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Holland & Knight LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP 's practice covers real estate finance, acquisitions and dispositions, developments and leasing. The firm has a particular focus on the hospitality, leisure and timeshare sectors, working on mixed-use developments, securitizations and management and license agreements. New York-based practice head Joseph Guay and San Francisco-based Stacie Goeddel advised Marriott International on its $400m takeover of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Panama. Miami-based Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, who is ‘always available, great to work with, understands client concerns and finds solutions’, represented Collegiate Suites on the sale of its University Bridge student residences to an affiliate of Atlantic Housing Foundation for $227m. Stuart Saft, from the New York office, advised Extell Development on the development of Brooklyn Point, a residential unit with a build-out value of $898m. Another recent highlight included representing a consortium that purchased the Taj Hotel in Boston from The Indian Hotels Company for $200m. Washington DC-based Janis Schiff advises clients on all areas of commercial real estate including foreign investment into the US, PPPs, government leasing, financial workouts and restructurings, acquisitions and sales contracts. Douglas Praw in Los Angeles and Melissa Turra in Jacksonville are also recommended. Loren Higgins joined as partner in the San Francisco office from Winston & Strawn LLP. David Allswang left the firm for Nixon Peabody LLP.

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United States: Government

Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP

Led by Rich Gold and Atlanta-based Robert Highsmith, Holland & Knight LLP's public policy and regulation group has a reputation for working on big issues in different industries sectors, with particular expertise in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector. In a recent work highlight, Gold and Michael Werner helped alleviate concerns of the Biosimilars Forum, a trade association whose raison d’ĂȘtre it is to create a vibrant US market for biosimilars, regarding low reimbursement rates for biosimilars, thereby potentially stumping their development by convincing the Food and Drug Administration to review and approve its reimbursement standards. Other clients in the area include the Alliance to Restore Our Waterways and the Public Access to Sunscreens coalition. Joel Robertson is the name to note when it comes to issues surrounding autonomous vehicles and drone law. Kathryn Lehman, transportation expert David Whitestone and Tallahassee-based Mark Delegal are also key names. The practice has experienced a number of changes in the past year. The most recent additions include former congressmen Tom Davis and Christopher Armstrong, who both joined in January 2019. Further significant arrivals are Mark Kalpin from WilmerHale and Andrew Starrels from Market Square Real Estate Consulting. Marne Sussman joined from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, while Charles Borden comes from the Center for Analysis of Risk and Regulation. Finally, senior counsel Samuel Brown joined from Allen & Overy LLP and Jake Evans from Thompson Hine LLP.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
Transport: aviation and air travel - finance - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP is ‘well aware of the details of every case’, and with ‘offices on the East and West coasts, as well as London, its aircraft deal team never sleeps’. The practice group handles a range of domestic and cross-border aviation finance transactions and is particularly noted for its ‘strong lessor practice’. Phillip Durham advised BBAM on the lease, portfolio financing and acquisition of 14 engines from Air Asia, which is part of the $1.2bn acquisition by BBAM of the Air Asia Capital portfolio. In San Francisco, William Piels and Nathan Leavitt advised GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) on the sale of eight narrow-body aircraft to Haitong, which was coupled with an agreement for GECAS to service the related leases. In addition, the team is praised for its ‘great approach to transactions involving parties in Latin America’. Richard Furey, who is ‘passionately client-driven’, and Fred Bass are also key figures, as are Brian Daigle and San Francisco-based Carrie Friesen-Meyers, who is ‘super-productive’. John Pritchard heads the team with Durham, who ‘makes the complex so simple’ and acts as deputy practice group chair for the global transportation finance department. Named individuals are based in the firm’s New York office unless otherwise noted.

