Firm Profile > Paul Hastings LLP > Washington DC, United States

Paul Hastings LLP
875 15TH STREET, NW
WASHINGTON DC 20005
United States

Fintech Tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP is praised for its 'strong fintech practice in novel areas', bringing 'creative problem solving, quick understanding of business operations and deep relationships with relevant regulators'. The practice provides the full range of transactional, regulatory, IP, data privacy and litigation services to clients, which include major financial services companies, banks, fund investors, cryptocurrency platforms, and technology developers. The San Francisco office, where practice co-head Thomas Brown is based, is heavily tapped into the emerging and established technology ecosystem. The Atlanta office, which includes fellow co-head Chris Daniel, has strong relationships with payment processing and credit card companies. Other key partners include regulatory partner Behnam Dayanim and finance expert Rich Davis in Washington DC. In MArch 2020, Christopher Austin joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York.

Practice head(s):

Chris Daniel; Thomas Brown

Other key lawyers:

Behnam Dayanim; Rich Davis; Christopher Austin

Testimonials

‘Chris Austin is a phenomenal thinker and communicator. It’s always a win to put him in front of my board.’

‘Strong fintech practice in novel areas. Creative problem-solving, quick understanding of business operations and deep relationships with relevant regulators.’

‘Tom Brown is a creative thinker and leader. Has a deep understanding of client business and operations and is able to quickly and adeptly navigate complex business and legal problems.’

Key clients

MoneyGram

Paysafe Group

Facebook

Airbnb

Warburg Pincus

Ebury

Gemini

Coinbase

Wells Fargo

GTCR

Silicon Valley Bank

Goldman Sachs

Stone Point Capital

Lightyear Capital

Circle

Uber

Paya

NewSpring

Skrill USA

Community Federal Savings Bank

Cross River Bank

Uphold, Inc.

Forte

OST.com

Volkswagen Credit, Inc.

Fiverr International Ltd.

Finxera

Maker DAO

Liquid Financial

Invoice Cloud

Join Honey

Ixaris

L’Oreal USA Inc.

Hatch Bank

Dash Core Group

Booking.com

Priceline.com

Agoda.com

Launchgood

Binance Global/Binance US

Anchorage Trust Co

InvoiceCloud

CENTRE

Long Game Savings

Fiserv

BitPay

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

Paul Hastings LLP's Chicago-based Thaddeus Malik heads the firm's M&A practice, which is notably active in the defense and aerospace, media, entertainment, technology and life sciences sectors across the US. The San Francisco and Palo Alto offices specialize in public and private multi-jurisdictional mandates, joint ventures and strategic alliances; while in San Diego, the team focuses on matters in the financial services and emerging technologies sectors. In New York, the emphasis is on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Standout highlights include the Intel Corporation's $2bn acquisition of Habana Labs, an Israeli-based developer of programmable deep learning accelerators; that matter was led by William Choe in San Francisco. In March and May 2020, Stefan dePozsgay and Trevor Katende left for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Everest Talent Management, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Thad Malik

Other key lawyers:

William Choe

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Intel Corporation

Colony Capital

Walmart

The Boeing Company

GE Aviation

Moody’s

Caithness Energy

Qatalyst Partners

Eli Lilly & Co.

Merck & Co., Inc.

Teleperformance SE

Deerfield Management

Canopy Growth Corporation

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

Acadia Pharmaceuticals

Real estate Tier 1

One of the very best global real estate practices’, Paul Hastings LLP is rated for its ‘capability in all areas of real estate’; a range of strengths demonstrated by its varied workload of major development projects, acquisitions, joint venture transactions, dispositions, major leases and high-value financings. Further breadth of practice is evident by the fact that the team is engaged on such matters from all corners of the market, receiving instructions from buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers alike, in addition to major real estate investment and development players. Eric Landau is the key contact for mixed-use development projects, while Peter Olsen is recommended for redevelopment, ground leasing, sale and acquisition matters. The pair jointly chair the practice from New York alongside John Cahill who is extremely active in cross-border transactions, supported by the firm’s ‘top-tier services in Asia and Europe in addition to the US’. Though active on the full array of asset types, the group places heavy emphasis on the office and data center segments, where it acts for names such as Facebook and Salesforce.com. It also has expertise in the hospitality sector where it caters to major Asian, European and Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds. The rest of the team is spread across Illinois and California where Los Angeles-based Philip Feder is note for his track record in handling multibillion-dollar asset transactions.

Practice head(s):

Eric Landau; Peter Olsen; John Cahill

Other key lawyers:

Philip Feder; Bruce DePaola; John Simonis; David Hamsher; Steve Berkman; Gerd Alexander

Testimonials

‘PH is our go-to law firm for all of our structured products. The team works really well together to deliver a good client experience. We have always found the process to be quick and efficient. All of the team members we have interacted with are knowledgeable about the industry and helpful. They are able to call on the experience of other partners around the organization when specialty cases arise to help resolve.’

‘I only work with certain individuals within real estate, but this team is outstanding.  I know they lean on the breadth and depth of their bench strength to provide support for all aspects of tax implications, securities questions, etc. Although other firms also have these capabilities, I find the turnaround time for those other firms when working with their colleagues to come to a resolution seems to take longer. The PH team has an expedited process.’

‘The teams at Paul Hastings that I work with each take a very practical approach in advising clients.  Before developing a game plan with respect to a task or in addressing an issue, they ask the right questions and focus on what our objectives and concerns are.  They draw upon their expertise and creativity to provide detailed paths to execution of whatever task is at hand.  Not only is this the case with each group individually, but I also get to see how the groups are able to work together across practices.’

‘I believe that Paul Hastings has been at the forefront of large law firms in focusing on diversity and inclusion and the benefits that both the firm and its clients gain as a result. Moreover, the various practice groups at Paul Hastings work very well among one another to provide full scope representation, frequently this is spearheaded by the real estate group that I work with.’

‘Peter Olsen has a wealth of knowledge and experience built over the years of his practice and he utilizes that expertise along with his creative approach to come up with novel solutions that work for all involved.  Gerd Alexander shares a similar style to Peter, which is no surprise given that he has spent much of his legal career working with Peter, but Gerd has also emerged as a very talented partner in his own right, with his own style that has gotten our firm real results as he now leads most of the real estate transactions for which we engage Paul Hastings.’

‘This firm has the capabilities to cover all aspects of real estate and data center real estate, including leasing, buying, and dispositions.  They have a team of very talented individuals that know how to get deals done and do, in a very efficient manner. They are way above other firms in the terms of their competency and methodology. I do not see many egos, just true support for the client with the best possible outcome, as quickly as possible.’

‘Steve Berkman is one of the best real estate attorneys in the world.  He certainly understands the law, but more importantly, he understands how to get deals done with totally successful outcomes for the client.  He works well with competing attorneys and finds the right places to compromise, with the right risk, that helps get the deal done. I really value his willingness to tackle tough issues/situations and work through the issues with poise, grace, and in a way that everyone is successful at the conclusion.’

One of the best, if not the best, real estate team Globally.  They have a very deep bench and deliver top-tier legal services globally, in Asia, in the United States and in Europe. They are also able to deliver every complimentary service needed in all real estate transactions – tax, environmental, union issues, fund formation, employment and when needed, litigation.’

