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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s ‘high-class’ practice primarily acts for lenders, operators and investment firms, advising on the full gamut of real estate matters including sales, acquisitions and financings. The firm has been notably active within the hospitality and leisure sectors, and regularly advises clients on cross-border deals spanning Europe, Asia and the Americas. In a recent highlight, Eric Feuerstein and Harry Silvera acted for The Related Companies regarding a $1.5bn loan for the development of 50 Hudson Yards, a flagship tower in the Hudson Yards development in New York City. Jesse Sharf is the key figure in Los Angeles and recently advised Next Century Partners on the $1bn debt financing for the development of Century Plaza, a mixed-use project in Los Angeles including two residential towers, retail and restaurant space and the Century Plaza Hotel. The firm also assisted Deutsche Bank Mortgage Capital with a series of financing transactions; among these was the $220m bridge loan provided to Cove Property for its acquisition of an office building in New York, and the $213m financing of a multifamily residential building in Long Island City. The Deutsche Bank matters were handled by Feuerstein, Victoria Shusterman and Noam Haberman. In the San Francisco office, names to note include Erin Rothfuss as well as Kahlil Yearwood, who joined from Dechert LLP in May 2018. Steven Klein in a key name in New York.

Leading lawyers

Eric Feuerstein - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kahlil Yearwood - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Noam Haberman - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has an outstanding track record in US and international cartel investigations and related litigation. Jarrett Arp recently co-led a global team representing UBS in Libor and foreign exchange investigations. Trey Nicoud and Rachel Brass (who are based in San Francisco) are defending Mitsuba and American Mitsuba in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) arising from the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into price-fixing in the auto parts industry; Nicoud and Brass represented the clients in the investigation itself. The firm’s work has also spanned areas such as container shipping and consumer electronics. Other recommended individuals include Daniel Swanson (who divides his time between Los Angeles and Brussels) and Cynthia Richman. Swanson jointly heads the practice with Sean Royall and Scott Hammond. Denver-based Richard Cunningham made partner in January 2018, while Peter Sullivan has retired. In June 2018, Richard Parker joined the Washington DC office from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Leading lawyers

Scott Hammond - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Cynthia Richman - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s broad practice includes class actions and MDLs, opt-out litigation and merger challenges. A team including Jarrett Arp in Washington DC and New York-based Mark Kirsch, Eric Stock and Lawrence Zweifach is defending UBS in more than a dozen litigated matters in the Southern District of New York; these include cases involving interest rate benchmarks, foreign exchange and precious metals. Daniel Swanson, who divides his time between Los Angeles and Brussels, and Steven Sletten in Los Angeles are representing Chevron in a putative class action in which it is alleged that the client was part of a price-fixing conspiracy with other oil and gas companies with refining operations in California. Swanson heads the antitrust practice with Scott Hammond and Sean Royall. Denver-based Richard Cunningham made partner in January 2018; Peter Sullivan has retired. Cynthia Richman is also noted. Top antitrust litigator Richard Parker joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in June 2018. All named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Swanson - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Richard Parker - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Cynthia Richman - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a strong track record in US and cross-border filings, and also in FTC and DOJ merger challenges. In a particularly headline-grabbing matter, the firm is acting for AT&T in the DOJ’s lawsuit challenging the client’s proposed $85bn acquisition of Time Warner; the lead partners are Robert Walters (who divides time between Dallas and Houston), Sean Royall (Dallas/Washington DC) Eric Stock (New York) and Adam Di Vincenzo (Washington DC). Elsewhere, the team has been particularly active in merger control matters in the healthcare sector; in 2017, this included advising Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative on its $1.8bn sale to Kaiser Permanente. Denver-based Richard Cunningham made partner in January 2018, and Joel Sanders has retired. Royall, Daniel Swanson (Los Angeles) and Scott Hammond (Washington DC) jointly head the antitrust practice. Cynthia Richman in Washington DC is also noted. Joshua Soven joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, while Richard Parker joined in Washington DC from O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Next generation lawyers

Adam Di Vincenzo - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Cynthia Richman - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

‘Deep bench of talent’ is what defines Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team, led by the triumvirate of Mark Perry, Nicole Saharsky, who joined from the DOJ, and New York-based Caitlin Halligan. The group handles appeals in federal courts across the country, and has a strong Supreme Court offering. At the Ninth Circuit, Perry successfully handled a petition for dismissal of a False Claims Act suit filed by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals against Aventis. Theodore Olson argued for petitioners in the US Supreme Court case of Christie v National Collegiate Athletic Association, concerning compliance of the sports betting legislation provisions with the Tenth Amendment, while Matthew McGill represented victims of the 1998 African Embassy Bombings in the DC Circuit appeal concerning the enforcement of $556m judgments against Sudan. Los Angeles-based Theodore Boutrous secured the enforcement of arbitration agreements and defeated a class action alleging misclassification for Uber Technologies at the Eleventh and Ninth circuits respectively. At the DC Circuit, Helgi Walker is acting for the US Chamber of Commerce in a challenge to the FCC’s order expanding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Miguel Estrada obtained an 8-0 victory for petitioner in Coventry Health Care of Missouri Inc v Nevils. Thomas Dupree is another name to note. James Ho is now a judge at the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Leading lawyers

