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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

Great all-rounderGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is noted for having ‘very strong groups’ in both New York and Los Angeles, under the respective leaderships of practice co-chairs Eric Feuerstein and Jesse Sharf. Feuerstein led a team that included Andrew Dady, Harry Silvera and Joanne Franzel in various significant transactions for the Related Companies regarding Hudson Yards, including closing the construction financing of the office tower at 30 Hudson Yards. In another standout matter, Feuerstein and Silvera represented RXR in its $1.65bn acquisition of the UBS Building at 1285 Avenue of the Americas from JPMorgan and AXA Insurance. Also in New York, Noam Haberman ‘impresses with his representation of mortgage lenders and mezzanine lenders’. In Los Angeles, Sharf was active in a range of debt and equity deals, and in one example advised Next Century Partners on the $1bn debt financing for the development of the Century Plaza mixed-use project in Los Angeles. 2016 saw the practice’s involvement in a number of high-profile sporting arena jobs, including Los Angeles-based Stuart Graiwer advising the Golden State Warriors on the $1bn acquisition of 12 acres of land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay district, and New York-based Steven Klein acting for the Rockefeller Group in the relocation of Major League Baseball’s headquarters to 1271 Avenue of the Americas in New York. San Francisco-based former practice co-head Fred Pillion has retired.

Leading lawyers

Eric Feuerstein - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jesse Sharf - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

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 excels in US and global cartel investigations, and San Francisco’s Trey Nicoud is acting for NEC Tokin and NEC Tokin America in the DOJ’s investigation into the capacitor industry, as well as in follow-on actions pending in the Northern District of California. Other key representations include matters concerning cathode ray tubes (CRTs) and TFT-LCD panels, automotive parts and the foreign exchange markets. The group is jointly led by Washington DC-based Scott Hammond (whose 25-year career as a DOJ prosecutor included an eight-year spell as the Antitrust Division’s deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement) and Sean Royall as well as New York-based Peter Sullivan and Daniel Swanson in Los Angeles. Eric Stock, who was formerly chief of the Antitrust Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s office, joined the firm in 2016. Cynthia Richman is a strong up-and-coming lawyer.

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
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s outstanding cartel investigations practice makes it a particularly compelling choice for associated civil litigation, although its antitrust litigation practice extends beyond that to also include standalone high-value private antitrust matters (where there is no government agency involvement) and contentious merger-related work. In a notable highlight, Jeffrey Thomas (Orange County), Samuel Liversidge, Jay Srinivasan and Rod Stone assisted HP with obtaining a $3bn damages award against Oracle (representing the largest single-plaintiff verdict in US history) in a high-profile case arising from the latter’s decision to stop developing software for the client’s Itanium servers. In another matter, Daniel Swanson, Joshua Lipton (Washington DC) and others defended Nasdaq OMX in litigation related to the pricing of market data products. Swanson jointly heads the practice with New York-based Peter Sullivan, Dallas-based Sean Royall and Washington DC’s Scott Hammond. In 2016, Eric Stock joined the firm in New York, having previously served as chief of the Antitrust Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s office. Washington DC-based Joshua Soven is another name to note. Named lawyers are based in Los Angeles except where otherwise indicated.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Swanson - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Joshua Soven - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s sizable US and international footprint makes it well positioned to handle the full spectrum of antitrust issues associated with domestic and cross-border transactions. In 2016, Joshua Lipton and Joshua Soven were part of a cross-border team assisting Marriott with obtaining global antitrust clearance of its $13.8bn merger with Starwood. In another matter, Soven and others are acting as global antitrust counsel to St Jude Medical in its $25bn merger with Abbott Laboratories. Eric Stock joined the New York office, having served as chief of the Antitrust Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s office. Scott Hammond, Dallas- and Washington DC-based Sean Royall, New York’s Peter Sullivan and Los Angeles’s Daniel Swanson co-chair the practice. Counsel Andrew Cline specializes in HSR filings. Cynthia Richman is a rising talent. Unless otherwise stated, named attorneys are based in Washington DC. Since publication, Joel Sanders has retired.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The ‘superbGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP team is led by Mark Perry, New York-based Caitlin Halligan and Dallas-based James Ho. With a strong track record of success in the Supreme Court, as well as in federal and state courts of appeals, the team represents clients in areas ranging from white-collar crime to regulatory and constitutional cases. Matthew McGill and Theodore Olson led a team to two victories in the US Supreme Court: Bank Markazi v Peterson, which answered important questions regarding the separation of power, and BlueMountain Capital Management v Garcia-Padilla, et al, concerned with restructuring the debt of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Ho led a team defending Walmart Stores at the Fifth Circuit and Texas Supreme Court in a $100m putative class action arising from alleged violations of the Texas Optometry Act. At the Second Circuit, Olson and Halligan represented Chevron in a case against Steven Donziger; the court affirmed the district court’s decision and confirmed the allegations of fraud, money laundering, witness tampering, bribery and obstruction of justice. A team including Los Angeles-based Theodore Boutrous acted for Uber and secured a unanimous judgment confirming the enforceability of arbitration agreements with its drivers. Miguel Estrada successfully defended the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in favor of Comcast in its dispute with The Tennis Channel arising from the terms of carriage of programming to cable subscribers. Helgi Walker has been representing the National Association of Broadcasters in its appeal at the DC Circuit regarding the FCC’s new restrictions on sharing agreements between local broadcasters.