Key clients

Witkoff Group

L&L Holding Company LLC

The Lightstone Group

Millennium Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Extell Development

Silverstein Properties

Ivanhoé Cambridge

QuadReal

Facebook

Investcorp International

William Macklowe Company

China Communications Construction Company (CORE (USA))

The Related Companies

SoftLayer Technologies

TIAA/Nuveen

Brookfield Public Securities Group

Salesforce.com

Capital markets: global offerings Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP has a commanding presence in Latin America offerings, particularly Mexico-related deals, though more recently, the Latin America team has expanded its reach into Brazil. The Latin America team, led by the hugely experienced Michael Fitzgerald, has been a dominant force in Mexico for many years, drawing on Fitzgerald's excellent investment bank relationships and an ever-growing number of corporate issuer clients. The core group, which includes Joy Gallup and Arturo Carrillo, is also noted for its high-yield debt experience with Latin America issuers, while Cathleen McLaughlin is a leader in high-yield debt, infrastructure bonds and hybrid financings. The firm has sought to expand its capital markets group with the additions of a series of senior names, including co-head of the global securities and capital markets group Frank Lopez, who joined the firm in 2019, and is also recommended for Latin America offerings.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez

Other key lawyers:

Michael Fitzgerald; Joy Gallup; Arturo Carrillo; Cathleen McLaughlin

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 2

The team at Paul Hastings LLP has a strong track record in class actions, trials, arbitration proceedings and complex litigation. It can showcase experience in discrimination, sexual harassment, employee testing and whistleblower cases as well as wage and hour disputes, and government agency investigations. Practice head Elena Baca is based in Los Angeles and regularly defends prominent corporations in class actions, and Barbara Brown in Washington DC is an expert in all kinds of discrimination. Patrick Shea in New York has longstanding experience in the field, while Kenneth Willner combines contentious and compliance expertise and Carson Sullivan is knowledgeable in trade secrets and restrictive covenants; both are based in Washington DC. Other key contacts include Zach Hutton and Jeffrey Wohl in San Francisco, New York's Kenneth Gage and associate Sara Tomezsko, and Felicia Davis, Nancy Abell and Cameron Fox in Los Angeles. While Bradford Newman departed for Baker McKenzie LLP in April 2020, former Ropes & Gray LLP partner Jeffrey Webb joined the group in Los Angeles a month later.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Abell; Jeffrey Wohl; Barbara Brown; Patrick Shea; Carson Sullivan; Kenneth Willner; Marc Bernstein; Emily Pidot; Kenneth Gage; Felicia Davis; Cameron Fox; Sara Tomezsko; Jeffrey Webb; Zach Hutton; Paul Grossman; Marc Bernstein

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings has exceptional litigation lawyers in the employment law field. Their work in complex and significant disputes is unsurpassed. Their class action capabilities are superb. The firm should be considered for any significant employment litigation matters.’

‘Cameron Fox: a premier litigator for significant discrimination and other employment disputes.’

‘Paul Grossman – deserves his reputation as a leading employment lawyer and litigator.’

‘Marc Bernstein is exceptionally knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive. His team is my go-to labor and employment law counsel.’

Key clients

Google/Alphabet, Inc.

Microsoft Corporation

The Goldman Sachs Group L.P.

Facebook Inc.

Intel Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline plc

AT&T Inc.

Caesars Entertainment

Activision Blizzard, Inc

ESPN

United Continental Holdings Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

American International Group (AIG)

Creative Artists Agency

Live Nation

Dollar Tree

PG&E

Montage

Land use/zoning Tier 2

Focusing on choice, innovative projects, the land use practice at Paul Hastings LLP is an integral part of the firm's wider real estate team. Related Company's development of a closed municipal landfill is a recent example of first-of-its-kind work handled by the team at a state level; that matter is led by Gordon Hart and Deborah Schmall from the San Francisco office. The practice is jointly headed from Los Angeles by Jeffrey Haber, who advises on issues relating to landmark public buildings, hospitals and other types of large-scale developments, and Mitchell Menzer, a counsel to investors and developers on all aspects of major developments, including luxury hotels and corporate headquarters.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Haber; Mitchell Menzer

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Hart; Deborah Schmall

Key clients

LinkedIn

Cedars Sinai Medical Center

A Community of Friends

Marina Del Rey Hospital

Plenitude Holdings, LLC

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Mack Urban Development

Related Santa Clara LLC

AG-SCH 8150 Sunset Boulevard Owner, L.P.

Associate Capital

Five Point Holdings

Beverly Blvd Associates, L.P.

Lennar Corporation and its partners

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP fields a team that includes several of the most successful life sciences patent litigators in the market. Experts in high-stakes patent disputes, the team of global co-chairs of the IP practice Bruce Wexler in New York and Yar Chaikovsky in Palo Alto secured a string of headline-grabbing victories for its clients in 2020, including in cross-border disputes for which colleagues from the firm's international offices contribute their expertise. In addition to the core caseload in the life sciences and particularly in the pharmaceutical sector, the practice also impresses with its successes for technology, semiconductor, consumer product and software clients. Matters involving Section 101 issues frequently appear in the caseload. The wider firm's expertise in financing, venture capital, employment law and trade secrets is of additional benefit to clients. New York's Eric Dittmann and Naveen Modi in the Washington DC offices are the vice chairs of the global IP practice. Robert Unikel in the Chicago office, where Aaron Charfoos joined from Jones Day in April 2020, is also noted. Philip Ou focuses on high tech-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Wexler; Yar Chaikovsky; Eric Dittmann; Naveen Modi

Other key lawyers:

Preston Ratliff; Allan Soobert; Bruce Yen; Philip Ou; Isaac Ashkenazi; Robert Unikel; Chad Peterman; Young Park; Aaron Charfoos

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings’s post-grant practice is led by Naveen Modi who I consider by far the country’s leading expert on post-grant proceedings. Naveen’s even temperament is only exceeded by his thoughtful strategies and encyclopedic knowledge of practice before the PTAB.’

Key clients

Samsung

Align Technology, Inc.

Qualcomm

L’Oréal

Google

Snap

TikTok

Applied Materials

Canon

HTC

Johnson & Johnson

Eli Lily

Merck & Co., Inc.

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.

Trend Micro

Fitbit

Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP is among the market leaders for CLO work, advising arrangers, collateral managers, lenders, borrowers and investors on a litany of transactions each year. The group has significant experience across the spectrum of asset classes in structured credit transactions. Washington DC-based group leader Scott Faga is a CLO specialist with a strong regulatory practice. In New York, Eugene Ferrer has an impressive client list including major financial institutions, which he advises on myriad structured products and securitizations. Also recommended in New York is Nicole Skalla, who has expertise in CLO/CDO transactions, and also has handles the securitization of middle-market loans.

Practice head(s):

Scott Faga

Other key lawyers:

Eugene Ferrer; Nicole Skalla; Joseph Opich; Richard Davis; Mary Kathryn LeeMary Kathryn Lee

Testimonials

‘The CLO team is led by highly-engaged partners, who support an excellent bench of associates. Transactions are managed in a calm and organized manner, largely due to the experience and expertise of the partners and senior associates. Their consistent, pragmatic and commercial approach makes them a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Eugene Ferrer, Scott Faga and Nicole Skalla are the key partners I work with. They have a collegiate approach that ensures their combined experience is brought to the fore. Eugene, Scott and Nicole are always visible and engaged in the transactions they run.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

JPMorgan

Credit Suisse

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Wells Fargo

MUFG

Neuberger Berman

ArrowMark

Symphony Asset Management

Natixis Securities

GreensLedge Capital Markets

TCW Asset Management Company

Citigroup Inc.

Alcentra

AGL Credit Management LP

Tala

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP is a highly respected name in the broadcasting industry, as illustrated by its client roster which includes Walt Disney and the National Association of Broadcasters. This reputation is largely owed to practice head and DC based Sherrese Smith, who is a former chief counsel to the FCC chairman. Smith’s recent workload has included matters relating to media ownership, cloud services, and over-the-top streaming services. In addition to broadcasters, Smith has also acted for major investors such as Bank of America and Royal Bank of Canada with respect to regulatory clearance of major financing and M&A transactions. The team also features the Atlanta-based associate Andrew Erber, who is an expert in data and privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Erber

Key clients

National Association of Broadcasters

Walt Disney Company

Fox Corporation

Royal Bank of Canada

Walmart

Bank of America

EchoStar Corporation

Cox Enterprises

TEGNA

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

The 'client-focusedPaul Hastings LLP practice ‘delivers high-quality and good-value work'. The team specializes in issues arising when employees leave under circumstances suggesting or establishing misappropriation and when business organizations separate. The full-service firm has expertise in employment, patent, white collar and cybersecurity mandates and litigation, as well as experience in confidential verification alternatives to litigation. Technology cases, in the US and abroad, are a particular forte for the group. New York-based Victoria Cundiff is chair of the global trade secrets practice and is ‘one of the leading trade secret lawyers in the country’. She co-leads the team with Jennifer Baldocchi in Los Angeles, who is chair of the firm’s international employee mobility and trade secrets practice.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Cundiff; Jennifer Baldocchi

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Pade; Mark Pollack; Allan Soobert; Carson Sullivan; Robert Unikel

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have a strong background in different areas of law.’

