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  • Chairman of Executive Committee: Carter G Phillips
  • Chairman of the Management Committee: Charles W Douglas
  • Vice Chairman of the Management Committee: Larry A Barden
  • Number of partners worldwide: 685
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 1849

Firm Overview: Sidley Austin is a premier law firm 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 more than 1800 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide. In 2013, Sidley opened its 18th office in Boston, Massachusetts. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law. The firm’s lawyers have wide-reaching legal backgrounds and are dedicated 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 2014 US News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey. Sidley has received the most first-tier national rankings each year since the survey began. Also named “Law Firm of the Year” for Corporate Law and Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law.
■ One of only three firms to earn a place on The BTI Client Service 30 for 13 consecutive years; Named the number three law firm for overall client service in 2014
■ Named to Law360’s Global 20 in 2013, their list of the top 20 law firms with the “largest global presence and were involved in the biggest, most complex and most diverse array of cross-border matters over the past year”
■ Consistently ranked among the top global capital markets firms in the Thomson Reuters league tables
■ Named by the National Law Journal as the 2013 DC Litigation Department of the Year in the appellate category and as the 2013 Chicago Litigation Department of the Year in the Mass Torts category
■ Named USA Law Firm of the Year and Global Trade & Customs Law Firm of the Year in the 2013 Who’s Who Legal Awards
■ Named as one of the top 25 national corporate law firms in Corporate Board Member magazine’s 2013 survey of corporate directors and general counsel
■ Named Investment Funds Team of the Year and Products Liability Team of the Year for the United States at the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2013
■ Named the “Best North American Law Firm” in the 2013 Hedgeweek Awards
■ In the 2013 edition of LMG Life Sciences, Sidley had the most lawyers recognised as “Life Sciences Stars,” surpassing all other firms. Thirty-six of the firm’s lawyers are featured and Sidley is recognised in ten practice areas.
■ Named 2013 “US Life Cycle Firm of the Year” at the inaugural LMG Life Science awards and Sidley received the most awards (six) of any firm

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

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Capital Markets - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Remains an international leader in the high-yield market, having handled a fantastic range of work in this field. Has a wide spread of offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney. It also has solid debt and equity practices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Solution-oriented: "Their main strength is their professional, can-do, problem-solving attitude."

Market standing: "They are one of the top ones; they have wonderful blue-chip work."

Work highlights Acted for Shimao Property Holdings in regard to its USD800 million high-yield debt offering of 6.625% senior notes.

Advised JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch and OCBC on the establishment of a USD10 billion global MTN programme by OCBC. Also acted for the same entities on the issue of USD1 billion subordinated notes under the programme.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Sheridan is co-head of the international corporate finance practice in Asia; he divides his time between Hong Kong and Singapore.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered Bank, OCBC, Macquarie Capital. 

Corporate/M&A - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for An all-round corporate group with increased regional traction. Recently obtained permission to practise local law in Singapore. Has handled a wide variety of transactions over the past year in China, especially in the real estate and life sciences industries. Fast developing its energy sector focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I was very impressed with how focused they were and the level of attention they gave to our company."

What's new? Gerard Hekker became a partner of the Singapore office in January 2013.

Partner Tom Deegan joined the Hong Kong team in May 2013.

Work highlights Counsel to Malaysian conglomerate Berjaya on making a privatisation offer to its Hong Kong-listed subsidiary Cosway at HKD3.5 billion.

Advised China Data Broadcasting Holdings on acquiring the controlling interest in Changhong IT information from Sichuan Changhong Electric for HKD2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Tang Zhengyu and Constance Choy are the respective corporate partners of the Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. Gerard Hekker is the primary contact for Singapore.

Significant clients CITIC Capital, Medtronic, Orchid Asia Group, LDK Solar, Chinese Estates Holdings, Berjaya.

International Trade - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for World-renowned expertise in WTO issues, called upon by Asian states and big-ticket corporations. Also instructed on high-stakes international trade remedies proceedings, and a variety of anti-corruption compliance issues.

Work highlights Successfully represented the government of Japan in its challenge before a WTO panel to the conditions of the government of Ontario's renewable energy feed-in tariff support programme. The panel ruled that Ontario's stipulations regarding domestic content were incompatible with WTO regulations.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Andersen is based in Brussels, and Richard Weiner advises clients from Washington, DC. Tham Yuet Ming handles anti-corruption matters from the Hong Kong office.

Significant clients Bangladesh Shrimp & Fish Foundation, Yingli Green Energy, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Lung Pao Footwear, Tienshan (Handan) Tableware.

Investment Funds - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for An acclaimed investment funds practice primarily known for its expertise in hedge funds. Has further strengthened its offering through the lateral hire of a leading practitioner in Singapore. Frequently represents regional fund clients targeted at international investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "One of the finest hedge fund groups in the region, complete with strong industry knowledge and an experienced team of associates."

What's new? Partner Han Ming Ho joined the Singapore office from Clifford Chance in July 2013.

Work highlights Acted for Asia Research and Capital Management on the high-profile Perry Capital spin-off and the subsequent establishment of the 'ARCM Master Fund', raising USD940 million.

Represented JAFCO in the formation of its USD500 million 'JAFCO Asia Technology Fund VI'.

Advised CBRE Real Estate on setting up its USD500 million 'CBRE Real Estate China Opportunity Fund II'.

