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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) is ‘among the best in the business’, with a team of ‘exceptional communicators’ praised for its ability to ‘understand all relevant legal concepts and risks and assess how they fit into the client’s business objectives’. The team regularly advises on portfolio, joint venture and cross-border transactions, and also has a strong track record in mixed-use development projects, representing a range of real estate owners, lenders, developers and institutional investors. The firm is also noted for its finance and leasing expertise, and has been particularly active within the hospitality and technology sectors. Recent highlights included representing Mirae Asset Global Investments, a Korea-based investment management firm, on its $780m acquisition of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu from Blackstone, and advising Starwood Waypoint Homes on its $815m acquisition of a portfolio of 3,000 residential properties across five states from Waypoint/GI Venture. Washington DC-based Jay Epstien represents owners and developers across the full range of real estate transactions, and is a key practitioner along with Boston-based John Sullivan, who specializes in advising public and private pension plans, opportunity funds and non-US investors in financing transactions. Other names to note include development expert Maxine Hicks and Cara Nelson; Nelson recently represented an affiliate of The Berkshire Group in its joint venture with an affiliate of JBG Smith, a real estate investment fund, for the development of a multifamily residential project in Maryland. Harvard University, Hines and InterContinental Hotels Group are also key clients.

Leading lawyers

Jay Epstien - DLA Piper LLP (US)

John Sullivan - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’ global cartel practice is led by San Francisco-based partner Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, whose experience of criminal cartel investigations includes those involving allegations of bid-rigging, price-fixing, market allocation and other types of conspiracies. Tenorio-Kutzkey has previously acted for companies and individuals from industries such as ocean transportation, pharmaceuticals and technology, among others. In June 2018, experienced antitrust litigator Robby Robertson joined the Chicago office from Hogan Lovells.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s nationwide practice is led by Jonathan King in Chicago and the FCPA-focused John Hillebrecht in New York. Hillebrecht represented NASDAQ-listed technology firm Net1 UEPS in an SEC and DOJ FCPA investigation, and parallel South African criminal investigation, into allegations of bribery. A longstanding client, GlaxoSmithKline engages the firm on global government and internal investigation matters, on which Washington DC’s Laura Terrell takes the lead. Also recommended are Philadelphia’s Ilana Eisenstein, Baltimore’s Brett Ingerman and Washington DC’s Matthew Graves.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Philadelphia-based Raymond Williams and Christopher Young in San Diego co-head DLA Piper LLP (US)’s nationwide product liability and mass torts practice. The team advises OEMs, such as Porsche and Ford, on contentious and non-contentious matters, including risk mitigation, product recalls and litigation. Other key figures in the department are James Brogan in Philadelphia and Joel Dewey in Baltimore.

Leading lawyers

Joel Dewey - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The consumer and industrial product liability practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles contentious and non-contentious work, such as risk mitigation, regulatory law matters, product recalls and product liability litigation. The group is headed by Raymond Williams in Philadelphia and Christopher Young in San Diego, who is particularly experienced in the life sciences, food and beverage industries.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s pharmaceutical and medical device practice is jointly headed by Raymond Williams in Philadelphia and Christopher Young in San Diego, and handles sector-related product liability litigation and mass torts. Williams and New York-based Loren Brown continue to act as national counsel for Novo Nordisk in all litigation arising from claims alleging that some type 2 diabetes treatments can cause pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis. In other ongoing work, Brown defends Pfizer in product liability litigation, in which plaintiffs claim that long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) cause various forms of kidney disease. Together with Boston-based Matthew Holian, Brown also represents Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer in an MDL involving claims that anticoagulant medication Eliquis causes bleeding. Bayer, Medtronic and Biogen are also clients of the firm. Cara Edwards in New York is another name to note and Boston-based Jessica Wilson was invited to partnership in January 2017.

