The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

2200 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW, WASHINGTON DC 20037, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 955 1500
Fax:
Fax +1 202 778 2201
Web:
www.hunton.com
Atlanta, Austin, Austin, Bangkok, Beijing, Beijing and 26 more

United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP merged to form Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, a move which combines two notable real estate practices. The group handles the full gamut of development and financing transactions across the industrial, retail, multifamily and mixed-use sectors, advising on a range of development and construction loans, commercial lending, and restructuring and troubled debt remedies. Recent work for the legacy Hunton & Williams team included representing Beal Banks in a $400m-plus financing provided to a development group led by Dreien Opportunity Partners for the acquisition of the corporate headquarters of JC Penney in Texas; and acting for the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority in the sale of Turner Field. Key names include Howard Schreiber in Dallas, Carl Schwartz in New York, and Washington DC-based Marvin Ehrlich. The team from the legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon firm includes Mark Arnold, who advises on all aspects of commercial real estate and construction and has notable expertise in the development, construction, leasing and financing of public projects; Michael Boyd, who advises institutional investors, pension funds and developers on commercial and financing transactions; and of counsel Robert Collins, who advises on developer incentive issues, land use regulation, planning and permitting matters, and governmental regulations. Jack Flanagan is the main practitioner in the New York office, where he represents a mix of financial institutions, private equity funds and developers across all aspects of commercial real estate nationwide.

[back to top]

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

Led by Thomas Taylor in Houston, the mass tort practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP represents manufacturers in asbestos and energy litigation. In one recent highlight, Houston-based Alexis Gomez successfully defended Process Water Systems in an asbestos-related case, in which the plaintiff alleged that exposure to asbestos-containing products manufactured by PWS caused him to develop mesothelioma. The team regularly acts for BP and its affiliates in toxic tort litigation. Joseph Blizzard in Dallas is another key figure in the department.

[back to top]

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Bradley Foster in the Dallas office of the newly merged Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP regularly handles securities class actions and SEC and FINRA enforcement proceedings. He advised insurer Bowen, Miclette & Britt in a $7bn securities class action. New York-based Mark Mandel is a former chief of the SEC’s New York broker-dealer enforcement division and he acted for a major US bank on a FINRA investigation concerning volatility fund investments. J. Wiley George in Houston is also recommended.

[back to top]

United States: Finance

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice is now led jointly by Houston-based Michael O’Leary and Austin managing partner Matthew Lyons, following the departure of a four-partner energy capital markets team, which included former co-head David Buck, to Sidley Austin LLP. Issuer-side mandates dominate the practice, and it is particularly active for energy companies, but it also garners a sizeable share of underwriter representations. In an example of the latter, O’Leary and Houston-based Jordan Hirsch advised the underwriters on two senior notes issuances by Energy Transfer Partners, worth a combined $1.5bn. On the issuer side Henry Havre, also based in Houston, acted for NuStar Logistics on its $550m senior notes offering. Stephanie Beauvais and Meredith Mouer left for in-house positions at Shell and Tellurian respectively.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s capital markets department is co-led by New York partners Susan Failla and Peter O’Brien, and Richmond-based David Wright. The team’s solid issuer offering is complemented by a sound manager-side practice and it has a strong record in REIT and power-related work. On the company side, Dallas-based corporate finance partners Steven Leshin and Lindsay Ferguson advised General Motors Financial Company on multiple issuances of floating-rate and fixed-rate debt totaling $11.2bn. In Richmond, Lake Taylor assisted Lowe’s Companies with its $3bn debt offering. Among its underwriter-side work, New York-based energy specialists Bud Ellis and Steven Friend acted for JP Morgan Securities, Scotia Capital and Wells Fargo Securities on a $1bn notes offering by American Electric Power Company.

[back to top]

