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White & Case LLP - New York
  • 1155 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10036-2787
  • Tel:+1 212 819 8200
  • Fax:+1 212 354 8113
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: Hugh Verrier
  • Number of partners worldwide: 423
  • Total lawyers worldwide: 1900

Firm Overview: White & Case is a global law firm, ideally positioned to help its clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.The firm’s cross-border expertise and unrivalled depth of local, US and English-qualified lawyers help clients navigate some of the most complex domestic and multijurisdictional deals and disputes.White & Case’s commitment to its clients’immediate needs and long-term interests helps create enduring partnerships.

Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust:
Clients throughout the world seek the advice ofWhite & Case antitrust lawyers. They count on the firm’s extensive experience in litigation against governmental authorities or private parties, counseling on delicate questions and comprehensive worldwide coverage of merger control regimes.
Asset Finance: White & Case is a recognised leader in global leasing, asset-based financing and structured financial transactions and has pioneered many of the tax, legal and financial structures used in countries around the world.
Banking: Since White & Case’s founding, banking has been at the core of the firm’s practice. Today, it represents major banks worldwide, including many of the largest. The firmprovides guidance related to acquisition finance, commercial lending, project finance, bankruptcy and debt restructurings and regulatory advice.
Capital Markets: White & Case has a formidable reputation in the field of international securities and finance. Clients benefit from the firm’s capabilities in equity and debt offerings, sovereign issues, high-yield debt, securitisations, derivatives, investment funds and regulatory and broker-dealer matters.
Commercial Litigation: Clients entrust White & Case with their “must-win” matters – disputes in which huge sums, invaluable patents and brands, and even out-and-out company survival are at stake. The firm has won major trials and appeals for clients in an array of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, technology, sports media and entertainment and consumer products.
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency: Representing clients in all aspects of restructurings, workouts and insolvency matters, including transactional and litigation matters,White & Case has the global resources and experience necessary for handling transactions in multiple jurisdictions and a wide range of industries. The firm has played key roles in many of the most complex and high-profile restructuring matters of recent years, including many of the largest Chapter 11 filings in the United States as well as the Greek sovereign debt restructuring.
Intellectual Property: White & Case was one of the first full-service firms to develop an intellectual property practice. Its lawyers protect and defend clients’ innovations, creative works and brands around the world, offering advice related to patents, copyrights and designs, IP audits and due diligence, licensing and merchandising, sourcing and technology, and privacy and data protection.
International Arbitration: White & Case is the only leading global law firm with large and long-established international arbitration teams in New York, Washington, DC, London, Paris and Stockholm.With more than 150 specialist arbitration practitioners across 20 of its 39 offices, White & Case offers unsurpassed breadth and depth of resources worldwide. Mergers & Acquisitions: White & Case offers market-leading expertise regarding strategic and private equity transactions and crossborder transactions. It has devised creative deal structures, designed acquisition programs and planned and implemented strategies for both acquirers and potential acquisition targets in domestic and crossborder transactions around the world.
Pro Bono: White & Case has a long history of pro bono and is one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the world. The firm places pro bono on a par with its commercial practices in the leadership, focus and management that it brings to bear for its clients’ benefit.
Project Finance: White & Case is an innovator in project finance, energy and infrastructure law. The firm offers market-leading advice on cross-border project structuring and development, financing, government regulation, M&A, and construction and other contract issues across several sectors, including oil and gas, power, infrastructure, telecommunications and mining and metals.
Tax: White & Case’s tax lawyers and advisors are strategically located in financial centers and government capitals worldwide to provide timely, effective advice on evolving tax law and policies. The practice has provided clients with innovative, practical approaches to minimise tax liabilities on issues ranging from mergers and acquisitions to financings and investment fund transactions.
Trade: White & Case helps clients manage the risks and maximise the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services.The firm has an interdisciplinary, fullservice global trade practice that is one of the world’s largest and most active in trade remedies and in the law of the World Trade Organization.
White-Collar: White & Case helps clients deal with government investigations and enforcement matters. In addition to years of front-line prosecutorial experience, the firm has substantial experience defending clients through all phases of investigations, as well as criminal and civil enforcement proceedings. Clients include large corporations, as well as individuals prominent in business and political affairs.

