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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘a terrific level of service’ and the ‘diligent and courteous team’ is ‘always very reachable and has a lot of experience to bring to the table’. The group regularly collaborates with the firm’s private equity, tax and litigation practices to advise across the full spectrum of real estate issues, including acquisitions, financing, and site acquisition and development. In Philadelphia, Kathleen Keyser and practice co-head Eric Stern advised American Campus Communities on a number of ground leases for development projects, including a housing project in Northeastern University and a student housing facility at the University of California, and Stern also acted for funds managed by Ares EIF Management on the development and financing of the Birdsboro Power Project, a gas-fired electric generation facility. In Washington DC, key figure Michael Pickett and Thomas Klanderman have recently advised JBG Smith on various matters, including the refinancing of the Notch8 project. Richard Toelke heads the practice from Boston.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles major government investigations and all other related aspects of cartel defense (including litigation) for executives and companies across a number of industries, including automotive, electronics and transportation. Silicon Valley-based Mark Krotoski was formerly assistant chief of the National Criminal Enforcement Section at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Other key figures at the firm are Daniel Savrin, who practices in Boston, and Dallas-based David Monteiro. Hill Wellford, Clayton Everett, Willard Tom and Scott Stempel are names to note in Washington DC. Darren Tucker departed for Vinson & Elkins LLP. Philadelphia-based Steven Reed leads the global antitrust practice.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘high-quality and effective representation’ to clients in civil antitrust litigation across a range of sectors, with particular strengths in areas such as financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals. Richard Taffet (New York), Donn Pickett (San Francisco), Gary Adler (New York) , William Cravens (Washington DC) and others are defending Qualcomm against an FTC lawsuit and against follow-on class actions in the US connected with the client’s licensing and chip supply practices. The firm is also representing the client in similar proceedings before the Japan Fair Trade Commission and Taiwan Fair Trade Commission. In another highlight, in 2017, Steven Reed (Philadelphia), Brendan Fee (Philadelphia), Willard Tom (Washington DC) and others assisted Shell Trading and Shipping Company and Shell Trading (US) Company with obtaining a complete dismissal in an MDL concerning alleged collusion among energy companies to manipulate the price of North Sea Brent Crude oil. Darren Tucker joined Vinson & Elkins LLP.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a high volume of HSR and non-US filings, and also provides assistance with merger investigations. In addition, another cornerstone of the practice is the team’s advocacy work in merger-related litigation. In 2017, Harry Robins in New York and Washington DC-based Scott Stempel and David Brenneman acted as antitrust counsel to animal health company Zoetis in its acquisition of Nexvet Biopharma. Brenneman made partner in October 2017. Intercontinental Exchange and Apollo Global Management are among the firm’s other clients. Steven Reed in Philadelphia is the global practice head.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s group provides ‘top-shelf service’ to clients ranging from the healthcare sector to environmental and regulated industries. At the US Supreme Court, ‘client-focused A-lister’ and co-head Allyson Ho (Dallas), who is a ‘rising star at the Supreme Court with zero prima donna qualities’, secured a 9-0 victory for the petitioner in McLane v EEOC, and argued for Oil States Energy Services in a high-profile appeal concerning constitutionality of the inter partes review set out by the America Invents Act. Ho also obtained a favorable judgment for Rite Aid in the Second Circuit appeal dismissing a federal and state disability claim filed by a former employee, who justified his refusal to become an immunizer due to a fear of needles. David Salmons co-heads the group from DC. Bryan Killian, William Peterson (Houston) and Randall Mark Levine are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Allyson Ho - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘outstanding’ global practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is led by the Philadelphia-based Eric Sitarchuk, while Timothy Burke in Boston leads the securities enforcement and litigation practice. Sitarchuk acted alongside Miami’s Alison Tanchyk in achieving a favorable resolution for a communications manufacturing company after a lengthy DOJ and SEC FCPA investigation, resulting in a non-prosecution agreement and no monitorship, based on the company’s self-disclosure and substantial remedial efforts. Based in Santa Monica, ‘top white-collar defense lawyer’ Nathan Hochman represented former Hollywood business manager, Jonathan Schwartz, in a DOJ criminal investigation and prosecution relating to the client’s embezzlement of $7m and accounting fraud. Chicago’s Tinos Diamantatos and ‘smart and tough’ Kelly Moore in New York are also recommended.

