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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1700 Pacific Avenue
  • Suite 4100
  • Dallas
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201-4624
  • Chairperson: Kim Koopersmith
  • Number of lawyers: 850
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Geneva and Singapore.

Firm Overview:
Recognized for its sophisticated clients and capabilities as well as its outstanding team of professionals, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is one of the world’s largest law firms, with 20 offices and over 850 lawyers in a wide range of practices and industries. Akin Gump’s steadfast dedication to providing exemplary client service and its visionary leadership are key factors in this first-generation law firm’s swift rise to the top of the profession.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Corporate: Akin Gump advises investment funds, public and private companies and their boards, management and entrepreneurs on their transactional and ongoing business needs. The firm advises on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other finance transactions, and distressed transactions. It also provides counsel on corporate governance matters. The firm also has specialized experience in entertainment media transactions.

Energy: The firm is a leading advisor to energy companies and provides a full range of legal services, including corporate transactions, project finance and development, and advocacy. Energy clients include public and private companies, financial institutions, private equity firms and sovereign states working across the energy value chain from independent exploration and production activity to renewable energy investment. Key practice strengths include knowledge of global and domestic energy markets, broad and deep transactional experience, as well as attention to strategic considerations.

Financial Restructuring: Akin Gump has represented committees of bondholders, noteholders, institutional investors and trade creditors in more than 250 major restructurings since 1999. Among its most significant recent engagements are the representations of the official creditors’ committees in the Nortel, Eastman Kodak, General Growth Properties and Washington Mutual, Inc. bankruptcies.

Global Project Finance: Recognized for its project finance and development work, the firm has significant experience representing lenders, developers, suppliers, underwriters and sovereign states in project finance and development projects on some of the world’s most complex renewable energy projects and infrastructure projects in the areas of construction, including airports and highways, energy and mining.

Intellectual Property: With a team that includes renowned trial lawyers, the firm is sought out by Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations for its achievements in complex patent litigation. The firm handles all aspects of IP litigation, and counsels clients in transactional matters involving the licensing or transfer of IP rights and on the management of global IP portfolios.

Investment Management: For over 30 years, Akin Gump funds lawyers have helped clients navigate complex legal and regulatory challenges and provided commercially focused solutions to their evolving needs. The firm provides comprehensive representation – from initial organization and funding, through managing extraordinary growth – for many of the largest and most prominent funds in the world, including both hedge funds and private equity funds. The firm has represented sponsors, managers and institutional investors in virtually every jurisdiction, including such fast-growing markets as China, India and the Middle East. With teams of multidisciplinary practitioners in 20 offices, spanning seven countries, the firm’s team is committed to supporting clients’ international investment endeavors worldwide.

International Trade: The firm’s lawyers and other professionals provide representation in the areas of antidumping and countervailing duty litigation, custom laws, export controls and economic sanctions, antiboycott laws, trade policy, WTO counseling and dispute resolution proceedings, antibribery and FCPA compliance and other trade proceedings.

Labor & Employment: The firm provides advice and representation to employers regarding all aspects of employment law and labor relations, handling complex class action wage-hour and EEO litigation; high-stakes investigations and counseling matters; and traditional matters such as collective bargaining, union corporate campaigns and represention of management in grievance arbitrations and litigation of contract disputes. The group’s lawyers advise on the labor aspects of major corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and bankruptcies and represent companies in OSHA matters.

Litigation: With more than 300 lawyers, Akin Gump’s litigation group includes attorneys who have served as clerks at every level of the federal and state court systems; members of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; former prosecutors; and former officials at the SEC, FTC, DOJ and many other federal agencies. Akin Gump’s litigators are accustomed to handling matters of exceptional complexity, such as nationwide class actions, parallel civil and administrative proceedings, and nationwide and multidistrict litigation.

Public Law & Policy: Akin Gump has one of the world’s most sophisticated and diverse US and international public law and policy practices, representing corporations, individuals, nonprofits, foreign governments, coalitions and trade associations.