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s capital markets team is now led jointly by Michael O’Leary and Austin managing partner Matthew Lyons, following the departure of former co-head David Buck - and three other capital markets partners - to Sidley Austin LLP. The team leverages the firm’s signature strength in oil and gas matters to specialize in advising issuers and managers on equity offerings in the energy space, and it also secures a significant volume of real estate deals. Highlight manager-side transactions included O’Leary and Charlie Ofner advising the underwriters on Hess Midstream Partner’s $390.9m IPO, while Courtney Cochran Butler assisted the underwriters with Buckeye Partners’ $588.7m equity offering. Recent issuer clients include Just Energy Group, NGL Energy Partners and TETRA Technologies. Jordan Hirsch and Melinda Brunger are also recommended. Stephanie Beauvais and Meredith Mouer left for in-house positions at Shell and Tellurian respectively. Named attorneys operate from Houston, unless otherwise stated.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s issuer practice leverages the firm’s robust REIT offering to shine in that space, it also has a focus on power, retail and financial services. New York-based Peter O’Brien co-heads the department and together with newly promoted partner Christina Kwon advised Great Plains Energy on its equity financing to support the acquisition of Westar Energy, which involved concurrent offerings of mandatory preferred stock and common stock totaling approximately $2.5bn. In a highlight example of its strength in REIT-related matters, Richmond-based co-head David Wright, Washington DC’s Robert Smith, New York-based tax specialist George Howell and Richmond-based transactional real estate counsel James Davidson assisted Chimera Investment Corporation with two offerings of preferred stock totaling $470m. Group co-head Susan Failla, who is based in New York, is also a key contact.

[back to top]

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is the result of a merger between Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP. The former Hunton & Williams LLP team ‘has an in-depth understanding of market standards and market precedents’ and advises on a range of tax equity investments and lending agreements and the legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP practice regularly acts for sponsors and tax equity investors involved in the renewable energy sector. New York-based Jo Anne Sirgado and Douglas Murphy advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the $200m expansion of a lending debt credit facility for Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital to be used for the financing of renewables projects. Vera Rechsteiner was highly active in Latin America for clients such as Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura and Inter-American Investment Corporation; she assisted the latter with the $78m financing of a hydroelectric power plant in Ecuador. The practice also impresses in the P3 space, with Richmond-based John O’Neill assisting the Virginia Department of Transportation with its procurement of the $2.1bn Transform I-66 project. On the sponsor side, the ‘detailed and thoughtful’ Jeffrey Schroeder and John Tormey were active for clients such as DTE Energy Services on the financing of conventional power projects. Austin-based Lisa Montgomery Shelton, Houston-based Timothy Unger, solar specialist Eric Pogue and David Lowman are also noted. All named partners are based in Washington DC save where stated otherwise. Stephanie Kroger, formerly with Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, joined Eversheds Sutherland in 2018.

[back to top]

Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Noted for its ‘tremendous industry knowledge’, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP regularly acts for governmental and private issuers on large-scale MBS and mortgage finance transactions. Brent Lewis and Tom Hiner advised the dealers on each of Freddie Mac’s structured agency credit risk transactions since the program began in 2013. Similarly, Brent Lewis has acted for various underwriters in each of Freddie Mac’s seasoned loan structured transactions and seasoned credit risk transfer offerings. In the Richmond office, Amy Williams and Rudene Mercer Haynes acted as program counsel to Ginnie Mae in relation to its issuance of government-guaranteed REMIC securities. Also recommended are Mike Nedzbala in Charlotte and John Dedyo, who joined the firm from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and has experience of CLO transactions and ABS involving non-mortgage asset classes.

[back to top]

United States: Industry focus

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Clients value Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP for the ‘quality of work’ and ‘appropriate response times’. Led by Stuart Hollimon, the team advises on operation, exploration and production disputes, royalty disputes as well as product and services disputes. Recent highlights include the representation of Carpatsky Petroleum in a litigation against Ukrainian company OJSC Ukrnafta regarding the joint development of a Ukrainian oil and gas field and defending Encana against the alleged failure to recognize and pay overriding royalty interests. Representative clients are Chevron, Noble Energy and Sheridan Production Partners. Craig Stahl, Jeffrey Kuehnle and Emmie Gooch are now with Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. and Richard Deutsch joined McGuireWoods LLP.

[back to top]

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP focuses on representing generators, utilities, regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and large consumers in regulatory as well as transactional matters before the FERC. Recent mandates saw the team acting on behalf of TC Ironwood in a FERC proceeding related to the alleged excess of reactive power rates, assisting MISO with the addition of a locational component as part of its market capacity restructuring and representing Maryland Hospitals in a rate proceeding brought by Potomac Electric Power Company to raise rates in Maryland. Meghan Griffiths joined Jackson Walker, L.L.P. and in March 2018, following the merger of the legacy Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon firms, former practice head Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, as special counsel and partner respectively.

[back to top]

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP draws on a wealth of experience in representing oil and natural gas producers and developers, interstate and intrastate pipelines as well as marketing companies before the FERC, DOE, the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI). The recommended Shemin Proctor advised the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the General Partner of DCP Midstream Partners on regulatory aspects of DCP Midstream Partner’s acquisition of the assets of a Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy joint venture. The team also represented Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission in a rate case and assisted Mississippi River Transmission with regulatory proceedings regarding the construction of a new natural gas pipeline. Following the merger of the legacy Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon firms in March 2018, former practice head Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, as special counsel and partner respectively.