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Financial services litigation
Financial services litigation - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Co-headed by New York-based Michael Kraut and Boston-based Elaine McChesney, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘highly collaborative and creative’ team has the strength-in-depth to handle a significant volume of private litigation and agency enforcement actions/investigations, irrespective of geographical location. Praised for his ‘excellent understanding of the contractual role of the trustee’, Kraut has a strong reputation handling securitization-related disputes and is ‘adept at navigating difficult issues with adverse counterparties’. Firm chair Jami Wintz Mckeon handles consumer finance-related class action litigation and investigations, and represents some of the world’s largest banks in mortgage and credit card regulatory and litigation matters. As part of his broad-ranging litigation expertise, Kenneth Schacter regularly handles work for financial services clients; he is representing Bank of America in a putative class action arising from the TelexFree Ponzi scheme. Chicago-based Kenneth Kliebard and San Francisco-based John Rosenthal are also recommended. Other clients include Saxon Mortgage Services, Dexia Bank and Merrill Lynch.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The lawyers at ‘first-rate firmMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are noted for their ‘highly collaborative working’ and ‘creative solutions to complex issues’. Among a string of successes for the firm in 2017, Gregory Parks and Ezra Church represented Aramark at the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which granted the motion to dismiss a class action alleging violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. New York-based Susan DiCicco heads the department. Michelle Pector, who has a strong profile in technology, energy and healthcare litigation, joined the Houston office in 2017 from Baker & Hostetler LLP. Co-head of the New York litigation practice Michael Kraut is ‘adept in navigating difficult issues with adverse counterparties’; ‘go-to trial lawyer’ Troy Brown in Philadelphia ‘is in an elite class of attorneys’.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s wider product liability, tort and insurance practice is headed by Paul Zevnik in Washington DC and is particularly strong in sector-related class action lawsuits. Miami-based Brian Ercole and Gordon Cooney in Philadelphia successfully defended airline operator Aerovias de Mexico in a nationwide putative class action involving claims alleging that the client conspired with six other defendants to improperly collect tourism tax from exempt passengers. The client base also includes Boeing, Toyota and General Motors. In October 2017, Los Angeles-based Esther Ro made partner.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Washington DC-based Paul Zevnik heads the product liability, tort and insurance practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Philadelphia-based John Lavelle leads the pharmaceutical and medical device practice group. Led by Lavelle and Bernard Garbutt in New York, the team successfully defended Medtronic in the personal injury and product liability lawsuit Babayev v Medtronic, in which the plaintiff alleged that he sustained electric shock injuries after the implantation of a neuro-stimulator. In another highlight, Lavelle obtained dismissal of the high-profile lawsuit Caltagirone v Cephalon brought against clients Teva and Cephalon, involving off-label marketing claims related to opiate painkiller Actiq. The firm’s client base also includes Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Baxter. Ethel Johnson in Houston, Los Angeles-based Yardena Zwang-Weissman and David Luttinger in New York are other key figures. In July 2017, Wendy Feinstein joined the Pittsburgh office from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

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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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s product liability, tort and insurance practice spans a multitude of sectors, including energy, environmental and asbestos litigation. In one recent highlight, the team successfully defended Anadarko subsidiary Kerr-McGee against tort claims, alleging injuries arising from the operation of a former creosote plant in Pennsylvania. In other work, the practice continues to act as national counsel for ITT and affiliate Goulds Pumps in asbestos product liability suits. The practice is headed by Paul Zevnik in Washington DC; Los Angeles-based Yardena Zwang-Weissman and David Luttinger in New York are also part of the core team. In July 2017, the Pittsburgh office was strengthened with the hire of Wendy Feinstein from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘a "go-to" firm with a very strong team’. The practice acts for corporate issuers, auditors and large financial institutions. A key player in MBS litigation, the firm provides a ‘high-quality service and expertise in the trustee and securitization industry’. Jordan Hershman and Jason Frank in Boston, who successfully represented Freddie Mac in numerous matters relating to the subprime mortgage crisis, helped bring about the dismissal of a securities fraud class action and all derivative action litigation. Michael Blanchard (also Boston) and Philadelphia-based Marc Sonnenfeld persuaded plaintiffs to voluntarily dismiss a class action against Abeona Therapeutics. In New York, Kenneth Schacter - who advised Bank of America on In re TelexFree Securities Litigation - and Michael Kraut are recommended. In San Francisco, Charlene Shimada achieved favorable results for underwriting syndicates in cases such as ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc Securities Litigation. Susan Resley, deputy leader of the securities litigation and enforcement team, ‘has credibility with regulators, outstanding skills and a terrific demeanor’.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s debt group is particularly active on behalf of issuers and it routinely acts for national and multinational corporate clients operating in the energy, financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. New York-based Thomas Giblin led on several of the department’s recent highlights, including assisting NextEra Energy Capital Holdings with its $1.2bn issuance of debentures. In Philadelphia, Joanne Soslow advised AmeriGas Partners on a $525m offering of senior notes and a tender offer of approximately $378m of senior notes. The team also includes Philadelphia’s Justin Chairman and newly promoted partner Sean Donahue, who is based in Washington DC.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s well-balanced practice handles an even mix of underwriter and issuer-side work, with an emphasis on the energy, financial services, technology and life sciences areas. In arguably its key highlight of 2017, Boston’s Michael Conza advised CarGurus on its IPO. Justin Chairman co-leads the practice from Philadelphia and advised Corporate Office Properties on its $200m at-the-market equity offering. Pittsburg’s Amy Pandit co-leads a team that also includes New York-based Tom Giblin, Philadelphia-based Joanne Soslow and newly promoted partner Sean Donahue in Washington DC.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields high-quality teams of lawyers in its East and West Coast offices. The practice is particularly strong on the lender side, both for traditional and alternative lenders, and has a very good niche in film finance. Recent highlights include advising Ares Capital Corporation on a $173m refinancing for Command Alkon, a global software and technology solutions provider for heavy building materials. The firm acts for several major institutional lenders, including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which it advised on three separate financings worth $9bn and used to support MetLife’s spinoff of Brighthouse Financial. Other major lender clients include Antares Capital, Citizens Financial Group, US Bank, Wells Fargo and HSBC. Jonathan Bernstein leads the team out of Boston, and is supported by a strong team of partners, including Rick Eisenbiegler, Anne Bandes, and Marshall Stoddard.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From its base in Washington DC, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s TEOs practice has an established track record in acting for a number of large foundations across the spectrum of not-for-profit matters. The team handles work for organizations such as trade associations, colleges and universities, government instrumentalities, donor-advised funds and museums and cultural organizations. The group assists its nonprofit clients with a wide variety of work, such as formation of tax-exempt entities, compliance, governance, IRS audits and PRIs. In a recent highlight, the team is advising the Strada Education Network on tax compliance, corporate structuring, governance and investment-related issues; Celia Roady, who heads up the practice and is well known for assisting public charities and private foundations, is leading on this matter. Other key names are Matthew Elkin, who assists NFPs with transactional matters, and Alexander Reid, who is recommended for his advice on tax policy. Of counsel Kimberly Eney is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Celia Roady - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Reid - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Kimberly Eney - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP leverages off its strong project developer client base to advise on a high volume of conventional power projects. Boston-based Marc Reardon acted for Advanced Power and Cricket Valley Energy Center on the financing of a 1100MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired electric generating facility to be constructed in New York, and New York-based Terrence Dugan assisted EFS Cogen Holdings I with a $1bn term-loan B project financing and a $125m five-year revolving credit facility to refinance a 942MW gas-fired power plant in New Jersey. The practice is also highly experienced in handling equity investments for investment funds and foreign investors; Boston-based practice co-head Richard Filosa advised funds managed by key client Ares on the purchase of the equity interests in the Birdsboro power project under development from EmberClear, and New York-based practice co-head James Tynion and Jonathan Morris acted for National Grid on its agreement to provide $100m in equity financing to a joint venture vehicle established with Sunrun to invest in solar projects. The practice does have lending capability, with recently promoted partner Neeraj Arora, who is based in Los Angeles, active on debt mandates for Prudential Capital Group. The practice was further bolstered by a number of hires including San Francisco-based Baird Fogel, who joined from Crowell & Moring LLP, and Houston-based John Crespo and Adrian Talamantes, who joined from King & Spalding LLP; the group adds considerable Latin American expertise. Talamantes has ‘strong oil and gas knowledge in Mexico and the US’.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s bankruptcy practice is typically engaged by creditors in high-profile restructuring matters and has experience in representing middle-market companies in distress. Utilising its cross-border strength, the group advised Arrium noteholders on the voluntary administration of Arrium in Australia and on the out-of-court sale of the company’s Moly-Cop group. Also acting for noteholders of Chicago Bridge & Iron in the company’s restructuring, the practice negotiated security for its clients in line with banks as well an agreement by the company to sell the technology segment of the business. Philadelpha-based co-chair John Goodchild III represented United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds in the Chapter 11 of Peabody Energy and continues to act in litigation against the company for "evade or avoid" withdrawal liability. On the debtor-side, the team acted for Garden Fresh Holdings in its Chapter 11 proceedings and section 363 sale of assets. Practice co-head Renée Dailey is another name to note and Mark Silva, formely in the Boston office, left the firm to join Choate, Hall & Stewart.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is known for advising buy-side and sell-side clients on highly structured transactions; it also has an active regulatory practice. The department has expertise in equity forward transactions and has been providing derivatives advice to private equity funds and energy development funds in connection with the construction of clean energy power plants. Indeed, Thomas D’Ambrosio advised NextEra Energy on a $1.5bn common stock offering, which was issued through three equity forward transactions. Additionally, D’Ambrosio and Chicago-based Mike Philipp assisted World Gold Council with the launch of an exchange-traded fund (ETF), which offers exposure to gold priced at six non-US currencies. Akshay Belaniadvised Verizon Communications on a hedging facility in connection with a $2bn securitization. Edwin Smith is a key contact in the Boston office.

