Firm Profile > Proskauer Rose LLP > New York, United States

Proskauer Rose LLP
11 TIMES SQUARE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036-8299
United States

Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP remains one of the strongest names in the advertising litigation scene, with recent mandates including large-scale class actions in the pharmaceutical  and retail sectors. The firm also maintains a strong practice before the NAD, as well engaging in competitor versus competitor litigation under the Lanham act. The practice is jointly led from New York by veteran trial lawyer Lawrence Weinstein  and Brendan O’Rourke. Other key names within the team include Baldassare Vinti and Alexander Kaplan, both of whom have significant trial experience in the advertising space and practice from New York.  The firm leverages its strong position in other industries to the advantage of its advertising team, with a significant following in the sports industry. In addition to the strong senior contingent, the firm is home to two notable associates in Jeffrey Warshafsky and Jennifer Yang, with both developing a name in this field.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Weinstein; Brendan O’Rourke

Key clients

Church & Dwight. Co.

Ralph Lauren Corporation

PVH Corp.

HanesBrands Inc.

National Football League

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

Proskauer Rose LLP maintains a market-leading employee benefits and executive compensation offering under the leadership of Paul Hamburger and Myron Rumeld, despite former practice head Rory Albert’s recent retirement. Household-name employers retain the team to handle the administration and design of 401(k) retirement plans, tax-exempt plans, equity and cash-based compensation strategy, and health and welfare programs – with Seth Safra being a key name for the latter. ERISA fiduciary compliance and advice on prohibited transactions for fund formation mandates are also strong points for the team. Large-scale defined benefit plan terminations are covered by Robert Projansky, while Andrea Rattner handles all securities and tax-related issues. On the multiemployer plan front, newly-promoted partner Anthony Cacace and Neal Schelberg act as fund counsel to some of the country’s largest multiemployer plan funds and fiduciaries; significant ongoing issues involve high-stakes withdrawal liabilities. The team is based in New York, with Hamburger being the main Washington DC contact.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hamburger; Myron Rumeld

Key clients

Fastsigns Holdings

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

The Metropolitan Opera Association

Citigroup Inc

Church & Dwight Co.

Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Health Plan

Screen Actors Guild-Producers Pension Plan

American Federation of Musicians & Employers’ Pension Fund

Henry Schein

Los Angeles 2028 (LA28)

Ascena Retail Group

NEDC of the OPCMIA

Philip Morris International

Union Labor Life Insurance Company

Cross Country Healthcare

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

Proskauer Rose LLP has a strong offering with practitioners who are deeply experienced in labor and employment related litigation, including trial and appellate cases. The team has established a strong reputation among companies, universities, professional sport leagues and law firms, and is headed up by Joseph Baumgarten and Neil Abramson, who both cover labor as well as employment disputes. Elise Bloom and Mark Batten are New York's and Boston's key contacts for class and collective actions respectively. Bettina Plevan has a longstanding career in the field, and Los Angeles' Anthony Oncidi is particularly well versed in handling media and entertainment clients. Other highlighted practitioners include Lloyd ChinnKathleen McKennaAllan Bloom, Chicago's Nigel Telman and Steven Pearlman as well as Lawrence Sandak and Joseph O’Keefe in Newark, Los Angeles' Kate Gold and Nicole Eichberger in New Orleans. The department is particularly noted for its strong, junior bench with names such as Evandro GiganteAdam LupionKeisha-Ann Gray and the recently promoted partner Rachel Philion as well as Guy Brenner in Washington DC and special counsel Jurate Schwartz in Boca Raton.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Baumgarten; Neil Abramson

Testimonials

The team is proactive, innovative, business solution-oriented and quite responsive to emergent issues. It also has the expertise and diversity of talent that is expected.’

Key clients

Major League Baseball (MLB); MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLBAM) and BAMTech LLC

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Michael Bloomberg

Cedars-Sinai Health System; Mount Sinai Health System; Montefiore Medical Center; League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

National Football League

Patriarch Partners

Viacom Inc.; Valence Media LLC (owner of Billboard/Hollywood Reporter; Media Rights Capital; Dick Clark Productions Inc.)

Emigrant Bank

NBCUniversal

National Hockey League

Labor-management relations Tier 1

The team at Proskauer Rose LLP has established itself as a go-to practice in labor issues and enjoys a particularly strong standing in the US professional sports leagues but also in the education and media segments. The group covers all related matters, such as unions and collective bargaining, as well as litigation and arbitration proceedings. Neil Abramson, who has special expertise in the public sector, and labor claims specialist Joseph Baumgarten jointly lead the practice. Bernard Plum is well versed in collective bargaining, arbitration and strategic planning. Paul Salvatore impresses with more than 35 years of experience in the field. In Boston, the key contacts are Mark Batten and Scott Faust, while in the Los Angeles office, Mark Theodore is highlighted. Michael LebowichHoward RobbinsAdam Lupion and senior counsel Steven Porzio are also names to note. All individuals are based in New York except when stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Neil Abramson; Joseph Baumgarten

Testimonials

This team is made up of excellent lawyers, who are also practical.’

Neil Abramson, Joe Baumgarten, and Adam Lupion, among others, are always there when needed as they are very reliable and responsive. They think through and help clients strategize on complicated issues.’

Key clients

The Boston Globe; MaineToday Media Acquisition, Inc.

National Football League

Higher Education Institutions

Henkel Corporation

The Related Companies, L.P.

The Metropolitan Opera

League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York (LVHH); Montefiore Medical Center

Altice USA

Major League Soccer

The New York Times

T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Sport Tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP is home to one of the premier sports practices in the nation, and is frequently instructed by all four major sports leagues and several major franchises, along with several large corporations who are looking to invest in the sports industry.  The practice is jointly chaired by New York-based Joseph Leccese and Bradley Ruskin, both well-regarded practitioners specialising in transactional and litigation work respectively. In addition to the firm's corporate and litigation practices in this area, which often handle league expansions, antitrust disputes, breach of contract allegations, acquisitions, and sponsorship deals, the firm also houses a prominent sports employment practice, which primarily advises leagues in relation to collective bargaining agreements and class action litigation. Frank Saviano is another key name within the firm's transactional practice, recently acting for the Big East athletic conference in connection with The University Of Connecticut rejoining the conference.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Leccese; Bradley Ruskin

Other key lawyers:

Frank Saviano; Wayne Katz; Elise Bloom; Jon Oram; Robert Batterman

Testimonials

We use Proskauer primarily for their sports law practice, which I consider one of the best (if not the best) in the country.

