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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has expertise across a range of product types, including shopping centers, medical office buildings and hospital facilities, corporate headquarters, industrial, multifamily and mixed-use properties. Although the practice continues to be led from Texas, with practice head Jane Snoddy Smith based in Austin, it has seen increasing deal flow in locations such as New York and Los Angeles; for example, in New York, Mitchell Lubart was busy on a number of multimillion-dollar transactions for a major real estate investment company. Another feature of the practice is its foreign investment work and the team regularly handles inbound acquisitions for the likes of the Export-Import Bank of China and PSP Public Pension Fund. In Los Angeles, senior counsel Robert Barnes specializes in handling the real estate aspects of transactions involving energy production and storage facilities. Other active clients include Argent Ventures, BlackRock Realty Advisors and Balbec Capital.

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United States: Antitrust

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s team has a wealth of experience acting for plaintiffs and defendants from a broad cross-section of industries in high-profile antitrust disputes. US antitrust practice head Layne Kruse, who splits his time between Washington DC and Houston, led advice to Robert Bosch Tool Corp and parent company Robert Bosch Gmbh, obtaining summary judgment on the eve of the final pre-trial hearing in a case where the plaintiff SawStop had alleged the existence of a group boycott conspiracy. In a separate highlight, Kruse is working with Houston’s Darryl Anderson and San Antonio-based Mario Barrera to represent Christus Health in a highly publicized case arising from an alleged conspiracy among certain hospitals to depress nurses’ wages. HCC Insurance Holdings, Willis-Knighton Health System and Phillips 66 are other notable clients of the practice.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The Washington DC-based team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP handles a full range of antitrust issues arising from high-value, domestic and cross-border transactions. Daniel Wellington and Neely Agin worked with the Brussels office to assist ROFIN-SINAR Technologies with the US and EU competition aspects of its $942m takeover by Coherent. Wellington and Agin also acted as antitrust counsel to Mattress Firm in its $780m acquisition of Sleepy’s. David Foster is another notable individual in the team, which is led by Layne Kruse.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The ‘really excellent’ practice of legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP is now part of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, following the combination of the two firms in June 2017. Practice head Abbe Lowell, who divides his time between New York and Washington DC, secured the dismissal of four charges of bribery against Senator Robert Menendez. Lowell is also representing Bank Hapoalim in tax investigations conducted by the DOJ and the New York State Department of Financial Services, and acting for Aaron Davidson in connection with the FIFA corruption case. Other clients include former Senator Hector Martinez, Star Scientific and Goldman Sachs. His colleagues in Washington DC include Christopher Man and Keith Rosen. New York-based counsel Jenny Kramer is also noted.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The practice at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP had already added a number of litigators to its ranks in 2016 – including new arrivals in Washington DC, San Antonio and Dallas - before the firm’s June 2017 combination with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, which brought with it an ‘always prepared’ team with a broad commercial litigation practice that is particularly adept in disputes with cross-border elements. In a recent example, New York-based Thomas Hall represented Argentinian oil and gas company YPF in major environmental litigation brought by Occidental Chemical Corporation, and in separate litigation filed by Peterson Energía and other entities in a dispute involving sovereign immunity and Act of State issues. Jeffrey Margulies secured a successful jury verdict for Hyland in a false advertising class action suit and later obtained dismissal of two remaining claims. Key names in the newly merged group also include M Scott Incerto, Richard Krumholz, John Simpson, Michelle Pardo, Robin Ball and Thomas McCormack.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is spread across Washington DC, New York and Houston, acting for clients in disputes relating to the media, mining, maritime, and energy sectors. It is acting for Mobil Investments Canada, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, in arbitration proceedings with Canada heard under NAFTA and is advising Kazakhstan in connection with the pending enforcement in the US of an international arbitration award issued in a contested Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) matter concerning oil and gas leases. Vicinay Cadenas, Gold Reserve and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation are also clients. In Houston, Kevin O’Gorman and the ‘strategically excellent’ global practice co-head Mark Baker are recommended. Matthew Kirtland is a key contact in Washington DC.

