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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s cartel team is headed by Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock. While the firm is predominantly known for its high-profile work in merger clearance and litigation, recent work includes a number of representations before the DOJ and international agencies. Acting for Bridgestone Corporation in a criminal investigation into the sale of anti-vibration rubber components for automobiles is a case in point.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is praised for its ‘excellent expertise in complex antitrust matters’. The practice is very active in the media industry; New York-based Eric Hochstadt and Steven Reiss represented a group of local television stations as plaintiffs in a putative class action alleging violations of the Sherman Act relating to the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers’ licensing practices for access to its repertory of musical performances. On the defense side, Washington DC-based Carrie Mahan Anderson (who was also part of the team advising the local television stations) successfully obtained the dismissal, on behalf of all defendants, including client Michael Foods, of an indirect purchaser class action in the Re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation. UnitedHealthCare, CBS and Hilton Worldwide are also clients.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has an ‘excellent team’ that includes several attorneys who used to work for government antitrust agencies. It advises many clients in the electronics, healthcare and life sciences sectors. Practice head Steven Newborn, a former director of litigation at the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, has a ‘very good reputation’ in the field and is ‘easy to follow’; he recently represented medical device company Biomet in the antitrust review of its divestiture to rival Zimmer Holdings, a transaction worth $13.4bn. Also involved in the matter was the recommended Steven Bernstein, a former assistant director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. The group advised Actavis on its purchase of Allergan and continues to represent the new company in various deals. Jeffrey Perry and Ann Malester are also noted. All mentioned attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Steven Newborn - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s appellate practice is headed by former assistant solicitor general for New York Gregory Silbert and former US Supreme Court clerk Steven Reiss. The team represented publisher Simon & Schuster in antitrust proceedings against Apple regarding the alleged price-fixing of certain e-books; the Second Circuit ultimately found against Apple. The appellate practice includes a patent sub-group, which is led by Edward Reines in the Silicon Valley office; recent highlights include its successful defense of Microsoft in the Federal Circuit against allegations of patent infringement brought by Allvoice Developments.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘consistently excellent’ commercial litigation practice services a global client base that includes financial institutions and energy, media and consumer products companies. For CBS, the team achieved two important victories in Tennessee and California in cases brought by current and former student athletes concerning the right of publicity; James Quinn and Yehudah Buchweitz took lead roles. Edward Soto in Miami handles product liability multidistrict litigation (MDL) for key client Procter & Gamble, and David Lender represented Credit Suisse in multiple cases concerning real estate loan disputes. Other significant wins include David Yohai’s successful defense of Farmers Insurance in a RICO class action. Above-named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated. Diane Sullivan is the key contact in Princeton, New Jersey, and ‘aggressive advocate and strategic tacticianChristopher Cox heads the California litigation practice from Silicon Valley.

Leading lawyers

David Yohai - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Edward Soto - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Washington DC-based team head Theodore Posner has excellent credibility across a range of contentious and non-contentious international trade matters. During his many years of government service, Posner handled numerous arbitrations for the US Government, and that arbitration experience has also come to the fore for private parties including Repsol, which he recently secured a favorable settlement for in an arbitration with the Argentinian government arising out of its nationalization of energy company YPF and expropriation of its controlling stake of the Spanish investor in the company. Posner is also increasingly acting for the firm’s private equity clients in CFIUS clearance matters. Other clients include Philip Morris International, Chevron and Bank of America.

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Leading trial lawyers

James Quinn - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP: James Quinn has a broad practice and is an outstanding trial lawyer. Testament to his abilities was winning a headline jury verdict on behalf ExxonMobil at the beginning of his career concerning the royalties to be paid its business partner, Saudi Basic Industries; Quinn secured a $417m award to the oil and gas company. Quinn continues to act for ExxonMobil in environmental cases, including in actions bought in Vermont and New Jersey seeking damages for groundwater contamination from the use of MTBE, an additive in gasoline. Further accomplishments for Quinn include leading a team in a particularly large and complex shareholder class action brought against Vivendi; the team secured a dismissal of the $60m. John Quinn - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP: Firm founder and ‘top advocate’ John Quinn has a broad business litigation practice covering white-collar crime, antitrust disputes, products liability and other cases. Highlights include representing Samsung in a series of disputes with Apple, including in the reversal of a $930m judgment against Samsung in relation to several iPhone-related patents; although disputes are ongoing, this judgment was a major victory for Samsung. Quinn also secured a major victory in Delaware for former investment banker Michael Milken and his related businesses in relation to claims by Harland Clarke that Milken had defrauded the company. Other clients for Quinn and the firm include major technology companies such as Uber, Samsung, Google and Pinterest.