Notable practitioners  

Effie Vasilopoulos and Han Ming Ho co-head the Asian investment funds group and are based in Hong Kong and Singapore respectively.

Significant clients Neuberger Berman, Tiger Capital, Abax Global Capital, China Everbright, ING Investment Management, CBRE.

Capital Markets - Australia

Robert Meyers is the managing partner of of Sidley Austin's Sydney office and is a co-ordinator of the firm’s global securities practice. He represents Australian, New Zealand and US corporates and investment banks on capital raisings, particularly in the USA, as well as on stock exchange listings and M&A.

Competition/European Law - Belgium

Stephen Kinsella OBE is highly regarded for extensive experience of UK, pan-European and global competition mandates. He is praised by clients for his combination of legal gravitas with a "remarkably down-to-earth" style.

The "excellent" Ken Daly's recent mandates include advising Digicel on a number of global competition issues.

Maarten Meulenbelt is described as a sharp, hands-on lawyer who "is clear regarding what can be done and realistic about chances and possibilities." He has impressive experience of litigation at the EU level, and is noted for his ability to handle Dutch competition issues.

Kristina Nordlander receives high praise for her competition expertise, with one interviewee describing her as a lawyer who is "really well wired into what's going on." Nordlander is the founder of the Women's Competition Network, an international professional forum.

"Client-oriented, experienced and approachable," Stephen Spinks has an impressive track record for both transactional and behavioural competition mandates.

International Trade - Belgium

Clients prize Arnoud Willems's extensive knowledge of EU regulations and procedures, and point to his "outstanding experience in the field of trade defence." He is also commended for his strategic capabilities, as well as his "great technical skills and relentless dedication." He successfully represented Petrochemicals Industry Company of Kuwait in an Egyptian safeguard investigation concerning polypropylene, resulting in the termination of the investigation without definitive measures.

Richard Weiner's range of plaudits includes praise for his "huge amount of experience," along with his "very strong commercial instinct, and his ability to translate legal issues to a commercial context." He has been heavily involved in the EU's solar industry investigations of late, advising Chinese exporters Yingli Green Energy and Canadian Solar on their defence. He divides his time between Brussels and Washington, DC.

Sven De Knop is commended for his appreciation of the technical aspects of anti-dumping work. His recent highlights include securing the repayment of anti-dumping duties for a consortium of EU footwear importers and retailers.

Capital Markets - China

Matthew Sheridan's expertise in high-yield debt is strongly endorsed by market sources, who especially appreciate his "innovative solutions to deal structuring." Clients describe him as "user-friendly and always approachable." He divides his time between Hong Kong and Singapore, and also plays a key role in the firm's Indonesia practice. In this capacity, he advised Kawasan Industri Jababeka on a recent high-yield offering with an aggregate principle amount of USD175 million.

Constance Choy has a deep understanding of equity offerings, where her frequent representation of issuers is complemented by her active M&A practice. Commentators consider her to be "very practical" and "a good operator." She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

High-yield expert Alexander Lloyd is identified by sources as "a very seasoned and experienced lawyer who's also pleasant to deal with." His clients include Barclays Capital, Citi and Deutsche Bank. He is also noted for his work in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Timothy Li is co-head of Sidley Austin's Asian international corporate finance practice. He is chiefly active in ECM matters, and is a regular adviser to Evergrande Real Estate Group.

Foreign Desks The Philippines desk offers particular expertise in US securities transactions, and frequently advises on capital-raising transactions for infrastructure projects. The team advised GT Capital Holdings on its USD503 million IPO and listing on the Philippine stock exchange.

Competition/Antitrust - China

Counsel Li Lei has developed a strong reputation in anti-trust, FCPA compliance and international trade. Like many Sidley attorneys, he has a particular focus on the life sciences sector.

Corporate/M&A (International Firms) - China

Tang Zhengyu has significant experience acting on inbound investment, recently representing a number of global brands on acquisitions in China. He has been particularly active in respect of the manufacturing and life science sectors.

Constance Choy was recently involved in the sale of a 19% equity interest in Lifetech Scientific by Orchid Asia, representing the buyer, Medtronic. A "very seasoned" lawyer, she is also identified for her experience on IPO-related matters.

Alexander Lloyd is a key practitioner for high-yield capital markets work, representing both issuers and underwriters on a variety of matters. He is also highly regarded for his work in the Philippines. He recently acted for UBS as sole bookrunner on GT Capital Holdings' overnight equity transaction valued at approximately USD350 million. Sources see him as a "really accessible lawyer who's pleasant to deal with."

Sam Zucker recently joined the team from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Zucker is experienced in cross-border transactions with China, particularly in M&A, strategic alliances and joint ventures. He specialises in life sciences.

Dispute Resolution - China

Charles Allen heads the commercial litigation team, and is widely respected by interviewees. One leading peer observed: "He's a very high-quality litigator and a broad thinker. I think very highly of him." Recent highlights include advising a leading commercial bank in Hong Kong and Singapore in relation to claims brought by fund investors arising out of an alleged fraud. 

