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DLA Piper LLP (US)'s 'responsive and communicative practice' fields lawyers with sector expertise in a range of industries, including technology, life sciences, healthcare and real estate; the practice is also experienced in deals involving franchising and distribution, insurance, manufacturing, and business and financial services. It acts in a variety of complex transactions, including stock-for-stock mergers, management buyouts, tender offers, proxy contests, cross-border acquisitions, and divisional purchases and sales; the team also advises special committees of boards on contests for control, including hostile bids and proxy contests, and assists with diligence and structuring issues, including tax, antitrust and IP. Active key clients include Sodexo, Grand Canyon Education, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and ASB Capital Management. New York-based US M&A chair Jonathan Klein assisted Sodexo, a Paris-based global food services and facilities management company, with its acquisition of Centerplate, a US-based sports and entertainment venue hospitality provider; Phoenix's US education sector chair David Lewis led advice to Grand Canyon Education on its sale of Grand Canyon University (GCU) to a nonprofit entity, which led to GCU becoming one of the largest nonprofit universities in the country; Chicago partner Andrew Weil acted for Rolls-Royce Power Systems in the sale of its Germany-based fuel injector business, L'Orange, to US-based Woodward; and co-global private equity chair and co-US corporate group chair Joseph Alexander Jr, who divides his time between Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and New York, advised ASB Capital Management, one of the largest institutional investment management firms in the Washington DC area, on the sale of Infomart Data Centers' Dallas operations to Equinix, which included the Infomart Dallas building. Other key advisers include US corporate co-chair John Gilluly, who divides his time between Houston, Austin and Dallas, San Diego office managing partner Jeff Baglio, and co-chair of the Northern California corporate and finance practice Eric Wang, who is based in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Recent growth for the Austin corporate practice saw the firm hire a team of six former Jackson Walker, L.L.P. partners, who advise institutional investors on investments and secondary transactions; Steven Bartz, who is experienced in fund formation, private equity, joint ventures and strategic alliances, joined the Dallas office from Thompson & Knight LLP; and Kevin Grant, who acts for strategic and financial buyers and sellers in both US domestic and cross-border M&A, and Emilio Ragosa were recruited in New Jersey from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where Ragosa led the corporate group in the Princeton office. Also of note, Thomas Gaynor and Jinjian Huang joined the San Francisco office in 2019.

K&L Gates has 'a fully integrated team in terms of geographies for international deals as well as top-quality partners and associates that are involved at the right time to give spot-on analysis of issues'. The practice handles bet-the-company deals for significant middle-market and emerging growth companies and private equity firms, as well as mid-sized and large transactions for global corporations. It has particular deal strength in fintech and financial services, emerging companies, technology, healthcare and life sciences, along with advanced manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and natural resources, and transportation and logistics. High-profile clients include Microsoft, Halliburton and Patricia Industries. New York-based Robert Zinn, Chicago’s Mark McMillan, Rick Giovannelli in Charlotte and Seattle-based Annette Becker serve as firmwide leaders for the corporate and transactional practice, while James Lee (also in New York) leads the firm’s private equity practice. In a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.2bn, McMillan advised II-VI Incorporated, which develops and manufactures engineered materials on its merger agreement to acquire optical communications developer Finisar; Lee assisted Patricia Industries with the acquisition of a majority stake in healthcare product specialty distributor Sarnova Holdings (Sarnova) from Water Street Healthcare Partners and Sarnova's founder; and Zinn acted for Honeybee Robotics in the sale of all of its outstanding stock to a subsidiary of Ensign-Bickford Industries. Additional highlights included acting as co-counsel with a New York-headquartered international law firm for The Weir Group, which provides engineering solutions for the minerals, oil and gas, power and industrial markets, in its acquisition of Portland-based ESCO, which manufactures engineered metal wear parts and components. Other notable advisers are New York's Calvina Bostick, who focuses on M&A, private equity investments and other business transactions, and Whitney Smith, whose particular focus is the pharmaceuticals industry; elsewhere, Stephan Coonrod in Seattle is highly rated for acquisitions, venture capital investments, cross-border transactions, trade issues and technology transfers. An associate to note is Leah Baucom in Charlotte, who focuses on M&A, private equity and general corporate matters.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a particularly strong reputation for transactions involving the energy, manufacturing, chemicals, healthcare, life sciences, and food and drink sectors, with the client list including Irving Oil, Oskar Blues Brewery Holding, Steward Health Care System, Amazon and Comvest Partners. The New York practice is noted for public company deals and major cross-border mandates; Todd Finger led advice to Oskar Blues Brewery Holding in its acquisition of Deep Ellum Brewing, a Dallas-based independent craft brewery, and Timothy Alvino (together with the firm's London office) acted as deal counsel to Irving Oil in its acquisition of the Tedcastle group of companies. David Goldman is another highly rated New York contact. Elsewhere, the Chicago corporate group is highly regarded for public and private equity deals and the office's John Tamisiea recently acted for Allscripts Healthcare Solutions in its agreement to acquire HealthGrid Holding Company, a mobile enterprise patient engagement platform business; and the Texas transactional team is well known for deals in the telecoms and technology sectors. In other offices, the Boston team has a strong reputation for its life sciences sector work, the Washington DC practice is led by highly-experienced partner Thomas Conaghan and handles deals in the alcoholic beverage and renewable energy industries, and the Miami corporate group, led by Harris Siskind, assists serial private equity acquirers. Together with the Chicago office, the Miami group advised longstanding client Comvest Partners, a middle-market private equity investment firm, on several transactions, including its acquisitions of Spinrite, the largest consumer craft yarn company in North America, and Dura Medic, which specializes in cost elimination programs for hospitals and healthcare providers. Other Miami contacts include Roy Larson and Frederic Levenson.

