Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > New York, United States

Norton Rose Fulbright
1301 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6022
United States

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 1

'A real force to be reckoned with', Norton Rose Fulbright's 'diversified renewables offering' sees it instructed by developers, investors and lenders across the gamut of corporate and financing activity in the sector. The firm is, however, perhaps best-known for its work on the borrower/sponsor side and is regularly involved in some of the biggest-ticket M&A mandates in the market, including its work for Danish wind energy powerhouse Ørsted on its $510m acquisition of Deepwater Wind Holdings from DE Shaw. Spearheaded by the 'dean of the energy tax worldKeith Martin from Washington DC, the team is also at the forefront of the tax equity market and is frequently the first port-of-call to clients seeking the most commercial and creative solutions to maximize the tax benefits within the sector. New York-based partner Benjamin Koenigsberg co-heads the projects team alongside Martin and is 'very active in the space' for lenders and borrowers, with a particularly strong track record in relation to transactions in the off-shore wind sector. The 'fantasticTodd Alexander is also a key member of the team and handles a significant amount of work for Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate change solutions.

Practice head(s):

Keith Martin; Benjamin Koenigsberg

Other key lawyers:

Todd Alexander; Robert Eberhardt; Noam Ayali; Charles Hord; David Burton; Kenneth Hansen; Chaim Wachsberger

Testimonials

The team is a real force to be reckoned with and provides a diversified offering.

Keith Martin is a dean of the energy tax world.

Keith Martin is the guru of tax equity structures.

Benjamin Koenigsberg is very active in the renewables space.

Todd Alexander is fantastic.

Key clients

Ørsted North America

Ullico

8minute Solar Energy

Origis Holdings USA

Hannon Armstrong

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

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

Leveraging 'a range of language skills and previous in-house experience', Norton Rose Fulbright has 'a real ability to provide cross-border support for a range of services including M&A and corporate governance’. The practice group acts for clients ranging from family-owned businesses to multinational corporations, and has developed particular expertise in the financial services, energy and healthcare sectors. Dallas-based Scarlet McNellie heads the corporate, M&A and securities practice, while Gene Lewis in Denver heads the firm's business practice. Other key contacts include Glen Hettinger in Dallas, who advises public and private companies on capital raises and M&A deals, and Kessar Nashat in New York, who has experience of a wide variety of corporate and securities transactions. Also of note, over the past year the US team has added to its ranks a couple of partners with experience practice overseas: Chris Pearson moved to New York team the firm's London office, and John Nelson Chrisman joined the Dallas office from Clyde & Co LLP in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Scarlet McNellie; Gene Lewis

Testimonials

‘The team has a real ability to provide cross-border support for a range of services including M&A and corporate governance’

‘There are a range of language skills and previous in-house experience that bring a truly commercial approach’

‘The firm has depth in a variety of specialties’

‘The individuals I have worked with are responsive and available throughout the day and evening, if needed’

‘They are knowledgeable, good communicators, and reasonable’

Key clients

Medidata Solutions

Barrick Gold Corporation

Cleco Corporate Holdings

Ørsted

Veritex Holdings

Bombardier

Ullico

Total

Kirby Corporation

Tokio Marine HCC

Project finance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is popular with both sponsors and lenders on major conventional power, renewables, and LNG projects. As well as greenfield developments, the firm is also involved in major refinancings and restructurings, as well as novel P3 structures, and debt and tax equity financings. Clients benefit from a strong presence across the firm's network of US offices, and while the bulk of the team are in Washington DC and New York, the firm also has lawyers in Houston and Austin. Keith Martin and Benjamin Koenigsberg respectively co-head the team from Washington DC and New York. In the capital, partners such as Noam Ayali have developed a strong track record for cross-border project financings, while in New York Todd Alexander and Robert Eberhardt are noted for their renewables and power expertise.

Practice head(s):

Keith Martin; Ben Koenigsberg

Testimonials

‘This practice has the smartest PF lawyers in the space. Rob Eberhardt has deep industry knowledge and excellent commercial intuition. He is reasonable and solutions oriented’

Key clients

Clearway Energy

Longroad Energy Partners

Origis Energy

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

8minute Solar Energy

Nomura Securities

Credit Agricole

Bank of America, NA

Investec

International Finance Corporation

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 1

After having been promoted to Norton Rose Fulbright's partner in 2018, Eric Daucher is now at the head of the municipal restructuring and bankruptcy department. The position had been left vacant in April 2019, when star attorney Lawrence Larose left the firm to join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Daucher, who is based in New York, acted on landmark cases such as the restructuring of Puerto Rico and on Chapter 9 proceedings in Detroit, Michigan and Jefferson County. His team includes Texas-based practitioners - notably Toby Gerber, who supports him with reorganizations, syndicated lendings, and troubled debt workouts. James Copeland is an associate to watch.

