Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP > New York, United States > Firm Profile

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
200 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10166-0193
United States

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP fields attorneys who are regularly sought after by large corporations for their expertise in both cartel investigations and follow-on litigation. The practice group is jointly led by Rachel Brass in San Francisco and Stephen Weissman, who joined in February 2021 from Baker Botts L.L.P.. With noted strengths on both coasts, the team regularly serves as global counsel for leniency applicants in international cartel investigations. Also recommended are Cynthia Richman, who primarily focuses on assisting technology clients in coordinated investigations; Scott Hammond, who specializes in the representation of companies and executives in investigations conducted by domestic and foreign competition enforcement authorities, from Asia to Latin America; and Jeremy Robison, who has additional expertise in internal investigations and criminal “no-poach” investigations; and Daniel Swanson in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Jarrett Arp departed in August 2020 to join the antitrust group at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Weissman; Rachel Brass

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom

Swisher

Panasonic

Uber

Smithfield Foods

Visa

Uber

Baxter International

Woodbridge

Barnes & Noble Education

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP enjoys a strong national reputation for its private antitrust litigation and class actions capabilities, evidenced by its consistent engagement by blue-chip companies from a variety of industries. Most notably, the department represents household names in the areas of media, entertainment and hi-tech, advising on actions at the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust law. The group is led by Rachel Brass in San Francisco and Stephen Weissman, who joined the firm in March 2021 from Baker Botts L.L.P.. Also recommended in the team are Cynthia Richman and Scott Hammond in Washington DC, Veronica Moyé in the Dallas office, and Los Angeles-based Daniel Swanson, who primarily focuses on monopolization and dominance cases concerning tech corporations and digital platforms. Jarrett Arp departed in August 2020 to join the antitrust group at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Brass; Stephen Weissman

Other key lawyers:

Cynthia Richman; Veronica Moyé; Joshua Lipton; Scott Hammond; Daniel Swanson; Kristen Limarzi

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom

Swisher

Panasonic

Uber

Smithfield Foods

Visa

Uber

Baxter International

Woodbridge

Barnes & Noble Education

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP houses a sizeable all-star team of appellate practitioners, each with experience appearing before the US Supreme Court as well as state and federal courts of appeal. The practice stayed true to its reputation for handling complex separation of powers cases before the US Supreme Court; a team led by the highly regarded trio of former US Solicitor General Theodore Olson, Matthew McGill and Helgi Walker acted for Aurelius Investment in Aurelius Investment, LLC v Puerto Rico, a dispute questioning the validity of appointments to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, a body vested with oversight powers in the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. Former practice head Theodore Boutrous is a key contact in Los Angeles and has longstanding experience spanning over 100 appeals all over the country. Allyson Ho (Dallas) sits at the helm of the department. Former Assistant to the Solicitor General Miguel Estrada is also highly regarded, having argued 24 cases before the US Supreme Court. Former co-chair Mark Perry left the firm in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Allyson Ho

Key clients

Dreamers

Comcast

Victims of the 1998 African Embassy Bombings

EMD Serono, Inc. / Pfizer Inc.

Union Pacific Railroad Company

National Association of Broadcasters CTIA / The Wireless Association NCTA / The Internet & Television Association

Nasdaq

Trinity Industries

Crystallex International

International Paper

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has deep experience in a broad range of white-collar crime matters, including sanctions violations, benchmark manipulation, money laundering and foreign bribery issues. The team was strengthened in January 2021 by the arrival of Nick Hanna, who re-joined the firm in Los Angeles as co-practice head from a position as US Attorney for the Central District of Los Angeles. Hanna heads the practice alongside Joel Cohen, San Francisco’s Charles Stevens and Joseph Warin and Stephanie Brooker, both in Washington DC. A former federal prosecutor, Warin is recommended in particular for securities enforcement, FCPA investigations and FCA matters. Also recommended are Reed Brodsky, an experienced trial lawyer, litigator, and crisis management expert; and Randy Mastro. On the more junior end, associate attorney Amanda Aycock is recommended for matters involving privacy, cybersecurity and consumer protection. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Joel Cohen; Nick Hanna; Charles Stevens; Joseph Warin; Stephanie Brooker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Novartis and Alcon

Herbalife

Juul

Universal Health Services

Progenity

Rio Tinto

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Known for its roster of prominent trial lawyers, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s nationwide practice group continues to attract praise for its role in high-profile and often precedent-setting disputes. Over the review period, Randy Mastro (New York) secured a win in the US Supreme Court on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, regarding excessive and unnecessary Covid-19 restrictions on church attendance in New York. Fellow practice head Theodore Boutrous (California), who has argued more than 150 appeals throughout his career, is currently representing Ashley Judd in a high-profile defamation suit against Harvey Weinstein. Trial lawyer Orin Snyder (New York) is engaged in several significant ongoing cases for well-known companies, including Facebook. Trey Cox (Dallas) and Christopher Belelieu (New York) joined the firm in 2020 from Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst  and Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Reed Brodsky; Theane Evangelis; Veronica Moyé; Helgi Walker

Key clients

Comcast Corporation

AMC Film Holdings

Tinder (founders and employees)

Textron Financial

SES Americom, Inc.

Uber Technologies

Daimler AG

Mercedes-Benz USA

Deutsche Telekom

MGM Domestic Television Distribution, LLC

Facebook

Jerry Seinfield

Madison Square Garden

Nestle USA

J.M. Smucker

Kraft Heinz

Starbucks

Gavina

Keurig Dr. Pepper

Amrock, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Obtained a victory on behalf of Comcast Corporation, whereby the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously vacated a Ninth Circuit decision allowing a discriminatory contracting claim to proceed past the pleadings stage.
  • Represented AMC Film Holdings in a high-profile case filed by Frank Darabont, the former show-runner of The Walking Dead, alleging that AMC owned him money due to false accounting of the TV series’ profits.
  • Representing founders and early employees of Tinder, as plaintiffs, in a dispute in which it is alleged that Tinder’s corporate parents Match Group breached and interfered with the stock option contracts governing Tinder employees’ stock options.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is regularly involved in transnational disputes on the frontier of quickly evolving areas of practice. Climate change and sustainability-related litigation continue to be an area of growth for the firm as reflected in its freshly launched global environmental, social, and corporate governance practice group; Los Angeles-based duo Perlette Jura and William Thomson are names to note in this area. Jura is also active in defending corporates in transnational supply chain lawsuits and against allegations of aiding and abetting human rights violations. The group also has a strong enforcement practice. In a case led by Thomson and New York-based Andrea Neuman and Randy Mastro, the group defended Chevron against the enforcement in the US of a fraudulent $9.5bn judgment issued against the company in Ecuador. Another contact in New York is Anne Champion, who is recommended for environmental and mass tort disputes, while in Washington DC Miguel Estrada, has a strong track record in the appellate courts and is noted for regulatory, white-collar crime and intellectual property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Perlette Jura; William Thomson; Andrea Neuman

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Randy MastroGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Randy Mastro in New York is a true generalist, with a highly active trial and general commercial litigation practice. Among his highlight matters, Mastro secured a writ of injunction in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, regarding its First Amendment challenge to excessive Covid-19 restrictions on church attendance in certain areas of Brooklyn and Queens. Currently, Mastro is representing Chevron Corporation in contempt proceedings against Steven Donziger and his firm, Donziger & Associates, after having secured several decisive victories.

