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Hogan Lovells US LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP handles a wide range of real estate work, including cross-border transactions involving foreign investors across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Areas of expertise include the acquisition, development and restructuring of commercial real estate and REIT-related matters. New York-based Americas real estate head Mark Eagan recently advised Ivanhoé Cambridge on its $3.8bn joint acquisition, with Blackstone, of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust. Lee Berner and REIT specialist Bruce Gilchrist in the firm's Washington DC office worked together on Greystar Real Estate Partners' $4.6bn acquisition of Education Realty Trust, a college housing REIT based in Memphis. Denver-based Lea Ann Fowler represented Prologis on the sale of a $1.1bn property portfolio - including 41 industrial properties across the US - to Mapletree Investments. Another highlight included advising the Bahrain-based Mumtalakat Holding Company on a $135m joint venture acquisition with Sentinel Partners and Saudi Aramco of the Lenova office campus in North Carolina. Other clients include Parkway, Onexim Sports and Entertainment, Industrial Property Trust and Equity Residential. Bruce Parmley and David Bonser in Washington DC are also recommended. Al Stemp and Lee Samuelson left for Proskauer Rose LLP and Holland & Knight LLP respectively.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

A key member of the antitrust team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is Washington DC-based Kathryn Hellings, who has recently acted for a leading pharmaceutical company as well as a major foreign container shipping company in separate DOJ investigations. Other key names in the Washington DC office include Andrew Lee and senior associates Daniel Shulak and Susan Musser.  On the West Coast, San Francisco-based Megan Dixon is currently representing a major European bank in multi-jurisdictional investigations and associated litigation. Key clients include Airbus, American Express, Daimler AG and Mitsui.

Leading lawyers

Kathryn Hellings - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Rising stars

Dan Shulak - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Susan Musser - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP acts as co-lead counsel to a number of Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) health insurance plans in multi-district litigation brought by separate putative classes of purchasers and healthcare providers alleging collusive practice between the plans. Justin Bernick is currently representing BCBS Rhode Island in a suit filed by a Massachusetts hospital system alleging the client violated antitrust laws by preventing it from acquiring a hospital. He is regularly supported by senior associate Kimberly Rancour, who has been part of cross-office teams advising on cases in the entertainment, pharmaceuticals and chemicals sectors. Edith Ramirez is global co-head of the practice and is also a key name to note, as is Benjamin Holt. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Next Generation Partners

Justin Bernick - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Rising stars

Kimberly Rancour - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The 'highly responsive and capable' merger control team at Hogan Lovells US LLP 'is extremely responsive to the needs of clients, very practical and always achieves outstanding results'. Practice head Joseph Krauss 'is a merger control expert and embodies these qualities'; he recently teamed up with practice head Edith Ramirez to assist Orbital ATK with its $9.2bn sale to Northrop Grumman. In other highlights, Logan Breed led the advice to Marvell regarding its high-profile acquisition of Cavium, and Leigh Oliver represented PPG as lead customer witness for the FTC in its challenge to the proposed merger of Tronox and Cristal. Also notable is Andrew Lee, who 'is able to communicate effectively with Korean businesses' and recently acted for SM Line as a third party in the DOJ's investigation into a three-way merger of three major ocean shipping companies. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: Courts of Appeal - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's practice is 'outstanding' and 'maintains an excellent reputation with the appellate courts, which is backed up by its exceptional work product and great advocacy skills'. Famously, the team argued in multiple rounds of litigation against President Trump’s executive orders restricting travel from five predominantly Muslim countries: recently promoted partner Colleen Roh Sinzdak successfully defended the district court’s preliminary injunction in an appeal at the Ninth Circuit, while Neal Katyal argued the case for the respondents in Trump v Hawaii before the US Supreme Court, which voted 5-4 in ruling that President Trump had the legal authority to suspend the entry of aliens granted to him under the Immigration and Nationality Act. In another US Supreme Court highlight, the team secured a victory for the petitioners in Epic Systems Corp. v Lewis, where the Court affirmed the right of employers to enter into individualized arbitration agreements with their employees. Assisted by Sinzdak and senior associate Mitchell Reich, practice co-chair Catherine Stetson ('an impressive attorney who counters the opponents' points and questions with devastating succinctness') is representing petitioner Gilberto Garza in a US Supreme Court appeal against the State of Idaho, a currently pending case concerning the application of the presumption of innocence to decisions taken by criminal defendants’ attorneys to enforce an appeal waiver. In a number of appeals before the Eleventh Circuit, Stetson successfully defended biopharmaceutical company Amgen against product liability claims. Jessica Ellsworth is leading on the defense of Ford Motor Company and its subsidiary Ford Global Technologies in two sets of patent proceedings at the Federal Circuit. Recently promoted partner Sean Marotta is highly recommended. Frederick Liu accepted the position of assistant to the US Solicitor General.

Leading lawyers

Neal Katyal - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next Generation Partners