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP: Diane Sullivan has a very good reputation for handling commercial litigation, tort cases and class actions. She was recently appointed lead counsel to Spanish energy company Repsol in a dispute over whether it is the parent company of Diamond Shamrock - the company that polluted the Passaic River in New Jersey - and accordingly whether it is liable. Sullivan is also defending manufacturer Toyobo in a lawsuit filed by the US government under the False Claims Act relating to bulletproof vests. Philip Morris is another key client for Sullivan.

Leading trial lawyers

James Quinn - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

David Lender - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The securities litigation team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which covers M&A disputes, is ‘one of the biggest groups dedicated to this area and its deep bench has terrific expertise’. The 65-lawyer team is led from New York by John Neuwirth and Joseph Allerhand. Neuwirth’s highlights included a significant victory for ATMI and its board of directors in a putative class action challenging its $1.15bn merger with Entegris, in which the Connecticut Superior Court granted a motion to strike all claims. He successfully defended Centerbridge Partners in a challenge to its $1.1bn acquisition of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Allerhand demonstrated his knowledge of master limited partnership (MLP) matters by winning a motion to dismiss claims arising from Kinder Morgan’s restructuring as a publicly traded C corporation. Also recommended is Greg Danilow, who is representing satellite broadcasting company DirecTV in litigation arising from its $67bn acquisition by AT&T.

Leading lawyers

John Neuwirth - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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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 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The ‘outstanding’ product liability and mass tort group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is led by the ‘well-prepared, tenacious and strategicArvin Maskin in New York. Maskin is currently representing Nortek as lead counsel in a number of putative state and nationwide class actions alleging manufacturing defects in the client’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. Princeton-based Diane Sullivan is serving as lead trial counsel for Philip Morris in a class action before the District of Massachusetts involving payment for medical monitoring on behalf of all Massachusetts smokers of Philip Morris cigarettes. Other clients include Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi.

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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 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘outstanding’ practice is highly experienced in representing clients in high-stakes litigation. Princeton-based Diane Sullivan continues to serve as lead trial counsel to longstanding client Johnson & Johnson in mass tort litigation concerning its antipsychotic medication Risperdal. She is also serving as national counsel for Sanofi following the recall and subsequent litigation involving allergy injection Auvi-Q. New York-based practice head Arvin Maskin is ‘a legend at the defense bar’.

Leading lawyers

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges 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 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Headed by Arvin Maskin, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is highly experienced in handling toxic tort litigation for high-profile clients such as ExxonMobil and Seacor Holdings. Led by Diane Sullivan and Theodore Tsekerides, the firm is serving as lead trial counsel for ExxonMobil in a number of state and federal court cases arising from pollution caused by the use of MTBE as an additive in gasoline. Sullivan is also representing Spanish energy company Repsol in litigation regarding the pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey. All partners mentioned are based in New York.

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has ‘exceptional litigators and incredible bench strength and expertise’, and its team is described as ‘responsive, practical and deftly strategic’. Co-leading the team from New York are John Neuwirth - who led a team that won dismissal of a securities fraud class action against pharmaceutical giant Sanofi alleging it artificially inflated its stock price - and Joseph Allerhand - who won appellate victories for lululemon athletica in a stockholder derivative action and a shareholder class action. Neuwirth persuaded the Connecticut Superior Court to grant a motion to strike in a $1.15bn shareholder class action against ATMI. Highlights for former federal prosecutor and ‘one of the best litigators on the planetJonathan Polkes included defending a class action for retail operator Francesca’s Holdings concerning disclosure of revenue projections. Also recommended are Miranda Schiller, who defeated a $57m claim against Vivendi, and Stephen Radin, who helped Allerhand achieve a motion to dismiss in a case against Fairway Group Holdings.

