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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP merged with Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, forming Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. The legacy Hunton & Williams LLP’s expertise in acting for REITs was once again in evidence, with the team handling a number of hospitality deals, including New York co-head Carl Schwartz representing Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in its dissolution of a partnership with Denihan Hospitality Group in the ownership of six Manhattan hotels; and Washington DC-based Rori Malech advising Hersha Hospitality Trust on the $571m sale of seven Manhattan limited-service hotels to a joint venture between Hersha and Cindat Capital Management. Other examples of work include Schwartz assisting DTH Capital with the $450m sale of 63 and 67 Wall Street to Rockpoint Group, and Dallas-based Mark Vowell acting for Baylor Scott & White Health in a joint venture with the Dallas Cowboys to develop a sports medicine, research and performance facility in Frisco. On the debt finance side, key players include Howard Schreiber, who co-heads the practice from Dallas, and Washington DC-based Marvin Ehrlich, who recently joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP; the team has recently acted for lenders in the origination of various substantial mortgage loans. The practice also has boots on the ground in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Richmond and McLean. The legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP group, based in Texas, is ‘very good for complex matters’ and handles a broad range of product types, from sports stadia to corporate headquarters and international hotel chains. Retail and office leasing is a particular strength and the team is also experienced in handling lettings for major energy projects; for example, practice co-chair Jack Fields assisted Enterprise Products with a ground lease to a third party covering a 40-acre tract of land to be used for the construction of a new methanol plant. Other highlights in 2016 included practice co-chair Michael Boyd advising Pacific Life Insurance on a construction-to-permanent loan for a new multifamily project in Atlanta, and David Runnels acting for CBRE Global Investors in the acquisition of a mixed-use development in Dallas. In another significant acquisition, Chanse McLeod acted for ArcLight Capital Partners in the $217m purchase of 230 gasoline station/convenience store properties around the US. All attorneys named thus far are based in Houston, but the practice also has a presence in Dallas, where Adrian Doxey advised a major institutional investor on several substantial investments. The group experienced a number of partner departures in 2016, including Darrell Thomas to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Chris Boehler to Concho Resources.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Houston-based department primarily handles asbestos litigation and also has notable experience acting for the BP family of companies, as well as representing clients in matters concerning processed water systems. Practice head Thomas Taylor has strong experience defending clients in MDLs, as well as representing clients in civil jury trials before state and federal court. Alexis Gomez specializes in handling energy-related litigation. Dallas-based Joseph Blizzard is also recommended.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

At Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, the team is led by Dallas-based Bradley Foster and new arrival in New York from Foley & Lardner LLPMark Mandel, who is also former chief of the New York office of the SEC’s broker-dealer enforcement division. Foster, Matthew Nielsen in Dallas and Austin-based David Whittlesey are representing insurer Bowen, Miclette & Britt in a $7bn international class action. The firm’s other highlights included defending former McGinn Smith owner Thomas Livingston in SEC administrative proceedings.

