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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is ‘simply excellent’ in cartel-related matters. It has an incredible track record in cartel investigations, which is built upon the decades of experience of former DOJ prosecutors Scott Hammond and Gary Spratling and a deep bench of specialists spread across offices in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas. In 2015, the firm obtained immunity for clients in more than 25 investigations conducted by the DOJ and foreign competition authorities. UBS is a case in point: the law firm reached a settlement of overlapping regulatory and criminal investigations against the client in the US and abroad involving alleged manipulation of LIBOR and other benchmark rates, a supposed collusion in the foreign exchange markets, and allegations of misconduct in the trading of precious metals. The firm also represented clients in the automobile parts industry and producers of polyurethane foam. Trey Nicoud, Joel Sanders and Rachel Brass in San Francisco, and David Debold in Washington DC, were the lead partners in some of these matters. The Washington DC-based Hammond, who is highly regarded, co-heads the antitrust and competition practice with Daniel Swanson in Los Angeles, Peter Sullivan in New York, and Dallas-based Sean Royall.

Leading lawyers

Gary Spratling - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Scott Hammond - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP added to its solid record in appellate work in 2015. Highlights included California-based Daniel Swanson successfully defending, for Time Warner, in the California Court of Appeal, the dismissal of a putative class action by Southern California pay television subscribers over the cost of subsidizing new television rights agreements, and Texas-based Robert Walters successfully dismissing, on behalf of Estee Lauder, an appeal to have a refusal to deal case reinstated. UBS, Aetna and BNSF Railway are also clients. The sizeable team is spread across numerous offices and includes Peter Sullivan in New York, international antitrust expert Gary Spratling in San Francisco, and Dallas-based Sean Royall, who jointly heads the practice with Swanson and Sullivan.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Swanson - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

A beacon in cartel investigations, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP also represents companies under merger review, with a considerable number of clients seeking out the firm specifically for its expertise in this area. The group, which has a presence in Washington DC, Texas and California, represents companies in the hi-tech, energy, healthcare and telecoms sectors. Recently, it assisted AT&T secure clearance for its acquisition of DirecTV. Antitrust co-chair Sean Royall in Dallas and Adam Di Vincenzo in Washington DC are noted.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s appellate practice is at ‘the top of the game’ and is commended for its work at the Supreme Court as well as in state and federal appeals courts. The highly reputable, former US Solicitor General Theodore Olson represented the plaintiffs in the Bank Markazi case heard at the Supreme Court, which questioned the constitutionality of turning over assets worth $1.75bn to the families of the victims of the 1983 Beirut marine barracks bombing. The practice now houses a sports law practice and its standout work in this area includes defending Tom Brady in the Second Circuit’s ‘deflategate’ appeal brought by the NFL. Mark Perry has an excellent track record in IP cases, especially landmark patent cases; the ‘first-class’ Miguel Estrada, former assistant to the US Solicitor General, has an outstanding US Supreme Court reputation. The ‘stellar’ Theodore Boutrous is based in Los Angeles, while practice head Caitlin Halligan - who joined the practice in 2014 after serving as general counsel to the New York County District Attorney’s Office - is New York-based. Since publication, Thomas Hungar was appointed the new general counsel of the US House of Representatives.

