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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s New York-based team acts for an enviable client base, including the likes of General Motors, which Arthur Kohn and counsel Kathleen Emberger recently advised on the sale of its transnational Open/Vauxhall business to the PSA group. Elsewhere, Michael Albano was part of the team assisting McCormick & Company with its $4.2bn acquisition of Reckitt Benckiser’s food business. Counsels Caroline Hayday and Mary Alcock are also key names to note alongside Robert Raymond. Laura Bagarella was promoted to counsel. Other notable clients include Google, Verizon and Warburg Pincus, which the team advised on various acquisitions.

The five-partner team at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP represents a client roster that includes Citigroup, PepsiCo, Goldman Sachs and several high-profile executives and management teams in executive compensation and employee benefits issues arising from corporate and M&A transactions. Practice head Edmond FitzGerald recently advised Reckitt Benckiser on its $17.9bn acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition and on the sale of its foods division to McCormick & Co. In the financial space, Veronica Wissel acted for TIAA in its takeover of EverBank, while Jeffrey Crandall intervened in SUEZ’s acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies from GE. Also notable is Jean McLoughlin, who handled the executive compensation aspects of Charoen Pokphand Foods from Centre Partners. All named partners are based in New York.

Huge standoutKirkland & Ellis LLP recently welcomed Michael Falk to its Chicago office from Winston & Strawn LLP; he ‘has an incredible ability to negotiate effectively on very complex issues and keep a business-focused and problem-solving approach’. Among the firm’s recent highlights, Scott Price advised LINN Energy and its affiliates on their emergence from bankruptcy, which involved the restructuring of $8bn of funded indebtedness. Avista also engaged the practice to handle its multibillion-dollar acquisition by Hydro One, and Caesars Entertainment appointed the group to oversee its contentious and high-profile Chapter 11 proceedings. In Chicago, Alexandra Mihalas is the name to note. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s impressive client roster includes names such as Bass Pro Shops, Siemens, Virgin America and The Carlyle Group. In recent highlights, the firm witnessed a number of partner promotions, including Matthew Conway and Julie Crisp in Washington DC and San Francisco respectively. The Chicago-based Robin L. Struve recently advised FMC Technology on its $13bn merger of equals with French company Technip, while Lori Goodman advised Energy Capital Partners on its acquisition of Calpine from the New York office. In Washington DC, the names to note are David Della Rocca and Adam Kestenbaum. The team is headed by New York-based Bradd Williamson, whose recent highlights include a number of notable transactions on behalf of Leonard Green & Partners.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is ‘the best in class’ and provides ‘the best experience for executive compensation advice’, according to one client. The team is based in New York and has a strong track record acting for clients in private and public M&A transactions as well as bankruptcy cases. Team leader Robert Flederhas a deep understanding of his clients’ and is described by one source as ‘the best in the business’. Larry Witdorchic is leading the advice to Qualcomm on its widely publicized $47bn acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, and recently assisted Agrium with its merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. Andrew Gaines acted for Caesars Entertainment in the Chapter 11 filing of one of its subsidiaries, and advised ARIAD Pharmaceuticals on its sale to the Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Named attorneys are based in New York.

The team at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP consists of five partners in New York and Tristan Brown in Palo Alto, and services a client roster including the likes of JPMorgan Chase, Hilton and Microsoft. A team led by Greg Grogan is currently guiding Invitation Homes through its $20bn merger of equals with Starwood Point Homes; Brian Robbins and Andrew Blau recently advised China National Chemical on its acquisition of Syngenta. Also notable was David Rubinsky advising Capsugel on its multi-jurisdictional sale to Lonza, and Larry Moss assisting Teleflex with two separate acquisitions. Senior counsels Erin Murphy in Palo Alto and Jamin Koslowe in New York are also names to note.

