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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘extremely responsive’ team ‘has a very good knowledge of the industry’ and ‘balances its technical legal advice with solid, practical business advice’. The firm’s client roster includes a range of developers, institutional fund managers and domestic and overseas investors, as well as government entities and major institutional owners, and the team assists with the full range of transactions. Notable highlights included representing CIM Group in a number of acquisitions, joint ventures and loan transactions for development properties across Manhattan, Chicago and San Francisco, among other cities; these included the $685m acquisitions of the Jehovah Witnesses’ ‘Watchtower’ building, and the equity and debt financing of Sunset La Cienega, a multi-use project including residential units, hotels and retail space. In another highlight, the group acted for HCP in a number of healthcare REIT transactions, including the $1.1bn sale of 64 senior housing communities to affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors. The practice is jointly chaired by the ‘pragmaticMeredith Kane, who acts for developers, equity investors and government agencies on funding and transactional matters, and Harris Freidus, who has notable gaming and hospitality expertise. Salvatore Gogliormella is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Meredith Kane - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Next generation lawyers

Salvatore Gogliormella - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

At Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a New York-based team consisting of Roberto Finzi, Brad Karp, Elizabeth Sacksteder, Aidan Synnott, Theodore Wells Jr and Moses Silverman is acting as lead US counsel to Deutsche Bank in multi-jurisdictional investigations into the setting of various Interbank Offered Rates. The group is also assisting the same client with around 50 related individual and class actions. Other key clients in relation to cartel matters include Cigna, MasterCard and Sharp. Washington DC-based attorneys include Charles Rule, Joseph Simons, Joseph Bial and Kenneth Gallo.

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

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s strengths in particularly complex, multidimensional antitrust litigation are underpinned by the fact that it acts for clients such as MasterCard, Becton Dickinson and Mitsubishi. Martin Flumenbaum, Kenneth Gallo and William Michael are defending Bumble Bee Seafoods against class action claims and in opt-out litigation in connection with an alleged packaged seafood price-fixing conspiracy. The firm is also representing Deutsche Bank in more than 50 individual and class actions connected with alleged manipulation of IBOR rates. Charles Rule, Robert Atkins, Craig Benson, Aidan Synnott, Jonathan Kanter and Joseph Bial are among other standout practitioners. Named practitioners are based in New York or Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Charles Rule - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s team is ‘at the high end of the scale for knowledge, expertise and experience’ when it comes to high-stakes merger control matters. Key figures include Jonathan Kanter, who is ‘available around the clock’, and New York-based Aidan Synnott, who delivers ‘level-headed, thoughtful and practical advice’. Synnott heads the practice with Kenneth Gallo, Charles Rule and Joseph Simons. In 2017, a team including Scott Barshay in New York and Andrew Forman acted as corporate and antitrust counsel to Ariad Pharmaceuticals in its $5.2bn sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical. On the merger litigation front, Joseph Bial, counsel Daniel Howley and others represented Cigna in a lawsuit brought by the DOJ and several states seeking to block the client’s proposed $54bn headline merger with Anthem. The team has also acted for clients such as Kate Spade & Company, Virtu Financial and Eli Lilly. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s New York-based team comprises ‘white-collar legends and elite trial luminaries’ that are ‘without peer’. The firm is noted for its ability to handle individual and corporate representations in almost every major regulated industry. The group acted for JPMorgan Chase in a major US government FCPA investigation into hiring practices in its Chinese office, averting criminal charges. The firm is also representing Citigroup in a variety of investigatory matters before the DOJ, including in a global AML probe. In a non-institutional mandate, it is acting as lead counsel to 21st Century Fox on multiple investigations concerning allegations of sexual harassment against the former CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, and the presenter, Bill O’Reilly. The group also acts for a variety of senior executives in FCPA, insider trading and fraud matters, in addition to representations before major congressional inquiries. Key practitioners include Lorin Reisner, who co-chairs the white-collar and regulatory defense practice; Theodore Wells, who is ‘an unparalleled legal expert’; Daniel Kramer; and Roberto Gonzalez, who specializes in AML and sanctions matters. Firm chairman Brad Karp is also highly regarded.

