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Blank Rome LLP

130 NORTH 18TH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103-6998, USA
Tel:
Work +215 569 5500
Fax:
Fax +215 569 5555
Web:
www.blankrome.com

United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP’s team has excellent experience in litigation and handles the gamut of advisory work, with a recent uptick in transactional matters; an example was successfully assisting Aquilent with its $250m acquisition by Booz Allen Hamilton. The group regularly assists clients from the defense, aerospace, technology, healthcare and maritime sectors. It recently scored a victory defending Columbia Helicopters in a bid protest brought by a competitor concerning the award of a $1bn contract by the Department of Defense to provide and operate rotary aircraft on behalf of US armed forces in Afghanistan. David Nadler leads the team, in which Richard Conway, Justin Chiarodo and Scott Arnold are key names.

Next generation lawyers

Justin Chiarodo - Blank Rome LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 2

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP provides ‘practical and deliberate advice’ to policyholders across a range of areas, including cybersecurity insurance, sexual abuse liability and environmental insurance. Practice head James Murray ‘has a wealth of experience and his advice is pragmatic’, and he and Jared Zola in New York are representing the Catholic Diocese of Duluth in proceedings against five of the Diocese’s historical liability insurers, while John Heintz represented NRG Energy and its subsidiary Louisiana Generating in a dispute surrounding coverage for Clean Air Act liabilities. International Materials, Yucaipa, Casella Waste Systems and EDF Trading are also key clients. John Gibbons, Justin Lavella and recently promoted partner Omid Safa are standout individuals, as is Lisa Campisi in New York. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival in Los Angeles of Linda Kornfeld from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, as well as David Thomas and of counsel Julia Holt. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

Leading lawyers

John Heintz - Blank Rome LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jared Zola - Blank Rome LLP

Omid Safa - Blank Rome LLP

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Transport: shipping - finance
Transport: shipping - finance - ranked: tier 1

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP ‘provides consistently excellent service’ to lenders and borrowers in high-value finance transactions and has considerable expertise in maritime bankruptcies. The highly regarded Brett Esber and Anthony Salgado lead the department from the Washington DC office and are involved in multiple maritime-related bankruptcies. The team is acting as special maritime counsel to a group of bond holders in the workout and debt restructuring of Tidewater, and is acting for a group of bond holders in the bankruptcy of Odebrecht Oil & Gas. In the traditional finance space, the department advised PNC Equipment Finance on an $85m lease financing agreements for the construction, acquisition and chartering of a Jones Act-qualified articulated tug barge.

Leading lawyers

Anthony Salgado - Blank Rome LLP

Brett Esber - Blank Rome LLP

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Transport: shipping - litigation
Transport: shipping - litigation - ranked: tier 1

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP’s maritime group ‘stands out at the top of the league’. Headed by New York-based John Kimball, the litigation team handles shipping a maritime disputes nationwide and has particular expertise in maritime arbitration. In addition to representing ship owners in multiple cases of fatal crash litigation, the group has experience of maritime bankruptcies, treasure salvage cases, catastrophic environmental claims and maritime-related cybersecurity. In the Houston office, Michael Bell and Douglas Shoemaker represented Chevron in a Gulf Coast-related arbitration. Keith Letourneau is another Houston-based contact. Thomas Belknap practices in the New York office, while Emma Jones is a recommended associate in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

John Kimball - Blank Rome LLP

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Transport: shipping - regulation
Transport: shipping - regulation - ranked: tier 1

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP’s Washington DC-based maritime team handles administrative litigation and maritime investigations, government relations, risk mitigation and regulatory compliance. Jones Act expert Jonathan Waldron represented Chevron and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in response to a proposal by Customs and Border Protection to exclude the bulk of foreign-flagged vessels from operating in US waters. Matthew Thomas and Jeanne Grasso assist a number of energy companies with US sanctions compliance; Grasso also has expertise in ballast water compliance. Other key figures include Gregory Linsin, who has experience in fatal crash regulatory investigations, and Sean Pribyl, who joined from the Coast Guard to develop the department’s unmanned vessel and cybersecurity offering.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 3

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP’s national M&A team has its core groups in New York and Philadelphia, with additional strength in Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Los Angeles, and it is experienced in public and private M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions. The team’s ‘level of service is very good and its lawyers are knowledgeable and responsive’, and it stands outs for its advice to fashion industry clients and its strong focus on digital media - including gaming, video, and internet and e-commerce companies. It also assists maritime and transport companies with transactions. Recent matters include acting for betting company Paddy Power Betfair in the acquisition of a US-based fantasy sports start-up; advising eGov Holdings, which trades as Aquilent, on its sale to government services company Booz Allen Hamilton; and acting for sensor technology manufacturer PCB Group in its $580m sale to MTS Systems. The names to note in Philadelphia are Alan Lieblich (who is particularly noted for his advice to clients in the manufacturing, insurance, technology and retail industries), Linsey Bozzelli and Louis Rappaport; and Brad Shiffman in New York is also noted.

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