Orin SnyderGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Orin Snyder in New York has a strong reputation in technology, media and entertainment litigation. In July 2020, he secured a bench trial victory for AMC Network in a major dispute brought by former show runner Frank Darabont and his agents, who alleged that the network owed them hundreds-of-millions of dollars under their profit participation contracts. Currently, Snyder is engaged in a major trial on behalf of founders and early employees of Tinder, who are pursuing a multibillion-dollar claim against Match and InterActiveCorp in the Supreme Court of New York, asserting that the defendants breached and interfered with stock option contracts to increase their profits.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

The securities litigation and SEC enforcement practice groups at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP have successfully defended some of the biggest cases in the US and frequently represent Fortune 100 companies in sectors as diverse as technology, retail, mining and private equity. ‘A fantastic firm with a very solid issuer-side practice‘, according the market sources, it recently handled a securities class action, shareholder derivative cases, and consumer class actions for Facebook concerning the alleged misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica. Brian Lutz in San Francisco was the lead lawyer in those cases. In New York, Mark Kirsch and Robert Serio are the most prominent practitioners. In a recent highlight, Kirsch defeated a $250m damages claim against Investcorp following a two-week bench trial. Other key figures in the team include Monica Loseman in Denver, who is handling a class action for medical device company ViewRay, and Michael Celio in Palo Alto, who handles securities fraud for public companies across the country.

Practice head(s):

Monica Loseman; Brian Lutz; Craig Varnen

Key clients

Facebook

Investcorp

Nike

Rio Tinto

HP

Vale

Slack

AmTrust

Edward D. Jones & Co.

Lynn Tilton / Patriarch

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 1

The environmental litigation and mass tort group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP specializes in cutting-edge prosecution and defense of civil and criminal environmental litigation, which usually concern bet-the-company cases involving environmental disasters or novel theories of liability. Demonstrating a renowned cross-border capability and leveraging its close ties to other practice groups within the firm, the team represents leading corporations in multi-plaintiff toxic tort matters in the US and abroad. Litigation involving climate change and greenhouse gas emissions is another strong point for the department, which is jointly led by Daniel Nelson and Stacie Fletcher in Washington DC. Also in DC, Raymond Ludwiszewski in recognized for his experience in environmental litigation and regulatory matters, and Michael Murphy is counsel of choice for government contractors in Superfund litigation. The firm also boasts a strong offering on the West Coast, where names to note include Patrick Dennis, a seasoned litigator focusing on toxic tort and CERCLA cost recovery; and Perlette Jura, who stands out for her cross-border work and Proposition 65 expertise. Both are based in the Los Angeles office.

Practice head(s):

Stacie Fletcher; Daniel Nelson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Chevron

Daimler and Mercedes-Benz USA

Association of Global Automakers

Major players in the coffee industry, including Nestlé USA, J.M. Smucker, Kraft Heinz, Starbucks, Gavina, and Keurig Dr. Pepper

PepsiCo and Nestlé

Marathon Petroleum

Boeing

General Electric Company

Western States Petroleum Association

Zurich American Insurance

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s impressive client base includes global auto manufacturers, large rental car companies, automobile trade associations and companies involved in the manufacture of transportation industry-related materials. The firm’s significant Washington DC-based rail and road transportation industry practice covers litigation, appellate matters, environmental matters, antitrust, false advertising, and consumer and other class actions. It also stands out for its leading role in the effort to conform punitive damage awards and procedures to constitutional requirements. Co-partner-in-charge of the Washington DC office, Thomas Dupree Jr is an experienced trial and appellate advocate, who has argued over 80 appeals in the federal courts; he recently acted for the entire railroad industry (through the Association of American Railroads) in Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees v. Federal Railroad Administration, which cleared the way for railroads to implement new automated track-inspection technologies. Providing notable support is experienced partner Raymond Ludwiszewski, who specializes in environmental matters.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP fields a team of dedicated experts in the labor and employment space, which has a strong track record in acting for large, international corporations and financial institutions, including Uber, Amazon and UBS. The group handles disputes relating to anti-discrimination law, non-compete and trade secrets issues, wage and hour mandates and whistleblower matters and the practice is noted for its involvement in prominent topics including #MeToo and the gig economy. Recommended in the team are wage and hour specialist Catherine Conway in Los Angeles and Washington DC-based Jason Schwartz, who is active in litigation as well as arbitration proceedings. Jesse Cripps, also in LA, has experience acting before trial and appellate courts, while Joshua Lipshutz, who divides his time between San Francisco and Washington DC, is an expert in contractor misclassification matters. Other key individuals include Denver’s Jessica BrownGabrielle Levin in New York, Michele Maryott in Orange County, Katherine Smith and Theane Evangelis in Los Angeles and Washington DC-based Greta Williams and Molly Senger, who made partner in early 2021. Eugene Scalia rejoined the firm in April 2021, following his tenure as US Secretary of Labor.

Practice head(s):

Jason Schwartz; Katherine Smith

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a reputed name within this space and covers the gamut of entertainment and media related disputes, with a caseload consisting of matters involving profit participation, contract breaches, alleged idea theft and First Amendment protection. Scott Edelman co-chairs the practice and works across entertainment and media, with expertise in defamation, contract breaches and profit sharing disputes. Fellow practice head Orin Snyder acted for AMC in one of the biggest profit sharing cases in the industry against comic book writer Robert Kirkman, in relation to The Walking Dead. Theodore Boutrous heads the litigation department and is a highly respected for freedom of speech and First Amendment-related issues, most recently assisting MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on obtaining an Anti-SLAPP dismissal of a defamation lawsuit concerning her coverage of the pro-Trump news network One America News and its alleged links to Russian propaganda. Of counsel Nathaniel Bach, who focuses on music, film, TV and First Amendment-related disputes, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Scott Edelman

Work highlights

  • Acted for AMC on a payment dispute with Frank Darabont, the former showrunner of The Walking Dead.
  • Advised UMG Recordings on a dispute which arose out of a fire at a studio where archived recordings were destroyed.
  • Defended Jerry Seinfeld against allegations of idea theft regarding his Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s outsourcing practice handles offshoring, outsourcing-based joint ventures, and IT and business processing outsourcing for clients, with a particular focus on the healthcare and financial services industries. William Peters, Stephen Nordahl, and Daniel Angel are the key partners in the team.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

From CEQA reviews to PPP projects and major mixed-use developments, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP fields a top-tier practice group from its California offices, handling every aspect of the planning process for some of the most notable projects on the West Coast. Of particular note is the team’s work on major stadium developments, providing long-term advice through planning and on issues arising post-construction for clients including the Kroenke Group and the Golden State Warriors. Land use and development practice co-head Amy Forbes is based in Los Angeles and has strengths in administrative and sports law, while joint practice head Mary Murphy in San Francisco has extensive experience in PPP and historic rehabilitation projects. Another contact in San Francisco is Allison Kidd, who has experience of land use and transactional real estate advice. In Los Angeles, Douglas Champion is noted for his work on entertainment venues; he has been advising Madison Square Garden Company on its MSG Sphere at the Venetian, recently negotiating with Clark County on additional real property rights and refinement of the project design.

Practice head(s):

Amy Forbes; Mary Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Champion; Allison Kidd; Neil Sekhri; Ben Saltsman

Key clients

Oakland A’s Major League Baseball team

Berggruen Institute Project

CBS

Brookfield Properties Development

Madison Square Garden Company

Oak View Group

Golden State Warriors

The Kroenke Group

Related/MPG

Stockbridge and Wilson Meany

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 1

At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, the real estate department is a market leader for an enormous variety of lender and borrower-side finance matters, catering to a client roster of construction, CMBS, portfolio and mezzanine lenders, in addition to property operators and investment firms. Century City-based Jesse Sharf and Erin Rothfuss in San Francisco are co-chairs of the practice and specialize in whole-loan sales, syndications and participations, CMBS lending and structured finance transactions; they also have experience in workouts and foreclosures. Elsewhere in New York, Aaron Beim supports investors with syndicated, securitized, single-lender mortgage and mezzanine loans, while Victoria Shusterman is an expert in construction loans, bridge financing, loan syndications and multi-tranche mezzanine finance. At the more junior end of the partnership, Noam Haberman, also based in New York, focuses on higher risk balance sheet loans, as does Kahlil Yearwood who is in the San Francisco office.

