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Paul Hastings LLP
200 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10166
NEW YORK
United States

Finance > Fintech

Paul Hastings LLP‘ fintech practice has established itself as a leading force in the field, assisting a broad range of fintech and payments companies, financial institutions and investors. The team’s coverage is comprehensive, with advice on regulatory, compliance, IP, transactional and litigation matters. This includes crypto and blockchain, with clients such as Coinbase, Circle and the Crypto Rating Council regularly using the firm. Atlanta-based partner Chris Daniel  is the founder and chair of the global fintech and payments group. Other key members include crypto and payments expert Eric Sibbitt in San Francisco, and regulatory partner Sara Weed in Washington DC. Clients also rate the ‘brilliant‘ DC-based partners Allyson Baker, Meredith Boylan and associate Mike Marusak, who focus on investigations and white collar defense work. The recently promoted San Francisco partner Molly Swartz is also well regarded. Highly experienced digital asset regulatory practitioner Dana Syracuse joined the New York office from Perkins Coie LLP in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Chris Daniel

Testimonials

‘This team is very well versed in their understanding of the space and the regulation. They have demonstrated that they are able to understand our business really well – which is somewhat nuanced – and make the right calls to support us in the context of the environment. They invest the time to get into the details and consistently gauge our comfort level as clients.’

‘The entire team that works with me is brilliant. They are wonderful to work with – Meredith Boylan, Mike Marusak & Alyson Baker. They are very responsive, always accessible and clearly understand our space with the level of detail that we need. (We are a fairly demanding, detail-oriented team). They have earned our trust and I would not hesitate to recommend any of them.’

 

Key clients

MoneyGram

Paysafe Group

Facebook

Airbnb

Warburg Pincus

Gemini

Coinbase

Wells Fargo

GTCR

Circle

Uber

Uphold, Inc.

Crypto Rating Council

Phantom Technologies, Inc.

PleasrDAO

Fiserv

Chime

Affirm

Payoneer

Aspiration

Capital One

Melio

PayPal

Upwork

Ripple

Work highlights

  • Representing MoneyGram International as its financial services regulatory counsel in its acquisition by Madison Dearborn.
  • Represented Voyager, a crypto-asset broker, in investigations by the SEC and a score of state securities regulators.
  • Represented Phantom Technologies, Inc. in its Series B financing round, raising $109M at a $1.2B post-money valuation.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 1

The full-service intellectual property practice at Paul Hastings LLP routinely advises clients on complex IP matters, with comprehensive patent litigation capabilities. With expertise in both life sciences and tech, the team frequently represents many international innovative life sciences companies in high-value patent cases. The already impressive client roster of the team, boasting the likes of BioNTech, Samsung Electronics Co, Chevron, and L’Oréal, continues to grow, with the addition of major names such as Bloom Energy and Stanley Black & Decker Inc during 2022. The team has a strong bench of technical knowledge, led by Bruce Wexler and Eric Dittmann in New York, and Naveen Modi in Washington DC. Andrea Roberts joined the firm’s Palo Alto office, moving from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in February 2022. Other prominent attorneys include Isaac Ashkenazi in New York, and both Phillip Ou and senior associate David Okano in Palo Alto.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Wexler; Naveen Modi; Eric Dittmann

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Balanced and well rounded team, lead by some very talented and knowledgeable partners who you know are giving you their full support.’

‘Bruce Wexler is a standout practitioner in patent litigation in the life science sector.’

Key clients

BioNTech US and BioNTech SE

Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

L’Oréal USA, Inc. and L’Oréal S.A.

AbbVie Inc. and Allergan, Inc.

AbbVie, Inc. and Genentech, Inc.

Merck & Co., Inc. and Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.

Eisai Inc.

Google LLC

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Chevron Oronite Company, LLC

Bloom Energy

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

Sleep Number

GlobalFoundries, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Daiichi Sankyo in a hotly contested patent dispute and complex litigation worth billions of dollars concerning rights to biotechnology the drug maker uses for its cancer medicines.
  • Represented BioNTech in high-profile patent litigation regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Represented Samsung in proceedings before the PTAB, which reversed its initial decision to deny two IPRs.

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

Paul Hastings LLP continues to impress with recent work including PAGA and discrimination advice for Google, assistance to AT&T for class action and wage and hour matters, and work on several whistleblower lawsuits. The team’s experience also extends to arbitration, trade secret cases, pay equity disputes, and complex litigation. The practice is headed by Los Angeles-based Elena Baca, whose expertise includes defending class action lawsuits, disputes involving high-level executives, and representing clients in arbitrations. Felicia Davis, also based in Los Angeles, has recently defended significant pay discrimination cases for clients such as Google and The Walt Disney Company. In New York, Patrick Shea is recognized for his experience in employment litigation. Barbara Brown advises clients on pay equity and discrimination issues from Washington DC, while Jeffrey Wohl in San Francisco boasts a strong record of defeating high-stakes class action claims. New York-based Sara Tomezsko was promoted to partner in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Testimonials

‘The partners are exceptional. They work together seamlessly and without ego. It’s the joy of watching people who are truly great at what they do — they elevate legal practice to an art form.’

‘The L and E group are the very best in the field.  They engage deeply in all aspects of litigation.’

‘As defendants and eventual counterclaimants our case has moved rapidly. The PH team was able to come in, learn, and successfully defend multiple motions and a TRO. They incorporated our preferences at a rapid and impressive rate.’

‘They are the best of the best for employment class action work.’

Key clients

Google/Alphabet, Inc.

Microsoft Corporation

The Goldman Sachs Group L.P.

Meta

Intel Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline plc

AT&T Inc.

Caesars Entertainment

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

ESPN

United Continental Holdings Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

American International Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Google, and parent company Alphabet, in a number of significant dispute matters over the last 12 months.
  • Represented AT&T in a putative class action pregnancy discrimination case pending in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
  • Secured a Rule 12 dismissal of a putative class action race discrimination case brought under Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP focuses its practice on complex, innovative and long-term project work. A fully integrated part of the firm’s wider real estate practice group, the team advises on the entire life-cycle of real estate projects and associated land use issues including planning, permitting, litigation, financing, architecture and environmental issues. Jeffrey Haber  chairs the group out of Century City, known for his work on the development of landmark, large-scale projects. Gordon Hart  focuses his practice on preparing CEQA and project approval documentation, alongside defending approvals in associated litigation, notably representing MLB team Oakland Athletics in pursuing a new stadium and surrounding mixed-use development worth more than $12bn. Former co-chair Mitchell Menzer left the group in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Haber

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Hart

Key clients

A Community of Friends

AG-SCH 8150 Sunset Boulevard Owner

Associate Capital

Beverly Blvd Associates

Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Five Point Holdings

Lennar Corporation and its partners

LinkedIn

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Mack Urban Development

Marina Del Rey Hospital

Oakland Athletics

Related Santa Clara

Work highlights

  • Represented the Oakland Athletics (the A’s) since 2019 in their pursuit of a new Major League Baseball stadium and surrounding mixed use development at a maritime terminal along the Oakland estuary.
  • Assisted Associate Capital and its subsidiary California Barrel Company in all aspects of its Potrero Power Station project.
  • Advising Cedars-Sinai, the largest private hospital in the Western United States, on the entitlement and development of a new 405,000-square-foot hospital addition with 203 patient beds.

Real estate Tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP houses a ‘team that works well together at all levels of seniority; gives practical sound advice and is always available when you need them at short notice.’ It maintains a strong track record in high-profile development projects in the California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Florida markets, as well as acquisitions and dispositions, lease agreements, and finance and joint venture transactions. The firm regularly works with tech companies on office and data center requirements, and with Asian, Middle Eastern, and European sovereign wealth funds on their investments into hospitality-sector real estate. San Francisco’s David Hamsher and Gordon Hart continue to act for Lennar Corporation as lead outside counsel in connection with its role as the manager and investor in Treasure Island in San Francisco, and Treasure Island Development Group in connection with development of the $5bn project. Eric Landau chairs the global real estate practice from New York, which also houses Peter Olsen and Eric Allendorf, who predominantly acts for lenders in debt finance and restructurings. Philip Feder in Century City has deep experience in real estate commercial and finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Philip Feder

Other key lawyers:

Peter Olsen; Eric Allendorf; David Hamsher; Gordon Hart

Testimonials

‘Excellent real estate and commercial contracting capability’

‘A team that works well together at all levels of seniority; gives practical sound advice and is always available when you need them at short notice.’

‘The Paul Hastings team is unlike any other I deal with in the industry. Their depth and knowledge plus insight into what is impactful from a business perspective is unmatched and saves both time and expedites resolutions.’

‘Peter Olsen is a stand-up individual that is always working on his craft and constantly up to speed on market trends. Every time I speak with him, I feel that I learn something new regarding the general market.’

Key clients

QuadReal

Qatar Investment Authority

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Investment Corporation of Dubai

Facebook

LinkedIn

Salesforce.com

Five Point Holdings

Lennar Corporation

L&L Holding Company

Witkoff Group

Millennium Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Extell Development

Investcorp International

TIAA/Nuveen

The Related Companies

Morgan Stanley

Barclays

Wells Fargo

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

‘The reference law firm in this area’, Paul Hastings LLP is calibrated to advise corporations and individuals on a broad spectrum of white-collar matters ranging from FCPA and anti-corruption to securities enforcement and global trade controls. The team acts in investigations and trials brought by authorities such as the DOJ, SEC and CFTC across sectors and jurisdictions. As a former federal prosecutor, Washington DC-based practice head Kwame Manley sports extensive experience in FCPA matters as well as OFAC enforcement and compliance. ‘Legend’ Robert Luskin is a go-to name for multi-jurisdictional settlements and FCPA matters. In New York, Gary Giampetruzzi combines white-collar knowledge with in-depth know-how pertaining to the life sciences sector. In 2022, Kenneth Breen and Phara Guberman left the practice, while Bradley Bondi joined from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in March 2023.  

Practice head(s):

Kwame Manley

Testimonials

‘Dynamic, confident and deeply experienced – they are the reference law firm in this area. When the best people leave government service, this is the firm they want to join.’

‘Bob Luskin is a legend in his own time – he sets the standard all others must follow. Nathaniel Edmonds seems to have limitless capacity and is a steady hand on the tiller.’

‘I have worked with many teams at Paul Hastings over the past five years and am impressed with the consistency that they bring to each engagement. I think that they are very client centric – looking at what the client needs to address, sets realistic expectations regarding timing, outcome and costs, and demonstrate strong communication skills in keeping client appraised on progress.’

Key clients

Airbus

Credit Suisse

SAP SE

Braskem S.A.

ABB

TechnipFMC

Stephen Wynn

Trident Mortgage Company; HomeServices of America Inc.

James Continenza

Sepehr Sarshar

Rio Tinto

Airbus

Credit Suisse

SAP SE

Braskem S.A.

ABB

TechnipFMC

Stephen Wynn

Trident Mortgage Company; HomeServices of America Inc.

James Continenza

Sepehr Sarshar

Rio Tinto

Work highlights

  • Representing ABB in obtaining a coordinated global resolution, potentially including authorities in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States related to a project in South Africa, which triggered a local criminal and civil inquiry and parallel investigations in other jurisdictions.
  • Represented Steve Wynn and secured a dismissal of a DOJ lawsuit claiming Mr. Wynn improperly lobbied the Trump administration without disclosing his status as a foreign agent on behalf of Beijing.
  • Representing Trident Mortgage Company, its affiliated real estate brokerage, and its parent company (HomeServices of America Inc.) in federal investigations by the CFPB and DOJ and three parallel state investigations by the Attorneys General of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, alleging that the lender engaged in illegal redlining in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and implementing Regulation B, and numerous state anti-discrimination laws.

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Paul Hastings LLP has an outstanding reputation in Latin America offerings and has been a leader in Mexico for many years. Michael Fitzgerald, who heads the Latin America practice, is unrivalled in Mexico debt and equity offerings; his close links to investment banks and Mexican issuers has brought him and the team a wealth of bulge-bracket and market-first engagements over the years. Cathleen McLaughlin is another senior figure with an extensive record in Latin America and Europe deals, including many in the energy and infrastructure segments. Joy Gallup and Arturo Carrillo are further key members of the Latin America group.

Practice head(s):

Chris DeCresce; Michael Fitzgerald

Other key lawyers:

Joy Gallup; Arturo Carrillo; Cathleen McLaughlin; Pedro Reyes; Rigo Chavez

Testimonials

‘The Paul Hastings team is extremely knowledgeable, user friendly, practical and experienced, resulting in great results for its clients. Important to note that they really do act as a team and complement each other. Teamwork extends to other advisors to the client (financial, tax, etc) which makes it a pleasure to work with the firm.’

