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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

1775 I STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006-2401, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 721 4600
Fax:
Fax +1 202 721 4646
Web:
www.hugheshubbard.com

United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 5

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

William Kolasky’s team at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP includes the ‘smart and tenacious’ Elizabeth Prewitt in New York, who in 2015 joined from the DOJ’s Antitrust Division (where she was a trial lawyer and served as assistant chief in its New York office). Robert Bell and New York-based Marc Weinstein are other key members of the group, which was further bolstered by Ali Stoeppelwerth’s arrival from WilmerHale. The firm is currently acting for clients in investigations involving sectors such as pharmaceuticals, financial services and e-commerce. Ethan Litwin joined Dechert LLP.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s ‘hugely talented’ team is one of the ‘best in the business of international arbitration’, advising on international commercial, investor-state, and state-to-state matters. Headline work included representing the claimants in five arbitrations with the Russian Federation under the Russia-Ukraine BIT to recover the loss of investments by a group of Ukrainian investors in Crimea. The practice also secured a $1.4bn award for Crystallex International Corporation in an ICSID arbitration with Venezuela regarding an investment in a gold-mining project. John Townsend in Washington DC and John Fellas chair the international arbitration and ADR group, while Alexander Yanos and Steven Hammond lead the treaty arbitration team. Former US law adviser to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea Thomas Lee joined as counsel. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

John Fellas - Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

John Townsend - Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Led by Amanda DeBusk, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP provides ‘responsive, clear and pragmatic advice on business-critical trade issues’. De Busk is a ‘sage adviser on all aspects of trade law and sanctions’ and along with the ‘responsive and user-friendly’ Melissa Duffy advises Dell across a myriad of export controls and sanctions compliance matters, including complex trade compliance issues regarding the recent spin-off of Dell Software Group. The ‘hardworking and sensibleMatthew Nicely is able ‘to cut straight to the meat of the matter’ and has deep experience in anti-dumping and countervailing duties cases. Alongside the ‘incredibly talented’ and ‘strategic’ Joanne Osendarp, who excels in handling complex multi-stakeholder litigation’, Nicely represents the Canadian government in a countervailing duty matter involving supercalendered paper imported from Canada. Counsel Alan Kashdan is ‘a walking textbook on anti-boycotting issues’.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 2

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

The ‘experienced, comprehensive and always prompt’ group at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has strong experience handling high-stakes litigation, with a particular expertise in medical expert issues. ‘Superb strategist’ Theodore Mayer and Wilfred Coronato, based in New York and Jersey City respectively, continue to serve as national coordinating counsel to long-term client Pfizer in remaining litigation concerning its recalled diet drug Pondimin. New York-based co-head Diane Lifton has been representing Terumo in a medical device product liability case in Utah. The team was strengthened by the arrival in New Jersey of Mary Bartkus (of counsel) from Merck & Co. Co-head Robb Patryk is based in New York.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has three co-chairs of its securities litigation group: New York-based William Maguire and Edward Little and Washington DC-based Kevin Abikoff. Maguire and Sarah Cave represented accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in litigation arising out of its audits of funds that invested with Bernard Madoff Securities, including a federal class action that was dismissed in the New York Appellate Division. New York-based Christopher Kiplok’s highlights included several matters for the trustee in the SIPA liquidation of Lehman Brothers. Washington DC-based Roel Campos chairs the firm’s securities enforcement practice, which also includes Terence Healy and New York’s Marc Weinstein.

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United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 3

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Delivering excellent service and legal advice’, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s aviation group handles aircraft and equipment finance, sale and purchase contracts, bankruptcies and restructurings, and has extensive experience in EETC offerings. Indeed, New York-based co-chair John Hoyns acted for United Airlines in multiple EETC offerings in 2015 and 2016, totaling nearly $2.5bn. Additionally, the team acted as debtor’s counsel to Republic Airways Holdings in the company’s $3.5bn Chapter 11 restructuring. Washington DC-based co-chair Steven Chung advised a group of lenders to Delta Air Lines on $450m in loans, backed by a pool of 26 used Airbus and Boeing aircraft. On the leasing side, the group acted for Hawaiian Airlines regarding a sale and leaseback transaction of three Airbus aircraft from Jackson Square Aviation. Mark Denham has particular experience in cross-border aircraft lending and leasing and Islamic financing, and Andrew Fowler is also noted.

