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Covington & Burling LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • DC 20004-2401
  • Tel:202 662 6000
  • Fax:202 662 6291
  • Web:Visit website
  • Management Committee Partner: Timothy C Hester
  • Number of partners: 260
  • Number of lawyers: 860

Firm Overview: Covington & Burling LLP is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, representing multinationals on many of their most significant transactional, litigation, regulatory, and public policy matters. The firm has long emphasised the strength and focus its corporate and litigation practices draw from the firm’s industry expertise, which in turn is enhanced by the firm’s broad range regulatory practices. The firm’s New York office has strong ties to the corporate and financial communities and is highly regarded for its work in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, securities, and corporate finance, as well as white-collar, securities, and general commercial litigation. Covington’s London and Brussels practices include top-ranking global life sciences and pharmaceutical regulatory, corporate and securities law, intellectual property, communications and technology issues, taxation, employment, litigation and arbitration, competition, and trade. The firm’s San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and San Diego offices focus on meeting clients’ litigation, corporate, and regulatory needs in a broad range of subject areas with special emphasis on software, technology, life sciences, financial services, and insurance. The firm’s lawyers in Beijing and Shanghai assist US and European companies in Asia in a wide range of areas, including market entry, inbound investment, creation, production, and distribution of media content, and licensing of technology and other intellectual property rights. Covington’s practice in Seoul includes strategic policy, trade, and regulatory capabilities aimed at assisting Korean and non-Korean businesses with their needs internationally.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Litigation:
■ Covington’s Litigation Practice covers virtually every important area of civil and criminal law. Covington prosecutes and defends cases before juries and judges in state and federal courts nationwide, before arbitration panels convened by US and international arbitral organisations, before all major federal agencies, and in the courts of selected foreign jurisdictions
■ The subject matters of the firm’s Civil Litigation and Arbitration Practice cover the range of high stakes commercial disputes, but focus heavily on antitrust, insurance coverage, international arbitration, intellectual property, and product liability
■ The firm’s Criminal Practice covers all areas of white-collar criminal representation, on behalf of both corporate and individual clients, and the related areas of regulatory enforcement, internal and government investigations, and ethics inquiries
■ Covington is widely recognised as the pre-eminent Insurance Practice representing policyholders, and has recovered more than $15 billion for its clients

Corporate, Financial Institutions, Tax & Benefits:
■ With more than 200 lawyers actively practicing in the corporate, M&A, securities and capital markets, private equity and venture capital, finance, bankruptcy, real estate, tax, and employee benefits areas, Covington provides a full range of transactional and advisory services
■ The firm’s corporate and securities lawyers draw on the firm’s deep regulatory expertise in areas such as food and drug law, energy, financial institutions, communications, defence, transportation, environmental regulation, antitrust, and international trade
■ The firm’s substantial intellectual property and information technology practices provide an important additional resource in handling clients’ multidisciplinary transactional needs efficiently and comprehensively
■ Led by the most recent US Comptroller of the Currency, Covington’s financial institutions practice is a leader in advising banks, thrifts, bank and thrift holding companies, and other financial services companies on a full range of legal, regulatory, and compliance issues

Antitrust & International Trade:
■ The firm handles mergers and acquisitions, complex civil and criminal antitrust, cartel, and consumer protection matters, nationwide class actions, investigations and cross-border transactions
■ The firm’s trade expertise ranges from policy and regulatory advice to trade disputes and international arbitration and draws on the resources of all of the firm’s offices. The firm appears on behalf of clients, including governments, in disputes arising under the WTO Agreements, NAFTA, and other US and European trade laws and international agreements
■ The firm’s practice is led by two former heads of the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice and includes other senior former DOJ and FTC officials. Covington’s International Trade and Finance Practice features five former Ambassadors and includes others who have held significant positions at the Office of the USTR, the Departments of State and Commerce, and the UK Department of Trade and Industry

