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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s antitrust and competition practice contains six former FTC and DOJ attorneys, and was recently boosted by the addition of 30 lawyers from the now defunct Bingham McCutchen. The group has its largest offices in Washington DC and San Francisco, with additional lawyers in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Silicon Valley. Recent highlights include representing Morgan Stanley in connection with an alleged manipulation of ISDAFIX, the primary benchmark for the interest rate swap market. Clayton Everett Jr was involved in various matters related to investigations into the autoparts industry. Steven Reed in Philadelphia co-heads the global practice with Darren Tucker. Frank Hinman in San Francisco and Scott Stempel and Leiv Blad are noted. All attorneys are based in Washington DC except where stated otherwise.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team ‘approaches business and legal issues thoughtfully and with appropriate consideration of the client’s business interests’, and under the stewardship of Steven Reed has successfully integrated the major intake of antitrust lawyers from Bingham McCutchen. Donn Pickett and Brian Rocca were new additions to the San Francisco office. Pickett represented Intel in a California class action that challenges its sales and marketing practices for microprocessors, and Rocca represented Google in the successful dismissal of a putative class action alleging anti-competitive agreements between Google and Android device makers. Thane Scott in Boston is a pharmaceutical sector specialist, while the addition of Jon Roellke in Washington DC adds to the firm’s already impressive financial services litigation expertise.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘fantastic’ team fields ‘good people with a broad range of deal experience’, such as Willard Tom, a former FTC general counsel. The group has a presence in Washington DC, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and California and is still in an expansion phase following the arrival, in late 2014, of almost 30 attorneys from the defunct Bingham McCutchen, which also brought a large number of new clients, such as Sumitomo Rubber Industries. New York-based Harry Robins, who heads the practice, represented eBay in the sale of its e-commerce business to Permira and Sterling Partners. Scott Stempel and Leiv Blad are the other key partners in the department. Frank Hinman left the firm in early 2016.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘excellentMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team has a strong reputation at the Supreme Court, particularly within the employment sphere. Allyson Ho secured a ‘game-changing’ result for M&G Polymers, and employers in general, with the Supreme Court decision in January 2015 that employers no longer have to provide unalterable lifetime benefits when there is no clear promise to do so in the initial contract; the court unanimously decided that when a contract has no set duration for retiree benefits, it cannot be inferred that the parties intended to confer the benefits for life, which has huge implication for both employers and former employees. The team represented Mortgage Bankers Association in an employment dispute concerning overtime pay. Other areas of strength include consumer disputes and web technology, and the group acted for eBay and PayPal in the Ninth Circuit in separate consumer complaints. The team, which is experienced in environmental cases, successfully represented Elementis Chromium, a specialty chemicals company, in a precedent-setting case that saw the reversal of a $2.5m penalty for an alleged failure to comply with regulations.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a strong practice across its national network of offices and provides significant bandwidth across many of the most significant mandates affecting financial institutions. Michael Kraut and John Rosenthal are key members of the team and continue to represent numerous banks, including Deutsche Bank, in litigation brought by institutional investors against them in their capacity as trustees to RMBS trusts. Michael Blanchard is also recommended and represented Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in litigation arising from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Jami Mckeon and Kenneth Kliebard are recognized for consumer finance matters, while the firm also has significant capability on the agency enforcement/investigation side which is led by Michele Coffey and also includes former director of the SEC’s Chicago office Merri Jo Gillette.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a particularly strong track record representing clients in highly regulated sectors, with recent highlights including a series of successes for Cephalon and Teva in cases surrounding medicine marketing; Philadelphia-based J Gordon Cooney led the team. Practice head Susan DiCicco in New York, who is one of several new arrivals from Bingham McCutchen, maintains a broad securities and commercial litigation practice. Tera Heintz in San Francisco and Chicago-based Tinos Diamantatos made partner in 2015.

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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

The product liability, tort and insurance practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is headed by Paul Zevnik in Washington DC and Brady Edwards in Houston. Los Angeles-based David Schrader successfully defended Toyota in a class action alleging defects in the Toyota Smart Key System. In Houston, Craig Stanfield and Winstol Carter acted for Bell Helicopter as lead appellate counsel in successfully obtaining dismissal of the plaintiff’s wrongful death claims concerning a helicopter crash in Indonesia. The team expanded with the recruitment of Chicago-based Undray Wilks from McGuireWoods LLP and former New Jersey federal prosecutor Harvey Bartle IV in Philadelphia; Washington DC-based Brad Nes and Los Angeles-based Yardena Zwang-Weissman were promoted to 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

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the product liability, tort and insurance group is jointly led by Paul Zevnik in Washington DC, Brady Edwards in Houston and John Lavelle, who heads the product liability sub-practice, in Philadelphia. Lavelle and Chicago-based Scott Schutte successfully obtained a motion for summary judgment for Medtronic from the Third Judicial Circuit of Illinois. Lavelle also has been representing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Synthes in litigation concerning a tibial implant medical device; the case is pending before the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The team was bolstered by the recruitment of Undray Wilks from McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago and former New Jersey federal prosecutor Harvey Bartle IV in Philadelphia.

