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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day’s practice underwent some reorganization at the top, with New York-based Michael Haas and Chicago-based Brian Sedlak (who is hailed as ‘a great client relationship partner’) taking over as co-heads from Robert Lee and David Lowery, who are based in Chicago and Dallas respectively. The team provides a ‘stellar level of service’ to private equity clients such as the Blackstone Group, for which Haas acted on the $1.3bn sale of 500 Boylston Street and 222 Berkeley Street in Boston’s Back Bay. In another private equity deal, Haas and Cleveland-based Andrew Bengtson advised Macquarie Capital on its joint venture to acquire, finance and manage mainly residential real estate in New York. The practice also acts for developer clients and, in one standout matter, Lowery and Susan Cox, who is also based in Dallas, acted for Greystar Real Estate Partners in the $2bn sale of a national portfolio of 32 multifamily apartment communities to Blackstone Real Estate. Other work streams included borrower-side debt finance and leasing work for corporates, and the team acted for Newell Brands in its headquarters relocation from Georgia to New Jersey. The practice also has boots on the ground in Atlanta, Boston, Columbus, Miami and San Francisco. Robert Grados joined the New York office from Allen & Overy LLP.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day represents US and global clients in large-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations across a broad cross-section of industries, including oil and gas, healthcare and financial services. In addition, the firm’s credentials are supported by its strong track record in high-profile follow-on actions; John Majoras, Cleveland’s Michelle Fischer and others are defending Yazaki and its US subsidiary in automotive parts class actions, having also represented the client in the DOJ’s investigation of the industry. Julia McEvoy rejoined the firm, having served as deputy associate attorney general at the DOJ.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s team, which ‘really directs its energy into the needs of the client’, excels in follow-on damages actions arising from cartel investigations, private standalone antitrust actions and merger challenges, among other matters. Kenneth Field, Geoffrey Irwin and Kerri Ruttenberg were lead advisers to Cabell Huntington Hospital in the successful defense of its merger with St Mary’s Medical Center, which had been challenged by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In another matter, Thomas Demitrack (Cleveland), Michael Shumaker and others successfully defended Liberty Global against a lawsuit alleging monopolization of the video entertainment market in Puerto Rico. The firm’s ability to work across offices worldwide makes it a port of call in multi-jurisdictional matters. Global antitrust head David Wales, John Majoras and Los Angeles’ Eric Enson are widely lauded, as are recently promoted partners Erin Shencopp (Chicago) and Michael Gleason. Julia McEvoy rejoined the firm, having served as deputy associate attorney general at the DOJ. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

Leading lawyers

John Majoras - Jones Day

Next generation lawyers

Michael Gleason - Jones Day

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Clients praise Jones Day, which ‘does not look at merger control in a vacuum, nor is it detached from the broader M&A transaction’. Antitrust head David Wales led a cross-border team that advised Newell Rubbermaid on antitrust issues connected with its $16bn acquisition of Jarden Corporation. The firm also acted as global antitrust coordinating counsel to Procter & Gamble in the $11.4bn sale of 43 beauty brands to Coty Inc. Merger challenges are another strong suit; the firm’s work included defending Aetna’s proposed $37bn acquisition of Humana. Kathryn Fenton, Peter Love and Ryan Thomas are among several names to note, as are recently promoted partners Erin Shencopp in Chicago and Michael Gleason. Kenneth Field is a rising talent. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

Next generation lawyers

Kenneth Field - Jones Day

Michael Gleason - Jones Day

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Jones Day

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 1

Jones Day

Jones Day’s ubiquity at the US Supreme Court was demonstrated by seven cases argued by five different members of the team. Shay Dvoretzky argued for the respondents in the pending case of National Labor Relations Board v SW General, concerning the presidential power to distribute high-level vacancies without the Senate’s advice and approval under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. Noel Francisco, who secured a unanimous decision for the petitioner in a landmark corruption law case McDonnell v United States, is now Acting Solicitor General of the United States. Highlights also included representing RJ Reynolds Tobacco in a US Supreme Court appeal concerning the extraterritoriality of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act; Gregory Katsas, who argued the case, is now Deputy Counsel to the President. Other Supreme Court highlights included Christian Vergonis arguing for the respondents in Simmons v Himmerlrich, which involved issues of the Federal Tort Claims Act’s ‘judgment bar’, and Michael Carvin’s challenge to mandatory union fees on behalf of nine public school teachers in Friedrichs v California Teachers Association. On courts of appeals side, the group successfully challenged the constitutionality of Ohio’s criminal prohibition on false statements in election campaigns at the Sixth Circuit and argued for Sirius XM and other co-petitioners in an appeal at the DC Circuit against the FCC’s interpretation of the TCPA’s statutory penalties for automatic telephone dialing system violations. Beth Heifetz and Glen Nager are recommended. Jacob Roth was made partner.

