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Hogan Lovells US LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Fielding a team of 35 attorneys across its Washington DC, New York and San Francisco offices, Hogan Lovells US LLP continues to be involved in many multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations. Recently the firm has been kept busy with matters related to autoparts, car shipping, pharmaceuticals, and LIBOR. The firm counts Air Canada and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries among its active key clients. Antitrust practice head Janet McDavid, former assistant chief of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division Kathryn Hellings, and San Francisco-based Megan Dixon are the key partners. Rachel Brandenburger works as a senior adviser in New York. The practice recently lost two partners: Corey Roush moved to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, while litigator Steven Edwards joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. All attorneys are based in Washington DC except where stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Kathryn Hellings - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is active across all areas of antitrust law and leverages its global network in handling high-profile cross-jurisdictional disputes. The team includes San Francisco-based Megan Dixon, a former prosecutor in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, whose sector expertise spans healthcare and hi-tech among others; former DOJ assistant attorney general for antitrust Sanford Litvack, who is based in New York; and Benjamin Holt, in Washington DC, who is regularly retained in complex class action matters. Recent highlights include representing Daimler Trucks North America in two putative class actions alleging a conspiracy between all the major manufacturers of heavy duty trucks, and acting for Credit Suisse in an MDL relating to allegations of collusion in the CDS exchange markets. Robert Robertson played a key role in both of those matters and comes highly recommended.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s team has ‘deep experience in navigating the regulatory environment’. Practice head Janet McDavid and Logan Breed represented SABMiller in its agreed $120bn takeover by AB InBev, which, if successful, will be the fourth-largest M&A transaction in corporate history. In another highlight, McDavid, Joseph Krauss and New York-based senior adviser Rachel Brandenburger assisted rail transport company Alstom with US, EU and global antitrust issues related to the sale of its power businesses to General Electric. Its clients also include IBM and British American Tobacco. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Janet McDavid - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s appellate practice has an ‘excellent knowledge of the Supreme Court and its procedures’. Neal Katyal, former acting Solicitor General, is a superb Supreme Court practitioner, and has secured a string of successes, including a unanimous victory for Highmark in the closely watched patent appeal of 2014, Highmark v Allcare Health Management Systems. In the federal courts of appeals, ‘highly recommended’ co-head Cate Stetson successfully argued before the DC Circuit on behalf of an employee plaintiff in a high-profile discrimination case relating to secret service promotions; the case is progressing as a class action and the firm is representing African-American Secret Service agents. Desmond Hogan successfully defended the Ford Motor Company in a class action suit for breach of contract by heavy truck dealers. Other clients include energy provider Dominion Transmission, for which the team is handling a regulatory appeal, and Google and YouTube, for which the team secured an en banc Ninth Circuit win in a copyright and freedom of speech case.

Leading lawyers

Neal Katyal - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Based out of Washington DC and aided by a vast international network, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘business savvy’ and ‘highly professional’ 14-partner international trade team has the strength in depth and critical mass to handle the gamut of trade issues relating to the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Practice co-head Deen Kaplan is currently representing Emirates Airline Group in a high-profile trade subsidy dispute with a coalition of US airline groups led by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. The firm has also had a longstanding involvement with the government of Ontario, assisting with a range of major trade matters with the US; alongside Mark McConnell, Kaplan is advising it on policy and strategic issues following the recent expiration of the US-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement, and also defending it in the supercalendered paper countervailing duty case. Anthony Capobianco recently helped secure CFIUS clearance for ALSTOM on the $17bn sale of its thermal power and renewable power and grid business to General Electric, and on the $800m acquisition of the rail signalling business of General Electric. The firm is also at the vanguard of the developing policies relating to export controls and economic sanctions and represents major corporates including Carnival Cruise Lines, IBM and Airbus in ensuring compliance with these multilateral policies. ‘Hugely knowledgeable’ practice co-head Beth Peters has been central to many of these sanctions matters and is a key member of the team that also includes recommended practitioners Ajay Kuntamukkala, Craig Lewis, Jonathan Stoel, Jeanne Archibald, Stephen Propst and T Clark Weymouth.