Practice head(s):

Eric Daucher

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Assured Guaranty Municipal Corporation

National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation

Taconic Capital Advisors

Whitebox Advisors

Goldentree Asset Management

Cornwall Capital

Merced Capital

Cyrus Capital

Polygon Investment Partners

Puerto Rico Public Buildings Authority

Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's key focus is on Lanham Act litigation and state law equivalents, with members of the practice area acting on mandates across the country. Additionally the firm has a solid track record in consumer class action matters at all levels of the court system, with group co-chair Jeffrey Margulies, who splits his time between the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices, coming highly recommended for his practice in this area. Fellow co-chair Saul Perloff sits in San Antonio and has a strong background as an intellectual property litigator. As such his practice focuses on the Lanham Act side of advertising law, with a particular following in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, and consumer products sectors. The team was recently strengthened in the firm's Minneapolis office with the addition of IP and false advertising specialist Felicia Boyd, who joined from Barnes & Thornburg LLP in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Saul Perloff; Jeffrey Margulies

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alfasigma USA, Inc.

Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Boltex Manufacturing, Co.

Mission Pharmacal Company

Neogenis Labs, Inc.

Provepharm, Inc.

Safeway Inc.

Standard Homeopathic Company and Hyland’s, Inc

Techtronic Industries Company, Ltd

Toyota Motor Corporation

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has a track record in big-ticket, headline and complex disputes with substantial experience in upstream, midstream and oilfield services-related disputes. With extensive regulatory expertise, the group is able to provide a fully-rounded service, covering key areas including market manipulation, antitrust and environmental enforcement mandates. Commodities and derivatives enforcement issues are also areas of particular growth for the department. Melanie Rother jointly leads the energy and infrastructure practice and is an experienced trial lawyer, operating principally in the energy and technology sectors. Fellow co-head Reagan Brown is another prominent trial and appellate lawyer with notable experience in royalty cases. Dan McClure is also highly rated. All named individuals are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Rother; Reagan Brown

Other key lawyers:

Bob Comer; Stephen Dillard; Dan McClure

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum

BP America

Noble Drilling

Cheniere Energy

Chevron

Exxon Mobil

Energy Transfer Partners

Phillips 66

Medallion Midstream

Shell Oil

Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 2

Co-headed by 'tax equity guruKeith Martin and financing lawyer Benjamin Koenigsberg out of Washington DC and New York, respectively, and also able to draw upon the expertise of transactional energy lawyers situated throughout the firm's vast international network, Norton Rose Fulbright's projects group is well-versed across both renewables and conventional power projects, both from a domestic and international perspective. At the vanguard of the development of the US independent power sector since its inception in the 1970s, the firm maintains strong sponsor relationships but has also successfully diversified its client roster over time to include investor and lender clients. The scope of the firm's work is broad across corporate, financing, regulatory and restructuring matters, and it is therefore well-placed to advise on deals throughout the life-cycle, from inception of the development of a project, on the operational needs thereafter and in relation to any pursuant M&A.

Practice head(s):

Keith Martin; Benjamin Koenigsberg

Other key lawyers:

Todd Alexander; John Mauel; Noam Ayali; Paul Weber; Kessar Nashat

Key clients

Cleco Corporate Holdings

Enel Green Power

GS EPS

American Infrastructure Funds

Ullico

Hannon Armstrong

Starwood Energy Group

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Attuned to market trends and developments, Norton Rose Fulbright is able to provide a 'focused and commercial service' to a wide array of oil and gas entities, including national and international oil companies, independents, and traders. LNG remains a cornerstone of the practice, with the firm continuing to advise a myriad stakeholders throughout the value chain and project life cycle, from project inception and development through to commercialization, project financing, and operational matters. The firm is, however, perhaps best-known for its financing work in the space, where Washington DC-based partner Noam Ayali has a particularly strong reputation for lenders. Houston-based associate Jessica Rodriguez is well-versed at corporate work across the oil and gas and LNG spaces. Based out of Houston and New York, respectively, John Mauel and Keith Martin  head up the firm's energy transactions and project finance groups.

Practice head(s):

John Mauel; Keith Martin

Other key lawyers:

Noam Ayali; Julie Mayo; Ben Koenigsberg; Jay Stiffler; Deborah Gitomer

Testimonials

The team provides a very focused and commercial service.

Key clients

Cheniere Energy Partners

International Finance Corporation

Enbridge (U.S.) Inc.

PDC Energy, Inc

International litigation Tier 2

Praised by its clients as a ‘go-to firm for rapid responses’, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is a prominent player in the multi-jurisdictional litigation space, where it represents large corporations and financial institutions. The group specializes in cross-border securities litigation, and thanks in part to its integration in the firm's global litigation network, the team is well positioned to handle parallel securities proceedings instituted in multiple countries. The team is also strong in investigations, and recently enhanced its capabilities in this space with the appointment of Sam Ramer, who served as senior associate counsel to the US President before joining the Washington office in March 2019. Also recommended in this space are recently promoted litigation co-head Bill Leone (New York) and disputes group co-head Matthew Kirtland in Washington DC, both of whom have expertise in white-collar crime enforcement. The wider dispute resolution group is led by Richard Krumholz and Gerard Pecht, in Dallas and Houston, respectively. Reflective of the group’s geographic reach, the team’s client roster is varied and includes clients in the energy, mining, financial services, technology, and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Richard Krumholz; Gerard Pecht

Other key lawyers:

Mark Baker; Kevin Harnisch; Sam Ramer; Bill Leone; Matthew Kirtland; Peter Stokes; Steve Dollar

Testimonials

I am a client of Norton Rose Fulbright in the US, Canada and Europe.  Among all the firms I deal with, Norton Rose is my go-to firm for rapid responses as well as excellent advice and direction. I am also confident in the team’s expertise.

