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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s antitrust team is led by Ian Simmons and has an excellent reputation in high-stakes criminal and civil investigations (and related civil litigation). Its recent investigations work includes acting for Bumble Bee Foods in a DOJ investigation into price-fixing in the seafood industry, and acting for several clients in the auto parts sector. Michael Tubach in San Francisco and Ted Hassi are other active practitioners.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s first-rate team fields a number of notable heavyweight practitioners, including antitrust practice chair Ian Simmons (‘a star of the antitrust bar’), Kenneth O’Rourke in Los Angeles, Katrina Robson and Ben Bradshaw. Andrew Frackman in New York and Ted Hassi are also recommended. In 2017, highlights for the team included representing Samsung in a case against Qualcomm at Seoul High Court, which involved a landmark decision on the competitive impact of licensing (or non-licensing) of standard essential patents. San Francisco-based Michael Tubach is representing Leoni Wiring Systems and Leonische Holding in class actions brought by multiple classes of plaintiffs over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the market for automotive wire harness systems. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Next generation lawyers

Katrina Robson - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is especially sought after by clients due to its strengths in extensive regulatory investigations and merger-related litigation. In 2017, Ted Hassi assisted Bass Pro Group with obtaining clearance for its $4.2bn merger with Cabela’s Incorporated, following an intensive second request investigation by the FTC. In another highlight, Ben Bradshaw, Los Angeles-based partner Kenneth O’Rourke and Courtney Dyer successfully obtained DOJ clearance on behalf of Alaska Airlines for its proposed $4bn acquisition of Virgin America; the DOJ’s clearance of the deal followed a now-settled lawsuit brought by several private plaintiffs seeking to block the transaction. Ian Simmons. Katrina Robson is also noted. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Next generation lawyers

Katrina Robson - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Led by Jonathan Hacker, O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s team is described as ‘very responsive’ and ‘knowledgeable of the industry’. The group maintains a strong presence in state appellate courts across the country. Hacker, Deanna Rice and New York-based Anton Metlitsky, acting for the respondent, prevailed in the New York Court of Appeals case Flo & Eddie, Inc. v Sirius XM Radio, Inc., concerning royalties for broadcasting pre-1972 recordings. Hacker also obtained a reversal of a $3m jury award for Ford Motor Company at the Fourth Circuit. Other active clients include American Airlines, CoreLogic, Fidelity and Johnson & Johnson. Walter Dellinger is also noted.

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s Seth Aronson in Los Angeles represented American Apparel founder, Dov Charney, in an SEC investigation into alleged accounting irregularities, resulting in a withdrawal of plans to recommend an enforcement case. Los Angeles-based practice head, Steve Olson and the ‘knowledgeable’ David Kirman in Century City represented the CenturyLink board of directors in an investigation into allegations that customers were overcharged for services. The group was also retained by the Wynn Resorts board of directors in connection with an internal investigation into allegations of sexual impropriety against the company’s chairman and CEO, Steve Wynn. Key figures in San Francisco include Daniel Bookin and the ‘amazing’ Sharon Bunzel.

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Financial services litigation
Financial services litigation - ranked: tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

With expertise on both the East and West coasts, O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a ‘strong offering’ both in private litigation and regulatory enforcement actions/investigations for a wide range of financial services clients, including retail and consumer banks, credit card companies and insurers. The firm’s sweet-spot, however, lies in relation to its mortgage expertise both on behalf of bank and non-bank originators and servicers. In this space California-based co-head Elizabeth McKeen is highly regarded and recently successfully represented Ocwen at first instance and on appeal as a defendant in a RICO class action alleging that it conspired with Altisource to fraudulently assess unnecessary monthly property inspection fees to delinquent borrowers. Alongside Danielle Oakley, McKeen has represented Fannie Mae in numerous class actions including litigation arising under the California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act; the action alleges that the secondary market mortgage financing provider lacks reasonable procedures to assure the maximum possible accuracy of information contained in consumer reports, failed to provide plaintiffs access to their credit files, and failed to meet the statute’s reinvestigation requirements. San Francisco-based Randall Edwards regularly handles privacy and data security-related litigation for financial services clients including Visa. Washington DC-based co-head Brian Boyle is also recommended, in particular for his ERISA litigation expertise.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