Regina Olshan acts as global head of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s executive compensation department and recently led advice to DuPont regarding the sale of its crop protection business to FMC Corporation. Janus Capital and Centene engaged a team led by Erica Schohn to oversee a merger of equals and an asset acquisition transaction, respectively. Also notable is Neil Leff, who is currently advising Mars on its $9.1bn acquisition of VCA. In Palo Alto, the name to note is Joseph Yaffe, who advised Cardinal Health on its acquisition of several businesses from Medtronic. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP recently represented Amazon in its acquisition of Whole Foods, and acted for AT&T in its $108.7bn takeover of Time Warner. Matthew Friestedt is currently advising Bayer on its $7bn pending sale of crop science assets to German company BASF, and is assisting China Oceanwide with its acquisition of Genworth Financial. Also notable are Heather Coleman and Washington DC-based special counsel Rebecca Coccaro, who is part of the team overseeing Praxair’s high-value merger of equals with Linde. The practice is headed by Marc Trevino and also includes special counsel Regina Readling, who counts several international entities in its client roster. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s executive compensation team works intimately with the firm’s renowned M&A practice to handle issues arising from high-value transactions, spin-offs, restructurings and IPOs. Michael Segal, who specializes in representing individual executives and management teams, leads the offering with financial sector expert Jeannemarie O’Brien and Andrea Wahlquist. Adam Shapiro is also a key contact and has strong experience in corporate governance and spin-off transactions.

The team at Baker McKenzie LLP recently saw the promotion of Barbara Klementz to head of the San Francisco and Palo Alto offices and the promotion to counsel of Bianca Lansdown. In recent highlights, the group recently intervened in a number of high-profile, high-value public M&A transactions on behalf of household names in the media and technology spaces. Also notable is the team’s work in the healthcare and life sciences space. Elsewhere, Valerie Diamond advised Hewlett Packard on its acquisition of Nimble - which the firm also represented - as part of Hewlett Packard’s expansion into the flash storage business. Chicago-based Maura Ann McBreen is an expert in single employer, multi-employer and multinational benefit plans. Named individuals are based in San Francisco unless otherwise indicated.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP focuses on executive compensation and benefits matters in the context of M&A transactions, and practice head Eric Hilfers is part of a team advising Disney on its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. He also recently assisted Crown Castle with several transactions, including its $7.1bn acquisition of Lightower from Berkshire Partners and Pamlico Capital. The team regularly assists with significant cross-border mandates, such as Jennifer Conway advising Santander on its takeover of Citigroup’s onshore consumer credit card, consumer brokerage and retail banking businesses in Argentina; Conway also assisted Time Warner with its sale to AT&T. Also noteworthy is Jonathan Katz, who is leading the advice to new client Northrop Grumman with respect to its acquisition of Orbital ATK. Other key clients include Johnson & Johnson, IBM and Brookfield. All named individuals are based in New York.