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 - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice is chaired by New York’s Joel Cohen, Washington DC’s Joseph Warin and San Francisco’s Charles Stevens. The practice recently ‘added a number of very good lawyers’: in Washington DC, Stuart Delery and Patrick Stokes joined from the DOJ and Stephanie Brooker joined from the Department of the Treasury, and, in Palo Alto, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner arrived. Other key figures include Los Angeles’s Debra Wong Yang, who serves as compliance monitor for Nuline Pharmaceuticals. The firm obtained a deferred prosecution agreement for publicly traded hedge fund Och-Ziff following an FCPA investigation and secured a settlement from the SEC and a declination of criminal prosecution from the DOJ in relation to alleged FCPA violations by Bristol-Myers Squibb. It also continues to represent Petrobras in FCPA investigations. Other clients include UBS and the Office of the Governor of New Jersey.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Warin - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Combining a burgeoning financial services regulatory presence, which includes such luminaries as Arthur Long, with ‘top-notch’ commercial litigation capability, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is increasingly involved in high-profile private litigation and regulatory enforcement actions. Benefiting from a leading administrative law practice, the firm has a strong reputation for challenging agency implementation of Dodd-Frank provisions before the courts. In what was the first legal challenge to a Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) designation, Washington DC-based partner Eugene Scalia was successful in arguing for the removal of client MetLife’s ‘systemically important financial institution’ (SIFI) label. Lawrence Zweifach has been involved in numerous antitrust-related financial services matters and, as part of his long-running defense of UBS against allegations of forex manipulation, recently achieved a negligence-based settlement with the SEC regarding the bank’s issuance of structured notes linked to a proprietary forex trading strategy. The team is also able to leverage its ‘premier appellate offering’, as was recently exemplified by Washington DC-based partner Theodore Olson’s representation of PHH Corporation in what is the first appellate challenge on constitutional grounds to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) administrative enforcement proceeding. Based in Washington DC, former Treasury official Amy Rudnick is a key member of the team and also heads up the firm’s renowned Bank Secrecy Act and AML practice, which was strengthened in April 2016 by the arrival of Washington DC-based Stephanie Brooker from the enforcement division of the Department of Treasury’s financial crimes enforcement network.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The litigation group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP regularly has a hand in high-profile and high-stakes disputes. A team led by Orange County-based Jeffrey Thomas secured a victory for Hewlett-Packard in a breach of contract dispute with Oracle in the Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara; after a five-week trial, the court awarded Hewlett-Packard over $3bn in damages. 2016 saw the firm making several high-profile hires, including former Acting Associate Attorney General of the Department of Justice Stuart Delery in the Washington DC office, New York-based Eric Stock - previously chief of the antitrust division of the New York Attorney General’s Office - and former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner in Palo Alto. Randy Mastro and Theodore Boutrous co-lead the litigation group from New York and Los Angeles, respectively.

Leading lawyers

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The ‘terrific’ transnational litigation team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP specializes in protecting clients against claims in US courts stemming from overseas activities, as well as reducing and eliminating the risks posed by foreign litigation, and is led jointly by Perlette Jura and William Thomson in Los Angeles and Andrea Neuman in New York. Theodore Olson and Matthew McGill in Washington DC successfully advised more than 1,300 US victims of terrorist attacks linked to Iran in Supreme Court case Bank Markazi v Peterson. Highlights also included representing Chevron at the Second Circuit, which affirmed the lower court’s decision that a $9.5bn judgment issued against Chevron in Ecuador was the product of fraud and corruption and could not be enforced in the US. Names such as Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, DFS Galleria, Crédit Agricole Group and Gucci are clients. In Los Angeles, Theodore Boutrous and Scott Edelman are singled out for praise, as are the ‘exceptionalRandy Mastro and Anne Champion 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 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is best known for its economic sanctions and export control compliance work and also for anti-corruption matters, where it is closely integrated with the firm’s market-leading white-collar group. Judith Alison Lee and senior of counsel Ronald Kirk jointly head the practice from Washington DC and Dallas respectively. Lee provides ongoing economic sanctions and export controls counseling to major global corporates and financial institutions, including First Data and Western Union’s money transfer businesses. She was also retained by MUFG Union Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to advise on OFAC and EU sanctions compliance following the recent $320m fine imposed by OFAC and New York State’s Department of Financial Services. A Former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, New York-based Jose Fernandez has significant credibility in the market for CFIUS matters and secured clearance for Italian energy company Ansaldo Energia for its $128m acquisition of General Electric’s Power Systems Manufacturing business.

