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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has been involved in a large number of cartel investigations conducted by the DOJ and the European Commission. The matters include investigations into autoparts, CRTs, maritime shipping, optical disk drives, chemicals, cell phones and airline cargo. Antitrust and white-collar criminal defense specialist James W Cooper recently acted for Japanese multinational corporation Minebea in an investigation by the DOJ into alleged price-fixing in the sale of ball bearings. After being represented by the firm before the DOJ, electrical equipment manufacturer Fujikura instructed litigator James L Cooper to represent it in class actions brought by end payors, automobile dealers and public entities. The practice is headed by Jonathan Gleklen. Michael B Bernstein was promoted to partner. The attorneys mentioned are all based in Washington DC.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s recent victories include successfully obtaining, in district court, the rejection of a motion to compel the deposition of the CEO of client HarperCollins as part of litigation alleging that five publishers and Apple conspired to raise the price of e-books, and affirming on appeal the settlement of the credit/debit card tying cases for defendant client Visa. The diverse client base also includes General Electric and NBA team Golden State Warriors. Daniel Asimow, Scott Lent and James W Cooper are key contacts in San Francisco, New York and Washington DC respectively.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The Washington DC-based practice at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP fields 40 antitrust partners and represents clients in a considerable number of complex and high-profile merger-related matters. The list of clients includes AT&T, BP and Cisco. Another prominent client is General Electric, which the firm advised on its $13.6bn acquisition of Alstom, the planned but unsuccessful $3.3bn sale of its appliances business to Electrolux, and the $20bn-$25bn sale of real estate assets worldwide to acquirers such as Wells Fargo and Blackstone. Recently promoted partner Michael B Bernstein acted for Boston Scientific in its $1.6bn acquisition of American Medical Systems’ urology portfolio from Endo. Jonathan Gleklen heads the firm’s antitrust and competition department. Peter Levitas and Richard Rosen are also noted.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team is led by highly reputable appellate practitioner Lisa Blatt, who has an extremely impressive record, having won 32 of the 33 cases she has argued. Blatt is representing the Washington Redskins in an ongoing high-profile defense of the team’s controversial trademarks. Another key client is Philip Morris, which the firm successfully represented in state supreme court in matters concerning antitrust, product liability and catastrophic injury. The group works across the country in federal appeals and Howard Cayne and Michael Johnson are part of a team that secured several victories for the Federal Housing Finance Agency in financial services litigation. Anthony Franze is another name to note.

Leading lawyers

Lisa Blatt - Arnold & Porter LLP

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Led out of Washington DC by the ‘fantasticDavid Freeman, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team is noted for its ‘very robust investigatory offering’, although it can effectively handle work across the life cycle of a dispute including private litigation should that arise. Howard Cayne continues to represent the FHFA and successfully secured the dismissal of multiple actions brought against it by shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac challenging its contract with the Treasury Department. Michael Mierzewski is ‘excellent at consumer finance work’ and is regularly involved in mandates which involve an antitrust complexion, such as his defense of VISA against class actions challenging its interchange rate setting practices.

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General commercial disputes

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP was born on January 1, 2017 via the combination of legacy firms Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer. It is regularly entrusted with high-stakes and high-value litigation, particularly class action lawsuits. Data breach litigation is a mainstay for practice head Kenneth Chernof in Washington DC, who recently defended a client in the healthcare sector in two class actions arising out of the theft of a laptop. Also in the Washington DC office is William Bosch, who has an active real estate and hospitality litigation practice. Los Angeles-based James Speyer has particular expertise in franchisee class action litigation, and experienced trial and appellate lawyer Timothy Macdonald is a key contact in Denver. The legacy Kaye Scholer firm brings additional expertise in financial services and life sciences, as well as in energy, electronics, engineering and real estate. Notable practitioners include New York-based James Herschlein, Michael Rogoff and Vincent Sama.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is known for its outstanding representation of states in investment treaty disputes. Practice head Paolo di Rosa has a vast amount of experience handling Latin America-related matters, which includes high-stakes arbitrations such as defending Costa Rica in two ICSID arbitrations with a combined value of more than $600m. Leading lawyer Jean Kalicki is representing South Korea in one of the largest investment arbitrations ever asserted against an Asian state and the first treaty-based investment arbitration filed against the country; the claims, worth more than $4bn, are related to alleged unfair treatment by Korean tax authorities. Kalicki is also representing Bulgaria in three separate treaty disputes, and recently reached a favorable settlement in her defense of the Kyrgyz Republic. Houston-based Thad Dameris achieved a successful outcome for one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers in an international commercial arbitration. John Roesser, who specializes in complex commercial arbitrations, joined the firm’s New York office in December 2014. The firm’s long list of state clients includes Hungary, Chile, the Czech Republic and the Dominican Republic.

