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Arnold & Porter

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s 65-lawyer team has extensive experience in acquisitions and dispositions, real estate finance and development projects, and also represents a mix of lenders, borrowers and investors in real estate-related litigation. The group also has a strong leasing practice and has been active in the leasing of office, retail, biotech and agricultural space. Recent transactional highlights include advising American Real Estate Partners on a joint venture with Siguler Guff & Company for the $29m acquisition of an office campus in New Jersey, and acting for Qatar-based investment company The First Investor on its $620m equity investment into CityCenterDC. Key figures include Warren Bernstein, who advises real estate owners on construction and financing issues across various sectors; Stephen Gliatta, who has notable fund origination, securitization and mezzanine loan expertise; and Washington DC-based Michael Goodwin, who focuses on development projects, public private partnerships and ground leases.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s practice was boosted thanks to three notable individuals re-joining the firm; new global antitrust head Debbie Feinstein moved from the FTC, where she was director of the Bureau of Competition. In addition, Bill Baer (a former assistant attorney general for antitrust and acting associate attorney general) and Sonia Pfaffenroth (a former deputy assistant general for civil and criminal operations) arrived from the DOJ. James L. Cooper, James W. Cooper and Wilson Mudge are representing MinebeaMitsumi in civil litigation arising from the DOJ’s criminal prosecution of alleged price-fixing of ball bearings. Nucor, Visa and Philip Morris USA are other clients. Jonathan Gleklen leads the US antitrust practice.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter assists clients with the entire ambit of behavioral and transactional issues in civil antitrust litigation. Its diverse practice includes parallel and follow-on actions connected with cartel investigations, class actions and MDLs, among other matters. Its impressive record in billion-dollar, industry-significant litigation makes it a go-to for US and international clients, such as General Electric, Penguin Random House and BP. Among other matters being handled for the client, Mark Merley, senior counsel Bob Vizas (San Francisco), Jonathan Gleklen and others are representing Visa in Re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation; this is an MDL which includes nationwide putative class actions and individual lawsuits filed by merchants (including retailers) against financial institutions that issue payment cards. Robert Katerberg is defending Nucor Corporation against a class action brought by purchasers of steel products against several US steel producers. James L. Cooper, James W. Cooper and Anne Davis are other key figures. Bill Baer and Sonia Pfaffenroth re-joined the firm from the DOJ, and Debbie Feinstein re-joined from the FTC. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise noted.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter

In 2017, Debbie Feinstein re-joined Arnold & Porter as global antitrust practice head, having served as director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. In addition, Bill Baer returned to the firm from the DOJ, where he held the position of acting associate attorney general - among others. Jonathan Gleklen assisted Monsanto with antitrust issues relating to its $66bn takeover by Bayer, and is also advising the same client on the proposed sale of its Precision Planting equipment business to AGCO. Another key client is General Electric (GE); recent highlights include handling the antitrust aspects of the combination of GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes, and of GE’s $1.65bn acquisition of LM Wind Power. BP, Anthem and Cristal USA are among other clients. Other key figures are Richard Rosen, Michael B. Bernstein and Claudia Higgins. Scott Lent practices in New York. Named partners are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Next generation lawyers

Michael B. Bernstein - Arnold & Porter

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s group houses ‘bright’ attorneys, who manage appeals in areas such as product liability, antitrust, healthcare and banking. Practice head Lisa Blatt argued for the appellees in Advocate Health Care Network v Stapleton, a case concerning eligibility criteria for the ‘church plan’ exemption from ERISA, and represented Philip Morris in the Oklahoma Supreme Court legislative challenge to a cigarette tax. At the Third Circuit, Blatt acted for GlaxoSmithKline in an appeal arising from the denied enforcement of $35m settlement in an antitrust class action. New York-based James Blank represented Nintendo as a respondent at the Federal Circuit appeal filed by Tomita Technologies and pertaining to a patent infringement claim. Duo Howard Cayne and Michael Johnson, who are handling several appeals for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is also recommended, as is Anthony Franze. Sarah Harris joined the Department of Justice as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Leading lawyers

