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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s real estate offering involves the joinder of two rather different practices, following the merger of Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer. In Washington DC, the very highly rated Michael Goodwin leads a team with a strong developer focus; Goodwin is representing PN Hoffman in all aspects of its acquisition and development of a site near the Navy Yard in Washington DC. In another example of Washington DC work, Amy Rifkind acted for LDP Holding in the negotiation of a 99-year ground lease from Howard University relating to 260, 116th Street in Washington DC. In New York, the practice is weighted towards debt finance and acts for an array of major lenders, including Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital Real Estate and Société Générale. Key players in New York include Stephen Gliatta, who advised the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on a $526m construction loan for the development of a mixed-use development located in Bellevue, Washington; and Warren Bernstein, who assisted Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank with a loan to finance the acquisition and re-tenanting of a Class A office tower in San Francisco’s financial district. The practice also has an outlet in San Francisco, where Kenneth Neale is the main contact.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Jonathan Gleklen leads the newly merged team at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, which brings together the antitrust expertise of two firms. The combined group includes James W Cooper, John Nassikas and James L Cooper, as well as the New York pair of Saul Morgenstern and Jennifer Patterson. Members are experienced in acting for corporates and individual executives in investigations and related private litigation spanning a range of industries, including auto parts, Libor/Tibor and maritime shipping. Susan Hinchcliffe, who was based at the London office, joined General Electric.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

New firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has a diverse antitrust practice that benefits from the synergies created through Arnold & Porter LLP’s strengths in litigation and regulatory matters and Kaye Scholer LLP’s particularly strong track record acting for clients in the life sciences sector. Led from Washington DC by Jonathan Gleklen, the combined team handles all types of antitrust litigation for US-headquartered and international clients, such as class actions and MDLs, civil cartel defense (running parallel to government investigations, as well as follow-on actions), merger litigation and private inter-competitor matters. In addition to having a deep bench of standalone antitrust lawyers, the practice is able to call upon the expertise of other departments, and draws work from clients across a multitude of industries. James L Cooper defended CarFax against antitrust claims by 490 car dealers alleging that the client had unlawfully abused a monopoly in the market for vehicle history reports. Mark Merley and New York-based Robert Mason have undertaken a significant amount of work for Visa; recent mandates included representing the client in credit card/debit card tying cases and, separately, defending it in payment card interchange fee and merchant discount antitrust litigation. Former Kaye Scholer antitrust head Saul Morgenstern (New York), Philip Giordano and Claudia Higgins are among other recommended individuals.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, resulting from the recent merger of Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP, is a go-to for complex heavily scrutinized mergers. Jonathan Gleklen, Barbara Wootton and Peter Levitas are acting as lead antitrust counsel to Monsanto in its $66bn takeover by Bayer. In another matter, Richard Rosen is leading the firm’s advice to AT&T on the client’s proposed $85.4bn acquisition of Time Warner. Anthem, GE and Bloomberg are other notable clients. Claudia Higgins, who has vast experience in merger enforcement from her time at the FTC, is a name to note, as are Michael B. Bernstein and Wilson Mudge. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Next generation lawyers

Michael B. Bernstein - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Lisa Blatt is defending Dignity Health and two other religious hospital systems in an ERISA appeal filed by a putative class of current and former employees challenging the ‘church plan’ exemption from ERISA. A team led by Blatt secured the reversal of a $156m jury award against Nucor on the grounds of insufficient evidence in an antitrust case pertaining to an alleged group boycott of a steel distributor. Howard Cayne and Michael Johnson represented the Federal Housing Finance Agency in numerous cases, including a successful appeal dismissal at the DC Circuit. Anthony Franze was part of a team that reversed the $20m verdict against TriReme Medical in an alleged patent infringement and fiduciary breaches case brought by AngioScore. The group is acting on two pending appeals: Pharrell Williams et al v Frankie Christian Gaye in the Ninth Circuit, related to the claim that the plaintiffs’ song Blurred Lines infringed copyright of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up; and Pro-Football, Inc v Blackhorse, et al arising from the government’s cancelation of the NFL’s Washington Redskins federal trademark registrations.