Tham Yuet Ming combines expertise in the life sciences sector with skills in FCPA/anti-corruption matters. Her workload has a strong cross-border element, acting for Fortune 500 and major multinational clients on matters including cross-border compliance and investigations. A recent client observed that "two things stand out about her: she is extraordinarily responsive, but is also very good at getting answers to your questions from a practical perspective. In that respect, she really is a gem of a lawyer." Tham divides her time between Hong Kong and Singapore, and is admitted in both jurisdictions, in addition to New York and England and Wales.

Alan Linning leads many of the firm's contentious financial services regulatory matters, but also maintains a solid general commercial litigation practice. Of late he has represented a Hong Kong-listed company in a dispute concerning the redemption of convertible bonds.

Dispute Resolution - China

The "very sensible" Charles Allen handles significant commercial arbitrations and related enforcement claims. A notable recent highlight was acting for the subsidiary of an Indonesian conglomerate regarding a challenge to the enforcement of an arbitral award on jurisdictional grounds. He is based in the firm's Hong Kong office.   

Investment Funds - China

Effie Vasilopoulos heads the firm's investment funds practice in Asia. She is highly regarded for her extensive experience and deep knowledge. Her proficiency in matters regarding hedge funds is substantiated by a solid client base consisting of financial services companies, government investment entities and institutional investors.

Scott Peterman is described by interviewees as "an excellent funds lawyer" who is "good at client service." He frequently advises on private equity and hedge fund formations. Having practised previously as a registered foreign attorney in Tokyo, he continues to maintain close ties with Japanese funds.

Counsel Felicity Wong is another important member of the team who handles fund structuring and management. She has considerable experience in advising clients on investment regulations in Hong Kong.

International Trade - Europe-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Multifaceted trade practice with a superb international reputation for WTO expertise, and impressive bench strength in both Brussels and Geneva. Also advises clients on a broad spectrum of trade policy and market access issues, as well as high-stakes trade remedies investigations, trade control matters and customs mandates. Works with lawyers across the world to provide co-ordinated global advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
WTO expertise: "The best law firm for WTO issues – almost unbeatable."

Dedication: "The lawyers' responsiveness, diligence and hard work have truly impressed us."

What's new? Geneva managing partner Scott Andersen is now co-head of the global international trade team.

Work highlights Successfully represented the government of Japan in its challenge before a WTO panel regarding the conditions of the government of Ontario's renewable energy feed-in tariff support programme. The panel ruled that Ontario's stipulations regarding domestic content were incompatible with WTO regulations.

Represented Grand Collection and Tienshan (Handan) Tableware in the EU anti-dumping investigation into tableware from China.

Notable practitioners  

Sources appreciate Geneva-based Scott Andersen's depth of expertise in the international trade arena, asserting that "he lives and breathes trade law, and has given us some real insight." He is also valued for his "high-level strategic advice," and on the contentious side is said to be a "great co-ordinator of disputes."

Todd Friedbacher in Geneva is highly reputed for his "very strong knowledge and intensive experience of WTO cases." He regularly represents sovereign clients from across the world in WTO disputes.

Geneva-based Nicolas Lockhart is regarded as "absolutely great" in WTO matters, and clients prize the experience he garnered whilst advising the WTO Appellate Body prior to joining the firm.

Clients appreciate Brussels-based Arnoud Willems' extensive knowledge of EU regulations and procedures, and point to his "outstanding experience in the field of trade defence." He is also commended for his strategic capabilities, as well as his "great technical skills and relentless dedication." He successfully represented Petrochemicals Industry Company of Kuwait in connection with an Egyptian safeguard investigation concerning polypropylene, resulting in the termination of the investigation without definitive measures.

Brussels-based Richard Weiner earns praise for his "huge amount of experience," along with his "very strong commercial instinct, and his ability to translate legal issues to a commercial context." He has been heavily involved in the EU's solar industry investigations of late, advising Chinese exporters Yingli Green Energy and Canadian Solar on their defence. He divides his time between Brussels and Washington, DC.

Significant clients Government of the Dominican Republic, Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, AIG, Danone, Unilever.

Life Sciences - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Impressive reputation for European regulatory law. Advises on high-profile and diverse issues, including data protection, privacy, clinical trials, pharmacovigilance, and anti-bribery and corruption. Also advises clients on market authorisation, distribution, life cycle management and market dominance issues.

Work highlights Represented PTC Therapeutics in European expanded access litigation.

Represented Doverâ Holding in a state aid complaint concerning health care insurance.

Notable practitioners

Maurits Lugard is a leading European regulatory lawyer based in Brussels, and heads the practice. Maarten Meulenbelt is another key regulatory lawyer in the Brussels office, and public policy specialist Vincenzo Salvatore heads the UK practice.

Significant clients Celgene Corporation, Medline Industries, Safety Syringes.

Arbitration (International) - Global-wide

What the team is known for US-based practice best known for its pre-eminent investment treaty offering and increasing prominence in commercial arbitrations. Has secured a strong foothold in the Russian and CIS market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Sidley is recognised as one of the firms with the most experience and greatest reputation in investor-state disputes." 

Work highlights Acted for Perupetro, a state company in Peru, on its dispute with a consortium of companies relating to the calculation of royalties from the production of natural gas for export.

Notable practitioners  

Stanimir Alexandrov receives high praise for his investment treaty practice: "Stanimir is one of the greatest lawyers in investor-state disputes, a great strategist and an excellent advocate." He co-chairs the firm's international arbitration practice from Washington, DC.

