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White & Case LLP - New York
  • 1155 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10036-2787
  • Tel:+1 212 819 8200
  • Fax:+1 212 354 8113
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  • Managing Partner: Hugh Verrier
  • Number of partners worldwide: 427
  • Total lawyers worldwide: 1895
  • Offices Almaty, Ankara, Astana, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Doha, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Monterrey, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Riyadh, São Paulo, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, UAE, Warsaw and Washington, DC

Firm Overview:
White & Case is a global law firm with a longstanding presence in the markets that matter today. The firm’s on-the-ground experience, cross-border integration and depth of local, English and US-qualified lawyers helps clients work with confidence in any one market or across many.

Main Areas of Practice:
Clients throughout the world seek the advice of White & Case antitrust lawyers. They count on the firm’s extensive experience in litigation against governmental authorities or private parties, counseling on delicate questions and comprehensive worldwide coverage of merger control regimes.

Asset Finance:
White & Case is a recognised leader in global leasing, asset-based financing and structured financial transactions and has pioneered many of the tax, legal and financial structures used in countries around the world.

Since White & Case’s founding, banking has been at the core of the firm’s practice. Today, it represents major banks worldwide, including many of the largest. The firm provides guidance related to acquisition finance, commercial lending, project finance, bankruptcy and debt restructurings and regulatory advice.

Capital Markets:
White & Case has a formidable reputation in the field of international securities and finance. Clients benefit from the firm’s capabilities in equity and debt offerings, sovereign issues, high-yield debt, securitisations, derivatives, investment funds and regulatory and broker-dealer matters.

Commercial Litigation:
Clients entrust White & Case with their “must-win” matters – disputes in which huge sums, invaluable patents and brands, and even out-and-out company survival are at stake. The firm has won major trials and appeals for clients in an array of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, technology, sports media and entertainment and consumer products.

Financial Restructuring & Insolvency:
Representing clients in all aspects of restructurings, workouts and insolvency matters, including transactional and litigation matters, White & Case has the global resources and experience necessary for handling transactions in multiple jurisdictions and a wide range of industries. The firm has played key roles in many of the most complex and high-profile restructuring matters of recent years, including many of the largest Chapter 11 filings in the United States as well as the Greek sovereign debt restructuring.

Intellectual Property:
White & Case was one of the first full-service firms to develop an intellectual property practice. Its lawyers protect and defend clients’ innovations, creative works and brands around the world, offering advice related to patents, copyrights and designs, IP audits and due diligence, licensing and merchandising, sourcing and technology, and privacy and data protection.

International Arbitration:
White & Case is the only leading global law firm with large and long-established arbitration teams in New York, Washington, DC, London, Paris and Stockholm, along with significant strength in other key cities including Frankfurt, Warsaw, Moscow, Miami, Mexico City, Singapore and Tokyo. With practitioners around the world, the firm advises under virtually any substantive law worldwide.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
White & Case offers market-leading expertise regarding strategic and private equity transactions and cross-border transactions. It has devised creative deal structures, designed acquisition programs and planned and implemented strategies for both acquirers and potential acquisition targets in domestic and cross-border transactions around the world.

Pro Bono:
White & Case has a long history of pro bono and is one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the world. The firm places pro bono on a par with its commercial practices in the leadership, focus and management that it brings to bear for its clients’ benefit.

Project Finance:
White & Case is an innovator in project finance, energy and infrastructure law. The firm offers marketleading advice on cross-border project structuring and development, financing, government regulation, M&A, and construction and other contract issues across several sectors, including oil and gas, power, infrastructure, telecommunications and mining and metals.

White & Case’s tax lawyers and advisors are strategically located in financial centers and government capitals worldwide to provide timely, effective advice on evolving tax law and policies. The practice has provided clients with innovative, practical approaches to minimise tax liabilities on issues ranging from mergers and acquisitions to financings and investment fund transactions.

White & Case helps clients manage the risks and maximise the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. The firm has an interdisciplinary, full-service global trade practice that is one of the world’s largest and most active in trade remedies and in the law of the World Trade Organization.

White & Case helps clients deal with government investigations and enforcement matters. The firm has substantial experience defending clients through all phases of investigations, as well as criminal and civil enforcement proceedings.

Clients include large corporations, as well as individuals prominent in business and political affairs.

Areas of Practice

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


Litigation - California

What the team is known for Worldwide presence and impressive global resources drawn on by the California litigation practice. Covers a wide range of business and class action disputes in areas including the technology and entertainment industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"White & Case are certainly a go-to firm." 

Work highlights Acted for Time Warner Cable in its defense of putative and national class actions alleging data retention and privacy law violations.

Notable practitioners  

Bryan Merryman "does an excellent job of cutting to the heart of lawsuits," according to sources. He has particularly notable experience in defending consumer class actions.

