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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

1111 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW, WASHINGTON DC 20004, USA
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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a broad footprint across 12 US offices and the practice has expertise in a range of product types, including multifamily, self-storage and higher education. The team regularly acts for investors, in relation to both transactional work and development matters, and clients include REITs such as American Campus Communities and investment managers such as the JBG Companies and Berkshire Group. Key contacts include practice chairs Eric Stern and Richard Toelke, who are based in Philadelphia and Boston respectively, New York-based JJ Broderick and Silicon Valley-based Carol Dillon. Other names to note are New York-based Goodwin Bland, who specializes in affordable housing, and Los Angeles-based Marc Liverant, who has experience in handling developments relating to energy generation and transmission. On the educational side, the team handles a range of leasing and acquisition mandates for the likes of Stanford University, Butler University, and the University of Southern California.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Clients value Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘extremely high level of service’, with the ‘fabulous and easy-to-work-with’ global practice head Steven Reed and Brendan Fee, who are both based in Philadelphia, being singled-out for particular praise. The firm’s varied practice includes DOJ and FTC investigations as well as matters initiated by antitrust authorities in Europe and Asia. Darren Tucker, Hill Wellford and Silicon Valley’s Mark Krotoski are among several lawyers who have previously served in high-ranking positions at the US antitrust enforcement agencies. Royal Dutch Shell, ICAP and Merck & Co are among the firm’s active clients.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Led by global practice head Steven Reed from Philadelphia, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team covers a full range of antitrust disputes. Among several lawyers who have previously held senior positions at the US antitrust enforcement agencies, Hill Wellford was chief of staff at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and Willard Tom was general counsel of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Illustrative of the firm’s strong reputation, it acts for some of the world’s largest organizations from a variety of sectors, such as financial services, technology and life sciences. Reed, Brian Rocca (San Francisco), Brendan Fee (Philadelphia) and others successfully defended Uber Technologies against a lawsuit brought by Philadelphia Taxi Association and a dozen of its members, which cited claims of attempted monopolization and unfair competition. Other highlights included representing Lupin Ltd and Lupin Pharmaceuticals in two pay-for-delay MDLs. Deputy head of the practice Darren Tucker is based in Washington DC, as are the lawyers above where location information is not included.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team, which is jointly led by Steven Reed in Philadelphia and Darren Tucker, assists clients with filing HSR pre-merger notifications, FTC/DOJ investigations and obtaining non-US merger clearances, among other matters. In 2016, Scott Stempel and New York’s Harry Robins acted as lead US antitrust counsel to Pfizer in its proposed merger with Allergan, which included representing the client in an FTC investigation into the deal. Google, Qualcomm and Uber are other blue-chip clients. Tucker, Jonathan Rich, Willard Tom and Hill Wellford all have previous senior-level federal agency experience. Unless otherwise stated, named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

David Salmons and Allyson Ho co-head Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s practice from Washington DC and Dallas respectively. The team is acting for an employee in a gender discrimination case filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against McLane; the claim concerns the petitioner’s inability to meet the physical standards imposed by the employer after her return from maternity leave and is currently pending in the US Supreme Court. Ho and Chicago-based Jason White persuaded the Federal Circuit to affirm the dismissal of a complaint brought by Edwin Lyda in a patent infringement suit against CBS Corporation. The ‘excellent’ Bryan Killian is ‘unflappable and maintains a great demeanor’. William Peterson joined the Houston office from Beck Redden. Randall Mark Levine was made partner. Vonage America, International Paper, and East Ramapo Central School District are among its new client wins.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘excellentMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a large nationwide practice led by Philadelphia’s Eric Sitarchuk. The firm’s recent successes include securing a deferred prosecution agreement for Olympus Corporation of the Americas following an FCPA investigation that concerned its activities in Latin America. FCPA-related matters form a large part of the firm’s work, as do FCA suits. Clients include Fortune 100 companies and are drawn from the pharmaceutical, retail, healthcare, financial, aerospace and manufacturing industries. Miami’s Alison Tanchyk, Washington DC’s Matthew Miner and New York’s Martha Stolley are among the firm’s most prolific practitioners in the white-collar space.

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Financial services: litigation
Financial services: litigation - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘very responsive’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘sound and creative advice’ to clients including Dexia Bank, Merrill Lynch and Saxon Mortgage Services. The ‘very collaborative’ Michael Kraut has a ‘strong reputation’ for his representation of RMBS trustees and alongside San Francisco-based John Rosenthal is defending Deutsche Bank in its capacity as trustee of RMBS against allegations made in numerous class actions and suits that it failed to adequately protect investor interests. The firm is also recommended for consumer finance-related cases, including disputes relating to consumer lending, credit cards and debt collection, with Philadelphia-based Jamie Wintz McKeon and Chicago-based Kenneth Kliebard names to note.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘imaginative and persistent’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a diverse and busy caseload, which includes numerous class action cases. In a recent highlight, a team led by J Gordon Cooney and Steven Reed in Philadelphia resolved two putative class action suits against clients Cephalon and Teva regarding “off-label” promotion; the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied certification, and the plaintiffs’ petition to appeal was denied. Among its ‘superb lawyers’ are the ‘client orientedHugh Tanner in Houston, and Kenneth Kliebard and Gregory Fouts in Chicago.