Gerard Pecht is an extraordinarily talented, experienced and savvy attorney, who has guided my company and its board of directors through many difficult situations with successful results, both domestically and internationally. He always assembles a highly competent team that is right-sized for the situation.

Key clients

Bank of New York Mellon

Gold Reserve Inc.

Lek Securities Corp.

Sierra Oncology

Silikal GmbH

Vicinay Cadenas, S.A.

Mobil Investments Canada, Inc.

Vanrx Pharmasystems Inc.

XBiotech USA, Inc.

Uranium Energy Corporation

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright handles class actions and individual cases involving auto services, defective parts, and collisions and personal injury. Spread across several major commercial centers nationwide, the team is well placed to represent major automotive and parts manufacturers, including BWM, in MDLs and large-scale class actions. The team is headed by Steven Jansma in San Antonio, who leads the firm's auto services litigation work for Walmart. Brett Young is a contact in the Houston office.

Practice head(s):

Steve Jansma

Other key lawyers:

Brett Young; Jessica Farley; Jeffrey Webb

Testimonials

‘Highly efficient team players’

‘They have learned the business and contribute as team players as opposed to just being lawyers’

‘Stand out lawyers include Steve Jansma and Troy Vancil’

Key clients

Walmart

Sunoco Marketing & Terminals LP

Energy Transfer Partners

Vulcan Materials Company

BMW AG

Cooper Tire and Rubber Company

Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has experience in class actions and multi-district litigation, including the early disposal of matters through denial of class certification and dispositive motions. The firm serves as national coordinating trial counsel, national discovery counsel and regional counsel in a range of cases across the US, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical product defense. San Antonio-based Steven Jansma is head of products, pharma, medical and mass tort. He co-leads the practice with D’Lesli Davis, who serves as lead trial counsel for pharmaceutical and medical device clients in mass tort cases, MDLs and consolidated proceedings in state and federal courts. Also notable in the team is associate Ellie Norris, who focuses on representing pharmaceutical companies in complex disputes. Named lawyers are based in Dallas unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Steve Jansma; D’Lesli Davis

Other key lawyers:

Brett Young; Ellie Norris

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Known as a trial practice, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP covers the spectrum of disciplines related to nationwide disasters, from offices in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. The firm is particularly experienced in acting for energy and chemical industry clients. San Antonio-based Steven Jansma leads the national team and has expertise in the defense of complex product liability and mass torts. Also notable are Brett Young in Houston, who focuses on catastrophic event response, personal injury, premises defense, product liability, and environmental litigation, and ‘hands down one of the country's most capable toxic tort defense lawyersStephen Dillard, also in Houston, whose specialities include claims arising from commercial operations, hydraulic fracturing, natural resource damages, landfills, pipelines, and hazardous waste sites.

Practice head(s):

Steve Jansma

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is highly experienced in a nuanced field that is oftentimes filled with too much clutter’

‘They can cut through the science and get to the root of the matter’

‘They are very efficient and deliver a quality work product’

‘Steve Dillard has decades of experience not only in law, but in the science. He can describe complex issues of law and science to both the judiciary and the jury in a way that can only be described as gifted. And the icing on the cake is he is very efficient in doing so’

Key clients

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

EOG Resources

American International Group (AIG)

Phillips 66

ConocoPhillips Company

Sunoco Marketing & Terminals

Energy Transfer Partners

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a full range of aircraft financing, leasing and sales and purchase transactions for international air carriers and leasing companies. The aviation group is headed by Alyssa Vazquez in New York, who regularly advise Carlyle Aviation Partners on portfolio transactions and leasing dealing with international air carriers, working in conjunction with colleagues across the firm's global network. Other key figures include finance department head Sean Corrigan and James Tussing, both of whom have decades of experience advising financial institutions and aircraft lessees in financing and leasing deals. Kelli Sallemi took an in-house position at Castlelake Aviation in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Alyssa Vazquez

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Carlyle Aviation Group

DAE (formerly AWAS)

Emirates

Mitsui & Co

Air Canada

Republic Airways

Transport: shipping - finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's New York-based shipping team advises on complex structured transactions and leasing deals, acting for bank lenders and corporates in public and private financings, as well as for non-traditional ship financiers, such as funds, governmental finance support entities. The maritime team and the wider transportation group are headed by Brian Devine, who has also been increasingly active in the financing of new LNG carriers and floating storage regasification unites. Also recommended are associates Kassandra Savicki and Nicholas Santangelo, who work alongside Devine in the team's most complex mandates.

