New York


Corporate/M&A: The Elite - New York


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What the team is known for An extremely strong corporate practice that maintains an excellent bench of transactional attorneys and garners praise for its outstanding client service. Has a variety of longstanding relationships with top public companies and is able to undertake all types of deals that come its way.

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 the class."

"They went out of their way to make sure they were being responsive and proactive at doing what I wanted and needed them to do. There were no shortcomings at any point during any engagements." 

Work highlights Represented Johnson & Johnson in the disposal of its ortho-clinical diagnostics arm to The Carlyle Group for $4 billion.

Acted for IBM on a number of its recent deals, including the $2.3 billion sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo.

Notable practitioners

Scott Barshay gains high praise from sources, who call him "if not the preeminent, then one of the most prominent guys of his generation," noting that he is "respected in corporate boardrooms." He recently acted on Martin Marietta Materials' purchase of Texas Industries for $3.2 billion.

Richard Hall is a "very smart, very astute and technically very strong lawyer" who works across a range of industry sectors. Of late, he acted for Lindsay Goldberg and York Capital Management on the disposal of PetroLogistics to Flint Hills Resources for $2.1 billion.

The "outstanding" Faiza Saeed brings a "really valuable boardroom presence and confidence," according to sources. She represented the independent directors of KKR in the purchase by KKR of KKR Financial Holdings for $2.6 billion.

Robert Townsend is described as "extremely knowledgeable and well versed in the deal world," with sources adding: "There's pretty much never a question you have that he doesn't know the answer to." He recently acted for Johnson & Johnson on its sale of its ortho-clinical diagnostics subsidiary to The Carlyle Group for $4 billion.

Philip Gelston is noted as a "serious M&A lawyer" who acts on a range of significant deals in addition to his role as chair of the firm's M&A practice. He represented BAT in an investment in Reynolds American worth $4.7 billion.

Mark Greene is an attorney who "treats his clients as priority number one," with one source saying: "There is no one I would rather bring with me to negotiate the big deals." He assisted Integrys Energy Group with its purchase of Wisconsin Energy Group in a deal worth $9.1 billion.

Damien Zoubek is "very client service-oriented" and "an extremely effective negotiator," according to clients. Of late, he was part of the team acting for Johnson & Johnson on the $4 billion disposal of one of its subsidiaries to The Carlyle Group.

George Schoen is a "class act" who is praised for his responsiveness and "excellent substantive analysis." He recently represented The Jones Group in its purchase by affiliates of Sycamore Partners for $2.2 billion.

Sources call Eric Schiele a "very measured and knowledgeable" lawyer who "really has the trust of the client, especially in complicated issues." He was part of the team acting for Time Warner in its rejected takeover offer by 21st Century Fox.

Significant clients Mylan, Unilever, Weyerhaeuser, Dassault Sciences, Pilgrim's Pride.

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What the team is known for Continues to be one of the top names in New York and is involved in a plethora of market-leading deals for some of the world's biggest companies. Possesses well-balanced industry expertise, with TMT, financial services and life sciences among its major strengths.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

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

"Their deal acumen and dealwork is excellent."

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

Work highlights Represented Comcast in its proposed $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable.

Assisted Shire in its aborted merger with AbbVie, which was valued at $54.8 billion.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" George Bason is a "Wall Street sage" who has "seen every deal of any type that you care to mention." He co-led the representation of Shire in its aborted $54.8 billion merger with AbbVie. He is global chair of the firm's M&A practice, in addition to his client work.

David Caplan is "just excellent," according to one source, who adds that he "has the ear and trust of his client." His recent work includes acting for Comcast on its market-changing $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable.

Phillip Mills is a "smart" and "thoughtful" practitioner who has broad experience across transactional matters. Among his key areas of focus are healthcare, energy and financial institutions.

John Bick is an "amazing M&A partner" who is known as "very knowledgeable, thoughtful and measured" in corporate matters. He recently assisted Sallie Mae with the spin-off of Navient for $7.2 billion.

Louis Goldberg's "judgment is second-to-none," say sources, who add that he has "an ability to find solutions to extremely problematic situations." He is an experienced hand on a range of transactional and corporate governance issues.

Paul Kingsley is a "wonderful guy" who is praised by sources for his strength in the M&A market. He represented AstraZeneca in relation to an unsolicited bid from Pfizer worth $119 billion.

Marc Williams is an "excellent adviser" with "great strategic skills" who is able to "provide meaningful business advice to get the transaction completed." He was part of the team assisting Tyson Foods with its $8.55 billion purchase of the remaining shares in The Hillshire Brands Company.

William Chudd is an emerging corporate practitioner who is "an excellent drafter," "very detail-oriented" and "has a very thorough knowledge of the entire process." He was part of the team on several major potential deals, including Shire's aborted merger with AbbVie and Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable.

Michael Davis is a "terrific" up-and-coming partner who is particularly active in matters relating to healthcare and life sciences. He recently worked on Smith & Nephew's purchase of ArthroCare for $1.7 billion.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, ExxonMobil, JPMorgan Chase & Co, PepsiCo, Sallie Mae.

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What the team is known for A leading name for major transactions, with a huge deal list in its portfolio. Particularly strong acting for top private equity houses, while its industry expertise includes energy and financial institutions.

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."

"Everyone you interact with is highly intelligent and highly professional. They're experts in their fields."

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft on its purchase of several parts of Nokia's business, including its devices and services arm, for EUR5.44 billion.

Represented Lorillard in its proposed acquisition by Reynolds American in a deal worth $27.4 billion.

Notable practitioners

Senior counsel Casey Cogut remains a "highly influential" attorney who brings over four decades in the industry to the table when counseling clients on corporate matters.

Richard Beattie is praised for his "exceptionally good judgment" and is "steady under pressure," according to sources. He is Simpson Thacher's senior chairman.

Gary Horowitz is "just an outstanding lawyer" who is described by one source as "one of the most creative M&A lawyers I've ever worked with." He primarily undertakes work for private equity sponsors.

Robert Spatt is known as "one of the leading lights at Simpson Thacher," with sources highlighting his efficiency and strength at negotiation. He co-led the firm's representation of Lorillard in its proposed $27.4 billion sale to Reynolds American.

Lee Meyerson is an experienced hand in the market, noted by peers as "extremely highly regarded in the financial institutions space." He heads up the firm's M&A practice group.

Mario Ponce is "so insightful" when it comes to complicated transactions, while other sources also praise his easygoing approach. He represented PPL Corporation in a combination with Riverstone Holdings.

William Curbow recently led the firm's representation of Crestwood Midstream Partners in its merger with Inergy Midstream in a $7 billion deal. He is a "very highly regarded" practitioner who is "very good at setting the atmosphere in negotiations" and "keeps everything under control." 

The "terrific" Marni Lerner is a "strong negotiator" who is noted for her ability to get deals done. She was part of the team acting for the special committee of Clearwire Corporation's board in Clearwire's buyout by Sprint for $3.9 billion.

Eric Swedenburg is cited as a "really great player" who is "very bright and results-oriented." He has assisted on a number of high-profile recent deals, including Rockwood Holdings' $6.2 billion combination with Albemarle.

Significant clients Eaton, Office Depot, Smithfield Foods, Vodafone Group, Yahoo!.

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What the team is known for A superb corporate practice that remains a dominant force in the New York landscape. One of the first ports of call for transactions in almost any sector, with a versatile bench able to meet the client's needs effectively.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Top notch - they are like a SWAT team that can come in and handle all your needs, and they're on call 24/7."

