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Paul Hastings LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

At Paul Hastings LLP, ‘matters are handled strategically and effectively with the understanding that the lawyers know how to try cases and will do so if needed’. Following a successful trial defense of Dow, as co-lead counsel, in an MDL alleging price-fixing between polyether urethane producers, Jeremy Evans is now handling the appeal. On the merger clearance side, Holly House secured court approval for the settlement of a class action arising from the DOJ’s challenge to the Twin America merger. Korean Airlines and eBay are also clients. Former practice chair Michael Cohen left for Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, while IP and antitrust expert Blair Jacobs joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. The team is mostly split across the San Francisco and Washington DC offices.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s appellate practice has seen recent victories at the Supreme Court, with Neal Mollen and Stephen Kinnaird prevailing in pharmaceuticals and sentencing cases respectively. The firm has also been successful in the California Court of Appeals, where it defended L’Oréal in Adjamian v L’Oréal against an attempted class action; Katherine Murray led the arguments. The group handles cases nationwide and successfully represented Fujifilm Medical Systems in a discrimination and tortious interferences case brought by a former employee in the Second Circuit; the team has also been active in the Ninth Circuit. San Francisco-based Paul Cane and Stephen Kinnaird in Washington DC head the practice.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Based out of New York but aided by a significant presence in California and in other key cities nationwide including Houston and Chicago, Paul Hastings LLP’s practice has considerable strength in depth and is thereby able to provide a ‘strong level of expertise’ to financial institutions in commercial disputes, as well as in matters involving specific financial products including CDOs. Barry Sher, Douglas Flaum and James Bliss successfully represented UBS in a complex case brought by two insurance companies involving a CDO transaction known as ‘NS Repack’. Los Angeles-based partners William Sullivan and Joshua Hamilton have secured numerous favorable rulings for two former Countrywide Financial senior executives who had signed registration statements for offerings of MBS.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP achieved another series of successes for its blue-chip client base in 2015, with a recent caseload spanning consumer class actions, trade secrets litigation and breach of contract and fraud claims. Global chair Barry Sher and vice-chair Kurt Hansson are based in New York. Key figures elsewhere include Los Angeles-based Dennis Ellis, whose clients include American Apparel, chair of the San Francisco office John Phillips, and Samuel Cooper in Houston.

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M&A: litigation: defense
M&A: litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP is ‘a reliable source of insight and perspective rather than rote recitation of the rules’. The firm was involved in high-profile litigation, including the defense of CMS Bancorp and directors in a stockholder class action challenging its acquisition by Putnam County Savings Bank. Another highlight is the representation of Dole Foods chairman and CEO David Murdock in putative class actions in Delaware and California following his $1.6bn move to take the company private. New York-based global litigation chair Barry Sher is ‘one of the best in the business’ and Douglas Flaum, Kurt Hansson and Kevin Logue are highly respected. The team spans the US, with Peter Stone in Palo Alto, William Sullivan in Los Angeles and Samuel Cooper in Houston all recommended.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: aerospace/aviation
Product liability, mass tort and class action: aerospace/aviation - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

