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DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘level of service is exceptional; the lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and responsive and deliver a high-quality work product - and practical advice’. The firm recently welcomed Sherman Chu to the Silicon Valley office from Cisco, where he served as general counsel for the Greater China region, while Michael Stein, who divides time between Baltimore and Washington DC, was hired from Everi Holdings, where he served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate compliance officer. Other key hires included energy sector specialist Drew Baldinger in Houston from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP. In the technology space, the firm acted for Qualcomm’s board in its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, and advised SolarWinds in its sale to private equity technology investment firms, Silver Lake Partners and Thoma Bravo. Key energy transactions included acting for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors on the sale of privately held entities, Silver Hill Energy Partners I & II (formerly co-owned with Ridgemont Equity Partners), to RSP Permian; while in real estate it acted for timeshare company Diamond Resorts International in its sale to Apollo Global Management. The practice is also recommended for deals involving the life sciences, healthcare and franchising and distribution, as well as insurance, manufacturing and financial services. New York-based US M&A chair Jonathan Klein is highly rated, and managing partner of the firm’s Texas offices John Gilluly III is US corporate co-chair. Frank Layson is ‘very talented at finding creative solutions to difficult issues and truly partners with clients during transactions’.

K&L Gates’ ‘overall level of service is outstanding, thanks to the quality of the team, the response times and the firm’s global platform’. The team regularly acts on bet-the-company deals for significant middle-market and emerging growth companies, as well mid-sized and large transactions for leading global corporations. The practice has particular strength in the technology, media, telecoms and energy sectors, as well as in infrastructure, transportation, financial services, healthcare and life sciences. Significant energy deals included acting for Boralex, which develops, builds and operates renewable energy facilities, on the acquisition of wind projects in France and Scotland; in the infrastructure sector, the practice advised investment manager Legg Mason on the acquisition of majority equity interests in Australia’s RARE Infrastructure; and large deal highlights in the healthcare sector included advising PharMEDium Services on its $2.6bn sale to AmerisourceBergen. Recommended corporate and transactional advisers include New York-based Robert Zinn and Sandy Feldman, who has ‘superior negotiation skills’. Zinn’s client relationships range from start-ups to some of the world’s largest corporations, with a focus on substantial middle-market businesses, while Feldman’s representative experience includes advising a North American publicly traded independent power producer on multiple acquisitions and sales of renewable energy facilities. He has also acted for a Europe-based publicly traded global construction and infrastructure company on acquisitions of other construction and infrastructure companies. Other highly rated advisers include Seattle-based Annette Becker, Rick Giovannelli in Charlotte, and Chicago-based Mark McMillan.