Leading lawyers

Glen Nager - Jones Day

Michael Carvin - Jones Day

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

The ‘extremely responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Jones Day is spread across the firm’s numerous offices, providing substantial geographic coverage. Its notable trial experience is another great asset. A team led by Stephanie Parker in Atlanta recently won a case on behalf of client Idenix in a patent dispute with Gilead; after a nine-day trial, a federal jury in Delaware awarded Idenix over $2.5bn in damages, the largest patent infringement verdict in the US to date. John Majoras in Washington DC co-heads the team of ‘exceptional lawyers’ alongside Parker; receiving particular praise are Theodore Grossman, Sharyl Reisman and Louis Chaiten in New York and Cleveland-based Richard Bedell Jr.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

The US-based team at Jones Day spans its Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington DC offices. Recent highlights include representing a US energy company in a UNCITRAL arbitration, heard under English law, with another major international energy conglomerate with which it is partnered. It is also acting for Turkish company Federal Elektrik Yatirim ve Ticaret and three of its shareholders in a dispute arising under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Turkey-Uzbekistan BIT. Washington DC-based Gregory Shumaker is global disputes practice head. In San Francisco, Steven Smith focuses on commercial arbitration and Stephen O’Neal is recommended for construction disputes. Baiju Vasani, who splits his time between London and Washington DC, is ‘developing a big name’.

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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 ‘extremely responsive and knowledgeable’ group has ‘always provided solid representation in consumer product class actions’ and has impressive jury trial experience. Irvine-based Darren Cottriel has been representing Procter & Gamble in a number of class actions, including a putative class action alleging violations of FDA regulations through the misbranding of certain food products. In Columbus, Matthew Kairis has been serving as lead counsel to Pennsylvania State University, Brigham Young University, University of Miami and the Trustees of Boston College in an MDL comprising 24 class action concussion cases brought by a number of former football players regarding defective helmets. The team includes New York-based Theodore Grossman, whom clients regard as one of ‘the best trial lawyers ever encountered’, and Paul Pohl in Pittsburgh. Stephanie Parker heads the practice from Atlanta.

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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 3

Jones Day

Praised as having ‘excellent client service’, Jones Day’s product liability team has strong experience defending clients in high-profile lawsuits. The firm counts Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie among its clients. June Ghezzi obtained dismissal of a complaint brought against both companies alleging a variety of adverse reactions caused by use of the prescription drug Lupron. Daniel Reidy, José Isasi and Melissa Hirst have been representing Abbott Laboratories in claims alleging that the company negligently designed, marketed, tested and warned for its FreeStyle Lite blood glucose meter. Stephanie Parker heads the wider litigation practice from the firm’s Atlanta office. All partners are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

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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

Acting for a wide range of clients, Jones Day’s toxic tort department often takes cases to trial. In Pittsburgh, Kimberly Brown has been representing Dow AgroSciences in a multi-defendant golf course pesticide exposure lawsuit and successfully won a Frye test challenge to exclude the testimony of the plaintiff’s medical causation expert. San Diego-based Edward Swan has been defending PetroSource in 20 toxic tort cases in Los Angeles regarding claims that the mineral spirits sold by the company to Safety-Kleen contained unsafe levels of benzene. Jeffrey Ubersax in Cleveland has been representing long-term client Materion as national coordinating counsel in litigation regarding allegations of exposure to beryllium in the golf clubs Materion manufactured. Atlanta-based Stephanie Parker heads the department, which also includes the well-regarded Paul Pohl in Pittsburgh.

Leading lawyers

Paul Pohl - Jones Day

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

Jones Day

Jones Day has an experienced team that includes former chiefs of the securities fraud unit in the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York in Charles Carberry and Washington DC-based Peter Romatowski. Also in Washington DC, Joan McKown is a former chief counsel for the SEC’s enforcement division. In New York, Robert Micheletto and Kelly Carrero represented Harman International in a securities fraud class action alleging false disclosures, and Jay Tambe advised Deutsche Bank on matters arising from emerging market CLO and CDS deals. Tambe and Boston-based Traci Lovitt are among the partners acting for Wells Fargo in RMBS cases. Patricia Villalreal in Dallas is recommended. Robert Gaffey retired.

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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 underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day’s team is led from Cleveland by global capital markets co-chair Christopher Kelly and national lead Michael Solecki, and it also calls on key partners in the firm’s Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and Silicon Valley offices. In Atlanta, Joel May had a strong year; he and corporate governance specialist Lizanne Thomas advised Southern Company on its $8.5bn offering of senior notes, and he also acted with Chicago’s Edward Winslow to assist Newell Rubbermaid with its $8bn offering of senior notes. In New York, Rory Hood and John Owen advised representatives of the underwriters on PepsiCo’s $4.5bn offering of senior notes. Clients also include Lam Research, Omnicom Group and Starbucks.

