Firm Profile > Hogan Lovells US LLP > Silicon Valley, United States

Hogan Lovells US LLP
525 UNIVERSITY AVENUE
4TH FLOOR
PALO ALTO, CA 94301
United States

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 1

The combination of a deep bench of practitioners with government experience and global reach of the firm makes Hogan Lovells US LLP's cartel team stand out. Healthcare and life sciences as well as automotive and transport are a core focus of the department led by the Washington DC-based Edith Ramirez. Additional sector experience is always available from the firm's wide range of specialized industry groups. Also located in the capital, Kathryn Hellings represents corporations and individuals in cartel investigations on a regional, domestic and international level, especially in cases alleging price conspiracies. Megan Dixon in San Francisco assists clients all over the world to identify, investigate, and strategically address potential legal exposure arising from antitrust violations within their businesses. Two associates in Washington DC provide key support: Daniel Shulak navigates internal and DOJ investigations and Susan Musser, who also undertakes follow-on litigation, is also active in alleged cartel conduct investigations.

Practice head(s):

Edith Ramirez

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PPG Industries

IBM

Multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans

Celgene

Ford Motor Company

Dell

Amcor Limited

AEG

Marvell Technology Group

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 1

Led jointly by Washington-based Deen Kaplan and Beth Peters, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s international trade and investment group has carved out a reputation for its ‘solid performance’ and ‘deep knowledge of complex international trade dispute settlement mechanisms’. Certainly, the team is distinguished by its strength not only in handling disputes, but also in trade negotiations, an area of focus for Jonathan Stoel. Among its core focus areas, the team is rated for its trade enforcement work, and also has significant experience acting in investigations by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Brian Curran is highly experienced in matters involving CFIUS assessment and filings. The group also bolstered its capabilities in this space with the hire of Anne Salladin from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in March 2019. Another differentiator for the team is each practitioner’s sector-specific specialization – a strategy that benefits the team in the context of advising clients on trade risks associated with those sectors. In particular, the team has had recent standout highlights in the areas of telecoms, utilities, manufacturing, and energy and natural resources, among others. The team is also particularly strong in cross-border matters: Benjamin Kostrzewa is a key contact for China-related work, while Kaplan and Mark McConnell names to note for matters involving Canada. Clients have also singled out Jared Wessel, who is noted for his experience handling treaty-based claims and trade policy work.

Arent Fox LLP has a strong reputation in trade litigation, owing partially to the experience of standout litigators John Gurley and Matthew Nolan. Clients have also identified Matthew Clark as being ‘highly respected by his peers in the DC trade law bar’. Alongside its trade remedies work, the department is also adept at handling trade compliance and economic sanctions assessments; areas where department head Kay Georgi is the key figure. The customs group is led by David Hamill, and is well versed in acting as external counsel in customs compliance issues, among other matters. The majority of the team is located in Washington DC, but the firm also has a presence in Los Angeles, where Marwa Hassoun is recommended. In light of the recent broadening of the jurisdiction of CFIUS, it also worth noting the expansion of the team’s capabilities in the CFIUS space following the arrival of David Hanke, who formerly held multiple staff positions at the US government. One final point to note, the practice group is also well positioned to advise on US-Canada trade matters, and in fact has a team focusing specifically on issues involving the Canadian market.

Practice head(s):

Deen Kaplan; Beth Peters

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Stoel; Brian Curran; Benjamin Kostrzewa; Mark McConnell; Jared Wessel; Anthony Capobianco; Aleksandar Dukic

Testimonials

An extremely responsive and professional team’

The team at Hogan Lovells US has deep experience, puts significant thought into strategy without overbilling for it, and always presents competently as disputes unfold live. This sounds straightforward, but having observed other small and large law firms, both working with me and in opposition to Hogan Lovells, I think by having consistently solid performance, Hogan Lovells sets itself apart.’

The team stands out for its comprehensive experience and deep knowledge of complex international trade dispute settlement mechanisms. Hogan Lovells also excels at fostering strong integrated relationships with other legal counsels involved in international trade, as well as at the efficient exchange of information in a manner that best represents the interests of its clients. Moreover, given the general uncertainty in trade disputes and the tight timeframes required to enable effective participation, it needs to be noted that Hogan Lovells has always met deadlines critical for us – we have always been well-prepared.

Jonathan Stoel is an exceptional communicator and litigator.

Jonathan Stoel and Jared Wessel are true experts in the field of nuclear trade law. The respect that they show in dealing with US government officials as well as with other law firms, has been paramount to their success. Given their backgrounds, they understand not just the legal aspects of the case, but also the governmental and bureaucratic instincts of the agencies involved in nuclear trade law. Understanding these instincts allows Jonathan and Jared to think and advise two-three steps ahead, which has allowed us to be more proactive and more prepared than others in the industry.’

Key clients

ZTE Corporation

Jereh Group

Canadian Solar

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

The Government of Ontario

U.S. Grains Council

General Dynamics

Biotest Divestiture Trust

Intrexon

Pfizer

Practice head(s):

Kay Georgi

Testimonials

The Arent Fox team is very dynamic and is able to adapt quickly to the realities across the many varied industries and government departments with which we work. In these uncertain times, it is very reassuring to be able to rely on the AF team.

Matthew Clark has been our primary counsel on US and international trade matters for over 20 years. He has an expansive knowledge and an unmatched ability to break down complex legal, political and economic issues, and make them easily understood. He has keen judgement and can identify potential problems long before they arrive at our doorstep. In addition, he is highly respected by his peers in the DC trade law bar.

Nancy Noonan has worked with us for many years and has ensured that our interests are protected in complex trade law cases. She is detail-orientated and hard-working, and inspires the members of her team to follow her example. In addition, she is a very pleasant person to work alongside, which is an important trait during long and stressful trade investigations.

Key clients

Melia Hotel Group

Government of Quebec

Hanwha Q Cells

Corey, S.A. De C.V.

Crown Holdings

FlightSafety International

Kingston Technology

Dover Corporation

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP advises across the full life cycle of a product or business, from initial clinical trials to off-patent strategy to business development, through financing to defending bet-the-companty litigation. The cross-practice team advises clients on artificial intelligence, cells, tissue and gene therapies, 3D printing, biosimilars and royalty financing. Adam Golden and Asher Rubin focus on multibillion-dollar cross-border transactions, and are based in New York and Baltimore respectively. The team has a large number of highly regarded regulatory specialists. Among them, Washington DC-based David Fox maintains a leading practice in the regulation of new drugs, biologics and combination products, and is frequently involved in bringing novel products through the FDA review process; Philadelphia-based Janice Hogan focuses on expediting the approval of high technology medical devices; Philip Katz heads the pharmaceutical and biotechnology regulatory practice from its Washington DC office, and is recommended alongside Jonathan Kahan who has notable experience in obtaining FDA market clearance or approval of novel medical devices for medical technology and diagnostics companies, as well as representing clients in FDA enforcement actions. Lauren Colton focuses on product liability cases, and is representing Bristol-Myers Squibb in over 2500 lawsuits and claims filed by patients who allege that their use of the atypical antipsychotic, Abilify, caused them to develop compulsive gambling and other impulse control disorders. Further names to note include Washington DC-based Susan LeeAdriana Tibbitts, counsel Anishiya Abrol, and senior associates Justin Yu and Blake Wilson who are based in Silicon Valley and Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Asher Rubin; Philip Katz; Randy Prebula; Janice Hogan; Lauren Colton

Other key lawyers:

Adam Golden; David Fox; Jonarthan Kahan; Arlene Chow; Anishiya Abrol; Adriana Tibbitts; Robert Church; Justin Yu; Susan Lee; Nick Hoover; Blake Wilson; George O’Brien; Eliza Andonova; Susan Cook

Testimonials

The team understands client’s needs and risks based on the product and the company and customize all for us. They very much dig into the science of our product and enhances our thinking and the materials we develop‘.