Known by clients as ‘very service-focused and prompt’, the team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is based in New York and consists of Meir Katz, Lawrence Cagney, the ‘responsive and vastly experiencedElizabeth Pagel Serebransky and Jonathan Lewis. Tribune Media recently engaged the practice to advise on its $6.6bn sale to the Sinclair Broadcast group, and Pagel Serebransky is currently assisting Discovery with its acquisition of Scripps Networks. The group also represents senior executives, management teams and companies such as Walt Disney, Apple and Ralph Lauren in the negotiation of executive compensation agreements. Counsel Michael Snypes recently joined the firm from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and the ‘very knowledgeable and reliable’ Alison Buckley-Serfass was promoted to counsel.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s executive compensation team is known to clients as ‘very responsive, unfailingly thoughtful and comprehensive in its advice’. The ‘excellent’ Washington DC-based Adam Kaminsky recently advised the Sinclair Broadcast group on its acquisition of Tribune Media, and counseled Knight Transportation on its merger with Swift Transportation. Practice head Jeffrey Ross represented AEA Investors in several transactions, and Donald Carleen regularly assists Goldman Sachs. Amy Blackman is also a key name and acted for the Jacobs Engineering group in a number of transactions. Other noteworthy clients include Coach, Humana and Terex. In May 2018 Michael Keats } joined from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a strong caseload in the REIT space and is handling an increasing amount of life sciences-related transactions, as illustrated by Washington DC-based Kurt Lawson’s work for a number of academic medical centers regarding combinations with hospital systems. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Michael Frank in the Silicon Valley office from Sidley Austin LLP, and the promotion to counsel of Michael Applebaum in New York. In Washington DC, Carin Carithers led the advice to the JBG Companies with regard to its merger with Vornado Realty Trust, while New York’s Martha Steinman advised GE Capital on the sale of its domestic select-service hotel franchise finance loan portfolio to Western Alliance Bank. She jointly heads the team with Margaret de Lisser, who also sits in Washington DC; de Lisser advised RLJ Lodging Trust on its merger with FelCor.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Todd Solomon was recently appointed global head of the employee benefits practice, which was strengthened by the arrival of Judith Wethall and Finn Pressly in Chicago from Littler Mendelson, P.C.. Diane Morgenthaler recently advised Evonik on its acquisition of the performance material unit from Air Products & Chemicals, while Lisa Loesel was part of the team which acted for a household name in the food industry in the expansion of its animal healthcare business. Also noteworthy is Boston-based Andrew Liazos, who recently represented a CEO in the sale of their company and the issues surrounding their ‘golden parachute’ agreement. Lawyers named are based in Chicago unless otherwise noted.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team’s recent work includes advising TriMark on the executive compensation aspects of a series of acquisitions of food service equipment and supplies dealers across the country, and advising Southern Light on its sale to the Uniti group. Gary Rothstein also advises individual executives and management on issues arising from transactions and restructurings. The team is jointly led by Steven Spencer in Philadelphia and Craig Bitman in New York, where Gina Lauriero was recently promoted to partner. Amy Pocino Kelly in Philadelphia and Patrick Rehfield in Washington DC are also key names.

Proskauer Rose LLP acts for big corporate entities, senior executives and management teams in the executive compensation issues arising from IPOs and high-end M&A transactions. Washington DC partner Joshua Miller is part of a group advising the likes of Hospitality Investors Trust, Tellurian and BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group on various transactions, as is New York-based Michael Sirkin, whose expertise lies in representing individual executives. Andrea Rattner is also a key contact in New York and Colleen Hart is one of the names to note in Los Angeles. The department is jointly led by Paul Hamburger and Myron Rumeld in Washington DC and New York, respectively.

The lawyers at Shearman & Sterling LLP are ‘conscientious, caring and genuinely concerned’ and clients ‘get great technical, tactical and strategic deal-related advice’. In recent matters, Doreen Lilienfeld advised GE on its merger with Baker Hughes, and the ‘enormously hard-workingJohn Cannon III - whom clients describe as ‘both a reliable stalwart and a star’ - represented numerous management teams and executives, such as Pandora’s CEO, Roger Lynch. Counsel Gillian Moldowan recently joined the firm from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Wells Fargo and State Street appointed a group led by Linda Rappaport to act as independent counsel to their board of directors. Counsel George Spera is also a key contact. All attorneys named are based in New York.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s corporate-driven practice handles the executive compensation and employee benefits issues surrounding M&A transactions, restructurings and bankruptcy filings for a client roster including Sanofi, Walgreens Boots Alliance and SoftBank. The transaction committee of the board of directors of Reynolds American engaged the firm to oversee its $60.5bn sale to BAT, and practice head Paul Wessel is advising Scripps Networks on its merger with Discovery. Amy Rubin is acting for Westinghouse Electric in its Chapter 11, and recently assisted InVentiv Health with its $4.6bn merger of equals with INC Research. Sarah Downie and Michael Nissan are also names to note. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Winston & Strawn LLP recently expanded its offering with the addition of 12 partners - including 10 from McDermott Will & Emery LLP - and two counsels to its Washington DC, New York and Chicago offices. In recent highlights, New York-based practice co-head Scott Landau led advice to Verizon with regard to its high-profile acquisition of Yahoo!, while Chicago-based Joe Adams and Amy Gordon advised a household-name pharmaceutical company on the executive compensation issues arising from a number of high-value transactions. Nancy Gerrie co-heads the practice from the Chicago office and New York-based Nyron Persaud is also a name to note.

