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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day is a leading player in cartel investigations, with strong teams in Chicago and Cleveland and additional offices on the east and west coasts. The practice group, which is headed by David Wales, continues to be involved in high-profile cartel investigations into autoparts, financial institutions and electrolytic capacitors. Recently, Michael Knight and William O’Reilly represented a client in an investigation by the FTC into alleged anti-competitive practices regarding a branded drug. In another highlight, the firm defended Pioneer in a case relating to a DOJ investigation into the optical disk drives industry. Other notable key clients include Deutsche Bank and autoparts supplier Yazaki Corporation. Eric Enson in Los Angeles and John Majoras have ‘a lot of experience in the field’. Phillip Proger is also recommended. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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

Jones Day

Owing to its global network of highly regarded antitrust lawyers, Jones Day is frequently retained on complex cross-border matters, including when David Wales defended Deutsche Bank in a putative class action, following European Commission investigations, claiming that the bank and other defendants conspired to limited access to credit default swap (CDS) pricing information. Experienced litigator John Majoras was particularly active in merger clearance litigation, and one highlight was successfully defeating the FTC’s challenge to STERIS Corporation’s proposed $1.9bn acquisition of Synergy Health. Other clients include Adobe Systems and Premier Health Partners. Wales, who heads the practice globally, and Majoras are based in Washington DC; other key contacts include Thomas Demitrack in Cleveland, Paula Render in Chicago, Jeffrey LeVee in Los Angeles and David Kiernan in San Francisco.

Leading lawyers

John Majoras - Jones Day

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

With a ‘high level of industry knowledge’, Jones Day provides ‘very practical guidance’ in the area of merger clearance. In the past year, the team was involved in more than 150 complex cross-border transactions, including acting as antitrust counsel to appliance manufacturer Electrolux in its ultimately unsuccessful attempt to purchase the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3bn; the DOJ filed a lawsuit to block the acquisition in a rare example of a litigated merger case. David Wales, the firm’s global leader of antitrust and competition law, assisted Procter & Gamble with the merger of its 43 hair care and cosmetics brands with beauty products manufacturer Coty. Another highlight saw the firm represent DirecTV Group in the antitrust aspects of its approved acquisition by AT&T. The firm added Newell Rubbermaid and Carlyle Group to its client roster. Peter Love is recommended for his ‘great enthusiasm’; Craig Waldman is ‘incredibly smart and pragmatic’; and of counsel Phillip Proger is an ‘excellent attorney’. Joe Sims has retired.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Jones Day

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day’s team is often involved in pivotal Supreme Court cases and 2015 proved to be another strong year. Shay Dvoretzky, former US Supreme Court law clerk, acted for Abercrombie & Fitch in the closely watched case regarding ‘look policy’ and religious accommodations; Glen Nager, also a former US Supreme Court law clerk, handled a major antitrust case, representing North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners; and Michael Carvin was active in the King v Burwell and Halbig v Burwell cases, where he represented two groups affected by the IRS regulations on the Affordable Care Act. The team has also been granted certiorari in five Supreme Court cases for upcoming terms. Its significant appellate presence follows through into the lower courts of appeals, both federal and state, with the ‘excellent’ Beth Heifetz leading the appeal for the City of Detroit in a highly complex municipal bankruptcy case. Gregory Katsas is frequently engaged by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and had recent success in a major preemption case.