Miguel Estrada - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Theodore Boutrous - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Theodore Olson - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew McGill - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP fields a deep bench of practitioners comprising former state and federal prosecutors and government officials with particular expertise in False Claims Act (FCA), anti-money laundering (AML) and FCPA matters. The group is co-chaired by Joseph Warin in Washington DC, Joel Cohen in New York and Charles Stevens in San Francisco. Amongst its high-profile corporate representations, the team acted for Och-Ziff in the long-running DOJ and SEC investigations into potential violations of the FCPA, resulting in a deferred prosecution and civil SEC settlement. It is also engaged by the audit committee of the board of directors at Infosys to conduct an internal investigation into whistleblower complaints submitted to the Securities and Exchange Board of India. In a major individual representation, New York’s Reed Brodsky and Randy Mastro, and Winston Chan in San Francisco represented Evan Greebel in criminal indictment charges by the DOJ in relation to his business dealings with Martin Shkreli. Debra Wong Yang in Los Angeles is noted for experience with compliance and investigatory matters.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Warin - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Reed Brodsky - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Financial services litigation
Financial services litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Recently bolstered by the arrival of numerous federal prosecutors and senior regulatory staff, such as Patrick Stokes who joined in September 2016 having previously been senior deputy chief of the DOJ’s fraud section, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides a cohesive service to a broad range of financial services clients across the spectrum of agency investigations/enforcement actions, white-collar mandates and private litigation. A key differentiating factor from many of the firms referenced in the ranking is the team’s ability to leverage its market-leading appellate and administrative law practice to provide an unparalleled offering to clients seeking to challenge agency enforcement actions on appellate review. Led by Theodore Olson and Helgi Walker, the firm had a high-profile success before the DC Circuit for PHH Corporation in a challenge to the constitutionality of the CFPB. This high-profile matter followed on in quick succession from another major challenge of agency actions when Eugene Scalia persuaded the district court to revoke the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) designation that MetLife was a non-bank SIFI. Seasoned trial lawyer Lawrence Zweifach has significant financial services-related litigation expertise and is regularly involved in matters proceeding on numerous fronts, including civil and criminal investigations and pursuant civil litigation. Zweifach has represented UBS in various overlapping global regulatory and criminal investigations and litigation related to the forex market including the negligence-based settlement it reached with the SEC relating to the sale of structured notes linked to a proprietary forex trading strategy. Alongside Aric Wu, Zweifach also continues to represent a major international bank which is the subject of novel Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA)-related mortgage fraud investigations brought by the members of the Mortgage Fraud Task Force. Former federal prosecutor Joel Cohen excels at handling both civil and criminal investigations/litigation for financial institutions and their top executives; he is currently acting for the global head of a major European bank in a DOJ Libor investigation. Arthur Long is also recommended.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s highly regarded litigators have vast trial experience and include many former high-ranking prosecutors. The already sizable team saw further growth in 2016 and 2017. In a headline-hitting civil fraud case in which the SEC had sought a lifetime bar and the largest individual disgorgement in the history of SEC administrative proceedings, New York-based Randy Mastro successfully represented Lynn Tilton, winning a complete dismissal in September 2017. Another recent success came in the form of a Fifth Circuit victory on behalf of Delta Air Lines, where the court affirmed a preliminary injunction preserving the airline’s right to continue operating at Dallas Love Field airport; Dallas-based Robert Walters and William Dawson were the lead lawyers. Theodore Boutrous jointly chairs the group from Los Angeles. Orin Snyder, Reed Brodsky and Mylan Denerstein are among the other key litigators in New York. In February 2018, former CIA general counsel Caroline Krass left the firm’s Washington DC office take up the position of senior vice president and general counsel, general insurance, as well as deputy general counsel at AIG.

Leading lawyers

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLPstands out for highly complex cross-border matters that require a global strategy and the ability to work with foreign law experts’. Perlette Jura in Los Angeles now leads the practice with William Thomson and New York-based Andrea Neuman. Jura continued to advise Philip Morris USA on Delaware Supreme Court matters arising from cases filed by more than 400 Argentine farmers alleging exposure to pesticides used on their tobacco farms. With Los Angeles-based Theodore Boutrous, Jura also secured a victory for Nestlé USA after a 10-year dispute concerning transnational supply chain claims arising from the Ivory Coast. Rising star Anne Champion in New York successfully represented energy giant Chevron in a Supreme Court case confirming that a $9.5bn judgment against the company in Ecuador was the product of fraud and corruption. Also recommended are Scott Edelman in Los Angeles and Randy Mastro in New York.

