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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s antitrust department has been extremely busy in cartel-related work, an area where it enjoys a very good reputation. ‘It is difficult to receive better service’ said one client; the lawyers have ‘extensive trial experience, don’t let balls drop and communicate extremely well’. Following a seven-year, multi-jurisdictional grand jury investigation into the firm’s client, Nexans, a manufacturer of copper and optical fiber cable products, the DOJ’s Antitrust Division finally admitted defeat. Another key client is Toshiba, which the firm represented in multiple cases related to cathode ray tubes (CRT) and lithium-ion batteries. The department, which is headed by Mark Gidley, also acted for clients in investigations into the autoparts, capacitors, chemical and hi-tech industries. Martin Toto in New York has ‘an excellent feel for arguments that will work before a jury’, and Christopher Curran’s ‘cross-examinations are brilliant’.

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has ‘extensive trial experience’ and is noted for its string of major litigation successes against plaintiffs and US competition authorities. A recent such highlight was defending Toshiba against price-fixing claims brought by Motorola relating to the purchase of LCD panels; Christopher Curran (‘able to impartially assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case as a jury would see them’) and Martin Toto (‘capable of making an experienced opposing expert look ridiculous in cross-examination’) were part of a cross-office team that obtained the dismissal of all of Motorola’s claims following a Supreme Court decision to deny Motorola’s request for certiorari. The practice, headed by Mark Gidley, features prominently in pharmaceutical antitrust disputes and recent clients include Warner Chilcott, Novartis and Pfizer.

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United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is noted for its ‘very good strategic sense in how to approach and resolve litigation matters’. It excels in international arbitration and complex litigation with an international element. Highlights included obtaining a series of victories on behalf of TNK-BP in cases Norex brought in the US after litigation in Russia; Owen Pell and Scott Hershman in New York handled the suits in New York state and federal courts, working alongside colleagues in Moscow. On the West Coast, Los Angeles-based Bryan Merryman and Rachel Feldman, who made partner in 2016, represented Gerber in a putative class action brought in the Northern District of California, securing the dismissal of class certification and summary judgment of the individual claim. New York-based Heather McDevitt is another key litigator, and heads the pharmaceutical and healthcare group.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

Paul Friedland is among the top international arbitration specialists in the world and continues to lead White & Case LLP’s superb practice. The team of 12 partners and approximately 50 associates excels with respect to investor-state arbitrations and energy and construction-related disputes. Major state clients include Russia, Peru, Bulgaria, Georgia and Uzbekistan. The group is spread across the New York and Washington DC offices, the latter of which is home to eight partners, including Abby Cohen Smutny and Carolyn Lamm. Smutny and Lamm represented the Philippines in two separate arbitrations, one of which resulted in a major victory when an ICSID tribunal unanimously dismissed a German construction company’s claims against the state in what had been a long-running dispute. In another matter, Lamm worked with the firm’s London and Paris teams during their representation of a construction company in a $2bn dispute with the Panama Canal Authority. In September 2015, Matthew Secomb relocated to Singapore, indicating an increased focus there. The firm is also expanding its capabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa, where cases are typically led by the Paris office.

Leading lawyers

Abby Cohen Smutny - White & Case LLP

Carolyn Lamm - White & Case LLP

Paul Friedland - White & Case LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is best known for its expertise in international arbitration, but the firm also has a strong commercial litigation group that caters to corporate clients as well as some states and state-owned entities. Owen Pell, for instance, defended Tyumen Oil Company (TNK-BP) in a case brought by Norex Petroleum alleging misappropriation of its shareholder interest in a Russian oil company that became a TNK-BP subsidiary. The claims were dismissed in August 2015 by the New York Supreme Court. Elsewhere, Washington DC-based Christopher Curran and Nicole Erb were lead counsel for the Sudan in several lawsuits in the US regarding the provision of resources to militants responsible for the bombings of two American embassies in 1998 and the USS Cole in 2000. In another highlight, Pell and Gregory Starner represented Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank in a securities fraud case in the Southern District of New York.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

Based out of Washington DC and able to leverage the firm’s international network, the team at White & Case LLP is well placed to provide a ‘broad’ service to domestic and multinational corporates, as well as governments. Often working closely with its Geneva office, the group has a strong presence in the market on WTO matters; William Clinton and Walter Spak continue to advise Saudi Aramco on WTO rules relating to the energy trade. Recommended for his trade remedies expertise, Walter Spak recently secured a notable victory before the ITC for China International Marine Containers in an anti-dumping and countervailing duty case involving the importing of 53-foot domestic dry containers from China. Gregory Spak heads the six-partner team that was recently strengthened, particularly on the CFIUS front, by the arrival of the ‘excellent’ Farhad Jalinous from Kaye Scholer LLP.