Life Sciences:
■ Covington’s Life Sciences Industry Group consists of lawyers from multiple disciplines who have deep industry expertise and collaborate across the firm’s offices in the US, Europe, and Asia to service life sciences clients
■ The firm provides a full range of transactional, regulatory, and dispute resolution services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, veterinary, healthcare, and agricultural companies globally
■ Clients include many of the major national and multinational pharmaceutical companies as well as a wide array of biotechnology, diagnostic, and medical device companies, ranging from start-up ventures to industry leaders and trade associations
■ The group includes members of the firm’s food and drug, healthcare, corporate, litigation, white-collar defence and investigations, intellectual property, competition, and trade practices, and includes two former chief counsel of the US Food & Drug Administration

Technology & Media:
■ Covington’s Technology Practice covers the full range of issues confronting companies engaged in technology, supported by lawyers who are authorities on such subjects as internet intellectual property and anticounterfeiting, electronic payment systems, encryption, and data privacy
■ The firm advises clients on all aspects of technology and software industry, combining experience in internet intellectual property, telecommunications, and other cutting-edge fields with traditional strength in such important areas as antitrust, securities and finance, and tax. Covington assists companies around the world in the creation, acquisition, protection, and exploitation of intellectual property rights and has been at the forefront of international efforts to strengthen software copyright protection
■ Covington is also well known for its experience in broadcasting, mass media, telecommunications, multichannel video distribution, satellite, PCS/cellular, international, programming, newsgathering, and the first amendment

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust & International Trade
  • Corporate, Financial Institutions, Tax & Benefits
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation
  • Technology & Media

Branches

  • The New York Times Building,
  • 620 Eighth Avenue,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10018-1405
  • Tel +1 212 841 1000
  • Fax +1 212 841 1010
  • Website : www.cov.com
  • 9191 Towne Centre Drive,
  • 6th Floor,
  • San Diego,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92122-1225
  • Tel +1 858 678 1800
  • Fax +1 858 678 1600
  • One Front Street,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94111-5356
  • Tel +1 415 591 6000
  • Fax +1 415 591 6091
  • 333 Twin Dolphin Drive,
  • Suite 700,
  • Redwood Shores,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94065-1418
  • Tel +1 650 632 4700
  • Fax +1 650 632 4800
  • 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-2401
  • Tel +1 202 662 6000
  • Fax +1 202 662 6291
  • Kunstlaan 44,
  • Avenue Des Arts,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • B-1040
  • Tel +32 2 549 52 30
  • Fax +32 3 502 15 98
  • 2301 Tower C Yintai Center,
  • 2 Jianguomenwai Avenue,
  • Chaoyang District,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100022
  • Tel +86 10 5910 0591
  • Fax +86 10 5910 0599
  • Email : tstratford@cov.com
  • 265 Strand,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2R 1BH
  • Tel (020) 7067 2000
  • Fax (020) 7067 2222
  • Email : graduate@cov.com
  • 2701 Two ifc, Shanghai ifc,
  • No. 8 Century Avenue,
  • Pudong New District,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200120
  • Tel 86.21.6036.1234
  • Meritz Tower, 22nd Floor,
  • 825-2 Yeoksam-dong,
  • Seoul,
  • South Korea
  • 135-984
  • Tel 82 (02) 6281 0000
  • Fax 82 (02) 6281 0299
  • Email : dspiegel@cov.com

International Trade - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Known for its well-established base in Beijing, where experts advise international and regional clients on market access, WTO strategy, export controls and sanctions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical and client service skills: "Very strong in compliance work, and extremely good at being available when you need them."

Work highlights Advised a major Asian client on regulatory compliance issues involved in the export of heavy machinery from the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Beijing's Timothy Stratford is a stalwart of the Chinese market, and advises clients based regionally and across the world on the local regulatory environment. Highlights include advising a foreign government involved in trade negotiations with China on various aspects of the Chinese legal system.

Competition/European Law - Belgium

Sources note Johan Ysewyn's strategic nous: "If you have a big procedure or investigation, he organises it so that for you it appears simple – he is great at handling complex issues." He is recognised for his work on a range of domestic and pan-European issues, including state aid.

