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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
CENTURY TOWER PLAZA, 2029 CENTURY PARK EAST
SUITE 2400
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
United States

Government relations Tier 1

Highly regarded by clients and peers alike, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is one of the clear go-to firms for public policy matters. The lobbying group is overseen by Hunter Bates and Brian Pomper. Allison Binney is a key contact for Native American law, and Susan Lent specializes in transport and infrastructure matters. Also recommended are James Romney Tucker and Arshi Siddiqui. Practice founder Joel Jankowsky retired from the partnership in 2019, but remains active in the group.

Practice head(s):

 Hunter Bates; Brian Pomper 

Other key lawyers:

Joel Jankowsky; Arshi Siddiqui; Scott David Parven; Susan Lent; John Jonas; Allison Binney

Testimonials

It’s clear the Akin Gump is the industry leaders, they understand the needs of the government.’

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Financial restructuring at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP started with a focus on creditor clients (committees, bondholders, and companies) and then expanded into the debtor and distressed companies side. Now the group is at the forefront in both areas and features a very strong bench of New York-based attorneys of the caliber of global co-head Daniel Golden, co-administrative partners Abid Qureshi and Philip Dublin, and highly praised Ira  Dizengoff. Their team acted in the most significant restructuring and bankruptcy deals in the latest years, including Insys Therapeutics, PG&E Corporation, and Purdue Pharma. The practice stands out for being able to 'tap the excellent resources of other areas of expertise' if needed, and strong collaboration with the firm's London office.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Golden; Abid Qureshi; Philip Dublin

Other key lawyers:

Ira Dizengoff; Arik Preis; Scott Alberino; Katherine Lindsay

Testimonials

‘The Akin Gump restructuring team is the perfect blend of deep, thoughtful analysis and hard-hitting, creative action. Thinkers and doers – and this culture extends from top down. They are high touch with client interaction and understand their clients’ needs and desires and tailor the answers and action appropriately. Rigorous in their legal analysis, creative in approach, and ultimately commercial in helping to find and craft the right deal. A full-service approach delivered in a personable manner – truly a trusted advisor’

‘Outstanding array of individual attorneys, each with different styles and specializations. Ira Dizengoff is a principled, jocular leader with a specialty in strategy; gauging human behavior and reaction and getting two sides together. He’s highly energetic yet also with a calm demeanor that brings comfort when engaged in advanced discussions. Arik Preis is bold and fearless in engaging the other side, and informed by stellar legal analysis; very sharp. Scott Alberino is a talented game manager, managing his team as well as managing the actions and expectations of various clients to forge positive action – good judge of character and motives of various disparate parties and is able to strategize to find common ground. Talented legal mind. Kate Lindsay – very talented document attorney – manages turn after often endless turn of documents with aplomb and ease’

‘The Akin team is best in class – they not only have great expertise and experience but they are outside the box thinkers and spend great time with their clients making sure the end goal is achieved in the most efficient way possible’

‘When the Akin team is involved in a situation they are engaged from start to finish and focused the entire time. You never have any issue getting any of the partners at any time. They have one of the deepest benches in the industry’

‘Very commercial lawyers. Depth of the team sets them apart – in many instances you are getting the same level of advice if you are dealing with a senior partner, a junior partner or counsel. The breath of their experience allows for a wide range of options to their clients’

Key clients

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network

FirstEnergy Solutions, Corp

An Ad Hoc Group of Unsecured Noteholders of Frontier Communications Corporation

Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Noteholders of Hexion

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the iHeartMedia and certain of its affiliates

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Insys Therapeutics

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Nine West Holdings

The Ad Hoc Committee of Senior Unsecured Noteholders of Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Informal group of creditors of Parker Drilling Company

Payless Holdings and its debtor and non-debtor affiliates

Perkins & Marie Callender’s

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Purdue Pharma LP

Sanchez Energy Corporation

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Sears Holdings Corporation and its affiliated debtors

An Ad Hoc Crossover Group of Secured Lenders And Unsecured Noteholders of Sungard Availability Services Capital

The Ad Hoc Noteholder Committee of Weatherford International

Corporate governance Tier 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's NewYork-based corporate governance team fields a number of lawyers with experience working at the SEC, and routinely works alongside its white-collar and public policy groups to provide multi-disciplinary advice on public companies and securities compliance as well as FCPA and bribery issues. Headed by Jeffrey Kochian, the team advises clients on all areas of corporate governance and shareholder activism, ranging from SEC filings and securities transactions to fiduciary duties and shareholder relation policies. Recent standout highlights included representing the special committee of the board of Papa John's, following a scandal involving its former CEO. Contacts in the Houston office include Christine LaFollette and John Goodgame.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kochian

Key clients

Verso Corporation

WMIH Corp.

