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Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s wide-ranging real estate practice encompasses private equity investments, financing, leasing and all stages of the development process, including land acquisition, construction financing and contract negotiation. Practice co-head Ronald Sernau has significant experience in the New York market, where he advises on high-value transactions involving trophy properties; Sernau recently acted for Extell Development Company on the recapitalization of its marquee Central Park Tower project and, along with Steven Lichtenfeld and Perry Cacace, advised New York REIT on its acquisition of an equity interest in an existing joint venture which owns Worldwide Plaza in Manhattan. On the lender side, private equity specialist Jeffrey Horwitz and M&A lawyer Daniel Ganitsky acted for Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to Starwood Waypoint on its $20bn merger with Invitation Home. Notable cross-border matters for the team included Horwitz and Lichtenfeld advising Accor on its $2.9bn acquisition of FRHI Hotels and Resorts from the Qatar Investment Authority and Oxford Properties. Inland Real Estate and IO Data Centers are also key active clients.

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United States: Antitrust

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP represents clients in litigation involving allegations of anti-competitive conduct and also in merger reviews. The firm has a particularly strong track record acting for agricultural co-operatives in antitrust matters; Christopher Ondeck is defending broiler producer Wayne Farms against seven class actions brought by direct and indirect purchaser plaintiffs - this case concerns an alleged conspiracy among the top 13 US and international broiler producers to restrict the supply of broiler chicken in the US. Elsewhere, Colin Kass (who chairs the antitrust practice with Ondeck in Washington DC), and New York-based practitioners Bradley Ruskin and Bradley Bobroff represented Sanofi Pasteur as sole defendant in a class action accusing the client of engaging in anti-competitive bundling to maintain a monopoly in the market for the meningococcal vaccine.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Mark Harris and Myron Rumeld head Proskauer Rose LLP’s team, which counts T-Mobile and Brown Jordan International among its clients. The group is frequently engaged on employment matters. Harris successfully represented Columbia University in the New York Court of Appeals challenge to the Article 78 petition filed by former faculty member Robert Taub. At the Ninth Circuit, the team is acting for Major League Baseball in proceedings pertaining to a class action brought by current and former minor league baseball players claiming violations of statutory minimum wage and overtime provisions.

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is acting for a number of institutional clients in bet-the-company cases, as well as handling a number of white-collar crime matters for senior-level individuals. New York-based practice co-head Robert Cleary focuses on white-collar criminal defense, SEC and related enforcement matters, securities litigation, tax controversies and internal investigations. Fellow co-head Dietrich Snell, also based in New York, has extensive experience representing senior executives involved in civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions before state and federal law enforcement and regulatory authorities. Also recommended are Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán in Los Angeles.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has a ‘deep bench of talented partners who have strong analytical, brief writing and trial skills’. It distinguishes itself from others in the market through the breadth of its commercial litigation practice. Sports litigation is a standout area; clients in this space include major US sports leagues. In the closely followed talc litigation, Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán in Los Angeles secured a complete defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in a jury trial in St Louis. In New York, Bradley Ruskin and Margaret Dale negotiated a settlement on behalf of T-Mobile in a dispute with Experian following a security breach in 2015. Employment litigation is another strength, where Elise Bloom is recommended. Timothy Mungovan is ‘thorough, detail-oriented and disciplined’ and Stephen Ratner is praised for his ‘excellent judgment and wisdom’. The highly experienced Brendan O’Rourke jointly heads the litigation practice.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is noted for its ‘highly professional and very diligent service’. ‘The true cream of the crop’, says one client, who notes that ‘the team commands tremendous respect and cuts through the nonsense’. Ralph Ferrara in Washington DC and New York-based practice heads Jonathan Richman and Gregg Mashberg are ‘very knowledgeable and well respected, and they work well together’. Ferrara and Ann Ashton in DC, who delivers ‘trust and credibility along with litigation and trial skills and the ability to negotiate creatively’, were part of a large team that advised the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico on securities litigation relating to management of its $74bn of bond debt and $50bn of underfunded pension liabilities. With Richman, they also acted for Fifth Street Asset Management in class actions and derivative cases alleging that it overvalued investments to improve its financial position prior to its IPO. Joshua Newville is another key partner.