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

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP delivers ‘excellent response times’ and advises large corporations and financial institutions on complex, high-value and sensitive multi-jurisdictional disputes. The team represents BMW in a dispute regarding the recall of certain vehicles using Takata airbags. Harvest Natural Resources, Vicinay Cadenas and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company are also clients. Houston’s Gerard Pecht is global head of dispute resolution and litigation, and Dallas-based Richard Krumholz is the US head of dispute resolution and litigation. Lana Varney in Austin is particularly noted for her experience in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sector, while Houston’s Kevin O’Gorman and Mark Baker, who is the global co-head of international arbitration, are ‘particularly good on strategy’. The team has been bolstered by several hires at partner level, including the addition of Michael Edney, who recently joined in Washington DC from Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

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Leading trial lawyers

Abbe Lowell - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP Abbe Lowell is a renowned white-collar defense and trial lawyer, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York. Key work examples included defending international companies as well as public officials, lobbyists and international organizations against allegations of conspiracy, financial fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and money laundering. Goldman Sachs and Intuit are examples of past clients.

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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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s products and mass tort practice has deep experience serving as regional trial counsel for a wide range of clients in the automotive industry. San Antonio-based group head Steven Jansma has been representing Walmart and its subsidiary Sam’s Club in a number of product liability matters, including allegations that Sam’s Club failed to notify a customer of a Michelin tire recall while servicing its vehicle, which was later involved in a rollover accident causing life-ending injuries. Jansma has also been representing BMW in the Takata airbag MDL in Miami. Jessica Farley is recommended in Houston.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

The New York-based practice of legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP is now part of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP , following the combination of the two firms in June 2017. The team has experience handling class actions for clients ranging from the food and beverages, cosmetics and electronics industries, excelling in preemption work. On behalf of Clarins, practice head Mary Yelenick successfully obtained denial of class certification at the Southern District of Florida in a lawsuit alleging unjust enrichment and violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Yelenick and Donald Strauber successfully obtained dismissal and denial of class certification in nine nationwide class actions brought against Beam Suntory regarding its cocktail product. Robin Ball in Los Angeles is also recommended. The team’s clients include Miele.

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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 practice often acts as e-discovery and trial counsel to high-profile clients. In Austin, Stacey Martinez regularly serves as coordinating counsel to clients in both domestic and international litigation. Dallas-based Jonathan Skidmore has particular expertise handling mass torts for pharmaceutical clients. The firm’s client base includes Coloplast, Bayer, Zimmer and Christus Health. Steven Jansma heads the practice out of San Antonio.

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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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s Houston-based group has deep experience handling toxic tort litigation concerning a wide range of substances and fracking-related issues. Stephen Dillard and William Wood have been representing Cabot Oil & Gas in remaining litigation alleging water contamination, personal injuries, property damage and contract breaches concerning oil and gas development on or near the plaintiffs’ properties. Dillard has also been serving as lead counsel to EOG Resources in a lawsuit alleging personal injury and property damage due to the contamination of the plaintiffs’ private water wells. Jessica Farley and Brett Young were promoted to partner, while Edward Adams is now in-house counsel at Crown Castle. San Antonio-based Steven Jansma heads the practice. Other clients include Chevron, Vulcan Materials Company and AIG.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has a strong reputation among both energy companies and financial institutions. Houston-based global head of dispute resolution and litigation Gerard Pecht is representing oilfield technology company Flotek Industries in a securities class action and SEC investigation concerning allegations that its core software product did not work as advertised. Peter Stokes in Austin represented the former CFO of QRX Pharma in a 10b-5 case alleging material misrepresentation of the efficacy of a new drug. Rodney Acker in Dallas is also recommended.

