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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which¬†provides ‚Äėcreative solutions in complex negotiations‚Äô, handles acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, development projects, financing, restructurings and leasing transactions. Its client base includes private equity funds, financial institutions, REITs, pension funds, hedge funds, publicly traded corporations and other investors. 'Incredibly bright' corporate partner¬†Nicole Levin Mesard, a 'tough negotiator', advised Westfield on its $24.7bn sale to Unibail-Rodamco. In another highlight for Westfield, the firm advised on the $175m sale of Horton Plaza, a 900,000 square foot retail center in San Diego. Real estate chair Peter Irwin advised CPPIB on a $1bn joint venture with Alberta Investment Management Corporation and WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust for the development and operation of industrial real estate assets across the US. Counsel Serhat Krause¬†and Mesard acted for a family office in relation to the $650m investment and development of two residential towers in New York. Edward Rishty¬†advised JP Morgan Asset Management on the $510m acquisition and financing of Groupon‚Äôs national headquarters in Chicago in a joint venture with Sterling Bay. Other clients include Brasil Warrant Investments, Rockwood Capital, The Brickstone Companies and Oaktree Capital Management. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 5

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The 'very reliable' antitrust litigators at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 'seamlessly work together' and the team recently welcomed Ted Hassi from O'Melveny & Myers LLP to its Washington DC office. The 'bright, prompt and professional' Michael Schaper is one client's 'go-to expert'; he recently led advice to Toyota and its affiliates in relation to civil litigation and class actions arising from the landmark global auto parts cartel. In other highlights, counsel Erica Weisgerber and Gary Kubek are representing the Bank of Yokohama in two multi-defendant putative class actions alleging manipulation of Euroyen, TIBOR and Yen-Libor interest rate benchmarks. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Daniel Abuhoff and Gary Kubek jointly lead the antitrust offering at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP from New York. In recent highlights, the team acted for Discovery in its high-profile, high-value acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, and a team including counsel Erica Weisgerber advised TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Strowe on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Kindred Healthcare. Other key names in New York include Michael Schaper and Kyra Bromley. In Washington DC, Ted Hassi joined the practice from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Bruce Yannett in New York leads Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's 'smart, pragmatic and responsive' team. The group is renowned for representing multinationals in the spectrum of matters involving internal and public investigations by regulators and prosecutors, but it is also adept in representing individuals. Alongside London's Karolos Seeger, Yannett represented Rolls-Royce in parallel global investigation concerning allegations of bribery and corruption in overseas markets, leading to deferred prosecution agreements with the DOJ and the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and a leniency agreement with federal prosecutors in Brazil. Washington DC's David O’Neil is representing Twitter in DOJ and congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election; this included preparing the client's general counsel for congressional hearings before three committees in October and November 2017. Mary Jo White, Mary Beth Hogan and Helen Cantwell are representing the non-management members of the board of directors of CBS Corporation in an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the CEO and senior news personnel. New York-based Andrew Ceresney and Matthew Biben and Washington DC's Kara Brockmeyer are also recommended. In June 2018, the team lost Sean Hecker, who left to co-found Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.

Leading individuals: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates

Bruce Yannett - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mary Jo White - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Financial services litigation
Financial services litigation - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is able to combine the expertise of lawyers with significant regulatory know-how across the financial services landscape with a formidable team of litigators, many of whom (including former SEC chair Mary Jo White and ex-director of enforcement at the agency Andrew Ceresney) have former high-ranking agency experience. It excels at guiding financial services clients through sensitive issues, both from a crisis management perspective as well as in the defense of agency enforcement actions and ensuing private litigation. Courtney Dankworth excels at consumer finance matters, and alongside the 'solutions-oriented' Matthew Biben represented Santander Consumer USA in an investigation by the Delaware and Massachusetts Attorneys General offices into its auto lending and dealer management practices. Demonstrating the firm's ability to handle multi-jurisdictional enforcement/investigation matters, Bruce Yannett recently represented Société Général in an investigation by the DOJ and French regulators into the potential corruption of foreign officials in Libya in connection with the bank's equity derivatives business. Maeve O’Connor and Mary Beth Hogan are also recommended. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP excels in complex commercial litigation and is noted for its 'top-drawer technical skills'. From its offices in New York and Washington DC, the firm's litigators take on disputes in state and federal courts across the country, and are regularly entrusted to handle disputes with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. Its expertise in the healthcare and life sciences sector is of particular note. In one recent victory for Allergan, Mark Goodman, John Gleeson and of counsel Edwin Schallert secured summary judgment and the dismissal of all claims in multidistrict litigation (MDL) before the District of Massachusetts. Maura Monaghan co-chairs the litigation department with Goodman and is noted for her 'superb brief writing and surgical analysis'. Other leading practitioners include John Kiernan, commercial and securities litigation specialist Maeve O’Connor, Shannon Selden, who often acts for hedge funds and private equity firms in high-value disputes, and Susan Reagan Gittes, who made partner in July 2018.