Practice head(s):

Brian Devine

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

Banco Santander

Bank of America

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

Gener8 Maritime

Northern Fund Management America

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken

National Australia Bank

DNV GL

E-discovery Tier 3

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright is most noted for its ability to handle cross-border and international discovery mandates, drawing on the firm's global office network. In its global coordinating role, it has expertise in non-US data privacy regulations, data localization and state secret obligations. Information governance is another key area of expertise, and the group often advises corporates on pre-litigation matters. In litigation, attorneys benefit from in-house technology assisted review capabilities, as well as data analytics. Based in New York, David Kessler heads the US data and information risk group and the global discovery practice, while Andrea D’Ambra serves as head of the US e-discovery and information governance group.

Practice head(s):

Andrea D’Ambra; David Kessler

Testimonials

The team leads have a deep knowledge of the law and “mechanics” of e-Discovery. They have national (indeed, international) reputations so that they are convincing to third parties. They are thought leaders.’

Key clients

Boehringer Ingelheim

Primary Residential Mortgage

SAP

GlaxoSmithKline

Gilead Sciences

Parmalat

USAA

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is highly rated for its renewable energy expertise and is active in matters which span conventional power and alternative energy. The team advises a range of energy clients on compliance and enforcement matters, with notable experience in the development of open-access electric transmission tariffs; it also has extensive experience in market design regulatory proceedings. On the transactional side, the team frequently advised on the regulatory aspects of the acquisition and financing of power projects. Robert Shapiro is an experienced figure in DC in defending long-term power contracts before regulatory agencies and the courts; and DC-based Joseph Williams specialises in regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters before FERC and the CFTC. Power and battery storage expert Becky Diffen joined the Austin office from McGuireWoods LLP in mid-2019, and Anna Biegelsen is a key senior associate in Washington DC. Keith Martin and Benjamin Koenigsberg jointly lead the projects group from DC and New York, respectively, and John Mauel in Houston is global co-head of the energy practice.

Practice head(s):

Keith Martin; Benjamin Koenigsberg; John Mauel

Other key lawyers:

Bob Comer; Jonathan Franklin; Joseph Williams; Robert Shapiro; Becky Diffen; Anna Biegelsen

Key clients

TerraForm Power

Ormat

8minutenergy Renewables

GE Energy Financial Services

Eagle Creek Renewable Energy

Enel

NRG Energy

Société Générale

Brookfield

EDF Trading North America

International arbitration Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright’s US-based international arbitration group works seamlessly with its colleagues from across the firm’s global network. Though the department's work reflects the firm’s global reputation in the commercial arbitration space, the team is also adept at handling investment treaty arbitrations, placing particular emphasis on IICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations. The majority of the team is based in the Houston office, and among them are global practice co-head Mark Baker, and Kevin O’Gorman, whom clients have singled out for arbitration initiated in relation to oil and gas sector disputes. The team also has a presence in Washington DC, where Matthew Kirtland is a name to note for disputes concerning the recognition and the enforcement of arbitral awards. The team’s client roster mostly consists of large corporations and global financial institutions, although it is also representing sovereigns, the Republic of Kazakhstan being one such example.

Practice head(s):

Mark Baker

Other key lawyers:

Kevin O’Gorman

Testimonials

Strong team with diverse skills across arbitration and experience in state courts

Deep knowledge of arbitration in the oil and gas sector

The team works seamlessly with the client’s in-house legal team and business. The advocacy of Mark Baker and Kevin O’Gorman is exceptional.

Kevin O’Gorman is an exceptional and talented lawyer, whose clients have come to expect creativity and results.

Kevin O’Gorman has deep knowledge of the oil and gas market, and is a skilled advocate in the international arbitration space. He is a problem solver, superb lawyer and advocate. He is clearly a lawyer who takes a passionate interest in his client’s business, aims and objectives and selflessly strives to get the best result possible for his clients. Kevin is always able to build a valuable and genuine rapport with tribunals, ensuring his submissions are treated with respect at all times.

Key clients

Noble Energy

Vicinay Cadenas

Mobil Investments Canada

Flowserve

Gold Reserve Corporation

NNPC

The Republic of Kazakhstan

Chevron

Shell

Halliburton

Martin-Baker Aircraft Company

International tax Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is especially active in the energy, financial services, and healthcare sectors, where it advises on cross-border M&A, financing transactions and large-scale commercial deals. Headed by Andrius Kontrimas in the Houston office, the global tax team has ben particularly active in deals involving Canadian acquirers, and also regularly works alongside its colleagues in Canada and London to handle complex transactions involving various EMEA jurisdictions, Australia, the US and Canada. Robert Morris and William Cavanagh jointly lead the US tax group. The firm has made a number of hires to strengthen its transactional tax service and its tax controversy practice. Of particular note, David Burton joined in New York from Mayer Brown in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

Andrius Kontrimas

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright is excellent in developing strategy to deal with IRS controversies; also very creative with estate planning strategies.’