  • Robert S Strauss Building,
  • 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, North West,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036-1564
  • Tel +1 202 887 4000
  • Fax +1 202 887 4288
  • Email : washdcinfo@akingump.com
  • Website : www.akingump.com
  • 2029 Century Park East,
  • Suite 2400,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90067-3010
  • Tel +1 310 229 1000
  • Fax +1 310 229 1001
  • Email : losangelesinfo@akingump.com
  • 633 West Fifth St,
  • Suite 5000,,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071
  • Tel +1 213 254 1200
  • Fax +1 216 254 1201
  • 580 California Street,
  • Suite 1500,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94104-1036
  • Tel +1 415 765 9500
  • Fax +1 415 765 9501
  • Email : sanfranciscoinfo@akingump.com
  • Two Commerce Square,
  • 2001 Market Street,
  • Suite 4100,
  • Philadelphia,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 19103-7013
  • Tel +1 215 965 1200
  • Fax +1 215 965 1210
  • Email : phillyinfo@akingump.com
  • 300 West 6th Street,
  • Suite 1900,
  • Austin,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 78701-3911
  • Tel +1 512 499 6200
  • Fax + 512 499 6290
  • Email : austininfo@akingump.com
  • 1700 Pacific Avenue,
  • Suite 4100,
  • Dallas,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201-4624
  • Tel +1 214 969 2800
  • Fax +1 214 969 4343
  • Email : dallasinfo@akingump.com
  • 1111 Louisiana Street,
  • 44th Floor,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002-5200
  • Tel +1 713 220 5800
  • Fax +1 713 236 0822
  • Email : houstoninfo@akingump.com
  • Austin Bank Building,
  • 911 West Loop 281,
  • Suite 412,
  • Longview,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75604
  • Tel +1 903 297 7400
  • Fax +1 903 297 7402
  • 300 Convent Street,
  • Suite 1500,
  • San Antonio,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 78205-3732
  • Tel +1 210 281 7000
  • Fax +1 210 224 2035
  • Email : sanantonioinfo@akingump.com

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Texas

What the team is known for Strong reputation for expertise in representing creditors and creditor committees, with excellent depth of knowledge of all facets of Chapter 11 cases. Key part of the firm's national bankruptcy practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What impresses me is that they think like businesspeople. They approach a problem and look at all the options, and come up with creative solutions."

"They are very creative and knowledgeable, and have consistently high-caliber attorneys doing sophisticated work." 

Work highlights Represented Geokinetics and affiliated debtors in its prepackaged Chapter 11 case involving $350 million of debt. 

Ongoing representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Nortel Networks following Nortel Networks' bankruptcy. Most recently this has involved handling complex cross-border litigation between the US-based creditors and Nortel's European affiliates concerning the rightful ownership of $7.5 billion funds raised by liquidation.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Gibbs is a standout figure in bankruptcy law, representing lenders, creditors and bondholders. He has particular expertise in the oil and gas and real estate sectors. Sources say he is "exceptional - he's very experienced, so he knows how to manage expectations."

Up-and-comer Sarah Schultz is making her mark as a bankruptcy practitioner, working with both debtors and creditors. Clients say: "She's able to forge relationships with co-counsel for creditors, and those relationships are instrumental in getting a good outcome."

Significant clients TerreStar, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Saint Vincents Catholic Medical Centers, Dougherty Funding, LNR Partners, Ad Hoc Noteholders of Excel Maritime Carriers.

Tax - Texas

What the team is known for Offers advice on a broad range of domestic and international tax matters. Areas of expertise include investments, international and cross-border transactions, employee benefits and tax-exemption.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a great firm from a tax standpoint." 

"They attract very good transactional work." 

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Micciche handles a variety of federal and SALT matters, including partnership formation, acquisitions and divestitures. He is also well regarded for the work he undertakes in the field of controversy and litigation.  

Technology - Texas

What the team is known for Strong ITO and BPO practice covering a wide range of industries, including retail, financial services and telecommunications. Focuses primarily on representing purchasers in outsourcing agreements. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are my first choice for outsourcing deal work. Their work is top quality."

Notable practitioners  

Michael Brito advises clients on a range of BPO and ITO agreements, including telecommunications and cloud services. Clients note that his "attention to detail is incredible" and "he can be counted on to deliver, no matter the timeframe."