Leading lawyers

Jean Kalicki - Arnold & Porter LLP

Paolo di Rosa - Arnold & Porter LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s ten-partner Washington DC-based practice has excellent credibility in the market. The return of the ‘superb’ J David Park and several of his colleagues from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in April 2015 adds considerable weight to the team’s expertise, particularly in relation to US-Korea trade policy. Team head Lawrence Schneider is recommended for trade remedies matters and provides an ‘insightful service’ to companies, trade associations and governments in anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases. Schneider continues to represent Israel on international trade matters and is also advising the Province of Alberta in four arbitration proceedings relating to the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the US and Canada. John Barker has extensive export controls and economic sanctions experience, and is advising BAE on export compliance matters and the implementation of the State Department Consent Agreement. Other key names include John Bellinger and Jeffrey Smith, who are both recommended for export controls, economic sanctions and CFIUS matters; Michael Shor, for trade remedies; and Claire Reade, who rejoined the firm in October 2015 following a period in government, where she recently served as assistant US trade representative for China affairs.

Leading lawyers

John Barker - Arnold & Porter LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: aerospace/aviation
Product liability, mass tort and class action: aerospace/aviation - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Thad Dameris is a well-known figure in the aviation sector and acts as lead counsel to Airbus in product liability, tort and commercial disputes. Recent instructions include representing Airbus in consolidated litigation stemming from a mid-air incident involving Qantas Airways Flight 72 and acting for Fairchild Controls Corporation in a personal injury claim in which the team won a motion to dismiss; the case has been transferred to the Southern District of Texas. Dameris is being supported by Washington DC-based product liability and class action expert David Weiner and Christopher Odell, who has experience in state and federal court and arbitration. All partners are based in Houston unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Thad Dameris - Arnold & Porter 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

Jointly led by Anand Agneshwar in New York and Eric Rubel in Washington DC, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s product liability litigation department specializes in representing clients before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as well as handling litigation concerning California Proposition 65. Rubel has been defending a number of manufacturers, importers and retailers in numerous civil penalty investigations conducted by the CPSC alleging regulatory violations. San Francisco-based Trent Norris has been acting for PepsiCo in nine federal consumer class actions alleging violation of consumer protection laws. The firm’s client base also includes ConAgra Foods, Costco and Danone. Ellen Reisman left to found Reisman Karron Greene LLP.

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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

New York-based Arthur Brown and Lori Leskin are key members of the ‘top-notch’, recently combined team at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, which regularly acts as national counsel for major manufacturers in the pharmaceuticals industry in high-stakes litigation. Brown and Leskin were recently retained by Bayer as national and coordinating counsel in an innovator liability MDL alleging liability for generic moxifloxacin and ciprofloxacin antibiotics. Los Angeles-basedPamela Yates has been representing longstanding client Pfizer in various product liability cases, including litigation brought by Genetic Technologies alleging defects in Pfizer’s drugs Lipitor, Zoloft and Camptosar. Chicago-based Jeffrey Wagner is ‘a rare combination of a strong legal analyst and trial lawyer’. The above named lawyers are all from the legacy Kaye Scholer firm. The legacy Arnold & Porter group includes New York-based Anand Agneshwar and Washington DC-based Eric Rubel and Daniel Pariser.

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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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s practice - which is jointly headed by New York-based Anand Agneshwar along with Eric Rubel and Lester Sotsky in Washington DC - is experienced in serving as lead or national counsel to clients such as Philip Morris and Atlantic Richfield. Sotsky has been leading the team’s representation of international mining and fertilizer manufacturer Mosaic Company as national counsel in a wide range of environmental litigation, as well as regulatory matters. In 2015, the firm negotiated a significant settlement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to resolve allegations that Mosaic Company violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) during its waste management procedures. In Washington DC, Michael Daneker successfully defended Honeywell against personal injury claims alleging exposure to chromium ore processing residue during the expansion of the Dundalk Marine Terminal over 20 years ago. New York-based Philip Curtis is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Philip Curtis - Arnold & Porter LLP