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United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s transport finance team has ‘a great deal of industry knowledge from the perspective of different participants in aircraft financings’. The firm’s strong US and European presence enables it to deal seamlessly with international leasing transactions. New York-based James Tussing leads a global team that is handling both aircraft acquisitions and new operating leases in relation to Apollo Aviation’s worldwide investments and aircraft management business. The firm has seen an increase in Latin America-facing work, and Sean Corrigan continues to advise LATAM Airlines on a $275m revolving credit facility secured by engines, aircraft and spare parts. On the shipping side, practice head Brian Devine is ‘adept at separating business and legal negotiations’; he and Brad Berman led a team that advised Commonwealth Bank of Australia on the acquisition and structured onward chartering of two 6,039 TEU container vessels to Greece-based Tsakos Group. New partner Alyssa Marie Vazquez and senior associate Kelli Sallemi are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

James Tussing - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alyssa Marie Vazquez - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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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

Washington DC-based Jeremy Hushon and New York-based Michael Pikiel (‘a strong negotiator’) led the ‘high-quality, cost-effective and very professional’ practice at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, before the firm’s high-profile combination with legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP. The ‘first-rate’ practice arriving from Chadbourne, which ‘masters details without losing sight of practicalities’, was headed by the ‘very strongRohit Chaudhry and the ‘awesomeKeith Martin. The newly formed practice is strong across the board, advising sponsors and lenders on infrastructure, mining, conventional power, oil and gas, nuclear and renewable energy projects. From the legacy Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP team, the Washington DC-based Sarah Devine advised International Finance Corporation and Bank Audi on their $225m Islamic financing facility to Mass Global Energy to finance a 1,500MW power plant in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Pikiel, who is ‘very strong all-round on PPP issues’, acted for Citigroup Global Markets and Barclays Capital as underwriters of Blueridge Transportation Group’s $300m bond issue, which is intended to finance the design, construction, maintenance and operation of toll lanes and related facilities to be constructed along part of Highway 288 in Harris County, Texas. On the equity investment side, Pikiel assisted Aldridge Electric and Alridge Freeway Lighting on their $50m investment in freeway improvements in the Metro Detroit area, as part of a PPP with Michigan State. The legacy Chadbourne group, in an illustration of its cross-border capabilities, advised the lenders to AES Corporation on the $1bn construction financing of an LNG-to-power project in Panama. Chaudhry and Noam Ayali (who are ‘very good at marshalling large bank groups for complex project financings’) acted for the lenders to Cheniere Energy Partners on €2.8bn-worth of credit facilities for the development of natural gas liquefaction facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, while Chaudhry acted for a syndicate of lenders on the $250m financing of Sunrun’s expansion into the solar sector. The New York office saw some changes in 2016: real estate specialist Jeffrey Escobar joined as counsel from Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., while project finance specialists Brian Greene and Michael Masri were made up to partner. The New York-based Benjamin Koenigsberg is also recommended.

