Proskauer Rose LLP > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

Proskauer Rose LLP
1001 PENNSYLVANIA AVE, N.W.
SUITE 600 SOUTH
WASHINGTON, DC 20004-2533
United States

Industry focus > Sport Tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP stands out for its leading sports labor and employment services, with a dedicated sector-focused team. The group is noted for its work on collective bargaining and complex matters such as wage and hour litigation, while similarly advising major sports leagues such as Major League Soccer on corporate issues such as M&A, finance, and tax. Joseph Leccese, with experience in transactional work, leads the practice alongside Bradley Ruskin, who acts as head of litigation. Supporting the team is Jason Krochak, advising sport leagues and teams in a variety of corporate and commercial matters. Also recommended for his work on high-profile sports transactions is Jon Oram, having acted as principal outside counsel for the Los Angeles 2028, the organization hosting and operating the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. All named lawyers are based in New York.

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Testimonials

‘Personalized service.’

‘They fully engage when we bring forth issues and challenges being faced.’

‘Ultimately we respect and trust the advice that we are being provided.’

Key clients

Activision Blizzard

Ares

Atlantic Coast Conference

ATP Tour

BIG EAST Conference

Big 10 Conference

Blackstone

Bruin Capital

Detroit Pistons

Drone Racing League

Goldman Sachs

Jacksonville Jaguars

JPMorgan

Los Angeles 2028

Madison Square Garden Co.

Major League Baseball

Major League Soccer

NASCAR

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

National Lacrosse League

New York Islanders

Pac-12 Conference

Philadelphia Eagles

PGA of America

San Diego Padres

Shamrock Capital Advisors

United States Golf Association

Washington Nationals

Women’s National Basketball Association

WTA Tour

Work highlights

  • Advised sports leagues and teams on COVID-19 and their ability to resume play quickly, effectively and safely.
  • Represented the “Power 5 Conferences” in high-profile antitrust litigations challenging the legality of NCAA amateurism rules.
  • Represented Ares Management Corporation’s acquisition of a 33.96% interest in Atlético HoldCo, S.L., which owns a 65.98% stake in Club Atlético de Madrid.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 1

Praised for its ‘keen ability to quickly clarify and explain complexities in a very effective and efficient manner’, Proskauer Rose LLP has demonstrable experience in handling a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Practice co-leader Paul Hamburger has considerable expertise in advising on all aspects of employee benefit programs, from tax-qualified retirement and executive compensation plans to welfare benefit plans. The ‘meticulousRobert Projansky co-leads the practice alongside Hamburger from the firm’s office in New York, and notably acts for companies in the entertainment sector on the full range of employee benefits issues. Seth Safra is a key contact in the group and advises on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, as well as 403(b) and 457 arrangements. New York-based Anthony Cacace acts as ERISA trust fund counsel to the boards of trustees for multi-employer pension and welfare benefit plans, while Justin Alex was promoted to partner in October 2021. Unless stated otherwise, all named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Testimonials

‘Robert Projansky is very smart, articulate and human in his professional advice to the client. He is meticulous in his preparation for meetings and in responding to concerns raised by clients. He uses humour to relieve tensions, is clear thinking in trying to resolve problems and personality differences.’

‘Proskauer has extensive knowledge and expertise in employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans. They can be relied on as a firm that will provide practical, concise and immediately helpful legal support and guidance on matters that arise. The team of attorneys that we work with have a keen ability to quickly clarify and explain complexities in a very effective and efficient manner. They are relied on as subject matter experts who can provide reliable guidance and support at all times.’

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP is nationally renowned for its employee benefits and executive compensation offering, spread across six offices in the US, of which its ERISA litigation team is a key component. This team has experience in litigating employee benefits issues that its clients face, and has prevailed in many landmark decisions. The team has been sought out to write amicus briefs on key issues before the Supreme Court and Appellate Courts. Acting as full-service ERISA counsel to an extensive client list, its lawyers are also sought out specifically to handle high-stakes ERISA litigation by new clients. The firm is led by New York-based partners Myron Rumeld and Russell Hirschhorn.

Testimonials

‘I work primarily with 2 attorneys, both of whom are excellent. They are smart, personable, practical, business-focused and are good at setting realistic expectations. They have done a very good job of setting strategy on the case.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo & Company

RELX Inc.

Neuberger Berman Group LLC

Transervice Logistics Inc.

Zenith Logistics, Inc.

American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund

Barnabas Health, Inc

MetLife

Xerox Corporation

Intel Corporation

Employer Trustees of the Division 1181 Amalgamated Transit Union

Building Services 32BJ Pension Fund

SAG-AFTRA

DTE Energy Co

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

Proskauer Rose LLP stands out for its excellent reputation when acting for universities, professional sports leagues and companies in the financial services, media and healthcare sectors. It is involved in litigation and arbitration, with a recurring focus on class and collective actions, wage and hour disputes, labor management and employment counselling. The group is jointly led by New-York based Neil Abramson, who has expertise in complex collective bargaining disputes, and California-based Anthony Oncidi; he is well versed in acting as lead counsel for clients in the media and entertainment industries. In Boston, Mark Batten is recognized for his work in class actions, although he often acts as counsel for employment-related issues too. Elise Bloom in New York has over 30 years of experience and is noted as a key contact for wage and hour disputes and class and collective actions, while Keisha-Ann Gray in the same office focuses on discrimination and harassment matters. Also in New York, senior counsel Michelle Annese has experience representing clients before relevant courts in connection with discrimination and retaliation issues.

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Key clients

Major League Baseball

MLB Advanced Media, L.P.

BAMTech LLC

Montefiore Medical Center;

Mount Sinai Health System, Inc.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Rockefeller University

National Football League

NFL Productions LLC

Viacom Inc.

Activision

National Hockey League

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Vice Media

McDonald’s Corporation

Ipsos NA

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP has great experience in representing management in labor relations matters, advising employers on union-organizing situations. The firm represents a large number of sports leagues, universities and media organizations. The practice is led by New York-based Neil Abramson, who leads collective bargaining disputes with transit and railroad workers, teachers and emergency services, and Los Angeles-based Anthony Oncidi. New York-based Bernard Plum brings his years of experience as a spokesperson for entertainment and media companies into his present legal work representing companies in the sport, theatre and live events industries. Also New York-based, Paul Salvatore negotiates industry collective bargaining agreements including real estate, construction and education. New York’s Steven Porzio assists both unionized and non-unionized companies in a range of labor relations matters.

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Testimonials

‘The expertise and efficiency of the practice sets the bar for other firms and for our company is basically unmatched.’