In New York, Louis Kimmelman is widely recognised for his expertise in investor-state disputes. Sources note his in-depth understanding of cases involving sovereign states.

Capital Markets - Global-wide

What the team is known for Demonstrates expertise in securitisation, with a formidable offering across the world, predominantly in London and New York. The firm is also well known for its expertise in debt and structured finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Breadth of services: "They've got incredible knowledge across many disciplines, robust resources, a personal touch from senior partners - they deliver an incredible client service."

Work highlights Acted for German Residential Asset Note Distributor on the restructuring of GRAND Securitisation, valued at EUR5.13 billion.

Notable practitioners Edward Petrosky co-heads the securities group and global capital markets practice, based in New York. Larry Barden is a member of the managing committee and is based in Chicago. Stephen Roith leads the capital markets practice in London.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Citi, Wells Fargo Bank.

Climate Change - Global-wide

What the team is known for Advises on a range of regulatory and litigation matters including greenhouse gas litigation, as well as investments into clean technology projects. Clients include financial institutions, trade associations, energy developers and utilities, and governments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They have good, in-depth understanding of the regulatory agencies and their views are always from a position of real knowledge."

Breadth of services: "They can leverage other expertise from their various offices, which is great."

Work highlights Advised Yingli Green Energy Europe on its upcoming EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations relating to its import of solar panels from China.

Acted for a consortium of trade organisations seeking to review the implementation, by the EPA, of new rules regulating greenhouse gas levels in states.

Notable practitioners  

Roger Martella is a well-known name in the environmental sector thanks to his extensive experience as a former general counsel of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "He is incredibly knowledgeable, with terrific insights," enthused a client. He heads the firm's climate change practice from Washington, DC.

Significant clients Chevron, American Fuels & Petrochemical Association, National Alliance of Forest Owners, American Electric Power, ENRC. 

Insurance - Global-wide

What the team is known for A global driving force in the insurance-linked securities market, acting on major natural catastrophe bond issuances. Maintains an active presence on US outbound investments, as well as in regulatory and restructuring mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "They've been confident, pragmatic and responsive. They've been doing everything right. Everyone they hire is of great calibre and pedigree."

Commercial awareness: "I thought the team was excellent. They have a commercial-based approach, which means that they get the deal done rather than overly extend the legal part. They're very pragmatic."

Technical ability: "They have tremendous expertise in handling specialised transactions, with a high level of focus on the details."

Work highlights Represented Athene Holding in its USD1.8 billion acquisition of Aviva's US life insurance and annuity businesses, and on the pending sale of the life insurance business to Global Atlantic.

Advised Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings on the USD210 million sale of Flagstone Holdings UK and its subsidiaries to ANV.

Represented AIG subsidiary National Union Fire Insurance in its USD400 million Compass Re catastrophe bond issuance.  

Notable practitioners

Chicago-based Michael Goldman co-heads the global insurance and financial services group, while fellow co-head Martin Membery is the firm's key contact in London.

Significant clients Allianz, AIG, Credit Suisse, Prudential, Munich Re. 

International Trade - Global-wide

What the team is known for World-class WTO practice, which can leverage the firm's impressive strength in Geneva. Also fields high-calibre teams in Brussels and Washington, DC. Wide-ranging work includes market access issues, anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, export controls and customs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Global breadth: "It's obviously a global firm, and that's one reason why we use it - we need advice around the world."

Expertise: "A terrific practice in international trade."

Work highlights Acted for the government of the Dominican Republic on its WTO challenge to Australia's plain packaging requirements and trade mark restrictions for tobacco.

Notable practitioners

Scott Andersen in Geneva and Andrew Shoyer in Washington, DC co-head the global team. Arnoud Willems is a key name for Brussels, and Richard Weiner divides his time between Brussels and Washington, DC.

Significant clients The government of the Dominican Republic, National Foreign Trade Council, AIG, the government of Japan, Unilever.

Investment Funds - Global-wide

What the team is known for A stellar hedge funds practice, which enjoys remarkable standing throughout Asia, the UK and the USA. Dedicated expertise in mutual and seeded funds, as well as a firmly anchored position in the global real estate funds market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Good combination of business savvy and good analysis. They've assisted us with market research and know the issues we face - we really value that."

International capability: "Their work and service are good. They have an ability to tap into their huge US operation, which has been relevant - they can utilise this expertise."

Work highlights Advised Credit Suisse Securities on the expansion of the HedgeFocus feeder fund platform, offering clients access to numerous hedge funds.

Advised Magnetar Financial on the launch of the USD71 million Huber Funding real estate fund.

Represented Banco BBM in the formation of BBM Brazil Equity Fund, a hedge fund for foreign investment into Brazil.

Notable practitioners

New York partners John MacKinnon and Michael Schmidtberger co-head the practice, together with William Kerr in Chicago. Bruce Gardner in London and Effie Vasilopoulos in Hong Kong are also main points of contact.

Significant clients Cloud Gate Capital, Grosvenor Capital Management, Merrill Lynch, Lighthouse Investment Partners, BlackRock.

Life Sciences - Global-wide

What the team is known for Highly sought after for work involving China and maintains an excellent US-based team, with core strength in cross-border corporate mandates. Also well placed to advise on regulatory and compliance issues, and worldwide enforcement actions. Supported by a strong regulatory practice in Brussels that advises on diverse issues including competition, data protection, clinical trials and anti-corruption.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "The team is globally oriented and very well integrated, with one of the best regulatory legal teams."

