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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United States, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for six consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.

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The advertising and marketing space continues to embrace the digital era with digital advertising, targeted marketing campaigns, personalized adverts and the use of social media influencers becoming increasingly prominent. The growing international scope of marketing campaigns through the impact of social media has brought an increased focus on the regulatory issues surrounding these global initiatives, which has allowed firms with global footprints to excel in the space; this is particularly true in light of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became enforceable in May 2018.

On the contentious side, the number of consumer class actions surged, displacing the former prominence of Lanham Act litigation and challenges before the NAD. The pharmaceuticals and food and drink sectors remain key drivers of disputes, with litigation relating to claims of ‘natural ingredients’ and product origin bringing in substantial work for firms.

With respect to cyber law, with ransomware attacks and data breaches making headlines at an ever-increasing rate, many firms have dramatically increased their focus on providing clients with cradle-to-grave advice on cybersecurity preparedness and breach response. The other main branch of work for firms has been advising clients on compliance with the EU’s GDPR, which influences the way companies transfer personal data and notify regulators of breaches.

Compliance issues have also become prominent in the healthcare and technology sectors, with many firms handling Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act issues and Telephone Consumer Protection Act work. However, there has been reduced involvement at the federal level with cyber regulation, allowing for state laws to manipulate the current landscape.

The increased monetization of data and the impact of the technology sector has also influenced the kinds of innovative problems arising in the field, with artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, autonomous vehicles and biometric data creating new issues surrounding data collection and data transfer.

The media and entertainment market was rocked in 2017 by the multitude of sexual assault allegations brought against several high-profile individuals within the industry. This has led to an increase in litigation brought against the individuals and the companies they worked for, along with attempts by studios, associations and companies to ensure this behavior is no longer tolerated in the industry through new internal policies and campaigns.

In the wider market, the digital era continues to bring an increased focus on virtual reality, gaming and online streaming services for firms, although traditional elements such as film, television and music are still the linchpins of most media and entertainment practices.

Foreign investment also remains key with China and the Middle East providing funds to American studios; First Amendment litigation and copyright disputes are also prominent along with mergers, joint ventures and music rate-setting proceedings. Talent work primarily falls in the music and film sectors, and is primarily led by West Coast firms.

In March 2018, in a major development in the law firm market, a high-profile team from Loeb & Loeb LLP - including Stephen Saltzman, Susan Zuckerman Williams, Craig Emanuel, Mickey Mayerson and Erik Hyman - joined the new Century City office of Paul Hastings LLP, thereby establishing the firm as a genuine prospect in the media and entertainment space.

There are fewer mega-deals in the outsourcing market but external legal counsel is as much in demand as ever, given the growing complexity of multi-sourced outsourcing arrangements and advances in technology that have seen cloud computing and robotic process automation become more prevalent. As companies outsource more critical core functions and engage in transformational IT and business process outsourcing agreements, they increase their need for legal specialists, who also play a major role in helping to manage the complexity of multiple, business-critical outsourcing deals, particularly in heavily regulated industries such as financial services and life sciences. Some leading corporate law firms have dedicated outsourcing teams, though there are also many specialists in smaller firms that have a focus on a broad range of technology and IP matters. Leading firms in the market are also able to bring in experts in data privacy and cybersecurity to negotiate the increasingly complex international regulation governing data security and to protect their clients’ key digital assets.

The technology transactions space is booming. With nearly every industry affected by digital and mobile technologies, buyers from all sectors are now actively targeting hi-tech assets. Private equity players were especially active; during the third quarter of 2017, over 465 technology deals were announced for a disclosed deal value that totaled $61.4bn. The software deal sector was particularly robust in volume terms; other areas showing high levels of activity included hardware, internet, IT services, fintech, data and cloud, as well as emerging areas such as cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

Notable legal market news included Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP opening a Santa Monica office in 2017, following demand from California-headquartered technology companies and start-ups for advice on significant M&A deals; the firm also hired co-head of the global technology transactions practice Glynna Christian, who splits her time between New York and Silicon Valley, from Kaye Scholer LLP, while Peter Fusco, who leads the firm’s New York technology companies practice, joined from Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

Other significant moves included Ropes & Gray LLP’s global M&A head Paul Scrivano joining from O'Melveny & Myers LLP; and Hogan Lovells US LLP hiring a number of technology transaction experts from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, including Silicon Valley-based Richard Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross and Christopher Moore, as well as John Brockland in San Francisco.

The telecoms and broadcast sector has been impacted by the Trump administration’s emphasis on deregulation, with the FCC’s recent repeal of the net neutrality ruling making headlines worldwide. ‘Net neutrality’ is a principle that forbids internet service providers (ISPs) from controlling connection speed and blocking certain websites or applications, and the repeal has generated enormous criticism from tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Netflix as well as online activists. The charge is that the repeal will give ISPs too much control over what websites people visit and which applications they choose to engage with online. Firms such as Latham & Watkins LLP, Hogan Lovells US LLP and Jenner & Block LLP have been advising ISPs on the implications behind the ruling.

Another key development has been the preparations for 5G, which will give users even greater speed and capacity than its predecessor 4G and further enhances the availability of IoT and AI-related technology. This transition will require even more spectrum, infrastructure and backhaul in order to be rolled out. In the broadcasting arena, over-the-top services providers such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO Now are gaining momentum, with Hulu launching a landmark live steaming service of television channels in 2017.

On the transactional side, consolidation has been the prevailing theme with many big players choosing to join forces, with ensuing antitrust and political ramifications. The best example was the recent $85.4bn merger between AT&T and Time Warner, which was challenged by the Justice Department due to the enormous foothold in the industry it would give the combined entity. Telecoms heavyweights Sprint and T-Mobile were also in discussions over a potential merger but this plan was abandoned due to the parties being unable to agree on terms. Other notable deals included Discovery Communications’ purchase of Scripps Networks for approximately $12bn and the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed acquisition of Tribune Media. Transactional heavyweights in this space include Latham & Watkins LLP, Hogan Lovells US LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.


Advertising and marketing: litigation

Index of tables

  1. Advertising and marketing: litigation
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading lawyers
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading lawyers

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    • Lewis Rose - Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
    • Norman Simon - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
    • John Villafranco - Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
    • Harold Weinberger - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Next generation lawyers

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Led by ‘top advertising practitionerDavid Bernstein, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘excellent service and insightful advice’ makes it ‘a go-to firm in this arena’. The group handles matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Advertising Division (NAD) and has substantial preliminary injunction expertise. Its recent work includes representing Merck in a false advertising, trademark infringement and breach-of-contract dispute against Merck & Co over the use of the name Merck; defending Foundation Medicine in false advertising litigation brought by Guardant Health surrounding the client’s liquid assay products; and acting for FanDuel in false advertising claims. Other clients include Growcentia and Allergan; Bernstein and Michael Schaper are representing the latter in an NAD challenge over promotional claims made by Synergy Pharmaceuticals. The department also includes cybersecurity experts Jeremy Feigelson and James Pastore, ‘brilliant litigatorJyotin Hamid and Washington DC-based healthcare specialist Paul Rubin, who joined in 2017 from Ropes & Gray LLP. Unless otherwise specified, named attorneys are based in New York.

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s group in New York fields ‘a brilliant team of exceptional litigators’ led by Harold Weinberger and Norman Simon. The team divides its work into three key areas; acting for clients in false advertising litigation under the Lanham Act, consumer fraud class actions, and challenges before the NAD and the National Advertising Review Board (NARB). Its recent Lanham Act work included representing True Car in a lawsuit brought by multiple independent car dealers pertaining to True Car’s claim that it ‘removes surprises at the dealership’. Weinberger, Simon and recently promoted partner Eileen Patt also defended Procter & Gamble in a putative consumer fraud class action in which plaintiffs allege that the client’s Natural Clean Unscented Baby Wipes falsely suggest that the product contains no harmful synthetic ingredients or chemicals; and Simon and Patt acted for Revlon in an NAD challenge relating to the advertising for Coty’s Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail products. Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks and Gillette are also clients.

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP’s ‘fabulous’ New York-based team is ‘trusted implicitly’ by clients due to its ‘incredible responsiveness, creative problem solving and readily available knowledge that is nothing short of amazing’. The ‘unbelievably strategicSteven Zalesin leads the group and successfully obtained a preliminary injunction for Eli Lilly and Company and its animal health division, Elanco, in a Lanham Act dispute against Arla Foods in an issue relating to Arla’s advertisement claiming that Elanco’s rbST supplement is dangerous. Other work included acting for The Hershey Company in a putative class action alleging that Hershey’s chocolate products are deceptively labeled as they don’t identify the use of child labor in its supply chain, and representing Johnson & Johnson in a Lanham Act false advertising dispute brought by Pfizer relating to the marketing of Advil for children. Clients also praise the ‘super smartTravis Tu, ‘trusting his guidance implicitly’; and Saul Shapiro, who is ‘a key media advertising lawyer’.

Proskauer Rose LLPsets the bar for advertising litigation’, particularly false advertising disputes. Recent highlights include successfully representing Church & Dwight in litigation against SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics regarding the advertising of pregnancy tests; practice co-head Lawrence Weinstein led the matter. Weinstein also obtained a dismissal for Monini North America in a class action false advertising lawsuit against plaintiffs who claimed its white truffle flavored extra virgin olive oil falsely advertised the product as containing white truffle, and defended Ralph Lauren in two consumer class actions alleging deceptive advertising and false outlet store pricing. Clients also praise co-head Brendan O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan; Kaplan was part of the team which acted for Ascena Retail Group and its subsidiary Tween Brands in litigation against Bluestar Alliance regarding false advertising, copyright and trademark infringement issues. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Clients of the ‘top-notch’ department at Kelley Drye & Warren LLPreceive a quick turnaround and practical advice that is applicable to any problem being faced’; the team excels in FTC advertising litigation, NAD challenges, defending consumer class actions and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation. Christie Grymes Thompson leads the Washington DC-based department, which also counts ‘market-leading expert’ John Villafranco as a key practitioner; Villafranco’s work includes representing Quincy Bioscience in an FTC lawsuit relating to the research surrounding its Prevagen memory supplement. Dana Rosenfeld, Lewis Rose and Kristi Wolff are also recommended; Rosenfeld is acting for Nestlé Nutrition in multiple NAD challenges brought against Beech-Nut’s baby foods, and Wolff is ‘incredibly business-minded and provides sound legal advice’. Other clients include Disney, Riddell Sports Group, Unilever and Walgreens.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ‘excels in the litigation space’ and is ‘the team to hire if you want tenacity and strength’, known as ‘aggressive, sharp and effective litigators, who can uncover every angle of an argument, even under difficult circumstances’. ‘Superb advocateRoss Weisman is based in Chicago and leads the department, which also fields ‘second-to-none strategic adviserGregg LoCascio in Washington DC, and Robin McCue, Megan New and Jordan Heinz in the firm’s Chicago office. In a recent highlight, Chicago-based Robert Ellis represented General Motors in a putative class action alleging false advertising regarding claims over the fuel economy of its Lambda line of vehicles. LoCascio, Weisman and McCue also acted for Dyson in a dispute against SharkNinja challenging its claims that its Powered Lift-Away vacuum cleaner is better than Dyson’s DC65. The team also has substantial experience before the NAD, NARB and FTC.

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice is jointly led by Thomas Jirgal and David Mallen, based in Chicago and New York respectively. Jirgal regularly acts for clients in the entertainment, communications, food and financial services sectors, particularly in proceedings before the NAD, while Mallen’s expertise encompasses NAD, NARB and FTC claims, with notable experience in the food and beverage, supplement and telecoms sectors. The group’s client roster spans Charter Communications, Comcast Cable Communications, T-Mobile and SC Johnson & Son.

Under the leadership of the ‘incredibly strategic and unbelievably responsive’ Tiffany Cheung in San Francisco, Morrison & Foerster LLP’s consumer class action practice ‘applies exceptional knowledge’ of the technology, retail, and food and beverage sectors to deceptive or false advertising claims under the Lanham Act and the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act. Cheung is also highly regarded for her TCPA expertise; clients include LexisNexis, Change Healthcare and Sears Holding Company. Recent work includes Los Angeles-based Dan Marmalefsky defending Monster Beverage and Monster Energy in multiple false advertising and unfair competition consumer class actions, and David McDowell in Los Angeles representing FanDuel in over 40 multi-district class actions involving allegations of false advertising and misuse of confidential information.

At Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, the group is led jointly by San Antonio-based Saul Perloff and Jeffrey Margulies in Los Angeles, who have strengths in Lanham Act litigation and consumer class action defense respectively. Recent highlights for Perloff include representing Guardant Health in false advertising litigation brought against Foundation Medicine regarding its advertising campaign targeting Guardant’s liquid biopsy cancer assay, and acting for Land O’Lakes in a false advertising claim relating to alfalfa products. Margulies’ consumer class action work included acting for Deoleo and Safeway in separate consumer class actions regarding olive oil labels, and defending Standard Homeopathic Company, Hyland’s, CVS Pharmacy and Target in a consumer class action following a product recall of Hyland’s homeopathic teething remedies due to an FDA warning highlighting the potential dangers of the product. Boltex Manufacturing, Arbor Pharmaceuticals and Nestlé Health Science are also clients.

Venable LLP’s ‘extensive and strong stable of attorneys’ provides ‘cutting-edge advice’ paired with ‘exceptional response times, business acumen and industry knowledge’. ‘Excellent litigatorRoger Colaizzi leads the department, which is defending the Dannon Company in a consumer class action pertaining to the ‘All Natural’ labeling on its products; plaintiffs claim that the client’s yoghurt cannot be natural as it is made from the milk of cows that are fed genetically modified corn and raised using bovine growth hormones. The group also assists with false advertising litigation and TCPA issues; Daniel Blynn is advising Dick’s Sporting Goods on alleged TCPA violations. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s litigation team includes Ronald Rothstein in Chicago and Charlotte-based Amanda Groves; Groves is defending Dollar General in a putative class action alleging the client’s DG Body Soothing Aloe Gel doesn’t contain aloe vera, as claimed on the label, and Rothstein is acting for Big Heart Pet Brands in a putative class action regarding the ‘All Natural’ labeling of various pet food products. Clients also praise ‘excellent litigatorMichael Elkin in New York, who is representing PepsiCo in litigation brought by advertising agency Betty, which alleges that PepsiCo’s 2016 Super Bowl commercial was originally its concept; and Chicago-based product liability specialist Scott Glauberman, who is defending Abbott Laboratories in false advertising litigation in which plaintiffs allege that the labeling of Abbott’s AdvantEdge and Myoplex nutrition bars misrepresents the products’ nutritional values.


Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory

Index of tables

  1. Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading lawyers
  4. Next generation lawyers

Next generation lawyers

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Fielding ‘absolutely world-class experts’, Davis & Gilbert LLP provides ‘unmatched depth and knowledge’ to its advertiser, brand and agency clients; its recent work includes advising multiple advertising agencies on their collective bargaining agreements with Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and acting for Phenomenon regarding its brand strategy and advertising campaign for a bike exercise and cycling company. Other clients include Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Little Caesars Pizza, Snapchat, ZocDoc and Epson America. Ronald Urbach, who is ‘genuinely exceptional’, heads the New York-based practice, which also includes Joseph Lewczak; Lewczak recently advised Samsonite and its brands on the negotiation of a charitable solicitation agreement with Susan G Komen. Richard Eisert, media specialist Allison Fitzpatrick, Aaron Taylor, Howard Weingrad and the ‘brilliantAshima Dayal are also recommended; Eisert is working with several media agencies and platforms on the impact of various self-regulatory programs (including non-cookie-based online behavioral advertising and cross-device tracking) on the advertising arena.

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC’s ‘fabulous’ New York-based group provides ‘fast, practical and business-savvy advice’ that draws on ‘unbelievable industry knowledge’, placing it as ‘quite simply the best and a true top choice’ for clients. The team is the ‘go-to practice’ for advertising agencies and brands regarding clearance issues for commercials that air during the Super Bowl, and handled 12 of the advertisements for Super Bowl LI. Other work included assisting agency Muh-Tay-Zik Hof-Fer with online advertising executions and acting for MediaLink and its vice chair in its sale to Ascential. Staples, PepsiCo, Dunkin’ Brands, Avon and Casper Sleep are also clients. Rick Kurnit and ‘brilliant’ National Advertising Division (NAD) specialist Terri Seligman jointly head the department, which also fields the ‘extremely responsiveJeffrey Greenbaum, the ‘excellentBrian Murphy and the ‘incredibly knowledgeableCandice Kersh. Clients also praise sports expert Christopher Chase, counsel Hannah Taylor, who is ‘an astute lawyer who interacts amazingly well with clients’; and transactional expert Gavin McElroy.

Brilliant lawyerJames Taylor and Kenneth Florin jointly lead Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice from New York, which covers all elements of transactional and regulatory work, including advertising campaigns and promotions, the use of digital and mobile platforms, data optimization, privacy issues and content matters. The team also includes Chicago-based department deputy chair Nathan Hole, who advises emerging media and technology clients; Los Angeles-based privacy specialist Melanie Howard; Brian Nixon in Washington DC, who handles targeted advertising strategies; Seth Rose in Chicago; and Jessica Lee in New York, who focuses on digital products and content. In May 2018, in a major coup, the firm added a team from Winston & Strawn LLP that includes Brian Heidelberger and Robert Newman.

As ‘one of the most dominant firms in the industry’, Venable LLP is ‘easily a leader in an ever-changing market’ with ‘cutting-edge and on-point advice, and excellent business acumen’. Key practitioners include ‘true visionary and rainmakerJeffrey Knowles; Amy Ralph Mudge, who is ‘an up-and-coming industry leader’; and regulatory specialist Randal Shaheen. The group is highly regarded for its regulatory expertise; in a recent highlight, Mudge and New York-based Po Yi advised Dick’s Sporting Goods on an investigation regarding the client’s coupon advertising practice. Stuart Ingis is also acting for the Coalition for Better Ads on the development and release of the Initial Better Ads Standards for desktop web and mobile advertising. The department also handles transactional matters, including acquisitions and divestitures. Attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC, unless otherwise specified.

The ‘top-tier advertising practice’ at Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘among the best in the industry’ and is commended for being an ‘extremely responsive and client-oriented team’. The group advised Bose on its sideline sponsorship deal with the NFL, assisted Ferrero with the advertising elements of its establishment of the first Nutella Café, and acted for basketball player Dwyane Wade on sponsorship deals. The team also works for advertising agencies and recently advised Rubin Postaer and Associates as agent for American Honda Motor Company on talent agreement negotiations with Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Amy Adams and Jimmy Kimmel. Liisa Thomas joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in 2017.

Following the hires of ‘rainmaker and compliance expertLinda Goldstein and the ‘excellentHolly Melton in New York from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Baker & Hostetler LLPhas established itself in the field’, providing notable transactional and regulatory experience. Recent work for the team includes advising Whole Foods Market on its brand influencer initiatives, e-mail and text marketing strategies, loyalty programs and e-commerce issues; assisting Sony Pictures Entertainment with the advertising, marketing and promotion of its entertainment products; and handling the launch of a new line of private label brands for a major American e-commerce company. The team also fields Alan Friel in Los Angeles, who advises on the technology elements of advertising.

