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Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

For Proskauer Rose LLP, 2016 proved to be a strong year for corporate transactional mandates; examples included Jeffrey Horwitz and Steven Lichtenfeld advising Accor on its joint venture with the Qatar Investment Authority, Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia and Oxford Properties for the $2.9bn acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts; and Chicago-based Michael Choate representing Inland Real Estate in its $2.3bn acquisition by real estate funds managed by DRA Advisors. The practice’s expertise in REITs was also in evidence, with Lichtenfeld advising New York REIT on its aborted acquisition of JBG Companies. On the dirt side, co-chair Ronald Sernau acts for a number of leading developers, including Hines and Extell Development Company; Sernau represented Vornado Realty Trust in signing PricewaterhouseCoopers to a 17-year lease for 240,000 sq ft at 90 Park Avenue. Other key figures in the practice are David Weinberger, who leads on finance work and advised Société Générale in connection with the $450m mortgage financing of the retail condominium unit of the St Regis Hotel in New York, and Perry Cacace, who co-chairs the practice with Sernau. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Antitrust

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s multifaceted practice covers merger challenges, cartel-related litigation and other antitrust disputes. Its experience includes cases where antitrust and intellectual property issues intersect; Christopher Ondeck, who is ‘a seasoned litigator’, represented MPEG LA, Zenith, Panasonic and Philips as plaintiffs in patent infringement litigation against Sceptre, and also defended the client against counterclaims of monopolization of digital television patents and collusion as to licensing. Elsewhere, the firm has a sizable stable of food and agriculture clients; Ondeck is defending broiler chicken producer Wayne Farms in a price-fixing class action brought by purchasers and indirect purchasers. Colin Kass successfully defended FCA US (formerly Chrysler Group) in a novel antitrust price discrimination case, which was brought under the Robinson-Patman Act by a dealership regarding the client’s nationwide dealer incentive program. Sanofi Pasteur, Accor Hotels and Celgene Corporation are among other clients. Kass and Ondeck jointly chair the practice from Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s practice is led by Mark Harris and Myron Rumeld out of New York. Harris defended Coca-Cola in a Second Circuit appeal filed by several production operators alleging race discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation. In another case, Harris obtained a victory in an interlocutory appeal at the Second Circuit, finding that student plaintiffs in a case against former school board president Nathan Rothschild had no standing to sue under the Establishment Clause. Other highlights included securing a favorable judgment for pop star Madonna at the Ninth Circuit, which held that the alleged use of a 0.23-second horn arrangement featured in the song ‘Vogue’ was too de minimis to amount to copyright infringement. The group is also prominent in employment and class action appellate work.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

The ‘extremely able and experienced lawyers’ at Proskauer Rose LLP are ‘always a pleasure to work with due to their detailed understanding of the field and user-friendly approach’. The firm is playing key roles in some of the highest-profile US and multi-jurisdictional investigations and its work encompasses bank, securities and tax fraud and FCPA, antitrust and anti-corruption matters. Practice head Robert Cleary is ‘right at the top of his game’. His colleagues in New York include fellow practice head Dietrich Snell, the ‘excellent’ William Komaroff and, since April 2016, former SEC senior counsel Joshua Newville. In the same month, Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán joined the Los Angeles office after leaving Munger, Tolles & Olson.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP provides an ‘excellent service’ to its clients, which include leading corporations and high-profile individuals. The team was bolstered by the arrival of prominent litigators Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán from Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles in 2016. Sports litigation is a standout area, where New York-based Bradley Ruskin and Scott Cooper in Los Angeles are leading names. Cooper is currently representing the Pacific-12 Conference in a putative class action concerning the use of college athletes’ images. Department chairs Steven Bauer and Brendan O’Rourke are based in Boston and New York respectively.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLPmakes sure its clients’ needs are met and has a proactive approach thanks to an incredibly nimble team’. Ann Ashton and Ralph Ferrara in Washington DC are ‘top-notch strategists with experience in all kinds of litigation and enforcement matters’. They advised Fifth Street Asset Management on class actions and derivative actions concerning allegations that it overvalued investments. Ferrara is now acting as lead outside counsel for the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico, which is charged with helping the territory achieve fiscal responsibility. In New York, new hire Joshua Newville, previously senior counsel in the SEC’s enforcement division, adds considerable skills in regulatory matters. Highlights for Stephen Ratner and practice co-head Gregg Mashberg included securing a victory for The Depository Trust Company in a long-running case that found its processes and procedures were fair to micro-cap issuers. Practice co-head Jonathan Richman is also recommended.

