White & Case LLP > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

White & Case LLP
701 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005-3807
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
United States

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 1

White & Case LLP‘s cartel team regularly represents corporates and individuals in high-profile civil and criminal cartel proceedings, including bet-the-company litigation for major pharmacy industry players. Clients from a range of jurisdictions and industries, including life sciences, financial services, and auto parts, seek the firm out for its cartel defense capabilities as well as its expertise in multijurisdictional litigation and investigations. The firm is a litigation powerhouse with a remarkably strong track record in disposing civil and criminal claims in court or on appeal, both in the US and in global cartel cases. The team, based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated, is headed by significantly experienced cartel litigator Mark Gidley. He is supported by Peter Carney, whose practice focuses on healthcare and pharma-related antitrust litigation, as well as Christopher Curran, whose litigation and defense of an amnesty agreement was the first of its kind. Trial attorney J. Frank Hogue is regularly involved in enforcement proceedings and class action defense. Adam Acosta  is a litigator focusing on complex antitrust litigation and government investigations, while New York-based Robert Milne and Raj Gandesha also receive praise for their antitrust expertise.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gidley

Other key lawyers:

Peter Carney; Robert Milne; Adam Acosta, Raj Gandesha; Christopher Curran; Frank Hogue; Erin McNamee; George Paul; Michael Kendall

Testimonials

‘Robert Milne and Raj Gandesha form a good antitrust team.’

‘Robert Milne, a great antitrust counsel.’

Key clients

Apex Clearing Corporation

Gilead Sciences

Vanderbilt University

Crédit Agricole

Itron

EpiPen

Gerber Products Company

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Experian PLC

Toshiba

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Pfizer

AbbVie (formerly Forest Laboratories ) and Merz Pharmaceuticals

Samsung Bioepis

Boston Scientific

Work highlights

  • Representing Apex in the antitrust class actions challenging the front-page suspension of all stock trading by Apex on the New York Stock Exchange of the three “meme stocks.”
  • Represented Gilead against the various plaintiff groups, winning dismissal of all claims of an alleged overarching conspiracy to monopolize HIV therapies, dismissal of certain activist plaintiffs (including the lead plaintiff), and dismissal of plaintiff Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
  • Representing Vanderbilt University in a high-profile antitrust class action pending in Chicago accusing 16 major U.S. universities of illegally colluding to limit student financial aid.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

White & Case LLP regularly represents clients in high-stakes litigation, particularly class actions concerning consumer protection claims and antitrust conspiracy allegations. The team is well versed in pharmaceutical antitrust matters with a client roster including Pfizer and Samsung Bioepis, whilst continuing to grow its fintech and technology antitrust capabilities. Mark Gidley chairs the practice from Washington DC, offering significant experience in trying criminal and civil antitrust cases, while Christopher Curran often handles precedent setting matters. New York-based Jack Pace often acts as lead counsel for pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers as well as leading fintech companies, recently acting as lead drafter in the briefing behind victories for Apex Clearing Corporation, obtaining the dismissal of class action antitrust complaints. Kathryn Jordan Mims’ practice in DC focuses on class actions, merger enforcement actions and government enforcement actions. Head of the global pharmaceuticals and healthcare group, Peter Carney regularly represents pharmaceutical clients in litigation involving patent settlement agreements, product hopping and switching strategies in federal court and before the FTC. Situated in New York, Martin Toto is recognized as a leading attorney with experience in defending clients in price fixing jury trials while Kristen O’Shaughnessy defends global companies in class action and commercial litigation, with a particular expertise in the pharmaceutical industry.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gidley

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Curran; Jack Pace; Kathryn Jordan Mims; Peter Carney; Martin Toto; Kristen O’Shaughnessy; Kelly Newman; Adam Acosta; Raj Gandesha; Jaclyn Phillips; Heather Burke

Testimonials

‘Adam Acosta and Mark Gidley created an excellent appellate brief on very short notice, immediately appreciating the potential risk for our members and the urgency of the project.’

‘The team I worked with was unique in several ways. First, there were a substantial number of women involved in key roles in the various aspects of this multi-faceted litigation. That is rare and important to clients. Second, the team communicated very well so that everyone understood how the portion of the case they were working on impacted other aspects of the case. The team was amazingly hard working and dedicated to excellence and meeting the client’s needs and the team was extremely personable. I never ran into anyone with an obnoxious attitude. All seemed to love their jobs and enjoy working with each other.

‘I worked with several individuals including Raj Gandesha, Jaclyn Phillips, and Heather Burke. I was very impressed with their intellectual curiosity, indefatigable work ethic and professionalism.’

‘Solid team and great expertise.’

‘We valued having a team that clearly wants to understand the details of our business and build relationships with our internal clients. They are highly responsive and communicative, without over-burdening us with information. They seem adept at navigating the dynamics of a complex joint defense group. Kelly Newman is a stand-out associate, she managed discovery in a complex case with a lot of data and our internal clients see her as a member of the team and value her knowledge.’

Key clients

Apex Clearing Corporation

Gilead Sciences

AbbVie (formerly Forest Laboratories ) and Merz Pharmaceuticals

Samsung Bioepis

Boston Scientific

Vanderbilt University

EpiPen

Gerber Products Company

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Experian PLC

Toshiba

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Pfizer

Work highlights

  • Represented Apex in the antitrust class actions involving section 1 and section 2 claims which challenged the front-page suspension of all stock trading by Apex on the New York Stock Exchange of the three “meme stocks”.
  • Represented Gilead against the various plaintiff groups, winning dismissal of all claims of alleged overarching conspiracy to monopolize HIV therapies, dismissal of certain activist plaintiffs (including the lead plaintiff), and dismissal of plaintiff Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
  • Acted for AbbVie (Forest Labs) in the Bystolic antitrust class action; one of the very first reverse payment wins at the motion to dismiss (pleadings) stage.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

Widely regarded as a go-to practice for investor-state arbitration, White & Case LLP leverages its global network and premier public international law expertise to excel in representing both investors and nation states in complex cases. The team, which also shines in commercial arbitration, is well versed in all major institutional rules, as well as regional and ad hoc cases. Spread between five US offices, the sizeable group additionally draws on arbitration specialists in the firm's international offices–including in key arbitration centers such as London, Paris, Geneva and Singapore–to bring to bear comprehensive jurisdictional and sectoral coverage. Washington DC-based global department head Abby Cohen Smutny frequently secures high-profile mandates from both respondents and claimants in investor-state arbitrations. Most recently, Cohen Smutny was part of the cross-office team that represented Gabriel Resources in an ICSID arbitration against Romania concerning the de facto expropriation of Gabriel’s rights in the Roşia Montană gold mining project. Washington DC-based Carolyn Lamm heads the international arbitration practice for the Americas and teamed up with Hansel Pham and Kristen Young, both also in DC, to represent the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Turkey-Uzbekistan BIT. Other key names in DC include Jonathan Hamilton, who has a significant Latin America dimension to his practice. In New York, pre-eminent specialist Paul Friedland is sought after for his first-class commercial and investor-state arbitration expertise. Ank Santens, who heads the America's disputes section, is also noted in New York. The firm additionally fields a talented band of next-generation arbitration partners, including Damien Nyer and Brody Greenwald.

