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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP’s national practice covers both coasts and has strong expertise in real state litigation, multi-jurisdictional portfolio transactions and single-asset deals, while also advising on financing, development and environment-related issues. The team is headed by San Francisco-based Rachel Horsch, who handles the full scope of transactional matters, including joint ventures, acquisitions and leasing within the office, industrial, retail and multifamily residential sectors, among others; Horsch recently assisted a client with the $1bn recapitalization of the Bank of America building, and advised several buyers on their acquisition of a luxury San Francisco hotel. Other names to note include Brian Blum, who advises on the tax aspects of transactions and joint ventures, and Thomas Allen, who handles contentious matters in the real estate space; both are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP handles all aspects of criminal grand jury and civil antitrust investigations, and also advises on cartel prevention. Follow-on civil litigation (including direct and indirect purchaser class actions, and opt-out litigation) is another cornerstone of the practice, which represents corporate executives and companies. Clients include Sharp, China Airlines and Mikuni. Practice head Roxane Polidora is located in San Francisco, as is Jacob Sorensen, while Aaron Dyer is based in Los Angeles and Fusae Nara practices in New York.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Roxane Polidora, Jacob Sorensen, John Grenfell and others are defending Kemet Corporation and Kemet Electronics Corporation in Re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation, which concerns an alleged conspiracy by capacitor manufacturers to fix prices for aluminum, film and tantalum capacitors. The firm is also now acting for Tokin Corporation and Tokin America in this same matter. In Re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (Fuel Injection Systems), William Sullivan (Washington DC/New York), Michael Sibarium (Washington DC) and counsel Jeetander Dulani (Washington DC) are acting for Mikuni Corporation and Mikuni American Corporation in four indirect purchaser class actions and one direct purchaser action in the US, and working with Canadian counsel on similar matters in Canada. Air New Zealand, Bass Pro Shops and The Home Depot are other notable clients. Named individuals are based in San Francisco, 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 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP handles investigations and criminal matters for a mixture of senior executives and financial institutional clients, Swiss Banks in particular. The practice is co-led from New York by Mark Hellerer, Maria Galeno and William Sullivan, who splits time in Washington DC. Highlights included representing Andras Balogh, a former Director of Central Strategic Organization for Magyar Telekom in connection with a lawsuit brought by the SEC concerning alleged FCPA violations committed by the company and its former executives. It also represented Julio Rocha, a FIFA development officer in an ongoing FBI investigation into allegations of wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Washington DC’s Thomas Hill and New York’s Carolina Fornos are recommended for corporate representations. Former federal prosecutor Markenzy Lapointe joined the Miami office from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in August 2017.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP has a broad and busy commercial litigation practice. The firm saw significant growth in 2017, opening a new Miami office with six former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP attorneys. Markenzy Lapointe, who joined the office at a later date from the same firm, comes highly recommended. In other developments, securities litigator David Lisi joined in Silicon Valley from Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Kenneth Taber in New York and Kirke Hasson in San Francisco are key names in the department.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Led by the ‘exceptional’ Stephan Becker and Nancy Fischer, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s three-partner team provides ‘an excellent service with a rare mix of legal talent and technical knowledge’. Although the team does handle some trade remedies matters it is much better-known for its non-contentious work which includes advice across sanctions, customs and export control issues. The firm’s expertise in these areas is also beneficial from a risk assessment perspective when it acts for clients on transactions requiring national security approval. Fischer is the primary contact for CFIUS work and recently secured regulatory clearance on behalf of a Chinese consortium on its $550m acquisition of Analogix Semiconductor. Becker is praised for his ‘exceptional knowledge of the aerospace industry’ and continues to act for Airbus across a range of export controls, economic sanctions, and customs compliance issues involving aircraft and aircraft components. Christopher Wall handles international trade compliance work for many high-profile clients including Chevron and Facebook.

Leading lawyers

Christopher Wall - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

At Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, San Francisco-based Sarah Good and Bruce Ericson lead the securities litigation and enforcement practice. In In re InvenSense, Inc Securities Litigation, Ericson and David Furbush in Silicon Valley defended InvenSense against allegations that it made materially false and misleading statements about its financial performance. The case and all related derivative actions were dismissed. Ericson is also defending a challenge to the settlement against former Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker arising from the company’s acquisition of Autonomy.