At Paul Hastings LLP, the ‘highly intelligent and very articulate’ Sheila Sundvall has longstanding experience in the aviation sector, and has acted as lead counsel to GE in substantial litigation stemming from aircraft accidents in the US and internationally. Sundvall’s recent successes include representing GE in litigation brought by a cargo airline following an engine incident in Singapore; the team secured the dismissal of all claims in Cook County, Illinois, a decision which was subsequently affirmed on appeal. Associate Christopher Allen is another active member of the team, which is based in Chicago.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has ‘a good team that is very responsive’. The securities litigation practice has a strong and growing presence in New York, where Douglas Flaum is a co-chair, and a prominent position on the West Coast, where Peter Stone leads a Palo Alto team. Flaum’s highlights included the defense of Goldman Sachs in litigation in the New York Supreme Court. Los Angeles-based William Sullivanunderstands the issues and the client’s constraints on cost and timing’, and with Stone he secured a settlement with no monetary damages for officers of technology company Masimo Corporation. New York-based global litigation chair Barry Sher is ‘an incredible legal mind and excellent advocate’ and is representing underwriters such as Barclays Capital and Citigroup Global Markets in a purported class action against SeaWorld Entertainment alleging misleading statements in the IPO prospectus. Also recommended are New York-based Kevin Logue, Edward Han in Palo Alto and Samuel Cooper in Houston, who is one of the most active securities litigators in Texas.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Lawyers at the ‘excellentPaul Hastings LLP display ‘great knowledge of the subject matter and practical judgment’. The practice expanded significantly in 2015, with the Washington DC office taking on Robert Luskin, Kwame Manley and John Darden from Squire Patton Boggs. Kenneth Breen heads the practice from New York. Breen defended former Wilmington Trust Company CFO David Gibson against charges of understating past due bank loans during the financial crisis. Washington DC’s Michael Levy represented Admiral Mike Mullen in a congressional investigation into the Benghazi attacks. The Los Angeles-based Thomas O’Brien represented Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy James Sexton in a federal obstruction of justice case. Clients for FCPA and anti-corruption-related matters include Total, Alstom and KBR.

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United States: Finance

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s capital markets team is chaired by Michael Zuppone. The practice has grown steadily in recent years, particularly in the high-yield space, but also in relation to investment grade debt. Highlights included John Cobb advising the underwriters on a $200m notes offering by Centene, and Michael Fitzgerald and Arturo Carrillo handling Mexican corn flour producer Gruma’s $400m Rule 144A/Regulation S bond offering, the proceeds of which will go towards redeeming what are possibly the only perpetual corporate bonds ever issued in Mexico. Elsewhere, Cathleen McLaughlin, a new recruit from Allen & Overy LLP, acted for the Government of Jamaica in a $2bn dual-tranche bond issuance.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP recruited capital markets lawyer Cathleen McLaughlin from Allen & Overy LLP in March 2015. McLaughlin brings strong expertise in cross-border securities transactions, most notably within the Latin America region. Other key figures include William Schwitter, who chairs the firm’s leveraged finance practice, and Michael Fitzgerald, who has been highly active in the Latin American market and has a strong track record in Mexico-related matters. John Cobb and Yariv Katz recently acted as underwriter’s counsel to Barclays Capital on a secondary offering of common stock by certain stockholders of Mattress Firm Holding Corp. San Francisco-based Thomas Pollock represented BioMarin Pharmaceutical in its $912m public offering of 9.7 million shares of common stock. Gislar Donnenberg is a key figure in the Houston office and San Diego-based Teri O’Brien is also recommended.

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Capital markets: global offerings
Capital markets: global offerings - advice to corporates - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Capital markets: global offerings - advice to financial institutions - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP significantly bolstered its capital markets team with the arrival of Cathleen McLaughlin, Allen & Overy LLP’s former Latin America practice head. Since joining in March, she has advised on several multimillion-dollar capital markets transactions, most prominently the $2bn SEC-registered dual-tranche bond offering for the Government of Jamaica. Michael Fitzgerald and Arturo Carrillo acted for Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank as underwriters in a $175m follow-on secondary offering of Mexican low-cost airline Volaris and, in an equity matter, San Francisco-based Thomas Pollock assisted BioMarin Pharmaceutical with its underwritten public offering of 9.8 million of common shares, raising $912m. William Schwitter heads the leveraged finance practice from New York, where all attorneys mentioned are based unless otherwise stated.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has built up a significant capital markets practice in recent years, and the team was further boosted in 2015 by the arrival of Cathleen McLaughlin from Allen & Overy LLP. McLaughlin is a Latin America expert, which adds to the firm’s notable strength in that area. Recent work in the high-yield space includes John Cobb advising Barclays and RBC Capital Markets as initial purchasers in connection with a $375m Rule 144A/Regulation S offering by Reliance Intermediate Holdings and assisting Barclays as dealer manager with a concurrent tender offer by Reliance for outstanding notes. Additionally, Michael Fitzgerald and Joy Gallup acted for the underwriters in Televisa’s $1.2bn senior notes issuance, the biggest Mexican corporate bond offering of 2015. The group is chaired by Michael Zuppone who is based in New York along with all other named lawyers.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has an excellent track record advising lenders and borrowers. The group has a notable energy practice and in 2014 the firm advised the joint book-runners and joint lead arrangers on the financing of Apollo’s $2bn acquisition of Encana’s Bighorn assets. In late 2013, the firm assisted WH Group with obtaining $4bn in debt financing to fund its acquisition of Smithfield Foods. Los Angeles-based Jennifer Yount, who heads the finance and restructuring practice, and William Schwitter, who is the firm’s chair of leveraged finance, are the key names.

