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Paul Hastings LLP
United States

Fintech Tier 1

Fielding a multidisciplinary team with broad experience, Paul Hastings LLP’s practice boasts a wide range of capabilities handling matters across the fintech sector. The group's impressive client roster ranges from global corporates, such as Samsung — which it advised on a range of privacy, security, data ownership, advertising and marketing issues relating to the launch of Samsung Pay — to start-up companies including Even. The firm advised the latter on the launch of its financial health app in collaboration with Wal-Mart. The team has experience assisting clients navigating the cryptocurrency market and regulatory environment; Altanta-based practice head Chris Daniel and cybersecurity and data expert Behnam Dayanim in Washington DC are leading advice to Coinbase on the passing of a North Carolina state house bill allowing cryptocurrency exchanges to operate, as it is exempt from traditional money transmission laws. The group also leverages its M&A capabilities in transactions, such as assisting Moneygram on the recent proposed acquisition by Ant Financial; advising Paysafe Group on US regulatory aspects of its $3.9bn acquisition by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners; and acting for Circle Internet Financial in connection with elements of its $400m acquisition of Poloniex. Other key names to note include San Francisco-based Thomas Brown, particularly for antitrust and competition in the financial services industry; Washington DC-based of counsel Lawrence Kaplan, who attracts praise for his ‘outstanding expertise in banking related matters’; cybersecurity expert Robert Silvers; and structured credit partner Richard Davis (both also based in Washington DC). Silicon Valley Bank, cryptocurrency exchange Gemini Exchange and Barclays are all clients.

Real estate Tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP handles acquisitions and dispositions, finance and joint venture transactions, land use and zoning, energy litigation work and data center-related matters, advising clients including borrowers and lenders, developers, investors, purchasers, sellers, landlords and tenants. Chicago-based Gregory Spitzer continues to represent IBM and its subsidiary SoftLayer Technologies on leasing and developing data center facilities in multiple locations around the world. Los Angeles-based Philip Feder and Jeff Haber advised the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association on the $500m acquisition and development of a new headquarters building for its Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program. David Hamsher, who is based in San-Francisco, advised Five Point Holdings on the $8bn development of Candlestick Point and Phase 2 of the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco. New York-based Rick Allendorf acted for Barclays Capital on its $550m loan for the financing of Christiana Mall in Newark, Delaware. San Francisco-based Stephen Berkman, who is an ‘exceptional strategist, negotiator and lawyer and knows how to get deals done’, counts Facebook, Linkedin and amongst his clients. Eric Landau, who also works from the New York office, was the key partner advising Millennium Partners on its development of a vacant site in Downtown Boston into a luxury mixed-use project which included the provision of $450m of preferred equity financing. Also recommended are New York-based Bruce DePaola, John Cahill, Peter Olsen and Chicago-based Brad Ritter.

Workplace and employment counseling Tier 1

Paul Hastings LLP has expertise in advising on the full gamut of employment matters, including but not limited to terminations, internal harassment investigations and mandatory arbitration agreements. Practice head Patrick Shea is based in New York and focuses on employee benefits, employment discrimination, and wrongful discharge. He and Kenneth Gage led settlement negotiations in a global mediation for a telecoms company, which followed the acquisition of a satellite service provider. Other clients include Google, IBM and General Electric. In Washington DC, Barbara Brown  handles employment compliance diagnostics and strategic advice on diversity programs, while Kenneth Willner is a key contact for high-level testing and employee selection procedures and related questions; Carson Sullivan is also noted. New York-based Marc Bernstein has more than 25 years of experience. Senior counsel Kirby Wilcox in San Francisco, Bradford Newman in Palo Alto and Nancy Abell in Los Angeles are key contacts in California.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 2

The 'talented lawyers' at Paul Hastings LLP stand out for their experience in dealing with complex international corporate investigations, and are particularly commended by clients for their teamwork under the 'impressive' stewardship of New York's Kenneth Breen. Alongside Phara Guberman and Jane Yoon, Breen is representing former supervisor of the money market desk at Deutsche Bank in a DOJ prosecution pending in the Southern District of New York relating to allegations of Libor manipulation. 'A most remarkable practitioner', Washington DC-based Robert Luskin (who 'combines the skills of a scholar and a street-wise fighter') is, alongside Kwame Manley, assisting SAP with a number of matters, including an internal investigation related to US sanctions in Iran. Having represented the client throughout its corruption investigation and resolution with the DOJ, Luskin and John Darden continue to represent Braskem through its monitorship. 'Smart, strategic and tirelessMichael Levy is also recommended in Washington DC.

