Paul Hastings LLP > Palo Alto, United States > Firm Profile

Paul Hastings LLP
1117 S CALIFORNIA AVENUE
PALO ALTO, CA 94304-1106
United States

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

Paul Hastings LLP has a notable track record in class actions, trials, arbitration proceedings and complex litigation, often acting for a range of clients in the technology, banking and retail industries. The team, which is led by Los Angeles-based Elena Baca, acts on discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower and wage and hour matters. Also in LA, Leslie Abbott acts as co-chair for the firm’s wage and hour nationwide practice, while Cameron Fox, who focuses on employment relations in the technology industry, chairs the employment department. In Washington DC, Barbara Brown handles cases relating to pay equity and discrimination, working alongside the experienced Kenneth Willner. New York-based Patrick Shea has nearly 40 years of expertise in employment-related litigation, while associate Sara Tomezsko is noted for her work on discrimination and sexual harassment cases. In LA, Felicia Davis represents employers in the media, entertainment and technology industries. Also based in San Francisco, Jeffrey Wohl deals with class actions as the chair of the firm’s San Francisco practice. Other key contacts include San Francisco-based Ryan Derry and LA-based associate Chris Jalian.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings employment lawyers will walk through walls for clients. They bring top-level partner support to all matters and collaborate seamlessly with each other to cover everything.’

‘Felicia Davis is a total star. She has a terrific in-person presence whether advising a client or pressing an opponent.’

‘Ryan Derry is relentlessly focused on getting every detail right. I sleep well when he is my lawyer.’

‘Cameron Fox is a tough litigator with a cool cucumber exterior.’

‘Elena Baca has tremendous pull within the firm to marshal all the resources any client needs.’

‘The are hands-down the best firm in the world for wage and hour class/collective actions. They know the law and are experts at handling this type of litigation.’

‘Zach Hutton: He is an absolute encyclopedia of wage and hour knowledge. He is also a talented, creative, and aggressive litigator and expert problem-solver.’

‘Chris Jalian: A great up-and-coming associate. I was very impressed with his work on a wage/hour collective action.’

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

Federal Aviation Administration

Target

Work highlights

  • Represented Alphabet Inc. and Google LLC after four employees were terminated for searching for and accessing confidential information and then broadcasting it across the company.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in nationwide gender discrimination class action.
  • Represented Target Corp on a class certification of an expense-reimbursement claim based on an expansive view of California Labor Code section 2802.

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP is ‘truly an extension of an in-house team‘ and ‘as good as it gets at understanding exactly what in-house counsel is dealing with‘. The strong service is complemented by its ‘hyper technically competent‘ lawyers with ‘very strong expertise in payments‘. The firm’s comprehensive offering covers all regulatory, compliance, transactional and litigation issues facing the fintech market. This extends to cutting-edge crypto launches, where it has been assisting Coinbase and Circle on their joint venture to launch a fiat stablecoin pegged to the US dollar. Atlanta-based partner Chris Daniel chairs the global fintech and payments group and advises on a broad mix of transactional and regulatory matters. Washington DC’s Behnam Dayanim chairs the privacy and cybersecurity side, while Thomas Brown in San Francisco is highly experienced on the litigation front. The recruitment of corporate partner Eric Sibbitt (San Francisco) as new fintech and payments co-chair from O’Melveny & Myers adds significant weight to an already strong team. New York corporate partner Christopher Austin is another leading figure in the market. Clients also single out the ‘truly exceptional‘ San Francisco-based associate Molly Swartz.

Practice head(s):

Chris Daniel

Testimonials

‘The team has very strong expertise in payments and are effective counsel in this area. This is the primary area of law that we engage the team to assist with.’

‘Molly Swartz is a great communicator, an extremely effective counselor and a friendly and warm person. She has great knowledge of the payments/fintech industry and legal matters relating thereto, and I thoroughly enjoy working with her and discussing legal matters with her.’

‘They know the industry cold, and not just from a legal perspective. In addition, while being hyper technically competent, they don’t take the approach of many other firms as it relates to risk. They present alternatives, explain impacts, and clearly articulate what it means for your business. They are as good as it gets at understanding exactly what in-house counsel is dealing with. Truly an extension of an in-house team.’

‘They know the industry and they take the time to understand (and remember) our business. Sounds simple, but most outside counsel/firms don’t or can’t do it. Molly Swartz is truly exceptional. Always there when we need her.’

 

Key clients

MoneyGram

Paysafe Group

Facebook

Airbnb

Warburg Pincus

Ebury

Gemini

Coinbase

Wells Fargo

GTCR

Silicon Valley Bank

Goldman Sachs

Stone Point Capital

Lightyear Capital

Circle

Uber

Paya

NewSpring

Skrill USA

Community Federal Savings Bank

Cross River Bank

Uphold, Inc.

Forte

OST.com

Volkswagen Credit, Inc.

Fiverr International Ltd.

Finxera

Maker DAO

Liquid Financial

Invoice Cloud

Join Honey

Ixaris

L’Oreal USA Inc.

Hatch Bank

Dash Core Group

Booking.com

Priceline.com

Agoda.com

Launchgood

Binance Global/Binance US

Liquid Financial

Anchorage Trust Co

InvoiceCloud

CENTRE

Long Game Savings

Fiserv

BitPay

Chime

Acorns

Affirm

Albert

Payoneer

Aspiration

Capital One

BlueVine

Brigit

Digit

Flex

Melio

One, Inc.

PayPal

Plastiq

TaskRabbit

TripAdvisor

Upwork

Square

Juniper Square

DriveWealth

Ripple

FutureFuel

FalconX

Orum

Flywire

OLB

RealPage

Yardi

ANComm

Work highlights

  • Representing Coinbase, Circle and their consortium Centre on regulatory issues concerning their plans to join forces to mint the fiat stablecoin USDC (USD Coin), a digital stablecoin that is pegged to the US dollar and runs on the Ethereum, Stellar, Algorand and Solana blockchains.
  • Advising Paysafe Group and Skrill USA in connection with US financial services regulatory aspects of Paysafe’s successful $9bn SPAC offering and the subsequent state money transmission change of control process for Skrill USA.
  • Advising the consumer finance application Acorns Grow on its $2.2bn SPAC merger transaction with Pioneer Merger Corp, including related issues such as the PIPE placement and the S-4 registration statement.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP leads advice to owners, developers and investors in some of California’s most challenging, innovative and long-term projects. One matter illustrative of this has seen practice co-head Jeffrey Haber representing Cedars-Sinai on the entitlement and development of a new 405,000-square-foot addition to the hospital, needing to meet California’s seismic safety requirements for hospitals to withstand a major earthquake and remain operable. Mitchell Menzer leads alongside Haber and has great experience in a plethora of projects, from luxury hotels to corporate headquarters, while Gordon Hart‘s San Francico-based land use work focuses on helping prepare CEQA documents and other project approval documents, then defending these documents in litigation. The practice is closely integrated with the firm’s wider real estate team, and lawyers with frequent crossover input include environmental law specialist Deborah Schmall, and expert in transactional real estate law David Hamsher. Unless otherwise stated, all named lawyers are based in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Haber; Mitchell Menzer

Key clients

LinkedIn

Cedars Sinai Medical Center

A Community of Friends

Marina Del Rey Hospital

Plenitude Holdings, LLC

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Mack Urban Development

Related Santa Clara LLC

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

Associate Capital

Five Point Holdings

Beverly Blvd Associates, L.P.

Lennar Corporation and its partners

Oakland Athletics

Work highlights

  • Representing the Oakland Athletics in its pursuit of a new Major League Baseball stadium and surrounding mixed use development at a maritime terminal along the Oakland estuary.
  • Assisting The Related Companies with the environmental and land use issues associated with its planned redevelopment of 240 acres owned by the City of Santa Clara on top of a closed municipal landfill across the street from Levi Stadium in San Francisco.
  • Advising Associate Capital and its subsidiary California Barrel Company on all aspects of its planned redevelopment of a former PG&E power plant site for a 5 million square foot mixed-use project on a 28-acre site on San Francisco Bay.

Real estate Tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP‘ nationwide real estate practice maintains a consistent involvement in large scale mixed-use development projects, hotels, borrowings, mezzanine and preferred equity lending, alongside acquisition/disposition transactions. New York senior partners Eric Landau , Rick Allendorf, Peter Olsen and John Cahill  all have a wealth of expertise acting for financial institutions and private equity funds across all asset types. Elsewhere, San Francisco’s David Hamsher is an authority on complex development and joint venture transactions, while Philip Feder in Los Angeles specializes in hospital and hotel real estate transactions. Gregory Spitzer is the key figure in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Eric Landau; Peter Olsen; John Cahill

Other key lawyers:

Rick Allendorf; David Hamsher; Gregory Spitzer

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings’ real estate practice and leadership are true experts. I find both leadership and associates at all levels to be highly collaborative and often leverage other practice areas to give the best insight, guidance and execution in a practical, balanced and conclusion oriented manner.’

‘Paul Hastings has a top-notch team well-geared for handling sophisticated real estate work.’

‘Paul Hastings has an outstanding real estate team. They have excellent subject matter expertise, but more importantly they provide proactive and practical advice which enables to complete projects effectively and efficiently. They are best in class in what they do, and I highly recommend them.’

‘Greg Spitzer is one of the best real estate attorneys I have worked with globally. He has experience with all types of real estate transactions, and working with him is seamless.’

‘Uniquely talented and responsive team. John Cahill is fantastic as a partner/colleague in this space.’

‘John Cahill is one of the strongest attorneys I’ve ever worked with. He and his team are amazing partners in the commercial real estate and finance space.’

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Five Point Holdings in connection with its role as master developer of the Candlestick Point and Phase 2 of the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco.
  • Representing a real estate firm in connection with the acquisition, financing and development of Lincoln Yards in the North Branch Corridor in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Representing L&L Holding Company and several major international financial entities as JV partners in connection with the $1.8bn redevelopment of the Terminal Warehouse in Chelsea, New York.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

A terrific team of lawyers from top to bottom’, Paul Hastings LLP’s investigations and white-collar defense offering has significant experience in FCPA matters, criminal antitrust issues and financial fraud. With a strong international network, the firm is well placed to handle cross-border mandates and caters to both corporate entities and individual clients. Kwame Manley heads the practice and is recommended for internal investigations and those brought by agencies such as the DOJ, OFAC and SEC. Robert Luskin has a strong track record in advising prominent government officials and large multinationals in multi-jurisdictional matters. New York’s Gary Giampetruzzi is a name to note for high-stakes FCPA investigations with a focus on the pharmaceutical industry. All named attorneys based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Kwame Manley

Other key lawyers:

Gary Giampetruzzi; Robert Luskin; Matthew Herrington; Kenneth Breen; Jane Yoon; Phara Guberman; Nathaniel Edmonds

Testimonials

‘Experts; very proactive; strategic; with unique knowledge of stakeholders.’

‘Paul Hastings has in recent years been one of the country’s pre-eminent firms with regard to FCPA defense and compliance.’

‘The firm is chock full of partners with expertise in this area, a very deep bench.’