Norton Rose Fulbright was recently focused on growing its corporate and M&A capabilities in New York, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with the adding of lateral partners and non-partners.The team advises a vast range of buyers, sellers, financial investors, and investment banks on domestic and cross-border M&A in the public and private sphere, including disposals, transactions, regulatory matters, corporate governance, shareholder activism and general commercial and corporate advisory issues. Dallas' Glen Hettinger is corporate, M&A and securities head and his industry expertise crosses retail, energy, asset management, banking, hi-tech and gaming; Houston-based Gene Lewis is US business practice head; and Sheldon Nussbaum co-chairs the corporate, banking and business department in the New York office. New York co-partner-in-charge Steve Suzzan advised (alongside the firm's London office) a gold mining business on its merger with another gold mining company; also in New York, Charles Hord III assisted an infrastructure private equity firm with the acquisition of electric power generation and distribution businesses; Kessar Nashat acted for an electric power company in its acquisition of power generation assets; and David Barrett, who has extensive experience with transactions involving financial institutions, financial services firms and fintech businesses, advised a private equity firm on the sale of all its ownership interests in an insurance broker. The New York office also acted for an energy company, on the acquisition of an oil sands entity and Dallas' Bryn Sappington advised an oil and gas exploration and production company on its merger with another oil and gas company. Brian Fenske is a key Houston practitioner.

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WilmerHale is highly rated for its advice to technology, life sciences, financial services and defense clients in the US and Europe. The corporate lawyers are experienced in M&A, venture capital, public offerings, strategic alliances, private equity, corporate governance matters and assisting startup companies through all phases of their life cycles. Notable clients are Akamai Technologies, Analogic, PTC Therapeutics and Regal Entertainment Group. Jay Bothwick, who has over three decades of experience advising clients on complex transactions, and Hal Leibowitz , who is widely respected for his assistance to technology, life sciences and services companies, co-chair the M&A practice group; and Mick Bain co-chairs the corporate practice group. Andrew Bonnes and Leibowitz acted for Analogic, a provider of healthcare and security solutions, in its sale to Altaris Capital Partners, a private investment firm; Joseph Conahan advised Braintree Laboratories, a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company, on its sale to Sebela Pharmaceuticals, which develops prescription pharmaceuticals; Washington DC-based Stephanie Evans, whose clients include private and public companies in a variety of industries, assisted Educational Testing Service, a nonprofit developer of assessment tests, with its sale of Prometric, a test development and delivery provider, to Baring Private Equity Asia; and Keith Trammell in Denver advised Vail Resorts on its purchase of Triple Peaks, which manages and operates ski and golf resorts. Other key advisers are Jason Kropp, who is focused on public offerings and public company representation, and advising venture-backed companies and venture capital investors, and Palo Alto's Joseph Wyatt, whose clients span the technology and biotech sectors. Chris Barnstable-Brown in New York and Palo Alto's Eric Hanson are key counsels. Named attorneys are based in Boston, unless otherwise stated.

