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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has a clear strength in patent appeals, which was in evidence in 2014 as it secured a favorable ruling in Nautilus v Biosig, with the US Supreme Court vacating the Federal Circuit’s decision and remanding the case for the further consideration. Practice co-head and former US Supreme Court clerk Mark Harris led on this and continued the representation of Biosig in 2015 in the Federal Court. The team won a major victory in the Second Circuit for Sprint-Nextel in a case involving allegations of a breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice, among other claims; the Second Circuit vacated the district court’s decision that the claims could be brought as a class action. Other highlights included representing telecoms providers in contractual disputes, acting for employers on the legality of unpaid interns, and handling antitrust cases for sports clients.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has a strong stable of clients that engage it in high-stakes litigation. Among these are Diageo, which Brendan O’Rourke has been representing for over ten years, and for which O’Rourke and Kevin Perra recently achieved a jury trial victory in a trademark infringement and dilution action. The sports litigation practice continues to thrive; Bradley Ruskin and Jennifer Scullion are currently representing MLB in a purported class action suit. Above-named lawyers are based in New York; patent litigation expert Steven Bauer is a key contact in Boston.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

At Proskauer Rose LLP, ‘the level of service is excellent’, and the firm has ‘outstanding lawyers who understand clients’ business’. Jonathan Richman and Gregg Mashberg lead the practice from New York. Mashberg and Stephen Ratner defended the high-profile $7.2bn claim against Depository Trust Company following a multibillion-dollar leveraged buyout. Richman and Washington DC-based Ralph Ferrara, who was once general counsel at the SEC and ‘knows the regulatory side inside out’, acted for Vestas Wind Systems in a putative class action concerning the interpretation of revenue recognition rules. Ferrara and Ann Ashton, who leads the Washington DC litigation group, represented a special committee of Hewlett-Packard’s board of directors in an independent review of shareholder derivative cases alleging breach of duties in the $11.7bn acquisition of Autonomy.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is an ‘outstanding’ firm that acts for clients from the financial services, automotive, energy and life sciences sectors, among others, representing both companies and senior executives. Areas of expertise for the firm include securities fraud, tax fraud and FCPA investigations. Robert Cleary displays ‘good judgment, calm diplomacy, and personal attention to detail’. He and Dietrich Snell co-head the New York-based practice. Sigal Mandelker’s work includes handling internal investigations.

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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 managers - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s capital markets team is ‘highly client focused’ and is ‘a strong player in the debt space’. Frank Lopez has ‘his finger on the pulse of the market’ and is ‘a great resource’. Lopez heads the practice alongside Julie Allen and under the pair’s stewardship the firm’s capital markets practice has grown substantially in recent years. In a standout matter from 2015, Lopez and Stephen Gruberg advised longstanding client Celgene on its offering of five tranches of notes totaling $8bn, the proceeds of which were used to finance its acquisition of Receptos. The firm has good relationships with major underwriters and private equity firms with a significant amount of work flowing from these. For example, Lopez acted for the underwriters in two offerings by Techniplas while Los Angeles-based Monica Shilling assisted Ares Capital with two notes offerings totaling $600m. Los Angeles-based Philippa Bond is ‘a rising star’.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘a strong player in the equity capital markets space, particularly in the IPO market’, according to a source. The New York-based team is ‘highly client focused’ and has ‘a deep, practical knowledge base’. Practice co-head Frank Lopezhas his finger on the pulse of the market’, and is ‘a terrific group leader’; Philippa Bond is ‘a rising star on the West Coast, who brings investment banking experience to bear when executing transactions’; co-head Julie Allen has strong experience in initial public offerings and follow-on equity transactions; and New York-based Robin Feiner is ‘terrific with clients’. The firm recently acted for joint book-running managers Credit Suisse, Citigroup, JPMorgan and Raymond James in WCI Communities’ $85m secondary offering, and is assisting Neiman Marcus Group with its proposed IPO of common stock. Jefferies, NovoCure and Ascena Retail Group are also key clients.

