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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 ‘exceptional and responsive’ group of ‘real problem solvers’ has ‘the bench strength to get through a transaction quickly and meet tight deadlines, especially when it comes to large portfolio deals’. According to clients, the team ‘knows the hot-button issues in the market and is good at finding common ground to set a strong position between the lender and the borrower’. The firm’s key areas of expertise include M&A and capital markets transactions, private equity fund formations, mezzanine and subordinate loans and post- and pre-bankruptcy activity, and the team has recently expanded its presence in the hospitality and gaming sectors, advising on numerous transactions and joint ventures. Gary Axelrod jointly chairs the hospitality, gaming and leisure practice, and regularly represents owners and operators in the sale, acquisition and development of resort and gaming properties. Rachel Bates is also a key contact in the hospitality space, and James Hisiger and the ‘fantastically commercialMichelle Kelban are the leading figures in New York, advising a mix of lenders and borrowers on M&A and financing transactions. Notable highlights included advising ACORE Capital on the organization of approximately $1bn-worth of construction and mortgage mezzanine loans secured by various real estate assets; acting for Al Mirqab Holding on the refinancing of a construction loan for a hotel property in New York; and acting for Colony Northstar on a number of mortgage and mezzanine loans for the $1bn refinancing of its real estate portfolio. Goldman Sachs and CenterPoint Properties Trust are also active clients. In April 2018, the former co-head of Jones Day’s team Michael Haas joined in New York.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s US team, which includes global co-chairs Amanda Reeves and San Francisco-based Christopher Yates, is highly active in national and global cartel matters. A group including Marguerite Sullivan, New York-based Lawrence Buterman, Michael Egge and San Francisco-based Daniel Wall defended Sumitomo against global antitrust investigations and related civil litigation connected with alleged anti-competitive practices in the auto parts industry. Niall Lynch in San Francisco and New York-based Jeff Hammel are the lead advisers to Omnicom in the DOJ’s ongoing bid rigging grand jury investigation, which is part of a wider criminal antitrust investigation into the advertising agency market. In another matter, Lynch and associate Meaghan Thomas-Kennedy represented StarKist in an investigation into alleged price-fixing in the packaged tuna industry. In 2017, Joshua Holian transferred from the San Francisco office to the Brussels office. Christopher Campbell in San Francisco made partner, while Allyson Maltas was promoted to counsel.

Leading lawyers

Niall Lynch - Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP delivers excellent results in high-stakes litigation. As an example, Amanda Reeves (who chairs the US antitrust practice alongside Christopher Yates in San Francisco), Lawrence Buterman in New York and Daniel Wall, also in San Francisco, successfully defended Genentech against a lawsuit brought by Russian drug manufacturer Biocad JSC over an alleged scheme to delay Biocad from entering into the US market generic versions of three cancer drugs. In the auto parts space, Marguerite Sullivan and others represented Sumitomo in MDL class action cases related to wire harnesses and heater control panels. Elsewhere, the firm is defending the US Soccer Federation (USSF) against a lawsuit filed by the North American Soccer League (NASL) over the USSF’s allegedly anti-competitive division structure. In recent developments, Alan Devlin re-joined the firm from the FTC, while Joseph Serino and Eric Leon in New York were hired from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. San Francisco-based Kirsten Ferguson made partner. Margaret Zwisler is also noted. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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 features prominently in headline deals that are subject to particularly intensive regulatory scrutiny. Its extensive industry coverage spans areas such as pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, technology and telecoms, among others. Global co-chair Amanda Reeves, Michael Egge, counsel Farrell Malone and others are acting as global antitrust counsel to Agrium Inc in its $36bn merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. In 2017, Reeves, Marcellus Williamson and counsel Alan Devlin were part of a cross-border team that assisted Integra LifeSciences with obtaining global clearances for its $1bn acquisition of Codman Neurosurgery from Johnson & Johnson. Joshua Holian, Karen Silverman and Daniel Wall are names to note in San Francisco. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Next generation lawyers

Amanda Reeves - Latham & Watkins LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘impressive bench’ places the group ‘among the best’ for appellate work at state and federal level. Practice head Gregory Garre argued for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in Florida v Georgia, the US Supreme Court appeal concerning water apportionment of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. Garre remains active at courts of appeals across the country; he is representing the respondent in Salazar v South San Antonio Independent School District, the Fifth Circuit appeal involving issues of student abuse. The ‘superb’ Richard Bress and Melissa Arbus Sherry are representing the American Beverage Association at the Ninth Circuit appeal challenging compliance of ordinances issued by San Francisco and limiting advertising of sugar-sweetened beverages with the First Amendment. At the Seventh Circuit, Sherry and Russell Sauer acted for US Soccer Federation in a case concerning tequila advertisement before the 2014 World Cup. ‘Smart, strategic and collaborative’ Scott Ballenger is a ‘real work horse’. Roman Martinez rejoined the firm following four terms as Assistant to the Solicitor General.

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: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s global practice is led by San Francisco-based Steven Bauer, New York-based Benjamin Naftalis and ‘outstanding advocateKathryn Ruemmler in Washington DC, who is ‘without equal in handling risk’. Ruemmler is representing former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, in multiple congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. In New York, Christopher Clark represented Lee Stewart, a former Rabobank trader and cooperating witness in the high-profile LIBOR prosecution. On the corporate side, the team is representing Dow Chemical in an FCA lawsuit relating to a whistleblower allegation that the defendant owed federal government $70bn in fines. ‘Excellent litigatorJonathan Su is also recommended. Nicholas McQuaid joined the New York office from the Obama White House in June 2017.