Leading lawyers

Glen Nager - Jones Day

Michael Carvin - Jones Day

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Possessing tremendous business acumen and understanding’, Jones Day’s team ‘fights hard for its clients and produces excellent results’. Atlanta-based Stephanie Parker and Gregory Katsas in Washington DC are part of a team handling multiple lawsuits for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco surrounding the Engle progeny litigation; the group secured a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit in a decision that could impact thousands of Engle class members. In San Francisco, Robert Mittelstaedt, David Kiernan and Craig Waldman defended Adobe Systems in antitrust litigation brought by current and former employees of hi-tech companies.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: aerospace/aviation
Product liability, mass tort and class action: aerospace/aviation - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day’s ‘very professional’ department remained busy throughout 2015, securing several victories for its aircraft and component manufacturer clients in litigation across the US spanning product defects, consumer fraud and other commercial disputes. A multi-office team including John Goetz in Pittsburgh and Erin Burke in Los Angeles resolved a complex claim regarding the crash of a Pilatus PC-12 Legacy aircraft in Montana in 2009 on favorable terms for client Pilatus Aircraft. Another cross-office collaboration saw Irvine-based John Vogt and Richard Bedell in Cleveland defending Champion Aerospace in a class action lawsuit concerning allegedly defective spark plugs. Former associate Stephanie Taylor recently joined West Virginia University as general counsel.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day’s practice is considered to be ‘the standard by which product litigation firms should be measured’. Stephanie Parker in Atlanta heads the department. Gregory Katsas in Washington DC worked alongside Parker to assist RJ Reynolds with achieving a $43m settlement agreement to resolve all Engle progeny cases in the Florida federal courts after three years of litigation (cases pending in the Florida state courts are still ongoing). Frederick McKnight, Peter Davids, Kerry Fowler (all three in Los Angeles) and Pittsburgh-based Charles Moellenberg are representing over 20 wineries in lawsuits claiming risk of personal injury caused by trace amounts of arsenic in their wine. Elli Leibenstein joined Greenberg Traurig LLP in early 2016.

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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 1

Jones Day

Jones Day’s department is headed by Stephanie Parker in Atlanta. Pittsburgh-based Paul Pohl, another key figure, has extensive trial and appellate experience. Head of the Houston office Nancy MacKimm acted alongside New York-based Sharyl Reisman and Washington DC-based Mary Ellen Powers in successfully representing IBM in resolving numerous claims alleging exposure to toxic emissions at a manufacturing facility. David DiMeglio in Los Angeles, along with Caroline Mitchell and of counsel James Dunlop in Chicago, are serving as lead counsel to Chevron regarding various proceedings arising from oil seepage that occurred off the coast of Brazil in 2011 and 2012; the team recently settled a significant number of the civil charges, and achieved dismissal of the entire criminal complaint.

Leading lawyers

Paul Pohl - Jones Day

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

Jones Day

Jones Dayprovides outstanding service’. The ‘down-to-earth, aggressive and thorough’ team is led by Robert Gaffey in New York and Peter Romatowski in Washington DC, and is ‘responsive, a pleasure to work with and the product is exceptional’. The New York team’s high-profile matters included the defense of a $1.9bn suit against Garmin. Robert Micheletto ‘brings a lot of experience to the table’. From Dallas, a team including Patricia Villalreal defended a class action for NII Holdings. ‘Strong all-round litigator’ Geoffrey Ritts in Cleveland and DC-based Joan McKown are also recommended.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day’s sizeable corporate and M&A practice feeds into what remains an active capital markets group, particularly on the corporate issuer side; Cleveland-based Christopher Kelly and Michael Solecki head the ‘very practical and responsive’ team. Major corporate clients continue to do debt deals and in 2015 the team acted for key client Starbucks in its public offering of $850m of senior notes with Chicago-based Edward Winslow leading. In another highlight, Winslow teamed up with San Francisco’s Timothy Hoxie to assist semiconductor company Lam Research with its offering of $1bn of senior notes; this was notable as tech companies are not traditional debt market users. On the underwriter side, New York-based Rory Hood and John Owen advised in relation to two separate offerings by PepsiCo, one totaling $3.25bn and the other $3bn.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day’s capital markets practice continues to receive transactional work from issuers and managers, as well as advising clients on various SEC and corporate governance issues. Cleveland-based Michael Solecki and Chicago-based Edward Winslow assisted Citigroup and KeyBanc Capital Markets with the IPO of Apartment Investment and Management Company, a matter totaling $370m. The group also advised Jefferies as lead underwriter on the $231m IPO of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, a company focusing on maternal health, anemia and cancer supportive care. Kimberly Pustulka, who recently acted for A. Schulman in its $110m public offering, is the other key contact in Cleveland.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

The ‘excellent’ team at Jones Day is praised for its ‘responsiveness, expertise and practice advice-giving’ and for being ‘a very valuable resource in the high-yield debt area’. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and very responsive’ Michael Solecki heads the US practice alongside Christopher Kelly; both are based in the Cleveland office, but the firm has capital markets experts stationed right across its US and international network. Highlights in 2015 included advising communications services company Sprint on its public offering of $1.5bn of notes and acting for USG Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of building materials, on its $350m Rule 144A/Regulation S offering and concurrent tender offer for outstanding notes. New York-based Eric Maki and Cleveland-based Kimberly Pustulka led on the first matter; Edward Winslow and Timothy Melton led on the second out of Chicago.