Leading lawyers

Ralph Ferrara - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Finance

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

The ‘top-quality’ capital markets group at Proskauer Rose LLP, which is led jointly by Los Angeles-based Philippa Bond and New York’s Frank Lopez, secures an even amount of issuer and underwriter-side work. Although better-known for its record in high-yield deals, the firm’s investment grade practice also impresses. New York highlights include Lopez, Stephen Gruberg and corporate governance specialist Robert Cantone assisting Celgene with its offering of three series of senior unsecured notes totaling $3bn. In Los Angeles, private equity co-head Monica Shilling advised Ares Capital on its $750m notes offering, while Bond assisted Church & Dwight on a $1.4bn notes offering. Other clients include JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

The ‘top-flight group’ at Proskauer Rose LLP distinguishes itself through its ‘comprehensive expertise’, ‘immediate response times’ and ‘very practical advice’. The practice, which has traditionally been dominated by issuer-side mandates, continues to see an uptick in manager-side work, such as Los Angeles-based group co-chair Philippa Bond’s advice to the underwriters on Five Point Holdings’ $399m IPO. Among its highlights for its core issuer client base, Los Angeles-based private equity co-head Monica Shilling assisted Carlyle’s business development company, TCG BDC, with its $166m IPO, and she also acted for Floor & Décor on its $192m IPO and $428m secondary offering. In New York, group co-chair Frank Lopez, together with senior counsel Daniel Forman, assisted Leisure Acquisition with its proposed $250m IPO. Other key contacts in New York are Julie Allen, who is ‘always calm, cool and collected’, and Stuart Bressman.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP continues to increase its share and range of manager-side mandates, notably securing high-profile representations for JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Jefferies through 2017. However, company-side work remains the mainstay of its global practice and the team secures a significant volume of work relating to Latin American, European and Asian markets. New York-based Carlos Martinez heads the Latin American practice group and recently assisted Colombia’s Banco GNB Sudameris with its $300m subordinated note offering. In a headline European deal, New York-based global capital markets co-head Frank Lopez paired up with Maximilian Kirchner, who divides his time between New York and London, to advise Grifols on its €1bn high-yield bond offering. Among its equity highlights, the firm advised English retail bank Charter Court on its £253m IPO and it also assisted Turkish technology company Logo with its $234m secondary offering.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP continues to make inroads into the high-yield debt market, particularly on the underwriter side, where it has significantly increased its profile among the major bulge-bracket banks over recent years. Among its headline manager-side mandates, global capital markets co-head Frank Lopez and Stephen Gruberg advised the underwriters (including JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) on PulteGroup’s $1bn offering of senior notes. Lopez and leveraged finance lead Justin Breen assisted Jefferies and Deutsche Bank with Airxcel’s $310m offering of senior secured notes. Recent issuer highlights include Lopez and Maximilian Kirchner, who splits his time between New York and London, advising Grifols on its €1bn senior notes offering and Julie Allen assisting Icahn Enterprises with its $1.1bn bond offering. Los Angeles-based global capital markets co-head Philippa Bond is also a key contact. Named lawyers are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 5

Proskauer Rose LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

The ’knowledgeable, flexible and resilient’ team provides a ‘second-to-none’ service at Proskauer Rose LLP, helping make it one of the ‘premier firms in the leveraged finance space’. An area where the firm really stands out is in its advice to alternative lenders, where it was something of a pioneer for mid-market financings. The firm has strong relationships with an impressive range of direct lenders, such as Ares Capital, which it helped on over $5bn worth of financings over the past year, including a $713m loan linked to the takeover of Ministry Brands by Insight Venture Management. Other key lender clients include Jefferies Finance, Bain Capital Credit, and GIC Private Limited. The firm also had a strong year on the borrower front, a highlight of which was advising Grifols on its $6.3bn financing, part of which was used to acquire the blood donor screening unit from Hologic. The firm also advised healthcare product manufacturer Henry Schein on $2bn worth of facilities and the acquisition financing for its takeover of Southern Anesthesia & Surgical. Ron Franklin and Steve Boyko jointly lead the team, which includes highly rated private credit expert Steve Ellis, Andrew Bettwy and Justin Breen. The New York office was also boosted by the arrival of Christopher Bell from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘very responsive’ team represents a range of not-for-profit clients, particularly in the healthcare, higher education, sports, and arts and entertainment sectors. Richard Zall and other partners in the healthcare team act for clients in matters including joint ventures, fundraising and charitable trusts. The roster includes Hospital for Special Surgery, Clinton Health Access Initiative and Northwell Health. In the sports space, ‘practical and creative’ tax lawyer Amanda Nussbaum and corporate partner Jon Oram are serving as legal counsel and strategic adviser to the Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee following the city’s successful bid to host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The firm also handles work for the Big East Conference and Pac-12 Conference. The labor and employment team acts for a number of not-for-profit clients in the arts, media and cultural industries, as well as handling matters including discrimination and unionization for higher education institutions. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