‘I’ve had numerous opportunities to work with Mike Fitzgerald, Arturo Carrillo, Joy Gallup and Pedro Reyes. They are a very cohesive team, with extreme attention to detail, creative and always right on target with their advise. They are all also able to seamlessly navigate between country-specific issues as it regards to US law. Very experienced and provide valuable advice consistently.’

‘Paul Hastings’ Latin American capital markets team is the best in the market/region. Solid, creative, solution-driven, client-conscious and knowledgeable. The go-to counsel for any DCM/ECM transaction in the region.’

‘Michael Fitzgerald, Arturo Carrillo, Joy Gallup and Rigo Chavez are like no other. Tight, professional, effective.’

‘Michael Fitzgerald and Arturo Carrillo have depth and robust knowledge of the Mexican market without being Mexican lawyers. The number of multiple and diverse transactions with Mexican issuers and representing underwriters in Mexico gives them a unique and privileged position that is difficult to find in any other firm.’

 

Key clients

Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V.

UBS Securities LLC

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

BTG Pactual

BMO Capital Markets

Sacyr

Crédito Real

Credit Suisse

Credivalores – Crediservicios S.A.S.

Cyrela Commercial Properties

Deutsche Bank Securities

Flexential

GI Partners

Goldman Sachs

Grupo IUSA, S.A. de C.V.

HSBC

Jefferies

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint bookrunning managers on the $253m IPO of units of The Growth for Good Acquisition Corporation.
  • Represented the joint bookrunning managers in the $200m IPO of Games & Esports Experience Acquisition Corp.
  • Advised Sagicor Financial Company on its $150m offering of 5.300% senior notes due 2028.

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 2

The investigations, regulation and litigation group at Paul Hastings LLP is particularly adept at handling compliance issues surrounding financial products, with further expertise in the mortgage, credit card, payments and student lending spaces. Additional areas of strength for the team includes advising fintech companies on consumer products, one of multiple capabilities catalyzed by the arrival of Laurel Loomis from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Allyson Baker and Meredith Boylan from Venable LLP and Jonice Gray from Buckley LLP throughout 2022. Kwame Manley leads the team, which includes Aaron Mahler, a key contact for relationships with the CFPB and San Francisco-based Molly Swartz, primarily sought by fintech companies, internet marketplaces and consumer lenders. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Kwame Manley

Testimonials

Very sharp, and responsive.

Brilliant banking lawyers.

Key clients

Trident Mortgage Company

HomeServices of America

Transworld Systems

Aspiration

Ramp

Silo

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP offers debtor-side, committee-side, and bank-side expertise in connection with a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters both in and out of court, including debtor-in-possession financing and exit financing transactions. New York-based Kristopher Hansen handles major matters, particularly in the energy sector, and has considerable experience advising debtors, strategic investors, formal and informal creditor groups, and official creditors’ committees. He chairs the practice alongside Luc Despins, also in New York, who has debtor- and creditor-side expertise. Hansen has recently led a team representing unsecured creditor Sandy Creek Energy Associates in relation to the multibillion dollar bankruptcy case of Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc., involving a dual track expedited litigation and mediation with the debtor. Daniel Fliman in New York has led a team representing an ad hoc group of convertible noteholders issued by satellite and communications company Intelsat, in connection with its high-profile Chapter 11 case. Jayme Goldstein in New York and Matt Murphy in Chicago stand out for their contributions in the financial services and fintech sectors, respectively. Jonathan Canfield specializes in energy sector reorganizations.

Practice head(s):

Kristopher Hansen; Luc Despins

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Fliman; Jayme Goldstein; Jonathan Canfield; Matt Murphy; Pedro Jimenez; Erez Gilad; Todd Schwartz

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings is quicker than its peers. The firm deals with cross holder, term loan only, unsecured only, etc. structures which differentiates them when it comes to creatively thinking of solutions, and coming out first when there is lender-on-lender violence. The company is steadfast in gathering and synthesizing information with other lenders and financial advisors, so hits the ground running fast, which is importantly especially in adversarial situations. Thankfully as a result we have been able to have favorable outcomes in negotiations.’

‘Jayme Goldstein has his ears to the ground and is creative so can cut through any situation and he is quick. I wouldn’t want be on the other side. He is also very easy to work with and very practical in his recommendations. He has a good handle on the business implications of various legal paths.’

‘Pedro Jiménez and his team were always available, knew both the big picture and the details of the case and provided tranquility within turmoil. They explained clearly the issues to the local bondholders. Pedro has a great strategic vision and wisdom beyond his age.’

‘Dan Fliman has handled numerous matters for us over the years. He has always brought a level of dedication to each matter that makes us feel like a top priority at all times, with the results to match.’

‘Has all of the benefits of a boutique restructuring practice with the infrastructure and wherewithal of an international firm. Strong creditor practice that is nimble, creative (good at coming up with bespoke solutions to unique problems) and very knowledgeable. Division/subject matter expertise within the restructuring group means you’re always getting an expert in their tradecraft (example: Brett Lawrence for distressed M&A or Alex Cota for distressed/special situations financing)’

‘Todd Schwartz has been excellent to work with over the years. He is smart, flexible, dedicated and efficient’

‘The Stroock/Paul Hastings merger has transformed the Paul Hastings team into the largest and perhaps most preeminent creditor side bankruptcy practice. They have the horse power to intimidate, and can do it all in an in-court or out-of-court restructuring,’

‘Kris Hansen is a leader. Few have the ability to lead a boardroom, a committee room and a court room. Kris can. An absolute first stringer in the bankruptcy fantasy team in the US, Kris is a go-to nowadays. Erez Gilad is one of the more underrated practitioners, and is a master when handling DIPS. On the lender side, he knows all of the tricks of the trade. And on the committee side, he knows when to push and knows when to give on certain issues.’

Key clients

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.

Ad Hoc Group of Noteholders of Carlson Travel

Sandy Creek Energy Associates

Ad Hoc Group of Convertible Noteholders of Intelsat

Ad Hoc Group ofSecured NoteholdersofAvianca Holdings

Ad Hoc Group of Noteholders of TPC Group

MIE Holdings

Ad Hoc Group of Lenders to Travelport

Banco del Estado de Chile

Ad Hoc Group of Noteholders of Boardriders

Ad Hoc Group of Claimholders against TLA / LATAM Airlines

American Industrial Partners

Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders to Output Services Group

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of GBG USA

Armstrong World Industries

Jefferies Finance

Acquiom Agency Services

Work highlights

  • Representing Sandy Creek Energy Associates, as one of the largest unsecured creditors, in connection with Brazos Electric Power Cooperative’s high-profile USD5+ billion bankruptcy.
  • Representing Voyager Digital in respect of its USD660 million exposure to cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrows Capital.
  • Representing an ad hoc group of convertible noteholders in connection with the USD14.6+ billion bankruptcy of Intelset, a multinational satellite and communications company.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Counting arrangers, collateral managers, lenders, borrowers and investors among its key roster of clients, Paul Hastings LLP’s structured credit practice frequently collaborates with the firm’s finance, tax, regulatory and restructuring groups to advise on CLO transactions. In the firm’s New York office, Eugene Ferrer leads the team and advises on cash and synthetic CLOs, credit-linked notes and securities repackagings, while Washington DC-based Scott Faga acts for underwriters and collateral managers in CLO transactions, in addition to handling regulatory mandates. Other key contacts in the group, who have demonstrable experience in the CLO arena, include Nicole Skalla and Mary Kathryn Lee, who operate from the firm’s offices in New York and Washington DC respectively. The New York office is also home to senior associate Nicole Bright, who acts for investment banks, investment advisors and issuers on a broad range of CLO transactions. Nick Robinson and Tracy Feng have joined from A&O Shearman.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Ferrer

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

BofA Securities

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.

Golub Capital

AGL Credit Management LP

Societe Generale

Nomura

Work highlights

  • Advised Golub (GC Investment Management) as collateral manager in a CLO transaction arranged by SMBC Nikko Securities.
  • Advised BofA Securities on a new issue CLO managed by Octagon.
  • Acted for Citigroup as arranger on the issuance of new CLO serviced by Palmer Square Capital Management LLC.

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

Washington DC-based Naveen Modil leads the practice at Paul Hastings LLP alongside New York's Bruce Wexler and Eric Dittmann , with the team handling a range of complex work for its clients, which include Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and TikTok, frequently acting on cross-jurisdictional matters of significant complexity. A key example of such is its representation of EVRYTHNG Limited, wherein it is righting the company’s footing in an ongoing dispute worth $100m involving trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, fraud, patent and trademark infringement, and IPR proceedings. Jeff Pade is a key member of the team, leading on many of its highest profile matters, which includes obtaining a victory for Daiichi Sankyo in the AAA Arbitration in a matter regarding contention around innovative biotech drugs. LA-based partner Jennifer Baldocchi, described as ‘a truly impressive attorney with good instincts’, is a name to note, as is New York’s Victoria Cundiff.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Wexler; Naveen Modi; Eric Dittmann

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Cundiff; Jeff Pade; Jennifer Baldocchi; Elizabeth Minoofar; James Brown

Testimonials

‘Our case has moved quickly but the team was able to come in, learn, and successfully defend multiple motions and a TRO. They incorporated our preferences at a rapid and impressive rate.’

‘Jennifer Baldocchi has the ability to focus on details while still shaping the bigger picture. Truly an impressive attorney with good instincts.’

‘Elizabeth Minoofar is very efficient and has the quickest turnaround of deliverables I have ever seen from any attorney. She is flexible and responsive to any requests we may have.’

‘James Brown is extremely diligent and does the job of 5 attorneys.’

Key clients

EVRYTHNG Limited (now Digimarc)

Bloom Energy

Zimmer Biomet

DivX LLC

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

TikTok and ByteDance

Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Aeldra Financial, Inc.; Sukeert Shanker; Venkat Gopalakrishnan

CareDx, Inc.

Coincident Capital GP, LLC and Coincident Management, LLC

Dendreon Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Core Financial Partners, Inc.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Daiichi Sankyo successfully in AAA arbitrations in a matter currently proceeding to a determination of whether Daiichi Sankyo should be awarded its reasonable costs and attorney fees as the prevailing party.
  • Represented EVRYTHNG Limited in a substantial, multi-district dispute involving trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, fraud, patent infringement, trademark infringement, and IPR proceedings.
  • Represented Samsung in a complex, multi-faceted IP dispute, involving claims under the DTSA and Illinois Trade Secrets Act, as well as breach of contract and patent infringement claims.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP is known for advising on employment issues impacting the C-suite with competency in high-profile litigation and class actions. The team routinely handles employment aspects of high-profile M&A and corporate reorganizations across multiple sectors such as financial services, aerospace, pharma, and telecoms. Elena Baca heads the practice out of Los Angeles and works on both advisory and contentious issues for clients such as Activision Blizzard with support from Nancy Abell. Barbara Brown is experienced in discrimination class actions and is called upon to defend sexual harassment investigations. She is based in Washington DC with Carson Sullivan who is well-versed in restrictive covenants and protection of their trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Testimonials

‘As defendants and eventual counterclaimants our case has moved rapidly. The PH team was able to come in, learn, and successfully defend multiple motions. They incorporated our preferences at a rapid and impressive rate with a relatively small team.’

‘The partners are exceptional. They work together seamlessly and without ego. It’s the joy of watching people who are truly great at what they do — they elevate legal practice to an art form.’

‘Carson Sullivan is quite simply phenomenal. Despite incredibly challenging circumstances and personalities, she got control of the situation and deftly navigated us to where we want to be. Her knowledge of employment law, both in theory and in practice, is something we were very lucky to have on our side.’

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

Work highlights

  • Represented Activision Blizzard, Inc. in highly complex proceedings while also assisting in diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • Acted for Goldman Sachs in a nationwide gender discrimination class action.

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP acts across both cutting-edge and established aspects of the industry, working on traditional telecoms and broadcasting matters as well as novel issues surrounding new technologies and streaming; many of the firm’s clients are major industry players that rely on the team’s expertise on the intersection of broadcast and streaming, the practice representing these companies on first-of-their-kind issues in this space regarding policy, licensing, and strategy before the FCC. Practice head Sherrese Smith leads the Washington DC-based team; as former Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the FCC, she is well-versed in regulatory and policy advice, and combines her extensive telecoms experience in both the private and public sectors with a notable privacy and data security practice. She frequently works alongside Associate John Gasparini, who similarly brings an interdisciplinary focus on both data privacy and telecoms issues, working on both the regulatory aspects of complex telecoms transactions and enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sherrese Smith is an outstanding lawyer and practitioner.’

‘Deep knowledge of the FCC and the real-world interaction of business and FCC regulation.’

‘Sherrese Smith is superb and brings keen business judgment, a savvy strategic sensibility, and real-world experience in the corridors of the FCC.’