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

Paul Hastings LLP has strong capabilities in the labor and employment sphere. Clients regularly engage the team to handle class actions and high-stakes claims relating to wage and hour, discrimination and trade secrets. New York-based practice head Patrick Shea has more than 35 years of experience; together with Barbara Brown and Carson Sullivan, both in Washington DC, he continues to represent Goldman Sachs in a nationwide gender discrimination class action. The group also handles a variety of matters for Google; in a recent work highlight, Cameron Fox is defending the tech giant in a widely publicized class action against a former employee, who claims that caucasians, males and political conservatives have suffered discrimination at Google. Elena Baca successfully acted for Fiber Systems International after a former executive and his new employer, Glenair, tried to invalidate the executive’s lawful post-employment restraints as well as the ones in every FSI contract on a nationwide level; Baca, alongside Fox and Jennifer Baldocchi, was able to dismiss the claims. Other members of the practice group include Nancy Abell, who is a widely recognized employment specialist, and Paul GrossmanZach HuttonPaul Cane and Jeffrey Wohl are key practitioners in the San Francisco office. Further recommended individuals are Neal Mollen and Kenneth Willner in Washington DC, Kenneth Gage and Marc Bernstein in New York, Bradford Newman in Palo Alto, as well as Donna Melby and Leslie AbbottFelicia Davis made partner in February 2018. Stephen Sonnenberg retired. Named attorneys are based in Los Angeles except where indicated otherwise.

Land use/zoning Tier 2

Extremely experienced’, Paul Hastings LLP provides ‘valuable information and a practical approach’ in high-profile cases, which recently included assisting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LAPA) with the acquisition and development of a new Frank Gehry designed headquarters building for LAPA’s Youth Orchestra; this matter was led by practice co-head Jeff Haber. ‘Outstanding’ and ‘down-to-earth’, other practice co-head Mitchell Menzer is acting for Chinese real estate developer Shen Zhen New World I in negotiations with the City of Los Angeles regarding the redevelopment of the site of The LA Hotel. Gordon Hart is also recommended. All lawyers named are based in Los Angeles.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP has 'a deep bench' of lawyers, who combine 'exceptional technical expertise and a great strategic approach'. The 'very dedicated' team is a go-to-practice for PTAB litigation, especially for petitioners; it is primarily active in life sciences litigation, especially in pharmaceuticals and biotechnological cases, but is also instructed by clients in the technology and telecoms industries. A recent success was the defense of Trend Micro against Intellectual Ventures in a Federal Circuit case in which co-chair Yar Chaikovsky from Palo Alto secured a rare grant for attorney's fees from the court, winning the full $441,000 for the client. Together with his Washington DC-based co-chairs, Joseph Palys and Naveen Modi ('a top-notch advocate') Chaikovsky obtained an affirming decision from the Federal Circuit on behalf of HTC in a consolidated case against Virginia Innovation Sciences and Amazon, obtaining dismissal of over 360 claims covering eight patents as ineligible. Helsinn Healthcare, Boehringer Ingelheim and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma are also among the team's clients. Eric Dittmann and Joseph O’Malley in New York impress with their 'passion, dedication, experience' and 'amazing ability to master the nuances and complexities of cases'. Other key figures include Washington DC's Jeff Pade and Blair JacobsBruce Wexler and of counsel Young Park in New York. Robert Unikel and of counsel Robert Laurenzi joined from Arnold & Porter in Chicago and New York respectively, and David Beckwith joined from Fitzgerald Knaier LLP. Palo Alto's Philip Ou made partner. Gerald Flattmann and Evan Diamond left for King & Spalding LLP, while Michael Hendershot joined Jones Day and Hassen Sayeed joined O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

When it comes to CLO arranger mandates, Paul Hastings LLP is, according to some clients, 'the strongest in the field'. Indeed, the team has 'a rare mix of qualities that sets it apart from its competitors'. Headed by Washington DC-based Scott Faga, the CLO practice group acted as underwriters' counsel in approximately $24bn of CLO new issues in the first six months of 2018; Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo are among Faga's key arranger-side clients. In the New York office, Nicole Skalla acted for Natixis Securities in a $500m new-issue CLO managed by Neuberger Berman, and also began advising Citigroup, which was the number one US CLO arranger by market share in 2017. Also in New York, Eugene Ferrer advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on a $811m new-issue CLO managed by Credit Suisse Asset Management. In addition to its strength in arranger-side mandates, the team also acts for a number of prominent CLO managers such as TCW Asset Management Company, Symphony Asset Management and Arrow Management.