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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

Jointly headed by Paul Zevnik in Washington DC and Brady Edwards in Houston, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP often handles class actions for automotive and transportation clients. In Los Angeles, David Schrader has been representing Toyota in a class action brought against a number of other automotive manufacturers alleging a defect in keyless cars that led to carbon monoxide poisoning. The team includes trial expert Daniel Savrin in Boston.

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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

Headed by Paul Zevnik in Washington DC, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s group has strong experience handling product liability matters, as well as related insurance recovery work. In Philadelphia, Gordon Cooney has been leading the team in defending Cephalon and parent company Teva Pharmaceuticals against a high-profile wrongful death claim regarding allegations of opiate addictions brought before the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Also in Philadelphia, John Lavelle continues to represent Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Synthes in product liability litigation concerning a tibial implant medical device. David Cox and Leah Houghton were promoted to partner in the Los Angeles and Boston offices respectively. The team includes Yardena Zwang-Weissman in Los Angeles and David Luttinger in New York.

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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 group often handles asbestos litigation as well as environmental work concerning the energy industry. In Los Angeles, James Dragna has been serving as lead coordinating and litigation counsel to Southern California Gas Company and Sempra Energy in major litigation concerning a natural gas leak in the Aliso Canyon storage facility. Washington DC-based practice head Paul Zevnik and Boston-based Jeffrey Moss have been representing Johnson Controls in a series of asbestos actions. David Cox and Leah Houghton were promoted to partner in Los Angeles and Boston respectively.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has ‘a track record of success and great efficiency’ and is seen as ‘one of the top SEC enforcement practices’. Jordan Hershman and Jason Frank in Boston successfully served as lead counsel to FreddieMac in mortgage-backed securities cases. Charlene Shimada in San Francisco handled several IPO-related cases, notably in the pharmaceuticals sector. She also advised underwriters, including Jeffries and RBC Capital Markets, on a 1933 Act class action; a motion for settlement is pending. Kenneth Schacter in New York often handles insider trading cases. His highlights included defending GPS manufacturer Deere & Company against allegations that it concealed its receivers were subject to interference from telecoms company LightSquared’s proposed network, which was later denied regulatory approval and subsequently went into administration. Marc Sonnenfeld in Philadelphia secured a motion to dismiss at the Sixth Circuit for General Cable Company in a case that accused the defendants of fraudulently inflating the company’s stock price. In Chicago, Merri Jo Gillette and SEC veteran Peter Chan are among many recommended partners.

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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 ‘outstanding’ group has a strong record handling debt offerings for domestic and foreign issuers from the energy, financial services, technology and life sciences industries. Philadelphia-based Joanne Soslow chairs the group and acted for AmeriGas Partners in its $1.3bn offering of senior notes. In another example of the firm’s strong links with energy issuers, New York’s John Hood advised Entergy on a $750m offering of senior notes. Also in Philadelphia, Justin Chairman is ‘extremely knowledgeable, responsive, creative and practical’, and acted for Liberty Property in its $400m senior notes offering. Ameren, Louisiana Public Facilities Authority and OM Asset Management are also clients.

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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 underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s capital markets group routinely advises issuers in the energy, financial services, technology and life sciences industries, and it also has an active underwriter-side practice. In Philadelphia, department head Joanne Soslow and Kevin Shmelzer advised Cerecor on its $26m IPO, and the ‘extremely knowledgeable, responsive, creative and practicalJustin Chairman acted for the underwriters, including Deutsche Bank Securities as sole book-running manager, in City Office REIT’s $91.8m public offering. New York-based Tom Giblin is also a key contact. Other clients include Axsome Therapeutics, NextEra Energy Partners and Tabula Rasa HealthCare.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP acts for a predominantly lender client base on mid-market acquisition and leveraged finance, film finance (where it is one of the leading lights) and asset-based finance. The practice is particularly active in the burgeoning direct lending market, where it acts for major players such as Ares Capital and GSO Capital, and also acts for a strong stable of traditional banking clients such as JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and HSBC. Recently the firm acted for Wells Fargo Capital Finance as administrative agent in a $275m loan to PCM. The group was also counsel to Ares Capital on the $460m recapitalization of OTG Management, a leading airport terminal concession manager. New York-based Michael Chapnick, who is known for his film finance advice, recently advised JPMorgan Chase as administrative agent on a $500m facility to Skydance Productions for the development, production and acquisition of movies and TV shows. Boston-based Jonathan Bernstein heads the finance team, which includes Marshall Stoddard in New York, who leads the transactional finance practice.

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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

The tax-exempt organizations (TEOs) practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, based in Washington DC, assists a number of large foundations across the gamut of operational matters. The team represents organizations such as colleges and universities, donor-advised funds, museums and cultural organizations and government instrumentalities. The team does a wide variety of work for its nonprofit clients; recent examples include advising a private foundation on PRIs and assisting another client with a wide range of tax compliance, policy and governance issues. Celia Roady heads the team and regularly advises private foundations and public charities on tax and operational issues, grants, investments, compliance and governance issues. Roady is supported by Alexander Reid, who is knowledgeable of tax policy, and Matthew Elkin.