Leading lawyers

Beth Peters - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jeanne Archibald - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Mark McConnell - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Washington DC-based team is experienced in representing clients in class actions and high-stakes litigation, such as federal MDL. Practice head Michael Kidney is defending Jaguar in a class action alleging defects in the electronic air suspension system in the 2003 through 2006 Range Rover sports utility vehicles. Jessica Ellsworth, who primarily handles Supreme Court and appellate briefs, successfully defended Ford in a number of product liability cases, including a defective airbag claim. Marty Steinberg joined the firm’s Miami office from Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice is led by Washington DC-based Craig Hoover, whose expertise includes serving as lead counsel to major clients in the food and beverages industry - among others - in MDL proceedings and product liability litigation before federal and state courts. Trial veteran Phoebe Wilkinson in New York and Robert Hawk in Silicon Valley are also recommended.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The product liability practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP regularly defends major manufacturers in high-stakes litigation. The team includes Baltimore-based Lauren Colton, who is experienced in serving as national and regional counsel for biotechnology and medical devices manufacturers. Colton has been leading the defense of The Johns Hopkins University against nearly 800 claims alleging non-consensual medical research conducted by the US and Guatemalan governments in the 1940s. Michael Kidney in Washington DC has been leading the team in its role as national counsel to the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), the largest provider of allografts in the US, in litigation alleging personal injuries caused by the allografts. Los Angeles-based Barry Thompson is also recommended.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Lawyers at Hogan Lovells US LLP display ‘teamwork and responsiveness in all matters and at all times’. The Washington DC-based practice has a particularly strong reputation for handling investigations that are centered overseas on behalf of both US and foreign clients. Carl Rauh was part of the team that represented the former chairman and CEO of Magyar Telekom in civil litigation and an SEC/DOJ investigation regarding alleged FCPA violations. Highlights for Peter Spivack included representing construction company MasTec in an SEC investigation and related lawsuits concerning financial reporting. Key members of the team include Ty Cobb, Jonathan Diesenhaus and Robert Bennett, who is a highly regarded trial lawyer who divides his time between New York and Washington DC.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a largely issuer-side practice, with its excellent regulatory credentials proving an attractive option for issuers within heavily regulated industries such as life sciences and healthcare. A recent example was assisting UnitedHealth with its $10.5bn notes offering; Washington DC-based Richard Parrino led on that. Parrino also led advice to newly acquired client CBS in a series of offerings totaling $3.5bn. Other key names include practice head David Bonser, Eve Howard and Stuart Stein, all of whom are based in Washington DC. Howard handled matters for Anthem and Extended Stay America and Stein continued the firm’s work with Apple Inc, acting on an $8bn notes issuance under a shelf registration.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP stands out for its regulatory expertise, having developed a strong client base within heavily regulated fields such as the pharmaceuticals, aerospace, energy and medical devices. The group acts primarily for issuers, but has also attracted strong underwriter-side work over 2015; key partner Stuart Barr acted for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley on the $2.6bn IPO of Paramount Group, and also advised Wells Fargo Securities and Citigroup on Extra Space Storage’s $416m offering of common stock. Other key highlights included assisting The Advisory Board Company with a $232m shelf takedown of common stock, advising TESARO on a $180m public share offering, and acting for Anthem on a $1.3bn transaction consisting of notes and equity forward contracts. Other leading figures in the group, which is headed by David Bonser in Washington DC, include Michael Silver and Amy Bowerman Freed in New York and Laura Berezin in Silicon Valley.