‘Mark Batten of the firm’s Boston office is a stand-out. He has become our go-to person. His ability to problem solve, provide expedient recommendations and offer on-the-spot information all while considering an efficient and cost-effective solution for our company is unmatched. We trust him implicitly and his genuine humility is an added bonus that makes working with him such a positive experience – time and time again.’

‘Depth and breadth of expertise.’

‘The Proskauer team has an in depth knowledge of our business and priorities. They are a true partner to us in the context of the legal support they provide to our company. Their responsiveness and pragmatic solutions stand out.’

‘Scott Faust is exceptional. He has a depth of practice area expertise which he combines with practical advice that is well thought out and actionable. Scott is able to adjust/customize his approach depending on our needs, timing and considerations on a case by case basis. He can fly high or dive deep into the details as needed per any given situation. He is a true partner to our business and team.’

Key clients

Various Universities

Digital Media Industry Clients

Henkel Corporation

Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)

Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations (RAB)

Montefiore Medical Center

T-Mobile and T-Mobile T-Voice Litigation

National Hockey League

The Metropolitan Opera

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP operates a large, international labor and employment practice, with over 140 lawyers based across nine offices in the US, UK and Europe. The practice is sought by clients operating in the sports, entertainment and real estate industries, amongst others. The team is led by Neil Abramson in New York, who handles complex collective bargaining cases, and Los Angeles-based co-chair Anthony Oncidi, who advises on high-profile employment cases, with a particular emphasis on the media and entertainment sectors. Other key practitioners include trial lawyer Keisha-Ann Gray in New York, and Washington DC-based partner Guy Brenner, who has particular experience in non-compete and trade secrets matters.

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Key clients

Montefiore Medical Center

Major League Baseball (MLB)

MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLBAM)

BAMTech LLC (BAMTech)

National Hockey League

National Football League (NFL)

NFL Productions

McDonald’s Corporation

Ipsos NA

Thyssenkrupp NA

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB)

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA)

The Aerospace Corporation

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP‘s IP team in New York, jointly co-led by Brendan O’Rourke and Baldassare Vinti, is notably active in false advertising matters, encompassing defending false advertising claims, investigations, and launching actions. The team is highly skilled in class action litigation as well as competitor versus competitor lawsuits, having longstanding experience in the luxury, medical care and sport sectors, among others. Vinti specialises in advertising class actions and Lanham Act matters, while senior counsel Jeffrey Warshafsky received praise for being ‘knowledgeable and very down to earth.’ Senior associate Jennifer Yang is ‘consistently up on the latest developments in ad law.’ Lawrence Weinstein left the firm in January 2022.

Testimonials

‘Proskauer’s New York team is very well-versed in advertising law and are regularly monitoring relevant cases and providing key information back to our company about decisions that could impact clients.’

‘Jeff Warshafsky is knowledgeable and very down to earth. Jen Yang is consistently up on the latest developments in ad law.’

Key clients

Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Welch Foods

S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Bausch Health

PVH Corp.

InnovaCare Health, MMM Healthcare and Castellana Healthcare

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Clients praise Proskauer Rose LLP for its ‘determination, creativity and depth of understanding of the client’s issues and objectives.‘ The team regularly represents clients before state and federal courts, in domestic and international arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings as well as before administrative regulatory tribunals. Clients are often active in asset management, sports, life sciences and the consumer product industries. Litigation chair Timothy Mungovan in Boston is a particularly well-versed advisor to financial services institutions. The Los Angeles-based Bart Williams covers commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations. In New York, Bradley Ruskin is a key contact for sports clients. Other prominent practitioners are Susan Gutierrez and Jonathan Weiss (Los Angeles) and Kevin Perra (New York).

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Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths lie in its determination, creativity and depth of understanding of the client’s issues and objectives. They collaborate throughout the process leading up to the resolution of a dispute. They helped us to prepare to avoid disputes with proper documentation and actions in advance. They are diligent, detail-oriented and hear us as clients in a way that not all law firms do.’

‘I would like to give special thanks to Timothy Mungovan. He is particularly strategic, provides continuous and consistent advice, and is detail-oriented. He is able to succinctly advise how the courts/judges are likely to see our efforts in light of previous rulings and orders while guiding us/the client toward a process and substantive actions that increase our likelihood of succeeding in the dispute resolution. He consistently questions assumptions, challenges our thinking by bringing fresh, innovative ideas to the forefront. He is a partner to us as a client.’

Key clients

Power Five athletic conference defendants (Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, and SEC)

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Mattel

Bayer/Monsanto

Miramax

Shamrock Capital Advisors

Absorption Pharmaceuticals

Gilead Sciences

Waste Management

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Major League Soccer (MLS)

Mr. Chow

Sycamore Partners Management L.P.

WTA Tour, Inc.

Archdiocese of New York

Otis Worldwide Corporate

Medley Capital

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 2

In recent years, Proskauer Rose LLP has cemented itself as a dominant force in the alternative lender market, and is now one of the most active firms with regards to representing private capital providers in the middle-market. The practice counts almost all of the major non-bank lenders in its client portfolio, frequently working with Owl Rock Capital Partners, Antares, Apollo and others on senior secured credit facilities. The group also has a history of innovation, having developed novel structures including upside-down unitranches and synthetic mezzanine loans , as well as migrating the bifurcated unitranche into the European market. Steven Ellis and Stephen Boyko co-lead the national team from Boston, though the department also has a presence in New York and Los Angeles. Boyko’s expertise includes representing sovereign wealth funds, private debt funds, and insurance companies, while advises more than 75 asset managers. New York partner Ron Franklin is the go-to practitioner  for fund finance.

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Key clients

AB Private Client

Antares

Apollo

Ares

BlackRock

The Carlyle Group

Churchill Asset Management

Crescent Capital

Deutsche Bank

Fortress Investment Group LLC

Golub Capital

Goldman Sachs

KKR

MGG Investment Group

MidCap Financial Trust

Neuberger Berman

Owl Rock Capital Partners

Partners Group

Sixth Street Partners

Varagon Capital

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

Praised for its ‘knowledge, dedication to clients and unfaltering advocacy’, the team at Proskauer Rose LLP has a broad client list that includes major players in the financial and private equity sector as well as blue chip pharmaceutical, chemical and manufacturing companies. The practice is headed up by Marc Rosenthal in Chicago, who draws on ‘terrific technical expertise in a wide range of insurance products‘ and John Failla in New York, who focuses in particular on the capital markets areas. Also based in New York are Seth Schafler, a practitioner with over 30 years of experience representing policyholders in coverage negotiations, and disputes and up-and-comer Nathan Lander, who focuses on supporting clients in the financial sector.

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Testimonials

‘Very responsive and very knowledgeable.’

