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Paul Hastings LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘strategic and diligent’ practice draws on its strong international presence to advise clients such as China Communications Construction Company and Takenaka Corporation on a range of equity and debt mandates. An industry strength is the hospitality sector, where Los Angeles-based Rick Kirkbride - who shows an ‘incredible mix of judgment, knowledge and follow-through’ - and Derek Roth represented Carey Watermark Investors in the acquisition of 12 hotels and resorts with a purchase price in excess of $1.5bn. The team is now led from New York by Eric Landau, who has taken over as chair from Los Angeles-based Philip Feder. Landau was active on various significant dirt mandates for clients such as the Lightstone Group, which he advised on the redevelopment of an existing historic structure in the Garment District. On the debt finance side, Feder represented a major sovereign wealth fund on the $500m financing of four major office buildings in California, and Chicago-based Brad Ritter advised Citibank on over $100m-worth of construction and construction to permanent loans. Other names to note include Atlanta-based Ted Smith, who handled various leasing transactions for Tishman Speyer, and campus development specialist Stephen Berkman, who is based in San Francisco.

Leading lawyers

Philip Feder - Paul Hastings LLP

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United States: Antitrust

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s practice is spearheaded from Washington DC by global antitrust head Scott Hataway, who is a former trial attorney at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Other key individuals are San Francisco-based Holly House and Sean Unger, who defended LG Display and its US subsidiary in the multi-district price-fixing TFT-LCD antitrust litigation. In another highlight, House is acting as co-counsel to plaintiff Cave Consulting in a case against OptumInsight involving an alleged ‘Walker Process’ antitrust violation. Elsewhere, the firm defended Sara Lee against claims of price-fixing and unlawful territorial allocations with distributors. Thomas Brown (San Francisco) and MJ Moltenbrey (Washington DC) are recommended. Lee Berger joined the DOJ’s Antitrust Division as a trial attorney.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s interdisciplinary team is active in areas ranging from antitrust and white-collar crime to employment and technology. San Francisco’s Paul Cane successfully argued in the California Supreme Court case Baltazar v Forever 21 that the mandatory arbitration clause in a pre-employment agreement was valid, with the court compelling the sex and race discrimination claims to arbitration. Stephen Kinnaird was successful in an Eighth Circuit appeal for Midland and Central Iowa Power Cooperatives concerning the interpretation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulation of wind power rates imposed on small wind turbines. Neal Mollen secured a denial of extraordinary appellate relief at the Ninth Circuit for the 23 individuals who filed a race discrimination claim against United Airlines. Barclays Bank is also a client.

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

The ‘responsive, pragmatic and hands-on’ lawyers at Paul Hastings LLPunderstand clients and provide prudent advice’. Practice head Kenneth Breen and fellow New York lawyer John Nowak represented a former Deutsche Bank employee indicted for Libor manipulation and wire fraud. In Washington DC, Amy Carpenter-Holmes and Michael Levy defended former Fannie Mae executive vice-president Thomas Lund in a securities fraud case that was ultimately discontinued. In the same city, Robert Luskin continued to advise Total on FCPA-related matters, and Timothy Dickinson did the same for engineering company KBR. Thomas O’Brien defended Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy James Sexton in a federal obstruction of justice case. O’Brien was joined in Los Angeles in July 2016 by Thomas Zaccaro and Nicolas Morgan, formerly of Zaccaro Morgan LLP.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Benefitting from a very established presence on the West Coast and a growing East Coast presence, Paul Hastings LLP handles a range of financial services-related disputes as part of its broader securities litigation practice. Douglas Flaum has a strong pedigree defending financial services clients in subprime-related litigation and recently obtained the dismissal of claims brought against monoline insurer ACA Financial Guaranty that it misrepresented its exposure to subprime CDOs. Kevin Logue and Kurt Hansson defended CMS Bancorp and its directors in a stockholder class action challenging the acquisition of CMS Bancorp by Putnam County Savings Bank. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, UBS, RBC and Appaloosa Management.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has a strong track record in commercial litigation, where it acts for a range of financial institutions and blue-chip companies. For Amgen, a team led by Douglas Flaum and Joseph O’Malley obtained a complete victory in a breach of contract dispute brought by Pfizer. Elsewhere, Barry Sher and Los Angeles-based Joshua Hamilton secured the dismissal of claims brought against the underwriters of SeaWorld Entertainment’s IPO in shareholder litigation in the Southern District of California. Houston-based partners Samuel Cooper and S Joy Dowdle are recommended. Partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Led by the ‘exceptional’ and ‘reputedJoseph Profaizer from Washington DC, the team at Paul Hastings LLP handles numerous international commercial matters and investment treaty disputes. Key clients include AIG, Global Gaming Asset Management, GE Capital and Pacific Steel Projects. The firm has a strong Asia practice and a growing Latin America one. Camilo Cardozo joined in New York from DLA Piper LLP (US).