The US and European counterparts work really well together and have a great deal of synergies and collaboration. On the international side, we have been able to gain the country-specific expertise we very much needed‘.

The quality of the counsel is excellent. In addition, they are able to bring together various expertise areas, when necessary, in a well-coordinated and efficient manner. They work together really well as a team and the resulting advice is not only excellent but comprehensive and well-articulated‘.

Eliza Andonova, Susan Lee, and Susan Cook stand out for their understanding of the industry, the quality of their critical thinking and advice, and their responsiveness. They do a wonderful job of analyzing situations and providing practical guidance‘.

Key clients

Baxter International

Biom’Up SA

Celgene

Gilead

IDx

LabCorp

Novartis

Novocure

PharMEDium Services

The University of Pennsylvania

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP has 'unmatched subject matter expertise' in the aviation space, where it advises leading airlines on regulatory compliance, enforcement and market-shaping policy matters. The team is also actively involved in developing the regulatory and policy landscape in the fast-growing drones industry. Key figures in the team include Robert Cohn, who chairs global aviation practice group, and Lisa Ellman, a 'tremendous asset' to the team and a market leader in the the area of UAV law and policy. Counsel Patrick Rizzi advises clients on international route rights, antitrust issues in the context of aviation sector- alliances, government investigations, airport privatization and aviation-related transactions and ownership changes. Senior associate Matthew Clark is also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Robert Cohn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have been incredibly impressed with the depth of aviation expertise within the HL team, especially under the guidance of Lisa Ellman. I have been very impressed with the depth of understanding of the policymaking process within FAA and other agencies, and the proactive nature of the HL team in tracking policymaking. The unique backgrounds of the HL partners like Lisa Ellman make the HL standout as very valuable to their clients.’

‘Unmatched subject matter expertise.’

‘Lisa Ellman stands out as a tremendous asset for HL. Matt Clark is also very knowledgeable and responsive.’

Key clients

Delta Air Lines

WestJet Airlines

Wexford Capital

Aerion Corporation

Commercial Drone Alliance

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP handles a full gamut of road and rail litigation, but is noted in particular for its breadth of expertise in automotive class actions and its comprehensive knowledge in the areas of safety and emissions, electric cars, autonomous vehicles, and data privacy. Latane Montague has over 20 years of experience in the areas of automotive safety and environmental regulation, having represented  leading car manufacturers, engine makers, railcars and equipment suppliers. The rail practice is headed by Kevin Sheys, a member of the firm's global regulatory group, who specializes in railroad projects, transactions and regulatory matters. Sheys has acted as counsel on over 20 commuter and light rail projects and state-sponsored intercity passenger rail improvement projects. Also recommended are Michael Kidney, a name to note for consumer class actions and commercial litigation, and New York-based Carl Chiappa and John Sullivan, who have expertise in franchise litigation. Senior associates Kathryn Lannon and Ryan Ford are recommended for environmental and safety regulation and automotive distribution, respectively. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Latane Montague, Kevin Sheys

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

 

Key clients

Railway Supply Institute

Attorney General of the State of North Dakota

Denver Regional Transit District

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Ford Motor Company

Nissan Group

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 1

Rated for their 'skill, integrity, and 24/7 attention', the lawyers at Hogan Lovells US LLP are highly experienced in advising large organizations on governance issues. Led by Alan Dye, a key contact for Section 16 compliance, the team is active in advising Fortune 500 companies on cutting-edge governance issues. A recent example was the team's work for Equifax following its high-profile cybersecurity incident, wherein the team assisted with SEC disclosures and financial reporting issues related to Equifax's settlement of class action litigation and changes made to the company's corporate governance. Other key contacts include the 'outstanding' John Beckman and Joseph Connolly, who together advised Papa John's on a dispute between the board and founder John Schnatter. Eve Howard and Alex Bahn are also recommended. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Alan Dye

Testimonials

‘They guided our company through its worst crisis with skill, integrity and 24/7 attention.’

‘John Beckman was outstanding. He was the ultimate partner.’

‘The team is very responsive to client needs; very knowledgeable about market practices as well as strict legal requirements; feel that the team strives to understand unique company situations.’

‘Alex Bahn is a valuable advisor capable of keeping calm and perspective even in crisis situations.’

Key clients

CBS Corporation

The Coca-Cola Company

Ford Motor Company

UnitedHealth Group

Colgate-Palmolive Company

3M Company

Equifax

Dell Technologies

Ingredion

NextEra Energy

SecureWorks Corp.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Hogan Lovells US LLP's Washington DC-based privacy and cybersecurity team benefits from broad industry knowledge, 'a good mix of seniority levels and great international breadth'. The US team is jointly led by Harriet Pearson and healthcare sector specialist Marcy Wilder, both of whom have experience advising on privacy and cybersecurity regulations and breach preparedness and response. Beyond healthcare, the group is also active in the technology sector — with clients including Uber Technologies — and has a dedicated education privacy practice which is led by Bret Cohen. Other names to note include Mark Brennan and recently promoted partner Paul Otto, who specialize in regulatory compliance and cybersecurity risk management and incident response, respectively. Peter Marta recently joined the firm's New York office, having previously acted as head of cybersecurity law at JPMorgan Chase.

Practice head(s):

Marcy Wilder; Harriet Pearson

Testimonials

Hogan Lovell’s breadth of practice is incredibly useful, and a differentiator. We can use them for worldwide research, with good consistency. They also are one of the few firms with an education privacy practice.

Very responsive and thorough, but practical. Available on short notice if needed. Good mix of seniority levels and participation, and great international breadth.

Mark Brennan is incredibly responsive and aware of client needs.

