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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP’s Texas-based practice is ‘very good for complex matters’ and the team handles a broad range of product types, from sports stadia to corporate headquarters and international hotel chains. Retail and office leasing is a particular strength and the team is also experienced in handling lettings for major energy projects; for example, practice co-chair Jack Fields assisted Enterprise Products with a ground lease to a third party covering a 40-acre tract of land to be used for the construction of a new methanol plant. Other highlights in 2016 included practice co-chair Michael Boyd advising Pacific Life Insurance on a construction-to-permanent loan for a new multifamily project in Atlanta, and David Runnels acting for CBRE Global Investors in the acquisition of a mixed-use development in Dallas. In another significant acquisition, Chanse McLeod acted for ArcLight Capital Partners in the $217m purchase of 230 gasoline station/convenience store properties around the US. All attorneys named thus far are based in Houston, but the practice also has a presence in Dallas, where Adrian Doxey advised a major institutional investor on several substantial investments. The group experienced a number of partner departures in 2016, including Darrell Thomas to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Chris Boehler to Concho Resources.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 3

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP’s Houston-based department primarily handles asbestos litigation and also has notable experience acting for the BP family of companies, as well as representing clients in matters concerning processed water systems. Practice head Thomas Taylor has strong experience defending clients in MDLs, as well as representing clients in civil jury trials before state and federal court. Alexis Gomez specializes in handling energy-related litigation. Dallas-based Joseph Blizzard is also recommended.

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

At Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, the team is led by Dallas-based Bradley Foster and new arrival in New York from Foley & Lardner LLPMark Mandel, who is also former chief of the New York office of the SEC’s broker-dealer enforcement division. Foster, Matthew Nielsen in Dallas and Austin-based David Whittlesey are representing insurer Bowen, Miclette & Britt in a $7bn international class action. The firm’s other highlights included defending former McGinn Smith owner Thomas Livingston in SEC administrative proceedings.

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United States: Finance

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

The ‘highly dependable, knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP strikes the right note with its ‘pragmatic and problem-solving approach’. The firm regularly ranks among the most prolific capital markets practices in Texas, mainly for energy issuers, but it is also increasingly active for underwriters and recent experience also spans the financial services and technology industries. Houston-based department co-head David Buck is ‘excellent’ and acted for Enterprise Products Operating in its $1.2bn issuance of senior unsecured notes. In another highlight, Washington DC-based William Cooper and Houston’s Stephanie Beauvais advised the underwriters on Magellan Midstream Partners’ $650m notes issuance. Houston-based Michael O’Leary jointly heads the group alongside Buck.

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Dedicated and highly responsive’, the team at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP contains ‘excellent lawyers’. Corporate and securities co-chair Michael O’Leary teamed up with Jon Daly and Cindy Lin to act for LongPoint Minerals in a $525m private placement. O’Leary also worked with Courtney Cochran Butler and Jordan Hirsch to advise Credit Suisse Securities, BMO Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities as the underwriters on a follow-on offering by Laredo Petroleum. Co-chair David Buck and Melinda Brunger assisted Independence Contract Drilling with its $46.3m follow-on offering. All named partners operate out of Houston, but the group is also well represented in Austin, Dallas, New York and Washington DC.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP is strong on both the lender and the sponsor side, with an emphasis on conventional power and renewable energy. The team, which is headed by Timothy Unger, prides itself on its lender-side work in Latin America: Vera Rechsteiner acted for a syndicate of Panamanian, Guatemalan and Belizean banks on their $95m loan to Grupo Santander in Guatemala, part of which was for the design, building, maintenance and operation of its 16MW sugar cane cogeneration facility. The practice is also active on the sponsor side, and advised Bordas Renewable Energy on the development of various Texas wind farms; Stephanie Kroger also acted for Apex Clean Energy on the financing and development of a wind project and a solar project both based in Texas. The firm was joined in Houston by Charlie Ofner and Christopher Richardson, from in-house at Oasis Petroleum and Mubadala Petroleum, respectively, while George Pavlenishvili joined in New York from Reed Smith LLP. Peter del Vecchio left to join Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in April 2016. Since publication, Todd Culwell has joined Reed Smith LLP in Houston.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP is experienced in representing clients in litigation arising from energy industry operations such as exploration and production disputes, including issues concerning royalties, products and services. Stuart Hollimon, who jointly heads the team with Craig Stahl, defended Apache against allegations that it failed to properly conduct shallow water flood operations, thus resulting in damage to deeper formations and adjacent leases. Alexis Gomez defended Statoil Oil & Gas in a royalty and breach of contract dispute. The team’s client roster also includes Burlington Resources Oil & Gas, Delaware Basin Resources and Encana. Charles Hampton moved to McGuireWoods LLP.

