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Latham & Watkins LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s strategic focus on product types continued to pay dividends in 2016, with the team enjoying a number of sizable deals in sectors such as self-storage and hospitality, gaming and destination resorts. In Orange County, David Meckler advised LifeStorage on its $1.3bn sale to Sovran Self Storage and, in Chicago, Gary Axelrod acted for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in the $1.5bn sale of Vistana Signature Experiences to Interval Leisure Group. In another hospitality deal, New York-based practice head James Hisiger represented Lago Resort & Casino in the development and financing of its Resort and Casino in Seneca County, New York. The practice is also noted for its foreign investment expertise and, in one example, New York-based Michelle Kelban advised Colony Capital on a joint venture with an institutional Korean investor to fund equity into a project joint venture formed for the purpose of acquiring and redeveloping the 208-unit Village Lake Apartments in Mountain View, California. On the debt finance side, Los Angeles-based Scott McPhee handled more than $1bn in debt origination for key client Acore Capital. The Chicago office was further developed by the promotion to the partnership of Rachel Bates.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP leverages its sizable network in global cartel investigations and is also extremely active in domestic US cartel defense work. The firm’s recent mandates have spanned areas such as optical disk drives, automotive parts and generic drugs. Amanda Reeves in Washington DC and San Francisco’s Christopher Yates are co-chairs of the global practice, a notable hallmark of which is that a number of individuals have previous government experience in cartel investigations; in the US, these include Lawrence Buterman in Washington DC, and Niall Lynch and Karen Silverman in San Francisco. Counsel Farrell Malone joined the Washington DC office from Arnold & Porter LLP.

Leading lawyers

Niall Lynch - Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Washington DC-based Amanda Reeves and San Francisco’s Christopher Yates are global co-chairs of the practice at Latham & Watkins LLP. The team recently increased its headcount in the US through the hires of counsel Peter Todaro and Farrell Malone, who joined in Washington DC from King & Spalding LLP and Arnold & Porter LLP respectively, and Michael Lacovara, who joined in New York from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. In addition to representing clients in cartel-related litigation arising from government investigations, the firm also handles non-cartel business-to-business litigation (which covers a wide range of conduct issues), as well as contentious merger clearances. San Francisco-based Daniel Wall and Sarah Ray and others successfully defended Oracle against a putative class action initiated by plaintiffs alleging a conspiracy between the client and other technology companies not to hire or solicit each other’s employees. Margaret Zwisler, Jennifer Giordano and Allyson Maltas (all based in Washington DC) secured an appellate-level win for Time Warner Cable in the Set-top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation. Al Pfeiffer in San Francisco is highly recommended.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Wall - Latham & Watkins LLP

Margaret Zwisler - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘excellent in every respect’ for merger control work, with its team consistently securing multi-jurisdictional clearances in high-end deals. Michael Egge, who ‘knows what he is talking about’, is working with Amanda Reeves and key hire Farrell Malone (who joined Egge and Reeves in the Washington DC office in 2016 from Arnold & Porter LLP) to assist Agrium Inc with obtaining global regulatory clearance of its $36bn merger with Potash Corporation. In another headline mandate, Egge and the San Francisco-based Daniel Wall and Joshua Holian worked with the Brussels office to obtain clearances in multiple jurisdictions of Avago Technologies’ $37bn acquisition of Broadcom, representing the largest-ever deal in the semiconductor industry. Reeves and San Francisco’s Christopher Yates are global co-chairs of the firm’s antitrust practice. In 2016, counsel Peter Todaro joined in Washington DC from King & Spalding LLP, while partner Michael Lacovara joined in New York from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘tremendous’ and ‘highly skilled’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for its ‘great bench strength’. Gregory Garre is ‘one of the best’, according to sources, and presented a successful argument in Fisher v University of Texas, which confirmed the constitutionality of the respondent’s affirmative action in its undergraduate admissions policy. Garre successfully represented the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in ‘The Tri-State Water Wars’ proceedings against Georgia and persuaded the US Supreme Court to affirm the action. Scott Ballenger persuaded the Ninth Circuit to dismiss a damages claim brought against Booz Allen Hamilton by a former equity partner. Richard Bress and Melissa Arbus Sherry successfully represented Maher Terminals in the DC Circuit appeal, reversing the Federal Maritime Commission’s decision in a case against the Port Authority. In the Seventh Circuit, Sherry and Los Angeles-based Russell Sauer secured a favorable judgment for US Soccer, reversing the outcome of arbitration in a contractual dispute with the US National Team Players Association over approval for video advertising. Former assistant to the Solicitor General Roman Martinez rejoined the team.

Leading lawyers

Gregory Garre - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

At the ‘excellentLatham & Watkins LLP, the global chairs of white-collar defense and investigations are Steven Bauer, who works across the San Francisco and Brussels offices, and the ‘superbKathryn Ruemmler, who divides her time between Washington DC and New York. Bauer represented Pacific Gas and Electric Company in a criminal trial connected with a gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California, and Ruemmler’s work included tax, FCPA and FCA investigations for prominent clients. New York-based ‘top practitionerRichard Owens represented individuals from major financial institutions in investigations into alleged ISDAfix and forex manipulation. Washington DC’s Alice Fisher is representing HCA Holdings and Pacira Pharmaceuticals in FCA investigations. Benjamin Naftalis is based in New York and Margaret Tough is based in San Francisco. Recent hires include counsel Daniel Dominguez, who rejoined the Washington DC office in November 2015 after serving as associate counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel.

Leading lawyers

Kathryn Ruemmler - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Dominguez - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Financial services: litigation
Financial services: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP provides ‘knowledgeable and practical advice’ to a broad range of financial institutions in the defense of government enforcement actions and investigations as well as private litigation. The ‘excellentRichard Owens is involved in many of the most significant issues facing the banking industry, including acting for numerous employees from different banks in high-profile investigations into forex and ISDAfix manipulation. As well as also being involved in the forex manipulation investigations, the ‘business-orientedChristopher Clark recently helped secure a multibillion-dollar payout from the Argentinian government on behalf of a group of hedge fund creditors in the protracted sovereign debt litigation. The team also benefits from the expertise of numerous former high-ranking government lawyers, including ex-lead counsel for President Obama Kathryn Ruemmler, who is based in Washington DC and recently showcased her trial skills in a victory on behalf of Emirates NBD Bank in a two-and-a-half week jury trial surrounding the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. Miles Ruthberg regularly defends major accountancy firms and alongside Peter Wald recently secured a favorable result for Deloitte & Touche against a $3.5bn negligent misrepresentation claim brought by Freddie Mac. The firm was also recently bolstered by a number of significant hires, including Michael Lacovara, who joined in June 2016 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and Sandeep Savla, who joined in November 2015 from Crédit Agricole.

Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Ruemmler - Latham & Watkins LLP Partner (1 year)

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has numerous offices in the US, to which it has added multiple partners and counsel in recent years. Recent hires in the New York office included New York State’s former chief judge Jonathan Lippman and Douglas Yatter, a former chief trial attorney at the CFTC. In a closely watched Supreme Court case, Gregory Garre in Washington DC secured a victory for the University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the constitutionality of the university’s affirmative action plan. In Chicago, the ‘extremely well-preparedMichael Nelson and Thomas Heiden are able to ‘anticipate legal arguments and put together a well-articulated defense’.

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Highlights for Latham & Watkins LLP’s international litigation team included advising American Airlines on various matters, including an antitrust lawsuit and a proposed class action alleging RICO violations involving claims airlines knowingly and unlawfully charge Mexican citizens millions of dollars in unauthorized fees. The firm also advises the British Bankers’ Association on all US litigation relating to allegations of Libor manipulation and acts for CARE USA in its compliance with US sanctions against Syria, Cuba, Sudan and Somalia. The firm also successfully defended the Dubai-based Emirates Bank against various claims brought by Californian technology company InfoSpan. Schlumberger, Ocean Spray and The London Metal Exchange are also clients. Jamie Wine in New York is global chair of the firm’s litigation and trial department, while Mary Rose Alexander in Chicago, Doug Lumish in Silicon Valley and Al Pfeiffer in San Francisco are vice chairs.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Jointly headed out of Washington DC by William McGlone, the ‘knowledgeableLes Carnegie and Sarah Nappi, Latham & Watkins LLP’s export controls, economic sanctions and customs team provides ‘responsive and business-sensitive’ advice to corporates from a range of industry sectors as they seek to navigate the changing international trade landscape. The team is ‘excellent at trade compliance work’ and represents numerous multinational corporates, including Chevron, Facebook and Xcel Energy, in the enhancement and implementation of compliance programs relating to US export controls, sanctions and customs. Leveraging the firm’s impressive pipeline of transactional work, the team is also regularly involved in securing clearances on M&A mandates, including successfully securing CFIUS clearance for Avago Technologies in its $37bn acquisition of Broadcom. The team also regularly partners up with practitioners from the white-collar group, many of whom formerly held high-ranking governmental positions, including the ‘pragmaticBarry Sabin and Alice Fisher, who have ‘in-depth understanding of the workings of the DOJ’. An example of this integrated approach - involving lawyers in Frankfurt, London, Paris and Dubai - is the firm’s representation of oil services multinational Schlumberger, which was recently subjected to multiple agency investigations, enforcement actions and grand jury criminal proceedings surrounding alleged violations of US sanctions laws.

Leading lawyers

Les Carnegie - Latham & Watkins LLP

William McGlone - Latham & Watkins LLP

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M&A: litigation: defense
M&A: litigation: defense - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘at the top of the market’, according to clients, and provides ‘a great service in a timely, professional and effective way’. Peter Wald in San Francisco and Orange County-based Michele Johnson scored a major victory for Allergan in matters arising from a hostile takeover bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and continue to represent the company in a related class action against Valeant and Pershing Square Capital Management. Johnson and Los Angeles-based Brian Glennon achieved a favorable settlement in their defense of Avago Technologies in challenges in state and federal court to its $37bn acquisition of Broadcom. In New York, Blair Connelly and ‘elder statesman of the M&A barJames Brandt achieved the dismissal of all post-closing claims of breach of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting for Books-A-Million in a class action in Delaware that challenged its take-private transaction. Jeff Hammel’s highlights included defending JPMorgan Securities in a case arising from the $54bn merger of pharmaceutical companies AbbVie and Shire. Colleen Smith in San Diego is also recommended.

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Overview

Many firms have benefitted from a spate of departures from government positions. Mary Jo White returned to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in January 2017 after serving as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). John Gleeson joined the same firm in March 2016 after serving as a judge in the Eastern District of New York. The US Attorney’s Office in that district lost Darren Laverne to Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Daniel Silver to Clifford Chance. Daniel Stein, Michael Levy and Carolina Fomos joined Mayer Brown, Sidley Austin LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP respectively after departing the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner moved to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Daniel Dominguez rejoined Latham & Watkins LLP in November 2015 after a stint as associate counsel to the President in the Office of the White House 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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘first-rate’ practice acts for a wide range of clients and has particular expertise in the tobacco and sports industries. In Chicago, Sean Berkowitz and Mark Mester represented the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 12 concussion-related defective equipment class actions before the Northern District of Illinois. Mester represented vitamin and nutritional supplements manufacturer Schiff in a series of nationwide class actions in California and Florida. In Boston, the team includes the well-regarded Kenneth Parsigian, who has been leading advice to Philip Morris on a number of matters alongside ‘efficient’ practice co-head Gwyn Williams. The other practice heads are Michael Romey in Los Angeles and Mary Rose Alexander and Thomas Heiden in Chicago.

Leading lawyers

Kenneth Parsigian - Latham & Watkins LLP

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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 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘exceptional’ practice at Latham & Watkins LLP has notable trial strength and often handles class actions and appeals. In San Diego, Robert Howard and Kelly Richardson have been representing Monsanto, Solutia and Pharmacia in eight federal cases brought by a number of municipalities alleging that water contamination on the West Coast were caused by legacy manufacturers. Richardson has also been representing Montrose Chemical in various litigation concerning the company’s former manufacturing of the pesticide DDT. Kegan Brown and Garrett Long were promoted to partner and of counsel in New York and Chicago respectively. The group is jointly headed by Michael Romey in Los Angeles, Gwyn Williams in Boston, and Thomas Heiden and Mary Rose Alexander in Chicago.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘very strong on the West Coast’ and also has strength in depth in its New York office. In New York, Jeff Hammel and Richard Owens are representing the British Bankers’ Association in a large multi-district litigation (MDL) relating to the alleged manipulation of Libor. Christopher Clark and veteran James Brandt are defending a 10b-5 class action for Credit Suisse Securities concerning a complex derivatives transaction. Miles Ruthberg chairs the New York litigation and trial department and is representing Deloitte & Touche against a $3.5bn negligent misrepresentation claim brought by Freddie Mac in Florida. The firm has ‘one of the leading practices for the representation of accounting firms’ and Peter Wald in San Francisco is advising Deloitte as the auditor of capital management firm Aequitas in a class action alleging false and misleading statements about the company’s sales. The firm’s deep West Coast bench includes Brian Glennon in Los Angeles - who co-chairs the firm securities litigation practice with Hammel and Clark - and Orange County’s Michele Johnson. The Chicago office also has a strong team, which includes Sean Berkowitz.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP reinforced its capital markets team in 2016 with the hires of Washington DC-based counsel Paul Dudek, who was formerly chief of the SEC’s office of international corporate finance, and Michael Benjamin, who joins the New York office from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Regularly acting for both issuers and underwriters in a mix of investment grade and high-yield offerings, the group also draws on the firm’s global footprint to excel in cross-border matters. In a recent example, New York-based Gregory Rodgers and Orange County-based Charles Ruck led a US team that worked alongside the firm’s London office to advise Amgen on its CHF700m offering of bonds listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange - the firm also acted for Amgen during its $4.9bn debt exchange offer. In an underwriter-side highlight, Washington DC-based Rachel Sheridan and counsel Brandon Bortner assisted JP Morgan with Exxon Mobil’s issuance of six tranches of fixed rate notes and two tranches of floating rate notes totaling $12bn. In New York, Marc Jaffe and Ian Schuman are also recommended, while Patrick Shannon is a key name in Washington DC. Kirk Davenport retired in 2016.