Leading lawyers

Loren Brown - DLA Piper LLP (US)

Next generation lawyers

Cara Edwards - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Jointly headed by Raymond Williams in Philadelphia and Christopher Young in San Diego, the product liability and mass torts practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) is primarily active in asbestos litigation. Led by Boston-based Matthew Holian and John Wellschlager in Baltimore, the team continues to act as national counsel for BASF Catalyst in asbestos litigation related to its predecessor Engelhard and recently won a summary judgment in favor of the client in Fields v Ford Motor Company. Porsche, Exxon Mobil and NJOY are also clients of the firm.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

John Clarke in New York and James Mathias in Baltimore are chairs of DLA Piper LLP (US)’s corporate and securities litigation practice, which continued to expand its roster of talent in 2017. Recent hires include Jessica Masella in New York, who was a member of the securities and commodities fraud task force in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and experienced trial lawyer Amy Rudd in Austin, who joined from Dechert LLP. They complement the firm’s already strong bench, which includes San Diego-based Shirli Weiss, who won a motion to dismiss for Super Micro Computer in a class action regarding errors in reported revenues, and Robert Brownlie; and Andrew Escobar in Seattle, who with Clarke defended Morgan Stanley against allegations of misstatements and omissions in registration statements for IPOs of SandRidge Mississippian Trusts. Ryan O’Quinn in Miami has in-house experience at the SEC and advises clients in the financial services, healthcare and transportation sectors.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) has an active issuer-side practice, which routinely advises clients across a broad range of industry sectors, including technology, mining and natural resources, retail and life sciences. New York’s Jamie Knox heads the debt capital markets practice and supported Everi Holdings on its $375m offering of senior unsecured notes. He and Washington DC-based Stasia Kelly advised US Steel on a $750m senior notes offering. Christopher Paci, also based in New York, chairs the wider capital markets practice.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s comprehensive national practice routinely handles IPOs and follow-on offerings for both issuers and underwriters, with strong showings in the technology and life sciences fields. In New York, group chair Christopher Paci advised the underwriters on YogaWorks’ $40m IPO. In Austin, US corporate chair John Gilluly acted for the underwriter on Upland Software’s $40m follow-on offering. In a highlight for the Baltimore office, Jay Smith advised Laureate Education on its $490m IPO. Gislar Donnenberg joined the Houston office from Paul Hastings LLP. The practice also benefits from well-staffed offices in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Short Hills and Silicon Valley.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) comes highly recommended for its ‘thoughtful, honest, straightforward and detailed legal advice’. The firm’s West Coast lender side practice, which is particularly strong on venture capital loans, ‘tackles challenges, is hungry for work, but manages to maintain a familiar touch and personable appeal’. The venture lending practice is led by the ‘brilliant and very quick’ San Diego-based partner Matt Schwartz, while in Silicon Valley Mike Standlee is praised for his ‘speed, industry, bankruptcy expertise, and understanding of bank legal policies’. A significant highlight was representing Silicon Valley Bank in a co-lending arrangement with Oxford Finance linked to a $100m loan to Puma Biotechnology. Other key lender clients include Comerica and JP Morgan. The firm’s New York team, which includes Jamie Knox, is more active on the mid-level borrower side, and was boosted by the arrival of William Candelaria from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, who is known his Latin America expertise.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

At DLA Piper LLP (US), Washington DC-based Timothy Moran and Gregory Smith handle an even balance of lender and sponsor work across the Americas. Moran continued to be highly active for key client Exelon Generation, which he advised on a $650m financing for a portfolio of 31 operating solar and wind generation projects; he also acted for Hanwha General Chemical on a $110m construction loan financing of a solar project in Texas. Smith, who focuses on overseas energy projects, assisted the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) with numerous matters, including the financing of a 50MW gas-fired power project in Guinea. In another piece of work, he acted for Export-Import Bank of the United States and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration on their financing of the Cerro de Hula wind project in Honduras. The practice is led from New York by global co-chair Joseph Tato.

Leading lawyers

Timothy Moran - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out for its deep experience of CLO transactions. Indeed, led by Richard Reilly, the group serves as primary counsel to Ares Management as collateral manager and to Goldman Sachs as placement agent in their respective CLO activity. The department’s ABS expertise covers student loan and small business loan securitizations; in the Boston office, Andrew Sroka advised Kabbage on its $525m securitization secured by online small-business loans and merchant cash advances. Sroka also acted for Darien Rowayton Bank as sponsor in connection with multiple student loan securitizations. David Luce is another contact in the group.