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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

Headed by Paul Zevnik in Washington DC and Brady Edwards in Houston, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s practice has a strong track record of representing clients in the energy and manufacturing sectors in asbestos, chemical and environmental exposure cases. Zevnik has been serving as national asbestos defense counsel to ITT Corporation and achieved the dismissal of over 31,000 claims without payment during 2015, which significantly reduced the client’s inventory of pending cases. Los Angeles-based James Dragna is serving as national coordinating counsel to Anadarko Petroleum and its subsidiaries in relation to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and recently won dismissal of claims seeking penalties under state law. The practice recruited Chicago-based Undray Wilks from McGuireWoods LLP and former New Jersey federal prosecutor Harvey Bartle IV in Philadelphia); Brad Nes and Yardena Zwang-Weissman were promoted to partner in Washington DC and Los Angeles office, respectively.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, which continues to build on its merger with Bingham McCutchen, has a securities litigation team of ‘exceptional attorneys and great negotiators’. These include Charlene Shimada in San Francisco, Marc Sonnenfeld in Philadelphia, Jordan Hershman in Boston and Jeffrey Smith in New York. Sonnenfeld is a key part of the team that handles all shareholder litigation for Hewlett-Packard and won a motion to dismiss in a class action filed in California. Shimada is defending underwriters including Jefferies in a ’33 Act class action in which the plaintiffs are re-pleading after a motion to dismiss was secured. Hershman and Boston colleague Jason Frank won the dismissal of a putative class action filed against Freddie Mac in Ohio, as it has done in all of the multibillion-dollar cases for that client arising from the 2008 financial crisis. The firm has a deep bench and other recommended partners include Michael Kraut, Susan DiCicco, Steven Brody and Amy Greer in New York; Merri Jo Gillette and SEC veteran Peter Chan in Chicago; and Dale Barnes in San Francisco.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a broad team comprising lawyers in nine cities, which represents major companies in SEC and DOJ investigations. Many of the firm’s clients are drawn from the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors, and it also acts for high-profile financial institutions and technology companies. Practice leader Eric Sitarchuk is based in Philadelphia and his deputy, Nathan Hochman, is based in Los Angeles. Sitarchuk’s highlights included working alongside Rebecca Hillyer and the Miami-based Alison Tanchyk in securing a favorable settlement with the South Carolina attorney general for Teva Pharmaceuticals. Hillyer worked with fellow Philadelphia lawyer John Dodds in obtaining the voluntary dismissal of a longstanding FCA case against medical device manufacturer Bard Access Systems. Other notable figures include the Dallas-based Allyson Ho and New York’s Martha Stolley.

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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

The overall level of service is excellent’ at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. In particular, ‘the firm responds quickly, has strong industry knowledge, provides a good depth of resources through its team approach and offers great value’. The capital markets group, led by Philadelphia-based Joanne Soslow and Pittsburg-based Amy Pandit, handles a steady stream of debt financing work for the firm’s corporate clients, which include life sciences and utility companies. Highlights in 2015 included advising American Water Capital Corp. on its $550m notes offering and acting for pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen on its $1bn notes offering. James McKenzie led the second matter; Soslow led the first alongside senior attorney Sally Liao and of counsel Maria Ross, who is valued for her ‘extensive, industry-wide experience with utility mortgages’. John Hood, another key name, provides an ‘impressive depth of securities laws and financial transactions experience’.

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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 offers ‘an excellent mix of industry knowledge coupled with strong capital markets experience’. The group’s notable cross-border capabilities were strengthened with the arrival of three attorneys in the Singapore office. In recent highlights, Howard Kenny acted for Sprout Farmers Market in a trade of common stock valued at $550m, while Steve Farrell and Finnbarr Murphy advised an underwriting syndicate including Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and JPMorgan on the $229m IPO of Euronav, a Belgian shipping company. Additional new arrivals include Laurie Cerveny and Julio Vega in the Boston office, who both joined the firm following its 2014 merger with Bingham McCutchen.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP strengthened its practice with the arrival of a sizable team from Bingham McCutchen LLP, including Edwin Smith (‘an absolute fount of knowledge’) in Boston and Thomas Mellor (‘always conducts himself with the utmost professionalism’) and Frederick Eisenbiegler in New York. Eisenbiegler is especially highly regarded for unitranche transactions, and at his previous firm he advised sole lead arranger GSO Capital Partners and affiliates of GSO Capital as lenders on a $425m split collateral unitranche loan for a regional waste collection services provider. Transactional finance practice head Marshall Stoddard Jr, who has extensive experience in technology transactions, led advice to HSBC Bank USA, as administrative agent, on a $600m senior secured revolving credit facility for Micron Semiconductor Products and Micron Technology, which includes an option to increase the facility by up to $200m.