OFFICES Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Ankara, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Doha, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Monterrey, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Riyadh, São Paulo, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington, DC.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust
  • Asset Finance
  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Financial Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Pro Bono
  • Project Finance
  • Tax
  • Trade
  • White-Collar

Branches

  • 1155 Avenue of the Americas,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10036-2787
  • Tel +1 212 819 8200
  • Fax +1 212 354 8113
  • Website : www.whitecase.com
  • 633 West Fifth Street,
  • Suite 1900,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071-2007
  • Tel +1 213 620 7700
  • Fax + 1 213 452 2329
  • 3000 El Camino Real,
  • 5 Palo Alto Square, 9th Floor,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94306
  • Tel +1 650 213 0300
  • Fax +1 650 213 8158
  • 701 Thirteenth Street, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005-3807
  • Tel +1 202 626 3600
  • Fax +1 202 639 9355
  • Southeast Financial Center,
  • 200 South Biscayne Boulevard,
  • Suite 4900,
  • Miami,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33131-2352
  • Tel + 1 305 371 2700
  • Fax + 1 305 358 5744

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - California

THE FIRM White & Case's compact Los Angeles-based financial restructuring and insolvency team integrates admirably with the firm's wider nationwide network of experts. The team is traditionally identified as a creditor-based practice, but it has been successful in expanding its practice to company-side matters also. Recent highlights include acting for Otero County Hospital during its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and related litigation.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Craig Averch leads the bankruptcy practice's Los Angeles presence. He is skilled across a wide range of financial restructuring and insolvency matters, and is particularly well regarded for his bankruptcy litigation expertise. He has recently acted as debtor's counsel for Otero County Hospital.

Litigation - California

THE FIRM This impressive litigation group is split between the firm's Los Angeles and Palo Alto offices. The firm acts around the state and also has an established cross-border litigation focus, particularly advising Korean clients. The firm advises Facebook on its overseas disputes and is currently handling a significant volume of important cases across five continents. Other clients include Gerber Products, Nestlé USA and Time Warner Cable.

Sources say: "They have a deep substantive knowledge of the law."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Bryan Merryman "understands issues immediately and always has a solution." He successfully represented Comcast Corporation in a class action suit that alleged consumer protection law violations.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

THE FIRM The team at White & Case is known for its pharmaceutical expertise but is also active more generally in the cartel arena and in M&A. Recent matter of note include representing Par Pharmaceuticals and Paddock Laboratories in a so-called 'pay for delay' case involving the drug AndroGel.

Sources say: "We were impressed by the quality of the work, the availability of their guys and their dedication."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Gidley chairs the firm's global antitrust practice group and is well regarded among peers. He is highly experienced in representing clients in front of the FTC and DOJ, and regularly acts for pharmaceutical companies. He recently represented Shionogi in a sham patent counterclaim case.

The "excellent" Christopher Curran is a commercial litigator who undertakes antitrust cases as part of his wider practice. He is representing Upsher-Smith Laboratories in a petition of certiorari filed in the Supreme Court in relation to a class action concerning drug patents.

Technology - District of Columbia

THE FIRM White & Case is distinguished by its focus on strategic sourcing transactions. Members of the team are retained to act on complex global matters by a host of prominent clients, such as Coca-Cola and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Its lawyers work alongside the firm's overseas offices to provide expert advice on long-term projects. Coca-Cola Enterprises and The Coca-Cola Company recently sought the group's advice on a considerable transatlantic BPO agreement relating to accounting and finance services.

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Extraordinarily good lawyer" Trevor Nagel chairs the firm's global sourcing and technology transactions practice. He maintains an excellent reputation in the field of strategic sourcing, regularly advising international market leaders. Nagel continues to represent Commonwealth Bank of Australia in long-term transactions.

Robert Hasty's practice is characterized by an international focus that has seen him advise on a range of multinational agreements. He has amassed a wealth of expertise in technology-related transactions and complex sourcing arrangements. Recent work highlights include representing Best Buy in a series of sourcing transactions.

Banking & Finance - Florida

THE FIRM White & Case's banking and finance team retains its leading position in the transactional sphere. Clients emphasize the firm's Miami location as a particular plus, as it serves as an ideal platform to focus on Latin American work - an area in which the firm's presence continues to grow. The group excels at advising multinational corporations, financial institutions and governmental entities on both domestic and cross-border transactions.   

