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Baker Botts L.L.P.

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. leverages strong transactional capabilities in advising a cross-section of clients on a range of real estate issues. The firm recently strengthened its West Coast presence with the relocation of practice head Patricia Stanton to San Francisco, and has substantially increased its volume of California-based transactions over the last year. Other key areas of focus include advising real estate funds and other fund sponsors on fund formation, and assisting with construction projects spanning utility systems, bridges, roads and water treatment centers. The team recently advised on the liquidation and dissolution of Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, a matter involving the sale of seven West Coast office assets for $1.16bn to an affiliate of Blackstone, and acted for Dakota Pacific Real Estate Partners in its $40m acquisition of the membership interests of Cottonwood Partners, Och-Ziff and EsNet in order to purchase a portfolio of Utah-based properties. The Delta Pacific matters were handled by Kimberly Schlanger, Brayton Dresser and Stephen Marcus, who are based in Houston, New York and Dallas respectively; Houston-based Paul Landen is involved in much of the work done for key client Hines.

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s John Taladay, who is a co-chair of the practice along with Stephen Weissman, is representing the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and 27 airlines in the European Commission (EC) investigation into allegedly restrictive after-market practices by CFM (a joint venture between GE and Safran) and Honeywell in the aviation industry. Members of the team are also acting for Toyoda Gosei in an MDL involving more than 30 individual actions and over 50 individual defendants, and are representing the client as the leniency applicant in the DOJ’s trial against Tokai Kogyo. Heather Choi is experienced in handling criminal and civil enforcement matters initiated by the SEC, DOJ and FTC, among other federal and state enforcement authorities. Other key figures are Erik Koons, James Rill, Joseph Ostoyich and Stacy Turner.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s team in the US is jointly led by John Taladay and Stephen Weissman. It covers the full spectrum of behavioral issues which give rise to antitrust litigation, including monopolization, price-fixing, market allocation and patent misuse. Its wide-ranging workload includes civil cartel cases brought by the FTC, class actions involving direct and indirect purchasers, and opt-out litigation. Taladay, Joseph Ostoyich, Erik Koons and William Lavery are representing Eaton Corporation in a series of direct and indirect purchaser class actions over an alleged conspiracy with four truck makers to monopolize the heavy-duty truck transmissions market. James Kress, Stuart Plunkett in San Francisco, Paul Cuomo, and Van Beckwith in Dallas are other key figures. Michael Perry joined from the FTC. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s antitrust practice chair Stephen Weissmanknows the ins and outs of the antitrust regulators in the US’. Weissman’s team, which also includes such names as John Taladay, Sean Boland and Joseph Ostoyich, also assists clients with merger reviews involving the EC and other international agencies. Paul Cuomo is acting for RealPage in the DOJ’s second request review of its proposed $300m acquisition of Lease Rent Options and other assets from The Rainmaker Group, and is also handling the antitrust aspects of the client’s $250m acquisition of OnSite Manager’s assets. In addition, Boland, Weissman and Michael Perry are acting as antitrust counsel to Valero in its proposed acquisition of petroleum storage facilities and distribution terminals in California. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 5

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s practice is led by Andrew Lankler in New York and Alex Bourelly in Washington DC and includes the ‘exceptional’ Bradley Bennett, who re-joined the Washington DC office in April 2017 after serving as FINRA’s Chief of Enforcement; he is noted for his ‘considerable intellect and vast experience in dealing with securities regulators and federal prosecutors’. The group currently represents Drummond Company in a criminal investigation into allegations of bribery of a state legislator in connection with an environmental controversy. Highlights for San Francisco’s Jonathan Shapiro included defending financial advisor, Jeremy Drake, in an SEC fraud investigation into the client’s investment advice to a high profile athlete, which has culminated in the filing of a federal court securities enforcement action. Other key figures in Washington DC include Randall Turk, Ann Conway-Hatcher and ‘household name’ William Jeffress.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. handles a range of investor-state and commercial disputes; Washington DC-based Ryan Bull represents Newco in US enforcement proceedings relating to an arbitral award which was granted to Newco as a result of a dispute involving a concession agreement entitling it to expand and operate Belize’s international airport. The team is also acting for Cobalt International Energy in two cases against Sonagol including a $2bn ICC arbitration arising from a sale and purchase agreement relating to two off-shore blocks located off the coast of Angola, and a $175m ICC arbitration. ‘Terrific leaderMichael Goldberg is based across the Houston and New York offices, and heads the team with the ‘committed and knowledgeable’ Jay Alexander who is based in London and Washington DC. Edward Schorr and Andrew Behrman in New York are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Michael Goldberg - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers

Michael Calhoon - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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M&A litigation: defense
M&A litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Seth Taube in New York chairs the securities and shareholder litigation practice group at Baker Botts L.L.P., while Houston-based David Sterling, who leads the firm-wide litigation practice, is the leading light for M&A cases. A highlight for Sterling and Houston-based Danny David, who regularly advises on shareholder M&A cases in Texas and in Delaware, was the defense of multiple class actions and derivative suits for Westar Energy and its board arising from the decision to merge with Great Plains Energy. Jonathan Shapiro in San Francisco represented a group of technology companies in a post-closing dispute arising from allegations of misconduct by the sellers, including fraudulent concealment of overseas operations.

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Ty Buthod heads the Houston-based product liability, mass tort and toxic tort litigation practice at Baker Botts L.L.P., which is particularly active in the energy and environmental tort areas. Led by Buthod, the team successfully represented longstanding client Exxon Mobil in a wrongful death case, in which the plaintiff alleges that the exposure to products, such as benzene and hydrogen sulphide caused the stillbirth of her child. Buthod also continues to defend BASF in various lawsuits across Texas, involving product liability and inadequate warning claims. The client roster also includes Shell, Merck and LyondellBasell. Amy Hefley and Macey Stokes are other key figures in the department. In April 2017, Kevin Jordan left to found litigation boutique Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘a leading firm in the Texas market and is also breaking into New York’. Seth Taube in New York leads the firm-wide securities and shareholder litigation practice, for which energy and technology are key industry sectors. David Sterling in Houston acted for Halliburton in a closely watched class action alleging that the company made misrepresentations about its liability for asbestos claims, the benefits of a merger with Dresser Industries and its accounting for fixed-price construction contracts. The court denied class certification in five of the six corrective disclosures. Danny David and new hire Rebeca Huddle, formerly a justice on the Texas Court of Appeals for the First District, are recommended along with Jessica Pulliam in Dallas.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The practice at Baker Botts L.L.P., which strikes a good balance between issuer and underwriter representations, is particularly recognized for its expertise in the energy and transport sectors. Capital markets lead Joshua Davidson is ‘a go-to guy in Texas’ and advised the underwriters on Plains All American Pipeline’s $750m offering of senior notes. In another headline, John Geddes advised the underwriters on two debenture offerings by Burlington Northern Santa Fe worth a combined $1.2bn. Among its issuer highlights, Gene Oshman acted for Chesapeake Energy on two private placements of notes totaling $850m. David Kirkland, who co-leads the firm’s wider corporate group, is also recommended for debt securities. All named partners are based in Houston.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Client-oriented and responsiveBaker Botts L.L.P. scores highly for its ‘excellent energy capital markets expertise’, with sources particularly noting its ‘specialist knowledge in master limited partnerships’. Houston-based Joshua Davidson heads the capital markets group and advised Citibank Global Markets as joint book-running manager on Plains GP Holdings’ $1.5bn public offering. In Dallas, Preston Bernhisel advised EnLink Midstream Partners on its $600m at-the-market offering. Other names to note include David Kirkland and Mike Bengtson, who co-chair the corporate department from Houston and New York respectively, and the ‘practical and unflappable’ Mollie Duckworth in Austin. In a notable set of lateral hires, the team welcomed five new partners from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s Houston office in 2017, including former US M&A and securities head David Peterman and former Houston corporate and M&A head Efren Acosta.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The Houston-based team at Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘a clear leader in the oil and gas space’, with a particularly prominent record in representing master limited partnerships (MLPs). The group is also routinely engaged by underwriters. Joshua Davidson heads the capital markets and MLP practice group and advised JP Morgan Securities as the initial purchasers on a $500m private placement of senior notes by Crestwood Midstream Partners. Corporate finance specialist Gene Oshman had a banner year, which included assisting Chesapeake Energy with a $850m private placement of notes and also handling a $625m private placement for Transocean. David Kirkland co-chairs the corporate team and is also noted. The firm recently welcomed the arrival of eight lateral hires with notable capital markets experience. Among them was a five-partner team from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, including former US M&A and securities head David Peterman and former Houston corporate and M&A head Efren Acosta.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: conventional power
Energy litigation: conventional power - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Praised for its ‘first rate level of service’, Baker Botts L.L.P. handles litigious matters for generators, processors, transporters, distributors and marketers, with a particular strength in the gas and electric utilities sector. Led by Washington-based Brooksany Barrowes, the team is representing MISO Transmission owners in a series of contentious cases regarding the relationship between the transmission-owning utilities and its neighbouring RTOs, including FERC compliance proceedings and rate payment disputes. Jason Newman successfully defended CenterPoint Energy in an alleged negligence lawsuit following a house fire and, together with Macey Stokes, achieved the dismissal of all claims in a personal injury case stemming from a power outage. The group is jointly led by recommended Bill Kroger and Michael Calhoon and also includes utility litigation expert John Anaipakos.

