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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Stefan Meisner and Daniel Powers are acting for a Japanese auto parts manufacturer in an MDL being heard at the Eastern District of Michigan arising from a concluded DOJ-led price-fixing and bid-rigging investigation. Another key figure is Mary Strimel, who previously served as chief of one of two antitrust criminal enforcement sections at the DOJ in Washington DC. Raymond Jacobsen leads the team, which also includes Paul Thompson and Chicago-based Joel Chefitz.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s high-caliber team delivers excellent results for clients, as was illustrated by Joel Chefitz, David Hanselman, Michelle Lowery and others assisting Steel Dynamics with defeating class certification in relation to actions brought by direct purchaser plaintiffs over an alleged conspiracy among steel makers to restrict output and fix prices of all steel products. The team also obtained a motion to dismiss the case in relation to actions brought by indirect purchasers. Reflective of the firm’s particular strengths in healthcare-related antitrust matters, Chefitz and Katharine O’Connor assisted Silver Cross Hospital with defeating a class action lawsuit involving allegations of unfair competition and consumer fraud, among others. Raymond Jacobsen, who leads the team, is based in Washington DC, as are Stefan Meisner and Mary Strimel. Other named individuals are based in Chicago.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is particularly strong in obtaining clearances in hospital and other healthcare sector mergers. Raymond Jacobsen leads the team, which also has expertise in defense and consumer goods, among other areas. In 2017, Joel Grosberg, Gregory Heltzer and Daniel Powers assisted DaVita with successfully negotiating FTC clearance for its $360m acquisition of Renal Ventures Management. Jeffrey Brennan and Powers recently obtained clearances from the states of Tennessee and Virginia on behalf of Mountain States Health Alliance in relation to its merger with not-for-profit healthcare provider Wellmont Health System. Other key figures in the group are Stephen Wu in Chicago, William Díaz in Orange County and Jon Dubrow. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The ‘very good, business-oriented’ practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is led by David Rosenbloom in Chicago. Particularly noted for its expertise in the healthcare space, Rosenbloom and Boston’s Dana McSherry successfully defended Amgen in a qui tam FCA case alleging the client caused the government to reimburse unnecessary prescriptions for its anaemia drug, Epogen. Charles Weir and Gordon Greenberg in Los Angeles are assisting a number of Fortune 500 companies with internal investigations in connection with allegations of improper payments to employees of state-owned entities in China and other east Asian jurisdictions. Also recommended are Laura McLane and Mark Pearlstein in Boston, and Marisa Chun in Silicon Valley, who leads the Bay Area litigation practice group. In March 2018, Mike Piazza joined in Los Angeles from DLA Piper LLP (US) .

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

California, Illinois and Florida are key hubs for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which has added new litigators across its network, including Michael Austin and Eliot Burriss - both formerly at DLA Piper LLP (US) -in Miami and Dallas respectively. Healthcare litigation is a mainstay; highlights in 2017 included Los Angeles-based Charles Weir representing St. Joseph’s Health in litigation with Meritage Medical Network concerning the former’s physician network. In the high-profile concussion cases, Chicago-based William Schuman is acting as Illinois counsel to the NFL. Los Angeles-based Russell Hayman and Jon Dean are recommended.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Headed by David Levine, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s 11-strong Washington DC-based team handles a broad array of contentious and non-contentious international trade work ranging from anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases and WTO disputes to trade policy negotiations and trade compliance. Although Levine is perhaps best-known for his export controls and trade compliance expertise, he also regularly handles trade remedies matters for clients from a range of industry sectors including South Korea-based conglomerate CJ Corporation, which he is representing alongside Raymond Paretzky in anti-dumping proceedings before the DOC. Carolyn Gleason has a particular focus advising clients in the agribusiness sector both on trade remedy matters and across a range of policy issues affecting their business. Other clients include Chiquita Brands, CHS and Lockheed Martin.

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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

The department at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is co-headed by New York-based Ellen Tenenbaum and ‘brilliant strategistTerrence Dee in Chicago, who ‘has the diplomatic skill and stature to lead a national joint defense organization’. The team regularly represents manufacturers in products litigation and is particularly active in the energy, asbestos, environment and health care industries. In one recent landmark decision, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals adopted the Daubert standard in favor of the firm’s client Motorola, which the team continues to represent in claims alleging that wireless telephones led the plaintiffs to develop brain tumors. Exxon Mobil and Monsanto are also part of the firm’s client roster. New York-based James Pardo specializes in environmental claims and Peter Sacripanti primarily handles oil and gas-related matters.