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Veronica Rendón Callahan in New York and regulatory enforcement expertMichael Trager in Washington DC are key figures at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. Experienced Washington DC-based trial lawyer Scott Schreiber and San Francisco-based Gilbert Serota (who has extensive trial and appellate experience) are recommended, as is Daniel Hawke , who joined in Washington DC from his post as chief of the SEC’s Market Abuse Unit. The above named lawyers are all from the legacy Arnold & Porter firm. The legacy Kaye Scholer group, which ‘provides the highest-quality service any client can expect’, includes Vincent Sama , described as ‘one of the top “bet-the-company” litigators in the country, who constantly comes up with innovative and thoughtful ideas that result in winning strategies’, as well as ‘great lawyers and problem-solvers’ Catherine Schumacher and Daphne Morduchowitz.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Recent mandates for the ‘always impressiveArnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP include handling numerous FCPA investigations for clients in a wide variety of sectors. Highlights for Washington DC-based practice head John Nassikas included the ongoing defense of Alcentra Capital in a FEMA fraud investigation of an acquired disaster relief company, and successfully defending Alcon/Novartis against a civil qui tam complaint and criminal investigation relating to marketing practices. Kirk Ogrosky, also in Washington DC, is defending a cardiology practice against charges of allegedly fraudulent treatment of peripheral arterial disease. Ogrosky also acted for Salomon Melgen MD, leading his defense against accusations of bribing a US senator. Other Washington DC lawyers include James W Cooper and Baruch Weiss. Marcus Asner is a key figure in the New York office.

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United States: Finance

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLPtends to stand out due to its expertise level’ and ‘offers tremendous value’ in the form of ‘extensive legal and business acumen’, ‘personable, coherent advice’ and ‘an eye for detail’. With a particular focus on the aviation and rail industries, the mainly New York-based team, which clients consider ‘deep enough to take on large and sophisticated transactions’, is adept at advising on complex domestic and cross-border matters. In 2015, the group advised Philippines-based carrier Cebu Air on the $105m sale and leaseback of six Airbus A319 to Allegiant Air, assisted Limex Sicar with the $15m acquisition of a new Citation XLS aircraft from Cessna, and represented 328 Group, a collection of aviation companies, in its $90m sale to SNC International. Highlights in the rail sector included assisting Credit Suisse with a $100m bridge loan secured by freight railcars and leases to Longtrain Leasing II, and subsequently representing the client as structuring agent and initial purchaser in a Rule 144A $625m offering, the proceeds of which were partly used to refinance the bridge loan. ‘Extremely experienced and creative’ practice head Michael Mulitz has ‘outstanding business insight’ and ‘always listens to your needs’, and Chicago’s William Fellerhoff attracts praise for his ‘good understanding of issues and commercial thinking’. Henry Morriello and Kurt Skonberg are also recommended.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Advice on sovereign bonds is the backbone of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s capital markets practice. New York’s Steven Tepper kept busy in 2015 and assisted the Republic of Turkey with three global debt offerings totaling $4bn, and also acted for Citigroup Global Markets and JPMorgan Securities as underwriters in a $1bn offering of guaranteed notes due 2022 by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The group also continues to be very active in the Latin American market; Neil Goodman led advice to the Republic of Colombia in three SEC-registered global bond issuances worth $4bn, while Whitney Debevoise assisted the Federative Republic of Brazil with the early redemption of its 11.5% global bonds due 2040, worth $1bn. Counsel Arturo Caraballo returned to the firm in August 2015. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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Financial services: regulatory
Financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Predominantly centered out of its Washington DC headquarters, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has a ‘longstanding tradition in the area’ and handles a range of standalone advisory, legislative and enforcement matters, as well as regulatory-focused transactional work. One of a number of former agency alumni, ‘superstarPatrick Doyle has broad regulatory expertise and continues to represent State Farm Mutual Insurance Company on capital adequacy requirements. Both Doyle and New York-based Kevin Barnard have also been advising major diversified financial services firm TIAA-CREF on the expansion of its banking operations. ‘Fantastic’ team head David Freeman is advising Federated Investors on legislation and congressional strategy in response to an overall review of money funds by federal financial regulators. Freeman also continues to provide ongoing Dodd-Frank compliance advice to First Republic as well as advising on its $115m acquisition of Constellation Wealth Advisors. The ‘superbMichael Mierzewski has an excellent reputation for consumer finance regulatory issues and alongside enforcement expert Brian McCormally successfully concluded a fair lending investigation for a major depositary institution. Other recommended partners include Richard Alexander, Robert Azarow and Michael Mancusi.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 6