Jenner & Block LLP stands out for its representation of media clients and brands, focusing on marketing agreements, endorsement deals, privacy matters, advertising campaigns and compliance issues. Recent work includes advising FCA US on a music video initiative in which several of its vehicle models appear in music videos; assisting Daniel J Edelman Holdings with the structuring and negotiation of its master service agreements with Universal Pictures, Comcast and Unilever; handling the promotional campaigns for Fox Cable Networks’ regional sports networks; acting for Edelman on the launch of Adobe’s global campaign featuring Imagine Dragons. assisted Paramount Pictures with multiple co-promotional agreements relating to the theatrical releases of Ghost in the Shell, Baywatch and Sherlock Gnomes. Other clients include Lionsgate Films, Groupon, ESPN, Molson Coors and Red Bull Media House. Andrew Bart is the name to note. In February 2018, Benjamin Mulcahy and Gina Reif Ilardi moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

Notable practitioners in Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice include Jeffrey Edelstein in New York and Jesse Brody in Los Angeles. The group is highly regarded for its work with brands: Edelstein recently advised AT&T on the licensing of movie and television clips used in its advertisements; Brody assisted Kia Motors America with various products surrounding the Kia Niro, including sweepstakes rules and online advertising, and also advised apparel brand Guess on the development of disclaimers for website offers, discounts and coupons. The department regularly acts for agencies, including the Martin Agency, which the team assisted with Rana’s launch of the Dine with Rana sweepstakes and advised on the drafting of a talent contract with Randy Jackson for Geico. T. Hale Boggs is Los Angeles heads the department, which also includes New York-based Richard Lawson, who is ‘technically proficient’. Former practice head Linda Goldstein and Holly Melton joined Baker & Hostetler LLP.

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Reed Smith LLP’s New York-based team focuses on representing brands, independent advertising agency networks and trade associations. SAG-AFTRA is a key client, which the team regularly advises on collective bargaining contracts for radio, television and internet commercials. The group also assisted a client with the negotiation of a talent agreement with Bradley Cooper to promote its partnership with Stand Up to Cancer, and acted for a quick-serve restaurant on the development of a loyalty program and new app. Douglas Wood leads the department, which also includes Stacy Marcus, who is recommended for celebrity endorsements and talent agreements; trade association specialist Keri Bruce and Washington DC-based advisory expert John Feldman.

Under the joint leadership of Doron Goldstein and Kristin Achterhof in New York and Chicago respectively, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s recent highlights include advising Agave Loco on the negotiation of promotional agreements and high-profile sponsorships with sports clients such as the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, and assisting Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and United Center with an AT&T sponsorship deal. The team also handled Calvin Klein’s model contracts with the lead actors of Moonlight to star in its new underwear advertising campaign, and assisted Boar’s Head with compliance issues surrounding the advertising of its meat and cheese products. Other clients include PepsiCo, Fruit of the Loom and General Dynamics. The group also handles advertising and promotional material clearance, product placement matters, sweepstakes and social media policies.

Highlights for the ‘brilliant’ department at Michelman & Robinson, LLP included advising Groupon on its partnership and managing agreements, contests and sweepstakes; assisting Brookstone with advertising and marketing compliance; and advising Contest Factory on the structuring of sweepstakes and contest rules. The team is also experienced in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) matters, mobile marketing and data collection issues. Los Angeles-based Ronald Camhi and Adam Solomon in New York jointly lead the practice, which represents a mixture to advertising agencies, brands and ad-tech companies; Collide Agency, MediaLink and Societe Air France are examples.

Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP handles sweepstakes and contest law, advertising clearance matters, direct marketing issues, internet and mobile marketing law, and regulatory mandates. Practice head Andrew Lustigman is ‘an excellent name in the arena’; his recent work includes advising Insites Marketing Consulting on the development of sweepstakes programs to incentivize research projects; assisting Townsquare Media with multiple promotions, including a talent contest and a treasure hunt contest associated with a leading music festival; and acting for New York Health & Racquet Club on compliance matters, sweepstakes promotions and enrolment issues. Clients also praise Tamara Carmichael, who handles advertising and unfair competition law matters; and litigator Scott Shaffer. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

The ‘personable, reliable and knowledgeableBrian Anderson in San Francisco and New York-based Paul Garrity jointly lead Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s ‘responsive and commercial’ department, which is highly regarded for its work negotiating sports marketing agreements and endorsement agreements; structuring online, mobile and branded entertainment initiatives; and assisting with compliance issues. Anderson recently handled Net-a-Porter’s global marketing campaign with the Good+ Foundation and assisted multiple clients, including 23andMe, Kate Spade and TaylorMade Golf, with all aspects of their promotional campaigns. New York-based Theodore Max is the key name for fashion companies; he counts Chanel, Swarovski, SuperGroup and Kenneth Cole Productions as clients. Brian Pass in Century City and Liisa Thomas in Chicago are also recommended; Thomas joined in 2017 from Winston & Strawn LLP and provides Tillster and Live Nation with advertising support.


Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Index of tables

  1. Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
  2. Data privacy and data protection
  3. Hall of Fame
  4. Leading lawyers
  5. Next generation lawyers

Leading lawyers

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Baker McKenzie LLP is ‘outstanding in every aspect’ with ‘advice that offers angle, perspective and knowledge that is substantively unique and instrumentally valuable’. The practice leverages its global footprint to provide international compliance knowledge combined with crisis management, transactional and litigation expertise. Key names in the ‘brilliant’ department include Lothar Determann in Palo Alto, who is recommended for data privacy law compliance; Chicago-based practice head Brian Hengesbaugh, who is ‘incredibly balanced in his legal interpretations’; and David Lashway and John Woods, who are ‘absolutely essential members of the Washington DC team and invaluable to the success of any matter’. Clients also praise the ‘detail-focused’ Michael Egan in Washington DC; New York-based of counsel Harry Valetk, who is ‘highly experienced’; and Amy de La Lama and Jennifer Seale, who were promoted to the partnership and are based in Chicago and Washington DC respectively. Geotab, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Raytheon and LogMeIn are clients.

Highlights for DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘stand-out team’ included advising Pfizer on its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance program, assisting T. Rowe Price with issues surrounding the accidental transmission of company records to a vendor and acting for the State Privacy and Security Coalition on halting the implementation of state privacy rules that would have allowed internet service providers to share customer information. Jim Halpert heads the Washington DC-based practice, Chicago-based global co-chair of technology transactions Vincent Sanchez is also a key name and handles transactions involving IP assets and innovative technologies. Former Senator Saxby Chambliss is based in the firm’s Atlanta office and is highly regarded for his cybersecurity experience, including advising on cybersecurity governance, information sharing and intelligence-related matters; Rena Mears in San Francisco is also recommended for her risk assessment, program development and cybersecurity knowledge. Carol Umhoefer in Miami is the main contact for EU privacy compliance and Anna Spencer focuses on data privacy in the healthcare sector.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘truly great’ team ‘combines exceptional responsiveness, expert knowledge and practical advice’ to ‘stand out as a key name in the field’. Practice co-heads Marcy Wilder and Harriet Pearson are ‘highly creative and proactive’; Pearson recently led advice to The Home Depot following a 2014 data breach which affected over 56 million payment cards and also assisted Salesforce.com with GDPR compliance issues, while Wilder worked with Craig Hoover and Michelle Kisloff to act for Anthem in multiple investigations following a cyber attack. Clients also praise the ‘excellent’ Scott Loughlin, who advised 21st Century Fox on its global vendor agreements to protect the use of its data by third-party vendors, and Bret Cohen, who is one of the lead partners in the group for GDPR compliance work. Former Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Edith Ramirez joined the team in 2017, Christopher Wolf is highly recommended and Julie Brill moved in-house at Microsoft. All individuals mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Clients praise Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP as ‘the only firm to use for data privacy matters’ with ‘consistently reliable advice and unmatched service levels across the board’. Department head Lisa Sottoalways delivers premium results’; she acted for Yahoo! on all the elements of its response to a cybersecurity attack compromising 3 billion user accounts, and also counts Mastercard, Google and JPMorgan Chase as clients. Aaron Simpson, who divides his time between London and New York, is ‘always responsive and thorough’; senior associate Brittany Bacon is ‘a rising star in the cybersecurity world’; and Paul Tiao and Phyllis Marcus are the key names in the Washington DC office. The department is highly regarded for its cybersecurity expertise, including data breach response and cyber attack prevention and preparation; other areas of expertise include cyber extortion, regulatory and compliance work, international data transfers and the cyber risks associated with blockchain technology.

The ‘superior’ department at Morrison & Foerster LLP fields a team of ‘approachable and practical individuals who are invaluable to clients and the ultimate definition of cyber law experts, which is no easy task in a constantly changing area of law’. Highly regarded ‘cyber law geniusMiriam Wugmeister and ‘true leader of the fieldAndrew Serwin jointly head the practice from New York and San Diego respectively. Wugmeister’s recent highlights include advising a global pharmaceutical company on the international data protection compliance issues surrounding clinical trials and patient data, and assisting Caterpillar with internet of things (IOT) issues regarding its new enhanced product line. Other work includes Serwin representing CVS Health before the FTC in multiple privacy issues; recently promoted Washington DC partner Julie O’Neill and Los Angeles-based Purvi Patel defending Unity Technologies in a putative class action in which plaintiffs allege that several Disney and Viacom mobile gaming apps which use the client’s technology violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA); and Nathan Taylor in Washington DC acting for Target in an investigation following a data breach. The team was also bolstered by the recruitment of John Carlin to the Washington DC office from the Department of Justice; he now heads the firm’s global risk and crisis management team.

Baker & Hostetler LLP has built on its substantial expertise in data breaches and litigation to handle transactions and regulatory work, investigations, incident readiness and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. Practice head Theodore Kobus led advice to Hyatt Hotels on incident response issues following a payment card security breach affecting over 300 properties globally; other work includes acting for Equifax on the payment card aspect of a significant data breach, and representing Chipotle Mexican Grill in a data breach class action against banks relating to a data breach which exposed customers’ names and credit card numbers. The team is also active in the healthcare space; it handled the fallout of a security breach for 21st Century Oncology and acted for Banner Health Care in a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) breach. Will Daugherty and Melinda McLellan are recommended, healthcare and bitcoin specialist Laura Jehl joined the Washington DC-based practice from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, and Seattle-based Andreas Kaltsounis joined from a risk management firm; he handles data breach investigations.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s New York-based group ‘brings great professionalism, expertise and work ethic’ to its compliance and incident response expertise, and ‘takes great pride in understanding clients and creating and tailoring advice to their specific needs’. Jeremy Feigelson and Luke Dembosky jointly lead the group; Feigelson defended Viacom in a multidistrict privacy class action in which plaintiffs allege its Nickelodeon online properties violate the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) by tracking child users’ behavior, and Dembosky assisted a major energy company with an internal cybersecurity investigation. Clients also single out David Sarratt and Jim Pastore, who is ‘an exceptional attorney’ and ‘smart, patient and flexible in his approach’; Pastore acted for Aptos on a cybersecurity incident involving unauthorized access to credit card data. New clients for the department include Citibank, Bloomberg, Smith & Nephew and Prudential Financial Services.

Alexander Southwell heads Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s department from New York and is recognized for his investigation, enforcement and litigation expertise; he acted for Facebook in a challenge to a government search and seizure effort, advised MySpace on a data breach involving the theft of 360 million user records, and is representing a behavioral advertising firm in alleged violations of COPPA. Other key names include Kristin Linsley in San Francisco, who is a noted expert in COPPA litigation and advised Expedia on regulatory issues surrounding short-term rental websites and home sharing; Michael Li-Ming Wong, who splits his time between San Francisco and Palo Alto and represented Uber Technologies in litigation arising from a data breach; and Eric Vandevelde in Los Angeles, who is a cybersecurity expert. Richard Cunningham in Colorado made partner in 2018.

Recent highlights for Goodwin include advising Taconic Biosciences on its response to a data breach originating from a phishing email, and assisting Singapore Telecommunications with the privacy due diligence issues relating to a potential acquisition of a digital advertising company. Brenda Sharton led the work and heads the department, which also fields Washington DC-based Karen Neuman, who leads the privacy practice, and healthcare specialist Roger Cohen, who joined the New York office in 2017 from Proskauer Rose LLP. The team also handles regulatory mandates including GDPR preparation, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act issues and COPPA work. Lynne Barr and San Francisco-based Veronica McGregor are the key names for financial services clients. All attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Boston.

At Latham & Watkins LLP, Jennifer Archie in Washington DC, Serrin Turner in New York and Michael Rubin in San Francisco jointly head the department; Archie is the key name for data privacy work, Turner handles cybersecurity matters and Rubin, who joined the firm in 2017 from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, regularly acts for technology companies. Turn and Vizio are clients; Archie represented the latter in an investigation by the FTC regarding new data collection and use practices. Other highlights included Rubin defending LG Electronics in a class action alleging that its smart televisions violate VPPA, Bradley Faris in Chicago advising Aon on its acquisition of cybersecurity firm Stroz Friedberg, and Archie assisting Endurance International Group with its acquisition of emailing marketing firm Constant Contact and subsequent data issues.

Key practitioners in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘brilliant’ Washington DC-based practice include Antony Kim, who handles privacy compliance, cybersecurity preparation and data breach incident responses; Aravind Swaminathan in Seattle, who focuses on privacy and data security mandates; and Emily Tabatabai, whose expertise includes data security compliance, student data issues and internet commerce work. The group is also highly regarded for its GDPR expertise. In a recent highlight, the team represented Microsoft in the Supreme Court in litigation regarding the US government’s ability to access emails stored on servers in Ireland. The group also assisted Blackboard with privacy and data protection issues at a state, federal and international level; handled an investigation for Acer America into a data breach which affected 35,000 individuals in the US and Canada; and advised Alaska Airlines on cyber and data matters including incident response planning, data retention and bug bounty programs. Apple, the City of Seattle, MGM Resorts and Grubhub are also clients.

Deborah Thoren-Peden and Brian Finch jointly lead Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s team from Los Angeles and Washington DC respectively. Finch is recognized for his cybersecurity and intelligence expertise and Thoren-Peden advises on privacy regulations, data mining and information use in marketing; she recently handled advice to Green Dot on its acquisition of AccountNow, assisted Elance with its merger with oDesk and advises multiple financial institutions on compliance and enforcement issues, including screening programs and voluntary disclosures. Clients also single out Mercedes Tunstall in Washington DC, who advises on mobile and e-commerce initiatives, cybersecurity issues and social networking matters, and senior counsel Catherine Meyer in Los Angeles, who regularly acts for financial institutions.

Proskauer Rose LLPgoes above and beyond to help its clients, making it feel more like a colleague than typical outside counsel’ and ‘tailors its advice appropriately to meet the client’s culture and long-term needs’. The team is particularly active in its work for retail, technology and financial services clients; highlights included defending Donna Karan in a consumer class action alleging Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) violations, and acting for T-Mobile on the data breach of its vendor, which affected millions of customers’ information. The ‘incredibly practicalKristen Mathews leads the department; other noteworthy names include transactional specialist and blockchain expert Jeffrey Neuburger and Margaret Dale, who focuses on privacy-related regulatory investigations and litigation. All attorneys are based in New York.

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The ‘highly knowledgeable’ team at Reed Smith LLP is noted for its expertise in litigation, regulation and data breaches. In a recent highlight, New York-based practice co-head Mark Melodia represented a client in a putative class action relating to the alleged tracking and collection of consumer data through smart televisions and the subsequent sale of the data; he also defended another client in a putative class action in which plaintiffs allege that laptops stolen from the defendant contained sensitive customer information. Princeton-based co-head Paul Bond is recommended, as are litigators Anthony Diana and Therese Craparo (both in New York); Washington DC-based Gerard Stegmaier, who advises technology companies; and Bart Huffman in Houston, who joined from Locke Lord LLP in 2017.

As ‘the key name in the market for data breaches’, Ropes & Gray LLP defended Arby’s Restaurant Group against third-party claims arising from a recent payment card breach, advised Hilton Worldwide on two separate data security incidents affecting certain Hilton-branded hotels, and acted for Supervalu on its response, investigation and subsequent litigation relating to cyber attacks on parts of its computer network. Other clients include Jetro Holdings, Target, Terra Firma Capital Partners and The Home Depot. Practice co-head Douglas Meal is the key name for government investigations, enforcement issues and litigation, while fellow co-head Heather Egan Sussman handles regulatory and advisory work. Michelle Visser in San Francisco and Seth Harrington are also recommended. Named attorneys are based in Boston, unless otherwise stated.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is ‘the go-to firm for blockchain and bitcoin knowledge’; it recently assisted with the formation of the Blockchain Alliance, a forum aimed at reducing bitcoin and blockchain crime, and advised on the formation of the Digital Assets Tax Policy Coalition (DATPC), which will develop tax policies for the virtual currency markets. Jason Weinstein led both matters, while New York-based practice head Michael Vatis acted for VTech Electronics on its response to the hacking of its customer information and subsequent regulatory enforcement investigations. Clients also single out Stewart Baker, who focuses on regulatory issues, and of counsel Alan Cohn, who is co-chair of the firm’s blockchain and digital currency practice. The practice also benefited from the recruitment of seven litigators into its San Francisco office. All attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Washington DC.

As ‘a strong player in the US market’, Venable LLP’s ‘practical and honest’ department in Washington DC fields practice co-heads Stuart Ingis and Emilio Cividanes, and privacy and internet specialist Michael Signorelli. The team’s experience covers compliance counseling, crisis management, investigations, litigation and regulatory advice, and it regularly acts for coalitions; highlights included Ingis and Ari Schwartz advising the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy and Law on various policy issues, Ingis and Signorelli handling enforcing guidance on cross-device linking for the Digital Advertising Alliance, and regulatory specialist David Strickland assisting the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets with legislative matters regarding autonomous vehicles. Shannon Yavorsky joined the San Francisco office in 2017 from Kirkland & Ellis LLP and is a key name for US and European data privacy compliance. In May 2018, Thomas Boyd joined from DLA Piper LLP (US).

WilmerHale is ‘top notch in terms of response time, business acumen and industry knowledge’ with ‘advice that is always spot on, practical and user friendly’. The ‘terrific, smart and balanced’ D Reed Freeman and Benjamin Powell jointly lead the group and focus on privacy and cybersecurity issues respectively. Freeman’s recent work includes advising Foursquare on international privacy compliance and defending Tapad in a putative class action relating to Vizio’s alleged violation of VPPA through the collection of consumer viewing history by its smart televisions. Heather Zachary, who ‘is a pleasure to work with’, is co-chair of the firm’s big data practice and regularly acts for financial institutions; her recent work includes acting for Hasbro on the data elements of its potential acquisition of an online gaming company, assisting Boeing with its global privacy policy and handling financial privacy issues for TIAA. Barclays, Panera Bread and Adobe Systems are also clients. Robert Mueller, Aaron Zebley and Jeannie Rhee left to lead the investigation into the connection between Russia and the recent presidential election.

Natasha Kohne and Michelle Reed jointly lead Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s department from San Francisco and Dallas respectively; Kohne focuses on post-data breach investigations, class action lawsuits and regulatory actions, while Reed handles privacy and security risk assessments and policy advice. Apollo Global Management and Vizio are clients; Kohne defended the latter in a data privacy class action relating to VPPA and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Kohne also advised Alpha Industries on notifying its customers following a data breach. Reed’s work includes acting for SevenTwenty Strategies on an investigation following a hack by white hat hacker Chris Vickery and handling an investigation and regulatory negotiations for Honza following a data breach. David Turetsky is now a professor.

