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Baker Botts L.L.P.

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. continued to represent key client Hines in a range of finance and dirt mandates across all commercial real estate product types. Paul Landen and Kimberly Epstein Schlanger in Houston and Dallas-based Stephen Marcus advised Hines on the financing and air rights grounds leases for the Parcel B West hotel and retail development at CityCenterDC in Washington DC; and the same team also acted on Hines’ joint venture with the Zimmerman family for a 285-unit luxury high-rise multifamily project adjoining the La Colombe d’Or in Houston. On the equity side, Houston-based Consuella Simmons Taylor acted for Hines REIT in the $210m sale of eight shopping centers; and for the same client, Simmons Taylor and Dallas-based Jonathan Dunlay advised on the $1.16bn sale of seven West Coast office assets to Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII. Other clients of the practice include Chevron, Clarion and Rida Development. Alongside its established offices in Houston and Dallas, the practice also has a presence in the firm’s newly opened San Francisco office, where head of practice Patricia Stanton is based.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

In 2016, Baker Botts L.L.P. represented Royal Philips in landmark multi-district litigation (MDL), in which it successfully pleaded the client’s withdrawal from an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among cathode ray tube (CRT) manufacturers. The firm also previously assisted the client with avoiding a fine in a related DOJ investigation. Elsewhere, it acts for clients in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations and matters before the European Commission, among other antitrust authorities. John Taladay and Stephen Weissman are co-chairs of the antitrust practice, which also includes the highly regarded Joseph Ostoyich, Erik Koons and James Rill.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Although Baker Botts L.L.P.’s civil antitrust litigation work is primarily weighted towards representing defendants, it also handles a notable share of opt-out cases and class action work for plaintiffs. The firm has undertaken a significant amount of work for Royal Philips recently; in a recent highlight, John Taladay, Erik Koons, Van Beckwith (Dallas) and Stuart Plunkett (San Francisco) assisted the client with obtaining a landmark summary judgment in an MDL involving allegations of a global price-fixing conspiracy among manufacturers of cathode ray tubes (CRTs). The firm has also handled mandates for clients such as McWane Inc, Eaton Corporation and Harold Levinson Associates. Stephen Weissman, Joseph Ostoyich (‘the consummate consigliere in terms of client service’), James Kress and William Lavery are among other notable partners in the team, which saw Tom Dillickrath join the FTC as deputy chief trial counsel. Plunkett, who has particular expertise in representing technology companies in antitrust disputes, joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s highly regarded team, which is led by Stephen Weissman and John Taladay, also includes Sean Boland, who ‘knows how to orchestrate a persuasive presentation to the agencies’ and Paul Cuomo. Also recommended is Joseph Ostoyich, who has ‘excellent recall, in-depth knowledge and exceptionally good judgment’. Recent highlights included advising Boehringer Ingelheim on the antitrust aspects of a complex $12.6bn asset swap transaction with Sanofi, and assisting Liberty Media with obtaining multi-jurisdictional clearances for its $8bn acquisition of Formula One from a consortium of sellers led by CVC. Michael Perry joined the firm in 2016, having previously served as counsel to the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Stuart Plunkett joined in San Francisco from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s group is led by Alex Bourelly out of the Washington DC office, which also houses Randall Turk and, since January 2016, former Kaye Scholer attorney Amy Conway-Hatcher. New York-based Andrew Lankler and Lynn Neils are other names to note. The firm acts for companies and individuals in a broad range of investigations, especially those concerning bribery and corruption. Clients are drawn from the food and beverage, energy, and technology sectors, as well as the political arena. J Bradley Bennett rejoined the firm after serving as Executive Vice President, Chief of Enforcement, of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in April 2017.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The eight-partner practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. fields ‘impressive senior arbitration partners’, who regularly handle commercial and investor-state disputes relating to, among others, construction, technology, energy and financial services. The team secured an award for Newco on a dispute with Belize regarding a concession agreement entitling Newco to expand and operate Belize’s international airport. The ‘strategic’, ‘personable and highly experiencedMichael Goldberg, who splits his time between New York and Houston, heads the team alongside Jay Alexander, who has ‘sound judgement’ and is based in London and Washington DC. Edward Schorr in New York and Ryan Bull in Washington DC are also recommended among the ‘expert’ team.

