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Venable LLP

575 7TH STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20004, USA
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United States: Finance

Within Financial services: regulatory, tier 5

Washington DC based Venable LLP has ‘excellent industry knowledge and experience’, with many partners having previously held high-ranking enforcement agency positions. Team head Ronald Glancz is ‘one of the leading bank regulatory lawyers in Washington DC’, and recently advised M.Y. Safra Bank on its acquisition of T Rowe Price Savings Bank. Formerly acting director of the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), the ‘very well-respected and well-connected’ John Bowman is a recognized thought leader in the industry, and has been at the forefront of debate surrounding the need to increase competition in the third-party credit score provider market. John Beaty is ‘particularly strong in the thrift industry’, and is a ‘trusted adviser in a multitude of areas including bank failures/resolutions, thrift applications and structural matters’. Recent work for Beaty includes advising a US bank on ‘living will’ requirements, and advising numerous savings banks on issues relating to the transition from OTS supervision to supervision by the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Edward Wilson is well regarded for anti money laundering regulatory work, and Jonathan Pompan and Ralph Sharpe are also recommended.

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Within Not-for-profit, Venable LLP is a second tier firm,

Providing service that is ‘nothing short of outstanding’, Venable LLP is particularly recommended for advice on the creation and management of non-profit and corporate foundations. The ‘very responsive’ team ‘consistently demonstrates the highest degree of business acumen’ and impresses with the ‘completeness, effectiveness, and timeliness of its services’. The broad focus of the practice also includes IP, corporate governance and antitrust. Recent work has included congressional investigations into lobbying activity, IRS audits, internal legal audits and establishing an international grant-making program. Still a relatively young practice, the 40-strong team has something of a ‘unique’ model, with all lawyers acting as generalists across the full remit of non-profit work. Acting for a diverse mix of exempt organizations, the firm’s client base has seen dramatic growth over the past 12 months, particularly where charities, public bodies and foundations are concerned. In Washington DC, practice head Jeffrey Tenenbaum is ‘very entrepreneurial’, and arguably best known for his extensive trade association practice. He and counsel Lisa Hix ‘have broad and excellent knowledge of non-profit issues’. Ronald Jacobs and Tysons Corner-based David Warnerprovide exceptional service’. Baltimore-based co-managing partner Robert Waldman is set apart by his ‘outstanding depth of knowledge, skills and ability’ and ‘has the ability to quickly gather the facts, and to quickly and thoroughly provide a variety of problem-solving alternatives’. Jonathan Pompan, George Constantine, Brock Landry and associate Matthew Journy are also recommended.

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United States: Intellectual property

Within Trademarks: non-contentious (full coverage), tier 4

Venable LLP’s group has an impressive domestic and international client roster which includes a large mobile devices manufacturer and other well-known companies in the technology, media and entertainment industries. The firm assists on global trademark strategy development, as well as handling domain name, trademark portfolio management, prosecution, opposition and cancellation matters. Mark Harrison heads the group from Washington DC, where standout figures Jacqueline Patt, Andrew Price and Janet Satterthwaite are also based.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Within Real estate investment trusts (REITs), Venable LLP is a third tier firm,

Venable LLP is ‘the leading firm for REITs in Maryland, where the bulk of REITs are incorporated’. The 12-lawyer team acted as Maryland counsel for more than half of 2013’s REIT IPOs, including two of the year’s largest offerings, Brixmor property Group and Empire State Realty Trust. It also advised on a substantial proportion of non-traded REITs registered in Maryland. Transactional highlights included advising a special committee of the board of directors of Cole Real Estate Investments on its acquisition of Cole Holdings; and acting as Maryland counsel to American Realty Capital Properties on its $3.1bn acquisition of American Realty Capital Trust. Team co-head James Hanks is ‘the dean of the Maryland REIT Bar, and the go-to person at Venable for all REIT projects’. Hanks co-heads with Sharon Kroupa with other key contacts including Michael Leber and Michael Schiffer.