The depth of experience across the sports landscape is unparalleled. Add that to the intelligence and character of the partners and it is a winning combination.

Our primary contacts are Joe Leccese, Frank Saviano and Brad Ruskin. They’re smart, responsive, well-versed with the sports business landscape and enjoyable to work with. Scott Cooper has represented us on some antitrust matters and is very capable.

The group is quite diverse in their thinking and their style. That brings a robust view at complex problems. From deals to advice, they have a very comprehensive view of how things will impact your overall business… so it is not just a transactional relationship.

Key clients

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

ATP Tour, Inc.

BIG EAST Conference

Blackstone

Bruin Sports Capital

Carolina Panthers

Detroit Pistons

Drone Racing League

Empower Retirement

FC Barcelona

Goldman Sachs

IndyCar

Jacksonville Jaguars

JPMorgan

Los Angeles 2028

Madison Square Garden Co.

Major League Baseball

Major League Soccer

Morgan Stanley

NASCAR

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

New York Islanders

Pac-12 Conference

Soccer United Marketing

The Stars Group

United States Golf Association

Women’s National Basketball Association

Women’s Tennis Association

Workplace and employment counseling Tier 1

Proskauer Rose LLP has established itself as a go-to address for a multitude of companies, universities and sports institutions. Its broad practice covers compliance advice, trainings, internal investigations and assistance in government audits, among other matters. Noteworthy is also the team's engagement by other law firms in related mandates. The New York-based Neil Abramson and Joseph Baumgarten, who both have a comprehensive background in the field, lead the team. In the same office, Bettina Plevan stands out as an expert on discrimination, harassment and employee benefits matters. Mark Batten in Boston is regularly approached by clients to advise them on hiring, leaves, termination and the accommodation of disabilities. Guy Brenner, based in Washington DC, is a key contact for trade secrets and non-compete matters. Kate Gold bolstered the Los Angeles office, which is headed up by Anthony Oncidi, with her arrival in February 2019 from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Other prominent practitioners include Elise BloomSteven HurdKathleen McKenna and Howard Robbins as well as Keisha-Ann Gray and Evandro Gigante in New York. Erika Collins left for Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in August 2019.

Practice head(s):

Neil Abramson; Joseph Baumgarten

Key clients

Major League Baseball

Major League Soccer

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

The Metropolitan Opera

McDonald’s Corporation

New York City Ballet

New England Newspapers

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Vice Media

Commercial lending Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP has been one of the leading pioneers in the growth of the alternate lender market, with many major firms still playing catch up. The firm's foothold in mid-market, second-lien financings is demonstrated by its impressive workload for the direct lending arms of major funds such as Apollo, Ares, KKR, and The Carlyle Group. The highly rated co-heads of the private credit group, Steven Ellis and Stephen Boyko, divide their time between the firm's New York and Boston offices. Other key individuals in New York include global finance co-head Ron Franklin and leveraged finance head Justin Breen. The firm also has strong expertise advising private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers, and has good industry-specific knowledge in areas such as healthcare and life sciences, sports, technology, media, telecoms, and gaming.

Practice head(s):

Steven Ellis; Stephen Boyko; Ron Franklin; Justin Breen

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

KKR

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Owl Rock

Apollo

Ares

NXT

Churchill

Copyright Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP is known for representing big names in the music industry in high-profile copyright disputes. In a recent standout case, Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks defended the Estate of Bob Marley and Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing against a road manager for the singer in the 1970's who claimed to have written Marley's songs 'War' and 'Natty Dread'. Crawshaw-Sparks also worked alongside Alexander Kaplan for Sony in its dispute against an unnamed media company, which allegedly used unauthorized recordings by the client on 200 counts. Kaplan is based in New York, whereas Crawshaw-Sparks splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

U2 and UMG Recordings

Bob Marley/Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing

Live Nation

Daft Punk

Sony Music Entertainment

Heirs of the Estate of Jerry Garcia

National Football League

IGT/International Gaming Technology

BMG Rights Management

Blue Mountain Music

Hasbro

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

Located in New York unless otherwise stated, the experts at Proskauer Rose LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice regularly advise on IPOs, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and high-value M&A transactions. Andrea Rattner and Washington DC-based Paul Hamburger handle the full suite of deferred and equity-based compensation and benefit plan integrations, while Ira Bogner focuses on ERISA Title 1 guidance for fund formation mandates including REITs. Also in the funds space, Michael Album and Washington DC-based Josh Miller have a notable practice handling management buyouts on behalf of founders and portfolio managers in the private equity and hedge funds fields. Album, Miller and Los Angeles-based Colleen Hart also represent senior executives in high-value transactions involving significant equity incentives and tax considerations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hamburger; Myron Rumeld

Key clients

Ares Management Corporation

Smart & Final Stores

Fastsigns Holding

Church & Dwight Co.

Henry Schein

Los Angeles 2028 (LA28)

Ascena Retail Group

Bass Pro Shops

ERISA litigation Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ERISA litigation practice maintains a high profile by defending financial services clients in class action suits concerning their 401(k) investment plan management strategy; representative examples include New York-based Russell Hirschhorn’s representation of Wells Fargo in fiduciary breach allegations (a mandate which he took over from the recently retired practice co-head Howard Shapiro) concerning its $35bn plan. Also on this front, New York-based practice head Myron Rumeld is currently defending allegations of prohibited transaction violations involving proprietary investments. Another stand-out aspect of the team is its stock-drop litigation expertise, having obtained favourable results for plan sponsors in a number of cases before the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Myron Rumeld

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is staffed with ERISA experts whose careers are devoted to this work. They take great care in understanding their client and the unique facts that can be distinguished from other cases. They do not have a cookie cutter model for their cases; they are creative thinkers.

The team works together extremely well and everyone has a specific role with very little duplication of effort. Everyone on the team has ERISA expertise, but they take that expertise further and uniquely apply it to the facts of the case and the client’s specific circumstances.  They are not afraid to try novel or untested arguments.