Colleen Roh Sinzdak - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has 'a great team of lawyers', who 'always deliver a great work product'. From Washington DC, Peter Spivack (who leads the team with 'a calm and reasoned presence') and Katie Hellings are handling Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras' internal investigation connected to its exposure in Operation Carwash. Also in Washington DC, Evans Rice, Stephen Propst and Beth Peters represented ZTE in parallel DOJ, BIS and OFAC investigations arising from the client's violation of US export controls and economic sanctions law, guiding the client through a plea agreement; the subsequent settlement was handled by Clifford Chance. Jim McGovern and Robert Buehler in New York, as well as San Francisco's Michael Shepard are recommended for individual representations. In Miami, clients note 'great lawyer' Rafael Ribeiro (fluent in French, Portuguese and Spanish) and 'super-intelligent' senior associate Gabriella Morello. In 2018, Brooks Hanner left to serve as assistant general counsel to the House of Representatives, while Robert Bennett and Hilary LoCicero joined Schertler & Onorato LLP.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is engaged by household name companies in high-profile disputes. Its class action practice continues to thrive; one example is its defense of Alphabet, Google and YouTube in a putative class action involving claims under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act; Edith Ramirez and Michelle Kisloff are leading on the case. Maria Wyckoff Boyce in Houston stands out for her vast energy and technology litigation expertise, co-head Desmond Hogan for his MDL experience. Dennis Tracey co-heads the US litigation practice from New York and Adam Levin is the litigation practice manager for Washington DC. Michael Hefter and Ryan Philp in New York and Houston-based Bruce Oakley receive strong praise. Attorneys are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The 'incredibly skilled' team at¬†Hogan Lovells US LLP¬†undertakes a wide range of investor-state and commercial arbitration across various industry sectors, particularly¬†the oil and gas sector. Moreover, the department is particularly active in Latin America- and Middle East-facing mandates.¬†Global head of international arbitration Daniel Gonz√°lez¬†and Richard Lorenzo¬†in Miami are representing the Republic of Panama in three separate ICSID arbitrations, including defending the client against a $62.5m damages claim filed by a group of real estate investors from Costa Rica and the Netherlands alleging their investments were expropriated by Panama. In New York, multilingual attorney Samaa Haridi¬†is ‚Äėa star practitioner‚Äô and has noted expertise in¬†Middle East-facing disputes.¬†IBM Mexico and Siemens are also clients.

Next Generation Partners

Samaa Haridi - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's team of 'excellent' litigators has vast expertise in the financial services, data protection and cybersecurity, and energy sectors. Leveraging a huge global network consisting of nearly 50 global offices,¬†the practice is¬†‚Äėvery efficient, very responsive and very helpful'.¬†¬†Recent work includes advising¬†PwC Bermuda on litigation arising out of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme,¬† in which the company was accused of malpractice and negligence; that matter was led by¬†New York-based Dennis Tracey, who also heads the¬†firm's litigation practice group in the Americas. Further,¬†Daniel Gonz√°lez¬†and Richard Lorenzo¬†in Miami represented IBM M√©xico in litigation in the Southern District of New York arising from the premature termination of services. Also of note, the firm‚Äôs strength in acting for sovereign clients was showcased by Houston-based Bruce Oakley's Supreme Court victory for the Republic of Venezuela.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Led from Washington DC by the 'knowledgeable and experienced' Beth Peters and the 'insightful and strategic' Deen Kaplan, Hogan Lovells US LLP's 'well-rounded' international trade practice has the critical mass and expertise to provide a 'deep and broad offering' to an eclectic mix of clients, including sovereign /provincial governments (such as the Ontario government), global corporates (such as Pfizer, Lockheed Martin and Toyota) and trade bodies (such as National Sorghum Producers). Alongside Stephen Propst, as well as lawyers from the corporate, white-collar and government relations teams, Peters has been central to the firm's high-profile sanctions representation of Chinese multinational telecoms company, ZTE; this work has included advising on its settlement agreement obligations with the US government, and on export enforcement matters, including audits by an independent monitor. The firm has also had a lead role for clients seeking to negotiate and push back against the Trump administration's protectionist policies. As an example, Jonathan Stoel represented Canadian Solar in its challenge to the 'safeguard' action against US imports of solar products. The 'exceptional' Kaplan has represented The US Grains Council in numerous disputes adverse to China, including in a Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) initiated case involving US sorghum. Brian Curran has 'very deep knowledge of trade controls', which extends to Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews for clients in the defense, telecoms and energy sectors. Implementing a creative solution which placed the acquired company's US subsidiaries in a US trust, Curran recently secured CFIUS clearance for German corporate Biotest Pharmaceuticals for its sale to Chinese company CREAT. Other recommended partners include 'outstanding' export controls and sanctions expert Aleksandar Dukic; Warren Maruyama, who excels at trade policy issues; trade remedies expert Craig Lewis; and Anthony Copobianco, who is well versed across all regulatory matters under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Leading lawyers

Beth Peters - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Deen Kaplan - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next Generation Partners

Brian Curran - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The automotive group at Hogan Lovells US LLP is headed by Washington DC-based Michael Kidney and represents OEMs and distributors as trial and appellate counsel in class actions and product liability litigation; the team also has experience of large-scale recalls. Head of the global products practice Lauren Colton in Baltimore is representing an importer of Chinese tires, ITG Voma, in a catastrophic injury lawsuit involving a chain of distribution of an allegedly failing tire manufactured in China. Also recommended is Latane Montague, who has been advising Daimler on a large recall of vehicles with Takata airbag inflators. In Washington DC, Sean Marotta was promoted to partner in January 2019, and  Jessica Ellsworth is also recommended.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jointly led by Lauren Colton¬†in Baltimore and the ‚Äėtrustworthy and capable‚Äô Phoebe Wilkinson¬†in New York, the product liability group at Hogan Lovells US LLP¬†regularly represents manufacturers from the household electronics and appliances, fashion, pet food and electronics industries. Noted for its ‚Äėstrong analytical approach and strategy‚Äô, the team continues to represent LG Electronics in a putative class action relating to an imbalance defect in washing machines, and is also acting for ITG Voma Corporation in connection with a personal injury lawsuit regarding certain tires manufactured in China. Mark Goodman¬†and Barry Thompson¬†left for¬†Baker McKenzie LLP¬†in March 2018.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The department at Hogan Lovells US LLP handles product liability lawsuits, MDLs and class actions for pharmaceuticals and medical manufacturing companies. Lauren Colton in Baltimore leads the team and continues to act as co-national coordinating counsel to Bristol-Myers Squibb in litigation concerning its anti-psychotic drug Abilify. In other work, the team successfully obtained dismissal of several lawsuits brought against Mylan regarding the sale and distribution of opioid medication, and also represented Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer on appeal regarding the alleged failure to warn about risks associated with the anti-coagulant drug Eliquis. Adam K. Levin in Washington DC is another name to note. Mark Goodman and Barry Thompson departed in March 2018 to join Baker McKenzie LLP, and Mitchell Zamoff left to become a full-time professor at University of Minnesota.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt
Capital markets: debt - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s corporate department works seamlessly with its market-leading regulatory practice to pack a punch in handling debt offerings for issuers in the technology, life sciences, government, health and aerospace sectors. Among its headline deals, Washington DC-based Eve Howard led a cross-office team to assist Apple with over $14bn worth of debt offerings, including a $7bn senior notes issuance. Howard also paired up with New York’s Lillian Tsu to advise Marvell Technology Group on a $1bn senior notes offering to support its $6bn acquisition of Cavium. Richard Parrino, also based in Washington DC, advised UnitedHealth Group on a $4bn debt offering. Other key names include New York’s Oscar Stephens, who recently advised the Republic of Ecuador on $5.5bn worth of notes offerings, and Washington DC-based department head David Bonser.

