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Sidley Austin LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s reputation for ‘getting great deals on the lender’s side’ was again manifest, with Chicago co-chair Charles Schrank and Los Angeles-based Brian Flavell acting for Deutsche Bank in a number of significant financings, including the $1.2bn mortgage loan for an office property located at 10 Hudson Yards, New York. In the practice’s ‘terrific’ New York office, co-chair Alan Weil was busy on behalf of clients such as Starwood Property Trust and Wells Fargo, while the ‘very knowledgeableRichard Fries assisted M&T Bank with in excess of $2bn in loan originations. On the investment side, Los Angeles-based Joel Rothstein handled a number of significant deals for Chinese investors, including advising China Orient Asset Management Company on the $712m joint venture acquisition of the Aon Center in Chicago, and representing a consortium of Chinese institutional investors in the $572m acquisition of a portfolio of seven hotel properties located in New York. The practice developed its offering in areas such as hospitality, private equity and affordable housing through a number of hires, including Los Angeles co-chair Peter Benudiz, who joined from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, as well as Steven Koppel, Adam Verstandig and Aviva Yakren, who all joined the New York office from Jones Day.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP has a leading reputation in government agency investigations and handles a varied workload, which has recently spanned areas such as auto parts, foreign currency exchange and generic pharmaceuticals. Peter Huston (a former assistant chief in the Antitrust Division’s San Francisco office), Jeffrey Green and New York-based Joel Mitnick and Timothy Treanor are recommended.

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Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

In 2016, Sidley Austin LLP’s Joel Mitnick (New York) and Carter Phillips (Washington DC) acted for MOFCOM as amicus curiae in a price-fixing case involving Chinese vitamin C manufacturers. Astellas Pharma, Microsoft and Citigroup are among other key clients of the practice, which draws work from a wide variety of industries, and particularly stands out in complex matters involving regulated sectors. Chicago-based Scott Stein is a particular go-to for civil litigation related to the healthcare industry. Other notable individuals in Chicago include John Treece, who has a wealth of experience in price-fixing and monopolization cases, David Giardina and David Graham, while in San Francisco Ryan Sandrock in a key name. Jonathan Nuechterlein joined the Washington DC office in 2016, having previously served as general counsel of the FTC. Mitnick and Treece are co-chairs of the global antitrust practice, as are Marie Fiala (San Francisco) and William Blumenthal (Washington DC).

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

In addition to handling its own standalone work, Sidley Austin LLP’s US team is able to leverage its wider international network in complex cross-border transactions. Washington DC-based William Blumenthal is global co-chair of the antitrust practice, along with Joel Mitnick in New York, Marie Fiala in San Francisco and Chicago-based John Treece. In 2016, Blumenthal assisted Keurig Green Mountain with obtaining antitrust clearances for its $13.9bn takeover by JAB. In another highlight, Karen Kazmerzak and Ken Glazer (both Washington DC) worked in a cross-office team that obtained clearances across multiple jurisdictions (with limited remedies) for Recall Holdings in connection with its $2.6bn sale to Iron Mountain. Senior counsel Marc Raven practices in Chicago.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘top-notch’ group has an impressive roster of clients, including Microsoft, Citigroup and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. Chicago’s Constantine Trela is active in patent litigation; Trela successfully argued the Federal Circuit case regarding sales under a single-use license and patent exhaustion in printer cartridges for Lexmark and won a patent infringement appeal for Johnson Matthey Pharmaceutical Materials. Joseph Guerra persuaded the DC Circuit to overturn a ruling by the FCC regarding compensation paid by AT&T and other long-distance carriers for VoIP calls to local exchange carriers. Los Angeles-based Mark Haddad, who is ‘steady under fire’, secured a victory for AstraZeneca at the Delaware Supreme Court, dismissing with prejudice a national class action challenging the marketing of Nexium. At the US Supreme Court level, Carter Phillips successfully argued for the the private petitioners in Federal Regulatory Commission v Electric Power Supply Association and argued for the respondents in Halo Electronic v Pulse Electronics. Jonathan Nuechterlein joined from the US Attorney’s Office, while New York-based Michael Levy joined from the FTC. Peter Keisler is another name to note.

Leading lawyers

Carter Phillips - Sidley Austin LLP

Peter Keisler - Sidley Austin LLP

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is led by Kimberly Dunne in Los Angeles, John Gallo and Scott Lassar in Chicago, Mark Hopson and Karen Popp in Washington DC and Timothy Treanor in New York. Popp advised Duke Energy on various civil and criminal enforcement matters and conducted an internal FCPA investigation for Key Energy Services. Treanor is assisting the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), considered by the DOJ to be a ‘victim organization’, with respect to anti-corruption investigations. The firm serves as independent compliance monitor for HSBC Holdings following a settlement with regulators concerning OFAC sanctions violations. The Los Angeles-based Douglas Axel represented Herbalife in an FTC investigation. In May 2016, Michael Levy joined the New York office from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

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Financial services: litigation
Financial services: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

At Sidley Austin LLP, Andrew Stern has handled numerous market manipulation matters, including for Standard Chartered Bank in consolidated class action litigation alleging forex manipulation by it and other banks. Robert Pietrzak and Alex Kaplan continue to defend brokerage firm TD Ameritrade in putative class action cases alleging, primarily, that it failed in its best execution duties to the plaintiffs. Barry Rashkover and Washington DC-based Neal Sullivan co-head the firm’s SEC and derivatives enforcement and regulatory practice and are pivotal members of a ‘pre-eminent’ broker-dealer enforcement offering, which also includes the former head of enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Susan Merrill.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s team has considerable geographic reach in the US, with litigators based in cities across the country, and also demonstrates strong capabilities in cross-border disputes. The class action practice is particularly buoyant; among a string of recent successes was its defense of AT&T in a class action case alleging conspiracy to increase the cost of pay-per-use text messaging services; Charles Douglas and John Treece in Chicago led the team. In a separate case, Washington DC-based Michael Hunseder is defending the same client in litigation in the Northern District of California involving claims under the California Unfair Practices Act. Chicago-based Walter Carlson is ‘a class action lawyer to be reckoned with’. The department is led by Angela Zambrano and Yvette Ostolaza in Dallas.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘first-rate’ department is ‘strong’ on investor state and commercial arbitrations. A team led by Washington DC-based partners Stanimir Alexandrov, who is team co-head, James Mendenhall and Jennifer Haworth McCandless is acting for TransCanada in its NAFTA dispute over the US government’s decision to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Alexandrov and Marinn Carlson, also based in Washington DC, are representing Veolia in an ICSID case against Lithuania regarding investments in district heating and electricity generation. The states of Peru and Costa Rica as well as Belize Social Development (BSDL), Philip Morris International, BCB Holdings and The Belize Bank are other clients. New York key contacts include team co-head Louis Kimmelman, the ‘excellent’ Martin Jackson and of counsel Dana MacGrath.