US Concrete

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Papa John’s International

Sorenson Communications

Laredo Petroleum

Landmark Infrastructure Partners

Noble Energy

EOG Resources

Shell Midstream Partners

Diamondback Energy

Cimarex Energy Co.

Rattler Midstream

Conflicts Committee of Summit Midstream Partners

Enterprise Products Partners

SRC Energy

Highland Capital

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

The 'very highly rated' team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is steeped in the nuances and commercial realities of transactional work within the sector for an impressive roster of publicly traded energy/oil and gas companies, including Diamondback Energy, which it advised on its $9.2bn acquisition of Energen Corporation. The team is headed out of Houston by Christine LaFollette and John Goodgame, who both have significant experience across a range of corporate and financing transactions in the sector, with Goodgame benefiting from particular strength in transactions related to master limited partnerships (MLPs). At a more junior level, David Sweeney continues to impress clients in the market in relation to oil and gas-related M&A and financing  transactions. Leveraging the firm's high-calibre insolvency/financing offering from New York, the team is regularly instructed by bondholder clients in big-ticket oil and gas restructurings, an area where it benefits not only from strong US capabilities but also globally - most notably out of London.

Practice head(s):

Christine LaFollette; John Goodgame

Other key lawyers:

Michael Byrd; David Elder; Seth Molay; David Sweeney

Testimonials

A very highly-rated team.

Key clients

Genesis Energy, L.P.

Diamondback Energy, Inc.

EOG Resources, Inc.

Valero Energy Partners LP

Gulfport Energy Corp.

Sanchez Energy Corp.

Cimarex Energy Corp.

NGP Energy Capital Management

EP Energy

Noble Energy

Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Total S.A.

Tellurian Inc.

BP Midstream Partners LP

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Tapping into a 'very strong project finance' and M&A capability spread throughout the firm's network of offices on the East and West coasts, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provides a 'very high-quality of service and work product' to clients engaged in the acquisition, disposal and financing of all aspects of renewables and sustainability projects. Washington DC-based partner John Marciano  is co-head of the firm's global project finance group and provides an 'exceptional service' to developers and financiers engaged in solar and wind energy projects. Both Marciano and Los Angeles-based partner Matthew Nesburn are particularly adept at advising on tax equity financings, an area where they are noted for their ability to 'balance legal skill with an exceptional commercial sense that is rare among big-law lawyers'. Los Angeles-based global project finance co-head Daniel Sinaiko  combines his very strong financing capability with a growing M&A deal flow across a wide range of energy projects, including many renewables mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Marciano; Daniel Sinaiko

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Dupuis; Matthew Nesburn; Gregory Lavigne, Jr; Sam Kamyans; Andrea Lucan; Zachary Wittenberg

Testimonials

The firm has a very strong project finance offering.

The firm is very well-versed in all aspects of renewable energy which include project financing, tax law implications, partnership structuring as well as fund structuring.

The firm has both the depth and breadth in talent and experience, and provides a very high quality of service and work product.

John Marciano and Matthew Nesburn know the market inside out and balance legal skill with an exceptional commercial sense that is rare among big-law lawyers.

Matthew Nesburn and John Marciano are amongst the most knowledgeable experts in the renewable energy space.

Key clients

SunPower Corporation

Engie North America, Inc.

Sunnova

Goldman Sachs Renewable Power

PNC Energy Capital

SunTrust Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Distributed Solar Development (a GE Renewable Energy Venture)

CIT Bank

NRG Energy

Cubico Sustainable Investments

AES

Lincoln Clean Energy

Ørsted

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP houses a team which is highly specialized in the financing of motion picture and television productions, with a strong track record in lender-side work, representing investment banks, funds, and commercial banks. Additionally, the firm is highly experienced in cross-border financing and advises several high-profile clients across Asia and the Middle East on their investments into the US entertainment space. LA-based Christopher Spicer chairs the practice, and recently advised Comerica Bank in connection with a $100m credit facility provided to Bron Studios, in addition to a $17m senior secured loan for the film Bombshell. Veteran practitioner John Burke remains a notable face within the media team due to his strong track record across the spectrum of lender and investor work, while Marissa Román Griffith and Alissa Miller have both seen recent instructions relating to bankruptcies in the media sector.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Spicer

Key clients

Allegory Films

American Film Institute

Bank of America, N.A.

China Media Corporation

CIT Bank

City National Bank

Comerica Bank

Content Partners

East West Bank

Hudson Private

Ingenious Investments Ltd.

