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McDermott Will & Emery LLP
CHICAGO, IL 60606-0029
United States

Healthcare: health insurers Tier 1

Operating on the 'leading edge' of the industry', McDermott Will & Emery LLP 'has compiled a team of experts covering every aspect of healthcare law'. It is known for advising on the regulatory aspects of major M&A deals, such as CVS Health's $69bn acquisition of Aetna, which saw Chicago-based Joan Polacheck lead a team including Washington DC partners Kate McDonaldAnkur Goel and Jeremy Earl. Other main areas of expertise include dispute resolution in relation to government investigations, anti-kickback rules and reimbursement laws, healthcare advocacy efforts, as well as data breach and digital health matters. Together with LA-based trial lawyers Tom Ryan and Greg Jones, Chicago antitrust partner Stephan Wu represented The Permanente Group against a hospital group which accused the client and its insured of creating a healthcare monopoly in California. In Boston, the 'excellent' global practice group leader Stephen Bernstein and 'world-class subject matter expertChristopher Jedrey are recommended, while 'leading healthcare compliance lawyerEric Gordon in Los Angeles is another name to note.

Healthcare: service providers Tier 1

With 'an excellent reputation in the non-profit sector', McDermott Will & Emery LLP 'stands out for its experience, attention to detail and thoughtful approach to problem-solving'. Regulatory managed care and health system advice, private equity transactions and joint ventures, healthcare technology and litigation are four of the team's key pillars of service. Boston-based partners Christopher Jedrey and Charles Buck, who 'combine technical legal expertise with sound tactical judgment and a strong strategic vision', advised Steward Health Care System on its $2.1bn merger with IASIS Healthcare and Medical Properties Trust. An ongoing highlight for 'first-rate transactions lawyerBernadette Broccolo in Chicago and 'excellent tax advisorRobert Louthian in Washington DC is their work for an international specialty hospital and research institute on the design and implementation of a data and technology license venture aimed at providing diagnostic artificial intelligence solutions. In Chicago, clients recommend the 'very intelligentSandra DiVarco, who collaborated with Kerrin Slattery on several change-of-ownership transactions involving client Presence Health, as well as 'excellent communicatorsMonica Wallace and Joshua BuchmanEric Gordon in Los Angeles and Gary Davis in Miami are other names to note.

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a particularly strong reputation for transactions involving the energy, manufacturing, chemicals, healthcare, life sciences, and food and drink sectors, with the client list including Irving Oil, Oskar Blues Brewery Holding, Steward Health Care System, Amazon and Comvest Partners. The New York practice is noted for public company deals and major cross-border mandates; Todd Finger led advice to Oskar Blues Brewery Holding in its acquisition of Deep Ellum Brewing, a Dallas-based independent craft brewery, and Timothy Alvino (together with the firm's London office) acted as deal counsel to Irving Oil in its acquisition of the Tedcastle group of companies. David Goldman is another highly rated New York contact. Elsewhere, the Chicago corporate group is highly regarded for public and private equity deals and the office's John Tamisiea recently acted for Allscripts Healthcare Solutions in its agreement to acquire HealthGrid Holding Company, a mobile enterprise patient engagement platform business; and the Texas transactional team is well known for deals in the telecoms and technology sectors. In other offices, the Boston team has a strong reputation for its life sciences sector work, the Washington DC practice is led by highly-experienced partner Thomas Conaghan and handles deals in the alcoholic beverage and renewable energy industries, and the Miami corporate group, led by Harris Siskind, assists serial private equity acquirers. Together with the Chicago office, the Miami group advised longstanding client Comvest Partners, a middle-market private equity investment firm, on several transactions, including its acquisitions of Spinrite, the largest consumer craft yarn company in North America, and Dura Medic, which specializes in cost elimination programs for hospitals and healthcare providers. Other Miami contacts include Roy Larson and Frederic Levenson.