Key clients

Salesforce

Equifax

Uber Technologies

Apollo Global Management

Zimmer Biomet

LabCorp

Anthem

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP offers clients a wide range of regulatory services including representing telecoms clients in high-stakes litigation. The 'incredibly responsive and engaged' team is representing T-Mobile in its bid to obtain regulatory approvals to complete its purchase of Sprint, in one of the largest and most contested wireless transactions in recent years. It has secured clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Noted for leading and assembling stakeholder coalitions, the practice counts the IoT, online privacy and consumer protection, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, net neutrality, M2M, and spectrum auctions among its specializations. Practice head Michele Farquhar advises clients on a variety of global and US communications policy initiatives in addition to regulatory strategies involving M&A transactions and litigation. Spectrum policy expert Ari Fitzgerald  assisted GE secure the first-ever nationwide FCC spectrum license for use in conducting beyond-line-of-sight drone operations. Clients report that Fitzgerald and Farquhar are 'influential partners in the telecoms space'. The 'exceptionalTrey Hanbury, a leading advocate on spectrum and technology policy issues, provides strategic advice to a wide range of communications, internet, and media companies both domestically and internationally. Another key name is Mark Brennan, who regularly represents well-known internet and technology companies, advising on privacy law, AI, facial recognition, telecommunications networking, and consumer protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Michele Farquhar

Other key lawyers:

Ari Fitzgerald; Trey Handbury; Mark Brennan

Testimonials

This team really knows their stuff. I focus primarily on satellite business, and there isn’t an issue that they haven’t dealt with or I don’t feel comfortable asking them about.’

‘The Hogan team is incredibly responsive and engaged which is a rare find, and when I speak with them, they are all great at focusing on the key issues at hand.

This team is especially strong at detailed and complex projects and is incredibly responsive.’

I especially want to call out Trey Hanbury, who is exceptional. Michele Farquhar and Ari Fitzgerald also are very experienced and influential partners in the telecom space.’

Key clients

T-Mobile

Vodafone and Vodafone Americas

Gogo

SES/OB3

Roku

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Columbia Capital

CTIA-The Wireless Association

GE

Association of American Railroads (AAR)

Internet Association

Navient

NextNav

News Corporation

PTC-200 (major freight railroad coalition)

RTI International

Southern Linc

SNR Wireless

XO Communications

Bell Canada

Sprint

RFD-TV and Rural Media Group

Atlantic Telecommunications

Network (ATNI)

Lockheed Martin

Time-Warner Cable

Cisco

Grain Management

Vulcan Wireless

HC2

ACA International

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional Tier 1

The interdisciplinary team at Hogan Lovells US LLP advises its impressive client roster on a range of transactions, especially M&A, spectrum auctions, and joint ventures that are complex and high-value. It has particular expertise in new technologies, such as unmanned aircraft systems, Internet of Things, and healthtech. The firm’s satellite practice is co-headed by Northern Virginia-based Randy Segal and DC-based Steven Kaufman, both of whom are 'brilliant individual lawyers' that 'bring an extra dimension to legal and commercial advice.' Fellow practice group leader Michele Farquhar, based in DC, is noted for her expertise in the telecoms sector, owing in part to her extensive experience working at the FCC and the Department of Commerce. Trey Hanbury  has more than 20 years’ experience in spectrum policy and is one of the leading voices for wireless and competition policy in Washington, D.C. A former legal advisor to an FCC Chairman, Ari Fitzgerald advises on a wide range of communications and spectrum policy issues, and New York-based M&A specialist Alexander Johnson is another key contact. Senior associates Sean Spivey and Arpan Sura are also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Randy Segal; Steve Kaufman; Michele Farquhar

Testimonials

Randy Segal and Steven Kaufman are both brilliant individual lawyers. As a team they are amazing, filling each other out in a magnificent manner. They bring an extra dimension to legal and commercial advice, great service, pinpointed input and anything I expect from a team of lawyers.’

Randy Segal is extremely well connected with businesses in the market, with commercial insight that was amazing. She‘s a sharp legal mind with great practical capabilities.’

Key clients

Columbia Capital

NBCUniversal

CBS

ABC (Disney)

News Corp

CNN

Dell

21st Century Fox

Roku

Orbital ATK

Akash

Planet Labs

Global IP

Telesat

Scorpius Space Launch Company

Orbit Fab, Inc.

Loft Orbital Solutions, Inc.

BeamTrail

Firefly Aerospace

Hunter Communications

LeoSat Enterprises

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 1

Hogan Lovells US LLP fields a market-leading REITs practice which is home to several renowned practitioners. David Bonser serves as practice head, and his noted for his impressively broad practice covering M&A, securities and partnership transactions, joint ventures, general governance and compliance matters. Bosner recently acted for VICI Properties in relation to its agreement with Eldorado Resorts for the acquisition of the real estate assets of Harrah’s New Orleans, Harrah’s Laughlin and Harrah’s Atlantic City, a transaction expected to generate annual rent for the client in excess of $250m. Prentiss Feagles is another key figure, distinguished through his expertise in REIT tax laws, while Stacey McEvoy is a name to note for dispositions and divestitures, strategic alliances, private equity and venture capital transactions. Matt Thomson has experience of governance matters and strategic mergers, while at the more junior end, senior associate Andrew Zahn has acted for a number of public REITs in connection with capital raising transactions. Cristina Arumi recently re-joined the firm from Ernst & Young; she focuses her practice on the tax aspects of capital markets and M&A transactions involving REITs. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David Bonser

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apple Hospitality Reit

Bank of America

Brixmor Property Group

Citibank

Colony Capital

JBG SMITH Properties

Industrial Property Trust

Morgan Stanley

Park Hotels & Resorts

Prologis

Public Storage

QTS Realty Trust

RLJ Lodging Trust

Special Committee of Watermark Investors 1

VICI Properties

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Hogan Lovells US LLP stands out in particular for its work at the US Supreme Court, where Neal Katyal is breaking the record for oral arguments delivered by a minority attorney. A former Acting Solicitor General, Katyal has been engaged in some of the country’s most significant cases; in one highlight of many, he represented The American Legion in a dispute with American Humanist Association touching upon the separation of church and state. In the courts of appeal, practice co-chair Catherine Stetson recently reached 100 arguments in courts at federal and state level. Jessica Ellsworth is also very active, having recently acted on behalf of Mazda in a case at the Third Circuit concerning the Mazda Brand Experience Program. The department is also distinguished by the strength of its bench, a recent example of which was the 9-0 victory secured by senior associate Mitchell Reich in Rodriguez v Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., a US Supreme Court case concerning ownership of corporate tax refunds.

Practice head(s):

Neal Katyal; Catherine Stetson

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

The team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is led out of New York by Dennis Tracey, who also oversees the group's work across the Americas. Other contacts include Bruce Oakley in Houston and Daniel González in Miami.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s top-ranked REITs practice supplies a steady stream of mandates to the capital markets team. In a recent example, the group advised VICI Properties on its $2.4bn equity offering, which represented the largest REIT follow-on offering in history. The issuer-focused practice also draws on the firm’s expertise in the regulated industries to advise companies in the life sciences, healthcare and TMT sectors on equity transactions. Washington DC-based David Bonser heads the group and is widely recognized for his strength in REIT-related work — he led on the VICI Properties deal. In Philadelphia, Steve Abrams is well versed in life sciences-related issuances, including IPOs, follow-on offerings and private placements. Washington DC’s Richard Parrino handles a mix of transactional and regulatory securities matters.