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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

Among Hogan Lovells US LLP‚Äô key attributes, sources commend its ‚Äėstrong presence in REIT-related matters‚Äô and its ‚Äėwell-known life sciences expertise‚Äô. In addition, the wider firm‚Äôs signature regulatory offering also ensures a stream of activity in the TMT, energy and financial institutions spheres. In a recent example of its REIT work, Stuart Barr¬†advised Park Hotels & Resorts on the sale by its largest shareholder, China-headquartered HNA Group, of approximately $1.4bn in common stock through a public secondary offering and a concurrent privately-negotiated repurchase of shares by Park Hotels.¬†Dell Technologies is a marquee client and it turned to Richard Parrino¬†to assist with the¬†$638m IPO of its subsidiary Pivotal Software. REITs specialist David Bonser¬†heads a practice which has also recently undertaken work for¬†Optinose,¬†QTS Realty Trust and Rexahn Pharmaceuticals. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Led out of Washington DC by the 'excellent' Richard Schaberg, Hogan Lovells US LLP's compact standalone team provides a vital service to a wide range of financial institutions, including regional banks, larger money center institutions/international banks and fintech entities. Schaberg continues to pick up a significant amount of financial services M&A work in the regional/community bank segment of the market and, as well as providing the regulatory input for SB One Bancorp on its acquisition of Enterprise Bank, also represented Bangor Savings Bank on its investment in additional depository institutions. Financial services regulatory advice also forms a core component of the firm's burgeoning fintech practice, which includes advice on cryptocurrency and blockchain matters as well as M&A and joint ventures. The team also provides a vital service to banks seeking to adapt to the changing dynamics in the market and recently advised Cambridge Bancorp on issues connected with the taking of warrants (equity) from start-up and early-stage innovative borrowers. Counsel Sara Lenet handles a range of regulatory work for domestic and international banks and is a key member of the team, which also includes senior associate Ashley Hutto-Schultz, who is active within the consumer finance space.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP¬†is commended for its ‚Äėability to solve problems, not only from a legal point of view, but also from a business point of view‚Äô. The team is engaged on the financing for a range of power projects as well as PPP infrastructure projects. Houston-based David Locascio, who is ‚Äėalways accessible and super-efficient with his time‚Äô, advised Assured Guaranty on its role as bond insurer in connection with the financing of the $4.9bn Automated People Mover (APM) project at Los Angeles International Airport in California. Demonstrating its cross-border experience, senior counsel Thomas Hechl in Washington DC advised the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the project and financing documents relating to a 250MW greenfield combined-cycle thermal power plant project in Yerevan, Armenia; Ricardo Martinez¬†in New York advised Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on a $100m corporate financing to cellular communications company Africell Holding, in order to support the modernization and expansion of its mobile telecommunications network operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and The Gambia; and Hechl, Washington DC-based Wylie Levone¬†and team head Jorge Diaz-Silveira¬†in Miami advised FMO and DEG on the $38m long-term financing provided to General Energy Solution for the development of phase two of the Monte Plata Solar Photovoltaic facility located in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic. Jos√© Valdivia¬†in Miami and¬†Brian Chappell¬†in Baltimore are also key figures. Kevin Keenan¬†joined the Houston office from Baker Botts L.L.P.¬†in 2018.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 6

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The ‚Äėcommercial and accessible‚Äô Hogan Lovells US LLP¬†combines ‚Äėindustry expertise with a practical approach to addressing complex and difficult legal issues, as well as the ability to see the big picture‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs ‚Äėinternational experience is what really sets it apart‚Äô and the team is known for its work in the regulated industries, with a particular specialty for insurance-related restructurings. Practice co-head Christopher Donoho¬†‚Äėprovides valuable advice with a constant eye on protecting the client‚Äô. He can call on a deep bench of expertise, which was further strengthened by the arrival of the ‚Äėtremendously talented‚Äô Richard Wynne¬†as co-head working from the firm‚Äôs Los Angeles office. He joined in 2018 with Bennett Spiegel¬†and Erin Brady¬†from Jones Day, while lender-side specialist Doug Taber¬†joined the New York group from GE Capital. Also notable in the team is the ‚Äėtop-notch‚Äô Ronald Silverman, who is ‚Äėdedicated to fighting hard for clients‚Äô. The department is advising biopharmaceutical company Orexigen Therapeutics on its Chapter 11 proceedings filed in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, which involved negotiating a court-approved sale of the client‚Äôs assets to stalking horse bidder Nalpropion Pharmaceuticals for $75m. In another highlight, the team is advising Samsung Heavy Industries in relation to the Chapter 11 proceedings of Seadrill. Other clients include The Bank of New York Mellon, Nigerian Agip Exploration and Scottish Re.

