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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s network of 29 offices takes in a ‘first-tier New York City’ practice, led by Robert Ivanhoe, who is widely regarded as being ‘among the top real estate lawyers in the US’. In one highlight, Ivanhoe represented a joint venture between the Chetrit Group and Clipper Equity in its $1.4bn sale of 550 Madison Avenue to the Olayan Group. Another name to note in New York is Stephen Rabinowitz, whose varied caseload included representing Qatari Diar Investment Company in a $700m joint venture with Tishman Speyer to construct a 1.1m sq ft mixed-use development on Long Island City, New York. The practice also thrives in Chicago, where practice co-chair Corey Light is based, and Miami, where Matthew Gorson is representing Swire Properties in the $2bn Brickell City Center urban development project. Other work in Miami further illustrates the firm’s strength in dirt mandates; for example, Ryan Bailine and Nancy Lash advised a joint venture between Adler Group and 13th Floor Investments on the negotiation of a long-term ground lease and development agreement for a mixed-use development at Douglas Station.

Leading lawyers

Robert Ivanhoe - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s team, led by Miami-based Elliot Scherker, Mark Solomons in Washington DC and Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick in New York, ‘delivers high-quality advice’. At the Second Circuit, New York’s Marc Mukasey is representing former UBS employee Gary Heinz in appealing his conviction for bid-rigging. John Gibbons and the ‘highly experienced and capable’ Francis Citera in Chicago successfully represented Sears in a Second District appeal, affirming that the proposed class of plaintiffs in an alleged mislabeling, misrepresenting and false advertising case was overbroad. Whole Foods, Lost Tree Village and Taco Bell are clients. Barry Richard splits his time between Tallahassee, New York and Washington DC and is a name to note.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s white-collar crime department is headed by the Boston-based John Pappalardo and the ‘diligent and well-connected’ Marc Mukasey, who works in New York. Mukasey represented the economic development corporation arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as the victim of a bond fraud scheme. Chicago’s John Gibbons acted for Trans Energy in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DOJ investigation into fracking activities in West Virginia. Miami lawyer Mark Schnapp’s clients include Citigroup and public cell phone provider TracFone. Tampa-based David Weinstein represented a Swiss banker indicted for conspiracy to commit tax fraud. In the same city, Gregory Kehoe’s work includes FCA litigation.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

With resources on the ground in 36 offices globally, Greenberg Traurig, LLP acts for a broad range of clients, both domestic and international, and is recognized for its ‘excellent service and global reach’. In a clear illustration of its ability to handle complex, multifaceted disputes, ‘terrific attorney and counselorAlan Mansfield in New York and Elli Leibenstein in Chicago are representing RJ Reynolds Tobacco in arbitration brought by it and other settling tobacco companies arising from the high-profile Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement concerning tobacco-related illnesses that was reached with multiple states. Praise is also leveled at Philip Sellinger and David Sellinger in New Jersey and Houston-based Shari Heyen.

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s international litigation team advises on a range of international and cross-border disputes. It advised PepsiCo on a wrongful termination, breach of contract, willful destruction of business and breach of fiduciary duty case brought by a former Peruvian PepsiCo bottler, CEPSA. Lycos Internet Limited, Online Media Solutions, DolarToday and Banca Mifel are also clients. New York-based Louis Solomon is now global co-head of international litigation, having joined the firm in 2016 alongside Hal Shaftel, Colin Underwood, and Michael Lazaroff from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft 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 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s product liability and mass torts department is highly regarded by clients for its ‘very deep bench’ in high-profile matters. Los Angeles-based practice co-head Robert Herrington represented Twin Hill in a products liability suit brought by more than 170 Alaska Airlines flight attendants alleging that the uniform garments provided by Twin Hill contained various toxins, heavy metals and allergenic dyes. In Chicago, ‘highly experienced and capable’ co-head Francis Citera defended Louisville Distilling Company in a putative class action brought before the Northern District of Illinois alleging false marketing and advertising regarding its product. The firm’s Houston office grew in 2016 with the arrival of Paul Kerlin and David Oliver from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

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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

Headed by Lori Cohen in Atlanta, Greenberg Traurig LLP’s pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare litigation department often acts for clients as lead trial counsel. Cohen has been serving as national counsel to Sandoz in various litigation, including eight federal cases alleging the promotion and distribution of Sandoz’s generic medication Amiodarone without required medication guides. Cohen and Atlanta-based Victoria Lockard have been serving as lead counsel to Teva Pharmaceuticals in remaining litigation concerning the company’s prescription pain medication propoxyphene. The team also includes Gregory Ostfeld in Chicago and Christiana Jacxsens in Atlanta.

