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Loeb & Loeb LLP

10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, SUITE 2200, LOS ANGELES, CA 90067, USA
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Work +1 310 282 2000
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Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and 1 more

United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP is singled out for its ‘extremely high legal acumen and depth of market knowledge’ in relation to commercial leasing. Practice head Raymond Sanseverino and Kenneth Sold - who, for one client, are ‘two of the best real estate attorneys that service the New York market’ - handled a number of substantial leases for clients such as Brookfield Property Partners and Mitsui. Sanseverino represented BNY Mellon, as tenant, in connection with a 15-year lease of approximately 250,000 sq ft of office and retail space in the building located at One Boston Place in Boston; and Sold assisted Bank Leumi USA with the $110m sale of its fee interest in 564 Fifth Avenue and its ground leasehold interest in 562 Fifth Avenue in New York. The team also has a strong debt finance capability and, in one standout transaction, Kenneth Freeman acted for Deutsche Bank as administrative agent and lender in connection with a $1.5bn construction financing for the retail component of the Hudson Yards project in New York. All attorneys named thus far are based in New York, but the practice is also present in Los Angeles, where key players include Thomas Hanley, who stands out for his ‘knowledge and practical advice in leasing matters’; and Allen Hubsch, who joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP.

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United States: Finance

Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 1

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP has a ‘depth of experience and knowledge, which, combined with the high level of client service, makes it very competitive in this area’. Tax specialists Diara Holmes and Marcus Owens joined the firm’s Washington DC office in 2015 from Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered and are commended for their ‘responsiveness and “can-do” attitude’. The firm makes use of its trusts and estates, charitable giving and tax practices to provide a full service to its not-for-profit clients and has been assisting clients in a range of matters, from defending tax-exemption status against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to assisting with charitable giving, program-related investments (PRIs) and setting up for-profit subsidiaries. Recent highlights include advising Audrey Irmas on the gift and sale of a piece of art. New York-based lawyers Jason Lilien and Eliot Green are also recommended, as is Leah Bishop in Los Angeles. The firm strengthened its team via the acquisition of Preston Quesenberry to its Washington DC team as of counsel; Quesenberry brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous role as a senior attorney in the Tax Exempt and Government Entities division at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.

Leading lawyers

Marcus Owens - Loeb & Loeb LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP has experience in a diverse range of sports, handling mainly transactional matters but also disputes. Los Angeles-based Scott Zolke advised on the franchise aspects of the NHL’s creation of the Vegas Golden Knights, while New York-based Brian Socolow advised Vivint on its purchase of naming rights to Utah Jazz’s stadium. In Chicago, litigator Douglas Masters’s work includes successfully defending USA Track and Field in an antitrust claim concerning US Olympic Trials’ sponsorship rules, and successful trademark opposition proceedings for the NCAA. Los Angeles-based Arash Khalili works with athletes and advised three-time Pro Bowler Shawne Merriman on his clothing line’s partnership with Bellator MMA. Khalili and Socolow lead the team.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP is recommended for copyright advisory work in the music, motion picture and television industries, and also frequently handles prominent contentious matters. Highlights included the representation of Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios in a copyright infringement suit against the producers of a crowdfunded, non-profit Star Trek fan film, as well as acting for Sony/ATV, Warner Chappell Music and others in a copyright infringement case against online music archive Wolfgang’s Vault. On the defendant side, the team successfully represented 21st Century Fox against two screenwriters who claimed that the Fox series New Girl infringed their screenplay Square One, and acted for BMG Rights Management in a suit filed over copyright termination rights. Other clients include MGM, Warner Bros, and NBCUniversal. Practice chair Barry Slotnick and Jonathan Zavin in New York as well as David Grossman in Los Angeles are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Barry Slotnick - Loeb & Loeb LLP

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP is especially noted for its trademark litigation work in the entertainment, consumer products and financial services industries, but the broad practice extends beyond these sectors. Highlights included an appellate victory on behalf of Viacom at the Ninth Circuit against Gibson Guitar, which claimed that the client’s licensed toy ukulele featuring SpongeBob SquarePants infringed its protected ‘flying V’ guitar body shape. On the plaintiff side, the team has been representing POM Wonderful in a trademark infringement action against Pur Beverages regarding the sale of Pur Pom energy drinks. Douglas Masters in Chicago and David Grace in Los Angeles are recommended.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 1

