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Arent Fox LLP

1717 K STREET, NW, WASHINGTON DC 20036-5342, USA
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Work +1 202 857 6000
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Fax +1 202 857 6395
Web:
www.arentfox.com

United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP enjoyed a busy year in 2016 in specialist areas that range from hospitality to senior living to not for profit. In Washington DC, the recommended Richard Newman, Eleanor Zappone and Jeremy Fox acted on numerous financing and leasing deals for clients such as the American Psychiatric Association; and in San Francisco, Richard Brand continued to advise key client the Buccini/Pollin Group, including advising on a joint venture with Federal Realty Investment Trust for the development of a Canopy hotel in Washington DC. In a separate matter, Kenneth Jacob, who heads the practice from Washington DC, and Thomas Castiello (also in Washington DC), advised DLC Management on a joint venture with DRA Advisors for the acquisition and financing of a shopping center portfolio of 16 properties. The team was also active in the debt finance space for a variety of lenders, including Fannie Mae, for which New York-based David Dubrow advised on a $1bn financing of a portfolio of 120 manufactured housing properties located in 13 states across the country. Other key players in the Washington DC office are chairman Mark Katz and finance specialist David Martin. The team also has strength in Los Angeles.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

Led from Washington DC by the ‘responsive and technical’ Kay Georgi, Arent Fox LLP’s team provides an ‘excellent’ service to clients such as 3M, Coca-Cola and Tyson Foods. Georgi has a flourishing economic sanctions, export control and FCPA practice and has been active advising clients looking to enter the Cuban and Iranian markets following recent changes in sanctions policies towards those countries. The ‘superb’ Matthew Nolan has notable expertise in the Turkish steel industry, including representing the Turkish Steel Exporters Association in an ongoing anti-dumping case concerning line pipe - pipes used to transport crude oil and natural gas from the field to oil refineries and storage facilities. Matthew Clark is representing the Quebec government in the countervailing duty case targeting supercalendered paper from Canada. Other recommended partners include trade remedies expert John Gurley; Timothy Feighery, who specializes in matters at the intersection of trade and arbitration; and customs expert David Hamill.

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United States: Finance

Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 2

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP has an extensive nonprofit organizations practice, with a particular concentration of clients in Washington DC. Representative clients of the group, which is spread across New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC, include nonprofit hospitals and health systems such as MemorialCare Health System, Scripps Health, California Hospital Association, Community Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health. For Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the firm combined its knowledge of the not-for-profit space with its real estate expertise to advise on the sale of an office condo, a matter which involved novel tax issues surrounding not-for-profit law. For The Salvation Army, the firm has been handling employment work involving issues of harassment, wrongful termination, class actions and discrimination. The firm also represents a number of District of Columbia public charter schools in connection with their real estate needs. Richard Newman leads the practice and is supported by Sean Glynn and counsel Davis Sherman. Richard Krainin is a key name in New York.

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

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP leverages its municipal financing capabilities to advise clients in bankruptcy cases across the country. The firm has been representing a number of clients, including Centerbridge Partners and Vanguard Mutual Funds, in connection with Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis and assisted with evaluating legislation, risks involved with bond structures and potential strategies that may be utilized by the Commonwealth. Most recently, the firm has been addressing issues raised by the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), the new bankruptcy regime for Puerto Rico. The team has also advised Vanguard Mutual Funds, as an owner of Atlantic City general obligation bonds, on legislative developments and strategy options for addressing the city’s fiscal crisis, particularly since a plan developed by local government was rejected by the state, which has now exercised its right to take over the city’s governance. It has also represented Wells Fargo as trustee in a $50m defaulted bond transaction relating to the financing of a medical laboratory building in Albany, New York. David Dubrow heads the five-partner practice, which includes fellow New York lawyers Mark Angelov and Les Jacobowitz, and Washington DC-based Carol Connor Cohen and Caroline Turner English.