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United States: Industry focus

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

At DLA Piper LLP (US), New York-based global energy head Joseph Tato and Washington DC-based Gregory Smith focus on international work; Smith is advising OPIC and CDC Investment Works on the financing for a 50MW gas-fired power project in Guinea. In the domestic market, Washington DC-based Timothy Moran assisted Exelon Generation with the restructuring of its power projects in Texas.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

At DLA Piper LLP (US), Houston-based co-chair Jack Langlois handles high-value M&A for clients such as Kayne Anderson and Terra Energy Partners. In New York, co-chair Robert Gruendel focuses on project development in Latin America.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) specializes in lender-side project finance with Washington DC-based Gregory Smith highly active on cross-border mandates, and Timothy Moran (also in Washington DC) focusing on the domestic market. In one example of work Smith acted for key client the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on the financing of a 500MW wind farm in central Ukraine. New York-based Joseph Tato heads the practice.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘excellent, responsive and knowledgeable’ department has considerable experience assisting high-profile clients with regulatory, transactional and IP matters, as well as complex global disputes. San Diego-based co-head Lisa Haile and New York-based Stuart Pollack have been leading advice to SteadyMed on various patent invalidation claims brought against United Therapeutics before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Co-head Richard Mulloy and Drew Wintringham, who are in San Diego and New York, respectively, have been representing Covidien in patent litigation brought against Ethicon arising from the release of Ethicon’s Enseal X1 medical device. The team also acted for Sanpower Group on its $820m acquisition of Dendreon Pharmaceuticals. Also led by product liability expert Matthew Holian in Boston, the team includes George Karavetsos in Miami, Loren Brown in New York, Raymond Williams in Philadelphia, Larry Nishnick in San Diego and Aaron Fountain, who splits his time between Austin and Houston.

Next generation lawyers

Aaron Fountain - DLA Piper LLP (US)

Larry Nishnick - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s expertise spans private equity issues, transactional work, litigation, regulatory and compliance matters, and data privacy advice. It recently advised Mednax on its £132m acquisition of Radiology Associates of South Florida; assisted DentaQuest and its subsidiary Advantage Community Company with its acquisition of the Access Dental platform in Oregon and Washington; and handled JW Childs Associates’ acquisition of Ascent Medical Group. Miami-based practice head Joshua Kaye led the work. Health data expert Anna Spencer joined the firm’s Atlanta office from Sidley Austin LLP and Adam Rogers joined Jones Day.

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Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The ‘highly skilled’ New York-based team at DLA Piper LLP (US) provides a ‘high level of service and professionalism’ and is experienced in litigating and arbitrating large scale insurance and reinsurance industry disputes. Michael Murphy is the global chair of insurance and reinsurance, while the ‘solutions-orientedAidan McCormack, who is the North America chair of insurance and reinsurance, is ‘attentive and responsive’ to clients. McCormack is representing Brit Insurance in a bad faith and coverage litigation and arbitration case across California, Washington DC and London, arising from a $64m judgment in an underlying professional liability claim. Joseph Finnerty is representing Beazley in appellate litigation brought by plaintiffs who received an assignment of claims under a D&O policy that the client issued to a subprime mortgage lender. Chubb, AIG, Munich Re and AON are also clients. Mark Deckman, who is ‘outstanding’, Shand Stephens, Richard Hans, Megan Shea Harwick, Neal Kronley and David Luce are key contacts. Named lawyers are based in New York.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) handles a range of complex transactions, including capital markets, joint ventures and M&A, and regulatory mandates in the insurance space. It is noted for its experience in advising insurance companies and those entering the insurance market on all aspects of capital investment and digital strategy. David Luce advised Swiss Re, as initial purchaser, in a $175m catastrophe bond offering sponsored by Security First Insurance Company, and advised Primerica in a $3.4bn disposition, by way of a highly structured, fully collateralized bulk reinsurance transaction, which transferred Primerica’s pre-IPO back book of insurance policies from Citi to Swiss Re. Global head of insurance transactions and regulation William Marcoux advised Blackstone on the formation of, and initial $600m capital raise for, Harrington Re, a joint venture between Blackstone and Axis Capital. Global chair of insurance and reinsurance Michael Murphy, tax expert Gerald Rokoff, Paul Chen in San Francisco, and of counsel Carl Poedtke in Chicago are key contacts. Former deputy general counsel at AIG Nicholas Kourides joined the team in 2017 as senior counsel. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) visibly strengthened its expertise in the media, sports and entertainment sectors through the merger with Los Angeles boutique Liner LLP and in 2017, was increasingly busy in the electronics, semiconductor, software and life sciences sectors. A recent success was the victory secured for Toshiba in infringement litigation filed by Intellectual Ventures, involving patents on semiconductor memory chips and consumer electronics products. The practice’s experience in the automotive sector showed when defending Mazda, Subaru, Volvo and Robert Bosch against an infringement suit filed by Blitzsafe. Other clients include Samsung, Nike and Lululemon. US litigation practice head Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley, global Intellectual Property and Technology chair John Allcock in San Diego, and the Chicago-based Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell are the main contacts. The ‘responsive, reliable and knowledgeable’ Steven Park is based in Atlanta. In Los Angeles, Douglas Emhoff joined from Venable LLP and Jeremy Elman left for Dorsey & Whitney LLP. In July 2018, the former head of McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s trade secrets practice, Eric Hagen, joined the firm’s Los Angeles office.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission
Patent litigation: international trade commission - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)understands the management and decision-making processes in large corporations’, provides ‘effective legal service’ and is well versed in high-profile work from the technology, electronics and automotive sectors. ‘Outstanding trial lawyersPaul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell, both in Chicago, represented respondent Denso in a large ITC investigation brought by Intellectual Ventures regarding patents of thermoplastics used in motors and Silicon Valley partner Mark Fowler led advice for Samsung Electronics and Samsung Semiconductor on an investigation following a complaint by ParkerVision targeting radio frequency chips, eventually securing a favourable settlement. Other key practitioners include the San Diego-based Sean Cunningham and Washington DC’s Joseph Lavelle. BMW, Toshiba and Techtronic Industries also feature on the client list.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)