‘They are client-focused and deliver high-quality and good-value work.’

‘The team has a depth of experience and knowledge, combined with practicality, that is extremely difficult to find.’

‘Vicki Cundiff is one of the leading trade secret lawyers in the country. There is none better or more knowledgeable or more passionate.’

‘Paul Hastings has one of the deepest benches in the country when it comes to trade secret work.’

‘In the field of trade secrets, there are few practitioners who you can label as true specialists, in the sense that they spend almost all of their time working on those matters. At Paul Hastings there are several, but Victoria Cundiff and Jeff Pade stand out as real scholars as well as brilliant strategists.’

‘We dealt primarily with Jeff Pade. Jeff manages his team effectively and handles the complex issues responsibly. He is very pragmatic and practical. He is really excellent in his field, he has a strong focus on intellectual property disputes, has a good experience in trade secrets investigations, patent, and other IP–related matters.’

Key clients

Samsung

CareDx

Daiichi Sankyo

Robert Bosch LLC

W. R. Berkley Corporation

DW Healthcare Partners

ATI Physical Therapy

BioFire Diagnostics LLC

Trend Micro

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

With a robust, partner-led presence on both coasts (in addition to major centers like Houston and Chicago), Paul Hastings LLP’s tax team leverages its broad regional footprint to act on large-scale tax mandates for leading multinational corporations, asset managers and financial institutions. Leading the group from New York is Joseph Opich, well-versed in the planning, structuring and transitional aspects of myriad transactions, and a go-to tax counsel for many of the largest CLO arrangers in the market. On the West Coast, Douglas Schaaf is recommended for his expertise in financial instruments and debt issuances. Greg Nelson, chair of the Houston office, concentrates on the tax aspects of MLPs and energy sector deals, while Chicago-based Ziemowit Smulkowski is recommended for private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Opich

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Schaaf; Greg Nelson; Ziemowit Smulkowski

Key clients

Intel Corporation

GI Partners

CrossAmerica Partners, LP

Francisco Partners

IFM

CrossAmerica Partners, LP

STG Partners

Compass Diversified Holdings

White Oak Global Advisors

Ashton Woods USA

Moody’s Corporation

TierPoint

Lexington Realty Trust

Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP stands out for being 'responsive, thoughtful, and creative in its approach'. Led by Elena Baca in Los Angeles, the team has expertise in regulatory compliance work, audits, investigations, employment agreements and policy drafting as well as advising on the employment aspects of M&A transactions and restructurings. The group's client roster includes names from the financial services, health care, and TMT sectors. With offices on both coasts, Barbara Brown, Kenneth Willner and Carson Sullivan are key names in Washington DC and the team of dedicated practitioners in New York includes the experienced Marc BernsteinPatrick Shea and discrimination expert Kenneth Gage. Nancy Abell and Leslie Abbott are key contacts in the Los Angeles office, which was reinforced with the arrival of Jeffrey Webb from Ropes & Gray LLP in May 2020. Bradford Newman left for Baker McKenzie LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Abell; Leslie Abbott; Patrick Shea; Kenneth Gage; Carson Sullivan; Barbara Brown; Kenneth Willner; Jeffrey Webb; Marc Bernstein

Testimonials

‘Without question, this team is the most diligent and best outside counsel I have used. They are always responsive, thoughtful, and creative in their approach. They make you feel like you are their only client!’

‘This team stands out based on their work ethic and the quality of their work. I always know that I will get perfect work product from them – you can tell they pride themselves on the quality of their work and have fantastic attention to detail. Hands down, they provide the best work product of any firm with whom I’ve worked.’

Key clients

Google/Alphabet, Inc.

Microsoft Corporation

The Goldman Sachs Group L.P.

Facebook Inc.

Intel Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline plc

AT&T Inc.

Caesars Entertainment

Activision Blizzard, Inc

ESPN

United Continental Holdings Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

American International Group (AIG)

Creative Artists Agency

Live Nation

Dollar Tree

PG&E

Montage

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP is particularly notable for its presence in California, where it acts for several of the most prominent West Coast funds, including Rimrock Capital Management and Dalton Investments, among others. Practice head Art Zwickel handles a wide range of fund formation mandates including funds-of-one, long-short funds, and activist investments. Yousuf Dhamee is another key figure within the team, maintaining a strong sponsor practice in addition to handling investor-side work for large clients such as pension complexes and sovereign wealth funds. On the East Coast, Ira Kustin handles a wide range of work from the New York office, and is particularly involved in cross-border matters that make use of the firm’s international network. All lawyers are based in Los Angeles unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Art Zwickel

Other key lawyers:

Yousuf Dhamee; Ira Kustin

Key clients

Imperial Capital Asset Management

Hawk Ridge Capital

Glendon Capital Management

Dalton Investments LLC

Aperimus Capital, LLC

LongTail Alpha, LLC

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has made substantial steps in developing its ECM practice over the last few years, bringing in a series of senior names that have added additional credibility to an already highly rated team. While corporate relationships have naturally expanded, the firm has also seen significant growth in underwriter engagements, acting for most of the top investment banks in this space. Moreover, the firm is a market leader in capital markets offerings from Mexico, thanks to the experience of seasoned New York partner Michael FitzgeraldFrank Lopez co-heads the global securities and capital markets practice from New York, where he represents major underwriters and private equity sponsors in IPOs and secondary offerings. San Diego's Teri O’Brien jointly leads the team alongside Lopez. Christopher Austin joined the New York group from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in 2020, and is noted for tech and fintech transactions. Jeff Hartlin and Jonathan Ko are key names in Palo Alto and Los Angeles, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez; Teri O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Michael Fitzgerald; Christopher Austin; Jeff Hartlin; Jonathan Ko 

Key clients

BofA Merrill Lynch

Barclays

J.P. Morgan

BMO Capital Markets

Deutsche Bank Securities

Morgan Stanley

Wells Fargo Securities

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Raymond James

Jefferies

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Beyond Meat

Redmile Group

RBC Capital Markets

Inseego Corp.

CareDx, Inc.

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has deep expertise in regulatory issues associated with the development and financing of natural gas generation projects, and renewables projects covering wind and solar, among others. The team is also noted for its record in FERC litigation, an area where practice head William DeGrandis is a key contact. Based in Washington DC, DeGrandis is particularly active in transmission and interconnection cases, and also has experience of energy storage matters and project development. Peter Weiner in San Francisco leads the California energy team. Senior associate Jenna McGrath (also in DC) is recommended on the more junior end of the practice group.

Practice head(s):

William DeGrandis

Other key lawyers:

Michael Spafford; Peter Weiner; Jenna McGrath

Testimonials

‘The practice is heavily focused in energy and electricity policy, and as such the partners and associates have very strong networks with regulators, other counsel, and other industry players. This has proven invaluable as a way to understand potential positioning during negotiation / settlement, and affords our company some credibility when they are representing us.’

‘Bill DeGrandis is the partner we work with most frequently. He is the one that brings a lot of the strong network and connection noted above. Jenna McGrath is an associate we work with frequently. She is very strong at grasping technical concepts that relate to the legal / regulatory work, which is very helpful. And she is good at distilling complex issues for communication to non-regulatory experts.’