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Leading trial lawyers

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Randy Mastro is a go-to name for commercial litigation and operates from the firm’s New York office. In a widely publicized highlight, he acted for a coalition of food container manufacturers and small business owners in a case seeking to reverse New York City’s ban on polystyrene foam foodservice articles. Mastro represented Lavastone in bringing claims against Coventry and the Buerger family alleging fraud and other crimes in the sale of life insurance policies. He also defended Vale in a federal securities class action alleging public misstatements and omissions in the aftermath of the environmental disaster following the collapse of the Fundão Dam.

Leading trial lawyers

Randy Mastro - 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 is ‘well versed in Delaware law and in M&A litigation in its broadest sense’, says a client who notes that ‘its past experience in bet-the-company litigation is compelling’. In San Francisco, Brian Lutz, who scored a major victory for pharmaceutical company DepoMed by fending off a $3bn hostile takeover bid from Horizon Pharma, and department co-head Thad Davis are key figures. In Orange County, Meryl Young, who advised Newport Corporation on a matter arising from its $980m acquisition by MKS Instruments, is recommended. Jonathan Dickey, who advised VMWare on a shareholder class action challenging its parent company’s acquisition by Dell, and Paul Collins are the stars in Palo Alto. The New York team includes Adam Offenhartz, who secured a motion to dismiss for Towers Watson to enable its $18bn merger with Willis Group Holdings, and Robert Serio.

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

With a strong presence in California and Washington DC, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice has exceptional expertise in class action and mass tort work. Patrick Dennis in Los Angeles and Daniel Nelson and Michael Murphy in Washington DC have been advising International Paper as co-counsel on various litigation alleging contamination of the San Jacinto River, Texas due to dioxin from the paper mill waste at an adjacent facility. Nelson has also been defending the company in claims brought by over 200 plaintiffs alleging personal injuries and property damage caused by airborne emissions from the company’s paper mill in Selma, Alabama. Notable partners include Theodore Boutrous in Los Angeles and Peter Modlin in San Francisco.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a ‘robust securities litigation practice and the excellence of its results speaks for itself’. ‘Great litigatorJonathan Dickey in Palo Alto and Thad Davis in San Francisco stepped down as co-chairs of the practice to devote themselves to client work; Meryl Young in Orange County and Robert Serio in New York now steer the group. Serio’s highlights included helping Och-Ziff Capital Management, which has over $45bn in assets, to conclude high-value cases with the SEC and DOJ arising from Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations. Dickey’s biggest win was securing the final dismissal of all securities fraud claims against Herbalife. Mark Kirsch in New York scored a decisive win for Coty Inc in a class action alleging that its pre-IPO statement was false and misleading. The case was dismissed with prejudice. San Francisco-based ‘young superstarBrian Lutz worked with Young to defend Quiksilver in a class action following the disclosure of improper revenue recognition. For litigation and enforcement work, clients recommend Paul Collins in Palo Alto and Joseph Warin in Washington DC, respectively.

Leading lawyers

Jonathan Dickey - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s debt practice had a banner year, advising on a string of headline offerings for major multinationals from offices across its national network. In San Francisco, group co-chair Stewart McDowell acted for Intel in the issuance of $2.7bn of senior notes. New York-based co-chair Andrew Fabens advised GE on its $37.5bn private offer to exchange outstanding debt securities by newly formed finance subsidiary, GE International Funding Company. In Los Angeles, co-chair Peter Wardle assisted AECOM with a $1.6bn exchange offer of senior notes, while in Denver, Robyn Zolman continued to raise her profile and advised AT&T on a $7bn exchange offer. In a highlight on the underwriter side, McDowell worked alongside San Francisco’s Douglas Smith to advise the underwriters on numerous offerings by Wells Fargo, including a $3.7bn offering of floating rate notes.

