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Sidley Austin LLP

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Sidley Austin LLP - Chicago
  • 555 West Fifth Street
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90013
  • Chairman of Executive Committee: Carter G Phillips
  • Chairman of Management Committee: Charles W Douglas
  • Number of partners worldwide: 666
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 1747
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Firm Overview:
Sidley Austin is one of the world’s premier law firms,with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being a powerful adviser for global businesses, with approximately 1700 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services wherever they are needed, offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law. The firm’s lawyers leverage their diversity of knowledge and wide-reaching legal backgrounds with a dedication to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service. Sidley values the recognition it has received in response to its leadership in its wide cross-section of legal services around the globe. These accolades, which come from professional peers, publications and industry journals and clients in numerous industries, include: 
• Received the most first-tier national rankings of any US law firm in the 2013 US News – Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firms’ survey for the third consecutive year and each year since the survey’s inception 
• One of just three firms to have been in the top 10 of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001 
• Consistently ranks among the top global capital markets firms in the Thomson Reuters league tables 
• Named a finalist in the American Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year 2012 
• Received the Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative Award at the first Chambers USA Women in Law Awards in 2012 
• Received a ‘perfect’ 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report. Sidley has received ‘perfect’ 100 scores on each report since 2008 
• Named as one of the top 25 national corporate law firms in Corporate Board Member magazine’s 2012 survey of corporate directors and general counsel 
• Named USA Law Firm of the Year for 2011 and 2012 in the Who’s Who Legal Awards 
• Recognized in four categories of the Law360 Practice Groups of 2012 award series: Appellate, Environmental, International Trade and Life Sciences 
• Only law firm with top tier Life Sciences rankings across three continents in the Practical Law Company (PLC) Life Sciences Handbook 2012. Also ranked among the world’s top five firms for both its life sciences industry practice and its life sciences regulatory practice

Main Areas of Practice:
Accountants/Professional Service Firms Liability
Antitrust/Competition
Appellate
Banking & Financial Services
Communications Regulatory
Complex Commercial Litigation
Corporate Governance & Compliance
Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Employee Benefits
Energy
Environmental
ERISA Litigation
Executive Compensation
Financial Services/Consumer Class Actions
Food, Drug and Medical Device Compliance & Enforcement
Food, Drug & Medical Device Regulatory
Global Finance
Government Strategies
Healthcare Insurance
Insurance/Reinsurance Disputes
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Arbitration (Commercial and Treaty)
International Trade
Investment Funds, Advisers & Derivatives
Labor, Employment & Immigration
Life Sciences
M&A & D&O Litigation
M&A
Privacy, Data Security & Information Law
Private Equity
Products Liability
Project Finance & Infrastructure
Public Finance
Real Estate
SEC Enforcement Securities
Securities & Futures Regulatory
Securities Litigation
Tax
Tax Controversy
Technology Transactions
Transportation
Trusts, Estates & Not-for-Profits
White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations

Areas of Practice

  • Accountants/Professional Service Firms Liability
  • Antitrust/Competition
  • Appellate
  • Communications Regulatory
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy
  • Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
  • Employee Benefits
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Financial Institutions Regulatory
  • Financial Services/Consumer Class Actions
  • Food, Drug and Medical Device Compliance & Enforcement
  • Food, Drug & Medical Device Regulatory
  • Global Finance
  • Government Strategies
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Insurance/Reinsurance Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration (Commercial and Treaty)
  • International Trade
  • Investment Funds, Advisers & Derivatives
  • Labor, Employment & Immigration
  • Life Sciences
  • M&A & D&O Litigation
  • M&A & Private Equity
  • Privacy, Data Security & Information Law
  • Products Liability
  • Project Finance & Infrastructure
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Securities
  • Securities & Futures Regulatory
  • Securities Litigation
  • Tax
  • Tax Controversy
  • Technology Transactions
  • Transportation
  • Trusts, Estates & Not-for-Profits
  • White Collar

