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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

THE MCDERMOTT BUILDING, 500 NORTH CAPITOL STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20001-1531, USA
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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Recent highlights for McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s practice, now led by Raymond Jacobsen in Washington DC, include acting as lead defense counsel for Steel Dynamics in putative nationwide class actions alleging that steel makers comprising 85% of the US market conspired to restrict the supply and fix the prices of all steel products, and defending American Gypsum in class actions filed by direct and indirect purchasers alleging price-fixing by drywall manufacturers. Healthcare is a particular sector strength and Silver Cross Hospital and Rochester Regional Health Systems are recent clients. Joel Chefitz, David Marx and Stephen Wu, all Chicago based, are recommended.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

With a sizeable group in Chicago and additional strength in Washington DC and Houston, McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a substantial US antitrust team, with a focus on merger clearance. The firm stands out as one of the premier healthcare firms in the US, representing a large number of hospitals and biotech and pharmaceutical companies. The group successfully acted for Impax Laboratories in connection with its acquisition of Tower Holding, including several operating subsidiaries. Antitrust all-rounder Michelle Lowery, who divides her time between Chicago and Los Angeles, was promoted to partner. Raymond Jacobsen Jr heads the antitrust and competition department, and Jon Dubrow is noted.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s appellate group has notable expertise in class actions, tax disputes and IP matters. The team has a strong representation for handling cases involving the healthcare industry and, in December 2015, practice head Miller Baker successfully petitioned for a Supreme Court hearing on behalf of Universal Health Service pertaining to whistleblowing; the case will clarify the complex regulatory requirements on when knowledge of a failure to adhere to the law constitutes fraud against the government. Tax appeals are another area of strength for the group, which successfully represented Johnson & Johnson in a First Circuit appeal concerning the tax implications of its operations in Puerto Rico, while the group also successfully handled several disputes for internet travel company Orbitz.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The ‘strategically focused’ department at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is spread across numerous offices throughout the country, and is headed by Lazar Raynal in Chicago. It remains dominant in the healthcare sector, with recent highlights including Silicon Valley-based Daniel Alberti’s successful resolution of a breach of contract case on behalf of a healthcare management company against a hospital, and Washington DC-based Mark Churchill’s defense of a teaching hospital in a class action suit, which was dismissed with prejudice. Tax litigation is another major strength.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Led out of Washington DC by Carolyn Gleason, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s team represents clients across the full range of transnational matters relating to global trade of goods, technology and services. The firm has an excellent track record for trade remedies work, particularly in litigation before the WTO, where the firm has never lost a case. Gleason and Pamela Walther are assisting Chiquita Brands with implementation issues relating to the historic WTO “banana litigation”. David Levine and Raymond Paretzky are recommended for export controls and trade sanctions matters.

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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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘extremely responsive’ and ‘very knowledgeable’ practice regularly defends key clients in the chemicals industry in a broad range of toxic torts and product liability cases, including asbestos-related litigation. The team is national strategic and coordinating counsel to Honeywell in various asbestos personal injury cases involving its Bendix automotive friction material product, with work being led by New York-based Peter Sacripanti. ‘Excellent advocate’ Terrence Dee joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2015, and continues to defend Motorola in a series of cases - including class actions - claiming that cellphones cause adverse health effects. Other clients include the American Petroleum Association, ExxonMobil and IKO.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a large securities team that spans the US. Frederic Firestone in Washington DC has extensive in-house experience at the SEC’s enforcement division and is currently handling high-value regulatory matters for the director of a global pharmaceutical company. In Chicago, Jeffrey Stone is a popular choice for regulatory investigations. Highlights for Steve Scholes included the defense of officers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company in a high-profile case arising from the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. Joel Chefitz is also recommended. On behalf of Smith & Wesson, John Sten in Boston secured the dismissal of a shareholder derivative action alleging breach of fiduciary duty.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a truly nationwide practice that delivers ‘great service, business acumen and industry knowledge’. As well as handling cases and investigations related to bribery, corruption and criminal cartels, the firm has a particularly strong reputation in the healthcare sector. The Los Angeles-based Russell Hayman, who ‘has a broad background and gets good results’, acted for 21st Century Oncology in an FCA investigation conducted by the US attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida. New York’s Todd Harrison successfully defended hedge fund manager Steven Slawson against claims of securities fraud and wire fraud. Michael Kendall heads the practice from Boston, and Chicago lawyers David Rosenbloom and Steven Scholes and the Los Angeles-based Gordon Greenberg are recommended. Andrew Tomback joined the New York office in April 2015, having come from an in-house position.

