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McGuireWoods LLP

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United States: Antitrust

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s practice covers the entire antitrust litigation spectrum, with the firm acting as lead counsel or co-lead counsel to blue-chip clients from industries such as financial services, transport and healthcare, among many others. Recent hire Jonathan Lewis, who joined in Washington DC from Baker & Hostetler LLP in 2016, is experienced in antitrust class actions and other civil antitrust litigation involving issues such as price-fixing, tying arrangements and predatory pricing. From Chicago, practice head Amy Manning, Angelo Russo and others are representing Fresenius Kabi USA as the plaintiff in litigation against Par Sterile Products and Par Pharmaceutical Companies concerning an alleged abuse of a monopoly over intravenous vasopressin solution. On the defense side, Richmond-based James Walsh represented Carpenter Company in the polyurethane foam price-fixing and market-allocation MDL, which ultimately saw a $151m settlement being reached between consumer plaintiffs and makers of polyurethane foam. Wells Fargo, Argos USA and Horizon Lines are among other clients of the practice.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLPhad a very strong 2016’. Practice head John Adams shares the Richmond office with Richard Cullen, while Patrick Rowan, Todd Mullins and George Terwilliger are based in Washington DC. Cullen continues to represent former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in connection with the FIFA corruption investigation. Terwilliger acted for former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock in a DOJ investigation into his political expenditures. Mullins is representing City Power Marketing and K Stephen Tsingas in market manipulation litigation. Former federal prosecutor Benjamin Hatch joined the Norfolk office in July 2016.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP has experts in the energy, healthcare and financial services sectors across its offices, who act for Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions. In one highlight, a team led by Bryan Fratkin in Richmond, Virginia obtained a victory for Bank of America in a class action lawsuit in the Central District of California concerning its employment application practices. For key client Verizon, Los Angeles-based Gregory Evans has handled numerous disputes in states such as California, Nevada and Arizona; in a recent case, he led a successful challenge against the City of Los Angeles’ use of a nuisance statute which would have halted a Verizon Wireless communications facility.

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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

The diverse practice at McGuireWoods LLP includes automotive specialist Tracy Walker in Richmond, and transport experts Brian Jackson and Bryan Brantley, who are based in Charlottesville and Pittsburgh respectively. Walker led the representation of Mazda before the Supreme Court of Virginia, obtaining the reversal of a $20m jury verdict concerning a rollover accident involving a soft top car. Walker and Samuel Tarry, who heads the wider product and consumer litigation department, continue to serve as national counsel to Ford in a number of class actions. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Lisa Taylor in Jacksonville.

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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

Headed by Samuel Tarry, McGuireWoods LLP’s product and consumer litigation department often serves as coordinating and trial counsel to clients in a wide range of sectors. Tracy Walker served as lead trial counsel to United Technologies subsidiary Kidde in a number of cases, recently obtaining a motion for summary judgment in a product liability lawsuit before the Southern District of New York. Led by Terrence Bagley, the team has been serving as national counsel to ConAgra in a series of nationwide consumer class actions. All partners are based in Richmond.

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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

Headed by Stephen Busch, McGuireWoods LLP’s Richmond-based practice often defends clients in litigation brought by regulators. Busch served as lead trial and coordinating counsel to Universal Corporation, successful obtaining dismissal of six lawsuits brought by more than 400 plaintiffs before the Superior Court of New Castle County, Delaware alleging birth defects caused by exposure to pesticides used in the cultivation of tobacco in Argentina. Trent Taylor has been representing Dollar General in an MDL comprising over 20 proposed class actions alleging the unsustainability of the motor oil sold by the retailer. The team includes Mark Anderson in Raleigh, Samuel Tarry and Tracy Walker. Leo Boyd is now in-house counsel at SunTrust Bank.