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Financial services: regulatory
Financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP

With a ‘strong bench’ of lawyers, both in the US and abroad, Paul Hastings LLP is well placed to represent domestic and international financial services clients as they seek to come to terms with a regulatory market that is increasingly converging along international lines. Gerard Comizio has ‘significant experience in the market’ and provides ‘solid advice’ to a range of financial services entities on discrete regulatory issues and M&A-related matters. Comizio recently advised JPMorgan Chase on the application of federal and state consumer financial compliance laws on its existing mortgage warehouse financing operation. Led out of Atlanta by the ‘exceptionalChris Daniel, the firm’s ‘very strong’ payments practice is a leader in the market and is ‘well versed in payments regulation at the state, federal, and international level’. Alongside the ‘very knowledgeableTodd Beauchamp, Daniel continues to represent Visa and Facebook across an array of payments issues and is also acting for leading bitcoin exchange Coinbase on a variety of regulatory issues associated with virtual currencies. San Francisco-based Thomas Brown is also well regarded as a result of his cutting-edge work for leading players in the market including PayPal. Behnam Dayanim is recommended for his expertise advising clients on matters sitting at the intersection of gaming, privacy and financial services regulatory.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 6

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s TMT pedigree ensures a steady stream of work in this space, most recently in a high-profile debtor-side mandate for Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies. In 2015, it also attracted two impressive natural resources mandates, namely in the $1.8bn Chapter 11 of rare earth miner Molycorp (representing the official committee) and in the $699m filing of Allied Nevada Gold (acting for Wells Fargo as senior secured lender). New York-based Luc Despins leads the group, which added Chris Dickerson and Matt Murphy to its main Chicago operation in May 2015.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Greg Nelson leads the ‘very strong’, ‘responsive’ practice at Paul Hastings LLP, which was joined by Robert Kartheiser and Cathleen McLaughlin from Allen & Overy LLP in March 2015. The team advised Vanguard Natural Resources on its $614m acquisition of Eagle Rock Energy Partners and its $539m purchase of LRR Energy. Key figures include the ‘knowledgeable and effectiveTimothy Callahan, and William DeGrandis, who has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and is ‘a pleasure to work with’.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Greg Nelson’s department at Paul Hastings LLP was strengthened by the arrival of Robert Kartheiser and Cathleen McLaughlin from Allen & Overy LLP in March 2015. Gislar Donnenberg advised Crestwood Midstream Partners on its $130m acquisition of a majority interest in Tres Palacios Holdings. Vanguard Natural Resources, Tall Oak Midstream and Atlas Resources Partners are also clients.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP

The ‘knowledgeable’, ‘responsive’ and ‘efficient’ team at Paul Hastings LLP often advises on purchase agreements, while showing particular strength at the intersection of regulatory, transactional and financing matters. Timothy Callahan and ‘quick thinker’ and regulatory practice chair William DeGrandis assisted Freeport-McMoRan with a long-term power purchase agreement and its $140m sale of 33.3% interest in a 570MW natural gas-fired power plant in Luna, New Mexico to Samchully Asset Management. Working closely with the firm’s leveraged finance team, DeGrandis and corporate partner John Cobb represented Morgan Stanley Senior Funding and Barclays Bank as lead arrangers in the financing and acquisition of undivided ownership interests in coal-fired generating facilities in Keystone and Conemaugh, including all regulatory approval, authorization and due diligence issues. Peter Weiner leads the California energy team.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP utilizes its strong renewables regulatory practice to assist its client base with FERC permits, particularly in the solar space, while also providing expertise in project finance and contentious matters. Peter Weiner led advice to First Solar, SunEdison and SunPower. For instance, for First Solar, he assisted with obtaining all permits for the operation of the California Flats 300MW solar plant, which has power purchase agreements with Pacific Gas and Electric, and Apple. Environment and energy practice head William DeGrandis defended Midland Power Cooperative in rate calculations proceedings before the FERC. Timothy Callahan chairs the global projects group from Chicago.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