[back to top]

Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy: transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 5

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

At Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Houston-based Mark Thurber was highly active in the development, financing and sale of power projects, both in the US and in Latin America; Thurber acted for Energia del Caribe on the development of a natural gas power plant in Mexico, and also assisted Emberclear with the sale of a 110MW development-stage gas-fired power plant in Pennsylvania. Houston-based practice head Timothy Unger and Washington DC-based Vera Rechsteiner are additional contacts.

[back to top]

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Houston-based practice continued to be busy on a variety of M&A and capital markets deals; highly regarded practice head Michael O’Leary acted for the underwriters on Hess Midstream’s IPO, and Hal Haltom assisted Hilcorp Energy with its acquisition of oil and gas properties in Texas and Louisiana. The group saw a number of partner departures in 2017, including David Buck, Jon Daly, George Vlahakos and Bill Cooper, who joined Sidley Austin LLP. Charlie Ofner joined White & Case LLP in 2018.

Leading lawyers

Michael O’Leary - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In April 2018, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP merged with Hunton & Williams LLP to form Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, a move which brought together two highly regarded renewable energy practices. The legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon group advised sponsors on a large number of wind projects, including acting for Terna Energy in the construction and financing of the Fluvanna Wind project in Texas. Austin-based Lisa Montgomery Shelton handles tax equity investment work for the likes of BNP Paribas. In Houston, practice head Timothy Unger assisted the Public Section Pension Investment Board with various matters including a private placement of Pattern Energy Group stock. The legacy Hunton & Williams group is ‘highly competent in its execution of deals and commercially savvy’ and excels in tax equity investment work, where work included advising GE Energy Financial Services and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on their respective tax equity investments in Dermott Wind. Names to note in the Washington DC office include tax specialist David Lowman and Eric Pogue, with the latter praised for his ‘unparalleled knowledge in the solar space’. Global energy head Jeffrey Schroeder is ‘detailed and thoughtful’.

[back to top]

Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Effective 2 April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP have combined to become Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. The firm fields lawyers with specialties in air, water, natural resources, endangered species and wildlife, waste, and climate change. The team regularly advises clients in the electric utilities, oil and gas, and chemical manufacturing industries, as well as automobile manufacturing, transportation, and mining. The team represented the Utility Air Regulatory Group before the US Supreme Court, in challenging the EPA’s efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants through the Clean Power Plan rule. Washington DC-based Eric Murdock heads the administrative law group; Deidre Duncan’s practice includes litigation relating to the CWA, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Makram Jaber, William Brownell and Charles Knauss are also names to note. Key San Francisco contacts include Shannon Broome and Tom Boer. Timothy Carlstedt rejoined as an associate following a stint as deputy GC to the Presidio Trust. Former practice head William Wehrum joined the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation as assistant administrator. All advisers are in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

William Brownell - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Effective 2 April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP have combined to become Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. The firm fields lawyers with specialties in air, water, and natural resources, as well as endangered species and wildlife, waste, and climate change. The team leads the representation of Schlumberger Technology Corporation on the legal issues surrounding the Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman Superfund sites in California’s Mountain View. In Washington DC, Eric Murdock heads the administrative law group and environmental team. Timothy Carlstedt rejoined as associate, following government service as deputy general counsel to the Presidio Trust. Tom Boer in San Francisco is also highly regarded. Former practice head William Wehrum joined the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation as assistant administrator.

Next generation lawyers

Tom Boer - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Effective 2 April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP have combined to become Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Lisa Montgomery Shelton in Austin has extensive experience handling environmental, health and safety issues associated with corporate and transactional matters, including brownfield redevelopment. The practice assists with managing legacy environmental liabilities for refineries; protecting the interests of the world’s largest big box retailers; assessing environmental risks associated with public offerings; and defending clients from liability associated with contamination.

[back to top]

Insurance: advice to policyholders
Leading lawyers

Lorelie Masters - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Jeff Dodd in Houston and Edward Colbert in Washington DC chair Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s team, which excels in copyright advisory and transactional work as well as handling litigation. The firm counsels the World Baseball Softball Confederation on all matters related to its copyright portfolio. It also assists DHX Media with copyright protection matters arising from its $345 acquisition of Iconix Brand Group. On the contentious front, the firm successfully defended Mattel against allegations of copyright infringement regarding its book series, American Girl. New York-based copyright litigators Jonathan Reichman and James Rosini are also recommended.