Key clients

Charles Schwab Corp.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Neuberger Berman Group LLC

Wells Fargo & Co.

American Federation of Musician and Employers’ Pension Fund

Princeton University

Intel Corporation

Interpublic Group of Companies

Lockheed Martin

The New York Times

National Basketball Association

General commercial disputes Tier 2

Particularly strong representing Fortune500 companies and major sporting organisations, Proskauer Rose LLP is closely involved in high-profile MDL disputes such as the Johnson & Johnson 'talc tort' and Bayer's Roundup© litigation. In connection with the former, Bart Williams, Susan Gutierrez and Manuel Cachán are representing the pharmaceutical giant in a California trial against claims that the company's talcum powder products cause mesothelioma. Elsewhere, Robert Cleary and Bettina Plevan in New York represented The Metropolitan Opera in a defamation case brought by conductor-emeritus James Levine following claims of sexual harassment. IP litigation is another strength of the firm, especially for the pharmaceutical industry. In April 2019, Fangli Chen and Siegmund Gutman acted for Sanofi Pasteur in a patent dispute against Pfizer related to pneumococcal vaccines. Another key lawyer to note is chair of the litigation department Timothy Mungovan, who is heavily involved in litigation arising from the Puerto Rico bankruptcy. Regulatory specialists Seetha Ramachandran and Hadassa Waxman arrived in 2019 from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York respectively. The practice also saw three partner promotions in November 2019.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Mungovan; Margaret Dale; Michael Firestein

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Ruskin; Bart Williams; Robert Cleary; Michael Mervis; Michael Firestein; Susan Gutierrez; Brendan O’Rourke; Manuel Cachán; Kevin Perra; Bettina Plevan; Fangli Chen; Siegmund Gutman; Seetha Ramachandran; Hadassa Waxman

Key clients

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Johnson & Johnson

Bayer-Monsanto

PAC-12 Conferences

The Metropolitan Opera

Major League Soccer

Takeda

Target

Learfield Sports

Absorption Pharmaceutical

Henry Schein

Sanofi

The Recording Academy

Sony Music Entertainment

Sycamore Partners

Amgen

Away Luggage

National Football League

Daft Punk

Immigration Tier 2

The 'exceptional' New York-based immigration and nationality practice at Proskauer Rose LLP is jointly led by David Grunblatt and Valarie McPherson, both of whom are highly rated by clients. The team is skilled in corporate immigration policies and global business matters, and has been involved in a litany of non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters for corporations and their business operations. Jennifer Wexler is also a name to note in the group; she has expertise representing domestic and international companies in the fashion and retail industry. The core client roster includes financial institutions, large corporations, non-profit organizations, and universities.

Practice head(s):

Valarie McPherson; David Grunblatt 

Other key lawyers:

Erica Loomba; Jennifer Wexler; Jennifer Rizzo

Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly easy to work with and are always on top of what the trends are in immigration. They have been able to answer all of my questions and then some and make things that seem confusing feel easy. Their use of the LawLogix platform is superior it makes my life so much easier as I coordinate with my employees, and they are very responsive to emails and are open to actual discussions via email which in my line of work is much easier to manage than to just get on a call. They are always accommodating and easy to get a hold of.’

Val McPherson has always been amazing. She explains things to myself and to employees easily and effortlessly answering questions and always being there to lend a hand when we need it. Jennifer Rizzo has always been on top of things and keeps me on top of things with her organization. I thought I was fairly organized and then Jennifer came along and made me so thankful to have someone who is more organized than myself help me out.’

Valarie McPherson is a very experienced immigration practitioner who is tremendously responsive and always willing to take an extra moment to provide important context or nuance.

David Grunblatt is outstanding. If you have a novel issue or even a same old question, he brings a fresh and practical approach that helps employers think through immigration risks, rewards, and strategies for their talent and compliance programs.’

The team works exceptionally well together to shepherd all sorts of immigration applications (visas of different types, green cards, etc.) through the bureaucratic process as efficiently as possible.’

Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP’s insurance team is recommended for its ‘practical advice and excellent responsiveness’ and its ‘in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry across multiple lines of insurance.’ Those lines include general liability, D&O, property damage and business interruption, fiduciary liability, and commercial insurance such as financial guaranty insurance. The practice is best known for representing private equity and hedge fund firms. In this area John Failla, assisted by Nathan Lander, represented Sycamore Partners in a coverage dispute related to its investments in portfolio company Nine West. Seth Schafler has extensive experience in D&O and E&O coverage. Marc Rosenthal, based in Chicago, co-heads the practice with Failla. All other named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

John Failla; Marc Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

John Failla is incredibly dedicated and accessible. He had great, unique suggestions on how to best expedite a resolution’

‘Seth Schafler has a demonstrated ability to bring creativity and a different perspective to his cases, often finding coverage for clients where they didn’t think it existed’

‘In-depth knowledge of insurance industry across multiple lines of insurance’

‘Practical advice and excellent responsiveness’

Key clients

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (now known as Bausch Health)

Financial Oversight Management Board of Puerto Rico

Sycamore Partners Management

JPMorgan Chase

The Metropolitan Opera

AAC Holdings

Overstock

Henry Schein

Union Carbide Corporation

Kaanapali Land

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

Proskauer Rose LLP combines 'highly skilled and dedicated attorneys with deep expertise in tax' with a strong full-service offering to advise not-for-profit organizations on a full range of tax, corporate, intellectual property, litigation, labor, and real estate matters. With particular expertise in the sports and healthcare sectors, the team counts New York City Ballet, Pac 12 and the Hospital for Special Surgery among its clients. Practice head Amanda Nussbaum and David Miller, who are both based in New York, have core strengths both in tax-exempt and corporate tax matters, and are names to note for transactions involving the consolidation of for-profit and non-for-profit organizations.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Nussbaum

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The group is comprised of highly skilled and dedicated attorneys with deep expertise in tax.

Each individual takes a tremendous amount of time with his/her client. They also try to be creative and practical with solutions they present to clients.