Leading lawyers

Mark Goodman - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Susan Reagan Gittes - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP excels in handling investment arbitration, coupled with commercial arbitration and public international law in 'a seamless and efficient manner'. Mark Friedman recently represented Perenco Ecuador Limited against the Republic of Ecuador in an ICSID arbitration concerning Ecuador’s 2006 amendment of the Hydrocarbons Law and its declaration that Perenco’s Participation Contracts had come to an end. Other work includes acting as lead counsel for the Government of Qatar in various international disputes pertaining to coercive measures imposed by numerous Middle Eastern states on Qatar, which led to grave human rights abuses; the matter was jointly led by Catherine Amirfar, Donald Donovan, and 'excellent' department co-head David Rivkin. The team is also representing the client in the ICJ against the State of the UAE for violations of the UN CERD treaty. Other key names include Natalie Reid, who is co-chair of the firm's Caribbean practice, and Ina Popova.

Leading lawyers

Catherine Amirfar - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

David Rivkin - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Donald Donovan - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mark Friedman - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ina Popova - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Natalie Reid - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York-based Debevoise & Plimpton LLP stands out for its 'exceptional attorneys and high level of integrity'. Department co-chairs Andrew Ceresney and Mary Beth Hogan lead the team which includes many star litigators, including former SEC chair Mary Jo White and international disputes group co-chairs Donald Donovan and David Rivkin. The firm excels in high-profile cross-border commercial litigation, white-collar crime, regulatory defense work, and cybersecurity and data privacy litigation. It has represented Société Générale in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice and France’s Parquet National Financier into the potential corruption of foreign officials in Libya in connection with the client's equity derivatives business; that matter was led by the chair of the white-collar defense group Bruce Yannett. Other clients include the Government of Grenada, Deutsche Bank and Rolls-Royce. Catherine Amirfar of the firm’s public international law group, IP specialist and 'excellent litigator' David Bernstein, Dietmar Prager and experienced trial lawyer Sean Hecker are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Bruce Yannett - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

David Rivkin - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Donald Donovan - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York has 51 partners involved in securities litigation and enforcement matters, who collectively have deep and broad experience in federal securities class action litigation, multi-jurisdictional and multidisciplinary matters involving overlapping civil litigation, federal and state enforcement actions and related legislative inquiries. Mary Jo White, who was formerly chair of the SEC, and Andrew Ceresney, a former director of enforcement at the SEC, ensure the firm has a high-calibre regulatory enforcement practice. Mary Beth Hogan and Maeve O’Connor are among the partners who ensure the litigation side of the practice is also of high quality. O'Connor is currently representing MetLife, Inc and certain officers and directors in connection with a putative shareholder class action pending in New York that challenges the company's practices in regard to payment of death benefits and escheatment of unclaimed death benefits. While most claims have been dismissed, one Section 11 matter remains pending. Shannon Selden, who is representing private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in a putative derivative suit, is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Maeve O’Connor - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt
Capital markets: debt - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s New York-based practice, which is widely revered for its expertise in the financial services and private equity spaces, handled a string of event-driven debt transactions over the past year, acting for the full range of corporations, financial institutions and investors. Most notably, capital markets co-head Matthew Kaplan advised Discovery Communications on its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, which included a $6.7bn notes offering. Steven Slutzky, who co-leads the department, is highly regarded for private equity-related matters and advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and American Greetings on a $282.5m offering of senior notes related to the former’s $1.1bn acquisition of a 60% stake in American Greetings. Also recommended is Peter Loughran, who assisted AXA Equitable Holdings with two sizeable debt issuances, including a $3.8bn senior notes offering. Although issuer-side mandates provide the bulk of instructions, the firm also advises underwriters.