"They're always on top of every detail and the team elegantly makes billion-dollar deals look deceptively simple."

"They're superlative. All their lawyers are top-notch and all the partners are experts in their field. Plus they have great breadth - they can bring just about anybody to the table." 

Work highlights Acted for Joh. A Benckiser on the acquisition of D.E Master Blenders 1753 for $9.8 billion.

Represented 21st Century Fox in its aborted takeover of Time Warner. The deal was valued at around $80 billion.

Notable practitioners

Paul Schnell is a lawyer who is "really at the top of his game," say sources. He recently represented Jos A Bank Clothiers in its acquisition by The Men's Wearhouse in a deal worth $1.8 billion.

Peter Allan Atkins worked as part of the team representing Cobham in its acquisition of Aeroflex Holding. He is lauded as "one of the best corporate attorneys in the country" and "a world-class person in every way," with sources particularly commenting on his facility in working with boardrooms.

Stephen Arcano has a "mature, calm and analytical approach" and is described as "very astute and commercial." He recently acted for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International on its aborted $53 billion transaction with Allergan.

Lou Kling has decades of experience undertaking M&A transactions for clients. Of late, he was part of the team acting for 21st Century Fox on its aborted acquisition of Time Warner for around $80 billion. Clients and peers note the exceptional quality of his work product.

Howard Ellin "consistently produces the highest quality work," according to sources, who also highlight his ability to "offer candid and honest advice." Among his recent work was his representation of Mars in its purchase of a number of pet food brands from Procter & Gamble for $2.9 billion.

Eileen Nugent is a "superlative" lawyer who is "really hard-working," say sources. Lately, she assisted ViroPharma with its acquisition by Shire in a deal valued at $4.2 billion.

Thomas Kennedy is a well thought-of practitioner whose expertise includes representing clients in the telecom, media and technology arenas.

Eric Cochran is described as a "serious M&A lawyer." His recent deals include acting for Cobham on its purchase of Aeroflex Holding for $1.5 billion.

Joseph Coco is noted as an "extraordinary legal and business adviser" who is highlighted by clients for his ability to orchestrate legal teams. He recently represented Brookdale Senior Living in its merger with Emeritus for $2.8 billion.

Kenneth Wolff is a younger partner who is "very good with strategy" and an "incredibly hard worker," with peers and clients alike impressed with his abilities.

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What the team is known for A sterling M&A practice, widely regarded as among the best in New York. Noted for its particular strength in financial institutions work, although its capabilities stretch into a wide range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and utilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

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

"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."

Work highlights Represented AT&T in its proposed acquisition of DIRECTV. The deal is estimated to be worth $49 billion.

Worked with Bayer in its purchase of Merck's consumer care arm, in a $14.2 billion transaction.

Notable practitioners

Rodgin Cohen continues to be known as "a real phenomenon" and "a statesman in the M&A Bar." In addition to being a leading lawyer in the financial institutions space, he is also the firm's senior chairman.

Francis Aquila is a "very, very talented lawyer" who has a reputation as a "thought leader" in the M&A world. He is regularly sighted on major matters, including Anheuser-Busch's $5.8 billion purchase of Oriental Brewery from KKR and Affinity Equity Partners.

The "brilliant" Joseph Frumkin recently advised on AT&T's pending purchase of DIRECTV for $49 billion. He is described by sources as "smart, direct and open."

James Morphy is a senior member of the corporate group, with outstanding experience acting on significant M&A deals over several decades.

Stephen Kotran is highly rated for his representation of financial advisers to companies in transactions, with sources calling him a "ridiculously smart" lawyer who "is super-prepared and cuts right to the issues." He represented Goldman Sachs on a number of recent transactions, including Cirrus Logic's takeover of Wolfson Microelectronics.

Mitchell Eitel "knows more about bank M&A than anyone," according to one satisfied client, who also says: "Mitch has a unique style about him that I really like." 

Melissa Sawyer is noted as a "technically excellent" lawyer who is "very knowledgeable" when it comes to M&A transactions. She counts healthcare, life sciences and retail among her areas of industry expertise.

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What the team is known for A byword for excellence in mergers and acquisitions, offering a bench of deal lawyers that is the envy of many in the market. A destination firm for work in almost every sector and field, both in the USA and worldwide.

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 Represented Halliburton in its purchase of Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion.

Acted for Tim Hortons in its merger with Burger King Worldwide, a deal worth $11.4 billion.

Notable practitioners

"Big firms turn to" Daniel Neff, say sources, who point out his understanding of boardroom environments as a particular strength. Of late, he co-led on Allergan's $66 billion merger with Actavis.

Adam Emmerich is highlighted as an "absolutely terrific" practitioner and an "excellent technical lawyer." His wide-ranging transactional practice includes recently representing Publicis Groupe in its acquisition of Sapient for $3.7 billion.

Edward Herlihy is a "really professional and efficient" lawyer who sources consider to be one of the leading practitioners in the financial institutions arena. His recent representations include acting for URS on its acquisition by AECOM Technology for $6 billion.

One source calls David Katz "one of the best in the world for bet-the-company transactions" and "terrific" at shareholder activism defense in particular. He has co-led a number of major recent deals alongside Daniel Neff, including Halliburton's acquisition of Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion.

The "tremendous" Andrew Brownstein is "as good as they come in the corporate governance world," say commentators. He assisted Walgreens in its acquisition of the remaining stake in Alliance Boots for $15.3 billion.

Andrew Nussbaum is a "very impressive" corporate attorney, say sources, with considerable experience in international transactions. He counts media and entertainment among his key sectors of expertise.

Steven Rosenblum is a "fabulous lawyer" who is praised by clients for his "extremely calm" approach, which "inspires a lot of confidence." 

Trevor Norwitz impresses sources as a "very, very smart guy" who is "very thoughtful." He has wide-ranging experience across the gamut of transactional law.

David Shapiro leaves observers "in awe" of his negotiation skills, while another source praises his "phenomenal practice." He recently acted as part of the team on AECOM's purchase of URS for $6 billion.

Igor Kirman has a strong reputation in the market, with one commentator calling him a "great scholar of M&A." His practice covers a wide variety of matters, including activism and other corporate governance issues.

The "fantastic" Martin Lipton continues to be an active member of the New York Bar. He is able to bring unrivaled experience to the table and is highly respected and looked to for his advice and opinions.

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What the team is known for An excellent corporate practice which is a regular sight on significant and sophisticated cross-border transactions, thanks to its superb global network as well as its obvious strength in the New York market. Expert in such diverse industries as life sciences, technology and financial institutions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"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."

"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're outstanding. M&A business requires strong support as well as strong corporate lawyers. Everyone in every area at Cleary is great." 

Work highlights Acted for Suntory Holdings in its major $16 billion purchase of spirits producer Beam.

Represented medical devices manufacturer Biomet in its purchase by Zimmer Holdings for $13.35 billion.

Notable practitioners

Victor Lewkow is a "very knowledgeable guy and an excellent practitioner" who is able to bring some four decades of experience to the table on corporate transactions. Of late, he co-led Medtronic's $42.9 billion acquisition of Irish medical devices firm Covidien.

Paul Shim recently fronted Suntory Holding's purchase of Beam for $16 billion. Shim is a "top-notch" practitioner who "is always on the front foot with a smart answer" and is highly rated for his commercialism and client service.