Outsourcing Tier 1

The ‘very professional and pragmatic’ team at McDermott Will & Emery LLPswiftly and professionally’ handles outsourcing matters in the telecoms, healthcare and information technology industries. David Guedry, who divides his time between Dallas and Houston, advised the information technology services provider Unisys on a desktop service arrangement with what is now DXC Technologies. Dallas-based Heather S. Bethancourt advised Baptist Health of South Florida on the outsourcing of its revenue cycle management operations to Health Systems Solutions, a joint venture between the client and the management consultancy Navigant. The department is jointly headed by Shawn C. Helms and Jason D. Krieser, who are both based in Dallas.

US taxes: contentious Tier 1

The 'very knowledgeable' team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP assists clients with tax controversies, administrative appeals and tax litigation. Dallas-based Mark Thomas and Laura Gavioli were involved in representing several high-profile parties, including former Brazil central bank president Arminio Fraga, in a case against the IRS for alleged improper capital gains treatment afforded to Fraga's hedge fund and private equity company, Gávea Investimentos. Another major highlight for the team was a complete victory in the US Tax Court case Illinois Tool Works Inc. & Subsidiaries, v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, led by Caroline Ngo out of Washington DC. Chicago counsel Roger Jones is well respected, and Jane May and  Mark Yopp are also notable. The firm welcomed Charles Moll and Troy Van Dongen into the firm’s San Francisco office and counsel Marcy Jo Mandel into its Los Angeles office in August 2018; the trio joined from Winston & Strawn LLP. The group also added Steven Hadjilogiou and two associates to its Miami office in March 2018; they joined from Baker McKenzie LLP. Departures included Robin Greenhouse to the IRS as a division counsel in June 2018; Dallas partner Kristina Novak to the IRS as an associate chief counsel in August 2018; Madeline Chiampou to S&P Global in September 2018; and Gale Chan to PwC in August 2018. Todd Welty left for an in-house role in 2019.

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 2

Based primarily in Chicago, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s global benefits, compensation & employment head Todd Solomon leads a 30-lawyer team, which was recently saw the addition of Chicago-based Theodore Becker and Richard Pearl, who joined the team from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and David Fuller in New York, who joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. A notable transaction saw Chicago’s Diane Morgenthaler and Lisa Loesel advise on specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries’ $630m acquisition of JM Huber. Also in Chicago, Judith Wethall handled CVS’s market-leading acquisition of healthcare company Aetna in a $63bn transaction. Dallas-based Erin Turley and Allison Wilkerson are assisting Trinity Industries with a spin-off transaction of its infrastructure-related businesses, and Andrew Liazos in Boston advised on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of WABCO Holdings’ $250m buy-out of vehicle manufacturer Meritor. Also recommended is Steven Eckhaus in New York.

Financial products Tier 2

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises on the US tax aspects of cross-border matters for large financial institutions. Partners leading the group's work include Andrea Kramer in Chicago, and David Taub and John Lutz in New York. The team is working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citibank on the tax aspects of long-term financing products, specialty finance products, derivative transactions and structured finance arrangements. Kramer represented a number of clients in the CFTC, CME Group and New York Mercantile Exchange investigations over the application of the Commodity Exchange Act and various exchange rules. The firm welcomed Charles Moll and Troy Van Dongen into its San Francisco office and counsel Marcy Jo Mandel into its Los Angeles office in August 2018; the trio joined from Winston & Strawn LLP. The group also added Steven Hadjilogiou and two associates in Miami in March 2018 from Baker McKenzie LLP. Departures included Washington DC-based Robin Greenhouse to the IRS as a division counsel in June 2018, and Dallas-based Kristina Novak to the IRS as an associate chief counsel in August 2018. In addition, New York-based Madeline Chiampou departed to S&P Global as tax counsel in September 2018, and Gale Chan, a Washington DC.partner, joined PwC as a tax manager in August 2018. Additionally, Alan Schwartz joined Reed Smith LLP in 2019.