Sources say: "They have the incredible ability to combine their impressive local market knowledge with New York-quality and resources." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Carlos Viana is highly valued by clients, who recommend him as an attorney with "outstanding capabilities; he is a great negotiator and strategist with stellar knowledge." He is adept at handling a range of financings and is frequently involved in cross-border deals, thanks to his experience in the Latin American markets.

Emilio Alvarez-Farré is recognized for his "valuable knowledge in structured and traditional corporate finance." He is a formidable presence in cross-border M&A transactions and their associated financings.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Florida

THE FIRM White & Case's Florida practice group benefits from the international law firm's extensive network of resources and talent. The group is renowned for advising multinational corporations and large financial institutions on complicated domestic and cross-border transactions and dispute resolution proceedings.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Lauria is global practice head of the financial restructuring and insolvency group. He is known nationally for his track record in some of the country's most significant bankruptcy assignments.

Corporate/M&A - Florida

THE FIRM This international heavyweight attracts high-quality mandates by virtue of its stellar reputation both on the M&A and the private equity side. The firm is well established as a popular choice for clients in Florida, and mandates from Boyne Capital Partners, H.I.G. Capital and Codina Partners confirm the firm's reputation in this arena. Its lawyers also acted for Steiner Leisure, a Bahamas-based company, on the $177 million acquisition of Ideal Image Development.    

Sources say: "Offers an international scope of expertise."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jorge Freeland is characterized as a "terrific lawyer" by market observers. He acts as lead partner on many of the team's major deals, including the Steiner Leisure acquisition and the purchase of numerous KFC and Yum! Brands franchises by Boyne Capital.   

Emilio Alvarez-Farré continues to represent long-standing client SphereInvest Americas, advising the company on several transactions. He is well known for his expertise in cross-border M&A deals.

Environment - Florida

THE FIRM This international firm retains a diverse environmental practice from its Miami office. The team has a specific focus on environmental litigation and has represented clients in areas ranging from wetlands and endangered species to contaminated sites. In addition, the group manages regulatory matters, land use disputes and environmental litigation. Clients include R.E. Jacobs Group, Sierra Properties and New Hope Power Company.

Sources say: "An extremely high-quality firm. They're thoroughly knowledgeable about very arcane regulations regarding environmental issues and all of the legal research and discovery that go with them."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Neal McAliley focuses on environmental litigation and is renowned for his extensive knowledge of federal agencies in relation to compliance issues. Sources praise his service, commenting that "his knowledge of the process, people and the law is excellent. He's great at guiding us through the process. A super communicator." 

Douglas Halsey has a fantastic reputation in environmental law. Sources praise "his overall knowledge of environmental law and his relationships with the agencies involved," and comment on his "tremendous amount of experience."  

Latin American Investment - Florida

THE FIRM White & Case's São Paulo and Mexico City offices play an increasingly important role in its Latin America practice, but Miami remains an important hub for the region. This is particularly the case with respect to finance matters. The team acted for Telefónica Móviles Colombia on its receipt of a $400 million bridge loan from a syndicate comprising HSBC USA and JPMorgan Chase, among others. Project finance is a particular strong suit, demonstrated by the group's advice to Colombian power company ISAGEN on the financing of an 820 MW hydroelectric project.

Sources say: "Very committed and dedicated, providing very detailed and valuable advice." "Responsive and highly qualified practitioners."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Project finance is one of Carlos Viana's primary areas of focus. He is also much sought after for his advice on corporate, acquisition and trade finance, and is commended as a "good negotiator and strategist" by Latin American clients.

Emilio Alvarez-Farré specializes in M&A and is described as "dynamic, knowledgeable and accommodating."

Christian Hansen acted for Grupo Bimbo's technology holding company and its affiliates on a multimillion-dollar IT outsourcing deal with Hewlett-Packard.

Litigation - Florida

THE FIRM This international heavyweight has a well-established practice in Florida. It handles a broad range of litigation matters and also offers notable expertise in arbitration and mediation. The group is active in a number of sectors but is particularly experienced in the financial services industry. Prominent clients include Arvida, Bryant Miller and Deloitte & Touche.

Sources say: "The team developed a keen awareness of our business needs."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Rudolph Aragon is regarded as "an excellent lawyer who is responsive and easy to work with." He is esteemed as a skilled litigator with considerable experience of acting before both state and federal courts.