JPMorgan Chase Securities

Media Content Capital

Media Guarantors Insurance Solutions

Media Rights Capital

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Narrative Capital Partners

Portfolio Funding Company

RatPac Dune Entertainment

SunTrust Bank

XYZ Films

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 3

Stephen Vine and Prakash Mehta lead the hedge funds practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, which represents mid-market and institutional fund sponsors and managers in the formation of hedge and hybrid funds. The firm draws on its global footprint to provide advice on the regulatory framework governing hedge fund activity in Hong Kong, as well as in Europe and the US. Kelli Moll is a key contact at the firm; she is experienced in forming hedge and credit funds, funds-of-one, and managed accounts, as well structuring seed capital arrangements and compensation plans. Eliot Raffkind, who works across the firm's Dallas and Houston offices, focuses his practice on the representation of investment managers and advising on portfolio investing activities. Senior counsel Caryn Greenspan is also recommended. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Vine; Prakash Mehta

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is particularly strong is cybersecurity matters, where it advises clients on a full range of issues from M&A due diligence to incident response. It is also very active in privacy class action litigation and regulatory compliance, especially in relation to internet-of-things and emerging technology. San Francisco-based Natasha Kohne and Michelle Reed in Dallas — both of whom frequently handle data breach investigations, regulatory actions and class action litigation — jointly head the team alongside Washington DC-based Jo-Ellyn Sakowitz Klein, who advises on data privacy matters with a focus on the health and life sciences sectors. The group also benefits from the ability to bring in experts from other of the firm's practice groups, including public law and policy, government contracts, investment funds, antitrust, and international trade.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Reed; Natasha Kohne

Other key lawyers:

Jo-Ellyn Sakowitz Klein

Key clients

VIZIO

Centerpoint Energy

Metro New York

Nuvasive

Franciscan Health

Hydro Flask

OXO

Helen of Troy

Eastman Kodak Company

Government contracts Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP was recently strengthened by the addition of experienced government contracts lawyer Angela Styles, who has over two decades of practicing experience, and joined the team from Crowell & Moring LLP. Headed by Robert Huffman, who also leads the firm's national security practice, the team handles the full range of matters for aerospace and defense contractors, including intellectual property and transactions, areas where Scott Heimberg is a key contact. The team bid protests and international investigations work in conjunction with lawyers in the firm's litigation practice. Susan Lent heads the firm’s infrastructure and transportation practice, acting for contractor clients in those sectors. Associate Elise Farrell is developing a reputation for advising on export regulations.

Practice head(s):

Robert Huffman

Key clients

United Technologies Corporation (including Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS))

AM General

Raytheon

Lockheed Martin

Textron

Apollo

Delaware North

Fujitsu Defense and National Security Corp.

American International Contractors (Special Projects)

Texas Guaranteed

CoreCivic

Trinity Industries

International trade Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has demonstrated strengths in export control laws, sanctions programs, customs law, and national security reviews of foreign investment. Contacts in the group include Lars-Erik Hjelm, who has experience serving in multiple capacities at the US Customs Service; Thomas McCarthy, a name to note for trade policy matters; and Bernd Janzen, who focuses on antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Thomas McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 3

The team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is noted for its experience in wage-and-hour class actions and equal employment opportunity litigation and arbitration cases. It is also active in labor-related insolvency cases, in particular in the coal and retail industry.  In the employment space, key clients are the NFL and Home Depot for which Washington DC's Daniel Nash and Donna Mezias are the respective key contacts. Bob Lian, also in Washington DC, heads up the practice and is experienced in class actions and restrictive covenants. Other prominent practitioners from this office are Stacey Eisenstein, Nate Oleson and Esther Lander. New York-based Richard Rabin is an employment specialist in the investment management area. In Los Angeles, Greg Knopp and Gary McLaughlin have a comprehensive background in Californian and international employment law. The specialist in Houston is Brian Patterson.

Practice head(s):

Bob Lian

Key clients

National Football League

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Starbucks

Home Depot

Coach

VCA Animal Hospitals

Life Alert Emergency Response

Academy Ltd

Quanta Services, Inc.