Leading lawyers

Louis Kimmelman - Sidley Austin LLP

Stanimir Alexandrov - Sidley Austin LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP provides a ‘very well-rounded’ service across the spectrum of international trade issues, including trade remedies, trade policy, CFIUS, and export control and economic sanctions. Splitting his time between Washington DC and Brussels, Richard Weiner is ‘very experienced in both European and US trade cases’ and is representing the Chinese solar industry in the largest trade remedy investigations and reviews ever mounted in the US and EU. Working closely with the firm’s Geneva office, Eric Solovy is regularly engaged in World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes and is currently representing the Dominican Republic in challenging certain Australian laws and regulations imposing trademark restrictions and other plain packaging requirements on tobacco and packaging. Andrew Shoyer provides ‘nuanced and practical advice’ to clients on trade policy issues, as well as on economic sanctions compliance; he is representing the Monitor, appointed by US and UK financial services agencies, in connection with HSBC’s $1.9bn resolution of sanctions and anti-money laundering (AML) violations. Senior counsel Richard Belanger has vast experience of customs matters and is currently acting for Ford in its dispute with the US government attempting to claw back a portion of import duties it paid on vans reclassified as cargo vans in a US Customs and Border Protection review. Other recommended partners include Neil Ellis for trade remedies, and James Mendenhall, whose broad ranging practice includes a significant amount of CFIUS work.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Shoyer - Sidley Austin LLP

Richard Belanger - Sidley Austin LLP

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M&A: litigation: defense
M&A: litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP has ‘a breadth and depth in litigation across the country that few can match’. New York-based Andrew Stern and Steven Bierman represented directors and officers of Duke Energy in seven derivative actions in Delaware and North Carolina that alleged breach of fiduciary duty in the replacement of announced post-merger CEO William Johnson. Stern also played a key role in the successful defense of directors of Kenneth Cole Productions in a breach of fiduciary duty class action resulting from the company’s going-private deal. In Chicago, Jim Ducayet and Kristen Seeger are acting for Walgreens in cases related to the company’s acceleration of its merger with Boots Alliance. For Keurig Green Mountain, Ducayet and rising star Nilofer Umar are handling stockholder cases that challenge its $14bn acquisition by a private equity-led group of investors. Walter Carlson is ‘a class action lawyer to be reckoned with but has a great bedside manner’.

Next generation lawyers

Nilofer Umar - Sidley Austin LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s department has strong experience representing OEMs and also counts Honda and Toyota among its clients. In Los Angeles, consumer class actions co-head Michael Mallow acted for Mazda in the Stedman v Mazda Motors lawsuit concerning allegations of defective dashboards. Mallow and Chicago-based Liv Kiser represented Subaru in O’Neill v Subaru of America, Inc, in which the plaintiff claimed that the halogen headlamps were defective. The group also includes Eric Mattson in Chicago and James Huizinga in Washington DC, who lead the consumer class action team alongside Mallow. The products liability practice is jointly led by Sara Gourley and Maja Eaton in Chicago and Debra Pole in Los Angeles.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

The ‘knowledgeable’ group at Sidley Austin LLP has notable experience handling high-value class actions for clients in the food and beverage, sports and cosmetics industries, among others. Led by the ‘smart and very goodKara McCall in Chicago, Eamon Joyce in New York and Amy Lally in Los Angeles, the team has been defending Kimberly-Clark in a number of nationwide class actions alleging breach of warranty, consumer fraud and unjust enrichment regarding the company’s flushable wipes. In Los Angeles, Michael Mallow, who is co-head of the consumer class actions team, and Mark Campbell successfully obtained denial of class certification at the Central District of California in a case brought against sports equipment and clothing company Head alleging violations of consumer protection statutes. The other co-heads of the consumer class actions team are Washington DC-based James Huizinga and Chicago’s Eric Mattson. The wider product liability department is jointly headed by Sara Gourley and Maja Eaton in Chicago and Debra Pole in Los Angeles.

Leading lawyers

Sara Gourley - Sidley Austin LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s practice has seen an increase in medical device litigation, as well as consumer class action work. In Chicago, Eugene Schoon and Kara McCall have been representing Bayer in a number of consumer fraud class actions concerning the client’s probiotic supplements. Co-heads Sara Gourley in Chicago and Debra Pole in Los Angeles, as well as Jana Wozniak in Chicago, served as national coordinating counsel to Takeda in more than 9,000 Actos cases in state and federal courts. Chicago-based Maja Eaton, also practice co-head, has been representing Ferring Pharmaceuticals in a class action and a number of individual lawsuits regarding the company’s recalled fertility drug Bravelle. The team saw a number of changes in 2016: Heidi Levine joined the firm’s New York office, while James Mizgala and Sherry Knutson joined Tucker Ellis LLP’s newest office in Chicago.

Leading lawyers

Maja Eaton - Sidley Austin LLP

Sara Gourley - Sidley Austin LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elizabeth Chiarello - Sidley Austin LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP has noted a significant increase in asbestos matters that go to trial. In Washington DC, David Buente and white-collar litigation partner Karen Popp have been advising Duke Energy as national counsel in various matters concerning a 2014 coal ash spill from a closed power plant in North Carolina. Rebecca Wood in Washington DC and Tim Kapshandy and practice co-head Maja Eaton in Chicago continue to serve as national coordinating counsel to long-term client General Electric in asbestos litigation. In Chicago, Eugene Schoon has been defending a number of cell phone service providers and manufacturers in class actions and individual claims alleging that exposure of radio frequency energy from cell phones causes brain cancer. The group is also led by Sara Gourley in Chicago and Debra Pole in Los Angeles.