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP continues to build its track record in M&A litigation with significant victories for both plaintiffs and defendants. In New York, Douglas Flaum obtained the dismissal of a nine-count civil complaint against Barclays Bank brought by a plaintiff that failed to acquire a fiber optic telecoms company and sought damages of $1.25bn. Kevin Logue’s highlights included securing the dismissal of a class action brought by unitholders of a master limited partnership (MLP). Peter Stone in Palo Alto represented Dole Foods chairman and CEO David Murdock in putative class actions in Delaware and California challenging his $1.6bn take-private transaction, successfully defeating the Delaware motion to expedite proceedings. William Sullivan in Los Angeles and Samuel Cooper in Houston are also recommended.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has an extensive network across the country and is known for ‘good people, good coverage and great response times’. The firm has ‘an incredibly robust practice in SEC enforcement work and DOJ investigations’ as well as a strong bench of litigators. Douglas Flaum in New York and Peter Stone in Palo Alto are co-chairs of the global securities litigation practice. The firm has an impressive roster of investment bank clients and New York-based global litigation chair Barry Sher and Joshua Hamilton in Los Angeles obtained the dismissal of all claims against the underwriters of the SeaWorld Entertainment IPO, including Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. Sher and Flaum represented UBS in securities fraud litigation relating to the NS Repack CDO. New York’s Kevin Logue secured the dismissal of two complaints against Brookfield Investment Management in a high-profile case that raised questions about statutes of repose. Los Angeles-based William Sullivan, who is known for his ‘experience, understanding and sound advice’, obtained confirmation that the DOJ will not bring charges against individual executives of Countrywide in relation to mortgage-backed securities. Samuel Cooper in Houston is also recommended.

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United States: Finance

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Consistently good’, Paul Hastings LLP is lauded for its ‘knowledgeable and confident lawyers’ and its ‘strong experience across a wide variety of capital markets matters’. The group’s Latin America expertise is also a notable strength and Michael Fitzgerald and Joy Gallup acted for the global coordinators and initial purchasers in a landmark dual-tranche $2bn bond offering by Mexico City Airport Trust. The same team also advised underwriters Goldman Sachs, HSBC Securities and Morgan Stanley on Televisa’s $1.2bn senior notes offering. Cathleen McLaughlin is ‘very efficient, knowledgeable and resourceful’ and acted for the government of Jamaica in its $743.2m bond offering. Michael Zuppone chairs the largely New York-based department.

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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 underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘excellent’ capital markets practice comprises ‘very responsive lawyers’. Among the names to note in New York, Latin America group lead Michael Fitzgerald impresses in Mexico-related matters and recently acted with Joy Gallup to advise Fideicomiso Hipotecario on its $170m follow-on offering. Fitzgerald also teamed up with Arturo Carrillo to advise Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank as the lead underwriters on a $175m follow-on offering by Mexican airline Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación. Yariv Katz acted for Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as joint book-running managers, in Sun Communities’ $284m follow-on offering. Jeff Hartlin, who splits his time between Palo Alto and San Diego, and San Diego-based Teri O’Brien are also recommended.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Led by Michael Zuppone in New York, the ‘excellent and very responsive team’ at Paul Hastings LLP regularly acts for issuers and underwriters. The firm is especially noted for its strong Latin America practice, which goes beyond Mexico - where Michael Fitzgerald is virtually unrivalled - into other key jurisdictions such as Brazil, Colombia and Peru. This reach was strengthened through the opening of a new office in Sao Paulo, where local partner Roberta Bassegio is considered ‘very good’, as well as the recruitment of highly rated Latin America experts Robert Kartheiser and Cathleen McLaughlin from Allen & Overy LLP’s New York office. The firm recently advised Citigroup, HSBC and JP Morgan, as global coordinators and initial purchasers, on the dual-tranche $2bn bond offering by the Mexico City Airport Trust. On the issuer side, the firm acted for Mexican refrigerated food company Sigma in its $1bn bond offering.

