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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20006-2401
United States

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

As well as regularly handling high-profile product liability disputes in venues throughout the US, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is ‘particularly well-equipped in co-ordinating cross-border litigation’, including for major multinational life sciences clients. In this context, the firm has ‘familiarity and expertise in pharma subject matter, including science experts, regulatory rules and practices in multiple countries’. ‘Always responsive, productive and constructive’, Charles W. Cohen  is pivotal to the firm’s success at handling complex multi-jurisdictional pharmaceutical product liability and is ‘extremely capable at handling disclosure matters’. James C. Fitzpatrick has ‘cutting-edge abilities on the scientific aspects’, ensuring that he is particularly well-suited to developing effective evidence and themes through his work with medical and scientific experts, both in domestic and international litigation. A ‘standout litigator’, Robb Patryk  co-heads the team with Fitzpatrick and as part of his broad product liability practice he regularly handles pharmaceutical-related disputes, where he is noted for his ‘ability to explain complex matters in understandable fashion with a view to strategy'. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.


The firm is particularly well-equipped in co-ordinating cross-border litigation, particularly defending effectively class actions. It fully deserves its reputation as a top-notch litigation team. When it comes to handling successfully complex cases, their legal skills, attention to details, responsiveness and experience is invaluable.’

They provide highest standard of legal analysis, but on the same time practical advice. Their close familiarity with multinationals’ culture and requirements as well as with foreign law firms, facilitates very efficient, smooth and productive communication and work.’

They justify their reputation as one of US’s leading international law firms in litigation. They are very sophisticated in strategic advice in both litigating and resolving cases around the world.

‘Charles Cohen and James Fitzpatrick are both extremely capable and reputable in co-ordinating cross-border litigation, namely pharmaceutical litigation. Their familiarity with the challenges and how best to cope with them is second to none. Both are extremely knowledgeable on many foreign jurisdictions and are truly instrumental in applying US clients’ strategy and needs overseas.’

‘Charles Cohen is extremely capable handling disclosure matters, always responsive, productive and constructive. Amazing combination of a professional, multi-discipline lawyer and a member you want on your team.’

‘James Fitzpatrick has cutting-edge abilities on the scientific aspects, including preparing very complex expert reports to trials. It is hard to tell he is a lawyer and not a top-notch scientist.’

Robb Patryk is a standout litigator. Decades of experience. Ability to explain complex matters in understandable fashion with a view to strategy.’

Key clients

New York Blood Center

Eisai Pharmaceuticals

Organon & Co.

Intervet Inc. (d/b/a Merck Animal Health)

Work highlights

  • Representing New York Blood Center on its personal injury litigation.
  • Representing Merck & Co. Inc. in federal and state court litigation for Fosamax.
  • Representing Merck Animal Health in a putative nationwide class action.

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 2

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP houses experts in both asset-backed security deals and enhanced equipment trust certificate transactions. Co-chairing the aviation finance group are Steven Chung in Washington DC, who specializes in aircraft and other structured equipment financings; and senior counsel John Hoyns, who has longstanding aviation industry experience. In the Miami office, Mark Denham‘s expertise includes aircraft leases and loans, pre-delivery payment financings, warehouse facilities and securitizations. Also integral to the group are aviation finance experts Andrew Fowler and Terry Sanders, along with commercial aircraft finance-focused senior associates Sean Murphy Murphy and DC-based Cynthia Liu. In 2021, aviation finance specialist Thomas Healey joined the DC office from Katten. All named attorneys are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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Key clients

United Airlines

Griffin Global Asset Management

Bain Capital Credit

Griffin Global Asset Management

Blackbird Capital II

Hawaiian Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Republic Airways

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Advised United Airlines on a $10.75bn senior secured debt financing,
  • Assisted United Airlines with a $1.5bn-plus leasing deal with BOC Aviation, which covered 22 new aircraft.
  • Advised joint venture partners Griffin Global Asset Management and Bain Capital on a five-year $1bn senior secured warehouse facility.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 3

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP operates at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and media and entertainment, evidenced by its recent involvement as lead counsel in the creation of ‘Sotheby’s Metaverse’. New York-based practice head Matthew Syrkin is an expert on technology-driven transactions dealing with the convergence of technology, media, entertainment, and financial services. Deputy co-chair of the firm and chair of the corporate department Kenneth Lefkowitz  in New York is a specialist in complex corporate transactions in the sector, including M&A, takeovers, and going-private transactions. Together they handled Sotheby’s investment into the NFT development studio Mojito as well as the strategic partnership between the two companies which launched the auction house’s Metaverse.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Syrkin

Other key lawyers:


‘Matthew Syrkin’s team is highly adept as supporting in-house clients. He and his team are all very familiar with the support required to advise business clients just as well as my legal team. They are incredibly responsive, pragmatic, and reliable.’

‘Matthew Syrkin clearly takes a very strategic approach to building his associate bench. He always pairs his associates well to the matters I bring to his group. I am always impressed by how nimble his associates can be in relation to re-prioritizing and/or changing directions where our needs arise. He seems to grasp the “net” of what we need much more quickly than other commercial and technology counsel.’

‘While I’ve mostly worked with Matthew Syrkin, I have received very good counseling from the associates he has staffed on projects. The work product in general is top notch, and I have received very good and responsive service.’

‘I’ve worked with Matthew Syrkin, and his expertise in technology and media is second to none. He thinks through lots of different angles of issues, which I think is important for outside counsel.’

Key clients

Roku, Inc.


