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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘breadth and depth of talent across specialties’ makes it a favorite with clients such as Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Blackstone and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. The team has particular expertise in debt finance and was once again active in this regard, with Atlanta-based co-chair William Timmons representing key client KeyBank National Association in a number of high-value loans, including a $1.2bn revolving credit and term loan facility to data center operator CyrusOne; and for foreign lender Helaba, New York-based Gary Goodman and St Louis-based Jennifer Marler and Danette Davis advised on a $169m loan to Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec relating to two Seattle office properties. On the equity side, Chicago-based Linda White acted for HPI Group in the $150m sale of a ten-building global student accommodation portfolio, and ‘trusted adviser’ Scott Kapp (also in Chicago) assisted Perennial Fee Investors with the $130m purchase of a mixed-use retail and office tower in Valencia, California. Other names to note are New York-based co-chair David Hall, Chicago-based vice chair Robert Fernandez, and ‘dealmaker’ John Snyder, who is based in Kansas. The practice also has outlets in Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons has a nationwide practice chaired by Glenn Colton in New York, Thomas Kelly in Washington DC and Stephen Hill in Kansas City. Chicago’s Stephen Senderowitz represented futures trader Michael Coscia in his sentencing and appeal following his ‘spoofing’ conviction. Atlanta-based Barry Armstrong and Chicago’s Rachel Cannon represented former lawyer Bennett Kight, who was charged with mail fraud and bank fraud following an allegedly fraudulent real estate transaction. Nathan Garroway, also in Atlanta, successfully represented King & Spalding LLP in opposition to state and federal subpoenas seeking access to protected documents pertaining to the client firm’s work defending General Motors in product liability litigation. The firm also handles FCA and anti-bribery work, and is active in the automotive sector.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

The ‘qualified, creative and solid practitioners’ at Dentonsengage with and listen to in-house counsel in strategic decisions’. The firm’s substantial geographic reach sees it litigating in numerous states; in an ongoing case in the Northern District of Texas, Washington DC-based Lora Brzezynski and a multi-office team are representing over 20 owners of domain names - most of whom reside in Canada or China - in a major domain name dispute brought by Associated Recovery. In Denver, Sandra Wick Mulvany is ‘incredible at finding ways to win judgments and save money for her clients’ and Lino Lipinsky de Orlov is ‘very smart and effective’. Recommended partners in the St Louis office include Tami Lyn Azorsky and Stephen Rovak.

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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

Dentons

The ‘outstanding’ team at Dentons is praised by clients as having ‘exceptional industry knowledge’ in toxic tort litigation. It has deep experience acting as national counsel to manufacturers in asbestos exposure work. Los Angeles-based Karleen Murphy, who was promoted to of counsel, has experience handling mesothelioma cases. The group is jointly headed by Peg Hall in Dallas and Lisa Oberg in San Francisco. Clients include ExxonMobil and GSK.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons has a deep bench of talent and is ‘very cost effective because of its national and global reach’. In New York, practice head Sandra Hauser and Patrick Gennardo successfully defended Metropolitan Life Insurance in five federal class actions alleging the company misrepresented its financial status, while Reid Ashinoff advised Genworth Financial on a stock-drop case alleging materially false statements in relation to a partial IPO. In Chicago, Stephen Senderowitz and Rachel Cannon won a high-profile ‘spoofing’ case in federal district court for proprietary trading firm 3Red Trading. In Washington DC, Nancy Grunberg (who is ‘client-oriented and outstanding on response times, business acumen and value for money’) is recommended for SEC matters.

