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United States: Dispute resolution

Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers - ranked: tier 5

Joan Lukey - Choate, Hall & Stewart

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United States: Industry focus

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

Choate, Hall & Stewart

The insurance team at Boston firm Choate, Hall & Stewart advises on domestic and international coverage disputes, arbitration and business litigation relating to matters such as natural catastrophes, life and annuity reinsurance, financial reinsurance, health reinsurance, asbestos and environmental claims. Robert Kole is representing Liberty Mutual as defendant in a class action lawsuit against homeowners seeking coverage entitlement for the cost of replacing the foundations of approximately 30,000 properties, while David Attisani acts for The Hartford in a reinsurance dispute aimed to compel an arbitration regarding the billing of PPG asbestos losses by the client to reinsurer Wausau. Swiss Re, Sun Life and WR Berkeley are among other active clients. Jean-Paul Jaillet works alongside Kole and Attisani on many of the firm's key matters.

Leading individuals: Insurance: advice to insurers: reinsurance

David Attisani - Choate, Hall & Stewart

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United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 4

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Particularly experienced in the technology and life sciences sectors, Choate, Hall & Stewart's trade secrets team is led by Boston-based Michael Bunis and Paul Popeo. Bunis works primarily on contentious matters; in a recent matter he represented Brooks Automation in a claim against PTB Sales, which allegedly misappropriated the client’s trade secrets. Popeo is experienced in both litigation and pre-litigation work; he acted for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in a claim against Dicerna alleging that the defendant misappropriated the client's trade secrets. Counsel Anita Spieth is also recommended.

Next Generation Partners

Anita Spieth - Choate, Hall & Stewart

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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 5

Choate, Hall & Stewart

The Boston-based team at Choate, Hall & Stewart has expertise in drafting retention and severance agreements and executive compensation plans, and also advises on ERISA plan fiduciary matters. Arthur S. Meyers handled ESOP-specific matters relating to AVENIR Global’s acquisition of public relations firm Padilla Speer Beardsley. Wells Miller assisted Miba AG with drafting new employee benefits plans following its acquisition of Smiths Group subsidiary Industrial Bearings. Additional clients include Albany Industries, BV Investment Partners, Riverside Partners and Thompson Steel Company. Louis Marett heads the practice group.

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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 1

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart's corporate department regularly works alongside the firm's IP, litigation, real estate and labor and employment practice groups on M&A deals. Its experience includes advising acquirers, targets, financing sources and investment bankers on public and private M&A. The team also has significant experience acting for technology and life sciences companies, and is known for its cross-border capabilities, including serving as US counsel to companies in Canada, Israel and Europe (particularly those in the UK and Ireland), that are involved in acquisitions involving expansion into the US. SeaChange International, Teradyne, Candescent Partners and US Dermatology Partners (Oliver Street Dermatology) are clients. The practice group leaders are John Pitfield and Brian Goldstein. Goldstein led advice to Oliver Street Dermatology Management in a series of roll-up acquisitions of dermatology practices nationwide; and Robert Jahrling, who acts for companies in a wide range of industries, including software, telecoms, market research, medical devices and healthcare services, assisted public company Datawatch Corporation with its acquisition of Ontario-based Angoss Software Corporation, a privately held data science platform provider. Jahrling also acted for Forrester Research, a publicly traded research and advisory company, in its acquisition of FeedbackNow. Other highlights for the practice included its advice to Bradford Networks, an Internet-of-Things-focused network security and automation company, in its sale to strategic buyer Fortinet; its work for Logomix, an online platform that provides custom marketing products and services to small businesses, during its sale to Deluxe Small Business Sales; and its assistance to Claris Vision Holdings, a portfolio company of Candescent Partners, with the sale of Claris Vision (which provides vision care services) and its subsidiaries and affiliates to CV Investments, an Eli Global portfolio company. Daniel Riley is a highly regarded corporate and securities counsel. All listed advisers are in Boston.

Leading lawyers

John Pitfield - Choate, Hall & Stewart

Rising stars

Daniel Riley - Choate, Hall & Stewart

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart has an established mid-market practice. Though based in Boston, it has private equity clients that hail from across the US. Clients include Century Equity Partners, Columbia Capital, Great Hill Partners, Mainsail Partners, Riverside Partners, Spectrum Equity and Summit Partners. It advised Mainsail Partners on its acquisition of, and growth investment into, PestRoutes, a technology provider to pest control companies. It also advised BV Investment Partners on its purchase of a majority stake in of Consero Global Solutions. TJ Murphy and Lee Feldman head the practice, which includes Brian Lenihan, the co-chair of the corporate department.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 4

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart's Boston-based team is known for its solid expertise in tech and life sciences deals. Brian Goldstein advised Leerink Transformation Partners, a lead investor, on a $21m Series C financing of Aktana, and also assisted Cyteir Therapeutics with the closing of its $35m Series B preferred stock financing. Other clients include Cogito Corporation, Locus Robotics, and Lantos Technologies. Goldstein shares leadership of the practice with John Pitfield, and Brian Lenihan and Laurence Naughton are also names to note.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart's Boston-based tax department advises on the tax aspects of cross-border M&A, private equity investments and fund formation. Louis Marett acted for Summit Partners, as lead investor, in the $150m Series G financing round of Fuze. Marett also advised G Treasury on its cross-border acquisition of Visual Risk Pty, an Australian private company. Also recommended is Timothy Becker, who acted for BV Investment Partners in the acquisition of Apps Associates, and also advised New Heritage Capital on a private IPO transaction through which the client acquired a significant minority stake in Flying Colours Corporation. Mainsail Partners, Synoptek, Datawatch Corporation and the Beekman Group are also active clients. Private equity, fund formation and transactional lawyer Olivier Léger joined the practice group from Ropes & Gray LLP.

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