Miranda Cole "takes a proactive, holistic approach" to competition law, according to sources. She recently advised AstraZeneca on the clearances required for the formation of a joint venture with BMS.

Damien Geradin has a broad competition practice and considerable experience in handling issues in regulated industries. He recently represented Slovak Telekom in a European Commission investigation into alleged margin squeeze.  

International Trade - Belgium

Lisa Peets is the key contact here.  She splits her time between London and Brussels.

International Trade - China

Timothy Stratford is an esteemed figure in the Chinese trade arena. His diverse experience encompasses a range of roles, including assistant US Trade Representative and general counsel for GM's China businesses, and is said to contribute a "very broad, deep and three-dimensional view" on legal matters. Standout work includes assisting a US-based multinational with its market entry strategy, following a WTO ruling against China within the client's industry. He also advised a foreign national government engaged in trade negotiations with China on various aspects of the Chinese legal system.

Clients offer a range of plaudits for Eric Carlson, whose workload comprises sanctions, export controls and US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. He advises on both Chinese and US legislation, and assisted a major Asian trading company with regulatory issues surrounding the export of heavy machinery from the USA. He is prized for his "deep knowledge of the compliance regulations" and his practical advice, as well as his linguistic skills: "It is impressive that he is an American lawyer who speaks Mandarin and Cantonese."

Arbitration (International) - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Widely appreciated London team which has experienced significant recent growth in energy and natural resources-related disputes. Remains prominent in substantial investment treaty cases.

Work highlights Represented Perenco Ecuador in a sizeable ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador, relating to alleged breaches of a BIT and several production sharing agreements.

Notable practitioners  

Sources admire London-based Stephen Bond for his "very practical approach to the most complex disputes" in the European arbitration market. His experience covers areas as broad as M&A, construction and technology, although he has recently been especially active in oil-related cases.

Data Protection - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Market-leading expertise, with notable practical experience in the pharmaceutical, technology and e-commerce sectors. Also advises on data protection-related government affairs and public policy issues from its London and Brussels offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "The lawyers bring quality and speed to the table, and they have a good sense of the risks and what we need to pay attention to."

Work highlights Advised GlaxoSmithKline on a number of data protection issues, including the adoption of its BCRs.

Assisted Viropharma with its EU-US Safe Harbor certification.

Notable practitioners 

Key contacts for the practice include Dan Cooper in London and Henriette Tielemans in Brussels.

Significant clients Pfizer, ExxonMobil, eBay, Expedia, Telefónica.

International Trade - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Represents the EU Council and European industry clients in a variety of trade proceedings. Strong offering for export controls and sanctions, and also assists clients with trade policy issues.

What's new? Paul Adamson joined the firm's Brussels office as senior European policy adviser. David Lorello joined the firm's London team, and advises on various export controls and sanctions issues.

Work highlights Acted for the EU Council before the General Court in a range of matters, including a dispute with Changmao Biochemicals Engineering.

Represented three European ironing board producers in the expiry review of EU anti-dumping measures imposed on ironing boards from China.

Notable practitioners  

Lisa Peets is the key contact here, and splits her time between London and Brussels. 

Life Sciences - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Highly commended for representation before European regulators and legislative institutions in London and Brussels. Maintains its strong reputation for IP, competition and transactional matters, and draws on regulatory expertise to support clients with complex issues including pan-European litigation and life cycle management. Notably advises on public affairs and legal reform in the sector, along with topics such as clinical trials and pharmacovigilance.

Work highlights Provided regulatory and legislative advice to a European association of pharmaceutical companies on incoming environmental requirements for medicinal products.

Advised a major biotech pharma company on prescription rules in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Notable practitioners

Peter Bogaert is a leading name for life sciences regulatory advice in Brussels. Grant Castle is a key name for regulatory law in London, and his colleagues Paul Claydon and James Gubbins are respected transactional specialists.

Arbitration (International) - Global-wide

What the team is known for Highly esteemed international arbitration team, operating mainly out of DC, New York and London. High level of expertise in oil and gas disputes and Latin America-related cases. 