Baker Hughes

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP represents fund sponsors and managers in a variety of matters, covering fund formation and structuring, fundraisings, joint ventures and spin-outs. Clients include major PE houses such as Apollo and Invictus, alongside a range of international players, targeted industry funds, middle-market firms, and institutional investors. Key figures in the team include Barbara Niederkofler, who recently acted for Intermediate Capital Group in a novel transaction involving the creation of an entity through which a Chinese-sponsored PE fund could acquire a US company; and DC-based Fadi Samman, who has been involved in the formation of multiple high-value private funds over the past year, particularly in the real estate sector. The practice is jointly led by Prakash Mehta and Stephen Vine. All lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Vine; Prakash Mehta

Other key lawyers:

Ann Tadajewski; Fadi Samman; Eliot Raffkind; Blayne Grady; Barbara Niederkofler; James Deeken

Key clients

Mubadala Capital

BentallGreenOak (FKA GreenOak Real Estate)

Lubert-Adler Management Company

Iron Point Partners

Apollo Global Management

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Juniper Hill Capital Management

Invictus Capital Management

Geronimo Energy

Twenty First Century Utilities

Fir Tree Capital Management

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s issuer-focused practice draws on the wider firm’s signature oil and gas offering to specialize in representing energy companies, particularly master limited partnerships (MLPs), on debt capital markets transactions. The group is also well known for advising private equity funds, and their portfolio companies, on the full range of public and private debt deals. Houston-based John Goodgame co-heads the firm's global corporate practice, is active in capital markets and consistently acts for energy companies on capital raising transactions. The group also includes New York’s Rosa Testani, who is highlighted as a ‘capital markets expert’ for her experience advising private equity funds, portfolio companies and other corporations on corporate finance work. Additional contacts include Houston’s Christine LaFollette and Dallas-based Seth Molay. Vincent Kendrick retired from the partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):

John Goodgame; Jeffrey Kochian

Testimonials

Akin Gump has true subject matter expertise and staffs assignments with the appropriate mix of attorneys to provide top-notch, responsive service.’

Rosa Testani is a capital markets expert. She has tremendous business sense and an unrelenting drive to get deals done.’

Key clients

Alliance Data Systems

Construction Partners, Inc.

CEVA Logistics AG

Diamondback Energy

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc.

FirstEnergy Corp.

Genesis Energy, L.P.

Gulfport Energy Corp.

Laredo Petroleum

Mammoth Energy Services, Inc.

Noble Energy, Inc.

NBL Midstream, LLC

Sanchez Energy Corporation

Viper Energy Partners LP

Warrior Met Coal, Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities

Cartel Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP handles numerous criminal antitrust matters involving internal investigations, grand jury proceedings, immunity and leniency negotiations, plea bargains, trials and sentencings, as well as representations of non-target witnesses. Department head Corey Roush is the key contact in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Corey Roush

Other key lawyers:

Gorav Jindal; Haidee Schwartz

General commercial disputes Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP continues to be involved in high-end, complex litigation which often proceeds to appellate level. Stephen Baldini heads the litigation team from the firm's New York office; his areas of expertise include complex bankruptcy litigation and investor disputes. In recent highlights, Pratik Shah from the DC office scored a 7-1 Supreme Court victory for Allina Health Services in a Medicare Act rule challenge worth billions of dollars in hospital payments. In other major engagements, Mike Warnecke led a large Dallas-based team, which obtained a Supreme Court ruling in favor of Trinity Industries in a long-running FCA suit worth $682m, while Susan Leader in LA is representing Evans Hotels in RICO and antitrust litigation brought by labor unions in California federal court. Other leading attorneys include corporate and securities expert Mitchell Hurley in New York and Neal Ross Marder in LA. 2019 saw the retirement of commercial litigation veteran Robert Johnson.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Baldini

Other key lawyers:

Pratik Shah; Julius Chen; Mike Warnecke; Joseph Sorkin; Michael Asaro; Scott Barnard; Neal Ross Marder; Susan Leader; Michael Stortz; Seamus Duffy;

Key clients

Allina Health Services

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Alcresta Therapeutics

FirstEnergy Solutions

McDonald’s

Trinity Industries

Mangrove Capital

FORT

Caesars Entertainment

Fluence

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Nine West Holdings

Civitas Capital Management

Civitas West Village Fund

C.R. England

Vizio

Crunch San Diego

Evans Hotels

AT&T

Comcast

Fast Retailing USA

Merger control Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP performs multijurisdictional merger control analyses and is obtained to clear transaction approval in a large number of jurisdictions beyond the US. The team also represents merging or complaining companies in U.S. second requests and EC Phase II merger investigations. Department lead Corey Roush and his antitrust team are based entirely in Washington DC. Thanks to a background in engineering and economics, Gorav Jindal guides particularly clients from the energy sector through transformative transactions. Since joining the firm from the FTC in March 2019, Haidee Schwartz focuses on US and international antitrust agency reviews.

Practice head(s):

Corey Roush

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

VCA, Inc.

Peabody Energy

Inguran LLC

Enterprise Products Partners

7-Eleven, Inc.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

RagingWire Data Centers, Inc.

Antech Diagnostics, Inc.