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is ‘very highly rated for its M&A capabilities’. The firm grew through the recruitment of New York-based private equity, LBO and M&A expert Robert Goldstein and private equity specialist Jeremy Dickens from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP, respectively, while technology and life sciences expert David Lipkin joined in Silicon Valley from Morrison & Foerster LLP. The practice’s sector strengths include energy, manufacturing, healthcare, and food and beverages; in the energy sector, the team advised Irving Oil on its acquisition of the Whitegate refinery in Cork, Ireland and related assets. On the sell side, the team assisted Jimmy John’s with its sale of a majority interest in the company to Roark Capital Group, a private equity group. Recent large deal highlights include advising Evince, the German multinational chemical company, on its $3.8bn acquisition of a performance materials unit from Air Products & Chemicals. New York-based David Goldman and Thomas Sauermilch are recommended; and Timothy Alvino is ‘singled out for the level of service he gives. He is also able to work with the most difficult of clients in the most difficult of situations’. In Washington DC, Thomas Conaghan’s experience includes representing an entrepreneur on the acquisition of a US brewing company; and Samuel Wales has represented HIG Capital in the acquisition and sale of multiple portfolio companies. Silicon Valley-based Mark Mihanovic heads the firm’s California corporate group; and Michael Sartor and Byron Kalogerou are notable advisers in Boston. Kalogerou ‘provides quality counsel’. Miami-based firm-wide corporate chair Harris Siskind also co-heads the firm’s international private equity practice; and Dallas-based Wilson Chu, Soren Lindstrom and Gregory Hidalgo are also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is ‘terrific for its response times, appropriate advice, strength of team and value for money’. The firm hired Austin-based Justin Long from Bracewell LLP, where he was head of its financial institutions group; Long’s experience includes representing an investor group in its acquisition of a private bank holding company. The New York office also grew through the recruitment of David Barrett from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Barrett is experienced in transactions involving financial institutions, financial services firms and fintech businesses. Recent highlights for the group include advising G-III Apparel Group on the purchase from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton of Donna Karan International; and acting for laser manufacturer ROFIN-SINAR Technologies in its merger deal with Coherent. Other recommended lawyers include San Antonio-based US business group head Daryl Lansdale Jr, who was recently elected managing partner of the US offices, and Gene Lewis, who divides time between Denver and Houston. In February 2017, a nine-partner team including David Peterman, Efren Acosta and Edward Rhyne joined Baker Botts L.L.P.. In June 2017, the practice subsumed a New York-based team from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, following the combination of the two firms. The incoming group has particularly strong energy sector credentials. Examples included William Greason advising NextEra Energy on its agreement to acquire EFH and EFH’s 80% stake in Oncor Electric Delivery Company, a transmission and distribution utility company, and acting for Macquarie Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of the Lordstown Energy Center, a 940MW combined-cycle power plant. In addition, recently promoted partner Kessar Nashat acted for Eagle Creek Renewable Energy in the acquisition of four hydroelectric facilities, and the team advised I Squared Capital on the purchase of Duke Energy’s Latin American businesses in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador and Argentina. Other key cross-border deals included advising Fuller Smith Capital Management, the manager of AirDye Holdings, on the acquisition of Japanese corporation Debs Textile Corporation. Charles Hord III has deal expertise in the manufacturing, retailing, energy, technology, publishing and telecoms sectors; and Sey-Hyo Lee’s experience includes acting for an NYSE-listed global asset manager on its going-private acquisition by a hedge fund. Claude Serfilippi and Marwan Azzi are also notable names. Marc Alpert exited the practice to become senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Loews Corporation. Former Chadbourne & Parke LLP lawyers Kevin Smith, Allen Miller, Morton Grosz and Talbert Navia moved to Winston & Strawn LLP following the merger.