Leading lawyers

Theodore Boutrous - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Theodore Olson - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Financial services: litigation
Financial services: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Able to call upon a significant pool of expertise out of the firm’s east and west coast offices, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP continues its upward trajectory in the market and is active for a range of financial institutions in civil and criminal regulatory investigations, as well as private litigation. Aric Wu has been involved in numerous structured finance-related disputes and acted alongside Robert Serio as national coordinating counsel for UBS in all its RMBS litigation. Wu also successfully defended RBS against allegations of fraud and negligent misrepresentation relating to the sale of RMBS. Mark Kirsch and Christopher Joralemon successfully defended TCW, as collateral manager, in matters relating to CDOs underwritten by Deutsche Bank. The firm has ‘really made a play in relation to the antitrust issues affecting the industry’, and Lawrence Zweifach continues to represent UBS in market manipulation related litigation brought against it by investors for alleged damage caused by the fixing of various benchmarks including Forex and LIBOR.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Randy Mastro chairs Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s sizeable commercial litigation practice, which was further bolstered by numerous lateral hires and partner promotions in 2015. It is regularly engaged in cases with over $1bn in dispute; Washington DC-based Matthew McGill and Theodore Olson’s representation of BlueMountain Capital Management in litigation pertaining to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s debt restructuring is one recent example; after prevailing in the District of Puerto Rico, the decision was affirmed by the First Circuit. Orin Snyder and Josh Krevitt are representing Square co-founders Jack Dorsey (also co-founder of Twitter) and Jim McKelvey in a claim concerning an alleged breach of an oral joint venture agreement. Recent highlights for the buoyant class action practice include representing Uber in putative class actions brought by drivers in Massachusetts and California, and BNSF Railway in a price-fixing class action brought against four major rail companies. All partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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 LLP’s transnational litigation group is well placed to defend foreign clients in the US courts and US clients in jurisdictions around the world. The team is made up of lawyers who, with regard to clients’ real and potential legal predicaments, ‘think about problems from a global perspective and consider the global options and implications’. In 2014, in what some have called the ‘case of the century’, Randy Mastro, a former mob prosecutor and current co-chair of the litigation group, led the firm’s successful representation of Chevron in a racketeering case that ultimately exposed criminal activity in the Ecuadorian courts as well as a major US law firm. Mastro worked with colleagues across the nation on the high-profile dispute, including members of the firm’s Washington DC, Denver and Los Angeles offices. In another highlight, Patrick Dennis and Perlette Jura defended Philip Morris and Altria Group against a transnational toxic tort suit brought by Argentine tobacco farmers who claimed that exposure to herbicides caused birth defects. The group represents corporations and financial institutions such as NML Capital, Daimler AG, World Fuel Services, Petrobras and Rosneft.

Leading lawyers

Perlette Jura - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s four-partner team has a ‘prominent position in the market’ across the spectrum of international trade matters, where it is also aided on EU-related issues by offices in Brussels and London. The arrival in August 2015 of Adam Smith enhances the firm’s capability, particularly as they relate to economic sanctions matters, as a result of his prior tenure at the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Practice co-chair Judith Alison Lee is well regarded for economic sanctions matters and export controls; she is advising Carnival and its affiliate Princess Cruise Lines on both OFAC and EU economic sanctions issues relating to its cruise line operations in various parts of the world. Donald Harrison is advising Whirlpool Corporation on a range of customs issues involving its imports, particularly those subject to trade actions. Former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez has significant credibility in the market and primarily focuses on CFIUS-related matters; notably, he recently secured CFIUS approval for Dresser-Rand Group, in connection with its $7.6bn proposed acquisition by Siemens’. Senior of counsel Ronald Kirk co-chairs the practice from Dallas and has strong experience in trade policy.

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Leading trial lawyers

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP: The ‘excellentRandy Mastro handles all types of commercial litigation. In 2015, he represented AIG affiliate Lavastone Capital as the plaintiff in a RICO claim in which Lavastone allege that Coventry Capital engaged in artificial price inflations; the case ended in a settlement in February 2016. Mastro was also instructed by numerous petitioners to argue against the City of New York’s ban on certain polystyrene foam food containers; he successfully argued the case and the ban is now to be lifted.

Leading trial lawyers

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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M&A: litigation: defense
M&A: litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is ‘as good as any M&A defense firm’, according to clients, and is active in stockholder and appraisal matters. In San Francisco, key partner Thad Davis represented Riverbed Technologies at trial in a case concerning its acquisition of Zeus Technology, and ‘superlative lawyer’ and rising star Brian Lutz prevented the $1.75bn hostile takeover bid for Depomed by Horizon Pharma. Meryl Young in Orange County is acting for DFC Global in appraisal actions in the Delaware Court of Chancery arising from its acquisition by Lone Star Funds. Jonathan Dickey in Palo Alto and Robert Serio and Adam Offenhartz in New York are prominent practitioners.