Washington DC-based Jeremy Hushon and New York-based Michael Pikiel (‘a strong negotiator’) led the ‘high-quality, cost-effective and very professional’ practice at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, before the firm’s high-profile combination with legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP. The ‘first-rate’ practice arriving from Chadbourne, which ‘masters details without losing sight of practicalities’, was headed by the ‘very strongRohit Chaudhry and the ‘awesomeKeith Martin. The newly formed practice is strong across the board, advising sponsors and lenders on infrastructure, mining, conventional power, oil and gas, nuclear and renewable energy projects. From the legacy Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP team, the Washington DC-based Sarah Devine advised International Finance Corporation and Bank Audi on their $225m Islamic financing facility to Mass Global Energy to finance a 1,500MW power plant in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Pikiel, who is ‘very strong all-round on PPP issues’, acted for Citigroup Global Markets and Barclays Capital as underwriters of Blueridge Transportation Group’s $300m bond issue, which is intended to finance the design, construction, maintenance and operation of toll lanes and related facilities to be constructed along part of Highway 288 in Harris County, Texas. On the equity investment side, Pikiel assisted Aldridge Electric and Alridge Freeway Lighting on their $50m investment in freeway improvements in the Metro Detroit area, as part of a PPP with Michigan State. The legacy Chadbourne group, in an illustration of its cross-border capabilities, advised the lenders to AES Corporation on the $1bn construction financing of an LNG-to-power project in Panama. Chaudhry and Noam Ayali (who are ‘very good at marshalling large bank groups for complex project financings’) acted for the lenders to Cheniere Energy Partners on €2.8bn-worth of credit facilities for the development of natural gas liquefaction facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, while Chaudhry acted for a syndicate of lenders on the $250m financing of Sunrun’s expansion into the solar sector. The New York office saw some changes in 2016: real estate specialist Jeffrey Escobar joined as counsel from Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., while project finance specialists Brian Greene and Michael Masri were made up to partner. The New York-based Benjamin Koenigsberg is also recommended.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP leverages the strength of its Texas practice to bring in notable energy-related bankruptcy and restructuring mandates. The team is acting as local co-counsel to the ad hoc committee of second lien noteholders in the Energy XXI case and, in another energy case, represented the board and individual directors of Quicksilver Resources. In the CHC bankruptcy, the firm is advising HSBC in its capacity as administrative agent for the revolving credit facility lending group. Louis Strubeck, who splits his time between Dallas and New York, has been representing GasFrac as monitor for seven Canadian oil and gas service companies in their Chapter 15 proceedings. Jason Lee Boland in the Houston office was promoted to the partnership in January 2016 and corporate finance partner Stephen Castro joined the New York team in March from Kaye Scholer LLP. Following the firm’s combination with the legacy Chadbourne & Parke LLP in June 2016, the practice has grown significantly. The incoming team from Chadbourne is noted for its expertise in cross-border restructurings and insolvencies and has recently worked on a number of big-ticket Latin American engagements. Representative work by the team, described as ‘clever tacticians and strategically savvy’, includes representing Argentina-based energy company YPF SA in the Chapter 11 proceedings of its subsidiary Maxus Energy Corporation, and advising Bank of New York Mellon as indenture trustee for $400m of notes issued by Rede Energia SA on the debtor’s Chapter 15 case. Howard Seife is ‘the leading practitioner in New York for applications under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code and is highly regarded internationally for this expertise’. Highlights for Seife included advising the British Virgin Islands-court-appointed liquidators of OAS Finance Limited, a BVI company that is part of the Brazilian-based OAS Group. In another Chapter 15 engagement, the firm filed on behalf of the Scheme Administrators of OIC Run-Off Limited and The London and Overseas Insurance Company Limited, two English insurance and reinsurance companies with liabilities in excess of $1bn. There have been some changes to the team, with the departure of Douglas Deutsch to Clifford Chance and the promotion to the partnership of Christy Rivera.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Since publication, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has subsumed the legacy practice of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, which primarily acts for bond insurers, such as Assured Guaranty, which it is advising on exposure of over $100m in bonds issued by Atlantic City. Previously it has also advised the client on the City of Detroit and Jefferson County Chapter 9 cases. The group is also assisting the general account ad hoc policyholder group in Ambac’s Wisconsin state-law rehabilitation proceedings with ensuring distributions to creditors of the segregated account do not impair Ambac’s ability to pay back the clients in full. Led by Lawrence Larose and Samuel Kohn, the team is also representing National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation in connection with exposure of over $25m in bonds issued by the Scranton Parking Authority in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Howard Seife heads the global bankruptcy and restructuring practice. Named attorneys are based in New York.

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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

Very good trial firmNorton Rose Fulbright US LLP has ‘outstanding industry knowledge’, allowing it to undertake a range of litigation and arbitration in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors; it is particularly experienced in royalty class actions, landowner and environmental litigation, while also handling construction and commercial disputes. The ‘immensely talented’ team, which includes Daniel McClure, acted as lead counsel for Chevron in a royalty class action brought by Kansas and Oklahoma oil and gas royalty owners for alleged underpayment. Reagan Brown represented ExxonMobil in pursuing an indemnity suit against a Forth Worth-based energy company. In arbitration, the team represented Phillips 66 in a construction dispute with oil and gas pipeline contractor Driver Pipeline. William Wood heads the energy and infrastructure team, which includes recently promoted partner Carter Walker Dugan.