Practice head(s):

Eric Feuerstein; Erin Rothfuss; Jesse Sharf

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Shusterman; Noam Haberman; Kahlil Yearwood; Aaron Beim; Harry Silvera; Danielle Katzir

Work highlights

  • Represented real estate investment and finance firm, Cale Street Investments, in connection with a $775m loan to Millennium Partners for the construction of the Winthrop Center, a new 690-foot 52 storey mixed-use skyscraper in downtown Boston.
  • Advised Kennedy Wilson, Inc. on establishing its new debt platform and originating multiple loans secured by newly-constructed multi-family and mixed use properties in Boulder, Colorado and Sacramento, California.
  • Advised Hudson Pacific on the $1.65bn  recapitalization of its Hollywood Media Portfolio, pursuant to which Blackstone was brought in as a 49% partner in such portfolio. The portfolio comprises three Hollywood studios and five on-lot or adjacent Class A office properties, totaling 2.2 million square feet.

Real estate Tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is primarily focused on the representation of real estate operators, investment firms and prominent lenders, supporting them on the full suite of matters in the real estate industry. On the West Coast, Erin Rothfuss in San Francisco and Century City-based Jesse Sharf both provide the team with expertise in sales and dispositions, development projects, fund formation and real estate-related M&A. A significant point of difference for the department is that it is able to leverage an equally robust presence on both sides of the US with debt purchase, restructuring and joint venture specialist Eric Feuerstein fronting the New York offering. Also in New York, Andrew Lance co-chairs the firm’s hotel and hospitality practice; he also has an impressive track record in school, sport and entertainment development projects, particularly those with a public-private partnership component. In an example of the team’s scope and calibre of work, it recently acted for Welltower in a $1bn sale of two portfolios to Kanye Anderson Real Estate Advisors, a transaction which consisted of 27 medical office buildings and seven senior housing facilities spread across 15 states.

Practice head(s):

Eric Feuerstein; Erin Rothfuss; Jesse Sharf

Other key lawyers:

Jesse Shapiro; Steven Klein; Stuart Graiwer; Farshad Morè Amy Forbes; Matthew Kidd; Noam Haberman

Key clients

Welltower Inc.

Hudson Pacific Properties

KKR Real Estate Finance Manager LLC

DivcoWest

Jamestown Properties

JPMorgan Investment Management

Related Companies

Deutsche Bank

Rockpoint Group, L.L.C.

Stockbridge Capital LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Stockbridge in connection with an approximately $2bn acquisition and financing of an industrial portfolio of 23 operating and under-development warehouse industrial properties.
  • Advised Hudson Pacific on forming a joint venture with Blackstone to recapitalize Hudson’s first class studio/studio office portfolio, pursuant to which Blackstone was brought in as a 49% partner in the portfolio.
  • Represented the seller in connection with the $1.15bn sale of the Lord & Taylor building, a trophy asset in midtown Manhattan, to Amazon.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has recognized expertise in representing financial institutions in investigations and regulatory enforcement actions involving the CFPB, SEC, OCC and DOJ. In addition to responding to investigations, the team also represents clients in court proceedings brought by these regulators. The practice group is also trusted to conduct internal investigations into sensitive issues. Contacts in the team include Arthur Long, who has practiced in this area for more than 25 years, and Stephanie Brooker, a former federal prosecutor and a specialist in white-collar criminal matters. Another name to note is Matthew Biben, who, in addition to representing a number of major financial institutions, has previously worked in-house at JPMorgan Chase and as an Assistant US Attorney in the Office for the Southern District of New York. Long and Biben are based in New York, while Brooker is based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Biben; Stephanie Brooker

Other key lawyers:

Joel Cohen; Arthur Long

Key clients

Citizens Bank, N.A.

Wealthfront Corporation

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

Frequently involved in the high-value cases arising from public company mergers, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has an experienced bench of litigators who work in tandem with the firm’s corporate lawyers to anticipate contentious issues and minimize the risk of litigation. Co-chair of securities litigation Brian Lutz in San Francisco leads a practice that has a strong track record in cases concerning hostile takeovers; he is consistently called upon to represent companies, directors and their financial advisers in connection with proposed mergers. Lutz recently secured the dismissal of a case in Delaware against activist fund Elliott Management filed in the wake of its acquisition of tech company Gigamon. Also prominent in the practice are New York-based partner Adam Offenhartz and Aric Wu, who represented USA Technologies in defending against an activist campaign launched by Hudson Executive Capital involving novel takeover issues under Pennsylvania law.

Practice head(s):

Brian Lutz; Monica Loseman; Craig Varnen

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP stands out with its involvement in complex class actions and multi-plaintiff toxic torts, many of which involve household name clients. The team handles litigation in the United States as well as cross-border and international disputes. In a recent win the firm obtained a summary judgement for representing major players in the coffee industry in a long-running Proposition 65 enforcement action. The environmental litigation and mass torts practice group is led by Dan Nelson and Stacie Fletcher in Washington DC. Theodore Boutrous in California, who has a strong federal and state appellate practice, and Randy Mastro in New York are also recommended in the litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Dan Nelson; Stacie Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Dupree; Perlette Jura; Andrea Neuman; Peter Modlin; Ted Boutrous; Randy Mastro

Key clients

Kimberly-Clark

Chevron

Major players in the coffee industry, including Nestlé USA,

J.M. Smucker, Kraft Heinz, Starbucks, Gavina, and Keurig Dr.

Pepper

Daimler AG / Mercedes-Benz USA

Toyota

Fiat Chrysler

General Electric

PepsiCo and Nestlé

Dole

International Paper

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Given its geographic spread across the US and its standing in SEC regulation, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a regular choice of counsel for DCM transactions, particularly for issuers. Technology, pharmaceuticals, retail, construction, and consumer products are key sectors. In 2020, the firm saw considerable activity in the energy sector, leveraging the growing strength of its Houston office, which was opened in 2017. The firm is also noted for its expertise in private equity-backed transactions. New York partner Andrew Fabens co-heads the team and represented a number of major corporates in sizeable debt deals in 2020, including advising General Electric in a series of headline debt offerings. Houston’s Hillary Holmes has been at the forefront of Covid-19 crisis-driven offerings in the oil and gas industry. San Francisco’s Stewart McDowell and Los Angeles partner Peter Wardle are also key figures.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Fabens; Hillary Holmes; Stewart McDowell; Peter Wardle

Other key lawyers:

Robyn Zolman

Key clients

General Electric

Amazon.com

HP

Wells Fargo

VMWare

Marriott International

CoStar Group

Barclays Capital

Mondelēz International / Mondelez International Holdings Netherlands B.V.

The Williams Companies / Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco)

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 2

Continuing its recent trend of growth, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP welcomed respected practitioner Joshua Brody, formerly of Jones Day, in November 2020. Brody joins the firm’s well-regarded New York office, which also houses co-chairs Scott Greenberg and David Feldman, and recommended partner Michael Rosenthal. Over on the West Coast, Jeffrey Krause and co-chair Robert Klyman are the key contacts in the Los Angeles office. The group is equally proficient in debtor- and creditor-side work; in the former space, the team focuses on the representation of international financial institutions and hedge funds in prominent out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcies and distressed acquisitions, while in the latter area, the group has built a strong track record in complex cross-border cases.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greenberg; David Feldman; Robert Klyman

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

With a strong on-the-ground presence in Washington DC, the government contracts department at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acts for major contractors operating in a variety of industry sectors, and stands out for its market-leading cost accounting practice. The team is now led by Dhananjay Manthripragada, following the retirement of Karen Manos. Joseph West is another name to note in the DC office; he represents contractors, subcontractors and government agencies in all aspects of government contracts, including suspension and debarment matters as well as issues involving the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.

Practice head(s):

Dhananjay Manthripragada

Other key lawyers:

Joseph West; John Chesley; James Zelenay; Lindsay Paulin

Key clients

Aetna

The Boeing Company

Fluor Corporation

Jacobs Engineering

Kaplan University

L3 Technologies, Inc.

