitioners 

David Boston is cochair of the M&A group and represents clients in strategic transactions as well as private equity matters. Clients highly rate his "technical work, delivery of work and strategic advice," adding that "his perspective, experience and judgment are very valuable and beneficial."

Thomas Cerabino focuses on M&A, strategic alliances and corporate advisory work. Clients say he is "a fantastic, hands-on lawyer" whose "command of the subject matter makes you marvel."

Clients appreciate Steven Seidman's "strong background in financial services and M&A." He has a broad corporate and M&A practice, and serves as cochair of the M&A group at Willkie Farr. He recently advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch as financial adviser to HJ Heinz on its $28 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital.

Adam Turteltaub handles both strategic and private equity transactions, as well as advising on corporate governance matters. Clients particularly appreciate his ability to "understand that the other side is not our enemy, and that the deal is our friend."

Jack Nusbaum is an established figure in the corporate and M&A market, advising clients on both transactional and governance matters.

Gregory Astrachan is active in M&A, strategic alliances and private equity matters, with clients saying he is "hard-working and technically excellent."  

Significant clients Ion Investment Group, Pearl Therapeutics, Protective Life, Aberdeen Asset Management, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals.

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What the team is known for National firm with a strong offering in New York. Represents public and private companies, as well as private equity firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are just great advisers: they're calm, experienced, and have seen it all before. They have a great manner with clients and boards, coming across, justifiably, as experienced. They understand how to get deals done and focus on the bigger issues, not just the narrow legal areas."

"They have a diverse practice and good international presence, and are good experts in specialty areas." 

Work highlights Acted for MidAmerican Holdings on its approximately $5.6 billion acquisition of NV Energy.

Advised Steinway Musical Instruments on its approximately $512 million acquisition by Paulson & Company.

Notable practitioners 

Dennis Friedman is experienced in both M&A transactions and corporate governance issues. He recently acted for TenetHealthcare on its acquisition of Vanguard Health for approximately $4.3 billion.

Cochair of the practice Barbara Becker focuses on M&A, corporate governance and strategic alliances. Her recent work includes advising Citi as financial adviser to Elan on its $8.6 billion acquisition by Perrigo. Clients say she is "very quick – before you ask for something, you get it!"

Steven Shoemate focuses on private equity matters, with recent work including representing Catterton Partners in the sale of portfolio company TechTurn and the separate acquisition of SteelSeries. Client say he is "very commercial, with great technical skills," adding that he is "a good negotiator."

Significant clients Lazard Frères, Goldman Sachs, Pitney Bowes, AOL, special committee of the board of directors of Fushi Copperweld.

Band 5 | Jones Day

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What the team is known for International firm handling high-value transactions for public and private companies, as well as private equity firms. Particularly noted by clients for its seamless national and international network.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The overall service level is very high, meaning that they are very focused on providing excellent legal representation and customer service. I've been very happy with the breadth of the expertise at Jones Day. Their international coverage has been very helpful.”

"They're a very high-quality law firm. They're very efficient." 

Work highlights Acted for Gavilon Holdings on its $2.7 billion acquisition by Marubeni and the spin-out of its energy business.

Represented Vivint, Vivint Solar and 2GIG Technologies in the approximately $2 billion acquisition by Blackstone.

Notable practitioners 

The highly regarded Robert Profusek handles a range of corporate matters, including governance issues as well as M&A, takeovers and buyouts. Clients highlight his "amazing wealth of experience" and identify him as "the guy to call when you have to strategize a particularly challenging acquisition."

Randi Lesnick handles M&A, divestitures, takeover transactions and strategy, and private equity transactions. Clients commend her as being "very responsive and hard-working." 

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Essilor International, One Equity Partners, ACI Worldwide, Jefferies.

Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded - New York

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Band 1 | Dechert LLP

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What the team is known for Well-regarded transactional practice, particularly known for representing clients in the financial services and private equity arenas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have a strong team of seasoned experts who have mastered the art of practical advice. They are responsive and a pleasure to work with."

"They are imaginative and thoughtful about what they do."

Work highlights Acted for One Equity Partners on its $1.1 billion acquisition of MModal.

Acted for an affiliate of Versa Capital Management on its acquisition of EMS Acquisition, owner of sporting apparel and equipment retailer Eastern Mountain Sports.