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United States: Finance

Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has strong credentials in healthcare financing, where it features prominently on the side of borrowers. Los Angeles-based Gary Rosenbaum was part of a team handling a $750m senior unsecured revolving credit facility for healthcare company Premier, while Michael Boykins, who jointly heads the team with Rosenbaum, played a key role in assisting health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida with refinancing a $500m revolving credit facility. The team has also done a lot of work with key private equity client H.I.G. Capital, including handling the financing of the acquisition of ATX Networks. Private equity-related work is an area the firm is looking to grow, as evidenced by its hire of former Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorneys Stephanie McCann and Kathy Schumacher in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

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Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

One of the most experienced nonprofit practices in the US, McDermott Will & Emery LLP stands out for its strong healthcare practice, where it advises nonprofit hospitals and other types of tax-exempt healthcare organizations, such as HMOs, home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities. It also advises tax-exempt higher education and religious organizations, trade associations, and private and company foundations. The team advised the exclusive US representative for swimming on the US Olympic Committee, USA Swimming, on its attempt to move its 25-year-old Barbados captive insurance company to the District of Columbia. It also regularly acts for the Wildlife Conservation Society, UMB Bank, Rush University Medical Center and the University of California. Los Angeles-based Ira Rappeport and Gary Gertler are recommended, as are Michael Peregrine and Bernadette Broccolo in Chicago.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a long track record acting in municipal bankruptcies and restructurings, and is currently advising stakeholders on the fiscal crises of Puerto Rico and the City of Chicago. In relation to the latter, the firm is advising various insurers of debt and counterparties in swap transactions. Key advisers are Chicago-based William Smith and Nathan Coco, both ‘outstanding attorneys’, and David Taub and Douglas Youngman in New York.

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United States: Industry focus

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s department advised ArcLight Capital Partners on the financing and purchase of a 625MW Arizona-based electric generation facility from Sempra Energy, and assisted the same client with the sale of the 125MW Michigan Power Generating Facility. It also acted for LS Power on the sale of two Illinois power plants, with a total capacity of 530MW, to Rockland Capital Partners.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Led primarily from the Houston office, the team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP advised Energy Investors Funds on the acquisition of a gathering system in North Dakota, and assisted it with the formation of a joint venture to develop the 177-mile Central Penn Line with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company. ArcLight Capital Partners is another example of the firm’s high-profile client base.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises clients across the energy industry, with a focus on power and oil and gas. The team shows particular expertise in emission allowances, FERC investigations, regulatory approvals, compliance issues and litigation. Team head Jeffrey Watkiss defended Shell Energy North America in multiple complaints and appeals before the FERC pertaining to power sales during the 2000-2001 California energy crisis. These cases involved administrative litigation of complaints alleging tariff and other violations, seeking disgorgement of profits. Robert Lamkin advised PPL EnergyPlus on emission allowance regulatory issues, including trading of emission allowances. Iskender Catto moved to Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s New York office, and the former global head of energy and infrastructure, Blake Winburne, moved to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP works in close cooperation with the firm’s transactional team and frequently assists renewable energy companies, developers and financers of renewables projects with approvals for M&A transactions and compliance with FERC and NERC regulations. Practice head Adam Wenner led advice to SunEdison and TerraForm on obtaining FERC approval for the purchase of First Wind Holdings and its portfolio of utility-scale wind projects, transmission assets and wholesale power marketing subsidiaries. He also assisted Eurus Energy America with the preparation of FERC filings and an internal corporate protocol to ensure compliance with FERC regulations relating to sellers of wholesale electricity with market-based rate authority. Blake Winburne joined the Houston office from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is the new global co-head of the energy and infrastructure group.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has one of the best renewables practice around, including one of the largest solar practices in the US, and handles all aspects of project development and finance as well as M&A transactions. Christopher Moore and San Francisco-based corporate partner John Cook led advice to SunEdison and its yieldco TerraForm Power in the $2.4bn acquisition of First Wind Holdings, which marked SunEdison’s entry into the US wind energy sector. In another highlight, Moore assisted Pattern Energy and Fowler Ridge IV wind farm with the construction financing and tax equity participation for the 150MW Fowler Ridge IV wind farm, and the sale of the cash equity interest to a yieldco. Mark Weitzel and Tara Higgins head the team. Blake Winburne joined the Houston office from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is the new global co-head of the energy and infrastructure group.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s broad practice handles development, financing, equipment supply and maintenance agreements as well as acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and tax equity investments across the energy industry. The firm advised Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on its acquisition of the Black Oak Getty wind project in Minnesota from Geronimo Energy. Matt Archer represented Apex Clean Energy in negotiations for turbine supply, warranty, and operation and maintenance agreements. The former global head of energy and infrastructure, Blake Winburne, moved to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Led by New York-based Peter John Sacripanti, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s practice has a strong track record in representing clients in contentious and non-contentious environmental matters. A team led from New York by James Pardo has represented ExxonMobil in more than 120 mass tort product liability, natural resource damages, and environmental contamination matters cases, and recently won a case brought by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for alleged groundwater contamination. Other matters included representing Irving Oil in lawsuits and environmental investigations arising from the derailment of a train that was carrying allegedly misclassified crude oil from the US to Canada in violation of Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. Chicago-based Craig Zimmerman and Todd Wiener are also noted.