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is well placed to advise buy-side and sell-side clients on cross-border transactional and regulatory matters, and has particular expertise in Latin America-facing financing and trading mandates. Practice head Evan Koster has been involved in currency and forex, commodity and interest rate derivative deals in connection with M&A, sovereign bond issuances and corporate finance matters involving issuers with exposure to the Central and South American markets. Further, the team advises corporate end-users on documentation governing forex, commodity and repo transactions, and also has experience of regulation concerning blockchain trading and derivatives. Senior associate Greg Hafkin is another contact in the international debt capital markets group.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP represents clients operating in a variety of traditional sectors, including education, defense, and aerospace, but also in cross-sector industries such as cybersecurity and data rights. Michael Mason, who leads a full-service team providing support to clients in the aerospace, defense and government services industry, defended Airbus against a protest filed by AugustaWestland concerning a contract for light utility helicopters valued at more than $1bn. In another matter, Mason and his team defended new client Tactical Air Support in a contract awarded to it by the US Navy worth more than $100m. The team is also active in the transactional sphere, with practice head Michael Vernick having handled the government contracts aspects of PwC’s sale of its public sector business to Veritas Capital. In the education sector, Michael McGill represented Performant Financial in several rounds of litigation regarding the Department of Education’s procurement of student loan default recovery services. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Robert Taylor in April 2018 as senior counsel from the Department of Defense. Senior counsels Agnes Dover and Thomas McGovern, Joy Sturm and senior associate Michael Scheimer are other key members.

Leading lawyers

Thomas McGovern - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Rising stars

Michael Scheimer - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's government relations team deals with matters in the automotive, tax, aviation and drone sector. The team also has expertise in international trade and representing foreign governments. In a representative work highlight, Aaron Cutler, practice head, senior counsel and former US senator Norm Coleman and Ivan Zapien are representing Kinder Morgan regarding the Trump’s administration introduction of significant tariffs on steel, arguing that Kinder Morgan should be exempt from the tariffs, particularly when importing steel pipe for the $1.7bn Gulf Coast Express pipeline. The team is also very active when it comes to obtaining funding for significant construction, research, programmatic and equipment projects. In one particular example, the team was able to secure over $550 million in federal funding for infrastructure and economic development for a major US city. Having been former head of public policy and regulatory affairs at Project Wing, Google’s drone industry venture, Robert Taylor joined as senior counsel from the Department of Defense, while Laura Ponto joined as counsel in April 2018 from Google X. Other key members include drone law expert Lisa Ellman and sanctions law expert Robert Kyle.

Leading lawyers

Norm Coleman - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next Generation Partners

Michael Bell - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Rising stars

Ari Fridman - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas
Energy litigation: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The energy and natural resources practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP is led by Denver-based energy regulatory and transaction specialist Scot Anderson. Besides acting for clients in royalty disputes and disputes arising from drilling contracts, the team also assists them with tort and contract claims. Strong regulatory expertise within the group ensures it can also handle contentious matters before FERC; arbitration proceedings are another key area of operation. Maria Wyckoff Boyce (Houston) is the name to note for energy-related complex commercial litigation and IP disputes.

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Energy regulation: conventional power
Energy regulation: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's conventional energy work is handled by attorneys in its DC office. The group is experienced in representing clients before FERC, NERC and DOE. Recent highlights include acting for National Electrical Manufacturers Association in its appeal of a DOE rulemaking and in an associated preemptive challenge to California Energy Commission's regulation of light bulb efficiency at federal circuit court level. Mary Anne Sullivan and Robert Wolinsky led the team in numerous disputes proceedings for a major independent system operator (ISO), one of which concerned the client's alleged monopolization of the transmission grid; a favorable settlement was reached. Edison International and Dominion Energy are some other major clients. Senior Counsel John Lilyestrom is highly recommended for regulatory litigation and FERC enforcement. Stefan Krantz is another name to note.

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Energy regulation: oil and gas
Energy regulation: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Stefan Krantz leads the 50-partner Washington DC-based energy practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP. The team is known for its expertise in LNG export projects and has a track record of success in complex energy litigation before FERC. Krantz and others acted for Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership in a commercially sensitive FERC rate case; the work included assisting the client with navigating FERC's newly implemented settlement process and ended in a favorable settlement worth $186m. In a cross-jurisdictional matter, a group led by Christopher Schindler is acting as project counsel to Energy World USA in the development of its LNG export facility in Louisiana; regulatory work on this matter includes obtaining FERC permits and DOE export authorizations. The project is worth over $1bn and is expected to export 5m tons of LNG per annum.

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Energy: renewable/alternative power
Energy: renewable/alternative power - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP advises project developers, financial institutions, investment funds and government entities on mineral development and water projects, and natural resource asset sales and trading. Key contacts include Miami-based Jorge Diaz-Silveira and Washington DC-based Thomas Hechl.

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Energy: transactions: oil and gas
Energy: transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has extensive experience of project financing and development, and also handled various commercial agreements and corporate transactions and energy-sector regulatory issues. Primarily based in the Houston office, the team is instructed by clients in all sectors of the industry, including upstream exploration and production, oil and natural gas transmission companies, liquefied natural gas operators, and crude oil refining, distribution and trading groups. Key figures in the team include Greg Hill, Bruno Ciuffetelli and Taylor Evans.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The environmental litigation team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is active representing clients in civil and criminal enforcement actions, cost recovery and contribution actions, rulemaking challenges, toxic torts, citizens suits, permit appeals, and water permit and allocation suits. Recent work includes representing an automotive client in a CAA lawsuit, challenging ESA listings on behalf of the oil and gas industry, and representing a client in the manufacturing sector in a claims for contribution related to a contaminated site investigation and cleanup. In Washington DC, Adam Kushner and James Banks are the key contacts; Kushner co-heads the environmental practice with Denver-based Scott Reisch; also in Washington DC, former DOI solicitor Hilary Tompkins is recommended and Joanne Rotondi is another standout name.