Winston & Strawn LLP's M&A attorneys 'provide prompt attention and replies; they are very efficient and catch up quickly on topics'. The team is highly regarded for its advice to public and private companies, financial institutions, investors and emerging companies on high-profile cross-border deals, take-private transactions, carve-outs, distressed acquisitions and restructurings. Key clients include CORE Industrial Partners, Synaptics and DHI Group. Significant matters included Bruce Toth's advice to NGL Energy Partners on the sale of its remaining Retail Propane business to Superior Plus; Oscar David (a former chair of the firm’s M&A, securities and corporate governance practice) assisting Motorola Solutions with its acquisition of Plant Holdings, which holds the Airbus DS Communications business, from Airbus Defense and Space; and New York's Joel Rubinstein, who chairs the capital markets practice, advising Landcadia Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company, on entering into a definitive merger agreement for a $390m business combination with Waitr, a restaurant platform for online food ordering and delivery. Matthew Bergmann and Washington DC's Christopher Zochowski co-chair the M&A practice, New York-based Dominick DeChiara chairs the corporate department, and Eva Davis in Los Angeles and Bradley Vaiana co-chair the private equity practice. Other key names are New York-based Latin America practice co-chairs Allen Miller, who 'has great knowledge and experience', and Talbert Navia. Also highly rated are Morton Grosz and Kevin Smith (both also in New York), Gregory Bynan, Brian Schafer,  Matthew Costigan, Steven Gavin, James Junewicz (who divides his time between the Chicago and New York offices), Richard Wynne in Houston, and Dallas-based Thomas Hughes. Growth in the practice included the hiring in New York of Jared Manes and Uri Doron from Jenner & Block LLP and Thomas Trimble in Washington DC from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Doron led advice to US company Knoll on the $300m acquisition of Danish design company Muuto. Named attorneys are in Chicago unless otherwise stated; Robert Rawn  exited for Jenner & Block LLP.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's corporate team assists high-profile companies and investment funds with complex M&A transactions, including buyouts, distressed transactions, shareholder activist campaigns and company defenses. The client list includes Alliance Data Systems, AT&T, Diamondback Energy and 7-Eleven. Other clients include EagleClaw Midstream Ventures (a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners), for whom the team advised on its agreement to acquire Caprock Midstream Holdings for $950m. It also acted for the conflicts committee of Valero Energy Partners, a master limited partnership, in its merger with Valero Energy Corporation, a Fortune 50 refinery company; and large deal highlights included advising long-time client Kingston Technology, as a member of the consortium that acquired Toshiba Memory Corporation for approximately $18bn. In New York, Jeffrey Kochian leads the firm’s corporate practice and Kerry Berchem is highly rated for net-operating-loss-driven transactions designed to leverage deferred tax assets. Elsewhere, Rick Burdick, who splits his time between Washington DC and London, is the managing partner for the firm’s international offices and the co-head of the firm’s transactional practices; Houston's John Goodgame advises on high-profile energy M&A; Los Angeles-based Frank Reddick is experienced in M&A, corporate finance and public company representations; Daniel Fisher divides his time between Washington DC and New York and is focused on special situations; and Thomas Yang in Dallas is noted for M&A involving both strategic deals and private equity funds. Robert Shearer joined the energy practice in Houston from Baker & Hostetler LLP, while private equity specialists Adam Weinstein and Tony Feuerstein joined Sidley Austin LLP in New York.