WilmerHale is well known for its representation of technology, life sciences, financial services and defense sector clients. Mid-market highlights included advising Micro Focus on its $540m-valued acquisition of Serena Software, and assisting MKS Instruments, a global technology provider, with its acquisition of Newport Corporation for approximately $980m. It also advised The Medicines Company on the sale to Mallinckrodt of its global portfolio of three hemostasis products. Among larger deals, the practice acted for Analog Devices in its approximately $14.8bn acquisition of fellow chipmaker Linear Technology, advised Skyworks Solutions, an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors, on its proposed merger agreement with PMC-Sierra, and acted for Cumberland Farms in the sale of a portion of its fuel station assets and its equity interests in Gulf Oil Limited Partnership. In Boston, Jay Bothwick and Hal Leibowitz are the recommended M&A co-chairs, Mick Bain co-chairs the corporate practice group, and Mark Borden is also highly rated. Palo Alto-based Joseph Wyatt represents investors and public and private company clients in the technology and biotech sectors, while Stephanie Evans is a key Washington DC contact. Eric Hwang, who represents technology and life sciences clients in complex cross-border M&A, and experienced transactions lawyer Christopher Rose joined from White & Case LLP in Palo Alto and Los Angeles, respectively.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s M&A team regularly draws upon the firm’s tax, antitrust, employment, IP, environmental and employee benefits practices as well as its corporate and finance expertise. In New York, the firm recently hired insurance specialist Keith Andruschak from Mayer Brown and Joel Rubinstein, Jonathan Rochwarger and Elliott Smith from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Rubinstein has particular experience in transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies. The firm’s M&A practice is under new leadership in the form of Matthew Bergmann in Chicago and Washington DC-based Christopher Zochowski. Upper mid-market highlights included advising Global Eagle Entertainment on the $550m acquisition of Emerging Markets Communications; while in the lower mid-market space, the team acted for Continuum Energy in the $78m sale of its retail natural gas business, and advised General Cable Corporation on the $71m divestment of its automotive ignition wire business, located in the US and Mexico. Evidencing the team’s ability to act on large deals, it assisted TreeHouse Foods with its $2.7bn acquisition of ConAgra Foods’ private brands operations, and acted for Motorola Solutions in the $1.2bn acquisition of Airwave, a private operator of a public safety network. Key Chicago advisers include former corporate practice chair Steven Gavin, Oscar David, Brian Schafer and Robert Wall. Other notable names include Houston-based Richard Wynne, Robert Rawn in New York, James Junewicz, who divides time between Chicago and New York, and Eric Green in Washington DC. Following publication, a group comprising Kevin Smith, Allen Miller, Morton Grosz and Talbert Navia joined from the legacy Chadbourne & Parke LLP firm.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP grew its private equity transactional capabilities through the hire of New York-based Patrick Rice from Reed Smith LLP. The team regularly acts for high-profile investment funds and issuers in complex M&A transactions, including buyouts, distressed transactions, shareholder activist campaigns and company defenses. The firm also has a robust energy transactions practice, where examples of large deals included assisting Energy Transfer Partners with its agreement to sell a majority stake in motor fuel distributor Sunoco and all of its retail business, and acting for Natural Gas Partners, Memorial Resource Development (MRD)’s principal stockholder, on Range Resources Corporation and MRD’s merger agreement. New York-based Adam Weinstein led the advice to Apollo Global Management in its buyout of RegionalCare Hospital Partners, and Frank Reddick in Los Angeles represented VCA, an animal healthcare company, in its $344m acquisition of a majority ownership interest in Companion Animal Practices. Corporate practice head Kerry Berchem in New York stands out for advising on net operating loss-driven transactions that are structured to leverage deferred tax assets; Berchem recently acted for CIFG Holding in its $450m all-cash sale to Assured Guaranty Corporation. Washington DC and London based Rick Burdick is global energy and transactions head, while other key advisers include Daniel Fisher, who divides time between Washington DC and New York, John Goodgame in Houston, New York-based Ackneil Muldrow III and Jeffrey Kochian, and Thomas Yang in Dallas.