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Energy litigation: oil and gas
Energy litigation: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Baker Botts L.L.P.

ExcellentBaker Botts L.L.P.shines in business acumen, industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice and response times’ and regularly acts for a broad range of clients such as Shell Oil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Repsol and the Carlyle Group. The team, led by Bill Kroger, is highly experienced in handling disputes involving all aspects of the exploration, production, distribution, and marketing of energy products, as well as the engineering, procurement and construction of energy projects. Recent mandates include representing Cobalt International Energy in an arbitration against Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol arising from a sale and purchase agreement relating to two off-shore blocks and defending Atmos Energy in a Texas Supreme Court trial brought by the Town of Dish regarding alleged nuisance and trespass resulting from operations of the defendants’ compressor facilities; Evan Young and Jonathan Rubenstein led the latter case. Travis Salesblends a great demeanor and personality with practical and insightful legal skills’. David Super joined Bracewell LLP.

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Energy regulatory: conventional power
Energy regulatory: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s practice is praised for its ‘good judgment and deep industry and regulatory experience’. The team counsels clients, such as ITC, NRG Energy and Southern Power, on rate and tariff cases, handles regulatory aspects of transactions and assists with approvals for transmission and generation developments. Houston-based James Barkley is acting on behalf of CenterPoint in the application process for a final reconciliation of a surcharge originally approved in 2008, while Jay Ryan is advising Exelon on securing a new operating license from FERC for the Conowingo Hydroelectric Facility. Another key matter was the advice given to Blackstone on regulatory aspects of the development of the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project, including FERC transmission rate policies. The team welcomed Andrea Stover from Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody.

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Deep industry and regulatory experience’ are characteristics of Baker Botts L.L.P.’s practice that focuses on representing natural gas and pipeline shippers in FERC proceedings, including transportation services agreements and pipeline expansions; other key clients are producers, refiners and marketers that ship crude oil and refined petroleum products as well as operators of liquid pipelines. Gregory Wagner is representing four refiners, including BP West Coast Products and ExxonMobil Oil, in a FERC proceeding to challenge rates of Kinder Morgan subsidiary SFPP, while Michael Bengtson assisted EQT Midstream Partners with the authorization process for the development of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. Andrea Stover joined the firm’s Austin office from Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody.