Ethan Klingsberg is a "very, very capable lawyer" whose practice encompasses a wide variety of corporate and securities matters. He represented Google in its disposal of the mobile devices arm of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.9 billion.

Sources call Christopher Austin a "very insightful" attorney who is praised for his "total commitment to the client and deep expertise in M&A." Recent matters include representing Lenovo Group in its purchase of IBM's x86 server hardware business for $2.3 billion.

Benet O'Reilly was part of the team co-representing IMB HoldCo in the sale of OneWest Bank to CIT Group for $3.4 billion. Sources say he "negotiates in an excellent way and gives good strategic advice" when it comes to corporate and private equity deals.

Significant clients American Express, FamilyDollar, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Lenovo.

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What the team is known for Multitalented corporate practice that counts a host of household names and other major companies among its clientele. The firm offers a highly regarded public M&A practice covering a wide range of industries, in addition to its well-respected private equity group.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

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

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

Work highlights Acted for American International Group in its $7.6 billion disposal of International Lease Finance to AerCap Holdings.

Worked with Protective Life on its combination with a subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life in a deal worth $5.7 billion.

Notable practitioners

Sources comment that Jeffrey Rosen is an "amazing lawyer" and "one of the smartest guys I've ever met - pure intellectual horsepower." Among his numerous major recent deals was Canada Pension Plan Investment Board's purchase of Wilton Re for $1.8 billion.

Paul Bird is variously described as a "standout" and "exceptional" lawyer who sources turn to for complex public and private corporate transactions. Of late, he led on Clayton, Dublier & Rice's acquisition of Ashland Water Technologies from Ashland for $1.8 billion.

William Regner is noted for his TMT and asset management expertise, among others. He recently represented TIAA-CREF in its purchase of Nuveen Investments for $6.25 billion. One happy client lauds his deal management skills, saying: "He really commands a room but is also a very good listener." 

Kevin Rinker is developing an excellent reputation for his transactional expertise, with sources calling him "an excellent point-person for a big M&A deal." He is particularly adept at representing healthcare and life sciences clients.

Significant clients, Clayton Dubilier & Rice, International Paper, Johnson & Johnson, Pernod Ricard.

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What the team is known for Formidable practice for all manner of public company and private equity-backed transactions. Features a dynamic bench capable of undertaking anything from midmarket to the highest-end deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We're big fans of theirs. We really like the partners, they're very responsive, very smart and very commercial."

"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 or on top of. They're flawless in their service model."

"We've had extremely positive experiences - they take client guidance but are very self-directed so we don't need to spell it all out in bright colors. We are delighted with the quality of work and how it's done."

Work highlights Represented Burger King Worldwide Holdings in its cross-border merger with Tim Hortons valued at $11.4 billion.

Assisted Bristol-Myers Squibb in the disposal of its stake in its diabetes alliance to AstraZeneca for $4.3 billion.

Notable practitioners

David Fox is a "real get-it-done kind of deal lawyer" as evidenced by his numerous large deals of late, such as Infineon Technologies' acquisition of International Rectifier for $3 billion. One source says of Fox: "He's one of the top M&A super-large deal transactional lawyers and he's at the top of his game."

One commentator lauds Daniel Wolf as "a genius and a brilliant lawyer," while others add that he "has a lot of knowledge and knows how to do it" when it comes to important M&A. Among his portfolio of deals was Advance Auto Parts' purchase of General Parts International for $2.04 billion.  

Leo Greenberg gains plaudits as "a consummate professional" who is "very approachable, smart and commercial." His work features a focus on private equity deals, although he is also highly accomplished at private and public M&A transactions.

The "terrific" William Sorabella is a "very careful and meticulous" lawyer who "leaves no stone unturned." He has a broad corporate practice including acting for financial advisers to transactions, as well as representing buyers and sellers on deals.

Sarkis Jebejian recently worked on Beech Holdings' acquisition by Textron for $1.4 billion. He "gets strong marks across the board" from sources, who are "especially impressed by his technical knowledge and ability to judge the seriousness of a negotiating position." 

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, Blackstone Group, Advance Autoparts, Accenture, Teva Pharmaceuticals.

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What the team is known for Stands out as among the finest corporate practices in the market, taking on complex M&A for top clients. Highly regarded by clients for its expertise in shareholder activism and proxy fights.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"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 Worked with DIRECTV on its proposed purchase by AT&T for $67.1 billion.

Represented Eli Lilly & Co in its acquisition of Novartis's animal health arm in a $5.4 billion deal.

Notable practitioners

Michael Aiello is highly praised by sources as "a great commercial adviser" and "a great technical lawyer" who is a go-to on massive M&A deals. Among his recent transactions was representing Health Management Associates acquisition by Community Health Systems for $7.6 billion.

Howard Chatzinoff represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its role as financial adviser to Albermarle in the latter's $6.2 billion purchase of Rockwood Holdings. Sources say Chatzinoff "really knows his way around M&A transactions" due to his "deep reservoir of knowledge" and his 38 years' experience in the market.

Sources look to Frederick Green "for big-picture strategic issues," calling him "really strong" and a "terrific lawyer." He co-led the team representing DIRECTV in its sale to AT&T for $67.1 billion.

Michael Lubowitz is "smart, practical and gets the deal done" and "a guy who knows where the outcome of transactions ought to be," according to commentators. Alongside Frederick Green, he acted for DIRECTV on its major acquisition by AT&T.

The "fabulous" Thomas Roberts is a "strong confidante and great adviser," while his presence on deals gives clients "a great deal of confidence." 

Clients are "very impressed" with up-and-coming partner Matthew Gilroy. Recent matters include his representation of ATMI in its purchase by Entegris for $1.2 billion.

Significant clients Sanofi, CR Bard, GE, Health Management Associates, American Realty Capital Trust.

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What the team is known for An excellent firm for corporate and private equity work, whether domestic or international. Features expertise and experience in a large number of industry sectors, including media, technology, energy and life sciences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are intelligent, extremely responsive and hard-working. Incredibly customer service-oriented."

"They function as though they're part of our deal team rather than an external counsel. They spend the time to really understand the deal from a commercial perspective." 

Work highlights Represented Disney in its acquisition of Maker Studios in a deal potentially worth $950 million.

Acted for Terra-Gen Power in the disposal of the Alta Wind Facility to NRG Yield for $870 million.

Notable practitioners

Adel Aslani-Far is praised as an "extremely thoughtful, extremely hardworking guy" who "finds solutions and gets things done." His recent deals included Disney's purchase of Maker Studios.

Up-and-comer Thomas Malone "tremendously impresses" sources with his creativity and detail-oriented approach which leads to "very sound, strategic advice." Of late, he was part of the team on Screenvision's sale to National CineMedia for $375 million.

Significant clients T-Mobile US, Eli Lilly, GE Capital, Access Midstream Partners, Intermix.

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What the team is known for A formidable practice featuring a particular forte in private equity, with a number of leading sponsors among its client base. Also active in areas such as media and entertainment and energy, backed by a diverse and highly capable bench of attorneys.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"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."

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

Work highlights Represented Time Warner Cable in its significant pending merger with Comcast worth $45.2 billion.

Acted for William Morris Endeavor in its purchase, alongside Silver Lake Partners, of IMG Worldwide, in a $2.4 billion deal.