Significant clients Nestlé SA, Bank of New York, Bankrate, Los Angeles Lakers, Comcast.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Recognized for its capacity to handle antitrust litigation and investigations, but is also active in transactional matters. Formidable expertise in the pharmaceutical sector but also serves clients across a range of other industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Remains strong in pharmaceutical antitrust." 

Work highlights Successfully represented Toshiba in a jury trial concerning alleged price-fixing in the LCD screen market. Toshiba was cleared by the jury of all liability.

Acted for Warner Chilcott in relation to its $8.5 billion acquisition by Actavis.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Gidley is a "very fine lawyer" who is noted for his "incredible ability to recall facts." He is renowned for his expertise in pharmaceuticals and his knowledge of cartel matters. He was a key figure in the firm's recent representation of Warner Chilcott.

Sources describe Christopher Curran as "a formidable adversary" and "extremely impressive" trial lawyer. He undertakes cases in a range of areas including antitrust, and he was the lead trial lawyer for Toshiba in the LCD litigation.

Eric Grannon is an up-and-coming practitioner at the firm who has a niche in appellate antitrust work. He represented Par Pharmaceutical Companies in the US Supreme Court in defense of a suit brought by the FTC concerning reverse payment patent settlements.

Significant clients Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Toyota Industries, Mexichem, Comex, Novartis.

Technology - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Handles big-ticket technology and outsourcing deals for high-profile clients. Has substantial knowledge and experience in advising on a vast range of matters including cloud computing innovations and complex procurement chains. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are adept at managing the challenging issues of complex competitive procurement."

Work highlights Produced a strategic report for The World Bank on the implementation of cloud computing, providing associated policy recommendations.

Advised Royal Bank of Canada in connection with its establishment of a completely virtual bank and associated sourcing requirements.

Notable practitioners  

"Top-notch" Trevor Nagel is recognized for his strategic abilities and international expertise. He is chair of the global sourcing and technology transactions practice, and is skilled in counseling clients through a vast range of transactional matters, as well as joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Robert Hasty is considered by commentators to be a "valued adviser, not just on legal matters but on commercial issues." He has substantial experience in advising large clients on the migration of IT infrastructure systems.

Significant clients Best Buy, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Altria.

Banking & Finance - Florida

What the team is known for Highly regarded group renowned for its strength in complex transactional matters. Maintains a focus on the Latin American market, and is adept at advising on acquisition finance, project finance, syndicated loans and structured deals involving the region. Makes use of firmwide international capability to provide a seamless service to clients on cross-border deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent. They're very knowledgeable about all different types of contracts. It's a very complete team." 

"They are very high-quality." 

Work highlights Acted for Braskem Idesa, a joint venture company, on the financing for its $4.5 billion Mexico-based greenfield Etileno XXI polyolefins project.

Represented lead arrangers BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole with regards to a $2 billion senior revolving credit export facility for mining company Vale.

Notable practitioners  

According to commentators, Carlos Viana "is very detail-oriented and defends the interests of his clients." He recently advised Crédit Agricole in relation to a $2 billion revolving credit export facility, Vale International. Interviewees particularly highlight his vast experience in project finance and acquisition finance transactions. 

Significant clients Odebrecht Energia, Avianca, Mizuho Bank, Telefónica, Citibank, HSBC.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Florida

What the team is known for Sought out by debtors, lenders, bondholders, strategic investors and a variety of other parties to advise on complex workouts, restructurings and liquidations. The firm's wider national and international network makes it a strong choice for multijurisdictional work.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A top firm in terms of talent, quality of work and quality and diversity of representation. It's an outstanding practice."

"They are dedicated and very focused on their clients' needs. They are very responsive and are quick to turn around a client's requests."

Work highlights Represented Major League Baseball, which had the most significant interest in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by the LA Dodgers. The firm helped protect MLB's assets with a more favorable lending agreement and mediated the sale of the team to new owners.

Acted for Roust Trading in its acquisition of Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The team negotiated a stock purchase agreement and CEDC's plan of reorganization, among other things.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Lauria is the global practice head of the firm's financial restructuring and insolvency team, and is described as an "excellent lawyer" with a "great reputation." His work on international cases such as that of the Danish shipping firm Torm, which required financial restructuring, highlights his leading role at the firm.

John Cunningham is a "terrific lawyer who handles extremely big cases." He has led on the firm's representation of a group of bondholders in defending their interests in the Chapter 15 bankruptcy case regarding Elpida Memory.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Blackstone Group, American Airlines, Ad Hoc Committee of LightSquared, Ad Hoc Committee of WaMu Bondholders.

Corporate/M&A - Florida

What the team is known for Busy practice advising private equity clients on midmarket M&A transactions. Strong links in Latin America, inviting many notable cross-border mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have the manpower behind them; it's a well-developed team with a lot of experience."

"Highly professional, very responsive and very practical lawyers. We do M&A with them and they know how to bring in the resources to get a transaction done."

Work highlights Acted for Mexichem on its $250 million acquisition of assets from PolyOne, and advised on competition issues in Brazil and the USA and the transfer of subsidiaries in the UK, Japan and Canada.