Leading lawyers

David Buente - Sidley Austin LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Securities litigation is a premier practice at the firm’, say clients of Sidley Austin LLP, where the lawyers are ‘among the best at what they do and can handle difficult matters economically with spot-on advice’. The firm has ‘seamless national coverage with enough people power, brain power and experience to defend bet-the-company cases’. The firm’s deep bench includes Yvette Ostolaza in Dallas (‘obviously smart and deeply experienced’), who defended Trinity Industries in a class action brought in Texas; Chicago-based Hille Sheppard and the ‘thoughtful, creative and practicalSara Brody in San Francisco, who both handled a securities class action for renewable energy company SunEdison; New York-based Andrew Stern, who is a ‘persuasive advocate that provides strategic direction and terrific execution’ and handled a 1934 Act class action for Cigna Corp; Walter Carlson and James Ducayet in Chicago, who represented Las Vegas Sands in a stock-drop class action in Nevada; and Norman Blears in Palo Alto, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and takes the drama out of stressful situations’. San Francisco-based Jaime Bartlett is a rising star. The firm regularly represents leading accounting firms in regulatory enforcement matters.

Leading lawyers

Sara Brody - Sidley Austin LLP

Yvette Ostolaza - Sidley Austin LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jaime Bartlett - Sidley Austin LLP

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United States: Finance

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

Sidley Austin LLP

Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Prompt, professional and very knowledgeable’, Sidley Austin LLP is favored for its ‘strong technical knowledge and commitment to exemplary service’. The capital markets team is well known for its advice to banks, but its dedication to building up its issuer practice continues to translate into a steady stream of company-side mandates. Most notably, the ‘excellentJames O’Connor acted with Jason Friedhoff to advise Caterpillar Financial Services on a private debt exchange offer and ten debt offerings of MTN, worth a combined $3.5bn. In addition, Robert Ryan assisted Synchrony Financial with three offerings of senior notes totaling $1.2bn. The firm also remains a pre-eminent choice for underwriters’ counsel and San Francisco-based Eric Haueter advised various underwriters on three significant transactions for Disney including a new $8bn MTN program. Elsewhere, Edward Petrosky paired up with O’Connor to assist the underwriters with four MTN offerings by American Honda Finance. Craig Chapman, William Massey and Chicago-based Kevin Blatchford are also recommended. Named partners 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 2

Sidley Austin LLP

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

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s concerted effort to increase its share of issuer work continues to pay dividends, with company-side mandates now accounting for well over a third of all capital markets transactions. In a highlight example of the firm’s growing profile in this area, Samir Gandhi advised Athene Holding on its headline $1.2bn IPO. In addition, San Francisco-based Eric Haueter assisted eBay with a $1.2bn offering made by its subsidiary MercadoLibre. However, underwriter mandates remain the mainstay of the practice, and it acted on a string of significant transactions during 2016. Most notably, Bartholomew Sheehan advised the underwriters and the forward purchasers on a $765.9m offering by Duke Energy. Edward Petrosky and Craig Chapman are also key names in the group. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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

Sidley Austin LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

First rate in terms of knowledge, depth and quality of service’, Sidley Austin LLP’s practice has established a strong foothold advising corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors, thanks in part to Dallas-based partners Angela Fontana and Kelly Dybala. The firm also acts for a range of lender clients, which include JP Morgan. Mark Kirsons and Myles Pollin jointly lead the global finance practice out of Chicago and New York respectively, and draw upon the strong experience of partners such as Gary Stern and Robert Lewis. Herschel Hamner is also noted for his expertise in oil and gas related financings.

Leading lawyers

Angela Fontana - Sidley Austin LLP

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

At Sidley Austin LLP, the ‘solutions-orientedWilliam Eckland is one of the principal partners handling core bank regulatory matters. New York’s Connie Friesen has particular expertise advising international banks on Dodd-Frank implementation and, as well as formulating global compliance programs, has regularly assisted foreign banks establish branches in the US. Benefiting from a number of SEC and FINRA alumni in its ranks, the firm has excellent credibility before the agencies and does an ‘excellent job on broker-dealer related projects’. In addition to his considerable private practice experience, Kevin Campion has a real insider’s perspective as a result of his previous role at the SEC’s Division of Market Regulation. David Teitelbaum and Joel Feinberg are recommended for payments-related regulatory matters in particular, while James Huizinga has a focus on consumer finance-related matters. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise noted.

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Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