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.

Out of Houston, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s litigation chair David Sterling and Danny David (who ‘knows how to frame a persuasive argument and is in total command of the facts and the process’) represented the audit and conflicts committee of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and the special committee of Kinder Morgan Management in a lawsuit opposing their $70bn merger. Seth Taube in New York chairs the securities and shareholder litigation practice group and Jonathan Shapiro is spearheading securities litigation in the firm’s new San Francisco office.

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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.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s product liability and toxic tort practice has particularly strong capabilities in the energy sector. Group head Ty Buthod has been defending BASF in asbestos cases, as well as in various litigation concerning claims that certain chemical products manufactured by the company cause blood diseases. Buthod also continues to act for ExxonMobil in personal injury and environmental litigation across the US. In 2016, Macey Stokes and Amy Hefley successfully represented Shell and Chevron in obtaining affirmation of a summary judgment granted to the defendants in a wrongful death case. All partners are based in Houston.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

At Baker Botts L.L.P., ‘the level of service is outstanding and the product is of the highest caliber’. David Sterling chairs the litigation department from Houston and Seth Taube in New York leads the firm-wide securities and shareholder litigation practice. Sterling and ‘deep, creative thinker and skilled litigatorDanny David (who is ‘experienced, thoughtful and has great insight’) defended Key Energy in a 10b-5 case alleging misrepresentation of the company’s FCPA compliance. Sterling and Jessica Pulliam in Dallas acted for Halliburton and its CEO in a class action alleging the company misrepresented its liability for, inter alia, asbestos-related claims and the benefits of its merger with Dresser Industries. Securities litigation specialist Jonathan Shapiro joined in San Francisco from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C..

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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 underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. continues to specialize in energy transactions, but also handles deals involving companies from the food and beverage, media, and telecoms industries for issuers, where it particularly excels, and underwriters. From Houston, Kelly Rose and the ‘very knowledgeable and experiencedDavid Kirkland jointly head a firm-wide corporate department that is considered ‘among the best in Texas’. Rose and Jason Rocha recently advised Halliburton on its $7.5bn offering of senior notes, while Kirkland and Andrew Ericksen acted for Schlumberger Holdings in a $6bn offering of senior notes. On the underwriter side, John Geddes advised Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank Securities, JP Morgan, TD Securities, HSBC, US Bancorp and Wells Fargo Securities on Sysco’s $2.5bn offering of senior 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 underwriters - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. leverages its market-leading oil and gas practice to specialize in energy-related capital markets deals, where it is widely considered among the leaders in the space. Houston-based David Kirkland jointly leads the firm’s corporate practice and acted with Andrew Ericksen to advise Cabot Oil & Gas on its $1bn share offering. Kirkland also teamed up with Felix Phillips to act for the underwriters in Newfield Exploration’s $790.3m public offering. Elsewhere, the firm advised the underwriters on Pioneer Natural Resources’ $1.4bn public offering. Other clients inlcude CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, Enbridge Energy Partners and NextEra Energy Partners. In early 2017, a team including Douglass Rayburn and others departed for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's new Houston office. In early 2017,Hillary Holmes departed for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's new Houston office.

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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.