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Financial services: regulatory
Financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

A mainstay of the Washington DC market, Hogan Lovells US LLP provides ‘top industry knowledge’, ‘business-oriented advice’ and a number of lawyers who are former high-ranking regulators. Although it lacks presence in many of the largest bank regulatory matters, it does handle a significant amount of work for regional and community level banks on standalone regulatory issues as well as regulatory-driven transactional work. The firm has been fairly active on the M&A side as many of these smaller institutions seek to attain economies of scale to better deal with the heightened regulatory hurdles placed before them. Richard Schaberg advised First Mutual Bancorp on its acquisition of Belpre Savings Bank, and assisted Radius Bancorp with its $65m sale to a consortium of private equity sponsors. The firm is also developing a significant reputation for handling fin-tech work, which regularly brings up complex regulatory issues. For example, Schaberg and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Greg Parisi advised Regions Financial and Regions Bank on its partnership with Fundation Group, a fintech, online small business lender. ‘Excellent all-rounderStuart Stein is a key member of the team and is advising Webster Financial Corporation on various Bank Holding Company Act and National Bank Act compliance issues, including compliance with the Volcker rule.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s sector-focused approach helps it deliver ‘highly specialized’ advice. The co-head of the education industry group, Michael Vernick, for example, advises numerous leading universities on federal research matters, and has recently represented some of these clients regarding allegations of the misuse of federal funds. Michael Mason, who heads the aerospace and defense group, was lead partner in defending United Launch Services in a bid protest filed by SpaceX concerning the award of a government space launch contract, with a settlement reached in January 2015. Lisa Ellman, who came from McKenna Long & Aldridge (now Dentons) in June 2015, is shaping the firm’s reputation in unmanned aircraft systems policy advice. Another name to note is Michael McGill, who was lead partner in protesting a $5bn strategic sourcing program that was limited to Microsoft branded products and services, resulting in the cancellation of the procurement. The healthcare sector is another sweet spot, with Joy Sturm leading the way. Practice heads are Thomas McGovern and Agnes Dover.

Leading lawyers

Thomas McGovern - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Clients value Hogan Lovells US LLP’s global reach as well as its specialist energy and pharmaceutical sector knowledge. Another area of expertise is tax legislative and regulatory work, showcased by recent advocacy of policy positions before Congress, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS, and advice to multiple clients, including 21st Century Fox, the American Gaming Association and Nissan, on the impact of various tax reform proposals. Working with partners from international trade, aviation and litigation teams, the team is defending the Emirates Group against a coalition of US airlines that are seeking to jettison the Open Skies Agreement due to the alleged receipt of $45bn in unlawful trade subsidies by the firm’s client and others. Prominent new client gains include Airbus DS Communications, Cherokee Nation Healthcare Services, Entergy Nuclear and Facebook. Michael House leads the Washington DC-based team, which also houses the recommended Norm Coleman (of counsel) and Aaron Cutler. Lisa Ellman is credited with widening the scope of the practice since her arrival from McKenna Long & Aldridge in June 2015, having helped establish an unmanned aircraft systems group.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice is headed by Brian Chappell in Baltimore and includes Mark Mazo and Carine Stoick, who assisted Alstom on the sale of its $13.2bn energy business to General Electric. Chappell and Evan Koster acted for Exelon Corporation on its purchase from Barclays of an electricity and gas trading book. Contour Global, SunEdison and NRG Energy are also clients.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s oil and gas practice is particularly noted for its project counsel advice to developers; highlights included advising Delfin LNG on the first deepwater port LNG and the first floating liquefaction project in the US. Other clients include Dominion Resources, Petróleos de Venezuela and Noble Energy. Scot Anderson heads the practice from the firm’s Denver office.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