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 toxic tort group at Greenberg Traurig LLP acts for a broad range of chemical product manufacturers. In Tampa, practice head David Weinstein and Christopher Torres obtained a summary judgment for Mosaic Company in a lawsuit brought against the company alleging that the plaintiff was harmed due to exposure to hazardous air pollutants and other toxins from the company’s manufacturing facility in Florida. Environment partner David Mandelbaum has been serving as lead counsel to Glatfelter in remaining litigation regarding a contaminated sediment site in the US. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Bernadette Rappold in the Washington DC office.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s geographically broad and talented team has strengthen significantly in recent times. From the West Palm Beach office, Joseph Coates leads the local securities litigation group and Bradford Kaufman is co-chair of firm’s wider securities litigation team, while Daniel Tyukody in Los Angeles leads on securities class actions. In New York, William Briendel and Robert Horowitz are the heads of the broker-dealer litigation practice. Washington DC-based Elaine Greenberg, whose experience includes 25 years at the SEC, joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Louis Solomon, who is now co-head of the firm’s international litigation practice, joined in New York from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP along with colleagues Hal Shaftel and Colin Underwood - . The firm’s highlights included Tyukody’s defense of Bridgepoint Education in a class action based on allegations that the company intentionally manipulated its accounting processes to influence its stock price. Clients also recommend Karl Dial’s team in Dallas; Hilarie Bass and David Coulson in Miami; and Terry Weiss in Atlanta.

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United States: Finance

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

The restructuring and bankruptcy practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP is spread across the country, with matters led from the firm’s New York, Chicago, Miami and Houston offices. In a high-profile debtor-side engagement, New York-based Nancy Mitchell has been representing SFX Entertainment in its Chapter 11. The New York team has also been acting as special energy counsel to Energy Future Holdings and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases. Other notable work includes the representation of Benjamin Moore & Co as a party of interest in the Maxus Energy Chapter 11 in connection with the civil action filed against the debtor alleging liability for environmental damages from pollution caused by a plant it formerly owned - the firm’s client is just one of the potentially responsible parties with respect to clean-up costs. Mitchell co-heads the team alongside Mark Bloom in Miami and Keith Shapiro in Chicago. Karl Burrer and Lenard Parkins both joined the Houston office from Haynes and Boone, L.L.P..

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has ‘excellent capabilities’ specifically in swaps and derivative transactions. ‘Providing creative solutions to meet clients’ needs’, Sylvie Durham acted for Jarden Corporation concerning derivatives hedging of new stock acquired in the sale of Jarden Corporation to Newell Corporation. Durham also advises Effex Capital on its registration as a swap dealer for cross-border FX derivative products. Mark Michigan, who specializes in securitized financing transactions, has handled deals involving assets such as credit card receivables, timeshare loans and trade receivables in 2016. Todd Miller, who splits his time between Orlando and Tampa, is another key member of the practice.Other notable clients include National Bank of Australia, Platform Specialty Products Corporation, CIBC and Banca Intesa.

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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 the key element of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s practice, which represents its clients in rate cases, tariff and regulatory approval proceedings, while also handling compliance and cost recovery matters. In one highlight matter, the team advised the State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation on all aspects of the FERC Section 3 licensing process for the Alaska LNG project, consisting of an LNG export terminal, a natural gas treatment plant and an 800-mile natural gas pipeline, connecting the gas treatment plant on the Alaska North Slope to the LNG terminal. This included an analysis of FERC jurisdiction issues, a review of resource reports and assistance with other environmental aspects. Howard Nelson, of counsel Patrick Pope and co-chair of the global energy and infrastructure practice Kenneth Minesinger represented El Paso Natural Gas in a rate case before FERC. Douglas Atnipp co-chairs the national energy and natural resources practice from Houston. William Sultemeier moved to Jones Day before taking an in-house role at OGE Energy.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

The team at Greenberg Traurig LLP is headed by Douglas Atnipp and Kenneth Minesinger in Houston and Washington DC respectively, and is especially strong in the finance space. William Garner is also recommended. Alfredo Ramos joined the Houston office from Gardere Wynne Sewell in October 2016.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP

At Greenberg Traurig LLP, Washington DC-based David Weinstein represented The Mosaic Company in a $50m suit brought by an independent plaintiff, who alleged harmful exposure to air pollutants from a Mosaic Fertilizer manufacturing facility. In other highlights, David Mandelbaum acted for FMC Corporation in a $1bn suit regarding the cleanup of arsenic deposited into soils in the town of Middleport, and also represented a responsible party in a $1.5bn case concerning a contaminated sediment Superfund site. David Weinstein is recommended in Tampa, while Kerri Barsh is the key contact in the Miami office, where she handles various environmental assessment and liability matters, along with administrative litigation, rulemaking and permitting challenges. Francis Citera is co-head of the product liability and mass tort litigation group, and has significant experience defending purported class actions and toxic tort actions. Troy Eid specializes in state, federal and tribal matters, and is noted for his expertise in environmental law and energy development on native lands.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP is ‘the best in New York at knowing the intricacies of state-managed healthcare organizations’, according to one client; it has expertise in regulatory matters - notably including the Affordable Care Act - and substantial experience in fraud and other white-collar criminal cases. The 45-lawyer practice is jointly headed by the highly respected Nancy Taylor in Washington DC and Michael Cherniga in Tallahassee. Among other recent matters, Albany-based Tricia Asaro and Harold Iselin advised Universal American on the sale of Total Care - its Medicaid health plan - to Molina Healthcare, handling the regulatory issues and negotiating the stock purchase agreement. Iselin also assisted with the New York Health Plan Association’s settlement negotiation with the New York State Attorney General to cover chronic hepatitis C cases.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP is highly rated by clients for its regulatory expertise; the team also advises on healthcare M&A and Medicaid program disputes. It advised Vizient on its $2.7bn buyout of MedAssets’ spend and clinical resource management division from Pamplona Capital Management. Nancy Taylor and Michael Cherniga jointly head the practice from the Washington DC and Tallahassee offices, respectively. Sean McKenna, who is ‘always available and helps clients wade through the dark waters of the industry’, joined the Dallas office from Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., and Liz Dudek joined the Tallahassee practice as director of healthcare affairs after previously being secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

At Greenberg Traurig LLP, Ian Ballon, who splits his time between the firm’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices, focuses on litigation at the intersection of copyright and technology, including DMCA issues. Robert Rosenbloum in Atlanta regularly handles copyright counseling work for recording artists, record companies and motion picture companies, as well as digital media companies and service providers in the online space. Clients include Cafepress.com, Groupon, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s team is led by Kurt Kappes in Sacramento and Richard McCrea in Tampa, and includes Atlanta-based David Long-Daniels. Long-Daniels acted for Bartlett Holdings and its subsidiary in a $30m action against its competitors and former employees, including claims of tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of employee duties and restrictive covenants. Paul Ranis in Fort Lauderdale and Ian Ballon, who splits his time between Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, are also recommended.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s team is particularly noted for handling trademark disputes in the technology and fashion industries. Daniel Schloss in New York has been defending Ralph Lauren against an appeal brought by Rolex against a TTAB decision that found no likelihood of confusion between the Rolex brand and the client’s marks Ralph Lauren RLX and RLX Ralph Lauren. Steven Wadyka in Washington DC has been representing Underwriters Laboratories in numerous anti-counterfeiting disputes.

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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

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s brand management practice is noted for its work in a variety of industries, particularly technology, entertainment, fashion and luxury goods. The team assisted Western Digital with the expansion of its global trademark portfolio, acts for Electronics For Imaging in monitoring, prosecuting and enforcing its brands, and has been advising H&M on trademark filing regarding upcoming product and brand launches. Other clients include Ralph Lauren, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. Practice chair Susan Heller in Los Angeles and Steven Wadyka in Washington DC are recommended.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The nationwide practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP represents clients such as DeVry University, Whole Foods and GlaxoSmithKline in a wide array of employment law cases. In Atlanta, Todd Wozniak is defending a healthcare consulting entity and its ESOP in a class action suit filed by a former participant alleging the termination of the plan in 2011 violated ERISA regulations; in New Jersey, Robert Bernstein recently obtained summary judgment dismissing all counts of a suit wherein the plaintiff sought to recover benefits allegedly promised orally. The group was also engaged by multiple clients, including GlaxoSmithKline, to defend them and their medical plans in ERISA violation and unfair competition suits arising out of their denial of claims for services provided by out-of-network providers.