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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

A go-to player for priority transactions’, the team at Proskauer Rose LLPcarefully weighs up business considerations against legal strategy’. Among the names to note, department co-head Frank Lopezknows how to push the counterparty without overstepping the mark’; he and Stephen Gruberg advised Celgene on its $8bn offering of five tranches of unsecured senior notes. The same team also acted for the underwriters, including Citigroup, JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in PulteGroup’s offering of $1bn of senior notes. Other clients include Ares Capital, Imperial Capital and Light Tower Rentals. Los Angeles-based Monica Shilling and department co-head Julie Allen are also recommended. All individuals are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

The ‘highly client-focused’ group at Proskauer Rose LLP has a ‘deep and practical knowledge base’ and is ‘very easy to work with’. Lawyers are singled out for their ‘timely and thoughtful responses’, with New York-based capital markets co-head Frank Lopez singled out as ‘very fluent in the current technology of IPOs’. Lopez recently advised the underwriters on two secondary offerings made by WCI Communities worth a combined $160m. New York-based Julie Allen jointly heads the team and acted for NovoCure in its $150m IPO. Also in New York, Stuart Bressmanquickly understands issues and how to resolve them’; he advised JP Morgan Securities and Citigroup as joint book-running managers on Novavax’s $200m share offering. On the West Coast, Los Angeles-based Philippa Bond is an ‘up-and-coming star’, who acted for Ares Management in its $310m offering.

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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’s well-balanced global offerings practice handles a mix of debt and equity capital markets work both for issuers and underwriters. The firm, which is praised for having a ‘a strong and very responsive execution team’, is growing its practices in key jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and São Paulo and is also doing an increasing amount of high-yield work. Recent highlights include advising JP Morgan Securities and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Pulte Group’s $1bn high-yield offering. On the issuer side, the firm acted for Pacific Exploration & Production in a $4bn debt-for-equity swap, as well as the $500m issue of 12% debtor-in-possession first-priority secured notes. In New York, the practice co-heads Frank Lopez and Julie Allen, are recommended alongside Justin Breen and Maximilian Kirchner for their ‘very thorough knowledge in technically complex situations’.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s long-term focus on ramping up in the high-yield space has seen it improve its profile among underwriters and it now acts for an impressive selection of bulge bracket, middle-market and boutique investment banks, as well as corporate issuers and private equity sponsors. The lawyers are ‘excellent to work with’ and have ‘good market knowledge on current terms and structures’. Most notably, group co-head Frank Lopez is an ‘excellent resource’ due to his ‘great deal knowledge’. Lopez and Stephen Gruberg recently advised the banks, including JP Morgan Securities, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities, on PulteGroup’s $1bn high-yield offering of senior notes. Julie Allen jointly leads the New York-based group, which also includes Maximilian Kirchner and ‘great lawyerJustin Breen.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has a longstanding track record advising non-regulated lenders, cementing the firm’s status as one of the go-to advisers in this area, with clients reporting that the team provides ‘a far superior platform that consistently exceeds expectations with regard to turnaround time and market knowledge’. Highlights included representing Antares Capital on an $860m facility to CH Hold Corp and $125m loan to Power Services Holding Company. The borrower side of the practice is equally active; in addition to advising private equity firms and corporations, the firm has developed strong niches in providing finance advice to major sporting clients and investment funds such as Pomona Capital. Other key clients include Bowlmor AMF and AMF Bowling Centers, which it advised on a $630m facility. The team is jointly led by the ‘exceptionalRon Franklin (who is more active on the borrower front) and Stephen Boyko on the lender side. Other key partners include the highly experienced Steven Ellis and Kristen Campana, who recently joined from Bracewell 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