Represented Beekman Investment Partners and Goldman Sachs on the purchase of security alarm specialists NorthStar Alarm Services. 

Notable practitioners  

Christian Hansen is a key contact in the Miami office.

Significant clients Codina Partners, HIG Capital, Grupo Tampico SA de CV, Boyne Capital Partners, Grupo Credito.

Environment - Florida

What the team is known for Renowned for its outstanding environmental litigation practice, acting on a broad range of matters including endangered species, airport issues and enforcement actions. Also offers expertise in transactions, NEPA compliance and the importation of seafood regulations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A number of the people have worked for government bodies and in private practice. They've been on the inside of different agencies and picked up the knowledge that comes with that kind of experience."

"Very responsive and very logical. They give us good counsel on how to proceed."

Work highlights Represented the City of Dania Beach in its challenge against the $800 million Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport expansion plan.

Acted for Waste Management in litigation regarding its expansion of the Medley Landfill and Recycling Center.

Notable practitioners

Broad-based environmental practitioner Douglas Halsey is lauded for his "ability to bring people to the table and avoid getting into litigation." He maintains an excellent reputation for his forward-thinking and strategic approach, and sources assert that he is "ahead of the game all the time."

"Exceptionally good, top-flight attorney" Neal McAliley is highlighted as a leading environmental litigator. Clients praise his "ability to translate complex esoteric legal matters into comprehensible layman's terms." He is further highlighted for his work on federal environmental permitting.

Significant clients R.E. Jacobs Group, Sierra Properties, Florida Crystals, Collier Enterprises.

Latin American Investment - Florida

What the team is known for Established offices in São Paulo and Mexico City enable a strong bench of Miami-based practitioners to reach into Latin America. Praised for its strength in project finance throughout the region, with growing support for its focus on Latin American arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have the manpower behind them in the form of a well-developed team at various levels. The lawyers involved in New York and Mexico City are all well connected with Miami so that everyone knows what's going on elsewhere."

"They were very attentive and spot on in their advice with regards to the legal aspects of the transaction. They also demonstrated commercial understanding, not only of the deal structure and our wants and needs as a client, but also with regards to the general market."

"They were extraordinary; we got the best from them in everything from staffing and communication to billing. They were committed to getting the work done within our tight timeframes."

Work highlights Represented joint venture Braskem Idesa in the development, construction and financing of its $4.5 billion Etileno XXI integrated petrochemicals project in Mexico.

Acted for Banorte on its follow-on offering of $2.56 billion of shares to qualified institutional buyers in the USA under Regulation S.

Notable practitioners  

Carlos Viana is recognized for his work in project finance as well as corporate M&A. He advised Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on a $1.5 billion senior unsecured syndicated term loan facility granted to Banco Itaú.

Significant clients Odebrecht, Votorantim, Merrill Lynch, Banco de Crédito del Perú, BBVA.

Litigation - Florida

What the team is known for Global firm with a strong presence in Miami. Represents major corporations, including telecommunications companies, financial institutions and utilities in high-value commercial matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at coming up with defense strategies for the entire litigation process, procedural as well as substantive."

Notable practitioners  

Rudolph Aragon has significant experience in representing major financial institutions. Peers note his wealth of experience in South Florida litigation.

Significant clients Comcast, First Citizens Bank, Florida Power & Light Company, Florida State Board of Administration, McKenzie Check Advance of Florida.

Real Estate - Florida

What the team is known for Broad experience in matters ranging from financing and foreclosures to acquisitions and litigation. Global strength draws international clients, especially from the Russian and Latin American markets. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very focused on their client's needs, very responsive, and quick to turn around client requests."

Work highlights Defended First-Citizens Bank against a lender liability suit, including claims of breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent misrepresentation. 

Acted for Codina Partners and CC Devco in over $100 million's worth of joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions across the state. 

Notable practitioners

The "practical, pragmatic and incredibly knowledgeable" Steven Vainder is praised as being "extremely technically proficient, but also a good business lawyer." He is further admired for his logical thinking and awareness of the crucial points in any matter.

Significant clients Capital Partners, Melia Hotels International, Ocean Bank, SNS Property Finance, Standard Pacific of Florida.

Tax - Florida

What the team is known for Advises high net worth individuals and global corporations on a variety of domestic and international tax matters. Demonstrates particular strength in estate planning and related litigation, and in sophisticated cross-border transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are very professional, responsive and thorough." 

"They have terrific practitioners." 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Kavoukjian is chair of the firm's global private clients group. He specializes in offering estate planning advice to families and high net worth individuals, and is admired for his diligence, efficiency and professionalism. 

Ed Sawyer is head of the firm's tax group. He is well known for the work he undertakes in the field of financing, M&A and general corporate tax, and is described by peers as "a terrific attorney." 

Significant clients Codina Partners, Crocker Partners, Deutsche Bank Trust Company, Goldman Sachs Trust Company, Grupo Tampico Hess Corporation.