Leading lawyers

Celia Roady - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Reid - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘top-notch’ project finance team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, is particularly active in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. The team advised National Grid on the development of an $180m LNG liquefaction facility in Providence, Rhode Island, and acted for NextEra Energy on shipping and supply arrangements regarding the delivery of LNG to Hawaii; this included advice on financing the LNG vessels. On the renewables side, Wayne Song and Kenneth Kulak, based in Los Angeles and Philadelphia respectively, acted for Exelon Generating on the $150m debt financing of 85MW-worth of solar projects across North America; and the New York-based James Tynion acted for D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments on the debt and tax equity financing of five wind turbines in Oregon. ‘Experienced, responsive, business-minded and strategic’ of counsel Neeraj Arora joined the Los Angeles office from Latham & Watkins LLP in February 2016; he advised Diamond Generating on its purchase of a 50% stake in Boston-based solar developer Nexamp. Boston-based ‘superstarRichard Filosacalmly addresses the key issues and closes deals quickly’; he specializes in power project financing and development. Since publication, former practice head David Asmus and fellow Houston-based partnerBrian Bradshaw have joined Sidley Austin LLP.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The restructuring group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is chaired by Renée Dailey from the Hartford office and John Goodchild III in Philadelphia. The firm has been representing a group of holders of untendered Argentine sovereign bonds in connection with its rights following the country’s continued default. In another Latin American engagement, the firm has advised an ad hoc group of United States OAS noteholders regarding the cross-border bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings of the company. The firm has a specialized debtor practice and has expertise in Section 363 sales - a representative example being its representation of Garden Fresh in a process whereby the second lien lender will act as the ‘stalking horse’ bidder at a public auction. Joshua Dorchak continues to work in the Lehman Brothers ‘waterfall flip’ case as lead counsel to the noteholder defendant group that briefed, argued and succeeded in obtaining dismissal on summary judgment of all bankruptcy and state law claims against them in the case. The firm also acted as lead bankruptcy and litigation counsel to UMWA Health and Retirement Funds in connection with its Chapter 11 and represented the pension plan in ERISA litigation against Peabody for ‘evade or avoid’ withdrawal liability.

Leading lawyers

Michael Reilly - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is applauded for its ‘broad industry knowledge and good depth’, fielding nearly 20 US partners focusing on structured finance. The team handles a variety of traditional and esoteric assets, including auto loans and leases, mortgage-backed securities, student loans, patent and trademark royalties, and cell phone contracts. In the Washington DC office, John Arnholz acted as underwriter’s counsel to Synchrony Bank in a $750m public offering of ABS through SYNCT 2016-1, backed by private label and co-branded credit card receivables. Practice head Reed Auerbach was depositor and servicer counsel to Verizon Communications during the private placement of over $1bn of securities backed by a revolving pool of wireless device payment plan contracts. As issuer’s counsel, Washington DC-based Jeffrey Johnson advised CarVal Investors in its inaugural deal as an issuer of RMBS, Mill City Towd Point Mortgage Trust 2015-1, which made use of a REMIC structure, allowing for various interest rate configurations of the bonds. An example of the department’s regulatory aptitude, Chicago-based Michael Philipp helped Bitfinex settle a Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC) enforcement action, alleging that the bitcoin exchange platform had operated in a way that required CFTC registration. Philip Russell also made partner in 2016.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is well versed in representing clients across the energy industry, including utilities, nuclear power and renewable energy companies, as well as oil and gas corporations and is best known for its experience in toxic tort and environmental litigation. Los Angeles-based lawyers David Schrader and Deanne Miller defended Shell Oil in mass toxic tort litigation matters arising from alleged petroleum hydrocarbon contamination in a residential neighborhood in Carson, California. This involved personal injury and property damage claims filed by hundreds of toxic tort plaintiffs, a public nuisance lawsuit filed by the City of Carson and a regulatory investigation. Other clients include Anadarko Petroleum and Range Resources. Kathryn Sutton heads the energy practice from Washington DC, while head of litigation Ella Foley Gannon is based in San Francisco.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘very good’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP stands out for its broad energy regulatory expertise, handling contentious and non-contentious electric and nuclear power matters. On the electricity side, the team, led by Kathryn Sutton, is best known for its enforcement and compliance capabilities, acting for electric utilities, transmission entities, power marketers, generation companies and developers but also for private equity funds and investors. On the nuclear side, the practice frequently handles nuclear export and decommissioning issues, licensing of new nuclear plants and other regulatory approvals. Sutton, Timothy Matthews and Stephen Burdick advised FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating on securing a renewed operating license for the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Stephen Spina and the recently promoted Daniel Skees secured an appellate victory in the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for Xcel Energy Services and its public utility affiliate - Public Service Company of Colorado - by challenging a series of FERC orders on its regional transmission planning process. Levi McAllister was promoted to the partnership.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Top choiceMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides FERC, CFTC and DOE regulatory and litigation advice to oil and gas companies and other market participants. The team is particularly experienced in regulatory compliance, investigations and enforcement matters, certification and approval work for new oil and natural gas facilities. Representing shippers in oil and gas interstate pipeline rate cases and transactional matters pertaining to natural gas and LNG exports and imports are also key elements. Kirstin Gibbs, who joined the Washington DC office from Bracewell LLP, assisted Statoil Natural Gas with FERC natural gas regulatory compliance, enforcement and investigation matters and the negotiation of rate agreements. She also represented the client in interstate pipeline rate cases and tariff-filing proceedings. Litigator Fred Fielding defended Parnon Energy and Arcadia Petroleum against allegations of oil price manipulation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Los Angeles-based Ingrid Myers joined the energy practice, headed by Kathryn Sutton, having previously been a member of the firm’s corporate, business and transactions practice. Levi McAllister was promoted to the partnership.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

