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Hunton & Williams LLP

2200 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW, WASHINGTON DC 20037, USA
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Work +1 202 955 1500
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Fax +1 202 778 2201
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www.hunton.com
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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Hunton & Williams LLP

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.

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United States: Finance

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

Hunton & Williams LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

Hunton & Williams LLP

Jeffrey Schroeder heads Hunton & Williams LLP’s 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.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 3

Hunton & Williams LLP

Hunton & Williams 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: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 2

Hunton & Williams LLP

Project finance, particularly on behalf of tax equity investors, is a key strength of Hunton & Williams LLP’s 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.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hunton & Williams LLP

Hunton & Williams 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.

Leading lawyers

William Brownell - Hunton & Williams LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Hunton & Williams LLP

Hunton & Williams 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.

Leading lawyers

William Wehrum - Hunton & Williams LLP

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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 5

Hunton & Williams LLP

Founded in Virginia, Hunton & Williams LLP’s M&A team 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 & Williams LLP

Data protection and data breach response - ranked: tier 1

Hunton & Williams LLP

According to a client, Hunton & Williams 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).

Leading lawyers

Lisa Sotto - Hunton & Williams LLP

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Hunton & Williams LLP

The ‘second-to-none’ team at Hunton & Williams 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.

Leading lawyers

Randall Parks - Hunton & Williams LLP

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United States: Real estate

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

Hunton & Williams LLP

In spring 2016, Hunton & Williams LLP’ 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.

Leading lawyers

George Howell - Hunton & Williams LLP

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