‘The Paul Hastings partners are a pleasure to work with, congenial and focused on achieving the tasks at hand.’

‘Robert Luskin is super sharp and a gentleman. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Our company views the Paul Hastings team as key partners to our business.’

‘Nathaniel Edmonds is in my view, one of the top 5 US attorneys in this space, and though we are small compared to many of his clients, has treated us as if we were a Fortune 50 company.’

‘Nathaniel Edmonds has a formidable background and depth of experience working in both the government (DOJ) and private practice.’

Key clients

Airbus SE

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse

GlaxoSmithKline

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

SAP SE

TechnipFMC

Braskem, S.A.

Embraer

Alstom

British Arab Commercial Bank PLC

Ambassador Gordon Sondland

Matthew Connolly

Work highlights

  • Represented Goldman Sachs regarding the internal and external investigations related to FCPA and money laundering investigations stemming from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
  • Represented Airbus Group before the US DOJ in connection with investigations into an alleged worldwide scheme of unlawful payments to foreign officials to assist in the sale of civilian aircraft and failures to disclose relevant commissions on sales of controlled technology.
  • Representing Tom Barrack in his personal capacity following his indictment in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY).

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Paul Hastings LLP has a major focus on Latin America offerings, most notably Mexico, where it has an outstanding record in big-ticket and headline transactions. The firm has also gained further ground in Brazil, where the arrival of Thiago Spercel from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has reinforced the Sao Paulo office after the department of David Flechner to Allen & Overy LLP. In New York, the firm has a highly-developed Latin America team led by Michael Fitzgerald, a doyen of Mexico transactions; he is supported by Joy Gallup , Arturo Carrillo  and Cathleen McLaughlin , who is noted for high-yield debt and energy and infrastructure-related capital markets offerings. Frank Lopez is global co-head of the capital markets group, managing partner of the firm and chair elect.  

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez; Teri O’Brien; Michael Fitzgerald

Other key lawyers:

Joy Gallup; Arturo Carrillo; Cathleen McLaughlin

Testimonials

‘Counsel at Paul Hastings is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and precise. Top law firms we have ever worked with.’

‘Michael Fitzgerald, Arturo Carrillo and Joy Gallup are outstanding.’

 

Key clients

Republic of Peru

EnfraGen Energía Sur, S.A.U., Prime Energía SpA, and EnfraGen Spain, S.A.U.

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

UBS Securities LLC

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Braskem Idesa

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 Republic of Peru on a $5bn US and Euro global bond issuance.
  • Advised Credit Suisse as the lead underwriter on the $259m IPO and Nasdaq listing of Global Synergy Acquisition Corp.
  • Advised EnfraGen Energía Sur, Prime Energía, and EnfraGen Spain,  on their issuance of $710m 5.375% senior secured notes due 2030.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

At Paul Hastings LLP, the team advises arrangers, collateral managers, lenders, borrowers and investors in a wide variety of CLOs, bringing together securities lawyers with practitioners from the finance, tax, regulatory and restructuring departments, as well as experts in employment and investment law. Sitting in Washington DC, Scott Faga leads the group, drawing on experience in CLOs and knowledge in regulatory issues. New York’s Nicole Skalla and Eugene Ferrer, who is praised as ‘extremely knowledgeable, quick to respond and thorough‘, are also key lawyer for CLOs. Also in New York, ‘one of a kind‘ senior associate Nicole Bright is commended by clients for her ability ‘to push through multiple deals seamlessly in the midst of historically high deal volume‘.

Practice head(s):

Scott Faga

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The partners and counsel are excellent. The partners are very hands on and manage to remain involved in the deal throughout the deal process.’

‘Eugene Ferrer is extremely knowledgeable, quick to respond and thorough. Nicole Bright is one of a kind – able to push through multiple deals seamlessly in the midst of historically high deal volume’

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.

Alcentra

AGL Credit Management LP

Tala

Work highlights

  • Advised Citigroup Global Markets Inc as arranger on the issuance of new CLO serviced by Palmer Square Capital Management LLC.
  • Advised arranger MUFG Securities Americas Inc. on a “reissue” CLO transaction managed by Benefit Street Partners L.L.C.
  • Acted for BofA Securities as arranger on the issuance of a new CLO managed by First Eagle Alternative Credit, LLC.

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

A ‘deep bench of experienced patent litigators’ make up Paul Hastings LLP‘s practice which is frequently the first choice for leading drug makers enforcing or defending key patents. Life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation, including biotech disputes, remain the core strengths of the team, but technology, semiconductor, and consumer product clients also frequently seek out the group for its success rate in these sectors. Clients include Samsung, Merck, AbbVie/Allergan, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Google, Mitsubishi Tanabe, TikTok,  L’Oréal, and FitBit. New York-based attorneys Eric Dittmann and Bruce Wexler, who is renowned for his superb life sciences practice, co-head the global IP practice in conjunction with Washington DC’s Naveen Modi, a ‘savvy litigator’ who drives the firm’s notable post-grant review practice. Robert Unikel in Chicago, California’s Yar Chaikovsky and Phillip Ou, and senior associate David Okano are other highlighted members of the practice. The Palo Alto office was reinforced in 2021 with the arrival of partner Matthias Kamber from Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, The Washington DC office grew with the addition of ITC specialist Kecia Reynolds from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Testimonials

‘This firm has the capability of taking on and succeeding at complex patent cases. They consistently produce high-quality work and achieve great results.’

‘I’ve worked primarily with Yar Chaikovsky, who has a great command of patent law and strategy for patent litigation. He has a passion for winning. Phil Ou is a junior partner who has done a very good job. David Okano is a great, aggressive senior associate.’

‘Naveen Modi is a savvy litigator who has a unique ability to see around corners. He’s simply the finest and his team is excellent.’

‘Naveen Modi’s approach to a patent litigation matter is always balanced and client-centric. He places the client’s business goals above all else, and works tirelessly to achieve those goals.’

‘Robert Unikel is an excellent lead with a measured approach to litigation issues. He builds around him teams that are diligent, thoughtful, good communicators, and strong advocates for his clients. It’s a pleasure to work with him and his teams.’

‘Paul Hastings has a deep bench of experienced patent litigators.’

‘Eric Dittman is a subject matter expert who is very practical to the needs of the client. Very easy to work with.’

The team keeps a view on the client’s overall business goals rather than just playing to ‘win’ the litigation.’

Key clients

Samsung

Align Technology, Inc.

BioNTech

Johnson & Johnson

DivX

Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.

L’Oréal

Google

Snap

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

TikTok

Applied Materials

HTC

Eli Lilly

Merck & Co., Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Trend Micro

AbbVie/Allergan

Intel

AT&T

Fitbit

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation to enforce the key Orange Book patents covering the endocrinology drugs Invokana® and Invokamet® against five generic competitors.
  • Representing Daiichi Sankyo in a high-profile, multi-jurisdictional dispute, most recently as a plaintiff in a related APA action filed in the Eastern District of Virginia in 2021.
  • Leading Google’s defense of nine separate patent infringement cases brought by Plaintiff Uniloc in the Eastern District of Texas relating to video conferencing features, video encoding, and text message attachments among other things.

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

Roundly praised by clients for their multidisciplinary capabilities in complex IP litigations, the ‘excellent’ Paul Hastings LLP is regularly engaged on plaintiff and defendant-side mandates, representing some of the world’s leading corporations, hedge funds, and private equity firms in a wide variety of contentious proceedings. The team is jointly helmed by the New York-based global trade secrets chair Victoria Cundiff and the Los Angeles-based Jennifer Baldocchi, who runs the international employee mobility and trade secrets practice. In recent months, Baldocchi acted for biotech and pharmaceutical companies in claims before the federal courts, while Yar Chaikovsky – who works in Palo Alto – handled trade secret and IP disputes for clients in digital video technology, social media, and online banking. In Washington DC, the highly experienced Jeff Pade and Allan Soobert focus on civil and criminal litigations for a varied roster of tech players. Chicago-based Mark Pollack is recommended for his proficiency in white-collar disputes.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Cundiff; Jennifer Baldocchi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Paul Hastings IP litigation team has been excellent. They have a good understanding of how to navigate complex discovery and valuation issues, and have really impressed us. They are our go-to firm for complex IP litigation matters.’

‘We have worked with Yar Chaikovsky and his team: Phil Ou, Jeff Pade and Bruce Yen. All have been excellent, with the right mix of technical and legal skills, and a good understanding of our business.’

‘The team has a wealth of experience in trade secret litigation and has the playbook on how to handle cases.’

‘Jeffrey Pade is clearly a subject matter expert in this area, very approachable and easy to communicate with.’

Key clients

Samsung

CareDx

Daiichi Sankyo

Robert Bosch LLC

W.R. Berkley Corporation

DW Healthcare Partners

ATI Physical Therapy

BioFire Diagnostics

Trend Micro

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

L’Oréal

Aeldra Financial

Quintessential Brands S.A.

Zimmer Biomet

Work highlights

  • Defending Samsung in a complex, multi-faceted intellectual property dispute, involving claims under the Defend trade Secrets Act, the Illinois Trade Secrets Act, as well as other breach of contract and patent infringement claims.
  • Representing defendants TikTok and ByteDance in a global dispute adverse Chinese company Beijing Meishe Network Technology Company.
  • Represented L’Oréal in back-to-back victories before the Federal Circuit, including a trade secrets victory defeating Quinn Emanuel.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP has a nationwide labor and employment practice with a focus on complex employment law issues. Its caseload includes complicated wage and hour claims, government agency investigations, claims of individual and systematic discrimination, and labor disputes and negotiations. The firm is assisting employers who are more frequently turning to arbitration to resolve disputes. The practice is led by global chair Elena Baca, whose clients include major gaming and entertainment companies. Nancy Abell has notable experience representing employers in labor law and litigation cases. Both Baca and Abell are based in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Abell; Barbara Brown; Carson Sullivan; Leslie Abbott

Testimonials

‘They helped me navigate some of the trickiest COVID issues. Excellent firm-wide resources to stay current on the ever-changing legal landscape. They would proactively reach out to me with information about developments that affect my company, which I greatly appreciate!’

‘Elena Baca – I would trust her with my most difficult matters.’

‘The Paul Hastings team are simply the most responsive and knowledgeable employment law experts with whom I have worked. They are creative, pragmatic and completely committed to the client’s interest.’

The California Practice led by Leslie Abbot is outstanding.’

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

  • Assisting with highly complex proceedings, and matters connected with diversity, inclusion and equity.

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

Offering a ‘deep insight into the FCC with a distinctly business-savvy overlay.’ the Washington DC-based team at Paul Hastings LLP advises large traditional market players such as the National Association of Broadcasters, counsels financial institutions such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo as well as private equity firms like Novacap on their investments into the space, and guide entertainment companies through their market entry. A long-standing regulatory specialist, practice head Sherrese Smith leverages her previous experience in the private sector and governmental institutions to represent clients such as Providence Equity Partners in its acquisition of Marlink and the corresponding review of foreign ownership issues. By her side in this matter was associate John Gasparini, a commercially-oriented expert on M&A, foreign investment review, and regulatory aspects of satellites, spectrum management and wireline and wireless infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sherrese Smith is an outstanding communicator and advocate. She understands both the business and legal sides of the issue.’