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

At White & Case LLP in New York, Glenn Kurtz leads a litigation practice that has a growing presence in the securities field. Greg Starner and Owen Pell are defending Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank in a 10b-5 case concerning securities purchased by the plaintiffs. The case raises important issues about extraterritorial US jurisdiction. Kurtz is involved in high-value litigation arising from the Madoff Ponzi scheme. Douglas Baumstein is also recommended.

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

White & Case LLP

Lawyers at the ‘excellentWhite & Case LLP are ‘always responsive and spot-on in the advice they give’, and the firm has particular expertise in handling cross-border disputes. Washington DC lawyers Christopher Curran and Nicole Erb are among those representing the Republic of the Sudan in several lawsuits that relate to allegations of supporting the terrorists responsible for attacks on two US embassies in Africa in 1998 and the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. In New York, Kenneth Caruso and global commercial litigation chair Glenn Kurtz represented a number of banks in proceedings concerning OFAC sanctions, and secured a ruling in favor of their clients from the Second Circuit. Other key figures at the practice include Scott Hershman and Owen Pell in New York and Aalok Sharma in Los Angeles.

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United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP recently grew its global asset finance practice with the hire of Jessica Zhou from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Hong Kong, who brings considerable experience in US-based structured financings in the aviation and rail sectors. While the new arrival contributes to the group’s steadily growing strength in complex cross-border deals, the US-based team continues to be increasingly active in EETC matters for both domestic and international carriers. In a notable highlight, Ji Hoon Hong assisted Atlas Air with the $223m partial refinancing of three EETC transactions, involving a redemption of all of the equipment notes related to five aircraft. Elsewhere, the team advised Citibank as administrative agent on a $1.15bn credit facility for American Airlines, consisting of a revolver of up to $400m and a term loan of up to $750m. Highlight matters in the shipping sector included assisting United Arab Shipping Company with a $240m enhanced maritime trust certificate (EMTC), and advising Nordea Bank Finland on a $581m senior secured credit facility to Gener8 Maritime Subsidiary II to refinance existing debt of General Maritime related to 25 tanker vessels. Christopher Frampton and Chris Hansen head the practice from New York and Miami respectively.

Leading lawyers

Ji Hoon Hong - White & Case LLP

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

White & Case LLP

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a strong client base of corporations and major financial institutions, and in 2015 it handled a broad range of domestic and cross-border capital-raising transactions, as well as compliance-related matters. Equity partners Colin Diamond and Daniel Nam advised a group of major investment banks, including Barclays, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, on the provision of $3.9bn worth of debt and equity financing to SS&C Technologies, the proceeds of which related to its acquisition of Advent Software. Diamond also acted for a number of underwriters, including Barclays Capital and Oppenheimer & Co, in Foamix Pharmaceuticals’ $69m public offering. John Vetterli and Sao Paulo-based Donald Baker are also recommended; they recently handled a major equity offering in the aviation sector. All named attorneys are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

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Capital markets: global offerings
Capital markets: global offerings - advice to corporates - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

Capital markets: global offerings - advice to financial institutions - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s 2015 workload in the global offerings sphere was dominated by a high number of Israel-related mandates. On the issuer side, New York’s Colin Diamond assisted digital printing company Kornit with its NASDAQ-listed IPO, which raised $73m in net proceeds, and, on the underwriter side, he acted for Barclays Capital, Cowen and Company, Guggenheim Securities and Oppenheimer & Co. in Foamix Pharmaceuticals’ $69m equity offering. In an Australia-based highlight, Diamond advised Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse Securities as joint lead book-runners on the public offering and $500m sale of pass-through certificates by Delta Air Lines.