Sony Music Entertainment

Madison Square Garden


AMC Networks, Inc.

Sotheby’s Auction House

Brazilian Media Giant, Grupo Globo

MSG’s Tao Group Hospitality

Ernst & Young LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented Roku, Inc. in its acquisition of Nielsen’s advertising business and a strategic partnership to integrate complementary products.
  • Represented WarnerMedia on the international launch of HBO Max in Latin America.
  • Advised Madison Square Garden on its investments into the Madison Square Garden Sphere, including acquisition of film, music, and entertainment technology.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is well known in the market for its representation of high-profile individuals and businesses in the financial services industry in relation to grand jury proceedings and criminal trials, and investigations brought by authorities such as the SEC, CFTC and DOJ. Its experience in financial crime extends to insider trading, money laundering, accounting fraud and tax evasion. New York’s Marc Weinstein heads the team and has considerable experience in fraud and antitrust investigations.

Practice head(s):

Marc Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Edward Little


‘Superb multifaceted and highly skilled group that cover all the necessary bases in this diverse area of law.’

‘An excellent firm and an excellent white collar team!’

‘Marc Weinstein is a top-class professional and extremely strategic thinker.’

‘An excellent all-round team.’

‘Marc Weinstein is first rate!’

‘Very diligent and detail oriented.’

‘Marc Weinstein is the expert in criminal law.’

Key clients

Stuart Fraser

Juan Angel Napout (FIFA)

Krishna Mohan

Renwick Haddow

Peter Kyriacou

Estate of Jeffrey Epstein

Gilbert Armenta

Work highlights

  • Representing Stuart Fraser, Vice Chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald, in a securities fraud class-action civil suit accusing two cryptocurrency mining companies, GAW Miners and Zen Miner, and their founder, Josh Garza, of defrauding customers and investors in a Ponzi scheme.
  • Representing trader Krishna Mohan in both the federal court enforcement brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the criminal case filed by the Department of Justice in the same court in connection with charges of spoofing and engaging in a manipulative and deceptive scheme.
  • Representing a former junior investment manager with UK brokerage firm Beaufort Securities, who pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges of market manipulation and scheming to evade the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

International Trade > International trade Tier 4

‘An amazing team of practical, solutions-focused lawyers,' Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's trade offering is admired by clients for its strategic combination of 'persuasion, diplomacy and aggression when required'. The Washington DC-based practice has a focus on economic sanctions and export controls, with the ability to advise clients on the full life cycle of related matters from compliance through to investigations and enforcement. Ryan Fayhee, a former senior prosecutor with the DOJ, heads the sanctions, export controls and anti-money laundering group; he recently represented auction house Phillips in connection with an investigation by the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations into sanctions in the art industry. Roy Liu chairs the firm's Greater China practice and possesses particular expertise in China-related export controls and sanctions issues.

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Other key lawyers:


‘An amazing team of practical, solutions-focused lawyers. They think strategically using persuasion, diplomacy and aggression when required.’

Key clients


Aqua Lung

Cantor Fitzgerald

Wipro Ltd.

Grab Holdings


Work highlights

  • Representing Holcim in the DOJ’s investigation into corrupt payments and potential sanctions and terrorist financing violations involving legacy operations in Syria.
  • Representing Grab Holdings in its proposed merger with SPAC Altimeter Growth Corporation, including ongoing trade compliance advice.
  • Represented Phillips in the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations’ wide-reaching investigation into potential evasion of sanctions and money-laundering by Russian oligarchs through the art industry.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4

Co-headed from New York by Robb Patryk and James C. Fitzpatrick, the ‘experienced’ team at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP provides ‘intelligent and strategic‘ advice to defendants from a wide range of industries/products – including specialty chemicals and asbestos. The team also has a strong reputation within the tobacco industry, principally by virtue of its high-profile work for R.J. Reynolds as national co-ordination counsel and trial counsel in the defense of cases concerning exposure to asbestos in cigarette filter material. A ‘standout litigator‘, Patryk is appreciated for his ability ‘to explain complex matters in understandable fashion with a view to strategy’. 


‘Experienced, intelligent, strategic, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Robb Patryk is a standout litigator. Decades of experience. Ability to explain complex matters in understandable fashion with a view to strategy. Pleasure to work with.’

Charlie Cohen – best in class discovery practicioner, understands what’s important and is constructively stubborn about getting it right, the guy you want in the discovery knife fight.’

Bill Beausoleil – tremendous client contact, creative thinker, advocate for the client within the firm, extensive network and collaboration skills, strong writer.’


Key clients

Ferro Corporation

Imerys Talc America/Imerys S.A.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

LG Electronics Mobilecomm USA, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in defense of cases concerning exposure to asbestos in cigarette filter material.
  • Represented a multibillion-dollar global mining company in formulating a strategy for its talc-related liabilities in the US.
  • Representing Ferro Corp. in multiple, alleged water contamination cases involving 1,4 dioxane.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

The securities litigation practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has ‘deep subject matter expertise and an ability to analyze quickly and give practical, user-friendly advice, and offers a successful record in representing corporations, directors and officers, and broker-dealers in securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, investigations, criminal prosecutions, and administrative proceedings. It is particularly well known for its knowledge of the accounting sector, having advised leading accounting firms on litigation and investigation by the SEC, PCAOB and state accountancy boards. Kevin Abikoff in Washington DC and New York-based partners William Maguire , who exhibits a ‘measured and practical approach to nuanced issues and a deep understanding of the commercial realities', and Marc Weinstein lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Abikoff; William Maguire; Marc Weinstein


‘Experts; very proactive; strategic.’