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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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP recently promoted Alexander Reid to partner; Reid advises tax-exempt organizations (TEOs) on planning, structuring and transactional matters, acts for taxpayers under audit, and helps organizations improve their governance and enhance their tax compliance. The firm also recently added a number of tax partners from Bingham McCutchen. Charities, foundations, colleges and universities, museums and other nonprofits are among Celia Roady’s clients; a ‘truly exceptional and highly creative practitioner’, Roady regularly advises private foundations and public charities on operational and programmatic issues, including the structuring of complex grants, program-related investments, joint ventures and collaboration arrangements. Matthew Elkin focuses on the tax and corporate issues affecting TEOs, with an emphasis on transactional matters such as charitable investment funds, social enterprises, impact investing, and endowment investment programs and policies. All named advisers are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Celia Roady - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

David Asmus leads the ‘excellent’, ‘client-oriented’ practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and was joined in the Houston office in October 2015 by newly made partner Peter Hays. The department was also strengthened by the arrival of four new partners in the Boston office: Dinesh Melwani, Stephen Miklus, Nancy Persechino and Marc Reardon, all of whom came from Bingham McCutchen. The ‘proactiveRichard Filosa, also based in Boston, advised Energy Investors Fund on the financing, construction and development of a $1bn 750MW gas-fired power plant in Maryland, and of a 310MW gas-fired power plant in Otay Mesa, California. Filosa also advised Robinson Power on the DBFO aspects of its proposed $650m 650MW gas-fired power plant in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania. Brian Bradshaw, praised for his ‘outstanding commercial knowledge’, acted for Constellation Energy Group on all aspects of the development of a greenfield LNG project in Brownsville, Texas, including construction contracts, LNG sales agreements and equity structuring. The team also assisted SunEdison with the tax equity financing of an 184MW wind project in Maine; this involved the negotiation with a six-lender syndicate of a $360m debt facility. Recently acquired clients include BG Group, Johnston Clean Power and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s restructuring group has expanded further since the addition of eight partners from Bingham McCutchen, with the hire of Renèe M Dailey to its Hartford office. Chaired by Glenn Siegel and Timothy DeSieno in New York, the department’s substantial East Coast footprint now comprises 15 partners spread between Hartford, Boston and Philadelphia. Boston-based Julia Frost-Davies is leading the advice to Pacific Investment Management Company as the largest DIP lender to Energy Future Holdings in its $40bn Chapter 11, while a Hartford team led by Hal Horwich is acting for a consortium of major insurers, including Aetna and Anthem, in the rehabilitation of Penn Treaty Network America. In another major energy matter, Siegel, together with colleagues in London, is advising Deutsche Bank as indenture trustee in the $1.7bn insolvency of Afren, the first major London-listed energy casualty of 2015. Other clients include UniTek Global Services, Bank of America (in the Cal Dive International filing) and ad hoc noteholders under the cross-border restructuring of Brazilian engineering company OAS. New York-based Michael Reilly is another key name.

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’s derivatives-focused practice was enhanced in late 2014 by the arrival of the majority of the structured finance team from Bingham McCutchen, which added strong expertise in securitization. The diverse practice spans ABS, MBS and esoteric assets, and the group handles everything from transactions to regulatory advice to enforcement matters. ‘Reputed practitioner’ Reed Auerbach advised a loan management company on a complex new issuance of asset-backed securities involving a pool of private education student loans, which required several independent, simultaneous transactions. Steve Levitan is highly experience in dealing with ‘complex securitization transactions’. Headed by Thomas D’Ambrosio and Michael Philipp, the derivatives group advises on a wide range of complex equity, debt and currency instruments. Philipp acted for LedgerX in its registration process with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which moves LedgerX a step closer towards becoming the first regulated exchange for bitcoin derivatives. The firm is well placed to advise on compliance with new regulations coming into force, and on dealing with the regulatory authorities, especially from its Washington DC office. Joshua Sterling acts for private and public funds and other investment vehicles; he is respected for his derivatives-related regulatory expertise.

Leading lawyers

Reed Auerbach - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is led by Houston-based David Asmus, and was strengthened by the arrival of Marc Reardon, Stephen Miklus and Nancy Persechino to the Boston office in 2015. New York-based partner Jonathan Morris advised Highstar Capital IV on the acquisition and financing of the 700MW Salem Harbor power station project, while Philadelphia-based Barbara Shander assisted Exelon Corporation with the sale of its ownership interest in Pennsylvania’s Keystone and Conemaugh power plants to ArcLight Capital Partners.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s Brian Bradshaw is praised for his ‘outstanding commercial knowledge’, and acted for Duke Energy on its proposed $1.5bn acquisition of Source Gas. In another highlight, Jonathan Morris advised Highstar Capital IV on its acquisition of the 700MW Salem Harbor Power Station project. David Asmus is a key name in the practice. Peter Hays was promoted to partner in October 2015.