Antitrust - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Represents clients in a wide variety of antitrust matters, with across-the-board capability in litigation, cartel investigations and transactional work. Continues to excel in matters pertaining to the pharmaceutical space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're responsive and thorough and they've always delivered."

"Their quality is very high – they're very organized."

Work highlights Successfully represented Toshiba in an opt-out jury trial brought by Best Buy alleging price-fixing of LCD screens.

Acted for Warner Chilcott on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Actavis.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Gidley chairs the firm's antitrust practice.

Significant clients Grupo Bimbo, Mexichem, Novartis, Pfizer, Time Warner Cable.

Banking & Finance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Miami.

What the team is known for Offers a deep bench of practitioners who are equipped to advise clients on a broad range of financing transactions, with particular expertise in asset-based lending, leveraged buyouts and exit financings. Adopts an integrated approach and works closely with colleagues in key overseas offices, such as London and Hong Kong, to provide a seamless international service.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"White & Case’s banking lawyers specialize in offering practical advice to reconcile competing lender-borrower positions in a way that gets the principals to a closing – their advice can make the difference between a dead deal and a big deal."

"They're able to do a lot of different types of transactions, so they bring a lot to the table."

"They don't exaggerate and they're straight shooters, so it's easy for a non-lawyer to understand what's important."

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bank Securities in connection with an $800 million asset-backed revolving credit facility, utilized by the borrowers to acquire Neiman Marcus Group.

Acted for Bank of America with regard to the $2.552 billion refinancing of Sabre's existing revolving and senior secured term facilities.  

Notable practitioners  

Eric Berg is highly respected in the market, and brings to bear a wealth of experience. In a recent highlight he advised Morgan Stanley Senior Funding with regards to $585 million of financing for Chef Finance Sub, used to fund its acquisition of CTI Foods Holding. He is celebrated for his "great commercial instincts," and is able to "cut through a lot of complex negotiations."

According to interviewees David Bilkis has "a lot of experience, intel and market knowledge." He specializes in leveraged and acquisition financings for both investment and commercial bank clients. Sources also highlight that he is "very sound analytically and understands every little nuance of the credit agreement." 

The "excellent" David Koschik receives plaudits for his highly responsive approach. He largely concentrates on representing the lenders in complex acquisition and leveraged finance transactions, but is also skilled in restructurings and workouts.

David Joyce is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer" who is "very calm, very smart and very easy to work with." He has expertise on a wide spectrum of finance transactions for a varied client base that includes sponsors, lenders and borrowers.

Eric Leicht has impressed commentators with his "combination of experience, technical expertise and common sense." His clients include a number of leading investment and commercial banks whom he advises on a broad range of lending transactions. 

Alan Rockwell has developed significant transactional experience that covers restructurings, real estate finance and acquisition finance. In addition to New York, he is also qualified in England and Wales.

Significant clients Jefferies, Nordea, Bank of China, Harvest Partners, Calpine.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Miami.

What the team is known for Global law firm frequently representing clients in major international bankruptcies and restructurings. Noted for its strong advocacy, particularly on behalf of funds, frequently representing secured and unsecured creditors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely responsive, they produce a very high quality of work, they are savvy and they really have exceptional judgment."

Work highlights Advised secured creditors with holdings of $1.8 billion in LightSquared, in Chapter 11 protection proceedings. The wireless broadband services provider was restructured, resulting in the auctioning-off of certain assets and an ultimate asset purchase agreement. 

Represented Major League Baseball in the LA Dodgers' Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A loan workout process led to the $2.15 billion sale of the baseball franchise and its assets to new owners.

Notable practitioners  

Global head of financial restructuring and insolvency Thomas Lauria divides his time between the firm's New York and Miami offices, and is well regarded in both markets as a tough, client-focused bankruptcy litigation attorney. He is described by peers as "a very smart and very good lawyer." He represents all parties to bankruptcies and workouts.

Significant clients Blackstone Group, Nordea Bank, iGPS, Deutsche Bank, GlobalStar.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Expertise in advising clients on special lending situations. Represents a roster of loyal clients on their multi-issuance securitization platforms.

Work highlights Represented Iconix Brand on a restructuring and $600 million securitization of its intellectual property.

Advised Avis Budget Car Rental on a $653 million issuance of notes backed by its vehicle fleet.

Notable practitioners  

David Thatch represented Avis Budget on the issuance and sale of $200 million of notes backed by its rental truck fleet. He focuses on esoteric securitizations.

John Donovan has a strong profile in the market for his advice to clients on bank loans, commercial real estate loans and high-yield bond securitizations. He receives praise for his prowess in CLO transactions.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Anchorage Capital, Sony, Iconix.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Miami.

What the team is known for Well-regarded transactional practice handling high-value domestic and cross-border M&A. Noted for expertise in the telecom, energy, consumer and manufacturing industries. Also recognized for representation of financial advisers in connection with M&A transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They've always had an excellent and global practice." 