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United States: Finance

Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 7

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘top-notch’ team has a narrower focus than some of its competitors, but provides a ‘very impressive service’ to clients seeking guidance on the regulatory issues impacting financing institutions in the context of cross-border insolvency and global credit risk. Based in New York, the ‘thoughtful and solutions-oriented’ team head Giorgio Bovenzi is ‘aware of the regulatory developments in the market’ and is unique in his ‘understanding of the regulatory and risk management concerns of banks and ability to produce multi-jurisdictional solutions’.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

The capital markets team at Dentons remains heavily involved in the mortgage and real estate finance sectors, having completed a number of novel structures for heavyweight financial institutions in 2016. Department co-head Stephen Kudenholdt advised Citigroup Global Markets, Deutsche Bank Securities and Morgan Stanley & Co as placement agents during the first-ever securitization of single-family rental properties that are subject to tenant purchase options. In one of the group’s most notable highlights, Scott Swerdloff served as initial purchaser’s counsel to Credit Suisse Securities concerning three securitizations backed by a portfolio of performing loans and totaling $5bn. Sponsored by a private equity fund, these transactions made use of a novel horizontal structure to meet the required risk retention standards pursuant to Dodd-Frank. Shujaat Ali, San Francisco-based Jason Ross and Mansi Desai, a loan and securities financing practitioner in the Dallas office, were all made partners, and Andi Mandell joined the firm in 2016, having previously served as executive vice president and chief tax counsel at Carrington Cos.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons has ‘excellent experience in government accounting requirements’ and ‘balances the legal obligations and risks with the practical business reality’. The group used its strong FCA expertise to represent Shaw Environmental in two qui tam cases concerning the provision of temporary housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; the cases concerned alleged failure to comply with Louisiana liquefied petroleum gas laws (putting in question compliance with state law when performing contracts for the federal government) and alleged wrongful billing. In a particularly large bid protest, the group defended Oak Ridge Associated Universities in a case brought by a losing bidder concerning the Department of Energy’s award of a $1.4bn contract for the management of the Institute for Science and Education. The ‘productive’ Jessica Abrahams leads the team, in which Safety Act applications expert Dana Pashkoff and cybersecurity expert Erin Sheppard were promoted to partner in February 2016. In Denver, litigator Thomas Lemmer and the ‘responsive and business-savvy’ Steven Masiello are recommended.

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Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons has expanded its national reach through the opening of a Sacramento office, which is active in California state policy work and has specialist expertise in environmental matters. The group now has a public policy and advocacy network across 50 states and is also active at federal level. The attorney general practice keeps gaining traction and was particularly useful when representing DeVry Education Group in multiple claims and investigations concerning marketing materials and statements made to prospective students regarding graduation rates and job placement rates. Acting for Manitoba Hydro, the group helped secure the recognition of Canadian hydropower as a greenhouse gas reduction option for US states under the EPA’s CO2 emissions standards for existing power plants. The ‘thoughtful’ Jeffrey Bleich joined the San Francisco office from Munger, Tolles & Olson and former founding partner of Goodman McGuffey LLPEdward Lindsey joined the Atlanta office. In Washington DC, Gordon Giffin and Michael Zolandz are highly recommended.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: conventional power
Energy litigation: conventional power - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

The team at Dentons excels in contentious FERC proceedings and works closely with the firm’s regulatory practice. Energy sector co-chairs Clinton Vince and Stuart Caplan scored two victories for Navopache Electric Cooperative (NEC) against the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) in transmission rate and power supply agreement litigation before FERC. Kansas City-based Karl Zobrist acted for Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) - a regulated public utility owned by Great Plains Energy - in the successful defense of its compliance tariffs approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission. He also defended KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations in a $3m refund case brought by a customer.

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Energy regulatory: conventional power
Energy regulatory: conventional power - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons has a strong profile for contentious and non-contentious FERC proceedings, including rate, project development, enforcement and compliance matters. Most prominently, Presley Reed, Emma Hand and energy sector co-chair Clinton Vince continue to advise the New Orleans City Council on a range of regulatory matters. In 2016, the team assisted Entergy New Orleans with its transition into MISO and negotiated the transfer of 22,000 customers from Louisiana to Entergy New Orleans. Recent litigation work saw Vince and co-chair Stuart Caplan score two victories for Navopache Electric Cooperative before FERC against the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) concerning transmission rates and a power supply agreement. Other clients include Caithness Long Island II and the Municipal Electric Utility Association of New York.