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP is noted for representing broadcasters in matters regarding new technologies, as well as matters requiring novel legal approaches. Department head Eric Greenberg is an experienced transactional lawyer, while Sherrese Smith is the key contact for clients requiring regulatory advice. Smith and Greenberg recently acted for ION Media with a series of innovative transactions arising from the FCC's incentive auction. Associate Andrew Erber is experienced in the regulatory aspects of broadcast transactions, and assisted Greenberg and Smith in their work for ION Media. Smith handles work for Cox Media regarding its expansion into new areas of content delivery - alongside cybersecurity expert Behnam Dayanim - as well as advising the National Association of Broadcasters on issues connected to the emergence and deployment of new broadcast technologies. Other key clients for the practice include 21st Century Fox, Nexstar Communications, and Univision Communications. Employment lawyer Carson Sullivan is also a member of the interdisciplinary group and defends AT&T in employment cases.

Telecoms and broadcast: transactional Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP's 'top-notch transactional practice' is noted for its work in broadcast transactions, particularly those involving spectrum issues. Eric Greenberg heads the transactional group, and forms a 'great team' with regulatory key contact Sherrese Smith, both bringing 'strong skills' in their respective specialisms. The firm recently acted for FirstLight in connection with its the financing of its acquisition of fiber optic networks, with Greenberg working alongside associate and transaction specialist Andrew Erber. Other highlights for the firm included its representation of Hemisphere media in its joint ventures with Univision communications in the mainland and Puerto Rican markets, its advice to the Royal Bank of Canada on the financing of Standard Media's acquisition of a television station portfolio from Tribune media, as well as handling 21st Century Fox's proposed $1bn acquisition of television stations due to be spun off in Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, terminated along with the main deal. A key recent mandate for the firm was its work with ION media on the acquisition of expiring broadcast licences in the wake of the FCC's incentive auction, expanding ION's portfolio through a first-of-its-kind series of transactions.

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

Paul Hastings LLP has a prominent trade secrets team, handling both litigation and advisory matters, with a  strong emphasis on the financial services and technology sectors. The employee mobility and trade secrets practice is headed by Palo Alto's Bradford Newman, who recently represented Opus Bank in a trade secrets case against five former employees who left to found their own healthcare lending practice. Based is the firm's Los Angeles office, a team including Elena Baca and Jennifer Baldocchi acted for Fiber Systems International in a matter against a former executive, wherein the team obtained a permanent injunction in Texas against the former executive following his breach of strategic and budgetary trade secrets; the team went on to successfully litigate a claim in the California courts, which sought to invalidate numerous non-compete agreements. The trade secrets group also benefits from a strong specialty litigation team including Jeff Pade in Washington DC, Mark Pollack in Chicago. Victoria Cundiff chairs the global trade secrets practice from the New York office.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

From its multiple offices across the nation, Paul Hastings LLP handles tax issues in relation to real estate, M&A, financing transactions including capital markets deals, and private equity matters. In Houston, Greg Nelson is advising Osprey Energy Acquisition Corp on its acquisition of Royal Resources structured as an UP-C transaction, while Los Angeles partner Michael Haun assisted Haim Saban with the structuring of the sale of the Power Rangers brand to Hasbro for $522m. Based in Orange County, Douglas Schaaf advises on the issuance of financial instruments, and has expertise in the private equity space, and Thomas Wisialowski in Palo Alto is a key figure for the structuring of venture capital and real estate transactions. Other recommended partners include Ziemowit Smulkowski in Chicago, and New York-based Joseph Opich and David Makso, the latter of whom made partner in February 2018. Active clients include Silver 8 Partners, Lexington Realty Trust and APG.