Notable practitioners 

Mark Thierfelder handles both M&A transactions and private equity matters, with recent work including handling Versa Capital Management's acquisition of the operating businesses of Hatteras Yachts/CABO. Clients say he is "as responsive an attorney as it is possible to find," adding: "He is very knowledgeable and understands the nuances involved in everything he handles. He's a businessperson's attorney."

Derek Winokur acts for a range of clients on private equity matters and strategic transactions. He recently advised Buckeye Technologies on its $1.5 billion acquisition by Georgia-Pacific.

Significant clients Bregal Partners, Centre Partners Management, H&E Equipment Services, Monster Worldwide, Quilvest Private Equity.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded New York practice. Represents financial institutions and private equity firms, as well as public and private companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"What I appreciate is that they take the time to understand the context of the work before they start drafting. They're always very timely and, substantively, the work is good as well."

"They always round up a good team of subject matter experts."

Work highlights Acted for Starwood Property Trust and Starwood Capital Group on the approximately $1.5 billion acquisition of LNR Property.

Acted for Alaska Communications Systems on its approximately $900 million joint venture with GCI to form The Alaska Wireless Network.

Notable practitioners

Scott Freeman is a key contact.

Significant clients AIG, BNP Paribas, Brookfield Asset Management, Magna International, Glenview Capital Management.

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What the team is known for Established name in the New York M&A market, handling transactions for private and public companies. Also known for representing financial advisers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The thing that has consistently impressed me is the ability of different individuals to think ahead, to anticipate our needs, and to be extremely commercial. They do watch out for the client's interests and try to come up with the most efficient solution to answer any question."

"They have global presence and expertise in virtually all of the areas I want them to have expertise in."

Work highlights Acted for Fortis on its $1.5 billion purchase of CH Energy Group.

Advised Coinmach Service on its $1.05 billion acquisition by Pamplona Capital Management.

Notable practitioners 

John Reiss is a respected name in the New York market and serves as head of the firm's M&A practice. He handles both strategic and private equity transactions, as well as counseling on corporate governance and fiduciary duties.

Morton Pierce remains a popular choice with clients, with sources particularly praising his "good judgment" and ability to "really understand the business attributes of the transaction he's considering." He recently represented Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing in relation to the sale of certain music catalogs to BMG.

Clients say Denise Cerasani is "smart, responsive and very detail-oriented," and "knows her stuff inside and out." She specializes in counseling investment banks, recently acting for Credit Suisse as financial adviser to Silver Lake on its acquisition of Dell.

Daniel Dufner handles both public and private M&A, with particular experience in the media and communications industries.

Oliver Brahmst heads the firm's M&A practice for the Americas and handles domestic and cross-border M&A, as well as private equity matters. One client praises his "tremendous creativity and really good commercial sense," adding that Brahmst is "someone I would think of as a true partner, rather than 'just a lawyer'."

Significant clients DISH Network, Disney, Royal Ahold, Hess Corporation, Toyota Industries.

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What the team is known for High-quality M&A practice with a particular focus on regulated industries, including life sciences, energy and financial services. Advises on private equity transactions, corporate governance and strategic alliances, as well as M&A.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very, very strong in the life sciences. They have a very good practice." 

Work highlights Acted for Illumina on its $350 million milestone acquisition of Verinata Health.

Represented MidFirst Bank in its acquisition of asset-based lender Presidential Financial.

Notable practitioners 

Scott Smith is head of the M&A and private equity practices at Covington. He advises companies and private equity firms on a range of transactional matters, as well as corporate governance and proxy contests. Recent work includes acting for Omthera Pharmaceuticals on its merger with AstraZeneca.

J D Weinberg advises on M&A, private equity matters and investments, with clients including Johnson & Johnson and Thomson Reuters. One client says: "He knows everything, and has tremendous background knowledge of laws and trends."

Significant clients SandRidge Energy, Forest Laboratories, Gleacher & Co, Grupo Financiero Banorte SAB de CV, UBS.

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What the team is known for Active in a range of M&A and corporate matters for public and private companies. Focuses particularly on the media, healthcare and financial services industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent, practical lawyers."

"It's very much a full-service firm. We have been very happy with the service they have given us." 

Work highlights Acted for Greenbriar Equity Group on its acquisitions of Suburban Oil, Lorenz Lubricant, Craft Oil and US Lubes.

Represented AMC Networks/Sundance Channel Global in connection with its partnership with DIRECTV Latin America to launch Sundance Channel.