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

The ‘very good’ team at Dentons is particularly strong in PPAs, project acquisitions and project finance. New York-based senior counsel Robert Schmicker acted for Marubeni Power International in its sale to Osaka Gas of a 25% stake in the 725MW St Charles Energy Center. Washington DC-based practice head Clinton Vince handles project development, regulatory advice and litigation; project finance expert Andrew Schifrin in New York is also recommended.

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

Dentons

Dentons is especially active in asset purchases and sales, energy supply contracts, and project construction and operation. The team acted for Hawkins Avary Hillmer in its $45m sale of West Texas ranch property, including oil and gas production rights. Kuwait Oil is another client. Clinton Vince heads the practice from Washington DC.

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

Dentons

Washington DC-based Clinton Vince heads the practice at Dentons, which is particularly active in PPAs and project M&A, although it also handles project finance. The team acted for Mesquite Creek Wind on its development and financing of a 200MW wind farm to be located near Lamesa, Texas. Clients on the PPA side include Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association and Colorado Springs Utilities.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘outstanding’ team is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable in the field’ and ‘appreciates the need for timely advice and sensitivity to costs’. Notable strengths for the practice include environmental impact assessment, chemical and product regulation and climate change matters. The ‘highly strategic’ Peter Gray in Washington DC and San Francisco-based Matthew Adams are the key practitioners; the latter recently advised the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on various environmental and natural resource issues, including the renegotiation of a bilateral treaty with the US. San Francisco-based Nicholas Yost is the other name to note.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

The ‘excellent advisers’ at Dentons have ‘a huge depth of experience’ and are ‘practical, knowledgeable and easy to work with’. Chicago-based Jeffrey Fort recently advised Foam Supplies on a methodology for the recognition, documentation and sale of carbon offsets issued by the California Air Resources board, and also assisted Delta Institute with drafting a support contract for the sale of earned offset carbon credits. Peter Gray and Matthew Adams are the key individuals in Washington DC and San Francisco respectively, advising on matters related to energy, infrastructure and development projects. Other notable clients include New Forests, Citgo Petroleum and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons is well versed in insurance regulatory matters, litigation, third-party administrator and healthcare transactional work. In Kansas City, practice head Bruce Baty and Jodi Adolf advised Luxottica and EyeMed Vision Care on general regulatory compliance and compliance for Luxottica’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The team also assisted Berkshire Hathaway with using a New York subsidiary as a risk-bearing body for student health plans. Global insurance practice head Kara Baysinger, who is based in San Francisco, is another key contact with experience in market conduct, licensing and insurance-related transactional matters; she and Baty lead the 24-lawyer practice. Kenneth Schnoll in San Francisco is known for his work in cases arising from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, while New York-based Matthew Gaul regularly handles market conduct investigations and regulatory cases.

Leading lawyers

Michael Barnes - Dentons

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons handles a broad range of transactions for public and private companies, and also assists issuers, underwriters and venture capital investors with a wide range of matters. The team is representing GlaxoSmithKline in a negligence suit over warning labels on the generic version of its antidepressant Paxil, which allegedly failed to highlight increased risks in adults. San Diego-based Stephanie Seidman has extensive patent counseling experience, notably patent portfolios involving complex technologies using therapeutic proteins, small molecules, antibodies and diagnostics. The IP group is assisting Monsanto with all aspects of strategic patent portfolio management, including patent interference and opposition proceedings, and a series of IPR proceedings involving patents covering healthier soybean seed oils and plants. Venture technology specialist Jeffrey Baumel and litigator Peg Donahue Hall are the main contacts along with Dallas-based Robert Hanson, who focuses on patent counseling and prosecution.