Key clients

TEGNA

National Association of Broadcasters

Fox Corporation

EchoStar Corporation

Bank of America

Providence Equity Partners

Cox Enterprises

AT&T (BellSouth Telecommunications)

Novacap Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advising Providence Equity Partners in receiving FCC and Team Telecom approval for its USD1 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Marlink.
  • Representing National Association of Broadcasters as its primary sources of outside counsel on FCC regulatory issues including retransmission consent, media ownership, and other issues.
  • Representing Cox Communications in the FCC’s realignment of the C Band for 5G, including advocating for critical policy changes to support Cox’s strategic content delivery plans.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

The practice at Paul Hastings LLP has recently been involved in litigation in the financial services industry concerning manipulation of the price of bonds and interest rates, and also defends against claims of trade secret misappropriation, unlawful tax imposition and vertical distribution agreements in the fashion, engineering and tech sectors. Gary Zanfagna leads the team, offering extensive experience in reviewing transactions and investigations and is based in Washington DC. New York based Barry Sher, chairs the global litigation department and defends large investment banks against price fixing conspiracy claims. Also based in DC are Michael Spafford who represents clients in high-profile government investigations and litigation, and Michael Murray who offers experience in litigation at the appellate and trial level and from his previous position of the principal deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division of the DOJ. Anthony Antonelli departed from the firm in March 2022 to take on an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Gary Zanfagna

Key clients

Barclays

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Nu Dotco, LLC

Align Technology

Etsy, Inc.

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Robert Bosch

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Ubisoft

Work highlights

  • Representing Barclays Bank PLC and certain of its affiliates in In Re SSA Bonds antitrust litigation.
  • Representing Barclays Capital Inc. in Litovich v. Bank of America, et. al.
  • Representing RBC in In the European Government Bonds Antitrust Litigation, filed in the Southern District of New York.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP’s litigation practice handles a wide range of financial services matters, leveraging its network of national offices to advise major financial institutions including banks, credit unions, fintechs, and mortgage lenders in claims spanning the country. The firm has particular experience of class actions in lending and consumer finance matters, as well as having a strong regulatory investigations capacity. Barry Sher  in New York chairs the practice and has experience in SSA bonds class actions as well as market manipulation cases in relation to bonds. The firm has also expanded its consumer financial services practice, gaining several partners in June 2022 from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP including Jonice Gray Tucker, Kari Hall, Aaron Mahler and Matthew Previn. Allyson Baker is also key name to note for the firm’s consumer finance regulatory capacity as a former enforcement attorney at the CFPB, renowned for her representation of consumer finance companies in investigations by the agency as well as the DOJ and FTC. Another significant player is Meredith Boylan, former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, who focuses her practice on federal and state regulatory agency investigations.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Paul Hastings litigators have a huge amount of experience in financial services litigation, so they have seen everything before and know how to react. They are very creative in their defense tactics.’

‘Barry Sher is as good a lawyer as there is. He is smart, has great common sense, is totally committed to getting the best possible results for his clients, and is very easy to work with.’

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

A Former supervisor of the Money Market Desk at Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley & Co. International PLC

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

Royal Bank of Canada

Steward Partners

Trident Mortgage Company; HomeServices of America Inc.

Transworld Systems Inc.

Harris Originals

Work highlights

  • Represented Trident Mortgage Company, affiliated real estate brokerage, and parent company in investigations by the CFPB and DOJ and Attorneys General of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, alleging that Trident engaged in illegal redlining.
  • Acting as co-lead counsel, on behalf of Transworld Systems Inc., an intervenor in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. National Collegiate Master Student Loan Trust, et al., a case concerning novel statutory arguments concerning the definition of “covered person,” under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), the CFPB’s enabling statute.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

With demonstrable experience across the healthcare, financial services, retail and consumer products, energy and technology sectors, Paul Hastings LLP handles a range of litigation, including consumer class actions, real estate disputes and life sciences development cases, in addition to financial services and securities disputes. In the firm’s New York office, Barry Sher has demonstrable expertise defending major investment banks in a host of litigation mandates, and jointly leads the group alongside Kurt Hansson, who has considerable first chair trial and international arbitration experience. The New York office is also home to Kevin Broughel, who chairs the global securities litigation practice, and Avi Weitzman, who joined the firm from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in July 2022 and co-chairs the complex litigation and arbitration group. Samuel Cooper left in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher; Kurt Hansson

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Broughel; Avi Weitzman; William Whitner

Testimonials

‘Very good value for the services they offer.’

‘Lots of partner involvement in everything. We are never simply passed off to an associate to do the work.’

‘The people at PH are excellent. Attentive to our specific needs.’

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

Millennium Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing Barclays Bank PLC and certain of its affiliates in In Re SSA Bonds Antitrust Litigation, a putative class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Representing Venezuela’s national oil company (PDVSA) and one of its subsidiaries, through their ad hoc boards appointed by the U.S.-supported government of interim Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó, in an action seeking a declaration that over $3 billion of PDSVA notes purportedly secured by the pledge of a controlling interest in CITGO were invalidly issued at the direction of the illegitimate Maduro regime in violation of the Venezuelan Constitution.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP‘s New York office is home to numerous litigators who have built up a solid reputation in the Delaware courts for high-stakes cases arising from mergers and acquisitions. The lawyers are ‘very experienced and able to provide an understandable rationale for the litigation defense‘, and the team provides ‘exceptional guidance during the case based on their past experience and earn the trust of the client‘. Barry Sher, Kurt Hansson and Kevin Broughel lead the practice. Broughel and Kenneth Herzinger in San Francisco acted for Oracle Corporation in a class action that alleges the company made false and misleading omissions in tender offer documents for the $28bn acquisition of Cerner Corporation. Edward Han in Palo Alto contributes further firepower on the West Coast. Samuel Cooper in Houston moved to Shearman & Sterling LLP. Peter Stone in Palo Alto retired.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher; Kurt Hansson; Kevin Broughel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team was very experienced and able to provide an understandable rationale for the litigation defense.’

‘They provided exceptional guidance during the case based on their past experience and earned the trust of the client. I continue to be in contact with them after this case had ended.’

Key clients

Baker Hughes

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Symphony Technology Group (Winshuttle)

Winshuttle Holdings, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Oracle Corporation in connection with a securities class action in re Cerner Corporation Merger Litigation.
  • The firm represented Current and Former Officers and Directors of Baker Hughes following the merger of Baker Hughes Inc. and General Electric’s oil and gas business.
  • Representing the former president of QAD in merger litigation in Chancery Court in Delaware challenging the proposed approximately $2 billion acquisition of the company by Thoma Bravo pursuant to a shareholder vote that took place on October 15, 2021.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has a national securities litigation practice that has significant talent on both the East and West Coasts, as well as in key centers such as Houston and Chicago. Its work spans a broad spectrum of complex securities litigation matters, from civil litigation to criminal investigations, FCPA investigations, internal investigations, and SEC investigations. The New York office is home to practice head Kevin Broughel and experienced partner  Kevin Logue and global chair of litigation Barry Sher. Broughel and Sher are currently acting for Barclays Bank PLC and affiliates in a putative class action filed by purchasers of supranational, sovereign and agency (SSA) bonds who accuse the bank and other financial institutions of a global, decade-long conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition in the $9 trillion market. Christopher McGrath in Orange County is acting for Spectrum Pharmaceuticals in a class action arising from the FDA’s failure to approve the company’s application for its ROLONTIS product. Edward Han in Palo Alto also plays a key role in the practice. Samuel Cooper in Houston moved to Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Broughel

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

Acquiom Agency Services LLC

Riot Blockchain, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

The Elastos Foundation

Jefferies LLC

Oracle Corporation

HAP Trading, LLC

Dapper Labs, Inc.

Airbus SE

Work highlights

  • Defending a putative class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The case involves a putative class of purchasers of supranational, sovereign, and agency (SSA) bonds that accused Barclays, and more than 30 other financial institutions, of being involved in a global, decade-long conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition in the $9 trillion SSA bond market.
  • Representing Barclays Capital Inc. in Litovich v. Bank of America, et. al. (Case No.: 20-cv-3154), a putative class action lawsuit filed in April 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The case involves a putative class of purchasers that accuse Barclays and various other banks of being involved in a conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition on odd-lots of corporate bonds (i.e., bond trades less than $1M in par value) sold in the secondary market.
  • Defending an individual shareholder filed a putative class action lawsuit against Airbus SE and certain of its current and former executives in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has leading expertise in electricity, providing advice on complex contractual and regulatory issues and high-stakes disputes. The firm advises on regulatory issues that are associated to the development and financing of wind, solar and other renewable projects, battery storage, microgrids, natural gas-fired generation projects, and emerging technologies. Showcasing this prowess, the team recently engaged in a matter where it advised Leeward Energy on solar and wind projects developed around the world on regulatory issues affecting the transaction of Leeward purchasing First Solar. William DeGrandis , in Washington, DC, leads the energy regulatory team and has over thirty-five years’ experience representing clients before federal and state commissions, alongside in court. Chris Carr, based in San Francisco, has a focus on environmental matters revolving around regulatory issues pertaining to permitting and development of major renewable projects. Jenna McGrath is a name to watch for her highly skilled practice in representing clients before FERC in lead roles and has experience leading complex regulatory energy litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

William DeGrandis

Other key lawyers:

Chriss Carr; Michael Spafford; Charles Patrizia; Jenna McGrath; Donna Bobbish; Gregory Jones

Testimonials

‘This practice has deep experience dating back to deregulation of gas and then the electric industry. This experience is invaluable to understanding how and why the industry is changing.’

‘Patience, perseverance, and the willingness to disagree with a client on the merits of an issue to ensure that the proper steps are taken.’

Key clients

Recurrent Energy

Georgia Transmission Corporation

United Power, Inc.

Olympus Power Company LLC

Intersect Power

Athens Utilities Board, Gibson EMC

LS Power

GlidePath

Scout Clean Energy

Acciona Energy North America

Leeward Renewable Energy

Cordelio Power

Freeport-McMoRan

MetLife, Inc.

Caithness Energy

Corn Belt Power Cooperative, NIPCO

Cross-Sound Cable Company, LLC

Longroad Energy

Strata Solar

Clearway Energy

Solar Frontier

Work highlights

  • Representing Leeward Renewable Energy (Leeward) in a variety of FERC interconnection and transmission matters, and we also advise Leeward on renewable energy and energy storage development contractual and regulatory issues.
  • Acting for Glidepath, a relatively new renewable energy and energy storage company, handling regulatory issues of first impression involving both state and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulatory matters with regard to interconnection and transmission.
  • Representing distribution cooperative United Power in multi-billion dollar proceedings before FERC seen as epicentre of debate surrounding coal plant closures in the energy transition.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Praised by clients for ‘understanding both the usage side and the supply side of the energy industry’, Paul Hastings LLP offers valuable expertise in projects M&A and acquisition financing, with a particularly strong regulatory practice. In New York, co-chair Robert Freedman joined in May 2022 from Shearman & Sterling, as did co-chair Gregory Tan. Freedman is equipped to handle the whole range of finance and development, acquisitions and dispositions, complex work-outs and restructuring of infrastructure assets, while Tan’s practice extends to global finance, project development and finance, as well as restructurings. San Francisco’s Chris Carr focuses his practice on land use, permitting and environmental matters for major wind, solar and battery storage projects. Regulatory experts Bill DeGrandis in Washington D.C., and Jill Yung in San Francisco are also recommended. New York’s Alexandro M. Padres joined the practice in May 2022 from Shearman & Sterling, together with Freedman and Tan.        

Practice head(s):

Robert Freedman; Gregory Tan

Testimonials

‘The attorneys are well versed in CEA/California regulation, BLM/NEPA regulation, and CDFG 1602 (incidental species take) regulation.’

‘Jill Yung is fantastic to work with – she knows CEQA and NEPA extremely well, and has the relationships in agencies to resolve issues.’

‘Chris Carr is also very good to work with on CDFW issues.

This practice understands both the usage side and the supply side of the energy industry. Bringing in experience from the usage side, helps us on the supply side to better understand our customer’s needs.’

‘The individuals have worked on a lot of different cases and leverage their experiences to be more efficient in dealing with our issues.’