Notable practitioners 

Charles Samuelson handles a range of corporate transactions for private and public companies as well as private equity firms. Clients say he is a "highly efficient and effective negotiator and draftsman."

Candace Krugman Beinecke is chair of Hughes Hubbard and a recognized name in corporate law. Peers identify her as "a real player in the market."

Ken Lefkowitz serves as cochair of the corporate practice and handles a range of corporate matters, including M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Clients say he is "highly responsive" and is able to "provide practical, business-savvy advice."

James Modlin's practice has an emphasis on both M&A and strategic alliances. He recently acted for Rockwood Holdings on the $625 million acquisition of its rheology business by Atlanta AG. 

Significant clients Viacom, Delta Air Lines, Daimler, Ernst & Young, Sony Music Entertainment.

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What the team is known for Handles a range of corporate transactions for high-profile clients. Particularly active in the energy sector, and in distressed M&A.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very good team and highly recommended. I don't want this team to be sitting on the opposite side of the table in a deal!"

"Very technically good." 

Work highlights Acted for Comverse Technologies on the spin-out of Comverse Inc to shareholders, and its merger with Verint Systems.

Notable practitioners 

John Franchini advises on a range of M&A and private equity transactions, including joint ventures and competitive auctions. He is popular with clients, who appreciate his "personable" and "cool-headed" approach, as well as his ability to "find the right answer for really all the parties that are involved."

Significant clients Freedom Group, Maloof Sports & Entertainment, Catalyst Health Solutions, SEACOR Holdings, Sahara India Pariwar.

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What the team is known for National firm with a well-regarded New York practice. Particularly active in private equity as well as the financial services, energy, media and life sciences industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were all very responsive and very thoughtful in their approach, and definitely have a client-oriented approach to problem solving."

"They're incredibly flexible and do a great job of exposing the whole firm to you, putting experts in the right place. They are very quick to get the appropriate personnel."

What's new? New clients include Wells Fargo and Reed Elsevier.

Work highlights Acted for Apollo Global Management on its $410 million acquisition of certain assets of Hostess Brands' snack food business.

Acted for Jefferies Group on its merger with Leucadia National.

Notable practitioners 

Clients are full of praise for Alec Dawson, saying he is "very balanced, thoughtful, willing to help out" and "critical to our success." He handles both domestic and cross-border transactions, with particular experience representing financial services clients.

Significant clients Pearson, Sun Capital, A.P. Moller - Maersk, Highstar, Morgan Stanley.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded New York corporate and M&A practice that works seamlessly with other groups and offices around the country to provide a full spectrum of transactional advice. Active in a range of sectors, but particularly known for private equity, sports and life sciences representations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at handling complex transactions." 

Work highlights Acted for American Realty Capital on its merger with American Realty Capital Trust IV, to form a net-lease REIT with an enterprise value of $10 billion.

Represented the board of directors of Leucadia National in relation to the company's $3.8 billion merger with Jefferies Group.

Notable practitioners 

Co-head of the M&A practice Ronald Papa focuses on strategic M&A, investments and strategic alliances. He recently acted for Church & Dwight on its $650 million acquisition of gummy vitamins and supplements maker Avid Health.

Significant clients Ares Management, Accor, Neuberger Berman, Arkema, Markit Group.

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What the team is known for National firm with a well-regarded New York M&A group advising private and public companies. Particularly known for its strength in private equity and life sciences representations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Consistently very good-quality legal work. Very high-quality professionals and, importantly, very responsive."

"In pharmaceuticals and life sciences they have a very, very strong practice." 

What's new New clients include American Industrial Partners and Madison Dearborn.

Work highlights Acted for Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and Borealis Infrastructure on the approximately $1.5 billion sale of Express-Platte Pipeline System.

Represented Centerbridge Partners in the $1.4 billion sale of Satélites Mexicanos.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Goldstein is co-head of the M&A group and a key contact.

Significant clients TPG Capital, State Street, H.I.G. Capital, NFL, Green Mountain Energy.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded in transactional work for private equity firms, asset managers and hedge funds. Well known for its expertise in PIPE transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The entire Schulte team is fantastic and consistently exceeds our expectations. What I really like about them is their commercial knowledge and practical approach to supporting our business objectives."

"They have broad experience and are clearly very well versed in all of the different areas. They're extremely diligent, and performed above and beyond." 

Work highlights Acted for Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of the optical networks business of Nokia Siemens Network, which is now known as Coriant.