The ‘cost conscious’ team at Proskauer Rose LLP acts for a variety of not-for-profit clients in the sports, healthcare and arts and entertainment sectors. Partners from the firm’s sports, media and entertainment department have been retained by the National Hockey League (NHL) in a complex dispute with the former owner of the Arizona Coyotes, Jerry Moyes, and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ tax lawyer Amanda Nussbaum has been assisting the NHL in connection with the league’s expansion to Las Vegas. Nussbaum and corporate partner Jon Oram have also been serving as legal counsel and strategic adviser to the Los Angeles 2024 Exploratory Committee. In the healthcare space, Richard Zall has been assisting clients in matters including joint ventures, collaboration agreements and investment management. The firm’s dedicated ERISA litigation team represents nearly half the religious healthcare entities being sued in a wave of litigation by ‘church plan’ participants. The labor and employment team acts for a number of not-for-profit clients, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Jewish Committee. David Miller joined the tax team from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in 2016. All partners named are based in New York. In May 2017, Roger Cohen joined Goodwin.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has been handling a number of cases on the debtor side with a combination of lawyers from its Chicago and New York offices. In one of the headline cases of the year, practice head Martin Bienenstock and Timothy Karcher from the New York office represented Pacific Exploration Company in its pre-packaged bankruptcy cases in New York, Canada and Colombia, involving the restructuring of around $5bn of debt. On the creditor side, the team also continues to represent the unsecured creditors’ committee in all aspects of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company’s Chapter 11. In another high-profile engagement, the firm represented the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico in its case before the US Supreme Court regarding the upholding of the Puerto Rico Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act against federal bankruptcy law. Further debtor-side engagements included advising The Budd Company on its Chapter 11, representing Ocala Funding in litigation arising from its 2012 bankruptcy, and assisting Monomoy Capital Partners with the pre-packaged Chapter 11 of its majority-owned portfolio company EveryWare Global. Mark Thomas co-chairs the practice with Bienenstock and Jeff Marwil. Partners named are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

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 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s New York-based practice retains a strong cross-practice client base and advises on all environmental aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions. Practice head Gail Port and counsel Aliza Cinamon recently acted for Teva Pharmaceuticals in its $40.5bn acquisition of Allergan’s generics business, a matter involving extensive due diligence on approximately 200 sites. Port and special counsel Yelena Simonyuk also advised IO Data Centers on a $455m loan from Deutsche Bank. Other key clients include Ascena Retail, Imperial Capital and American Realty Capital Properties.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘always dependable, efficient and thorough’. The team has notable expertise in technology-related healthcare matters, having advised on telemedicine issues and data privacy and security regulations; it also has experience in regulatory matters and healthcare litigation. Healthcare chair Richard Zall is ‘a brilliant attorney’ and ‘a tough negotiator’, whose recent work includes advising MEP Health on its merger with US Acute Care Solutions and assisting Medical Home Network with its fraud and abuse restrictions in payment arrangements for accountable care organizations. New York-based senior counsel Roger Cohen is ‘a fantastic all-round, multi-faceted healthcare lawyer’; Edward Kornreich is also highly regarded and David Manko recently joined the practice from Rivkin Radler. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York. In May 2017, Roger Cohen joined Goodwin.

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Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is a respected player in the market, handling domestic and cross-border arbitration and litigation. The spectrum of matters handled by the team includes life insurance disputes, environmental matters and terrorism cases. It is representing Union Carbide in multiple claims against 30 insurance companies for asbestos injuries, including litigation and mediation proceedings, while the New York-based Seth Schafler is acting for JP Morgan in multiple coverage matters - including securities coverage litigation - relating to fraud and dishonesty exclusions. Deutsche Bank, Incorporated Village of Old Westbury and LA 2024 are also clients. Los Angeles-based Nancy Sher Cohen and the Chicago-based Steven Gilford head the practice, which also includes Chicago’s general liability and professional E&O coverage litigator Marc Rosenthal and New York-based cybersecurity expert John Failla. New York-based Nathan Larder is a rising star.

Leading lawyers

Nancy Sher Cohen - Proskauer Rose LLP

Seth Schafler - Proskauer Rose LLP

Steven Gilford - Proskauer Rose LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nathan Lander - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

By far the best in the business, with unmatched industry knowledge and depth of relationships’, Proskauer Rose LLP provides a ‘phenomenal’ service to all of the ‘big four’ leagues. Joseph Leccese (‘one of the best known and well respected in the business’) and Jon Oram (‘talented, creative and dedicated’) advised the National Hockey League (NHL) on its $500m deal with a Bill Foley-led consortium to create a team in Las Vegas. Leccese also advised KKR on its role in the WME IMG-led $4bn purchase of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In the disputes space, Bradley Ruskin represented the NHL in litigation, which settled, against the former owner of the Arizona Coyotes concerning the club’s insolvency procedure and a proposed unauthorized sale to a buyer seeking to relocate the franchise to Hamilton, Ontario. Other clients include the exploratory committee for Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympic bid and Nascar, which the firm advised on its transition to a quasi-franchise ‘charter’ model. Howard Ganz handles big-ticket labor matters. The above named ‘responsive and efficient’ attorneys are all are based in New York.