‘Marc Rosenthal is outstanding. He is very knowledgeable and provides great service.’

‘Deep experience in all aspects of insurance. Able to advise on the most technical issues and effectively litigate disputes when needed. Special expertise in private equity entities’

‘Marc Rosenthal has terrific technical expertise in a wide range of insurance products and is able to advise effectively on policy and claim negotiations as well as litigation in arbitration and in the courts. John Failla and Nathan Lander have tremendous expertise in coverage for private equity companies and in disputes over life insurance products in addition to a broad range of other coverages.’

‘The Proskauer insurance team is the best in the industry. Their knowledge, dedication to clients and unfaltering advocacy is unmatched.’

‘John Failla is the top policyholder insurance coverage counsel in the space. He is a true client advocate – he can take the case law, even that less favorable to his client, and tell a story that makes it so clear that his client’s arguments are right and supported by case law. He is creative, dedicated, incredibly smart and very personable. There is no one who I’d rather work with more than John.’

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP represents high-profile clients in music and entertainment involved in complex infringement litigation. The team is currently acting for Miramax in its high-profile copyright and breach of contract claim against director Quentin Tarantino concerning his intention to issue Pulp Fiction NFTs. In New York and Los Angeles, Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks leads the team, and has great experience litigating on behalf of clients in the music recording industry. Senior counsel David Munkittrick in New York represents clients in publishing, medical device, sports, and tech, and has acted for major entertainment figures.

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Testimonials

‘Proskauer is a household name in this arena. There is a legacy of greats associated with the firm. The current torchbearer is Sandy Crawshaw Sparks. She heads up a division at the top of its game and powerful.’

‘Sandy Crawshaw Sparks is second to none.’

Key clients

The Recording Academy

BMG Rights Management

Young Hollywood LLC

Miramax

Work highlights

  • Representing Miramax in its high-profile copyright and breach of contract claim against director Quentin Tarantino concerning his intention to issue Pulp Fiction NFTs.

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

Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 2

At Proskauer Rose LLP, the firm’s dedication to its hedge funds practice is evidence by the strategic acquisition of recognized partners Kelli Moll and Caryn Greenspan from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in May 2021; the duo brought with them 25 new additional clients, with strategies as diverse as long only/growth equity, credit (spanning the entire spectrum including direct lending), traditional long/short and long only, activism, quantitative driven strategies, fund-of funds, liquid REITs and cryptocurrency. The offering also continues to receive recognition for its high volume of regulatory specialists and litigators, many of whom formerly held senior positions at the SEC and DOJ. Team lead Christopher Wells is supported by a strong group of senior practitioners, including Robert Leonard and Michael Mavrides. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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Testimonials

‘All around excellent service.

‘Christopher Wells in particular stands out.’

‘Excellent depth of knowledge, practical approach, excellent common sense. Very fast response time. Total time spent on issues is a major distinguishing positive.’

‘Robert Leonard can answer many questions directly on the phone – he is a pleasure to work with.’

 

Key clients

Appaloosa Management

Ares Management

Deerfield Management

Clear Sky Advisors, LLC

Maverick Capital

Ellington Management Group

Goldman Sachs

Graham Capital Management

Knighthead Capital Management

IFM Investors

Work highlights

  • Represented Knighthead Capital Management in its negotiated tender offer for control of an offshore reinsurance company.
  • Assisted Converium Capital, a new manager based in Montreal and New York, with the launch of the Converium Capital Funds, consisting of onshore and offshore long/short funds.
  • Advised the principals of Luminus Capital, a multi-billion dollar energy-focused manager, on restructuring the business.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP‘s leading multi-disciplinary team is widely known for its sole focus on representing the most notable private funds and their advisors. Over a recent  twelve month period alone, the department raised over 300 funds and bespoke investor vehicles of all types – representing over $115bn in target commitments – and assisted with more than 640 primary investments and co-investments. The group advises a significant segment of the secondary market and is an extremely active participant in the credit fund space, as well as fielding dedicated specialists in US and UK regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters with a nexus to private investment funds. Leadership of the practice is split between the Boston and New York offices; Howard Beber, Robin Painter and David Tegeler are based at the former location, while Monica Arora oversees matters from the latter. The US offering is also able to leverage the firm’s international presence – which spans key locations in London, Hong Kong and Sao Paolo – to provide a seamless service to global clients.

Testimonials

‘The Proskauer Rose team has significant legal expertise in the private equity funds segment and can anticipate issues before they arise.  They are experts at negotiating while keeping their focus on getting a deal closed.’

 

Key clients

Adams Street Partners

AllianceBernstein

Arbour Lane Capital Management

Ares Direct Lending Group

Atlas Holdings

Bessemer Venture Partners

Blackstone Strategic Partners

Commonfund Capital

Deerfield Management

Evolution Credit Partners

Flagship Pioneering

General Catalyst Partners

StepStone Group

J.P. Morgan

Lexington Partners

New Enterprise Associates

Onex Falcon

PineBridge Investments

Pomona Capital

Thrive Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Ares Management on the formation of a junior capital direct lending fund, Ares Private Credit Solutions II, which closed with $5.1bn in commitments.
  • Advised Flagship Pioneering – which conceives, creates, resources and develops first-in-category bioplatform companies to transform human health and sustainability – on the formation of Flagship Pioneering Fund VII, which closed with a total capital pool of approximately $3.4bn (including the recent $2.2bn capital expansion raised from current Flagship investors and a select group of new investors).
  • Advised Atlas Holdings on the formation of their fourth private equity fund, Atlas Capital Resources IV, which completed its first and final close at its hard cap of $3.1bn.

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

The team at Proskauer Rose LLP acts for public companies, private equity firms and C-suite executives across the retail, financial services, food and beverage, entertainment and technology sectors in M&A and IPOs. Andrea Rattner handles a broad range of matters, including golden parachute issues, equity-based compensation and retention plans, as well as severance agreements, while Ira Bogner is noted for his expertise in ERISA fiduciary mandates. Elsewhere, Los Angeles-based Colleen Hart focuses on securities and tax-related work, and Michael Album advises on compensation and equity arrangements. The team, for which Paul Hamburger is a key contact, welcomed David Teigman from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in September 2021, while Joshua Miller departed in March 2021. All named attorneys are based in New York, unless stated otherwise.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP is active in non-traded REITs and has expertise in representing multiple sponsors across the property sector, including office, retail, healthcare and self-storage facilities. The team also has significant experience in transactions, particularly IPOs and equity and debt financing, which is handled by practice co-head Steven Lichtenfeld in New York. Co-head of the group Michael Choate in Chicago focuses on corporate finance matters and advises major M&A work and public and private offerings. The team also works closely with its New York based capital markets team to handle high-value mandates.