A ‘go-to’ firm for complex commercial litigation, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is ‘consistently responsive and reliable’. 2017 was a busy year for the team, which handled a range of disputes spanning insurance, antitrust, bankruptcy and healthcare, among others. In a headline-making case, it was retained as lead trial counsel to defend AT&T’s $84.5bn acquisition of Time Warner in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the DOJ; Daniel Petrocelli is leading on this matter, with Randall Oppenheimer and Washington DC-based Katrina Robson also playing key roles. Richard Goetz co-chairs the litigation practice alongside Oppenheimer; other key litigators include Dawn Sestito and Sabrina Strong. Named attorneys are based in Los Angeles except where otherwise indicated.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Bolstered by the return of Steve Bunnell in January 2017 following his tenure at the Department of Homeland Security, O'Melveny & Myers LLP excels at handling national security-related international trade matters. The ‘thoughtful and dynamic’ Greta Lichtenbaum recently advised a Chinese property investment firm on OFAC issues related to its acquisition of the San Juan Marriot Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico and is conducting an internal investigation of possible violations of the economic sanctions targeting Iran for a Chinese energy services company. Theodore Kassinger regularly assists technology and energy sector clients on CFIUS matters and recently helped secure clearance for Mentor Graphics Corporation in connection with its $4.5bn acquisition by Siemens Industry.

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Leading trial lawyers

Daniel Petrocelli - O'Melveny & Myers LLP The ‘outstanding’ Daniel Petrocelli maintains a busy national trial practice across areas ranging from intellectual property and unfair competition to entertainment and media. Petrocelli’s impressive reputation allows him to frequently secure lead trial counsel position; for example, he led the team for President Donald Trump and Trump University in two class actions filed in the Southern District of California, and is currently leading the defense of AT&T and Time Warner against an antitrust suit brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), pertaining to their $85.4bn merger. No stranger to appellate work, Petrocelli helped to secure the Florida Supreme Court victory for Sirius XM in a dispute regarding royalties for broadcasting pre-1972 sound recordings.

Leading trial lawyers

Daniel Petrocelli - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Headed by Washington DC-based Steve Brody, O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s automotive litigation team is particularly active in the class action defense of OEMs. In one recent highlight, Los Angeles-based Carlos Lazatin led advice to Kia in multiple class actions concerning defective panoramic sunroofs. In other work, Lazatin continues to represent Hyundai in a class action alleging a failure to inform that panoramic sunroofs in some models can shatter suddenly. Advanced Micro Devices is another client of the firm.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Washington DC-based Steve Brody heads the practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, which handles product liability lawsuits and class actions. In recent work, San Francisco-based Matt Powers, Richard Goetz in Los Angeles and Allen Burton in New York obtained dismissal of a nationwide class action for longstanding client Johnson & Johnson, involving claims alleging failure to disclose the presence of talc in Baby Powder. In other work, the team successfully defended Colgate-Palmolive subsidiary Hill’s Pet Nutrition in a consumer class action involving false advertising claims. The firm’s client roster also includes Uber, GT’s Living Foods and Samsung.

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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 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP defends high-profile manufacturers in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices industries in class actions and product liability litigation. Led by San Francisco-based Matt Powers, Los Angeles-based Richard Goetz and Allen Burton in New York, the team recently obtained dismissal of a nationwide class action for longstanding client Johnson & Johnson, concerning the allegedly toxic Baby Powder. In other work, the practice continues to defend J&J and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals in actions and investigations by a variety of government entities, in regards to alleged deceptive marketing of opioid painkillers. The firm’s client roster also includes Ethicon and Endo Pharmaceuticals. The department is led by Steve Brody in Washington DC.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a talented bench of lawyers and is a go-to firm for underwriting syndicates defending securities class actions across the US. It also has an impressive roster of blue-chip corporate clients, particularly in the technology sector. Los Angeles-based head of securities litigation Jonathan Rosenberg is an experienced trial lawyer and he advised mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corporation on cases arising from incentive payments under the Home Affordable Modification Program. Other recommended lawyers on the West Coast include Seth Aronson, who secured the dismissal of a class action for former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, and Matthew Close, who acted for Sempra Energy in a class action arising from a gas leak in Aliso Canyon. In New York, Allen Burton, whose clients include Fifth Street Finance Corporation, and Pamela Miller are recommended. Jeffrey Kilduff retired from the firm.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP packs a punch on the manager side, under the leadership of New York-based department head Michael Schiavone. Schiavone maintains a prolific practice and advised on several of the group’s key deals during 2017, including acting for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the purchasing agents on a $2bn private offering by Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation. He also advised the agents on a $2.6bn private offering by Branch Banking and Trust Company. Los Angeles managing partner John-Paul Motley is also recommended and advised Air Lease on a $600m public debt offering.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

At O'Melveny & Myers LLP, New York-based department chair Michael Schiavone is a recognized expert in capital markets transactions, with broad experience across public and private securities offerings for both managers and issuers. Among his recent work, Schiavone advised Goldman Sachs, as representative of the underwriters, on Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $1.7bn common stock offering and he advised Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on a $819m secondary public offering by its sponsors. Other names to note include Los Angeles managing partner John-Paul Motley, who assisted Malibu Boats with its $58m public offering, and San Francisco’s Peter Healy, who advised Healthcare Trust of America on a public equity offering.