M&A and sponsor-side project finance are Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s key strengths. Boston-based Richard Filosa and Marc Reardon are the key partners and together advised LS Power on its sale of West Deptford Energy Holdings to various buyers. Reardon advised Advanced Power Services on the financing of its 1.1GW power plant in Dover Valley, New York. ‘Experienced, responsive, business-minded’ of counsel Neeraj Arora joined in Los Angeles in February 2016 from Latham & Watkins LLP. Senior associate Michael Müller is also recommended.

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 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

As well as being active in project development, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP assists clients with upstream and midstream M&A, EPC contracts, LNG export deals and tolling agreements. LNG is a particular strength and the team has strong cross-border capabilities. Recent work includes acting for Equatorial Guinea LNG Holdings in various contracts and corporate structuring issues regarding an LNG project. Since publication, former practice head David Asmus and fellow Houston-based partner Brian Bradshaw have joined Sidley Austin LLP.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘high-quality’ practice has a ‘deep bench’; it focuses on M&A and project finance. New York-based M&A expert James Tynion has ‘remarkable knowledge of the offshore wind industry’, and advised DE Renewable Investments and Akuo Energy on unrelated acquisitions of wind projects. ‘Experienced, responsive, business-minded, strategic’ of counsel Neeraj Arora joined in Los Angeles from Latham & Watkins LLP in February 2016.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Los Angeles-based James Dragna is acting as lead counsel in a toxic tort matter for SoCalGas, a dispute involving a natural gas leak in the Aliso Canyon storage facility. John McGahren is the key figure in Princeton, and he and Stephanie Feingold (also in Princeton) recently represented Cranbury Brick Yard in its prosecution of claims concerning the environmental cleanup of a former chemical manufacturing facility in Cranbury. Other highlights included successfully representing International Paper Company in a suit alleging improper disposal of paper mill waste; securing a dismissal of a water contamination suit for Range Resources; and acting for Sherwin-Williams in a contamination suit concerning two NPL sites and one proposed Superfund site. Los Angeles-based David Schrader has a strong energy, automotive and manufacturing client base, and Camarin Madigan is a key practitioner in San Francisco, where she advises developers, landowners and public agencies on contentious environmental issues.

Leading lawyers

James Dragna - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s broad environmental offering includes compliance, permitting, risk avoidance and crisis management counseling. The group acts for clients in the energy, manufacturing, chemicals and real estate sectors, among others, and frequently interacts with regulatory agencies to obtain permits, arrange settlements and comment on proposed new rules. James Dragna is the main contact in Los Angeles and is currently acting for several municipalities in wastewater disputes and permitting issues. Princeton-based John McGahren recently represented a retail electric and natural gas company in license revocation proceedings initiated by Texas’ and Pennsylvania’s public utility commissions. Los Angeles-based Yardena Zwang-Weissman is recommended for bank-related investigations and internal examinations.

Leading lawyers

Edward Strohbehn - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, which is led by Howard Young and Brian Jazaeri in Washington DC and Los Angeles respectively, has a fine record in premium tax litigation, class action suits and transactional advice for healthcare service providers, healthcare networks and accountable care organizations. It is currently representing Anthem in multiple behavioral health class action cases concerning the extent of coverage offered; the highly regarded Molly Lane in San Francisco is the lead partner. Cigna, the California Association of Health Plans and Boeing Group Health Plan are also clients. Joyce Cowan in Washington DC and Los Angeles-based David Schrader are other key attorneys.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s practice covers an impressively broad swathe of large-cap M&A mandates supplemented by strong FDA, regulatory and IP litigation capabilities. The firm advised Acerta Pharma on the $4bn sale of a majority stake in its company to AstraZeneca, and assisted Teva Pharmaceutical Industries with the $40.5bn acquisition of Allergan’s global generic pharmaceuticals business. Richard de Bodo serves as lead trial counsel in patent and trade secret cases, and recently successfully litigated two high-stakes Hatch-Waxman patent litigation in the District of New Jersey for Allergan, Forest Laboratories and the Aptalis companies (Aptalis) pertaining to Aptalis’ Canasa pharmaceutical product. Xencor is another key client, which the team assisted in its collaboration and licensing agreement with Novartis for the development of cancer treatments. Randall Sunberg and Jeffry Mann jointly head the life sciences group from the Princeton and San Francisco offices, respectively. Kathleen Sanzo, Elizabeth Bierman and Michele Buenafe focus on regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues, Alan Leeds counts Merck, Lundbeck and Biovail among his clients, while Chicago-based Michael Abernathy has trial experience with Section 337 investigations in the US International Trade Commission.