Leading lawyers

Perlette Jura - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Anne Champion - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jointly headed by Judith Lee and Ronald Kirk, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s nine-partner team has particular strength advising financial services and energy clients on sanctions, AML and export control issues, both from a compliance and enforcement perspective. As well as her ongoing advisory work for Freddie Mac to ensure its compliance with OFAC’s AML and Bank Secrecy Act policies and procedures, Lee advises E*TRADE Financial on the preparation of an examination involving economic sanctions compliance issues. Formerly Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs during Obama’s administration, New York-based Jose Fernandez brings substantial gravitas and commerciality to international trade issues impacting on M&A and financing transactions with a nexus to Latin America. ‘A legend in the FCPA world’, Joseph Warin excels at handling big-ticket anti-corruption mandates including sanctions-related issues. Spearheaded by Donald Harrison, the firm also handles trade remedies work for foreign producers across a raft of anti-dumping and countervailing duty matters including its work for the largest Canadian lumber producer in the high-profile softwood lumber subsidy case.

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Leading trial lawyers

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLPRandy Mastro handles a wide range of cases, including white-collar crime. Mastro won a complete dismissal of SEC fraud charges filed against financier Lynn Tilton and is defending Evan Greebel, a former legal counsel for Retrophin, following his criminal indictment by the DOJ. In another highlight, Mastro handled the seven-week bench trial and secured a victory for Chevron in a racketeering lawsuit against attorney Steven Donziger, who was charged with a range of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations. Vale, Lavastone and Empire Merchants are also clients.

Leading trial lawyers

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Orin Snyder - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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M&A litigation: defense
M&A litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP regularly acts in high-profile cases and it is regarded as one of the leading firms in hostile takeover defense matters. Brian Lutz in San Francisco and the ‘fantastic’ Meryl Young in Orange County are the firm’s leading lights. Lutz led the defense of former directors of Diamond Resorts in litigation arising from its $2.2bn going-private transaction in which shareholder plaintiffs brought post-closing claims of breach of fiduciary duty. The Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed the claim with prejudice and the case is now on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court. Young and rising star Alexander Mircheff acted for Dole Foods in reaching a final $74m settlement in a case arising from the client’s going-private transaction. In New York, Adam Offenhartz, who represented Vista Outdoor in a dispute related to its purchase of Jimmy Styks LLC, and Robert Serio are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Brian Lutz - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Mircheff - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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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 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The product liability team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is particularly active in the automotive and energy sectors. In one recent highlight, Los Angeles-based Theodore Boutrous successfully defended Exxon Mobil in an asbestos exposure case. In other work, Washington DC-based Raymond Ludwiszewski represents World Fuel Services in mass tort claims arising from a train derailment and subsequent crude oil spill and fire in Quebec. The client roster also includes International Paper, Philip Morris and BNSF Railway. In March 2017, the former general counsel to the EPA, Avi Garbow, joined the Washington DC office as co-head of the firm’s environmental practice.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has ‘the necessary talent to handle any kind of case in the securities litigation field’. The national practice is chaired by ‘very adept lawyer’ Meryl Young in Orange County, Robert Serio in New York and Brian Lutz in San Francisco. Serio and fellow New York attorney Mark Kirsch won a complete victory for Lynn Tilton and Patriarch Partners in a three-week trial before the SEC, which centered on claims of violating the antifraud provisions of the 1940 Investment Advisers Act. Lutz settled a shareholder derivative suit for the special litigation committee of PG&E Corporation related to the San Bruno pipeline explosion of 2010. Young’s highlights included a 10b-5 action for Dole Food Co stemming from its going-private transaction. Investors seeking damages for an alleged artificial deflation of the stock price settled for $74m. Other recommended partners include Thad Davis in San Francisco, New York-based Adam Offenhartz, who regularly handles activist investor litigation and shareholder plaintiff class strike suits, and securities enforcement specialist Joseph Warin in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Mark Kirsch - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Finance

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

In 2017, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP boosted its practice with the hire of a three-partner energy-focused capital markets team into its nascent Houston office; Gerry Spedale, Hillary Holmes and Doug Rayburn all join from Baker Botts L.L.P.. In addition to its Texas arm, the team benefits from a sizeable New York presence as well as strong offices in California, Washington DC and Colorado. Andrew Fabens co-leads the group from New York and advised Chobani Global Holdings on its $530m offering of senior notes. In Los Angeles, department co-chair Peter Wardle assisted Aecom with its $1bn private offering of notes. Stewart McDowell co-chairs the practice from San Francisco and was engaged by Xilinx for its $750m notes issuance. Denver’s Robyn Zolman is a key name for energy-related transactions.