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is an ‘excellent firm’ that is widely known for its transactional and regulatory expertise. The firm has a ‘solid provider client base and is active in the insurance space as well’, and is noted as a ‘very big name in insurance M&A’; it has been especially active in consolidation at a regional and local level. The firm represents numerous health insurers, HMOs and government healthcare program contractors, and advises some of the largest health plans in the US. It also advises a range of healthcare providers that are developing their own insurance plans. Clients include Florida Blue, Health First Health Plan, Humana and Permanente Federation. It has a big presence in Washington DC, but has health insurance specialists spread across the US. The firm continues to represent the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and several state subsidiaries in connection with the implementation of healthcare reform and the creation of health information exchanges. Joel Michaels heads the department, which includes experienced transactional specialist Gary Scott Davis in Miami, Washington DC-based fraud and abuse expert Ankur Goel, transactions and contracts specialist Peter Rich in Los Angeles, and Susan Nash and Joan Polacheck in Chicago.

Leading lawyers

Joel Michaels - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is praised for its ‘encyclopedic knowledge of the rules and regulations’ and its ‘practical understanding of the environment, broader political drivers and real business needs’, which allows it to ‘consistently deliver optimal and practical legal guidance’. The group is known for its expertise in reimbursement and compliance issues, as well as for IP litigation. It is also active in handling corporate transactions, and, in a recent example, a multi-jurisdictional team advised Innate Pharma on a $1.27bn partnership agreement with AstraZeneca. Byron Kalogerou chairs the practice from Boston. Elsewhere, Silicon Valley-based IP litigator William Gaede is recommended, and secured a significant success on behalf of Depomed in a Hatch-Waxman patent suit involving its flagship neuropathic pain product, Gralise. Paul Radensky is, according to one client, ‘the best access and reimbursement lawyer on the planet’, and Eric Gordon is ‘an incredibly strong fraud and abuse lawyer’.