"They have a really strong international platform." 

Work highlights Advised DISH Network on its $25.5 billion unsolicited proposal to acquire Sprint.

Acted for Canadian distribution utility Fortis in relation to its $1.5 billion acquisition of CH Energy Group.

Notable practitioners

John Reiss is global head of the corporate/M&A practice and is a key contact.

Significant clients Disney, WellPoint, Hess Corporation, Omnicare, EchoStar.

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC and New York.

What the team is known for Accomplished power team able to serve its clients in a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters. Also adept in handling the commercial and regulatory aspects of utility M&A, including representation before FERC with regard to issues such as the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) and RTO litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good; they are a complete shop, so if you have any issue they handle it quickly and efficiently."

"They have a good understanding of the issues and they are able to provide very useful insights as to how to handle different matters."

"They are attorneys who protect their clients' interests very well. They think about everything in advance, they are strong in their knowledge of regulatory principles in the US and globally, and what impact that might have. They are good at assessing the market and in understanding the financial implications of a decision."

Work highlights Acted for Fortis in its $1.5 billion acquisition of CH Energy with respect to transactional and regulatory issues such as FERC and state-level approval.

Represented Occidental Chemical in litigation at state and federal level pertaining to Entergy's proposed entry into the MISO RTO.  

Notable practitioners  

Earle O'Donnell is an experienced electricity regulatory lawyer who acts for clients such as utilities, IPPs, energy trading companies and power end users in both state and federal regulatory matters. He advised Detroit Edison with the regulatory aspects of its development of a 212 MW wind farm in Michigan. "He is very knowledgeable and a good strategic thinker," notes one interviewee. 

Michael Shenberg enjoys a fine reputation for representing electricity clients in M&A. He advises energy companies and investors in the acquisition and divestment of energy assets, from substantial portfolios to single asset deals. Sources say: "Clients like him very much for his creativity, responsiveness and thoroughness."

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Hess Corporation, Dynegy, Odebrecht Energia, Jefferies & Company.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Accomplished banking practice, noted for its utilization of the firm's excellent worldwide platform to advise domestic banking clients on cross-border regulatory matters as well as non-US institutions on issues relating to their US operations. Sought after to handle all manner of regulatory compliance issues, and represents a fine choice of counsel for Dodd-Frank matters, internal investigations and governmental enforcement proceedings, and issues regarding the impact of restrictions on geographical expansion.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The people we work with are very responsive and have done a very good job."

"They've been very accommodating to us under difficult circumstances."

Notable practitioners  

Ernest Patrikis comes recommended for his wealth of experience accrued during the three decades he spent working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and is highly regarded for his work on behalf of cross-border banking clients on US regulatory issues.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Highly acclaimed commercial and investor treaty practice with a top-tier caseload. Maintains a wide-ranging global reach and a highly commended ability to gain ground in disputes involving multiple locations. Houses an impressive bench of experienced arbitrators and advocates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've made it their business to become experts in our field, so we've found working with the firm to be a very collaborative process."

"They are to the point, they know exactly what the case is about and they understand their client very well. Their written work and statements are very good, and they nail the issue down exactly, so that they don't waste resources doing unnecessary work when they prepare a case."

Work highlights Acted for Republic of Uzbekistan in two separate investment treaty arbitrations: one relating to the Uzbekistan-Israel BIT in which more than $200 million is in dispute, and one concerning the Uzbekistan-UK BIT, with a disputed sum of more than $400 million.

Represented the Republic of Peru in an ICSID arbitration arising in connection with the Argentina-Peru BIT; also acts for Peru in other ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations.

Notable practitioners  

Sources single out Abby Cohen Smutny's ability to "get inside a client's head - she really understands all aspects of a case, not just from the legal perspective but from a layman's point of view." She is also praised for her businesslike approach and advocacy skills, and regularly handles a range of investor-state and commercial disputes.

Clients are particularly pleased with Ank Santens's commitment to their matters, with one saying: "She's very dedicated to the relationship, which has impressed me." Santens is highlighted as being "excellent at defusing difficult situations and distilling what needs to be decided."

Global head of arbitration Paul Friedland is a widely recognized leader in this field. Clients highlight his longstanding reputation, noting that "his experience has paid off - he anticipated everything and was right." He is an experienced counsel in international arbitrations, having recently represented the Republic of Bulgaria in an ICSID case. He is also acclaimed for his notable practice sitting as arbitrator in a range of disputes.

Observers of Carolyn Lamm's work as counsel in international arbitrations describe her as a "first-class advocate." She is also admired for her work both as an arbitrator in international arbitrations. As one source enthusiastically points out, "she is extremely capable and we think highly of her."

Darryl Lew is based in Washington, DC and was recently involved in representing Gold Reserve in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela, in which more than $2 billion was in dispute. His advocacy skills, experience and knowledge are particularly lauded by clients.