With a particular strong standing in the life sciences and technology industries, DLA Piper LLP (US) demonstrates expertise in transactional licensing, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and asset sales, flanked by a strong due diligence track record; settlement negotiations, in particular with non-practicing entities, as well as domestic and international research and development agreements are other focus areas. The San Diego-based Mark Lehberg led advice to Qualcomm on a large number of cross-border licence agreements in the context of its $3bn joint venture with TDK. The team also assisted Geneius Biotechnology with the creation of its patent portfolio in the personalized oncology therapeutic platform space. In other work, San Diego’s Lisa Haile was key in obtaining a notice of allowance for Revolution Contraceptive from the Parsemus Foundation regarding a reversible male contraceptive. The Philadelphia-based Darius Gambino and Mike McGurk in Boston are other noteworthy practitioners. Clients also include Nanotherapeutics and the University of Texas at Austin.

Leading lawyers

Mike McGurk - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Leading lawyers

Eric Hagen - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The ‘outstanding’ practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) covers a broad range of sectors, including technology and consumer goods, and has seen an increase in media and entertainment clients following its merger with Liner LLP. San Francisco-based group head Gina Durham as well as Frank Ryan and Tamar Duvdevani in New York have been acting for Nike in an infringement suit brought by Why Not Apparel regarding certain Nike products. Duvdevani has also been representing the estate of Marilyn Monroe in an infringement claim under the Lanham Act brought against a merchandiser. The practice includes Ann Ford, who is co-head of the wider IP and technology department.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘efficient’ and ‘outstanding’ team has considerably strengthened its entertainment offering following its merger with boutique firm Liner. Well-regarded group head Ann Ford continues to lead advice to Dannon on domestic matters, including trademark filing, clearance, registration and prosecution. Of counsel Ryan Compton has been leading advice to long-term client Dr Seuss Enterprises in various trademark matters, including prosecution and enforcement. The team, which includes Mark Feldman and Keith Medansky in Chicago, was strengthened by the arrival of Douglas Emhoff from Venable LLP. Named partners are based in Washington DC, unless indicated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Ann Ford - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US), which has particular expertise in debt funds, but also handles work concerning managed accounts and other asset classes, ‘brings a depth of knowledge and expertise to clients’ problems’. David Goldstein heads the practice from the New York office and continues to work with MC Credit Partners. Victor Levy is ‘an expert in the structured credit fund field - clients appreciate his thoroughness’; he advised cornerstone client Ares Management on establishing a managed account for an investor. Richard Reilly advised Goldman Sachs as placement agent of a billion-dollar-plus collateralized loan obligation fund. Also in New York, Carmen Wong is now counsel. Richard Ginsberg, based in Chicago, advised May River Capital on forming its first fund, which beat its $150m target. The firm acts for several American and international sovereign wealth funds, start-up venture capital firms, and Oxford Properties Group.