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 3

The 'solution-oriented' team at Paul Hastings LLP strikes the right note with its ‘thoughtful, creative and practical advice’ combined with ‘consistently great execution’. Widely recognized for its ‘strong presence in Latin America-related deals’, the New York-based group is also noted for its ‘close relationships with underwriters’. In a highlight example of its strong suit, Latin America practice head Michael Fitzgerald teamed up with Arturo Carrillo and Joy Gallup to advise Credit Suisse, as global coordinator, and the initial purchasers on Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico’s $1.6bn IPO of Fibra E shares on the Mexican stock exchange. Yariv Katz, praised as ‘a young powerhouse of a lawyer’, advised the joint book-running managers on Sun Communities’ $500m follow-on offering. The group has also recently advised on equity offerings for issuers such as Grupo Traxión, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions and Viking Therapeutics. Other key contacts include securities and capital markets chair Michael Zuppone, who is highlighted by sources as ‘an unflappable and seasoned veteran’.

Capital markets: global offerings Tier 3

Practical, thoughtful and responsive’, Paul Hastings LLP’s practice comprises ‘creative experts in the capital markets’. The New York-headquartered team has a broad geographical reach, with its recent experience spanning mature and emerging markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia. However, the consensus is ‘the firm is a leader in Latin America’, where it is a popular choice for both issuers and banks. Michael Fitzgerald heads up the Latin America practice group and acted alongside Joy Gallup and Arturo Carrillo to advise Credit Suisse, as global coordinator, and the initial purchasers on Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México’s $1.6bn IPO of Fibra E shares on the Mexican stock exchange. Fitzgerald and Carrillo also advised Sigma Alimentos on a $500m international bond offering by its Dutch subsidiary, Sigma Finance Netherlands. Outside of Latin America, Yariv Katz, who is ‘incredibly smart and solution-oriented’, acted alongside the London office and real estate partner David Viklund to advise US mall operator Starwood West on a $264m bond offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Commercial lending Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has a dynamic team with experienced lawyers spread across several offices, including New York (where the bulk of the team is based), Los Angeles and Chicago. The team has particular expertise in acting for for major banks in lender-side mandates including refinancings and leveraged buyouts, many of which are sponsor designated. The firm also has a growing practice advising direct lenders, where Los Angeles-based global finance and restructuring chair Jennifer Yount and Bill Brady are names to note. Recent highlights include advising RBC Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities, Barclays Bank and Citigroup Global Markets on the $3.6bn financing for Meredith Corporation's acquisition of media company Time. The practice group has experience acting for corporate and private equity borrowers, which recently included advising Delphi Technologies on a $1.4bn financing linked to its spin-off from Delphi Automotive. The highly rated global leveraged finance practice is jointly led by Michael Baker  and John Cobb.

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Advising on regulatory issues related to the running of natural gas-fired generation projects, wind and solar projects and emergent storage developments are some key areas of focus at Paul Hastings LLP. The environment and energy practice group is led by DC-based corporate partner William DeGrandis. Recent highlights include Peter Weiner (San Francisco) and others assisting First Solar with obtaining permits for its Cal Flats project. The team also represents the client in negotiations concerning solar regulatory policy with the DOE and Bureau of Land Management. The firm's client list also includes the likes of Georgia Transmission Corporation and Olympus Power Company. Michael Spafford (DC) is another name to note.

Environment: regulatory Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has particular strengths in brownfield project and contaminated site matters related to real estate and energy developments. A standout highlight included acting for several affiliates of Lennar Corporation and Five Point Holdings in the $8bn mixed-use development of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Candlestick Point in San Francisco, namely dealing with allegations of fraudulent performance of radiological remediation by a Navy contractor; San Francisco-based Gordon Hart is leading that case. Department head Peter Weiner, who works between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, is retained by Boeing in a variety of matters, including the development and negotiation of a conservation easement for a 2400-acre contaminated site undergoing a RCRA cleanup. Another name to note is Deborah Schmall in San Francisco; she, along with Hart, is instructed by Related Companies in relation to regulatory matters concerning its $6bn 200-acre mixed-use development over a municipal landfill in Santa Clara.

Environment: transactional Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP carried out environmental due diligence for RBC as lead initial purchaser of $650m senior notes offered by international hydraulic fracturing company Calfrac, and also assisted Korean company CJ Logistics with the acquisition of a majority stake in DSC Logistics, namely with regard to environmental issues identified at the target’s 32-acre Des Plaines facility. Washington DC-based Tom Mounteer (‘very commercial, reasonable, thorough and hardworking’) led both deals. Peter Weiner leads the team from California, and San Francisco-based Deborah Schmall is another name to note.