With offices in New York and Chicago, the bankruptcy and restructuring team at Proskauer Rose LLP kept busy with representations in some of the biggest and most high-profile bankruptcies. In Puerto Rico’s high-profile fiscal crisis, the team is advising the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, taking the lead role in restructuring proceedings and in high-value litigation. The well-rounded practice also acted as co-counsel to Energy Future Holdings in its Chapter 11 restructuring. Martin Bienenstock and Timothy Karcher - both based in the New York office - advised Pacific Exploration Company on its $5.3bn restructuring. And on the creditor side, the group acted for the official committee of unsecured creditors of Caesars Entertainment Operating Co in the company’s $20bn Chapter 11 restructuring and represented the official unsecured creditors’ committee in the Chapter 11 case of Westinghouse Electric. Bienenstock heads the New York practice, which recently saw the departure of Philip Abelson to White & Case LLP and the arrival of Brian Rosen from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Jeff Marwil and Mark Thomas jointly head the Chicago office.

Leading lawyers

Jeff Marwil - Proskauer Rose LLP

Martin Bienenstock - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘team is excellent; it has deep knowledge of federal and local environmental issues and it brings a commercial perspective to deals’. The practice provides environmental transactional counseling in industries such as chemical, industrial, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. New York-based environmental group head Gail Port and special environmental counsel Aliza Cinamon, who is ‘a great transactional lawyer’, advised longstanding client Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on the environmental aspects of its $40.5bn acquisition of Actavis Generics. Special counsel Yelena Simonyuk is also highly regarded.

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘excellent at what it does’ and ‘treats everyone professionally with fairness, dignity and respect’. The department, which has ‘honesty beyond reproach and an ability to find creative solutions to difficult problems’, is led by ‘brilliant attorney’ Richard Zall, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable in all facets of the healthcare industry’; he recently advised Archimedes Health Investors on its acquisition of multiple anesthesia practices in Texas and assisted Clinton Health Access Initiative with its activities in South-East Asia and Africa. Other work for the group includes David Manko handling Continuum Health Alliance’s acquisition of a large medical group and Edward Kornreich advising Hospital for Special Surgery on negotiations with Tenet pertaining to a joint venture for the development of an ambulatory surgery center. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York. Roger Cohen joined Goodwin.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP handles matters for policyholders involving general liability, product recall, property damage and business interruption, in addition to D&O and professional liability, and it is noted in particular for acting for private equity and hedge funds. Highlights for the team of ‘excellent litigators’ included representing JP Morgan in a long-running coverage dispute arising from a settlement between the SEC and Bear Stearns of claims involving late trading and market timing in mutual funds, and subsequent settlement of related civil actions brought by private plaintiffs. It is also representing Union Carbide in a range of insurance matters, including coverage litigation against more than 30 insurance companies for recovery related to asbestos bodily injury claims, and related ADRs and mediations, and is representing 32 National Football League (NFL) clubs in relation to discovery demands made by insurers of the NFL in a coverage dispute involving concussion-related claims by players. John Failla in New York leads the team with Marc Rosenthal in Chicago. Seth Schafler and senior counsel Nathan Larder are also based in New York. Nancy Sher Cohen joined Lathrop Gage LLP.

Leading lawyers

Seth Schafler - Proskauer Rose LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nathan Larder - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

The ‘exceptional’ team at Proskauer Rose LLPunderstands sports businesses and the sports market broadly’. The sports practice is jointly headed by three New York-based attorneys: firm chairman and corporate attorney Joseph Leccese (‘one of the best known and well respected in the business’), litigator Bradley Ruskin and labor and employment specialist Howard Ganz. The group has longstanding relationships with all of the ‘big four’ leagues, with Leccese and the ‘talented, creative, dedicated and focusedJon Oram notably advising the National Hockey League (NHL) on the NHL’s expansion to include a 31st team: the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oram also assisted Los Angeles 2028 with the successful bid to host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the firm set to continue as legal counsel and strategic adviser to the organizing committee as it continues preparations. On the contentious side, Elise Bloom and Adam Lupion defended Major League Baseball (MLB) against claims brought by former minor league players alleging violations of federal and state minimum wage and overtime laws.

