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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides ‘a very high level of service’, and the team is praised for its ‘quick response times, strong business acumen and solid industry knowledge’. The firm handles domestic and inbound investment matters along with all aspects of real estate law, with key areas of focus including acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and capital markets transactions. The group also has significant environmental assessment capabilities and regularly advises on projects in the residential, hospitality and affordable housing sectors. In the New York office, key partners Robert Ivanhoe, Kristen Lonergan and Farah Ahmed represented RFR Holding and Kushner Companies in their $600m buyout of four properties in Dumbo Heights, Brooklyn from Invesco. Los Angeles-based Gregory Fishman and others recently advised Kayne Anderson Real Estate Investors on the real estate aspects of a merger agreement with Sentio Healthcare Properties. The firm also maintains a strong financing practice; notable examples include representing Golub & Company in a $206m construction loan for the development of Flager Drive, Palm Beach County, and acting for Extell Development regarding a $460m financing provided by RXR Realty for three development projects in New York City. Nancy Lash and Richard Giusto are the main practitioners in Miami, where they advise on all aspects of commercial real estate. Corey Light jointly chairs the practice in Chicago.

Leading lawyers

Robert Ivanhoe - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Goodwin’s ‘tactical and strategically superior’ team provides ‘great client service, high commercial acumen, quality of work and attention’ in cases involving intellectual property, consumer lending and regulatory matters. Co-chair William Jay obtained a victory in the US Supreme Court for respondents in Star Athletica, LLC v Varsity Brands, Inc. On the courts of appeals level, Jay led a team representing Unwired Planet at the Federal Circuit appeal concerning the scope of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s ability to invalidate patents. Meanwhile, co-head Kevin Martin, who is an ‘excellent writer, advocate and strategist’, is representing the Massachusetts High Technology Council in appellate proceedings challenging compliance of the proposed increase of income taxes with constitutional restrictions on ballot initiatives. The group also assisted Alkermes as the intervenor-appellee at the DC Circuit case Otsuka v Burwell, in addition to representing Hewlett-Packard at the Federal Circuit appeal concerning constitutionality of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s inter partes review; the team successfully opposed MCM Portfolio’s subsequent certiorari petition in the latter. Thomas Hefferon and Brian Burgess are also recommended. Greenberg Traurig LLP’s ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ group ‘swiftly provides pertinent opinions necessary to make real time decisions’. The team is representing Town of Ponce Inlet in an appeal stemming from a dispute with a would-be developer, who claimed unlawful deprivation of development opportunities. Dale Wainwright, who is ‘persuasive and concise in his argumentation’, represented the City of Lubbock in the Texas Supreme Court case stemming from the city’s water development plan conflicting with underground water rights of Coyote Lake Ranch. Elliot Scherker (Miami), Mark Solomons, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (New York) and Susan Phillips Read (Albany) head the practice. Barry Richard splits his time between Tallahassee, New York and Washington DC.

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s practice is co-chaired by John Pappalardo in Boston, Marc Mukasey in New York and Miami’s Jacqueline Becerra. Mukasey is acting as lead trial lawyer for Michael Gramins, a former executive at Nomura Securities, in a high-profile mortgage-backed securities fraud case, leading to no conviction. Tampa’s David Weinstein is noted for his ‘ability to navigate complicated international cases involving multiple jurisdictions and regulators’; he is representing Daniela Casadei, a former Swiss banker indicted in the US for alleged conspiracy to commit tax fraud. Weinstein also represents a major non-profit in a DOJ investigation into its accounts, resulting in no criminal charges or civil lawsuits. Felicia Manno is also recommended for healthcare-related criminal matters.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The sizable litigation group at Greenberg Traurig, LLP has significant geographic reach and litigates cases around the country. It is well versed in ‘bet the company’ disputes in diverse sectors, including healthcare, financial services and energy. A New Jersey-based team led by practice co-chair Philip Sellinger was retained to represent Marriott Ownership Resorts and several related entities in a putative class action that concerns timeshare resorts in 11 states. Houston-based Mary-Olga Lovett secured a complete victory for MotherRock in a case brought by certain investors alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims. Alan Mansfield jointly chairs the practice from New York, where Richard Edlin is also based.