Key practitioners in Arnold & Porter’s Washington DC-based department include national security, cybersecurity and government contract specialist Ronald Lee, data breach and cybercrime expert Marcus Asner in New York and litigator Kenneth Chernof. Recent highlights include defending Brooks Brothers in a data breach class action, defending Barnes & Noble in a class action brought by customers who allege that third parties accessed payment card information from the store’s PIN pad devices, and advising multiple telecoms clients on TCPA compliance. Sabre, Adobe and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey are also clients. Senior counsel Adam Golodner and counsel Nancy Perkins are also recommended; Golodner is a member of the firm’s government contracts group and Perkins provides regulatory advice on data protection issues at a state and federal level.

Buckley Sandler LLP is highly regarded for its advice to financial services and fintech clients on information sharing requirements, regulatory issues, data breaches and investigations. Noteworthy names include Elizabeth McGinn, who handles regulatory investigations; Chicago-based counsel James Shreve, who advises on cybersecurity incidents, information sharing limits, data disposal requirements and identity theft matters; and regulatory specialist Jeffrey Naimon. Antonio Reynolds made partner in 2017, and former practice head Margo Tank joined DLA Piper LLP (US) in 2018.

With ‘brilliant industry knowledge and considered advice’, Cooley LLP’s ‘responsive and dependable team’ was recently bolstered by the recruitment of Boris Segalis in New York and Colorado-based David Navetta from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Washington DC-based special counsel Anthony Jannotta from Dentons. Michael Rhodes, who is ‘simply the best’, and Matthew Brown, both in San Francisco, jointly lead the department, which also includes Washington DC-based vice-chair Randy Sabett and Charles Haley in San Diego, who was recently promoted to the partnership. Rhodes and Brown successfully represented Facebook in a multidistrict litigation relating to its alleged use of browser cookies, while Sabett’s recent work includes advising a virtual reality company on compliance issues and assisting a nonprofit organization with its response to a data breach.

Davis & Gilbert LLP leverages its position as ‘an unmatched firm in the advertising arena’ with ‘unparalleled business acumen and business knowledge’ to assist advertisers and marketers with big data issues and mandates relating to privacy policies, websites, mobile apps and marketing promotions. Richard Eisert is advising several leading media and advertising agencies on issues surrounding data onboarding and is also assisting various ad tech and e-commerce companies with the drafting of privacy policies. Eisert and Gary Kibel jointly lead the New York-based group, which also includes ‘impassioned and tireless’ counsel Oriyan Gitig, who ‘can guide clients through any issue thanks to her vast knowledge of legal trends and market changes’. The team is also noted for its COPPA expertise and handles data collection, crisis management, regulatory matters and privacy-related disputes. Clients include Fanatics, Neo@Ogilvy, Millennial Media, Crisp Media and Evoke Neuroscience.

Nancy Libin heads the department at Jenner & Block LLP following the departure of former head Mary Ellen Callahan to an in-house position at the Walt Disney Company. The Washington DC-based group also expanded through the recruitment of David Bitkower and Andrew Irwin from the Department of Justice and Steptoe & Johnson LLP respectively. Libin’s recent work includes representing CTIA in a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband privacy proceeding; Bitkower is a key name for cybercrime and cybersecurity advice; and Irwin focuses on regulatory matters. Special counsel Heidi Wachs is also singled out for incident response assistance and information governance; she advised Brunswick on a comprehensive global privacy policy and created an incident response exercise for AltSchool.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is ‘a strong team for government investigations and regulatory work’; recent highlights include defending Dish Network in litigation alleging violations of the TCPA; representing multiple companies, including Kohl’s, Terminix and ServiceMaster, in a consumer class action lawsuit alleging TCPA violations; and advising Take-Two Interactive on privacy audits, policy reviews, data transfer issues and breach preparation and response. Crius Energy, the Walt Disney Company, Dollar Shave Club and Imax are also clients. Dana Rosenfeld leads the department, which also includes ‘stand-out adviser’ Alysa Hutnik, who ‘delivers thorough and incisive guidance that is always on point’; John Heitmann, who advises communications service providers; TCPA expert Lauri Mazzuchetti; Jeffrey Jacobson in New York, who focuses on investigations; and New York-based senior associate Jameson Dempsey, who is ‘a guru of cyber law’ and is noted for his regulatory and enforcement expertise. All attorneys mentioned, unless otherwise specified, are based in Washington DC.

Under the leadership of New York-based attorneys Kenneth Florin and James Taylor, Loeb & Loeb LLP also counts deputy chair Nathan Hole in Chicago, New York-based Ieuan Jolly, Melanie Howard in Los Angeles and Brian Nixon in the Washington DC office as key names to note. The practice is highly regarded for its work with advertising and marketing clients and risk management advice alongside big data and IOT issues, cybersecurity data breaches and national and international regulatory matters. Florin is a key name for the data elements of advertising and promotions, Taylor handles behavioral targeted marketing and data protection policies and Jolly advises on the intersection between data and technology transactions. Clients include Charter Communications, iHeartMedia, Time, Comcast Cable Communications and Toyota Motor North America.

Rajesh De heads Mayer Brown’s group; his expertise encompasses security breach preparation and response, data privacy litigation, regulatory and compliance issues, and supply chain and vendor management. The practice also leverages its global footprint to advise clients on the new GDPR requirements and other international regulatory matters. David Simon is a key name for cybersecurity, regularly advising the victims of state-sponsored cyber activity, and Chicago-based Rebecca Eisner handles global data transfers and e-commerce issues. All attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Washington DC.

McGuireWoods LLP’s sector expertise lies in financial services, energy and healthcare, where the team handles incident response work, TCPA litigation, information governance and data privacy issues. Tysons-based Andrew Konia leads the team, which recently recruited Michael Adams into its Charlotte office; Adams heads the financial services and government contacts teams in the data group and is a key name for cyber threats. Richmond-based healthcare specialist Nathan Kottkamp focuses on HIPAA compliance; he advised KPMG on the development of its HIPAA policies and acted for Ideal Image on issues relating to HIPAA and information breaches.

Highlights for Seyfarth Shaw LLP included advising Daniel J. Edelman on the international privacy and security compliance surrounding its new multinational research study and promotion involving collecting biometric information from drivers and the factors that impact their driving habits; successfully defending First Advantage Background Services in a class action lawsuit relating to its alleged failure to obtain certification of its Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance; and assisting a Japan-based global car manufacturer with the creation of a joint venture which will utilize automotive telematics data. Kelly Services and Pekin Insurance are also clients. Chicago-based litigator Scott Carlson and John Tomaszewski in Houston jointly lead the department, which has expertise in compliance programs, data privacy litigation, cross-border mandates and innovative technologies, including IOT, big data and behavioral insurance. Senior counsel M James Daley, Bart Lazar and Richard Lutkus are all key names in the Chicago office; Lutkus is also a member of the San Francisco team.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s ‘responsive, fully resourced and compassionate’ team is jointly led by ‘true incident response expertSheryl Falk in Houston and Steven Grimes and Robert Newman in the Chicago office; Grimes rejoined the firm in 2017 from an in-house role. The firm’s recently formed global privacy and data security task force handles privacy and data security counseling, trade secret protection, cyber investigations, class action litigation and international data protection, and also builds on the firm’s ‘exceptional’ marketing practice to advise a variety of brands and agencies. In a recent highlight, Falk defended a former employee of Apache in an investigation alleging insider data theft; she also acted for an insurance company in a data breach claim and advised a healthcare client on establishing privacy policies and data breach response procedures. Newman’s work includes creating policies and procedures for a startup and assisting a golf company with GDPR compliance. Liisa Thomas joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in 2017.

Technology boutique Fenwick & West LLP expanded its privacy and cybersecurity practice in 2017 with the recruitment of James Koenig into the New York office from Paul Hastings LLP. Koenig is co-chair of the team and handles global privacy compliance, cybersecurity issues, data use policies and regulatory investigations; he recently represented Memorial Health System in a corrective action plan relating to HIPAA violations and advised Facebook on its compliance with its Privacy Shield self-certification. The department also includes co-head and litigator Tyler Newby in San Francisco and Mountain View-based of counsel Hanley Chew, who focuses on cybersecurity preparation and data breach response. Vizio, Credit Karma and Quintiles are also clients.

Jones Dayhas a strong team with extensive experience in handling cyber incidents with highly responsive, practical and solution-oriented advice that always puts the client’s needs front and center’. Los Angeles-based Daniel McLoon heads the department; he represented Experian Information Solutions in a class action alleging it violated the FCRA. New York-based Mauricio Paez and Atlanta-based Todd McClelland are also names to note; Paez recently advised Cardinal Health on the data elements of an acquisition and also handled its implementation of a global data protection compliance program, while McClelland assisted Micron Technology with a global privacy assessment. Clients also single out Lisa Ropple in Boston, who is ‘a brilliant strategist and is regularly at ground zero for clients experiencing cyber incidents’, and Irvine-based Richard Grabowski, who is ‘highly strategic and deals with the opposing side with great style’. Litigator Aaron Charfoos joined the Chicago office from Dykema Gossett PLLC.

Clients ‘receive an excellent service’ from Locke Lord LLP’s ‘impressive’ practice, which ‘provides great guidance and direction throughout the process’ that is ‘thoughtful, prompt and tailored to the situation at hand’. Ted Augustinos and Molly McGinnis Stine jointly lead the team from Hartford and Chicago respectively; Augustinos’ ‘subject area expertise, experience, practicality and demeanor make him an excellent fit for any client’ and Stine is ‘a top-drawer practitioner’. Clients also praise Chicago-based Thomas Smedinghoff, who ‘consistently delivers knowledgeable advice that is always brilliant’. Highlights included advising Amica Mutual Insurance on the revision of its privacy and data protection policies and assisting Boston Mutual Insurance with cybersecurity compliance and incident preparation. Laura Ferguson in Houston made partner in 2018; she is ‘highly experienced and dedicated’.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice builds on the firm’s ‘excellent healthcare expertise’ and advertising knowledge to advise clients on HIPAA compliance, TCPA issues and cyber breaches; the team recently advised New York eHealth Collaborative on its shift towards electronic health records and its work with the state’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration relating to its new rule on substance use disorder confidentiality, and represented Survey Sampling International in a class action alleging TCPA violations. The group is also highly regarded for its experience in the vehicle space, with recent work including assisting Kia Motors with its compliance with Global Automakers’ consumer privacy protection principles. Litigator Donna Wilson leads the department from Los Angeles. Jesse Brody and Christine Reilly are also recommended; Reilly is an ‘excellent communicator and has superior TCPA knowledge’.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘greatest strength is its client service’ with ‘an impressive team of practitioners who really care about achieving the best outcome for their clients’. Mark Schreiber, Michael Morgan and Daniel Gottlieb jointly lead the team from Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago respectively. Schreiber’s strength lies in international data protection and Privacy Shield issues, Morgan is a key name for cybersecurity mandates and is ‘a leader in autonomous vehicle law’, and the ‘honest, thoughtful and extremely smart’ Gottlieb is ‘outstanding in the healthcare space’. Recent highlights include advising Pacific Alliance Medical Center on its response to a ransomware incident, assisting Modernizing Medicine with transactional and regulatory work, and acting for Change Healthcare on the development and marketing of its de-identified health data business. Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Agendia and WTC Captive Insurance are also clients.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP divides its work into three separate areas: compliance management, transaction management and data breach advice. In a recent highlight, Gregory Parks and Ezra Church (both in Philadelphia) defended Aramark in a class action alleging violations of FACTA pertaining to credit card details on paper receipts; other work includes San Francisco-based W Reece Hirsch advising Blink Health on healthcare regulatory and privacy issues relating to its healthcare app, and Church and Chicago-based Elizabeth Herrington representing McDonald’s in a class action alleging the company’s timekeeping system violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Parks and Hirsch jointly lead the team, which also fields cybersecurity expert Mark Krotoski, who splits his time between Silicon Valley and Washington DC.

Behnam Dayanim heads the department at Paul Hastings LLP, which has been notably active in the technology space; Dayanim advised Align Technology on cybersecurity issues and regulatory compliance, while Thomas Brown in San Francisco assisted Upstart Network with issues relating to its use of alternative data in its machine learning underwriting and credit pricing model. Nexar, Samsung Electronics, Caesars Entertainment and Howard University Hospital are also clients. Sherrese Smith is recommended for GDPR compliance advice and FCC knowledge, while Robert Silvers focuses on global internal investigations, enforcement proceedings and other cybersecurity mandates; Silvers joined the team in 2017 from the Department of Homeland Security. All attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Washington DC.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s practice saw substantial expansion in 2017 following the recruitment of Chicago-based practice co-head Liisa Thomas and contentious specialist Kari Rollins in New York from Winston & Strawn LLP. Thomas is experienced in cross-border mandates, with recent highlights including advising Volvo Financial Services on the movement of data internationally, assisting a New York-based media company on the revision of its global website privacy policy, and handling the establishment of privacy and security policies and procedures for a multinational food manufacturer. Rollins regularly handles internal investigations; she recently acted for a major consumer brand in a civil investigative demand from the FTC regarding the security of some of its products. Other noteworthy individuals include Century City-based practice co-chair Craig Cardon, who leads the privacy litigation work and regularly acts for blue chip brands and retailers; Brian Anderson in San Francisco, who focuses on cross-border data transfers and data compliance issues; and Shannon Petersen, who leads the TCPA class action defense team.


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At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Scott Edelman and New York-based Orin Snyder are the key names for litigation, while Ruth Fisher leads the transactional team. On the transactional side, the practice handles M&A, film financings and joint ventures; Fisher led advice to Sony Pictures Television Networks in its $150m acquisition of Japanese anime distributor Funimation Productions, Benyamin Ross and Kevin Masuda (who joined the firm from Munger, Tolles & Olson in 2017) were involved in Azoff MSG Entertainment’s merger of its talent management business with The Ohana Group and The Creed Company, and the team acted for YuppTV regarding an investment from Emerald Media. Highlights for the litigation team included acting for Machine Zone in a fraud and breach of contract dispute, Snyder defending AMC Networks in two profit participation cases relating to The Walking Dead, and advising Lady Gaga on her involvement in the defamation dispute brought by Dr Luke against Kesha. Other key practitioners include Theodore Boutrous Jr, who is voluntarily acting for media outlets and individuals who are being sued by President Trump after bringing allegations of sexual assault; sports expert Richard Birns in New York, and Ari Lanin, who handles private equity transactions. Attorneys mentioned, unless otherwise specified, are based in Los Angeles.

Joseph Calabrese heads the Century City-based department at Latham & Watkins LLP, which leverages its global footprint in handling cross-border media and entertainment deals; recent examples include advising Netflix on its acquisition of comic book publisher Millarworld and acting for EuropaCorp in multiple credit facilities, distribution agreements and picture financings. The group also acted for Anonymous Content in the sale of a minority stake to Emerson Collective, assisted Starz Entertainment with its merger with Lionsgate Entertainment, and handled AMC Networks’ acquisition of a minority stake in Funny or Die. The practice also has litigation expertise through the ‘highly regardedMarvin Putnam, who is representing MSG Forum in a challenge to the City of Inglewood’s plans to construct a new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers, acting for International Creative Management in an internal investigation following sexual assault claims made by a former Fox News contributor, and defending Beyoncé in copyright litigation relating to the music video for Formation. Clients praise financing specialist Nancy Bruington, transactional lawyer Christopher Brearton and the ‘brilliantRobert Haymer.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP fields well-regarded transactional and litigation teams from its Century City office, which handle an array of matters including M&A deals, joint ventures, financing transactions, distribution and licensing agreements, and bet-the-company litigation. Clients include FremantleMedia and Lionsgate Entertainment; Bruce Tobey led advice to the latter in the sale of its stake in Epix to MGM. Silvia Vannini also assisted Warner Bros Entertainment with its acquisition of Machinima, Stephen Scharf handled Imagine Entertainment’s formation of a co-financing venture with TVB Venture Investment, and Matthew Erramouspe acted for Top Rank in the negotiation of a multi-year contract with ESPN. Daniel Petrocelli leads the group’s litigation work; he is defending AT&T and Time Warner in an antitrust suit seeking to block the clients’ merger, is acting for Sirius XM Radio in copyright litigation pertaining to performance rights for pre-1972 sound recordings, and is representing the Walt Disney Company in a copyright dispute relating to Zootopia. Molly Lens is ‘exceptional’, litigator Drew Breuder made partner in 2017 and sports specialists Charles Baker and Irwin Raij joined the firm in 2017 from DLA Piper LLP (US) and Foley & Lardner LLP respectively.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is ‘the clear leader for entertainment financings’, acting for lenders, investors and financiers, including CIT Bank, Bank of America, City National Bank and Finch Finance. John Burke leads the group from Los Angeles and recently advised MUFG Union Bank on multiple television and film financings, including a $146m loan for Pacific Rim: Uprising, a $50m loan for season three of Narcos and a $55m loan facility for The Spy Who Dumped Me. Burke also assisted Comerica Bank with the financing of Dear White People, Max Steel and Chaos Walking and advised SunTrust Bank with the financing of Lost in Space and Detroit. Christopher Spicer is singled out as ‘the rising star of the media finance field’; he advised JPMorgan Chase on a $35m loan facility provided to Black Bear Pictures for the movie Suburbicon, and acted for East West Bank regarding a $67m facility to Bona Film Group, a production loan for season six of Orange is the New Black, and a $10m print and advertising loan relating to Collide. Non-lender clients include RatPac Dune Entertainment, Image Nation and Endgame Entertainment. Marissa Román Griffith and Alissa Miller are also recommended.

As ‘one of the key firms in this space for both transactions and litigation’, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP provides advice to ‘an unbelievably high-profile client roster’ that includes the likes of the Walt Disney Company, Barnes & Noble and Cable One. Presiding partner Faiza Saeed is the ‘go-to corporate partner in the group’; her recent work includes advising Amblin Partners on a minority investment by Universal Filmed Entertainment and assisting Time Warner with its pending $109bn sale to AT&T. Clients also praise the ‘exceptionally talentedTing Chen. Key names in the disputes practice include Karin DeMasi and Evan Chesler, who recently represented DreamWorks Animation in litigation related to an SEC investigation – the investigation itself was handled by Benjamin Gruenstein. DeMasi is also the main contact for HBO, advising the client on issues surrounding its programs and content. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York. Eric Schiele joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2018.

Clients ‘have had nothing but positive experiences’ with Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC’s ‘extremely knowledgeable and highly professional’ New York-based practice, which has ‘a great combination of team characters’, including ‘top talentMichael Williams and the ‘brilliantRichard Heller, who jointly lead the department. The ‘wise, smart, patient and hardworkingAndrew Hurwitz is the key name for talent work in the Los Angeles office, Victoria Cook is ‘one of the pre-eminent representatives of filmmakers, particularly in the documentary world’, and Richard Hofstetterknows the ins and outs of the television business from every possible perspective’. Highlights included defending Hasbro in a copyright infringement dispute, assisting Praxis Films and Laura Poitras with the clearance and distribution of her new documentary Risk, and negotiating deals for Aaron Sorkin relating to Molly’s Game, his Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird and his adaptation of A Few Good Men for television. Robert De Niro, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, Time, Take-Two Interactive Software and James Gunn are also clients.

At Jenner & Block LLP, the ‘smart, practical, down-to-earth and responsive’ litigation-focused group is highly regarded in the IP arena, handling copyright infringement and trademark disputes for a client base spanning film, TV and music. New York-based practice head Andrew Bart is ‘a key name in the music industry’; he recently acted for EMI and EMI Music Publishing in a copyright infringement case against Mp3tunes in which it distributed EMI’s copyrighted works without permission, and defended Roc Nation in a copyright lawsuit brought by the estate of Prince over the rights to stream the artist’s music catalogue on streaming service, Tidal. Other work for the team included successfully representing the estate of Elaine Steinbeck in a dispute relating to the rights to John Steinbeck’s literary works, and assisting 21st Century Fox’s virtual reality division, FoxNext, with its acquisition of mobile game creator Aftershock. Other notable names include Kenneth Doroshow and copyright specialist Steven Englund (both based in Washington DC), New York-based Susan Kohlmann and the ‘highly regardedRichard Stone in Los Angeles.