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

Strengthened by numerous lateral hires over the past 12 months, such as Joseph Serino and Eric Leon from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Nicholas McQuaid and Leslie Caldwell from the government, where McQuaid served as deputy White House counsel and Caldwell was assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s criminal division, Latham & Watkins LLP is increasingly well-equipped to handle big-ticket finance-related disputes proceeding across numerous fronts, including regulatory enforcement actions and private litigation. The ‘very practicalJeff Hammel is ‘well-informed and thoughtful across a wide range of issues affecting financial institutions’ and alongside Richard Owens continues to represent the British Bankers’ Association in the US litigation relating to its alleged role in Libor manipulation. Together with William Reckler and lawyers from the firm’s German offices, Owens was a pivotal member of the team that represented Deutsche Bank in the high-profile DOJ investigation into alleged fraudulent behaviour relating to the bank’s sale of RMBS in the lead up to the financial crisis. Miles Ruthberg is noted for his defense of accountancy firms. Kathryn Ruemmler is also recommended.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘ability and willingness to step in to assist on such a wide range of issues is one of the features which sets the firm apart’. The ‘quick’ and ‘high-quality’ team is well known for its trial and litigation prowess and high-profile clients. ‘Good communicatorChristopher Harris in New York is ‘able to achieve good results’; he chairs the practice alongside Sean Berkowitz in Chicago and Jake Ryan in San Diego. The department saw continued growth throughout 2017; key hires included Leslie Caldwell and Elizabeth Deeley in San Francisco from the DOJ and Kirkland & Ellis LLP respectively and former deputy white house counsel Nicholas McQuaid in New York. Century City-based Laura Washington made partner in 2018. Jeff Hammel (New York) and Peter Wald (San Francisco) are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Laura Washington - Latham & Watkins LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘a terrific firm - top notch’, according to one client. Another remarks that its US-based lawyers ‘connect well with overseas offices and the teams work seamlessly together’. Jamie Wine in New York is global chair of the firm’s litigation and trial department, which has more than 600 litigators across its offices in the US, Europe and Asia, and which handles high-value and cross-border white-collar crime matters, antitrust cases and general commercial litigation. The US-based vice chairs are Mary Rose Alexander in Chicago, Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley and Al Pfeiffer in San Francisco. Experienced trial lawyer Sean Berkowitz assisted General Electric in several lawsuits arising from Thomas Petters’ multibillion-dollar fraud scheme. Another highlight for the firm was litigation arising from one of the largest hostile takeover bids in history, in which it helped Allergan obtain a ruling that Valeant Pharmaceuticals attempted to buy the company at less than market value.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Co-headed by Les Carnegie, William McGlone and Sarah Nappi, Latham & Watkins LLP’s 13-partner team provides ‘helpful and responsive’ trade compliance advice to an impressive cadre of clients including The Carlyle Group, Osram and United Technologies. Carnegie has ‘in-depth knowledge of export matters’ and alongside McGlone represents the International Committee of the Red Cross on its compliance obligations under US sanctions and US export controls - work which includes advising on how to deliver swift assistance to persons caught up in conflict zones including Syria, Sudan, and Crimea. Edward Shapiro assists both US target businesses and foreign acquirers with securing national security approval for their transactions; he recently acted for Germany-based global lighting manufacturer Osram in obtaining CFIUS clearance for its €400m sale of the Ledvance business to a consortium including China-based Yiwu Harmony Core Investment partnership and MLS. ‘Very knowledgeable’ counsel Jarrett Taubman also regularly handles CFIUS matters.

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 ‘a "go-to" firm for securities and M&A litigation; its willingness to step in and assist on a wide range of matters sets it apart’. New York-based global head of securities litigation and professional liability Jeff Hammel is ‘well informed and thoughtful on issues impacting financial institutions and is also a very practical lawyer who works well with businesspeople’. Orange County-based Michele Johnson has established herself as a leading light in the market. She worked with Peter Wald in San Francisco and Blair Connelly in New York to successfully defend global pharmaceuticals company Allergan against a $57bn hostile takeover bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor William Ackman. Johnson and Connelly also acted for ExamWorks in defending actions against its $2.2bn sale. James Brandt played a key role in the dismissal of the Books-A-Million controlling shareholder take-private litigation. Colleen Smith in San Diego and Los Angeles-based Brian Glennon are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Michele Johnson - Latham & Watkins LLP

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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

The product liability, mass torts and consumer class action practice at Latham & Watkins LLP is co-headed by Chicago-based Thomas Heiden and Gwyn Williams in Boston. The team is particularly active in the tobacco and sports sectors, as evidenced by its continued representation of longstanding clients Philip Morris, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and National Collegiate Athletic Association in several class actions. Together with Chicago-based environmental litigation practice head Mary Rose Alexander, Heiden represents Chevron in a series of class actions in the high-profile Hot Fuels litigation and obtained dismissal of the three lead California cases, in which plaintiffs alleged that, due to gasoline expanding in warm weather conditions, they received less BTUs and MPG for the same price. Kenneth Parsigian in Boston is recommended for his extensive expertise in class actions and mass torts in the tobacco sector and Chicago-based Mark Mester is another key figure. Andrew Clubok joined the Washington DC office in December 2017 from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP’s sizeable product liability, mass tort and consumer class actions practice is jointly headed by Thomas Heiden in Chicago and Gwyn Williams in Boston. Recent work includes representing Chevron in tort litigation involving a C-137 release contamination case, arising from a broken generator at the University of Tulsa, where the client has a research & development program. In other work, the team continues to advise Southern California Gas Company on regulatory agency matters involving the natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon underground storage facility. The firm’s client base also includes Campbell, Monsanto and Nalco. Kelly Richardson and Robert Howard are the key contacts in San Diego and Chicago-based Mary Rose Alexander is another name to note. Andrew Clubok joined the Washington DC office in December 2017 from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

A top-notch firm for high-exposure cases’, according to one client, Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘extremely knowledgeable and strategic, providing practical advice and a keen understanding of the facts’. ‘Exceptionally bright and skilled securities litigatorJeff Hammel and Christopher Clark in New York, and Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley, lead the practice. Hammel, Miles Ruthberg and veteran litigator James Brandt (who is ‘as smart as they come and has the requisite level of aggressiveness and experience to make the tough calls’) handled five class actions for Endo International, including a case concerning statements made about its generic pharmaceuticals business. Rawlinson is representing semiconductor company AMD in a case alleging it made false and misleading statements about demand for products, including its Llano APUs. The firm has ‘a leading auditor practice’ that acts for clients such as Deloitte and Ernst & Young, and also counts Apple and Walmart among its clients for high-stakes securities litigation. In Los Angeles, the firm hired experienced trial lawyer Thomas Nolan from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the highly respected Joshua Hamilton from Paul Hastings LLP.

Leading lawyers

Jeff Hammel - Latham & Watkins LLP

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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

The well-balanced debt practice at Latham & Watkins LLP secures a steady stream of issuer and manager-side mandates, which it handles from its well-staffed offices in New York, Chicago and Washington DC. The already sizeable department grew further in 2017 with the hire of New York-based partner Wenchi Hu, who was formerly at the SEC, as well as the partner promotions of Washington DC-based Brandon Bortner and New York-based Benjamin Stern. Chicago’s Manasi Bhattacharyya was also elevated to counsel. New York-based global corporate chair Marc Jaffe is widely recognized as ‘a star in the area’ and advised JP Morgan Securities on Moody’s two-tranche notes offering totaling $1bn. Also in New York, ‘great lawyerMichael Benjamin and Stelios Saffos assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch with Staples’ $1bn notes offering. Among its issuer highlights, Washington DC-based partners Rachel Sheridan and Jason Licht acted for Allison Transmission on a $1bn senior notes offering. The firm has also recently advised Carlyle, CommScope and MEG Energy on their debt offerings. Other key names are Cathy Birkeland in Chicago and ‘consummate professionalIan Schuman in New York.