Leading lawyers

David Asmus - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Energy: litigation
Energy: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘well informed of current developments’ and handles litigation and arbitration work across the entire energy industry. Its clients include utility, nuclear power, and oil and gas companies, and it often works on cases with environmental aspects. The team was boosted at the end of 2014 by the arrival into its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices of William Kissinger, Camarin Madigan, Rick Rothman and James Dragna from the now defunct Bingham McCutchen. Recently, the team defended Cotter Corporation against claims brought under the Price-Anderson Act; the plaintiffs alleged personal injuries and emotional distress as a result of alleged exposure to hazardous, toxic and radioactive substances produced as by-products of the Manhattan project. Deanne Miller and David Schrader are representing Shell Oil in mass toxic tort litigation arising from alleged petroleum hydrocarbon contamination in a residential neighborhood in Carson, California. Kathryn Sutton heads the energy practice from Washington DC, while Ella Foley Gannon, also from Bingham McCutchen, leads the litigation team from San Francisco.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has an impressive client base across all energy sectors. Kathryn Sutton leads the firm’s energy practice and is particularly well versed in nuclear regulatory matters. She, Paul Bessette and Stephen Burdick led advice to Tennessee Valley Authority on regulatory issues arising from the completion of the Watts Bar Unit 2 construction and the pursuit of the operating license. Stephen Spina assisted power and gas distributor UIL with seeking FERC approval for its $3bn sale to Spanish utility Iberdrola. The firm also represented Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage in a contested tariff proceeding before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Mark Haskell, Brett Snyder and George Billinson moved to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Charles Moore sadly passed away in January 2016.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s renewables team is noted for M&A transactions and financing. As an example, Wayne Song and James Tynion advised SunEdison on the tax equity financing of an 184MW wind project in Maine. This included assistance with the purchase and sale agreement to sell SunEdison’s interests in the project to its yieldco affiliate, TerraForm, and negotiating $360m of debt financing with a bank syndicate. David Asmus’ team includes Stephen Miklus, Nancy Persechino and Marc Reardon, who joined the Boston office from the now defunct Bingham McCutchen in November 2014.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The environmental practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has ‘gained more strength and recognition’, following the arrival of a group of lawyers from the defunct Bingham McCutchen in 2014. The team is led by ‘first-class lawyer’ James Dragna in Los Angeles and John McGahren in New Jersey. In a recent CWA highlight, the team acted as national counsel to Anadarko Petroleum in a multibillion-dollar claim by the US government regarding the release of hydrocarbons from the Deepwater Horizon incident, achieving a very favorable result for the client. Regarding the same incident, the group also achieved a recent victory for M-I L.L.C., a subsidiary of Schlumberger. In a TSCA-related matter, Washington DC-based Ronald Tenpas led the reversal of a $2.5m penalty imposed on Elementis Chromium by the EPA after an agency trial for allegedly withholding toxic risk information. The team was bolstered with the promotions to partner of Yardena Zwang-Weissman in the Los Angeles office, and Brad Nes and Randall Mark Levine in the Washington DC office.