‘Bill Maguire is top-notch. Deeply experienced, excellent judgment, measured and practical approach to nuanced issues and a deep understanding of the commercial realities our business navigates.’

‘Deep subject matter expertise and ability to analyze quickly and give practical, user-friendly advice.’

Key clients

Vice Chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald

Former Nikola CEO

ProPetro Holding Corp.

ProPetro Holding Corp.

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Sellas Life Sciences Group, Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

Deloitte Touche Tomatsu LLP

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Work highlights

  • Representing the Vice Chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald in a securities fraud class-action civil suit accusing two cryptocurrency mining companies, GAW Miners and ZenMiner, and their founder, Josh Garza, of defrauding customers and investors in a Ponzi scheme.
  • Representing the former CEO of Nikola in parallel DOJ and SEC actions alleging wire fraud and securities fraud related to the startup truck maker.
  • Representation of Sellas Life Sciences Group, Inc. and its officers and directors in a securities class action and related derivative shareholder litigation relating to the marketing of a fentanyl-based pain medication.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

Tax > International tax Tier 4

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 6

The New York-based Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is extremely active in terms of SPAC transactions and also handles an array of deals in the technology, electronic vehicle, leisure, financial services and entertainment sectors. Practice chair Charles Samuelson  is well-versed in public and private M&A, going-private deals and joint ventures in addition to debt and equity financings; he operates from New York and oversees a team which a particular tenacity for cross-border deals, having been particularly active in the Asia-Pacific region of late.

Practice head(s):

Charles Samuelson

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Lefkowitz; Michael Traube; Matthew Syrkin; Gary Simon; Carlos Lobo; Scott Naturman; Constantine Petropoulos


‘The team is very good – they provide a solution oriented approach and make deals happen.’

‘The firm has a deep team across every facet of transactions, including M&A, capital markets, tax, corporate and securities. The necessary team members were up to speed across the entire transaction which led to seamless execution.’

‘Highly attentive. Commercial, collaborative – expert in their fields.’

Key clients

Grab Holdings Inc.

Starboard Value Acquisition Corp.

Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. (KCAC)

AEON Co., Ltd.

Isos Acquisition Corporation

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC)

CF Finance Acquisition Corp. II

Wipro Limited

Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P.

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal advisor to Grab Holdings Inc. in its $39.6bn proposed merger with Altimeter Growth Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), that will take Southeast Asia’s leading super app public in what is expected to be the largest SPAC merger ever.    
  • Advised global information technology company Wipro in its $1.5 billion acquisition of British tech consultancy firm Capco.
  • Acting as legal advisor to special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Isos Acquisition Corp. in its $2.6bn proposed merger with Bowlero Corp.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP finds favor for its 'skills of legal analysis' and its 'intercultural, diverse group'. Largely concentrated in the firm's Washington DC and New York offices, the national practice also benefits from a platform in Miami, which is utilised by Latin America specialist Luis O’Naghten to plug into the LatAm region. The firm covers the full scope of arbitration matters, from commercial, through to investor-state and state-to-state cases, and is active across the globe. Washington DC is the seat of high-profile arbitration co-chair John Townsend, who has served as arbitrator in over 85 arbitrations, spanning all major arbitration rules. James H. Boykin, also in Washington DC, spearheads the investment treaty arbitration practice; a key contact for German-speaking clients, Boykin is representing Deutsche Telekom in a petition to enforce an arbitral award against the Republic of India. Rémy Gerbay and Diego Durán de la Vega are also noted in Washington DC. In New York, arbitration co-chair Hagit Muriel Elul is held up as 'a force to be reckoned with', and had a strong recent run in pharmaceutical-related cases. Daniel Weiner, who has a focus on IP disputes, is also recommended in New York.Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP represents domestic and international companies, as well as individuals, in DOJ investigations and proceedings relating to anti-competitive behaviour, with broad sector expertise including media and entertainment, electronics, and pharma. The Washington DC-based team includes a number of former DOJ officials, including practice head William J. Kolasky, former deputy assistant attorney general at the Antitrust Division, and former prosecutor Philip Giordano. Robert B. Bell is another key name in the team, with all key members offering significant experience in civil and criminal antitrust proceedings. Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP handles the full range of merger-related issues, including clearance filings, regulatory reviews and investigations, and representing clients against DOJ and FTC challenges. The firm has strong international expertise, including knowledge of antitrust regulations in China and Europe, and also offers a strong specialism to clients in the pharmaceutical, electronics, media & entertainment, and financial services industries. The Washington DC-based team is led by William J. Kolasky, a former deputy assistant Attorney General at the DOJ Antitrust Division, who has a successful record in merger clearances. Robert B. Bell is another key name, and combines merger control advice with regular work in government investigations. Philip Giordano continues to be active, and is currently representing ANI Pharmaceuticals in its high-profile pending acquisition of Novitium Pharma. Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP plays a prominent role in the handling of contentious and complex restructurings. Significant mandates includes its representation of Delta Air Lines in connection to the Chapter 11 cases filed by affiliates of Aeroméxico. The team has notable expertise in issues that arose from stringent Mexican securities laws and the CARES Act. Kathryn Coleman co-leads the team, and is well versed in credit bidding and debtor-in-possession financings, while fellow co-head Christopher Kiplok has expertise in out-of-court insolvency matters. Both are based in New York.  