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United States: Finance

Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a strong banking practice that is particularly recommended for its borrower work. Jointly led by Michael Boykins and Stephanie McCann in Chicago, and Gary Rosenbaum in Los Angeles, the firm acts for an impressive range of corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors. Recent highlights include advising HIG Capital, one of the firm’s largest clients, on its acquisition financing of Scuf Gaming and Just Home Healthcare services. On the corporate front, it advised American Builders & Contractors Supply Co on the refinancing of a $1.8bn loan facility connected with the acquisition of L&W Supply from USG Corporation. The firm also has a healthy mid-market lending practice that represents a broad range of clients including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, MidCap Financial and US Bank. The firm also bolstered its Chicago offering through the lateral hires of Joshua Samis and Anh Lee from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s key strength lies in its healthcare practice. The group advises nonprofit hospitals, health maintenance organizations and home health agencies, among other tax-exempt healthcare organizations, on areas including tax, sale of assets and corporate matters. The firm is assisting Children’s Hospital of Orange County with tax matters relating to joint venture transactions with other healthcare entities. The nonprofit practice also represents other tax-exempt clients, including universities, trade and professional associations, religious organizations and foundations. The team is advising the PGA Tour (the organization representing professional tournament golfers) on tax matters and on a potential strategic investment. Names to note include Ira Rappeport, Gary Gertler and Erika Mayshar in the Los Angeles office, and 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’s ‘very responsive’ restructuring and insolvency practice typically advises financial institutions on some of the largest municipal bankruptcies. In relation to Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis, the group is assisting Goldman Sachs Asset Management, who is owed $1.8bn in various debt instruments; this matter is overseen by William Smith, while Nathan Coco is handling the negotiated settlement and Jay Kapp is leading a team advising on bankruptcy aspects. In another highlight, the practice assisted Barclays as a major creditor and underwriter of $725m of bonds issued by the Chicago public school board and advised bond insurer Ambac on City of Fairfield, Alabama’s financial distress. Timothy Walsh is based in New York and heads the practice. All other mentioned attorneys are based in Chicago.

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP regularly advises major investment banks on the tax aspects of derivative transactions and stands out for its strength in municipal derivatives. In addition to tax-related advice, the team advises clients in relation to municipal bankruptcies and David Taub acted for Barclays as a counterparty in various swap transactions in relation to the Chicago Public School System’s early-stage insolvency situation. Working alongside John Lutz, Taub regularly handles a variety of derivative transactions for banks such as Citibank, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley, ranging from repos to total return swaps. Based in Chicago, Andrea Kramer heads the financial products, trading and derivatives department.

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United States: Industry focus

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP further developed its New York offering with the hire of Jeffrey Meyers and Armando Ramirez from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Another name to note in New York is Madeline Tully, who together with Miami-based practice head Philip Tingle advised key client Credit Suisse on the finance for numerous solar photovoltaic developments. On the developer side, clients include Olympus Power and Exelon.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s substantial reputation in the healthcare space allows for a high-profile client roster of national health insurers including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and Humana. Los Angeles-based Paul Carr-Rollitt also advised the Bay Area Accountable Care Network on receiving a restricted Knox-Keene license, while Gary Davis in Miami assisted GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation with its acquisition of PopHealthCare. Other clients include DaVita, Health First Health Plans and Piedmont WellStar Health Plans. Boston-based team head Stephen Bernstein is a key name in the group; other notable practitioners include Charles Buck in Boston, who focuses on transactions and regulatory compliance; Washington DC-based regulatory specialist Jeremy Earl; and Ankur Goel in Washington DC, who advises on compliance issues and False Claims Act litigation. Joel Michaels retired.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP has experience representing clients in domestic and cross-border litigation. In Boston, Byron Kalogerou and Albert Sokol led advice to Neurovance on its high-profile acquisition by Japanese pharmaceutical company Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Silicon Valley-based William Gaede has been defending Ambry Genetics against patent infringement allegations brought by Esoterix and Johns Hopkins University regarding a number of Ambry’s products. Also in Silicon Valley, Paul DeStefano acted for Eutilex on an agreement with Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical. Chicago-based practice co-chair Kristian Werling is also recommended.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