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

Jones Day

Although better known for its debt work, Jones Day acts on a significant volume of equity matters, with strong experience in IPOs, exchange transactions and rights offerings. Detroit office managing partner Timothy Melton and Chicago’s Bradley Brasser advised Procter & Gamble on its offer to exchange shares of P&G common stock for Galleria common stock. In New York, Alexander Gendzier acted for Jefferies as sole placement agent during FourPoint Holdings’ $815m issuance of common equity units and related transactions. Other key names include Christopher Kelly and Michael Solecki, who are both based in Cleveland and lead the global and US capital markets teams respectively.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s ‘outstanding’ Cleveland-headquartered group is ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ and ‘great value for money compared to the traditional New York firms’. In a significant highlight, department co-head Christopher Kelly acted with Kevin Samuels and New York’s John Owen to advise TransDigm Group on its $950m offering of senior subordinated notes, as part of a set of transactions undertaken to help fund its acquisition of ILC Holdings. The New York-based Alexander Gendzier is ‘great to work with’ and assisted Huntington Ingalls Industries with its issuance of $600m of senior notes and its $600m tender offer for outstanding notes. In Atlanta, Mark Hanson and Neil Simon acted with Houston’s Kelly Turner to advise Gray Television on its $725m issuance of senior notes. Michael Solecki jointly leads the department alongside Kelly and is a ‘very experienced practitioner’. Named lawyers are based in Cleveland unless otherwise stated.

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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 ‘outstanding’ team, which is led by Brett Barragate and the ‘wonderful’ Robert Graves out of New York and Chicago respectively, is well established on the borrower side; the firm’s recent work for Sprint Corporation on a $3.5bn wireless spectrum-backed notes issuance, and a further $1.1bn financing of a mobile wireless handset sale and leaseback illustrates its strengths on the borrower side. Another highlight was representing Diebold on a $3.1bn loan to finance the company’s takeover of Wincor Nixdorf. The firm has an excellent track record advising lenders on mid-market financings, both in the regulated and non-regulated sectors. The firm’s Atlanta office has a strong relationship with SunTrust Bank, which it recently advised on a $2.5bn loan to finance Equifax’s acquisition of Veda Group. On the private lender front, the firm also advised Madison Capital Funding on a multimillion-dollar loan to finance Pamplona Capital Management’s acquisition of Veritext. Clients rate the ‘very helpful’ Susan Siebert in Boston, the ‘very skilled, available and polite’ Lewis Grimm and the ‘always available, very responsive and knowledgeableRobert Da Silva Ashley.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day continues to act as debtor’s counsel in a number of high-profile bankruptcies and is ‘elite when it comes to larger bankruptcy matters’. Cleveland-based Heather Lennox is representing Peabody Energy in its Chapter 11 and, in New York, Scott Greenberg and Michael Cohen are acting for American Apparel in its Chapter 11. The team, which considers the ‘legal and business side of each issue’, is also advising the debtors in the Chapter 11s of Swift Energy Company and Alpha Natural Resources. The firm has also been strengthening its creditor-side practice; head of team Bruce Bennett, who splits his time between New York and Los Angeles, and Los Angeles partners Sidney Levinson and Joshua Mester represent the second priority noteholders’ committee in the Caesars Entertainment Chapter 11. In a key litigation matter, the firm has been defending a group of lenders and noteholders of iHeartCommunications in connection to a transfer of shares by one of its subsidiaries to a separate entity. There have been several changes to the team following the notable departures of Paul Leake and Lisa Laukitis to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Bennett has taken over from Leake as head of team and three partners have been added by way of promotion: Paul Green in Houston, Daniel Merrett in Atlanta and Dan Moss in Washington DC. Thomas Wearsch joined the Cleveland office from Baker & Hostetler LLP.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Bennett - Jones Day

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

Jones Day

Jones Day advises a host of distressed investment and other funds on exposures to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its various instrumentalities and public corporations. It also represents funds as holders of secured bonds issued by the Employees Retirement System of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in litigation with the Commonwealth regarding the constitutional and contractual rights of secured creditors in the context of PROMESA. Other work included Washington DC-based Kevyn Orr advising the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on certain operations, including financing and governance. Bruce Bennett heads the restructuring practice and splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Bennett - Jones Day

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 5

Jones Day

Jones Day’s structured finance and derivatives group displays ‘exceptional depth of knowledge and clarity in drafting transactions.’ New York-based Dickson Chin leads the practice group and focuses on energy commodity derivatives and related regulatory matters. In 2016, he advised Acciona on a wind-energy swap transaction and intercreditor matters with Bank of America Merrill Lynch for the 93 MW San Roman Wind Farm in Texas. The group has completed a number of transactions for Sprint Corporation; in one example, Ron Gross and Glenn Arden acted for the client during the private issuance by three SPVs of $3.5bn of senior secured notes, which were backed by a portfolio of FCC licenses and third-party leased license agreements. On the regulatory side, Stephen Obie advised Overstock.com and Medici on the regulatory issues associated with the implementation of a blockchain venture designed to help organizations obtain loans and issue shares transparently.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Jones Day

Focused on real business issues’, Jones Dayprovides prompt answers’ and is well equipped to guide its clients through the regulatory framework, advising on FERC compliance, rate and tariff matters, while also handling FERC approval and contentious work. James Beh represented TECO Energy in a Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate case before the FERC brought by Florida Gas Transmission (FTG), following the proposal of the latter to increase its rates and implement several changes to the terms and conditions of its services. Washington DC-based Kevin McIntyre, who co-heads the energy practice with Houston-based Jeffrey Schlegel, assisted EDF Energy Services with seeking authorization from the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to serve as a competitive supplier of retail natural gas service. William Sultemeier, previously at Greenberg Traurig LLP, left to work in-house.

