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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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Brussels, Charlotte, Houston, London, New York, Washington DC

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, founded in downtown New York in 1792, is proud of its 225 years of service to many of the world’s most prestigious institutions. The firm’s rich history and participation in many significant social, economic and legal issues accompanying the growth of the US have led it to also become one of the world’s most prominent law firms, with influence that has expanded around the globe as the firm advises clients with interests in Europe and around the world.

Main areas of practice: Capital markets: its leading global securitization practice handles public and private securitizations, advising clients on a broad range of transactions. The firm handles complex securitization and structured finance transactions in addition to mainstream CMBS, CLOs and ABS.

Corporate: represents domestic and international corporations, financial institutions and investors in all forms of corporate transactions, including M&A, spinoffs, shareholder activism preparedness and defense, takeover preparedness and defense, private equity, debt and equity finance, and corporate governance and securities law.

Finance: represents lenders, borrowers and investors in commercial real estate finance, including the origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans, construction loans, syndication, the sale of performing and non-performing loans, and restructurings and workouts.

Financial restructuring: represents debtors, secured and unsecured lenders, bondholders, creditors’ committees, borrowers, asset purchasers and other distressed entities. Broad capabilities in transactions, litigation, and structuring deals to preserve and enhance value.

Financial services: broad experience in financial law-related statutory and regulatory requirements, including those governing broker-deals, securities and future exchanges, banks, investment advisors and funds. Counsels clients on issues affecting ERISA, executive compensation and benefits.

Global litigation: the full-service, transatlantic litigation team handles all aspects of investigations, compliance and dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

Antitrust: advises on global merger control in US, UK and international transactions, including HSR and antitrust compliance and monitoring programs.

Corporate and financial services litigation and regulation: counsels clients in M&A, corporate control and activism-related litigation; corporate control and corporate governance issues; complex securities, shareholder and derivative litigations; and insider trading, market manipulation and accounting fraud litigations and investigations.

Energy regulatory, compliance and enforcement: represents clients in complex litigation, regulatory and compliance matters before the US CFTC, FERC, FTC and DOJ in developed and developing energy markets.

Intellectual property: leads trials and litigation in complex patent and trade secret matters in federal courts, and in ITC and WIPO proceedings.

White-collar defense and investigations: handles civil, criminal and administrative disputes and enforcement actions in federal/state proceedings and litigation, as well as in congressional investigations and hearings. Advises on corporate compliance and governance, audits of US/foreign operations and anti-corruptions laws.

Healthcare/not-for-profit: represents for-profit and not-for-profit entities in corporate transactions, corporate governance, finance, government regulation and compliance, Medicare and Medicaid, insolvency and restructuring, litigation, risk management, securities, capital markets and tax matters.

Tax and private wealth: pioneers innovative tax structures that drive complex deals and maintains a tax controversy practice for US and non-US corporations and financial institutions. Private wealth team provides personal, financial, charitable and tax planning for individuals and closely-held family companies.

  • Managing Partner
  • Patrick T Quinn
  • Other Offices
  • Brussels
  • London
  • Number of Partners: 90
  • Number of Other Lawyers: 291

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