‘Deep insight into the FCC with a distinctly business-savvy overlay.’

‘Sherrese Smith knows the FCC and has real-world insight into it’s approach and thinking. She can see around regulatory corners.’

Key clients

National Association of Broadcasters

Walt Disney Company

Fox Corporation

Royal Bank of Canada

Walmart

Bank of America

EchoStar Corporation

Cox Enterprises

TEGNA

Novacap Technologies

Aspect Software

Francisco Partners

Euclid Transactional

Providence Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Aspect Software, then a portfolio company of Vector Capital (a leading global private equity firm) on significant communications regulatory matters associated with its merger with Noble Systems, Inc. and subsequent merger to become Alvaria.
  • Represented Euclid in its role as representations and warranties insurance underwriter for the acquisition of Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group by Gray Television, Inc.
  • Represented Francisco Partners—a leading private equity fund based in San Francisco, CA—in connection with obtaining FCC, Team Telecom, and state regulatory approvals in connection with the USD4.3 billion take-private acquisition of LogMeIn, Inc. a leading provider of cloud-based remote connectivity services.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP maintains a robust nationwide presence, working with a diverse roster of corporations, banks, and financial services companies on high-value transactional and advisory mandates. New York-based practice head Joseph Opich is well-versed in all manner of tax issues, ranging from securitizations to fund formations. David Makso is especially experienced in leveraged finance, securities and capital markets, with recent highlights including complex REIT structure investments for real estate investment partnerships. Orange County-based Douglas Schaaf specializes in the issuance of financial instruments, while Palo Alto office head Thomas Wisialowski  is highly experienced in the structuring of corporate venture capital and real estate transactions. Greg Nelson ‘s Houston-based practice revolves around master limited partnerships and tax-efficient transaction structuring in the energy sector. In Chicago, Ziemowit Smulkowski focuses on the taxation of private equity-backed investments and M&A for privately held companies. California and New York-qualified Lucas Rachuba joined the San Francisco office from Ernst & Young LLP in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Opich

Other key lawyers:

David Masko; Douglas Schaaf; Thomas Wisialowski; Greg Nelson; Ziemowit Smulkowski; Lucas Rachuba

Testimonials

‘The Paul Hastings Tax team is top-notch and business-oriented. They provide great advice on “deal time”.’

‘They are the most responsive lawyers I have ever worked with and always have insightful advice, from both a technical and practical perspective. They also tailor their advice for my industry, which is extremely helpful.’

‘Paul Hastings’ tax group is outstanding and expert in conveying highly complex rules in an easy to understand manner coupled with a deep insight to tax planning optimization.’

‘The lawyers in Paul Hastings’ tax group, and especially Joseph Opich, are subject matter experts and bring years of experience to bear on the tax problems/challenges/opportunities of their clients.’

‘Paul Hastings are our sole tax attorneys. They take the lead in solving diverse and complex problems, work extremely hard, are always available and their billing is eminently fair. The intellectual breadth of the team is impressive as is their collegiality and work ethic, even under difficult circumstances. The quality of their advice is first rate in every respect.’

‘David Makso is our main counterpart at Paul Hastings. He stands out as a thought leader and team worker, is a good listener and explainer, understands complex questions instantly and is creative with his solutions without being reckless. He is always available, even at odd times or time zones and is even keeled and steady in all situations. He is by far the best tax attorney we have worked with in 25 years.’

‘One stop, best of the best.’

‘Tom Wisialowski is my go-to tax expert.’

Key clients

Intel Corporation

GI Partners

CrossAmerica Partners, LP

Francisco Partners

IFM

STG Partners

Compass Diversified Holdings

White Oak Global Advisors

Ashton Woods USA

Moody’s Corporation

TierPoint

Lexington Realty Trust

Jasper Therapeutics

Seaport Global Acquisition Corp.

Inverness Graham Investments

ODX, LLC (an indirect subsidiary of Enova International, Inc)

Madison Industries

NGL Energy Partners

Cred, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising CrossAmerica Partners on ensuring that the income it derived satisfied the 90% qualifying income test and thereby retained its partnership status.
  • Represented Moody’s Corporation on the tax aspects of its $2bn agreement to acquire RMS.
  • Assisted Jasper Therapeutics on a $100m go-public transaction via a reverse SPAC merger and $100m PIPE financing transaction with Amplitude Healthcare Acquisition Corp.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

The antitrust and competition practice at Paul Hastings LLP consists of a team ‘with breadth of experiences’. At the beginning of 2021, Gary Zanfagna, who previously chaired the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section, joined as new practice head in Washington DC with extensive experience in matters pertaining to global antitrust issues. In New York, Barry Sher and Anthony Antonelli are regularly sought after by clients in the financial services sector, while DC-based Michael Spafford handles cases relating to allegations of price-fixing, collusion, and violations of federal securities, among others. In August 2021, the firm also welcomed Michael Murray from the DOJ to its DC office.

Practice head(s):

Gary Zanfagna

Testimonials

‘A solid team with a breadth of experiences brings good perspective to matters.’

‘James “Bo” Pearl is accessible and provides timely, practical advice. Michael Murray brings his government experience to bear on matters with good insights.’

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 (“Barclays”) 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, claiming Barclays, and more than 30 other financial institutions, are  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, alleging 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.
  • Representing RBC in LAMP v. Bank of America, et. al. (Case No. 20-cv-1095) filed on April 1, 2020 in the Eastern District of Louisiana, with plaintiffs accusing RBC and two dozen other financial institutions of being involved in a multi-year conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition on sales of bonds issued by government sponsored entities (GSEs).

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP stands out for its work in complex, high-profile international financial services disputes. The team is very active in prosecutions and follow-on class action lawsuits related to market manipulation, including representing both banks and individual traders in cases related to the alleged manipulation of LIBOR. The practice is also engaged to handle regulatory investigations into claims of ‘spoofing’ in the derivatives market. The team frequently acts in disputes with international elements, such as representing the ad-hoc board of PDVSA appointed by the Venezuelan opposition in litigation related to PDVSA’s bond offering. The New York-based practice is led by Barry Sher, the firm’s global head of litigation, who focuses on antitrust and securities disputes. Anthony Antonelli is another name to note in the antitrust space, while Kenneth Breen and John Nowak lead on investigations and prosecutions involving alleged white-collar crime.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher

Key clients

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

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation

BofA Securities, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Credit Suisse

DBS Bank Ltd.

Goldman Sachs

GE Asset Management

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

Morgan Stanley & Co. International PLC

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

Royal Bank of Canada

Steward Partners

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

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation

BofA Securities, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Credit Suisse

DBS Bank Ltd.

Goldman Sachs

GE Asset Management

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

Morgan Stanley & Co. International PLC

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

Royal Bank of Canada

Steward Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing Barclays Bank PLC and certain of its affiliates in a putative class action lawsuit accusing 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 a putative class action lawsuit filed in April 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The deal value is estimated to involve trillions of dollars in trades. The odd-lots market in 2018 alone is alleged to have USD7.91 trillion in trading volume.
  • Representing RBC in litigation accusing RBC and two dozen other financial institutions of being involved in a multi-year conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition on sales of bonds issued by government sponsored entities (GSEs).

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Clients praise Paul Hastings LLP's practice for being a ‘business-focused trusted advisor improving decision-making and driving execution of business strategy.’ The team is well versed in the healthcare, financial services, energy, technology, retail and consumer products area, and regularly acts in a variety of disputes, including consumer class actions, international supplier disputes, and securities cases. Barry Sher is a key contact for several investment banks. He leads the group from New York together with Kurt Hansson; the latter is representing GSK in litigation brought by former Chinese consultants, alleging RICO violations and fraud, conspiracy, and other torts. The Chicago-based Mark Pollack's practice covers commercial litigation as well as white-collar crime and Samuel Cooper in Houston is ‘outstanding.’ Kevin Broughel knows securities litigation well.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher; Kurt Hansson

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings’ general commercial disputes practice is a business-focused trusted advisor improving decision-making and driving execution of business strategy. The team offers and provides traditional to complex high-value work in the value pyramid and excels in key (and sometimes critical) activity areas such as alignment with our business; judgement, integrity, discretion; leadership; and relationship management.’

‘The partners are always very engaged in every matter that we deal with. In addition, the team is very knowledgeable so you can go to any member of the team with questions or comments and know it will get done.’

‘Barry Sher provides very timely, practical advice and quickly sees through to the key issues.’

‘The team is always readily available and provides practical, business-oriented advice on how to approach issues. The team does not shy away from a fight, but also makes good suggestions on how to de-escalate matters.’

‘Very market-facing and available to help at all times. Very responsive.’

‘Highly responsive to client requests. Good cross-functional collaboration across groups. Efficient, but thorough. A commercial and practical approach.’

‘Sam Cooper is one of the outstanding securities litigators in Texas.’

‘We worked directly with Kevin Broughel. Very professional but also approachable and caring. Guided us to be the best resolution possible and created a truly meaningful relationship with us.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

General Electric

FIM Advisors

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Royal Bank of Canada

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

Daiichi Sankyo

Samsung Electronics

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

L’Oreal

Google

Tall Oak

Millennium Partners

Work highlights

  • Defending Barclays Bank PLC and certain of its affiliates against allegations of involvement in a global, decade-long conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition in the $9 trillion SSA bond market.
  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in numerous high-stakes litigation matters in connection with Puerto Rico’s restructuring under PROMESA.
  • Representing the opposition governed ad-hoc boards of PDVSA and PDVSA Petroleo as plaintiffs in S.D.N.Y. litigation against the trustee and collateral agent of PDVSA’s 2020 Notes, seeking a declaration that the 2020 Notes (and associated collateral agreements) are void and invalid because they violate Venezuela’s constitution.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has a ‘solid, hardworking, and dynamic‘ M&A litigation practice that a strong reputation for success in the Delaware Court of Chancery, where is handles some of the most significant, high-stakes matters. Due to its strong presence both the East and West Coasts, as well as in key centers such as Houston, Washington DC and Chicago, the firm handles cases in state and federal courts throughout the US. Barry Sher in New York and Peter Stone in Palo Alto, who continues to represent the former director of M&A for HP in several matters arising from the company’s $7bn acquisition of Autonomy, lead the practice. Samuel Cooper in Houston is ‘an accomplished trial lawyer who brings instant credibility to his cases‘ and plays a pivotal role in the practice. He is acting for officers and directors of Baker Hughes in matters arising from the company’s $32bn merger with GE Oil & Gas.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher; Peter Stone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Solid, hardworking, and dynamic.’

‘Sam Cooper is a standout and accomplished trial lawyer who brings instant credibility to his cases.’