General commercial disputes Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP is a popular choice for large multinational companies and financial institutions in complex commercial disputes. It is particularly active in key jurisdictions including New York, Washington DC and California, though it is equipped to handle cases across the length and breadth of the country. The global litigation practice is chaired by Barry Sher, who, acting alongside Jodi Kleinick, achieved the dismissal of a class action brought on behalf of investors in two funds, who claimed to have lost nearly $1bn as a result of the funds manager's involvement in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. In San Francisco, John Phillips successfully represented General Electric in a novel federal claim wherein an employee alleged that the design of GE's boiling water reactors resulted in radiation exposure. Houston-based Samuel Cooper defended eight former directors at Baker Hughes, who allegedly misappropriated a proprietary share-pricing model with the intention of using that model for insider trading. Also recommended is Kurt Hansson, who has extensive experience in breach of contract, securities, fraud and trade secrets disputes. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

International tax Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP’s international tax group is an invaluable component of the firm's corporate transactional practice. The team recently advised Aviation Investors International on the tax aspects of the sale of a portfolio of domestic and offshore aircraft management capabilities to Global Atlantic Finance for $300m. Elsewhere, Joseph Opich assisted Elanco with complex tax matters related to its agreement to purchase a biopharmaceutical asset portfolio as well as a manufacturing and R&D site from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica for $900m. David Makso is also notable and specializes in cross-border, capital markets and leveraged finance deals. Aforementioned lawyers are New York based. Also noted are Douglas Schaaf in Orange County, Ziemowit Smulkowski  in Chicago and Thomas Wisialowski in Palo Alto.

M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has significant litigation capability on both coasts, as well as in other key centres such as Houston and Chicago. It frequently acts for leading financial institutions in deal-related litigation and recently handled two key cases for Goldman Sachs. The first saw the firm handle a $50m claim in the New York State Supreme Court arising from GS Group’s investment in financial services research provider Netologic, Inc. The second case saw fellow co-chair Peter Stone in Palo Alto represent the client in its role as financial adviser to Amazon, Inc in matters arising from its $13.7bn acquisition of Whole Foods Market. Veteran litigator William Sullivan in Los Angeles handled a $500m case for Vance Street Capital as seller in a post-acquisition dispute with Precision Castparts Corporation. Samuel Cooper in Houston is also recommended. Douglas Flaum joined Goodwin.

Merger control Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP's antitrust practice is led by Scott Hataway and Michael Wise, who was recently promoted to counsel. In recent highlights, GI Partners appointed the group to oversee its concurrent acquisitions of two eDiscovery platforms as well as its takeover of California Cryobank and Cord Blood Registry. Hataway and Wise also acted for Integrated DNA Technologies in its $1.9bn sale to Danaher, and Wise advised Netsmart on its acquisition of Change Healthcare Home Care and Hospice Solutions from McKesson. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of associate Noah Pinegar from the FTC.

Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds Tier 3

From its primary base in New York, Paul Hastings LLP’s team has been kept busy handling a range of work from fund formation and launches to acquisitions. Michael Rosella and of counsel Vadim Avdeychik continue to advise Gabelli Funds on ETF matters, including the addition of two new investment portfolios. The duo also advised Brookfield Asset Management on the acquisition of Center Coast Capital and HRC Fund Associates. San Francisco-based David Hearth garners praise for his 'industry acumen, technical '40 Act knowledge, and strong practical business sense'; he represented the Rainier Funds in its acquisition by Hennessy Funds, and its subsequent liquidation and de-registration. Other clients include Toqueville Asset Management, Morgan Stanley and Kayne Anderson.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP advises on equity and debt securities offerings, ongoing disclosure and securities compliance matters, property acquisitions, and corporate transactions within the real estate asset management sector. Yariv Katz advised Citigroup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BMO Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets, as joint book-running managers, on the follow-on public offering of common stock of Sun Communities, a REIT that operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities. Michael ZupponeMichael Fitzgerald and Arturo Carrillo are other key advisers. The names listed are in New York.