 

Key clients

8minute Solar Energy, LLC

Acciona Energy North America

APEX Energy Solutions, LLC

Bank of America, N.A

Bank of Montreal

Clearway Energy

EDF Renewables

Deutsche Bank AG

DnB Bank, ASA

Glidepath

Acciona Energy USA

Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC

Intersect Power

Longroad Energy

Mizuho Bank, Ltd

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Spearmint Renewable Development Company, LLC

Terra-Gen

ZGlobal, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Terra-Gen, 8minute Solar Energy, EDF Renewables and LongroadEnergy in the development and adoption of California Fish and Game Commission emergency regulation.
  • Representing the arrangers and lenders in connection with a USD460 million construction to term loan facility and tax equity financing structure for the construction of a 300MW wind farm in Texas. This project was sponsored by JERA Renewable and was its first deal in the U.S.
  • Advised Glidepath, an energy storage and renewable energy company, on issues of first impression involving both state and FERC regulatory matters with regard to interconnection and transmission, including negotiating a settlement of the first ever reactive power revenue requirement for an electric storage facility.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

In the regulatory sphere, Paul Hastings LLP is particularly strong in California in connection with the development of renewable energy and energy storage projects, as well as the handling of permitting and environmental review issues, and the defense of clients in state and federal courts. Chris Carr heads the team and is well versed in regulatory matters pertaining to solar and battery storage projects, and climate change mitigation issues. Deborah Schmall is a key name for hazardous material regulation and contamination issues, as well as the defense of enforcement actions, while Jill Yung deals with the permitting and issues around endangered species. Peter Weiner  left for Cox, Castle & Nicholson. Attorneys are based in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Chris Carr

Other key lawyers:

Navi Dhillon; Gordon Hart; Jill Yung; Deborah Schmall

Testimonials

‘Very strong grasp of regulatory and procedural aspects of the subject area- California Environmental Quality Act.’

‘Chris Carr and Navi Dhillon. Both have extensive understanding of regulatory landscape, including personal relationships with key regulators and lawmakers. Combined with their extensive litigation experience, this make them a great team to work with.’

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Brookfield Renewable Partners

AT&T Inc.

The Related Companies

Sierra Pacific Industries

Prologis

A coalition of national trade associations

Terra-Gen

Lennar Homes

Genentech

Intersect Power

Avantus (formerly 8minute Solar Energy)

Clearway Energy

Green Diamond Resources Company

Western Digital Technologies / Western Digital Corporation

Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians

Vistra Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advising Terra-Gen, 8minute Solar Energy, EDF Renewables and Longroad Energy on the development and adoption of California Fish and Game Commission emergency regulation authorizing incidental take of the western Joshua tree. The new permits will allow the development of over 4,000 MW of solar energy through projects whose value totals $5bn.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Paul Hastings LLP has achieved significant growth in equity offerings over the last five years, despite slower market activity in 2022. It continues to work on a steady flow of IPOs, follow-on offerings, at-the-market offerings, PIPE transactions and SPAC-related deals. Fintech, life sciences, real estate and the consumer sector are at the core of the practice. Frank Lopez is an immensely experienced capital markets specialist and is now chair of the firm. Chris DeCresce is another knowledgeable practitioner with a fine record in financial services and fintech. Washington DC’s Brandon Bortner is noted for IPOs and SPAC transactions. In New York, Marc Lashbrook joined the firm from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez; Chris DeCresce

Other key lawyers:

Brandon Bortner; Yariv Katz; Jeff Hartlin; Jonathan Ko; Will Burns; Yiren Shen; Max Roberts; Marc Lashbrook

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings has a constructive approach in working with attorneys on the other side of the transaction and employs excellent legal judgment.’

‘Professional, and plan-spoken presenting issues and solutions.’

‘Incredible client support, accuracy and commitment to closing. Unique, always available and always turned on.’

‘Will Burns has impressive capital markets expertise, SEC advice, and impeccable availability. Max Roberts is always available.’

‘Paul Hastings’ capital markets practice is exceptional. They have helped us achieve a recent positive financing for the company, from a combination of expertise, experience, efficiency, effectiveness, timeliness, and perfectionism.’

‘Jeff Hartlin (partner) and Yiren Shen (associate) are brilliant, effective, and efficient legal counsel to the company that I serve. Jeff has a rare combination of deep legal expertise in capital markets (public and private), M&A and corporate governance. The efficiency that this mix of expertise produces is exemplary. Deals and transactions involving Jeff close, and the process goes quickly and smoothly.’

Key clients

Aterian, Inc.

Barclays

BMO Capital Markets

BofA Securities, Inc.

CareDx, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Coastal Financial Corporation

Credit Suisse Securities

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Jasper Therapeutics, Inc.

Jefferies LLC

Mitek Systems, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Orchestra Biomed, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets

Romeo Power, Inc.

Scilex Holding Company

Sorrento Therapeutics Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised Sorrento Therapeutics on establishing its $5bn ATM offering program.
  • Advised the underwriters in connection with American Homes 4 Rent’s public offering of common shares.
  • Advised SilverBox Engaged Merger Corp I in the completion of its $1.7bn business combination with Authentic Brands.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Paul Hastings LLP is making considerable progress in the high-yield debt arena, building particular market share in underwriter-side engagements, but also impressing on the issuer front. It is regular counsel to a number of leading banks in the high-yield debt space and has further developed its presence by building connections to other key middle market banks. On the issuer side, it represents a range of private equity houses and their portfolio companies, public companies and large private corporates. The capital markets team works closely with finance colleagues and certain partners such as John Cobb, who routinely works with banks on both leveraged loans and high-yield bonds. The firm’s outstanding Latin America team has also brought in high-yield engagements from Mexico, Colombia and other jurisdictions in the region. Frank Lopez, Cathleen McLaughlin and members of the Latin America group such as the seasoned Michael Fitzgerald are central to recent growth efforts. In May 2023, the practice furthermore gained finance and debt capital markets experts Joshua Zelig and Marc Lashbrook from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez; Chris DeCresce

Other key lawyers:

John Cobb; Cathleen McLaughlin; Michael Fitzgerald; Arturo Carrillo; Joy Gallup; Pedro Reyes; Alex Herman; Carolina Gonzalez; Joshua Zelig, Marc Lashbrook

Testimonials

‘Significant experience in counselling high-yield offerings. Capacity to identify wording in the best interest of a successful offerings, avoiding future end roads or potential legal risks. Diversity in the team also provides better bonding and trust in the relationship.’

‘Mike Fitzgerald, Joy Gallup, Pedro Reyes and Arturo Carrillo all have great attitude, professionalism, professional creativity and human qualities to attend the client and perform their work.’

‘Strong practice in bond offerings by Latin American issuers, project finance, sovereign debt, cross-border equity offerings and liability management. Strongly focused on issuer-side representation.’

‘Michael Fitzgerald, Joy Gallup, Arturo Carrillo, Pedro Reyes and Cathleen McLaughlin are strong and well known in the Latin American corporate space.’

‘The team is very professional, collaborates well and is very knowledgeable.’

‘Cathleen McLaughlin, Alex Herman and Carolina Gonzalez are well prepared, displays a genuine interest in the sovereign, and exercise a huge amount of patience.’

 

Key clients

BMO Capital Markets

BofA Securities Inc.

BRF, S.A.

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank Securities

EnfraGen, LLC

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jefferies LLC

J.P. Morgan

KeyBanc

Morgan Stanley

NGL Energy Partners, LP

Operadora de Servicios Mega, S.A. de C.V., SOFOM, E.R.

Sagicor Financial Company Ltd.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Represented Jefferies in the issuance by LSB Industries of $200m of 6.250% senior secured notes due 2028.
  • Advised Sagicor Financial Company on its $150m offering of 5.300% senior notes due 2028.
  • Advised Heritage Petroleum Company on the issuance of its $500m secured notes.

Finance > Commercial lending

Paul Hastings LLP continues to provide a strong and active lender-side offering to its syndicated banking and large private credit clients, who turn to the team for its wide-reaching expertise in cross-border acquisition financings, secured credit facilities, asset-based loans and refinancing matters. The practice is led out of New York by John Cobb and Jennifer Yount, who regularly counsel lenders on acquisition financings for private equity firms. Also based in New York are Michele Cohen, who has experience negotiating major unitranche financings, and Morgan Bale, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in December 2022 and retains a close relationship with premier national banks. LA-based Jennifer Hildebrandt and Houston energy lending specialist Paris Theofanidis are also highly recommended. The team’s borrower-side work, often led by Chicago lawyer Holly Snow, is tailored towards the private equity sector and involves high-value asset-based loans, mezzanine facilities, and acquisition financings. In August 2022,  Marisa Sotomayor left the firm.

Practice head(s):

John Cobb; Jennifer Yount

Other key lawyers:

Morgan Bale; Michele Cohen; Jennifer Hildebrandt, Randal Palach; Holly Snow; Paris Theofanidis

Testimonials

‘We appreciate the team as attorneys and as partners. They are a diverse team that is composed of women and minority attorneys, something that is important to us, and it is backed up with high-level legal knowledge. The team has taken the time to learn about our Company and business environment. They are well versed in current market terms and they are tough but professional negotiators that advocate on our behalf while providing us with the high-level technical knowledge required to meet our complex financing needs.’

‘Holly Snow is an exceptional attorney. She has gotten to know our business and brings incredible skills and experience to support our complex and varied finance needs. Her professionalism and ability to deliver exceptional results makes her standout. She is a trusted partner and brings added value to our finance transactions that goes beyond simple drafting and legal project management.’

‘Paul Hastings has exceptional experience within the private equity borrowing market. We are regularly impressed by the team’s market intelligence. They are able to provide superior guidance in a very commercial manner that considers the practical, business-level implications.’

‘I often work with Holly Snow and would strongly recommend her to my peers and colleagues. Holly has demonstrated outstanding proficiency across a wide range of borrowing situations (e.g. new vanilla borrowing, dividend recapitalization, credit amendment, international borrowers). Holly is able to provide real-time guidance regarding the status of the lending market and has advised our team on complex situations involving foreign borrowers based in the UK, France, and Italy.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Bank of America

Bank of Montreal

Barclays

Blackstone Credit

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Guggenheim Partners

Jefferies Finance

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Kayne Anderson

Owl Rock Capital Partners

PNC Financial Services

Royal Bank of Canada

Société Générale

TD Securities

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Represented JP Morgan and Barclays, as the lead arrangers and bookrunners, in connection with a $5.75bn senior secured credit facility for MKS Instruments, a global provider of instruments, systems, subsystems and process control solutions.
  • Represented Bank of Montreal as administrative agent for the $5.1bn acquisition of American National Group by Brookfield Asset Management Reinsurance Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the world focused on infrastructure and financial institution buyouts.

Finance > Project finance Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP  recently extended its energy and infrastructure offering with a cluster of notable hires from Shearman & Sterling LLP in May 2022, including Robert Freedman and Gregory Tan, who now head the team, and Alexandro Padrés. The firm advises a strong roster of clients, including banks, financial institutions and private equity investors, on the financing of projects in natural gas, solar and wind, and battery storage. The team, with Padres as leading partner, is currently representing JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. as lead arranging and structuring bank on financing for the acquisition of Chilean energy firm Colbun’s transmission by Celeo Redes, with a transaction value of approximately $1.3bn. The practice is competent in both domestic and international work, with particular expertise in the Latin American market, where Freedman, Tan, and Padres are all experienced, along with Thomas Sines, who was promoted to the partnership in February 2022, and Elicia Ling. Tan is also noted for his expertise in global finance, project development, limited recourse and structured financing.  All mentioned lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Robert Freedman; Gregory Tan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole

Société Générale

MUFG Bank

ING Capital

Bank of Montreal

Mizuho Bank

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Deutsche Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Truist Securities

KeyBanc Capital Markets

Nomura Securities

First Citizens Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented the lenders and arrangers in connection with $460m construction to term loan facility and tax equity financing structure to El Sauz Ranch Wind Hold Co LLC for the construction of a wind farm in Texas with a nameplate capacity of approximately 300 MW.
  • Advised MUFG Bank, Ltd., First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company and ING Capital LLC|in connection with the $720m financing extended to MRP Golden Finance in connection with its acquisition and refinancing of a portfolio of 10 natural gas-fired power plants in California.
  • Advised the note purchasers and letter of credit providers on the refinancing of the non-recourse debt of a portfolio of renewable assets in Chile owned by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc, consisting of a $710m issuance of green bonds maturing in 2036 , and a $93.1m letter of credit facility.  

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 3

The life sciences and healthcare team at Paul Hastings LLP assists clients with patent infringement actions and patent enforcements. Practice head Gary Giampetruzzi routinely conducts internal investigations concerning off-label promotion, anti-kickback, and specialty pharmacies, while Eric Dittmann is especially experienced in Hatch-Waxman and patent litigations, and appeals. Bruce Wexler maintains an IP-focused practice, advising range of mid-size start-ups and small biotech companies, in addition to well known global corporates. California-based practitioner Jeff Hartlin handles corporate and M&A mandates for clients in the public and private biotech, medical device, and biopharmaceutical sectors. All named practitioners are based in New York unless specified otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Gary Giampetruzzi

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Wexler; Eric Dittmann; Nathan Sheers; Jeff Hartlin; Peter Lindsay

Testimonials

‘Very close, senior partner level engagement throughout the firm. I always feel like a top priority client.’