Charles Hall and Robert Morris are very creative and attentive to our business needs and how to help us find a way to solve our differences with the IRS in a mutually acceptable way.’

Keith Martin is an unparalleled legal tax mind.’

Joseph Sleeth is very creative and attentive to our affairs to keep our estate planning strategy up to date and help us take advantage of new planning ideas and changes in the estate tax law.’

Key clients

HSBC

Shire Pharmaceuticals Group

Deutsche Finance International (DFI)

JP Morgan Asset Management

Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC)

Energizer Holdings

SNIPUT

Exin Financial Services Holding

Laurentian Bank

I Squared Capital

Quatar Petroleum

Braskem

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP climbs the ranking this year due to its powerful combination of regulatory enforcement and securities litigation capability, which it delivers through a network of offices across the US and internationally. With securities litigation skills in Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, New York, Washington DC and many other jurisdictions, the firm is well-placed to handle matters relating to industry hotspots, such as the emerging technology sector in Austin. The firm is also a key player in litigation involving the energy sector, and it has a growing presence in cases arising from the life sciences, biotechnology and financial services industries. Kevin Harnisch in DC leads the practice, in which Houston-based global head of disputes Gerard Pecht handles big-ticket securities litigation and SEC enforcement matters. Rodney Acker in Dallas is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Harnisch

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Flotek Industries

Lek Securities Corp.

XBiotech USA, Inc.

Bellicum Pharmaceuticals

Sierra Oncology

Uranium Energy

Earthstone Energy

Erin Energy

MoneyGram

Payment Data Systems, Inc.

Concordia International

Scottsdale Capital Advisors Corp.

Citizens Inc.

Rackspace Hosting

Structured finance: securitization Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a diverse range of work, including securitization of trade recievables, debt and settlement revenues, and renewables and infrastructure-related work, which frequently involves assets elsewhere in the Americas. Patrick Dolan is the primary contact; he has extensive experience in ABS and MBS, and has also handled more exotic securitizations including PACE bonds, aircraft leases and tax liens.

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly skilled in the areas of trademark processing, registration and prosecution. Minneapolis-based Timothy Kenny leads the team and recently advised the credit rating agency Fair Isaac on its rebranding strategy as FICO. Alicia Morris Groos in Austin is another contact in the practice group; she recently assisted the bakery chain Tiff’s Treats with the registration of various new products.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Kenny

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Fair Isaac Corporation

FICO

SHOPHQ

Tiff’s Treats

US taxes: contentious Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a range of domestic and cross-border tax matters, and is noted in particular for its expertise in the energy industry. The tax group is jointly headed by Houston-based Robert Morris, who handles tax controversy for a host of offshore drilling companies and energy-sector clients including Noble Corporation and Diamond Offshore Drilling, and William Cavanagh in New York, who has an active transactional practice, but also represents clients in disputes with state and federal tax authorities. Robert Kovacev and Steven Kuntz are other key figures, in Washington DC and Houston, respectively. Also of note, the team has made a few recent additions to its New York office: David Burton joined from Mayer Brown, while white-collar defense lawyers Mayling Blanco and Carlos Ortiz joined from Blank Rome LLP.

Practice head(s):

Robert Morris; William Cavanagh

Testimonials

The practice is excellent in developing a strategy to deal with IRS controversies; it is also very creative with estate planning strategies.

Charles Hall and Robert Morris are both very creative, attentive to our business needs, and help us find a way to solve our differences with the IRS in a mutually acceptable way.’

Joseph Sleeth helps us take advantage of new planning ideas and changes in the estate tax law.’

Key clients

Meredith Corporation

Delek US Holdings

Diamond Offshore Drilling

Nabors Industries

Bluescape Resources Company

Vega Energy Partners

Noble Corporation

Baker Hughes Co.

Adams Offshore

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's tax team advises clients on cross-border M&A and private equity and hedge fund formation, and is especially strong in energy taxation, where it has 'deep industry knowledge' of the renewables sector. Robert Morris in Houston jointly heads the practice group alongside William Cavanagh in New York, who specializes in corporate, partnership and private equity taxation. Jack Allender is another key contact in Houston, while Dallas-based William Bowers focuses on federal income tax planning. The firm further strengthened its tax practice with the addition of David Burton, who has 'exceptional market knowledge' and 'insight' into the renewable energy tax space. Burton joined the firm's New York office from Mayer Brown in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

William Cavanagh; Robert Morris

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Deep industry knowledge and broad experience across a range of transactions relevant to our business.’

‘Encyclopedic in the relevant areas of tax law and practice; very commercial and effective at getting complicated transactions across the finish line.’

‘David Burton – Exceptional market knowledge and insights within the renewable energy tax space.’

