- United States: Litigation > Leading trial lawyers
- United States: Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings
- United States: Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings
- United States: Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
- United States: Finance > Corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy)
- United States: Finance > Financial services: litigation
- United States: Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative
- United States: Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences
- United States: Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers
- United States: Industry focus > Sport
- United States: Intellectual property > Copyright
- United States: Intellectual property > Patent litigation: full coverage
- United States: Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds
- United States: Labor and employment > ERISA litigation
- United States: Labor and employment > Labor and employment litigation
- United States: Labor and employment > Labor-management relations
- United States: Litigation > Product liability and mass tort defense: automotive/transport
- United States: Litigation > Product liability and mass tort defense: consumer products (including tobacco)
- United States: Litigation > Securities: shareholder litigation
- United States: Litigation > Supreme Court and appellate
- United States: Litigation > Trade secrets
- United States: Litigation > White-collar criminal defense
- United States: Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
- United States: Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts > Antitrust
- United States: Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts > M&A: large deals ($1bn-5bn)
- United States: Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts > Venture capital and emerging companies
- United States: Tax > Domestic tax: West Coast
United States: Finance
Within Capital markets: debt offerings, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice is co-chaired by Michael Schiavone in New York, who is a key adviser to a number of managers, and Brophy Christensen in San Francisco. Schiavone advised J.P. Morgan Securities, Wells Fargo, Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets and Morgan Stanley as representatives of the initial purchasers in a $1.5bn notes offering by Cox Communications. The notes were issued in a private placement under Rule 144A/Reg S and consisted of $1bn aggregate principal amount of 2.95% notes due 2023 and $500m aggregate principal amount of 4.5% notes due 2043. In Los Angeles, John-Paul Motley represented Honda Financial Services in establishing its public medium-term note program to replace its existing Rule 144A medium-term note program through a $2.75bn public offering. Martin Dunn left to join Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Washington DC office in November 2013. New York-based William Kuesel is also recommended.
Within Capital markets: equity offerings, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s seven-partner capital markets team is co-chaired by New York-based Michael Schiavone, a well-regarded managers’ counsel; he represented J.P. Morgan Securities and Barclays Capital in a registered public offering of shares of common stock by Thermo Fisher Scientific, raising $2.53bn, and also acted for a handful of underwriters including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo on the $1.48bn offering by REIT Prologis. On the issuer side, William Kuesel advised Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings on its successful $515m IPO. San Francisco-based practice co-chair Brophy Christensen is also recommended for his work with public companies and first-time issuers. The practice is regularly instructed by big names from the automotive industry on a range of capital markets transactions. Martin Dunn joined Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Washington DC office in November 2013.
Within Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings, tier 4
O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice co-head Michael Schiavone who is based in New York, represented Merrill Lynch, and Pierce, Fenner & Smith as initial purchasers in DreamWorks Animation SKG’s offering of $300m aggregate principal amount of 6.875% senior notes due 2020 and also acted for RSI Home Products in its inaugural offering of $525m aggregate principal amount of 6.875% senior secured second lien notes due 2018. Los Angeles partner John-Paul Motley advised Legendary Pictures Funding in the issuance and sale of $425m aggregate principal amount of 8% senior secured notes to affiliates of Weddell & Reed Financial, and also represented Vector Group in its sale of $450m aggregate principal amount of 7.75% senior secured notes due 2021 in a private offering pursuant to Rule 144A/Reg S. Martin Dunn joined Morrison & Foerster LLP while the practice hired, in New York, derivatives and structured finance expert Jaroslaw Hawrylewicz as special counsel from Barclays.
Within Corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy), tier 5
In May 2013, O'Melveny & Myers LLP received a boost through the arrival of a trio of partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP: new global co-chairs John Rapisardi and George Davis join the firm in New York, while Peter Friedman bolsters its Washington DC arm. The new additions bring the number of US-based restructuring partners up to 13 and other key names in the group include San Francisco-based national chair Suzzanne Uhland and the ‘very commercial’ Ben Logan in Los Angeles. The team’s experience encompasses the full breadth of debtor, lender, creditor and acquirer mandates and it has strong capabilities in contentious bankruptcies. Among key highlights, the firm advised Vertis on its global restructuring, which culminated in the sale of all its assets through section 363. In another headline case, the firm represented U.S. Bank as trustee, and as holder of more than $575m in unsecured certificates issued by subsidiaries of Dynegy Holdings, in matters relating to Dynegy’s Chapter 11 cases.