‘Peter Lindsay and Nathan Sheers provide very sound advice, giving examples based on their volume of experience. Where they need to follow up, they are always quick to do so.’

Key clients

BioNTech

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.

L’Oréal USA, Inc. and L’Oréal S.A.

Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a Johnson & Johnson Company

AbbVie Inc. and Allergan, Inc.

CareDx

Alpha Teknova, Inc.

Masimo LHC Limited

Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Merck & Co., Inc. and Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

SD Biosensor and SJL Partners

Scilex Holding Company

Work highlights

  • Advising BioNTech, in collaboration with its business partner Pfizer, as it deals with patent disputes concerning numerous participants in the mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation space, in connection with the launch of its Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Representing Daiichi Sankyo in a commercial dispute with Seagen Inc. concerning Daiichi Sankyo’s biotech drugs. Daiichi was awarded a complete victory in the arbitration.
  • Advised Scilex Holding Company, a Sorrento Therapeutics majority-owned subsidiary, in its agreement to merge with Vickers Vantage Corp. I (VCKA), a special purpose acquisition company. Pro forma equity value post-money of approximately $1.64 billion.

International Trade > CFIUS Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP’s work in this space straddles its national security regulation and investigations practice and also its global trade controls group. In terms of its jurisdictional expertise, the team particularly stands out for its recent record in achieving CFIUS clearance for China-related transactions, while its industry strong suits include technology, energy and life sciences. Washington DC office chair Scott Flicker leads the global trade controls practice and is noted for his ‘expertise in foreign investment reviews, including the impact of CFIUS on foreign investments’. Flicker represented Korea Southern Power Corporation and Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation as investors in a consortium acquiring a combined gas turbine power generation facility in Ohio. Of counsel Randall Johnston, also in DC, specializes in national security and investment law and recently advised SJL Partners and SD Biosensor on the CFIUS aspects of their joint acquisition of Meridian Bioscience.

Practice head(s):

Scott Flicker; Randall Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Quinn Dang

Testimonials

The team’s experience and expertise were evident from day one. Lawyers did not miss a beat when it came to communication, legal advice, and strategy.’

We value the team and its specialist expertise.

Scott Flicker has strong expertise in foreign investment reviews, including the impact of CFIUS on foreign investments, and export controls. Scott is always able to provide well-rounded tailored advice and is extremely responsive.

Randall Johnston stood out as she was always on top of the transaction and effectively communicated and coached our team to maximize our chances of success.

Key clients

MoneyGram International

Hon Hai Technology Group (“Foxconn”)

SJL Partners LLC

SD Biosensor

Dynapower Company LLC

CDH Fund

COSCO Shipping

Fujian Grand Chip

Smithfield Foods

TIAA

Work highlights

  • Represented MoneyGram International in the sale of its outstanding shares to Madison Dearborn Partners.
  • Represented SJL Partners and SD Biosensor in their joint acquisition of Meridian Bioscience, which required multiple cross-border national security reviews.
  • Represented Korea Southern Power Corporation and Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation as investors in a consortium acquiring a combined gas turbine power generation facility in Ohio.

Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 3

Practice head Art Zwickel and Yousuf Dhamee, experienced counsel to investment advisors, are the key figures on the west coast for Paul Hastings LLP‘s offering in hedge and alternative funds. Based in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively, they are both adept at structuring and organizing private investment funds of various types, and regularly act in cross-border matters for internationally recognized clients. The firm also has representation in this area on the east coast; its New York office is the base for Ira Kustin, who focuses his practice on sponsor and investors assistance with complex hedge and credit funds, supporting private fund advisers on international investment platforms.

Practice head(s):

Art Zwickel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Yousuf Dhamee. Great partner to work with on deals.’

Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 3

The ‘well-versed, collaborative and experienced team‘ at Paul Hastings LLP assists clients across all types of registered funds and investment vehicles, including mutual, closed-end, exchange-traded, and tender offer funds. Clients include some of the country’s highest-profile investors in various sectors, and the practice covers the gamut of matters, from structuring and fund launches to counsel on the regulations of the SEC. ‘Very knowledgeable and pro-active‘ practice head Michael Rosella leads the department from the firm’s office in New York, and on the west coast the practice’s main contact is David Hearth, a partner in the wider corporate law team with notable experience as lead counsel to a range of market-leading investment firms that manage registered funds.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rosella

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mike Rosella leads a well-versed, collaborative and experienced team. No games, just to the point, and sensitive to time constraints.’

‘Mike Rosella has great leadership skills and is exceptionally capable at advising clients. He’s very knowledgeable and pro-active.’

Key clients

Jefferies Finance

Insight Advisors

Longevity Advisors

Gabelli

Brookfield Public Securities Group

TCW Group (TCW Funds and Metropolitan West Funds)

Morgan Stanley

Tocqueville Asset Management

Fiduciary Trust Company / Franklin Templeton

The RBB Fund, Inc.

Matthews Asia Funds

SunAmerica Asset Management

Kayne Anderson Capital

Allianz Global Investors

Oaktree Capital

Intelligent Medicine Group

Brookfield Oaktree Wealth Solutions

Franklin Templeton Private Equity

Wingspan Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisting Kayne Anderson Capital and Kayne Anderson Energy Infrastructure Fund with the $100m acquisition of Fiduciary/Claymore Energy Infrastructure Fund.
  • Advising RBB on implementing creative senior management retention plans that will support the continued growth of their trust, as part of the client’s ongoing development of innovative structures for the trust.
  • Providing regulatory and product advice to Brookfield’s new entity, Brookfield Oaktree Wealth Solutions.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP‘s prowess in the real estate sector makes the firm a go-to destination for real estate funds matters across the US and internationally. The team is adept at fund raising, fund launches and deployment of capital, acting for a range of sponsors and investors. The global private investment funds group also advises on a breadth of other fund types, a recent example being the advice to Prudential Global Investment Management on restructuring its flagship open-ended fund. Joshua Sternoff heads the department from the New York office and draws broad experience assisting with all aspects of fund formation and management. Alongside him, Ira Kustin and Max Rosenberg are further key contacts, while Yousuf Dhamee in Los Angeles represents investment advisers in structuring and distribution of private equity funds and customized investment products.

Practice head(s):

Josh Sternoff

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, extremely knowledgeable, good market data.’

‘We recommend Ira Kustin.’

The team is unique in combining legal advice with business considerations. Adept at finding solutions to whatever problems arise.

Joshua Sternoff is great at finding solutions to difficult problems and considering ease of execution along with developing legal structures.

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • Representing Prudential Global Investment Management in the restructuring of its flagship open-ended fund, which invests in mortgages and other loans secured by core real estate assets throughout the United States.
  • Advising Prospect Ridge on the successful launch of its first open-ended yield-focused real estate fund with the initial closing, and several closings thereafter, of over $600m in capital commitments.

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

The Los Angeles-based team at Paul Hastings LLP represents high profile entertainment companies including Disney, Pixar and Activision in disputes from profit participation to business tort matters. Renowned litigator Steven Marenberg heads the practice, with expertise across new technologies and issues of law such as NFT property rights. Tamerlin Godley, whose recent highlights include high-profile trademark and discrimination disputes, is a highly capable litigator who is also known for her company investigative work.  Further recommended is First Amendment specialist Bo Pearl who represents high-profile plaintiffs and defendants in defamation suits across the country.

Practice head(s):

Steven Marenberg

Testimonials

‘The people are excellent and attentive to our specific needs.’

‘Bo Pearle is a solid advisor. She is realistic about possible outcomes and always available to us.’

 

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Pixar Animation Studios

American Broadcasting Companies

WarnerMedia

NBCUniversal

MidCap Financial Trust

Activision

Justin Weniger

Syn City

Nu Dotco

Work highlights

  • Representing American Broadcasting Companies in lawsuits that challenge ABC’s and Disney’s adoption and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
  • Representing animation studio Pixar in a breach-of-contract case relating to the motion picture ‘Onward’.
  • Representing NBCUniversa against  accusations of racial discrimination and retaliation on the set of the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’.

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

The California-based team at Paul Hastings LLP specializes in transactions that facilitate the creation and acquisition of content such as slate financing deals and acquisitions of high-profile production companies. The firm’s four practice heads all reside in Century City: Mickey Mayerson ‘s broad finance-based practice includes advising lenders and borrowers; Susan Williams specializes in complex licensing and distribution arrangements and also known for extensive mentoring work with up-and-coming female lawyers; Erik Hyman represents a number high-profile artists including Danielle Brooks, while Craig Emanuel is a digital media and investment expert who represents Ryan Murphy in ongoing transactions related to his multi-year Netflix deal. David Hernand brings a wealth of corporate expertise to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Craig Emanuel; Erik Hyman; Susan Williams; Mickey Mayerson

Other key lawyers:

David Hernand; Sean Monroe

Testimonials

‘Competence in every category.’

‘Responsive and best-in-class.’

They are all experienced, service oriented and fierce advocates for clients.’

‘The people at PH are excellent. Attentive to our specific needs (which at times are unlike other companies’).’

‘Sean Monroe: top-notch in every way. Smart, thoughtful, excellent approach. Trust him to represent us in any situation. Literally always available to us.’

‘The team is deeply experienced and knowledgeable about this highly nuanced industry. There are a small number of firms that possess the practice’s skillset making the practice a top and trusted resource.’

‘Highly collaborative, not shy about providing guidance while also recognizes the client’s objectives and respecting the direction indicated by the client.’

Key clients

Vine Alternative Investments

Fox Corporation

Tribune Entertainment

Celebrands

Truist Bank

Motion Picture Corporation of America

Midcap Financial

Qcode

About-Face

Walmart

Morgan Stanley

Lion Tree

HYBE

The Friedkin Group, Inc.

777 Partners

AT&T

Paramount Global

Warner Bros. Discovery

Imperative Entertainment

30WEST

Ryan Murphy/Ryan Murphy Productions

Tony Gilroy

Anthony Bregman and Likely Story

Luke Davies

Nancy Meyers

Radical Media

Charles Randolph

George Wolfe

Carol Aebersold and family

Mandalay Pictures

Robert Rodriguez

New Slate Ventures

Jac Schaeffer

Snoot Entertainment

Sarah Streicher

Kevin Willmott

Anthony Ramos

Quincy Jones

Jason Beghe

Danielle Brooks

Work highlights

  • Represented Morgan Stanley and Lion Tree, who acted as financial advisers for MGM Studios, in connection with Amazon’s acquisition of MGM Studios.
  • Represented Paramount Global, Warner Bros. Discovery and The CW Network in a definitive agreement for Nexstar Media Group to acquire a 75% ownership interest in The CW Network LLC.
  • Representing Ryan Murphy and Ryan Murphy Productions in connection with his multi-year overall deal with Netflix and Fox to produce new series and films.

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

Paul Hastings LLP combines its regulatory strength with a track record in major M&A and leveraged finance deals to serve as a destination practice for companies seeking to operate within or invest in the telecoms space. The firm works with major lenders and private equity on their M&A and finance transactions to enter the market, focusing on the full extent of regulatory issues before the FCC, as well as advising established operators on their first-of-its-kind transactions and the novel issues entailed. Sherrese Smith leads the Washington-DC based practice, working on a range of high-profile transactional matters particularly within the broadcast and streaming space in which she deploys her extensive regulatory and data privacy expertise. Also of note is Associate John Gasparini, who similarly brings regulatory and data privacy experience to a range of M&A and foreign investment proceedings before federal regulatory bodies.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TEGNA

National Association of Broadcasters

Fox Corporation

EchoStar Corporation

Bank of America

Providence Equity Partners

Cox Enterprises

AT&T

Novacap Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advising Providence Equity Partners in receiving FCC and Team Telecom approval for its USD1 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Marlink.
  • Representing National Association of Broadcasters as its primary sources of outside counsel on FCC regulatory issues including retransmission consent, media ownership, and other issues.
  • Representing Cox Communications in the FCC’s realignment of the C Band for 5G, including advocating for critical policy changes to support Cox’s strategic content delivery plans.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP represents both public and private companies, underwriters and investors in equity and debt securities offerings. The group’s deal flow includes both domestic and international work, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, rule 144A offerings, PIPEs and other private placements. M&A, joint ventures and REIT-specific lending issues are other important pillars of the group’s practice. Chris DeCresce  heads the team from New York office, which also features Yariv Katz , a securities and capital markets expert who has demonstrable experience advising major REITs, with public and private offerings of equity and debt securities key elements of his workload. Pablo Clarke joined the team from Latham & Watkins LLP in May 2022, residing in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Practice head(s):

Chris DeCresce

Other key lawyers:

Yariv Katz; Pablo Clarke

Key clients

Barclays

BMO Capital Markets

BofA Securities

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

RBC Capital Markets

Wells Fargo Securities

American Homes 4 Rent

Cedar Realty Trust Partnership

Eagle Hospitality REIT

Lexington Realty Trust

Watermark Lodging Trust

Prospect Ridge

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters in connection with Sun Communities, Inc.’s USD745 million public offering of common stock and concurrent forward sales agreements with Citibank.
  • Advised Watermark Lodging Trust, a publicly traded REIT, in respect of its acquisition by private real estate funds owned by Brookfield Asset Management for a total consideration of USD3.8 billion.