What's new? In early 2014, it was announced that Constantine Partasides and Georgios Petrochilos would leave Freshfields, and Gaetan Verhoosel would leave Covington & Burling, with both sets of lawyers joining arbitration legend, Jan Paulsson, to form a new boutique firm.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "They have complete command of international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration and consistently give comprehensive, in-depth, sound advice." 

Work highlights Acted for BP America on an insurance dispute linked to the explosion and sinking of the 'Deepwater Horizon', as well as the subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Notable practitioners  

Sources confirm Gaëtan Verhoosel's international profile is increasing, particularly in the Latin American market. One interviewee said: "He is an exceptional advocate and one of the best opponents I've ever had." He is based in London and co-chairs the international arbitration group.

Senior of counsel Stephen Bond "has a very practical approach to the most complex disputes and always offers valuable insights into the world of international arbitration." He has a wealth of international experience from his long-standing presence in the market.

Significant clients The Clorox Company, Tidewater, Eli Lilly, Exxon Mobil, BP America.

Since publication, Gaëtan Verhoosel has joined Three Crowns LLP

Data Protection - Global-wide

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its longstanding practice and in-depth expertise in both the USA and the EU. Strength in advising life sciences and technology companies on all aspects of privacy law including binding corporate rules (BCRs), data transfers, subject access requests and general compliance projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They have a deep bench and we always get a quick response, no matter what time zone." 

Work highlights Advised Abbott Laboratories on privacy and data protection matters related to its global demerger.

Represented Microsoft in a broad range of data protection matters in the EU and USA.

Notable practitioners 

Kurt Wimmer, Henriette Tielemans and Daniel Cooper are the heads of department in the USA, Brussels and London respectively.

Significant clients AOL, CBS, eBay, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble.

International Trade - Global-wide

What the team is known for Multifaceted group with hubs of expertise across Europe, Asia and the USA. Superb US reputation for trade compliance issues, and also handles a variety of high-stakes trade remedies investigations and trade policy issues. Prominent acting for the EU Council and European industry clients in Brussels, and for advising clients on market access issues and WTO strategy from the Beijing office.

Work highlights Advised Bombardier on a variety of international trade policy issues, including WTO regulations and market access matters regarding the corporation's expansion into emerging markets.

Acted for the EU Council before the EU General Court on a range of matters, including a dispute with Changmao Biochemicals Engineering.

Notable practitioners  

Beijing-based Timothy Stratford is a key contact for the firm's Asia-Pacific practice, while Georg Berrisch advises clients from the Brussels office. Peter Flanagan and Peter Lichtenbaum in Washington, DC assist with export controls and sanctions issues, and in the same office Stuart Eizenstat handles trade remedies and trade policy work.

Significant clients SABMiller, Bombardier, Merck.

Life Sciences - Global-wide

What the team is known for Stands out for its regulatory expertise across Europe and the USA, as well as its close links with regulatory bodies such as the EMA and FDA. Maintains offices across key legislative centres including Brussels, London, Washington, DC and Beijing. Represents start-ups, as well as major multinational pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies in issues including product liability, cross-border M&A, IP and investigations.

Work highlights Advised Merck and Schering-Plough on regulatory matters following the merger of the two companies and their subsequent integration issues. 

Acted for AstraZeneca on its claim against the FDA following the approval of generic versions of its blockbuster drug, Seroquel.

Notable practitioners  

Renowned international food and drug regulatory expert Richard Kingham co-chairs the life sciences industry group from Washington, DC, and also spends time advising out of London. "He is just a phenomenally valuable counsel - very knowledgeable and extremely solution-oriented," said a source.  

Peter Bogaert manages the Brussels office and leads the European life sciences practice. "He is an extremely experienced professional with broad expertise and provides sensible and well-balanced solutions," said a client. Bogaert is especially adept in regulatory aspects of the industry.

Based in London, Grant Castle is praised by clients for his "absolutely first-rate" European regulatory practice. He has extensive experience in pharmaceutical and medical device regulations.