Leading lawyers

Theodore Wells - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Financial services litigation
Financial services litigation - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Recognized by one client as the ‘ne plus ultra’ of financial services litigation practices, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a ‘well-established reputation’ representing a broad array of financial services clients facing reputation threatening agency enforcements/investigations and private litigation. ‘Excellent’ team head Brad Karp continues to represent Citigroup across a range of private litigation and regulatory enforcement/investigations including in disputes relating to its RMBS exposure. Recent successes for the bank include successfully resolving the multi-year, multi-agency global AML investigation and successfully securing dismissal by the appellate court in a high-profile precedent-setting $800m holder claim brought against it. The firm has also been involved in numerous market manipulation cases and as well as its high-profile work for Deutsche Bank in Libor matters, also represents Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) as one of the defendants in a putative class action alleging forex rigging. Praised for his ‘prodigious work ethic and practical business sense’, the ‘world classDaniel Kramer has vast experience acting for financial services entities in litigation and agency investigations, and has recently handled numerous high-profile insider trading matters, including the representation of SAC Capital and Steve Cohen in one of the biggest civil insider trading cases ever filed. Richard Rosen and Bruce Birenboim are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Daniel Kramer - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

The ‘knowledgeable and thorough’ New York-based team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is well versed in high-profile controversies and investigations which gain nationwide attention. In 2017, such engagements included acting as lead counsel to 21st Century Fox in the internal investigation of claims against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes by female colleagues, and the investigation of claims related to former Fox News TV personality Bill O’Reilly; the legal team included Lynn Bayard, David Brown, Michele Hirshman, Daniel Kramer, and veteran litigator Theodore Wells. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, ExxonMobil and the NFL. Jay Cohen is noted for his ‘good instincts and good judgment’. Jack Baughman, Jaren Janghorbani, firm chairman Brad Karp and litigation co-chair Michael Gertzman are names to note.

Leading lawyers

Theodore Wells - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Leading trial lawyers

Theodore Wells - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLPTheodore Wellswalks on water’ in high-profile trials nationwide, ranging from private class actions and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuits to claims involving sexual harassment and retaliation against entertainment companies. From ExxonMobil to the National Football League, the largest corporations trust Wells with high-stakes disputes; he sought settlement approval in concussion litigation for the latter, and is defending the former in environmental investigations brought by a coalition of state attorneys general.

Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLPBrad Karp’s broad specialism in general commercial disputes includes securities litigation, regulatory matters and financial disputes. Karp defended Citigroup against several claims arising from Lehman Brothers’ collapse, including representing the client at trial in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In another highlight, Karp represented the National Football League in an appeal challenging the outcome of the ‘Deflategate’ internal investigation.

Leading trial lawyers

Theodore Wells - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Jay Cohen - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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M&A litigation: defense
M&A litigation: defense - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is ‘a premier firm for M&A defense, highly respected and very professional’ and clients praise the litigators for ‘their vigor, their insight and their experience’. Stephen Lamb in Wilmington, who served as Vice Chancellor in the Delaware Court of Chancery, is one of the firm’s ‘truly exceptional lawyers’ along with New York partners Geoff Chepiga, Richard Rosen, Andrew Gordon and Daniel Toal. Chepiga and Toal successfully resolved several cases for Air Methods Corporation arising from its $2.5bn sale to affiliates of American Securities LLC, in which shareholders challenged the going-private transaction. Lamb and Gordon were part of a large team that acted for the defendants in one of the most closely watched M&A litigation suits of 2017, which concerned the $5.3bn acquisition of medical diagnostic company Alere by Abbott Laboratories. Abbott filed suit against Alere in an attempt to terminate the deal but the final settlement saw the transaction conclude for a slightly reduced price per share.

Leading lawyers

Stephen Lamb - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Outstanding firmPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York is ‘without peer on all criteria’, according to one client. ‘Fabulous lawyer’ and firm chair Brad Karpmay be the best lawyer in the US’, says another. ‘We trust his judgment implicitly’ say clients of Daniel Kramer, who has ‘great practical business sense, unparalleled legal experience, a prodigious work ethic and a longstanding reputation for both ethical and intellectual integrity’. ‘Truly exceptional lawyerAndrew Ehrlich is ‘particularly impressive’ and co-chairs the securities litigation group with Susanna Buergel and Audra Soloway. Karp and Buergel scored an appellate victory for Citigroup in an $800m investor claim that alleged fraudulent misrepresentation of its exposure to subprime mortgage assets. Leading light Richard Rosen and Washington DC-based rising star Jane O’Brien succeeded in having the majority of claims against Alere Inc dismissed in cases alleging that the company improperly recognized revenue for subsidiaries in Africa and China, and failed to disclose the need to recall diagnostic products. Geoff Chepiga and Washington DC-based Charles Davidow are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Daniel Kramer - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Richard Rosen - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jane O’Brien - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States: Finance

