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United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

The ‘easy-to-work-with’ and ‘efficient and effective’ team at Dentons saw further expansion following the merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge, and also added to its ranks with a number of lateral hires and partner promotions. Its significant insurance sector clients turn to the team in high-stakes disputes; recent victories include New York-based Sandra Hauser and Patrick Gennardo’s successful representation of MetLife in multiple class action suits. Other areas of strength include video privacy protection and unclaimed property litigation. Roger Heidenreich and Tami Azorsky head the department from St Louis and Washington DC respectively.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: aerospace/aviation
Product liability, mass tort and class action: aerospace/aviation - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons inherited a strong aviation team from McKenna Long & Aldridge following the merger of the two firms and the aviation group continues to represent clients in aircraft accident investigations and litigation. The practice, which is led by Jim Williams , Mark McKinnon and Mark Dombroff, has complementary expertise in corporate, finance, IP and insurance issues in the aviation sector domestically and internationally. Thomas Almy is another key name, and brings to bear 30 years’ experience representing airlines, aircraft and avionics manufacturers and insurers. Dombroff and Dane Jaques lead the unmanned aircraft systems practice, as well as maintaining a wider aviation practice. All partners are based in Tysons, Virginia unless otherwise stated.

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

Dentons

Dentons is ‘an increasingly credible alternative to Wall Street firms’. Sandra Hauser leads the practice from New York and, with Patrick Gennardo, she successfully defended MetLife in five federal class actions alleging misrepresentation of the company’s financial status. Reid Ashinoff, who represents Genworth Financial, is also recommended. In Chicago, Stephen Senderowitz from Winston & Strawn LLP is a key hire, and he is acting for Citadel Securities against claims, brought by shareholders of Escala Group, of naked short selling of Escala Group shares. The firm’s merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge brought in an enforcement team in Washington DC with experience at the SEC, including Nancy Grunberg and Treazure Johnson.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons’ nationwide practice has considerable experience in FCPA investigations and securities fraud matters, and acts for clients from a broad range of sectors, particularly healthcare. Glenn Colton heads the team and is based in the New York office; as is Michelle Shapiro, who advised Fresenius Medical Care on its global anti-corruption compliance program alongside Kansas City’s Max Carr-Howard. Another client is former Chicago Bears wide receiver Willie Gault, whom Los Angeles-based George Newhouse and Washington DC’s Nancy Grunberg successfully defended against charges of securities fraud. Thomas Kelly, also in Washington DC, is defending XTO Energy against environmental criminal charges.

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United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons attracts praise for its recent successes in the municipal restructuring arena. Notably, Carole Neville, Claude Montgomery, both in New York, and Washington DC-based Sam Alberts represented the Official Committee of Retirees of the City of Detroit, which held more than half the city’s liabilities, in negotiating the elimination of more than $7bn of debt while maintaining most pension benefits and continued healthcare. San Francisco-based Mark Kaufman has an excellent reputation for representing fiscally challenged municipalities and other stakeholders in restructurings; for example, the governor-appointed receiver of the City of Harrisburg in its out-of-court restructuring.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Under the leadership of Erik Klingenberg, ‘a specialist in structured finance, including commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities’, and Stephen Kudenholdt, ‘an outstanding name in the mortgage arena’, Dentons provides ‘vast experience and deep knowledge’ in securitization and structured finance matters. Recognized for its expertise in the real estate market, it is at forefront of SFR securitization. Clients include banks and other financial institutions active in the financing, purchase and securitization of financial assets. Klingenberg, John Kim, Todd Anderson and senior associate Mansi Desai acted for Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank (as underwriters and structuring agents) in the first ever securitization of SFR-backed mortgage loans, with an aggregate value of $229m. The team also advised Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo on a significant loan relating to an SFR securitization worth $552m. It was also instructed by a global bank on the whole-business securitization of a major fast-food retailer, in a matter worth more than $2bn. Other major clients include Barclays, Fortress Investment Group and Bank of America. John Holahan, John Kim and Matthew Yoon are also noted.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons took over McKenna Long & Aldridge in July 2015, making an immediate splash in the government contracts space. The ‘knowledgeable, productive and always available’ Jessica Abrahams leads the team from Washington DC, which is ‘not only professional, but gives precise guidance to assist in closing off issues quickly’. One of the recommended partners is ‘stellar litigator’ Thomas Lemmer, who ‘consistently brings home the best result possible’. Steven Masiello, also in Denver, delivers ‘superior quality work’, and defended Exelis against a $17m claim filed by the government concerning alleged non-compliance with two Cost Accounting Standards. After the award of a $250m contract for the supply of office products, Washington DC-based John Horan successfully defended Office Depot against a bid protest filed by Staples. As part of the merger, former McKenna Long team leader Frederic Levy, Jason Carey, a further partner and two of counsel went to Covington & Burling LLP, while Los Angeles-based James Gallagher and three other partners went to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