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Manish Sarin, former director of M&A for HP

ValueAct Capital Management

Symphony Technology Group (Winshuttle)

Winshuttle Holdings, LLC

Baker Hughes

Manish Sarin, former director of M&A for HP

ValueAct Capital Management

Symphony Technology Group (Winshuttle)

Winshuttle Holdings, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing a former director of M&A for HP, Manish Sarin, in several matters concerning its acquisition of Autonomy. HP alleges that Autonomy defrauded HP out of approximately $7 billion.
  • Representing the officers and directors of Baker Hughes in securities litigation before the Delaware Chancellery Court related to that Company’s merger with General Electric Oil & Gas.
  • Representing the Conflicts Committee of Baker Hughes in a special litigation committee investigation into the sale of a substantial portion of General Electric’s interest in what was then Baker Hughes, a GE Company.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

The national securities litigation practice at Paul Hastings LLP ‘has an incredibly deep expertise across many areas' with a deep bench of litigators on both the East and West Coasts, as well as in key centers such as Houston and Chicago. The New York office in particular is frequently instructed on high-end securities litigation matters such as investment bank and securities fraud cases, market collapse matters and SEC investigations. Peter Stone  in Palo Alto and Kevin Broughel in New York lead the practice. Broughel is currently representing Riot Blockchain, Inc. in a securities class action alleging false and/or misleading statements in press releases and public filings. New York-based global chair of litigation Barry Sher and experienced partner Kevin Logue are also recommended, as are Samuel Cooper in Houston and Edward Han in Palo Alto, who is ‘experienced, skilled and very communicative.'

Practice head(s):

Peter Stone; Kevin Broughel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Paul Hastings practice is unique in that the firm has an incredibly deep expertise across many areas. I came to the practice through the corporate practice and have been extremely satisfied.’

‘Edward Han is experienced, skilled and very communicative. He takes time to explain processes and procedures so that I can make informed decisions.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Royal Bank of Canada

Brookfield Investment Management Inc.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

BofA Securities, Inc.

UBS Securities LLC

Baker Hughes

FIM Advisors

Riot Blockchain, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Enbridge Energy Partners

Jefferies LLC

Phillips 66

DWS (Deutsche Bank affiliate)

Work highlights

  • Representing Barclays Bank PLC and certain of its affiliates (“Barclays”) 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 RBC in LAMP v. Bank of America, et. al. (Case No. 20-cv-1095) filed on April 1, 2020 in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Plaintiff accuses RBC and two dozen other financial institutions of being involve in a multi-year conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition on sales of bonds issued by government sponsored entities (GSEs), such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc., in the secondary market.
  • Representing Airbus in 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. Plaintiff asserts claims under U.S. securities laws on behalf of himself and all other similarly-situated shareholders who purchased or acquired Airbus securities in the United States.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Paul Hastings LLP‘s expansion of its capital markets team over recent years and its focus on active sectors such as fintech, life sciences, real estate and consumer sectors has paid real dividends. The firm has achieved strong activity levels in equity offerings, acting for both issuers and underwriters; it represents all the bulge-bracket investment banks. This includes follow-on offerings and ATM transactions, and a large market share of SPAC deals including the $220m IPO by Sandbridge X2 Corp and the $414m upsized IPO by Senior Connect Acquisition Corp, along with a series of headline de-SPAC transactions. It continues to be a major force in global offerings, notably deals originating in Mexico and the wider Latin America region. Frank Lopez is co-head of the capital markets group and firm-wide managing partner. Brandon Bortner joined the team from Latham & Watkins LLP in 2021. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise. Teri O’Brien left the firm in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez

Other key lawyers:

Brandon Bortner: Michael Fitzgerald; Yariv Katz; Jeff Hartlin; Samantha Elredge: Jonathan Ko

Testimonials

‘Deep experience, always available and most importantly creative in finding practical solutions to difficult novel legal issues.’

‘Ability to handle complex work quickly and efficiently. Very customer focused and puts client’s business perspective in appropriate context. Direct, precise and responsive answers to difficult questions – strong direction with no waffling. Strong client service and responsiveness, including nights/weekends. Deep teams with clear subject matter expertise.’

‘Brandon Bortner – Responsive, decisive, creative, and practical. Real world advice, grounded in a thorough understanding of complex issues of the law, but appropriate in the context of the client’s desired business outcomes.’

‘Highly experienced team able to tackle complex issues Excellent project management skills, outshine their opposing counsel on every transaction. Incredibly responsive all times of day.’

‘Brandon Bortner – drove an IPO process as underwriter’s counsel when issuer’s counsel should have been taking the lead but was absent or behind for much of the transaction – advised on disclosure around complex capital structure of the issuer – without Brandon we would never have moved the deal forward.’

‘Ethical, timely and very helpful.’

 

Key clients

Acorns Grow Incorporated

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Alpha Teknova, Inc.

Aterian, Inc. (f/k/a Mohawk Group Holdings, Inc.)

AvidXchange Holdings, Inc.

Barclays

BMO Capital Markets

BofA Securities, Inc.

CareDx, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Jefferies

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.

Mitek Systems, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

RBC Capital Markets

Romeo Power, Inc.

The Greenbrier Companies Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters on equity capital markets offerings by Sun Communities and/or its operating partnership, Sun Communities Operating Limited Partnership, including a $1.13bn public offering of common stock.
  • Advised the initial purchasers for Beyond Meat’s upsized $1bn convertible senior notes offering.
  • Advised Citigroup as the lead underwriter in connection with a number of IPOs, Nasdaq Listings and SPACs relating to the healthcare, fintech and consumer goods markets.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Paul Hastings LLP‘s global commitment to capital markets and leveraged finance has provided the foundation for a growing high-yield debt practice. It is now routinely engaged by key underwriters such as Barclays, Jefferies and RBC Capital Markets. On the issuer side, the firm represents a range of private equity funds, public companies and private businesses, notably in the energy and real estate sectors. It is also at the forefront of issuances out of Latin America, especially Mexico. The firm operates a well integrated high-yield debt and leveraged finance practice with partners such as John Cobb  operating across the divide. Frank Lopez is co-head of capital markets and managing partner of the firm; he is a recognised specialist in high-yield debt. Cathleen McLaughlin  is another senior practitioner with an extensive record in Latin America offerings, including infrastructure-related transactions, as is Michael Fitzgerald, who has a peerless record in Mexico capital markets deals.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez

Other key lawyers:

John Cobb; Cathleen McLaughlin; Michael Fitzgerald; Arturo Carrillo; Joy Gallup; Pedro Reyes

Testimonials

‘Counsel at Paul Hastings is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and precise. Top law firm we have ever worked with.’

‘Michael Fitzgerald, Arturo Carrillo and Joy Gallup are outstanding.’

‘Very focused, excellent market knowledge, global pratcice allows for 24/7 work.’

‘Frank Lopez, partner – much more thoughtful and holistic in his approach, gets the business side of the transaction.’

‘Their experience and understanding of the Latin American market is incredible, as well as their legal knowledge for every situation.’

‘Mike Fitzgerald is a landmark in this practice. Arturo Carrillo is an extremely smart and flawless attorney with high knowledge of the market. Joy Gallup is a fantastic lawyer that is prepared for any surprise that could arise.’

‘Mike Fitzgerald is probably the best capital markets lawyer in the world. His understanding of the matter is excellent. Arturo Carrillo is also amazing, and he knows what the clients are looking for. Joy Gallup is an excellent lawyer and very technical for the matters that are required. Pedro Reyes is the glue that makes everything work.’

 

Key clients

Barclays

BMO Capital Markets

BofA Securities Inc.

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank Securities

EnfraGen, LLC

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Inseego Corp.

Jefferies

J.P. Morgan

KeyBanc

Morgan Stanley

NGL Energy Partners, LP

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

RBC Capital Markets

Sagicor Financial Company Ltd.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised NGL Energy Partners on a $2.05bn senior secured notes offering by its wholly owned subsidiaries as well as its entrance into a $500m ABL facility.
  • Advised Jefferies and RBC Capital Markets as the underwriters in connection with a $350m high-yield senior secured notes offering by 99 Cents Only Stores.
  • Advised Barclays as the underwriter and the sole lead arranger in connection with a $1bn high-yield senior notes offering for KIK Consumer Partners and Centerbridge Partners as part of a recapitalization package that also included a $900m term loan.

Finance > Commercial lending

Well regarded for its lender work, Paul Hastings LLP has a proven track record in complex financial transactions, including those involving credit agreements and refinancing. Much of the team is based in New York, including practice heads John Cobb  and Jennifer Yount, though the firm also has a strong presence in California and Illinois. Beyond the lender space, the firm also has a borrower practice, which recently advised tech company Aptiv Corporation on the refinancing of its existing credit facility. Former practice head Michael Baker  departed the firm in August 2021 to take up an in-house role, as did Shekhar Kumar. In September 2021, Andres Mena left the firm, while Jeffrey Goldfarb joined the firm’s New York office from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

John Cobb; Jennifer Yount

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Bell; Peter Burke; Jennifer Hildebrandt; Holly Snow; Jeffrey Goldfarb

Testimonials

‘The best thing about working with the PH team on credit facilities is that the whole team is extremely knowledgeable. If the partner, Holly, isn’t able to join a call I know her team is just a knowledgeable so it is a very efficient process.’

‘They are very commercial and the advise that they give is very practical. Unlike other law firms that will fight every point tooth and nail, PH concentrates on the important points and makes the process much more efficient.’

 

Key clients

JP Morgan

Barclays

Bank of Montreal

Royal Bank of Canada

Bank of America

Wells Fargo

Capital One

TD Securities

Guggenheim Partners

Owl Rock Capital Partners

Société Générale

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Apollo Global Management

AXA Global

Kayne Anderson

Work highlights

  • Represented a group of lenders on the consummation of the unitranche debt financing of Thoma Bravo’s acquisition of Stamps.com for $6.6bn.
  • Represented JP Morgan and Barclays in the $1.5bn financing for MKS Instruments’ $5.1bn acquisition of Atotech.
  • Represented an automotive company as US parent borrower on the $2.5bn refinancing of its existing credit facility.

Finance > Project finance

Paul Hastings LLP maintains a varied and diverse projects practice, capable of advising both lenders and sponsors on projects relating to renewable energy, transport infrastructure and recycling facilities. Latin America projects are a speciality of the firm; New York's Robert Leung, Mike Huang, Elicia Ling, and practice head Robert Kartheiser represented EnfraGen, LLC in its acquisition and financing of the Termovalle 241MW power project, a gas-powered plant in Columbia. With regards to lenders, the firm works with leading banks, such as JP Morgan and BNP Paribas, as well as alternative lenders such as Macquarie. Luis Gomar and Rocio Mendoza  joined the Houston office from Baker McKenzie LLP in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Robert Kartheiser

Other key 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

YPF Luz

Work highlights

  • Advising the sponsor on one of the biggest LatAm project financings of the past few years, in connection with the expansion of the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Peru.
  • Representing the sponsors in their borrowing of $1.05bnn bank debt and simultaneous issuance of USD710 million 5.375% senior secured notes due 2030 on 17 December 2020 pursuant to Rule 144A.
  • Representing the co-obligor and sponsors, in the refinancing of its existing USD debt, which it incurred in connection with the Pacífico 2 toll road project in Colombia.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP is well versed in the handling of ‘high-stakes and high-profile‘ restructuring matters, with expertise encompassing committee-side, debtor-side and bank-side work. Notable representation includes an ad hoc group of secured noteholders of Avianca Holdings SA, pertaining to its Chapter 11 cases with $2bn in debtor-in-possession financing. New York-based Luc Despins  leads the global restructuring team, offering significant experience acting as counsel for official committees of unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases. The vice chair of the practice is Chicago’s Chris Dickerson, who has a breadth of experience advising on reorganizations. In a major development, the firm welcomed a sizeable team from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, including Kristopher Hansen, who now co-leads the team alongside Daniel Fliman and Jonathan Canfield, all based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Luc Despins; Chris Dickerson; Kristopher Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tenzer; Pedro Jimenez; Matt Murphy; Justin Rawlins; James Grogan; Todd Schwartz; Phil Ratner; Dov Goodman; Daniel Fliman; Jonathan Canfield

Testimonials

‘Very high quality team. Thorough and experienced team.’