Key clients

Leeward Renewable Energy

GlidePath

Midland Power Cooperative

Yahoo! Energy

Olympus Power Company LLC

Acciona Energy North America

First Solar, Recurrent Energy, Intersect Power

Community Microgrid Clients

Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC)

GridLiance

Corn Belt Power Cooperative, NIPCO

CoreSite

LS Power

Cross Sound Cable Company, LLC

8minute Solar Energy

Environment: regulatory Tier 3

The environment team at Paul Hastings LLP is particularly proficient in matters concerning brownfield redevelopments on remediated federal Superfund sites, and solar energy facility permitting. Based in San Francisco, the practice is led by Peter Weiner, who focuses on policy and regulatory matters in the renewable energy sector. Other names to note include Deborah Schmall, whose areas of expertise cut across solid waste and hazardous materials; permitting and enforcement specialist Gordon Hart; and Jill Yung, who specializes in permitting and compliance issues. The team has expanded its ranks with the additions of Chris Carr and Navi Dhillon, who joined from Baker Botts L.L.P. in October 2020. Carr has more than two decades of experience securing controversial regulatory approvals for energy, infrastructure and natural resources development projects; and Dhillon specializes in environmental litigation.

Practice head(s):

Peter Weiner

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Schmall; Gordon Hart; Jill Yung; Chris Carr; Navi Dhillon

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings has provided our company with excellent environmental and regulatory compliance assistance related to site investigation / remediation, land use and zoning, and response, consulting and resolution of regulatory compliance matters. Paul Hastings has been a trusted resource, assisting our company effectively navigate through and ensure compliance with the rapidly changing regulatory landscape.’

‘The Partner I have worked with is an exceptionally bright, articulate problem solver who is always advocating for his client. He has a tremendous amount of experience and expertise in the environmental regulatory field and is available to assist 24/7. He is very easy to work with and extremely trustworthy. Frankly, the best environmental attorney I have worked with.’

Key clients

AT&T Services

The Boeing Company

Genentech, Inc. and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

Merck Sharpe and Dohme Corp.

Occidental Petroleum

The Related Companies / (Related Santa Clara LLC)

Lennar Corporation: Lennar Homes, HPS Dev. Co., Lennar Mare Island, Lennar Concord and Treasure Island Community Development

Oakland Athletics

Southern Energy Company

Pacific Resource Recovery

First Solar

Five Point Holdings (CP Dev. Co. and Heritage Fields El Toro)

Intersect Power

InterConnect Towers

Associate Capital (California Barrel Company)

Covanta

Prologis

8minute Solar Energy

Clearway Energy

Financial services litigation Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP's civil litigation team handles complex, long-running disputes, with a particular focus on antitrust and securities litigation. The team acts at both the state and federal level, and recently represented Barclays in separate class actions accusing the bank of violations of federal and New York state law related to alleged anti-competitive practices in the SSA bond market. In addition to civil litigation, the practice is involved in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the SEC, FINRA, DOJ, and FCA. Global head of litigation Barry Sher and Anthony Antonelli lead on the Barclays cases, while Kenneth Breen and John Nowak from the firm's white-collar crime team are names to note for investigations and enforcement matters. Michael Levy left for Mayer Brown in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Antonelli; Kenneth Breen; John Nowak; Matt Herrington

Key clients

Barclays Bank PLC, Barclays Capital Inc., Barclays Services Limited, Barclays Capital Securities Ltd.

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation

BofA Securities, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Credit Suisse

DBS Bank Ltd.

Goldman Sachs

GE Asset Management

Matthew Connolly, the former supervisor of the Money Market Desk at Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley & Co. International PLC

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

PETRÓLEOS DE VENEZUELA, S.A. and PDVSA PETRÓLEO, S.A.

Royal Bank of Canada

UBS Securities LLC

General commercial disputes Tier 3

With notable strength in key sectors such as healthcare, financial services and technology, Paul Hastings LLP is frequently engaged in consumer class actions, international supply chain disputes and securities litigation. It is also well known for its expertise in IP, real estate and restructuring and insolvency-related litigation. Global chair Barry Sher is recommended for his track record in financial services litigation. Sher has been defending Barclays Bank in a number of extremely high-value disputes, including a case involving allegations of price-fixing. Fellow practice head Kurt Hansson has a broad commercial disputes practice, acting for major clients such as GSK and General Electric.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher; Kurt Hansson

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

General Electric

FIM Advisors

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Royal Bank of Canada

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

Daiichi Sankyo

Samsung Electronics

CFM International (jointly owned by GE & Safran Aircraft Engines)

L’Oreal

Google

Tall Oak

Millennium Partners

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP substantially expanded its service offering with the launch of an FDA practice—marked by the arrivals of Nathan Sheers and Peter Lindsay from Sidley Austin LLP—and the establishment of a life sciences consulting group led by BJ D’Avella, which focuses on commercial strategies, R&D operations and compliance. FDA regulatory and compliance work is a core focus, and contacts in this regard include global chair Gary Giampetruzzi, and Houston-based Jane Yoon and Joy Dowdle. On the IP litigation front, Bruce Wexler and Eric Dittmann recently represented Boehringer Ingelheim in connection with two inter partes reviews before the PTAB resulting in the invalidation of all claims of a key patent covering the most widely used indication for AbbVie’s immunosuppressive drug Humira®. All partners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Gary Giampetruzzi

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Sheers; Peter Lindsay; BJ D’Avella; Jane Yoon; Joy Dowdle; Bruce Wexler; Eric Dittmann

Testimonials

‘Broad spectrum of experience with variety of innovator-pharma clients. Established trust and credibility by Judges and creative thinking to propose options for the solution’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson

Merck & Co

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Boehringer Ingelheim

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Actelion Pharmaceuticals

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Redmile Group

Care DX, Inc.

International tax Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP’s international tax group leads on inbound transactions from Canada, India and jurisdictions across EMEA. Chicago-based Ziemowit Smulkowski leads the way on private equity-backed investments, while practice head Joseph Opich and David Masko in the New York office tackle securitizations, REITS, restructurings and M&A transactions. Stand-out West Coast partners include Orange County-based Douglas Schaaf and Thomas Wisialowski in Palo Alto, who are retained by tech investors for cross-border tax planning. Wisialowski also represents numerous non-US sovereign wealth funds in inbound investment activity. The group has also witnessed an uptick in repatriation planning of late.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Opich

Other key lawyers:

Ziemowit Smulkowski; David Masko; Douglas Schaaf; Thomas Wisialowski

Testimonials

‘Technically strong, sensitive to cross-border tax rules and cross-cultural implications of cross border-tax work. Proficient and committed to client goals.’

‘A diverse and multicultural team, well versed in multilanguage capabilities.’

‘David Makso has done a wonderful job of not only keeping the team afloat in New York, but rather making it flourish!! David is a pleasure to work with, on top of his game and very pragmatic.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Brookfield Investment Funds

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

PGIM (subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc.)

Colony Capital, Inc.

REEF Technologies Inc.

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America

Saba Software

Subversive Capital L.P.