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

The ‘quick’, ‘very responsive’ team at Jones Day has ‘significant industry knowledge’ and a ‘deep bench’; M&A and capital markets are its chief strengths. Of counsel Robert Joseph in Chicago advised the Public Service Company of Colorado on its $250m bond issuance, while Atlanta-based Lizanne Thomas acted for Southern Company in its $425m purchase of PowerSecure International. In Washington DC, Danielle Varnell is a ‘wonderful negotiator with bottomless knowledge’ and Gerald Farano is also recommended; and in Chicago, of counsel Peter Clarke specializes in public utilities.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day handles large-scale M&A upstream, midstream and downstream; it is also active in restructuring. Jeffrey Schlegel, who heads the group from Houston, advised The Southern Company on its purchase from Kinder Morgan of a 50% stake in the entity that owns the 7,000-mile Southern Natural Gas pipeline system. Other clients include Kel-Tech, DTE Energy and Marathon Petroleum. Dickson Chin in New York and Houston-based Stephen Olson and Omar Samji are also recommended.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

The ‘incredibly responsive’ team at Jones Day is particularly active in M&A, project development and litigation; clients include E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, Xcel Energy and NRG Energy. Gerald Farano is ‘an encyclopedia of renewable energy market practices, people and solutions’; Danielle Varnell is a ‘wonderful, knowledgeable negotiator’. James Beh is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day has notable strength in the field of climate change, and also receives a solid flow of mandates from the chemical, energy, waste management and metals and mining sectors. Kevin Holewinski heads the department from Washington DC, and has extensive experience in climate change and toxic tort matters; Thomas Donnelly practices environmental and insurance coverage law; and John Rego brings significant chemical engineering expertise. David DiMeglio focuses on mass tort and product liability litigation, and recently represented Chevron in a series of state, civil, criminal and regulatory lawsuits concerning oil seeps in the Frade Reservoir of the Campos Basin. Other work included defending Procter & Gamble in a civil penalty action concerning hazardous waste regulations, securing an appellate victory for OGE Energy in a CAA action brought by Sierra Club, and acting for NACCO Industries in Supreme Court litigation concerning oil and gas rights.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day is known for its work regarding reimbursement arrangements, antitrust litigation and Medicaid regulatory matters. Chicago-based Gerald Griffith led the team advising Henry Ford Health System and Health Alliance Plan of Michigan as seller in the sale of the Medicaid membership of HAP Midwest Health Plan to Molina Healthcare. San Francisco-based David Morris assisted a university and its affiliated medical center with the creation of its accountable care model, including advising on its provider network development and shared risk reimbursement plans. Other clients include UPMC Health Plan, Mercy Care Plan and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. San Francisco-based James Dutro and Cleveland-based Stephen Sozio head the practice, which includes recent hire Daniel Cody in the San Francisco office, who joined from Reed Smith LLP.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

Jones Day

Jones Day combines its transactional, tort litigation and patent litigation capabilities with a solid Washington DC-based compliance and FDA regulatory group. The business and tort litigation group is defending Celgene in proceedings concerning a federal and state False Claims Act case brought by a former employee pending in the Central District of California. Deal highlights included Irvine-based Kevin Espinola advising BioMarin Pharmaceutical on its $525m acquisition of the global rights of Kuvan and pegvaliase from Merck Serono. The IP team also had a prolific year, successfully representing Idenix in a patent infringement case against Gilead Sciences over sofobuvir, the active ingredient in Gilead’s hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni, and defending AbbVie in an IPR petition brought by Coherus Biosciences against a patent, directed to formulations for AbbVie’s antibody therapeutics Humira. Stephen Sozio, Maureen Bennett and Anthony Insogna are the main contacts. The life sciences group has teams in New York, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington DC.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day is adept at handling regulatory matters and False Claims Act litigation. It is currently advising ProMedica Health System on the creation of the ProMedica Health Network, including assisting with its application to become an accountable care organization (ACO). Recent transactional experience for the practice includes advising Aetna on the abortive $37bn acquisition of Humana and assisting Atlantic Health System with its acquisition of Hackettstown Community Hospital’s membership interests. San Francisco-based James Dutro and Cleveland-based Stephen Sozio lead the practice, which includes Washington DC-based Catherine Livingston and San Francisco-based Curt Kirschner, who are ‘knowledgeable, practical and great communicators’; Washington DC-based Alexis Gilroy is a rising star of the practice. Jacqueline Hodes joined the Miami office from DLA Piper LLP (US) and Daniel Cody was welcomed to the San Francisco office from Reed Smith LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Alexis Gilroy - Jones Day

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s team has experience in undertaking cybersecurity claims, environmental pollution cases and property damage suits. San Francisco’s Richard DeNatale is representing Sony Pictures in pursuing coverage for losses incurred as a result of the highly publicized cyber-attack it suffered; the claims seek reimbursement for remediation expenses, business interruption losses, breach response costs, and defense and settlement costs. The well-regarded Los Angeles-based practice chair Tyrone Childress is acting for Kroger in a case claiming breach of contract and bad faith concerning the correct allotment of compensation losses for its workers under multiple policies. Other significant clients are Motorola Solutions, Jacobs Engineering Group and new client American Apparel. Class action defense expert Andrew Jackson, based in Washington DC, is ‘outstanding, with excellent substantive knowledge’; Los Angeles-based counsel Donald Erlandson and Pittsburgh-based Michael Ginsberg and John Iole are other names to note.