Practice head(s):

David Bonser

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Hogan Lovells team provides outstanding service reflecting the significant experience and capabilities of their firm.’

The Hogan Lovells team is clearly current on all issues related to capital markets and they are consistently incorporating new information from the field into their recommendations.’

Hogan’s drive to constantly improve is clearly evident as we look back on numerous transactions that they have worked with them on.’

Most importantly, they think strategically. All of the advice we receive from them considers strategic and practical real-world considerations while addressing the fundamental legal and regulatory issues we face.

Key clients

Arbutus Biopharma

Dell Technologies Inc.

EyePoint Pharmaceuticals

JBG Smith Properties

LabCorp

Lightbridge Corporation

McEwen Mining

NextCure

NextEra Energy, Inc.

Papa John’s International

Public Storage

QTS Realty Trust

Rexahn Pharmaceuticals

Sesen Bio

VICI Properties

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP's highly rated government contracts practice is active in the areas of aerospace and defense, government services, education, and energy and natural resources, providing 'thorough legal analyses' from a cross-practice platform, both nationally and internationally. Jointly led by Michael Mason (an 'unrivalled resource'), Michael Vernick and Joy Sturm, who also leads the integrated life sciences department, the service group also stands out for its international public procurement law offering, leveraging the strength of its DC office, as well as its Brussels office. Another pillar of the practice is national security and cybersecurity work, which is spearheaded by former government regulatory practice group head Agnes Dover. Also recommended are Marta Thompson, a contact for FCA investigations and litigation; senior associate Stacy Hadeka, who has developed expertise in bid protest litigation; and Thomas McGovern, who has over two decades of experience in federal government contracting matters. Michael McGill left the firm for Arnold & Porter.

Practice head(s):

Michael Vernick; Michael Mason; Joy Sturm

Testimonials

‘Without question, Mike Mason is the most valuable Government contracts attorney in Washington, D.C. Mike is an unrivaled resource as an attorney, with a comprehensive understanding of the full spectrum of Federal marketplace issues. His expertise ranges from contract disputes, protests, False Claims Act violations, data breaches, cybersecurity standards, ethics, suspension and debarment proceedings, all the way to mergers and acquisitions. His broad-based perspective is invaluable and is unmatched in any other firm that we have used. In addition to Mike’s subject expertise, he has superior instincts, and is consistently professional, ethical, and reliable.’

‘We have faced real challenges and true threats over my 15+ year tenure at this firm, and Mike is always the first person I call. Doing business with the Federal Government can be tricky; we are grateful—and lucky—to have him by our side.’

Senior Associate Stacy Hadeka provides excellent services across a broad range of government contract matters from bid protests and disputes to regulatory compliance matters. Her fine work is complimented by her prompt response to emails and phone calls, and regular status on ongoing matters.

Partner Mike Mason provides exceptional services in the areas of bid protests and government contract claims.’

They work extremely hard in understanding the clients business and needs. A level of responsiveness that I have never seen.’

The attorneys provide thorough legal analyses and yet respond to issues with a practical business perspective. The attorneys also recognize the client’s desire to balance the extent of legal work with the practicalities of controlling outside counsel costs and readily discuss with the client the expectations on breadth and depth of assignments to align legal service needs with cost expectations.’

Key clients

Tactical Air Support (TacAir)

Perspecta

Airbus Helicopters

Dell Federal Systems

Orbital ATK

PwC

KBR

Government > Government relations Tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP's public policy practice is considered by some clients to be 'the best in Washington'. One key feature of the practice is its work for sovereign governments, leveraging the firm's expansive international network to handle cross-border lobbying and policy work. The group has key strengths in the automotive, aviation, and aerospace and defense sectors, and also has strength in international trade matters. The team is jointly led by point man and former US Senator Norm Coleman and the highly rated Robert Kyle. Other key contacts include Democratic lobbyist Ivan Zapien, policy expert Michael Bell and Aaron Cutler, who is the name for energy and natural resources lobbying. Senior associate Ari Fridman is an impressive up-and-comer in the team.

Practice head(s):

Norm Coleman; Robert Kyle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Superior strategic counsel and understanding of Washington at the highest levels. Great firm!

Sen Norm Coleman one of the best and most effective Washington government relations practitioners. Strategist and tactical execution best in Washington.’

Key clients

Lloyd’s America

Walmart

Nissan

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP represents clients in environmental litigation before agencies and courts throughout the US. Typical mandates include advising on the defense of toxic tort cases, citizens suits and cost recovery actions, as well as civil and criminal enforcement. Adam Kushner is a key contact in Washington DC, as is James Banks, who is noted for his knowledge of the Clean Water Act.

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to health insurers Tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a strong record in healthcare litigation, including fraud and abuse cases and class actions. In this area, Miami-based Craig Smith represented Amerigroup Florida and UnitedHealthcare of Florida in a putative class action brought by nursing homes and hospice providers of Florida, with hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages. Other key areas of work are regulatory counseling, privacy work, transactional advice, and dealing with the coverage and reimbursement of new medical therapies. Sheree Kanner leads the practice from Washington DC, and has extensive experience litigating Medicare and Medicaid disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sheree Kanner

Other key lawyers:

Craig Smith; Robert Leibenluft; Ken Choe; Michael Maddigan

Key clients

Amerigroup Florida

Sunshine State Health Plan

UnitedHealthcare

Centene Corporation

Baptist Health South Florida

Florida Association of Health Plans

Vitality Home Health (d/b/a/ Trilogy Home Health)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Anthem

Community Insurance Company

Health Net

UCLA Health

Celtic Insurance Company

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 2

The Washington DC-based practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP has extensive experience in healthcare transactions and restructuring, with a niche in work for academic medical centers. Clifford Stromberg advised the University of Minnesota (UMN) on the restructuring and closer combination between the University of Minnesota and Fairview, which jointly operate UMN’s medical centers. Jonathan Diesenhaus is an expert in civil healthcare fraud, False Claims Act and qui tam litigation. Other key areas of work for the team include government investigations, antitrust litigation (where Leigh Oliver specializes), and coverage and reimbursement issues. Practice head Sheree Kanner represented the American Hospital Association to challenge a Medicare rule that would cut payments to hospitals for certain outpatient services.

Practice head(s):

Sheree Kanner

Other key lawyers:

Clifford Stromberg; Jonathan Diesenhaus; Robert Leibenluft; Jeffrey Schneider; Leigh Oliver

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice on health care issues, particularly Medicare-related’

Key clients

American College of Radiology

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network (Einstein)

University of Minnesota (UMN)

Penn State University/Penn State Hershey Medical Center (PSH)

The State University of New York (SUNY)

Vitality Home Health (d/b/a/ Trilogy Home Health)

American Hospital Association

Allina Health

Vanderbilt University

St. Louis University

University of Colorado Health

Carolinas HealthCare System

The University of California System

Nebraska Medicine

Holy Spirit Health System

National Jewish Health

Howard University Hospital

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Georgetown University Medical Center

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 2

A strong focus on highly-regulated sectors sees Hogan Lovells US LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation team advising on a steady flow of mid- and upper mid-cap M&A transactions in the TMT and life sciences sectors; Silicone Valley-based Michael Frank and Washington DC-based Carin Carithers are the go-to names, respectively. The full breadth of equity-based compensation, qualified and non-qualified retirement, and welfare plan issues are handled by the team. Washington DC-based Kurt Lawson leads on matters pertaining to ERISA fiduciary compliance and prohibited transactions, while Martha Steinman – based in New York – often advises compensation committees, boards of directors and senior management teams on proxy disclosure and director compensation matters. Margaret de Lisser has retired from the partnership, though is still retained as senior counsel in the team.