Key clients

Baruch College Fund

Hospital for Special Surgery

Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee

Maimonides Medical Center

Mount Sinai Health System

New York City Ballet

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

Presence Health Network

Princeton University

Public Interest Registry

The BIG EAST Conference

The Eclipse Foundation

The League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York (LVHH)

The Metropolitan Opera

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP represents a variety of funds and investors active across multiple industry sectors and geographies, and is also recognized for its experience and strength in international funds work. The firm advises on fund formation, fundraisings, and beyond, supporting its clients with internal governance, spin-outs, restructuring, and myriad regulatory issues. The team also works with emerging managers on the establishment and management of new funds. The practice is led by an experienced team of partners with varied expertise: Howard Beber works with clients across all stages of fund formation and management, representing long-established and emerging funds; Stephen Mears focuses on venture capital and growth equity funds, and also works with institutional investors; New York-based Chip Parsons has particular expertise in working with private credit and private equity sponsors including the Carlyle Group and JP Morgan Chase on fundraising and ongoing management; David Tegeler works primarily with asset managers on governance, restructuring, and secondary transactions; and Robin Painter advises sponsors on fund structuring, but also acts for institutional investors and advisors. All lawyers are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Howard Beber; Stephen Mears; Robin Painter; Chip Parsons; David Tegeler

Key clients

JP Morgan

AllianceBernstein

Lexington Partners

Greenspring Associates

Adams Street Partners

Atlas Holdings

Newbury Partners

Spectrum Equity Investors

Silversmith Capital Partners

Ridgemont Capital Partners

Real estate Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP is home to a ‘large and deep real estate practice’ noted for its ‘creativity, flexibility and legal knowledge’. The department’s expertise is split between real estate private equity and structured financing transactions, with particular expertise in transactions in the hospitality and leisure sectors. The practice group also represents multinational corporates and developers throughout all stages of the development process from land acquisitions and environmental diligence through to arranging dispositions. Contacts in New York include Ronald Sernau (‘excellent and creative’), Jeffrey Horwitz, Steven Lichtenfeld, David Weinberger and Perry Cacace. Another key figure is Michael Choate in the Chicago office. In addition to its real estate development and investment work, the team is also active in real estate M&A and has a strong Manhattan-focused commercial leasing practice. Clients have also recognized Eliska Krausova as a strong associate in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Perry Cacace; Michael Choate; Jeffrey Horwitz; Steven Lichtenfeld; Ronald Sernau; David Weinberger;

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They provide excellent service and while all NY attorneys are expensive they seem to keep billings within reason.’

‘We deal with one principal partner who is very knowledgeable who speaks clearly and concisely on the issues we need help with.’

‘Proskauer has a large and deep real estate practice. They worked with us on one of the most complicated transactions we have ever been involved with which would not have gotten done without their creativity, flexibility and legal knowledge.’

‘Ron Sernau is excellent. He is a creative thinker and unlike many attorneys is not a hindrance to getting deals done. Ron works with a number of excellent partners and associates including David Weinberger, Eliska Krausova and Kunal Dogra who deserve commendation as well.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Eagle Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust

Empire City Casino

Morgan Stanley

Discovery

Société Générale

Global Net Lease

New York Islanders

Rockefeller Group

Extell

Vornado Realty Trust

SL Green Realty Corp.

The Howard Hughes Corporation

Hines

AvalonBay Communities

The Related Companies

American Realty Capital

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP is praised by clients for its ‘great experience and advice’. The team has a proven track record in IPOs, mergers and tender offers, equity and debt financing and joint ventures, operating across the spectrum of asset classes, including offices, retail and shopping malls, power centers, lodging, health care, data centers, industrial and self-storage facilities. Chicago-based Michael Choate is well versed in corporate governance issues and federal securities compliance matters; he jointly heads the practice with Steven Lichtenfeld, who is based in New York and is a go-to name for public offerings and private placement of debt and equity securities. The practice is geared towards the representation of non-traded REITs and has been particularly active in cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Choate; Steven Lichtenfeld

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Forman

Testimonials

‘Great experience and great advice.’

‘Michael Choate is a great lawyer.’

Key clients

American Finance Trust

AR Global Investments

Eagle Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust

Empire State Realty Trust

Global Net Lease

Healthcare Trust

Hospitality Investors Trust

Inland Retail Real Estate Investment Trust

Lightstone Group

Pacific-Oak Capital Advisors

Preferred Apartment Communities

SL Green

Vornado Realty Trust

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 2

Proskauer Rose LLP's bankruptcy and restructuring practice distinguishes itself for the attention it devotes to corporate governance. This is particularly appreciated by independent directors who value this type of advice and instruct the firm in complex settlement negotiations. The team also represents borrowers, debtors, hedge funds, and lenders in matters of restructurings, Chapter 11 cases, transactions, and disputes. McKinsey Recovery & Transformation Services is a highlight which involved a significant litigation effort, dealt with by the firm's specialized insolvency and restructuring litigators. Co-head Martin Bienenstock took the lead role in this case. He is based in New York, while his counterpart Jeff Marwil is based in Chicago. Their team expanded in 2019 with the additions of Charles Dale in Boston from K&L Gates, and David Hillman in New York from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Practice head(s):

Martin Bienenstock; Jeff Marwil

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

The Statutory Unsecured Claimholders Committee in Westinghouse Electric Company

ITT Educational Services

Planet Hollywood parent Earl Enterprises

Patriarch Partners/Lynn Tilton

Weatherford Equity Committee

Z Gallerie

EXCO Resources

Westmoreland Coal Company

McKinsey Recovery & Transformation Services

Ad Hoc Group of Preferred Shareholders of GT Advanced Technologies

Murray Energy Corporation

Wheeler Real Estate Enterprises

NineWest Holdings

Velocity Holdings

Toys ‘R’ Us

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

The service group at Proskauer Rose LLP is made up of experts from a number of disciplines, working seamlessly across the firm's offices in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. Key figures in the non-compete and trade secrets group include employee benefits and executive compensation partner Michael AlbumJohn Barry, who has complementary experience in the higher education sector; litigator Steven Kayman; and Guy Brenner, who leads the Washington DC labor team. Another name to note in the trade secrets group is Anthony Oncidi in Los Angeles, who heads the firm's wider labor and employment practice. Named attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Michael Album; John Barry; Guy Brenner; Steven Kayman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Sailpoint Technology

McGraw-Hill Education

Magnetar Capital

Viacom

McKinsey & Company

WorkWave

Stryker Corporation

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

The 'client friendly' team at Proskauer Rose LLP handles corporate tax matter for clients across a range of industries, including entertainment, sports and biotechnology. The team is also highly rated for its work in the financial services sector. Practice head Ira Bogner is noted for his expertise in executive compensation matters, as well as in the treatment of tax-exempt organizations. Amanda Nussbaum is 'fantastic' and has experience working with non-profit organizations, and is also active in structuring taxable and tax-free M&A. Martin Hamilton is known for his 'extremely careful and skilled' approach to matters relating to corporate and partnership taxation, and experienced partner David Miller is recognized for his expertise in the taxation of derivatives and financial products. The tax team, moreover, is crucial to the firm's wider fund formation practice.  All listed attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Ira Bogner

Testimonials

‘Martin Hamilton and his team are extremely careful and skilled in US tax matters especially in relation to tax reform.’

