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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. represents high-profile clients in some of the country’s most important cartel investigations. The 32-strong team was boosted by the return of Stephen Weissman, who rejoined the firm in November 2015 following a tenure as deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. The group recently handled matters related to investigations into the autoparts industry, the forex market and the pharmaceuticals sector, representing before the DOJ as well as international antitrust agencies. In a recent price-fixing matter, practice co-head John Taladay successfully represented Philips and PLDS in all aspects of a DOJ investigation. Other notable clients include Dresser-Rand and Caterpillar. Joseph Ostoyich co-chairs the firm’s litigation department. All attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘top-notch in terms of overall responsiveness, client service and budget discipline’. The return of Stephen Weissman, who served as deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, has ‘considerably strengthened the practice’. The greater part of the group resides in Washington DC, including the ‘highly valuable’ James Kress, John Taladay and Erik Koons, who is praised for his ‘creative approach and excellent substantive knowledge’. Joseph Ostoyich, Thomas Dillickrath, William Henry and William Lavery successfully dismissed, on behalf of Olin Corporation, a direct purchaser class action alleging that the manufacturer had entered into a market allocation agreement in violation of the Sherman Act. Other clients include Philips, Halliburton and the newly won Harold Levinson Associates.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. handles a steady flow of merger clearance work, often as part of cross-border transactions. Oilfield services company Halliburton retained the firm to assist with antitrust issues surrounding its $34.6bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, with Sean Boland, Paul Cuomo and Thomas Fina taking the lead. Another client is Israel Chemicals, which owns the exclusive mineral rights for the Dead Sea. Stephen Weissman, a former deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, rejoined the firm, and now co-chairs the US antitrust practice with John Taladay. The lawyers mentioned are all based in Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a ‘strong practice with impressive senior arbitration practitioners’ who handle investment treaty disputes, commercial arbitrations and matters of public international law. Michael Goldberg heads the group of 14 partners and 18 associates, which operates out of the firm’s Houston, New York and Washington DC offices. Goldberg is a ‘terrific leader of the firm’s group and an excellent arbitrator’. The US team - which works closely with teams based in the Moscow and London offices - has longstanding associations with a number of sovereign states, including Russia and Costa Rica. On the commercial side, New York-based Edward Schorr and Andrew Behrman teamed up with London-based Jay Alexander to represent a major LNG corporation in a $1bn-plus dispute concerning a price review clause in a long-term contract. The group’s forte is in energy-related matters, but it also handles disputes arising in industries such as real estate, construction and manufacturing. Goldberg and Alexander chair the firmwide practice.

Leading lawyers

Michael Goldberg - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers

Michael Calhoon - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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M&A: litigation: defense
M&A: litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The team at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Texas successfully defended the Kinder Morgan audits and conflicts committee in litigation challenging the company’s $70bn corporate reorganization, and acted for Halliburton in matters challenging its $35bn merger with Baker Hughes. Houston-based litigation chair David Sterling and Danny David, who is very active in courts in Texas and Delaware, took the lead on both matters. The firm has won new clients in the form of Deloitte Tax LLP and Helix Energy Solutions, and has also represented longstanding clients such as Dell and Cobalt International Energy.

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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 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Headed by trial veteran Travis Sales in Houston, the team at Baker Botts L.L.P. is experienced in defending clients in litigation involving a broad range of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, including serving as national or regional coordinating counsel for a number of manufacturers. New York-based Earl Austin’s clients includes AstraZeneca, Novartis and Hoffman-La Roche. Houston-based Mike Bennett is also recommended. Aaron Davidson joined Klemchuk LLP in 2015.

