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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.

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Focused on company-side work, K&L Gates also maintains a robust practice representing private equity firms, financial services firms, and other capital market participants. The team has particular strength in fintech and financial services, technology, healthcare and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and energy. Key hires included former Quantum Global Group senior legal counsel David Dueno - who acts on domestic and cross-border transactions in emerging markets - joining the Chicago office, and private equity specialist James Lee arriving in New York from Goodwin. Recent matters included advising Singapore Technologies Kinetics on its cross-border acquisition of Pennsylvania-based robotics company Aethon; assisting Australia-based Mayne Pharma with its acquisition of a portfolio of branded dermatology products from UK-based GlaxoSmithKline; and acting for Florida-based FTE Networks in its acquisition of Benchmark Builders, a New York-based provider of construction management services. On the sell-side, Rick Giovannelli in Charlotte advised Wells Fargo & Company on the sale of its fund administration business; and Chicago’s Mark McMillan assisted II-VI Incorporated, known for engineered materials and optoelectronic components, with the acquisition of semiconductor company Anadigics. New York’s Robert Zinn is co-leader of the global corporate and transactional practice; Calvina Bostick advises public and private companies across a broad range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, technology, media and insurance; and Sandy Feldman’s practice is largely international, including extensive experience in Europe, South America, Canada (particularly Quebec) and the US. Seattle-based Annette Becker serves as practice area leader of the firm’s corporate and transactional practice; she is focused on public and private companies, primarily in the technology, healthcare and energy industries.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘team is very quick and extremely responsive; it is also very commercially focused, understands clients’ priorities as a business and is flexible in how it staffs to suit budget and transaction type’. The firm’s Miami office was boosted by the hire of Roy Larson, formerly the Miami managing partner of Baker McKenzie LLP; and the California-based team was strengthened through the recruitment of Silicon Valley-based technology deal lawyer David Lipkin from Morrison & Foerster LLP. The New York practice regularly leads on large public company deals and cross-border matters; the Chicago corporate practice handles a mixture of public and private equity deals; the Texas transactional team is well known for deals with a telecoms and technology angle; and the Massachusetts group is noted for handling high-value life sciences deals. The practice advised Motorola Solutions on its acquisition of Spillman Technologies, a company that provides public safety software to agencies throughout the US; acted for Steward Health Care System in its acquisition of IASIS Healthcare; and assisted Amazon with specific Texas corporate issues regarding its $13.7bn acquisition of Whole Foods. Miami-based Harris Siskind, who is highly regarded for advising clients on private equity transactions, M&A deals and general corporate matters, is the firm-wide corporate chair; and ‘strong negotiator’ Thomas Conaghan leads the Washington DC corporate practice, which is noted for deals in the alcohol beverage and renewable energy industries. The recommended New York practitioners include Thomas Sauermilch (a former chair of the firm’s global M&A practice whose transactional experience extends to over 30 countries); and Timothy Alvino, whose sector experience includes avionics, energy, manufacturing, media, retail, staffing and software, and who ‘always amazes for the level of service he is prepared to give his clients as a matter of course’. In Washington DC, Samuel Wales is particularly focused on M&A deals, divestitures, recapitalization, joint ventures and the related financing required to fund such transactions. Other key advisers include Dallas’ Wilson Chu, who is ‘a great relationship manager’, Gregory Hidalgo, who is ‘very smart, does not miss the details and is a great advocate’, as well as Silicon Valley-based Mark Mihanovic, and Michael Sartor and Byron Kalogerou in Boston.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP merged with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm with deep New York and Washington DC roots; the combination strengthened the practice’s offering in the energy, infrastructure and finance sectors. It also expanded the combined firm’s reach in the New York market, bringing in highly rated New York advisers such as Kessar Nashat, whose work covers a range of industries, including energy (particularly renewable energy), manufacturing, aerospace and defense, software, and technology; corporate and finance law specialist Charles Hord III; and William Greason, who advises public and private companies on a wide range of corporate matters. The team’s client base includes major oil and gas companies, energy and power companies, and US financial institutions, for whom it assists with public and private M&A, disposals, shareholder activism, and general commercial and corporate advisory issues. New York partner-in-charge Steve Suzzan acted for Dentsply Sirona, a manufacturer and marketer of products for the dental market, in the $375m acquisition of Israel-based dental implant manufacturer MIS Implants Technologies; Sheldon Nussbaum advised ROFIN-SINAR Technologies, a global developer and manufacturer of high-performance industrial laser sources, on its sale to Coherent, in a merger transaction valued at approximately $1bn; and David Barrett assisted Carillon Tower Advisers, a unit of Raymond James Financial (a global asset-management firm supporting autonomous boutiques), with the $172.5m acquisition of Scout Investments, along with its Reams Asset Management division. US business practice chair Gene Lewis divides his time between Denver and Houston; Dallas-based Glen Hettinger is US corporate, M&A and securities head; and Houston partner-in-charge is Brian Fenske. Efren Acosta and Edward Rhyne joined Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Houston office, and Thomas Hughes exited for Winston & Strawn’s office in Dallas.