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

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s broad debt capability is particularly strong on the issuer side but the group also enjoys good links with underwriters. The telecoms, technology and energy sectors are all strong sources of work and it also regularly represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies. New York’s John Kennedy co-heads the North American capital markets and securities practice and recently advised Michael Kors on its $450m offering of senior notes. Andrew Foley, who splits his time between Toronto and New York, advised Canadian Natural Resources on three notes offerings totaling around $3bn. Department co-chair Gregory Ezring and corporate deputy chair Monica Thurmond are also recommended - both are based in New York.

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

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s issuer-focused practice, which is centered in New York, is sought after for its ‘extremely pro-business approach’ and its ‘broad sector expertise’. Raphael Russo had a stand-out year on the equity side, which included advising the issuers on the $152m IPO of J. Jill and the $345m IPO of Mosaic Acquisition. In fact, the group had a strong year for IPOs generally, with ‘outstanding’ department co-head John Kennedy also advising Preferred Sands on its $100m IPO and David Huntington advising MPM Holdings on its $250m IPO. The team also includes high-profile department co-chair Gregory Ezring and key partner Monica Thurmond.

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Capital markets: global offerings
Capital markets: global offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Traditionally stronger on the issuer side, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP advised the underwriters on several high-profile offerings during 2017, particularly in Canada where its strong institutional relationships continue to pay dividends. Most notably, it advised the underwriters on a $3.5bn share offering by TransCanada and also on a $1.5bn note offering by TransCanada. It also advised the underwriters on a string of bond offerings by Canada’s Enbridge, which included a $1.5bn bond deal. On the issuer side, New York’s Andrew Foley acted for Canada’s Cenovus Energy on three securities deals, including a C$3bn share offering. Outside of Canada, the team advised Ireland’s Glenveagh Properties on its €550m IPO in Dublin and London, as well as its private placement in the US.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

A popular choice for private equity issuers, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP fields ‘a proactive and client-oriented’ New York-based team, which ‘intuitively understands how to maneuver deals through tricky tight spots’. Gregory Ezring is ‘an effective adviser’ and with Brian Janson and Tracey Zaccone advised Rackspace Hosting on its $1.2bn offering of senior notes to help finance the $4.4bn leveraged buyout of the company by Apollo Global Management. John Kennedy co-heads the practice alongside Ezring and assisted Virtu Financial with an offering by its subsidiaries of $500m of senior notes. The energy and natural resources industry is also a significant source of work, with the group recently advising on high-yield debt offerings by EP Energy, Foresight Energy and Iamgold. Monica Thurmond, who is deputy chair of the corporate department, and Catherine Goodall are also recommended.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has an excellent borrower-side practice that carries out a good mix of sponsor- and corporate-led work. The firm demonstrated its capacity to handle major corporate transactions through its advice to Qualcomm on the financing of its $47bn acquisition of Dutch company NXP Semiconductors, the largest European tech deal to date. Another major corporate deal was advising global fashion luxury brand Michael Kors Holdings on the $2bn financing of its takeover of luxury footwear maker Jimmy Choo. On the private equity side, the firm benefits greatly from its strong relationship with Apollo, and lawyers recently advised one of the fund’s portfolio companies, Novitex Holdings, on the financing for it $2.8bn merger with SourceHOV and Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2. The firm also advised Apollo Global Management on its $2.2bn acquisition of Rackspace Hosting, a Texas-based cloud computing company. The firm boasts several top-notch partners, including group head Gregory Ezring, Eric Goodison, Brian Janson, Brad Finkelstein, Mark Wlazlo, Brian Kim and Thomas de la Bastide.

Leading lawyers

Gregory Ezring - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Next generation lawyers

Brian Janson - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

The New York-based bankruptcy and corporate reorganization practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP regularly represents clients on both sides: highlighting its creditor-side expertise, the team was engaged by an ad hoc group of senior unsecured creditors and later appointed by the official committee of unsecured creditors in Paragon Offshore’s $2bn Chapter 11. It also advised Apollo Capital Management on an $800m DIP financing facility to Westinghouse Electric Company. In the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s unprecedented restructuring of $18bn of debt, Andrew Rosenberg is acting for an ad hoc group of Puerto Rico general obligation bondholders. The group has also increased the prominence of its debtor practice, where Alan Kornberg and Brian Hermann recently led the representation of subsidiaries of CGG, which included dual track US Chapter 11 and French sauvegarde proceedings in addition to US Chapter 15 proceedings. In another highlight, the group advised Foresight Energy on its $2bn out-of-court restructuring and subsequent $1.3bn refinancing. The company-side practice was further strengthened by the addition of Paul Basta, previously at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, as co-chair of the department alongside Kornberg. Stephen Shimshak now acts as of counsel and Kyle Kimpler made partner.