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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’s renowned Latin America expertise is a significant draw and it regularly secures key roles on some of the region’s most high-profile capital markets deals, particularly for issuers. In a recent headline example, Michael Fitzgerald and Joy Gallup advised Crédito Real on its $625m international bond offering, which was the largest high-yield debt placement by any Mexico-based issuer in 2016. Michael Zuppone chairs a New York-based group that also includes Cathleen McLaughlin, who focuses on cross-border financings in Latin America and Europe.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘excellent’ finance group has, over the past few years, made a big investment into its practice, particularly on the leveraged finance side, where the highly respected Michael Baker and John Cobb lead the practice. The firm has achieved considerable success acting for banks such as Barclays Bank, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, on LBOs. Notable mandates included advising the lenders, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, on $5bn-worth of facilities to finance Bass Pro Group’s acquisition of Cabela, and assisting Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Barclays Bank and Wells Fargo Securities with a $1.15bn loan to fund a dividend recapitalization and the refinancing and consolidation of debt facilities associated with ArcLight’s portfolio companies. The firm had a number of departures this year, including Michael Michetti to Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, and William Schwitter, Michael Chernick and Jeffrey Pellegrino to Allen & Overy.

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 6

Paul Hastings LLP

Despite the departure of the firm’s principal bank regulatory lawyer Gerard Comizio in December 2016 to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Paul Hastings LLP remains a ‘very credible’ proposition in the payments space. Atlanta-based Chris Daniel is an ‘undoubted market leader’ for payments-related matters and, in a matter that involves coordination with numerous other offices throughout the firm’s European and Asian network, is advising Visa on the development and implementation of a global money transfer program. Fellow Atlanta lawyer Todd Beauchamp also has deep and broad knowledge in the fintech space and alongside Daniel is advising leading bitcoin exchange Coinbase on regulatory matters related to virtual currencies. Washington DC-based Behnam Dayanim excels at advising clients on matters sitting at the intersection of gaming, privacy and financial services regulatory. Other clients include Facebook, MoneyGram and InComm.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Commended for its ‘drafting skills, responsiveness and depth of project finance knowledge’, Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘excellent, efficient’ department is headed by the New York-based Robert Kartheiser, who regularly handles Latin American infrastructure project finance. The team acted for Acciona Energy North America on the purchase and sale of various US wind farms; the Washington DC-based William DeGrandis acted for Yahoo! Energy on a wind hedging agreement with Own Energy for Yahoo!’s data centre in Kansas, and advised it on the purchase of solar generation assets for its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. On the lender side, the practice assisted KeyBank National Association with various construction financings and term loan financings relating to solar power projects throughout the US. The department is also active on the oil and gas side: John Cobb and Sanjay Thapar advised Morgan Stanley Senior Funding and BMO Capital Markets as lead arrangers and bookrunners on the $1.1bn financing of ArcLight Energy Partners’ acquisition of Gulf Oil from Cumberland Farms. On the cross-border front, the practice advised York Capital Management on a construction loan for a solar power facility being developed in the Caribbean by one of the fund’s subsidiaries.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Contentious and commercial regulatory work are the cornerstones of Paul Hastings LLP’s regulatory practice, which is led by Washington DC partner William DeGrandis. Areas of expertise include FERC applications, as well as FERC and CFTC investigation and enforcement proceedings. DeGrandis advised start-up energy storage company GlidePath on a number of federal and state regulatory interconnection and transmission matters. He also assisted East River Electric Power, Corn Belt Power and Northwest Iowa Power with their FERC applications to become full transmission owner members of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). Notably, Kevin Poloncarz represented a coalition of major power companies, including Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, in litigation challenging the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and related new source standards.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Project finance and acquisition finance are the cornerstones of Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘responsive’ practice, which is commended for its ‘draftsmanship and deep knowledge’. New York-based corporate finance specialist Cathleen McLaughlin frequently handles cross-border work and assisted Hidroeléctrica Huanchor with obtaining a $274m loan for the development and operation of the 20MW Central Hidroeléctrica Rucuy hydropower plant in Peru. Robert Kartheiser is also recommended.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s team is most active in project finance and acquisition finance. It has handled strong domestic work for clients including Tall Oak Midstream, JPMorgan Chase Bank and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, but its Latin America practice is especially strong. New York’s Cathleen McLaughlin acted for Hidroeléctrica Huanchor as borrower regarding a $274m loan for the DBFMO aspects of the 20MW Central Hidroeléctrica Rucuy power plant in Peru.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘responsive, practical, efficient and experienced’ team has ‘exceptional industry knowledge’; it assists clients with project development, project finance, PPAs and regulatory litigation. In Washington DC, William DeGrandis and Stephen Kinnaird defended Midland Power Cooperative before the FERC regarding the client’s obligations under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act. San Francisco’s Peter Weiner heads the practice.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