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP lost international litigation practice co-head Louis Solomon to Reed Smith LLP along with Colin Underwood and Michael Lazaroff, but it retains significant expertise in cross-border disputes. Experienced trial lawyer Hal Shaftel in New York is representing plaintiffs WR Huff Asset Management and Musashi LLC in the recovery of $1.6bn for consulting services rendered in connection with the financial restructuring of Virgin Media. Respected securities litigator Joseph Coates in West Palm Beach advised Everest Capital on a class action and derivative suit arising from investments in Swiss francs.

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Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers

Lori Cohen - Greenberg Traurig 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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Co-headed by Francis Citera in Chicago and Robert Herrington in Los Angeles, the department at Greenberg Traurig LLP has a strong track record representing manufacturers in high-profile product liability lawsuits and class actions. Recent work includes representing longstanding client Twin Hill in a putative class action brought by American Airlines flight attendants who alleged that uniforms caused various health problems. In Los Angeles, Rick Shackelford successfully defended Ocean Spray Cranberries against a class action alleging misleading labeling. New York-based Richard Edlin and David Sellinger in New Jersey lead the defense of Samsung Electronics in a nationwide class action, in which plaintiffs claim that the glass covering the rear camera lens in S7 smartphones shatters without external force being applied. The firm’s client base also includes Reynolds Tobacco and Fifth Generation.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP

The pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare litigation practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP is headed by Atlanta-based Lori Cohen and is recommended for its ‘expertise in medical device product liability cases and the pharmaceuticals industry generally’. Led by Chicago-based Gregory Ostfeld and Christiana Jacxsens in Atlanta, the team continues to act as lead national counsel to Alcon in six multi-state consumer fraud class actions and recently obtained dismissal of the first and lead case, in which plaintiffs had alleged unfair practices in the dropper design of glaucoma drugs. In other work, Cohen acts as national counsel to Medtronic in litigation and claims involving a wide variety of medical devices and recently obtained settlements in three cases with significant potential exposure. The team also continues to represent CR Bard as national coordinating and national trial counsel in all claims concerning pelvic mesh and vaginal mesh devices. Sandoz, Takeda and Teva are also clients of the firm. In June 2017, mass torts expert Russell Gaudreau joined the New York office from Reed Smith LLP.

Leading lawyers

Lori Cohen - Greenberg Traurig LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP

The department at Greenberg Traurig LLP represents manufacturers in product liability, class action and mass tort litigation in the chemical products and environmental tort areas. In Tampa, practice head David Weinstein and Christopher Torres continue to defend Mosaic Fertilizer in several environmental lawsuits, including a putative class action arising from a 65m gallon release of process water during hurricane Frances. Chicago-based Francis Citera leads the defense of Lockheed Martin against personal injury and property damage claims, allegedly resulting from the contamination of the residential well water in Wedron, Illinois. David Mandelbaum in Philadelphia co-chairs the firm’s environmental practice with New York-based Steven Russo. Glatfelter and Tri-Realty are also clients of the firm.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is ‘a firm that is not afraid to try cases’. Its broad and deep practice has specialist securities litigation expertise focused on key client groups. Bradford Kaufman in West Palm Beach is global chair of the securities litigation practice, while New York-based William Briendel jointly leads the broker-dealer securities litigation group with Kaufman and West Palm Beach-based Tracy Gerber, and Robert Horowitz in New York jointly leads the D&O securities litigation team (which includes securities class actions) with Los Angeles’ Daniel Tyukody. Kaufman and Joseph Coates represented Roger Jenkins, former Barclays chairman of investment banking in the Middle East, in a securities fraud investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office. Tyukody acted for Bridgepoint Education in a class action and two state court derivative actions alleging that the company intentionally manipulated its accounting in violation of generally accepted accounting principles. Washington DC-based Elaine Greenberg, whose clients include large investment banks, and Miami-based Hilarie Bass and David Coulson are also recommended.