Significant clients SGS, Republic of the Philippines, Oil Insurance, TECO, Georgia.

International Trade - Nationwide

What the team is known for An impressive international offering, recognized for its trade remedies practice at domestic and WTO levels.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A primary strength is their business acumen. They understand the law, but they are also very good at applying a legal analysis to our specific business."

"They're very strong in providing timely, practical advice."

Work highlights Represented Hyundai Heavy Industries in response to US antidumping proceedings concerning South Korean imports of large power transformers.

Advised the Ministry of Economy of Trade and Industry of Japan on a Japanese antidumping investigation concerning imports of paper from Indonesia.

Notable practitioners  

Gregory Spak advises on domestic and WTO trade matters. He has considerable experience of representing clients in antidumping cases.

Walter Spak's recent work includes advising on antidumping and countervailing investigations brought by the US government. He leads the firm's international trade practice.

Significant clients Deacero, Fujifilm, Mattel, Saudi Aramco, Tenaris.

Outsourcing - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Experienced in handling innovative technology matters including cloud computing and SaaS work. Involvement in M&A projects with a significant outsourcing component including carve-outs and acquisitions of intellectual property within the firm.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They stand out for their understanding of the nuances and interaction between business, law and technology, as well as a wide array of commercial issues."

"They provide a breadth of expertise packaged with commercial awareness."

Work highlights Represented Coca-Cola in connection with a large, multinational outsourcing project for finance and accounting services.

Advised the Commonwealth Bank of Australia on its global outsourcing strategy, including restructuring a $4 billion agreement with Hewlett-Packard.

Notable practitioners  

Trevor Nagel is chair of the global sourcing and technology transactions practice and recently led the team in providing a strategic report to World Bank Group on the implementation of cloud-based systems by WBG members. Peers observe that "he is incredibly intelligent. When you compete with him, you know you're going to have a good challenge."

Significant clients Google, Grupo Bimbo, Best Buy, Altria, SoftBank.

Private Equity - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Miami and New York.

What the team is known for Adept in handling the full range of buy and sell transactions, including private equity buyouts. Known for the strength of its cross-border offering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are the ever-present of overseas acquisitions because they have offices all over the world."

Work highlights Acted for CVC Capital and its portfolio company Univar on a number of acquisitions, including the purchase of Magnablend and Basic Chemical Solutions.

Worked with Harvest Partners on the acquisition of AxelaCare Health Solutions.

Notable practitioners  

John Reiss is praised for being "diligent and knowledgeable" as well as "a strategic thinker." His clients include Harvest Partners, which he recently advised on the purchase of Garretson Resolutions.

Oliver Brahmst is called a "very high-quality attorney" by one impressed source, while another notes his "tremendous creativity and really good commercial sense."

Significant clients Nordic Capital, The Carlyle Group, One Equity Partners, Pegasus Capital Advisors, Trilantic Capital Partners.

Projects - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-regarded projects group noted for its lender and sponsor-side mandates in US and international projects. Advises on oil and gas financings throughout the world, with a particularly strong presence in the financing of petrochemical developments. Heavily involved in the representation of lenders in large power project financings in the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were very attentive and quick to respond at almost any hour of the day. They were spot-on in their advice with regards to the legal aspects and also with their commercial understanding not only of the deal structure, but also with regards to the general market for this type of deal." 

"They took good positions, they were reasonable, flexible and good from a technical point of view." 

Work highlights Acted as part of an international White & Case team on the representation of Saudi Aramco in the $12.5 billion project financing of a chemicals complex in Saudi Arabia.

Advised Credit Suisse Securities and Goldman Sachs Lending Partners as mandated lead arrangers on the financing of the 758 MW gas-fired Panda Temple II  power project.

Acted for the joint venture Braskem Idesa SAPI on the financing of its Etileno XXI project, a chemical facility in Mexico.

Notable practitioners  

Troy Alexander is a finance lawyer who is noted for his lender representations in the power sector in the USA and Latin America. He was a member of the team that represented a group of commercial banks in the purchase of senior secured notes offered by CE Oaxaca Dos in order to finance two wind farm projects in Mexico. One interviewee attests: "He was trying to conciliate the position and to move forward, and he was very helpful and clear-minded and always proposing good things."

Victor DeSantis is a highly regarded projects lawyer largely recognized for his lender-side work, particularly in deals involving multilateral financial institutions. He acted for DNB as the lenders on the financing of two pipelaying support vessels for Technip and Odebrecht Óleo. Clients comment that "he really manages to make things happen, no matter how much adversity is in the room."

Arthur Scavone is a well-respected attorney who represents sponsors and lenders in domestic and international project finance matters. Interviewees note his "amazing ability to balance the legal aspects of a transaction with the practical realities of a transaction." He acted as lenders' counsel on a series of power plant financings by Panda Power.

Ned Neaher has a great deal of experience of project finance and is especially recognized for his work with ECAs and multilateral financial institutions. Sources describe him as "a hard-working, experienced partner who can get things done."