At Paul Hastings LLP, the environmental and energy practice, which is led by Peter Weiner, is split between the San Francisco and Washington DC offices. It has built a name in the regulatory arena representing clients in relation to the siting and permitting of solar energy plants, brownfield redevelopment and clean-up sites, defense against governmental regulations, and climate change matters. Highlights included the ongoing representation of Boeing in negotiations with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Regional Water Quality Control Board and other agencies in various regulatory matters related to the former Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Ventura County. Deborah Schmall and Robert Hoffman in San Francisco are also noted.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP saw significant team expansion throughout 2014/5, with a number of new attorneys joining from various major firms across the US. Key figures include Yar Chaikovsky in Palo Alto and Blair Jacobs in Washington DC, both of whom focus on high-stakes technology matters. Naveen Modi, who has notable experience in post-grant proceedings, and litigation partner Robert Masters, both of whom are based in Washington DC, are also recommended. The firm recently obtained a significant victory for Merck in a suit brought against Apotex, in which the patent covering Emend’s active ingredient was found to be valid and enforceable. Jacobs and Chaikovsky also acted for Fairchild Semiconductor, obtaining a full victory in an infringement suit against competitor Power Integrations, securing a $2.4m damages award and a non-infringement finding in a counterclaim. The group also has significant IPR expertise; New York-based Gerald Flattmann recently won two IPRs for Acorda Therapeutics related to its MS treatment Ampyra. IBM, VirnetX and Amgen are other notable clients.

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Trade secrets
Trade secrets - ranked: tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP

Bradford Newman is founder and chair of Paul Hastings LLP’s international employee mobility and trade secret practice. He served as lead counsel for Zynga in the largest trade secret case in the history of social gaming. New York-based Victoria Cundiff, one of the key practitioners in this space, has particular experience in high-stakes cloud technology litigation and serves numerous clients in the fashion industry. Carla Walworth is another notable name in New York.

Leading lawyers

Victoria Cundiff - Paul Hastings LLP

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP acts for a diverse range of investment advisers, broker-dealers, institutional investors, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisers. Although the practice has considerable penetration nationally, it acts for a strong concentration of California-based hedge fund managers, including Rimrock, Beach Point Capital Management and Dalton Investments LLC. David Hearth and Sasha Burstein are assisting Franklin Templeton with the formation of more than 12 master-feeder hedge funds. Arthur Zwickel now heads the practice, succeeding Mitchell Nichter, who maintains a role as senior counsel advising on money management and investment product matters. Senior associate David Hong is another key individual.

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Mutual/registered funds
Mutual/registered funds - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s longstanding relationships with clients including Reich & Tang and Kayne Anderson has seen its funds practice play key roles in some of their most complex and significant matters. Michael Rosella and Michael Zuppone assisted the former with liquidating its entire mutual fund complex. In an illustration of its strength in unit investment trusts (UITs), the group recently assisted Invesco with creating and registering more than 300 UIT portfolios totalling approximately $8bn in assets. It also advised Eaton Vance on the corporate and regulatory aspects of its UIT business. The group is also active in the closed-end fund space, while its recent workload has included mutual fund launches and M&A advice to funds and asset managers. Gary Rawitz and David Hearth are also recommended.