Within Financial services: litigation, tier 4
Headed by Washington DC based Brian Boyle and with a significant presence on the West Coast and in New York, O'Melveny & Myers LLP provides ‘very solid advice’ to an impressive client base which includes Fannie Mae, Visa and Fidelity Investments. It handles a significant caseload for Bank of America; as well as representing it in successor liability claims regarding its acquisition of Countrywide, it continues to act as national coordinating counsel on all of the bank’s auction rate securities matters. Jonathan Rosenberg has been central to much of the Bank of America work, and is a key member of the team, which also includes ERISA expert Shannon Barrett.
United States: Industry focus
Within Energy: renewable/alternative, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
O'Melveny & Myers LLP has recently been very busy with wind and solar-related work, and it continues to evolve its practice in order to support companies and investors driving the nascent alternative energy space. Clients include major industry financiers, developers, and producers as well as start-ups and investors, and these call upon for the firm for its expertise relating to project finance, tax, environmental, real estate, public policy, and regulatory work. A significant highlight for the team was representing Bloom Energy and its subsidiaries on debt and tax-equity financing for a portfolio of base-load fuel cell electricity generators to be located in California and Connecticut; New York-based Junaid Chida, Mark Caterini and Arthur Hazlitt, and Los Angeles-based Greg Thorpe, were on the team. Chida and Caterini also advised J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo, MetLife and State Street Corporation on an agreement to acquire preferred equity interests in the approximately 250MW Buffalo Dunes wind project being developed by Enel Green Power North America Inc. The team also advised Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC and its subsidiaries on the acquisition of the Acacia solar project in Texas from Sun Edison LLC.
Within Healthcare: life sciences, tier 4
O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a track record for handling first-of-a-kind deals and is highly regarded for its international expertise; it combined both when representing BGI-Shenzhen on its acquisition of Complete Genomics – the first acquisition of a US-based publicly traded company by a Chinese acquirer. In a further illustration of its strong reputation for China-related deals, a cross-office team including partners from Shanghai and Hong Kong assisted LifeTech Scientific, a leading Chinese medical device manufacturer, on its strategic alliance with Medtronic. Key figures include Silicon Valley-based team head Sam Zucker, New York-based M&A group co-head Paul Scrivano and Jennifer DePalma, also based in Silicon Valley.
Within Insurance: advice to insurers, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a second tier firm,
O'Melveny & Myers LLP ‘belongs on any list of top insurance firms’ and is ‘always willing to go above and beyond to get the job done’. The firm handles matters including insurance and reinsurance disputes, regulatory issues, mutual funds and securities. Notably, mass tort and catastrophic coverage cases are areas of expertise. Los Angeles-based practice chair Richard Goetz is ‘level-headed, practical and handles litigation efficiently’, while Tancred Schiavoni is ‘very smart and an excellent strategist’. Schiavoni represented longstanding clients Century Indemnity and INA in Eastman Kodak’s bankruptcy proceedings and secured cancelation of both insurers’ coverage obligations to Kodak after the latter filed a plan of reorganization. The firm also represented 150 defendants in a $35m settlement with New Jersey as part of the state’s claims for $500m in clean-up costs relating to the contamination of the Passaic River and Newark Bay area by DDT and Agent Orange products. Other key clients include CIGNA, AIG and Arrowood. Gary Svirsky is ‘highly intelligent’ and ‘very knowledgeable of insurance and bankruptcy’. Allen Burton is also recommended.