Next generation lawyers

Alan Leeds - 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 has a proven track record in regulatory healthcare matters and government investigations, including FDA investigations and antitrust litigation. Recent transactional experience includes Washington DC-based Joyce Cowan advising EyeCare Service Partners on its investments in Milauskas Eye Institute and the affiliated Eye Surgery Center of the Desert. Howard Young heads the practice in the Washington DC office, with support from deputy practice head Brian Jazaeri in Los Angeles. Recent hire Zane David Memeger joined the Philadelphia office, having previously been US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP frequently undertakes product liability matters, breach of contract cases and asbestos claims. A key client for the firm is ITT Corporation, which it has represented in 30,000 product liability cases concerning asbestos injury claims as well as advising on legacy liability management strategy. It is also acting for Pepsi in environmental pollution litigation relating to over 1,000 toxic tort cases, settling with four insurers in 2016. Zimmer Biomet, Motiva Enterprises and Best Buy are other clients. The Washington DC-based Paul Zevnik leads the practice, ably supported by deputy practice heads David Luttinger and Yardena Zwang-Weissman, based in New York and Los Angeles respectively. Los Angeles-based David Cox and Leah Houghton in Boston were promoted to the partnership.

Leading lawyers

Paul Zevnik - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team is particularly noted for its expertise in digital media and software copyright. Recent work includes successfully defending Amazon against copyright infringement allegations regarding CreateSpace, an Amazon subsidiary that allows authors to self-publish and distribute their works, and the successful representation of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) in a suit against Public.Resource.Org regarding copyright protection for safety standards. J Kevin Fee in Washington DC is recommended.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has ‘impressive depth of knowledge and experience in different areas of the business’. In Miami, Ethan Johnson (‘responsive and knowledgeable about the needs of international clients’) advised TCG Advisory Services on the launch of an India-focused long-short equity fund. In an illustration of the firm’s investor-side credentials, newly elected partner Christopher Dlutowski in New York advised the South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission on a $400m investment in a captive fund managed by Apollo. Stephen Giordano, who is based in Boston and is ‘particularly knowledgeable in regards to fund structuring’, advised MPM Capital on a $400m crossover hedge/venture capital impact fund focused on cancer research. Richard Goldman in Boston and Jedd Wider lead the practice - both advise managers on high-value fund formations. Other clients include AQR Capital Management, Goldman Sachs, Fortress Investment Group and heavyweight institutional investors.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s clients are quick to praise the firm’s ‘extensive knowledge of global regulatory, legal and industry trends’ and its ‘deep bench of seasoned experts, which enables it to provide detailed responses to all questions’. Washington DC-based John McGuire is advising State Street Global Advisors on a number of ETF launches, including its first ETF investing in RMB-denominated Chinese A shares, which have restrictions on ownership by non-Chinese investors. Thomas Harman (also based in Washington DC) has an extensive track record handling SEC regulatory matters. In Boston, Roger Joseph and Lea Anne Copenhefer advised Legg Mason on the restructuring of its money market funds to comply with new SEC money market rules and British FCA regulations, enabling it to open the funds to investors on both sides of the Atlantic. In another highlight matter, Philadelphia-based Timothy Levin advised Consulting Group Capital Markets on the consolidation of several of its funds.

Leading lawyers

Roger Joseph - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Thomas Harman - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Timothy Levin - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields ‘experts in all areas of law impacting private investment markets, and understands institutional investors and their priorities’. The firm provides a ‘very responsive’ service when it comes to fund formation, and also attracts praise for the ‘superior service’ it provides to institutional investors seeking limited partner positions. Georgette Schaefer (who is ‘able to distil complex issues into very clear advice’) advised a pension plan on a $130m investment in a business development company. In other highlights, Boston-based Gerald Kehoe advised Lime Rock Resources on the creation of a $754m fund focused on energy assets, while Paul McCoy in New York advised TIAA on the launch of a $1.2bn real estate fund. McCoy leads the practice along with Louis Singer, who ‘knows his clients well and anticipates their needs’. Also recommended is Peter Phleger in San Francisco, whose work includes funds-of-funds matters and venture capital investments.