Based in New York, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP advises on tax-related matters concerning international M&A, spinoffs, and off-shore investment funds. The team has sector-specific expertise in the life sciences, media, and entertainment industries. Practice chair Andrew Braiterman covers tax aspects of M&A, hedge funds, and private equity funds. Alan Kravitz deals with tax matters related to aviation and equipment finance, while Jerry Harrison advises on international tax planning projects. Cross-border M&A tax expert Ruben Diaz was promoted to managing partner of the Miami office in March 2021. Employment tax specialist Charles Wachsstock joined from Arnold & Porter in May 2021.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is recommended for its capabilities in the equipment and aviation finance space, where Alan Kravitz routinely works with high-profile clients on high-value mergers, asset sales, securitizations, and IPOs. The team also possesses sector-specific expertise in life sciences, technology, media, and financial services. Practice head Andrew Braiterman is noted for his experience in financial products and equipment leasing matters, while Spencer Harrison is a key port of call for the firm’s not-for-profit clientele. Executive compensation specialist Charles Wachsstock joined the practice from Arnold & Porter in May 2021, while Erin DeCecchis and Justin Cohen are also noted. All named lawyers are based in New York.


‘We asked Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (HHR) to represent us in international arbitration. The HHR team showed considerable expertise in developing a rigorous strategy to defend our argument.’

‘The team comprised excellent individuals who had international backgrounds and were perfectly accustomed to work with non-US clients. I strongly believe that it is their skills of legal analysis and intercultural, diverse group that distinguishes HHR from other firms.’

‘Very international in scope of services covered, with deep legal talent!’

‘Hagit Muriel Elul is a force to be reckoned with!’

‘Diego Durán de la Vega is bicultural with a perfect grasp of legal issues both in US and internationally.’

‘We believe that Hagit Muriel Elul and Meaghan Gragg have astonishing legal skills, including the abilities to analyze and sharpen arguments. The arguments they presented at arbitration were clear and easy to understand, which made the arguments convincing to the arbitrators.’

Key clients

Two Crimea-related arbitrations: (1) Aeroport Belbek LLC and Igor Valerievich Kolomoisky v. The Russian Federation (PCA Case No. 2015-07) (2) Everest Estate LLC et al. v. The Russian Federation (PCA Case No. AA577)

Darren Indyke, Co-Executor of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate

Global Gaming Philippines LLC and GGAM Netherlands B.V.

American Arbitration Association

A French investor

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Deutsche Telekom

Westwater Resources, Inc.

Arin Capital & Investment Corp. and Edmond Khudyan

The Pellas Group/SER Corp (BVI)


Republic of Guinea and the Guinean Authority for the Regulation of Telecommunications

Work highlights

  • Represented Darren Indyke, co-executor of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, in reaching a tripartite agreement with multiple claimants’ counsel and the US Virgin Islands’ Attorney General concerning a multimillion-dollar program to compensate sexual abuse victims.
  • Scored a victory for Global Gaming Asset Management, when the Singapore High Court upheld a $296m arbitration award issued in 2019 to the client in a dispute with a gaming resort owner in the Philippines.
  • Represented Ukrainian investors in five arbitrations against the Russian Federation under the Russia-Ukraine BIT arising out of measures relating to the Russian annexation of Crimea — and in defending the resulting awards in the Swiss and Dutch courts.

Practice head(s):

William J. Kolasky

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Giordano; Robert B. Bell


‘This is a world class practice led by Robert Bell on the cartel side and William Kolasky on the civil and merger side of the practice. Mr. Bell has represented major Japanese companies before the US Department of Justice. We worked together under joint defense agreements and collaborated on ABA Antitrust Section programs and various antitrust publications.’

‘Robert Bell is an excellent practitioner who has great credibility at the Department of Justice. I think of him as an antitrust scholar as well as practitioner and have spent hours discussing antitrust and economic issues. He is the real thing. I have also had hours of conversation on international competition issues. His range of antitrust knowledge is remarkable.’

Practice head(s):

William J. Kolasky

Other key lawyers:


‘I have worked with the HHR antitrust DC team on a number of matters involving M&A, JVs and cooperation agreements. They are highly skillful in antitrust law with real experts in their team.’

‘Philip Giordano and Robert Bell stand out for their experience with antitrust matters and excellent technical skills as competition lawyers. Very responsive, team players and with a commercial and strategic approach.’

‘HHR is an excellent merger control practice. I have collaborated with HHR on a number of high-profile mergers, including the acquisition of Sotheby’s. They are highly responsive and have excellent FTC and DOJ contacts. Many of their antitrust attorney’s are ex Government.’

‘Partners Robert Bell and Philip Giordano are leaders in their field. Kirstin Millay is definite star of the future. They combine excellent client management skills with breadth of knowledge.’

Key clients

ANI Pharmaceuticals

JD Sports Fashion

Greenbriar Equity Group

Platinum Equity

Wipro Limited



Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. II


Tao Group Hospitality

ION Investment Group

Geller & Co.