Leading lawyers

Lisa Blatt - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Harris - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has a ‘solid’ practice which, while broad, is perhaps best known for its work in the healthcare sector. Kirk Ogrosky’s clients include retinal surgeon Dr Salomon Melgen, who was indicted on bribery and healthcare-related charges. Practice head John Nassikas represented a loan officer accused of participating in a mortgage wire fraud conspiracy. James W Cooper acted for DynCorp International in a FCA case. Amy Jeffress assisted a US diplomat with an espionage investigation that resulted in no charges being filed. The firm also handles FCPA, espionage and migration related matters for a broad range of clients. All lawyers named above are based in Washington DC. Sara Shudofsky joined the New York office after serving as chief of the civil division at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and Stephen Martin joined the Denver office after leaving Baker McKenzie LLP in January 2016. Former Kaye Scholer LLP lawyers in the team include New York-based co-head Michael Rogoff, and Jonathan Green, whose clients include Novartis Pharmaceuticals and a number of high-profile financial institutions.

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Financial services: litigation
Financial services: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Headed by David Freeman, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is particularly noted for its ‘excellence at handling agency examinations and investigations’. Although it perhaps lacks the volume of high-profile private litigation of some of the market leaders, led by Howard Cayne, and with key support from firm chairman Richard Alexander, the team continues to represent the FHFA in numerous cases, including successfully securing the dismissal of multiple actions brought against it by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders challenging an amendment to the funding agreements between the Treasury and FHFA in its capacity as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Michael Mierzewski is regularly involved in antitrust-related financial services matters and continues to defend Visa in class actions regarding its interchange rates. San Francisco-based partner Gilbert Serota has handled several cases for Charles Schwab, including defending it in two class actions brought by a putative class of retail brokerage customers alleging that it failed in its best execution duty regarding equity trades. As part of his broad ranging business litigation expertise, San Francisco-based Peter Obstler has an excellent track record handling consumer class actions for a range of financial institutions, including JP Morgan Chase, which he is representing in three interrelated class actions concerning the application of California’s anti-deficiency laws to the bank’s collection practices following short sales or foreclosures. Other clients include American Bankers Association, CIT Bank and Wells Fargo. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP was established in January 2017 through the merger of Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer, expanding and consolidating each firm’s already considerable litigation expertise. Other developments included the arrival of Sara Shudofsky from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was formerly chief of the civil division. In Los Angeles, James Speyer has developed a strong class action practice; in a recent highlight, he successfully defended Kohl’s in a consumer class action case. Key figures on the East coast include Kenneth Chernof in Washington DC and James Herschlein and Angela Vicari in New York.

Next generation lawyers

Angela Vicari - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The international arbitration practice at newly merged Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is led by the ‘exceptionalPaolo Di Rosa in Washington DC. The team has vast experience in advising sovereign states; it acted for The Republic of Chile in its ICSID case against Victor Pey Casado and Fundación Presidente Allende, successfully concluding this long-running dispute. Other highlights included winning an ICSID case for Panama in an arbitration brought by Transglobal Green Energy and its affiliate Transglobal Green Panama, relating to a hydro-electric power concession claim, and representing Bulgaria in two separate treaty disputes. Thad Dameris in Houston, Gaela Gehring Flores and Whitney Debevoise in Washington DC, and Anton Ware in San Francisco are key members of the team. Jean Kalicki left to become an independent arbitrator and John Roesser joined Dechert LLP.

Leading lawyers

Paolo Di Rosa - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team provides insightful and highly credible advice to an impressive roster of clients, including Samsung Electronics, EgyptAir and American Capital. Team head Lawrence Schneider has a wealth of experience advising corporates and governments on trade policy and trade remedies issues. As well as his longstanding representation of the Israeli government across a range of trade policy issues, Schneider has once again been busy advising the Province of Alberta as it reassesses its strategy and preparation for a potential reigniting of litigation with the US following the recent termination of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. J David Park has ‘a fantastic Korean trade remedies practice’ and represents Korean corporates as respondents in US anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases. As well as acting for Hyundai Steel and Posco in numerous anti-dumping cases before the Department of Commerce (DOC), he also represents Toray Chemical Korea in anti-dumping administrative proceedings involving polyester staple fiber from Korea. On the export controls and economic sanctions front, the firm has particular strength representing defense and aerospace companies such as BAE Systems, which John Barker has been advising on its implementation of the State Department Consent Agreement. Other recommended practitioners include John Bellinger and Jeffrey Smith for export controls, economic sanctions and CFIUS matters; Michael Shor for trade remedies and policy; and Claire Reade. Former deputy assistant secretary for policy and negotiations at the DOC’s International Trade Administration Lynn Fischer Fox joined in March 2017.