Branches

  • One South Dearborn,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60603
  • Tel 312 853 7000
  • Fax 312 853 7036
  • Website : www.sidley.com
  • 555 West Fifth Street,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90013
  • Tel 213 896 6000
  • Fax 213 896 6600
  • 1001 Page Mill Road,
  • Building 1,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304
  • Tel +1 650 565 7000
  • Fax +1 650 565 7100
  • 555 California Street,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94104
  • Tel +1 415 772 1200
  • Fax +1 415 772 7400
  • 1501 K Street NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005
  • Tel 202 736 8000
  • Fax 202 736 8711
  • 470 Atlantic Avenue, 4th Floor,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02210
  • Tel +1.617.273.8183
  • Fax +1.617.273.8188
  • 787 Seventh Avenue,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10019
  • Tel +1 212 839 5300
  • Fax +1 212 839 5599
  • 717 North Harwood,
  • Suite 3400,
  • Dallas,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201
  • Tel 214 981 3300
  • Fax 214 981 3400
  • 1000 Louisiana Street,
  • Suite 6000,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002
  • Tel 713 315 9000
  • Fax 713 315 9199

Antitrust - California

THE FIRM Sidley Austin's antitrust practice covers a broad range of areas and industries, with clients ranging from electronics firms to insurance companies. One of its strengths is in the pharmaceuticals sector, where it represented AstraZeneca against an allegation of conspiracy among major manufacturers. The team also represented Johnson & Johnson in a case alleging collusion with a nursing home provider.

Sources say: "They provide a unique combination of substantive legal advice with experience in the regulatory world."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Marie Fiala is a litigator specializing in complex commercial cases, with a practice covering antitrust and energy. She has 35 years' experience in the field.

Senior counsel Samuel Miller is a "knowledgeable and reliable" practitioner who has a broad litigation practice including white-collar, securities and antitrust work. He has continued his relationship with Microsoft as a counsel on antitrust matters, and also lectures at Berkeley Law School.

Banking & Finance - California

THE FIRM Sidley Austin's LA-based branch frequently works with regional and national banks that are actively involved in commercial lending. Established clients include Silicon Valley Bank, which the firm represented in a number of matters including a $72.5 million senior secured credit facility for Francisco Partners' recapitalization of T-System. Other key clients include Merrill Lynch, Citi and BNP Paribas.        

Sources say: "Their attorneys have great expertise. A valuable and standout team."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Recognized by observers for her strength in commercial lending, Pamela Martinson has worked for decades on the West Coast and has developed an especially strong relationship with Silicon Valley Bank, which she represented in the matter listed above. 

Practice head Moshe Kupietzky is widely praised for his tremendous intelligence and market experience. He frequently leverages off his strong corporate practice to act as borrowers' counsel to clients such as ROM Corporation, which he advised on tens of millions of dollars in loans and facilities recently. 

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - California

THE FIRM Sidley Austin's California-based corporate reorganization and bankruptcy team covers the gamut of bankruptcy-related representation. The group is able to draw on the firm's global network of offices, from Chicago to London, all of which work collaboratively to achieve the desired solutions for clients. As an example, Sidley has been acting as debtor's counsel to Dynegy Holdings during its highly publicized New York-based bankruptcy. The team is also representing building company Flintkote in its bankruptcy.

Sources say: "They are extremely responsive; we feel like we are a priority for them and it makes a difference. What we like is they are not just technical, they have that rare business judgment as well; they come up with business solutions." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Havel is one of the most senior members of the team. He is regularly singled out for his even-keeled manner and technical know-how in complicated situations. He is particularly adept in bankruptcy matters that relate to real estate. 

Jeffrey Bjork has played a significant role in the debtor representations of Dynegy and Flintkote. He has developed a strong following in Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies. Interviewees are quick to emphasize that "Jeff is creative, passionate and extremely service-oriented."

Jennifer Hagle acts across the spectrum of bankruptcy and restructuring mandates, and has particular expertise in representing lenders. As one impressed source put it: "She is technically top-notch and represents us very well in a group setting; in dealing with investors, companies and creditors she takes control of meetings and expresses our viewpoints."