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United States: Labor and employment

Within Employee benefits and executive compensation, tier 5

Venable LLP’s EBEC team is ‘easy to work with’ and demonstrates ‘clear thinking, depth of experience and breadth of expertise in employee benefits law’. Thora Johnson and Harry Atlas have an ‘enormous amount of experience’ and ‘trusted adviser’ Kenneth Hoffman is also recommended. Barbara Schlaff has retired. Named attorneys work out of the firm’s Baltimore and Washington DC offices.

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United States: Litigation

Within Product liability and mass tort defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices, Venable LLP is a third tier firm,

Sally Bryan and Paul Strain co-chair the 12-partner team at Venable LLP, which is based in the firm’s Baltimore office. Known for being ‘very strong on strategy and on trial matters’, it has a strong client base that includes Merck & Co, for which it is national counsel in the long-running Fosamax litigation; Stephen Marshall, Strain and David Heubeck have all played key roles in the matter. The firm is also acting for Takeda in the ACTOS litigation, with Bruce Parker and Craig Thompson serving as trial counsel in the second case to go to trial in Baltimore. Parker and Jason Rose are serving as national counsel for Boehringer Ingelheim in MIRAPEX litigation in an MDL in a federal court in Minnesota, with responsibility for the management and strategy of the litigation. Strain ‘can try a case very well and is also very good at strategy’. AbbVie is another key client.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Within Marketing and advertising, Venable LLP is a first tier firm,

Venable LLP’s 60-lawyer advertising practice in Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles handles regulatory, transactional and litigation work as well as NAD and FTC matters. Practice head Jeffrey Knowles is recommended as ‘a superb lawyer and entrepreneurial spirit’ who leads a ‘stellar team that is without equal in North America’. Instructions include advising on direct response advertising, comparative advertising and internet and direct mail advertisements as well as advertising compliance and cause marketing. High-profile work included advising Bank of America on the Super Bowl commercials. Knowles, supported by Melissa Landau Steinman and recently promoted partner Ellen Berge, assisted BlackBerry with the global launch of the BlackBerry 10 in 138 countries. The group in Washington DC represents numerous marketing industry associations and coalitions. Privacy expert Stuart Ingis is assisting the Digital Advertising Alliance with mobile advertising standards, covering the use of cross-app, personal directory and location data. Contentious work for the practice includes IP disputes, Sherman Act claims and FTC and FDA cases. Amy Mudge and her team are representing Dial Corporation (a division of Henkel), the manufacturers of Purex laundry detergent in a challenge to claims made by Church & Dwight, maker of Arm & Hammer laundry detergent. Knowles and Mudge advised Kellogg on regulatory compliance. Other key clients include Bank of America, Verizon, Volkswagen, American Express, Viacom and the American Cancer Society. The team was strengthened by lateral hires Po Yi, former vice-president and chief advertising counsel for American Express, Randall Miller from Arnold & Porter LLP and Allyson Baker from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Ellen Berge and Jonathan Pompan were promoted to partner.

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Within Technology: data protection and privacy, Venable LLP is a second tier firm,

Venable LLP’s ‘prompt and knowledgeable’ 20-attorney team in Washington DC/Tysons Corner leverages the firm’s renowned marketing, advertising and technology practices. Practice head Stuart Ingis attracts praise for his ‘experience and FTC connections’. The group advises on regulatory matters and handles FTC investigations and privacy litigation across the healthcare, telecoms, technology and financial services sectors. Recent mandates include advising the Digital Advertising Alliance on privacy principles for online and mobile data, and advising Experian and Millennial Media on privacy due diligence relating to corporate transactions. It is also defending Vibrant Media in a class action relating to privacy settings for online advertsing serving technology. Emilio Cividanes is also recommended.