International tax Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's international tax team has been working on major recent deals for household names and is praised for its 'outstanding technical expertise'. The 'responsive' Lowell Yoder in Chicago and Tim Shuman in Washington DC advised JAB Holding Company and the subsidiary it majority owns, Keurig Green Mountain, on Keurig Green Mountain's merger with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, valued at $20bn, and advised JAB on its $7.5bn acquisition of Panera Bread Company. Yoder also worked with Damon Lyon in Chicago, advising long-time client Procter & Gamble on navigating the US tax reform rules from 2017. Caroline Ngo, David Noren and Michael Wilder are doing similar work for Aon in the Washington DC office. In March 2018, the firm welcomed Steven Hadjilogiou and two associates to its Miami office from Baker McKenzie LLP. Departures included Madeline Chiampou to S&P Global as tax counsel in September 2018, and Gale Chan to PwC as a tax manager in August 2018.

Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 2

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is 'extremely knowledgeable of the science behind the patents and also has a strong understanding of the marketplace'. The arrival of Kristina Bieker in Boston bolstered the group's capabilities in the life sciences space -- one of the its key sectors. Recent highlights include advising Applied Therapeutics on its IP strategy, licensing and sponsored research, in addition to assisting the client with various corporate matters. The practice's other focus lies in the technology sector, where standout instructions include assisting gaming company Electronic Arts with patent application drafting and examination strategies. Also in the tech industry, the team assists Google with the management of portions of its patent portfolio related to its network infrastructure, including data centers and network access strategies and cloud computing offerings. Also recommended are Edward GordonKristin Connarn, and Robert Underwood in Boston; Judy Mohr in Silicon Valley; Ahsan Shaikh, who is based in Chicago and Silicon Valley; and Michael Fogarty and Hosang Lee in Washington DC. Clients also include ZTE, Sandoz and Cornell University. Michael DreznesMark ItriSoyeon Pak LaubJohn MagluyanAndrew MickelsenNathan SmithKenneth CheneyBrent HawkinsHersh MehtaKevin Shortsle and Krista Vink Venegas left the firm for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP represents manufacturers and oil and gas companies in environmental, chemical and asbestos-related litigation. Terrence Dee leads the practice in Chicago alongside Miami-based co-head Anthony Upshaw, who is acting for Monsanto in products liability mass tort actions related to the manufacturing, sale and distribution of polychlorinated biphenyl. In another highlight, James Pardo in New York is defending Exxon Mobil in water contamination cases involving its use of methyl-tertiary butyl ether. Environmental and toxic tort litigator Ellen Tenenbaum and oil and gas industry expert Peter Sacripanti are other key contacts in the New York office. Amy Doehring departed to Akerman LLP in July 2018.

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP focuses on the areas of healthcare bankruptcy, municipal insolvency and transactional advice. New York-based Timothy Walsh leads a team experienced in acting for debtors, creditors and committees, in pre- and post-bankruptcy filings. In a highlight, the firm is acting for Goldman Sachs Asset Management as a holder of several billion in debt instruments related to the $73bn Puerto Rico owes to creditor; healthcare-related bankruptcy and restructuring specialist William Smith, and James Kapp, who focuses on distressed companies and interested creditors, are leading in this matter from the firm’s Chicago office. The team also advised Presence Health, an operator of 11 hospitals and 28 senior living facilities in Illinois, in relation to $1bn worth of debt it incurred. The matter was resolved in 2018 when the client joined Ascension, the largest nonprofit operator of hospital in the US.

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's IP team in Silicon Valley regularly acts in trade secret disputes and advisory matters, with Daniel AlbertiFabio Marino and Judy Mohr the key names. Washington DC-based Natalie Bennett  is also recommended. Former practice head Eric Hagen joined DLA Piper LLP (US).