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Strong across a variety of asset classes, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has been involved in a number of market-firsts as bank-side and issuer-side counsel. Department head Reed Auerbach advised Verizon Communications on its $1bn private placement of investment grade floating-rate ABS, which was the first transaction of its kind to be secured by wireless device payment plan contracts. Auerbach and Steve Levitan acted as underwriters counsel to Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs on a Rule 144A issuance backed by non-federally guaranteed post-graduate student loans. Based in Washington DC, Jeffrey Johnson specializes in RMBS and advised FirstKey Mortgage in an acquisition and securitization of re-performing residential mortgage loans from Freddie Mac, which was only the second transaction in the government-issuer’s seasoned loan structured transactions (SLST) program. Other key figures in Washington DC include Mark Riccardi, who acts for Navient Corporation, and Charles Sweet, who was promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

Reed Auerbach - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States: Industry focus

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Combining knowledge of the oil and gas industry with litigation capabilities, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a steady flow of regulatory and enforcement litigation as well as commercial disputes and is particularly experienced in toxic torts and environmental disputes. James Dragna frequently serves as lead counsel for Southern California Gas Company and Sempra Energy in various contentious matters arising from the natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, while Kenneth Komoroski, John Gisleson and Glen Stuart are defending Range Resources in an alleged water contamination case related to the company’s hydraulic fracturing activity. Another engagement saw the team representing Anadarko Petroleum in three damages claims cases concerning climate change impacts of oil and gas exploration and development.