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Within Technology: outsourcing, Venable LLP is a third tier firm,

Venable LLP’s practice features William Russell and James Nelson in New York and Nora Garrote and A J Zottola in Washington DC, who are all recognized for their combined intellectual property and technology expertise. Garrote is noted for her ability to ‘identify potential problems and provide thorough, insightful, practical advice’. The firm recently advised Jones Lang LaSalle on renegotiating and expanding existing outsourcing arrangements, and assisted Exelon/Constellation Newenergy with a strategic procurement deal. Staffing developments included Brett Garner in Los Angeles being promoted to partner, Michelle Gross becoming of counsel and Po Yi joining from American Express. The group has particular strength in highly regulated sectors such as healthcare, energy and real estate. A prestigious client list also includes global outsourcers Deloitte and Cognizant as well as high-profile customers Crowley Maritime Corporation, Patagonia and DICK’S Sporting Goods.

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Within Technology: transactions, Venable LLP is a second tier firm,

Venable LLP’s ‘advice is thoughtful and practical, taking into account legal and business factors’. Clients include vendors and customers involved in multi-party and multi-jurisdictional transactions within the healthcare, automotive and hospitality sectors. In New York, William Russell and Michelle Gross, who was recently promoted to of counsel, assisted Ameritox with a technology joint venture for the development and distribution of next-gen medication monitoring solutions. GE Healthcare remains a key client, calling upon the group for advice on strategic alliances and joint development and distribution agreements in the medical technology space. In Washington DC, A J Zottola assisted Software AG with an agreement with Progress Software to acquire event-processing platform Apama. Nora Garrote has ‘in-depth understanding of the key issues involved in technology transactions and extensive knowledge of technology contracts’.

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United States: Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts

Within M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m), Venable LLP is a first tier firm,

Venable LLP is particularly focused on advising government contractors and financial institutions, and represents some of the most familiar names in aerospace, defense and federal IT. Recent M&A transactions on the government side include advising a publicly traded provider of systems integration and professional services to the US federal government on its $170m acquisition of an engineering, intelligence operations and IT services company and its $30m purchase of a software, training, simulation and information security solutions firm; assisting a privately owned government consulting firm on its sale to a Denver-based private equity group; acting for a publicly traded provider of technologies and solutions to the federal government on its $76m acquisition of a secure information-sharing and IT solutions provider to the federal government and its $195m purchase of a leading C4ISR contractor; and acting for a privately held aerospace contractor on its $100m sale to a publicly traded provider of advanced weapon and space systems. The practice also acted for a host of financial institutions, including banks, thrifts, brokerage firms and insurance companies in purchase and sale transactions. The team advised a full-service broker-dealer and investment banking firm on its sale to a Canadian banking firm; and acted for a publicly traded consumer identity management solutions provider on its $50m acquisition of a privately held direct marketer of insurance and membership services products in the financial services industry and its $14m purchase of a corporate identity theft protection services firm. Washington DC-based Charles Morton Jr and Sharon Kroupa in Baltimore are recommended. Morton has a national practice advising on equity investments and M&A, and regularly acts on behalf of private equity groups and banks. Michael Manley, a veteran general counsel serving investment management firms and operating companies, joined the firm as a partner in New York from asset manager ICON Capital.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Within Land use/zoning, Venable LLP is a third tier firm,

Venable LLP assists clients nationwide and across various industry sectors with planning and land use services. In a recent work highlight, practice head John Milliken represented Vornado in negotiating conditions for the zoning and plan approval for its ten-acre development project Pen Place.

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Within Real estate, tier 4

With ‘fast response times’ and ‘legal skills that are first rate and practical’, Venable LLP’s 28-partner group includes an ‘excellent transactional practice’. It spans offices in Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Towson, Tyson’s Corner and Washington DC. The team regularly acts for Fannie Mae on a range of transactional, program and regulatory matters and recently advised on the modification and extension of a $411m credit facility secured by 12 multi-family properties across the US, which was led by Lawrence Gesner. ‘Excellent decision maker’ Robert Gottleib led the team that advised The Rappaport Companies as part of a joint venture regarding stakes in four shopping centers in Prince William County, Woodbridge, and Manassas for $600m. Thomas Millspaugh heads the department, where recommended individuals also include Mitchell Evall and Andrew Schmerzler who are ‘incredibly smart, good negotiators and excellent draftsmen’. Geoffrey Etnire recently joined the firm in San Francisco.

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