The ‘responsive and timely’ team at Sidley Austin LLP has a ‘real breadth of knowledge, with the depth of the firm available when needed’. The team has been working for NFP clients in connection with IRS audits, charitable gifts and governance reform. One recent highlight includes representing the America Osteopathic Association (AOA) in class action litigation challenging the requirement of the AOA that, in order to be board-certified, an osteopathic physician must be an AOA member. The firm has also formulated grant-making guidelines and procedures to allow a group of affiliated family foundations and trusts to give around $1.5bn annually to charitable organizations. In Chicago, Michael Clark and Paul Svoboda lead the practice, and Jack Bierig and counsel Lynn Fleisher also highly recommended. The practice also has lawyers located in Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘delightful, responsive, dedicated’ practice is jointly headed by the Houston-based Glenn Pinkerton and the ‘very commercial’ Nicholas Grambas, who is based in New York. The firm, which acts for a variety of prominent lenders and multi-jurisdictional sponsors, handles a wide variety of projects, including oil and gas, transportation and satellites, though midstream oil and gas and commodities transactions are a particular strength. On the investor side, Grambas acted for Aboitiz Power Corporation on the financing and subsequent $1.2bn purchase of a 66% stake in a 604MW power plant and a 40% stake in a 1,336MW power plant, both situated in the Philippines. Robert Stephens advised Citigroup Energy on a hedge transaction related to the $280m financing of the 204MW Shannon wind project in Texas. Sponsor clients include Facebook, which instructed the firm on the procurement, construction, development and financing of several satellite projects; and the Mongolian Ministry of Transportation and Mongolian Railway, which the Washington DC-based Ayaz Shaikh advised on the financing, construction and development of a $7bn, 1,800km freight rail network. In the oil and gas space, Stephens assisted U.S. Oil & Refining with a supply and financing facility for its Tacoma Washington refinery. Timothy Chandler made partner in the Houston office in January 2017. Since publication David Asmus and Brian Bradshaw have joined in Houston from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP is strong in bankruptcy-related litigation and continues to represent The Flintkote Company with certain claims adjudication relating to its amended plan of reorganization, and represents General Electric and General Electric Railcar Services Corporation in litigation related to the bankruptcies of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway and its subsidiary. In another high-profile matter, the team is representing United Airlines as one of Republic Airway’s largest creditors and co-chair of the official creditors’ committee in connection with Republic’s Chapter 11. The team has also been engaged in a company-side mandate in the Key Energy Services Chapter 11 case. Heads of department James Conlan and Larry Nyhan (both Chicago) continue to represent Energy Future Holdings as special counsel in its Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP combines the expertise of its partners from its corporate restructuring, finance, litigation, tax and real estate practices to service clients in municipal debt restructurings. The firm has acted as counsel to National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation, an insurer of over $2bn of Detroit’s debt obligations, as well as to Assured Guaranty in relation to the San Bernardino Chapter 9 case. It has also been advising various bond insurers in connection with other distressed municipalities and financial credits, including the City of Chicago, the Chicago Board of Education and PREPA. Jeffrey Bjork from the Los Angeles office leads the transactions on the restructuring side. James Conlan and Larry Nyhan head the restructuring group from Chicago.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s global finance team is jointly led by Kevin Blauch and Myles Pollin and is particularly strong in securitization, with an emphasis on CLO, CMBS and RMBS work. Blauch is advising Deutsche Bank Securities on a $1.2bn securitization of a commercial mortgage loan backed by a newly constructed Class-A office tower in New York. RJ Carlson acted for JPMorgan Chase in relation to Chase Mortgage Trust 2016-1 and 2016-2, totaling nearly $2.5bn, which were the bank’s first house-transactions backed entirely by its own mortgages since the financial crisis. The team served as loan seller counsel to Morgan Stanley in the first CMBS transaction compliant with the newly enacted risk retention rules, pursuant to Dodd-Frank. In an example of the group’s work with esoteric assets, Chicago-based Gary Stern advised Bank of America in relation to a $33m term loan made to Weinstein Television; the loan is based on the cash flow from future seasons of certain TV shows. San Francisco partner Dale Lum handles motor vehicle lease securitizations, and Chicago-based TJ Gordon has experience working for a variety of financial institutions regarding asset securitization and secured lending.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: conventional power
Energy litigation: conventional power - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘great’ litigation practice is well versed in representing clients before FERC and state courts but also in arbitration. Stan Berman and Marie Fiala acted as lead litigation counsel to Pacific Gas and Electric in a number of California electricity crisis disputes before FERC and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Kenneth Irvin, who co-heads the firm’s global energy practice with Irving Rotter and Cliff Vrielink, defended Coaltrain Energy in an anti-manipulation case brought by FERC. Mark Glasser retired from the firm, while practice co-head Eugene Elrod moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Energy litigation: oil and gas
Energy litigation: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Displaying ‘excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’, Sidley Austin LLP’s strengths lie in representing pipeline companies, energy providers, shippers and individuals in contentious regulatory matters and commercial disputes. Dallas office managing partner Yvette Ostolaza defended EnLink NGL Marketing against allegations brought by Williams Olefins that EnLink had diverted streams of natural gas liquids away from two of its processing plants in Louisiana to avoid contractual obligations. In a separate matter, the team defended EnLink subsidiaries in a lawsuit brought by Targa Midstream Services, alleging breach of an agreement to operate a natural gas processing plant in Louisiana. Houston-based Tracy LeRoy represented three former officers of Buccaneer Alaska against allegations made by the trustee of the Liquidating Trust of Buccaneer that each defendant breached his fiduciary duty by drilling onshore wells in Alaska despite allegedly not having sufficient data to support expending resources to drill. Mark Glasser retired from the firm.

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Energy regulatory: conventional power
Energy regulatory: conventional power - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP covers the gamut of energy regulatory work, from approval and compliance matters to enforcement and contentious work. Energy practice co-head Kenneth Irvin and white-collar crime team head Mark Hopson defended Coaltrain Energy in an anti-manipulation case brought by FERC pertaining to the client’s trading practices. Stan Berman assisted Exelon Transmission (ETC) with the development of competitive transmission in organized markets, including advice on regional market tariffs governing competitive developers, and rate recovery matters. Boston-based Terence Healey represented a number of subsidiaries of the Bank of America on regulatory matters before FERC and various state public utility commissions. He also advises clients on regulatory compliance and transaction approval requirements associated with multiple investments in distressed assets. Mark Glasser retired.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

With a focus on midstream work, Sidley Austin LLP acts for a variety of oil and gas producers and pipeline companies, financial institutions, gas marketers and industry trade associations. The team frequently deals with regulatory issues before the Illinois Commerce Commission and represents its clients in litigation before federal and appellate courts. Chicago-based Gerald Ambrose assisted Enbridge Energy with the development of major pipeline projects, including certification, expansion and condemnation applications. Lorrie Marcil advised Magellan Pipeline on a wide range of regulatory matters pertaining to new pipeline projects and expansion plans. As another highlight, the team represented Point Thomson Export Pipeline - a new Alaska pipeline jointly owned by affiliates of ExxonMobil and BP - in rate proceedings before FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. William Williams and energy practice co-head Kenneth Irvin are recommended. Eugene Elrod recently moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

Leading lawyers

William Williams - Sidley Austin LLP

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s practice is especially strong in M&A, though project finance, power purchase agreements (PPAs) and restructuring are also areas of expertise. New York-based Nicholas Grambas acted for Aboitiz Power in its $1.2bn purchase of a 66% interest in a 604MW power plant and a 40% stake in a 1.3GW power plant, both based in the Philippines; the team also assisted with financing the transaction. Irving Rotter, also in New York, and Ayaz Shaikh in Washington DC advised Macquarie Capital (USA) on its loan to IMG Midstream Power for a power project portfolio financing.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

M&A is Sidley Austin LLP’s team’s key strength. Upstream, it acted for Range Resources in its $4.4bn purchase of Memorial Resource Development. In the midstream space, Cliff Vrielink advised Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners on $2.3bn-worth of investments in publically traded pipeline companies. US Oil & Refining is a downstream client. Kenneth Irvin in Washington DC, James Rice in Houston and Irving Rotter in New York are also recommended. Since publication David Asmus and Brian Bradshaw have joined in Houston from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Leading lawyers

David Asmus - Sidley Austin LLP

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘dedicated’ team is particularly adept at the corporate, finance and project development aspects of renewable energy work; it is commended for its ‘specialized renewable energy industry knowledge’. Clients include Citigroup Energy and EDP Renewables North America. The ‘very knowledgeable, responsive, thoroughSergio Pozzerle and the ‘very business-orientedGlenn Pinkerton are based in Houston, while the ‘exceptional’ Nicholas Grambas is based in New York; all three are recommended for their project finance expertise.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

The ‘outstandingSidley Austin LLP has ‘possibly the best environmental law practice in the country’. David Buente heads the department from Washington DC and has strong expertise handling litigation and rulemaking matters, most notably those involving the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, along with Superfund, criminal and toxic tort issues. Other recommended individuals include Byron Taylor and Judith Praitis, located in Chicago and Los Angeles respectively, and Washington DC-based Roger Martella, who recently represented the National Association of Manufacturers in a precedent-setting climate change case regarding GHG emissions. Robert Olian and Samuel Gutter are also extremely well revered, and counsel Jim Wedeking is an up-and-coming lawyer. Other work highlights included acting for General Electric in various contentious matters involving the clean-up and redevelopment of former plant sites, and representing AES Puerto Rico in a $100m action challenging two municipal ordinances that ban the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) in landfill sites. Recent client wins include Chesapeake Energy, Danaher and Westlands Water District.