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United States: Finance

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The ‘highly dependable, knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP strikes the right note with its ‘pragmatic and problem-solving approach’. The firm regularly ranks among the most prolific capital markets practices in Texas, mainly for energy issuers, but it is also increasingly active for underwriters and recent experience also spans the financial services and technology industries. Houston-based department co-head David Buck is ‘excellent’ and acted for Enterprise Products Operating in its $1.2bn issuance of senior unsecured notes. In another highlight, Washington DC-based William Cooper and Houston’s Stephanie Beauvais advised the underwriters on Magellan Midstream Partners’ $650m notes issuance. Houston-based Michael O’Leary jointly heads the group alongside Buck.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Dedicated and highly responsive’, the team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP contains ‘excellent lawyers’. Corporate and securities co-chair Michael O’Leary teamed up with Jon Daly and Cindy Lin to act for LongPoint Minerals in a $525m private placement. O’Leary also worked with Courtney Cochran Butler and Jordan Hirsch to advise Credit Suisse Securities, BMO Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities as the underwriters on a follow-on offering by Laredo Petroleum. Co-chair David Buck and Melinda Brunger assisted Independence Contract Drilling with its $46.3m follow-on offering. All named partners operate out of Houston, but the group is also well represented in Austin, Dallas, New York and Washington DC.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP merged with Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, forming Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Jeffrey Schroeder heads the former Hunton & Williams LLP department, which predominantly acts for lenders and investors. Ryan Ketchum (who is based in London), John Beardsworth and Ellis Butler advised Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading, a Nigerian state-owned energy purchasing company, on a $1.8bn power purchase agreement with 14 contractors of solar projects that have an aggregate capacity of 1,125MW; this constitutes the largest procurement of photovoltaic energy in Africa to date. In an illustration of the firm’s capital markets capability, the New York-based Michael Fitzpatrick acted for Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith as bookrunning managers on Oncor Electric Delivery’s $175m bond offering. Fitzpatrick was assisted by energy capital markets specialist Adam O’Brian, who made counsel at the New York office in November 2016. On the equity side, New York-based partners Bud Ellis and Steven Friend advised the underwriters on The Southern Company’s offering of nearly 33 million shares, a capital raise intended to partially finance its 50% acquisition of Southern Natural Gas. Eric Pogue is also recommended. February 2016 saw PPP expert David Horner join from Allen & Overy LLP. Project finance expert Michael Klaus was promoted to counsel. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated. The incoming Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP group is strong on both the lender and the sponsor side, with an emphasis on conventional power and renewable energy. The team, which is headed by Timothy Unger, prides itself on its lender-side work in Latin America: Vera Rechsteiner acted for a syndicate of Panamanian, Guatemalan and Belizean banks on their $95m loan to Grupo Santander in Guatemala, part of which was for the design, building, maintenance and operation of its 16MW sugar cane cogeneration facility. The practice is also active on the sponsor side, and advised Bordas Renewable Energy on the development of various Texas wind farms; Stephanie Kroger also acted for Apex Clean Energy on the financing and development of a wind project and a solar project both based in Texas. The firm was joined in Houston by Charlie Ofner and Christopher Richardson, from in-house at Oasis Petroleum and Mubadala Petroleum, respectively, while George Pavlenishvili joined in New York from Reed Smith LLP. Peter del Vecchio left to join Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in April 2016. Since publication, Todd Culwell has joined Reed Smith LLP in Houston. Following the combination of the two firms, Stephanie Kroger has joined Eversheds Sutherland.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s ‘extremely responsive’ structured finance group spans the firm’s Charlotte, Richmond and New York offices and is deeply involved in the MBS space, acting for numerous private and government issuers. Melinda Beres and Kevin Buckley are recommended partners in the team, which exhibits ‘stellar business acumen’ and ‘extensive knowledge’ of mortgage loan securitization and mortgage servicing finance. Among 2015 and 2016 work highlights, Amy Williams served as program counsel to Ginnie Mae (Government National Mortgage Association) during 111 multi-class securities transactions, accounting for the issuance of $49bn of government-guaranteed REMIC securities. Brent Lewis acted for Wells Fargo Securities as structuring agent and lead manager in Freddie Mac’s inaugural multi-family structured credit risk debt notes transaction, totaling $52m. Additionally, Edward Douma and counsel Jonathan Kim acted for Aalto Invest in a $100m primary bond financing, which established a MBS financing structure, in a first-of-its-kind offering in the US residential buy, refurbish and sell sector. Mike Nedzbala and Tom Hiner jointly head the team out of Charlotte and New York, respectively.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is experienced in representing clients in litigation arising from energy industry operations such as exploration and production disputes, including issues concerning royalties, products and services. Stuart Hollimon, who jointly heads the team with Craig Stahl, defended Apache against allegations that it failed to properly conduct shallow water flood operations, thus resulting in damage to deeper formations and adjacent leases. Alexis Gomez defended Statoil Oil & Gas in a royalty and breach of contract dispute. The team’s client roster also includes Burlington Resources Oil & Gas, Delaware Basin Resources and Encana. Charles Hampton moved to McGuireWoods LLP.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is best known for representing power utilities before FERC, appellate courts and in arbitration but also acts for end-user customers in administrative proceedings before state regulatory agencies. The firm defended TransCanada Energy before FERC and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against claims brought by the California Attorney General, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric, alleging market manipulation, tariff violations and charging unjust and unreasonable rates; and represented the energy company in obtaining FERC authorization of the acquisition of an approximately 700MW gasfield combined cycle generating plant. Other clients include Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and TC Ravenswood. Since publication, and following the merger in April 2018, former practice head Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback have moved to Eversheds Sutherland.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Regulatory gas work is a sweet spot of the team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, which is well versed in representing its clients in rate cases, while also advising them on investigations as well as certificate matters and general regulatory issues. The firm represented ANR Storage and Portland Natural Gas Transmission (PNGTS) in rate cases, and also assisted Great Lakes Gas Transmission with contract negotiations and certificate and abandonment proceedings. Energy Transfer Partners and Statoil are also clients. Since publication, and following the merger in April 2018, former practice head Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback have moved to Eversheds Sutherland.