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice is highly regarded for its entertainment finance and production advice; Los Angeles-based department head Scott Edel advised Alcon Entertainment on the production financing and distribution of Blade Runner 2049 and assisted Black Label Media with the distribution and financing of multiple films, including La La Land, Rebel in the Rye and 12 Strong. In New York, Marc Chamlin is the go-to name for television work - his clients include Oprah Winfrey and multiple reality television production companies; and Carol Kaplan and Stefan Schick are key names for theater work. Other noteworthy practitioners include Ivy Kagan Bierman in Los Angeles, who is a specialist in entertainment-related labor law; New York-based department deputy chair Roger Arar, Los Angeles-based John Frankenheimer, who heads the music group; and Debra White, who acts for recording artists, songwriters, producers and record companies. Recent mandates include White advising Tencent Music Entertainment Group on its licensing agreement with Universal Music Group, Arar assisting AMC Networks with multiple television series’ including The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Walking Dead and season three of Humans; and Frankenheimer acting for Warner Music Group on the acquisition and financing of multiple music publishing catalogues. In March 2018, Stephen Saltzman, Susan Zuckerman Williams, Craig Emanuel, Mickey Mayerson and Erik Hyman joined Paul Hastings LLP’s new Century City office.

At Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Lindsay Conner is the key name for film and television work, while Charles Biederman and Gary Gilbert jointly lead the music practice, and John Gatti focuses on entertainment litigation. In a recent highlight, Conner and Sophia Yen acted for Sony Pictures Entertainment on the first-ever slate co-financing deal in the virtual reality space; Conner also advised the Tornante Company on a fifth season pickup agreement with Netflix relating to BoJack Horseman and assisted IMAX with film distribution regulations in over 70 countries. Other highlights for the department included representing Johnny Depp in a professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claim against his former business managers; acting for Warner Bros Records in a dispute with Avenged Sevenfold relating to the band’s attempt to end its contract with the label, and representing Twentieth Century Fox in litigation against Bay City and Grupo Televisa for the non-payment of licensing fees owed for the broadcast of King of the Hill and The Simpsons. All attorneys mentioned are based in Los Angeles.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s practice has ‘a detailed and up-to-date understanding of the market through a team of incredibly responsive and helpful individuals’ who ‘are all excellent across the board’. On the transactional side, Robb Klein, Linda Michaelson and David Sands are key names to note, while Martin Katz handles litigation work. Recent highlights include advising Vice Media on the negotiation of multiple development and production agreements, acting for Oculus VR and Oculus Story Studios regarding agreements relating to the production and distribution of virtual reality content, and advising on development, financing, production and distribution for various productions for Amazon Studios, including Logan Lucky and Wonder Wheel. ‘Brilliant practitioner’ Daniel Schnapp is ‘detailed oriented, careful and pragmatic’ and joined the New York office from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; his recent work includes advising Bandsintown on an alliance with Universal Music Group, and assisting the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) with a multi-year license agreement with Google. Named attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Century City.

A ‘top-notch name in the music space’, the New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP recently represented Pandora Media in a trial in which the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) set favorable sound recording royalty rates for the client, a decision which is being appealed by others in the music industry; and acted for Sirius XM in a music royalty rate setting proceeding before the CRB; Bruce Rich and Todd Larson led on both matters. Clients also praise Howard Chatzinoff, who is a key name for transactional work; the ‘excellentBenjamin Marks; Michael Aiello, who is advising Scripps Networks Interactive on its $15bn merger with Discovery Communications; and Yehudah Buchweitz, who is defending Showtime Networks in several putative class actions brought by customers who had paid to watch the ‘Fight of the Century’ but were unable to do so due to alleged insufficient bandwidth and server systems. Simon & Schuster, Alibaba Group and Univision are also clients.

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Arent Fox LLP handles work across the television, film, music and gaming sectors, with notable expertise acting for non-fiction television clients; examples include Animal Planet, the Oprah Winfrey Network and the Science Channel. The team also regularly works for Discovery Communications; recent highlights include advising on its trademark and copyright portfolio, assisting with the IP aspects of its investment in Group Nine Media, and handling its acquisition of Eurosport. The practice is also highly regarded for its IP expertise; ‘consummate professional’ Michael Grow and Elizabeth Cohen advised Warner Bros Entertainment on trademark issues surrounding Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz and Gossip Girl. The group acted for the Saul Zaentz Company regarding the trademark portfolio of JRR Tolkien’s works, including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit; and Paul Fakler assisted HBO with various IP and copyright matters, including registering copyright claims for Game of Thrones. Anthony Lupo leads the Washington DC-based department and advertising and fashion specialist Matthew Mills made partner in 2017.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLPalways provides the absolute best quality of work’, with ‘deep sector knowledge, competitive dynamics and an exceptional understanding of key industry trends’ making it ‘unreservedly recommended’. Highlights included corporate specialist Jonathan Levitsky advising Discovery Communications on its $15bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, acting for Tribune Media Company in its $6.6bn sale to Sinclair Broadcasting Group, and Jeremy Feigelson successfully representing Viacom in a privacy lawsuit that alleged the client had disclosed the online viewing activity of children violating the Video Privacy Protection Act, as well as acting for Take-Two Interactive Software in a right of publicity claim relating to characters in Grand Theft Auto V who allegedly look similar to real individuals. The team also advised Guggenheim Securities and JP Morgan Securities as financial advisers to the Walt Disney Company regarding its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, and handled Time’s sale to Meredith. Other key practitioners include telecoms expert Michael Diz, cyber specialist James Pastore and litigator Michael Schaper. All attorneys are based in New York.

Dentons’ ‘outstanding’ practice is led by the ‘exceptionalNatalie Spears in Chicago and advises on a variety of media and communications matters. Recent highlights include representing Condé Nast in a putative class action alleging the client sent unsolicited junk mail and promotional phone calls to plaintiffs and sold the resulting information, assisting MGM Studios with the production guidelines and privacy issues surrounding two television programs, and advising Poker Central on all elements of the development, production and launch of a new subscription digital and mobile content network. Other clients include Tribune Publishing, St Louis Rams, Rodale and CRTV. The department is recognized for defending Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) and Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA) class actions, and handling reality television matters. Clients also praise the ‘incredible’ David Blood in Los Angeles, who focuses on transactional work. James Klenk retired.

Key names in Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘extremely talented team’ include corporate partner Robert Schumer, M&A specialist Ariel Deckelbaum, Justin Hamill, who is ‘incredibly well versed in the field and extremely dedicated to the client and its needs’; finance expert Robert Zochowski, who is ‘highly knowledgeable and unbelievably responsive’; and ‘savvy litigatorsJonathan Kanter and Jay Cohen in Washington DC. The group acts for a diverse client roster, including Vice Media and Manitoba Telecom Services; the team advised the latter on its acquisition by BCE. Other highlights included assisting 21st Century Fox with multiple internal investigations relating to sexual harassment claims brought against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and political commentator Bill O’Reilly, representing Altice USA in a carriage discrimination complaint brought by the Game Show Network, and advising Endeavor on the formation of a China-based subsidiary. Attorneys listed are based in New York, unless otherwise specified.

As ‘the go-to name for First Amendment advice and defamation work’, Williams & Connolly LLP counts top media companies and high-profile individuals as noteworthy clients; examples include Bloomberg, President Bill Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren and American Broadcasting Company. Kevin Baine and Thomas Hentoff jointly lead the Washington DC-based department. Baine’s recent highlights include defending 21st Century Fox in a defamation suit brought by a former police detective who claims he was misquoted in a news report relating to the murder of a Democratic National Committee staffer, and defending HBO and John Oliver in a defamation matter brought by Murray Energy and its CEO regarding alleged false and malicious statements made by Oliver on Last Week Tonight. Hentoff acted for Discovery Communications in a matter alleging copyright infringement, idea theft and breach of contract relating to an idea for a television program. Robert Barnett is the key contact for authors; he recently advised President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on their memoir contracts.

Highlights for the ‘excellent’ practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP included advising Millarworld on its sale to Netflix, assisting Madison Square Garden with its separate acquisitions of majority stakes in Counter Logic Gaming and Tao Group, and negotiating various endorsement agreements for John Varvatos Enterprises, including an agreement with Warner Music for a new line of Green Day apparel and a merchandising and marketing deal with Bravado relating to Guns N’ Roses merchandise. Matthew Syrkin leads the department; he recently worked with Charles Samuelson to advise AMC Networks on brand license and programming license agreements regarding several proposed investments and joint ventures, and acted for Dave and Eggsy in comic book artist and writer agreements. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MPG Concepts, Soundtrack Your Brand Sweden, Bumble Trading and CBS are also clients. Kenneth Lefkowitz is also recommended; he focuses on M&A deals, hostile takeovers, joint ventures and private equity transactions. All attorneys are based in New York.

Following Joshua Grode’s move to Legendary Entertainment, media litigation specialist Steven Marenberg is now the name to note in Irell & Manella LLP’s Los Angeles-based department. Marenberg’s recent work includes defending United Talent Agency in an antitrust and business tort lawsuit brought by another talent agency relating to the client’s ‘packaging deals’, which allegedly violate the Sherman Act; and defending Universal Pictures in a class action alleging that its marketing of Warcraft violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Litigator Robert Schwartz is also active in this space and is acting for Take-Two Interactive Software in a putative class action alleging the client violated the Biometric Information Privacy Act with its NBA 2K video game series; he is also representing Snapchat and its co-founders in a right of publicity suit brought by two individuals who claim their photographs were used to promote the app without their consent, and is defending Studiocanal and Vivendi against actor Harry Shearer, who brought a contingent compensation claim against the studios relating to his royalties for This Is Spinal Tap. The Walt Disney Company, Lionsgate, HBO, Marvel Studios and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are also clients.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is recognized for its transactional expertise, with substantial experience in entertainment content, animation, merchandising, litigation and private equity work. Michael Hobel leads the Los Angeles-based department, which also counts litigators David Halberstadter and Joel Weiner, animation and merchandising specialist Susan Grode, and Zia Modabber, who focuses on music litigation, as key names. In a recent highlight, Modabber represented the estate of Michael Jackson in claims brought by his former record producer Quincy Jones alleging that the estate allowed others to produce remixes of Jackson’s music, which violated his producer agreements. Other mandates for the team included Halberstadter representing Starz Entertainment, Anchor Bay Entertainment and CBS Television Studios in two copyright infringement disputes relating to the television series Power; Hobel advising HBO on Game of Thrones-related transactions as well as licensing and production arrangements for The Leftovers, Outcast and Sharp Objects; and assisting Media Rights Capital with the development and production of films and television programs, including Counterpart, House of Cards and Ozark. The team’s client roster also includes AMC Networks, Hulu, Lance Armstrong, Stevie Wonder and Paramount Pictures.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has ‘a passion for the industry, which means its advice is always on point and given in a timely manner’. The New York-based team is noted for its IP expertise, assisting clients with copyright and trademark issues; recent examples include representing 21st Century Fox in a copyright appeal against TVEyes claiming the defendant’s searchable database of television programming infringes its copyrights; managing J.K. Rowling’s trademark portfolio in the US; and defending Damien Hirst in copyright, trade dress and unfair competition claims brought by a Canadian artist relating to Hirst’s pill-inspired jewelry line. Other clients include Facebook, Droga5, Take-Two Interactive Software and FremantleMedia North America. Dale Cendali, whose ‘reputation and expertise are unparalleled’, is ‘the go-to person for IP assistance’ and is highly regarded for theater work; she is acting for the producers and playwright of the Broadway musical production of Anastasia in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Claudia Ray, Johanna Schmitt and Joshua Simmons are also recommended. Shanti Sadtler Conway and Mary Mazzello were promoted to the partnership in 2017, and Eric Schiele joined in 2018 from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s experience in content distribution deals was evident in its recent work; the team advised Altice on the renewal of its distribution agreements with Disney and EPSN Media Networks and acted for Major League Soccer on a distribution deal with Facebook to stream regular season games on Facebook Live. Other transactional work for the department included advising Hulu on the launch of its live subscription television service, assisting Discovery Communications with a joint venture agreement with The Enthusiast Network, and handling the acquisitions of NBC- and Fox Network-affiliated television stations for Bain Capital Credit. Robert Freeman is the key name for transactions, while Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks focuses on music litigation; she represented Lady Gaga in a copyright infringement case brought by a French sculptor who claims the Born This Way album cover infringes several of her works, and acted for Madonna in a copyright lawsuit relating to Vogue, which plaintiffs allege uses unauthorized samples. Other noteworthy practitioners include litigator Alexander Kaplan and senior counsel Paresh Trivedi. All attorneys are based in New York.

Pryor Cashman LLP is ‘a standout name for clients in the music industry’ and assists with transactions, copyright litigation and trademark disputes. Recent highlights include advising the National Music Publishers’ Association on a statement to the CRB relating to the proposed 2018-2022 rates to be paid by interactive streaming and limited download services; acting for Bruno Mars and Atlantic Records in a copyright infringement suit relating to Grenade, which plaintiffs allege copies theme and lyrics from another song; and obtaining a dismissal for Ricky Martin in a copyright and trademark infringement dispute. Outside the music arena, the group also acted for Speedee Distribution in a breach of contract dispute against The Weinstein Company, and advised the producers of the film I Can Only Imagine on various issues. Litigator James Janowitz heads the department from New York, which also includes Donald Zakarin, digital media specialist Frank Scibilia, Tom Ferber and Brad Rose. Michael Novicoff joined the firm’s Los Angeles office from legacy firm Liner LLP.

Stephen Sessa and Gregor Pryor jointly lead Reed Smith LLP’s group, which also includes James Sully, who joined from London-based Sheridans in 2016, Leif Reinstein and Michael Sherman. The department handles matters across the music, television and film industries, including film and television financings, production and distribution matters, publishing issues and work relating to advertising and marketing. Sully’s recent work includes advising recording artists on recording, publishing, merchandising, touring, sponsorships and endorsement agreements, while Reinstein acted for a motion picture company on the financing of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a new Western anthology by the Coen brothers made for Netflix. Highlights for Sherman included advising a production company on the financing of the Benji remake and assisting a lender with a senior credit facility for the financing of Johnny Depp film LAbyrinth. Named attorneys are based in Century City, except Pryor, who is based in London.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is recognized for its transactional expertise in the media and entertainment space; recent mandates include advising 21st Century Fox on its $15bn acquisition of the remaining stake of Sky, assisting Hulu with its sale of a 10% stake to Time Warner, and handling Wenner Media’s sale of Us Weekly to American Media. Google is also a key client for the group; the team recently advised it on multiple M&A matters, including its separate acquisitions of mobile app developer Fabric, AI company Dialogflow (formerly API.AI) and video software platform provider Anvato. Los Angeles-based David Eisman leads the practice, which also fields Howard Ellin and banking specialist Stephanie Teicher, both based in New York; Teicher assisted Morgan Stanley Senior Funding with a $500m credit facility to Shutterfly and a $1.1bn credit facility to Snap.


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At DLA Piper LLP (US)the lawyers are pragmatic in their approach, possess sound technical knowledge and are very responsive’. Global co-chair and US chair of the technology, sourcing and commercial practice Vincent Sanchez, who works from both Chicago and Los Angeles, is recommended for ‘his speed and his sound and reliable advice’. The firm acts for both service providers and their customers, which benefit from its ‘expertise in both the legal and business sides of outsourcing’. It counts leading life sciences companies among its clients, alongside corporates such as Qualcomm, Inteliquent, CoreLogic and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Gregory Manter, who splits his time between Chicago and San Diego advised Catalina Marketing Corporation on a five-year global deal to outsource application development to Mindtree. Manter is also acting for an international insurance company in the negotiation of two enterprise-wide data center and infrastructure outsourcing deals with a total value of $100m. Of counsel Anne Friedman in Los Angeles is recommended for outsourcing deals in the areas of information technology, software development and business process outsourcing (BPO).

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has ‘one of the most dominant outsourcing practices in the US and services a blue-chip corporate client base’. Palo Alto-based Daniel Mummery, William Peters in Los Angeles and Stephen Nordahl in New York all have more than 20 years’ experience in the market and are co-heads of the firm’s strategic sourcing and commercial transactions practice. The firm focuses on domestic and international IT and BPO arrangements, including offshoring, shared services, contract restructurings and strategic alliances ranging in size from $5m to $35bn. Mummery and New York-based rising star Daniel Angel acted for insurance company MetLife in a BPO transaction with DXC Technology in the largest deal of its kind in the US insurance sector. A highlight for Peters was the outsourcing of digital and content management services for Southern California Edison Company. Nordahl’s work included advising Johnson & Johnson on a global finance and accounting transaction with Accenture in more than 65 countries.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago was one of the first firms to move into the outsourcing space in the 1980s and it is known for the ‘deep bench of experienced lawyers’ in its technology and IP transactions group, who can ‘get deals done quickly and efficiently’. Outsourcing is a key focus for the group and co-chairs Gregg Kirchhoefer and Neil Hirshman are recognised as experts in the field. Kirchhoefer and rising star Aaron Lorber acted for healthcare billing and revenue cycle management services provider Accretive Health in the renegotiation of its master services agreement with its largest client, which involved $6bn in revenue and the rebadging of 8,000 employees as part of a ten-year deal. Work for buy-side clients included assisting Patterson Medical Holdings with an information technology outsourcing (ITO) arrangement with NTT Data. Matthew Lovell and Daniel Lewis are also recommended.

Mayer Brownreally knows what it is doing in the outsourcing space’ and has ‘a widely respected practice and a strong team’. The firm’s business and technology sourcing practice, which predominantly advises buy-side clients such as Sears Management Holding Company, has ‘a big presence across the US market and has a lock on the Midwest’. Clients also remark that it ‘understands market standards, which allows it to quickly resolve any issues’. Brad Peterson leads the practice from Chicago, where Rebecca Eisner, Paul Roy and rising star Joe Pennell are also recommended. Daniel Masur in Washington DC is also regarded as a leading light. Peterson’s recent highlights include assisting Caterpillar with the negotiation and governance of an agreement with technology company Uptake for a data analytics platform. Eisner’s work included advising Albemarle on the implementation, hosting and licensing of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, including on-premises and cloud software licenses.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘a destination firm with a reputation for innovative, first-of-kind deals’. The firm is ‘especially strong in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors’ and has eight partners in its outsourcing and commercial transactions team. Barbara Melby, who is ‘a prominent market player with a track record in large transactions’, and Michael Pillion, who has a reputation for innovative deals in the financial services industry, lead the practice from Philadelphia. Other notable practitioners include Edward Hansen in New York, who recently acted for personal care company Estée Lauder in a $50m global finance and accounting transaction, and Doneld Shelkey in Boston. Rising star Ada Finkel joined the firm’s Boston office having previously worked for athenahealth and Dell. Another highlight for the firm was its work for clinical laboratory services company Quest Diagnostics in a revenue cycle management outsourcing deal.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLPhas had 30 solid years at the cutting edge of the market’, remarks one client. In Washington DC, Aaron Oser, who is ‘a very good lawyer and a strong player in the market’, leads the firm-wide global sourcing and technology practice, which is known for ‘timely and relevant advice’. James Alberg is regarded as a leading light and continues to act in high-value deals in the health and financial services sectors. Clients also recommend newly promoted Brooke Daniels as ‘especially helpful, knowledgeable and responsive’ and rising stars Meighan O’Reardon and the ‘outstanding’ James McPhillips, as well as Benjamin Dean and Virginia-based Craig Wolff, who ‘guide clients commercially as well as legally’. Austin-based Elizabeth Zimmer is ‘exceptional - she is an expert in her areas, intelligent, articulate and wonderful to work with’. A key deal for the firm was its work for NTT Data on all sourcing aspects of its $3bn acquisition of Dell’s IT outsourcing business.