Leading lawyers

Marc Jaffe - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Strong in all areas’, Latham & Watkins LLP has a ‘broad and deep team’ which is noted for its ‘specialist “big game” experience’. The already sizeable practice increased significantly in 2016, following the hires of Washington DC-based counsel Paul Dudek (formerly chief of the SEC’s office of international corporate finance) and New York-based Michael Benjamin (from Shearman & Sterling LLP). The firm continues to garner roles on some of the most high-profile equity deals to hit the market. Most notably, New York-based global co-chair Witold Balaban teamed up with Courtenay Myers and the Hong Kong office to advise the underwriters on SoftBank’s issuance of $5.5bn mandatory exchangeable trust securities, convertible into Alibaba shares in three years. On the issuer side, New York-based global corporate chair and ‘leader in his fieldMarc Jaffe and New York-based Ian Schuman assisted Camping World Holdings with its $250m IPO. Chicago’s Cathy Birkeland is also recommended. Kirk Davenport retired in 2016.

Leading lawyers

Marc Jaffe - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Capital markets: global offerings
Capital markets: global offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital markets: global offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to make a major impression on the global capital markets, with US-based lawyers regularly working alongside market-leading practices in key regions such as Asia and Europe (the firm has the leading high-yield practice in London). The US team has continued to expand through several high-profile recruits; most notably, New York’s Michael Benjamin from Shearman & Sterling LLP and Washington DC’s, Paul Dudek, who was previously chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance at the SEC. The firm’s deal list was similarly impressive, with advice to Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Mizuho and Goldman Sachs as underwriters during Softbank’s issue of $5.5bn mandatory exchangeable trust securities convertible into Alibaba shares in three years. New York partners Ian Schuman and Witold Balaban jointly chair the global team with Cathy Birkeland in Chicago.

Leading lawyers

Ian Schuman - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s well-balanced practice acts on an enviable volume of both issuer and underwriter-side matters, ably demonstrating its ‘broad expertise and deep experience in high-yield debt’. The firm’s ability in pathfinder transactions is also a significant attraction, and clients say ‘it is first in line for innovative deals that need creative lawyers’. New York-based Marc Jaffe is ‘second-to-none in the high-yield space’; he and Senet Bischoff advised Toys R Us on its landmark bond exchange and refinancing of long-term debt, as well as on a private placement of additional new secured notes. New York-based department co-head Ian Schuman worked on several deals for high-profile underwriter clients. In another standout deal, Houston-based high-yield debt specialist Michael Chambers advised Goldman Sachs on American Energy - Permian Basin’s $530m offering of senior secured first lien notes. New York’s Gregory Rodgers and Washington DC-based partners Jason Licht and Patrick Shannon are also recommended. Kirk Davenport retired in 2016 but the firm hired Michael Benjamin from Shearman & Sterling LLP, who has a strong background in high-yield debt.

Leading lawyers

Marc Jaffe - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has an ‘excellent’ team that is ‘top in the international finance arena’ and among a highly selective group with a market-leading presence on the borrower and lender sides. Recent lender-side highlights include advising Goldman Sachs and other lenders on a $4.2bn loan to Vista Equity Partners to finance the acquisition of Solera Holdings. The firm also advised Citigroup and Citibank on a $3.8bn loan to finance CVC Capital Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s acquisition of Petco Animal Supplies. One of the largest deals on the borrower side was for Avago Technologies on the $17.8bn acquisition financing of its takeover of Broadcom. The team boasts a string of leading individuals, including global co-chair Daniel Seale, Michèle Penzer and Andrew Fayé for the lenders, and Jeffrey Chenard and Joshua Tinkelman for the borrowers.

Leading lawyers

Michèle Penzer - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alfred Xue - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

Based out of New York and aided by a broad international footprint that encompasses offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Latham & Watkins LLP’s team is well equipped to handle domestic and multi-jurisdictional regulatory matters for banks, broker-dealers, investment funds and specialty finance companies. Alan Avery has a formidable reputation for bank regulatory matters and continues to work alongside the London office to provide Volcker Rule advice to numerous global investment banks in their roles as underwriters of notes in the European markets, including JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs. Alongside Courtenay Myers Lima, Avery has also been advising Bank of China on its resolution planning requirements. In addition to traditional bank regulatory matters, the team has successfully adapted to the increased upswing of fintech-related matters and, under the guidance of Vivian Maese in particular, has handled numerous cutting-edge mandates, such as advising Credit Suisse on its joint venture with Palantir Technologies, which, through the use of big data analytics tools, is aimed at detecting unauthorized trading in the financial services industry. This matter also involved input from broker-dealer specialists Dana Fleischman and Stephen Wink. Wink also recently provided the regulatory input to German bank Bankhaus Lampe on its acquisition of a US broker-dealer.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘very constructive and professional’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP is strong on both the lender and the sponsor side, with work for the former set of clients on power and renewables sector financings a particular highlight in 2016. Jeffrey Greenberg (‘a superstar’) assisted Morgan Stanley Senior Funding with the $1.2bn debt refinancing of the Linden cogeneration project, while the ‘proactive and problem-solvingAmy Maloney, who is praised for her ‘in-depth knowledge of the renewable energy financing market’, advised a group of senior lenders on the financings of two wind farms in Texas and New Mexico. Other lender clients include BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Mizuho Bank. On the sponsor side, practice head Jonathan Rod acted for five sponsors, including Dakota Access and Energy Transfer Partners, on the $2.5bn financing of the 749-mile Bakken pipeline project. He also assisted Cheniere Energy with its $2.8bn project debt refinancing of the Creole Trail pipeline. The department regularly handles projects in Mexico; sponsor clients in this space include D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments and First Reserve Corporation. Eli Katz, a project finance expert with particular experience in the renewables space, joined in September 2016 from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and oil and gas expert Eugene Elrod joined the Washington DC office from Sidley Austin LLP in January 2017. Veronica Relea and Omar Nazif made partner at the New York and San Diego offices, respectively, while Suzanne Logan and Kelly Thomason Self made counsel in Washington DC and Chicago.

