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Winston & Strawn LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP primarily handles high-profile antitrust litigation, and continues to represent clients in cases related to CRTs, optical disk drives and lithium-ion batteries, to name just a few areas. The practice was also involved in investigations into the autoparts industry before the DOJ. Jeffrey Kessler is an ‘extremely talented litigator’. Robert Pringle in San Francisco, Chicago-based James Herbison, and Eva Cole are also noted. Early in 2016, Robert Ruyak left the firm to launch boutique firm Ruyak Cherian LLP. All attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

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Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

Representing defendants as well as corporate plaintiffs, Winston & Strawn LLP is singled out for its diverse client base. Jeffrey Kessler, David Greenspan and David Feher, all based in New York, are representing a group of college football and basketball athletes in a landmark antitrust suit challenging the limits placed under NCAA rules on remuneration of athletes on athletic scholarships. On the defense side, Robert Sperling, who splits his time between Chicago and New York, and Elizabeth Papez, who splits her time between Washington DC and New York, acted for Goldman Sachs in the CDS antitrust litigation encompassing several putative nationwide class actions alleging a conspiracy between global financial institutions to manipulate the CDS market and block new entrants. Verizon Wireless and TreeHouse Foods are also clients.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP’s ‘excellent appellate practice’ has a strong track record at the Supreme Court. Alongside co-counsel Williams & Connolly LLP, a team including practice chair Linda Coberly secured a major win for Omnicare in 2014 in what was a long-awaited decision; the case concerned the scope of liability under Section 11 of the ’33 Act for false statements of opinion. The firm was kept busy in 2015 handling the run-on litigation relating to this decision. Steffen Johnson, who is ‘quick on his feet with persuasive arguments’, has notable expertise in IP matters, and successfully represented the defendant in Tyco v Mutual Pharma in a case that straddled both patent and antitrust law; the court ruled in favor of Mutual Pharma in finding that filing a lawsuit under the Hatch-Waxman scheme can give rise to antitrust liability.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

Stephen D’Amore and George Lombardi in Chicago chair Winston & Strawn LLP’s ‘top-notch’ litigation department, which remained busy throughout 2015 in high-stakes litigation spanning issues of unfair competition, negligence, defamation and consumer fraud, among others. Harvey Kurzweil and Kelly Librera in New York are representing Virginia Surety in multiple class action lawsuits surrounding accident and health insurance policies. Other recommended partners in the New York office include Michael Elkin, Thomas Lane and Seth Spitzer. Neal Marder, moved to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP’s international arbitration team is largely based in Washington DC, although ‘masterful, absolutely outstanding’ group chair Ricardo Ugarte now splits his time between London and Chicago. He moved to the US in 2015 following the closure of the firm’s Geneva office and its reallocation of resources to London and Paris due to the centralization of arbitrations in those cities. Ugarte was part of a team that represented Ecuador in a multibillion-dollar UNCITRAL arbitration initiated by Chevron and Texaco regarding alleged violations of the Ecuador-US BIT. Other key members of that team were Eric Bloom and Tomás Leonard. With the exception of the Ecuador case, which was significant, the firm typically handles commercial disputes. Mark Bravin moved to Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp.

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Leading trial lawyers

Dan Webb - Winston & Strawn LLP: ‘First-rate trial lawyer’ and firm co-chairman Dan Webb has a reputation which precedes him. Over his 45-year career as a trial lawyer, he has cross-examined former president Ronald Reagan and represented major companies such as Microsoft and Philip Morris in trials across the country. Based in Chicago, he maintains a varied practice acting in financial services, product liability and regulatory cases, among others. In 2015, Webb took on the high-profile and complex trial concerning the Corn Refiners Association advertising campaign that describes corn sugar as ‘natural’ and ‘nutritionally the same as sugar’. Western Sugar Cooperative disputed this as false advertising and brought a claim in Los Angeles federal court; this closely watched, topical case closed in a confidential settlement.