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 managers - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is widely lauded as ‘a benchmark for capital markets’ and its ability to garner a constant supply of top-flight deals - from both issuers and managers - confirms its position as a market leader. According to sources, New York-based global corporate chair Marc Jaffe is ‘head and shoulders above the rest’. Jaffe led many of the group’s most high-profile recent deals, including assisting Goldman Sachs with Canada Goose’s C$340m dual-listed IPO on the NYSE and the Toronto Stock Exchange and its $259m follow-on offering - New York-based Ian Schuman and Boston’s John Chory co-led the IPO advice. In another bank-side headline, Washington DC-based Rachel Sheridan acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as underwriter on Emerald Expositions Events’ $303m IPO. Among its work for issuers, Jaffe and Schuman advised Camping World on its $249m IPO and $303m common stock offering. The group also includes global capital markets co-chairs Witold Balaban in New York and Chicago-based Cathy Birkeland. Wenchi Hu joined the New York office in 2017 from the SEC.

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

Responsive, commercial and practicalLatham & Watkins LLP stands out for its ‘deep global bench’ and ‘broad industry experience’. The practice is represented throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East - and it is also regularly involved in deals where it is not on the ground, such as India. New York-based global corporate chair Marc Jaffe is widely revered as ‘a leading light’ and advised Goldman Sachs on Canada Goose’s C$340m dual-listed IPO and its $259m follow-on offering - New York-based Ian Schuman and Boston’s John Chory co-led on the IPO. Other high-profile underwriter mandates include advising Credit Suisse on the $450m US IPO of China-based Best as well as assisting Credit Suisse with the $96m IPO of Switzerland-based ObsEva. Equity highlights for issuers included assisting FFI Holdings with its £235.5m IPO. On the debt side, the team advised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its inaugural $17.5bn bond offering. Witold Balaban, who splits his time between New York and London, and Chicago’s Cathy Birkeland are also high-profile partners.

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 has a number of strings to its bow, with its broad sector focus and strong experience in advising both issuers and underwriters standing out as particular strengths. Among its issuer-side work, global corporate head Marc Jaffe - ‘pre-eminent in the capital markets space’ - and Senet Bischoff, who are both in New York, advised Scientific Games Corporation on its $1.1bn tack-on offering of senior secured notes. In Washington DC, Patrick Shannon assisted BlueLine Rental with its $1.1bn offering of second lien notes. The firm also houses a heavyweight underwriter-side practice, which recently advised HSBC on two senior notes offerings by Nova Chemical totaling $2.1bn - New York-based global capital markets co-chair Ian Schuman led that work. Jaffe and Senet also advised JP Morgan Securities on WellCare Health Plans’ $1.2bn notes offering. Washington DC-based Jason Licht is also a key contact. The firm grew its capital markets practice in 2017 with the hire of Wenchi Hu from the SEC. A series of promotions also saw Brandon Bortner and Benjamin Stern join the partnership in Washington DC and New York respectively, while Manasi Bhattacharyya in Chicago was made counsel.

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 continues to be one of the few firms capable of dominating the market both as borrower and lender’s counsel. With 34 partners across the US, it has the scale to act for a broad spectrum of clients, including private equity sponsors, without the risk of conflicts or upsetting banking relationships. The lender team saw several major transactions, including advice to Morgan Stanley on the $6bn worth of facilities to Misys, a Vista Equity Partners portfolio company, to fund its acquisition of the remaining equity interest in DH Corporation. The firm also advised Bank of America on the $6bn financing, including a $3bn bond offering, for Gilead Sciences’ $11.3bn acquisition of Kite Pharma. The firm is also doing a significant amount of work for direct lenders such as Antares Capital and Jefferies Finance, the latter of which it advised on the financing for Bain Capital’s $1.3bn acquisition of Surgery Partners and Surgery Partners’ concurrent acquisition of National Surgical Healthcare. On the borrower/sponsor side, the firm advised Scientific Games International on a $3.8bn refinancing, including a $1.1bn bond offering. It also represented the Carlyle Group on the $1.6bn financing of its acquisition of Atotech. Daniel Seale heads the top-notch team, which includes Jeffrey Chenard and Joshua Tinkelman on the borrower/sponsor side, and Michèle Penzer and Andrew Fayé for the lenders. Alfred Xue is also well regarded.

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

Aided by a significant offering in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Latham & Watkins LLP’s US-based financial services regulation team is well-placed to advise banks, funds and securities firms on domestic matters, as well as on regulatory matters in a global context. Working closely with colleagues in the UK and Europe, the US team has developed a market leading reputation for advising on the global convergence of regulatory standards for leveraged lending (particularly the key differences between the US and ECB guidance). Alan Avery has been central to much of this work and as well as other standalone regulatory matters, including Volcker Rule guidance and advice on cryptocurrencies, also regularly provides the regulatory overlay to major M&A and capital markets mandates handled in the sector. Vivian Maese is noted for her ‘excellent advice’ on compliance matters and strategic fintech transactions; alongside Avery, Maese is acting for Cottonwood Vending, a Bitcoin ATM operator, on its application to the New York State Department of Financial Services to obtain a license to conduct virtual business activity in New York. Stephen Wink and Dana Fleischman both have excellent reputations on broker-dealer matters; Wink recently acted for Dynasty on the establishment of a novel real estate trading platform that allows for purchasing and selling investment real estate. Courtenay Myers Lima and former SEC international corporate finance chief Paul Dudek also handle capital markets-related regulatory work. The team was recently significantly strengthened on the payments front by the arrival in December 2017 of Todd Beauchamp from Paul Hastings LLP.

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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

Latham & Watkins LLP draws on its impressive investment banking and international banking following to advise on a high volume of lender mandates relating to energy projects. ‘Very versatile’ practice head Jonathan Rod and counsel Amy Maloney acted for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on the $551m refinancing of the Trans Bay Cable in California, and Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Greenberg, who is ‘terrific on conventional power projects’, advised BNP Paribas, Bank of America, and Credit Agricole on the construction financing of the Hickory Run power project in Pennsylvania. On the sponsor side, the practice regularly acts for developers and private equity funds, and in one example of the former Matthew Henegar and Eli Katz assisted Alterra Power with the construction loan and tax equity financing of the Flat Top Wind Farm in Texas. Arclight Capital and The Blackstone Group are key private equity clients; Maloney and Washington DC-based David Penna are advising the latter on the private placement of senior-secured notes concerning the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Louisiana. The practice was further enhanced by the promotion of San Diego-based Kelly Thomason Self to counsel, and the arrival of Eugene Elrod and Patrick Nevins, who are based in Washington DC, from Sidley Austin LLP and Hogan Lovells US LLP respectively. All named partners are based in New York except where stated otherwise.