Work highlights Advised Medtronic on its acquisition of a stake in LifeTech Scientific, a Hong Kong-based medical device company.

Successfully represented Merck & Co with two related patent infringement claims brought against Mylan Pharmaceuticals, relating to blockbuster cholesterol drugs.

Advised Medline Industries on its global protection program, including EU data protection registration requirements, policies and training, as well as cross-border data transfers.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Bass heads the global life sciences team from the New York and Washington, DC offices. He is very well recognised for his expertise in FDA enforcement and regulatory issues. He has extensive international experience having established the firm's China practice and advised on Chinese drug and device legislation.

Chen Yang leads the China life sciences practice out of the Beijing office and focuses on corporate, commercial and regulatory law. "She has strong people skills and work ethic, and is knowledgeable and experienced," said a client. 

Maurits Lugard is the leading figure of the European life sciences regulatory department in Brussels. He brings extensive regulatory experience from his former role in the European Commission and is especially adept in rules governing food, biotech, medical devices, drugs and cosmetics.

Significant clients Astellas Pharma, GE Healthcare, AstraZeneca, Herbalife, Pfizer.

Public International Law - Global-wide

What the team is known for Best known for advising on investment treaty arbitrations and trade disputes under the WTO agreements, supported by its leading international trade practice. Represents governments and investors in ICSID cases, especially in Latin America.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "They're excellent - absolutely superb. I can't say enough good things about them."

Work highlights Acted for Luxembourg and Belgian entities of the Lone Star private equity fund on an investment treaty claim against Korea, relating to Lone Star's investment in Korea Exchange Bank and its subsequent sale.

Notable practitioners  

Stanimir Alexandrov co-heads the international arbitration practice and is based in Washington, DC. Clients seek him out for his excellent track record in investor-state arbitrations and WTO disputes. He successfully represented the Republic of Costa Rica in an arbitration brought by German investors under the Costa Rica-Germany BIT.

Significant clients Republic of Peru, Republic of Turkey, Republic of Costa Rica.

Corporate & Finance - Indonesia

A "very seasoned lawyer," Matthew Sheridan has a strong client following amongst international banks, acting as both issuers' and underwriters' counsel on major capital markets listings. He regularly represents clients in Indonesia and China and divides his time between the firm's Hong Kong and Singapore offices.

Gerard Hekker is praised for his considerable experience in representing Indonesian clients on corporate matters. He has recently assisted clients with a number of Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings and also works on complex restructuring matters.

This team operates from the firm's Singapore and Hong Kong offices, regularly securing Indonesia-related capital markets, M&A and restructuring mandates. Matthew Sheridan is a key contact for Indonesian queries. 

Arbitration (International) - Latin America-wide

Practice co-chair Stanimir Alexandrov is widely respected by his peers. "He's an excellent lawyer," remarked interviewees, adding: "He has the right approach and is extremely smart." Other sources pinpoint his keen sense of strategy, as well as his fluency in Spanish. He has a particular insight into the drafting of BITs, gained in his former role as Bulgaria's vice minister of foreign affairs.

Louis Kimmelman has extensive experience assisting clients with international arbitration proceedings and represents a number of significant clients in the region.

Banking & Finance - Latin America-wide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Corporate/M&A - Latin America-wide

Alyssa Grikscheit takes the lead on many of the group's private equity highlights. She has particular expertise in hedge funds and alternative investment funds, and is described by sources as "an excellent negotiator."

Senior counsel Andrew Quale Jr has several decades of transactional experience to his name and continues to oversee the practice. He was part of the team advising institutional client E León Jimenes on the sale of a stake in its Cervecería Nacional Dominicana subsidiary to AmBev.

Corporate & Finance - Philippines

Hong Kong partner Alexander Lloyd advises on both debt and equity capital markets transactions. He has recently represented several heavyweight Philippine corporates in acquisition financing and securities offerings, including advising Petron and San Miguel on the USD577 million financing for the acquisition of ExxonMobil’s Malaysian downstream oil business.

Foreign Desks The Sidley team is increasingly active in the Philippines corporate scene. Practitioners from the firm offer particular expertise in US securities transactions, and frequently advise on capital raisings for local infrastructure projects. Alexander Lloyd is a key contact for clients

Capital Markets - Singapore

Matthew Sheridan divides his time between Hong Kong and Singapore and has worked in Asia for 20 years. He is noted for his strong relationships with issuers and underwriters, and one client particularly highlighted the "underlying commercial sense" of his advice. He is known for working on Indonesian deals, and recently represented Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered Bank as the joint lead managers and initial purchasers on a USD175 million high-yield note offering by Kawasan Industri Jababeka, an Indonesian real estate developer. 

Sources state that Gerard Hekker is "commercially minded, and willing to work as part of a team." Active in Indonesia, he has represented a number of issuers and underwriters on major transactions, including several high-profile IPOs.

Prabhat Mehta is considered by sources to be a "knowledgeable lawyer who understands the regulatory requirements." He is known for his India-related practice, which covers securities offerings and also broader corporate matters.   