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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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s team has considerable experience in defending high-stakes product liability and mass tort litigation before federal and state courts, including the US Supreme Court. San Francisco-based Peter Modlin defended shipping company Matson against a number of criminal, civil enforcement and natural resource damage claims arising from an incident in 2013 where a significant amount of molasses escaped into Honolulu Harbor; in 2015, the team successfully resolved all criminal, civil and administrative claims brought by the state of Hawaii before any lawsuits were filed. Led by Thomas Dupree, the firm is representing CSX Transportation in a personal injury lawsuit arising from a train derailment, chemical spill and subsequent fire that occurred outside of Louisville, Kentucky in 2012. Other clients include Intel, BP and General Electric. Stacie Fletcher was promoted to partner. All partners listed are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is ‘getting stronger and making its presence felt’, according to clients. The team, which spans the country, is headed jointly by Thad Davis in San Francisco, Meryl Young in Orange County, Jonathan Dickey in Palo Alto and Robert Serio in New York, and the firm earns praise for ‘a strong trial practice with a national scope and great breadth that is backed by one of the country’s leading appellate groups’. Dickey and San Francisco-based Brian Lutz secured the dismissal of a shareholder derivative action brought against JPMorgan directors arising from the bank’s $6bn ‘London Whale’ trading losses. The firm has recently notched up significant victories in securities litigation for Herbalife, Hewlett-Packard and UBS. Paul Collins in Palo Alto showed the firm’s prowess in the technology sector with the dismissal of a class action against Microsoft concerning a $900m charge the company took in relation to its Surface tablets. Mark Kirsch in New York argued for UBS and four senior executives to secure the dismissal of a putative class action relating to false or misleading claims in the aftermath of $2bn in unauthorized trades. Securities enforcement specialist Joseph Warin in Washington DC is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Jonathan Dickey - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The ‘broad and experienced team’ at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP was further strengthened by the arrivals of Mylan Denerstein from the New York State Governor’s office in November 2015, and Richard Grime, who joined the firm’s Washington DC office in January 2015 after leaving O’Melveny & Myers LLP. The practice is led by Joseph Warin in Washington DC, Charles Stevens in San Francisco and Debra Wong Yang in Los Angeles. The firm advised UBS on investigations in the US and elsewhere into LIBOR manipulation, ultimately securing immunity for the client from antitrust charges and fines. FCPA work included representing infant formula manufacturer Mead Johnson and acting for Bristol-Myers Squibb. In both cases, the firm secured declinations from the DOJ. The firm continued to advise the Office of the Governor of New Jersey on its internal investigations into allegations concerning the George Washington Bridge toll lane realignment at Fort Lee. Mark Shelton left the firm in January 2015 to join Barclays Investment Bank.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Warin - 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 managers - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has relationships with some of the largest corporations and financial institutions in US, including Mondelēz, Capital One, General Electric and Intel. These relationships supply a steady source of financing work for the practice; in an example from 2015, a team led by San Francisco-based Stewart McDowell closed a $7bn notes offering for Intel, the proceeds of which helped fund Intel’s acquisition of Altera. Also in 2015, a team led by New York-based Andrew Fabens advised Mondelēz on a euro-denominated notes offering and its first-ever offerings of sterling-denominated and Swiss franc-denominated notes. On the underwriter side, Douglas Smith acted for Wells Fargo Securities in relation to a series of issuances totaling $17.55bn. McDowell and Fabens chair the practice alongside Los Angeles-based Peter Wardle. Robyn Zolman in Denver is another name to note.

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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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP continues to be highly active in the technology space, while also maintaining a strong client base in the financial, healthcare and retail sectors. Andrew Fabens acted for Capital One Financial Corporation in a number of debt and equity transactions totaling $7.5bn, including two $500m perpetual preferred stock offerings, and the group also advised The Rubicon Project on its $100m IPO. Stewart McDowell led the latter transaction out of California, from where Peter Wardle also advised Continental Building Product on several secondary common stock offerings totaling $331m. Robyn Zolman is the key contact in the Denver office, acting for Atmos Energy and The Williams Companies among others. Additional key clients of the firm include Intel, T-Mobile and General Electric.