Securities litigation - defense Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has a robust securities litigation practice on both the east and west coasts, and has experienced practitioners in key cities such as Washington DC, Houston and Chicago. The firm's client base includes leading investment banks such as Barclays, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, for which it handles cases involving complex financial instruments and regulatory matters. Samsung and Dole Foods are among its many blue-chip corporate clients. Peter Stone in Palo Alto leads the securities litigation practice. Flaum represented the underwriters of ReWalk Robotics’ IPO in obtaining the dismissal of cases concerning the adequacy of its offering documents. New York-based global chair of litigation Barry Sher secured the dismissal of a class action against  FIM Advisors that arose from Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Wiliam Sullivan in Los Angeles is also recommended. Douglas Flaum in New York joined Goodwin in 2019.

Technology transactions Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP is regularly involved in technology transactions involving software, biotech and healthcare, and internet services. In New York, Samuel A. Waxman has advised Deerfield Innovations on the creation of Bluefield Innovations, a collaborative therapeutics partnership with Johns Hopkins University, with the aim to commercialize certain therapeutics research. Additionally, the team advised Phosplatin Therapeutics on a collaboration agreement with Pfizer and Merck for the evaluation of an oncology molecule in combination with an antibody. Other key partners include Los Angeles-based David M. Hernand, and Steven L. Camahort and Dana C. F. Kromm, both of whom are based in the San Francisco office. In Palo Alto, Tiffany Lee and Matthew D. Berger left the practice group in December 2018 and joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 4

Arthur Zwickel heads the team at Paul Hastings LLP, which handles a wide range of hedge fund work. Zwickel advised Frontier Market Asset Management on cross-border investments in areas such as Pakistan, Iraq and Zimbabwe, and also, acting alongside Yousuf Dhamee, advised another prominent name on fund-of-funds work, among other formation mandates. Other clients includes Beach Point Capital Management, Hawk Ridge Capital Management and Aperimus Capital. Named lawyers are based in Los Angeles. Tram Nguyen left for Mayer Brown in 2019.

Appellate Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP’s appellate practice is jointly chaired by San Francisco-based Paul Cane and Washington DC-based Stephen Kinnaird. Assisted by associate Sarah Besnoff, Kinnaird appeared on behalf of Jacobs Engineering in Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. v ConAgra Foods, Inc. before the Nebraska Supreme Court, which affirmed the district court’s judgment awarding Jacobs Engineering $108.9m of settlement payments for wrongful deaths resulting from ConAgra’s negligent plant explosion. In a shareholder suit at the Ninth Circuit, Los Angeles-based William Sullivan convinced the panel to unanimously affirm a prior judgment entered in favor of William Weidner, the former President of casino operator Las Vegas Sands. John Phillips (San Francisco) and Yar Chaikovsky (Palo Alto) are also noted.

Capital markets: debt Tier 4

Very good on the underwriter side’, Paul Hastings LLP impresses with a number of ‘close-knit relationships that drive its capital markets offering’. In addition, the firm houses a growing issuer practice, which is particularly active in cross-border, and especially Latin America-related transactions. In a recent example of the latter, New York partners Arturo Carrillo and Michael Fitzgerald, who heads the Latin America practice group, advised Mexico-headquartered Sigma Alimentos on a $500m international bond offering by its subsidiary, Sigma Finance Netherlands. Among its underwriter-side engagements, Houston-based of counsel Will Burns advised JP Morgan, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Mizuho Bank, as bookrunners, on a $1bn notes offering by Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC. New York’s Yariv Katz is also a key contact and advised the joint bookrunners on Blackstone Mortgage Trust’s $220m offering of convertible senior notes.

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 4

Dedicated to providing excellent service’, Paul Hastings LLP scores highly for its ‘incredibly reliable, thoughtful and innovative team’. The New York-based practice has a distinct emphasis on manager representations, but also brings to bear significant issuer-side experience, particularly in Latin America-related deals. The ‘deeply knowledgeableJohn Cobb leads the group and is noted as ‘a valuable asset on structured deals’; he recently advised the initial purchasers on a $1.4bn senior notes offering related to Meredith Corporation’s acquisition of Time. The group’s ability to plug into its global network on cross-border deals is also a recurring theme among sources; in a recent example of its multi-jurisdictional strength, Cobb acted alongside the London office to advise Goldman Sachs, as representative for the initial purchasers, on Dynegy’s $850m private offering. Arturo Carrillo and Latin America head Michael Fitzgerald are also recommended.