‘Matt Murphy – very good bankruptcy attorney, practical and a good deal maker.’

‘The team has been cohesive for many years and has learned the way we do things. They are innovative yet trusted by us.’

‘Justin Rawlins, Phil Ratner and Dov Goodman are exceptional to work with, they all work well together, they are almost an extension of our firm which allows for extreme efficiency and execution.’

‘One option is never enough. Creative solutions, candor and speed of execution.’

‘Cohesive unit with exceptional work ethic and 24 hour responsiveness.’

‘Very easy to work with, subject matter experts and results focused.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Shareholders Committee for Aeromexico

Ad Hoc Group of Secured Noteholders of Avianca Holdings

Bank of Montreal

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Chisolm Oil and Gas

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

Cred, Inc.

GCX

Grizzly Energy

Guggenheim

Ad HocGroup ofBondholders of Grupo IDESA

Kayne Anderson

Macquarie PF

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones

Morgan Stanley

PIMCO

Prudential

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors ofOneWebGlobal

Royal Bank of Canada

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Sable Permian

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Represented Eagle Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust and certain of its subsidiaries as debtors and debtors in possession in their chapter 11 cases.
  • Represented Cred Inc. in its chapter 11 case and related litigation in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, involving the first bankruptcy case filed in U.S. history by a cryptocurrency lender.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has extensive expertise in the electricity regulatory space, advising clients on complex contractual and regulatory issues as well as high-stakes disputes. Areas of expertise include the development and financing of renewables, battery storage, microgrids and emerging technologies. The group has a strong track record in FERC litigation and is a leader in solar projects, advising several utility-scale solar companies on regulatory work across the US. In Washington DC, William DeGrandis has significant experience representing clients before federal district courts and the US Court of Appeal, as well as being an expert on PURPA issues.

Practice head(s):

William DeGrandis

Other key lawyers:

Michael Spafford; Peter Weiner; Jenna McGrath

Testimonials

Great experience and relationships in the wholesale electricity market regulation sector.’

This firm works with its clients to find multiple options to solve business issues.’

They take their time to understand the underlying problem. They give suggestions and then follow-up with the detail research to help set final course of action. They are not afraid to share a differing opinion when their research does not support a proposed direction.’

Key clients

Recurrent Energy

Georgia Transmission Corporation

United Power

Olympus Power Company

Intersect Power

Athens Utilities Board, Gibson EMC, Joe Wheeler EMC and Volunteer Energy Cooperative

LS Power

GlidePath

GridLiance

Acciona Energy North America

Leeward Renewable Energy

Caithness Energy

Corn Belt Power Cooperative (NIPCO)

CoreSite

Cross Sound Cable Company

8minute Solar Energy

Strata Solar

Clearway Energy

Solar Frontier

Lotusland Investments

Work highlights

  • Representing Leeward Renewable Energy in a variety of FERC interconnection and transmission matters as well as advising on renewable energy and energy storage development contractual and regulatory issues.
  • Representing Glidepath, a start-up 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 high-stakes proceedings before FERC and on appeal of complex FERC jurisdictional rulings before the DC Circuit.

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

A go-to destination for high-end matters involving complex and emerging areas of policy and regulation, the environmental group at Paul Hastings LLP was substantially strengthened following the November 2020 addition of a four-member environmental team from Baker Botts L.L.P., including partners Chris Carr and Navi Dhillon. Both practitioners have a wealth of experience in bet-the-company litigation, in tandem with their robust environmental and energy regulatory practices. Bringing together a combination of legal, policy and technical skills, the group is skilled at negotiating environmental review provisions and federal and state permitting, especially in the context of solar energy facilities, and regularly represents clients in multi-jurisdictional actions related to hazardous materials and pollution laws. Carr is counsel of choice for major solar developers; he oversees the San Francisco-based practice with Deborah Schmall , a preeminent expert in hazardous material regulation and enforcement defense in California. Gordon Hart  is proficient in the environmental aspects of real estate developments, remediation and CEQA litigation, while Peter Weiner  is singled out for playing a significant role in major policy and regulatory matters for clients in the renewable energy sector. All named practitioners are based in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Chris Carr; Deborah Schmall

Other key lawyers:

Navi Dhillon; Gordon Hart; Peter Weiner; Jill Yung

Testimonials

‘Peter Weiner and Jill Yung have established an expansive relationship with key decision-making officials within the federal and state governments. Through their relationships and previous experiences working with these people, they are able to provide invaluable insight as to what agencies are looking for.’

‘Often times, projects get bogged down at the staff level and it can be difficult to understand or obtain information from an agency. Jill Yung and Peter Weiner’s direct connection to the most senior level people is extremely helpful in understanding the issue, their experience in completing other similar projects and the precedent that has been set is considerable in understanding how to reduce risk and keep your own project on schedule.’

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.

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

  • Advising on RCRA corrective action remediation at Roche’s former primary manufacturing campus in New Jersey, which the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has called one of the most complex hydrogeological and contaminant migration sites in the state.
  • Advising on preparation of joint EIR/EIS for Wildlife Damage Management Program administered by California Department of Food and Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture to address animals that harm livestock and crops.
  • Securing incidental take permits and related mitigation for four solar projects totaling more than 3000 MW that, when built, will provide more than 3% of California’s electricity.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

Paul Hastings‘ team excels in the patent litigation space, defending major patents in civil proceedings against leading pharmaceutical groups. It has particular expertise advising Japanese pharmaceutical groups, including Daiichi Sankyo and Mitsubishi Tanabe, on their US patent filings. The team also demonstrates strength on capital markets-related matters, including de-SPACs and follow-on offerings. The team has also expanded its regulatory practice, with the FDA team advising on product development, and the enforcement team advising on anti-corruption and government investigations, led by New York-based practice head Gary Giampetruzzi, who also handles white-collar crime. Also in New York, Bruce Wexler and Eric Dittmann are key names for IP, while Washington DC-based Nathan Sheers offers strong FDA expertise, and Palo Alto-based Jeff Hartlin acts on transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gary Giampetruzzi

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

L’Oréal

Merck & Co

Boehringer Ingelheim

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation

Actelion Pharmaceuticals

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Redmile Group

Care DX, Inc.

Daiichi Sankyo

Adamis

Jasper Therapeutics

Masimo

Work highlights

  • Representing Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation in enforcing the key Orange Book patents on Invokana and Invokamet.
  • Acting for Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation in arbitration with Novartis relating to continued royalty payments.
  • Representing Daiichi Sankyo in a complex commercial dispute involving multiple parallel proceedings that concern cancer treatment technologies.

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP routinely acts for corporate clients in substantial litigation concerning airline disasters. The aviation litigation practice is headed up by Chicago-based Sheila Sundvall, who has notable experience in representing commercial airlines, manufacturers, aircraft lessors and other defendants in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Sundvall has acted for General Electric, as lead counsel, in major airline accident litigation on a long-standing basis.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

General Electric

CFM International

Work highlights

  • Represented CFM International in 60 personal injury cases (including a wrongful death claim), which arose out of engine failure and the subsequent 2018 emergency evacuation of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 at Philadelphia International Airport.
  • Representing GE in personal injury lawsuits, which arose out of a 2016 engine fire incident on American Airlines Flight 383 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

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

Paul Hastings LLP‘s investment management group has a particularly strong foothold in California, with members of the department operating out of strategic locations in Los Angeles – which fields team lead Art Zwickel and recommended senior practitioner Yousuf Dhamee – San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Over in New York, Ira Kustin, who regularly counsels private fund advisers on international investment platforms, provides a crucial East Coast anchor. The firm continues to develop its well regarded fund-of-funds practice; notable names, including numerous sovereign wealth funds, comprise the client roster in this area. The offering is also representing an increasing number of advisors in the digital asset space, and is building up a wealth of experience dealing with novel regulatory issues in this field.

Practice head(s):

Art Zwickel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Imperial Capital Asset Management

Hawk Ridge Capital

Glendon Capital Management

Dalton Investments LLC

Aperimus Capital, LLC

LongTail Alpha, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing LongTail Alpha, a quantitative hedge fund manager, in ongoing corporate, securities and regulatory matters, as well as advising on the launch of a new fund.
  • Advised Mosaic Real Estate Investors on the organization of its flagship hedge fund in 2015, which has since experienced significant growth, and currently stands at almost $1bn in AUM.
  • Advising Imperial Capital Asset Management – the asset management subsidiary of Imperial Capital – since its inception, including organizing a number of hedge funds.  

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

Paul Hastings LLP offers expert advice across all types of registered funds and investment vehicles, including mutual funds, closed-end funds, ETFs and BDCs. The offering is particularly well regarded for its track record in the unit investment trust space; New York-based practice head Michael Rosella  continues to cement and develop the team’s reputation in this field. The group’s ability to leverage the strength of other departments within the firm ensures that it regularly wins mandates from notable funds clients on related M&A. Also recommended are David Hearth from the San Francisco office and Vadim Avdeychik in New York, who are singled out by one client for their ability to ‘bring to the table unmatched knowledge and skills with respect to BDCs‘.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rosella

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘David Hearth and Vadim Avdeychik bring to the table unmatched knowledge and skills with respect to business development companies that have been vital to our business. Their experience and market data with BDCs is invaluable to our continued growth.’

 

Key clients

Jefferies

Insight Advisors

Eaton Vance

Longevity Advisors

Gabelli

Brookfield Investment Management

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Kayne Anderson on two new closed-end funds to be regulated as business development companies and provided assistance on restructuring registered NYSE-traded funds to address the collapse of energy markets.
  • Representing the TCW group in the organization and launch of a new regulated business development company focused on direct lending assets.
  • Advised Oaktree Capital on the launch of a new emerging markets mutual fund, and separately assisted the client with a new closed-end interval fund.

