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White & Case LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

Global antitrust chair Mark Gidley spearheads White & Case LLP’s practice, which is recommended for high-stakes US and global investigations and associated civil litigation. Christopher Curran and Eileen Cole are working with the Tokyo office to advise Maruyasu Industries on a DOJ investigation into price-fixing and market allocation of multiple automotive parts. Christopher Curran and New York-based Martin Toto and John Chung are other notable members of the team, as are recently promoted partners Heather Burke in Silicon Valley and Kate Dyson in Boston. Peter Carney is a rising star.

Next generation lawyers

Peter Carney - White & Case LLP

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

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Led by global antitrust head Mark Gidley, White & Case LLP’s group, which has ‘great business acumen and industry knowledge’, has an enviable track record in class actions, individual actions (covering the gamut of claims) and merger litigation. The team has a particularly outstanding reputation in pharmaceutical sector cases; among a string of recent successes in this arena, in a precedent-setting case, a Washington DC-based team including Gidley, Peter Carney, Eileen Cole, Noah Brumfield (Silicon Valley and Washington DC) and others successfully defended Warner Chilcott at the Third Circuit against product-hopping claims connected with acne medication Doryx. The firm also represented Allergan in a putative class action concerning its Botox product and a licensing agreement with Korea-based Medytox, the result of which would have allegedly delayed entry into the US of a competing product to Botox (manufactured by Medytox). Elsewhere, Christopher Curran and New York-based Martin Toto and John Chung are defending Toshiba against a billion-dollar lawsuit brought by the Illinois Attorney General against manufacturers of LCD panels. Jack Pace and Robert Milne (both New York), Eric Grannon (Washington DC) and recently promoted partner Heather Burke (Silicon Valley) are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Mark Gidley - White & Case LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jack Pace - White & Case LLP

Peter Carney - White & Case LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

The Washington DC-based team at White & Case LLP has top-notch capabilities in defending clients from a wide variety of industries against FTC/DOJ investigations into proposed and completed M&A and joint venture deals. Global antitrust chair Mark Gidley, a former acting assistant attorney general at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, worked with George Paul, Rebecca Farrington and others to represent Anthem in litigation brought by the DOJ challenging the client’s proposed $54bn acquisition of Cigna. In 2016, the firm successfully assisted Zimmer Biomet with the merger clearance aspects of its $1bn acquisition of LDR Holding. Noah Brumfield, who practices in Silicon Valley, has a particular focus on technology sector mergers. Also recommended is recently promoted partner John Donaldson.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

Darryl Lew’s team at White & Case LLP has seen significant recent expansion. Following the launch of the Boston office in April 2016, Michael Kendall, Lauren Papenhausen and Kevin Bolan joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, bringing particular strength in the healthcare and biotechnology sectors. Andrew Tomback joined the New York office from the same firm, while Virginia Chavez Romano joined in New York in September of that year after departing the DOJ. Other key members of the team include Daniel Levin, who works in Washington DC alongside Lew, and ‘excellent’ Miami lawyers Daniel Fridman and Michael Garcia. The firm handles Libor and Euribor related work, OFAC and FCPA investigations, and FCA and anti-money laundering work. Multi-jurisdictional investigations form a large part of the firm’s work.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

Noted for its ‘worldwide coverage’, White & Case LLP has carved out a strong reputation for cross-border litigation, where it represents household-name multinationals. Firm developments in 2016 included the opening of an office in Boston, where Michael Kendall, Kevin Bolan and Lauren Papenhausen - who joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP - are based. A multi-office team including Bryan Merryman, James Lee and Earle Miller in Los Angeles and Kenneth Caruso in New York is representing the Export-Import Bank of Korea as plaintiff in litigation against Moneual following its high-profile fraud scandal. New York-based Glenn Kurtz is the global chair of the litigation department.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s ‘impressive’ team is ‘seamlessly able to coordinate worldwide’, fielding ‘strategic thinkers’ and ‘directly engaged partners’. Led by New York-based Paul Friedland, the 12-partner practice has ‘strong’ experience in investor-state arbitrations and is particularly active in construction, energy, oil, gas, financial services and transport disputes. It recently represented the People’s Republic of Bulgaria on several matters, including an ICSID arbitration commenced by Energo-Pro under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Bulgaria-Czech Republic BIT. Other highlights included acting for the Republic of Uzbekistan in its longstanding dispute with Oxus Gold and representing the Russian Federation in a high-profile dispute with ex-majority shareholders relating to the bankruptcy and collapse of Yukos. Carolyn Lamm, who ‘eloquently advocates for the client’, Latin America practice head Jonathan Hamilton and the ‘brilliantAbby Cohen Smutny are key contacts in Washington DC.