Practice head(s):

Abby Cohen Smutny

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I have worked extensively with the investment arbitration practice at White & Case. They provide outstanding services. The team consists of capable and talented lawyers with extensive expertise and experience in public international law and investment arbitration.’

The practice stands out for its ability to quickly and effectively deal with highly complex cases covering a huge documentary record and multiple legal issues. The team impresses with the efficient organization of its work, relentless effort to provide best defense and above all with its incredible rate of success.’

‘The overall level of service is excellent. White & Case has extensive expertise and experience in all types of arbitration cases before the most-renowned international arbitration institutions and in ad-hoc arbitrations.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, hard-working, efficient, well organized and with a fast-response time. White & Case is the best firm I have worked with.’

Abby Cohen Smutny stands out for her ability to understand the issues in dispute from a State’s prospective and, as a result, to present the best defense for sovereign clients. Her advocacy skills and strategic judgment surpass those of other lawyers I have worked with in international arbitration matters.’

‘We value the team’s personal attention to the case. Lawyers are very professional.’

‘Abby Cohen Smutny has excellent strategic thinking, and sound and reliable judgment. She impresses with her deep knowledge of public international law and international investment law, as well as with her extensive experience in international arbitration.’

I would also recommend Ank Santens, who is a very effective cross-examiner, and Petr Polášek, who is a knowledgeable and diligent lawyer.

Key clients

Gabriel Resources Ltd. and Gabriel Resources (Jersey) Ltd.

TECO Guatemala Holdings

Ioan Micula & Others

MetLife Inc., MetLife Servicios SA and MetLife Seguros de Retiro SA

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd., and Zurich South America Invest AB

Republic of Uzbekistan

Republic of Bulgaria

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Justice, Republic of Korea

WeBuild (formerly Salini Impregilo S.p.A), Jan De Nul N.V., Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Rutas de Lima

Mitsui & Co

Telefónica SA

WorleyParsons International, Inc.

Orazul International España Holdings S.L.

Work highlights

  • Representing Telefónica in two investment treaty claims against the Republic of Colombia and the Republic of Peru respectively.
  • Representing Gabriel Resources in an ICSID arbitration against Romania concerning Romania’s de facto expropriation of Gabriel’s rights to the Roşia Montană gold mining project.
  • Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal (Panama), and its shareholders Salini Impregilo (Italy) and Jan De Nul (Belgium), in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the $5.5bn Panama Canal infrastructure expansion project.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 1

White & Case LLP routinely counsels foreign parties on the application of international laws in US courts, as well as changing international regulatory landscapes, leveraging expertise across antitrust, international arbitration, IP and white-collar groups. The practice counts foreign sovereigns, state-owned entities, central banks and financial services companies among its clients, and is recognized for its enforcement litigation capacity, defending against and enforcing award judgements in both US and international courts. Glenn Kurtz , based in New York, chairs the global commercial litigation practice, and has a track record of high-stakes litigation, including international mass tort claims and high-profile sexual abuse cases. Christopher Curran is also a key name, based in Washington DC, advising foreign sovereigns and corporations facing litigation in US courts, particularly regarding the extraterritorial application of US law and the protection of foreign sovereign immunity. Claire DeLelle and Tara Lee are also key names based in DC- DeLelle focuses her practice on representing foreign financial institutions in US courts, while Lee is noted for her work on ESG-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kurtz

Key clients

Eni S.p.A.; Eni Oil & Gas Inc.

HNA Swedish Hospitality Management AB

HNA Hotel Group (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd.

Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A

QC Terme US Corp., QC Terme s.r.l., White Bridge Investments S.p.A., Giuturna Investments S.p.A.

National Bank of Pakistan

Toshiba

Bulgaria National Bank

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Republic of Zimbabwe

Banque Misr Liban

The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago

Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

Hidroelectrica Santa Rita, S.A.

Bayport Financial Holdings (USA) Inc. and Bayport Colombia S.A.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Saudi Aramco in dismissing a petition to enforce an $18 Billion arbitral award obtained through a fraudulent arbitral institution in Egypt, by highlighting the lack of any arbitration agreement, and contesting the arbitration proceedings.
  • Defeated class certification on behalf of Toshiba in a long running securities dispute, convincing the court that a proposed class of US American Depository Receipt (ADR) holders could not proceed because the proposed named plaintiff for the class did not purchase Toshiba securities in the United States, as required under the Exchange Act.
  • Represented HNA in a contract dispute involving the sale of stock shares that were pledged as part of a loan agreement with Equities First Holdings, involving issues related to discovery, Covid-related travel impediments, Chinese nationals witness availability, and the client, CEO and President, becoming unavailable as a witness due to being detained by Chinese authorities.

Finance > Fintech

White & Case LLP has an experienced fintech team which represents a mix of financial institutions, corporations and technology companies. This includes support to banks and payments companies on transactional and licensing matters, as well as advising fintechs on bank charters and partnerships. The corporate finance side advises on M&A, SPAC mergers, and other forms of equity and debt listings. Another core focus is digital assets and cryptocurrency, both in terms of new ventures such as major corporates moving into NFTs, but also insolvency work. Washington DC-based practice head Prat Vallabhaneni and his team are considered ‘unique by their expertise on the subject (particularly in themes related to crypto/DLT), and have a hands-on and practical approach that are key to clients‘. Financial services regulatory head Douglas Landy and fintech transactions partner Burr Eckstut (both New York) are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Prat Vallabhaneni

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Prat Vallhabhaneni and his team are unique by their expertise on the subject (particularly in themes related to crypto/DLT), and have a hands on and practical approach that are key to clients. It is our preferred for crypto matters and have never disappointed us.’

‘Prat Vallhabhaneni is a skillful lawyer, that has a balanced regulatory and transactional view of the matters. His previous role as a FIDC attorney and an investment banker provide for an interesting mix of expertise, and puts him in a great position to give the best possible advice.’