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Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has a particularly strong focus on real estate funds, where it acts on cross-border matters for institutional sponsors, emerging managers and institutional investors. In addition to fund formation, its team assists with executing investment strategies, dealing with operational issues relating to funds and fund dispositions. In an illustration of the global nature of the practice, Joshua Sternoff assisted Prudential Real Estate Investments with formulating and rolling out a carried interest and employee co-investment program for PREI employees in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. In 2015, Lawrence Hass acted for Jaguar Growth Partners in forming and launching a $600m investment platform focusing on real estate businesses and opportunities in Latin America. Other standout individuals include Rob Carlson, Thomas Rao and Siobhan Burke.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP defends corporates and pension funds in class action claims. New York’s Patrick Shea successfully represented IBM in a case relating to a transfer of health benefits to a Medicare health exchange. In Los Angeles, Stephen Harris was successful in an arbitration regarding severance benefits as part of a ‘top hat plan’ for Opus Bank. His work also includes defending cases brought by lone retirees. Other clients include Furniture Brands, which the firm advises on PBGC regulatory matters related to its bankruptcy. Harris, Shea and Mark Poerio collectively lead the global compensation, benefits and ERISA practice.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP advises a range of well-known clients on their benefits plans and executive compensation arrangements. Washington DC’s Mark Poerio advised The Economist on a change of leadership of the 401(k) plan committee and compliance issues. Eric Keller, also in Washington DC, is outside benefits counsel for Sony Corporation of America. His deal work includes advising Putnam Holding Company on the sale of a $1bn portfolio of residential properties in New York without encountering pension plan withdrawal liability. Peorio jointly leads the practice alongside New York’s Lawrence Hass, who has ERISA fiduciary expertise, and plan designer Stephen Harris, who is located in Los Angeles.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

A go-to firm for high-stakes litigation, Paul Hastings LLP has established itself as a leader in class and collective actions, appellate and trial cases, employee mobility, and trade secret matters. Los Angeles-based Leslie Abbott obtained the dismissal of a class action for Advantage Sales & Marketing, where plaintiffs made wage and hour claims under the FLSA, which could have impacted thousands of employees nationwide. In San Francisco, Jeffrey Wohl and Zach Hutton defended Amgen against a putative class action brought against it by senior associate scientists. Department chair Patrick Shea, Marc Bernstein and Stephen Sonnenberg are key figures in New York, and Kenneth Willner, Barbara Brown, Neal Mollen and Carson Sullivan are impressive in Washington DC. Nancy Abell and George Abele are the names to note in Los Angeles. Leslie Dent departed to Littler Mendelson, P.C. and Geoff Weirich established Weirich Consulting & Mediation and at of counsel level, Cory Barker moved to an in-house role at AT&T and Erika Leonard joined Ogletree Deakins as a shareholder.

Leading lawyers

Barbara Brown - Paul Hastings LLP

Nancy Abell - Paul Hastings LLP

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s impressive client list includes Fujifilm, LinkedIn and Bank of America. American Apparel recently engaged Los Angeles-based Elena Baca to handle various matters, including NLRB cases, challenges to the company’s legal notices in its force reductions, and a $40m wrongful termination claim brought against the retailer by former CEO Dov Charney. Baca also represented the company in labor demonstrations calling for Charney’s return. In San Francisco, Robert Kristoff assisted Hollywood Park Land - a joint venture between Stockbridge Capital Group and Wilson Meany - with negotiating a labor agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council and unions affiliated to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor regarding the development and operation of a stadium and performing arts center. Stephen Berry and Nancy Abell are the names to note in Orange County and Los Angeles.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s strengths include handling employment issues arising out of corporate transactions, compliance and advising on access requirements under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, Washington-based Kenneth Willner is skilled in designing and validating pre-employment tests. Kenneth Gage, who splits his time between New York and Chicago, recently handled several domestic force reductions and successfully avoided discrimination lawsuits and Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act issues for US and multinational clients across a range of sectors. Recent work also includes labor negotiations, The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) evaluations, trade secrets and diversity initiatives. The diverse client base includes American Airlines, Bank of America and Target. In Los Angeles, Nancy Abell, Al Latham, and Heather Morgan are highly regarded. Kirby Wilcox and Jon Geier are other names to note in San Francisco and Chicago respectively. Geoff Weirich recently launched Weirich Consulting & Mediation.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 7