Tax > International tax Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP provides market expertise in a wide range of complex tax issues covering capital markets, securitizations and structured finance, M&A and real estate funds. The team acts for clients from several industries including entertainment, energy, technology and private equity. New York's Joseph Opich heads the team with particular experience in the CLO industry and all areas of real estate taxation including REITs. Orange County-based Douglas Schaaf  is regularly consulted on acquisition and disposition tax structuring matters while Palo Alto-based Thomas Wisialowski  represents public and private pension plans.

Practice head(s):

Jospeh Opich

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Schaaf; Thomas Wisialowski

Testimonials

They have the unique ability to present complex legal and tax issues in simple summary formats which makes a huge difference in getting the key points across.

Greg Nelson is an amazing tax lawyer. His breadth and scope of knowledge is huge. He can give quick and simple answers to the most complex of structures.

Key clients

Wells Fargo

Bank of America

Intel

Uber

Primary Wave

REEF Technologies Inc.

SilverBox Engaged Merger Corp I

Jefferies Finance LLC

CrossAmerica Partners, LP

Brookfield Investment Funds

Citigroup Inc.

SD Biosensor and SJL Partners

Morgan Stanley

Scilex Holding Company

Symphony Technology Group

The Goldman Sachs Group L.P.

Work highlights

  • Represented funds sponsored by Brookfield in connection with a robust commercial lending business.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: litigation and regulation Tier 3

Led out of its Chicago office, Paul Hastings LLP‘s aviation litigation team regularly acts as lead counsel to corporate clients facing high-stakes litigation involving airline disasters. The group's enviable client roster comprises commercial airlines, manufacturers and aircraft lessors, and the team serves as national lead counsel for CFM International in several personal injury cases, including a wrongful death matter. With longstanding experience as lead, national coordinating counsel for General Electric and related entities, aviation litigation practice leader and of counsel Sheila Sundvall represents major commercial airlines, manufacturers, aircraft lessors and other defendants in major personal injury and wrongful death claims. Sundvall’s track record also includes acting for aircraft owners and other defendants in litigation emanating from highly-publicized general aviation accidents.

Practice head(s):

Sheila Sundvall

Testimonials

‘Of counsel Sheila Sundvall is not only an excellent litigator, she is also conscientious, and a great team builder with insurers and the insured.’

Key clients

General Electric

CFM International

Work highlights

  • Acting as national, lead counsel for CFM International (jointly owned by GE and Safran Aircraft Engines) in litigation arising out of the engine failure and emergency evacuation of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 at Philadelphia International Airport in April 2018.
  • Acting as lead counsel for General Electric in personal injury litigation filed in the Central District of California, arising out of an engine failure on Philippine Airlines Flight 113 and emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport in 2019.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP advises a wide range of clients on contested strategic mergers, with a team offering extensive in-house and agency expertise across contentious and non-contentious merger reviews, investigations, and associated litigation. The firm has a notable focus on growth industries including tech, life sciences, energy, and cannabis, acting for major cannabis players such as Cresco Labs and Canopy Growth, as well as regularly working with third parties objecting to proposed mergers. Also of note is the firm’s global platform, with the US team regularly collaborating with European and Asian offices on complex multijurisdictional approval processes and regulatory investigations. Michael Wise is the key name for merger control work, advising prolifically on merger approval processes, including the standout representation of Symphony Technology Group in the acquisitions of FireEye from McAfee, while practice head Gary Zanfagna has deep in-house and private practice experience in merger review cases, encompassing acquisitions, divestments, and joint ventures, particularly in the life sciences space. Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Michael Murray is also a key name, having coordinated merger proceedings and trials as both a regulator and an attorney. All lawyers mentioned are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Gary Zanfagna

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Gary Zanfagna is practical and a clear communicator. Strategic advice that aligns with business realities.’

‘Gary Zanfagna is a stand-out contributor on the team. He is able to distill complex materials in a way that makes sense within business objectives.’

‘The Paul Hastings team did a great job. They had a lot of new ideas in managing HSR filings which I had never heard of before. I thought they did a great job of interacting with the DOJ.’

‘Gary Zanfagna did a great job guiding the process and keeping me informed about such process. I also liked working with his associate, Mary Bowser, who likewise did a great job of communicating the process and progress.’

Key clients

SD Biosensor

Intel

SLJ Partners

HYBE (formerly Big Hit Entertainment)

Symphony Technology Group

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

RBC Capital Markets, LLC (“RBC”)

Align Technology, Inc.

Cresco Labs

Canopy Growth

Work highlights

  • Representing SJL Partners and SD Biosensor in the antitrust reviews of their proposed joint venture to acquire Meridian Biosciences.
  • Represented non-party witnesses, as well as five additional non-parties, in the US DOJ suit to enjoin book publisher Penguin Random House’s proposed acquisition of Simon & Schuster.
  • Representing Symphony Technology Group in the acquisitions of McAfee’s enterprise business and internet security firm FireEye. Both companies are active in providing cybersecurity for large enterprises.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Among its recent highlights, Paul Hastings LLP‘s international arbitration practice notched up strong activity in the political risk insurance sphere, where it acts for many leading multinational insurers. The group also utilized the wider firm’s strength in life sciences to advise on a steady stream of IP-related arbitral proceedings, particularly on behalf of Japan-based pharmaceutical companies. Global department head Joseph Profaizer steers the team from Washington DC and handles a mix of international litigation and arbitration cases for both corporate and sovereign entities. Igor Timofeyev, also in Washington DC, combines his international arbitration practice with strength in appellate litigation. DC-based Latin America arbitration specialist Jonathan Hamilton, formerly of White & Case LLP, joined the firm in March 2024.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Profaizer

Other key lawyers:

Igor Timofeyev; Adam Weiss; Sachiko Taniguchi; Jonathan Hamilton

Testimonials

Joseph Profaizer and his team works really hard to provide dedicated service. The team has lots of experience in international arbitration practice. They support US companies, and also Japanese companies like ours, so they have good understanding of Japanese corporate culture.’

Joseph Profaizer explains things in a simple but effective way, so that people without any legal background can easily understand the points in the arbitration and the way to proceed. He provides sufficient and useful input to people involved in the process.’

Key clients

American International Group (AIG)

Chubb Insurance

Nu Dotco

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp.

Daiichi Sankyo

Bloom Energy

Work highlights

  • Obtained a complete victory on behalf of Japan-based Daiichi Sankyo in its multibillion-dollar life sciences arbitration against US biotech company, Seagen.
  • Represented Nu Dotco LLC as amicus in arbitration proceedings in which Afilias alleged that ICANN wrongfully failed to disqualify Nu Dotco’s application to operate ‘.web’.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

The environment and energy team at Paul Hastings LLP is based in San Francisco and handles a range of environmental, energy and natural resources litigation cases in California and across the US. The team acts for large domestic and international companies and is led by Chris Carr and Deborah Schmall. Carr is well versed in bet-the-company litigation and has recently been working on cases relating to renewable energy, conservation, energy storage projects and permitting. Schmall is a key name for the defense of enforcement actions, hazardous material regulation, and contaminated property remediation and redevelopment.

Practice head(s):

Chris Carr; Deborah Schmall

Other key lawyers:

Navi Dhillon

Testimonials

‘The experience of the Paul Hastings team I’ve worked with has been invaluable. They are well versed in the substantive law issues we face, and have extensive litigation experience in areas that are important to my clients.’

‘Their experience extends to experience with certain parties who are serial litigants.’

‘I have been working with Chris Carr and Navi Dhillon. Both are very smart and experienced, but more importantly they are able to connect with my clients and explain complicated legal concepts in an understandable manner.’

‘Their confidence and sense of humor make a big difference. They also have very good relationships with premier non-attorney consultants and experts, which has proven to be of great value.’

Key clients

Terra-Gen Power, 8minute Solar Energy and EDF Renewables

West Basin Municipal Water District

8minute SolarEnergy, LLC

AT&T Inc./AT&T Services Inc./Pacific Bell Telephone

Green Diamond Resources Company

Western Digital Technologies / Western Digital Corporation

Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians

Genentech, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

Prologis, Inc. and Liberty Property, LP

Sierra Pacific Industries

American Farm Bureau Federation

National Association of Homebuilders

National Alliance of Forestland Owners

American Forest Resources Council

Federal Forest Resources Council

American Petroleum Institute

Public Lands Council

National Cattlmens Beef Association

Oakland Athletics

Recurrent Energy

Dudek (USDA-APHIS-WS and CDFA)

Intersect Power

The Boeing Company

Associate Capital / California Barrel Company

The Related Companies (Related Santa Clara LLC)

Barclays

Credit Suisse

General Electric

Work highlights

  • Represented Terra-Gen, 8minute Solar Energy, EDF Renewables and Longroad Energy with respect to the development and adoption by the California Fish and Game Commission, and the implementation by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, of an emergency regulation authorizing the incidental take of the western Joshua tree by solar energy projects that will generate more than 4000 MW and have an aggregate value in excess of $5bn.
  • Representing Prologis, Inc. and Liberty Property, LP in a high-profile litigation involving a warehouse fire in Carson, CA, and alleged discharges of millions of gallons of waste into the Dominguez Channel.
  • Representing a coalition of national trade associations as intervenors in the a controversial and high-profile federal Endangered Species Act litigation.

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 4

The environment and energy team at Paul Hastings LLP acts for financial institutions, private equity and real estate investors, and large corporations on financings and acquisitions, including inbound and outbound investment deals. It is particularly strong in the energy and real estate sectors and on brownfield redevelopments, including complex construction financing deals and acquisition loans. Washington DC’s Tom Mounteer heads the team and is recommended for financing and capital markets transactions, M&A, and real estate and private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Tom Mounteer

Testimonials

‘The team is highly effective in advising us on all environmental matters.’

‘Walked us step-by-step through the intricacies of environmental requirements and potential risks.’

‘Thomas Mounteer stood out the most. He never dropped the ball and stuck with us until every last open item was closed no matter how long it took.’

Key clients

Barclays

Blackrock Capital

BMO (Bank of Montreal)

Capital One

Foxconn

Jefferies

JP Morgan

KKR

Morgan Stanley

Oaktree Capital Management

SJL Partners

Société Générale

Vance Street Capital

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Acting for SJL partners on its $1.5bn acquisition of Meridian Bioscience, which develops, manufactures, sells and distributes diagnostic testing systems and kits for certain gastrointestinal and respiratory infectious diseases and elevated blood lead levels.
  • Advising global investment company KKR on the financing of seven real estate transactions concerning properties subject to government-supervised clean-ups.
  • Handled the environmental aspects of five oil & gas financings for Wells Fargo.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Paul Hastings LLP’s growing presence in investment grade and convertible debt offerings was given further impetus by the hire of New York partner Chris DeCresce as vice chair of the securities and capital markets practice; he joined in February 2022 from Covington & Burling LLP. The firm has strong links to both underwriters and issuers, though has achieved more prominence on the underwriter side in recent times. It is also widely recognised for debt offerings by overseas issuers, including those from Latin America, Europe and Asia. Chair of the firm, Frank Lopez is another key partner in New York. In May 2023, the team also gained Joshua Zelig and Marc Lashbrook from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

Practice head(s):

Chris DeCresce

Other key lawyers:

Frank Lopez; Cathleen McLaughlin; Alex Herman; Carolina Gonzalez; Joshua Zelig; Marc Lashbrook

Testimonials

‘The staff are very knowledgeable, patient and have the organization’s interest at heart. They collaborate well with us.’

‘Cathleen McLaughlin, Alex Herman and Carolina Gonzalez are impeccable when it comes to researching and advising on matters related to the sovereign. They also display a genuine interest in Jamaica.’

Key clients

Barclays

BofA Securities

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

Heritage Petroleum Company Limited

Jefferies LLC

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.

Morgan Stanley & Co.

Piper Sandler & Co.

RBC Capital Markets

Sagicor Financial Company Ltd.