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

Based on a ‘good bench and broad experience’, Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice has ‘sharp and astute subject matter expertise’ in high-profile restructuring matters. The ‘very responsive’ and ‘extremely approachable’ team, known primarily for its creditor-side work, represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of Energy XXI in its Chapter 11 filing. The group has also been active on the debtor-side in the energy sector, where it advised Chaparral Energy on its $1.6bn Chapter 11 restructuring and Stone Energy Corporation on its prepackaged plan. Mitchell Seider has particular expertise in cross-border restructuring and alongside colleagues in Paris and London acted for Credit Suisse as agent in the restructuring of the French corporation CGG. In another multijurisdictional matter, the team is acting for General Electrics in Chapter 15 proceedings as well as in the Spanish restructuring of Abengoa, including Abengoa’s divestment of the Norte III power plant in Mexico. Following the retirement of former co-chair Jan Baker, the practice is headed by Peter Gilhuly in Los Angeles, Chicago-based Peter Knight and Seider in New York. George Davis joined the New York office from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Jeffrey Bjork in Los Angeles joined from Sidley Austin LLP and Chicago-based Matthew Warren made partner.

Leading lawyers

George Davis - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team is is highly regarded in the equity-linked derivatives market and regularly acts as issuer and underwriter counsel in convertible bond offerings. Following Regency Centers Corporation’s acquisition of Equity One, Rafal Gawlowski and Melissa Alwang advised Citigroup on an amendment and restatement of a margin term loan facility, which originally included shares in the target company. Courtenay Myers Lima acted for Bank of America on the sale by its subsidiary of various fixed income indices to Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). The team works in conjunction with Witold Balaban’s capital markets and financial institutions departments, and also has expertise in securities regulation and fintech. In 2016, counsel Catherine Lee joined the firm from JP Morgan, where she was an executive director and assistant general counsel.

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP fields a ‘hardworking and responsive’ ABS team that is experienced in traditional ABS structures as well as pioneering transactions; it also has an active CLO group in Los Angeles. On the ABS front, Kevin Fingeret and Loren Finegold advised Barclays and Guggenheim Securities as initial purchasers of a note issuance backed by a mix of cell towers, wireless sites and distributed antenna systems. The group has also acted for issuers such as American Airlines. Graeme Smyth is another key figure in the ABS team. The CLO team is headed by Vicki Marmorstein and acts primarily for collateral managers. Marmonstein and Dominic Yoong acted as deal counsel in a CLO transaction for TCI Capital Management, which included the creation of a first-of-its-kind fund to support risk retention requirements. Doug Burnaford and counsel Kenneth Askin are additional contacts in the CLO team. Securities regulatory expert Ellen Marks is based in Chicago and is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Kevin Fingeret - Latham & Watkins LLP

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s government contracts practice has seen a significant recent uptick in transactional work, while FCA work remains a key area of growth. The group acts for clients from the technology, telecoms and healthcare sectors, and has experience in handling corporate transactions in the defense and aerospace industry. Clients include Cerner Corporation, CA Technologies and American Airlines. David Hazelton leads the team. Anne Robinson, counsel Kyle Jefcoat and associate Dean Baxtresser are other names to note.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s power industry group is particularly strong in transactional matters and harnesses the firm’s expertise in finance, M&A and energy regulation to provide advice for clients such as Alterra Power, FirstEnergy, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and Quantum Utility Generation. A recent mandate saw the team assisting Energy Capital Partners III with the acquisition of Calpine; Natasha Gianvecchio led the regulatory work which included FERC, New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) and Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) approvals. The department, led by David Schwartz, welcomed Tommy Beaudreau, former Chief of Staff for the United States Department of the Interior.

Next generation lawyers

Natasha Gianvecchio - Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Very responsive and reliableLatham & Watkins LLP leverages its corporate and M&A strengths to assist clients with transactional regulatory matters as well as litigious proceedings before the FERC, DOE and CFTC. The ‘hard-working’ Patrick Nevins is advising Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a joint venture formed by four regionally based energy companies, including Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, on FERC regulatory approvals regarding the construction of a new greenfield pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Another highlight for Nevins was the assistance given to Delfin LNG with all regulatory issues related to the development of a deepwater port LNG export and floating liquefaction project. The team is led by David Schwartz and also includes ‘extremely trustworthy and excellent negotiatorEugene Elrod.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLPoffers a very high level of service across multi-disciplines’, with Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Greenberg singled out as ‘a top option for project finance deals’; Greenberg and New York-based Christopher Cross advised AES on a private placement, construction loan and liquidity facilities relating to the AES Southland Energy Project in Arizona and California. On the M&A side, recent big-ticket mandates include New York-based co-chair David Kurzweil acting for Energy Capital on the $17bn acquisition of Calpine. Other recommended practitioners in New York are Jonathan Rod, who has ‘unparalleled capital markets execution experience’, and Paul Kukish. Washington DC-based David Schwartz co-chairs the practice. Eli Hunt joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in March 2018.

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 is probably best known for its dominant corporate practice, with master limited partnerships a particular strength. Examples of high-value M&A work included Ryan Maierson acting for Energy Transfer on the $21.3bn sale of the company to Sunoco Logistics, and well-regarded practice co-head Sean Wheeler assisting Ensco with its $860m acquisition of Atwood Oceanics. Other key figures in the ‘very strong’ Houston office are ‘highly experienced upstream lawyerRobin Fredrickson, who advised Anadarko Petroleum on the $2.3bn sale of its Eagle Ford Shale assets to Sanchez Energy and Blackstone Group, and the ‘very talentedStephen Szalkowski. The practice is co-led from New York by Christopher Cross, who was active in the midstream M&A and financing space for clients such as Energy Transfer.

Leading lawyers

Michael Darden - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Robin Fredrickson - Latham & Watkins LLP

Ryan Maierson - Latham & Watkins LLP

Sean Wheeler - 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

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team excels at project finance. New York based Matthew Henegar and the ‘very versatileJonathan Rod acted for Allianz Global Investors on the project financing for the Grande Prairie Wind Farm in Nebraska, and Henegar and LA-based Jeffrey Greenberg acted for Morgan Stanley on a private placement by Texoma Wind for the financing of four wind facilities. Other key figures include DC-based David Penna and New York-based Eli Katz, who were both busy in the tax equity space. The team also handles M&A for the likes of ArcLight Capital Partners. New York-based David Kurzweil and DC-based David Schwartz jointly head the practice.