‘They are client-friendly – they are able to clearly explain complicated tax issues to a person who has no tax expertise. They are also quite responsive.’

‘Amanda Nussbaum is fantastic and clearly has the technical tax expertise. She is extremely responsive and clearly explains the issues and possible solutions.’

‘Suzanne Dissinger is also a pleasure to work with. She is responsive and mixes technical expertise with a practical approach.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

Arkema

Henry Shein

Ascena

National Hockey League

Bain Specialty Finance

Grifols

Ares

AccorHotels

Ardian

Lexington Partners

Adams Street Partners

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 3

The hedge funds team at Proskauer Rose LLP has a particularly strong reputation for start-up funds; in 2019 the firm assisted Antora Peak Capital Management with launching a $75m hedge fund, advised Aldinger Capital Management on a managed futures fund, and also acted for Jay Rao, a former Balyasny and Millenium portfolio manager, in launching a $400m hedge fund focused on the healthcare sector. The practice group is jointly headed by three partners: Christopher Wells, who has extensive experience in fund formation, including hybrid structures, seed investments, agreements among principals, and employment and compensation arrangements; Michael Mavrides a name to note for federal and state investment adviser registration, commodity pool operator and commodity trading adviser registration, and other compliance issues; and Robert Leonard, who advises institutional investors, family offices, and investment advisers, on structuring master-feeder, side-by-side and mini-master-feeder funds.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Wells; Robert Leonard; Michael Mavrides

Testimonials

‘The firm has excellent common sense, responds quickly to questions, and has a deep understanding of the rules and markets around the world.’

‘Their understanding of the market is second to none. Drawing on their experience, they come up with creative solutions to problems.’

‘Robert Leonard- top class, quick reasoning, efficient.’

‘Robert Leonard and his knowledge of the hedge fund/hybrid fund market has been a very valuable asset to our firm in developing new products.’

Key clients

Appaloosa Management

Ares Management

Atlantic Investment Management

Deerfield Management Company

DW Investment Management

GAM

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Graham Capital Management

IFM Investors

Stonehill Capital

Management

Element Capital Management

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP's New York-based team has experience in contentious and strategic data privacy matters. Margaret Dale represents clients in regulatory investigations and class action lawsuits, while Edward Kornreich and Jeffrey Neuburger have experience advising on regulatory issues in the healthcare and technology sectors, respectively. Kristen Mathews and associate Tiffany Quach moved to Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Environment: transactional Tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP handles the full range of environmental law matter in relation to M&A, real estate and financings transactions, and also provides standalone advice on environmental compliance, sustainability and climate change issues. Based in New York, the practice group is headed by Gail Port, a key contact for environmental law advice on corporate, financing and development transactions in heavily regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, telecoms and chemicals. Senior counsel Aliza Cinamon is also recommended; she advises on environmental liability and risk allocation issues, as well as public filing disclosures and environmental insurance products.

Practice head(s):

Gail Port

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ares

Arkema

Carolina Panthers

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

Empire City

Henry Schein

KKR

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA

Trinity Church

Westinghouse Electric Company

Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP is well known for acting as transactional counsel, and also handles healthcare employment matters, regulatory and compliance work, and private equity investments. ‘Efficient and enthusiastic’ practice head Richard Zall represented Kelsey Seybold, a Houston medical group and health plan, in the sale of a minority interest to a large private equity firm. Other key names are Edward Kornreich, who has extensive experience in regulatory counseling, and transaction-focused David Manko. All named partners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Richard Zall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team I work with is innovative, punctual, honest, creative and delivers on time, every time’

‘Mr Zall has the utmost integrity, and is efficient and enthusiastic’

Key clients

Agilon Health

Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

CityMD

Clinton Health Access

Covenant Surgical Partners

EHE Health

Henry Schein

Hospital for Special Surgery

Kelsey Seybold

LiveOnNY

Medical Home Network

Mount Sinai

Town Hall Ventures

UnitedHealth

Warby Parker

WestMed Medical Group

International tax Tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP has a strong reputation for international transactions and business structuring matters, acting for private investment managers, REITs and multinational corporates. Contacts in New York include David MillerMartin Hamilton and Amanda Nussbaum, who is advising the Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee on tax matters relating to its preparation for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Two names to note in Boston are Scott Jones and Arnold May, both of whom focus on tax planning for private equity managers. Ira Bogner chairs the tax department in New York; Katherine Napalkova in Los Angeles was promoted to partner in November 2019.

Practice head(s):

Ira Bogner

Key clients

Arkema

National Hockey League

Grifols

AccorHotels

Ridgemont Equity Partners

Benitec Biopharma

Lexington Partners

JP Morgan Securities

Bessemer Venture Partners

JMI Equity

Clarus Ventures

Eagle Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust

Scranton Enterprises

Banco Santander

Outsourcing Tier 3

Jointly led Robert Freeman and Jeffrey Neuburger, the New York team at Proskauer Rose LLP has a track record of representing both purchasers and vendors on a wide range of transactions. It helps at all stages of deals, assisting clients in asset management, healthcare and block chain technology sectors, and has a focus on the media and entertainment spaces. Neuburger has vast experience working on the tech aspects of large infrastructure projects and other key practitioners include life sciences expert Daryn Grossman and senior associate Wai Choy, who has experience leading on outsourcing deals in an array of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Robert Freeman; Jeffrey Neuburger

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cox Communications

Component Assembly

Spectrum (formerly known as Time Warner Cable)

The Eclipse Foundation

The Juilliard School

Elevate HR

iHeartMedia

VerticalScope

Everledger

Discovery Inc.