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Capital markets: global offerings
Capital markets: global offerings - advice to corporates - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Capital markets: global offerings - advice to financial institutions - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘terrific’ team is especially lauded for its ‘significant high-yield expertise’ and is considered a ‘particularly strong player in the IPO market’. This was underlined by several major highlight matters in 2015, including advising the underwriters, led by Citigroup, on the $100m London IPO of Georgia Healthcare Group, and assiting Barclays and IKB Deutsche Industriebank as joint lead managers and book-runners with Techniplas’ €135m high-yield bond offering. Other notable matters included handling Celgene’s $8bn offering of five tranches of investment grade unsecured senior notes. Frank Lopez, who ‘has his finger on the pulse of the market’, jointly heads the practice with Julie Allen, who is ‘excellent in every aspect’. Carlos Martinez is particularly well-regarded for his Latin America expertise.

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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

The team at Proskauer Rose LLP has ‘a deep knowledge base’ and is ‘always available, highly responsive and easy to work with’. The ‘terrificFrank Lopez is a specialist in this area and heads the capital markets alongside Julie Allen. In 2015, among other things, Lopez advised, with Maximilian Kirchner, Suburban Propane Partners and Suburban Energy Finance on a $250m senior notes offering. He also acted for Beach Point Capital Management as purchaser in a tack-on placement of high-yield notes by logistics company Neovia. In another notable matter, Carlos Martinez handled Pacific Rubiales Energy’s $750m Rule 144A/Regulation S offering, the proceeds of which were used to finance shorter term debts.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s team ‘compares favorably to the competition’ and is singled out for its work in the middle market and its ability to ‘add resources to its legal team as a deal requires’. The practice grew with the arrival of Los Angeles-based Sandra Lee Montgomery from the defunct Bingham McCutchen LLP, who joins a team headed by Stephen Boyko and the ‘exceptionalRon Franklin, who stands out for his experience in leveraged financing. Justin Breen advised on several matters for Ares Capital that spanned the value spectrum, including $800m in first and second lien credit facilities for American Seafoods and a $150m unitranche credit facility for Global Franchise Group. Highlights on the borrower side included its advice to Ascena Retail Group on its $1.8bn secured term loan B facility and $600m asset-based revolving credit facility, which was used in connection with its merger with ANN Inc. Steven Ellis, who co-heads the multi-tranche finance practice, is ‘extremely commercial’ and a ‘tremendous asset’. Vincenzo Lucibello was promoted to the partnership in 2015. Named attorneys are based in the firm’s Boston and New York offices, except where otherwise stated.

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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 welcomed William Silverman from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in New York to spearhead the firm’s global pro bono efforts. The team advises collegiate and international sports leagues, higher education institutions, NFP hospitals and health systems, international healthcare initiatives, museums and performing arts organizations, and public charities. High-profile engagements include serving as legal counsel and strategic adviser on the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Games bid, and assisting world-renowned performing arts school Juilliard on setting up a ten-year relationship with Nord Anglia Education, a publicly traded operator of premium international schools. It also acted for newly formed NFP corporation, BIG Initiatives, in its acquisition of certain assets related to the Build It Green! New York City program of the Community Environmental Center (the CEC is now bankrupt). Amanda Nussbaum, also in New York, is recommended.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLPprovides value by staffing matters with only the necessary partners needed, but has the strength-in-depth to bring in further expertise if required’. The group includes ‘top-notch attorneys’ who are ‘also genuinely nice people’, such as Jeff Marwill (‘one of the finest attorneys in the restructuring arena’) and associate Jeremy Stillings (‘a force to be reckoned with’). Mark Thomas and Peter Young are also recommended (‘can handle any deal on the transactional side’, ‘incredibly effective in the courtroom’. New York-based Martin Bienenstock, who co-chairs the practice with Marwill and Thomas, is advising the unsecured creditors’ committee in the $18bn bankruptcy of Caesars Entertainment and, in a headline assignment, the firm is co-counsel to Energy Future Holdings in the largest Chapter 11 filing of 2015. All partners named above are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated; other key New York attorneys include Philip Abelson, Judy Liu and Scott Rutsky.