Leading lawyers

James Dragna - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the environmental practice covers the full spectrum of regulatory matters, including procurement of permits, enforcement of actions and challenging rules and policies. Eco Services Operations retained the firm to handle its compliance with the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure plan and Facility Response Plan requirements under the CWA before three EPA regional offices, the Department of Transportation, and the US Coast Guard. The team is also assisting AstraZeneca in the clean-up of the Delaware Sand & Gravel Superfund site. Newly promoted partners include Yardena Zwang-Weissman in Los Angeles, and Brad Nes and Randall Mark Levine in Washington DC. James Dragna in Los Angeles is the team leader. Senior counsel Edward Strohbehn is another name to note.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a broad practice that is principally known for its expertise in complex litigation and class actions as well as government investigations. Its big-name clients also rely on the firm for help with transactions, and, in 2015, it advised regular client Health Net on its $6.8bn acquisition by Centene. Other clients include Anthem, Cigna and LA Care Health Plan. Molly Lane is a key name in litigation, including class actions.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘absolutely outstanding’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘very responsive to any questions raised’ and provides a ‘good assessment of the risks of possible outcomes’. Illustrating its strength in cutting-edge M&A deals, the team, led by the Princeton-based group co-head Randall Sunberg, assisted Merck with its global agreement with Pfizer to co-develop and co-commercialize an anti-PD-L1 antibody currently in development by Merck. In another matter, it advised Eli Lilly on its negotiation of a license agreement with, and related equity investment in, Ignyta. Recent highlights for its IP team include representing Pfizer in a patent infringement suit brought by AntiCancer, and acting for Allergan in two high-stakes Hatch-Waxman suits against leading generics manufacturers Mylan and Sandoz. Washington DC-based Howard Young is ‘exceptional’ and ‘always prompt to reply with an informed response’. Philadelphia-based fraud and abuse litigator John Dodds, Gerald Konkel and of counsel Tisha Schestopol in Washington DC, and IP specialists Richard de Bodo, Louis Beardell and Jason White in Washington DC, Philadelphia and Chicago respectively are also recommended.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s practice revolves mainly around hospitals, hospices and nursing homes, and it has a solid record in fraud and abuse and government investigations. Private equity investment in the sector is also a growth area. The firm represented IPC Healthcare in a major federal and multi-state investigation. Howard Young (‘proactive’, ‘resourceful’ and ‘informed’), Scott Memmott and Kathleen McDermott are highly regarded. Andrew Ruskin is a ‘spectacular’ and ‘tremendously knowledgeable’ Medicare regulatory lawyer.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has notable strength in restructuring and bankruptcy matters, as well as litigation experience relating to asbestos coverage, environmental claims, medical devices and financial services; it has a captive insurance team, led by Daniel Chefitz in Washington DC. Recommended trial lawyer David Luttinger recently represented Bank of America in litigation against the client’s mortgage insurer and continues to act for Goulds Pumps in a dispute with Travelers; Washington DC-based practice co-head Paul Zevnik also worked both matters. Other highlights for the department include acting for the Plant Insulation Company Asbestos Settlement Trust in coverage litigation focusing on bankruptcy and restructuring issues. Practice co-heads Brady Edwards in Houston and Michel Horton in Los Angeles are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Michel Horton - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Paul Zevnik - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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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 expanded significantly in 2014 through its combination with Bingham McCutchen. Its hedge funds practice now comprises more than 150 lawyers worldwide and has been winning mandates from a number of new clients, including ACA Investments, Frontlight Capital and Tudor Investment Corporation. The global group acts for more than 750 global hedge fund managers, including six of the world’s 10 largest by assets under management. In addition to its expertise in fund formation and structuring, managed accounts, derivatives and M&A, the practice can call on the expertise of more than 35 regulatory attorneys with previous senior-level experience at the SEC, FINRA and the US Department of Justice. On the investor side, the team acts for more than 70 global institutional investors on fund structuring and formation, as well as on seeding programs. Global practice co-heads Richard Goldman and Jedd Wider worked with members of the London office to advise Titan Advisors on its acquisition of Saguenay Strathmore Capital. Other recommended individuals include Steven Giordano, Stephen Tirrell, Daniel Budofsky and Ethan Johnson.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

In the US, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields more than 120 funds lawyers who are ‘experts in their field’, and who can leverage the firm’s complementary strengths across a wide range of ancillary disciplines such as M&A, employment, ERISA and tax. Jointly led by John McGuire, Timothy Levin and Roger Joseph, the team is fund counsel to mutual funds, ETFs and closed-end funds which collectively manage more than 1000 investment portfolios, and acts for the independent directors and investment advisers of more than 20 fund complexes. The firm has a particularly strong ETF track record, as illustrated by McGuire’s advice to European asset manager ETF Securities on establishing and launching its US ETF business. Other clients include Legg Mason Funds, Nuveen Investments and Transamerica Funds. The group also acts for hedge funds and private equity funds, as well as transfer agents and custodians. Thomas Harman, Lea Anne Copenhefer and Marion Barish are recommended. Philadelphia-based John O’Brien was promoted to partner in 2015. Richard Morris left the firm to work in-house at ProShares.

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

A top-notch firm’, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a broad private equity funds practice that acts for global financial institutions in the formation and management of funds, as well as assisting with their investment strategies and advising on secondary market transactions. It counsels five of the six largest private equity fund of funds by assets under management, including JPMorgan Asset Management and Pantheon Ventures. On the investor side, it advises more than 70 institutional investors on their primary investments, co-investments and secondary investments. Clients include public pension plans and sovereign wealth funds. Illustrative of the global nature of the practice, Louis Singer and Dubai-based Ayman Khaleq assisted Dubai-headquartered TVM Healthcare Partners with forming a fund primarily focused on investments in entities engaged in highly specialized healthcare services, with a secondary focus on medical products. Paul McCoy leads the practice, which includes Steven Giordano, Richard Goldman, Gerald Kehoe, Peter Phleger and the ‘superbGeorgette Schaefer. Jarrod Huffman was promoted to partner in 2015.

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 team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘unmatched excellence and outstanding service through top-notch response times, advice, team depth and industry knowledge’. Allyson Ho and Randall Tracht, based in Dallas and Pittsburgh respectively, successfully represented the employer in M&G Polymers v Tackett, in which the Supreme Court found that conventional contract law principles (rather than a presumption that benefits continue for life) apply where the duration of retiree healthcare provision is not made clear in the plan documentation. Chicago-based Deborah Davidson is defending Computer Sciences Corporation in a class action dispute regarding the company’s ‘top hat’ plan. Brian Ortelere and Jeremy Blumenfeld, both in the Philadelphia office, and Chicago-based senior counsel Charles Jackson are also key contacts. Gregory Braden has retired from the firm, while Azeez Hayne departed the Philadelphia office to become the general counsel of Urban Outfitters.