Leading lawyers

Jonathan Rod - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLPis a strong firm that frequently delivers exceptional results’. In Washington DC, the practice hired Janice Schneider, the former US Senate-confirmed assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the Department of the Interior (DOI); former DOI chief of staff, Tommy Beaudreau; Steven Croley, who was previously confirmed as GC for the Department of Energy; and Joel Beauvais, former deputy assistant administrator for water at the EPA. The practice’s scope includes climate change, air quality, toxic tort and water quality. Other areas of strength are insurance coverage, policyholder disputes, and energy and natural resources projects. Highlights included acting for Newhall Land & Farming in brokering a landmark settlement that allows one of California’s largest master-planned communities to proceed; the legal work included successful negotiations with leading environmental groups and an unprecedented greenhouse gas emission plan. Chicago-based Mary Rose Alexander is global environment litigation practice chair; New York-based Kegan Brownachieves goals’; Robert Howard chairs the San Diego environment, land and resources department; and Andrea Hogan chairs the firm’s San Francisco-based team. Other key advisers include Los Angeles’ Michael Romey; Chicago-based Thomas Heiden; Robert Wyman, who divides his time between Los Angeles and Washington DC; as well as Julia Hatcher and Christine Rolph in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Mary Rose Alexander - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Hogan - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘team provides very quick response times’. In Washington DC, the practice hired Janice Schneider, the former Department of the Interior’s (DOI) assistant secretary for land and minerals management; former DOI chief of staff, Tommy Beaudreau; Steven Croley, who was the Department of Energy’s general counsel; and Joel Beauvais, former deputy assistant administrator of water at the EPA. The practice encompasses climate change, air quality, toxic tort, and water quality. Other areas include insurance coverage, policyholder disputes, energy and natural resources projects, and environmental transactional support. The recommended advisers are New York’s local environment, land and resources chair Gary Gengel; Kegan Brown; who has ‘a great working knowledge of the regulations, regulators and court system’; Los Angeles’ James Arnone; and Robert Wyman, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Janice Schneider - Latham & Watkins LLP

Robert Wyman - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kegan Brown - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘a pro-active, value-for-money firm that has very good in-depth knowledge, which it conveys in an understandable way’. The team acts for global financial institutions, private equity businesses, and corporations in the full range of high-level environmental transactional issues, including transactional diligence, permitting and compliance, as well as agency rule making and legislation, enforcement actions, and litigation. The environmental law team acted for private equity and venture capital firm ArcLight Capital, which, together with Blackstone, acquired four power plants from American Electric Power for $2.2bn. Other clients include Cogentrix Power, Siemens, Goldman Sachs and Castleton Commodities. The key names are New York’s Gary Gengel and Jean-Phillipe Brisson; Washington DC’s James Barrett and Claudia O’Brien; and Houston-based Joel Mack.

Leading lawyers

James Barrett - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jean-Phillipe Brisson - Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

At Latham & Watkins LLP, the department has considerable expertise handling both domestic and international matters for high-profile clients. In Washington DC, regulatory expert John Manthei has been leading advice to Pacira Pharmaceuticals on various issues arising from a warning letter issued by the FDA in 2014, including Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations. Also in Washington DC, Michael Morin and David Frazier have been representing AbbVie in a number of suits brought against Gilead Sciences regarding allegations of infringement. On the M&A side, Silicon Valley-based Alan Mendelson led advice to Rapidscan Pharma Solutions on its sale to GE Medical Systems. The department includes Mark Roeder and Josh Dubofsky in Silicon Valley; Charles Ruck and R Scott Shean in Orange County; and Daniel Brown in New York. Judith Hasko and Alice Fisher in Silicon Valley are also recommended, as is Boston-based Peter Handrinos. Casey Dwyer is now at AbbVie.

Leading lawyers

Alan Mendelson - Latham & Watkins LLP

John Manthei - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘reputation precedes it’ in the healthcare space, where it handles the full gamut of matters for a service provider client base spanning hospitals, dialysis providers, home health hospice providers and eHealth companies. The team recently acted for the University of Massachusetts Medical School in a False Claim Act suit brought by a former employee alleging that the school improperly claimed state and federal Medicaid reimbursement funds; advised KKR on the healthcare regulatory elements of its $2.8bn acquisition of WebMD; and assisted Press Ganey with its sale to EQT Partners. Noteworthy practitioners include healthcare fraud defense expert Katherine Lauer in San Diego, regulatory specialist John Manthei and litigator Daniel Meron (both based in Washington DC), Daniel Settelmayer in Los Angeles and Orange County-based Scott Shean, who focuses on transactional work.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘policyholder practice is extremely deep across the US’ and handles major commercial insurance lines as well as specialty coverage areas, including business interruption, professional, product, D&O and environmental liability, in addition to cyber and political risk, IP and transactional insurance. It is advising Meritor in seeking coverage for tens of thousands of asbestos bodily injury claims arising out of its acquisition of the former Rockwell International automotive products business. It is also representing A Community of Friends in its insurance claims arising from damage to two of its apartment buildings while under construction, and represented United Nuclear Corporation in a bad faith lawsuit in against Lloyd’s of London insurers and Resolute Management. Allergan, Fluor Corporation and National Collegiate Athletic Association are also clients. John Wilson and Brook Roberts in San Diego are recommended, as are Washington DC’s David Barrett, who is ‘extremely committed to clients and is a creative problem solver’, and the ‘exceptionalPeter Rosen in Los Angeles. Former global co-chair of the insurance coverage litigation practice Andrew Lundberg retired in 2017.

Leading lawyers

Peter Rosen - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s work includes strategically significant sport transactions and complex sport litigation items within the scope of its entertainment, sports and media group, which is headed by leading sport lawyer Joseph Calabrese. The team acts for a number of high-profile technological corporations including Univision Communications, Facebook, Tencent and NextVR that seek to exploit the growing synchronization between sport, media and technology. Highlights included Russell Sauer acting for the US Soccer Federation, most notably in litigation and negotiations with the US women’s national soccer team, and George Mihlsten and Maria Hoye advising the Chargers NFL team on the potential development of a new stadium in downtown San Diego and on options for a stadium in the Los Angeles area. Adam Sullins, who is a trusted adviser to professional teams, owners and investors, leagues and and organizations, was promoted to the partnership in 2017.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Calabrese - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Adam Sullins - 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 delivers ‘excellent service in terms of understanding the client’s business objective’, is ‘responsive’, ‘dedicated to the client’s mission’ and subject matter patentability litigation, PTAB proceedings and appellate work are particular areas of expertise; another standout feature is the practice’s close collaboration with the firm’s antitrust lawyers. Trio Matthew Moore, David Callahan and Jennifer Barry 53243 direct the practice from Washington DC, Chicago and San Diego respectively. In addition to successfully obtaining a summary judgement for Jaguar Land Rover North America in litigation against Vehicle Interface Technologies regarding dashboard displays, the team also assisted plaintiff Tessera with multi-patent litigation in seven suits against Samsung. Arista Networks, Symantec and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals are also on the client list. Washington DC’s Maximilian Grant is a ‘formidable first-chair litigator’. ‘first-class appellate attorneyGabriel Bell in Washington DC recently made partner. San Francisco’s Perry Viscounty, Chicago’s Kenneth Schuler and New York’s Daniel Brown are also noted. Kevin Wheeler joined the Washington DC office from Fish & Richardson P.C..