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

Jones Day

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day’s ‘solid team of seasoned lawyers’ provides a ‘superb’ level of service, impresses with its ‘global reach’ and ‘addresses business needs first before providing legal advice’. The team has a strong Midwest presence and is jointly headed by Chicago-based Robert Graves; New York-based Brett Barragate is the other practice head. The firm has a well-established borrower practice and acts for an impressive number of Fortune 500 companies and private equity clients. Notable highlights on the borrower side included its advice to Southern Company on $8.1bn of financing related, in part, to the acquisition of AGL Resources, and its assistance to Enable Midstream Partners with a $1.7bn five-year unsecured syndicated revolving credit facility. The group has made a concerted effort to grow its lender practice since the early 2000s and is a ‘good value proposition for middle-market transactions’. It is regularly sought out by KeyBank, and 2015 highlights include advising on a $700m senior unsecured term loan provided to The Cooper Companies. Other individuals singled out in the team include Boston-based John Casais, who is ‘solution-oriented’ and the ‘outstanding’ Katherine Ettredge in Dallas.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day is acting as lead debtor’s counsel in the Chapter 11 filings of American Apparel, RadioShack and Relativity Media, and is taking its fair share of energy sector instructions with roles in the Chapter 11s of Alpha Natural Resources (lead debtor’s counsel) and Patriot Coal (counsel to Peabody Energy, former parent of the debtor). In a keynote creditor role, the firm is representing the official committee of second lien bondholders in the $18bn Caesars Entertainment bankruptcy. Other clients include NII Holdings (another big-ticket lead debtor role - the second-largest filed in the US in 2014), MF Global Holdings and Macquarie Capital. Strong on both coasts, Paul Leake’s team includes Corinne Ball, Scott Greenberg, Michael Cohen and Lisa Laukitis in New York; Bruce Bennett, Erin Brady, and Richard Wynne in Los Angeles; and partners in Ohio, Boston and Texas, with the rehire of Kevyn Orr bringing substantial municipal and corporate experience to its Washington DC office. Three lawyers made partner in January 2015.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Bennett - Jones Day

Corinne Ball - Jones Day

Paul Leake - Jones Day

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day is a ‘dedicated adviser’ with strong experience in the municipal restructuring and bankruptcy space. Serving as lead restructuring counsel to the City of Detroit, and acting for Franklin Advisers as a creditor in the City of Stockton’s Chapter 9, has brought much attention to the practice - and both matters continue to generate work. It is also advising a group of Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority bondholders and a group of holders of Employees Retirement System of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bonds on their rights and remedies, and on any restructuring efforts undertaken by the issuers. Notable lawyers include David Heiman and Heather Lennox, who split their time between New York and Cleveland; Amy Edgy and Jeffrey Ellman in Atlanta; and Mark Cody in Chicago. In Los Angeles, Bruce Bennett and James Johnston are held in high regard, while Joshua Morse is a standout name in the San Francisco office.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Bennett - Jones Day