Leading lawyers

Matthew Kaplan - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s equity capital markets practice leverages the firm’s top-drawer private equity offering to specialize in advising private equity sponsors, and their portfolio companies, on strategic transactions. Peter Loughran is a key contact and advised DE Shaw, as selling shareholder, on two secondary offerings by James River Group, worth $119m and $120.3m respectively. In another example of the group’s signature strength, Paul Rodel assisted Atkore International, a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, with two secondary offerings totaling $273m. Matthew Kaplan and Steven Slutzky co-lead a New York-based team that also counts AXA, Discovery Communications and Principal Financial Group among its clients.

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Capital markets: global offerings
Capital markets: global offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The New York-based group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery effective‚Äô according to sources, who note it as ‚Äėa¬†tightly-run ship‚Äô. The firm houses a sizeable global capital markets department, which leans on international teams in London, Paris, Moscow, Hong Kong and Frankfurt, and is best known for its focus on issuer representations, particularly within the financial services, insurance and private equity spheres. Among its recent headlines, Peter Loughran¬†advised¬†AXA and AXA Equitable Holdings on the latter‚Äôs IPO as well as on the partial spin-off of the US arm from the French insurer in a $4bn deal, which also included the $860m issuance of exchangeable bonds. Matthew Kaplan, who co-leads the practice, advised Australia-based Westpac on its issuance of $3bn worth of notes. The team also benefits from the senior experience of Steven Slutzky, who co-leads the group, and Paul Rodel.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP houses a robust issuer-side practice, which is particularly well versed in representing private equity funds, and their portfolio companies, in high-yield debt offerings. The group, which also acts for public companies and underwriters, has a solid track record in sophisticated event-driven deals, often involving acquisition finance, restructuring or leveraged recapitalization elements. In a recent example of its strong suit, capital markets co-lead Steven Slutzky advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and American Greetings on the sale of $282.5m of senior notes in connection with CD&R’s acquisition of a 60% ownership stake in American Greetings. In another private equity-related highlight, Paul Rodel advised Brand Industrial Services, a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, on its $300m tack-on offering of senior unsecured notes. Other representative clients include Booz Allen Hamilton and Warner Music Group. Matthew Kaplan co-heads a New York-based group, which also includes Peter Loughran.

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Commercial lending
Commercial Lending: Advice To Borrowers - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has an excellent reputation for advising private equity firms and corporate clients on complex financing transactions, including leveraged finance deals and high-yield debt offerings. The highly experienced partners David Brittenham and Jeffrey Ross lead the New York-based team, which also includes Ramya Tiller and Scott Selinger. Major highlights include advising Access Industries on the financing for its $5.6bn investment into the energy company Calpine, which was acquired through a consortium of investors that also included Energy Capital Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, in a transaction valued at $17bn. Another key client is Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, which the firm advised, alongside Ply Gem Holdings, on the financing aspects of Ply Gem's $5.5bn merger with NCI Building systems.

Leading lawyers

David Brittenham - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ramya Tiller - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

With 'deep experience in the financial services industry', Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides 'strategic and practical advice' to a diverse array of clients, including investment and regional banks, insurance companies and funds. The team has developed a strong reputation for its work on behalf of foreign banks on the extraterritorial impact of US regulations. In this context, the 'skilful and knowledgeable' David Portilla is advising the European Banking Federation in its response to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) request for public comment on how the Volcker Rule implementing regulations should be revised and on related ongoing advocacy efforts. Co-head Gregory Lyons handles a broad array of standalone regulatory work and M&A-related regulatory issues; he provides ongoing advice to Risk Management Association on the development and implementation of the global stay resolution protocols that the US and foreign governments are requiring to be implemented to protect bank and broker-dealer counterparties in securities finance transactions. 'An expert on all areas of financial regulation', Washington DC-based Satish Kini  is also a key member of the team and, alongside Lyons and Portilla, recently acted for Credit Suisse on the migration of its primary dealer from its broker-dealer to branch. The team was enhanced on the broker-dealer regulatory front by the arrival in June 2018 of Jeffrey Robins  from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Other clients include American Express, Bank of New York Mellon, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. Named attorneys are based in New York, unless otherwise indicated.