As ‘easily the best firm to work with in the field’, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘top-notch group’ has ‘attention to detail and excellent organizational abilities that allows for clear and strong guidance’ making it ‘an unmatched leader across the board’. The department handles the full gamut of healthcare issues encompassing transactions, disputes, regulatory issues, compliance advice and white-collar matters. In a recent highlight, Christopher Jedrey and Charles Buck in Boston advised Steward Health Care on its sale of real estate interests in nine acute care hospitals to Medical Properties Trust. The department also fields Boston-based practice head Stephen Bernstein, who advised Change Healthcare on the data elements of its creation of a healthcare information technology company; Bernadette Broccolo in Chicago, who is a healthcare technology expert; and Chicago-based international healthcare M&A team head John Callahan, who handled Care Capital Properties’ acquisition of six behavioral health hospitals. Clients also praise Kerrin Slattery in Chicago; Miami-based Gary Davis, who specializes in managed care issues; Eric Gordon in Los Angeles, who is ‘a leader for healthcare fraud work’; and the ‘brilliantMichael Peregrine and Jerry Sokol who are based in Chicago and Miami respectively.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Noted for its ‘diligence’, ‘trial strategy work’ and ‘excellent service’, McDermott Will & Emery LLP boosted its technology and electronics bench with the arrival of Washington DC litigators Nicole Jantzi, Paul Schoenhard and Ian Brooks from Ropes & Gray LLP; the newly-joined team represented Contour in an infringement action against GoPro, involving district court litigation, Federal Circuit Appeals and PTAB proceedings. However, the healthcare and life sciences work remains a core area alongside technology sector work: Boston-based practice head Sarah Columbia and ‘excellent litigatorsWilliam Gaede in Silicon Valley and Eric Hagen in Los Angeles, who is also ‘extremely knowledgeable’, assisted Amgen with obtaining a high-stakes jury trial victory for Amgen in a suit filed against Sanofi and Regeneron regarding patents on cholesterol-lowering drugs. BlackBerry, Diablo Technologies and Novartis are also clients. Los Angeles experts Jon Dean and Russell Hayman are recommended.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission
Patent litigation: international trade commission - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP covers a broad range of industries including the technology and electronics, consumer products and agricultural sectors. In a recent highlight, the group advised complainant Kemin Industries on an ITC complaint against OmniActive regarding patents covering xantophylls and Bestway engaged the team for an ITC investigation and parallel district court litigation regarding patents for inflatable products, securing an early conclusion based on a consent order. And Washington DC’s Jay Reiziss and Chicago-based Charles McMahon assisted respondent ZTE with ITC cases involving standard essential telecoms patents. Other clients include HP Inc., Qualcomm and Funai Electric.

Leading lawyers

Jay Reiziss - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Providing ‘invaluable foresight and guidance’, McDermott Will & Emery LLP has broad sector expertise across the technology, electronics, automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and is a popular choice for IPRs. The team’s main contacts are based in Boston, Chicago, Orange County, Silicon Valley and Washington DC and include US-Korean dual-qualified Hosang Lee, who led the filing of several hundred patent applications for Samsung, including applications in the electro-mechanical sector. For new prosecution client Carnival Cruises, the group advised on the prosecution of strategic patents covering the client’s Ocean Medallion, a wearable device to be used by passengers on-board cruiseships. Mark Itri, Edward Gordon and Michael Dreznes led in assisting Google with prosecution and portfolio management issues in relation to, among others, online advertising technologies, productivity tools and cloud computing. The client list includes several Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese household names, such as Hyundai, Panasonic and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, alongside US giants including Apple. Washington DC’s Michael Fogarty and Ahsan Shaikh, the ‘shrewdRobert Underwood and Kristin Connarn in Boston are other attorneys to note. Bernard Knight left to become a member of the Public Policy Advisory Committee of the USPTO. Stephen Becker retired.