Corporate/M&A - Singapore

The firm has been handing Indonesia-related transactions for around 20 years. It continues to advise Indonesian and international clients on matters including capital markets, M&A and restructuring. Key mandates include acting for Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered Bank, joint lead managers and initial purchasers, on Kawasan Industri Jababeka's USD175 million high-yield offering of 11.75% senior notes. Matthew Sheridan, co-head of the Asian international corporate finance group, is a key contact.     

Intellectual Property - South Korea

The firm's Korean IP practice is centred mainly in the USA and advises a number of Korean clients on cross-border matters such as patent protection and IP acquisitions, as well as due diligence and licensing matters.

Palo Alto-based Peter Kang heads the Korea practice's IP offering, and is highly experienced at representing Korean clients in US courts. He has recently represented a number of media and technology companies in patent assertion matters.

Dispute Resolution - Switzerland

Marc Palay is "deft, subtle and sensitive to cultural issues," report impressed sources. Palay is also praised for his experience, in-depth preparation and "sophisticated" arbitration style.

"Seasoned lawyer" David Roney is considered to be a solid choice for a variety of international arbitrations. 

International Trade - Switzerland

Sources appreciate Scott Andersen's depth of expertise in the international trade arena, asserting that "he lives and breathes trade law, and has given us some real insight." He is also valued for his "high-level strategic advice," and on the contentious side is said to be a "great co-ordinator of disputes."

Todd Friedbacher is highly reputed for his "very strong knowledge and intensive experience of WTO cases." He regularly represents sovereign clients from across the world in WTO disputes.

Nicolas Lockhart is regarded as "absolutely great" in WTO matters, and clients prize the experience he garnered whilst advising the WTO Appellate Body prior to joining the firm.

Counsel Iain Sandford brings wide-ranging international experience to the firm's WTO mandates, having previously led the international trade team at a top Australian firm, served on the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat, and acted on WTO cases as a lawyer in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. Standout matters include advising Petrochemical Industries Company on a safeguard investigation by the Egyptian authorities against the import of polypropylene.

Capital Markets - UK

Mark Walsh wins praise from sources for his "broad perspective and very good grasp of the changing capital rules." His broad capital markets experience encompasses equity, debt and equity-linked transactions. He is noted for his expertise in US DCM matters.

Interviewees really appreciate the solid advice that head of department Stephen Roith offers, and regard him as a strong practitioner. He has notable emerging markets expertise, and particular experience of Kazakhstan transactions.

Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives - UK

Matthew Dening is admired by sources because he "explains things from a commercial perspective" as well as a legal one. He co-heads the department and specialises in repos, securitised lending and derivatives transactions, especially those that are international in scope.

Graham Penn is "a recognised leader in the CMBS space." He recently acted for German Residential Asset Note Distributor in relation to the restructuring of its EUR5.13 billion CMBS.

The "very experienced" John Woodhall is the other practice co-head. He offers a wealth of securitisation expertise across a range of asset classes, and he recently advised Banco Santander on a Swedish auto loan securitisation.

Restructuring/Insolvency - UK

Valued for his tactical acumen, Patrick Corr is recognised as an accomplished restructuring practitioner. One source notes: "He is exceptional; excellent at sifting through strategic priorities and a great negotiator." Corr has recently acted for Zolfo Cooper and GRAND.

Tax - UK

Clients describe department head Drew Scott as "really sublime," highlighting his "industry knowledge and accuracy" in particular.

Graeme Harrower is noted for his expertise in the tax aspects of financial transactions, including those concerning the capital markets.

Banking & Finance - USA

Chicago-based James Clark "is integral to us in managing our relationship and brings valuable skills to the table," asserts one impressed client. He recently advised US Bank as administrative agent in a USD450 million acquisition loan finance.

William Eckland has vast bank regulatory expertise and provides a range of advice to domestic and international clients on compliance matters. He provides "sophisticated analysis and is excellent at understanding how the banking regulators view the market," say sources.

Senior counsel Andrew Quale has several decades of transactional experience in the region. Sources particularly note his in-depth knowledge of Latin American markets, particularly with regards to Colombia.

Angela Fontana recently joined the team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Fontana is hailed as "a very dynamic sponsor lawyer and a real force to be reckoned with." While at her prior firm, she represented General Growth Properties in a USD1 billion revolving credit facility for GGP Limited Partnership and related entities.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - USA

The "very smart and practical" Lawrence Nyhan is based in Chicago and co-chairs the firm's corporate reorganisation and bankruptcy practice. He is described by sources as "a great bankruptcy strategist with immense experience and terrific judgement," with others noting that he is "very responsive and service-oriented; one of the very best in the business."

James Conlan co-chair's the group alongside Nyhan and is also based in Chicago. Interviewees recommend him as a "smart, aggressive and creative" lawyer. He is a specialist in advising distressed companies looking to restructure, and masterminded Sidley's representation of Dynegy Holdings.

Capital Markets - USA

"Highly practical lawyer" Edward Petrosky is well thought of by interviewees for his focus on finding solutions for his clients. He was recently designated underwriter counsel on two notes offerings by Simon Property Group totalling USD3 billion.

Samir Gandhi recently represented the underwriters in ABB's USD2.5 billion notes offering. He frequently advises clients in the financial services, industrials and clean energy sectors.

Eric Haueter is commended by sources for his accurate business-oriented advice on a range of capital markets transactions. His highlights include representing the underwriters in Occidental Petroleum's USD2.15 billion offering of senior notes.