Key clients

C2 Energy Capital

Laurentian Bank of Canada

John L. Wortham & Sons

Tervita Corporation

Shell Oil

Deutsche Bank Securities

GE Energy Financial Services

ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Bombardier

Noble Drilling

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright acts for clients on both sides of the fence in a wide variety of antitrust claims including RICO claims and business torts. Other topics covered range from monopolization and price discrimination to restraint of trade. The New York-based Robin Adelstein heads the US antitrust practice and regularly demonstrates experience with pharmaceuticals and consumer products industries. In Houston, Layne Kruse unites business and antitrust litigation with industry expertise in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Eliot Turner is located in the same office and provides key support when defending claims brought under Section 1 and 2 of the Sherman act.

Practice head(s):

Robin Adelstein

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Willis-Knighton Hospital System, Louisiana

Phillips 66

CHRISTUS

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Bausch + Lomb

Fintech Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's fintech practice is rated for its 'knowledge of current developments in US national and worldwide cryptocurrency and blockchain industry'. The multi-disciplinary practice group is jointly led by regulatory and commercial litigation partner Ronald David Smith in Dallas, and New York-based Andrew Lom, who advises investment funds and financial institutions on transactional and regulatory matters. The group also benefits from strong intellectual property and data privacy capabilities. Paul Keller in New York is a name to note for patent and trade secrets matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lom; Ronald Smith

Other key lawyers:

Paul Keller; Nathan Rees; Chuck Powell

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fullbright (NRF) possess knowledge of current developments in  US national and worldwide cryptocurrency and blockchain industry business, particularly issues that may impact participants of project worldwide. NRF appreciate the short, medium and long-term implications of our business proposal, and think strategically about the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and help us navigate to avoid legal issues that are likely to occur in this young industry sector.

Sean Murphy and Rachel Browndorf have been demonstrating a thorough knowledge of blockchain business-related legal issues and provided our Swiss Foundation relevant expertise to avoid financial market law violation in all critical jurisdictions of operations.

NRF’s smart contract/blockchain team are embedded in several national organizations discussing the impact of smart contracting on the legal world, and have relevant case studies and expertise to bring.  We have collaborated on several conferences and presentations to Oil Industry specific groups about smart contracting and the presence of NRF and their partner’s contributions to those events was very well received.  They are on the cutting edge of making natural language contracts more measurable.  We have spoken with other large firms who are also interested in the space but are several years behind NRF. Also, their startup team has been integral to our fundraising efforts and very supportive as well as reasonably priced.

Chuck Powell has held our hand throughout the fundraising process and in dealing with our investors and our board, and through his experience and demeanor has deftly managed a number of issues.  He has also adroitly deployed the NRF network of partners for specific events and conferences with us.

Norton Rose Fulbright delivers outstanding legal services and advice to our trade association. Our industry faces a lot of regulatory uncertainty, and Norton Rose Fulbright has an uncommon commitment to serving our needs, and the courage to give us straight answers.

Key clients

Adbank

Regen Network

Nexus Mutual

Lendingblock

Data Gumbo

Moneygram International

Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation

Entoro Capital and Entoro Securities

Escaroo

General commercial disputes Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's large international network gives it an advantage in cross-border disputes, but its US litigation department is also highly active in impressive cases for domestic clients at both state and federal trial level. A significant area of growth has been in antitrust litigation. Layne Kruse from the Houston office is representing Phillips 66 in an antitrust class action pending in California federal court which alleges the fixing of gasoline prices. Elsewhere, Stephen Dillard is defending Vulcan Materials Company against 25 separate lawsuits brought by water companies and municipalities in the State of New York for alleged groundwater contamination. Other key lawyers include co-heads of the commercial litigation team Thomas McCormack and Scott Incerto, who are involved in prominent litigation. Noted trial lawyer McCormack, acting as counsel to client Africard, attached a $35m townhouse in Manhattan owned by Niger in order to enforce a $46m judgment against the sovereign state, while Incerto is representing Farmers Group in an insurance class action in Texas.

Practice head(s):

Richard Krumholz; Thomas McCormack; Scott Incerto

Other key lawyers:

Judith Archer; Jeffrey Margulies; Thomas Hall; Spencer Persson; Beau Cox; Layne Kruse; Stephen Dillard

Testimonials

We have worked with the NRF team for quite a number of years on a number of different mandates and they have never failed to provide timely, understandable and focused advice. they are our go-to team in NY and our start point for any dispute in the US.

Tom Hall for his approachability and availability and his willingness to give advice on a tiered basis; high-level experience based first, followed by thought-through researched opinion pieces. Robert Schwinger has helped on some assignments too and is highly knowledgeable and user friendly.

Key clients

Shell

Willis-Knighton Health System

Phillips 66

Robert Bosch Tools

Pfizer

ExxonMobil

Ascension Health

Farmers New World Life Insurance Company

Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a wide range of transactional and regulatory services in the healthcare sector. On the transactional side the team handles M&A deals involving regulatory issues and affiliations, and on the regulatory side it has extensive experience in third party reimbursement rules and in False Claims Act and fraud litigation. Debbi Johnstone in Houston heads the group. The New York team, led by Andrew Roth, has a niche presence in medical school accreditation. The department has a strong presence in Texas with offices in Austin and Dallas, as well as in Washington DC and St Louis.