Key clients

Celsius

Meta, WhatsApp, Instagram, Novi, and affiliates

Ministry of Finance of the Republic of El Salvador

JP Morgan

Figure Technology

VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings

USDF Consortium

The Provident Bank (BankProv)

Bit Digital

Rhodium Group

Centre

Work highlights

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

With significant experience in complex and high-value assignments, Thomas Lauria, operating from New York and Miami, heads White & Case LLP’s financial restructuring and insolvency group, which boasts considerable depth of expertise, advises debtors, creditors, and distressed investors in relation to all aspects of corporate and financial restructurings, including in the automotive, transportation, real estate, oil and gas, sovereign debt, and retail sectors. Notably, David Turetsky and Gregory Pesce, in New York and Chicago respectively, have recently led a team representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in connection with the reorganization of Celsius Network, a cryptocurrency-based finance platform that filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy following the collapse of the cryptocurrency market. New York- and Miami-based John Cunningham specializes in the restructuring of Latin American multinationals, and has represented a wide range of clients, including debtors, creditors’ committees, bondholders, and strategic investors, in complex workout arrangements throughout the US, Latin America, and Europe. Scott Greissman in New York represents banks, senior lenders, unsecured creditors, hedge funds, and companies in large out-of-court workouts, distressed acquisitions, and Chapter 11 proceedings, while Jessica Lauria stands out for her experience in mass tort cases. Chris Shore plays an important role in the team as a bankruptcy litigator. Lauria and Shore are also both based in New York. Mark Franke has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lauria

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Colodny; Andrew O’Neill; Andrew Zatz; Bojan Guzina; Brian Pfeiffer; Chris Shore; David Turetsky; Gregory Pesce; Harrison Denman; Jessica Lauria; John Cunningham; Keith Wofford; Richard Kebrdle; Scott Greissman; Steve Moeller-Sally; Thomas MacWright

Testimonials

‘Jessica Lauria is an exceptionally talented lawyer holding tremendous respect with judges and other attorneys. She responds immediately to calls and questions. She accepts and respects client input. She is nothing short of a bankruptcy guru.’ 

‘There are many firms with experienced lawyers and a deep knowledge of Bankruptcy law and procedure. White & Case stands apart from those firms by virtue of its client- and case-specific strategic approach to success for each matter. Combined with a common sense practical business acumen and detailed execution puts White & Case at the top of the bankruptcy practice.’

‘Two partners who are truly exceptional lawyers are Tom Lauria and Chris Shore. I have worked with both on several mega bankruptcies and their thinking and performance have been flawless. My experience is that Tom and Chris present and execute litigation strategies that their opponents don’t even think about and typically have no plan of response other than wildly throwing a lot of stuff against the wall to see what sticks. As a bonus, they are both honest and principled attorneys.’

‘Kebrdle and Cunningham are hugely experienced.’

‘Harrison Denman and Andrew Zatz are both very savvy lawyers who know how to represent their clients’ interests efficiently and effectively. They know the law and know how to score wins discretely and quickly.’

‘Very commercial team. Hiring them sends a message to counterparties that you mean business but you intend to get to a deal. Decades of experience with debtor and creditor work that is unmatched.’

‘Keith Wofford finds a way–not an excuse. For that reason, he is “go to” counsel. Steve Moeller-Sally is one of few lawyers in the bankruptcy bar that is adroit with spreadsheets and is an invaluable lawyer on any deal. Tom Lauria is a household name and his appearance in a case raises eyebrows because he typically represents the “smart money.”’

‘Chris Shore is an outstanding litigator with an incredible amount of complex experience. Tom Lauria has been involved in countless major bankruptcies and has tremendous experience too. Tom MacWright has developed a niche EM practice. Brian Pfeiffer is outstanding as well.’

Key clients

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditor of Celsius Network LLC

Coordinating Committee of Agent Banks and Lenders of Seadrill Ltd.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

Boy Scouts of America

Ad Hoc Group of LATAM Bondholders

The agent and existing term loan lenders of Petroserv Marine Inc.

3M Company

Johnson & Johnson

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Ion Geophysical Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Strike LLC

Strategic Value Partners LLC

Constellation Oil Services Holding S.A.

AlphaCredit (Alpha Holding, S.A. de C.V. and related entities)

Bausch Health Companies Inc.

PWM Property Management

GT Real Estate Holdings, LLC

Credito Real

Ad Hoc Group of Individual Victims of Purdue Pharma L.P.

Sovereign Representations (Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of Suriname, Lebanon, Buenos Aires)

Work highlights

  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Celsius Network LLC in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Representing Boy Scouts of America in its ongoing Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Represented Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and certain affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases and global restructuring matters.

International Trade > CFIUS Tier 1

One of the clear market leaders in CFIUS’, White & Case LLP’s foreign direct investment reviews and national security practice forms a key part of the firm’s wider international trade offering. Covering the full range of industries, clients and transaction structures, the team’s ability to draw on lawyers with broad in-house government experience ensures it ‘brings a deeper understanding of the background underlying the regulations’. High-profile department head Farhad Jalinous is widely recognized for his ‘deep knowledge of the CFIUS process and stakeholders’; he recently advised UK-based Avast on CFIUS issues related to its approximately $8bn merger with US-based NortonLifeLock. Karalyn Mildorf is an up-and-coming CFIUS specialist with extensive experience in national security reviews before CFIUS as well as foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) mitigation matters. The Washington DC-based group also includes Keith Schomig, who specializes in advising on the CFIUS aspects of private-equity investments and large-scale M&A, and counsel Ryan Brady, who formerly served as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of the Treasury. In October 2022, the team was boosted by the arrival of Senior National Security Advisor David Jividen, who joined from the Department of Defense’s Foreign Investment Review office.

Practice head(s):

Farhad Jalinous

Testimonials

‘One of the clear market leaders in CFIUS, and the top firm when it comes to the intersection of CFIUS and DCSA mitigation. Farhad Jalinous offers excellent client service and terrific judgment with respect to handling CFIUS inquiries that is borne only out of years of experience.’

‘Highly competent and gets complicated case done. Cares about the details and success.’

‘We worked with Farhad Jalinous and Karalyn Mildorf and their team. Great communicators, providing immediate responses on questions and discussions. Every question gets answered instantaneously with clarity. They also help us on best solutions.’

‘Broad knowledge of the the CFIUS process. Farhad Jalinous is the best. He is pragmatic with deep knowledge of the CFIUS process and stakeholders. His advice is always on point and extremely valuable in managing internal expectations during what can be a very opaque process.’

