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Holland & Knight LLP


United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s substantial middle-market practice operates nationwide and is particularly acclaimed for its expertise in the hospitality sector, where specialties include timeshare arrangements and food and beverage matters arising from the transfer of hotel brands. The team assisted SIR Chelsea with a $250m joint venture to redevelop the Chelsea Hotel in New York, and also represented Capbridge USA in the development of a 388-unit timeshare project located in Hawaii. Another strength is the retail development and leasing sector and the team was active in this regard on behalf of clients such as Lewis Management and the Meridian Group. Although the practice has a focus on developer work, it also services lender clients such as Wells Fargo and SunTrust Bank, and represented the latter in closing a $750m revolving credit facility for a national timeshare developer. Recommended attorneys include Atlanta-based John Decker, who is ‘very diligent and creative in problem solving’, and Chicago-based Michael Kuppersmith, who provides ‘prudent, thoughtful legal advice’. Also of note are Joseph Guay, who leads the practice from New York; New York-based condominium specialist Stuart Saft, who is advising HFZ Capital Group on the mixed-use development of a freight yard at Eleventh Avenue, New York; and vice chair Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, who is based in Miami.

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United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP

The ‘thorough and client-focused’ team at Holland & Knight LLP comprises specialized practitioners in aircraft finance and leasing, maritime finance, and rail, locomotive and other equipment leasing and finance matters. Fred Bass advised Alaska Airlines on a secured loan for the highly publicized acquisition of Virgin America, closing one of department’s headline deals of 2016. The group remains active in Latin America-facing leasing and finance transactions, and Phillip Durham is assisting SMBC Aviation Capital with a sale/leaseback financing of six new-build aircraft with Colombia’s national airline Avianca S.A. Following the retirement of Nancy Hengen, Jovi Tenev now heads the ship finance practice; he recently led a team that acted as Marshall Islands and New York counsel for DNB Asia and DNB Bank ASA Singapore in relation to a $137m loan facility to a subsidiary of Seacorp Marine Foreign Holdings. The team has ‘deep industry knowledge and contacts’, and counts GE Capital Aviation Services, Aercap Holdings and Avolon Aerospace Leasing among its clients. Aviation-focused partners William Piels, in San Francisco, and John Pritchard are also recommended. Unless otherwise stated, named individuals are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Fred Bass - Holland & Knight LLP

John Pritchard - Holland & Knight LLP

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United States: Government

Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP

One of the largest bipartisan public policy and regulation practices in the market, Holland & Knight LLP is particularly known for its lobbying efforts in the healthcare sector. Acting for the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, it advocates for federal policies to promote research and commercialization of regenerative medicine products. On behalf of the American Chemistry Council, it negotiated with congress the reauthorization of the Toxic Substances Control Act. The group can draw on other practice groups to assemble multi-disciplinary teams and regularly utilizes social media to convey a client’s message. Gerry Sikorski, Rich Gold and Atlanta-based Robert Highsmith are held in high regard. Nicole Elliott, formerly senior director of operations for the Affordable Care Act with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), joined in March 2016.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: aviation and air travel
Transport: aviation and air travel - ranked: tier 1

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP handles the gamut of aviation-related work, from lease and portfolio restructurings, to nuanced regulatory advice, and litigation covering product liability, federal pre-emption, aircraft accidents and personal injury. Anita Mosner in Washington DC has assisted foreign air carriers such as Air Serbia and Volaris with obtaining US traffic rights, and is also working to expand the operating rights of Venezuelan airline Avior. Gary Halbert (also in Washington DC) has been particularly active in aviation-related litigation, having represented aerospace companies in multiple crash and product liability suits. The litigation team also handles personal injury cases for domestic and international air carriers, including Lufthansa, American Airlines and Air France. Los Angeles-based William Piels and New York-based Fred Bass are members of the aviation finance group, which counts Alaska Airlines and GE Capital Aviation Services among its key clients. Randal Craft heads the aviation department from New York.

Leading lawyers

Anita Mosner - 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 3

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s M&A team handles transactions involving small, middle-market and large businesses. It routinely advises on transaction structuring and negotiation, due diligence, securities filings and corporate governance issues, and its clients include businesses from the technology, telecoms, healthcare, energy, financial services and maritime sectors. The team is experienced in government contracts deals; examples include acting for Information Management Technology, a system integrator and software engineering firm, in its sale to Mission Essential, a provider of interpretation and translation services to the Defense Department. Other significant matters included advising Digitek Computer Products, a distributor of imaging services and products, with its sale to Carolina Wholesale Group, and assisting Ireland-based Fyffes with its $109m purchase of Canadian mushroom producer Highline Produce, a portfolio company of US private equity firm Peak Rock Capital. The primary contacts are Leighton Yates Jr in Orlando and Northern Virginia-based consulting counsel William Mutryn. Stamford’s Martin Clarke is also recommended.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 2

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s construction team is led by established practitioner Stephen Shapiro, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York. The team is well known for acting on PPPs, representing both public entities and contractors. Infrastructure projects are a notable area for the firm and, in 2016, standout projects included roads, tunnels and rail networks, as well as educational facilities. A major client has been an EPC joint venture, which has bought together three well-known industrial and infrastructure contractors for the construction of a multibillion-dollar energy plant in the south of the country. Other clients include Skanska, Kiewit and New York University. Key contacts in the group include Boston attorney Deborah Griffin and New York-based Frederick Rohn.

Leading lawyers

Stephen Shapiro - Holland & Knight LLP

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

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s team is ‘well connected, quick and thorough; it is a leader in land use’. The firm has land use attorneys in various offices across the country, but is most highly regarded for its work in Florida, New York, California and Washington DC. Joseph Goldstein in Miami recently assisted the Graham Companies with a $1.5bn mixed-use development in Miami, which will include a large shopping mall and residential blocks. In San Francisco, Jennifer Hernandez has been advising Tejon Ranch on numerous residential projects, with an aggregate value of $1bn; this includes approvals for the master-planned community, Tejon Mountain Village, which is set in the Tehachapi Mountain range and has so far entailed numerous California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) challenges. In New York, Kenneth Lowenstein is key name, as is Steven Elrod, who is always able to ‘differentiate the needs and culture of his clients’.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Goldstein - Holland & Knight LLP

Steven Elrod - Holland & Knight LLP

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