Within Sport, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
Joseph Calabrese’s team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a strong record acting in acquisitions and disposals of professional sports franchises as evidenced by its recent advice to San Diego Padres on the $800m sale of the franchise to the O’Malley/Seidler family, including an interest in a regional sports network. Other clients have included DC United, Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies. The transaction-focused practice also regularly handles television and media deals, tax, project development and infrastructure work, licensing matters and a diverse mix of other IP issues. The team notably advises the International Olympic Committee, a longstanding client, on the licensing of its media rights worldwide, and has recently acted for it during the renegotiation of its financial arrangement with the US Olympic Committee. Christopher Brearton, Robert Haymer and counsel Adam Sullins are all highly rated. *Since the time of writing, the individual lawyers mentioned have moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.
United States: Intellectual property
Within Copyright, tier 4
O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s copyright work is underpinned by the firm’s entertainment practice, acting for clients such as Apple and Walt Disney in both traditional and hi-tech-related litigation. Los Angeles-based Daniel Petrocelli represented Skechers in a copyright case brought against it by photographer Richard Reinsdorf, who was previously hired by the client for its marketing campaign work, alleging infringement in relation to the use of his images. Petrocelli and Matthew Kline continued acting for Warner Bros and DC Comics in litigation regarding rights to the Superman character against the heirs of the co-creators, with a Ninth Circuit appeal upholding a lower court ruling in favor of the clients. Kline is also representing Warner Bros in a case alleging copyright infringement in relation to the film Trouble With the Curve. Other practice highlights included defending AEG against alleged copyright ownership claims brought by a music producer against the estate of Michael Jackson, and defending Berkeley Design Automation in a case brought by Cadence Design Systems alleging copyright breaches in relation to the client integrating aspects of the plaintiff’s product with its own.
Within Patent litigation: full coverage, tier 5
O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘team of formidable advocates and seasoned courtroom practitioners have in-depth knowledge about the technology industry and are sensitive to business considerations’. It has represented SK Hynix as plaintiff in a patent dispute against Rambus, and defended both Google and Samsung against claims of alleged infringement brought by Walker Digital. In Los Angeles, Mark Samuels provides ‘wisdom, knowledge and dedication’; he and Brian Berliner successfully defended Top Victory Electronics against alleged digital TV patent infringement claims brought by Hitachi. Berliner and San Francisco-based IP practice head Darin Synder have also obtained summary judgment of non-infringement for Malibu Boats and Tressmark Inc in a case regarding patent design claims for a boat windshield. Mark Miller is ‘a true partner in matters and cares about a client’s case’.
United States: Investment fund formation and management
Within Private equity funds, tier 4
O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team has a ‘deep and wide knowledge of the private funds market’, with Los Angeles based Kathryn Sanders, Silicon Valley based Robert Fisher and counsel Don Melamed noted for ‘possessing a first-class level of expertise in their respective fields’. Its practice spans both coasts, with a notably strong presence in California, and focuses on innovative, complex matters for GPs investing in areas such as distressed debt. A New York team, with assistance from its London office, advised a fund on its acquisition of an interest in a private equity; and advised another private equity player on the formation and seed capital financing for a new healthcare financing fund targeting drug royalty streams of income. Continuing the trend for distressed real estate, the team also assisted Colony Capital on the formation of Colony Distressed Credit Fund II.
United States: Labor and employment
Within ERISA litigation, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a second tier firm,
Although Bob Eccles recently retired and Amy Longo left to join the SEC, O'Melveny & Myers LLP still demonstrates considerable strength in this area. For The Prudential Insurance Company of America, a recent highlight for the firm was successfully defeating a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that sought to block an $8bn transaction. The group also scored a victory for Bank of America, prevailing in an ERISA appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; the suit, David v Alphin, was brought on behalf of a putative class of participants in two Bank of America-sponsored retirement plans. Other clients include Fidelity Investments, Edison International and AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. In Washington DC, Brian Boyle chairs the firm’s ERISA litigation group and is extremely well-regarded in the market. Gregory Jacob also has a vast amount of experience in this practice area, as does Shannon Barrett and head of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice Jonathan Hacker.