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 5

Jones Day

Jones Day provides comprehensive transactional and regulatory advice to its clients, which includes banks, hedge funds managers, investment advisers, insurance companies, mutual funds and other market participants. The practice is celebrated for ‘its capacity to anticipate clientsneeds’ and provides ‘value for money’; it has been involved in some of the largest and most complex derivatives transactions representing major financial clients and has also handled complex litigation. In an ongoing matter, it is providing Overstock.com with securities regulatory and market structuring advice related to its blockchain trading platform business. It is also representing Deutsche Bank in an antitrust class action initiated by an Ohio union pension plan relating to putative interference with credit default swaps exchange trading. Washington DC-based Tracy Oley is actively involved in the practice. Former practice head Mark Sisitsky retired in early 2016, and Jonathan Ching joined Linklaters LLP. Since publication, Joel Telpner has joined Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s practice is headed by Peter Clarke, Todd Johnson and Jeffrey Schlegel. Highlights included advising NRG Energy on the sale of five power plants to NRG Yield for $1.2bn. That deal was led by Gerald Farano, who also acted for DTE Electric Company on its $240m acquisition of the Renaissance power plant from LS Power Group. Other clients include Oklahoma Gas & Electric and Lakeside Energy.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jeffrey Schlegel leads Jones Day’s practice, which is praised for its ‘spot-on’ advice and ability to ‘maximise value and minimize risk’. Schlegel, who is commended for his ‘near-perfect knowledge’, advised MPLX LP and Marathon Petroleum on the former’s merger with MarkWest Energy Partners. The ‘extremely prompt’, ‘trustworthy’ Stephen Olson joined the team from Baker & Hostetler LLP in August 2015.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

At Jones Day, the environmental, health and safety practice group is led from Washington DC by Kevin Holewinski, who is experienced in environmental, climate change and toxic tort litigation. Representative matters included representing PCS Nitrogen in a Superfund matter, Chevron in environmental lawsuits filed in Ecuador and Brazil, Axiall in environmental matters related to inquiries and requests for information by the EPA, and Fluor Corporation in a federal RCRA and CWA citizen suit filed in the Northern District of California. Other clients include the City of Detroit, Procter & Gamble and NRG Yield. San Francisco-based Thomas Donnelly is also noted.

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day has a notable record in the healthcare sector and represents a variety of insurance companies, HMOs, self-insured employer health plans and third-party administrators. It is noted for its managed care contracting expertise and its experience in antitrust matters within the healthcare sector. In 2015, the firm advised a national health insurer on antitrust matters connected to its $40bn acquisition by another national health insurer. James Dutro has exceptional M&A experience in this sector, and Stephen Sozio is a leader in government investigations and compliance. David Grauer, David Morris and Lisa Han are also highly regarded.

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day’s geographic coverage, immersion in the healthcare industry and outstanding record in transactions makes it a true leader in this sector. The firm advised Cleveland Clinic Foundation on a deal that led to it taking full ownership of Akron General Health System. In addition, it represented Dignity Health in the formation of a partnership with Tenet Healthcare to acquire and operate Carondelet Health Network. It also advised ProMedica on its agreement with the University of Toledo and its College of Medicine and Life Sciences to develop a premier academic medical center. Other clients include Cardinal Health, Inova Health System, Centura Health, Adventist Health and Indiana University Health. The firm is also noted for its record in fraud and abuse matters and False Claims Act (FCA) cases. James Dutro and Stephen Sozio head the practice.

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Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day’s ‘excellent’ practice covers a wide scope of matters for policyholder clients including catastrophic loss and property and casualty issues, as well as cybercrime coverage. Los Angeles-based practice head Tyrone Childress has been representing World Trade Center Properties in the allocation of subrogation proceeds following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as advising Union Pacific Railroad Company on coverage disputes relating to damage caused by severe weather events and railroad accidents. The team was strengthened in 2015 by the recruitment of the ‘responsive and direct’ Richard DeNatale to the firm’s San Francisco office from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. DeNatale has brought in a significant cyber element to the practice and current matters include assisting Sony with insurance issues following cyberattacks, including the 2011 attacks on the Sony online gaming networks and the 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment following the release of the parody movie, The Interview. Clients recommend New York-based Edward Joyce and John Iole in Pittsburgh, who is representing Transocean in the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster litigation. Richard Milone joined the Washington DC office from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

Leading lawyers

Tyrone Childress - Jones Day

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United States: Intellectual property

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

Jones Day

Jones Day acts on both the plaintiff and the defendant side, and has participated in numerous major competitor cases alongside NPE-related matters. The practice is co-chaired by Greg Lanier in Silicon Valley and Calvin Griffith in Cleveland; the latter successfully defended Celgene in an infringement case brought by Andrulis Pharmaceuticals, which alleged infringement of cancer drug related patents, and also handled a cross-border patent dispute with Gilead Sciences on behalf of Idenix Pharmaceuticals. In Washington DC, Blaney Harper represented Cree, an LED material and device manufacturer, in infringement litigation against plaintiff Honeywell International, obtaining a favorable settlement where all matters were dismissed with prejudice. John Normile is the key figure in New York, and is representing appellant Purdue Pharma in two separate Hatch-Waxman appeals.