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Global Net Lease, Inc.

Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc.

Leisure Acquisition Corporation

Fortress Credit Co LLC

MG3 Developer Group LLC

American Finance Trust

Healthcare Trust Inc.

New York City REIT, Inc.

Inland Real Estate Income Trust

Pacific Oak Residential Trust II

Blackstone

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Net Lease on a $500m offering of senior notes and a $200m ATM offering of Series B preferred stock.
  • Advised Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc., a public, SEC-registered real estate investment trust owning 100 hotels nationwide, in a series of restructuring transactions negotiated with its largest investor, funds managed by Brookfield Asset Management Inc., culminating in a prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Advised American Finance Trust, Inc. on multiple offerings, including included $600 million in “at the market” offerings and an underwritten take down of their initial Series C Preferred Stock with gross proceeds of $88.4m, and a $500m senior unsecured note offering due 2028.

Real estate Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP is a prominent name in the New York and Los Angeles real estate transactional, leasing and financing market. Its integration with the global private equity and hospitality and gaming groups adds further expertise in casino and hotel development and construction. With deep experience in the space, Ronald Sernau is a key name in the New York office. Finance experts David Weinberger and Steven Lichtenfeld and Paul Polking, a specialist in commercial and retail leases and subleases, comprise the main New York-based group. In Boston, Sean Boulger and Keith Barnett are the key contacts.

Testimonials

‘This team is thorough, responsive, knowledgeable and gets the job done.’

‘Sean Boulger is, I believe, the best real estate attorney in Boston, and has developed a reputation as being the best attorney in the specialty area of senior housing, though he works in other areas of real estate too.’

 

Key clients

Vornado

SL Green

Lendlease Development Inc.

NFL/NFL Media

Paramount Leasehold, L.P.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Extell Development

Hines Investments

AEW Capital Management

Albertsons Companies, Inc.

Campanelli Companies

John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

Carpenter & Company Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Vornado Realty Trust in a major lease transaction, involving about 800,000 square feet of office space, with a global technology company for the entire office component of the newly-redeveloped James A. Farley Building in the Penn Plaza district of Manhattan.
  • Represented Lendlease Development, Inc. in connection with the formation of a joint venture to acquire and develop a waterfront site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn as a major residential project.
  • Represented Carpenter & Company in its acquisition, development, joint venturing and financing of projects in New Orleans and Dallas, consisting of a luxury Four Seasons Hotel and managed residential condominiums.

Tax > International tax Tier 2

The team at Proskauer Rose LLP is particularly strong on cross-border tax structuring, finance, and fund formation. In New York, practice head Ira Bogner advises on tax aspects of executive compensation arrangements. He works alongside David Miller, an expert in taxation of financial instruments; Martin Hamilton, a key resource regarding cross-border investments; and Amanda Nussbaum, a specialist in tax structuring of real estate transactions. In Boston, Arnold May, Stephen Severo, and Scott Jones advise private equity fund managers on fund-raising and investments. Corporate tax expert Robert Friedman joined from Troutman Pepper in October 2021 while international fund formation specialist Daniel Paulos joined from KPMG in September 2021. Janicelynn Park was promoted to partner in November 2021, and focuses on tax implications for private investment funds.

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Testimonials

‘Out of the box, solution oriented. Strong thinkers that are able to marry business goals with transaction structure. Very diligent and hyper focused on the underlying legal documentation to protect us as investors. Our relationship and engagement has been entirely virtual and remote. Has not disrupted our interaction and believe we have very strong, consistent communication. Would strongly recommend the Proskauer tax  team.’

‘Amanda Nussbaum is one of the most creative attorneys we have had the pleasure of working with. She is out of the box, creative thinker that identifies issues but proactively propose solutions. Very creative, pragmatic, and knowledgeable.’

Would strongly recommend.’

Key clients

Accor

Ares Management

Arkema, Inc.

Banco GNB Paraguay, S.A.

Bolloré Group

Converium Capital

Ellington Management Group

Evolution Credit Partners Management

GIC

Grifols S.A.

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Arkema in its agreement to acquire the performance-adhesives unit of Ashland Global Holdings Inc. for $1.65bn.
  • Advised Ares Management on the final closing of Ares Pathfinder Fund, L.P. and in their acquisition of a 33.96% interest in Atlético HoldCo, S.L.
  • Advised Accor in the sale of a 1.5% stake in Huazhu Group Limited for €239m; the launch of a global strategic partnership with Faena Group; and the creation, structuring and implementation of its global joint venture with Ennismore.

Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP’s not-for-profit practice is led by Amanda Nussbaum from New York and handles domestic and international tax planning and transactional work for higher education institutions, professional sports leagues and hospitals. The group frequently represents clients in federal level litigation and has a strong employment offering; Seth Safra is the main contact here. Tax specialist David Miller has a busy pro-bono practice and advises on the operational matters for public charities. Jason Madden assists healthcare clients on regulatory issues including compliance and data privacy. The group has demonstrable strength in the sports sector and counts the Pac12 as a key clients. Healthcare lawyer Richard Zall departed in early 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Seth Safra provides great practical advice and is able to help navigate us through some highly technical issues.’

Key clients

The Eclipse Foundation

Greater New York Hospital Association

Hospital for Special Surgery

Jewish Communal Fund

LiveOnNYC, Inc.

Los Angeles 2028

Mount Sinai Health System

Power Five athletic conference (Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, and SEC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Los Angeles 2028 (LA28), the private, non-profit organization that will host and operate the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Advising Hospital for Special Surgery and represented HSS in various health care regulatory and transactional matters.
  • Advising LiveOnNY, Inc., an organ procurement organization, on regulatory matters

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP is highly regarded for its capabilities in fund formation tax structuring, routinely advising on complex, high-value ventures for a myriad of blue-chip entities. Practice head Ira Bogner leads the team on a host of big-ticket acquisitions, divestitures, and investments for clients from the worlds of media, healthcare, logistics, private equity, banking, and financial services. David Miller is recommended for his diverse sector focus and a far-reaching skillset that spans financial instruments and derivatives, corporate partnerships, and private foundations. In addition to her expertise in private investment funds, Amanda Nussbaum maintains a robust sports law focus, working with various teams and leagues on the full gamut of tax issues. In Boston, Arnold May and Jeremy Naylor‘s private equity-focused practice sees the pair advising institutional investors, governmental investors, and pension trusts on investments, joint ventures, and  internal organization matters. Promoted to partner in November 2021, Janicelynn Park assists clients with secondary transactions and investment partnerships across various asset classes. All named lawyers are based in New York unless noted otherwise.