Practice head(s):

Michael Frank; Kurt Lawson; Martha Steinman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

All the firm’s professionals are top-quality and deeply knowledgeable.

Key clients

Honeywell

Osiris Therapeutics

UnitedHealth Group

Ford Motor Company

PVH Corp.

Atrium Health

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

PPG Industries

Novartis

Marvell

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP has successfully defended well-known companies against activist investors. Key contacts in this practice area include Matt Thomson and John Beckman in Washington DC, and Paul Hilton in Denver. Hilton leads the firm's US public company practice.

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 2

Acting for household names such as PayPal, Santander and Walmart, the fintech group at Hogan Lovells US LLP is rated for its 'expertise, knowledge, and availability'. The cross-departmental team brings together individuals from its financial services regulation, corporate transactional, intellectual property, technology, and data protection practices, among others, to provide comprehensive service to clients in every segment of the fintech sector. Richard Schaberg leads the team from the DC office; he acts for banks and financial institutions in corporate and securities transactions and regulatory matters. Also recommended are Theodore Mlynar, a contact in New York for work involving blockchain and smart contract technologies; Washington DC-based Gregory Lisa, who is recognized for his 'sharp intellect' and regulatory expertise; and Sillion Valley-based managing partner Nathaniel Gallon, who is a name to note for start-ups and emerging fintech companies.

Practice head(s):

Richard Schaberg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Working with this team provides me with the expertise to feel confident in decision making within my organization.  They have the expertise, knowledge, and availability to allow me to feel confident I can rely on them for accurate guidance and counsel.

The team works extremely well together. When a particular expertise is needed we don’t hear “I can do that too”. They bring in a true expert in that area. We also appreciate the former government officials who have provided invaluable insights.

Great group of people who are also great lawyers. They know how to explain the law in a clear and relatable way to business folks who don’t have a legal background. They easily adapt their advice depending on the client’s appetite for risk.

Mark Brennan is outstanding.

Greg Lisa is a sharp intellect that is able to bring lightness to discussion when providing presentations in the matter of BSA compliance questions. He is someone my company can rely upon to make himself available in offering direction and legal opinion when needed, even on short notice. His experience in the field, in numerous roles, gives me a sense of confidence that I am getting advice from a person that is always staying current on FinCEN/BSA concerns, changes, and insights.

We have worked a lot with Gregory Lisa. He is always been more than fair in his billing practices and his knowledge and expertise in the financial services area is superior to many other lawyers we have dealt with that other firms. Gregory Lisa’s personality and interpersonal communication skills help set him apart from other lawyers we have dealt with. He has “pulled a rabbit out of the hat” on more than one occasion for us. I was truly amazed and surprised at what he accomplished.

Key clients

Lucidity

CertiK

PayPal

Zopa

NBT Bank

Walmart

PaySafe Group

TaxMap

Santander InnoVentures

Barclays

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a solid track record assisting clients from the fashion, healthcare, media and software industries with technology licensing agreements and commercial contracts. Key contacts include John Brockland in San Francisco and Michele Farquhar, who leads the communications practice from the Washington DC office.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

The antitrust team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is interlinked with the firm's offices across the globe, which allows for well-coordinated representation in multijurisdictional cases of varying nature such as bet-the-company litigation and defense of alleged monopolization practices. Industry expertise spans from TMT, life sciences and health care to aerospace, among others. Department head Edith Ramirez operates out of Washington DC, which is where the following team members are based. Justin Bernick's practice revolves around antitrust and commercial litigation issues such as price-fixing, market allocation and vertical and horizontal agreements. Class actions, government suits and individual claims pertaining to any kind of alleged antitrust violation are also handled by Tripp Monts.

Practice head(s):

Edith Ramirez

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I appreciate the team’s substantive knowledge and practical approach to litigation.’

‘Justin Bernick’s antitrust knowledge is beyond compare, but I also really appreciate his judgment and practical approach to litigation and business risk. He understands that businesses need to take some risk, and he does a great job of balancing business needs and legal risk in his advice. He is also very accessible and makes himself available on short notice when we have an urgent question.’

Key clients

PPG Industries

IBM

Multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans

Celgene

Ford Motor Company

Dell

Amcor Limited

AEG

Marvell Technology Group

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Thanks to the firm's global reach through worldwide offices and local counsel relationship, the merger control team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is of particular note for its strength in multijurisdictional transactions. The group also displays a strong suit in healthcare in addition to sector expertise in TMT, insurance, chemicals and manufacturing. Technology and healthcare expert Edith Ramirez heads the team out of Washington DC, where the two following lawyers are also based. Logan Breed frequently advises on artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge industries. In October 2019, the team welcomed Chuck Loughlin from the FTC, adding knowledge of financial, pharmaceutical and technology industries to the group.

Practice head(s):

Edith Ramirez

Other key lawyers:

Logan Breed; Joseph Krauss; Chuck Loughlin; Robert Leibenluft

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and easy to work with.’

‘Meghan Rissmiller is very dedicated and able to bridge the potential gap between lawyers and business.’

Key clients

PPG Industries

IBM

Multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans

Celgene

Ford Motor Company

Dell

Amcor Limited

AEG

Marvell Technology Group

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP has experience representing OEMs and distributors in product liability claims and consolidated actions, appeals and large-scale recalls. Michael Kidney in Washington DC is a key figure in the team, as is Baltimore-based Lauren Colton.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP a reputation for representing pharmaceuticals and medical manufacturing companies in multi-district litigation and class actions. A key contact in this area is Lauren Colton in Baltimore.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s capital markets group is distinguished by its ability to leverage the wider firm’s signature regulatory offering to specialize in acting for issuers in the regulated industries, particularly healthcare, life sciences, financial services, real estate and TMT. The team covers the full gamut of private and public debt transactions, including convertible note offerings, sovereign bonds and liability management transactions. In Washington DC, regional managing partner Eve Howard focuses on debt offerings and is noted for her comprehensive coverage of regulated industries-related offerings. Washington DC-based David Bonser spearheads the group alongside Howard and handles both debt and equity deals. Recommended names in New York include Latin America specialist Evan Koster and Emil Arca, who heads the international debt capital markets practice for the Americas.

Practice head(s):

Eve Howard; David Bonser

Other key lawyers:

Emil Arca; Sina Hekmat; Evan Koster

Key clients

Anthem, Inc.