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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’s capital markets practice is led by Andrew Fabens, Stewart McDowell and Peter Wardle, who are based in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively. In the high-yield space, recent highlights include New York-based Barbara Becker advising Tenet Healthcare on a $2.8bn Rule 144A offering and concurrent Canadian private offering of floating rate notes, the proceeds of which were used, in part, to fund its acquisition of European Surgical Partners. Century City-based Cromwell Montgomery handled Shea Home Limited Partnership’s $750m Rule 144A offering while Denver-based Steven Talley assisted Zayo Group with a series of high-yield offerings totaling $1.78bn.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The largely borrower-focused team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP advised on several multibillion-dollar acquisition financing deals in 2015, including St. Jude Medical’s purchase of Thoratec Corporation, where Aaron Adams took the lead advising on a $3.7bn senior unsecured bridge facility commitment and a $2.6bn senior unsecured term loan facility. Joerg Esdorn receives a flow of work from Lone Star that spans the volume spectrum; recent matters include advising on a bridge facility in excess of $6.1bn for the $7.6bn acquisition of Home Properties. In late 2014, Los Angeles-based Linda Curtis handled the financing of AECOM’s $6bn acquisition of URS. Other notable highlights included the firm’s assistance to Hewlett-Packard regarding a $5bn delayed draw term loan facility, which part financed its acquisition of Aruba Networks and its subsequent separation into two public companies; Darius Mehraban led the advice. Individuals are based in the firm’s New York office unless otherwise stated.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s 12-partner group is equally strong on each coast, with the New York office housing practice co-heads David Feldman and Michael Rosenthal as well as Matthew Williams, and fellow co-heads Jeffrey Krause and Robert Klyman as well as Oscar Garza among those in Los Angeles. Playing to its natural strengths in litigation, the firm secured two notable victories for client Wilmington Trust Company in putative class actions subsequent to the 2009 bankruptcy of General Motors. Confirming the primacy of federal over state bankruptcy laws at the First Circuit; the firm was also successful on behalf of BlueMountain Capital in its claims against Puerto Rican electricity utility PREPA (Williams was the lead restructuring lawyer in both cases). Exhibiting superb mid-market, debtor-side credentials, it recently represented Natrol and Standard Register in their respective $132m and $583m filings; and demonstrating its strength in larger-cap work, it represented the majority shareholders of Overseas Shipping Group in relation to the company’s $3bn Chapter 11. Since publication, Janet Weiss moved to Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Washington DC-based team focuses on government contracts litigation, but also handles contract compliance work and government contractor transactions. Practice head Karen Manos stands out for her costs, pricing and accounting expertise, and is regularly retained by some of the largest government contractors. A recent example was defending Raytheon against a government appeal of the trial court’s decision regarding the failure to pay over $80m of the deficits relating to the pension plans of several businesses that Raytheon had divested in. Other Cost Accounting Standards cases were handled for aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky. Additionally, the team scored numerous victories in FCA cases in the defense, education and transportation sectors. A favorable settlement was reached for HP in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlement with the DOJ and SEC, which concluded that criminal allegations existed only against foreign subsidiaries and not against the parent company. Other recommended partners include Joseph West, John Chesley and Timothy Hatch.

Leading lawyers

Karen Manos - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Industry focus

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan head the energy and infrastructure practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, which advised Energisa as investor on the Chapter 15-approved reorganisation of Rede Energia S.A.’s 11.75% perpetual notes, the subsequent assignment of beneficial interests in the notes from the existing noteholders to Energisa as sole beneficial holder, and the cancellation and reissuance of the notes into two payment-in-kind securities. Hanlon and Alan Bannister assisted MidAmerican Energy Company on its sale of mortgage bonds worth $850m in total. Hanlon also acted for BHE Transmission on its $3.1bn acquisition of AltaLink from SNC-Lavalin.

Leading lawyers

Nicholas Politan - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLPSteven Talley advised Williams Companies on its $13.8bn acquisition of Williams Partners’ outstanding public equity, and assisted it with Williams Partners’ $50bn merger with Access Midstream Partners. In another highlight Beau Stark acted for Dresser-Rand on its $7.6bn acquisition by Siemens. Other clients include Atmos Energy Corporation and Susser. In early 2017, the firm acquired leading lawyer Michael Darden from Latham & Watkins LLP to kickstart its new Houston office.