Real Estate - Florida

THE FIRM This skilled real estate team focuses on complex, high-profile transactions involving pre-sale components and complex leasing arrangements. It also offers expertise in foreclosure litigation, high-rise condominiums, hospitality and gaming projects. Clients include Crocker Partners, Standard Pacific of Florida and Codina Partners. 

Sources say: "Absolutely excellent – it's the best firm I deal with. When I want something taken care of expediently and professionally, I send it to them."

KEY INDIVIDUALS 

Steven Vainder worked closely alongside Walker in the Miami Herald relocation, and is also noted for his transactional expertise. Sources note that he is "very easy to work with and obviously very knowledgeable."

Tax - Florida

THE FIRM This compact team wins praise for the quality of its tax work and its ability to punch above its weight. The Florida office of this global firm undertakes federal, state and international matters, including private client, transactional, tax controversy and tax-exempt organization work. The firm's client list speaks for itself, including household names like Deutsche Bank Trust Company and JPMorgan Chase.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Kavoukjian is the global head of the firm's private client practice. Recent highlights include international estate planning work involving assets worth billions of dollars.

Ed Sawyer is "a very, very bright guy," according to sources, who go on to praise his impressive work ethic. He chairs the firm's Florida practice, and has recently been advising Latin American clients on US sales, acquisitions and restructurings.

Banking & Finance - Nationwide

THE FIRM This banking and finance team boasts considerable breadth and depth, offering substantial expertise in a wide range of financial transactions. Predominantly known as a lender side firm, this practice continues to attract work from leading financial institutions including Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse. The group is also recognized for its global strength, and regularly draws on the resources and expertise of the firm's worldwide network, to assist clients in sophisticated cross-border deals. A recent example of such work is the representation of Deutsche Bank in its role as administrative agent and joint lead arranger in a $2.1 billion senior secured credit facility to Colfax Corporation. The firm's breadth is also reflected by its expertise in the equipment finance arena where it is frequently seen representing clients, such as lenders, lessors and airlines, active in the aviation and shipping market.

Client Service "Their senior partners are available throughout the life of the deal. They have a very deep bench and the ability to call on non-US offices, so are very efficient in cross-border deals." "They know how we operate and have a great relationship with us." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Speaking of Michael Smith's experience in the aviation finance space, sources say: "He is extremely intelligent and meets important criteria for us by being very commercial. We want someone who helps get the deal done and he is excellent at that."

Global practice head Eric Berg continues to do a significant amount of work with regular client Deutsche Bank and was the lead attorney on the aforementioned credit facility deal. Other highlights include advising Morgan Stanley Senior Funding in connection with a $425 million senior secured term loan.

Richard Smith is recognized for his work in equipment finance and leasing. He earns praise for his ability to "manage large multibillion-dollar projects involving a huge team. He can bring the work in on time and with the highest quality."

David Bilkis's expertise in leveraged and acquisition finance continues to attract work from leading financial institutions. Of late he has advised clients such as Deutsche Bank, Citibank and Jefferies Finance in a range of transactions.  

David Koschik is adept at handling leverage finance matters and routinely represents a number of high-profile lenders. Highlights include representing Merrill Lynch as joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner in an amendment and extension of a $3.5 billion senior secured term loan and credit facility.  

Eric Leicht is noted as being "unflappable, steady and determined." His recent highlights include an array of deals with Deutsche Bank, including a $1.4 billion senior secured term loan facility and revolving credit facility, and a $970 million term loan tranche under an existing credit facility.

Alan Rockwell is qualified in both the USA and UK and proves to be a valuable resource in deals with an international element. 

David Joyce is highly experienced across the board in the financing space, while gaining particular praise for his expertise in shipping matters. He recently represented The Kansas City Southern Railway Company on a number of matters, including obtaining a $54 million loan facility via the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Program in order to provide for the purchase of 30 locomotives.

Ji Hoon Hong recently joined the team from Shearman & Sterling. Hong is recognized for his presence in the aviation finance sphere. He has experience in structured finance and capital market transactions. In the last year he has represented several financial institutions in their lending activities to a number of international airlines.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

THE FIRM White & Case has well-regarded financial restructuring and insolvency teams in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The firm is recognized for advising a strong client base of major bondholders, lenders and investors. The firm also maintains a worldwide footprint which allows its bankruptcy practice a significant advantage in cross-border and international restructurings. In recent highlights, the group represented a committee of secured lenders in $1.8 billion of claims in the out-of-court restructuring of Danish shipping company TORM.