Banco do Brasil

Citigroup

CBS Corporation

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Equifax Inc.

Public Storage

Republic of Ecuador, Ministry of Economy and Finance

Scotiabank

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

VICI Properties

Finance > Project finance

Hogan Lovells US LLP receives very strong feedback from clients, who praise the quality of service and the firm's impressive understanding of foreign jurisdictions, particularly Latin America. The firm has a selection of highly experienced partners spread throughout its US network and led by Jorge Diaz-Silveira out of the Miami office. Among them, Brian Chappell in Baltimore, who co-chair's the firm's power and renewables sector team, is noted for his strong transactional and projects expertise. Miami's  José Valdivia, who co-chair's the firm's Latin American practice group, has built up a good track record for power and infrastructure projects in the region, as have partners Wylie Levone in Washington DC and Ricardo Martinez in New York. Another key figure is David Locasio who handles US infrastructure PPPs and LNG projects for both sponsors and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Diaz-Silveira

Testimonials

‘A dedicated sponsor side practice with many years of experience structuring energy/infrastructure transactions, with fantastic technical knowledge’

‘The team has strong capabilities in Latin America with a deep understanding and knowledge of the different jurisdictions. A strong multi-language practice that greatly contributes to transactional work in developing countries’

‘Extraordinarily good project management skills. Handled a complex transaction very well’

‘Brian Chappell is a practical and pragmatic negotiator who is admired on both sides of the table. His personal commitment to transactions is exceptional’

‘Dave Locasio our go-to guy. He is intelligent, quick thinking, thoughtful, knowledgeable and accessible’

‘Wylie Levone and Ricardo Martinez are partners with great experience in Latin America, with a great understanding of investor needs in the region as well as language capabilities that distinguish them among their competitors’

‘José Valdivia is an outstanding lawyer, who knows the finance world and knows the skills’

Key clients

Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp

Epsilon Development Co

International Finance Corp (IFC)

Inter-American Investment Corp (IDB Invest)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC)

IST Investment Foundation

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

Netherlands Development Finance Co (FMO)

OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP's Evan Koster has a particularly strong reputation among European investment banks, which he advises on the US regulatory aspects of their derivatives-related activities. Geographically, the practice group is also well-connected in Latin America, while, looking along sector lines, the team has strengths in regulated areas including energy, insurance and healthcare. Senior associate Greg Hafkin left for an in-house role at HSBC, though Adam Lapidus joined the firm from a senior counsel role at Wells Fargo.

Practice head(s):

Evan Koster

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘One of the key strengths here is the international expertise. Where clients have derivatives regulatory considerations outside of the U.S., Hogan Lovells has been able to provide specialists to assist. Hogan Lovells excels in its expertise from both a regulatory and transactional perspective.’

‘Evan Koster has consistently been available and responsive, especially on time-sensitive matters. His expertise in the area to be invaluable. He is a market reference for derivatives agreements.’

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP has notable regulatory credentials, which it leverages in its contentious work. Coupled with substantial expertise in the oil and gas industry through its Houston, Denver and other offices, the practice has a track record in big-ticket disputes including royalty and environmental cases, tort and contract claims, and drilling litigation. Team members also frequently represent clients before FERC. Houston-based partner Maria Wyckoff Boyce is a well-rounded trial lawyer with key experience in the energy sector and regularly handles energy-related IP cases. As a lateral recruit from Van Ness Feldman LLP in 2019, Washington DC's Greg Junge represents a number of interstate natural gas pipelines, often acting before FERC and in the federal courts.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP represents a range of electric utilities and other market participants before FERC, other regulatory entities and the courts. It has extensive experience in transactional and project development regulatory issues and FERC investigations including market rule violations. Daniel Stenger is an experienced nuclear energy specialist and frequently obtains licenses and regulatory approvals from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and DoE. Senior counsels Mary Anne Sullivan and John Lilyestrom are also key names. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP leverages its regulatory credentials, alongside top disputes expertise and extensive broader resources including environmental knowledge, to handle FERC litigation; it also utilizes its geographic spread across the US to represent clients in multiple arenas. Stefan Krantz in Washington DC has substantial experience before FERC and other regulatory agencies. Christopher Schindler is now in-house at Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Benefiting from a significant national footprint and a team of lawyers with both industry specific transactional and regulatory strength, Hogan Lovells US LLP is well-placed to advise clients on work throughout the renewables projects life cycle, from project development and finance, through to buy and sell-side project M&A. The firm's Miami office has a particularly robust offering and as well as handling domestic projects, also regularly takes the lead on projects with a Latin American nexus. Miami-based partner Jorge Diaz-Silveira heads up the firm's overarching Americas infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice out of which he regularly advises on wind and solar projects, including his ongoing work on the development of photovoltaic solar projects in Honduras and in relation to the development, finance, and construction of two hydroelectric plants in Guatemala.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Diaz-Silveira

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Santos y Compañía SA de CV

Generadora San Mateo and Generadora San Andres

Gauss Energy

Produccion De Energia Solar Y Demas Renovables SA de CV

Overseas Private Investment Corp.

Tradewind Energy/Savion

esVolta

Mabel Capital

International Finance Corp.

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 3

The insurance team at Hogan Lovells US LLP handles high-exposure coverage litigation in connection to matters including product recalls, environmental contamination, cybersecurity, and governmental investigations. Philadelphia and Washington DC-based David Newmann is the key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP's Washington DC-based immigration team acts for governments, multinational corporates and individuals in obtaining employment-based US visas and permanent residency. It also has niche expertise at the intersection of immigration and trade laws, advising on issues such as deemed export compliance. The practice group is overseen by Aleksandar Dukic and Beth Peters, who also co-chairs the international trade and investment practice. Also recommended is Anne Fisher, the name to note for immigration, export control, customs and economic sanctions advice. The team is supported by a handful of senior paralegals who work across different practice areas.

Practice head(s):

Beth Peters; Aleksandar Dukic

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Starr Companies

Insulet Corporation

Intrexon Corporation

City Facilities Management

Central American Bottling Company

Venture Global LNG

Diligent Corporation

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP's 'efficient and effective' team has been advising investor clients on technology and healthcare sector matters. Recent work for the group includes acting for New Enterprise Associates as the lead investor in the $31m Series A financing of biopharmaceutical company Tiburio. San Francisco's Jon Layman and Nathaniel Gallon in Silicon Valley are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jon Layman; Nathaniel Gallon

Testimonials

Efficient and effective‘.

Key clients

Norwest Venture Partners

DAG Ventures

Ford Motor Company

Updata Partners V

New Enterprise Associates

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 3

At Hogan Lovells US LLP, east and west coast teams assist both vendors and customers on outsourcing negotiations and transactions, with particular experience on complex technology and intellectual property transactions. Northern Virginia-based Zenas Choi and Audrey Reed, who divides her time between Washington and New York, head the practice, which regularly assists clients in the automotive, telecoms, hospitality, and banking sectors. Key contacts including San Francisco-based technology specialist John Brockland, and Denver-based intellectual property expert David London.