Baker McKenzie LLP has ‘real depth and experience in its team, which always understands its clients’ business and how it will be impacted by outsourcing’. The global information technology, outsourcing and privacy team is based mainly in Chicago, where 20-year market veteran Samuel Kramer, Michael Mensik, Michael Stoker and Peter George (who is ‘outstanding in negotiations and great at explaining the issues’) are the prominent practitioners. Sonia Baldia in Washington DC is also recommended. The practice advises mainly buy-side clients, among which are McDonald’s, Cardinal Health, Kellogg Company and Mavenir. It has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional outsourcing transactions, particularly in the areas of transformational IT and highly bespoke BPO deals. Counsel and data privacy expert Vincent Schroder is a new hire from McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is ‘able to advise on risk as much as on the process of contract negotiation’. The firm not only handles a high volume of traditional outsourcing deals, but also has a growing reputation for innovative and complex transactions across IT, human resources, finance and accounting, manufacturing and many more processes. Randall Parks leads the global outsourcing and technology practice from Richmond, Virginia, where Jeffrey Harvey and Andrew Geyer play key roles. Cecilia Oh in Washington DC is also recommended. The firm counts Axalta Coating Systems, Toys R Us, ManpowerGroup and Baylor Health Care System among its clients.

Latham & Watkins LLP advises both vendors and their clients on outsourcing deals in a diverse range of industries, including entertainment, financial services, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and hospitality. Anthony Klein in Silicon Valley is global co-chair of both the technology transactions group and the IT systems industry group. Within that group, JD Marple in Menlo Park and Jeremiah Wolsk in Washington DC are key partners. Marple’s recent work includes advising Spotify on the outsourcing of accounting operations such as order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, record-to-report and expenses management to Infosys. Wolsk’s highlights included advising regional wireless and wireline companies on the provision of telecoms services.

Loeb & Loeb LLP has ‘good lawyers who know their stuff in very complex and innovative deals’. The firm advises predominantly buy-side clients, often on multi-tower ITO and BPO transactions. Its ‘highly practical deal enablers who partner well with both in-house lawyers and consultants’ include New York-based chair of the technology and outsourcing group Kenneth Adler and partner Akiba Stern, who is ‘smart, easy to work with and zealously represents his clients’. Adler recently assisted one of the largest health systems in the US, Northwell Health, with the creation of new physician management services business Formativ Health, which provides revenue cycle management, IT outsourcing and patient access services. The firm also counts Guardian Life, JPMorgan Chase and Pizza Hut among its clients. Alison Pollock Schwartz in Chicago is also recommended.

Shawn Helms and Jason Krieser lead the technology and outsourcing practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP from Dallas, where nine lawyers focus on outsourcing, including recognized market expert David Guedry and newly promoted Heather Bethancourt. The firm advises both buy-side clients and service providers and its highlights included acting for agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto in a $500m application development and maintenance outsourcing deal with IT services company Cognizant. Helms and Krieser led that transaction and also helped insurance provider and new client the United Services Automobile Association with a $250m cloud software procurement deal with IBM. Buy-side clients include Abbott Laboratories, Twitter and HealthPlan Services. The team also acts for service provider HCL.

Morrison & Foerster LLP has a long history in the outsourcing market and acts for clients in a broad spectrum of industries from pharmaceuticals to financial services. It handles both traditional ITO and BPO agreements, as well as transformational outsourcing deals, thanks to its experienced team, which includes chair of the global sourcing group Christopher Ford in Washington DC. In New York, John Delaney and US sourcing practice co-chair Vivian Hanson are highly regarded and experienced practitioners with a strong track record of technology-driven deals. Paul Jahn in San Francisco acted for First Republic Bank in a deal with mobile banking services provider Q2. Washington DC-based Thomas Knox is also recommended.

White & Case LLP’s global sourcing and technology transactions practice has recognized strength across IP, IT and outsourcing deals, including complex cross-border transactions. In New York, Adam Chernichaw, whose clients include WhatsApp and Royal Bank of Canada, and Daren Orzechowski, who advises Intel and Google, are the key contacts. Chernichaw’s recent work included advising Natixis on digitalization and regulatory-driven technology matters, which involved the procurement of cloud services for its compliance processes. Orzechowski acted for SalesForce on IT and cloud computing matters as part of a wide-ranging project that included the creation of a new data-as-a-service offering.

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WilmerHale has ‘privacy and security practitioners at the top of their game and a tradition of excellence in its outsourcing team’. Robert Finkel in New York brings more than 25 years’ experience to his role as head of the firm’s six-partner outsourcing team and is also part of the fintech group. Financial institutions such as UBS account for around half of the firm’s outsourcing work, though it also advises corporates such as Medtronic, McGraw-Hill Education and Eldridge Industries. Finkel advised Hilton Worldwide on a co-branded credit card partnership agreement with American Express. In Boston, Michael Bevilacqua, who focuses on technology-related deals, and Jeffrey Johnson, who handles licensing and collaboration agreements, are key partners in the practice. Johnson is currently acting for Analog Devices in a warehouse outsourcing agreement with a service provider in Singapore.

In Atlanta, ‘vastly experienced and prominent market player’ Peter Quittmeyer and Robert Pile are co-heads of the practice at Eversheds Sutherland, which climbs the ranking on the basis of its expanding global outsourcing practice and its strong roster of US buy-side clients. R. Robinson Plowden is ‘very prominent in the data center leasing space’. The ‘co-operative and collaborative’ Michael Steinig in Washington DC is ‘a pleasure to work with and always works through issues in a way with which the client is comfortable’. New Washington DC-based hire Michael Bahar, who was previously general counsel to the minority staff of the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, leads the US cybersecurity and data privacy team and has extensive outsourcing experience. The firm’s recent highlights include advising Georgia Technology Authority on a $150m IT initiative to move to a multi-sourced model for service provision.

The technology transactions and outsourcing practice at Foley & Lardner LLP has more than 20 years’ experience in the field and has a deep bench of talent across its wide network of US offices. In Los Angeles, James Kalyvas leads the practice and along with Michael Overly is seen as an experienced practitioner. Aaron Tantleff in Chicago and Chanley Howell in Jacksonville are also key partners. The firm advised MUFG Union Bank on a wide range of technology and outsourcing agreements, including the negotiation of a hosted HR ERP solution and the transition of locally hosted applications to a fully hosted environment at FIS.

Hogan Lovells US LLP provides ‘timely, knowledgeable advice tailored to clients’ needs and has the excellent ability to draw on broad experience’. One client describes it as ‘a one-stop shop with experienced lawyers backed up by a fantastic regulatory group’. The firm handles the full spectrum of outsourcing transactions, including IT, BPO and manufacturing services, and climbs the ranking on the strength of key partners in Northern Virginia Zenas Choi, who ‘has deep industry insight’, and the ‘thoughtful and meticulous’ Michael Larner, and Denver-based David London, as well as Audrey Reed in Washington DC. The hire of John Brockland in San Francisco from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP adds significant expertise to the firm’s West Coast offering. Reed and Choi advised Estée Lauder on an ITO deal to transform its data center, networking and IT support functions.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has a team of ‘good, experienced lawyers’, among whom clients recommend Michael Ryan in Chicago and New York-based Deepak Nambiar. Ryan leads a team of seven partners who act mainly for vendors such as Cognizant, though the firm does also advise mid-market buy-side clients. Senior associate Marcella Hein in Chicago is a rising star who plays a key role in the majority of the firm’s major deals. Among the firm’s highlights was its work for investment banking company Stout Risius Ross, consultancy West Monroe Partners, e-commerce intelligence company Vertical Web Media, and Experian Automotive in various outsourcing and software licensing matters.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has ‘a strong track record, experience and reputation’. The firm’s global sourcing and technology team, which is led from Dallas by James Steinberg, includes five partners, two counsels and six associates. It has a strong track record in domestic and cross-border ITO and BPO deals for companies in sectors such as media, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and health insurance. Its impressive list of buy-side and vendor clients includes Intercontinental Hotel Group, Iron Mountain, Wellmark, AT&T, Invesco Group Services and Novelis. The bulk of the team is based in Atlanta, where Joshua Ganz and James Paine are key partners.

Proskauer Rose LLP has ‘an outsourcing team that understands both the technology and the underlying business’. Jeffrey Neuburger in New York has focused on outsourcing for more than 30 years and is co-head of the TMT practice along with Robert Freeman. The firm advises both vendors and buy-side clients in a range of industries including retail, financial services and leisure. It is one of the leading players in emerging areas such as blockchain technology, which could have major implications for the outsourcing market. Neuburger recently advised Time, which is one of the largest branded media companies in the world, on a large-scale advertising sales outsourcing agreement. He also counts JPMorgan Chase, construction industry contractor Component Assembly, construction industry analytics provider C/F Data, and website development company VerticalScope among his clients.

Venable LLP’s technology transactions and outsourcing team has a national presence with expertise spread across its offices in Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Northern Virginia. The firm has a unique focus on facilities management outsourcing for clients in diverse industries including energy, retail, hospitality, entertainment and media. The practice is led from Washington DC by William Russell, Nora Garrote and AJ Zottola, and by James Nelson in New York, and it is backed up by a strong regulatory and government affairs team. Their recent work includes advising a worldwide organization on an enterprise-wide outsourcing agreement that covers the full range of IT services.

At Arnold & Porter, Los Angeles-based Matthew Maccoby has 25 years’ experience advising clients on ITO and BPO deals. Technology industry veteran Ira Moskatel is also recommended for advice on data warehousing, call centers, software development and e-commerce matters. The firm’s recent highlights include advising a large entity in the education sector on a $150m deal to outsource key elements of its infrastructure and materials development processes.

Bracewell LLP has ‘a team of experienced lawyers who provide good value compared to many of their competitors’. Houston-based Jeffrey Andrews leads the practice, which acts for clients in industries as diverse as energy, financial services, consumer products, retail, manufacturing and commercial aviation. He recently acted for an oilfield services company in the structuring and negotiation of an ITO deal with IBM. Another highlight saw him advise Oncor Electric Delivery Company on its latest strategic sourcing agreement, having handled 30 such deals for this client with a total value of more than $1bn during the last eight years. Southwest Airlines and American Water Enterprises are also clients of the firm.

Ross Docksey in Chicago leads the practice at Dentons, which has a long track record in ITO, BPO, human resources outsourcing (HRO) and facilities management deals. Carol Anne Been is also recommended. A key deal for Docksey in 2017 saw him advise motor vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland on the establishment and operation of its affiliate Hinduja Technology, which provides IT outsourcing services to US companies in the automotive sector and other industries. The firm advises both buy-side clients and service providers.

Jones Day’s main outsourcing partner Kevin Lyles retired at the end of 2017, but the firm retains significant expertise in technology, IP and outsourcing matters. Mauricio Paez in New York advises blue-chip companies on legal issues arising from digital transformation projects, data protection, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and outsourcing deals. Todd McClelland in Atlanta is also recommended.

K&L Gates has two well-regarded practitioners in Dallas in ITO expert Nigel Stark and practice head and industry veteran John Howell. Susan Altman in Pittsburgh is also recommended. Howell advised travel commerce platform Travelport on the negotiation of a major contract with Tata Consultancy Services as part of the client’s broader process of business transformation. Among Stark’s highlights was his work for Finland’s largest airline, Finnair, on the outsourcing of internet connectivity services for its entire fleet, which will allow passengers to use WiFi connectivity during flights. Deere & Company, MoneyGram International and industrial company Nortek are also clients of the firm.

McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago ‘knows the industry well, response times are never an issue and the lawyers advise on matters end-to-end’. Steve Gold, who is chair of the cross-departmental technology and outsourcing practice, ‘has an impressive technical and business background’. Derek Roach is recommended for large-scale outsourcing deals as well as technology licensing and ERP integration. The firm’s recent highlights include Gold’s work for a leading satellite company in negotiating a deal for ground support services, and Roach’s advice to a large energy services company on the outsourcing of application development and application support services with a number of global service providers.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York has ‘a very strong practitioner’ in Stuart Levi who leads the firm’s intellectual property and technology group and co-ordinates its activity in outsourcing and privacy matters. With a background in computer science, data privacy and the IT industry, he regularly advises clients on emerging technologies such as blockchain and on regulatory matters. The scope of the firm’s work encompasses ITO, call center, HRO, procurement and enterprise-wide BPO deals. Levi recently acted for BlackRock in an outsourcing agreement in which JPMorgan will serve as custodian of more than $1tn of the company’s assets. He also advised vendor Hexaware Technologies on its provision of outsourcing and IT services to Christie’s.

Wiggin & Dana LLP is ‘a very experienced firm with a solid group of lawyers and the outsourcing practice has developed a strong reputation on the service provider side of the market’. In New Haven, practice leader Mark Heaphy and Tamia Simonis are ‘very impressive and great to work with’. Clients also recommend John Kennedy, George Kimball, whose experience includes time as associate general counsel at HP, and Sarvesh Mahajan, who ‘have good touch and tone and work tirelessly to get the job done’. The firm routinely acts for many of the largest global and US-based providers of outsourced services.


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Headquartered in Palo Alto, Cooley LLP has one of the largest dedicated technology transactions groups in the country. The firm’s technology transactions lawyers combine elements of an IP practice with a commercial transactions practice, and work with companies of all sizes and at all stages of development. The team has particular expertise in areas such as software, semiconductors, digital media, e-commerce, electronics, IT, telecoms, and alternative energy. Highlights included advising data protection company Datto on its definitive sale to Vista Equity Partners (Vista) and merger with Vista portfolio company Autotask; and acting for Cell Design Labs in its sale to Gilead Sciences. The team also advised online social networking service Meetup on its sale to WeWork, one of the fastest growing start-ups in the world, and acted for BroadSoft in its sale to global technology player Cisco. Colorado-based Keith Berets heads the technology transactions practice. Other recommended names are Adam Ruttenberg, who divides his time between Reston and Washington DC; and Washington DC-based David Wittenstein and Adam Chase. Key Palo Alto advisers include Carolyn Craig and Peter Burns, along with Adit Khorana, who joined from WilmerHale. Robin Lee left to work on public service projects.

Fenwick & West LLP focuses on advising technology and life sciences companies. The firm is highly rated for its work with start-ups in emerging technologies, such as the sharing economy, fintech, augmented and virtual reality, social networks, and gaming - and has a leading M&A practice in advising technology serial acquirers. It also has a robust venture capital practice. It acted for Facebook in its serial acquisition program, including the acquisitions of Ozlo, Source3, FacioMetric and CrowdTangle; and advised Cisco Systems on the $3.7bn acquisition of AppDynamics and its $1.9bn acquisition of BroadSoft. Other key deals included the team assisting American software company Symantec Corporation with its acquisition of LifeLock, advising Nimble Storage on its sale to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and serving as primary corporate counsel to Unity, a cross-platform game engine, in its $400m financing from American private equity firm Silver Lake. San Francisco-based Jake Handy is technology transactions chair; Douglas Cogen is co-M&A chair; Stephen Gillespie manages the IP aspects of M&A deals; and Ralph Pais and Seattle-based corporate group chair Alan Smith are also highly rated. Mountain View’s Gregory Roussel is ‘extremely good at driving M&A transactions’; and technology and life sciences deal lawyer Ethan Skerry was hired in New York from Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

Goodwin has extensive experience structuring domestic and cross-border commercial transactions involving technology and IP assets. The practice’s scope of work includes standalone technology transfer transactions and other strategic technology transactions arising from private equity and venture capital investments, public offerings and private financing, as well as M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances. The team acted for Trooly, a background-check start-up, in its sale to Airbnb; and assisted Sencha, which develops and licenses software frameworks and tools, with its sale to Idera. Equity capital market highlights included advising the underwriting syndicate on the $3.9bn IPO of camera company Snap, the creator of the Snapchat app; and acting for JP Morgan Securities, Goldman, Sachs & Co and Morgan Stanley & Co as lead book-running managers in the IPO of global hotel search platform trivago, which raised approximately $330m. John Egan, William Schnoor, Stuart Cable and Stephen Charkoudian are notable Boston contacts; and in Silicon Valley, Lawrence Chu, who leads the firm’s West Coast technology M&A practice, Michael Russell, Anthony McCusker and William Growney Jr are also highly rated. Andrew Goodman in New York and Jason Breen in Los Angeles are other names to note.