Leading lawyers

Gregory Lyons - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

David Portilla - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†has a notable focus on representing private equity and hedge funds, and has particular experience in the insurance sector. The multidisciplinary team is led by ‚Äėgo-to reorganization expert‚Äô Natasha Labovitz, who assisted David‚Äôs Bridal in developing balance sheet options with respect to its $750m funded term loan and bond debt. Also notable in the team is My Chi To, who is leading for Crescent Capital Group, KKR Credit Advisors and GoldPoint Partners, as holders of approximately $188m of senior secured notes of the Rockport Company and its subsidiaries. The department advised in the sale of Rockport‚Äôs business as a going concern to Charlesbank Capital Partners. The firm also represents Georgia-Pacific and Koch Industries in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Bestwall in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The client is party to a funding agreement whereby it agrees to fund all of Bestwall‚Äôs asbestos liability including any trust established in the bankruptcy. The firm also assisted Georgia-Pacific Holdings in a reorganization of its corporate structure that separated its main operating businesses from the Bestwall unit to ensure that it is excluded from the Chapter 11 filing. Christopher Updike left the firm to take up the position of general counsel at Stretto.

Leading lawyers

My Chi To - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Natasha Labovitz - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†combines ‚Äėsuperior technical expertise with practical solutions that meet all stakeholder objectives‚Äô. The team is primarily instructed by large corporations and private equity clients, and has a varied practice covering the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors. Highlights include advising Solenis on its merger with BASF‚Äôs paper and water chemicals business, and acting for Chugoku Electric Power, as a member of an investor group, in the acquisition of majority ownership interests in Kleen Energy Systems, which operates a 620-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Connecticut. New York-based practice chair¬†Stuart Hammer¬†‚Äėbrings a clear passion to his work‚Äô and ‚Äėhelps clients understand and mitigate risk‚Äô. Also in New York,¬†Harry Zirlin¬†is an active associate in the practice group.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's practice is co-headed by corporate lawyer Andrew Bab and Kevin Rinker, litigators Maura Monaghan and Marc Goodman and FDA regulator Paul Rubin, who is based in Washington DC. The practice prepared a report on medical device cybersecurity in collaboration with the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Steering Committee, which included FDA officials and representatives from large medical device manufacturers. The client portfolio also includes GlaxoSmithKline and Merck. Antitrust litigator Ted Hassi joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in July 2018. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's healthcare team, which is led out of New York and Washington DC, provides a broad range of legal services, including corporate, M&A, litigation and white-collar defense, regulatory compliance, private equity financing and capital markets, as well as intellectual property and data privacy law. John Gleeson and Maura Monaghan defended EmblemHealth in a False Claims Act-related qui tam lawsuit initiated by realtors in the New York Supreme Court. On the transactional side, Kevin Rinker led for Hospital Corporation of America on its $1.5bn asset acquisition of Mission Health, while Andrew Bab represented a consortium consisting of TPG Capital, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and Humana in its $4.1bn purchase of Kindred Healthcare. Transactional antitrust and trial lawyer Ted Hassi joined the Washington DC office from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in July 2018. All other mentioned attorneys are based in New York.

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Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The New York-based insurance litigation group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP engages in securities litigation, coverage class actions and single disputes, governmental and regulatory investigations (particularly in the health insurance space), ERISA litigation, and reinsurance arbitration proceedings across all policy types. Maeve O’Connor has been advising MetLife in a putative shareholder class action lawsuit concerning allegations that the client's procedures for financial reporting and valuing its reserves for group annuity payments are inadequate. Securities litigation co-chair Edwin Schallert counts Prudential Financial among his clients. Susan Reagan Gittes was promoted to partner in July 2018.