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Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons’ public policy and regulation department expanded to over 130 practitioners following the merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge in July 2015 and the addition of three partners from other international law firms. A particularly notable addition was practice chair Gordon Giffin, who arrived as part of the merger. Michael Zolandz continues to act as co-leader of the practice, which in April 2015 saw the promotion to partner of litigator Anthony Jannotta. The team assisted a leading producer of shale gas with state and federal policy, and legislative and rulemaking matters, and it continues to advise the Tohono O’odham Nation on the implementation of its land claim settlement and is defending it in litigation. In a major success, it obtained an exemption for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association from commercial driver license requirements, and successfully added a provision to the House and Senate highway bills exempting recreation vehicles from new electronic logging requirements.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Dentons

Led by Clinton Vince, the practice at Dentons expanded significantly following its merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in July 2015, welcoming Steven Bender and Gordon Giffin to its Atlanta office. Carl Steen also joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Rudolf Beese advised KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company on the transfer of its interests in the $400m Midwest Transmission Project to Transource Missouri.

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

Dentons

Clinton Vince leads the practice at Dentons, which welcomed Gordon Giffin and Steven Bender following the firm’s merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. Carl Steen and counsel Neil Bowman also joined, from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Anadarko Petroleum Company respectively. Clients include Hawkins Avary Hillmer and Kuwait Oil Company.

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Energy: litigation
Energy: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons’ team combines litigation and regulatory expertise, giving it the scope to handle a wide range of energy disputes, including those involving interstate gas pipeline rates and cost allocation, electricity transmission and market power mitigation. Energy practice chairs Clinton Vince and Stuart Caplan represented Navopache Electric Cooperative in litigation before the FERC in response to the transmission formula and annual transmission losses rates proposed by the Public Service Company of New Mexico. Kansas City-based Karl Zobrist represented Kansas City Power and Light Company in the prosecution of a major rate case before the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC). Joshua Harden left MPSC to join the firm as counsel. And John Leslie joined as a result of the merger with Atlanta-based McKenna Long & Aldridge in July 2015.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons continues to advise New Orleans City Council on electricity utility and FERC matters. Handling both contentious and non-contentious matters, the practice receives a steady flow of cases from a diverse range of clients, including municipalities, investor-owned utilities, public power entities, cooperatives and energy trading companies. As well as its electric power expertise, Clinton Vince’s team also advises players in the oil and gas sphere. Energy practice co-chair Stuart Caplan represented EnerNOC in several FERC rulemaking and complaint cases affecting the participation of demand response providers and aggregators. Resulting from the firm’s merger with Atlanta-based McKenna Long & Aldridge in July 2015, Gordon Giffin and John Leslie joined the team, as did counsel Joshua Harden, who previously worked in-house at the Missouri Public Service Commission.

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

Dentons

Dentons is noted for its project development and finance expertise, which spans solar, wind, biomass and geothermal generation to biofuel refineries. In the solar arena, Andrew Schifrin led advice to SkyPower Global in its joint venture with Grupo Uribe. In the wind space, he assisted Mesquite Creek Wind with its development and project financing of a 200MW wind farm in Texas. The team is also experienced in regulatory matters and assisted Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility with its environmental impact assessment and environmental permitting. Clinton Vince chairs the energy practice, which gained Steven Bender due to the firm’s merger with Atlanta-based McKenna Long & Aldridge in July 2015, and Carl Steen from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Casey Ragan left for an in-house position.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

The environmental team at Dentons excels in its regulatory and legislative know-how, and advises a stellar list of clients on internal environmental audits, design and implementation of environmental compliance programs and systems, as well as compliance strategies. Representative matters include providing advice to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association on air matters, OSHA rules and greenhouse gas federal regulations. The team also assisted Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility - a 265MW project in western Imperial County, California - on the environmental impact assessment process under NEPA, as well as on environmental permitting matters. San Francisco-based Nicholas Yost is the key contact.