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, the ‘very strong’ attorneys provide ‘solid support and deep knowledge’. The full spectrum of trademark-related matters is undertaken by the team, which includes Chicago-based co-head Jennifer Mikulina and the ‘strong business acumen’ of Joanne Ludovici. Richard Kim and Robert Zelnick handle filing, search, clearance, and enforcement matters for Amgen and the team also serves as counsel to Hitachi for US-related trademark matters. Jorge Arciniega is a name to note in the Los Angeles office, other attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated. Mars, Hot Topic and 23andMe are also clients.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's tax group is ‘extremely effective through its combination of technical knowledge, practical application, and responsiveness’, and ‘consistently delivers the right answers with carefully considered alternative suggestions in reasonable time’. ‘Outstanding’ Lowell Yoder and Washington DC partner Tim Shuman 'are the first and last tax advisors to call for any complex tax question’; the duo acted for JAB Holdings in the merger of Keurig Green Mountain with Dr Pepper Snapple Group to create Keurig Dr Pepper, and also advised the client on its $7.5bn acquisition of the Panera Bread Company. Further, the team advised CVS Health on the tax aspects of the proposed $69bn cash and stock purchase of insurer Aetna. Other names to note are Damon Lyons, who has expertise in cross-border M&A, and New York-based John Lutz, who specializes in the tax aspects of structured finance, derivatives, structured products and hedge funds. Recent departures include Alexander Lee, who left for Cooley LLP in June 2018, Madeleine Chiampou-Tully, who joined S&P Global, and Gale Chan, who left for PwC in September 2018. Named partners are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

Cartel Tier 3

The full-service antitrust practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is spread across the country, with attorneys in Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Orange County, and 'advises clients with a full and accurate understanding of the facts'. A team led by Stefan Meisner is currently acting for a Japanese auto parts manufacturer in a multi-district litigation in the context of the global DOJ investigation, and practice head Raymond Jacobsen, Jr. is currently working with Paul Thompson to defend Impax Laboratories in multi-district litigation arising from the pricing of generic drugs. In Chicago, David Hanselman assisted Eagle Materials and its subsidiary with class action complaints filed by direct and indirect purchasers of plasterboard. Individuals named are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated. Mary Strimel returned to her role at the FTC and Hillary Webber departed for in-house position.

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 3

Leveraging a 30-lawyer team of ‘industry-leading’ experts, McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides ‘world-class advise’ on all aspects of employee benefits mandates. New York’s Steven Eckhaus is particularly noted for his expertise in negotiating executive compensation arrangements, and the ‘excellentTodd Solomon, who leads the practice from Chicago, is the key name for designing and amending pension plans, profit-sharing arrangements and ESOPs. In a recent practice highlight, Solomon and Boston-based Andrew Liazos assisted Darden Restaurants with a major pension de-risking exercise. In addition, Liazos and Boston-based Joseph Urwitz advised Chipotle on the restructuring of its executive compensation agreements in light of the 2017 tax reforms. Also recommended are Dallas-based Allison Wilkerson and Erin Turley, who 'exceed all expectations‘ for their clients, and together provide ongoing employee benefits advice to clients including Dr. Pepper, Cactus Feeders, Freeman Decorating and the American Council of Engineering Companies. Also of note, the Washington DC office was recently strengthened by the addition of David Fuller from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Other key clients include HSBC, Lenovo, MasterCard and Snapchat.

ERISA litigation Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has significant expertise in stock-drop litigation cases. In an ongoing highlight, team leader Christian Nemeth and Eliot Burriss are defending Thalhimer’s ESOP trustee Lance Studdard against a stock-drop action seeking over $100m in damages. Nemeth, Burriss and Dallas-based Erin Turley are also defending the American Society of Appraisers in a $30m ESOP case in which the practice was hired to file an Amicus brief before the 4th circuit. Counsel Wilber Boies secured a dismissal of $200m of fiduciary breach claims against Chrysler’s top-hat plan filed by former company executives during the company’s restructuring exercise. Additional clients include Cigna, Aetna and Trinity Industries. The team was further strengthened in 2018 by the arrivals of Theodore Becker and Richard Pearl from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Associate Elizabeth Rowe also comes recommended. Named attorneys are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Immigration Tier 3

Taking a partner-led approach to business immigration, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s immigration group, led by New-York based Joan-Elisse Carpentier, is recognized for advising clients on all prevailing visa categories, including citizenship matters, Form I-9 compliance programs and immigration due diligence aspects of mergers and acquisitions. The team also assists companies develop appropriate corporate policies for dealing with immigration issues. Carpentier regularly represents clients from the arts and entertainment industries, including actors, writers, singers, dancers, composers and filmmakers. Her recent workload includes advising a French company operating in Dubai and the Middle East to obtain E-2 investor visas for the president of the US division and the director of marketing.