Dentons’ ‘overall level of service is exceptional and the team of lawyers is superb with clients’. Atlanta and New York-based Michael Cochran, Michael Froy in Chicago and New York-based Stephan Mallenbaum are the practice’s key contacts. Froy stands out for his advice to manufacturers and regulated businesses, such as energy, healthcare and insurance companies, while Mallenbaum is particularly noted for his advice to global financial services, private equity and technology-driven companies. The team represented Home Depot on the sale of its fuel store business to Tri Star Energy; advised Southwire Company, a wire and cable manufacturer, on its approximately $190m acquisition of United Copper Industries from KPS Capital Partners; and acted for Spire Capital, a private equity firm, in the sale of Rainbow Early Education Holdings. Other recent matters include acting for Ingredion, a global ingredients solutions company, on its acquisition of TIC Gums and certain affiliated entities; advising Crawford & Company, the world’s largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management solutions for insurance companies and self-insured entities, on its acquisition of a majority interest in WeGoLook; and representing private equity clients The Edgewater Funds and JZ Capital Partners, and their portfolio company Technical Solutions & Services, in the acquisition of assets of Midwest Gas Instrument Service.

Predominantly focused on technology and life sciences companies, Fenwick & West LLP opened an office in New York in 2016 in response to the firm’s growing East Coast client base; it also grew its presence in Mountain View through the hiring of private equity lawyer David Johanson from Kirkland & Ellis LLP and promoted Seattle-based Andrew Albertson to partner. The practice is primary outside corporate counsel to Facebook, which it advised on the acquisition of Nascent Objects, Two Big Ears and Masquerade Technologies. Other notable deals included advising Appirio on its $500m sale to Wipro, intended to create one of the world’s largest cloud transformation practices, and assisting Xamarin with its sale to Microsoft. On the buy side, it acted for regular client Cisco in its $293m acquisition of CloudLock, which specializes in cloud access security broker technology, and represented Etsy in its acquisition of Blackbird Technologies. The team was also active in the large deal space; in the gaming sector, it advised Supercell Oy on its $8.6bn sale to Tencent, and acted for King Digital Entertainment in its $5.9bn sale to Activision Blizzard. Douglas Cogen in San Francisco and David Healy in Mountain View are the M&A co-chairs. Cogen’s transactional experience includes over a $100bn of completed M&A deals, and Healy has represented numerous public tech companies, including HP, Cadence and Sun Microsystems. Other notable Mountain View advisers include Scott Joachim, Adam Halpern, Blake Martell, Ralph Pais, Kris Withrow and Gregory Roussel. San Francisco-based Stephen Gillespie and Lynda Twomey, and Stephen Graham and Alan Smith in Seattle are also key contacts.

Practicing from Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Washington DC, King & Spalding LLP has 100-plus lawyers principally focused on M&A. The team recently advised EndoChoice Holdings on a definitive merger agreement under which EndoChoice will be acquired by Boston Scientific. Other key matters included acting for HD Supply in the sale of its Interior Solutions and Power Solutions units. Large deal highlights included advising Belk on its sale to affiliates of Sycamore Partners Management, with the deal valued at approximately $3bn. It also acted for Post Properties in its merger agreement with Mid-America Apartment Communities, and assisted TSYS with its $2.35bn acquisition of TransFirst Holdings. Atlanta-based Raymond Baltz is global corporate practice head and Jack Capers Jr and William Baxley are also recommended. Other highly rated advisers include John Crespo in Houston, Richard Bange III, who splits time between Charlotte and New York, and Matthew Jacobson, who works between New York and Silicon Valley. New York-based Robert Leclerc, whose clients include private and publicly traded companies and private equity firms, and Justin King in Atlanta, who has notable experience representing professional sports franchises, were promoted to partner.

Typically advising US and international companies on transactions in the $100m to $1bn range, Reed Smith LLP’s team is particularly expert in financial services, life sciences and energy M&A; it also has significant deal experience in the manufacturing, food and beverage, technology and media sectors. Examples of life sciences deals included advice to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on the sale of Padlock Therapeutics, in which GSK was a significant shareholder; it also acted for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, a unit of Japan’s Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma, in its $624m acquisition of Canada-based Cynapsus Therapeutics. Other notable transactions included assisting Vista Outdoor with its agreement to purchase BRG Sports’ Action Sports and Power Sports divisions, including the Bell, Giro, C-Preme and Blackburn brands; and acting for ball-bearings manufacturer SKF Group (SKF) in its $339m agreement to sell its global velocity controls business to German public company Stabilus. This latter deal was the fourth sale that the firm handled for SKF during a 12-month period. M&A head Michael Lee’s deal expertise spans healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, food and beverages, telecoms and software; and Chicago-based Matthew Petersen heads the corporate and transactional advisory group. Petersen’s experience includes representing a US manufacturer of plastic thermoformed packaging in its sale to the US subsidiary of an international conglomerate, and assisting a private equity fund with the acquisition of a US operator of freestanding tire inflator and vacuum vending machines. Corporate transactional partners Jared Hershberg and Jennifer Cheng joined in New York from Winston & Strawn LLP and Paul Hastings LLP, respectively, while Brian Miner moved to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in Washington DC.