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United States: Finance

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP is ‘top notch for finance-related work in the energy industry’, with the team singled out for its ‘reliable and efficient execution of financing transactions’. In San Francisco, ‘very creative problem-solver’ Thomas Gump acted for Duke Energy ion an offering of $586m in senior-secured notes and a $50m letter of credit facility for a portfolio of four wind farms in Texas and Oklahoma. Other work for the team included assisting Citibank with a multimillion-dollar loan facility with respect to a portfolio of energy efficiency projects to be installed and operated by Metrus Energy. New York-based practice co-head Michael Reese and Todd Eckland, and San Francisco-based Alicia McKnight are all ‘extremely capable’ for energy industry transactions. The practice is also noteworthy for its experience in advising on P3 projects, both in the US and overseas. The group also advised the lenders to Front Range Mobility Group on its bid for the Central 70 East improvements project in Colorado, and acted for the government of the Republic of Cyprus, as procurer, on the upgrade and long-term operation and maintenance of the Larnaca Port and Marina. San Francisco-based practice co-head Robert James is an additional contact. Nicolai Sarad and Fernando Rodriguez Marin joined Bracewell LLP in March 2018.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From its offices in Los Angeles, Northern Virginia and Washington DC, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s government contracts practice provides coast-to-coast coverage of the full range of government contract matters. The group’s workload remains dominated by contentious work; it successfully represented Next Phase and two other offerors in a bid protest challenging the clients’ exclusion from a $25bn award to support the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services SPARC program. McLean-based John Jensen and Los Angeles-based Michael Rizzo lead the team. James Gallagher and Alex Tomaszczuk are names to note in the Los Angeles office, while counsel David Dixon is recommended in the Northern Virginia office.

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Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Elizabeth Moeller leads Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s ‘very responsive’ public policy team, which is well known for handling a lot of international work, such as assisting the Cayman Islands’ Ministry of Financial Services with deepening diplomatic relationships with US leaders overseeing tax and financial services legislation. Cybersecurity expert Brian Finch advises FireEye on legislative defense authorization and funding matters. Former Texas Congressman and senior counsel Greg Laughlin attracts praise for his ‘energy and enthusiasm’. Associate Aimee Ghosh is also recommended.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is ‘top notch for finance-related work’, with the team particularly experienced in advising sponsors and developers; in San Francisco ‘creative problem-solver’ Thomas Gump advised Duke Energy on the issuance of $234m in senior-secured notes provided for eight solar facilities in California, Colorado and New Mexico. Michael T. Reese and the ‘excellent’ Nicolai Sarad (both based in New York), and San Francisco-based Robert James head the team.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s practice couples significant trial capability with environmental experience. The team recently acted for PBF Energy, Chevron, Valero Energy and Pacific Atlantic Terminals, in defense of enforcement actions instituted by the EPA, the California Air Resources Board and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Christopher McNevin in Austin leads the firm’s environmental litigation team; Mark Elliott in Los Angeles is firm-wide leader. Other recommended names are LA-based Michael McDonough; San Francisco’s Norman Carlin and Margaret Rosegay; Houston-based Thomas Campbell; and Jeffrey Knight in Washington DC.

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Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is noted for its expertise across complex energy, environmental, property, construction, product liability, D&O, and cybersecurity claims. Robert Wallan in Los Angeles, who heads the team with Peter Gillon in Washington DC, is representing Fluidmaster in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation involving over $150m in claims for property damage allegedly caused by plumbing connectors. Joseph Jean in New York and Colin Kemp in San Francisco are representing Victaulic Company in coverage litigation against three AIG entities arising from alleged construction defects and product liability. Jean is also working with Vincent Morgan in Houston on behalf of New York University in its $1.4bn Superstorm Sandy catastrophe claim. In Washington DC, Alex Lathrop, Geoffrey Greeves, James Bobotek and Mark Plumer are also key contacts. Special counsel Aaron Coombs recently joined the Washington DC office from Perkins Coie LLP.

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Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
Transport: aviation and air travel - finance - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP acts primarily for bank-side clients in bond and bank financings and EETC offerings, but also handles portfolio sales and purchases and structured lease transactions. Jonathan Goldstein advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on a syndicated loan facility, and also acted for the depositary and liquidity provider in connection with a series of EETC issuances. Department head Mark Lessard advised Mizuho Securities on GECAS’s highly publicized $709m Labrador Aviation Finance securitization. Lessard also acted as arranger’s counsel in relation to the structuring of a JOLCO with American Airlines, which was the first JOLCO financing for a US airline. Other key figures include Charlotta Otterbeck, who acts for SunExpress, among other clients.

