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United States: Antitrust
Within Cartel, Arnold & Porter LLP is a third tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP’s antitrust practice is involved in high-profile DOJ cartel investigations, the most notable of which is currently the automotive parts cartel. Chair of the US antitrust group Jonathan Gleklen represented Yamashita Rubber in investigations into anti-vibration rubber products, and Frank Liss continues to act for Koito Manufacturing regarding automotive lighting systems. In the In re Vehicle Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, James Cooper is representing Mitsui OSK Lines and various subsidiaries in purchaser class actions brought by automobile dealers, truck dealers and end payors regarding alleged price-fixing in connection with the ocean shipping of vehicles. Another key client is Shoko Chukin Bank, which the firm is representing in US and foreign government investigations into LIBOR and TIBOR. Peter Levitas, formerly deputy director of the Bureau of Competition of the FTC, joined the firm, and Donna Patterson retired. The attorneys are all based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.
Within Merger control, Arnold & Porter LLP is a second tier firm,
After losing former practice head Deborah Feinstein to the FTC and William Baer to the DOJ in 2012 and 2013 respectively, Arnold & Porter LLP had some difficulties living up to earlier successes. Nevertheless the firm remains ‘a leading player in merger control work’, with Peter Levitas joining after serving as deputy director of the Bureau of Competition of the FTC. Levitas brings to the team 20 years of experience in handling complex merger control matters – particularly those affecting the technology, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, exemplified by his recent representation of Hikma Pharmaceuticals in an acquisition of assets of Bedford Laboratories from Boehringer Ingelheim, worth $300m. Practice head Jonathan Gleklen was involved in extensive work for GE, including a planned $13bn acquisition of Alstom and a projected sale of GE Appliances to Electrolux, amounting to $3.3bn. Apart from acting as antitrust counsel for Cisco Systems, Richard Rosen has carried out extensive work for AT&T, including its acquisition of Leap Wireless and Allied Wireless Communications Corporation. Michael B Bernstein and Gleklen acted as antitrust counsel for Boston Scientific for its $415m acquisition of Bayer’s interventional business. Donna Patterson retired from the firm. The attorneys are all based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.
United States: Finance
Within Capital markets: global offerings , tier 4
Arnold & Porter LLP is a leader in the sovereign bond market, and acted in close to 20 such deals in 201; the Federative Republic of Brazil was a key client over that period and Whitney Debevoise, alongside Gregory Harrington, advised it on a $1bn issuance of 4.25% global bonds due 2025, a $3.55bn issuance of 5% global bonds due 2045 and a €1bn issuance of 2.875% global bonds due 2021. In New York, Steven Tepper represented the Republic of Turkey in a number of offerings including a $1bn Sukuk offering of lease certificates due 2024. Layers named are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.
Within Corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy), tier 6
Under the leadership of Washington DC-based Michael L Bernstein, Arnold & Porter LLP’s restructuring group strikes a healthy balance between creditor and debtor-side instructions. Among its recent creditor mandates, Bernstein is representing the Republic of Panama as a creditor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Electric Machinery Enterprises, Nations Energy Corporation and Jaime Jurado. In a high-profile company representation, New York-based Michael Canning is leading the firm’s advice to Quad/Graphics, formerly Quebecor World (USA), in post-confirmation issues relating to its cross-border chapter 11 reorganization. Los Angeles-based Lisa Hill Fenning is another key partner in the group.
Within Financial services: litigation, Arnold & Porter LLP is a second tier firm,
Leveraging the expertise of a number of former high-ranking government officials, Arnold & Porter LLP’s Washington DC-based group excels in private litigation as well as in matters that require making representations before the regulators. Formerly a senior attorney in the enforcement and compliance division of the Comptroller of the Currency, Howard Cayne has wide-ranging litigation and enforcement expertise on behalf of numerous financial services clients and is a pivotal member of the team. It continues to represent the FHFA as conservator to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac across a range of litigation in multiple state and federal courts. The arrival of Michael Mancusi from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in June 2014 adds further weight to the firm’s already considerable consumer finance offering which sees Michael Mierzewski continuing his defense of Visa in various antitrust litigation matters including class actions challenging its interchange rate-setting practices. Managing partner Richard Alexander and Pamela Miller are also recommended. Other clients include Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo and JP Morgan.