Leading lawyers

Michael Darden - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The environmental litigation and mass tort practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a strong presence on both coasts, and is co-led by Patrick Dennis in Los Angeles and Peter Seley and Daniel Nelson in Washington DC. It is best known for its experience in complex and multi-plaintiff toxic tort matters, civil and criminal environmental enforcement actions, and climate change and clean air litigation. The team continues to act as lead counsel to International Paper in two mass actions filed by private plaintiffs arising from the Harris County lawsuit over alleged toxic waste disposal in the San Jacinto River, which was resolved by jury verdict in favor of the client in 2014. In other matters, Seley continues to represent Chevron in the RICO suit against attorney Steven Donziger and his co-conspirators for obtaining a $19bn environmental remediation judgment against the client in Ecuador through allegedly corrupt means; the firm is currently handling the appeal, which is pending in Second Circuit. Dennis successfully defended Intel against claims regarding birth defects in the offspring of workers in semiconductor manufacturing, obtaining the dismissal of claims in Arizona and Delaware. WestRock, Dole Food and Freeport McMoRan Oil and Gas are other notable clients.

Leading lawyers

Patrick Dennis - 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 preeminence in contentious matters is well established, and in the healthcare insurance sphere it has been defending clients against a series of class actions, typically involving reimbursements and mental health parity claims. Historically, much of the practice has centered on the key market of California, but the firm has expanded its footprint into other areas, including Washington DC and Texas. Aetna and Cigna are notable clients. Richard Doren in Los Angeles and Geoffrey Sigler in Washington DC are the standout partners. The firm successfully defended Aetna against a series of cases valued at approximately $2bn.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP distinguishes itself through its handling of big-ticket transactions and complex, bet-the-company IP litigation, but it also fields a robust regulatory team that includes Stephen Payne in Washington DC and Kevin Rosen in Los Angeles. San Francisco-based Ryan Murr’s recent works includes defending Depomed against $2bn hostile takeover attempt by Horizon Pharma, and advising Avanir on its $3.5bn sale to Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Also in Los Angeles, IP partner Wayne Barsky successfully represented Medtronic in a long-running patent infringement case against Medgraph, and is defending Blue Belt Technologies in patent infringement and business tort litigation which includes asserting infringement counterclaims. The practice is also active in product liability defense and is advising Pfizer in a high-value case.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice centers on a particular strength in the healthcare sector, where it advises health insurers such as Aetna, America’s Health Insurance Plans and CIGNA on matters such as asbestos, environmental issues and medical devices. Richard Doren in Los Angeles recently represented Aetna in an antitrust suit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and is also acting for Aetna in litigation relating to failure to pay for emergency services. Washington DC-based Geoffrey Sigler and New York-based practice head Adam Offenhartz are also recommended; Sigler recently assisted Aetna in dismissing two putative class actions relating to its coverage for residential treatment centers. Los Angeles-based Matthew Hoffman is recommended for his expertise in civil trials.

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United States: Intellectual property

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s client roster includes major names within the media, technology, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and the firm has a strong trial record in various forums across the country. Josh Krevitt and Daniel Thomasch won a complete defense jury verdict for T-Mobile in a $100m patent case brought by Prism Technologies, obtaining a non-infringement ruling on both asserted patents. The firm is currently representing Fitbit, a major provider of fitness trackers, in litigation with competitor Jawbone in seven cases pending in district courts and at the ITC. Electronic Arts and Zynga are also key clients; Los Angeles-based Wayne Barsky secured the affirmation of a district court’s dismissal of an infringement suit against both entities at the Federal Circuit, ending a string of suits brought against the clients. Mark Reiter is the key contact in Dallas, acting for clients including Microsoft, Frito-Lay and IBM.