Lisa Blatt - Arnold & Porter

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

Arnold & Porter

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter handles a number of major criminal healthcare matters, with particular expertise in FCPA and other anti-bribery issues. New York’s Michael Rogoff and Manvin Mayell are defending Novartis Pharmaceuticals in major FCA litigation brought by the DOJ concerning allegations of kickbacks paid to physicians. Washington DC’s ‘top-notch’ John Nassikas is defending Boston Scientific in a complex fraud case filed by Abramge alleging the client bribed Brazilian physicians to use its products. The group, led by Kirk Ogrosky, is also acting as co-counsel alongside Kobre & Kim for Salomon Melgen, MD, in a high-profile public corruption case involving Senator Robert Menendez. It also continues to act for current and former officers of JP Morgan and Standard and Poor’s in connection with state and federal investigations into various structured financial products and vehicles. In May 2018, Craig Margolis joined the firm’s Washington DC office from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

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Financial services litigation
Financial services litigation - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

Anchored from Washington DC and New York, plus its presence in California, Arnold & Porter has the strength-in-depth and expertise to handle the full gamut of disputes affecting retail, commercial and investment banks, including those relating to consumer lending and mortgage securitizations, both from an agency enforcement/investigation and civil litigation perspective. David Bergman has significant trial expertise at a federal and state court level; he recently successfully secured summary judgment for HSBC (subsequently affirmed at appellate level) dismissing breach of contract claims brought by Shearman Originator LLC which alleged a violation of servicing obligations in connection with more than $70.5m loans. As well as his ongoing work on appeal for Charles Schwab in litigation relating to the best execution of equity trades for its customers, San Francisco-based Gilbert Serota also regularly handles work for Wells Fargo and its board of directors in class action and derivative lawsuits. Howard Cayne has an excellent reputation in the market for federal pre-emption defences, and has employed this to good effect in numerous pieces of litigation on behalf of the FHFA. Richard Alexander is also recommended. Other clients include VISA, JPMorgan Chase, Atlantic Security Bank and York Capital.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

In 2017, Arnold & Porter’s sizable team of litigators was kept busy on a high volume of jury and bench trials as well as arbitrations. The firm has established itself as a destination for high-profile companies in crisis incidents and has also established a good track record in the defense of class actions. In recent work, New York-based Michael Schissel represented CA Technologies in a trade secrets and breach of contract suit appealed to the Second Circuit. Kenneth Chernof in Washington DC and James Herschlein in New York chair the department.

Next generation lawyers

Angela Vicari - Arnold & Porter

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter stands out for its track record in acting for sovereign states in investment arbitrations. Head of the global international arbitration group Paolo Di Rosa represented the Republic of Korea in $4.4bn claims relating to allegations of regulatory obstruction by Korean banking authorities concerning Lone Star’s attempt to sell its interest in a leading Korean bank. Whitney Debevoise is representing the Republic of the Philippines in an approximately $2.8bn investor-state treaty dispute brought by Shell Philippines Exploration. It also represented Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim in a $1.8bn ICSID arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Gaela Gehring Flores and Houston office team head Thad Dameris are additional key contacts. Former deputy general counsel at the US Environmental Protection Agency Ethan Shenkman joined the firm in 2017, while Anton Ware has relocated to the firm’s Shanghai office. Individuals mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated. In May 2018, Maria Chedid re-joined the firm’s San Francisco office from Baker McKenzie LLP.

Leading lawyers

Paolo Di Rosa - Arnold & Porter

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter joins the ranking on the strength of its growing roster of high-value cross-border disputes. Its corporate clients include blue-chip companies such as AstraZeneca, Bayer and BP. It also acts for governments and sovereign states in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. Matthew Wolf in Washington DC is defending Boston Scientific in a $1bn patent dispute in which Edwards Lifesciences alleges that various replacement heart valve and related products infringe its patents. For Airbus, Thad Dameris in Houston is handling a $300m class action in Canada relating to the crash landing of an Air Canada A320 aircraft. The firm also handles major FCPA investigations.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter

Headed by Lawrence Schneider, Arnold & Porter’s 11-partner team is ‘excellent for respondent trade remedies work’ and regularly acts for foreign exporters across a raft of industry sectors including aluminium, cellular phones and steel. Michael Shor has vast trade remedies experience on behalf of private parties and foreign governments; he recently represented Samsung in a DOC and International Trade Commission (ITC) anti-dumping investigation regarding the importation of large residential washing machines from China. J David Park excels at handling trade remedies cases involving South Korean exporters including his representation of POSCO, the largest South Korean steel producer, in three separate anti-dumping cases before the DOC. As part of his broad-ranging trade practice that also includes CFIUS review work and sanctions-related matters, John Barker regularly advises major multinational corporates including BAE Systems on export control matters. John Bellinger is also noted for his CFIUS work, as is Charles Blanchard, who excels at handling CFIUS reviews involving defense clients including advising Belgium-headquartered global aerostructures company Sonaca Group on its $191m acquisition of LMI Aerospace. The team was strengthened in March 2017 by the arrival of Lynn Fischer Fox from the DOC.

Leading lawyers

John Barker - Arnold & Porter

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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

San Francisco-based Trenton Norris heads the consumer products and services practice at Arnold & Porter, whereas Anand Agneshwar and Pamela Yates jointly lead the product liability litigation team in New York and Los Angeles, respectively. A key feature of the practice is the defense of manufacturers, importers and retailers against civil penalty investigations brought by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The department is experienced in a multitude of sectors, including recreational products, foods and beverages, tobacco and clothing. Recent work includes advising multiple food manufacturers and distributors, such as Hain Celestial, Post Foods and Kellogg’s, in litigation related to the lack of warning of the presence of the chemical acrylamide. Philip Morris, Dunkin’ Donuts and PepsiCo are also clients of the firm. Eric Rubel in Washington DC is another key figure.

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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

Led by Anand Agneshwar in New York and Pamela Yates in Los Angeles, the practice at Arnold & Porter is at the forefront of pharmaceuticals and medical devices litigation, as evidenced by its involvement in the recent landmark Bristol-Myers Squibb personal jurisdiction decision, in which the United States Supreme Court rejected plaintiffs’ attempts to bring in out-of-state claims related to the Plavix product liability litigation; led by Agneshwar, the team continues to act as national counsel for BMS and its joint venture partner Sanofi in all related litigation, involving claims that the blood thinning medication led to serious injuries and death. In other work, the team successfully defended Endo Pharmaceuticals subsidiary Auxilium in the first bellwether trial of the MDL involving testosterone replacement therapy Testim. The firm’s client roster also includes Pfizer, Bayer and Vintage. Washington DC-based trial and appellate expert William Hoffman is also recommended.

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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

The sizeable team at Arnold & Porter has vast experience handling toxic tort claims arising from groundwater contamination, air pollution and toxic chemicals, among others. The class action practice is jointly headed by Kenneth Chernof in Washington DC and James Herschlein in New York. Los Angeles-based Pamela Yates and Anand Agneshwar in New York co-head the product liability litigation department and Brian Israel leads the environmental practice group in Washington DC, which was bolstered with the March 2017 hire of former EPA Deputy General Counsel Ethan Shenkman. New York-based senior counsel Philip Curtis and Peggy Otum in San Francisco are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Philip Curtis - Arnold & Porter

Next generation lawyers

Peggy Otum - Arnold & Porter

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter has a nationwide team that handles high-stakes federal and state class action securities and derivative actions, as well as SEC, CFTC, FINRA and DOJ matters. Veronica Callahan in New York and Michael Trager in Washington DC lead the securities enforcement and litigation practice, which represents public companies and their subsidiaries, national and international accounting firms, broker-dealers, investment banks, commercial banks and other financial institutions. New York-based Vincent Sama is a leading light of the practice and with Catherine Schumacher and Daphne Morduchowitz he acted for former AIG CFO Howard Smith in a case that alleges the company profited from sham transactions that were designed to conceal losses. Another highlight for Sama was his representation of officers of JPMorgan and Standard & Poor’s in government investigations and class actions relating to structured financial products. Gilbert Serota in San Francisco and DC-based Scott Schreiber are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Vincent Sama - Arnold & Porter