At Paul Hastings LLP, Gordon Hart advises on a mix of permitting, transactional and regulatory matters; Robert Hoffman has notable expertise in hazardous waste management issues; and Peter Weiner advises on renewable energy, contaminated site cleanup, redevelopment and Occupational Safety and Health Administration matters. Clients include First Solar, Boeing and the Related Companies; the firm advised the latter on negotiations with Santa Clara City Council, successfully securing an approval for a $6.5bn private development in Silicon Valley. The group also assists Genentech with various matters related to the investigation and cleanup of a facility, along with the sale of the property to a mixed-use developer.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

At Paul Hastings LLP, Peter Weiner’s team includes Gordon Hart, who focuses on environmental and land use law, and, in Washington DC, Tom Mounteer and Lisa Rushton. Mounteer advises on business transactions in the real estate space, while Rushton advises real estate developers, investment funds and financial institutions on the environmental laws and regulations associated with transactions. In a recent highlight, the team assisted Tall Oak Midstream with the environmental aspects of the $1.5bn sale of its subsidiaries to a subsidiary of EnLink, and also advised General Electric on its assignment of a credit facility in connection with its sale of a Mexican real estate portfolio.

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United States: Intellectual property

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

Paul Hastings LLP

The team at Paul Hastings LLP has ‘a strong technical background and sound legal acumen, which allows for solid results’, and provides ‘advice which is well thought out, researched and clearly explained’. New York-based Joseph O’Malley and Palo Alto-based Yar Chaikovsky are ‘highly knowledgeable and skilled IP litigators’, and Naveen Modi in Washington DC provides ‘strong analytical analysis which puts him ahead in arguments’. The firm handles matters across a broad spectrum of sectors and is noted for its strength in post-grant proceedings; highlights included representing Helsinn Group in two post-grant review petitions, where Dr Reddy’s Laboratories sought to invalidate patents covering the client’s Aloxi drug product. The group also acted for Trend Micro in a suit brought by Intellectual Ventures, successfully securing a verdict of invalidity and non-infringement.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘exceptional’ group is jointly headed by Victoria Cundiff in New York and Palo Alto-based Bradford Newman, who is the founder of the firm’s international employee mobility and trade secrets practice. Newman is experienced in prosecuting data theft cases for Fortune 100 companies and is representing Thermo Fisher Scientific in proceedings against a Fluidigm executive pertaining to alleged retention of confidential data and employee raiding. Other highlights included acting for Veeco in a trade secrets dispute against a former executive regarding metal organic chemical vapor deposition technology, and defending Goldman Sachs Group in a breach of contract case in the New York Supreme Court brought by Netologic. Los Angeles-based Jennifer Baldocchi is acting for AeroVironment in a dispute alleging data theft and breaches of non-compete clauses against former employees. Mark Pollack in Chicago and Carson Sullivan are representing Harvest Power in a dispute alleging data theft by former employees. Allan Soobert defended Samsung in a RICO-based action under the Economic Espionage Act. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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

At Paul Hastings LLP, Arthur Zwickel and associate David Hong advised LongTail Alpha, a new manager founded by a former managing director of Pimco, on the formation of two master-feeder hedge funds, and is providing ongoing regulatory advice. The pair also advised ICG Advisors on two seed investment transactions and on the structuring of a fund-of-funds. Tram Ngyuen and Yousuf Dhamee, who joined the firm from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, advise funds on day-to-day regulatory matters as well as on complex, cross-border fund formations. Other than Ngyuen in New York, named lawyers are base in Los Angeles.