Leading lawyers

Jeff Marwill - Proskauer Rose LLP

Martin Bienenstock - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP represents a variety of healthcare operators, hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory providers, digital health companies and investors. Its expertise ranges from regulatory, litigation and fraud and abuse matters to M&A. Data privacy is another notable strength. The team is largely located in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC and Los Angeles. Clients include Ascension Health, Celgene, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Healthcare Services Group, and Rockford Health System. It represented Rockford Health System in its $1bn merger with Mercy Health System and advised Celgene on its $7.2bn acquisition of Receptos. Richard Zall and Monte Dube are recommended. Since publication, David Manko has joined from Rivkin Radler.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘extremely professional and knowledgeable team works closely with clients, communicating constantly with an almost courageous level of honesty’. The practice assists domestic and foreign clients comprehensively in insurance matters, with many clients from the pharmaceuticals, media and manufacturing sectors, as well as financial institutions. Chicago-based practice co-chair Steven Gilford has ‘incredible expertise in coverage litigation’ and continues to work with Chicago-based Marc Rosenthal, advising longstanding client Union Carbide on thousands of asbestos-related bodily injury claims made against it. The firm’s Los Angeles office focuses heavily on the sport and entertainment sectors, and co-chair Nancy Sher Cohen is representing the Creative Artists Agency in claims against United Talent Agency and a group of defecting agents relating to liability over employment practices. Clients recommend the ‘thoughtful, tactical and simply brilliantSeth Schafler in New York, who is advising JPMorgan Chase in a case relating to SEC disgorgement remedies. The ‘commercialJohn Failla in New York is another name to note.

Leading lawyers

Nancy Sher Cohen - Proskauer Rose LLP

Seth Schafler - Proskauer Rose LLP

Steven Gilford - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP was at the forefront of establishing a dedicated sports law practice and its involvement in the area dates back over fifty years. Its status as a market leader was again emphasized in 2015 through prominent instructions from marquee client the NBA, which included the firm’s advice to the NBA on the $850m sale of the Atlanta Hawks to an ownership group led by Antony Ressler. The group’s exceptional transactional practice also has been called on by the NHL to assist with the league’s potential expansion to Las Vegas and Quebec City. The team’s full-service capability is highlighted through its exceptional litigation practice and it continues to defend Major League Baseball (MLB) in a long-running case challenging baseball’s antitrust exemption. While its excellence in professional sport is widely documented, the firm has also made a concerted effort in recent years to expand its collegiate offering; testament to the strength of its college sport practice is the firm’s advice to the University of Michigan on retaining Jim Harbaugh, previously the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, as head football coach. Further first-rate examples of the firm’s work include its advice to the Los Angeles 2024 Exploratory Committee on the host bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. Firm chairman and M&A expert Joseph Leccese, who is the ‘dean of sports law’, jointly heads the practice with labor expert Howard Ganz and litigator Bradley Ruskin, which also includes Wayne Katz and Jon H Oram. All lawyers mentioned are based in the firm’s New York office.

Leading lawyers

Bradley Ruskin - Proskauer Rose LLP

Joseph Leccese - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is particularly noted for its strength in the music industry. Practice head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks and recently promoted partner Alexander Kaplan have been defending Madonna and WB Music against a copyright infringement claim by VMG, which alleges that a co-author and producer of Madonna’s song Vogue included an unauthorized sample of the plaintiff’s composition Chicago Bus Stop; this case is currently on appeal. Charles Sims has expertise in fair use issues and matters at the intersection of copyright and First Amendment law. He continues to act for Reed Elsevier on the implementation of the class action suit following the US Supreme Court’s decision in Reed Elsevier v Muchnick regarding the republication of freelance periodical articles on electronic databases. All mentioned attorney are based in New York.