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

Paul Hastings LLP is differentiated by its ability to provide the highest quality advice on matters at the intersection of real estate and funds work; the firm is able to leverage the expertise of both its private equity real estate investment funds formation offering and its sophisticated global real estate acquisition, development, and finance practice to truly excel in this space. Away from this core focus, the team is also proficient in assisting sponsors and investors with the structuring, formation and operation of a broad range of other private equity funds. Joshua Sternoff oversees work from the New York office, which is also home to recommended attorneys Ira Kustin and Lawrence Hass. Yousuf Dhamee, who is based in Los Angeles and has extensive experience representing institutional advisers, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Josh Sternoff

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

  • Represented Prudential Global Investment Management Real Estate in connection with the successful initial closing and seeding of an open-end fund to invest in mortgages and other loans secured by core real estate assets throughout the US.
  • Advised AEW Capital Management, a global investment management firm with more than $80bn in assets under management, on the formation of AEW Value Investors Asia IV, a Luxembourg-based fund formed to make value-add real estate investments across the Asia Pacific region.
  • Assisted Prudential Agricultural Investments with the successful conversion of an agricultural investment fund from a closed-end structure to a perpetual life, perpetual capital raising open-end vehicle.

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

With the support of a strong regulatory practice, the Washington DC-based team at Paul Hastings LLP handles complex transactions such as the representation of Cox Communications Inc. before the FCC during 5G spectrum auctions. Former chief counsel to the chairman of the FCC and practice head Sherrese Smith additionally represents large players in the industry, such as Walt Disney Company and Fox Corporation. Her team also benefits from the expertise of John Gasparini, a specialist in M&A and foreign investment review who also counsels clients on regulatory matters pertaining to satellites, spectrum management, wireline broadband, and wireless infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sherrese Smith is an outstanding communicator and advocate. She understands both the business and legal sides of the issue.’

‘Ability to blend FCC regulatory expertise with an understanding of how deals are crafted and completed.’

‘Sherrese Smith combines deep insight into the FCC and a real-world understanding of inhouse needs and business thinking.’

Key clients

National Association of Broadcasters

Walt Disney Company

Fox Corporation

Royal Bank of Canada

Walmart

Bank of America

EchoStar Corporation

Cox Enterprises

TEGNA

Novacap Technologies

Aspect Software

Francisco Partners

Euclid Transactional

Providence Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Aspect Software on regulatory aspects of its merger with Noble Systems, Inc. and subsequent merger to become Alvaria.
  • Represented Euclid Transactional in its role as representations and warranties insurance underwriter for the acquisition of Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group by Gray Television, Inc.
  • Advised Francisco Partners—a leading private equity fund based in San Francisco, CA—in connection with obtaining FCC, Team Telecom, and state regulatory approvals in connection with the USD4.3 billion take-private acquisition of LogMeIn, Inc. a leading provider of cloud-based remote connectivity services.

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

Paul Hastings LLP practice was strengthened with the January 2021 arrival of capital markets partner Brandon Bortner from Latham & Watkins LLP, and is active in equity and debt securities work, led by Frank Lopez in New York and Teri O’Brien in San Diego. The team focuses on both private and public REITS and has a proven track record acting as underwriters counsel. Yariv Katz  in New York is experienced in REITs M&A and joint ventures. The group’s cross-border expertise is highlighted in its Latin America practice, particularly Mexico, spearheaded by Michael Fitzgerald  and Arturo Carrillo  in New York who specialize in FIBRA transactions. Elsewhere, Jonathan Ko in Los Angeles acts as underwriter for leading banks.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez; Teri O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Yariv Katz; Brandon BortnerMichael Fitzgerald; Arturo Carrillo; Jonathan Ko

Testimonials

Paul Hastings has always been a key player in the areas of innovation and diversity, not just within their own ranks but also towards their client base and legal solutions.’

Key clients

Barclays

BBVA

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

BofA Securities, Inc.

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Eagle Hospitality REIT

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

HSBC

Itaú BBA

J.P. Morgan

Lexington Realty Trust

Morgan Stanley

PS Business Parks

Public Storage

RBC Capital Markets

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Watermark Lodging Trust

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Represented the joint book-running managers for Sun Communities’ $1.28bn public offering of common stock in connection with the equity financing of the $2.1bn acquisition of Safe Harbor Marinas.
  • Represented Jefferies and Morgan Stanley as financial advisors to the REIT QTS Realty Trust in connection with its $10bn acquisition by Blackstone.
  • Representing Singaporean client Eagle Hospitality REIT in matters relating to the ownership, operation, management, restructuring and bankruptcy of the $1.2bn REIT, including Chapter 11 proceedings and the disposition of its hotel portfolio.

Tax > International tax Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP is noted for its international tax work on cross-border M&A, leveraged finance, and private equity. It is particularly strong on REIT work. The New York practice is led by Joseph Opich, a specialist in cross-border tax planning and structuring. He works alongside David Masko, who focuses on cross-border transactions and international business tax planning. In Chicago, Ziemowit Smulkowski deals with cross-border investments and international acquisitions and dispositions, while Orange County-based Douglas Schaaf covers tax advice regarding international business transactions. Chair of the Palo Alto office Thomas Wisialowski advises on venture capital and real estate transactions, including private REITs and real estate funds. Additionally, Lucas Rachuba joined from Ernst & Young LLP in January 2021, and is an expert in the tax aspects of compensation structuring.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Opich

Testimonials

‘They understand the Latin American space and speak the same language.’

‘Paul Hastings International Tax practice is well resourced, the attorneys are highly competent and always available on short notice and on at almost all hours. Billing is eminently fair. We could not function as well as we do without this group of advisors.’

‘David Makso is our main counterpart at Paul Hastings International Tax. He is highly knowledgeable and a very good explainer. He is patient and positive no matter how basic or complex the questions and problems. He works extremely hard but always acts as the firm’s front man. If he delegates, the associates are invited to participate in meetings and it is obvious that they enjoy working together.’

‘Douglas Schaaf is very easy to get along with, advice is delivered in plain English, to the point. They make the complex simple rather than overselling their services. Its amazing how much we get done in a short thirty minute call.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Brookfield Investment Funds

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

PGIM (subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc.)

Colony Capital, Inc.

REEF Technologies Inc.

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (“TIAA”)

Saba Software

Subversive Capital L.P.

Francisco Partners

Escalent (a portfolio company of STG Partners)

Endeavour Capital

Sectigo

Work highlights

  • Represented Castle & Cooke in connection with the business combination with Total Produce through an IPO.
  • Advised HYBE on the tax aspects of its cross-border acquisition of Ithaca Holdings.
  • Advised TIAA and its investment manager company, Nuveen Alternatives Advisors, on the formation of an open-ended global farmland fund that will target agricultural investments.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP advises clients in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, electronics, technology, and financial services, with a successful record in securing clearance for highly scrutinised mergers, from initial filing through to DOJ and FTC challenges. The firm has advised on a number of Second Requests for the likes of Samsung, American Airlines, and Dodge Data, and also co-ordinates global merger filings and responses to regulatory investigations by international antitrust authorities. The team is now led by the experienced pair of Gary Zanfagna,  a February 2021 arrival who was formerly chief antitrust counsel at Honeywell and a veteran of high-stakes merger proceedings, and Michael Murray, who arrived from the Antitrust Division in August 2021 and has great expertise in merger litigation. The ‘knowledgeable, responsiveMichael Wise remains a key name for complex merger clearances, and advised Francisco Partners on a strategic carve-out for Raytheon, which faced multi-jurisdictional merger and foreign investment challenges. New York-based senior associate Noah Pinegar is noted for his role in agency-led investigations and litigation, having formerly served at the FTC. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Gary Zanfagna

Testimonials

‘Best-in-class knowledge of the constantly evolving antitrust environment. The team is always on top of the latest developments and ahead of the curve in anticipating changes.’

‘Mike Wise is knowledgeable, responsive, and attentive to detail. Despite juggling dozens of transactions at once, he always remains intimately familiar with the details of your deal.’

‘Michael Wise has a detailed understanding of the field and an ability to see around corners.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics

Francisco Partners

Canopy Growth

Symphony Technology Group

GI Partners

Teleperformance Group

LG Chem

Mitsubishi Corp.

Madison Industries

Barclays

Boehringer Ingelheim

Maersk Line

Work highlights

  • Represented Goldman Sachs in the FTC investigation and suit to block Altria Group, Inc.’s acquisition of a 35% stake in JUUL Labs for $12.8 billion.
  • Represented Moody’s Corporation in its $2 billion agreement to acquire RMS.
  • Represented Francisco Partners in its acquisition of Forcepoint from Raytheon Technologies.

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

Paul Hastings LLP‘s appellate group plugs into the firm’s robust patent litigation offering to attract a significant volume of patent appeals, particularly before the Federal Circuit. Other practice strong suits include securities litigation, immigration, and labor and employment. Department chair Stephen Kinnaird, based in Washington DC, has argued before the US Supreme Court, as well as federal and state appellate courts. Kinnaird recently paired up with Washington DC-based Naveen Modi to successfully represent L’Oréal in two patent infringement and trade secret cases before the Federal Circuit. Palo Alto-based Yar Chaikovsky and Washington DC-based Joseph Palys also bring to bear strong records in patent-related appeals.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Google

Chevron Oronite Company, LLC

L’Oréal

General Atomics

Samsung Electronics

VirnetX

Oracle Corporation

National Association of Broadcasters

Snap, Inc.

Federal Aviation Administration

Trend Micro

PDVSA Petroleo

The Nature Conservancy

Public Counsel Veteran Caregivers Support Program

Work highlights

  • Represented L’Oréal in back-to-back victories before the Federal Circuit in patent infringement and trade secret cases initiated by a competitor.
  • Successfully defended Snap against alleged patent infringement of six US patents owned by Blackberry.
  • Represented Matthew Connolly, the former supervisor of the Money Market Desk at Deutsche Bank, in a high-profile DOJ prosecution in the Southern District of New York.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

The 'diversified team' at Paul Hastings LLP impresses with its spread of 'nationalities, cultural backgrounds and locations, as well as genders'. The group's diverse international composition combines with the wider firm's global footprint to provide clients with 'strong capability in handling parallel international arbitration proceedings', including across multiple jurisdictions. The group is also distinguished by its strength in life sciences and Japan-related cases. From Washington DC, Joseph Profaizer steers the global international arbitration practice and counts public and private corporations and sovereign states among his clients. Igor Timofeyev, also in Washington DC, maintains a broad practice encompassing appellate litigation as well as international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings has a strong capability in handling parallel international arbitration proceedings. They also have a diversified team who can handle cases in different jurisdictions.’

‘We have a very long good working relationship with Paul Hastings. This firm gives us professional and practical advice based on deep and comprehensive understanding of our business and relationship with our business partners.’

‘The firm has a strong culture emphasizing the professional values of client-focus, sincerity and trust. The firm’s international footprint and network are also very helpful to us as we operate worldwide and work with more multinational business partners in different jurisdictions.’

‘Their advice is very specific, precise and informative. Their strength is to point out precisely the points we have to manage, which we’ve never thought of, to give advice on various and broad areas, their quick responses, the character of counsels and so on.’

‘Their team of partners and associates who helped us through the international arbitration and settlement negotiation consisted of very diverse professionals in terms of nationalities, cultural backgrounds and locations, as well as genders. Many of them are even multilingual.’

