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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is an international law firm with offices around the world, and a particular focus on the technology, energy and natural resources, financial services, real estate and construction, and travel and hospitality sectors. Recognized by Financial Times as one of the country’s most innovative law firms, Pillsbury and its lawyers are highly regarded for their forward-thinking approach, their enthusiasm for collaborating across disciplines and their unsurpassed commercial awareness. For more information, visit

Main areas of practice: Energy and natural resources: Pillsbury has advised on precedent-setting energy industry deals and projects in 75 countries worldwide, offering clients a combination of geographic reach, legal and regulatory depth, and energy sector-specific experience that is unmatched among the world’s leading law firms. A leading practice in nuclear law, oil and gas, and renewable and alternative energy, Pillsbury has received more than a dozen Deal of the Year awards from leading publications for projects in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. In the field of natural resources and the environment, Pillsbury was named the Environmental Law Firm of the year in 2014 by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. With a team of 40 lawyers working full-time on environmental matters, Pillsbury is home to one of the largest dedicated environmental practices in the United States.

Real estate and construction: Pillsbury has a unique history of deal-making throughout the United States, with leading real estate practices for more than 50 years on the east and west coasts. Because of its size and geographic reach, its real estate practice group is one of the few national practices capable of handling the full range of assignments, from multi-jurisdictional portfolio transactions to single-asset deals in local markets. Lawyers on its construction counseling and dispute resolution team have been hailed by Chambers as part of the ‘preeminent practice of its kind in the United States’. They’ve earned this distinction by working on some of the world’s most complex construction projects: the Panama Canal extension, major infrastructure cases around the globe and two of the largest hospital disputes in history, as well as commercial, industrial and residential projects worldwide.

Technology: Pillsbury established its technology industry legal practice in 1968, when it incorporated Intel. Today, its technology industry practice is one of the world’s largest, comprising more than 250 lawyers based in the United States, Europe and Asia. From incubator to IPO, from M&A to international expansion, Pillsbury lawyers guide technology companies of all sizes and at all stages of development. In the last 30 years, they have filed more than 52,000 patents and over 19,000 trademarks, including foreign marks in around 145 different countries. Pillsbury protects the intellectual property of its clients through the efforts of its high-stakes IP litigation practice, which ranks among the top ten in the nation in patent, trademark and copyright litigation. Technology clients also benefit from its top-ranked global sourcing practice. Among the most experienced advisory teams in the word, its global sourcing lawyers have led more than 750 transactions worth more than half a trillion dollars in contract value, and represented 30% of the Fortune 100.

Financial services: Pillsbury’s finance lawyers advise more than 200 banking and investment institutions, including some of the world’s largest. Its domestic and international clients rely on the firm for regulatory advice and guidance on a wide range of financial transactions, including commercial lending, derivatives, equipment finance, leveraged finance, project finance, trade finance, structured finance, debt restructuring, tax-exempt financing, and distressed investing and debt trading. Pillsbury also offers a broad spectrum of corporate trust and agency services, from initial issuance to defaulted obligations. Its clients are typically foreign and domestic banks, insurance companies, funds and other financial institutions. It also serves the company side of financial transactions for the firm’s corporate clients.

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  • James M Rishwain
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