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy: transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. further developed its practice with a number of hires including

Leading lawyers

William Lamb - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is regarded by some as ‘probably the best in the world for liquefied natural gas (LNG) project development’; practice head Jason Bennett has ‘unrivalled industry knowledge’ and is advising Sempra LNG on the Port Arthur LNG liquefaction. The practice also excels in midstream and downstream work; Jeremy Kennedy and senior associate Coleson Bruce assisted Chesapeake Energy with the disposal of its Barnett shale assets to Total. While the team is particularly deep in Houston, it also has strength in Washington DC, where Steven Miles and Mark Spivak (a recent recruit from Vinson & Elkins LLP) handled various significant LNG mandates. Other noteworthy practitioners include the ‘outstandingHugh Tucker, Austin-based Mike Bengtson, who has ‘great understanding of transactional issues’, and Ned Crady, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Named individuals are based in Houston except where stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Hugh Tucker - Baker Botts L.L.P.

Steven Miles - Baker Botts L.L.P.

Next generation lawyers

Coleson Bruce - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. developed its offering with a number of hires, including DC-based Mark Spivak, who joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP. The team handled a number of significant mandates in 2018, including Washington DC-based co-head Elaine Walsh acting for NRG Energy on its acquisition of solar and wind assets from SunEdison, and New York-based Martin Toulouse assisting Sunnova Energy with its first asset-backed notes securitization. New York-based Michael Didriksen jointly heads the team with Walsh.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a long track record in environmental litigation. Recent matters include acting for Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions in crisis response, governmental enforcement defense, and private party litigation relating to an alleged back-flow event, which resulted in the City of Corpus Christi implementing a water use ban for four days in December 2016. The team is also lead counsel for Marathon Oil Corporation, Hess, and Repsol in three lawsuits alleging liability for damages from climate change impacts. Houston-based department chair Scott Janoe and Matthew Kuryla are both highly rated. Key Washington DC contacts include Bill Bumpers, who heads the firm’s global climate change practice, Kent Mayo, who ‘does an exceptional job’, and Joshua Frank. Christopher Carr in San Francisco is also highly regarded.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s lawyers assist clients with air, water, toxic substances, and waste issues. The team, through its Texas Industry Project (comprising 66 companies), took the lead in working with the State of Texas to create an innovative emissions banking and trading program that will allow reductions in emissions from mobile sources and smaller sources of ozone precursors. The key Houston contacts are recently appointed environmental chair Scott Janoe and Matthew Kuryla, along with Megan Berge and Bill Bumpers in Washington DC. Other notable contacts are Austin-based Jennifer Keane, Derek McDonald and Molly Cagle, as well as Christopher Carr in San Francisco. David Super joined Bracewell LLP.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. combines a strong track record in IPRs, district court and appellate litigation with proven ITC expertise and handles a caseload that primarily consists of work from the electronics, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and technology sectors. Dallas duo Douglas Kubehl and Kurt Pankratz 53714 are representing Genband in multiple infringement suits against Metaswitch Networks, including a precedent-setting appellate win regarding preliminary injunctions, and in Austin, Stephen Hash successfully represented Pozen in ANDA litigation against Dr. Reddy, Mylan and Lupin. New York’s Robert Maier and Neil Sirota defended Samsung Electronics against a ContentGuard regarding digital rights management technology. Ericsson, Fujifilm and Oxford Nanopore Technologies also feature on the client list. Dallas’ Barton Showalter heads the practice and in Washington DC, special counsel Katharine Burke joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission
Patent litigation: international trade commission - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s bench is particularly adept at hi-tech work and often handles work combining ITC, district court and PTAB proceedings. Former Senior Investigative ITC Attorney Lisa Kattan shoulders most of the caseload, often in collaboration with New York’s Robert Scheinfeld and Robert Maier: recent highlights include representing Fujifilm in four ITC matters against Sony regarding magnetic data cartridges and magnetic data storage tapes. On the biotech side, Kattan led in acting for Oxford Nanopore Technologies in a case against Illumina concerning DNA sequencing technology. The client list also features Dell, Cirrus Logic and Western Digital.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

In addition to its active PTAB practice, Baker Botts L.L.P. advises clients on patent application filings and portfolio management; core areas the group’s vast portfolio of expertise include the technology, chemical, electronics and pharmaceutical sectors. With offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the team services numerous high-profile technology clients such as Facebook for which the practice acts as portfolio development and management counsel. New York’s Robert Maier and Robert Scheinfeld are assisting Hitachi with patent applications involving, among others, semiconductor and mechanical systems patents and Dell is regularly relying on Kevin Meek in Austin and Roger Fulghum in Houston for its patent development needs involving inter alia servers and enterprise software. Other clients include Cisco, BASF and Aker Solutions. Dallas’ Barton Showalter heads the IP team, which also includes the Palo Alto-based Hogene Choi.