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Insurance: non-contentious
Insurance: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is 'well known and highly thought of' for its insurance sector expertise in connection with M&A transactions, financings and capital markets matters, as well as tax and regulatory advice. Major recent highlights for the team have seen John Vasily and David Grosgold advise AXA on its $15.3bn acquisition of Bermuda-based insurer XL Group, while also acting for AIG on its $5.56bn purchase of Validus Group. Thomas Kelly led for Global Atlantic Financial Group on the reinsurance of $9bn worth of fixed annuities and reserves of Talcott Resolution, The Hartford’s run-off life and annuity businesses, following its sale to a group of investors. Nicholas Potter advised Morgan Stanley & Co on its role as financial advisor to Assurant in relation to its $2.5bn acquisition of The Warranty Group. Alexander Cochran and Marilyn Lion, who act for clients such as Wilton Re and The Carlyle Group, are up-and-coming partners in the insurance transactions space. All mentioned partners are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

John Vasily - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Nicholas Potter - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Cochran - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

David Grosgold - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Marilyn Lion - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
Transport: aviation and air travel - finance - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is regularly instructed in aircraft and non-aircraft financings, capital markets transactions, fleet purchases, M&A, restructurings and airport infrastructure development mandates. Brian Liu  advised AAR Corp on a term loan for its new Canadian subsidiary, AAR Canada Holdings. Counsel Jaeyong So, Jasmine Ball and Geoffrey Burgess in London are advising CHC Group on its Chapter 11 proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, in which CHC successfully restructured more than $2bn of debt. The team is also particularly noted for its experience in acting for leading airlines. Counsel John Curry and Paul Brusiloff jointly head the team. Lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated. Le Lam has moved to an in-house role.

Leading lawyers

John Curry - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP works on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular emphasis on the technology sector. Key members of the team include Jeffrey Cunard in Washington DC as well as Jeremy Feigelson and James Pastore in New York.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†provides ‚Äėthe very best in trademark litigation representation‚Äô and has ‚Äėa breadth of experience across all industries and sectors‚Äô. David Bernstein¬†is hailed as the ‚Äėbest trademark litigator in the country‚Äô and heads the practice alongside ‚Äėtrademark litigation superstar‚Äô Jeremy Feigelson. Cross-border litigation is a particular specialty, with the team recently representing WeWork Companies in a multi-jurisdictional dispute that resulted in the global rebranding of UrWork, a similarly named China-based competitor of the client. Bernstein and Michael Schaper¬†are also currently acting for Costco Wholesale Corp in an attempt to appeal a ruling that the client willingly infringed and counterfeited the trademark of Tiffany & Company. Jyotin Hamid¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėtremendous knowledge and experience‚Äô, while counsel Megan Bannigan¬†‚Äėtranslates complex legal issues into clear pragmatic legal advice‚Äô. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

David Bernstein - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Rising stars

Megan Bannigan - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 'understand the full life cycle of private equity funds'. Highlights included Rebecca Silberstein advising Kelso & Company on forming Kelso Investment Associates X, a buyout fund with a $2.5bn target; David Schwartz assisting HarbourVest Partners with establishing the HIPEP VIII Investment Program with a $1.7bn target; and Andrew Ahern assisting Leeds Equity Partners with forming Leeds Equity Partners VI, a buyout fund which beat its $750m target. Jonathan Adler, who acts for sponsor-side clients, and counsel Cate Bae are key names. Other clients include Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Blackstone Alternative Asset Management and Credit Suisse. All named individuals are located in New York.

