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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

New York

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP - New York
  • One Battery Park Plaza
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10004-1482
  • Tel:+1 212 837 6000
  • Fax:+1 212 422 4726
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chair: Candace Krugman Beinecke
  • Managing Partner: Theodore V H Mayer 
  • Website: www.hugheshubbard.com
  • OFFICES New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Jersey City, Kansas City

Firm Overview:
Hughes Hubbard is the number one-ranked firm on The American Lawyer’s A-List, which the magazine calls ‘the profession’s top tier’ and the ‘best of the all around best’ law firms. The firm was founded in 1888 by the renowned jurist and statesman Charles Evans Hughes.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Hughes Hubbard has a diverse and international Antitrust Practice. The firm counsels clients on all aspects of antitrust law, including cartel-related criminal grand jury investigations, class action litigation, and representing parties before government enforcement agencies (both US and EU) in conductrelated investigations. The firm provides antitrust advice to clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions and day-to-day antitrust counseling on compliance issues, including pricing, distribution, and standard-setting and other IP-related issues.

Hughes Hubbard has had a leading Aviation Practice for over 40 years. The firm represents leading airlines, investment banks, leasing companies, hedge funds, and other financial institutions in both domestic and crossborder transactions. The firm has a deep understanding of all manner of aviation finance structures and has been involved in many ‘first-in-kind’ transactions. The practice covers all aspects of the aviation business, including financings, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, workouts and bankruptcies, interairline matters, leasing and litigation.

Hughes Hubbard’s corporate clients include some of the world’s largest domestic and multinational companies. Attorneys in the M&A Practice represent public and private companies in all varieties of stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, including the full range of public company matters such as hostile takeovers and proxy fights. Attorneys in the M&A Practice also represent special committees of boards of directors in connection with exploration of strategic alternatives and review of going private and relatedparty transactions. The M&A Practice handles joint ventures and other strategic alliances, including those involving cross-border transactions. Attorneys in the Securities and Capital Markets Practice represent issuers and underwriters in public and private equity and debt offerings, including initial public offerings and equipment financings.The firm also has a strong Banking and Finance Practice which represents numerous financial institutions in syndicated lending, project finance, regulatory matters and derivatives.

Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy:
This practice is multidisciplinary, with deep and broad experience, including the ongoing liquidations of Lehman Brothers Inc. and MF Global Inc., the largest and eighth largest bankruptcies in history. With over 40 attorneys across five offices, the group represents financial institutions and companies as debtors and creditors in judicial and out-of-court restructurings and related work outs and litigation. The group has particular experience in financial insolvency, cross border restructuring, asset sales, and secured and unsecured creditors’ rights.

International Trade:
Hughes Hubbard provides comprehensive legal advice to clients on matters involving the entire spectrum of international trade and investment issues faced by governments,multinational corporations, trade associations. The group’s practice includes: export controls and economic sanctions, trade remedies, market access, customs counseling, antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings and counseling, WTO and NAFTA dispute avoidance and resolution, investment arbitration, state-to-state arbitration, and anti-corruption and internal investigations.

Intellectual Property:
The Intellectual Property Practice advises on patents, trademarks, licenses, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. The group counsels clients on a wide range of IP matters in corporate transactions, licensing programs, product development and clearance programs, litigation and arbitration.

Litigation has always been a cornerstone of Hughes Hubbard’s practice with the firm’s reputation recognized both nationally and internationally by the world’s leading legal publications. The firm has the resources and capacity to play virtually any role including: trial, appellate and class action litigators; a dedicated eDiscovery and document management group; and national coordinating experience in many complex cases. The firm has an active general Commercial Litigation Practice. Other major areas include antitrust; appellate; arbitration and ADR; art law; bankruptcy; environmental; financial services and banking; insurance coverage; intellectual property and technology; labor and employment; not-for-profit; product liability and toxic torts; professional liability; securities and white collar crime and corporate compliance.

Labor & Employment:
Attorneys are well versed in the full range of employment litigation and issues on behalf of employers including collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour and noncompetition agreements.

Real Estate:
The firm’s global Real Estate Practice has clients from a diversity of industries and covers every aspect of real estate and hospitality-related transactions.

New Media:
The practice combines the resources and experience of a traditional law firm with an understanding and passion for today’s cutting-edge technologies to assist clients in navigating the new realities and challenges arising from this shifting landscape. Attorneys advise clients on matters in the areas of digital media and the Internet, entertainment and technology and information security.