Next generation lawyers

Hogene Choi - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. focuses on licensing matters in the technology sector, with strong experience in transactional work, including due diligence, and traditional licence agreements, such as multi-party research and development, distribution and outsourcing agreements. The large team shoulders an impressive caseload that recently featured advising Facebook on the development and management of its patent portfolio, including due diligence and licence negotiations for the acquisition of patent portfolios. And Cisco regularly engages the firm to negotiate litigation settlement agreements and cross-licence agreements with multinational technology companies, allowing the group to combine its litigation prowess with its counselling and negotiation strength. Ethypharm, Dell and Halliburton are also on the client roster. The core team includes Dallas-based practitioners Bart Showalter, Christa Brown-Sanford, Douglas Kubehl and Kurt Pankratz. Luke Pedersen in Washington DC and Paul Ragusa in New York are also noteworthy.

Next generation lawyers

Christa Brown-Sanford - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Next generation lawyers

Katharine Burke - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is particularly strong in assisting public companies in the media and entertainment and energy spaces with their corporate governance issues. Dallas partner Eric Winwood acted for a group of investors led by Hunt Power regarding the tax and employee benefits issues arising from the conversion of Energy Future Holdings into a REIT structure, while Houston-based Mark Bodron advised Westar on its merger of equals with Great Plains Energy. On the media front, Rob Fowler - who is also based in Houston - handled Liberty Media’s acquisition of Formula One, and oversaw the sale of Starz to Lions Gate. Other notable clients include Halliburton, AT&T and Shell.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 6

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a notable record in large-cap M&A, thanks in part to its illustrious client base of Texas-based companies and its position as a global leader in the energy and oil and gas space. Clients give the firm ‘high marks for its level of service’ and praise its ‘industry knowledge, business acumen, responsiveness, appropriateness of advice and value’. In addition to energy deals, the firm has seen a notable uptick in private equity-driven M&A and also TMT deals. Clients include Liberty Media, Mediacom Communications, AES Corporation, AT&T, Delta Topco, Chesapeake Energy, Halliburton, Hunt Oil, Shell Midstream Partners, Williams Partners and SunPower. It advised Liberty Interactive on its $1.12bn acquisition of General Communication, and assisted Starz with its $4.4bn sale to Lions Gate Entertainment, one of the largest entertainment sector deals in recent years. Co-chair of the firm-wide corporate department David Kirkland is a big name in Houston, especially in the oilfield services sector, while New York-based fellow co-chair Mike Bengston ‘brings a dynamic blend of experience, service, knowledge of the industry and value’. Renee Wilm is another key figure in New York, especially in the technology, telecoms and media space. A team including energy M&A specialist Tull Florey joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in May 2017.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for significant market participants in the fields of mass media, telecoms, biotech and IT, as well as application software, communications equipment and semiconductors. The firm’s transactional attorneys handle the full range of corporate, securities and financing matters, including public and private securities offerings, institutional and other specialized financing, M&A deals, and joint ventures. The team advised Dell Technologies on an investment in an emerging open source cloud software company; assisted T3 with the negotiation of mobile app development and internet advertising agreements, as well as a supply, license and joint venture agreement; and advised Oxford Nanopore Technologies on dozens of commercial and licensing agreements, including distribution agreements with distributors in China, India and Russia, and patent licenses with universities throughout the world. Dallas-based Samantha Hale Crispin is the firm-wide technology sector chair; and Jordan Herman chairs the Austin corporate department.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has extensive expertise in energy and infrastructure projects, including upstream and downstream oil and gas, electric power generation, LNG liquefaction and regasification facilities. New York-based Stuart Solsky, a key figure, is currently acting as project counsel to the $850m ITC Lake Eric Connector Project, drafting and negotiating EPC contracts with subsidiaries of Siemens and Prysmian, and is performing a similar role in relation to the $550m Tema LNG Project in Ghana. Houston-based Joseph Colagiovanni is representing a US and Middle East joint venture in connection with the development of a $1.5bn ethylene glycol manufacturing facility in Texas and is advising Hines in connection with construction and design agreements for a commercial office tower in Boston.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is especially adept in energy and technology taxation and often advises on the tax aspects of a variety of cross-border transactions. The practice is led by Houston-based Richard Husseini and Derek Green. Washington DC’s Tamar Stanley assisted global media and entertainment company Starz with its sale to Lionsgate for a combination of cash and stock totaling $4.4bn. Don Lonczak, who is also located in Washington DC, advised Houston-based oilfield equipment and service private equity firm Pelican Energy on its significant growth equity investment in Alberta-based Quinn Artificial Lift Services.