WilmerHale grew the group through the hires of technology specialist David Haber in New York from Lowenstein Sandler LLP and Keith Trammell in Denver from Hogan Lovells US LLP. The team is highly rated for its assistance to technology, life sciences, financial services and defense industry clients, including public and private companies, investment banks, venture capital and growth equity firms, and individual entrepreneurs. It is best known for its work on middle-market transactions, but also advises on deals outside of this segment. The practice acted for aesthetic treatment manufacturer Cynosure in its sale to medical imaging and surgical products manufacturer Hologic; and advised CIRCOR International, a provider of flow control solutions, on its pending $855m acquisition of Colfax Fluid Handling. Jay Bothwick handles complex mid-market and large-cap deals, and chairs the M&A practice alongside Hal Leibowitz, whose practice focuses on corporate and securities law matters for companies in the technology, life sciences and services industries. Mick Bain, whose clients are mainly drawn from the technology and life sciences industries, co-chairs the corporate practice group; and Joseph Conahan is also highly rated. Other notable advisers include Mark Borden, who focuses on the representation of companies in the technology and finance sectors; Palo Alto’s technology and biotech expert Joseph Wyatt; Eric Hwang, who acts for technology and life sciences clients; Stephanie Evans in Washington DC, who advised industrial growth company Fortive on its acquisition of Industrial Scientific Corporation, a provider of portable gas detection equipment; and Los Angeles-based Christopher Rose. Named attorneys are based in Boston, unless otherwise stated.

Winston & Strawn LLP grew the New York practice with the hires of Chadbourne & Parke LLP’s former Latin American group chairs Allen Miller - who has extensive experience in power, infrastructure and renewable energy deals - and corporate and investment funds expert Talbert Navia, as well as private equity attorney Kevin Smith and Morton Grosz, who acts for multinational corporate clients and investment funds. Other key hires included public and private company M&A specialist Thomas Hughes in Dallas from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, and Jared Manes in New York from Jenner & Block LLP. The practice fields lawyers with deal expertise in highly regulated industries, such as energy and financial services, and its scope of work includes cross-border transactions, take-private transactions, carve-outs, and distressed acquisitions. In New York, Joel Rubinstein advised special purpose acquisition company CF Corporation on its announced acquisition of insurance company Fidelity & Guaranty Life; and Robert Rawn acted for Silgan Holdings in its acquisition of the dispensing systems business of WestRock Company. Matthew Bergmann in Chicago and Washington DC-based Christopher Zochowski lead the M&A practice; Zochowski advised Weinberg Partners on the sale of Northpoint Commercial Finance. The team also includes Chicago-based former corporate practice chair Steven Gavin, whose clients include Groupon, Morningstar and Luxottica, Robert Wall, who acts for corporations, successful entrepreneurs, investment banking firms and special board committees, and James Junewicz, who divides time between Chicago and New York and is a former assistant general counsel of the SEC. Other highly rated Chicago practitioners are former M&A, securities and corporate governance practice chair Oscar David; Gregory Bynan, whose clients include Norwest Equity Partners, Guggenheim Partners and Wynnchurch Capital; Matthew Costigan, who is recommended for M&A, joint ventures and advice to private equity and venture capital funds; Bruce Toth; and Brian Schafer. Richard Wynne is a key Houston contact.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s team represents public and private companies, prominent investment funds, boards of directors and special committees, investors, senior management, and shareholders in complex M&A deals, dispositions, joint ventures, partnerships and other strategic transactions. New York-based Kerry Berchem heads the corporate practice, for which recent matters included John Goodgame in Houston advising Columbia Pipeline Partners Conflicts Committee on a merger with Columbia Pipeline Group, for an aggregate transaction value of $915m. Large deal highlights included Frank Reddick in Los Angeles leading advice to pet healthcare services company VCA on its sale to Mars, and Daniel Fisher in Washington DC acting for the special committee of the board of directors of Neff Corporation in its proposed sale to United Rentals for approximately $1.3bn. Other recommended practitioners include New York’s Jeffrey Kochian, who advised an NYSE-listed provider of loyalty and marketing solutions on its acquisition of a Nasdaq-listed digital marketing company; and Adam Weinstein, who for over 20 years has served as lead counsel to a mega-cap private equity fund as well as its affiliates and portfolio companies in complex, global LBO carve-out transactions and public company acquisitions. In Dallas, Thomas Yang acts for public and private companies in mergers for cash and stock, forward and reverse triangular mergers, asset and stock sales, and joint ventures. Growth in the practice included the hiring of Irvine-based Terrence Allen - who is experienced in representing private equity funds, public and private companies and leading entrepreneurs in their most important transactions - from Pepper Hamilton LLP and Dallas-based Courtney York - who is noted for advising public and private corporate clients primarily in the technology, telecoms, media and consulting industries - from Baker Botts L.L.P..