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Washington DC-based group acts across all relevant industry sectors, and integrates ‘its government contracts expertise and its government contracts regulatory practice with transactional support’. Recent highlights include acting for Harris in its $4.75bn acquisition of Exelis, and for Science Applications International Corporation in its $790m acquisition of intelligence community consulting firm Scitor. In other recent work, the group acted for FedBid in responding to a notice of proposed debarment by the suspension and debarment official for the Air Force, negotiating a precedent-setting administrative agreement. Raytheon is a long-term client, which the firm recently advised in relation to a bid protest concerning the Army’s award of an electronic warfare contract to Sotera Defense Solutions, accomplishing the reversal of the award decision and upholding this decision in further protests filed by Sotera; this matter was led by ‘experienced litigator’, ‘excellent bid protest lawyer’ and practice head Mark Colley. Also highly experienced in bid protests and contract disputes is Kara Daniels, who was recently promoted to the partnership. Paul Pompeo is praised for his ‘expertise in government cost accounting and compliance matters paired with his ability to communicate actionable advice about such a highly complex area’. Steven Diamond, Craig Holman, Charles Blanchard and the ‘excellentRonald Lee are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Mark Colley - Arnold & Porter LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The ‘extraordinary team of environmental litigators’ at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is acclaimed for its ‘exceptional work’ across the full extent of environmental matters, including federal and state enforcement actions, toxic torts, class actions and mass torts, as well as air, water, wetlands and permitting litigation. The firm continued its work for BP and, in 2015, a team led by Washington DC-based Thomas Milch assisted the supermajor negotiate a global settlement with the DOJ, the five Gulf states and approximately 300 local government entities to resolve civil CWA claims, NRD claims, and all economic damage claims from the Deepwater Horizon incident. Other matters saw Lester Sotsky successfully defended The Mosaic Company against the EPA’s national enforcement initiative against the US phosphate industry. Other notable clients include Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Monsanto and Reckitt Benckiser. The New York office was boosted by the arrival of Edward McTiernan, former deputy commissioner and general counsel of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Brian Israel in Washington DC is the new chair of practice.

Leading lawyers

Lester Sotsky - Arnold & Porter LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The environmental practice at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has strong litigation expertise and is also well regarded for its prowess in regulatory, compliance and enforcement advice under the full range of environmental laws, including the CAA, CWA, and CERCLA. Newly appointed chair of practice Brian Israel and Thomas Milch, both of whom are based in Washington DC, are assisting BP in all regulatory matters related to the settlement of the Deep Horizon case with the DOJ, the five Gulf states and around 300 local government entities. The Mosaic Company called upon the firm to serve as national counsel on a wide array of environmental regulatory, permitting and litigation matters. Former deputy commissioner and general counsel of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Edward McTiernan joined the New York office.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s new merged life sciences group handles the full spectrum of transactional, litigation and regulatory matters from coast to coast, and has a deep bench of lawyers handling product liability and patent disputes on behalf of major pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren are key figures, as is Jeffrey Handwerker, who has notable experience in pharmaceutical pricing and investigations, government contracts and commercial litigation; Handwerker’s recent highlights include leading a team in the successful representation of PhRMA in an amicus brief filed in support of Amarin Pharma’s free speech challenge to the FDA’s limits on off-label promotion. On the IP front, Ginger Dreger in San Francisco, and litigator Matthew Wolf and David Marsh (who is recommended for handling inter partes reviews) are key names to note. The above named lawyers are all from the legacy Arnold & Porter firm, and are based in Washington DC except where otherwise stated. Washington DC-based William Hoffman leads the 30-partner group from the legacy Kaye Scholer firm; there is also notable strength in New York, Silicon Valley, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Handwerker - 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 is very well known for its healthcare and life sciences regulatory expertise, which plays into a strong service provider practice that is particularly noted for FDA and FCA matters. Allison Shuren and Kirk Ogrosky are recommended for government investigations and litigation, with Alan Reider noted for compliance and fraud and abuse defense, and Paul Rudolf for Medicare reimbursement cases.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Copyright royalty work is a staple part of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s sports practice, which is led by Washington DC-based copyright and telecoms specialist Robert Garrett. Garrett recently led a team that successfully obtained a preliminary injunction for the MLB and NFL in a case concerning the leagues’ exclusive rights to televise and retransmit games; the firm went on to secure a permanent injunction and consent judgment. The firm is currently appealing the decision to cancel the Washington Redskins’ trademarks. San Francisco-based head of the firm’s labor and employment practice David Reis served as lead trial counsel to the Oakland Raiders in an age discrimination case initiated by two former scouts, securing a unanimous jury verdict. Litigator M Sean Laane, who is based in the firm’s Washington DC office, is increasingly involved in sports disputes. C Scott Lent in the New York office is another name to note.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is especially noted for advising sports leagues, motion picture studios and TV broadcasters, and has been involved in major copyright disputes. Washington DC-based Robert Garrett and his team have been representing Joint Sports Claimants, a consortium including Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, in proceedings before the CRB for many years. They are also advising Major League Baseball 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, Disney and NBCUniversal, in disputes against the online streaming service FilmOn. Other clients include Nexstar Broadcasting, Barnes & Noble, and Saul Zaentz Company.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s ‘incredibly responsive’ team ‘knows the industry well, anticipates the needs of general counsel, and gives the client 100% of its attention’. Silicon Valley-based Michael Malecek is a ‘strong and focused litigator who is driven to achieve an outcome’, and the team is co-headed by Aaron Stiefel in the New York office. Highlights included winning a jury verdict for Google in an infringement suit brought by ContentGuard, which sought more than $500m in damages over patents covering content protections technology; defeating Teva’s bid for approval to market generic versions of Pfizer’s Viagra drug; and representing Miotox in the enforcement of its license agreement with Allergan covering Botox use. Deborah Fishman and Jeffrey Miller joined the Silicon Valley office in February 2015 from the defunct Dickstein Shapiro. The above named lawyers were part of the legacy Kaye Scholer practice, the complexion of which changed considerably on January 1, 2017 thanks to the merger with Arnold & Porter. New names on this front include Matthew Wolf, Dr. David Marsh and Jin-Suk Park in Washington DC and Silicon Valley-based James Otteson.