Dechert LLP’s Andrew Oringer is ‘a remarkable ERISA lawyer’ and heads the executive compensation practice alongside Philadelphia-based David Jones, who recently acted for Ipsen in its acquisition of global oncology assets from Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. New York-based Stephen Skonieczny advised Lexmark on the sale of its enterprise software business, Kofax, to a newly formed entity affiliated with Thomas Bravo, while Philadelphia-based Eric Rubin assisted ECN Capital with the sale of various of its assets, including its commercial aviation business. Other noteworthy clients include KKR, Credit Suisse and Monster Worldwide. In June 2018, Steven Rabitz joined in New York from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Clients rely on Washington DC-based Groom Law Group to ‘answer the toughest questions regarding federal regulations and board fiduciary duties’, providing ‘a clear advantage in making daring and successful decisions’. David Levineknows governmental plans better than any attorney’ and recently oversaw a number of corporate divestiture and spin-off transactions alongside Jennifer Eller, executive compensation practice head Jeff Kroh and Jeff Witt. The practice - which also features Seth Perretta and Jon Breyfogle - has a strong track record in advising benefit and retirement service providers on mergers and transactions.

The team at Jones Dayis simply the best in the business’ and comprises ‘national experts in all areas’, according to one client. Known for their ‘great attention to detail’ and ‘great sense of humor’, the executive compensation lawyers are led by Daniel Hagen and Evan Miller from the New York and Washington DC offices, respectively. Recent highlights include advising Parker Hannifin on its acquisition of Clarcor and representing Reynolds American in the sale of its remaining shares to BAT. The practice recently welcomed Victor Chang to its Washington DC office from Ivins, Phillips & Barker and Laura Bader from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago. Other notable contacts include Cleveland’s Tricia Eschbach-Hall, who led advice to Sherwin-Williams on its $11.3bn takeover of the Valspar Corporation.

Domnick Bozzetti in New York and Paul Borden are the key names in Morrison & Foerster LLP’s executive compensation practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of of counsel Linda Barrett in the Palo Alto office from an investment management agency. In recent highlights, Renesas engaged the group to advise on its acquisition of Intelsil, and of counsel Yana Johnson is part of the team currently assisting Mobileye regarding its takeover by Intel. The team also handled the executive compensation issues arising out of a Chapter 11 filing of a technology consulting firm. Of counsels Ali Nardali and Amanda Hines Gold are also noteworthy contacts. Named individuals are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.

The ‘overall level of service is exceptional’ at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where the ‘executive compensation team has a deep bench and several sub-areas of expertise which clients can call on for specific issues’. Jonathan Ocker and Juliano Banuelos ‘are both outstanding lawyers’; they recently teamed up with New York’s Laura Becking to advise Visa on its post-merger HR and employee benefits issues. Other notable clients include the former CEO, chairman and president of Etsy, Nvidia, Facebook and Snap, the last of which Becking has been assisting in relation to its global expansion transactions. Named individuals are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.

New York-based Susan Serota leads the practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP. The group’s enviable client roster includes names such as AT&T, Tiffany & Co and Chevron. In Los Angeles, Mark Jones was part of a team advising BancWest - a subsidiary of BNP Paribas - on its spin-off from First Hawaiian, and assisted Synnex with its acquisition of Westcon Comstor’s North American and Latin American business from Datatec. Also noteworthy in the New York office is Peter Hunt, who advised Headwaters on its sale to Boral. Silicon Valley-based Cindy Schlaefer re-joined the firm after a sabbatical, while Dan Stellenberg departed for Paul Hastings LLP.