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United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

Exhibiting a solid presence in Charlotte, McGuireWoods LLP’s ‘excellent’ aviation finance team handles aircraft acquisitions for corporate clients and a multitude of financing matters for investment banks and global asset managers. David Whelpley and highly regarded practice head Patricia Hosmer have acted for a number of large financial institutions in relation to lease transactions and fleet portfolio acquisitions. Hosmer regularly advises lenders and lessors regarding loan and true-lease financings of corporate aircraft. Working for corporate clients, the team has assisted in structuring acquisitions and sales of fractional ownership interests in aircraft managed by NetJets. Anna Reimers is also recommended and provides ongoing support regarding the management of commercial aircraft portfolios for corporate clients.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP handles an impressive volume of mandates on behalf of regulated and non-regulated lenders. While the Charlotte office, which houses more than 30 debt finance lawyers, handles the lion’s share of the work, the firm’s Chicago, Los Angeles and New York offices are also highly active, and the Atlanta office stands out for its expertise advising lenders to the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Atlanta-based Art Gambill led a team advising Wells Fargo Capital Finance on a $400m loan to Prime Healthcare Services. The firm also acted for key client Bank of America on a $7bn credit facility to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, as well as acting for the same client on multimillion-dollar loans to Clarcor and Babcock & Wilcox. Charlotte-based Raj Natarajan heads the team, which provides a ‘good level of service’ and ‘delivers good and timely work’. Other key names in Charlotte include the ‘very experiencedManley Roberts, Rebecca Chaffin and Eric Burk; in Atlanta, Hill Jordan is recommended; and in Dallas, David McLean is ‘excellent’ for mid-market direct lending.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP is commended for its ‘responsiveness, broad industry knowledge, strength in depth and value for money’. Joanne Katsantonis (Richmond), recently promoted partner Matthew Kapinos (Houston) and Marvin Rogers lead the ‘positive, co-operative, dedicated’ practice, which is particularly strong in the renewable space, though it also handles conventional power financings and PPP work. The Charlotte-based Rogers assisted a renewable energy investment fund as sponsor with financing several wind projects in Texas, while the ‘quick, knowledgeable’ Adam Greene, who ‘articulates issues effectively and eases the negotiation process’, advised Fifth Third Bank on several North Carolina solar project financings, worth over $80m in total. He also acted for Entropy Solar Integrators on the development, purchase and sale of 350MW-worth of utility-scale solar projects in the south-eastern US. Kapinos and the Baltimore-based Brian Kelly advised Tokyo Gas America on the financing for and acquisition of a 25% stake in one of Empire Generating’s power plants. Debt finance expert Peter Butcher joined the Pittsburgh office from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in February 2016; he regularly assists lenders and energy trading companies with credit facilities. Lender-side specialist Mark Spitzer joined the Los Angeles office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in January 2016, and ‘responsive, business-oriented’ renewable specialist Timothy Callahan, who ‘quickly distils issues and provides practical, commercially balanced solutions’, joined the Chicago office from Paul Hastings LLP in March 2017.

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United States: Industry focus

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP draws on a wealth of expertise in representing utilities in contentious regulatory matters, including rate and tariff cases, while also handling FERC enforcement proceedings. The team increased its bench strength by adding Chicago-based Mark Johnson from Eimer Stahl LLP and senior counsel Bernard McNamee from the Office of the Texas Attorney General but lost Frank Schiller to Troutman Sanders. Noel Symons, co-chair of the utilities practice, represented Great Plains Energy and, via cost sharing, the Southwest Power Pool transmission owners in a multi-party litigation regarding transmission line payments. He also acted for Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations, challenging a rate increase resulting from the integration of the Entergy transmission system into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). Washington DC office managing partner and energy enforcement group head Todd Mullins represented former Barclays energy traders in a FERC investigation into manipulation of Western US energy markets.

Next generation lawyers

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

McGuireWoods LLP

Particularly active in defending energy companies, McGuireWoods LLP’s Houston partner Ronald Franklin represented ExxonMobil in a class action pertaining to the distribution and production of atypical fuel that allegedly caused performance issues and damage to a number of motorists’ engines. In a different matter, Franklin defended the oil and gas company against a class of property owners and residents living within a two-mile radius of ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge refinery and chemical plant, claiming exposure to pollutants stemming from the site. Ryan Purpura and Charlottesville office manager Jonathan Blank co-lead the firm’s oil and gas team, which gained Charles Hampton from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and lost David Ronn to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s strong client base, including several utilities and independent energy companies, benefits from the firm’s strong state transmission line and enforcement practice. Other areas of expertise include rate cases, organized market and tariff issues, compliance and litigation. Noel Symons represented Great Plains Energy and Southwest Power Pool transmission owners in a multi-party litigation concerning transmission line payments. He also acted for Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) in its challenge to a $4.5m per year cost shift resulting from the inclusion of a new transmission owner in KCP&L’s transmission pricing zone. Power sector chair and enforcement expert Todd Mullins acted for two former energy traders in a FERC investigation on Western US energy market manipulation claims. Richmond-based Joseph Reid heads the regulatory and compliance team, which includes recent arrivals Mark Johnson from Eimer Stahl LLP and senior counsel Bernard McNamee from the Office of the Texas Attorney General. Frank Schiller moved to Troutman Sanders.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP is particularly strong in M&A, though it also handles PPAs, project finance and capital markets work. Praised for its responsiveness and ‘dedicated, holistic attitude’, the team is headed by Richmond-based Joanne Katsantonis, who acted for Dominion Resources in its $4.4bn acquisition of Questar. Baltimore’s Brian Kelly and Houston’s Matthew Kapinos are ‘supportive and positive’. Project finance specialist Peter Butcher joined the Pittsburgh office from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, and Timothy Callahan joined from Paul Hastings LLP.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