Notable practitioners

Robert Schumer is variously described as a "real strategic thinker," a "powerhouse of knowledge" and "the guy you want on your team." He brings decades of experience to the table and is able to handle the biggest transactions, such as Time Warner Cable's $45.2 billion merger with Comcast.

The "very impressive" Toby Myerson is a "legend" who is noted for his ability to understand the client's situation as well as the quality of his advice. He is co-head of Paul Weiss's global M&A department.

Ariel Deckelbaum acted for Oak Hill Capital Partners on a number of recent transactions, including its sale of Viawest to Shaw Communications for $1.2 billion. Deckelbaum "can help you navigate some of the biggest deals," say sources, who add that "he is a calm negotiator and a great guy to have in your corner." 

Jeffrey Marell is a "commercial" attorney "who understands when to take tough positions and when to try and find elegant solutions." Of late, he acted for Ericsson in its purchase of Azuki Systems.

Justin Hamill is a "very energetic and very creative" younger partner who is highlighted for his ability to "understand the realities and dynamics of a situation." He is noted for his strength in media and entertainment-related work, including acting for William Morris Endeavor in its merger with IMG Worldwide.

Significant clients Apollo Global Management, Oak Hill Capital Partners, General Atlantic, Ericsson, CI Capital Partners.

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What the team is known for An excellent firm for all manner of corporate transactions across the full panoply of industry sectors, offering a full-service product to clients. Adept at international deals thanks to its global network and the extensive experience of its robust bench.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

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

"We've been impressed by them - we find them to be very practical, switched-on and user-friendly."

"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."

Work highlights Represented real estate website Zillow in its purchase of Trulia for $3.5 billion.

Assisted Albermarle with its acquisition of Rockwood Holdings in a deal worth $6.2 billion.

Notable practitioners

Creighton Condon is highly respected by market sources, with one stating: "He's an unbelievable counselor - an hour of Creighton's time is worth forty hours of someone else's." He is Shearman & Sterling's senior partner.

John Marzulli is a "tremendous lawyer," picked out by sources as a "great project manager" for corporate finance and international M&A work. His recent deals include Albermarle's purchase of Rockwood Holdings for $6.2 billion.

Clare O'Brien undertakes a wide range of M&A deals, with technology and healthcare among her main sector strengths. Says one commentator: "She knows how to de-complex complex deals and get them done." 

The "terrific" George Casey is a proficient and versatile corporate lawyer, in part thanks to his "very patient and engaging style." He put his skills to good use representing Dow Chemical in the sale of its polypropylene catalyst and licensing arm to WR Grace in a $500 million deal.

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, GE, Intercontinental Exchange, JetBlue Airways, Nokia.

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What the team is known for Venerable New York firm with a long tradition of excellence in transactional work, both domestically and on international deals. Sector specific expertise pertaining to real estate, insurance and other regulated industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"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." 

"They were great throughout the transaction. It required a lot of creativity - things would change literally overnight and some quick decisions were needed."

Work highlights Represented The Men's Wearhouse in its purchase of Jos A Bank Clothiers in a $1.8 billion deal.

Acted for Level 3 Communications in connection with its acquisition of TW Telecom for around $7.3 billion.

Notable practitioners

Jack Nusbaum has been practicing for 50 years and is able to bring priceless experience to corporate transactions. He is currently the firm's senior partner.

David Boston is noted as a "very bright and very capable" attorney who acts on a range of transactions and corporate governance issues. He worked on recent deals including Level 3 Communication's $7.3 billion purchase of TW Telecom.

Cochair of the corporate practice Steven Seidman is "really intelligent and quick to grasp an issue" and leaves sources "impressed with his skills." Lately, he acted for The Men's Wearhouse in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Jos A Bank Clothiers.

Thomas Cerabino is "the epitome of a top lawyer and never gets riled," according to one source, while another remarks on his "incredibly good judgment." He is co-chairman of the firm.

Sources comment that Gregory Astrachan is an "exceptional" attorney who "has a great understanding of the client's needs." He acts for clients across a range of corporate and securities matters.

Adam Turteltaub is described as a "very constructive negotiator" with a wide-ranging practice, which includes both domestic and cross-border mergers.

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What the team is known for Experienced and talented practice that can handle large and complex mergers and acquisitions for top clients. Strong industry expertise pertaining to aerospace and real estate, while its bench features quality across all levels of experience. 

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 Represented Merck in the sale of its consumer care business to Bayer for a total $14.2 billion.

Counseled MFI Holding in the disposal of Michael Foods to Post Holdings in a deal worth $2.45 billion.

Notable practitioners

Arthur Fleischer is a revered figure at the New York Bar and continues to counsel clients on M&A issues. Clients appreciate his sage advice, one noting that "he helps us with all of our potential M&A transactions." 

Philip Richter is a "practical, intelligent and concise thinker on complex corporate matters," say sources. Recent work includes acting for Media General in connection with its $1.6 billion purchase of LIN Media.

John Sorkin has emerged as an extremely skillful practitioner with a good reputation for work in leveraged buyouts. He has also advised on several cross-border transactions.

Steven Epstein is a "very impactful" attorney who sources also praise as "very user-friendly and commercial." He co-led NorthStar Realty Finance's purchase of a real estate portfolio comprising healthcare assets for $1.05 billion.

Significant clients B/E Aerospace, Genesys Telecommunications, Media General, Siemens, WR Grace.

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What the team is known for Undertakes a huge variety of corporate work to a high standard, including in areas such as shareholder activism and acting for financial advisers. Acts for a plethora of major clients throughout the USA and is regularly sighted on prominent deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I just love working with them - they are very thorough, very smart and very responsive. The work product has been consistently top-notch."

Work highlights Represented UBS as financial adviser to Essex Property Trust in the latter's purchase of BRE Properties for $4.3 billion.

Acted as special counsel to Kindred Healthcare in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Gentiva Health Services.

Notable practitioners

Dennis Friedman is a "tremendous lawyer who is very thoughtful, smart and plugged-in," with sources saying his previous career in banking means "he understands the business needs and what's going on in the industry." He was recently part of the team advising Lazard on Walgreen's purchase of the remaining stake in Alliance Boots.

The "fabulous" Barbara Becker acted for Susser Holdings in its buyout by Energy Transfer Partners for $1.8 billion. She is cochair of the firm's corporate practice.

Sources have had "extremely good experiences" with Steven Shoemate, whose practice features an emphasis on private equity deals. Recent work includes his representation of Stratus Technologies in its sale to Siris Capital Group for $352 million.

Significant clients Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Hewlett-Packard, News Corporation, PepsiCo, Tenet Healthcare.

Band 5 | Jones Day

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What the team is known for Strong New York team able to capitalize on the firm's strong national and international footprint and impressive client list. Has virtually every industry covered and works with a number of leading corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We find them very good in availability, responsiveness, proactivity, knowledge of the market and knowledge of our business."

Work highlights Acted for tobacco company Reynolds American in its $27.4 billion purchase of Lorillard.

Assisted Procter & Gamble in the disposal of its pet care arm to Mars, in a $2.9 billion deal.

Notable practitioners

Robert Profusek is a "trusted adviser" to clients, in part thanks to his experience from 40 years in law, which has seen him lead numerous multibillion-dollar deals. He is also described by sources as "incredibly practical and easy to work with." 

Emerging practitioner Randi Lesnick is a "terrific lawyer" who is adept at corporate governance and compliance issues as well as being a capable hand on transactions. She co-led the representation of Reynolds American in its acquisition of Lorillard for $27.4 billion.