[back to top]

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is particularly experienced in district court litigation, but also shows strength in appellate work; Hatch-Waxman litigation is another key area. Washington DC’s John Hutchins is defending Apple in litigation against Limestone Memory Systems and is also representing the client in the corresponding IPR proceeding. In New York, Michael Lennon successfully assisted defendant Volkswagen Group of America in an infringement litigation involving multiple IPRs against West View Research regarding patents on a wireless apparatus and a display apparatus. Susan Smith in Washington DC and John Flock in New York are also noted. Clients include Kawasaki Rail Car and Volusion.

[back to top]

Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s ‘responsive’ team delivers ‘thorough work’ and ‘is willing to go the extra mile’. With experience in devising offensive and defensive patent portfolios, the team regularly assists large corporates, start-ups and non-profit entities. Washington DC partners Ping Wang and Daniel Shanley as well as Houston’s Gregory Porter are the main contacts. Apple engaged the team with the representation in an IPR involving a semiconductor memory device and in the electro-mechanical sector, the group assisted the University of Tennessee Research Foundation with the prosecution of domestic and international patents. Nichia recently joined Toyota, Sony and Image Processing Technologies on the client roster. Michael Levy is now in-house counsel at Bayer HealthCare, Douglas Rommelmann left for Bracewell LLP and Sean Wooden joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Michael Ye joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

[back to top]

Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The ‘very responsive’ team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is ‘willing to go the extra mile’ and has in-depth experience in technology licencing matters. Jeff Dodd and Edward Colbert, based in Houston and Washington DC respectively, direct the team which includes the ‘creative’ and ‘thorough’ Washington DC-based Ping Wang who has ‘deep understanding of drug patenting’. Other practitioners to note are Gary Abelev and Michael Lennon in New York, Shawn O’Dowd in Washington DC and Gregory Porter in Houston. In a recent highlight, the group advised Dr. Jack Arbiser and his company Natuderm on the negotiation of several licences and option agreements with pharmaceutical companies in the dermatology sector. Sean Wooden joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Michael Ye joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

Leading lawyers

Michael Lennon - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The group at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has experience across an array of contentious matters, including proceedings before the TTAB. Co-chair Edward Colbert, who is based in New York, has been leading advice to Constellation Brands on various trademark and trade dress infringement issues, including opposition proceedings. Colbert has also been acting for William Grant & Sons on damages claims brought by the Russian Federation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York arising from the ‘Stolichnaya’ and ‘Stoli’ marks. New York-based James Rosini has been representing Yeti in a number of disputes brought against Ontel Products regarding allegations of infringement of Yeti’s trade dress. The group also includes practice co-head Jeff Dodd in Houston and the well-regarded Susan Smith in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

James Rosini - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s IP and technology group has considerable experience assisting clients with portfolio management, prosecutions and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). In Washington DC, co-chair Edward Colbert has been representing the World Baseball Softball Confederation in opposition proceedings brought against FIFA regarding registration issues. Also in Washington DC, Susan Smith has been advising Volkswagen Group of America and Audi of America on all domestic trademark matters, including applications, enforcement and registration. Also headed by Jeff Dodd in Houston, the team includes James Rosini in New York and Michele Schwartz in Dallas.

Leading lawyers

James Rosini - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The versatile multidisciplinary team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP represents companies, management teams and individuals executives from its Houston office. Among recent highlights, Matthew Grunert advised Tokyo Gas America on its acquisition of a 30% equity interest in Castleton Resources, and Anthony Eppert acted for the executive team of Sable Permian through the company’s restructuring. Associate Emily Cabrera is also a key contact.

[back to top]

