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Eversheds Sutherland

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

According to one client, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is ‘clearly a step above others due to the breadth of experience and quality of lawyers’, and the team continued to lead the way in sectors such as data centers, timber and public-private partnerships. In particular, Robinson Plowden is singled out for ‘any work related to data center leases specifically in the wholesale or colocation arena’. On the investment side, Clayton Howell advised Hines on a $70m joint venture for the acquisition, development and financing of an office tower over a retail podium in Atlanta; and Howell is also advising Pollack Shores on the development of the multifamily residential component of a mixed-use development in connection with the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium. Mezzanine finance is another area of strength, with John Benson handling a billion-dollar financing for a major institutional investor; Benson, along with Washington DC-based Lisa Rosen, was also active for lenders in the CMBS space. Other key figures are practice head Victor Haley and the ‘exceptional’ James Jordan. The firm’s recent tie-up with UK-headquartered Eversheds is expected to herald an increase in inbound institutional investment work. All named attorneys are based in Atlanta except where otherwise stated.

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United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP was born in February 2017 following the merger of Eversheds and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The team is particularly well versed in high-stakes litigation in the education sector. In one recent example, a team led by Rocco Testani defended the state defendants in a constitutional challenge to Florida’s public school funding system; the team secured a victory after a four-week trial and the case is now pending before the Florida First District Court of Appeal. The firm’s accountants’ liability practice continues to thrive; Amelia Toy Rudolph is a key name in this field. Other sector specialisms include insurance, where Thomas Curvin is active.

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United States: Finance

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

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s niche expertise in acting for business development companies in capital market matters continues to pay dividends and it routinely advises major names in the industry on IPOs, follow-on offerings, at-the-market offerings and other equity transactions. Among the group’s recent work, Lisa Morgan advised Fidus Investment on its $43m follow-on offering. Steven Boehm and Stephen Roth jointly head a Washington DC-based team that also includes Harry Pangas, who has a strong record in corporate governance and compliance issues, and Cynthia Krus.

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 7

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP provides an ‘excellent service’ to registered funds and asset managers on the regulatory aspects pursuant to their structuring and operational activities. The firm benefits from a number of former SEC alumni, including New York-based Clifford Kirsch, who is ‘plugged into what is happening on both the business and regulatory fronts’. Recognized as one of the ‘pre-eminent investment trust lawyers in the country’, Kirsch provides ongoing advice to the Coalition of Collective Investment Trusts on regulatory developments regarding the retirement marketplace. As well as being a ‘leading ’40 Act adviser’, Steven Boehm has built a significant niche advising business development companies. Stephen Roth and New York-based Cynthia Shoss are well regarded for their work in the insurance sector in particular, and Susan Krawczyk is recommended for broker-dealer matters. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise noted.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is dedicated to advising electric power companies, financial institutions and energy commodity trading companies on regulatory aspects of financial trading and M&A transactions. Other areas of expertise include rate restructuring, FERC approvals, enforcement, compliance and contentious matters. Daniel Frank advised Western Farmers Electric, which supplies power to 22 distribution electrical cooperatives in Oklahoma and New Mexico, on a transmission line cost allocation settlement with American Electric Power (AEP). Team head Catherine Krupka assisted Just Energy Group - a Canada-based natural gas and electricity retailer - in energy regulatory and FERC litigation related to the California energy crisis.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s practice centers around regulatory pipeline, crude oil export and compliance work, but also deals with investigations and FERC rate cases. Daniel Frank and Paul Forshay, who co-head the team with Jacob Dweck, advised Reedy Creek Improvement District - the immediate governing jurisdiction for the land of the Walt Disney World Resort - on a Florida-based gas transmission FERC rate case. Forshay and Benjamin Clark assisted United States Gypsum Corporation (USG) with several regulatory matters, including a range of FERC rate cases alongside advice on the Natural Gas Act Section 5 investigation and on compliance issues. The independent energy consulting firm Energy Strategies is another client.