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Scott Hataway's Washington DC-based team at Paul Hastings LLP is a trusted destination for the full gamut of antitrust litigation. The group recently secured a dismissal for Barclays in a suit brought by a putative class of purchasers of SSA bonds alleging the client engaged in a global conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition in the market. Associate Noah Pinegar, who recently arrived from the FTC, is part of the team representing Align Technology against 3Shape Trios, which claims Align attempted to monopolize the market for digital scanners used to order clear teeth-straighteners. Also notable are Michael Spafford and newly promoted counsel Michael Wise, who are currently defending clients in civil litigation arising from sensitive investigations in the energy and financial services sectors.

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

The ‘very responsive and practical’ team at Paul Hastings LLP is headed by Behnam Dayanim, who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy, fintech and payments as well as advertising and gaming. Dayanim and Robert Silvers acted for international money remittance company MoneyGram before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in relation to national security concerns linked to the bid by Ant Financial, a $150bn fintech company backed by Alibaba, to acquire the client. The practice has also been advising Barclays on a number of data security matters. Sherrese Smith, who has in-depth expertise on GDPR legislation, is a ‘great leader’. Named individuals are based in Washington DC.

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

The employee benefits and executive compensation team at Paul Hastings LLP is headed by Los Angeles-based Stephen Harris, who recently advised Teleperformance on its $1bn acquisition of Intelenet; he also assisted the Dole Food Company with the CEO’s $2bn sale to Total Produce of a 45% stake in the company. Eric Keller leads on matters in the Washington DC office and was recently instructed by Konica Minolta to draft an equity-based compensation plan in connection with a recent acquisition. Dan Stellenberg is a key contact in the San Francisco office, with a recent highlight involving advice on the compensation and benefits-related aspects of private equity firm Francisco Partners’ $2.4bn purchase of Dell Software Group. Other notable clients in the technology sector include Samsung, Sony and Paysafe, while notable private equity clients include Platinum Equity, Marlin Equity and Ashmore Group. Mark Poerio departed the firm for Wagner Law Group.

Energy: transactions: conventional power Tier 4

The team at Paul Hastings LLP advises on corporate deals including M&A, asset disposals, and a variety of capital markets and financing transactions. Washington DC-based practice head William DeGrandis is 'fantastic, very proactive, and an excellent early warning radar for issues in a transaction'. Another key lawyer is San Francisco-based Peter Weiner, who has 'excellent industry knowledge' and is 'adept at handling tense situations'.

Financial services litigation Tier 4

With strong capabilities on both coasts, as well as key centers including Houston and Chicago, the 'superb' team at Paul Hastings LLP is able to effectively represent a broad range of financial services entities on private litigation and agency investigations across the country. In addition to his stellar securities litigation reputation, New York-based partner Barry Sher also regularly defends banks in other disputes, which includes his work alongside Anthony Antonelli for Barclays as a defendant in the high-profile supranational, sovereign and agency bond antitrust litigation. Los Angeles-based partner William Sullivan is also recommended. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Canada and Morgan Stanley. Douglas Flaum joined Goodwin in March 2019.

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

The ‘experienced and very effective’ team at Paul Hastings LLP is headed by Bruce Wexler, who acted successfully for Boehringer Ingelheim in a multi-defendant litigation against six generic challengers to the client’s patents protecting blood-thinner Pradaxa. The practice is also assisting Johnson & Johnson’s company Actelion with a patent infringement suit against Sun Pharmaceuticals related to the client’s drug Veletri. Investigation and white collar crime expert Gary Giampetruzzi and the ‘excellent’ litigator Preston Ratliff are other names to note. Hassen Sayeed left to O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Named individuals are based in New York.

International arbitration Tier 4

The 'super team' at Paul Hastings LLP is led by global head of the international arbitration group; Joseph R. Profaizer who is also vice-chair of the firm’s Washington DC office. The team has recently represented a client in a construction dispute against a Spanish-Mexican consortium concerning the construction of an oil shipping terminal in Colombia; that matter was led by New York-based Camilo Cardozo, who is noted for his Latin America expertise. Other industry-specific strengths for the team include IP-related disputes, international trade credit insurance arbitration, and trade secret disputes. Key figures include Washington DC-based Igor Timofeyev and associate Jose Sanchez in New York, who is noted for his cross-border arbitration and litigation matters.