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Patents: portfolio management and licensing
Patents: portfolio management and licensing - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day’s team is most notable for handling IP matters relating to major M&A transactions. As an example, the team advised Lam Research on its $10.6bn acquisition of KLA-Tencor, and it advised City of Hope on an exclusive license granted to LA Cell, a company formed by Sorrento Therapeutics to focus on the development of cell-penetrating antibody therapies. San Diego-based Thomas Briggs and Boston-based Warren Nachlis are the main contacts.

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Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 6

Jones Day

Jones Day has particular experience acting for pharmaceutical companies and is regularly retained by household-name clients to assist with patent prosecution and post-grant reviews. San Diego-based Anthony Insogna chairs the global IP practice and is experience in biotech and pharmaceutical patents. His team assists Celgene with global patent strategies for the entire range of the company’s small molecule and biopharmaceutical drug therapies. Cleveland-based David Cochran and John Biernacki represent Jazz Pharmaceuticals in post-grant matters involving attacks by generic pharmaceutical companies and hedge funds hoping to undermine Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ patent portfolio related to Xyrem. Adriane Antler and recently promoted partner Michael Bruner, based in New York and Atlanta respectively, are also names to note in the life sciences sector. Tamera Weisser has experience in IPR proceedings and has successfully defended AbbVie in two IPRs brought by Amgen in connection with patents related to AbbVie’s blockbuster antibody therapeutic, Humira.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

The ‘excellent’ team at Jones Day often handles high-profile disputes for big brands. Washington DC-based practice co-head John Froemming is a ‘diligent, professional and knowledgeable trademark litigator’ and has particular expertise in non-traditional trademarks. He successfully represented eos Products in a trade dress dispute with Oralabs, which agreed to stop selling egg-shaped lip balm. The ‘phenomenal’ Cleveland-based practice co-head Meredith Wilkes continues to represent Victoria’s Secret in several cases throughout the US aimed at shutting down the sale of merchandise that infringes the client’s PINK trademark and trade dress, and she also acted for Avid Technology in a trademark infringement suit against competitor Media Gobbler. Washington DC-based Susan Kayser obtained multiple wins for several Richemont luxury brands, including Chloé, Cartier, Montblanc, and A. Lange & Söhne, in a contributory infringement case against the B2B website operator TradeKey.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day provides ‘high-quality’ trademark prosecution services for many big brands. The ‘very strong’ team is praised as ‘fast and efficient’. Cleveland-based Meredith Wilkes is praised for her ‘practical strategy advice’. She has been assisting fast-food company Wendy’s and wire and cable manufacturer General Cable Corporation with trademark prosecution and licensing matters. Washington DC-based John Froemming and Susan Kayser have been acting for Abercrombie & Fitch regarding its trademark portfolio management and enforcement. Other clients include L Brands, Kind Group, Educational Testing Service, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day’s practice represents businesses in withdrawal liability arbitrations as well as litigation concerning issues such as healthcare benefits. In Cleveland, Stanley Weiner is representing Axiall Corporation and Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems Corporation in disputes surrounding eligibility for retiree medical benefits. Further east, Washington DC’s Evan Miller is representing The New York Times Company in an arbitration where the newspaper is challenging the legality of the method used to calculate withdrawal liability. Also in Washington DC, Donald Munro is acting for a coalition of railroads in a lawsuit regarding a Massachusetts sick leave law’s compatibility with ERISA. Other clients include Boeing.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day provides ‘excellent’ advice on a range of employee compensation matters ranging from executive compensation to welfare plans. Evan Miller and Kevin Noble, both located in Washington DC, continue to advise Motorola Solutions on a $4.2bn pension de-risking transaction with Prudential Financial. Daniel Hagen, who is based in New York, is advising Reynolds Tobacco on its purchase of Lorillard. In Cleveland, Patricia Eschbach-Hall advised Timken on spinning-off its steel business, and Procter & Gamble on selling its non-European pet care business to Mars. Miller and Hagen are co-chairs of the practice, which also acts for SAP, the City of Detroit and the Eastman Chemical Company.