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 2

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The ‘brilliant’ team at White & Case LLP has ‘encyclopedic knowledge of jurisdictions around the world and is able to marshal resources to handle any matter’. The firm defended Toshiba in a securities class action brought in the US, and a team led by ‘tremendous lawyerAalok Sharma in Los Angeles serves as Facebook’s global litigation counsel. Glenn Kurtz is global chair of commercial litigation and is based in New York, as is the ‘brilliantOwen Pell; Rachel Feldman in Los Angeles and Christopher Curran in Washington DC are also noted. Dennis Orr joined in New York from Morrison & Foerster LLP, and four white-collar and civil litigation partners joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, three of them in New York and Michael Kendall in Boston.

Leading lawyers

Owen Pell - White & Case LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

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White & Case LLP’s team provides a ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ service to multinational corporates and governments across the spectrum of international trade issues, including trade remedies work and advice relating to national security matters. The practice is led by Gregory Spak from Washington DC and is aided by a comprehensive global network of offices, including practitioners in the key strategic locations of Geneva and Brussels. The group works closely with complementary practices within the firm, such as IP, with which it teams up on Section 337 ITC matters. Spak led a multidisciplinary team that successfully represented stainless steel manufacturer Valbruna before the ITC in a trade secret misappropriation case. David Bond is recommended for trade remedies work, both in the US and abroad, and also works closely with the US agricultural sector, particularly on trade policy matters. The firm is now viewed as a ‘clear tier one CFIUS practice’ since the arrival of the ‘very wise and talentedFarhad Jalinous in June 2015. Able ‘to distil complex matters involving a confluence of factors’, Jalinous secured CFIUS clearance for Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing in its $610m acquisition of Multi-Fineline Electronix. Walter Spak, William Clinton and Richard Burke are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Farhad Jalinous - White & Case LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP scored a significant victory for Toshiba Corporation with the dismissal of a securities class action in California brought by purchasers of American depository receipts referencing Toshiba stock. Owen Pell, Washington DC-based Christopher Curran and Los Angeles-based Bryan Merryman successfully argued that under the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Morrison v National Australia Bank Ltd, the US Exchange Act does not apply to foreign issuers. Commercial litigation practice leader Glenn Kurtz, Douglas Baumstein and Miami’s James Robinson are also recommended. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Finance

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s team is jointly led by Miami-based Christian Hansen and New York-based Christopher Frampton, the latter of whom serves as global head of asset finance. The firm’s worldwide presence accounts for the team’s sizable international client base, which includes airlines, financial institutions and transport companies. In the US, the group has been particularly active for BBAM Aircraft Management, with James Hayden and Richard Smith (situated in New York and Los Angeles respectively) completing a number of purchase/leaseback transactions for the client; a notable example saw BBAM as arranger in a financing transaction with Air India involving nine Boeing 787-8 aircraft. In addition to the paradigmatic asset finance work, the group has been increasingly handling a number of high-profile bankruptcies and restructurings, and Michael Smith is retained as restructuring and aircraft finance counsel to Kenya Airways in connection with proposed changes to its business model and fleet. Jeannine Acevedo, who focuses on asset and project finance, was made partner in 2016.

Next generation lawyers

Jeannine Acevedo - White & Case LLP

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

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John Donovan’s New York-headquartered team at White & Case LLP is complemented by platforms in Washington DC and Miami, the latter facilitating the group’s strong showing in Latin America. The firm’s historically close relationships with lenders translates into a robust financial issuer practice and it also shines in energy deals. Gary Kashar and banking partner Francis Zou advised Agricultural Bank of China (New York Branch) on several matters, including the update of its $10bn MTN program and a subsequent $1.2bn offering of senior notes under the program. Kashar also acted for Kansas City Southern in a $2bn note exchange offer. In another highlight, Jonathan Michels teamed up with Daniel Nam and global M&A head John Reiss to assist Fortis with its $2bn Rule 144A/Regulation S notes issuance.