Henry Schein

Rockefeller Capital Management

Private equity buyouts Tier 3

With offices across key financial centers in the US and globally, Proskauer Rose LLP assists clients with leveraged buyouts, investments, and divestitures, working with funds active in a wide range of industries including chemicals, defense, and financial services. Clients include Blackstone and Ares Management, and alongside traditional funds, the practice works closely with alternative asset managers across the market, seeking to adapt to developments within the PE space. The practice also advises clients' portfolio companies on an ongoing basis from investment to exit. Jeffrey Horwitz is a key contact in the New York office. Michael WoronoffMonica ShillingJonathan Benloulou, and Chris Wu left the firm for Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Hortwiz

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP has an extensive client base among issuers and their senior executives and board members and financial institutions for securities regulation and litigation. Among its clients are full-service and boutique brokerage firms, domestic and foreign investment banks, investment advisers, investment companies, business development companies, hedge funds, private investment funds, banks and securities issuers around the world. The firm has a 19-partner securities litigation and regulatory defense practice, led by Ann Ashton in Washington DC, where Ralph Ferrara is a standout practitioner for complex securities class and shareholder derivative actions. The firm also has securities litigators in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Boca Raton. Gregg Mashberg, Joshua Newville and Jonathan Richman are the key partners in New York. 'The firm tries to find ways to get things done versus simply giving you a list of all the reasons that it can not be done', remarks a client.

Practice head(s):

Ann Ashton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I work with many law firms. I find that Proskauer tries to find ways to get things done versus simply giving you a list of all the reasons that it can not be done.

Steven Kayman is an incredible litigator – mostly because he is so knowledgeable about litigation that he is really good at convincing the other side not to litigate! This is why we have relied on him for over two decades.

Joshua Newville has a deep knowledge of securities laws as well as a great deal of experience within the SEC Enforcement Division. This combination enables him to not just give great advice to the client but also puts him in a position to explain things to the SEC in ways that would otherwise fall on deaf ears.

Key clients

Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC)

Celgene Corporation

Henry Schein

JBS S.A.

YRC Worldwide

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP defends clients in domestic antitrust cases and displays niche expertise in the representation of agricultural cooperatives, for instance with regard to the Capper-Volstead Act's antitrust exemption. Other areas of focus range from financial services and healthcare to consumer products and particularly sports and sports leagues. Colin Kass and the 'extremely knowledgeable' Christopher Ondeck, both of whom work out of Washington DC, preside over the antitrust litigation group. Kass is involved in class actions, monopolization and competitor foreclosure cases, whereas Ondeck focuses in the defense of food and agriculture companies against antitrust conspiracy claims.

Practice head(s):

Colin Kass; Christopher Ondeck

Other key lawyers:

Bart Williams; Bradley Ruskin

Testimonials

‘The litigation team immersed themselves in our business early on, which resulted in their gaining the knowledge necessary to properly defend us and to act as a leading influencer in the joint defense group. Their commitment to learning our business clearly outpaced what other firms in our litigation had done.’

‘Chris Ondeck is extremely knowledgeable about antitrust litigation strategy, he is able to provide a clear roadmap for the client on what to expect, and his instincts as to where the case is headed are almost always spot on.’

‘Stephen Chuk is a valuable associate with the firm who develops a great personal relationship with stakeholders in the company as they work with him on various projects throughout the course of the case.’

Key clients

PAC-12 Conference

Henry Schein

Wayne Farms

Learfield Sports

Major League Soccer

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Weyerhaeuser Company

Arkema Inc.

Church & Dwight

National Hockey League

National Football League

Medley Capital

FCA US LLC

Women’s Tennis Association

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP is particularly experienced in handling IP strategy, patent litigation and corporate transactions, with a notable strength in the biosimilar-related matters. Among its recent caseload, life sciences group chair Siegmund Gutman, who represents clients before trial and appellate courts as well as arbitration panels, acted for Amgen in high-profile patent litigation concerning Amgen's development and commercialization of a biosimilar to Genentech's Acastin. Fangli Chen and Steven Bauer are also recommended for patent infringement and trade secrets litigation. New York-based Robert Cantone and Daryn Grossman are contacts for corporate and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Robert Cantone; Fangli Chen; Daryn Grossman; Siegmund Gutman

Other key lawyers:

Colin Kass; David Hanna; Christopher Lynch

Testimonials

They are able to quickly assess a legal issue and determine its level of complexity for us. They will offer to handle it for us, or if appropriate, provide us the tools to handle it ourselves. They are our go-to firm for discovery responses, especially third party subpoenas, helping us to avoid huge and costly productions‘.

‘Siegmund Gutman takes a keen interest in how our international company operates. He understands our strengths and weaknesses and is quick to point out potential risk management gaps, which we greatly appreciate. His advanced knowledge of the life science industry, especially in chemistry, gives great comfort to our R&D executives and scientists. He is also particularly sensitive to changes in patent laws both in the US and in Europe‘.

Associate David Hanna is super responsive and is very detail oriented‘.

Key clients

Amgen

Akebia

Johnson & Johnson

Shire/Takeda

Bayer/Monsanto

Absorption Pharmaceuticals

Translate Bio

Various Life Sciences Companies

Sanofi Pasteur

Archer Dx

Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP houses a practice with a strong track record in the music industry and with a strong roster of clients on the individual and corporate sides of the market. Copyright infringement makes up the lion's share of work within the practice; the team primarily defends prominent rights-holders, often in litigation brought by smaller artists or other industry professionals, as well as disputes between record labels alleging prior licensing of particular works. The team is led by Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, who splits her time between the firm's New York and LA offices, and focuses primarily on copyright matters, though she also represents clients in trademark and contract law disputes. In addition to Crawshaw-Sparks' bicoastal practice, the New York office also provides a full-time home to another key figure within the team: copyright litigator Alexander Kaplan.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Kaplan; Brendan O’Rourke

Key clients

U2 and UMG Recordings

Bob Marley/Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing, LLC

Live Nation

Daft Punk

Sony Music Entertainment

Recording Academy

Heirs of the Estate of Jerry Garcia

George Balanchine Trust

National Football League

IGT/International Gaming Technology

BMG Rights Management

Blue Mountain Music

Hasbro, Inc.