Leading lawyers

Tyrone Childress - Jones Day

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s airlines and aviation industry department is led by an ‘exceptionally bright and knowledgeable litigator’, John Goetz in Pittsburgh, whose practice focuses on large international and domestic aviation-related litigation and UAS. He recently advised West Virginia University on drafting one of the first US policies regarding the use of drones on campus and university-owned property. Fielding ‘large and specialized teams’, the firm handled a wide range of litigation in 2016, including complex product liability cases, antitrust suits and class actions. Bruce McDonald acted for Air China Limited and Air China Cargo, alongside the firm’s Beijing office, in the successful resolution of an antitrust lawsuit following US Department of Justice (DOJ) and European Commission investigations. In a piece of multi-faceted litigation, Philip Douglas successfully defended Garmin International in a multibillion-dollar suit brought by LightSquared alleging, among other claims, breach of contract, and also won a dismissal of a $1.9bn claim brought by Harbinger Capital Partners arising out of LightSquared’s bankruptcy.

Leading lawyers

John Goetz - Jones Day

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day provides ‘a great service in all respects’ and is ‘highly recommended for complex patent matters’. San Diego-based IP chair Anthony Insogna is well regarded as a pharmaceutical and biotech patent lawyer; Washington DC-based Gregory Castanias has extensive appellate experience, including in Federal Circuit and Supreme Court cases; and David Maiorana in Cleveland is ‘flexible, friendly and easy to work with’ and is ‘highly skilled in matters before the USPTO and in ITC issues’. Castanias recently represented Avid Technology in a court of appeals case against Harmonic, successfully securing the reversal of a US district court non-infringement verdict. The firm also won an appeal for Celgene in a suit related to brand bone cancer drugs and represented GreatCall in a bet-the-company case against two of its founders and their incubator company, Dyna. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Christopher Harnett in New York from Ropes & Gray LLP and Thomas Vitt in Minneapolis from Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Leading lawyers

Anthony Insogna - Jones Day

Next-generation lawyers

Jacqueline Lee - Jones Day

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 6

Jones Day

Jones Day has a strong and growing presence, as illustrated by the hiring of Cary Miller from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2016. Leveraging its strong patent litigation and transactional capabilities in the life sciences sector, it handles a large number of post-grant proceedings and assists with the development of clients’ global patent portfolios. Recent highlights include successfully representing Google before the PTAB in an IPR challenge to an internet-related patent, which was also asserted in a district court action; successfully defending AbbVie in connection with an IPR petition brought by Coherus Biosciences; and assisting Apsara Therapeutics with the establishment of a global patent portfolio relating to aquaporin-4 antibodies for the treatment of Neuromyelitis optica. Clients praise the team’s ‘strong legal and scientific capabilities’ and its ‘proactive, responsive and innovative approach’. The team is led by San Diego-based Anthony Insogna and includes IPR specialist Tamera Weisser, Cleveland-based PTAB litigation head David Cochran and New York-based biotech expert Adriane Antler.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day’s team is focused on IP matters related to major M&A transactions. San Diego-based Thomas Briggs recently assisted Procter & Gamble with the sale of its Duracell personal power business to Berkshire Hathaway, and advised BioMarin Pharmaceutical on its acquisition of the global rights to Kuvan and pegvaliase from Merck Serono. The team further bolstered its offering in the life sciences space when, in July 2016, it hired John Wehrli in San Diego from Latham & Watkins LLP. In another highlight, Boston-based Warren Nachlis advised City of Hope on its worldwide license of AAV-based gene editing technology to Homology Medicines. The group also has a presence in New York, Washington DC and Silicon Valley.

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

Jones Day

At Jones Day, Dallas-based practice co-chair Robert Kantner successfully represented Wellbeing Genomics in a jury trial against PLLG involving various claims, including trade secret misappropriation. Richard Grabowski and Cheryl O’Connor, who are based in Irvine, acted for Experian in a successful attempt to prevent its former employees from further disclosing confidential information related to a new e-commerce platform. Randy Kay co-chairs the team from San Diego. Dexcom, SAP America and Goodyear are also clients.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day regularly handles high-profile disputes for big brands. Procter & Gamble is a key client, for which the team recently secured a consent judgment and permanent injunction against Onuge Personal Care, which infringed P&G’s trade dress packaging and trademarks for its Crest Whitestrips line of products. On the defense side, it has been representing P&G in a trade dress dispute with Hard Candy regarding the client’s Katy Perry cosmetics line. A new client of the firm is vacuum cleaner manufacturer SharkNinja, which it is representing in a trademark and false advertising dispute with competitor Dyson. Other clients include Avid Technology, BMW, eos Products and Wendy’s. Washington DC-based practice co-head John Froemming is particularly recommended for non-traditional trademark and trade dress matters. Other recommended lawyers include practice co-head Meredith Wilkes in Cleveland and Susan Kayser in Washington DC.