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters on multiple notes offerings by American Homes 4 Rent.
  • Advised the underwriters on Blackstone Mortgage Trust’s $300m  public offering of 5.50% convertible senior notes due 2027.
  • Represented Citigroup the joint book-running managers for two of Sun Communities Operating Limited Partnership’s public offerings of $600m aggregate principal amount of 4.200% senior notes due 2032.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP advises clients on prominent, complex matters, frequently appearing in the ITC and securing victories. Lawyers at the firm have an intricate knowledge of the working of the ITC, and standout experience in litigation, representing both complainants and respondents. Washington DC's  Kecia Reynolds leads the team, a former ITC government attorney, who has great experience appearing before the ITC. Naveen Modi in Washington DC, and New York based Bruce Wexler  and Eric Dittmann are all key lawyers in the team.

Practice head(s):

Kecia Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Naveen Modi; Bruce Wexler; Eric Dittmann

Key clients

Stanley Black and Decker Inc.

IKEA Supply AG, IKEA U.S. Retail LLC, and IKEA of Sweden AB

Precision Holdings USA Inc. and Innovamed Health LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Stanley Black and Decker Inc. in the ITC investigation No. 337-TA-1221 – Certain Electronic Stud Finders, Metal Detectors and Electronic Scanners.
  • Representing IKEA Supply AG, IKEA U.S. Retail LLC, and IKEA of Sweden AB in the ITC investigation No. 337-TA-1220 Certain Filament Light-Emitting Diodes and Products Containing Same (II).
  • Representing Innovamed Health LLC and Precision Holdings USA Inc. in a patent infringement dispute against ManaMed Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas and a concurrent investigation at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP‘s ‘top-notch’ practice is led from its Washington DC office by global co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property group Naveen Modi , alongside Bruce Wexler and Eric Dittmann , both of whom work at its New York office. The firm has a strong record in representing such notable clients as Google and Samsung in post-grant proceedings, including IPRs, CBM and post-grant reviews before the PTAB, and is also experienced in handling matters involving new technologies, a key example being its recent work representing Google in IPRs, dealing with nine patents asserted by Virentem Ventures, LLC concerning various multimedia technologies. DC’s Joseph Palys, specialist in PTAB-related work, co-leads on this matter.

Practice head(s):

Naveen Modi; Bruce Wexler; Eric Dittmann

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Palys; Phillip Citroën; Chetan Bansal

Testimonials

‘The Paul Hastings team, led by Naveen Modi, is top-notch. They are simply the best of the best. Their technology and legal expertise is unmatched.’

‘Naveen Modi and Chetan Bansal are two of the most savvy attorneys I’ve worked with.’

Key clients

AbCellera

Chevron Oronite Company, LLC

Fitbit Inc.

Flex Logix Technologies, Inc.

Google

Illumina, Inc.

JSR Corporation

Medtronic

Organovo

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Snap Inc.

Uber Technologies Inc.

VirnetX

Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung in a complex, multi-faceted IP dispute, involving claims for patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation under state and federal law.
  • Representing Google in IPRs dealing with nine patents asserted by Virentem Ventures, LLC. related to various multimedia technologies, arguing that various important Google technologies infringe the patents, such as YouTube.
  • Representing Medtronic in seven IPRs filed by Axonics Modulation Technologies challenging seven Medtronic patents asserted by Medtronic against Axonics in the Central District of California.

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

Standing out for its expertise in the private equity, investment management, and entertainment sectors, with key clients including Disney, Ford Motor Company, and Samsung, Paul Hastings LLP displays significant strength in advising clients on all compensation and benefits aspects of SPAC transactions and cross-border M&A. Steve Harris leads the ‘strong across the board’ department from Los Angeles, specializing in the golden parachute cut-back provision, while Washington DC-based Eric Keller handles executive compensation and employee benefit elements of major corporate transactions. The ‘flexible and creativeDan Stellenberg operates out of Palo Alto, focusing on securities, tax and accounting issues relating to compensation and benefits programs.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Harris

Other key lawyers:

Eric Keller; Dan Stellenberg

Testimonials

‘Dan Stellenberg. Flexible, creative, prepared, and collaborative.’

Strong across the board.

Key clients

Acorns Grow

Agrovision

Disney

E. & J. Gallo Winery

Fiscal Note

Ford Motor Company

Francisco Partners

Hon Hai Technology Group (“Foxconn”)

Intel

NatWest

Paysafe

Romeo Power

Samsung

SD Biosensor and SJL Partners

Sony Corporation of America

Work highlights

  • Advised a special purpose acquisition company on benefits and compensation matters concerning its $1.7 billion business combination with Authentic Brands LLC, the parent company of Black Rifle Coffee Company.
  • Advised SD Biosensor and SJL Partners on benefits and compensation matters concerning a definitive merger agreement to acquire Meridian Bioscience Inc., a leading global provider of diagnostic testing solutions and life science raw materials, for $1.53 billion.
  • Advised FiscalNote in connection with its becoming a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange as a result of its acquisition by special purpose acquisition company Duddell Street Acquisition Corporation for $1.3 billion.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 4

Representing a broad range of private equity sponsor clients, Paul Hastings LLP offers a deep bench of expertise across the US, with particular strengths in Texas, Illinois, and California. The practice covers the entire PE life-cycle, from investment strategy, transactions, and negotiations, to fund management, and exit and disposition. Leading the team from Chicago is the vastly experienced Brian Richards , who holds long standing relationships with key sponsors such as Cortec Group and Platinum Equity. Also in Chicago is Amit Mehta, the firm’s relationship partner for H.I.G Capital Management and skilled in M&A, private securities offerings, and SPAC-related transactions. San Francisco-based Mike Kennedy has specific expertise in the technology and healthcare sectors, while in Chicago, Christopher Sheaffer’s practice focuses on leveraged buyouts, minority investments, and add-on acquisitions. In San Francisco, Steve Camahort represented STG Partners in its $4bn acquisition of McAfee Corporation, while Kelly Padgett regularly handles cross-border transactions in the oil and gas, technology, and manufacturing industries.

Practice head(s):

Brian Richards

Testimonials

‘The team are really easy to work with them. They are very commercial with all of their work and don’t get wrapped around legal points just to fight for something; if they bring up a point, it is important.’

‘They typically have a very good sense on where the document is going to shake out from at a very early point. They are always engaged and available and clients feel like they can always get ahold of them.’

Key clients

Cortec Group

Symphony Technology Group

Francisco Partners

Pfingsten Partners

HIG Capital Management

Oak Hill Advisors

Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company (“BPOC”)

Vector Capital

Industrial Growth Partners

Madison Industries

Vance Street Capital

The Riverside Company

Wynnchurch Capital

DW Healthcare Partners

Platinum Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising Francisco Partners in the acquisition of Boomi, a provider of cloud-based integration platform as a service from Dell Technologies, valued at $4 billion.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP’s cybersecurity and privacy practice is headed by the trio of Sherrese Smith, Aaron Charfoos and Jacqueline Cooney. Washington DC-based Smith routinely leads teams of US and EU practitioners on regulatory investigations following data breaches and privacy compliance strategies for global software providers, big tech companies and clients in the media and entertainment space. Chicago-stationed Charfos is a key contact for retail fashion brands and tech companies for representations in class action defenses. Cooney, in Washington DC is a name to note for data privacy and governance issues. Behnam Dayanim  departed in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith; Aaron Charfoos; Jacqueline Cooney

Key clients

Facebook

Samsung Electronics America

GoTo Group, Inc. and its subsidiary LastPass

L’Oreal USA Inc

Modiface, Inc

Cadent Inc.

Biofire Diagnostics, Inc.

Citadel Enterprise Americas LLC

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

Caesars Entertainment Inc.

Barclays

Work highlights

  • Representing ModiFace in connection with its response to a forthcoming subpoena and requests for documents and testimony relating to litigation brought under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”).
  • Advising GoTo Group, Inc. and its subsidiary LastPass, in its response to a cybersecurity incident.
  • Represented ModiFace, Inc., against a consumer class action asserting violations of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (“BIPA”).

International Trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 5

Over the past year, Paul Hastings LLP advised a string of multinational corporations on compliance with export control and economic sanctions regulation, with a focus on clients in the technology and financial services spheres. Scott Flicker, noted as ‘deeply knowledgeable’, chairs the global trade controls practice and has recently undertaken work for Mitsubishi Corporation, Kobe Steel and Baidu USA. The group also draws on litigator Tom Best, whose practice encompasses anti-corruption matters, economic sanctions and export controls, and trade- and national security-focused associate Talya Hutchison. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Scott Flicker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very strong team in the specialized practice area of FARA, LDA, trade issues (Entities List, etc.). Their key partner, Scott Flicker, is deeply knowledgeable and commercially minded. He and his well-trained team are able to deliver easy-to-grasp but thorough advice, often in very time sensitive situations.’

‘Scott Flicker is preternaturally calm, even in stressful situations and imparts this sense of calm to the matters at hand. He has many times now, jumped into a matter on very short notice and managed to resolve it and/or offer valuable direction on how to proceed.’

‘The team is global and has great expertise. They also have good investigation experience.’

‘Scott Flicker and Talya Hutchison in particular are incredibly responsive and helpful.’

Key clients

SAP SE

Mitsubishi Corporation

Kobelco

Xiaomi

Syniverse

TCW Group, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

CICC

Huatai Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised SAP on its obligations under its 2021 non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ, its interaction with government authorities on license applications and enforcement matters, and on all aspects of export control and sanctions matters.
  • Advised Mitsubishi Corporation and its affiliates on navigating US sanctions on Venezuela, specifically on applications for specific licenses from OFAC, as well as sanction compliance support in the wake of the Russia sanctions program.
  • Assisted Xiaomi Corporation with export control and sanction compliance, as well as with numerous export classification exercises to ensure compliance with US export control laws.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 5

Offering a deep bench of coast-to-coast support, Paul Hastings LLP is a popular destination for high-end M&A, shareholder activism and takeover defense. The team handles an impressive transactional portfolio featuring several billion-dollar-plus deals in the TMT, life sciences, energy, infrastructure and retail sectors. The arrival of New York-based Eduardo Gallardo – counsel of choice for a plethora of public companies – from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in June 2022 to co-head the M&A practice bolstered its capabilities in takeover defense, shareholder activism and other contests for corporate control. In California, Steve Camahort is highly regarded for his M&A and corporate governance expertise; he is based in San Francisco and is a key contact for tech and life sciences clients. The firm has also continued to expand its platform in Texas.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gallardo; Steve Camahort

Other key lawyers:

David Hernand; Robert Leung; Jeff Hartlin; Luis Gomar; Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza; Sean Monroe

Testimonials

‘The people at PH are excellent. Attentive to our specific needs (which at times are unlike other companies’).’

‘Sean Monroe: top-notch in every way. Smart, thoughtful, excellent approach. Trust him to represent us in any situation. Literally always available to us.’

This team is made up of well experienced experts in different areas. They are great solution providers and problem solver. As a multinational conglomerate, unpredicted issues may arise in or after transactions. However, with their hands on experiences, we are able to solve issues efficiently. We are comfortable and confident in working with them on any transactions. We know we are in good hands.

Mike Huang is primary partner that we work with. Mike is a seasoned M&A lawyer and experienced professional negotiator. He provides detailed and in-depth analysis of different transaction mechanism and is very familiar with SEC and NASDAQ rules which is especially helpful in our transactions.

Practical approach, efficiency, client service, legal expertise and business acumen.

Key clients

Warner Bros. Disovery

BHP

AT&T

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Nokia

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Moody’s

Intel Corporation

Masimo

XOMA Corporation

Baker Hughes

Brookfield Asset Management

SilverBox Engaged Merger Corp I

Fox Corporation

Acorns Grow

Morgan Stanley

Cresco Labs

Macquarie Group

Scilex Holding Company

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Mitek Systems

Metals Acquisition Corp.

General Electric

Javelin Global Commodities Holdings LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented BHP in the sale via a merger of all of its petroleum assets to Woodside Energy in exchange for 49% of issued and outstanding stock of Woodside Energy.
  • Advised Aerojet Rocketdyne’s independent director slate in its successful defense against a Board takeover attempt by the company’s executive chairman.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 5

Leveraging an international reach, Paul Hastings LLP has a strong track record on complex, cross-border transactions across the full spectrum of  real estate finance matters. Rick Allendorf‘s debt finance practice focuses on representing institutional lenders in originating loans for securitization against commercial real estate projects. Lisa Chaney is also recommended for repurchase agreements, corporate credit and capital commitment-backed subscription credit facilities. Eric Schwitzer and practice head John Cahill are also key figures. All individuals are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

John Cahill

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Barclays

Wells Fargo

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

KKR

Oaktree Capital

Nuveen

Apollo Global Management

ACORE Capital

Starwood Property Trust

Manufacturers Bank

Thorofare Capital

Divco West

CIM

Work highlights

  • Advising data center REIT Digital Realty on the origination of a $3 billion global revolving credit facility.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo, as lead lenders, and Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Citi, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan, as co-lenders in the $2.4 billion financing of the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Advising Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in the negotiation and documentation of a $1 billion capital commitment-backed credit facility opposite a large multinational private equity & real estate company.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Paul Hastings LLP fields an experienced technology and transactions team led by Todd Schneider and Jane Song from Silicon Valley and San Diego respectively. The firm offers strong support on a range M&A, IP licensing and technology commercialization matters.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP  is best known for project finance, a segment where it hired Gregory Tan, Alexandro Padrés and Robert Freedman from Shearman & Sterling LLP  in May 2022. The firm also has a fine record in restructurings, liability management and bank lending. It has an outstanding record in Mexico, along with other major economies such as Colombia, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Pedro Jimenez is an experienced name in Latin America restructurings and has worked on some of the biggest engagements in the region in recent years. Elicia Ling has an impressive record in energy and infrastructure finance.  However, former Latin America department head Michael Fitzgerald exited the firm in June 2023 taking a senior (albeit capital markets-focused) team, including Joy Gallup  and Arturo Carrillo, with him. Cathleen McLaughlin  has retired. All named individuals are based in New York.