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

The ‘excellent’ team at Proskauer Rose LLP is recommended for copyright matters in the entertainment industry, and particularly for contentious matters in the music industry. Highlights included the successful defense of Madonna and Warner Bros against a copyright infringement claim by VMG Salsoul regarding the use of a 0.23-second sound sample, which was considered de minimis by the Ninth Circuit. Other clients include BMG, Sony Music Entertainment, Reed Elsevier and the Authors Guild. Practice head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks is ‘very knowledgeable, responsive and proactive’. Other recommended lawyers include music industry expert Alexander Kaplan and Charles Sims, who has particular expertise in fair use issues and matters at the intersection of copyright and First Amendment law.

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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 interdisciplinary team is led by Joseph Baumgarten and Gregory Rasin, who are based in New York. Anthony Oncidi in Los Angeles and Guy Brenner in Washington DC are acting for Creative Artists Agency in pursuing a punitive damages claim against several of its former agents and United Talent Agency. New York-based Steven Kayman is representing Endurance in a dispute arising from the hire of 13 Chubb executives following ACE’s acquisition of Chubb. Other highlights included representing US Foods in litigation and arbitration proceedings against former executives concerning misappropriation and misuse of confidential information. Nicole Eichberger in New Orleans and Evandro Gigante and Patrick Lamparello in New York made partner.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘very good’ practice is particularly noted for its industry expertise in alcoholic beverages. Diageo is a longstanding client of the firm and has been represented in many contentious trademark proceedings; recent work includes a suit against competitor Mexcor regarding a conflict between the client’s ‘Crown Royal’ whiskey brand and the defendant’s ‘Crown Club’ whiskey brand, and a defense against a suit by Allied Lomar regarding alleged infringement of its ‘Stitzel’ trademark by references to the defendant’s Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky. The team also defends Madonna against trademark infringement claims by beauty and fashion brand Hard Candy over the use of the mark ‘Hard Candy’ for fitness clubs and related products. Practice co-chair Brendan O’ Rourke and Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks in New York are recommended.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice handles a range of work for managers, family offices and global institutional investors. Christopher Wells and Sean Hill advised Ares Management on the launch of two new credit funds, while Robert Leonard, who attracts praise for his ‘understanding of the issues and succinct, appropriate and prompt responses’, advised Black-and-White Capital on the launch of its hedge fund business, as well as on a seed investment by Swedish asset manager Brummer & Partners. Michael Mavrides is noted for his regulatory expertise, which he brings to bear for major funds and family offices. In an illustration of its fund-related M&A expertise, Wells advised Graham Capital Management on the sale of a 20% stake in the manager to funds managed by Dyal Capital Partners. Other clients include Alta Fundamental Advisers, which Wells assisted with the launch of a co-investment vehicle, and CapeView Capital, a London-based manager for which the firm handled a fund launch. With the exception of Hill, who is based in Boston, named lawyers are located in New York.

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Mutual/registered funds
Leading lawyers

Stuart Coleman - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has particular strength in funds-of-funds; in an illustration of its expertise in this arena, Robin Painter and Sarah Cherry advised Commonfund Capital on several such launches, and Sean Hill, Michael Suppappola and David Tegeler are advising Lexington Partners in this space. The firm also has an extensive track record in buyout fund work, with Suppappola and Howard Beber advising Ridgemont Equity Partners on a $1bn buyout fund. Other areas of expertise include mezzanine funds, separately managed accounts and venture capital funds. Stephen Mears and David Jones advise General Catalyst Partners on the venture capital front. Other clients include Ares Management, JP Morgan and Aberdeen Asset Management. The team, which is led by Beber and Hill, is based in Boston.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP provides ‘exemplary’ advice ‘of the highest quality’ and is ‘a joy to work with in the fires of ERISA litigation’, including stock-drop, church plan and withdrawal liability cases. Clients praise ‘all-wise ERISA guru Howard Shapiro in New Orleans and rising star Russell Hirschhorn in New York defended Wells Fargo and Avon in class action stock-drop suits alleging failure to uphold fiduciary obligations. Shapiro, assisted by senior counsel Stacey Cerrone, is also defending over a dozen healthcare providers in a wave of church plan suits. The ‘practical, tactical legal geniusMyron Rumeld in New York acted for Intel, Neuberger and Renco in 2016; the last of these in connection with a PBGC withdrawal liability claim. Recent work also saw the team defend Foot Locker in a class action alleging violations of its disclosure obligations under ERISA in connection with the conversion of its pension plan to a cash balance plan.