Leading lawyers

Bradley Ruskin - Proskauer Rose LLP

Howard Ganz - Proskauer Rose LLP

Joseph Leccese - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s bicoastal practice is retained by major performers, songwriters and music studios as well as wider media and entertainment content owners and producers. Recent highlights included successfully defending long-term client Lady Gaga in separate infringement lawsuits relating to music and artwork on her album, Born This Way. The group is also defending Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing and Fifty-Six Hope Road, owners of the publishing rights to Bob Marley’s back catalogue, in a claim brought by Allan Cole, who claimed to have co-written the songs War and Natty Dread. Other music industry clients include Madonna and Ariana Grande. The practice is led by Los Angeles’ Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks and New York’s Brendan O’Rourke. Also in New York, Alexander Kaplan is recommended for non-contentious matters and has particular expertise in Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and rights management work.

Leading lawyers

Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s group counts high-profile names in entertainment, sports, life sciences and the arts among its clients. The team is also active in financial services, handling matters ranging from restrictive covenants to unfair competition claims for companies such as MetLife and Citizens Financial Group. It continues to assist Creative Artists Agency with claims of tortious interference, unfair competition and breach of contract against its former employees hired by United Talent Agency; Anthony Oncidi in Los Angeles and Guy Brenner in Washington DC are leading the advice. The American Diabetes Association is also a client. Joseph Baumgarten and Elise Bloom head the department from New York, where John Barry, Gregory Rasin and Steven Kayman are also noted.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘excellent’ New York-based team often acts for high-profile brands and has experience handling litigation with an international element. Co-head Brendan O’Rourke led advice to Energizer in a lawsuit brought against Spectrum Brands alleging trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement claims regarding Spectrum’s confusingly similar packaging. O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan successfully assisted Triangl with litigation brought against a former Chinese supplier of swimwear manufactured by Triangl alleging trademark and trade dress infringement. Kaplan acted for Ascena Retail Group in a trademark and trade dress infringement dispute brought against BlueStar Alliance. The team, which is also led by Lawrence Weinstein, includes Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLPprovides smart and reasonable advice, applying the law rather than just knowing it’. Practice head Christopher Wells (who is ‘a first-rate lawyer with excellent common sense’) advised Hong Kong-based MTI Management on forming MegaTrust Yangtze Fund, which aims to invest in Chinese A-shares, and Robert Leonard (who is ‘exceptional - he has good common sense and is clear-thinking, providing non-wordy documentation’) advised Red Cedar Management on launching a new long-short fund. Other names to note include Michael Mavrides, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable about the law and important developments impacting the industry’ (he works with Maxim Capital Group), and tax partner Amanda Nussbaum, who is ‘also a star - she is very useful for understanding new tax rules’. Other clients include Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Maverick Capital and Hosking Partners. All named lawyers are located in New York.

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Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds
Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s made an entry to the ’40 Act space via a team hire from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, comprising the lawyers mentioned below. David Stephens and Janna Manes advised Dreyfus Money Market Funds on a restructuring of its funds. Nicole Runyan advised The Swiss Helvetia Fund on several matters involving activist investor Bulldog Investors, including a tender offer and Delaware litigation. Stuart Coleman and Runyan advised Central Park Group Funds on various matters, including a registered fund similar in structure to a typical private equity fund. Gary Granik advised Alger Funds on the acquisition of Weatherbie Capital. Trustee clients include a special committee of the board of trustees of the Carey Credit Income Funds, which Runyan advised on the exit of the business development company’s adviser from the market. The firm also acts for Lazard Funds and Needham Funds. All named individuals are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Stuart Coleman - Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLPprovides substantial senior partner attention proactively’, handling general and limited partner-side work regarding asset classes such as venture capital, traditional buyouts and credit, as well as more exotic ones such as litigation finance. David Tegeler and Michael Suppappola, advised Lexington Partners on forming a $2.5bn fund investing in secondaries; Tegeler also advised Falcon Investment Advisors on launching a $1bn debt fund with a cross-border structure including Brunei and Bermuda. Malcolm Nicholls (who ‘brings a wealth of knowledge and channels it into a very practical business approach’) and Robin Painter advised Adams Street Partners on a range of launches, including funds-of-funds and venture-growth funds. In the venture capital space, Stephen Mears and Matthew McBride advised New Enterprise Associates on forming its 16th fund, which raised $3.35bn, while Howard Beber advised Atomico on creating Atomico IV. Sarah Cherry’s work includes secondaries transactions for major institutional investors. The aforementioned lawyers are based in Boston; however, Chip Parsons and Monica Arora are key names in New York.