Next generation lawyers

Robyn Zolman - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The national group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is particularly active in handling equity offerings on behalf of issuers, with notable experience in the energy and technology sectors - it also has a sound manager-side practice. Among its recent work, Denver’s Robyn Zolman advised The Williams Companies on its $2.1bn public offering of common stock. In a manager-side matter, Houston partners Doug Rayburn and James Chenoweth advised Barclays Capital as underwriter on Targa Resources’ $783.7m public offering. Andrew Fabens, Stewart McDowell and Peter Wardle co-chair the department from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a solid issuer-side practice, which is well regarded for its expertise in the technology, life sciences, entertainment and energy fields - it is also well versed in representing underwriters. Among its chief attractions, the firm’s international coverage particularly impresses and it benefits from an extensive network of offices spanning key global financial centers, including Beijing, London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Sao Paolo and Singapore. New York-based Andrew Fabens co-heads the national group and advised Chobani Global Holdings on a $530m offering of senior notes. He also assisted Tenet Healthcare and THC Escrow Corporation III with a three-tranche $3.8bn private placement of notes. San Francisco-based Stewart McDowell and Los Angeles-based Peter Wardle co-head the national group alongside Fabens and Houston-based Hillary Holmes.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is best known for its borrower-led work but is also providing an increasing amount of advice to lenders. The firm also made a move into the oil and gas market through its opening of a Houston office, and the recruitment of Shalla Prichard from Baker Botts L.L.P., who does finance work for several major energy sector borrowers. This was demonstrated through her advice to Atwood Oceanics, an offshore drilling contractor, on the finance aspects of its $6.9bn merger with Ensco. Other significant highlights in the past year include representing oil and gas transporter SemGroup Corporation on the financing of its £2bn acquisition of Houston Terminal Co., as well as its $1bn purchase of the outstanding shareholding in Rose Rock Midstream. The firm also advised BWAY Corporation, a subsidiary of Stone Canyon Industries, in the $2.3bn financing of its acquisition of the Mauser Group from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Key team members include Aaron Adams, Janet Vance, and Los Angeles-based global finance co-chair Linda Curtis.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Present on the East and West coast, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s business restructuring and reorganization practice acts for both creditors and debtors. On the company side, the group advised Woodbridge Group of Companies on its Chapter 11 restructuring proceedings and New York-based duo David Feldman and Matthew Kelsey represented SH 130 Concession Company, an operator of the portion of Texas State Highway 130, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In the Los Angeles office, Robert Klyman advised the Chapter 11 debtor Sports Authority and on the contentious front, a team led by New York-based Matt Williams successfully represented bondholder BlueMountain Capital Management in claims before the Supreme Court relating to the restructuring of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s debts. On the creditor-side, the team advised an ad hoc group of noteholders, holding approximately $2bn of bonds issued by iHeart Media, on strategic matters related to the company’s pending restructuring. The group is jointly headed by Feldman and Michael Rosenthal in New York and Klyman and Jeffrey Krause in Los Angeles.

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has considerable regulatory expertise and advises its impressive roster of corporate clients, financial institutions and trade organizations on the gamut of US and European compliance issues. In the Washington DC office, Michael Bopp and of counsel Jeffrey Steiner regularly advise clients such as General Electric Corporation on CFTC and SEC rules and other derivatives-related compliance matters. The team, including of counsel Carl Kennedy, helped establish the Coalition for Derivatives End-Users and continues to advise the organization - comprising roughly 300 companies and trade associations - on regulatory and legislative initiatives affecting derivative end-users. The US Chamber of Commerce is among the department’s clients.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s government contracts group handles the whole spectrum of matters, with a strong profile for contentious work. Practice head Karen Manos is highly regarded for her expertise in cost, pricing and accounting matters, and is well known for defending contractors against government claims in cases concerning alleged non-compliance with different cost accounting standards. A recent example was successfully defending KBR against a $14.7m government cost disallowance concerning the Emergency Construction Capabilities Contract Worldwide contract awarded by the US Navy for hurricane response work. John Chesley specializes in white-collar criminal enforcement and investigation work, and frequently represents clients before the US Court of Federal Claims and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Joseph West and Los Angeles-based duo Timothy Hatch, who is noted for his experience in FCA and qui tam matters, and litigator James Zelenay are other names to note.

Leading lawyers

Karen Manos - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Industry focus

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Combining its regulatory and litigation experience, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acts for a broad client roster, including Entergy Services and Energy Transfer Partners, in FERC investigations and enforcement cases, rate proceedings and transactions. Practice head William Scherman is representing Trans Bay Cable in multiple FERC matters; most recently he filed an application before the commission for the recovery of unrecoverable extraordinary costs arising from a 2014 anchor strike by a cargo ship. In other work, Scherman assisted Southern Company with the DOJ approval for its merger with AGL. William Hollaway is representing Hudson Transmission Partners in cost allocation proceedings and merchant transmission facility issues before the FERC.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From its New York office, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles a strong mix of M&A and financings for key client Berkshire Hathaway Energy and its subsidiaries; practice co-head Peter Hanlon advised the same client on its $18.1bn merger with Energy Future Holdings. The team also handles M&A for private equity, and in one example, practice co-head Nicholas Politan is advising The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of Essential Power. In Dallas, Robert Little was active in the insolvency space.

Leading lawyers

Peter Hanlon - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP further demonstrated its oil and gas intentions with the opening of an office in Houston; key hires included new global chair Michael Darden (a ‘great lawyer’), who joined from Latham & Watkins LLP, Justin Stolte, who joined from Apache, and Tull Florey, Hillary Holmes and Shalla Prichard, who all joined from Baker Botts L.L.P.. The new team’s impressive workload takes in high-value M&A, finance and capital markets work in Latin America and the US. The other key location for the practice is Denver, where Steven Talley and Robyn Zolman advised The Williams Companies on a $11.4bn repositioning transaction and the approximately $2.2bn public offering of common stock. Private equity specialist Beau Stark heads the Denver office.