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 and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s nationwide executive compensation team provides ERISA advice in relation to capital transactions, bankruptcies, IPOs and other matters and a does significant amount of work in the private investment sector. Seth Safra joined Paul Hamburger and Myron Rumeld’s team from Covington & Burling LLP and has represented clients with regard to DOL and IRS audits. Andrea Rattner advised on M&A transactions for clients including C-III Capital Partner, Celgene, and the International Securities Exchange; Washington DC-based Joshua Miller led the work for New York REIT, MLG, and Upstream Rehabilitation. The firm also demonstrated its prominence in the sports industry by assisting the NHL with its expansion into Las Vegas and represented the NBA in its collective bargaining negotiations with the NBAPA. Named attorneys are based in New York except where otherwise noted.

Leading lawyers

Michael Sirkin - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

Recently joined by Seth Safra from Covington & Burling LLP, the nationwide employee benefits practice at Proskauer Rose LLP assists clients with single- and multi-employer plans, ERISA compliance, and fiduciary obligations. In Washington DC, Paul Hamburger advised the Met, Bass Pro Shops and SCANA on healthcare reform and retirement plan administration and design. From the New York office, Andrea Rattner provides ongoing benefits advice to clients such as Foot Locker, Ascena, and Celgene. Neal Schelberg and Steven Weinstein designed the implementation of a new benefits plan and amended existing retirement arrangements for the NHL following its expansion into Las Vegas. Ira Golub, Rory Albert and Robert Projansky are also key contacts. Attorneys are based in New York except where indicated otherwise.

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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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s practice is evenly weighted between high-stakes immigration matters, transactional support and day-to-day issues. David Grunblatt is widely regarded as a market leader in immigration law and is highly sought after for his knowledge of the I-9 program, as well as complex corporate-related matters. Grunblatt leads the Newark-based practice.The group’s client base is broad and encompasses financial institutions, multinational corporations, non-profit NGOs, religious institutions and universities; representative clients include HSBC Bank USA, The New York Times Company and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Praveena Nallainathan recently left the firm.

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

Singled out for sports, entertainment and retail sector work, Proskauer Rose LLP acts for Marvel Entertainment, Sony Music, Marc Jacobs, National Hockey League and other large employers. Howard Ganz, who co-chairs the sports law group, Elise Bloom, labor expert Neil Abramson and Adam Lupion are representing Major League Baseball and all 30 of its clubs in a wage and hour putative class action with minor league baseball players alleging that they are owed minimum and overtime wages. Bettina Plevan and Kathleen McKenna handle disputes ranging from racial discrimination to sexual harassment cases, often on behalf of law firms. Other work for the practice included handling class actions that challenged unpaid internships, breach of contract claims and enforcing restrictive covenants. Joseph Baumgarten and Gregory Rasin head the department, which consists of specialist teams, including Elise Bloom’s and Boston-based Mark Batten’s class and collective actions group. Keisha-Ann Gray, Zachary Fasman, senior counsel Harris Mufson and Allan Bloom are recommended, along with Los Angeles-based Anthony Oncidi and Chicago’s Steven Pearlman and Nigel Telman. Guy Brenner and Connie Bertram, who are in Washington DC, and John Barry, who splits his time between New York and Newark, are also noted, as is Boca Raton-based special employment law counsel Jurate Schwartz. Evandro Gigante, Patrick Lamparello and New Orleans-based Nicole Eichberger made partner. Katharine Parker is now a magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York. Attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Leading individual

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

Singled out for its ‘excellent’ service, the ‘extremely responsive’ team at Proskauer Rose LLP leads on collective bargaining, NLRB proceedings, preventing union organization and other complex matters. A ‘top expert in his field’, Los Angeles-based Mark Theodore, who heads the practice group with hospitality expert Michael Lebowich, defended T-Mobile in a lawsuit filed by the CWA concerning an alleged violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in terminating an employment contract; in another case, the NLRB dismissed allegations that T-Mobile undermined the CWA’s efforts by making changes to employment terms and conditions without notice and collective bargaining. Paul Salvatore acted for The Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations in negotiating two collective bargaining agreements with the 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to successfully prevent strike action. Other clients include The City of New York and Duke University. Other key figures include public sector group head Neil Abramson, sports expert L Robert Batterman, department co-chair Joseph Baumgarten, Bernard Plum, Zachary Fasman, Boston-based Scott Faust, Howard Robbins and recently promoted partner Evandro Gigante. Unless stated otherwise, attorneys are based in New York.