Leading lawyers

Alan Kornberg - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Andrew Rosenberg - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul Basta - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP handles a variety of hedging and swap transactions for its substantial private equity and asset manager client base. The derivatives and structured products team has experience of handling standalone derivatives transactions, as well as advising on structured products in the context of M&A deals. Group head Manuel Frey advised Ariad Pharmaceuticals on the unwinding of outstanding convertible note hedge transactions in connection with its $5.2bn acquisition of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. The team’s additional expertise encompasses OTC compliance, trading, and various other regulatory compliance matters.

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is considered pre-eminent for issuer-side advice on whole-business securitizations, and has extensive experience of property-assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds, CLOs, cell tower securitizations and IP securitizations. Jordan Yarett acted on the whole-business securitization of Coinstar, which was the first transaction of its kind to use a franchising structure for a non-franchised company. Robert Zochowski has considerable experience in energy and media and entertainment-related securitizations. Lender clients include Guggenheim Securities and Deutsche Bank Securities. Eric Goodison and Lawrence Wee are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Jordan Yarett - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has been engaged on some of the highest-profile disputes and investigations in sport, with the concussion multidistrict litigation for the NFL particularly standing out. Head of the sport practice Brad Karp, together with Bruce Birenboim and Theodore Wells, is defending the NFL and various franchises against claims brought by 100 former players who chose to opt out of the global class action settlement. Christopher Boehning successfully defended Swiss marketing company Infront Sports & Media against a putatitive class action case brought against Infront and five other defendants, including FIFA, relating to the sale and distribution of tickets and hospitality packages for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Key highlights on the transactional side include Angelo Bonvino and Monica Thurmond advising KPS Capital Partners on its $425m acquisition of TaylorMade Golf Company from Adidas and Neil Goldman and Charles Googe assisting MLB Advanced Media with service and licensing arrangements concerning the rollout of HBO Now as a SaaS platform. Justin Hamill advised Endeavor on the merger of its subsidiary company, IMG College, with integrated marketing solutions provider Learfield.

Leading lawyers

Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Next generation lawyers

Justin Hamill - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is particularly noted for its representation of songwriters, music publishers and trade associations, but it also has expertise in the wider media and entertainment sector. The group represents the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in various matters, including major rate-setting proceedings. It is also representing Altice USA in a re-transmission consent dispute filed by CBS, which was resolved out of court. New York litigators Lynn Bayard, Jay Cohen and Les Fagen are the key contacts.

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Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 4

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP combines ‘perfect response times’ with ‘deep industry knowledge’. The practice’s main line of activity is high-stakes competitor litigation, in particular technology-, life sciences- and electronics-related disputes. Washington DC’s David Ball, who ‘shows strength in litigation strategy development’, joined forces with practice head Nicholas Groombridge and Eric Alan Stone, both based in New York, to represent Biogen in a long-running litigation against several competitors regarding patents covering Biogen’s blockbuster drug Avonex®. Additionally, the practice is acting for Amgen in multiple interconnected high-stakes suits against Sandoz, Apotex and Coherus and Hospira, involving appellate work and a Supreme Court petition, and in a recent PTAB highlight, the group successfully represented Epson in an IPR against Cascades Projection regarding a digital projection system patent. Catherine Nyarady in New York and Kenneth Gallo in Washington DC are also noted. In Washington DC, Steven Baughman and counsel Megan Raymond joined from Ropes & Gray LLP.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLPcompares very favorably with the other top players in the hedge fund space - the senior members of the team are all great lawyers’. Udi Grofman is ‘very loyal, has great business judgment and good industry insight’ - he acts as primary outside counsel to Blackstone Alternative Asset Management’s fund-of-hedge funds business. Amran Hussein and Marco Masotti continue to advise Avenue Capital on a range of matters, including fund formation and regulation. Other clients include King Street Capital, HPS Investment Partners and Reservoir Capital. All named individuals are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Udi Grofman - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Next generation lawyers