Acted for Cerberus Capital Management and LNR Property on LNR Property's $1.05 billion acquisition by Starwood Property Trust and Starwood Capital Group.

Notable practitioners 

Chair of the business transactions group Marc Weingarten focuses on M&A, private equity, investment partnerships and governance issues. Peers highlight his commerciality and say they are "always delighted to do a deal with him."

Significant clients Veritas Capital, Castle Harlan, Mount Kellett Capital Management, Credit Suisse, GenNx360 Capital Partners.

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What the team is known for Popular choice with clients for corporate and M&A assignments, particularly matters requiring multidisciplinary advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent. Well rounded in providing advice around complex situations."

"A nice, broad spectrum of skills. Even if a specific partner didn't have the expertise, they would find someone and come back quickly." 

What's new? New clients include the New York Yankees and Deutsche Bank Securities.

Work highlights Acted for Alterra Capital Holdings on its $3.1 billion acquisition by Markel.

Represented Octavian Advisors in its sale of a significant stake to TPG Special Situations Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Kerry Berchem is co-head of the corporate practice and a key contact.

Significant clients Corvex Management, EVERTEC, FirstEnergy, Inner City Media, Vision Capital.

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What the team is known for Well-resourced international firm with expertise in a number of sectors, including life sciences and financial services. Often called upon for international and cross-border work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A thriving group. The quality of their bench is good."

Work highlights Acted for CSM on the approximately $1.3 billion acquisition of its bakery supplies business and activities by Rhône Capital.

Acted for Orascom Construction Industries on the demerger of its construction business from its fertilizer business.

Notable practitioners 

Head of the US M&A practice Eric Shube handles public and private M&A transactions as well as strategic alliances. Clients say he "is pragmatic and knows how to get things done."

Peter Harwich handles a range of M&A and corporate matters, and clients praise his "mixture of the legal depth you would expect with a lot of commercial insight." He recently represented Thomson Reuters in connection with the $390 million sale of its corporate services business to NASDAQ OMX.

Significant clients Novartis, Shell, GlaxoSmithKline, Associated British Foods, SAP.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded firm for energy sector transactions, with additional expertise in the media and entertainment, telecom and technology industries.

Work highlights Acted for ProLiance Holdings on the sale of substantially all of the assets of ProLiance Energy's natural gas marketing business to Energy Transfer Partners.

Acted for Liberty Media on its approximately $2.6 billion acquisition of a 27.3% stake in cable company Charter Communications from funds managed by, or affiliated with, Apollo Management, Oaktree Capital Management and Crestview Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Murray is head of the New York corporate practice and a key contact.

Significant clients Ascent Capital Group, Liberty Global, Mediacom Communications, OpenTV, Monitronics International.

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What the team is known for International firm with a well-regarded New York corporate transactional practice. Frequently called upon for cross-border work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were outstanding; I highly recommend them."

Work highlights Acted for American Tower on the EUR393 million acquisition of a portfolio of wireless communication sites from E-Plus, a German subsidiary of Dutch telecom company KPN.

Represented Motorola Solutions in connection with its $200 million acquisition of UK public technology company Psion.

Notable practitioners 

Benjamin Sibbett handles both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, LBOs and strategic alliances. He is particularly active in the life sciences and telecom sectors.

Significant clients AEI, Alberta Investment Management, Bridgepoint, Corinthian Capital Group, Hearst Corporation.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded New York M&A group known for private equity, venture capital and portfolio company representations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Goodwin regularly provides us with proactive updates on market transaction terms and statutory changes."

Work highlights Acted for Packing Coordinators, a portfolio company of Frazier Healthcare, on its $308 million purchase of AndersonBrecon from AmerisourceBergen.

Advised Bregal Sagemount on its $20 million growth capital investment in healthcare cloud computing solutions provider Recondo Technology.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Weidhaas is cochair of the private equity group and a key contact.

Significant clients Ferrer Freeman & Company, Great Hill Partners, Insight Venture Partners, J.H. Whitney, Palladium Equity.

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What the team is known for National firm with an active New York M&A practice. Particularly known for its expertise in the real estate, media and entertainment sectors, and for its financial adviser representations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Good firm and good value."

Work highlights Acted for Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to Zipcar on the company's $500 million acquisition by Avis Budget Group.

Advised Mack-Cali Realty on its $135 million acquisition of the real estate development and management businesses of Roseland Partners.