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP is best known for representing power utilities before FERC, appellate courts and in arbitration but also acts for end-user customers in administrative proceedings before state regulatory agencies. ‘Very responsive and diligent’ practice head Kenneth Wiseman defended TransCanada Energy before FERC and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against claims brought by the California Attorney General, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric, alleging market manipulation, tariff violations and charging unjust and unreasonable rates. In a different matter, Wiseman represented the energy company in obtaining FERC authorization of the acquisition of an approximately 700MW gasfield combined cycle generating plant. Other clients include Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and TC Ravenswood. Mark Sundback is ‘a very thorough and clever tactician’.

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Regulatory gas work is a sweet spot of the team at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, which is well versed in representing its clients in rate cases, while also advising them on investigations as well as certificate matters and general regulatory issues. Mark Sundback represented ANR Storage and Portland Natural Gas Transmission (PNGTS) in rate cases. He also assisted Great Lakes Gas Transmission with contract negotiations and certificate and abandonment proceedings. Energy Transfer Partners and Statoil are also clients. Kenneth Wiseman heads the energy regulatory practice.

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 6

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Project finance is the lynchpin of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP’s practice, which is also strong in EPC contracts. Vera Rechsteiner in Washington DC and Mark Thurber in Houston are the key names. Thurber assisted Energia del Caribe as sponsor with EPC and transportation agreements regarding a power plant in Mexico intended to serve Guatemala. Other clients include NRG Energy, Duke Energy and Calpine. Houston’s Timothy Unger heads the practice.

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP’s practice is particularly active in M&A and commercial contracts, from upstream to downstream. George Vlahakos advised G2X Energy on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Natgasoline, which is set to be the US’ largest methanol production facility. Other clients include Anadarko Petroleum and FourPoint Energy. Michael O’Leary and Timothy Unger head the department. All named attorneys are based in Houston.

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Timothy Unger in Houston leads the practice at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, which is notably strong in project development, state regulatory work and PPAs; clients include Duke Energy, First Solar, Apex Clean Energy and the City of Houston. Although five partners departed for competitors DLA Piper LLP (US), Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in 2016, project finance and M&A expert George Pavlenishvili joined the New York office from Reed Smith LLP.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Newly merged firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP brings together two copyright practices, creating a broad offering that covers the registration of works, licensing, enforcement and litigation. New York-based Jonathan Reichman, from the legacy Kenyon & Kenyon firm, has a focus on the entertainment industry and particular experience regarding fictional characters. Jeff Dodd in Houston, formerly of Andrews Kurth, is an expert in the digital space and licensing matters. Recent work includes defending Mattel against copyright infringement allegations regarding the American Girl book series.

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

The ‘responsive’ team at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP provides ‘clear advice and regular feedback’. Key individuals include co-chair of the IP practice Edward Colbert, who splits his time between New York and Washington DC; technology-focused Jeff Dodd, who is a key contact in Houston; and New York’s Gary Abelev, who is ‘clever, efficient and business-oriented’, and is currently representing Saverglass in a design patent infringement action. In another highlight, Houston’s Gregory Porter acted for Fast Felt in an infringement suit before the PTAB, winning a complete patent owner victory against Owens Corning following an inter partes review. Staples, Phigenix and AT&T are also clients.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 3

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

The newly formed Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP is a result of the combination of Houston-headquartered Andrews Kurth LLP and New York-based IP boutique Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. The new team includes 37 partners with expertise ranging from aerospace, electronics and engineering to pharmaceutical and life sciences, and has a strong track record in post-grant proceedings, patent procurement and portfolio counseling. New York-based Gary Abelev is ‘an accomplished patent prosecutor’; Houston’s Gregory Porter recently assisted Fast Felt Corporation with securing a complete patent owner victory against Owens Corning before the USPTO following an IPR. New York-based Michael Lennon handled the defense of patent infringement litigation for Volkswagen Group of America, including challenging the validity of the asserted claims before the USPTO in IPRs and reexaminations. Other key names to note include Washington DC-based Edward Colbert, Ping Wang and Daniel Shanley; Houston-based Jeff Dodd; and New York’s Walter Hanley.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Following the combination of Andrews Kurth LLP with Kenyon & Kenyon LLP in 2016, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP’s team now includes a number of well-regarded patent practitioners. It counts Teva Pharmaceuticals, Toyota Company and Sony among its clients, assisting with a range of patent portfolio and licensing matters. New York’s Gary Abelev is ‘a skilled negotiator in licensing transactions and an excellent patent litigator’; he is assisting a number of universities, including New York University, with patent portfolio counseling, licensing, patent procurement and infringement investigations. Washington DC-based healthcare specialist Ping Wang is advising a pharmaceutical company on its IP portfolio and corporate matters, including negotiating licensing agreements and regulatory issues. Edward Colbert and Jeff Dodd, based in New York and Houston respectively, jointly lead the team.