Within Labor and employment litigation, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a second tier firm,
O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘great lawyers’ have ‘good instincts and judgment’. With its national coverage and depth of expertise, the firm’s bet-the-company labor and employment litigation practice is very well known. It defeated a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that sought to block an $8bn transaction involving its client the Prudential Insurance Company of America; neutralized a wage and hour class action on behalf of DirecTV when a judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court granted a motion to compel arbitration, stripping out plaintiffs’ class claims and sending only individual claims to arbitration; and represented Arise Virtual Solutions in litigation in California that challenged its classification of its small-business partners (which provide call center-type services for its clients) as independent contractors rather than employees; the firm negotiated a global settlement of two class actions in California – one in state court and one in federal court – involving two different plaintiff classes and two different Arise client relationships. Other clients include US Airways, Yahoo!, United Airlines, Southern California Edison, Korn/Ferry International, Claremont McKenna College, Marriott International and Trader Joe’s Company. Apalla Chopra heads the team from Los Angeles, and it includes key partners Robert Siegel, New York-based Jeffrey Kohn and Mark Robertson, and Eric Amdursky. Adam Karr is ‘a practical thinker’. Framroze Virjee has left the firm and is now the executive vice-chancellor and general counsel to the California State University board of trustees.
Within Labor-management relations, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
O'Melveny & Myers LLP advises on union avoidance and combating corporate organizing campaigns, collective bargaining agreements, and traditional labor issues. The firm recently acted for US Airways executives on labor issues relating to the company’s $11bn proposed merger with American Airlines, which was preceded by negotiations between US Airways’ and American Airlines’ three largest unions, and US Airways’ pilots’ union, regarding the terms and conditions of employment that would apply upon merging. The firm also represented United Airlines and Continental Airlines in proceedings before the National Mediation Board relating to labor issues arising from a merger between the two companies. Robert Siegel in Los Angeles, Mark Robertson in New York, and Chris Hollinger in San Francisco are all highly experienced.
United States: Litigation
Within Leading trial lawyers, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a first tier firm,
Daniel Petrocelli O'Melveny & Myers LLP: Daniel Petrocelli maintained a hectic schedule in 2013, trying a slew of cases back-to-back in different parts of the country across a variety of industries. Key examples include obtaining a critical ruling from the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Warner Bros. relating to its Superman franchise, in which it was affirmed that co-creator Joe Shuster’s heirs’ copyright claims against the client were invalid, a significant and lasting victory for the company. Petrocelli’s other recent victories include a major federal trade secret misappropriation trial on behalf of Botox-maker Allergan; winning terminating sanctions twice for boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and leading homebuilder Lennar Corporation; and negotiating a 10-year reduction to former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’s 24-year prison sentence.
Within Product liability and mass tort defense: automotive/transport, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
Los Angeles-based Practice chair Richard Goetz is the key name to note at O'Melveny & Myers LLP; he is an experienced litigator with a strong track record that includes representing Ford in national class actions. Washington DC-based of counsel Brian Anderson is another key name for automotive product liability work. Jonathan Hacker, also in Washington DC, heads the Supreme Court and appellate practice; he has previously successfully represented a client in a US Supreme Court case concerning questions of pre-emption and claims concerning asbestos in locomotives.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s 14-partner team is based across offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Washington DC. Recent instructions for the team span a range of sectors, from clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Trader Joe’s and a major technology company. Los Angeles-based practice chair Richard Goetz and San Francisco-based Matt Powers recently secured a defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in a class action claiming $150m in damages due to allegations that its anti-wrinkle products were falsely advertised. Also of note is Los Angeles-based Scott Voelz and San Francisco-based Darin Snyder’s recent work in obtaining a favorable outcome for technology company Strava in a wrongful death action.
Within Securities: shareholder litigation, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
O'Melveny & Myers LLP is known for its ‘true litigation experience and depth of knowledge’. The ‘solid team, with the ability and credibility to litigate’, is split between its East and West Coast offices. In Los Angeles, ‘very able lawyer’ Seth Aronson represented the board of Lockheed Martin in shareholder derivative actions dismissed in Maryland and the Southern District of New York. Jeffrey Kilduff, who worked on the same case, is renowned for representing Fannie Mae in a hard-fought securities class action in the District of Columbia that successfully settled. Defending Bank of America against claims arising from the mortgage-backed securities issued by Countrywide was a key highlight for many New York partners, including Andrew Bednark, Bradley Butwin and Jonathan Rosenberg. Charles Bachman, who advised former directors of DuPont, and Matthew Close, who represented Power-One Inc and its directors, stand out for merger-related matters. The firm defends Chinese companies listed in the US, including China Agritech.