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a huge team and a long history in this sector, providing ‘deep knowledge regarding healthcare’ and an ‘excellent and responsive service’. It is widely recognized for its unrivalled record in healthcare service provider transactions and investments by private equity sponsors, and its extensive regulatory expertise. One client says it is ‘by far the best firm I’ve ever worked with in healthcare’. Transactions and government investigations are key drivers of the practice. Clients include Ascension Health, Baptist Health, Fresenius Medical Care, Tenet Healthcare and Universal Health Services. New York-based David Ivill is ‘both knowledgeable and resourceful’ and a ‘true professional’. Charles Buck and Christopher Jedrey in Boston are also singled out by clients. Also in Boston is Stephen Bernstein, who heads the health industry advisory practice; he is noted for his expertise in health IT and data privacy. Chicago-based Bernadette Broccolo is a leader in regulation and high-end tax issues, while John Callahan is recommended for healthcare transactions, including private equity investments, as is Ira Coleman in Miami. In 2015, Callahan advised Equity Group Investments (EGI) on its acquisition, along with Ventas, of the healthcare operations of Ardent Health Services. The $475m investment is the first by EGI in the health services sector. In addition, the firm advised Universal Health Services on its acquisition of UK-based Cygnet Health Care. Kerrin Slattery, Gary Davis and Eric Gordon are other key names in the team.

Leading lawyers

Bernadette Broccolo - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Christopher Jedrey - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Eric Gordon - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Gary Davis - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Kerrin Slattery - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Insurance: advice to insurers
Leading lawyers

Margaret Warner - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Insurance: non-contentious
Leading lawyers

Thomas Jones - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: International Trade Commission
Patent litigation: International Trade Commission - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is ‘well staffed for ITC matters’, and is now even more so thanks to the additions of Charles McMahon and ‘experienced ITC practitioner’ Jay Reiziss, who joined from Brinks Gilson & Lione in Chicago and Washington DC respectively. Reiziss and McMahon are acting for ZTE Corporation in three ongoing patent cases, and have successfully invalidated infringement claims against nine telecoms-related patents before the ITC. Orange County-based Daniel Foster achieved a significant victory for Panasonic against infringement claims brought by Black Hills Media, securing summary judgment on all six asserted patents, and he also represented Nintendo in an ITC investigation brought by Optical Devices, successfully arguing the plaintiff’s lack of standing and securing a favorable summary determination. Sarah Columbia heads the practice from Boston, where Melissa Nott Davis is also a leading figure.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Sarah Columbia’s ‘outstanding’ team ‘knows the client’s business and the people of the company’, and is ‘practical, efficient and responsive’. The firm has a notably strong life sciences practice; Columbia and Silicon Valley-based William Gaede represented biopharmaceutical company Amgen in a suit against Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals claiming infringement of its patents regarding a cholesterol drug; in March 2016, a jury found in favor of the firm’s client. The group also acted for Ambry Genetics in a test case on genetic diagnostics, in which Myriad sought a preliminary injunction against Ambry’s diagnostic tests; and it represented Biomet in an infringement action against an NPE, Bonutti Skeletal Innovations. On the tech side, the firm is representing Blackberry in an infringement action initiated by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, and is handling a trade secret misappropriation and infringement claim on behalf of Diablo Technologies. Jay Reiziss and Fabio Marino are key contacts in Washington DC and Silicon Valley respectively.

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Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is singled out for its ‘unique combination of strong technical background, brilliant legal skills specific to IP, and strong business acumen’, which ‘greatly facilitates business aspects of the entire set of IP ownership issues’. It has strong expertise in healthcare, life sciences and nanotechnology and is very accomplished in patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings. Carey Jordan, Iona Kaiser and Jeremy Harrison in Houston secured a favorable IPR settlement on behalf of Halliburton, which resulted in the dismissal of concurrent litigation against a subsidiary of Acacia. A longstanding client is Google, which it has advised on patent protection, dealing with potential infringement by competitors, patent validity and patentability issues, and prosecuting and managing its patent portfolio. The firm also has an established Asia practice, advising clients such as Takeda, Panasonic and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. The team is represented in the firm’s Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston and Silicon Valley offices, and is led by Orange County-based Mark Itri. Stephen Becker and Robert Underwood are also key contacts.