John Hurvitz is based in Washington, DC and co-chairs the life sciences department. He predominantly advises on corporate and commercial matters that arise in this industry and attracts significant mandates from clients such as Abbott and Eli Lilly.

Weishi Li is based in the Shanghai office and advises on cross-border transactions in the life sciences sector, alongside joint ventures, licensing, promotion and distribution issues.

Significant clients Alkermes, American Clinical Laboratory Association, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble.

Public International Law - Global-wide

What the team is known for Strong reputation in PIL and especially active in emerging markets including Latin America, Africa and Asia. Combines extensive PIL specialisation and an established government relations practice to offer clients all-encompassing advice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "They have good experience and expertise in these issues. We're very happy with them."

Work highlights Successfully secured a USD2.3 billion award for Occidental Petroleum against Ecuador. The dispute arose out of breaches of the US-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty and a production sharing agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Miguel López Forastier is quickly establishing an excellent reputation, especially for Latin American disputes. He is based in Washington, DC and played a key role in representing Tidewater in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela.

Significant clients ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, Accession Mezzanine Capital, Mezzanine & Company, Perenco Ecuador.

Corporate/M&A - India

Ralph Voltmer in Washington, DC heads the India team and is "clearly active in the India market," according to sources. He is particularly noted for his work in the telecommunications sector, where he is praised for his "detail-oriented" approach.

This group frequently advises clients on India-related public policy matters such as anti-bribery policies and investment regulations. It is particularly experienced in representing clients from the technology, financial services and telecoms industries. Ralph Voltmer in Washington, DC is the key contact.

Arbitration (International) - Latin America-wide

Miguel López Forastier receives warm praise for his analysis, advocacy and judgement in major investor-state and commercial arbitrations. He predominantly focuses on Argentina, where he is admitted to practice, and is also active in Venezuela and Chile.

Nicole Duclos joined the team from Allen & Overy in the second half of 2013. Duclos is a Chilean national and highly regarded by market sources, one of whom observed that "she combines complete grasp of the facts with an impressive attention to the smallest details. Her contribution to our case was decisive." 

Corporate/M&A - 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.

Intellectual Property - South Korea

This group works with clients from its base in Seoul, advising on a range of IP issues including patents, trade marks and copyrights, as well as commercialisation issues. Some of its key clients include Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor America. William Park is a key contact.

Insurance - UK

Roger Enock distinguishes himself as a leading policyholder lawyer, with one source praising his "very good judgement" and "easy to work with" manner. He frequently engages in high-profile international cases, and his expertise spans disease claims, brokers' negligence and property damage matters.

Richard Mattick has a broad policyholder practice with a specialism in health and disease claims. Sources appreciate that "he's extremely diligent and hard-working, and gives good advice. He's got a very good eye for detail."

Banking & Finance - USA

John Dugan has an international banking law practice and the "political acumen, substantive knowledge and ability to give great advice" to help clients navigate the regulatory arena. He heads the team and is noted for his ability to "put into context what's coming out in the new regulations and the expectations of the examiners."

Stuart Stock is described as "smart and well informed," while sources point to the "scope and depth of the legal knowledge he always brings to the table." He advised Wells Fargo in relation to an investigation and financial consent order brought by the Federal Reserve Board.

Competition/Antitrust - USA

Thomas Barnett is a former assistant attorney general for the antitrust division of the DOJ, which, according to sources, means that "he just knows how things work." He is described as "responsive, brilliant and creative," and led the firm's representation in the Expedia matter.

Deborah Garza is another former assistant attorney general. She is described as a "wonderful lawyer," and is praised for her strength in litigation strategy among her broader expertise across the board in antitrust law. She and Thomas Barnett co-chair the firm's antitrust practice group.

Corporate/M&A - USA

Clients say J D Weinberg is "always extremely helpful when we need the creative thinking and judgement that only a seasoned partner can provide." He recently led the team advising Thomson Reuters on the USD1.25 billion sale of its healthcare arm to a Veritas Capital affiliate.