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 underwriters - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The ‘outstanding’ and ‘great-to-deal-with’ team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is ‘able to link up with other departments to provide comprehensive and joined-up advice’. The firm continues to shine in the technology space and it is also highly active in the telecoms, energy and healthcare sectors. San Francisco-based Stewart McDowell and corporate partner Douglas Smith advised the underwriters on various debt and equity offerings made by Wells Fargo & Company worth $33.5bn, including a $2.3bn offering of depositary shares. In a headline IPO, New York-based Glenn Pollner advised the underwriters on the $161m debut offering of Medpace Holdings. Andrew Fabens and Peter Wardle are also key contacts in New York and Los Angeles respectively. In early 2017, the firm acquired a team from Baker Botts L.L.P. to bolster its new Houston office, including Douglass Rayburn.

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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 comprehensive coast-to-coast capital markets practice is also able to plug into an extensive international network. Jointly led by Andrew Fabens, Stewart McDowell and Peter Wardle out of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively, the group also has sizable platforms in Dallas and Denver. Offices often work together to handle major deals, and McDowell recently paired up with the now retired Joerg Esdorn in New York to advise T-Mobile USA on its $2bn offering of senior notes. Energy, life sciences, healthcare and private equity are also strong areas of experience. In early 2017, the firm opened a new office in Houston, bringing over a team from Baker Botts L.L.P. which included Douglass Rayburn, Tull Florey and Hillary Holmes.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Led by Linda Curtis out of Los Angeles, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acts for an enviable roster of big name corporates and private equity houses. One of the team’s larger matters was for Marriott International, which it advised on the $4bn financing pertaining to its $12.2bn acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. In another corporate financing highlight, the firm acted on two separate $4bn facilities linked to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s spin-out from HP. On the private equity front, the firm advised CVC Capital Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on a $3.75bn loan to finance the acquisition of Petco, which was one of the largest leveraged buyouts in 2016. Aaron Adams, Darius Mehraban and Janet Vance are also recommended.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is particularly strong in bankruptcy litigation and continues to represent clients in major, ongoing disputes. Examples include representing Chandler Trusts in litigation arising from the leveraged buyout of the Tribune Company in 2007, defending claims against major secured lender/stockholder Yucaipa Companies brought by the unsecured creditors’ committee in the Allied Holdings bankruptcy case, and representing Yucaipa in litigation brought by hedge funds Black Diamond and Spectrum regarding the distribution of sale proceeds. The team is also representing Macquarie Investments in the Relativity Media Chapter 11 in litigation concerning enforcement of its secured claim. Los Angeles-based Robert Klyman is co-head of the group and is representing Sports Authority in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest retailer to file in 2016. The firm also represents SH 130 Concession Company in its restructuring negotiations with senior secured and second lien lenders. Also in the Los Angeles office is co-head Jeffrey Krause, while co-heads David Feldman and Michael Rosenthal are based in New York.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The large government contracts group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP covers the full range of services. Practice head Karen Manos is a renowned expert in cost, pricing and accounting matters, and frequently defends contractors against government claims in cases concerning the alleged non-compliance with different cost accounting standards. Recent examples are the defense of a jet engine manufacturer against a claim for $211m, and the representation of Raytheon in appeals. White-collar criminal enforcement and investigation specialist John Chesley led an investigation into the American Registry of Pathology determining that a former executive had embezzled more than $2m over a four-year period through the creation and payment of fraudulent invoices for non-existent vendor services. The subsequent voluntary disclosure, implementation of enhanced financial controls and prosecution of the former executive were also handled by the team. Joseph West and Timothy Hatch are other noteworthy names.

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

With William Scherman, a former general counsel to FERC, heading the team, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has contentious and non-contentious FERC work, including investigations and enforcement matters, at its core. Scherman defended independent power producer Maxim Power in market manipulation proceedings before FERC, while New York-based of counsel Jeffrey Jakubiak defended Tucson Electric Power against a complaint filed at FERC by Alterna Springerville and others, alleging that the company unfairly denied complainants transmission service from the Springerville generating station. William Hollaway represented Hudson Transmission Partners in FERC cost allocation proceedings and merchant transmission facility issues. Other clients include IMG Midstream and Emera.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan head Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s department out of New York. They are supported by Dallas-based Robert Little, who advised Luminant Holding Company on its $1.6bn purchase of two gas-fueled power plants from La Frontera Ventures. As well as handling large-scale M&A involving renewable and conventional power projects, the firm is strong in project finance: Hanlon assisted Berkshire Hathaway Energy with obtaining a $2bn loan for corporate purposes, and for the activities of its subsidiaries. Evercore Partners is another client.