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

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

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The Americas capital markets group at White & Case LLP is led out of New York by John Donovan and it also benefits from key domestic platforms in Washington DC and Miami, as well as Latin American footholds in Mexico City and São Paulo. The energy sector remains a primary source of deals and the firm also has a strong record in the life sciences and technology sectors, with a good split between issuer and underwriter-side work. Recent mandates saw David Johansen advising Hess on its $1.1bn offering of common stock and concurrent $575m offering of depositary shares. On the underwriter side, Colin Diamond assisted Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, Jefferies and RBC Capital Markets with Mimecast’s $77.5m IPO. All named partners are based in New York.

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

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

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Headed by John Donovan, the team at White & Case LLP has a strong reputation for advising clients on offerings linked to Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Lawyers in New York, such as John Vetterli, are noted for their expertise in Latin America issues and work closely with offices in São Paulo and Mexico City, while the highly experienced Colin Diamond (also in New York) is a market leader for Israel-related debt and equity offerings. Work highlights included advising the underwriters on the $77.5m Nasdaq IPO and $75.9m secondary offering of UK software company Mimecast, and acting for Canadian company Fortis in a $2bn bond issue that went towards its acquisition of ITC Holdings.

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

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White & Case LLP’s strong lender links come to the fore in its high-yield practice, which regularly acts for some of the largest financial institutions globally on underwriter-side mandates - both domestic and cross-border. The firm’s energy, infrastructure and project finance expertise are key sources of work on the issuer side. Evidence of the former includes advising Jefferies, Citigroup Global Markets, Deutsche Bank Securities, Rabo Securities USA and KeyBanc Capital Markets, as joint book-running managers, on the $600m notes offering by Landry’s - Ronald Brody, Kenneth Suh and Jonathan Michels led that deal. On the issuer side, Michels acted for Transocean in its $1.2bn offering of senior notes. Gary Kashar is also recommended. All named partners are based in New York.

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

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Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 2

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White & Case LLP’s lender-side practice is built on strong relationships with major financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank, and attracts praise for its ‘outstanding work on cross-border transactions’. Notwithstanding the departure of Scott Zemser, Alan Rockwell and Judah Frogel to Allen & Overy LLP, Eric Leicht still leads a sizable team that includes the ‘very user-friendlyDavid Ridley. Recent highlights include advising Deutsche Bank and other lenders on $4.25bn-worth of debtor-in-possession facilities provided to Texas Competitive Electric Holding Company to help fund its refinancing and emergence from bankruptcy. The firm also advised Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and ING Capital as joint arrangers on a $1.78bn loan to Allnex to finance its acquisition of Australian company Nuplex Industries. The firm is also handling an increasing amount of borrower-side work, recently advising Fortis on a $2bn financing for the acquisition of ITC Holdings. Key figures on the borrower side include Jake Mincemoyer, the ‘insightful’ Dan Nam and Los Angeles-based Brenda Dieck.

Leading lawyers

Eric Leicht - White & Case LLP

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

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Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 2

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The New York-based Arthur Scavone heads the team at White & Case LLP, which acts for lenders and sponsors on a wide variety of projects, including renewable and infrastructure projects, though oil and gas and conventional power are particular strengths. New York-based oil and gas specialist Jason Webber advised the lenders to Magnolia LNG on the financing of the development of the Magnolia LNG Project, a liquefaction and export terminal in Louisiana. On the sponsor side, Webber and the Washington DC-based Sean Johnson advised FLNG Liquefaction 2 on its issuance of $1.25bn-worth of senior notes to help repay the $4bn debt incurred by the financing of Freeport LNG’s multi-train natural gas liquefactions and export facility. Conventional power expert Elena Millerman, who is based in New York, advised Beal Bank USA and Jefferies on their $360m loan to Panda Sherman Power to refinance the Panda Sherman Energy Center in Texas. In January 2017, Raymond Azar and Jane Rueger made partner in New York and Washington DC, respectively; Azar acted alongside Nandan Nelivigi for a group of borrowers including Calpine Corporation on the refinancing of two cogeneration facilities in Texas and Alabama. Marius Griskonis is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Arthur Scavone White & Case LLP