Leading lawyers

John Barker - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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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 1

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Following its merger, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s product liability litigation department is jointly headed by Anand Agneshwar in New York and Pamela Yates in Los Angeles, while its consumer products and services group is led by Trenton Norris in San Francisco. Norris has been defending a number of coffee sellers, including 7-Eleven and Dunkin’ Donuts, in Proposition 65 litigation before the Los Angeles County Superior Court regarding the chemical acrylamide in coffee. Led by John Massaro and of counsel David Kouba in Washington DC, the group represented long-term client Philip Morris in a number of class actions alleging that the company’s ‘light’ cigarettes were misleading, including successfully obtaining a complete defense verdict in Missouri. In Washington DC, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Michelle Gillice as of counsel from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the promotion of Jennifer Karmonick to of counsel.

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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 1

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The newly merged practice at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is jointly headed by Anand Agneshwar in New York and Pamela Yates in Los Angeles. Agneshwar has been serving as national counsel to Bristol-Myers Squibb in a series of Abilify cases alleging failure to warn of possible links to compulsive behavior. Led by Yates, the legacy Kaye Scholer team successfully obtained a motion for summary judgment for Bayer in a claim alleging toxicity through ingestion of Bayer’s low-dose aspirin. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Michelle Gillice as of counsel, whose experience includes acting as compliance attorney at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and senior attorney in the Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Chief Counsel. In Washington DC, Paige Sharpe was promoted to partner. Other clients include Pfizer, Endo and AstraZeneca.

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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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Led out of New York by Anand Agneshwar, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s toxic tort practice primarily handles personal injury-related work, as well as a broad range of environmental litigation led by environment partner Lester Sotsky in Washington DC. Sotsky and Michael Daneker, who is also based in Washington DC, have been serving as lead counsel to Honeywell in a number of matters, including a class action in Tampa regarding groundwater contamination from a former facility and a lawsuit brought by residents of a trailer park in California alleging toxic tort injuries caused by exposure to soil contamination from a manufacturing facility. In Los Angeles, Matthew Heartney and Lawrence Cox have been serving as co-national coordinating counsel to BP in MDL proceedings alleging groundwater contamination caused by leakage or spillage of gasoline containing MTBE. Eric Rubel and Philip Curtis, in Washington DC and New York respectively, are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Philip Curtis - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Peggy Otum - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The merger of Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer to form Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP combined a strong regulatory enforcement practice with a skilled securities litigation team. ‘A great team offering excellent advice and a first-rate service that proactively finds practical solutions’, say clients. Veronica Rendón Callahan in New York and Michael Trager in Washington DC, who count leading accounting firms among their clients, are co-chairs of the practice. New York-based Vincent Sama is ‘a standout superstar litigator who combines superior knowledge with impeccable judgment and terrific business instincts’, says a client; Catherine Schumacher and Daphne Morduchowitz are also recommended. All three handled the court of appeals defense of former AIG CFO Howard Smith against claims that the company concealed losses and inflated reserves. Gilbert Serota in San Francisco secured dismissal of a class action against Yelp that alleged failure to disclose unreliable views on its online platforms. Washington DC-based Scott Schreiber, Arthur Luk and counsel Adam Rienhart are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Vincent Sama - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Adam Reinhart - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arthur Luk - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The aircraft finance team at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP exhibits a certain ‘simplicity in approach’, which ‘allows greater understanding by all involved as to the business and legal constraints’ of securitization and leasing deals. In an example of the team’s activity working for private aviation companies, senior counsel Michael Mulitz acted for Wheels Up Partners regarding a $175m secured aircraft facility to finance 35 aircraft, and also assisted with a headlease/sublease transaction, which financed the purchase of around 20 aircraft. Equatorial Congo Airlines is a new client, which the team advised on a bridge financing loan, enabling the airline to acquire a new Boeing 787 under US registration. The team also acts for a variety of investment and financial institutions, including Capita Asset Services, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole. Henry Morriello leads the department from New York, and focuses on securitization covering a wide range of assets.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is best known for its extensive experience in sovereign bond issues, where the firm primarily acts for issuers. The team has overseen a strong pipeline of deals, such as acting for the Republic of Colombia in its €1.35bn global bond offering, and advising the Federative Republic of Brazil on its $1.5bn bond issue. On the underwriter side, New York-based Steven Tepper is particularly active, having acted for Citigroup Global Markets, JP Morgan Securities and Morgan Stanley in a $1bn bond issue, among other matters. Key partners also include Whitney Debevoise, Neil Goodman and Gregory Harrington, all in Washington DC.