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United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 6

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s restructuring and bankruptcy practice has experience in representing all parties in both in and out-of-court restructuring. On the company-side, New York-based Nancy Mitchell and Paul Keenan in Miami led representation of Optima Speciality Steel and its subsidiaries in Chapter 11 proceedings. The team also advised Energy Future Holdings in the company’s complex $49bn restructuring. In another high-profile mandate, the group is representing the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority in relation to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. In connection with the Chapter 11 of TK Holdings, the group has been engaged by Roger Frankel as representative for future claims for injuries sustained from faulty airbags. Mitchell, Mark Bloom in Miami and Keith Shapiro in Chicago jointly head the practice. Matthew Hinker (New York) and Dennis Meloro (Wilmington) recently made partner.

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Acting primarily for end-user clients, Greenberg Traurig, LLP handles a range of credit and equity-linked derivative products and deal-contingent structures, and also advises on regulatory compliance. Sylvie Durham led a multi-jurisdictional team acting on a complex deal-contingent FX swap in connection with a cross-border M&A transaction. Durham assisted a swaps dealer with its registration pursuant to certain US and global regulatory requirements. The team has also acted for energy companies in relation to hedging and swap transactions. Nanette Aguirre is another key contact. Edwin Nazario joined Reed Smith LLP in 2018.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Natural gas regulatory work is a sweet spot for the team at Greenberg Traurig LLP, which is best known for advising gas pipelines on rate cases, certificate proceedings, FERC enforcements, LNG project safety issues and compliance matters. Howard Nelson is assisting the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America with a FERC inquiry regarding the commission’s policy for recovery of income tax costs and is also providing ongoing regulatory advice to Colonial Pipeline’s refined petroleum products pipeline. Another ongoing matter is the representation of the State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development in regulatory issues regarding the development of the Alaska LNG Project; in 2017 Kenneth Minesinger filed an application before the FERC under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act to construct, own and operate Alaska LNG.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 5

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP continued to be active on various significant LNG projects including Houston-based William Garner acting for Texas LNG on the financing of a proposed $1.4bn LNG export terminal in Brownsville, Texas. The team was also busy in the oilfield services and maritime services sub-sectors. Washington DC-based Kenneth Minesinger is the main contact following the departure of Douglas Atnipp to Winston & Strawn LLP.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP is experienced in complex civil and criminal environmental matters. The team acted for a responsible party in connection with one of the largest contaminated sediment Superfund sites in the US. The group also defended Mosaic Fertilizer against a putative class action (filed by commercial fishermen and others), arising from a 65 million gallon release of process water into a bay during a hurricane. The department heads are Miami-based Kerri Barsh, Philadelphia’s David Mandelbaum and Tampa managing shareholder David Weinstein. Notable Denver advisers include Troy Eid, the former US Attorney for the District of Colorado, Paul Seby, and Christopher Neumann. Caleb Holmes is a notable Philadelphia contact and Francis Citera in Chicago co-chairs the products liability and mass torts litigation group.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s departmental heads are Miami-based Kerri Barsh, Philadelphia’s David Mandelbaum and Tampa managing shareholder David Weinstein. Barsh led advice to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, regarding the environmental permits for the Miami International Boat Show.