Leading lawyers

Robert Olian - Sidley Austin LLP

Roger Martella - Sidley Austin LLP

Samuel Gutter - Sidley Austin LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jim Wedeking - Sidley Austin LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is based across Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles, and frequently handles complex air, water, waste and climate change-related matters. The firm also advises individuals on domestic and international regulatory initiatives, and works with clients to manage product supply chain and natural resources issues to ensure they do not develop into liabilities. Key individuals include Roger Martella, who currently advises 25 companies and trade associations on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan; Judith Praitis, who represented a number of product manufacturers in regulatory challenges to California’s Proposition 65; and Byron Taylor, who is assisting Exelon Generation with seeking a variance from Illinois air emission rules. David Buente is the other leading individual, representing clients in environmental litigation and rulemaking matters.

Leading lawyers

David Buente - Sidley Austin LLP

Judith Praitis - Sidley Austin LLP

Roger Martella - Sidley Austin LLP

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is described by clients as ‘one of the best environmental law practices in the country’. The transactional group advises on state law disclosure obligations, due diligence, risk mitigation and insurance, and the firm’s strong global reach means it is well placed to handle major cross-border matters. In the Chicago office, Laura Leonard advised Range Resources on its $3.3bn acquisition of Memorial Resource Development, assisting with the environmental provisions of the agreement and other related issues, and also assisted General Electric with the sale of its appliances business to Haier. David Buente and Roger Martella are the leading practitioners in Washington DC, and Los Angeles-based Judith Praitis is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Laura Leonard - Sidley Austin LLP

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

In the words of one client, Sidley Austin LLP’s team is ‘extremely valuable’, ‘articulate and very insightful in its legal advice’. Led by Raymond Bonner and Coleen Klasmeier, the group has a widely recognized regulatory and compliance practice, which assists clients in more than 20 countries and across a number of industries on current good manufacturing practice, quality system regulation and good clinical practice issues; the practice further strengthened its regulatory capability with the recent addition of Nancy Stade from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Paul Kalb and Jaime Jones have been representing Novo Nordisk in a joint criminal and civil investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia into alleged improper promotion of one of the company’s products. Chicago-based David Pritkin is representing Johnson & Johnson in a Hatch-Waxman litigation against 12 generic drug manufacturers which is pending in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, and has parallel proceedings in Europe and Australia. Scott Bass heads the global life sciences team, in which Sam Zucker is ‘a very savvy biotech corporate attorney’; Richard Raskin focuses on healthcare litigation involving antitrust, fraud and abuse and reimbursement issues; New York-based IP litigators Jim Badke and Sona De, the latter having joined from Ropes & Gray LLP, are also key contacts.

Leading lawyers

Coleen Klasmeier - Sidley Austin LLP

David Pritikin - Sidley Austin LLP

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

Sidley Austin LLP

The ‘top-notchSidley Austin LLPcan be trusted with the largest and most complex cases’. A heavyweight in the insurance industry, its expertise draws on offices on both coasts and covers reinsurance disputes, indemnity matters and environmental claims. It represented CNA in obtaining a $37m arbitration award from its reinsurer for asbestos losses and acted for a group of Pennsylvania insurance companies, including Chartis Casualty and Granite State Insurance, in being awarded a refund of $16m of taxes paid by the clients under duress. John Hancock Insurance, Principal Financial and Bankers Life are also on the client roster. William Sneed is ‘great on all levels’ and is praised by clients as ‘one of the best reinsurance litigators’; Joel Feldman is another key figure. Susan Stone left for a general counsel position at Marsh & McLennan Companies. All lawyers mentioned are based in Chicago.

Leading lawyers

William Sneed - Sidley Austin LLP

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Insurance: non-contentious
Insurance: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP is a market leader for advising property and casualty insurance companies but also works with other clients in the industry; insurance M&A, capital markets work and specialist insurance finance are all mainstays of the practice, with a client roster that includes major names such as Credit Suisse, Nationwide Mutual and Genworth. New York-based practice head Jonathan Kelly is the lead partner advising Jefferson National Financial on the sale of Jefferson National Life Insurance to Nationwide Mutual, including assisting with the regulatory and contractual negotiations for the deal. The team also advised Morgan Stanley as underwriter on the $550m public offering of senior notes by Old Republic International Corporation and provided regulatory advice to Cigna concerning its proposed but ultimately canceled $54bn merger with Anthem. Michael Goldman and Perry Shwachman are practice chairs and have experience in corporate reorganizations, structured product advice and private equity matters. Sean Carney and Jeremy Watson are recommended. Lawyers mentioned are based in the Chicago office unless otherwise noted.

Leading lawyers

Michael Goldman - Sidley Austin LLP

Perry Shwachman - Sidley Austin LLP

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Transport: rail and road
Transport: rail and road - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Raymond Atkins leads the Washington DC-based transportation group at Sidley Austin LLP, which is especially experienced in representing railroad companies in regulatory proceedings before the STB and in appellate litigation. The team is acting for Union Pacific Railroad in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in an appeal of new rules requiring railroads to adopt new braking technology on railcars carrying flammable liquids; the team is also assisting the client with possible related federal pre-emption cases. In 2016, Paul Moates won an STB decision for CSX Transportation, which stated that rates charged to Total Petrochemicals & Refining were not unreasonably high following a Stand-Alone Cost test. Other clients include Norfolk Southern Railway Company and the AAR. Louis Warchot joined the firm in 2016, from AAR, where he served as senior vice president and general counsel.