In recent highlights, Ropes & Gray LLP acted for healthcare investment fund CRG regarding the executive compensation and ERISA issues surrounding the closure of CRG Partners III, and advised China Oceanwide on the regulatory compliance aspects of its acquisition of Data Group and its subsidiaries. Key names to note include Jennifer Rikoski, Loretta Richard and William Jewett, who oversaw State Street’s sale of its interest in Boston Financial Data Services. Renata Ferrari heads the team with Richard, and New York-based Alexandra Alperovich is also noted. Named individuals are based in Boston unless otherwise indicated.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s service ‘is always top-notch’ and its executive compensation lawyers are ‘consistently responsive with thoughtful advice and a deep understanding of the issues at hand’. Shane Tucker (who advised Milestone on its sale to Starwood Capital and is assisting a technology company with its anticipated IPO) and Vanessa Griffithare particularly great at what they do’. David D’Alessandro leads the team and is currently overseeing Rice Energy’s merger with EQT Corporation, while Brian Bloom is guiding AltaGas through its merger agreement with WGL Holdings. Above-named attorneys are based in Dallas, while Stephen Jacobson is a name to note in Houston.

White & Case LLP’s team has a strong track record advising on the executive compensation and ERISA aspects of corporate and capital markets transactions. Practice head Henrik Patel advised Sempra Energy on its $18.8bn acquisition of Energy Future Holdings. He also recently acted for NeuroDerm in its all-cash sale to Japanese company Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, and teamed up with counsel Kenneth Barr to advise Anthem on its now-terminated $52.4bn agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation. Victoria Rosamond, Tal Marnin and Silicon Valley’s Jeffrey Ii (who are all counsel) are also names to note. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

The service clients receive at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is ‘incredible’. The executive compensation lawyers are ‘very accurate, responsive and knowledgeable, raise applicable issues and give sound advice on structuring and compliance’. Jordan Messinger is ‘by far the best’, according to one client; he recently acted for Level 3 in its sale to CenturyLink. Michael Katz advised Colony Capital on its merger of equals with NorthStar Asset Management and NorthStar Realty Finance, while Mark Holdsworth represented Fidelity National Information Services in two transactions including the sale of its majority ownership stake in Capco to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is particularly strong in assisting public companies in the media and entertainment and energy spaces with their corporate governance issues. Dallas partner Eric Winwood acted for a group of investors led by Hunt Power regarding the tax and employee benefits issues arising from the conversion of Energy Future Holdings into a REIT structure, while Houston-based Mark Bodron advised Westar on its merger of equals with Great Plains Energy. On the media front, Rob Fowler - who is also based in Houston - handled Liberty Media’s acquisition of Formula One, and oversaw the sale of Starz to Lions Gate. Other notable clients include Halliburton, AT&T and Shell.

Bracewell LLP services a client base comprising leading players in the energy and natural resources arenas and recently assisted Great Plains Energy with the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of its high-profile amended merger agreement with Westar under the leadership of practice head Bruce Jocz. Elsewhere, Pembina appointed a team headed by Scott Sanders to oversee its acquisition of Veresen, while Hydro One sought the group’s advice on its takeover of Avista. Senior counsel Allison Perry is also a key contact and represented a board of directors in a merger transaction. Other notable clients include HPS Investment Partners and Parsley Energy. All mentioned attorneys are based in Houston.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s ‘ERISA and trading advice is top of the line’, according to one client; the ‘team is very responsive and composed of knowledgeable subject matter experts whose advice reflects deep industry experience’. David Teigman recently joined the firm from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and led the advice to investment firm Mantle Ridge with regard to its investment in CSX Corporation. Other notable highlights include representing Pershing Square Capital Management in its $4m investment in Automatic Data Processing, and acting for Genpact in its acquisition of OnSource. James Frazier is also a name to note. All named individuals are based in New York.