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

White & Case LLP

As a leader in institutional lending, White & Case LLP has strong relationships with many of the top investment banks. Over the course of 2015, the firm has advised the underwriters, initial purchasers and joint book-running managers on numerous high-yield offerings. As an example, a team led by leveraged finance specialist Ronald Brody acted for Jefferies as sole representative of the joint book-running managers in DAE Aviation Holdings’ $485m notes offering, the proceeds of which were used to part finance the purchase of its parent company by VCSA Holding Corp. Gary Kashar, another key figure, assisted the initial purchasers, including Morgan Stanley, with Walter Energy’s $320m notes offering. The proceeds from this were used to repay all outstanding debts.

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

White & Case LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s ‘entire team is top notch with a collective grouping of some of the best partners on the Street’ supported by an ‘extremely talented and deep bench’ and its ‘advice can make the difference between a dead deal and big deal’. On the lender side, where it has ‘an unrivaled bank finance practice’ and handles a preponderance of cross-border matters, highlights included advising administrative agent Deutsche Bank and six joint lead arrangers on a $3bn multi-currency revolving facility and a £3.3bn bridge term loan facility for Ball Corporation’s $6.9bn takeover bid for Rexam. The firm generates a high percentage of its work in the middle market and ‘top lawyerScott Zemser led advice to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith on a cross-border $660m term loan acquisition facility provided to Mitel US and a $50m revolving credit facility provided to Mitel Networks and Mitel US. Its borrower work included assisting Anthem with a $26.5bn bridge loan intended to part finance the $48.3bn acquisition of Cigna. Eric Leicht, who is the head of the firm’s Americas banking practice, has that ‘scarce combination of experience, technical expertise and common sense needed to consistently and efficiently structure, negotiate and close complex secured acquisition and other bank financings’. David Bilkis, the ‘fantastically consistent’ Jake Mincemoyer, the recently promoted David Ridley and the dual-qualified Alan Rockwell are other ‘standout’ names.

Leading lawyers

Eric Leicht - White & Case LLP

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

Based in New York, Arthur Scavone and Christian Hansen are the co-heads of White & Case LLP’s ‘very capable and commercial’ practice, praised for its strength in depth, its ability to ‘meet specialized needs’ and its ‘focus on driving deals ahead’. The department’s capabilities are truly cross-jurisdictional: Ned Neaher and Anna Andreeva assisted European Investment Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Bank Leumi and Bank Hapoalim with the $1bn financing of the Negev Energy solar thermal power project in Israel. Elena Millerman and Eric Leicht advised Deutsche Bank Securities, Barclays Bank and BNP Paribas Securities Corp as the lead arrangers of a first lien secured credit facility and a second lien term loan, worth $1.45bn and $260m respectively, to finance Granite Acquisition’s purchase of all of Wheelabrator Technologies’ capital stock. On the sponsor side, the team advised Saudi Aramco on the development and financing of the $8bn expansion of a refining and petrochemicals compound in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, and also acted for Freeport LNG Development, handling over $14bn-worth of cash equity, mezzanine debt and senior secured debt financing to fund three of Freeport’s Texas-based liquefaction trains. The team’s panel wins include BNP Paribas, Export-Import Bank of Korea and Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Troy Alexander is recommended for his extensive experience, ‘understanding of complex transactions’ and ability to ‘see the complete picture’. Victor DeSantis is praised for his ‘incredible level of experience and poise’ and his ‘practical sense of judgment’. Jason Webber is another key member of the group. Jeannine Acevedo made partner in January 2016.