Next generation lawyers

Justin Stolte - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice is led from New York by Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan, who remained highly active on M&A and tax equity financings for key client Berkshire Hathaway Energy. The team also handles debt work and acted for Grande Prairie Wind on its proposed $425m note financing relating to the largest wind energy project in Nebraska.

Leading lawyers

Nicholas Politan - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP specializes in the prosecution and defense of high-stakes civil and criminal environmental litigation. The practice is particularly known for oil and gas litigation; complex and multi-plaintiff toxic tort matters; climate change litigation; CERCLA and cost-recovery actions; and workplace, transportation and industrial incidents. Other areas of strength include government environmental enforcement actions and insurance coverage disputes involving environmental contamination and mass torts. In a major victory, the practice obtained summary judgment for International Paper in a substantial number of tort claims which alleged that emissions from a pulp and paper mill caused or exacerbated diseases and property damage. The department heads are Washington DC-based Daniel Nelson, Peter Seley, and former EPA general counsel Avi Garbow. Also in Washington DC, Stacie Fletcher, Michael Murphy and Raymond Ludwiszewski are key names, as are New York-based Andrea Neuman and Patrick Dennis in Los Angeles. Jeffrey Dintzer left for Alston & Bird LLP.

Leading lawyers

Patrick Dennis - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Stacie Fletcher - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s litigation strength is evident in its recent work for key client Aetna; the group successfully defended it in a putative class action regarding Aetna’s decision to deny coverage for stays at residential treatment facilities and represented it in an appeal challenging an illegal kickback scheme by a Pennsylvania surgery center. Cigna is also a client; the team defended it in litigation relating to ERISA and state law fraud claims. New York-based Adam Offenhartz heads the department, which also includes the highly regarded Richard Doren, class action specialist Geoffrey Sigler in Washington DC, privacy and consumer protection expert Timothy Loose and Heather Richardson, who has handled reimbursement policy mandates, coverage determinations and provider contracts. Unless otherwise specified, mentioned attorneys are based in Los Angeles.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s department has experience acting on high-profile corporate and litigation matters. In San Francisco, department co-head Ryan Murr advised Rocket Pharma on its $270m merger with Inotek Pharmaceuticals. In Dallas, co-head Tracey Davies has been representing Sanofi in a number of Hatch-Waxman lawsuits arising from the company’s insulin diabetes products. In Los Angeles, Wayne Barsky has been representing Merck, Pfizer and EMD Serono in a patent infringement action brought by Biogen regarding the Rebif drug. The department, which is also led by New York-based co-head Daniel Thomasch, includes Jane Love and Robert Trenchard in New York and FDA regulatory expert Stephen Payne in Washington DC.

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Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP represents liability and health insurers in large-scale disputes. In recent highlights,Richard Doren in Los Angeles and Geoffrey Sigler in Washington DC obtained an appellate victory on behalf of Aetna Life Insurance Company in a putative class action where plaintiffs challenged Aetna’s decision to deny coverage under their health plans for stays at residential treatment facilities. Doren also led representation for Travelers Casualty and Surety Company in the reversal of a $36m award against claims that asbestos exclusion applied only to raw asbestos fibers, and not the products containing asbestos manufactured by GRC. MetLife is also a key client. Miguel Estrada and Eugene Scalia in Washington DC, department head Adam Offenhartz in New York and Los Angeles’ Heather Richardson are noted.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s team, which handles contentious, transactional and advisory sports matters, is jointly headed by Andrew Tulumello, Maurice Suh and Richard Birns. The firm has a longstanding relationship with the National Football League (NFL) and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) which continued with Tulumello representing the NFLPA regarding Ezekiel Elliott’s preliminary injunction to halt a six-game suspension based on alleged domestic violence. Birns and Suh assisted the Toyota Group with entering into sponsorship arrangements for the International and US Olympic and Paralympic Committees for the 2016 - 2024 sponsorship period. Birns also advised Bruin Sports Capital on a partnership and licensing arrangement with the NFL to host and deliver content to subscribers located in Europe. Theodore Olson and Matthew McGill, who are based in Washington DC, represented the State of New Jersey and its Governor, Chris Christie, in a constitutional challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, prohibiting states from legalizing sports gambling.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Tulumello - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Transport: rail and road - litigation
Transport: rail and road - litigation - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a formidable all-round land transport litigation team, which is characterized by its work in business-critical disputes for well-known corporates and industry associations in the automotive industry, and its representation of major railroad groups in litigation affecting the entire industry. In the Washington DC office, Thomas Dupree Jr acted for the Association of American Railroads in relation to a challenge of an allegedly discriminatory tax imposed by the State of Tennessee on railroads’ purchase of diesel fuel. In the auto sector, Dupree defended Daimler and Mercedes-Benz USA in a putative class action suit regarding an alleged misrepresentation of diesel emissions. Based in Los Angeles, Theodore Boutrous has acted for Uber Technologies in a series employment-related disputes, recently securing the enforcement of Uber’s arbitration agreements by the US Eleventh Circuit to defeat a pending class action. In the rail space, Boutrous represented BNSF Railway before the California Supreme Court concerning the limits of "take-home" liability in asbestos cases.