Within Financial services: regulatory, Arnold & Porter LLP is a third tier firm,
Washington DC-based Arnold & Porter LLP is ‘well reputed’ for its compliance and enforcement work for a range of banks, insurance companies and credit unions. Headed by David Freeman, the team benefits from a number of lawyers with significant governmental experience. Himself an alumnus of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Freeman has excellent credibility before the agencies and frequently aids clients in compliance issues and on strategic initiatives with regulatory, legislative and public policy implications. He continues to advise First Republic Bank and its subsidiary broker-dealer, investment adviser and insurance agency across a broad range of regulatory and compliance issues associated with new products and product extensions. Patrick Doyle also benefits from former agency experience and continues to act for State Farm Mutual Insurance Company across a range of Dodd-Frank matters including ensuring compliance with the Volcker rule and aiding it and a coalition of insurance companies on seeking a legislative amendment relating to the capital rules under the so-called ‘Collins Amendment’. Both Doyle and New York-based Kevin Barnard have also been advising major diversified financial services firm TIAA-CREF on capital adequacy requirements. The ‘excellent’ Richard Alexander continues his representation of a coalition of mid-sized banks across a variety of regulatory issues and is a key member of a team that also includes senior counsel John Hawke, Charles Landgraf and Robert Azarow. The firm’s consumer finance offering continues to grow with the recent arrival of Michael Mancusi from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton adding weight to Michael Mierzewski’s practice in the area.
United States: Government
Within Government contracts, Arnold & Porter LLP is a second tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP is a heavyweight in the government contracts space, covering bid protests, claims, contract disputes, investigations and defense work. Additionally, it advises on export controls and export restrictions, foreign investments and on obtaining foreign national security approvals. The team, which includes a number of former Air Force, CIA, DOJ, NSA and White House security officers, has carved out a strong practice on security matters including classified projects and cybersecurity. Clients include some of the biggest government contractors such as Raytheon, which the team recently advised on cost issues; the matter involved litigation concerning a possible expansion of expressly unallowable costs, the prevention of offsetting cost increases against cost decreases arising from changing accounting practices, and a claim alleging non-compliance with a cost accounting standard. In another high-profile case, it defended Amazon Web Services against a bid protest filed by IBM at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concerning the CIA’s cloud computing contract award to the client. Mark Colley heads the 24 partner, Washington DC-based group and is renowned as ‘an experienced litigator’. Craig Holman is an ‘outstanding bid protest lawyer’. Charles Blanchard, formerly general counsel at the US Air Force, joined the team, and Kara Daniels was promoted to the partnership in February 2015.
United States: Industry focus
Within Environment: litigation, Arnold & Porter LLP is a first tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP is praised by clients and peers alike for its broad environmental litigation expertise, covering climate change, land use, mining and energy, endangered species, and California environmental laws – such as the state’s toxic tort law and the Green Chemistry Initiative. It has recently been selected as national environmental counsel for Whirlpool and also acts in this role for The Mosaic Company and Honeywell. In a recent highlight case, the team secured a win for Arco, defending it against public nuisance claims made by cities and counties in California seeking abatement of all property containing lead paint. A team led by Thomas Milch and Michael Daneker continues to act for BP in the context of Deepwater Horizon: it negotiated with the government to resolve the debarment of the company, constructed a class action settlement facility of hundreds of thousands of claims, and represented the company in the phase two trial, which determined the amount of oil spilled. Lester Sotsky heads the practice from the DC office, which also includes ‘great litigator’ Joel Gross. The Denver office was enhanced through the addition of senior counsel Harris Sherman, who joined from the US Department of Agriculture.