Leading lawyers

David Penna Latham & Watkins LLP

Jeffrey Greenberg Latham & Watkins LLP

Jonathan Rod Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Amy Maloney Latham & Watkins LLP

Kelly Thomason Self Latham & Watkins LLP

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has a busy creditor-side practice and is representing multiple first lien lenders in the SunEdison Chapter 11 case, an ad hoc committee of third lien lenders to Halcon Resources, and the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Energy XXI bankruptcy. In another high-profile engagement, David Heller from the Chicago office and Mark Broude in New York represent Caesars Acquisition Company in all issues related to the Caesars Entertainment Operating Company bankruptcy, including lawsuits brought by noteholders. The firm has also worked on the debtor-side in the energy space, assisting Stone Energy and Chaparral Energy in their respective Chapter 11 cases, both of which involve liabilities of over $1bn. Regarding the Republic Airways Chapter 11, Jan Baker in New York represented American Airlines as co-chair of the creditors’ committee and Republic’s largest codeshare partner. Demonstrating the firm’s expertise in out-of-court restructurings, co-head Mitchell Seider (New York and Houston) advised Toys R Us on $850m of out-of-court debt exchanges. In the New York office, Adam Goldberg and David Hammerman made partner in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Peter Gilhuly leads the team in Los Angeles and Peter Knight leads in Chicago.

Leading lawyers

Jan Baker - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

In the firm’s New York office, Latham & Watkins LLP provides innovative structuring and securitization advice, and also has an active Los Angeles-based CLO practice. In a noteworthy example of the team’s securitization work, Kevin Fingeret and Graeme Smyth acted for SoftBank Group Corp during a sale-leaseback securitization financing of over 2.5 million iPhone handsets. The New York team has also advised Guggenheim Partners as initial purchaser and book-running manager on securitizations involving wireless tower assets and retail installment contracts. Additionally, Loren Finegold helped lead a team that served as sponsor and manager counsel to Landmark Infrastructure Partners regarding its inaugural securitization of cell tower sites, including ground leases and easements. The Los Angeles-based team, which includes Dominic Yoong, Vicki Marmorstein and newly promoted partner Douglas Burnaford have completed numerous EU and US risk-retention-compliant CLO transactions for clients such as Black Diamond Capital management, Onex Credit Partners, LCM Asset Management and Ares Management. Kenneth Askin was promoted to counsel in 2016.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

Highly rated for transactional work, Latham & Watkins LLP is also seeing an increase in FCA cases. A recent example was successfully representing GSD&M Idea City in a case brought by a relator claiming the omittance of information from disclosures to the Air Force and the inflation of cost estimates during the performance of a long-term contract. In other work, the team defended Ocenco, as winning bidder, against a bid protest filed by Avon Protection Systems concerning the Navy’s contract for the supply of emergency escape breathing devices. David Hazelton heads the practice, while Roger Goldman retired in late 2016.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

With a focus on federal and state-based approval work for transactions, Latham & Watkins LLP’s strength lies at the intersection of regulatory, finance and M&A. This expertise leads to a broad range of energy sector clients, including public utilities, independent power producers, private equity firms and investors. In 2016, the ‘very good and knowledgeable’ team assisted Broad River Power and Energy Capital Partners with its FERC approval application for the sale of its 100% equity interests in Broad River Power, which operates an 847MW simple cycle gas-fired power plant in South Carolina, to an affiliate of Arroyo Energy Investors Fund II. Kenneth Simon acted for Big Apple Energy in obtaining FERC approval of the acquisition of retail supplier Iron Energy. The ‘very strongDavid Schwartz heads the global energy regulatory and markets practice from Washington DC, while Eli Katz - specialized in energy tax incentives - joined the New York office from Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Natasha Gianvecchio - Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘very good’ at advising shippers, corporates and financial energy sector participants on FERC approvals, often in connection with M&A and finance transactions, and at providing representation in FERC litigation. The recommended Kenneth Simon assisted Dos Águilas with the application of a presidential permit at the DOE, and with FERC tariff filings. Simon also assisted Howard Energy Partners variously with obtaining a presidential permit, a Natural Gas Act Section 3 authorization and construction orders for a 190-mile pipeline system to be constructed and operated nationally and in Mexico. Natasha Gianvecchio acted for Fermaca in obtaining a natural gas import and export authorization from the DOE for the new Fermaca natural gas marketing subsidiary Santa Fe Gas and assisted with regulatory compliance matters. David Schwartz heads the energy regulatory and markets practice, which includes recent arrivals Joel Patrick Nevins from Hogan Lovells US LLP and Eugene Elrod from Sidley Austin LLP.

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ practice, which is led by David Kurzweil in New York and David Schwartz in Washington DC, provides ‘exceptional service’ and ‘always goes above and beyond’. Within M&A, the team handles generation and transmission assets: Schwartz and Kurzweil advised a large Spanish utility owned by UIL Holdings on its purchase by Iberdrola to create the $13bn power and utility company, Avangrid, while Kurzweil and fellow New York attorney Paul Kukish acted for Energy Capital Partners III in its purchase of a 15% stake in Dynegy. The team has much experience in high-profile project finance, for which ‘superstarJeffrey Greenberg in Los Angeles is recommended.

Leading lawyers

David Kurzweil - Latham & Watkins LLP

David Schwartz - Latham & Watkins LLP

Jeffrey Greenberg - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Paul Kukish - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s upstream and midstream offerings are very impressive: Thomas Brandt and Ryan Maierson advised Warburg Pincus on a $910m investment in Terra Energy Partners for the latter’s purchase of WPX Energy Rocky Mountain, while David Kurzweil acted for Summit Midstream Partners in its $1.3bn acquisition of various companies, including Summit Utica and Meadowlark Midstream. Department head Michael Darden advised Anadarko Petroleum on its $2.2bn purchase of Freeport-McMoRan’s deep-water Gulf of Mexico assets. The team also assists clients with incorporating joint ventures. ‘Rising starStephen Szalkowski made partner in January 2016; Eugene Elrod joined the Washington DC office from Sidley Austin LLP in January 2017. All named attorneys are based in Houston unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Robin Fredrickson - Latham & Watkins LLP