‘The team is led by Farhad Jalinous, who is an exceptional attorney who can clearly and succinctly explain the complexities of the CFIUS rules.’

‘The team is comprised of attorneys who have previous experience working in the Commerce Dept, which brings a deeper understanding of the background underlying the regulations. They are used to working on transactions that operate under tight timelines, and they are very responsive at all hours.’

‘Farhad Jalinous is a great communicator and provides clear advice, whether by email or phone. He is also good at problem solving and helping parties come to agreement on terms without jeopardizing risk for the client.’

The team’s varied backgrounds and expertise provide a holistic and practical approach to effectively navigate the CFIUS process. Farhad Jalinous and his team, particularly Karalyn Mildorf, have been instrumental in supporting our US M&A efforts and were critical members of our acquisition planning team.’

Key clients

Avast plc

Oi S.A.

Safran SA

SES Pte. Ltd.

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA)

SoftBank

Airbus

Geodis

Faurecia Participations GmbH

Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Work highlights

  • Advised UK-based Avast on CFIUS issues related to its approximately $8bn merger with US-based NortonLifeLock.
  • Advised Faurecia Participations on CFIUS and FDI matters in connection with its acquisition of at least 60% of the shares in Hella.
  • Advised Oi, a Brazil-based telecoms operator, on the CFIUS and Team Telecom aspects of its investment in GlobeNet Cabos Submarinos America.

International Trade > Trade remedies and trade policy Tier 1

Among White & Case LLP’s key attributes, clients highlight its ‘depth of knowledge and experience across complex antidumping and countervailing duties issues’. Alongside its premier trade remedies practice—which is routinely involved in major trade investigations on behalf of producers, importers and governments—the team also houses formidable trade policy and WTO offerings. The steel industry remains a significant sweet spot for the group; among its work in this sphere, high-profile trade litigator, Gregory Spak, is representing steel producer Gerdau Metaldom in a WTO dispute concerning the Dominican Republic’s antidumping measures on corrugated steel bar imports from Costa Rica. Global international trade head David Bond is also highly sought after for trade remedy disputes and trade policy matters; he is representing Sylvamo, a paper mill company, in a review of the antidumping duty order on uncoated paper from Brazil. Other key contacts in the Washington DC-based team include Jay Campbell, who is representing Marmen in proceedings related to antidumping and countervailing duties on utility scale wind towers from Canada, and senior associate Ron Kendler, who has a ‘unique ability to explain complex concepts clearly’.

Practice head(s):

David Bond

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The breadth and depth of knowledge and experience across complex antidumping and countervailing duties issues sets W&C apart from other firms with whom we have worked. The immediate working team is supported by topic experts that are as attentive and responsive as the working team.’

‘You can get international trade legal advice, high level advocacy, knowledge of sector and practices and economists in one team. They also provide excellent guidance and education to clients who are new to international trade investigations.’

‘David Bond and his team are outstanding, they provide great insights and a thoughtful approach to issues arising in the international trade space.’

The whole team (Gregory Spak, Jay Campbell and associates Ron Kendler and Alex Dilley) has done a phenomenal job of representing an industry group with constituents that are competitors and also have different end goals.’

‘When working with Ron Kendler, you feel like you are getting the knowledge of a partner and the attentiveness of an associate. He has a unique ability to explain complex concepts clearly with as little words as possible.’

‘The international trade team is impeccable. They are analytical, meticulous. David Bond leads the team and he is incredibly intelligent and straight to the point.’

‘They are fully hands-on, build a team from their end that include specialists in all required fields, are very flexible and versatile, knowledgeable of their respective fields, and extremely hard working. They have showed a very high commitment with our needs.’

‘They are very receptive, pay a lot of attention to detail, and are always available to guide and support the team, at levels that you not always see in other providers. I would mention Gregory Spak as a stand-out partner.’

Key clients

PJSC Tatneft

Sylvamo

Tenaris

Synthos Kralupy

NEXEN TIRE Corporation

Gerdau Metaldom

Scotch Whisky Association

Kumho Petrochemical Co., Ltd.

Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd.

Productos Laminados de Monterrey and its affiliated US distributor (Prolamsa)

Merck & Co.

Sahamitr Pressure Container Plc. (SMPC)

Marmen, Inc., Marmen Énergie Inc., and Marmen Energy Co. (collectively, Marmen)

Louis Dreyfus Company Sucos S.A

Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA)

National Bank of Pakistan

Work highlights

  • Representing Tenaris in several US trade proceedings relating to oil country tubular goods, welded line pipe, and seamless pipe, involving imports from ten countries.
  • Representing Gerdau Metaldom in a WTO dispute concerning the Dominican Republic’s antidumping measures on corrugated steel bar imports from Costa Rica.
  • Representing Petróleos de Venezuela, the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company, in litigation regarding hundreds of millions of dollars of OFAC-blocked assets.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

White & Case LLP has a strong record in securing clearances for business-critical, global transactions, and is a destination practice for a number of high-profile deals, handling DOJ and FTC investigations, regulatory challenges, and multijurisdictional approvals. In a standout representation for practice head George Paul and highly-rated senior associate Heather Greenfield, the firm is acting for Albertsons in its $24bn merger with Krogers, a major deal in the supermarkets sector which is currently facing a FTC Second Request, while the practice has also expanded its work for major big tech clients including Twitter and Google, as well as remaining active in key sectors such as tech and software. Rebecca Farrington is a key name for FTC and DOJ merger investigations as well as cross-border mandates, and is representing Avast in its high-profile merger with Norton Life, a deal with US and UK elements, while Tamer Nagy was promoted to partner in January 2023 and specializes in Middle East-domiciled work. Anna Kertesz continues to offer agency expertise on contested mergers, and is a regular advisor to key clients such as Meta and Whatsapp. All lawyers are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

George Paul

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Rebecca Farrington is bright, experienced, thorough, and a pleasure to work with. I recommend her highly!’

Heather Greenfield is a talented associate–poised, energetic, and smart. I think she has a bright future in front of her.

‘Tamer Nagy in DC is very knowledgeable and resourceful. Collaboration with their global team in EU, UK is great.’

‘Knowledgeable, with diversity and able to address merger control on a global basis Resourceful with a global team; also collaboration with partnered firms where they don’t have internal team. Able to address queries quickly. Well-equipped team, ready to react and provide advice.

‘Able to assemble large diverse teams. Strong bench of up and coming counsel. Practical and effective in providing legal guidance aligned with business objectives.’