Leading lawyers

Robin Painter - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

The practice at Proskauer Rose LLP comprises ‘extremely strong partners at the top and a very deep bench of ERISA litigators’, and is hailed as ‘simply the best of the best’. Led by Myron Rumeld, the team is well known for handling stock-drop, excessive fee and church plan cases. Recent work includes representing Princeton University in a suit alleging a breach of fiduciary duties in its recordkeeping fees, and Russell Hirschhorn and New Orleans-based Howard Shapiro - whose ‘folksy charm is backed by encyclopedic knowledge’ - successfully arguing a motion to dismiss on behalf of Wells Fargo, in a case alleging the client padded its 401(k) plan with overpriced and underperforming target-date funds affiliated with the bank. Also noteworthy is the group’s work for investment manager Neuberger Berman regarding allegations of prohibited self-dealing and breach of fiduciary obligations. Employee benefits specialist Ira Golub also assisted the team with regard to withdrawal liabilities issues arising from an action against client Renco Group. Other key contacts include senior counsel Stacey Cerrone in New Orleans and Deidre Grossman. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

Leading lawyers

Howard Shapiro - Proskauer Rose LLP

Myron Rumeld - Proskauer Rose LLP

Next generation lawyers

Russell Hirschhorn - Proskauer Rose LLP

Stacey Cerrone - Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

The service at Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘consistently superior to other firms in the field’, according to one source, and the team is ‘knowledgeable on any regulatory issues the client may encounter’. The ‘extremely creativeRobert Projansky is praised as ‘extremely pragmatic, exceptionally smart and capable of setting his ego aside to protect his clients’. New client PROMESA appointed a team, led by Washington DC-based practice head Paul Hamburger, to restructure its debts - a large fraction of which is attributed to the retirement systems for government employees. Ira Golub and Neal Schelberg specialize in withdrawal liability issues and multi-employer plans respectively. Other key names include Washington DC-based Seth Safra as well as Andrea Rattner, Rory Albert and the ‘proactive’ Katrina McCann. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Neal Schelberg - Proskauer Rose LLP

Paul Hamburger - Proskauer Rose LLP

Rory Albert - Proskauer Rose LLP

Next generation lawyers

Seth Safra - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP acts for big corporate entities, senior executives and management teams in the executive compensation issues arising from IPOs and high-end M&A transactions. Washington DC partner Joshua Miller is part of a group advising the likes of Hospitality Investors Trust, Tellurian and BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group on various transactions, as is New York-based Michael Sirkin, whose expertise lies in representing individual executives. Andrea Rattner is also a key contact in New York and Colleen Hart is one of the names to note in Los Angeles. The department is jointly led by Paul Hamburger and Myron Rumeld in Washington DC and New York, respectively.

Leading lawyers

Michael Sirkin - Proskauer Rose LLP

Next generation lawyers

Joshua Miller - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s practice encompasses high-stakes immigration matters, day-to-day issues and transactional support. David Grunblatt, who is regarded by many as an authority on immigration law, has expertise in the I-9 program and regularly assists clients with complex corporate-related matters. Grunblatt co-leads the Newark-based practice with special immigration counsel Valarie McPherson, who handles employment-based non-immigrant visas and assists clients with the EB-5 visa process. The group’s wide-ranging client base includes financial institutions, universities, multinational corporations, religious institutions and nonprofit NGOs.