Within Supreme Court and appellate, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a second tier firm,
O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘top quality’ group is ‘among the best in the country’. In January 2013, it convinced the Supreme Court to grant a writ of certiorari on behalf of Chadbourne & Parke LLP in a high-profile securities fraud class action arising from the $7bn Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Allen Stanford. The firm is also very active in the filing of amicus briefs; in 2013, it filed significant briefs on behalf of Rio Tinto in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum Co and on behalf of a group of family law professors in United States v Windsor. At the appellate level, the firm recently won a victory on behalf of ACE Group in Halmos et al v Insurance Co of North America; for Edison International in large class action litigation against Tibble before the Ninth Circuit; and Mutual of New York Insurance Company against Dennison in ERISA class action. Jonathan Hacker and Walter Dellinger are valued for ‘intellect, judgment and creativity’.
Within Trade secrets, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a second tier firm,
In 2013, O'Melveny & Myers LLP achieved a significant victory on behalf of Extreme Reach when the US District Court for the Central District of California granted the client’s ex parte application for a temporary restraining order enjoining SpotGenie and three former Extreme Reach employees from using Extreme Reach’s confidential information or trade secrets; Eric Amdursky led the team. Amdursky was also instrumental in achieving a favorable settlement on behalf of Process Fab Holdings Inc in a case against Aerospace Engineering Corporation. The widely esteemed Darin Snyder heads the team. Eric Namrow left for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in 2013.
Within White-collar criminal defense, tier 4
O'Melveny & Myers LLP handles the full breadth of white-collar matters, although is arguably best recognized within the FCPA area; for example, Richard Grime recently represented a company in an investigation into payments made to European healthcare providers, and Greta Lichtenbaum provided compliance training for a manufacturing client. Congressional hearings also feature prominently among the team’s mandates; David Leviss, who has experience acting for both companies and individuals in high-profile inquiries, is currently representing a major healthcare provider in Senate and House investigations. Additional expertise within the firm includes advising on economic sanctions and conducting internal investigations for clients across the financial, entertainment and retail sectors. The above-named partners are located in Washington DC, where the ‘fabulous’ Mary Patrice Brown is also based. Other key partners include Los Angeles-based Carolyn Kubota, who is active in the healthcare arena and represents clients under investigation for alleged trade practices and consumer protection violations, and practice chair Daniel Bookin in San Francisco.
United States: Media, technology and telecoms
Within Telecoms and broadcast: transactional, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s transactional group, led by Joseph Calabrese, handles international broadcasting transactions relating to sport and entertainment, M&A deals and film financing arrangements. The team is particularly recognized for its sports broadcasting expertise; Christopher Brearton in Los Angeles is advising the Association of Surfing Professionals on various matters: its multi-year agreements with Google/YouTube for digital video-streaming rights and with ESPN for broadcast rights to professional surfing events, its acquisition of Classic Media and its five-year distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. Calabrese advised Guggenheim Digital Media on its $1bn bid for Hulu, which was ultimately taken off the market. He also advised Guggenheim Securities LLC on the launch of SportsNet LA, a new regional sports network from the Dodgers. Additionally, Calabrese is a trusted adviser to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and together with Brearton, regularly advises the International Olympic Committee on its worldwide broadcast agreements and media transactions. Brearton and Kenneth Deutsch advised Pivot on the acquisition of the Documentary Channel and distribution assets of Halogen TV and advised ParticipantMedia on its preferred stock investment in theAudience and formation of a $100m revolving film fund with Doha Film Institute. A prestigious client list also includes Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Univision Communications and Warner Bros. *Since the time of writing, the individual lawyers mentioned have moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.