Work highlights

  • Represented global information technology company Wipro in its acquisition of British tech consultancy firm Capco for $1.45 billion.
  • Represented U.S. private equity firm Platinum Equity in a strategic partnership with rental equipment provider Nesco Holdings Inc. in the acquisition of heavy equipment solutions provider Custom Truck One Source for $1.475 billion.
  • Represented Greenbriar Equity Group and Nordco in Greenbriar’s sale of the railroad maintenance equipment supplier to Wabtec Corp for $400 million.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Coleman; Christopher Kiplok

Other key lawyers:

Anson Frelinghuysen; Christopher Gartman; Dustin Smith; Jeff Margolin; Erin Diers


‘Optimization of the price for value through the composition and mix of skills and experience of the team of professionals assigned to the project. Team of highly qualified professionals in their field of expertise with an outstanding network in its related eco-system’

‘Chris Kiplok and Erin Diers make a great team to work with and are highly complementary. Best quality, efficiency, pragmatism and cost effectiveness in the organization and delivery of their services. I would highly recommend Chris Kiplok to deal with non-US clients and handle communication with foreign C suite.’

‘Very strong team. Very practical and smart.’

‘We really rate the HHR bankruptcy team. They have an outstanding track record in complex financial services bankruptcy, but also an outstanding ability across a range of other sectors. They are one of the handful of firms we would think of when we really need strategic advice, counsel and execution.’

‘Chris Kiplok is our key contact, and we have a working relationship going back over a decade. Chris is someone we place enormous trust in – he has the complete package of technical legal skills, commercial insight, sound judgment and an ability to deliver results. He has also built around him a really strong team who provide excellent support to him.’

Key clients

Delta Air Lines

Imerys SA

Lehman Brothers Inc.

Cenveo Ltd.

Eagle-Picher Trust

Candriam Worldwide Alternative (f/k/a Dexia)

Airbus Oneweb Satellites LLC

Wells Fargo

DNB Bank


MF Global


Work highlights

  • Represents Delta Air Lines in connection with the chapter 11 cases filed by four Aeroméxico affiliates.
  • Represented Imerys S.A., a French multibillion-dollar mining company, in connection with the 2019 chapter 11 filing by its three indirect subsidiaries to address their historic talc-related liabilities in the U.S.
  • Represented the trustee in the liquidation of the Lehman Brothers, serving in a fiduciary capacity.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Braiterman

Key clients

Grab Holdings, Inc.

William Shu (founder and CEO of Deliveroo)

Wipro Limited

Griffin Global Asset Management LLC and Bain Capital Credit LP

Goldman Sachs

CF Finance Acquisition Corp. V

Blackbird Capital II LLC

United Airlines, Inc.

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

JD Sports Fashion plc

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and BNP Paribas (as financing parties)

Banco Nacional de Fomento (BNF)

Roku, Inc.

Tao Group Hospitality

Work highlights

  • Advised Grab Holdings Inc. in its $39.6bn proposed merger with Altimeter Growth Corp., a special purpose acquisition company.
  • Advised global information technology company Wipro in its $1.5bn acquisition of British tech consultancy firm Capco.
  • Advised Roku in connection with a deal to acquire Nielsen’s advanced video advertising business.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Braiterman

Key clients

United Airlines, Inc.

Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. (KCAC)

ViacomCBS Inc.

Isos Acquisition Corp.

CF Finance Acquisition Corp. II

Hawaiian Airlines Inc.

Genesis Holdings Inc. (a U.S. subsidiary of JD Sports Fashion plc)

Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P.

SEKO Worldwide, LLC

GB Auto Service Inc. (a portfolio company of Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P.)

ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Spireon, Inc.

Griffin Global Asset Management LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Kensington Acquisition Corp. (KCAC) on its merger with QuantumScape.
  • Advising Isos Acquisition Corp. in its $2.6bn proposed merger with Bowlero Corp.
  • Advised Greenbriar Equity Group on tax and structuring advise and handled the relation negotiations in connection with its $400m sale of its portfolio company Nordco to Wabtec Corp., a global railroad equipment manufacturer.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP handles international commercial, investor-state, and state-to-state arbitration matters under all under all major arbitration rules and ad hoc procedures. The practice is particularly well-known for its work in investment treaty arbitration, where it has acted for both states and companies. The firm’s Latin American disputes practice is co-chaired by experienced counsel and arbitrator Luis O’Naghten in Miami and Diego Durán de la Vega, an international commercial and investor-state disputes specialist, in Washington DC. Also DC-based James Boykin, who has commercial and treaty arbitration experience, chairs the firm’s investment treaty arbitration group, providing senior support alongside Rémy Gerbay, who joined the firm’s arbitration group as partner from MoloLamken LLP in June 2021. Other key names include cross-border litigation and arbitration lawyer Nicolas Swerdloff, who divides his time between Miami and New York; and Hagit Muriel Elul, the co-chair of the firm’s global arbitration practice. Respected partner John Fellas left the firm at the end of 2020 to focus on work as an independent arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Luis O’Naghten; Diego Durán de la Vega

Key clients

Campos de Pesé

IBT Group

Yves Garnier

Work highlights

  • Representing Italian company Campos de Pesé in a multihundred-million dollar investor-state dispute against Panama regarding the expropriation and destruction of an investment in an ethanol plant.
  • Representing a French investor in a multimillion-dollar investment arbitration against the Dominican Republic, brought under the France-DR bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing IBT Group in a disputeregarding the construction of a prison facility in Panama.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is a New York-based international law firm, founded in 1888 by the renowned jurist and statesman Charles Evans Hughes. The firm consistently earns top rankings for its pro bono work and for diversity. It was the first major New York firm to make an African-American woman a partner and to be chaired by a woman.

Main areas of practice
Anti-corruption and internal investigations: conducting investigations in more than 60 countries and six continents over the past two years, Hughes Hubbard lawyers have served as corporate compliance counsel; served as government decision-makers responsible for bringing civil and criminal enforcement actions; served as the first World Bank integrity compliance officer; and represented parties involved in criminal and administrative enforcement actions.