CA Ventures Student Housing Core Fund

Binance

WatchGuard Technologies

SICP LLP

M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Clients appreciate the 'responsiveness and accessibility' of the litigation practice at Paul Hastings LLP. The firm not only has a long track record of success in the Delaware Chancery Court, but also handles high-stakes M&A litigation across the US, thanks in part to its large national litigation practice that has significant capabilities on both the East Coast and the West Coast. Barry Sher in New York and global chair of securities litigation Peter Stone in Palo Alto are the lead partners. The firm has a prominent role in the California market, where Stone is frequently involved in disputes in the technology sector. He is representing a former director of M&A for HP in several matters concerning the company's $7bn acquisition of Autonomy. Samuel Cooper in Houston is noted for successfully representing companies in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher; Peter Stone

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Cooper

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Manish Sarin, former director of M&A for HP

ValueAct Capital Management

Symphony Technology Group (Winshuttle)

Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP is active across the full range of registered fund products, providing advice on mutual funds, close-end funds, ETFs, and BDCs. Michael Rosella is particularly notable for his work with unit investment trusts, recently advising Morgan Stanley on a wide range of issues, including distribution and product design issues. Rosella also heads up the practice group, and handles a wide array of matters, including regulatory work, having recently advised RBB Funds on securing SEC clearance for the hiring of a new marketing lead, where there were concerns about joint participation under the 1940 Act. Vadim Avdeychik is recommended for fund transactions, and assisted Allianz Global Investors in the sale and transfer of its registered funds outfit to Virtus. The firm also has a presence on the West Coast, where San Francisco-based David Hearth is a contact for investment companies, advisers, and broker-dealers.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rosella

Other key lawyers:

David Hearth; Vadim Avdeychik

Testimonials

David Hearth has comprehensive knowledge and hands on experience with all aspects of mutual fund management, oversight, regulations and industry trends. He combines this knowledge with a very professional and personable presentation; always makes himself available. He is a major asset to our board.

Key clients

Jefferies

Insight Advisors

Eaton Vance

Longevity Advisors

Gabelli

Reich & Tang

Brookfield Investment Management

TCW Group (TCW Funds and Metropolitan West Funds)

TD Ameritrade

Morgan Stanley

Toqueville Asset Management

Fiduciary Trust Company / Franklin Templeton

Blackstone

The RBB Fund, Inc.

Matthews Asia Funds

SunAmerica Asset Management

Causeway Capital Management

Kayne Anderson Capital

Allianz Global Investors

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP is particularly strong in international funds work, frequently collaborating with the firm’s global office network to handle multi-jurisdictional matters involving Europe and Asia. The firm is generally instructed by sponsors in relation to the structuring, formation, and operation of a wide range of funds including buyout, distressed and mezzanine debt, venture capital, energy and infrastructure, among others. The team is especially notable for its record with real estate funds. Of recent note, New York-based practice head Joshua Sternoff acted on behalf of AEW Capital Management in connection with AEW Value Investors Asia IV, a Luxembourg-based fund formed to invest in real estate across Asia and the Pacific, targeting $1.2bn. The firm also has an active investor-side practice, which advises pension funds, sovereign wealth, and other financial institutions in a range of matters. Other key figures in the team include Los Angeles-based pair Yousuf Dhamee and Siobhan McBreen Burke, both  of whom advise sponsors, managers, and investors on a wide range of matters; and Lawrence Hass in New York, who focuses on fund formation, especially in the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Josh Sternoff

Other key lawyers:

Yousuf Dhamee; Siobhan McBreen Burke; Lawrence Hass

Testimonials

‘Market knowledge and the ability to navigate through complex negotiations.’

‘Larry Hass and Max Rosenberg have navigated 3 fundraises for us. They are practical, smart and incredibly good with investors.’

‘The team is deep and always seems to available to address the issue at hand. In addition, they are excellent at anticipating issues and addressing them proactively.’

‘Joshua Sternoff has deep industry knowledge and creates good business solutions that are workable in practice. Always able to give several solutions.’

Max Rosenberg handles much of our work and has many of the same traits as Josh. An excellent attorney in his own right.

Key clients

Guggenheim Partners

Apollo Capital Management

AEW Capital Management

Prudential Global Investment Management

Nuveen Asset Management/TIAA

Ford Motor Company

New York Life

AGL Credit Management

Fundamental Income Properties (Brookfield subsidiary)

Artemis Real Estate Partners

Primary Wave Music Publishing

Star Asia Group

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

The REITs practice at Paul Hastings LLP has a strong background advising on private and public REITs issues, and is also recognized for its experience serving as underwriter's counsel for a variety of leading institutions. The group has particular expertise acting on behalf of financiers, having advised clients including Morgan Stanley, Citibank and JPMorgan on the provision of large-scale cash facilities to REITs. The firm also has a strong background in Latin America-facing work, with notable experience with FIBRA, the Mexican equivalent of a REIT. Frank Lopez leads the practice from New York.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez

Other key lawyers:

Yariv Katz; Michael Zuppone

Key clients

Citigroup

BofA Securities, Inc.

BBVA

Goldman, Sachs & Co

Credit Suisse

HSBC

Itaú BBA

Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated / Carey Watermark Investors 2 Incorporated / Watermark Lodging Trust

RBC Capital Markets

Barclays

Lexington Realty Trust

Morgan Stanley

J.P. Morgan

Wells Fargo Securities

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Jefferies LLC

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

American Homes 4 Rent

Public Storage

PS Business Parks

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has significant capabilities on both the East and West Coasts, as well as in key centers such as Houston and Chicago. The firm’s New York group is frequently engaged in high-end securities litigation matters involving investment banks, as well as SEC investigations. The partners in California are also active in securities fraud cases, regulatory investigations and criminal matters. Peter Stone in Palo Alto and Kevin Broughel in New York lead a team of 13 'super-smart, hardworking and efficient' partners. Also recommended in New York are global chair of litigation Barry Sher, who secured the dismissal of a class action concerning the SSA bond market for Barclays Bank, and experienced partner Kevin Logue. Clients also recommend Samuel Cooper in Houston, 'a bona fide superstar, with deep substantive knowledge and trial experience'.

Practice head(s):

Peter Stone; Kevin Broughel

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Cooper; Kevin Broughel; Barry Sher; Kevin Logue

Testimonials

‘Super-smart, hardworking and efficient.’

‘Sam Cooper is a bona fide superstar, with deep substantive knowledge and trial experience.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Royal Bank of Canada

Brookfield Investment Management Inc.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

BofA Securities, Inc.

UBS Securities LLC

Baker Hughes

FIM Advisors

Riot Blockchain, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Enbridge Energy Partners

Jefferies LLC

Phillips 66

DWS (Deutsche Bank affiliate)

Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 3

Led by the 'incredibly talented' Sherrese Smith, Paul Hastings LLP advises a diverse range of clients including telecoms companies, broadcasters, satellite operators and major investors. Included among its client roster are household names such as Twentieth Century Fox, Walmart and Bank of America. Based in the Washington DC office, Smith is highly skilled in obtaining regulatory approval for transactions and has recently advised on spectrum auctions, M&A and private equity investments. Associate Andrew Erber is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Erber

Testimonials

‘Creative lawyering and exceptional strategic advice.’

‘Sherrese Smith is incredibly talented in mixing great legal and business advice.’

Key clients

Francisco Partners

Novacap Technologies

Ericsson

Walmart

National Association of Broadcasters

Walt Disney Company

Fox Corporation

Royal Bank of Canada

Wells Fargo

Bank of America

EchoStar Corporation

Cox Enterprises

TEGNA

Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP's experienced aviation litigation team consistently acts as lead counsel to corporate clients facing high-stakes litigation relating to airline disasters. The aviation litigation practice is led by Sheila Sundvall, who has extensive experience in representing commercial airlines, manufacturers, aircraft lessors and other defendants in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Based in the firm's Chicago office, Sundvall has been lead counsel in major airline accident litigation for General Electric Company for over three decades.