Leading trial lawyers

Dan Webb - Winston & Strawn LLP

George Lombardi - Winston & Strawn 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 2

Winston & Strawn LLP

Headed by Stephen D’Amore and George Lombardi, the Chicago-based practice at Winston & Strawn LLP is experienced in defending major US corporations in high-stakes class actions and product liability litigation. D’Amore, Neil Murphy, Dan Webb and Los Angeles-based Erin Ranahan represented the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) and the US manufacturers of high-fructose corn syrup as the defendants and counter-plaintiffs in a false advertising lawsuit brought by Western Sugar and a number of other sugar manufacturers and refiners alleging CRA’s description of high-fructose corn syrup in an educational campaign is false and misleading; the case was settled in 2015. Steve Grimes is now the director of compliance at Tenneco.

Leading lawyers

Dan Webb - Winston & Strawn LLP

George Lombardi - Winston & Strawn LLP

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘fabulous, a first-rate litigation firm’ and group chair James Smith is ‘a great lawyer with excellent judgment’. Working with Smith in New York, Matthew DiRisio (‘a rising star, smart, sensible and knowledgeable’) and Richard Reinthaler are greatly respected. Los Angeles-based John Schreiber is ‘one of the up-and-coming lawyers in this space’, and with Smith and Reinthaler played a key role in one of the highest-profile securities cases in recent years against Omnicare, obtaining a favorable judgment in the Supreme Court. Smith and Reinthaler are also leading the defense of RCS Capital in a 10b-5 case following a fall in stock prices related to the disclosure by American Realty Capital Properties - which shares a chairman with RCS - that it intentionally concealed accounting errors. The firm has a strong team across the country, with highly capable partners such as Caryn Jacobs and Robert Sperling in Chicago, and Casey Berger in Houston. Neal Marder, moved to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

The chairs of Winston & Strawn LLP’s practice are Robb Adkins in San Francisco and Seth Farber in New York. The firm handles a large number of internal investigations, and clients include many significant players in the insurance and healthcare sectors, as well as prominent individuals. New York-based Gerald Shargel was among those who represented Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane in an investigation into alleged grand jury leaks. In another high-profile matter, he also led the representation of former New York State senator Malcolm Smith against federal corruption charges. Another New York lawyer, Suzanne Jaffe Bloom, is defending AIG in a qui tam action involving alleged FCA violations. Chicago’s Daniel Rubinstein led an internal investigation for high-frequency trading firm Citadel that resulted in the conviction of two employees for theft of trade secrets and obstruction of justice. A number of BP executives are also among Rubinstein’s clients. Fellow Chicago lawyer Dan Webb is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Dan Webb - Winston & Strawn LLP

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United States: Finance

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

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLPprovides extraordinary service’ to its clients, which in the debt capital markets space are mostly underwriters. Washington DC-based Christopher Zochowski co-chairs the practice with Matthew Bergmann, who is based in the Chicago office along with key name Cabell Morris. The firm also has capital markets experts operating from its New York office, including James Junewicz, based in both New York and Chicago, who is ‘clearly one of the best lawyers I have worked with regarding capital markets and M&A’ according to one client. Chicago-based Robert Wall also impresses. The firm acts as designated underwriters’ counsel for several major issuers, including Exelon, and in 2015 Morris advised on multiple debt offerings by the energy company totaling several billion dollars.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP provides an ‘exceptional’ service for an array of lending clients operating primarily in the middle market, and stands out for its ‘great wealth of knowledge regarding market terms’. Highlights included advising BMO Harris Bank, as agent, on the financing for the acquisition of Ring & Pinion Service, which included revolver, term and working capital term loans, and assisting Wells Fargo with an asset-based revolving credit facility for Waste Pro USA, which included a ‘first-in last-out’ loan. The team is headed by Patrick Hardiman, Ronald Jacobson and New York-based Mats Carlston, and also includes James Snyder, who clients ‘trust and enjoy working with’. Individuals are based in Chicago except where otherwise stated.