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 6

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Project finance is the lynchpin of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice, which is also strong in EPC contracts. Vera Rechsteiner in Washington DC and Mark Thurber in Houston are the key names. Thurber assisted Energia del Caribe as sponsor with EPC and transportation agreements regarding a power plant in Mexico intended to serve Guatemala. Other clients include NRG Energy, Duke Energy and Calpine. Houston’s Timothy Unger heads the practice.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice is particularly active in M&A and commercial contracts, from upstream to downstream. George Vlahakos advised G2X Energy on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Natgasoline, which is set to be the US’ largest methanol production facility. Other clients include Anadarko Petroleum and FourPoint Energy. Michael O’Leary and Timothy Unger head the department. All named attorneys are based in Houston.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP merged with Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, forming Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Project finance, particularly on behalf of tax equity investors, is a key strength of the legacy Hunton & Williams LLP practice, which also handles M&A and PPAs. Ryan Ketchum and John Beardsworth in Richmond and Washington DC-based Ellis Butler advised Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading on a $1.76bn PPA with 14 contractors of solar projects with a total capacity of 1,125MW. Washington DC-based tax expert David Lowman heads the department. Jeffrey Schroeder and Eric Pogue are also recommended. Timothy Unger in Houston leads the legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP group, which is notably strong in project development, state regulatory work and PPAs; clients include Duke Energy, First Solar, Apex Clean Energy and the City of Houston. Although five partners departed for competitors DLA Piper LLP (US), Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in 2016, project finance and M&A expert George Pavlenishvili joined the New York office from Reed Smith LLP.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP acts for clients in the full spectrum of contentious environmental issues, and has notable experience in the manufacturing, natural resources, real estate and waste disposal sectors. William Wehrum heads the practice from Washington DC, where he focuses on litigious and regulatory air quality issues, compliance counseling and enforcement defense. Other key figures include Deidre Duncan, who represents clients in matters involving various environmental statutes; William Brownell, who has significant climate change expertise; and Charles Knauss and Shannon Broome, both of whom joined the firm from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in July 2016. The firm has defended numerous companies in suits seeking damages for greenhouse gas emissions, and also serves as lead counsel in major appellate rulemaking cases opposite the EPA.

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William Brownell - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is noted for its expertise in relation to the energy sector but also receives a stream of work relating to water, waste and chemicals, advising on the full range of legislative and regulatory issues. Highlights included advising Utility Water Act Group on various appeals against the EPA with regards to the Clean Water Rule, and defending the American Petroleum Institute against a challenge to a key permit relied on by various pipelines, transmission lines and other linear projects. William Wehrum heads the practice in Washington DC, and Tom Boer is the key partner in the San Francisco office, handling a range of enforcement, defense and counseling matters.

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William Wehrum - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Newly merged firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP brings together two copyright practices, creating a broad offering that covers the registration of works, licensing, enforcement and litigation. New York-based Jonathan Reichman, from the legacy Kenyon & Kenyon firm, has a focus on the entertainment industry and particular experience regarding fictional characters. Jeff Dodd in Houston, formerly of Andrews Kurth, is an expert in the digital space and licensing matters. Recent work includes defending Mattel against copyright infringement allegations regarding the American Girl book series.

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Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 5

