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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is best known for its expertise in development and joint venture transactions across the US involving domestic and foreign partners, and the team regularly acts for corporations acquiring, developing and leasing corporate headquarters. The firm is also noted for its work in relation to shopping centers, medical office buildings and hospitals along with industrial, multifamily and mixed-use properties. Austin-based practice head Jane Snoddy Smith recently acted for Charles Schwab in a $100m deal to establish a new regional corporate campus near Dallas. In another highlight, New York-based Mitchell Lubart advised Parkway on its contribution of 4.5m sq ft of commercial office properties to a new venture, and on its sale of 40% of the new venture to an entity owned by TIAA. The team also recently represented Blackrock Realty in a number of matters, including its investment into a new venture with Butters Realty & Management and its multifamily joint venture with Trammel Crow in Denver.

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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s practice head Layne Kruse (who divides his time between Houston and Washington DC) has a wealth of experience in courts across the US in jury trials and class actions, among other matters. Kruse’s team provides ‘highly prized advice’ to clients from a wide range of sectors, such as healthcare, finance, oil and gas, and insurance. Robin Adelstein in New York is particularly knowledgeable in antitrust issues in the life sciences sector. Kruse, David Foster (Washington DC), Jonathan Franklin (Washington DC) and others are acting for Robert Bosch Tool Corp and its German parent company at the Fourth Circuit in relation to a claim brought by SawStop that the client was part of a conspiracy to boycott SawStop’s patented safety technology for table saws. The firm is also defending Phillips 66 in a class action filed by Persian Gulf regarding an alleged gasoline price-fixing conspiracy among several major energy companies.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP handles all stages of the US and global merger review process for clients such as GCC America, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, and Dentsply Sirona. In 2017, Daniel Wellington obtained unconditional FTC clearance on behalf of Good Shepherd Health System in relation to its acquisition by CHRISTUS Health. Wellington also assisted Gemalto with the antitrust aspects of its $850m acquisition of 3M’s identity management business. David Foster is another key figure. Layne Kruse, whose time is split between Houston and Washington DC, heads up the US antitrust practice. Wellington and Foster are based full time in Washington DC. Neely Agin joined Winston & Strawn LLP.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s ‘distinguished’ white-collar practice is chaired by Houston’s Gerry Pecht and was greatly boosted by firm's merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP. New York’s Bill Leone is representing Javier Martin-Artajo, a former JPMorgan executive who supervised the ‘London Whale’, in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings brought by regulatory enforcement authorities in multiple jurisdictions. Washington DC-based healthcare crime expert Rick Robinson secured a resolution for Walgreen in a national investigation by the DOJ into alleged FCA and anti-kickback violations concerning its Prescription Savings Club. In May 2018, Abbe Lowell moved to Winston & Strawn LLP.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP in 2017 further cemented its extensive litigation capabilities. The combined firm has a long history of litigation and trial work and continues to be retained by clients in high-stakes disputes. Energy, sports, technology, and healthcare and life sciences are among the firm’s sweet spots. A team of Houston litigators led by Layne Kruse obtained summary judgment for client Robert Bosch Tool Corporation in an antitrust conspiracy case. From the Dallas office, Richard Krumholz and Beau Cox - who was made partner in 2018 - have been representing Freeman Resources in long-running litigation concerning a 2008 transaction with Chesapeake. Among the firm’s best known litigators are Austin-based M Scott Incerto as well as Thomas McCormack and Thomas Hall in New York.

Next generation lawyers

Beau Cox - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP stands out for its ‘pragmatism and business orientation’ and continues to represent Mobil Investments Canada in proceedings against Canada under NAFTA please spell; and acted for Gold Reserve Inc. in conjunction with the enforcement of a $765m ICSID award against Venezuela in the US arising out of the expropriation of its mining concern in Venezuela. In Houston, global co-head of international arbitration Mark Bakerallows the team to shine while adding his gravitas’ and Kevin O’Gorman is praised for his ‘experience’. Washington DC-based Matthew Kirtland is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Mark Baker - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

At Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, ‘international litigation is one of the best aspects of the firm’s capabilities’. The firm’s US litigation bench increased significantly following the 2017 merger with Chadbourne & Parke, and the New York office now has 80 litigators, many of whom handle cross-border matters. The firm advised former JP Morgan executive Javier Martin-Artajo on criminal and enforcement proceedings brought by the DOJ, the SEC and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority concerning securities fraud. Another highlight was the firm’s work for BMW in multidistrict litigation concerning the recall of vehicles using Takata airbags. Gerard Pecht in Houston leads the global dispute resolution and litigation practice, while Richard Krumholz in Dallas leads the US group. Also recommended in Houston are Mark Baker and Kevin O’Gorman.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s 15-strong products, pharma, medical and mass tort practice is headed by the ‘honest, hard-working and knowledgeableSteven Jansma in San Antonio. The ‘excellent’ team is increasingly active in the automotive sector, and handles discovery response, nationwide class actions and product recalls. In one recent highlight, Jansma obtained a favorable settlement for longstanding client BMW, regarding economic loss claims arising from the Takata MDL. In other work, Austin-based Stacey Martinez represented Toyota in a putative class action involving alleged violations of consumer fraud statutes in the marketing of various 2016 vehicle models. The client roster also includes Cooper Tire & Rubber and Walmart. Brett Young joined the Houston office from K&L Gates in January 2017 and Jessica Farley is another name to note.

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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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s consumer products group is co-headed by Jeffrey Margulies in Los Angeles and Matthew Kirtland in Washington DC. The team handles class actions for manufacturers in a wide array of industries, including food and beverage, retail and electronics. Houston-based Carter Crow heads the class actions team.

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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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s products, pharma, medical and mass tort practice is led by Steven Jansma in San Antonio and handles contentious and non-contentious sector-related work, such as risk mitigation, discovery and litigation. In one recent highlight, Dallas-based Jonathan Skidmore obtained a complete defense verdict for Zimmer Biomet Holdings in a product liability trial, in which the plaintiff alleged that she suffered personal and economic injuries from a hip replacement device manufactured by the client. In Austin, Stacey Martinez achieved summary judgment for all remaining claims against client GlaxoSmithKline in the Poligrip MDL. Bayer and Coloplast are also clients of the firm. In April 2017, Lana Varney, Stephen Huffaker and Lisa Shub departed to King & Spalding LLP.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The products, pharma, medical and mass tort department at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is led by Steven Jansma in San Antonio. The team regularly represents companies from the energy, mining, manufacturing and transportation industries in claims arising from natural disasters, industrial accidents and environmental contamination. Led by Stephen Dillard and Jessica Farley, the team recently obtained partial summary judgment for Chevron Phillips Chemical in an MDL involving claims that groundwater was contaminated by underground storage tanks, which allegedly leaked gasoline containing methyl tertiary-butyl-ether (MTBE). In other work, Mark Baker continues to represent Vicanay Cadenas against claims brought by Petrobras, a Brazilian energy corporation, alleging that a tether chain manufactured by Vicanay broke and caused $350m in damages to a production site in the Gulf of Mexico. Brett Young is another key figure; all named partners are based in Houston, unless otherwise noted.

Next generation lawyers

Brett Young - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

At Norton Rose Fulbright US LLPthe level of service is excellent’. The firm has ‘a real in-depth understanding of the pharmaceutical market and the oil and gas industry’, though it also represents clients in sectors such as financial services. Houston-based practice head Gerard Pecht represented oilfield technology company Flotek in a class action and SEC investigation in which plaintiffs alleged that its core software FracMax did not work as advertised. The litigation is on appeal after a motion to dismiss was granted in the Southern District of Texas. Pecht, Austin-based Mark Oakes and Washington DC-based head of SEC enforcement Kevin Harnisch are ‘excellent attorneys who provide sound legal advice in a timely manner’. Rodney Acker in Dallas and Peter Stokes in Austin are also recommended.

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United States: Finance

Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP was highly active for both sponsors and lenders in the renewable energy space; recent mandates include New York-based Robert Eberhardt acting for Allianz Risk Transfer and REsurety on a ten-year proxy revenue swap and associated price hedging arrangements for the Bloom wind farm in Kansas, and Benjamin Koenigsberg advising the lenders on the construction and equity bridge loan financing of the Deerfield wind project in Michigan. The practice is best known on the lender side, where remits extended to a number of multibillion-dollar conventional power deals; the team assisted a consortium of lenders on the $2.3bn financing for the Southland repowering project in Southern California, and Todd Alexander and Eberhardt advised GE, BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole on the $1.6bn financing of the construction of the Cricket Valley Energy Center in New York. Practice co-head Keith Martin and cross-border specialist Noam Ayali (both based in Washington DC) are also key figures. All named partners are based in New York save where stated otherwise. Rohit Chaudhry joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2018.