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ experience in transactional work, due diligence and risk assessment and management was illustrated in its advice to Capital Power Corporation on all aspects of its sale to Emera of its 1050MW portfolio of three New England gas-fired merchant generation facilities. In the climate change arena, the team advised Wabashco on the creation of carbon offset credits for use as a compliance measure under the California climate change program. Other clients include Citgo Petroleum and THF Maplewood. Nicholas Yost in San Francisco is chair of the US environmental practice.

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

Dentons

Dentons combines a well-established insurance practice with excellent knowledge of the healthcare industry. It is active in the health insurer consolidation space, in healthcare providers moving into the insurance environment and in distressed situations and workouts, including health insurers exiting lines of business. It is exceptional in health insurance regulatory an enforcement matters, and recently represented Genworth Life and RiverSource in connection with an enforcement action brought by the California Department of Insurance against RiverSource. Kansas City-based Bruce Baty and San Francisco’s Kara Baysinger head the team, which includes high-profile San Francisco partner Michael Barnes and Washington DC-based Janice Ziegler. San Francisco’s Ken Schnoll is a big name in California and a go-to lawyer for California Department of Managed Health Care issues and consolidation in the industry. New York’s Matthew Gaul is recommended for distressed situations, workouts, government investigations and regulatory issues.

Leading lawyers

Michael Barnes - Dentons

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

A strong performer in product liability litigation, Dentons’ team is representing GlaxoSmithKline in a high-profile negligence case over warning labels on the generic version of its antidepressant Paxil, which allegedly failed to highlight increased suicide risks in adults. The IP team was boosted by the arrivals of San Diego-based Stephanie Seidman and Renzo Rocchegiani and Atlanta-based William Long as a result of the firm’s merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge in July 2015. Seidman and Robert Hanson are assisting pharmaceutical companies, and research universities and institutions on patent application drafting, worldwide portfolio management and inter partes re-examinations. Further illustrating its diverse life sciences practice, New Jersey-based venture technology specialist Jeffrey Baumel assisted Innocoll with its IPO of American depository shares on the NASDAQ. Litigator Peg Hall and Gadi Weinreich, in Dallas and Washington DC respectively, are also recommended.

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

Dentons

Dentons expanded its practice further in 2015 with the hire of a team in San Francisco that includes Daniel Higgins, giving the firm greater resources, contacts and traction on the West Coast. Higgins is known for healthcare transactions, including private equity investments. In another significant move in 2015, healthcare bankruptcy and restructuring specialist Sam Maizel joined the Los Angeles office. The firm has a client base that includes hospitals, hospital companies, major health systems, and lenders to healthcare providers and health plans. HCA Holdings is a key client, as are Community Health Systems and Universal Health Systems. The firm serves as outside transactional, fraud and abuse, Medicare/Medicaid regulatory and compliance counsel for all University of California campuses, hospitals and faculty practice plans. Chicago’s Kathryn Ashton and New York-based Charles Luband head the practice.

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

Dentons

Atlanta and Washington DC-based Shari Klevens and Chicago-based Keith Moskowitz are co-chairs of Dentons’ global insurance group, which covers a range of direct coverage and reinsurance work, including property and casualty, life insurance and professional liability issues; the team recently assisted Zurich in professional liability litigation. Other significant clients of the practice include MetLife, which Sandra Hauser and Patrick Gennardo defended in five class actions relating to shadow insurance practices, and Genworth, which Reid Ashinoff is representing in several Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) class actions relating to captive reinsurance arrangements. Ashinoff and Hauser also continued their work for Genworth in a federal securities fraud action, settling the case in early 2015. Chicago-based Robert Johnson continued to act for an AIG subsidiary in a matter pertaining to a professional liability policy. The department was strengthened in 2015 by the addition of five partners following the firm’s absorption of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. All named lawyer are based in New York, except where noted otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Michael Barr - Dentons