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

With ‘a practical and business-oriented’ department, Greenberg Traurig, LLP is ‘easy to work with’ thanks to ‘a responsive and proactive approach to its work’. The group is highly regarded for its regulatory expertise; recent mandates include advising Senior Whole Health on contract negotiations and HIPAA compliance, acting for Centerbridge Partners on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Davis Vision, and handling the regulatory elements of WellCare Health Plans’ acquisition of Universal American. Nancy Taylor and Michael Cherniga lead the practice from Washington DC and Tallahassee respectively; Taylor is experienced in ACA provisions, reimbursement matters and policy issues, and Cherniga focuses on regulatory mandates. Fort Lauderdale-based David Peck, Tricia Asaro and Harold Iselin in Albany and Francis Serbaroli in New York are also recommended. Albany-based Eileen Hayes made partner in 2017 and Eric Hargan moved in-house.

Next generation lawyers

Eileen Hayes - Greenberg Traurig LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s ‘exceptional’ department is ‘very practical and business oriented’ with ‘a highly knowledgeable and responsive’ team of ‘impressive’ individuals. The group handles transactions, litigation, enforcement actions, product approvals and regulatory issues; it recently assisted CityMD with a majority equity investment by Warburg Pincus, advised Centerbridge Partners on the regulatory elements of its purchase of a majority stake in Davis Vision, and handled Blue Wolf Capital Fund’s investment in Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice. Washington DC-based Nancy Taylor and Tallahassee-based Michael Cherniga jointly lead the team, and Dallas-based Michael Malone and Joseph Coniglio are also recommended..

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United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Kurt Kappes in Sacramento and Atlanta-based David Long-Daniels and Natasha Wilson lead Greenberg Traurig LLP’s team, which handles investigations and disputes arising from trade secrets misappropriation as well as advising clients on preventative strategy. Todd Wozniak in Atlanta assisted Sprayberry Dental Associates with a non-solicitation clause and data theft lawsuit against its former employees. Highlights also included representing Agilysys with a trade secret misappropriation claim against a former salesperson. Richard McCrea in Tampa is also noted, as is Ian Ballon, who splits his time between Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

At Greenberg Traurig LLP, the department has significant experience handling disputes for clients in the fashion and technology sectors, among others. In New York, of counsel Daniel Schloss often represents clients before the TTAB and the US Patent and Trademark Office. In Washington DC, Steven Wadyka is experienced acting for clients in federal court.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP

The trademark and brand management group at Greenberg Traurig LLP is engaged by clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of trademark matters. In Los Angeles, practice chair Susan Heller has significant experience handling clearance, enforcement and portfolio management matters, as well as proceedings brought before the TTAB. Steven Wadyka, who is based in Washington DC, is also recommended.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP covers the gamut of ERISA litigation and recently intervened in an ESOP case in which a former participant launched a class action against the plan and its former fiduciaries in connection with its termination in 2011. Atlanta-based Todd Wozniak led advice to GlaxoSmithKline and other entities and their medical plans with regard to breach of fiduciary duties and unfair competition claims arising from the denial of services provided by out-of-network medical providers. In New York, Jonathan Sulds secured a motion to dismiss in a breach of fiduciary action involving allegations of failure to disclose information pertaining to a 401(k) plan. New Jersey-based Robert Bernstein is also a key name and has recently been representing a national reinsurance company in ERISA litigation.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Leslie Klein and Jeffrey Mamorsky head Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s employee benefits and compensation practice from the Phoenix and New York offices, respectively. In Silicon Valley, Magan Ray continues to serve as outside benefits counsel to Western Digital - namely with respects to tax issues and healthcare plan administration - while the Denver-based Renée O’Rourke oversaw the implementation of two lump sum window benefits to a large pension plan. Collective Health also appointed the group to advise on ERISA, ACA and HIPAA-related issues pertaining to self-insured healthcare plans. Other noteworthy clients include Twitter, Xilinx and Intuit.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s practice has expertise across the full spread of immigration services, with a notable specialty in advising multinational corporations on strategic immigration planning regarding relocation of personnel, both into and out of the US. The group also receives recognition for its strength in corporate immigration matters, policy development, visa issues, compliance matters and contentious work. Laura Reiff has an excellent reputation in the space and splits her time between the firm’s McLean and Washington DC offices. Reiff chairs the practice alongside McLean-based Martha Schoonover, who is also a high-profile name in the group. Kate Kalmykov, who splits her time between New York and New Jersey, Atlanta-based Ian Macdonald and McLean-based Pamela Mak are other key names.