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

Steven Talley and Beau Stark are the key partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, whose practice is based across Denver and Dallas. Large-scale corporate M&A is its key strength: Talley advised The Williams Companies on its $37.7bn merger with Energy Transfer Equity, while Sean Royall and Adam Di Vincenzo secured merger approval. The team also handles capital markets and project finance; Robyn Zolman assisted Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company with a $1bn note offering. Other clients include WPX Energy, Atmos Energy, SemGroup and Luminant Holding.

Leading lawyers

Michael Darden - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan, who are strong in M&A, project finance and project development, lead Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice from New York; they are supported by Dallas-based Robert Little, who handles M&A and securities. Hanlon, Politan and Emad Khalil assisted BHE Renewables with acquiring or financing US wind projects with an aggregate capacity of over 500MW.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s litigation and mass tort group has significant experience in high-stakes environmental matters, and is particularly noted for its expertise in multi-plaintiff toxic tort matters, Superfund and cost recovery issues, industrial accidents and government enforcement actions. New York-based Andrea Neuman successfully represented Chevron in an appellate case before the Second Circuit, which upheld a federal district court decision granting Chevron relief from a fraudulently procured $9.5bn Ecuadorian judgment. In another highlight, Jeffrey Dintzer acted on behalf of several energy companies, including Chevron, Area Energy and Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, successfully securing the denial of a preliminary injunction seeking to rescind thousands of underground injection well permits. The group is jointly led by Daniel Nelson and Peter Seley from Washington DC. Patrick Dennis is the key figure in Los Angeles and Stacie Fletcher is an up-and-coming partner in Washington DC.

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 undertakes a full range of insurance-related litigation for clients, including federal antitrust matters, Medicare and Medicaid cases, and reimbursement disputes. The team, which includes the well-regarded Richard Doren in Los Angeles, continues to represent major client Aetna in several longstanding federal litigation cases, including an antitrust dispute with Bay Area Surgical Management (BASM). Other clients includes PacifiCare Life and Health Insurance Company and Cigna. Other names to note include New York-based practice head Adam Offenhartz and recently promoted partner Heather Richardson, who is 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 had another prolific year in the transactional space - it acted for St Jude Medical during its $3.4bn acquisition of Thoratec and the client’s subsequent $30.7bn purchase by Abbott Laboratories; other work included assisting Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals with a $670m licensing and collaboration agreement with Amgen to develop RNA interference therapies for cardiovascular disease. The IP litigation team secured a major patent victory against three generic companies regarding the opioid drug Nucynta. San Francisco-based Ryan Murr, Dallas-based Tracey Davies and New York-based Daniel Thomasch are the practice co-heads. Patent litigators Wayne Barsky, Jane Love and Robert Trenchard, and FDA regulatory specialist Stephen Payne are other names to note.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is an established player in the insurance and reinsurance litigation sphere, handling a full remit of matters, including pharmaceuticals disputes, reimbursement cases and healthcare mandates. The firm represented AIG in a $2bn nationwide class action brought against the client involving RICO Act claims, Longshore Act claims and state law torts. Washington DC’s Eugene Scalia acted for MetLife in a successful challenge to its status as a systematically important financial institution by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Adam Offenhartz leads the practice from the New York office. The Los Angeles offices houses Richard Doren and newly promoted partner Heather Richardson.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles a range of work, with a particular strength in litigation. Los Angeles-based Maurice Suh is defending the Nike Oregon Project in a USADA investigation into allegations of systematic doping. Also in Los Angeles, Amy Forbes advised Hollywood Park Land Company on permitting related to the Los Angeles Rams’ new home in Inglewood, securing permits in under two months. In the transactional space, Suh and New York-based Richard Birns advised Toyota on sponsorship of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, while William Kilberg and Michael Collins in Washington DC advised the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) on the compensation and benefits provisions of its new collective bargaining agreement. In litigation, James Fogelman in Los Angeles and San Francisco-based Charles Nierlich and Austin Schwing successfully represented DraftKings in a case brought by losing daily fantasy sports players in Massachusetts seeking to use a colonial-era law to recover entry fees. In the appellate space, Theodore Olson is representing New Jersey in Christie v NCAA et al.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s litigation team has particular experience representing railroad companies, trade associations, auto manufacturers and a variety of transportation companies at all levels of court. Washington DC-based Thomas Dupree Jr serves as lead counsel to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), and in 2016 won an important judgment for the trade association, which declared unconstitutional a statute giving Amtrak regulatory right-of-way authority over freight trains; he also represents AAR in multiple rulemaking procedures. Other notable rail clients include CSX Transportation and BNSF Railway Company. In an example of auto-related work, Los Angeles-based Theodore Boutrous Jr successfully represented Uber Technologies in the Ninth Circuit regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements with the company’s drivers; with this decision, Uber will no longer need to litigate any class actions brought by California drivers, who accepted arbitration agreements. Key automotive clients include Fiat Chrysler, Toyota Motor Group and Ford Motor Company.