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has continued its upward trajectory in headline M&A. In 2015, it hired David Shine as head of the New York M&A practice from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Shine is a recognized name in high-value deals, particularly within the healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors. In addition, the firm recruited Samuel Waxman to the New York office from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Waxman is noted for his record in technology M&A and has deep knowledge of intellectual property driven transactions. These two hires follow a period of concerted growth for the firm on the West Coast, where several big names have joined in recent years. Technology M&A is a particular strength of the firm in the US and globally. On the cross-border side, the firm recently advised Fosun International, the largest privately owned conglomerate in China, on its acquisition - as a member of a buyer consortium backed by TPG Capital - of Cirque Du Soleil for $1.4bn. In addition, the firm represented major operators of the Taco Bell and Buffalo Wild Wings franchised restaurants on the sale of a majority stake to Partners Group. David Hernand is a pivotal figure in Los Angeles, as is fellow Los Angeles lawyer Robert Miller; San Diego’s Carl Sanchez is global chair of the M&A practice.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP focuses on the middle-market segment of private equity buyouts, with a continuing emphasis on healthcare, energy and technology. The private equity group has a presence across the US, but most notably in Chicago and along the West Coast. In recent months, the firm has received work from Blackstone, GI Partners and various portfolio companies of H.I.G. Capital. Other high-profile clients include Apollo Global Management, Apax Partners and Madison Capital. Chicago’s Brian Richards represented Arrowhead, a global distributor of rotating electrical parts and a portfolio company of Pfingsten Partners, in its sale to the Riverside Company. Orange County’s William Simpson is the global chair of the private equity practice; Houston partner Steven Tredennick focuses on clients in the energy sector, while Chicago’s Paul Quinn and Richards are experts in distressed transactions. Private equity finance partner Maureen Sweeney joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s practice saw James Koenig’s arrival in the New York office in September 2015. Koenig previously built and led the global privacy, incident response and data management practices at PwC and Booz Allen Hamilton. Thomas Counts and Behnam Dayanim co-chair the practice; Counts focuses on technology-related litigation, and Dayanim has expertise in regulatory compliance, internal and regulatory investigations, and data breach response. Areas of expertise include fintech, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and mobile-related matters. Samsung, JPMorgan Chase, and Pfizer are among its new client wins.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP regularly handles joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate deals for its clients. In Palo Alto, the well-regarded Matthew Berger advised Facebook on a survey of laws and regulations affecting its global data centers, including advising on the import and export of hardware and the regulation of content and data transfers. In the Los Angeles office, David Hernand advised DigiTour Media, a livestream video company, on the acquisition of a minority stake by Viacom. Hernand was also lead lawyer on a cross-border matter for Collective Digital Studio, in which the client made a $240m deal with ProSiebenSat.1 to create a global multichannel network. Other clients include DreamWorks, LG Display and DivX. Eric Greenberg, Tara Giunta and Sherrese Smith in Washington DC and Palo Alto’s Jeff Hartlin are also key attorneys in the practice. New York-based Samuel Waxman, who ‘combines his intellectual property expertise with his M&A transactional expertise’, joined the practice in March 2015 from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Beni Surpin left the firm for Foley & Lardner LLP.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s telecoms and broadcast team is noted for its outstanding regulatory credentials, and, in 2015, it gained the National Association of Broadcasters, Meredith Corporation, and Tegna as new clients; they join an already impressive roster that includes names such as Allbritton Communications, Bank of America and Citigroup. Practice head Eric Greenberg advised Tegna on the developing area of channel sharing, and acted alongside Matthew Gibson on advice to Allbritton Communications regarding the $985m deal sale of its equity interests in Perpetual Corporation and Charleston Television to Sinclair Broadcast. Media regulatory expert Sherrese Smith, who joined the firm from the FCC where she acted as chief counsel to the FCC’s chairman, is assisting the National Association of Broadcasters with regard to media ownership restrictions.