Baker & Hostetler LLP is widely recognized for its strength in domestic and cross-border corporate and M&A middle-market matters, but the practice is also experienced in large transactions. It covers advice to industrial companies that support the automotive, aerospace and chemical sectors as well as healthcare-related clients, media and technology companies, oil and gas and energy businesses, and private equity firms. Active key clients include ECN Capital, Cardinal Health, The E W Scripps Company, Toyota Motor North America, and Barnes and Noble Education. The team recently advised ECN Capital, which specializes in equipment financing, on three major transactions, including its acquisition of a majority interest in Kessler Financial Services, doing business as The Kessler Group; and assisted longstanding client and American broadcasting entity EW Scripps Company, an American broadcasting company, in several transactions, including its acquisition of the Katz broadcast networks and its sale of five radio stations in Oklahoma. The practice also acted for Northfield Park Associates (NPA), which owns and operates a premier horse racetrack, in the sale of NPA's LLC interests to MGM Growth Properties, a REIT. The co-leaders of the M&A team are Ronald Stepanovic (who also heads the private equity practice) in Cleveland and Steven Goldberg (who also chairs the New York office's business group). John Gherlein is another key Cleveland contact and Ian Cohen in New York is an associate to note.

Cooley LLP handles repeat buy-side M&A work for high-growth public and mature private companies as well as sell-side work for private and public companies. The practice stands out for deals involving the technology, life sciences, medical device and healthcare, consumer, education, defense and media industries. Key active clients are Clearlake Capital, Jive Communications, SiteLink Software and RockRose Energy. Mehdi Khodadad in Palo Alto advised Clearlake Capital, an investment firm focused on private equity and special situation transactions, on its recent acquisition of software solutions company Perforce Software; also in Palo Alto, Steven Tonsfeldt led advice to FareHarbor, a reservation platform for tours, activities, rentals and attractions, on its sale to Booking Holdings, known globally for online travel and related services. Elsewhere, Meredith Beuchaw in New York acted for cloud-based HR company PeopleDoc on its sale to Ultimate Software, an American technology company that develops and sells UltiPro, a cloud-based human capital management solution for businesses. The M&A chairs are San Diego-based M&A Barbara Borden and Jamie Leigh in San Francisco; Borden advised Perella Weinberg Partners, as financial advisers to clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Cascadian Therapeutics (CT), on CT's sale to Seattle Genetics, and Leigh acted for Shipt, an online same-day delivery platform, in its $550m sale to Target. Other highly rated advisers are co-fintech chair Al Brown in Boston, Washington DC-based Kevin Mills, New York's Ron Hopkinson and San Francisco-based Eric Schwartzman and Ben Beerle.

Dentons' corporate and M&A practice advises multinational corporations, Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, and privately-held companies, and it has particular strength in regulated industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, energy and financial services. Notable clients are BlueArc Capital Partners, E-Mart and Novus International. Alongside the firm's Paris and London offices, the New York team advised Lactalis Group on its acquisition of the global nutritional business of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings; and in a large outbound investment made by a Czech group in the US, it acted for PFNonwovens, a member of the Prague-based R2G Rohan nonwovens group, in its agreement to acquire First Quality Nonwovens and First Quality Nonwovens (Wuxi). Additional highlights included assisting Chippewa Capital Partners with a complex bankruptcy acquisition of the ERP Group of Companies, and advising Bolder Healthcare Solutions, which provides revenue cycle management solutions to healthcare organizations, on the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to Cognizant. Michael Cochran is the US corporate practice head and divides his time between Atlanta and New York, and Michael Froy in Chicago, who co-chairs the global corporate practice, is particularly noted for his advice to manufacturers and regulated businesses, such as those in the energy, healthcare and insurance fields. Also key are Kristen Beystehner, who divides her time between Atlanta and New York, and Douglas Eingurt in Atlanta; Kansas City's Joshua Fisher and Jeffrey Sivek in Washington DC are notable managing associates. Former US corporate practice leader Stephan Mallenbaum is now at Seeger Weiss LLP.