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Energy regulatory: conventional power
Energy regulatory: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP distinguishes itself through its experience in the electric as well as nuclear energy industry. On the electric side, the firm counsels utilities, transmission entities, power marketers, generators, developers and investors on regulatory aspects of transactions, compliance and enforcement matters. A recent engagement saw the team advising Maxim Power on the regulatory approval process for the sale of its US portfolio of power projects to HSE AC 1; Mark Williams led the case. On the nuclear side, Paul Bessette assisted NuScale with the design approval submission for a small modular reactor to the NRC, while practice head Kathryn Sutton and Stephen Burdick advised STP Nuclear Operating Company on its license renewal process.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Under the leadership of Kathryn Sutton, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles FERC compliance, enforcement and transactional issues as well as litigation on behalf of oil and natural gas companies, such as Pioneer Natural Resources and Statoil Natural Gas. Kirstin Gibbs and Levi McAllister are handling multiple FERC natural gas rate cases for various clients, including Cheniere Energy, Dominion Energy as well as Duke Energy Kentucky and Duke Energy Ohio among others. Another highlight saw Gibbs, alongside litigator Winn Carter, represent South Jersey Resources Group in a pricing dispute related to the sale of natural gas by Antero Resources.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Boston-based deputy practice head Richard Filosa is ‘a leading choice’ for project finance. Filosa was also busy in the M&A space where he led a team that included Michael Müller in advising key client Ares EIF Management on the sale of its interest in the Pio Pico Energy Center in California. In other highlights, Marc Reardon (also in Boston) acted for Advanced Power and Cricket Valley Energy Center on the development and financing of an electric generating facility in New York. New York-based James Tynion heads the practice.

Next generation lawyers

Michael Müller - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a strong Latin America focus, with Houston-based Felipe Alice and Adrian Talamantes (a recent hire from King & Spalding LLP) highly active in this space; Talamantes advised EOG Resources on the sale of all of its upstream interests in Argentina. New York-based James Tynion heads the team.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, New York-based practice head James Tynion was active on behalf of a number of developers acquiring assets from bankrupt companies; Tynion also handled various tax equity investments for clients such as National Grid. On the finance side, Los Angeles-based Wayne Song advised Coronal Group on securing construction loan financings for three of its solar projects in Florida. Philadelphia-based Kenneth Kulak is recommended for solar projects.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles high-stakes environmental litigation, crisis management, mass tort, and multiparty hazardous waste proceedings, as well as compliance issues. The practice was coordinating counsel for Southern California Gas Company and Sempra Energy following a natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, which spawned litigation, multiple federal and state investigations, and emergency proclamations from several governmental authorities. The recommended contacts are Los Angeles-based practice leader James Dragna and David Schrader; Princeton’s deputy practice leader John McGahren; as well as Stephanie Feingold and Camarin Madigan in San Francisco.

Leading lawyers

James Dragna - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s practice includes highly sensitive crisis management matters; environmental due diligence aspects of acquisitions, compliance, site remediation, and climate change enforcement; large-scale energy, infrastructure and development projects, including natural resource permitting and California Environmental Quality Act/NEPA compliance; and advising energy clients on US federal and state environmental laws and agencies. The team assisted AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals with the cleanup of the Delaware Sand & Gravel Superfund site. Los Angeles’ James Dragna is environmental practice leader and Princeton-based John McGahren is deputy environmental practice leader.

Leading lawyers

James Dragna - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is a key name in the market for healthcare litigation, particularly disputes arising from the implementation of the ACA. In a recent highlight, the group represented Anthem in multiple behavioral health class actions relating to the coverage required under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) for mental illnesses and substance abuse. Further work includes defending Cigna in a class action alleging it violated California’s unfair competition and false advertising laws by making false statements about the scope of its provider network; representing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in a class action alleging ERISA violations; and defending Health Net in a putative class action in which plaintiffs claim it is breaching the terms of its health plan by refusing a prescription request for hepatitis C medication. Howard Young and Brian Jazaeri lead the department from Washington DC and Los Angeles respectively; clients also single out Molly Lane in San Francisco and Washington DC-based Joyce Cowan.

Next generation lawyers

Brian Jazaeri - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘tremendous’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is known for its ‘unmatched legal analysis’ and has notable experience handling contentious and non-contentious matters with an international element. Princeton-based co-head Randall Sunberg led advice to Merck on the negotiation of a clinical co-development agreement with Avillion regarding various late-stage pharmaceutical products. On the litigation side, Chicago-based Michael Abernathy represented Praxair in district court litigation arising from a number of patent infringement disputes regarding the use of Inomax. In Washington DC, Elizabeth Bierman led advice on the regulatory aspects of Valeritas’ $50m public offering; Emilio Ragosa and Steven Cohen in Princeton led on the transactional side. Kathleen Sanzo and Jeffry Mann also lead the team from Washington DC and San Francisco, respectively. Michele Buenafe in Washington DC and Alan Leeds in Princeton are key names. In February 2018, Tony Chan joined in Washington DC from Dechert LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Alan Leeds - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Tony Chan - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s department is ‘highly skilled with extensive industry knowledge and strong business acumen’ thanks to ‘an effective team which provides the client with exactly what it needs’. Howard Young leads the Washington DC-based practice supported by Los Angeles-based deputy head Brian Jazaeri. Clients also single out Scott Memmott, who provides ‘mature and sophisticated advice’ and represented TeamHealth in a False Claim Act lawsuit; and Joyce Cowan, who is advising Varsity Healthcare Partners on multiple regulatory issues and its entrance into the orthopedic sector. Other clients include EyeCare Services Partners, Blink Health and Portneuf Medical Center.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles major cases for policyholders, including cases seeking coverage for medical devices, environmental and product liability losses, property loss and associated business interruption, as well as mass tort claims. It also advises on policy issuance, particularly in transactional matters. The team is representing ITT in seeking more than $1.8bn in coverage from its excess insurers for product liability suits arising in multiple jurisdictions and represented Goulds Pumps in its disputes with Travelers regarding coverage for product liability claims. Zimmer Biomet Holdings, PepsiCo and Western Asbestos Settlement Trust are also clients. In Washington DC, Paul Zevnik leads the team and Daniel Chefitz heads the captive practice. David Luttinger in New York and Yardena Zwang-Weissman in Los Angeles are deputy practice heads; senior counsel Michel Horton and David Cox are also based in Los Angeles and are recommended along with Jeffrey Moss and Leah Houghton in Boston, Gerald Konkel in Washington DC and Jeffrey Raskin in San Francisco.