With offices in both New York and Washington DC, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is well known in the market for advising on private equity and investment manager M&A. The practice also regularly acts for the portfolio companies of its private equity fund clients on their investments and dispositions. It recently hired private equity expert Michael Gilligan in New York and M&A and private equity transactions specialist Claudia Simon in Washington DC from Hogan Lovells US LLP and Paul Hastings LLP, respectively. Recent sell-side deals included advising New York-based broker-dealer Albert Fried & Co on its sale to Canadian financial institution TD Securities US. Acquisition highlights included acting for Cerberus Capital Management in its purchase of auto component supplier ABC Group, and assisting global investment firm Marlin Equity Partners with its $90m acquisition of the Teradata Marketing Applications business. Richard Presutti and Stuart Freedman chair the M&A and securities group. Presutti practices primarily in private equity, M&A, LBOs and alternative asset management transactional matters; Freedman’s practice includes a wide range of global equity investments and cross-border transactions; and Marc Weingarten is also highly rated. Former co-chair of the M&A and securities group John Pollack joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Robert Goldstein exited for McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Baker & Hostetler LLP is highly rated for its advice on deals involving the automotive, aerospace and chemical sectors, healthcare clients, including hospital groups and medical device manufacturers, media and technology companies, oil and gas and energy businesses, and private equity firms. Recent highlights include advising longstanding client The EW Scripps Company on its acquisition of Midroll Media, the largest podcast sponsorship network. It also acted for longstanding client TransDigm in the $1bn acquisition of ILC Holdings from Behrman Capital and in its approximately $325m cash acquisition of PneuDraulics. Other highlights included advising new client Barnes & Noble Education, which spun off from Barnes & Noble, on an asset acquisition of LoudCloud Systems (LCS), including a cross-border stock acquisition of an Indian subsidiary of LCS. Other notable clients include Blue Point Capital Partners, Cyprium Investment Partners and Dow Jones. In Cleveland, firm-wide business group chair John Gherlein is recommended, as are transactions team co-heads Ronald Stepanovic and New York-based Steven Goldberg.

Cooley LLP distinguishes itself in the national market through high-profile technology and life sciences deals. The team is also experienced in medical device and healthcare, consumer products, education, defense and media. Highlights included assisting Horizon Pharma with its cash acquisition of Crealta Holdings and, in a key large deal, advising biopharmaceutical company Medivation on its agreement to sell to Pfizer for approximately $14bn. It also acted for Jazz Pharmaceuticals in its agreed $1.5bn acquisition of Celator. The M&A co-chairs are San Diego-based Barbara Borden and San Francisco-based Jamie Leigh. Also in San Fransisco, Garth Osterman is particularly focused on cross-border transactions, including transactions in Eastern Europe, South America, Central America and Asia. Other notable names include Rama Padmanabhan in San Diego, Palo Alto-based Craig Menden and Steven Tonsfeldt, Alfred Browne in Boston, and Colorado-based Kevin Mills and Laura Medina.

Faegre Baker Daniels is recommended for its advice to public and private companies in domestic and cross-border deals, including public company mergers and takeovers, private company acquisitions and sales, LBOs and going-private transactions. The team represented General Mills, as lead outside counsel, in the approximately $765m cash sale of its Green Giant and Le Sueur vegetable businesses to B&G Foods, and acted for publicly held Hutchinson Technology on its sale to Tokyo-based TDK Corporation. It also advised Hormel Foods on two strategic transactions, namely the $286m acquisition of nut butter brand Justin’s and the $114m sale of its Diamond Crystal Brands business to Peak Rock Capital. In large deals, the team advised utility operator Black Hills Corporation on the acquisition of SourceGas Holdings, and, in the pharmaceutical sector, it assisted Target Corporation with its agreement to sell its pharmacy and clinic business for $1.9bn to CVS Health Corporation. Minneapolis-based M&A practice leader Bruce Engler and corporate group leader Chris Hofstad are highly rated advisers.