Hogan Lovells US LLP hired a highly regarded team of technology transaction experts from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, including Richard Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross and Christopher Moore in Silicon Valley and John Brockland in San Francisco. The team is experienced in deals involving software, semiconductors, mobile communications, internet and e-commerce. Highlights included advising Marvell Technology Group on the IP, technology and corporate aspects of its $6bn acquisition of chipmaker Cavium. Other key advisers are Washington DC-based communications practice head Michele Farquhar; global M&A head William Curtin III, who works from the New York and Washington DC offices; Randy Segal, who is based in the Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley and Washington DC offices; and the firm’s US commercial practice head Audrey Reed, who divides her time between Washington DC and New York. Other recommended practitioners include Mark Brennan, Ari Fitzgerald, Trey Hanbury and Steven Kaufman in Washington DC; Silicon Valley-based Nathaniel Gallon; and Denver-based David London.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a large and experienced technology transactions practice which collaborates closely with the firm’s corporate, private equity and restructuring attorneys. Chicago-based Daniel Lewis, Matthew Lovell and Neil Hirshman acted for funds advised by Apax Partners in the $200m acquisition of 3M’s electronic monitoring business; and Seth Traxler advised Grubhub on its $287.5m acquisition of Yelp’s online food-ordering business, Eat24. The team also advised Blackstone-affiliated private equity funds on the $4.8bn acquisition of Aon’s technology-enabled benefits and human resources platform; assisted Bioreclamation, a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners, with the creation of a joint venture for the procurement of bio-specimens and related clinical and testing data. Other key Chicago advisers include Vladimir Khodosh, Gregg Kirchhoefer, Aaron Lorber, Matthew Lovell, Jeffery Norman PC and Min Wang, while Edward Sadtler, David MacDonald and Lisa Samenfeld are highly rated New York practitioners. In San Francisco, John Lynn is also widely praised.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s group serves as a strong complementary practice to the firm’s significant global corporate, finance and IP litigation practices. It advises all sectors of the technology industry, including broadband and internet service providers, broadcast radio and television clients, cable companies, content providers, and data storage and security firms. Other areas of strength are e-commerce, entertainment and multimedia, internet, networks and infrastructure, and telecoms. It acted for LogMeIn, a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud-based remote connectivity services, in the acquisition of the GoTo business of Citrix Systems, a provider of collaborative communication solutions for small businesses; it also assisted Anova Industries with reviewing a manufacturing and supply agreement regarding the sale of Anova Applied Electronics to Electrolux. Additional matters included acting for Novomer, a venture-funded chemistry technology development company, in the sale of its Converge® polyol technology to Saudi Aramco. In Silicon Valley, Anthony Klein is technology transactions chair and Tad Freese is also highly regarded. Sarah Gagan is a key Boston contact and New York-based Jeffrey Tochner is ‘very creative’. Counsel Alan Tamarelli Jr was hired in New York from pharmaceutical company Merck & Co, where he was corporate transactions counsel; and Los Angeles-based Ghaith Mahmood was promoted to counsel.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s ‘lawyers provide very deep knowledge of their subject matter’. The practice advises global corporate clients on their most significant technology deals, and the practice brings significant licensing and technology transactions experience to the technology and IP aspects of M&A transactions. The team acted for Visa with its acquisition of CardinalCommerce, which specializes in mobile commerce and payment solutions; and assisted Singapore’s state-owned investment company Temasek with its $800m investment in Verily Life Sciences, a unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet. It also advised DST Systems on the IP aspects of its acquisition of the ownership of two joint ventures, Boston Financial Data Services and International Financial Data Services; and assisted Inovalon, a technology company which provides cloud-based platforms to the healthcare industry, with its approximately $105m acquisition of Creehan & Company. In San Francisco, Aaron Rubin jointly chairs the technology transactions group, Tessa Schwartz is a former technology transactions chair, and William Schwartz and Paul Jahn are also highly rated. Other notable names are New York-based John Delaney and Vivian Hanson and Palo Alto’s Stephanie Sharron. Of counsel Scott Carter joined in San Francisco from Latham & Watkins LLP.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is regularly engaged in sophisticated transactions, including technology acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as research and development (R&D) collaborations, licensing agreements, outsourcing transactions and e-commerce agreements. New York-based global technology and IP transactions head Michael Epstein acted for inVentiv Health in the technology and IP aspects of its $4.6bn merger with INC Research Holdings; Charan Sandhu advised the transaction committee of the board of directors of Reynolds American (Reynolds) on the technology and IP aspects of its $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco (BAT) of the 57.8% of Reynolds’ stock that BAT did not already own; and Jeffrey Osterman advised French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi on the technology and IP aspects of the $25bn exchange of its animal health business for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim. Silicon Valley-based Karen Ballack is also highly rated. Richard Climan, John Brockland, Max Scott, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross, and Christopher Moore joined Hogan Lovells US LLP.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s technology transactions practice, comprising approximately 50 attorneys, is dedicated to commercial matters that are driven by IP, such as licenses, joint ventures, outsourcing deals, co-developments, manufacturing deals and distribution agreements. Recent matters include acting for Barracuda Networks, a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, on its agreement to be sold to private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo - an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.6bn; advising Gigamon, known for traffic visibility solutions, on its proposed sale to Elliott Management; and assisting ZirMed, which provides cloud-based claims management solutions to healthcare providers and organizations, with its agreement with Navicure to join forces to provide hospitals, health systems and ambulatory services organizations, including physician practices, with analytics-driven solutions that help improve financial performance. In capital market highlights, the team advised Denali Therapeutics, a biotech company that develops new molecular therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, on its IPO; it also acted for NetApp, an American multinational storage and data management company, in its $800m senior note offering. Washington DC’s James Clessuras is joint technology transactions department leader; and Daniel Glazer leads the New York office’s technology transactions practice.

Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for significant market participants in the fields of mass media, telecoms, biotech and IT, as well as application software, communications equipment and semiconductors. The firm’s transactional attorneys handle the full range of corporate, securities and financing matters, including public and private securities offerings, institutional and other specialized financing, M&A deals, and joint ventures. The team advised Dell Technologies on an investment in an emerging open source cloud software company; assisted T3 with the negotiation of mobile app development and internet advertising agreements, as well as a supply, license and joint venture agreement; and advised Oxford Nanopore Technologies on dozens of commercial and licensing agreements, including distribution agreements with distributors in China, India and Russia, and patent licenses with universities throughout the world. Dallas-based Samantha Hale Crispin is the firm-wide technology sector chair; and Jordan Herman chairs the Austin corporate department.

With technology clients ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to blue-chip industry leaders, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a longstanding reputation for representing technology companies in their most significant transactions. The practice has acted for IBM in corporate matters for decades, and advised on its recent initial $3bn registered fixed- and floating-rate notes offering of IBM Credit. Other key deals included George Schoen advising Scientific Games Corporation on its acquisition of NYX Gaming Group. The team also advised the strategic review committee of the board of directors of Yahoo! on the $4.48bn sale of Yahoo!’s operating business to Verizon Communications; and acted for Xerox Corporation in its spin-off of Conduent, the world’s largest provider of diversified business process services. David Kappos leads the firm’s IP work; and Keith Hallam is also highly regarded.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘excellent team provides considerable value and has a deep understanding of clients' businesses and sensitivities’. It acts for clients involved in cleantech, computer hardware, software, games and entertainment, online commerce and new media, IT, semiconductors, and telecoms. The practice acted for private equity firm ABRY Partners in its sale of Datapipe, and advised SoftBank Vision Fund on its lead role in a Series E investment into Guardant Health, a biotech company that sells blood tests to track and potentially detect cancer. Silicon Valley-based joint global technology chair Victoria Lee is highly rated for her IT, IP and technology transactions experience; and global technology transactions and strategic sourcing co-chair Vinny Sanchez divides his time between Chicago and Century City. Frank Ryan in New York and Northern Virginia’s Eric Grossman are also notable.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP advises on all aspects of the structuring, negotiating and documenting of complex transactions involving the commercialization of technology and IP. The team advised Ford Motor Company on its formation of, investment in and collaboration with artificial intelligence (AI) company Argo AI, which develops self-driving vehicles; it also assisted Reviver Auto, which focuses on connected cars, with general corporate matters and financing. The key advisers are Shaalu Mehra and David Kennedy in Palo Alto, and New York-based Daniel Angel. Mehra advises Fortune 50 technology companies and venture-backed start-ups on the negotiation and structuring of transactions in cloud computing, technology services, IP acquisition and licensing, and data rights; Kennedy is experienced in collaboration and license agreements involving life sciences companies and in original equipment manufacturer, distribution, cloud computing, escrow and end-user license agreements involving computer software; and Angel has advised financial services, private equity, life sciences, insurance, energy and telecoms clients. Carrie LeRoy joined in Silicon Valley from White & Case LLP.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP assists technology clients with all manner of concerns, including transactional, IP, labor, litigation, insurance, privacy, and regulatory matters. The team regularly assists longstanding client Eli Lilly with a wide range of technology transactions, including co-location agreements for data center operations, and cross-licensing agreements for critical product components; and it continues to assist SanDisk with the drafting and negotiation of commercial and IP issues related to its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic. Barbara Melby works from the Philadelphia and New York offices, and Silicon Valley-based Rahul Kapoor is an IT and outsourcing expert. Philadelphia’s Michael Pillion is also highly rated for technology transaction work; and Doneld Shelkey, who relocated to Boston from Pittsburgh, has particular expertise in technology, e-commerce and online presence management agreements. Other names to note are Vito Petretti, who divides his time between New York and Philadelphia, and New York-based Edward Hansen.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP opened a Santa Monica office in 2017; the firm also hired co-head of the global technology transactions practice Glynna Christian, who splits her time between New York and Silicon Valley, from the legacy Kaye Scholer LLP firm, and New York-based Peter Fusco joined from Lowenstein Sandler LLP. The practice acts for large numbers of start-up clients and, in addition to its significant venture capital practice, it provides technology companies with support in public policy, benefits, employment litigation, capital markets, tax and cybersecurity. The team acted for online personal finance company Social Finance in its $500m Series G financing; and advised longstanding client IronPlanet, an online marketplace for used heavy equipment, on its $758m sale. Silicon Valley-based Daniel Yost is co-head of the global technology transactions practice; Stephen Venuto chairs the global technology companies practice; and Don Keller serves as technology sector leader. Harold Yu divides his time between Silicon Valley and San Francisco; and John Bautista splits his time between San Francisco, Santa Monica and Silicon Valley. San Francisco- and Santa Monica-based Anik Guha is also an experienced adviser.

M&A powerhouse Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is routinely called in to advise on mega deals and first-of-their-kind transactions. Recent matters include acting for American avionics and IT systems multinational Rockwell Collins in its $30bn sale to United Technologies Corporation; acting for Vantiv, a public US-based payment processing and technology provider, in its $10bn acquisition of Worldpay Group; and assisting data analytics and cyber-services firm Defense Group with its sale to government services integrator SOS International. Other key deals included advising education technology company 2U on the acquisition of South Africa-based online education company GetSmarter; and acting for Sevcon, a global player in electrification technologies, in its $200m sale to BorgWarner. Palo Alto-based Kenton King and Leif King are highly rated.

With a large portfolio of software vendor, data provider and fintech clients, Venable LLP’s core strengths center around complex technology transactions and outsourcing matters. It has particular strengths in technology-driven joint ventures and strategic alliances, IP commercialization, technology licensing and procurement, and technology transfer and systems integration matters. The practice handles a significant amount of cross-border work and it is particularly well known for its work in the hospitality, retail, healthcare and technology sectors; in recent years the practice has also expanded into the data analytics, oil and gas, petrochemicals, and entertainment and new media fields. The team recently advised Wyndham Hotel Group on negotiating a series of services agreements to evaluate and obtain SaaS-based solutions to help hotel guests communicate their hospitality needs directly with hotel staff via text messages and provide real-time, two-way staff communication. It also acts for one of the world’s largest petrochemical companies in technology license agreements, technical service agreements, joint development agreements, and R&D service agreements. The recommended attorneys are San Francisco-based James Nelson; Washington DC-based Armand Zottola; Nora Garrote, who divides her time between Washington DC and Tysons Corner; and William Russell, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York.

Baker McKenzie LLPhas a strong international reach, with clients always receiving in-depth, detailed advice’. The team regularly advises on complex enterprise resource planning and systems integration projects; managed telecoms arrangements; outsourcing agreements; custom software development; cloud computing, social media, licensing and distribution agreements; and professional service agreements. Chicago-based Michael Mensik focuses on IT, sourcing and privacy; Samuel Kramer is highly rated for multi-jurisdictional outsourcing, technology licensing, commercial contracting, and supply chain agreements and integration; and Peter George, who is ‘outstanding during negotiations and great at explaining issues and potential resolutions’, advises IT companies on their domestic and foreign operations. Michael Stoker is experienced in transactional and general corporate matters; and Sonia Baldia is a key Washington DC adviser. Other key practitioners include Palo Alto’s Lothar Determann and San Francisco-based Gary Shapiro.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advises on IP, technology and outsourcing matters arising from licensing, collaboration, distribution, R&D, and other commercial activities. Highlights included advising Comcast Corporation on its acquisition of iControl Networks, which creates technology and platforms for connected home security and IoT. Frank Azzopardi is IP and technology group head and Pritesh Shah advised Suez, a French industrial services and solutions company, on the IP and technology aspects of its approximately $3.4bn acquisition (together with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec) of GE Water & Process Technologies.

Foley & Lardner LLP’s transactions practice covers IT system and software licensing; technology development collaborations and technology transfers; the monetization of patent and technology portfolios; protection of core IP assets; and the creation, evolution, and sale of new, emerging and mature technology companies. The team acted for Fornetix in a major technology collaboration and services agreement with Cyphre Security Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of RigNet. Los Angeles-based James Kalyvas chairs the technology transactions and outsourcing practice; and Michael Overly has longstanding experience in IT transactions. Other key advisers include Milwaukee’s Jennifer Rathburn; Madison-based Christopher Cain; Matthew Karlyn in Boston; San Diego’s Beni Surpin; Chanley Howell in Jacksonville; Washington DC-based Andrew Rawlins; and Chicago’s Aaron Tantleff.

McGuireWoods LLP’s ‘excellent practice delivers great response times and value for money.’ It handles complex technology transactions and procurements as well as other information-focused transactions in sectors such as food and beverage, energy and healthcare. It acted for aerospace and defense company and serial acquirer Teledyne Technologies in its $780m acquisition of e2v technologies, a UK-based manufacturer of high-performance image sensors. It also advised fintech company AvidXchange on its $300m Series F financing, with contributions from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, MasterCard, Temasek, and an American entrepreneur. Steve Gold is ‘a go-to lawyer for technology transactions’. Derek Roach in Chicago and Charlotte’s Rakesh Gopalan are also highly rated.

Paul Hastings LLP handles high-profile and often cross-border M&A and financing transactions for technology companies, and is a go-to firm for private equity firms focused on the technology industry. Recent highlights include advising Francisco Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm, and Elliott Management, an American hedge fund management firm, in their high-value acquisition of Dell Software; the team also acted for Symphony Technology Group and its portfolio company MSC Software, which specializes in simulation software, on the $834m sale of MSC Software to Sweden’s global technology group, Hexagon. Other matters include advising Gemalto, an international digital security company, on its acquisition of 3M’s identity management business. Los Angeles-based David Hernand, Washington DC’s Eric Greenberg, and Dana Kromm and Steve Camahort in San Francisco are key attorneys, as are Matthew Berger and Tiffany Lee in Palo Alto, Sherrese Smith in Washington DC, and New York-based Samuel Waxman.

Proskauer Rose LLP advises clients on technology transactions involving the retail, financial services, and arts and leisure sectors, as well as sports and media; and the practice’s scope includes the implementation of blockchain, biometrics, big data and other emerging business technologies. The New York-based heads of the technology, media and telecoms group are Jeffrey Neuburger - who acted for construction industry contractor Component Assembly and construction industry analytics provider C/F Data in a variety of technology implementations, licensing agreements and outsourcing agreements - and Robert Freeman; and Paresh Trivedi is a highly rated senior counsel. Los Angeles’ Jonathan Benloulou led advice to Sotera Defense Solutions, a national security technology company, in its $235m sale to cybersecurity firm KeyW Corporation.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s ‘very strong’ IP transactions group regularly partners on the firm’s high-profile corporate, M&A and capital markets transactions; it also handles prominent standalone IP, technology, and privacy and cybersecurity transactions as well as counseling matters. The IP team acted for Johnson Controls regarding the approximately $2bn sale of its Scott Safety business to 3M. It also assisted private investment firm Centerbridge Partners with its acquisition of enterprise software providers Syncsort and Vision Solutions; and acted for global radio company SiriusXM in its $480m strategic cash investment in Pandora. IP transactions group head Lori Lesser in New York is ‘pragmatic, technically brilliant and a pleasure to deal with’; and key counsels include Christopher Sprigman in New York and Palo Alto-based Marcela Robledo.

White & Case LLP’s work ranges from complex outsourcing arrangements and strategic alliances to product development, licensing and M&A; and the client base includes hi-tech, social media, consumer technology, pharma, medical device, semiconductor and fintech clients. The team advised German-based technology company Aixtron on the IP aspects of the divestiture of its atomic layer deposition and chemical vapor deposition memory product line; it also assisted Nasdaq-listed brand management company Iconix Brand Group with the $345m sale of its entertainment division to DHX Media. Adam Chernichaw, Daren Orzechowski and Arlene Hahn are highly rated. Named attorneys are based in New York, except where otherwise stated.

WilmerHale regularly works alongside the firm’s corporate, regulatory, IP and tax lawyers to negotiate joint ventures, strategic alliances, and outsourcing and licensing transactions. Jeffrey Johnson advised Progress, a provider of application development and deployment technologies, on IP issues surrounding its $30m acquisition of DataRPM. The recommended names are Steven Barrett, Belinda Juran and Michael Bevilacqua in Boston and Ashwin Gokhale in Palo Alto.

Bracewell LLP’s team works closely with the firm’s tax and labor and employment practices on major technology transactions; and its sector experience includes biotechnology, energy, e-commerce, software, semiconductors, finance, and government infrastructure. Dallas-based Janice Davis acted for a hedge fund client in the formation of a complex hedge fund that invests in technology companies; the team also assisted an oilfield service company with the IP aspects of an M&A deal as well as technology transactions and licensing work. Houston-based Jeffrey Andrews is also an experienced adviser.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is best known for its interdisciplinary advice in complex technology transactions, which are often cross-border; the team acts for clients from sectors such as software, IT, telecoms, IoT, semiconductors, media and entertainment, and healthcare technology. Other areas include financial services, consumer goods and fashion, as well as emerging areas such as cyber, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, machine learning, and AI. Daniel Ilan advised OpenText on complex licensing arrangements and asset divestitures regarding its $1.62bn acquisition of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division; and Leonard Jacoby is also highly regarded.

Dentons advises on M&A deals, public offerings, venture capital financing, IP protection strategies, new technology licensing, as well as accelerating new ventures via the firm’s own Startup Program, which provides founders and early-stage companies with services to help scale their businesses. The team acted for Operative Media, which specializes in digital advertising for major media companies, in its sale to SintecMedia; and advised Cyient on its acquisition of CERTON Software. Victor Boyajian in New York advises on venture capital, private equity, securities and strategic transactions.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘level of service is excellent’. Digital health is an area where the firm is particularly strong, owing to its first-class healthcare practice, In other areas, the practice advised Commerce Bank on a deal that involved replacing the bank’s core IT systems. The key partners for technology transactions are Dallas-based Shawn Helms and Jason Krieser, who ‘are terrific for substance and client management’, as well as David Guedry and Heather Bethancourt (also in Dallas) and Boston-based Sarah Hogan. On the corporate technology side, the leading partners are Wilson Chu and Gregory Hidalgo in Dallas, David Lipkin in Silicon Valley and Boston’s Albert Sokol.

Particularly focused on private equity sponsors, Ropes & Gray LLP’s clients span software, the internet, financial services, healthcare, consumer technology, media, semiconductors and telecoms. Recent work includes advising Mentor Graphics on its sale to Siemens Industry. The practice group leaders are Boston-based Edward Black, Jane Goldstein (who splits her time between Boston and New York) and Silicon Valley’s Andrew Thomases. New York-based Harry Rubin and Boston’s William Shields are other key contacts. Global M&A head Paul Scrivano joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in early 2017 and splits his time between the New York, Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.

In addition to standard IT systems and software experts, 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 is highly rated; Del Mar’s Michael Orlando acted for adidas in the technology and outsourcing aspects of the sale of Taylor Made Golf Company and affiliated golf brands; and Century City-based Brian Pass advised Snap on a $2bn cloud services agreement with Google.

Vinson & Elkins LLP assists technology and licensing clients with M&A deals, public offerings, private equity and venture capital financings, and the licensing and distribution of technology, pharmaceutical and other life sciences products and devices. The team acted for SailPoint Technologies Holdings, a provider of enterprise identity governance solutions, in its $240m IPO; and advised MoneyGram International on its $1.2bn sale to an affiliate of Hong Kong-based Ant Financial. Paul Tobias, Wesley Watts and Milam Newby are highly regarded practitioners; and Andy Smetana joined as counsel from a technology start-up. All named attorneys are based in the Austin office.


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The ‘very dedicated’ and ‘knowledgeableDLA Piper LLP (US) is particularly strong in international work. Nancy Victory co-heads the practice and provides ‘practical advice’ and ‘stands behind her recommendations and opinions’. She has expertise in both regulatory and transactional matters, particularly in wireless, satellite and cable issues. She recently advised Texzon Technologies on obtaining FCC approvals for its new radio frequency technology and Motorola Solutions on its emergency response technology. Fellow practice head Michael Senkowski is highly experienced in regulatory counseling, wireless policy and spectrum allocation. He assisted OneWeb with the regulatory aspects of its use of low orbit satellites to deliver broadband services to regions which previously had no internet access. He also worked with Echodyne Corp in obtaining regulatory approval for commercial drones. Eric DeSilva is particularly knowledgeable on wireless policy and spectrum auctions, and recently advised T-Mobile on the FCC’s broadcast television incentive auction. John Beahn recently joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and has significant expertise in regulatory issues. Edward Smith is also a new arrival and previously worked for the FCC. He is ‘very responsive’ and ‘knowledgeable about the mobile satellite industry’. Other additions to the team include principal Ira Keltz and associates Sean Robinson, Dana Zelman and Ian Forbes, who also all recently joined from the FCC. AT&T and Verizon are key clients.