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Financial services: regulatory
Financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 7

Winston & Strawn LLP

Based out of Chicago but aided by a significant national presence that includes offices in New York, San Francisco and Washington DC, Winston & Strawn LLP provides regulatory advice to banks, thrifts and investment funds, across a range of regulatory matters. Head of the firm’s bank regulatory practice Christine Edwards advises numerous individual clients on various issues, as well as acting for a Washington DC-based coalition, Financial Services Roundtable, on matters relating to SEC rules, executive compensation changes, the CFPB and international capital standards. Of counsel Jerry Loeser is also recommended for bank regulatory matters, and New York-based Glen Barrentine leads on the broker-dealer side. In March 2015, Jay Gould and Michael Wu joined from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, adding weight to the firm’s investment management regulatory expertise, in particular.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

Having incorporated 30 new finance attorneys into its practice in 2015, Winston & Strawn LLP is becoming ‘a force to be reckoned with’. The group is spread throughout the firm’s New York, Chicago and Los Angeles offices. As appetites for structured products have evolved, the team’s focus has shifted increasingly towards esoteric, non-commoditized asset classes, and it is highly visible in areas such as energy, aircraft and transportation, equipment leasing and life settlements. The team is headed by Chicago-based David Galainena and New York-based Jeffrey Stern. Stern is a recent recruit from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP. Also noted are Ron Jacobson, Pat Hardiman and Michael Mullins in Chicago, and Daniel Passage and Warren Loui in Los Angeles. Highlights included acting for RAIT Partnership in four concluded commercial real estate CLOs, and advising Doral Bank as issuer on the securitization of performing residential mortgage loans secured by Puerto Rican properties. Other clients include American Capital, Citibank, Credit Suisse and Macquarie Investments.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Winston & Strawn LLP

Joseph Karp leads the ‘very knowledgeable’ department at Winston & Strawn LLP, which is praised for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘good business solutions’. Jerry Bloom (who is ‘well known in the energy sector’) assisted Graphic Packaging with negotiating a new power purchase agreement with Silicon Valley Power. The practice also counts NRG Energy, AIG and John Hancock Life Insurance Company among its clients. The ‘responsiveLisa Cottle is ‘a pleasure to work with’.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP

Houston-based partners Denmon Sigler and Craig Vogelsang lead the team at Winston & Strawn LLP. Vogelsang acted for Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation on its sale of working interests in oil and gas properties in North Dakota. Jonathan Judkowitz joined the department from Mayer Brown.

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Energy: litigation
Energy: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP has deep courtroom experience across the entire energy sector, including oil, gas and electric power, and it is regularly involved in enforcement proceedings before federal and state energy regulatory agencies. Other areas of expertise include market manipulation, FERC licensing and environmental matters. The team also handles arbitration, such as in defense of Katch Kan and Quinn Holtby in an ICC breach of contract case pertaining to a distributor agreement in the oil drilling industry. Chicago lawyers Timothy Carey and Elizabeth Bradshaw defended BP California against a claim by former BP employee Christopher Schroen that BP allegedly overcharged California’s Department of General Services for natural gas contracts. Former special agent to the NRC Darrell White joined the practice as an adviser.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP

With more than three decades of experience in the energy sector, ‘very responsive’ firm Winston & Strawn LLP is well versed in representing its predominantly electric and nuclear sector clients in a broad array of FERC proceedings, as well as NRC regulatory compliance and licensing and NRC enforcements and investigations. Raymond Wuslich - who heads the federal energy regulatory practice from Washington DC - and Elias Farrah represented New York Transco in its FERC case, addressing rate and cost allocation issues for its proposed $1.7bn of new transmission projects. Jerry Bloom (‘senior statesman of good judgment’), Lisa Cottle and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘insightful’ energy, project development and project finance chair, Joseph Karp, frequently advise on California state energy regulatory matters. Former special agent at the NRC Darrell White joined the practice as an adviser.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP

Taking business relationships and legal risks into account’, Winston & Strawn LLP is at the forefront of tax-advantaged renewable energy financings, and has been involved in a number of large-scale acquisitions and dispositions. Chicago-based Katherine McAvoy Gillespie advised Wind Capital on the sale of its Post Rock and Lost Creek wind farms to Pattern Energy. The ‘outstandingJonathan Birenbaum and ‘knowledgeable’ of counsel Tara Greenberg led advice to Capital Power in the acquisition of Element Power. The ‘strong’ team, led by the ‘excellentJoseph Karp, also has a strong profile in deals involving yieldcos, demonstrated by advising sponsors of renewable energy assets and their related yieldco on the sale of development assets to tax equity funds. Jerry Bloom is another key figure in the team. Jai Khanna moved to Baker McKenzie LLP. Since publication, Katherine McAvoy Gillespie moved to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Leading lawyers

Jerry Bloom - Winston & Strawn LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP

Clients note that Winston & Strawn LLP’s reputation, particularly that of the ‘tenaciousJeffrey Kessler, ‘goes a long way in sending a message that you are serious and willing to fight’. The New York based team has a pre-eminent practice acting for players’ associations and was well positioned to advise on some of the headline matters of 2015, such as its involvement in ‘Deflategate’. Kessler, David Greenspan and Steffen Johnson represented the NFL Players Association in litigation against the NFL overturning the four-game ban imposed upon quarterback Tom Brady pertaining to tampered footballs in a game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts; the firm is now handling the appeal. Player disciplinary cases have become something of a niche for the firm in recent years and, prior to the Brady case, the firm acted for the Dallas Cowboys’ Greg Hardy in arbitration proceedings appealing a ten-game suspension for an alleged violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy; the ban was reduced to four games. In another high-profile matter, the firm is handling antitrust proceedings for a group of college athletes in a case filed against the National Collegiate Athletic Authority (NCAA) and five top collegiate sports conferences, alleging that the defendants restrained competition for players’ services; the matter is being led by Kessler, Greenspan and David Feher, who is ‘good on the details’.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Kessler - Winston & Strawn LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

The ‘excellent’ practice at Winston & Strawn LLP is especially recommended for representing service providers in high-profile disputes at the intersection of copyright and new technologies. In New York, Michael Elkin and Thomas Lane are recommended litigators. Jennifer Golinveaux in San Francisco and Erin Ranahan in Los Angeles are further names to note. Work highlights included the representation of Bill Graham Archives as defendant in several copyright suits regarding its online music archive, Wolfgang’s Vault, including a successful defense against copyright infringement claims by the sons of concert promoter Bill Graham. The team has also been representing Megaupload.com and its founder Kim Dotcom in an appeal involving a prominent copyright case in which the US government is seeking to confiscate allegedly illegal proceeds of third-party copyright infringement.

Leading lawyers

Michael Elkin - Winston & Strawn LLP

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Patent litigation: International Trade Commission
Patent litigation: International Trade Commission - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP has ‘a great volume of expertise in ITC cases’, and the group is ‘responsive, well organized and effective’. Practice head Thomas Jarvis is ‘particularly good at domestic industry and public interest matters’, and has ‘a great institutionalized knowledge of the inner workings of the ITC’. Steven Anzalone is also a key figure, and is ‘especially good at handling the technical aspects of cases’. Highlights included acting for Ericsson in two parallel infringement cases at the ITC against Apple, initiating enforcement of patent rights following a failure to obtain a new license. Paul Goulet is ‘recommended for his great wealth of experience in all areas’.