Amran Hussein - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which has a practice straddling private equity and hedge funds, ‘has a great depth of knowledge and experience’. The team handles heavyweight buyout funds, as well as some significant debt fund mandates. Clients ‘have a great relationship with and great respect forMarco Masotti; he advised Apollo Global Management on forming a $25bn buyout fund, Apollo Investment Fund IX. Amran Hussein is advising Roark Capital on forming its fifth fund, which is seeeking $5bn to invest in sectors including the restaurant business. Other clients include Oak Hill Capital Partners, early-stage investor General Atlantic and Gamut Capital, which raised $1bn on its debut fund with Masotti’s assistance. The team is located in New York. Michael Hong is now at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Leading lawyers

Marco Masotti - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP routinely intervenes in high-profile cases for heavyweight clients across a vast array of industry sectors, including Citigroup, Merck and JPMorgan Chase. Key name include Lewis Clayton and Brad Karp, who jointly lead the practice from New York and recently teamed up to defend a global bank in stock-drop litigation filed by retirement plan participants. JPMorgan Chase appointed the group to resolve a series of proceedings brought by various state and federal regulators as well as to handle derivative fund litigation, an ERISA class action and a securities case. Other highlights included a breach of fiduciary duties claim, which was assisted by benefits and compensation specialist Robert Fleder. All named individuals are based in New York.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is ‘the best in class’ and provides ‘the best experience for executive compensation advice’, according to one client. The team is based in New York and has a strong track record acting for clients in private and public M&A transactions as well as bankruptcy cases. Team leader Robert Flederhas a deep understanding of his clients’ and is described by one source as ‘the best in the business’. Larry Witdorchic is leading the advice to Qualcomm on its widely publicized $47bn acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, and recently assisted Agrium with its merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. Andrew Gaines acted for Caesars Entertainment in the Chapter 11 filing of one of its subsidiaries, and advised ARIAD Pharmaceuticals on its sale to the Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Gaines - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Robert Fleder - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP continues to increase its market share of large-cap, headline-making transactions and has steadily transitioned from a ‘sometimes player to a consistent player’. The team provides ‘a really excellent service’ and ‘keeps the transaction smooth even with all of the complications that inevitably creep in’. The firm is ‘a strong performer’ that delivers ‘very good business acumen and pragmatism’. The arrival of ‘great lawyerScott Barshay from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in 2016 has propelled the firm to greater heights, and the celebrated dealmaker was sought out by The Kraft Heinz Company to advise on its proposed $143bn acquisition of UK-based global consumer goods company Unilever. Barshay also led the team that advised Qualcomm on the $130bn takeover offer from Broadcom, the Singapore-based developer and global supplier of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity products. Another major player is Robert Schumer, who is ‘still one of the best M&A lawyers out there’ and continues to impress in large-cap deals; he advised Canadian fertilizer giant Agrium on its $36bn merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the world’s largest crop nutrient company. The firm’s leading litigation practice provides additional firepower in contested deals and shareholder activism. Its high-quality finance practice also provides the M&A group with additional connections to leading banks. Moreover, the private equity buyouts side of the practice continues to grow considerably, most notably with Taurie Zeitzer leading the firm’s relationship with Apollo Global Management, which has created yet another pipeline of large-cap deals. In public M&A, Jeffrey Marell has made an impression working alongside Barshay and in acting as lead partner on deals. The up-and-coming Justin Hamill is a big name in entertainment deals and Steven Williamsknows how to manage a transaction’ and ‘remove much of the stress from the client’s perspective’. David Klein has ‘strong business sense’ and Ariel Deckelbaum is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Robert Schumer - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Scott Barshay - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a significant foothold in the large-cap market through marquee client Apollo Global Management, and is also extremely prominent in the middle market. It has impressed in take-private and public company transactions, thanks in part to its renowned litigation resources that are frequently relied upon in such deals. It also has a formidable finance practice that supports the private equity transactions team. In 2017, the firm advised Apollo on its $2.2bn acquisition of ClubCorp, the largest US owner-operator of private golf and country clubs. It also advised Apollo alongside Vistria Group and Najafi Companies, as a consortium of investors, on their $1.1bn acquisition of Apollo Education Group. In the middle market, the firm maintains a strong connection to General Atlantic and, among a multitude of deals, it advised the private equity firm on the $440m sale of its ownership stake in TriNet Group to Atairos Group. Other key clients include 3G Capital, Oak Hill Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital Management, Crestview Partners, CI Capital Partners, Kohlberg & Co and KPS Capital Partners. The team ‘goes above and beyond for its clients’, is ‘extremely responsive’ and its ‘industry knowledge is first rate given the breadth of the firm’s platform in private equity’. The partners are ‘excellent’ and its ‘deep associate bench stacks up with other top-tier firms’. The firm is also praised for its wider resources and expertise, including in litigation, tax, financing, benefits and funds structuring. Key partners include Taurie Zeitzer, who leads the relationship with Apollo, and Matthew Abbott, who has a close relationship with General Atlantic and is ‘one of the best private equity and M&A lawyers of his generation’ with ‘judgment and technical acumen that is second to none’. Angelo Bonvino has a fine record with firms such as Kohlberg & Co, KPS and Oak Hill, while Carl Reisner is the primary relationship partner for CI Capital Partners. Neil Goldman is ‘an extremely cool and collected lawyer’, ‘thoughtful’, ‘thorough’ and ‘focused on the issues that matter’. John Scott is also highly recommended. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Taurie Zeitzer - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Key names in Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘extremely talented team’ include corporate partner Robert Schumer, M&A specialist Ariel Deckelbaum, Justin Hamill, who is ‘incredibly well versed in the field and extremely dedicated to the client and its needs’; finance expert Robert Zochowski, who is ‘highly knowledgeable and unbelievably responsive’; and ‘savvy litigatorsJonathan Kanter and Jay Cohen in Washington DC. The group acts for a diverse client roster, including Vice Media and Manitoba Telecom Services; the team advised the latter on its acquisition by BCE. Other highlights included assisting 21st Century Fox with multiple internal investigations relating to sexual harassment claims brought against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and political commentator Bill O’Reilly, representing Altice USA in a carriage discrimination complaint brought by the Game Show Network, and advising Endeavor on the formation of a China-based subsidiary. Attorneys listed are based in New York, unless otherwise specified.