Leading lawyers

Noam Ayali - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Following the incorporation of the legacy practice of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has significantly strengthened both its national and cross-border capabilities. In a significant cross-border matter, the group assisted BMW with Takata’s multijurisdictional bankruptcy and New York-based practice co-head Howard Seife assisted Argentina-based energy company YPF with the Chapter 11 of its wholly owned subsidiary Maxus Energy Corp. In an example of the practice’s debtor-side abilities, joint practice head Louis Strubeck, who splits his time between Dallas and New York, leads the representation of Adeptus Health and 139 affiliates in Chapter 11 cases. The team also acted for NextEra Energy on its intended $18.7bn acquisition of Energy Future Holdings, and continues to represent the company in a $275m claim for termination of the merger agreement after Energy Future Holdings entered into an alternative agreement with Sempra Energy. Senior counsel Howard Beltzer joined the New York office from Mayer Brown.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Incorporating the legacy practice of Chadbourne & Parke, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has experience both in out of court and in court restructuring of municipal entities. Led by New York-based practice head Lawrence Larose, the group advised the autonomous municipality of San Juan on the restructuring of the Government Development Bank in Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, which included litigation against the oversight board, the Governmental Development Bank and the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority. The team is also assisting Assured Guaranty as a monoline bond insurer of bonds issued by Atlanta City, New Jersey and by Hartford, Connecticut in relation to the cities’ financial distress. In relation to Jefferson County’s Chapter 9 case, the firm continues to be engaged by Assured Guaranty, as insurer of $2bn of County warrants, in appeal of the confirmation order. Christy Rivera in New York was recently promoted to the partnership.

Leading lawyers

Lawrence Larose - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s increasingly active structured finance team has been especially busy with clean energy asset securitizations. Acting as issuer’s counsel, the team regularly handles PACE bond, solar loan and tax lien securitizations, among other transactions. Most notably, the department has been considerably strengthened by a number of personnel additions. Vincent Dunn, Andrew Coronios, Marian Baldwin Fuerst and Scott Berson joined the team following the July 2017 merger with Chadbourne & Parke, while ABS and MBS specialist Patrick Dolan joined from Dechert LLP and Eric Tashman joined the San Francisco office from Sidley Austin LLP in 2016.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

An ‘outstanding level of service’ and ‘good value for money’ are characteristics of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s oil and gas litigation practice. Under the leadership of the renowned William Wood, the team covers upstream, midstream, downstream and oilfield services disputes for clients such as Chevron, BP America and ExxonMobile. Combining its litigation and regulatory strengths, the group is assisting Energy Transfer Partners with contentious matters as well as federal, state and tribal permitting proceedings regarding the planned construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline; Denver-based Bob Comer is the key advisor. In other work, Stephen Dillard is representing Cabot Oil & Gas in a dispute regarding the alleged groundwater contamination from oil and gas drilling in northeastern Pennsylvania. Daniel McClure is noted for ‘his experience and success in defending class action royalty lawsuits’. Jeremy Mercer and Amy Barrette left for Blank Rome LLP.