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

The ERISA litigation practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPmakes the experience of a class action lawsuit relatively painless’ and is led by Jeremy Blumenfeld and Brian Ortelere in Philadelphia and Deborah Davidson in Chicago. The team took over a stock-drop case brought against Pilgrim’s Pride claiming breach of fiduciary duties, and Ortelere dismissed a purported class action suit against AlliedBarton claiming wrongful discharge from employment to prevent plaintiffs receiving benefits. Blumenfeld represented Cigna and its subsidiary LINA in several suits relating to the alleged denial of long-term disability benefits. Other notable highlights included two putative ‘church plan’ cases on behalf of OSF, and New York’s Melissa Hill successfully dismissing a retiree medical case in connection with Weyerhaeuser’s termination of the plaintiffs’ medical benefits. Clients also recommend Christopher Boran, Chicago.

Leading lawyers

Brian Ortelere - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Deborah Davidson - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Jeremy Blumenfeld - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Melissa Hill - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Spearheaded by Steven Spencer in Philadelphia and Craig Bitman in New York, the ‘very knowledgeable, timely and practical’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises on all areas of benefits and compensation. The firm was engaged to represent Health Net in the closing of its public merger with Centene, and the Philadelphia-based Amy Pocino Kelly assisted TriMark USA with multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability in two recent transactions alongside newly promoted partner Randall McGeorge, who works from the Pittsburgh office. Other notable clients include Honeywell, Armstrong and Conning & Company.

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Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP divides its benefits practice into seven task forces: fiduciary regulation, retirement plans, executive compensation, health plans, fringe benefits and payroll tax, multi-employer plans, and ESOPs. Led by Steven Spencer and Craig Bitman from the Philadelphia and New York offices respectively, the team assists clients such as Honeywell with their day-to-day benefits matters, including 401(k) and welfare plan issues through Andy Anderson in Chicago and Amy Pocino Kelly in Philadelphia. Other notable clients include DHL, Toyota and UBS. Randall McGeorge was promoted to partner in the Pittsburgh office in October 2016.

Leading lawyers

Steven Spencer - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘excellent team’ is singled out for its ‘strong sector knowledge and fast response times’. Washington DC-based Eleanor Pelta is ‘a safe pair of hands for complex matters’ and co-chairs the firm’s global immigration practice alongside James Vázquez-Azpiri in San Francisco. The firm’s extensive international network and full-service offering enables it to provide a comprehensive inbound and outbound practice, advising on the full scope of global mobility issues. It blends its comprehensive coverage of US-related matters with experience in non-US visas and work permits, foreign employment laws, and taxation issues. Clients are drawn from a diverse spread of sectors, including technology, energy, financial services, life sciences and retail; Deutsche Post DHL, Samsung Research America and Fujitsu America are representative names.

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

The ‘strong team’ at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is adept at handling federal, state and local law, FLSA litigation, and whistleblower, discrimination and various other disputes. Robert Jon Hendricks and Ira Rosenstein won a significant dispute for Delta Air Lines against flight attendants challenging the company’s pay structure under California minimum wage law. Another highlight saw Michelle Seldin Silverman and Terry Johnson defend the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in a dispute with female employees, who claimed that the hotel’s appearance and weight policies amounted to systematic discrimination and harassment. Under Grace Speights’ leadership, the practice gained Aecom, Warner Bros and Billabong US as new clients. Former practice head Joseph Costello, Richard Rosenblatt, Samuel Shaulson, Michael Puma and Anne Marie Estevez are highly regarded, as are Eric Meckley, Melinda Riechert and Michael Burkhardt. Sarah Bouchard is ‘excellent’ and Barbara Miller ‘develops strategy that produces successful results’. Ethel Johnson arrived from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP and Melissa Rodriguez’s and W. John Lee were made up to partner. The named individuals are based in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orange County, Philadelphia, Princeton, San Francisco, Silicon Valley or Washington DC.

Leading individual

Grace Speights - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Joseph Costello - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Michael Banks - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Samuel Shaulson - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPdelivers sound legal advice’ and has notable expertise in the transport, hospitality and manufacturing industries. Thomas Reinert filed a lawsuit for Southwest Airlines, which alleged that the Transport Workers Union breached the RLA by encouraging workers to partake in mass absences during contract negotiations. Reinert and Daniel Bordoni successfully represented General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in several arbitration and litigation actions with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America Local S6 regarding midterm bargaining for subcontracting and employee trade flexibility. In another highlight, ‘highly skilled lawyer’ and joint practice head John Ring acted for Olin in effects bargaining negotiations with two unions following the closure of one of its facilities and the termination and relocation of employees. Co-chair Joseph Ragaglia, managing partner Steven Wall, Ross Friedman, Jonathan Fritts, Harry Johnson and senior counsel Charles Cohen are well regarded. Attorneys work out of the Chicago, Philadelphia, Santa Monica and Washington DC offices.