Neff Rentals

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Houchens

Vallourec

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is especially well versed in cases that require strength at the ITC and in federal courts and benefits from its appellate and PTAB practitioners to offer clients seamless representation in high-stakes litigation. The group includes a strong bench of litigators with a technical or scientific background and successfully attracts a number of Fortune 500 companies as clients, including players from the technology, manufacturing and electronics sectors. Additionally, the firm keeps a finger on the pulse of technological progress through its emerging technologies initiatives which cover AI, autonomous vehicles and smart cities, among others. Steve Maslowski in Philadelphia leads the IP practice, while Cono Carrano in Washington DC shares the lead of the ITC team. Andrew Holtman and Brandon Rash joined the Washington DC team from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP in October 2019, strengthening the firm's ITC, federal court and PTAB offering. Other key offices are in Irvine and San Antonio.

Practice head(s):

Steve Maslowski

Other key lawyers:

Kevin McBride; David Vondle; Cono Carrano

Key clients

3M

Google

Johnson & Johnson

RWJBarnabas Health

Synaptics Incorporated

VIZIO, Inc.

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP defends civil single plaintiffs as well as class actions lawsuits across a range of sectors such as energy, healthcare, industrials, technology, IP and financial services. Located in Washington DC, Corey Roush is responsible for the antitrust litigation team. He handles bet-the-company matters and also presents individuals and corporate executives at the same time. Fairley Spillman shows experience with multidistrict litigation, especially in defense of energy and healthcare clients. March 2019 saw the arrival of Haidee Schwartz in Washington DC, who returned to private practice after working at the FTC.

Practice head(s):

Corey Roush

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their strengths include collaboration, responsiveness, and respect for each other and for lawyers from other firms with whom they have worked on behalf of my company.’  

‘They have done a tremendous job of quickly coming up to speed on very complex topics, offering focused and reliable assessments and advice, and thinking strategically several steps ahead of the issues in front of them.’ 

Key clients

VCA, Inc.

Peabody Energy

Inguran LLC

Enterprise Products Partners

7-Eleven, Inc.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

RagingWire Data Centers, Inc.

Antech Diagnostics, Inc.

Neff Rentals

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Houchens

Vallourec

Project finance Tier 5

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a popular choice, particularly among sponsors, for support on major power and renewables projects. The firm represents a broad range of developers, funds and investors on conventional, wind, and solar projects, as well as energy storage developments and community solar deals. The group's lawyers are well versed across a range of key areas, including debt and tax equity financings. The firm is also doing an increasing amount of work for lenders such as SunTrust Bank and Royal Bank of Canada. The team is jointly led by Daniel Sinaiko in Los Angeles and John Marciano in Washington DC. Other key individuals include Thomas Dupuis and Greg Lavigne in New York.

Practice head(s):

John Marciano; Daniel Sinaiko

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Most commercially and solution minded team in the market. Go-to for structuring deals that will work’

‘John Marciano, best structuring lawyer in the market, as recognized by all advisors’

Key clients

SunPower Corporation

Engie North America

Sunnova

Goldman Sachs Renewable Power

PNC Energy Capital

SunTrust Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Distributed Solar Development, a GE Renewable Energy Venture

CIT Bank

NRG Energy

Cubico Sustainable Investments

AES

Lincoln Clean Energy

Ørsted A/S

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI)

Real estate Tier 5

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is deeply experienced in large-scale multi-state real estate acquisitions and dispositions, as well as in real estate finance and development matters. The practice group has an on-the-ground presence in several major commercial centers across the country, handling all types of major asset classes, including office, retail, industrial, hospitality, data centers and multi-family residential, among others. Los Angeles-based David Phelps leads the department alongside, Marc Epstein in Fort Worth and John Allen Bain in the Dallas office. Clients include investment funds, individual investors and pension funds, commercial and industrial developers, hospitals and government agencies.

Practice head(s):

David Phelps; Marc Epstein; John Allen Bain

Key clients

21C Museum Hotels

ARA Asset Management

Aronov Development

BlackRock Realty Advisors

Burton Way Hotels

CFT NV Developments

Colony Capital (f/k/a Colony NorthStar)

CorePoint Lodging

Diamond Realty Investments

Great Wolf Resorts

Guggenheim Partners

IPI Data Centers Partners Management

Iron Point Partner

Montana Avenue Capital Partners

NewcrestImage

Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

The National Academy Museum and School

TIER REIT

Tom Barrack

VWI Partners

Woodbury Corporation

Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's securities enforcement and litigation practice operates across the US on behalf of institutional and high-profile individual clients in industries such as energy, insurance and financial services. It handles the full range of government investigations, class actions and other private litigation. Stephen Baldini in New York leads the litigation practice in which Dallas-based Scott Barnard represents public companies, directors and officers, broker-dealers and board committees in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits and FINRA securities arbitration. Head of securities enforcement James Benjamin Jr and key partner Michael Asaro in New York are the key contacts for regulatory actions.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Baldini

Key clients

Conflicts Committee of Regency Energy

Conflicts Committee of Energy Transfer Equity/William Williams

Scopia Capital Management

Banro Corporation

CenterPoint Energy

Fred’s Inc.