Leading lawyers

Thomas Dupree Jr - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Transport: rail and road - regulation
Transport: rail and road - regulation - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Acting for many of the most prominent railroads automotive companies and industry associations, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is regularly involved in regulatory litigation and administrative procedures with industry-wide effects. Thomas Dupree Jr often acts at federal appellate court level and before regulatory agencies such as the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Recently, Dupree successfully represented Association of American Railroads in a constitutional challenge regarding Amtrak’s rulemaking authority over private railroad companies. The litigation team is also defending Mitsubishi and American Mitsubishi in large antitrust litigation, involving dozens of lawsuits arising from a DOJ investigation of the auto part industry. In addition to the group’s active contentious offering, Raymond Ludwiszewski provides ongoing advice to Association of Global Automakers concerning federal and state emissions regulation.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Wayne Barsky in Century City, Mark Reiter in Dallas and Josh Krevitt, who splits his time between New York and Palo Alto, lead a practice that handles a prolific caseload across a broad variety of industry sectors. Medical device player Medtronic engaged the team for the defense against a software patent infringement suit filed by Medgraph involving trials at district court and Federal Circuit level. Other highlights include defending T-Mobile against a multi-patent suit brought by Huawei regarding patents in wireless network technology and defending Novartis against suits filed by generic producers in the multiple sclerosis treatment sector. FitBit, Apple and Sanofi-Aventis are also clients. Jane Love and Benjamin Hershkowitz in New York and Brian Buroker in Washington DC are key players. Brian Rosenthal joined the New York office from Mayer Brown. Timothy Best and Kate Dominguez, in Los Angeles and New York respectively, made partner.

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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 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP continues to handle formation work for sponsors across asset classes, including the secondaries market. In New York Shukie Grossman advised Meridiam Infrastructure on forming Meridiam Infrastructure North America Fund III, which raised $1.2bn. Edward Nelson advised Neuberger Bergman on forming two secondaries funds totaling $3.5bn, and continues to advise I Squared Capital on forming ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund II, which has a $5bn target and a $6.5bn hard cap. Edward Sopher’s work included advising GoldPoint Partners on forming a $1.3bn mezzanine debt fund. As far as buyout funds are concerned, William Thomas, who is based in Washington DC, advised The Halifax Group on forming a $635m fund. Jennifer Bellah Maguire in the Los Angeles office advised Leonard Green & Partners on selling a minority interest to Blackstone, and Nelson advised Northlane Capital Partners on spinning out from American Capital. Maguire, Grossman and Sopher share leadership of the team.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has recently led a number of challenges to regulatory reforms, such as Eugene Scalia representing an industry coalition including the US Chamber of Commerce and SIFMA in an appeal against the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule for brokers of IRAs and 401(k) plans. A team led by Geoffrey Sigler and Los Angeles-based Richard Doren successfully dismissed a class action filed against Aetna pertaining to its decision to deny health plan coverage for stays at residential treatment facilities, while Jason Schwartz led the advice to Ford with regard to a series of claims challenging aspects of its lump sum retirement benefits program. Richard Doren - based in Los Angeles - secured a victory for Cigna, which had been accused of duping plaintiffs into believing they would be reimbursed for medical treatments provided to union members, and Miguel Estrada won an appeal for Aetna in a dispute regarding the calculation of offsets for other income that plan participants receive. Heather Richardson is another key name in Los Angeles, and of counsel Paul Blankenstein sits in Washington DC alongside Scalia, Sigler, Schwartz and Estrada.

Next generation lawyers

Heather Richardson - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Among Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s recent highlights, Stephen Fackler (who splits his time between New York and Palo Alto) advised AECOM on the drafting and administration of executive and employee compensation programs and related SEC disclosure obligations. Also notable is Sean Feller, who sits in Century City and assists MGM Resorts and Korn Ferry with the full spectrum of employee benefits matters. Clients such as Parsons and Gilead Sciences also appointed the group to oversee their employee stock ownership plan and qualified and non-qualified benefits plans. Other notable clients include Amazon, Aurora Capital and Cast & Crew Entertainment.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides a deal-driven, full-service offering which recently advised Ford on its $1bn investment in a joint venture aimed at developing self-driving vehicles. The main name to note in Palo Alto is Stephen Fackler, who has experience acting for senior executives and management teams as well as companies; he co-heads the practice with Washington DC’s Michael Collins, who represented Berkshire Hathaway Energy in its acquisition of Energy Future Holdings and its 80% interest in Oncor Electric. Sean Feller continues to act for Amazon in the executive compensation and employee benefits issues arising from its corporate transactions, and is currently assisting Market Track with its sale to Vista Equity Partners.