Impressed commentators single out Joel Samuels for praise, noting that "he is one of the smartest people I've met; he knows the Bankruptcy Code inside and out." He is regularly identified as an expert in acting for secured creditors and in conducting bankruptcy litigation. 

Kevin Lantry is praised for his contributions to the Tribune and Dynegy debtor representations, an area where he is particularly adept. Interviewees appreciate his foresight in implementing strategic objectives.

Corporate/M&A - California

Litigation - California

THE FIRM Sidley Austin enters the table having garnered considerable feedback from the market. The Los Angeles office plays an integral role in the firm's highly respected national appellate group, with its California practitioners experienced in cases at state, federal and Supreme Court levels. High-profile matters include the representation of W. Scott Harkonen, former CEO of InterMune, in the highly publicized appeal against his conviction for wire fraud.  

Sources say: "Absolutely excellent work. They are extremely responsive and able to focus immediately on the issue. Their drafting skills are superb."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Haddad led the team in the representation of W. Scott Harkonen, and is a global coordinator for the national appellate group. Sources relate that he is "an excellent speaker who doesn't get rattled in any way."

Litigation - California

THE FIRM This firm is equipped with a strong group of litigators renowned for their strength in handling a broad range of disputes. The team is adept at securities matters, notably for its expertise in assisting Chinese companies involved with US securities violations. It enlisted the strength of its national network when handling a series of complex shareholder cases on behalf of SMART Technologies. Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Wilshire Bancorp and China Green are some of the firm's notable clients.

Sources say: "They truly have defined the meaning of going above and beyond."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sara Brody splits her practice between the San Francisco and Palo Alto offices and serves as a global coordinator for the firm's securities litigation practice. She represented the former CEO of Diamond Foods in various derivatives and securities class action matters and parallel government investigations, and assisted with the SMART Technologies litigation matters.

Norman Blears recently joined the team from Hogan Lovells US. Blears focuses on complex securities litigation, for which "clients hold him in high regard." He acts for Dendreon on litigation relating to Provenge, a cancer drug. He heads the California securities practice.

Litigation - California

THE FIRM This team is noted for its white-collar criminal defense work. It is able to draw on the firm's extensive national network in successfully representing clients and major corporations. It continues to handle a number of matters such as trade secret thefts, FDA fraud, and FCA and FCPA issues.

Sources say: "They do not leave any stone unturned."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kimberly Dunne cochairs the firm's white-collar practice and has an enviable background of serving as the Chief of the US Attorney Office's Public Corruption and Government Fraud section in the Central District of California. "She has been very good to work with and she consults me on the right things," praises a client. She is especially noted for her recent work in advising on qui tam and FCPA matters.

Real Estate - California

THE FIRM This is a very well-regarded firm that combines expertise in complex financing transactions with strong litigation capabilities. Clients benefit from the close links maintained between the real estate practice and lawyers from the firm's bankruptcy, tax and environment groups. The team currently advises Credit Suisse on $250 million of syndicated senior debt secured by a ski resort project. It also recently acted for GE Capital on the proposed sale of a $343 million mezzanine loan. Other major names represented by the firm include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and Oaktree Capital Management.

Sources say: "Their lawyers are insightful, responsive and helpful, and I've been very impressed with them."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Distressed real estate expert Paul Walker wins praise from market sources for being "rock solid and always having his finger on the pulse." "He is fantastic, extraordinarily knowledgeable in the field and very well respected. He is very focused on details and a great overall practitioner," add commentators.

The highly regarded Marc Hayutin regularly handles a range of high-value financing transactions and disputes. "I am consistently impressed by how, when new twists and turns come into play, he has a knowledge base of that particular issue. He is also very good at explaining complicated points," says one source.

Observers highlight Scott Cooper as "a very practical lawyer with a no-nonsense approach." "He is very analytical, very bright, understands his area of expertise very well and gives good sound legal advice," according to sources. He is currently advising a major life insurance company on a number of mortgage loans.