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Atlas Holdings

Bessemer Venture Partners

CapRock Partners

Church & Dwight

Ethos Veterinary Health

Flagship Pioneering

Goldman Sachs

Greenspring Associates

iHeartMedia

Lendlease Development, Inc.

MidCap Financial Trust

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Murray Metallurgical Coal Holdings, LLC

Redfin

Shamrock Capital Advisors

Stamps.com

Tax Credit Co. LLC

Watermill Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Stamps.com in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $6.6bn.
  • Represented Atlas Holdings LLC on the first and final close of its fourth private equity investment fund, Atlas Capital Resources IV LP. Atlas closed ACR IV at its hard cap of $3.1bn.
  • Represented Church & Dwight Co. in its acquisition of Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. for $530m.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The New York-based Proskauer Rose LLP fields a strong team of litigators with considerable trial experience, and expertise in criminal and regulatory investigations. Particular areas of focus for the practice include securities and tax fraud, FCPA matters, money laundering, antitrust and corruption issues. It acts for large global corporations and their senior executives in a broad range of foreign and domestic cases. The team is jointly led by Robert Cleary and Dietrich Snell with former federal prosecutor Cleary recommended for white-collar criminal defense, SEC investigations and enforcement matters, while Snell, who has both federal and state-level prosecutorial and investigative experience, is noted for civil and criminal investigations.

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Testimonials

‘Seetha Ramachandran did an excellent job guiding me through the obscure world of criminal forfeiture law.’

‘We faced a unique set of facts, and Seetha Ramachandran put together a persuasive theory for why we, as an innocent third party, should be able to recover funds that had been ordered forfeited to satisfy a criminal judgment.’

‘Seetha Ramachandran used her knowledge of procedure and the SDNY’s forfeiture decision to quickly negotiate a favorable settlement without resorting to litigation.’

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP has a broad practice that handles internal investigations and defends shareholder class actions, derivative suits, ERISA stock-drop actions, SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings, criminal investigations, and issues relating to D&O insurance and indemnification. The firm has a deep bench of litigators in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington DC, but it is in DC that the core of the group resides, with practice head Ann Ashton and standout securities litigator Ralph Ferrara the most prominent practitioners. Ferrara continues to play a key role in representing the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico in cases concerning the largest municipal restructuring in US history, $74bn of bond debt and $55bn of underfunded public pension liabilities. With Ashton, he secured a victory for transportation holding company Yellow Corporation in a securities class action in the Northern District of New York, and derivative actions in the District of Kansas, the District of Delaware, and the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico

Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP

Robin Chopra

Several large hedge fund advisers (over $10B AUM)

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Yellow Corporation (fka YRC Worldwide Inc.)

Gigafund Management Company, LLC

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP has a multifaceted practice and represents a range of clients including companies, lenders, investors, unsecured creditors and independent fiduciaries. David Hillman acted as lead partner in the representation of Murray Metallurgical Coal Holdings LLC and its five subsidiaries, in its Chapter 11 cases pertaining to $270m of funded debt. Timothy Karcher and Charles Dale assisted the matter and sought the approval of a $90m senior and junior DIP loan. Martin Bienenstock chairs the team from New York, while Jeff Marwil is the US co-head and is based in Chicago. Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

‘Talent is second to none.’

‘Very experienced and lots of depth. Direct, no nonsense advice. Practical and aggressive. Trusted resources that I have had the honor to work with and rely on in the past.’

Key clients

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

ITT Educational Services, Inc., Deborah Caruso, Trustee

Sycamore Partners, LP

Century 21 Department Stores LLC

Murray Metallurgical Coal Holdings LLC and Subsidiaries

Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc.

Redfin

First Lien Lenders to Nine Point Energy Holdings, Inc.

Kings Food Markets

Apollo Investment Management, LP

Fortress Credit Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented Murray Metallurgical Coal Holdings LLC and its five subsidiaries, in its Chapter 11 cases pertaining to $270m of funded debt.
  • Acted as general counsel for Century 21 Department Stores LLC in its chapter 11 case, implementing  a plan of liquidation that paid secured claims in full and provides for a substantial dividend to unsecured creditors that may exceed 35%.
  • Represented Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc., a public, SEC-registered real estate investment trust owning 100 hotels nationwide, in a series of restructuring transactions negotiated with its largest investor, funds managed by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. culminating in a prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 3

Headquartered in New York, Proskauer Rose LLP provides comprehensive environmental law advice on domestic and cross-border transactions, handling a busy workload that features high-value financings, M&A and real estate investments. The environmental group is proficient in the full spectrum of compliance matters, remediation, sustainability and climate change issues, and regularly retains instructions from clients that are active in the chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. In response to increasing focus on the importance of ESG issues across all sectors, the firm developed a cross-disciplinary ESG-focused practice group. Aliza Cinamon has worked on transactions involving public and private companies across a wide variety of regulated industries. Former department head Gail Port has now left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Adirondack Council

Apollo Investment Management, L.P.

Arkema

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Grifols, S.A.

GrowNYC

MGG Investment Group

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Murray Metallurgical Coal Holdings LLC

Not-for-Profit Environmental Clients

Parks & Trails New York

Sixth Street Partners

Stellex Capital Partners

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and Various Subsidiaries

The Rector, Church-Wardens and Vestrymen of Trinity Church, in the city of New-York

The Watermill Group

Adirondack Council

Work highlights

  • Represents Teva Pharmaceuticals in connection with liability alleged at several contaminated Superfund sites.
  • Assisted  Arkema in the acquisition of the performance-adhesives unit of Ashland Global Holdings Inc.
  • Represents Trinity Church and certain affiliated entities in connection with the environmental investigation and remediation of two sites that will be developed for office and commercial uses.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP leverages its worldwide presence, representing both plaintiffs and defendants involved in high-profile trademark disputes, from major multinationals to start-ups and entrepreneurs, across the sports, consumer products, food & beverage, and media and entertainment sectors. Veteran trademark and false advertising litigator Brendan O’Rourke leads the team, along with Baldassare Vinti, who acts for clients in such tech-related matters as digital video compression, prosthetics and medical devices. Support is provided by senior counsel Jeffrey Warshafsky, promoted in November 2021, who has brought anti-counterfeiting actions on behalf of the NFL. Lawrence Weinstein left the firm in January 2022. All lawyers mentioned work in the New York office.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Brendan O’Rourke is a fantastic lawyer who provides very good strategic litigation advice and he is also very strong in deposition preparation and interviews. Compared to other firms, Brendan has a great supporting team and they are very clear and efficient.’