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The ‘exceptionalHarris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP is led by John Nakahata, who has extensive experience in telecoms, cable and internet regulations, with particular expertise in common carrier issues. Founding partner William Wiltshire focuses on satellite, media and communications matters from both a regulatory and contentious standpoint. Other key figures include fellow name partner Mark Grannis, who has expertise in regulatory advocacy, litigation and ADR; Paul Margie, who is highly experienced in telecoms regulation and spectrum policy and Kent Bressie, who is an expert in cross-border regulatory requirements, particularly in relation to undersea cable projects. Former FCC general counsel Christopher Wright is particularly strong in appellate issues and Kristine Laudadio Devine is skilled in regulatory and compliance matters.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s team has ‘deep industry and government experience’ and ‘provides valuable insights and excellent judgment’.Michele Farquhar leads the practice and advises on domestic and international matters, with an emphasis on policy initiatives, spectrum auctions, licensing, compliance and obtaining FCC approvals for transactions. She recently worked with Vodafone on the expansion of Vodafone Americas both in the US and across Latin America, and assisted XO Communications with obtaining FCC approval for its $1bn sale to Verizon. She also advised Gogo on broadband spectrum and net neutrality regulations. Ari Fitzgerald is highly experienced in spectrum and communications policy issues, and advised the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers on its proposal to the FCC to allow certain systems that allow cars to communicate with one another and avoid collisions. Satellite and wireless expert Randy Segal is ‘efficient’, ‘responsive’ and ‘insightful’. Spectrum and technology policy specialist Trey Hanbury assisted T-Mobile with its spectrum auction opportunities. He also assisted HC2 on acquiring DTV America’s license portfolio, which consists of more than 450 broadcast authorizations. Mark Brennan is particularly strong on policy strategy and regulatory compliance issues. Alexander Maltas is highly experienced in cable, media and broadband regulations.

Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. specializes in complex trial and appellate litigation, and has represented telecoms heavyweights such as AT&T and Verizon. Managing partner Michael Kellogg focuses on appellate matters as well as regulatory and antitrust issues. Other individuals to note include Scott Angstreich, who has extensive expertise in dealing with regulatory and appellate issues; civil litigator Joshua Branson, who is often involved in telecoms-related disputes; Andrew Goldsmith, who has represented telecoms companies as plaintiffs and defendants before state and federal courts; and Evan Leo, who has experience representing wireline and wireless carriers before the FCC.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team handles high-profile regulatory and contentious work, and for some has ‘the best telecoms lawyers in the city’. Matthew Brill, James Barker and James Gorton lead the practice. Brill has extensive experience in telecoms and broadcasting disputes and regulations; Barker is particularly known for his work on spectrum auctions; and New York-based Gorton is highly skilled in transactional matters. John Janka is also a key figure and has strong expertise in spectrum controversies. Matthew Murchison was made partner and has a strong skill-set in regulatory issues and litigation. Recent highlights include advising the National Cable & Telecommunications Association on net neutrality proceedings as well as defending Charter Communications against allegations by the New York Attorney General that Time Warner Cable provided misleading broadband performance information to its customers. The firm worked with Comcast Corporation and NCTA together on the business data services ruling. The firm also defended Cox Communications against antitrust tying allegations, defended Ligado Networks in a spectrum dispute before the FCC, and advised ViaSat on obtaining spectrum rights. Litigator Gregory Garre represented Pandora and iHeartMedia in a complex copyright suit involving the streaming of music recorded prior to 1972.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP has a strong track record advising on FCC regulations and spectrum auctions, as well as ensuring regulatory compliance in relation to transactions. The group is led by managing partner Bryan Tramont, who assisted Comcast with regulatory issues pertaining to its wireless strategy. Adam Krinsky advised the CTIA on the Lifeline program and on opposing an FCC petition wishing to classify text messaging as a telecoms service. Jonathan Cohen is also a key figure and is experienced in FCC regulations and spectrum auctions. Other noteworthy names include Christine Crowe, who has particular expertise in tower siting work; David O’Connor, who advised T-Mobile on broadband privacy rules; Kelly Donohue, who previously worked at the FCC’s Audio Division and has notable expertise in licensing and compliance issues; Craig Gilmore, who is highly skilled in regulatory advocacy; Patrick Halley, who advises communications providers and trade associations on regulatory matters; Rachel Wolkowitz, who is experienced in policy, regulatory and compliance issues; as well as Patricia Chuh and Kenneth Satten, who both have extensive experience in broadcast regulations. Anne Swanson recently joined from Cooley LLP and has extensive experience in communications, particularly in relation to drones. Key work highlights from the firm included assisting Verizon obtain FCC approval for the $3.1bn acquisition of Straight Path Communications; advising T-Mobile on the proposed broadband privacy rules and net neutrality; and representing DISH Network in the AWS-3 spectrum auction. AT&T, Cisco Systems and Samsung are also key clients.

The ‘excellentWiley Rein LLP is ‘responsive’, ‘engaged’, and ‘well versed in the industry’. Ambassador David Gross co-heads the team and is ‘the "dean" of everything international’ from a telecoms perspective. Fellow practice head Kathleen Kirby possesses ‘a thorough knowledge of FCC matters’ and ‘is always very responsive to her clients’ needs. She advised the American Public Media Group on FCC regulatory compliance. Christopher Huther is ‘extremely well versed in the law as well as emerging trends in telecoms and third-party attachments’; he advised Verizon on its network deployment strategies. Thomas Navin is also a key name and represented Corning in FCC proceedings aimed at increasing fiber deployment. Jessica Rosenthal and Jerita Salley are ‘extremely good’, ‘detailed’, ‘fair’ and ‘practical lawyers’. John Burgett advised LG Electronics on the new next generation broadcast television transmission standard. Claire Evans assisted the US Telecom Association with supporting the FCC’s broadband deployment initiative. Huther and Evans’s ‘negotiating skills and knowledge of the subject matter are unmatched’ and they ‘always put their clients’ needs first and deliver on their commitments’. Former FCC chairman Richard Wiley is also a key figure. Bennett Ross has expertise in regulatory and contentious issues, particularly for telecoms carriers, broadband providers, equipment manufacturers and internet companies. Other key figures include spectrum policy specialist Scott Delacourt, spectrum licensing expert Anna Gomez and regulatory expert Shawn Chang. AT&T, CBS Radio and T-Mobile are also key clients.

Arnold & Porter regularly assists key client AT&T with transactional and FCC regulatory matters.Maureen Jeffreys heads the practice and has expertise in litigation and regulatory matters, particularly in relation to wireline and wireless issues as well as both traditional and new media. She recently assisted AT&T with the regulatory aspects of its $85.4bn merger with Time Warner. Peter Schildkraut is particularly active in spectrum use and open internet issues and advised AT&T on its initiative with Nokia to use spectrum to provide smart grid services. Scott Feira is notably strong in merger review and license transfer proceedings, and he assisted Corning Incorporated with its acquisition of SpiderCloud Wireless. William Cook is experienced in wireline, wireless cable television and internet issues. He advised a number of clients on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Stephanie Phillipps has expertise in regulatory, contentious and transactional matters.

Cooley LLP’s practice is headed by Michael Basile and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell. Basile has extensive experience in transactional, policy advocacy and regulatory compliance issues. McDowell assisted Iridium Communications with the regulatory aspects of its international spectrum allocations, and advised Mobile Future on FCC matters regarding internet network infringement, the deployment of wireless network infrastructure and mobile marketplace competition. Senior counsel John Feore typically advises on the regulatory aspects of large transactions; recently he has worked with CBS Affiliates Association and Fox Affiliates Group, respectively, in policy and regulatory issues. David Wittenstein is particularly strong on licensing agreements and copyright matters; he assisted Cox Communications with the regulatory aspects of its majority interest acquisition of Unite Private Networks. Anne Swanson joined Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.

Jenner & Block LLPknows the communications industry extremely well’ and ‘is very good at distilling difficult arguments and issues into strong policy and litigation positions’. The practice is led by Samuel Feder, who formerly served as the FCC’s general counsel, and John Flynn, who previously served as the FCC chairman’s senior counsel for transactions. Flynn assisted Ossia with obtaining FCC approval for the sale of wireless mobile phone technology and, alongside Feder, assisted Charter with the regulatory elements of its wireless strategy. Feder also advised the client on net neutrality proceedings. Luke Platzer advises on IP and regulatory issues in the telecoms, internet and entertainment arenas, and represented Charter Communications in its action against the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission regarding its order that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) constitutes a ‘telecommunications service’. Feder and Platzer are noted for being ‘very good at distilling difficult arguments and issues into strong policy and litigation positions’. Rebekah Goodheart also has expertise in regulatory matters, with significant experience in antitrust issues. She was engaged by a number of electrical companies to advocate for higher-speed one gigabit services being allowed to partake in the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Howard Symons and special counsels Johanna Thomas and Roger Sherman are new arrivals from the FCC.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP handles regulatory matters, transactions and litigation on behalf of clients such as Sprint, Vodafone Americas and Dish Network. John Heitmann heads the practice and has expertise in wireless and cable regulations, including in relation to cross-border matters. Joshua Guyan has extensive experience in wireless and spectrum issues, and he and Heitmann assisted Lifeline Connects with regulatory matters. Spectrum specialist Chip Yorkgitis advised Aviation Spectrum Resources in relation to aviation communications and satellite regulations. Henry Kelly is an expert in FCC proceedings and defended Peerless Network against MCI/Verizon and AT&T in two separate lawsuits involving the recovery of multi-jurisdictional unpaid charges for the exchange of telecoms calls. Steve Augustino focuses on contentious issues and is particularly known for his work on universal service contributor audits. He defended Total Call Mobile against the DOJ in New York regarding allegations of a third-party sales agent misconduct. Tom Cohen is an expert in Ethernet, broadband and cable-related matters. He advised The American Cable Association on the FCC’s move to deploy high-performance telecoms and broadband networks.

Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, LLC focuses on FCC proceedings surrounding the satellite, wireline and wireless spaces. Richard Metzger heads the practice and is highly skilled in telecoms regulatory and antitrust issues. Other key figures include Regina Keeney, who has extensive experience in regulatory and transactional work, and managing partner Gregory Lawler, who specializes in telecoms. . Notable work highlights include advising Comcast on FCC regulations pertaining to voice related communications, Sprint on the FCC’s regulations relating to business data services and Globalstar on getting the FCC to provide a low-power, terrestrial broadband service in its mobile satellite services spectrum. The firm also advised TerreStar on obtaining a temporary waiver of the construction requirements of its licensed spectrum from the FCC and represented XO Communications on its efforts to use its licensed spectrum for mobile services. Emily Daniels is an expert in rulemaking proceedings and licensing matters.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is known for its ‘great strength and expertise in spectrum and satellite issues’.Andrew Lipman is highly experienced in regulatory, legislative and transactional work in this space, with particular expertise in common carrier, wireless, satellite and broadcasting matters. He advised Securus Technology on challenging the FCC’s price cap rulings, and defended it in two civil actions in the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas alleging that its prices were unreasonable and unlawful. He also assisted Facebook with its global acquisitions of submarine cable networks and domestic fiber. Catherine Wang is highly skilled on regulatory work and possesses ‘an impeccable track record of achieving desired outcomes and maintaining constructive relationships with policymakers’. She advised Deer and Company on GPS, satellite and rural broadband regulations. Timothy Bransford is an expert in domestic and international regulations, and has ‘a high technical and legal competency’ and ‘provides extremely thorough analysis with respect to complex situations’. Ulises Pin is an expert in regulatory and transactional matters, and assisted Globalstar with obtaining mobile satellite services licenses in the 2.5 GHz band in a number of Asian and Latin American regions. Russell Blau and Tamar Finn advised a number of telecoms providers on the reform of business data services regulations. Ronald Del Sesto and William Wilhelm are also key figures.

Paul Hastings LLP’s practice is built around Sherrese Smith, who focuses on regulatory issues, and Eric Greenberg, who focuses on transactional matters. Smith advised the National Association of Broadcasters on the application of set-top boxes to television viewership and assisted Lebara with regulatory issues pertaining to the US launch of its VoIP service. Greenberg advised Entercom Communications on an antitrust investigation that arose out of the client’s merger with CBS Radio. Associate Andrew Erber is also experienced in the regulatory aspects of transactions. TEGNA, 21st Century Fox and Raycom Media are key clients.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is ‘excellent across the board’ and has ‘outstanding industry knowledge of telecoms and satellite matters’. Markham Erickson heads the practice and has extensive experience in advising internet companies on regulatory proceedings. He advised Netflix on the net neutrality repeal and British Telecom on the business data services regulation. He also represented The Word Network before the FCC in a dispute with Comcast surrounding its attempt to cease its carriage of the broadcasting network. Pantelis Michalopoulos advises telecoms, wireless and satellite companies on FCC regulations; he advised Dish Network on the recent net neutrality ruling and assisted M2M with the prosecution of FCC wireless licenses required for IoT services. Stephanie Roy regularly advises on aerospace and satellite matters and of counsel Christopher Bjornson is experienced in wireless-, satellite- and internet-related matters.

Boutique firm Telecommunications Law Professionalscontinues to grow in its team’s strength and ability to provide in-depth legal analysis without client assistance’. The firm is also noted for its ‘near-immediate response times and ability to draft work product under tight timelines’. Founding member Carl Northrop has ‘a wealth of knowledge in the telecoms area’ and ‘a keen understanding of the background and history of many of the regulatory initiatives of the FCC’. He worked with PRWireless on regulatory fees, roaming issues and spectrum transactions. Managing partner Michael Lazarus is ‘outstanding’ and has ‘extensive experience’ in regulatory matters. He was engaged by General Communication regarding its subsidiary The Alaska Wireless Network, assisting with spectrum acquisitions and auctions, infrastructure contracts and compliance with FCC rules. Dennis Corbett advised the American Tower Corporation on tower lighting, colocation and environmental regulations. Jessica DeSimone Gyllstrom has expertise in regulatory, compliance and transactional work and is ‘a consistent resource for researching telecoms and other legal issues’. Ash Johnston is also a key figure and has advised on net neutrality, spectrum policy and universal service matters.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP runs the gamut of regulatory issues in this space and ‘provides excellent service’, ‘understands the industry extremely well’ and ‘understands its clients’ needs’. Thomas Jones heads the practice and is an expert in common carrier regulations. He advised Level 3 on the FCC’s regulations concerning business data services and on obtaining regulatory approval for its acquisition by CenturyLink. Jonathan Friedman has experience working with cable operators, video programmers and equipment manufacturers. He advised ARRIS on energy conservation regulations involving cable set-top boxes and modems as well as consumer broadband equipment. Daniel Alvarez’s skill-set includes advising on broadband deployment, open internet, cybersecurity and privacy issues. He recently advised Comcast on broadband infrastructure deployment regulations. David Murray is an expert in dispute resolution and represented Comcast Corporation and NBCUniversal Media in arbitration proceedings imposed by the FCC and DOJ following its merger. Michael Hurwitz advised Comcast on regulations relating to net neutrality, the deployment of broadband infrastructure and its merger conditions with NBCUniversal. Hurwitz, Friedman and Murray are ‘very smart’, ‘excellent writers’ and ‘have great analytical minds’. Of counsel Renee Gregory joined the firm from the FCC and is an expert in wireless matters. Michael Jones is also experienced in regulatory issues and advised Comcast and NBCUniversal on the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has strong expertise in dispute resolution and regulatory matters facing wireline, wireless, cable, broadband, internet, broadcast and satellite companies. Chérie Kiser heads the practice and is skilled in corporate, regulatory and contentious issues; she advised Blackboard on FCC proceedings involving unwanted ‘robocalls’ received by its consumers, and defended Cable One in litigation against state departments in Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon as well as the FCC. She also advised Universal Service Administrative Company on regulatory issues relating to its $9bn universal service fund. Of counsel Angela Collins is also a key figure and has worked with VoIP, cable, wireless and information services providers.

Former engineer Todd Daubert heads the practice at Dentons and has strong expertise in regulatory, contentious and transactional matters. He assisted North American Portability Management with transitioning its services from Neustar to iconectiv. He also advised Nokia on 5G deployments and assisted Pure IP with its entry into the US market. T-Mobile US, Amazon and Under Armour are key clients.

Jones Day has strong capabilities in communications, with a particular emphasis on regulatory issues that impact wireline, network, spectrum and satellite services. Bruce Olcott is experienced in regulatory and transactional issues, with strong expertise in both wireline and wireless technology. He worked with 1-800 Contacts in rulemaking proceedings before the FCC involving its ability to control any telephone numbers that spell the word ‘contacts’ and assisted Boeing with rulemaking proceedings regarding the allocation of radio spectrum rights between terrestrial and satellite services in millimeter wave frequency bands. He also advised Eutelsat SA on FCC proceedings and negotiations with fellow satellite operators on maintaining its C-band for satellite communications services in the US, and advised Teledyne Technologies on an Earth-sensing platform that has now been installed on the International Space Station. Michael Hazzard is also an expert in regulatory issues, particularly regarding data use in technology products. Recent recruit Samir Jain previously held the position of senior director for cybersecurity policy within the National Security Council at The White House.