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team is involved in a range of Dodd-Frank advisory, legislative, transactional, and litigation and enforcement matters. Team head David Freeman continues to represent First Republic Bank across a myriad of regulatory and compliance issues associated with the development of new products, as well as on issues related to the Volcker Rule and other Dodd-Frank aspects impacting its banking, broker-dealer, investment adviser and insurance agency businesses. Patrick Doyle is advising TIAA, one of the country’s largest diversified financial services firms, on the regulatory implications pursuant to the expansion of its banking operations. In addition to handling a regular stream of banking M&A matters, Michael Mierzewski is well versed in consumer finance issues and in recent years has handled numerous fair lending matters for clients. Brian McCormally, Michael Mancusi, Howard Cayne, firm chairman Richard Alexander and Christopher Allen are also key members of the team across both regulatory counseling and enforcement matters. Other clients include Charles Schwab, FHFA and JPMorgan Chase. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 6

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Headed by Henry Morriello, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s structured finance department produces ‘excellent’ results in securitization and other structured transactions. Lawton Camp is highly regarded for providing ‘great legal and business advice’; he acted for National Bank of Canada as dealer’s counsel during a £1bn covered bond issuance and a $750m covered bond issuance, both under the bank’s $7bn covered bond program. Howard Goldwasser, who recently joined the firm from K&L Gates, advised CreekSource as sponsor and collateral manager of a $302.5m CLO of broadly syndicated corporate loans; the team also structured the client as a capitalized management vehicle, enabling all of its CLOs to be compliant with EU and US risk retention requirements. Los Angeles-based Skanthan Vivekananda also arrived from K&L Gates and Terry Novetsky left for King & Spalding LLP.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

With around 30 partners in its government contracts group, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP acts across all relevant industry sectors. A recent successful bid protest was the Veterans Evaluation Services’ representation challenging the award of a $6.9bn contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the provision of medical disability examination services. Another example was acting for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in protesting the award of a $84.7m contract by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command for the Navy’s Network Tactical Common Data Link program, resulting in corrective action being taken. The firm is also representing Inchcape Shipping Services in a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower suit concerning an alleged over-billing scheme. The group frequently handles classified projects and investigations, such as assisting former CIA director David Petraeus with two hearings before the Select Committee on Benghazi. Another area of work is government contract transactions, in relation to which the firm draws on the government contract-specific expertise of members of its intellectual property, employment and corporate groups. Charles Blanchard and Ronald Lee specialize in advising IT services providers on special regulatory constraints and protection requirements, while Paul Pompeo is an expert in cost and pricing matters. Also recommended are Mark Colley, Kara Daniels, Steven Diamond and Craig Holman; Dominique Casimir made partner in March 2016.

Leading lawyers

Mark Colley - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Dominique Casimir - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is particularly recommended for advocacy in the insurance, healthcare and education sectors. For example, it regularly assists the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism, a group of major trade and professional associations, with the regulatory reauthorization process of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. On behalf of Samsung Electronics, the group provided strategic advice to members of congress during its consideration of comprehensive patent litigation reform. In December 2015, Kevin O’Neill and other legislative professionals joined from Squire Patton Boggs. O’Neill and Charles Landgraf jointly head the practice.