James O'Connor recently represented Deutsche Bank as underwriter in Flower Foods' USD400 million notes offering. One client said: "His counsel is not only practical, but highly detailed, understandable and presented in a way that makes it easier for an in-house counsel to do his or her job."

"Fantastic lawyer" Norman Slonaker is a "highly smart man and a gentleman, to boot," sources say. He was underwriters' counsel on an offering by 3M of USD650 million of 1.0% notes due 2017, and USD600 million of 2.0% notes due 2022.

Robert Meyers is the managing partner of the Sydney office and is a co-ordinator of the firm’s global securities practice. He represents Australian, New Zealand and US corporates and investment banks on capital raisings, particularly in the USA, as well as stock exchange listings and M&A.

London-based Mark Walsh wins praise from sources for his "broad perspective and very good grasp of the changing capital rules." His broad capital markets experience encompasses equity, debt and equity-linked transactions. He is noted for his expertise in US DCM matters.

Foreign Desks Sidley Austin has a strong reputation for its handling of debt and equity matters on behalf of Latin American clients. Alyssa Grikscheit is a key contact.

Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products - USA

Michael Sackheim represents the Managed Funds Association on OTC derivatives issues. Market commentators praise his knowledgeable and experienced approach.

Robert Robinson is a member of the team advising investors and counterparties on issues arising from the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. He also has an extensive cross-border transactional practice.

Ellen Pesch co-heads the firm's OTC derivatives cross-practice area team. She frequently handles derivatives, structured finance and securitisation transactions for both domestic and international banks.

Foreign Desks Sidley Austin continues to impress, routinely advising Latin American clients on Dodd-Frank legislative matters affecting the derivative space. Robert Robinson, global co-head of the firm's OTC derivatives group, is a key contact.

Capital Markets - USA

Gerard Cummins "understands all aspects of the REITs space," market sources report approvingly. He recently advised Starwood Property Trust on its USD471.5 million offering of common stock.

Edward Petrosky recently advised the underwriters on a USD351 million common stock offering by Home Properties. He co-heads the firm's capital markets group.

Bartholomew Sheehan is "highly practical" and "quickly grasps the central issues and highlights them on our behalf," appreciative sources report. He recently advised the underwriters on an USD85 million offering of preferred shares and a USD114.4 million offering of common stock by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust.

Capital Markets - USA

"Pioneer of securitisation" Renwick Martin is a "legend" in the industry, sources say. He recently represented JPMorgan Securities in four tranches of fixed-rate notes totalling USD998.9 million issued by John Deere Owner Trust 2012 backed by sale and loan contracts for construction and agricultural equipment.

Kevin Blauch is "highly effective" in representing clients on all CMBS transactions. Recent highlights include advising Morgan Stanley on two issues of CMBS by MSBAM series 2012-C5 totalling USD1.353 billion, and MSC series 2012-C4 totalling USD1.098 billion.

Carlos Rodriguez is widely respected by market sources for the high quality of his advice on a range of securitisation and structured finance matters. He has notable expertise in RMBS and CMBS transactions.

Gary Stern is rated by market sources for the strength of his representation of lenders in transactions related to a variety of asset classes including auto loans, equipment leases and timeshares. He is based in the firm's Chicago office.

Kevin Hochberg is praised by sources for his technical expertise. He represented American Electric Power in an issue of senior secured transition bonds backed by payments from retail electric customers.

"Star in the auto world" R J Carlson recently represented JPMorgan in three ABS issues of fixed-rate notes totalling USD3.5 billion by Volkswagen Auto Lease Trust and Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust.

Dale Lum represented Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA in the offering in four tranches of fixed-rate notes backed by auto leases totalling USD1.4 billion. He is based at the firm's San Francisco office.

Willis Buck "comes at everything from a practical perspective," impressed market sources report. Sources speak with particular admiration of his expertise in auto leases and loans, commercial paper and credit card receivables.

Hong Kong-based Thomas Albrecht is the Asia-Pacific managing partner of Sidley Austin. He has tried-and-tested capital markets experience in securitisations and structured finance and is considered an expert in US matters.

Foreign Desks Sidley is a popular choice of firm for clients seeking particular expertise in handling securitisation matters involving the Latin American market, and maintains a strong foothold in this space. Carlos Rodriguez and Andrew Quale are key contacts for this work.

Competition/Antitrust - USA

John Treece is a highly experienced attorney who is "smart, witty and impressive" and "good with the big picture," according to sources. He recently represented SSAB Swedish Steel in the steel litigation class action, and AstraZeneca in the sham patent litigation matter.

Corporate/M&A - USA

The "terrific" Thomas Cole is praised for his communication skills, which are "inherently calming even in the most tumultuous of situations." He focuses on corporate governance matters as well as M&A for public companies. He is also described as "a household name among CEOs," principally for his skill in "helping corporations and boards see a clear path through difficult situations."

The "supersmart" Frederick Lowinger is the first port of call for many sources, who reserve particular praise for his understanding of the most complex matters. He recently led the team acting for Central Vermont on its USD720 million sale to Gaz Metro.

Samir Gandhi has a respected practice covering capital markets offerings, general corporate work and private equity matters, with a focus on India.