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The ‘responsive’ team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides ‘clear advice and regular feedback’. Key individuals include co-chair of the IP practice Edward Colbert, who splits his time between New York and Washington DC; technology-focused Jeff Dodd, who is a key contact in Houston; and New York’s Gary Abelev, who is ‘clever, efficient and business-oriented’, and is currently representing Saverglass in a design patent infringement action. In another highlight, Houston’s Gregory Porter acted for Fast Felt in an infringement suit before the PTAB, winning a complete patent owner victory against Owens Corning following an inter partes review. Staples, Phigenix and AT&T are also clients.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The newly formed Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is a result of the combination of Houston-headquartered Andrews Kurth LLP and New York-based IP boutique Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. The new team includes 37 partners with expertise ranging from aerospace, electronics and engineering to pharmaceutical and life sciences, and has a strong track record in post-grant proceedings, patent procurement and portfolio counseling. New York-based Gary Abelev is ‘an accomplished patent prosecutor’; Houston’s Gregory Porter recently assisted Fast Felt Corporation with securing a complete patent owner victory against Owens Corning before the USPTO following an IPR. New York-based Michael Lennon handled the defense of patent infringement litigation for Volkswagen Group of America, including challenging the validity of the asserted claims before the USPTO in IPRs and reexaminations. Other key names to note include Washington DC-based Edward Colbert, Ping Wang and Daniel Shanley; Houston-based Jeff Dodd; and New York’s Walter Hanley.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Following the combination of Andrews Kurth LLP with Kenyon & Kenyon LLP in 2016, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s team now includes a number of well-regarded patent practitioners. It counts Teva Pharmaceuticals, Toyota Company and Sony among its clients, assisting with a range of patent portfolio and licensing matters. New York’s Gary Abelev is ‘a skilled negotiator in licensing transactions and an excellent patent litigator’; he is assisting a number of universities, including New York University, with patent portfolio counseling, licensing, patent procurement and infringement investigations. Washington DC-based healthcare specialist Ping Wang is advising a pharmaceutical company on its IP portfolio and corporate matters, including negotiating licensing agreements and regulatory issues. Edward Colbert and Jeff Dodd, based in New York and Houston respectively, jointly lead the team.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Newly merged firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP houses several highly regarded trademark litigators. Particularly recommended are James Rosini in New York and Edward Colbert and Susan Smith in Washington DC. Recent work includes representing Jim Beam Brands in a dispute with a competitor regarding the use of non-traditional decorative elements and the question of whether they serve as trademarks. The team also continues to act for Dish Network in its dispute with Digital Satellite Connections regarding the ‘DishNet’ trademark. Other clients include Constellation Brands, Horizon Group, Jewelry Channel, Olympus, Pintrips, and the United States Olympic Committee.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Recently merged firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP combines the strengths of two trademark practices. James Rosini in New York, formerly of Kenyon & Kenyon, is noted for his emergency rebranding expertise. His team has handled complex rebranding work for several clients, including Abbott Laboratories, AIG and Citigroup. Michele Schwartz in Dallas, formerly of Andrews Kurth, has extensive experience in trademark prosecution and transactional matters. Her recent work includes assisting ArcBest with the rebranding from the previous name, Arkansas Best. The firm also provides ongoing portfolio management for major brands such as Unilever, Walmart, and William Grant & Sons. Further names to note are Edward Colbert and Susan Smith in the firm’s Washington DC office.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP merged with Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, forming Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. The legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP group had already grown through the recruitment of Houston-based oil and gas specialists Christopher Richardson and Charlie Ofner from Mubadala Petroleum and Oasis Petroleum respectively. The team excels in energy sector deals; it acted for LRR Energy in its acquisition of a subsidiary of Vanguard Natural Resources and advised Energy Transfer Partners on its acquisition of certain interests in PennTex Midstream Partners. It also advises in other sectors, such as assisting specialty pharmacy Avita Drugs with its sale to Tailwind Capital portfolio company Long’s Drugs and advising cloud-based software company Gravitant on its sale to IBM. Recent large deal highlights include advising Archer Well Company on its disposition of outstanding equity interests in certain North American subsidiaries; representing LDR Holding Corporation in its approximately $1.1bn sale to Zimmer Biomet Holdings; and advising Chelsea Petroleum Products Holdings, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital, on its purchase of Gulf Oil Limited Partnership and a related business. Houston-based David Buck and Michael O’Leary head the department. Buck has particular experience with energy, maritime transportation, restaurant, aviation and death care companies; and O’Leary’s representative experience includes acting as counsel to a publicly traded master limited partnership (MLP) in its acquisition of natural gas liquid pipelines and related assets. Other recommended Houston advisers are John Clutterbuck, Jon Daly, Melinda Brunger, Hal Haltom Jr, Henry Havre and firm managing partner Robert Jewell. In Washington DC, Bill Cooper is a key name, as are Dallas-based Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn and Victor Zanetti and Austin-based Alan Bickerstaff. Since publication, Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn and Victor Zanetti have joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s new Dallas office. The legacy Hunton & Williams group is well known for its deal experience involving the energy, financial services, private equity, healthcare and real estate sectors. It also has particular expertise in Latin American transactions; Fernando Alonso, who splits time between Miami and New York, advised Promerica Financial Corporation on its acquisition of Banco Citibank de Guatemala and affiliate Cititarjetas de Guatemala. In other matters, the team advised Altisource Residential on its $652m acquisition of approximately 4,250 single family rental homes from investment funds sponsored by Amherst Holdings; and assisted electric utility Cleco Corporation’s independent directors with its high-value sale to an investor group, led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation; and a cross-office multidisciplinary transaction team was legal counsel to Cash America International in its definitive merger agreement with First Cash Financial Services. Richmond-based corporate finance and M&A group co-head Gary Thompson and Steven Patterson in Washington DC are recommended; and corporate head Justin Moore III, who divides time between Richmond and New York, is also highly rated.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 1