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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 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Ty Buthod heads the practice at Baker Botts L.L.P., which continues to represent major clients in the chemicals and energy industries in toxic exposure and asbestos cases across the US. Buthod has been defending ExxonMobil in various litigation and recently obtained a significant summary judgment in Virgil Hood and Lorrie Hood vs ExxonMobil, et al. before the 160th Judicial District Court - Dallas County, Texas, where the plaintiff alleged that exposure to ExxonMobil petrochemical products caused the plaintiff to develop acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Kevin Jordan obtained a defense verdict for Union Carbide and Montello in a two-week trial in New Orleans, Louisiana brought by the plaintiff claiming exposure to asbestos as a result of the defendants’ negligence. Michael Cancienne was promoted to partner in 2015. The Houston-based team’s client base includes LyondellBasell, Merck & Co. and AstraZeneca.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

David Sterling chairs Baker Botts L.L.P.’s litigation department out of Houston, from where the firm serves the needs of an enviable stable of energy sector clients. With appellate partner Aaron Streett and Jessica Pulliam in Dallas, Sterling acted for Halliburton and its CEO in a $1bn securities class action alleging misrepresentation of liabilities in one of the most widely followed cases in the US. In New York, Douglas Henkin’s longstanding relationship with the New York Stock Exchange led to the firm representing it in high-frequency trading and market data pricing litigation. Seth Taube is highly recommended and is also based in New York. Dallas-based Tom O’Brien is defending Grant Thornton against a Section 11 claim alleging omission of material facts in the financial statements of Bankrate before a secondary share offering. The firm also has a strong group in Washington DC.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a broad practice that acts for individuals and companies from a range of sectors. The Washington DC-based Alex Bourelly heads the practice following Michael Barta’s move to Dechert LLP. Other key figures in Washington DC include Randy Turk and Kyle Clark, who together are representing a former state department employee in connection with government investigations relating to attacks on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Clark represented oil exploration company Cobalt International Energy alongside fellow Washington DC lawyer Jeremy Levin and Houston-based Michael Goldberg and Russell Lewis, with the team handling parallel SEC and DOJ investigations into the client’s activities in Angola. Bridget Moore, also in Washington DC, and New York-based Andrew Lankler are also recommended.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

David Kirkland and Kelly Rose head Baker Botts L.L.P.’s firmwide corporate department out of Houston. The largely Texas-based team has a clear strength in the energy market, regularly advising issuers, private equity sponsors and underwriters in relation to securities offerings. Recent examples include advising Halliburton on its $7.5bn senior notes offering and acting for Valero Energy on its $1.25bn senior notes offering; Rose led on the first of these and Gerry Spedale on the second. On the underwriter side, Tull Florey assisted Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley with Enbridge Energy Partners’ $1.6bn offering of senior unsecured notes.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has notable strength in the energy sector, leveraging its ‘great capital markets practice for upstream oil and gas clients’. David Kirkland and Kelly Rose head the team out of Houston, from where Kirkland recently advised the underwriters, led by Credit Suisse, on the $815m public offering of shares in Newfield Exploration Company. Joshua Davidson and Austin-based Mollie Duckworth assisted Tallgrass Energy with its $1.3bn IPO, and Davison, along with Hillary Holmes, also acted for underwriters Citigroup and Barclays on Columbia Pipeline Partners’ $1.2bn IPO. Gerald Spedale and Dallas-based Douglass Rayburn, who has ‘a solid reputation and great technical skills’, are other names to note.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. worked on numerous high-yield debt offerings over the course of 2015, both as issuer’s counsel and as underwriters’ counsel, and typically in matters involving energy companies. Examples included Kelly Rose, Douglass Rayburn and Mollie Duckworth advising LINN Energy on an agreement with noteholders to exchange $2bn worth of its outstanding senior unsecured notes for $1bn of newly issued senior secured second lien notes. Rose and David Kirkland head the firm’s corporate department out of Houston; Rayburn is based in Dallas and Duckworth in Austin. Other work of note included John Geddes handling Noble Corporation’s $1.1bn offering by its subsidiary Noble Holding and Tull Florey acting for the initial purchasers on an $800m private placement by Gulfstream Natural Gas System. Florey and Geddes are based in Houston, as is Joshua Davidson, who is another notable name.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The ‘reliable’ Elaine Walsh heads the practice at Baker Botts L.L.P., which is praised for its ‘excellent service’ and for the depth of its understanding of energy markets, asset transactions and associated project finance issues. William Lamb advised Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to UIL Holdings on the latter’s acquisition by Iberdrola USA. Other clients include Barclays Capital, SunPower and Prudential Insurance Company of America.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Headed by Hugh Tucker in Houston and Steven Miles in Washington DC, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s practice is ‘superb across the board’ and provides ‘excellent service’ to its client base, which includes Halliburton and Repsol. Joshua Davidson, Kevin Keenan, Carlos Solé and Consuella Simmons Taylor are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Hugh Tucker - Baker Botts L.L.P.