Leidos

Northrop Grumman Corp

Palantir USG, Inc.

Parsons Corporation

Pratt & Whitney

Raytheon Company

SAIC

S&W Health management Services, Inc. and Beryl Weiner

C3.ai, Inc.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Led from New York by Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan and drawing upon the expertise of industry-focused M&A, financing, projects, tax and regulatory lawyers spread across the firm’s network of offices, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is well positioned to advise developers, project sponsors, funds and lenders on the acquisition, development and financing of a range of renewables projects. Both Hanlon and Politan continue to regularly advise cornerstone client BHE Renewables, Berkshire Hathaway’s renewables arm, which remains voracious in its appetite for acquisitions and tax equity investments in the wind and solar space. Other domestic work includes advising on the buy- and sell-side of utility-scale projects, as well as helping clients in the sector to raise finance via debt and equity issuances on the capital markets. The firm’s international network of offices also ensures that it is well placed to pick up instructions from foreign investors entering the US market, as well as assisting on projects which necessitate a multi-jurisdictional approach.

Practice head(s):

Peter Hanlon; Nicholas Politan

Other key lawyers:

Gerald Farano; Emad Khalil; Robert Nelson

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company and its utility subsidiaries, including NV Energy Company, Nevada Power Company, Sierra Pacific Power Company, MidAmerican Energy Company and PacifiCorp.

BHE Renewables LLC, including BHE Wind LLC and BHE Solar LLC

WGL Holdings

GE Capital

Sojitz Corporation of America

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Avista

Terna Energy

Carlyle Power Partners (CPP)

Saguaro Power

Northern Natural Gas Company and Kern River Gas Transmission Company (collectively referred to as “BHE Pipeline Group”)

Investment Banks including Morgan Stanley, Guggenheim Partners, Evercore, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo Securities Barclays Capital, MUFG Securities Americas

AIP Management P/S

Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.

Softbank Energy

Government of Barbados (for new National Energy Policy and matters relating to Barbados Light & Power)

I Squared Capital

Gilead Sciences

KIRKBI Invest

Orion Energy

Intel (fuel cell and solar)

Tesla

Emera Electric

South Jersey Industries

NRG Energy, Inc.

Clearway Energy, Inc.

South Carolina Department of Administration

UBS O’Connor Capital Solutions

SolarEdge

Bloom Energy

STEM

Exelon Corporation

The Related Companies

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 2

Co-headed from New York by Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan, and aided by a strong regulatory offering out of Washington DC, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s power and renewables group has, over recent years, developed a particularly strong reputation advising strategic and financial investors on big-ticket M&A transactions across the generation, transmission and distribution value chain. It is, however, the firm’s deeply entrenched relationship with US-based multinational conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway, and, more specifically, that of its energy subsidiary, that informs a significant amount of the deal flow in the renewables and conventional power space. Hanlon takes the lead on much of Berkshire Hathaway’s energy transactions, including its recent high-profile $9.7bn acquisition of Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage business.

Practice head(s):

Peter Hanlon; Nicholas Politan

Other key lawyers:

George Stamas; Gerald Farano; Mark Director; Alexander Fine; Robert Nelson; Emad Khalil

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

BHE Renewables LLC

WGL Holdings

GE Capital

Sojitz Corporation of America

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Avista

Terna Energy

Carlyle Power Partners

Saguaro Power

Northern Natural Gas Company / Kern River Gas Transmission Company

Morgan Stanley / Guggenheim Partners / Deutsche Bank / J.P. Morgan / Wells Fargo Securities Barclays Capital / MUFG Securities Americas

AIP Management P/S

Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.

Softbank Energy

Government of Barbados

I Squared Capital

Gilead Sciences

KIRKBI Invest A/S

Orion Energy

Intel

Tesla

Emera Electric

South Jersey Industries

NRG Energy, Inc.

Clearway Energy, Inc.

UBS O’Connor Capital Solutions

SolarEdge

Bloom Energy

STEM

Exelon Corporation

The Related Companies

Work highlights

  • Representing Berkshire Hathaway Energy on its approximately $9.7bn acquisition of Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage business, which is primarily focused upon the utility industry and serves six of the largest electric and gas utility companies in the US.
  • Represented Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company in two separate offerings and issuances of senior notes totalling $3.25bn.
  • Representing GE Capital in the sale of a $1bn portfolio of equity investments to funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP remains well positioned to advise private and publicly-held energy companies and private equity funds on oil and gas transactions, chiefly as a result of the targeted investment it made in the sector and growth following the opening of its Houston office in 2017. The ‘superb‘ Michael Darden has been pivotal to the firm’s growing visibility in the Houston market and beyond, and as well as being a popular choice for both buyers and sellers of upstream and midstream domestic assets, is also well versed in advising stakeholders engaged in commercial agreements, including on production sharing contracts involving countries throughout the globe. Leveraging her broader capital markets expertise, Hillary Holmes is also a vital member of the team and regularly advises oil and gas companies on securities regulatory matters, and debt and equity capital issuance. Justin Stolte  left for Latham & Watkins LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Michael Darden

Other key lawyers:

Hillary Holmes; Beau Stark; Steven Talley; Robyn Zolman

Testimonials

‘Michael Darden is superb.’

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway

Occidental Petroleum

Concho Resources

EnCap Flatrock Midstream

Delek Logistics Partners (conflicts committee of the board of directors/general partner)

Hess Midstream Partners (conflicts committee of the board of directors)

First Reserve

The Williams Partners / subsidiary Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco)

Evercore Group

Piñon Resources

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP focuses on the technology, software, pharmaceutical, chemical and media sectors and specialises in crafting creative litigation strategies to conduct disputes efficiently. Practice heads Wayne Barsky in Century City, Josh Krevitt in New York and Palo Alto, and Mark Reiter in Dallas are in charge of a practice that also extends to Washington DC and Denver. In Kenneth Parker, formerly at Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., the practice gained an experienced patent and trade mark litigator whose ITC experience complements the firm’s powerful district court, Federal Circuit and PTAB practice. The recent victory for Smith + Nephew, Inc. and ArthroCare Corp. at the Supreme Court in a matter concerning the constitutionality of the appointment of PTAB judges shone a light on the group’s experience in disputes brought before the highest US court.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Barsky; Josh Krevitt; Mark Reiter

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Hershkowitz; Mark Perry; Brian Rosenthal; Kate Dominguez; Paul Torchia; Brian Buroker; Howard Hogan; Jeffrey Thomas; Kenneth Parker

Key clients

EMD Serono and Pfizer

Novartis

Smith + Nephew/ArthroCare

SoundCloud

SharkNinja

NetApp

Amgen

T-Mobile

Amazon

AT&T

FitBit

Dell/EMC

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is highly active across all asset classes in the private funds space, handling fund formation, operational, and regulatory matters. The firm is particularly active in the fields of co-investment funds, secondary funds, and funds-of-funds, with practice co-head Edward Sopher advising GoldPoint Partners on the formation of a $750m fund-of-funds. Sopher acts for clients including Blackstone Strategic Partners and StepStone Group on operational and formation matters, as well as advising institutional investors, seed and stake investors, placement agents and joint venture partners. Fellow co-head Shukie Grossman is particularly recommended for fund M&A transactions, and spin-outs of fund businesses and management teams. On the West Coast, Los Angeles-based Jennifer Bellah Maguire handles fund formation and transactions, particularly in the leveraged buy-out and venture spaces, where highlights include representing RidgeLake Partners in its acquisition of a passive minority interest in Newbury Partners. The firm has seen several changes over the last year: Roger Singer joined the firm from Clifford Chance in September 2020, though Edward Nelson departed at the start of 2020 for Latham & Watkins LLPJohn Senior was promoted to partner at the start of 2021. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Edward Sopher; Shukie Grossman; Jennifer Bellah Maguire