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 provides daily advice to leading clients from a range of sectors, including media, sports, higher education and retail. Well-known law firms also retain the firm, with Bettina Plevan and Kathleen McKenna providing day-to-day advice on complex matters. Erika Collins co-heads the international labor and employment group, with recent matters including ongoing assistance to an online retailer with its global bonus program, payouts for employee terminations and leaves of absence. Keisha-Ann Gray leads on discrimination mandates and Washington DC’s Connie Bertram is well regarded for whistleblowing and C-suite disputes. The team’s recent workload included OFCCP audits, internal investigations and compliance with wage and hour laws. Gregory Rasin heads the department with Joseph Baumgarten, who has expertise in advising on internal investigations, restrictive covenants and the labor and employment aspects of corporate transactions, among other matters. Boca Raton’s Allan Weitzman, Chicago’s Nigel Telman, Washington DC’s Guy Brenner and Los Angeles’ Anthony Oncidi are names to note, along with Chicago-based associate Amanda Wiley, who is a rising star. Patrick Lamparello, Evandro Gigante and New Orleans-based Nicole Eichberger were all promoted to partner and Katharine Parker left to serve as a magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York. Named partners are based in New York, unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Bettina Plevan - Proskauer Rose LLP

Next generation lawyers

Amanda Wiley - Proskauer Rose LLP

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 now consistently operates in the $1bn-plus bracket, although it maintains an impressive share of middle-market deals. Key industries for the practice are healthcare and life sciences, leisure and hospitality, real estate and sports. In 2016, the firm advised Accor on its $2.9bn acquisition of FRHI Hotels and Resorts. It also advised the senior management team of Multiplan on its acquisition by Hellman & Friedman from Starr Investment Holdings and represented Grifols in its $1.85bn acquisition of Hologic’s blood screening business. Its impressive client list also includes Ares Management, Celgene and Inspired Gaming Group. Los Angeles managing partner Michael Woronoff and Ron Papa co-head the M&A department. Jeffrey Horwitz is noted for real estate and leisure and hospitality deals and was the lead partner on the Accor transaction. Daniel Ganitsky is another key member of the team. All named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has achieved prominence through its impressive sponsor relationships, most famously with Ares Management, but increasingly with big-ticket funds such as KKR and Carlyle. Thanks in part to the firm’s standing in sports, media and entertainment, it was engaged by KKR (alongside Kirkland & Ellis LLP) to advise on the $4bn acquisition, alongside IMG Worldwide and Silver Lake, of a majority stake in UFC. The firm also represented Carlyle in its investment in London-based PA Consulting Group, and advised marquee client Ares Management in connection with Ares Capital Corporation’s $4bn acquisition of American Capital. The private equity buyouts group is supported by one of the leading private equity fund management teams in the market. Los Angeles-based Michael Woronoff and Monica Shilling co-head the private equity group, with the former regarded as a ‘very fine lawyer’ and noted for his connection to Ares. Boston partner Steven Peck is another pivotal member of the team and New York’s Jeffrey Horwitz spearheads the private equity real estate side of the practice.

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Benloulou - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

The ‘impressive’ eight-partner team at Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘very smart and knowledgeable’ and ‘works diligently on any project it is given, no matter the complexity’. The practice is a ‘go-to’ for advertising litigation; it is highly experienced in false advertising matters and recently defended PVH in three cases alleging false discount price advertising at Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen stores. False advertising practice co-head Lawrence Weinstein, who is ‘thoughtful, diligent and hardworking’, led the matter and is also acting for Church & Dwight in a consumer false advertising class action regarding a local anesthetic product. Ascena Retail Group, T-Mobile, Diageo North America and the NFL are also clients. Other key team members include fellow co-head Brendan O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan, who has experience advising clients before the federal courts and the NAD. 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 protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Data protection and data breach response - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘client service is stellar in terms of responsiveness, depth of knowledge, and providing practical legal advice geared towards business goals’. The practice is known for advising on compliance with state, federal and global obligations, and defending claims arising from alleged breaches on behalf of large multinational companies. Kristen Mathews leads the team from the New York office and is noted for advising high-profile companies on cyber breach response practices and exercises, children’s and healthcare privacy, identity theft prevention, and geolocation matters. The team recently advised a global financial advisory agency on privacy issues and restrictions related to reporting hotlines, and reviewed the company’s privacy policies and notices to ensure compliance with global privacy laws.