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons covers a full range of healthcare deals, including M&A, joint operating agreements and joint ventures. The practice also extends to representing clients in litigation, including fraud and abuse cases, as well as handling Medicare issues and Medicaid mandates. It is advising the State University of New York (SUNY) on a proposed Medicaid waiver for its healthcare entities and is acting as bankruptcy counsel to Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center. Other clients include Dignity Health, Fresenius Medical Care and Northern Trust. Chicago-based Kathryn Ashton heads the 18-partner practice, which includes recent hire Ed Laborde, who joined the Houston office from an in-house counsel position at Foundation HealthCare, offsetting Catherine Hess’ departure to the Children’s National Medical Center.

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Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘analysis and strategy in resolving complex matters is second to none’ and ‘its depth of analysis is rarely matched’. Its strength in the insurance litigation field is demonstrated by its involvement in several putative class actions and other complex and high-value disputes, such as representing Arrowood Indemnity Company and its affiliates in a suit concerning the Federal Housing Financing Agency’s agreement with the US Treasury regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in which the client had preferred stock. First American is another big client, which the firm continues to represent in three class actions for alleged overcharging of insurance premiums. In the Los Angeles office, Ronald Kent and Susan Walker acted for Travelers in a $50m excess liability insurance coverage dispute with ITT Goulds Pumps. AIG, XL Catlin and Zurich are also on the firm’s client roster. Randy Evans and Shari Klevens ‘are tactful, wise and responsive’; ‘each thinks several steps ahead’. Stephen Berry, Anthony Morris and Washington DC’s Joanne Zimolzak are also recommended. John Sarchio joined from Chadbourne & Parke LLP and splits his time between the Miami and New York offices. Lawyers mentioned are based in the Atlanta office unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Michael Barr - Dentons

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Insurance: non-contentious
Insurance: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentonsprovides a very good level of service’ and has ‘a lot of experience and knowledge’. With offices across the country, the team delivers a national practice that advises insurers, reinsurers, underwriters and private equity firm clients on M&A deals, regulatory matters and risk management, among other things. It assisted Metromile with its $22m acquisition of Mosaic Insurance, including obtaining regulatory approval from 50 states. The team also frequently assists AXA Equitable with regulatory matters, including the opening and maintenance of accounts to support the client’s variable annuity and funding agreement products. Other clients include Swiss Re, Chubb and Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company. San Francisco’s Kara Baysinger chairs the practice, which also includes Miami-based John Sarchio, who recently joined from Holland & Knight LLP, as well as Oakland-based Dan Brown and Los Angeles-based Stephanie Duchene, who is ‘very responsive and knowledgeable in Californian insurance regulatory law’.

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Transport: aviation and air travel
Transport: aviation and air travel - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons’ aviation group is made up of an internationally focused aviation finance and leasing practice and an active litigation team, with specialized partners in insurance related litigation. In New York, Diane Westwood Wilson’s practice focuses on aviation insurance and product liability, whereby she represents various equipment manufacturers and their insurers in numerous claims arising out of aircraft accidents. Federal Express Legal, Trade and International Affairs is among the litigation department’s notable clients, and Allan Horowitz has defended the client in multiple civil claims brought by the FAA. Other highlights for the team included assisting GA Telesis with equipment on lease to OHSC Transaero Airlines, following restructuring claims by the Russian carrier. Mark Dombroff and counsel Laura Jennings also offer advice on relevant FAA, DOT and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations. Aviation and litigation partner Dane Jaques joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP in 2016. Since publication, finance partner Elizabeth Evans has joined Reed Smith LLP in New York.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘consistently excellent’ team ‘creates a comprehensive strategy based on patent knowledge, the industry landscape and opposing counsel’. ‘Top strategist’ Song Jung (Washington DC) co-leads the group with Robert Hanson (Dallas), and ‘always thinks of the client’s business needs’. San Francisco and Silicon Valley based Robert Kramer and Washington DC’s Lora Brzezynski are ‘fabulous trial lawyers’ and recently won a complete victory for defendant Nistica in a six-patent case against plaintiff Finisar Corp, which alleged infringement of patents covering cellular telecom network technology. Kramer also represented Silver Spring Networks in a case brought by Eon Corp in the Eastern District of Texas regarding three complex network patents, successfully securing a verdict of non-infringement and a dismissal of $57m worth of damages. Other notable clients include LG Electronics, Flextronics and GoWireless.