Leading lawyers

Evan Miller - Jones Day

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day reaches ‘the gold standard when it comes to Railway Labor Act and Federal Railroad Safety Act issues’. ‘Skilled litigator’ Donald Munro defended BNSF Railway against the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers’ attempt to enjoin the implementation of new rail freight services through alleging that changes to the way employees were called to work presented major disputes under the RLA; these were, in fact, minor and the changes were found to be justified under existing collective bargaining agreements. The group also handled several class actions for McDonald’s, including the wage and hour case, Ochoa et al v McDonald’s Corp et al, which saw Elizabeth McRee, Lawrence DiNardo and Fred Alvarez represent the company against claims that it had violated the California Labor Code and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA); missed meal and rest breaks, unpaid overtime and inaccurate wage statements allegations were asserted with claims that the chain acted as a joint employer with its co-defendant franchisee. The firm has ‘a deep bench in a wide variety of areas’; other names to note include practice co-heads Michael Gray and Matthew Lampe, as well as Eric Dreiband, Willis Goldsmith, Doreen Davis, Terri Chase, Alison Marshall and Robert Naeve. Also recommended are Jonathan Linas, Patricia Dunn and David Birnbaum, who were all recently made up to partner. Attorneys work in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Silicon Valley, and Irvine. Robert Ford, Amy Dias and Thomas Jerman retired from practice.

Leading lawyers

Lawrence DiNardo - Jones Day

Michael Gray - Jones Day

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day team of 130 full-time labor and employment practitioners has vast experience in diverse matters, including NLRB proceedings and appeals, union-organizing campaigns, and Railway Labor Act cases. Stanley Weiner handled class action litigation brought against Century Aluminum by United Steelworkers retirees, which challenged the company’s decision to alter medical benefits afforded to certain retired employees; and Willis Goldsmith represented Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative Association’s in collective bargaining negotiations over 1,300 employee contracts with Teamsters Local 202, which had authorized a strike over wages and benefits, among other issues. Curt Kirschner, Doreen Davis and Donald Munro are highly regarded, as are Aaron Agenbroad and Brian Easley. David Birnbaum, Patricia Dunn and Jonathan Linas made partner, while Robert Ford and Thomas Jerman retired. Named individuals are based the Chicago, Cleveland, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC offices.

Leading lawyers

Doreen Davis - Jones Day

Willis Goldsmith - Jones Day

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Workplace and employment counseling
Workplace and employment counseling - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day’s expertise includes non-discriminatory reductions in force and plant closures connected to divestitures, termination risks, conducting investigations into sexual harassment, compliance, misconduct, and developing policies and procedures to reduce litigation risks. Cleveland’s Stanley Weiner and Washington DC’s employee benefits and executive compensation expert Kevin Noble advised a US client on transfer rights and other matters relating to pension and retiree medical programs involved in spinning-off a division unit from the larger business. Lawrence DiNardo and Michael Gray in Chicago, San Diego’s Rick Bergstrom, Silicon Valley-based Fred Alvarez and Atlanta’s Deborah Sudbury are the primary contacts. In New York, Terri Chase and Doreen Davis were joined by Martin Schmelkin from Goldman Sachs and Kari Levine retired in San Francisco.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 5