International trade Tier 3

Led by Carolyn GleasonMcDermott Will & Emery LLP's five-partner Washington DC-based team has experience across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious transnational matters relating to global trade. Gleason has a particular strength advising clients in the food, beverage and agribusiness sector, and, aided by senior counsel David Levine and Raymond Paretzky, has been representing the US ripe olive industry in anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings against imports of ripe olives from Spain. Levine and Paretzky also secured a notable victory for Korean multinational CJ Corporation in anti-dumping administrative review proceedings. Other clients include Chiquita Brands, Illinois Tool Works and Olam.

Merger control Tier 3

The 'excellent' antitrust group at McDermott Will & Emery LLP 'is uniquely effective in its analysis of regulatory issues', as well as 'exceptionally practical and solutions-oriented'. Especially noted are practice head Raymond Jacobsen, Jr. and Jon Dubrow who 'stand out from other excellent antitrust lawyers in their ability blend business needs with regulatory demands and formulate a strategy that is sensible and credible'. The pair recently collaborated with Gregory Heltzer to secure clearance on behalf of Martin Marietta Materials' $1.68bn acquisition of Bluegrass Materials, and Joel Grosberg oversaw Motorola's all-cash takeover of Aviglion. The firm's stellar client roster also includes names such as Impax, Lockheed Martin and Mountain States Health. Other key names include Jeffrey BrennanDaniel Powers, Chicago's Stephen Wu, and William Diaz, who sits in Orange County. Unless otherwise stated, attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP specializes in the life sciences and technology sectors. Recent standout examples include the representation of 23andMe in a patent and trademark infringement suit against competitor regarding patents on relatedness identification through DNA analysis; that matter was led by Silicon Valley duo William Gaede and Bhanu Sadasivan. In Washington DC, practice head Nicole JantziPaul Schoenhard and Ian Brooks secured a PTAB victory for Contour IP Holding in proceedings against GoPro, which had challenged camera patents and filed for appeal after being defeated in first instance. ZTE, Sandoz and Amgen are also clients. The team has recently seen a number of departures: Natalie BennettChristopher BrightJeffrey GarganoHersh MehtaKevin ShortsleKrista Vink Venegas and Brent Hawkins joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPEric Hagen joined DLA Piper LLP (US); and Rita Yoon left for Jones Day.

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a long track record in ITC work for high-profile clients. Recent standout highlights saw the team representing ZTE and ZTE USA in three separate investigations regarding thirteen mobile phone patents; acting for Panasonic in two investigations, including one settlement with a non-practicing entity and one victory; and the successful defense of Hewlett-Packard and Extreme Networks against a complaint filed by Chrimar Systems. Jay Reiziss in Washington DC is the key practitioner.

Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP represents a number of clients active in the alcoholic beverages sector. It recently acted for Brooklyn Brewery in two TTAB matters which respectively sought to cancel registrations by Brooklyn Pour and Brooklyn Brew Shop. Richard Kim, John Dabney and Mary Hallerman led on both matters and all three are currently acting for Creative Technology, owner of the BLASTER brand, in opposition to applications filed by Monster. It is argued that the applied-for trademarks, 'Monster Blaster' and 'Monster Blaster Ravebox', are likely to cause confusion with the client’s own marks. Additional industries of expertise include technology, life sciences, IT and apparel. Dabney serves as co-head with Chicago-based Jennifer Mikulina. Jorge Arciniega is a name to note in Los Angeles while Robert Zelnick is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Raymond Jacobsen, Jr. heads the global antitrust and competition practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP from Washington DC. On the healthcare front, a team led by Chicago's Terrence Dee, Washington's Jon Dubrow and Orange County's William Diaz is representing group purchasing organization Premier in a class action filed by healthcare providers alleging that Becton Dickinson conspired with the client and its co-defendant to exclude rival syringe suppliers and raise prices. Jacobsen continues to work alongside Chicago-based David Hanselman to advise Eagle Materials and American Gypsum in class actions filed by direct and indirect purchasers of drywall, while Michelle Lowery and Joel Chefitz secured a dismissal for Steel Dynamics in a nationwide class action claiming that steel manufacturers conspired to restrict supply and fix prices; they are also based in Chicago. Also notable are Stephen Wu and Stefan Meisner, who both sit in Washington DC.