Leading lawyers

Arthur Scavone - White & Case LLP

Jason Webber - White & Case LLP

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has forged a reputation as a tenacious fighter for creditors’ rights, due in no small part to practice head Thomas Lauria, and earns notable roles in some of the largest, most complex Chapter 11s. It marries this with highly regarded capabilities in Latin America, where it has secured company-side roles in a large proportion of reorganizations in the Brazilian energy sector. Demonstrating its strength in hard-fought creditor cases, regarding the Energy Future Holdings (EFH) bankruptcy, on behalf of an ad hoc group of noteholders of an EFH subsidiary, the firm successfully argued for an amended restructuring plan that gives the clients the opportunity to purchase EFH’s regulated utility, Oncor. The firm also has leading creditor roles in the bankruptcies of Caesars Entertainment and Samson Resources. On the debtor side, it has been active in the highly publicized Revel AC case, and achieved Chapter 15 recognition for Brazilian companies Rede Energia and Sifco. Lauria, Scott Greissman and John Cunningham are the key figures; Lauria and Cunningham divide their time between New York and Miami.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 6

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s New York-based group serves major financial institutions, investment funds, hedge funds, public companies and asset managers on matters such as the securitization of esoteric assets, CLOs and related regulatory matters. Head of the practice David Thatch led advice to Guggenheim Securities on structuring a trust and a subsequent senior secured note issuance worth $2.27bn. The ‘commercially savvy’ Charles Pesant and the ‘experiencedJohn Donovan advised Element Financial Corporation on its purchase of General Electric’s vehicle fleet management business for CAD8.6bn. Other clients include Bank of America and Deutsche Bank.

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United States: Industry focus

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s ‘very capable’, ‘commercial’ practice is headed by Arthur Scavone, Christian Hansen, John Reiss, Gregory Pryor and the London-based Kirsti Massie. The team assisted Dynergy with its $2.8bn acquisition of 11 power plants with a total capacity of 6,089MW from Duke Energy Corporation. Other clients include Calpine Corporation, LS Power Development and Global Infrastructure Partners. Michael Shenberg in New York is another key figure. Jeannine Acevedo made partner in January 2016.

Leading lawyers

Michael Shenberg - White & Case LLP

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

White & Case LLP

Headed by Arthur Scavone, John Reiss and Gregory Pryor in New York, Christian Hansen in Miami and Kirsti Massie in London, White & Case LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ practice advised Turkish energy, media and commerce conglomerate Ciner Group on the execution of a share and asset purchase agreement to acquire OCI Chemical Corporation. Other clients include Calpine Corporation, Global Infrastructure Partners and Freeport LNG Development.

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Energy: litigation
Energy: litigation - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s litigation team works in close cooperation with the firm’s regulatory practice and has an impressive international reach. The Washington DC-based head of the energy markets and regulatory practice, Daniel Hagan, continues to represent Occidental Chemical Corporation (OCC) in a number of matters, including in challenging Entergy’s FERC application requesting that it be relieved of its mandatory purchase obligation under PURPA, which requires Entergy to purchase power from qualifying facilities such as Occidental’s Taft Cogeneration facility. In a different matter, Hagan led advice to OCC on filing a petition for FERC enforcement against the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), and subsequently on filing a federal lawsuit against the LPSC for failing to implement federal law. Other clients include Dynegy and Hess Corporation.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP frequently advises oil and gas upstream and midstream companies, electric utilities, lenders and sponsors. Practice head Daniel Hagan and counsel Jane Rueger provided regulatory advice to the lenders of Liquefied Natural Gas’ Magnolia LNG project regarding an eight-million tons per annum liquefaction and export terminal in Louisiana. Other areas of expertise include regulatory approvals for M&A transactions as well as power purchase and energy storage agreements. Hagan assisted Occidental Petroleum with obtaining state and federal regulatory approvals regarding the spin-off of its subsidiary, California Resources Corporation, as well as meeting notice requirements and post-closing obligations associated with the transaction. Pacific Gas and Electric and DTE Electric Company are also among the firm’s clients.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s environmental team represents corporations and governments in the full spectrum of environmental matters, including litigation relating to the clean-up of contaminated sites, toxic tort claims, land-use disputes and litigation concerning wetlands, endangered species and hazardous waste. It also handles climate change litigation and the defense of environmental crimes. Recent highlights include reaching a public settlement on behalf of the city of Dania Beach, Florida, after years of litigation arising from the expansion of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The team also acts as outside legal counsel to the Conservation Law Foundation’s environmental enforcement program in litigation against multiple violators of the CWA in New England. Miami-based Douglas Halsey and Neal McAliley are the key names.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s team is led from Miami by Douglas Halsey and covers the full spectrum of environmental matters stemming from domestic and cross-border business transactions. Recently, Halsey acted as environmental counsel to Regal Beloit in connection with its acquisition of the Power Transmissions Solutions business of Emerson Electric, including 12 manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, Indiana, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Slovakia and China. He also handled the environmental aspects of Ciner Group’s acquisition of OCI Chemical, a company that operates a soda ash mining and processing facility in the Green River Basin in Wyoming. Other clients include Hess, Pfizer, GDF Suez and Hikma Pharmaceuticals.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 6