Leading lawyers

Thomas Jarvis - Winston & Strawn LLP

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

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP’s group is ‘very responsive, always determined to go the extra mile’, and provides ‘an impressive quality of written and oral products’. Highlights included securing a $30m jury verdict on behalf of plaintiff FieldTurf in a case against AstroTurf, which found willful infringement of synthetic turf patents, and successfully reversing a $28m jury verdict entered against Comcast in a suit brought by Spirit Communications. Leading attorney George Lombardi also represented Teva Pharmaceuticals in Hatch-Waxman litigation against plaintiffs UCB and UCB Manufacturing, obtaining a summary judgment of non-infringement and allowing the launch of generic drug Metadate, an ADD and ADHD treatment. Key figures Michael Brody and Kevin Warner are ‘both highly intelligent, determined and eager to win’. Sandoz and Dell are also notable clients.

Leading lawyers

George Lombardi - Winston & Strawn LLP

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Trade secrets
Trade secrets - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP’s cross disciplinary group, led by John Keville in Houston, advises clients on the full range of legal issues involving the theft of company critical data, including trade secrets, non-competes, unfair competition, data security and data breach. After a three year battle involving a conspiracy on two continents, Winston secured a $24.5m jury verdict on behalf of Suncoast Post Tension. In another important lawsuit, the group is representing Yahoo! in a case brought by prize insurer SCA Promotions over Yahoo!’s decision to discontinue a promotion for the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament; Yahoo! has counterclaimed for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud and fraudulent inducement, and negligent misrepresentation. Korula Cherian left the firm to set up his own practice.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

The team at Winston & Strawn LLPprovides an excellent service in the employee benefits area’, with expertise in incentive schemes, ESOPs and securities matters. Michael Falk, an ‘experienced employee benefits attorney who understands clients with no-nonsense approaches’, handles transactions for private equity funds including Sycamore Partners and Water Street Partners, while Michael Melbinger provides advice to Fortune 50 companies on issues relating to stock incentive schemes and 401(k) plans. In New York, Scott Landau joined from the firm from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP in March 2015, his transactional work highlights included assisting TreeHouse Foods with its purchase of ConAgra. Other clients include Cantor Fitzgerald and Nuveen Investments.

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

The lawyers at Winston & Strawn LLP produce ‘phenomenal work’ through ‘experienced litigators with deep knowledge of employment law’, particularly ERISA and wage and hour class actions. Michael Roche now manages the group while former head Rex Sessions maintains an active practice. San Francisco’s managing partner Joan Tucker Fife shines in ‘difficult litigation and the most serious internal investigations’ and Michael Mulhern is ‘more than a highly qualified attorney’. ‘Setting the standard’ are John Dickman, Washington DC’s William Miossi, New York’s Stephen Sheinfeld, and Marcus Torrano and Laura Petroff (both in Los Angeles). Torrano defended International Paper against two California suits regarding thousands of hours of unused vacation time, which had allegedly accrued over decades and could have amounted to damages worth millions of dollars. Caterpillar, Abbott Laboratories, Tesoro and Marsh & McLennan Companies are other key clients. Daniel Fazio and Aviva Grumet-Morris made partner and of counsel Julie Hall moved to AlvaradoSmith APC. All individuals are based in Chicago, unless otherwise stated.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 1

