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McGuireWoods LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

Led by Amy Manning in Chicago, McGuireWoods LLP’s 25-strong team defends clients in class actions and other commercial litigation involving allegations of monopolization, tying arrangements, bid-rigging and price-fixing, among others. Jonathan Lewis in Washington DC and Howard Feller in Richmond are among the notable individuals in the team, whose clients include Fresenius Kabi USA, Horizon Lines and Jo Tankers.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s practice is led by the well-regarded John Adams in Richmond and is noted for its expertise in energy enforcement matters and anti-corruption compliance. Based in the firm’s Charlotte office, Kenneth Bell is serving as the court-appointed receiver for the ZeekRewards Ponzi scheme following a major SEC investigation. Based in Washington DC, Todd Mullins represented two former energy traders at Barclays Bank in connection with a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) investigation into the manipulation of Western US energy markets. He is also representing NextEra Energy Resources and PSEG Services Corporation in a first-of-its-kind complaint case at the FERC seeking to prevent state subsidies from interfering with the ISO-New England wholesale energy market.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP

The ‘professional’ team at McGuireWoods LLP had a standout year in 2017, securing several victories for its clients in litigation concerning product liability, environmental law, RICO actions and a host of breach of contract disputes. Healthcare and financial services are key sector strengths. For one financial institution, Pittsburgh-based Issac deVyver recently defeated a motion to certify a putative class action lawsuit. Financial services and fintech specialist David Reidy7 in San Francisco is ‘a master of his craft’. Other key names in the sizable team include Cheryl Haas in Atlanta and Bryan Fratkin in Richmond.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLPDiane Flannery heads the products, environmental and mass tort litigation practice and Perry Miles leads the automotive product liability practice group. Miles continues to act as lead trial counsel to Ford in product liability litigation and, together with Samuel Tarry and automotive expert Tracy Walker, co-heads the consumer class action team, which continues to serve as national counsel to Ford in consumer fraud class actions. Mazda, Volkswagen and Olympus are also clients of the firm. All named partners are based in Richmond.

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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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s products, environmental and mass tort litigation practice is headquartered in Richmond and handles matters in the food, equipment, tobacco and recreational products industries. Practice head Diane Flannery continues to act as lead counsel in the defense of Lumber Liquidators in two MDLs concerning the presence of chemicals in laminate flooring sold by the client, one of which has been settled. In other work, Terrence Bagley and Atlanta-based Angela Spivey act as national labeling counsel to food company Conagra and successfully defended the client in several putative class actions and class certification cases. Perry Miles and Samuel Tarry are also recommended. All partners are based in Richmond, unless otherwise indicated.

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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 3

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s sizeable toxic tort team handles mass tort actions arising from catastrophes, chemical products and environmental contamination. Led by Richmond-based Stephen Busch, the team defended longstanding client Carpenter against claims of exposure to isocyanates brought by 99 plaintiffs, and recently obtained the dismissal of all claims. Murray Energy and Dominion are also clients of the firm. Diane Flannery heads the wider products, environmental and mass tort litigation department in Richmond; John Henderson joined the Dallas office in July 2017 from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

