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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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Matthew Bergmann - Winston & Strawn LLP

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Winston & Strawn LLP's M&A attorneys 'provide prompt attention and replies; they are very efficient and catch up quickly on topics'. The team is highly regarded for its advice to public and private companies, financial institutions, investors and emerging companies on high-profile cross-border deals, take-private transactions, carve-outs, distressed acquisitions and restructurings. Key clients include CORE Industrial Partners, Synaptics and DHI Group. Significant matters included Bruce Toth's advice to NGL Energy Partners on the sale of its remaining Retail Propane business to Superior Plus; Oscar David (a former chair of the firm’s M&A, securities and corporate governance practice) assisting Motorola Solutions with its acquisition of Plant Holdings, which holds the Airbus DS Communications business, from Airbus Defense and Space; and New York's Joel Rubinstein, who chairs the capital markets practice, advising Landcadia Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company, on entering into a definitive merger agreement for a $390m business combination with Waitr, a restaurant platform for online food ordering and delivery. Matthew Bergmann and Washington DC's Christopher Zochowski co-chair the M&A practice, New York-based Dominick DeChiara chairs the corporate department, and Eva Davis in Los Angeles and Bradley Vaiana co-chair the private equity practice. Other key names are New York-based Latin America practice co-chairs Allen Miller, who 'has great knowledge and experience', and Talbert Navia. Also highly rated are Morton Grosz and Kevin Smith (both also in New York), Gregory Bynan, Brian Schafer,  Matthew Costigan, Steven Gavin, James Junewicz (who divides his time between the Chicago and New York offices), Richard Wynne in Houston, and Dallas-based Thomas Hughes. Growth in the practice included the hiring in New York of Jared Manes and Uri Doron from Jenner & Block LLP and Thomas Trimble in Washington DC from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Doron led advice to US company Knoll on the $300m acquisition of Danish design company Muuto. Named attorneys are in Chicago unless otherwise stated; Robert Rawn  exited for Jenner & Block LLP.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Winston & Strawn LLP has a sizeable mid-market practice with strong teams in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston. The mature and well-established practice is increasingly involved in non-traditional transactions, such as specialty lending and secondary buyouts. It operates across industries including healthcare, digital media, consumer products, logistics, and food and beverage. It is 'a very unified firm with partners that like each other, and quality is consistent through the practice areas and offices',  'a global firm that provides exceptional client service' and 'competitors respect and fear the firm when on the other side of the table'. The firm advised Upstream Rehabilitation, a portfolio company of regular client Revelstoke Capital Partners, on its add-on acquisition of Drayer Physical Therapy Institute. It also advised Brightstar Capital Partners on its acquisition of QualTek USA, in partnership with QualTek senior management. Bradley Vaiana has an extensive client portfolio and is a prolific deal maker in the middle market, as is fellow New York partner Dominick DeChiara, while Los Angeles partner Eva Davis and Chicago's Matthew Bergmann are also key figures. Justin Levy is an up-and-coming name in New York.

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