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Kristen Mathews - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP advises clients across transactional and contentious issues, with particular expertise negotiating and structuring distribution deals. Recent transactional highlights include Robert Freeman advising Discovery Communications on its minority investment in Group Nine Media and Joseph Leccese assisting Omnigon Communications with the sale of a majority stake to Infron Sports & Media, a transaction which leveraged the firm’s sports strength. On the contentious side, the team regularly advises on copyright infringement, particularly in the music space through Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, chair of the firm’s entertainment, copyright and media practice. Highlights for Crawshaw-Sparks included successfully defending Lady Gaga in a copyright infringement case relating to her single Judas, and representing Madonna and WB Music in copyright infringement litigation surrounding the song Vogue, which plaintiffs allege contains unauthorized samples. Other clients include The Broadway League, Hulu and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Recent work undertaken at Proskauer Rose LLP includes advising a high-profile museum on outsourcing its technology infrastructure, including its ticketing, point-of-sale, inventory management and other systems; this involved a multi-vendor platform and multiple agreements. It also advised a sporting company on the implementation of new biometric-based security measures for a major event, including drafting appropriate notices related to the new measures, and assisted Component Assembly and its subsidiary C/F Data Systems with various technology transactions relating to the accumulation and use of data in the construction industry. Daryn Grossman and Jeffrey Neuburger lead the practice from New York.

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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 is experienced in sectors such as healthcare, consumer products and education, and also handles sports and media related matters. The firm has advised Time Warner Cable for over 20 years on complex technology transactions, including the recent outsourcing of digital rights management to Adobe. Daryn Grossman and Jeffrey Neuburger co-head the technology, media and telecoms group; Neuberger advised iHeartMedia on the launch of its first subscription on-demand streaming music service. Other significant clients include Component Assembly, Eclipse, Newport Health Services and VerticalScope. Kristen Mathews and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Benloulou are also recommended. Named partners are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

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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 is recognized for its distribution deal experience, advising clients on the negotiation and structuring of contracts for traditional platforms (including cable and satellite) and emerging content platforms (including TV Everywhere and over-the-top video). The media and entertainment sector is also prominent for the firm, particularly sports work. A recent highlight was advising Discovery Communications on its investment into Group Nine Media, led by department head Robert Freeman and private equity specialist Lauren Boglivi. Freeman is also working with Michael Ellis in assisting Comtech Telecommunications with its $431m acquisition of TeleCommunication Systems. Other clients include Hulu, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Altice. The practice is based in New York.

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United States: Real estate

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

The REIT practice at Proskauer Rose LLP is headed by New York-based capital markets lawyers Peter Fass and Steven Lichtenfeld. Fass represented Preferred Apartment Communities in issuing Series A redeemable preferred stock worth $2bn, while Lichtenfeld advised on New York REIT’s proposed merger with The JBG Companies (terminated in May 2016). Michael Choate, a key partner in Chicago, advised Inland Real Estate on its acquisition by some of DRA Advisors’ managed real estate funds. Other clients include various trusts belonging to American Realty Capital and Global Net Lease.

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Leslie Loffman - Proskauer Rose LLP

Peter Fass - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Tax

Financial products
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David Miller - Proskauer Rose LLP

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International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

In April 2016, fund formation expert David Miller joined Proskauer Rose LLP’s tax team in New York from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Recent highlights for the practice include Martin Hamilton advising Canadian company Pacific Exploration & Production on its acquisition by The Catalyst Group and its restructure through bankruptcy cases, refinancings and debt resolve. Hamilton and Stuart Rosow advised Spain-based Grifols on its acquisition of a 49% interest in Interstate Blood Bank, and the team also worked on matters for Adams Street Partners, Ares Management and Freshstream Capital. Mary Kuusisto relocated to the firm’s London office.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s experienced tax group advises on all areas of corporate and financial tax and specializes in matters related to REITs and fund formation. Recent work includes acting for Pacific Exploration & Production on its acquisition of The Catalyst Group (its former creditor) as part of a cross-border restructuring that included a capital infusion of $240m, a new financing line of $240m and a $115m letter of credit facility. In another notable mandate, the firm advised American Realty Capital, Retail Centers of America and American Finance Trust on their $1.4bn merger. Other clients include Icahn Enterprises, National Hockey League and Lexington Partners. David Miller, Amanda Nussbaum, Ira Bogner, Jamiel Poindexter and Ali Fawaz are all key members of the practice, as is Anne Kim, who receives praise for her ‘patience, knowledge, insightfulness and responsiveness’.