Leading lawyers

Brian Ortelere - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the multi-office team straddles both executive compensation and employee benefits, advising on plan management issues including plan design changes and multi-employer plans as well as issues such as the ‘parachute tax’ and section 409A. In Pittsburgh, practice head Steven Spencer advises on matters including pension plan regulatory matters and plan designs, and Randall Tracht assisted the appellate and ERISA litigation teams in the seminal M&G Polymers Supreme Court case. On the healthcare front, Andy Anderson, Amy Pocino Kelly and Zaitun Poonja, located in Chicago, Philadelphia and Palo Alto respectively, advise on the PPACA. Recent personnel developments saw Jeanie Cogill and Barbara Klippert join the New York office, and Matthew Hawes and Michael Richman promoted to partner in Pittsburgh and Washington DC respectively.

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 immigration group, which is spread across the firm’s Washington DC, Boston and San Francisco offices, is jointly led by James Vázquez-Azpiri in San Francisco and Eleanor Pelta in Washington DC. Vázquez-Azpiri represents Samsung Research America in a wide range of US and global immigration matters, such as obtaining green cards for highly qualified employees through the US’ outstanding researcher and Schedule A, Group II programs. The department also handles Brocade’s immigration due diligence with respect to international corporate acquisitions and assisted Samsung Semiconductor in the development of an immigration program and the creation of an employment verification system, as well as handling all of Seagate’s global mobility immigration work after the company has undertaken an expansion of its global talent needs with consequently greater inbound and outbound employee mobility. Another important client is Fujitsu, which the firm is advising in regard to its intracompany transfer program. Other clients include Sony Computer Entertainment America and JCPenney. Mark Matthews moved to Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.

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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 is ‘outstanding’ in a range of areas, including single-plaintiff and class action discrimination suits, trade secrets litigation, and ERISA matters. Rated as ‘one of the best’, the firm acted in a significant Supreme Court case for Amazon and its subsidiaries, in which Princeton-based Richard Rosenblatt and appellate attorney Allyson Ho (splits time between Dallas and Houston) defended against 15 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) wage and hour class and collective actions concerning the compensability of security screening time after employees’ shifts had ended. Philadelphia-based practice head Joseph Costello worked with Washington DC’s Grace Speights to obtain a summary judgment for The Vanguard Group in a discrimination case filed by a demoted employee alleging that Vanguard managed out minorities based on pretextual performance issues; the plaintiff made disparate impact retaliation and hostile work environment claims. Other clients include The Cheesecake Factory, Lionsgate and Burberry. Miami-based Anne Marie Estevez, San Francisco’s Eric Meckley, and Philadelphia’s Michael Burkhardt, Michael Banks and Sarah Bouchard are recommended along with New York-based Samuel Shaulson and the ‘top-notchMelinda Riechert in Silicon Valley. Former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Harry Johnson joined the Santa Monica office, Dallas-based Ann Marie Arcadi arrived from K&L Gates and several new partners came from the firm’s acquisition of Bingham McCutchen. On the promotion side, Michael Schlemmer made partner in Silicon Valley. William Doyle and Joel Allen departed to McGuireWoods LLP, Joseph Santucci is now senior counsel at Schwartz Hannum PC, George Stohner joined Faegre Baker Daniels, and Joyce Taber moved in-house at Actelion Pharmaceuticals. Rebecca Eisen and Rene Johnson retired from practice.

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Grace Speights - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Joseph Costello - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Michael Banks - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Under John Ring and Joseph Ragaglia, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has garnered praise for its expertise in heavily unionized industries, especially the transport, manufacturing and retail sectors, and it represents clients such as Southwest Airlines, Cliffs Natural Resources, and Walgreens. Jonathan Fritts, senior counsel Charles Cohen and Clifford Sethness were retained by Pacific Maritime Association to advise on multi-employer contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for thousands of West Coast dockworkers. Fritts, Cohen and litigator Allyson Ho represented the US Chamber of Commerce et al in challenging the NLRB’s rule on accelerating its election process for determining whether employees want union representation. Former NLRB member Harry Johnson joined the Santa Monica office and is lauded for class action defense and traditional labor matters before the agency and federal courts. Ross Friedman, Thomas Reinert, Daniel Bordoni and managing partner Steven Wall have impressive experience. Joseph Santucci joined Schwartz Hannum PC. Named attorneys work in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago.