Leading lawyers

Mark Itri - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Trade secrets
Trade secrets - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s trade secrets group is well versed in every stage of the trade secrets cycle, from identification of trade secrets, to implementation of protection measures, employee education, exit interviews and litigation. Los Angeles-based Eric Hagen leads the practice, which is spread across seven US offices. Its track record includes obtaining temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and winning jury trials, including awards of punitive damages. A team including Fabio Marino successfully acted for Diablo Technologies in its dispute with Netlist, a former development partner, which sued Diablo on eight counts of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract and claims of trademark infringement and false advertising under the Lanham Act. Daniel Alberti and Judy Mohr, both in the Silicon Valley office, are additional names to note.

Leading lawyers

Eric Hagen - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is praised for its ‘great industry knowledge’ in the alcoholic beverages sector. Recent work highlights in this area included acting for Kahlua Coffee Liqueur in a trademark infringement suit against a competitor selling ‘Kahfua’ branded coffee liqueur, assisting Brooklyn Brewery with several TTAB and UDRP proceedings, as well representing Heineken before the TTAB in opposition of Marcon’s registration of the Heineken mark for ‘meat juices’, such as chicken broths. The team also handles disputes for clients in a variety of other industries. For example, it has been defending Tyson Foods subsidiary Hillshire Brands against trademark infringement claims by Parks regarding the defendant’s launch of ‘Park’s Finest’ hot dogs. Other clients include Korean Air Lines and Sunrise Senior Living. Practice head John Dabney and Robert Zelnick in Washington DC are particularly recommended.

Leading lawyers

Robert Zelnick - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is praised for its ‘fantastic service’ and ‘great industry knowledge’, particularly in the alcoholic beverages sector. Richard Kim in Washington DC acts for The Absolut Company and other Pernod Ricard subsidiaries regarding trademark portfolio management, licensing, enforcement and dispute resolution. Jorge Arciniega in Los Angeles has been counseling XIX Entertainment on several branding, licensing and marketing matters. Chicago-based practice head Jennifer Mikulina assists Allrecipes.com with the protection of its brand around the world, and handles the trademark prosecution and enforcement matters for outdoor brand Granite Gear. Other clients of the practice include Hitachi, Univision Communications and Lockheed Martin.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s work includes representing corporates and financial institutions in withdrawal liability cases and 401(k) fee class action litigation. Chris Scheithauer, who divides his time between Irvine and Los Angeles, represented the Bank of America 401(k) plan in proceedings regarding the Countrywide Financial securities class action litigation; the matter was concluded by way of a settlement. Away from the West Coast, Chicago’s Bill Boies is acting for State Street Bank & Trust Company, which was the independent trustee of an ESOP, in a stock drop case regarding failure to sell General Motors shares before the company entered difficulties. Both lawyers mentioned also have expertise in healthcare-related ERISA disputes. Bobby Burchfield is now at King & Spalding LLP.

Leading lawyers

Nancy Ross - Mayer Brown

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Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP has ‘particular depth and breadth of knowledge’ when it comes to managing employee benefits plans and crafting executive compensation packages. Practice head David Rogers and Ruth Wimer - both based in Washington DC - are advising MasterCard on a review of its pension plans, which includes regulatory issues involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Rogers and the newly promoted Brian Benko (also based in Washington DC) assisted Intelsat with pension structuring, 401(k) plans and employee healthcare issues. Boston-based Andrew Liazos provides ‘outstanding guidance and knowledge in the area of executive compensation while setting a high bar for client experience and service’; he advises large companies and individual executives, including the CEO of a large publicly held company. In Chicago, Nancy Gerrie and Susan Nash assist technology sector clients with their benefits programs.