Key clients

Corsearch

LemonKind, LLC

Hospital for Special Surgery

Alfa Financial

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

At Proskauer Rose LLP, the registered funds group plays a critical role in the firm’s market-leading interdisciplinary BDC practice, by representing notable business development companies, their investment advisers and asset manager platforms, underwriters or independent directors on all aspects of public and private BDCs. Stuart Coleman leads the broad offering. Other key members of the ‘deep bench‘ include Janna Manes, who acts as co-chair of the Women’s Investment Management Forum, and David Stephens, who has acted as a principal advisor to the BNY Mellon Family of Funds and Dreyfus Money Market Fund for over 30 years. All named attorneys are based in New York. David Marcinkus and Nicole Runyan have left the firm.

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge, experience and good judgment. Put the client first.’

‘The team has a very deep bench. Anyone who has ever represented the firm in the 40 Act space has been extremely knowledgeable and always well prepared.’

‘They all have an excellent balance of professionalism and personality while at the same time being knowledgeable and having good business sense. They are always very well prepared and I have never found them at a loss on any subject matter before our boards.’

 

Key clients

The BNY Mellon Family of Funds (Fund and Independent Board Counsel)

Neuberger Berman Funds (Fund and Independent Board Counsel) and BDC

The Lazard Family of Funds (Fund and Independent Board Counsel)

Central Park Group Funds (Fund and Adviser Counsel)

UBS A&Q and AM Funds (Fund (A&Q) and Independent Board (AM) Counsel)

The Alger Family of Funds and ETFs (Fund and Adviser Counsel)

Legg Mason Partners Funds and Legg Mason Global Asset Management Trust (Independent Board Counsel)

iShares ETFs (Independent Board Counsel)

ARK Investment Management (Adviser Counsel)

Ares Landmark Private Markets Fund (Fund and Adviser Counsel)

Apollo BDCs and Closed-End Funds (Independent Board Counsel)

First Eagle/FEAC Closed-End Funds (Fund and Adviser Counsel)

Baron Funds (Independent Board Counsel)

Crescent Capital BDC, Inc. (Independent Board Counsel)

Needham Funds (Fund and Independent Board Counsel)

Harding Loevner Funds (Independent Board Counsel)

Grosvenor Registered Multi-Strategy Funds (Independent Board Counsel)

BBR Partners/BBR ALO Fund (Fund and Adviser Counsel)

Morgan Stanley Pathway Funds (Independent Board Counsel)

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising the BNY Mellon Family of Funds on numerous mandates, including assisting with money market fund rationalization and consolidation, investment management realignment and the recent launch of BNY Mellon Alcentra Opportunistic Global Credit Income Fund, a multi-strategy credit-focused interval fund.
  • Advised Neuberger Berman on nearly $1bn in capital raising, including assisting with the launch and closing of NB Crossroads Fund VI; the structuring, formation and registration of NB Crossroads Fund VII; and the structuring and launch of NB Crossroads Private Markets Fund, a continuously offered evergreen access fund.
  • Assisting Central Park Group with the sale of its asset management business to the Macquarie Group.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 3

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Ryan Blaney heads up Proskauer Rose LLP‘s privacy and cybersecurity group in Washington DC, which is known for its cross-practice expertise, including corporate, transactional, counseling and litigation skills in relation to matters of data collection, use, and sharing, marketing and customer outreach, and online advertising and data security. Blaney focuses on regulatory compliance, enforcement, litigation and transactions and is also a member of the health care practice, creating further synergies.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Ascension

T-Mobile

Church & Dwight

National Football League

Hearst

Capstone Investment Advisors

LA 2028 Olympic Committee

Music Theatre International

Accelya, Inc.

Financial Institutions

New Enterprise Associates

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

Between New York and Los Angeles, Proskauer Rose LLP is home to a broad entertainment practice with a strong focus on contentious litigation pertaining to the music industry, the firm represents organizations, recording companies, and individual artists. Practice head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks divides her time between the two offices, as she represents clients in contractual disputes, matters pertaining to copyright and trademarks, unfair competition, and right to privacy. Brendan O’Rourke from New York is a seasoned litigator who led the team in representation of Young Hollywood in a lawsuit brought by White Ops, Inc. alleging several offenses under the Lanham Act. Further recommended in New York is senior counsel David Munkittrick, a specialist in copyright litigation and compliance whose clients include key music companies as well as high-profile individual artists.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Proskauer is a world class firm with top flight divisions with this group leading the pack. The name alone increases a client’s leverage given the firm’s reputation.’

‘Sandy Crawshaw Sparks is one of the best and brightest in her class. She is able to staff as needed and keep costs manageable.’

Key clients

The Recording Academy

BMG Rights Management

Young Hollywood LLC

Viacom/Activision

Ellen DeGeneres

NBCUniversal

Universal Pictures

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 3

At Proskauer Rose LLP, the outsourcing practice focuses on technology-related deals, including software licensing and service agreements as well as the growing area of transitions to the cloud. The team frequently acts for clients from the highly-regulated financial services sector, and also counsels companies involved in education and healthcare. Practice head Jeffrey Neuburger is a long-standing specialist in technology law; he is supported by Wai Choy, who has expertise across the structuring, drafting and negotiation of outsourcing transactions. Named lawyers are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Eclipse Foundation

iHeartMedia

Rockefeller Capital Management

VerticalScope

Work highlights

  • Represented iHeartMedia in a variety of technology and outsourcing matters, including its acquisition of Voxnest.
  • Advising The Eclipse Foundation on a wide variety of technology and outsourcing issues.
  • Representing VerticalScope in a variety of technology-related transactions, including outsourcing, licensing and related intellectual property issues.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP guides clients though all stages of major antitrust disputes and has a solid track record of defending them in bet-the-company antitrust litigation and regulatory investigations. The firm brings to bear a particular focus on the agriculture and food industry as well as the sports sector, where it routinely represents a large variety of professional sports organizations. Colin Kass acts as the practice’s co-head from Washington DC, handling matters ranging from class actions and price discrimination to competitor suits. Also in DC, co-head Christopher Ondeck leads the firm’s price gouging team with strengths in bet-the-company cases.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Wayne Farms

Major League Soccer

Arkema, S.A.

Weyerhaeuser

Grifols S.A.

Butterball, LLC

Daybreak Foods

Cross Country Health Care

United Egg Producers

Power Five athletic conference defendants (Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, and SEC)

IHS Markit

KB Holdings

Foresight Technology Corp.