Leading lawyers

William Wood - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has particular expertise in compliance and enforcement matters, an area further strengthened by the arrival of Michael Yuffee from Reed Smith LLP. Other areas of expertise include the development of open-access electric transmission tariffs, rate cases and other contentious matters. Clients include independent power producers, energy trading firms and individuals. Joseph Williams represented a number of individuals in an alleged FERC market manipulation matter.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has carved out a strong natural gas and LNG regulatory practice, representing its clients in authorization proceedings for the construction and operation of LNG export terminals and for the export of LNG. The team is also experienced in FERC enforcement and investigations, as well as compliance work. New York partner Lisa Tonery recently assisted Cheniere Energy with obtaining authorization from the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy to export domestic natural gas as LNG. As another highlight, Erik Swenson acted for the energy infrastructure development company Pieridae Energy in obtaining DOE authorization to export natural gas to Canada for conversion into LNG. Houston-based head of energy transactions John Mauel is a key contact. Michael Yuffee joined from Reed Smith LLP.

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Energy transactions: conventional power

Since publication, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has subsumed the legacy practice of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, which is headed by Rohit Chaudhry and the ‘awesomeKeith Martin in Washington DC. Chaudhry acted for Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition and $445m financing of the 940MW Lordstown Energy Center in Ohio. New York-based Howard Seife advised NextEra Energy on its $18.4bn acquisition of Energy Future Holdings (EFH) and EFH’s stake in Oncor Electric Delivery. Other clients include Ullico, AES and Atlantic Power Corporation. Noam Ayali is also recommended.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Although historically strong upstream, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s practice is increasingly active in the midstream and LNG spaces; Tesoro Logistics is a notable midstream client. The firm has been handling asset acquisitions and disposals, corporate M&A, joint ventures and project development, and recent work includes advising Delek US Holdings on its purchase of Alon USA Energy. John Mauel heads the department; Jay Stiffler made partner in January 2016. In June 2016, following publication, the firm combined with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, adding significant additional expertise in LNG, particularly on the lender side. Noam Ayali, who heads the incoming team alongside Rohit Chaudhry and New York-based Benjamin Koenigsberg, acted for numerous lenders in extending $2.8bn-worth of credit facilities to Cheniere Energy Partners to refinance the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Peter Fitzgerald advised the lenders on the financing of the $1bn Costa Norte LNG-to-power project in Panama. Brian Greene made partner in November 2016. Mauel and Stiffler are based in Houston, while Ayali, Chaudhry, Fitzgerald and Greene are based in Washington DC.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Known for its energy expertise in general, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is now a major player in the renewables space specifically, having incorporated the first-rate team from legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP following the merger in June 2017. The department is headed by Rohit Chaudhry and Keith Martin, who are both based in Washington DC. Project finance is the practice’s key strength; lender clients include Citibank and Rabobank, and Falvez Energy is a client on the sponsor side. Although John Marciano and Eli Katz left to join Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP respectively, the team readjusted by promoting to partner Brian Greene and New York-based tax expert Michael Masri, two project finance practitioners active in renewable energy.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s reputation rests on big-ticket litigation and an impressive record of deals and licensing partnerships. New York-based Andres Liivak advised ViiV Healthcare on its purchase of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s late-stage HIV research and development assets and, in a separate deal, handled its agreement to acquire Bristol-Myers Squibb’s HIV portfolio of pre-clinical and discovery stage research assets; he also assisted Pfizer with its strategic drug discovery collaboration with Heptares Therapeutics. The IP team, which includes Charles Walker and US head of IP Gina Shishima, is representing CeramTec and its medical device customers in a patent infringement case filed by plaintiff CeraMedic. Frederick Robinson, Steven Suzzan and Lesley Reynolds are the main contacts. The group has a presence in New York, Houston, Washington DC and Austin.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLPachieves excellent results’, according to clients, and frequently undertakes Stark Law litigation, private equity healthcare investments and Medicare mandates; the team also represents healthcare clients in bankruptcy litigation and criminal proceedings. Austin-based Jerry Bell acted for Christus Health in its acquisition of Trinity Mother Frances and St Louis-based James Wiehl advised BJC HealthCare on its joint venture with Memorial Group to form Memorial Regional Health Services. New Century Hospice and Tenet Healthcare are also clients. The practice co-heads are Austin-based Yvonne Puig and Washington DC-based Frederick Robinson, who ‘stands apart for his strong litigation skills’.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has ‘a straightforward approach, a good sense of how to handle each matter and deep patent-related knowledge’. Houston-based Richard Zembek represented Qualcomm as respondent in an ITC investigation filed by Nvidia, which alleged that Samsung phones contained infringing technology covered by seven asserted patents. In another highlight, Dallas’ Brett Govett and Jonathan Skidmore acted for Reflectix, securing a full defense win against Promethean Insulation Technology in a case regarding four insulation material patents. Houston-based practice head Charles Walker has recently secured victories for clients in the drilling technology and luxury fashion industries, and, in Dallas, Dan Davison has notable experience in the entertainment and professional sports sectors.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The ‘extremely intelligent and diligent’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is particularly recommended for its industry expertise in the pharmaceuticals sector, but has also handled contentious trademark matters for clients from a variety of other industries. Highlights included the successful representation of Nestlé Health Science-Pamlab in a false advertising dispute with Method Pharmaceutical and its manufacturer J&D Laboratories. The team also represents Jarabes Veracruzanos, distributor of the Delicia brand of health conscious beverages, in trademark litigation against a Mexican manufacturer of Deliciosa branded drinks. Practice head Timothy Kenny in Minneapolis, Saul Perloff in San Antonio and Michael Metteauer in Austin are recommended.