Baker & Hostetler LLP recruited Goodarz Agahi in Costa Mesa from Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth; Agahi has acted for clients in a range of industries, such as apparel, technology, consumer products, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. The corporate and transactions practice regularly works alongside colleagues from the firm’s tax, IP, litigation, antitrust and employment groups, and it fields lawyers with deal expertise in the automotive, aerospace and chemical sectors, as well as in matters involving hospital groups and medical device manufacturers, media and technology companies, oil and gas and energy businesses, and private equity firms. The team acted for longstanding client TransDigm Group in the acquisition of an aircraft manufacturer and an electronic components manufacturer. It also advised a Canadian commercial financing company on the acquisition of the oldest manufactured housing finance company in the US. Other longstanding clients include Barnes & Noble Education, Cardinal Health, Cyprium Investment Partners, Dow Jones and FTI Consulting. Cleveland-based John Gherlein is a highly rated adviser to public and private companies; Ronald Stepanovic has particular experience in the acquisition and disposition of privately held companies by private equity funds; and Steven Goldberg is the business group coordinator for the New York office and practices primarily in public M&A and private equity deals, joint ventures and strategic investments. Goldberg’s experience includes advising media and internet company IAC on the sale of price comparison site PriceRunner to NS Intressenter.

Traditionally focused on the middle-market, Dentons has a growing track record in large-cap transactions. The ‘highly impressive and reliable M&A team’ has extensive experience advising Fortune 500 and middle-market companies, private equity investors, bidders and targets, financiers, and independent board committees, and it has particular skill in highly regulated sectors such as financial services, healthcare, life sciences, energy and technology. The team acted for family-owned global dairy products group Lactalis in its purchase of organic yogurt-maker Stonyfield Farm; and advised Intercontinental Exchange on its acquisition of global extranet and wireless services business TMX Atrium. Other highlights included the Kansas City team advising DiversiTech Corporation (DTC) - North America’s largest manufacturer of air conditioning condenser pads - and the DiversiTech management team on the sale of DTC to Permira funds; and acting for Shapiro Capital Management Company in its sale of a controlling interest of its registered investment adviser subsidiary, Shapiro Capital Management, to the parent company of American Beacon Advisors, Resolute Investment Managers. Michael Cochran is the US corporate practice group leader and divides his time between Atlanta and New York; Michael Froy in Chicago co-chairs the global corporate practice and global manufacturing sector; and New York-based Stephan Mallenbaum is noted for multi-party, multi-disciplinary transactions for global financial services, private equity and technology-driven companies. Jeremy Silverman joined Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta.

Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘team is incredibly expeditious and thorough, and should be recommended for any client looking for legal solutions during M&A deals’. The practice serves as lead corporate and M&A counsel for many of the world’s top technology companies. The M&A co-chairs are San Francisco-based Douglas Cogen, whose transactional experience includes over $100bn of completed domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and David Healy in Mountain View, who represents a wide range of high-tech companies in M&A, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and spin-offs. Cogen acted for Cisco in one of the largest technology deals in 2017, the $3.7bn acquisition of AppDynamics; and Healy advised Hewlett Packard Enterprise on its acquisition of SimpliVity. Additional matters included Kris Withrow advising Intacct Corporation, a provider of cloud financial management solutions, on its $850m sale to The Sage Group. Other notable Mountain View advisers include Scott Joachim, who advises private equity, growth capital and venture capital investors, public and emerging companies, and entrepreneurs on technology sector deals; Gregory Roussel, who has extensive experience with clients in the social networking, software, electronic gaming, and mobile application sectors, and ‘has deep knowledge and deal-making expertise’; and David Michaels. Elsewhere, the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Mark Stevens, who ‘drives M&A deals forward’, divides his time between Mountain View and New York, while in San Francisco, Ralph Pais has worked on numerous Dropbox acquisitions and over 50 Facebook acquisitions; Stephen Gillespie and Lynda Twomey are also highly rated. Stephen Graham and Alan Smith in Seattle and New York-based Ethan Skerry are additional key contacts.