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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

The ‘very strong’ team at Jones Day is recommended for ‘efficient’ trademark prosecution services. It works for many big brand owners, including Abercrombie & Fitch, BMW, Coty, VF Corp and Wendy’s. The practice recently acquired LeSportsac as a new client and now manages its trademark portfolio, advises it on brand launches and handles enforcement matters. Other highlights included assisting the Wikimedia Foundation with an enforcement program regarding mobile applications, websites and social media. Meredith Wilkes in Cleveland is recommended, as are Washington DC-based John Froemming and Susan Kayser.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day’s practice, jointly led by Michael Gray and Matthew Lampe, was recently strengthened by several lateral hires and acts for clients such as Boeing and Meggitt. Cleveland’s Stanley Weiner is defending GE in a suit brought by its unions and 26 retirees claiming that their medical benefits are vested and cannot be modified or terminated, while Washington DC’s Evan Miller represents C&S and its former subsidiary in a withdrawal liability suit. In Atlanta, Craig Friedman led the defense of Flower Foods in a nationwide class action claiming plaintiffs were unlawfully denied benefits for being misclassified as independent contractors.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

The executive compensation lawyers at Jones Day have ‘substantive knowledge’ and ‘the quality of their advice is top notch’. New York-based Daniel Hagen leads the generalist practice with Washington DC-based Evan Miller and assisted Reynolds American with the sale of its international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and trademarks to JT. Other work highlights included working on Excelis’ acquisition by Harris, including advising on antitrust, employee benefits and tax issues; and assisting Explorys in its merger with IBM. In Chicago, Erik Lundgren joined from Winston & Strawn LLP and Laura Bader joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, while pensions and tax specialist Victor Chang joined in Washington DC.

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 fields a team of ‘zealous and effective advocates’ and makes ‘a tremendous business partner’. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Matthew Lampe leads the practice with Michael Gray, who is ‘arguably the finest attorney in the country’. Gray, Brent Knight, Elizabeth McRee and of counsel Cindi Ritchey are representing McDonald’s in an ongoing wage and hour class action with over 30,000 former and current non-exempt employees alleging that the fast-food chain violated several conditions of the California Labor Code (CLC) and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), including overtime pay and meal and rest break requirements; in 2016, the defendant’s motion to strike the PAGA claims was granted and the team is handling the plaintiffs’ second motion for class certification. New clients include AMG Resources, Virgin America and Ecolab. Jacqueline Holmes, Donald Munro, Eric Dreiband, Alison Marshall and Patricia Dunn are key figures in the Washington DC office and were joined by recent hires Elizabeth Dougherty and Douglas Hall from Ogletree Deakins and Ford & Harrison LLP respectively. Efrat Schulman is ‘outstanding’ and Lawrence DiNardo, Jonathan Linas, David Birnbaum, Willis Goldsmith, Doreen Davis and the ‘very thorough’ Terri Chase are also recommended. The firm launched its Minneapolis office with several hires, including Roy Ginsburg from Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Fred Alvarez is now of counsel and Lindsay Hedrick made partner. The team fields experts in Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego and Silicon Valley.

Leading individual

Lawrence DiNardo - Jones Day

Michael Gray - Jones Day

Willis Goldsmith - Jones Day

Next generation lawyers

Efrat Schulman - Jones Day

Jonathan Linas - Jones Day

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s David Birnbaum acted for The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) in major collective bargaining negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union regarding plant closures. In addition to this, Birnbaum negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement for the Fullerton plant, which remained open, and is defending KHC in ongoing arbitration with The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, which alleges that the company owes millions in healthcare benefits to employees impacted by the Madison plant closure. Jessica Kastin represented Verizon Communications in two matters related to a strike conducted by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), obtaining injunctive relief from two New York courts and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); one mandate prevented CWA members from engaging in prohibited secondary activity with employees that worked during the strike. BNSF Railway, Bloomberg and Advocate Health Care are also clients. Stanley Weiner, Willis Goldsmith, F. Curt Kirschner, Doreen Davis, Aaron Agenbroad, Joanne Bush, Brian Easley, Patricia Dunn and Jonathan Linas are also noted. Liat Yamini made partner and in Washington DC, Railway Labor Act (RLA) guru Donald Munro was joined by fellow transport experts Elizabeth Dougherty and Douglas Hall, who joined from Ogletree Deakins and Ford & Harrison LLP respectively. Other named partners are based in either Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco or the recently opened Minneapolis office.

Leading lawyers

Brian Easley - Jones Day

Doreen Davis - Jones Day

Willis Goldsmith - Jones Day

Next generation lawyers

David Birnbaum - Jones Day

Joanne Bush - Jones Day

Patricia Dunn - Jones Day

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

Jones Day

In addition to a preventative practice that seeks to avoid litigation, Jones Day handles terminations, workforce reductions, internal investigations, labor advice and numerous other related matters. Recent mandates include Cleveland’s Stanley Weiner conducting an investigation into the conduct of a CEO, which led to their dismissal; and New York-based co-chair Matthew Lampe, and Deborah Sudbury in Atlanta, advising a national company on policies for contingent workers, as well as handling the review and restructuring of practices for employees. Dividing his time between Columbus and Chicago, E. Michael Rossman provides ongoing advice to employers on diverse mandates, along with Dallas’ Brian Jorgensen and Chicago’s David Birnbaum, ranging from compliance with anti-discrimination laws to disciplinary actions. Also noted are Terri Chase and Doreen Davis in New York, and Chicago’s Michael Gray and Lawrence DiNardo; San Diego’s Rick Bergstrom is another key figure as are Houston-based Joanne Bush and Tonya Blosser Braun in Columbus. Alison Marshall is highly regarded in the Washington DC office, which hired Elizabeth Dougherty and Douglas Hall from Ogletree Deakins and Ford & Harrison LLP, respectively. Team changes saw Fred Alvarez transition to of counsel in Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles’ Liat Yamini and Atlanta’s Craig Friedman become partners.