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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 is particularly noted for its transactional trademark practice, which covers due diligence investigations and advising on licensing and joint venture agreements. The practice also has a strong client base for domestic and international portfolio management and is regularly involved in opposition and cancelation proceedings before the TTAB. Highlights included assisting online and catalogue retailer Bluestem Brands with the acquisition of competitor Orchard Brands, including trademark portfolio management, clearance and prosecution. Practice head Timothy Kenny in Minneapolis and Alicia Morris Groos in Austin are recommended.

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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 is ‘terrific for its response times, appropriate advice, strength of team and value for money’. The firm hired Austin-based Justin Long from Bracewell LLP, where he was head of its financial institutions group; Long’s experience includes representing an investor group in its acquisition of a private bank holding company. The New York office also grew through the recruitment of David Barrett from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Barrett is experienced in transactions involving financial institutions, financial services firms and fintech businesses. Recent highlights for the group include advising G-III Apparel Group on the purchase from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton of Donna Karan International; and acting for laser manufacturer ROFIN-SINAR Technologies in its merger deal with Coherent. Other recommended lawyers include San Antonio-based US business group head Daryl Lansdale Jr, who was recently elected managing partner of the US offices, and Gene Lewis, who divides time between Denver and Houston. In February 2017, a nine-partner team including David Peterman, Efren Acosta and Edward Rhyne joined Baker Botts L.L.P.. In June 2017, the practice subsumed a New York-based team from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, following the combination of the two firms. The incoming group has particularly strong energy sector credentials. Examples included William Greason advising NextEra Energy on its agreement to acquire EFH and EFH’s 80% stake in Oncor Electric Delivery Company, a transmission and distribution utility company, and acting for Macquarie Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of the Lordstown Energy Center, a 940MW combined-cycle power plant. In addition, recently promoted partner Kessar Nashat acted for Eagle Creek Renewable Energy in the acquisition of four hydroelectric facilities, and the team advised I Squared Capital on the purchase of Duke Energy’s Latin American businesses in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador and Argentina. Other key cross-border deals included advising Fuller Smith Capital Management, the manager of AirDye Holdings, on the acquisition of Japanese corporation Debs Textile Corporation. Charles Hord III has deal expertise in the manufacturing, retailing, energy, technology, publishing and telecoms sectors; and Marwan Azzi is also a notable name. Marc Alpert exited the practice to become senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Loews Corporation. Former Chadbourne & Parke LLP lawyers Kevin Smith, Allen Miller, Morton Grosz, Sey-Hyo Lee, Claude Serfilippi and Talbert Navia moved to Winston & Strawn LLP following the merger.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is recognized for its contentious strength, with practice head Saul Perloff (who also leads the firm’s IP group) and Jeffrey Margulies focusing on Lanham Act matters and consumer class actions respectively. Perloff specializes in advising life sciences and pharmaceutical clients; he is representing Nestlé Health Science in various Lanham Act lawsuits, including one against Method Pharmaceuticals relating to medical foods and prescription supplements. Perloff is also acting for Zylera Pharmaceuticals in a TCPA-related class action lawsuit alleging that it sent unsolicited advertisements via fax machine for the prescription drug Ulesfia. Margulies represented Medical Depot in a consumer class action alleging misrepresentation of the quality and usable life of slings manufactured by the client, which are used to transport disabled individuals.