Jones Day

When it comes to deal volume, Jones Day is virtually without equal, and is consistently ranked top by number of deals in various M&A leagues tables. While much of this activity is in the middle market, the firm is also frequently engaged in large-cap and mega deals. The team is ‘very responsive’ and ‘good value for money’, and the ‘senior talent is very strong’. The team also ‘consistently provides excellent client service’ and the ‘lawyers often voluntarily go above and beyond the call of duty’. Moreover, the ‘advice is always spot on for the industry’, as the firm is attuned to clients’ ‘business and organizational needs’ and the ‘legal advice reflects these realities’. And despite being such a large firm, it provides ‘coordinated support across disciplines, geographies and deal structures’. In 2015, it advised on a series of headline deals. In the energy space, where it has a notable standing, it advised MPLX and Marathon Petroleum on MLPX’s $20bn acquisition of MarkWest Energy Partners; the lead partner on this was Houston-based Jeff Schlegel, who co-heads the global energy practice and is ‘responsive’, ‘knows the industry’, has a ‘good bedside manner with lay clients’, and ‘knows what to fight for and what is not important’. In another standout deal, the firm represented Procter & Gamble in its complex $12.5bn agreement to merge 43 beauty brands with Coty in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction; New York-based M&A practice leader Robert Profusek led on the deal and is ‘practical’, ‘effective’ and has a ‘preeminent M&A mind’. In other deals valued in excess of $1bn, it advised Southern Company on its $12bn acquisition of AGL Resources, and represented clients such as Lam Research, Koch Industries, Reynolds American, Exelis, Atmel Corporation and Polypore International. The ‘strong and deep’ department also includes key figures such as New York’s Randi Lesnick, Atlanta-based Bryan Davis and Daniel Mitz in Silicon Valley. Cleveland’s Peter Izanec is a ‘brilliant lawyer’ with a ‘wealth of knowledge and experience in deal making’, and understands his clients’ ‘business, tolerance for risk and the way they prefer to do deals’. New York’s Andrew Levine is an ‘excellent lawyer and a key resource on less traditional deals, including joint ventures and those involving minority rights’. He is ‘not afraid to challenge clients’ thinking and offer new ideas’. Robert Kennedy and Brien Wassner joined Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day has ‘a top-notch group of attorneys and, more importantly, business advisers’. The firm’s private equity practice benefits from its broad geographic platform across the US and globally, and from November 2014 to October 2015, the team closed more than 140 deals worldwide. The impressive client roster includes big names such as The Riverside Company, Baird Capital and Blue Point Capital. Cleveland’s Denise Carkhuff is ‘very good at identifying risks and understanding her clients’ business issues’; she often does work on behalf of Cortec Group, Wellspring Capital Managers and Blue Point Capital. Chuck Hardin, also in Cleveland, heads the global private equity practice. Chicago’s Lisa Lathrop, Dallas-based Michael Weinberg and Ira White in New York are also recommended. In mid-2015, Robert Kennedy and Brien Wassner went to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, while Maria Sendra joined Dentons.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day’s venture capital practice leverages the firm’s private equity expertise, regularly assisting clients with their investments in start-up companies. New York’s Randi Lesnick advised Goode Partners on its acquisition of a minority stake in Incipio, a mobile device accessories designer and manufacturer. In the Silicon Valley office, Stephen Gillette handled Peterson Partners’ purchase of Series A preferred units in a private placement by Blue Raven Solar. Timothy Curry, who splits his time between the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is praised as ‘extremely knowledgeable and thorough’. He was the lead attorney advising Endeavour Vision on its purchase of Series D convertible preferred stock in ReShape Medical. Other clients include EDBI, The Riverside Company and DBS Bank. John Saada in Cleveland and Kenneth Polin in San Diego are other names to note.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

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

Jones Day

Jones Day provides counsel to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on matters such as data protection regulation, domain name registry, and negotiations with various EU data protection authorities regarding data retention requirements. New York-based Mauricio Paez led data protection advice to Cardinal Health throughout its acquisition of the Cordis Corporation and other global assets from Johnson & Johnson. Los Angeles-based Daniel McLoon co-leads the team with Paez, and core strengths include advising on the theft of digital assets, EU-US data transfers, internal cyber crime investigations, and e-health data protection issues.