Leading lawyers

Mark Itri - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ahsan Shaikh - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Michael Dreznes - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Los Angeles-based Eric Hagen, who heads the practice, and Daniel Alberti in Silicon Valley continue to handle litigation alleging trade secrets theft and patent infringement for Seagate Technology. Washington DC-based Natalie Bennett is part of a team representing Lupin Pharmaceuticals in a trade secrets dispute which emerged from the client’s acquisition of a third party. In the Federal Circuit, Silicon Valley-based Fabio Marino led a team arguing for Diablo Technologies as a respondent in longstanding litigation involving claims of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract and patent infringement filed by Netlist. Judy Mohr in Silicon Valley is also noted.

Leading lawyers

Eric Hagen - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, the team has experience acting for clients across a broad range of sectors, including food and beverages, technology and life sciences. Practice head John Dabney, Robert Zelnick, Richard Kim and Marc Sorini have been acting for Brooklyn Brewery in various disputes, including cancelation proceedings before the TTAB arising from Brooklyn Brew Shop’s registration for beer-making kits. Dabney, Michael Nadel, Natalie Bennett, Mary Hallerman and of counsel Katie Bukrinsky successfully represented Dalmatia Import Group in a bet-the-company dispute arising from trademark infringement and counterfeiting claims brought by a number of parties regarding the client’s fig spread. All partners are based in Washington DC.

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’s practice often advises on the trademark aspects of major transactions, including prosecution, enforcement and portfolio issues. In Chicago, practice head Jennifer Mikulina has been leading advice to Meredith Corporation in various prosecution matters regarding its Allrecipes.com and Shape Magazine businesses. In Washington DC, Richard Kim has been assisting Medtronic with various enforcement and copyright matters. Jorge Arciniega is also recommended in the firm’s in Los Angeles office. Amgen, Heineken and Hitachi are among the firm’s clients.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The ERISA litigation team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is particularly strong in cases pertaining to healthcare but provides dispute resolution services covering the full gamut of issues. In recent highlights, the group successfully challenged a PBGC determination in support of a client's competitor to avoid sizable pension liabilities, and successfully defended a major US-based multinational on appeal in fiduciary breach claims. The practice heads are Los Angeles-based Chris Scheithauer - who has represented clients such as Walt Disney, Northrop Grumman and State Street - and Chicago-based counsel Bill Boies.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, ‘there is always someone available who knows the area well and can respond in a timely fashion and without need for a lot of research’. The employee benefits lawyers are ‘very thorough, thoughtful and look for cost-saving alternatives’ and operate under the leadership of Todd Solomon in Chicago. In recent highlights, Boston-based Andrew Liazos obtained a prohibited transaction exemption from the DOL on behalf of a well-known insurer and secured a closing agreement from the IRS allowing a large 401(k) plan to maintain its tax-qualified status. Steven Eckhaus is a key name to note in New York, while Judith Wethall and Finn Pressly recently joined the Chicago office from Littler Mendelson, P.C..

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Todd Solomon was recently appointed global head of the employee benefits practice, which was strengthened by the arrival of Judith Wethall and Finn Pressly in Chicago from Littler Mendelson, P.C.. Diane Morgenthaler recently advised Evonik on its acquisition of the performance material unit from Air Products & Chemicals, while Lisa Loesel was part of the team which acted for a household name in the food industry in the expansion of its animal healthcare business. Also noteworthy is Boston-based Andrew Liazos, who recently represented a CEO in the sale of their company and the issues surrounding their ‘golden parachute’ agreement. Lawyers named are based in Chicago unless otherwise noted.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘very organized’ practice is led by New York-based Joan-Elisse Carpentier, who has a solid track record in advising on citizenship matters, immigrant and non-immigrant visas, government audits, compliance programs and providing transactional support. The client base includes financial institutions, manufacturers and media and entertainment entities and individuals. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Carpentier recently assisted renowned artist Alexander Klingspor with obtaining an O-1 visa for freedom of travel to and from the US. Other recent highlights include successfully representing Enstar in a blanket L transfer petition to bring a team of 14 foreign staff to the US to work in an area requiring specialized technical expertise. Other representative clients include Sonar Entertainment, CBS and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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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 ‘team is very quick and extremely responsive; it is also very commercially focused, understands clients’ priorities as a business and is flexible in how it staffs to suit budget and transaction type’. The firm’s Miami office was boosted by the hire of Roy Larson, formerly the Miami managing partner of Baker McKenzie LLP; and the California-based team was strengthened through the recruitment of Silicon Valley-based technology deal lawyer David Lipkin from Morrison & Foerster LLP. The New York practice regularly leads on large public company deals and cross-border matters; the Chicago corporate practice handles a mixture of public and private equity deals; the Texas transactional team is well known for deals with a telecoms and technology angle; and the Massachusetts group is noted for handling high-value life sciences deals. The practice advised Motorola Solutions on its acquisition of Spillman Technologies, a company that provides public safety software to agencies throughout the US; acted for Steward Health Care System in its acquisition of IASIS Healthcare; and assisted Amazon with specific Texas corporate issues regarding its $13.7bn acquisition of Whole Foods. Miami-based Harris Siskind, who is highly regarded for advising clients on private equity transactions, M&A deals and general corporate matters, is the firm-wide corporate chair; and ‘strong negotiator’ Thomas Conaghan leads the Washington DC corporate practice, which is noted for deals in the alcohol beverage and renewable energy industries. The recommended New York practitioners include Thomas Sauermilch (a former chair of the firm’s global M&A practice whose transactional experience extends to over 30 countries); and Timothy Alvino, whose sector experience includes avionics, energy, manufacturing, media, retail, staffing and software, and who ‘always amazes for the level of service he is prepared to give his clients as a matter of course’. In Washington DC, Samuel Wales is particularly focused on M&A deals, divestitures, recapitalization, joint ventures and the related financing required to fund such transactions. Other key advisers include Dallas’ Wilson Chu, who is ‘a great relationship manager’, Gregory Hidalgo, who is ‘very smart, does not miss the details and is a great advocate’, as well as Silicon Valley-based Mark Mihanovic, and Michael Sartor and Byron Kalogerou in Boston.