Next generation lawyers

Adam Reinhart - Arnold & Porter

Arthur Luk - Arnold & Porter

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United States: Finance

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter has a strong profile for its experience in advising sovereign issuers on major debt offerings. In a highlight example, Washington DC-based Whitney Debevoise acted for the Republic of Honduras on its $700m bond offering. Among its work for corporate issuers, San Francisco’s Teresa Johnson assisted Charles Schwab with several offerings, including its $650m issuance of senior notes. Although the group is best known for issuer-side representations it does act for managers and New York’s Steven Tepper advised the underwriters on a public offering of $1bn of guaranteed notes by Iraq. New York partners Robert Azarow and Christopher Peterson co-lead the capital markets group alongside Johnson.

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

Arnold & Porter

The 2017 merger between legacy firms Kaye Scholer and Arnold & Porter allows the combined practice to draw upon an extensive 13-office network across five countries. The firm is particularly renowned for its niche strength in sovereign bond issues - for both issuers and underwriters - and it acted on a steady stream of such deals through 2017. Notable examples of its issuer-side work included New York’s Steven Tepper advising the Republic of Turkey on a $1.2bn sukuk and Washington DC-based Whitney Debevoise assisting the Republic of Honduras with its $700m notes offering. On the underwriter side, Tepper advised Citigroup Global Markets, JP Morgan Securities and Deutsche Bank on Iraq’s $1bn bond offering. Washington DC partners Gregory Harrington and Neil Goodman are also names to note.

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter

With a strong presence on both coasts, as well as internationally out of Frankfurt and London, Arnold & Porter is well placed to advise a wide roster of banks, investment managers and broker-dealers across the panoply of regulatory compliance, transactional and legislative issues impacting their businesses, both from a purely domestic perspective as well as internationally. Team head David Freeman has significant federal and state banking and securities law expertise and continues to advise First Republic Bank across a range of ongoing regulatory compliance issues associated with Dodd-Frank, as well as on the regulatory implications surrounding new products and product extensions. Robert Azarow regularly handles financial services M&A matters and recently acted for Astoria Financial Corporation on its $2.2bn merger with Sterling Bancorp. With assistance from senior counsel Patrick Doyle, Azarow also continues to represent TIAA, one of the country’s largest diversified financial services firms, across a myriad regulatory issues associated with the expansion of its banking operations. Noted for his consumer finance expertise, Michael Mierzewski regularly advises clients on their dealings with the CFPB. Other recommended practitioners include Brian McCormally, Richard Alexander, Michael Mancusi and Christopher Allen. Clients include Charles Schwab, JPMorgan Chase and First Citizens Bank & Trust Company.

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s structured finance team assists domestic and international corporate clients and financial institutions with various swaps and securities transactions. The Washington DC-based Whitney Debevoise assisted Central Bank of Brazil with multiple high-value swap transactions involving European and non-European counterparties. The team also handles regulatory compliance and advised Visa on the application of Dodd-Frank and European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) to its derivative transactions. Henry Morriello heads the structured finance practice. Additional clients include the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Panama and Towne Mortgage Company.

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter handles structured transactions across a range of asset classes and has a growing client base comprising leading financial institutions and some unique corporate originators. Department head Henry Morriello advised marketplace lender Social Finance on a Rule 144A residential mortgage securitization. To illustrate the breadth of the practice, Morriello has also handled ABS transactions backed by transportation and equipment loans, small-business loans, certain cellular assets, and consumer loans. Howard Goldwasser advised Jeffries on a number of CLO transactions, while Daniel Hartnett in the Chicago office has expertise in CLOs, CFOs and other synthetic asset transactions. Also recommended are Lawton Camp, William Fellerhoff in Chicago, and counsel Michael Karol.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter

Housing around 30 partners in its government contracts group, Arnold & Porter has the depth to represent clients from across all relevant industry sectors. The team successfully defended Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services against three bid protests brought by Northrop Grumman pertaining to the award of a $1bn contract by the Department of Homeland Security to provide cybersecurity defense services for all civilian Federal government networks; the challenge pertained to alleged organizational conflicts. In another matter, the team defended L3 Technologies against challenges brought by Boeing and Bombardier concerning the award of an Air Force sole source contract in connection with the Compass Call program. Other key clients include Ernst & Young and Dell. The firm is also noted for its strength in False Claims Act (FCA) matters as well as classified projects and investigations, such as acting for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a State Department Inspector General investigation. Government contract transactions feature prominently in the group’s workload, where it draws upon the wider government contract-specific expertise of members of the firm’s intellectual property, employment and corporate teams to handle such matters. Craig Holman chairs the practice, which includes Charles Blanchard and Ronald Lee, both experts in advising IT service providers on protection requirements and regulatory constraints. Paul Pompeo has expertise in cost and pricing matters. Mark Colley is noted for his experience in FCA claims and bid protests. Kara Daniels, Steven Diamond and Dominique Casimir are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Craig Holman - Arnold & Porter

Mark Colley - Arnold & Porter

Next generation lawyers

Dominique Casimir - Arnold & Porter

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Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is noted for its advocacy expertise in the healthcare, insurance and education sectors, but also acts for clients from technology and environmental industries. On behalf of AT&T, the group provided strategic advice to members of Congress pertaining to communications issues impacting wireless and video policy, among other regulatory matters. In another example, the team assists McGraw-Hill Education with a $200m college completion campaign to engage more directly with education stakeholders and advocate for policy issues in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, such as college affordability and use of data analytics to monitor student performance. Kevin O’Neill and Charles Landgraf jointly head the practice.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s energy regulatory work is deeply entwined with the firm’s environmental practice and regularly represents clients in contentious as well as non-contentious proceedings before the FERC, DOE and state and public utility commissions. Co-practice head Sandra Rizzo is representing RC Cape May, owner of a generator that is needed for reliability in the PJM power market, in a Reliability Must-Run proceeding for which a settlement is ongoing at FERC, and assisted Bruce Power with regulatory approvals required for the purchase of Dynegy Lee. Other clients include Talen Energy, Rockland Capital and the PJM Power Providers Group.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter

The team at Arnold & Porter is recommended for complex enforcement matters; defending toxic tort litigation; enforcement and litigation matters involving air emissions; matters involving major groundwater contamination; hazardous and solid waste; and greenhouse gas rules and public nuisance litigation. The practice serves as overall outside environmental counsel for Honeywell, including current and legacy operations, federal and state litigation, and compliance and transactional issues. Examples include serving as lead counsel to the conglomerate in the defense of a consolidated class action and numerous individual toxic tort suits, arising from the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid in the groundwater and municipal water supply of Hoosick Falls, New York. The practice also assists BP with numerous matters, the most significant being the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Brian Israel is department head; Thomas Milch is noted for federal enforcement and private party litigation. Other recommended advisers are Michael Daneker, Lester Sotsky and Joel Gross; San Francisco-based Trent Norris and counsel Sarah Esmaili; and Los Angeles’ Matthew Heartney. In a significant move, the firm hired Ethan Shenkman, the former deputy general counsel at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All advisers listed are in Washington DC, save where otherwise mentioned.

Leading lawyers

Lester Sotsky - Arnold & Porter

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Esmaili - Arnold & Porter

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s practice advises clients on regulatory compliance obligations and defends them in enforcement proceedings. The team also has a significant Natural Resource Damages (NRD) practice; examples included the team’s assistance to Honeywell with the Onondaga Lake Superfund site. Brian Israel is department head. Other highly rated practitioners include Lawrence Culleen, Jonathan Martel and Joel Gross; New York-based Edward McTiernan, along with Trent Norris and Peggy Otum in San Francisco, are also recommended. Ethan Shenkman was hired from the EPA. All advisers named are in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

Next generation lawyers

Peggy Otum - Arnold & Porter

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s ‘go-to’ department often acts for high-profile pharmaceutical companies on all aspects of life sciences matters, including transactions, litigation and regulatory issues. In New York, the well-regarded Anand Agneshwar has been leading advice to Bristol-Myers Squibb on various product liability matters regarding the company’s drug Plavix. Jeffrey Handwerker continued to represent the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in various contentious and non-contentious matters, including issues arising from potential changes to legislation regarding pricing. IP specialist David Marsh has been advising Shumway Capital on both domestic and international patent prosecution and procurement matters. William Hoffman and Pamela Yates have been defending Bayer in a product liability dispute regarding the client’s Xarelto medicine. Co-chaired by Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren, the department includes Ariane Horn, Mahnu Davar and Matthew Wolf, and was strengthened by the arrival of Steve Benz from Eli Lilly. All partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Handwerker - Arnold & Porter