Leading lawyers

Paul Zevnik - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team provides expert advice on copyright matters, often with a digital angle, and also represents a number of high-profile content owners and online retailers in copyright-related disputes. The team has particular experience acting on behalf of trade bodies, and recent won on summary judgment for the American Society for Testing and Materials in its claim against Public.Resource.Org regarding the publication of copyrighted industry standards on a government website. The group also defends Amazon in a number of infringement matters pertaining to user-uploaded content. In the media space, the firm represents The Boston Globe as both plaintiff and defendant in a number of enforcement and infringement claims. Kevin Fee in Washington DC is recommended, as are San Francisco-based John Polito and Carla Oakley.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Leading lawyers

Mark Itri - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP predominantly covers the technology, life sciences, electronics, mechanical and software sectors. Randall Sunberg in Princeton and Rahul Kapoor in Palo Alto jointly lead the practice, with Kapoor shouldering a heavy portion of the caseload. SanDisk engaged the group to advise on the patent licencing aspects of its joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic in the SD flash card space, including non-assert agreements and standard essential patents. The team also assisted Jazz Pharmaceuticals with its development, manufacturing and commercialization licence agreement with German pharmaceutical player XL-protein in relation to a leukemia treatment. Other clients include Sandvik Coromant and Yandex.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘practical’ and ‘business-focused’ group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has strong international capabilities and experience acting for clients before the TTAB. In Washington DC, well-regarded group head Karen Butcher and Anita Polott have been leading advice to Anthem in various matters, including international trademark portfolio management, enforcement and the implementation of global trademark ownership. Butcher, Philadelphia-based Kenneth Davis and Washington DC-based Kevin Fee assisted Dr Pepper Snapple Group with the IP aspects regarding its $1.7bn acquisition of Bai Brands. Eric Kraeutier leads the wider department in Philadelphia. Clients also recommend of counsel Kristin Altoff in Washington DC.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Fantastic’ firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a mix of hedge fund work, including representation of both hedge fund managers and investors. Jedd Wider in New York advised Advocate Capital Management on forming two funds investing in various types of derivatives, while Stephen Tirrell in Boston advised Marathon Asset Management on forming a fund designed exclusively for ERISA-regulated investors. In the manager M&A space, Wider advised MetLife on its purchase of Logan Circle Partners from Fortress Group. In Boston, Richard Goldman advised TPRV Capital, a spin-out from Harvard Management Company, on its entry into the hedge fund business. In the same office, Steven Giordano deploys his ‘tremendous industry knowledge’ for fund sponsors. Limited partner clients include the California Public Employees’ Retirement Scheme (CalPERS), which Wider and Christopher Dlutowski (who is also based in New York) advised on structuring a captive fund to be managed by LongTail Alpha. Wider and Goldman share leadership of the practice, which also acts for the State Board of Administration of Florida and several university endowments. Jim Collins is now general counsel of Silver Lane Advisors.

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Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds
Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises leading investment managers across asset classes and fund structures from multiple locations on the East Coast, and ‘provides an outstanding level of service, with a highly valued depth of knowledge and industry expertise’. In Philadelphia, Jack O’Brien and Timothy Levin (‘a highly capable lawyer with strong technical expertise and contacts in the industry’) advised Brinker Capital on setting up ten new funds. In Boston, Roger Joseph and Lee Anne Copenhefer continue to advise Legg Mason on regulatory and compliance matters, including in relation to a restructure of funds managing over $100bn as a result of changes to regulations around money market funds. In the ETF arena, Washington DC-based Christopher Menconi advised a subsidiary of the World Gold Council on creating the SPDR Long Gold Dollar Trust, a currency-hedged ETF backed by physical gold. Also in Washington DC, John McGuire and Joshua Sterling serve as counsel to the Invesco PowerShares DB Funds, a series of ETFs investing in commodity and currency derivatives. Laura Flores, who handles complex SEC regulatory work, is also a key partner in Washington DC, as is Thomas Harman, who is ‘recommended for his expertise dealing with regulatory issues’. In relation to manager M&A, Boston-based Roger Joseph, Toby Serkin and newly elected partner Jeremy Kantrowitz continue to advise Pioneer Investment Management on its acquisition by Amundi Pioneer Asset Management, a subsidiary of Crédit Agricole.

Leading lawyers

Roger Joseph - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Thomas Harman - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Timothy Levin - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jack O’Brien - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Laura Flores - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a significant strength in investor representation, ESG funds and secondary market transactions. Paul McCoy, who divides his time between New York and San Francisco, advised California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) on commitment to funds including Apax IX, CVC VII and Vitruvian Investment Partners III. San Francisco-based Peter Phleger also handles heavyweight investor-side work. Louis Singer, who divides his time between New York and London, advised Grosvenor Capital Management on forming two funds-of-funds, one of which was capitalized by in-kind contributions from the investors’ existing limited partner interests. In the Boston office, Gerald Kehoe advised Ares EIF Management on forming its fifth power fund. The firm also acts for Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, JPMorgan Asset Management, Washington University and various sovereign wealth funds.