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 excels in California law counseling, workplace investigations, corporate transaction-related matters and other work. Diversity expert Grace Speights leads the practice (which has partners based in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Princeton, San Francisco and Washington DC), and David Bowman heads the resources workplace training team; both are ‘approachable, easy to communicate with and accommodating’. Recent matters saw David McManus assist new client Cabela’s with outsourcing its creative and content-related services, and advise Quest Diagnostics - also a new client - on outsourcing its revenue-cycle management function, involving the transfer of over 2,300 employees. Other clients include Amazon and Wells Fargo. Jacqueline Aguilera and Barbara Miller, in conjunction with Melinda Riechert, Carol Freeman and Michael Schlemmer, continue to assist employers with both minimum wage and California Fair Pay Act compliance requirements. Also recommended are Ross Friedman, Jonathan Snare, Michelle Seldin Silverman and Joseph Costello, who previously led the practice; Douglas Schwarz, Larry Turner and Debra Fischer are additional key figures. Ethel Johnson joined from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. In other personnel changes, Stephanie Sweitzer, Terry Johnson, Melissa Rodriguez and W. John Lee were made up 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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s technology, outsourcing and commercial transactions practice is headed by Barbara Melby, who divides her time between New York and Philadelphia, and Michael Pillion, who is based in the latter. Other key members of the team include Silicon Valley’s Rahul Kapoor and New York’s Vito Petretti. The firm acted for The Clearing House in connection with a number of major IT agreements. It also advised Colgate-Palmolive on matters that included the migration of numerous services to a Google Apps cloud environment and the negotiation of a global warehouse management transaction. Other highlights included assisting SanDisk with the negotiation of its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic and advising Ambidio with the creation of a license and advisory services agreement concerning its proprietary coding technology.

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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 is ‘excellent’ and has an impressive practice in public and private sector M&A. Its international expansion over the last few years has enabled it to advise on a greater number of cross-border transactions. It is particularly noted for its strength in life sciences, energy, technology, retail, financial services, healthcare and media deals. In 2016, the firm advised Acerta Pharma, the clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, on its $4bn sale of a majority stake in the company to AstraZeneca; this was one of the largest sales of a private biotechnology company. It also advised BASF on its coatings division’s $3.2bn acquisition of Chemetall, the global surface treatment business of Albermarle. On the technology side, it advised eBay on its $925m sale of eBay Enterprise, its e-commerce business, to Permira and Sterling Partners. Key partner on the deal, Philadelphia-based leader of the M&A practice Richard Aldridge, is a real ‘M&A expert’ and does a ‘fine job’. Fellow Philadelphia partner Justin Chairman provides ‘outstanding contributions’ to M&A transactions. In Boston, deputy leader of the M&A practice Laurie Cerveny is also highly recommended, as are Steven Browne and John Utzschneider. Steven Navarro and Floyd Wittlin in New York and James Loss in Orange County are other key names. Since publication, John Crespo has joined from King & Spalding LLP

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

Practicing from Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Washington DC, King & Spalding LLP has 100-plus lawyers principally focused on M&A. The team recently advised EndoChoice Holdings on a definitive merger agreement under which EndoChoice will be acquired by Boston Scientific. Other key matters included acting for HD Supply in the sale of its Interior Solutions and Power Solutions units. Large deal highlights included advising Belk on its sale to affiliates of Sycamore Partners Management, with the deal valued at approximately $3bn. It also acted for Post Properties in its merger agreement with Mid-America Apartment Communities, and assisted TSYS with its $2.35bn acquisition of TransFirst Holdings. Atlanta-based Raymond Baltz is global corporate practice head and Jack Capers Jr and William Baxley are also recommended. Other highly rated advisers include Richard Bange III, who splits time between Charlotte and New York, and Matthew Jacobson, who works between New York and Silicon Valley. New York-based Robert Leclerc, whose clients include private and publicly traded companies and private equity firms, and Justin King in Atlanta, who has notable experience representing professional sports franchises, were promoted to partner. Since publication, John Crespo has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is praised for its ‘excellent service, responsiveness and deep team’. According to clients, it is ‘excellent value for money’ and ‘top amongst its peers’. The private equity team is strong on both east and west coasts and is best known for its strength in Philadelphia, New York and Orange County. The department’s impressive client list includes Apollo, Ares Capital, Arsenal Capital Partners, LLR Partners and Sun Capital Partners. The firm’s strong regulatory credentials affords the private equity practice particular credibility in sectors such as healthcare, energy, financial services and media and technology. Deal highlights included advising Platinum Equity on its $4bn acquisition of the Network Power business of Emerson Electric. The team is led by Philadelphia’s Barbara Shander and James Loss in Orange County. Philadelphia-based David Gerson and Alec Dawson in New York are also highly regarded. Los Angeles-based John Filippone is ‘extremely knowledgeable, very smart and extremely technically proficient’.