Leading lawyers

John Neuwirth - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Joseph Allerhand - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has ‘exceptional litigators with incredible bench strength and expertise’. Clients for FCPA-related work include Sanofi, which Washington DC-based practice head Steven Tyrrell is advising on DOJ and SEC investigations. Tyrrell is also acting for former UBS trader Tom Hayes in the DOJ’s criminal investigation into alleged LIBOR manipulation. Another client is the former chief compliance officer of BlackRock, whom New York’s Jonathan Polkes represented in an SEC enforcement action concerning alleged failures to disclose potential conflicts of interest to clients. From the same office, Christopher Garcia acted for the audit committee of the board of directors of American Realty Capital in conducting an internal investigation into allegations of accounting irregularities. Holly Loiseau, based in Washington DC, is also recommended. Additional clients include Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

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United States: Finance

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is commended for its ‘excellent work’ advising issuers and underwriters on high-yield and investment grade debt offerings, often in the context of acquisition finance. Following the retirement of Matthew Bloch, Alexander Lynch is now sole head of the team, which also includes Jennifer Bensch, Frank Adams and Corey Chivers. Highlights from 2015 included Bensch advising H&R Block on a $1bn offering of senior notes by its subsidiary Block Financial; Adams acting for the underwriters in a $2.4bn notes offering by Harris Corporation to finance its $4.75bn acquisition of Exelis; and Chivers handling, for the underwriters, two notes offerings by Microsoft valued at $13bn and $10.75bn respectively. The firm’s premier restructuring practice is also a source of work for the team, and a significant matter in this regard was assisting, with Chivers leading, GE Capital with a $36bn debt exchange offer as part of GE’s strategy to shrink its financial services arm.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s capital markets practice head Alexander Lynch recently assisted Black Knight Financial Services, an integrated technology, data and analytics provider, with its $507m IPO, highlighting the firm’s expertise in technology deals. Additionally, the group has strong life sciences capabilities; Heather Emmel acted for biopharmaceutical and medical device company INC Research in its $173m IPO, and also handled Lantheus Holdings’ $74m flotation. On the underwriter side, the firm acted for Barclays, JPMorgan, RBC and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in the $489m offering of interests in Macquarie Infrastructure Company. Jennifer Bensch, Corey Chivers and David Lefkowitz are also recommended. Frank Adams joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in 2015.

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has an active high-yield practice that often works closely with the firm’s banking and finance, M&A and private equity teams in relation to acquisition finance. As an example, a team led by Todd Chandler advised new client WPX Energy on its $1bn offering of high-yield notes to part finance its acquisition of RKI Exploration & Production. In another example, a team led by Heather Emmel acted for Kronos Acquisition Holdings, the parent company of KIK Custom Products, in its $390m notes offering to part finance its acquisition by Centerbridge. Elsewhere, the recommended Corey Chivers handled AMC Entertainment’s $600m notes offering to finance its $600m tender offer for certain other notes. Alexander Lynch heads the capital markets practice.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is recommended for its cross-border capability and its strength across borrower and lender mandates. Daniel Dokos, head of the firm’s global finance practice, and lawyers from the firm’s London office advised a consortium of nine banks, as arrangers, on a £1.25bn credit facility to refinance the existing debt of RAC, and to finance GIC’s acquisition of a stake in RAC. The group has a sizeable roster of borrower clients, ranging from large corporates to major PE houses, including General Electric, Genstar Capital and Brookfield Asset Management. Douglas Urquhart, head of the firm’s US practice, handled several financing matters for GE related to its plan to sell substantially all of GE Capital’s assets, and Andrew Colao assisted OMERS Private Equity with over $1bn secured multi-currency credit facilities to part finance the acquisition of Kenan Advantage Group and Kenan Canada GP. Allison Liff, Andrew Yoon, Morgan Bale and Dallas-based Courtney Marcus are other names to note.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s longstanding reputation as a market-leading debtor counsel is supported by its involvement in some of the largest bankruptcies in US history - Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual and General Motors. Continuing to leverage its company-side strength, the firm has been advising on prominent Chapter 11 proceedings in a range of sectors. It is advising The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in its $2.3bn filing, Chassix Holdings in $700m proceedings, and, in oil and gas, Endeavour International ($1.2bn). Demonstrating its capabilities on both sides of the table, it is advising the Export-Import Bank of China as the largest secured creditor in the $3.6bn Chapter 11 of the ‘Baha Mar’ luxury resort, and an ad hoc group of first lien lenders and convertible note holders on the restructuring of Energy Exploration & Energy. Practice co-chairs Gary Holzer and Ray Schrock lead the core New York group, which also includes Stephen Karotkin, Marcia Goldstein and Robert Lemons. Alfredo Perez and Stephen Youngman are key figures in Houston and Dallas respectively. Matthew Barr joined from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in August 2015.