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Trade secrets
Trade secrets - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Joseph Baumgarten and Gregory Rasin in New York lead Proskauer Rose LLP’s interdisciplinary non-compete and trade secrets group, which has a particular focus on the intersection of trade secret protection and employee movement. The group handles matters ranging from day-to-day counseling on the hiring and firing of employees possessing confidential information to drafting confidentiality, to non-compete and equity based compensation arrangements, policy manuals on information ownership and protection and litigation involving claims of employee raiding and theft of trade secrets. Los Angeles-based Anthony Oncidi is advising Creative Artists Agency in the pursuit of claims against United Talent Agency and a group of defecting agents in Creative Artists Agency. The prestigious client roster includes Citizens Financial Group, McKinsey & Company, AT Kearney, MetLife and Credit Suisse. Guy Brenner from the Washington DC office was promoted to partner.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s trademark practice is praised for providing ‘value for money’ and is noted for its industry expertise in alcoholic beverages as well as the entertainment and sports. Practice co-chair Brendan O’Rourke is recommended as an ‘outstanding’ litigator. He has been handling several contentious matters for longstanding client Diageo, including defending against a suit filed by Allied Lomar regarding alleged infringement of the plaintiff’s Stitzel trademark by references to the defendant’s Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky. Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks has been defending Madonna and her manager against trademark infringement allegations by beauty and fashion brand Hard Candy over the use of the trademark Hard Candy in association with fitness clubs and related products.

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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 team has expertise in structuring and forming bespoke and complex funds across a wide range of vehicles, including hybrid funds, insurance-linked products, funds-of-funds and master-feeder structures. Christopher Wells - who jointly leads the practice alongside Michael Mavrides and Robert Leonard - acted for Engle Capital Funds on all aspects of its entry into the hedge funds market. Amanda Nussbaum, who is both a tax partner and a member of the firm’s private investment funds team, advised on the tax structuring aspects of that matter. The group is also experienced in dealing with sweep examinations, investigations and enforcement actions brought by regulatory bodies such as the SEC, CFTC, FINRA and US Department of Justice. Other areas of expertise include SEC registration and exemption issues, broker-dealer registrations and anti-money laundering.

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Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP, which ‘excels in market knowledge, price-value and legal substance’, provides a full service to more than 300 general partner clients and over 100 limited partner clients globally. On the sponsor side, its team has a 20-year track record of advising clients in the US, UK and globally on a wide range of fund types, including buyout, venture capital and real estate funds. Its expertise includes fund formation and structuring, fund investments, co-investments, secondary transactions and fund restructurings. Howard Beber, who has ‘strong industry knowledge’, jointly leads the team with Sean Hill, Robin Painter and David Tegeler. Highlights included acting for New Enterprise Associates on the closing of a $3.1bn venture capital fund, representing one of the largest venture funds ever raised. The firm’s cross-border capabilities were recently bolstered by the recruitment of Niamh Curry, who joined the New York office, and Bruno Bertrand-Delfau, who moved to the London office. Both joined from Baker McKenzie LLP. Matthew McBride has been promoted to senior counsel.

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 has ‘an impressive firm culture and the ability to assemble a team that works together seamlessly and cooperatively’. In New Orleans, Howard Shapiro, along with senior counsels Stacey Cerrone and Robert Rachal, is representing a panoply of religion-associated hospital systems in litigation regarding their pension plans’ status as ERISA-exempt ‘church plans’; the firm was successful in such matters for Trinity Health and Ascension Health. The team also undertakes stock drop litigation, such as representing JCPenney and its board in one of the first such disputes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fifth Third Bank v Dudenhoeffer. In other work highlights, New York-based Myron Rumeld is representing private equity firm Renco Group in a case relating to a transaction that removed Renco’s responsibility for a funding gap in one of its portfolio companies’ pension plans, but is subject to adverse allegations by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Rumeld and Shapiro jointly lead the team.

Leading lawyers

Howard Shapiro - Proskauer Rose LLP

Myron Rumeld - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

Truly outstanding in every dimension’, Proskauer Rose LLP provides ‘responsiveness, value for money and great results’ in the pension plan, transactional and executive compensation fields. Practice head Paul Hamburger in Washington DC advised Becton, Dickinson & Company on the regulatory aspects of its 401(k) and health plans, as well as on its merger with CareFusion; Robert Projansky, Rory Albert and Ira Golub assist with a number of pension funds for entertainment industry retirees, including the Broadway League Staff Retirement Plan; Michael Sirkin deploys his ‘unmatched knowledge’ of executive compensation, advising companies and executives; and Ira Bogner and Golub are praised for handling ERISA Title I issues and multi-employer plans respectively. Ali Fawaz is now a partner. Unless otherwise stated, all named lawyers are located in New York.