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Technology: outsourcing
Technology: outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Kevin Lyles in Columbus and Mauricio Paez in New York head up Jones Day’s outsourcing practice, which recently welcomed Todd McClelland in Atlanta from Alston & Bird LLP. Dignity Health, Apollo Towers, Goodman Property Management, Cardinal Health, Salesforce.com and Xcel Energy are among its clients in the outsourcing area, as are the newly acquired Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG+E) and Santa Barbara Cottage Health System. For the latter, the team assisted with the negotiation of a software license and support agreement and a business associate agreement with software company Epic Systems, for the license, implementation and training of an electronic health records system for use in hospitals and physician practices. For OG+E, Lyles led negotiations for a long-term master services agreement allowing for software company Tech Mahindra to take over the client’s application development, maintenance and support services as part of the client’s IT transformation project.

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Kevin Lyles - Jones Day

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day’s practice covers licensing and technology transactions with the support of several international offices. Boston-based Warren Nachlis and San Diego-based Thomas Briggs are key lawyers in the practice, and between them they handle M&A, licensing, joint ventures, joint development agreements, strategic alliances and settlement agreements. Dallas-based Alain Dermarkar and New York-based Benjamin Grossman joined the mergers and acquisitions practice, and both have experience working with clients in the technology space, including semiconductors.

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day’s telecoms and broadcast team is headed by Bruce Olcott, who is an expert in the area of wireless and wireline communications services. The practice has established a niche acting for clients including Escape Dynamics, Teledyne Technologies and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems in matters related to international space law; recent highlights include assisting Escape Dynamics with required regulatory approvals before various federal agencies (including the FCC) concerning the development of electromagnetically powered space launch and aerospace propulsion systems. The practice also has extensive knowledge of wireless technology matters, and is advising GE Transportation on the construction of positive train control systems, a new technology aimed at decreasing train accidents, which involves acquiring the necessary radio spectrum rights.

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United States: Real estate and construction

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s leading construction attorneys include Andrew Ness in Washington DC, Daniel McMillan in Los Angeles, Stephen O’Neal and of counsel David Buoncristiani in San Francisco and Roy Powell in Pittsburgh. The team advises national and international owners and contractors on transactional and contentious matters, particularly in relation to large energy and infrastructure projects across the US and the world. It has been representing Kiewit Pacific Company in three separate defect lawsuits related to the $721m I-405 Sepulveda Pass widening project in Los Angeles, and also successfully defended Kiewit in a whistleblower action in the Northern District of California. The group has been acting for utility owners, led by Georgia Power Company, in relation to claims of over $1bn, brought by the contractor, based on alleged regulatory changes affecting the $10bn construction of a nuclear power plant. Kevin O’Brien is assisting Bechtel Power with negotiations over the construction of a $500m 750MW power plant in Virginia. Non-contentious highlights included assisting the Los Angeles Unified School District with procurement and drafting contracts for a $30m design-build dual language (Mandarin and English) immersion elementary school project, and advising Loma Linda University Medical Center on its multi-phase $1.2bn campus redevelopment.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Ness - Jones Day

David Buoncristiani - Jones Day

Stephen O’Neal - Jones Day

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

From its nationwide platform, Jones Day handles a mix of real estate work for clients such as Mill Creek Residential Trust, Goldman Sachs and the Blackstone Group. Highlights in 2015 included advising Associated Estates Realty on its $2.5bn sale of a public REIT to an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management, and acting for Goodyear Tire in the acquisition of land in an industrial park in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. In the debt finance space, the team represented a subsidiary of Blackstone in relation to mortgage and mezzanine syndicated financing required to acquire an office portfolio with over 113 assets, and also acted for key client Wells Fargo on more than a 100 real estate financings. One particular specialty of the practice is affordable housing, and in New York Steven Koppel and Aviva Yakren assisted Goldman Sachs with the negotiation of a three-phase joint venture for the development of land, including 2,000 housing units, in and around the Seward Park area, Manhattan. Chicago-based Robert Lee and Dallas-based David Lowery head the practice. The Chicago office was enhanced by the addition of John Rafkin and David Woods from Sidley Austin LLP.

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  • US rules regarding offshore accounts

    The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act 2010, enacted on 18 March 2010, imposes a new US withholding tax and reporting regime, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA regime applies generally to payments made after 31 December 2012, except on obligations (to be defined in future guidance) outstanding on 18 March 2012. Substantial effort is required by foreign entities to bring their worldwide operations and policies into compliance with the FATCA rules as of the effective date.

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