Joshua Davidson - Baker Botts L.L.P.

Steven Miles - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Energy: litigation
Energy: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Handling litigation for oil and gas companies is the cornerstone of Baker Botts L.L.P.’s longstanding energy practice. The team handles a diverse range of cases for major oil and gas clients, including royalty claims, ‘flaring’ and environmental litigation, lease disputes, title lawsuits, and class actions. The Texas Oil & Gas Association retained co-head Bill Kroger and Jason Newman, both based in Houston, as well as Austin’s Thomas Phillips to challenge the first-ever hydraulic fracturing ban and the drilling moratorium passed by the city of Denton, which Denton subsequently repealed. On behalf of Gazprom and affiliated companies, Washington DC-based co-head Michael Calhoon, Dallas lawyer Van Beckwith and Houston’s Michael Goldberg defeated Texas-based Moncrief Oil International in its suit alleging tortious interference with a joint venture and theft of trade secrets. Amy Pharr Hefley was promoted to the partnership in January 2015.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Handling contentious regulatory work for energy industry clients is a key element of Baker Botts L.L.P.’s practice, as is licensing and approval work for federal projects. Kevin Jacobs and co-head James Barkley represented Brazos Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) in litigation against South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) and San Miguel Electric Cooperative over the interpretation of contracts under which San Miguel generates and sells power to STEC and BEPC from a power plant in South Texas. Jessica Fore and co-head Thomas Holmberg assisted Sempra Energy with authorization proceedings before the DOE regarding the export of LNG from Port Arthur in Texas.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is very well known for energy litigation and is one of the key names in related environmental and toxic tort disputes. The Texas-headquartered firm has offices in New York and Washington DC and is opening a new office in San Francisco. Top mandates included serving as lead environmental counsel to Marathon Oil and securing a summary judgment in a private nuisance and personal injury claim regarding exposure to regulated air emissions from a production operation in Karnes County, Texas. In other matters, it successfully defended Waste Control Specialists in three separate attempts by the Sierra Club to have Texas state courts reverse decisions by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality authorizing the construction and operation of radioactive waste disposal facilities. Washington DC-based Steven Leifer and Austin-based Aileen Hooks are the main contacts. Megan Berge from the Washington DC office was promoted to the partnership.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

At Baker Botts L.L.P., the environmental practice is led by from Washington DC by Steven Leifer. It advises clients in every aspect of federal and state air regulation and international air emissions programs and strategies, and has been deeply involved in challenging various water regulations across several jurisdictions and river basins. As part of its work on behalf of Class of ‘85 Regulatory Response Group - formed by the firm in the 90s and composed of approximately 30 US investor-owned, municipal and cooperative electric generating companies - the team has prepared comments for the group on several EPA rulemakings. Other clients include BP Products North America, Entergy, ExxonMobil and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. Megan Berge was promoted to partner in the Washington DC office.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: International Trade Commission
Patent litigation: International Trade Commission - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. provides ‘high-quality legal services’, and has ‘a strong team that knows what it is doing’. The practice is led by Mark Whitaker, who has ‘great depth of knowledge and diplomacy’ and is ‘excellent at articulating the key issues’. Austin-based Kevin Meek is also a key figure, bringing ‘a lot of energy and drive to the team’. Highlights included acting for The Manitowoc Company in an ITC case initiated against China-based Sany Heavy Industry seeking exclusion of infringing crawler cranes using position counterweight technology; and representing Dell in an investigation brought by NXP involving NFC technology and battery-powered device patents. The group is based in Washington DC.