Goodwin is ‘outstanding in every respect’. The firm hired Los Angeles-based Stephen Lee from K&L Gates, who joins the private equity and technology and emerging companies groups. The practice is highly rated for its advice to clients in sectors such as technology and life sciences, real estate, financial services and healthcare, and it also has a robust private equity buyout practice. Mid-market highlights included advising Stone Canyon Industries on its sale of SCI Ingredients Holdings and wholly owned operating subsidiary, Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company. Illustrative of the team’s real estate sector credentials, it acted for LBA Realty in the $279m acquisition of Camelback Esplanade I, II, IV and V in Phoenix, Arizona through a joint venture with a Clarion Partners subsidiary; and, in the technology space, it acted for Opower, a provider of cloud services to utility companies, on its sale to Oracle for approximately $532m. In financial services, it advised Merchants Bancshares on its $304m sale to Community Bank System, and acted for Patricia Industries in its $640m acquisition of Laborie Medical Technologies, an Ontario-based provider of medical devices. The firm is also active in the large deal space; it represented TA Associates in its acquisition of Russell Investments, the asset management business of Frank Russell Company, from the London Stock Exchange Group. Key Boston-based advisers include Mark Bettencourt, Stuart Cable, Joseph Johnson III, John Egan III, John Haggerty and John LeClaire. Silicon Valley-based Lawrence Chu is also recommended along with private equity experts Joshua Klatzkin in Washington DC and Andrew Weidhaas, who divides time between Los Angeles and New York.

New York City-based firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP handles both hostile and friendly transactions and is experienced representing public and private companies, acquirers, targets, boards of directors, independent director committees, MBO groups, subordinated lenders and equity participants. It also has extensive experience in international transactions, including advising on the US law aspects of cross-border tender offers and managing international issues during M&A transactions. The team was legal counsel to Epic Pharma in its $550m sale to China’s Humanwell Healthcare Group and New Jersey’s PuraCap Pharmaceutical, and assisted Chiltern, a UK-headquartered contract research organization, with the acquisition of Pennsylvania-based Theorem Clinical Research. Other key deals included advising global engineering and industrials manufacturer ITT Corporation on its approximately $300m cash acquisition of automotive braking system developer Wolverine Automotive Holdings, and assisting India-based IT company Wipro with its $500m acquisition of US-based cloud services company Appirio. Kenneth Lefkowitz has advised on M&A deals for companies such as Viacom, CBS, Cablevision and The Madison Square Garden Company; and James Modlin’s experience includes acting on deals in the specialty chemicals, life sciences and media sectors. Charles Samuelson, Avner Ben-Gera and David Schwartz are also highly rated.

From offices in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, Jenner & Block LLPprovides an excellent service, particularly with regard to responsiveness, knowledge and experience’. The M&A practice is led by Thomas Monson and ‘outstanding attorney’ Kurt von Moltke in Chicago. Von Moltke has approximately 30 years’ experience in structuring, negotiating and executing complex M&A transactions; he joined in 2016 from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, as did private equity and M&A deal specialist Kyle Gann. Mid-market highlights included advising Mediabistro on the disposal of Adweek magazine and related brands. The team was also particularly active in Scandinavian deals; it assisted Denmark-headquartered Danfoss with the acquisition of US-based White Drive Products and advised Danish company Serendex on its sale to US-based specialty pharmaceutical company Savra. In other matters, the team advised Schneider Electric on a definitive agreement to sell its global transportation business to Kapsch TrafficCom. In Chicago, Joseph Gromacki chairs the firm-wide corporate practice and oversees the firm’s transactional practices and Mark Harris chairs the private equity practice. Jason Osborn has led transactions in sectors such as healthcare, financial services, retail services and manufacturing, while Jeffrey Shuman, Mercedes Hill and Peter Rosenbaum are also recommended. In New York, Martin Glass co-chairs the cross-border transactions practice and Uri Doron chairs the New York corporate practice, while Gina Ilardi’s transactional clients include major brands, website operators, cable, broadcast and out-of-home networks, as well as advertising and marketing agencies. Other highly rated attorneys include Thomas Stromberg and Carissa Coze in Los Angeles. Joseph Kline exited for a client of the firm, Baxter International.