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Houston-based Baker Botts L.L.P. represents clients from the energy and technology sectors in tax disputes at the state and federal level, including estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax controversies against the IRS. Practice head Richard Husseini has been assisting MoneyGram with its appeal of a 2016 Tax Court decision stating that the client was not a bank for the purposes of Section 581 and 582 of the US Tax Code. Renn Neilson has been assisting Archrock in more than 700 property tax lawsuits pending in over 120 Texas counties; the lawsuits concern various districts’ refusal to treat Archrock’s natural gas compressors as ‘dealer’s heavy equipment inventory’ under the Texas Tax Code. John Porter and Keri Brown are other key contacts.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The tax practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. focuses on M&A and restructuring work in the energy and technology sectors, and further specializes in advising MLPs on their IPOs. Recent highlights include Tamar Stanley advising Liberty Media on its acquisition of Formula One for $8bn from CVC Capital Partners, and Don Lonczak advising Westar Energy on its $14bn merger of equals with Great Plains Energy; both practitioners are based in Washington DC. Houston-based Michael Bresson is another key partner. Robert Phillpott, who advised Delek US on its $2.8bn acquisition of Alon USA Energy, joined the Houston office with Ron Scharnberg from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in February 2017, while James Chenoweth joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in April 2017.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Leveraging its solid experience of advising oil and gas sector clients in transactional matters, Baker Botts L.L.P. handles high-stakes commercial and investment treaty arbitrations for sovereign states, governmental agencies, state-owned utilities and international energy companies. The 14-partner team has a strong presence in its London office, and the ability to handle arbitration conducted in Spanish. Among its recent highlights, Alejandro Escobar represented a Latin American state in a multimillion-dollar arbitration in the liquefied gas sector and is also advising a sovereign state on an UNCITRAL Rules arbitration proceeding initiated under a bilateral investment treaty by a European investor. Jay Alexander and Washington DC-based Ryan Bull are advising an oil company on the expropriation risk for its assets in a Latin American country. Trial lawyer Michael Goldberg, who divides his time between Houston and New York, is also noted, as is Andrew Behrman.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has an impressive mix of renewable energy, conventional power, LNG and upstream and downstream oil and gas work in Latin America. The firm has an intense focus on work arising from Mexico’s energy sector reforms, while remaining active in Central America and other South American jurisdictions such as Chile. The practice covers project development, project finance, corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investments. It continues to advise Costa Norte LNG Terminal and Gas Natural Atlantico on the long-term purchase of LNG from Engie for gas-fired power generation in Panama. Project finance specialist Mark Spivak, who joined the Washington DC office from Vinson & Elkins LLP in 2017, also advised on the project financing for the first LNG import terminal in Panama from a group of MLAs and commercial financing institutions. Chair of the Latin America practice Carlos Solé is closely linked with Mexico’s energy reform-related matters and has a fine record in oil and gas and LNG in Mexico, Central America and other Latin American jurisdictions. Ned Crady and Efren Acosta have joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; both have considerable Latin America experience.

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