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, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP merged with Hunton & Williams LLP to form Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, a move which brought together two reputable middle-market M&A practices. The legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon group is highly rated for its advice to public and private companies, MLPs, REITs, financial advisers and private equity funds on complex M&A transactions. Houston-based Michael O’Leary advised Energy Transfer Partners on its acquisition of certain interests in PennTex Midstream Partners, including a rich natural gas gathering system, two cryogenic natural gas processing plants, and residue gas and natural gas liquid pipelines. Highlights for the Austin office included the team advising virtual reality video game developer Owlchemy Labs on its sale to Google; and acting for GPB Capital Holdings, a New York-based global asset management firm, in its acquisition of a division of NTT Data. In the large deal space, Houston-based Christopher Richardson and Hal Haltom Jr acted for Hilcorp San Juan in its acquisition of San Juan Basin oil and gas properties from ConocoPhillips. Other recommended Houston advisers are John Clutterbuck, Melinda Brunger, Henry Havre, Mark Young, Jordan Hirsch, firm-wide managing partner Robert Jewell and Ashley Burns Muehlberger. The legacy Hunton & Williams group includes M&A group co-heads Steven Haas in Richmond, whose practice includes change-of-control transactions, strategic acquisitions and divestitures; Washington DC-based Steven Patterson, who works with a variety of retail and consumer products companies; and Fernando Alonso, who splits his time between Miami and New York and has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure and telecoms sectors. Highlights included advising Bank of the Cascades, and its parent company Cascade Bancorp, in their sale to First Interstate BancSystem, and assisting Darden Restaurants with its $780m purchase of Texas-based restaurant chain Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Notable departures included David Buck, Jon Daly and Bill Cooper to Sidley Austin LLP; Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn, Victor Zanetti and Joseph Hoffman to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Dallas office; and Matthew Lyons, Carmelo Gordian, Alan Bickerstaff, Ted Gilman, Brian Dillavou and Russ Denton going to Shearman & Sterling LLP’s new Austin office.

Leading lawyers

Michael O’Leary - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ashley Burns Muehlberger - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Data privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 1

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Clients praise Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP as ‘the only firm to use for data privacy matters’ with ‘consistently reliable advice and unmatched service levels across the board’. Department head Lisa Sottoalways delivers premium results’; she acted for Yahoo! on all the elements of its response to a cybersecurity attack compromising 3 billion user accounts, and also counts Mastercard, Google and JPMorgan Chase as clients. Aaron Simpson, who divides his time between London and New York, is ‘always responsive and thorough’; senior associate Brittany Bacon is ‘a rising star in the cybersecurity world’; and Paul Tiao and Phyllis Marcus are the key names in the Washington DC office. The department is highly regarded for its cybersecurity expertise, including data breach response and cyber attack prevention and preparation; other areas of expertise include cyber extortion, regulatory and compliance work, international data transfers and the cyber risks associated with blockchain technology.

Leading lawyers

Lisa Sotto - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Next generation lawyers

Brittany Bacon - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is ‘able to advise on risk as much as on the process of contract negotiation’. The firm not only handles a high volume of traditional outsourcing deals, but also has a growing reputation for innovative and complex transactions across IT, human resources, finance and accounting, manufacturing and many more processes. Randall Parks leads the global outsourcing and technology practice from Richmond, Virginia, where Jeffrey Harvey and Andrew Geyer play key roles. Cecilia Oh in Washington DC is also recommended. The firm counts Axalta Coating Systems, Toys R Us, ManpowerGroup and Baylor Health Care System among its clients.

Leading lawyers

Randall Parks - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

United States: Real estate

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s group has a strong emphasis on capital markets matters under the joint leadership of eminent tax expert George Howell and transactional specialist David Wright - both are based in Richmond. Washington DC-based Robert Smith is another key contact and recently advised Annaly Capital Management on two capital raises worth a combined $1.5bn. In another highlight, Richmond’s Mark Wickersham advised Summit Hotel Properties on a $170.8m follow-on offering. Richmond-based counsel James Davidson is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

George Howell - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[back to top]

United States: Tax

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice spanning Dallas, Houston and New York specializes in tax advice to energy and real estate clients, handling master limited partnership (MLP), trust and estate, and executive compensation work. Practice lead Thomas Ford acted for the underwriters in Hess Midstream Partners’ $390m IPO and, together with Allison Mantor, represented GSO as affiliate to Sanchez Energy in its $2.3bn purchase of Eagleford Shale assets in South Texas via a 50/50 joint venture with Blackstone Energy Partners. Robert McNamara and Angela Richards were active for NuStar Energy during its acquisition of Navigator Energy Services for $1.47bn, while Thomas Popplewell in Dallas advised Independent Bank Group on purchasing Carlile Bancshares for $434m. Six Flags is a notable client for New York-based Andrew Feiner. Terri Lacy is the key partner for personal tax planning, while Anthony Eppert handles executive compensation matters. Will Becker moved to Locke Lord LLP’s Dallas office in January 2018. Named attorneys are based in Houston except where otherwise indicated.

[back to top]


Further information on Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in other jurisdictions.

Belgium

Offices in Brussels

Latin America: International firms

London

Offices in London EC3A and London EC4M

Myanmar

Thailand

Offices in Bangkok

United States

Offices in Richmond, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Austin, Charlotte, Norfolk, Dallas, Raleigh, McLean, Washington DC, The Woodlands, Washington DC, New York, Dallas, Houston, Palo Alto, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, and Durham

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to