Leading lawyers

Michael Sirkin - Proskauer Rose LLP

Neal Schelberg - Proskauer Rose LLP

Paul Hamburger - Proskauer Rose LLP

Rory Albert - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s Newark-based immigration and nationality practice provides guidance on visas, waivers and certifications, as well as the full range of immigration issues affecting international businesses, including corporate immigration policies, guidance on avoiding unlawful practices, compliance with record keeping, and anti-discrimination provisions. David Grunblatt and senior associate Praveena Nallainathan jointly head the department. Nallainathan manages the immigration programs for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (Clinton Foundation), The New York Times, Markit Group Limited and Broadridge Financial Solutions. The firm’s high-profile and broad-ranging client base also includes Coach, HSBC USA, Major League Baseball, and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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 fields ‘one of the best employment departments in the country’ and has a ‘very good handle on the relevant areas of law’ to provide full coverage through focused practices, including a sports law group, which is jointly led by Howard Ganz, and a class and collective actions practice, headed by Elise Bloom and Boston-based Mark Batten. Leading the way in unpaid internship class actions, the practice defended Fox Searchlight Pictures in the Second Circuit, where an earlier judgment stating that interns working on Black Swan were employees under the FLSA and New York State Department of Labor (DOL) was rejected on the proviso that determining employee status rests on whether the intern or employer is the primary beneficiary. The firm was also successful in the Second Circuit for Coca-Cola, which it defended against claims filed by current and former production operators alleging race discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation. Litigators Joseph Baumgarten and Gregory Rasin jointly lead the department and work alongside Los Angeles’ ‘fantastic attorneyAnthony Oncidi and the revered Bettina Plevan. Also recommended are Keisha-Ann Gray, Zachary Fasman, Allan Bloom and Adam Lupion, who leads the Major League Baseball salary arbitration practice. John Barry, who splits time between Newark and New York, ‘gets to the heart of the issue very quickly’ and co-chairs the non-compete and trade secrets group with newly promoted Washington DC partner Guy Brenner. ERISA litigator Russell Hirschhorn also made partner and Harris Mufson was promoted to senior counsel. Kenneth Sulzer is now with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP in Los Angeles and Mark Saloman joined Ford & Harrison LLP in Berkeley Heights. Unless otherwise stated, all named lawyers are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Bettina Plevan - Proskauer Rose LLP

Mark Batten - Proskauer Rose LLP

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP represents clients in a variety of industries, including communications, sports and healthcare. The practice group is now co-chaired by Michael Lebowich and Los Angeles-based Mark Theodore following Ronald Meisburg’s departure to Hunton & Williams LLP. Theodore ‘knows the subject matters backwards and forwards’ and is astute in acting before the NLRB, while Lebowich’s expertise includes collective bargaining and labor issues connected to corporate transactions. Zachary Fasman was engaged by CNN to challenge an NLRB ruling made in September 2014 stating that the network and unionized subcontractor Team Video Services (TVS) acted as joint employers and that the defendant had allegedly violated federal labor law by terminating its relationship with TVS. Neil Abramson acted for the City of New York in several matters, including interest arbitration to resolve its collective bargaining impasse with Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), and defending the City in a challenge by the PBA to a program requiring police officers to wear cameras. Former co-head Bernard Plum, Howard Robbins, L Robert Batterman, Paul Salvatore and Boston-based Scott Faust are additional names to note. Unless stated otherwise, all partners operate out of 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’s new departmental structure enables clients, including The New York Times, McGraw Hill Financial and the NBA, to access specific advice through separate practices, such as the California employment law, immigration and strategic corporate planning groups. These teams regularly advise on new regulations put in place by state or local authorities as well as on federal changes introduced by the OFCCP, Department of Labor (DOL) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Advising a mass media conglomerate on employee transfers connected to selling a business was a recent work highlight as it required cross-border consultations. Katharine Parker and Allan Weitzman are key contacts in the group, which provides ‘tremendous value for money’ and lawyers in multiple US offices. Co-head of the international law and employment law practice Erika Collinsis an exceptional lawyer’. Other key names include Bettina Plevan, Nigel Telman, Kathleen McKenna, Keisha-Ann Gray and Connie Bertram. OFCCP expert Guy Brenner recently made partner.