Jason Webber acts for sponsors and lenders on energy and infrastructure project finance deals. He acted for JBIC and a consortium of Japanese commercial banks on the financing of five renewable energy projects in Canada. "He is really strong on the financing side of things and he is very practical in his approach," relates one interviewee.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, US Ex-Im Bank, Mizuho Bank, Banco do Brasil, Odebrecht Energia.  

Tax - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Miami and New York.

What the team is known for Specializes in handling international tax controversies. Also adept at handling domestic issues, including disputes with the IRS.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We have been impressed by their ability to get up to speed very quickly. They display a detailed and nuanced understanding of the IRS."

"They are responsive and they are there when we need them, even if they have other things going on. Further, there is no dip in performance during last-minute demands." 

Work highlights Obtained a refund for Cigna Corporation following a case before the US Tax Court.

Advised RFS Corporation on a matter concerning its entitlement to IRC section 847 refunds.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Gleicher is an authority on controversies involving the IRS. Market sources admire his ability to produce "crystal clear drafting."

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation in the aviation community for representing a range of clients, including leasing companies, arrangers and export credit agencies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good negotiators and they provide very good legal services."

"They are very flexible, customer-oriented and even-keeled." 

Work highlights Represented JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup Global Markets as underwriters in the $409 million IPO of leading Latin American airline Avianca Holdings. The proceeds from the introduction of the airline on the NYSE are to finance plans for a fleet modernization.

Represented BBAM Aircraft Management in a purchase and lease deal involving parties in the USA, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, concerning the purchase of five aircraft from Boeing, to then be leased to Cathay Pacific.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Smith is widely regarded as a leader in the aviation finance space, with a particularly strong reputation in the flourishing helicopter leasing and financing area. "Mike has a clear analytical mind, is an excellent draftsman and has a breadth of experience. I think we're lucky to have him," reports one impressed client.

Christian Hansen has a strong reputation in the aviation industry, notably with respect to the Latin American market. He is lauded by one client as being "very experienced in aviation law, and he has excellent contacts within the aviation industry."

Richard Smith's long experience in the aviation finance arena has enabled him to build a broad practice with expertise in a range of matters, including Islamic financings and Japanese operating and leverage leases. He recently advised BBAM Aircraft Management on the purchase and lease of four Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Cathay Pacific.

Ji Hoon Hong is described by one observer as "a really terrific lawyer in EETC transactions - very careful and thorough." His practice focuses on structured debt capital markets. 

Significant clients Aviation Capital Group, Deutsche Bank, BBAM Aircraft Management, JPMorgan Securities, Citigroup Global Markets.

Antitrust - New York

What the team is known for Continues to be active in a range of private and class action litigation, with a particular niche in the pharmaceuticals area. Also known for its work in the electronics space and for its expertise before regulatory investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're responsive and thorough, and they've always delivered."

"They've got some real stars there." 

Work highlights Acted for Toshiba in the criminal investigation into the LCD screen market and subsequent civil litigation.

Represented Warner Chilcott in an antitrust suit alleging anticompetitive conduct in relation to the acne drug Doryx.

Notable practitioners  

The highly experienced Joseph Angland is praised by sources for his "extraordinarily deep knowledge of antitrust law." He was part of the team representing Novartis in relation to co-pay schemes for the drug Diovan.

Robert Milne is noted as a "brilliant" antitrust litigator who is "easy to get along with." He recently acted for CertainTeed in multidistrict litigation concerning the price of drywall.

Significant clients Experian, First American, Metso, Pfizer, Sandoz.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

What the team is known for Has worked on a number of cross-border restructuring deals involving distressed international corporations due to the firm's international presence. Client base includes acquirers of distressed companies and major bank lenders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely responsive. They produce a very high quality of work, and have exceptional judgment."

"Technically competent and effective for their clients."

Work highlights Worked for an ad hoc group of lenders holding $1.8 billion of secured debt in LightSquared, in connection with its Chapter 11 filing and plan of reorganization.

Represented Roust Trading in its acquisition of distressed Central European Distribution in a deal worth over $300 million.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Lauria is the global head of the department and is recognized as a "direct communicator" and "imaginative lawyer." He works widely with debtors, groups of creditors, lenders, and investors in distressed companies. He has counseled numerous organizations through bankruptcy proceedings to successful restructuring.

Significant clients iGPS, Globalstar, Major League Baseball, Nordea, Omega Navigation Enterprises.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for Established name in the New York M&A market, handling transactions for private and public companies. Also known for representing financial advisers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The thing that has consistently impressed me is the ability of different individuals to think ahead, to anticipate our needs, and to be extremely commercial. They do watch out for the client's interests and try to come up with the most efficient solution to answer any question."

"They have global presence and expertise in virtually all of the areas I want them to have expertise in."

Work highlights Acted for Fortis on its $1.5 billion purchase of CH Energy Group.

Advised Coinmach Service on its $1.05 billion acquisition by Pamplona Capital Management.