Mangrove Capital

Cimarex Energy Co.

Domenic J. Dell’Osso, Jr. and Bryan J. Lemmerman

Morgan Stanley

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 6

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has seen an uptick in large-cap M&A mandates, thanks in part to a year of market growth in its core industry strengths. The firm has been engaged in significant and complex energy-sector transactions, with Diamondback's $9.2bn acquisition of Energen being a standout. Houston-based partner Christine LaFollette is a name to note for the firm's energy transactions, having advised SRC Energy on its $1.7bn merger with PDC, in addition to leading several other key transactions. Another area of growth for the firm has been its work with funds, taking advantage of a beneficial environment for strategic acquisitions and distressed M&A. Jeffrey Kochian is co-head of the firm's global corporate practice and is active in M&A. Also recommended are Kerry Berchem and Gerald Brant.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kochian

Key clients

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Brightwood Capital Management

CenterPoint Energy

Commercial Metals Company

Corvex Management

Diamondback Energy

Durational Capital Management

Eastman Kodak Company

Enterprise Products Partners

EOG Resources

Genesis Energy

Holly Energy Partners

Intermediate Capital Group

Laredo Petroleum

LCI

Shell Midstream Partners

Southcross Energy Partners

Stone Energy Corporation

Tall Grass Energy GP

US Concrete

Valero Energy Partners GP

VCA

WildHorse Resource Development

WMIH Corp.

Verso Corporation

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 6

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's varied client roster attests the team's technical and strategic versatility. From start-ups to research centers, universities, government agencies and international corporations, the group offers extensive experience in the main patent litigation district courts, at the PTAB, the Federal Circuit and the ITC. The healthcare and pharmaceutical sector is the practice's mainstay, but the group is also active for major technology and electronics companies. Thanks to the firm's neighboring appellate, international trade and policies departments, the group can draw on additional resources to cover every angle of a case, offering added value to their clients. The Philadelphia-based Steven Maslowski directs the practice, with the San Antonio, New York, Houston, Irvine and Washington DC offices as the other main patent litigation hubs. Kevin Cadwell and David Clonts left for Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in April 2019. Andrew Holtman and Brandon Rash, formerly at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, joined the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Steven Maslowski

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Holtman; Kevin McBride; Cono Carrano; Kirt O’Neill; Daniel Moffett; Dianne Elderkin; Michael Kahn; David Vondle; Ruben Munoz; Brandon Rash

Key clients

3M Company

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

AT&T Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Cornell University

Cytonome/ST, LLC

DIRECTV, LLC

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)

Google

Helen of Troy

Inguran dba STgenetics

Janssen Biotech, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)

Johnson & Johnson

Kaz Inc.

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.

Merck

Microsoft Corporation

New York University

Ono Pharmaceuticals

Pfizer

Pioneer Energy

Pratt & Whitney

RWJBarnabas Health

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Sanofi

Signify

Silver Ventures

Sorenson Communications

Synaptics Incorporated

The Walt Disney Company

VIZIO, Inc.

XY, LLC

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

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s appellate practice is split between Washington DC and Los Angeles, with former assistant to the Solicitor General Pratik Shah and Rex Heinke leading the practice from the two offices, respectively. Reflective of its geographic spread, the group is consistently engaged in matters at the Ninth Court, the California Supreme Court, and the US Supreme Court. Of recent note, Shah led the appellate effort for the respondent in Azar v Allina Health Services, where the US Supreme Court sided with the team on issues concerning administrative law and the Medicare Act. In addition, the practice group has niche strength in Native American law; it recently charted a win for the Gila River Indian Community in an appeal challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act brought before the Ninth Circuit. Alongside healthcare and Native American law issues, the caseload on the courts of appeal side also includes IP, labor, and financial restructuring disputes. James Tysse is a key contact for human rights and civil rights cases, and Julius Chen has significant administrative and constitutional law experience.

Practice head(s):

Rex Heinke; Pratik Shah

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Tremendous agility and responsiveness

Pratik Shah is a superb advocate with a knack for making complex arguments seem simple and compelling.