Within Healthcare: life sciences, Arnold & Porter LLP is a third tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP’s highly regarded regulatory, product liability defense and patent litigation groups are the cornerstones of its practice. Outside regulatory counsel to a number of the largest global pharmaceuticals, its appointment to represent the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA in its high-profile, and ultimately successful, challenge to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) program to charge price controls for orphan drugs, was testament to its standing in the market. In IP, it has been assisting Monsanto with patent prosecution for transgenic plants, in addition to litigation wins for clients such as Boston Scientific and Hologic. Daniel Kracov and Alison Shuren co-lead the FDA group, with IP litigators Matthew Wolf and David Marsh among the other key contacts. The hire of Blaine Templeman from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP added significant IP transactional capability to its New York office.
Within Sport, Arnold & Porter LLP is a third tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP works closely with its media and entertainment departments to advise on copyright and telecoms-related matters, with practice head Robert Garrett, in the Washington DC office a recognized IP and TMT expert. It continues to advise a consortium of sports leagues on copyright royalty litigation, and is assisting the MLB with a range of copyright proceedings before the FCC, Congress and the Copyright Office. It plays a key role in lobbying for policy changes and is petitioning the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), on behalf of the Coalition of Sports Organizations (CSO) for the introduction of an international treaty to prohibit the unlicensed streaming of television content. It receives high-profile employment mandates and defended the Oakland Raiders in a wage-and-hour class action brought by the Raiderettes, the team’s cheerleaders, which has now settled; the firm is representing the same client in copycat proceedings also initiated by the Raiderettes. David Reis, who is based in San Francisco, is a key contact for labor and employment. Matthew Keiser joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP in January 2015.
United States: Intellectual property
Within Copyright, Arnold & Porter LLP is a third tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP is noted for advising sports leagues, motion picture studios and TV broadcasters, as well as representing them in major copyright disputes. Washington DC-based Robert Garrett and his team have been representing Joint Sports Claimants Inc, a consortium that includes MLB, the NFL and the NBA, in proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board for many years. The same team is also advising MLB on various copyright issues involving the telecasting of games over traditional and new media. In addition, the firm continues to represent several TV broadcasters, including ABC, Fox and NBCUniversal, in disputes against online streaming service FilmOn. Other clients include Walt Disney, Nexstar Broadcasting, Barnes & Noble, and the Motion Picture Association of America.
Within Patent litigation: full coverage, tier 4
Arnold & Porter LLP is recommended for its solid experience in the life sciences sector, and has also handled complex technology-related cases for Adobe and Google. IP practice co-head Matthew Wolf acted for the latter in a number of cases including Microsoft and Google v GeoTag, and is currently defending Google subsidiary Motorola in a lawsuit brought by Clouding. Wolf also secured an appellate victory for Boston Scientific, successfully lifting a preliminary injunction filed by Vascular Solutions, and obtained a total victory for two GE subsidiaries in a case concerning patent infringement, contract breach and unfair competition. Other highlights include representing Barnes & Noble in multiple nationwide infringement suits concerning its NOOK products; the firm substantially reduced damages on two patents in a claim filed by Adrea LLC, and is defending the client in two further cases against BE Technology and Cloud Satchel. David Marsh co-heads the IP practice, which recently bolstered its presence in silicon Valley with the addition of eight new IP litigators. All other named lawyers are based in Washington DC.
Within Patent prosecution: utility and design patents , tier 5
Particularly recognized in the life sciences sector, Arnold & Porter LLP also has a growing reputation in the fields of software, e-commerce and electronic engineering. It advises both domestic clients and clients from Europe and Asia. Washington DC-based David Marsh and Matthew Wolf co-head the firm’s IP practice; Marsh focuses extensively on interferences, inter partes and ex parte matters, Hatch-Waxman issues and patent procurement, and Wolf is a litigator. Ginger Dreger, who heads the biotech patent prosecution practice from the firm’s San Francisco office, is advising Tengion on IP due diligence and assisting it with the issuance of key patents worldwide. Other representative clients include Elcelyx Therapeutics, Genentech, and Monsanto. Todd Lorenz is a further name to note.