‘They all have not only professional knowledge and experience but also strong communication and collaboration capability, with us and among themselves. They explained the legal issues involved in the arbitration to our business managers in a brief, clear, easy but accurate manner. ‘

‘Mr. Joseph Profaizer is a lead counsel for our case. His explanation is always clear cut and precise. He has so much experience in this practice and we feel very relieved when we work together with him.’

‘Ms. Sachiko Taniguchi is very supportive and knowledgeable in this practice. Her actions and responses are also quick.’

Key clients

American International Group (AIG)

Global Gaming Asset Management

Nu Dotco

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp.

Daiichi Sankyo

Work highlights

  • Representing Nu Dotco in a dispute resulting from a successful bid to operate a new internet top-level domain (TLD).

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 4

Among Paul Hastings LLP's key attributes, clients appreciate its 'great mix of both experience and expertise in the CFIUS practice' as well as its 'practical approach to advice'. Alongside the firm's CFIUS work, it is also active in export controls and economic sanctions issues, including investigations. Scott Flicker heads the global trade controls practice and is valued for his ability to provide 'clear guidance in a very murky area of the law'; he leads the department's ongoing representation of Mitsubishi Corporation in sanctions and export controls matters. Behnam Dayanim is noted for his combination of trade controls expertise together with strength in cybersecurity and advertising. Other key contacts in the Washington DC-based team include white-collar crime specialist Robert Luskin and of counsel Randall Johnston, who provides a 'very high level of strategic support'.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Paul Hastings Team has a great mix of both experience and expertise in the CFIUS practice. Also takes a practical approach to advice and communication that is digestible by business executives, as well as in-house legal personnel.’

‘International trade regulation is rapidly changing under the current global environment. It is crucial that the advisors are up-to-date on the regulation and practice of the jurisdiction they are admitted to practice in, as well as the trends of other key jurisdictions. In addition, we value advisors who can advise with in-depth understanding of the business and practice of their client.’

‘Scott Flicker has become a regular part of our in-house M&A team as well as a resource on all Board communications related to CFIUS. He provides clear guidance in a very murky area of the law and is relied on to provide his opinion in a fast-evolving area of the law. He is also very effective at helping to guide M&A transactions.’

Randall Johnston has been on our team for several years and has developed from a strong and effective mid-level associate into a key member of the team that we can rely upon to provide a very high level of strategic support, while still offering a very high level of technical expertise to CFIUS filings and communications.’

‘Randall Johnston has been supporting us to have a better understanding of the applicable regulations and to consider how we can conduct our business while complying. The text of the regulation can be difficult to understand, but she provides us with detailed explanation in plain language.’

Key clients

APL Logistics

AssetMark Financial

BitPay

Kobelco

Mitsubishi Corporation

SAP SE

Syniverse Technologies LLC

Teng Yue Partners

Toronto Dominion

Xiaomi Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented SAP in a joint settlement agreement with US authorities, including DOJ, OFAC, and BIS, for alleged violations of US export controls and sanctions against Iran.
  • Represented BitPay in a settlement agreement with OFAC, resulting in a consent agreement with the agency.
  • Acted as sanctions and export controls compliance counsel to Mitsubishi Corporation, including navigating the impact of Venezuela sanctions on its methanol production joint venture in Venezuela, resulting in a positive outcome with guidance from OFAC.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Paul Hastings LLP has strong teams on East and West Coasts, frequently handling both domestic and international offerings. The team has close links to a multitude of investment banks and has a strong record in fintech, real estate, tech and biotech, and leisure and hospitality, among other areas. New York-based Frank Lopez is co-head of the capital markets group and firm-wide managing partner. The team includes seasoned name Michael Fitzgerald, a leader in debt offerings from Latin America, particularly Mexico. Cathleen McLaughlin is also rated for energy and infrastructure transactions, originating from Latin America. Arturo Carrillo and Joy Gallup are also key members of the Latin America team. Teri O’Brien left the firm in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lopez

Other key lawyers:

Michael Fitzgerald; Cathleen McLaughlin; Arturo Carrillo; Joy Gallup

Testimonials

‘Counsel at Paul Hastings is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and precise. Top law firms we have ever worked with.’

‘Michael Fitzgerald, Arturo Carrillo and Joy Gallup are outstanding.’

Key clients

Barclays

Braskem Idesa

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Mitek Systems, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Grupo Alfa

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Nemak

Sacyr

Santander

Scotiabank

Sigma Alimentos

NGL Energy Partners, LP

American Homes 4 Rent

Deutsche Bank

Jefferies

Work highlights

  • Advised the Republic of Peru on a $5bn US and Euro global bond issuance.
  • Advised certain holders 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 NGL Energy Partners in a $2.05bn senior secured notes offering by its wholly owned subsidiaries as well as its entrance into a $500m ABL facility.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 4

Drawing on the firm’s expertise in M&A, private equity, emerging technologies, finance and regulatory issues, Paul Hastings LLP recently launched its global energy transition and infrastructure team, which is particularly well-versed in the carbon offsets markets and at representing investors in major transactions involving alternative energy companies and assets. The practice is frequently engaged in state and federal regulatory issues arising in the context of major renewable energy projects, including conservation needs and tribal law matters. Solar energy facility permitting is another area of strength for the department, which is under the leadership of Kfir Abutbul in Houston. Abutbul has a strong track record of corporate transactions in the renewable energy space, and is often retained by investment firms in the funding of alternative energy companies. Jenna McGrath is a name to note in Washington DC for energy regulatory matters, including electric storage.

Practice head(s):

Kfir Abutbul

Other key lawyers:

Chris Carr; Jenna McGrath; Andrew Heather

Key clients

Terra-Gen Power

8minute Solar Energy

EDF Renewables

Intersect Power

Recurrent Energy

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors (now Irradiant Capital)

PBF Energy

Oak Hill Advisors

Sandbrook Capital

Acciona Energy

Glidepath No

Leeward Renewable Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Oak Hill Advisors on an innovative $500m sustainable forestry joint venture with Bluesource targeting the purchase of one million acres of woodland for the generation of carbon offsets.
  • Assisting 8minute Solar Energy to secure incidental take permits and related mitigation for four solar projects totaling more than 3,000 MW that, when built, will provide more than 3% of California’s electricity.
  • Representing Caithness Energy in all aspects of the $700m sale of Shepherd’s Flat Windfarm to Brookfield Renewable Partners.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 4

The November 2020 addition of a four-member environmental group from Baker Botts L.L.P., including partners Chris Carr and Navi Dhillon, bolstered the depth of Paul Hastings LLP‘s environmental bench significantly. The practice is now well-positioned to handle bet-the-company environmental and natural resources litigation, having already established itself as a go-to choice for clients involved in complex federal and state environmental proceedings in California. Co-head Carr enjoys a strong reputation in the market, especially for representing renewable energy clients. He oversees the practice with Deborah Schmall , who is an expert in enforcement actions, hazardous waste regulations and contaminated property remediation. Trial lawyer Dhillon maintains a robust regulatory practice, while acting for an array of clients in high-stakes environmental disputes. All named practitioners are based in the San Francisco office.

Practice head(s):

Chris Carr; Deborah Schmall

Other key lawyers:

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.

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

  • Representing Terra-Gen Power, 8minute Solar Energy and EDF Renewables in defending against a challenge to emergency regulation authorizing the incidental take of western Joshua trees by solar energy projects that will generate more than 4,000 MW and have an aggregate value in excess of $5bn.
  • Acting for West Basin Municipal Water District in a CEQA challenge to the development of a utility-scale ocean water desalination facility, one of the most controversial projects in California.
  • Secured a win for Green Diamond Resource Company in a case of first impression challenging a Safe Harbor Conservation agreement between Green Diamond and the California wildlife agency covering more than 300,000 acres of land and targeting the endangered Humboldt marten.

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 4

With a strong profile in the energy and real estate sectors, Paul Hastings LLP has broad experience of handling challenging  environmental aspects of nationwide and cross-border transactions, including both in- and outbound work on behalf of US-based and international clients. Led by Tom Mounteer in Washington DC, the practice regularly acts for a range of financial institutions, major corporations, private equity and real estate investors in connection with the acquisition of contaminated property, construction financing and diligence strategies. Department chair Mounteer, whose experience covers real estate, capital markets, private equity, M&A and bankruptcy matters, is skilled at resolving deal- and business-critical issues pertaining to environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Tom Mounteer

Testimonials

Very responsive and provide thoughtful answers and support.

Key clients

Barclays

BMO (Bank of Montreal)

Boeing

Capital One

Credit Suisse

General Electric

Hines

JP Morgan

Kobe Steel

LG

Morgan Stanley

Oaktree Capital Management

RBC (Royal Bank of Canada)

Samsung

Société Générale

UBS

Vance Street Capital

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Advised Lima Airport Partners on the environmental conditions (the “Equator Principles”) applicable to a $450m series of financings for the airside development program at Jorge Chávez International Airport.
  • Assisted Aterian Investment Partners in respect of its $100m acquisition of Swiss Precision Manufacturing, notably advising on environmental liability risk and the acquisition agreement’s environmental representations.
  • Advised Vance Street Capital on its acquisition of Wytech Industries, a manufacturer of specialty core wires and related components for interventional medical devices.

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

Renowned clients, including major technology companies, continue to rely on Paul Hastings LLP for assistance with their matters before the ITC. The practice was bolstered at the end of 2021 with the arrival of Kecia Reynolds, formerly a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, who joined the Washington DC office. The remainder of the team, led by Palo Alto’s Yar Chaikovsky, includes key practitioners Phillip Ou, also in Palo Alto, and Tom Counts in San Francisco, all of whom are experienced in assisting both plaintiffs and defendants, either in a standalone ITC cases or in conjunction with co-pending patent litigation matters.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Align Technology Inc.

Stanley Black and Decker

HTC

Work highlights

  • Represented HTC in numerous cases against Innovation Sciences, including district court cases and an ITC investigation, securing an end of the global dispute following two victories of HTC Corporation over Innovation Sciences in district court cases ahead of an evidentiary hearing at the ITC.
  • Represented Fitbit in a multi-venue patent dispute filed by international conglomerate Koninklijke Philips N.V., centered on allegations of infringement of patents relating to fitness tracking devices and accompanying software applications.
  • Representing IKEA in an ITC investigation based on a complaint filed by The Regents of the University of California of Oakland.

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

Counting multinational companies and financial institutions among its standout roster of clients, Paul Hastings LLP has demonstrable capabilities in handling the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of M&A, such as advising Madison Industries in its $3.6bn acquisition of Nortek Air. Los Angeles-based Stephen Harris leads the practice and is praised for ‘acting as a key partner in all facets of an employment scenario’. In the firm’s Washington DC office, Eric Keller handles C-suite issues, while Palo Alto-based Dan Stellenberg acts for private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as individual executives.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Harris

Other key lawyers:

Eric Keller; Dan Stellenberg

Testimonials

‘What separates Paul Hastings from other practices is the depth of context they seek, understanding the broader business and employment context to inform the legal approach.’