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Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides ‘expert knowledge on how to structure a benefits offering’ and advises clients on the drafting and implementation of group health plans as a result of healthcare reform, as well as on retirement plan management and ERISA compliance, and also represents companies in DOL audits. Its clients include the likes of Google, Xilinx and Republic Services. The global benefits and compensation practice is led by Leslie Klein, who splits his time between Phoenix and Chicago, and Jeffrey Mamorsky in New York. Magan Ray who also sits in Phoenix ‘provides high-quality guidance with practical suggestions and options’; Ian Herbert and Renée O’Rourke are based in Washington DC and Denver respectively and are also key contacts.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Knowledgeable, technical and great to deal with’, Greenberg Traurig LLP earns praise for its ‘extremely professional and effective lawyers’. Proficient across the full spread of immigration services, the team specializes in advising multinational corporations on strategic immigration planning - both into and out of the US. However, the group is also recognized for its strong skill sets in policy development, compliance matters and contentious work, as well as traditional visa issues. ‘Standout specialist’ Laura Reiff is ‘among the best in her field’, and splits her time between the firm’s McLean and Washington DC offices. Reiff co-chairs the practice alongside McLean-based Martha Schoonover, who is highlighted as ‘incredibly experienced’. Other recommended names in the team include Kate Kalmykov, who splits her time between New York and New Jersey, Atlanta-based Ian Macdonald and McLean-based Pamela Mak.

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

Jonathan Sulds, Peter Zinober and David Long-Daniels are the co-chairs at Greenberg Traurig LLP, which sets itself apart with ‘the quality and practicality of its advice’. Long-Daniels defended Zaxby’s in a putative FLSA collective action brought by employees pertaining to overtime and misclassification claims, and individual retaliation and harassment allegations. Genesis HealthCare and Kellogg’s are also clients. Todd Wozniak’s ‘experience is invaluable’ and James Boudreau, Jerrold Goldberg, Justin Keith and class and collective action practice co-chair Mark Kemple are highly recommended. In New Jersey, Robert Bernstein, Wendy Johnson Lario, Micala Campbell Robinson and Kristine Feher are experts. Koray Bulut joined Goodwin. Named attorneys are stationed in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Tampa unless otherwise stated.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP was particularly active in the hospitality sector, with New York-based Jerrold Goldberg providing ongoing labor contract advice to Anbang Insurance Group relating to its ownership of the Waldorf Astoria New York. In the same office, co-head Jonathan Sulds acted for Time Inc in collective bargaining negotiations and defended it against the NLRB’s unfair labor opposition to the company outsourcing jobs and temporary employees to allow for the cross-utilization of workers, industry standard wage increases and the elimination of senior layoffs. Recently promoted shareholder Justin Keith and managing shareholder Terence McCourt are key names in Boston. Miami’s Joseph Fleming, San Francisco’s Charles Birenbaum and Atlanta’s Erik Rodriguez are experienced individuals.

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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 is praised for its ‘structuring advice and strategy suggestions’, leading to a ‘deep and extremely positive experience’. Clients describe team members as ‘business partners’ and an ‘extension of their own internal capabilities’. Clients also appreciate the team’s ‘negotiating skills and willingness to provide introductions and deal leads’. The firm benefits from its extensive network across the US and its solid international presence, which includes an especially strong record in cross-border deals involving Latin America; it has an office in Mexico City and a large Latin America focused team. Healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals are key sectors for the M&A practice. Clients include Jarden, OPKO Health, Amazon.com, Platform Specialty Products, Amaya, Ryder Systems, Mednax and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Deal highlights included advising global consumer products company Jarden on its $15.4bn acquisition by Newell Rubbermaid, and assisting Vizient with a $2.7bn three-step transaction to acquire the Spend and Clinical Resource Management business of MedAssets from Pamplona Capital Management. Dennis Block is the senior chairman of the firm’s global M&A practice and Patricia Menéndez-Cambó chairs the global corporate and securities practice. David Schwartzbaum has joined Covington & Burling LLP.

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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 is ‘highly thought of for litigation as well as its transactional practice’. Practice co-heads Robert Epstein and David Jensen are ‘exceptional construction lawyers who are always looking for the best result’. Based largely out of New Jersey, but with a national practice, the team represents private and public owners in front-end negotiations, and acts for a range of clients in litigation, including Troy Construction and real estate investment trust American Realty Capital. Currently, Epstein and the team are advising Triple Five, a US development and finance company, in its $2.6bn redevelopment of the Xanadu site in New Jersey into an amusement, retail and recreation complex. Tetra Tech is a key client on the disputes front and Houston attorney Michael Burnett and others are representing the consultancy company in a dispute with the government concerning the Army Aviation Support Facility in Maryland; claims are currently standing at $1.2m. Washington DC-based Robert Brams leads on government construction contracts.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has land use attorneys based in both New York and Florida, and works with some of the top developers, with recent clients including Swire Properties. A highlight for the team has been acting for a healthcare provider in a multimillion-dollar development of a healthcare facility. Jay Segal chairs the practice from New York, where the recommended Nick Hockens is also based.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Working with public and private REITs, the practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP advises companies in their IPOs, corporate governance, spin-offs and M&A strategies. Head of team Judith Fryer in New York and non-traded REITs specialist Alice Connaughton in Washington DC are currently advising Hines Global REIT II on its $2.5bn IPO. New York lawyer Stephen Rabinowitz represented KBS in the sale of a leased property portfolio, while Washington DC-based Nelson Migdal supported Ryman Hospitality Properties with investing in and acquiring an equity ownership stake in the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center project.