Leading lawyers

Fred Bass - Holland & Knight LLP

John Pritchard - Holland & Knight LLP

William Piels - Holland & Knight LLP

Next generation lawyers

Carrie Friesen-Meyero - Holland & Knight LLP

Nathan Leavitt - Holland & Knight LLP

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Transport: shipping - finance
Transport: shipping - finance - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP regularly acts for lender clients including US and foreign banks, investors and companies in international shipping transactions. In addition, advising lenders on restructurings, workouts and Chapter 11 insolvencies is a key part of the firm’s expertise. Jovi Tenev in New York heads the team and acted as Liberian and US maritime counsel to Nordic Trustee ASA on the enforcement of a $550m ship mortgage over a Liberian flag vessel on long term charter in international waters. Tenev also acted as Liberian counsel to the Bank of Nova Scotia, as mortgagee, in the $308m reflagging of a vessel and recording of a Liberian First Preferred Ship Mortgage covering the vessel. Richard Furey, who is also based in the firm’s New York office, is experienced in asset and infrastructure financing mandates.

Leading lawyers

Jovi Tenev - Holland & Knight LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP 'has a unique ability to draw together practitioners from around the country to provide tailored, efficient client service'. The practice is particularly focused on Latin America and Canada deals; the firm's M&A lawyers also have extensive experience in private equity transactions, securities regulation and corporate governance matters. The team advised private equity funds Brynwood Partners VII and Brynwood Partners VIII (and their wholly owned portfolio company Cold Spring Brewing) on the acquisition of Carolina Beverage Group from SunTx Capital Partners and other selling equity holders. Tampa-based Robert Grammig leads the corporate, M&A and securities practice, and, in Tysons, Adam August is the corporate, M&A and securities leader for the Mid-Atlantic region and Eric Wechselblatt serves as the deputy section leader of the business section. Other names to note are Miami-based David Barkus and Martin Clarke in Stamford.

Leading lawyers

Robert Grammig - Holland & Knight LLP

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP provides construction counsel to high-profile clients across the US from its Florida, Washington DC, New York, California and Illinois offices. Washington DC-based Stephen Shapiro recently acted as project counsel on a $6bn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build an LNG export facility in Texas, advising a joint venture formed by three of the largest global industrial and infrastructure contractors. Shapiro was supported by Orlando-based duo Ben Subin and Monte Starr. The trio also combined to assist a contractor consortium with a P3 project to upgrade a state highway, with the project value exceeding $2.5bn. On the contentious side, Shapiro represented Barton Malow Company in disputes against the electrical contractor concerning the expansion of the Notre Dame football stadium in Indiana. He also acted for Lendlease in disputes with the owner of a high-rise condominium project in Baltimore, with claims totaling over $10m. Bryan Phillips, who is based in Washington DC, advised The Bernstein Companies on construction contracts relating to the Marriott Hotel project in Washington. New York-based Frederick Rohn is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Stephen Shapiro - Holland & Knight LLP

Next generation lawyers

Monte Starr - Holland & Knight LLP

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

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s nationwide practice covers keys markets, including Florida, California, New York, Chicago and Washington DC. The ‘invaluable’ practice sets itself apart with its ‘wealth of experience and depth of knowledge’; the lawyers are ‘intuitive’, ‘clear’, ’responsive and articulate and they present very well to residents and elected officials’. In Chicago, ‘problem solver’ Peter Friedman was retained by Elion Partners in relation to the zoning, real estate financing, and tax-increment financing issues related to the RidgePort Logistics Center, in Wilmington. Friedman, who leads the Chicago real estate and local government group, ‘brings many years of front line experience, has a quick legal mind, and carries a huge amount of respect’. National land use and government practice chair Steven Elrod is ‘an exemplary attorney; he treats each client as if they are the only one, and he is extremely responsive to elected officials’. In Florida, Joseph Goldstein, Miami real estate and land use practice leader, is advising Baptist Health on several matters, including obtaining government zoning and land use approvals for five free-standing urgent care centres in South Florida, and governmental approvals for a master plan modification to the Baptist Hospital main campus. In San Francisco, West Coast land use practice head Jennifer Hernandez advised Tejon Ranch on a conservation and land use development agreement with several environmental groups concerning three large master-planned communities on the 240,000-acre property. Also recommended is Norman Glasgow, who leads the Washington DC and Northern Virginia land use and zoning group, and is advising Carr Properties on the land use matters relating to the new Fannie Mae headquarters located in downtown Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Goldstein - Holland & Knight LLP