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s strong government relationships results make the practice ‘a trusted partner for municipal finance’. The team is also a favourite with procuring government entities and sponsors on major P3 projects; for example practice co-head Eric Richards and Denise Raytis are advising LaGuardia Gateway Partners on the finance for the redevelopment and long-term operation of the Central Terminal Building at New York LaGuardia Airport; and ‘competent and thorough’ practice co-head Gregory Thorpe, Elizabeth Dubeck and Kelly McTigue are acting for California High-Speed Rail Authority on its multibillion-dollar project to develop a high-speed passenger rail system in California. In the energy sector, the practice handled a number of equity investments into renewable projects, including Junaid Chida and Arthur Hazlitt (both based in New York) and Jeff Hoffner assisting Citicorp North America and Berkshire Hathaway Energy with their commitment to acquire preferred equity interests in the Rattlesnake wind power project in Texas. All named partners are based in Los Angeles save except stated otherwise.

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s restructuring practice has continued to show its strength in advising on high-profile bankruptcies and secured a prominent role in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, where it is representing Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority; a team led by John Rapisardi is acting for all Puerto Rican governmental entities in need of financial restructuring, including several in-court and out-of-court cases. In another highlight, a team including Washington DC-based Peter Friedman and newly promoted partner Daniel Shamah, acted for Apollo Global Management as first lien lenders to Texas Competitive Electric Holdings, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, in the companies Chapter 11 restructuring, which also led to work in two related spin-off litigation proceedings. The group further advised a secured term lender of Peabody Energy, an ad hoc group of second lien noteholders of LINN Energy and ad hoc group of senior secured noteholders of Homer City Generation, on the companies’ respective Chapter 11 proceedings. And beyond the energy sector, Andrew Parlen advised General Motors on the restructuring of Takata. On the debtor-side, a team acted for Hancock Fabrics in its Chapter 11 case and liquidation. All lawyers mentioned are based in the New York office, apart from where otherwise specified. Former co-chair George Davis left the practice to join Latham & Watkins LLP.

Leading lawyers

John Rapisardi - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Parlen - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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United States: Industry focus

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP regularly assists equity investors, financiers, sponsors and hedge providers with renewable projects. New York-based practice head Junaid Chida handled a high volume of preferred equity investments, including advising a consortium on the $200m acquisition of preferred equity interests in three solar power projects being developed by Apex Clean Energy Holdings in Texas. In another Texas-related deal, Los Angeles-based Jeff Hoffner and New York-based Arthur Hazlitt assisted OCI Solar with the sale of the Alamo 6 solar power project to a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s New York-based Eric Rothenberg leads the firm’s environmental practice. The team provided environmental diligence to an ad hoc group of Homer City noteholders in relation to the recapitalization of coal-fired power assets. Kelly McTigue is the key name in Los Angeles.

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s expertise advising managed care providers includes handling enforcement matters, litigation and Medicare Advantage issues; it recently represented Humana in a False Claims Act case alleging it failed to comply with Medicare Advantage risk adjustment data submission requirements, and defended the same client in a qui tam action alleging the submission of false claims regarding improper diagnosing and coding. Other work includes conducting an internal investigation for a managed care company, defending Humana in a class action regarding alleged artificially inflated prescription drug costs and representing a managed care company in False Claims Act litigation. Anthem, Molina Healthcare, UnitedHealth Group and Planned Parenthood Federation of America are also clients. David Deaton leads the department from Newport Beach; clients also single out Lee Blalack, Brian Boyle and David Leviss in Washington DC.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice is known for its strength in litigation matters. In New York, the well-regarded Lisa Pensabene, who leads on life sciences litigation, has considerable experience representing high-profile clients before all levels of court as first chair trial lawyer. Washington DC-based Seth Ray often advises clients on FDA regulatory issues arising from investigations and product liability litigation. In Los Angeles, Richard Goetz has notable experience handling product liability and mass tort litigation matters. Key names include Scott Elliott in San Francisco, Ross Galin in New York and Portia Ku in Silicon Valley.