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United States: Finance

Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP

Clients choose McGuireWoods LLP for its ‘great service and knowledge of our business’ and appreciate that its lawyers are ‘very professional and level headed in working through issues, and do so in a way that keeps our clients satisfied’. The firm is undoubtedly a market leader for advising the banks on small-to-mid-size financings, and its Atlanta-based healthcare finance team has handled over $3bn in healthcare finance deals for a variety of lenders. Recent highlights include advising Bank of America, with which the firm has a very strong relationship, on a $2.1bn credit facility to World Fuel Services Corp. The firm also represented BMO Harris Bank on a $500m loan to Thor Industries to help it acquire Jayco Corp. Raj Natarajan leads the active team, which has fee-earners spread throughout its Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh offices. Among the partners, Chicago-based Wade Kennedy, who heads the firm’s asset-based lending group, is singled out for his ‘syndicated loan knowledge and excellent knowledge of market convention’ and for being ‘being particularly good at helping to negotiate sticky inter-creditor agreements’.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP handles a high volume of mandates for lenders, particularly in the renewable energy sector. Chicago-based Timothy Callahan acted for KeyBank National Association on the $80m back-leveraged financing of a portfolio of over 80 solar projects in California, and Charlotte-based Adam Greene advised Fifth Third Bank on numerous solar project financings in North Carolina. The team also advises investment funds on both debt and equity investments; in one example of the latter, Charlotte-based Marvin Rogers assisted a renewable energy investment fund with investments into various wind projects in Texas. Additional sponsor mandates include Callahan advising Indeck Energy Services on the finance for a combined-cycle power plant in the Pennsylvania, Jersey and Maryland market, and Baltimore-based Brian Kelly (a ‘frank and devoted lawyer’) and Houston-based Matthew Kapinos acting for Tokyo Gas America on the acquisition and related project financing of a 25% interest in a 635MW natural gas power plant owned by Empire Generating. Kelly and Kapinos win praise for their ability to ‘understand foreign business concept and culture’. Richmond-based Joanne Katsantonis heads the practice.

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United States: Industry focus

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s conventional power litigation team is best known for representing utilities in contentious matters, including rate and tariff cases at state as well as federal level. Recent mandates saw the team representing City Power Marketing and K. Stephen Tsingas in a FERC enforcement litigation in the federal district court related to alleged manipulation of the PJM markets; Washington-based head of the power sector energy industry team Todd Mullins led the case. In another highlight matter, Mullins reached a favorable settlement for Dan Brin and Scott Connelly, two energy traders formerly with a British multinational banking and financial services company, in a FERC investigation regarding manipulation of Western US energy markets. Former co-chair of the utilities team Noel Symons specializes in FERC compliance matters and regularly assists various clients with Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) tariff and market design, while chair of the regulatory and compliance department Joseph Reid recently handled an administrative litigation proceeding before the Virginia State Corporation Commission regarding the re-regulation of Virginia’s electric utilities. Notable clients are Dominion Energy, Exelon, NextEra Energy and Duke Energy & American Transmission.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP is best known for the defence of oil companies. Los Angeles-based Greg Evans is representing ASARCO in a dispute with Montana Resources to become reinstated in a joint venture agreement after failed cash calls due to the client’s bankruptcy. Other highlights were the defence of CNX Gas in a mineral rights case before the Virginia Supreme Court and assisting CONSOL Energy with a dispute regarding the disposal of wastewater from an underground mine. The group is led by Ryan Purpura and includes Ronald Franklin as well as Jonathan Blank, who leads the oil and gas practice in the Marcellus Shale and Appalachian Basin area. Richard Deutsch joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

The conventional power group at McGuireWoods LLP has a strong position in the utilities sector and counts Dominion and Duke Energy among its clients. Noel Symons successfully represented Exelon in multiple related reliability must-run agreement filings before the FERC regarding its Ginna Nuclear Power Plant and, alongside Todd Mullins, assisted NextEra with a FERC complaint proceeding related to interferences with the ISO-New England wholesale energy market through state subsidies. Other mandates included the representation of AGL Resources and its subsidiary Virginia Natural Gas in obtaining regulatory approvals for the proposed merger with Southern Company and acting on behalf of Cleco Power in a cost recover filing before FERC. David Connelly is now with Jones Day.

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy: transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

At McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond-based energy chair Joanne Katsantonis continued to assist key client Dominion Energy with significant M&A, including advising on the divestiture of its marketing and servicing home protection products and services division. The practice also has a presence in Baltimore, where names to note include Brian Kelly, who advised Tokyo Gas America on a joint venture to acquire the 635MW Empire Generating Station in New York, and office managing partner Cecil Martin.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s Pittsburgh office is a popular choice with operating companies and private equity for midstream and upstream M&A; co-chair Ryan Purpura assisted Rockdale Energy with its sale of midstream assets to UGI Energy Services. The practice is also strong in Richmond where co-chair Joanne Katsantonis services midstream players such as Dominion Energy.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP handles a high volume of deals in the South East and Texas, and regularly advises banks such as Fifth Third Bank and KeyBank National Association on financing for renewables. In the M&A space, Richmond-based practice chair Michael Woodard acted for Coronal Energy on the sale of its solar portfolio across the US. The practice was boosted in Chicago by the hire of Timothy Callahan who joined from Paul Hastings LLP.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s Scott Oostdyk represents businesses in land use issues and a variety of pollution problems, including water and hazardous substance cases. Diane Flannery chairs the products, environmental and mass tort litigation department; Eugene Mathews III is a recommended nuisance litigation lawyer. The team serves as primary outside litigation counsel on environmental issues for copper mining giant ASARCO; defending it in a mass tort action filed by property owners, alleging personal injury, property damage and nuisance damages from alleged groundwater contamination and air pollution.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP provides ‘dependable and conservative’ advice that ‘ensures transactions can always work despite the obstacles that may be in the way’. The practice regularly handles private equity transactions; it recently acted for Silver Oak Services Partners on the recapitalization of Redwood Dental and assisted Chesapeake Urology Associates with its acquisition by Audax Group. The group also covers litigation and regulatory mandates. The ‘terrificAmber McGraw Walsh leads the team.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

At McGuireWoods LLP, key areas of specialism are major league financing deals, sports marketing deals, endorsement and player deals, and sports industry M&A. The team is ‘well respected by banks involved in sports industry debt finance’. Richard Grant, who heads the firm’s Century City office, advised Kia Motors on sponsorship deals with the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League. Charlotte-based practice head Kevin McGinnis notably advised US Bank National Association as administrative agent on a $125m credit facility to the Utah Jazz, to be used to renovate the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Terrence Bagley and Dennis Belcher, both based in Richmond, advise high-profile athletes on wealth management.

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Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
Transport: aviation and air travel - finance - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

The aviation team at McGuireWoods LLP specializes in finance, lease and sale-purchase transactions involving corporate aircraft, and also advises capital managers on dispositions of commercial aircraft portfolios. The Charlotte-based group is led by Patricia Hosmer, who has deep-seated experience of fractional ownership arrangements and was involved in multiple structured purchase transactions for banks and corporate clients. David Whelpley is another key figure in the team. In 2017, the firm was joined by Peter Szurley7 in San Francisco and Gregory Walden in Washington DC, from Chapman & Cutler LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, respectively. Anna Reimers left the firm for an in-house role at Genesis Aircraft Services.

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Transport: rail and road - litigation
Transport: rail and road - litigation - ranked: tier 1

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP acts for large trucking companies, well-known auto manufacturers, railroad companies and insurers. In 2017, the transport litigation team handled environmental lawsuits, damages claims arising from collisions, and product liability and pre-emption cases, among other. Mitchell Morris in Richmond and Eric Bilik in Jacksonville act for CSX Transportation in relation to a wide variety of disputes in state and federal court. Scott Cairns leads the rail group from the Jacksonville office. The department’s automotive and trucking practice is impressively broad. Richmond-based Tracy Walker leads a team that acts for Ford Motor Company in class actions, product liability cases and asbestos claims. Charlottesville-based group head Brian Jackson acts for a major package transportation company and large insurance brokers. The Richmond-based Terry Bagley has a track record handling high-stakes litigation for clients such as Volkswagen.

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Transport: shipping - regulation
Transport: shipping - regulation - ranked: tier 1

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP assists a wide range of corporates including logistics companies, port and terminal operators and shipping companies with shipping, maritime and international trade compliance. Based in Norfolk, practice head John Padgett is advising Colonna’s Shipyard on the process to construct and transport a dry dock from a Turkish shipyard to the US. Padgett’s other clients include APM Terminals, one of the world’s largest port and terminal operators, and logistics providers such as American Global Logistics, which he assists with issues relating to FMC licensing. Recent highlights have involved antidumping actions, customs audits and intermodal regulatory compliance. The firm’s governmental affairs subsidiary, McGuireWoods Consulting, provides lobbying advice in connection with port and terminal infrastructure development and shipping regulations.