Leading lawyers

David Schwartz - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Rebecca Silberstein - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Adler - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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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 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP acts for a variety of well-known corporates and investment firms including Amazon, Getty Images, Verizon and HarbourVest Partners. Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky recently advised AIG on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of its $5.6bn acquisition of insurance company Valdius Group, and Meir Katz is advising Ply Gem Holdings on its $5.5bn stock-for-stock merger with NCI Building Systems. Further, Jonathan Lewis assisted an investment consortium with a $4.1bn acquisition of Kindred Healthcare. Also recommended is practice chair Lawrence Cagney, who is instructed by clients such as Apple, AXA Equitable, Walt Disney and Edward Jones, and recently advised International Paper on its $1.8bn merger with Graphic Packaging. All named partners are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Lawrence Cagney - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Meir Katz - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is commended for the 'sophistication and scope' of its practice. It continues to impress in a range of sectors, especially healthcare, TMT, insurance and financial institutions, and private equity. The firm has worked hard to develop its sector expertise over the last decade, streamlining efforts with certain M&A practitioners given the task of focusing on individual industries alongside colleagues from other departments. Few firms now have the same level of combined M&A and regulatory expertise in its chosen focus sectors. Clients include Discovery Communications, Johnson & Johnson, HCA, International Paper, Pitney Bowes, Tribune Media, Time and Verizon Communications. In a uniquely complex transaction, involving multiple moving parts, it advised long-term private equity client Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on its $2.4bn acquisition of New York-listed Ply Gem in a take private transaction alongside a parallel purchase of Atrium Windows & Doors and then merger of Atrium with Ply Gem. It followed this deal with a series of add-on transactions for Ply Gem culminating in its $5.5bn stock-for-stock combination with NCI Building Systems. In the mega-deal space, it advised Discovery Communications on its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive and further illustrated its expertise in the media sector with a number of deals for Tribune Media including its proposed $6.6bn sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, which was eventually terminated. The senior team has expanded considerably in recent years with a series of partner promotions, including Sue Meng, who is 'a strong lawyer who gets amazing amounts of work done', Uri Herzberg, Alexander Cochran and Jennifer Chu. It now has 'a fantastic mix of senior lawyer oversight with outstanding transaction lawyers and associates', which are praised for their 'brilliance and interpersonal skills'. Clients also highlight 'the level of integration and coordination among the practice areas', which 'operate seamlessly with one another on the various aspects of a deal'. Jeffrey Rosen is 'a brilliant strategist and negotiator' and Paul Bird is another senior name with a wealth of big transaction experience. Practice co-head Michael Diz is 'a strong and capable young partner', 'demonstrates a long-term commitment to  learn and truly understanding clients' businesses and strategies' and 'develops positive working relationships with in-house counsel and business leaders'. Kevin Rinker, who also co-heads the M&A group, has an excellent record in healthcare deals. Also recommended are Gregory Gooding and William Regner, the latter of whom has been noted as 'another strong corporate finance and M&A professional'.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Rosen - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Cochran - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Jennifer Chu - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Sue Meng - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Uri Herzberg - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has 'a very high quality practice', most notably in the healthcare, financial services, insurance, technology, media and telecoms sectors. The team is 'responsive and commercially adept', 'balances the business objectives of clients while being realistic about likely exposures, threats and issues, and has a proven track record of creatively designing structures and solutions'. The firm is consistently recognized for its private equity funds formation department, which has proved fundamental to the build-out of its client portfolio and the success of the buyouts practice. Additional strength in leveraged finance, employee benefits, executive compensation, tax, litigation and deep regulatory knowledge is key to the team's performance. Clients include Blackstone, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, The Carlyle Group, Cerberus Capital Management, Kelso & Co, Providence Equity Partners, Temasek and long-term anchor client Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). Paul Bird is a senior figure within the sector, known for advising the likes of CD&R and Carlyle; he led the team that advised CD&R on its purchase of New York-listed Ply Gem Holdings through a $2.4bn take-private transaction. Kevin Schmidt is 'outstanding', 'a thoughtful business adviser', 'technically sharp', 'has a no-nonsense approach', 'is someone who looks to get the deal done by protecting the client's interests but focusing on what matters' and is 'thoughtful, energetic and responsive': he led the team that advised CF Corporation and Blackstone on the $1.83bn all-cash acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty Life. Kevin Rinker has a notably strong record in healthcare deals and 'doesn't need to win every point just for the sake of it, but rather focus on what is most important'. Andrew Bab is a leader in healthcare deals and led the team that advised a consortium featuring TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) on its $4.1bn acquisition of Kindred Healthcare, resulting in Kindred to operate as a standalone company with Humana owning 40% and TPG and WCAS taking a 60% share; Kindred’s LTAC hospitals, IRFs and contract rehabilitation services businesses became a separate specialty hospital company owned by TPG and WCAS. Gregory Gooding is 'very smart and pragmatic' and recommended for financial services deals. Jennifer Chu and Uri Herzberg are emerging names, as is Christopher Anthony, who was promoted to partner in 2018.