Jason Webber White & Case LLP

Next generation lawyers

Clark Wohlferd White & Case LLP

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP continued to build on its strong creditor-side practice with engagements in some of the largest bankruptcies of the year. It is representing an ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders in the Chapter 11s of both Energy XXI and Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, as well as the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Samson Resources Chapter 11. The firm has also been representing lenders, including the committee of senior secured lenders holding over $10bn of indebtedness in the Seadrill Ltd restructuring and the joint lead arrangers and bookrunners in the restructuring of SunEdison. Out of its Miami office, the firm has an active Latin American restructuring practice; John Cunningham represents clients Oi SA and OAS SA in their respective cross-border restructuring proceedings as well as the ad hoc group of noteholders of GOL, one of Brazil’s largest airlines, in connection with its proposed restructuring of over $780m in notes. The firm has also had a role in Puerto Rican debt crisis, representing UBS Group AG, which holds over $3bn in bonds. Global director Anthony Morro and global practice head Thomas Lauria (who is ‘among the most creative lawyers in the bankruptcy field’) lead the team from New York.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 5

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The team at White & Case LLP has ‘strong expertise’ in specialized, cross-border derivatives work and also handles securitizations and CLOs. As head of the derivatives group, the ‘available and strategic’ Ian Cuillerier advised a number of global investment banks and utilities companies on swaps and other derivatives transactions involving wind energy assets, electricity infrastructure and interest rates. The derivatives team worked alongside project finance lawyers to negotiate interest rate swap documentation for Concesionaria Vial Sierra Norte, in relation to the financing and construction of a Peruvian toll-road. On the securitization side, David Thatch acted for Guggenheim Securities as lead initial purchaser, sole structuring adviser and bookrunner regarding the issuance of a series of fixed-rate notes under the existing whole-business securitization of Sonic Corp, secured by, among other assets, IP, franchise agreements and real property.

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United States: Industry focus

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s strength lies at the intersection of litigation and energy regulation, where it frequently represents clients before FERC and federal district courts. Energy markets and regulatory practice head Daniel Hagan acted for Occidental Power Services (OPSI), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum and owner of an approximately 900MW generation facility which forms part of the Entergy system, in litigation with Entergy over the amount OPSI should be paid annually for providing reactive power services from the facility. He also acted for Occidental Chemical in litigation involving the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.

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

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Daniel Hagan heads the energy, natural resources and regulatory team at White & Case LLP, which is particularly well versed in regulatory aspects of M&A transactions, while also handling FERC filings and rate applications. Hagan assisted the unsecured noteholders group of Texas Competitive Electric, including Anchorage Capital, Arrowgrass Capital Partners and BlackRock, with regulatory issues pertaining to the Anchorage Capital merger agreement as part of a restructuring process; he also obtained FERC and Public Utility Commission of Texas approval for the acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery. Other clients include DTE Energy, Dynegy and Cogentrix Energy.

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s oil and gas practice frequently provides regulatory and compliance advice in support of the firm’s corporate, development and finance work. The team is particularly active in the gas sector, and represents clients, including natural gas utilities, in FERC rate cases. Oil and gas exploration and production companies are also among the clients. Washington DC-based Daniel Hagan heads the energy markets and regulatory practice, while Christian Hansen heads the energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance practice from Miami.

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

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Arthur Scavone and Miami-based Christian Hansen lead White & Case LLP’s team, which handles M&A, acquisition finance and project finance. John Reiss and Washington DC-based Daniel Hagan and counsel Jane Rueger advised Fortis on its $11.3bn purchase of ITC Holdings, while ‘superstarElena Millerman acted for Beal Bank USA and Jefferies in a $360m loan to Panda Sherman Power to refinance its 758MW energy centre in Sherman, Texas. ‘Very hands-on, practical’ energy M&A expert Michael Shenberg is ‘deeply experienced’. Named attorneys are based in New York except where indicated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Michael Shenberg - White & Case LLP

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

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Jason Webber and Clark Wohlferd head White & Case LLP’s department from New York; the team is strongest in project finance, though it also handles joint venture incorporations and assists the financial advisers to M&A players. Webber advised the potential lenders to Magnolia LNG regarding the latter’s liquefaction and export terminal project in Louisiana. Other clients include Saudi Aramco and Freeport LNG.