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Washington DC-based team has strong expertise in handling complex, high-stakes environmental litigation, and continues to handle a broad range of matters including federal and state enforcement actions, contaminated site matters, toxic torts, and air, water, wetlands and permitting litigation. Thomas Milch and department head Brian Israel continue to represent BP in numerous disputes, most notably in the $20bn case regarding the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a matter involving Clean Water Act (CWA) enforcement actions and Natural Resource Damages claims. In another highlight, co-managing partner Michael Daneker defended Honeywell in four class action toxic tort suits regarding the presence of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the municipal water supply of Hoosick Falls. Joel Gross handles civil and criminal enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Lester Sotsky is lead counsel in several toxic tort cases; and San Francisco-based Trent Norris handles technical disputes involving consumer protection. Also in San Francisco, counsel Sarah Esmaili continues to build her profile. The Mosaic Company, Dow Chemical and Walt Disney are also key clients.

Leading lawyers

Lester Sotsky - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Esmaili - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

At Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, practice chair Brian Israel advises clients on contaminated sites across the US and is a leading figure in Natural Resource Damages (NRD) matters. Other key practitioners include Peggy Otum; Lawrence Culleen, who handles EPA programs governing chemicals, pesticides and antimicrobials; Jonathan Martel, a CAA regulatory expert; and New York’s Edward McTiernan, who focuses on state and federal regulatory issues, including real estate development, energy and infrastructure transactions and site remediation. Highlights included advising the American Cleaning Institute, along with several other chemical manufacturers, on matters concerning the amendment of the Toxic Substances Control Act. Other significant clients include Bayer Crop Science, The Mosaic Company and Stanford University. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

Next generation lawyers

Peggy Otum - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s reputation rests on its outstanding product liability defense, IP litigation and regulatory capabilities. The combination of Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP resulted in a greater life sciences platform, allowing the practice to advise clients on a broad range of high-profile and often cross-border matters. The team - which notably includes drug pricing and investigation specialists Jeffrey Handwerker, Ariane Horn and Mahnu Davar - counts the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (phRMA) as a client; it recently filed a high-profile False Claims Act case alleging that CCS Medical took kickbacks disguised as discounts in exchange for converting patients to use of products sold by Coloplast. The practice also acted for The Halifax Group and its portfolio company NPC Guardian Holdings in the sale of its interest in Nutrition Physiology and Guardian Food Technologies to The Chr. Hansen, and advised Idera Pharmaceuticals on the negotiation of a license and collaboration agreement with GlaxoSmithKline regarding the modulation of gene targets. On the IP side, David Marsh has been assisting Monsanto with patent prosecution and multi-party opposition proceedings. Matthew Wolf is representing HyClone Laboratories, a subsidiary of General Electric, in patent infringement litigation brought by Janssen Biotech concerning a biosimilar for Remicade (infliximab) that is manufactured using custom cell culture media supplied by HyClone. Building on the firm’s track record of success at early stages in product liability cases concerning the antipsychotic treatment Abilify, New York-based product liability specialist Anand Agneshwar has been acting for Bristol-Myers Squibb in a number of proceedings concerning Plavix and other prescription drugs. Trial and appellate lawyer William Hoffman also often represents clients in product liability cases and other complex litigation. Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren co-chair the FDA/healthcare practice group from the firm’s Washington DC office, where all individuals mentioned above are based unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Handwerker - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ariane Horn - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Mahnu Davar - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has a strong healthcare and life sciences proposition, with notable expertise in regulatory matters. Kirk Ogrosky is representing the largest shareholder of a multi-physician cardiology practice in a healthcare fraud investigation; other key areas of the practice include Medicare and Medicaid matters, M&A work and healthcare contract disputes. Horizon Health Care and TeamHealth are clients. Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren are co-heads of the life sciences and healthcare regulation practice, which includes recently promoted partner Mahnu Davar. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC. Vernessa Pollard joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team, based in Washington, has a particularly strong practice in litigation. Lisa Blatt is representing the Washington Redskins in litigation following the cancellation of six of its trademarks in 2014 by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which deemed them to be disparaging to Native Americans. In the broadcast space, Robert Garrett represents various organizations, including the NFL and UFC, regarding the Copyright Office’s study of the impact and effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions of section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, while Scott Lent represents the two NBA teams in antitrust litigation surrounding ticket resale. Other clients include the PGA.