Sources say: "They have managed to have a thorough understanding of the law, our restrictions and position better than other firms. Their negotiation skills are exemplary."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Lauria leads the firm's global financial restructuring and insolvency practice. He is immensely experienced across the bankruptcy spectrum, regularly representing a variety of business interests on both debtor and creditor-sides. He plays leading roles in most of the firm's major bankruptcy engagements.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team is recommended by market sources for its expertise on rental car fleet and esoteric products securitizations, and on CLO transactions. Key clients include Anchorage Capital, Commerzbank and Kelson Energy.  

Sources say: "I have been impressed with the knowledge base, the quality of the work and the availability of the lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Rising star partner in the securitization world" David Thatch is praised by clients for his "practical and creative solutions." He is recommended for his work on esoteric securitizations.

The "always fantastic" John Donovan is "a good problem solver and gets deals done." He recently represented Avis Budget Rental Car Funding (AESOP) in its issue of $689.7 million of rental car asset-backed notes.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm fields a highly integrated corporate group out of its New York stronghold, acting on behalf of major players such as ICBC, Disney and Calpine in complex M&A and restructuring transactions. In a highly publicized transaction, the team recently represented Sony in its $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citi, evincing its undeniable talent in market-leading transactional activity.

Sources say: "They deliver, they're trustworthy, and they provide a seamless process and end-to-end service that is well coordinated with great communication."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Global heads of the M&A practice John Reiss and Oliver Brahmst are key contacts based in New York.  

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm continues to excel in the gamut of regulatory, litigation and transactional concerns affecting the electricity industry. On the regulatory and litigation front, the group continues to be involved in major transmission and power generation projects, both within the USA and internationally, acting for clients including DTE Energy, PG&E and Hess Corporation. On the transactional side, the team has had its fair share of big-ticket work including acting on the $1.5 billion purchase of American-owned CH Energy by Canadian utility Fortis, as well as representing Morgan Stanley in connection with the $1 billion financing of a natural gas-fired plant project.

Sources say: "They do a really good job and are committed to helping clients achieve their objectives."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Leading regulatory lawyer Earle O'Donnell has had another active year acting on significant matters including the $230 million Gratiot County Wind Project, where he represented Detroit Edison. Clients afford him particular praise for his "excellent industry connections" and the way in which he can aptly "find out what the real issue is and work with regulators to get things done."

Donna Attanasio is another highly experienced regulatory lawyer, who recently collaborated with O'Donnell on the Fortis and CH Energy matter. She also served as lead lawyer to PG&E in relation to various matters involving renewable power transactions and regulatory compliance.

The "talented" Michael Shenberg is "a pleasure to work with," sources say. He is the lead lawyer on a number of the firm's transactional matters, acting for a range of prominent clients including Russell City Energy and Kelson Energy.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm's financial institutions advisory practice provides regulatory advice to bank and non-bank clients. It has strong transactional expertise and can also draw on the firm's global platform to counsel clients on cross-border regulatory considerations. The team represents a number of highly respected international organizations including Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. It is also playing an active role in the investigation by US regulators into the Libor scandal and represents two non-US financial institutions.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Co-head of the firm's global financial institutions advisory group Ernest Patrikis is a "font of knowledge in the bank regulatory area," according to respondents. He advises a number of non-US banks including ICBC and Bank of China in relation to Federal Reserve applications and regulatory compliance requirements.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

THE FIRM This leading international arbitration practice has a strong track record of success in investor-state arbitrations, representing both investors and states. The highly esteemed practitioners have a breadth and depth of knowledge across a range of industry sectors, including energy, transportation and financial services, and they have particular expertise in complex international arbitration relating to the construction arena. Recent highlights include achieving a landmark $58 million award for Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) against the Republic of Paraguay. The team also acted for Gold Reserve in a $2 billion ICSID arbitration against Venezuela.