Notable practitioners 

Dennis Block is chair of the corporate M&A practice at Greenberg and a well-known name in the New York market. He handles a range of M&A and corporate matters, including spin-outs, joint ventures and contested takeovers. He recently represented True Religion and its special committee of the board of directors in relation to the company's $835 million acquisition by TowerBrook Capital Partners.

Chair of the corporate and securities practice Alan Annex handles M&A transactions, joint ventures and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) matters. Clients appreciate his "exceptional ability to structure transactions in an efficient and creative way." He recently acted for Epoch Holding on its $668 million merger with TD Bank Group.

David Schwartzbaum advises on both public and private M&A transactions for acquirers, targets and financial advisers. He recently acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as financial adviser to Hudson's Bay on its purchase of Saks for $2.6 billion.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Jefferies, Deutsche Bank Securities, Liberty Acquisition Holdings.

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What the team is known for International firm with a well-regarded New York transactional practice. Strong client roster of public and private companies, as well as private equity firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A go-to legal team for me. They are full-service, international, have local counsel where I need it and keep legal teams lean." 

"Hogan consistently adapts advice to circumstances." 

What's new? Michael Gilligan joins from Allen & Overy.

Work highlights Acted for Office Depot on the $690 million sale to Grupo Gigante of its stake in Office Depot de México.

Advised News Corporation on the separation of its publishing business and entertainment operations.

Notable practitioners 

Clients and peers alike praise Michael Gilligan as an "extremely capable lawyer" who has "got charm when he needs it, but is tough as nails." He represents acquirers, targets, investors and financial advisers in a range of corporate and M&A transactions.

Significant clients Ford, HarperCollins Publishers, ExxonMobil, Daimler, One Rock Capital Partners.

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What the team is known for Active in midmarket and upper-midmarket transactions for strategic clients and private equity firms. Handles a range of corporate assignments, including joint ventures and SPAC transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent, nonstandard solution finders. Open-minded, very business-oriented, creative, hard-working and excellent negotiation support."

"Great advice and service, and good judgment. They know our industry and our business very well." 

Work highlights Acted for Irving Oil on its $300 million joint venture with TransCanada to develop the Canaport Energy East Marine Terminal.

Acted for special purpose acquisition company JWC Acquisition on its $500 million merger with The Tile Shop.

Notable practitioners 

Tim Alvino advises on a range of transactional matters as well as counseling clients on corporate governance issues. One client says: "He is available 24/7 and makes us feel like we are his only client. He is our trusted adviser and go-to guy."

Thomas Sauermilch has a particular focus on cross-border M&A, and recently advised United Initiators on its acquisition of Syrgis Performance Initiators, which has subsidiaries in Sweden, China and Hong Kong. He also handles joint ventures and counsels on corporate governance matters.

Significant clients Olam International, George E. Warren Corporation, ProBuild Holdings, Global Eagle Acquisition Group, ROI Acquisition.

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What the team is known for National firm with a strong New York offering. Popular with clients for domestic and cross-border M&A deals, as well as financial adviser representation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Our market is always changing and Morrison & Foerster has proven adept at working with us. They have strong capabilities in direct investment and M&A. I have found them to be quite nimble." 

"I don't think there is anything that they could have done better, more smoothly or more responsively. Without any question, I would use them again." 

What's new? Mark Wojciechowski joins from Allen & Overy.

Work highlights Acted for Equity Residential on its joint agreement with AvalonBay Communities to acquire a $16 billion property portfolio from Lehman Brothers' estate. 

Acted for BMO Nesbitt Burns as financial adviser to CNOOC on the company's $15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen.

Notable practitioners 

Mark Wojciechowski advises commercial and investment banks, investors, and private and public companies on M&A, finance and investments.

Significant clients Astellas Pharma, Morguard, UBS Global Asset Management, DaVita, Alaska State Permanent Fund.

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What the team is known for International firm with a well-regarded New York M&A group, handling transactional work for strategic clients and private equity firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have given us great support and have really been key to moving our project forward."

"Very strong on the M&A side." 

Work highlights Acted for Cequel Communications on its $6.6 billion sale to BC Partners, CPP Investment Board and certain members of Suddenlink's management team.

Advised Capital Research & Management on its acquisition of Johnston-Lemon Group, the brokerage firm.

Notable practitioners 

The "excellent" Leslie Kersey is an associate in the New York corporate practice, focusing on M&A. Clients are impressed with her work ethic and advice on significant transactions.

Significant clients BCI Broadband, Centerline Holding, Capital Research & Management, Primary Wave Music, Starwood Capital Group.