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Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s coverage lawyers handle complex, high-stakes insurance and reinsurance matters, and known as a team of ‘strong litigators’, it is particularly noted for its experience in environmental and mass tort coverage actions. In Washington DC Jonathan Hacker, Danielle Gray, who also operates from the New York office, and counsel Deanna Rice obtained a successful result for Chubb when a California appeals court ruled that the company did not owe another insurer for pay-outs made in connection with lawsuits over a 2004 gas pipeline explosion. In Los Angeles, Richard Goetz and counsel Zoheb Noorani successfully represented Endurance American Specialty Insurance Company (now Sompo Holdings) in a complex coverage dispute. AIG, AXIS Insurance and Century Indemnity Company are also key clients. In New York department head Tancred Schiavoni and Gary Svirsky are ‘brilliant’, while Allen Burton, who is also based in New York, and Michael Yoder in Newport Beach are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Richard Goetz - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Tancred Schiavoni - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Next generation lawyers

Zoheb Noorani - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s sport offering was considerably strengthened by the recent arrivals of Chuck Baker, Jared Bartie and Irwin Raij from DLA Piper LLP (US), Herrick, Feinstein LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP respectively. Bartie’s arrival in particular has bolstered the firm’s capability for eSports work, with notable engagements in this area including advice to Envy Gaming on its entry into the Overwatch League and assistance to FlyQuest with negotiations to join the League of Legends World Championship. In the area of more traditional sports work, Raij provided strategic counsel to Hillsborough County on negotiations for the Tamp Bay Rays’ new ballpark and assisted the Kansas City Royals with negotiating a media rights deal with Fox. Baker advised Alibaba on a partnership with the Pac-12 Conference to allow for distribution of Pac-12 content through Alibaba channels.

Next generation lawyers

Jared Bartie - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation
Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation - ranked: tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has represented the majority of major US airlines in securities and antitrust litigation, personal injury claims and labor and employment disputes. Indeed, Los Angeles-based Robert Siegel has extensive experience of labor and employment issues in the aviation industry and is representing Spirit Airlines in a dispute with its pilots concerning the pilots’ disruption of service during collective bargaining negotiations. In the New York office, Mark Robertson defended American Airlines in a dispute arising from the highly publicized forced removal of a passenger. Ben Bradshaw is a contact in the Washington DC office.

Leading lawyers

Robert Siegel - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP represents companies involved in the creation and distribution of media and entertainment content. It is currently representing a mixture of motion picture studios and new media companies in several high-profile copyright lawsuits, on both the defense and plaintiff side. In San Francisco, Darin Snyder is representing Artifex as plaintiff against Hancom in a dispute alleging the breach of an open source GNU license relating to the defendant’s proprietary cloud software. The team is representing Warner Bros in several high-profile lawsuits, including defending the client alongside New Line Production in a dispute over the rights to The Conjuring franchise brought by the author, Gerald Brittle; and successfully representing it against a claim brought by the estate of JRR Tolkien and Harper Collins involving the merchandising rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, leading to a favorable settlement. Matthew Kline and Daniel Petrocelli in Los Angeles, and David Eberhart in San Francisco are also recommended.

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Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 5