Leading lawyers

Louis Singer - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Not just ‘extremely knowledgeable, but also very responsive and good at thinking outside of the box’, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘simply the best’, according to one client. The ‘easy-to-work-withBrian Ortelere sits in the Philadelphia office and recently defended the University of Pennsylvania in a class action challenging the investment options offered by its 403(b) plan on the grounds of alleged breach of fiduciary duties. Chicago-based Sari Alamuddin and Melissa Hill in New York also worked with private universities in respective fiduciary putative class actions. On the health benefits front, Washington DC-based senior counsel Christopher Weals advised on the issue of vested right to lifetime retiree medical benefits. Jeremy Blumenfeld and Deborah Davidson are names to note in Philadelphia and Chicago respectively; they have recently represented clients in class actions involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, prohibited transactions and denial of lifetime vested retiree healthcare benefits. Clients also recommend Christopher Boran, who sits in Chicago.

Leading lawyers

Brian Ortelere - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Deborah Davidson - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Jeremy Blumenfeld - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Boran - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Melissa Hill - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s employee benefits team is divided into seven task forces which cover the scope of the practice area, from fiduciary duties to fringe benefits. Clients such as CSS, PNC Financial and Novitex retain the group to oversee day-to-day maintenance and administration of their retirement, health and executive compensation plans, which includes advice pertaining to tax regulations, ERISA requirements and plan mergers and spin-offs. Althea Day represents a wide variety of plan sponsors and recently acted for a corporate client in the resolution of penalties imposed by the DOL following a filing error. Other key names include Pittsburgh-based John Ferreira and Matthew Hawes, Philadelphia-based Steven Spencer, as well as Rosina Barker and Jonathan Zimmerman, who recently joined from Ivins, Phillips & Barker. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Steven Spencer - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Hawes - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team’s recent work includes advising TriMark on the executive compensation aspects of a series of acquisitions of food service equipment and supplies dealers across the country, and advising Southern Light on its sale to the Uniti group. Gary Rothstein also advises individual executives and management on issues arising from transactions and restructurings. The team is jointly led by Steven Spencer in Philadelphia and Craig Bitman in New York, where Gina Lauriero was recently promoted to partner. Amy Pocino Kelly in Philadelphia and Patrick Rehfield in Washington DC are also key names.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Full-service firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP draws upon its international network to assist clients with the full gamut of global mobility matters. Washington DC-based Eleanor Pelta chairs the firm’s global immigration practice alongside San Francisco-based James Vázquez-Azpiri. The practice combines its expertise in US-related matters with a deep knowledge of corporate immigration matters, foreign employment laws, non-US visas and work permits, and taxation issues. Clients come from a broad array of sectors and industries, including technology, financial services, retail, hospitality, life sciences and energy. Representative clients include Choice Hotels, Seagate, Samsung Research America, Deutsche Post DHL and Fujitsu America.

Leading lawyers

Eleanor Pelta - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP delivers ‘superior performance’ and its ‘financial services industry expertise is outstanding’. Department head Grace Speights in Washington DC and Terry Johnson in Princeton secured a jury verdict for Cablevision in a case involving alleged race discrimination and retaliation. Richard Rosenblatt in Princeton represented Amazon in a long-running lawsuit alleging that Amazon workers should be paid for time spent passing through security screening during meal breaks and after the end of a shift. New York-based Samuel Shaulson represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch in an employment class action against allegations of wrongful termination, unjust enrichment, breach of contract, fraud, and other related torts and contract claims. The Boeing Company, ExxonMobil and North American Services are also key clients. In Philadelphia, key contacts include the ‘brilliantMichael Banks, the ‘experiencedJoseph Costello, Steven Wall and Michael Puma, who are ‘well respected’, Michael Burkhardt and Sarah Bouchard. New York-based Ira Rosenstein is ‘very focused’ and Debra Fischer in Los Angeles is ‘first rate’. Recommended individuals also include Robert Jon Hendricks and Eric Meckley in San Francisco, Michelle Silverman in Princeton, Anne Marie Estevez in Miami, Melinda Riechert in Silicon Valley, Orange County-based Barbara Miller, and Ethel Johnson, who splits her time between Dallas and Houston. Lincoln Bisbee and Krissy Katzenstein in Washington DC and Brendan Killeen in New York were recently promoted to the partnership.

Leading lawyers

Grace Speights - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Joseph Costello - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Michael Banks - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Samuel Shaulson - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Sarah Bouchard - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Lincoln Bisbee - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The lawyers at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPare experts in their field supported by a deep bench of junior practitioners’ and clients appreciate their ‘amicable approach to union matters’. John Ring and Joseph Ragaglia jointly head the practice from Washington DC and Philadelphia, respectively. Other notable practitioners include Steven Wall and Daniel Bordoni. Jonathan Frittstakes the time to understand his clients and their unique needs’; he continues to lead the advice to a global transport company with regards to all of its non-class action disputes with the NLRB and labor unions. Elsewhere, Century City’s Harry Johnson is known as ‘a walking encyclopaedia’ and successfully defended Chevron in an unfair labor practice action filed before the NLRB by the United Steelworkers.