Leading lawyers

Raymond Atkins - Sidley Austin LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘strong from top to bottom’ and ‘fully values its clients relationships’. According to clients, Chicago-based Thomas Rein is ‘the absolute best for bet-the-company patent litigation’ and ‘knows how to put a case together’. Other key individuals include David Pritikin in Chicago, who has notable experience applying FRAND requirements to standard essential patents and has argued numerous matters before the Federal Circuit; San Francisco’s Mike Bettinger, who focuses on International Trade Commission (ITC) matters; and Washington DC’s Jeffrey Kushan, who handles Hatch-Waxman litigation, patent appeals and administrative proceedings. Highlights included representing Bayer Healthcare in an appeal brought by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, which sought to market generic versions of Bayer’s branded rosacea treatment, and acting for Microsoft in an infringement case brought by SurfCast alleging the client’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone products infringed its patents. Amazon, Gilead Sciences and Amgen are also clients.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission
Patent litigation: international trade commission - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s recent standout ITC cases include defending Nokia and Microsoft Mobile Oy in a number of infringement actions brought by InterDigital at the ITC and in federal court, and representing respondent LG Electronics in a patent infringement claim regarding the baseband processors used in its smartphone products, initiated by ParkerVision. Brian Nester and David Pritikin head the team from Washington DC and Chicago respectively; Washington DC-based Paul Zegger and Chicago-based Richard Cederoth are also key names.

Leading lawyers

Brian Nester - Sidley Austin LLP

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

At the very top of the investment funds space’, Sidley Austin LLP attracts praise for its ‘excellent management of large and intricate fund complexes and bank relationships’. In Chicago, William Kerr and Patrick Mellon have handled a number of fund launches for Man Group, while the ‘extremely intelligent, knowledgeable and experienced’ Bradley Howard (who is noted for his ‘unique ability to understand his clients’ businesses and come up with creative solutions’) advised Anchorage Capital Group on the launch of a $1.2bn distressed debt fund. In the new manager space, David Sawyier (also in Chicago) advised Garda Capital Partners on its spin-off from Black River Asset Management. Mandates led out of the New York office included Michael Schmidtberger and Benson Cohen’s advice to Credit Suisse Securities on the expansion of its HedgeFocus feeder fund platform. Other work relates to hybrid funds at the intersection of private equity and hedge funds. The firm also acts for Morningstar Investment Management Asia and Marathon Asset Management. Kerr and Schmidtberger lead the team along with Laurin Kleiman, who contributes further regulatory firepower to the New York office.

Leading lawyers

David Sawyier - Sidley Austin LLP

William Kerr - Sidley Austin LLP

Next generation lawyers

Benson Cohen - Sidley Austin LLP

Patrick Mellon - Sidley Austin LLP

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Mutual/registered funds
Mutual/registered funds - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP attracts praise for providing ‘appropriate and accurate advice that works in the real world’. The ‘knowledgeable and commercialJohn MacKinnon led a team advising BlackRock’s money market funds on the purchase of assets from Bank of America’s money market funds. Frank Bruno (whose ‘understanding of the funds industry is second-to-none’) advised Nuveen Closed-Ended Funds on a $2.4bn offering of variable rate demand preferred shares. James Munsell advised Turner Investment, a new client, on several fund launches. All three named lawyers are located in New York.

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Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice attracts praise for its ‘professionalism and knowledge of the market’, as well as for its ‘excellent negotiation skills’. Timothy Clark advised Pine Brook Partners on the formation of a $2.5bn fund aiming to invest in the energy and financial sectors. Alyssa Grikscheit (who is ‘very professional; clients have a great working relationship with her’) advised Napier Park Global Capital on forming a fund to invest in railcar leasing. Other names of note include Scott Macdonald, who advises CIP Capital, and David Kreisler, who joined the Boston office in 2016 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Team members are located in New York unless otherwise specified.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

The ERISA litigation department at Sidley Austin LLP is spread across the country and represents a diverse client roster. Mark Blocker and Joel Feldman defended The Hartford in a putative class action wherein plaintiffs alleged the defendant violated ERISA through cross-subsidization pricing, while practice head Anne Rea represents Merrill Lynch in a 401(k) excessive fees claim brought by a former litigation partner at Clifford Chance. The firm continues to deploy a multi-office team, including Chris Meyer and David Carpenter in Los Angeles, in a complex, 12-year, multifaceted suit involving two separate classes and numerous ERISA challenges filed against client Bank of America in connection with fund transfers from the defendant’s 401(k) plan to its pension plan. Named partners are based in Chicago except where otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Anne Rea - Sidley Austin LLP

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Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP is ‘superior’, according to some, and provides ‘excellent services in all areas’. Beth Dickstein and Matthew Johnson lead the executive compensation practice from Chicago; Michael Frank is a new addition in Palo Alto from Morrison & Foerster LLP. The firm was engaged by Donnelley to advise on the spin-offs of LSC and DFS to create three independent publicly traded companies; this was led by Mary Niehaus. Johnson advised on Cabela’s merger with Bass Pro Shops and the sale of its credit card business to Capital One. Other notable clients include AT&T, Keurig Green Mountain and Harris.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘impressive’ two-partner group ‘operates at the cutting edge of business immigration law’, according to sources. Department lead Timothy Payne is an ‘excellent lawyer with exceptional expertise in business immigration’; he has a strong focus on temporary and permanent residency processing for executives, specialized workers and other professionals. The Chicago-based team also includes Marketa Lindt, who combines ‘top-tier professional expertise, sound judgment and strategic thinking’; Lindt heads the firm’s I-9 practice and is highly regarded for compliance and enforcement defense. The firm has recently advised major multinational companies, banks, funds and financial institutions on strategic immigration matters.

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

Under the leadership of Chicago’s Brian Gold and Los Angeles’ Jennifer Zargarof, Sidley Austin LLP defends employers against everything from discrimination to unfair labor charges. Douglas Hart, another key figure in Los Angeles, has been acting for CVS Health in a number of class actions and individual cases spanning the US and, in one matter, Hart successfully decertified a class of 70,000 retail store employees; the case is ongoing and the dispute relates to bag checks and security inspections. Nordstrom and Disney are also clients. Former joint head Wendy Lazerson leads the Northern California labor and employment group from Palo Alto and is highly experienced. Eric Suits left the firm.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP provides ‘practical, actionable advice and exceptional service’. The firm helps clients respond to shareholder activist approaches, address shareholder challenges to governance changes, respond to whistle-blower allegations and crises, handle CEO succession, determine director compensation, and conduct internal investigations. Key figures in the Chicago office include the ‘top-notchThomas Cole and the ‘responsive and very knowledgeable’ John Kelsh. New York is home to George Madison and Holly Gregory, while Thomas Kim and Kevin Lewis are based in Washington DC and Houston respectively.