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP specializes in the computer electronics, computer hardware and software, and telecoms sectors, but also demonstrates strength in representing clients from the pharmaceutical industry. Practice head Ryan Yagura in Los Angeles led the representation of Advanced Micro Devices in multi-patent litigation against Zond regarding high-power plasma generators used in semiconductor manufacturing, including the representation in 17 IPR applications and the following Federal Circuit appeal. The team is also acting for AstraZeneca in Hatch-Waxman litigation against multiple defendants to protect its breast cancer drug FaslodexTM . San Francisco’s Mark Miller and Lisa Pensabene in New York are also noted and Drew Breuder in Century City made partner. Susan van Keulen became a magistrate judge, while Filko Prugo joined Ropes & Gray LLP.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s group handles work ranging from breaches of non-compete clauses and restrictive covenants to implementing non-solicitation policies and advising on the relevant aspects of corporate transactions. Eric Amdursky in Silicon Valley and San Francisco-based Darin Snyder successfully represented Zynga in an unfair competition dispute involving trade secrets misappropriation and employee poaching claims against Zynga’s former employees. Los Angeles-based Ryan Yagura chairs the practice. David Almeling in San Francisco and Mark Miller, who splits his time between San Francisco and New York, are also noted.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice often handles high-profile litigation for clients in the media, financial services and technology sectors, among others. Daniel Petrocelli led the representation of Live Nation in a dispute brought against a competitor regarding Live Nation’s ‘EDC’ trademark. Mark Miller successfully assisted TuneCore with securing the dismissal of a number of trademark infringement claims brought against the client regarding allegations of unauthorized distribution of music performed by a Turkish musician. The team, which is led by Ryan Yagura, was strengthened by the arrival of Sean Trainor from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Drew Breuder is also recommended. All named attorneys are based in Los Angeles. Other clients include Disney, Trader Joe’s and Warner Bros.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has substantial expertise in, among other things, defending financial service clients that provide administrative services and investment products to retirement plans. Brian Boyle represented Chevron in a fiduciary breach case pertaining to the management of its 401(k) plan and alleged prohibited transactions; he also represented CVS in a similar case. In other highlights, Los Angeles-based Catalina Vergara was part of a team acting for Walt Disney in a putative class action centered on allegations of improper investment options in its 401(k) plan. American Airlines is also a noteworthy client, and AON Hewitt obtained a complete victory in a breach of fiduciary duties and prohibited transactions class action thanks to a team that included New York-based Stuart Sarnoff. Shannon Barrett and Meaghan VerGow are key contacts in the Washington DC office, where other named individuals are based unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Brian Boyle - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is well known for its Railway Labor Act practice and also acts for a number of US passenger and cargo airlines. Adam KohSweeney in San Francisco and Los Angeles-based Robert Siegel secured two major summary judgment wins for United Airlines, confirming that California labor and employment law does not apply to individuals who work primarily outside state borders. The team is also active in a number of wage and hour class action cases; KohSweeney defeated a class certification in a putative wage and hour class action filed against The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and parent company Marriott International. Silicon Valley-based Eric Amdursky represents TuneCore Inc in a claim brought by its CEO regarding severance payments and benefits. Amdursky and Margaret Carter in Los Angeles are representing television network Starz, its CEO and its CRO in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former senior vice president. American Airlines, Harvard University, XPO Logistics and Fitness International are also clients. Key contacts also include Chris Hollinger in San Francisco, Adam Karr in Newport Beach, Mark Robertson and Jeffrey Kohn in New York, as well as Michael McGuinness and team head Apalla Chopra, who are based in Los Angeles.

Leading lawyers

Apalla Chopra - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is ‘the premier advisor to the entire airline industry as it provides unparalleled expertise regarding the Railway Labor Act’. Led by Los Angeles’ Apalla Chopra the team has achieved ‘extraordinary results’ and represents clients such as Walt Disney, American Airlines, FedEx and Harvard University. In New York, Jeffrey Kohn assisted Mylan Pharmaceuticals in labor negotiations with the United Steel Workers, and Robert Siegel - also based in Los Angeles - successfully obtained a temporary restraining order for Spirit Airlines prohibiting its pilots from disturbing its operations. Mark Robertson is another key name to note in New York.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is noted for growth company and tech M&A, especially involving West Coast-based companies. The firm also has a great deal of experience in US-Asia transactions. In 2017, it advised DigitalGlobe, a global provider of high-resolution Earth-imagery products and services, on its $3.6bn acquisition by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. It also represented Healthcare Trust of America in its $2.75bn acquisition of Duke Realty Corporation’s medical office building assets and medical development platform. In another large-cap transaction, it advised Sabra Healthcare Reit on its $7.4bn all-stock merger with Care Capital Properties. Silicon Valley’s Warren Lazarow is co-chairman of the global corporate department and Newport Beach-based Jay Herron is head of the global M&A and private equity practice. Paul Sieben is another senior name in Silicon Valley, while New York’s Tobias Knapp is a key figure on the East Coast, particularly in the technology sector. Paul Scrivano has joined Ropes & Gray LLP.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s strength in both northern and southern California has enabled it to tap into the emerging growth company and tech sector with considerable success. Cross-border transactions involving Asia have also been a traditional strong point for the team, which has impressed in a number of later-stage transactions and exits in recent years. In 2017, the firm launched ‘Momentum’, a cross-practice initiative directed at supporting growth companies throughout their life cycles. It also advised Access Technology Ventures as the lead investor in the $300m financing of smartphone maker Essential Products. Silicon Valley-based Warren Lazarow and Paul Sieben are key members of the practice alongside San Francisco-based life sciences specialist Scott Elliott.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP fields well-regarded transactional and litigation teams from its Century City office, which handle an array of matters including M&A deals, joint ventures, financing transactions, distribution and licensing agreements, and bet-the-company litigation. Clients include FremantleMedia and Lionsgate Entertainment; Bruce Tobey led advice to the latter in the sale of its stake in Epix to MGM. Silvia Vannini also assisted Warner Bros Entertainment with its acquisition of Machinima, Stephen Scharf handled Imagine Entertainment’s formation of a co-financing venture with TVB Venture Investment, and Matthew Erramouspe acted for Top Rank in the negotiation of a multi-year contract with ESPN. Daniel Petrocelli leads the group’s litigation work; he is defending AT&T and Time Warner in an antitrust suit seeking to block the clients’ merger, is acting for Sirius XM Radio in copyright litigation pertaining to performance rights for pre-1972 sound recordings, and is representing the Walt Disney Company in a copyright dispute relating to Zootopia. Molly Lens is ‘exceptional’, litigator Drew Breuder made partner in 2017 and sports specialists Charles Baker and Irwin Raij joined the firm in 2017 from DLA Piper LLP (US) and Foley & Lardner LLP respectively.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Petrocelli - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Matthew Erramouspe - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Next generation lawyers