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP houses a practice which combines large-scale M&A transactions with advice on rights deals, distribution agreements, and strategic joint ventures in the broadcast space. The firm's leading sports practice bleeds over into their media work, with several recent broadcast deals concerning sports networks, such as the firm's work for fuboTV on its  content distribution agreement with NBCUniversal, as well as work for sports leagues on the broadcasting of their events, such as the Ivy League's ten-year rights deal with ESPN, which was handled by New York-based TMT practice head Robert Freeman. Freeman is a key figure in the firm's practice, along with private equity and M&A specialist Lauren Boglivi and IP specialist Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks. The firm is particularly experienced in issues involving OTT distribution, with several recent mandates in the streaming space for both distributors and content creators.

Practice head(s):

Robert Freeman; Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Boglivi; Jeffrey Neuberger

Key clients

Altice USA

Bain Capital

Cox Communications

Detroit Pistons

Digicel

Discovery Inc.

DISH Network

Empire City Casino

Fan Controlled Football League

fuboTV

Hulu

iHeartMedia

Learfield Communications

Los Angeles FC

Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee (LA 2028)

Minute Media

Major League Soccer

National Basketball Association

National Football League

Public Interest Registry

Spectrum (Charter Communications)

The Ivy League

The Stars Group

Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP represents registered funds and registered alternative asset managers, independent trustees and board members, and investment advisers in SEC relations, regulation, and compliance. The team also has a core focus on the formation and operation of BDCs. Stuart Coleman leads the practice, and advises on SEC examinations, exchange-traded fund formation, and litigation. David Stephens handles the structuring and formation of new investment products for major clients, including the BNY Mellon Family of Funds, and the independent board members of Legg Mason Partners Equity Funds. Also recommended are Nicole Runyan, who has expertise in BDCs and interval funds, and Bradford Green a contact for the formation of bespoke vehicles that provide access to retail and mid-tier high net-worth asset management platforms.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Coleman

Testimonials

‘The entire team is first class. They are all extremely knowledgeable and professional. Their mutual fund team, with which I am most familiar, has a very deep bench with very experienced partners. They are always well prepared and come up with very practical solutions.’

‘The team at Proskauer is superb from the partners to the associates. They are extremely knowledgeable and also very accessible. They provide guidance that is useful and capable of being implemented.’

Key clients

The BNY Mellon Family of Funds (f/k/a the Dreyfus Funds) (Fund and Independent Board Counsel)

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

Neuberger Berman Registered Private Equity 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 (Fund and Adviser Counsel)

iShares ETFs (Independent Board Counsel)

Legg Mason Partners Equity Funds and ETFs (Independent Board Counsel)

Apollo Investment Corp. (BDC) and Closed-End Funds (Independent Board Counsel)

THL Credit Advisors (Adviser Counsel)

THL Closed-End Funds (Fund Counsel)

Oaktree BDCs (Fund Counsel)

Technology transactions Tier 4

The New York-based team at Proskauer Rose LLP regularly handles IT-related instructions from the media, retail and leisure industries, and has noted strength assisting an established client base of asset managers. The firm assists internet media company VerticalScope with a range of licensing, intellectual property and outsourcing agreements. Jeffrey Neuburger and Robert Freeman share leadership of the practice. Daryn Grossman, who was made managing partner in January 2020, is a key contact. Associate Wai Choy is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Neuburger; Robert Freeman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cox Communications

Component Assembly

The Eclipse Foundation

VerticalScope

Everledger

Discovery

Henry Schein

Rockefeller Capital Management

Telecoms and broadcast: transactional Tier 4

The interdisciplinary team at Proskauer Rose LLP handles a range of transactions in the telecoms and broadcast sectors, and has a specialism in internet broadcasting and content delivery in the sports sector. Other areas of strength include advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, and licensing arrangements. It also has notable expertise in related IP issues. Robert Freeman heads the practice along with Jeffrey Neuburger, while Lauren Boglivi is the key contact for private equity clients. Sports law expert Frank Saviano and associate Wai Choy are other key team members.

Practice head(s):

Robert Freeman; Jeffrey Neuburger

Key clients

Altice USA

Bain Capital

Cox Communications

Detroit Pistons

Digicel

Discovery

DISH Network

Empire City Casino

Fan Controlled Football League

fuboTV

Hulu

iHeartMedia

Learfield Communications

Los Angeles FC

Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee (LA 2028)

Minute Media

Major League Soccer

National Basketball Association

National Football League

Spectrum (Charter Communications)

The Ivy League

The Stars Group

Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP's New York-based IP litigation practice is jointly led by Brendan O’Rourke and Lawrence Weinstein. O'Rourke is rated in particular for his ability to 'add value by analyzing a specific situation from a large number of angles'; he is particularly skilled in trying jury cases as well as obtaining emergent relief, acting for clients including Target, Novartis, Sandoz and Diageo, among others. Weinstein is particularly experienced in Lanham Act cases and consumer class actions, and acts for clients in a variety of industries, including fashion retail, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):

Brendan O’Rourke; Lawrence Weinstein

Testimonials

‘They work as a team very efficiently and with a clear communication flow.’

‘They involve the right team member for the right task: the experienced partner only steps in when necessary and especially when the strategy is at stake.’

‘The opinions given are extremely business-oriented and very helpful to make decisions internally Brendan O’Rourke is extremely smart and adds value by analyzing a specific situation from a large number of angles.’

‘He has a great knowledge of the case-law even in discussions, so he can provide timely advice. He is using his team very well and he is a very strong litigator: I would not wish to face him in depositions.’