Next generation lawyers

Ariane Horn - Arnold & Porter

Mahnu Davar - Arnold & Porter

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter has ‘made a name for itself for healthcare regulatory work’ and litigation; it recently represented Millennium Health in trade secret and unfair competition litigation, acted for several retina physician group practices in False Claims Act investigations, and assisted Dexcom with the Medicare coverage of its continuous glucose monitoring device. TeamHealth, DaVita and Fresenius Medical Care are also clients. Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren jointly lead the group, which includes Kristin Hicks, who was promoted to the partnership in 2017. All attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s sports practice is jointly headed by Washington DC-based copyright and telecoms lawyer Robert Garrett and New York-based antitrust expert Scott Lent. Garrett is acting for a consortium consisting of the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA and NCAA in respect of copyright royalty litigation; in January 2017 the consortium reached a settlement with the principal trade associations for the cable television industry concerning a claim for a copyright royalty surcharge, which remains subject to approval by the Copyright Royalty Board. On the franchise side, Lent defended the Golden State Warriors in antitrust litigation brought by StubHub against the franchise and Ticketmaster concerning allegations of monopolizing the ticket resale market.

Next generation lawyers

Scott Lent - Arnold & Porter

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Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
Transport: aviation and air travel - finance - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter regularly handles structured portfolio and leasing transactions for corporate airlines and leasing companies. Senior counsel Michael Mulitz has experience in negotiating unique EETC structures. Mulitz also recently advised Wheels Up Partners on a number of financing and related leasing deals. Henry Morriello has particular expertise in capital markets transactions and has assisted clients with the establishment of financing platforms for planes, helicopters and other transport equipment. In the Chicago office, William Fellerhoff has experience of aircraft securitization and Daniel Hartnett focuses on portfolio transactions for fund managers. New York-based Lawton Camp is another key contact.

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Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation
Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is among the premier firms handling litigation arising from catastrophic aircraft crashes. Clients include Airbus and its affiliates, for which the team handles claims relating to fatal crashes; in a recent mandate, Houston-based Thad Dameris represented Airbus in consolidated claims concerning an incident in which more than 100 individuals died. The team has also represented Airbus in personal injury claims regarding exposure to "bleed air", as well as contractual disputes. Christopher Odell (also based in Houston) and Washington DC-based David Weiner also have experience in crash litigation and international arbitration. Other key clients include the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Piaggio.

Leading lawyers

Thad Dameris - Arnold & Porter

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter advises major US sports leagues, motion picture studios and broadcast cable networks on copyright matters across new and traditional media. The firm currently counsels Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Football League on all copyright-related issues pertaining to television programming. Robert Garrett in Washington DC successfully represented ABC, Walt Disney, CBS, NBCUniversal and Telemundo in copyright infringement proceedings against the internet television provider, FilmOn, which resulted in a permanent injunction and the payment of damages for unauthorized streaming. In Los Angeles, having represented the artist prior to his death, Rhonda Trotter now represents the estate of Prince Roger Nelson in various copyright disputes, recently securing a victory against Universal Music Group in a breach of contract matter. The team is also representing the heirs of Marvin Gaye at the appeal stage of the Williams et al v Gaye et al case. John Ulin, also in Los Angeles, is another key practitioner. Dori Hanswirth and the ‘clear-headed’ Theresa House joined the New York office from Hogan Lovells US LLP in February 2018. Hanswirth draws on ‘broad-based knowledge’ to advise new journalists, news organizations and content providers on rights protection and enforcement.