Leading lawyers

James Banks - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The environment and natural resources practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP handles day-to-day operational, transactional and regulatory compliance mandates in the manufacturing, energy, transportation, chemicals, and agriculture sectors. In particular, the team has expertise in CAA, CWA, product liability, waste management and disposal, hazardous and toxic substances, natural resources and ESA matters. The key contacts are Adam Kushner in Washington DC and Scott Reisch in Denver.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Led by Sheree Kanner out of the Washington DC office, Hogan Lovells US LLP's health insurers practice covers transactions, policy initiatives, coverage and reimbursement matters, compliance and internal investigations, as well as False Claims Act litigation and class action defence. Miami-based Craig Smith and Allen Pegg are advising three Florida Medicaid health plans -  Amerigroup Florida, Sunshine State Health Plan and UnitedHealthcare of Florida - against a putative class action brought by a consortium of nursing homes. Washington DC-based Craig Hoover is leading a team representing eleven Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) companies in closely watched litigation over whether BCBS license agreements violate federal antitrust laws. Los Angeles managing partner Michael Maddigan and his team regularly advise on complex commercial disputes, including helping to secure a California Court of Appeal victory for Anthem.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP¬†covers the full gamut of life sciences-related work, including regulatory, commercial, IP and patent litigation, product liability, corporate and M&A, and compliance and investigations. The practice also has ‚Äėunprecedented experience‚Äô in a number of crucial issues for the industry, such as cell and gene therapies, pricing and reimbursement, digital health, AI, cybersecurity and biosimilars. Global chair¬†Asher Rubin, who splits his time between Baltimore and Boston, assisted molecular diagnostic company Exact Sciences with its collaboration agreement with Pfizer to co-promote Cologaurd, a DNA screening test for early detection of colorectal cancer. Corporate expert Adam Golden¬†from the New York office led a global team of life sciences transactions lawyers to advise London-listed rare diseases specialist Shire on closing all ex-US aspects of its global stock and asset sale of their oncology business to France-based Servier.¬†Other key contacts are David Fox¬†in Washington DC, who specializes in regulatory matters before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); medical technology expert Janice Hogan¬†from the Philadelphia office; Baltimore-based counsel Adriana Tibbitts¬†; pharma and biotech practice head Philip Katz, Susan Lee¬†and counsel Anishiya Abrol, who are all based in Washington DC. Stephen Loney Jr ¬†and Allison Pugsley¬†were promoted to partner in Philadelphia and Washington DC respectively.

Leading lawyers

Adam Golden - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Asher Rubin - Hogan Lovells US LLP

David Fox - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next Generation Partners

Adriana Tibbitts - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Anishiya Abrol - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Susan Lee - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The 'terrific, smart and committed' global healthcare team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is recommended for its 'superb advice and follow-through in healthcare issues impacting hospitals'. One example of the latter was 'unsurpassed regulatory expert' Sheree Kanner's work for American Hospital Association in its efforts to ensure that hospital audits conducted by the OIG and repayment requests from CMS are consistent with Medicare rules. The practice further handles transactions, antitrust litigation, payment models and reimbursement, as well as data privacy issues. In other highlights, Beth Roberts assisted the American College of Radiology on filing a successful application for support and participation in the regulatory rule-making for CMS' new appropriate-use-criteria program for advanced diagnostic imaging services, while a team comprising Clifford Stromberg, Robert Leibenluft and Leigh Oliver (among others) advised Wake Forest Baptist Health on its $250m acquisition of High Point Regional Health from University of North Carolina Health Care. Jonathan Diesenhaus, 'a very experienced and knowledgeable False Claims Act and qui tam expert', recently acted for clients such as Healogics and Beaumont Health. All mentioned individuals are based in Washington DC. In New York, local practice head Jeff Schneider is the main contact.

Leading lawyers

Clifford Stromberg - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jonathan Diesenhaus - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Sheree Kanner - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next Generation Partners

Leigh Oliver - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP advises domestic and international clients on coverage and business disputes, including class actions, rate negotiations, cybersecurity and data breach issues, transactional risk insurance, contingent liability insurance and bad faith litigation. Washington DC and Philadelphia-based David Newmann successfully settled a case for Federal Insurance Company, which involved First Horizon Bank's attempt to claim coverage for an underlying False Claims Act litigation, as well as bad faith penalties, while David Hensler and Ellen Swennes Kennedy acted for Executive Risk Indemnity in an appeal initiated by a hospital system against a summary judgment for a coverage claim the client had previously won in federal district court.

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Transport: aviation and air travel - regulation
Transport: aviation and air travel - regulation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô Washington DC-based practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP¬†is active across the full range of aviation regulatory work and is particularly noted for its experience in¬†unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) regulation. Global head of aviation Robert Cohn¬†advised Delta Air Lines on obtaining DOT approval and grant of antitrust immunity for an amended joint venture between Delta and its partners Air France, KLM, and Virgin Atlantic. Senior counsel Ted Ellett¬†is acting Kitty Hawk and its division Zee Aero on FAA regulatory matters in relation to plans to develop small eVTOL aircraft for single and multiple passengers. Cohn and counsel Patrick Rizzi¬†serve as aviation regulatory counsel to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, which they advise on DOT and FAA licensing and compliance issues as well as trade compliance matters.¬†Lisa Ellman¬†is chair of the firm's UAS practice and is acting for Alphabet's Wing Aviation in relation to its development of next generation delivery drones and its efforts to develop an unmanned airspace traffic management platform. Senior counsel George Carneal¬†and senior associate Matthew Clark¬†are also key figures. Counsel Laura Ponto¬†joined in 2018 from an in-house role.