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Trade secrets
Trade secrets - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jason Schwartz and Martin Hewett in Washington DC and Alexander Southwell in New York are the key figures at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Schwartz is representing AlixPartners in a trade secret misappropriation case against leading management consulting firm McKinsey. The group also defended Fitbit, a leading provider of health and fitness trackers, against rival device maker Jawbone, which filed trade secrets claims in state court as well as patent claims in district court and at the ITC. The impressive client list also includes UBS Securities and Nippon Steel.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a strong track record in forming traditional funds and raising capital across multiple investment strategies, including buyout, growth capital, credit and real estate. Its expertise covers every aspect of the asset manager’s business, such as the formation of new managers, carry plans, corporate governance, succession planning and regulatory issues. In 2015, Edward Nelson acted as lead adviser to I Squared Capital Advisors (US) LLC on the formation of its $3bn debut infrastructure fund. The firm also handles more bespoke and complex structures, such as funds-of-one and vehicles involving co-investment arrangements and separately managed accounts. Other pillars of the practice include handling transactional matters involving funds and managers (such as spin-offs of management teams, acquisitions and dispositions of interests in fund sponsors) and institutional investor representations. Shukie Grossman, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in 2015, co-chairs the practice with Jennifer Bellah Maguire and Edward Sopher. Regulatory counsel Gregory Merz is a recent hire from Proskauer Rose LLP.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP regularly defends, among other claims, regulatory actions brought against pension funds and stock drops. Jason Schwartz and co-head of the firm’s labor and employment practice Eugene Scalia are representing Ford before the Sixth Circuit in Donati v Ford Motor Company, a dispute with the estate of a retiree, who sought to receive a larger sum that she was entitled to, based on a mistaken communication from the plan. William Kilberg is acting for the board of Kodak, as well as several of its senior executives, in a $34m stock drop case, while Geoffrey Sigler and Los Angeles’ Richard Doren successfully represented Microsoft in a class action dispute regarding compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Other than Doren, all named lawyers are located in Washington DC.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles a range of compensation and benefits matters. In Washington DC, William Kilberg and Michael Collins act for the NFL Players Association in collective bargaining with the National Football League over benefits matters. On the transactional front, Collins advised Towers Watson on its purchase by Willis Group. In Palo Alto, Stephen Fackler assists a number of technology companies with structuring their stock compensation and executive plans; his clients include AOL, which he advised on a ‘phantom stock’ plan. Also on the West Coast, matters relating to SEC disclosure rules and executive compensation are handled by Sean Feller of the Los Angeles office; his clients include MGM Resorts International.

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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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP leads in high-stakes cases across the complete range of employment matters, including non-compete agreements and trade secrets, employment discrimination class actions, ERISA, and employee benefits. The group is particularly active before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and recently scored an en banc victory for Ford against the commission, which alleged that it had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not providing accommodation for an employee seeking authorization to work from home on an ad hoc basis. In a later ruling, the Sixth Circuit reversed the panel’s decision to find that attendance is essential and that employers should not need to provide unpredictable telecommuting arrangements as an accommodation. In other work highlights, the firm acted alongside co-counsel Littler Mendelson, P.C. to take over as lead trial and appellate counsel in a series of putative class actions against thousands of drivers claiming that they have been misclassified as independent contractors. Catherine Conway jointly leads the practice with Jason Schwartz. Also recommended are, Eugene Scalia, Michele Maryott, Jesse Cripps, Julian Poon and Karl Nelson. In recent personnel developments, Katherine Smith and Gabrielle Levin were promoted to partner, and William Kilberg retired. Named attorneys practice in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Orange County, Dallas and New York.

Leading lawyers

Eugene Scalia - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

William Kilberg - 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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s recent mandates include assisting Tenet Healthcare with a $2bn joint venture with a private equity firm that will create the largest operator of outpatient surgery centers in the US, with Tenet having the majority stake. John Williams in Orange County advised MGM Resorts on a joint venture with Hakkasan Group to form MGM Hakkasan Hospitality, and, for Virgin Group, the team advised on a joint venture with Bain Capital to provide equity financing to Virgin Cruises. Daniel Mummery in Palo Alto, Stephen Nordahl in New York, and William Peters in Los Angeles are co-chairs of the firm’s strategic sourcing and commercial transactions practice. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, Credit Suisse, Brown Brothers Harriman and Federal-Mogul.

