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The increased use of social media in the advertising arena continues to accelerate the move towards digital advertising, and escalates the globalization of marketing campaigns and the potential target audience, allowing firms with a global footprint to excel in the area. The prominence of social media in marketing has also brought an increase in privacy-related matters and Telephone Consumer Protection Act issues, which are increasingly cropping up in matters involving text and social media advertisements and direct messaging.

The renewed focus on the Lanham Act seen in 2015 sustained throughout 2016, with the number of false advertising claims continuing to rise across a spread of sectors. Challenges before the NAD and other regulatory bodies also remained prominent, as did consumer class actions. Particularly active sectors included pharmaceuticals, media, and food and drink. The high-profile and precedent-setting Pom Wonderful vs Coca Cola case ended in early 2016.

Several interesting trends occurred in the cyber law space during 2016. Firstly, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Spokeo v Robins decided that consumers must demonstrate real harm caused as a result of a personal data breach, which essentially closed the door on many class action claims against companies that handle large quantities of consumer data and that have been subject to a cyber attack.

Secondly, the rise of ransomware attacks and the growing use of virtual currency has led to an increased awareness of blockchain technology and a greater need on the part of law firms to have the required expertise and resources in this space. Thirdly, many clients are being advised on compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into effect in May 2018 and impacts the transfer of personal data and breach notification requirements.

Another trend in 2016 was an aggressive approach from the government in relation to regulatory investigations, especially in the healthcare sector, where penalties have increased significantly. Meanwhile, the technology sector demonstrated a willingness to push back on government requests for data; it will be interesting to see how this plays out under the new administration. Covington & Burling LLP, DLA Piper LLP (US), Hogan Lovells US LLP, Hunton & Williams LLP, and Ropes & Gray LLP continue to have the leading cyber law practices.

While the traditional elements such as film, television and music are still the cornerstones of most media and entertainment practices, the impact of new technologies and the digital era has brought an increased focus on virtual reality, gaming, social media and personalized content to practice groups operating in this area. On the corporate side, mergers and joint ventures between entertainment companies are prominent, with the high-profile creation of Amblin Partners - a joint venture between DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One - being a particularly notable example. Foreign investment into Hollywood also makes up a substantial proportion of work for firms, with particular interest from China and the Middle East; intellectual property and First Amendment issues are also prominent in the media and entertainment space. Talent work is notable on the West Coast, especially in the music and film sectors.

The outsourcing market was strong overall in 2016, with trends showing a migration away from typical business processing outsourcings to ‘as a service’ type offerings that involve the convergence of data, cloud and analytics as well as, increasingly, blockchain technology. The outsourcing of only back-office functions is no more, and law firms also reported a rise in innovative customer-facing outsourcing transactions, particularly in the financial, hospitality and retail sectors.

In addition, cloud computing is becoming more sophisticated and is no longer used just for business-critical functions. Since the new administration took over, an anti-offshoring trend has emerged, with a greater emphasis on -and need for-domestic providers. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Mayer Brown, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP stand out as the dominant forces in the field.

With strong demand for technology businesses from domestic and international corporations and private buyers, total value for technology M&A deals in 2016 reached $323bn. Especially hot areas were software, cloud, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT), while semiconductors and IT services also showed robust activity levels.

For many law firms, technology transactions practices sit alongside technology outsourcing and IP groups, while other firms see it more as a part of a broader private equity, M&A, finance and capital markets practice. Many key people and practice leaders are based in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles, but firms often also have strong people in New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington DC.

Headline movement in the technology transactions market included Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati hiring Daniel Glazer in New York from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he co-led the technology transactions and emerging companies groups in New York and London; Goodwin recruiting Silicon Valley’s M&A expert Michael Russell from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; and White & Case LLP hiring Silicon Valley-based global technology M&A specialist Jason Tomita from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Consolidation continues to dominate the telecoms market, with several multibillion-dollar mergers and the opposition to said mergers generating a significant amount of work for the majority of firms. The increased interest of private equity companies in the field is also changing the direction of many firms’ work, a trend expected to increase with anticipated pro-business changes from the new administration focusing on reduced regulation. Other areas of focus include cyber law, privacy issues and telecoms infrastructure matters, alongside an increased emphasis on IoT mandates and over-the-top content.

The new chairman at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, promises to bring a shake-up to the telecoms arena, particularly in the areas of net neutrality and open internet, which have created much debate over the past few years; Pai is a vocal opponent of the FCC’s Title II net neutrality rules. During 2016, open internet matters remained prominent throughout many firms’ practices, as did the FCC’s broadcast incentive spectrum auction, with the majority of firms taking part in one form or another. This has brought a substantial amount of work to both transactional and regulatory practices.


Advertising and marketing

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Davis & Gilbert LLP provides ‘extremely practical and specialized advice’ and is ‘a go-to first choice for clients’. The ‘top-rate’ team represents some of the largest agencies in the sector; a recent highlight included advising Concept One Communications on its representation of Gillette in negotiating product placement deals. Clients praise practice head Ronald Urbach, stating ‘there is simply no one who knows how to guide a client through today’s advertising landscape like him’; he recently advised Snapchat on issues regarding the integration of its content with advertisements. Allison Fitzpatrick has ‘a level of knowledge that is unparalleled’ and is recognized for her ‘significant experience in social media matters’, as well as her expertise in sweepstakes and promotions. In a recent highlight, Fitzpatrick represented Riyo before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in an application proposing new verifiable parental consent methods under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which will use parents’ facial recognition to enable children to access online services covered by COPPA. Howard Weingrad, Joseph Lewczak, Richard Eisert, Ashima Dayal, who has ‘unrivalled industry knowledge’, and ‘great communicator’ Vejay Lalla are other key names. Aaron Taylor made partner in 2016. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC’s ‘exemplary’ practice ‘well and truly earns its five-star rating’ with ‘a team of outstanding industry leaders’. The New York-based group advises high-profile agencies and brands, including PepsiCo and Laspata Decaro; the team is acting for the latter in a lawsuit alleging that Rimowa and Meiré und Meiré infringed the client’s copyrights in a fashion advertising campaign. In other recent contentious highlights, the department is representing mattress start-up Casper in two separate false advertising lawsuits against internet-based product review companies and is acting for Capital One in a National Advertising Division (NAD) challenge brought by Chase Bank relating to two of Capital One’s commercials for its Quicksilver cashback rewards card. On the non-contentious side, the firm assisted Bic USA with the launch of its e-commerce platform and also regularly advises agencies and brands that advertise during the Super Bowl, handling the clearance of 16 of the advertisements that appeared in Super Bowl 50. Rick Kurnit and Terri Seligman jointly lead the department, which includes FTC specialist Jeffrey Greenbaum, the ‘absolutely stellarBrian Murphy, the ‘brilliant and articulateCandice Kersh, the ‘extremely knowledgeableChristopher Chase and transactional expert Gavin McElroy. Privacy specialist Tanya Forsheit joined the newly opened Los Angeles office in 2016 from Baker & Hostetler LLP.

The ‘extremely responsive, top-notch’ team at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP fields ‘terrific advisers and excellent litigators’ and provides ‘fair and nuanced advice that fits the realities of business without going overboard’. The New York-based practice, which is ‘exceptional in litigation’, focuses on three key areas: Lanham Act work, consumer fraud class actions and representing clients before the NAD, with a particular strength in the consumer products and pharmaceutical sectors. Department co-heads Harold Weinberger, who is ‘very easy to work with’, and ‘amazingly gifted attorney’ Norman Simon, who is ‘respectful, persuasive, gracious, rational and reasonable’, worked together in successfully defending True Car in a Lanham Act case regarding the claim in its advertisement that it ‘removes surprises’ at its car dealerships. Weinberger and Simon are also representing Gillette as plaintiff in a Lanham Act case arising from claims on Edgewell Personal Care’s men’s razor packaging stating that it is ‘as good as or better’ than Gillette’s Mach3 product. In another highlight, Simon successfully acted for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care in an NAD challenge concerning Bausch & Lomb’s advertisement for its Ultra contact lens product. Neutrogena and Revlon are also clients. Associate Eileen Patt is ‘a rising star’.

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s ‘fabulous’ advertising and promotions team is led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable and thoroughJames Taylor, while the ‘exceptionalKenneth Florin chairs the digital and social media group; both are based in New York. The department, which ‘provides amazingly thoughtful support’, handles the full gamut of advertising issues, including advertising and promotions, digital and social media, privacy, disputes relating to the Lanham Act and those before the NAD, and class action litigation. Noteworthy team members include Nathan Hole, who specializes in emerging media, litigator Thomas Jirgal, the ‘practicalSeth Rose and transactional expert Amir Azaran - all based in Chicago - as well as privacy expert Melanie Howard in Los Angeles, the ‘terrificDavid Mallen in New York and Washington DC-based targeted advertising strategy specialist Brian Nixon. Amazon.com, Facebook, Toyota, Visa and Charter Communications are clients.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s team is ‘responsive, thorough and cognizant’. The practice substantially expanded its litigation and regulatory offerings in 2016 with the arrivals of New York-based regulatory specialist Richard Lawson, who joined from a position as director of the Florida Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, litigator Adrianne Marshack, who was previously at Greenberg Gross LLP and is based in Costa Mesa, and class action expert Richard Gottlieb, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Chicago and joined from Buckley Sandler LLP. Linda Goldstein in New York leads the department, which acts for several major international brands such as Hulu and Hasbro; Goldstein and the ‘extremely helpful’ Jesse Brody in Los Angeles advised the latter on the legal issues regarding advertising its products via digital media. Goldstein is also assisting Leesa Sleep with the compliance requirements and regulatory risks associated with its social engagement program. New York-based Jeffrey Edelstein is highly regarded in the field and is advising advertising agency BBDO on The Unseen, a television commercial, and the related It Can Wait advertising campaign aimed at discouraging texting and driving. Marc Roth in New York and Los Angeles-based Christine Reilly are recommended for Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) matters.

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is ‘one of the best litigation firms in the market’, with ‘an incredibly strong bench of exceptional attorneys’ that provides ‘thorough, timely and practical advice’. Practice head Steven Zalesin is ‘an outstanding litigator and strategist’ and successfully represented Coca-Cola in a high-profile case brought by Pom Wonderful relating to a flavored juice blend sold by the client’s Minute Maid brand; the issue in question was whether a product name and label authorized by the Food and Drug Administration can be challenged by a competitor as false and in violation of the Lanham Act. Zalesin also acted for Blue Buffalo in a Lanham Act lawsuit against Nestlé Purina relating to an advertising campaign run by Nestlé claiming Blue Buffalo had been dishonest about the ingredients in its pet food; he recently negotiated a settlement for the client. Other clients include The Hershey Company and Johnson & Johnson; Zalesin and the ‘incredibly smartTravis Tu are defending the latter in a false advertising dispute against Pfizer regarding the marketing of Advil for infants and children. Saul Shapiro and Michelle Cohen are recommended for media-related issues and Frederick Warder is a key name for Lanham Act matters. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Venable LLP saw substantial growth in 2016, with privacy and data security specialist Charles Curran joining from his own consulting firm, San Francisco-based IP litigator Susan Hollander joining from K&L Gates and counsel Doreen Manchester, who specializes in regulatory issues, joining from Dickstein Shapiro. The group is praised for its strength in government investigations, advertising litigation and assisting advertising associations with policy and regulatory issues. Practice head Jeffrey Knowles is representing NutraClick in an FTC investigation resulting from the client’s alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Restore Online Shopper’s Confidence Act. Roger Colaizzi, who leads the contentious element of the practice, is acting for SharkNinja in a Lanham Act suit against Dyson. Amy Ralph Mudge is a key name in the regulatory practice; she recently advised Pokémon on all advertising and privacy compliance elements of the development and launch of Pokémon Go, and is assisting Dick’s Sporting Goods with compliance issues relating to its sponsorship of Team USA during the 2016 Olympic year. Other key names include regulatory specialist Randal Shaheen and Stuart Ingis. Eric Berman made partner in late 2016. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Chicago-based Brian Heidelberger leads Winston & Strawn LLP's department. Chicago-based Ronald Rothstein and Charlotte-based Amanda Groves are key attorneys in the advertising and marketing group. The group advises a range of advertising agencies and brands, including Taco Bell and American Airlines; Heidelberger recently acted for the latter in a sponsorship deal with Uber. In the contentious space, Groves is representing Beam Suntory in two false advertising claims relating to products labelled as ‘handmade’ and ‘never mass produced’, and Heidelberger is defending PepsiCo in a copyright infringement lawsuit surrounding its 2016 Super Bowl commercial. Los Angeles-based Erin Ranahan is defending WX Brands (formerly Winery Exchange) and Sonoma Wine Company in several putative class action lawsuits alleging that dangerous levels of arsenic have been found in the clients’ wine, and Rothstein is acting for The Winning Combination in a Proposition 65 case in which it is alleged that several of the client’s nutritional health products contained lead. In other highlights, the team is advising 180LA and Boost Mobile on the development of a new Facebook Live show, and handling a naming rights agreement with the Chicago White Sox’s stadium for Guaranteed Rate. Liisa Thomas is noted for social media and data security issues, Robert Newman focuses on IP mandates and Scott Glauberman leads the firm’s product liability group. Brian Fergemann left for an in-house position at McDonald’s.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is recognized for its contentious expertise, which includes preliminary injunction experience. Jeremy Feigelson represented L’Oréal USA in a class action related to the accuracy of the claims made in the client’s advertisements for its anti-aging cream and David Bernstein is defending BA Sports Nutrition in an NAD challenge brought by the makers of Gatorade claiming that the client’s advertising campaign unfairly criticized its brand and falsely suggested that Gatorade is not a sports drink due to its artificial ingredients. Bernstein leads the group, which includes litigators Michael Schaper and Jyotin Hamid; Hamid is representing Merck in a cross-border trademark infringement and false advertising dispute against Merck & Co relating to an advertising campaign. Other clients include the NFL and GlaxoSmithKline. James Pastore and Jeremy Feigelson are also recommended. Washington DC-based cybersecurity expert Luke Dembosky joined from a position at the US Department of Justice. Attorneys mentioned, unless otherwise specified, are based in New York.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP excels in the regulatory space and also has substantial experience representing clients in advertising litigation before the Federal Communications Commission, in consumer class actions and in challenges before the NAD, and is highly regarded for its TCPA expertise. In a recent highlight, Dana Rosenfeld represented Nestlé Nutrition in an FTC investigation into the client’s Good Start infant formula products and whether all claims that the product can reduce infant allergies are substantiated. Christie Grymes Thompson leads the Washington DC-based practice, which includes the highly regarded John Villafranco, who is acting for Riddell, Riddell Sports Group and BRG Sports in several putative class actions relating to the advertising of Revolution football helmets; he has also handled comparative pricing claims for Sprint and represented the client in several advertising challenges with T-Mobile. Other clients include Unilever and Craft Brew Alliance. Gonzalo Mon has substantial NAD experience and New York-based Michael Lynch is recommended for false advertising litigation.

Chicago-based Ross Weisman leads Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s advertising group, which is recognized for its contentious expertise. The team regularly advises clients before the NAD and the National Advertising Review Board (NARB), and has experience in FTC matters. In recent highlights, Washington DC-based Gregg LoCascio successfully defended Abbott in a putative class action relating to its Ensure Muscle Health Shake and Ensure Clinical Strength products, which plaintiffs claim are falsely advertised with phrases such as ‘the number one doctor recommended brand’ and ‘targeted specialized nutrition’; and Chicago-based Robert Ellis represented General Motors in a putative class action alleging false advertising relating to statements made on the fuel economy of its Lambda line of vehicles. LoCascio, Weisman and Robin McCue in Chicago defended Dyson in a lawsuit against SharkNinja alleging Dyson’s ‘Twice the Suction’ claims are false following the release of a new vacuum cleaner by the plaintiff. Jonathan Brightbill in Washington DC and Megan New and Jordan Heinz in Chicago are recommended for false advertising matters.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s eight-partner advertising litigation group is strong on the West Coast, with Tiffany Cheung leading the firm’s consumer class actions practice from San Francisco. Cheung stands out for her TCPA expertise and has recently represented LexisNexis, Kmart, Sears Holdings and 24 Hour Fitness in TCPA litigation. Other highlights included David McDowell in Los Angeles representing FanDuel in several multi-district class actions relating to false advertising and misuse of confidential information, and acting for Gap in a lawsuit in which it is alleged that Banana Republic engaged in a bait-and-switch advertising scheme. Julie O’Neill, who made partner in 2017 and is based in Washington DC, is the key name for regulatory issues; she is representing a children’s educational software company in an FTC investigation and is advising a global logistics company on the use of consumer information in marketing. Other clients include Monster Energy, Del Monte and Twinings. Rebekah Kaufman retired.

The ‘impressive’ eight-partner team at Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘very smart and knowledgeable’ and ‘works diligently on any project it is given, no matter the complexity’. The practice is a ‘go-to’ for advertising litigation; it is highly experienced in false advertising matters and recently defended PVH in three cases alleging false discount price advertising at Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen stores. False advertising practice co-head Lawrence Weinstein, who is ‘thoughtful, diligent and hardworking’, led the matter and is also acting for Church & Dwight in a consumer false advertising class action regarding a local anesthetic product. Ascena Retail Group, T-Mobile, Diageo North America and the NFL are also clients. Other key team members include fellow co-head Brendan O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan, who has experience advising clients before the federal courts and the NAD. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Reed Smith LLP is ‘unparalleled in its advertising knowledge’, with ‘great response times, an amazing team and an exceptional attitude’. The New York-based department, which is ‘incredibly approachable’, regularly represents trade associations and advertising agency networks, but significantly, it no longer acts for agencies in holding companies. The group recently assisted the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations with the renegotiation of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) commercial contracts, valued at over $3bn; practice head Douglas Wood and the ‘truly brilliant’ Stacy Marcus, who are ‘SAG masters’, led the advice. Marcus is also assisting Deckers Brands with an overhaul of its marketing contracts. John Feldman in Washington DC is ‘a leader in the field of promotional marketing’ and assisted HelloWorld with promotional issues in Latin America, Asia and the UAE. Other clients include Reebok, L’Oréal and SFX Entertainment. ‘Advertising agency master’ Keri Bruce is recommended for trade association work, and counts the Association of National Advertisers among her clients. Joseph Rosenbaum moved to Rimon, P.C..

Covington & Burling LLP’s ‘amazing’ group provides ‘actionable advice that is always appropriate and delivered in a timely fashion’. John Graubert and Sarah Wilson jointly head the team from New York; Graubert represented Lumos Labs executives in FTC issues and consent negotiations relating to cognitive training claims surrounding the Lumosity online program; and Wilson is part of the team advising Procter & Gamble on an industry-wide CPSC investigation of single-load liquid laundry pods. Lindsey Tonsager in San Francisco is singled out for her ‘ability to quickly and astutely advise on any number of issues that arise domestically and internationally’; she has a focus on data privacy and is advising Facebook on privacy issues surrounding its digital advertising. Digital marketing is a key strength for the firm and the practice also regularly advises on FTC matters, TCPA litigation and consumer class actions; San Francisco-based of counsel David Jolley acts for various clients in a consumer class action regarding slack fill claims.

At Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee-based Mark Diliberti leads the trademark, copyright and advertising department, which works closely with the firm’s intellectual property team to advise advertising and social media clients on trademark and copyright-related issues. Highlights included representing Herman Miller in trademark litigation against Office Star relating to chair designs and defending Kayak Software in copyright litigation regarding photographs of automobiles used on the client’s rental app. New York-based Jonathan Moskin led the matters and is also defending Games Workshop in a copyright infringement matter relating to a science fiction novel that is claimed to be similar to the plaintiff’s memoir. The firm is also advising Zwivel on privacy and internet-related issues surrounding its new healthcare and cosmetic surgery website. Other clients include 7-Eleven, Citigroup and Unilever. Andrew Baum retired and Jeffrey Greene moved to Fenwick & West LLP.

Jenner & Block LLP’s newly formed advertising practice sits in the firm’s content, media and entertainment group and has notable expertise in entertainment marketing deals, brand issues and sports marketing agreements. Key names Benjamin Mulcahy and Gina Reif Ilardi recently joined the firm’s offices in Los Angeles and New York respectively from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. In a recent highlight, Mulcahy advised Paramount Pictures on multiple co-promotional agreements with Enterprise Holdings, Bing, Vizio and Quicken Loans for Star Trek Beyond; other co-promotional highlights included assisting Paramount Pictures with agreements for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and Transformers: The Last Knight, and advising Lionsgate on co-promotional agreements relating to The Hunger Games, Divergent and Now You See Me 2. Ilardi handled key client FCA US’ advertising campaign, which ran during the American Music Awards and was a collaboration with three different music labels. Edelman and EuropaCorp are also clients. New York-based Andrew Bart is recommended for contentious matters.

Norton Rose Fulbright is recognized for its contentious strength, with practice head Saul Perloff (who also leads the firm’s IP group) and Jeffrey Margulies focusing on Lanham Act matters and consumer class actions respectively. Perloff specializes in advising life sciences and pharmaceutical clients; he is representing Nestlé Health Science in various Lanham Act lawsuits, including one against Method Pharmaceuticals relating to medical foods and prescription supplements. Perloff is also acting for Zylera Pharmaceuticals in a TCPA-related class action lawsuit alleging that it sent unsolicited advertisements via fax machine for the prescription drug Ulesfia. Margulies represented Medical Depot in a consumer class action alleging misrepresentation of the quality and usable life of slings manufactured by the client, which are used to transport disabled individuals.

Andrew Lustigman leads the practice at Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, which specializes in sweepstakes, advertising clearances, regulatory investigations, direct marketing law, NAD matters and mobile marketing. Litigation is also key for the team and Lustigman and litigator Kyle Bisceglie are defending Havas Worldwide and its client TD Ameritrade in a lawsuit brought by Lions Gate Entertainment alleging TD Ameritrade violated the Lanham Act by using the phrase ‘Don’t Put Your Old 401(k) in the Corner’ in its advertising, a line similar to that used in Dirty Dancing. Lustigman is also advising Townsquare Media on various contests, promotions and social media issues, and Tamara Carmichael is assisting Missouri Star Quilt with its Golden Ticket sweepstakes contest. Scott Shaffer is noted for contentious issues. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s practice is co-led by Brian Anderson and Paul Garrity in San Francisco and New York respectively. Anderson recently advised Benefit Cosmetics on a global marketing campaign and assisted Kate Spade with all elements of its fashion promotional campaigns. Garrity, who is particularly prominent in contentious issues, represented MillerCoors in a false advertising consumer class action and represented Beastie Boys in a copyright infringement and false endorsement trial. Other clients include Fitbit and Pirelli. Other notable names include, in Century City, Craig Cardon, who is recommended for false advertising issues, and Brian Pass; and in New York, fashion expert Theodore Max. Benjamin Mulcahy and Gina Reif Ilardi joined Jenner & Block LLP.


Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)

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  2. Data protection and data breach response
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Crisis management is at the forefront of Baker McKenzie LLP’s practice, which includes Lothar Determann in Palo Alto, Brian Hengesbaugh in Chicago, and David Lashway and John Woods in Washington DC, as well as personnel in New York. The team is assisting a global vehicle manufacturer with a security inquiry regarding connected cars. It is also handling the implementation of an international data privacy compliance program for a software company. Other hallmarks of the practice include expertise on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Privacy Shield matters, cybersecurity-related litigation, and internal investigations. Clients include Raytheon, Realogy, Wells Fargo, Westfield Financial Group and Priceline. Washington DC-based Michael Egan was promoted to the partnership in January 2016.

Covington & Burling LLP’s practice is led from the Washington DC office by David Fagan, Kurt Wimmer and James Garland. Garland advises Starbucks on cyber incident preparedness, Fagan advises American Airlines and Eli Lilly on cybersecurity issues, and Wimmer is part of a team which advises a prominent aircraft manufacturer on the development of its information security policies. New York’s Nigel Howard has ‘an excellent understanding of data protection issues associated with technology transactions’ and San Francisco-based Lindsey Tonsager has ‘a firm understanding of data protection compliance issues and astutely advises on domestic and international issues’. Hires in 2016 included of counsel Jennifer Martin in Silicon Valley and special counsel Micaela McMurrough in New York. Margaret Richardson departed for an in-house position at Airbnb.

DLA Piper LLP (US) has ‘an intelligent and practical cyber team, the lawyers provide not only expert advice but deliver findings and analysis in a comprehensible and actionable way’. Washington DC co-chair Jim Halpert led a team that negotiated and drafted revisions to seven state breach notice laws, and advised on student privacy legislation which was enacted in three states on behalf of the State Privacy and Security Coalition. New York’s Vincent Sanchez and Washington DC-based Thomas Boyd are the other co-heads of the practice, which recently saw EU privacy expert Carol Umhoefer swap the firm’s Paris office for New York. Boyd advises on legislative and regulatory issues regarding privacy, financial services and electronic commerce, while Sanchez focuses on complex commercial transactions involving new technologies. New clients include Hyundai Motor America and Synovus Financial. In early 2017, the former co-head of the practice at Sidley Austin LLP, Anna Spencer, joined the firm's Washington DC office, bringing expertise in healthcare privacy matters. Since publication, breach response specialist Tara Swaminatha has joinedSquire Patton Boggs.

Hogan Lovells US LLPhas cutting-edge expertise and is on top of industry trends and developments’. Julie Brill, Marcy Wilder and Harriet Pearson jointly chair the group from Washington DC. Brill joined in March 2016 having previously held the role of commissioner at the FTC; Wilder is ‘a great listener who is deeply experienced’; and Pearson has decades of corporate data privacy and cybersecurity experience. Scott Loughlin ‘is engaging, smart and practical’, and was recently part of a team of outside counsel for WebMD regarding compliance, investigations, policies and procedures in relation to online privacy. On behalf of UCLA Health, Wilder is leading the internal investigation and response to the investigation by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights following the client’s security breach in 2015. The team also continues to handle matters related to the cyber attacks of Anthem and The Home Depot respectively.

According to a client, Hunton & Williams LLP has ‘a competitive edge in the areas of data security and breach response, no other firm comes close’. Lisa Sotto and Brittany Bacon ‘possess encyclopedic understanding of data breach legislation, a practical, action-oriented approach, and a willingness to work the hours on a global data breach response’. Sotto leads the team from New York and recently handled numerous high-profile cyber attacks on behalf of global technology companies. The practice has an impressive client roster made up of Fortune 100 and Forbes Global 2000 companies in the retail, financial services, technology, e-commerce, healthcare, energy and consumer products sectors, and new clients include MasterCard North America, Nordstrom, Loew’s Hotels & Resorts and doTerra. Areas of expertise include developing cybersecurity incident response plans, handling privacy and cybersecurity-related regulatory investigations and enforcement actions brought by data protection authorities, and implementing new requirements under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Morrison & Foerster LLP provides ‘industry-leading advice from a deep and talented team of lawyers’. Miriam Wugmeister is ‘clearly operating at the top of her profession; distinguished by her passion, ability to relate to clients, and practical business-minded advice’. New York-based Wugmeister heads the team alongside San Diego-based Andrew Serwin and both are preeminent in the field, handling complex and sensitive US and international privacy matters on behalf of multinational organizations. Recent highlights include representing a children’s educational software company in an investigation by the FTC alleging the company had made a COPPA violation; advising one of the largest global pharmaceutical companies on a number of global data protection and privacy projects; and assisting a global payments technology company with data protection issues arising from its geographic expansion and new product offerings. Washington DC-based Julie O’Neill was promoted to the partnership in January 2017.

The ‘top-notchRopes & Gray LLP practice is ‘always professional and timely, consistently operates at a high level and produces exceptional work and guidance’. Boston-based Douglas Meal and Heather Egan Sussman are the main partners; Meal focuses on defending companies targeted by government investigations alleging privacy and data security violations, while Sussman focuses on privacy, information security and consumer protection. Recent highlights include assisting Supervalu with its response to cyber attacks on certain sectors of its computer network, which included investigating the attack, communicating with customers and regulators, and responding to payment card brand inquiries. The team is also representing medical laboratory LabMD in its petition to the Court of Appeal for a review of an FTC decision which held the client liable for allegedly violating FTC rules through its data security practices. Michelle Visser is highly experienced in defending companies against data security breach claims.

Data breach response is what the team at Baker & Hostetler LLP is best known for, having handled 350 incidents in 2016. Practice head Theodore Kobus in New York, Cincinnati-based Craig Hoffman and Will Daugherty in Houston acted as incident response counsel to clients including Madison Square Garden, O’Charley’s, Landry’s, AXA Financial and Whole Foods regarding payment card data security incidents. The team is experienced in representing companies in investigations by the FTC and state attorneys general. Carol Van Cleef joined the Washington DC office in November 2016 from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, bringing expertise in fintech, regulatory compliance and incident response and preparedness. Elsewhere, Cincinnati-based Pat Haggerty was promoted to the partnership and Tanya Forsheit departed for New York firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC. Melinda McLellan is another key team member.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP welcomed a host of new lawyers throughout 2016. Former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner joined the Palo Alto office, the Washington DC office welcomed former acting associate US Attorney General Stuart Delery, Stephanie Brooker joined the same office and is the former Director of the Enforcement Division of the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and internet privacy expert Kristin Linsley joined the San Francisco office. Alexander Southwell heads the practice from the New York office and handles matters for Facebook, MySpace, Intel and American General. Michael Li-Ming Wong operates from San Francisco and Palo Alto and recently handled a high-profile class action arising from a data breach for Uber which was ultimately dismissed, and assisted Wells Fargo with an investigation into the client’s practice of customer telephone call recordings conducted by a special task force (comprising the California Attorney General and the district attorneys’ offices for Los Angeles, Alameda, San Diego, Riverside and Ventura Counties), which reached a settlement in March 2016.

Boston-based co-chairs Lynne Barr and Brenda Sharton lead Goodwin’s team, which recently welcomed former chief privacy officer at the Department of Homeland Security Karen Neuman to its Washington DC office. Veronica McGregor joined in San Francisco from Hogan Lovells US LLP and brings expertise in regulatory compliance matters, particularly with respect to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Recent highlights include handling five high-profile class actions under the TCPA on behalf of Quicken Loans, which involved third-party consent. In another matter, on behalf of Opower, the team handled privacy due diligence and the negotiation of the privacy and data security provisions of the acquisition agreement between Opower and Oracle. Advising financial services providers on federal privacy compliance is another strength of the firm.

The ‘first-rateLatham & Watkins LLP practice recently welcomed Serrin Turner from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York’s criminal division, where he was the lead cybercrime prosecutor. Also in New York, Douglas Yatter joined from the enforcement division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he served as chief trial attorney. Washington DC-based Jennifer Archie chairs the practice and is highly experienced in cybersecurity, the CAN-SPAM Act and data privacy. Archie recently co-led a team defending Delta Airlines in a case brought by the Californian government accusing the client of violating a state privacy law with its mobile app, which resulted in a dismissal and the client being awarded costs on appeal. For Vizio, the team advises on all matters pertaining to data privacy and security globally, including in the acquisition of Cognitive Media and transactional work involving data analytics.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP provides ‘very specific industry knowledge and extremely appropriate advice’. Antony Kim in Washington DC and Aravind Swaminathan in Seattle are the partners to note and each have strengths in cybersecurity risk management and incident response planning. Washington DC-based of counsel Emily Tabatabai ‘has an extraordinary depth of knowledge in student data privacy matters’. The team is currently handling a data breach investigation affecting 35,000 individuals in the US and Canada on behalf of Acer America. For Premera Blue Cross, the team is handling a data breach which affected approximately 11 million individuals. For WW Grainger, the team is assisting with the development of data maps, global data transfers, designing and implementing global privacy compliance programs, and cybersecurity preparedness and response.

The overall level of service at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is ‘exemplary’. Brian Finch is, according to one client, ‘the gold standard for cyber attorneys; his depth of knowledge is unsurpassed and his ability to identify, interact with and influence policymakers is remarkable’. Finch co-chairs the practice with fellow Washington DC lawyer Deborah Thoren-Peden. The team recently welcomed Peri Mahaley from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, who has expertise in insurance claims arising from cyber attacks. Recent highlights include advising FireEye on securing SAFETY Act certification for two of the company’s cybersecurity products and assisting NTT Data Corp with its purchase of Dell’s IT services arm, Dell Systems, for $3.06bn, in which senior counsel Catherine Meyer was engaged to review privacy provisions in connection with the deal. The team also acted as regulatory and privacy counsel to Green Dot with respect to its acquisition of AccountNow, due to the cardholder and associated data the acquired company holds.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘client service is stellar in terms of responsiveness, depth of knowledge, and providing practical legal advice geared towards business goals’. The practice is known for advising on compliance with state, federal and global obligations, and defending claims arising from alleged breaches on behalf of large multinational companies. Kristen Mathews leads the team from the New York office and is noted for advising high-profile companies on cyber breach response practices and exercises, children’s and healthcare privacy, identity theft prevention, and geolocation matters. The team recently advised a global financial advisory agency on privacy issues and restrictions related to reporting hotlines, and reviewed the company’s privacy policies and notices to ensure compliance with global privacy laws.

The team at Reed Smith LLPhas excellent subject matter expertise and credibility with regulators’. Michael O’Neil led a team which represented Sterling in two related national class actions alleging numerous violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Chicago-based O’Neil is an expert on global regulatory enforcement, TCPA compliance and defense of class action privacy claims. Mark Melodia splits his time between New York and Princeton and co-heads the practice alongside Princeton-based Paul Bond. Melodia ‘is strong overall on strategy and interacting with regulators’, and New York’s Therese Craparo ‘has deep knowledge of technology issues’. The team recently welcomed Gerard Stegmaier in Washington DC from Goodwin, counsel Samuel Cullari, who splits his time between Philadelphia and Washington DC, from an in-house position at Comcast, Michael Galibois in Chicago from Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC, and Bart Huffman in Houston from Locke Lord LLP.

Sidley Austin LLP’s practice is led by Edward McNicholas and Alan Raul from the Washington DC office. McNicholas has represented major retailers in litigation and investigative challenges following cybersecurity attacks, and Raul has over 20 years’ experience in practicing privacy and data security law. The team is currently representing AT&T in a communications privacy case in Texas, having previously successfully represented the client in preventing RadioShack from selling the client’s confidential consumer data. Internal promotions include Kwaku Akowuah and Colleen Brown; Akowuah focuses on Supreme Court and appellate matters, including high-profile privacy and data protection litigation, and Brown has significant experience in privacy and data protection compliance, litigation and regulatory enforcement actions, including those focused on information security and data breach response. In early 2017, former co-head of the practice Anna Spencer moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s team is led by Stewart Baker in Washington DC and Michael Vatis in New York. Vatis is ‘a true star; he is a deep thinker, thoroughly analyzes issues, identifies solutions and is able to apply his analysis to business reality’. Baker has considerable expertise in regulatory compliance and data breach response matters. The team is assisting VTech with its response to a hack of customer information, resulting in class action suits, investigations by regulators and data protection authorities, and congressional inquiries. Other highlights included representing The Coalition for Responsible Cybersecurity, a group of companies founded by Ionic Security to oppose the adoption of a Commerce Department rule pertaining to a license requirement for certain cybersecurity export goods; advising Verizon on international legal issues concerning cloud computing; and assisting with the formation of the Blockchain Alliance, a public-private association formed by the bitcoin community to help fight criminal activity involving bitcoin and blockchain technology. Of counsel Alan Cohn is co-chair of the firm’s blockchain and digital currency practice and is another name to note.

WilmerHale’s team recently welcomed Alejandro Mayorkas, who previously served as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; he splits his time between Los Angeles and Washington DC and focuses on internal investigations, cybersecurity, crisis management and national security. Benjamin Powell co-leads the practice with fellow Washington DC lawyer D Reed Freeman, who is ‘an expert in the area of privacy law; he understands not only the legal landscape, but also the expectations of the FTC and industry self-regulatory guidance and benchmarking’. Powell typically handles data breaches and related investigations, and recently handled a wide range of privacy and data security issues on behalf of a global hardware company, including advice on EU data security and privacy issues, responding to government subpoenas, legislation, best practices for incident response, and internal investigations. Heather Zachary regularly advises Bose on privacy, data security and consumer protection issues under federal, state and international law.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s practice heads are Dallas-based Michelle Reed, Washington DC-based David Turetsky, and Natasha Kohne, who splits her time between San Francisco and Abu Dhabi. Kohne is highly experienced in international data protection and cybersecurity matters; Reed has expertise in providing privacy and security risk assessments and developing policies and procedures to mitigate cybersecurity threats; and Turetsky advises on privacy and cybersecurity regulations, risk management, incident response preparation, data governance and policies. Recent work includes handling a data breach for online sports retailer Honig’s Whistle Stop that affected consumers in the US and globally; this included a forensic investigation, customer notification, call center management, state regulatory negotiations, handling public relations, and notifying state attorneys general.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP was created in January 2017 via the combination of Kaye Scholer and Arnold & Porter. The new team has seven partners based in Washington DC and New York, with expertise spanning federal and state data protection issues, cybersecurity matters relating to government contracts, and regulatory compliance and litigation. In the Washington DC office, Adam Golodner is ‘absolutely top tier’, and Nancy Perkins, Ronald Lee, Marcus Asner and Kenneth Chernof are also recommended. Recent highlights include advising a telecoms company on HIPAA privacy, creating a data privacy program for an employment agency, and advising Lutron Electronics on the data privacy aspects of its cloud computing arrangements. Chernof is experienced in data breach litigation and is handling cases for Adobe, Barnes & Noble, Leidos, and Horizon Blue Cross.

Margo Tank and Elizabeth McGinn lead Buckley Sandler LLP’s practice, which is known for advising financial services clients on big data, security breaches and regulatory enforcement actions and investigations. Tank focuses on the intersection of financial services and technology and is experienced in government enforcement, while McGinn handles all types of regulatory investigations. Chicago-based James Shreve was promoted to counsel in January 2016. Recent highlights include advising SEC-regulated clients on global privacy and data security matters, specifically on global data flow restrictions, safeguarding requirements, vendor management and contracts, and preparation for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cybersecurity reviews. The team is also assisting two clients with FTC investigations relating to their privacy and data security compliance. Douglas Gansler, John Kromer and Jeffrey Naimon are other notable partners; individuals are located in Washington DC except New York-based McGinn.

Cooley LLP’s lawyers advised on 26 data security breaches during 2016 and defended over 50 class actions, largely against government regulators. Matthew Brown and Michael Rhodes in San Francisco and Randy Sabett in Washington DC are co-heads of the practice. Rhodes and Brown recently defended Facebook in a consolidated class actions suit involving the alleged violation of users’ privacy rights, which was dismissed in June 2016. Sabett acted for a dating application when its servers were being used to access servers of another company and also advised an HR services company when an employee was targeted by a phishing email which ultimately led to the exposure of personal employee information. Other highlights included defending Twitter in a privacy class action alleging violations of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act.

Davis & Gilbert LLP’s service levels are ‘excellent, specifically the response times and ability to react to changing requirements and requests’. Gary Kibel’s knowledge of the space is second to none’; he leads the New York practice with Richard Eisert. The team is assisting new client Adbrain with regulatory compliance, and other client gains include Bitly and Sprinklr. The practice has notable strengths in Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) related issues and is advising numerous advertisers and their agencies on their privacy policies, websites, mobile apps and promotions to ensure compliance with new regulations is met. Other work highlights included advising life sciences start-up Evoke Neuroscience on all aspects of its technology and data collection service. The team also assists non-profit healthcare providers, hospitals, insurance providers and employer-sponsored group health plans with all HIPAA privacy and security concerns. Oriyan Gitig is another name to note.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s New York based team ‘takes great pride in understanding clients’ internal processes, controls and culture, and brings great professionalism, expertise and work ethic’. Jeremy Feigelson leads the ‘top-of-the-game’ practice, which includes the ‘highly accomplishedJim Pastore as well as David Sarratt and new arrival from the Department of Justice Luke Dembosky, who is ‘an extremely competent litigator and negotiator, specifically regarding international cybercrime, intellectual property crimes and incident response’. The team assisted the National Basketball Association with its incident response plan through tabletop exercises and also provided American Express with a global cyber program, which included pre-breach and risk mitigation advice. Demonstrating its COPPA expertise, the team defended a compliance investigation by the New York Attorney General against Viacom.

Jenner & Block LLP welcomed two new arrivals from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Gina Ilardi in New York and Benjamin Mulcahy in Los Angeles. Mary Ellen Callahan leads the team from the Washington DC office and is well known for her expertise in data breach incident response. She worked with special counsel Heidi Wachs for Brunswick Corporation concerning a tax scam incident resulting in a federal enforcement investigation. The team also advises clients on compliance with federal, state and foreign data security and cybersecurity laws, and often acts for government contractors in relation to insider threat programs and cybersecurity obligations. In another highlight, the team is providing a global financial institution with board-level cybersecurity tabletop exercises.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s practice head Dana Rosenfeld is highly experienced in privacy, data security and consumer finance-related issues at federal and state level. Key partner Alysa Hutnik is an expert on laws relating to the Internet of Things (IOT), John Heitmann’s strengths lie in advising clients on governmental compliance in the telecoms space, while special counsel Christopher Loeffler has regulatory expertise in, among other things, e-commerce, data security, privacy and other consumer protection issues. Hutnik represented XO Communications in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceedings in which the FCC sought to impose privacy and data security regulations on broadband providers and to update its existing privacy and security regulation for voice, cable and satellite providers. Rosenfeld and Hutnik advise Disney on all of its privacy and marketing issues, including providing regulatory advice. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

New York lawyers Ieuan Jolly, James Taylor and Kenneth Florin lead Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice, which has a reputation for data optimization work alongside the traditional offering of international and domestic data privacy advice. In a recent highlight, the team advised a payment card client on its global privacy strategy and provided analysis of transactional data in connection with the launch of its new mobile app. The team is also advising a media company on a high-value data services contract, which involves data hosting, analytics, insights, predictive modeling and data leveraging and processing through the client’s global digital platforms. HBO, Phoenix Life Insurance, Toyota, Unilever and iHeartMedia are all clients.

Washington DC-based Rajesh De leads Mayer Brown’s practice, which was successful in its representation of Spokeo in the landmark Supreme Court case, Spokeo, Inc v Robins, where the team defended its client against an FCRA violation claim. The team is representing Starwood Hotels and an operating company in a class action lawsuit as a result of a data breach which compromised payment card information at multiple hotels. Other clients include Bank of Montreal, St Jude Medical, PwC International and Auto-ISAC. New recruits in Washington DC include Kendall Burman, who was previously deputy general counsel for the US Department of Commerce; Daniel Stein, who previously served as chief of the criminal division at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; and former Department of Defense special counsel David Simon.

Tysons’ Andrew Konia is head of McGuireWoods LLP’s practice, which is particularly experienced in TCPA litigation, information governance and healthcare data privacy issues. On behalf of Wells Fargo, the team secured the dismissal of a class action alleging that credit card networks and major issuing banks conspired to transfer the liability for fraudulent charges onto merchants, in connection with the credit card payment industry’s transition from magnetic stripe credit cards to chip cards. Healthcare specialist Nathan Kottkamp of the Richmond office leads a team of outside counsel for KPMG’s HIPAA work, which includes providing daily advice on its HIPAA business associate agreements and the development of its HIPAA policies and procedures. Kottkamp also assisted Ideal Image with a data breach involving customer information, and advised on HIPAA matters.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s practice is led by senior counsel in Houston John Tomaszewski and Scott Carlson in Chicago. Tomaszewski’s expertise includes advising on IOT issues and cryptocurrency platforms using blockchain technology, while Carlson advises clients on information governance issues, including computer forensics, cybersecurity and IT-related policies. Richard Lutkus, who splits his time between San Francisco and Chicago, and Washington DC-based Karla Grossenbacherdo a spectacular job; they provide timely responses and give sage advice on investigating breaches and notifying customers’. The team is assisting a media company with the global information governance of its data privacy and protection issues, including cross-border transfer of personal data and international litigation and regulatory proceedings. Further highlights included advising a drug testing company on Privacy Shield compliance, providing privacy advice to a healthcare company with regard to implementing an email-based opt-in marketing program, and conducting a HIPAA compliance assessment on a large medical practice.

The privacy group at Venable LLP is ‘second to none’, according to one client. Led by Stuart Ingis and Emilio Cividanes from Washington DC, the practice is known for investigations, privacy litigation, compliance advice and crisis management. Charles Curran joined in October 2016 and has expertise in privacy and data protection issues pertaining to online advertising, digital marketing and cross-industry self-regulation. The team is representing Amazon in ongoing litigation with the FTC, in which the FTC alleges that the client failed to obtain informed consent for in-app charges incurred by minors on smart devices. The team also serves as lead counsel to Amazon regarding the FTC’s investigation into the company’s billing practices associated with in-app purchases of apps marketed to children. The group also acts for several coalitions, including the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy and Law, the Self-Driving Cars Coalition, and the Digital Advertising Alliance.

Winston & Strawn LLP covers the full range of data security matters, from investigations, litigation and data breaches to consumer, employee, financial and healthcare privacy. Team head Liisa Thomas, who splits her time between Chicago and London, is highly recommended, and clients value her ‘practical, creative and thoughtful solutions’. Thomas recently assisted Volvo Financial Services with a global movement of personal data and also advised on updating the client’s internal policies and procedures. Other highlights included advising Fortune Brands Home & Security and its subsidiaries on their respective privacy obligations, revamping the companies’ privacy disclosures, and assisting with general privacy compliance matters, including the launch of a new mobile app. New clients include Bonial Enterprises North America and Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide. New York-based Kari Rollins, Chicago-based Robert Newman and Houston-based Sheryl Falk are key contacts.

Foley & Lardner LLP handles high-profile and day-to-day security breaches and is particularly well versed in healthcare privacy matters. Los Angeles-based breach response expert James Kalyvas heads the practice, and Jacksonville-based Chanley Howell handles data breach simulation exercises on behalf of global hospitality companies. The team is assisting Sentry Insurance with a risk assessment and review of its data security and privacy practices. For Harley-Davidson and Harley-Davidson Financial Services, the team is handling privacy and security compliance obligations. Charles Schwab, Union Bank and Universal Health Services are also clients. Jennifer Rathburn joined the Milwaukee office from Quarles & Brady LLP, bringing expertise in healthcare regulations, data privacy and cybersecurity.

Recent additions at Jones Day include Richard Martinez joining the Minneapolis office from Robins Kaplan LLP in January 2017. In Irvine, Edward Chang transferred from the business and tort litigation department to the cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice, and in Boston, Lisa Ropple joined in October 2016 from an in-house position at Staples. New York-based Mauricio Paez collaborated with the Munich office to advise the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers on negotiations with various EU data protection authorities regarding data retention requirements. Paez and Los Angeles-based Daniel McLoon jointly lead the team, and other key partners include Atlanta-based Todd McClelland, Columbus-based Todd Kennard, Irvine-based John Vogt and Dallas-based Richard Johnson. Representative clients include Cardinal Health, Experian, Salesforce.com, Sirius XM Radio, Educational Testing Service and iYogi.

According to one client, Locke Lord LLPsucceeds at providing big business attention and services to small and mid-sized companies’. Ted Augustinos (Hartford), Molly McGinnis Stine, Thomas Smedinghoff (both Chicago) and David Szabo (Boston) are the core members of the practice, following Bart Huffman’s departure to Reed Smith LLP. Smedinghoff is ‘an exceptional attorney; he is knowledgeable and thoughtful and has an excellent ability to explain complex issues’. Augustinos is praised for his ‘bedside manner’, and the whole team is applauded for ‘its wide array of expertise and willingness to understand the complexity of the client’s business’. Augustinos handled a matter for new client Amica Mutual Insurance, which involved a revision of its privacy and data protection policies and procedures. AmTrust North America, Open Identity Exchange and Great American Insurance Group are other clients.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP has particular expertise in the connected cars space and in a recent example advised KMA, a subsidiary of Kia Motors, on compliance with Global Automakers’ consumer privacy protection principles. Donna Wilson heads the practice from Los Angeles, closely supported by Christine Reilly; and New York-based Marc Roth is co-chair of the firm’s TCPA compliance and class action defense practice. The team was also retained by New York & Company to defend against a putative TCPA class action before the US District Court for the District of Columbia in which the plaintiffs allege that the client continued to send text messages after it had revoked consent. For WW Grainger, the team assisted with TCPA compliance, which expanded to advice on compliance with CAN-SPAM for email marketing and a review of the client’s telemarketing plans and customer relationship management issues. In another highlight, the team is assisting non profit New York eHealth Collaborative with ensuring the health information exchange in New York is compliant with federal and state laws.

The McDermott Will & Emery LLP practice is co-chaired by Michael Morgan, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, Chicago-based Daniel Gottlieb and Boston-based Mark Schreiber. Gottlieb is known for his healthcare practice, with particular strengths in advising on HIPAA compliance and other federal and state privacy, security and breach notification laws; Morgan advises on cyber incident preparation, prevention and response; and Schreiber advises on global privacy coordination and Privacy Shield issues. Recent highlights include handling a whistleblowing hotline project on behalf of a Japanese client, involving data protection issues in various jurisdictions including the US, Canada, Mexico, and various EU and Asian countries; handling a series of large data breaches for a global risk management company and advising a cloud-based electronic health record system vendor on a range of cybersecurity issues.

David Navetta and Boris Segalis co-chair Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s department from Denver and are known for their strengths in compliance and risk management, data transactions, breach preparedness and response, investigations and disputes. Recent highlights include advising an insurance agency and its policyholders in response to data security incidents. The team is also assisting a healthcare services provider with its response to a data security incident affecting 300,000 individuals in the US and internationally. For a pharmaceuticals company, the team is advising on global data protection compliance issues, including GDPR compliance, data mapping, and the development of a privacy program and policies. Pfizer, MasterCard, Aramark, BuzzFeed, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Xcel Energy are all clients.

Paul Hastings LLP’s practice is co-chaired by Washington DC-based Behnam Dayanim and San Francisco’s Thomas Counts and also has strength in New York. Counts is a litigator focusing on privacy, data security law and other technology-related litigation, while Dayanim is an expert in regulatory compliance, internal and regulatory investigations, and data breach response. Demonstrating its strengths in fintech, the team assisted NerdWallet with the development of a privacy and compliance charter, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and FCRA compliance, and an overall audit program. For the US branch of a cosmetics company, the team assisted with a range of privacy and digital marketing issues and the negotiation of contracts with service providers, and advised on regulatory obligations. JP Morgan Chase, Marsh McLennon, Paysafe, Pfizer, Syniverse Technologies, Visa and Arby’s are all clients.

In February 2016, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP welcomed Laura Jehl in Washington DC as a new co-leader of the group; she was previously general counsel and chief privacy and security officer at Resolution Health, a subsidiary of health insurer Anthem. In September 2016, also in Washington DC, former Homeland Security deputy general counsel Jonathan Meyer joined the team. The team’s other co-leader, Craig Cardon, handles privacy and data-related advertising litigation for blue-chip retailers and ‘has very deep industry knowledge and the ability to give business-sensitive advice’. Recent mandates for the firm include acting for BitGo in connection with the theft, from a business partner, of $72m in bitcoins, which included crisis management coordination with blockchain-industry forensic experts. The team also assisted Duo Security with drafting its cyber incident response plan and advised a major cable communications provider, Charter Communications, on a range of privacy and cybersecurity matters, including advice on new FCC regulations for internet service providers.


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Highlights for Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, hailed as ‘one of the premier M&A firms in the field’, include advising Amblin Partners and Steven Spielberg on the formation of Amblin Partners by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One. Faiza Saeed led the matter and is also assisting DreamWorks Animation, alongside Eric Schiele and Ting Chen, with its sale to NBCUniversal, totaling $4.1bn. The practice also has a notable contentious element and in a recent appeal before the Ninth Circuit, Karin DeMasi, Evan Chesler and Benjamin Gruenstein secured affirmation of a dismissal on behalf of DreamWorks Animation in a consolidated securities class action suit relating to the alleged misrepresentation of the financial performance of the company’s animated film Turbo. DeMasi and Chesler are also representing Warner Bros Entertainment and New Line Cinema in a dispute with Miramax and the Weinstein brothers regarding the revenue shares from the second and third installments of The Hobbit franchise. Other clients include ABC, Barnes & Noble, Time Warner and Vivendi. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP assists clients across the media, entertainment and technology arena, and is noted for its advice to film and gaming clients. Examples include Otter Media and Machine Zone, the latter of which Century City-based group co-head Ruth Fisher advised on a spokesperson agreement with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the modern warfare game, Mobile Strike. The group also draws on the firm’s global footprint and recently advising Universal Pictures on a multi-year film financing agreement with Chinese production company Perfect World Pictures - the first such collaboration between a non-state-owned Chinese entertainment company and a major US studio. The firm is also advising Universal on its partnership with Amblin Partners. Department co-heads Scott Edelman and Orin Snyder, based in Century City and New York respectively, are recommended for contentious matters. Edelman is representing Discovery Communications in a budget fraud case and Snyder is acting for Yik Yak and its founders following an alleged breach of a partnership agreement. Benyamin Ross in Los Angeles made partner in 2016. Since publication, Stephen Tsoneff has moved into an in-house position at Madison Wells Media.

Latham & Watkins LLPcontinually delivers at the absolute highest level’ with ‘a professional and efficient approach that is unmatched in the market’. Led by the ‘exceptionalJoseph Calabrese, the team advises on transactional and contentious issues for a high-profile client list, which includes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, MGM Studios and The Walt Disney Company. Recent highlights include advising Legendary Entertainment on its $3.5bn acquisition by Dalian Wanda Group, and assisting Participant Media with the formation of Amblin Partners, a joint venture with DreamWorks Studios, Reliance Media and Entertainment One. ‘Brilliant litigatorMarvin Putnam recently defended Steel House following an alleged counterfeit click fraud scheme, and is also acting for Open Road Films against The Weinstein Company in an issue regarding the upcoming Playmobil movie. Clients single out Christopher Brearton as ‘someone who is truly passionate about the industry’ and ‘a pleasure to work with’. The ‘absolutely excellentKenneth Deutsch, the ‘incredibly helpfulNancy Bruington and independent film and television expert Robert Haymer are other noteworthy names. All attorneys are based in the Century City office.

Craig Emanuel leads the team at Loeb & Loeb LLP, which advises across all elements of the entertainment industry and has substantial experience in the Chinese market. Stephen Saltzman heads the firm’s Asia entertainment practice, which is advising Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Company on the development of a Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, and is also assisting Huayi Brothers Media Corp with the financing of a $350m multimedia entertainment joint venture with film directors the Russo brothers. John Frankenheimer leads the firm’s music industry practice and New York-based Marc Chamlin heads the television practice; Chamlin is particularly experienced in reality television issues. Entertainment finance is another key area and group head Mickey Mayerson advised Warren Beatty on the financing and distribution of the film Rules Don’t Apply. In New York, Carol Kaplan and Stefan Schick are recommended for theater work; productions they have advised on include Wicked, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Groundhog Day. Attorneys named, unless otherwise specified, are based in Los Angeles.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Century City-based department fields ‘exceptional’ transactional and litigation teams, which cover a wide range of issues for clients including Miramax, Warner Bros Entertainment and FremantleMedia. The highly regarded Daniel Petrocelli leads the department’s contentious expertise and recently acted for Fox Broadcasting Company in a trademark infringement dispute relating to the hit television show Empire. Other highlights for Petrocelli included representing Sirius XM in multiple copyright lawsuits relating to performance rights for pre-1972 sound recordings and acting for pop star Kesha in a contract dispute with producer Lukasz Gottwald. The transactional team is led by Matthew Erramouspe, Stephen Scharf and Bruce Tobey, and has notable cross-border expertise, particularly in China; Erramouspe recently advised Alibaba on a co-production and finance deal with Amblin Partners, and Scharf assisted IMAX with the creation of an IMAX China Film Fund. Other mandates included assisting The Void with the creation of a Ghostbusters-themed virtual reality (VR) experience at Madame Tussauds New York and advising Revolution Studios on its acquisition of Tango Film’s movie library, which includes World War Z and Hugo. Litigator Molly Lens is also recommended.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLPstands out as one of the best in the media finance space’, advising clients on the financing of film, television and music projects. The New York-based team, led by John Burke, primarily acts for lenders, with a client roster including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase Securities and City National Bank. Recent highlights include advising CIT Bank on the financing via credit facility of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, handling a multi-year co-financing agreement with Warner Bros Entertainment for RatPac-Dune Entertainment, and assisting East West Bank with the financing of multiple television and movie projects, including Orange is the New Black, War of the Planet of the Apes, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Other key names include Marissa Román Griffith, Christopher Spicer and senior counsel Alissa Miller.

Clients single out Debevoise & Plimpton LLP for its ability to ‘always do a terrific job navigating complex and high-profile issues’ while ‘providing consistently top-quality solutions’. In a notable highlight, practice co-head Jonathan Levitsky advised Discovery Communications on its investment in Lionsgate, and Lionsgate’s subsequent $4.4bn acquisition of Starz. Other clients include Amazon.com and the NFL; co-head Michael Schaper is representing the latter in a class action brought by former players regarding payment for continued use of old game footage. The team also operates in the private equity space and recently assisted The Carlyle Group with its investment in production company NEP Group. Co-head Michael Diz is noted for his telecoms expertise, clients praise ‘impressive’ IP litigator David Bernstein and M&A specialist Richard Bohm is recommended. All attorneys are based in New York.

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC’s ‘outstanding’ team is ‘exceptional in the media arena’ providing ‘spot-on, responsive and well-considered advice’, which garners ‘a perfect performance score’ from clients. The practice is ‘brilliant across the board’, particularly in film, theater and television, with notable talent representation through Los Angeles-based Andrew Hurwitz. Example clients include Tom McCarthy, James Gunn and Frozen director Jennifer Lee; Hurwitz is advising Lee on a deal to create a Broadway version of the Disney musical. Further highlights for the department included acting for Hasbro and its film label Allspark Pictures in a collaboration with Paramount Pictures to create films based on Hasbro toys, and advising the Roald Dahl Estate on licensing deals with major studios, licensing the estate’s books for film and television purposes. The New York-based practice is co-led by Michael Williams and Richard Heller, and clients recommend the ‘highly collaborative’ Richard Hofstetter and Victoria Cook, who is ‘extraordinary’.

Los Angeles-based Irell & Manella LLP excels in both transactional and contentious matters, led by Joshua Grode and Steven Marenberg respectively. An impressive client roster includes The Walt Disney Company, Lionsgate, Miramax and Warner Bros Entertainment. Marenberg recently defended United Talent Agency in an antitrust and business tort lawsuit, securing a dismissal for the client, and Grode advised Dalian Wanda Group on its $3.5bn acquisition of Legendary Entertainment. Grode is also assisting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the issuance of $341m in ‘Oscar Bonds’ to finance a new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Litigator Robert Schwartz is highly praised by clients and successfully defended CBS in a copyright suit relating to pre-1972 sound recordings.

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘unparalleled combination of technical skill and commercial pragmatism’ makes it ‘one of the best for litigation’, particularly copyright infringement, trademark and contract disputes. Recent highlights include New York-based practice co-head Andrew Bart acting for Jay Z in a copyright infringement issue relating to the use of a sampled composition in the song Big Pimpin’ and representing Kanye West in a proposed class action relating to the album The Life of Pablo and the alleged misrepresentation of its exclusive streaming rights on streaming service Tidal. Los Angeles-based department co-head Richard Stone is defending Fox Broadcasting Company in multiple copyright infringement cases regarding the television show Empire, one of which relates to the character Cookie Lyon, which the plaintiff claims is based on a story told in her autobiography. Other clients include 21st Century Fox, Electronic Arts and FanDuel. Anthony Basich joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP and clients single out ‘real star’ David Singer; both are based in Los Angeles. Special counsel David Sussman joined the New York office in 2017.

The ‘excellent’ Lindsay Conner and music expert Gary Gilbert lead the entertainment and media practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, which ‘stands out as one of the best among the overwhelming abundance of firms in Los Angeles’, and is ‘responsive, proactive and knowledgeable’, with ‘a bright and creative approach’. Conner also leads the firm’s film, television and digital content team, and recently advised Sony Pictures Entertainment on a slate co-financing deal in the VR space, the first deal of its kind. ‘Zealous advocate and confidence-building ally’ Robert Jacobs is recommended for contentious issues and is representing Warner Bros Records in a lawsuit against Avenged Sevenfold following the band’s attempt to end its contract with the label. Lee Phillips is another key name for music-related mandates and Charles Biederman is ‘bright, diplomatic and forward thinking’. All attorneys mentioned are based in Los Angeles.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s New York-based team covers a wide range of matters, including IP issues, M&A and litigation. Corporate department head Robert Schumer, Ariel Deckelbaum and practice deputy chair Justin Hamill are key names; Hamill recently advised WME IMG Holdings on its acquisition of Ultimate Fighting Championship and also acted for Vice Media in its joint venture with A+E Networks to launch Viceland, a new 24-hour cable channel. Other clients include DreamWorks Animation and Imagine Entertainment; Deckelbaum is advising the latter on an investment into the company by The Raine Group. Robert Zochowski is recommended for media financing mandates and practice head Charles Googe focuses on talent deals.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP advises clients across the film, television, gaming, digital and technology sectors at a national and international level. Amazon Studios is a key client for the team and Robert Darwell regularly advises on the client’s film and television productions; examples include Café Society and Manchester by the Sea. Other clients include Supermassive Games, which Robb Klein advised on its hit game, Until Dawn; Oculus VR, for which Shaun Clark is handling several agreements related to VR content production; and Tang Media Partners, which Clark and Linda Michaelson are advising on its acquisition of IM Global. Martin Katz and James Curry are recommended for contentious issues; Katz defended Global Eagle Entertainment in several high-profile music copyright cases. All named attorneys are based in Century City.

Sidley Austin LLP’s newly opened Century City office bolsters the firm’s Los Angeles-based practice, which excels in M&A transactions, litigation, IP, private equity issues, and film and television financing. Century City-based Matthew Thompson leads the department; he recently advised Entertainment One on its involvement in the formation of Amblin Partners and is also assisting Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst with the disposal of their interest in United Artists Media Group to MGM Studios. Film finance expert Richard Petretti and Russell Weiss, both based in Century City, joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP respectively; Weiss is handling an option and acquisition of rights agreement with Lionsgate on behalf of Take-Two Interactive Software that would allow Lionsgate to produce films based on the client’s Borderlands video game franchise. Los Angeles-based litigator Bradley Ellis and IP specialist Stephen Fronk in San Francisco are recommended.

Arent Fox LLP’s Washington DC-based department stands out for its IP expertise, with practice head Anthony Lupo a ‘go-to attorney’ in the field. In a recent highlight, Lupo represented key client Discovery Communications in a trademark dispute with tire manufacturer Continental relating to one of its tire products named Eurosport, which is also the name of one of Discovery Communications’ television channels; Lupo is also advising Diane Von Furstenberg on IP issues regarding a new television show. Michael Grow is recognized for his trademark expertise and is handling trademark issues for Warner Bros Entertainment surrounding multiple film and television productions, including Harry Potter and The Wizard of Oz. Music copyright expert Paul Fakler in New York counts Music Choice and Sirius XM Radio among his clients; he is representing the latter before the Copyright Royalty Board in the webcasting IV royalty rate proceedings.

Dentons’ department, led by Natalie Spears and David Blood, is recognized for its contentious and regulatory strength representing clients in Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) and Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA) class actions and First Amendment issues. Recent highlights include defending Dow Jones & Company in a national class action alleging violations of the VPPA, defending Condé Nast in a VRPA putative class action, and representing the Chicago Tribune Company in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit regarding the private emails and text messages of the Mayor of Chicago. Other standout work includes James Klenk and St Louis-based Roger Heidenreich representing the St Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams) in multiple class actions relating to the franchise’s relocation. Attorneys named, unless otherwise stated, are based in Chicago.

At Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, transactional specialist Michael Hobel heads the Century City-based department, which is recognized for its strength advising clients in the entertainment content, animation and merchandising sectors, as well as in financing transactions, corporate issues and litigation. Hobel is advising Media Rights Capital on multiple film and television development and production transactions, including deals with Netflix regarding House of Cards and Ozark, and is also assisting Home Box Office (HBO) with issues relating to its original programming, including Game of Thrones. On the contentious side, David Halberstadter successfully defended Summit Entertainment in a First Amendment suit relating to the film The Hurt Locker brought by an Iraq War veteran who claimed the film was based on his life. Other noteworthy names include animation specialist Susan Grode, Zia Modabber, who has notable expertise in music issues, and litigator Joel Weiner.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s copyright, trademark, internet and advertising group advises media and entertainment clients across a wide range of IP issues; recent highlights include representing Fox News Network in a copyright infringement lawsuit against TVEyes and acting for Take-Two Interactive Software in a lawsuit in which Take-Two allegedly infringed a tattoo artist’s copyrights by accurately depicting the tattoos of NBA players in the NBA 2K16 video game. Dale Cendali led the matters and is recognized also for her Broadway expertise; Cendali is representing Anastasia Musical in a plagiarism suit. Other clients include Facebook, FremantleMedia and Droga5. Johanna Schmitt and Claudia Ray are also recommended. Joshua Simmons made partner in 2016. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Proskauer Rose LLP advises clients across transactional and contentious issues, with particular expertise negotiating and structuring distribution deals. Recent transactional highlights include Robert Freeman advising Discovery Communications on its minority investment in Group Nine Media and Joseph Leccese assisting Omnigon Communications with the sale of a majority stake to Infron Sports & Media, a transaction which leveraged the firm’s sports strength. On the contentious side, the team regularly advises on copyright infringement, particularly in the music space through Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, chair of the firm’s entertainment, copyright and media practice. Highlights for Crawshaw-Sparks included successfully defending Lady Gaga in a copyright infringement case relating to her single Judas, and representing Madonna and WB Music in copyright infringement litigation surrounding the song Vogue, which plaintiffs allege contains unauthorized samples. Other clients include The Broadway League, Hulu and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. All named attorneys are based in New York.

At Pryor Cashman LLP, James Janowitz leads the New York-based entertainment group, which is recognized for its contentious expertise, particularly in copyright and trademark issues for music industry clients. Brad Rose, chair of the firm’s IP practice, and Tom Ferber successfully represented Beyoncé in a copyright infringement case relating to the trailer for her album Lemonade, and also defended Kanye West in a trademark infringement matter arising from the film Loisaidas, successfully obtaining a dismissal. Other clients include EMI Music Publishing, the cast of Hamilton and TMZ. Key names include David Rose, litigation practice head Donald Zakarin and Frank Scibilia; Scibilia successfully defended the Barenaked Ladies in a royalties lawsuit regarding the band’s theme song to the television show The Big Bang Theory.

Reed Smith LLP’s entertainment and media group was established in 2015 and advises corporate clients and talent across several sectors, including television, film, publishing and online content. Stephen Sessa and London-based Gregor Pryor jointly lead the group, which gives clients ‘seamless teamwork and bespoke attention’ and includes the highly praised Michael Sherman, who ‘leaves no stone unturned and provides a great service that is always superior’. Highlights for Sherman included advising CIT Finance on providing credit facilities to Village Roadshow Pictures, Legendary Pictures and The Weinstein Company, and assisting Treehouse Pictures with the recovery of the international distribution rights to Sand Castle from 17 territorial distributors. Chair of the television practice Leif Reinstein is advising Wildside on the financing of The Young Pope, and is also assisting David Lynch with the financing and production deals for the new Twin Peaks television series. Other clients include Miramax, Blumhouse Productions and Oriental DreamWorks. Attorneys named, unless otherwise mentioned, are based in Century City.

David Eisman leads Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Los Angeles-based entertainment group, which is focused on transactional matters and regularly receives work from film, television and talent agency clients. Eisman recently advised United Talent Agency on its acquisition of The Agency Group and also advised the client on an investment by Jeff Ubben, founder of ValueAct Capital. Other clients include Omnia Media and Relativity Media; the group assisted the latter with the sale of its television division. The practice also utilizes the firm’s global footprint, regularly advising on cross-border mandates; examples include advising RatPac Entertainment on the development of a China-focused content fund and handling a joint venture with Yahoo! Japan for BuzzFeed.

The ‘extremely responsive, cutting-edge and highly experienced’ New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPalways puts the client first, tailoring guidance specifically to the situation’s needs’ and ‘providing a unique and valuable perspective’. Bruce Rich, whose ‘acumen and industry knowledge is second to none’, and Howard Chatzinoff lead the group, which is noted for its strength in music copyright law. Recent highlights include representing Sirius XM in a music royalty rate-setting proceeding before the CRB, and acting for Pandora Media before the CRB, obtaining favorable sound recording royalty rates for the client. Outside the music space, Rich is representing multiple publishers in a copyright infringement action against Georgia State University. Other clients include Facebook, Alibaba and AMC Entertainment. Clients praise Benjamin Marks, who is ‘practical and really knows his stuff’.

The ‘superb’ team of ‘top-notch litigators’ at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington DC ‘responds instantly with efficient and effective advice’ and includes ‘negotiators that are at the top of their game and are tough but always pleasant’. The department ‘shines in First Amendment and libel disputes’, regularly representing newspapers, magazines, publishers, journalists and authors. Recent highlights include acting for ABC and three of its journalists in a defamation and libel case arising from several World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer news reports and representing multiple Washington Post journalists who were subpoenaed to identify confidential sources. The ‘sophisticated’ Thomas Hentoff and ‘stellar thinker’ Kevin Baine lead the group, and Robert Barnett is noted for his work advising authors, journalists and political figures on book deals; his high-profile client list includes President George W Bush, James Patterson and multiple members of Congress. Clients single out ‘one-in-a-generation trial lawyer’ Dane Butswinkas.


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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s renowned practice covers the full range of outsourcing and technology transaction matters, with an emphasis on complex onshore as well as offshore information technology outsourcing (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO) transactions, including outsourcing renegotiations and restructurings, shared services, business transformation, licensing and contract manufacturing arrangements. Palo Alto-based Daniel Mummery, New York-based Stephen Nordahl and Los Angeles’ William Peters are chairs of the group. New York-based Daniel Angel was recently promoted to the partnership and focuses on technology transactions, including IP licensing, outsourcing and IP/IT issues relating to M&A and financing transactions. For MetLife, the team handled the outsourcing to third-party administrator Alliance-One Services of $1bn in claims processing regarding a closed block of seven million insurance policies. The team also advised Agrium, a global agricultural producer, with a multi-vendor IT outsourcing initiative, including an agreement with Tata consultancy services for infrastructure and applications maintenance and support services and a second agreement with Infosys for applications maintenance and support services.

According to a client, the service at Mayer Brown is ‘very high quality; the lawyers are responsive, thorough, business-minded, and experts in their field’. Highly regarded Brad Peterson heads the practice with support from key partner Rebecca Eisner, who is ‘an expert when it comes to technology transactions, the handling of large complex matters, and negotiating with technology vendors’. Joe Pennell negotiated a $300m transition services agreement (TSA) for Wells Fargo, which was part of the acquisition of GE Capital’s commercial distribution finance and vendor finance platforms. Other highlights included assisting an educational technology company with negotiating a five-year $185m agreement with computer and web service providers for data center management and cloud migration and hosting services for its client-facing applications. Rohith George was promoted to the partnership in November 2016 and has particular strengths in advising on business process and technology outsourcing.

The Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP practice is co-led by Philadelphia-based Barbara Melby, who ‘has tremendous technical expertise and is a strong negotiator when it comes to achieving clients’ goals’, and Michael Pillion, who ‘has great industry knowledge and business acumen’. Clients say the overall level of service is ‘outstanding’ and recent highlights include advising Quest Diagnostics, a diagnostic laboratory services provider, on a BPO deal to outsource Quest’s revenue cycle management function to Optum360, valued at over $2bn. The transaction involved the transfer of over 2,300 Quest employees to Optum360 and was led by Edward Hansen, who recently rejoined the New York office from McCarter & English, LLP. Doneld Shelkey is another key team member, who negotiates outsourcing transactions for manufacturers, technology innovators and retailers.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP demonstrates its strengths in the full range of technology-related transactions, including ITOs, BPOs, enterprise resource planning (ERP), cloud computing and system development and implementation as well as the outsourcing of cybersecurity. Aaron Oser heads the practice and is currently advising an investment bank on a $100m annual global facilities management outsourcing transaction. Joseph Kendall is leading a team advising Blue Cross Rhode Island on its re-bid of a group of its IT and BPO functions, worth $300m. Austin-based Elizabeth Zimmer is leading a matter for Paladin that involves organizing almost 300 US community banks to negotiate contracts for member financial institutions in order to increase leverage in negotiations with core processing providers. Robert Zahler was also involved in the matter and is a key team member, as is counsel Meighan O’Reardon. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Baker McKenzie LLP’s Chicago-based practice is led by Michael Mensik and is well known for its expertise in complex, multi-jurisdictional outsourcing transactions, with an emphasis on complex IT, communication, shared services and data management outsourcings. Key contacts include Sonia Baldia, Michael Stoker, Samuel Kramer and Peter George. The team is advising a leading healthcare company on a range of matters, including technology transactions and managed services agreements with domestic and offshore providers, a software as a service (SaaS) implementation project, and the delivery of an offshore shared service center for the delivery of BPO services. Other highlights included advising a global restaurant chain on IT agreements, software licenses, open source and inter-company agreements, and export controls related to IT products, among other things. Lindsay Martin is also recommended.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s practice is led by Vincent Sanchez, who advises buyers and suppliers of outsourced services, and is experienced in large-scale global implementation projects and BPOs involving human resources, accounting, financials and technology. Greg Manter led a team which advised telecoms services provider Inteliquent on the negotiation of a large services agreement over a three-year term, which requires the client to provide wireline and mobile public switched telephone network and routing services throughout the US, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico for T-Mobile. Manter is also assisting a major insurance company for business, agribusiness and home and auto cover with the negotiation of a master services agreement (MSA) with PwC for consulting and implementation services. Associate Ryan Sulkin’s strengths range from ITO deals, data protection, licensing, e-commerce and IP. Adam Sak departed for a position at SourceTech Law Group and Sachin Lele departed for a position at DRL Enterprises.

Foley & Lardner LLP has a deep bench of expertise spread across key locations, including Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Madison, Milwaukee, San Diego, Tallahassee and Washington DC. The group is led by Los Angeles-based James Kalyvas, who is widely known for his skills in ERP, customer relationship management (CRM), vendor selection, technology implementation, and enterprise management of technology assets. Clients appreciate the team’s ‘ability to leverage, its responsiveness and its value for money’. Kalyvas recently assisted a Fortune 100 company with the procurement and negotiation of a $100m global facilities management outsourcing, which included developing the master agreements and financial model structure. Key contacts include Michael Overly, Chanley Howell and Aaron Tantleff.

The ‘second-to-none’ team at Hunton & Williams LLP is ‘consistently impressive on overall service’. Virginia-based Randall Parks leads the group, which is located in Washington DC and Richmond, Virginia. Andrew Geyer and Jeffrey Harvey are key team members. Geyer is ‘extremely knowledgeable, always quick to respond and interacts very well with clients’; Harvey recently acted with Parks in providing outside counsel to a tobacco company regarding amending its existing infrastructure outsourcing agreement, which included various new offshore components, and also assisted the client with a new network services outsourcing transaction, negotiated various security outsourcing initiatives and assisted with the development of its mobile application and device programs and policies. Washington DC-based Cecilia Oh was promoted to the partnership.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP attorneys are ‘smart, practical and connected; they are great to work with and provide great value’. The practice, which is led by Chicago-based Michael Ryan, assists clients with developing new technologies and increasing their use of mobile devices and data analytics using digital platforms. Recent highlights include assisting Enova with the development of its contracting approach and templates for a new analytics as a service (AaaS) offering to the financial services industry, advising Experian Automotive on a series of agreements regarding a data acquisition for its automotive history reporting products, assisting MoneyGram with its review and market strategy for a new SaaS platform and contracting model, and assisting Invacare with negotiating agreements for the deployment of new computer infrastructure to support its business, which included integrating software packages and an infrastructure hosting agreement. Senior associate Marcella Hein was involved in the majority of these matters and is recommended.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Neil Hirshman and Gregg Kirchhoefer co-chair the practice and have extensive experience in structuring and negotiating high-value outsourcing transactions and representing clients in the wireless, hi-tech, healthcare, medical devices, life sciences, aviation and insurance sectors. The team advised Accretive Health, a healthcare billing and revenue cycle management services, on the renegotiation of its MSA with Ascension Health, which involved a ten-year exclusive arrangement involving the rebadging of 8,000 employees and $6bn in revenue. Daniel Lewis assisted Patterson with the negotiation of a SaaS transaction and related implementation with NetSuite, and also advised on the negotiation of an ITO with NTT Data.

Latham & Watkins LLP advised Spotify on negotiating an arrangement with Infosys to support the client’s global accounting operations. Other work included negotiating several agreements on behalf of Brightstar involving the outsourcing of the client’s buy-back and trade-in services with respect to used mobile devices to a joint venture to be established with a major mobile phone service provider, which would also include international logistics and refurbishment services. The team also handled Markit’s introduction to the outsourcing market, whereby it won a contract to manage a series of indices for UBS Investment Bank. Key partners include Anthony Klein, JD Marple and Jeremiah Wolsk.

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice is led by Kenneth Adler from the New York office, who has extensive expertise in complex, multi-jurisdictional outsourcing transactions and data licensing agreements. Akiba Stern impresses clients ‘with his intellect and capacity to take complex issues and distill them for business partners, allowing for smart, creative solutions. He is also very practical and agile in finding mutually agreeable solutions’. For Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the team handled the $990m five-year MSA stemming from the sale of Mphasis, an IT services provider in Bangalore, to private equity funds managed by The Blackstone Group. Adler advised Northwell Health on a strategic alliance with OPKO Health for genetic testing and support services, including the formation of an LLC between Northwell Health and OPKO’s BioReference Laboratories division. New hires include Neil Lefkowitz in Washington DC and Philippe Manteau in New York.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s practice is known for its expertise in outsourcing transactions involving cloud computing, multi-source and service integrator models, big data analytics and robotic process automation. Washington DC-based Christopher Ford heads the team, which includes Internet of Things (IoT) expert Vivian Hanson and John Delaney, who is an expert in advising on MSAs; both are located in New York. Work highlights included advising NNIT, a Danish IT services provider, on its outsourcing agreements with big pharma and biotech giants, advising Kaiser on its renegotiation of the disaster recovery portion of Kaiser’s $500m outsourcing arrangement with IBM, and assisting a shipping company with numerous IT-related transactions, including its renegotiation of a data center deal to support its global logistics system.

For one client, White & Case LLP is the ‘go-to’ firm due to ‘work being completed in a timely manner, with business interests properly protected’. Adam Chernichaw now jointly leads the group with Daren Orzechowski following Trevor Nagel’s retirement, and the pair contribute to an ‘exceptional service’. Based in New York, both partners have vast experience in creating BPO and ‘as a service’ solutions for highly regulated industries, including financial services and life sciences. The team advised Salesforce.com on a number of outsourcing matters, including a licensing and alliance arrangement with Thomson Reuters to provide access to Thomson Reuters’ collection of intelligent information for businesses and professionals through mobile apps using CRM technology; advising on a license and strategic alliance agreement with Dun & Bradstreet; and handling its acquisition of AKTA US, a mobile application development, design and consulting company.

At WilmerHale, Steven Barrett and Belinda Juran co-lead the technology transactions and licensing practice, which also includes key partners Michael Bevilacqua and New York’s Robert Finkel. Juran advises biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, technology and service companies, while Barrett is skilled in the areas of technology acquisition, licensing, strategic alliance and joint venture transactions. Recent highlights include advising Hilton Worldwide on a payment processing transaction with Elavon, a processor of credit card transactions and a subsidiary of US Bancorp; advising Ironshore on a global outsourcing and application development transaction with Xchanging; handling the negotiation of a services agreement with Agile-1 on behalf of McGraw-Hill Education; and advising Select Equity Group on a fund administration outsourcing transaction with SEI. Other clients include Bloomberg, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Medtronic and PNC Bank. Named attorneys are based in Boston except where otherwise noted.

Jones Day’s practice is led by Kevin Lyles in Columbus, who has significant expertise in customer-side transactions, including in relation to BPOs, ITOs and offshoring. Recent work includes advising Verity Health System on the negotiation of a hospital revenue cycle management outsourcing agreement with Conifer Health Solutions, which involves Conifer Health providing enrollment and eligibility, clinical documentation improvement, health information management and accounting services for the client’s six hospitals across California. In another matter, the team advised Xcel Energy on the negotiation of professional services agreements with Ecobee, EnergyHub, Honeywell, Nest Labs and Simple Energy for the provision of smart thermostat devices and software services. Other key contacts include Todd McClelland in Atlanta and Mauricio Paez in New York.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s practice is co-led by Shawn Helms and Jason Krieser. The team is advising new client Nikon on a large BPO involving a third-party provider running its finance and accounting services. For other new client ExxonMobil, the team is revising its service agreement form and standard approach to outsourcing transactions, and for Kansas City-headquartered Commerce Bank, the team is handling an outsourcing deal that involves replacing the bank’s core IT systems. Further new clients include Monsanto, Abbot Labs, Twitter and LahiTapiola. Alfred Cheng joined as counsel from an asset management firm, Vincent Schroeter relocated from the Munich office to Orange County, and Heather Bethancourt was promoted to the partnership in January 2017.

Sidley Austin LLP’s team handled a number of major outsourcing transactions during 2016. These included advising an American fast-food company on the restructuring of its outsourcing relationship with a system integration company; advising a California-headquartered fast-food chain on the outsourcing of network telecoms for its franchise and corporate-owned stores to two network services providers; and assisting a state-chartered industrial bank with the outsourcing of its core processing platforms and systems to a core processing company. Co-chairs Mark Kauffman and Jeffrey Rothstein are based in Chicago, while Glenn Nash is in Palo Alto. Russell Weiss joined the Los Angeles office from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Venable LLP’s practice is spread across Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles, and regularly handles outsourcings for hospitality, energy, petrochemical, non profit and entertainment sector clients. Nora Garrote, AJ Zottola, William Russell and New York-based James Nelson co-head the group, which has a depth of expertise in both vendor and customer-side outsourcings. The team recently acted as outside counsel to an American retail company, assisting with drafting and negotiating an MSA with a leading enterprise software provider for the implementation of a cloud-based e-commerce platform to host and manage the client’s retail stores and respective sale, inventory and purchasing systems. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise noted.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s merger has brought together a critical mass of outsourcing expertise, with key lawyers located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, New York and Silicon Valley. Los Angeles-based Matthew Maccoby advised an automotive company on the outsourcing of its recruiting function to a third party, and advised on the renegotiation of its outsourced claims management system.

Bracewell LLP’s team is led by Houston-based Jeffrey Andrews, who has vast experience in structuring and negotiating complex domestic and international ITO and BPO agreements. Recent work includes structuring and negotiating a $150m outsourcing agreement on behalf of Southwest Airlines for application development and maintenance services with a nearshore service provider; advising Oncor Electric Delivery on structuring strategic sourcing agreements for the supply of goods and services; and assisting a major international bank with renegotiating an existing IT outsourcing agreement with IBM. Other clients include American Water Enterprises, Fossil Group, Noble Energy and Mobile Mini.

Recent highlights for the team at Covington & Burling LLP include assisting a major sporting association with a software services arrangement with Microsoft 365, advising a cloud-based enterprise software services company on an outsourcing arrangement with TierPoint, and assisting an airline with negotiating its agreement with a provider of in-flight entertainment and other on-board services for the client’s entire fleet. Key contacts include head of the team Nigel Howard and of counsel Stuart Irvin, both of whom are based in Washington DC. Outsourcing arrangements within the pharmaceutical and healthcare space are other strengths of the firm.

Chicago’s Ross Docksey leads Dentons’ team, which recently advised Novus Law on negotiating an MSA to provide technology-based support services to a leading property and casualty insurance company. Todd Daubert in Washington DC is another key team member and has been assisting a leading mobile operator with several matters, including a voice interconnection agreement with a telecoms company, a multimillion-dollar dispute over ethernet backhaul arrangements with another leading mobile operator, and migrating the client’s networks to an IP-based interconnection.

Atlanta-based Peter Quittmeyer and Bob Pile lead Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s practice and advise clients on IT infrastructure outsourcing, application development and maintenance services arrangements, payment processing agreements and the full range of BPO issues. The team provides ongoing advice to the Georgia Technology Authority in relation to all aspects of its large-scale, statewide, multi-year IT initiative, worth $150m annually. Other work includes assisting a leading data center owner and developer in a lease transaction with a Fortune 50 company for a Tier III-plus data center facility in North Carolina. Michael Steinig is another key contact.

Audrey Reed and Zenas Choi head Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice and are well supported by the well-regarded David London in Denver and Michael Larner. Demonstrating its strengths in cross-border capabilities, the team advised VocaLink, a UK banking system payment clearing and settlement company, on an arrangement to license and support its technology to the Automated Clearing House for use in the US banking system. Choi assisted Vanderbilt University Medical Center with the separation of IT systems regarding the spin-out of the medical center, and Reed and Choi advised Estee Lauder on a global ITO affecting 47 jurisdictions which overhauled the client’s data center, collaboration, voice and data networking and IT support functions. Named attorneys are based in McLean, Northern Virginia except where otherwise stated.

Dallas-based John Howell heads K&L Gates’ team, with support from the well-regarded Susan Altman in Pittsburgh. Howell recently advised leading public hospital system Parkland on a transaction that involved the client and its affiliate Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation outsourcing its self-made technology to a new company, Pieces Technologies. Nigel Stark is known for his strengths in ITO transactions. Jill Louis rejoined the Dallas office in April 2016 after serving as general counsel at several companies, and Bruce Neilson departed in August 2016 to join the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

James Steinberg leads Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s team from the Dallas office and is an expert on structuring domestic and offshore ITO and BPO transactions. The team typically acts for telecoms providers, health insurers and media and pharmaceutical companies. A recent example includes advising a biopharma trade organization on negotiating an agreement for the development, hosting, maintenance and operation of an online portal and subscription-based platform for use by its member pharmaceutical companies for conducting clinical trials. Other highlights included handling the negotiation of an agreement on behalf of a health insurance provider for the development, implementation and hosting of a front-end to their underwriting operations management platform.

McGuireWoods LLP’s Chicago-based practice is praised for ‘always bringing the right mix of partners as well as senior and junior associates and making the most efficient use of that mix’. Practice head Steve Goldbrings a technical and business background to the negotiation table; he can talk to leadership in their language as well as to vendors, his work product is top quality, and the client service is second to none’. George Spatz ‘enables clients to make sound economic decisions due to his valuable input’. For a global satellite provider, Gold handled the renegotiation of engineering and ground support services and Spatz handled a threat response for a food retailer regarding a software upgrade in order for the client to continue using its financial program. Stephanie Strelau and Adam Grove departed for in-house positions.

Recent work undertaken at Proskauer Rose LLP includes advising a high-profile museum on outsourcing its technology infrastructure, including its ticketing, point-of-sale, inventory management and other systems; this involved a multi-vendor platform and multiple agreements. It also advised a sporting company on the implementation of new biometric-based security measures for a major event, including drafting appropriate notices related to the new measures, and assisted Component Assembly and its subsidiary C/F Data Systems with various technology transactions relating to the accumulation and use of data in the construction industry. Daryn Grossman and Jeffrey Neuburger lead the practice from New York.

New York-based Stuart Levi leads the practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and leverages his background in computer science to advise on fintech and blockchain matters, cloud computing agreements, technology transfers, strategic alliances and joint ventures, and website and technology policies. The team’s recent highlights include advising a global financial company on outsourcing various compliance functions to a third-party vendor, advising a global insurance company on outsourcing of all of its back-office financial services and accounting operations, and advising a global logistics company on outsourcing payroll, HR, financial and accounting services.

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is led by Michael Epstein in New York and John Brockland in Silicon Valley. The team assists with the structuring, drafting and negotiation of BPO and ITO agreements on a national and international level. Recent highlights include advising Dignity Health on numerous large technology, outsourcing and IP-related transactions and advising on the IP and technology aspects of Lenovo’s acquisition of the Motorola Mobility business from Google.


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Cooley LLP is highly recommended for its advice to companies from the software, semiconductor, big data and education technology sectors, and also has expertise in digital media, fintech, telecoms, software as a service (SaaS) and Internet of Things (IoT). Colorado-based Keith Berets chairs the technology transactions practice group. Adam Ruttenberg, who divides his time between Reston and Washington DC, represented Binary Fountain, a provider of healthcare reputation management, in a strategic partnership with Press Ganey Holdings, which provides patient experience measurement and performance analytics. In Washington DC, David Wittenstein advised Suddenlink Communications on its retransmission consent agreements with Nexstar Broadcasting Group; and Adam Chase acted for SeatGeek, the world wide web’s largest event ticket search engine, in its exclusive sponsorship and ticketing partnership with Major League Soccer. Key Palo Alto advisers include Carolyn Craig, Peter Burns and Robin Lee; Craig assisted TiVo, which develops and markets digital video recorders, on its transaction with Millicom International Cellular to deploy TiVo products and services to pay-TV platforms in Latin American territories. The client list also includes Platform.sh, Vubiquity, Cox Communications and Agari Data.

Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘overall level of service is extremely high and the firm’s industry knowledge, business acumen, response times and efficiency are highly appreciated’. The practice stands out for industry-defining transactions for leading technology and life sciences companies; in a recent 12-month period, the team advised on the three-largest gaming deals in history, including acting for Supercell Oy in its $8.6bn sale to Tencent, assisting King Digital Entertainment with its $5.9bn sale to Activision Blizzard and representing Shanghai Giant Network Technology in its $4.4bn agreement with an investor consortium to acquire Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s social and mobile games business Playtika. It also advised Facebook on three acquisitions, including its purchase of Nascent Objects, Two Big Ears and Masquerade Technologies, and acted for Cisco in several acquisitions, including its purchase of ContainerX, CloudLock and CliQr. Capital markets highlights included Mountain View’s Cynthia Hess representing WeWork, which transforms buildings into collaborative workspaces, in its $400m Series E funding round. The practice also recently acted on high-profile deals for clients such as Denali Therapeutics, KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Nutanix and Infoblox. San Francisco-based technology transactions chair Jake Handy is ‘hugely experienced with respect to in-licensing transactions and he is highly rated for being practical and efficient’. Other recommended advisers include co-M&A chair Douglas Cogen, Ralph Pais, Stephen Gillespie and Matthew Rossiter in San Francisco, along with Mountain View’s Jeffrey Vetter and Gregory Roussel, Seattle-based corporate group chair Alan Smith, and James Evans, who divides his time between Seattle, Mountain View and New York.

Goodwin grew its practice through the recruitment of Silicon Valley’s M&A expert Michael Russell from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The team is highly rated for its experience in IP protection, licensing and commercial agreements, as well as venture financing, IPOs and M&A deals. In Boston, John Egan acted for Millennial Media, an advertising company that places display advertisements on mobile devices, in its sale to AOL; William Schnoor assisted longstanding client Imprivata with its sale to Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm; Stuart Cable led advice to Citrix Systems regarding the merger of its GoTo business with LogMeIn; and Stephen Charkoudian advised WiTricity, a provider of wireless energy transfer technology, on a strategic agreement with Systech Electronics to license WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology for use in wireless charging systems. The team also advised longstanding client Fleetmatics Group, a global provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions, on its sale to Verizon. In Silicon Valley, Lawrence Chu advised Nexmo, known for communications platforms, on its sale to Vonage Holdings, while Anthony McCusker, William Growney and Cindy McAdam are also recommended. Elsewhere, Andrew Goodman in New York and Jason Breen in Los Angeles are noted.

As good as any firm in this area’, Latham & Watkins LLP has ‘a strong practice and the firm’s attorneys have commonsense and an effective approach’. It is recommended for IP and technology acquisitions and sales, licensing, development agreements, cross-border strategic alliances, joint ventures and collaborations, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, and outsourcing. Highlights included advising LogMeIn on its $1.8bn merger agreement with Citrix’s GoTo business and assisting NextVR, a virtual reality company, with agreements to produce and distribute virtual reality coverage of National Basketball Association games. In capital markets, the practice advised Goldman, Sachs & Co as underwriters on Twilio’s $150m IPO, and in other key deals New York-based Jeffrey Tochner represented Point Six Wireless in its acquisition of global and exclusive manufacturing rights to Point Six Wireless sensors. Technology transactions chair Anthony Klein is ‘pragmatic, easy for in-house counsel and clients to work with, and extremely efficient; he is also able to respond to any type of question and jump into any type of technology transaction’. Klein and fellow Silicon Valley lawyer Tad Freese advised Extreme Networks on the $55m acquisition of Zebra Technologies’ wireless local area network business. Sarah Gagan in Boston is also recommended.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s ‘service is terrific. The firm is client-oriented, incredibly responsive, cost-sensitive and practical, and brings a business-minded focus to bear on all matters’. The practice is highly rated for advising global corporate clients on significant technology deals, as well as its assistance with cloud computing, social media, big data, IoT and fintech. The team advised Red Hat on negotiating a new relationship with long-time rival Microsoft, through which the two companies will collaborate on cloud computing. Other key clients include Warner Music Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kaiser and Netlist. San Francisco-based technology transactions chairs are Aaron Rubin and managing partner Tessa Schwartz. Rubin is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ and Schwartz is ‘invested in clients’ success, sensitive to the issues faced by in-house counsel and provides tremendous all-around support’. William Schwartz, Paul Jahn and Rufus Pichler are also highly rated. Jahn advised ON Semiconductor on its acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor and Pichler assisted a consortium of Chinese investors, Uphill Investment, with IP issues surrounding its acquisition of Integrated Silicon Solution, known for high-performance integrated circuits. New York-based John Delaney and Vivian Hanson and Palo Alto’s Stephanie Sharron are also key names.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘overall level of service leaves clients feeling very pleased and the firm’s lawyers are highly efficient’. Supported by highly rated IP litigation and regulatory practices, the firm’s national technology and IP transactions practice handles outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and M&A deals in the financial services, life sciences, medical devices and digital health sectors. Highlights included acting for PayPal in its acquisition of Xoom, a digital money transfer provider, and advising Takeda Pharmaceuticals on the sale of the US rights to obesity drug Contrave. Other major clients include GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, Medivation and Radiant Genomics. Jeffrey Rothstein in Chicago, Jennifer Coplan in New York and Glenn Nash in Palo Alto are global co-leaders of the technology and IP transactions practice. Rothstein is ‘an incredibly smart, talented lawyer who is always responsive and prompt; he has a broad and deep knowledge of the law and resolves complicated issues quickly and practically’. Rothstein recently advised Monsanto on the sale of alfalfa research commercial rights and Chicago’s Mark Kaufmann represented KPMG in its acquisition of G2 FinTech’s US tax software and IP. Other key advisers include Pran Jha and Anna Remis in Chicago, and Los Angeles’ Joshua Hofheimer and Russell Weiss.

Trusted for high-profile and financially significant transactions’, Venable LLP’s team ‘focuses on getting deals done on reasonable terms, instead of pushing to win each point’. The practice is particularly well known for its hospitality, retail and healthcare technology work, including cross-border acquisitions and development and global distribution deals, and has expanded its practice in the data analytic, energy, petrochemicals, retail and entertainment sectors. The team represented PlanetRisk, known for data visualization and analysis, in its acquisition of Analytic Strategies, which provides enterprise analytics services to the federal government. It also regularly advises General Electric (GE) on technology-driven deals in support of its healthcare, oil and gas, digital solutions and global operations businesses. Such work for GE includes joint product development deals; global distribution and reseller arrangements; technology and patent license agreements; strategic alliance and joint venture agreements; software licensing and SaaS deals; and outsourcing arrangements. San Francisco-based James Nelson is ‘a very knowledgeable, practical lawyer, who has a great attitude during negotiations’; Washington DC-based Armand Zottola ‘provides clients with thoughtful, practical advice and delivers various options on how to move forward on a timely basis’; and Nora Garrote, who divides her time between Washington DC and Tysons Corner, is ‘an invaluable resource for her in-depth understanding of the key issues involved in technology transactions and extensive knowledge of technology contracts’. William Russell, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York, and Po Yi in New York are also highly regarded.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPprovides the highest level of service; the firm’s expert and knowledgeable attorneys are responsive, willing to complete tasks in very short timelines and give great value for money’. The technology and IP transactions practice is highly rated for advising on the IP issues surrounding M&A, private equity, banking and finance, and restructuring matters. In cross-border matters, global technology and IP transactions head Michael Epstein and Jeffrey Osterman in New York advised Sanofi on the technology and IP aspects of the $25bn exchange of its animal health business for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of human and veterinary pharmaceutical products. The team also advised Verizon on its acquisition of Sensity Systems, a developer of high-speed, sensor-based, multi-service IoT platforms. Karen Ballack is ‘the best drafter in the business and a great communicator’; she advised Yahoo! on the technology and IP aspects of the $4.83bn sale of its operating business to Verizon; and fellow Silicon Valley lawyer John Brockland advised Adobe Systems on the technology and IP aspects of its acquisition of TubeMogul, a video advertisement platform provider. Charan Sandhu is another key New York contact; and other high-profile clients for the firm include Dignity Health, General Electric, Intel Corporation and Synopsys.

Highly rated for commercial transactions driven by IP, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati grew its practice through the recruitment of Daniel Glazer in New York from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he was co-leader of the technology transactions and emerging companies groups in the New York and London offices. Recent highlights for the firm include representing AppDynamics, a privately held application intelligence software company, in its approximately $3.7bn sale to Cisco; and acting for Google in its acquisition of Urban Engines, a transportation analytics start-up. Out of Palo Alto, Suzanne Bell heads the technology transactions practice and is particularly focused on advising on strategic alliances and outsourcing matters, while digital media specialist TJ Graham is noted for content licensing, sponsorships and advertising. Other recommended advisers include James Clessuras, who leads the Washington DC office’s technology transactions practice; and Seattle-based Parag Gheewala, whose representative experience includes acting for Twitter on the IP and technology issues surrounding its acquisitions.

Alongside its 180-member IP department, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s technology transactions practice handles M&A, corporate venturing, capital markets and securities offerings, and technology-related commercial contracts. The team recently acted for Oxford Nanopore Technologies in dozens of commercial and licensing agreements; assisted algorithmic trading firm RGM with a spin-out of certain software technologies; and for over eight years, the practice has served as primary outside corporate counsel to Zix Corporation, a publicly traded email encryption and data security vendor. Other significant matters included advising AT&T on the divestiture of its managed applications and managed hosting businesses to IBM. SynGen, Broad Green Pictures, Dell, Lyft and Wolters Kluwer are also key clients. Palo Alto-based John Martin is the recommended firm-wide technology sector chair.

Covington & Burling LLP is highly rated for its experience in the air transportation, life sciences, broadcasting and technology sectors, as well as financial services, energy and sports-related deals. The practice is co-led by New York’s Nigel Howard and Washington DC-based John Hurvitz; Howard advised Teva on its strategic partnership with IBM, which enabled Teva to become the first multinational pharmaceutical company to deploy IBM’s Watson Health Cloud as its global technology platform. The team also acted for Malaysia Airlines in its agreement with Amadeus, known for global travel technology, for a new passenger service system; and advised Ascension Health, the largest non profit health system in the US, on its long-term revenues cycle outsourcing agreement. Other recommended advisers include Washington DC-based Lee Tiedrich; Silicon Valley’s Scott Anthony, Emily Leonard and Robyn Polashuk; and San Francisco-based Ingrid Rechtin, Amy Toro and James Snipes.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s experience includes traditional corporate transactions such as M&A, securities offerings, corporate governance and commercial bank financings, as well as pure technology transactions that are frequently driven by IP; examples include technology licensing and development transactions and technology-related joint ventures. The firm has represented multinational technology and consulting company IBM for decades, and between December 2015 and October 2016 it acted for the client in nine acquisitions, including of The Weather Company’s product and technology businesses and of Truven Health Analytics. It also recently advised mobile tech company Qualcomm on the finance and antitrust aspects of its $47bn acquisition of NXP Semiconductors. Other major clients include Barnes & Noble, Xerox, Yahoo! and Naspers. George Schoen and David Kappos are recommended.

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) assists both growing and established technology companies in commercial and technology transactions, employment matters and IP patent protection strategies, with clients receiving ‘the highest level of care at all stages of their growth’. Recent matters included advising the Qualcomm board of directors and special committee on the headline acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, acting for Tubemogul in its sale to Adobe, and assisting SoftBank Group International with its role in the $130m Series B funding of Zymergen, a Silicon Valley-based bioengineering start-up. Other key clients include Amazon, Sony and Vodafone. Co-global US technology chair Victoria Lee in Silicon Valley is highly rated; global technology transactions and strategic sourcing chair Vinny Sanchez divides his time between Chicago and Century City; and Frank Ryan in New York is US IP and technology co-chair. In Northern Virginia, Eric Grossman is also recommended; IP specialist Heather Dunn, who divides her time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, is ‘a thoughtful, patient adviser who considers clients’ future strategies’; and US tax practice chair Sang Kim in Silicon Valley ‘shows deep interest in clients’ long-term welfare’.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice is backed by strong IP, securities, corporate governance, tax and employee benefits practices. Highlights included advising multinational IT company Hewlett-Packard (HP) on the tax-free spin-off and $8.5bn merger of HP’s Enterprise Services Business with Computer Sciences Corporation; acting for a Chinese investment consortium in its $1.9bn acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, a California-based developer of digital imaging chips; and assisting Avnet, a global distributor of electronic and computer products, with the $2.6bn sale of its technology solutions business unit to Tech Data. Palo Alto-based Daniel Mummery, Russell Hansen, Shaalu Mehra and David Kennedy are recommended, as are Joseph Barbeau, who divides time between the Palo Alto and Beijing offices, and Century City-based Ari Lanin.

Key areas of expertise for Hogan Lovells US LLP include drones, smart cars, NewSpace and IoT, as well as mobile payments, health technology, data privacy, cybersecurity and telecoms. Washington DC’s Michele Farquhar assisted Lockheed Martin with the regulatory aspects of an agreement to separate and combine its Information Systems and Global Solutions business unit with Leidos Holdings; and global M&A head William Curtin III, who works from the New York, London and Washington DC offices, led advice to Dell in its $3.05bn deal to sell its global IT services division (Dell Services) to NTT Data. Operating from the Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley and Washington DC offices, Randy Segal is co-satellite practice head; and the firm’s US commercial practice head Audrey Reed divides her time between Washington DC and New York. In Washington DC, Lisa Ellman co-chairs the unmanned aircraft systems practice, Mark Brennan advises on communications and privacy issues and Ari Fitzgerald advises on communications and spectrum policy matters; while in Northern Virginia, Zenas Choi assists with telecoms, satellite, IT, e-commerce and new media issues, and Richard Becker is also recommended.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s team routinely works alongside the firm’s corporate, private equity and restructuring attorneys on complex matters for public and private companies. Seth Traxler and Neil Hirshman jointly lead the technology transactions team, while Gregg Kirchhoefer heads up outsourcing. In a notable recent matter, Kirchhoefer and Daniel Lewis acted for airline telecoms company Gogo in its technology and services contracts with Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications. Other highlights included Matthew Lovell acting for Apax Partners in its sale of Epicor Software Corporation, Traxler assisting spine surgery-focused medical device company Mazor Robotics with an exclusive co-promotion, co-development and potential distribution agreement with Medtronic, and New York’s Lisa Samenfeld representing Acorda Therapeutics in its combination with a Finnish biopharmaceutical company Biotie. Also in New York, Edward Sadtler led advice to ABRY Partners on numerous transactions, including the sale of LanguageLine, a translation technology services company. Named partners are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP regularly acts on deals involving new technologies, including cloud computing, SaaS and data analytics. Barbara Melby, who works from the Philadelphia and New York offices, and Silicon Valley-based Rahul Kapoor are the co-global outsourcing, technology and strategic commercial transactions leaders; Kapoor led advice to Ambidio, which has developed proprietary encoding technology, on a license and advisory services agreement with a sound production company. Philadelphia’s Michael Pillion is a technology and data transactions specialist and Vito Petretti, who divides his time between New York and Philadelphia, is an IT outsourcing expert. Petretti recently advised AmerisourceBergen on a transaction involving Accenture’s design, build and implementation of a single patient services platform, which leverages commercially available cloud-based technology; Doneld Shelkey, who divides his time between Boston and Pittsburgh, has particular expertise in technology, e-commerce and online presence management agreements; Peter Watt-Morse in Pittsburgh is another key contact; and New York-based Edward Hansen, who joined from McCarter & English, LLP, has over 20 years’ experience advising on technology transactions that involve significant business change.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has considerable knowledge in biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device licensing and collaboration, as well as alternative transactions such as drug royalty purchases, and also regularly advises on tech licensing, outsourcing projects and manufacture, supply and distribution contracts. Leading the advice on a huge semiconductor deal, Palo Alto-based practice head Kenton King and Leif King assisted Broadcom with its $37bn sale to Avago Technologies. The team also represented the world’s largest social game developer Zynga on its acquisition of Rising Tide Games and acted for Unwired Planet, an IP company focused exclusively on the mobile industry, on the sale of its IP licensing business to Optis UP Holdings.

Supported by a global team of technology attorneys and experts in 77 offices worldwide, Baker McKenzie LLP’s practice regularly advises on enterprise resource planning and systems integration projects, telecoms arrangements, outsourcing agreements and software development. It is also recommended for cloud computing, social media, licensing and distribution agreements, as well as professional service agreements. Chicago-based Michael Mensik, Samuel Kramer, Peter George and Michael Stoker are highly rated technology and outsourcing lawyers; Kramer advised Oculus on licensing requirements for its virtual reality products. Other notable clients include Brambles, Cardinal Health, Kellogg Company and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Sonia Baldia in Washington DC, Palo Alto’s Lothar Determann and San Francisco-based Gary Shapiro are also highly regarded.

Foley & Lardner LLP’s team ‘demonstrates excellent responsiveness, industry knowledge and a deep bench of expertise’. The practice is recommended for advising on software implementation challenges, outsourcing transition risks, big data issues and mobile computing, as well as cloud-related engagements and cybersecurity compliance matters. The client list includes names such as Snapchat, Charles Schwab & Co, Harley-Davidson, Cielo Healthcare and Memorial Health Services. Los Angeles-based chair of the firm’s technology transactions and outsourcing practice James Kalyvas acted for the County of Los Angeles in a big data analytics transaction; and Beni Surpin in San Diego negotiated a SaaS agreement on behalf of dental marketplace platform Brighter to sell value-added services to Cigna for its dental insureds. Michael Overly, also in Los Angeles, has longstanding experience in IT transactions, and Milwaukee’s Jennifer Rathburn is noted for data privacy and security, cybersecurity and healthcare regulatory matters. Also recommended are Madison’s Christopher Cain, Matthew Karlyn in Boston, Jacksonville’s Chanley Howell, Washington DC’s Andrew Rawlins, and Chicago-based Aaron Tantleff.

McGuireWoods LLP’s ‘fantastic team provides incredibly fast response times and gives very fair value for a top-notch service’. The firm has a broad practice that encompasses complex technology transactions, technology procurements and other information-focused transactions in sectors such as food and beverage, energy and healthcare; it also has a highly rated technology-focused litigation practice, as well as a complementary data privacy and security team. Steve Gold is the recommended chair of the cross-departmental technology and outsourcing practice; he is ‘the best in class for technology business transactions and his work product is top quality’. Other recommended advisers include Derek Roach, who is ‘very thorough and protects clients to the maximum extent possible’; litigation and arbitration expert George Spatz, who ‘can almost see the future as to where cases will end up’; and Charlotte’s Rakesh Gopalan, who focuses on assisting with complex technology deals, including outsourcing, enterprise resource system deployment and restructuring, and licensing matters. Named partners are based in Chicago except where otherwise stated.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s expertise includes agreements to develop, license, distribute, protect, and acquire and sell technology and related IP rights and services. The practice advised Microsoft on the cross-border acquisition of IoT services provider Solair, and acted for SideCar, known for ride-hailing technology, on its sale to global automaker General Motors. Other notable clients include Flextronics, Cruise Automation and Connectifier. Silicon Valley’s Daniel Yost is the recommended technology transactions and licensing chair. Other recommended advisers include Stephen Venuto, who chairs the global technology companies practice; Harold Yu, who is deputy head of the technology companies group; and John Bautista, who acts for emerging companies, investors and public and private hi-tech companies; all three divide their time between Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Christopher Austin, who divides time between New York and Silicon Valley, is also noted. In January 2017, the practice was boosted by the addition of New York and Silicon Valley based Glynna Christian, who arrived from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

Paul Hastings LLP is recommended for advising on revenue-generating strategic alliances and joint ventures, and also has a healthy pipeline of technology-related corporate and M&A deals; also of note, it has technology sector strength in Northern as well as Southern California and broadcast sector expertise in Washington DC. Recent highlights include advising Samsung Electronics on its $8bn acquisition of Harman International Industries, which marked the largest Korean outbound M&A transaction on record; Palo Alto’s Matthew Berger advising Facebook on a multi-jurisdictional survey of laws and regulations, involving the establishment and operation of its global data centers; and Los Angeles-based David Hernand assisting DreamWorks Animation with selling 25% of its AwesomenessTV business unit to Verizon. Other recommended advisers include Palo Alto’s Tiffany Lee, who focuses on IP issues and drafting development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution agreements; Jeff Hartlin in Palo Alto; Washington DC-based Eric Greenberg, Tara Giunta and Sherrese Smith; and New York-based Samuel Waxman.

Proskauer Rose LLP is experienced in sectors such as healthcare, consumer products and education, and also handles sports and media related matters. The firm has advised Time Warner Cable for over 20 years on complex technology transactions, including the recent outsourcing of digital rights management to Adobe. Daryn Grossman and Jeffrey Neuburger co-head the technology, media and telecoms group; Neuberger advised iHeartMedia on the launch of its first subscription on-demand streaming music service. Other significant clients include Component Assembly, Eclipse, Newport Health Services and VerticalScope. Kristen Mathews and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Benloulou are also recommended. Named partners are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s IP transactional lawyers also have highly regarded IP litigation experience, and the firm’s IP attorneys stand out for their knowledge of patents, technology, software, trademarks and privacy. IP transactions group head Lori Lesser in New York, who also co-chairs the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice, was part of a team that advised Microsoft on its $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn, the largest professional network on the internet. The practice also acted for Microsoft in the $350m sale of its entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile and HMD Global Oy. On the capital markets side, the practice acted for the underwriters in Oracle’s $14bn investment grade note offering. Palo Alto office head Jeffrey Ostrow chairs the IP practice and advises clients on the IP aspects of M&A and capital markets transactions. Other significant clients for the firm include Accenture, AOL, Blackstone, Dell and Silver Lake Partners.

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP regularly advises on formation and development matters, seed-stage and late-stage funding, IPOs, and PIPE and M&A transactions. The practice is also recommended for IP and licensing matters as well as executive compensation and benefits. Austin-based Alan Bickerstaff advises companies in sectors such as software, internet, energy, semiconductor, life sciences and telecoms; and Carmelo Gordian focuses on life sciences, software, telecoms, semiconductors and energy. Gordian led advice to global medical device company LDR Holding Corp in its approximately $1bn sale to Zimmer Biomet Holdings; and Austin managing partner Matthew Lyons acted for Innography in its sale to CPA Global, a global specialist in IP software and services. Brian Dillavou and Ted Gilman are also key contacts. All named partners are based in Austin.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s practice centers on the firm’s New York, Washington DC and Menlo Park offices. In addition to assisting with technology-related capital markets, financing and M&A deals, the team advises on the IP, technology and outsourcing aspects of licensing, collaboration, distribution, and research and development activities. IP and technology group head Frank Azzopardi advised Baker Hughes on the IP and technology aspects of its combination with GE’s oil and gas business, and Pritesh Shah assisted MasterCard Incorporated with the IP and technology aspects of its agreement to acquire 92.4% of VocaLink Holdings for approximately $920m. The client list also includes AstraZeneca, Electrolux, Emerson, Richardson Electronics, Technip and SS&C Technologies.

Dentons assists high-profile users of communications services, telecoms providers, software and application developers, broadcasters and investors on significant transactions and regulatory matters. Washington DC’s highly regarded Todd Daubert chairs the firm’s communications and technology sectors; he provided strategic advice to Luxottica on its purchase of the majority of its telecoms, broadband and communications services for its global offices and retail locations from AT&T. The firm was also selected as a tier-one firm for Nokia’s new global panel; it has advised Nokia on various regulatory requirements, likely future market developments, 5G deployments, and other telecoms issues.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises global companies on matters such as licensing, outsourcing, services and transfer arrangements; the practice is also recommended for the development, management and assessment of IP assets and services. The M&A group acted as counsel to private equity firm AEA Investors in its agreement to acquire a $1.3bn majority interest of 1-800 Contacts, the largest retailer of contact lenses in the US; advised Genesys on multiple transactions, including its approximately $1.4bn acquisition of cloud services provider Interactive Intelligence Group; and assisted Genpact with its acquisition of global software company PNMSoft. Department head Henry Lebowitz in New York is recommended. Former joint practice head Daniel Glazer and senior associate Jason Greenberg exited for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s New York office.

Jones Day is recommended for its advice on the development, acquisition, transfer and exploitation of technology and IP assets through licensing, strategic alliances, joint development, and strategic ventures. The team acted for international biotech company Athersys in its public offering of common stock and advised Regenxbio on an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Biogen for the development of gene therapy product candidates. Boston and New York-based Warren Nachlis’ representative clients include Astra Zeneca, Celgene and Verint Systems; and San Diego’s Thomas Briggs is noted for agreements involving the transfer, use and sharing of IP.

Ropes & Gray LLP regularly advises technology companies on antitrust, data security, tax and IP issues, as well as litigation, M&A and capital markets matters. The practice group leaders are Boston-based Edward Black, Jane Goldstein, who divides her time between New York and Boston, and Silicon Valley’s Andrew Thomases. Recent highlights include Black acting for TiVo (formerly Rovi Corporation) in a complex patent licensing deal with Intellectual Ventures; and Christopher Rile in New York representing Lytx, a video telematics provider, in its sale to Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR. Other key contacts include New York-based Harry Rubin and Boston’s William Shields.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s IP transactions practice is headed up globally by Menlo Park’s Richard Hsu, who is experienced in transactions involving life sciences, semiconductors, medical devices, electronics, software and financial services. Hsu’s representative experience includes advising Trend Micro on the acquisition of HP’s TippingPoint Business and acting for Nokia in the sale of HERE to Automotive Industry Consortium. In New York, Jordan Altman is experienced in agreements that focus on the development, transfer, procurement, commercialization and maintenance of IP and technology.

In addition to its advice on IT systems and software matters, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s team includes specialists in healthcare IT, fashion and apparel, retail, consumer products, sports equipment, entertainment and digital media. Brian Anderson in San Francisco and Del Mar’s Michael Orlando are the recommended practice co-chairs. Anderson provides ongoing representation to Kate Spade & Company in large-scale, global e-commerce outsourcing projects and related software licensing as well as cloud services agreements and data protection counseling. Orlando recently acted for Taylor Guitars in the development and launch of the TaylorSense guitar smart box and iOS App; and Century City’s Brian Pass assisted Fitbit with marketing services agreements.

White & Case LLP’s team has ‘excellent response times and very good industry knowledge’. It stands out for its cross-border assistance to hi-tech, social media, consumer technology, pharmaceutical, medical device, semiconductor and fintech clients. Adam Chernichaw is ‘smart and solutions-oriented’ and Daren Orzechowski led advice to Haier Group, a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, on the $5.4bn acquisition of the GE Appliances unit from General Electric. Other active clients of the firm include Salesforce.com, Google, Zimmer Biomet and Panasonic. Arlene Hahnperforms flawlessly for clients’; and Jason Tomita recently joined the Silicon Valley office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he advised global technology companies on M&A transactions. Named partners are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

WilmerHale handles hundreds of joint ventures, strategic alliances and outsourcing and licensing transactions each year, and is highly regarded for its advice to biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Steven Barrett and Belinda Juran are the recommended technology transactions and licensing co-chairs. Other key advisers include Jeffrey Johnson, who assisted semiconductor manufacturing company Analog Devices with several acquisitions, licensing transactions and technology development agreements, including a development and reseller agreement with Consumer Physics; and Michael Bevilacqua, who acted for global semiconductor chip maker Intel Corporation in patent license, acquisition and sale transactions. Other active clients for the firm include MacroGenics and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. Adit Khorana and Ashwin Gokhale are key Palo Alto contacts. Unless otherwise stated, named lawyers are in the Boston office.


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Covington & Burling LLP, which ‘provides excellent service across the regulatory arena’, fields a team of highly regarded practitioners, including Yaron Dori, Mace Rosenstein and Jennifer Johnson. Recent highlights for Dori include advising on the regulatory issues relating to CenturyLink’s acquisition of Level 3 Communications, Berkshire Partners’ acquisition of Masergy Communications and Madison Dearborn Partners’ acquisition of Intermedia.net; Dori has also advised various communications clients on the implementation of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules. Johnson, who is co-chair of the firm’s communications and media practice, has notable expertise advising television industry clients, and recently advised several television industry associations on legislation issues such as spectrum allocations, media ownership and broadcast matters. Rosenstein, who is a prominent figure in the industry, successfully represented CBS, Scripps Networks Interactive, The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner, among others, at the DC Circuit in a challenge to the FCC’s policies relating to public disclosure of business information.

At Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, ‘go-to practitioner’ John Nakahata leads the ‘exceptional’ team, which excels across the telecoms, technology and media spaces. The department also includes founding partner William Wiltshire, litigator Mark Grannis and Paul Margie, and it advises a varied client list that includes wireless and wireline businesses, internet service providers (ISPs), satellite companies and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers. Kent Bressie is recognized for his experience advising undersea cable clients and also heads the firm’s international practice. The firm’s appellate group, led by Christopher Wright, is considered to be ‘outstanding’ by clients. Kristine Laudadio Devine is also recommended.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘an industry knowledge and breadth of practice that allows it to quickly home in on the issues at stake, providing the best advice possible for each situation’. The ‘incredibly experiencedMichele Farquhar, who is particularly strong in wireless matters, leads the practice, which excels in FCC cases and is ‘a key player on spectrum issues’. Recent highlights include advising XO Communications and its affiliate Nextlink on regulatory issues surrounding spectrum licenses and representing the client in new 5G mobile proceedings; Farquhar led the matter. She is also assisting Gogo with net neutrality compliance and spectrum sources for in-flight connectivity, and is advising Vodafone on various matters, including the US Open Internet rules and the regulatory requirements for expansion into Latin America, including Mexico, Chile and Panama - a matter that leverages the firm’s international network. ‘Strong advocateTrey Hanbury, who ‘responds quickly and thoughtfully’, is representing T-Mobile in the FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction, successfully persuading the Commission to reserve low-frequency bands for smaller carriers. Mark Brennan is recommended for his privacy and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) expertise, Ari Fitzgerald is noted for his spectrum policy expertise, and Alexander Maltas, who has ‘great legal acumen’ and joined in 2016 from an in-house position at Cablevision, advises on video, wireless and broadband regulation.