Within Trademarks: litigation, Arnold & Porter LLP is a third tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP’s practice is especially prominent in the luxury goods sector, where it has handled contentious trademark matters for clients such as Gucci, Bulgari, LVMH, and Pernod Ricard; New York-based Louis Ederer is a prominent trial lawyer in such matters and has particular expertise in design and trade dress protection. Ederer has been representing Bottega Veneta before the TTAB regarding the registration of its weave design for leather goods, which is opposed by Marc Fisher, and in a separate matter, successfully represented Rock Revival in a suit against Earl Jean regarding its sale of jeanswear that infringes the plaintiff’s registered pocket stitch designs. San Francisco-based litigator Martin Glick has acted for Clorox in several trademark disputes, including litigation regarding its Pine-Sol mark against competitor Industrias Alen.
United States: Litigation
Within Commercial litigation, tier 4
Arnold & Porter LLP excels in ‘high-stakes, multi-state or international matters with a government policy nexus’, in which it can ‘go toe-to-toe with anyone’. Kenneth Chernof leads the practice from Washington DC, where David Weiner and experienced trial lawyer Jonathan Stern are highly recommended. Chernof represented Leidos in an MDL alleging five million people were injured as a result of the theft of back-up data tapes. Los Angeles-based James Speyer advised BP on a $1bn claim brought by franchisees.
Within International arbitration, Arnold & Porter LLP is a second tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP already had an excellent reputation for international arbitration, before making an even bigger push into the market through the recruitment of a team from Hogan Lovells, including Thad Dameris and Christopher Odell in Houston and David Weiner in Washington DC. A further addition came in the form of David Huebner in Los Angeles, who joined from the US State Department, having been a former US ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. The new arrivals join a team headed by Paolo Di Rosa out of Washington DC, which also includes Jean Kalicki and Gaela Gehring Flores. The practice is particularly noted for its expertise in major investment treaty disputes, as well as Latin America and energy-related arbitrations. It has a strong track record representing sovereign states, including Hungary, Chile, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic. Recently it advised the Republic of Korea on $4.7bn worth of claims brought against it by Lone Star, concerning its attempts to sell its interest in the Korea Exchange Bank; this was the first investment treaty arbitration ever to be filed against Korea. On the claimant side, the firm represented Turkish energy company Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim in a $1.7bn ICSID arbitration against Pakistan regarding its investment in a rental power project. Other clients include Mercer International, EDF, Daimler Financial Services and the Slovak Republic.
Within International trade, Arnold & Porter LLP is a second tier firm,
The ‘experienced and broad group’ at Arnold & Porter LLP cemented its position as a significant player in international trade work through a trio of hires in 2014. In Washington DC, Amy Jeffress joined from the DOJ bringing experience in national and international security and compliance issues, and Charles Blanchard joined from the US Air Force, where he was general counsel. In Los Angeles, David Huebner further augments the firm’s national security capability – he was previously the US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. The ‘fabulous’ Lawrence Schneider remains at the helm of this Washington DC-based practice and is highly regarded for trade remedy and policy matters; he is advising the Province of Alberta in four arbitration proceedings relating to the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the US and Canada. John Barker is revered by many for his expertise in export controls and economic sanctions and is advising United Technologies on compliance issues relating to its consent agreement with the US Department of State for unauthorized transfers under arms export regulations. Other key names include John Bellinger and Jeffrey Smith, who are both recommended for export controls, economic sanctions and CFIUS matters, and trade policy specialist Michael Shor.