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

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M&A and project finance are the mainstays of White & Case LLP’s practice, which is headed by the New York-based Arthur Scavone and frequently handles cross-border work. Carlos Viana (Miami) and Jeannine Acevedo (New York) acted for Invenergy Wind in acquiring from Abengoa the $142m 70MW Campo Palomas Wind Farm in Uruguay; Troy Alexander (New York) assisted SunPower with financing its 100MW El Pelicano solar plant in Chile.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

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White & Case LLP’s group includes Miami-based practice head Douglas Halsey, and counsel Seth Kerschner in New York, who is noted for his expertise in climate change issues, governmental cleanups, and Superfund and CWA disputes. The firm recently handled several high-profile matters at the Florida Supreme Court; these included successfully representing the sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment, which would allow the ownership of solar equipment for personal use while preserving the government’s ability to effectively regulate the technology. The New York team is also representing Pfizer in a major Superfund site matter, where total remedial costs are estimated to be between $5bn and $10bn. Other key clients include Hess Corporation, Florida Power & Light Co, Toyota and Newmont Mining.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

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At White & Case LLP, highlights included acting as environmental counsel to Hovensa in the sale of its US Virgin Islands petroleum terminal and refining assets; advising Fortis on its $11.3bn acquisition of ITC Holdings; and acting for Haier Group, a Chinese electronics manufacturer, on its $5.6bn acquisition of General Electric’s appliance business. Miami-based Douglas Halsey is the key figure along with counsel Seth Kerschner, who is based in New York. Neal McAliley left the practice in January 2017 to join Carlton Fields.

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United States: Intellectual property

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s ‘excellent’ team ‘takes the time to fully understand the client’s company, which makes it easy to proceed with negotiations’. Key figures include David Tennant in Washington DC, who ‘provides suitable business solutions’; Jeffrey Oelke in New York, who has significant experience representing companies in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech sectors; and - also in New York - Kevin McGann, who focuses on electrical device-related litigation. The firm acted for American Express in three inter partes reviews seeking to invalidate three of Maxim Integrated Products’ patents, and also represents Altergon and Institut Biochimique in ongoing Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning the Flector Patch, an anti-inflammatory drug. Washington DC’s Shamita Etienne-Cummings is the key contact for Section 337 cases.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds

Morrison & Foerster LLP is ‘excellent to work with’ and particularly stands out for venture capital matters. Zeeshan Ahmedani in the Los Angeles office, a new hire from White & Case LLP, advises on significant technology sector fund formations, while in Palo Alto, Chip Lion and Stephanie Thomas (who is ‘hugely valued by clients for her technical and commercial input’) advised Longitude Capital on a $525m fund investing in start-up and established biotech and medical businesses. Outside of the venture capital space, Ken Muller in San Francisco and David Slotkin in Washington DC advised GLP on forming a $5bn fund to purchase a logistics portfolio. Sara Terheggen joined the San Francisco office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s employment, compensation and benefits team works closely with the firm’s corporate practice and provides advice with regard to private and public M&A, banking, and financing transactions. Key contacts include New York-based practice head Henrik Patel, who advised Fortis on its $11.3bn acquisition of ITC Holdings alongside GIC, and assisted Qingdao Haier with its purchase of GE’s appliances business. Counsel Kenneth Barr handles 409(a) and tax-related issues and is also a key contact.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is an ‘exceptionally strong firm with very broad expertise in many different markets’, is ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ and has ‘broad transactional experience’. It has made a concerted effort to build its M&A standing in the last few years, with particular growth in New York and London. Its investment appears to have paid off in the form of a series of key roles in major transactions across the US, Europe and Asia. In 2016, the practice continued to advise Anthem, the US health benefits company, on its $54.2bn acquisition of global health insurance company Cigna. In addition, it advised the special committee of the board of directors of CBS on the proposed $40bn merger between CBS and Viacom, and it represented Dr Dennis Gillings, the founder and significant shareholder of Quintiles, on the $23bn merger of Quintiles and IMS Health Holdings. The firm has an especially strong record in pharmaceuticals and energy deals, and regularly advises financial advisers. Its standing in bankruptcy and restructuring also makes it a key player in distressed deals. John Reiss is global head of M&A and was the lead partner on several of the firm’s highest-profile deals. Morton Pierce is a senior name with genuine board-level credibility and co-global head of the private equity practice Oliver Brahmst is also recognized for cross-border deals, including those involving Latin America. Head of the Americas corporate and M&A practice Gregory Pryor is another key name. Energy specialist Michael Shenberg has ‘very deep experience’, is ‘very hands on’, ‘practical’ and ‘extremely sensitive to the client’s needs’.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has emerged as a global leader in private equity thanks to recent team expansions in Europe and Asia. The US team continues to grow its client base and increase its exposure to higher-value deals. The firm’s extensive national and global resources, including its highly reputed finance platform, gives it great appeal to private equity sponsors. Clients include CVC Capital Partners, Carlyle, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), Global Infrastructure Partners, Quad-C Management, Partners Group and Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. The firm advised CVC, as part of a consortium including Temasek and Vatera Healthcare Partners, on the multibillion-dollar acquisition of a controlling stake in US generics company Alvogen from Pamplona Capital Management. It also advised FRHI Holdings, QIA and the Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia on the $2.9bn sale of FRHI to AccorHotels. Oliver Brahmst is global co-head of private equity and John Reiss is global head of M&A and a regular adviser on private equity deals. Carolyn Vardi and Matthew Kautz are also key team members and principally focused on private equity deals.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