Key clients

Leonard Green & Partners

Hamilton Lane

IPI Partners

GCM Grosvenor

ICONIQ Capital

Madison Realty

TCG Capital Management

Motive Partners

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Crest Rock Capital

Neuberger Berman

GoldPoint Partners

Oak Street Real Estate Capital

Exeter Property Group

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is highly experienced in M&A, financing, joint ventures and commercial agreements, spanning the film, TV, music and sport segments. The key figures in the New York office include M&A and capital markets specialist John Gaffney and Richard Birns, who focuses on M&A and rights agreements. On the West Coast, Los Angeles-based Kevin Masuda is highly skilled in corporate transactions and distribution agreements, and Benyamin Ross is a name to note for M&A, equity offerings and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Masuda

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles technology transactions from across a wide range of key sectors, including life sciences, medical devices, financial services, food and beverage and hospitality. Key team members include  Daniel Angel in New York, who represents a mix of start-ups to well-established industry players; and Palo Alto-based Carrie LeRoy, who advises on a range of IP, licensing and sourcing agreements.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s tax practice regularly works on public M&A, joint ventures, private equity transactions, capital markets deals, real estate deals and fund formations. Energy is a particular area of strength for the team, which is regularly involved in upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions. The department is chaired by veteran practitioner Eric Sloan, who possesses deep knowledge of transactional and structuring matters, and is especially experienced in Up-C IPOs. Also recommended are David Sinak, a Texas-based federal income tax and Texas franchise taxation expert, and Jeffrey Trinklein in New York, a name to note for investment structuring. Dora Arash, who focuses on federal income tax planning for corporations and partnerships, is a name to note on the West Coast. Pamela Endreny joined the New York office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Eric Sloan

Key clients

Stone Canyon Industries, LLC

Evergreen Coast Capital

Platinum Equity, LLC

General Electric Company

Aurora Capital Partners

Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.

Eros International

Eaton Corporation

The Chernin Group, LLC

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP specializes in complex merger defense proceedings, regularly representing clients in litigation before the DOJ and FTC, as well as in state courts. The team has secured favorable decisions in a number of high-profile mergers, most notably the Sprint/T-Mobile merger, in which the firm represented Deutsche Telekom. Additionally, the practice has expertise in merger filings, cross-border arrangements, and investigations, and has a strong record in the media and television sector. The team is led by two versatile antitrust advisers in San Francisco’s Rachel Brass and Stephen Weissman, who joined the team from Baker Botts L.L.P.. Adam Di Vincenzo is recommended for FTC investigations, and Scott Hammond and Los Angeles-based Daniel Swanson have experience in a diverse range of merger proceedings and litigation. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Brass; Stephen Weissman

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom

Swisher

Panasonic

Uber

Smithfield Foods

Visa

Uber

Baxter International

Woodbridge

Barnes & Noble Education

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Deutsche Telekom in the Southern District of New York case challenging the $26bn merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Obtained unconditional antitrust approval of Roche Holding AG’s $4.8bn acquisition of Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Obtained unconditional antitrust approval of Schlumberger’s  transaction with Liberty Oilfield Services.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is primarily focused on debt capital markets deals, though as part of a wider workload, it handles a steady pipeline of equity offerings, convertible stock offerings and private placements. The firm covers a broad range of industries, thanks in part to its extensive presence across the US, with key offices in New York, Texas, California and Colorado. Key figures in the team include New York-based Andrew Fabens and Hillary Holmes in Houston, both of whom have deep experience in large capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Fabens; Hillary Holmes; Stewart McDowell; Peter Wardle

Key clients

General Electric

Amazon.com

HP

Wells Fargo

VMWare

Marriott International

CoStar Group

Barclays Capital

Mondelēz International / Mondelez International Holdings Netherlands B.V.

The Williams Companies / Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco)

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s US capital markets team is largely located across its New York, California and Houston offices. The capital markets group has a high degree of expertise and experience in high-yield debt offerings, and has an excellent record in the energy, technology, retail, construction, and healthcare sectors. Much of the practice has historically focused on issuer clients, but it has a  growing reputation for underwriter representation. Co-chair of the capital markets group Andrew Fabens is a prolific advisor on equity and debt offerings, including high-yield debt, as is Houston-based co-chair Hillary HolmesDoug Rayburn, who divides time between Dallas and Houston, is noted for energy-sector transactions, including offerings by MLPs.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Fabens; Hillary Holmes

Other key lawyers:

Stewart McDowell; Peter Wardle; Doug Rayburn

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a strong reputation in FERC enforcement and litigation work, and has also handled proceedings before various state regulators. Key areas of focus include transmission, power project developments and energy-battery storage projects. William Scherman heads the practice and William Holloway is also recommended. Both Scherman and Holloway are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

William Scherman

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Jakubiak; Janine Durand; William Holloway

Industry focus > Healthcare: health insurers Tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP focuses on litigation in this space, representing healthcare companies and insurers in state and federal courts across the country. Recent highlights include defending UnitedHealthcare in two cases: the first, a dismissal of a challenge to its relationship with a third party, and the other, an ongoing defense in a putative class action case concerning its review of in-patient mental health services. Leading these two cases is Los Angeles-based attorney Heather Richardson, who also has expertise in reimbursement policy, provider fraud, coverage determinations, and quality of care. Also recommended in Los Angeles is Richard Doren, who has extensive experience in class actions, novel bad faith disputes, and other high-stakes coverage disputes.

Key clients

UnitedHealth Group

Work highlights

  • Represented United Healthcare in a challenge to its contractual relationship with a third party, Viant, and its methodology for reimbursing out-of-network providers.
  • Represented  United Healthcare n putative class action challenge to United’s utilization review of inpatient mental health services.

Industry focus > Sport Tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP runs a multidisciplinary sports practice group with expertise in litigation and arbitration, and transactional work covering M&A, financing of ownership stakes in major and minor league teams, television and digital media rights, and the development of new stadiums. Notably, the firm has represented athletes and coaches in investigation proceedings relating to anti-doping violations. Leadership within the practice is split between Maurice Suh in Los Angeles, who focuses on litigation, and Richard Birns in New York who takes the lead on the firm’s non-contentious work. Andrew Tulumello joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Richard Birns; Maurice Suh

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 3

Representing clients in the media, technology, software, pharmaceuticals and chemical industries, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's team acts as lead trial counsel in a range of trade secrets matters. The IP specialists in the team bring their broad knowledge of patent and trademark law to bear in trade secrets and misappropriation cases. In December 2019 the firm also launched a new practice group focused on artificial intelligence and automated systems. Wayne Barsky in California, Josh Krevitt in New York and Texas-based Mark Reiter are co-chairs of the IP group.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Barsky; Josh Krevitt; Mark Reiter

Key clients

EMD Serono and Pfizer

Novartis

Smith + Nephew/ArthroCare

SoundCloud

SharkNinja

NetApp

Amgen

T-Mobile

Amazon

AT&T

FitBit

Dell/EMC

Work highlights

  • Representing plaintiff Kimberly-Clark in a patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of contract lawsuit related to Kimberly-Clark’s material used in its baby wipes and other personal and professional care products.
  • Represented Stonecastle in a five-patent case that also involved claims for trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract; the plaintiff sought $172m in damages and alleged theft of trade secrets.
  • Represented Allergan (now part of AbbVie) in an International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation that it filed jointly with its licensing partner, Korean botulinum toxin (BTX) maker Medytox.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP expanded its national M&A team during 2020, recruiting a number of attorneys from firms including Kirkland & Ellis LLPJones Day, and Paul Hastings LLP. Across its New York, Washington DC, and California offices, the firm acts for a variety of major clients, having advised the likes of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, VMWare, and Pepsi on recent large-scale M&A. The team is able to handle straight acquisitions, disposals, investments, and complex corporate issues such as hostile takeover defense and activist shareholder issues. A key name in the team is Barbara Becker, who advises on a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, with strong capabilities in consumer goods, retail, technology, and industrial sector deals. In Texas, Jeffrey Chapman is a standout dealmaker who works with a number of public and private companies, with notable strength in the energy market, while Washington DC’s Stephen Glover is noted for his work with major clients such as Marriott, Ford, and Eaton Corporation. New York’s Eduardo Gallardo is recommended for transactional work as well as for corporate governance advice.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gallardo; Robert Little; Saee Muzumdar