Ryan Maierson - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Stephen Szalkowski - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘fast’, ‘top-notch’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP, which clients describe as ‘a go-to firm for larger transactions’, has ‘a very deep bench’. The practice is particularly strong in project finance and development, although it also handles M&A. The key partners are ‘superstarDavid Penna in Washington DC, the ‘very thoroughMatthew Henegar, and Eli Katz, who joined from Chadbourne & Parke LLP in September 2016. The ‘proactiveAmy Maloneyfinds viable solutions in deadlock situations’ and has ‘in-depth knowledge of the renewable energy financing market’. Jonathan Rod is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in New York except where indicated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Jonathan Rod - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Los Angeles-based Michael Romey heads the department at Latham & Watkins LLP. The firm has been representing Florida Department of Environmental Protection before the US Supreme Court in Florida v Georgia, an action filed by the State of Florida seeking remedy for the ecological, environmental and economic harm cause by Georgia’s overconsumption of water in the Chattahoochee and Flint River basins; a high-profile series of cases collectively known as the Tri-State Water Wars. The group also has strong class action expertise; Thomas Heiden and Mary Rose Alexander represent Chevron in a series of multi-district class actions regarding alleged breach of contract, breach of warranty and fraud. Other key practitioners include Robert Wyman, who has been representing SoCalGas in a case concerning a natural gas leak in the Aliso Canyon; Julia Hatcher and Christine Rolph, who are acting for The Advertiser Company in a major Superfund matter involving chlorinated solvent contamination; and newly promoted partner Kegan Brown, who is recommended for complex product liability and toxic tort litigation. Other key clients include Nalco Company, Navistar and City of San Diego.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has significant experience advising on various regulatory requirements and governmental approvals for energy generation, and is frequently involved in rulemaking proceedings impacting energy clients. The environmental group currently represents SoCalGas in connection with a natural gas leak in the Aliso Canyon, a matter involving considerable scientific and technical issues surrounding the cause and seriousness of the accident. The firm is also acting for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, advising on the regulatory aspects of Florida v Georgia, a case concerning the apportionment of waters between the two states known as ‘The Tri-State Water Wars’. Mary Rose Alexander and James Arnone are the key contacts in Chicago and Los Angeles respectively, and newly promoted partner Kegan Brown is the name to note in New York.

Leading lawyers

Robert Wyman - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s US practice is noted for its cross-border environmental capabilities and has strong ties with its European offices. The firm advises a mix of buyers, sellers, lenders and borrowers on all issues connected with major, high-value transactions; these include, among other things, identifying environmental drivers, lender liability, securities disclosure requirements and risk transfer. Houston-based Joel Mack chairs the global environmental transactional support practice and has noteworthy expertise in the oil and gas industry. In Washington DC, James Barrett acts for private equity and strategic company clients across a range of transactions and has a particular focus on the energy sector. Highlights included acting for Indorama Ventures, an intermediate petrochemical producer, in its $1m acquisition of an ethylene cracker facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s corporate group, which clients praise for its ‘excellent service’, is very active in the life sciences industry. Silicon Valley-based Alan Mendelson, Mark Roeder and Josh Dubofsky assisted Kythera Biopharmaceuticals with its $2.1bn sale to Allergan, while Orange County-based Charles Ruck and R Scott Shean acted for Allergan on the $40.5bn sale of its global generic pharmaceuticals business to Teva. The capital markets team routinely assists issuers and underwriters including Novan, Medpace Holdings and JP Morgan Securities with the IPOs of shares of common stock listed on Nasdaq or other platforms. On the regulatory front, Washington DC-based John Manthei assists clients with all aspects of the lifecycle of FDA-regulated products, such as advising Boston Scientific and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) on the medical device industry’s negotiations with the FDA, the White House and US Congress over the 21st Century Care Initiative. The intellectual property litigation team includes a number of well-regarded attorneys such as Michael Morin, David Frazier and Casey Dwyer in Washington DC and New York-based Daniel Brown. The team successfully represented AbbVie in two inter partes review (IPR) petitions filed by Amgen at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) relating to AbbVie’s drug Humira and, in a separate matter, has been acting for the same client in a patent infringement case against Gilead relating to a hepatitis C treatment. Licensing specialist Judith Hasko, white-collar crime expert Alice Fisher and the ‘commercially mindedPeter Handrinos are other names to note.

Leading lawyers

Alan Mendelson - Latham & Watkins LLP

John Manthei - Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice handles the full remit of contentious and non-contentious healthcare matters, including government investigations and securities matters. The team represented HCA in a False Claims Act case concerning allegedly unnecessary cardiac procedures being performed at the client’s hospitals; other highlights included acting for Tenet Healthcare in a criminal investigation instigated by the Department of Justice involving an alleged conspiracy to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Express Scripts and LivaNova are also clients. San Diego-based Katherine Lauer, Los Angeles-based Daniel Settelmayer and Washington DC-based John Manthei and Daniel Meron are all key contacts in the practice, which saw Roger Goldman retire.