Leading lawyers

Robert Garrett - Arnold & Porter

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter has a particularly strong standing in the life sciences and technology sectors: the team of Washington DC-based practice head Matthew Wolf is defending Boston Scientific in infringement litigation brought by Edwards Lifesciences regarding patents on replacement heart valves and related products and successfully represented Nintendo in an infringement suit against Tomita, involving two Federal Circuit appeals. A recent example of the group’s PTAB expertise is the successful defence of Hologic against a petition for IPR filed by Minerva regarding the validity of uterine ablation devices. The client list also features Adobe, Novartis and Google. Marc Cohn in Washington DC made partner and San Francisco’s Michael Berta, Silicon Valley’s Deborah Fishman and New York’s Aaron Stiefel and Daniel DiNapoli are among the key litigators in the practice. Former co-chair Michael Malecek retired.

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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

Arnold & Porter’s main focus is the life sciences sector where the team not only undertakes a significant amount of PTAB work, but also excels in patent application and portfolio management mandates. Recent examples of PTAB matters include the successful representation of Hologic in two IPRS filed by Minerva to challenge a patent on uterine ablation devices and, as part of a wider litigation, the defence of Boston Scientific against IPRs filed by Edwards Lifesciences relating to replacement heart valves. Long-standing client Monsanto profits from the team’s expertise in plant patents, in particular in transgenic and traditionally bred plants. Clients include Biogen-Idec, Samsung and Google. David Marsh and PTAB specialist Matthew Wolf in Washington DC shoulder the majority of high-profile work. Ginger Dreger left.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s practice has significant international reach and often takes on high-profile trademark litigation. The well-regarded Louis Ederer and Matthew Salzmann represented Louis Vuitton and its subsidiary Céline in a counterfeiting and infringement action brought against a number of defendants before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Paul Llewellyn has been leading advice to the Hershey Company in various trademark disputes, including opposition proceedings brought before the TTAB and litigation against a number of competitors. Other clients include the Washington Redskins, Gucci and Pfizer. Matthew Wolf heads the practice from Washington DC. Former co-chair Michael Malecek has retired. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Salzmann - Arnold & Porter

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter handles a range of special committee representations and high-level issues relating to disclosures requirements and directors’ duties. Michael L. Bernstein’s work spans D&O insurance litigation defense and he recently defended the former CEO of Essar Steel Minnesota in Delaware litigation following the company’s bankruptcy; he is also representing private equity house American Capital and several of its directors in a case brought by the trustees in the bankruptcy of a failed portfolio company. Litigation partner John Massaro handles claimant cases against boards. The firm has a presence in the nonprofit governance space - James Joseph advised Wounded Warrior Project on a governance project running alongside a restructuring, amid allegations of administrative overspending. Andrew Varner represents companies subject to shareholder campaigns. The aforementioned lawyers are located in Washington DC, however Nicholas O’Keefe in Silicon Valley also handles shareholder activism matters.

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is recommended for domestic and cross-border transactions, life sciences M&A and advice to private equity firms, and the team regularly works closely with the firm’s highly rated regulatory practices. The practice advised a special committee of the board of directors of American Realty Capital - Retail Centers of America on its merger agreement with American Finance Trust; and acted for longstanding private equity client American Securities in its acquisition of Mortgage Contracting Services, a national provider of outsourced solutions for mortgage services. Other key work included advising the parent company of longstanding client Cain Brothers & Company (CBC), a boutique healthcare-focused investment banking firm, on the sale of CBC to KeyBanc Capital Markets; assisting Carestream Health, an independent subsidiary of Canada’s Onex Corporation, with the sale of its digital dental imaging business to funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and CareCapital Advisors; and acting for private equity group EQT Mid Market US in its acquisition of Dorner Holding Corporation from Incline Equity Partners. San Francisco-based Edward Deibert, whose sector experience includes financial services, semiconductors, technology, consumer products and hospitality, and New York’s Derek Stoldt head the M&A practice; and the co-corporate and finance group chairs are New York-based Emanuel Cherney, who assists private equity firms and other buyers and sellers of public and private companies, and Washington DC’s Kevin Lavin, who is experienced in the government contracting and IT sectors. New York’s Stephen Koval and Washington DC-based Andrew Varner co-head the private equity practice; other key advisers include Steven Kaplan and Matthew Owens in Washington DC; and New York-based financial institutions M&A head Robert Azarow. Ronald Levine II, who has longstanding experience in corporate finance, private equity and M&A transactions, was hired in Denver from Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, while Joshua Berick joined Jones Day; and Hans Dyke moved to Bracewell LLP.