Leading lawyers

David Rogers - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The ‘excellent’ immigration group at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is ‘most reliable, punctual and always available’. The practice encompasses the full spectrum of immigration services and, besides the core visa service, has a particular focus on immigration compliance, especially with respect to government audits. The client roster includes multinational and domestic clients, among them Sonar Entertainment, Studio Daniel Libeskind and The Clinton Foundation, as well as various foreign entertainers and artists. The team recently obtained special visas for a group of teenage boys from Nigeria after they witnessed a murder of a teammate while traveling to the US to play in a youth soccer league. New York-based practice head Joan-Elisse Carpentier is ‘highly responsive, experienced and 100% involved in matter’. Her recent work includes representing Spanish dancer Eila Valls Domenech in successfully procuring the appropriate visas for her to enter the US.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘service is excellent - the deep team’s top-notch lawyers are responsive, knowledgeable and able to address and advise on issues out of the gate’. Much of the practice’s deal flow of late has been driven by a large number of cross-border transactions, special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) deals and wealthy families making corporate investments. The healthcare sector remains a core focus for the firm, as do energy, manufacturing, and chemicals; it is also active in the rapidly consolidating alcoholic beverage industry. In 2015, the firm expanded in Dallas through the recruitment of ‘brilliant’ M&A partners Gregory Hidalgo (‘acute attention to details and legal nuances are invaluable’), Wilson Chu and Soren Lindstrom from K&L Gates - hires which boost the firm’s capacity to do cross-border M&A involving Asia and Europe. In a $500m deal, the ‘exceptional team’ was lead counsel to a SPAC, Levy Acquisition Corp., which bought and took public fast-food chain Del Taco. As an example of the practice’s expertise in spin-off transactions, it acted for the management team of Talen Energy on PPL’s spin-off to form an independent power producer. Large deals included acting for global agricultural products company Olam International in its $1.3bn acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland Company’s global cocoa business. Representative of the firm’s strength in the life sciences sector, its US attorneys teamed up with colleagues in Paris to advise Innate Pharma on a $1.28bn partnership agreement with AstraZeneca. Xerox and Nokia are also clients. New York-based firm-wide corporate chair David Goldman focuses on general corporate and business counseling, with a concentration on corporate finance, M&A and complex commercial transactions. Also based in New York, Timothy Alvino, who has represented clients in industry sectors such as avionics, energy, manufacturing, media and software, ‘is held in the highest of regard’. Thomas Conaghan’s experience includes cross-border business combinations, going-private transactions, stock sales and purchases, and asset transactions; and Samuel Wales has ‘great availability, knowledge and thoughtfulness’; both are based in Washington DC. Michael Sartor in Boston focuses on representing private equity sponsors, and public and private companies, in M&A deals; Byron Kalogerou, who chairs the firm’s life sciences industry group and heads the Boston corporate advisory practice, is ‘excellent, with a great business sense and an ability to prioritize demands and challenges’; and Silicon Valley-based California corporate practice head Mark Mihanovic, whose M&A practice has an emphasis on technology, life sciences and healthcare, is ‘very responsive and pays attention to details’.

Leading lawyers

David Goldman - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Timothy Alvino - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is well positioned in the middle market, and has a strong focus on the healthcare, energy and manufacturing sectors. Baird Capital and New Harbor Capital are among its key clients, but it also gained numerous new clients, including newly formed funds such as Blue Sea Capital. Emphasizing its standing in healthcare, the group handled a considerable number of hospital-related private equity transactions, most recently representing Aris Teleradiology. Cornerstone client H.I.G. Capital retained the firm to assist with 12 transactions, including advising Surgery Center Holdings, an H.I.G. portfolio company, on its $792m acquisition of Symbion. Miami’s Harris Siskind and Chicago’s Andrew McCune head the practice, which also includes energy specialist Blake Winburne in Houston. The ‘knowledgeable and thoughtful’ Samuel Wales in Washington DC and Michael Boykins in Chicago are recommended. Kathy Schumacher joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides an ‘excellent level of service’ on a range of private equity matters, advising growth companies and investors from the seed stage to public offerings and beyond. The firm recently added a corporate group to its Dallas office, creating further support for venture capital clients. The ‘excellent and thoughtful’ practice head Mark Mihanovic, based in the Silicon Valley office, has clients in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors. He also has strong ties to the China market, serving as corporate liaison partner for allied firm MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai. Dallas-based Wilson Chu advised Chinese social networking platform Renren on several acquisitions in the fintech space. Washington DC’s Samuel Wales and Miami’s Harris Siskind handled several acquisitions for H.I.G. Growth Partners, including the purchase of Centerfield Media Holdings. Fireman Capital Partners, 23andMe and Corindus Vascular Robotics are also clients.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is led by Chicago-based Daniel Gottlieb, whose areas of expertise include health privacy, mobile apps, e-commerce, text messaging and other digital law issues. In the health space, the team acted for a major healthcare services company in securing international data protection approvals, and provides advice on HIPAA compliance.