Leading lawyers

William Wood - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Highly strategic and knowledgeableNorton Rose Fulbright US LLP focuses on compliance as well as enforcement matters and enhanced its bench strength with the Chadbourne & Parke merger in June 2017. The team’s recent caseload includes advising Brookfield Energy Marketing on FERC proceedings related to asset acquisition and representing Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative in a revenue recovery settlement proceeding before the commission. Another highlight was counselling Dominion Virginia Power on a petition for review of FERC transmission cost allocation orders. The group is jointly led by Joseph Williams, Michael Yuffee, Keith Martin and Rohit Chaudhry. Brian Greene and Michael Masri were elevated to the partnership.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Highly knowledgeable’ and ‘very strategicNorton Rose Fulbright US LLP provides ‘good value for money’. The team leverages its litigation experience to handle compliance and enforcement matters before the FERC and CFTC, as well as administrative proceedings related to market manipulation and antitrust. Bob Comer is assisting Energy Transfer Partners with litigation as well as federal, state and tribal permitting access related to the planned construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, while senior counsel Thomas Hirsch is representing the Cameron Interstate Pipeline, that serves Cameron LNG, in Section 4 Rate Change and Non-Conforming Agreement filings before the FERC. Lisa Tonery and Erik Swenson joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Peggy Heeg is now with Reed Smith LLP.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP provides ‘excellent tax advice on cutting edge issues’, with co-chair Keith Martin singled out as ‘an industry leader’. Of equal repute is co-chair Rohit Chaudhry, whose financing mandates included advising a consortium of lenders on the $2.3bn financing of the Southland repowering project in Southern California. Aside from Washington DC, where both named partners are based, the practice is also present in New York; Todd Alexander and Robert Eberhardt acted for the senior lenders on the $1.6bn financing of the Cricket Valley Energy Center in New York.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s impressive cross-border expertise includes acting for energy majors on conventional oil and gas and LNG projects. The team is also active in the US market; Houston-based Deborah Gitomer advised Enbridge Energy on the $2bn acquisition of an interest in the Bakken pipeline system. Other key players in Houston are practice head John Mauel, Julie Mayo, and Jay Stiffler.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s ‘solution-oriented and efficient team’ includes a considerable number of highly regarded practitioners, including DC-based joint heads of practice Keith Martin and Rohit Chaudhry, and New York-based Todd Alexander; Martin is particularly recommended for tax equity work, while Alexander is highly rated on the debt side. Another key figure is New York-based Robert Eberhardt who handled the development, financing and commodity hedging arrangements for a number of wind farm projects in Texas and Kansas. The broad practice takes in M&A mandates and in one example Alexander acted for Ullico Infrastructure Master Fund on its acquisition of a portfolio of assets owned by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments.

Leading lawyers

Keith Martin - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Todd Alexander - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has significantly increased its ‘great industry knowledge’ following its merger with Chadbourne & Parke. In New York, Andres Liivak led advice to Novartis on licensing issues regarding the company’s ECF843 eye drops. In Washington DC, Marilyn Mooney has been assisting Bayer with the US aspects of the €1bn divestiture of its diabetes care business to Panasonic Healthcare. Jointly headed by Yvonne Puig in Austin and Frederick Robinson in Washington DC, the team includes IP partners Charles Walker in Houston and Gina Shishima in Austin, as well as Frederick Robinson and Lesley Reynolds in Washington DC, and Steven Suzzan in New York. Other clients include Boston Scientific, Sanofi and GSK.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Yvonne Puig and the ‘incredibly skilledFrederick Robinson jointly lead Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s healthcare practice from Austin and Washington DC respectively; Puig focuses on litigation and Robinson handles fraud cases and government investigations. Clients highlight the team for its ‘responsiveness and commitment to understanding the logistical underpinnings of the client’s needs’ and ‘ability to approach any issues with a practical mindset’. Jerry Bell in Austin recently advised the University of Oklahoma on a proposed joint venture with SSM Health; Robinson is defending Memorial Hermann Hospital System in a qui tam lawsuit relating to physician recruitment agreements; and Thomas Dowdell in Washington DC is a reimbursement expert. Summa Health System, Duke University and Christus Health are also clients.

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Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
Transport: aviation and air travel - finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP regularly handles large portfolio acquisitions and leasing transactions. Indeed, James Tussing has assisted clients such as Apollo Aviation Group and AWAS (now DAE) with high-value portfolio sales transactions and cross-border leasing. Working in conjunction with its global network, the New York team has acted in a number of market-firsts. Sean Corrigan advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Development Bank of Japan on US aspects of the first financing transaction to employ an aircraft finance insurance consortium structure in lieu of a US Ex-Im Bank guarantee. Similarly, the New York team has been involved in a market-first structured lease transaction and also assisted an Asian investor with the formation of a multibillion-dollar joint venture, which involved complex cross-border regulatory issues.