Leading lawyers

Kevin Schmidt - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Paul Bird - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Chu - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Uri Herzberg - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: litigation
Advertising and marketing: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

With particular experience advising clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and retail sectors, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's New York-based practice handles a range of intellectual property and false advertising litigation before the courts, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Advertising Division (NAD). A team led by practice head David Bernstein and cybersecurity and data privacy partner Jeremy Feigelson successfully settled false advertising litigation brought by Guardant Healt against its client Foundation Medicine relating to the companies' competing cancer testing products. Jyotin Hamid and Bernstein lead a team including counsel Megan Bannigan which continues to represent Merck KGaA in coordination of global false advertising litigation pending in 11 jurisdictions. In another work highlight, the practice advised BA Sports Nutrition before the NAD in a challenge brought by Stokley Van-Camp, which has now been referred to the FTC. Other key names to note include Michael Schaper, James Pastore and Washington DC-based healthcare sector expert Paul Rubin. The group's impressive client roster also includes American Express, L’Oreal USA, Costco Wholesale Corporation and Unilever.

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Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Data Privacy and Data Protection - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†has ‚Äėvery deep expertise‚Äô in a wide range of cybersecurity matters, including incident preparation, response and investigation, related civil litigation and regulatory defense, and national security issues. The practice is headed by Washington DC‚Äôs Luke Dembosky, who is ‚Äėa trusted adviser¬†in very high-stress, high-risk situations‚Äô, and New York‚Äôs Jeremy Feigelson. New York‚Äôs Jim Pastore¬†is ‚Äėincredibly knowledgeable, precise and detailed‚Äô. The team has been advising PayPal, the NBA and other clients on privacy and data security issues, including compliance with GDPR and CCPA. Other highlights include assisting Royal Bank of Canada with the response to a data breach at the client's vendor Expedia.

Leading lawyers

Luke Dembosky - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jim Pastore - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Media and entertainment: transactional
Media and entertainment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The New York-based media and entertainment practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is jointly led by Jonathan Levitsky, Michael Gillespie and Michael Diz, and handles a range of corporate transactions. In recent work, Levitsky advised Discovery Communications on its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, and assisted The Carlyle Group with its agreement to purchase Crestview Partners’ remaining shareholding in NEP. The group has also been active for financial advisers in significant transactions. Greater Media, Meredith Corporation and Tribune Media are all clients.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†provides the full spectrum of transaction services, but is notable for its work with large financial advisers on high-value transactions.¬†Jonathan Levitsky¬†works across both public and private M&A mandates, and recently handled work for Discovery Communications in connection with its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks, advised the Carlyle Group on acquiring Crestview Partner's shareholding in live broadcast company NEP, and advised Spruce House Investment Management on its $170m investment in GTT Communications. Levitsky, along with M&A specialist¬†Paul Bird, advised Tribune Media on its now-cancelled sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, and currently advises on Tribune's pending $6.4bn sale to Nexstar Media Group, one of the largest upcoming deals in the broadcast market. Levitsky leads the group along with¬†Michael Gillespie¬†and¬†Michael Diz, both of whom specialize in telecoms and media transactions. Other prominent team members include¬†William Regner¬†and¬†Jeffrey Rosen, who¬†have a strong track record of work with large financial advisers, including clients such as Guggenheim Securities, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan Securities. Latin American media conglomerate¬†Globo Comunica√ß√£o e Participa√ß√Ķes, private equity firms Spruce House Investment Management, and broadcast company MSG networks are other notable names among the firm's client list.

Leading lawyers

Michael Gillespie - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Diz - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises some of the largest corporations and private equity firms in the US on tax issues relating to M&A, financing, capital markets deals, investment vehicles, derivatives and insurance matters. In recent highlights, Gary Friedman led advice to Discovery Communications in its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, and co-lead Peter Schuur advised Global Atlantic Financial Group on the reinsurance of approximately $9bn of fixed annuities and other spread-based reserves of insurance company Talcott Resolution. Co-lead Peter Furci advised Tribune Media Company on its $3.9bn sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group. Rafael Kariyev advised AmTrust Financial Services in a strategic transaction with Madison Dearborn Partners for a portion of AmTrust’s US fee businesses, valued at $1.15bn. Erin Cleary was recently made partner. Partner Vadim Mahmoudov departed to PwC as a principal in October 2017. Of counsel Burt Rosen retired. All named lawyers are located in New York.