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 has a fine record in mid-market deals and is especially highly regarded for healthcare transactions. It ‘puts together strong teams, ensuring that all relevant skills are covered’ and its ‘buyout/M&A skills are very effective’. HIG Capital is an anchor client for the firm, but it also work with the likes of Baird Capital, CenterGate Capital, JW Childs and New Harbor Capital Management. It advised HIG on the sale of portfolio company Centerfield Media to Qology Direct. Chicago is the firm’s key office for private equity expertise, followed by Miami, New York and Washington DC. Notable partners include Chicago-based Andrew McCune and Brooks Gruemmer as well as Harris Siskind and Frederic Levenson in Miami. New York’s Timothy Alvino is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and is ‘able to work with the most difficult of situations to bring matters to a successful conclusion’.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s national standing in healthcare and life sciences provides the basis for a thriving emerging growth company practice. Tech and alternative energy are also key sectors. The practice encompasses California, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, New York and Miami, and the firm leverages its international credentials to advise a number of Israeli start-ups and emerging companies. Clients include 23andMe, Advent Life Sciences, Cellect Biotechnology, Gauge Capital, HIG Growth Partners, Lubax and Virttu Biologics. The ‘top-notch’ service is delivered by ‘high-quality lawyers that are dedicated and available’ and the team is praised for its ‘good value structure’. Silicon Valley and Los Angeles based Mark Mihanovic is ‘very thorough, prompt, creative and willing to go the extra mile’. Washington DC-based Samuel Wales is ‘very competent, well connected, quick to respond, strong in negotiations and always available’. In Boston, Albert Sokol advised Advent Life Sciences on its investment in Moximed, part of a $50m Series C financing round.

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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 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘greatest strength is its client service’ with ‘an impressive team of practitioners who really care about achieving the best outcome for their clients’. Mark Schreiber, Michael Morgan and Daniel Gottlieb jointly lead the team from Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago respectively. Schreiber’s strength lies in international data protection and Privacy Shield issues, Morgan is a key name for cybersecurity mandates and is ‘a leader in autonomous vehicle law’, and the ‘honest, thoughtful and extremely smart’ Gottlieb is ‘outstanding in the healthcare space’. Recent highlights include advising Pacific Alliance Medical Center on its response to a ransomware incident, assisting Modernizing Medicine with transactional and regulatory work, and acting for Change Healthcare on the development and marketing of its de-identified health data business. Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Agendia and WTC Captive Insurance are also clients.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Shawn Helms and Jason Krieser lead the technology and outsourcing practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP from Dallas, where nine lawyers focus on outsourcing, including recognized market expert David Guedry and newly promoted Heather Bethancourt. The firm advises both buy-side clients and service providers and its highlights included acting for agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto in a $500m application development and maintenance outsourcing deal with IT services company Cognizant. Helms and Krieser led that transaction and also helped insurance provider and new client the United Services Automobile Association with a $250m cloud software procurement deal with IBM. Buy-side clients include Abbott Laboratories, Twitter and HealthPlan Services. The team also acts for service provider HCL.