King & Spalding LLP is highly rated for middle-market M&A deals and private equity transactions, but it also handles large-cap transactions. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Washington DC, and fields lawyers with sector expertise in energy, healthcare and life sciences, real estate, and IT, among others. Middle-market highlights included acting for GE Digital in a $915m agreement to acquire ServiceMax; and advising an affiliate of Atkins Nutritionals, a portfolio company of Roark Capital Group, on its $730m combination with The Simply Good Foods Company. Recent large deal matters included advising Carmike Cinemas on a merger agreement with AMC Entertainment Holdings, which created the largest theater exhibitor in the world; and assisting restaurant chain Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen with its $1.8bn sale to Restaurant Brands International, which owns brands including Burger King and Tim Horton’s. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s former chair James Woolery recently joined in New York as head of the firm’s M&A and corporate governance practices; Atlanta-based Rahul Patel is focused on M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic corporate transactions; and global corporate practice group leader Keith Townsend is also highly rated. Other key advisers include Atlanta-based Raymond Baltz Jr and Justin King; Jack Capers Jr, who divides time between Atlanta and Silicon Valley; and New York’s Robert Leclerc. Since publication, Matthew Jacobson has moved to Ropes & Gray LLP.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘M&A practice provides incredible service at great value - the team is singularly focused on transactions and its advice is practical and appropriate’ and its ‘deal teams are also staffed appropriately’. Recent developments include the opening of a Santa Monica office. The firm is particularly well known for tech deals, especially on the sell side, and it is also very active in the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. In addition, its Northern California and New York offices have significant cross-border experience. Key matters included advising Yelp on the $287.5m sale of its online food-ordering business, Eat24, to Grubhub; acting for used construction equipment provider IronPlanet Holdings in its $758m merger with Ritchie Bros, the world’s largest seller of heavy machinery; and advising Marubeni Corporation, one of the largest Japanese general trading companies, on its acquisition of Creekstone Farms Premium Beef. In large deals, the team advised Canadian firm NOVA Chemicals Corp on the acquisition of Williams Partners LP’s interest in the Geismar olefins plant and its interest in the largest refining and petrochemical production hub in North America; and acted for Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp, an owner and operator of single-family rental homes, in its sale to Tricon Capital Group. New York-based King Milling is the global corporate business unit leader; Hiroshi Sarumida is US chair of its global Japan transactional practice; and Ed Batts is global M&A and private equity head. Also in New York, Peter Rooney and Tal Hacohen are experienced attorneys, as are Mark Seneca and Pete Lamb in Silicon Valley, and John Cook, who heads the corporate group in the San Francisco office.

Reed Smith LLP’s middle-market corporate practice is highly rated for its experience in public and private M&A transactions, cross-border deals, LBOs and carve-outs; and the private equity practice regularly assists with portfolio and bolt-on acquisitions, and exit strategies. The group has particularly strong sector experience in manufacturing, technology, life sciences, automotive and healthcare. Other industry strengths include financial services, food and beverage, energy, entertainment and media, business services and consumer products. The team’s recent experience includes advising a technology innovator on the sale of a satellite, terrestrial and wireless communications business; acting for a generic pharmaceuticals company on the sale of generic drug products and related assets; and advising an over-the-counter healthcare and household cleaning products company on a high-profile acquisition. In other matters, it advised a global brand on its acquisition of a well-known start-up, which links freelance workers with jobs; and assisted a global beauty products company with its acquisition of a number of hair care brands and key assets from a wholesale distributor. Chicago-based Michael Lee is US M&A head; corporate and transactional advisory group head Matthew Petersen’s experience includes advising a manufacturer of plastic thermo-formed packaging on its sale; New York-based Jennifer Cheng is focused on public and private companies in the healthcare, life sciences and finance sectors; and Jared Hershberg is experienced in cross-border transactions, including matters involving European and Canadian companies, and US companies with operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Acting for many of the world’s largest private equity funds, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP’s New York and Washington DC offices regularly advise portfolio companies on their investments and dispositions, including private equity M&A and investment manager M&A deals. The ‘lawyers deliver an excellent service and are very knowledgeable, responsive and comprehensive’. Michael Gilligan, who is ‘a simply brilliant attorney’, has extensive experience in proxy and other control contests, as well as spin-off transactions; Gilligan acted for Cerberus Capital Management LP in its affiliate’s acquisition of assets of Club Exploria and Club Exploria Resorts. Other highlights included the ‘impressiveRichard Presutti, who practices primarily in the areas of private equity, M&A, LBOs and alternative asset management transactions, advising global investment firm Marlin Equity Partners on its $201m sale of OnX Enterprise Solutions; and Stuart Freedman, whose practice includes a range of global equity investments and significant experience in cross-border transactions, assisting Keane Group with its acquisition of RockPile Energy Services. Freedman is ‘an excellent all-round corporate lawyer who always keeps the client’s best interests in mind’. Marc Weingarten, who focuses on M&A deals, LBOs, shareholder activism, corporate governance and investment partnerships is also a key adviser, as are Robert Loper and Peter Jonathan Halasz. All the attorneys listed above are in New York.