Litigation boutique Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. stands out for its appellate experience and represents a range of telecoms clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies; Verizon and AT&T are examples. The team also advises clients on regulatory, antitrust and IP issues, and assists with enforcement proceedings before the FCC and state agencies. Managing partner Michael Kellogg is a driving force of the practice and is highly regarded by peers and clients alike; appellate specialist Scott Angstreich is recommended for telecoms regulatory mandates. Other team members include Joshua Branson, Andrew Goldsmith and Evan Leo.

Latham & Watkins LLP assists telecoms and broadcast clients across the whole spectrum of issues, including regulatory matters and litigation, and has been heavily involved in the FCC’s high-profile net neutrality proceedings, representing the NCTA, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications. The team is also representing Cox Communications in set-top-box litigation relating to the client’s allegedly unlawful requirement for customers to lease a set-top box in order to receive premium cable services. Matthew Brill is global chair of the communications group at the firm, while James Barker and New York-based James Gorton jointly chair the firm’s communications industry group. Brill is representing Time Warner Cable in several TCPA cases, one of which relates to the client inadvertently placing calls to a wireless number that had been reassigned from a customer to a different individual, and is also acting for the NCTA in an appeal of an FCC order regarding effective competition in the cable market. The highly regarded John Janka is representing Sirius XM Radio in an interference dispute with T-Mobile and is advising the client on a spectrum coordination agreement with AT&T. Other clients include Comcast, Frontier Communications and Inmarsat. Matthew Murchison made partner in 2017.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice is ‘one of the best for communications law and far outpaces the competition’ making it ‘a go-to practice that consistently delivers fantastic work and tremendous knowledge with an ability to perfectly target the client’s needs’. Managing partner Bryan Tramont, who leads the group, is ‘very connected, with his finger on the pulse of the FCC and every other agency’; he recently advised Verizon on obtaining the regulatory approval for its $1.8bn acquisition of XO Communications and also advised Comcast, alongside Adam Krinsky and the ‘highly experienced’ Jonathan Cohen, on its involvement in the FCC’s broadband spectrum incentive auction. Other key members of the department include Christine Crowe, praised by clients as ‘one of the most knowledgeable spectrum policy attorneys in DC’, ‘outstanding resource’ David O’Connor, the ‘super effective’ Patricia Chuh and the ‘very responsive’ Kenneth Satten. Recent highlights include Tramont, Phillip Marchesiello and John Scott assisting Mobilitie with regulatory issues regarding multiple tower siting permits, and Russell Hanser, David Solomon and Krinsky advising multiple broadband ISPs on the FCC’s Open Internet rules. Frontier Communications, CenturyLink and Samsung are also clients. Patrick Halley is also recommended.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP counts AT&T as a key client, recently advising on the regulatory approvals of its proposed merger with Time Warner and assisting with the regulatory elements of several transactions, including spectrum swapping with Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, and its acquisition of Cellular Properties. Maureen Jeffreys heads the telecoms, internet and media practice, and regularly acts for wireline, wireless, cable, media, television and internet clients; she recently represented AT&T in the FCC’s video competition proceeding. Former practice co-chair Patrick Grant is highly regarded in the field, Peter Schildkraut is noted for his spectrum and Open Internet expertise, William Cook has substantial FCC experience and Scott Feira is recommended for FCC merger review work; Feira is providing regulatory assistance to AT&T on the sale of a 700MHz A block spectrum license to T-Mobile, a condition of the client’s 2014 merger with Leap Wireless. Stephanie Phillipps is also recommended. Other clients include Harris Corporation, PPL Corporation and the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies.

Cooley LLP’s practice, which is co-led by Michael Basile and Robert McDowell (who joined from Wiley Rein LLP in November 2016), is particularly strong in the wireless and satellite sectors, and on advising broadcast and cable television clients. Basile and Kevin Mills advised Fox Affiliates Group on regulatory and policy issues relating to the television and video delivery industries, John Feore is advising CBS Affiliates Association on similar issues, and David Wittenstein is acting for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in issues relating to the FCC’s proposed regulation of telecoms services provided to businesses and wireless companies. Wittenstein is also advising the Weather Channel on the regulatory elements of the sale of its non-programming business to IBM. In another recent highlight, Anne Swanson assisted Mitre with multiple spectrum matters, including obtaining regulatory approvals for a two-week exercise to test unmanned aerial vehicle counter-technology. Cox Communications, Garmin International and Gray Television are also clients.

The ‘extremely helpful, invaluable and incredibly knowledgeable’ team at DLA Piper LLP (US) is co-led by Michael Senkowski and the ‘strategic and responsiveNancy Victory, following their move from Wiley Rein LLP in late 2016 along with Eric DeSilva. The practice, which is ‘excellent at seeing the big picture in terms of regulatory compliance and has a great understanding of the inner workings of the FCC’, is also noted for its spectrum expertise and its ability to secure regulatory approvals for transactions. Recent highlights include DeSilva representing AT&T in the FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction, and Senkowski advising OneWeb on a significant cross-border matter, which involves securing authorization in over 20 countries for its new global satellite system aimed at bringing broadband to rural areas around the world; he is also advising Samsung on FCC proceedings relating to 5G spectrum availability. Victory is advising Verizon on the regulatory implications of a tax-related company reorganization. Other clients include T-Mobile, América Móvil, TracFone Wireless and CTIA.

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘incredibly strong team’ provides ‘great advice of extremely high quality, with a super quick turnaround from a deep bench of great lawyers’. The department is recognized for its cable and wireless strength and is ‘exceptional in FCC matters’; Nancy Libin led advice to the CTIA on FCC privacy rulemaking, while practice co-heads Samuel Feder (who clients praise as ‘one of the best in the field’) and ‘excellent thinkerJohn Flynn secured regulatory approval for Charter Communications’ merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Flynn is also assisting Ossia with obtaining FCC approval to sell wireless charging technology and is advising Searchlight on the FCC approval of its investment in Hemisphere Media Group. Luke Platzer is highly recommended by clients and is representing Charter Advanced Services in a lawsuit against Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) following the PUC’s decision that the client’s VoIP service is subject to state taxes. Cable and wireless specialist Leah Tulin is recommended and Rebekah Goodheart joined from an in-house position at the FCC.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP stands out for its expertise in universal service funds and advising on audits, investigations and enforcement matters; recent highlights include representing i-wireless in audits, appeals and enforcement proceedings before the FCC, and advising Premiere Global Services on the classification of its global products, which includes cloud-based collaboration services that enable cloud conferencing, for Federal Universal Service Fund purposes. John Heitmann (who is also co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s privacy and data security committee) leads the 13-partner group and is working with Tom Cohen in representing the American Cable Association in FCC proceedings regarding new privacy and data security regulations for broadband providers. Other key department members are Henry Kelly, who is acting for Peerless Network in two separate disputes against Verizon and AT&T relating to unpaid charges; Chip Yorkgitis, who is recommended for spectrum management issues; and Steve Augustino, who is representing Telecom Italia Sparkle of North America in an audit. Sprint, XO Communications and Telkom Indonesia are also clients.

Clients praise Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, LLC as ‘an outstanding firm that really can’t be beaten for expertise’, and one that adds ‘real value to any matter it works on’ through its ‘extremely well-versed lawyers who have a deep knowledge of the industry, policies and market trends’. Practice head Richard Metzger ‘has an encyclopedic knowledge of communications regulation and adds genuine gravitas to his clients’ advocacy’; he regularly represents Comcast and recently advised it on FCC issues relating to the client’s VoIP service and the FCC’s Open Internet rules. Further highlights include advising Globalstar on regulatory issues relating to its global mobile satellite services and the use of its licensed spectrum, and representing Sprint in multiple FCC proceedings, including one which will allow new mobile services to use microwave bands currently reserved for fixed wireless services. ‘Smart and creative problem-solver’ Gina Keeney and the ‘highly pragmatic’ Gregory Lawler are singled out by clients; Stephen Berman and Emily Daniels are also names to note.

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team is highly praised by clients for its regulatory expertise, especially in the broadcast, spectrum auction and channel-sharing arenas. Practice head Eric Greenberg and Sherrese Smith are advising multiple television broadcasters in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction and are also representing the National Association of Broadcasters in its efforts to reduce the media ownership restrictions which prevent consolidation among media companies. Smith is also advising Tegna on how to preserve a joint sales agreement that the FCC had previously ordered to be terminated. The firm is launching a new Internet of Things (IoT) practice, which is a significant area of focus for Smith. Regulations surrounding financings are also a strength; clients include Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Royal Bank of Canada. Other clients include Cox Communications, ION Media Networks and 21st Century Fox.

The ‘exceptionally responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Sidley Austin LLP was strengthened through the arrival of ‘one of the finest appellate lawyers around’, regulatory expert Jonathan Nuechterlein, from an in-house position at the FCC. Nuechterlein, Frederick Beckner and Christopher Shenk jointly lead the group, which regularly advises equipment manufacturers, broadcast networks, cable clients, video programming services, ISPs and various lenders. AT&T is a key client for the team; Peter Keisler is advising it on its challenge to the FCC’s net neutrality rules and Nuechterlein and Beckner are assisting with its appeal of the FCC’s decision to invalidate tariffs for business data services. Other highlights included acting for CenturyLink in FCC proceedings regarding the regulation of business data services and advising United States Cellular on regulatory issues relating to the provision of enhanced emergency 911 services, including call location provisions and text-to-911 services; Mark Schneider and Marc Korman led on the US Cellular matter. Further clients include DirecTV, RNC Televisión and Neptune Technologies. David Carpenter retired.

Ivan Schlager and John Beahn lead the communications team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which advised key client Nokia on the regulatory elements of the $3bn sale of its HERE digital mapping unit to a German consortium and is assisting Sprint with the regulatory aspects of its joint venture with i-wireless. In a further highlight, Beahn is acting for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council in its attempt to gain an FCC ruling to amend the Emergency Alert Services regulations to ensure US operators provide multilingual alerts in emergency situations. Associate Joshua Gruenspecht is also a key team member and is working with Beahn in advising IoT provider Sigfox on the FCC and state regulatory requirements for its entry into the US market. Other clients include New York State, Time Warner Cable and Letterone Investment Holdings.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s ‘excellent’ team, led by licensing, rulemaking and complaint proceedings specialist Pantelis Michalopoulos, is highly involved in Open Internet issues. Recent highlights include successfully representing Dish Network in the high-profile net neutrality case at the DC Circuit, which upheld the FCC’s Open Internet rules; the team also acted for Level 3 Communications in the matter. Spectrum mandates are also key for the practice and Michalopoulos is advising M2M Spectrum Networks on issues relating to the FCC wireless licenses required for providing IoT services. Markham Erickson is well regarded by clients and recently assisted Netflix with the implementation of Communications and Video Accessibility Act regulations; he is also advising The Internet Association on issues relating to internet companies’ responsibilities regarding the conduct of third parties who use the systems they provide. Stephanie Roy is recommended for FCC matters and New York-based Michael Vatis stands out for his internet, e-commerce and technology expertise.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at boutique firm Telecommunications Law Professionals fields ‘exceptional attorneys who are also good people’ and has ‘extreme responsiveness and expert business acumen’. The highly regarded Carl Northrop leads the group, which counts wireless carriers, broadcasters, industry associations and financial institutions among its clients; General Communications, Columbia Capital and Atlantic Tele-Network are examples. The department expanded its client base in 2016, with new clients including Nova Wireless, Everything Wireless, NxGen Partners and Trident Computer Resources. Northrop and the ‘astonishingly excellent and proactive’ Michael Lazarus are advising The Alaska Wireless Network on the regulatory elements of its roaming agreement and spectrum leasing with Sprint, and Northrop is working with associate Jessica DeSimone Gyllstrom to assist Competitive Carriers Association with regulatory issues regarding net neutrality, privacy, broadband and the Internet of Things. Clients also single out Ashton Johnston, who is ‘a joy to work with’; he and Lazarus are advising Reliance Jio Infocomm USA on the regulatory issues surrounding its entrance into the US market. Dennis Corbett joined from Lerman Senter PLLC.

Clients praise Wiley Rein LLP as ‘exceptional in all metrics’, with a ‘smart, responsive and down-to-earth team, which is a tremendous advocate for any client’. The ‘highly valuable’ telecoms, broadcast and satellite practice, which ‘fields one of the deepest benches in the government contracts industry’, is co-led by the ‘brilliant’ Kathleen Kirby and ‘true professional’ Ambassador David Gross (who is also chair of the Internet Governance Coalition), and regularly acts for telecoms companies, local carriers, industry associations, satellite companies, regulators and broadcasters. Christopher Huther, who is ‘one of the best in the field’, and the ‘unparalleled’ Claire Evans are key names to note and recently represented Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless in multiple pole attachment disputes, and are also advising the US Telecom Association on issues relating to FCC regulations surrounding pole attachment rental rates. The firm also launched a standalone IoT practice in 2016, led by Scott Delacourt. Bennett Ross, Jennifer Hindin and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Anna Gomez are highly recommended; Gomez advised TracFone Wireless on the FCC’s changes to its LifeLine program. Shawn Chang is also recommended. Michael Senkowski, Nancy Victory and Eric DeSilva joined DLA Piper LLP (US), Robert McDowell joined Cooley LLP and James Bayes and Marnie Sarver retired.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s ‘top-notch team’ combines an ‘unsurpassed knowledge of the communications industry’ with ‘an ability to really understand its clients’ and provides ‘responsive, insightful and nuanced advice’. The practice continues to advise flagship client Comcast in a range of matters; recent examples include ‘real expertMichael Hurwitz advising on the compliance aspects of its merger with NBCUniversal, Jonathan Friedman representing the client in the FCC’s set-top-box proceedings aimed at promoting retail competition in the pay television provider market, and practice head Thomas Jones (who clients single out as ‘one of the best lawyers in the telecoms space, particularly in common carrier regulation’) and Daniel Alvarez acting for the client in the FCC’s broadband customer proprietary network information proceedings, which aims to protect the privacy of internet users. Level 3 Communications is also a key client and Jones is representing it in tariff review proceedings, and is also advising it on the regulatory elements of its acquisition by CenturyLink. Other clients include Incompas, National Cable & Telecommunications Association and BT Americas.

Chérie Kiser and Angela Collins jointly lead Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s practice, which advises clients in the wireline, wireless, cable, broadband and satellite markets across a wide range of regulatory and contentious mandates, with particular expertise in FCC regulations and representing cable companies in subscriber class actions. In a recent highlight, the team represented Blackboard before the FCC, obtaining a declaratory ruling that schools can lawfully make automated telephone calls and send automated texts to students and family members. Cable One is also a key client for the group, which the team represented before state courts, state agencies and the FCC in issues relating to the client’s video, VoIP and internet access services. Other clients include Polycom and Birch Communications; the department is acting for the latter in the regulatory elements of its purchase of Primus Telecommunications’ assets, and is advising it on maintaining its eligible telecoms status.

Dentons advises on regulatory issues at a federal and state level for a client list that includes cable operators, wireless carriers and satellite companies. In a recent highlight, the team advised The North American Portability Management on the transition of services from Neustar to iconectiv, a process which involved FCC proceedings relating to the regulatory oversight of a number portability system. Key names in the team include Megan Delany, who is representing YourTel and TerrCom in an FCC matter regarding a corporate data breach and issues surrounding the clients’ enrollment of Lifeline phone subscribers; and practice head Todd Daubert, who is advising Nicor Energy Services Company on compliance with the FCC’s and Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call rules. Daubert is also assisting Nokia with various regulatory issues regarding 5G deployments and market developments. Other clients include XO Communications, T-Mobile and new client Luxottica.

Jones Day excels in the satellite communications space and has developed notable expertise in internet, radio wave and spectrum issues. Recent highlights include advising Sprint on the regulatory elements of the transferal of its FCC-licensed spectrum assets into a special purposes vehicle and assisting Global VSAT Forum with regulatory issues regarding the satellite industry. Practice co-head Bruce Olcott led both matters and is recommended for his strength in wireless and wireline regulations, with a niche expertise in international space law; he is assisting Teledyne Technologies obtain a license from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that would allow it to place Earth sensing cameras and other instruments on the International Space Station. The practice also has substantial contentious experience; group co-head Michael Hazzard, who joined in 2016 from Arent Fox LLP, is representing Twilio in a TCPA class action and is acting for cloud communications provider CallFire in litigation regarding alleged violations of multiple consumer protection laws, including the TCPA and the Federal Trade Commission Act. The Boeing Company, NextNav and Five9 are also clients.

Angela Giancarlo and Howard Waltzman jointly lead the practice at Mayer Brown, which focuses on wireless, spectrum and privacy matters at a domestic and international level, including advising US companies on international regulations. In a recent highlight, Waltzman and Giancarlo advised CTIA on the regulatory implications that will affect the wireless telecoms sector and the FCC’s implementation and application of various acts, including the Communications Act of 1934, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and new spectrum and public policy revisions. Waltzman is also assisting the 21st Century Privacy Coalition with its efforts to rationalize privacy and data protection laws. Wells Fargo Securities is also a client and Giancarlo regularly advises it on legislative and regulatory issues in the wireless, satellite and cable sectors. Cybersecurity specialist David Simon joined in 2016.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.’s communications practice is led by Tara Corvo, who has notable experience in cable and broadband regulation. The team advises on regulations affecting the broadband, internet, digital media and mobile technology sectors, assisting with compliance issues as well as contentious matters before the state and federal courts and regulatory agencies. The firm’s client roster includes cable and broadband providers, satellite operators, wireline service providers and wireless companies; AMC Networks, Cox Communications, the CTIA and Omnispace are examples. Christopher Harvie is recommended for cable and telecoms policy matters, Sallye Clark is the key name for satellite matters and Russell Fox is recognized for his wireless expertise; Craig Gilley and Los Angeles-based litigator Joshua Briones are also names to note. Recent highlights include representing a wireless provider in the FCC spectrum auction, negotiating changes to satellite regulations in multiple jurisdictions and advising on TCPA issues.