The multidisciplinary practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) recently welcomed hedge fund specialist Adrienne Scerbak to its New York office from an in-house position at Sony. In recent highlights, the team advised Server Technology on its sale to the France-based Legrand Holdings, and assisted Arsenal Capital Partners with the sale of its portfolio company, Certara, to EQT VII Fund. The main names to note are Rita Patel, who sits in Washington DC, Chicago-based Rich Ashley III, and Cisco Palao-Ricketts in Silicon Valley.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides a deal-driven, full-service offering which recently advised Ford on its $1bn investment in a joint venture aimed at developing self-driving vehicles. The main name to note in Palo Alto is Stephen Fackler, who has experience acting for senior executives and management teams as well as companies; he co-heads the practice with Washington DC’s Michael Collins, who represented Berkshire Hathaway Energy in its acquisition of Energy Future Holdings and its 80% interest in Oncor Electric. Sean Feller continues to act for Amazon in the executive compensation and employee benefits issues arising from its corporate transactions, and is currently assisting Market Track with its sale to Vista Equity Partners.

Goodwin recently advised Monogram Residential Trust on its $3bn acquisition by newly formed fund led by Greystar Real Estate Partners and its capital partners. Natascha George led the advice to Pamplona Capital with regard to the ERISA and regulatory issues arising from its acquisition of BakeMark, while James Mattus oversaw Albany Molecular Research’s sale to Carlyle Group. The practice is led by Scott Webster, and Lynda Galligan in Silicon Valley is also a key name. Sarah Bock was recently promoted to partner. Attorneys mentioned are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

The versatile multidisciplinary team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP represents companies, management teams and individuals executives from its Houston office. Among recent highlights, Matthew Grunert advised Tokyo Gas America on its acquisition of a 30% equity interest in Castleton Resources, and Anthony Eppert acted for the executive team of Sable Permian through the company’s restructuring. Associate Emily Cabrera is also a key contact.

Mayer Brown’s executive compensation team is largely based in Chicago but is led by Maureen Gorman, who splits her time between Palo Alto and New York. CIBC appointed a team led by Ryan Liebl to oversee its $3.8bn acquisition of PrivateBancorp, while Debra Hoffman advised Isle of Capri Casinos on its merger with another public company. Wells Fargo, UBS, Caterpillar and the Wendy’s Company also feature among the group’s enviable client roster. Lennine Occhino is also a key name to note.

Paul Hastings LLP recently welcomed Dan Stellenberg to its Palo Alto office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; he recently acted for GI Partners and its portfolio company in their acquisition of ViaWest. Los Angeles’ Stephen Harris advised Samsung on its $8bn acquisition of connected car specialist Harman International, while Washington DC-based Eric Keller advised Eli Lilly & Company on its takeover of Boehringer Ingelheim’s animal vaccine business. Also notable in Washington DC is Mark Poerio, for whom The Economist Group is a longstanding client. Other notable firm clients are Ford, Sony, RBS and Electrolux.

Thomas Desmond and Kelly Starr lead Vedder Price’s executive compensation and employee benefits practice from Chicago, where Daniel Lange joined from Dentons. The group has recently acted for corporate entities such as the Thompson Pipe Group, which it assisted with the acquisition of Forterra’s US concrete and steel pressure pipe assets, and individual clients such as the management team of a leading human resources services provider in the drafting and negotiation of long-term incentive and compensation schemes. Patrick Spangler, who is also based in Chicago, advised PrivateBancorp on its merger with CIBC. Scott Adamson is the name to note in Los Angeles and Stewart Reifler sits in New York.

One client describes Arent Fox LLP as ‘superb, excellent and any other exemplary adjective’, and the executive compensation lawyers ‘are extremely responsive and stay current in their fields’. The main names to note in the Washington DC-based team are Quana Jew and Bill Charyk, who ‘complement each other and can take extremely dense subject matters to the client in a straightforward way’. Clients such as Monsanto, RTI International and CEB appointed the practice to advise on notable transactions, including CEB’s sale to Gartner. Other notable clients include Lacoste, Catholic Charities USA, AARP and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Baker & Hostetler LLP represents clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, technology and media. Georgeanne Peters and Raymond Malone jointly head the team from Columbus and Cleveland respectively, and are experienced assisting clients with deferred compensation and 409A compliance. Notable clients include Scripps Networks, TRW Automotive and Trinity Health.