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What the team is known for Advises strategic clients, financial advisers and special committees on a range of corporate transactions, including asset sales and tender offers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Baker & Hostetler's service is first rate."

"They are never hurried and are available on weekends and at late hours as needed." 

Work highlights Acted on FTI Consulting's purchase of substantially all the assets of C2 Group.

Acted for Dassault Systèmes on its approximately $205 million acquisition of manufacturing software solutions provider Apriso.

Notable practitioners 

Co-head of the transactions practice Steven Goldberg advises public and private companies on M&A matters. One happy client praises him as "a problem solver" who "managed to navigate a complex negotiation process with ease."

Significant clients Advance Publications, The E.W. Scripps Company, Morgan Joseph TriArtisan, Michael Kenwood Capital Management, Reed-Lane.

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What the team is known for Handles a wide range of corporate and M&A matters for clients including public companies, financial advisers, special committees and boards of directors.

What's new? James Woolery joins Cadwalader from his position as co-head of US M&A at JPMorgan.

Work highlights Acted for JPMorgan Securities as financial adviser to the special committee of the board of directors of Dell, in relation to the company's acquisition by Silver Lake and Michael Dell.

Advised Elan on a hostile takeover bid by Royalty Pharma.

Notable practitioners 

Louis Bevilacqua is head of the M&A group and a key contact.

Significant clients Towers Watson, Air Products & Chemicals, AngioDynamics, Barclays, Salix Pharmaceuticals.

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What the team is known for Full-service firm with a significant global footprint. Advises on transactions in a broad spectrum of industries, with particular expertise in life sciences, technology and real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the strengths is certainly the geographic reach and ability to have people in-market who can support global projects with local expertise." 

Work highlights Acted for Pfizer on the $11.9 billion sale of its infant nutrition business to Nestlé, and the spin-out of its animal health business, Zoetis.

Acted for Hunt Capital Partners on its $95 million acquisition of Centerline Holding.

Notable practitioners 

Jonathan Klein is chair of the M&A and corporate groups, and is a key contact.

Significant clients Jindal Poly Films, Arsenal Capital Partners, W.P. Carey, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Atlanta Spirit.

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What the team is known for Well-known firm with a New York corporate practice focused on international deals. Represents public and private companies, as well as investment funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very client-focused, driven to understand what we need and would like to achieve, and always available to help." 

Work highlights Acted for EQT Infrastructure II on its $419 million acquisition of Westway Group.

Acted for Austrian company Constantia Flexibles on its $305 million acquisition of Mexico-based Globalpak.

Notable practitioners 

Matthew Herman advises targets, acquirers and financial advisers in M&A transactions. He is particularly noted for cross-border work, with peers saying he is "an exceptionally able transactional lawyer, in particular with regard to managing multi-timezone, international transactions."

Significant clients Advent International, Arysta LifeScience, ArcLight Capital Partners, EQT, Japan Tobacco International.

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What the team is known for Popular M&A group with clients in IP-heavy sectors, including technology and life sciences. Represents both corporate clients and private equity firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I enjoy working with Kaye Scholer because the results are fantastic and the people are easy to work with. I would recommend them to buyers and sellers in the corporate M&A space."

"I always finish a project feeling like the job has been done well and at a reasonable rate. There is good value for the money and they appear to be genuinely interested in developing long-term relationships." 

Work highlights Acted for Onex on its $2.3 billion acquisition of USI Insurance Services from a fund managed by Goldman Sachs, and on its sale of Center for Diagnostic Imaging to Insight Imaging.

Acted for The Cooper Spirits Company on the purchase of its artisan elderflower liqueur product by Bacardi.

Notable practitioners 

Cochair of the Canada group Joel Greenberg is a "very experienced lawyer with excellent judgment," according to clients. He has a particular focus on cross-border M&A, as well as advising companies on corporate governance.

Clients praise corporate department cochair Emanuel Cherney as being "responsive, creative and highly experienced," and particularly appreciate that he "works well with opposing counsel." He counsels on strategic M&A and private equity transactions, as well as corporate governance matters.

Significant clients Pfizer, Sundance Holdings Group, Med Opportunity Partners, Novartis, Moelis Capital Partners.

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What the team is known for Frequently called upon for midmarket M&A transactions, as well as LBOs, auctions, and contested and negotiated tender offers. Distressed M&A and the financial services industry are areas of particular activity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Responsive, commercial and pragmatic."