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

Dentons

Dentons stands out for its strong trial capability and efficient strategic planning for trade secret protection. Mark Hogge defended Flextronics against a confidential patent and trade secret claim brought by Jawbone before the International Trade Commission. Lora Brzezynski led a team representing Jaxon Engineering & Maintenance in a bet-the-company lawsuit, including allegations of trade secret misappropriation, brought by L3. Brzezynski and Cass Christenson acted for Oceaneering International in a case that alleged breach of confidentiality and sought a restraining order against a former employee. Los Angeles-based Michael Bierman is also noted. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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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

Dentons

Particularly noted for its strength in anti-counterfeiting, Dentons’ team assists a variety of clients with the management of their global trademark portfolios and provides IP advice in relation to corporate and commercial transactions. Recent work includes assisting Cassava with trademark searching, acquisition and protection regarding its entry into the US market, advising Pacific Sunwear of California on trademark matters regarding marketing activities and assisting Morgans Group with the worldwide protection of its brands. Monica Richman in New York is recommended.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons has a nationwide practice that acts on behalf of plan sponsors, fiduciaries, third-party administrators and insurance companies in individual and class action suits. Spearheaded by Alan Gilbert in Chicago, the firm represents Hanover in a national class action seeking millions of dollars in alleged underpayments of lump sum distributions from the client’s pension plan, while Martin Moderson led the advice on stock-drop and excessive fee cases brought against two 401(k) plans by the DOL. In the healthcare sector, the team handled suits claiming underfunding of pension plans and the denial of due payment to out-of-network service providers. Brian Cousin leads the practice from New York.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons handles equity and cash-based incentive plans, change in control issues, fiduciary advice, and M&A transactions. Kansas City-based Martin Moderson leads the multi-office team. In Chicago, Pamela Baker advised Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company with regard to its spin-off from Hewlett-Packard and related restructuring. Washington DC-based employee benefits specialist Michael Maryn restructured an entire equity compensation program and designed the equity rollover structure for a client in anticipation of a sale. Daniel Lange in Chicago is also a key contact.

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Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons advises on the administration and design of benefit plans and represents clients in IRS and DOL audits and investigations. The team, which is led by Martin Moderson in Kansas City, recently assisted a client with the structuring of a profit-sharing plan for a future ESOP scheme, and advised a government-owned healthcare system on the termination of its defined benefit plan. Washington DC-based Michael Maryn provides ongoing advice to McDonald’s regarding benefits issues - most recently on fiduciary compliance.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ immigration practice may be small nationally, but the two-lawyer team benefits from the support of a sizable global group. Group head Matthew Schulz is based in Silicon Valley, and unsurprisingly therefore the practice has a strong technology bent - although it also routinely represents clients in entertainment, agribusiness and financial services. Recent work includes advising Moviepilot on bringing key staff from Berlin to Hollywood to support the company’s growth. The team has also recently undertaken work for Driscoll Strawberry Associates and ROC-Connect. James Levine left to join Baker & Hostetler LLP in 2016.