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Data protection and data breach response - ranked: tier 1

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

According to a client, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has ‘a competitive edge in the areas of data security and breach response, no other firm comes close’. Lisa Sotto and Brittany Bacon ‘possess encyclopedic understanding of data breach legislation, a practical, action-oriented approach, and a willingness to work the hours on a global data breach response’. Sotto leads the team from New York and recently handled numerous high-profile cyber attacks on behalf of global technology companies. The practice has an impressive client roster made up of Fortune 100 and Forbes Global 2000 companies in the retail, financial services, technology, e-commerce, healthcare, energy and consumer products sectors, and new clients include MasterCard North America, Nordstrom, Loew’s Hotels & Resorts and doTerra. Areas of expertise include developing cybersecurity incident response plans, handling privacy and cybersecurity-related regulatory investigations and enforcement actions brought by data protection authorities, and implementing new requirements under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Lisa Sotto - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The ‘second-to-none’ team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is ‘consistently impressive on overall service’. Virginia-based Randall Parks leads the group, which is located in Washington DC and Richmond, Virginia. Andrew Geyer and Jeffrey Harvey are key team members. Geyer is ‘extremely knowledgeable, always quick to respond and interacts very well with clients’; Harvey recently acted with Parks in providing outside counsel to a tobacco company regarding amending its existing infrastructure outsourcing agreement, which included various new offshore components, and also assisted the client with a new network services outsourcing transaction, negotiated various security outsourcing initiatives and assisted with the development of its mobile application and device programs and policies. Washington DC-based Cecilia Oh was promoted to the partnership.

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Randall Parks - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP regularly advises on formation and development matters, seed-stage and late-stage funding, IPOs, and PIPE and M&A transactions. The practice is also recommended for IP and licensing matters as well as executive compensation and benefits. Austin-based Alan Bickerstaff advises companies in sectors such as software, internet, energy, semiconductor, life sciences and telecoms; and Carmelo Gordian focuses on life sciences, software, telecoms, semiconductors and energy. Gordian led advice to global medical device company LDR Holding Corp in its approximately $1bn sale to Zimmer Biomet Holdings; and Austin managing partner Matthew Lyons acted for Innography in its sale to CPA Global, a global specialist in IP software and services. Brian Dillavou and Ted Gilman are also key contacts. All named partners are based in Austin.

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United States: Real estate

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In spring 2016, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s REIT practice lost four capital markets partners (including Daniel LeBey and tax partner Christopher Mangin) to Vinson & Elkins LLP, leaving practice heads David Wright and George Howell as well as capital markets partner Mark Wickersham and counsel James Davidson as the key lawyers in the Richmond-based team. Wright advised City Office REIT on its management internalization transaction, while Davidson and Howell represented Hersha Hospitality Trust as issuer’s counsel in a Series D preferred stock offering. Wickersham served as underwriters’ counsel regarding a common equity offering by Raymond James & Associates. Robert Smith joined from K&L Gates to bolster the team.

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George Howell - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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United States: Tax

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice is known for its expertise in tax-related matters in the oil and gas field and its lawyers are commended for their ‘solution-focused approach and pragmatic advice’. The firm is advising oil and gas exploration and production company Warren Resources on tax matters related to its proposed capital restructuring and advised FourPoint Energy on its acquisition of Chesapeake Energy’s remaining Western Anadarko Basin oil and gas assets. Other key clients include Archer Well Company, Sunoco LP and Six Flags. The practice is led by Houston-based Thomas Ford and includes Robert McNamara, Thomas Popplewell, Allison Mantor and Angela Richards.

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