For one client, White & Case LLP is the ‘go-to’ firm due to ‘work being completed in a timely manner, with business interests properly protected’. Adam Chernichaw now jointly leads the group with Daren Orzechowski following Trevor Nagel’s retirement, and the pair contribute to an ‘exceptional service’. Based in New York, both partners have vast experience in creating BPO and ‘as a service’ solutions for highly regulated industries, including financial services and life sciences. The team advised Salesforce.com on a number of outsourcing matters, including a licensing and alliance arrangement with Thomson Reuters to provide access to Thomson Reuters’ collection of intelligent information for businesses and professionals through mobile apps using CRM technology; advising on a license and strategic alliance agreement with Dun & Bradstreet; and handling its acquisition of AKTA US, a mobile application development, design and consulting company.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s team has ‘excellent response times and very good industry knowledge’. It stands out for its cross-border assistance to hi-tech, social media, consumer technology, pharmaceutical, medical device, semiconductor and fintech clients. Adam Chernichaw is ‘smart and solutions-oriented’ and Daren Orzechowski led advice to Haier Group, a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, on the $5.4bn acquisition of the GE Appliances unit from General Electric. Other active clients of the firm include Salesforce.com, Google, Zimmer Biomet and Panasonic. Arlene Hahnperforms flawlessly for clients’; and Jason Tomita recently joined the Silicon Valley office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he advised global technology companies on M&A transactions. Named partners are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

Next generation lawyers

Arlene Hahn - White & Case LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s tax department saw a number of changes in 2016, such as the appointment of Kim Boylan in Washington DC as global head of tax and the hire of Andrew Kreisberg from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. At the beginning of 2017, New York lawyers Steven Gee and Kerry O’Rourke Perri were elevated to partner level. Head of national tax William Dantzler acted for Anthem in its $54.2bn acquisition of Cigna Corporation as well as Qingdao Haier in its $5.4bn acquisition of GE Appliances. Together with John Lillis, Kreisberg assisted Saudi Refining with the discontinuation of Motiva Enterprises and the division of Motiva’s assets, liabilities and businesses between Saudi Refining and affiliates of its joint venture partner, Royal Dutch Shell. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York except where otherwise indicated.

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

White & Case LLP

The ‘talented’ transfer pricing and tax controversy practice at White & Case LLP is primarily focused on domestic and international civil tax disputes, but also covers criminal tax matters. The team regularly appears before the IRS on behalf of taxpayers in a broad array of disputes. In Washington DC, Kim Boylan is global tax head and Brian Gleicher is noted for transfer pricing and tax treaty issues.

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

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White & Case LLP’s tax practice attracts praise for its ‘solid experience’ and ‘appropriate and sensible solutions’, which it provides to clients in the energy, media communications and private equity sectors. In a notable mandate William Dantzler, who heads the tax practice for the Americas, led a team advising Anthem on tax issues related to its $54.2bn acquisition of Cigna Corporation. The team also assisted Qingdao Haier with its $5.4bn acquisition of General Electric’s appliance business, GE Appliances, which was the third-largest acquisition of a US company by a Chinese investor at the time of publication. Other notable clients include Fortis, Saudi Refining, Zimmer Biomet and Element Financial. Washington-based Kim Boylan has been appointed global head of the tax practice, which includes David Dreier, Ray Simon, Sang Ji, Brian Gleicher and James Hayden.

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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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