Within Product liability and mass tort defense: aerospace/aviation, Arnold & Porter LLP is a third tier firm,
The arrival of leading aviation specialist Thad Dameris to Arnold & Porter LLP from Hogan Lovells gives the newly established practice considerable gravitas. Dameris continues to act as lead counsel to Airbus Group, defending it in litigation arising from a mid-air upset involving Qantas Airways Flight 72; the consolidated litigation was brought on behalf of 179 plaintiffs in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Other current instructions include representing Airbus Military and Construcciones Aeronáuticas in litigation brought following the 2011 catastrophic crash of a CASA C-212-CC40 aircraft in Saskatoon, Canada; the case is pending in the US District Court of Arizona. Fellow former Hogan Lovells lawyer Christopher Odell joined alongside Dameris and brings extensive jury trial experience to bear, both at state and federal level. Representative work includes defending European airframe manufacturers in MDLs arising from aviation accidents.
Within Product liability and mass tort defense: consumer products (including tobacco), Arnold & Porter LLP is a first tier firm,
Praised for its ‘strong appellate team’, Arnold & Porter LLP has strong credentials acting as both strategic and trial counsel for an impressive array of clients. The firm has remained at the forefront of tobacco litigation through its role as key counsel to Altria Group – led by Washington DC-based expert litigator John Massaro, it continues to represent the client’s subsidiary Philip Morris in ‘light cigarettes’ class actions across the country, recently defeating certification in three such cases. It also maintained its impressive track record in handling outstanding Engle progeny cases for the client, where New York-based Keri Arnold has been a vital component in both strategic input and trial successes. The firm also counts a range of major food, beverage and supplements companies among its clients and is noted for its leading Proposition 65 practice: ‘excellent choice of counsel’ Trent Norris in San Francisco has particular expertise in this space and, among his work for numerous clients, is assisting Danone with long-running litigation arising from the presence of acrylamide in food. The practice is co-chaired by Washington-DC based Eric Rubel who also leads the firm’s buoyant consumer product safety commission practice. Other clients include McDonald’s, Neutrogena and PepsiCo. New York-based Ingo Sprie is also recommended.
Within Product liability and mass tort defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices, Arnold & Porter LLP is a second tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP is national counsel to Bristol-Myers Squibb in litigation – currently pending in New Jersey, California, New York, Illinois and Delaware – brought by 6,000 plaintiffs alleging improper sales and marketing of its drug Plavix; led by New York-based Anand Agneshwar, it recently won a landmark ruling before the Cook County trial court which established that over 400 out-of-state claimants could not establish personal jurisdiction over the defendant. The firm also serves as national counsel to the same client in personal injury litigation involving its antipsychotic medication Abilify. In addition, the firm has substantial experience in the medical devices space, recently securing voluntary dismissals in all three product liability suits involving the client’s NovaSure endometrial ablation device. Ellen Reisman (Los Angeles), and Steven Reade and Daniel Pariser (both in Washington DC) are also key names.
Within Product liability and mass tort defense: toxic tort, Arnold & Porter LLP is a first tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP’s credentials are widely recognized by the oil and gas and chemicals industries, and this is reflected by its impressive following of clients such as BP and Honeywell. The firm has continued to build on its fantastic track record, representing Arco in lead pigment litigation, where it has tried and won cases in jurisdictions across the country; of particular note is Jonathan Stern’s success as lead trial counsel in County of Santa Clara et al v Atlantic Richfield Company et al where the Superior Court of California found in the client’s favor, while three other defendants were required to participate in the funding of a funding a $1.1bn abatement program. Thomas Milch and Michael Daneker have spearheaded the firm’s work for Honeywell, and represent the client in resisting the certification of two major classes of claimants seeking damages as a result of their proximity to chromium ore sites. New York-based Anand Agneshwar and Eric Rubel co-head the team. All partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.