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP regularly works on significant M&A transactions for blue-chip clients, distinguishing itself through its expertise in highly regulated industries such as energy and financial services. Christopher Zochowski, who joined from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP and established the firm’s corporate presence in the Washington DC office, and Matthew Bergmann, who acted for TreeHouse Foods in its $2.7bn acquisition of ConAgra Foods’ private-label business, are M&A and securities practice co-chairs. Other large deal highlights for the team included advising Motorola Solutions on the $3.45bn sale of its Enterprise business unit to Zebra Technologies. Recent middle-market highlights include Oscar David (M&A and securities practice co-chair until 2015) leading the advice to Abbott Laboratories on a $300m joint venture with New Zealand-based Fonterra Co-operative Group to acquire five dairy farms in China; Steven Gavin acting for medical equipment and technology company Hill-Rom in its acquisition of Welch Allyn; and Brian Schafer assisting D+H with its acquisition of payment services provider Fundtech. Robert Wall, Gregory Bynan, Bruce Toth and Matthew Costigan are also highly rated. All attorneys mentioned above are based in Chicago. In Houston, Richard Wynne has handled hundreds of private company acquisitions and divestitures; with particular expertise in the energy sector, his experience includes advising Cameron International on the disposition in 2014 of its reciprocating compression business to General Electric for $550m, and advising Houston-based private equity firm Rock Hill Capital on multiple portfolio company acquisitions and dispositions. Robert Rawn in New York acts for clients in the manufacturing, life sciences, technology, telecoms and private investment sectors, and has advised Silgan Holdings on numerous deals. Chicago and New York based James Junewicz, who led advice to AAR CORP in the $725m sale of its air cargo division to Transdigm Group, is also recommended. The private equity buyout practice is led by New York-based Bradley Vaiana and Los Angeles-based Eva Davis. Eric Green joined the Washington DC office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP.

Leading lawyers

Oscar David - Winston & Strawn LLP

Robert Wall - Winston & Strawn LLP

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Overview

Key moves among law firms included Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP welcoming Ed Batts to the Silicon Valley office as co-global M&A and private equity head from DLA Piper LLP (US); Reed Smith LLP’s former global corporate and securities group head Yvan-Claude Pierre joining Cooley LLP’s New York office; Winston & Strawn LLP welcoming M&A and securities practice co-chair Christopher Zochowski, who established the firm’s corporate presence in the Washington DC office, from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP; and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Chicago-based Kimberly Smith rejoining the firm as co-head of the nationwide private equity practice from Paul Hastings LLP. Meanwhile, Loeb & Loeb LLP’s former corporate chair David Schaefer exited to become chief operating officer at CounterPointe Energy Partners, and Robinson & Cole LLP’s former business transactions chair Eric Dale joined Nielsen as chief legal officer.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP has made a name for itself in middle-market private equity transactions, with clients such as Ares Management. The firm won a number of new clients, such as Silversmith Capital, Industrial Growth Partners and The Beekman Group. In a cross-border deal with Canada, Los Angeles-based Eva Davis represented VMG Partners, a private equity fund investing in branded consumer companies, and portfolio company Sequels Naturals in connection with the sale of Sequels Naturals to WhiteWave Foods. Bradley Vaiana and Dominick DeChiara are the key partners in New York. James Kelly and Christopher Zochowski joined the New York and Washington DC offices respectively after leaving Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 1

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP’s dedicated marketing practice advises clients on an array of issues, including NAD challenges, promotions for sporting events, social media, online brand protection and talent agreements, among others. The department is recognized for its representation of brands and advertising agencies. Recent work includes representing Pacific Foods in two class actions in California regarding alleged false labeling on various food and beverage products, and advising several clients on matters relating to Super Bowl commercials and promotions. Other highlights for the team included defending the Corn Refiners Association in a high-profile false advertising matter, which alleges that the client’s educational campaign describing high-fructose corn syrup as ‘corn sugar’ is misleading under the Lanham Act. Brian Heidelberger leads the practice from Chicago, and recently succeeded on behalf of FanDuel in an NAD false advertising challenge against DraftKings, and also negotiated talent agreements for Hershey with Olympians Rafer Johnson and Carl Lewis. Liisa Thomas is recommended for social media and data security matters, and clients also recommend Ronald Rothstein. Charlotte-based Amanda Groves is recommended for contentious issues.