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David Dubrow - Arent Fox LLP

Next generation lawyers

Mark Angelov - Arent Fox LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 4

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP is ‘excellent on all counts’. It represented Broward Health in a government investigation into alleged violations of the Stark Law and False Claims Act. It also advised Fresenius Medical Care on healthcare public policy matters, managed care litigation and reimbursement disputes in 2016. Kaiser Permanente and Bon Secours Health System are other clients. Los Angeles-based Thomas Jeffry and healthcare practice head Lowell Brown are recommended. Recent hires include Washington DC-based Douglas Grimm joining from Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, along with San Francisco-based counsels Steven Schnier and Lanhee Chen arriving from Hanson Bridgett LLP and Stanford University, respectively.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s ‘top-notch negotiators’ are renowned for their ‘impeccable deal structuring’. San Francisco-based practice head Richard Brand is ‘one of the very best transactional sports lawyers in the country’, according to some. He has a track record in naming rights transactions, including the Miami Dolphins’ deal with Hard Rock International and Mercedes-Benz’s sponsorship of the new home of the Atlanta Falcons, working alongside Washington DC’s ‘excellent drafter and adept negotiator’ Steven Cohen on both deals. In Los Angeles, counsel Maidie Oliveau’s ‘sports industry experience, media savvy and dispute resolution expertise combine to provide a great advocate and partner’. In addition to serving as an arbitrator in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Oliveau advised the Sugar Bowl Host Committee on its successful bid for the 2020 College Football Playoff championship game. The Brooklyn Nets is a cornerstone client and sought advice from Brand on a television deal with YES Network.

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Richard Brand - Arent Fox LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s team is particularly known for its expertise in the music industry, but it also acts for a variety of clients in the entertainment, technology and fashion industries. Work highlights included the representation of Music Choice in royalty rate proceeding before the CRB, acting for Sirius XM in the DOJ’s investigation of the ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees, and advising HBO on numerous copyright matters. Practice head Paul Fakler in New York and Anthony Lupo in Washington DC are recommended.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 5

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP is praised for its ‘very responsive and flexible approach’ and its ‘ability to tailor the solution to clients’ needs’. James Bindseil has ‘very high technical knowledge in IP’ and heads the patent group from Washington DC. Bindseil and Los Angeles-based Craig Gelfound are assisting Qualcomm with managing its patent portfolios, including technologies related to fifth generation mobile networks (5G). The group also has a strong presence in New York: Marylee Jenkins ‘understands clients’ needs and finds the best way to sort out a solution in a cost-effective way’, and Alexander Speigler and Richard LaCava are also highly recommended. Other representative clients include Western Digital, Cardinal Health, Murata Manufacturing and Inspirion Delivery Technologies.

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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

Arent Fox LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Arent Fox LLP provides ‘easy-to-understand advice’ with ‘good value for money’. It is especially known for its work in the media and entertainment industry, but also has many clients in the technology, fashion and food industries. Mars is a key client of the practice, receiving services such as portfolio management and trademark advice on transactional matters in the Americas. Another key client is Discovery Communications, which is being advised on various trademark matters, including global branding initiatives and licensing deals. Other clients include Burger King, LG, Warner Brothers and Zara. Practice head Ricardo Fischer, Cristina Carvalho, Anthony Lupo and Michael Grow, all based in Washington DC, are recommended, as is Sarah Bruno in San Francisco.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s Washington DC-based ERISA litigation practice works closely with the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation team and has particular expertise in healthcare litigation. Caroline Turner English represents the Suffolk School employees, its health plan and its trustees in a withdrawal liability case brought by the Sayville school district, while Carol Connor Cohen advised a separate client on insolvency-related PBGC issues. Associate Alison Andersen handled administrative appeals and disputes in connection with ERISA-governed health plans and is also a key contact.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 5

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s compensation practice provides an ‘ideal client/counsel relationship’ and is led from Washington DC by the ‘amazing, phenomenal and second-to-none’ Quana Jew as well as Bill Charyk. The group advised Par Pharmaceutical on its $8bn sale to Endo, and is regularly contracted by other firms such as Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to handle the executive compensation aspects of major corporate transactions.