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

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s New York-based practice handles transactions in the broadcast, satellite and telecoms sectors, with expertise in both M&A and private equity transactions. Team co-head Bruce Gutenplan is noted for his work on tower transactions and is ‘level headed’, ‘reasonable’ and ‘gets transactions done’. He recently advised American Tower Company on its €607m acquisition of FPS Towers from Antin Infrastructure Partners in France. Co-head Patrick Campbell has extensive experience in satellite matters. Campbell advised Wave Broadband on its $2.36bn sale to RCN Telecom Services and assisted Mitel Networks with its $530m purchase of ShoreTel. He also advised Oak Hill Capital Partners on the separate acquisitions of fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services providers Sovernet Communications and Oxford Networks, and assisted the client’s portfolio company, FirstLight Fiber, with its purchases of Finger Lakes Technologies and 186 Communications.

Leading lawyers

Patrick Campbell - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP specializes in designing tax strategies and advising clients on various corporate and transactional tax matters, with a focus on the interplay between the US tax system and those of other major financial centres in Canada, Europe and Asia. Jeffrey Samuels and Patrick Karsnitz have been assisting Qualcomm with its subsidiary’s acquisition of Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors. Brad Okun advised Minnesota-based frozen food company Bellisio Foods on its $1.07bn sale to Thailand-based agro-industrial conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods, while Scott Sontag acted for Lendlease in its establishment of a $5bn infrastructure joint venture with Japan-based SoftBank to develop telecom infrastructure assets in the US. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Samuels - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s New York tax practice is very deal-oriented and has expertise in M&A, finance, capital markets, private equity and bankruptcy matters. The partners also provide long-term strategic advice to clients. Co-chair Brad Okun served as a key adviser to Apollo Global Management in 2017 and supported the client during the financing of its acquisition of ClubCorp for $2.2bn, while Jeffrey Samuels represented the Tao Group regarding the purchase of a 62.5% equity stake by The Madison Square Garden Company. Another highlight was David Sicular’s advice to WaveDivision Holdings on the $2.36bn sale of Wave Broadband to RCN Telecom Services. Patrick Karsnitz assisted General Atlantic with its minority investment in Torchy’s Tacos. Scott Sontag and David Mayo are also key partners. Richard Bronstein retired at the end of 2016.

Leading lawyers

Brad Okun - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

David Sicular - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Next generation lawyers

Patrick Karsnitz - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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