Leading lawyers

David Grunblatt - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘exceptional’ team is ‘full of talented individuals’ and defends clients in a range of sectors, including legal, retail, sports, education, media, entertainment and financial services. The ‘outstandingElise Bloom - who heads the team alongside Joseph Baumgarten - Howard Ganz, Adam Lupion, Neil Abramson, Howard Robbins and Michael Lebowich are representing Major League Baseball and 29 clubs in a wage and hour putative class action brought by minor league baseball players. Allan Bloom represented Blue Hill Farm in a class action case filed by restaurant workers who brought claims for unpaid and improper tip pooling allegations. Bloom is also representing HSBC, alongside Steven Pearlman in Chicago, in various employment class and single-plaintiff actions. Pearlman and Keisha-Ann Gray represented MetLife in a putative nationwide race discrimination class action in the Southern District of New York. The team is also experienced in class action cases challenging unpaid internships. Key contacts also include the ‘brilliantBettina Plevan, Nigel Telman in Chicago, Howard Ganz, who co-heads the sports law group, Steven Hurd, who is co-head of the media and entertainment industry group, and Los Angeles-based Anthony Oncidi. Evandro Gigante, Gregory Rasin, Boston-based Mark Batten and Lawrence Sandak in Newark, who is co-head of the law firm practice group, are also noted, as are Kathleen McKenna, Zachary Fasman, Lloyd Chinn, senior counsel Harris Mufson. In Washington DC, Connie Bertram and Guy Brenner are key names, and other individuals deserving of mention are John Barry, who splits his time between Newark and New York, special employment law counsel Jurate Schwartz in Boca Raton, and senior counsel Rachel Philion. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Anthony Oncidi - Proskauer Rose LLP

Bettina Plevan - Proskauer Rose LLP

Elise Bloom - Proskauer Rose LLP

Mark Batten - Proskauer Rose LLP

Next generation lawyers

Evandro Gigante - Proskauer Rose LLP

Jurate Schwartz - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

The ‘deep bench’ at Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘a world leader in the field’ and ‘provides a clearly superior service’. The firm’s client roster includes heavyweight names in the sports, education and entertainment sectors - among others - who engage the group to intervene in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, labor arbitration proceedings and unionization petitions. New York-based Neil Abramson and Bernard Plum are part of the team representing the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and Major League Soccer (MLS), while the ‘fantasticPaul Salvatore oversaw numerous mandates in the education sectors for clients such as Yale and Duke universities. The ‘fantastic, smart, practical and responsiveMark Theodore sits in Los Angeles.

Leading lawyers

Bernard Plum - Proskauer Rose LLP

Paul Salvatore - Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP advises clients across the sports, financial services, education, public, retail, arts, entertainment, media, technology, healthcare, legal and real estate sectors, such as Allen Health Care Services, Etsy, Lidl US, Chanel, The Boston Globe, Chicago State University, Ashmore Group and Major League Baseball, on a full range of employment and workplace counseling matters. Joseph Baumgarten and Elise Bloom head the team in New York, where Bettina Plevan, Kathleen McKenna, Erika Collins, who co-leads the international labor and employment group, and Keisha-Ann Gray are also based. In Washington DC, Connie Bertram leads the labor and employment group, co-heads the whistleblowing and retaliation group, and heads the government contractor compliance group, and Guy Brenner co-heads the non-compete and trade secrets group. Nigel Telman heads the labor and employment group in Chicago, and Anthony Oncidi leads the Los Angeles-based group. Allan Weitzman recently left the firm to found Weitzman Arbitration & Mediation Services LLC and Amanda Wiley joined Reyes Holdings.