Medley Capital

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

Proskauer Rose LLP‘s appellate team handles a diverse mix of work, with notable experience in bankruptcy, sports, IP and ERISA-related cases. Among its most high-profile files, the team continues to represent the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in appeals arising from the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s public debt — the largest municipal restructuring in US history. New York-based Mark Harris advises on both civil and criminal cases at the trial and appellate levels and co-chairs the group alongside Boston-based John Roberts; together they co-lead the department’s involvement in the Puerto Rico restructuring. New York-based Myron Rumeld is recommended for his strong record in ERISA litigation.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB)

Wells Fargo

Amgen

National Football League

Town Car International

“Power 5 Conferences” (Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC and SEC)

Merchant Funding Services

British Telecomm (“BT”)

JPMorgan

VXI Lux Holdco

Scholars of Forensic Science (Ronnie Long)

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP fields a team of IP experts with distinct expertise in the life sciences sector. Its litigators defend its clients’ patents and trade secrets, with particular expertise acting on behalf of biologics and biosimilars. Reviews of post-grant products are another unique speciality of the firm. Los Angeles-based Siegmund Gutman is particularly noteworthy, combining deep experience in Hatch Waxman litigation with industry ties in the biotech sector. Vice-Chair Fangli Chen is known for her patent prosecutions and strategic advice and is based in Boston. Also key are New York-based transactional attorney Robert Cantone and managing partner Daryn Grossman.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amgen

Sanofi

Novartis

Alvogen/Natco

Monsanto

Absorption Pharmaceuticals

Gilead Sciences

Various Life Sciences Companies (Fangli Chen)

Zion Pharma

Tellus BioVentures

Akebia

Shire/Takeda

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Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 4

The New York-based healthcare team at Proskauer Rose LLP advises its clients on major transactions and corporate governance work. It counts among its clients both primary and secondary care providers, with Lauren Boglivi most notably advising Ethos Veterinary Health on its roll-up acquisition by National Veterinary Association. The team also advises on capital markets matters. Private equity clients are a key driver of work, with practice head David Manko offering particular experience in this segment. The experienced Edward Kornreich is also noted for his work with integrated health systems.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Grifols

Hospital for Special Surgery

Leisure Acquisition Corp.

Ascend Capital Partners Manager, LP

Ethos Veterinary Health

UnitedHealth Group

Agilon Health

Catholic Health Services

Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Harren Equity Partners

LiveOnNY, Inc.

Westmed Medical Group

Delmont Medical Care

Chinatown True Care

Covenant Physician Partners

Spectrum Vision Partners

Ascension Health

Church & Dwight

Work highlights

  • Representing UnitedHealth Group in connection with the formation of a 50-State virtual medical practice.
  • Representing Harren Equity Partners, LLC in connection with the sale of Health Connect America to Palladium Equity Partners V, L.P.
  • Representing Ascension Health in defense of its data analytic joint venture with Google.

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

Proskauer Rose LLP has a strong focus on mid-market private equity and growth equity deals, working with a wide range of funds and investors including Bain, Carlyle, and Goldman Sachs on buyouts, portfolio company investments, and divestitures. The team is able to draw upon the firm’s wider financing, structuring, and private credit expertise, offering a service to funds clients beyond pure transactional work. The department is overseen from New York by active dealmakers Lauren Boglivi, a noted specialist in media sector transactions, and Daniel Ganitsky, who advises on a wide range of deals, particularly cross-border transactions involving Latin American parties. The firm’s Boston-based offering takes the lead on most private equity work, and is spearheaded by Steven Peck, who has a broad practice encompassing straight buyouts, growth equity investments, and distressed acquisitions, and is also adept in fund manager advice, including on M&A and restructuring. His clients include major bulge-bracket players alongside prolific mid-market investors.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AB Private Credit Investors LLC

Core Capital Partners

Falcon Investment Advisors

Five Points Capital

KKR Credit Advisors

New Mountain Capital

Owl Rock Capital Corporation

Pacific Lake Partners

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

With an active practice in New York, the team at Proskauer Rose LLP focuses its expertise on the corporate side of media and entertainment and content distribution transactions. Co-head Robert Freeman is an expert in structuring complex transactions and in a recent highlight negotiated multi-year distribution agreements between Cox Communications and ViacomCBS. His fellow co-head Lauren Boglivi is a specialist in media content matters and represented Hearst Magazines in its sale of the US edition of Marie Claire to British publisher Future. Their peer and co-head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks is a litigator with particular expertise pertaining to music industry matters. Finally, co-head Jeffrey Neuburger expands the firm’s scope through his focus on the intersection of technology, media, and IP. Will Chuchawat in Los Angeles, who focuses on middle market transactions, joined from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in February 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Altice USA

AMC Networks

Bain Capital

Castlelake

Cox Communications

Digicel

Discovery

DISH Network

Fan Controlled Football League

ForgeLight LLC

fuboTV

Hearst Magazines

Hulu

iHeartMedia

Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee (LA 2028)

Minute Media

Major League Soccer

National Basketball Association

National Football League

Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes

Shamrock Capital Advisors

Spectrum (Charter Communications)

Tegna

The Ivy League

United States Golf Association

Urban One

Work highlights

  • Advised Discovery in its agreement with AT&T to combine Discovery with AT&T’s WarnerMedia assets; represented Discovery in the sale of the Great American Country Network (GAC) to GAC Media
  • Represented Hulu in negotiating new distribution agreements with ViacomCBS.
  • Represented ForgeLight LLC in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Univision Holdings, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP has good credentials across a wide variety of technology and e-commerce transactions. The team’s experience spans most established technologies and it has developed especially good expertise in emerging areas such as blockchain, biometrics and big data. The workload includes corporate support on M&A, joint ventures and financings, as well as standalone mandates such as production, distribution, rights and licensing agreements. Other core industry groups include financial services, healthcare and media and entertainment. Jeffrey Neuburger and Robert Freeman jointly lead the team from New York, with strong support from recently promoted partner Wai Choy.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

7RIDGE

Blade Urban Air Mobility

Blend Labs

The Eclipse Foundation

iHeartMedia

Mizuho Securities USA

Morgan Stanley

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Onex Credit Partners

Redfin

Rockefeller Capital Management

VerticalScope

Work highlights

  • Advised 7RIDGE in its investment in Digital Asset as part of a $120 million Series D funding round
  • Represented Redfin in its $608 million acquisition of RentPath.
  • Represented iHeartMedia in various matters, including its acquisition of Voxnest.