Fenwick & West LLP is 'incredibly responsive, with broad experience in tech sector M&A'. Others praise 'the team of highly expert lawyers, who are efficient and have an impact upon business strategy and execution'. It stands out for its advice to technology and life sciences companies; it regularly advises both large serial acquirers and highly innovative target companies that are bought as strategic acquisitions. High-profile clients are BitTorrent, Cisco Systems, Cloudera, Coinbase, Facebook, Github and Symantec. The team acted for GitHub, a web-based hosting service, in its sale to Microsoft, which was reportedly one of the largest US venture capital-backed acquisitions of the last 10 years; assisted Cloudera, a US-based software company, with its all-stock merger of equals with Hortonworks, which provides global data management platforms, services and solutions; and advised Corium International, a biopharmaceutical company focused on specialty transdermal products, on its agreement to be acquired by Gurnet Point Capital. Also of note, Mountain View-based David Healy and David Michaels acted for Silver Spring Networks, a provider of smart grid products, in its sale to Itron, a global technology and services company. The M&A co-chairs are San Francisco-based Douglas Cogen and Kris Withrow in Mountain View, and Ethan Skerry and Ken Myers are highly regarded New York advisers; Myers 'commands confidence in negotiations with a friendly demeanor but solid background and thorough understanding of the issues'. Cogen and Myers recently advised longstanding client Cisco on six acquisitions, including its acquisition of both Duo Security, an information security and software-as-a-service company, and global communication software and service provider, BroadSoft. In San Francisco, Scott Behar and Bomi Lee were promoted to the partnership, while Stephen Fisher in Mountain View is a highly regarded associate. Gregory Roussel left for Latham & Watkins LLP's Silicon Valley office and Scott Joachim joined Goodwin in Silicon Valley and New York.

Goodwin has extensive experience advising buyers and sellers on high-value and high-profile corporate and M&A transactions, and the practice has sector expertise in technology, life sciences, REITs and financial institutions, as well as private equity buyouts; it also handles hostile M&A deals. Significant clients are AMAG Pharmaceuticals, AppNexus, Fresenius Medical Care North America, Centerview Partners and Brookfield Properties. Stuart Cable, who currently serves as the chair of the M&A and corporate finance practices for the technology and life sciences business units, is 'a truly outstanding expert in navigating complex deals through the various gates and is able to balance sometimes quixotic legal requirements with practical solutions'; and John Egan III acted for AppNexus, a global internet technology company, in its definitive agreement to be acquired by American multinational conglomerate AT&T. Other significant highlights included the team advising the independent transaction committee of the board of directors of Sprint on its merger with wireless network operator T-Mobile US; and acting for sports uniform retailer Varsity Brands Holding on its sale to Bain Capital Private Equity. Lisa Haddad, who is particularly focused on public company M&A, corporate and securities expert John Haggerty and Deborah Birnbach, whose clients include healthcare, life sciences, technology and financial services companies, jointly chair the firm’s public M&A and corporate governance practice. Also highly rated are joint REITs and real estate M&A chair Gil Menna, David Cappillo, Michael Patrone and Jared Fine; Scott Joachim was hired for the Silicon Valley and New York offices from Fenwick & West LLP. Named advisers are in Boston unless otherwise stated.