Leading lawyers

Lisa Ellman - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Robert Cohn - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next Generation Partners

Patrick Rizzi - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Rising stars

Matthew Clark - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Transport: rail and road - litigation
Transport: rail and road - litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is best known for its experience in automotive sector litigation and is well placed to advise on domestic and cross-border cases. Auto franchise disputes are a key area of expertise, as are emissions cases, product liability, IP and data privacy mandates. Carl Chiappa in New York regularly acts for motor vehicle manufacturers and handles motor vehicle franchise cases. Acting alongside Los Angeles-based Colm Moran, Chiappa is representing Kia Motors America in regulatory and litigation matters, and is also defending the client on number of protests filed by terminated dealers. Moreover, the team is acting for Kia in relation to an action involving incentive programs and the designation of a dealer’s area of responsibility. Desmond Hogan and Michelle Kisloff defended Uber, its subsidiaries, and some of its executives, in an MDL involving more than two dozen federal putative class actions stemming from a 2016 data security incident. Michael Kidney, who handles consumer class actions and complex commercial litigation, and Jessica Ellsworth are also recommended, as are senior associates Ryan Ford and James Clayton. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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Transport: rail and road - regulation
Transport: rail and road - regulation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP¬†stands out for its experience handling regulatory and emerging technology issues across the automotive, trucking and rail sectors. Department head Latane Montague¬†regularly represents leading automotive companies in safety and emissions matters and is experienced in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cases. Having advised the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) on changes to the hazardous material rail transportation regulations that pertain to the shipment of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids, the team is acting for RSI‚Äôs Committee on Tank Cars in relation to an extensive tank car modification program to comply with new regulatory requirements. Further, Montague and Adam Kushner¬†are representing Hyundai Motor Group before the US Department of Justice and the US Environmental Protection Agency regarding its Clean Air Act settlement commitment to resolve allegations that Hyundai inflated its fuel economy estimates for its fleet of light‚Äźduty vehicles sold in America. Elsewhere, Timothy Tobin¬†is experienced in privacy, data security, and cybersecurity law and regularly advises on matters relating to connected cars; Ari Fitzgerald¬†acts for automobile manufacturers on new and emerging communications products and services; and Joanne Rotondi¬†focuses on regulatory compliance, litigation and environmental permitting. Counsel Susan McAuliffe¬†and senior associate Kathryn Lannon¬†are also key figures. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Latane Montague - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Rising stars

Kathryn Lannon - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Patents: litigation (full coverage)
Patents: litigation (full coverage) - ranked: tier 6

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The 'strong team' at Hogan Lovells US LLP 'works extremely hard and is very dedicated'; it combines wide-ranging sector expertise with the firm's international footprint, making it especially well suited for cross-border disputes. The 'extremely responsive, detail-oriented and knowledgeable' Arlene Chow in New York, who has 'excellent writing and advocacy skills', secured a double victory for Amgen over Apotex in a dispute regarding two blockbuster chemotherapy drugs, succeeding both before the PTAB and in district court. Practice head Celine Jimenez Crowson in Washington DC represented Mercedes-Benz in a long-running dispute against Beacon Navigation, involving district court litigation and an ex parte reexamination. BASF, T-Mobile, Asahi Glass and Santen Pharmaceutical are also among the team's clients. Eric Lobenfeld and newly promoted counsel Ernest Yakob in New York are also recommended. Tony Pezzano and Michael Dougherty joined DLA Piper LLP (US), while Jay Yates joined Patterson + Sheridan LLP.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s team is noted for 'its range of expertise and its solutions-oriented approach to the formation and operation of all types of private equity and venture fund structures, across all strategies and asset classes', including small business investment companies (SBICs). David Winter advised IFC on its investment in BECO Booster Fund II LP, a venture capital fund focused on investments in communications technology in the Middle East and North Africa. Bryan Ricapito has strength in advising sponsor-side clients on fund formation matters. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC. Adam Tope joined DLA Piper LLP (US)'s New York office in 2019.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has particular strength in the TMT and life sciences sector, where it advises high-profile clients such as 21st Century Fox, Dell, Adobe, Oracle and Marvell Technology Group. Martha Steinman in New York and newly promoted counsel Michael Applebaum handled the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of 21st Century Fox’s $71bn sale to The Walt Disney Company. Additionally, Silicon Valley-based Michael Frank and Washington DC-based senior associate Benjamin Clark drafted Adobe’s multi-jurisdictional executive-retention plans in relation to its $1.7bn acquisition of Magneto Commerce. Other notable mandates include advising biotech company Celgene on its $9bn acquisition of Juno Therapeutics. Also recommended in Washington DC are Margaret de Lisser, Kurt Lawson, Carin Carithers and Christian Chandler.

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 has a wide client base that includes governments, sports organizations, major corporations and universities. The firm also has specific expertise in export control issues for a large number of clients such as IBM, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pfizer. Aleksander Dukic jointly heads the practice with Beth Peters. In one work highlight, Dukic is assisting Venture Global LNG with immigration and tax-related matters for potential employee assignments in Singapore, China and Hong Kong, as well as advising on US visa options and obtaining non-immigrant visa petition approvals regarding its US operations.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP 'takes the time to learn its clients' businesses and is able to provide practical advice based on the key considerations'. John Beckman and Joe Connolly advised Papa John's Pizza on corporate governance issues after relations broke down between the company and its 30% owner, founder and former CEO and chairman John Schnatter following several controversial racially-tinged comments made by the company founder. Beckman and Eve Howard also advised Equifax on securities disclosures surrounding a data breach. Contacts in Washington DC include Alan Dye and Alex Bahn, both of whom are 'very responsive and provide sound, practical advice' on executive exits. In Baltimore, Amy Bowerman Freed advised 21st Century Fox on the SEC disclosure issues surrounding its sale to The Walt Disney Company. Brown-Forman Corporation is another client.

Leading lawyers

Alan Dye - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alex Bahn - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's unique national, transatlantic and global platform enables it to offer an especially compelling offering to major corporates. The M&A practice's growing standing across the US has enabled it to advise on a series of headline cross-border transactions. Moreover, it continues to impress in regulated sector deals, most notably in the financial services, life sciences and healthcare, and defense industries. The team is 'very customer driven, practical in its approach, commercially aware and  able to understand the real world issues'. A team led by New York’s Adam Golden and Washington DC partner Joseph Gilligan advised Novartis on its $8.7bn acquisition of AveXis, the US clinical-stage gene therapy biotech company; this was Novartis’s largest US public company acquisition to date. Golden also led the team that advised Celgene on its $9bn acquisition of Juno Therapeutics, the cell-based cancer immunotherapy company. The deals further demonstrate the firm’s leadership in healthcare and life sciences.  It also advised Orbital ATK, the aerospace and defense company, on its $9.2bn sale to Northrop Grumman, the leading global security business. On the West coast, a team led by Silicon Valley partners Richard Climan and Jane Ross advised Walmart on its $16bn acquisition of a majority stake in India-based Flipkar; this was the largest ever completed deal by Walmart and established it as a leader in India's e-commerce market. The firm’s Silicon Valley team is considered to be one of the premier groups of advisers in tech deals with Keith Flaum, another eminent West coast figure, advising Oracle on its acquisition of Aconex in Australia. Baltimore partner Kelly Hardy is 'a standout partner who continues to excel year after year' thanks to her 'responsiveness', 'super high emotional intelligence', 'practical' approach, 'commercial awareness' and 'ability to relate to understand real world issues'. The firm is also a leader in real estate and REIT deals with David Bonser particularly to the fore; a team advised Prologis, on the $1.1bn sale of a high-quality portfolio of buildings and land in Europe and the US to Mapletree, the real estate investment arm of Singaporean sovereign investor Temasek.

Leading lawyers

Keith Flaum - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Richard Climan - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a broad private equity practice, with core centres of expertise in Northern Virginia, Denver, Houston and California. Despite the departure of Alexander Johnson in New York to Latham & Watkins LLP in early 2019, the firm has built on its fine record in certain sectors such as life sciences, healthcare and financial services. Having expanded its team in northern California in recent years, it has seen further growth in technology deals; notably it advised Silver Lake Partners on the sale of Quorum Business Solutions to Thoma Bravo in 2018. Key clients include Acon Investments, Excellere Capital Management and The Anschutz Corporation. Northern Virginia partner Robert Welp and Denver's George Hagerty are the most senior members of the private equity team, while Denver partner Mark Kurtenbach and Houston's Gregory Hill are also key figures.

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Shareholder activism
Shareholder activism - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

At Hogan Lovells US LLP, Matt Thomson, David Bonser and John Beckman successfully defended QTS Realty Trust in a campaign launched by Land & Buildings to vote against its management and say-on-pay proposal. Paul Hilton, who divides his time between Denver and New York, is also recommended for shareholder activism matters.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The 'very strong' team at Hogan Lovells US LLP has an established reputation for its expertise in healthcare and life sciences, and is adept at handling mandates from a wide range of sectors within the emerging growth company area. Work highlights include advising New Enterprise Associates as the lead investor in the $67m Series D financing of Centrexion Therapeutics; assisting Gilead Sciences with its investment in the Series A financing of Glympse Bio, which raised $22m; and representing Founders Fund in its Series A investment in Artificial Intelligence Foundation. Jon Layman, based in San Francisco, and Silicon Valley's Nathaniel Gallon, who has 'great business acumen', are the names to note. 

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Data Privacy and Data Protection - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP¬†provides ‚Äėtremendous help‚Äô to global businesses on cybersecurity governance, compliance and risk management ‚Äď particularly with reference to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) - as well as breach response and litigation resulting from high-profile data breaches. The practice is headed by the ‚Äėkey author of privacy regulations‚Äô,¬†Marcy Wilder, who specializes in complex cyber-attacks, privacy investigations and data protection work in digital health, and Harriet Pearson. Pearsonhas been assisting consumer credit reporting agency Equifax before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with regard to the client‚Äôs 2017 data breach, which affected 145m consumers. Uber and Salesforce are other notable clients. Key contacts also include litigator Michelle Kisloff, the ‚Äėhighly skilled‚Äô Bret Cohen, senior counsel¬†Christopher Wolf¬†and senior associate Paul Otto, who is ‚Äėvery well versed in technical matters‚Äô. Named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Christopher Wolf - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Harriet Pearson - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Marcy Wilder - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Rising stars

Paul Otto - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

With significant experience acting for both technology companies and financial institutions Hogan Lovells US LLP offers an impressive breadth of expertise on cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, smart contracts and AI, among other areas of fintech. The interdisciplinary practice is well-placed to assist emerging companies with a full range of issues and recently advised CertiK on the formation of its smart contract verification business, and on financing, intellectual property, employment and tax matters. The practice is equally adept at assisting financial institutions navigate the regulatory landscape relating to new technologies; Washington DC-based practice head Richard Schaberg is advising Cambridge Bancorp on taking warrants from start-up and early stage innovative borrowers. For blockchain technology Theodore Mlynar is a key name to note; he is acting for start-up company BlockTEST Global and for multinational corporates and other investors in blockchain solutions and cryptocurrencies. Another work highlight for the group was the representation of digital token trading platform EtherDelta in charges for an alleged registration violation with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nathaniel Gallon is also a key name; he has assisted Santander Fintech Limited with several transactions, including investments in online mortgage provider Roostify and Brazilian start-up Creditas.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP represents vendors and customers in outsourcing negotiations and also handles intellectual property matters associated with outsourcing activities. The team has offices from coast-to-coast, with key contacts including San Francisco-based John Brockland, Denver-based David L. London and Audrey Haroz Reed, who divides her time between Washington DC and New York. Zenas J. Choi and Michael E. Larner practice from the Northern Virginia office and are regularly instructed by clients in the automotive, telecoms, hospitality and banking sectors. Also of note, the firm recently advised a major movie theater chain on its outsourcing of administrative processes.

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Technology transactions
Technology transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has extensive expertise in the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts and technology licensing agreements in industry sectors including healthcare, software, media and fashion. The team has been assisting Regal Entertainment Group with the development and licensing of software and technology usage rights in connection with the IPO of an affiliated business partner. Northern Virginia-based Cullen G. Taylor has acted for Incyte Corporation in a licensing and collaboration agreement with MacroGenics in relation to the development and commercialization of an antibody. Other key individuals include San Francisco-based John Brockland, Washington DC-based communications practice head Michele C. Farquhar, and Meryl Rosen Bernstein and William J. Curtin III, who both divide their time between the New York and Washington DC offices.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

'There is no better firm', according to one client, than Hogan Lovells US LLP, which provides clients with a broad range of regulatory services, as well as counsel on high-profile telecoms litigation. The firm is distinguished by its ability to assemble and represent stakeholder coalitions in responding to developing issues, such as practice head Michele Farquhar's work for PTC-220, a consortium comprising leading rail companies and trade associations, which pertained to its implementation of new Positive Train Control safety systems and included spectrum buyout and swap arrangements, as well as substantial FCC representation in rulemaking and waiver proceedings. The firm also advises satellite television operator DISH Network on its proposal to deploy 5G services in the 12Ghz band, and its attempts to prove the viability of the proposal to the FCC. Wireless spectrum policy and 'telehealth' expert Trey Hanbury led the representation of DISH, and is also assisting T-Mobile in securing third-party support for its merger with Sprint, in one of the largest and most contested wireless transactions in recent years. Spectrum policy expert Ari Fitzgerald recently acted for SNR Wireless in negotiations concerning bidding credits from the FCC's 2015 AWS-3 auction, following a 2017 court victory establishing SNR's eligibility for the credits. Another key contact, privacy and communications law expert Mark Brennan, handles privacy and cybersecurity work for the Internet Association, a trade association with members including Google, Facebook and Amazon, in connection with the FCC's informational injuries workshop and the impact of GDPR on US-based internet companies.

Leading lawyers

Michele Farquhar - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Trey Hanbury - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next Generation Partners

Mark Brennan - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's full-service, interdisciplinary practice stands out for its expertise in new technologies, particularly unmanned aircraft systems, Internet of Things, and healthtech. Washington DC-based communications practice head Michele Farquhar serves as lead counsel for the PTC-220 stakeholder coalition, a rail industry group implementing positive train control systems, which recently sought to purchase additional spectrum for its operations. DC-based Steven Kaufman and Northern Virginia-based Randy Segal lead the firm's space and satellite team, acting for clients including Planet Labs, which retains the firm in several transactional matters including launch service agreements and contracts. The team is also involved in big-ticket deals such as 21st Century Fox's merger with Disney, where it is one of Fox's regulatory counsels, and Sinclair Broadcasting's terminated deal with Tribune Media Group, where it operated as Fox's lead transactional counsel in the purchase of divested stations. New York-based M&A specialist Alexander Johnson is another key contact in the cross-practice team; he advised Anschutz Corporation on its sale of the majority shareholding of Regal Entertainment Group to Cineworld Group as part of a $5.9bn deal. Senior associates Sean Spivey and Arpan Sura are up-and-coming names within the firm.

Rising stars

Arpan Sura - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Sean Spivey - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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United States: Real estate

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's 'available and responsive team is one of the most knowledgeable practices in the market when it comes to corporate and securities works for REITs'. It is actively involved in every aspect of the REIT industry, including IPOs, M&A, capital markets, joint ventures and corporate governance. The client list includes Apple Hospitality REIT, Colony Capital, Cousins Properties, Greystar Real Estate Partners, JBG Smith Properties and Kite Realty Group Trust. The team advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, a property developer, investor and manager, on its $4.6bn acquisition of Education Realty Trust, a Memphis-based college housing REIT; and acted for the special committee of the board of directors of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II in its merger with Phillips Edison & Company. Group head David Bonser is 'a business-minded, results-oriented lawyer, who sees the practical as well as the technical side of any matter'; and Prentiss Feagles, is 'the pre-eminent tax lawyer in the REIT space and incredibly skilled in structuring complex transactions'. Other key advisers include Michael McTiernan, Matt Thomson Jr and Stacey McEvoy. Named advisers are in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated; Stuart Barr and Cameron Cosby left for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Leading lawyers

David Bonser - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Prentiss Feagles - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next Generation Partners

Matt Thomson - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Stacey McEvoy - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Rising stars

Andrew Zahn - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's¬†international tax practice is led by Siobhan Rausch¬†in the Washington DC office. Rausch continues to advise The Juilliard School on the tax elements of the establishment of two joint venture schools in the Tianjin Free Trade Zone.¬†Jeffrey Tolin¬†in New York¬†specializes in domestic and cross-border acquisitions,¬†mergers,¬†restructurings and joint ventures, and¬†is advising Novartis on the tax elements of its $8.7bn acquisition of AveXis. Christine Lane¬†in Washington DC led US tax advice on Woodward Inc's¬†‚ā¨700m acquisition of German L‚ÄôOrange GmbH from Rolls-Royce Group. Silicon Valley and San Francisco based¬†Babak Nikravesh¬†counts¬†Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec and Synopsys among his clients.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is led by team head Siobhan Rausch, Todd Miller and Christine Lane, who are all based in Washington DC. Rausch specializes in securing IRS private letter rulings for clients and handles complex tax-exemption applications. Miller is an IRS audits and appeals expert and also acts for clients before the IRS on ruling requests, refund claims, technical advice requests, and closing agreements. Lane also advises on complex controversy matters.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP¬†is praised for ‚Äėproviding solutions to tax matters that other advisors do not have the experience or ability to address‚Äô. Indeed, the team regularly advises on multinational corporate and financing transactions in the life sciences, hospitality, real estate, media and technology sectors. Washington DC partners Cameron Cosby, Prentiss Feagles¬†and Jasper Howard¬†represented Park Hotels & Resorts on the sale by HNA - Park Hotels' largest shareholder - of nearly $1.4bn in common stock through a public secondary offering and a privately negotiated repurchase of shares by Park Hotels. Jeffrey Tolin¬†in New York has been active in several major acquisitions on behalf of key clients, such as Novartis' $8.7bn acquisition of AveXis, and for Adobe in its $1.7bn acquisition of Magento Commerce as well as its $4.8bn acquisition of Marketo from Vista Equity Partners.¬†Also in New York,¬†Mark Weinstein¬†acted as tax counsel to Onexim Sports & Entertainment in its sale of a 49% interest in the Brooklyn Nets NBA franchise to Joseph Tsai, co-founder of the Alibaba Group.

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