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Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

David Navetta and Boris Segalis co-chair Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s department from Denver and are known for their strengths in compliance and risk management, data transactions, breach preparedness and response, investigations and disputes. Recent highlights include advising an insurance agency and its policyholders in response to data security incidents. The team is also assisting a healthcare services provider with its response to a data security incident affecting 300,000 individuals in the US and internationally. For a pharmaceuticals company, the team is advising on global data protection compliance issues, including GDPR compliance, data mapping, and the development of a privacy program and policies. Pfizer, MasterCard, Aramark, BuzzFeed, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Xcel Energy are all clients.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s international tax team was boosted in 2016 through its merger with Canadian firm Bull Housser. It also expanded in the US with the hires of Charles Hurley in Washington DC and Clifford Gerber in San Francisco from Mayer Brown and Sidley Austin LLP respectively, and following publication it was boosted again through its June 2017 combination with Chadbourne & Parke LLP. The team focuses particularly on M&A transactions in the energy, finance and healthcare sectors; for example, David Gillespie in New York advised Public Sector Pension Investment Board on its $1.2bn acquisition of FirstLight Power Resources Holdings from French Engie Group, and Stephen Kuntz acted for CeloNova BioSciences in the sale of its interventional radiology business to Boston Scientific. Robert Phillpott assisted Simmons & Company International with the $139m sale of 100% of its equity to Piper Jaffray & Co. Global tax head Andrius Kontrimas is based in Houston, as are Kuntz and Phillpott. The incoming New York-based team from Chadbourne represents clients such as Macquarie, Tenaska and GLF Lenders. Michael Masri advised Deutsche Bank on the debt financing of Apex Clean Energy’s 217MW renewable portfolio deal, while William Cavanagh acted for InterAmerican Development Bank in a secured lending to finance a portion of the construction costs of the second line of the Lima and Callao metro project in Lima, Peru.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP provides ‘an excellent client experience’ and the team has an ‘encyclopedic understanding of the law’. It advises on multi-jurisdictional competent authority disputes, audits, IRS appeals, summons enforcement, and state and local property tax disputes. The team represented the Allbritton family estate in a tax refund suit against the IRS regarding the valuation of art, and is also acting for Bluescape Resources in an IRS dispute. Diamond Offshore Drilling, Noble Corporation and Baker Hughes are also on the firm’s client roster. In Houston, Charles Hall is ‘very experienced’, Jasper Taylor is ‘clear, concise’ and ‘extremely organized’, and Robert Morris is ‘fantastic’. Chuck Hurley recently joined the firm’s Washington DC office from Mayer Brown.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s highly experienced tax team is particularly noted for its energy sector expertise for clients including Texas Municipal Gas Corporation, which it advised on a program to provide its clients with gas supplies for the purposes of energy production. In another energy-related highlight, it assisted a consortium led by Axium Infrastructure with acquiring a minority stake in a 1,029MW wind portfolio from EDP Renewables North America, which involved devising a tax-efficient structure. On the infrastructure side, a team led by David Gillespie acted for Plenary Group and its affiliates on tax issues related to the development and financing of a PPP project with the City of Long Beach and the Board of Harbour Commissioners. The US tax practice is led by Robert Phillpott in Houston and includes Andrius Kontrimas who heads the tax practice globally. Stephen Kuntz, Michael Flamenbaum and William Caudill are also key figures. In June 2017, following publication, the firm combined with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, adding additional tax expertise. The incoming group regularly acts for major public corporations, investment fund managers and financial institutions. Headline mandates included advising NextEra Energy on its purchase of Energy Future Holdings, which is currently involved in the largest bankruptcy proceedings to date, and advising Nomad Holdings on tax issues arising from its $2.8bn reverse acquisition of Iglo Group. William Cavanagh and Keith Martin are key members of the team. Erez Tucner joined Holland & Knight LLP in March 2017.

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