Leading lawyers

Thomas Dupree Jr - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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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, practice co-chair Wayne Barsky in Century City acts for clients in the biotech, computer and software sectors, and has strong trial and appellate experience across various forums. Work highlights for the team included winning a complete defense victory for T-Mobile in an infringement case brought by Prism Technologies; defending Fitbit in an ongoing dispute with Jawbone, where the latter’s patents were successfully invalidated; and representing Depomed in an infringement litigation against three generic companies regarding the opioid drug Nucynta, where all three patents were found to be valid and enforceable. Palo Alto’s Mark Lyon handles patent, trade secret and other IP-related disputes, and William Rooklidge and Jeffrey Thomas are the key contacts in Orange County. Brian Rosenthal joined the New York office from Mayer Brown.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington DC-based Jason Schwartz is defending Capital One and two of its employees against claims of trade secret misappropriation filed by KeyBank; the case is being litigated under the new federal legislation, the Defend Trade Secrets Act. New York-based Alexander Southwell defended American General against allegations of trade secret misappropriation and breach of confidentiality agreements in a $5bn lawsuit brought by Bancorp Services and Addle Management. Martin Hewett in Washington DC and Jeffrey Thomas in Irvine are noted.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles a range of significant fundraising mandates, with particular critical mass in international work. Jennifer Bellah Maguire in Los Angeles and Shukie Grossman, who is based in New York, advised Leonard Green & Partners on the formation of a $9.6bn buyout fund, while Grossman advised multi-family office ICONIQ Capital on a $1.25bn fund targeting data center investments. Also in New York, Edward Sopher acts on fund formation matters for clients including AE Industrial Partners, as well as advising Strategic Partners, part of The Blackstone Group, on a range of secondary acquisitions. William Thomas, who is based in Washington DC, is advising I Squared Capital on the formation and launch of an $800m Asia-focused fund. Manager M&A mandates included Sopher’s advice to StepStone Group on its acquisition of Swiss Capital Alternative Assets, which will add $5bn of assets under management to the buyer’s existing $14bn. Other clients include Graham Partners and Hamilton Lane.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Based in Washington DC, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s ERISA litigation team advises clients such as Boeing, Kodak and Aetna. Michael Collins, Eugene Scalia and Jason Schwartz, who jointly lead the practice, defended Ford in two separate wrongful benefit denial and fiduciary breach ERISA actions. The firm was also retained by ABF Freight to advise on a suit in which multi-employer and welfare plans associated with Local 710 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters alleged ABF failed to make necessary contributions to the plan; this case was handled William Kilberg and of counsel Paul Blankenstein. Scalia also represents USC in a putative class action, one of numerous such suits brought against a number of universities across the country. Litigation expert Richard Doren is also a key contact.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Michael Collins and Stephen Fackler lead the benefits and compensation practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP from Washington DC and Palo Alto respectively. The practice provides comprehensive and integrated advice regarding equity compensation and benefits plans. The firm advised Marriott on its $12.4bn acquisition of Starwood, and assisted Williams Companies with its proposed but ultimately canceled takeover by Energy Transfer Equity. Sean Feller works from Century City and is also a key contact.

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Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 5

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s benefits practice provides fiduciary compliance advice to clients following the DOL’s landmark definition ruling, and assists plan sponsors with plan designs. Eugene Scalia filed a comment letter on behalf of Primerica and is challenging the fiduciary rule change for several trade associations, including SIFMA and the Chamber of Commerce. Practice co-head Michael Collins and William Kilberg represented the NFLPA in negotiations with the NFL over benefits matters, specifically benefits provided for cognitive disabilities. The team is based in Washington DC.