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

The ‘excellent, practical and efficientMcDermott Will & Emery LLP’s practice is jointly headed from Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago by the ‘extremely well-versedMark Schreiber, Michael Morgan, who ‘has a phenomenal understanding of his clients’ business needs’, and Daniel Gottlieb, who ‘is not only creative and smart, but also incredibly pleasant’. Highlights included assisting software publisher with data protection compliance matters related to the development of a mobile application designed to connect users to decentralized mobile applications that run on blockchain; and advising global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems S&C Electric on its obligations under GDPR.

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP acts for financial institutions, private investors, project owners and operators, trade associations and clearing organizations in M&A transactions, corporate financing and tax structuring matters. Headed by Miami-based Philip Tingle, the team has experience of wind, solar, biomass and water projects. Edward Zaelke joined the firm from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in 2019.

General commercial disputes Tier 4

Healthcare litigation is a standout area for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which is also well versed in tax, IP antitrust and class action litigation, among other areas. In a cross-office effort, Jon Dean and Russell Hayman in Los Angeles and Boston-based Sarah Walters successfully defended Plantronics in a high-stakes antitrust trial in federal court in Delaware. In a case before the California Supreme Court, San Francisco-based Marisa Chun acted for the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County Bar Association as amicus curiae in litigation that considered "clawback" fee issues in the context of law firm dissolutions. Charles Weir is the head of the Los Angeles litigation group; Anthony Bongiorno is a name to note in Boston; the 'outstanding' Terrence Dee is based in Chicago.

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's patent litigators William (Bill) Gaede in Silicon Valley and Sarah Columbia in Boston have been acting for Amgen in a patent lawsuit brought by the client against Sanofi and Regeneron and alleging the defendants’ patent infringement of Amgen’s patents to antibody therapies designed to lower cholesterol. The client base also includes 23andMe and Allergan. Other key members of the team are Chicago-based Kristian Werling, who co-heads the practice with Boston’s Stephen Bernstein; Washington DC-based Paul Radensky, who specializes in regulatory and reimbursement matters; IP and commercial transactions expert Sarah Hogan in Boston; FDA regulatory practitioner Vernessa Pollard in Washington DC; and Roger Kuan from the San Francisco office, which was opened in March 2018.

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's 'level of expertise is beyond exceptional'. The group handles the full range of employment law but specializes in particular in non-compete litigation as well as accessibility cases. It was significantly strengthen with the arrival of former members of DLA Piper LLP (US)'s employment team in April 2018, including Michael Sheehan in Chicago who now heads the practice. He is well versed acting for IT companies and recently represented Dimension Data in a theft of employer information and trade secrets case. The Los Angeles-based Maria Rodriguez is regularly engaged by Verizon, as the team handles all of its California employment litigation and counseling. She also defended Paramount Pictures in a dispute against a former employee who claimed gender discrimination and brought a pay equity case. The client portfolio also includes Warner Brothers, Airbnb and LATAM Airlines. Further names to note among the new recruits are Rachel Cowen in Chicago and Ron Holland in San Francisco. Kerry Scanlon and Jeremy White in Washington DC from the existing team are also recommended.

Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has complementary strengths in structured products and taxation, which it leverages in municipal bond offerings, derivatives-based investment products and exotic derivative agreements including weather derivatives. The financial institutions practice is headed by David Taub, who, alongside tax partner John Lutz, advises dealer-side clients such as Citibank, Bank of America and Barclays on dozens of derivative transactions each year. Taub and Lutz also assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch with the development of long-term financing products for use by the bank's hedge fund clients. On the contentious side, Chicago-based Andie Kramer represented a number of clients in CFTC, CME and NYMEX investigations concerning the Commodity Exchange Act and various other exchange rules.