Strong in M&A and mid-market private equity, McGuireWoods LLP also handles fund formation and is active in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Joanne Katsantonisand Ryan Purpura head the practice from Richmond and Pittsburgh respectively; Katsantonis acted for Dominion Resources in its $4.4bn acquisition of Questar, while Purpura advised Consol Energy on its sale of Ohio gas-gathering facilities to Rice Olympus Midstream.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

Commended for its ‘responsiveness, industry knowledge, strength in depth and value for money’, McGuireWoods LLP’s department is experienced in project finance and transactions, although it also handles PPAs and project development. Clients include Coronal Development Services and Dominion Resources Services. Joanne Katsantonis and Michael Woodard head the practice from Richmond; Mark Johnson joined the Chicago office from Eimer Stahl LLP, and the ‘commercially balancedTimothy Callahan, who ‘distils issues quickly’, also arrived in Chicago from Paul Hastings LLP.

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

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP regularly advises on HIPAA procedures, regulatory and compliance issues and the negotiation of government contracts; it has notable experience in assisting private equity firms with healthcare investments. Recent transactional highlights include Charlotte-based Bart Walker advising MTS Health Investors on its equity investment in Trust HCS and Walker’s assisting Balance Point Capital with its acquisition of ProHealth Partners. Chicago-based Amber McGraw Walsh leads the practice, in which saw Holly Carnell and Charlotte-based LauraLee Lawley were elevated to the partnership. Tyson-based Kate Hardey joined the practice from a senior counsel position at GE Capital. Thomas Brown retired.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP handles financing and sponsorship mandates, as well as sports-related M&A and private client related matters. Richard Grant, who heads up the firm’s Century City office, advised Kia Motors on sponsorship deals with two NBA teams, while Charlotte-based practice head Kevin McGinnis has a notable practice acting for well-known banks in various financing deals with ‘big four’ teams. Terrence Bagley and Dennis Belcher, both based in Richmond, advise high-profile athletes on wealth management.

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Transport: rail and road
Transport: rail and road - ranked: tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP is ‘a fantastic resource’ for rail and road clients facing high-stakes litigation. In addition to representing CSX Transportation in a multitude of class actions and environmental-related litigation, Charlotte-based Patricia Hosmer acted for the client in the negotiation and execution of an agreement with General Electric Company for the purchase of 300 locomotives. Scott Cairns heads the firm’s rail department from Jacksonville, while Brian Jackson leads the trucking group from Charlottesville, which acts for truckers, logistics companies and insurance brokers in a variety of collision cases, property damage incidents and personal injury matters. Beam Bros. Trucking is another other key client, for which Richmond-based Stephen Busch favorably settled a personal injury case in 2016. In recent personnel developments, Lisa Ormand Taylor joined the Jacksonville team from XPO Logistics, and Donald Anderson left to join the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Transport: shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP

John Padgett leads the ‘top-class’ transportation department at McGuireWoods LLP, which is particularly active for shipping logistics companies and port and terminal operators. Indeed, the Virginia-based department head regularly advises APM Terminals of North America, and has formidable experience in Jones Act compliance and all relevant aspects of international trade, flagging and customs laws. As part of a move to focus more on technology and logistics, Lisa Ormand Taylor joined the firm from XPO Logistics, where she served as vice president, assistant general counsel. In addition to the broad regulatory offering, the team is advising on a litany of supply chain and freight agreements, financings and shipyard projects, acting, for example, for Colonna’s Shipyard in relation to the construction and transportation of a dry dock from a Turkish shipyard. The group is also poised to handle contentious work, and is currently involved in such matters as an insurance arbitration following an accident at a port, and representing a shipping group in a payment dispute.