Leading lawyers

David Hong - Paul Hastings LLP

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

Paul Hastings LLP

In a highlight matter for Paul Hastings LLP’s New York team, practice head Michael Rosella and of counsel Vadim Avdeychik, who joined from Pimco’s in-house team, advised Gabelli Funds on the creation of five ETFs, including a media mogul fund and a social responsibility fund. Rosella also assisted Tocqueville Trust with obtaining a no-action letter from the SEC to enable its gold fund portfolio to store bullion in the Brinks Depository. In the San Francisco office, the ‘diligent, responsive, knowledgeable and efficientDavid Hearth (for some, ‘the top registered funds lawyer on the West Coast’) advised the independent trustees of the RS Funds on the adviser’s acquisition by Victory Capital Management. Other clients include Eaton Vance. The firm further strengthened its West Coast capability with the recruitment of Yousuf Dhamee in Los Angeles from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Leading lawyers

David Hearth - Paul Hastings LLP

Next generation lawyers

Vadim Avdeychik - Paul Hastings LLP

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Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘extremely supportive, responsive and knowledgeable’ practice has particular strength in cross-border work and a track record advising on mandates involving non-traditional investments. New York-based Josh Sternoff (‘very practical and grasps the issues very quickly’) regularly acts for Apollo Global Management and AEW Capital Management, the latter of which he advised on the final closing of a $450m Jersey-based fund formed to invest in Asian real estate. Also in New York, Thomas Rao is advising Primary Wave Music on a fund seeking to invest in music copyrights. The firm fields funds capabilities on both coasts: in Palo Alto, Rob Carlson (who ‘provides balanced advice and works with the issues’) advised Nyca Investment Fund, a venture capital fund focused exclusively on fintech, on the sale of limited partner interests. Also recommended are Tram Nguyen in New York and Yousuf Dhamee in Los Angeles, both new hires from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

At Paul Hastings LLP, Stephen Harris, Lawrence Hass and Mark Poerio lead the ERISA practice from Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC respectively. The team, which handles high-value, complex litigation, has recently worked on cases pertaining to benefits claims, specifically in connection with allegations of wrongful benefits termination, the offsetting of benefits, and ACA issues. Recent work highlights also include a multi-employer withdrawal liability suit. New York-based Patrick Shea is also a key contact.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP provides ‘technically sound but also commercial and user-friendly’ advice for ‘fees that represent good value for money’ and advises clients such as Equinox and Brocade. Mark Poerio in Washington DC jointly leads the team with Lawrence Hass in New York and Los Angeles-based Stephen Harris, who supports the firm’s corporate practice by handling the benefits issues of major transactions. Washington DC-based Eric Keller is also a key contact.

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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

Paul Hastings LLP handles an array of class actions and individual cases, including wage and hour, systemic discrimination and whistleblowing disputes. Leslie Abbott is defending Activision Blizzard in an ongoing misclassification and overtime dispute with a former employee. Marc Bernstein represented TransRe in a SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against an employee. Other clients include CVC Capital Partners, General Electric and Unum. Additional names to note include practice head Patrick Shea, Jeffrey Wohl, Zach Hutton, Kenneth Willner, Barbara Brown, Neal Mollen, Carson Sullivan, Nancy Abell, Donna Melby, George Abele, Elena Baca, Stephen Sonnenberg, Kenneth Gage and associate Felicia Davis. Named attorneys are based across Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington DC.