Leading lawyers

Mark Lessard - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP provides a ‘great combination of legal expertise and practical wisdom’ and has extensive experience in obtaining US regulatory approvals for foreign air carriers. Josh Romanow has assisted clients such as Beijing Capital Airlines and Norwegian Air International with various FAA and DOT approvals required for maiden US services. Charles Donley heads the department and is advising LATAM Airlines Group on possible antitrust immunity for an alliance with American Airlines. Additionally, Donley and senior counsel Edward Sauer have advised clients on UAS operations. Based in Los Angeles, Thomas Liu has represented China Airlines in DOJ investigations and civil litigation. Special counsel Laura Jennings joined the team from Dentons, while Kenneth Quinn and Jennifer Trock left for Baker McKenzie LLP.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP marries a strong patent application and portfolio management practice to a wide-ranging PTAB offer that includes expertise in IPRs, covered business method reviews and post-grant reviews. The team behind Jack Barufka, wo co-chairs the IP practice with Callie Bjurstrom and litigator and PTAB specialist Patrick Doody, shows broad sectorial breadth, covering the electrical, life sciences, mechanical and chemical engineering, and computer science industries: in a recent highlight, it successfully represented Kroger in an IPR against NexusCard regarding product discount application technology as part of a broader litigation initiated by NexusCard. The client list contains both domestic and international corporations such as AOL, UBS and Stanley Black & Decker.

Leading lawyers

Peter Yim - Dentons

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP recently advised Chevron on securities registration, foreign exchange and data privacy issues in connection with its global long-term incentive plan, and Estée Lauder engaged the group to handle defined benefit pension plan and 401(k) compliance matters and to represent the company in DOL audits. Peter Hunt is a key name in the practice, as is Susan Serota, who recently acted for a reinsurance company in ESOP qualification, compliance issues and IRS discussions. In San Francisco, the name to note is Christine Richardson; recent work includes negotiating a vendor agreement on behalf of a retail chain. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

New York-based Susan Serota leads the practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP. The group’s enviable client roster includes names such as AT&T, Tiffany & Co and Chevron. In Los Angeles, Mark Jones was part of a team advising BancWest - a subsidiary of BNP Paribas - on its spin-off from First Hawaiian, and assisted Synnex with its acquisition of Westcon Comstor’s North American and Latin American business from Datatec. Also noteworthy in the New York office is Peter Hunt, who advised Headwaters on its sale to Boral. Silicon Valley-based Cindy Schlaefer re-joined the firm after a sabbatical, while Dan Stellenberg departed for Paul Hastings LLP.

Leading lawyers

Susan Serota - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Over half of the deals that Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP’s M&A group handles are in the technology sector, particularly its hallmark of semiconductors. Other industries where the practice distinguishes itself are life sciences and healthcare, professional services, mining and energy. The team advised US-based pharmaceutical company Sentynl Therapeutics on its sale to Zydus Cadila; acted for casual game publisher MobilityWare in its acquisition of mobile game publisher Critical Hit Software; and assisted biotech company Celladon Corporation with its merger with Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, a privately held biopharmaceutical company that is focused on novel product candidates for the treatment of orphan diseases. Other key work included acting for industrial services company Terra Millennium Corp in its sale to Court Square Capital Partners; advising American semiconductor manufacturer Exar Corporation on its sale to MaxLinear for approximately $700m; and assisting provider of cloud contact center software inContact with its $940m sale to Israel-based NICE. The recommended names are Silicon Valley’s Jorge del Calvo; and North Virginia-based Craig Chason, Steven Kaplan, Matthew Swartz and Steven Meltzer.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP has a notable heritage in this segment thanks to its strength in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego as well as highly credible teams in New York, Northern Virginia and Austin. It has an impressive client mix of emerging companies and venture capital funds and other financiers/investors. The firm has an especially strong record in the semiconductors sector, along with security, Internet of things, gaming, fintech, e-commerce and big data. It has a particularly high market share of advisory roles on semiconductor company IPOs, and has seen considerable growth in software sector engagements. Clients include Abe Labs, Barefoot Networks, Fortem Technologies, Genome Medical, Mode Analytics, Quilt Data, Shield AI, TechMahindra, Technology Crossover Ventures and Vera Security. A team led by prominent Silicon Valley partner Jorge Del Calvo advised Komprise, an analytics and big data storage developer, on its $12m Series B preferred stock financing. Silicon Valley’s Allison Leopold Tilley, San Francisco partner Michael Torosian and Christian Salaman in San Diego are also prominent.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Data privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Deborah Thoren-Peden and Brian Finch jointly lead Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s team from Los Angeles and Washington DC respectively. Finch is recognized for his cybersecurity and intelligence expertise and Thoren-Peden advises on privacy regulations, data mining and information use in marketing; she recently handled advice to Green Dot on its acquisition of AccountNow, assisted Elance with its merger with oDesk and advises multiple financial institutions on compliance and enforcement issues, including screening programs and voluntary disclosures. Clients also single out Mercedes Tunstall in Washington DC, who advises on mobile and e-commerce initiatives, cybersecurity issues and social networking matters, and senior counsel Catherine Meyer in Los Angeles, who regularly acts for financial institutions.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLPhas had 30 solid years at the cutting edge of the market’, remarks one client. In Washington DC, Aaron Oser, who is ‘a very good lawyer and a strong player in the market’, leads the firm-wide global sourcing and technology practice, which is known for ‘timely and relevant advice’. James Alberg is regarded as a leading light and continues to act in high-value deals in the health and financial services sectors. Clients also recommend newly promoted Brooke Daniels as ‘especially helpful, knowledgeable and responsive’ and rising stars Meighan O’Reardon and the ‘outstanding’ James McPhillips, as well as Benjamin Dean and Virginia-based Craig Wolff, who ‘guide clients commercially as well as legally’. Austin-based Elizabeth Zimmer is ‘exceptional - she is an expert in her areas, intelligent, articulate and wonderful to work with’. A key deal for the firm was its work for NTT Data on all sourcing aspects of its $3bn acquisition of Dell’s IT outsourcing business.