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

At Dentons, Sandra McCandless, who divides her time between the firm’s San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley offices, is defending Betty White in an ongoing wage and hour lawsuit filed by a former housekeeper, who is bringing claims including failure to pay minimum and overtime wages. Spencer Capital, Precision Spine and Enstar are also clients. Practice head Brian Cousin and Richard Scharlat are the primary contacts in New York and Short Hills, with Jim McNeill the name to note in San Diego and Los Angeles. Cynthia Jackson joined the Silicon Valley office from Baker McKenzie LLP and was among several recent partner hires.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘overall level of service is exceptional and the team of lawyers is superb with clients’. Atlanta and New York-based Michael Cochran, Michael Froy in Chicago and New York-based Stephan Mallenbaum are the practice’s key contacts. Froy stands out for his advice to manufacturers and regulated businesses, such as energy, healthcare and insurance companies, while Mallenbaum is particularly noted for his advice to global financial services, private equity and technology-driven companies. The team represented Home Depot on the sale of its fuel store business to Tri Star Energy; advised Southwire Company, a wire and cable manufacturer, on its approximately $190m acquisition of United Copper Industries from KPS Capital Partners; and acted for Spire Capital, a private equity firm, in the sale of Rainbow Early Education Holdings. Other recent matters include acting for Ingredion, a global ingredients solutions company, on its acquisition of TIC Gums and certain affiliated entities; advising Crawford & Company, the world’s largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management solutions for insurance companies and self-insured entities, on its acquisition of a majority interest in WeGoLook; and representing private equity clients The Edgewater Funds and JZ Capital Partners, and their portfolio company Technical Solutions & Services, in the acquisition of assets of Midwest Gas Instrument Service.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Victor Boyajian leads Dentons’ practice and is a prominent adviser of emerging growth technology companies and major investors. The team advised a real estate portal for the purchase and sale of residential properties on its combination with a provider of solar panels and related technologies, and its subsequent $60m Series A financing; this was led by John Cleary. New York-based Jeffrey Baumel handled a $20m public offering of common stock and warrants for Asterias Biotherapeutics, and, in a cross-border matter, led advice to Innocoll Germany, a global specialty pharmaceutical company, regarding its merger with Innocoll Ireland, which was preceded by a $40m underwritten public offering of ordinary shares on the Nasdaq. James Jasaitis assisted Sungevity with its $50m Series D preferred stock offering to Apollo, IKEA and others. The team also handled a $4m Series A financing round for protein company Exo, led by AccelFoods’ new fund and Collaborative Fund, a syndicate headed by angel investor Tim Ferriss. Chip Korn is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Chip Korn - Dentons

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons’ department, led by Natalie Spears and David Blood, is recognized for its contentious and regulatory strength representing clients in Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) and Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA) class actions and First Amendment issues. Recent highlights include defending Dow Jones & Company in a national class action alleging violations of the VPPA, defending Condé Nast in a VRPA putative class action, and representing the Chicago Tribune Company in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit regarding the private emails and text messages of the Mayor of Chicago. Other standout work includes James Klenk and St Louis-based Roger Heidenreich representing the St Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams) in multiple class actions relating to the franchise’s relocation. Attorneys named, unless otherwise stated, are based in Chicago.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Chicago’s Ross Docksey leads Dentons’ team, which recently advised Novus Law on negotiating an MSA to provide technology-based support services to a leading property and casualty insurance company. Todd Daubert in Washington DC is another key team member and has been assisting a leading mobile operator with several matters, including a voice interconnection agreement with a telecoms company, a multimillion-dollar dispute over ethernet backhaul arrangements with another leading mobile operator, and migrating the client’s networks to an IP-based interconnection.

Leading lawyers

Ross Docksey - Dentons

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons assists high-profile users of communications services, telecoms providers, software and application developers, broadcasters and investors on significant transactions and regulatory matters. Washington DC’s highly regarded Todd Daubert chairs the firm’s communications and technology sectors; he provided strategic advice to Luxottica on its purchase of the majority of its telecoms, broadband and communications services for its global offices and retail locations from AT&T. The firm was also selected as a tier-one firm for Nokia’s new global panel; it has advised Nokia on various regulatory requirements, likely future market developments, 5G deployments, and other telecoms issues.