Leading individual

Barbara Brown - Paul Hastings LLP

Nancy Abell - Paul Hastings LLP

Patrick Shea - Paul Hastings LLP

Next generation lawyers

Felicia Davis - Paul Hastings LLP

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Recent mandates for Paul Hastings LLP include advising clients from sectors such as insurance, technology and finance on disputes, investigations, preventing the misappropriation of trade secrets, and other matters. The team also handles the employment aspects of corporate transactions and compliance with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, among other work. The practice, which is led by Patrick Shea, counts LinkedIn, Samsung and Kmart among its clients. Kenneth Willner is highly regarded for pre-employment tests and Kenneth Gage leads the workplace retaliation and whistleblower defense group. In Los Angeles, Nancy Abell and Al Latham are standout figures, as is Heather Morgan, who leads the workforce data and technology team. Other experienced practitioners include Jon Geier, Stephen Sonnenberg and Bradford Newman; of counsel Tammy Daub joined from the Department of Labor (DOL); and Kirby Wilcox transitioned to senior counsel.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP impresses with its roles in US-Asia transactions, thanks partly to its ‘good outbound Chinese practice’ and ‘high-quality people in Beijing’. Illustrating its strength in US-Asia deals, it advised Samsung Electronics on its $8bn acquisition of Harman International Industries, in what was the largest-ever Korean outbound M&A transaction. The firm is also strong in cross-border deals outside of Asia and in addition has a sizable domestic M&A practice. As an example of the latter, the firm advised longstanding client and NYSE-listed ExamWorks on its $2.2bn sale to private equity house Leonard Green & Partners. In another key transaction, the firm advised Brocade Communications on its $1.5bn acquisition of Ruckus Wireless via a part cash and part stock exchange offer; this was a rare instance of an M&A transaction structured as an exchange offer. Key partners include Los Angeles-based David Hernand and Robert Miller, head of the New York M&A practice David Shine, New York partner Samuel Waxman and San Diego-based global chair of the M&A group Carl Sanchez.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP reinforced its department by hiring San Francisco-based Steve Camahort, Michael Kennedy and Dana Kromm from Shearman & Sterling LLP in 2016; the new group’s clients include Francisco Partners, Symphony Technology Group and Vector Capital. The overall team is hailed as ‘outstanding’, ’accessible and very knowledgeable’, ‘skillful’ and ‘a pleasure to work with’; it is recommended for its ‘full complement of specialties’, which include bankruptcy and restructuring, M&A, antitrust and litigation. The private equity team is principally spread across the firm’s offices in California and Chicago, and key clients include Pfingsten Partners, GI Partners and HIG Capital. Highlight deals included advising GI Partners, in partnership with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, on the $950m acquisition of Netsmart Technologies. Orange County’s William Simpson and Brandon Howald and Los Angeles-based Robert Miller are highly recommended.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s practice is co-chaired by Washington DC-based Behnam Dayanim and San Francisco’s Thomas Counts and also has strength in New York. Counts is a litigator focusing on privacy, data security law and other technology-related litigation, while Dayanim is an expert in regulatory compliance, internal and regulatory investigations, and data breach response. Demonstrating its strengths in fintech, the team assisted NerdWallet with the development of a privacy and compliance charter, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and FCRA compliance, and an overall audit program. For the US branch of a cosmetics company, the team assisted with a range of privacy and digital marketing issues and the negotiation of contracts with service providers, and advised on regulatory obligations. JP Morgan Chase, Marsh McLennon, Paysafe, Pfizer, Syniverse Technologies, Visa and Arby’s are all clients.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP is recommended for advising on revenue-generating strategic alliances and joint ventures, and also has a healthy pipeline of technology-related corporate and M&A deals; also of note, it has technology sector strength in Northern as well as Southern California and broadcast sector expertise in Washington DC. Recent highlights include advising Samsung Electronics on its $8bn acquisition of Harman International Industries, which marked the largest Korean outbound M&A transaction on record; Palo Alto’s Matthew Berger advising Facebook on a multi-jurisdictional survey of laws and regulations, involving the establishment and operation of its global data centers; and Los Angeles-based David Hernand assisting DreamWorks Animation with selling 25% of its AwesomenessTV business unit to Verizon. Other recommended advisers include Palo Alto’s Tiffany Lee, who focuses on IP issues and drafting development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution agreements; Jeff Hartlin in Palo Alto; Washington DC-based Eric Greenberg, Tara Giunta and Sherrese Smith; and New York-based Samuel Waxman.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team is highly praised by clients for its regulatory expertise, especially in the broadcast, spectrum auction and channel-sharing arenas. Practice head Eric Greenberg and Sherrese Smith are advising multiple television broadcasters in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction and are also representing the National Association of Broadcasters in its efforts to reduce the media ownership restrictions which prevent consolidation among media companies. Smith is also advising Tegna on how to preserve a joint sales agreement that the FCC had previously ordered to be terminated. The firm is launching a new Internet of Things (IoT) practice, which is a significant area of focus for Smith. Regulations surrounding financings are also a strength; clients include Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Royal Bank of Canada. Other clients include Cox Communications, ION Media Networks and 21st Century Fox.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s clients rate its ‘deal-making abilities as truly top class’ and praise it as ‘one of the most knowledgeable teams in the broadcast and digital media space’. The Washington DC-based department utilizes individuals from the firm’s M&A, private equity, leveraged finance and privacy practices, and is led by ‘true deal-makerEric Greenberg. The department has been highly active in the spectrum auction field and recently acted for a number of clients in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction, advising on multiple transactional and regulatory issues and also negotiating several channel-sharing agreements for the clients; Greenberg and ‘incredibly creative problem-solverSherrese Smith led the matter. Other key deals include Palo Alto-based Tiffany Lee advising Brocade Communications Systems on its $1.5bn acquisition of Ruckus Wireless and, in Los Angeles, David Hernand, who is recommended for media-related mandates, and of counsel Ron Ben-Yehuda assisting DreamWorks Animation with the sale of a stake in AwesomenessTV to Verizon.