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Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Although particularly renowned within the life sciences sector, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team also acts for clients from the aerospace, semiconductor and chemicals sectors. David Marsh and litigator Matthew Wolf head the IP practice from its Washington DC office, and both have notable experience in patent prosecution matters, especially interferences, inter partes and ex parte reviews, and European opposition proceedings. San Francisco-based Ginger Dreger focuses on advising companies in the biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Kristan Lansbery is another name to note and assisted Boston Scientific with a number of contentious matters, including initiating IPRs of five patents. Other representative clients include Monsanto, Genentech and Biogen.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s practice is especially prominent in the luxury goods sector, where it has handled contentious trademark matters for clients such as Gucci, LVMH, Pernod Ricard and Richemont. New York-based Louis Ederer often leads in such matters and has particular expertise in design and trade dress protection. Work highlights included his successful representation of Bottega Veneta before the TTAB in a dispute with Marc Fisher regarding the registration of the client’s weave design for leather goods. He also acted for jewelry brand David Yurman in a trademark infringement suit against warehouse retailer Sam’s Club. The firm also acts for the Washington Redskins in defense of attempts by different Native American groups to cancel its trademark on grounds that it is disparaging.

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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 corporate governance practice was founded by the firm’s head of bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, Michael L Bernstein, who works in Washington DC alongside Richard Baltz and corporate and securities practice head Kevin Lavin. Bernstein advises private equity firm American Capital on corporate governance and securities law compliance, including in capital markets activities and SEC reporting and filings, while Baltz has acted in a similar capacity on behalf of MacroGenics and Numerex. Key figures in San Francisco include Gilbert Serota, who advises the Wells Fargo board of directors on shareholder derivative demands, and is defending it in litigation brought by shareholders alleging breach of duty. From the same office, Julia Vax advised TriVascular Technologies on corporate governance matters, and Teresa Johnson advised Charles Schwab on securities compliance and disclosure issues related to a public offering of depositary shares and a $1bn senior notes offering. Astoria Financial Corporation, CASI Pharmaceuticals and a number of well-known nonprofits are among the firm’s clients.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Before the headline merger on January 1, 2017, the legacy Arnold & Porter group at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP had already welcomed Hans Dyke in Washington DC from Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Charles Bethill in New York from Alston & Bird LLP. The pair add considerable expertise: Dyke advises on M&A, joint ventures and equity investments, particularly within the electric power and oil and gas industries, while Bethill focuses mainly on the financial services industry. The team is noted for its handling of large and complex transactions, particularly in regulated industries, as well as assisting private equity firms with middle-market M&A transactions. There is a significant international aspect to its practice, with an emphasis on Latin America. Industry strengths include federal government services, financial institutions, life sciences, healthcare, IT and energy. Also in the group are Washington DC-based Kevin Lavin, Paul Freshour and Steven Kaplan; Joseph Tirone, who divides his time between Washington DC and Houston; and Andrew Varner, who is Washington DC and New York based. In New York, Joshua Berick and Robert Azarow are recommended. Stephanie Coutu, Teresa Johnson and Edward Deibert are notable San Francisco attorneys. On the legacy Kaye Scholer side, names to note include New York-based Emanuel Cherney, Stephen Koval and Kathleen Moriarty.