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

Dentons

Dentons has an ‘incredibly strong team, with an excellent level of service, high responsiveness and exceptional industry knowledge’. The department is particularly strong on the West coast and is ‘among the best in the practice area in California’. The practice has substantial regulatory experience and recent highlights include representing Dhando Holdings as regulatory counsel on issues arising from the acquisition of Stonetrust Commercial Insurance Company. Kara Baysinger and Bruce Baty co-head the practice from San Francisco and Kansas City, respectively. Baysinger recently represented Genworth Life and RiverSource in an administrative hearing relating to market conduct; Baty was appointed special deputy receiver of Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance once the client was placed into rehabilitation. Clients also recommend Matthew Gaul in New York, the ‘outstanding’ Dan Brown and the ‘strong’ Kenneth Schnoll (both based in San Francisco), and Chicago-based Michael Kasdin; Kasdin is recommended for regulatory mandates. Los Angeles-based Stephanie Duchene made the partnership in 2015.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 6

Dentons

Dentons’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘distinguished by its relationship management, rational billing practice and obtaining of superior outcomes’. Practice head Song Jung joined the group as a result of its combination with McKenna Long & Aldridge in 2015, and is ‘highly knowledgeable on IP litigation and prosecution matters’. Other arrivals include Gaspare Bono, who is ‘excellent at business litigation, business strategy and all matters involving conflict’, and Lora Brzezynski, who is currently representing Jaxon Engineering & Maintenance as defendant in a bet-the-company case against a major competitor. Other highlights included acting for Nistica in a six-patent infringement case involving fiber optic technology, a matter handled by practice co-head Robert Kramer, who is based in Silicon Valley. All other named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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Trade secrets
Trade secrets - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Following its merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge, Dentons’ ‘go-to’ trade secrets group has gained considerably in strength. The ‘very responsive’ team is led by Lora Brzezynski and Cass Christenson, both based in Washington DC. Clients note that ‘there are a wide range of specialists within the firm, so whenever a niche area comes up, they have someone with experience in that niche’. One of the specialist areas is government contracts. Michael Bierman in Los Angeles successfully represented LinQuest, which had been in the process of bidding on lucrative government contracts with the Space and Missile Systems Center, in suing a former employee who had been hired to work on the bidding process and who then went to work for a competitor, Modern Technology Solutions, which was also bidding on some of the contracts. Joshua Curry and Petrina Hall McDaniel, both in the Atlanta office, were made partners.

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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

Dentons’ team provides a ‘high-quality service in a speedy and cost-efficient manner’. It assists clients with the management of their global trademark portfolios, has a strong anti-counterfeiting practice, and supports corporate and commercial transactions with IP advice. A highlight was assisting BCL-ED with the establishment of the new brand ED by Ellen DeGeneres, including advising on a worldwide trademark filing strategy, an online protection strategy, an anti-counterfeiting program, a licensing program, and agency and distribution agreements. Other clients include Opera Software, Schwartz & Benjamin, and the Hain Celestial Group. Monica Richman in New York is praised as ‘very knowledgeable, highly responsive, thoughtful and practical’.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ multi-city ERISA practice represents regulators and health insurers, as well as employers in pension disputes. Alan Gilbert, David Cowart and Stephen O’Brien are acting for Hanover Insurance Group in a class action dispute regarding alleged underpayments of lump sums from the company’s pension plan. Key figures also include Douglas Scullion, who handles ERISA-related insurance claim denial litigation, and Fruman Jacobson and Carole Neville, who are acting for PBGC on matters surrounding ERISA plans connected with American Airlines’ 2011-13 bankruptcy. The firm’s long-running work for the Official Retirees Committee for the City of Detroit has been successfully brought to a close, following the city’s exit from bankruptcy. Other clients include Humana and S.C. Johnson.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ multi-office team has expertise in a range of ERISA plan and executive compensation matters. In Chicago, Pamela Baker advised Hewlett-Packard’s compensation committee on executive compensation challenges relating to the company’s demerger into Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc; she also has expertise in pension plan de-riskings and equity plans. Daniel Lange, who joined the Chicago office in October 2015 from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, advises individual C-suite executives. In Washington DC, Michael Maryn assists McDonald’s with its retirement plans and non-qualified deferred compensation schemes, including advising on its employee stock ownership plan. Martin Moderson, who leads the practice from Kansas City, handles issues including plan terminations and church plan statuses.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Matthew Schulz leads Dentons’ global mobility group from the Silicon Valley office. The firm’s recent absorption of McKenna Long & Aldridge reinforced the practice, notably including the arrival of James Levine. The practice handles all business non-immigrant and immigrant visas for temporary business visitors and those seeking permanent residency who bring extraordinary ability, professional experience, business investment and religious training. The team is assisting a global agribusiness in moving personnel to sites by handling visas for key management and research staff in California, Mexico, China and the European Union. The team recently assisted biotech company Zymergen with obtaining visas for research staff.