Leading lawyers

James Tussing - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alyssa Marie Vazquez - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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Transport: shipping - finance
Transport: shipping - finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s New York-based maritime finance team works in conjunction with the firm’s worldwide maritime team and is regularly involved in bilateral and syndicated vessel financing and refinancing transactions. Brian Devine advised ABN AMRO on a $230m fleet restructuring, and has been acting alongside the firm’s global network in a major maritime-related bankruptcy. Brad Berman and counsels Kassandra Lydia Savicki and Julie Pateman Ward are also recommended.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

At Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, the arrival of Jeffrey Lewis from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as well as of high technology expert Michael Solomita, who joined the New York office following the merger with Chadbourne & Parke, increased the team’s litigation prowess after Erik Swenson joined Cozen O'Connor and Bert Greene departed to Duane Morris LLP. In Houston, Charles Walker heads the IP disputes group, which also includes fellow Houstonians Daniel Scott Leventhal and Richard Zembek as well as New York’s Paul Keller. The team secured a Federal Circuit victory for AT&T in litigation against CallWave regarding alleged patent infringement through direct carrier billing. Uni-Systems, Wicked Cool Toys, Qualcomm and Expedia are also on the client roster.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The ‘incredibly responsive’ and ‘great’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has extensive experience acting for high-profile brands in domestic and international litigation. Group head Timothy Kenny, who is based in Minneapolis, often handles federal court litigation and TTAB proceedings. In San Antonio, Saul Perloff works with clients across a wide range of sectors, including consumer products, food and pharmaceuticals. Austin-based Michael Metteauer is also recommended. Patrick Gallagher is now at Cozen O'Connor. Clients include FICO, Fairview Health Services and Evine.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s ‘incredibly responsive’ department excels in handling protection and transactional matters for clients across a wide range of sectors. In Minneapolis, department head Timothy Kenny has been advising FICO on all aspects of trademark work, including the development of a global strategy to rename the company from ‘Fair Isaac’ to ‘FICO’ as well as enforcement issues. In Austin, the ‘hardworking and very practicalAlicia Morris Groos acted for Yorktown Technologies on the trademark aspects regarding the sale of its GloFish brand to Spectrum Brands Holdings. Patrick Gallagher is now at Cozen O'Connor.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP merged with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm with deep New York and Washington DC roots; the combination strengthened the practice’s offering in the energy, infrastructure and finance sectors. It also expanded the combined firm’s reach in the New York market, bringing in highly rated New York advisers such as Kessar Nashat, whose work covers a range of industries, including energy (particularly renewable energy), manufacturing, aerospace and defense, software, and technology; corporate and finance law specialist Charles Hord III; and William Greason, who advises public and private companies on a wide range of corporate matters. The team’s client base includes major oil and gas companies, energy and power companies, and US financial institutions, for whom it assists with public and private M&A, disposals, shareholder activism, and general commercial and corporate advisory issues. New York partner-in-charge Steve Suzzan acted for Dentsply Sirona, a manufacturer and marketer of products for the dental market, in the $375m acquisition of Israel-based dental implant manufacturer MIS Implants Technologies; Sheldon Nussbaum advised ROFIN-SINAR Technologies, a global developer and manufacturer of high-performance industrial laser sources, on its sale to Coherent, in a merger transaction valued at approximately $1bn; and David Barrett assisted Carillon Tower Advisers, a unit of Raymond James Financial (a global asset-management firm supporting autonomous boutiques), with the $172.5m acquisition of Scout Investments, along with its Reams Asset Management division. US business practice chair Gene Lewis divides his time between Denver and Houston; Dallas-based Glen Hettinger is US corporate, M&A and securities head; and Houston partner-in-charge is Brian Fenske. Efren Acosta and Edward Rhyne joined Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Houston office, and Thomas Hughes exited for Winston & Strawn’s office in Dallas.

Next generation lawyers

Kessar Nashat - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: litigation
Advertising and marketing: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP advises on global tax planning, transfer pricing, joint ventures, private equity transactions, cross-border M&A (particularly in the energy, finance, and healthcare sectors) and contested tax matters, among other things. The practice, which is led by Houston’s Andrius Kontrimas, has gained 14 new tax partners from the June 2017 merger with Chadbourne & Parke. New York’s William Cavanagh assisted Enel Américas (formerly known as Enersis), in a $22bn corporate reorganization to organize its electricity generation, distribution and transmission businesses by geographic focus, which involved the demerger and subsequent re-merger of two spin-off companies. The Kingdom of Bahrain, Enbridge Energy and Brookfield infrastructure are other notable clients.