Practice head(s):

Sheila Sundvall

Key clients

General Electric

CFM International

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP's efforts to expand its capital markets department in recent years have paid considerable dividends. The firm has become considerably more active in US debt offerings, while its eminent Latin America practice, led by the seasoned Michael Fitzgerald, continues to dominate the Mexico market and is building its reputation in other jurisdictions. The firm represents almost all the key investment banks that operate in the market and has strong connections to public company issuers and private equity sponsors. San Diego partner Teri O’Brien co-heads the global securities and capital markets practice, covering a variety of debt products including convertibles. Cathleen McLaughlin is a key figure in energy and infrastructure-related financings in Latin America. Arturo Carrillo and Joy Gallup are also core members of the Latin America group.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez; Teri O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Michael Fitzgerald; Cathleen McLaughlin; Arturo Carrillo; Joy Gallup 

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP's growing team has landed a number of important relationships with investment banks, private equity sponsors and repeat corporate issuers. The core team works closely with the firm's highly regarded leveraged finance group. It is also at the forefront of Latin America and Caribbean offerings, particularly those from Mexico, thanks in part to the experience of Michael Fitzgerald and Cathleen McLaughlin. New York-based Frank Lopez is co-head of the capital markets group and a partner in the leveraged finance team; since joining the firm in 2019, he has advised on a series of headline high-yield offerings for underwriters and issuers. Also recommended in New York is John Cobb, who has extensive experience of leveraged finance and high-yield debt.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez; Teri O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Michael Fitzgerald; Cathleen McLaughlin; John Cobb; Doug Getten; Jonathan Ko

Testimonials

‘The team has enormous and incredible experience in the Mexican and Latin American markets and legal environment. The leaders have knowledge and sensitivity to the clients needs, and they are accompanied by young enthusiasts and well formed young professionals. The clients appreciate their communication skills that permit the client a full understanding of the details of the transaction and often a necessary education on foreign jurisdictions laws and markets regulations. Other firms are far away of that level of comprehension of the law and understanding of the legal and human dynamics of an international deal.’

‘Mike Fitzgerald is simply legendary in the market. His knowledge, devotion to the client and fine touch are unique. He is truly a well educated but more than, he is a wise man, who leads nicely through very complicated situations. Arturo Carrillo is a formidable Texan guy whose knowledge on “Mexican Spanish” is awesome and has relevant knowledge of the Mexican legal framework. Joy Gallup is an incredible lawyer, from a Hindi background. That background makes her extraordinary in understanding the minds and necessities of both clients and regulators. I do not know any other peer team with such strengths.’

Key clients

J.P. Morgan Securities

Bank of America

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Credit Suisse

RBC

Barclays

BBVA

BMO Capital Markets

Jefferies

Crédito Real

Flexential

Ashton Woods

GI Partners

Braskem Idesa

Line One Peru Metro Expansion Company Limited

KeyBanc Capital Markets

Deutsche Bank Securities

Truist Securities

Regions Securities

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP frequently represents financial institutions, funds and other companies in civil litigation, including those involving alleged violations of the federal securities, commodities and banking laws. Following the departure of Scott Hataway in July 2020, San Francisco-based Tom Brown now heads up the department. Key names to note within the group include Washington DC-based Michael Spafford and Anthony Antonelli in New York, both of whom are well equipped to handle antitrust claims involving securities, derivative products and other financial instruments. Also based in New York is Barry Sher, who is retained by a number of major investment banks for antitrust litigation.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Brown

Other key lawyers:

Michael Spafford; Anthony Antonelli; Barry Sher

Key clients

Barclays

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Nu Dotco, LLC

Align Technology

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

Based in Washington DC, the data protection team at Paul Hastings LLP is recognized by clients as 'incredibly responsive'. It handles both regulatory matters and litigation and has substantive experience in cross-border matters as they relate to privacy and cybersecurity legislation. Particular areas of focus for the firm are entertainment, social media and banking, areas in which it represents leading corporates including Caesars Entertainment, Facebook and Barclays. Key contacts in the team include Behnam Dayanim, Sherrese Smith, Robert Silvers and Jacqueline Cooney, the last of whom leads the privacy and cyber group.

Practice head(s):

Behnam Dayanim; Sherrese Smith; Robert Silvers; Jacqueline Cooney

Testimonials

‘I have had the privilege of working with Sherrese Smith and Jacqueline Cooney of Paul Hastings on data privacy and data protection related matters, and have valued the depth and breadth of their expertise, which has been tailored to our particular circumstances and which has been practical and pragmatic. Paul Hastings has a privacy blog with helpful resources, and a team with deep experience, with past government roles and involving lawyers and non-lawyers, to help us remain current in this evolving area of law. ’

‘Excellent written communications, with a well-organized plan of action for evaluation.’

‘Sundeep Kapur of Paul Hasting team has a deep understanding of the technology that undergirds the digital advertising industry. In fact, he knows the technology better than any lawyer at a law firm that I know. This makes him an indispensable partner in providing on point legal counsel. ’

‘The Paul Hastings Privacy and Cyber team are extraordinary. Incredibly responsive, practical, able to handle many diverse issues. For example, due to a staffing gap, PH started editing our contracts for privacy issues. After only one time, they now identify and ameliorate our unique contracting issues; they are an extension of our privacy team.’

‘Sherrese Smith is responsive, practical and creative. Top in her field. Drew Erber (associate) is responsive and thoughtful.’

‘Extremely responsive, knowledgeable and provide practical advice regarding complex privacy and cybersecurity matters.’

‘PH’s attorneys have provided a steady hand in uncertain seas, offering their expertise, knowledge and experience at all hours.’

Key clients

Facebook

Samsung Electronics America

Barclays

Caesars Entertainment

L’Oreal USA Inc.

Align Technology

Interactive Advertising Bureau

FarePortal

Cadent Inc.

GoodRx

Modiface, Inc.

Biofire Diagnostics, Inc.

Citadel Enterprise Americas LLC

Lusha Systems Inc.

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

Headed by Stephen Harris out of the Los Angeles office, Paul Hastings LLP’s practice group acts for an impressive client roster of financial institutions and global corporations, advising on a broad range of compensation and benefits matters. Recent highlights included assisting private equity company Francisco Partners with its $4.3bn acquisition of cloud services company LogMeIn; Dan Stellenberg led on this matter from the Palo Alto office. Washington DC-based Eric Keller assists C-suite clients with executive compensation issues.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Harris

Other key lawyers:

Eric Keller; Dan Stellenberg

Key clients

Samsung

NatWest

Intel

Walmart

Disney

Guggenheim Partners

Electrolux

Citic Capital

Francisco Partners

Paysafe

Global Cloud Exchange

Environment: transactional Tier 4

The environment team at Paul Hastings LLP is a popular destination among financial institutions, major corporations, private equity and real estate funds involved in nationwide and cross-border transactions. In addition to its established track record in assisting Asian investors navigate US environmental liability concerns, the practice has recently handled several matters relating to Latin American project finance deals. Washington DC-based practice head Tom Mounteer is well versed in assisting with business-critical environmental issues associated with M&A, financing and capital markets deals.

Practice head(s):

Tom Mounteer

Testimonials

‘Tom Mounteer has been a collaborative and expertly informed thought partner on complex real estate environmental issues. His intellect is unmatched and I have been incredibly grateful for his efficiency and clarity in advising.’

‘The Paul Hastings team is great at providing their assessment on the different paths for risk mitigation in this discipline coupled with a practical approach based on transaction dynamics. I’ve always found Tom and the team a pleasure to work with and easy to follow in the explanation of complex issues and the different options on the table. Tom’s ability to take a practical, level headed approach to each situation makes him a great partner in all facets of a transaction. He can bubble up the issues in a way that is easy to follow-up and collaborative when it comes to finding a solution to issues as they come up.’

‘Paul Hastings provides exceptional environmental and business advice for real estate transactions. They use their deep experience in the field to help advise on novel issues that arise in this ever changing world, including climate change and carbon credits. They are very generous with their pro bono services! Tom Mounteer is an exceptional environmental attorney because he helps understand your needs, explain risks, and finds practical solutions.’

Key clients

Barclays

BMO (Bank of Montreal)

Boeing

Capitol One

Credit Suisse

General Electric

Hines

JP Morgan

Kobe Steel

LG

Morgan Stanley

Oaktree Capital Management

RBC (Royal Bank of Canada)

Samsung

Société Générale

UBS

Vance Street Capital

Wells Fargo

International arbitration Tier 4

The Washington DC-based arbitration group at Paul Hastings LLP is adept at handling both commercial and investment arbitral matters under a wide array of arbitration rules. The department’s recent international commercial arbitration work stands out in the pharmaceutical and property sectors, where it acts on a cross-departmental basis alongside the firm’s IP and real estate teams. Other sectors of focus include technology, manufacturing, and financial services, among others. Practice head Joseph Profaizer is qualified in the US and the UK, and counts high-profile names the like of AIG and Mitsubishi Tanabe among his clients. Igor Timofeyev is also a key advisor for matters involving free trade agreements and investment treaties.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Profaizer

Other key lawyers:

Igor Timofeyev; Adam Weiss

Key clients

American International Group

Global Gaming Asset Management

Nu Dotco

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp.