Molly Lens - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Silvia Vannini - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘responsive, extremely knowledgeable and business-savvy’ tax team is split between California and New York and focuses on the technology, entertainment, financial services, insurance and renewable energy sectors. Recent highlights include Jeff Walbridge and Robert Fisher advising UltraTech on its sale to Veeco Instruments for $815m, and Robert Blashek and Luc Moritz assisting DigitalGlobe with its $2.4bn sale to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. Arthur Hazlitt in New York advised Citicorp North America on purchasing preferred equity interests in the Mississippi Solar II project. Alexander Anderson, who joined in New York from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in October 2017, is a ‘top-notch M&A tax lawyer’ and ‘provides clients with significant value’.

Leading lawyers

Luc Moritz - O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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  • Geographical Indications Of Origin In Serbia: Where The Past Fuels The Future

    This article was written by Dragomir Kojić, Partner ⃰, and Tamara Bubalo, Associate ⃰, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine. To see the original article, please follow this link.
  • Striving Towards the Black Gold

    This article was written by Petar Mitrović, Partner ⃰, and Nikolina Kažić, Associate ⃰, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine To see the original article, please follow this
  • Montenegro To Publish A Tender For A 200 MW Solar Power Plant

    The Montenegrin Government plans to publish a tender for the lease of state land for the purpose of constructing a solar power plant in the municipality of Ulcinj. According to the announcement, the tender envisages a total of 6,621,121 square meters of land for the planning, construction, exploitation, and maintenance of a solar power plant at Briska gora, in the very south of Montenegro.
  • Laying the Foundations: ZF Group Building a Factory in Serbia

    The Karanović & Nikolić team, led by Senior Partner Marjan Poljak and Senior Associates ⃰ Ana Stanković and Ana Luković, advised ZF Friedrichshafen on the project of opening an electric vehicle parts factory in Pančevo, Serbia. The German company, a global leader specialising in the design, research and development, and manufacturing activities in the automotive industry, laid the foundations and began construction on 21 June 2018.
  • Harmonising the GDPR in Mauritius

    Mauritius is the first country in the southern hemisphere to have recently revamped its data protection legal regime by repealing the previous Data Protection Act 2004 (" DPA 2004 ") and adopting a new law, namely the Data Protection Act 2017 (" DPA 2017 ") following the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (" GDPR ") in the European Union. 
  • Listing on the Emerging Companies Market of the Cyprus Stock Exchange

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  • DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

    Stefan Artner , Partner and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group, and real estate attorney Klaus Pfeiffer of DORDA advised Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH ( ARE , a subsidiary of Bundesimmobilien-Gesellschaft, the Austrian privatization agency) on the acquisition of the Denk Drei office properties from IC Development . The successful closing of the forward purchase transaction took place on April 30, 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
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  • A closer look at Settled Status for EU citizens

    Following the release of more details of the UK Government’s scheme for a streamlined application process to grant EU citizens in the UK settled status to safeguard their position following the UK’s departure from the EU, our EEA immigration solicitors here at OTS Solicitors take a look at the post-Brexit position for EU nationals and what the settled status scheme entails in more detail.