White & Case LLP

Headed by Dimitrios Drivas, White & Case LLP provides ‘excellent ongoing guidance’, and ‘takes the time to understand the client’s business in order to provide better legal advice’. Leading attorney Kevin McGann is ‘a great court advocate’ who ‘goes very deep into the facts of cases, and is able to effectively put forward high-level arguments’. Shamita Etienne-Cummings and David Tennant are currently representing GlobalFoundries in a seven-patent suit concerning high-density plasma generation. The group also acts for American Express in concurrent district court and USPTO proceedings involving financial product patents, and is representing TPK Touch Solutions in an action against competitor Wintek that concerns touch panels for cell phones. Life sciences expert Jeffrey Oelke is also recommended.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP leverages its sizeable global network to act for a wide range of clients, including large privately-held advisers with billions of dollars under management, financial institutions and their alternative asset managers and smaller, independent entities. The firm has particular strengths in forming and managing mid-market funds with a focus on buyout and real estate investment funds. It is also active in emerging markets funds targeting areas such as Africa and Latin America; Monica Arora is assisting Avanz Capital Partners with establishing a fund making investments in emerging markets. Although the practice is primarily sponsor-focused, the team also acts for institutional investors on their investments in alternative assets. John Lillis and Mara Topping are also recommended.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a strong healthcare transactional practice, where Henrik Patel advised Anthem on succession planning, equity awards and employee retention regarding its planned $54bn hostile purchase of Cigna. Private equity clients also form a significant part of the roster; Patel assisted CVC Capital Partners with management employment agreements following its purchase of a stake in Alvogen. Victoria Rosamond, a counsel who advises on ERISA and qualified plans issues, joined the firm from Linklaters LLP, while Mark Hamilton left the firm to join Danziger & Markhoff LLP Attorneys at Law. All named lawyers are located in New York.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP demonstrated its eminent M&A credentials in 2015 with a sequence of impressive domestic and cross-border transactions. The firm’s global standing and resources, coupled with its efforts to further develop its New York M&A and private equity capabilities, has served it well. Clients highlight its ‘business-minded attorneys who understand the larger transactional context when analyzing and advising on various issues’. One client says that the firm is ‘the best at listening to what we want to accomplish and efficiently executing’ the transaction. While having the ability to negotiate hard, clients also praise the firm’s appreciation of reputation and market perception. The firm is also noted for its leading CFIUS expertise and its record in M&A transactions involving carve-outs and restructurings. Notably, it represented US health benefit giant Anthem in its $54.2bn acquisition of Cigna, a deal which illustrates the firm’s capabilities in high-value transactions as well as its particular expertise in certain industry sectors, of which healthcare is one; John Reiss (the global head of M&A) and Daniel Dufner led a team that featured antitrust, IP, tax, employment, compensation and benefits, banking and disputes practitioners. In another headline deal, the firm advised Zimmer Holdings on its $13.35bn acquisition of Biomet, one of the world’s leading medical device manufacturers. Other key members of the team include the immensely experienced Morton Pierce, co-global head of the private equity practice Oliver Brahmst, and head of the Americas corporate and M&A practice Gregory Pryor. Nazim Zilkha is regarded as a ‘true partner’ to clients, a ‘fantastic’ attorney who ‘understands’ what clients are looking to accomplish in each transaction. New York’s Michael Shenberg is ‘a very hands-on, practical lawyer, who does an excellent job finding appropriate compromises to achieve an agreement’. He has ‘very deep experience in the energy M&A area’ and ‘is extremely sensitive to clients’ needs’. All mentioned partners are based in New York.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a global platform that few can match, with offices in the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The US practice has leveraged this advantage to diversify and grow its client roster, which includes BlackRock, Macquarie Infrastructure Fund, The Carlyle Group, CVC and First Reserve. Another asset is its global standing in banking and finance. New York partner Oliver Brahmst, the Americas head of private equity, advised CVC, as leader of a consortium including Temasek Holdings and Vatera Healthcare Partners, on the consortium’s $2bn acquisition a controlling stake in generic pharmaceutical company Alvogen. New York-based John Reiss is the firm’s global head of M&A and private equity. IP and technology expert Arlene Hahn joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. On the West Coast, M&A partner and technology expert William Choe joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: outsourcing
Technology: outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP welcomed Arlene Hahn, previously of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, to the New York office, who advises on intellectual property and technology matters. Trevor Nagel leads the practice and recently team up with the Paris office to assists the World Bank Group with a report on the implementation of cloud computing among WBG members, including the IFC. The team is also advising Altria and its subsidiary on matters arising out of its complex manufacturing and supply outsourcing arrangements for the production and supply of e-vapor and e-cigarette products in Asia for distribution in the US. Daren Orzechwoski and Adam Chernichaw are key partners and both were recently retained by a European bank to develop its internal global and local sourcing policies.

