Delaware counsel in United States

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

All lawyers in this section are based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has 'deep Delaware law expertise in all areas, such as especially complex corporate translations and private equity'. 'Commercially minded, but at the same time technically precise', the team is rated by clients as 'extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with'. Melissa DiVincenzo advised Broad Street on the Delaware law aspects of its financing of Avantor's acquisition of VWR Corporation, and also provided Delaware law advice on the merger of Celgene Corporation and Juno Therapeutics. Eric Klinger-Wilensky and DiVincenzo acted as Delaware counsel to Dr Pepper Snapple Group in relation to its sale to Keurig Green Mountain. In addition, Louis Hering ('an expert in alternative entities, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the relevant case law and issues') and James Honaker ('a great Delaware corporate lawyer, who knows his stuff and provides clients with creative solutions to sticky corporate problems') advised Archrock Partners' conflicts committee on the purchase of its remaining stock by Archrock Inc. In another energy-sector deal, Klinger-Wilensky, Tarik Haskins and Andrew Johnston advised the conflicts committee of Andeavor Logistics on its merger with Western Refining Logistics. Johnson also worked with Patricia Vella on Halyard Health's sale of some business units to Owen & Minor. Also recommended are Jeffrey Wolters, who is instructed by clients such as Boeing and VantagePoint Capital Partners, and newly promoted partner Jason Russell, who advised Expedia Group on refinancing a revolving credit facility. Further, David Harris acted as Delaware counsel in relation to Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto, and is also acting for Wilmington Trust in its role as trustee of a settlement by Takata following the highly publicized recall of defective airbags.

Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. has 'expertise in all things Delaware law, and adds tremendous value, especially when compared to large New York firms'. Standout highlights included Srinivas RajuGregory Ladner and Kenneth Jackman, advising EQT Midstream Services, the general partner of EQT Midstream Partners, on a number of transactions including a merger with Rice Midstream Partners. Other names to note include Mark Gentile, corporate governance expert Catherine Dearlove, and John Mark Zeberkiewicz, who is 'a true Delaware law expert, whose love for his profession is evident in his work; he gives clients the short answer, but is always willing to explain and educate'.

K&L Gates

At K&L Gates, Scott Waxman advised Azul Brazilian Airlines on forming a Delaware LLP for the $400m issuance of senior notes. Turning to funds work, Eric Feldman advised Lone Star Funds on various Delaware operations, including the creation of a new fund. Additionally, in the M&A space, Lisa Stark advised SPX Corporation on its purchase of ELXSI Corporation.