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Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s ‘dedicated, responsive and well-organized’ team has ‘a deep understanding of the client’s business and technologies’. Recommended individuals include ‘terrific lawyerRobert Scheinfeld, who ‘assembles excellent teams to handle litigation’, Dallas-based Jonathan Rubenstein, who is ‘especially good at handling the damages aspect of cases’, and Neil Sirota, who is a key contact in the New York office. The firm successfully defended AT&T Mobility in a $260m patent infringement case concerning two location privacy technology patents, securing a unanimous judgment of non-infringement, and it represented repeat client Samsung in Ushijima v Samsung Electronics, obtaining a full victory on all asserted patents relating to LCD and mobile phone products. The firm won another defense verdict for Samsung in ContentGuard Holdings v Amazon.com et al, securing a non-infringement finding on nine patents covering digital rights management technology. Bart Showalter heads the practice in Dallas.

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Patents: portfolio management and licensing
Patents: portfolio management and licensing - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s strength in IP was reinforced in 2015 when the firm welcomed a team of IP attorneys from Vinson & Elkins LLP in September and then followed this up by opening a new San Francisco office in October. The group is recommended for conducting IP due diligence in relation to M&A deals, for clients from a variety of industries. Dallas-based Bart Showalter heads the firm-wide IP practice and has particular expertise in procurement and licensing matters in the electronics, telecoms and software fields. Showalter is part of a team that has been advising Cisco Systems on various patent licensing and portfolio development matters, including numerous cross-licensing agreements with other multinational technology companies. Palo Alto-based Travis Thomas has been assisting Facebook with the development and management of its worldwide patent portfolio. Sandra Lee in New York is recommended in the biotechnology area, acting for major pharmaceutical companies in their development and management of worldwide patent portfolios. Luke Pedersen and Robert Scheinfeld, in Washington DC and New York respectively, are also recommended. New clients for the firm include Hitachi, Johnson & Johnson and Yellowpages.com.

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Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has an impressive roster of clients in the patent prosecution arena, including MasterCard International, Halliburton, Hitachi and Columbia University. The team has been particularly active in post-grant proceedings, having handled over 130 IPRs and over ten CBMs. Dallas-based Bart Showalter is the firm-wide chair of IP department, and has particular expertise in the electronics, telecoms and software fields. Showalter was part of a cross-office team that advised Cisco Systems on a number of patent matters, including worldwide patent portfolio management, licensing and transactional matters. Palo Alto-based Travis Thomas continues to provide a wide range of IP services to Facebook, including the development and management of its worldwide patent portfolio, which continues to grow through the patenting of its own innovations and the acquisition of key patent portfolios. Hopkins Guy and Eliot Williams in Palo Alto, Robert Scheinfeld in New York and Roger Fulghum in Houston are further names to note.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. advises on a range of employee benefits issues and executive compensation matters, with a strong focus on work relating to the energy and oil industries. Rob Fowler, who advises on ERISA regulatory matters and employee benefit plan design, assisted Schlumberger on issues relating to its $15bn purchase of Cameron International Corporation. The firm also advised Tallgrass Energy on its $1.2bn IPO, with Mark Bodron leading on the compensation and benefits side. Gail Stewart leads the practice, and has expertise in executive compensation schemes, pension plans and ESOPs. Other than David Schiller, who is based in Dallas, the four partners in the team are located in Houston.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 7