Next generation lawyers

Scott Lent - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The aviation litigation team at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is led by Houston-based Thad Dameris, whose practice extends to product liability and mass tort disputes. The firm represents aerospace giant Airbus Group SE and several of its subsidiaries in a multitude of contentious matters, from large class actions following aircraft crashes to product liability cases. Christopher Odell and David Weiner were on a team that successfully defended Airbus SAS and Airbus Americas in litigation arising from the crash of TAM flight 3054 in which over 200 people perished; the team went on to successfully defend the appeal in the Eleventh Circuit. The firm’s San Francisco-based emerging companies group, led by Ronald Star, also handles some aircraft financing and corporate work.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Newly merged firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has a copyright team that regularly acts for motion picture studios, TV broadcasters and sports leagues, often handling major copyright disputes. Highlights included the representation of several TV broadcasters, including ABC, Disney and NBCUniversal, in a long-running series of disputes with the online streaming service FilmOn and the representation of Joint Sports Claimants, a consortium including Major League Baseball, the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association, in proceedings before the CRB. Other clients include CBS, Walt Disney and Machine Zone. Practice head Robert Garrett in Washington DC as well as John Ulin and James Blackburn in Los Angeles are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Robert Garrett - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

At the newly merged Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, key figures include Washington DC-based Matthew Wolf, who has handled various patent matters for a range of technology clients; San Francisco-based Michael Berta, who specializes in patent and trade secret litigation; and Washington DC’s John Nilsson, who has notable medical device and biotech expertise. Highlights included representing plaintiff Boston Scientific in a high-stakes case against Edwards Lifesciences concerning transcatheter aortic valve replacement, and acting for Samsung in numerous cases against several plaintiffs - including ProMOS, FastVDO and Advances Touchscreen - which alleged infringement of various semiconductor and haptic feedback technologies. Other clients include General Electric, Google and Barnes & Noble.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Recently merged firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP combines the strengths of two trademark practices. Louis Ederer and his team, formerly of Arnold & Porter, have particular expertise in design and trade dress protection and regularly handle litigation for clients from the luxury goods sector, including Gucci, LVMH and Richemont. Recent work includes representing Sweet People Apparel in a trademark infringement suit against Phoenix Fibers regarding the defendant’s resale of jeanswear products that were intended for destruction and recycling. Paul Llewellyn, formerly of Kaye Scholer, has been handling several contentious matters for Hershey, including a suit against Maryland senator Steve Hershey, who replicated the client’s trade dress for his political campaign material. All mentioned attorneys are based in New York.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Washington DC office includes the founding partner of its corporate governance practice, Michael L Bernstein, the chair of its corporate and securities practice, Kevin Lavin, the chair of its securities enforcement and litigation group, Michael Trager, and securities lawyer Richard Baltz. Key figures in San Francisco include Teresa Johnson and Gilbert Serota. The firm advised the board of directors of Wells Fargo on shareholder derivative demands and on litigation naming members. It serves as outside counsel to the Charles Schwab board of directors in connection with shareholder derivative demands and in litigation, and advises the same client on securities and disclosure issues. Other clients include savings and loan holding company Astoria Financial Corporation and private equity firm American Capital, which the firm advises on securities law compliance.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

In 2017, Arnold & Porter LLP merged with the ‘outstanding’ Kaye Scholer LLP to become Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. The new entity has approximately 1,000 lawyers across nine domestic and four international offices and regularly advises on complex deals in sectors such as financial services, life sciences and federal government services. The practice is also experienced in healthcare, IT, energy, private equity and Latin America-related transactions. Washington DC-based chair of the corporate and securities practice Kevin Lavin led advice to DC Capital Partners in its acquisition of government contractor QRC Technologies; Andrew Varner, who divides his time between Washington DC and New York, was M&A counsel to Service Experts in its $340m merger with a subsidiary of Enercare; and Edward Deibert in San Francisco was US counsel to Singapore-based Zeavion Holding in its acquisition of Gymboree’s early childhood development business, Gymboree Play & Music. Other key Washington DC partners include Steven Kaplan, Susan Morita and energy sector specialist Hans Dyke; Kaplan advised Cain Brothers, as financial adviser to Avēsis, regarding Avēsis’ sale to The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. In New York, Joshua Berick and financial institutions M&A head Robert Azarow are highly rated. Also recommended are former Kaye Scholer LLP lawyers Emanuel Cherney and Stephen Koval; Koval is ‘one of the best lawyers in the business’.