Leading lawyers

John Padgett - McGuireWoods LLP

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 6

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s Mark Kromkowski in Chicago has particular expertise in SBICs and rural business investment companies (RBICs); in recent work, he advised Innova Ag on forming its RBIC, and assisted Wells Fargo Bank Alternative Investment Managements on investments into SBICs. Kevin Boardman handles more traditional private equity fund formation mandates in Dallas. Other lines of work include limited partner representation for state retirement plans. The firm also acts for Resolute Capital Partners, Northcreek Mezzanine and Webster Bank.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s lawyers have significant experience in all types of private equity transactions, including LBOs, roll-ups, minority and junior capital investments, going-private transactions, independent sponsor transactions, and purchases of troubled companies. The practice also regularly assists with deals involving the energy, real estate and healthcare sectors. In other areas, Charlotte’s Chris Scheurer advised Park Sterling Corporation, the holding company for the Park Sterling Bank, in a stock-for-stock merger with South State Corporation; and Pittsburgh-based Scott Westwood, who is global head of the firm’s M&A and cross-border transactions department, advised digital imaging products provider Teledyne Technologies on its acquisition of UK-based e2v technologies. A multi-practice team also assisted the special committee of the board of directors of Constellation Healthcare Technologies, a consolidator of billing businesses used by doctors in the US, with its $309m going-private sale to its founder Paul Parmar and private investment firm CC Capital. Chicago-based Geoffrey Cockrell is co-private equity chair; Richmond-based Joanne Katsantonis chairs the energy industry practice; and James Anderson III is also a key adviser. Other notable Charlotte attorneys include David Whelpley Jr, who chairs the M&A, energy and private equity transactions department, and H Ramsey White III.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP has further cemented its presence in middle-market private equity, particularly in the healthcare, food and beverage, and energy industries. In the independent sponsor sub-sector, the firm has an especially strong standing. Most of its private equity buyout talent is concentrated in Chicago, Dallas and Charlotte. Operating primarily in the sub-$500m deal space, the firm advises prominent funds such as Silver Oak Services Partners, Shore Capital Partners, Falfurrias Capital Partners, Source Capital, Gauge Capital, Hermitage Equity Partners, Cornwell Capital and Summit Park. In 2017, the firm advised healthcare-focused Shore Capital Partners on several acquisitions and add-on acquisitions by its portfolio companies. Geoffrey Cockrell, Thomas Zahn, Christopher Nesbit, David McLean and Jon Finger are key partners.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s sector expertise lies in financial services, energy and healthcare, where the team handles incident response work, TCPA litigation, information governance and data privacy issues. Tysons-based Andrew Konia leads the team, which recently recruited Michael Adams into its Charlotte office; Adams heads the financial services and government contacts teams in the data group and is a key name for cyber threats. Richmond-based healthcare specialist Nathan Kottkamp focuses on HIPAA compliance; he advised KPMG on the development of its HIPAA policies and acted for Ideal Image on issues relating to HIPAA and information breaches.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago ‘knows the industry well, response times are never an issue and the lawyers advise on matters end-to-end’. Steve Gold, who is chair of the cross-departmental technology and outsourcing practice, ‘has an impressive technical and business background’. Derek Roach is recommended for large-scale outsourcing deals as well as technology licensing and ERP integration. The firm’s recent highlights include Gold’s work for a leading satellite company in negotiating a deal for ground support services, and Roach’s advice to a large energy services company on the outsourcing of application development and application support services with a number of global service providers.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s ‘excellent practice delivers great response times and value for money.’ It handles complex technology transactions and procurements as well as other information-focused transactions in sectors such as food and beverage, energy and healthcare. It acted for aerospace and defense company and serial acquirer Teledyne Technologies in its $780m acquisition of e2v technologies, a UK-based manufacturer of high-performance image sensors. It also advised fintech company AvidXchange on its $300m Series F financing, with contributions from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, MasterCard, Temasek, and an American entrepreneur. Steve Gold is ‘a go-to lawyer for technology transactions’. Derek Roach in Chicago and Charlotte’s Rakesh Gopalan are also highly rated.

Next generation lawyers

Rakesh Gopalan - McGuireWoods LLP

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