Leading lawyers

Emanuel Cherney - Arnold & Porter

Kevin Lavin - Arnold & Porter

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Owens - Arnold & Porter

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is noted for healthcare and life sciences deals and brings leading expertise in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CFIUS issues. The firm primarily operates in the middle market, though on occasion stretches into the large-cap space. ACAS (formerly American Capital) and Onex are key clients, as are DC Capital Partners, EQT Partners, Halifax Capital Partners, JW Childs and NexPhase Capital. The firm recently advised American Securities on its acquisition of Mortgage Contracting Services. New York-based Emanuel Cherney and Stephen Koval, and Washington DC partner Andrew Varner are key names.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

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

Arnold & Porter

Data privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter

Key practitioners in Arnold & Porter’s Washington DC-based department include national security, cybersecurity and government contract specialist Ronald Lee, data breach and cybercrime expert Marcus Asner in New York and litigator Kenneth Chernof. Recent highlights include defending Brooks Brothers in a data breach class action, defending Barnes & Noble in a class action brought by customers who allege that third parties accessed payment card information from the store’s PIN pad devices, and advising multiple telecoms clients on TCPA compliance. Sabre, Adobe and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey are also clients. Senior counsel Adam Golodner and counsel Nancy Perkins are also recommended; Golodner is a member of the firm’s government contracts group and Perkins provides regulatory advice on data protection issues at a state and federal level.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter

At Arnold & Porter, Los Angeles-based Matthew Maccoby has 25 years’ experience advising clients on ITO and BPO deals. Technology industry veteran Ira Moskatel is also recommended for advice on data warehousing, call centers, software development and e-commerce matters. The firm’s recent highlights include advising a large entity in the education sector on a $150m deal to outsource key elements of its infrastructure and materials development processes.

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter regularly assists key client AT&T with transactional and FCC regulatory matters.Maureen Jeffreys heads the practice and has expertise in litigation and regulatory matters, particularly in relation to wireline and wireless issues as well as both traditional and new media. She recently assisted AT&T with the regulatory aspects of its $85.4bn merger with Time Warner. Peter Schildkraut is particularly active in spectrum use and open internet issues and advised AT&T on its initiative with Nokia to use spectrum to provide smart grid services. Scott Feira is notably strong in merger review and license transfer proceedings, and he assisted Corning Incorporated with its acquisition of SpiderCloud Wireless. William Cook is experienced in wireline, wireless cable television and internet issues. He advised a number of clients on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Stephanie Phillipps has expertise in regulatory, contentious and transactional matters.

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United States: Tax

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s 2017 combination with Kaye Scholer brought complementary expertise in executive compensation, trusts and estates, and corporate and REIT-related tax matters. Other focus areas include nonprofit and charitable tax advice and tax planning issues in the California region. Washington DC-based co-lead James Joseph acts as primary tax counsel to Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, providing advice on its tax-exempt status, as well as in relation to intellectual property, employment, charity and partnership issues. Another ongoing work highlight is the representation of the New Venture Fund in its operations, including tax advice on funding structures and implementation. The current client portfolio also includes the United Nations Foundation. Laurie Abramowitz jointly leads the practice from the New York office.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Led by Paolo Di Rosa, who was appointed as one of four US members of ICSID’s panel of arbitrators, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has had considerable success representing sovereigns, including the Dominican Republic, Panama and Chile, in investment treaty arbitrations. On the investor side, Di Rosa successfully defended, for Electricité de France, an annulment application made by Argentina following a $220m award in favour of the French group relating to an electricity distribution investment. The team is also looking to grow its commercial arbitration practice, recently handling a railway-related ICC matter. Other key contacts in the department, which includes several multilingual lawyers, are Gaela Gehring Flores, Whitney Debevoise, Raul Herrera and new arrival in London Patricio Grané Labat, who joined from specialist public international law firm Volterra Fietta. Jean Kalicki left to become an independent arbitrator.

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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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