Linklaters LLP is particularly focused on complex cross-border M&A and has considerable experience in deals involving financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy, chemicals and automotives. The group also regularly works alongside the firm’s global capital markets, antitrust, tax and employee benefits groups. Key matters included advising Revlon on its $870m acquisition of Elizabeth Arden and acting for Dr Reddy’s Laboratories in its $350m acquisition of a portfolio of eight abbreviated new drug applications in the US from Teva Pharmaceuticals and an affiliate of Allergan. Large deal highlights included advising Visa Europe on the sale of its share capital to Visa, creating a single global company operating the Visa brand; acting for Petrochemical Industries Company, as a shareholder and joint venture partner with Dow Chemical, in the sale of their MEGlobal business in North America and Europe to Equate Petrochemical Company; and advising Bayer on the carve-out of its plastics division, Material Science. Peter Cohen-Millstein is a highly rated adviser; his experience includes advising Steinhoff on its acquisition of US mattress retailer Mattress Firm; assisting Novartis with the $200m acquisition of Spinifex Pharmaceuticals; and acting for AMEC in its $3.3bn acquisition of Foster Wheeler. Scott Sonnenblick is also recommended. Sonnenblick is particularly focused on cross-border transactions and complex joint ventures. Another notable name is Alberto Luzárraga, who co-heads the firm’s Latin America practice; his recent transactions included advising HSBC Latin America Holdings (UK) on the sale of its entire business in Brazil to Banco Bradesco and acting for AXA on the purchase of portfolio assets in Mexico from HSBC.

Locke Lord LLP frequently advises strategic and financial buyers and sellers on transactions involving energy and energy infrastructure, banking and financial services, as well as gaming, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, and technology, media and telecoms. In the energy sector, the team acted for Comstock Resources in the sale of conventional natural gas properties in South Texas. Media deals included representing The Switch, a North American video solutions service provider, in its acquisition of Pacific Television Center; and in financial services, the team acted as counsel to NewStar Financial in the sale of its equipment finance business and related assets to Radius Bank. Office managing partner of the Providence, Rhode Island office Christopher Graham is particularly focused on private equity matters; his representative experience includes advising the specialty pharmacy subsidiary of a large drug store chain on 25-plus acquisitions of retail and mail-order pharmacy operations.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises on deals across its nationwide network, with Silicon Valley standing out for its robust sell-side technology M&A practice. The group also has significant cross-border transactional experience; and in Houston, it recruited co-heads of its Latin America practice, Rodrigo Dominguez and Carlos Treistman, and energy and Latin America transactional expert William Parish from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, as well as private equity and Latin America specialist Gabriel Salinas from Mayer Brown. Recent notable transactions included assisting NetApp, a storage and data management company, with its $870m cash acquisition of SolidFire; and acting for longtime client IronPlanet, an online marketplace for used heavy equipment, in its $758m sale to Ritchie Bros Auctioneers. In the energy space, the team acted for Veolia North America in the $325m acquisition of assets related to The Chemours Company’s Sulfur Products business; while large deal highlights included advising Silicon Valley start-up Cruise Automation, focused on the development of driverless cars, on its $1bn-plus sale to General Motors. New York-based King Milling leads the firm’s global corporate business unit and Hiroshi Sarumida is US chair of its global Japan transactional practice. Peter Rooney and Tal Hacohen are highly rated New York-based attorneys; and Ed Batts and Mark Seneca are key Silicon Valley contacts. John Cook heads the corporate group in San Francisco, which is also where the recommended Richard Smith is based.

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