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Technology: outsourcing
Technology: outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

In June 2015, McDermott Will & Emery LLP welcomed several lawyers from K&L Gates; Jason Krieser, Shawn Helms and David Guedry. Krieser and Helms co-head the new practice, and are described as ‘consummate professionals, who zealously represent clients and take a personal interest in understanding the business and what is looking to be achieved from a transaction’. New clients for the team include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Finnair, Sabre, and The Timken Company. It recently acted for Stearns Lending in the outsourcing of its mortgage application administrative work to Tata Consultancy Services, an Indian IT service and business solutions company headquartered in Mumbai. The team is also the principal outside counsel to Xerox, and managed the multiple services relationships arising from the sale of Xerox Business Services’ IT services business to Atos SE.

Leading lawyers

David Guedry - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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United States: Tax

Financial products
Financial products - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Tax is one of the core areas at McDermott Will & Emery LLP and the group is recognized for its advice on various types of complex financial products. Its clients include top investment banks, public and private investment vehicles, and high-net-worth individuals. Based in New York, practice co-head John Lutz led advice to a global bank on the restructuring of its non-US operations to comply with newly enacted regulations. The group is also acting before the Court of Federal Claims as counsel to Citibank in seeking a tax refund of over $400m. Chicago-based co-head Andrea Kramer is well known for her work on tax planning and compliance matters.

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Andrea Kramer - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Led by the ‘outstanding’ Lowell Yoder in Chicago, the ‘vast’ team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises on cross-border transactions and international transfer pricing. The team has ‘broad and deep subject matter expertise’ and delivers ‘accurate and timely advice’, and is particularly noted for its knowledge of IP-related tax law. Highlights included advising Caterpillar on acquisitions, transfer pricing and tax litigation. It is also acting for Ensco, a UK-listed offshore company, in a US Tax Court case. Key individuals include James Riedy, David Noren, Timothy Shuman and Philip Levine in Washington DC, and Silicon Valley-based Paul Dau (of counsel). Dwight Mersereau joined Crowell & Moring LLP in October 2015, while in Dallas, the firm welcomed the arrival of Todd Welty, Mark Thomas and Laura Gavioli from Dentons.

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Lowell Yoder - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The ‘leading-edge’ tax controversy practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is known for ‘timely and thorough responses, and cost-effective, cutting-edge information on tax issues and the industry’. The arrival of Dentons’ three-partner controversy team - former head of tax controversy and litigation Todd Welty along with Mark Thomas and Laura Gavioli - has further strengthened the practice; Welty now co-leads the team with the ‘outstandingJean Pawlow. Pawlow is currently representing Citibank in a case in which the bank is seeking a $400m tax refund, and she continues to advise Siemens in federal, state and local tax controversy matters. The team also handles multiple tax controversy issues on behalf Exxon and Illinois Tool Works. In one of several new cases focusing on whether risk transfer and risk distribution requirements for insurance are met, the team gained a victory in the Tax Court on behalf of Swedish-based security services group Securitas. The impressive client roster includes the likes of Aetna and Caterpillar, as well as new clients Hewlett-Packard and Costco. Transfer pricing practice head Mark Martin in Houston is recommended by clients, and Chicago-based Roger Jones enjoys a high standing in the market.

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Jean Pawlow - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Roger Jones - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a ‘very prompt and thorough’ tax practice that has particular expertise in relation to healthcare, energy and telecoms. Lowell Yoder heads the federal and international tax practice, and Jane Wells May heads up the state and local tax practice; both are based in the Chicago office. Other notable lawyers in the department are Damon Lyon in Chicago and David Noren in Washington DC. There were three additions to the Dallas office, with Todd Welty, Mark Thomas and Laura Gavioli joining as partners from Dentons. Clients include IBM, Procter & Gamble, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs.

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Lowell Yoder - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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