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP advises clients on multi-jurisdictional competent authority disputes, audits, IRS appeals, summons enforcements and state and local property tax controversies. Robert Morris and Stephen Kuntz have been acting for global oilfield service company Baker Hughes in a Federal district court refund action related to the IRS’s disallowance of a $52m bad debt deduction in Houston. Morris and of counsel Charles Hall have been defending Bluescape Resources at the Tax Court against IRS determinations, which have disallowed around $800m in deductions and costs. The client portfolio also includes Vega Energy and Diamond Offshore Drilling. Jasper Taylor is another name to note. All attorneys mentioned are based in Houston. Since publication, Rob Kovacev had joined from Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is ‘a very solid firm with attorneys who are great people to work with’. The tax team is best known for its expertise in the energy and healthcare industries, and received a boost in financial services and renewable energy expertise in July 2017 through its merger with Chadbourne & Parke, which added 14 tax partners. Recent highlights include advising on the $400m merger of client Rosemore and Tema Oil and Gas Company, and representing the lenders in the $290m financing of Block Island Wind Farm, which is the first successful offshore wind project deal in the US. The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ William Bowers in Dallas is recommended. Steve Kuntz in Houston and Michael Masri in New York are notable joiners from Chadbourne & Parke. Robert Phillpott and Ron Scharnberg moved to Baker Botts L.L.P.’ Houston office in February 2017.

Leading lawyers

William Bowers - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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    India is a common-law jurisdiction. In general, Indian laws borrow heavily from, and are based on, English law. However, insurance law in India has certain unique features that deviate from English insurance law. The primary legislation of insurance law in India is the Insurance Act, 1938 (the “Insurance Act”) and the Insurance Rules, 1939 (the “Insurance Rules”).
  • AVELLUM advised largest Ukrainian brick manufacturer on restructuring and refinancing of its debt

    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Private Joint Stock Company with Foreign Investments “Slobozhanska Budivelna Keramika” (“SBK ”) in connection with the restructuring and refinancing of SBK’s debt, valued at approximately EUR20 million. Atlas Advisors, an independent investment banking firm, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the SBK’s shareholders in connection with the restructuring of the credit portfolio, attraction of financing for the debt’s refinancing, and buy-out of SBK’s shares.
  • AVELLUM advises on Ukraine’s USD2 billion Eurobond issue

    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the USD2 billion sovereign Eurobond issue consisting of two tranches with 5.5 and 10-year tenor. J.P. Morgan Securities, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, and Citigroup acted as joint lead managers on the transaction.
  • New Anti-Money Laundering Law

    The new anti-money laundering ( AML ) law of the UAE took effect at the end of October 2018. Containing features recommended by the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ), the new law introduces subtle but important changes to the AML landscape in the UAE. 
  • Confidentiality Under Renewed Focus

    The UAE federal government has recently issued a raft of important legislation, addressing and in many ways updating areas of law that are key to businesses in the jurisdiction. Amongst this legislation is Federal Decree-Law 14 of 2018 concerning the central bank and the organisation of financial institutions and activities (the New Banking Law ) and Federal Decree-Law 20 of 2018 concerning anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing (the New AML Law ). Both the New Banking Law and the New AML Law repeal and replace the previous legislation on their respective subjects. Importantly, the New Banking Law and the New AML Law have together enhanced the protection afforded to confidential information under UAE law, in particular where financial and legal service providers and their customers and clients are concerned. 
  • Israel Chapter in The Virtual Currency Regulation Review

    Earlier this year, the Israel Tax Authority (ITA) issued two circulars, one on the taxation of digital tokens and the second addressing the taxation of utility tokens in initial coin offerings (ICOs). Additionally, in March, the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) released a detailed interim report by the Committee for the Regulation of Public Offerings of Decentralized Cryptocurrency Coins (Report) (with a follow-up report due to come out around October 2018). Moreover, it is expected that before the end of 2018, legislation will come into force that for the first time will see Israeli primary legislation define virtual currencies as financial assets and mandate licensing for related services, as is later discussed in detail.