Notable practitioners 

John Reiss is a respected name in the New York market and serves as head of the firm's M&A practice. He handles both strategic and private equity transactions, as well as counseling on corporate governance and fiduciary duties.

Morton Pierce remains a popular choice with clients, with sources particularly praising his "good judgment" and ability to "really understand the business attributes of the transaction he's considering." He recently represented Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing in relation to the sale of certain music catalogs to BMG.

Clients say Denise Cerasani is "smart, responsive and very detail-oriented," and "knows her stuff inside and out." She specializes in counseling investment banks, recently acting for Credit Suisse as financial adviser to Silver Lake on its acquisition of Dell.

Daniel Dufner handles both public and private M&A, with particular experience in the media and communications industries.

Oliver Brahmst heads the firm's M&A practice for the Americas and handles domestic and cross-border M&A, as well as private equity matters. One client praises his "tremendous creativity and really good commercial sense," adding that Brahmst is "someone I would think of as a true partner, rather than 'just a lawyer'." 

Significant clients DISH Network, Disney, Royal Ahold, Hess Corporation, Toyota Industries.

Environment - New York

What the team is known for Acts for a variety of clients on all environmental issues arising in complex transactions domestically and internationally. Sector expertise includes chemicals, pharmaceuticals and oil exploration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A terrific firm and great service." 

Work highlights Represented Braskem in its development and financing of Eileno XXI, a $4.5 billion ethane cracking facility in Veracruz, Mexico.

Advised gold producer Newmont Mining on a $2.5 billion public offering of bonds.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Horsch is "very experienced, thorough and able to communicate complex environmental issues at a business level," say clients. He has advised Pfizer on environmental matters relating to global transactions.  

Paul Milmed is an "excellent lawyer" who advises lenders and principals on the full range of financial and corporate transactions. His recent highlights include representing Toyota Industries in its $759 million acquisition of Cascade.  

Senior associate Seth Kerschner is "incredibly diligent" and "detail-oriented," and has "great clarity," according to clients. His areas of expertise include financings, M&A and divestitures. 

Significant clients Hess, Calpine, Deutsche Bank, Fortis, Univar.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for An expert and effective patent practice called on by some of the world's leading IP-driven businesses to represent them in high-stakes litigation. Enviable client following in financial services, life sciences and electrical engineering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their services are excellent."  

Notable practitioners  

Dimitrios Drivas takes the lead in the firm's life sciences patent litigation. He has an excellent track record of wins for leading global pharmaceuticals companies and is well respected by market sources.

Significant clients Google, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, UCB.

Latin American Investment - New York

What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its advice on a broad range of transactions across the region, with a notable focus on project finance, banking and capital markets deals. New York lawyers coordinate with established offices in Miami, Mexico City and São Paulo.

 Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have provided excellent support for a range of deals. They work really fast, they really know how to go about it and they have 100% bilingual attorneys. They have fulfilled every need we have had."

"They were very attentive, quick to respond, spot-on in their advice with regards to legal aspects but also in their commercial understanding."

"Their practice is helped by having a long-established office in Mexico City which gives them access and visibility in the market. They are one of the few firms doing major work everywhere."

Work highlights Acted for Credit Suisse in its $1.27 billion loan to the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais which was guaranteed by the Federative Republic of Brazil.

Advised Sherwin-Williams in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Consorcio Comex.

Notable practitioners  

Troy Alexander is highly rated for his project finance expertise. He advised the initial purchasers BBVA, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Securities, Santander and Société Générale on CE Oaxaca Dos's $150 million offering of senior secured notes, a project bond offering for wind farm projects in Mexico.

Significant clients Banorte, Banco de Crédito del Perú, Odebrecht, BBVA, IFC, Mexichem.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Broad expertise with the ability to draw upon its extensive resources both nationally and globally allowing it to regularly handle multidistrict litigation. Experienced in securities matters and houses particular strength in finance-related disputes.

Work highlights Represented US Foodservice and Royal Ahold in multidistrict class action litigation involving allegations of breach of contract and RICO violations.

Notable practitioners 

Head of department Glenn Kurtz is an experienced commercial litigator with broad expertise. He recently represented Pilot Travel Centers in connection with numerous class action cases.

Significant clients LightSquared, Calpine, Major League Baseball, Zale's, Talbots.

Tax - New York

What the team is known for Handles a broad range of domestic and international tax matters. Offers clients particular expertise in M&A, bankruptcy, fund formation and securities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a very good tax practice." 

Work highlights Advised Coinmach Service on tax issues relating to its acquisition of AIR-serv and its simultaneous sale to Pamplona Capital Management.

Advised Toyota Industries in connection with its acquisition of Cascade. The matter carried a value of $759 million.

Notable practitioners  

William Dantzler is head of the firm's tax practice. He has expertise in restructurings and M&A, and he is regarded as "an accomplished and knowledgeable lawyer."

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Saudi Aramco, Dynegy, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase.