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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’s varied client base takes in foreign investors, REITs, private equity houses, developers and institutional investors. The practice significantly developed its New York offering with the hire of new head of practice Mark Eagan, who joined from Paul Hastings LLP. Eagan’s clients include Ivanhoé Cambridge and GreenOak Real Estate. In Washington DC, key players include Bruce Parmley and Lee Berner, and in a standout matter, Berner continued to advise General Electric on the $23bn sale of its real estate portfolio. Also in Washington DC, David Bonser acted for Parkway Properties in its merger with Cousins Properties and spin-off of Houston assets into a separate public company. The practice also has outlets in Los Angeles and Colorado Springs, with Albert Stemp and David Isbell the respective contacts. Stemp handled a number of important matters in 2016, including representing Hudson Pacific Properties in its $180m joint venture with CPPIB to acquire and finance a newly constructed office project in Seattle, and advising Colony Capital in connection with a $107m equity investment in a luxury apartment developer.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s US antitrust team comprises more than 40 lawyers and also draws on the resources of its wider global network to handle US and international cartel investigations for clients from a wide range of sectors, including financial services, electronics and aviation. Recent matters involved multi-jurisdictional investigations in areas such as Libor, auto parts and pharmaceuticals. Names to note in the team, which is led by Janet McDavid, include San Francisco’s Megan Dixon, who was formerly a prosecutor in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, and Kathryn Hellings. Senior associate Daniel Shulak is also recommended.

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

At Hogan Lovells US LLP, Marc Gottridge, Dennis Tracey (both in New York), Benjamin Holt and others are acting for Société Générale in an MDL where it is alleged that banks participating in the London Market Gold Fixing process colluded with each other to manipulate the benchmark price. In another highlight, Robert Robertson and recently promoted partner Justin Bernick are acting as co-lead counsel in Re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation. 3M, Airbus and IBM are among other key clients of the practice, which was strengthened by the recent hires of Christopher Casey and Julie Brill, who joined from the DOJ and FTC respectively. Paul Salvaty joined in Los Angeles from Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP. William Monts, Sanford Litvack (New York) and Megan Dixon (San Francisco) are other notable individuals in the team. Global practice co-head Janet McDavid is based in Washington DC, as are the lawyers mentioned above where location is not indicated.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

At Hogan Lovells US LLP, a cross-office team led by Washington DC-based Janet McDavid and London-based Suyong Kim recently acted as US and EU antitrust counsel to SABMiller in its takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which represented the fourth-largest transaction in corporate history. In another highlight, Logan Breed is a key adviser to Aeromexico in a second request investigation into the client’s proposed alliance with Delta Airlines. Other contacts are Rachel Brandenburger (New York), Robert Robertson, Robert Leibenluft and Leigh Oliver. Meghan Rissmiller made partner. Unless otherwise stated, named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
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 team houses Neal Katyal, who secured a victory for Geico Insurance in the US Supreme Court case concerning the authority of a federal trial judge to recall jurors after dismissing them in case of an error in the jury verdict. Katyal defended JP Morgan Chase in antitrust proceedings pertaining to an alleged price-fixing conspiracy regarding ATM access fees. ‘One of the best appellate attorneys in the nation’, Cate Stetson is a ‘splendid advocate in and out of court’; she succeeded in the DC Circuit appeal for the American Hospital Association, challenging the US Department of Health and Human Services’ delay in proceeding Medicare appeals. Stetson also won multiple cases related to the construction of LNG export facilities on Dominion Cove Point LNG terminal on the Chesapeake Bay. Jessica Ellsworth secured the dismissal of a psychiatric services reimbursement class action against Anthem on the grounds of lack of standing under ERISA’s limited private enforcement cause of action.

Leading lawyers

Neal Katyal - 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

Hogan Lovells US LLP is ‘a really strong’ firm that offers regulatory expertise and international reach. Practice head Peter Spivack advised Electrobras on internal investigations following the Petrobras scandal, and assisted Chemed Corporation and VITAS Healthcare with major FCA cases. Fellow Washington DC lawyer Jonathan Diesenhaus assisted Solvay Pharmaceuticals in securing a complete victory on summary judgment in a declined qui tam whistleblower case. Gejaa Gobena joined the Washington DC office in June 2016 after serving as deputy chief of the fraud section in the criminal division of the DOJ, James McGovern joined the New York office from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and Stephanie Yonekura joined the Los Angeles office after serving as acting US Attorney for the Central District of Los Angeles.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is based across its New York, Miami, Washington DC, Houston and Los Angeles offices, acting for businesses and governments. It is particularly noted for its ‘strong’ Latin America practice and is advising Panama on two ICSID arbitrations including one alleging expropriation of investments in real estate assets in violation of the Netherlands-Panama BIT. The team is also active in the Middle East; it is representing Fluor Transworld Services in ICC arbitration proceedings with Petrixo Oil & Gas relating to projects in the UAE. Daniel González in Miami and Samaa Haridi in New York are recommended.

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s US-based international litigation team is ‘fully capable of rendering excellent services for multinational companies, even in a foreign jurisdiction’. Daniel González and Richard Lorenzo in Miami are leading IBM México in multibillion-dollar litigation pending in the Southern District of New York. Peter Spivack and Katie Hellings in Washington DC are leading advice to Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras (Eletrobras) on a vast corruption and bribery case involving Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras. Lorenzo is also advising Pequiven, the government-owned petrochemical company for Venezuela, in a suit filed in the Southern District of Florida alleging expropriations of Venezuelan companies in violation of international law. New York-based Dennis Tracey III heads the firm’s Americas litigation group. Bruce Oakley in Houston is also noted.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Benefitting from a strong presence in Washington DC as well as globally, Hogan Lovells US LLP provides an ‘excellent service’ to domestic and international corporate clients of the firm, as well as in discrete standalone mandates. Co-head Deen Kaplan has a ‘fantastic’ reputation for trade remedies matters and leads the firm’s work in numerous high-profile matters, including the representation of Emirates Group as one of several Gulf airlines accused by a coalition of US airlines of operating in violation of the ‘Open Skies’ policy because of the receipt of alleged government subsidies. Kaplan is also representing the Government of Ontario, alongside of counsel Mark McConnell and Jonathan Stoel, in its trade matters with the US. Co-head Beth Peters has ‘good relations with high-ranking government officials’ and is consequently a go-to practitioner for clients seeking strategic and nuanced advice relating to export controls and sanctions. Alongside Stephen Propst, Peters successfully secured the relevant licenses allowing Carnival Cruise Line to become the first US ship operator to sail to Cuba in more than 50 years, following the recent easing of sanctions with Cuba. Recently promoted partner Brian Curran has handled some notable CFIUS mandates of late, including for Dell on the approximately $3.1bn sale of its IT services provider to NTT Data. Other recommended partners include Robert Kyle, who has ‘long experience in corporate affairs related to government agencies’; the ‘clear-thinkingAleksandar Dukic, who excels on export controls and sanctions matters; CFIUS expert Jeanne Archibald; and T Clark Weymouth, who ‘knows how to deal with big transparency challenges in big companies’.

Leading lawyers

Beth Peters - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jeanne Archibald - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Mark McConnell - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next generation lawyers

Brian Curran - 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

Based in Washington DC, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s department has notable experience representing OEMs in high-profile class actions. Adam Kushner and Latane Montague have been leading the team in representing Hyundai before both the DOJ and EPA regarding its settlement in relation to allegations that the automaker violated the Clean Air Act. The team includes Jessica Ellsworth, who often advises on product liability-related appellate matters and has experience acting for clients before the DC Circuit. Michael Kidney heads the practice.

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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 product liability practice has strong experience representing clients ranging from electronics retailers to food and beverage companies. New York-based department head Phoebe Wilkinson has been representing Best Buy and LG Electronics in a nationwide putative class action brought before the District of Minnesota alleging fraud in the marketing and sale of LED televisions manufactured by LG Electronics and sold by Best Buy. In Silicon Valley, Robert Hawk has been defending StarKist in an action brought before the Northern District of California alleging violations of FDA regulations regarding the client’s canned tuna product. The team was strengthened by the arrival of trial expert Regina Rodriguez in the firm’s Denver office from Faegre Baker Daniels and Michael Turrill in Los Angeles from Arent Fox LLP.

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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

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Baltimore-based product litigation practice has been focusing increasingly on litigation in the digital health space, in addition to handling traditional product liability lawsuits. Practice head Lauren Colton has been serving as national counsel to Amgen in a number of matters concerning the arthritis treatment prescription drug Enbrel. Colton and Barry Thompson, who is based in Los Angeles, have been serving as national coordinating counsel to Bristol-Myers Squibb in a number of lawsuits and claims alleging that the client’s antipsychotic drug Abilify caused plaintiffs to develop compulsive gambling and other impulse control disorders. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Regina Rodriguez in the firm’s Denver office from Faegre Baker Daniels.

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United States: Finance

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP leverages its robust regulatory practice to provide a specialist skillset in advising issuers from the regulated industries on debt matters, with healthcare, telecoms, defense, aerospace and life sciences all standing out as strong areas of expertise. Highlights in 2016 saw Washington DC-based Eve Howard acting for HNA Group, the owner of China's fourth-largest airline, on its circa €1.5bn debt finance raising relating its CHF2.7bn (enterprise value) acquisition of cargo handling company Swissport Group from PAI Partners. Also in Washington DC, Richard Parrino advised UnitedHealth Group on its $2.5bn notes offering. Glenn Campbell splits his time between Baltimore and Washington DC and worked alongside Washington DC’s Allen Hicks in advising Lockheed Martin on its $7bn investment grade notes offering, which was used to partially finance its $9bn acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft. Elsewhere, Amy Freed, who splits her time between Baltimore and New York, acted for 21st Century Fox in two offerings of senior unsecured notes totaling $1.1bn. Washington DC-based group head David Bonser is also recommended.

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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 underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice is led from Washington DC by David Bonser, and has strong experience in deals concerning regulated industries, particularly healthcare, defense, life sciences, energy and financial services. Issuer mandates continue to account for the majority of instructions and highlights saw Richard Parrino advising cyber security company SecureWorks on its $112m IPO, and Eve Howard and Michael McTiernan acting for Playa Hotels & Resorts during its $100m IPO. On the underwriter side, Daniel Keating assisted UBS Investment Bank with Banc of California’s $100m public offering. In 2016, the group was boosted by the arrival of three corporate partners from Pepper Hamilton LLP: Rachael Bushey, John Duke and Steve Abrams, who co-chaired the life sciences and corporate and securities departments at his former firm, all join the Philadelphia office. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Led out of Washington DC by Richard Schaberg, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s financial institutions regulatory practice benefits from strong ties to regulatory officials and is well placed to advise clients on an array of bank regulatory matters, as well as on regulatory-driven transactional mandates. Schaberg recently advised Westfield Financial on its $110m merger with Chicopee Savings Bank to create the largest locally managed bank in Hampden County, Massachusetts. In addition to traditional bank regulatory work, the firm has been increasingly active within the fintech space, including advising Santander as it seeks to invest in start-ups through its recently launched fintech fund. The firm’s strong ties to many institutions within the community banking arena has led to a raft of work as such entities also seek to develop a greater presence in the fintech space; examples include its work for BancAlliance, a network of community banks, in its response to a recent White Paper issued by the OCC regarding responsible innovation in the federal banking system. Schaberg is also acting for BancAlliance in its partnership with online small business direct lender Fundation on the development of an innovative fintech platform enabling small businesses and banks to connect with each other through a Fundation software platform. Greg Parisi and Stuart Stein are also key members of the team, which was strengthened by the arrival in May 2016 of former commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission Julie Brill, who adds weight to the firm’s capability in data privacy and cybersecurity matters.

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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’s project finance practice is especially active in the energy space, within which conventional power and oil and gas are areas of particular activity. The Miami-based Miguel Zaldivar heads the department, which is especially busy on the sponsor side: José Luis Vittor, who is based in Houston, advised PetroAmazonas on a contract with Schlumberger that will see the latter invest $4.9bn in production-enhancing measures at an upstream facility in Ecuador; and Keith Larson in Washington DC advised Venture Global LNG on the development and financing of two $4.5bn LNG export projects. The practice also has a burgeoning multilateral lender workload, particularly in the Washington DC office: Larson advised lenders including BDO Unibank, China Banking Corporation and Development Bank of the Philippines on the financing of the $1.1bn, 668MW Luzon Island power project in the Philippines, and acted for lenders including Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Bank of the Philippine Islands and Security Bank Corporation on the financing of the $1.1bn, 554MW Mindinao Island power project. The Washington DC team is also advising lenders across several European jurisdictions on the privatisation of an Armenian power project. Mike Matheou, Brian Chappell and David Locascio are also recommended, and are based in New York, Baltimore and Houston, respectively.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 6

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Focusing primarily on emerging markets, Hogan Lovells US LLP has ‘unmatched knowledge of debt securitizations and future flow securitizations’. As head of the firm’s debt capital markets team for the Americas, Emil Arca acted for Banco Industrial and Industrial DPR Funding in a number of issuances of floating-rate and fixed-rate notes totaling $350m and backed by rights and interests in the diversified payment rights and related assets. The team also assisted Persistent Energy Capital as structuring agent in the world’s first off-grid solar securitization structure, which enabled alternative and affordable financing for the investment in installment sales of solar panels in Kenyan villages. Evan Koster, who leads the derivatives practice, has advised various global financial institutions and issuers on issues such as swap regulations and equity derivative positions.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s government contracts team is able to ‘give practical advice on complicated matters’ due to its specialist knowledge acquired through a sector-focused approach. It is particularly rated for pharma sector expertise, acting for clients including Pfizer and Amgen as well as medical device companies participating in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Department of Defense contracting programs. In the aerospace and defense area, Michael Mason and his team act for Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Airbus, while Michael Vernick frequently advises leading universities on federal research matters and grant-related investigations. Michael McGill led the representation of Google and one of its resellers, Tempus Nova, in a bid protest against the Internal Revenue Service challenging the purchase of cloud-based services from Microsoft under an existing blanket purchase agreement, which was limited to traditional software products. On the transactional side, the team advised KBR on the $600m acquisition of Wyle, which acts on government contracts with a combined value of $2bn. Other recommended partners include practice head Thomas McGovern, Joy Sturm 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

Hogan Lovells US LLP specializes in healthcare, tax and financial services matters, and frequently represents foreign governments. It stands out for combining legislative and regulatory support, both at state and federal level. In 2016, much of the work pertained to advocating policy positions in the tax reform debate, particularly on behalf of multinational companies such as Nissan and 21st Century Fox. In a large international trade subsidy dispute, the group is representing Emirates against a group of airlines seeking to jettison the open skies agreements due to the alleged receipt of trade subsidies. Sanctions law expert Robert Kyle led advice to Intrepid Potash concerning the Belarusian state-owned potash company’s reorganization, which the client considered an attempt to avoid US sanctions. Julie Brill, who joined in March 2016 from the Federal Trade Commission, adds privacy and data security expertise to W Michael House’s government relations and policy advocacy practice. Other names to note are Aaron Cutler, Lisa Ellman and of counsel Norman Coleman.

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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

Commercial disputes constitute a key element of Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘very smart practice’, which predominantly represents defendants but also acts for plaintiffs. Houston office managing partner Bruce Oakley defended offshore drilling contractor Transocean in a breach of contract dispute with Eni US Operating in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Other areas of expertise include construction, tort and environmental disputes as well as contentious regulatory matters. Washington DC-based Cate Stetson represented Dominion Cove Point LNG in an appeal launched by an environmental group against the Maryland Public Service Commission’s regulatory approval of the gas company’s construction of liquefaction facilities for the export of LNG from Dominion’s terminal on the Chesapeake Bay. The team also represented the client in a Sierra Club appeal against FERC’s authorization of the construction and operation of the project. Robert Wolinsky is the main contact.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Providing quality work’, Hogan Lovells US LLP represents its clients before federal and state agencies and has outstanding and broad-based electric and nuclear power expertise. The ‘excellent’ Daniel Stenger is experienced in assisting clients with obtaining licenses and other regulatory approvals from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the DOE, while the ‘very good’ John Lilyestrom leads the electricity team. Other areas of expertise include enforcement and compliance matters as well as FERC and state regulatory approvals, which are often dealt with in support of the firm’s energy transactional practice. Mary Anne Sullivan, who is ‘well versed in her field’, assisted Eversource Energy with obtaining a presidential permit for cross-border electric transmission facilities and other federal permits to support a $1.6bn new 190-mile high-voltage transmission line to bring hydropower from Quebec to southern New England. Stenger led advice to Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) on the development of a small modular reactor project, which included NRC licensing procedures. Stefan Krantz heads the energy regulatory practice.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Praised for its ‘business acumen’, Hogan Lovells US LLP is best known for assisting oil pipeline companies with rate cases, LNG export projects, permitting and contentious FERC work. The team advised Dominion Resources on a wide range of gas regulatory matters, including all customer contracting issues pertaining to the Dominion Cove Point LNG export project, obtaining final approvals from FERC, the DOE and the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) and the handling of ongoing appeals with respect to these approvals. Christopher Schindler represented Central Valley Gas Storage - a subsidiary of AGL Resources - in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and acted for AGL in PG&E’s general rate case, in which PG&E proposed to raise its gas transmission and storage rates. Other clients include UGI Sunbury, G2 LNG and Delfin LNG. Stefan Krantz heads the energy regulatory practice. Joel Patrick Nevins moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s transactional power clients include NRG Energy and Contour Global. The team, which is headed by Brian Chappell in Baltimore, is active in project finance as well as M&A, and handles cross-border mandates. The Washington DC-based Keith Larson advised two lender syndicates on the $1.1bn financing of GNPower Dinginin’s 668MW power plant on Luzon Island, the Philippines, and on the $1.1bn financing of GNPower Kauswagan’s 554MW power plant on Mindanao Island, also in the Philippines.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

The Denver-based Scot Anderson heads the team at Hogan Lovells US LLP, which has considerable cross-border experience as well as upstream, midstream and downstream capabilities. The Houston-based José Luis Vittor is recommended, as is Washington DC-based midstream expert Stefan Krantz.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice largely handles corporate and finance work; clients include EDP Renewables North America and Tradewind Energy, as well as several large financial institutions. Corporate partner Brian Chappell and projects expert Thomas Woolsey, who are based in Baltimore and Miami respectively, are recommended. Washington DC-based partners Amy Roma and Daniel Stenger are active on the nuclear regulatory side.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is ‘full of true experts, who are practical, insightful and always ready to help’. For example, Adam Kushner, who leads the department from Washington DC, is ‘exactly what you need in an outside counsel’ and is ‘able to utilize past US EPA experience when handling current issues’. Other notable practitioners include Scott Reisch, who focuses on federal and state cleanup matters; James Banks, who represented the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) in a suit challenging the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); and Dan Dunn, who handles litigation in the natural resources, energy, aerospace and engineering sectors. Other recent work includes Justin Savage representing American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) in litigation against Union Pacific Railroad over its ‘empty charge’ tariff, which imposes fees on shippers sending empty crude oil tank cars to repair facilities.

Leading lawyers

James Banks - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has key offices in Washington DC, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, with expertise in data privacy matters, healthcare transactions and health insurance coverage. Washington DC-based Sheree Kanner heads the practice, which is particularly adept at handling government investigations; Washington DC-based Marcy Wilder, Craig Hoover and Michelle Kisloff led advice to Anthem following its February 2015 cyberattack, assisting with the insurance regulators’ investigations into the breach. Another key highlight was undertaken by Hoover and McLean-based Emily Yinger, who have been representing several Blue Cross Blue Shield companies in multidistrict antitrust litigation pertaining to the client’s alleged violation of federal antitrust laws through its licensing agreements. Thomas Beimers, who joined the Washington DC office from Faegre Baker Daniels, is an expert in False Claims Act investigations.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s reputation rests on its outstanding regulatory and transactional capabilities and its deep involvement in the digital health space assisting a number of global pharmaceutical companies in high-profile transactions. The seasoned practice group includes ‘a number of subject matter experts who weave their legal expertise with business know-how that results in well-rounded service’. According to one client, Adam Golden is ‘the single best life science transaction attorney’ - his recent work includes assisting Allergan with its $40.5bn divestment of its generics division to Teva and, with the support from highly recommended counsel Anishiya Abrol, advising Novartis on its $2.6bn partnership with Xencor to develop bispecific antibodies intended to fight acute cancers. Asher Rubin, who is global head of the life sciences and healthcare industry team, acts for private and publicly traded businesses, venture capital and private equity funds in a wide range of transactions. Washington DC-based David Fox and Philip Katz are ‘twin-tower regulatory powers’. Philadelphia-based Janice Hogan and Susan Lee are FDA specialists - recent mandates for the FDA litigation team include challenging the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to withdraw its notice of intent to use DEA’s emergency scheduling authority to place the active components of the botanical product, Kratom, under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Other recent highlights include representing Bristol-Myers Squibb in a multi-jurisdictional product liability litigation and acting for DepoMed in a patent infringement case against Endo Pharmaceuticals relating to Endo’s pain management drug, Opana ER. The team bolstered its IP litigation capability with the arrival of New York-based Michael Dougherty and Tony Pezzano, who joined from King & Spalding LLP. Laura Berezin moved to Cooley LLP.

Leading lawyers

Adam Golden - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Asher Rubin - Hogan Lovells US LLP

David Fox - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next generation lawyers

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

With key offices in Washington DC and New York, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice frequently advises on healthcare data privacy matters and joint ventures. Washington DC-based Cliff Stromberg and Los Angeles-based Torrey McClary advised Vanderbilt University on a $2bn restructuring that separated the client from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Contentious work included defending Advocate Health Care Network against a preliminary injunction sought by the Federal Trade Commission to block the Advocate and NorthShore University HealthSystem merger. Pathnostics and the American College of Radiology are also clients. Washington DC-based Sheree Kanner heads the practice, which also includes the recommended Jeffrey Schneider in New York, plus recent arrivals in the form of Minneapolis-based Thomas Beimers, who joined from Faegre Baker Daniels, and Washington DC-based Gejaa Gobena, who joined from the Department of Justice.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP is well versed in reinsurance and insurance litigation, class actions and arbitration in relation to bankruptcy claims, product liability and healthcare matters. The Philadelphia-based David Newmann, who chairs the team alongside Washington DC’s David Hensler, led a team acting for Chubb in a breach of contract dispute with restaurant chain PF Chang’s, with the latter alleging that it was denied credit card coverage assessments following its data breach. Other highlights included New York’s Sean Keely representing AXA Liabilities Managers in a reinsurance claim against National Indemnity Company relating to historic asbestos injuries from Montana’s Libby mine. Other significant clients include WellPoint, ProSight Specialty Insurance and Executive Risk Indemnity. The Washington DC-based Ellen Swennes Kennedy and Craig Hoover are other notable names.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Unparalleled in the field’, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s global aviation department provides ‘a full suite of services across the spectrum of legislative and federal agency work’. Led out of Washington DC by Robert Cohn, the group represented Aerodynamics Incorporated before the Department of Transportation (DOT), preserving the carrier’s operating authority against a threat of revocation. The ‘smart and proficient’ Lisa Ellman and ‘impressive’ Ted Ellett are part of the firm’s specialized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) practice, and have respectively advised Turner Broadcasting and Google on their ability to operate drones for various purposes. One of the founders of the aviation group, George Carneal handled DOT and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizations for Sichuan Airlines regarding its first scheduled service from China to the US, and continues to advise the carrier on regulatory issues as they arise. Other clients include aircraft manufacturer Aerion Corporation, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and the State of Alaska.

Leading lawyers

Lisa Ellman - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP acts for a variety of arts, media and entertainment clients in copyright matters. It has defended Fox News in two suits filed by North Jersey Media Group regarding claims of copyright infringement based on photos posted on Facebook. Other clients include Bloomberg, Al-Monitor, Anne Frank Stichting and Walt Disney. Dori Ann Hanswirth in New York heads the practice.

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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 handles a range of mid-market fund formation work. Washington DC-based practice head David Winter was part of a team advising Fall Line Capital on a $200m real estate fund, while Jeffrey Hurlburt in New York advised Northzone Ventures on a €300m venture capital fund. The formation of small business investment companies (SBICs) is a particular niche - Winter advised St. Cloud Capital Partners on the formation of a SBIC, which raised $250m to invest in both debt and equity in small companies. LP clients include International Finance Corporation.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has established an enviable inventory of clients in the technology and media sectors and handles executive compensation issues related to mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs. Practice co-chair Margaret de Lisser is based in Washington DC and led a cross-practice team advising Dell on its sale of its global IT services to NTT Data as part of its strategy to fund its pending acquisition of EMC. The New York-based Martha Steinman advised GE on matters relating to the sale of its healthcare financial services business to Capital One, the second divestiture in GE’s plan to sell most of its financing arm. Washington DC-based Carin Carithers is also a key contact and acted for American Homes 4 Rent and Daimler.

Leading lawyers

Kurt Lawson - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

In addition to advising on traditional visa and immigration matters, Hogan Lovells US LLP utilizes its global full-service platform to provide strong supplementary expertise in corporate, tax, national security and labor matters. Group co-lead Beth Peters is also a director of the firm’s international trade and investment group and specializes in advising on immigration matters involving complex export issues for clients such as 21st Century Fox and Carnival Cruise Lines. Aleksandar Dukic co-chairs the Washington DC-based group and also has solid experience in security-related immigration matters. Dukic’s recent work includes advising Intrexon on obtaining authorization for its foreign national scientists to work in the US - both temporary non-immigrant visas and permanent residency applications.

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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’s practice is led by Washington DC-based securities law expert Alan Dye, who is advising KaloBios Pharmaceuticals on various securities and corporate governance matters and advised McCormick & Co on disclosure requirements and tender offer rules concerning its offer to purchase Premier Foods. In the same city, Richard Parrino assisted Dell Technologies with its transition from private to public company following its merger with EMC Corporation, and Amy Bowerman Freed provided securities and disclosure advice to News Corp. John Beckman’s clients include beverage company Brown-Forman Corporation and aerospace and defense company Orbital ATK. Baltimore lawyer William Intner acted for Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings in a comprehensive review of governance matters following a major acquisition.

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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 has emerged as a major player in high-value and complex cross-border M&A, with clients including the likes of 3M Company, Dell, Lockheed Martin, Novartis, Honeywell, Allergan, Daimler and General Electric. The firm has ‘significant resources to support the transaction, significant sector experience and knowledge, deep resources to complete time-sensitive transactions in an expeditious manner and is good value for the services provided’. It also ‘anticipates issues’, ‘understands the art of the possible’, ‘tirelessly works to achieve the client’s goals’ and is ‘professional in the highest sense of the word’. Key sectors for the practice include real estate and highly regulated industries such as aerospace, defense, government contracts and healthcare. Recent works includes advising Dell on its $3.05bn sale of its global IT services division to Japan-based NTT Data and representing Lockheed Martin in its $5bn agreement to separate its Information Systems & Global Solutions business and combine it with Leidos Holdings through a Reverse Morris Trust structure. In addition, it advised a consortium of Daimler, Audi and BMW on their $3.1bn acquisition of HERE, the digital mapping business held by Finland’s Nokia. Washington DC-based Joseph Gilligan is an ‘excellent team leader’ and has ‘significant deal experience and leadership capabilities to coordinate a large work scope’. New York and Washington DC-based global head of the M&A practice William Curtin is praised for his ‘M&A experience, creativity, availability and business understanding’, making the ‘client look smarter’, and is ‘more prepared and more sophisticated than the client has any right to expect’. Glenn Campbell in Baltimore, Washington DC-based Elizabeth Donley and Paul Manca and New York-based Adam Golden are also highly regarded. In 2017, the firm hired a prominent team in Silicon Valley, including Richard Climan and Kieth Flaum, from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Flaum is described as ‘the Jedi Master of lawyering.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has broad national and international coverage and represents a multitude of clients across key offices in the US, most notably New York, Denver and Northern Virginia. Its strength in regulated industries makes it especially well known for deals in the life sciences, healthcare, technology and financial services sectors. Clients include KRG Capital Partners, Actis, Advent International, ACON Investments, Columbia Capital, One Rock Capital and Warburg Pincus. Deal highlights included advising KRG Capital on its $1bn sale of ATI Physical Therapy to Advent International. Key partners include New York-based Alex Johnson, New York and Denver partner George Hagerty, and Robert Welp in Northern Virginia.

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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 an ‘excellent practice; the lawyers show extreme care and repeatedly excel in providing timely and expert advice’. Practice chair Jeffrey Hurlburt has extensive experience advising clients from the cleantech, foodtech, energy and life sciences sectors. Jon Layman, who splits his time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, is a key partner in the team and handles start-up financings and IPOs as well as corporate finance and other capital-raising transactions. He recently advised Founders Fund on numerous investments, including, as lead investor, a $30m investment in Flexport’s Series B financing, a $5m investment in the series seed preferred stock financing of Homee Interiors, a $2m investment in the series seed preferred stock financing of Ayar Labs, and a $30m investment in the $52.3m Series C preferred stock financing of Nu Pagamentos. Babak Nikravesh joined from Jones Day in June 2016 and Laura Berezin departed for a position at Cooley LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Data protection and data breach response - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

Leading lawyers

Christopher Wolf - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Harriet Pearson - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Marcy Wilder - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next generation lawyers

Julie Brill - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

Next generation lawyers

Tony Lin - Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

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

Leading lawyers

Michele Farquhar - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next generation lawyers

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

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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

Following the retirement of CEO emeritus Warren Gorrell, capital markets partner David Bonser leads the REIT practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP. Matt Thomson, who was promoted to partner at the beginning of 2016, advised Parkway Properties on its merger with Cousins Properties and the simultaneous spin-off of its Houston-based properties into a new REIT called HoustonCo. Bonser is working on a merger transition between long-term client JBG Companies and Vornado Realty Trust. Another key client is GE, for which Paul Manca and Bruce Gilchrist are handling the separate disposals of its domestic restaurant franchise loan portfolio and hotel finance franchise loan portfolio to several regional banks. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

David Bonser - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Prentiss Feagles - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matt Thomson - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Stacey McEvoy - 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 handles contentious matters before the IRS, the state tax authorities and various courts. It also acts for domestic and international clients in tax audits and appeals. The firm has particular expertise in tax-exempt organizations. Clients include Open Networking Foundation, Rural Telephone Finance Corporation and Aflac. Team head Siobhan Rausch is based in Washington DC, where Christine Lane was recently promoted to partner and Todd Miller is also recommended. In New York, Howard Topaz and Scott Friedman are other noteworthy names.

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

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s tax team is commended for its expertise in real estate and REITs, M&A, capital markets and investment funds. Highlights included acting for Dell on the $3bn sale of its information technology services business to NTT Data Corp and assisting American Homes 4 Rent with its merger with American Residential Properties. Washington DC-based partners Scott Lilienthal and Howard Silver led advice to Vanderbilt University on the spinoff of its medical center business into a new separate entity.

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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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    Amongst the numerous topics covered by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has decided to provide further guidance on the requirements regarding product governance through its guidelines dated 2 June 2017 which focus on the target market assessment by manufacturers and distributors of financial products.     
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    The partners of Arendt & Medernach are pleased to announce that their firm has been awarded once again the prestigious “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year” title during the International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 18 May.
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    On 7 June 2017, the official ceremony for the signing of the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) took place bringing to a close a process initiated last year when a consensus was reached on the wording of the MLI on 24 November 2016 (see also our newsflash dated 2 December 2016, available on our website www.arendt.com section Publications/Newsflash).
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    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
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