Leading lawyers

Aaron Oser - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

James Alberg - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Next generation lawyers

James McPhillips - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Meighan O’Reardon - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP primarily advises on regulations pertaining to broadcasting, satellite, cable and broadband. The team is led by Glenn Richards, who is highly skilled in cloud, VoIP, satellite and wireless matters. Scott Flick has ‘a deep knowledge of communication law and regulation’, ‘is very accessible’ and ‘always provides good counsel’. He worked with Media General on the regulatory and antitrust issues surrounding its $4.6m acquisition of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, and advised GrupoTelevisa on a petition for declaratory ruling in its 49% interest acquisition in fellow Spanish language network Univision Communications. Broadcasting specialist David Burns advised Entercom Communications on obtaining FCC approval for its $2.8bn merger with CBS Radio.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Washington DC-based Jeffrey Gans heads the construction team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, which has strong experience in construction dispute resolution work advising owners and contractors. Michael McNamara (Washington DC) advised Duke Energy in a dispute with Westinghouse Electric over refunds and termination costs related to the termination of an EPC agreement with the Levy County nuclear power project. The firm also assists with transactional matters; John Heisse and Clark Thiel (both San Francisco) advised Golden Link Concessionaire on the Presidio Parkway PPP linking San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge. In another notable matter, the firm advised Pacific Hospitality Group on its dispute with an insurance carrier regarding construction defects arising during the renovation of a historic New Orleans hotel.

Leading lawyers

John Heisse - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

In close cooperation with its real estate practice, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP handles land use, zoning and permitting proceedings for a variety of clients such as Spear Street Capital, Shorenstein and Golden Link Concessionaire. Areas of expertise include mixed-use and infrastructure projects. San Francisco-based Rachel Horsch and Robert Herr are names to note.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s practice is led by Michael Kosnitzky, who joined the Miami office from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP alongside Keith Blum in February 2017. The team has been assisting privately held organics management company Harvest Power with a tax controversy matter in Orange County, Florida concerning the limited application in Florida counties of a special assessment rule for pollution control devices to calculate the annual ad valorem tax on tangible personal property. Other key clients include City National Bank of Florida, Cosmetic Dermatology and Lymphoma Research Foundation.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP’s tax practice covers advice on M&A, finance and securitization transactions, as well as private equity, real estate, restructuring and SALT matters. Following the opening of a new office in Miami, the practice grew with the arrivals in January 2017 of Michael Kosnitzky and Keith Blum from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Together they advised Cosmetic Dermatology on a $50m, tax-free S-corporation inversion transaction in order to optimize the individual shareholders’ monetization of interests, and they also acted for Imagine Entertainment on the tax structure for a third-party investment into the company and efficient estate planning for the owners. Other key clients include City National Bank of Florida, Livionex and River Break Distributing. James Chudy leads the firmwide tax team from New York.

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