‘Rebecca Farrington and Anna Kertesz are efficient, well versed in antitrust agency process, and effective in conveying practical guidance aligned with business realities and objectives.’

‘Very good merger control connections and ability in the Middle East.’

‘Tamer Nagy has a great knowledge of the emerging regulatory landscape in the Middle East and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Albertsons

Avast

Novasep Process SAS

GlobalWafers Co. Ltd

Smiths Group plc

Pilot Co.

Siemplify

Vox Media Holdings, Inc.

Viva Aerobús

Flipart

Development Partners International

Kobalt Music

Work highlights

  • Represented Albertsons in its US$24.6 billion merger with Kroger.
  • Advised UK-based Avast on its US$8.6 billion merger in multiple jurisdictions with U.S.-based NortonLifeLock.
  • Advised Novasep Process SAS on a milestone antitrust approval of a FTC petition filed by Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A. to acquire the chromatography equipment business of Novasep.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

White & Case LLP represent clients in complex and high-stakes commercial litigation matters, with versatile and experienced lawyers with courtroom experience in state and federal courts across the country. Glenn Kurtz is based in New York and has a track record in navigating litigations, especially cases involving financial instruments. Tara Lee, situated in Washington DC, is skilled as a trial advocate, having been involved in industry-defining matters, while Rachel Feldman in Los Angeles focuses on complex business disputes, representing large corporations in international litigation. Bryan Merryman, in Los Angeles, is considered by one client as ‘intelligent, efficient and creative’, while also being ‘an excellent problem solver.’

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kurtz

Other key lawyers:

Tara Lee; Bryan Merryman; David Hille; Michael Andolina; James Robinson; Kim Havlin; Rachel Feldman; Sheldon Philp; Claudine Columbres

Testimonials

‘Bryan Merryman has handled many consumer class action matters for us. He is intelligent, efficient and creative. He also is an excellent problem solver.’

Key clients

Boy Scouts of America

Gerber Products Company

Nielsen Consumer LLC d/b/a NielsenIQ (“NIQ”)

Nestlé Waters North America, Inc.

Blue Triton Brands, Inc.

Santiago Leon

Fitness International, LLC (LA Fitness)

Hertz

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Transocean Inc. and Transocean Ltd.

QC Terme US Corp., QC Terme s.r.l., White Bridge Investments S.p.A., Giuturna Investments S.p.A.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Celsius

3M

Novartis Pharma AG

Hospira Worldwide, LLC and Hospira, Inc., subsidiaries of Pfizer, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Boy Scouts of America in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceedings and mediations
  • Represented Gerber Products Company, securing dismissal of all claims against Gerber in 29 putative class actions consolidated in the Eastern District of Virginia. Plaintiffs filed the cases after a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives released a report claiming baby foods contain dangerous levels of heavy metals.
  • Represented Milan-based QC Terme, when SDNY Judge Torres dismissed virtually all of the claims against them, brought by a real estate developer and reality TV star Stefano Fasura, who claims he was frozen out of the deal.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

White & Case LLP has a strong track record in handling high-value M&A, project development and joint ventures in the oil and gas sector. Counting large-scale market players across the hydrocarbon value chain among its key roster of clients, the ‘proactive’ team’s experience extends to major conventional and unconventional onshore basins in North America, in addition to offshore transactions in the Gulf of Mexico. Practice leader Jay Cuclis handles high-end transactions across the energy sector, including project development, acquisitions and divestitures, while Christopher Richardson focuses on acquisitions, strategic joint ventures and project finance for upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas clients. Mingda Zhao is another key name, who focuses on private equity investments and cross-border transactions. All named partners operate from the firm's office in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Jay Cuclis

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Richardson; Steven Otillar; Charlie Ofner; Mingda Zhao; Emery Choi; Clark Wohlferd

Testimonials

‘White & Case’s energy transaction team based in Houston is amazing. With their deep understandings of the energy industry, they are ready to work on any projects or transactions which clients are pursuing.’

‘Mingda Zhao and Emery Choi know their stuff very well. They are always attentive to clients’ voices and understand clients’ needs clearly. In consequence, they always deliver outstanding outcomes.’

‘The team was very proactive in assisting the client.’

Key clients

Marathon Oil Corporation

Sempra Energy

Aramco

Vitol Inc.

Texas LNG Brownsville

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Continental Resources, Inc.

Ministry of Energy of Trinidad and Tobago

Kimbell Royalty Partners, LP

Falcon Minerals Corporation

EIG

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

EDP/Invenergy

Last Mile Energy

Infraestructura Marina del Golfo, S. de R. L. C.V.

Devon Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Marathon Oil EF II LLC, a subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation in its US$3 billion acquisition of Eagle Ford assets of Ensign Operating LLC, Ensign Operating II LLC, and Ensign Operating III LLC.
  • Represented Aramco on its entry into an Equity Purchase Agreement with US-based automotive services provider Valvoline, Inc. to acquire Valvoline, Inc.’s Global Products Business for US$2.65 billion, subject to certain customary adjustments as set forth in the Equity Purchase Agreement.
  • Represented Continental Resources, Inc. in its US$3.25 billion acquisition of certain assets in the Permian Basin from affiliates of Pioneer Natural Resources Company.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

White & Case LLP has notable experience in the range of renewable energy transactions, including joint ventures, acquisitions, and project financing, with a particular focus on advising foreign investors seeking to buy into US-based projects and assets. A notable achievement of the team was the representation of Sempra Energy on its agreement to sell a non-controlling 10 percent interest in Sempra Infrastructure Partners, LP, to a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for $1.78bn in cash in 2022. Houston-based Christopher Richardson heads the firm’s Americas Energy, Infrastructure, Project Development & Finance and Asset Finance group. Nandan Nelivigi has broad experience acting for lenders, developers, sponsors, and investors, while Raymond Azar is a key contact for complex structuring mandates, including domestic and international transactions. At the associate level, Saghar Khodabakhsh is a name to note. All named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Richardson

Key clients

Avangrid Renewables

Broad Reach Power LLC

TotalEnergies

DL Energy

KOMIPO

Omega Geracao S.A.

Sempra Energy

JERA Americas

Invenergy

Onward Energy

Masdar

Work highlights

  • Representing Avangrid Renewables, LLC as equity investor in connection with the joint venture arrangements with CIP relating to the 800 MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind project, located off the coast of Massachusetts, US.
  • Representing Broad Reach Power LLC on its sale of a 50% equity interest to funds managed by Apollo.
  • Representing TotalEnergies in its acquisition of Core Solar LLC, an Austin-based solar project developer with a solar and energy storage project portfolio of more than 4 GW across the U.S.