Leading lawyers

Judith Fryer - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s international tax practice consists of ten key partners in the US and five additional attorneys in the Netherlands. The lawyers focus on M&A transactions, joint ventures, structuring, investments, licensing, transfer pricing and treaty issues. New York lawyer Mary Voce is the chair of the practice; Seth Entin and Ozzie Schindler in Miami as well as Kenneth Zuckerbrot in New York and Robert Simon in Denver and Washington DC are other names to note.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s nine-strong tax audits and litigation department is well versed in federal, state and local tax disputes. The team delivers advice on sensitive audits, tax compliance and reporting, compromising tax debts, reporting positions, employment tax issues and contested tax refunds. In New York, the ‘well-respectedBarbara Kaplan heads the team, and Charles Simmons and Scott Fink are also recommended.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides comprehensive tax-efficient advice on domestic and cross-border acquisitions as well as on the establishment of US entities and the structuring of joint ventures. The firm also provides assistance to local and international sponsors and managers of domestic and foreign investment funds. Based in New York, the ‘very experiencedMary Voce chairs the practice and is ably supported by Seth Entin and federal income tax expert Ozzie Schindler. Robert Simon and Kenneth Zuckerbrot are also key members of the group.

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s traditions lie in bilateral and syndicated lending for US banks operating in Latin America. The firm has also represented a number of MLAs over the years in straight lending and project finance. Acquisition finance, structured finance and securitisation, and aviation and equipment finance are also core components of the Latin America banking and finance practice. Historically, the firm has been more active on the borrower side; its prestigious client base includes Banco do Estado do Rio Grande, Barclays Bank, Grupo Gisca and Empresas. In 2015, the firm advised Grupo Bio Pappel on a $255m syndicated secured credit facility arranged by Credit Suisse in connection with the acquisition of Corporación Scribe, a leading manufacturer and seller of paper and notebooks in Mexico. Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is noted for acquisition finance and infrastructure finance, while Randy Bullard is another cross-border financing expert with a prolific record in Latin America. Emilio Alvarez-Farré has become a pivotal member of the team and has excellent connections to banks and Latin American borrowers. Jeffrey Tenen is recommended for aircraft finance and leasing.

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

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP has committed considerable resources and expertise to its Latin America practice, principally through its Miami and Mexico City offices. In Mexico City, it has a number of cross-border M&A specialist lawyers that are also admitted to practice in New York; the same is true for the Miami office. The team also includes a number of former senior in-house counsels who bring additional commercial and business understanding to the practice, while multilingual and multicultural lawyers exist throughout the practice group. The firm represents a range of US and European multinationals that have interests in Latin America, and has particular knowledge and expertise in highly regulated sectors such as energy, infrastructure, telecoms and aviation. The practice is noted for its record in Central America, as well as in Mexico, Colombia and Chile. Clients include Calzada Capital Partners, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Grupo Bio Pappel, Grupo Assa, Inversiones Bahía, Grupo Excel Automotriz and Molinos Rio de la Plata. In 2015, the firm advised Mexico Tower Partners, Mexico’s second largest independent telecommunications pylon business, in the $180m acquisition of approximately 450 wireless telecommunications towers from Enexa. It also advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on its $2.3bn acquisition of Representaciones e Investigaciones Médicas, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution company in Mexico, along with a portfolio of products and companies, intellectual property, assets and pharmaceutical patents in Latin America and Europe. A former deputy general counsel at Telefónica, Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is a key figure in the Latin America practice. Miami partners Randy Bullard and Emilio Alvarez-Farré are also highly regarded. The team was recently reinforced by the arrival of Marc Rossell from Chadbourne & Parke LLP who brings exceptional capital markets expertise, especially regarding Peru and Mexico, to the team.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s large Mexico City office and longstanding presence in Miami, makes it especially well positioned for projects and energy mandates in Latin America. The firm is closely associated with Mexico projects and recently advised Empresas ICA (the large Mexican infrastructure and construction company), on the creation of a joint-venture company with leading Canadian institutional fund manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), to create an operational platform that owns the concessions for four of ICA’s operational toll roads and highways. Co-chair of the global energy and infrastructure department Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is a pivotal member of the team and has an extensive record in the telecoms industry. Miami partners Randy Bullard, Mark Lopez and Mexico City partner Juan Manuel González are also highly recommended.

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