Significant clients Wasserstein & Co, Monster Beverage, One Equity Partners, The Sherwin-Williams Company, MacQuarie Capital.

Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded - New York


Band 1 | Dechert LLP

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What the team is known for A strong presence in mid-market private equity and strategic acquisitions. Particularly noted for its work in the life sciences industry and in financial services-related matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"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."

"Very responsive and practical with an ability to exercise judgment in their advice." 

Work highlights Acted for DAVA Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by Endo International for an initial $575 million.

Represented Buckeye Technologies in its $1.5 billion purchase by Georgia-Pacific.

Notable practitioners

Mark Thierfelder is a "very good negotiator" who "has a great sense of deal dynamics and what's really going on." Among his recent work was advising Centre Partners Management in its disposal of Ross Aviation to Landmark Aviation. 

Significant clients Bregal Partners, Centre Partners Management, Griffon, Monster Worldwide, One Equity Partners. 

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What the team is known for Offers a full-service corporate and transactional practice capable of undertaking a wide variety of matters for clients. Includes significant expertise in insurance and other financial services-related matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A magnificent firm."

Work highlights Worked with insurer Global Atlantic Group on its purchase of Forethought International.

Acted for TRI Pointe Homes in its acquisition of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company for $2 billion.

Notable practitioners

Scott Freeman heads up the firm's New York M&A offering.

Significant clients AIG Highstar Capital, BNP Paribas, Global Atlantic Group, Morgan Stanley, Starwood Property Trust.

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What the team is known for A versatile practice that is experienced in a wide range of public and private deals and is able to use its international network to facilitate significant global transactions. Adroit at representing financial advisers to mergers and acquisitions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

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

Work highlights Assisted Zimmer Holdings with its proposed acquisition of Biomet, a medical devices company, for $13.35 billion.

Represented energy firm Fortis in its purchase of UNS Energy. The transaction was worth $4.3 billion.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" John Reiss co-led for Fortis in its $4.3 billion acquisition of UNS Energy. He is an "excellent lawyer with very good judgment," according to sources, who are quick to highlight his toughness as a negotiator.

Morton Pierce is a "consigliere" when it comes to mergers and acquisitions, with sources noting his "very measured and even-keeled demeanor" as a particular strength. He headed up the representation of Zimmer Holdings in its pending purchase of Biomet for $13.35 billion.

Oliver Brahmst is cited as an "all-around crackerjack attorney" by one client, and he is also credited for his problem-solving abilities. Among his recent dealwork was Hikma Pharmaceuticals' $300 million purchase of assets of Bedford Laboratories from Ben Venue Laboratories.

Denise Cerasani is noted as a leading lawyer in acting for financial advisers to transactions, including acting for various clients on Time Warner Cable's pending merger with Comcast. Sources comment that "her attention to her work product is phenomenal" and she "rolls up her sleeves and stays on top of all the issues." 

Daniel Dufner is well regarded by peers and clients alike for his capabilities in transactional matters, with media, telecoms and life sciences among his areas of expertise.

Significant clients DISH Network, Calpine, Hess, WellPoint, CVC Capital Partners.

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What the team is known for Undertakes a wide variety of midmarket corporate transactions, with particular areas of expertise including energy, projects and private equity-related deals. Well regarded by sources for its proactive approach to deals and strong client service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are really a pro-deal firm, always keeping in mind the big picture that you want to close the deal and not spending time discussing irrelevancies."

"Great communication, always accessible and proactive. I never felt like we weren't getting the right level of engagement."

"They spot all the vulnerabilities, all of the potential issues that a client won't think of in a transaction. They're just very, very conscientious."

Work highlights Assisted Nabors Industries with the merger of parts of its business with C&J Energy Services. The transaction was worth $940 million.

Worked with hedge fund Man Group in the purchase of Numeric Holdings for a potential value of $494 million.

Notable practitioners  

John Franchini is credited by sources for being "able to coordinate transactions in a really impressive manner," particularly in relation to cross-border deals. He was lead lawyer for Partners Group in its acquisition of a majority stake in Fermaca for around $750 million.

Significant clients Arrow Electronics, Goldman Sachs, Harbinger Capital Partners, Mitsui & Co, HudBay Minerals. 

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What the team is known for Highly proficient in a number of key practice areas including healthcare regulatory work and infrastructure and energy projects. Recently boosted its capabilities in corporate transactions with the addition of a number of lawyers from Bingham McCutchen.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

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

"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'."

"We're fortunate to have such a high-quality firm. We've never encountered an area where we haven't got top-quality advice."

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

Work highlights Represented food distributor Nash Finch in a merger of equals with Spartan Stores worth $1.3 billion.

Assisted Sandvik with its purchase of Varel International Energy Services for $740 million.

Notable practitioners

Alec Dawson is a "very creative and very diplomatic" lawyer who has "very good practical application on legal issues." His practice includes capability in private equity transactions, such as Apollo Global Management's disposal of CKE Restaurants to Roark Capital Group.

Floyd Wittlin joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen in November 2014. He has extensive experience in financial services transactions and sources are quick to describe him as "a great lawyer." 

Significant clients Jefferies-Leucadia, Pearson, Chiesi Farmaceutici, TransForce, Ares Capital.

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What the team is known for A fine firm for a range of significant public M&A work as well as for transactions in areas such as REITs and private equity. Continues to undertake high-profile transactions as part of its market-leading sports practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Fundamentally, they're commercial people. They get a perspective around how to get you the best commercial outcome."

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

Work highlights Acted for RCS Capital in its acquisition of Cetera Financial Group from Lightyear Capital for $1.15 billion.

Assisted Amadeus IT Holding with its $500 million purchase of Newmarket International.

Notable practitioners

Ronald Papa is particularly well known for his capabilities in financial services and manufacturing-related industries and recently represented Markit in its purchase of Compliance Technologies International. He is described as "brilliant" and "easy to work with."

Associate Michael Evan Ellis is a "brilliant young lawyer" with "a real can-do attitude" who "runs transactions flawlessly." He recently worked on American Realty Capital Properties' acquisition of Cole Real Estate Investments for $11.2 billion.

Significant clients American Realty Capital, Church & Dwight, Ares Management, Henry Schein, Neuberger Berman.

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What the team is known for Primarily known for its sterling reputation in private equity deals but is diversifying across a range of other transactional work. Sector expertise includes healthcare and acting for financial advisers to M&A deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

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

"They've got a wonderful private equity practice."

Work highlights Acted for Merrill Lynch & Co in its role as financial adviser to The Kroger Co in the latter's acquisition of Harris Teeter for $2.65 billion.

Represented Altice VII in its purchase of telecommunications carrier Orange Dominicana. The deal was worth $1.4 billion.

Notable practitioners

Jane Goldstein co-heads the firm's M&A practice.

Significant clients TPG Capital, Bain Capital, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Morgans Hotel Group.

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What the team is known for Brings strong experience and expertise to private equity deals and also undertakes a range of midmarket strategic M&A. Highly adept at handling shareholder activism issues, particularly for investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are incredibly responsive - 24/7 - and they're very good assisting and getting projects done, as well as being very good strategic business thinkers."

"They've got excellent corporate judgment, which means they will find a way to make something work."

"They're outstanding - highly responsive and very pragmatic." 