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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 is at the forefront of class actions concerning independent contractor misclassification and arbitration agreements. Alongside Orange County’s Michele Maryott, Los Angeles-based trio Catherine Conway, who co-chairs the practice, Theodore Boutrous and Jesse Cripps are defending Chevron USA in an ongoing nationwide collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), where former well site managers allege that the defendant misclassified them as independent contractors; under California law, the plaintiffs are seeking unpaid overtime as well as penalties for missed meal and rest breaks, improper wage statements and waiting time. In Washington DC, practice co-chair Jason Schwartz and Eugene Scalia acted for Cablevision (now Altice USA) and its CEO in a high-profile dispute with the Communications Workers of America before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which brought nine unfair labor charges against the company, including claims that Cablevision terminated the employment of a union leader in retaliation for union activities. Schwartz and Dallas-based Karl Nelson enjoined an employee’s attempt to bring a discrimination class action against AlixPartners through arbitration. PwC, Uber and Michaels Stores are additional clients. Julian Poon in Los Angeles, New York-based Gabrielle Levin and Washington DC-based William Kilberg and Joshua Lipshutz also stand out.

Leading individual

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

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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 strategic sourcing and commercial transactions group is chaired by Palo Alto-based Daniel Mummery, New York-based Stephen Nordahl, and Los Angeles-based William Peters. Shaalu Mehra, also in Palo Alto, handles technology transactions, especially where there is a strong IP component. The firm advised The Chemin Group on a partnership with private equity house KKR to create Emerald Media, a fund that invests in the media and entertainment industry across Asia. It also acted for Universal Pictures in the formation of its partnership with Blumhouse Pictures. Other clients include General Electric, which the firm advised on transition services arrangements connected with the sale of the majority of assets of GE Capital, and Merck, which it assisted with the unwinding of a vaccines joint venture with Sanofi. Marriott International and Johnson & Johnson are also clients.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a ‘premier practice’ and has ‘some really strong players’. The firm has expanded its global footprint, notably with several key hires in London, and is seeing an increase in China outbound work. This added strength has helped the US team expand its share of bulge-bracket M&A transactions. It advised Marriott International on its acquisition of Starwood Hotels, creating the largest hotel chain in the world; the firm’s notable strength in contested deals, shareholder activism and corporate governance would have been a major asset in what was, reportedly, one of the most contentious M&A battles in history. The firm also advised St Jude Medical on its $30.7bn sale to Abbott, the global healthcare company, and it represented General Electric Capital in the $16bn sale of GE Capital Bank’s US online deposit platform to Goldman Sachs. Washington DC’s Stephen Glover is a ‘fantastic attorney’ and co-chairs the M&A practice with Dallas-based Jeffrey Chapman, who has earned national and international accolades for his advice to key client Lone Star, and New York’s Barbara Becker, a prominent figure in M&A and activist situations. Seasoned New York partner Dennis Friedman is also a big name in M&A, including contested deals and activist matters. Jonathan Layne is a key name in Los Angeles.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP saw increased activity in the middle market and benefited from multiple engagements from marquee client Lone Star. CVC Capital Partners is another big-ticket client that is engaging the firm on an increasingly frequent basis. The team was enhanced by the arrival of New York partner John Pollack from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in 2016, providing another source of middle-market sponsor connections. In 2016, the firm represented CVC Capital Partners and CPPIB in their $4.6bn joint acquisition of Petco Animal Supplies from a group of investors led by TPG and Leonard Green & Partners. The firm also advised CPPIB on its joint venture with The Broe Group and on their $900m acquisition of the Denver-Julesburg Basin oil and gas assets in Colorado from Encana Oil & Gas. In addition, it advised CVC on the sale of its interest in AlixPartners to a consortium of investors. The private equity group benefits from the firm’s leading regulatory expertise, including extensive Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) experience, and an impressive borrower-side finance practice. Key partners include New York-based Sean Griffiths and Steven Shoemate, Lone Star relationship partner Jeffrey Chapman in Dallas and Los Angeles-based Ari Lanin.