Alyssa Grikscheit takes the lead on many of the group's private equity highlights, especially in Latin America. She has particular expertise in hedge funds and alternative investment funds, and is described by sources as "an excellent negotiator."

Also highlighted for his expertise in Latin America, senior counsel Andrew Quale has several decades of transactional experience to his name and continues to oversee the practice. He was part of the team advising institutional client E León Jimenes on the sale of a stake in its Cervecería Nacional Dominicana subsidiary to AmBev.

Thomas Thesing is a US-qualified partner and co-head of the London corporate group. His clients include Teva and he has experience advising on transactions involving US acquirers and targets.

Sam Zucker recently joined the firm from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. He is a corporate attorney with a focus on M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances, financing and securities offers. His practice covers both domestic and overseas transactions, with his expertise with matters occurring in China being particularly recommended.

Foreign Desks Sidley Austin has broad international corporate transactional expertise, advising on matters in connection with emerging companies and venture capital, as well as both public and private M&A transactions. Samir Gandhi is a key contact for matters relating to India, while Alyssa Grikscheit is a key contact for Latin America-focused work.

Energy & Natural Resources - USA

Market sources single out Eugene Elrod as a leading figure in this field. He is very well respected among peers, with one saying that in a conflict situation, "I would always ask Gene Elrod first." 

As one loyal client puts it, James Rice is "a very thoughtful negotiator" who "helped us understand the ins and outs of the oil and gas industry." His practice involves representing energy companies such as Grupo Transmerquim in a broad array of transactions ranging from joint ventures to bank financings and debt restructurings.

The "terrific" William Williams specialises in representing interstate oil and gas pipelines in FERC-related matters, including enforcement proceedings. He is currently helping Explorer Pipeline with its efforts to obtain a declaratory order from FERC.

Intellectual Property - USA

National IP practice chair David Pritikin has extensive experience in patent cases covering software, semiconductor and medical technologies. He enjoys a fine reputation as a "terrific lawyer." 

Sources are quick to point out that Peter Kang is "a uniquely talented IP attorney, with a deep understanding of his clients' industries and strategic interests." His notable trial experience provides a strong platform for his IP practice, and he also offers a detailed understanding of the South Korean market.  

International Arbitration - USA

Stanimir Alexandrov has an excellent reputation for his impressive investment treaty expertise. He represents both investors and states, and also handles complex commercial arbitrations. He is recognised as having "tremendous experience and unique insights specific to international arbitration that have proven invaluable." 

Louis Kimmelman recently joined the team from Allen & Overy. Kimmelman is an "outstanding advocate" who is respected by market sources for his extensive experience across the board in international arbitration. He is described as a "really practical attorney" whose strategic approach is particularly appreciated by clients.  

Dmitry Dementyev joined Sidley Austin's Brussels team in early 2013. He is US-qualified and has valued experience of international arbitration proceedings with US elements.

Allen Kim is based in the firm's Los Angeles office, but also spends a significant amount of time handling work from Hong Kong. He regularly acts for clients in a wide range of high-value disputes, and is experienced in both litigation and arbitration. His expertise in acting for Korean clients is particularly flagged up.

International Trade - USA

Andrew Shoyer is regarded as a standout practitioner, especially in the field of WTO litigation. One source comments: "You can't touch him for WTO matters."

Clients appreciate Lisa Crosby's commitment to their export controls and sanctions mandates. She receives excellent feedback for "her reliable, practical legal advice," and is described as "very responsive and diligent." 

International Trade - USA

Brian Nester is held in high regard by peers, who commend his active practice and specialised skills: "He's an excellent lawyer and has a tremendous amount of ITC experience."

Investment Funds - USA

William Kerr "makes everything very seamless and easy," according to happy clients. His recent work includes acting for Deutsche Bank London on the formation of a capital fund aimed at seed managers of hedge funds.

David Sawyier receives glowing endorsements from market sources for the "incredibly high quality" of his practice. "It is like working with someone who has 100 years of experience," said one client.

Talented attorney Michael Schmidtberger is held in high esteem for his "fabulous judgement," and regularly represents major names in the hedge funds world such as Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. Clients are quick to praise his "very broad view of the market and regulatory landscape."

Timothy Spangler recently joined the team from Kaye Scholer. Los Angeles-based Spangler is considered an expert in the UK aspects of the hedge fund space.

Privacy & Data Security - USA

Peers applaud the highly respected Alan Raul, describing him as a true "ambassador" for the privacy sector. He is particularly active in data breach and cyber-security matters and related litigation.

Edward McNicholas wins praise for his "depth of experience and ability to bring technology issues together to provide information we can act on." The FTC specialist continues to be involved in a wide range of privacy matters.

Projects - USA

According to clients, Sergio Pozzerle "is one of the best lawyers in the renewable energy space. If something was very complicated, new or difficult, we would use Sergio because he is the best we know."

Glenn Pinkerton's clients say he is an "experienced and sharp lawyer." He is singled out by peers for his expertise in electrical power projects. 

Irving Rotter "has been an absolutely invaluable, reliable and expert adviser," report clients. Over the past year, he has acted for the likes of Alaska Communications Systems Group and Chamisa Energy.

Tax - USA

The "top-notch" Sharp Sorensen handles federal tax concerns and transactions, and recently advised McGladrey & Pullen on the tax issues involved in its acquisition of RSM McGladrey.