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Jonathan Fritts - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Steven Wall - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Joseph Costello’s ‘superb’ practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP excels at corporate compliance, California’s paid sick leave legislation, workplace investigations, and numerous other matters. Advising AMC on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s hazard communication requirements was a highlight for Jonathan Snare and Michelle Seldin Silverman. The client roster also includes Facebook, Morgan Stanley and The Hershey Company. David Bowman leads the resources workplace training practice and stands outs alongside David McManus, a ‘wonderful adviser and brilliant negotiator’ and corporate diversity expert Grace Speights. Carol Freeman and Ross Friedman are also leading figures. In recent team changes, Jacqueline Aguilera, Debra Fischer, and Douglas Schwarz joined as part of the firm’s acquisition of Bingham McCutchen, Harry Johnson arrived from the National Labor Relations Board, Ann Marie Arcadi came from K&L Gates and Michael Schlemmer made partner. Named individuals work in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Silicon Valley, Princeton, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Dallas and Chicago. Rebecca Eisen and Rene Johnson retired, and William Doyle joined McGuireWoods LLP.

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David Bowman - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP continued to build on its acquisition of a substantial M&A team from the now defunct Bingham McCutchen in 2014. The firm is ‘fantastic’, ‘response times are fast’, it ‘has a strong understanding of the industry’ and ‘understands the business objectives’ of clients. It also has a ‘broad range of deal experience’ and gives ‘top-flight advice’. Technology and healthcare M&A are two areas of particular growth for the group. Life sciences, pharmaceuticals, energy, financial services and real estate are also areas of considerable strength. In healthcare, the firm advised managed-care organization Health Net on its $6.8bn sale to Centene. In technology, it represented Raytheon Company in its $1.9bn acquisition of Websense from Vista Equity Partners and the combination of Websense with Raytheon Cyber Products, creating an array of defense-grade solutions for the cybersecurity market. In the life sciences space, the firm advised clinical stage biopharmaceutical company Acerta Pharma on the $4bn sale of a majority stake to AstraZeneca. In foreign inbound transactions, which is another area of strength, the firm advised UK-based communications and events company UBM on its $972m acquisition of US trade show organizer VSS-AHC Consolidated Holdings (also known as Advanstar Communications). The firm operates a genuinely national practice in the US, covering east to west coasts. Philadelphia’s Richard Aldridge and Boston’s Laurie Cerveny head the practice, which includes fellow Boston lawyers Steven Browne and John Utzschneider. New York-based Jonathan Morris, Steven Navarro and Floyd Wittlin are also highly regarded, and James Loss is a key figure in Orange County, especially on the private equity side. Philadelphia’s Benjamin Wills has the ‘ability to work well’ with clients and ‘recommend paths and solutions that are workable and cognizant of the goals of the organization’.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Well known for its regulatory expertise and in particular for its strength in financial services, TMT and healthcare, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP represents a number of big names in the private equity arena, including The Gores Group, Apollo and Ares Capital. The practice is still growing following the addition of a substantial team as part of the merger with Bingham McCutchen, including seven partners in five offices across the US. In 2015, the group attracted a considerable number of new clients; among them, Nexus Capital Management and Sandbridge Capital. In a recent transaction, Todd Hentges in Orange County represented another new client, Platinum Equity, in the sale of its portfolio company Neovia Logistics to a newly formed investment vehicle sponsored by affiliates of Goldman Sachs and Rhône Capital. Orange County partner James Loss worked closely with StoneCalibre on various matters. Other key partners include Alec Dawson in New York and David Gerson and Barbara Shander in Philadelphia. The firm’s combination with Stamford Law in Singapore enables it to better serve clients with an interest in the expanding Asian market.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

In late 2014, the ‘very responsiveMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP completed its merger with Bingham McCutchen, taking on 750 lawyers across the entire firm. Its venture capital practice gained from an increased presence on both coasts, particularly in the Boston office, where the move bolstered capabilities in the life sciences and emerging technology sectors. In total, eight lawyers - spread across the Silicon Valley, Boston and Washington DC offices - were added to the 90-strong team, which draws on the tax, financing and governance practices to provide a comprehensive service to clients from various sectors. The practice is headed by Steven Cohen in Princeton and Michael Conza in Boston. San Francisco’s Scott Karchmer advised Third Point as lead investor on its $200m preferred stock private placement for Social Finance. In Boston, James Carrigan led advice to private equity firm venBio as lead investor in its $50m Series A financing of gene-editing platform technology developer Precision BioSciences. Other clients include Rhythm Metabolic, Welltok and Cerecor. Emilio Ragosa in the Princeton office is recommended.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: outsourcing
Technology: outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team is made up of eight partners who focus primarily on outsourcing, technology and commercial transactions, and six others who are active in the field. Emily Lowe and Jason Rodriquez were both promoted to of counsel positions in 2015. Vito Petretti and Barbara Melby are particularly well regarded by clients. Recent mandates for group chair Melby include representing Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the renegotiation of its ITO agreement with Accenture. Petretti leads assistance to a large global pharmaceutical services company in connection with the restructuring of its outsourcing relationships for software application and maintenance services. In other matters, the team assisted a leading medical devices company with the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure operations. New client wins include Becton Dickinson, Columbia Pipeline Group, SeaSpine, and Verso. Michael Pillion is recommended.