Leading lawyers

Bettina Plevan - 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 6

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘excellent’ and its ‘responsiveness and quality of service are top’, with clients ‘consistently relying on the firm to provide advice on complex transactions’. A ‘top performer’, it routinely advises on transactions valued in excess of $1bn, which includes deals in the real estate, healthcare, retail, sports and gaming sectors. With the firm’s further expansion internationally, most notably in London, it is gaining additional exposure to private equity sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and international corporates. It recently represented AccorHotels in its $2.9bn cash and stock acquisition of FRHI Holdings, the parent company of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands; New York-based Jeffrey Horwitz was lead counsel on the deal. In another high-value transaction, the firm represented long-term healthcare client Celgene in its $7.2bn acquisition of Receptos. In the REIT space, it advised American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust on its $2.6bn sale to Ventas; New York’s Daniel Ganitsky, who led the deal, is regarded as an ‘excellent’, ‘hands-on’ and ‘trusted adviser’. Los Angeles managing partner Michael Woronoff and New York’s Ron Papa co-head the global M&A department.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Some of the most important private equity houses rely on the ‘responsive’ and ‘market-savvy’ lawyers at Proskauer Rose LLP, which has one of the country’s leading fund formation groups. The client base includes players such as Summit Partners, Grey Mountain Partners and Ares Management. The group’s center of gravity is California, with global practice co-heads Michael Woronoff (‘the real deal’) and Monica Shilling operating out of Los Angeles. Real estate investment expert Jeffrey Horwitz in New York and Steven Peck in Boston are representative of the firm’s East Coast presence. The firm represented J.W. Childs Associates in its fund restructuring, which included the divestiture of five portfolio companies to a syndicate of investors led by CPP Investment Board and affiliates of Goldman Sachs. New York lawyer Michael Ellis was promoted to partner and Jonathan Benloulou is another name to note in Los Angeles.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is a notable firm in the advertising litigation arena, with experience in class actions, competitor vs competitor lawsuits, and a particular focus on false advertising matters, acting for multinational corporations, technology companies and other high-profile clients in Lanham Act cases. Recent examples include defending Fresenius Kabi USA, a pharmaceutical company, in a Lanham Act action brought by Par Sterile Products alleging that the client had falsely advertised its Vasopressin injection product as FDA approved; the New York-based team, led by Lawrence Weinstein, successfully secured a dismissal for the client. Weinstein and Brendan O’Rourke co-head the firm’s false advertising and trademark group, which includes litigator Kevin Perra, who represented Radiancy in a putative consumer class action false advertising case relating to the no!no! hair removal product sold by Radiancy and its claimed effectiveness. The department works closely with the firm’s strong intellectual property team.

Leading lawyers

Brendan O’Rourke - Proskauer Rose LLP

Lawrence Weinstein - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Cyber law
Cyber law - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

The team at Proskauer Rose LLPdelivers competent, calm and professional counsel in times of stress’ and is led by the ‘highly competentKristen Mathews in New York. Clients include international consumer-facing businesses, telecom companies, management software providers, household goods retailers, national plumbing franchises and luxury goods brands.

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Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s 13-partner team is led by Kristen Mathews in New York, ‘she has outstanding proficiency in the area and can easily and quickly understand clients’ issues’. Margaret Dale is a key litigator for data breaches, and Sigal Mandelker is very experienced in government-related privacy matters. Recent highlights include creating a data protection program and policy suite for a global solar energy company, and, in another matter for the same client, the team is defending against allegations of misappropriation of customer and other competitive information.