Practice head(s):

Zenas Choi; Audrey Reed

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

GE Digital

Fox Corporation

Regal Entertainment Group

Tax > International tax Tier 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP advises sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, and clients in the IT and consumer products sectors on high-value cross-border transactions and tax planning. The team is especially active for multinational tech companies and Chinese media companies and investors. Based in Washington DC, practice head Siobhan Rausch advises trade associations, private foundations, and scientific research organizations on tax exemptions, audits, joint ventures, and investments. In 2019, Cristina Arumi and Josh Scala joined from EY in Washington DC and San Francisco, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan Rausch

Other key lawyers:

Jasper Howard; Babak Nikravesh; Christine Lane; Cristina Arumi; Josh Scala

Key clients

Novartis

Ford Motor Company

PPG

Woodward

Park Hostels & Resorts

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is led by Peter Spivack in Washington DC, and has particular expertise representing corporations in government investigations and enforcement matters. Areas of specialism include FCPA and sanctions issues, aided in cross-border aspects of the work by a significant firm presence in London and Beijing.

Practice head(s):

Peter Spivack

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

With 15 offices across the country, Hogan Lovells US LLP maintains a deep bench of attorneys able to deal with all aspects of commercial litigation. Key names are Desmond Hogan (in DC), a specialist in class actions and cyber litigation, and Dennis Tracey (in New York), an experienced trial lawyer who counts GE and Ford among his clients. Both men head the litigation practice for the Americas.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP has considerable experience representing construction, energy, and telecoms clients in international commercial- and investment arbitration. Miami-based Daniel González leads the global international arbitration group, and is able to represent clients in proceedings conducted both in English and Spanish. Fluent in Arabic and French, Samaa Haridi is the key arbitration practitioner in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Daniel González

Other key lawyers:

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP utilizes its geographic reach across major commercial centers and emerging markets to handle large, often cross-border transactions. The group has with a particular strength in complex regulated industry deals, notably life sciences, health care, and technology, alongside defense, aerospace, and automobiles. Work with REIT-related transactions in a strength for the practice group, a recent example of which was the DC office advising Industrial Property Trust on its $3.99bn cash merger with Prologis. The firm has also continued its work with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, having advised on its acquisition of IFM Tre, in deal involving a cross-border team led by Adam Golden and Michael Szlamkowicz in the firm's New York office. The practice is primarily led from Washington DC by David BonserPaul Manca, Joseph Gilligan, and global head of M&A William Curtin III. A standout deal for the Silicon Valley team, which features the well-respected duo of 'rock starKeith Flaum and Richard Climan, was the $2.2bn acquisition of Japanese company Kokusai Electric by Applied Materials, a deal in which the firm represented the buying party.

Practice head(s):

David Bonser; Paul Manca; Joseph Gilligan; William Curtin

Other key lawyers:

Keith Flaum; Richard Climan; Adam Golden; Michael Szlamkowicz; Timothy Aragon; Elizabeth Donley

Testimonials

Very skilled, professional and client friendly. To the point advice.

Hogan Lovells has an outstanding M&A team across the board, and they definitely are the preeminent tech-M&A law firm in the country. There is no better team for this type of work. They’re frequently on the biggest, most transformational deals in the market, and for good reason. They are a pleasure to work with, have decades of experience (so have seen every twist and turn along the way), and are fierce negotiators – that’s a combination I want in my corner on my most important transactions. They also have strong data privacy, employee benefits, and IP teams that work together closely with the M&A lawyers. You know they’re able to handle whatever may come up in the course of a deal.

Keith Flaum is by far the best M&A lawyer (and actually best lawyer) I’ve ever worked with. He understands the nuances of my business, and I can always count on him to provide excellent advice. He knows what is relevant, and equally important, what we don’t need to spend time on. If I have a bet-the-company deal in the works, Keith is my guy, hands down. He doesn’t just look at the legal aspects of the deal. He puts it in the context of how it ties to our business’ growth strategy and what it will mean in real terms for the company and its shareholders. In my opinion, Keith is the best in the market – he’s a total rock star. I have also worked with a slew of Hogan Lovells M&A associates, senior associates and other partners and all are great.

I have worked with the Hogan Lovells firm for a number of years, and I have worked with several of their offices across the US and beyond. I have worked with them on many issues – corporate/SEC/public company, large divestiture, establishment of entire European business in many different companies, FDA/regulatory issues, commercial/contracts. They have extensive breadth of expertise and attention to client needs. They are particularly valuable because they have a great track record of hiring subject matter experts from various government entities who have an in-depth knowledge of the best way to approach those agencies to get the desired result for the client.

This group staffed our project leanly for efficiency and cost-effectiveness and yet they were always available and were able to easily bring in any additional experts. They were a true partner in closing our deal for us and had a keen ability to both provide in-depth and effective guidance while not being afraid to voice their opinion even if contrary to what we wanted as the outcome. This group was highly organized and efficient and a strong advocate for us, as compared to a similarly large firm that we worked with in the past.

Stacey McAvoy and Lee Berner (and their associates Emily Petrila, Michael Kaplan and Leslie Graham) were exceptional in getting a very difficult and complicated multi-part deal closed for us. Given that we were dealing with individuals in multiple time zones and in-person negotiations, they were able to spend a week with us, day and night, in ensuring that we were well-represented and that all of our issues were resolved. They were notably calm and collected as compared to counsel on the other side of the table.

Key clients

Adobe

Ford Motor Company

PPG Industries

Walmart

Laboratory Corporation of Americas Holdings

General Electric Company

UnitedHealth Group

The Anschutz Corporation

Dell Technologies

Cisco Systems

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP's tax team is headed by Siobhan Rausch, an 'outstanding' tax advisor specializing in the tax treatment of tax-exempt organizations, including charities, health and science research entities and educational groups. Also recommended are Jasper Howard and Silicon Valley-based Babak Nikravesh, who heads the firm's sovereign investor practice, and has extensive experience advising institutional investors on cross-border investment transactions. In 2019, REIT taxation expert Cristina Arumi re-joined the firm from EY, but Jeffrey Tolin left for Cooley LLP. All attorneys listed are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan Rausch

Testimonials

‘Extremely strong strategy capability, in terms of working to unite tax and business strategies. Clearly at the frontier of knowledge in the evolving regulator/practitioner uses of the Code, as well as the black letter law, in fast-moving areas such as PRI/MRI interactions, multiple-balance-sheet organizations, etc. Aggressive within a framework of high ethical standards and risk mitigation for the client.’

‘Strong partnership with other practices in the firm, e.g. not for profit, corporate, fund-formation, etc.’

‘Siobhan Rausch is an outstanding lawyer and has evolved into a trusted partner in my business decisions. I have talked with some of the very best tax lawyers in the country this past year, as counter parties and/or as advisors to my investors and Siobhan is clearly at the cutting edge of knowledge in her fast moving field. I have especially appreciated her creativity, her deep domain of knowledge and strong ethical compass.’