Technology transactions Tier 4

Dallas-based Shawn C. Helms and Jason D. Krieser jointly head the team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which advises on outsourcing, licensing and cloud computing arrangements in the telecoms, IT, healthcare, social media and e-commerce sectors. Other contacts include David Guedry and Heather S. Bethancourt, also in Dallas, and Sarah T. Hogan, who practices in the firm's Boston office. Highlights have included advising Monsanto on an application development deal in connection with an IT outsourcing transaction, and acting for Baxalta in a research development collaboration with Precision BioSciences concerning the development and commercialization of a T-cell therapy. Other clients have included Motorola, Xerox Corporation and Finnair.

Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 4

With offices in Boston, California, Chicago, Miami, New York and Washington DC, McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a wide-ranging growth companies practice, which is noted for its strength in life sciences, tech, alternative energy, and healthcare matters. The firm is also well known for advising a number of Israeli start-ups. The team's client base includes Cellect Biotechnology, Lumiata, Virttu Biologics and Neurovance. Key figures in the group include Silicon Valley and Los Angeles based Mark Mihanovic and Samuel Wales, who is based in Washington DC. Albert Sokol is the name to note in Boston.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's team is commended for its 'high credibility with government agencies' and 'strategic approach'. David Rosenbloom chairs the global practice from Chicago, while Charles Weir leads the group in Los Angeles and 'incisive thinkerLaura McLane heads the Boston team. In a standout matter, McLane and Mark Pearlstein ('an absolute delight to work with') are representing Universal Health Services in a Supreme Court FCA case with industry-wide consequences. Gordon GreenbergCharles Weir and Russell Hayman in Los Angeles, and Jeffrey Stone and Steven Scholes in Chicago are also recommended.

Private equity buyouts Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is deeply embedded in the middle market, with dedicated private equity buyout teams in Chicago, Miami, New York and Washington DC. The firm is especially noted for its record in the healthcare sector. The team is 'great across the board', 'consistently smart, responsive and commercial' and is 'a go-to firm'. Key clients include HIG Capital, Quad-C Management, Peak Rock Partners and Great Point Partners. A team led by Miami partner Roy Larson advised MEDNAX on its acquisition of Synergy Radiology Associates, a Houston-based radiology provider. Brooks Gruemmer is noted for his impressive client relationships, including HIG Capital, a client that is also supported by the Miami office, notably key Miami partner Harris Siskind, who heads the private equity team alongside Andrew McCune in Chicago. The Miami team advised HIG on a series of deals, including its purchase of IT company Iron Bow Holdings. Miami's Frederic Levenson and Eric Gilbert 'are both extremely strong' and are 'trusted to deliver a high level of legal advice'. Laurence Bronska  is another prominent name. All partners are based in Chicago, unless stated otherwise.

Commercial lending

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a good track record of advising private equity houses and corporate borrowers in mid-market acquisition finance transactions. Recent highlights include advising HIG Middle Market on the financing for its $325m acquisition of therapy service provider Reliant Rehabilitation Holdings, and acting for Comvest Partners in relation to the financing for several acquisitions, including its buyout of craft yarn company Spinrite, and the takeover of Engage2Excel, a provider of employee recognition and consumer loyalty solutions. Other key clients include American Builders & Contractors Supply Co, TriplePoint Capital, and True West Capital Partners. The practice is jointly led by Michael Boykins and Stephanie McCann in Chicago, and Gary Rosenbaum, who is based in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Firm overview: McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 locations on three continents, the team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective — and often unexpected — solutions that propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong, we bring personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: As clients around the world experience increasing antitrust activity, cross-jurisdictional government investigations and private litigation, we meet these multifaceted challenges head-on. Our lawyers are deeply familiar with all major US and international regulatory frameworks and dispute-resolution forums. Providing effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and other competition regimes worldwide, our lawyers help clients eliminate roadblocks and achieve business goals.

Corporate and transactions: Our seasoned lawyers represent the full spectrum of corporate interests around the world, from global corporations to family-owned businesses to privately held companies. Our lawyers thrive on solving the most complex business problems facing their clients today and mapping out strategies to drive clients’ success tomorrow. Our broad capabilities include seamless transactional services, such as negotiating cross-border acquisitions or outsourcing deals, representing issuers in public offerings, securing preferred financial credit arrangements for borrowers or navigating a business restructuring.