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Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘commercial and communicates key issues clearly’. Corporate insurance disputes, including business interruption cases, are mainstays of the practice. It successfully represented Fluor Corporation in a longstanding dispute with The Hartford over the right of policyholders to transfer coverage benefits in a policy; San Diego’s Brook Roberts and John Wilson were the litigators on the case. The two also acted for United Nuclear in a bad faith case against Lloyd’s of London and Resolute Management concerning historic environmental liabilities. Toyota, Meritor and the US Soccer Federation are also on the client roster. Global practice chair Peter Rosen, based in Los Angeles, is ‘a knowledgeable and thoughtful insurance policy litigator’; he is ably supported by the highly regarded Andrew Lundberg in the same office and Washington DC’s David Barrett.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Lundberg - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s work includes strategically significant transactions and complex litigation, with a particular strength in soccer. In the Century City office, Joseph Calabrese and Christopher Brearton advised the International Olympic Committee on negotiations with NBC to create a dedicated over-the-top Olympic Channel in the US, while in New York, Stephen Amdur advised DraftKings on its partnerships with Fox and ESPN. In Los Angeles, Russell Sauer handles litigation for US Soccer and had successes in disputes with the US men’s and women’s senior teams concerning image rights and a collective bargaining agreement respectively, as well as in a settled class action case concerning concussions in youth soccer. David Barrett and Christian Word in Washington DC and Mark Mester in Chicago represent the NCAA in litigation brought by former student athletes concerning brain injuries.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Calabrese - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Stephen Amdur - Latham & Watkins LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team is praised by clients as ‘very responsive and experienced’, providing ‘extremely good counsel in an efficient and timely manner’. Matthew Moore in Washington DC, Kenneth Schuler in Chicago and San Diego-based Jennifer Barry co-head the IP litigation practice, for which highlights included representing AbbVie in its suit against Amgen regarding the blockbuster Humira product. The group also acted for Nvidia in an eight-patent infringement suit brought by Samsung related to graphics processing units in cell phones and tablets, and represented Seoul Semiconductor in its suit against Enplas Display Device. In the Chicago office, David Callahan is ‘incredibly skilled and intelligent’ and has ‘decades of experience and great judgment’, and Ann Marie Wahlscan easily take care of thorny issues’.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission
Patent litigation: international trade commission - ranked: tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to represent Nvidia in a series of direct competitor offensive and defensive investigations at the ITC. In 2016, practice head Bert Reiser and Maximilian Grant defended the client in a case brought by Advanced Silicon Technologies relating to graphic processing and memory management in automotive applications. Reiser and Douglas Lumish are representing Arista Networks in an enforcement action filed by Cisco Systems regarding the network switching devices that allegedly infringe Cisco’s patent related to SysDB technologies. The group is predominantly based in Washington DC, with individuals also stationed in Silicon Valley, New York and San Francisco.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s enviable client base includes American Airlines, craigslist, Goop, Pandora and Evie. Perry Viscounty in Orange County, Kenneth Schuler in Chicago and Jennifer Barry in San Diego are the practice co-heads. Daniel Schecter in Los Angeles, Orange County-based Dean Dunlavey and Kathryn Ruemmler in Washington DC secured a unanimous defense jury verdict for Emirates NBD in a $1.6bn trade secrets case concerning a technology platform for stored value cards and its use by Middle East-based unbanked workers as salary cards and an international remittance tool. Silicon Valley-based duo Douglas Lumish and Matthew Rawlinson are defending Arista Networks in a trade secrets and contractual breach action brought by OptumSoft; Lumish is also part of a team representing Codexis in a trade secrets misappropriation, unfair competition and patent infringement suit against EnzymeWorks and its founder. Charles Sanders joined the Boston office from Goodwin.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP draws on its wider commercial litigation capabilities to handle notable trademark disputes. The ‘very efficient’ practice provides ‘high-quality’ legal services, is particularly strong in the technology sector and has niche expertise in contentious trademark matters in the non profit sector. It has handled several matters for craigslist, including a successful trademark infringement, dilution and cybersquatting lawsuit against TheTreasury.Com regarding its use of the ‘Craigpay’ mark and the craigpay.org domain name for online payment services. The team also successfully represented Yucaipa, the owner of the Aloha Airlines trademark portfolio, in a dispute with Hawaiian Airlines over the use of the ‘Aloha’ mark. Practice head Jennifer Barry in San Diego is ‘exceedingly intelligent, thoughtful, responsive and approachable’. Orange County-based Perry Viscounty is praised for his ‘strategic insight and management skills’.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP fields ‘a very deep team’ that attracts praise for its ‘outstanding service and excellent knowledge of the market’. Barton Clark led a team advising The Carlyle Group on a $1.5bn fund focused on energy investments. In another highlight, Andrea Schwartzman (‘a very strong lawyer and excellent adviser’) acted alongside Alan Van Dyke for Searchlight Capital Partners on the formation of a $1.9bn fund. In addition to mandates concerning debt funds, Kathleen Walsh advised new client Frazier Healthcare Partners on a buyout fund focused on mid-market healthcare investments. Also recommended are Washington DC-based David Greene, whose clients include Onex Corporation and Juniper Capital, and Nadia Sager in the San Diego office, who provides ‘outstanding service’.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s group is attached to the firm’s tax practice and works closely with the corporate team. New York-based practice co-chair Bradd Williamson advised Leonard Green on the compensation issues involved in its acquisition of ExamWorks, and assisted Odyssey with its purchase of Aero Precision. Los Angeles-based of counsel James Barrall, a former practice co-chair, assisted Legendary Entertainment with the sale of a majority stake to Dalian Wanda, and represented Caesars in the carve-out sale of its mobile gaming business Playtika. Washington DC-based David Della Rocca and Adam Kestenbaum worked on various transactions for Carlyle; Laurence Seymour (Los Angeles) and Lori Goodman (New York) are also key contacts.

Leading lawyers

Bradd Williamson - Latham & Watkins LLP

David Della Rocca - Latham & Watkins LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts
Commercial deals and contracts - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘excellent’ attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLPdeliver practical advice and take a great common-sense approach’. From Silicon Valley, Anthony Klein chairs the technology transactions practice and the IT systems group, while Judith Hasko chairs the life sciences licensing group. Together with Tad Freese, Klein acted for Bebe Stores in the formation of a joint venture with Bluestar Alliance. Hasko’s highlights included assisting Juno Therapeutics with its licensing agreement with Celgene Corporation for the development of immunotherapies for patients with cancer and autoimmune diseases. Boston-based Sarah Gagan is ‘extremely responsive’. She acted for Boston Scientific in the creation of a licensing and development agreement with Visible Health Software for ureteral stent tracking software. Other clients include Copa América Centenario, Authentic Brands Group, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

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Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP acts for Actavis, Allergan, American Airlines, T-Mobile, Live Nation Entertainment and others in relation to securities law and other corporate governance matters. The firm recently assisted Advanced Micro Devices, Digital Realty Trust and Xenia Hotels & Resorts with CEO transitions. For clients such as Amphenol Group and Omnicom Group, it provided advice on shareholder engagement, obtaining SEC no-action relief to exclude activist shareholder proposals. Chicago-based Bradley Faris and Washington DC-based Rachel Sheridan successfully defended Allison Transmission Holdings against campaigns by shareholder activists seeking seats on the client’s board. Charles Ruck in Orange County and Washington DC-based Joel Trotter successfully acted for Checkpoint Systems when a shareholder sought board representation and to prevent the sale of the company. Trotter and the Los Angeles-based Steven Stokdyk chair the global public company representation practice and Faris chairs the global M&A practice together with fellow Chicago lawyer Mark Gerstein.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has an impressive national and international platform, exposing it to a range of clients and deals that many other firms cannot match. Domestically, this includes strength on the East Coast, the Midwest, Texas and the West Coast, and this is allied to numerous overseas offices; cross-border and multi-jurisdictional deals are of course a strength. In 2016, it advised US-based FMC Technologies on its $13bn cross-border merger of equals with France’s Technip, a deal that involved lead partners from its Chicago, New York, London and Paris offices. The firm impresses with its record in energy deals, thanks to its notable Houston office and a number of New York partners that have an exceptional record in master limited partnership (MLP) related work. Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and healthcare are strong segments for the firm, on both east and west coasts, and communications is another key industry, in part thanks to the firm’s excellent regulatory credentials. The Silicon Valley office led a multi-office team that advised Broadcom on its $5.9bn acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems. Chicago partners Michael Pucker and Scott Hairston led the team that advised Bass Bro Shops on its $5.5bn acquisition of Cabela’s. Chicago and New York based partners Mark Gerstein and Bradley Faris are ‘smart guys’, ‘top tier’ and ‘a class act’ and are global co-chairs of the M&A practice alongside David Allinson. Orange County’s Charles Ruck has advised on a string of big-ticket transactions, especially in life sciences and pharmaceuticals, and William Finnegan is a key name in Houston. Adel Aslani-Far and Ted Sonnenschein are noted for high-value deals and Paul Sheridan and Daniel Lennon are top practitioners in Washington DC. Named attorneys are based in New York, except where otherwise noted.