Leading lawyers

Laura Reiff - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Martha Schoonover - Greenberg Traurig LLP

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

At Greenberg Traurig LLP, practice co-chair James Boudreau, who is based in Philadelphia, is representing CVS Pharmacy in a putative class action filed by a group of CVS shift supervisors in Massachusetts, and is defending The Kellogg Company in purported class and collective actions alleging the company misclassifies its retail sales representatives as exempt from overtime under the FLSA and various state laws. In Atlanta, department co-chair David Long-Daniels is representing Landry’s in a putative class action. Phoenix Metals Company, Capital Health and Tenet Healthcare Corporation are also clients. Tampa-based Peter Zinober, Shira Yoshor in Houston, who is ‘a great communicator’, Kelly Bunting in Philadelphia, Justin Keith in Boston, and department co-chair Jonathan Sulds in New York are recommended. In Atlanta, John Richards, Todd Wozniak and Natasha Wilson, who co-chairs the complex employment litigation and trials team alongside Kurt Kappes in Sacramento and Long-Daniels, are also noted. Mark Kemple in Los Angeles and Naomi Beer in Denver co-head the class, collective and systemic employment litigation team with Boudreau. Key contacts in New Jersey include Wendy Johnson Lario, of counsel Micala Campbell Robinson and Kristine Feher.

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

In an example of its multi-disciplinary offering, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, under the leadership of practice co-chair Jonathan Sulds, is representing a major electric power utility in collective bargaining, healthcare insurance and other labor relations matters arising from the commencement of bankruptcy proceedings. Also in New York, Jerrold Goldberg continues to advise the NoMad Hotel on union grievances, employment issues and various discrimination charges, while Boston-based Terence McCourt acted for a client in contentious proceedings pertaining to the interplay of NLRB and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations.

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Workplace and employment counseling
Workplace and employment counseling - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP routinely advises on internal investigations, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) audits, compliance and force reductions, performance management, discipline, and wage and hour issues. Hillsborough County Civil Service Board, Bellwether Behavioral Health and KeyBank are clients. Johnine Barnes in Washington DC advised Profit Investment Management on corporate restructuring in addition to compliance issues and diversification. Houston-based Shira Yoshor, who ‘offers well-informed advice’, Wendy Lario in New Jersey and John Richards in Atlanta are key figures in the team, which also includes Philadelphia-based Kelly Bunting, who co-chairs the workforce compliance and regulatory enforcement group with Tiffany Fordyce and Jon Zimring in Chicago. David Long-Daniels in Atlanta, Jonathan Sulds in New York and James Boudreau in Philadelphia head the labor and employment department. Michael Taylor, who chairs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) group, joined the Northern Virginia office from Baker & Hostetler LLP in 2017.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 6