Pratik Shah is a superlative oral advocate, exceptionally well-prepared and with a calm demeanor. He is also an excellent brief writer.

Key clients

Starbucks Corporation

Google

McDonald’s

Gila River Indian Community

Coca-Cola

Homeaway

MGA Entertainment

America’s Health Insurance Plans

Burton Way Hotels

Apollo Management

Ernst & Young LLP

Chamber of Commerce of The United States

Sorenson Holdings

Asics

Inguran

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

With a solid base in New York, the team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is mostly known for defending financial institutions in investments and enforcement proceedings arising from securities and commodities laws. Expertise in the group includes cases involving insider trading, kickbacks, accounting fraud and market manipulation. The team is also called upon to assist clients with regulatory and criminal investigations related to new technologies. The group is jointly led by Chuck Connolly and Mike Asaro. In the New York office, James Benjamin and Robert Hotz are recommended, while the Washington DC office houses investigations expert Paul Butler and Chuck Connolly, who has expertise in the FCPA, Bank Secrecy Act and AML legislation. In January 2019, the Washington DC office was joined by Karen Christian, who served as general counsel of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce and chief counsel to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; and Claudius Modesti, the first director of the Division of Enforcement at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Practice head(s):

Chuck Connolly; Mike Asaro

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Barclays

Deutsche Bank

Special Committee of the Papa John’s Board of Directors

Tower Research Capital LLC

Shareholder activism

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP handles strategic campaigns and litigation for some of the best-known activist shareholders throughout the US, and has also advised activists on initiatives involving European and Asian companies. The corporate governance and shareholder activism practice is led by Jeffrey Kochian, who recently represented Highland Capital in its attempt to remove two directors of Medley Capital Corporation, which involved a court ruling in Delaware on the fiduciary duties of Medley's directors. Other key contacts include securities litigator Doug Rappaport and Gerald Brant, who focuses on strategic M&A and private equity transactions, acting both for public companies and investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kochian

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Highland Capital Management

Viex  Capital Advisors

Baker Bros. Advisors

Starboard Value

Blue Harbour Group

Corvex Management

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is closely aligned to Mexico's energy sector, including private equity investment, infrastructure development and traditional project finance. The firm's lobbying and policy expertise is coming into play, particularly in light of trade tensions between the US and Mexico. Its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) expertise is also applied to much of its work in the projects and energy sphere. Argentina, Brazil, Central America and the Caribbean are also key regions for the Latin America team, which has longstanding links to influential developers and sponsors, and is now quickly growing its market share of private equity investments into Latin America assets. Clients include Canadian Solar, Carlyle International Energy Partners, DEA Deutsche Erdoel, DKRW, LUKOIL, Mitsubishi Corporation, Oak Creek Energy and Pan American Energy. The team advised DEA Deutsche Erdoel on its acquisition of leading independent Mexican oil and gas company, Sierra Oil & Gas; and regular client Canadian Solar on the development and financing of a 60MW solar project in Aguascalientes, Mexico - the firm has represented the client on a range of projects around Latin America. Los Angeles partner Dino Barajas is a specialist in Mexican energy transactions and projects. Houston partner Douglas Glass is an experienced figure in oil and gas, including LNG, and has a fine record in Latin America; he led the team that advised Carlyle International Energy Partners on its purchase of COG Energy  and Colombia Energy Development, involving onshore oil-and-gas production assets in Colombia.

Firm overview: Recognized for its sophisticated clients and capabilities as well as its outstanding team of legal professionals, Akin Gump is a global law firm, with 20 offices and more than 1,000 lawyers and advisors across a wide range of practices and industries. Steadfast dedication to providing exemplary client service and its visionary leadership have been key factors in the firm’s swift rise to the top of the profession.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: Akin Gump advises investment funds, public and private companies and their boards, management and entrepreneurs on their transactional and ongoing business needs. It advises on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other finance transactions, and distressed transactions.

Energy: With more than 300 lawyers covering the industry, Akin Gump is deeply rooted in all aspects of the energy industry in the United States and worldwide, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, liquefied natural gas, coal, utilities and renewables. The firm’s lawyers represent public and private companies, sponsors and portfolio companies, management teams and investors throughout the energy value chain in transactions, including securities, capital markets, M&A, investments, projects, finance and restructuring.

Financial restructuring: The firm’s financial restructuring practice is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading restructuring groups, with unparalleled bench depth and experience. With over 100 lawyers worldwide, attorneys have a long track record of advising official and informal creditors’ committees, companies and institutional investors in formal and out-of-court restructurings, in financing and strategic transactions, and on distressed and special situations. It has played leading roles in some of the most complex and groundbreaking matters in this space including PG&E, Purdue, Sears, FirstEnergy Solutions, Hexion, Weatherford, Nine West, Payless, Foresight Energy, Constellis, New Cotai, Mission Coal, iHeart and Avaya.