Leading lawyers

Kevin Lavin - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Led by Emanuel Cherney and Stephen Koval, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s private equity department is active in the middle and upper-middle markets. The New York firm is known for handling complex cross-border transactions, with a focus on Canadian and European private equity and pension funds. Joel Greenberg assisted longstanding client Onex Corporation with its sale of The Warranty Group, a global provider of warranty solutions, to TPG for $1.5bn. Cherney is considered a ‘strong relationship partner’, and Thomas Yadlon has a ‘strong work ethic’.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law
Cyber law - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has a primarily healthcare-focused practice, led by Washington DC-based Nancy Perkins, Ronald Lee and Kenneth Chernof. Perkins has expertise in international law and advises clients on US-EU Safe Harbor with regard to the EU Data Protection Directive. Lee focuses on national security, cybersecurity, and government contracts matters, and Chernof is a litigator with data breach expertise.

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Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

On behalf of newly won client Horizon Healthcare, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP obtained the dismissal of a data breach class action following the theft of laptops containing customer information. It secured the same result for Leidos when a putative class action was filed against the government contractor regarding the theft of back-up data tapes containing customer information. Ronald Lee focuses on national security, cybersecurity and government contracts matters; Kenneth Chernof advises on litigation resulting from data breaches; and Marcus Asner has expertise in identity theft, cyber crime and credit card bust-out schemes. Washington DC counsel Nancy Perkins is an expert on COPPA.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Maureen Jeffreys and Patrick Grant jointly lead Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s telecoms, internet and media practice group; Grant brings over 35 years of experience counseling commercial and non-commercial clients across a wide spectrum of legislative, litigation, and administrative proceedings. In a recent highlight, Jeffreys represented AT&T, for which she acts as lead FCC regulatory partner, on obtaining regulatory approval for its acquisition of DirectTV. Scott Feira and Peter Schildkraut advised the same client in connection with the acquisition of spectrum license deals to expand its wireless network capacity. The practice also advised Harris Corporation on the regulatory issues arising from its proposed acquisition of Exelis, which involved performing due diligence on FCC licenses and overseeing FCC regulatory approval. William Cook is another key practitioner in the group who comes highly recommended.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team is made up of the New York-based legacy practice of Kaye Scholer, which is ‘very goal-oriented and pragmatic in resolving issues and negotiating documents’, and the 14-partner practice of Arnold & Porter, led from Washington DC. The New York group focuses on advising lenders on real estate finance and, as well as continuing to serve bank clients such as Deutsche Bank and Jefferies LoanCore, it has also grown its representation of non-bank lenders; for example, Stephen Gliatta, Michael Damast and Aaron Lehrfield have been advising new client Silverpeak Real Estate Finance on various mortgage and mezzanine financings. On the corporate transactional side, the practice serves a number of private equity firms, and recently it has been particularly active in the hospitality sector; Jeffrey Kapner, who wins praise for his ‘great judgment and great ability to negotiate’, assisted Magna Hospitality Group with the $62m acquisition of the Hilton Garden Inn in Washington DC, while Kapner and Gliatta advised Greenfield Partners on the $103m sale of Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel and Theater to Chesapeake Lodging Trust. Also in the hospitality sector, Warren Bernstein advised Aareal Bank on the $104m acquisition and renovation financing of Lake Buena Vista Hotel & Spa in Orlando, Florida. The legacy Arnold & Porter practice includes the ‘extremely strong’ Michael Goodwin in Washington DC and Gerald Shepherd in New York, and Kenneth Neale and Thomas Larsen in San Francisco.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 8

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is best known for its work relating to the formation of REITs and in the area of nonprofit and charitable organizations. Key matters in 2015 included acting as special REIT tax counsel to Health Care REIT (now Welltower) in its acquisition of HealthLease Properties REIT, a publicly traded Canadian REIT with properties in Canada and the US; Joseph Howe led on this. Practice head James Joseph was lead partner as the team served as primary counsel to LeanIn.Org, the nonprofit founded by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg; the team assisted with tax matters relating to operating issues.

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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.

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Paolo Di Rosa - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    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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