Next generation lawyers

Victor Levy - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s global platform provides for a multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary team, which was further bolstered by the arrival of hedge fund and ERISA Title 1 expert Adrienne Scerbak in New York from an in-house position at Sony. In Washington DC, Rita Patel assisted a public telecoms company with the negotiation of a severance agreement pertaining to a CEO residing abroad, and Chicago’s Anne Pachciarek represented an ACA reporting provider in regulatory issues relating to its client base of large employers. A technology company also engaged the team to design and implement incentive structures and special purpose vehicles including employee benefits trusts. Patel heads the group with Silicon Valley-based Cisco Palao-Ricketts and Chicago-based Richard Ashley III.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The multidisciplinary practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) recently welcomed hedge fund specialist Adrienne Scerbak to its New York office from an in-house position at Sony. In recent highlights, the team advised Server Technology on its sale to the France-based Legrand Holdings, and assisted Arsenal Capital Partners with the sale of its portfolio company, Certara, to EQT VII Fund. The main names to note are Rita Patel, who sits in Washington DC, Chicago-based Rich Ashley III, and Cisco Palao-Ricketts in Silicon Valley.

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) is regularly engaged in class action, discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases. The team represented Octagon in a case examining the fee-sharing agreements between two sports agents and Octagon and whether these agreements are enforceable. In San Diego, Mary Dollarhide represented Teleperformance US in a FLSA collective action brought on behalf of 535 call center workers claiming unpaid overtime. The firm also represented USF Reddaway in a wage and hour class action case, and in a case alleging harassment and discrimination. Key contacts also include Joseph Alan Piesco, Brian Kaplan and Daniel Turinsky in New York, as well as Joseph Domenick Guarino in New Jersey, and Margaret Keane in San Francisco. In Dallas, Marc Katz, who is managing partner of the office, and Isabel Crosby, who joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in 2018, are also noted. In March 2018, former department head Michael Sheehan left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and not long after, in April 2018, a team including Rachel Cowen, Ron Holland and Maria Rodriguez made the same move. In July 2018, Ryan Vann joined the firm in Chicago from Baker McKenzie LLP.

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) recently added experienced litigator Mary Dollarhide to the San Diego office from Paul Hastings LLP. The team in Chicago represented United Airlines in the negotiations of joint contracts for its flight attendants ahead of the merger with Continental Airlines. Washington DC-based Harriet Lipkin handled Station Casino’s response to a Culinary Workers campaign seeking voluntary ‘card check’ recognition, and the firm also assisted American Baptist Homes of the West in an appeal of an NLRB decision. In March 2018, Michael Sheehan left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and not long after, in April 2018, a team including Ron Holland, Pankit Doshi , Marilyn Pearson, Ellen Bronchetti and David Durham made the same move.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts
Commercial deals and contracts - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Part of the firm’s wider IP and technology department, DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘excellent’ and ‘incredibly responsive’ practice covers commercial contracts, as well as franchising and distribution matters. In Atlanta, franchising and distribution group chair Richard Greenstein led advice to CircusTrix in its acquisition of Rockin’ Jump. In San Diego, commercial contracts group head Mark Lehberg and Jeff Baglio acted for Qualcomm in its $3bn joint venture with TDK. Silicon Valley-based Jeffrey Aronson and Atlanta-based Joseph Silver were engaged by Endgame regarding various strategic agreements with Accenture. Other clients include Catalina, Roark Capital Group and EagleView Technologies.