Leading lawyers

Marcia Goldstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Stephen Karotkin - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Based in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s structured finance team provides ‘strong securitization expertise as well as structured finance market knowledge, and understanding of clients’ needs’. Frank Nocco leads the team, which comprises six partners. It serves a large list of issuers, collateral managers and underwriters, advising on securitization and derivatives. The practice has been engaged in some of the most notable restructurings in the market and has a ‘solid reputation’ for its approach to developing ‘innovative, ground-breaking and cutting-edge’ structures. Under Nocco’s leadership, the team acted for Citigroup as initial purchaser in a series of bond offerings backed by personal consumer loans, with a global value nearing $2.28bn. Robert Chiperfield advised Apollo Global Management’s affiliates, in their capacities as collateral manager and agent, on the structuring and offering of the $1.02bn ALM XVI (an off-shore vehicle) CLO, and two related offerings of $429.5m and $786m respectively. An ‘expert in auto loan securitization’, Jason Smith led advice to Hertz and its subsidiary Hertz Vehicle Financing II (its securitization vehicle to finance its US rental car fleet) on the issuance of asset-backed notes worth $780m and $636m. Recently promoted to partnership, Ariel Kronman has significant derivatives experience, including in credit derivatives, forex and interest swaps, forwards and options.

Leading lawyers

Frank Nocco - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Industry focus

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Key individuals at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP include Michael Aiello, who advised Kinder Morgan on its $76bn purchase of all the outstanding equity shares in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, Kinder Morgan Management and El Paso Pipeline Partners; and Glenn West, who acted for WPX Energy on its $2.75bn purchase of RKI Exploration & Production. Practice head Rodney Moore is also recommended.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The Washington DC-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP supports the firm’s busy transactional practice from an environmental standpoint, advising clients such as American Securities Capital Partners, Berkshire Partners, General Electric and CCMP Capital Advisors. In a recent highlight, the team - which is headed by Annemargaret Connolly - advised CCMP Capital on the acquisition of Solvay’s Eco Services business, including its seven large-scale sulphuric acid manufacturing and recycling plants; the team was responsible for environmental regulatory consents and permitting transfers related to the acquisition. It also handled environmental regulatory consents and permitting transfers on behalf of Intel regarding its acquisition of Altera. In another matter, it advised Verizon on its acquisition of AOL, including the evaluation of the risks associated with the legacy groundwater contamination at one of AOL’s California facilities. Counsels Thomas Goslin and Matthew Morton are noted.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s reputation in the life sciences sector stems from its status as a go-to firm for patent litigation and product liability defense. The team has been active in a variety of cases for major pharmaceutical companies and research institutes, and, in 2015, patent dispute specialist Edward Reines represented RainDance Technologies and the University of Chicago in a patent case against 10X Genomics filed in Delaware. On the transactional front, Richard Climan is acting for Raptor Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of the exclusive global rights and assets to develop, manufacture and commercialize Quinsair from Tripex Pharmaceuticals. It also counts Eli Lily and AbbVie among its clients, and is assisting with a number of high-value acquisitions. The above named attorneys are all based in Silicon Valley, but the team also has strength in New York, where patent litigator Elizabeth Weiswasser, corporate partner Keith Flaum and licensing specialist Jeffrey Osterman are the key names.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Much of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s sports work is focused on labor and employment matters, frequently for player associations and individuals, while it also receives a stream of instructions to handle litigation on behalf of broadcasters. Jeffrey Klein, who is chair of the firm’s labor and employment practice, advised top football coach Jim Harbaugh on his appointment as head coach at the University of Michigan on a seven-year contract worth at least $40m. James Quinn was part of a team defending CBS in several matters involving college sports, for example successfully representing CBS Interactive in a right of publicity case. The NHLPA is another key client and Bruce Meyer is currently handling several disputes with the NHL pertaining to the proper calculation of ‘hockey-related revenues’ and the impact on the league’s salary cap. Named attorneys are based in the firm’s New York office.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The ‘excellent’ practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York has particular expertise in music licensing and frequently represents distributors in first impression copyright litigation. It recently obtained favorable sound recording royalty rates for the internet radio site, Pandora Media, before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). It also achieved a major victory for several local television broadcasters as plaintiffs in their class action against the copyright licensing practices of the performing rights organization, SESAC. In the book publishing sector, the firm successfully represented HarperCollins in its copyright infringement action against e-book publisher Open Road Integrated Media. On the defense side, it successfully represented eBay in a copyright infringement suit filed by a photographer who sought to hold eBay liable for allegedly infringing photos offered by third-party sellers. Other clients include Facebook, Sirius XM, Disney and Marvel Entertainment. Practice head Bruce Rich is praised as a ‘brilliant legal mind’ and recommended along with Randi Singer and Benjamin Marks.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Rich - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has notable strength in the technology sector, acting for various high-profile companies including Adobe, eBay, Oracle and Samsung. The group successfully defended Adobe in an infringement suit brought by Digital Reg of Texas, obtaining an invalidity finding on both asserted patents, and it represented Illumina at the Federal Circuit in a dispute with Columbia University regarding alleged infringement of each other’s patents covering DNA sequencing technology. Micron Technology is also a key client, for whom the group secured a complete victory in all patent claims asserted by Semcon Tech concerning semiconductor technology. Jared Bobrow and Brian Ferguson head the practice from Silicon Valley and Washington DC respectively. Anne Cappella, Anish Desai and Edward Reines are also recommended.