Leading lawyers

Jonathan Fritts - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Steven Wall - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Bordoni - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Workplace and employment counseling
Workplace and employment counseling - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises clients across the financial services, pharmaceutical, retail, technology, energy and transportation sectors, including General Dynamics, The Hershey Company, Amazon.com and Morgan Stanley. Department head Grace Speights, who is based in Washington DC, and Larry Turner in Philadelphia lead on diversity and inclusion mandates. Speights works with Philadelphia-based Michael Banks on crisis management and has recently been advising on high-profile sexual harassment allegations. Richard Rosenblatt in Princeton and Michael Puma in Philadelphia lead counseling for companies on wage and hour issues, while Los Angeles-based Debra Fischer, Ronald Manthey in Texas, New York and Boston-based David McManus, and Turner handle national trade secret and unfair competition mandates. The California-based team of Melinda Riechert, Carol Freeman, Barbara Miller, Michael Schlemmer and Jacqueline Aguilera provides guidance to California employers on amendments to existing laws as well as new policies and procedures. McManus also leads on workforce change matters and Princeton-based Michelle Seldin Silverman leads the practice-wide employment counseling team. David Bowman, who is based across the Boston and Philadelphia offices, the ‘very thorough’ Douglas Schwarz, who is based in Boston and New York, and Ross Friedman in Chicago are also recommended. Lincoln Bisbee and Krissy Katzenstein in Washington DC and Brendan Killeen in New York were promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

David Bowman - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michelle Seldin Silverman - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts
Commercial deals and contracts - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the technology, outsourcing and commercial transactions team has experience acting for clients across a broad range of sectors, including consumer goods, retail and automotive. Co-head Barbara Melby, who splits her time between Philadelphia and New York, led advice to Eli Lilly in various domestic and international transactions, including IT service and cross-licensing agreements. In New York, Vito Petretti has been assisting Colgate-Palmolive with a number of commercial matters, including technology transactions and distribution agreements. Michael Pillion also leads the team from the firm’s Philadelphia office. In Boston, Doneld Shelkey is a name to note.

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s further international expansion, most notably in Asia, has positioned the US M&A team for additional growth in cross-border deals. The team benefitted from a buoyant strategic M&A and private equity buyouts market in 2017 and its strong focus on financial services, technology, life sciences, healthcare, energy, and media and entertainment. One of the largest law firms in the US by headcount, it has a good record in domestic deals and is frequently sought out by non-US based multinationals for inbound acquisitions. Furthermore, the firm’s breadth, which includes strong intellectual property, employment, employee benefits and regulatory teams, is a significant draw to clients. It recently advised Iron Mountain on its $1.32bn agreement to acquire the US operation of IO Data Centers; this was the firm’s first M&A engagement from Iron Mountain. It also advised Harron Communications on its $1.4bn sale of the Metrocast cable systems brand to Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications. The firm has especially strong M&A teams in New York, Philadelphia and Boston, backed up by further talent in California and Texas. The team is ‘incredibly responsive’, ‘deeply knowledgeable’, ‘hugely value for money’ with the firm providing ‘well-reasoned and practical advice’. Philadelphia’s Richard Aldridge and Boston partner Laurie Cerveny lead the team and the latter is praised for being ‘very practical, smart and responsive’. Charles Engros is a ‘first-rate M&A specialist and outstanding relationship partner who always goes the extra mile’. Robert Dickey is ‘outstanding in his technical competence and service-oriented nature’. Boston partner Steven Browne is ‘a terrific lawyer’, ‘an excellent communicator and negotiator’ with ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘business acumen’. Steven Navarro and Orange County-based James Loss are also recommended. Partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP delivers an ‘excellent service’ and has ‘a very strong and capable team’, a ‘deep bench’ and ‘impressive market knowledge’. Clients identify the firm as a strong middle-market player with top teams in Philadelphia, New York and Orange County. Its client list includes Apollo, Ares Capital, Arsenal Capital Partners, LLR Partners, Sun Capital Partners and Versa Capital Partners, and in recent years it has added Platinum Equity, The Wicks Group of Companies and Freeman Spogli & Co. The team has excellent regulatory credentials and an especially strong record in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, energy, financial services, and media and technology. It advised Platinum Equity portfolio company Veritiv on its $1.25bn sale of Vertiv’s ASCO Power business to Schneider Electric. Philadelphia-based Barbara Shander is praised by clients for her ‘very commercial’ approach and ‘willingness to take reasonable risks’ in the hope of closing the deal and she leads the team alongside Orange County partner James Loss. Philadelphia-based David Gerson and New York’s Alec Dawson are top names. Los Angeles partner John Filippone is ‘an incredibly knowledgeable, smart and practical deal lawyer’.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a fine record in regulated industries and is a leading name in biotech, medical devices and digital health; it also has a substantial financial services regulatory group. The firm is noted for its geographic strength across the US, with a diverse client base in Northern California, Boston and the Mid-Atlantic. The ‘true full-service firm’ ‘puts together tremendous teams of attorneys at all levels’, provides ‘strategic value in complex negotiations’ and its ‘complicated legal analysis is unmatched’. Among a series of high-profile deals, Boston partner Michael Conza led the team that advised CarGurus, a global online automotive marketplace, on its $172m IPO on Nasdaq, one of the largest tech sector IPOs of the year. It also advised health technology company Valeritas on its $50m public offering on Nasdaq and represented Vancouver-based technology company Visier in its $45m Series D financing. Other key partners include Boston-based Julio Vega and William Perkins, who ‘anticipate issues before they arise’ and are ‘outstanding at problem solving’. Princeton partner Steven Cohen is prominent in the New Jersey market and Joanne Soslow is a key figure in Philadelphia. Palo Alto’s Tom Kellerman is another established name.