Sources say: "A good, strong firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "terrific" Carolyn Lamm is recognized by clients and peers alike as "one of the best international arbitrators in the world." She acts as both advocate and arbitrator. Recent highlights include representing thousands of Italian claimants in a $1.3 billion ICSID arbitration against the Argentine Republic. She is also representing the Republic of the Philippines in three separate arbitrations. 

The "very smart, knowledgeable, calm and detail-oriented" Paul Friedland is similarly highly regarded for his abilities as both an arbitrator and an advocate. He led on the aforementioned matter for SGS, and handles both investment treaty and commercial disputes.

Abby Cohen Smutny is well versed in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. She is currently handling a number of arbitrations for the Republic of Bulgaria and, alongside Darryl Lew, handled the $2 billion ICSID arbitration for Gold Reserve mentioned above. Lew remains an integral and much-respected member of the international arbitration team.

"Great lawyer" Ank Santens is tipped by market sources as a "future leader of the profession," and is currently involved in a number of matters for key clients of the firm. She handles investment treaty and commercial arbitrations with equal aplomb. 

International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM The well-established team at White & Case has wide-ranging experience that covers a variety of trade matters. The group's client roster includes names from across the world, as illustrated by recent antidumping work for Saudi Aramco, Hyundai Heavy Industries and a Mexican galvanized steel wire manufacturer. WTO work is also a busy area, in which the firm can draw on its global capacity and Geneva-based experts.

Sources say: "We know that we'll get detailed responses and they tend to present us with several different options depending on commercial considerations."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Feedback for Gregory Spak details that he "provides on-time, accurate analysis based on a thorough knowledge of the regulations."

Walter Spak heads the group, and clients appreciate the tenor of his input: "Walter is 100% familiar with the underlying factual issues, and can handle things very aptly from a high level."

William Clinton is an experienced trade lawyer whose expertise is called on by clients including Fujifilm and Saudi Aramco.

Outsourcing - Nationwide

THE FIRM White & Case continues to impress in the field of strategic sourcing, with clients benefiting from the firm's global reach. Recent work highlights include representing Coca-Cola in connection with a large-scale pan-Atlantic BPO transaction. Other clients include Best Buy and Royal Bank of Canada.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Trevor Nagel is held in high regard as an "extraordinarily good lawyer." He has recently handled a long-term sourcing project on behalf of The Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Private Equity - Nationwide

THE FIRM This full-service firm has a respected private equity group with an international reach. The team assists clients across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, technology, and oil and gas. Recent highlights include representing private equity fund manager Pegasus Capital Advisors in connection with its acquisition of Six Senses Resorts & Spas, as well as the sale of one of its portfolio companies. The deal involved numerous cross-border elements.

Sources say: "They are very reliable. A good set of people and a strong bench."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Reiss is lauded by one source as "the best lawyer I've ever worked with. He's commercial, aggressive and smart." Recent transactions include an acquisition and a number of dispositions for Quad-C Management.

Oliver Brahmst receives high praise from clients as "someone who is capable of not only being immersed in the detail, but who can also take a step back and view the bigger picture. He's creative in coming to a resolution that works for everyone, and has a commercial view on things."

Projects - Nationwide

THE FIRM White & Case is a highly respected option for power and oil and gas projects, particularly those involving multidisciplinary and cross-border elements. With 84 lawyers spread across its DC, Miami and New York offices, this diverse practice has the breadth and depth to represent a range of top-drawer clients, including Calpine, ExxonMobil and Santander. On the power side, the group is fully versed in handling both traditional and renewable power generation projects, and recently represented Morgan Stanley in connection with the financing aspects of the Panda Temple Power Project. The highly acclaimed oil and gas team offers a wide range of services to clients, and the firm also upholds significant strength on the PPP side. 

Client Service "The service is terrific. They take a seamless approach across the board."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Fabulous lawyer" Victor DeSantis focuses on the representation of lenders in international project finance and cross-border matters. He recently represented ING, Citi and BNP Paribas in connection with the $900 million financing of the Amaralina Star and Laguna Star drillships.

Arthur Scavone is known for his energy-related projects expertise, and recently represented Germany-based BayernLB and others in connection with the big-ticket financing of Post Rock Wind Farm in the USA.

Another favorite among sources is the "fantastic" Ned Neaher. He has represented clients ranging from the oil and gas and power arenas to PPP projects concerning airports and toll roads. Recent highlights include acting for a consortium of in connection with the financing of wind farm projects in Mexico.