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a broad corporate client base, which is becoming increasingly global as a result of a concerted effort to grow its international presence in London and elsewhere. It also has a notable roster of fund clients, which includes the likes of Lone Star and Investcorp, and is frequently used by major banks, such as Goldman Sachs, Lazard and UBS. In 2015, the firm advised the Williams Companies on the $50bn merger between Williams Partners and Access Midstream Partners. Following the merger, the firm advised Williams on its $13.8bn acquisition of all the outstanding common units of Williams Partners that it did not already own. Furthermore, it represented Williams in its $37.7bn sale to Energy Transfer Equity, an MLP that owns and operates natural gas and crude oil pipelines. Further illustrating its expertise in high-value, complex and cross-border deals, the firm advised Towers Watson on its $18bn merger of equals with Willis Group Holdings. The new Willis Towers Watson company is to be based in Ireland. Longstanding client Lone Star brought the firm into several sizeable transactions, including its $7.6bn acquisition of Home Properties, a multifamily REIT. The firm has a genuinely national and international practice, including a number of West Coast clients, one of which is Tenet Healthcare, which it advised on its $4.2bn joint venture with private equity sponsor Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe to combine the short-stay surgery and imaging center assets of Tenet Healthcare and United Surgical Partners International. New York’s Barbara Becker and Washington DC’s Stephen Glover are among the senior members of the team, along with New York-based Eduardo Gallardo and seasoned figure Dennis Friedman, who are noted for their experience in defending against shareholder activism. Dallas-based Jeffrey Chapman is key to the Lone Star relationship, and Jonathan Layne is one of the most prominent M&A attorneys in Los Angeles.

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Overview

The commercial deals and contracts section was introduced this year to highlight work on significant supply, distribution, franchising, licensing and joint venture contracts. Science and technology, retail and leisure, finance, and pharmaceuticals are among the most relevant industries for these types of contracts and partnerships, and key firms include Covington & Burling LLP, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and WilmerHale.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has built up a discrete private equity buyouts practice with offices in New York, Washington DC, California and Dallas. The group mainly operates in the middle to upper-middle market, often for clients in the consumer products, energy, technology, life sciences, entertainment and retail industries. The firm’s relationship with Lone Star Funds continues to grow, with Dallas’ Jeffrey Chapman and New York’s Joerg Esdorn having advised the client on the $7.6bn acquisition of Home Properties, a multifamily REIT, in a highly complex deal that represents Lone Star’s second-largest apartment purchase in recent times. Sean Griffiths, who co-heads the practice group with Steven Shoemate, acted as lead partner for CVC Capital Partners and CPP Investment Board in their joint acquisition of Petco Animal Supplies. The client roster also includes Oak Hill Capital Partners, The Chernin Group and Aurora Capital Group. Benyamin Ross in Los Angeles was promoted to partner. The core team also includes Century City partner Ari Lanin and Jennifer Bellah Maguire in Los Angeles, as well as Michael Greaney in New York.

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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 advises both investors and start-ups on public offerings, investment financing and M&A. In the US, the main offices for the practice are in Palo Alto, Boston and Los Angeles. Gregory Davidson and Bradford Weirick lead the emerging companies practice group from Palo Alto and Los Angeles respectively; Davidson advised Intel on its $25m investment in Vuzix, while Weirick handled Rubicon Project’s $100m IPO and its $122m acquisition of Chango. San Francisco-based Ryan Murr advised Arrowhead Research on its acquisition of Novartis’ RNAI research and development portfolio. Other clients include TeleSign, Riverbed Technology and March Capital. Los Angeles-based Jennifer Bellah Maguire as well as Palo Alto-based Christopher Dillon and Joseph Barbeau are recommended.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has been representing Facebook in its European privacy proceedings. In particular, the Belgian branch of the social media client was accused of breaching Belgian privacy rules by the alleged tracking of non-users through the use of social plug-ins and cookies. For Uber Technologies, the team assisted in defeating a putative class action stemming from a data breach in which the plaintiff alleged that the breach resulted in, among other things, an attempt to open a credit card in his name. Los Angeles-based Debra Wong Yang, New York-based Alexander Southwell and Sean Royall, who splits his time between Dallas and Washington DC, are the co-leaders of the 15-partner practice. Other key representations in the past year included acting for government contractor KeyPoint in relation to an alleged data breach of government personnel records in connection with the high-profile US Office of Personnel Management breach.