Practice head(s):

Debbi Johnstone

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Roth; Jerry Bell; Thomas Dowdell; Denise Webb Glass

Testimonials

‘Their bench strength is terrific’

‘Very strong in US healthcare’

Key clients

Milford Hospital

Memorial Hermann Health System

Texas Health Resources

Kalispell Regional Healthcare

Fairview Health System

Providence Health System

Baylor Scott & White Health

Duke University Health System

Seton Family of Hospitals

Drexel University College of Medicine

Methodist Hospitals of Dallas

Intermountain Healthcare

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's life sciences department is divided into teams handing product liability, merger clearance and antitrust litigation, IP, and data privacy matters. Austin-based chief operating officer Stacey Martinez specializes in product liability cases and matters involving exposure to toxic substances, while Debbi Johnstone in Houston has a wealth of experience in M&A, joint venture, compliance and reimbursement matters. Dallas-based D’Lesli Davis is noted for mass tort and product liability cases, and Carol Poindexter in Washington DC has extensive regulatory and litigation experience. The team also handles false advertising matters, and is representing ProvePharm in its false advertising claims against Akorn pertaining inaccurate labeling and marketing relating to methylene blue and its use to treat methemoglobinemia.

Practice head(s):

Debbi Johnstone; Stacey Martinez

Other key lawyers:

Robin Adelstein; D’Lesli Davis; Carol Poindexter

Testimonials

The antitrust team let by Robin Adelstein is uniquely pragmatic. She attracts top talent to the group and is able to bring in interesting cases and achieve optimal results. Moreover, the team, through Adelstein has a clear focus on antitrust in the life sciences space, giving them an advantage over some peers who focus purely on antitrust, without the very specific focus on life sciences. The team also appropriately staffs cases, but there is always significant oversight by partners‘.

Robin Adelstein is at the top of her game. She brings the pragmatism of an in-house lawyer, spending a large amount of her career working for large companies, including as the United States GC for a large pharmaceutical business. She is tireless in her efforts and understands the needs from an in-house perspective. Antitrust is not always pragmatic, but she brings this practicality to the practice, because she understands how a business needs to operate to be successful. She is always available if necessary‘.

Key clients

Medidata Solutions

Therapure Biopharma

ProvePharm

Bausch Health Companies

XBiotech USA

Mission Pharmacal

Sierra Oncology

Bausch Health Americas (a subsidiary of Bausch Health Companies)

Boston Scientific

Abbott Laboratories

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out through its combination of cross-border strength, a highly successful PTAB practice and its in-depth knowledge of the patent issues underlying autonomous vehicles. The US team shoulders a busy district and Federal Circuit caseload, with ITC experience to boot, and can look back on a long string of successes in IPRs and covered business method reviews. With degrees in a wide spread of disciplines, including electrical, civil and mechnical engineering as well as physics, pharmaceuticals and biochemistry, the versatile team appeals to a varied client base, including many major international companies which benefit not only from the firm's domestic strength, but also from its global network spanning five continents. Charles Walker, the head of IP disputes, and James Repass, the global head of IP, are both based in Houston. Gina Shishima, the US head of intellectual property, is based in the Austin office. Felicia Boyd joined the Minneapolis office from Barnes & Thornburg LLP in November 2019, adding her broad IP practice in a key US location to the team. Other key offices are in Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Laura Borst left the firm and Paul Keller joined Allen & Overy LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Charles Walker; Gina Shishima; James Repass

Other key lawyers:

Richard Zembek; Daniel Leventhal; Brett Govett; David Heskel Ben-Meir; Jeffrey Lewis

Key clients

AT&T

Bookings.com

Expedia Inc.

Machinex Industries, Inc.

Match Group, LLC

Priceline.com

Proppant Express

Investments, LLC

Qualcomm Incorporated

Transocean Offshore

Deepwater Drilling Inc.

Uni-Systems

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright has a significant financial restructuring and insolvency practice group, which is mainly headquartered in New York and Dallas but shows a strong presence in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In 2019, the team dealt with numerous international restructurings and Chapter 15 cases in different fields and countries, including Canada (with Eric Daucher acting for the court-appointed monitor of Sears) and Brazil (where Andrew Rosenblatt follows the bankruptcy case of a drilling and oil and gas services company). Additionally, Howard Beltzer represented Deutsche Bank in the Chapter 11 of a helicopter leasing company. This 'broad bench of highly experienced practitioners' is led by co-heads Howard Seife and Louis Strubeck.