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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 3

Dentons

Dentons has a strong focus on cross-border transactions, especially in the financial, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and technology markets. It has grown its practice significantly through the hires of Atlanta-based Steven Berson from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Jeffrey Dunetz in New York from Mayer Brown, and Dallas-based Lane Folsom, Donald Hammett Jr and Toni Weinstein from Locke Lord LLP. In addition to the above laterals, the firm’s combination witlh McKenna Long & Aldridge resulted in 24 partners joining the corporate practice. Significant deals included advising Carpathia Hosting and its controlling shareholder Spire Capital Partners on the $326m sale of Carpathia to QTS Realty Trust. Cross-border matters included assisting Thailand-based petrochemical producer Indorama Ventures Public Company with its $225m acquisition of Chinese company Performance Fibers. Michael Cochran in Atlanta, Chicago-based Michael Froy and Stephan Mallenbaum in New York are key contacts.

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

Dentons

The venture capital practice at Dentons is part of a vast global network, making it an excellent choice for cross-border deals. The firm is particularly adept in the mobile telecoms and financial technology sectors, providing an ‘outstanding level of service’ to both start-ups and investors. Practice head Victor Boyajian ‘is an excellent team leader’; he was lead counsel to Sandbox Partners in its acquisition of the Family Education Network from Pearson, and also acted for Scanadu in its $35m Series B financing investment round. James Jasaitis advised Bench Accounting on its $7m Series A financing, led by Altos Ventures. Jasaitis also assisted Contour Ventures with its participation in the Series A financing round for Pendo.io. Chip Korn and John Cleary in the New Jersey office are highly recommended. Randolph Adler, Michael Chung, joined the firm from their start-up RK Adler, and Maria Sendra in the Silicon Valley office joined from Jones Day’s San Diego office. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise specified.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: outsourcing
Technology: outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

The Dentons team is spread across Chicago, New York, Kansas and Washington DC, and is led by the well-regarded Ross Docksey, who has recently been representing a company developing a smart water metering system with all of its outsourcing agreements. Its client base spans multiple industries, including insurance, banking, energy, pharmaceuticals, retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. The team has expertise in single and multi function sourcing transactions, IT infrastructure outsourcing transactions, and applications development and maintenance. Rosemary Gullikson Bittorf handled outsourcing solutions for the Tribune Company, which owns daily newspapers in ten cities nationwide, and, for the same client, Bittorf handled the outsourcing of its circulation call centers to APAC Customer Services.

Leading lawyers

Ross Docksey - Dentons

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons handles transactional matters on behalf of clients from a variety of technology-related industries, including life sciences and IT. The team advised Mblox, an A2P mobile messaging provider, on the acquisition of Zoove, the exclusive provider of StarStar numbers in the US. Clients include Real Matters, Teledyne Technologies and Sungevity. Victor Boyajian is a key figure in the New York office; Song Jung in Washington DC and Natalie Spears in Chicago are also names to note. Maria Sendra joined the Palo Alto capital markets practice and specializes in emerging technologies and the life sciences. David Blood joined the corporate practice in Los Angeles and focuses on licensing and joint ventures.

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

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘proactive and attentive’ practice group represents some of the industry leaders in the field of telecoms, including wireless carriers, mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), competitive wireline carriers, and cable operators including T-Mobile, XO Communications, Nokia Solutions and Networks, and Sony. Highlights included advising Luxottica on its acquisition of telecoms and broadband-related services from AT&T. The firm is also providing ongoing advice to Time Warner Cable, TerraCom and YourTel on compliance with federal and state regulations. Key figures include Megan Delany and department head Todd Daubert, who is praised ‘for his acuteness and understanding’.