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M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s corporate and securities group handles stock-for-stock mergers, management buyouts, tender offers, proxy contests, cross-border acquisitions, and divisional purchases and sales; it also represents special committees of boards and advises in hostile bids and proxy contests. In New York, Daniel Eisner led advice to Arsenal Capital Partners in the sale of its portfolio company Certara, known globally for model-informed drug development technology; and Marjorie Adams assisted Datatec, a South African ICT, with the sale of its North and Latin American businesses to US-based Synnex Corporation. Buy-side highlights included the team acting for CyrusOne in its acquisition of Sentinel Data Centers, a company that designs, builds, owns and operates turn-key and multi-tenant data center facilities for large enterprises; while in the large deal space, it assisted The Coca-Cola Company with its acquisition of a majority interest in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa from Anheuser-Busch InBev. The team also acted for Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners in its sale of plastic packaging manufacturer and distributor Novolex to The Carlyle Group; and assisted alternative investment firm Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors with its sale of Silver Hill Energy Partners and Silver Hill E&P II. Additional key advisers include New York-based US M&A chair Jonathan Klein; regional managing partner of the firm’s Texas offices and US corporate co-chair John Gilluly III, who advised Cheddar’s Casual Cafe on its sale to Darden Restaurants; managing partner of the San Diego offices Jeff Baglio, who ‘has strong negotiating skills’ and advises mature and emerging technology, life sciences and consumer products companies; and Silicon Valley- and San Francisco-based Eric Wang, who serves as co-chair of the Northern California corporate and finance practice.

Leading lawyers

Jonathan Klein - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) operates primarily in the middle market, with a high volume of transactions driven by the likes of ABRY Partners, Wind Point Partners, Arbor Investments, Prairie Capital, Sterling Partners and Stonebridge Partners. The firm has made a particular impression in the healthcare sector, marrying its strong private equity credentials with excellent healthcare regulatory expertise. Food and beverages, life sciences, chemicals and industrials are also key sectors. Moreover, the firm has made an impression in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions for clients such as Wind Point and ABRY. It advised Wind Point on the sale of Novolex to Carlyle and represented Arbor in its acquisition of Greco & Sons. New York-based Daniel Eisner is an experienced figure, noted for his relationship with Arsenal Capital, and Atlanta’s Joe Alexander is the key relationship partner for ABRY. Miami partner Joshua Kaye is recommended for healthcare sector deals and is praised for his M&A and regulatory knowledge.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) advises on a high-volume of venture financings every year. The firm’s significant market share is down to its intense focus on the emerging company segment and its ‘geographic breadth that other firms don’t have’, which includes offices in the Bay Area, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Boston, New York, Phoenix, Atlanta and Miami. It has experienced a notable uptick in corporate venture work for big names such as GE Ventures and Samsung Venture Investment. It has an outstanding record in tech and has a growing standing in life sciences. The firm is ‘outstanding on all fronts’ and ‘passionate about a client’s success’. The firm advised New Enterprise Associates on a series of investments in 2017, including its $110m Series C financing of Robinhood. Northern Virginia partner Jeffrey Lehrer and Silicon Valley’s Louis Lehot lead the team, which also includes big names Curtis Mo and Mark Radcliffe in Silicon Valley, and Andrew Gilbert in New York and New Jersey. San Diego partner Randy Socol is ‘exceptional’, ‘fantastic’ and ‘a seasoned veteran’. Former Austin partner Paul Hurdlow has joined FloSports as general counsel and senior vice president. In May 2018, Emilio Ragosa joined the Short Hills, New Jersey office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Forrest Neal - DLA Piper LLP (US)

Richard Bull - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory
Leading lawyers

Benjamin Mulcahy - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Data privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Highlights for DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘stand-out team’ included advising Pfizer on its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance program, assisting T. Rowe Price with issues surrounding the accidental transmission of company records to a vendor and acting for the State Privacy and Security Coalition on halting the implementation of state privacy rules that would have allowed internet service providers to share customer information. Jim Halpert heads the Washington DC-based practice, Chicago-based global co-chair of technology transactions Vincent Sanchez is also a key name and handles transactions involving IP assets and innovative technologies. Former Senator Saxby Chambliss is based in the firm’s Atlanta office and is highly regarded for his cybersecurity experience, including advising on cybersecurity governance, information sharing and intelligence-related matters; Rena Mears in San Francisco is also recommended for her risk assessment, program development and cybersecurity knowledge. Carol Umhoefer in Miami is the main contact for EU privacy compliance and Anna Spencer focuses on data privacy in the healthcare sector.