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Los Angeles-based Bradford Weirick and Palo Alto-based Gregory Davidson co-lead Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice, with Weirick focusing on M&A, private equity investment as well as public and private securities offerings, and Davidson advising on equity and debt private placements as well as assisting venture capitalists and corporate strategic investors. Weirick recently handled two investments for Eminence Capital: a $40m Series C financing in Whipclip, a mobile platform for sharing video clips of television shows and music videos, and a $17m Series B financing in Quartzy, a lab supplies marketplace. San Francisco-based Ryan Murr is another core team member and advises pharmaceutical, technology and biotech companies on strategic transactions, including tender offers, public and private mergers, stock and asset purchases, and licensing transactions. He recently advised bioTheranostics, a cancer treatment developer, on a Series A preferred stock investment into the company led by MVM Life Science Partners, as well as handled numerous matters for healthcare investor Kearny Venture Partners, including an $8m Series C investment in AliveCor, a $73m recapitalization of Wellpartner, and a $15m Series D investment in Newbridge. Lisa Fontenot in Palo Alto is another key contact.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP welcomed a host of new lawyers throughout 2016. Former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner joined the Palo Alto office, the Washington DC office welcomed former acting associate US Attorney General Stuart Delery, Stephanie Brooker joined the same office and is the former Director of the Enforcement Division of the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and internet privacy expert Kristin Linsley joined the San Francisco office. Alexander Southwell heads the practice from the New York office and handles matters for Facebook, MySpace, Intel and American General. Michael Li-Ming Wong operates from San Francisco and Palo Alto and recently handled a high-profile class action arising from a data breach for Uber which was ultimately dismissed, and assisted Wells Fargo with an investigation into the client’s practice of customer telephone call recordings conducted by a special task force (comprising the California Attorney General and the district attorneys’ offices for Los Angeles, Alameda, San Diego, Riverside and Ventura Counties), which reached a settlement in March 2016.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP assists clients across the media, entertainment and technology arena, and is noted for its advice to film and gaming clients. Examples include Otter Media and Machine Zone, the latter of which Century City-based group co-head Ruth Fisher advised on a spokesperson agreement with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the modern warfare game, Mobile Strike. The group also draws on the firm’s global footprint and recently advising Universal Pictures on a multi-year film financing agreement with Chinese production company Perfect World Pictures - the first such collaboration between a non-state-owned Chinese entertainment company and a major US studio. The firm is also advising Universal on its partnership with Amblin Partners. Department co-heads Scott Edelman and Orin Snyder, based in Century City and New York respectively, are recommended for contentious matters. Edelman is representing Discovery Communications in a budget fraud case and Snyder is acting for Yik Yak and its founders following an alleged breach of a partnership agreement. Benyamin Ross in Los Angeles made partner in 2016. Since publication, Stephen Tsoneff has moved into an in-house position at Madison Wells Media.

Leading lawyers

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’s renowned practice covers the full range of outsourcing and technology transaction matters, with an emphasis on complex onshore as well as offshore information technology outsourcing (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO) transactions, including outsourcing renegotiations and restructurings, shared services, business transformation, licensing and contract manufacturing arrangements. Palo Alto-based Daniel Mummery, New York-based Stephen Nordahl and Los Angeles’ William Peters are chairs of the group. New York-based Daniel Angel was recently promoted to the partnership and focuses on technology transactions, including IP licensing, outsourcing and IP/IT issues relating to M&A and financing transactions. For MetLife, the team handled the outsourcing to third-party administrator Alliance-One Services of $1bn in claims processing regarding a closed block of seven million insurance policies. The team also advised Agrium, a global agricultural producer, with a multi-vendor IT outsourcing initiative, including an agreement with Tata consultancy services for infrastructure and applications maintenance and support services and a second agreement with Infosys for applications maintenance and support services.

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 (Partner)

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice is backed by strong IP, securities, corporate governance, tax and employee benefits practices. Highlights included advising multinational IT company Hewlett-Packard (HP) on the tax-free spin-off and $8.5bn merger of HP’s Enterprise Services Business with Computer Sciences Corporation; acting for a Chinese investment consortium in its $1.9bn acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, a California-based developer of digital imaging chips; and assisting Avnet, a global distributor of electronic and computer products, with the $2.6bn sale of its technology solutions business unit to Tech Data. Palo Alto-based Daniel Mummery, Russell Hansen, Shaalu Mehra and David Kennedy are recommended, as are Joseph Barbeau, who divides time between the Palo Alto and Beijing offices, and Century City-based Ari Lanin.

Leading lawyers

Shaalu Mehra - 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’s land use team is based mainly out of the West Coast, where Amy Forbes and Mary Murphy jointly head the team from Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively. The department has worked on high-profile developments and has a particular reputation for historical preservation projects and sporting facilities. Highlights in 2016 included advising Madison Square Garden and Azoff MSG Entertainment in approvals for the $100m redevelopment of a concert arena in Las Vegas, The Forum. Murphy also continues to represent the Golden State Warriors in its approvals for a new home basketball court and event center in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco; the process has been a contentious one and Murphy was required to defend the approvals in court. Los Angeles-based Douglas Champion was promoted to partner in January 2017.

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 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s tax team advised St Jude Medical on its sale to Abbott Laboratories and acted for CVC Capital Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on their joint acquisition of Petco Animal Supplies for approximately $4.6bn. Arthur Pasternak and Jeffrey Trinklein lead the practice, which includes Romina Weiss, Scott Knutson and Paul Issler.

Leading lawyers

Hatef Behnia - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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