Leading lawyers

Emanuel Cherney - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Kevin Lavin - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Owens - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s practice has an impressive mix of big-ticket and middle-market private equity sponsor clients. American Securities and Onex are two of the firm’s more substantial clients, and it recently advised the former on its acquisition of Milk Specialties Global from Kainos Capital. Other clients include Centerbridge Partners, Halifax Capital Partners, JW Childs and NexPhase Capital. The firm has an excellent record in life sciences and healthcare, where it has leading Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expertise. Its standing in the security industry and in CFIUS and antitrust issues is also pivotal to the success of the practice. New York-based Emanuel Cherney, Stephen Koval and Lowell Dashefsky are key partners.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Data protection and data breach response - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP was created in January 2017 via the combination of Kaye Scholer and Arnold & Porter. The new team has seven partners based in Washington DC and New York, with expertise spanning federal and state data protection issues, cybersecurity matters relating to government contracts, and regulatory compliance and litigation. In the Washington DC office, Adam Golodner is ‘absolutely top tier’, and Nancy Perkins, Ronald Lee, Marcus Asner and Kenneth Chernof are also recommended. Recent highlights include advising a telecoms company on HIPAA privacy, creating a data privacy program for an employment agency, and advising Lutron Electronics on the data privacy aspects of its cloud computing arrangements. Chernof is experienced in data breach litigation and is handling cases for Adobe, Barnes & Noble, Leidos, and Horizon Blue Cross.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s merger has brought together a critical mass of outsourcing expertise, with key lawyers located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, New York and Silicon Valley. Los Angeles-based Matthew Maccoby advised an automotive company on the outsourcing of its recruiting function to a third party, and advised on the renegotiation of its outsourced claims management system. Glynna Christian joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP counts AT&T as a key client, recently advising on the regulatory approvals of its proposed merger with Time Warner and assisting with the regulatory elements of several transactions, including spectrum swapping with Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, and its acquisition of Cellular Properties. Maureen Jeffreys heads the telecoms, internet and media practice, and regularly acts for wireline, wireless, cable, media, television and internet clients; she recently represented AT&T in the FCC’s video competition proceeding. Former practice co-chair Patrick Grant is highly regarded in the field, Peter Schildkraut is noted for his spectrum and Open Internet expertise, William Cook has substantial FCC experience and Scott Feira is recommended for FCC merger review work; Feira is providing regulatory assistance to AT&T on the sale of a 700MHz A block spectrum license to T-Mobile, a condition of the client’s 2014 merger with Leap Wireless. Stephanie Phillipps is also recommended. Other clients include Harris Corporation, PPL Corporation and the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies.

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United States: Tax

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, which was formed from the merger of Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP in 2016, fields a team that is well versed in the formation of REITs and non-profit and charitable organizations. Joseph Howe led the team acting as REIT counsel for Welltower on the $1.15bn acquisition of a portfolio of properties from Vintage Senior Living. The firm also provides day-to-day tax advice to The Oakland Raiders and acts as longstanding external tax counsel to the United Nations Foundation. James Joseph, Stuart Lipton, Thomas Richardson, Benjamin Berk and Bridget Weiss are all key members of the team.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s practice, led by the highly regarded Paolo Di Rosa, focuses on high-profile investment treaty arbitration, where it acts for a broad range of sovereigns. The team includes a number of bilingual and dual-qualified lawyers; leveraging this diversity, Di Rosa defended the Republic of Costa Rica against a claim filed by Supervisión y Control in relation to a concession contract for the safety inspection and emissions control of motor vehicles in the Central American country; brought under the Spain-Costa Rica BIT the case was conducted entirely in Spanish. Whitney Debevoise is a key adviser to the Republic of Panama and is handling, alongside Gaela Gehring Flores, a dispute with Transglobal Green Energy in which the US company is seeking restitution of a hydro-electric power generation concession and over $400m in damages. The Dominican Republic is another recent source of instructions, while Daimler Financial Services is a current investor client. Other key contacts in Washington DC include Raul Herrera and Jean Kalicki. Houston-based Thad Dameris recently successfully settled a Brazil-related commercial arbitration matter on behalf of a major multinational.

Leading lawyers

Paolo Di Rosa - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

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