Key clients

Novartis

Ford Motor Company

PPG

Woodward

Park Hotels & Resorts

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a recognized New-York and Los Angeles-based bankruptcy, restructuring, and insolvency practice, which was involved in a number of prestigious international matters in 2019. These included bond issuances in Mexico and restructurings based on Singapore's recent bankruptcy provisions that have been modeled on US Chapter 11 law. Of significance for the practice was the addition of former judge of the US Bankruptcy Court in the district of Delaware, Kevin Carey. He joined in September 2019, greatly boosting the capability of the team led by global head Christopher Donoho (based in New York), and co-heads Richard Wynne and Ronald Silverman (based in Los Angeles and New York respectively).

Practice head(s):

Christopher Donoho; Richard Wynne; Ronald Silverman

Other key lawyers:

Erin Brady; Kevin Carey; Bennett Spiegel

Testimonials

‘Excellent judgment about where to invest resources, management of all aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring for companies considering restructuring or possible bankruptcy. Focus on the end goal and consideration of issues in that context. Ability to forge constructive relationships with diverse stakeholders to benefit client.  Superb technical analysis turned into understandable client advice and clear reasons for recommendations’

‘Rick Wynne and Erin Brady: excellent ability to understand important business drivers. Practical and solution-oriented. Willing to accept the uncertainties that are part of the restructuring and negotiating process, and know when to let situations percolate and when to address.  Excellent drafting, writing, judgment in prioritizing issues’

‘Bennett Spiegel is very smart and excellent at explaining constraints and working with in-house counsel to identify the best options and implement them’

‘Hogans has put together a well-rounded restructuring practice with experienced restructuring professionals including a tremendously respected retired Delaware bankruptcy judge which helps bring a unique perspective to clients’

‘Rick Wynne’s guidance, toughness when necessary, but calm demeanor in a very contentious situation made sure that there was a steady hand on the legal tiller as we navigated very turbulent waters’

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 5

Primarily based out of Houston and also able to leverage the expertise of oil and gas-focused lawyers throughout the firm's global network of offices, Hogan Lovells US LLP is well-positioned to advise on domestic and international transactions throughout the value chain. Clients come from all sectors of the industry, including upstream exploration and production, oil and natural gas transmission companies, liquefied natural gas operators, and crude oil refining, distribution and trading groups. José Luis Vittor is one of the primary contacts within the group and has a particular focus on Latin America-based oil and gas projects.

Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

The US funds team at Hogan Lovells US LLP has coast-to-coast strength in the formation and management private funds and small business investment companies. Headed by David Winter, the team has expanded its client base over the past year to include a number of new debt, sovereign wealth, and venture capital funds, as well as institutional investors. In one particularly standout matter, Olesya Barsukova-Bakar advised real estate company Redbrick LMD on the formation of its first Qualified Opportunity Zone fund. Also recommended are Bryan Ricapito and Silicon Valley-based Babak Nikravesh, who is very experienced in acting for sovereign wealth fund. Apart from Nikravesh, the team is based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David Winter

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 5

North Virginia-based partner Robert Welp is the key figure in Hogan Lovells US LLP's private equity practice, which advises funds and portfolio companies on worldwide transactions across regulated industries, including energy, consumer goods, government services, and healthcare. The practice has a particular strength in deal structuring and financing and is supported by an enviable international office network, allowing it to act on complex transactions with multi-jurisdictional elements.

Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

Hogan Lovells US LLP stands out for the strength of its global network. Working alongside its international colleagues, the US real estate team routinely handles inbound investment work from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The team is especially active in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Denver-based Ana Tenzer and Lea Ann Fowler are key contacts for finance matters, and David Isbell has experience of investment and development transactions, and litigation.

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 6

Based in Washington DC, Hogan Lovells US LLP's financial services team is best known for its work for regional and community banks engaged in M&A. In addition to handling a steady stream of M&A, practice head Richard Schaberg is also well-known for his knowledge of securities law compliance and his experience in the fintech sector, where he advises on matters ranging from ICOs to traditional corporate transactions, such as joint ventures and M&A. Counsel Sara Lenet advises financial institutions on compliance with critical legislation such as Dodd-Frank, and also on various issues raised by the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, and the OCC, among other industry regulators. Also of note is senior associate Ashley Hutto-Schultz, who has strong experience in the consumer finance sector.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 6

Hogan Lovells US LLP specialises in high-stakes patent disputes in the technology and life sciences sectors, with additional experience in the automotive, aerospace, chemicals and energy sectors. Practice head Celine Jimenez Crowson, based in Washington DC, changed her team considerably in 2019, adding technology experts Krista Schwartz and Patrick Michael, formerly at Jones Day, to the San Francisco office, and bolstering the New York office with the arrival of life sciences and biotechnology specialist Simon Roberts and pharmaceutical expert Jason Leonard, who joined from Venable LLP. The group offers extensive experience in all major US patent venues, including the PTAB and the ITC, and is a go-to firm for multi-jurisdictional litigation thanks to the firm's global office network. Tony Pezzano and Michael Dougherty joined DLA Piper LLP (US), Lucky Vidmar went in-house to Western Union and Christian Mammen left for Womble Bond Dickinson.

Practice head(s):

Celine Jimenez Crowson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Google and HP

Daimler/Mercedes Benz

Merck & Co., Inc.

BASF

PPG Industries, Inc.

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Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Main areas of practice: Hogan Lovells is based around five main practice groups:

Corporate: Hogan Lovells’ presence throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States means that they can work with clients to successfully deliver on strategic cross-border and domestic transactions. The practice assists public and private companies, private funds and other investors, investment banks, financial institutions and governmental entities on their most complex and challenging transactions.

Finance: located in the world’s financial hubs, Hogan Lovells’ finance practice is consistently rated as a market leader by respected legal directories and trade publications. The practice comprises business restructuring and insolvency, infrastructure and project finance, securitization and structured finance, debt capital markets and banking.

Government regulatory: in an increasingly complex global market, it is more important than ever to understand, anticipate and quickly respond to a wide range of regulatory challenges. The practice’s objective is to help clients achieve a competitive advantage and minimize regulatory risk. The firm’s experience at the intersection of business and government enables it to guide clients successfully through the growing array of regulatory issues.

Intellectual property: the intellectual property group helps drive clients’ business growth by protecting and leveraging their ideas and innovations, brands and creative works. Its lawyers combine a strategic, global outlook with local knowledge and a keen understanding of the technological and business factors involved in this area of law.

Litigation and arbitration: the practice has a long track record of achievement in complex, high-stakes disputes. Because its lawyers are leaders in their local jurisdictions and function across offices as one team, the firm is positioned to deliver both local insight and global perspective to meet clients’ interests in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Hogan Lovells also has deep knowledge about many key industry sectors, such as: aerospace, defense and government services; automotive; consumer; education; energy and natural resources; financial institutions; infrastructure; life sciences and healthcare; real estate; sports and recreational facilities; technology, media and telecoms; and transportation.

* Hogan Lovells is an international legal practice that includes Hogan Lovells US LLP and Hogan Lovells International LLP.

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