Within Securities: shareholder litigation, tier 4
At Arnold & Porter LLP ‘the very broad regulatory practice comes from its roots in Washington DC and works seamlessly with its litigation team’. A strong grounding in accountancy practices sees the securities enforcement and litigation group often represent auditors as well as senior officers of public companies. Veronica Rendon in New York, who is representing an accounting firm in an SEC investigation, and regulatory enforcement expert Michael Trager in Washington DC, co-chair the practice. Also based in Washington DC, Scott Schreiber saw a 10b-5 case against Overseas Shipholding Group dismissed. In San Francisco, Gilbert Serota is defending Yelp in class actions that allege the concealment of activities to suppress poor consumer reviews in its web and mobile platforms.
Within Supreme Court and appellate, Arnold & Porter LLP is a second tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP’s 15-lawyer department is built around the superb win-loss record of Lisa Blatt, who has prevailed in an impressive 32 out of her 33 Supreme Court arguments to date. This streak continued in 2014 when Blatt was successful in Frank v Walker, when the Court granted the clients’ emergency application to block implementation of Wisconsin’s voter ID law. Blatt is also active in landmark matters in the appeals courts; she represented GlaxoSmithKline before the Ninth Circuit in which it was held that the Constitution forbids using peremptory strikes against gays and lesbians from jury service based on their sexual orientation, and that the client was entitled to a new trial because Abbott improperly struck a juror on this basis. Jerome Falk rejoined the firm’s San Francisco office.
Within White-collar criminal defense , tier 5
Arnold & Porter LLP’s white-collar team continues to see a substantial amount of healthcare work, with head of practice John Nassikas leading the joint defense team that settled Par Pharmaceutical’s off-label promotion investigation by the DOJ, FDA, and the New Jersey US Attorney’s Office. In addition, healthcare specialist Kirk Ogrosky has been active on behalf of clients such as Bristol-Myers Squibb. James Cooper, who wins praise for his antitrust abilities, negotiated a settlement for Fujikura in the DOJ Antitrust Division’s investigation into alleged price-fixing and bid-rigging in the sale of car components to Japanese auto manufacturers, and the firm is involved in several other major matters relating to alleged Japanese auto parts cartels. Trial lawyer Marcus Asner leads in New York and is assisting AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings in an investigation concerning alleged bribery arising from a major South African Government contract. The practice has seen some expansion with the addition of former attaché to the US Embassy in London Amy Jeffress, and Irvin Nathan in Washington DC, who rejoined the firm after serving as attorney general for the District of Columbia from 2011-2014. All named partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.
United States: M&A/corporate and commercial
Within M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m), Arnold & Porter LLP is a first tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP expanded its New York team with the recruitment of Blaine Templeman from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, and Charles Bethill and senior counsel Mark Sokolow from Alston & Bird LLP. Templeman’s practice focuses on advising US and international clients on the protection, development and commercialization of their products and IP portfolios. Joseph Tirone, who joined from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and divides his time between the firm’s Washington DC and Houston offices, is noted for energy-related M&A. The practice excels at advising on deals in regulated industries, where it has strong industry knowhow, and advises private equity firms on mid-market M&A transactions, in addition to placing an important emphasis on Latin America deals. The team advised S&T Bancorp on its announced $155m acquisition of Pennsylvania-based Integrity Bancshares, and acted for Japanese cosmetics company KOSÉ Corporation on its $135m acquisition of a majority interest in US cosmetics maker Tarte. The practice also advised Avalon Laboratories Holding Corporation on its $180m sale to Nordson Corporation, assisted Aptiv Solutions on its $143.5m cash sale to ICON, and assisted CoVant Technologies (as part of an investor group led by Madison Dearborn Partners) on the $200m acquisition of LGS Innovations from Alcatel-Lucent. Washington DC-based department head Kevin Lavin has particular experience in the government contracting, IT services and software sectors.