Key clients

Target Corporation

Novartis Pharma

Corsearch

Sandoz International

LemonKind

S&P Global

InnovaCare Health

MMM Healthcare

Castellana Healthcare

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 5

Proskauer Rose LLP is active in upper-middle market and large-cap transactions in several key industries. The practice is especially active in deals involving unique assets and clients in regulated sectors, notably gaming, media, sports, life sciences and hospitality. These focuses necessitate close co-operation with the firm's tax and structuring practices. One standout deal over the past year was the sale of the Carolina Panthers to David Tepper for $2.2bn, an example of the firm's unique asset approach. The practice group is led by Ronald Papa in New York. Lauren Boglivi has also had a standout year, advising on many of the firm's high-profile deals, including the sale of the .org domain by the Public Interest Registry.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Papa

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Boglivi; Daniel Ganitsky; Michael Ellis

Key clients

Empire City Casino

Accor

Alleghany Capital

BTG Pactual

Ascena Retail Group

Celgene Corporation

Church & Dwight Co

Discovery

Public Interest Registry

GIC

Arkema

Grifols

Henry Schein

Morgan Stanley

The Stars Group

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

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘high-caliber professionals’ pride themselves on their ability to brief and present arguments at the appellate stage, but also on their extensive experience handling the trial stage of disputes. The practice is a popular choice among clients seeking representation in appeals involving labor and employment law, commercial issues, entertainment, and sports. Contacts in the New York office include Mark Harris, who leads the appellate group, and Myron Rumeld, a name to note for ERISA-related appeals. Recently promoted senior counsel John Roberts leads the Boston-based group. In a standout highlight at the First Circuit, a cross-practice team represented the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in numerous appeals arising from the restructuring of the country’s debt.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harris; John Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The high-caliber professionals at Proskauer take an active interest in resolving the issues at hand. When requested, they are pragmatic in providing advice on the spot. They are also easy to work with, very intelligent, and adaptive in understanding complex business structures and practices.

Key clients

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Wells Fargo

Johnson & Johnson

Miami Marlins

The Aerospace Corporation

Major League Soccer

National Basketball Association

United States Chamber of Commerce / American Benefits Council / ERISA Industry Committee

Charles Schwab

Amgen

National Football League

Church & Dwight

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Proskauer Rose LLP's team is jointly led by Robert Cleary, who is regularly instructed in international criminal matters including corruption and money laundering investigations and foreign extradition proceedings, and internal investigation expert Dietrich Snell. The group is noted for defending corporates and individuals in high-stakes government investigations and assisting with internal investigations, often resolving matters before they get to trial. The group expanded in 2019, bringing on AML expert Seetha Ramachandran from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Hadassa Waxman from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she built up prosecutorial experience in a variety of fraud, money laundering and cybercriminal cases. Lindsey Collins is developing exceptional work in the government and internal investigations space. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Robert Cleary; Dietrich Snell

Other key lawyers:

Mark Harris; Joshua Newville; Seetha Ramachandran; Hadassa Waxman; Lindsey Collins

Testimonials

I hold Robert Cleary and Mark Davidson in the highest regard.

Key clients

The Metropolitan Opera

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Proskauer Rose LLP has a wealth of Latin America expertise based in its New York and Sao Paulo offices. Many of the team members are Latin America natives, and the group as a whole demonstrates a high level of experience and expertise in strategic M&A, private equity transactions and funds formation work. The team continues to service a number of major multinationals, big name Latin American corporates and financial institutions, and multilatinas; clients include AccorHotels, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group, Graña y Montero, Ashmore and Gilinski Group. Recent mandates include advising a consortium led by BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group on its joint venture with CatchMark Timber Trust to acquire 1.1m acres of  East Texas timberlands for $1.39bn. Co-head of the Latin America practice Carlos Martinez has an extensive record in M&A, including for major Latin America businesses. Colombian born Daniel Ganitsky is a top M&A practitioner and has built up an impressive body of work in Latin America. Andrew Kleiman is another M&A specialist with notable Latin American expertise.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets Tier 4

Proskauer Rose LLP's highly developed Latin America practice sits primarily in its New York and Sao Paulo offices, the latter having an especially prominent name in the market for all-round financing expertise. Much of the firm's capital markets activity centres on Brazilian issuers, including first time issuers. Beyond Brazil, it advised long-term client Frontera Energy on its $350m senior unsecured notes issuance in 2018; Frontera Energy is headquartered in Canada but most of its oil-and-gas operations are located in Colombia and Peru. New York-based head of the Latin America practice, Carlos Martinez, is an experienced and versatile practitioner who operates across the capital markets, M&A and finance spheres. In Sao Paulo, office head Antonio Piccirillo, along with Fábio Yamada and David Fenwick, provide further capital markets and finance expertise.

Proskauer has 725+ lawyers serving clients from 12 offices located in the leading financial and business centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The world’s leading organizations, companies and corporations choose us to be their representatives in their most critical situations. The firm works with alternative capital providers, major sports leagues, Fortune 500 companies, entertainment industry legends, many of the world’s most successful asset managers 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 and 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; immigration and nationality; 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. Core practices include trials; securities litigation; sports litigation; white-collar defense and investigations; false advertising and trademark; insurance recovery and counseling; international arbitration;patent law; financial services litigation; real estate litigation; antitrust; appellate; copyright; and private equity and hedge fund litigation.

Healthcare: Proskauer takes a multidisciplinary approach to health care law, built on the foundation of its formidable experience and capabilities in the industry. The core team expands as needed to incorporate the firm’s top practitioners in a number of legal disciplines: corporate/transactional; labor; litigation; tax; real estate; bankruptcy; regulatory; intellectual property; investigations; and technology.

Real estate: Proskauer represents clients in transactions relating to all areas of the real estate business. In addition to traditional real estate work, the firm has practices in private equity real estate; real estate capital markets; real estate litigation; and real estate finance.

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 plan.

Industry focus: Proskauer is widely recognized for its industry concentrations in sports; asset management; technology, media and telecommunications; lodging and gaming; entertainment; and life sciences.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Steven M Ellis sellis@proskauer.com (617) 526-9660
Corporate Stephen Boyko
Corporate Charles Parsons
Entertainment Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks
Healthcare Richard Zall
Labor and Employment Neil Abramson
Labor and Employment Joseph Baumgarten
Life Sciences Daryn Grossman
Litigation Timothy Mungovan
Private Client Services David Pratt
Real Estate Perry Cacace
Real Estate Ronald Sernau
Sports Joseph Leccese
Sports Bradley Ruskin
Tax Ira Bogner
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Robert Freeman
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Jeffrey Neuberger
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 Fábio Yamada photo Fábio Yamada
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