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Patent litigation: international trade commission
Patent litigation: international trade commission - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Latham & Watkins LLPis dedicated to its client’s mission’. The practice’s core expertise lies in the technology sector, but the group also excels in advising clients from the electronic and automotive sectors. ‘Extremely engaging and persuasive’ practice head Bert Reiser and ‘formidable first-chair litigatorMaximilian Grant, both in Washington DC, are particularly active ITC practitioners, with Julie Madeleine Holloway in San Francisco, Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley as well as Matthew Moore and Adam Greenfield, both in Washington DC, also handling a fair share of the caseload. The addition of former Fish & Richardson P.C. litigator Kevin Wheeler in Washington DC already proves fruitful as the recent caseload contains impressive highlights under his lead: chief among them was Wheeler’s and Reiser’s successful representation of LG Chem in a matter combining ITC and district court proceedings against Amperex Technology to protect the Safety Reinforced Separator technology. Other clients include Tessera, Honda and Arista Networks.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP excels in matters on the intersection between the life sciences and technology sectors and demonstrates strong experience in cross-licencing work and joint development agreements, but also in transactional mandates, including due diligence and other licencing aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Life sciences licensing chair Judith Hasko in Silicon Valley is the main contact, with key support coming from Christopher Hazuka, also in Silicon Valley, and San Diego’s Steven Chinowsky. The team advised Allergan on a collaboration agreement with Editas Medicine regarding gene editing therapies for ocular diseases, and assisted a major pharmaceutical player with its strategic alliance with a foreign start-up regarding population genomics research. Guardant Health, Arista Networks and Roxane Laboratories also feature on the client list.

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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 group boasts an enviable client roaster, including American Airlines, Goop, Pandora and Lyft. Following a bench trial in the California Superior Court, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley-based duo Douglas Lumish and Matthew Rawlinson successfully defended Arista Networks in a trade secrets and licensing dispute against OptumSoft. Jennifer Barry in San Diego led a team acting for Lyft in a breach of contract, solicitation and data misappropriation claim against its former COO. Perry Viscounty in Orange County heads the group. Kevin Wheeler joined the Washington DC office from Fish & Richardson P.C..

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘excellent’ team handles high-profile litigation, often with an international element, and has notable strength in the technology and entertainment sectors. San Diego-based co-head Jennifer Barry represented NUDE Skincare in various international disputes, including an infringement suit brought against Happiness Group arising from its use of the ‘Nudu’ mark. Greg Garre in Washington DC and Andrew Gass in San Francisco led advice to Pandora Media and iHeartMedia in various litigation brought by a number of record labels alleging piracy. The team, which is also led by Matthew Moore in Washington DC and David Callahan in Chicago, was strengthened by the arrival of Kevin Wheeler in Washington DC from Fish & Richardson P.C.. Clients also recommend Perry Viscounty in Orange County, which is also where recently promoted counsel David Troutman is based.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s bicoastal team covers a range of formation work in areas including traditional buyout funds and energy-focused funds. In the New York office, Andrea Schwartzman handled the formation of Great Hill Equity Partners VI, which hit its $1.5bn hard cap in one closing. Also in New York, Kathleen Walsh assisted VMG Partners with forming its fourth fund, which raised $550m for low- to mid-market buyouts in the fast-moving consumer goods arena, and counsel Matthew Chase advised ONCAP on forming ONCAP IV, a buyout fund targeting mid-market companies. Barton Clark in Washington DC advised Riverstone Holdings on forming a $5bn fund investing in the energy and power business. In California, Nadia Sager, who divides her time between San Diego and Los Angeles, advised Mountain Capital, a new manager formed by Apollo alumnus Samuel Oh, on its $622m debut fund. Latin America is another area of expertise for the team.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Chase - Latham & Watkins LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s impressive client roster includes names such as Bass Pro Shops, Siemens, Virgin America and The Carlyle Group. In recent highlights, the firm witnessed a number of partner promotions, including Matthew Conway and Julie Crisp in Washington DC and San Francisco respectively. The Chicago-based Robin L. Struve recently advised FMC Technology on its $13bn merger of equals with French company Technip, while Lori Goodman advised Energy Capital Partners on its acquisition of Calpine from the New York office. In Washington DC, the names to note are David Della Rocca and Adam Kestenbaum. The team is headed by New York-based Bradd Williamson, whose recent highlights include a number of notable transactions on behalf of Leonard Green & Partners.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘consistently excellent’ and ‘valuable’ group specializes in technology transactions. Judith Hasko, who chairs the life sciences licensing team, advised CytomX Therapuetics on a strategic collaboration with Amgen valued at over $1.5bn. Technology transactions chair Anthony Klein, capital markets partner Anthony Richmond, M&A partner Josh Dubofsky and New York-based Graeme Smyth assisted American Airlines with an equity investment in China Southern Airlines. In Boston, Sarah Gagan was engaged by Measure on a strategic agreement with AES Corporation. The group includes Tad Freese, as well as New York-based of counsel Alan Tamarelli, who joined from Merck, and Ghaith Mahmood, who was promoted to counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Clients also recommend associate Arielle Singh. Attorneys are based in Silicon Valley unless otherwise stated.

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Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP advises company-side clients in shareholder activism campaigns, as well as assisting with public company regulatory and hostile takeover defense matters. Keith Halverstam, Thomas Malone and Orange County-based Charles Ruck advised Cognizant Technology Solutions on a campaign by Elliott Management, which ended with the addition of three directors to the board, one of whom was nominated by Elliott. Chicago-based Bradley Faris led a team advising Accuride Corporation, which obtained shareholder approval for its sale to funds managed by Crestview Advisors despite the objection of a 19% owner. Thomas Christopher represented NRG Energy in its battle with both Elliott Management and Bluescape Energy Partners. In Los Angeles, Steven Stokdyk and Paul Tosetti advised Motorcar Parts of America on defending an activist campaign, while in San Diego Craig Garner advised ViaSat Inc on its subjection to an alleged ‘bear raid’. Joel Trotter in Washington DC is a key name of note for governance and securities reviews - he advised VEON, formerly known as VimpelCom, on issues regarding its status as a Nasdaq-listed foreign private issuer. Other clients for general public company securities and governance matters include Energy Transfer Partners, Allergan, Caesars Entertainment and Advanced Micro Devices. Unless indicated otherwise, named attorneys are based in New York.