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP is noted for its strength in real estate private equity work, and in this space, Lawrence Hass advised on the formation of Sterling Value Add Partners III, which closed at $495m to invest in retail real estate and mixed-use properties. In another matter, Thomas Rao acted as counsel on the formation of Hillcrest Credit and Income Fund II, a debt fund investing in real estate assets. Joshua Sternoff continues to advise Artemis Real Estate Partners on the formation of two new funds. Yousuf Dhamee is adept at handling fund formation and regulatory matters, while Siobhan Burke has established expertise in acting for limited partner clients. Other than Burke and Dhamee in Los Angeles, the team is based in New York. Other clients include Apollo Capital Management and Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners. Tram Nguyen left the firm for Mayer Brown in 2019.

Energy: transactions: oil and gas Tier 5

Acting for energy companies, lenders and investors, Paul Hastings LLP has experience of M&A and asset disposals, corporate and tax structuring, and capital markets transactions particularly in the upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors. Greg Nelson chairs the Houston office, which also includes Paris Theofanidis and Jimmy Vallee.

Private equity buyouts Tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP has developed a strong presence in California and Chicago, with the latter office's practice in large part driven by private equity-related business. The firm has yet to build a prominent private equity team in New York, but has a number of New York-based clients such as Cortec Group. The firm typically operates in the middle to upper-middle market and has an especially strong record in healthcare and life sciences. The buyouts team is supported by the firm's broad expertise and resources, including tax and borrower-oriented debt finance expertise. Other key clients include GI Partners, Francisco Partners, HIG Capital and Vector Capital.  The team advised GI Partners on the acquisitions of Consilio from Shamrock Capital Advisors and Advanced Discovery from Trivest. Chicago-based Brian Richards leads the department, which includes Mike Kennedy, Steve Camahort and Dana Kromm in San Francisco, and Brandon Howald and William Simpson in Orange County.

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 6

Paul Hastings LLP has a notable national presence with highly reputable M&A specialists in California, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Washington DC and Houston especially. Media, entertainment, technology and life sciences are key sectors for broadly skilled team. Moreover, it is regularly engaged as counsel to financial advisers to parties involving in M&A transactions. Clients include Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Merck & Co, General Electric, Morgan Stanley, Electrolux and Nordstrom. David Hernand is a prominent name in Los Angeles, vice chair of the firm’s global corporate department, and advised Morgan Stanley, as financial adviser to Regal Entertainment Group, on its $3.6bn sale to Cineworld Group. San Francisco's Steve Camahort led the team that represented Qatalyst Partners, as financial adviser to Microsemi in its $8.35bn sale to Microchip Technology; Camahort is a regular counsel to financial advisers and has a tremendous record in technology and life sciences transactions. In another large-cap deal, Chicago partner Thad Malik headed the team that advised GE Healthcare on its $1.05bn carve-out disposition of its value-based digital care business to Veritas Capital. New York partner Robert Leung is noted for cross-border deals, especially those involving Latin America. San Diego's Carl Sanchez heads the global M&A practice, while Los Angeles' Robert Miller and New York-based David Shine and Samuel Waxman are also highly reputed.

Project finance

Paul Hastings LLP is instructed by sponsors and lenders in relation to energy and infrastructure projects, and it is particularly noted for its expertise in advising on projects in Latin America. New York-based Robert Kartheiser, who heads the team, advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Corporación Financiera de Desarrollo on the $142m project financing for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of solar photovoltaic systems by the borrower Ergon Perú to supply electricity to rural areas not connected to the power grid in Peru. Kartheiser and Cathleen McLaughlin, who is also based in New York, advised Glenfarne Group on a $400m syndicated senior secured loan to subsidiary company Prime Energía. Recently promoted partner Elicia Ling in New York, William DeGrandis in Washington DC, Peter Weiner in San Francisco and Roberta Bassegio, who is based across the firm’s New York and São Paulo offices, are also key figures.

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

Main areas of practice

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Finance Jennifer St John Yount
Latin America Michael L Fitzgerald
Intellectual property Joseph O'Malley
Intellectual property Yar R Chaikovsky
Securities litigation Douglas H Flaum
Securities litigation Peter M Stone
Asia David S Wang
Asia Steven Winegar
Asia Jong Han Kim
Asia Toshi Arai
Real estate Eric R Landau
M&A Carl R Sanchez
Securities and capital markets Michael L Zuppone
Investigations and white-collar defense Kenneth M Breen
Private equity Brian F Richards
Employment Patrick Shea
Leveraged finance John Cobb
Leveraged finance Michael Baker
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