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David Miller - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s Latin America team, which features a sizeable group in São Paulo and New York, has experienced growth in projects, energy and trade finance (including agricultural export financings). Bilateral lending, syndicated loans and acquisition finance continue to be central to the team’s activities; and Brazil, Colombia and Mexico are the team’s primary markets. The practice remains well known for its borrower-side engagements, although it also maintains close connections to the Brazilian arms of a number of international banks. The firm’s ‘overall service is outstanding’ and ‘stands up to the level of any top firm’. ‘Response times are excellent’, ‘language skills are a plus’, and it provides ‘a pragmatic approach to issues’ and ‘thorough involvement in transactions’. Clients include Banco BTG Pactual, Banco Itaú, Banco Rabobank International Brasil, Banco Mizuho, Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), Credit Agricole, Pacific Exploration & Production and Copa Investimentos. Recent highlights include advising long-term client Pacific Exploration & Production (a Canadian oil and gas company whose principal operations are in Latin America), on its bankruptcy proceedings and restructuring in Canada, the US and Colombia; the process resulted in its acquisition by Catalyst Group, and the sale of assets and interests in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Guatemala, and required the extinguishing of $5.3bn of financial debt, a capital infusion of $240m plus a further $240m in new money financing, a $115m letter of credit facility and a $500m debtor-in-possession financing. In another substantial transaction, the firm advised Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Usina Coruripe on its $700m debt re-profiling with 11 Brazilian and international banks; the deal was secured by export receivables and a selection of Usina Coruripe’s Brazilian assets. Head of the São Paulo office and co-head of the Latin America practice Antonio Piccirillo has a strong record in bilateral and structured lending, is ‘very effective, knowledgeable and always pro business’ and, according to one client, is ‘the best there is on Brazilian issues’. UK and US-qualified São Paulo partner David Fenwick is another senior practitioner with a fine record in international finance; while his São Paulo colleague, Fábio Yamada, is prominent in trade finance for lenders such as Banco Rabobank and a number of Brazilian borrowers. New York partner and co-head of the Latin America practice, the ‘excellentCarlos Martinez provides a wealth of expertise and experience in Latin America across multiple practice areas.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Providing ‘impressive and outstanding service’ the team at Proskauer Rose LLPcombines responsiveness with perfection’ and ‘always adds value to transactions’. Of the foreign law firms in Brazil, it is ‘the best for Brazilian US dollar capital markets transactions’, according to one client. The practice is largely issuer-side and ranges from straight equity deals and restructurings driven by capital markets issuances, to project bonds, and hybrid bank debt and securities financings. With a strong corporate restructuring department in the US, the Latin America team has also worked on a series of restructurings involving capital markets transactions. In 2016, it advised long-term client Pacific Exploration & Production on the renegotiation of four existing bond issuances, resulting in the extinguishment of debt in exchange for equity in the company and the right to participate in new money offerings. The restructuring also involved the issuance of two series of 12% debtor-in-possession first-priority secured notes and an offering of 10% first-priority secured notes. With an experienced team in São Paulo, the firm has a solid record in Brazil where it advised Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) on the restructuring of outstanding bonds. Head of the São Paulo office Antonio Piccirillo and São Paulo partner Fábio Yamada are ‘very well-prepared, available and hands on’. New York-based head of the Latin America practice Carlos Martinez has impressive experience across the region and maintains excellent client relationships such as that with Pacific Exploration & Production. São Paulo partner David Fenwick is recommended for straight debt and regulatory capital deals.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Providing ‘excellent service in all areas’, the ‘extremely hands on’ lawyers at Proskauer Rose LLPalways show deep legal and business knowledge, and their extensive track record is always useful when facing obstacles and solving problems along the way’. The substantial Latin America practice group is based primarily in the firm’s New York and São Paulo offices, and has deep connections with local and regional corporates and multinationals with interests in the region. It has a particularly impressive record in Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Central America, and 2016 saw the team advise long-term client, Canadian oil & gas company Pacific Exploration & Production, on its sale to Catalyst Group and former creditors of Pacific Exploration & Production; the debt-to-equity transaction was part of a restructuring process involving bankruptcy proceedings in Canada, the US and Colombia. In another substantial transaction, the team advised El Salvador-based Quantum Energy on its $800m joint venture with renewable energy company, Invenergy. The Latin American team ‘excels at providing a truly personal and tailored service’, is ‘very responsive’ and ‘knows how to get the deal done’. Latin America practice head Carlos Martinezknows how Latin American culture works’, which ‘enables him to be ahead of the game’ and make him a strong choice for ‘deals that involve US law and more than one Latin American jurisdiction’. Colombian-born Daniel Ganitsky is an ‘M&A star’, and a ‘great negotiator’ who ‘knows everything there is to know about getting an M&A deal done’. In São Paulo, partner Antonio Piccirillo has a ‘calm demeanour’, is ‘knowledgeable’ and is ‘great at identifying which battles are worth fighting’; while his office colleague, Fábio Yamada, is ‘completely devoted to his clients’, has ‘unparalleled response times’ and ‘is the perfect lawyer to take clients by the hand and walk them through every step of a transaction’.

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