Leading lawyers

Holly Gregory - Sidley Austin LLP

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP has a ‘deep bench’, provides a ‘first-class service’ and is a ‘top-tier firm in energy’. It is capturing additional market share in the $1bn-plus category thanks to further investment in its teams in the US, notably the West Coast, and in Europe. Energy and financial institutions are key sectors for the practice and the firm’s strong regulatory capabilities brings it numerous deals in the telecoms, healthcare and life sciences industries. Telecoms and media deals have grown considerably since the firm launched a Century City office with the hire of Dan Clivner and a team from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2015. Clients include Aon, eBay, General Electric, KPMG, Starwood Property Trust, Walgreen Co, Wells Fargo and Western Union. The firm advised Yum China Holdings on its $10bn cross-border spin-off from Yum! Brands, which involved Yum! Brands selling a stake in its Chinese operations to Primavera Capital and Ant Financial Services, then listing the new independent company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It also advised Keurig Green Mountain on its $13.9bn going-private acquisition by JAB Holding. In addition, it represented Duke Energy in its $6.7bn acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas. Key members of the team include Paul Choi and Brian Fahrney, San Francisco’s Sharon Flanagan, Mark Metts in Houston, and Dan Clivner, who operates between the Century City and Downtown Los Angeles offices. New York’s Irving Rotter is ‘exceptionally brilliant’ and Houston-based David Denechaud is ‘thorough’, has ‘great attention to detail’, ‘understands complex concepts quickly’ and ‘cares about his clients and protects their interests’. Seasoned practitioner Thomas Cole retired from the partnership in January 2017 but remains a senior counsel in the firm. Individuals mentioned are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP has significantly expanded its national and global private equity offering in the last three years. The firm typically operates in the upper middle-market space, although it does advise several bulge-bracket private equity funds such as Apollo - initially for its insurance platform but now for a wider array of transactions. Fortress Investment Group, Harvest Partners, HIG and Siris Capital are also key clients. Its strengthening focus on the private equity industry is supported by its market-leading regulatory acumen, and the team has an especially strong record in life sciences, telecoms and media and entertainment. Los Angeles’ Dan Clivner, who joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2015, led the team that advised Siris Capital on its $2bn acquisition of Polycom and its $1.1bn acquisition of Premiere Global Services. Other key team members include Chicago-based Chris Abbinante, Scott Parel in Dallas, and Scott Freeman and ‘good lawyerMatthew Rizzo in New York. Dallas partner Angela Fontana is a major player in sponsor-side acquisition and leveraged finance.

Next generation lawyers

Vijay Sekhon - Sidley Austin LLP

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

Sidley Austin LLP

The ‘exceptional’ team at Sidley Austin LLP is led jointly by Hank Barry, who is ‘always available; his key strengths are business acumen and balanced counsel’, and Deborah Marshall, who is known for her strength acting for biotech clients. The team assisted Nektar Therapeutics, a Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical company, with its $200m public offering. Barry advised The RealReal, a luxury consignment marketplace, on its $40m Series E financing, which brought in new investors Greenspring Associates, Broadway Angels, Next Equity and Springboard Fund. Other highlights included handling cybersecurity product developer Shape Security’s $40m Series D financing, and handling the $80m financing of privately held Biohaven Pharmaceutical on behalf of Venrock and other investors. Joshua Hofheimer and Sam Zucker are other key team members, and Wendy Lazerson is ‘a great employment counsel’.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

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

Sidley Austin LLP

Data protection and data breach response - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s practice is led by Edward McNicholas and Alan Raul from the Washington DC office. McNicholas has represented major retailers in litigation and investigative challenges following cybersecurity attacks, and Raul has over 20 years’ experience in practicing privacy and data security law. The team is currently representing AT&T in a communications privacy case in Texas, having previously successfully represented the client in preventing RadioShack from selling the client’s confidential consumer data. Internal promotions include Kwaku Akowuah and Colleen Brown; Akowuah focuses on Supreme Court and appellate matters, including high-profile privacy and data protection litigation, and Brown has significant experience in privacy and data protection compliance, litigation and regulatory enforcement actions, including those focused on information security and data breach response. In early 2017, former co-head of the practice Anna Spencer moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s newly opened Century City office bolsters the firm’s Los Angeles-based practice, which excels in M&A transactions, litigation, IP, private equity issues, and film and television financing. Century City-based Matthew Thompson leads the department; he recently advised Entertainment One on its involvement in the formation of Amblin Partners and is also assisting Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst with the disposal of their interest in United Artists Media Group to MGM Studios. Film finance expert Richard Petretti and Russell Weiss, both based in Century City, joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP respectively; Weiss is handling an option and acquisition of rights agreement with Lionsgate on behalf of Take-Two Interactive Software that would allow Lionsgate to produce films based on the client’s Borderlands video game franchise. Los Angeles-based litigator Bradley Ellis and IP specialist Stephen Fronk in San Francisco are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Matthew Thompson - Sidley Austin LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s team handled a number of major outsourcing transactions during 2016. These included advising an American fast-food company on the restructuring of its outsourcing relationship with a system integration company; advising a California-headquartered fast-food chain on the outsourcing of network telecoms for its franchise and corporate-owned stores to two network services providers; and assisting a state-chartered industrial bank with the outsourcing of its core processing platforms and systems to a core processing company. Co-chairs Mark Kauffman and Jeffrey Rothstein are based in Chicago, while Glenn Nash is in Palo Alto. Russell Weiss joined the Los Angeles office from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘overall level of service leaves clients feeling very pleased and the firm’s lawyers are highly efficient’. Supported by highly rated IP litigation and regulatory practices, the firm’s national technology and IP transactions practice handles outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and M&A deals in the financial services, life sciences, medical devices and digital health sectors. Highlights included acting for PayPal in its acquisition of Xoom, a digital money transfer provider, and advising Takeda Pharmaceuticals on the sale of the US rights to obesity drug Contrave. Other major clients include GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, Medivation and Radiant Genomics. Jeffrey Rothstein in Chicago, Jennifer Coplan in New York and Glenn Nash in Palo Alto are global co-leaders of the technology and IP transactions practice. Rothstein is ‘an incredibly smart, talented lawyer who is always responsive and prompt; he has a broad and deep knowledge of the law and resolves complicated issues quickly and practically’. Rothstein recently advised Monsanto on the sale of alfalfa research commercial rights and Chicago’s Mark Kaufmann represented KPMG in its acquisition of G2 FinTech’s US tax software and IP. Other key advisers include Pran Jha and Anna Remis in Chicago, and Los Angeles’ Joshua Hofheimer and Russell Weiss.