Leading lawyers

Brian Heidelberger - Winston & Strawn LLP

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Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP advises Fortune Brands and its subsidiaries with their respective privacy obligations, and assists with the updating of the companies’ privacy disclosures and with general privacy compliance matters, including the launch of a new mobile app. Chicago-based Liisa Thomas leads the practice and is an expert on data breach notifications, and new arrivals included Scott Landau, who joined the New York office in March 2015 from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, and Kobi Brinson, who joined the Charlotte office from Bank of America, where she served as assistant general counsel.

Leading lawyers

Liisa Thomas - Winston & Strawn LLP

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP

From its offices in New York and Chicago, Winston & Strawn LLP assists purchasers, sellers, developers, borrowers and lenders with the development, financing, acquisition and sale of commercial, industrial and multifamily properties. In New York, Christine Spletzer handles commercial mortgage-backed securitization, while practice head Corey Tessler and Michael Moser focus on commercial real estate finance transactions for lending institutions such as Wells Fargo, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland. Christopher Murtaugh is the key contact in Chicago.

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United States: Tax

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

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP’s team is led by Chicago-based Amit Kalra. Charles Moll acted as lead counsel to Schlumberger Technology in an income tax appeal before the Alaska Supreme Court in a matter of first impression. The team is also representing Russell City Energy in federal court in a utility users tax and contract dispute. Chicago-based Jim Lynch and Lou Weber are other notable contacts. Since publication, Lawrence Hill has joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP’s tax practice is led by Chicago partner Amit Kalra, who was lead tax attorney in SunEdison’s yieldco spin-off, TerraForm Power. The Chicago office is also home to John Lorentzen and has a focus on energy, project development and finance. The New York office is headed by Edmund Cohen and Mitch Moetell, who represents investment banks in transactional matters. Since publication, Andy Ratts moved to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP is noted for its ‘excellent service to longstanding clients’ and ‘prompt and well-supported responses’. Latin America is a key focus for the firm-wide practice; global arbitration group head Ricardo Ugarte, a native Spanish speaker based in Geneva, is very active in the region and is ‘always available, very responsive and effective’. He is one of the team’s many key advisers to the Republic of Ecuador, and has also recently advised a major multinational on potential treaty claims against a sovereign state over tax matters. Latin America practice head Tomás Leonard is ‘an outstanding lawyer capable of addressing the most complex issues in a simple and effective manner. His knowledge of civil and common law is an advantage to clients’. Other lawyers singled out include Eric Bloom, who ‘advocates zealously on behalf of his clients while still treating the counterparty with respect’, and the ‘very sharpNicole Silver. All lawyers mentioned are located in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

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    Tender process for 330 km Ankara-Niğde Highway Project has been launched by the General Directorate of Highways upon publication of the tender announcement in the Official Gazette on December 30, 2016.
  • Establishment of the Natural Gas Spot Market in Turkey

    In line with the government’s objectives to make Turkey a regional hub for natural gas trading, a natural gas spot market has been established by the Natural Gas Organized Wholesale Market Regulation published in the Official Gazette on 31 March 2017.
  • Philippine Court of Appeals Denies Issuance of Environmental Protection Order Against Mining Company

    In a decision issued on March 8, 2017, the Philippine Court of Appeals (CA) denied the petition by NGO Ang Aroroy ay Alagaan, Inc. and certain individuals, for the issuance of a writ of kalikasan against Filminera Resources Corporation, and its directors and officers. The petitioners have claimed that Filminera, which operates in the Philippine province of Masbate, had been causing environmental damage in the conduct of its mining operations in violation of local law, and that a writ of kalikasan should be issued.
  • LIS ALIBI PENDENS UNDER THE COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) NO 44/2001 ON JURISDICTIONAND THE RECOGNITION AN

    Lis Alibi pendens is Latin for ‘suit pending elsewhere .’ Both Articles 27 and 28 of the EU Regulation 44/2001 regulate the existence of lis alibi pendens and related judicial actions. In particular it is a doctrine that regulates the jurisdictional relationship of courts hearing concurrent proceedings involving the same or related causes of action between the same parties pending in the courts of different Member States.