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

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is especially noted for its ability to negotiate brokerage firm liquidations under the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA), as demonstrated by its roles as SIPA trustee in the high-profile Lehman Brothers and MF Global cases. As of August 2016, as trustee in the liquidation of Lehman Brothers International, senior counsel James Giddens - a nationally recognized expert in this field - had distributed more than $8.8bn to general unsecured creditors. Giddens and Christopher Kiplok (who is a ‘real talent that combines a rare combination of legal, commercial and political instincts’) also achieved high recoveries for former customers and unsecured creditors of MF Global. The firm has employed its excellent litigation practice in the Nortel Networks insolvency. With Kiplok, litigator Scott Christensen also represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in litigation following the closure of Puerto Rico’s Doral Bank. On the debtor side, it has been acting for Republic Airways in its Chapter 11 proceedings. Kathryn Coleman is a ‘bankruptcy lawyer of the highest caliber’ and assisted Digital First Media with its purchase of Freedom Communications. Meaghan Gragg made partner at the end of 2016 and Gabrielle Glemann was promoted to counsel. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

James Giddens - Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 3

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

New York City-based firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP handles both hostile and friendly transactions and is experienced representing public and private companies, acquirers, targets, boards of directors, independent director committees, MBO groups, subordinated lenders and equity participants. It also has extensive experience in international transactions, including advising on the US law aspects of cross-border tender offers and managing international issues during M&A transactions. The team was legal counsel to Epic Pharma in its $550m sale to China’s Humanwell Healthcare Group and New Jersey’s PuraCap Pharmaceutical, and assisted Chiltern, a UK-headquartered contract research organization, with the acquisition of Pennsylvania-based Theorem Clinical Research. Other key deals included advising global engineering and industrials manufacturer ITT Corporation on its approximately $300m cash acquisition of automotive braking system developer Wolverine Automotive Holdings, and assisting India-based IT company Wipro with its $500m acquisition of US-based cloud services company Appirio. Kenneth Lefkowitz has advised on M&A deals for companies such as Viacom, CBS, Cablevision and The Madison Square Garden Company; and James Modlin’s experience includes acting on deals in the specialty chemicals, life sciences and media sectors. Charles Samuelson, Avner Ben-Gera and David Schwartz are also highly rated.

Leading lawyers

Kenneth Lefkowitz - Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Traube - Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Practice head Andrew Braiterman and Alexander Anderson are the main partners in the New York-based international tax practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Braiterman advised Cenveo on the $105m sale of its folded carton and litho-laminated display packaging business to a division of WestRock Company, while Anderson acted as debtor’s counsel to Republic Airways regarding its Chapter 11 restructuring, worth $3.5bn. Another highlight for Braiterman was advising on the acquisition of Pure Power Technologies from Navistar International Corporation by a UK-based investment group led by client Smithfield Group and Kensington Capital Partners. Anderson also advised Australia-based company Brambles on the combination of oil and gas container solutions businesses, Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers, with Hoover Container Solutions to create an independent joint venture company called Hoover-Ferguson Group.

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Andrew Braiterman - Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP fields a tax group that ‘punches above its weight’, and acts for a range of clients including chemical corporations, airliners, leasing companies and investment funds. A team led by Alexander Anderson advised Republic Airways on tax issues connected to its Chapter 11 restructuring, while Andrew Braiterman led advice to Cenveo on the $105m sale of its folded carton and litho-laminated display packaging business to WestRock Company. Chiltern, Smithfield, Epic Pharma and Cipla are also clients.

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