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a sizable department, with senior M&A practitioners operating from many of its 29 US offices. This geographic reach helps the firm service a diverse client base spanning a wide range of industries. On top of this, it is also noted for its expertise in cross-border M&A, particularly involving Latin America. In this regard, Miami-based vice chair of the firm Patricia Menéndez-Cambó has an outstanding reputation. The firm has developed an especially strong record in technology, healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals transactions, and clients include the likes of AstraZeneca, Hard Rock International, Ryder System, Arlington Capital Partners, Macquarie Bank, TerraForm Power, Ocelot Partners and The Stars Group. Dennis Block, the New York-based senior chairman of the global M&A practice, recently led a team that advised the corporate governance and conflicts committee of the board of directors of TerraForm Power on the committee’s review of strategic options and the proposed $1.7bn merger and sponsorship transaction with Brookfield Asset Management. The firm’s growing presence in private equity saw it advise Medina Capital on its $2.8bn joint venture with international private equity house BC Partners. Alan Annex in New York, Chicago-based Peter Lieberman and Fort Lauderdale partner Bruce March are joint chairs of the corporate practice.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP assists clients with contentious and transactional matters. Practice heads Robert Epstein and David Jensen, who operate out of the firm’s offices in New York and Florham Park, New Jersey, are ‘exceptional construction lawyers who are always looking for the best result’, representing public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers, sureties, lenders and other parties in a wide variety of projects across the US. On the transactional side, the firm advises clients on negotiating and drafting agreements across all phases of construction projects, and Epstein and Jensen are currently acting for Triple Five regarding the $5bn American Dream tourism, retail and entertainment complex in New Jersey, set to open in March 2019. Litigator Michael Burnett (Houston) advised F.E. Moran on a multimillion-dollar arbitration against Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals arising from F.E. Moran’s installation of the fire and gas systems on the Sabine Pass liquefaction project. Robert Brams (Washington DC) leads on the government construction contracts.

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Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has a noticeable presence in New York and Florida and counts property developers, landowners, joint venture partners and investors among its clients. A sweet spot for the department is the health sector where it has extensive experience in advising on the development of healthcare facilities. Key points of contact are practice chair Jay Segal and Nick Hockens, who are based in New York. The group welcomed Ellen Berkowitz and Brady McShane from Akerman LLP in its Los Angeles and Denver offices, respectively.

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s ‘extremely deep’ team scores high marks for its ‘very strong industry knowledge and service levels’ under the leadership of New York-based practice lead Judith Fryer. Among Fryer’s recent work, she advised public non-traded REIT, NorthStar Real Estate Income II, on its combination with NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust and a select portfolio of Colony NorthStar’s assets and liabilities to create a REIT with approximately $5.5bn in assets. Fryer, together with ‘preeminent specialist’ Alice Connaughton, who is based in Washington DC, assisted Industrial Property Trust with its $1.7bn IPO. Other highlights include New York’s Joseph Herz advice to Rodin Global Property Trust on its $1.2bn offering. Real estate chair Robert Ivanhoe, who also operates from New York, is another key figure in the group.

Leading lawyers

Judith Fryer - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The ‘excellentGreenberg Traurig, LLP’ areas of strength include international tax planning, the US federal tax aspects of cross-border M&A and corporate reorganizations, taxation of real estate investments, securities offerings by US and foreign corporations, as well as treaty issues, foreign tax credits and withholding taxes. New York’s Mary Voce heads the practice. Miami’s Seth Entin advised Southern Ports Holdings, which owns a more than 50% interest in the Colombian port operator Compañía de Puertos Asociados (Compas), on the $136.5m sale by the client’s former joint venture partner, Grupo Argos, of its remaining equity interests in Compas to investment funds managed by Goldman Sachs. Miami’s Erika Litvak and Washington DC’s Robert Simon are other names to note.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is known for its expertise in eggshell audits, employment tax examinations and appeals, offshore voluntary disclosures, tax fraud and tax compliance matters, as well as tax disputes at the domestic and international level. The practice is headed by New York-based Barbara Kaplan. New York’s Scott Fink and San Francisco-based Bradley Marsh and Michelle Ferreira are other key contacts.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 7

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides transactional, financial, structural and operational tax advice, including on M&A integration, joint ventures, investment funds and leasing issues. Seth Entin in Miami, Manuel Rajunov in Dallas and Noam Lipshitz in Fort Lauderdale advised Viakable on a $300m joint venture between its subsidiary Magnekon and Rea Magnet Wire Company. Entin further acted for Intec Pharma on its $57.7m public offering. Mary Voce leads the practice from her position in New York. Miami-based Ozzie Schindler, real estate taxation lawyer Kenneth Zuckerbrot in New York and transaction tax partner Robert Simon in Denver are also core team members.