Work highlights Assisted Albertsons and Cerberus Capital Management in its purchase of Safeway for $9 billion.

Worked with Aeroflex Holding on its merger with Cobham in a $1.46 billion deal.

Notable practitioners

Marc Weingarten is a "terrific lawyer" who sources credit for his judgment and corporate expertise. He is able to bring 40 years' experience to deals.

John Pollack is a young partner who is "fantastic to work with, very bright and very attentive to detail." He was lead lawyer on Aeroflex Holdings' $1.46 billion combination with Cobham.

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

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What the team is known for Adept at representing investment funds and corporates in a range of M&A transactions across a wide spectrum of industry areas. Also active in corporate governance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're good at explaining stuff in English and making sure you understand the real-world implications." 

"I've been very happy with their professionalism and their ability to work with the client's touchpoint."

Work highlights Represented Missouri-based Laclede Group in its purchase of Alabama Gas for $1.6 billion.

Acted for reinsurer SAC Re Holdings in connection with its acquisition by a group including investment firm Two Sigma and Brian Duperreault, the former CEO of Marsh & McLennan.

Notable practitioners

Kerry Berchem is head of the Akin Gump corporate department.

Significant clients FirstEnergy, Forstmann Little & Co, HKN Holdings, Luxor Capital, US Concrete.

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What the team is known for Remains a force for energy deals but also features extensive expertise in a number of industry sectors including media and technology. Able to handle transactions in the high-end or midmarket range.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

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

Work highlights Assisted Sallie Mae in the spin-off of Navient from Sallie Mae's consumer banking business. Navient has a market capitalization of $7.1 billion.

Assisted UNS Energy in its combination with Canadian firm Fortis, worth $4.3 billion.

Notable practitioners  

The New York corporate practice is chaired by Robert Murray.

Significant clients Ascent Capital Group, Liberty Media, Barclays Capital, Swift Transportation, Medicom Communications.

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What the team is known for A widely seen firm in corporate transactions, with clients and peers speaking highly of its practice. Industry expertise includes pharmaceuticals, media and technology, while it also has a niche in shareholder activism work.

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 very responsive and they have a co-venturing approach, where they are trying to work with and solve problems with the client."

Work highlights Assisted Salix Pharmaceuticals in its merger with Cosmo Technologies. The deal had a value of $2.7 billion.

Represented Mercuria Energy Group in the purchase of the energy and commodities business of JPMorgan Chase for $3.5 billion.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Cox is noted as a "very strong deal lawyer" who has "incredible communication skills" according to sources. He represented Forbes Media in Integrated Whale Media Investment's purchase of a majority stake in the business.

Significant clients Air Products and Chemicals, Credit Suisse, Forbes Media, Goldman Sachs, Towers Watson.

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What the team is known for An experienced group for domestic and international transactions, aided by its strong global network. Talented in a number of areas, including consumer goods, healthcare and real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Clifford Chance is the gold standard for responsiveness. The lawyers we use there are always available and ready to do what it takes to respond to our needs."

"The lawyers give practical, business-oriented advice and have strong sector knowledge and strong knowledge regarding current market practice generally."

"They did a good job of listening to the client and doing the transaction in a way that made sense to us."

Work highlights Represented iParadigms in its acquisition by Insight Venture Partners and GIC in a deal worth $752 million.

Assisted American Tower with its purchase of Global Tower Partners from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and PGGM for $4.8 billion.

Notable practitioners  

David Brinton leads the New York corporate group and is a key contact.

Significant clients Mondelez International, Philip Morris International, AEI, Assurant, Hearst.

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What the team is known for Well known for its capabilities in the life sciences sector and is also adept at bank regulatory and financial services transactional work. Acts for a range of prominent names in the market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've got everyone you need at the firm and they're super-helpful."

"Their lawyers are just terrific for senior legal advice and are very experienced."

"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 AstraZeneca in its acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb's stake in the companies' joint diabetes alliance, worth a combined $4.3 billion.

Represented MidFirst Bank in its purchase of Steele Street Bank and Trust for an undisclosed sum.

Notable practitioners

Scott Smith represents clients in a wide variety of corporate and private equity matters. He is praised by clients as "smart, experienced and very level-headed" as well as being "a good counselor, both legally and practically." 

J D Weinberg is described by sources as a "very effective and prepared negotiator" and "a trusted adviser." Among his recent work was representing MidFirst Bank in its acquisition of Steele Street Bank and Trust.

Significant clients BBVA, Illumina, Johnson & Johnson, MedImmune, Perella Weinberg.

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What the team is known for A busy practice that is proficient at private equity and leveraged buyout transactions, particularly in the midmarket space. Noted for its work in deals featuring technology businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their strengths are their thoroughness, response time and their ability to handle complexity."

"They give good, practical advice and are good at giving solutions."

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

Work highlights Represented Payment Processing in its disposal to Global Payments for $420 million.

Assisted The Carlyle Group with its purchase of a majority stake in Talent Partners for an undisclosed sum.

Notable practitioners

AJ Weidhaas is a key contact in the practice.

Significant clients Behrman Capital, Insight Ventures, Frazier Healthcare Ventures, Great Hill Partners, CCMP Capital.

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What the team is known for Possesses a significant strength representing financial advisers to major transactions, including investment banks. A strong bench in New York is complemented by an impressive national and international presence.

Work highlights Acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as financial adviser to Zale in its acquisition by Signet Jewelers for $1.4 billion.

Assisted Jefferies in its role as financial adviser in Salix Pharmaceuticals' purchase of Santarus for $2.6 billion.

Notable practitioners

Dennis Block continues to act as senior chairman of the firm's worldwide corporate department. His years of impressive practice lead sources to call him a "uniquely talented and experienced" lawyer.

David Schwartzbaum is noted as an "exceptional lawyer" who is "a leader" in representing financial advisers to high-value deals. Among recent matters was his representation of Barclays Capital in ATMI's sale to Entegris for $1.15 billion.

The "excellent" Alan Annex is a "very creative" practitioner who is the chair of the New York corporate and securities group. Of late, he represented Atlas Mara Co-Nvest in its purchase of a majority stake in BancABC worth around $265 million.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Berggruen Holdings, Liberty Acquisition Holdings, RLJ Acquisition.

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What the team is known for A group with experience in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including hostile takeovers, auction bids and restructurings. Able to undertake deals both on a domestic and worldwide basis.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've been very dedicated and responsive and get everything done in a timely manner."

"I've always been very happy with their advice - they have a pulse on the market." 

Work highlights Acted for Merck in its acquisition of Idenix Pharmaceuticals for $3.85 billion.

Represented Rockwood Holdings in the disposal of part of its business to Huntsman in a deal worth $1.325 billion.

Notable practitioners

Ken Lefkowitz is a "great lawyer with tons of great experience," says one source, with others pointing to his sector strengths in aviation and transportation as key attributes. Of late, he acted for Viacom in the disposal of numerous assets to Defy Media.

Charles Samuelson represented Cenveo in the purchase of the majority of assets of National Envelope. He is described by commentators as an "extremely skilled corporate lawyer" who is praised for his efficiency and the technical quality of his work.

James Modlin is an experienced corporate practitioner who impresses sources with his "really excellent emphasis on service and communication." He recently acted for Merck on its acquisition of Idenix Pharmaceuticals for $3.85 billion.

Significant clients Viacom, AMC Networks, The Madison Square Garden Company, Daimler, ALSTOM.