Steve Elrod - Holland & Knight LLP

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP has steadily built its standing in Latin America banking and finance transactions over recent years. With Latin America-facing teams in Miami and New York, as well as offices in Mexico City and Bogota, the firm has a well-established platform to cover the region, and clients include Banco Agricola, Bancolombia (Panama), Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex), Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), JP Morgan Chase, Premium Restaurant Brands, SMBC Aviation Capital, Stoneway Capital and GP Investments. The firm recently advised Banco Interacciones on the refinancing of a $320m loan to the Mexican state of Chihuahua; and it also advised Bladex, as sole lead arranger and bookrunner, on a $120m senior unsecured loan to GMG Holdings and its subsidiaries. It also represented Bladex, again as lead arranger and bookrunner, on a $50m senior unsecured syndicated loan to Banco de AmĂ©rica Central, Guatemala. ‘Easy to work with’, Miami’s Norberto Quintana is a versatile finance lawyer with a notable record in infrastructure project financings, acquisition finance, syndicated and bilateral loans, and restructurings. Stephen Double is a Latin America specialist with particular experience in syndicated loans and securitisation, while Phillip Durham has a fine record in Latin America aviation finance. Senior counsel Carlos Meza splits his time between New York and Bogota and covers a range of cross-border financings including syndicated lending and export finance transactions. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s increasing commitment to Latin America continues to bear fruit, particularly in Argentina where it has represented a large number of sub-sovereign issuers. It also remains heavily involved with equity issuances by Mexican FIBRAs. Clients include Banco Agricola, Bancolombia Panama, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), JP Morgan Chase, Premiu Restaurant Brands and the Argentine province of Rio Negro. The Latin America team advised the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego on its $200m notes offering to finance infrastructure projects, as well as representing Stoneway Capital on its $500m Rule 144A/Reg S project bond offering to finance four power generating plants in Buenos Aires. New York’s Stephen Double has developed a significant market share in Argentina, where he has represented both sub-sovereign and private sector issuers. Miami partner Norberto Quintana and senior counsel Carlos Meza, who divides his time between New York and Bogota, are also key members of the team.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP has a solid Latin America platform with key teams in Mexico City, Bogota, Miami and New York. The firm is noted for its experience in the energy, natural resources, real estate and telecoms sectors. It recently advised global wireless communications infrastructure provider, American Tower Corporation, on its acquisition of a telecoms entity that owns a 4,000km fibre optic network in key metropolitan areas in Mexico. Luis Rubio Barnetche recently joined from Jones Day to lead the Mexico City office and brings significant additional telecoms sector expertise. Miami-based Roberto Pupo heads the Latin America corporate, M&A and securities practice group. Enrique GĂłmez-PinzĂłn is the BogotĂĄ office executive partner and is an experienced figure in corporate and financing transactions. Former Mexico City partner Boris Otto has left the firm.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s 2017 hire of Luis Rubio Barnetche and Salvador Fonseca from Jones Day and Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C., respectively, added notable commercial arbitration capacity to its already strong offering in Mexico City. The predominately US-based team regularly handles commercial arbitration in the maritime, aviation, hospitality and energy sectors; and recent headline mandates include representing an international EPC contractor in a $2bn claim arising from the construction of an oil refinery. Adolfo JimĂ©nez and Brian Briz are singled out for their ‘excellent negotiation skills’; both have experience managing arbitrations in English and Spanish in fora including the ICC, the ICDR, UNCITRAL and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). Joseph Mamounas, New York-based Marisa Marinelli and Austin-based Juan AlcalĂĄ are also notable practitioners.

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