Daiichi Sankyo

Aetos Capital Real Estate Ltd.

International trade Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP’ global trade controls group is among the top performers in the field of export controls and sanctions. The team assists clients with matters involving all relevant enforcement agencies; Robert Luskin and Kwame Manley are noted for their recent work on OFAC investigations. The practice also maintains a very busy CFIUS practice, which is partially a reflection of the outstanding reputation of department head Scott Flicker in this field (‘he is tremendously responsive and gives clear, simple and business-minded advice’). Also in the CFIUS and sanctions space, the group acts for a mix of Chinese technology companies and leverages the firm’s capabilities in the Hong Kong office. Behnam Dayanim counts large Chinese tech companies such as Xiaomi among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Scott Flicker

Other key lawyers:

Robert Luskin; Kwame Manley; Behnam Dayanim; Tom Best; Robert Silvers; Randall Johnston

Testimonials

‘This team works like a seamless machine across borders and practice areas with strong leadership and a capable supporting cast. The team is particularly strong on foreign investment matters before CFIUS, including Chinese investment.’

‘In particular, Scott Flicker stands out in this field. He is tremendously responsive and gives clear, simple and business-minded advice. Associate Holly Flynn is also excellent. They are able to handle all manner of complicated questions and scenarios and render are able to translate complex elements of the statute, case law and DOJ opinions into practical advice. I cannot say enough about their responsiveness, which is really unparalleled as far as top-tier law firms go.’

‘Scott Flicker is a very capable leader of the practice.  He advocates for his clients with confidence, precision, and thorough preparation and knowledge of the facts. He is professional, courteous and smart earning the respect to clients, co-counsel, and government adversaries.’

‘This team has a deep bench of lawyers with unparalleled background in this area. In particular, the Lobbying Disclosure Act and FARA speciality practices are terrific, with the team giving very focused, practical advice that businesses can actually use.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi Corporation

Airbus SE

Xiaomi

LyondellBasell

Embraer

Kobe Steel

Carlyle Group

Jacobs Engineering

Baidu

British Arab Commercial Bank

Guggenheim Partners

Alibaba Group

Merger control Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP handles domestic and global merger control proceedings before the DOJ and FTC, fielding a team that includes former US government attorneys and international competition specialists. Thomas Brown heads the antitrust group from San Francisco, while Washington DC-based counsel Michael Wise is a leading figure in Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Brown

Other key lawyers:

Michael Wise

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

Litigation powerhouse Paul Hastings LLP specializes in complex high-stakes patent disputes, with ITC litigation as a cornerstone of the wider patent litigation practice. Technology companies form the heart of the group's client list, benefitting from the team's combined ITC, IPR and Customs and Border Protection expertise. Yar Chaikovsky in Palo Alto, Thomas Counts in San Francisco, Christina Ondrick in Washington DC and Philip Ou, also in Palo Alto, are the key ITC experts in the team. Chaikovsky directs the global IP practice jointly with Bruce Wexler in New York. Fellow New Yorker Eric Dittmann and Naveen Modi in Washington DC serve as vice chairs of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Yar Chaikovsky; Bruce Wexler; Eric Dittmann; Naveen Modi

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Counts; Christina Ondrick; Philip Ou

Key clients

Align Technology Inc.

H.I.G. Capital/Xtera Communications

HTC

Private equity buyouts Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP is an active player in mid-market private equity, representing funds and portfolio companies in buyouts, exits, and investments, and offering in-house M&A, tax, and debt finance expertise to cover the full spectrum of transactional issues. The team is also globally integrated with its London and Paris offices, enabling it to provide seamless assistance on cross-border deals. Brian Richards heads up the team in Chicago, and has a prolific transactional practice, including regular work for clients including Cortec Group, Fortune International, and Grey Mountain Partners. Also in Chicago, Amit Mehta is recommended for his expertise in structuring private equity transactions, as well as distressed and restructuring-driven acquisitions and sales. Corporate chair Christopher Sheaffer is also active in handling complex PE deals. Brandon Howald heads up the West Coast team, which specializes in tech and life sciences deals. In San Francisco, Mike Kennedy has enjoyed a successful year, closing five transactions over $1bn; his representation of Francisco Partners in the $4.3bn acquisition of LogMeIn is a particular standout. Dana Kromm is noted for her expertise in carve-out acquisitions and cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Brian Richards; Brandon Howald

Other key lawyers:

Amit Mehta; Christopher Sheaffer; Brandon Howald; Mike Kennedy; Dana Kromm

Key clients

Francisco Partners

GI Partners

Cohere Capital

Vector Capital

Council Capital

Endeavour Capital

Five Arrows Capital Partners

Industrial Growth Partners

Pine Island Capital Partners

Shorehill Capital

Wynnchurch Capital

Bayside Capital

Cortec Group

The Compass Group

DW Healthcare Partners

L Squared Capital

Sumeru Equity Partners

STG Partners

Seidler Equity Partners

H.I.G. Capital

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

The practice at Paul Hastings LLP has recently focused on expanding its presence across the US, which it has accomplished in part through the addition of respected practitioners Justin Rawlins and James Grogan to the California and Texas offices, respectively. Rawlins, a contact for lender-side representations, joined from Winston & Strawn LLP in February 2020, while Grogan, who has experience acting for clients in the energy and natural resources space, joined from Blank Rome LLP in April 2020. They join an established national group, which includes Chicago-based lawyers Chris Dickerson and Matt Murphy, and highly recommended practitioner Luc Despins in New York. DIP and exit financing transactions are an area of particular strength for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Luc Despins; Chris Dickerson

Other key lawyers:

Matt Murphy; Justin Rawlins; James Grogan

Testimonials

‘Very strong, very experienced team, capable of handling the most complex, cross border and novel matters. Prompt, efficient and effective service. Practical approach. Oriented to problem solve.’

‘Great team, very knowledgeable with impeccable business sense.’

‘Practical problem solving. The team does not lose sight of settling matters quickly.’

‘Deep bench with strong experience on debtor and UCC side. Able to find the right size of team to work with a range, from middle market to the biggest cases. Good strategic thinking.’

‘Justin Rawlins is my go to lawyer. He’s outstanding and has my total trust. Always brings a unique perspective, understands the law better than the counterpart and can get a deal done.’

‘I have had great experiences with Justin Rawlins and James Grogan, as well as associate Mack Wilson. Exceptionally hard working, client focused with strong bankruptcy law expertise.’

‘Luc Despins is an industry veteran – good practical understanding of all aspects of a case and very good communicator with clients. Matt Murphy is a good, practical hands-on partner who knows his way around a deal.’

‘I have strong personal relationships at the firm and I trust the people I work with to deliver exceptional outcomes for the client.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Shareholders Committee for Aeromexico

Ad Hoc Group of Secured Noteholders of Avianca Holdings

Bank of Montreal

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Chisolm Oil and Gas

Citibank

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Employees Retirement System of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority, and Puerto Rico Electronic Power Authority.

Cred, Inc.