Antitrust and competition: counseling clients on all aspects of antitrust law, including in cartel-related criminal grand jury investigations, class action litigation, and representing parties before government enforcement agencies (both US and EU) in conduct-related investigations, the firm provides antitrust advice to clients in connection with M&A and compliance issues including on pricing, distribution, and standard-setting and other IP-related issues.

Aviation: representing leading airlines, investment banks, leasing companies, hedge funds, and other financial institutions in both domestic and cross-border transactions, the firm possesses a deep understanding of all manner of aviation finance structures and has been involved in many ‘first-in-kind’ transactions.

Corporate reorganization and bankruptcy: representing clients in judicial and out-of-court restructurings, insolvency matters and related litigation, the breadth of the practice is reflected in the significant matters on which the group has advised, including the bankruptcy liquidations of Lehman Brothers Inc. and MF Global Inc., the largest and eighth-largest bankruptcies respectively in US history, and its landmark victories before the UK Supreme Court.

Corporate: Hughes Hubbard has a strong M&A practice that represents public and private companies in stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, including the full range of public company matters such as hostile takeovers and proxy fights. Lawyers in the M&A practice also represent special committees of boards of directors in connection with exploration of strategic alternatives and review of going private and related party transactions. The firm’s private client services group helps clients manage their wealth with comprehensive and convenient solutions. The team provides personalized and sophisticated advice on, among other things, business succession planning, charitable planning and foundations, estate planning/trust and estate administration, and fiduciary litigation. Hughes Hubbard’s Private Funds practice represents institutional investors in all stages of their business, including fund formation, domestic and cross-border structuring, compliance program development and day-to-day trading and operations advice. The team also represents corporate boards and executives on various complex matters, including responses to government examinations and investigations, investor litigation and fiduciary and auditor independence issues.

Intellectual property: providing global experience in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark and related competition law matters, Hughes Hubbard’s intellectual property practice has successfully argued patent and trademark cases in numerous federal courts including the US Supreme Court, the US ITC, and the US PTO.

International arbitration: recognized globally by the world’s leading legal publications, the firm’s arbitration lawyers often become involved with clients well before a dispute has arisen, working to draft appropriate arbitration or mediation clauses for contracts. Once a dispute arises, the lawyers act as advocates and as arbitrators in commercial and investment treaty arbitration and other dispute resolution proceedings throughout the world.

International trade: advising on matters involving the entire spectrum of trade and investment issues faced by governments, multinational corporations and trade associations, the group’s practice includes: export controls and economic sanctions, trade remedies, market access, customs counseling, antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, WTO and NAFTA dispute avoidance and resolution, investment arbitration and state-to-state arbitration.

Litigation: litigation is a cornerstone of Hughes Hubbard’s practice. The firm has the resources to play virtually any role in major litigation including trials, appeals and class actions. Hughes Hubbard brings national coordinating experience in many complex cases. Much of the firm’s litigation involves cross-border elements.

Media, technology and commercial transactions: combining the resources and experience of a traditional law firm with an understanding and passion for today’s cutting-edge technologies, the practice assists clients on matters in the areas of digital media and the internet, entertainment and technology and information security.

Tax and employee benefits: lawyers are involved in complex cross-border transactions, including M&A, multinational joint ventures, and financings. The firm’s employee benefits lawyers handle all aspects of employee pensions, executive compensation and ERISA work.

Anti-corruption/FCPA Kevin Abikoff
Anti-corruption/FCPA Laura Perkins
Antitrust William Kolasky
Arbitration John Townsend
Arbitration John Fellas
Arbitration Hagit M. Elul
Aviation John Hoyns
Aviation Steven Chung
Bankruptcy and corporate reorganization Christopher Kiplok
Corporate Ken Lefkowitz
Corporate Steven Chung
Corporate Charles Samuelson
Intellectual property James Dabney
International trade Ryan Fayhee
Litigation Derek Adler
Media, technology & commercial transactions Matthew Syrkin
Product liability Robb Patryk
Product liability James Fitzpatrick
Tax Andrew Braiterman
Kevin Abikoff photoMr Kevin AbikoffPartner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Chairman, Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations Practice…
Robert B. Bell photoMr Robert B. Bell
Steven Chung photoMr Steven ChungAviation, Equipment Finance, Satellite/Telecoms, Banking and Financial Services, International, Joint Ventures and…
William J. Kolasky photoMr William J. Kolasky
John Townsend photoMr John TownsendPartner; Chair, Arbitration and ADR Group.
Chair : Theodore VH Mayer
Other Offices : Rio de Janeiro* (*in cooperation with Saud Advogados)

Diversity & Inclusion

Hughes Hubbard has long held that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, more creative lawyers for our clients because we approach challenges from a variety of perspectives born of different life experiences.

The firm offers an uncompromising commitment to diversity and inclusion, with a strong policy to articulate it and a comprehensive program to implement it. We foster an inclusive work environment where individuals can flourish and perform at the highest level.

This commitment continues to be recognized by organizations. These include a perfect score on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. We have also been awarded the Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for the seventh consecutive year, one of only 15 firms nationally to have consistently achieved this recognition since the program’s inception in 2011. The award certifies and recognizes law firms that have integrated women into their highest leadership positions.