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John Padgett - McGuireWoods LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s strength lies in its particular expertise advising start-ups on international IP strategy and licensing matters. New York-based Safet Metjahic is assisting Hampton Roads Sanitation District with licensing agreements following its joint venture with DC Water, as well as handling patent applications for the client spanning 14 countries. Dallas-based Darren Collins, who focuses on advising private equity firms, start-ups and multinational technology companies, is also a main contact.

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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 4

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s ‘overall value of service is very high’. The team is especially visible in deals in the energy, healthcare, real estate and technology sectors, and also frequently assists financial advisers in transactions. It acted for Tesoro Logistics, a provider of midstream services, on its $444m acquisition of petroleum storage and terminal assets from Tesoro Corporation; and assisted the special committee of the board of directors of Penske Automotive Group with its $499m acquisition from GE Capital Global Holdings’ subsidiaries of a 14.4% ownership interest in Penske Truck Leasing. Work on large deals included advising Dominion Resources, one of the US’ largest producers and transporters of energy, on its $4.4bn acquisition of Questar Corporation; acting for Apple REIT Ten and the special committee of its board of directors on its planned sale to Apple Hospitality REIT; and advising Houlihan Lokey, as financial adviser to Freeport-McMoRan, on its sale of a 13% interest in the Morenci mine to Sumitomo Metal Mining. Chicago-based private equity chair Geoffrey Cockrell is ‘very good; his strengths include creativity, drafting ability and client service’. Pittsburgh-based Scott Westwood chairs the firm’s M&A, corporate transactions and technology department; Richmond-based Joanne Katsantonis chairs the energy industry practice; and James Anderson III is also a key adviser. Notable advisors in Charlotte advisers include Harrison Marshall Jr and Chris Scheurer.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

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

McGuireWoods LLP

Tysons’ Andrew Konia is head of McGuireWoods LLP’s practice, which is particularly experienced in TCPA litigation, information governance and healthcare data privacy issues. On behalf of Wells Fargo, the team secured the dismissal of a class action alleging that credit card networks and major issuing banks conspired to transfer the liability for fraudulent charges onto merchants, in connection with the credit card payment industry’s transition from magnetic stripe credit cards to chip cards. Healthcare specialist Nathan Kottkamp of the Richmond office leads a team of outside counsel for KPMG’s HIPAA work, which includes providing daily advice on its HIPAA business associate agreements and the development of its HIPAA policies and procedures. Kottkamp also assisted Ideal Image with a data breach involving customer information, and advised on HIPAA matters.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s Chicago-based practice is praised for ‘always bringing the right mix of partners as well as senior and junior associates and making the most efficient use of that mix’. Practice head Steve Goldbrings a technical and business background to the negotiation table; he can talk to leadership in their language as well as to vendors, his work product is top quality, and the client service is second to none’. George Spatz ‘enables clients to make sound economic decisions due to his valuable input’. For a global satellite provider, Gold handled the renegotiation of engineering and ground support services and Spatz handled a threat response for a food retailer regarding a software upgrade in order for the client to continue using its financial program. Stephanie Strelau and Adam Grove departed for in-house positions.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP’s ‘fantastic team provides incredibly fast response times and gives very fair value for a top-notch service’. The firm has a broad practice that encompasses complex technology transactions, technology procurements and other information-focused transactions in sectors such as food and beverage, energy and healthcare; it also has a highly rated technology-focused litigation practice, as well as a complementary data privacy and security team. Steve Gold is the recommended chair of the cross-departmental technology and outsourcing practice; he is ‘the best in class for technology business transactions and his work product is top quality’. Other recommended advisers include Derek Roach, who is ‘very thorough and protects clients to the maximum extent possible’; litigation and arbitration expert George Spatz, who ‘can almost see the future as to where cases will end up’; and Charlotte’s Rakesh Gopalan, who focuses on assisting with complex technology deals, including outsourcing, enterprise resource system deployment and restructuring, and licensing matters. Named partners are based in Chicago except where otherwise stated.

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