Choate, Hall & Stewart’s executive compensation team works intimately with the firm’s tax department and has recently been handling a strong international caseload. Described by one client as ‘the absolute best’, the Boston-based group is led by Louis Merritt. In recent highlights, Arthur Meyers - whose ‘responsiveness and excellence is unmatched by other firms’ - acted for Riverside Partners in its leveraged acquisition of a security alarm business from Keyser Capital, a subsidiary of the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Counsel Wells Miller is also a key name and the advice to PRWireless with regard to its decision to combine its business with Sprint in Puerto Rico.

The executive compensation team at Clifford Chance advises on cross-border M&A, individual compensation schemes and collateralized loan obligation (CLO) transactions. The group recently represented Cristal in the sale of its domestic and international titanium dioxide business to Tronox, and acted for Credit Suisse as portfolio management in a series of restructuring, CLO and refinancing transactions. Howard Adler leads the practice and assisted Informa with its acquisition of Penton Media from Wasserstein & Co and MidOcean Partners. Counsel Paul Koppel joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Other notable clients include several individual executives, S&P Global and Hearst. Mentioned attorneys are based in New York.

Dentons’ team is led from the Kansas City and Washington DC offices by Martin Moderson and Michael Maryn respectively. The group recently advised DoubleVerify on its sale to Providence Equity Partners, and assisted an electronic entertainment company with its acquisition of the equity interests of a video game developer. Other noteworthy clients include McDonald’s, Singing River Health System, Hewlett Packard and H&R Block. Pamela Baker and Frank VanderPloeg transitioned to of counsel roles in the firm’s Chicago office.

Jenner & Block LLP’s Matthew Renaud is praised as ‘excellent’ by clients and was part of the team advising Hertz on its spin-off transaction which separated its car rental business from its equipment rental business. In other highlights, Raymond Sinnappan and Sarah Haddy oversaw the establishment of a VEBA and retiree health plan as part of a bankruptcy filing, and Tony Ling led the advice to Clementia Pharmaceuticals with regard to its IPO. General Dynamics and SPX Corporation also feature among the firm’s noteworthy clients. Will Wilder recently joined the group as counsel from Seyfarth Shaw LLP. All named individuals are based in Chicago.

King & Spalding LLP’s full-service offering is led by Kenneth Raskin, who is currently advising Jamestown Properties on the ERISA aspects of its investments and several high-end acquisitions across the nation. Raskin also acted for the CEO and senior management team of Nature’s Bounty regarding KKR’s purchase of a majority stake in the company from Carlyle Group, and advised on a number of Chapter 11s on behalf of a multinational technology company. Laura Westfall has significant expertise in ACA and healthcare benefits and was recently promoted to the partnership. The firm’s client roster also includes names such as Morgan Stanley, General Motors and JW Aluminum. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Reed Smith LLP’s John Martini advised a medical technologies company on all executive compensation and employee benefits issues relating to its high-profile merger with another such company, and acted for a major security systems clients in its merger agreement with a multinational auto parts company with respect to its 409A compliance, the establishment of new equity compensation agreements, corporate governance issues and PBGC negotiations. Martini is based in Philadelphia and Don Wellington recently joined the firm from Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Los Angeles.

Of counsel Bruce Gallant recently joined the New York office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP from JPMorgan Chase, adding depth to the firm’s executive compensation practice. Also based in New York is Marissa Holob, who is representing an ad hoc group of first and second lien debt holders with regard to the Chapter 11 filing of technology company Avaya. Other key clients include HSBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo. In June 2018, former practice head Steven Rabitz moved to Dechert LLP.

Washington DC-based Scott Kilgore and Boston-based Amy Null and Kimberly Wethly are the names to note at WilmerHale. In recent highlights, Null led the advice to Analog Devices with regard to its $14.8bn acquisition of Linear Technology, and Wethly acted for Blue Apron Holdings in its IPO. Amundi Pioneer also engaged the group to oversee the sale of Pioneer Investment Management - now known as Amundi Pioneer - to Amundi. Other notable clients include Bose, State Street and Red Hat.

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