Leading lawyers

Gary Friedman - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Peter Furci - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Peter Schuur - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‚Äôs New York tax group ‚Äėconsistently delivers a high level of service‚Äô¬†and has been called¬†‚Äėone of the best practices for private equity and hedge fund formation‚Äô. Recent notable work in the private equity area included¬†Michael Bolotin¬†acting for EIG Global Energy Partners in the formation of a joint venture with FS Investments to manage the $4bn FS Energy and Power Fund, and also advising CVC Capital Partners on its investment in Republic Finance. The practice has also been active on several standout M&A transactions, an example of which included¬†Peter Schuur¬†advising American International Group on its $5.6bn acquisition of Validus Group. In other highlights, Gary Friedman¬†advised Discovery Communications on its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, while Peter Furci¬†advised Tribune Media Company on its $3.9bn sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group.¬†Rafael Kariyev¬†‚Äėis highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable‚Äô in the structuring and formation of private investment funds. Erin Cleary¬†was promoted to partner in May 2018. Vadim Mahmoudov left for PwC in October 2017, and Burt Rosen retired from practice.

Leading lawyers

Gary Friedman - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Peter Schuur - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Bolotin - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has made an impression in deals involving distressed assets and in transactions involving strong compliance concerns; the firm‚Äôs prominent white-collar crime practice has provided pivotal advice on a number of deals. The firm has also worked on a series of deals for Latin American family offices, notably a number of outbound acquisitions in the US and Europe. Financial services (including insurance), telecoms and media are key industry sectors for a Latin America practice that is increasingly active in representing private equity funds in regional transactions. Brazil is a major jurisdiction for the team, with Argentina and Colombia also featuring strongly. Clients include AIG, Ambev, Axa, Brookfield Asset Management, Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Minera√ß√£o, G√°vea Investimentos, Organiza√ß√Ķes Globo, Prudential Financial and Vinci Partners. Recent matters include advising Ambev on its acquisition of a 30% interest in leading Caribbean brewer, Cervecer√≠a Nacional Dominicana, and the restructuring of its joint venture with E. Le√≥n Jimenes. It also represented Brookfield Asset Management on its $768m acquisition (along with institutional partners) of a 70% controlling stake in the core water, wastewater and industrial water treatment business of Odebrecht Ambiental. The practice is commended for its expertise in ‚Äėcorporate insurance deals‚Äô, is ‚Äėhighly responsive‚Äô and provides a ‚Äėvery high level of service‚Äô as well as having ‚Äėexcellent industry knowledge and experience‚Äô. For at least one client, it is the ‚Äėgo-to firm for Latin America deals by a long mile‚Äô. Colombian born partner David Grosgold ‚Äėhas a great depth and breadth of experience in corporate insurance matters in Latin America‚Äô, is ‚Äėone of the few true corporate insurance experts in the field‚Äô and ‚Äėis always a pleasure to work with‚Äô. Head of the Latin America group Maurizio Levi-Minzi is another key M&A player who has significant experience in the region, as do Michael Gillespie and Gregory Gooding. Corporate insurance expert John Vasily ‚Äėreally gets what is commercially important to his clients‚Äô; with deep experience in Latin America, he is ‚Äėa very impressive lawyer at the top of his game‚Äô and ‚Äėis proactive in getting his team to deliver what is needed‚Äô.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s New York-based practice is led by the highly regarded Donald Francis Donovan and David Rivkin, who jointly lead the firm’s international dispute resolution group, alongside Dietmar Prager who co-heads the Latin America practice. Major work highlights in the investment treaty space included representing Perenco Ecuador against the Republic of Ecuador in an ICSID arbitration pertaining to Ecuador’s 2006 amendment of the hydrocarbons law and a subsequent termination-of-contract dispute; acting for LafargeHolcim in a pending ICSID arbitration against the government of Venezuela; and representing Gramercy Funds Management (and an affiliate) in a dispute with Peru arising from the country’s attempts to avoid payment of agrarian bonds issued in exchange for expropriated rural properties. On the commercial side, mandates saw Catherine Amirfar acting for a pharmaceutical company in a multimillion-dollar contractual dispute; and Prager representing a construction contractor in ICC arbitration arising from an EPC contract. Mark Friedman and Patrick Taylor are also noted.

Leading lawyers

Dietmar Prager - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Donald Francis Donovan - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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