Often acting in buy-side M&A for high-growth public and mature private companies, Cooley LLP also assists with sell-side work, and the practice is highly rated for its sector expertise in technology and media, life sciences, medical device and healthcare, consumer goods, education, and defense. Highlights included advising BroadSoft, a global communication software and service provider, on its sale to Cisco; and acting for RBmedia, known for spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, on its acquisition of audiobook publishing company Gildan Media. Large deal matters include advising Zeltiq Aesthetics on its approximately $2.5bn all-cash sale to Allergan. Key names include Reston-based business department chair Mike Lincoln, who focuses on emerging companies, venture capital and M&A; San Diego-based M&A co-chair Barbara Borden, who advises strategic and financial buyers and sellers on public and private acquisitions, and who has significant experience in counseling boards of directors on M&A and related governance and anti-takeover matters; and San Francisco-based M&A co-chair Jamie Leigh, who acts for clients such as Uber, Tableau, AOL, Medivation, and Morgan Stanley. Other highly rated advisers include San Francisco-based Garth Osterman; Rama Padmanabhan in San Diego; Palo Alto-based Craig Menden and Steven Tonsfeldt; Alfred Browne in Boston; and Colorado-based Kevin Mills and Laura Medina.

Focused on middle-market transactions, Faegre Baker Daniels’ ‘widely respected practice’ has expertise in various industries, including manufacturing, construction, food and agriculture, banking and financial services, insurance, life sciences, and health services. The team acted for Polaris Industries in its acquisition of Transamerican Auto Parts Company, a privately-held manufacturer, distributor, retailer and installer of off-road Jeep and truck accessories. It also advised Hormel Foods Corporation on its $425m purchase of Chicago-based Fontanini Italian Meats from Capitol Wholesale Meats; acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard (the US’ largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores) and its US subsidiary, Circle K Stores, in the acquisition of CST Brands; and assisted CoLucid Pharmaceuticals with its sale to global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company. In addition, a multi-disciplinary team advised logistics support services company Vectrus on its acquisition of SENTEL Corporation. Minneapolis’ M&A practice leader Bruce Engler is recommended for his assistance to buyers, sellers and institutional investors in a range of public and private M&A transactions; and corporate group leader Chris Hofstad’s practice includes acting for buyers, sellers, private equity firms, investors and lenders.