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

For a firm that did not originate in New York, Latham & Watkins LLP has an incredibly impressive profile in what is the key deal hub for the US and in many ways the world. It also has considerable M&A strength in other major US cities and across its impressive international network. Domestically, its strength on the West Coast is especially notable, particularly in semiconductor and life science industry deals, and it also has considerable strength in Chicago and in Houston. Internationally, it has invested heavily in building up its strength in Europe and Asia. This has positioned the firm as a go to for large-cap domestic and cross-border deals, and clients include the likes of Siemens, Broadcom, Virgin America, Emerson Electric, Anadarko Petroleum, Energy Transfer Partners and ICU Medical. The firm advised Siemens on its $4.5bn acquisition of Mentor Graphics and represented Virgin America in its $4.43bn reverse triangular merger with Alaska Air Group. The Silicon Valley office continued to lead the advice to Broadcom on its $5.9bn acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, the fiber channel storage area network switching and IP networking company. And a multi-jurisdictional team continued to advise FMC Technologies on its $13bn cross-border merger of equals with French company Technip. New York’s David Allinson leads the M&A department along with Chicago-based ‘great M&A attorneyBradley Faris and Luke Bergstrom in Silicon Valley. Orange County’s Charles Ruck is a leader in big-ticket pharmaceuticals and life sciences deals. New York’s Mark Gerstein is another class act, as are fellow New York partners Adel Aslani-Far and Ted Sonnenschein, and William Finnegan in Houston, who recently advised Energy Transfer Partners on its $21.3bn sale to Sunoco Logistics Partners. Peter Harwich joined from Allen & Overy LLP in September 2017.

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 impressive geographic coverage across the US and globally enables it to capture a significant market share of top-bracket private equity transactions. The practice is equally adept in large-cap and mid-market private equity deals, and works closely with clients such as Carlyle, BC Partners, KKR, GTCR, One Equity Partners, Leonard Green & Partners, Genstar Capital, Odyssey Partners and Platinum Equity. The ‘top-notch firm performs at a top-notch level’, according to one client. It advised Carlyle on the sale of a majority stake in The Nature’s Bounty to KKR. In the energy space, it represented Arclight Capital Partners and Blackstone on their $2.17bn acquisition of four power plants from American Electric Power. Jennifer Perkins and Chicago’s Shaun Hartley are joint heads of the private equity practice; Perkins is described as an ‘excellent M&A lawyer’ who ‘understands and is experienced in the full range of M&A transactions’ and ‘has the demeanor, skills and judgment that not only gets deals done, but makes her a pleasure to work with’. Daniel Lennon in Washington DC jointly leads the firm’s relationship with Carlyle. Howard Sobel is a pivotal member of the team and is close to a number of big-name private equity houses, such as Leonard Green & Partners, Centerbridge Partners and Odyssey Investment Partners; he is ‘extremely smart as well as very business oriented and practical’. Washington DC’s David Brown leads the firm’s connection to Platinum Equity and has led a number of transactions for Carlyle’s healthcare and technology industry groups. Fellow DC partner Paul Sheridan leads the firm’s relationship with Onex Partners and Revolution Growth. Silicon Valley’s Josh Dubofsky is a key figure on the West Coast for clients such as KKR and Genstar Capital. 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

As well as being a top international law firm with a significant market share of big-ticket transactions and large-cap clients, Latham & Watkins LLP also maintains a strong focus on the start-up, emerging company and venture capital sector. The team was reinforced by the arrivals of Jack Sheridan and Page Mailliard to its Silicon Valley office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Chris Shoff to its Century City office from Cooley LLP. The firm is hailed variously as ‘the best’, ‘phenomenal’ and ‘flawless’, and its strong focus on start-ups and growth companies, as well as its breadth of resources across the US and globally, enables it to handle all the requirements of an emerging company throughout its life cycle. Clients include Ginkgo BioWorks, GoEuro, Hearsay Social, Memphis Meats, Formation 8, Eclipse Ventures, Home Chef, Zavante Therapeutics, Catalant Technologies, Tetrascience and Bessemer Venture Partners. It advised 3-D printing company Desktop Metal on its Series C and Series D financings in 2017. Other key partners include Alan Mendelson, who is global chair of the life sciences industry group, and Patrick Pohlen, who impresses in life sciences and tech. Boston’s John Chory is also a key name in life sciences and tech.

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 privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

At Latham & Watkins LLP, Jennifer Archie in Washington DC, Serrin Turner in New York and Michael Rubin in San Francisco jointly head the department; Archie is the key name for data privacy work, Turner handles cybersecurity matters and Rubin, who joined the firm in 2017 from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, regularly acts for technology companies. Turn and Vizio are clients; Archie represented the latter in an investigation by the FTC regarding new data collection and use practices. Other highlights included Rubin defending LG Electronics in a class action alleging that its smart televisions violate VPPA, Bradley Faris in Chicago advising Aon on its acquisition of cybersecurity firm Stroz Friedberg, and Archie assisting Endurance International Group with its acquisition of emailing marketing firm Constant Contact and subsequent data issues.

Leading lawyers

Jennifer Archie - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Joseph Calabrese heads the Century City-based department at Latham & Watkins LLP, which leverages its global footprint in handling cross-border media and entertainment deals; recent examples include advising Netflix on its acquisition of comic book publisher Millarworld and acting for EuropaCorp in multiple credit facilities, distribution agreements and picture financings. The group also acted for Anonymous Content in the sale of a minority stake to Emerson Collective, assisted Starz Entertainment with its merger with Lionsgate Entertainment, and handled AMC Networks’ acquisition of a minority stake in Funny or Die. The practice also has litigation expertise through the ‘highly regardedMarvin Putnam, who is representing MSG Forum in a challenge to the City of Inglewood’s plans to construct a new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers, acting for International Creative Management in an internal investigation following sexual assault claims made by a former Fox News contributor, and defending Beyoncé in copyright litigation relating to the music video for Formation. Clients praise financing specialist Nancy Bruington, transactional lawyer Christopher Brearton and the ‘brilliantRobert Haymer.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Calabrese - Latham & Watkins LLP

Marvin Putnam - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nancy Bruington - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP advises both vendors and their clients on outsourcing deals in a diverse range of industries, including entertainment, financial services, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and hospitality. Anthony Klein in Silicon Valley is global co-chair of both the technology transactions group and the IT systems industry group. Within that group, JD Marple in Menlo Park and Jeremiah Wolsk in Washington DC are key partners. Marple’s recent work includes advising Spotify on the outsourcing of accounting operations such as order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, record-to-report and expenses management to Infosys. Wolsk’s highlights included advising regional wireless and wireline companies on the provision of telecoms services.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s group serves as a strong complementary practice to the firm’s significant global corporate, finance and IP litigation practices. It advises all sectors of the technology industry, including broadband and internet service providers, broadcast radio and television clients, cable companies, content providers, and data storage and security firms. Other areas of strength are e-commerce, entertainment and multimedia, internet, networks and infrastructure, and telecoms. It acted for LogMeIn, a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud-based remote connectivity services, in the acquisition of the GoTo business of Citrix Systems, a provider of collaborative communication solutions for small businesses; it also assisted Anova Industries with reviewing a manufacturing and supply agreement regarding the sale of Anova Applied Electronics to Electrolux. Additional matters included acting for Novomer, a venture-funded chemistry technology development company, in the sale of its Converge® polyol technology to Saudi Aramco. In Silicon Valley, Anthony Klein is technology transactions chair and Tad Freese is also highly regarded. Sarah Gagan is a key Boston contact and New York-based Jeffrey Tochner is ‘very creative’. Counsel Alan Tamarelli Jr was hired in New York from pharmaceutical company Merck & Co, where he was corporate transactions counsel; and Los Angeles-based Ghaith Mahmood was promoted to counsel.