United States: Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts
Within Antitrust, O’Melveny & Myers LLP is a second tier firm,
In Washington DC, O’Melveny & Myers LLP has an ‘exceptionally good’ antitrust practice which acts across merger clearance, government investigations, civil litigation, and IP-related disputes. Practice chair Richard Parker, a ‘brilliant strategist’ and ‘one of the best antitrust trial attorneys in the world’, enjoys the highest respect in the market, and acted as lead trial counsel for US Airways in litigation with the DOJ regarding the $11bn merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The firm is also representing US Airways as plaintiff in a civil lawsuit brought against Sabre, involving allegations that the intermediary between travel agents and airlines prevented the airlines from incentivizing travel agents to use more cost-effective forms of ticket distribution. Parker, alongside Los Angeles partners James Pearl and David Marroso, also represented Agrium in a class action concerning alleged price fixing in the potash industry; after four years of litigation, the parties settled all claims brought by classes of direct and indirect purchasers. Ian Simmons is a go-to partner for cartel cases, and Michael Antalics and David Beddow are also well regarded. Other notable clients include Apple, Samsung Electronics and Honeywell International. Jonathan Sallet left the firm in November 2013 to join the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as acting general counsel.
Within M&A: large deals ($1bn-5bn), O’Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
O’Melveny & Myers LLP advises companies and financial investors in relation to the complexities of merging, acquiring, investing in and disposing of businesses and assets, whether public or private, domestic or international. Silicon Valley-based Warren Lazarow is the firm-wide chairman of the transactions department, and acts for public and private technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms, and investment banks. The team acted for Exar Corporation, a leading provider of high-performance analog mixed-signal and data management solutions, on its acquisition of Stretch, which provides software-configurable processors supporting the video surveillance market. It also advised Dealertrack Technologies on its approximately $1bn definitive agreement to acquire Dealer.com, a provider of marketing and operations software and services for the automotive industry; advised the independent directors of TRI Pointe Homes on its definitive agreement to combine with the homebuilding division of Weyerhaeuser Company, in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction valued at $2.7bn; assisted Microsemi Corporation on the strategic $230m acquisition of Symmetricom, a worldwide leader in precision time and frequency technologies; and acted for Bureau of Trade on its sale to eBay. Silicon Valley-based Steven Tonsfeldt chairs the M&A group, and focuses on the representation of publicly traded and privately held companies in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and LBO deals, as well as acting for sponsors and financial advisers to companies engaged in acquisitions.
Within Venture capital and emerging companies, O’Melveny & Myers LLP is a third tier firm,
O’Melveny & Myers LLP has a genuinely powerful Silicon Valley presence where, owing to its national and international credibility, it is able to advise on matters ranging from seed funding and early stage investments through to public offerings and sales. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in transactions involving China, where it has a strong physical presence. It is also well known for its expertise in social media and internet, cleantech, and digital media. In 2013, the firm advised more than 50 venture-backed companies on their sale or IPO; this includes the IPOs of Montage Technology, 58.com and Eros International. It also worked on the sale of Inucell to Cisco, the sale of Embark to Apple, and the sale of KXEN to SAP. Other clients include Bessemer Venture Partners, D.E. Shaw & Co, Highland Capital Partners, Palo Alto Investors, SAIF Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Venrock. Silicon Valley’s Warren Lazarow is a key name to note, along with Paul Sieben and life sciences specialist Sam Zucker.
United States: Tax
Within Domestic tax: West Coast, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a second tier firm,
O'Melveny & Myers LLP is praised for its ‘very high level of service’. Its tax lawyers operate from Century City, Newport Beach, Silicon Valley and downtown Los Angeles, and are active in the sports, media, entertainment and technology sectors. Robert Blashek regularly provides tax advice in relation to the funding of motion pictures. In Silicon Valley, Robert Fisher advised MakerBot, a desktop 3D printer firm, on its merger with a subsidiary of Stratasys via a stock-for-stock transaction; and also advised Kabam, a leader in free-to-play core gaming, on acquiring Vancouver-based Exploding Barrel Games. The firm deals with many transactions in the Asian market, with Luc Moritz recommended.
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