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Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 5

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s employee benefits practice is led by Quana Jew and specializes in amending and managing health and retirement plans. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, Bill Charyk assists Catholic Charities and other non profit organizations in connection with potential healthcare plan amendments; the firm’s work for watchdog AARP revolves around keeping its internal benefits plan up to date. High-end fashion clients such as Diane von Furstenberg and Lacoste retain the practice to advise on their benefits packages. The firm also manages plans for other law firms and individual partners.

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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 4

Arent Fox LLP

Excellent law firmArent Fox LLP has over 25 dedicated corporate lawyers in Washington DC, including corporate and securities group head Steven Cohen, Richard Gale and Jay Halpern. Cohen counsels clients in diverse industries, such as technology, media, sports, real estate, hospitality and healthcare. The bulk of the group’s transactional and advisory work centers on middle-market deals in the $25m-500m range; and the sectors in which the ‘trusted team’ is especially strong include hospitality, consumer products, restaurants, retail and real estate. It regularly advises Choice Hotels International, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, on its acquisitions and joint ventures, including a recent joint venture for the acquisition and development of a hotel in San Francisco. The practice is also the primary outside counsel to Think Food Group, an international food and beverage company that is led by celebrity chef José Andrés, and the firm has had a close relationship with global hotel company Marriott for more than 30 years. Other highlights included acting for Congressional Bancshares in its approximately $50m agreement to acquire American Bank Holdings and assisting digital media company Bisnow with its $50m sale to Wicks Group.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s Washington DC-based department stands out for its IP expertise, with practice head Anthony Lupo a ‘go-to attorney’ in the field. In a recent highlight, Lupo represented key client Discovery Communications in a trademark dispute with tire manufacturer Continental relating to one of its tire products named Eurosport, which is also the name of one of Discovery Communications’ television channels; Lupo is also advising Diane Von Furstenberg on IP issues regarding a new television show. Michael Grow is recognized for his trademark expertise and is handling trademark issues for Warner Bros Entertainment surrounding multiple film and television productions, including Harry Potter and The Wizard of Oz. Music copyright expert Paul Fakler in New York counts Music Choice and Sirius XM Radio among his clients; he is representing the latter before the Copyright Royalty Board in the webcasting IV royalty rate proceedings.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Arent Fox LLP

At Arent Fox LLP, practice head Alan Fishel regularly handles matters for technology and telecoms clients, and is particularly recommended for his FCC experience and commercial agreement expertise. The Washington DC-based team advises broadband and telecoms providers, equipment manufacturers and cable companies. Stephanie Joyce is a key name to note and is experienced in advising on backbone and content service contracts. Michael Hazzard joined Jones Day.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 4

Arent Fox LLP

Mark Bloom and Andrew Ross are the key names at Arent Fox LLP and have been representing real estate developers, architects and a diverse range of owners, primarily in front-end negations. The New York-based practice has represented clients such as the City of New York, the New York Yankees, and the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. On the disputes side, the team represented the owners in a multimillion-dollar dispute concerning the design and construction of a luxury condominium building in lower Manhattan.

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Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

The San Francisco-based practice at Arent Fox LLP was particularly busy with campus redevelopments in 2016. The team has been representing global tech firms in multimillion-dollar projects, including acting for Facebook in the development of its new headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley. This will include office space as well as hotel and public amenities. Other projects include various commercial developments, such as cinemas, retail and health facilities. Timothy Tosta is ‘very politically astute and has excellent ideas on how to get projects approved and how to garner public support’. Associate Frank Petrilli is always able to ‘find solutions to difficult projects’. Tosta and Petrilli, who are ‘easy and enjoyable to work with’, jointly head the practice.

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Timothy Tosta - Arent Fox LLP

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