United States: Media, technology and telecoms
Within Technology: data protection and privacy, Arnold & Porter LLP is a third tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP handles defense of consumer class action data breach litigation, FCRA, crisis management with respect to data breach incidents, national security and HIPAA matters, among others. For Leidos, the team recently acted as lead litigation counsel in seven class actions concerning data breach claims, in which it was alleged that putative classes of an estimated five million people were injured following back-up data tapes being stolen from a Leidos employee; currently, 31 of 33 named plaintiffs have been dismissed. The team also served as lead litigation counsel for Barnes & Noble in defense against data breach class actions alleging that third parties skimmed payment card information from 63 stores nationwide. Adobe is another key client. Washington DC-based Kenneth Chernof led on both aforementioned cases, and Ronald Lee (also Washington DC), and Marcus Asner (New York) are the other leading names to note for this type of work.
Within Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory, Arnold & Porter LLP is a second tier firm,
Maureen Jeffreys and Patrick Grant lead Arnold & Porter LLP’s 20-partner telecoms, internet, and media practice group, which has a strong focus on the regulatory aspects of transactions. Jeffreys continued to represent flagship client AT&T as lead FCC regulatory counsel for the review of its acquisition of DirecTV. Scott Feira, who has extensive experience in FCC merger reviews and other FCC license transfer proceedings, advised the same client on a number of transactions, including the swap of FCC spectrum licenses with Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Other key practitioners include Peter Schildkraut, who regularly represents wireless, wireline, cable television, broadcast, and internet clients before the FCC, and William Cook, who is experienced in telecoms and cable television law, and assists clients with the regulatory implications of telecoms transactions. The team is further supported by partners in London and Brussels. Other clients include the Greater Washington Education Telecommunications Association, the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, TELUS, and Crowley Technologies LLC.
United States: Real estate and construction
Within Real estate, tier 6
Arnold & Porter LLP’s 14-partner team spans New York, Washington DC and San Francisco. The department is headed is the ‘superb’ Michael Goodwin, who led work for Oxford Properties Group on its $330m acquisition of Gallery Place in Washington DC, and is also advising The John Akridge Companies on a site swap and lease back matter. Other clients of the group include Vornado Realty Trust, Penzance Properties LLC, Host Hotels & Resorts and Gould Property Company. Besides Goodwin, notable individuals include Alan Lawrence, the ‘experienced’ John Busillo, senior counsel Thomas Larsen and Jennifer Perkins who is noted for her leasing expertise, and William Bosch, who joined from Steptoe & Johnson LLP in June 2014. James Richman left the firm in August 2014.
United States: Tax
Within Domestic tax, tier 8
Arnold & Porter LLP’s clients range from major corporations to high-net-worth individuals, and also include a number of REITs. One such is Health Care REIT, which Joseph Howe’s team advised on its upcoming acquisition of the outstanding units of HealthLease Properties REIT, and its acquisition of 11 retirement communities from Gracewell Healthcare for £153m. Other clients include the United Nations Foundation, LeanIn.org and The Oakland Raiders. Howe is based in Washington DC along with Thomas Richardson and James Joseph, and Stuart Lipton in San Francisco is another name to note.
Latin America: International firms
Within Banking and finance, Arnold & Porter LLP is a third tier firm,
Arnold & Porter LLP has an association with Latin America extending back over decades, and is widely known for its representation of sovereign states such as Brazil, Panama, El Salvador and Venezuela, as well as a range of sub-sovereign entities in the region. It recently advised the State of Maranhão as borrower and the Federative Republic of Brazil as guarantor on a $662m cross-border loan used to repay internal debt owed to the Brazilian federal government and subsequently securitised. The firm also acted for two other Brazilian sub-sovereigns, the State of Mato Grosso and the State of Santa Catarina, on significant credit agreements back in 2012. Washington DC partner Whitney Debevoise led on all three deals and is widely recognised for his sovereign work in Latin America. On the banking side, the firm represents a number of major Latin American financial institutions, including Banco Credit Suisse (Brazil), Banco de Crédito del Perú, Banco do Brasil, Banco Espirito Santo (Brasil), Itaú BBA & Itaú Unibanco, Central Bank of Brazil, and Banco Votorantim. The Latin America team is also known for its expertise in bilateral and syndicated loans, particularly in Brazil, and is a key player in the regulatory field, particularly in an advisory capacity on US financial institutions regulations. The Latin America finance practice includes Neil Goodman, who is known for his work in Venezuela and Argentina; and fellow Washington DC partners Gregory Harrington and Mark Stumpf, who between them have a particularly strong record in Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia and Panama. Former New York counsel Stephen Double joined Holland & Knight LLP in 2013.