Practice head(s):

Howard Seife; Louis Strubeck

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great experience on complex cross border insolvency matters and in working for foreign insolvency officeholders’

‘Howard Seife is an extremely experienced litigator and an excellent tactician with great manners in dealing with issues. Andrew Rosenblatt is very experienced in complex cross border matters, great to work with, works extremely hard and is very responsive’

‘Norton has a broad bench of highly experienced practitioners who have seen everything. They are particularly strong in cross-border matters’

‘Howard Beltzer is exceptionally knowledgeable, delivers high-quality results, has a tremendous depth of experience, and knows when to be combative’

‘Always impressed by the level of their expertise and the depth of their knowledge’

‘Andrew Rosenblatt and Eric Daucher are individually and collectively stand out partners in the New York market. Andrew is hugely experienced and adroit at leading his team drawing on cross border experience from countless cases; he has seen and been involved in most cases that matter from a cross border insolvency perspective. Eric’s knowledge of the law and ability to quickly and seamlessly pinpoint the relevant issues make him a joy to work with’

Key clients

Mercuria Energy Group

FTI Consulting Canada

Dean Foods

Elk Petroleum

Independent Directors of Claire’s

Board of Directors of Windstream Holdings

Francis Drilling Fluids

Bank of New York Mellon

NextEra Energy

Delaware Trust

Citibank

Banco Bradesco

BMW

Commerzbank

Bank of America

Cortland Capital Markets

AT&T

Shell

Texas Capital Bank

HSBC Bank

JP Morgan Chase

Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's global IP group is led by Minneapolis-based Timothy Kenny, who has extensive experienced handling trademark disputes before the federal court and at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Also in Minneapolis is Felicia Boyd, who recently joined the firm from Barnes & Thornburg LLP; she specializes in trademark and trade dress infringement cases.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Kenny

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Boltex Manufacturing

Fair Isaac Corporation (d/b/a FICO)

Graco

SHOPHQ

Merger control Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright accompanies clients from a wide range of industries in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures from start to finish. The department analyzes antitrust implications of proposed transactions, determines the required filings and secures agency clearance. Robin Adelstein in New York heads up the antitrust and competition practice group. The Washington DC-based Daniel Wellington plays a key role in the merger team, where he represents clients such as health care providers, hospitals, physicians and provider networks in sales and acquisitions. In January 2019 Vic Domen joined from the Tennessee Attorney General's office and Amanda Wait moved from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Practice head(s):

Robin Adelstein

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Willis-Knighton Hospital System, Louisiana

Phillips 66

CHRISTUS

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Bausch + Lomb

Real estate Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright is known for its involvement in large-scale joint development projects across the US; however clients have noted the team's 'broad knowledge base', spanning acquisitions, financing and leasing across asset classes including shopping centers, medical office buildings and hospital facilities, and energy and industrial properties. Headed by San Antonio-based John Jennings, the team acts for development companies, institutional and private equity investors, bank lenders, institutional landlords and corporate tenants.

Practice head(s):

John Jennings

Other key lawyers:

Marc Shapiro; Katherine Tapley

Testimonials

‘For a really large firm, the attorneys are very personable and take an interest in your company and the work. They are particularly great when it is crunch time and you need a lot of resources brought to the table. They also have a broad knowledge base.’

‘Katy Van Dyke and Emily Jueng are very capable Associates who are fun to work with. Josh Bernstein is very knowledgeable and can find multiple ways to solve a problem.’

Key clients

BDT Capital Partners

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America

JPI

Charles Schwab

Capital Senior Living Corporation

Daiwa House

Knighthead Funding

Forestar (USA) Real Estate Group

Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Caydon USA Services

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. It provides the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. It has more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of practice: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. It provides the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. It has more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Recognized for its industry focus, Norton Rose Fulbright is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through its global risk advisory group, Norton Rose Fulbright leverages its industry experience with knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide its clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever it is, Norton Rose Fulbright operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. It aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

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Offices:  We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in: msterdam ● Athens ● Austin ● Bangkok ● Beijing ● Brisbane ● Brussels ● Bujumbura** ● Calgary ● Canberra ● Cape Town ● Casablanca ● Dallas ● Denver ● Dubai ● Durban ● Frankfurt ● Hamburg ● Harare** ● Hong Kong ● Houston ● Istanbul ● Jakarta* ● Johannesburg ● Kampala** ● London ● Los Angeles ● Luxembourg ● Melbourne ● Mexico City ● Milan ● Minneapolis ● Monaco ● Montréal ● Moscow ● Munich ● New York ● Nairobi** ● Ottawa ● Paris ● Perth ● Piraeus ● Port Moresby ● Québec ● Rio de Janeiro ● Riyadh* ● San Antonio ● San Francisco ● São Paulo ● Shanghai ● Singapore ● St. Louis ● Sydney ● Tokyo ● Toronto ● Vancouver ● Warsaw ● Washington DC
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Global Key Contacts
Financial institutions:
James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology and innovation: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

Number of partners (worldwide):  1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide):  2,000+
Total staff: 7,000+

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, United States Jeff Cody
Vice Chair, United States Andrew Giaccia
US head of intellectual property Jim Repass
US head of dispute resolution and litigation Richard Krumholz
US head of business practice Gene Lewis
Chief Operations Partner, United States Gina Shishima
Financial institutions Michael Steindorf
Energy Eddie Lewis
Energy John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Douglas Fried
Life sciences and healthcare Debbi Johnstone
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Douglas Buchanan
Life sciences and healthcare Stacey Martinez
Technology and innovation Richard Zembek
Transport Brian Devine
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