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 4

The telecoms & broadcast team of Proskauer Rose LLP position themselves at the forefront of digital distribution, handling matters pertaining to traditional internet platforms and emerging OTT services such as Hulu, AMC Networks, and fuboTV and recently advised on industry-shaping M&A  for Discovery and ForgeLight. Headquartered in New York, the practice is led by Lauren Boglivi, Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, Robert Freeman, and Jeffrey Neuburger. Will Chuchawat is an active dealmaker within the team, while Vishnu Shankar joined from Sidley Austin LLP in April 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Altice USA

AMC Networks

Bain Capital

Castlelake

Comtech Telecommunications

Cox Communications

Digicel

Discovery

DISH Network

Fan Controlled Football League

ForgeLight LLC

fuboTV

Hearst Magazines

Hulu

iHeartMedia

Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee (LA 2028)

Minute Media

Major League Soccer

National Basketball Association

National Football League

Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes

Shamrock Capital Advisors

Spectrum (Charter Communications)

Tegna

The Ivy League

United States Golf Association

Urban One

Work highlights

  • Advised Discovery in its agreement with AT&T to combine Discovery with AT&T’s WarnerMedia assets and in the sale of the Great American Country Network to GAC Media.
  • Represented Hulu in negotiating new distribution agreements with ViacomCBS
  • Represented ForgeLight LLC in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Univision Holdings, Inc.

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

Praised for its ‘understanding of business objectives’, Proskauer Rose LLP is known for its broad industry knowledge, which includes life sciences, media, technology, hospitality, gaming and leisure. Lauren Boglivi handles significant deals on behalf of private and public companies, investment banks, family offices and private equity sponsors, garnering particular acclaim within the sports and entertainment industries; she co-heads the practice from New York alongside Daniel Ganitsky.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ellis; Kunal Dogra; Kristian Herrmann

Testimonials

‘The Proskauer team is highly competent in subject expertise and flexible and judicious in staffing and incorporating other areas of expertise. The team fully understands the business objectives and advocates accordingly making insightful suggestions and resolutions of issues.’

‘Michael Ellis and the team exude confidence, experience and calmness. They are extremely good in a crisis, provide practical business and legal advice, and diplomatic in their interactions with all parties.’

 

Key clients

Discovery

Blackstone Strategic Partners

Blade

BTG Pactual

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Danaher Corporation

Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

GIC

Grifols

Stellex Capital Management

Leisure Acquisition Corp.

Morgan Stanley

Redfin

Stamps.com

The Watermill Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Stamps.com in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $6.6bn.
  • Representing Biomat, a subsidiary of Grifols, in its entry into definitive agreement with GIC, which will invest approximately $1bn in Biomat.
  • Represented Arkema Inc. in its agreement to acquire the performance-adhesives unit of Ashland Global Holdings Inc. for $1.65bn.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 6

Bart Williams – Proskauer Rose LLP

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Proskauer Rose LLP has earned itself recognition for its work in REIT and SPAC offerings, among other areas. Chicago partner Michael Choate , in particular, is immensely experienced in REIT transactions.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Proskauer Rose LLP is rated for debt offerings by business development companies (BDCs).
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Firm Overview:
Proskauer has more than 800 lawyers across 12 offices worldwide. The firm is strategically strengthening its core practices and industry offerings ensuring that it continually innovates to meet the needs of the markets it serves. Proskauer’s laser-focused on delivering outstanding client service. The firm works across borders with asset managers, private equity and venture capital firms, Fortune 500 and FTSE companies, major sports leagues, entertainment industry legends and other industry-redefining companies.

Main Areas of Practice:
Clients turn to Proskauer for a broad range of services within its corporate, labor and employment, litigation, health care, real estate, tax and private client services departments, as well as a number of industry-specific practices.

Corporate:
The firm’s corporate lawyers advise clients across a range of sophisticated transactions and in daily business and regulatory matters. Core practices include private investment funds; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; business solutions, governance, restructuring and bankruptcy; capital markets; finance; private credit; hedge funds; broker-dealer and investment management regulation; and environmental.

Labor & Employment:
Proskauer has long been one of the world’s preeminent firms for labor and employment law. Its lawyers have played key roles in groundbreaking matters and legislation. Core practices include California employment law; class and collective actions; disability, accommodations and leave management; employee benefits and executive compensation; employment litigation and arbitration; ERISA litigation; french and EU labor and employment law; government contractor compliance and relations; hiring and background checks; international labor and employment; labor-management relations; non-compete and trade secrets; policies, handbooks and training; public sector; strategic corporate planning; terminations, reductions in Force & WARN Act; wage and hour and whistleblowing and retaliation.

Litigation:
The firm’s litigators have built a track record of success both inside and outside the courtroom in virtually every major forum across the globe. Core practices include antitrust; appellate; asset management litigation; copyright; false advertising & trademark; insurance recovery & counseling; international arbitration; patent law; product liability & consumer litigation; securities litigation; sports Litigation; real estate litigation and white collar defense & investigations.

Health Care:
Proskauer has a sophisticated health care practice with lawyers across different service offerings bringing unrivalled experience and a keen understanding of the industry’s dynamics. The team combines specialized health law and industry experience with specific practice concentrations that allow us to provide the full range of services for its clients, including: corporate/transactional; labor; litigation; tax; real estate; bankruptcy; regulatory; intellectual property; investigations; and technology.

Real Estate:
Since the founding of the firm in 1875, Proskauer has been focused on the real estate industry. It has more than 80 lawyers in the U.S., Europe and Asia who handle complex real estate transactions worldwide for a broad spectrum of clients, including sovereign wealth funds, institutional and specialty lenders, developers, private equity real estate funds, investment banks, pension funds, domestic and foreign investors, REITs, sports stadium owners and corporate owners of real estate. The full-service team is comprised of practitioners from the firm’s real estate, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, fund formation, capital markets, finance, litigation, tax, labor, executive compensation and employee benefits, and environmental practices.

Tax:
Within its broad tax capabilities, the firm focuses on the tax aspects of investment funds, transactions and tax-exempt organizations, as well as those of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Private Client Services:
The firm’s private client services team — one of the largest of its kind — handles estate planning; estate and trust administration; charitable gift planning; fiduciary litigation; and serves as outside counsel to financial institutions and pension plans.

Industry Focus:
Proskauer is widely recognized for its industry concentrations in sports; asset management; technology, media and telecommunications; hospitality, gaming and leisure; entertainment; private equity; real estate; financial services; health care; and life sciences.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chairman Steven M Ellissellis@proskauer.com(617) 526-9660
Corporate Stephen Boyko
Corporate Charles Parsons
Entertainment Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks
Labor and Employment Neil Abramson
Labor and Employment Joseph Baumgarten
Life Sciences Daryn Grossman
Litigation Timothy Mungovan
Private Client Services David Pratt
Real Estate Ronald Sernau
Sports Joseph Leccese
Sports Bradley Ruskin
Tax Ira Bogner
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Robert Freeman
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Jeffrey Neuburger
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