Leading lawyers

Glenn Nash - Sidley Austin LLP

Jennifer Coplan - Sidley Austin LLP

Next generation lawyers

Anna Remis - Sidley Austin LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

The ‘exceptionally responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Sidley Austin LLP was strengthened through the arrival of ‘one of the finest appellate lawyers around’, regulatory expert Jonathan Nuechterlein, from an in-house position at the FCC. Nuechterlein, Frederick Beckner and Christopher Shenk jointly lead the group, which regularly advises equipment manufacturers, broadcast networks, cable clients, video programming services, ISPs and various lenders. AT&T is a key client for the team; Peter Keisler is advising it on its challenge to the FCC’s net neutrality rules and Nuechterlein and Beckner are assisting with its appeal of the FCC’s decision to invalidate tariffs for business data services. Other highlights included acting for CenturyLink in FCC proceedings regarding the regulation of business data services and advising United States Cellular on regulatory issues relating to the provision of enhanced emergency 911 services, including call location provisions and text-to-911 services; Mark Schneider and Marc Korman led on the US Cellular matter. Further clients include DirecTV, RNC Televisión and Neptune Technologies. David Carpenter retired.

Leading lawyers

Jonathan Nuechterlein - Sidley Austin LLP

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin LLP

During 2016, Sidley Austin LLP’s REIT practice added several new clients, including Colony Starwood Homes and Care Capital Partners. The former client came on board following Jason Friedhoff’s advice to the legacy Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust regarding its merger with Colony American Homes. The latter sought assistance from practice leads J Gerard Cummins and Christian Brause concerning an inaugural debt offering of $500m in senior notes. Edward Petrosky represented Simon Property Group in a $1.35bn public offering of notes. Other M&A clients include Sutherland Asset Management and Strategic Hotels & Resorts (on behalf of the latter, the firm advised on the $6bn sale to Blackstone Group), while Ventas and WP Carey sought advice on note offerings. Attorneys named thus far are based in New York, but hospitality specialist Peter Benudiz, who joined from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, is based in Century City.

Leading lawyers

Edward Petrosky - Sidley Austin LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jason Friedhoff - Sidley Austin LLP

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United States: Tax

Financial products
Financial products - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP

At Sidley Austin LLP, financial products lawyer Robert Kreitman leads a team of four partners and 11 associates in New York. He recently advised JPMorgan Chase on its first securities offering entirely backed by its owned mortgages since the financial crisis, as well as Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool on its $100m Bosphorus catastrophe bond. David Miller and Nicholas Brown acted for Simon Property Group in a $1.35bn underwritten public offering of 5-year and 10-year notes and also in a $1.10bn underwritten public offering of 10-year and 15-year notes.

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International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s international tax practice in New York handles cross-border M&A transactions as well as restructurings and fund matters. Co-lead Laura Barzilai advised Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on its agreement to acquire a 19.9% interest in ITC Holdings Corp from Fortis for $1.2bn, while Christian Brause and Daniel Altman acted for Markel Corporation in its acquisition of the assets of Bermuda insurance-linked securities investment fund manager CATCo Investment Management. Dominique Gallego joined from EY in April 2016.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Altman - Sidley Austin LLP

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘very responsive, highly knowledgeable and practical’ department represents clients in federal and state tax disputes nationwide, and is also recognized for its cross-border expertise. In addition, the team handles internal investigations involving tax issues. Alongside co-counsel Steptoe & Johnson LLP, the team successfully advised UK-domiciled Delphi Automotive in connection with the IRS assertion that it should be treated as a US domestic entity. It is also representing Citigroup in state court litigation regarding Louisiana franchise tax apportionment methodology. Matthew Lerner in Washington DC, and senior counsel Jay Zimbler in Chicago head the team.

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

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP has established a reputation for ‘sound, pragmatic and commercial advice’, which the practice provides to multinational corporations on cross-border M&A and securities offerings. Highlights included providing tax advice to Range Resources on its $4.4bn acquisition of gas producer Memorial Resource Development and assisting Stonepeak Infrastructure with the tax aspects of its investments in Targa Resources Corp, Sanchez Energy and Plain All American Pipeline, with an aggregate value in excess of $850m. Other clients include Athene Holding, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and GE Capital. Laura Barzilai, Robert Kreitman, Edwin Norris, Sharp Sorensen, Christian Brause and Monique Gallego are all recommended.

Leading lawyers

Sharp Sorensen - Sidley Austin LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christian Brause - Sidley Austin LLP

Monique Gallego - Sidley Austin LLP

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP continues to demonstrate its expertise in asset-based financing and securitisation, and project finance. Clients include Banco Multiple Leon, CAF, Citibank, BPD Bank, Grupo Popular and Banco Internacional del Perú. The firm represented CAF in a syndicated credit facility to Corporacion Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura, to fund infrastructure projects in Latin America. New York-based senior counsel Andrew Quale has a lengthy and prestigious record in Latin America, and Carlos Rodriguez is recommended for asset-based securitisations. Houston’s Sergio Pozzerle is noted for renewable energy project financings.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 6

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP’s Latin America capital markets practice is best known for asset-based lending and securitisation transactions. The firm’s global strength in asset-backed securities and securitisation is brought to the fore in Latin America through the expertise and experience of New York’s Carlos Rodriguez. Senior counsel Andrew Quale has extensive connections around Latin America and New York’s Alyssa Grikscheit is noted for debt deals and transactions involving investment funds and asset managers. Clients include ACCION International, E Leon Jimenes and The Rohatyn Group.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP has a long and impressive history in Latin America and it continues to demonstrate tremendous commitment to the region. The firm has an especially strong record in the financial services segment and its respected Houston office has made significant inroads into the Latin America energy sector. Clients include Altra Investments, Banco BBM, Banco Multiple Leon, BPD Bank, CAF, Grupo Nacional Dominicano, Grupo Sandoval and Organizacion Ardila Lulle. The firm recently advised United Airlines on its $100m acquisition, through its wholly owned subsidiary CALFINCO, of a 5% stake in Azul, Brazil’s third-largest airline; and also represented ACCION International in the sale to Access Microfinance of a majority stake in the Brazilian microfinance institution Accion Microfinanças. New York partner Alyssa Grikscheit is a key figure, as is immensely experienced Latin America specialist Andrew Quale. Houston’s Sergio Pozzerle and Glenn Pinkerton lead on energy sector matters, including renewable deals in Central America.

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    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
  • First VAT EU case law on the cost-sharing VAT exemption

    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.