"They are very responsive and helpful." 

Work highlights Acted for Deloitte & Touche on the sale of Deloitte Recap to Thomson Reuters (Scientific).

Acted for POOF-Slinky on its acquisition of Alex Toys.

Notable practitioners 

Ernest Wechsler handles M&A, joint ventures and general corporate counseling. Clients say he is "very commercial, very responsive, very hard-working and well rounded."

Significant clients AIG, Ocwen Loan Servicing, Clarfeld Financial Advisors, Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, Lane McVicker.

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What the team is known for A national firm, known for excellence in energy and infrastructure sector representations. Represents both energy companies and private equity clients, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They take a long-term view of the relationship and have grown with us."

"I think they're commercial and have a broad-based platform." 

Work highlights Acted for Pioneer Natural Resources on its $1.7 billion disposition to Sinochem of 40% of its interest in the Wolfcamp shale play in Spraberry Trend Area Field.

Acted for Eagle Energy Production and Riverstone Holdings on the $650 million sale to Midstates Petroleum of Eagle Energy's producing properties and acreage in the Mississippian Lime oil play.

Notable practitioners 

David Cohen is a "phenomenal oil and gas attorney," according to clients. He advises on M&A, joint ventures and project development in the energy and infrastructure industries.

Significant clients Focus Financial Partners, TPG Capital, Penn Virginia, The Carlyle Group, Riverstone Holdings.

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What the team is known for National firm with an active New York M&A group. Owing to the firm's tremendous regulatory strength, the team regularly represents private equity firms as well as clients in regulated industries, including financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely responsive."

"Top notch and good people to work with." 

Work highlights Acted for Apple Bank for Savings on its acquisition of 29 branch offices of Emigrant Savings Bank, along with the assumption of approximately $3.3 billion of deposits.

Advised Hudson City Bancorp on certain aspects of its $3.7 billion merger with M&T Bank.

Notable practitioners

Corporate partner Robert Azarow is a key contact.

Significant clients Astoria Financial, Aurora Bank FSB, Banco do Brasil, Craig Capital, PMI Mortgage Insurance.

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What the team is known for Handles M&A transactions and corporate counsel for midmarket clients. Experienced in cross-border work, including in Israel and China.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very good and very knowledgeable."

Work highlights Acted for subchondroplasty procedure developer Knee Creations on its acquisition by Zimmer Holdings.

Advised Learning Today on the sale of substantially all its assets to Curriculum Associates.

Notable practitioners 

Clients say Steven Khadavi is "incredibly intelligent" and "a thoughtful and skilled lawyer, who is pleasant to interact with." He recently acted for IntegraMed America on its $169.5 million sale to Sagard Capital Partners.

Significant clients Canon, US Bank, Duff & Phelps, Deluxe Corporation, Alvarez & Marsal.

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What the team is known for Specializes in SPAC, PIPE and underwriter representations. Advises clients in a range of industries, including life sciences and insurance. A noted favorite of smaller public companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent, high-quality service."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to the investor on Profire Energy's approximately $4.7 million PIPE offering.

Acted for Brazahav Resources on the acquisition of 98.6% of the stock of Advent Brasil Mineração.

Notable practitioners

Corporate partner Douglas Ellenoff is a key contact.

Significant clients BeyondTrust Software, United Riverhead Terminal, Wealth Management Systems, Chart Acquisition, BGS Acquisition.

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What the team is known for Active representing clients in regulated industries, including life sciences and financial services. Also advises private equity and asset management clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're great people and they're certainly very easy to work with, but the most important thing is they provide outstanding legal counsel."

"They have a can-do attitude and a service level that makes me want to use them for future work." 

Work highlights Acted for Obagi Medical Products on its acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Acted for GM Asset Management in a number of private equity fund transactions and direct investments.

Notable practitioners 

Cochair of the private equity group Tobias Knapp is praised by clients as "a very smart, flexible thinker." He handles M&A, private equity transactions and direct investments, with notable clients including GM Asset Management and Guggenheim Partners.

Significant clients Lonza Group, Heartland Payment Systems, US Foods, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Telebermuda International.

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What the team is known for Focuses on representing midmarket clients, with particular expertise in the healthcare, technology and media industries. Impressive network around the state and the country.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very high-quality and client-friendly."

"There have been many significant changes in our business market and Nixon Peabody has guided us through all of them very skillfully. Their advice and counsel has been invaluable." 