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 2

The environment and climate change team at White & Case LLP offers clients expertise on regulatory matters, disputes and a range of transactional issues. Leaning on support from its large international network in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America, the firm is well placed to handle cross-border deals and energy transition issues. It is particularly focused on financings and capital markets offerings, and M&A, and acts for corporations, investors, developers, lenders and governments. The team is jointly led by New York’s Seth Kerschner, who is recommended for corporate deals, bankruptcies, and real estate transactions, and Houston’s Taylor Pullins, who acts for energy sector clients on climate change and ESG matters. In Los Angeles, counsel Laura Mulry acts for a range of businesses and private equity firms on emerging contaminants, carbon offsets and carbon credits, and decarbonization as it relates to deals. Hayden Baker, specialist for energy and infrastructure projects and transactions, joined from Troutman Pepper in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Seth Kerschner; Taylor Pullins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of energy-industry issues.’

‘Taylor Pullins is thoughtful, sharp, and great to work with.’

Key clients

Marathon Oil Corporation

Saudi Aramco

Zanite Acquisition Corp.

Sempra Energy

Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings

Vale S.A.

Steel Partners Holdings L.P.

JERA Americas

Syrah Technologies LLC

Toyota Industries Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Marathon Oil Corporation on its entry into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the Eagle Ford assets of Ensign Natural Resources for a total cash consideration of $3bn, subject to customary terms and conditions, including closing adjustments. The assets include upstream assets with 700 existing wells, some midstream infrastructure (e.g., produced water ponds), and over 600 new drilling locations on 130,000 acres of owned/operated land.
  • Served as environmental counsel to Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies. Most recently, we provided environmental law advice to Saudi Aramco on its acquisition of US-based automotive services provider Valvoline Inc.’s Global Products Business for $2.65bn.
  • Served as environmental counsel to Zanite Acquisition Corp. on its $2.4bn business combination agreement with Embraer S.A., a Brazilian multinational aerospace manufacturer, to acquire EVE UAM, LLC, an Urban Air Mobility business.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

White & Case LLP’s impressive run in SPAC IPOs in recent times has resulted in a series of de-SPAC engagements. Along with its strong emphasis on developing its SPAC expertise, the team has grown its capability in handling SEC regulatory matters. The capital markets practice is also well integrated with other departments, as demonstrated by its advice to firm-wide client Hertz Global Holdings on its $1.3bn re-IPO on Nasdaq following its emergence from Chapter 11. The team remains evenly balanced between issuer and underwriter engagements. Stuart Bressman is noted for underwriter-side engagements and Joel Rubinstein for SPAC transactions. All named lawyers are based in New York, though senior capital markets specialists also sit in Washington DC, Houston and other offices across the US.

Practice head(s):

David Thatch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expertise and experience as well as diversity and the use of technology.’

‘They are highly qualified and experienced in our sector.’

‘An extremely cohesive team which, from a client facing perspective, is egoless and totally focused on serving the client in an effective and efficient manner.’

Key clients

10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp.

Ahren Acquisition Corp.

AMCI Acquisition Corp.

Artemis Strategic Investment Corporation

Ascendant Digital Acquisition Corp III

Arqit Quantum Inc.

Avangrid, Inc.

Barclays

BofA Securities, Inc.

B. Riley FBR Inc.

BTIG

Byte Acquisition Corp.

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co

Chenghe Acquisition Co.

Citigroup Global Capital Markets Inc.

Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

CVC Capital Partners

DA32 Life Science Tech Acquisition Corp.

EEW Eco Energy World

Evercore Group L.L.C

Eaton Corporation

Forum Merger IV Corp

Gambling.com Group Limited

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Graf Acquisition Corp.

Guggenheim Securities, LLC

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc

Hess Corporation

HighCape Partners, LP

Inflection Point Acquisition Corp.

Interprivate Acquisition Corp SPACs

Jefferies Group

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Kimbell Royalty Partners, LP

Kimbell Tiger Acquisition Corporation

Kornit Digital Ltd

LAMF Global Ventures Corp. I

Landcadia Holdings IV

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Ormat Technologies, Inc

Pyrophyte Acquisition Corp.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

RCF Acquisition Corp.

REE Automotive

Screaming Eagle Acquisition Corp.

SES Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company

Summa Equity AB

SVB Leerink LLC

UBS Investment Bank

Valuence Merger Corp. I

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

White & Case LLP continues to generate significant deal flow through its outstanding Latin America practice, with much of the team sitting in New York and other US offices. It has also forged a greater presence in issuer-side engagements having historically been more bank driven. Its standing in leveraged finance brings it further credibility in the high-yield debt field. Moreover, its expertise in restructuring and liability management has brought it additional engagements in the Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 spaces, particularly as businesses respond to the economic shock caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and other geopolitical tensions. Daniel Nam has a major focus on investment grade and high-yield debt offerings, and is also highly rated for liability management. Jonathan Michels is another leading figure, along with Andrew Weisberg and Rafael Roberti. All named partners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

David Thatch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Provides a great client experience. The partners are always available at all times to discuss matters and answer questions. The lawyers are both knowledgeable and commercial, which is important in transactional work.’

‘The lawyers are always responsive, willing to educate without being pedantic, and provide not only excellent legal advice but also commercial options. They always make me feel like I am in good hands. Jonathan Michels has been exceptionally great in being available at all times to handle matters or answer questions with a smile.’

‘The team is extraordinary! They have a talented pool of lawyers who provide an ample range of support and deliver best results. They are always available, are constructive and provide the best advice.’

‘Andrew Weisberg is our go-to counsel. He is extraordinary not only in knowledge and experience, but is someone who is always available, has a great personality and provides the best advice. He will find creative solutions that benefit the transaction.’

‘The White & Case team is incredibly collaborative and creative. Their legal knowledge is unmatched. They are incredibly thoughtful in helping us find solutions to our clients problems that allows us to be successful.’

‘The team is incredibly proactive, knowledgeable, and thinks like us so that we can deliver out of the box thinking to our clients while guiding us appropriately. It is amazing the way partners like Jonathan Michels help to think like our team from a business sense, but guide us through the law to achieve our clients’ goals.’

‘The team is smart, creative and practical about the matters that I am working on. They anticipate issues and tailor the advice to my needs. They are truly experts, and I know I am getting the best advice and service when I work with them.’

‘Jonathan Michels is the best in the business. He is an expert who lives the transaction with you. He is a problem solver and is very practical. He is a pleasure to work with every step of the way.’