Leading lawyers

Adel Aslani-Far - Latham & Watkins LLP

Mark Gerstein - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s breadth across key industries and financial centers in the US and around the world, as well as an enviable client base of large and mid-market private equity houses, makes it a tremendous force in this sector. Clients range from the biggest funds such as Carlyle, BC Partners, KKR and GTCR to middle-market players such as One Equity Partners, Leonard Green & Partners, Genstar Capital, Odyssey Partners and Platinum Equity. The firm’s standing is supported by a leading private equity finance practice and a global presence in the high-yield debt market. Its strengths in antitrust, energy, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and employee benefits are also important to its private equity standing. The firm advised Carlyle on its $400m minority investment in Ion Investment Group, a rare instance of a bulge-bracket private equity house taking a minority stake in a privately owned business. In another headline deal for a long-term client, it advised Onex on its $3.55bn acquisition, alongside Baring Private Equity Asia, of the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters. Showcasing its energy expertise, it advised Energy Capital Partners on the $3.3bn acquisition by Atlas Power - the joint venture between Energy Capital and Dynergy - of the US fossil generation portfolio of Engie. Key partners in the team include department heads David Brown (in Washington DC) and Jennifer Perkins, key Carlyle relationship partner Daniel Lennon (also in Washington DC) and senior name Howard Sobel. Other prominent names include Raymond Lin, Ted Sonnenschein and Washington DC’s Paul Sheridan, who is close to Onex and Carlyle. All named partners are New York based unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Lennon - Latham & Watkins LLP

Howard Sobel - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘best-in-class’ practice at Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for being ‘very responsive, highly knowledgeable, having broad experience and a very strong team’. Co-chairs John Chory, Susan Mazur and Sarah Gagan in Boston are applauded for being ‘incredibly responsive and for giving detailed, practical, common-sense advice’. Patrick Pohlen is also a practice co-chair and is based in Silicon Valley; he represented Andreessen Horowitz in numerous investments, including Nootrobox’s $2m seed funding, TwoXAR’s $3.4m seed funding and Accolade’s $70m Series E financing. New York-based David Concannon advised DemystData on its $7m Series B financing, led by Notion Capital, SingTel Innov8 and MissionOG. Concannon, who joined in April 2016 from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, also handled a number of investments on behalf of Bessemer Venture Partners, including in PhishMe’s $42.5m Series C financing, CS Disco’s $18.5m Series C financing, Rocketrip’s $9m Series B financing, and Social Tables’ $13m Series B financing. Alan Mendelson is co-chair of the life sciences industry group and is a key figure.

Leading lawyers

Alan Mendelson - Latham & Watkins LLP

John Chory - Latham & Watkins LLP

Patrick Pohlen - Latham & Watkins LLP

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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 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘first-rateLatham & Watkins LLP practice recently welcomed Serrin Turner from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York’s criminal division, where he was the lead cybercrime prosecutor. Also in New York, Douglas Yatter joined from the enforcement division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he served as chief trial attorney. Washington DC-based Jennifer Archie chairs the practice and is highly experienced in cybersecurity, the CAN-SPAM Act and data privacy. Archie recently co-led a team defending Delta Airlines in a case brought by the Californian government accusing the client of violating a state privacy law with its mobile app, which resulted in a dismissal and the client being awarded costs on appeal. For Vizio, the team advises on all matters pertaining to data privacy and security globally, including in the acquisition of Cognitive Media and transactional work involving data analytics.

Leading lawyers

Jennifer Archie - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLPcontinually delivers at the absolute highest level’ with ‘a professional and efficient approach that is unmatched in the market’. Led by the ‘exceptionalJoseph Calabrese, the team advises on transactional and contentious issues for a high-profile client list, which includes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, MGM Studios and The Walt Disney Company. Recent highlights include advising Legendary Entertainment on its $3.5bn acquisition by Dalian Wanda Group, and assisting Participant Media with the formation of Amblin Partners, a joint venture with DreamWorks Studios, Reliance Media and Entertainment One. ‘Brilliant litigatorMarvin Putnam recently defended Steel House following an alleged counterfeit click fraud scheme, and is also acting for Open Road Films against The Weinstein Company in an issue regarding the upcoming Playmobil movie. Clients single out Christopher Brearton as ‘someone who is truly passionate about the industry’ and ‘a pleasure to work with’. The ‘absolutely excellentKenneth Deutsch, the ‘incredibly helpfulNancy Bruington and independent film and television expert Robert Haymer are other noteworthy names. All attorneys are based in the Century City office.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Calabrese - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP advised Spotify on negotiating an arrangement with Infosys to support the client’s global accounting operations. Other work included negotiating several agreements on behalf of Brightstar involving the outsourcing of the client’s buy-back and trade-in services with respect to used mobile devices to a joint venture to be established with a major mobile phone service provider, which would also include international logistics and refurbishment services. The team also handled Markit’s introduction to the outsourcing market, whereby it won a contract to manage a series of indices for UBS Investment Bank. Key partners include Anthony Klein, JD Marple and Jeremiah Wolsk.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