The energy industry remains a primary source of work for Baker Botts L.L.P.; for example, the ‘very knowledgeable’ group co-head David Kirkland led a team that advised Chesapeake Energy on its private exchange offer of $2.4bn of second lien secured notes for certain outstanding senior unsecured notes. Other highlights saw Gene Oshman and Andrew Ericksen assist Transocean Phoenix 2 with a $583m private placement of senior secured notes, and Austin-based Mollie Duckworth advised Tallgrass Energy Partners on a $400m offering of senior unsecured notes. Department co-head Kelly Rose is also recommended. Named individuals are based in Houston, unless otherwise stated. In early 2017, a team including Douglass Rayburn, Tull Florey and Hillary Holmes departed for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's new Houston office.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s litigation practice works closely with the firm’s appellate and environmental teams, handling disputes for energy generators, processors, transporters, distributors and marketers in the electrical, gas and coal power sector. In 2016, the team represented the three power plant companies, Southwestern Public Service, Coleto Creek Power and NRG Texas Power, in an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, challenging the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze rulemaking for Texas and Oklahoma. Kevin Jacobs and James Barkley represented Brazos Electric Power (BEPC) in litigation against South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) and San Miguel Electric over the interpretation of contracts under which San Miguel generates and sells power to STEC and BEPC. Houston-based Bill Kroger and Washington DC-based Michael Calhoon jointly head the team.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Recommended for its wide-ranging expertise, Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for major oil and gas operators, service companies and pipelines. The team, which is jointly led by Houston-based Bill Kroger and Washington DC-based Michael Calhoon, is experienced in handling lease and royalty disputes, oil rig fatality claims and pipeline right-of-way complaints, among others. Michael Goldberg and Kevin Jacobs defended Chevron and Alireza Moshiri - former president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production - in a suit filed by Brittania-U, claiming fraud and tortious interference in the bidding process for the sale of three oil mining leases in Nigeria. The team also secured a win for Marathon Oil in a private nuisance suit in the Eagle Ford shale play. Other clients include Shell Oil, Texaco and the independent exploration company Hyperdynamics.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is particularly active in assisting its clients with regulatory approval and licensing work, while also handling investigations, enforcement and contentious matters. Key contact James Barkley and energy litigation co-chair Bill Kroger represented CenterPoint Energy in an application to the Public Utility Commission for a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct a major new transmission line. In litigation, Brooksany Barrowes and Gregory Wagner represented MISO transmission owners in a series of disputes on various aspects of the relationship between MISO and its neighboring regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and other utilities, including the dispute between MISO, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and several other neighboring utilities over the use of available cross-border transmission. Washington DC-based Jay Ryan is another key contact.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

With a focus on Texas, Baker Botts L.L.P. represents clients across the oil and gas industry, including natural gas pipelines and shippers in contentious and non-contentious FERC, DOE and Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) proceedings such as regulatory filings and rate cases. Houston-based James Barkley and Kevin Jacobs represented West Texas LPG Pipeline in a complaint proceeding at the TRRC, in which several shippers, including Enbridge and ConocoPhillips, alleged that West Texas LPG Pipeline’s 2015 rate increases were illegal. Steven Miles assisted Flint Hills Resources - an independent refining and chemicals company - with obtaining authorization from the DOE to export LNG from the Stabilis LNG Plant on George West, Texas. Other clients include Westlake Ethylene Pipeline Corporation, Murphy Exploration & Production - USA and BP West Coast Products. Senior counsel Thomas Eastment heads the energy regulatory practice from Washington DC.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

M&A, PPAs and project development are key strengths of Baker Botts L.L.P.’s department. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable, responsive’ William Lamb in New York, a ‘seasoned’ power expert who heads the practice with Washington DC-based Elaine Walsh, advised Westar Energy on its $12.2bn sale to Great Plains Energy. Jay Ryan (Washington DC) and Michael Didriksen (New York) advised ITC Holdings on the development of the 1GW Lake Erie HVDC transmission line. Other clients include ConEdison Solutions and Engie Energía Chile. ‘Cost-effective, quick and smart’ finance expert Martin Toulouse is based in New York.

Leading lawyers

William Lamb - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

With a formidable presence in the upstream and LNG sectors, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s practice is particularly strong in M&A, though it has longstanding experience in project finance and capital markets. Hugh Tucker in Houston and Steven Miles in Washington DC head the team, which is commended for its ‘very high level of industry knowledge’, ‘solid business judgment’ and ‘well-trained associates’. Thomas Holmberg, Carlos Solé and the ‘very strong’ Jason Bennett advised Sempra International on LNG sales and gas supplies for its North American LNG liquefaction projects. Mike Bengtson acted for EQT on numerous land acquisitions worth $1bn in total. Dan Mark joined the Houston office in February 2017, from Norton Rose Fulbright US. Austin-based senior associate Coleson Bruce is recommended.

Leading lawyers

Hugh Tucker - Baker Botts L.L.P.

Steven Miles - Baker Botts L.L.P.