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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’s practice focuses on early-stage growth companies and their investors, acting for clients involved in, among other things, technology, life sciences, clean energy and financial services. Boston-based Michael Conza and Princeton-based Steven Cohen are the practice co-chairs; both have strengths in financing and exits through M&A and IPO. Recent highlights include assisting PayPal with leading a $30m funding round for investing mobile app Acorns Grow; this was led by William Perkins in Boston, who is a regular adviser to the client. For Acerta Pharma, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, Princeton-based Emilio Ragosa and New York-based Steven Navarro handled the $4bn sale of a majority stake to AstraZeneca. Joanne Soslow in Philadelphia handled the $35m preferred stock financing for Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, which included investments from Deerfield Management and JW Asset Management. Other clients include Oculus, Infosys, HealthLine Networks and Geekatoo.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP practice is co-led by Philadelphia-based Barbara Melby, who ‘has tremendous technical expertise and is a strong negotiator when it comes to achieving clients’ goals’, and Michael Pillion, who ‘has great industry knowledge and business acumen’. Clients say the overall level of service is ‘outstanding’ and recent highlights include advising Quest Diagnostics, a diagnostic laboratory services provider, on a BPO deal to outsource Quest’s revenue cycle management function to Optum360, valued at over $2bn. The transaction involved the transfer of over 2,300 Quest employees to Optum360 and was led by Edward Hansen, who recently rejoined the New York office from McCarter & English, LLP. Doneld Shelkey is another key team member, who negotiates outsourcing transactions for manufacturers, technology innovators and retailers.

Leading lawyers

Barbara Melby - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Michael Pillion - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Next generation lawyers

Doneld Shelkey - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (Partner)

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP regularly acts on deals involving new technologies, including cloud computing, SaaS and data analytics. Barbara Melby, who works from the Philadelphia and New York offices, and Silicon Valley-based Rahul Kapoor are the co-global outsourcing, technology and strategic commercial transactions leaders; Kapoor led advice to Ambidio, which has developed proprietary encoding technology, on a license and advisory services agreement with a sound production company. Philadelphia’s Michael Pillion is a technology and data transactions specialist and Vito Petretti, who divides his time between New York and Philadelphia, is an IT outsourcing expert. Petretti recently advised AmerisourceBergen on a transaction involving Accenture’s design, build and implementation of a single patient services platform, which leverages commercially available cloud-based technology; Doneld Shelkey, who divides his time between Boston and Pittsburgh, has particular expertise in technology, e-commerce and online presence management agreements; Peter Watt-Morse in Pittsburgh is another key contact; and New York-based Edward Hansen, who joined from McCarter & English, LLP, has over 20 years’ experience advising on technology transactions that involve significant business change.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Spectrum work remains a strength for the ‘brilliant’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, which recently advised Cantor Fitzgerald on its efforts to persuade the FCC to develop a secondary market exchange for radio frequency spectrum rights, and represented Shure in FCC proceedings regarding spectrum policy. Andrew Lipman leads the department and is part of the team representing wholesale telecoms service provider Inteliquent in FCC proceedings relating to regulated costs; Lipman is also acting for Securus Technologies, a leading provider of inmate calling services, in proceedings before the FCC and the DC Circuit, obtaining two stays for the client. Catherine Wang is a key member of the group and is regulatory counsel to John Deere & Company; she is advising the client on federal and international issues regarding GPS and wireless equipment, satellite services and rural broadband policies. Other noteworthy names include technology specialist William Wilhelm and Ulises Pin, who is assisting Facebook with the regulatory elements of multiple transactions, including the acquisitions of submarine cable networks and domestic fiber networks. US TelePacific, Consolidated Telephone and Level 3 Communications are also clients.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘responsive, pragmatic and reliable’ team is led by the ‘excellent’ Andrew Lipman, who recently advised Consolidated Communications on its acquisition of Champaign Telephone Company, as well as the internal reorganization of its corporate structure, and led advice to US TelePacific in its acquisition of DSCI. The practice is also prominent in the private equity space and Lipman recently assisted Melody Capital Partner with several terrestrial and satellite investments; the team also advised the client on the FCC broadband spectrum auction. Other clients include Facebook, Crown Castle International and Level 3 Communications. Clients single out Timothy Bransford for his satellite focus, technology specialist William Wilhelm, telecoms expert Catherine Wang and Ulises Pin for his international expertise and undersea cable knowledge; Pin recently advised Cable Wireless Communications on its $7.4bn sale to Liberty Global. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC.

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

The ‘exceptional’ department at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is led by Barton Bassett in Silicon Valley and Joshua Brady in Washington DC. The team is adept at handling complex disputes involving the IRS and state tax authorities, and is particularly noted for its transfer pricing expertise, in which Washington DC-based John Magee and Sanford Stark and Silicon Valley-based Bassett, Rod Donnelly, John Ryan and Bill Colgin are key figures. Magee and Stark are leading The Coca-Cola Company in a transfer pricing dispute, and are also acting for Amazon in multibillion-dollar transfer pricing litigation with the IRS. Alex Sadler, who recently joined from Ivins, Phillips & Barker, and the ‘formidable’ Sheri Dillon are also singled out for praise; both are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

John Magee - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a ‘sophisticated, responsive and commercial’ tax practice, with its lawyers attracting praise for their ‘excellent legal minds’. It acts for a diverse range of clients on public and private M&A, joint ventures and capital markets transactions with particular emphasis on the energy and life science arenas. Recent work includes advising Energy Transfer Partners on the tax implications of its aborted merger with Williams Companies and acting for NextEra Energy on the tax planning aspects of its issuance of common shares. In another mandate, the team is advising Aramark on tax planning issues arising from its $140m acquisition of National Parking Corp. The practice is led by Barton Bassett in Silicon Valley and Joshua Brady in Washington DC.

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