GCX

Grizzly Energy

Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders of Grupo IDESA

Guggenheim

Kayne Anderson

Macquarie PF

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones

Morgan Stanley

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of OneWeb Global

Royal Bank of Canada

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Sable Permian

Vector Capital

Wells Fargo

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

Paul Hastings LLP is well positioned to act for clients in patent appeals at the Federal Circuit, where the team enjoys a consistently strong track record in proceedings at all stages; in this respect, the firm is a top destination preferred by technology and healthcare sector companies. The department also focuses on assisting trade and other business associations with presenting positions as amicus curiae in various appellate courts. Stephen Kinnaird chairs the group, where other key figures include IP practice co-chair Yar Chaikovsky (Palo Alto), IP practice vice-chair Naveen Modi, and Joseph Palys.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kinnaird

Other key lawyers:

Yar Chaikovsky; Joseph Palys; Naveen Modi

Key clients

Unsecured Creditors Committee

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Trend Micro, Inc.

L’Oreal USA

Globalfoundries, Inc.

Virnet X, Inc.

HTC Corporation; HTC America Inc.

Government Accountability Office

GlaxoSmithKline

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Google, Inc.

Commercial lending

Paul Hastings LLP acts for lenders and borrowers across a full range of debt finance transactions, though the team stands out in particular for its expertise in cross-border leveraged deals and asset-based lending. During 2020, the firm has been busy on the borrower side, assisting companies with amending existing credit facilities or securing new financing in order to survive the economic hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The New York office is home to many of the department's key partners, including joint practice heads Jennifer Yount, Michael Baker and John Cobb, though the offices in Orange County, Los Angeles and Houston all house experienced team members. Maureen Sweeney left the firm in October 2020 to take up an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Yount; Michael Baker; John Cobb

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Bell; Peter Burke; Jennifer Hildebrandt; Holly Snow

Testimonials

The Paul Hastings finance team is not only extremely knowledgeable about the markets (whether it be ABL or cash flow or large cap or middle market) but also innovative.’

Kathy Bell, Jennifer Yount, Jennifer Hildebrandt and Peter Burke are all stand-out finance partners who really partner with the team.’

Very smart, efficient attorneys with whom I enjoy working.

Holly Snow is terrific.’

I have really enjoyed working with Holly Snow and Joyce Shin. I always know that I can get hold of them on the phone if there is anything we need to discuss and I don’t have to ask them to put anything together to discuss. It is a very efficient process working with them and I always feel like we have good alignment on getting the deal done as quickly as possible.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

Bank of America

Wells Fargo Bank

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. / Citibank, N.A.

Barclays Bank PLC

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

Royal Bank of Canada

TD Securities (USA) LLC

Société Générale

Antares

Owl Rock Capital Corporation

Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC

Apollo Global Management

KKR

Guggenheim Partners

Sixth Street Partners

AXA Global

White Oak Global Advisors, LLC

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

Brightwood Capital

Kayne Anderson

Accel-KKR

Everberg Capital

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Paul Hastings LLP focuses on high-profile international FCPA and anti-corruption investigations, and is well versed in handling enforcement actions brought by the DOJ and SEC. The team has noteworthy experience in compliance matters in the life sciences industry, and is increasingly active in privacy and data security matters. Kwame Manley leads the practice and has a wealth of experience in white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and high-stakes civil litigation. Robert Luskin is recommended for multi-jurisdictional investigations and is noted in particular for his representation of high-profile individual clients. Nathan Sheers and Peter Lindsay joined from Sidley Austin LLP in August 2020. In February 2020, Jane Yoon and Phara Guberman were promoted to partner in New York, and Michael Levy left for Mayer Brown. All named attorneys based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Kwame Manley

Other key lawyers:

Gary Giampetruzzi; Robert Luskin; Matthew Herrington; Kenneth Breen; Nathan Sheers; Peter Lindsay; Jane Yoon; Phara Guberman

Testimonials

‘The Paul Hastings team is particularly adept at tailoring its approach to the specific facts and issues in the case’. 

‘They think creatively in each instruction rather than following a routine approach that does not fit all the dynamics of a case’.                                   

‘They have the ability to explain to US authorities how it works in other jurisdictions and the ability to explain to foreign authorities how it works in the US’.

‘Able to work in a seamless manner with forensics specialists and other firms as one team using both required technology but also an innovative mind-set in terms of cooperation’.             

‘Robert Luskin is outstanding and he has knowledge of the players, international experience and good strategic thinking’.

‘The level of focus on details that I experienced from this firm was, I believe, a differentiator from its peers’. 

Key clients

Airbus SE

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse

GlaxoSmithKline

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

SAP SE

TechnipFMC

Braskem, S.A.

Embraer

Alstom

British Arab Commercial Bank PLC

Ambassador Gordon Sondland

Matthew Connolly

Project finance

Paul Hastings LLP has advised on projects ranging from renewable energy to non-energy infrastructure developments such as airports and roads. Robert Kartheiser leads the group from New York and is a member of the firm's Latin America practice. Washington DC-based William DeGrandis is a contact for renewable energy sponsors.

Founded in 1951, Paul Hastings LLP is a leading global law firm with 21 offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the US. Paul Hastings has the global reach and capabilities to provide personalized service, wherever the clients’ needs take it. Through a collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and firm commitment to client service, the professionals at Paul Hastings deliver innovative solutions to many of the world’s top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: the Paul Hastings corporate practice is globally recognized in virtually every area of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity and debt financings, formation of investment funds, project finance, securitizations, bankruptcy, corporate restructurings and distressed debt trading, venture capital work, technology licensing, and franchising and distribution arrangements.

Employment: the Paul Hastings labor and employment practice is recognized as one of the largest in its field, with an outstanding record in defending class actions for large multinational companies. The lawyers counsel clients in all areas of employment law, including benefits, discrimination, downsizing, employee mobility, harassment, immigration, traditional labor, and wage and hour.

Litigation: the firm’s litigation practice provides premier litigation services to clients facing complex legal issues in the US, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. The litigation practice covers every major practice, including securities, sub-prime litigation, intellectual property, class action and employment litigation, international arbitration, global compliance, and white-collar crime.

Real estate: the Paul Hastings global real estate practice covers all areas of real estate finance, sales and acquisitions, private equity, development, hotels and hospitality, leasing, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, and bankruptcy and restructuring of real estate portfolios. The practice’s environmental, planning, construction and real estate litigation expertise is extensive, as is its experience in debt, equity, and hybrid investment.

Tax: the firm’s global tax practice covers mergers and acquisitions, capital market offerings, investment and joint venture structuring, leasing, structured and project finance, and financial product planning and structuring. It is known internationally as having one of the pre-eminent tax practices in telecommunications, real estate, executive compensation, and tax-exempt and tax-favoured investments.

Department Name Email Telephone
Finance Jennifer St John Yount jenniferyount@paulhastings.com
Latin America Michael L Fitzgerald michaelfitzgerald@paulhastings.com
Intellectual property Joseph O'Malley josephomalley@paulhastings.com
Intellectual property Yar R Chaikovsky yarchaikovsky@paulhastings.com
Securities litigation Douglas H Flaum douglasflaum@paulhastings.com
Securities litigation Peter M Stone peterstone@paulhastings.com
Asia David S Wang davidwang@paulhastings.com
Asia Steven Winegar stevenwinegar@paulhastings.com
Asia Jong Han Kim jonghankim@paulhastings.com
Asia Toshi Arai toshiyukiarai@paulhastings.com
Real estate Eric R Landau ericlandau@paulhastings.com
M&A Carl R Sanchez carlsanchez@paulhastings.com
Securities and capital markets Michael L Zuppone michaelzuppone@paulhastings.com
Investigations and white-collar defense Kenneth M Breen kennethbreen@paulhastings.com
Private equity Brian F Richards brianrichards@paulhastings.com
Employment Patrick Shea patrickshea@paulhastings.com
Leveraged finance John Cobb johncobb@paulhastings.com
Leveraged finance Michael Baker michaelbaker@paulhastings.com
Number of Lawyers : 1,000
Chairman: : Seth M Zachary – 212 318 6003, sethzachary@paulhastings.com
Managing Partners : Greg Nitzkowski – 213 683 6180, gregnitzkowski@paulhastings.com
Managing Partners : Stephen H Harris – 213 683 6217, stephenharris@paulhastings.com
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