As good as any firm in this area’, Latham & Watkins LLP has ‘a strong practice and the firm’s attorneys have commonsense and an effective approach’. It is recommended for IP and technology acquisitions and sales, licensing, development agreements, cross-border strategic alliances, joint ventures and collaborations, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, and outsourcing. Highlights included advising LogMeIn on its $1.8bn merger agreement with Citrix’s GoTo business and assisting NextVR, a virtual reality company, with agreements to produce and distribute virtual reality coverage of National Basketball Association games. In capital markets, the practice advised Goldman, Sachs & Co as underwriters on Twilio’s $150m IPO, and in other key deals New York-based Jeffrey Tochner represented Point Six Wireless in its acquisition of global and exclusive manufacturing rights to Point Six Wireless sensors. Technology transactions chair Anthony Klein is ‘pragmatic, easy for in-house counsel and clients to work with, and extremely efficient; he is also able to respond to any type of question and jump into any type of technology transaction’. Klein and fellow Silicon Valley lawyer Tad Freese advised Extreme Networks on the $55m acquisition of Zebra Technologies’ wireless local area network business. Sarah Gagan in Boston is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Anthony Klein - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Gagan - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP assists telecoms and broadcast clients across the whole spectrum of issues, including regulatory matters and litigation, and has been heavily involved in the FCC’s high-profile net neutrality proceedings, representing the NCTA, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications. The team is also representing Cox Communications in set-top-box litigation relating to the client’s allegedly unlawful requirement for customers to lease a set-top box in order to receive premium cable services. Matthew Brill is global chair of the communications group at the firm, while James Barker and New York-based James Gorton jointly chair the firm’s communications industry group. Brill is representing Time Warner Cable in several TCPA cases, one of which relates to the client inadvertently placing calls to a wireless number that had been reassigned from a customer to a different individual, and is also acting for the NCTA in an appeal of an FCC order regarding effective competition in the cable market. The highly regarded John Janka is representing Sirius XM Radio in an interference dispute with T-Mobile and is advising the client on a spectrum coordination agreement with AT&T. Other clients include Comcast, Frontier Communications and Inmarsat. Matthew Murchison made partner in 2017.

Leading lawyers

James Barker - Latham & Watkins LLP

John Janka - Latham & Watkins LLP

Matthew Brill - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Murchison - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Powerhouse transactional firmLatham & Watkins LLP continues to advise the top telecoms, broadcast and satellite clients in the sector, with a roster that includes Verizon and Leap Wireless International; group co-head James Barker acted for the latter in its $3.8m merger with AT&T and the client’s sale of a Chicago 700MHz license for $420m. In other work, Barker and Matthew Brill advised Time Warner Cable on all elements of its merger with Charter Communications and Bright House Networks, including gaining Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for the transaction; Brill is also advising LogMeIn on its proposed $1.8bn merger with Citrix Systems, which will combine the client’s join.me collaboration software with Citrix Systems’ GoToMeeting products. The practice works closely with the firm’s private equity and capital markets teams, recently assisting JPMorgan with Sirius XM Radio’s $1bn senior notes issuance. Other clients include The Carlyle Group, BC Partners and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. New York-based co-chair James Gorton is highly regarded in the field, and John Janka is recommended for radio spectrum issues and regularly represents satellite operators, broadband providers and broadcasters. The ‘exceptionalMatthew Murchison made partner in 2017. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

John Janka - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Murchison - Latham & Watkins LLP

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United States: Real estate

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s land use team operates across the country, but is particularly strong on the West Coast, from where Los Angeles-based Lucinda Starrett heads the group. Other key names include Christopher Garrett in San Diego and Michael Carroll in Orange County. Major infrastructure and commercial real estate projects are the backbone of the practice and, in 2016, the group continued to advise on multimillion-and billion-dollar stadia, film studio, master-planned community and hospital projects. A highlight was resolving ongoing litigation concerning the expansion of a freeway in relation to NBCUniversal’s $1bn master plan for an entertainment site in Los Angeles. Other clients include Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles Football Club and Poseidon Water; for Poseidon, the firm is assisting with approvals for the Carlsbad water desalination plant in San Diego.

Leading lawyers

Christopher Garrett - Latham & Watkins LLP

Lucinda Starrett - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘very responsive and reliable’ global REIT practice elected federal taxation specialist Ana O’Brien as a third chair of the team, joining Michael Brody and Julian Kleindorfer; all are based in Los Angeles. O’Brien and Orange County-based William Cernius recently advised the special committee of Apollo Residential Mortgage on its $641m merger with Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance. The practice leaders also assisted Digital Realty Trust with its acquisition of telecoms and IT solution provider Telx. Kleindorfer and Lewis Kneib represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch during the IPO of MGM Growth Properties. Clients also recommend San Diego-based Michael Sullivan, who led a $250m at-the-market offering for American Assets Trust. Gregory Hannibal joined the New York office from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in March 2016.

Leading lawyers

Julian Kleindorfer - Latham & Watkins LLP

Michael Brody - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Lewis Kneib - Latham & Watkins LLP

Michael Sullivan - Latham & Watkins LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Under the global tax leadership of Nicholas DeNovio in Washington DC, Latham & Watkins LLP’s international tax practice handles large M&A deals as well as fund structuring and capital markets offerings. DeNovio supported FMC Technologies in the $13bn acquisition of and merger with Paris-headquartered Technip, to create TechnipFMC, while Washington DC-based Andrea Ramezan-Jackson and New York's David Raab advised The Carlyle Group on a deal to sell its portfolio company Landmark Aviation to UK-based BBA Aviation for $2bn. New York lawyer William Lu advised Goldman Sachs on acquisition financing and restructuring related to Vista Equity Partners’ purchase of Solera Holdings. Samuel Weiner in Los Angeles is also a key name. Canada-based Caesars Interactive Entertainment and Lane Industries are new clients.

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘astuteMiriam Fisher in Washington DC, who has a ‘fantastic reputation’, heads the ‘experienced’ and ‘top-quality’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP, which is active across administrative proceedings and litigation, and has extensive experience in the US tax courts. DreamWorks Animation and its subsidiaries retained the team for a Court of Federal Claims matter regarding transition rules following the repeal of the extraterritorial income regime. The team is also advising Vento on a case which examines the nature of a ‘partner’ for federal tax purposes, and is acting for the Estate of Siegal in several pending tax cases involving oil and gas investment transactions. Brian McManus is ‘very able’ and is based across the firm’s Washington DC and Boston offices. Gerald Kafka has retired.

Leading lawyers

Miriam Fisher - Latham & Watkins LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s lawyers attract praise for ‘their appropriate advice and reliability’ and ability to provide ‘creative tax structuring for heavy deals including cross-border merger and acquisition transactions’. The tax practice, which is regularly involved in some of the most noteworthy M&A deals particularly in the technology, pharmaceutical and healthcare areas, advised FMC Technologies on the $13bn purchase of Technip, a complex cross-border transaction that spanned three jurisdictions. The firm also provided tax advice to Sirona Dental Systems on its merger with DENTSPLY International and assisted Leonard Green & Partners with multiple corporate acquisitions, which involved a range of partnership tax issues, tax-free sponsors and management rollover. Other clients include BC Partners, Rentech Nitrogen Partners, The Carlyle Group and Lane Industries. Kirt Switzer, Pardis Zomorodi, Samuel Weiner, David Raab, Diana Doyle and David Kahn are all key members of the practice.

Leading lawyers

Kirt Switzer - Latham & Watkins LLP

Pardis Zomorodi - Latham & Watkins LLP

Samuel Weiner - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Ramezan-Jackson - Latham & Watkins LLP

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