With clients across the entire energy sector, Hogan Lovells US LLP stands out in particular for its ‘excellent service’ and expertise in NRC licensing and regulatory work. LNG, natural gas pipeline and electric matters constitute other key elements of the ‘very prompt’ practice. Daniel Stenger led advice to Constellation Energy Nuclear Group on NRC regulatory matters, including licensing relating to its five nuclear power units, decommissioning funding issues, foreign ownership, and nuclear export and fuel. The team assisted Dominion Resources with the Dominion Cove Point LNG liquefaction project, handling all regulatory, contentious and customer contracting issues. On the electric side, Mary Anne Sullivan assisted Eversource Energy with obtaining a presidential permit for cross-border electric transmission facilities. Stefan Krantz heads the team, which includes new partner Amy Roma. Andrew Spielman went to WilmerHale. Since publication, Washington DC-based Patrick Nevins has moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is strong in corporate and finance matters and receives a steady flow of mandates from major energy companies and financial institutions. Washington DC’s Mark Mazo and Virginia-based Carine Stoick led advice to Alstom on the disposal of its $13.2bn energy business to General Electric. Brian Chappell’s team includes global infrastructure industry co-head Jorge Diaz-Silveira, based in Miami, who assisted NextEra Energy Resources with the acquisition, development, construction and financing of a 250MW utility-scale photovoltaic solar facility in California.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is above average’. It is frequently involved in high-profile civil judicial enforcement actions, natural resource damage claims, challenges to regulations, permit litigation, administrative proceedings, internal investigations, and citizen suits in the environmental arena. In 2015, the team defended Frontier Airline against an attempt by a citizens group to shut down its service at an East Coast airport for alleged environmental violations; and filed a crude-by-rail lawsuit on behalf of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers against BNSF Railway in the Southern District of Texas. Washington DC-based James Banks is considered a ‘true expert in environmental litigation’, and Denver-based Daniel Dunn is also noted. Counsel Christie Iannetta joined the Washington DC office and Andrew Spielman is now at WilmerHale.

Leading lawyers

James Banks - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Adam Kushner in Washington DC and Scott Reisch in Denver are the two main contacts for environmental matters at Hogan Lovells US LLP. The team is noted for its work related to the CAA, the CWA, land use, NEPA, solid and hazardous waste, and ESA. Recent mandates include assisting Delfin LNG with its efforts to obtain all necessary federal and state approvals for the first floating liquefied natural gas deepwater port. In other matters, Kushner and Kenneth Kastner, also in the Washington DC office, are advising 3M on issues regarding hazardous waste, hazardous materials transportation, and CAA regulations.

