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United States: Dispute resolution

Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers

Joan Lukey - Choate, Hall & Stewart

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United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 3

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart’s Boston-based reinsurance team is ‘uniformly intelligent, creative, thorough, diligent, tenacious and relentless’ and is also praised for its ‘outstanding courtroom skills’ as well as its ‘superior written communications’. The ‘well respected’ Robert Kole worked alongside senior counsel Hugh Scott in representing Liberty Mutual in a class action lawsuit in Connecticut filed by homeowners alleging that they are entitled to coverage from Liberty Mutual and their other insurers for the costs of replacing the allegedly crumbling foundations of their homes. In addition, Kole successfully represented Travelers in a case against Anda, a pharmaceutical distributor, which sought coverage for claims brought by the State of West Virginia seeking the costs of opioid addiction to the state. David Attisani is a ‘tremendous advocate; and a ‘leader in the industry’ and JP Jaillet and associate Lindsey Spinelli are also recommended.

Leading lawyers – Reinsurance

David Attisani - Choate, Hall & Stewart

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United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 4

Choate, Hall & Stewart

At Boston-based Choate, Hall & Stewart, Paul Popeo and Michael Bunis are defending Saphena Medical against several claims, including confidential data misappropriation, filed by Getinge Group and pertaining to endoscopic vessel harvesting technology. The duo is also assisting Dell EMC with a trade secrets misappropriation dispute with Pure Storage. Anita Spieth is also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Anita Spieth - Choate, Hall & Stewart

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 6

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart’s funds practice, which is based in Boston, has a particular strength in venture capital funds, some with Israeli aspects. Howard Rosenblum advised TrueBridge Capital on forming its fifth fund, which raised $400m, and also on a direct investment fund that raised $125m. In the funds-of-funds space, Rosenblum advised Vintage Investment Partners, an Israeli manager, on forming a $175m secondary fund targeting both North American and Israeli capital. Kimberley Kaplan-Gross handles various venture capital fund formation mandates and secondary transactions.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 5

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart’s executive compensation team works intimately with the firm’s tax department and has recently been handling a strong international caseload. Described by one client as ‘the absolute best’, the Boston-based group is led by Louis Merritt. In recent highlights, Arthur Meyers - whose ‘responsiveness and excellence is unmatched by other firms’ - acted for Riverside Partners in its leveraged acquisition of a security alarm business from Keyser Capital, a subsidiary of the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Counsel Wells Miller is also a key name and the advice to PRWireless with regard to its decision to combine its business with Sprint in Puerto Rico.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart’s ‘excellent, trustworthy team’ is highly rated for its advice to acquirers, targets, financing sources and investment bankers in public and private M&A, at both domestic and international level; and the firm fields lawyers with significant experience advising private equity firms on buyouts. The team’s sector expertise includes consumer products, financial services, healthcare and life sciences; other areas of strength include manufacturing, retail, and technology, media and telecoms. The department heads are Boston-based John Pitfield and the ‘brilliant and reliable’ Brian Goldstein; Pitfield advised alternative financing company Capital Resource Partners on its exit from Investment Metrics. He also acted for ABRY Partners through its portfolio company Oliver Street Dermatology Management in multiple purchases of dermatology practices in Texas, while Goldstein and Christian Atwood recently acted for growth capital private equity firm Leerink Transformation Partners in a number of investments, including in health technology company PatientPing and in San Diego-based Scientist.com. T J Murphy led advice to Thinklogical Holdings on its $160m sale to Belden, an American manufacturer of networking, connectivity and cable products. Other notable deals included Sarah Camougis’s assistance to PRWireless, a Puerto Rico wireless operator doing business as Open Mobile, with its sale to Sprint; and Christopher Nelson’s advice to Southern Anesthesia & Surgical in its sale to healthcare products and services provider Henry Schein. The partners listed above are all based in the Boston office.

Leading lawyers

John Pitfield - Choate, Hall & Stewart

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart, based in Boston, has a solid client base of mid-market private equity houses, which include the likes of Summit Partners, Windjammer Capital, Riverside Partners, Great Hill Partners, Mainsail Partners, Spectrum Equity and Century Capital. In recent work, it advised Riverside Partners on its $200m leveraged acquisition of Alarm Funding Associates from Keyser Capital. TJ Murphy is the key partner in the team. Former private equity department head Christian Atwood moved to Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 4

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Boston-based Choate, Hall & Stewart has an excellent record in life sciences and tech deals. John Pitfield and Brian Goldstein, who is a ‘straight shooter’ and ensures clients ‘do the right thing the right way’, lead the team, which is ‘very strong in all areas’. Clients include Threat Stack, Deerfield Capital Management, GrandBanks Capital, Broadview Ventures, Nauta Capital, GeNO, Examity and 4D Path. The firm advised a syndicate of investors in a $60m Series E financing of clinical stage biopharmaceutical company Apellis Pharmaceuticals. It also advised the investors on a $55m Series C financing of Milesone Pharmaceuticals. Brian Lenihan and Laurence Naughton are also recommended.

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United States: Tax

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

Choate, Hall & Stewart

The ‘first-rate’ four-partner tax practice of Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston is ‘responsive, practical and technically outstanding’. Focus areas include general tax planning and private equity investment taxation, especially in relation to the telecoms, software and pharmaceutical industries. ‘Top-class lawyer’ Louis Marett, who ‘gives advice that is easy to understand and properly applied to the facts’, assisted Bridgepoint Development Capital with acquiring Construction Claims Group from Hill International for $140m. He further acted for Riverside Partners and Bottom Line Systems during its acquisition of Medical Reimbursements of America. Timothy Becker advised Century Equity Partners on the sale of BrightClaim and its subsidiary National Vendor to Genpact International for $55m. PR Wireless, Ascenty and Ginkgo Bioworks are other active clients.

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