Key clients

Alliant Holdings

American Industrial Partners

Bank of Montreal

Bausch Health Companies Inc.

Constellation Oil Services Holding S.A.

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Hughes Satellite Systems

Jefferies LLC

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley & Co.

Oi S.A.

Orazul Energy Perú S.A.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

Talen Energy

The Hertz Corporation

Transocean

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Welltec International ApS

Xerox Holdings Corp.

Work highlights

Finance > Commercial lending

White & Case LLP continues to stand out for offering formidable advice to premier banks and major direct lenders, while also maintaining a strong borrower-side offering for its corporate borrower and middle-market private equity clients. Led by Eliza McDougall from New York, the team frequently advises on leveraged financings and on complexly structured syndicated loans, including advising JP Morgan on a $1.9bn acquisition financing for Clearlake Capital’s portfolio company FINThrive. McDougall co-led on this financing with senior New York partner Eric Leicht, who is also a key contact for direct lending. Specializing in work for borrower clients, Justin Wagstaff, also works from New York and works closely with the firm’s M&A practice to advise on cross-border acquisition financings. The team is also increasingly active in assisting with preferred equity financings; key contacts in this space are Los Angeles-based Christoffer Adler as well as the Boston-based Vincenzo Lucibello, who joined the team alongside Jessica Ball from Proskauer Rose LLP in early 2022. The team underwent further expansion with the arrival of Brett Pallin from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in June 2022 and the hires of Judah Frogel and Rajani Gupta from Allen & Overy LLP in September 2022. Associate Timothy Landwehr has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Eliza McDougall

Other key lawyers:

Eric Leicht; Justin Wagstaff; Rajani Gupta; Christoffer Adler; Binoy Dharia; Vincenzo Lucibello; Brett Pallin; Jessica Ball; Daniel Nam; Michael Smith; Elena Millerman; David Grotts; Judah Frogel

Testimonials

‘The team was great during a very complex and rushed transaction.’

‘Daniel Nam, Eric Leicht, Michael Smith, Elena Millerman and David Grotts are all subject-matter experts and good at thinking outside the box.’

‘White & Case does a great job knowing clients’ needs and being easy to work with.’

‘Eliza McDougall is very attuned to her clients, what their concerns / priorities are, and how best to address them. She is friendly, intelligent, thoughtful and easily accessible.’

Key clients

Ali Group S.r.l.

BMO Sponsor Finance

BNP Paribas

Bank of America

Barclays Bank

Citibank

Credit Suisse

Delivery Hero SE

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Harvest Partners

ING Capital

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Jefferies Finance

JetBlue Airways Corporation

Macquarie Group

Marathon Oil Corporation

Milestone Environmental Services

Mill Point Capital

Mizuho Bank

Morgan Stanley

Natixis

Nordea

Pilot Travel Centers LLC

San Pasqual Casino Development Group, Inc.

Talen Energy Supply

The Hertz Corporation

The Provident Bank

Truist Bank

UBS AG

Work highlights

  • Advised JetBlue Airways Corporation on a $3.5bn senior secured bridge loan commitment to support JetBlue’s acquisition of Spirit Airlines, Inc.
  • Advised Ali Group on a $4.5bn multijurisdictional acquisition financing in connection with Ali Group’s acquisition of Welbilt, Inc.
  • Represented Delivery Hero FinCo LLC and Delivery Hero Finco Germany GmbH, as borrowers, in connection with a senior secured multicurrency facility comprising a $825m initial term loan and a €425m revolving credit facility.

Finance > Project finance

Houston-based Christopher Richardson leads White & Case’s Americas Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance and Asset Finance Regional Section, having taken over from Nandan Nelivigi in January 2023. Nelivigi continues to offer his special expertise in development, financing, acquisition and sale of energy and infrastructure projects to the firm’s high-profile clients. Praised by clients for its capability to ‘manage complex transactions quite easily’, the team is well-versed in the full range of project finance transactions, and is also reputed for its experience in advising clients on all stages of oil & gas projects. ‘Go-to expert’ Dolly Mirchandani leads the Global Industry Group, Infrastructure, Transportation & Logistics team, which is reputed for ‘delivering the best commercial and legal outcomes’, and is equipped to handle the whole life cycle of PPP projects, including development, financing, restructuring and sale of greenfield and brownfield PPP projects. Project finance expert Andrew Clarke in Melbourne is the Global Head of the Project Development and Finance Practice. Transactional lawyer Evelyn Balassiano is recommended for her work in PPP matters in an array of sectors, including airport, toll roads, rail and water, while counsel Claire Watson focuses her practice on the development, acquisition and financing of infrastructure assets, and is praised by clients for her ‘excellence in managing large and diverse stakeholder groups’. Andrew Clark, based in Melbourne, is the Global Head of the Project Development and Finance Practice. All lawyers are based in New York, unless mentioned otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Dolly Mirchandani; Andrew Clark; Christopher Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The White & Case infrastructure team has depth, the ability to access a global team of experts to support the deal and deal with any unusual issues arising and work well with their global offices across time zones to deliver around the clock service. ‘

‘Dolly Mirchandani is the go-to expert in this field in North America. She knows all the key players in the field and is always willing to test new ideas and approaches to deliver the outcomes we seek. Dolly is ably supported by Morgan Somerset (Associate) and Evelyn Balassiano.’

‘Dolly Mirchandani, Claire Watson and Evelyn Balassiano are all great at their jobs. They are excellent at solving problems and managing large and diverse stakeholder groups.’

 

Key clients

Avangrid Renewables, LLC

IceConnector ehf

Calpine Corporation

NordLB

Wells Fargo

National Bank of Canada

Rabobank

Sonnedix

Rockville Capital

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

KOMIPO

Onward Energy

Saudi Aramco

Credit Suisse

Investec

Credit Agricole

Morgan Stanley

Transurban USA Inc.