Attorneys in this area are involved in complex crossborder transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, multinational joint ventures, and financings. The firm’s employee benefits attorneys, who are part of the Tax Group, handle all aspects of employee pensions, executive compensation and ERISA work.


  • One Battery Park Plaza,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10004-1482
  • Tel +1 212 837 6000
  • Fax +1 212 422 4726
  • Website : www.hugheshubbard.com

Latin American Investment - Florida

THE FIRM The departure of New York-based attorney Ed Vidal saw this firm refocus its Latin American resources firmly in its Miami office. Finance remains a clear strength of the team, which is also increasingly active in high-value M&A throughout the region. Highlights include advising Brazilian mining corporation Vale on obtaining a $3 billion loan from 27 international banks, and acting for the lead arrangers on a $500 million dual-currency line of credit to BRF-Brasil Foods.  

Sources say: "Client service is phenomenal." "Sound advice with the right level of business knowledge."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Amy Dulin's expertise in the banking and finance space extends to handling M&A on behalf of financial institutions. In standout matters, she advised Banco Davivienda on its $801 million acquisition of HSBC's Costa Rican, Honduran and Salvadoran assets.

Federico Goudie cochairs the Latin America group. He represented the Central Bank of Paraguay in its recent currency swap program with IFC - the first time IFC had reached such an agreement with any Latin American central bank.

Senior counsel Timothy McCarthy is lauded for his decades of experience in M&A and securities law. He has particular insight into Brazil-related issues, and is a member of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida.  

International Arbitration - Nationwide

THE FIRM Hughes Hubbard & Reed works across a diverse range of industries, representing clients in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. The firm acts for an impressive and varied client roster, including Forest Laboratories, Suzlon Energy and RosInvestCo UK. The team successfully defended the government of Canada in an LCIA arbitration brought by the USA. The tribunal ruled in the client's favor on every point and rejected the claimant's demand of $500 million in its entirety.  

Sources say: "Every aspect of their case strategy was reflected in the tribunal's award - their advocacy was faultless." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Fellas's extensive experience enables him to be "involved in every role imaginable," and he handles cases as both arbitrator and advocate. His recent highlights include appearing in federal court to successfully defend an International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) award issued in favor of firm client Tele2 Sverige. 

Well established as both an arbitrator and an advocate, Steven Hammond is praised for "providing very good insight into the positioning of arguments - he understands what will work and what won't." He is currently representing Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Kazakhstan.

John Townsend is acclaimed for his prominence as an arbitrator and advocate. Sources agree that "his depth of understanding and ability to take a complex case and present a clear, compelling argument are second to none." He recently defended Canada in the LCIA arbitration referred to above.

Christopher Paparella is praised for his "very intelligent and responsive" approach to international arbitration. He chairs the firm's construction law group, and has particular experience in matters related to the energy sector.  

International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm enjoyed particular success in 2012 with the dismissal of all US claims in the widely publicized US-Canada lumber arbitration, in which it represented the Canadian government. The diversity of the firm's trade practice wins praise from commentators, with export compliance and import counseling numbering among the firm's strengths. Major international clients such as ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe use the partners' expertise across several areas.

Commercial Awareness "They made a massive effort to understand the market and they couldn't have done better - their advocacy was faultless."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients including Eaton and the LED innovator Cree engage Amanda DeBusk's talents in many aspects of export compliance.

Joanne Osendarp was a key figure in the firm's abovementioned representation of the government of Canada, and is lauded for her strategic skills. 

Peers and clients alike recommend Kenneth Pierce. According to one interviewee, he is "knowledgeable, very practical, and his client service is phenomenal." He heads the international trade remedies and customs group.

The "very thorough and focused" Matthew Nicely moved to Hughes Hubbard & Reed from Thompson Hine in January 2013, further boosting the firm's bench strength in international trade matters. His experience includes representing a consortium of clients in the Vietnamese shrimp industry.

Products Liability - Nationwide

THE FIRM This broad practice has a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and tobacco product liability work, and also has considerable experience in toxic torts. Recent notable developments include being selected by Lorillard for the role of national coordinating counsel in the Engle Progeny and Kent Filter litigation. Other clients include Pfizer and the American Bureau of Shipping.