Key clients

VMWare

Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Pioneer Natural Resources

Merck

Subsidiary of Dajia

Stone Canyon

Eaton

Rhône / WeWorks

Pepsi

Continental Building Projects

Morgan Stanley and various Investment Banks

Work highlights

  • Advising the Special Committee of the Board of Directors VMware, a cloudcomputing business and a Dell subsidiary, in Dell Technologies’ potential spin-off of its 81% ownership of VMware valued at nearly $50bn.
  • Advising Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, on its $9.7bn acquisition of Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage business.
  • Advised Pioneer Natural Resources on its $7.6bn acquisition of Parsley Energy, Inc.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP advises private equity funds, portfolio companies and financial sponsors on a range of buyouts, minority investments, joint ventures, and exits. Alongside a broad national platform with offices in Dallas, California, and New York, the team also works in close collaboration with its UK, European, and Middle East-based teams on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional deals. The firm also offers in-house expertise in complementary areas such as tax, regulatory and foreign investment rules, enabling it to handle all aspects of complex transactions. The PE team is led by Sean Griffiths, Century City’s Ari Lanin, and Steven Shoemate, each of whom has broad expertise across a range of private equity transactions and broader corporate issues. John Pollack is particularly active in matters in the aerospace, defense, media, and entertainment sectors. The practice was bolstered by the addition of four new private equity-focused transactional partners: San Francisco-based Abtin Jalali and Chris Harding arrived from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in March 2020; and Stefan dePozsgay and Houston-based Stephen Olson joined from Paul Hastings LLP and Jones Day, respectively, in April 2020. Named lawyers are in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Sean Griffiths; Ari Lanin; Steven Shoemate

Work highlights

  • Advised L Catterton on the $650m take-private acquisition of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
  • Representing Berkshire Hathaway Energy in its $9.7bn acquisition of Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage business.
  • Advised Eurazeo on Eurazeo, Flexis Capital and Moore Strategic Ventures’ investment in Waterloo Sparkling Water.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

The data protection team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is headed up by seasoned technology litigator Alexander Southwell and Ashlie Beringer, and has acted for high-profile names such as Facebook, Salesforce and Yahoo. Other key figures in the team include white-collar specialist Michael Li-Ming Wong, cybersecurity expert Kristin Linsley, Eric Vandevelde a name to note for cryptocurrency matters and Zainab Ahmad, who focuses on national security issues. A recent highlight for the team was its successful defense of Facebook in a matter against South Korean analytics company, Rankwave, concerning the client’s ability to enforce data security protections against overseas developers. Ashley Rogers made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Southwell; Ashlie Beringer

Key clients

Facebook

Homeaway.com

Salesforce

Yahoo

Perspecta

Pro Labs and Add-On Networks

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 3

With an impressive client roster including telecoms giants the likes of AT&T and Comcast, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is fully capable of advising on a full range of regulatory issues such as media ownership rules, net neutrality and antitrust. Practice head Helgi Walker has extensive experience in public and administrative law, and appellate attorney Miguel Estrada is another key figure in the service group.

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has an impressive track record of advising large multinational and Fortune 500 companies on regulatory issues and economic sanctions. In this space, the practice continues to act as sole counsel to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in matters facing the US government. Anti-corruption and anti-money laundering advice at national and international level is also a mainstay for the group. The department is spearheaded by Judith Alison Lee (Washington DC) and senior of counsel Ronald Kirk (Dallas). A former Senior Advisor to the Director of the OFAC, Adam Smith is also a key team member focusing on sanctions advice.

Practice head(s):

Judith Alison Lee; Ronald Kirk

Other key lawyers:

Adam Smith; Christopher Timura; Stephanie Connor; Scott Toussaint

Key clients

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Cadence Design Systems

Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc.

DeepMap, Inc.

Western Union

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Sharkninja Operating LLC

Lutheran World Relief

KKR

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4

Best known for its borrower-side practice, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is consulted by funds, sponsors and private companies to advise on a broad range of debt finance transactions. The group collaborates with the firm’s M&A and private equity teams to provide a complete service to borrowers looking to finance acquisitions. Moreover, the team works with the real estate department to provide comprehensive service to multinational hotel companies such as Marriott International, Inc. Aaron Adams and Linda Curtis lead the department from New York and Los Angeles, respectively, though the team also has a strong presence in Dallas, Houston, and Denver. Laura Rupenian joined the San Francisco office in November 2020 and is recommended for leveraged finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Adams; Linda Curtis

Other key lawyers:

Janet Vance; Laura Rupenian

Work highlights

  • Advised Tutor Perini on a $425m term loan B and a $175m revolving credit facility.
  • Advised Marriott International, Inc. on the comprehensive amendment of its existing $4.5bn credit facility relating to the pandemic impact on the business.
  • Advised Amazon.com on a 3-year, $7bn senior unsecured revolving credit facility.

Finance > Project finance Tier 4

Focused on the P3 space, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has experience working on the projects for the construction of toll roads, airports, parking facilities, ports and pipelines, both domestically and at an international level. The group most frequently represents private sponsors, and is able to advise from the initial bidding process through to financing transactions and construction issues. Tomer Pinkusiewicz leads both the projects and Latin America practice groups; in addition to representing sponsors, he is also consulted by banks looking to finance Latin American projects. Also recommended is Anita Girdhari, who focuses on P3 projects in the transport sector.

Practice head(s):

Tomer Pinkusiewicz

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cintra Infrastructures

Meridiam Infrastructure North America

Autopistas Metropolitanas de Puerto Rico

Denver Great Hall, LLC

Sacyr

Ferrovial Aeropuertos S.A.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

NTE Mobility Partner LLC

Shikun & Binui

LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC

Stonepeak

Ceres Terminals Holdings LLC

Purple Line Transit Partners LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised NTE Mobility Partners LLC on the issuance of $1.2bn aggregate principal amount of senior lien private activity bonds by the Texas Private Activity Bond Surface Transportation Corporation.
  • Represented Denver Great Hall, LLC in connection with its initial negotiation of the Development Agreement with the City and County of Denver.
  • Advised Sacyr on the redevelopment and modernization of the Materials Innovation and Recycle Authority (MIRA) facility in Hartford, CT.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 4

The finance lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP have expertise in regulatory and legislative issues, with significant experience in liaising with officials at the CFTC, SEC ad US federal banking agencies. Clients also benefit from the firm’s exceptional litigation capabilities, with lawyers able to defend derivatives-related enforcement issues, as well as handle private litigation and class actions. Jointly heading the group from the Washington DC office are Jeffrey Steiner, a former special counsel in the division of market oversight at the CFTC, and Michael Bopp, a seasoned regulatory lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Steiner; Michael Bopp

Key clients

Coalition for Derivatives End-Users

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s insurance team represents property and casualty, health, liability, auto and workers compensation insurers in a range of matters. These  include coverage and bad faith suits, class actions challenging business and employment practices, cybersecurity, securities and other financial services litigation. Based in California, Deborah Stein, who has significant experience representing insurers and reinsurers in appellate courts as well as arbitration co-heads the practice with Adam Offenhartz in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Stein; Adam Offenhartz

Key clients

Travelers

UnitedHealth Group

Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Insurance Company and Cypress Insurance Company

State Farm Insurance

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a dedicated emerging technologies team led out of Los Angeles by highly experienced corporate partner Bradford Weirick. The firm typically represents mid- to late-stage clients, and is especially active on the investor side. Its experience covers a broad range of industries, including ad-tech, social and mobile gaming, semiconductors, and life sciences. San Francisco-based partner Ryan Murr represents an impressive roster of life sciences companies, while Stewart McDowell (also in San Francisco) has a strong track record in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Bradford Weirick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Marvell Technology Group