Notable practitioners

David Martland is head of the global business and transactions group and a key contact.

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What the team is known for Handles a range of corporate and M&A matters, including LBOs, contested and negotiated transactions, private equity investments and going-private transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The Pillsbury team is responsive and reliable."

Work highlights Acted for The Wicks Group portfolio companies Bonded Services Group and Bonded Services of America on purchasing Bilton Arts and Inception Digital Services.

Notable practitioners 

James Kelly focuses on M&A and private equity representations, including LBOs, co-investments and divestitures. Clients say: "He is fiercely intelligent and extremely thorough in his approach to even the smallest matters. James also possesses great creative and innovative instincts in structuring and drafting deals."

Significant clients Allen & Company, Atlas Copco, China TransInfo Technology, Cervalis, Ideal Snacks Holding.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded New York M&A team handling domestic and cross-border transactions. Remains a popular choice for investment funds, asset managers and clients in the shipping industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A highly impressive and knowledgeable team."

"Fantastic. They were very thoughtful and very considerate of the issues. They led in identifying areas we should focus on, from both the M&A and tax sides." 

Work highlights Acted for Bermuda-based Nephila Capital on its strategic partnership with KKR, with the latter acquiring a 24.9% interest in Nephila.

Acted for Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) on the $220 million acquisition of 78.38% of its common stock by Southern Cross Latin America Private Equity Funds.

Notable practitioners 

Clients are full of praise for James Abbott, saying that he "always puts client satisfaction as a primary objective, brings a lot of experience to deals," and "can explain legal items in everyday business terms." He handles M&A, private equity investments and strategic alliances.

Nick Katsanos is counsel in the business transactions group, handling business formation, M&A, private equity transactions and strategic alliances. Clients say he is "extremely thorough and fully engaged," and particularly appreciate his "in-depth understanding of all aspects of the deal."

Clients say Craig Sklar is "fantastic to work with," highlighting his commercial approach and ability to "help us focus on business issues while making sure we're protected in every way on the legal side." He recently acted for Agrifos Fertilizer on its acquisition by Rentech Nitrogen Partners for $158 million, with an additional potential earn-out of $50 million.

Significant clients UBM, Panline USA, Arden Asset Management, Sprott, Euroseas.

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What the team is known for Handles M&A transactions and corporate governance matters for a range of clients. The group has particular strength in the insurance and financial services industries, as well as a growing practice representing clients in timber natural resources.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a very reasonable approach to getting things done. They're very business-savvy and are strong technical lawyers. They're effective without being aggressive."

"Sutherland brings an ability to understand where our company is strategically: what we're able to put on the table, what we can accept and what we can't live with." 

Work highlights Acted for The Hartford on the $615 million sale to Prudential Financial of its individual life insurance business.

Acted for Southport Lane on its purchase of Imperial Management Corporate and its subsidiary Imperial Fire & Casualty.

Notable practitioners

Corporate partner Cynthia Krus is a key contact.

Significant clients Freepoint Commodities, Swiss Re, Hartford Life Insurance.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded New York group, acting on M&A and venture capital investments. Represents both public and private companies, particularly in the life sciences and technology industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This group provides excellent service. They are attentive, responsive, to-the-point, and generally a pleasure to work with." 

Work highlights Acted for Pixable on its $30 million sale to SingTel.

Acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb on the restructuring of its alliance agreement with Sanofi relating to the Plavix and Avapro/Avalide products.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Singer is chair of the transactional department and a key contact.

Significant clients Thermo Fisher Scientific, Akamai Technologies, Danaher, Agios Pharmaceuticals, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Alan Zoccolillo of Baker & McKenzie counsels clients on a range of corporate matters, including M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Clients praise him for taking "a pragmatic and holistic view of the business and situation, which enables him to focus on the best outcome for the client."

Clients say Craig Wittlin of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP "has very solid depth of experience and expertise in M&A and corporate law." He represents clients in strategic transactions, including M&A, private equity financings and joint ventures. He recently acted for Health Management Associates on the formation of its joint venture with Bayfront Health Education & Research Organization to operate Bayfront Medical Center.

David Schaefer of Loeb & Loeb LLP handles strategic transactions for principals, investors, financial advisers and boards of directors. Clients praise him as an "extraordinarily commercial lawyer" who "is very smart and knows all of the M&A rules." He recently advised the special committee of the board of directors of Verint Systems on the acquisition of its parent, Comverse Technology. 

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