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a leading reputation for litigation and is noted for its strength in antitrust and cyber security cases, positioning it well regarding continued industry consolidation and growing concerns over recent cyber breaches in the sector. It has a deep bench of healthcare regulatory lawyers and a corporate practice that is frequently engaged in major transactions within this space. Over the years, the firm has represented some of the biggest health plans, and the recent hire of Ken Choe, the former deputy general counsel to the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, should help build upon this record still further. The firm was appointed to defend a multitude of Blue Cross Blue Shield companies in headline multi-district antitrust litigation involving 40 class actions. Craig Hoover is the lead partner and considered a ‘real player’ in this space. Desmond Hogan heads the health benefits litigation practice and is highly reputed.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s life sciences team is a national powerhouse. It has dedicated life sciences capability in all of its US offices, and particular centers of excellence in New York for IP and corporate, Baltimore for corporate and litigation, Washington DC for regulatory, and California for cutting-edge developments in the sector. The highly recognized FDA regulatory practice fields a number of experienced partners, including David Fox, who, in addition to his Hatch-Waxman and biosimilar work, has particular expertise in the regulation of drug-device-biologic combination products. Leveraging its impressive global footprint, corporate partner Adam Golden led a multi-jurisdictional team in assisting Allergan with its agreement with Ironwood to co-promote the product eluxadoline in the US, and, in a separate matter, the team acted for Allergan in acquiring the rights to Ironwood’s linaclotide product in more than 40 countries outside the US. Golden and Adam Bellack led a cross-office team advising Novartis on the $29bn purchase of the remaining rights to an experimental autoimmune drug, ofatumumab, from GlaxoSmithKline. Silicon Valley-based corporate partner Laura Berezin is ‘a cut above the rest’, and is praised for the ‘depth and breadth of her legal knowledge and experience, combined with a thorough understanding of the life sciences industry’. Baltimore-based Asher Rubin, who co-heads the global life sciences practice, is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Asher Rubin - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has an outstanding record in regulatory work, backed by a sizeable presence in Washington DC. It has an elevated status in the industry and is the ‘long-term healthcare firm for many of the Fortune 100 companies’. The firm is also noted for its close ties to the American Hospital Association. Clients highlight its standing in regulatory issues and litigation, hospital reimbursement and fraud and abuse. The team is ‘very responsive’, ‘knows the field and the agencies’, ‘is strong and deep’, and ‘worth the money’, according to clients. Washington DC’s Cliff Stromberg and Jeffrey Schneider are noted for transactions, Jonathan Diesenhaus is recommended for fraud and abuse cases, and Robert Leibenluft is outstanding for antitrust. Sheree Kanner is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Clifford Stromberg - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jonathan Diesenhaus - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The insurance practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP is noted for its expertise in assisting property and casualty insurers, in addition to which it has substantial experience in the healthcare sector. Other areas of focus include cyber liability, bad faith litigation and crime policy work. Practice co-head David Newmann has been representing Federal Insurance Company in D&O litigation arising from the failure of Alliance Bank. Fellow co-head David Hensler and Ellen Kennedy are also representing the client in litigation dealing with crime policies issued to Banyon linked to the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme. In health insurance, the team continues to act for WellPoint in multi-district litigation involving antitrust and RICO claims, and also successfully settled on behalf of United Health Group, ending a class action that alleged discrimination against HIV and AIDS patients. Los Angeles-based Michael Maddigan, Douglas Crosno and commercial litigator Peter Bisio are also recommended. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC, unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP handles a variety of arts, media and entertainment sector-related copyright matters, with particular expertise regarding fair use and First Amendment issues. Practice head Dori Ann Hanswirth in New York continues to defend Fox News in two suits filed by North Jersey Media Group regarding claims of copyright infringement based on photos posted on Facebook. Washington DC-based Neal Katyal and Dominic Perella successfully defended Google in the prominent Garcia v Google case regarding a request to take down the controversial anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims from the defendant’s video-sharing site YouTube based on the copyright claims of one of the actors appearing in the video. Perella later became deputy general counsel at Snapchat.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is noted for its longstanding relationships with mid-market sponsors such as Ironwood Capital and ACON Investments. The practice handles the formation and structuring of a wide range of vehicles, including funds-of-one, co-investment vehicles and separately managed accounts. It also advises on capital raising matters, ongoing operational and regulatory issues, and transactions. In an illustration of its real estate fund expertise, David Bonser and Olesya Barsukova-Bakar acted as lead advisers to JBG on the $680m JBG Investment Fund IX, which was formed to invest in real estate projects in the Washington DC area. The group also has particular strength in handling work for clients seeking a licence to operate as a small business investment company. Co-head David Winter and Elizabeth Roberts are also recommended.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice focuses on the benefits and compensation aspects of deals, often international, but the firm also handles plan design and compliance work. Margaret de Lisser advised Home Properties on plan issues including ‘cashing out’ of equity, ‘golden parachutes’ and the tax deductions of the company’s sale to Lone Star Funds. In other recent work, Carin Carithers advised a consortium of German automobile manufacturers on the purchase of Nokia’s digital mapping operation HERE, Kurt Lawson is advising Vanderbilt University on spinning-off Vanderbilt Medical Center, and Martha Steinman assisted WSP Global with its purchase of Parsons Brinckerhoff from Balfour Beatty. Other than Steinman, who is based in New York, all named lawyers are based in Washington DC. Steinman and de Lisser lead the practice.