Leading lawyers

Eric Greenberg - Paul Hastings LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sherrese Smith - Paul Hastings LLP

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United States: Real estate

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

Paul Hastings LLP

The advice from Paul Hastings LLP is ‘first rate’ and is given with a ‘deep understanding of how to mitigate risks and gain approvals’. A California-focused practice, the group operates across the state through its offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The primary focus is real estate development, where the team has been acting for the Related Companies in relation to a 9m-acre mixed-use development in Santa Clara. Other clients in 2016 included Townscape Partners, for which Los Angeles-based co-head Jeffrey Haber led advice on developments on Sunset Boulevard that will include multibillion-dollar hotels, condominiums and mixed-use developments. Los Angeles-based Mitchell Menzer is the other co-head of the team, and San Francisco-based Gordon Hart is also recommended.

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

Paul Hastings LLP

The REIT practice at Paul Hastings LLP provides a ‘very client-oriented service’, with ‘matters leanly staffed’ and ‘partners always intimately involved in matters’. The six-partner team is led from New York by Michael Zuppone and includes the ‘always responsive and extremely diligentYariv Katz. Katz advised Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as joint book-running managers for Sun Communities’ follow-on public offering of common stock. Other regular clients include Strategic Hotels & Resorts, BMO Capital Markets and JP Morgan.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP

In international tax matters, the New York-based team at Paul Hastings LLP advises clients such as Brookfield Investment Management, Credit Suisse, Fortress Investment Group and Platinum Equity. The chair of the tax department, Andrew Short, advised Japanese Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Bay City Capital and Deerfield Management on the launch of Bridge Medicines, a new drug discovery company, while Joseph Opich advised Suddenlink Communications on its sale to French company Altice Communications in a transaction valued at $9.1bn. Alexander Lee, who recently left for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, supported FountainVest Partners on the establishment of a joint venture with WME IMG, Sequoia Capital China and Tencent. Synchrony Bank and Hyundai Asset Management are new clients for the department.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s practice is particularly active on cross-border matters spanning Asia, Latin America and Europe. Recent mandates include advising Takeda Pharmaceutical and healthcare investment firms Bay City Capital and Deerfield Management on the tax aspects of the launch of drug discovery company Bridge Medicines; Andrew Short advised on that matter and leads the team, which includes Alexander Lee, who played a key tax advisory role for Dick Clark Productions during its $1bn sale to Dalian Wanda Group. Other highlights included advising Elanco US and its subsidiary Eli Lilly and Company on the tax aspects of its $885m acquisition of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica’s US feline, canine and rabies vaccines portfolio.

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