Next generation lawyers

Joanne Bush - Jones Day

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

Jones Day

Providing ‘extraordinary response times’ and an ‘overall service that is outstanding’, Jones Day is hailed as ‘exceptional in every way’. In particular, the firm is praised for its ‘focus on practical business issues, not the technical points which have no value’, its ‘understanding of a client’s business, industry and M&A goals’ and its ‘seamless’ and ‘collaborative’ approach across offices. The firm has extensive client relationships and is noted for its closeness to traditional corporate America. While impressing with its role in a variety of multibillion-dollar transactions, it also brings to bear its wider resources and expertise in everything from antitrust, to employee benefits and tax. The firm shows particular prominence in technology (including semiconductors), retail and consumer products, and energy. Highlights included advising Reynolds American on its $49.4bn sale to British American Tobacco; it had previously represented Reynolds in its $27.4bn acquisition of Lorillard in 2015. It also advised Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan on its $36bn merger of equals with Agrium and assisted Newell Rubbermaid with its $16bn acquisition of Jarden, bringing together two of the world’s premier designers and marketers of durable consumer goods. In addition, it continued to advise longstanding client Procter & Gamble on the $11.4bn merger of 43 of its beauty brands along with the hair styling brands of Coty through a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Global chair of M&A Robert Profusek remains the firm’s most recognized M&A specialist, ‘brings decades of experience and practical thinking’ and was the lead partner on several of the firm’s most notable transactions in 2016. Cleveland-based Lyle Ganske is global practice leader for M&A and Randi Lesnick was the lead partner on the Reynolds American transaction. In Silicon Valley, Daniel Mitz is another key name, as is Andrew Levine, who is recommended for both strategic M&A and private equity buyouts. Chair of Americas M&A James Dougherty is also recommended by clients. All named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day has a substantial share of the middle-market private equity space and is expanding its institutional relationships with larger funds. It frequently advises The Riverside Company, along with other key clients such as One Equity Partners, Baird Capital, Blue Point Capital, Cortec Group and Wasserstein & Co. The firm advised Wasserstein & Co on the $1.56bn sale, alongside MidOcean Partners, of professional information services company Penton to Informa. It also advised Riverside on the acquisition of n2y, the developer of education plans and tools for children with special needs. New York’s Andrew Levine now heads the private equity team, which includes senior Cleveland figure Chuck Hardin, who leads the Riverside relationship, and impressive Cleveland partner Denise Carkhuff. New York-based Ira White is close to One Equity and Chicago-based Lisa Lathrop is also a pivotal member of the team. Dan Michaels joined the Washington DC office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2016.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 5

Jones Day

Jones Day’s practice has strengths in representing emerging-growth and public technology companies in public offerings particularly from the software, e-commerce and life sciences industries. Timothy Curry, who splits his time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, represents a broad range of clients including BioQuiddity, a developer of specialty pharmaceuticals, three Nasdaq-listed companies including Five9, a cloud-based call center software company, Intersil, a power management and analog solutions provider, and flash storage solutions provider SanDisk. Venture capital funds, strategic investors, and investment banks are also a feature of the client roster including Adams Street Partners, Artiman Ventures, Endeavour Vision, Nokia Growth Partners, and SoftBank. Stephen Gillette recently handled several strategic investments by Verizon, Total, AbbVie, Gfk, and Citi Ventures and Cleveland-based John Saada advises private and emerging-growth companies in the healthcare, technology, information services, and consumer products sectors. San Diego-based Kenneth Polin 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 4

Jones Day

Recent additions at Jones Day include Richard Martinez joining the Minneapolis office from Robins Kaplan LLP in January 2017. In Irvine, Edward Chang transferred from the business and tort litigation department to the cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice, and in Boston, Lisa Ropple joined in October 2016 from an in-house position at Staples. New York-based Mauricio Paez collaborated with the Munich office to advise the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers on negotiations with various EU data protection authorities regarding data retention requirements. Paez and Los Angeles-based Daniel McLoon jointly lead the team, and other key partners include Atlanta-based Todd McClelland, Columbus-based Todd Kennard, Irvine-based John Vogt and Dallas-based Richard Johnson. Representative clients include Cardinal Health, Experian, Salesforce.com, Sirius XM Radio, Educational Testing Service and iYogi.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day’s practice is led by Kevin Lyles in Columbus, who has significant expertise in customer-side transactions, including in relation to BPOs, ITOs and offshoring. Recent work includes advising Verity Health System on the negotiation of a hospital revenue cycle management outsourcing agreement with Conifer Health Solutions, which involves Conifer Health providing enrollment and eligibility, clinical documentation improvement, health information management and accounting services for the client’s six hospitals across California. In another matter, the team advised Xcel Energy on the negotiation of professional services agreements with Ecobee, EnergyHub, Honeywell, Nest Labs and Simple Energy for the provision of smart thermostat devices and software services. Other key contacts include Todd McClelland in Atlanta and Mauricio Paez in New York.