Troy Alexander specializes in the financing of energy projects, and was recently part of the team acting for Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil in relation to their role as sponsors of the Barzan Gas Project in Qatar. The project financing was valued at $10.3 billion, and represented the largest ever single financing in Qatar.

Tax - Nationwide

THE FIRM White & Case's tax controversy group has eight tax experts well placed to handle both domestic civil and international tax controversy issues. The firm's global platform makes it an ideal choice for cross-border matters, and it comes highly recommended for transfer pricing.

Sources say: "They are excellent, always very professional, and always keep to their deadlines."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Washington, DC-based Michael Quigley leads the firm's tax controversy and litigation practice group. He has been especially active in transfer pricing matters involving Korean clients and jurisdiction.

Brian Gleicher "stands out for his efforts to know and understand his clients' businesses and always has a thorough understanding of the issues involved, no matter the situation," say sources. He has an excellent international tax practice focusing on transfer pricing and tax treaty work.

Transportation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm is known in the market for its lender representation. It benefits from the firm's broad international footprint, and has acted on a number of bankruptcy and workout matters with respect to the aviation industry.

Sources say: "It not only has expertise in aviation finance but also the ability to manage a large project over a number of offices with lawyers worldwide."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Smith wins plaudits as a commercially aware transactional lawyer. Sources say that he is "good to work with and very reasonable," and note that "he is extraordinarily clever at compromises that meet the needs of other parties." His client list comprises airlines such as Pegasus Airlines and Virgin Blue Airlines.

Richard Smith is an asset finance expert with an impressive profile in the aviation industry. Clients agree that he is "not only a good lawyer but can manage large multibillion-dollar projects involving a huge team."

Spanish speaker Christian Hansen practices in the Miami office. He elicits positive comments for his adroit handling of equipment leasing, aviation and workout matters. He has experience of lender and borrower representation, and has close connections with the Mexican aviation industry.

Ji Hoon Hong recently joined the team from Shearman & Sterling. Hong is a widely recognized lawyer who wins plaudits for the quality of his aviation capital markets and EETC work.

Antitrust - New York

THE FIRM The White & Case team is well regarded for the strength of its antitrust practice, notably with respect to its work in the pharmaceutical and electronics sectors. It has represented Novartis in a number of major matters and also acted for Pfizer in cases concerning the drugs Lipitor and Effexor.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "fabulous" and "pragmatic" Joseph Angland was part of the team that represented Novartis in a class action concerning the use of the drug Diovan.

Robert Milne is noted by commentators for his "amazing work ethic" and "very polished" style. He acted for Saudi Aramco in defense of a class action case brought by private plaintiffs against several OPEC members claiming trillions of US dollars.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

THE FIRM This financial restructuring and insolvency practice is renowned for its vigorous pursuit of creative solutions for its stable of major bondholder, lender and investor clients. The team is also well placed to take advantage of the firm's global resources, and is often involved in cross-border bankruptcies. Recent highlights include representing a committee of secured lenders in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of TORM. 

Sources say: "They have managed to have a thorough understanding of the law, our restrictions and position better than other firms. Their negotiation skills are exemplary." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "dynamic" Thomas Lauria is the global financial restructuring and insolvency practice head. He boasts extensive experience in all facets of bankruptcy representations, from debtors to distressed investors. He is lead counsel in the majority of White & Case's significant engagements in recent years, and has been integral to the firm's rising prominence in the bankruptcy field. 

Corporate/M&A - New York

THE FIRM White & Case's New York M&A group advises the likes of Sony, Disney and the Hess Corporation, among other major organizations. It is routinely sought to handle technical cross-border transactions for public and private companies, and acts for private equity funds across a vast range of industries. In a recent highlight, it acted for ICBC on a first-of-its-kind, $140 million acquisition of an 80% stake in a US retail bank, The Bank of East Asia.

Sources say: "A truly global platform."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients describe Morton Pierce as a "knowledgeable, thorough and insightful lawyer." Interviewees further highlight the pragmatic outlook he brings to bear on sophisticated transactions. "He always supplements his legal perspectives with a consideration of the business matters and issues we are hoping to address and resolve," said one interviewee.