Leading lawyers

Eric Greenberg - Paul Hastings LLP

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s telecoms and broadcast team works regularly and closely with the firm’s M&A, private equity, and leveraged finance departments. The practice is particularly known for its work in the field of digital media; it has advised Media General on a number of acquisitions, including the client’s strategic investments in The Audience and Federated Media. The firm is also assisting Collective Digital Studio with its $240m merger with German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s Studio71 operation to create a new global multi-channel network. Other key deals include various acquisitions for LIN Media and advising Allbritton Communications on the $985m sale of its equity interests in Perpetual Corporation and Charleston Television to Sinclair Broadcast. Key figures include Eric Greenberg, Tara Giunta, Sherrese Smith and David Hernand, who joined the firm’s Los Angeles office from Cooley LLP.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP is involved in some of California’s most complex and high-profile land use and zoning matters, such as advising Korean Air on approvals for a landmark hotel and mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles. It is also advising Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on land use matters relating to several acquisitions and expansions, and advised LinkedIn in its efforts to secure development rights in the North Bayshore section of Mountain View, California. Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Haber and Mitchell Menzer (‘very talented’) co-head the team. Gordon Hart and David Hamsher in San Francisco are also recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP is best known for its presence in California, but also has considerable strength in New York, Chicago and Atlanta. Areas of expertise range from dirt work through to acquisitions, dispositions and finance. On the finance side, the practice has a stellar list of lender clients that includes the likes of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Prudential. In Los Angeles, practice chair Philip Feder’s team includes Rick Kirkbride, who is handling a $750m redevelopment project for Related Companies, and James Han, who represented IMI in the $1.2bn refinancing of the Houston Galleria. The practice wins particular praise for its hospitality sector expertise, and in addition to advising on a number of hotel acquisitions by significant private equity clients, it represented Hotel Lotte in the acquisition of the New York Palace Hotel for $805m. Gregory Spitzer and Steve Berkman, in Chicago and San Francisco respectively, have been handling data center acquisitions and dispositions for clients such as Facebook and SoftLayer Technologies.

Leading lawyers

Philip Feder - Paul Hastings LLP

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

At Paul Hastings LLP, the practice is best known for representing issuers, underwriters and investors in public and private debt and equity offerings, with focus on REITs. Recent work includes assisting longstanding client Strategic Hotels & Resorts with its acquisition of the 49% interest in JW Marriott Essex House Hotel previously held by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners. Its expertise in the Latin American REIT market is evidenced by its representation of FHipo, the first Mexican mortgage REIT, in its $633m IPO. Michael Fitzgerald and Arturo Carrillo are the key contacts for Latin America work, and Michael Zuppone is the overall head of the practice; all are based in New York.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s team has solid bases on the west and east coasts, as well as in Atlanta, Houston and Chicago. It advises on cross-border transactions, and is particularly active in deals involving Asia, Latin America and Europe. Andrew Short heads the department and advised Black Ivy on infrastructure investments in Ghana and Tanzania, while Joseph Opich led advice to Strategic Hotels & Resorts and Brookfield Real Estate Finance. Short and Opich are both based in New York. Other key individuals include Douglas Schaaf in Orange County, Thomas Wisialowski in Palo Alto and Alexander Lee in Los Angeles.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s tax practice has expertise in finance, real estate and energy. The head of the practice is Andrew Short, who led the tax advice to Brack Capital Real Estate in the formation of its first private REIT, which will focus on multifamily residential properties. The team also represented Gabelli Asset Management, handling tax planning and structuring for the tax-free spin-off of the institutional research and hedge fund management arm of publicly traded securities investment company GAMCO Asset Management. Another matter was advising Hotel Lotte Co on its $805m acquisition of the New York Palace Hotel. A team led by Alexander Lee advised DreamWorks Animation SKG on the tax implications of its sale of a 25% stake in Awesomeness TV to the Hearst Corporation for $81m.

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