Leading lawyers

Trevor Nagel - White & Case LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

The team at White & Case LLP is led out of Washington DC by Trevor Nagel, who specializes in all aspects of IT law. New York’s Colin Diamond was lead attorney on CyberArk Software’s $330m IPO. Out of the same office, Daren Orzechowski advised Powermat Technologies on its patent licensing program, including the licensing of the client’s technology to Samsung. Orzechowski also assisted Salesforce.com with its licensing and strategic alliance agreement with Dun & Bradstreet, creating the SaaS-based Data.com. William Choe joined the Silicon Valley office from Morrison & Foerster LLP, while Arlene Hahn and Scott Weingaertner joined the New York office from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and King & Spalding LLP respectively. Brady Mickelsen left for an in-house position.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

Miami-based Steven Vainder leads the team at White & Case LLP and advises on the full range of real estate assets, including shopping malls, hotel and hospitality, and office and industrial parks, with one particular specialty being projects involving green or sustainable building practices. Vainder recently advised Codina Partners on obtaining $200m worth of construction loans for various developments in Florida. In New York, the newly promoted Steven Lutt was busy on behalf of foreign investors on a number of substantial inbound investments, including the purchase of hotels and commercial office buildings in New York and Washington DC.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP regularly advises on cross-border transactions as well as tax controversy and transfer pricing matters. Recent highlights include advising Hikma Pharmaceuticals on its $2.65bn acquisition of Roxane Laboratories and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane from Boehringer Ingelheim. It also advised Regal Beloit on its $1.44bn acquisition of Emerson Electric’s Power Transmissions Solutions business. New York-based department head William Dantzler is recommended, as are David Dreier and John Lillis.

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

White & Case LLP

With the ‘extremely quick response times and superb tax advice’, the service level at White & Case LLP is considered ‘very high’. The 11 tax lawyers dedicated to tax controversy work appear regularly before the IRS and also handle international tax disputes. The ‘extremely knowledgeable, responsive and smartKim Boylan heads the group, which handled the tax controversy issues in numerous M&A transactions, such as health benefits company Anthem’s proposed $54bn acquisition of health insurance company Cigna.

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s tax practice provides ‘sensible and smart solutions’ and is experienced in energy, media, communications and private equity. It is also experienced in the healthcare sector, which has been a notable source of work of late. For instance, the team advised Anthem on the $54bn acquisition of Cigna, and acted for Zimmer Holdings in its $13.5bn acquisition of Biomet; William Danzler was key in both matters. Changes to the team included Washington DC-based Kim Boylan being appointed global head of the practice, and Stephen Weerts and Michael Lebovitz both joining the Los Angeles office from DLA Piper LLP (US).