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Patents: portfolio management and licensing
Patents: portfolio management and licensing - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s practice, led by the well-regarded Michael Epstein, advises a broad range of technology companies from various industries. It regularly advises on cross-border standalone technology and IP transactions, including patent acquisitions, licensing agreements, e-commerce agreements, and research and development collaborations, and it also handles the management of patent portfolios. Highlights saw Epstein advising Array BioPharma on a number of technology and IP-related matters, including the acquisition of two oncology drugs from Novartis. Jeffrey Osterman counts Sanofi, Eli Lilly and Intel among his clients and, in 2015, he assisted Sanofi with its $4.2bn worldwide licensing agreement with Hanmi Pharmaceutical to commercialize a portfolio of diabetes treatments, and he advised Intel in relation to its $16.7bn acquisition of Altera. Charan Sandhu and Silicon Valley-based Karen Ballack and John Brockland are also highly recommended. All individuals above are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Michael Epstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Trade secrets
Trade secrets - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

There are a number of trade secret experts among Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s employment and litigation practice groups, including employment litigation chair Jeffrey Klein in New York, Christopher Cox, who leads the California commercial litigation group, and senior partner Bruce Meyer in New York. Cox successfully represented Genstar Capital in arbitration against CHT-P&W Software, a subsidiary of Consumer Health Technologies, which sued Genstar in the Los Angeles Superior Court for trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, trade libel and other business torts. Cox also represented Health Management Systems (HMS) in litigation against former employees and its teaming partner and competitor Public Consulting Group (PCG) in which HMS alleged that PCG solicited several HMS employees to breach their respective contracts and steal trade secrets. Cox obtained a temporary injunction and preliminary injunction in Texas and a sweeping sanctions order for spoliation of evidence, which included adverse jury instructions and an award of attorneys’ fees.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York has outstanding expertise regarding secondary liability of intermediaries for trademark infringements and has been handling such matters for eBay and Facebook. A highlight was the defense of Alibaba against contributory trademark infringement and counterfeiting claims from a group of luxury brand owners, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Yves Saint Laurent. The firm is also defending Core-Mark, a provider of marketing and distribution services for retail stores, against allegations of having unknowingly distributed counterfeit 5-HOUR Energy products. Practice chair Bruce Rich has ‘a wealth of experience’ and Randi Singerhas remarkable knowledge of all aspects of trademark law’ and is praised for her ability to ‘bring cases to a close before they get to court’.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s presence in the US, Europe and Asia enables it to field a team that can provide extensive cross-border coverage to US and non-US sponsors ranging from first-time managers to some of the largest institutions raising mega-funds. In addition to handling the formation and operation of funds, the group also assists sponsors with organising and operating their investment firm businesses, advises institutional investors on strategic investments, and rounds out its practice with strong tax and regulatory capabilities. In 2015, US practice head Jonathon Soler and senior associate Stephanie Srulowitz acted for American Securities in the formation of its $5bn fund, American Securities Partners VII. In another highlight, David Kreisler (who moved to Sidley Austin LLP post publication) advised Quantum Energy Partners on the formation of Quantum Energy Partners VI, its sixth fund with a total of $4.5bn in capital commitments. Other clients include Perella Weinberg, Brookfield Asset Management and WL Ross & Co. Andrew Chizzik, Jeffrey Tabak and Barry Wolf are other key names. Shukie Grossman joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘exceptional ERISA litigators prevail in difficult cases’ concerning the securities and bankruptcy aspects of health and pensions disputes with ERISA issues, as well as stock drop cases. ‘First-rate’ practice head Nicholas Pappas and Gregory Silbert from the firm’s litigation department recently represented UnitedHealth Group in litigation surrounding a physical therapy provider seeking to use ERISA as a method to obtain payment from plan providers, and also in a class action dispute regarding allegations of underpayment. Jonathan Polkes, in the firm’s securities litigation team, acted for Marsh & McLennan Companies in a dispute with two former executives regarding the legality under ERISA of the termination of their benefits when they were dismissed after refusing to co-operate with an internal investigation. All named lawyers are based in New York.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides ‘timely, and more importantly, succinct and practical advice in complex areas such as non-qualified deferred compensation and the taxation intricacies of executive compensation’. The ‘strong team, with great domain knowledge’ handles transaction-related matters, often with a private equity slant, and bankruptcies. Recommended partners include Paul Wessel, who advised DirecTV on its $67.1bn sale to AT&T, Amy Rubin, who acted for Facebook on its purchase of WhatsApp, and the ‘outstandingMichael Nissan, who assisted Centerbridge Partners with its purchase of KIK Custom Products. Nissan and associate Paula Han ‘have exceptional knowledge and experience, as well as a commitment to client service; both are responsive whenever needed’. The team, which is based in New York, also advises Berkshire Partners, General Electric and Kinder Morgan.