Goodwin advises both buyers and sellers in transactions, including asset deals, stock deals, mergers, joint ventures and bankruptcy deals, and has longstanding experience in the technology, life sciences, business services, real estate, financial services and healthcare sectors. The firm also has a robust private equity practice. It advised EPR Properties on its acquisition of CNL Lifestyle Properties, together with co-buyer Och-Ziff Real Estate; and acted for biotechnology company Delinia in its sale to Celgene Corporation, which planned to expand its inflammation and immunology pipeline with Delinia’s preclinical-stage regulatory T cell therapy. Large deal matters included acting for biopharmaceutical services company PAREXEL International in its sale to Pamplona Capital Management; and assisting Albany Molecular Research with its sale to affiliates of The Carlyle Group and GTCR. Boston-based Mark Bettencourt advises private and public companies in the software, internet, digital media, robotics, communications, and networking equipment and information services industries; and Stuart Cable currently serves as chair of the M&A and corporate finance practices for the firm’s technology and life science business units. Other highly rated Boston practitioners include Joseph Johnson III, John Egan III, John Haggerty and John LeClaire. Silicon Valley-based Lawrence Chu, Joshua Klatzkin in Washington DC, Andrew Weidhaas, who divides his time between Los Angeles and New York, and Los Angeles-based Stephen Lee are also experienced practitioners.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s ‘service is extraordinary; the firm’s lawyers are extremely attentive, smart, knowledgeable, diligent, and responsive’. The practice’s experience covers a broad range of industries, including media, pharma, airlines, utilities, consumer products and financial services. The firm’s lawyers also have extensive experience in international transactions, including advising clients on the US legal aspects of cross-border tender offers, as well as managing the international aspects of M&A deals. The team acted for comic book publisher Millarworld in its sale to Netflix, marking the global streaming giant’s first-ever acquisition; co-M&A practice chair James Modlin led advice to contract research organization Chiltern in its all-cash $1.2bn sale to life sciences company LabCorp; and co-corporate group chair Kenneth Lefkowitz, who ‘epitomizes client service and whose knowledge is broad’, advised Madison Square Garden on its $181m acquisition of a majority stake in nightclub operator Tao Group. In other matters, Charles Samuelson, who is ‘a hardworking machine who excels at contract drafting’, assisted India-based IT company Wipro Enterprises with its $500m acquisition of Appirio, a US-based cloud services company; while Avner Ben-Gera’s M&A experience spans pharma, transportation, technology, media, consumer products and apparel, and David Schwartz regularly advises on private and public deals, domestic and cross-border transactions, and buy-side and sell-side representations.

Jenner & Block LLP’s M&A lawyers regularly act for public and private companies, private equity investors, special committees and financial advisers in US and cross-border M&A matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, MBOs, LBOs, going-private transactions and reorganizations. The team advised NES Rentals on its $965m sale to United Rentals; and large deal highlights included acting for Lonza Group in its approximately $5.5bn acquisition of Capsugel from investment firm KKR. Thomas Monson and Kurt von Moltke chair the M&A practice from Chicago, where Michael Wolf and George Pain joined from Aon and Olin Corporation respectively. Other key Chicago advisers include Joseph Gromacki, who oversees the firm’s transactional practices; private equity chair Mark Harris, who is well known for his work in the healthcare industry; Jeffrey Shuman; and Mercedes Hill. New York-based Martin Glass co-chairs the cross-border transactions practice, and Kevin Collins is co-chair of the healthcare practice. Also in New York, Edward Prokop is a highly regarded attorney. Elsewhere, Los Angeles’ Thomas Stromberg has broad experience handling cross-border transactions involving parties across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia; and Carissa Coze focuses on M&A, joint ventures and strategic partnerships and investments for media and technology companies. Jared Manes joined Winston & Strawn LLP.

Highly regarded for cross-border M&A work, Linklaters LLP regularly leads high-profile matters for both foreign and domestic corporations. Alongside the Antwerp, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Luxembourg offices, Peter Cohen-Millstein - who is noted for public and private M&A deals, LBOs, equity and asset sales, tender offers and joint ventures - advised the Belgian Post Group on its pending $820m acquisition of Radial Holdings and Radial III GP; Alberto Luzárraga, who co-heads the firm’s Latin America practice, acted for the shareholders of Ritmo Investimentos (Ritmo) in the sale of their shares in Ritmo to Kellogg Company (Kellogg), which marked Kellogg’s largest acquisition in Latin America to date; and Scott Sonnenblick - who has an emphasis on cross-border transactions and complex joint ventures - advised European Energy Exchange, a subsidiary of Deutsche Börse which operates market platforms for energy and commodity products in Europe, on its acquisition of Nodal Exchange Holdings.

Locke Lord LLP acts in public and private transactions for both domestic and foreign clients, and the practice includes all types of M&A transactions, divestitures and other strategic transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, going-private deals, LBOs, spin-offs, and tender and exchange offers. The lawyers also assist with issues involving antitrust, employee benefits, finance, environmental, IP, labor and employment, and regulatory matters, and they are experienced in sectors such as energy and energy infrastructure, banking and financial services, insurance, consumer products, gaming and healthcare, among numerous others. Representative experience includes the Houston team’s advice to Symrise, a major producer of flavors and fragrances, on its acquisition of Flavor Infusion, a California-based company that develops and supplies natural beverage flavors. Office managing partner of the Providence, Rhode Island office Christopher Graham serves as co-chair to the firm’s corporate and transactional department.

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