Our efforts focus on recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys of diverse backgrounds. Our diverse attorneys are included in all aspects of firm growth: in developing new and existing client relationships, serving in leadership roles and participating in our mentoring programs. We are also involved in various pipeline initiatives to increase the diversity of the legal profession. These efforts include one-on-one mentoring by our lawyers that prepare exceptional college students from historically underrepresented populations to have success in college and the legal profession. We also partner with interested clients in further supporting these programs.

For more about our diversity program, please click here.

Meaghan Gragg Selected as a Leadership Council on
Legal Diversity Fellow


Patrice Jean and Meaghan Gragg at the
2018 LCLD Fellows First Meeting

Meaghan Gragg, a litigation partner in the firm’s New York office, has been selected as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2018.

The LCLD Fellows Program is an intensive, year-long professional training program designed to develop the next generation of diversity leaders in the legal industry. The program connects high-potential attorneys with leading general counsel and managing partners.

Throughout Meaghan’s career, she has been deeply involved in significant and high-profile matters, both in court and before arbitral tribunals. She also has demonstrated a commitment to social responsibility through her pro bono work and substantial contributions to the firm’s diversity initiatives.

Hughes Hubbard is a New York City-based international law firm with a relentless focus on providing quality service to our clients and delivering successful results in the most complex matters. With a powerful combination of scale and agility, we offer clients innovative and effective solutions, while remaining flexible to adapt to their needs and market developments.

Firm Maintains Perfect Score on LGBTQ Equality Report


Meaghan Gragg, chair of the firm’s
LGBTQ Attorney Affinity Group, attends
the 2017 ceremony on behalf of the firm.

For the third year in a row, Hughes Hubbard earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

Of the 947 major U.S. businesses rated from 0 to 100 this year, HHR is among a record 609 to receive a perfect score. The firm has been participating in the CEI since 2013 and has scored the top mark each year since enhancing its diversity efforts in 2015.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for our support of LGBTQ equality and inclusion in our workplace,” said Diane Lifton, co-chair of the firm’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. “This achievement shows our firm’s continuing commitment to having a diverse workforce and a work environment that is inclusive and respectful.”

The 2018 CEI rated more than 1,000 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. HHR’s achievement in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.


“We are proud of our commitment to ensuring that each and every attorney, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, feels welcome in our law firm community,” said Meaghan Gragg, co-founder of the firm’s LGBTQ affinity group. “We will remain diligent in our efforts.”

Diversity Q&A Series With Our Affinity Group Leaders


Hughes Hubbard’s Diversity Committee, which helps the firm recruit, retain and promote attorneys of diverse backgrounds, is comprised of five affinity groups aligned by race, gender and sexual orientation. This series of Q&A articles introduces the leaders of those groups.

Latino Attorney Affinity Group Leader Seeks to Bridge Differences

Sara E. Echenique, head of the firm’s Latino Attorney Affinity Group, has been a member of the Diversity Committee since May 2015. Born in Philadelphia to Puerto Rican parents and raised in Puerto Rico, she joined the firm in October 2010 as an associate in the New York office.

Click here to read the full Q&A.

Black Attorney Affinity Group Leader Brings Life Experience to Role

Ashley Hodges, head of the firm’s Black Attorney Affinity Group, has been a member of the Diversity Committee since spring 2016. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she joined the firm as a summer associate in 2013 and returned to the New York office as an associate in October 2014.

Click here to read the full Q&A.

LGBT Affinity Group Leader Strives to Further Tolerance

Meaghan Gragg co-founded the firm’s LGBT Affinity Group with former associate Danny Grossman in 2013; she joined the Diversity Committee in spring 2015. Born and raised in Miami, she began her tenure at the firm in 2008 as an associate; she was promoted to partner this month.

Click here to read the full Q&A.

Asian Affinity Group Leader Aims to Strengthen Inclusiveness

Mei Li Zhen, head of the firm’s Asian Affinity Group, has been a member of the Diversity Committee since spring 2015. Born in China and raised in Brooklyn, Zhen joined the firm as a summer associate in 2009 and as a full-time associate in the fall of 2010.

Click here to read the full Q&A.

Hughes Hubbard Receives Diversity Award From Eaton


From left: Tim Boyle, vice president and chief counsel
for competition and trade regulation at Eaton; Amanda DeBusk,
chair of Hughes Hubbard’s International Trade practice;
Mark Mcguire, executive vice president and general counsel
at Eaton; Patrice Jean, a Hughes Hubbard partner;
Ravi Soopramanien, a Hughes Hubbard associate
and Carolyn Cheverine, vice president and chief counsel
for corporate and international transactions at Eaton.

Hughes Hubbard was selected to receive the Eaton Law Department Supplier Inclusion and Diversity Excellence Award for its 2015 performance.

The award is presented to Eaton’s Law Department suppliers who exhibit a commitment to the company’s diversity effort. Eaton Corp. employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and is a global leader in power management and electrical systems.

Amanda DeBusk, chair of the firm’s International Trade department, accepted the award on Oct. 19, 2016 in front of more than 70 Eaton team members from around the world at a global legal meeting in Cleveland. Tim Boyle, vice president and chief counsel for competition and trade regulation at Eaton, highlighted the firm’s historic commitment to diversity, from Charles Evans Hughes’ early support for women’s suffrage to Amalya Kearse becoming the first black partner at a major Wall Street law firm in the 1960s to Candace Beinecke becoming the first female chair of a major New York law firm in 1999.

Patrice Jean, a partner in HHR’s Intellectual Property practice, spoke about the firm’s diversity committee, providing heartfelt remarks on diversity and discussing the great work that the committee does. Finally, Ravi Soopramanien, an associate in the firm’s D.C. office, spoke about his personal experience at HHR, describing how the firm’s reputation for diversity was important for him in deciding to join HHR.