Leading lawyers

Bettina Plevan - Proskauer Rose LLP

Next generation lawyers

Guy Brenner - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 5

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has an impressive standing on both the East and West coasts, with Los Angeles managing partner and co-head of the global M&A group Michael Woronoff being one of the most prominent M&A lawyers in California. The firm continues to impress in large-cap transactions, including those in the healthcare and life sciences, leisure and hospitality, technology, consumer products, real estate and sports sectors. It recently advised long-time client Celgene on its $9bn acquisition of Juno Therapeutics, and assisted Morgan Stanley as the financial adviser to Starwood Waypoint regarding its $20bn merger of equals with Invitation Homes. The firm has a fine record in cross-border deals, especially those involving Latin America; in this regard Carlos Martinez is a key partner. Other key clients include Accor, Ascena Retail Group, Arkema, Discovery Communications, Grifols and a series of prominent private equity houses. The ‘top-notch’ team provides ‘a service and advice that is consistently outstanding’. Ron Papa is co-head of the global M&A group and Robert Cantone is praised for his ‘knowledge, demeanor and professionalism’, with one client saying he is ‘one of the finest lawyers in the United States’. Jeffrey Horwitz has an outstanding record in real estate, leisure and hospitality deals, and Daniel Ganitsky is another prominent member of the team, especially in cross-border deals. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Firm of choiceProskauer Rose LLP advises some of the biggest names in private equity, including Ares Management, Carlyle and KKR. It has an especially outstanding record in sports, media and entertainment and has client base that includes Catterton Partners, Grey Mountain Partners, JW Childs Associates and Summit Partners. In recent work, it advised Ares Management on Ares Capital’s $3.43bn acquisition of American Capital, and assisted Ares with its acquisition of Convergint Technologies. Los Angeles-based ‘great lawyerMichael Woronoff is one of the top private equity and M&A lawyers on the West Coast and leads the practice alongside fellow Los Angeles partner Monica Shilling. Boston partner Steven Peck has worked on series of large-cap deals in recent years and New York’s real estate private equity specialist Jeffrey Horwitz is ‘always extremely responsive and staffs projects with a very skilled team’, and is ‘extremely intelligent and practical’. Los Angeles-based Jonathan Benloulou is an up-and-coming talent.

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Benloulou - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: litigation
Advertising and marketing: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLPsets the bar for advertising litigation’, particularly false advertising disputes. Recent highlights include successfully representing Church & Dwight in litigation against SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics regarding the advertising of pregnancy tests; practice co-head Lawrence Weinstein led the matter. Weinstein also obtained a dismissal for Monini North America in a class action false advertising lawsuit against plaintiffs who claimed its white truffle flavored extra virgin olive oil falsely advertised the product as containing white truffle, and defended Ralph Lauren in two consumer class actions alleging deceptive advertising and false outlet store pricing. Clients also praise co-head Brendan O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan; Kaplan was part of the team which acted for Ascena Retail Group and its subsidiary Tween Brands in litigation against Bluestar Alliance regarding false advertising, copyright and trademark infringement issues. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

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Brendan O’Rourke - Proskauer Rose LLP

Lawrence Weinstein - Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Data privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLPgoes above and beyond to help its clients, making it feel more like a colleague than typical outside counsel’ and ‘tailors its advice appropriately to meet the client’s culture and long-term needs’. The team is particularly active in its work for retail, technology and financial services clients; highlights included defending Donna Karan in a consumer class action alleging Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) violations, and acting for T-Mobile on the data breach of its vendor, which affected millions of customers’ information. The ‘incredibly practicalKristen Mathews leads the department; other noteworthy names include transactional specialist and blockchain expert Jeffrey Neuburger and Margaret Dale, who focuses on privacy-related regulatory investigations and litigation. All attorneys are based in New York.

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Kristen Mathews - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s experience in content distribution deals was evident in its recent work; the team advised Altice on the renewal of its distribution agreements with Disney and EPSN Media Networks and acted for Major League Soccer on a distribution deal with Facebook to stream regular season games on Facebook Live. Other transactional work for the department included advising Hulu on the launch of its live subscription television service, assisting Discovery Communications with a joint venture agreement with The Enthusiast Network, and handling the acquisitions of NBC- and Fox Network-affiliated television stations for Bain Capital Credit. Robert Freeman is the key name for transactions, while Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks focuses on music litigation; she represented Lady Gaga in a copyright infringement case brought by a French sculptor who claims the Born This Way album cover infringes several of her works, and acted for Madonna in a copyright lawsuit relating to Vogue, which plaintiffs allege uses unauthorized samples. Other noteworthy practitioners include litigator Alexander Kaplan and senior counsel Paresh Trivedi. All attorneys are based in New York.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has ‘an outsourcing team that understands both the technology and the underlying business’. Jeffrey Neuburger in New York has focused on outsourcing for more than 30 years and is co-head of the TMT practice along with Robert Freeman. The firm advises both vendors and buy-side clients in a range of industries including retail, financial services and leisure. It is one of the leading players in emerging areas such as blockchain technology, which could have major implications for the outsourcing market. Neuburger recently advised Time, which is one of the largest branded media companies in the world, on a large-scale advertising sales outsourcing agreement. He also counts JPMorgan Chase, construction industry contractor Component Assembly, construction industry analytics provider C/F Data, and website development company VerticalScope among his clients.