Leading lawyers

Anthony Klein - Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team handles high-profile regulatory and contentious work, and for some has ‘the best telecoms lawyers in the city’. Matthew Brill, James Barker and James Gorton lead the practice. Brill has extensive experience in telecoms and broadcasting disputes and regulations; Barker is particularly known for his work on spectrum auctions; and New York-based Gorton is highly skilled in transactional matters. John Janka is also a key figure and has strong expertise in spectrum controversies. Matthew Murchison was made partner and has a strong skill-set in regulatory issues and litigation. Recent highlights include advising the National Cable & Telecommunications Association on net neutrality proceedings as well as defending Charter Communications against allegations by the New York Attorney General that Time Warner Cable provided misleading broadband performance information to its customers. The firm worked with Comcast Corporation and NCTA together on the business data services ruling. The firm also defended Cox Communications against antitrust tying allegations, defended Ligado Networks in a spectrum dispute before the FCC, and advised ViaSat on obtaining spectrum rights. Litigator Gregory Garre represented Pandora and iHeartMedia in a complex copyright suit involving the streaming of music recorded prior to 1972.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP excels in telecoms, broadcast and satellite transactions, and is ‘highly knowledgeable’, ‘good at giving practical business advice’, and ‘knows how the FCC thinks’. The team is led by spectrum auctions specialist James Barker, telecoms transaction expert James Gorton and Matthew Brill, who represents satellite, telecoms and broadcasting companies in transactions. Barker recently advised Charter Communications on the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction and assisted Verizon with its 24.5% equity purchase of Dreamwork’s Awesomeness TV. Brill advised LogMeIn on its $1.8bn merger with Citrix’s GoTo business. John Janka is also a key figure, with notable expertise in transactional matters on behalf of broadband providers, satellite operators, media companies and broadcasters. He assisted Entercom with its tax-free merger with CBS Radio, advised Beasley Broadcast Group on its acquisition of Greater Media, and assisted ViaSat with its public offering of $6.5m-worth of shares of common stock as well as with the closing of a joint venture with Eutelsat involving satellite-based broadband services. Matthew Murchison, who was made partner in 2017, is also highly experienced transactions in this space. Netflix and MGM are also key clients. The team is based in Washington DC.

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 fields a nationwide practice that is particularly strong in California and the western states. Areas of expertise include the development of generation and transmission facilities, infrastructure projects, as well as commercial, office, educational and mixed-use sites. Leveraging its experience in environmental law matters, the team reached a settlement on behalf of Newhall Land & Farming, the developers of master-planned community Newhall Ranch; the case included negotiations with environmental groups and the development of an unprecedented greenhouse gas emissions plan. The group, jointly led by Lucinda Starrett, Christopher Garrett and Michael Carroll, welcomed Janice Schneider, formerly Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the US Department of the Interior, as the global vice chair of the firm’s environment, land and resources department. Winston Stromberg was promoted to the partnership.

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

The ‘responsive, creative and efficient’ practice at Latham & Watkins LLPknows how to get a deal across the line’. The group routinely acts across the full life cycle of REIT matters, including initial organization, partnership roll-up transactions, corporate spin-offs, public offerings, M&A and compliance issues. The global group is co-chaired by Michael Brody, held up by some as ‘the best tax expert in this space’, Julian Kleindorfer and Ana O’Brien - they teamed up with Orange County-based counsel David Wheeler to advise Digital Realty on its $7.6bn acquisition of DuPont Fabros Technology. Brody and Kleindorfer also advised Global Logistics Properties on its $1.1bn acquisition of the US logistics portfolio of Hillwood Development Company. Lewis Kneib and San Diego-based Michael Sullivan are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Los Angeles, unless otherwise stated.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP’s areas of strength include advising multinational corporations on complex tax matters associated with cross-border M&A and other deals as well as assisting such clients with international tax controversies. Washington DC-based practice head Nicholas DeNovio assisted the UK public company Ensco with its acquisition of Atwood Oceanics, a Houston-based offshore drilling contractor. Another highlight was advising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its first-ever international sukuk issuance, worth $9bn, making it the largest in history. Jiyeon Lee-Lim and Jocelyn Noll in New York and Los Angeles-based Samuel Weiner are other names to note.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

At the ‘terrificLatham & Watkins LLP, Washington DC-based Miriam Fisher has been advising Weyerhaeuser Company on litigation initiated in late 2016 in the US Tax Court contesting the IRS’s characterization of a 2008 joint venture transaction entered into by Plum Creek Timber (which was acquired by Weyerhaeuser in 2016) as a disguised sale. Boston’s ‘excellent’ and ‘smartBrian McManus has been defending Millennium Drilling in a jury trial in the District of Nevada against allegations of fraud related to oil and gas investments. The client base also includes NBC Universal/DreamWorks Animation and Musa Brothers. Jean Pawlow, who has deep financial industry and international tax controversy experience, joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in January 2018 and splits her time between Washington DC and Silicon Valley.

Leading lawyers

Jean Pawlow - Latham & Watkins LLP

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 tax practice, which has partners spread across its multiple US offices, typically advises on transactions within the technology, retail, pharmaceutical and banking sectors, among others, as well as on restructuring, finance, private equity and real estate matters. In Los Angeles, Pardis Zomorodi and Laurence Stein supported Entercom Communications in its $4bn Reverse Morris Trust merger with CBS Radio. Another highlight from this office was Samuel Weiner’s work for Golden Entertainment during its acquisition of American Casino & Entertainment Properties. Michael Brody, who structured the $7.6bn purchase of DuPont Fabros Technology for client Digital Realty Trust, is also recommended. In San Francisco, global head of tax Kirt Switzer advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on acquiring a 48% stake in GlobalLogic from Apax Funds. Andrea Ramezan-Jackson In Washington DC, Joseph Kronsnoble in Chicago, David Raab in New York and Timothy Fenn in Houston are other key advisers.

Leading lawyers

Pardis Zomorodi - Latham & Watkins LLP

Samuel Weiner - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Ramezan-Jackson - Latham & Watkins LLP

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