Sources say: "They are excellent across the board. They view our cases in a very strategic way. There are attorneys there with an incredible grasp of scientific issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Theodore Mayer is renowned for "setting the strategic tone of the firm and taking a broad view of matters." Recent highlights include working on the Engle Progeny litigation for Lorillard, and representing Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services in a recent lawsuit.  

Charles Cohen attracts praise for his expertise in discovery issues. He has a broad-based product liability practice, and is an experienced litigator.

James Fitzpatrick is a pharmaceuticals expert who wins accolades for his scientific knowledge and excellent communication skills with clients. He and Cohen both worked alongside Mayer on the Engle Progeny litigation.

Norman Kleinberg concentrates on product liability, insurance coverage and complex civil litigation in his respected practice.

Transportation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm continues to impress, acting for some of the most important names in the aviation industry. It has advised on a number of aircraft lease restructurings and secured financings. Highlights for the practice include acting for Continental Airlines in an $892 million public offering in connection with 18 new aircraft.

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Hoyns receives special mention for his command of high-value capital markets transactions, with sources noting that he is "a very experienced practitioner in EETC work and he brings enormous history to the area." He was lead attorney on the Continental Airlines public offering.

Steven Chung enjoys a rising profile in the market. Sources say he is "an excellent lawyer who is thorough and commercial, and brings strong technical and marketing skills." His highlights include the representation of Wells Fargo Securities concerning a $320 million senior secured financing for AWAS.

Jeffrey Tenen recently joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Commentators describe him as "very detail-oriented but flexible enough to get deals done in a timely fashion."

Corporate/M&A - New York

THE FIRM This M&A group handles the full range of transactional needs for public and private companies, particularly those in the life sciences, media and financial services sectors. The group's active clients include big names such as Viacom, Sony Music and the US Treasury Department. It continues to receive a significant amount of work from Ernst & Young in its capacity as joint administrator of Nortel's insolvent European, Middle East and African entity.

Sources say: "Highly intelligent and personable advisers who are easy to access and fully committed to their clients' goals."

KEY INDIVIDUALS M&A and corporate group cochair Ken Lefkowitz is a popular figure in the New York M&A market. According to market sources, "he is smart, super practical and down to earth. I can see why he does well with clients. His informal style inspires confidence, which he backs up with intelligent and savvy deal skills."

The "pragmatic, business-friendly" Charles Samuelson earns praise from clients, with one reporting: "He is very efficient and he doesn't beat around the bush. He gets it done." He recently represented Wafra in its $1 billion investment in Triple Point Capital.

Firm chair Candace Beinecke is an influential figure in the New York legal scene. She maintains a busy practice advising many of the firm's significant clients on governance issues.

Sources find M&A cochair James Modlin to be "straightforward, knowledgeable and easy to work with."

Litigation - New York

THE FIRM Hughes Hubbard's sterling team is particularly praised for its expertise in securities litigation. Its practice also maintains a strong focus on white-collar criminal defense and investigations work, and its notable trial lawyers are equally adept at handling commercial disputes. Recent highlights include representing Ernst & Young Cayman in a class action. 

Sources say: "They are creative, strategic in their thinking and very responsive, and have a very high level of advocacy." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Maguire is an "outstanding litigator" who takes a "very experienced and sophisticated" approach to securities litigation. Sources particularly highlight his oral advocacy skills, and state that "he is somebody who can take a fairly complex matter and synthesize it into something more manageable." 

Edward Little is "an extremely focused, experienced and effective trial lawyer," say sources. He chairs the firm's white-collar group and is experienced in representing a range of clients in investigations and lawsuits. His recent work includes representing the manager of two Bear Stearns hedge funds, Ralph Cioffi, in SEC enforcement proceedings.  

Marc Weinstein is a "practical and strategic" attorney with experience in representing individuals and institutions in a range of regulatory and enforcement matters. His recent work includes representing Eugene Burger, a former trader at Moore Capital Management, in actions related to alleged manipulation of certain commodities markets.

Media & Entertainment - New York

THE FIRM Hughes Hubbard has been noted for its new media and technology expertise. This 20-strong team assists some of the media industry's most prominent traditional and digital entities. The group acted for Sony Music Entertainment in its recent project to combine independent digital music distributors The Orchard and IODA.

Sources say: "They are experts in this space.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Daniel Schnapp heads the new media, entertainment and technology practice at the firm. He is noted by clients as “thoughtful, responsive and clearly knowledgeable on the subject matter.” He assisted News Corporation this year in its investment in digital media brand Roku.