Employment: We pair deep resources with broad geographic coverage, to meet the rapidly evolving needs of employers in virtually every sector, including manufacturing, financial services, health care, education and construction. Our lawyers help clients attract and retain workers at every level, enter and exit markets as business conditions warrant, develop and implement effective employment policies, identify and protect trade secrets and other confidential information, and negotiate and enforce employment contracts.

Global privacy and cybersecurity: Our lawyers advise clients on the statutory, regulatory and enforcement regimes that govern the collection, use and disclosure of data in the United States, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. With extensive experience advising on the full range of data privacy and protection laws, industry standards and issues, our lawyers regularly counsel clients on US and international data-use issues and conduct in-depth privacy/cybersecurity risk assessments, often in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other domestic and cross border transactions.

Employee benefits and executive compensation: Our lawyers help clients maximise the value of and return on their investments in human capital while avoiding exposure to liability. The team provides strategic day-to-day counsel on matters such as executive compensation, health/welfare plan compliance, qualified retirement plans, privacy and data protection, executive employment and severance, cultural diversity, full compliance with relevant laws, including ERISA legislation, among other general employee-relations matters.

Healthcare and life sciences: Our team provides unparalleled legal acumen rooted in decades of experience and forward growth powered by unconventional thinking. With a deep bench that includes lawyers at the cutting edge of digital health, the firm partners with clients on the full range of health-care-related issues, including physician practice management, health care litigation and the evolving regulatory landscape — both in the United States and internationally. As a top-ranked law firm for health and a leader in life sciences, we help clients navigate the issues that matter when it comes to achieving missions and solidifying positions in the market.

Intellectual property: Our top-notch team of IP lawyers, partners with clients to identify and secure their creative assets, maximize the value of their IP portfolios, and enforce or defend their rights in courts and tribunals virtually everywhere their products are made, distributed and sold. Whether you’re building the next iconic brand, protecting game-changing new technology or creating new revenue streams from your established IP assets, our team can help you achieve your business goals at every stage of the IP lifecycle. We are business savvy, technically skilled and steeped in high-stakes experience. We speak fluent CFO, CSO, CPO, CMO and Tax—skills honed over decades and maintained by understanding and embracing diverse perspectives. We are fearless and relentless advocates for your business, always pursuing a return on your IP investments. Our lawyers prioritize our partnership with you and believe service is a 24×7 proposition. We help our clients respond quickly and offer actionable solutions designed to mitigate risk and capitalize on opportunity.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are always ready to roll up their sleeves and deliver the sound, practical legal strategies necessary for both short- and long-term success. Based internationally, our nimble and creative lawyers are dedicated to providing passionate client advocacy through superior trial skills and incisive industry knowledge. The synthesis of skill and experience, flexibility and strength — plus track record of success in high-stakes controversies — makes McDermott a go-to firm for large-scale, complex litigation. Our white-collar team has tried hundreds of cases in courts throughout the United States and internationally, and draws on the unmatched insights of its lawyers who previously served as senior federal prosecutors.

Private client and wealth management: From the global to the personal, the firm brings its full-service network to bear in helping closely held business owners and high-net-worth individuals effectively structure their assets, meet their wealth transfer and planning goals, and make their mark philanthropically. As clients make the critical decisions that shape their personal, business, tax, civic and charitable concerns around the world, we will be at their side with creative, customized solutions.

Regulatory: Our lawyers marry legal skill with political savvy to turn regulatory risks into forward-looking business solutions. Based in government and trade capitals around the world, our lawyers support companies traversing the increasingly complex international trade landscape, and tackle rising global antitrust activity in all major US and international forums. Wherever the business reaches, our talented regulatory lawyers can help position the your organization for success.

Tax: Our lawyers advise some of the world’s most successful companies on tax matters, including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 100. With a unique combination of tax practitioners, strategists and creative thinkers who can validate sound strategies and offer innovative solutions it helps clients advance their organization’s growth plan — with senior partners involved at every step — 365 days a year with a 360-degree view of the evolving tax landscape.

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