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

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s practice, which is especially active in project acquisitions, is headed by Benjamin Clark in Houston and Thomas Warren, with support from Dorothy Franzoni and Ram Sunkara. On the capital markets side, Herbert Short advised Goldman Sachs on its $1.5bn private placement for Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The team also handles PPAs for blue-chip clients such as Microsoft. Other clients include Con Edison Development and Energy Power Partners. Named attorneys are based in Atlanta except where indicated otherwise.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Benjamin Clark and Ram Sunkara head Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s department, which is particularly strong in asset acquisitions and disposals, although it also has an excellent track record in energy supply, energy trading, EPC contracts and joint venture formation. Clark advised Schoeller Bleckmann America on its $103m purchase of a 68% stake in Downhole Technology from numerous sellers. Other clients include Magnolia LNG, Freepoint Commodities and Mosbacher Energy.

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

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

In Atlanta, Dorothy Franzoni, Thomas Warren and Ram Sunkara are the key partners at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, which frequently handles project acquisitions and PPAs. Sunkara and Warren acted for Energy Power Partners in its acquisition of Talen Energy’s 25-project renewable energy unit, and Franzoni advised Consolidated Edison Development on various equity investments - worth hundreds of millions of dollars in total - in renewable projects and project companies.

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Insurance: non-contentious
Insurance: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

The team at the newly merged Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has an established reputation in the insurance market and is adept at handling corporate restructuring, regulatory advice and M&A. In regulatory matters, it advised Pan-American Life Insurance Group on the regulatory aspects of its $5.5bn merger agreement with Mutual Trust Life Financial Group and assisted Watford Holdings with the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Professionals Direct Insurance Company from The Hanover Insurance Group. Its transactional strength was in evidence when Bert Adams and Washington DC-based David Massey advised the Reinsurance Group of America on its acquisition of a reinsurance block from XL Catlin for $300m. The team also assisted The Hartford with the proposed restructuring of its unit investment trust accounts. New clients include Legal & General and Maxum Specialty, while longstanding clients include Exor, Guggenheim Partners, Jackson National Life and Great-West Financial. Cynthia Shoss and the Washington DC-based Stephen Roth lead the practice, which also includes James Dwyer and Atlanta’s Scott Burton. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 6

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s team, led by Atlanta-based Peter Pappas, saw a large number of new clients obtained from industries ranging from automotive and manufacturing to healthcare, software and telecoms. The team also includes seasoned litigator Ann Fort, who represents petitioners and patent owners in IPRs and CBMs. Malvern Griffin is advising, respectively, a Fortune 50 healthcare corporation, a Fortune 100 multinational semiconductor manufacturer and a large internet-based retailer on patent counseling, prosecution and portfolio management.

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United States: Labor and employment

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

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s six-partner executive compensation team is led out of Washington DC by Mark Smith and represents both employee plan sponsors and providers in matters relating to plan design, compliance and corporate transactions. Adam Cohen advised a leading global food brand on a cross-border merger with several European entities, while Meredith O’Leary assisted MassMutual with its acquisition of MetLife’s retail adviser business. The firm also acted for a longstanding client in the telecoms sector with respect to a merger. Vanessa Scott is also a key contact.

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Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

The employee benefits and executive compensation practice at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has been advising clients on the DOL’s changes to the fiduciary rule. Practice head Mark Smith has assisted over 60 financial services entities with regard to this landmark change alongside Vanessa Scott. Adam Cohen is also a key contact and handles a wide range of benefits issues, including lump-sum windows and welfare plans. The team is based in Washington DC.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