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons advises on regulatory issues at a federal and state level for a client list that includes cable operators, wireless carriers and satellite companies. In a recent highlight, the team advised The North American Portability Management on the transition of services from Neustar to iconectiv, a process which involved FCC proceedings relating to the regulatory oversight of a number portability system. Key names in the team include Megan Delany, who is representing YourTel and TerrCom in an FCC matter regarding a corporate data breach and issues surrounding the clients’ enrollment of Lifeline phone subscribers; and practice head Todd Daubert, who is advising Nicor Energy Services Company on compliance with the FCC’s and Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call rules. Daubert is also assisting Nokia with various regulatory issues regarding 5G deployments and market developments. Other clients include XO Communications, T-Mobile and new client Luxottica.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

The team at Dentons is spread across New York, Washington DC, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles and includes Washington DC-based practice head Todd Daubert, who has a background in engineering. Recent highlights for Daubert include advising Luxottica on the purchase of telecoms, broadband and communications services for its international offices and retail locations from AT&T, and assisting Nokia with multiple telecoms and technology transactions, including its acquisition of Alcatel Lucent and various 5G issues. XO Communications and T-Mobile are also clients. Other noteworthy names include real estate specialist Linda White in Chicago, New York-based technology practice head Victor Boyajian, and Joel Bock in Short Hills, New Jersey.

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United States: Real estate

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

Dentons

Led by John Haug, Dentons is noted for its experience in real estate projects and, in more recent times, energy and infrastructure projects, which sees it working on multibillion-dollar developments across the country. The firm’s broad client base includes both owners and contractors, and encompasses litigation and the negotiating of contracts. US real estate developer McCormack Baron Salazar is a key client on the transactional side and, in 2016, the team represented it on numerous real estate developments. San Diego-based Mark Budwig is the main contact for construction litigation and government contracts, in which a standout piece of litigation has been the ongoing representation of San Diego Water Authority in a dispute surrounding delays on the San Vicente Dam raise project; claims are currently in excess of $50m. Other clients include Central Valley Gas Storage, LS Power Development and Granite Construction Company.

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United States: Tax

Financial products
Financial products - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Jeffrey Koppele and Timothy Santoli are the key lawyers in Dentons’ New York-based financial products practice and handle risk-sharing, risk-transferring, security-lending and financing transactions. They both advised Xerium Technologies in a senior secured note offering worth $480m. Koppele acted for Bank of Tokyo MUFG in a 20-bank, $240m financing for Johnson Controls, and handled an accelerated stock repurchase transaction for James Hardie International Finance.

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International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Marc Teitelbaum and John Harrington lead the international tax team at Dentons, which is based across six locations and advises on cross-border transactions, investments and transfer pricing matters. Teitelbaum and Timothy Santoli advise longstanding Brazilian client Gávea Investimentos on its operations and investments, most recently in a complex transaction that would give control of the management company back to its founders. Harrington advised Mayfair Games on the sale of Catan Studios to French game publisher Asmodee, while Jeffrey Koppele assisted Mizuho Trust & Banking Corporation with a cross-border securities loan worth $500m involving the US, UK and Belgium. Cayman National Corporation is also a key client.

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

The Washington DC-based team at Dentons represents clients in all phases of civil and criminal tax controversy against the IRS. The team successfully represented Cayman National Corporation and its subsidiaries in a DOJ tax investigation. James Mastracchio co-chairs the department alongside Jeffry Erney, who joined the team from Baker & Hostetler LLP in February 2016.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Dentons

Dentons services a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 500 multinationals through to start-ups, individuals, partnerships and trusts. Highlights included assisting Spire Capital with its sale of Rainbow Early Education to a private equity fund, which involved a pre-transaction structuring and non-taxable rollover. It also advised Innocoll on several transactions, including equity offerings and its redomiciliation into Ireland by way of a merger. Kansas-based Bruce Davidson and Thomas Stephens in Chicago lead the practice.

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Qatar

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Romania

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Uzbekistan

Offices in Tashkent

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Dentons

  • Legal aspects of documenting shipping finance transactions in the United Arab Emirates

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is strategically placed between Europe and the Far East. The UAE has been ranked among the top 15 maritime nations by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the UAE Government is working on plans to transform the shipping industry into one of the country’s major economic sectors.
    - SNR Denton

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