Ralph Voltmer leads the firm's highly respected India practice group, and is recommended for his expertise with international and cross-border transactions. He is especially renowned for his expertise with broadcast and communications-related issues, and recently acted for Infotel Broadband Services on the establishment of a number of development and licensing agreements.

Foreign Desks Covington & Burling continues to carry out notable corporate and M&A deals on behalf of high profile multinational clients in connection with their India interests. Ralph Voltmer is the key contact for the India practice group.

Intellectual Property - USA

George Pappas has long been one of the pre-eminent patent and IP litigators in the USA. He is described by sources as "truly exceptional" and "at the very top of the game." He recently led client Warner Chilcott to victory in a patent infringement claim concerning Asacol, a product used for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.

Robert Haslam is a "very well-regarded" litigator with experience in patent and trade secrets disputes. Clients hail from the hi-tech and life sciences sectors, with technologies including semiconductor, software, microprocessor and medical devices. He recently represented Palm in wireless and optical reader patent litigation, securing two appellate victories confirming non-infringement of seven patents. Other clients include Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies. 

International Arbitration - USA

Eugene Gulland draws upon his extensive litigation experience when conducting commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is described as "an outstanding strategist who sees angles and arguments others miss." Recent highlights include reversing the lifetime football ban given by FIFA to former Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam.

Marney Cheek is rapidly gaining an impressive track record in the market after forming part of the team that acted on behalf of Spanish investors in YUKOS. She also represented Metal-Tech in a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) claim against Uzbekistan.

Miguel López Forastier covers both arbitration and litigation in his respected practice, and has acted as counsel in disputes held under a wide range of rules. He is held in high regard by an impressive roster of clients, and regularly handles work involving Latin American parties.  

International Trade - USA

Sources regard David Fagan as one of the top practitioners in the country for Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) matters, commenting that "he has been doing top-flight work for decades and is very well regarded."

In the CFIUS arena, Mark Plotkin is highly regarded for his transactional advice, and assisted Northrop Grumman with the sale of its Viper Strike business. Clients particularly appreciate his depth of experience in this area: "The insight is really spot-on."

Clients are happy to recommend Donald Ridings for FCPA work, saying that "he really knows his stuff" and "manages his team very well."

Peers are happy to refer clients seeking export control expertise to Peter Flanagan, and clients report that he is "knowledgeable, accurate and timely with his advice."

Peter Lichtenbaum is admired by peers and clients alike for his "devoted expertise" in export control enforcement, and his sharp judgement when advising clients. According to one source, he is "terrific and gives very practical advice - very down to earth."

Peter Trooboff is a well-respected senior counsel in the area of export controls and sanctions.

The head of the firm's international practice, Stuart Eizenstat is a leading figure for trade policy work. His experience from his time in several government positions informs his advice on international business regulations.

John Veroneau receives high praise for his comprehensive handling of trade matters: "He is able to go from the highest levels of business strategy to the most precise details of execution."

International Trade - USA

Sturgis Sobin is a notable Section 337 lawyer, with experience across a broad swathe of technological issues. His clients include heavyweights such as Merck and Huawei.

Maureen Browne is lauded for both her technical knowledge and litigation skills. One peer comments: "She's a fantastic ITC litigator and I think she does a great job." 

Investment Funds - USA

Accomplished attorney Loretta Shaw-Lorello is commended for her "client-focused" approach as well as her excellent knowledge of fund practices and terms. She is picked out as an effective negotiator who regularly handles sophisticated work on behalf of her clients.

Privacy & Data Security - USA

David Fagan is "knowledgeable and really on top of his game" and wins plaudits for the strength of his practice. He offers expert advice in the field of breach handling. Recent work highlights include acting for Microsoft on a wide range of issues.

Mark Plotkin's practice focuses on compliance and breach handling. He has recently advised a number of financial institutions on regulatory compliance matters, and is noted for his expertise in this area. 

Tax - USA

Robert Culbertson specialises in the handling of controversy resolution and international planning for domestic and non-US multinationals. Clients praise a practitioner who "has excellent international tax expertise, is a very careful analyst of the statute, and very well respected by Washington policy makers."