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

Dentons

Todd Daubert heads Dentons’ 23-lawyer telecoms and broadcast practice, which includes eight partners. Victor Boyajian acted for Synchronoss Technologies on the $60m purchase of personal cloud assets from F-Secure and advised Scanadu on a $35m series B financing for medtech company i9n. The merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge in July 2015 has added to the firm’s footprint.

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United States: Real estate and construction

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

Dentons

Dentons’ team provides a full service to owners and developers, contractors and subcontractors, design professionals and sureties, with John Haug leading the transactional work from St Louis and Philip White heading litigation from New York. The team’s expertise includes government contracts, bid protests and bond claims, and it has recently been advising on projects ranging from residential and retail developments to chemical facilities and power plants. Examples included assisting the Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investment Company with contractual matters surrounding the $1.5bn design and construction of luxury hotels in the Middle East, and acting for the O’Donnell Investment Company in the development of a $240m gold-rated LEED-certified high rise in Chicago. In an example on the disputes side, it represented Longview Power in a $600m defect and delay suit arising from the construction of a $2bn coal-fired power plant. Other clients include McCormack Baron Salazar, Piedmont Natural Gas, Balfour Beatty Communities and Nicor. Following its merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge, Mark Budwig, Peter Ippolito and Laurence Phillips joined the team in California. Disputes specialist David Kiefer moved to King & Spalding LLP.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ recent merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge saw the addition of 18 real estate partners. One of these was Atlanta-based co-chair William Timmons, who advised KeyBank National Association on the amendment and restatement of Kite Realty Group’s syndicated corporate liquidity facility and a parallel term loan. The team’s expertise in acting for lenders on finance transactions was also on show in Chicago, where co-chair Robert Fernandez advised MetLife on the $350m financing of a shopping center in San Antonio, Texas. On the dirt side, San Diego-based Robert Bell is acting for Navarra Properties regarding the development of a site in downtown San Diego, while Atlanta-based Jess Pinkerton has been busy on a variety of developments for student housing developer Landmark Properties. Other key players in the practice are co-chair David Hall, who is based in New York, and hotel and leisure specialist Richard Ross, who is based in Phoenix.

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United States: Tax

Financial products
Financial products - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons provides financial products advice to prominent financial institutions and has earned a good reputation for its advice related to the tax implications of swaps and other derivatives, risk-transfer structures, and debt and equity issuances. The group acted for Credit Suisse Securities (USA) on its $371m Rule 144A offering of residential mortgage-backed securities, backed by mortgages purchased from originators by DLJ Mortgage Capital. The ten-lawyer team is led by Jeff Koppele.

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International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Benefitting from its global network, Dentons advises on outbound and inbound transactions, international investment, and transfer pricing and compliance. It acted for Feiyu Technology International Company in its IPO, and the related listing of its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It also advises Gávea Investimentos on its operations and investment arrangements. The team is led by Marc Teitelbaum in New York. John Harrington in Washington DC is also recommended.

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

Dentons

Dentons’ tax controversy group recently underwent some changes. Jim Mastracchio - former co-chair of Baker & Hostetler LLP’s national tax controversy practice - now chairs the tax controversy and criminal tax practice, while Todd Welty, Mark Thomas and Laura Gavioli departed for McDermott Will & Emery LLP. The ten-lawyer team acts for a broad range of clients, including multinational companies, high-net-worth individuals, trusts and estates, and other tax advisers. It handles all phases, from pre-audit planning through to appeals and litigation.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 8

Dentons

Dentons’ tax team comprises 40 lawyers and advises clients on US and international tax, with a focus on corporate tax, partnerships, real estate, tax-advantaged investing and bankruptcy tax planning. Practice co-leaders are Bruce Davison in Kansas City and Thomas Stephens in Chicago. Significant work included advising Killick Aerospace on tax structuring relating to the sale of four business units to VSE Corporation for $189m, plus a potential earn-out of $50m. It is also representing Caymus Equity Partners in its equity and debt investment in medical imaging equipment distributor Alpha/Axs Holding Company; Davison led the tax advice.

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  • 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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