King & Spalding LLP's experience includes acquisitions and divestitures of public and private companies, joint ventures and going-private transactions, and it advises investment bankers on facilitating deals. Other areas of strength are anti-takeover strategies, solicited and unsolicited acquisition offers, and tender offers and proxy contests. The firm also has a significant private equity practice as well as sector expertise in energy and infrastructure, real estate, healthcare and life sciences, business services, and technology and telecoms. Active key clients are Energizer, Transocean, Roper Technologies, Brookfield Infrastructure Group and The Coca-Cola Company. The team acted for Energizer in its proposed acquisition of the global battery and portable lighting business of Spectrum Brands; and advised Roper Technologies on the agreement to divest its transmission electron microscope business to multinational biotechnology product development company, Thermo Fisher Scientific. In other matters, the team assisted Brookfield Infrastructure Group with its acquisition from AT&T of 32 internet data centers in 12 countries. James Woolery in New York leads the firm’s M&A and corporate governance practices; key Atlanta names are global corporate practice leader Raymond Baltz Jr, William Calvin Smith III, Rahul Patel, Russell Richards and Keith Townsend. Judy O’Brien and Laura Bushnell are notable Silicon Valley contacts. Significant growth includes Jonathan Melmed joining the New York office as co-chair of the global private equity practice from Morrison & Foerster LLP, while Washington DC-based Alan Noskow and Brian Ashin, formerly of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, were hired in the corporate, finance and investments practice group.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a particularly strong showing in technology and life sciences deals, and recently advised semiconductor solutions provider Microsemi on its $8.4bn sale to Microchip Technology. It also advised Augury, an AI-based machine health solution provider with offices in Israel, and New York, on its acquisition of New York-based data startup Alluvium; Silicon Valley's Einat Meisel led on this matter. Silicon Valley-based corporate co-chair Warren Lazarow has a fine record in tech M&A, and New York’s Tobias Knapp heads the firm’s US M&A and private equity practice. Head of the Silicon Valley office Paul Sieben is active in the growth company segment, often advising tech companies on large M&A transactions.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has developed an active buy-side and sell-side technology M&A practice and is highly rated for deals involving the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors; the team also stands out for cross-border work. Significant clients are 8minutenergy Renewables, Michelin North America and Yelp. Highlights included advising 8minutenergy Renewables, the largest independent solar power developer in the US, on its approximately $655m sale of the Mount Signal 3 Solar Photovoltaic Project to Capital Dynamics; acting for Michelin North America in its acquisition of NexTraq, a US provider of commercial fleet telematics, from FLEETCOR Technologies; and assisting Superior Plus with the $900m acquisition of the outstanding equity interest in NGL Propane, NGL Energy’s retail propane distribution business. In other matters, the team advised American multinational corporation Splunk on its acquisition of SignalSense, which provides cloud-based data collection and breach detection solutions; and acted for Viavi Solutions in its acquisition of Trilithic, a provider of electronic test and measurement equipment. The principal advisers are Silicon Valley-based Ed Batts, who is global M&A and private equity head, Pete Lamb and Mark Seneca; New York-based global corporate business unit leader King Milling, US global Japan transactional chair Hiroshi Sarumida and Tal Hacohen; Chuck Walker in Houston; and San Francisco's John Cook. The practice hired New York-based David Schwartz, who is focused on complex M&A transactions for technology and life sciences companies, from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

Reed Smith LLP regularly acts for industry-leading companies, private equity funds, boards of directors, special committees and financial advisers in M&A deals and dispositions, including LBOs, acquisitions and sales of subsidiaries and carve-outs of divisions, tax structuring, and joint ventures and strategic alliances. Other key areas are restructuring and reorganizations, special committee and other independent director representations, takeover defense planning, and take-private deals. The team's experience includes advising a technology innovator on the sale of a satellite and terrestrial communications commercial business; acting for a pharmaceutical company on the sale of generic drug products and related assets; and assisting a publicly traded financial services company, and its subsidiary, on the acquisition of a bank holding company. Chicago-based Michael Lee's practice covers a wide range of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, consumer products, food and beverage, telecoms, and software, and Matthew Petersen is focused on M&A, corporate finance, complex commercial contracts, and strategic counseling; Jennifer Cheng in New York is well known for her advice to public and private companies in the healthcare and life sciences sectors as well as the financial industry. Jared Hershberg left for Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP's 'excellent, talented M&A lawyers can handle the most sophisticated and complicated transactions'. The practice fields cross-disciplinary teams that are widely respected for their assistance on private equity and investment manager M&A, as well as for transactions for the portfolio companies of private equity clients. The team advised Veritas Capital and its affiliates on their acquisition of the US public sector business of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which helps governments solve complex business problems, improve processes and manage risk; and acted for Pamplona Capital Management in its sale of BBB Industries, a supplier of re-manufactured automotive replacement parts, to Genstar Capital. Other highlights included the team's advice to Cerberus Capital Management, an American private equity firm that specializes in distressed investing, on its purchase of a significant minority stake in HSH Nordbank, a northern European commercial bank; and its assistance to Marlin Equity Partners with its sale of OnX Enterprise Solutions, a provider of technology services and solutions, to telecoms company Cincinnati Bell. Stuart Freedman and Richard Presutti co-chair the firm's M&A and securities group; Freedman advises well-known money managers on acquisitions and control and non-control investments, including in relation to companies engaged in financial restructurings. Presutti is also chair of the investment management M&A practice and is highly rated for private equity, M&A, LBOs and alternative asset management transactional matters. Other key practitioners are Michael Gilligan, Peter Jonathan Halasz and Robert Loper. All attorneys named above are in New York.