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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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP divides its work into three separate areas: compliance management, transaction management and data breach advice. In a recent highlight, Gregory Parks and Ezra Church (both in Philadelphia) defended Aramark in a class action alleging violations of FACTA pertaining to credit card details on paper receipts; other work includes San Francisco-based W Reece Hirsch advising Blink Health on healthcare regulatory and privacy issues relating to its healthcare app, and Church and Chicago-based Elizabeth Herrington representing McDonald’s in a class action alleging the company’s timekeeping system violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Parks and Hirsch jointly lead the team, which also fields cybersecurity expert Mark Krotoski, who splits his time between Silicon Valley and Washington DC.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘a destination firm with a reputation for innovative, first-of-kind deals’. The firm is ‘especially strong in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors’ and has eight partners in its outsourcing and commercial transactions team. Barbara Melby, who is ‘a prominent market player with a track record in large transactions’, and Michael Pillion, who has a reputation for innovative deals in the financial services industry, lead the practice from Philadelphia. Other notable practitioners include Edward Hansen in New York, who recently acted for personal care company Estée Lauder in a $50m global finance and accounting transaction, and Doneld Shelkey in Boston. Rising star Ada Finkel joined the firm’s Boston office having previously worked for athenahealth and Dell. Another highlight for the firm was its work for clinical laboratory services company Quest Diagnostics in a revenue cycle management outsourcing deal.

Leading lawyers

Barbara Melby - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Michael Pillion - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ada Finkel - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP assists technology clients with all manner of concerns, including transactional, IP, labor, litigation, insurance, privacy, and regulatory matters. The team regularly assists longstanding client Eli Lilly with a wide range of technology transactions, including co-location agreements for data center operations, and cross-licensing agreements for critical product components; and it continues to assist SanDisk with the drafting and negotiation of commercial and IP issues related to its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic. Barbara Melby works from the Philadelphia and New York offices, and Silicon Valley-based Rahul Kapoor is an IT and outsourcing expert. Philadelphia’s Michael Pillion is also highly rated for technology transaction work; and Doneld Shelkey, who relocated to Boston from Pittsburgh, has particular expertise in technology, e-commerce and online presence management agreements. Other names to note are Vito Petretti, who divides his time between New York and Philadelphia, and New York-based Edward Hansen.

Next generation lawyers

Doneld Shelkey - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is known for its ‘great strength and expertise in spectrum and satellite issues’.Andrew Lipman is highly experienced in regulatory, legislative and transactional work in this space, with particular expertise in common carrier, wireless, satellite and broadcasting matters. He advised Securus Technology on challenging the FCC’s price cap rulings, and defended it in two civil actions in the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas alleging that its prices were unreasonable and unlawful. He also assisted Facebook with its global acquisitions of submarine cable networks and domestic fiber. Catherine Wang is highly skilled on regulatory work and possesses ‘an impeccable track record of achieving desired outcomes and maintaining constructive relationships with policymakers’. She advised Deer and Company on GPS, satellite and rural broadband regulations. Timothy Bransford is an expert in domestic and international regulations, and has ‘a high technical and legal competency’ and ‘provides extremely thorough analysis with respect to complex situations’. Ulises Pin is an expert in regulatory and transactional matters, and assisted Globalstar with obtaining mobile satellite services licenses in the 2.5 GHz band in a number of Asian and Latin American regions. Russell Blau and Tamar Finn advised a number of telecoms providers on the reform of business data services regulations. Ronald Del Sesto and William Wilhelm are also key figures.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides a ‘very high-quality service’ and the team is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘very well informed about industry players and trends’. The practice is based in Washington DC, where practice head Andrew Lipman is known for his ‘business acumen’; he assisted Securus Technologies with its $1.7bn acquisition by Platinum Equity, and advised Cincinnati Bell on its $650m acquisition of Hawaiian Telcom. Russell Blau has strong transactional expertise, with a client roster that includes telecoms carriers, ISPs, equipment vendors and media companies. He recently advised Consolidated Communications on the regulatory aspects of the client’s $1.3 billion all-stock acquisition of FairPoint Communications, and assisted EQT AB with its acquisitions of fiber telecoms network operators Lumos and Spirit Communications. Catherine Wang has expertise in complex transactional regulatory matters, as well as wireless and spectrum issues. She recently assisted Zayo Group with its acquisitions of Electric Lightwave, AboveNet and 360 Networks. Other key figures include satellite specialist Timothy Bransford, William Wilhelm, who typically advises on online media and VoIP issues, and cross-border regulatory specialist Ulises Pin. Wang and Pin are ‘excellent’ and ‘work seamlessly together as a team and with their other colleagues’.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Lipman - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States: Tax

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is noted for disputes relating to transfer pricing, R&D tax credit and payroll tax. Washington DC-based John Magee, Sanford Stark and Saul Mezei are advising Coca Cola on a matter regarding a $9.4bn income adjustment relating to the company’s 2007-2009 transfer pricing, which has been designated for litigation by the IRS. Thomas Linguanti and Jenny Austin, who both joined the Chicago office from Baker McKenzie LLP in August 2017, have been acting for Medtronic in a $1.36bn transfer pricing dispute with the IRS, which appealed the Tax Court’s decision to slash the client’s tax deficiencies from $1.36bn to $14m in a transfer pricing matter involving its Puerto Rico operations. Litigating at the Tax Court on behalf of Steel Dynamics in a matter regarding R&D tax credit is another highlight.

Leading lawyers

John Magee - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Saul Mezei - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The tax practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is particularly experienced in the energy, life sciences, real estate and financial sectors, advising on M&A, partnership and joint venture, private equity, hedge fund and investment taxation, as well as SALT and planning matters for tax-exempt organizations. Boston-based practice lead Daniel Nelson advised PGGM Investment Management on the restructuring of its joint venture with Monogram Residential Trust, as the latter was acquired by Greystar Growth and Income Fund, while Richard Zarin in New York represented Pearson in selling its 22% stake in Penguin Random House to Bertelsmann. In the Washington, DC office, Bill McKee and Scott Farmer are the key partners. Casey August in Philadelphia made partner in October 2017.

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