Leading lawyers

Kurt Lawson - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘very strong’ group gives advice that is ‘detail-oriented and always backed by in-depth knowledge’. The Washington DC-based practice is led by Beth Peters and Aleksandar Dukic. Peters regularly provides legal and policy advice on legislative initiatives affecting international trade and immigration matters. Dukic assists clients in various industries in sponsoring individuals for immigrant and non-immigrant visa status, as well as on export certifications, I-9 verifications, E-Verify, audits and other compliance matters under immigration regulations. Dean & Company and its affiliated entity DC Energy Management retained Dukic to obtain authorization of its foreign national employees to work in the US, both for temporary non-immigrant visas and permanent residency cards. Akelius Real Estate is a new client and Dr. Pepper, National Geographic Society and Snapchat also call on the firm for its immigration law services.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP advises a long list of well-known public companies and their boards on matters that include NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards, SEC disclosure, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank compliance, and shareholder relations. Former SEC executives at the firm include practice head Alan Dye. Alongside fellow Washington DC lawyer Alex Bahn, who became a partner in 2015, Dye routinely assists major public companies with shareholder proposals and other governance matters. The Baltimore-based William Intner advised the board of directors of Intrexon on various corporate governance matters, including in relation to a related-party transaction. Intner also provides regular governance and securities law advice to American Public Education. Washington DC lawyers Joe Gilligan and John Beckman are recommended.

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

With established positions in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, Hogan Lovells US LLP is frequently sought out to advise on large and complex cross-border transactions as well as headline domestic deals. In 2015, it advised General Electric on the sale of its global real estate equity and debt portfolio to Blackstone and Wells Fargo for $27bn. This was the largest real estate M&A transaction since 2007 and was part of GE’s much publicized strategy to refocus on its core industrial businesses. As part of this process, the firm also advised GE on the $9bn sale of its healthcare finance businesses to Capital One Financial. Further illustrating the firm’s expertise in cross-border deals, it advised a consortium of Audi, BMW and Daimler on the $3.1bn acquisition of digital mapping business HERE. Key partners include Washington DC lawyer and head of the corporate practice for the Americas Joseph Gilligan, and New York and Washington DC-based global head of the M&A practice William Curtin. Washington DC’s Warren Gorrell is also highly respected and was the lead partner on GE’s sale of its global real estate equity and debt portfolio. Other clients include 3M, ExxonMobil, Dell, News Corp, Lockheed Martin, 21st Century Fox, Google, Office Depot and Deutsche Telekom.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has built longstanding relationships with US-based middle-market sponsors, including the likes of Columbia Capital, One Rock Capital Partners, Warburg Pincus and Advent International. Well known for handling complex regulatory matters, the firm has a particularly good standing in TMT, financial services, healthcare and life sciences. One of its most significant clients remains ACON Investments, which it advised on sale of its portfolio company Fairway Media Group to an affiliate of GTCR. New York-based Alex Johnson leads the team alongside Robert Welp in Northern Virginia and George Hagerty, who divides his time between Denver and New York. Welp is the firm’s go-to person for ACON, and Hagerty frequently represents KRG Capital.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has sector strengths in cleantech and life sciences, which it complements with its expertise in US and UK-related regulatory issues. The team also has an increasing presence in the emerging technology sector. Practice head Jeffrey Hurlburt, who splits his time between New York and London, recently advised Northzone Ventures on its participation in Spotify’s $500m private placement led by Goldman Sachs. Silicon Valley’s Jon Layman handled several of The Founders Fund’s investments, including its $10m investment in the Series A preferred stock financing of Flexport and the series seed preferred stock financing of Elemental Machines. Other clients include Five Prime Therapeutics, Venrock Associates and ABS Capital Partners. Nate Gallon and Laura Berezin in Silicon Valley as well as Washington DC-based Kevin Clayton are key contacts.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law
Cyber law - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice is led out of the Washington DC office by the highly renowned Harriet Pearson. A highlight of the year was acting for Anthem in the wake of its cyber attack in February 2015; the team is providing advice regarding the forensic investigation, breach notification, communications and interactions with consumers; and is handling investigations by federal and state health and insurance regulators, state attorneys general and law enforcement. The team recently welcomed Stephanie Yonekura to the Los Angeles office, who, prior to joining the firm, was the acting US attorney for the Central District of California. Senior associate and Safety Act specialist Allison Bender joined the DC office from the Department of Homeland Security.