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The ‘outstandingGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLPgets good results in difficult matters’; it is particularly standout in employment class actions and recently has been active in cases challenging independent contractor status. Michele Maryott in Orange County and Theane Evangelis in Los Angeles represented Grubhub in a wage-and-hour case alleging that independent delivery partners in California were misclassified as independent contractors. Washington DC-based department co-head Jason Schwartz and Theodore Boutrous in Los Angeles represented Credico in in a minimum wage and overtime class and collective action brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), New York Labor Law, and Arizona Labor Law. Boutrous, Evangelis and Washington DC-based Joshua Lipshutz obtained two significant appellate wins for Uber: one in a class action alleging driver misclassification, and the other in a class action regarding the enforceability of its arbitration agreements with drivers. Department co-head Catherine Conway and Jesse Cripps in Los Angeles represented Chevron USA, alongside Maryott and Boutrous, in a nationwide FLSA collective action brought by former well-site managers alleging that Chevron misclassified them as independent contractors. Eugene Scalia in Washington DC obtained a significant victory for Ford Motor Company in a case under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Dallas-based Karl Nelson, Gabrielle Levin in New York, and Katherine Smith in Los Angeles, are also key contacts.

Leading lawyers

Catherine Conway - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Eugene Scalia - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jason Schwartz - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gabrielle Levin - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Joshua Lipshutz - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Katherine Smith - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts
Commercial deals and contracts - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The strategic sourcing and commercial transactions team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has experience acting for clients across a wide range of sectors, including media and entertainment, technology and retail. Los Angeles-based co-head William Peters has been assisting Marriott International with a number of transactions, including outsourcing agreements. In New York, co-head Stephen Nordahl was engaged by Helly Hansen on a merchandise sales agreement with Waypoint Outdoor. In Palo Alto, Shaalu Mehra led advice to Ford on the client’s high-profile $1bn investment in and collaboration with Argo AI. The team is also led by Daniel Mummery in Palo Alto. Other clients include 21st Century Fox, CBS Corporation and Universal Pictures.

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

In 2017, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP launched a new Houston office, providing the firm with even greater credibility in energy M&A. As part of the development of the office, the firm hired energy M&A specialist Tull Florey from Baker Botts L.L.P.. The firm has an especially strong record in domestic M&A and is a growing force in cross-border deals, including those involving Europe, Asia and Latin America. It is also widely recognized for its expertise in corporate governance, proxy contests, takeover defense and activist defense. In 2017, the team advised CalAtlantic Group on its $9.3bn merger with Lennar Group. It also represented Lazard Frères & Co as financial adviser to Johnson & Johnson in its $30bn acquisition of Actelion, the Swiss rare drug maker. In the energy sector, it advised energy infrastructure client The Williams Companies on a $11.4bn financial repositioning transaction with Williams Partners to improve Williams Partners’ cost of capital and to simplify its capital structure. Washington DC’s Stephen Glover is an ‘all-round great practitioner’ who inspires confidence in peers and clients. New York partner Barbara Becker is a ‘great lawyer’, known for her expertise in large-cap M&A, hostile takeovers and activist defense work. Dallas-based Jeffrey Chapman is another prominent figure, along with Palo Alto partner Joseph Barbeau, New York’s Dennis Friedman and Jonathan Layne in Los Angeles.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s extensive geographic coverage ensures it is plugged into multiple private equity centers and investment destinations, including California, New York, Washington DC and Dallas. The team benefits from the firm’s impressive regulatory credentials, including in Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) matters. Clients include CVC Capital Partners, AlixPartners, CPPIB, Oak Hill Capital Partners, Platinum Equity, Trilantic Capital Partners, as well as Littlejohn & Co, which the firm recently advised on its $475m sale of Newgistics to Pitney Bowes and on its acquisition of Tidel. Key members of the team include Sean Griffiths and Steven Shoemate in New York, Dallas partner Jeffrey Chapman and Ari Lanin in Los Angeles.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a fine standing in both northern and southern California, with sector focused lawyers in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County. The firm has experienced notable growth in Los Angeles, particularly from the ‘Silicon Beach’ start-up and emerging company community. The firm has some 19 partners and 28 associates that operate in the venture capital and growth company space. Social and mobile gaming, ad tech, semiconductors and life sciences are key sectors for the practice. It advised TeleSign, a communications platform as a service company, on its $230m sale to Belgacom International Carrier Services. It also advised Otic Pharma on its $60m acquisition of a 60% stake in Tokai Pharmaceuticals, with Tokai subsequently changing its name to Novus Therapeutics. Los Angeles partner Bradford Weirick and Silicon Valley’s Gregory Davidson head the practice, which also includes life sciences specialist Ryan Murr in San Francisco.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Alexander Southwell heads Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s department from New York and is recognized for his investigation, enforcement and litigation expertise; he acted for Facebook in a challenge to a government search and seizure effort, advised MySpace on a data breach involving the theft of 360 million user records, and is representing a behavioral advertising firm in alleged violations of COPPA. Other key names include Kristin Linsley in San Francisco, who is a noted expert in COPPA litigation and advised Expedia on regulatory issues surrounding short-term rental websites and home sharing; Michael Li-Ming Wong, who splits his time between San Francisco and Palo Alto and represented Uber Technologies in litigation arising from a data breach; and Eric Vandevelde in Los Angeles, who is a cybersecurity expert. Richard Cunningham in Colorado made partner in 2018.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Scott Edelman and New York-based Orin Snyder are the key names for litigation, while Ruth Fisher leads the transactional team. On the transactional side, the practice handles M&A, film financings and joint ventures; Fisher led advice to Sony Pictures Television Networks in its $150m acquisition of Japanese anime distributor Funimation Productions, Benyamin Ross and Kevin Masuda (who joined the firm from Munger, Tolles & Olson in 2017) were involved in Azoff MSG Entertainment’s merger of its talent management business with The Ohana Group and The Creed Company, and the team acted for YuppTV regarding an investment from Emerald Media. Highlights for the litigation team included acting for Machine Zone in a fraud and breach of contract dispute, Snyder defending AMC Networks in two profit participation cases relating to The Walking Dead, and advising Lady Gaga on her involvement in the defamation dispute brought by Dr Luke against Kesha. Other key practitioners include Theodore Boutrous Jr, who is voluntarily acting for media outlets and individuals who are being sued by President Trump after bringing allegations of sexual assault; sports expert Richard Birns in New York, and Ari Lanin, who handles private equity transactions. Attorneys mentioned, unless otherwise specified, are based in Los Angeles.