Global project finance: Recognized for its project finance and development work, the firm has significant experience representing lenders, tax-enquiry investors, developers and suppliers in project finance and development projects on some of the world’s most complex renewable energy projects and infrastructure projects in the areas of construction, including airports and highways, energy and mining.

Intellectual property: Akin Gump’s renowned IP trial team is sought out by Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations for its achievements in litigating complex patent disputes in federal courts around the country and before the ITC and PTAB. It handles all aspects of IP litigation and counsels clients in transactional matters involving the licensing or transfer of IP rights and on the management of global IP portfolios.

Investment management: For over 40 years, Akin Gump’s global investment management practice has been a recognized leader in the representation of large institutional and entrepreneurial fund sponsors and managers in the formation of hedge, private equity and hybrid funds. The practice also serves as lead counsel to some of the world’s premier investors and has helped them access opportunities in markets around the world. In virtually every jurisdiction, including such fast-growing markets as China, India and the Middle East, the practice encompasses all aspects of fund formation and ongoing operations, from fund structuring, fund management, investor relations to portfolio company representation.

Labor and employment: The firm represents and advises employers regarding all aspects of employment law, including handling complex wage-and-hour class actions and EEO litigation; high-stakes investigations and counseling matters; litigation related to contract disputes and restrictive covenants; and traditional labor matters such as collective bargaining, union corporate campaigns and grievance arbitrations. Lawyers advise on the labor aspects of major corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and bankruptcies and represent companies in OSHA matters.

Litigation: With more than 250 lawyers, the firm’s litigation group includes attorneys who have clerked at every level of the federal and state court systems; members of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; former prosecutors; and former officials at the SEC, FTC, DOJ, PCAOB and many other federal agencies. Litigators are accustomed to handling matters of exceptional complexity, such as nationwide class actions, parallel civil and administrative proceedings, and nationwide and multi-district litigation.

Public law and policy: Akin Gump has one of the world’s most sophisticated and diverse US and international government relations practices, representing corporations, individuals, nonprofits, foreign governments, coalitions and trade associations. The bipartisan practice comprises more than 80 lawyers and other professionals, including many former members of Congress, who represent clients on legislative and policy matters.

Regulatory: Akin Gump offers a suite of services to help clients address technical and often complex regulatory schemes across a broad span of compliance obligations based on industry, products and distribution, among others. Disciplines include antitrust/competition; communications and information technology; cybersecurity, privacy and data protection; energy; environment and natural resources; food and drug law; financial services; government contracts; health care and life sciences; international trade; and transportation. Work encompasses compliance counseling, investigations, enforcement, classification and licensing, transactional due diligence, and foreign investment, among other activities.

Tax: Akin Gump’s global tax practice offers multidisciplinary services, including guidance to US and international investors regarding the merit of tax issues facing entities doing business or making investments overseas; tax advantaged structuring during hedge and private equity fund formation; as well as counsel on M&A, international corporate restructuring, ERISA, bankruptcy reorganizations, capital markets, regulatory matters, project financings, tax controversies and private client services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Jeffrey Kochian
Corporate John Goodgame
Corporate Sebastian Rice
Financial Restructuring Philip C Dublin
Financial Restructuring Abid Qureshi
Global Project Finance John J Marciano III
Global Project Finance Daniel Phillip Sinaiko
Intellectual Property Steven D Maslowski
Investment Management Stephen M Vine
Investment Management Prakash H Mehta
Labor & Employment Robert G Lian Jr
Litigation Steven M Baldini
Public Law and Policy G Hunter Bates
Public Law and Policy Brian Arthur Pomper
Regulatory Hal S Shapiro
Tax Patrick B Fenn
Tax Stuart E Leblang
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 Rex S Heinke  photo Rex S Heinke
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 Susan Kay Leader photo Susan Kay Leader
 Andrea Lucan photo Andrea Lucan
 Neal Ross Marder photo Neal Ross Marder
 Gary M. McLaughlin  photo Gary M. McLaughlin
 Alissa Miller  photo Alissa Miller
 Matt Nesburn  photo Matt Nesburn
 C.N. Franklin Reddick III  photo C.N. Franklin Reddick III
 Marissa Román Griffith  photo Marissa Román Griffith
 Robin M Schachter  photo Robin M Schachter
 Daniel P. Sinaiko  photo Daniel P. Sinaiko
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Number of lawyers and advisors : 1,000+