Leading lawyers

Kristen Mathews - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Technology: outsourcing
Technology: outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP represented Healthways and Hawaii Medical Service Association in a cost-reducing and operation-streamlining transaction which altered an existing ten-year relationship between the two. The NHL is a longstanding client, for which the team acted in negotiating a multi-year partnership with SAP, a multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. Daryn Grossman and Jeffrey Neuburger co-lead the team; Neuburger focuses on technology acquisitions, cloud computing initiatives and related outsourcing services agreements, and Grossman has strengths in strategic alliances, licensing, technology development and outsourcing transactions. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, The Eclipse Foundation, Juilliard School, and Time Warner Cable are clients.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Neuburger - Proskauer Rose LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP

The ‘very pragmatic and very client-oriented’ team at Proskauer Rose LLP supports a client roster spanning the education, healthcare, energy and financial sectors among others. Daryn Grossman and the highly recommended Jeffrey Neuburger lead the team from the New York office, with Grossman also leading the life sciences practice. Neuberger worked with Chicago’s Monte Dube to advise Healthways and the Hawaii Medical Service Association on renegotiating and updating a complex outsourcing arrangement between the two parties. In the Los Angeles office, Jonathan Benloulou was one of the lead partners advising Intelligent Energy on its $22m acquisition of assets from Société Bic. Other clients include Time Warner Cable, Eclipse Foundation and the Juilliard School. New York’s Kristen Mathews is recommended.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Robert Freeman heads Proskauer Rose LLP’s ten-partner media and entertainment practice, which has an extensive track record negotiating and structuring distribution deals across traditional and emerging content platforms. Recent highlights include advising Time Warner Cable, which the team has represented for more than 15 years, on its agreement with Charter Communications for the carriage of SportsNet LA, the exclusive regional network for the Los Angeles Dodgers; and advising Soccer United Marketing, an affiliate of Major League Soccer, on the sale of its YouTube channel KickTV to Copa90, a soccer-focused content company based in the UK.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s strength in representing REITs was once again in evidence, with the team handling a number of significant matters for American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust, including its $2.6bn merger with Ventas. In the hospitality sector, where the practice is also well established, the team represented American Realty Capital Hospitality Trust in the acquisition of the Equity Inns lodging portfolio from affiliates of the Whitehall Real Estate Funds for $1.8bn. Leading individuals in the team include Steven Lichtenfeld and Peter Fass, who worked on the above mentioned deals, and practice co-heads Ronald Sernau and Perry Cacace, who advised Hines Interests Limited Partnership and JPMorgan on the $600m sale of 7 Bryant Park to Bank of China. On the debt finance side, David Weinberger advised on various high-value construction loan financings. The practice is deepest in New York, but it also has a presence in Chicago, Los Angeles and Boca Raton; in Los Angeles, Eric Remensperger assisted Grifols Diagnostic Solutions with the $250m acquisition of a biotech campus in Emeryville. All named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

The REIT practice at Proskauer Rose LLP assists clients with the evaluation, structuring and execution of real estate securities transactions. In a notable mandate, New York-based Steven Lichtenfeld represented non-listed REIT American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust in its merger with Ventas, while Peter Fass, also in New York, was in charge of American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust II’s $2bn initial ‘best efforts’ public offering. Other clients include Lightstone Value Plus Real Estate Investment Trusts and American Finance Trust. Chicago-based Michael Choate and Leslie Loffman in New York are also noted.

Leading lawyers

Leslie Loffman - Proskauer Rose LLP

Peter Fass - Proskauer Rose LLP

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United States: Tax

Financial products
Leading lawyers

David Miller - Proskauer Rose LLP

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International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Proskauer Rose LLP

Highlights for the team at Proskauer Rose LLP included advising Montagu Private Equity on the successful closure of its fifth fund, and acting for SJP Properties in the sale of a 45% equity interest in Eleven Times Square to the Government Pension Fund of Norway. Other clients include Ares Management, American Realty Capital and BTG Pactual. In New York, Ira Bogner heads the team and Martin Hamilton is also noted. Since publication, David Miller has joined from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP specializes in REITs and fund formation matters, but it also advises on the tax aspects of M&A transactions. A team led by Richard Corn recently acted for Celgene in its $7.2bn purchase of Receptos. Amanda Nussbaum, who is an ‘extraordinarily bright and an exceptional lawyer’, led the team that advised longstanding client Ascena Retail Group on its merger agreement with ANN Inc. in a cash and stock agreement worth $2bn. Jamiel Poindexter led the tax advice to Lexington Partners in its acquisition of 14 portfolio companies from One Equity Partners in a $2bn deal. Ali Fawaz was promoted to partner in the New York office. In April 2016, David Miller joined from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

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