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

Firm Overview: For the 5th consecutive year, Hughes Hubbard is the number one ranked New York-based firm on The American Lawyer’s A-List, which the magazine calls ‘the profession’s top tier’ and the ‘best of the all around best’ law firms. The firm was founded in 1888 by the renowned jurist and statesman Charles Evans Hughes.

Main Areas of Practice:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Latin American Investment - Florida

What the team is known for Maintains a reputation for excellence in cross-border finance transactions and strong relationships with major banks. Strong capabilities in M&A and growing expertise in aviation finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A significant firm with good people in Miami. They are able to do midmarket work and larger deals as well."

"A good financing firm with a lot of airline work."

What's new? Jeffrey Tenen and Israel Sanchez joined the team from Greenberg Traurig in February 2013. Both have strong aviation industry backgrounds, and support the firm's corporate finance practice.

Work highlights Advised joint bookrunners HSBC and Citibank on a $450 million term loan facility for a subsidiary of Brazilian sugar, ethanol and bioenergy producer Raízen.

Represented Uruguayan frozen foods company Pagnifique in the acquisition of 85% of its business by Linzor Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Amy Dulin cochairs the firm's banking and financial services practice. In recent highlights, she acted for ABN AMRO, Banco Itaú BBA, Mizuho Bank and Banco Santander on a $500 million senior secured trade-related facility for Sateri International Group's Brazilian producer and Macao trading subsidiaries. One client said: "Her knowledge of the underlying structure of the deal was fantastic; very in-depth." 

Chair of the firm's Latin America practice Federico Goudie attracts praise from commentators who note that they "see him doing interesting work in the region." He led the team representing James Giddens as trustee in the $120 billion liquidation of Lehman Brothers.

Senior statesman Timothy McCarthy has a longstanding reputation for Latin American finance. Sources say he "has a great history and draws in a lot of good clients."  

Significant clients Banco do Brasil, Banco Santander, Central Bank of Paraguay, GE Capital, BNP Paribas.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Admired for its longstanding and impressively broad-based commercial and investor-state arbitration practice. Has substantial experience in advising on disputes across a broad range of sectors, including power and energy, banking and pharmaceuticals.

Work highlights Represented Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Kazakhstan related to substantial investments made by the client in Kazakhstan's oil and gas industry.

Acted on behalf of V.S.N. Produktie in an ICDR arbitration brought against a US web hosting company, in which the client sought $2.8 million in damages.

Notable practitioners  

John Fellas is quickly picked out by sources as an "excellent practitioner" who has impressed in arbitration dealings. He both sits as an arbitrator and appears as counsel, and is praised for his knowledge and his "very good arbitration poise," with one client noting: "He's unflappable and very measured. John isn't fazed by anything."

John Townsend is identified as an arbitrator who "knows how to work with parties and be rational and reasonable." Sources also describe him as a "fantastic advocate," particularly praising his skill in commercial arbitrations.

Market commentators describe Steven Hammond as a "fabulous lawyer." He has extensive experience in acting as an arbitrator and as counsel in a range of disputes, and recently advised Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı in an ICSID arbitration.

Alexander Yanos recently joined the team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP. Yanos maintains a strong commercial and investment treaty practice. While at his prior firm he appeared for BG Group in a US Supreme Court merits hearing in connection with an award previously made to BG. The matter is valued in excess of $250 million.

Significant clients Government of Canada, Forest Laboratories, Suzlon Energy.

International Trade - Nationwide

What the team is known for Comes recommended for its trade litigation and export controls capabilities. Particularly noted for its significant experience in arbitral proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're incredibly knowledgeable and efficient and they give very sound, practical advice."

Work highlights Represented Canada in an arbitration brought by the US government in relation to allegations that the Province of British Columbia had breached the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement.

Advised lighting technology company Cree on a number of export controls matters, including obtaining government approval for a new regulation applicable to the telecommunications sector.

Notable practitioners  

Amanda DeBusk receives particular praise for her work in the export controls arena. Clients report that "her views are sound, practical and rooted in what's best for the business."

Joanne Osendarp is well regarded for her ability to handle trade disputes. Sources describe her as "tenacious and intellectually rigorous, with a high level of energy" and that she has "the obvious confidence of her clients."

Matthew Nicely advises clients on trade remedy litigation and treaty enforcement. He acts as trade counsel to a number of corporations, including ThyssenKrupp and HBO.