Leading lawyers

Paul Wessel - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is ‘top of the class’ in areas such as restrictive covenant and trade secrets litigation, internal investigations, benefit-related disputes, and class and collective actions involving discrimination and wage violation claims. Practice leader Jeffrey Klein, ‘excellent employment litigator’ Gary Friedman, ERISA expert Nicholas Pappas, and counsel Lawrence Baer are the primary contacts, whose clients include Godiva Chocolatier, Ralph Lauren Corporation, MasterCard, and other large corporates. Friedman scored two significant victories for Forest Laboratories (now Allergan) and its subsidiary Forest Pharmaceuticals in a putative class and collective action brought against it by eleven former sales representatives alleging gender discrimination claims, including family responsibility discrimination and compensation disparity; Millie Warner also worked on the case and was recently promoted to counsel. Klein, an ‘exceptional legal mind’ with ‘incomparable judgment’, was retained by Hudson’s Bay Company regarding the termination of Saks Fifth Avenue’s CEO and hire of chief information officer Janet Schalk. All individuals mentioned are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Gary Friedman - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jeffrey Klein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Workplace and employment counseling
Workplace and employment counseling - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

As a ‘go-to law firm for executive employment issues’, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP specializes in matters arising out of M&A, corporate restructuring and bankruptcies, as well as large-scale force reductions, ERISA issues, restrictive covenants and C-Suite terminations. The ‘outstandingJeffrey Klein is a ‘pragmatic litigator, who seeks solutions’, and Gary Friedman is also well respected. Counsel Lawrence Baer is an authority on issues faced by debtor employers; he recently assisted The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in New York, which involved substantial restructuring in order to sell store locations and satisfy over $1.2bn in secured debt. In other recent work, Klein advised on the terminations of four senior employees for Perella Weinberg Partners after the company learned that they planned to start a competing business; the matter is now in the Supreme Court and concerns the forfeited equity and deferred compensation that took place as a result of the terminations. Millie Warner was promoted to counsel in New York, where all recommended attorneys are based. Mark Jacoby retired from the partnership.

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Jeffrey Klein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides ‘top-quality legal advice on complex issues’. New York-based department head Ellen Odoner and Howard Dicker, who ‘has an encyclopedic knowledge of SEC and compliance issues’, assisted GE with its plan to reduce the size of its financial services business through the sale of a subsidiary, advising on governance and securities law aspects. Dicker also advised online forex trading service FXCM on crisis management following volatility in the Swiss franc. Other highlights for Odoner included acting for Pirelli in its take-private transaction, and advising the audit committee of a prominent media company on a cross-border M&A transaction. The Washington DC-based PJ Himelfarb assisted Home Loan Servicing Solutions with the restatement of its financial statements. Highlights for New York’s Lyuba Goltser included assisting Univision Holdings establish its governance and compliance framework in advance of an IPO. The firm has also handled matters involving shareholder activism and internal investigations.