Magnite (formerly Rubicon Project)

The Chernin Group, LLC / TCG Capital Management

Heska Corporation

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical

Heron Therapeutics

Odonate Therapeutics

Kiq LLC

US WorldMeds

La Jolla Pharmaceutical

March Capital

Wndr Co

Alpha Edison

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 5

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP represents biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies in patent and product liability litigation, FDA investigations and enforcement actions, as well as in corporate transactions and financings. It also has experience advising diagnostic companies, healthcare IT and start-ups, academic medical centers and private equity firms on commercial transactional and investments into the research and development of life science products and therapies. The practice is co-chaired by IP litigator Jane Love in New York and Ryan Murr in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Jane Love; Ryan Murr

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

Tax > US taxes: contentious

Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations Tier 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a global leader in FCPA and anti-corruption matters. It is one of few international firms to truly leverage its Sao Paulo presence in this field, backed by a large group of Latin America white-collar and investigations specialists in various US offices. Much of its work centres on Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Chile, and Brazil, but covers the whole Latin America region. It represents a multitude of Fortune 500 and other companies in Latin America investigations. Amongst a series of headline mandates, it previously represented Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) in the FCPA investigation into the Operation Lava Jato bribery scandal in Brazil. Joseph Warin is co-chair of the white-collar defence and investigations practice and is widely heralded for his experience in FCPA investigations. Los Angeles partner Michael Farhang is a former federal prosecutor and specialises in Latin America investigations and FCPA advice relating to M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Warin; Joel Cohen; Charles Stevens

Key clients

Crystallex International Corporation

Kaleil Isaza Tuzman

Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras)

Chevron Corporation

Work highlights

    Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 4

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP operates a relatively lean Latin America team, principally centred in New York and Sao Paulo. In the banking and finance sphere it is best known for infrastructure finance, including traditional bank lending and capital markets driven structures. It represented Metropistas, Puerto Rico’s largest private toll road concessionaire, on various amendments to its letter of credit facility and the refinancing of its term loan credit facility with private placement notes. Tomer Pinkusiewicz is co-chair of the Latin America practice and is an experienced figure in project bonds and infrastructure finance.

    Practice head(s):

    Lisa Alfaro; Jose Fernandez; Tomer Pinkusiewicz

    Key clients

    Autopistas Metropolitanas de Puerto Rico

    Work highlights

    • Represented Metropistas, Puerto Rico’s largest private toll road concessionaire, in various amendments to its letter of credit facility and the refinancing of its term loan credit facility with private placement notes.

    Latin America: International firms > Capital markets Tier 4

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is best known for project and infrastructure bonds, structured finance and private placements. Tomer Pinkusiewicz is co-chair of the Latin America practice and has an extensive record in project bonds and infrastructure financings.

    Practice head(s):

    Lisa Alfaro; Jose Fernandez; Tomer Pinkusiewicz

    Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP remains best known for energy and infrastructure-related M&A and corporate transactions. The firm has a long track record in Latin America and a long-established office in Sao Paulo. Given its strength in white-collar crime and investigations, it is also well-suited to transactions involving anti-corruption due diligence. Tomer Pinkusiewicz is co-chair of the Latin America team and is a versatile practitioner, covering corporate and financing transactions, principally in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The arrival of Marwan Azzi from White & Case LLP in August 2021 is a major boost to its private equity credentials in the Latin America energy and infrastructure segments.

    Practice head(s):

    Lisa Alfaro, Jose Fernandez, Tomer Pinkusiewicz

    Other key lawyers:

    Work highlights

    • Advised GS Infrastructure Partners II on the sale of its interest held in Autopistas Metropolitanas de Puerto Rico (Metropistas) to Ullico.
    • Represented infrastructure solutions provider Cell Site Solutions, a Goldman Sachs portfolio company headquartered in São Paulo, in its sale to IHS Holding.
    • Acted for PJT Partners as financial advisor to Avon Products, in its acquisition by Natura Cosmeticos, the São Paulo-headquartered global personal care cosmetics group.

    Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

    London-based Cyrus Benson and Penny Madden QC lead the international arbitration practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The practice group’s capability spans each stage of the dispute resolution process, from the drafting of arbitration clauses through to alternative dispute resolution efforts, including mediation, expert evaluation or early neutral evaluation and the conduct of arbitration proceedings. New York-based Rahim Moloo is a key Latin American contact and ran the team that obtained a key enforcement decision for gold miner Crystallex International regarding its $1.4bn award against Venezuela. Moloo is also leading representation of a group of Kimberly-Clark entities in a $550m ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Venezuela related to disputes of bilateral investment treaties. A round of promotions in November 2020 saw Lindsey Schmidt and Charline Yim -who worked alongside Moloo on the Crystallex and Kimberly-Clark matters, respectively- promoted to partner and of counsel; both impress with their engagement in all aspects of arbitral cases and enforcement matters, increasingly a hallmark of the practice. Fellow of counsel Victoria Orlowski, recently active on a matter in Mexico's telecom sector, is also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Cyrus Benson; Penny Madden QC

    Key clients

    Crystallex International

    Kimberly-Clark

    Angel Seda and others

    Liberty Mutual

    Anglo American

    Nokia

    Work highlights

    • Obtained a key enforcement victory for Canadian gold mining company, Crystallex International,  which holds a $1.4 bn judgment against Venezuela.
    • Counsel to three Kimberly-Clark entities in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Venezuela; the dispute concerns breaches of multiple bilateral investment treaties resulting from, inter alia, Venezuela’s price control and currency exchange restrictions.
    • Counsel to a group of US property-development investors in ICSID arbitration against Colombia; the dispute concerns seizure of land on which the claimants planned to develop a real estate project.
    • Representing two subsidiaries of the multinational insurance company Liberty Mutual in a claim against  Venezuela relating to currency exchange restrictions and unfair and inequitable treatment of Liberty Mutual’s flagship Venezuelan subsidiary.
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a leading international law firm, consistently ranks among the world’s top law firms in industry surveys and major publications. The firm is distinctively positioned in today’s global marketplace with more than 1,600 lawyers and 20 offices. For more information visit www.gibsondunn.com


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    Gibson Dunn has extensive experience in US and multinational insolvencies. Its lawyers regularly represent official creditors’ committees, ad hoc creditor groups, secured lenders, investors and the debtor/company side (including DIP and exit financing) in out-of-court work-outs and Chapter 11 cases.

    Commercial Litigation & Arbitration: 

    The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn a Finalist in its 2022 Litigation Department of the Year competition. This award follows the firm’s unprecedented four wins in this biennial competition. The firm represents many Fortune 500 companies in cases involving securities fraud, antitrust, administrative law, environmental law, white-collar crime, business torts, among others. Many of these cases include class action claims and involve hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars in alleged damages.

    Corporate & Securities: 

    Gibson Dunn is an international leader in public and private company mergers, stock and asset purchases, tender and exchange offers, restructurings and acquisitions out of bankruptcy, divestitures and spinoffs, leveraged buyouts and private equity investments, strategic investments and joint ventures, special committee representations and cross-border M&A transactions. Our Capital Markets practice represents issuers, underwriters and investors in a variety of securities transactions around the world.

    Energy & Infrastructure:

    Gibson Dunn has extensive experience in the industrial, commercial, financial and political issues that are inherent in the development, financing, construction and operation of major energy and infrastructure facilities.

    Finance:

    The firm represents lenders, borrowers, underwriters and issuers in a range of debt and structured finance transactions, including: leveraged loans, high-yield bond offerings, mezzanine and subordinated debt, project finance, equipment financings, restructurings and securitizations.