“Diversity is a strong part of Hughes Hubbard’s identity, and I was truly honored to receive this award on behalf of the firm,” DeBusk said.

Hughes Hubbard Awarded WILEF’s Gold Standard Certification


Partners Sarah Cave and Aviva Wernick at a
Hughes Hubbard Women’s Roundtable event

Hughes Hubbard has been awarded the Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for the seventh year in a row, one of only 15 firms nationally to have consistently achieved this recognition since the program’s inception in 2011.

The award certifies and recognizes law firms that have integrated women into their highest leadership positions. The certification emphasizes leadership roles achieved by women equity partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the number or percentage of women in partnership.

To receive gold status, firms with at least 300 lawyers in the U.S. had to meet at least four of seven criteria involving women in key positions. HHR qualified in the following five categories, with women constituting a minimum of:

  • 20 percent of equity partners
  • 15 percent of firm chairs and managing partners
  • 20 percent of the firm’s compensation committee
  • 15 percent of the top half of the most highly compensated partners (up from 10 percent)
  • 7 percent of women equity partners are women of color or 3.5 percent of women equity partners are LGBT

Hughes Hubbard Sponsors Council of Urban
Professionals Gala 2016


From left to right: Hughes Hubbard associate
Debbie Placid and Hughes Hubbard partner
Patrice Jean at the CUP gala

Hughes Hubbard was among the sponsors of the Council of Urban Professionals’ 9th Annual Leadership Gala, held at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.

The gala honored extraordinary leaders whose strides in diversity and inclusion, public service, entrepreneurship and philanthropy have a made a tremendous difference in the U.S.

Founded in 2007, CUP focuses on preparing high-performing professionals of color and women for the rise to senior leadership roles within financial services, legal, media and entertainment, non-profit and public sectors. Through the CUP Fellows Program, 24 participants complete a 10-month leadership development experience that includes skill-based training and networking opportunities that prepare participants for civic involvement.

Hughes Hubbard Recipient of St. John University’s
Ron Brown Trailblazer Award


From left to right: Darryl Gibbs of AXA; Hughes Hubbard
partner Diane Lifton, co-chair of the firm’s Diversity
Committee; associate Charles Huberty; Ted Mayer,
chair of the firm; Tracey Brown of the Cochran firm,
Elaine Chiu, director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for
Law and Justice; and associate Julie Amadeo.

Hughes Hubbard’s New York office hosted the Ninth Annual Kickoff Reception for the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program at St. John’s University School of Law.

The program’s mission is to increase the diversity of the legal profession by preparing exceptional college students from disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups for success in law school and the legal profession. The kickoff reception introduced students in this year’s junior class of the program to their attorney mentors from HHR, clients Merck and AXA Equitable, and other law firms and government agencies.

More than 80 friends and supporters of the program attended. Ted Mayer delivered welcome remarks on behalf of the firm, alongside Tracey Brown, daughter of the program’s namesake Ron Brown, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee and the Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration, who was the first African-American to hold this position. Summer intern Andres Santamaria, an alumnus of the program, also spoke about the positive impact that mentors have on the professional development of students in the program. Professor Elaine Chiu, the director of the program, and Darryl Gibbs, associate general counsel at AXA, praised the firm’s contributions to the program’s continued success.

Diane Lifton, Charles Huberty and Julie Amadeo lead the firm’s partnership with the prep program. In addition to Lifton, Huberty and Amadeo, Jason Benton, Jim Kobak, Bill Maguire, Brett Collings, Ashley Hodges, Ileana Loudarou, Caroline Parker-Beaudrias and Laura Escalona Trumbull volunteered to serve as mentors.

Key principles


Diversity and inclusion matters.


We have strategically placed lawyers with varied backgrounds in positions of influence throughout the firm, including office and practice leaders.


We have developed both formal and informal mentoring for diverse associates as well as all associates at large. In the case of diverse associates we offer additional mentoring from members of the diversity committee and affinity groups.


To maintain accountability, our Diversity Committee, comprised of partners, counsel, associates and staff, oversees our efforts, including mentoring, recruiting, retention, outreach and affinity groups.


We actively recruit law students of diverse backgrounds and offer a select group the opportunity to participate in our summer program, where they can learn more about life at our firm and develop their career goals.


Hughes Hubbard currently supports affinity groups for African-American lawyers, Asian lawyers, Hispanic lawyers, working mothers, LGBT lawyers and our women’s roundtable. The latter group offers firmwide video-conference sessions involving featured speakers and interactive workshops.

Long Standing Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion


In keeping with our strong commitment to diversity, Hughes Hubbard is proud to be one of the initial signatories to The Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s “Statement of Diversity Principles” and The New York County Lawyers’ Association “Statement in Support of Diversity in the Legal Profession.”

“When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.” -Charles Evans Hughes

Our firm’s commitment to diversity can be traced back to our founder, Charles Evans Hughes, campaigning for women’s suffrage in his near-victory over Woodrow Wilson in the 1916 presidential race. In 1942, we broke ranks with other Wall Street firms in hiring the first female associate at a time when most of those firms did not even interview women. In 1969, we named as partner Amalya Kearse, the first African-American female partner of any major New York firm. Kearse went on to become the second African-American to sit on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. In 1999, Candace Beinecke became chair of Hughes Hubbard, making her the first woman to chair a major New York law firm.