Significant clients Eaton, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, HBO LA, the Vietnamese Shrimp Industry.

Products Liability - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Handles product liability matters across various sectors, with key areas of expertise including pharmaceuticals, tobacco and toxic tort. Commended for its longstanding litigation capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're innovative in their handling of complex matters." 

"Their depth of analysis always exceeds my expectations." 

Work highlights Continued to represent Lorillard Tobacco in the Engle progeny and Kent Filter litigations, acting as trial counsel on the former and national coordinating counsel on the latter.

Trial counsel in New Jersey for Novartis on litigation related to the client's hormone therapy products.

Notable practitioners  

Theodore Mayer is considered "a principal strategist and counselor on very high-level issues." He handles product liability and consumer fraud matters for blue-chip clients in the tobacco, pharmaceutical and consumer products sectors. He led the defense of Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services in litigation regarding products certified by the client.

Charles Cohen recently acted on Engle progeny litigation for Lorillard Tobacco and has also represented major pharmaceutical companies in headline product liability issues. His notable discovery expertise also garners him particular praise.

James Fitzpatrick is praised for his experience across a range of pharmaceutical and tobacco matters. His "strong knowledge of the underlying facts" is particularly flagged up by clients.

Significant clients New York Blood Center, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Chemtall, Merck.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation in the field, with impressive knowledge of aviation finance structures. Areas of focus include M&A, bankruptcies and securities offerings in the aviation space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An excellent firm, with superior quality at reasonable rates."

Work highlights Represented Wells Fargo in connection with its aircraft leasing joint venture with Avolon Aerospace Leasing, with the initial aim of accruing a $500 million portfolio.

Represented a group of initial purchasers, including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, in an innovative $630 million capital markets offering of EETCs. The offering enables Dubai-based Emirates airline to lease aircraft from DNA Alpha.

Notable practitioners  

John Hoyns leads on matters for one of the team's most prominent clients, United Airlines. Interviewees note his "tremendous deal knowledge and negotiating skills," and his "strong grasp of a client's commercial objectives." 

Steven Chung is described by one interviewee as "a practical, deal-focused guy" who will "work in a collaborative manner which reaches a solution that protects his client." He is building an impressive reputation in matters such as aircraft portfolio securitizations.

Significant clients United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Republic Airline, Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Air Lines. 

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

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 - New York

What the team is known for Active in a range of M&A and corporate matters for public and private companies. Focuses particularly on the media, healthcare and financial services industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent, practical lawyers."

"It's very much a full-service firm. We have been very happy with the service they have given us."

Work highlights Acted for Greenbriar Equity Group on its acquisitions of Suburban Oil, Lorenz Lubricant, Craft Oil and US Lubes.

Represented AMC Networks/Sundance Channel Global in connection with its partnership with DIRECTV Latin America to launch Sundance Channel.

Notable practitioners 

Charles Samuelson handles a range of corporate transactions for private and public companies as well as private equity firms. Clients say he is a "highly efficient and effective negotiator and draftsman."

Candace Krugman Beinecke is chair of Hughes Hubbard and a recognized name in corporate law. Peers identify her as "a real player in the market."

Ken Lefkowitz serves as cochair of the corporate practice and handles a range of corporate matters, including M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Clients say he is "highly responsive" and is able to "provide practical, business-savvy advice."  

James Modlin's practice has an emphasis on both M&A and strategic alliances. He recently acted for Rockwood Holdings on the $625 million acquisition of its rheology business by Atlanta AG. 

Significant clients Viacom, Delta Air Lines, Daimler, Ernst & Young, Sony Music Entertainment.

Litigation - New York

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.

Media & Entertainment - New York

What the team is known for Offers corporate and commercial expertise in relation to the convergence of new media, entertainment and technology. Represents a series of major television companies.  

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

"They have good midlevel associates who are very reliable and can do work in excess of what is expected of them."

Work highlights Acted for Viacom International in relation to its partnership with zeebox. The agreement enabled zeebox's launch into the US market.

Handled the sale of Clearview Theatres, by client Cablevision, to Bow Tie Cinemas, making Bow Tie one of the largest family-owned theater businesses in the country.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Schnapp is described as "very knowledgeable" in relation to digital media. Clients say: "He is very smart, very tech-savvy and really understands the nuances of both the technology and legal landscape and how they intersect."  

Significant clients ASCAP, Discovery Communications, Sony Music Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Madison Square Garden.