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Technology: outsourcing
Technology: outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Recent clients for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP include Hyundai Capital America, which the firm advised on the acquisition of certain technology and back office support functions in connection with the launch of its finance and leasing business in Canada. William Peters, a practice co-chair in Los Angeles, led this work, and is highly experienced in complex technology and outsourcing transactions, such as IT operations including data center, network, desktop support, telecoms, call center, and application maintenance and development services. Other co-chairs are Palo Alto-based Daniel Mummery, who focuses on complex onshore and offshore ITO and BPO transactions, and Stephen Nordahl in New York, who is experienced in disputes relating to strategic sourcing and commercial transactions. Other work includes representing DuPont in the renegotiation of its IT infrastructure outsourcing arrangement with IT company CSC. The team advised on several outsourcing arrangements for Credit Suisse Alternative Investments, including those with BNP Paribas and cloud services provider SS&C.

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Daniel Mummery - Gibson, Dunn & C rutcher LLP

Stephen Nordahl - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

William Peters - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s team assists blue-chip technology companies with M&A, IP, tax and other matters. William Peters, Stephen Nordahl and Daniel Mummery co-chair the strategic sourcing and commercial transactions practice from Los Angeles, New York and Palo Alto respectively. The firm recently advised Hewlett-Packard on its $2.7bn acquisition of wireless LAN provider Aruba Networks, with Russell Hansen from the Palo Alto office as lead partner. Joseph Barbeau, who operates from the Palo Alto and Beijing offices, assisted a consortium led by Hua Capital Management with its $1.7bn acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, one of the largest acquisitions in the semiconductor sector by Chinese investors. Los Angeles-based Ari Lanin advised The Chernin Group on its joint venture with AT&T to acquire and invest in over-the-top video services. Other clients include Intel, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Shaalu Mehra is a key name to note.

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Shaalu Mehra - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Real estate and construction

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a ‘strong reputation’ for land use and zoning, particularly on the West Coast. Department co-head Amy Forbes, based in Los Angeles, is advising Hollywood Park Land Company, a joint venture between Stockbridge Capital Group and the Kroenke Group, on its $2bn plan to develop an area of Inglewood, California, including the proposed addition of an NFL stadium and a 6,000-seat performance venue. Forbes is also advising Fifteen Group on its redevelopment of Wyvernwood Garden Apartments in Los Angeles. Fellow co-head Mary Murphy, based in San Francisco, led work for NBA team Golden State Warriors in transactional negotiations and project entitlements for a new arena and entertainment facility in Mission Bay, San Francisco.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Increasingly, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s ‘great presence in California’ is being matched by its offering in New York, a trend which continued through the hire of Victoria Shusterman from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. As well as handling a large number of debt finance matters for key client Deutsche Bank, the New York team also acted for the bank on the sale of a 75% interest in a $2.5bn real estate portfolio to TPG Real Estate. Another key piece of work for the New York team was advising Related Companies on KKR’s relocation to 30 Hudson Yards. In Los Angeles, Jonathan Layne assisted The Ryland Group with its transformational $5.2bn merger of equals with Standard Pacific Group, while Stuart Graiwer advised Prime Residential on the $900m refinancing of the Park La Brea housing development. The 'exceptional'Jesse Sharf in Los Angeles and New York-based Eric Feuerstein are global practice heads, and Fred Pillon is a key individual in San Franciso.

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Jesse Sharf - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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United States: Tax

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a strong transactional tax practice advising on M&A, capital markets and real estate acquisitions and dispositions. Romina Weiss was lead partner representing Sequential Brands as it acquired Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in a $353m deal. Another highlight was advising The Ryland Group on its $5.2bn merger with Standard Pacific Group to create the fourth-largest homebuilder in the US; Hatef Behnia led on that. New York-based Jeffrey Trinklein heads the department, and another key partner is Scott Knutson.

Leading lawyers

Hatef Behnia - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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