‘Stephen Harris goes so far above and beyond what I have seen competitors do, acting as a key partner in all facets of an employment scenario. His ability to bring great judgment and business sense to bear on the scenario makes him much more than a legal counsellor.’

Key clients

Samsung

NatWest

Intel

Walmart

Disney

Sony

Ford

Credit Suisse

Paysafe

Guggenheim Partners

Electrolux

Work highlights

  • Advised AvidXchange in its acquisition of FastPay.
  • Advised Madison Industries in its $3.6bn acquisition of Nortek Air.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 4

Acting for a number of large-cap and mid-market private equity sponsors, as well as venture capital investors and management teams, the practice at Paul Hastings LLP continues to be an active player, advising on deals nationwide and in a variety of growth industries, most notably healthcare and life sciences. While much of the team is based in Chicago, the firm also has a strong presence in California and Texas, and accordingly regularly advises on private equity-backed deals in the tech and energy spaces. Brian Richards heads up the team, advising key sponsor clients on buyouts, growth equity investments, and cross-border deals, while global corporate chair Amit Mehta is also a prolific dealmaker, offering additional distressed transactions and securities expertise. Christopher Sheaffer is a go-to for investments across the PE life cycle, while San Francisco’s Mike Kennedy counts Francisco Partners as a key client, working on deals in a variety of industries. Kelly Padgett was promoted to partner in February 2022 in recognition of her growing reputation within the market. Named lawyers are in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Brian Richards

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sectigo

Francisco Partners

Symphony Technology Group

CITIC Capital Partners

Erwin, Inc.

Endeavour Capital

Inverness Graham Investments

Orangewood Partners

Brenntag Specialities, LLC

DW Healthcare Partners

Madison IAQ LLC

Cortec Group

Filtration Group

MSM Acquisitions, Inc

CHSL Holdco, Inc.

Spectrum Equity LLC

Industrial Valve Acquisition Corp.

Kinetrex Energy

Industrial Growth Partners

Brenntag Specialties, LLC

WBB Equity, LLC

GI Partners

Vector Capital

Wynnchurch Capital

Hart & Cooley LLC

H.I.G. Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Francisco Partners in its definitive agreement to acquire the international business segment of CDK Global for $1.45 billion.
  • Advised Symphony Technology Group on its entry into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of McAfee Corp’s Enterprise business.
  • Represented Orangewood Partners in its acquisition of PG Bells Holdings, LLC.

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

Paul Hastings LLP covers the full range of privacy and data security matters, including assistance during cross-border transactions. Based in Washington DC, the team includes Behnam Dayanim, who is well respected in matters involving FinTech and payments, as well as advertising and gaming cases, vice-chair Sherrese Smith, who excels at US data privacy and security laws and EU GDPR and CCPA regulations, and lead director Jacqueline Cooney. Robert Silvers moved to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Behnam Dayanim; Sherrese Smith; Jacqueline Cooney

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Charfoos

Testimonials

‘Aaron Charfoos is very knowledgeable and experienced in handling the security incident that he was assigned to work with us as a client. He handled cases professionally. His timely response and update is appreciated too.’

Key clients

Facebook

Samsung Electronics America

Barclays

Caesars Entertainment

L’Oreal USA Inc.

Align Technology

Cadent Inc.

Biofire Diagnostics, Inc.

Citadel Enterprise Americas LLC

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Assisted BioFire Diagnostics LLC in a substantial matter filed in The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, concerning claims of breach of contract, copyright infringement and theft of BioFire’s software by USMN.
  • Acting for ModiFace, Inc., a L’Oréal company, against a consumer class action asserting violations of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (“BIPA”).
  • Assisted Spectrum Pharmaceutical, Inc. in an internal investigation into a ransomware attack against the company.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP covers a broad range of issues arising in media and entertainment, including class actions, defamation for high-profile individuals, pre-trial investigations, and copyright-related matters. Based in Century City, practice head Steven Marenberg is a seasoned litigator who recently represented the UTA in its dispute with the Writer’s Guild as well as Ubisoft in a case of alleged price-fixing. In Los Angeles Tamerlin Godley is a specialist in IP related matters and highly sensitive cases. Further recommended in Century City is James Pearl for his expertise in First Amendment and defamation work.

Practice head(s):

Steven Marenberg

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Ubisoft, Inc.

Ubisoft S.A.

WarnerMedia

Jonathan Mannion Photography

Nu Dotco, LLC

Georgia Film Fund LLC

MidCap Financial Trust

Bahakel Communications, Ltd

Doug Band

Steward Partners

Activision Blizzard

Work highlights

  • Represented Ubisoft S.A. and Ubisoft, Inc. in an antitrust class action.
  • Represented WarnerMedia with regard to an investigation into allegations of misconduct on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
  • Representing Jonathan Mannion in an action filed by Jay-Z alleging distribution of photographs violate Jay-Z’s rights of publicity.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 4

The Los Angeles-based transactional team of Paul Hastings LLP covers M&A, investment, and content production financing in media & entertainment for clients including Jukin Media, Marginal Media, and MidCap Financial Trust. Co-head Mickey Mayerson advises a global client base on production financing matters. Craig Emanuel who leads alongside Mayerson is a specialist in deals pertaining to the talent and creative side of the industry. Another expert on the matter is co-head Erik Hyman who recently represented Anthony Ramos in negotiations for leading roles. Co-head Susan Williams focuses her practice on structuring complex finance and capital market transactions in the entertainment industry.

Practice head(s):

Craig Emanuel; Erik Hyman; Susan Williams; Mickey Mayerson

Other key lawyers:

Sean Monroe; David Hernand

Key clients

About-Face

Anthony Bregman and Likely Story

Anthony Ramos

Carol Aebersold

Celebrands

Charles Randolph

Clive Davis

Comerica Bank

Craig Rosenberg

East West Bank

Fifth Third Bank

George Wolfe

HYBE

Jac Schaeffer

Kevin Willmott

Lion Tree

Luke Davies

Michael Seitzman

Midcap Financial

Morgan Stanley

Motion Picture Corporation of America

New Slate Ventures

QCode

Quincy Jones

Robert Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy

Sarah Streicher

Snoot Entertainment

SpottedRisk

Tony Gilroy

Tribune Entertainment

Truist Bank

Vine Alternative Investments

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Represented Morgan Stanley and Lion Tree in connection with Amazon’s acquisition of MGM Studios; the clients acted as financial advisers to MGM Studios.
  • Represented HYBE in its acquisition of Ithaca Holdings for $1bn.
  • Representing Vine Alternative Investments in connection with EuropaCorp S.A.’s emergence from French safeguard proceedings through which our client became a majority stakeholder.

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

Hailed as ‘excellent, business-focused counsel’, Paul Hastings LLP can draw on resources in New York, California, Washington DC, Texas and Illinois, among other locations; its offices are proficient in a wealth of matters from joint ventures, strategic development and early-stage growth through to complex, multi-billion dollar cross-border M&A. Thad Mailk leads the practice from Chicago, overseeing a team with particular expertise in media, entertainment, defense and aerospace, technology and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Thad Malik

Other key lawyers:

Carl Sanchez; Steve Camahort; Amit Mehta; Brian Richards; David Hernand; Barry Brooks; Mike Huan; Robert Leung; Richard Radnay

Testimonials

‘The entire team’s responsiveness and attention to detail is best-in-class. Despite handling numerous transactions at once, they are always on their game and ahead of the curve when it comes to being proactive and managing difficult negotiations and tight timelines.’

‘Carl Sanchez and the team are absolutely top-of-the-market M&A attorneys. Not only do they provide top shelf legal advice, but our entire team is amazed at their responsiveness and attention to detail. They are our go-to team for all M&A.’

‘Excellent business-focused deal counsel. Shows ability to prioritize deal critical issues and focus on getting deals done on market terms, without getting bogged down on unimportant side issues or disputes over language. Stays on or under budget and utilizes excellent junior and specialist resources who can scale across a transaction. Frequently comes in at a fraction of the cost of competitive firms by smartly managing and prioritizing resources.’

‘Excellent partner level engagement, extremely responsive, able to handle complex transactions with extremely lean teams, which keeps bills in checks and allows team to move quickly and responsively. Good ability to provide business focused advice. Particularly impressed by Richard Radnay.’

‘Extremely responsive, very strong substantive knowledge of M&A markets, best practices, etc. Practical approach, strong knowledge of my company’s business.’

‘The partners at Paul Hastings take true ownership over files, seeing matters through from beginning to end. Accountability is a core piece of the Paul Hastings culture, which is comforting to any client.’

Key clients

Caithness Energy

Romeo Power

Teleperformance SE

Pamela M. Lopker (founder and controlling stockholder of QAD Inc.)

Aterian, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Symphony Technology Group

Sanne Group

Sorrento Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Advised Madison IAQ LLC, a subsidiary of Madison Industries and leading developer and marketer of IAQ products and solutions, on its $3.6bn acquisition of the Nortek Air business, a leading engineer of innovative product solutions for every HVAC application, headquartered in the U.S.        
  • Advising Symphony Technology Group on two highly significant transactions concerning the acquisition of McAfee Corp’s Enterprise business and FireEye Products.
  • Advising Sanne Group during its $2.1bn acquisition by Apex Group, a competing provider of services to the financial industry.

France > Real estate

Paul Hastings is highly active in high-end real estate transactions and financings. With the firm’s strong private equity practice, the real estate team is supported in matters concerning real estate investment funds, institutional investors, sovereign funds, and French and global developers. Practice head Jean-Louis Martin takes the lead on key matters, namely advising Tishman Speyer on its €300m acquisition of the Espace Lumière building from Invesco.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A team that is always quick to meet schedule requirements through its availability by providing an adequate response to issues.’

‘Jean-Louis Martin reassures with his discretion and his always fine and targeted analyses.’

Key clients

Abercrombie & Fitch

André Balazs Properties

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Hardstone

CDC

Constructa

Dell

Eurazeo Patrimoine

Hardstone

Hollister

Highgate

Tishman Speyer Properties

Virtuo Industrial Property

Fortress

Foncière Vesta

JPMorgan

Predica (Crédit Agricole Assurance)

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CNP

Swiss Life Asset Managers

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

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

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

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

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

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

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Finance Jennifer St John Yountjenniferyount@paulhastings.com
Latin America Michael L Fitzgeraldmichaelfitzgerald@paulhastings.com
Intellectual property Bruce Wexlerbrucewexler@paulhastings.com
Intellectual property Yar R Chaikovskyyarchaikovsky@paulhastings.com
Securities litigation Peter M Stonepeterstone@paulhastings.com
Asia Jong Han Kimjonghankim@paulhastings.com
Asia Toshi Araitoshiyukiarai@paulhastings.com
Real estate Eric R Landauericlandau@paulhastings.com
M&A Carl R Sanchezcarlsanchez@paulhastings.com
Securities and capital markets Michael L Zupponemichaelzuppone@paulhastings.com
Investigations and white-collar defense Kwame Manleykwamemanley@paulhastings.com
Private equity Brian F Richardsbrianrichards@paulhastings.com
Employment Elena Bacaelenabaca@paulhastings.com
Leveraged finance John Cobbjohncobb@paulhastings.com
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