John Reiss "provides a remarkable level of leadership in tense situations," and has "great intuition for deal dynamics." He acted for ICBC on its US bank acquisition, and also advised Canadian distribution utility Fortis on its $1.5 billion acquisition of CH Energy.

New arrival Denise Cerasani "is extremely experienced, very pragmatic and commercial," as well as "always responsive and well prepared," according to sources. She has particularly noteworthy experience advising banks on fairness opinions and elements of financial advisory disclosure.

After a four-year tenure as head of M&A at Linklaters, Daniel Dufner rejoined White & Case early in 2013. He is recognized by peers as a solid M&A lawyer in the city, and caters to an impressive array of clients. Highlights from his past year include representing WellPoint in two substantial acquisitions.

Environment - New York

THE FIRM The environmental group at White & Case makes use of the firm's global platform in order to advise international clients on cross-border matters. It represents clients in a range of industries, including mining, pharmaceuticals, electronics and aviation. The group provides a range of environmental services, including transactional due diligence, compliance and regulatory advice.

Sources say: "A very fine firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very strong" Paul Milmed focuses on representing lenders and principals, providing advice on the environmental aspects of financial and corporate transactions, on a national and international level.

Interviewees enjoy working with Richard Horsch, and describe him as "a feisty, vibrant guy." He offers a wealth of experience representing clients in toxic tort litigation, as well as Superfund cost recovery actions.

Intellectual Property - New York

THE FIRM This global powerhouse's IP team in New York covers matters concerning copyright, trademarks and patents. Its prowess in the realm of pharmaceuticals patent litigation comes in for special mention by market sources, although this should not overshadow the significance of its representations in hi-tech electronics. Clients include Google, Novartis and Pfizer.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Dimitrios Drivas heads the firm's global IP practice group. He is highlighted in particular for his expertise in patent litigation, strategic advice, licensing and technology transfer agreements.

Latin American Investment - New York

THE FIRM While White & Case handles much of its Latin American work out of Miami and São Paulo, its New York presence remains an important component of its practice. This is particularly apparent in the project finance arena. The New York office led the firm's advice to the lead arrangers on the $1.1 billion financing for the OSX-2 FPSO vessel, chartered to OGX Petróleo e Gás. On the M&A side, a team comprising lawyers in New York and Mexico City advised Sherwin-Williams on its acquisition of Consorcio Comex, for approximately $2.4 billion.

Sources say: "Responsive and highly qualified practitioners."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources describe project finance partner Troy Alexander as "excellent to work with." He recently acted as co-lead counsel to the initial purchasers on project bond issuances by two Mexican wind farm projects, which had a combined principal value of $298 million.

Litigation - New York

THE FIRM White & Case houses a well-established litigation group whose notable commercial dispute capabilities extend across a wide range of sectors and jurisdictions. It also handles securities litigation, and offers clients notable strength in finance-related disputes, bolstered by the firm's presence in many key financial hubs across the globe. The team handles matters for a range of high-profile clients, including Pitney Bowes, Experian and Saudi Aramco.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Glenn Kurtz is a highly experienced commercial litigator, and is considered "smart, hard-working and effective" in his advocacy. He heads the firm's global commercial litigation group, and has significant expertise in trying cases. His recent workload includes defending Royal Ahold and US Foodservice in large multidistrict litigation involving claims of breach of contract and RICO violations.

Tax - New York

THE FIRM This firm's 11-partner tax group is experienced in representing major corporations, financial institutions, investment funds and sovereign wealth funds. It advises clients in a range of asset and project financings, M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and bankruptcies, transfer pricing and IPOs. The team's clients include Fougera Pharmaceuticals, the Starwood Capital Group and Deutsche Bank.

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Dantzler heads the firm's tax practice. He is praised for the practical and thoughtful approach he brings to a range of work, including tax controversy and M&A. He recently represented Fougera Pharmaceuticals in its $1.525 billion sale to Sandoz.  

Technology - New York

THE FIRM White & Case remains highly regarded as an international player in the technology and outsourcing sector, with clients benefiting from the team's integration with overseas offices. The sourcing and technology practice represents a range of industry leaders, such as financial institutions, telecom companies and global household names. Members of the team offer expert advice on a range of strategic sourcing matters, and are also well versed in technology-related transactions including licensing, joint ventures and service agreements.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Adam Chernichaw is a key contact for the New York office.