Leading lawyers

David Guedry - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘level of service is excellent’. Digital health is an area where the firm is particularly strong, owing to its first-class healthcare practice, In other areas, the practice advised Commerce Bank on a deal that involved replacing the bank’s core IT systems. The key partners for technology transactions are Dallas-based Shawn Helms and Jason Krieser, who ‘are terrific for substance and client management’, as well as David Guedry and Heather Bethancourt (also in Dallas) and Boston-based Sarah Hogan. On the corporate technology side, the leading partners are Wilson Chu and Gregory Hidalgo in Dallas, David Lipkin in Silicon Valley and Boston’s Albert Sokol.

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United States: Tax

Financial products
Financial products - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The ‘outstanding’ team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is praised by clients for its ‘exceptional technical expertise, responsiveness and practicality’. The team includes the ‘exceptional’ William Pomierski and Andrea Kramer in Chicago and Peter Faber, John Lutz, Arthur Rosen and David Taub in New York. Aside from advising on capital markets, derivatives and structured finance transactions, the firm has a strong niche in the tax and derivatives aspects of municipal insolvencies and has a notable showing in related state and local tax issues. The firm represents an array of major financial institutions, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Barclays and Citibank. Mark Yopp and Alan Schwartz are also names to note.

Leading lawyers

Andrea Kramer - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alan Schwartz - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Mark Yopp - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The ‘outstanding’ group at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is adept at handling the US tax aspects of cross-border transactions, international tax planning, cross-border tax controversies, and complex and potentially contentious transfer pricing arrangements. The team assisted London-based offshore drilling contractor Ensco with a large controversy before the IRS concerning a $700m transfer pricing adjustment received by the client in connection with the contribution of rigs to a UK partnership. The client portfolio also includes Honeywell, Procter & Gamble and Walmart. Chicago-based practice head Lowell Yoder is ‘an eminent practitioner with an impeccable nationwide reputation and is a fabulous person to work with’, and Damon Lyon (also in Chicago) is an ‘exceptional’ professional with ‘a deep mastery of international tax issues and a quick intellect’.

Leading lawyers

Lowell Yoder - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The ‘outstandingMcDermott Will & Emery LLP advises corporate clients, banks, insurers and financial other services companies on multi-state tax controversies. Recent highlights include assisting Illinois-based agricultural cooperative Growmark with two pending tax cases at the Tax Court challenging an IRS determination that the client owes millions in taxes, and advising Fortune 100 healthcare and medical insurance company Aetna on a dispute over whether Aetna’s HMO subsidiaries are insurance companies for New York City tax purposes and whether they are subject to the city’s corporate income tax. The client base also includes Apple, Caterpillar, Citibank and Walmart. Dallas-based practice head Todd Welty as well as counsel Roger Jones and Jane May in Chicago are recommended. Dallas-based Kristina Novak was made partner in January 2017. Jean Pawlow moved to Latham & Watkins LLP in January 2018.

Leading lawyers

Roger Jones - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Todd Welty - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The ‘outstanding’ tax department at McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides ‘excellent service and quality responses and is full of technical strength’. The focus on the practice is less on singular deals, but rather on a long-term strategic tax approach for corporations, private clients and tax-exempt companies. The team also handles financial tax issues, SALT matters, joint ventures, restructurings and M&A transactions. Regular clients include Procter & Gamble, which is advised on transactions and supply chain tax issues related to foreign income, as well as Johnson & Johnson. Recent highlights include advising JAB on its $7.5bn acquisition of Panera Bread and acting as special tax counsel to Tyco International in relation to its $20bn merger with Johnson Controls. Based in Chicago, Lowell Yoder is ‘an eminent practitioner with an impeccable nationwide reputation’ and Damon Lyon has ‘a quick intellect and the ability to incorporate financial and other constraints in international tax issues’. The ‘best of the best’ team also includes SALT practitioners Chicago-based Jane Wells May, Arthur Rosen in Miami and Steve Kranz in Washington, DC.

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