    Intellectual Property:

    Gibson Dunn offers strategic insights and solutions to complex IP issues, including litigating critical IP disputes, negotiating licenses and joint ventures, navigating regulations governing privacy, trade and the protection of IP and advocating for change in IP law and policy.

    Labor & Employment:

    The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn the Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year at its 2022 awards. Representations include some of the most prominent employment matters in the country, including high-stakes wage-and-hour class actions, major gig economy cases, #MeToo-related probes, high-profile ERISA cases, nationally recognized Sarbanes-Oxley ‘whistleblower’ cases and aggressive advocacy on OSHA issues. The firm also provides comprehensive advice on a full range of executive compensation and benefits issues.

    Media, Entertainment & Technology:

    The firm represents both established and emerging media, entertainment and technology companies in their most important and complex corporate and IP transactions, litigation, antitrust, internal investigations and other legal challenges. The group’s transactional lawyers are recognized for their experience in M&A, complex film finance transactions and joint ventures.

    Real Estate: 

    Gibson Dunn handles the most sophisticated real estate transactions worldwide, including real estate finance, development, sales and acquisitions, land use and environmental, leasing and workout transactions.

    Securities Litigation, Regulation & Corporate Governance:

    A recognized leader in the defense of securities class actions, derivative litigation and SEC enforcement actions, the firm advises companies on disclosure, accounting and regulatory issues for domestic and foreign regulatory bodies. Partners include nationally recognized securities class action defense counsel and former senior officials with the SEC, DOJ and FINRA.

    White Collar Defense & Investigations:

    The firm defends prominent companies and executives against federal and state prosecutions and has conducted numerous sensitive internal investigations in areas including anti-money laundering; computer and IP crimes; environmental violations and compliance; FCPA matters; forfeiture (civil and criminal); health-care fraud; privacy; procurement fraud; securities, financial institution and accounting fraud; and tax offenses. The practice includes former federal and state prosecutors and officials, many of whom served at high levels within the DOJ, SEC and other key investigative arms of the government.

    International Work:

    Gibson Dunn’s international team consists of US, English, French, Spanish and German-qualified lawyers, many of whom are dual qualified. A long-term European presence and offices in Asia, the Middle East and South America give the firm considerable experience in representing clients with international business interests requiring a coordinated response within and across national borders.

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    Antitrust and competition
    Appellate and constitutional law
    Business restructuring and reorganization
    Capital markets
    Class actions
    Energy
    Environmental litigation and mass tort
    Executive compensation and employee benefits
    FDA and healthcare
    Financial institutions
    Global finance
    Government contracts
    Insurance and reinsurance
    Intellectual property
    International arbitration
    International trade
    Investment funds
    Labor and employment
    Life sciences
    Litigation
    Media, entertainment and technology
    Mergers and acquisitions
    Privacy, cybersecurity and data Innovation
    Private equity
    Product liability
    Projects and infrastructure
    Real estate/land use and development
    Securities enforcement/securities litigation
    Securities regulation/corporate governance
    Sports Law
    Strategic sourcing/commercial transactions
    Tax/Tax Controversy
    Transnational litigation
    White-collar
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    Aaron Adams photo Aaron AdamsAaron Adams is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Global Finance Practice Group.  He represents…
    Zainab Ahmad photo Zainab AhmadZainab Ahmad is Co-Chair of the firm’s National Security Practice Group and…
    Daniel Angel photo Daniel AngelDaniel Angel is a partner in the New York office of Gibson,…
    Amanda Aycock photo Amanda AycockAmanda M. Aycock is a senior associate in the New York office…
    Barbara Becker photo Barbara BeckerBarbara Becker advises public companies, boards of directors and special committees on…
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    Matthew L. Biben  photo Matthew L. Biben Matt is Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. His practice is…
    Reed Brodsky photo Reed BrodskyReed is a nationally recognized trial lawyer in criminal and civil cases.…
    Joshua Brody photo Joshua BrodyJosh’s practice focuses on representing clients in complex chapter 11 bankruptcy cases…
    Anne Champion photo Anne Champion​Anne M. Champion is a partner in the New York office of…
    Joel M. Cohen  photo Joel M. Cohen Former New York federal prosecutor, DOJ Legal Adviser to French Ministry of…
    Kate Dominguez photo Kate DominguezKate has extensive experience litigating complex patent cases from discovery through trial…
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    Eric M. Feuerstein  photo Eric M. Feuerstein Eric M. Feuerstein is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher,…
    John T. Gaffney  photo John T. Gaffney John has extensive experience representing public and private companies in mergers and…
    Scott Greenberg photo Scott GreenbergCo-Chair of the Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group, Scott Greenberg focuses…
    Sean Griffiths photo Sean GriffithsSean has extensive experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies…
    Shukie Grossman photo Shukie GrossmanShukie Grossman — Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Investment Funds Practice — represents…
    Noam I. Haberman  photo Noam I. Haberman Noam focuses on the representation of banks and funds as both borrowers…
    Peter J. Hanlon  photo Peter J. Hanlon Peter is Co-Chair of the Power and Renewables practice, with more than…
    Jeffrey M Jakubiak photo Jeffrey M Jakubiak
    Matthew A. Kidd  photo Matthew A. Kidd Matthew advises clients on a wide range of matters, including acquisitions, dispositions,…
    Mark A. Kirsch  photo Mark A. Kirsch Executive Committee member. Co-Partner In Charge, New York. Former Global Co-Chair, Litigation…
    Steven Klein photo Steven Klein
    Josh Krevitt photo Josh KrevittCo-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Intellectual Property Practice, and widely acknowledged to be…
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    Pamela Lawrence Endreny  photo Pamela Lawrence Endreny Pamela Lawrence Endreny represents public companies and private equity clients on the…
    Gabrielle Levin photo Gabrielle LevinGabrielle Levin is a litigation partner in the New York office of…
    Jane M. Love  photo Jane M. Love A partner in the Litigation Department and Co-Chair of Life Sciences at…
    Randy Mastro photo Randy MastroRandy is a prominent trial lawyer who handles complex civil cases, securities…
    Madalyn M Miller photo Madalyn M Miller
    Saee Muzumdar  photo Saee Muzumdar Saee Muzumdar is a corporate transactional lawyer whose practice includes representing both…
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    Stephen D. Nordahl  photo Stephen D. Nordahl Stephen D. Nordahl is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s New…
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    Tomer Pinkusiewicz photo Tomer PinkusiewiczTomer focuses on complex infrastructure development and finance transactions. He represents sponsors, concessionaires…
    Nicholas H. Politan Jr.  photo Nicholas H. Politan Jr. Co-Chair, Power and Renewables​​ Practice Group and member, Global Finance Practice Group.…
    John Pollack photo John Pollack
    Michael Rosenthal photo Michael RosenthalMichael A. Rosenthal was previously Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Business Restructuring and…
    John Senior photo John SeniorJohn has extensive experience counseling sponsors on the organization and operation of…
    Robert Serio photo Robert SerioRobert F. Serio’s practice involves complex commercial and business litigation, with an…
    Steven R Shoemate photo Steven R Shoemate
    Victoria Shusterman photo Victoria ShustermanVictoria focuses her practice on commercial real estate finance. She represents commercial…
    Harry R. Silvera  photo Harry R. Silvera Harry’s practice covers a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including…
    Orin Snyder photo Orin SnyderOrin Snyder is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading trial…
    Alexander Southwell photo Alexander Southwell
    Paul Torchia photo Paul TorchiaPaul Torchia has litigated intellectual property cases in a wide range of…
    Jeffrey M. Trinklein  photo Jeffrey M. Trinklein Has extensive experience in U.S. and international taxation, with emphasis on advice…
    Janet Vance photo Janet VanceJanet’s experience includes representation of private equity sponsors, funds, public and private…
    Edward Wei photo Edward WeiEdward S. Wei is a partner in the New York office of…
    Stefan dePozsgay photo Stefan dePozsgayStefan regularly represents clients in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, growth and…
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