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s large and dedicated Latin America practice has achieved a high degree of market penetration in the banking and finance segment. It has built an especially strong record in Mexico, where it has a substantial and established Mexico City office, and across Central America. South American jurisdictions such as Argentina, Colombia and Chile are also fruitful markets for the firm. Clients include Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, Cervecería Costa Rica, MRO, Cap Cana Steering Committee, Oppenheimer & Co, Avianca Holdings and Hencorp Becstone Capital. Recent work has seen the team advise MesoAmerica Latam Opportunites Fund on its $120m revolving credit facility with Scotiabank; and also represent the Mexico-based producer of building materials for the construction industry, Elementia, on a $125m unsecured term loan provided by Scotiabank. In another notable deal, it advised leading Mexican paper producer, Grupo Bio Pappel, on a $450m secured syndicated credit facility. Firm vice-chair Patricia Menéndez-Cambó founded the Latin America practice and is noted for her acquisition and project finance activity in the region. Randy Bullard is another pivotal member of the team; he has deep experience in jurisdictions including Peru, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras. Emilio Alvarez-Farré covers both corporate transactions and financings in Latin America and has more than 25-years’ experience in the region. New York partner Ross Kaufman is recommended for syndicated loans, securitisation and asset-backed finance transactions in Brazil; and Jeffrey Tenen, chair of the global aircraft and equipment finance practice, has a strong focus on Latin America where he represents international airlines in Chile, Panama, Mexico, Colombia and various Central American jurisdictions.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP has been making solid progress in Latin America capital markets transactions, particularly following the hire of Marc Rossell in 2016. Versatile Miami partner Randy Bullard is also key to the team and recently advised beer and soft drinks producer Cervecería Costa Rica (and its subsidiary North American Breweries Holdings), on the refinancing of an existing syndicated credit facility via the issuance of $250m unsecured floating rate and fixed rate notes to Prudential Financial. Rossell led the team that advised Chilean power-generator Inversiones Latin America Power, on its $412m senior secured notes issuance (through private placement) to finance two wind farms in Chile.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP has one of the largest teams of dedicated Latin America specialists of all the international law firms; it has Latin America facing teams in Mexico City, Miami, New York and a number of other US offices. Industry experience is one of its particular fortes with a number of the partners having significant in-house lawyer experience, some as deputy general counsels. Financial services and telecoms are two sectors where the firm has an especially strong record. Clients include Grupo Assa, The Related Group, Grupo Bio Pappel, Sobel Westex, Restaurant Brands International, Grupo Rotoplas and Organizacion Sanita. Showcasing its expertise in financial services, the practice continued to advise ASSA Compañía Tenedora and ASSA Compañía de Seguros on its acquisition of American International Group (AIG)’s operations in Central America, located in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama; as part of the deal AIG and ASSA will establish an on-going business partnership to pursue new opportunities in Central America. Additionally, the firm advised The Related Group on multiple joint ventures and acquisitions in Latin America, including the acquisition of a real estate project in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. Firm vice chair Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is a seasoned figure in Latin America transactions, in particular in the telecoms and other regulated sectors. Randy Bullard and Emilio Alvarez-Farré are also experienced Latin America hands, with extensive records in M&A. Yosbel Ibarra is co-chair of the firm’s Latin America and Iberian practice and has almost 20 years of experience in M&A and private equity transactions in the region. Enrique Conde, Antonio Peña and Mark Lopez are also recommended. All named individuals are primarily based in Miami.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s sizeable Mexico City office is furthering the firm’s standing in energy and infrastructure matters. It advised Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, as financial adviser to the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation, on the structuring and coordination of the competitive tender process for the development of its nationwide 4G mobile, wholesale shared network (Red Compartida). Telecoms and road infrastructure is a key strength of the firm. Juan Manuel González is the key name in Mexico City.

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