In early 2017, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP merged with British multinational law firm Eversheds LLP, creating Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP. The new firm’s industry experience includes chemicals, healthcare, energy, financial services, manufacturing, technology and telecoms. Notable matters included acting as lead transaction counsel to MassMutual in its acquisition of MetLife’s US retail adviser force, the MetLife Premier Client Group. It also acted for infrastructure technologies company Underground Solutions in two simultaneous transactions: the sale of its Fusible PVC pipe business to Aegion and the separate split-off of its solutions business to stockholders. In addition, it acted for heavy building materials supplier Martin Marietta in its acquisition of Rocky Mountain Materials and Asphalt (and affiliated entities); and advised technological manufacturer Flextronics International USA on its agreed acquisition of Bose Corporation’s consumer electronics operations in San Luis, Mexico and Penang (Malaysia). In Atlanta, Wade Stribling advises on domestic and cross-border deals across a range of industries, including healthcare and financial services. Other notable Atlanta attorneys include Robert Pile, who advises payment and technology companies on their acquisition programs and joint venture and alliance arrangements; Thomas Herman, who is focused on the industrial, insurance services and natural resources sectors; water industry expert Marc Rawls; Michael Gurion, who has acted in significant deals for technology and new media clients, as well as for manufacturing, distribution, natural resources and financial services companies; and payments industry specialist David Zimmerman. Bert Adams in New York and Washington DC-based Cynthia Krus, William Dudzinsky Jr, Harry Pangas and Douglas Leary are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Wade Stribling - Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Atlanta-based Peter Quittmeyer and Bob Pile lead Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s practice and advise clients on IT infrastructure outsourcing, application development and maintenance services arrangements, payment processing agreements and the full range of BPO issues. The team provides ongoing advice to the Georgia Technology Authority in relation to all aspects of its large-scale, statewide, multi-year IT initiative, worth $150m annually. Other work includes assisting a leading data center owner and developer in a lease transaction with a Fortune 50 company for a Tier III-plus data center facility in North Carolina. Michael Steinig is another key contact.

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United States: Real estate

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

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

The construction team at newly merged Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has ‘first-rate knowledge and an ability to get to the bottom line with cost-effective solutions‘. Led by Atlanta attorney Jennifer Fletcher, the construction group chiefly operates out of the firm’s New York and Atlanta offices, but its work extends across the country and encompasses numerous projects in the Southeastern United States. The team acts for the full range of clients, including real estate developers, manufacturing companies and top US contractors, particularly dealing with projects in the real estate sector. Dispute resolution forms the bulk of the practice and, in a standout matter, the group represented a global leader in industrial and systems manufacturing in a multibillion-dollar dispute with a state authority concerning large-scale environmental systems. Another highlight was representing a real estate developer in a dispute with a general contractor and product manufacturer over the construction of a high-rise tower in Midtown Atlanta. Lawrence Dany in New York and Lee Davis, who splits his time between Atlanta and New York, are other key names to note.

Leading lawyers

Jennifer Fletcher - Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

In February 2017, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan merged with UK-headquartered Eversheds to create new international proposition Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP. Atlanta-based Reginald Clark served as lead tax counsel to Coca-Cola Enterprises, providing tax opinions in connection with its combination with Coca-Cola European Partners. Head of tax Jeffrey Friedman, Robert Chase and Michele Borens (all working out of the Washington DC office) are also key lawyers in the international tax department, advising clients such as Comcast Corporation, Cox Enterprises and Great-West Life. Bradley Seltzer from Deloitte Tax joined the Washington DC office in summer 2016.

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

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has a ‘renowned practice’ with expertise spanning international, federal, state and local tax law. The team represents Comcast in various tax controversy issues, including in litigation linked to the costs-of-performance apportionment method and disallowance of interest deductions, and a dispute defeating a state’s attempt to impose a tax on Comcast’s intangible property. Cox Enterprises retained the team for several matters, including two successful corporation franchise tax settlements. Jerome Libin and Mark Smith in Washington DC co-head the team. Atlanta-based lawyers Thomas Cullinan, Eric Tresh and Jerold Cohen, who has a ‘longstanding reputation’, are also noted. Bradley Seltzer joined from Deloitte Tax in 2016.

Leading lawyers

Jerold Cohen - Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Jerome Libin - Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

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

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, which was formed in 2017 from the merger of Eversheds LLP and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, has an active tax practice that acts on domestic and cross-border mandates and attracts praise for its ‘combination of expertise in an array of regulated sectors with global standard tax counsel’. The team, which is led from Washington DC by of counsel practice chair Jerome Libin and practice head Mark Smith, is advising a global corporation on the structuring of its investments in the energy sector and advised Coca-Cola Enterprises on its merger with Coca-Cola European Partners.

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