Leading lawyers

Harriet Pearson - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Washington DC-based practice ‘is incredibly responsive and its expertise in global privacy laws is unparalleled’, according to one client. Christopher Wolfis an outstanding resource for directional and policy questions’. Scott Loughlin was promoted to the partnership; he ‘is as responsive as he is smart’ and considered a ‘first-stop’ for data privacy questions. Marcy Wilder is a health privacy and health data management expert, and Harriet Pearson has longstanding cybersecurity and data privacy law expertise. Wolf and Wilder lead the team and recently advised a global technology company on HIPAA, HITECH and FTC compliance, state privacy laws, cloud storage, and business associate issues.

Leading lawyers

Christopher Wolf - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Harriet Pearson - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Marcy Wilder - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Technology: outsourcing
Technology: outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s outsourcing team is spread across Northern Virginia, Washington DC and New York. Zenas Choi acts for IT and communications clients in technology transactions and complex outsourcing arrangements, including systems integrations, strategic alliances and joint ventures, technology developments, and collaborations. In the Northern Virginia office, Michael Larner assists clients with technology licensing and development agreements, cloud computing transactions, collaborations and strategic alliances, and consulting services agreements. David London is also highly experienced in outsourcing agreements and acts for technology companies, software developers and vendors, internet service providers, and computer chip and medical device manufacturers. Audrey Reed is another key partner. The group’s client roster is made up of governmental, financial and communications organizations.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The ‘exceptional’ team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is chaired by Virginia’s Randy Segal, who is a leading authority on satellite and drone laws, and Washington DC’s Audrey Reed. The practice is known for its emerging technologies focus and operates within a global network. In Virginia, Richard Becker (‘highly analytical and solution-oriented, with boundless energy’) worked with Segal to advise investment firm Columbia Capital on several acquisitions, including the purchases of Verato and TerraPact. Washington DC-based Lisa Ellman, who joined the firm to head the unmanned aircraft systems group with Segal, assisted new client PrecisionHawk USA with negotiations for an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration. And a cross-border team handled Unisplendour’s $3.8bn investment in Western Digital. Other key clients are Intelsat, OmniEarth and JAT Capital Management.

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s communications group, which is headed by the outstanding Michele Farquhar, who is particularly known for her wireless, telecoms, wireline, media and online communications expertise. The practice has an extensive track record in FCC cases and its attorneys are regularly called on to handle complex regulatory policies and issues. In a recent highlight, Farquhar acted alongside partners Ari Fitzgerald and Trey Hanbury and senior adviser Tom Peters for T-Mobile on the client’s development of rules and policies for the 600 MHz incentive auction. Farquhar and Mark Brennan are advising Gogo, a leader for in-flight connectivity and wireless in-flight digital entertainment, in FCC proceedings concerning proposals to auction 14 GHz air-to-ground wireless services, which covers a range of spectrum and satellite issues; and on the FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking proceeding.

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Michele Farquhar - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘exceptional, unique and hardworking team’ combines formidable regulatory capabilities with an outstanding reputation in transactional matters, where it regularly acts for private equity and venture capital investors, wireless and satellite operators, technology developers and manufacturers. In a recent highlight, the firm advised Columbia Capital, a global private equity firm that that focuses on technology and telecoms opportunities, on its acquisition of Big Data company Verato. Lead partners in this matter were Randy Segal and Trey Hanbury, who are respectively based in the firm’s Northern Virginia and Washington DC offices. Segal, a specialist on satellite and space systems, was called on to advise OmniEarth, a growing geospatial solutions and information services company, on the launch of its satellite constellation, which included providing transactional corporate and commercial assistance. On the media front, the practice acted for 21st Century Fox on the sale of STATS to Vista Equity Partners and on its purchase of Los Angeles-based online advertising technology company True(X) media. Other key individuals include the ‘extremely knowledgeableSteven Kaufman, Ari Fitzgerald, and Michele Farquhar, who are all based in Washington DC, which saw the arrival of unmanned aircraft systems expert Lisa Ellman from legacy McKenna Long & Aldridge.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is noted for its ‘very strong REIT practice’ and was involved in a number of major corporate transactions in this space. Lee Berner advised Home Properties on an agreement to be acquired by Lone Star Funds in a cash transaction valued at approximately $7.6bn, and also acted for Industrial Income Trust in its $4.5bn acquisition by an affiliate of Global Logistic Properties. In another major deal, Berner assisted General Electric with the $23bn sale of its real estate portfolio. Head of practice Bruce Parmley has particular expertise in the hotel sector and advised on the structuring and negotiation of agreements for a new hotel development in Todos Santos, Mexico. Parmley also represented GTIS Partners and its subsidiary Palácio Tangará Desenvolvimento Imobiliário on the formation and structuring of agreements relating to the ownership and management of a hotel in São Paulo. All above named attorneys are based in Washington DC, but the practice also has a presence in New York and Los Angeles, where Lee Samuelson and Albert Stemp are the key contacts respectively.