Faegre Baker Daniels' team has deal experience in a range of sectors, including financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, food and agriculture, construction, and healthcare. Its recent experience includes advising biopharmaceutical company Endocyte on its agreement to be sold to Switzerland-based global healthcare company Novartis through a merger. It also acted as lead counsel for Bemis, which produces plastic packaging for food, consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical companies, in its agreement to combine with Australian packaging company Amcor; and advised Flipgrid, an education video discussion platform, on its sale to American multinational technology company, Microsoft. Bruce Engler leads the firm's M&A practice; Engler advises buyers, sellers and institutional investors on a range of public and private M&A transactions, including assisting private equity investors with the purchase, sale, refinancing and restructuring of their portfolio companies. Chris Hofstad heads up the firm's worldwide corporate group; he has advised private equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison on LBOs and other acquisitions and sales. Both partners are in Minneapolis.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP 'delivers fabulous client service and responsiveness and has a strong team for middle-market M&A'. It acts in the full range of M&A deals, including auction bids, going-private matters, hostile takeover bids,  joint ventures and LBOs; other areas of strength are minority investments, open-market purchase programs, defensive planning measures, proxy fights, restructurings, spin-offs and stock acquisitions. The firm's deputy chair Kenneth Lefkowitz, who is 'commercially minded and efficient', led advice to Singapore-based Grab, a technology company offering ride-hailing transport services, in its acquisition of Uber's Southeast Asia business. The co-M&A practice chairs are James Modlin, who has advised on transactions involving the specialty chemicals, life sciences and media sector and 'has great understanding of how to complete a transaction', and Avner Bengera, who focuses on public and private M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals involving US and non-US companies. Modlin acted for Chiltern International, a specialty global contract research organization, in its sale to global life sciences company LabCorp; and Bengera assisted the corporate governance and conflicts committee of TerraForm Power (TP)’s board of directors with the sale of a majority stake in renewable energy company TP to global alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management. Charles Samuelson and Michael Traube  are also highly rated; Lefkowitz, Samuelson and Traube 'will run through a wall for their clients'. David Schwartz left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s New York office. All the above-listed partners are in New York.

Jenner & Block LLP's corporate practice is well known for its representation of Fortune 500 companies; it also regularly assists middle-market companies as well as private equity funds and their portfolio companies. It acted for Lonza Group, a Swiss multinational, chemicals and biotechnology company, in the $630m sale of its Water Care business and operations to American private equity investment firm Platinum Equity. Chicago-based Thomas Monson and Kurt von Moltke chair the M&A practice, Joseph Gromacki chairs the firmwide corporate and transactional practices, Michael Wolf co-chairs the Chicago corporate practice, Kevin Collins is co-New York corporate chair, and Carissa Coze is co-Los Angeles corporate chair. Other key advisers are Edward Prokop and Jason Casella in New York, where Robert Rawn  was hired from Winston & Strawn LLP, and Mercedes Hill left for premium spirits company Beam Suntory.

Linklaters LLP has particular experience advising clients across the financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy, chemicals and automotive sectors. Peter Cohen-Millstein advised Whirlpool on the pending sale of its Embraco compressor business to Nidec Corporation, a manufacturer of electric motors; and Alberto Luzárraga, who divides his time between New York and Sao Paulo and co-heads the Latin America practice, acted for Andean Tower Partners, an owner and operator of wireless communication infrastructure in the Andean region, in the acquisition of Torres Unidas, a tower development and acquisition vehicle, from Berkshire Partners. Scott Sonnenblick is also a highly regarded individual. The partners named are in New York except where otherwise stated.

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