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Jeffrey Neuburger - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP advises clients on technology transactions involving the retail, financial services, and arts and leisure sectors, as well as sports and media; and the practice’s scope includes the implementation of blockchain, biometrics, big data and other emerging business technologies. The New York-based heads of the technology, media and telecoms group are Jeffrey Neuburger - who acted for construction industry contractor Component Assembly and construction industry analytics provider C/F Data in a variety of technology implementations, licensing agreements and outsourcing agreements - and Robert Freeman; and Paresh Trivedi is a highly rated senior counsel. Los Angeles’ Jonathan Benloulou led advice to Sotera Defense Solutions, a national security technology company, in its $235m sale to cybersecurity firm KeyW Corporation.

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Paresh Trivedi - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP works on transactions involving traditional and digital broadcasting platforms, and its clients include broadcasting companies, private equity houses and sports associations. Practice co-head Robert Freeman has extensive experience in media and entertainment-related transactions, and recently assisted Hulu with the launch of its live television service as well as assisted Discovery Communications with its $100m minority investment in Group Nine Media. He also handled fuboTV’s contentment distribution agreement with the New England Sports Network. Fellow practice head Jeffrey Neuberger focuses on transactions in the technology, media and advertising sectors. Corporate partner Gary Creem advised Bain Capital Credit on its portfolio company Bayou City Broadcasting Lafayette’s acquisition of the stations KADN-TV and KLAF-LD from Nexstar Broadcasting. Fellow corporate partner Ori Solomon assisted Adams Street Partners with its co-investment in DB US Data Center Holdings. Senior counsel Paresh Trivedi is also a key figure and has notable expertise in broadcasting and communications transactions.

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s practice, which handles the full range of corporate and finance transactions, has a strong record in advising non-traded REITs. It is also noted for its supplementary expertise in tax and private equity. Seasoned specialist Peter Fass jointly leads the real estate capital markets group with Steven Lichtenfeld - both are based in New York. Lichtenfeld recently acted for New York REIT in the sale of a 48.7% stake in One Worldwide Plaza to SL Green Realty and RXR Realty, in a deal that valued the property at $1.7bn. Michael Choate is a senior name in Chicago and advised Global Net Lease on its $3.1bn merger with American Realty Capital Global Trust II. New York’s Leslie Loffman is highly regarded for tax matters.

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Leslie Loffman - Proskauer Rose LLP

Peter Fass - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

At the ‘responsive and extremely knowledgeableProskauer Rose LLP, Stuart Rosow and Martin Hamilton advised Barcelona-based global healthcare company Grifols on a number of transactions, including the $1.85bn acquisition of the blood screening business of Hologic and the acquisition of a 44% interest in GigaGen. Another recent highlight was assisting AccorHotels in its agreement with Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) and its shareholders in which the client will take over the management of 26 hotels currently owned or managed by BHG. Ares Management and Pacific Exploration & Production are other notable clients. Tax department chair Ira Bogner and David Miller are other key contacts. Malcolm Hochenberg and Boston’s Brian Huber were promoted respectively to partner and senior counsel in November 2017. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘first-rate’ tax team is ‘extremely responsive, proactive, efficient and user-friendly’. Clients appreciate the lawyers’ ‘superior technical knowledge’, as well as their private equity and M&A expertise. Other areas of activity include capital markets, REITs, the financing of sports teams, healthcare, fund formation and advice to tax-exempt entities. Martin Hamilton and Stuart Rosow assisted Spanish healthcare company Grifols with several transactions, including the $6.3bn financing used to acquire the NAT blood donor screening unit from Hologic. David Miller, who is ‘top of the field in the financial instruments area’, advised Waypoint Capital, an investor in SimpliVity, on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s $650m acquisition of SimpliVity. The ‘invaluableAmanda Nussbaum, who ‘looks out for the client’s needs during negotiations’, advised Church & Dwight on its $1bn acquisition of Water Pik, while ‘careful, methodical thinker’ Anne Kim advised on the $4bn acquisition of American Capital by client Ares Management. Malcolm Hochenberg made partner at the beginning of 2018. All mentioned practitioners, except Kim in Los Angeles, are based in New York.

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Amanda Nussbaum - Proskauer Rose LLP

David Miller - Proskauer Rose LLP

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