Within Capital markets, tier 4
Arnold & Porter LLP has a long history of involvement in Latin America, particularly in relation to sovereign and sub-sovereign issuers. Sovereign issuer clients include the republics of Brazil, Panama, Colombia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela; and the firm is close to a range of sovereign entities such as ministry of finance departments, central banks, state-owned companies, and municipalities. The Brazilian states of Mato Grosso, Santa Catarina, and Maranhão are examples of its sub-sovereign clients. The Latin America team is ‘very responsive’ and ‘knowledgeable’, and clients also point to its expertise in relation to ‘development finance institutions’ and ‘banks’ derivatives transactions’. In 2013, the firm advised the Federative Republic of Brazil on two SEC-registered global bond offerings totalling some $4.05bn; and advised the Republic of Honduras on two bond offerings totalling $1bn, the first being its inaugural issue in the international bond market. The firm also assisted the Republic of Panama, a client since the early 1990s, in relation to two bond offerings totalling $1.15bn, and the Republic of Colombia on two offerings with an aggregate value of $3.6bn. Whitney Debevoise is integral to the firm’s relationships with Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador and Panama, and Mark Stumpf regularly represents Venezuela, Colombia and Panama. Neil Goodman and Panamanian national Raul Herrera are also key members of the team, with Herrera commended for his ‘wealth of knowledge’ about sovereign deals and other capital markets transactions involving Central and South America and the Caribbean. The lawyers named are all based in Washington DC.
Within International arbitration, Arnold & Porter LLP is a second tier firm,
Paolo Di Rosa heads Arnold & Porter LLP’s outstanding international arbitration team out of Washington DC and is recognised as one of the leading experts in the Latin American market. Although best known for its expertise in investor-state arbitration, particularly on behalf of sovereign states, the firm has seen rapid expansion and growth in its commercial arbitration practice with the arrival of a team led by David Reed in London in 2012 and senior counsel Maria Chedid in San Francisco in 2010, who focuses primarily on commercial matters. Latin America continues to be the US practice’s core geographical focus and the number of states the team represents gives a sense of its strength in the region: its large roster includes Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile and Guatemala in addition to longstanding client Panama. Following the firm’s successful representation of Chile against Victor Pey Casado y Fundación Presidente Allende, Guatemala against RDC and Panama against Nations Energy, the team’s unbroken streak of consecutive positive rulings for sovereign states at ICSID now stands at 18. In an illustration of its language abilities, the team regularly handles arbitrations entirely in Spanish; for example when it acted for Costa Rica in a $345m ICSID claim filed by a Spanish investor under the Spain/Costa Rica BIT, a case that was led by Di Rosa. The firm fields over 30 lawyers who are Latin American specialists and fluent in either Spanish or Portuguese. On the commercial side, London-based David Reed is leading the representation of a Peruvian company in an ICC arbitration seated in Houston. Other highlights included representing Daimler Financial Services in a $600m annulment proceeding before ICSID against Argentina, a case where the team was brought in as replacement counsel following an adverse jurisdictional ruling in the arbitration proceeding. Also recommended are Whitney Debevoise, Gaela Gehring Flores, Raul Herrera and associate José Antonio Rivas; all of them have established a reputation for their role in high-level arbitration matters in Latin America.
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