Leading lawyers

Ruth Fisher - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Scott Edelman - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Benyamin Ross - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has ‘one of the most dominant outsourcing practices in the US and services a blue-chip corporate client base’. Palo Alto-based Daniel Mummery, William Peters in Los Angeles and Stephen Nordahl in New York all have more than 20 years’ experience in the market and are co-heads of the firm’s strategic sourcing and commercial transactions practice. The firm focuses on domestic and international IT and BPO arrangements, including offshoring, shared services, contract restructurings and strategic alliances ranging in size from $5m to $35bn. Mummery and New York-based rising star Daniel Angel acted for insurance company MetLife in a BPO transaction with DXC Technology in the largest deal of its kind in the US insurance sector. A highlight for Peters was the outsourcing of digital and content management services for Southern California Edison Company. Nordahl’s work included advising Johnson & Johnson on a global finance and accounting transaction with Accenture in more than 65 countries.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Mummery - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Stephen Nordahl - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

William Peters - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Angel - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP advises on all aspects of the structuring, negotiating and documenting of complex transactions involving the commercialization of technology and IP. The team advised Ford Motor Company on its formation of, investment in and collaboration with artificial intelligence (AI) company Argo AI, which develops self-driving vehicles; it also assisted Reviver Auto, which focuses on connected cars, with general corporate matters and financing. The key advisers are Shaalu Mehra and David Kennedy in Palo Alto, and New York-based Daniel Angel. Mehra advises Fortune 50 technology companies and venture-backed start-ups on the negotiation and structuring of transactions in cloud computing, technology services, IP acquisition and licensing, and data rights; Kennedy is experienced in collaboration and license agreements involving life sciences companies and in original equipment manufacturer, distribution, cloud computing, escrow and end-user license agreements involving computer software; and Angel has advised financial services, private equity, life sciences, insurance, energy and telecoms clients. Carrie LeRoy joined in Silicon Valley from White & Case LLP.

Leading lawyers

Shaalu Mehra - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Angel - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is highly experienced in the full range of land use matters, including entitlements and permits, ground leases, development agreements and waterfront development and historic preservation. A particular area of expertise is sporting facilities; Amy Forbes advises The Kroenke Group on the development of a sports and entertainment complex in the City of Inglewood, while Mary Murphy continues to assist the Golden State Warriors with the development of their new basketball arena. Another highlight is the advice provided to the entities responsible for the development of Heritage Fields in Irvine, CA; Forbes and Douglas Champion are handling the approval process for 5000 housing units, a 688-acre park, a freeway interchange, and a 125-acre veteran’s cemetery. Other notable clients are Delta Airlines, Tesoro, J.P. Morgan and Fortress Investment Group.

Leading lawyers

Amy Forbes - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Mary Murphy - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Douglas Champion - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Tax

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s tax practice provides expertise in the energy, healthcare, real estate and financial sector, with key areas including private equity and transactional taxation, joint ventures, investment tax, fund formation, as well as capital markets tax matters. Paul Issler in Los Angeles advised Hawaiian Telcom Holdco on its $650m cash-and-stock merger with Cincinnati Bell, while David Rosenauer in New York assisted CVC Capital Partners with the disposal of its $2.5bn interest in Alix Partners to a consortium of new investors. Romina Weiss served as tax counsel during client MidAmerican Energy Company’s $850m two-tranche registered first mortgage bond offering, and Dallas-based David Sinak acted as tax counsel to Merit Energy Company regarding the closure of one of its oil and gas private equity funds. James Chenoweth joined the newly opened Houston office from Baker Botts L.L.P. in April 2017.

Leading lawyers

Hatef Behnia - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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