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Barbara Melby - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Michael Pillion - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Providing ‘excellent technical expertise and response times’, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is well regarded for its work in cloud computing and data analytics. The recommended Barbara Melby co-heads the practice from Philadelphia, and advised SunGard Data Systems on its creation of a new post-trade futures and cleared OTC derivatives utility. Palo Alto-based co-head Rahul Kapoor assisted SanDisk in negotiations with several companies, including Toshiba, regarding the manufacture and sale of flash memory cards, including patent licensing and trademarks. Key clients include Colgate-Palmolive, eBay Enterprise and HSBC. James Carrigan and Ronald Del Sesto, Jr joined from Bingham McCutchen in the Boston and Washington DC offices respectively.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s telecoms practice ‘is uniquely equipped to handle matters in the spectrum policy arena due to its expertise, years of experience, relationships with policymakers, and global reach’. The practice, which is led by transactional and regulatory telecoms expert Andrew Lipman, now includes nine partners, following the promotions of Timothy Bransford and Frank Lamancusa, and recently provided regulatory advice to Windstream, a Fortune 500 company and provider of advanced network and communications services, in connection with a first-of-its-kind telecoms carrier REIT. In another highlight, Catherine Wang, who is well regarded for her work in wireless technologies, spectrum use, and complex regulated transactions, represented audio equipment manufacturer Shure on issues regarding spectrum policy before the FCC, Congress, and the District of Columbia federal courts. William Wilhelm and Ulises Pin have notable expertise advising VoIP providers and cutting-edge social medial companies, respectively.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s TMT practice covers a wide range of telecoms and media related corporate transactions and financings for clients including investment banks and private equity, and hedge funds. In a private equity highlight, telecoms sector head Andrew Lipman advised M/C Partners on its $50m investment in Everstream Solutions, a Cleveland-based provider of fiber services. Catherine Wang assisted Crown Castle, a provider of shared wireless infrastructure, with its $1bn acquisition of Quanta Fiber Networks, and Ulises Pin advised Columbus Networks on its $1.8bn sale to Cable & Wireless Communications. The promotion of Timothy Bransford and Frank Lamancusa has taken the Washington DC-based practice to nine partners.

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Andrew Lipman - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP practice is headed out of Philadelphia and Boston by Eric Stern and Richard Toelke respectively. Acting for developers and owners of real estate across the US, the team has particular expertise in multifamily apartment complex projects and, increasingly, higher education projects. One example of the latter was Stern assisting American Campus Communities with the development of new student residences in Boston, California and Virginia. Other highlights in 2015 included representing Brookwood Financial Partners in the purchase of a portfolio of 29 office buildings in the Greater Philadelphia suburbs for approximately $183m, and acting for the Berkshire Group in the acquisition and financing of a $400m multifamily portfolio in Georgia and North Carolina. On behalf of key client JBG Companies, Washington DC-based Michael Pickett advised on a $245m loan from Bank of America to finance the construction of a 31-story office building and parking garage in Rosslyn, Virginia, while Thomas Klanderman assisted in two joint ventures with Brandywine Realty Trust related to a multi-phase development in the heart of NoMa, Washington DC. The practice also has boots on the ground in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

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United States: Tax

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Barton Bassett and Joshua Brady lead Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s tax group, which has 15 tax controversy partners based across its offices in Silicon Valley and Washington DC. As a consequence of the firm’s merger with Bingham McCutchen, the practice gained considerable strength; among the seven new recruits specializing in tax disputes are David Curtin and Beth Williams. The team is particularly well versed in transfer pricing matters, and recently represented Amazon in a $3.4bn income adjustment transfer pricing case. In another matter, the team is acting for Google in an income tax deduction case relating to its transfer of a stock warrant to AOL. In a case involving the application of employment and income tax to foreign flight attendants, the team acted as tax counsel to American Airlines, which ended in favorable terms for the client. John Magee in the Washington DC office is considered a renowned practitioner in the market. Sheri Dillon joined the office from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

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John Magee - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s tax team advises on public and private M&A, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, often within the energy and life sciences sectors. Notable matters included acting as tax counsel to Chelsea Therapeutics International in its merger with Lundbeck, and advising Independence Blue Cross on its corporate restructuring. In 2014, the firm’s tax practice grew significantly thanks to the addition of 16 lawyers from Bingham McCutchen, including Washington DC-based Joshua Brady, who is deputy leader of the practice. Sheri Dillon and Jennifer Breen also joined the Washington DC office, arriving from Vinson & Elkins LLP and Mattel respectively. Barton Bassett, who splits his time between San Francisco and Palo Alto, is the practice leader.

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