Spectrum work remains a strength for the ‘brilliant’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, which recently advised Cantor Fitzgerald on its efforts to persuade the FCC to develop a secondary market exchange for radio frequency spectrum rights, and represented Shure in FCC proceedings regarding spectrum policy. Andrew Lipman leads the department and is part of the team representing wholesale telecoms service provider Inteliquent in FCC proceedings relating to regulated costs; Lipman is also acting for Securus Technologies, a leading provider of inmate calling services, in proceedings before the FCC and the DC Circuit, obtaining two stays for the client. Catherine Wang is a key member of the group and is regulatory counsel to John Deere & Company; she is advising the client on federal and international issues regarding GPS and wireless equipment, satellite services and rural broadband policies. Other noteworthy names include technology specialist William Wilhelm and Ulises Pin, who is assisting Facebook with the regulatory elements of multiple transactions, including the acquisitions of submarine cable networks and domestic fiber networks. US TelePacific, Consolidated Telephone and Level 3 Communications are also clients.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLPdemonstrates a deep knowledge of the regulatory space’, advising on the whole gamut of communications issues, with a particular focus on broadcast and mass media, satellite communications and telecoms. Spectrum mandates are also a substantial strength for the group, which in a recent highlight represented O3b Networks in the FCC’s spectrum reallocation proceedings. Glenn Richards leads the department, which also includes ‘adept problem-solver’ Scott Flick, who is advising Media General on its $4.6bn merger with Nexstar Broadcasting, a transaction that includes the divestiture of 12 television stations. Highlights for Richards included acting for AccessLine Communications in the regulatory aspects of its proposed merger with Madison Dearborn Partners and representing Voice on the Net Coalition in multiple FCC proceedings. John Hane is singled out by clients and is continuing to act for Sinclair Broadcasting Group in its efforts to gain FCC approval for a new technical standard for American broadcasting. Grupo Televisa, Meredith Broadcasting and Oak Hill Capital Partners are also clients. Miles Mason is a key name in the team.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP excels in the cable infrastructure and satellite sectors and has notable expertise in Open Internet issues. The team recently advised key client Charter Communications and Snapchat on the FCC’s net neutrality ruling. Other work for Charter Communications included advising it on FCC, state and local cable regulations; assisting it with state and federal litigation regarding franchise fees and public, educational and government access fees; advising it on the regulatory elements of wireless and wireline infrastructure matters; and assisting it with multiple franchise renewals and subsequent litigation. Brian Weimer leads the group and is working with Paul Werner in representing Rite Aid and CVS before the FCC in matters relating to the TCPA and healthcare-related communications issues. Other clients include the CTIA, Telecoms Italia Sparkle and Zayo Group. Gardner Gillespie is recommended for cable and telecoms litigation, Dave Thomas advises trade associations, wireless networks and cable and broadband companies; and Ray Rutngamlug, who made partner in early 2016, focuses on communications service agreements.

The ‘excellent and highly knowledgeable’ team at Squire Patton Boggs is led by Robert Kelly, who clients praise for his ‘ability to demonstrate thoroughness and industry expertise’. The team acts for a mix of public and private sector clients and Joseph Markoski recently advised the Regulatory Authority of the Government of Bermuda on a range of matters, including the claw back of spectrum holdings from a mobile operator, regulatory issues relating to three mergers, and its involvement in a selection process relating to the allocation of sub-1 GHz 4G LTE spectrum and resulting litigation. Highlights for Kelly included assisting 800 MHz Transition Administrator with a $4bn spectrum reconfiguration program and representing the Intelligent Transportation Society of America before the FCC and the US Department of Commerce in issues regarding connected vehicle systems, including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Other key names include Paul Besozzi, Jonathan Nadler and Robert Stup Jr.; Stup assisted AquaComms with obtaining an FCC license for the construction of an undersea cable between New York and Ireland. Monica Desai took an in-house position at Facebook.

Heather Zachary leads the ‘wonderful, highly committed and engaged’ practice at WilmerHale, which is ‘always on the ball’ and has recently advised on several matters for key client AT&T; examples include acting for the client in net neutrality issues and representing it in FCC proceedings regarding video services delivered through an internet connection and the regulation surrounding these services. Lobbying also makes up a significant proportion of the firm’s practice through the work of the ‘invaluable’ Jonathan Yarowsky, who was recently retained by new client Microsoft in a lobbying matter regarding the USA Freedom Act. Kelly Dunbar is recommended for federal communications matters and Benjamin Powell and Reed Freeman specialize in communications, cybersecurity and data breach issues. Other clients include American Express, Charter Communications, Intel, Bose and T-Mobile.


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Covington & Burling LLP stands out for its high-profile transactional expertise and counts Univision, CBS and The Walt Disney Company as some of its key clients. Mace Rosenstein, who is co-chair of the firm’s media, internet and technology group, recently advised Altice on its $18bn acquisition of Cablevision Systems and its $9.1bn acquisition of Suddenlink. Other noteworthy names in the department include Yaron Dori, who advises across telecoms, privacy and consumer protection law; Robyn Polashuk in Los Angeles, who specializes in the licensing of television networks and programming across several platform types; and Jennifer Johnson, who is co-chair of the communications and media group and focuses on television-related matters, regularly acting for content distributors, broadcast companies and trade associations. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Powerhouse transactional firmLatham & Watkins LLP continues to advise the top telecoms, broadcast and satellite clients in the sector, with a roster that includes Verizon and Leap Wireless International; group co-head James Barker acted for the latter in its $3.8m merger with AT&T and the client’s sale of a Chicago 700MHz license for $420m. In other work, Barker and Matthew Brill advised Time Warner Cable on all elements of its merger with Charter Communications and Bright House Networks, including gaining Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for the transaction; Brill is also advising LogMeIn on its proposed $1.8bn merger with Citrix Systems, which will combine the client’s join.me collaboration software with Citrix Systems’ GoToMeeting products. The practice works closely with the firm’s private equity and capital markets teams, recently assisting JPMorgan with Sirius XM Radio’s $1bn senior notes issuance. Other clients include The Carlyle Group, BC Partners and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. New York-based co-chair James Gorton is highly regarded in the field, and John Janka is recommended for radio spectrum issues and regularly represents satellite operators, broadband providers and broadcasters. The ‘exceptionalMatthew Murchison made partner in 2017. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Michael Diz and Jonathan Levitsky are key members of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s technology, media and telecoms department. The team handles domestic and international mandates within the telecoms, content production, distribution, broadcast, cable television and radio sectors, assisting with M&A, IP issues, tax and financing. Levitsky advised Discovery Communications on its purchase of shares in Lions Gate Entertainment Corp (Lionsgate) and its subsequent involvement in Lionsgate’s $4.4bn acquisition of Starz, while Diz and Jeffrey Rosen recently advised Verizon Communications on its $1.8bn acquisition of XO Communications’ fiber-based internet protocol and Ethernet networks; they also assisted the client with the sale of its California, Florida and Texas local wireline operations to Frontier Communications, totaling $11bn. Diz is also working with Richard Bohm in advising the Dolan Family as the controlling stockholders of Cablevision on its sale to Altice for $18bn, and as the controlling stockholders of The Madison Square Garden Company on the spin-off of Madison Square Garden’s live sports and entertainment businesses. Bohm and Michael Gillespie jointly chair the firm’s media and telecoms group, which also includes IP specialist Jeffrey Cunard. Other clients include Amazon.com, Twitch Interactive, Tribune Media Company and the independent committee of the board of directors of Viacom.

Hogan Lovells US LLP covers the whole gamut of telecoms transactions, working closely with the firm’s regulatory team to advise on spectrum auctions, joint ventures, cross-border commercial contracts and private equity investments. In a recent private equity highlight, Randy Segal, Richard Becker (both based in Northern Virginia) and Washington-DC based Trey Hanbury assisted Columbia Capital with its investment in satellite communications company Omnispace, and are also assisting with investments into big data analytics, telecom infrastructure and wireless positioning developers. Segal jointly leads the department with Washington DC-based satellite expert Steven Kaufman; Kaufman is part of the team assisting inflight internet and entertainment provider Gogo with multiple international transactions. Other noteworthy names include Michele Farquhar and Richard Horan, based in Washington DC and Northern Virginia respectively, who are advising Vodafone on the expansion of its presence in the US and into Latin America; the team is also advising the client on the sale of its telecoms expense management business to Tangoe. Unmanned aircraft systems practice co-head Lisa Ellman is highly regarded for her drone expertise and Ari Fitzgerald is also recommended; both are based in Washington DC. Alexander Maltas joined the Washington DC office from an in-house position at Cablevision.

Samuel Feder and John Flynn lead the Washington DC-based practice at Jenner & Block LLP, which recently finished its high-profile work for Charter Communications, securing the regulatory approvals for its merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in what was one of the largest cable transactions in the market, totaling $90bn; Flynn and Feder also advised Cablevision on its $18bn acquisition by Altice. Other clients include SoftBank, which Leah Tulin and Feder are assisting with its attempt to obtain FCC approval for the restructuring of its business; and Searchlight, which Flynn is advising on the structuring and pending FCC approval of its $400m investment in Hemisphere Media Group. Ossia, Comcast Corporation and T-Mobile are also clients. Technology and communications specialist Nancy Libin is recommended for privacy matters and Internet of Things (IoT) issues; Carissa Coze and Jolene Negre, both based in Los Angeles, and Luke Platzer are also names to notes. Broadband and wireline expert Rebekah Goodheart joined in 2016 from the FCC and has notable expertise in net neutrality issues, competition policy and privacy matters.

Paul Hastings LLP’s clients rate its ‘deal-making abilities as truly top class’ and praise it as ‘one of the most knowledgeable teams in the broadcast and digital media space’. The Washington DC-based department utilizes individuals from the firm’s M&A, private equity, leveraged finance and privacy practices, and is led by ‘true deal-makerEric Greenberg. The department has been highly active in the spectrum auction field and recently acted for a number of clients in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction, advising on multiple transactional and regulatory issues and also negotiating several channel-sharing agreements for the clients; Greenberg and ‘incredibly creative problem-solverSherrese Smith led the matter. Other key deals include Palo Alto-based Tiffany Lee advising Brocade Communications Systems on its $1.5bn acquisition of Ruckus Wireless and, in Los Angeles, David Hernand, who is recommended for media-related mandates, and of counsel Ron Ben-Yehuda assisting DreamWorks Animation with the sale of a stake in AwesomenessTV to Verizon.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘superb’ practice is highly active in the private equity space and advises a client roster that includes Oak Hill Capital Partners and Crestview Partners. Washington DC-based ‘strategic-thinker’ and practice co-head Patrick Campbell is advising the latter on its $125m acquisition of a stake in Colorado-based broadband provider Wide Open West from Avista Capital Partners. Co-head Bruce Gutenplan in New York is praised by clients as ‘the best attorney in the tower industry’ and recently assisted TowerCo Holdings with the $244m sale of 253 wireless communications towers and related assets to Grain Infrastructure Fund II. Other highlights included acting for the Investors of ExteNet in its $1bn recapitalization, and handling Cable & Wireless Communications’ $1.9bn acquisition of Columbus International. Satellite work is also a key strength; Campbell is advising Virgin Galactic on multiple satellite launch services agreements and is acting for IntelSat in its joint venture agreement with SKY Perfect JSAT Group.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s two-partner team excels in communications matters, advising broadcast, mobile, satellite, cable, wireless and fiber-optic clients in corporate restructurings, national security issues and antitrust approvals. In a recent highlight, John Beahn and associate Joshua Gruenspecht acted for several clients, including 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Scripps Networks Interactive and Viacom, in FCC proceedings relating to the cable set-top-box market. Beahn and Gruenspecht are also advising Al Jazeera Media Network on the termination of its US cable news channel Al Jazeera America, and Beahn and Ivan Schlager - who leads the firm’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) practice - advised Time Warner Cable on its $55bn acquisition by Charter Communications. In a demonstration of the firm’s cross-border capabilities, the team is advising Nokia on its $17bn acquisition of France-based telecoms equipment manufacturer Alcatel Lucent. Other clients include Spark New Zealand, Sprint Corporation and T-Mobile. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPprovides the highest level of service’, with a ‘responsiveness and willingness that makes it a pleasure to work with’. The New York-based practice, led by Howard Chatzinoff, specializes in complex M&A; highlights included advising Evercore as financial adviser to CenturyLink in relation to CenturyLink’s $34bn acquisition of Level 3 Communications, assisting Verizon with its acquisition of IoT platform developer Sensity Systems, and advising Delta Topco on its acquisition by Liberty Media Corporation for $7.8bn. Michael Aiello is advising JPMorgan and Perella Weinberg as financial advisers to AT&T regarding AT&T’s $109bn acquisition of Time Warner, and is also acting for Media General regarding a proposed buyout offer from Nexstar Broadcasting Group, totaling $4.6bn. Other clients include CBS Corporation, Univision Communications and Providence Equity Partners. Noteworthy names include private equity specialist Michael Lubowitz, corporate partner Frederick Green, and technology and IP transactional expert Karen Ballack in Silicon Valley, who clients praise as ‘an excellent communicator and hard worker’.

Alongside its litigation and regulatory expertise, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP continues to demonstrate strength in corporate finance thorough its work advising the joint book-running manager and co-managers of, respectively, the Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications merger and DreamWorks’ acquisition of Comcast Corporation, and representing Deutsche Bank as book-running manager of DISH Network’s $3bn convertible notes offering. The communications sector is a focus of the Washington DC-based team, which advises clients on IPOs, restructurings, competition strategies, antitrust issues, tax mandates and political programming matters. Managing partner Chérie Kiser regularly advises voice, video and data communications clients, and counsel Angela Collins is also recommended.

The Washington DC-based team at Cooley LLP is led by Michael Basile and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell, who joined in late 2016 from Wiley Rein LLP and regularly assists commercial broadcasters and cable television companies, such as Cox Communications, The Weather Channel and CBS Affiliates Association. In a recent highlight, Basile advised Digity Companies on its $264m sale to Alpha Media; Basile is also working with Kevin Mills for Meredith Corporation in its proposed merger with Media General. The team is highly active in the spectrum space, advising clients on licensing issues and representing multiple television broadcasters in various spectrum auctions. Other noteworthy team members include senior counsel John Feore, Anne Swanson and David Wittenstein.

At Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, the well-regarded Robert Townsend leads the practice, which focuses on advising telecoms companies such as Rogers Communications and Crown Castle on M&A, restructurings, high-profile financing transactions, tax and IP issues. Eric Schiele and Faiza Saeed are advising Time Warner on its acquisition by AT&T; they are also assisting Yahoo! with Verizon’s $4.8bn acquisition of its operating business. Stephen Burns, Damien Zoubek and Johnny Skumpija are key names to note; Skumpija advised Cox Communications on a $1bn debt offering. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and proactive’ three-partner telecoms team, based in Washington DC, ‘receives top marks’ from clients, and was established in late 2016 following the arrival of the ‘tremendousMichael Senkowski, the ‘unbelievably reliableNancy Victory and the ‘fantasticEric DeSilva from Wiley Rein LLP. Senkowski and Victory jointly chair the group and both are recommended for their telephony and wireless work. The team is particularly recognized for its spectrum expertise; DeSilva advised AT&T on multiple spectrum licensing acquisitions and leasing deals and, while at her previous firm, Victory assisted Columbia Capital with the sale of a 700MHz spectrum license held by one of its investment companies to T-Mobile. The practice also utilizes the firm’s global footprint and Frank Ryan in New York is advising VimpelCom on network sharing agreements in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia. Other clients include Samsung, CTIA and TracFone Wireless.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is particularly prominent in the satellite and space industries; New York-based Peter Nesgos and Washington DC-based Dara Panahy are both highly regarded in the aerospace and communications sectors. Nesgos was recently part of the team which advised O3b Networks on its acquisition by SES. The team counts several telecoms operators among its clients, including NTT, Verizon, Telemar, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel. HSBC, JPMorgan and LightSquared are also clients. Other areas of expertise include M&A, financing transactions, wireless issues, submarine cable systems, internet matters, cellular tower sales, managed services arrangements and equipment supply contracts.

Kathleen Kirby and Ambassador David Gross jointly head the ‘excellent’ Washington DC-based practice at Wiley Rein LLP, following the departure of Michael Senkowski to DLA Piper LLP (US) in late 2016, along with Nancy Victory and Eric DeSilva. The team, which is ‘always available to help and finds practical solutions to even the hardest problems’, includes Richard Bodorff, who is advising Nexstar Broadcasting Group on its $4.6bn merger with Media General, and satellite specialist Jennifer Hindin, who assisted AT&T with its $49bn acquisition of DirecTV. Clients single out Thomas Navin, who acted for Xylem in its $1.7bn acquisition of Sensus and related spectrum assets. A recent highlight for Kirby was advising Liberman Broadcasting on the acquisition of various radio and television stations, and assisting the client with issues relating to Spanish language television network Estrella TV. Other clients include CBS Radio, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Alpha Media. Robert McDowell joined Cooley LLP and David Hilliard is now a senior counsel. James Bayes and Marnie Sarver retired.

At Arent Fox LLP, practice head Alan Fishel regularly handles matters for technology and telecoms clients, and is particularly recommended for his FCC experience and commercial agreement expertise. The Washington DC-based team advises broadband and telecoms providers, equipment manufacturers and cable companies. Stephanie Joyce is a key name to note and is experienced in advising on backbone and content service contracts. Michael Hazzard joined Jones Day.

The team at Dentons is spread across New York, Washington DC, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles and includes Washington DC-based practice head Todd Daubert, who has a background in engineering. Recent highlights for Daubert include advising Luxottica on the purchase of telecoms, broadband and communications services for its international offices and retail locations from AT&T, and assisting Nokia with multiple telecoms and technology transactions, including its acquisition of Alcatel Lucent and various 5G issues. XO Communications and T-Mobile are also clients. Other noteworthy names include real estate specialist Linda White in Chicago, New York-based technology practice head Victor Boyajian, and Joel Bock in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘responsive, pragmatic and reliable’ team is led by the ‘excellent’ Andrew Lipman, who recently advised Consolidated Communications on its acquisition of Champaign Telephone Company, as well as the internal reorganization of its corporate structure, and led advice to US TelePacific in its acquisition of DSCI. The practice is also prominent in the private equity space and Lipman recently assisted Melody Capital Partner with several terrestrial and satellite investments; the team also advised the client on the FCC broadband spectrum auction. Other clients include Facebook, Crown Castle International and Level 3 Communications. Clients single out Timothy Bransford for his satellite focus, technology specialist William Wilhelm, telecoms expert Catherine Wang and Ulises Pin for his international expertise and undersea cable knowledge; Pin recently advised Cable Wireless Communications on its $7.4bn sale to Liberty Global. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Proskauer Rose LLP is recognized for its distribution deal experience, advising clients on the negotiation and structuring of contracts for traditional platforms (including cable and satellite) and emerging content platforms (including TV Everywhere and over-the-top video). The media and entertainment sector is also prominent for the firm, particularly sports work. A recent highlight was advising Discovery Communications on its investment into Group Nine Media, led by department head Robert Freeman and private equity specialist Lauren Boglivi. Freeman is also working with Michael Ellis in assisting Comtech Telecommunications with its $431m acquisition of TeleCommunication Systems. Other clients include Hulu, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Altice. The practice is based in New York.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s client base includes cable and broadband internet providers, satellite companies, social media networks and fiber-optic infrastructure providers; Iridium, Vizio, CTIA and Zayo Group are examples. Satellite expert Brian Weimer leads the Washington DC-based department and is advising OneWeb on multiple commercial and corporate issues, including raising finance. Further highlights include assisting Charter Communications with franchising issues and infrastructure matters; and Paul Werner and Century City-based Brian Pass are advising Snapchat on platform development and the client’s move to become a mass media content company. Ray Rutngamlug made partner in early 2016.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has ‘excellent’ transactional strength and regularly advises on M&A and commercial issues, including merger oppositions. Department head Pantelis Michalopoulos advised DISH Network on its opposition to the merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and is also assisting Netflix with its analysis of the proposed merger between AT&T and DirecTV. Markham Erickson is separately advising Incompas and Nvidia on the conditions for the merger between Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications. Other clients include Inmarsat and Spotify. Stephanie Roy is recommended for telecoms matters, New York-based Michael Vatis and of counsel Christopher Bjornson are key names to note, and clients single out Alfred Mamlet for his ‘wise, pragmatic and effective assistance’. Attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise noted.

Washington DC’s boutique telecoms firm Telecommunications Law Professionals was established in 2011 following a breakaway from Paul Hastings LLP; it advises on M&A, spectrum purchases and sales, financing transactions, infrastructure contracts, backhaul arrangements, auctions and tower leasing agreements. Its client roster is an assortment of wireless carriers, broadcasters, financial institutions, equipment manufacturers, mobile virtual networks operators and new technology companies, including The Alaska Wireless Network, Triad Communications, CCA - Competitive Carriers Association and Columbia Capital. In a recent highlight, FCC expert Ashton Johnston advised Nova Wireless on its involvement in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction. Johnston is also working with Michael Lazarus and highly regarded team head Carl Northrop in assisting NxGen Partners with issues relating to the development of new wireless backhaul technology, which will be used in the release of the small cell configuration of 4G and 5G services. Northrop and Lazarus are also advising PRWireless on spectrum-related transactions and roaming issues. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC.


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