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP comes highly recommended as ‘one of the very best firms in terms of its REIT practice’. The Washington DC-based team has a longstanding reputation for advising on REIT formation and regulatory compliance, as well as M&A deals involving publicly traded or privately held REITs. Its list of clients includes Equity Commonwealth, Kite Realty Group Trust and Apple Hospitality REIT. In recent highlights, a team led by Warren Gorrell assisted GE in connection with its agreement to sell its $27bn global real estate equity and debt portfolio business to Blackstone and Wells Fargo. Practice co-head David Bonser represented Industrial Income in its $4.6bn merger with Global Logistic Properties. Gorrel and Bonser are also advising Home Properties on its pending merger with Lone Star Funds valued at approximately $7.6bn. Paul Manca and REIT tax expert Prentiss Feagles are also recommended. Carol Weld King is now at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

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Prentiss Feagles - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Warren Gorrell - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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United States: Tax

US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s five-partner team provides ‘outstanding service’ and ‘critical and out-of-the-box thinking’. Washington DC-based practice head Siobhan Rausch focuses on the formation and operation of a range of nonprofit, tax-exempt entities, including charitable, educational, health and scientific research-related organizations. Rausch and Todd Miller, who is also in Washington DC, are acting for Rural Telephone Finance Corporation after it received a notice of deficiency from the Virgin Islands alleging that it owed over $90m in income taxes.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s tax team has a national and international presence and deals in a broad spectrum of taxation issues, in particular matters involving real estate and REITs, restructuring, investment funds, capital markets and M&A. Practice head Siobhan Rausch, Todd Miller, Prentiss Feagles and Scott Lilienthal, all of whom are based in Washington DC, are ‘good listeners that offer practical advice’. Miller led tax advice to Orbital Sciences Corporation in its merger agreement with Alliant Techsystems to create a new aerospace and defense developer, Orbital ATK; the deal was unique in its use of a ‘forward’ Morris Trust tax structure. Lilienthal led tax advice to CBS in relation to a series of investment grade notes offerings in 2015 totaling $3.5bn.

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Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has demonstrated a deep commitment to Latin America through its offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Mexico City and Monterrey, and Latin America focused teams based in Miami, New York and Washington DC. In addition, members of its London office were heavily engaged in Latin America transactions during 2015. This has enabled the firm to work on numerous headline deals in sectors including insurance, automotive, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals. The practice is often noted for its expertise in highly regulated industries and is a frequent adviser to both international strategic purchasers and private equity houses: clients include Brookfield Infrastructure, Acon Investments, Euler Hermes (Allianz), Millicom International and Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). 2015 mandates include advising Colombia-based Grupo Sura on its $805m buyout of the minority interests in the Sura Asset Management joint venture; as well as representing Grupo Sura affiliate, Suramericana, on its £403m acquisition of RSA’s Latin American insurance operations. Caracas partners Bruno Ciuffetelli and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Matos are key members of the team, along with Miami’s José Valdivia, and Juan Francisco Torres Landa and Eduardo Siqueiros in Mexico City.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

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