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is ‘top tier’ and delivers ‘very high quality work’ with ‘lots of attention to detail’, ‘proactive fact finding’ and is ‘helpful in the credit agreement negotiations’. The firm is ‘very active in the Mexico market’ thanks to its eminent Mexico City office. The same is true in Brazil, where its Sao Paulo office has an outstanding reputation for ‘focusing on the deal in a practical way and getting things done’. The firm’s global status as a banking and finance heavyweight provides the basis for a flourishing Latin America practice driven by the New York and Miami offices and supported by Mexico City and Sao Paulo. Aside from activity in Mexico and Brazil, the firm also has a notably strong record in Peru and Chile. The firm has had an impressive run in project financings, recently, including a $1.3bn financing for the construction of new subway lines 3 and 6, and improvements to the existing lines to the subway system in Chile’s capital Santiago. In addition, it is noted for its recent work in the bank borrower facility segment, including a $1.7bn credit facility for Itaú Unibanco. In the corporate facilities space it advised the banks in connection with a $3bn senior unsecured syndicated revolving credit facility for Brazilian mining giant Vale. In October 2015, the firm promoted project finance specialist Jeanine Acevedo to partner; Acevedo is based in New York and Miami. She joins a prolific team that includes eminent Miami partner Carlos Viana, who is ‘very experienced’, ‘very articulate and accountable’ and ‘able to provide solutions to resolve what could otherwise be very lengthy discussions’. Viana is noted for his lender connections, including US, Latin America, Europe and Asia based banks. In Sao Paulo, Donald Baker is widely considered to be the most influential US lawyer in the jurisdiction and ‘seems to have the loyalty of a lot of clients’. Baker is noted for his Brazilian borrower relationships and his record in structured trade finance. He led the team that advised Votorantim Industrial, the fifth largest cement company in the world, in connection with its $1.2bn five-year unsecured revolving credit facility. Younger Sao Paulo partner John Anderson has ‘come up the ranks’ and ‘really holds his own’. New York partner Troy Alexander is a market leader in project finance, as is Sean Goldstein, while Miami’s Fernando de la Hoz has advised some of the biggest name borrowers in the region, including Petrobras and Vale on two recent derivative financing transactions.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is another giant of Latin America capital markets transactions. With its well-established offices in Brazil and Mexico, it has a prominent position in Latin America’s biggest economies, and with its Latin America-focused teams in Miami and New York it provides genuine coverage across the region. Chile, Colombia and Peru have historically been key markets for the practice. Its large team of Spanish and Portuguese speaking practitioners have demonstrated a real aptitude for a broad product line from SEC-registered IPOs to high-yield debt and sovereign bonds. Hybrid corporate and project bonds in the oil-and-gas sector, and liability management transactions are other areas of particular strength. In a relatively quiet year, the firm has achieved impressive levels of activity in debt offerings by Brazilian issuers, including debut issuers. In addition, it has seen an upswing in engagements on cross-border offerings by Mexican issuers. In the hybrid corporate space the firm advised Colombia Telecomunicaciones (ColTel), the second-largest integrated fixed-line and mobile telecommunications provider in Colombia, on its $500m subordinated perpetual notes offering; the first international hybrid bond issued by a Colombian corporate issuer. In the liability management sector, the firm advised Odebrecht Finance on its $550m and BRL$500m dual-currency debt issuance. In Brazil, the firm advised the underwriters on Embraer’s $1bn bond offering as well as the placement agents on the $147m IPO by Ouro Fino Saúde Animal Participações. It also represented Cnova and its parent company Groupe Casino in connection with the reorganization and spin-off of Casino’s eCommerce operation via a $188m IPO on Nasdaq. Founder of the Sao Paulo office in 1997, Donald Baker has incredible prestige in Brazil, both among key underwriters and corporate issuers. New York’s John Vetterli is another big name in Latin America with an impressive record in Brazil, as well as in Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru. Daniel Nam is noted for debt capital markets work, especially in high-yield debt and liability management transactions, and is a much-respected figure among the banks. Miami partner Mark Bagnall is a securities specialist with an impressive record in Latin America, particularly for Brazilian issuers such as Oi Brasil. Fellow Miami partner Victor Mendoza is also recommended for capital markets transactions in Brazil and the wider Latin American region. Up-and-coming Sao Paulo partner John Anderson is recognised for project bonds, particularly in the deep-water drilling sector. Sao Paulo’s John Guzman has been elevated to partner and is an experienced capital markets specialist.

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