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is a giant in energy M&A and advised on a multitude of $1bn-plus transactions in 2015. It advised the conflicts committee of Williams Partners on its $50bn merger with Access Midstream Partners, a deal which closed in February 2015. In addition, it represented Halliburton in its $34.6bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, and advised Regency Energy Partners, a large-cap MLP, in connection with its $18bn merger with Energy Transfer Partners. Houston-based Kelly Rose, David Kirkland and Joshua Davidson have each built up an impressive records in bulge-bracket transactions, with Davidson particularly active in MLP deals. The firm is also building its practice in New York and diversifying into non-energy areas.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The global technology chair at Baker Botts L.L.P. is Palo Alto-based John Martin, who leads a team of over 100 lawyers. The firm draws on its many practices, including banking and finance and capital markets, to provide technology clients with an all-round service. In New York, Frederick McGrath and Renee Wilm advised Liberty Interactive on its agreement with Charter Communications to invest $4.3bn in Charter in connection with Charter’s merger with Time Warner Cable, as well as advising Liberty on its commitment to invest a further $700m in connection with Charter’s acquisition of Bright House Networks. Dallas-based Don McDermett and Samantha Hale Crispin advised Kimberly-Clark on its spin-off of Halyard Health, a transaction which required $640m of debt financing by Halyard. Other clients are Samsung, Dell and Cisco.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Palo Alto-based technology expert John Martin heads Baker Botts L.L.P.’s ten-partner practice, which acts for a prominent client roster that includes Barclays Capital, Mediacom Communications and Starz Entertainment. In a noteworthy highlight, New York-based Frederick McGrath and Renee Wilm recently advised Liberty Media on the spinoff of former subsidiary Liberty Broadband and on Liberty Broadband’s $4.3bn investment in Charter Communications.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s practice has particular strength in complex development projects. It continued to benefit from the firm’s longstanding relationship with Hines, acting for the client on numerous matters, including in relation to a joint venture with a Chinese public company for the $900m development of a mixed-use, multi-phase project to be built above Boston’s South Station. In another piece of work, Houston-based Paul Landen and Kimberly Schlanger and Dallas-based Stephen Marcus represented Hines in a joint venture with Urban Atlantic to redevelop the existing Walter Reed US Army medical base in Washington DC. On the debt finance side, Dallas-based Jonathan Dunlay, who is ‘practical on the probability of risks’, represented Clarion Partners affiliates in connection with a $660m mortgage refinancing secured by 65 Marriott-managed hotels located in 29 states. ‘Very fine lawyer’ Patricia Stanton, who heads the practice, is relocating from Dallas to the firm’s new San Francisco office.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has ‘prowess in the energy sector’ as well as experience in technology-related deals, and is often engaged by US and international clients on cross-border transactions. Houston-based Derek Green heads the team; Don Lonczak splits his time between the firm’s New York and Washington DC offices and has ‘strong expertise’.

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. predominantly handles large tax controversies for clients in the energy and technology industries. The team is representing the co-executors of the estate of Carl R. Pohlad in a case regarding the IRS’s assertion of a $256m estate tax deficiency. In pending property tax lawsuits in more than 120 Texan counties, Houston-based Renn Neilson is representing Exterran in various appraisal districts’ classifications of its natural gas compressors as general business personal property, when in statutory language terms the compressors are heavy equipment inventory. Other clients are Halliburton and CenterPoint Energy. Don Lonczak, who divides his practice between Washington DC and New York, is another name to note.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has an energy and technology focus to its practice and in 2015 handled a number of standout deals in these sectors. It represented the conflicts committee of Williams Partners in relation to the $50bn merger with a subsidiary of Access Midstream Partners; Mike Bresson was lead lawyer. Another highlight was advising Halliburton on its $35bn merger with Baker Hughes; under the terms of the agreement, Halliburton will acquire the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes for cash and stock; Don Lonczak and department chair Richard Husseini led the advice.

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