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP has particular deal expertise in the entertainment, media, technology, marketing and communications sectors. The practice recently represented longstanding client Clearview Capital in significant portfolio investments, add-on acquisitions and divestments, including the sale of its stake in The Results Companies to an investor group led by One Equity Partners. Other sell-side matters included advising a number of minority equity holders and employees of Pharmscript, and its affiliates, on the sale of a 45% equity stake to Summit Partners. The team also provided US counsel to UK-based animal health and biotech firm Benchmark Holdings in its $342m acquisition of INVE Aquaculture, and acted for TransUnion in the acquisition of Trustev, a global provider of digital verification technology. New York managing partner Mitchell Nussbaum, Lloyd Rothenberg and Los Angeles-based Paul Severin co-chair the capital markets and corporate practice. Nussbaum’s experience includes advising US-based companies in the technology, life sciences and energy sectors, and advising companies from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India and Europe on transactions within the US. Rothenberg acts for established and emerging businesses in industries such as technology, media and advertising. Deputy capital markets and corporate practice chair Arash Khalili handles a range of media, entertainment, music, sports and real estate-related matters.

Leading lawyers

Mitchell Nussbaum - Loeb & Loeb LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 1

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s ‘fabulous’ advertising and promotions team is led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable and thoroughJames Taylor, while the ‘exceptionalKenneth Florin chairs the digital and social media group; both are based in New York. The department, which ‘provides amazingly thoughtful support’, handles the full gamut of advertising issues, including advertising and promotions, digital and social media, privacy, disputes relating to the Lanham Act and those before the NAD, and class action litigation. Noteworthy team members include Nathan Hole, who specializes in emerging media, litigator Thomas Jirgal, the ‘practicalSeth Rose and transactional expert Amir Azaran - all based in Chicago - as well as privacy expert Melanie Howard in Los Angeles, the ‘terrificDavid Mallen in New York and Washington DC-based targeted advertising strategy specialist Brian Nixon. Amazon.com, Facebook, Toyota, Visa and Charter Communications are clients.

Leading lawyers

James Taylor - Loeb & Loeb LLP

Kenneth Florin - Loeb & Loeb LLP

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Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 3

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Data protection and data breach response - ranked: tier 2

Loeb & Loeb LLP

New York lawyers Ieuan Jolly, James Taylor and Kenneth Florin lead Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice, which has a reputation for data optimization work alongside the traditional offering of international and domestic data privacy advice. In a recent highlight, the team advised a payment card client on its global privacy strategy and provided analysis of transactional data in connection with the launch of its new mobile app. The team is also advising a media company on a high-value data services contract, which involves data hosting, analytics, insights, predictive modeling and data leveraging and processing through the client’s global digital platforms. HBO, Phoenix Life Insurance, Toyota, Unilever and iHeartMedia are all clients.

Leading lawyers

Ieuan Jolly - Loeb & Loeb LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Craig Emanuel leads the team at Loeb & Loeb LLP, which advises across all elements of the entertainment industry and has substantial experience in the Chinese market. Stephen Saltzman heads the firm’s Asia entertainment practice, which is advising Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Company on the development of a Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, and is also assisting Huayi Brothers Media Corp with the financing of a $350m multimedia entertainment joint venture with film directors the Russo brothers. John Frankenheimer leads the firm’s music industry practice and New York-based Marc Chamlin heads the television practice; Chamlin is particularly experienced in reality television issues. Entertainment finance is another key area and group head Mickey Mayerson advised Warren Beatty on the financing and distribution of the film Rules Don’t Apply. In New York, Carol Kaplan and Stefan Schick are recommended for theater work; productions they have advised on include Wicked, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Groundhog Day. Attorneys named, unless otherwise specified, are based in Los Angeles.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice is led by Kenneth Adler from the New York office, who has extensive expertise in complex, multi-jurisdictional outsourcing transactions and data licensing agreements. Akiba Stern impresses clients ‘with his intellect and capacity to take complex issues and distill them for business partners, allowing for smart, creative solutions. He is also very practical and agile in finding mutually agreeable solutions’. For Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the team handled the $990m five-year MSA stemming from the sale of Mphasis, an IT services provider in Bangalore, to private equity funds managed by The Blackstone Group. Adler advised Northwell Health on a strategic alliance with OPKO Health for genetic testing and support services, including the formation of an LLC between Northwell Health and OPKO’s BioReference Laboratories division. New hires include Neil Lefkowitz in Washington DC and Philippe Manteau in New York.

Leading lawyers

Akiba Stern - Loeb & Loeb LLP

Kenneth Adler - Loeb & Loeb LLP

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice, which is jointly headed by Leah Bishop in Los Angeles and Bruce Wexler in New York, has developed a strong reputation among non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, charities, estates and high-net-worth individuals. Bishop specializes in charitable giving and tax-exempt organizations and Wexler is an expert in trusts and estates.

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