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Ellen Odoner - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Over recent years, few firms have made as clear progress in M&A as Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Much of the credit for this goes to the chairman of the corporate department, Michael Aiello, who has established himself as a genuine market leader and a near ubiquitous presence in substantial and complex transactions. The team has an enviable base of long-terms clients, but is also routinely sought out by new clients to advise on bet-the-company deals. As an example, it advised Dow on its $130bn all-stock merger of equals with DuPont. In addition, JAB Holding Company turned to the firm for advice on its $13.9bn merger agreement with Keurig Green Mountain, in which the JAB-led investor group will acquire Keurig. Other notable instructions included advising Willis Group Holdings on its $18bn merger of equals with Towers Watson, and Sanofi on its exclusive negotiations with Boehringer Ingelheim over a $25bn asset swap. The firm’s investment in its West Coast operations has led to roles in a multitude of technology transactions, including a series of deals for Intel, which it recently advised on its $16.7bn acquisition of Altera. Keith Flaum and Richard Climan are big names in Silicon Valley. Market-leading practices in tax and bankruptcy law means the firm is well positioned to advise on inversions and other tax-driven transactions as well as distressed M&A. Aside from the aforementioned Aiello, the firm has an impressive team of practitioners on the East Coast, including Frederick Green, Howard Chatzinoff and Jackie Cohen. Matthew Gilroy is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’, ‘delivers practical advice’ and is ‘able to effectively lead deals and coordinate across multiple practice areas’.

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Michael Aiello - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Operating out of offices on the East Coast, West Coast and Texas, private equity powerhouse Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP handles a large number of middle-market and large-cap deals. With a client roster that includes more than 100 sponsor clients in the US alone, the firm clearly ranks among the top players in the field; the growing client base comprises large and high-profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and other equity financial investors. Centerbridge Partners, Oak Hill Capital Partners and Berkshire Partners are among the most high-profile examples. The firm’s global reach is a great asset, enabling it to take on major cross-border deals involving Asia and Europe. Throughout 2015, the department has advised on more than 120 transactions amounting to $80bn in total deal value, with many of these valuing more than $1bn each. New York partner and department head Douglas Warner advised Avolon Holdings, a portfolio company of Cinven Partners, CVC Capital Partners and Oak Hill, on its $7.6bn sale to Bohai Leasing. Peter Feist transferred from the firm’s Hong Kong to New York office, where he joins the highly regarded Michael Weisser and newly promoted partner Garrett Charon. Other names to note are Marilyn French in Boston, Rodney Moore and John Quattrocchi in Dallas, and Kyle Krpata in Silicon Valley. David Blittner joined Ropes & Gray LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: outsourcing
Technology: outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPprovides excellent legal knowledge and practical advice and is solution-oriented’, according to a client. ‘The professional and reliableJohn Brocklandcommunicates well with clients and with the other party to the transaction’. The team recently advised Panasonic Avionics, a supplier of in-flight entertainment and communications products for aircrafts, on the IP and technology-related agreements and negotiations regarding its acquisition of ITC Global, a provider of satellite communications networks to the mining and oil and gas industries. Michael Epstein leads the global technology and IP transactions practice, which is highly experienced in providing advice on the structuring, drafting and negotiation of BPO and ITO agreements, from targeted deals to large cross-border transactions. eBay, Lenovo, Facebook and Intel are among its clients.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, led by the renowned Michael Epstein in New York, is ‘responsive and provides practical and useful advice’. The firm assists an impressive client roster with patent acquisitions, licensing agreements and cross-border technology transactions in the telecoms, media and internet sectors. Epstein handled several Array BioPharma acquisitions, including its purchase of two oncology drugs from Novartis. Jeffrey Osterman in New York and Silicon Valley’s Karen Ballack advised Intel on its $16.7bn acquisition of Altera, one of Intel’s biggest deals ever. Osterman also advised Verizon on its $4.4bn acquisition of AOL, overseeing the IP and technology agreements and negotiations. Ballack advised Yahoo! on five acquisitions, including the $640m acquisition of BrightRoll, a video advertising platform. In Silicon Valley, John Brockland, who is ‘professional and reliable’, advised eBay on its long-term transition services agreement relating to the disposition of eBay Enterprise, and handled eBay’s acquisitions of Vivanuncios and certain technologies from AppTek Partners. Charan Sandhu in the New York office is another key name to note. Other key clients are Facebook, General Electric and Panasonic.