Next generation lawyers

Coleson Bruce - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Michael Didriksen and Elaine Walsh lead Baker Botts L.L.P.’s largely New York-based team, which handles project finance, capital markets, M&A and PPAs. Didriksen advised Hunt Energy Horizons on the development, construction and financing of the 21MW Mogote wind farm in Costa Rica. The Houston-based Joshua Davidson acted for 8point3 Energy Partners, a joint venture between First Solar and SunPower, on various dropdown asset transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In February 2017, Mark Spivak joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is noted for its expertise in energy-related matters along with environmental and toxic tort litigation, and has recently handled a number of air, water, toxic substances and waste-related issues. Recent work includes acting for BCCA Appeal Group in two separate suits; the first, in response to an EPA action to roll back a longstanding regulatory regime, and the second being a challenge to a City of Houston ordinance expanding the City’s regulatory and enforcement authority. An Austin-based team comprising Derek McDonald, Pamela Giblin and Aileen Hooks also defended Waste Control Specialists (WCS) against attempts by Sierra Club to reverse a TCEQ authorization for the construction and operation of waste disposal facilities. Special counsel Stephen Fitzgerald joined the Dallas office in 2016 and is representing clients in over 150 environmentally impacted site matters across various EPA regions.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘a leading choice in the oil and gas area’, and also maintains a strong air, water, crisis prevention and site cleanup practice. Austin-based Aileen Hooks handles real estate and environmental matters, and also advises on safety regulation issues, liability considerations and matters affecting the energy industry. Steven Leifer heads the practice from Washington DC, where he focuses on environment-related litigation and advises on remediation and compliance issues. BP Products North America, ExxonMobil, Halliburton and Hess Corporation are among the firm’s key active clients.

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United States: Intellectual property

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. provides ‘exceptional client service; the team responds to all requests in a timely manner, offers creative pricing proposals and is always available to assist on urgent matters’. Dallas-based practice head Bart Showalter has notable electronics, software and telecoms expertise, and recently defended Cisco Systems in an infringement suit filed by a bankruptcy trustee representing the defunct At Home Network Company. New York’s Robert Scheinfeld is also a key figure, and other noteworthy individuals include Dallas-based Douglas Kubehl, who focuses on patent litigation and licensing, and Austin’s Kevin Meek, who ‘sees all the ramifications in a given situation and provides counseling which is in the best interest of the client’. The firm represented Genband in multiple patent cases against competitor Metaswich Networks, successfully securing $8.2m in damages and three invalidity rulings on the opponent’s asserted patents.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission
Patent litigation: international trade commission - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Lisa Kattan joined the team at Baker Botts L.L.P. in 2016; Katten arrived from the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations and replaced Mark Whitaker as practice head following his move to Morrison & Foerster LLP. Recent highlights include representing Oxford Nanopore Technologies in a case initiated by Illumina relating to DNA sequencing products and, in a separate matter, defending the same client in a case filed by Pacific Biosciences of California. The group’s client roster also features Fujifilm and Dell.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Barton Showalter’s team at Baker Botts L.L.P. bolstered its IP practice with the hire of two former Cooley LLP partners; Wayne Stacy joined Showalter in Dallas and Sarah Guske joined the recently established San Francisco office. It has a robust post-grant practice which achieved multiple victories at the PTAB, as well as a solid patent prosecution group that advises clients include Facebook, Cisco Systems, Hitachi, Oxford Nanopore Technologies and Columbia University. The ‘exceptionally responsive and insightful’ Eliot Williams, who splits his time between San Francisco and Palo Alto, and New York-based Robert Scheinfeld are representing MasterCard International in three patent infringement matters, including filing two IPR petitions following D’Agostino’s allegation of infringement of two patents relating to the systems and methods for performing secure credit card transactions; the PTAB concluded that both asserted patents were unpatentable. Palo Alto-based Hogene Choi is also highly recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Hogene Choi - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is praised for its ‘practical approach to solving legal issues or litigation’, ‘understanding of the client’s needs’, ‘excellent legal and business judgment’, and ability to ‘staff an IP matter in a cost-efficient way’. The team, led by Dallas-based Barton Showalter, is highly recommended for conducting IP due diligence in relation to large M&A deals. 2016 saw a number of new client wins, including Square, Varian Medical Systems, NBA Media Ventures, and Comcast Corporation. Paul Ragusa is ‘a king of excellent client service’ and, along with biotech specialists Lisa Kole and Sandra Lee, is assisting Ethypharm with the negotiation of a patent license agreement with pharmaceutical manufacturers. Washington DC-based Luke Pedersen and Dallas-based Christa Sanford are also key contacts. Named attorneys are based in New York except where stated otherwise.