Mayer Brown handles regulatory and legislative matters for both telecoms and broadcasting clients, who say that the firm’s ‘depth brings appropriate expertise to bear on all issues intersecting with telecoms practice and policy’. Angela Giancarlo jointly heads the practice and is highly experienced in satellite-, broadband- and digital-related proceedings. She worked with Wells Fargo Securities on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the wireless, satellite and cable sectors. Fellow head Howard Waltzman is commended for his ‘depth of knowledge’, ‘analytical skills’ and ‘service quality’. He recently advised the CTIA on regulatory issues. Other key figures include the Chicago-based litigators Tyson Covey and Hans Germann as well as appellate specialist Donald Falk, who is based in Palo Alto.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. advises on regulatory matters and has a strong emphasis on the cable and wireless areas. Tara Corvo heads the practice and has represented cable, broadband and content providers on regulatory and legislative issues. She assisted the NCTA with securing legislative and regulatory changes towards improving cable and wireless operators’ capacity to deploy broadband services in a faster and more widespread manner. Copyright and communications specialist Seth Davidson worked with the same client before the Copyright Royalty Judges involving several copyright owners requesting an ‘inflation adjustment’ to royalty rates payable by cable operators for the carriage of broadcast television signals pursuant to the Copyright Act’s ‘compulsory license’ provisions. He also advised Mediacom Communications Corporation, Cablevision Systems Corporation and Bright House Networks on the audit of cable compulsory copyright licenses. Christopher Harvie focuses on policy and legislative matters associated with cable and telecoms companies. He assisted Cox Communications with franchising parity issues. Wireless communications expert Russell Fox advised Wi-Fi Alliance on regulatory issues and Craig Gilley advises cable operators and broadband providers on regulatory issues. Gilley assisted the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with ensuring that its investments adhere to communications regulations. Sallye Clark is an expert in governmental matters and recently advised DRS Technologies and SES Government Solutions on behalf of the US Air Force’s use of drones in foreign jurisdictions. Associate Ari Moskowitz is experienced in cable, privacy and data security issues.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP primarily advises on regulations pertaining to broadcasting, satellite, cable and broadband. The team is led by Glenn Richards, who is highly skilled in cloud, VoIP, satellite and wireless matters. Scott Flick has ‘a deep knowledge of communication law and regulation’, ‘is very accessible’ and ‘always provides good counsel’. He worked with Media General on the regulatory and antitrust issues surrounding its $4.6m acquisition of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, and advised GrupoTelevisa on a petition for declaratory ruling in its 49% interest acquisition in fellow Spanish language network Univision Communications. Broadcasting specialist David Burns advised Entercom Communications on obtaining FCC approval for its $2.8bn merger with CBS Radio.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is experienced in regulatory, contentious and transactional issues, working with cable, broadband, satellite and fiber optic service providers. Brian Weimer leads the group and, alongside Paul Weimer, represented KTSAT in an international arbitration involving the ownership of an orbiting satellite; the duo also worked with Rite Aid and CVS together on regulatory issues surrounding the TCPA. Werner represented Zayo Group in litigation against the City of Baltimore regarding charges to access the city’s underground conduit and advised Snap on net neutrality. Weimer also assisted VIZIO with ensuring that its new televisions adhered to accessibility regulations, and advised OneWeb on FCC and international regulatory matters. The firm advised Charter on compliance requirements pertaining to its merger with Time Warner. Other key figures include of counsel Gardner Gillespie, who specializes in cable and telecoms litigation, Dave Thomas, who has experience advising telecoms and broadband companies, and commercial agreements specialist Ray Rutngamlug.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s repertoire in this space includes regulatory, contentious and transactional work. Cliff Sloan heads the practice and is an expert in dispute resolution and regulatory matters. He worked with MMTC on its request for the FCC to amend its emergency alert services regulations to provide multilingual alerts in emergency situations. He also advised Rogers Communications on requesting a legal ban on the import and distribution of infringing set-top boxes, and assisted Empire State Development Corporation with its request for financing of deployment of broadband in the state’s rural areas. John Beahn has moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

Squire Patton Boggs grew its practice through the additions of Mark Dever and Eduardo Guzmán from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Dever advised Northstar Wireless on the FCC’s auction of AWS-3 spectrum rights, and Gusman has been heavily involved in Latin American regulatory matters. Practice head Robert Kelly assisted 800 MHz Transition Administrator with its $4bn spectrum reconfiguration and represented the Intelligent Transportation Society of America before the FCC regarding regulations on autonomous vehicles. Paul Besozzi and Peter Bean advised Securus Technologies on seeking regulatory approval for its takeover by a private equity firm. Robert Stup, worked with American Europe Connect on winning an FCC cable landing license to construct an undersea cable between New York and Ireland.


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    • Ivan Schlager - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
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Latham & Watkins LLP excels in telecoms, broadcast and satellite transactions, and is ‘highly knowledgeable’, ‘good at giving practical business advice’, and ‘knows how the FCC thinks’. The team is led by spectrum auctions specialist James Barker, telecoms transaction expert James Gorton and Matthew Brill, who represents satellite, telecoms and broadcasting companies in transactions. Barker recently advised Charter Communications on the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction and assisted Verizon with its 24.5% equity purchase of Dreamwork’s Awesomeness TV. Brill advised LogMeIn on its $1.8bn merger with Citrix’s GoTo business. John Janka is also a key figure, with notable expertise in transactional matters on behalf of broadband providers, satellite operators, media companies and broadcasters. He assisted Entercom with its tax-free merger with CBS Radio, advised Beasley Broadcast Group on its acquisition of Greater Media, and assisted ViaSat with its public offering of $6.5m-worth of shares of common stock as well as with the closing of a joint venture with Eutelsat involving satellite-based broadband services. Matthew Murchison, who was made partner in 2017, is also highly experienced transactions in this space. Netflix and MGM are also key clients. The team is based in Washington DC.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s ‘excellent’ New York-based transactions team focuses on telecoms-related M&A and capital markets deals, and is highlighted for its ‘business acumen’, ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘strength of team’. M&A specialist Robert Townsend leads the practice and assisted Cincinnati Bell with its $650m merger with Hawaiian Telcom. George Schoen is ‘the complete lawyer for M&A’ and is highly experienced in technology transactions. Capital markets transactions are typically handled by William Fogg, Scott Bennett and Johnny Skumpija. Notable work highlights included Fogg advising CyrusOne on two notes offerings which together amounted to $1.2bn, Bennett assisting Qualcomm with its $11bn debt offering, Skumpija working with Cox Communications on a $2.6bn notes offering, and Cooper advising Level 3 Communications on $4.6bn-worth of loans from Merrill Lynch and Bank of America to finance its existing indebtedness. The team also assisted Crown Castle International with its $7.1bn purchase of LTS Group Holdings from a number of investors, advised Time Warner on its proposed $108.7bn merger with AT&T, advised Cable ONE on its $735m acquisition of NewWave Communications from GTCR, and assisted the Strategic Review Committee of the Board of Directors of Yahoo! with the $4.48bn sale of its operating business to Verizon.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s New York-based technology, media and telecoms group works on big-ticket transactions in this space. Jonathan Levitsky advised Discovery on its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive and assisted Tribune Media with its $6.6bn sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group. M&A partners Michael Diz and Jeffrey Rosen advised Verizon on its $3.1bn acquisition of Straight Path Communications and separate $1.8bn acquisition of XO Communications. Alongside William Regner, Rosen also advised the special committee of the board of directors of Viacom on a proposed merger with CBS. Diz also advised Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to Consolidated Communications Holdings regarding the latter’s $1.5bn acquisition of FairPoint Communications. Fellow M&A expert Michael Gillespie is also a key figure. Of counsel Richard Bohm advised Greater Media on its acquisition of outstanding stock from Beasley Broadcast Group. Globo, Time and The Dolan Family are also key clients.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s team is spread across a number of its US offices. In Northern Virginia, Steven Kaufman jointly heads the space and satellite practice, and has notable expertise in M&A, contracts and financings. Co-head Randy Segal has extensive experience in satellite, drone and wireless transactions. Of counsel Jeffrey Epstein joined this team in 2017, having previously worked as general counsel for TerreStar Networks. In Washington DC, Michele Farquhar is head of communications and is experienced in obtaining regulatory approvals for transactions, as well as spectrum auctions and licensing matters. Other key team members include Trey Hanbury, a regulatory specialists with particular strengths in spectrum, satellite and wireless issues; Alexander Maltas, who is known for regulatory issues and licensing agreements; spectrum policy specialist Ari Fitzgerald; and privacy expert Mark Brennan. Hanbury recently conducted due diligence for HC2 on its portfolio of broadcast television licenses. In Denver, broadcast specialist Niki Tuttle recently advised CBS on its agreements with Hulu surrounding its new live television streaming services. Transactions specialists Mark Kurtenbach and David Toy are also key names from the Denver office; Kurtenbach recently assisted The Anschutz Corporation, the majority shareholder in Regal Entertainment Group, with Cineworld’s $3.6bn purchase of Regal, while Toy advised the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition on its satellite distribution of feature film content directly from studios to theatres. The firm recently bolstered its Silicon Valley office with numerous additions to its M&A team, including Richard Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross, John Brockland and Christopher Moore, who all joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Mike Frank from Sidley Austin LLP is also a new arrival.

Jenner & Block LLP’s Washington DC-based practice is a popular choice for clients seeking regulatory approvals on transactions. The team is led by Samuel Feder, who previously served as the FCC’s general counsel for transactions, and former senior counsel to the FCC Chairman John Flynn; it typically works on high-profile transactions in the telecoms, media and technology sphere, and its clients include the likes of Charter Communications, Altice and Comcast. Feder recently assisted Francisco Partners with its acquisition of a 16.7% stake in Ericsson’s subsidiary iconectiv, and both he and Flynn advised SoftBank on its investment in OneWeb, which involved obtaining regulatory rights across multiple international jurisdictions.

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Paul Hastings LLP provides ‘thoughtful, comprehensive and excellent client service’ to a client roster that includes the likes of 21st Century Fox, Cox Media and the National Association of Broadcasters. Eric Greenberg leads the team and is known for his work in broadcast media M&A transactions. He recently assisted Raycom Media on its sale of broadcast spectrum and its acquisition of a television station, and advised ION Media on the acquisition of television licenses that were due to expire as part of the FCC’s spectrum auction. He also assisted Univision Communications with its equity investment in Justice Network and advised Bank of America on its $3bn lending facility to Nexstar. Regulatory expert Sherrese Smith is singled out for her ‘thorough knowledge of the legal landscape’, ‘practical approach’ and ‘flexibility in accommodating business needs’. She recently advised TEGNA on future acquisition strategies. Associate Andrew Erber is experienced in media and telecoms transactions. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s New York-based practice handles transactions in the broadcast, satellite and telecoms sectors, with expertise in both M&A and private equity transactions. Team co-head Bruce Gutenplan is noted for his work on tower transactions and is ‘level headed’, ‘reasonable’ and ‘gets transactions done’. He recently advised American Tower Company on its €607m acquisition of FPS Towers from Antin Infrastructure Partners in France. Co-head Patrick Campbell has extensive experience in satellite matters. Campbell advised Wave Broadband on its $2.36bn sale to RCN Telecom Services and assisted Mitel Networks with its $530m purchase of ShoreTel. He also advised Oak Hill Capital Partners on the separate acquisitions of fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services providers Sovernet Communications and Oxford Networks, and assisted the client’s portfolio company, FirstLight Fiber, with its purchases of Finger Lakes Technologies and 186 Communications.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’ New York-based M&A team is ‘knowledgeable about both public company deals and the industry’. Howard Chatzinoff jointly heads the practice and has worked on transactions on behalf of broadcasting, cable, programming, and telecoms companies. Fellow practice head Michael Lubowitz is experienced in M&A and private equity transactions in this space, and recently advised Starz on its $4.4bn sale to Lions Gate Entertainment. M&A partner Frederick Green is co-chair of the transactions practice and worked with Straight Path Communications on its proposed $3.1bn sale to Verizon. Private equity specialist Harvey Eisenberg assisted SoftBank with its $3.3bn acquisition of Fortress Investment Group. Michael Aiello is also a key figure, with a strong skill-set in M&A and divestitures; notable work highlights of his included advising JP Morgan Securities and Perella Weinberg Partners as financial advisers to AT&T in relation to AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, assisting Scripps Networks with its $14.6bn merger with Discovery, and advising Media General on its $4.6bn sale to Nexstar Broadcasting.

Based in Washington DC, the team at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is highly active in communications deals and has a particular emphasis on advising financial institutions as underwriters and arrangers for transactions in this space. Managing partner Chérie Kiser heads the team and is particularly active in the fields of voice, video, internet and data communications. She recently advised Birch Communications on regulatory issues pertaining to its merger with Fusion Telecommunications International, and assisted Cable One with its $735m acquisition of NewWave Communications. She also worked with Polycom on its $2bn sale to Siris Capital Group and advised Deutsche Bank on its offering of $3bn-worth of notes to Dish Network. Angela Collins is also a key figure and has a particular strength in interconnection agreements for wireless, cable and VoIP clients.

Cooley LLP’s Washington DC-based practice is led by transactions specialist Michael Basile and former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell and is a popular choice for transactions that require FCC approval. Kevin Mills is experienced handling M&A deals and buyouts in the media and communications space and, alongside Basile, advised Meredith on a proposed $2.4bn merger with Media General. Copyright and licensing expert David Wittenstein assisted Cox Communications with its acquisition of a majority interest in Unite Private Networks. Transactions specialist John Feore is also a key individual and recently advised Gray Television on in its acquisition of regional television stations.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s practice has a strong focus on cross-border transactions and its clients include the likes of T-Mobile and AT&T. Michael Senkowski jointly heads the practice and is an expert in telecoms mergers as well as regulatory counseling, spectrum allocation and wireless policy issues. He recently worked with OneWeb on its deployment of low orbit satellites across the globe. Nancy Victory also leads the practice and is highly skilled in transactional matters, especially involving telephony and wireless providers, satellite operators and submarine cable operators. She recently assisted Globecomm Systems with its sale to an investor group led by HPS Investment Partners and Tennenbaum Capital Partners, and she advised Verizon on its multi-step reorganization. Eric DeSilva is also a key figure, with a strong skill-set in wireless policy issues and spectrum auctions. John Beahn, who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has extensive experience working with media companies and wireline and wireless service providers. Other additions included wireless and satellite specialist Edward Smith, principal Ira Keltz and associates Sean Robinson, Dana Zelman and Ian Forbes, all of whom joined from the FCC. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s team’s work is primarily composed of telecoms, satellite and space financings and transactions. Dara Panahy heads the DC practice and is an expert in satellite-related financing, M&A and restructuring. He recently advised OneWeb on its $1.2bn Series B equity financing and Space Norway on the development of its Arctic satellite system. He also assisted NetLink NBN Trust with its IPO on the Singapore Stock Exchange and advised a consortium of banks as lead arrangers on the $3.5bn issuance of notes by Sprint which are backed by spectrum licenses. Another key highlight was assisting Asia Broadcast Satellite alongside its majority private equity shareholder, Permira, with the restructuring of its $471m debt facility to Export-Import Bank of the United States. Fellow satellite finance specialist Peter Nesgos is also a key figure, as is of counsel Philip Spector, who is also experienced in satellite- and communications-related matters.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides a ‘very high-quality service’ and the team is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘very well informed about industry players and trends’. The practice is based in Washington DC, where practice head Andrew Lipman is known for his ‘business acumen’; he assisted Securus Technologies with its $1.7bn acquisition by Platinum Equity, and advised Cincinnati Bell on its $650m acquisition of Hawaiian Telcom. Russell Blau has strong transactional expertise, with a client roster that includes telecoms carriers, ISPs, equipment vendors and media companies. He recently advised Consolidated Communications on the regulatory aspects of the client’s $1.3 billion all-stock acquisition of FairPoint Communications, and assisted EQT AB with its acquisitions of fiber telecoms network operators Lumos and Spirit Communications. Catherine Wang has expertise in complex transactional regulatory matters, as well as wireless and spectrum issues. She recently assisted Zayo Group with its acquisitions of Electric Lightwave, AboveNet and 360 Networks. Other key figures include satellite specialist Timothy Bransford, William Wilhelm, who typically advises on online media and VoIP issues, and cross-border regulatory specialist Ulises Pin. Wang and Pin are ‘excellent’ and ‘work seamlessly together as a team and with their other colleagues’.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP handles transactions and financings in this space, with work flowing from both the firm’s communications team and its corporate practice. Ivan Schlager leads the Washington DC team and recently assisted a major content company with its potential acquisition of a major television broadcast and content provider. Boston-based M&A partner Laura Knoll worked on the proposed purchase of Straight Path Communications. John Beahn joined DLA Piper LLP (US).

Washington DC-based Wiley Rein LLP is known for its ‘in-depth knowledge of communications issues’ and ‘accuracy and expediency in the filing of documents’. Kathleen Kirby jointly heads the practice and is a popular choice for complex telecoms and media transactions. Kirby advised Alpha Media on its $264m acquisition of 116 radio stations from Digity Broadcasting, and assisted Emmis Communications with the $82.5m sale of its Los Angeles radio station and several Indiana-based stations for $5.2m. Ambassador David Gross also leads the practice and is an expert in international and domestic regulations. Jennifer Hindin is chair of the firm’s space and satellite group and is highly active in transactional matters. She assisted SoftBank with its acquisition of OneWeb/WorldVu satellites. Thomas Navin formerly worked as chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and is particularly strong as FCC counsel on transactions. He recently worked with Neustar on its acquisition by Golden Gate Capital and GIC Private. John Burgett has a strong focus on regulatory issues surrounding investments and financings in this sector. Eve Reed is experienced in transactional and regulatory matters, and advised Nexstar Broadcasting Group on its merger with Media General. Richard Bodorff is also a key figure and is highly knowledgeable of the FCC regulations facing broadcasting companies. Senior counsel David Hilliard regularly advises on spectrum allocation issues and FCC enforcement issues. Transactional attorney Jerita Salley has strong expertise in broadcasting and telecoms matters. All attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Arent Fox LLP’s Washington DC-based practice is experienced in transactional agreements involving telecoms carriers, wireless service providers, cable companies and mobile content providers. Alan Fishel heads the communications, technology and mobile practice and is a transactional specialist. Stephanie Joyce acted as transactional counsel to DecisionQ, advising on a number of transactions and licensing agreements. Regulatory expert Jeffrey Rummel is also a key figure.

Dentons has expertise in transactions relating to telecoms, ISPs, software and application developers and broadcasters. The bulk of the team is based in its Washington DC office, although additional support comes from New Jersey and Atlanta. Former engineer Todd Daubert leads the communications and technology practice. He recently advised XO Communications on its asset purchase agreement with Verizon, as well as its spectrum lease agreement with NextLink Wireless. New Jersey-based Victor Boyajian and Ilan Katz, who both specialize in venture technology, assisted Operative Media with its $200m sale to SintecMedia. John Cleary, who is also based in New Jersey, advised Zype on its financing from Runa Capital.

Proskauer Rose LLP works on transactions involving traditional and digital broadcasting platforms, and its clients include broadcasting companies, private equity houses and sports associations. Practice co-head Robert Freeman has extensive experience in media and entertainment-related transactions, and recently assisted Hulu with the launch of its live television service as well as assisted Discovery Communications with its $100m minority investment in Group Nine Media. He also handled fuboTV’s contentment distribution agreement with the New England Sports Network. Fellow practice head Jeffrey Neuberger focuses on transactions in the technology, media and advertising sectors. Corporate partner Gary Creem advised Bain Capital Credit on its portfolio company Bayou City Broadcasting Lafayette’s acquisition of the stations KADN-TV and KLAF-LD from Nexstar Broadcasting. Fellow corporate partner Ori Solomon assisted Adams Street Partners with its co-investment in DB US Data Center Holdings. Senior counsel Paresh Trivedi is also a key figure and has notable expertise in broadcasting and communications transactions.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s practice is based in Washington DC and has worked on transactions in the fields of cable, fiber optic infrastructure, satellite, technology and social media. Practice head Brian Weimer is an expert in satellite matters; he recently advised OneWeb on commercial and launch agreements, assisted Global Eagle Entertainment with acquiring an inclined-orbit satellite from a satellite operator, and advised Astra Capital Management on its purchase Alpheus Communications. The firm advised Charter Communications on the compliance aspects of its merger with Time Warner and on the purchase of cable systems from Bright House Networks.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is ‘excellent across the board’ with ‘deep expertise’ in M&A and possesses ‘outstanding industry knowledge of telecoms and satellite’. Practice head Markham Erickson is noted for advising market participants on the implications of proposed mergers within the industry; he has recently advised Netflix on the proposed mergers of AT&T and DirecTV as well as AT&T and Time Warner, and advised INCOMPAS on the proposed merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Pantelis Michalopoulos is experienced in both wireless and satellite matters, and recently advised Dish Network on opposing the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger.

Washington DC-based Telecommunications Law Professionals has expertise in M&A, contracts and financings and a client roster that includes General Communications and the American Tower Corporation. Carl Northrop heads the practice and is skilled in M&A, equipment contracts as well as debt and equity placements. He recently advised PRWireless on a joint venture arrangement with Sprint. Other key figures include Michael Lazarus, who has expertise in the regulatory and antitrust aspects of transactions, spectrum auctions specialist Ash Johnston, and broadcasting specialist Dennis Corbett.


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