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Jim Halpert - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)

At DLA Piper LLP (US)the lawyers are pragmatic in their approach, possess sound technical knowledge and are very responsive’. Global co-chair and US chair of the technology, sourcing and commercial practice Vincent Sanchez, who works from both Chicago and Los Angeles, is recommended for ‘his speed and his sound and reliable advice’. The firm acts for both service providers and their customers, which benefit from its ‘expertise in both the legal and business sides of outsourcing’. It counts leading life sciences companies among its clients, alongside corporates such as Qualcomm, Inteliquent, CoreLogic and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Gregory Manter, who splits his time between Chicago and San Diego advised Catalina Marketing Corporation on a five-year global deal to outsource application development to Mindtree. Manter is also acting for an international insurance company in the negotiation of two enterprise-wide data center and infrastructure outsourcing deals with a total value of $100m. Of counsel Anne Friedman in Los Angeles is recommended for outsourcing deals in the areas of information technology, software development and business process outsourcing (BPO).

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Vincent Sanchez - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Anne Friedman - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘excellent team provides considerable value and has a deep understanding of clients' businesses and sensitivities’. It acts for clients involved in cleantech, computer hardware, software, games and entertainment, online commerce and new media, IT, semiconductors, and telecoms. The practice acted for private equity firm ABRY Partners in its sale of Datapipe, and advised SoftBank Vision Fund on its lead role in a Series E investment into Guardant Health, a biotech company that sells blood tests to track and potentially detect cancer. Silicon Valley-based joint global technology chair Victoria Lee is highly rated for her IT, IP and technology transactions experience; and global technology transactions and strategic sourcing co-chair Vinny Sanchez divides his time between Chicago and Century City. Frank Ryan in New York and Northern Virginia’s Eric Grossman are also notable.

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Victoria Lee - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The ‘very dedicated’ and ‘knowledgeableDLA Piper LLP (US) is particularly strong in international work. Nancy Victory co-heads the practice and provides ‘practical advice’ and ‘stands behind her recommendations and opinions’. She has expertise in both regulatory and transactional matters, particularly in wireless, satellite and cable issues. She recently advised Texzon Technologies on obtaining FCC approvals for its new radio frequency technology and Motorola Solutions on its emergency response technology. Fellow practice head Michael Senkowski is highly experienced in regulatory counseling, wireless policy and spectrum allocation. He assisted OneWeb with the regulatory aspects of its use of low orbit satellites to deliver broadband services to regions which previously had no internet access. He also worked with Echodyne Corp in obtaining regulatory approval for commercial drones. Eric DeSilva is particularly knowledgeable on wireless policy and spectrum auctions, and recently advised T-Mobile on the FCC’s broadcast television incentive auction. John Beahn recently joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and has significant expertise in regulatory issues. Edward Smith is also a new arrival and previously worked for the FCC. He is ‘very responsive’ and ‘knowledgeable about the mobile satellite industry’. Other additions to the team include principal Ira Keltz and associates Sean Robinson, Dana Zelman and Ian Forbes, who also all recently joined from the FCC. AT&T and Verizon are key clients.

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Michael Senkowski - DLA Piper LLP (US)

Nancy Victory - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Edward Smith - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s practice has a strong focus on cross-border transactions and its clients include the likes of T-Mobile and AT&T. Michael Senkowski jointly heads the practice and is an expert in telecoms mergers as well as regulatory counseling, spectrum allocation and wireless policy issues. He recently worked with OneWeb on its deployment of low orbit satellites across the globe. Nancy Victory also leads the practice and is highly skilled in transactional matters, especially involving telephony and wireless providers, satellite operators and submarine cable operators. She recently assisted Globecomm Systems with its sale to an investor group led by HPS Investment Partners and Tennenbaum Capital Partners, and she advised Verizon on its multi-step reorganization. Eric DeSilva is also a key figure, with a strong skill-set in wireless policy issues and spectrum auctions. John Beahn, who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has extensive experience working with media companies and wireline and wireless service providers. Other additions included wireless and satellite specialist Edward Smith, principal Ira Keltz and associates Sean Robinson, Dana Zelman and Ian Forbes, all of whom joined from the FCC. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.