Next generation lawyers

Christa Sanford - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘on top of current issues but also cognizant of where trends are headed’. Gail Stewart, who heads the benefits and compensation team from Houston is ‘the gold standard, and no other firm has anyone who can come close to her’, according to one client. Recent work includes Dallas-based Eric Winwood’s advice on Hunt’s purchase of Oncor as part of EFH’s bankruptcy proceedings, and on Halliburton’s acquisition of Baker Hughes’ outstanding shares in a cash and stock transaction.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 6

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. impresses with its connection to a range of large-cap public companies in Texas. The energy sector giant continued to work on a multitude of headline deals, despite the recent challenging environment for oil and gas clients. In the first ten months of 2016, the firm worked on well over 50 M&A transactions, with an aggregate value in excess of $60bn. This included advising Schlumberger on its $14.8bn acquisition of Cameron International, creating the world’s largest oilfield company. The firm also advised Westar Energy on its $12.2bn sale to Great Plains Energy and assisted Liberty Media with its $8bn acquisition of Delta Topco, the parent company of Formula One, from CVC Capital Partners. Co-chair of the firm-wide corporate department David Kirkland is a prominent figure in Houston and Renee Wilm is a notable name in the New York office. In February 2017, a nine-partner team including David Peterman, Efren Acosta and Edward Rhyne joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Alongside its 180-member IP department, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s technology transactions practice handles M&A, corporate venturing, capital markets and securities offerings, and technology-related commercial contracts. The team recently acted for Oxford Nanopore Technologies in dozens of commercial and licensing agreements; assisted algorithmic trading firm RGM with a spin-out of certain software technologies; and for over eight years, the practice has served as primary outside corporate counsel to Zix Corporation, a publicly traded email encryption and data security vendor. Other significant matters included advising AT&T on the divestiture of its managed applications and managed hosting businesses to IBM. SynGen, Broad Green Pictures, Dell, Lyft and Wolters Kluwer are also key clients. Palo Alto-based John Martin is the recommended firm-wide technology sector chair.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The international tax department at Baker Botts L.L.P., which has a focus on the technology and energy sectors, is led by Richard Husseini and Derek Green in Houston. Green assisted Schlumberger with tax matters regarding its definitive stock-and-cash merger agreement with Cameron International Corporation, while Washington DC-based Don Lonczak advised Cobalt International Energy on a sale and purchase agreement with Sonangol. Tamar Stanley (also based in Washington DC) and Green also worked on the $8bn acquisition of Formula One by client Liberty Media from a consortium of sellers led by CVC Capital Partners Group. Hines is also a client.

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The ‘client-friendlyBaker Botts L.L.P. has a ‘very effective’ tax controversy and litigation practice that acts for various entities in the energy and technology fields in complex disputes, regularly working on federal as well as SALT matters. It also represents taxpayers in estate, gift and transfer tax controversies with the IRS. The team presented the oral argument in MoneyGram’s appeal to the Fifth Circuit regarding a Tax Court decision that it was not a bank for the purposes of sections 581 and 582 of the US Tax Code. Group head Richard Husseini is based in Houston and has ‘excellent understanding of the appeals process’. Also based in Houston is the noted Renn Neilson.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s tax group is ‘very responsive to clients’ initial enquiries and provides timely analysis and feedback based on a great understanding of tax law and the client’s business’. Its tax expertise spans a variety of sectors with particular emphasis on the technology and energy areas. 2016 highlights included advising Schlumberger on tax issues emerging from its $14.8bn merger with Cameron International Corporation and acting for Halliburton on the tax aspects of its aborted merger with Baker Hughes. Derek Green and Don Lonczak lead the practice. Liberty Media Corporation, Starz and AT&T Corp are also clients.

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