Delaware counsel in United States

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP‘s team is highlighted for its ‘deep expertise in all matters relating to Delaware corporate law and governance‘, with its work spanning M&A, spin-offs, financings and other complex transactions. The practice has been notably active in handling several high-profile SPAC transactions for clients such as Archer Aviation, Hyperfine and Nextdoor. Another driver of work has involved assisting clients with recovering from financing issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; in early 2021 it served as lead counsel to aerospace parts manufacturer Impresa Aerospace on its chapter 11 filing for bankruptcy. Andrew M. Johnston and Daniel Matthews, who are ‘standout lawyers with tremendous insights‘, co-head the team from the Wilmington office along with David A. Harris and Louis G. Hering. Jeffrey R. Wolters, Melissa A. DiVincenzo and R. Jason Russell are also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Melissa A. DiVincenzo; Jeffrey R. Wolters; R. Jason Russell

Testimonials

‘The Morris, Nichols team is excellent. They have deep expertise in all matters relating to Delaware corporate law and governance, and they are unparalleled in their dedication to service and collaboration in my opinion. I have worked with Andrew Johnston and Daniel Matthews in particular for many years and can’t say enough good things about them and their partnership.’

‘Morris, Nichols has a unique ability to advise on extremely complex matters with tremendous efficiency and facility and to advise on nuanced questions of Delaware law with a great depth of experience.’

‘I generally work with Andrew Johnston and Daniel Matthews. They are standout lawyers with tremendous insights.’

‘Melissa DiVincenzo is extremely responsive and knowledgeable.’

Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

The team at Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. demonstrates ‘a tremendous understanding of the nuances of Delaware corporate law‘ and is viewed as one of the leading in this space. It has a notably strong track record of assisting with the organization, structuring, and operation of LLCs and partnerships. The group is also proficient in advising international clients on high-value public and private transactions; in one mandate, it acted for AT&T on its merger agreement with Discovery Communications (DISCA). Corporate department heads Mark Gentile and Srinivas Raju jointly lead the team with business department co-chairs Doneene Damon and Elisa Maas. Director Catherine Dearlove is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gentile; Srinivas Raju; Doneene Damon; Elisa Maas

Other key lawyers:

Nate Stuhlmiller; Bill Haubert, John Mark Zeberkiewicz; Bernard Kelley; Catherine Dearlove

Testimonials

‘Incredibly responsive and collaborative team.’

‘John Mark Zeberkiewicz tirelessly constructs creative solutions to complex business dilemmas. His encyclopedic knowledge of Delaware law coupled with his practical wisdom equips board members and executive leadership to make responsible and bold decisions.’

‘Technically excellent lawyers regarding Delaware law.’

‘High quality, very responsive and relevant advice.’

‘A deep, knowledgeable, responsive team. They are practical and provide great expertise on Delaware law matters.’

‘Bill Haubert and Nate Stuhlmiller are my two principal contacts at the firm. Both are terrific attorneys and provide a great service. They are extremely knowledgeable regarding Delaware law, as well as M&A generally, and are great to partner with on important transactions.’

‘The team not only has a tremendous understanding of the nuances of Delaware corporate law, but also has a willingness to jump into any transaction and help out.’

‘Bernard Kelley and the team are indefatigable in their ability to work through complex transactions and produce a great work product.’

K&L Gates

The group at K&L Gates possesses ‘many years of experience in the Delaware market and an insight into ongoing Delaware legislation and case law’. It leveraged its global network to advise clients on Delaware law long before the Wilmington office was founded in 2013 by practice head Scott Waxman. He regularly acts for financial institutions acting as service providers and counsels on issues relating to statutory trusts. The ‘responsive and knowledgeableEric Feldman concentrates his practice on alternative entities and general business matters. With nearly 25 years of experience, Nicholas Froio is well-equipped to assist clients with issues relating to structuring, operation, and governance of Delaware alternative entities.

Practice head(s):

Scott Waxman

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Froio; Eric Feldman

Testimonials

‘K&L’s Delaware practice group is excellent. With many years of experience in the Delaware market and an insight into ongoing Delaware legislation and case law, I believe their knowledge of Delaware law is top of the line.’

‘Eric Feldman is the partner that leads Delaware matters for our account. We have found him to be very responsive and knowledgeable. His explanation of matters is very thorough. We would highly recommend him to other clients.’

Key clients

VICI Properties Inc.

Lone Star Funds/Lone Star Real Estate Funds

Wilmington Trust, N.A.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

International Paper/Sylvamo Corporation

Bloomberg Finance, L.P.

The Goldfield Corporation

Avante Capital Partners

Azul Investments LLP

Exact Sciences Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised VICI Properties on matters of Delaware law in connection with its acquisition of MGM Growth Properties.
  • Advised Exact Sciences Corporation on its $2.15bn acquisition of Thrive Earlier Detection Corp.
  • Advised Lone Star Funds/Lone Star Real Estate Funds on various Delaware law organizational, operational and financing matters.