Testimonials

It is a robust team knowledgeable about Mexican laws, its business culture and customer needs. Always accessible and available to help.

The diversity accompanied by the talent that this team has makes them unique in the market. Despite the fact that some firms have tried to emulate the diversity that they have, the reality is that the PH team is many years ahead of them, which makes them the strongest group for financing and capital market issues.

It is a robust team, knowledgeable about Mexican laws, its business culture and customer needs. Always accessible and available to help.

 

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

Citibank

HSBC

Credit Suisse

Aeromexico

BTG Pactual

Barclays Capital

BBVA

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Javer

Alfa Group and subsidiaries

EIG Global Partners

Jaguar Growth Partners

CEMIG

Gruma

Fibra Uno

Televisa

IEnova/Sempra

Work highlights

  • Advised the ad hoc group of pre-petition noteholders of Avianca’s 9.000% Senior Secured Notes (due 2023) in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of Avianca Holdings and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries.
  • Represented TMF Trust Company (Argentina) as trustee for substantially all of the creditors of Stoneway Capital Corporation under secured loans.
  • Represented the lenders in a $650m unsecured syndicated revolving facility for Grupo Televisa.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP has developed a phenomenal Latin America practice over the last decade with M&A being very much at the heart of this growth. The core M&A group is known for deals in Peru and Colombia, along with Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina; the firm also has a highly-rated M&A group in its Sao Paulo office. A measure of its success lies in its impressive client base of Latin America-based businesses, coupled with multinational corporates and global financial institutions. Robert Leung is co-vice chair of the global corporate department and has a major focus on Latin America M&A and private equity, particularly in Peru and Colombia, as does Mike HuangJonathan Kellner is chair of the Sao Paulo office and has an outstanding reputation for inbound and outbound M&A in Brazil. Sao Paulo of counsel Filipe Lima also has an excellent reputation. Houston partners Luis Gomar and Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza are also noted for energy transactions in the region, especially Mexico and Brazil. However, former head of the Latin America group Michael Fitzgerald -one of the architects of its success in the region- left the firm in June 2023; as did Luke Iovine in 2022. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise. Since publication, Alexander Temel has joined the Boston office from Sidley Austin LLP.

Testimonials

The capacity for work and mastery of technical issues are outstanding. In addition, Paul Hastings’ team has a very good ability to negotiate contracts and a practical sense that makes them very good. They are efficient, agile and practical.

The team led by Robert Leung and Mike Huang is very good. Their greatest differentiator is their work capacity, technical qualities and commitment. The combination of these three factors makes them one of the best teams in Peru.

Highlight the availability of their teams and willingness to carry out the entrusted transactions. Excellent level, quality and response time to doubts, questions and changes. Knowledge of a very good level of the market and type of transactions entrusted.

Excellent availability and level of response to concerns, questions and possible changes. Technically they have an excellent level. Very cordial treatment and response and with a good attitude, they are reliable, they have a very broad vision of the business/transaction possibilities. Great experience. A privilege to have been able to work with Robert Leung and his team, his vast experience, knowledge and excellent teamwork were essential to us as clients and to our transaction.

 

Key clients

AGP/Transtech Glass Investment Limited

Alunorte

Arco Educação

BHP

Compass.UOL

EIG Partners

Embraer

Fomento Económico Mexicano

Generate Capital

Genomma Lab Internacional

Glenfarne Group

Grupo Acerero

Grupo Campollo

Grupo Prize

Intercorp

Javelin Global Commodities

Moove

Nexus Group

PetroBAL

Petz

SYN Prop e Tech

UOL Educação Tecnologia Educacional

Uxlam Assets Corp

Valorem

Vistra Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advised Chilean-based Grupo Prize on its definitive $425m business combination agreement with Rose Hill Acquisition Corporation.
  • Assisted Generate Capital with its investment in Conasa Infraestrutura, its first investment into Brazil.
  • Advised Moove on its $479m acquisition of PetroChoice Lubrication Solutions from Golden Gate Capital.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP has emerged as a major player in Latin America over the last decade and over the last two years has experienced a further overhaul of the team. Despite the retirement of the highly-rated Robert Kartheiser, it brought in a senior team from Shearman & Sterling LLP led by prominent figure Gregory Tan, who is the new global co-chair of the infrastructure and energy practice, and the increasingly established Alexandro Padrés, who has an outstanding record in Chile. Tan has a major focus on Latin America and Padrés is exclusively dedicated to the region. The new team has brought additional firepower in power, renewables, oil and gas, and LNG, to complement the legacy group’s expertise in transport infrastructure, including airports and toll roads. The group has close connections to a balanced number of lenders and sponsors, and has extensive geographic coverage across Latin America. Elicia Ling and newly-elected partner Thomas Sines are also key members of the legacy team, who are both rising in prominence.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Tan; Robert Freedman

Testimonials

The team has extensive experience advising on the financing of energy projects and, specifically, on transmission line projects in Chile. The members of the team share a business vision focused on excellence in advice and the success of their clients’ operations, which make this practice unique.

Availability and commitment of the partners and lawyers of this Firm. These are proactively involved in matters, offering their knowledge and experience and, therefore, providing confidence for the client and quality in their advice. Worked with Alexandro Padrés, infrastructure and energy partner. Alexandro’s work in the operations in which he has worked with Celeo has been characterised by his knowledge of the sector, his high professional commitment, his personal closeness and his conciliatory character. We value Alexandro’s absolute availability and the quality of the services he provides. We have had the opportunity to work with Rita Ghanem, who has collaborated proactively and has been at the service of the project at all times.

Paul Hastings team is very knowledgeable of energy transition topics and quite responsive to consultations.

Alex Padres, Greg Tan, excellent project finance lawyers.

 

Key clients

JP Morgan

BNP Paribas

Glenfarne

EVM

Natixis

EIG

Grupo Odinsa

SMBC

Macquarie

Sempra

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

Grana y Montero

Sacyr

Citi

Strabag

FRV

EMPower/Riverstone

Braskem Idesa

Ashmore

VINCI

Work highlights

  • Advised Lima Airport Partners on the approximately $1.8bn expansion of the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima.
  • Advised JP Morgan Chase on the proposed financing to Celeo Redes in connection with the Enel Chile’s $1.34bn sale of its electricity transmission business.
  • Advised the note purchasers and letter of credit providers on the refinancing of the non-recourse debt of Innergex Renewable Energy’s portfolio of renewable assets in Chile.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has led the market in Mexico over the last decade with capital markets transactions at the core of its Latin America practice. Although Mexico is very much its primary jurisdiction, the team has widened its presence geographically to target the Andean region, particularly Colombia and Peru. The departure in June 2023 of iconic Latin America capital markets specialist Michael Fitzgerald, along with partners Arturo Carrillo  and Joy Gallup , and counsel Pedro Reyes, is a considerable blow to the firm’s credentials in this space, but the subsequent (March 2023) hires of leading name Grissel Mercado and of counsel Maria Larsen from Shearman & Sterling LLP should enable the practice to remain a major player in a market where it has continued to impress on green, social and sustainability-linked bonds. The new senior bench will also have to ensure the maintenance of the firm’s hitherto strong connections to investment banks and Latin American issuers. Cathleen McLaughlin  has retired.

Testimonials

The diversity accompanied by the talent that this team has makes them unique in the market. Despite the fact that some firms have tried to emulate the diversity that they have, the reality is that the PH team is many years ahead of them, which makes them the strongest group for financing and capital market issues.

Paul Hastings’ capital markets practice area is the best in existence today. The knowledge of US and Mexican securities laws is outstanding.

The team is made up of people who speak Spanish and know the needs of clients well.

 

Key clients

Alpek

Barclays

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Credivalores-Crediservicios

Goldman Sachs

Gruma

Grupo Alfa

Jaguar Global Growth Corporation

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Nemak

Prize

Santander

Sigma Alimentos

The Republic of Peru

Transtelco

Aenza

Work highlights

  • Advised the ad hoc group of pre-petition noteholders of Avianca’s senior secured notes in connection with the Chapter 11 cases of Avianca Holdings and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries.
  • Advised Grupo IUSA on its high-yield consent solicitation whereby its distressed debt was exchanged and issued to various institutional hedge funds in satisfaction of their claims against the company.
  • Represented Prize in its definitive business combination agreement with Rose Hill Acquisition Corporation, resulting in Prize becoming a US publicly listed company.

Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP  has built an enviable Latin America practice over the last decade with compliance and investigations being a core practice-segment for the group. The firm frequently represents multinationals that are facing international investigations and enforcement actions, and has also acted for major Latin American corporates regarding internal investigations and engagement with the DOJ, SEC and other agencies. The firm has a range of senior figures in the white-collar defence and investigations sphere that have extensive international experience, including matters that centre on Latin America. Robert Luskin, Nathaniel Edmonds (who chairs the litigation department in Washington DC), and John Darden, all have deep knowledge of the Latin America region. Kwame Manley, global chair of the white-collar defence and investigations group, and Corinne Lammers are also key figures in the team. Bryan Parr has left the firm to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kwame Manley

Testimonials

The firm is sufficiently sophisticated, specialised, and large enough to deal with all matters that, although they are not strictly compliance or white collar, are essential to deal with cases comprehensively. I am referring to strong areas of data protection, labour, criminal law, taxes and litigation. This, added to the firm’s extensive experience in white collar defence issues, makes it one of the best US firms to work for.

The white collar litigation practice lead by Nathaniel Edmonds is great. Also, they know the LATAM region very well which makes a difference when it comes to finding the right partner.

The best investigations and anti-corruption team. They have a cohesive and multi-task practice that understands the details of each relevant market where they work.

Bob Luskin and Kwame Manley are the stars of the team, with a deep knowledge and credibility with authorities and clients. Jay Darden and Jason Fiebig are the partners who handle the cases on a daily basis. Very pragmatic and hands-on. Harry Morgan is a senior associate with deep knowledge and experience of the Brazilian market.

Key clients

Petróleos del Perú (Petroperú)

Braskem Idesa

Embraer

SQM (Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile)

Technip Brasil Engenharia

Airbus SE and Airbus Group

Alexion

SBM Offshore

Orthofix International

Goldman Sachs

SAP

CEMIG (Centrais Elétricas de Minas Gerais)

Work highlights

  • Represented SAP before the DOJ and SEC in connection with alleged FCPA violations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
  • Acted for Alexion Pharmaceuticals in its life sciences FCPA case before the DOJ and SEC.
  • Represented Airbus Group before the DOJ in connection with investigations into an alleged worldwide scheme of unlawful payments to foreign officials to advance the sale of civilian aircraft and regarding failures to disclose relevant commissions on sales of controlled technology.

Latin America: International firms > City Focus - Houston

Paul Hastings LLP has a considerable presence in oil and gas M&A, project development and project finance, especially in relation to Mexico. Houston partners Luis Gomar and Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza are noted for energy transactions in Latin America, particularly Mexico and Brazil. The two recently advised PetroBAL Upstream Delta 1 on a $250m reserves-based lending transaction for the development of shallow-water oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Mexico.

Founded in 1951, Paul Hastings LLP is a leading global law firm with 22 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: 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: 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: 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.

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Finance Jennifer St John Yount jenniferyount@paulhastings.com
Latin America Michael L Fitzgerald michaelfitzgerald@paulhastings.com
Intellectual property Bruce Wexler brucewexler@paulhastings.com
Intellectual property Yar R Chaikovsky yarchaikovsky@paulhastings.com
Securities litigation Peter M Stone peterstone@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 Kwame Manley kwamemanley@paulhastings.com
Private equity Brian F Richards brianrichards@paulhastings.com
Employment Elena Baca elenabaca@paulhastings.com
Leveraged finance John Cobb johncobb@paulhastings.com
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