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Michael Epstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Howard Chatzinoff heads the New York-based TMT transactional team, a subgroup of the firm’s corporate department which is best known for its expertise in cross-border transactions, spin-offs, IPOs, debt and equity offerings and restructurings. In a notable highlight, Fred Green advised Verizon on its proposed $4.4bn acquisition of AOL. The group also advised DirecTV on its sale to AT&T for $48.5bn, which was one of the most prominent and publicized M&A deals in the sector. Other highlights saw Michael Aiello advise Media General on Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s $4.1bn buyout offer and advise JPMorgan Securities as financial adviser to Frontier Communications Corporation’s acquisition of AT&T’s incumbent exchange operations in Connecticut, which also involved advising on the related bridge financing senior notes offering. Other clients include AMC Entertainment, CBS, Wells Fargo and Univision Communications. Private equity and M&A specialist Michael Lubowitz also comes highly recommended.

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Howard Chatzinoff - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Although best known for advising corporate clients in relation to distressed properties, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is also extremely active on the transactional side. Co-chair Philip Rosen has particular experience in the industrial real estate sector and advised KTR Capital Partners on its $5.9bn sale to Prologis; Rosen also assisted IDI Gazeley with the $302m sale of its entire Mexican industrial portfolio to FINSA. In another notable transaction, David Herman acted for Herald Square Properties in the sale of two REITS for $118m. The well-regarded Michael Bond, who co-chairs the practice with Rosen, was also busy, advising Macquarie Capital as lead lender on mezzanine and bridge loans relating to the American Dream development in New Jersey, and acting for Silverpeak in the $3.2bn sale of Gables Residential to a consortium led by Clarion Partners. All attorneys mentioned thus far are based in New York, but the practice also has a solid base in Miami, where key players include Beatriz Azcuy-Diaz and Nellie Camerik.

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has broad experience representing issuers and underwriters in public and private REIT securities offerings, including IPOs, secondary and follow-on offerings, and debt offerings. Recent work includes advising MGM Resorts on the formation of a controlled REIT, MGM Growth Properties, and the implementation of a master lease structure. Elsewhere, it advised the board of directors of Sears in a REIT spin-off to form Seritage Growth Properties. Michael Bond and Philip Rosen in New York are the key names. Other clients include KTR Capital Partners, Iron Mountain and Herald Square Properties.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team ‘delivers a very high level of service’ and ‘speedy response times’ and has an ‘excellent understanding’ of complex matters. It has key players in its New York, Dallas and Washington DC offices. In Dallas, Jared Rusman advised Willis Group on its $18bn merger with Towers Watson, while in New York, ‘outstanding legal brainKimberly Blanchard assisted Avolon Holdings with its $7.6bn sale to Bohai Leasing. The firm is also advising General Electric in relation to its sell-off of most of GE Capital’s assets, and advised on the $6.9bn sale of its fleet businesses in the US, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand to Element Financial Corporation, and the sale of its European fleet businesses to Arval Service Lease. New York-based Kenneth Heitner and Martin Pollack lead the department; Stuart Goldring is noted for his ‘technical tax knowledge and his ability to communicate in a language that can be understood’.

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Kimberly Blanchard - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is recommended for its ‘excellent ability’ in the complex area of tax. Marc Silberberg specializes in M&A and structuring and was involved in major deals in the media space: he led the tax advice to DirecTV in its sale to AT&T, creating a greater presence across mobile, video and broadband platforms, and he assisted Verizon with tax matters relating to its $4.4bn acquisition of AOL. Stuart Goldring, whose ‘strength is his technical tax knowledge, but with the ability to communicate in common language that can be understood by others’, advised The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company on tax matters related to its Chapter 11 filing. Kenneth Heitner and Mark Schwed acted for MGM Resorts International in the formation of a controlled REIT, into which it transferred ten of its Las Vegas properties. Another notable deal that Heitner was involved in was advising Intel on its purchase of Altera. Heitner and Martin Pollack chair the tax, executive compensation and benefits department.

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Kenneth Heitner - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Stuart Goldring - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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