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Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Robert Crewdson and Anthony Meagher chair the construction group at DLA Piper LLP (US) from Atlanta and Baltimore respectively; other keys offices for the practice are Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The firm continues to be a major player in the commercial and residential real estate market, with Credwson representing Federal Realty Investment Trust in connection with the preparation of various design and construction agreements for the ongoing development of the $600m Santana Row project in San Jose, California. The firm is also noted for its work on infrastructure projects, which includes advising on stadia and large-scale mixed-use developments. Brian Fielden (Atlanta) has been handling the construction law considerations for AS Roma’s new stadium, the Stadio della Roma, and has advised Rangers Baseball Express on the development, design and construction of the Rangers’ new ballpark and integrated mixed-use development in Arlington, Texas. The firm has other longstanding client relationships with the Atlanta Braves, AIG Global Real Estate and Cityline Partners.

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Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) serves a broad client base that includes real estate developers, investors, institutions, technology companies and sporting teams. Its impressive client list includes Related Companies, Sterling Bay and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements saw Theodore Novak, who jointly heads the practice alongside Richard Klawiter, assist Crescent Heights Group with zoning and land use matters concerning a redevelopment project in Chicago’s Central Station. Paul Shadle advised Motorola Solutions on the relocation of its corporate headquarters from a suburb to downtown Chicago. On the contentious side, Mariah DiGrino represented PADS Lake County in a zoning approval dispute related to a housing facility for the chronically homeless; the objections of nearby property owners were rejected in an appellate court proceeding in October 2017. The team has been augmented by the hires of Jerold Neuman, Ryan Leaderman and Kyndra Joy Casper from Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine & Regenstreif LLP, and in May 2018, Antonio Calabrese joined the Northern Virginia office from Cooley LLP.

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Theodore Novak - DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Efficient, business savvy and knowledgeable’, DLA Piper LLP (US)’s REIT practice is composed of ‘specialists in their fields’. Most notably, Raleigh-based Robert Bergdolt is ‘a nationally recognized expert in private REITs’ and heads a team that is particularly well known for its experience in the formation of public non-traded REITs. Bergdolt acted for an impressive raft of high-profile clients over the past year including Blackstone REIT. New York-based rising star Kerry Johnson had a banner year and led on several significant deals, such as handling Highwoods Properties’ $300m senior notes offering. REIT tax lead Robert Le Duc, who splits his time between Minneapolis and Chicago, is ‘a prominent name’.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) has ‘incredible depth of knowledge’ across a number of tax-intensive areas, including cross-border tax planning, M&A, financing, real estate deals, investment fund structures, remuneration planning and corporate reorganizations as well as international tax audits, controversies and criminal proceedings. Boston’s ‘very responsive and helpfulMichael Hardgrove has been assisting the technology company MKS Instruments with the structuring and post-acquisition integration of Newport Corporation via design and implementation of an internal reorganization and repatriation. Another highlight for the team was advising online backup service Carbonite on post-acquisition integration following the 2016 acquisition of a Nasdaq-listed software company. San Francisco’s Sibel Owji, Silicon Valley’s Sang Kim and New York’s Philip Rogers are other key contacts.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s recent highlights include acting for the estate of Gerard Basquiat, father of contemporary artist Jean Michel Basquiat, with regard to several issues, including valuation and the applicability of blockage and fractional-share discounts. Ellis Reemer is ‘shrewd, savvy and able to drill down to the essential issues in every case’, and Diana Erbsen, who re-joined the practice in April 2017 from her post as deputy assistant attorney general for appellate and review at the Tax Division of the DOJ, is ‘a brilliant tax attorney and outstanding advocate’. Kathryn Keneally moved to Jones Day in June 2017.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s team mainly advises on M&A transactions for public companies and technology start-ups, but also assists with leverage buyouts in the private fund space and with tax compliance matters for growing companies. Recent matters include New York partners Gerald Rokoff and Drew Young advising Tilman J. Fertitta on his $2.2bn acquisition of the Houston Rockets NBA franchise. Other highlights included Silicon Valley-based Stacy Paz assisting Wind Point Partners with multiple transactions, such as its sale of Novolex to Carlyle Group. New York-based Frank Mugabi advised LLR Partners on various M&A matters, including its stock purchase of Codiscope for $10m. REIT and income taxation specialist Robert LeDuc in Minneapolis is recommended.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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