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What the team is known for Brings adept sector expertise to its dealwork, with healthcare, technology, real estate and energy among its strongest suits. Proficient at deals involving Asian companies thanks to its established worldwide network of offices.

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." 

Work highlights Assisted Kajima with the sale of Industrial Developments International to Brookfield Property Partners for $1.1 billion.

Represented TMI Hospitality in its acquisition by Starwood Capital Group for an undisclosed amount.

Notable practitioners

The global M&A practice is cochaired by Spencer Klein, who is a key contact for the New York office.

Significant clients LBO France Gestion, DaVita, Fiera Axium Infrastructure, Perella Weinberg Partners, Morguard.

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What the team is known for Undertakes work for clients on a range of transactions, both domestic and cross-border in scope. Noted by sources for its strength in a number of sectors, including telecommunications and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very sensitive to what it takes to build a relationship with the goal of trying to value-add for the client." 

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

Work highlights Assisted media firm Gannett with its merger with Belo in a deal worth $2.2 billion.

Worked with Shuanghui International Holdings in a $966 million joint bid with Sigma Alimentos, a subsidiary of Alfa SAB, for Campofrio Food Group.

Notable practitioners

Associate Leslie Kersey leaves sources "extremely impressed" with the strength of her work in the corporate arena. She recently assisted on Tribeca Enterprises' sale of a 50% stake in the business to The Madison Square Garden Company.

David Shine recently joined the firm from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and impresses sources with his talent and approach to corporate deals. While at his previous firm, he advised on Merck's $14.2 billion disposal of its consumer care arm to Bayer.

Significant clients Centerline Holding, Fisher Brothers, Primary Wave Music, Samsung Display, Starwood Capital Group.

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What the team is known for Possesses an effective team that has expertise in a wide array of areas, including energy, life sciences and technology. Prominent in deals featuring an international dimension for blue-chip clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Everyone I have dealt with is responsive and knowledgeable in their areas of expertise." 

"They have an excellent ability to coordinate resources."

Work highlights Acted for Imperial Tobacco in its acquisition of a number of brands from Reynolds American, including Salem, Winston and Kool, in a $7.1 billion deal.

Represented IVC Group in its acquisition by Mohawk Industries, in a deal worth approximately $1.2 billion.

Notable practitioners

Eric Shube undertakes a variety of public and private deals, including Imperial Tobacco's $7.1 billion purchase of a number of brands from Reynolds American. According to sources, he "knows his stuff inside and out" and is credited for his strong technical skills.

Peter Harwich is a "very conscientious and skillful negotiator" who "shows deep, deep knowledge" when it comes to the legal side of M&A transactions. He recently represented IMI in the disposal of aspects of its business to Marmon Holdings for $1.1 billion.

Significant clients GE, Novartis, Thomson Reuters, IMI, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation.

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What the team is known for Involved in a large number of M&A deals for a range of industry areas, including TMT, life sciences and real estate. Particularly active in the midmarket and clients include private equity houses and REITs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're commercial in their thinking and give practical, no-nonsense advice." 

"They're very practical and always find a solution."

Work highlights Counseled Royal Bank of Scotland on its sale of ALM Media, which it jointly owned with Apax Partners, to Wasserstein & Co.

Acted for WP Carey in its $4 billion combination with its REIT affiliate, Corporate Property Associates 16 - Global.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Klein is the chair of the firm's M&A group.

Significant clients Pfizer, Jindal Poly Films, Arsenal Capital Partners, Federal-Mogul, ACA Compliance Group.

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What the team is known for Able to use the outstanding international strength of the firm to bolster its New York capability and provide a smooth service on significant cross-border deals. Active and capable in a number of areas including life sciences and technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All the people we work with are excellent lawyers in their skills and expertise. The other thing is they really provide a lot of dedication on a personal level - reachable day or night." 

"They continue to deliver high-quality service to us."

What's new? M&A partner Peter Lyons joined the firm from Shearman & Sterling in September 2014.

Work highlights Represented Foster Wheeler in its pending merger with Amec worth $8.5 billion.

Assisted Perella Weinberg as financial adviser to Medtronic in the latter's $42.9 billion inversion acquisition of Covidien.

Notable practitioners

Peter Lyons is a new face at the firm, having joined from Shearman & Sterling in September 2014. He is described by sources as a "really phenomenal" lawyer who does "a tremendous job" for clients, bringing extensive experience to the deal process.

Significant clients Novartis, Continental, Arysta LifeScience, Swiss Re, Honeywell International.

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What the team is known for Represents clients in a broad range of practice areas, with regulatory-heavy industries such as transport, healthcare and telecommunications among its key strengths. Proficient at both domestic deals and transactions involving cross-border elements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're fantastic - very good service providers. They're very responsive and very practical."

Work highlights Worked with HarperCollins Publishers on its purchase of Harlequin Enterprises for CAD455 million.

Assisted Gemalto in its acquisition of SafeNet from Vector Capital in a deal worth $890 million.

Notable practitioners

Michael Gilligan is a "very smart guy" who is well thought-of by peers for his broad-based M&A practice, including acting for private equity clients and financial advisers.

Significant clients News Corporation, Ford, Novartis International, Office Depot, 21st Century Fox.

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What the team is known for A highly skilled midmarket transactional practice that gains plaudits for the strength of its client service. Sector expertise includes technology, life sciences and consumer products.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their client service is unparalleled. If it's important to us, it's important to them."

"They have a long history of working on M&A transactions and are very commercial in trying to think like business people and get deals done." 

"In every area I feel like I'm getting an expert who is able to help me understand an issue and, most importantly, is able to answer next-level questions when I have them."

Work highlights Advised Pfizer in its acquisition of InnoPharma for an initial $225 million fee.

Acted for Canadian private equity firm Onex in its sale of The Warranty Group to TPG for $1.5 billion.

Notable practitioners

Joel Greenberg is an "extremely smart, extremely capable guy" who "takes a very commercial approach to negotiation," according to commentators. He recently acted for ValleyCrest Companies in its combination with The Brickman Group.

Significant clients American Securities, Novartis, JW Childs Associates, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Schilling Ventures.

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What the team is known for A busy midmarket offering, featuring M&A, private equity and corporate governance expertise. Works across the gamut of industries and is noted as a strong choice for a broad range of commercial advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have great people in their practice."

Work highlights Acted for Del Monte Pacific in its purchase of Del Monte's consumer foods arm in a deal valued at $1.675 million.

Represented Perella Weinberg Partners Asset Based Value Strategy in connection with its disposal of Flagship Rail Services to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation for $1.1 billion.

Notable practitioners

Ernest Wechsler is respected by sources for his ability to "understand the business aspects of deals in a way that other lawyers don't." He has a broad-based corporate practice and among his recent transactions he acted for Millennium Partners in the disposal of six health and fitness clubs to Equinox Fitness in a $110 million deal.

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What the team is known for Operates on a strong sector-focused basis, with life sciences, healthcare and industrial manufacturing and chemicals among its leading areas of expertise. Its full-service approach means it continues to be a solid player on midmarket transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a really hands-on approach, which is essential in our transactions, without leaving bigger problems aside."

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

Work highlights Acted for Townsquare Media in its purchase of assets from fifty radio stations for $235.9 million from Cumulus Media.

Represented American Roland Food in its acquisition by Vestar Partners in a deal worth around $200 million.