Leading lawyers

Kevin Lyles - Jones Day

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day is recommended for its advice on the development, acquisition, transfer and exploitation of technology and IP assets through licensing, strategic alliances, joint development, and strategic ventures. The team acted for international biotech company Athersys in its public offering of common stock and advised Regenxbio on an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Biogen for the development of gene therapy product candidates. Boston and New York-based Warren Nachlis’ representative clients include Astra Zeneca, Celgene and Verint Systems; and San Diego’s Thomas Briggs is noted for agreements involving the transfer, use and sharing of IP.

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

Jones Day

Jones Day excels in the satellite communications space and has developed notable expertise in internet, radio wave and spectrum issues. Recent highlights include advising Sprint on the regulatory elements of the transferal of its FCC-licensed spectrum assets into a special purposes vehicle and assisting Global VSAT Forum with regulatory issues regarding the satellite industry. Practice co-head Bruce Olcott led both matters and is recommended for his strength in wireless and wireline regulations, with a niche expertise in international space law; he is assisting Teledyne Technologies obtain a license from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that would allow it to place Earth sensing cameras and other instruments on the International Space Station. The practice also has substantial contentious experience; group co-head Michael Hazzard, who joined in 2016 from Arent Fox LLP, is representing Twilio in a TCPA class action and is acting for cloud communications provider CallFire in litigation regarding alleged violations of multiple consumer protection laws, including the TCPA and the Federal Trade Commission Act. The Boeing Company, NextNav and Five9 are also clients.

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United States: Real estate

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

Jones Day

Jones Day’s construction team has an excellent reputation in national and international construction matters. The firm’s client base covers both owners and contractors, including global developers, and the team handles transactional as well as disputes matters. In 2016, in what was an active year for major infrastructure and energy disputes, San Francisco-based Daniel McMilan acted for the joint venture between Kiewit Infrastructure and Flatiron West in a high-profile dispute surrounding the complex rebuilding of the Golden Gate Bridge through a public-private partnership (PPP) structure. On the owner side, Washington attorneys Andrew Ness and Kevin O’Brien and Atlanta-based Joseph Finley represented Georgia Power Company in a $1.5bn dispute surrounding the construction of a nuclear plant; this case was successfully closed in December 2015. Other important clients include Bechtel Power, Chevron and Sempra Energy. San Francisco-based Stephen O’Neal is another highly respected construction lawyer. In February 2017, David Buoncristiani moved to Hanson Bridgett LLP.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Ness - Jones Day

Stephen O’Neal - Jones Day

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Jones Day

Jones Day attracts praise for its ‘high-quality tax advice, very reasonable fees’ and ‘ability to anticipate the Treasury’s and IRS’s view on specific tax cases’; ‘all in all the team is professional, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with’. The firm has acted as tax counsel for Abbott Laboratories on numerous acquisitions and disposals, including its purchase of St Jude Medical, and advises Celgene Corporation on tax issues arising from its acquisitions and post-acquisition integration. Joseph Goldman and Edward Kennedy lead the practice.

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    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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    On 10 August 2017 the Luxembourg Stock Exchange announced that all domestic and foreign issuers operating on the regulated market (Bourse de Luxembourg) or on the multilateral trading facility (Euro MTF) of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange must provide their legal entity identifier (“LEI ”) codes to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange before 15 September 2017.
  • Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources entered into force

    The Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources of 20 July 2017 entered into force on 2 August 2017 and placed Luxembourg among the most innovative space-oriented nations in the world.
  • VAT in the GCC – Q&A updates from the UAE Ministry of Finance

    On 9 July the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Finance (MOF) published an update of the Value Added Tax (VAT) FAQ section of its website.
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    The pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place. The long-awaited level 3 and 4 measures have been published earlier this week, half a year before the PRIIPs KID becomes compulsory.
  • MiFID II: Further guidance on product governance requirements

    Amongst the numerous topics covered by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has decided to provide further guidance on the requirements regarding product governance through its guidelines dated 2 June 2017 which focus on the target market assessment by manufacturers and distributors of financial products.     
  • Arendt & Medernach is again the “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year”

    The partners of Arendt & Medernach are pleased to announce that their firm has been awarded once again the prestigious “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year” title during the International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 18 May.
  • Signature of the Multilateral instrument – reservations made by Luxembourg

    On 7 June 2017, the official ceremony for the signing of the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) took place bringing to a close a process initiated last year when a consensus was reached on the wording of the MLI on 24 November 2016 (see also our newsflash dated 2 December 2016, available on our website www.arendt.com section Publications/Newsflash).
  • Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
  • First VAT EU case law on the cost-sharing VAT exemption

    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
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    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.