Leading lawyers

Michael Lennon - Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Newly merged firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP houses several highly regarded trademark litigators. Particularly recommended are James Rosini in New York and Edward Colbert and Susan Smith in Washington DC. Recent work includes representing Jim Beam Brands in a dispute with a competitor regarding the use of non-traditional decorative elements and the question of whether they serve as trademarks. The team also continues to act for Dish Network in its dispute with Digital Satellite Connections regarding the ‘DishNet’ trademark. Other clients include Constellation Brands, Horizon Group, Jewelry Channel, Olympus, Pintrips, and the United States Olympic Committee.

Leading lawyers

James Rosini - Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 2

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Recently merged firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP combines the strengths of two trademark practices. James Rosini in New York, formerly of Kenyon & Kenyon, is noted for his emergency rebranding expertise. His team has handled complex rebranding work for several clients, including Abbott Laboratories, AIG and Citigroup. Michele Schwartz in Dallas, formerly of Andrews Kurth, has extensive experience in trademark prosecution and transactional matters. Her recent work includes assisting ArcBest with the rebranding from the previous name, Arkansas Best. The firm also provides ongoing portfolio management for major brands such as Unilever, Walmart, and William Grant & Sons. Further names to note are Edward Colbert and Susan Smith in the firm’s Washington DC office.

Leading lawyers

James Rosini - Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 2

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP’s practice grew through the recruitment of Houston-based oil and gas specialists Christopher Richardson and Charlie Ofner from Mubadala Petroleum and Oasis Petroleum respectively. The team excels in energy sector deals; it acted for LRR Energy in its acquisition of a subsidiary of Vanguard Natural Resources and advised Energy Transfer Partners on its acquisition of certain interests in PennTex Midstream Partners. It also advises in other sectors, such as assisting specialty pharmacy Avita Drugs with its sale to Tailwind Capital portfolio company Long’s Drugs and advising cloud-based software company Gravitant on its sale to IBM. Recent large deal highlights include advising Archer Well Company on its disposition of outstanding equity interests in certain North American subsidiaries; representing LDR Holding Corporation in its approximately $1.1bn sale to Zimmer Biomet Holdings; and advising Chelsea Petroleum Products Holdings, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital, on its purchase of Gulf Oil Limited Partnership and a related business. Houston-based David Buck and Michael O’Leary head the department. Buck has particular experience with energy, maritime transportation, restaurant, aviation and death care companies; and O’Leary’s representative experience includes acting as counsel to a publicly traded master limited partnership (MLP) in its acquisition of natural gas liquid pipelines and related assets. Other recommended Houston advisers are John Clutterbuck, Jon Daly, Melinda Brunger, Hal Haltom Jr, Henry Havre and firm managing partner Robert Jewell. In Washington DC, Bill Cooper is a key name, as are Dallas-based Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn and Victor Zanetti and Austin-based Alan Bickerstaff.

Next generation lawyers

Jennie Jackson Miller - Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP regularly advises on formation and development matters, seed-stage and late-stage funding, IPOs, and PIPE and M&A transactions. The practice is also recommended for IP and licensing matters as well as executive compensation and benefits. Austin-based Alan Bickerstaff advises companies in sectors such as software, internet, energy, semiconductor, life sciences and telecoms; and Carmelo Gordian focuses on life sciences, software, telecoms, semiconductors and energy. Gordian led advice to global medical device company LDR Holding Corp in its approximately $1bn sale to Zimmer Biomet Holdings; and Austin managing partner Matthew Lyons acted for Innography in its sale to CPA Global, a global specialist in IP software and services. Brian Dillavou and Ted Gilman are also key contacts. All named partners are based in Austin.

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United States: Tax

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

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP’s practice is known for its expertise in tax-related matters in the oil and gas field and its lawyers are commended for their ‘solution-focused approach and pragmatic advice’. The firm is advising oil and gas exploration and production company Warren Resources on tax matters related to its proposed capital restructuring and advised FourPoint Energy on its acquisition of Chesapeake Energy’s remaining Western Anadarko Basin oil and gas assets. Other key clients include Archer Well Company, Sunoco LP and Six Flags. The practice is led by Houston-based Thomas Ford and includes Robert McNamara, Thomas Popplewell, Allison Mantor and Angela Richards.

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP is best known for its agency-led practice in Washington DC, although it also has a wide range of commercial lender and sponsor clients. The firm is active across Latin America from Mexico and Central America to Argentina, from where it is receiving a growing number of engagements, particularly in renewable energy and gas-fired projects. Recent mandates include advising Energia del Pacifico, as sponsor, on the development and financing of a 350MW power plant and LNG terminal in El Salvador; and representing Energía del Caribe, also as sponsor, on the development of a natural gas power plant in Mexico. Washington DC partner Vera Rechsteiner has an outstanding record in Latin America, particularly in renewable energy; and Houston partner Doris Rodríguez is a native Mexican who works with a range of sponsors and lenders. Houston’s Mark Thurber is recommended for oil-and-gas and power project development. George Humphrey has joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s newly launched Houston office.

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