Notable practitioners

Tim Alvino is a "trusted adviser" who "has great judgment and technical skills," with other sources highlighting his strengths in the project finance arena. Of late, he acted for Irving Oil in a joint venture with Energy East Pipeline. 

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What the team is known for A top-level firm for shipping and investment management, acting for both private equity and corporates. A resounding client favorite, praised for its industry knowledge and the high quality of its service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I like their responsiveness, their competency and their ability to be pro-business. They don't just tell you what the rules are and what you can't do, they tell you what you can do."

"They have an excellent grasp of the nuances of a transaction and are very commercial in their understanding of businesses." 

"They are technically very, very good but also very practical. They understand the client's needs and look at everything with a keen eye."

Work highlights Represented Star Bulk Carriers in its merger with Oceanbulk Shipping and Oceanbulk Carriers for an undisclosed but significant sum.

Acted for Knightsbridge Tankers in its purchase from Frontline 2012 of five capesize ships and the future acquisition of a further 25 capesize vessels as they are built.

Notable practitioners

James Abbott is described by sources as "an extremely impressive" attorney who "truly cares about the client." He has over 30 years' experience acting on a wide variety of corporate transactions.

Craig Sklar represents clients, including private equity funds, in transactions. His recent highlights include acting for Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management in its acquisition by The Carlyle Group. Sources call him a "very thoughtful and level-headed" lawyer who is praised for his communication skills.

Nick Katsanos is an "extremely proactive and very responsive" practitioner who is "excellent at helping clients understand transactions." Of late, he was lead lawyer on Knightsbridge Tankers' deal to acquire a fleet of capesize bulk carriers from Frontline 2012.

Significant clients UBM, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management, Judlau Contracting.

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What the team is known for Continues to be recognized as a leading force in energy and infrastructure, but also acts for clients in pharmaceuticals and other industries. Regularly sighted on significant-value market transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent firm in the energy space - as good as it gets."

Work highlights Acted for PVR Partners in its merger with Regency Energy Partners in a $5.6 billion deal.

Worked with TPG Capital on its purchase of a natural gas operation in Wyoming from Encana for $1.8 billion.

Notable practitioners

David Cohen is a key contact in the New York office.

Significant clients Spectra Energy, Riverstone Holdings, Inergy, Pioneer Natural Resources, TPG Capital.

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What the team is known for Utilizes the firm's excellent regulatory practice to offer a comprehensive service for clients in key areas including financial institutions and other financing. Also represents a range of funds including private equity and hedge funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I call them the SWAT team - when something has gone wrong, they are the people I call. They're very, very thoughtful and hardworking guys." 

"I found Arnold & Porter to be refreshingly goal- and client-oriented."

Work highlights Represented Spirogen in its acquisition by MedImmune for an initial $240 million in consideration.

Acted for PMI Mortgage Insurance in the disposal of interests in CMG Mortgage Insurance and CMG Mortgage Assurance. The companies were purchased by Arch US MI Holdings for around $300 million.

Notable practitioners

Robert Azarow is a key partner in the New York office.

Significant clients Astoria Financial, Banco do Brasil, Goldman Sachs, Hudson City Bancorp, York Capital.

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What the team is known for Midmarket practice that acts for clients on a range of transactions, including foreign investors acquiring US companies. Works in a number of areas, while media and technology remain key focuses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They really provide a comprehensive service in terms of what we need. They're completely professional and timely."

"They're extraordinarily competent - they're good lawyers and the work ultimately is excellent." 

"The partners are available on very short notice and on a 24/7 basis."

Work highlights Acted for Canadian life sciences firm Cangene in its $300 million acquisition by Emergent Biosolutions.

Represented The E W Scripps Company in its acquisition of two TV stations from Granite Broadcasting in a $110 million deal.

Notable practitioners

Steven Goldberg is described as an "extraordinarily bright and hardworking" lawyer who "is really adroit at realizing our needs and getting to the core of the issue quickly." He represents clients in a wide variety of corporate and private equity matters.

Significant clients CBI-MMEER Accommodations, Dassault Systems, Gruner + Jahr, FTI Consulting, Natixis. 

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What the team is known for Extremely active corporate practice that caters for a broad range of needs, both in terms of industry sectors and deal sizes. Its worldwide network includes expertise in Latin American and Asian markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think the world of them - they put the best person in front of you to get the job done and are very collaborative." 

"They really are excellent. We have not found any areas of weakness."

Work highlights Assisted Otelco with the acquisition of Reliable Networks of Maine for an undisclosed sum.

Acted for healthcare systems firm Amirsys in its acquisition by Elsevier.

Notable practitioners

Steven Khadavi has an "extraordinary breadth of knowledge," according to one source, while he is also noted for his attention to detail. He regularly acts for clients on a range of corporate and securities matters.

Significant clients Canon USA, General Mills, Duff & Phelps, Airspan Networks, CHS.

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What the team is known for Compact firm that is highly regarded for its midmarket M&A practice. Well known for work involving special purpose acquisition companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have very good quality lawyers."

Work highlights Acted as co-counsel to Hennessy Capital Acquisition in its purchase of Blue Bird from a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital for $255 million.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Ellenoff is a prominent practitioner at the firm. 

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What the team is known for Particular expertise on private equity matters and also takes on a variety of corporate work, typically in the midmarket context. Sector strengths include the automotive industry and life sciences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their work was outstanding - excellent, unbiased advice every step of the way."

Work highlights Acted for biotech firm Novozymes in the formation of a joint venture with Monsanto worth $300 million.

Represented Papillon Resources as US counsel to its combination with B2Gold, valued at $570 million.

Notable practitioners 

Wesley Fredericks is head of the practice group and a key contact.

Significant clients GE Capital, Guggenheim Partners, Lonza Group, Heartland Payment Systems, Obagi Medical Products.

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What the team is known for Acts for clients on M&A transactions across a wide range of industries and sectors. Well regarded by the market for its technical skills and commercial awareness.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're talented and smart but they're also highly commercial in that they can separate potential risk from actual risk. Additionally, they're technically creative."

"They're very good in both substance and service. That's all I need to get a deal done. They present a full package."

Work highlights Acted for Atlas Copco in its acquisition of Edwards Group for $1.6 billion.

Counseled PHH on its disposal of its fleet management arm to Element Financial Corporation. The transaction was worth a total of $4.85 billion.

Notable practitioners 

Stephen Rusmisel is a key contact in the practice.

Significant clients Cervalis, Deutsche Bank Trust Company, Ernst & Young, Novo Holdings, The Wicks Group of Companies.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Alan Zoccolillo of Baker & McKenzie is head of the firm's New York corporate office. He is a highly capable younger partner acting on a wide array of M&A and private equity transactions. Zoccolillo recently represented Elsevier in its purchase of Amirsys and Amirsys Publishing.

Robert Mittman of Blank Rome LLP is an "incredibly intelligent, resourceful and hard-working" attorney. He recently advised fashion brand Iconix on its purchase of a 51% stake in the Buffalo David Bitton brand from Buffalo International ULC for $76.5 million.

Tobias Knapp of O'Melveny & Myers LLP recently joined the firm from Jenner & Block LLP. He is noted for his "calm demeanor" and "willingness to go the extra yard" for the client, according to sources. He has conducted numerous transactions of late for General Motors Asset Management.

James Kelly of Winston & Strawn LLP recently joined the firm from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. He is noted as a "technically smart" lawyer who "just knows the market inside and out." 

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