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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

Within Labor-management relations, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is a third tier firm,

At McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, ‘service is prompt and advice is consistently on the mark’. The firm advised the San Diego Chargers, and participated in league-wide counsel, on an NFL/NFLPA labor dispute that resulting in a lockout and subsequent negotiated agreement. In a further matter, the firm represented The Boeing Company in a representation matter before the NLRB in which the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001, filed a petition seeking to represent certain classifications of pilots and simulator trainers located in the State of Washington. The case presented novel issues as the Union relied on recent controversial decisions issued by the NLRB that redefined an employer’s burden to show that a petitioned-for group of employees does not constitute an appropriate unit under the NLRA. Richard Hankins has successfully argued traditional labor cases before US Circuit Courts of Appeal and has appeared before more than 15 Regions of the NLRB. Mark Keenan, Seth Borden and Alston Correll are also recommended.

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United States: Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts

Within M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m), McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is a second tier firm,

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is widely regarded for its experience in M&A transactions involving government contractors, healthcare M&A and the representation of family-owned businesses. The practice is ‘always very responsive, and focuses on helping achieve the business reasons that support underlying transactions’. Other clients say that the team ‘shows great patience in dealing with buyers that are difficult to deal with’. The group has enjoyed continued expansion in inbound transactions from Canada, China and the UK, and its March 2012 merger with Luce Forward further developed its corporate/M&A capabilities, particularly on the West Coast. The team represented The Home Depot, acting through its subsidiaries, THD At-Home Services, and Homer TLC, in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of MeasureComp and CompuMeasure, which provide measurement and quote-building services; and advised longstanding client, Reznick Group, one of Atlanta’s largest accounting and consulting firms, in combining its business with JH Cohn, a New Jersey-based accounting firm, with the resulting firm becoming the 11th largest accounting and consulting firm in the US. It also represented Aaron’s, known for US sales and lease ownership, and a specialty retailer, in its purchase of an 11.5% economic interest in Perfect Home Holdings, a privately-held UK rent-to-own company; and served as counsel to UK-based LINPAC, an international market leader in the manufacture and marketing of plastic packaging and supply chain products and services, in the sale of its South American food packaging division to Colombia-based Ajover, the firm’s representation significant because neither the buyer nor the seller, or any of the target companies, were based in the US. The team also advised LINPAC in the headline sale of Ropak Packaging to BWAY Corporation, in a transaction that was valued at $265m. Atlanta and New York-based Wayne Bradley is corporate department chair; Bradley is ‘excellent. He is a very calming and rational voice, and does a nice job of bringing in his partners when expertise in other aspects of the deal is necessary’. Atlanta and Washington DC-based Jeremy Silverman is ‘great at recognizing the important aspects of a transaction and focusing on resolving them. He does not lose sight of the forest for the trees’. Ann-Marie McGaughey, in Atlanta and New York, has ‘superior client skills and very good commercial instincts’. Los Angeles-based John Babala is also rated. After serving as the chief legal officer of a large, integrated healthcare system. Emily Crosby returned, as counsel, to the firm’s Atlanta office to focus on general corporate counseling, with an emphasis on M&A, corporate restructurings, financings and compliance matters within the healthcare industry.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Within Construction, tier 4

With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP’s construction practice is expert in all facets of federal and state infrastructure, public works and facilities projects, and also provides services for commercial and private projects. The firm was recently selected to advise the City of Davis, CA, on the construction of a $100m wastewater treatment facility. Of counsel Penny Cobey is overseeing the project, and will advise on procurement strategy, design-build project delivery, contract drafting and negotiation, and any related claims. Practice head Mark Budwig is leading the firm’s representation of San Diego County Water Authority in a number of complex disputes arising from the construction of a 40MW hydroelectric pump-storage plant. Since joining the firm when it merged with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP in March 2012, Roger Haerr has been active in a number of high-value litigation cases. Frank Rapoport left the firm to join Peckar & Abramson in New York, but the practice was reinforced by the arrival of Richard Sigal in New York in 2012.

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Within Land use/zoning, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is a second tier firm,

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP welcomed four new partners to its land use, entitlements and CEQA practice in 2012 as a result of the firm’s merger with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP. The team is currently acting for LNR Property in connection with its public-private partnership project to develop the Boulevards at South Bay. The site is entitled for up to 2 million square feet of commercial space and 1,550 residential units. Other active clients include The Monarch Group, Walgreens, and Southwestern Law School.

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Within Real estate, tier 5

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP’s 34-partner real estate practice is chaired by William Timmons, with Kenneth Stipanov the vice-chair of the group. The team grew significantly with the firm’s merger with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP in March 2012, and also recruited Christina Rogers, formerly of Alston & Bird LLP, but also saw a number of departures, notably of Tony Toranto (to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP), Daryl Steinhause (to DLA Piper) and Justin Kleinman. The firm acted for PNC Bank in closing CMBS eligible permanent loans on 23 projects with a cumulative loan amount of $584m. Other clients include Fresh & Easy Neighbourhood Market, Tenaska, David D Bohannon Organization, Ion California Land Fund, Holdings, Landmark Properties Holdings, Landmark Properties, and Olson Urban Housing.

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United States: Tax

Within Domestic tax: East Coast, tier 6

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is ‘excellent, highly technically proficient’, and ‘very responsive’. The broad practice handles corporate, employee benefits, estate and gift tax, SALT and international tax matters, with a focus on supporting the firm’s transactional practices. Tax team head Saba Ashrafunderstands business needs’ and provides both federal and state solutions. Ashraf advised Home Depot in its acquisition of MeasureComp and CompuMeasure. Mark Lange is also recommended and advised HD Supply in its acquisition of Peachtree business products.

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