Ridgewood Infrastructure Partners

Cintra

Ferrovial

John Laing

DIF Capital Partners

Transit Wireless

US Department of Transportation (the Build America Bureau)

JLC Infrastructure

IDE Americas, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Avangrid Renewables, LLC as equity investor in connection with the $2.3 billion debt financing of, as well as tax equity investment arrangements for, the 800 MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind project, located off the coast of Massachusetts, US.
  • Advised the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) on a long term, US$15.5 billion infrastructure transaction with a consortium of investors led by affiliates of BlackRock Real Assets and Hassana Investments Co. to optimize Saudi Aramco’s gas pipeline network through a lease-and-lease-back arrangement.
  • Advising the senior bank lenders comprising 13 banks in connection with a non-recourse senior secured financing of the US$4.7 billion redevelopment of Terminals 6 and 7 at the JFK International Airport.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

With demonstrable experience advising on finance-linked derivatives, White & Case LLP acts for buy-side and sell-side clients across a broad range of asset classes, covering interest rates, foreign exchange, credits, equities and commodities, as well as securities lending transactions and structured products. Based in New York, the ‘knowledgeable, practical and extremely responsive’ team assists on cross-border transactions with offices in the UK, Canada and Latin America, and is well-placed to handle the regulatory aspects of derivatives mandates. Investment and commercial banks, private equity and hedge funds rely on the expertise of Ian Cuillerier in structured transactions, while Edward So acts for financial institutions on developing ESG and digital asset derivatives in the over-the-counter and regulated markets. Counsel Rhys Bortignon advises on over-the-counter derivative mandates, repo transactions, securities lending transactions and structured products.

Practice head(s):

Ian Cuillerier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The structured finance team is very creative, thoughtful, commercial and focused on delivering a quality commercial outcome while mitigating risk exposure.’

‘I value their patience and thoughtfulness and ability to distil complex commercial and legal questions in a way that is very approachable by both legal and commercial professionals of all experience levels.’

‘The team members are knowledgeable, practical and extremely responsive.’

‘Rhys Bortignon and Ian Cuillerier are extremely responsive. Their advice is clear, practical and helpful. They are knowledgeable from both a transactional perspective and a regulatory perspective.’

‘Very high level lawyers with strong knowledge of derivative market and derivative documentation.’

‘Ian Cuillerier is a very accessible and available partner, always ready to assist us when requested.’

Key clients

AEGEA Saneamento e Participações S.A

Avangrid Renewables, LLC

Barclays

Braskem Idesa

Clean Energy Future-Trumbull LLC

Cumulus Digital

EIG Global Energy Partners

Falcon’s Beyond Global, LLC

Ormat Technologies, Inc.

Sonnedix

Toesca Renovables SpA

VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

The New York-based structured finance team at White & Case LLP works closely with the firm’s capital markets team in order to offer clients expert market knowledge alongside a comprehensive service full of technical expertise. The group is able to tackle both traditional and esoteric asset type transactions involving blue-chip and Fortune 500 multinational corporations and financial services. Furthermore, the practice demonstrates notable skill in rental car securitizations and financings, as well as asset-backed notes offerings and CLOs. David Thatch heads the team and is highly experienced in esoteric securitizations, leveraged investment funds and CLOs. Jim Fogarty covers the full range of financing issues and provides trusted counsel to clients wishing to navigate the current regulatory environment in regard to the Dodd-Frank Act, the Volcker Rule and risk retention. Elizabeth Devine is a key contact for US and cross-border receivables transactions, investment funds and structured credit facilities. Carla Moore left the practice in early 2024.

Practice head(s):

David Thatch

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Antares Capital

Avis Budget Group

Calpine Corporation

Castlelake Lending Opportunities, LLC

GreensLedge Capital Markets

Guggenheim Securities, LLC

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Jack in the Box

Jersey Mike’s

Neighborly Issuer LLC

NRG Energy, Inc.

The Hertz Corporation

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 2

White & Case LLP advises a number of major clients such as The Hertz Corporation on key corporate governance concerns such as CEO transition advice and EV strategy advice. The firm is praised for its deep bench, with clients nothing that ‘the team’s global reach and resources means that they are prepared to handle any matter regardless of its size or scope’. Practice head David Thatch in New York is regional section head, and other standout team members include the ‘technically superb lawyerMaia Gez. More widely, the group is noted for being ‘uniquely pragmatic in its approach to advising clients on issues and matters that present novel or complex situations.'

Practice head(s):

David Thatch

Other key lawyers:

Maia Gez; Scott Levi

Testimonials

Very engaged team. Strong leadership and regulatory processes.’

‘The team is uniquely pragmatic in their approach to advising clients on issues and matters that present novel or complex situations. The team’s global reach and resources means that they are prepared to handle any matter regardless of its size or scope.’

‘Maia Gez is not only a technically superb lawyer but also outstanding in her ability to gain trust and instill confidence. Maia not only takes the time to learn the company’s business, but she also concerns herself with the ‘intangible’ aspects of the company and its management.’

‘Expert knowledge of subject matter, the ability to be responsive to questions that arise, and the depth of examples they share to support conclusions.’

‘Intelligence, ability to communicate clearly and concisely, knowledge of area, and communication skills.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and skilled at collaborating and relaying information to the client in an understandable manner without being condescending. The members of the team are all highly attentive and responsive and the firm seems to have a great deal of diversity.’

‘Maia Gez is easy to work with and relays a sense of confidence and calm.’

Key clients

The Hertz Corporation/Hertz Holdings, Inc.

Saudi Arabian Oil Co.

Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd.

Avangrid, Inc.

Ormat Technologies Inc.

Varonis Systems, Inc.

Steel Partners Holdings, L.P.

SES AI Corporation

Alta Equipment Group

D-MARKET Electronic Services & Trading

Oatly Group AB

Steel Connect Inc.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

Drawing on the firm’s broad geographic coverage, White & Case LLP is a go-to advisor for multinational corporations, financial institutions, investment funds, sovereign wealth funds, governments and individuals across the globe. Based in New York, the team works across a number of major industries, including healthcare, life sciences, technology, metals and mining, consumer goods, and real estate, while Houston-based Chad McCormick‘s work further encompasses the energy sector. Global tax head Sang Ji leads the group, specializing in M&A, securities offerings, and IP-related tax planning – an area in which Steven Gee is an expert. David Dreier concentrates on bank financing and securitization transactions, while Scott Fryman has considerable experience advising on SPACs and business combinations. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise. Andrew Kreisberg left the firm in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sang Ji

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely responsive team that is always acutely aware of our tax sensitivities as a client.’

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Sempra Energy

Continental Resources, Inc.

Marathon Oil Company

dMY Technology Group, Inc. IV

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Zanite Acquisition Corp.

AMCI Acquisition Corp. II

Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNOG)

Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZBH)

Dominus Capital, L.P.

Vox Media Holdings, Inc.

Siemplify

TIER Mobility SE

Riverbed Technology, Inc.

Cincinnati Fan & Ventilator Company, Inc.

Artemis Strategic Investment Corporation

Colonnade Acquisition II Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure Partners on its $4.475bn sale of its Atlantic Aviation business, one of the largest portfolios of fixed base operations in the world.
  • Advised CVC Capital Partners on its investment of a 22.55% stake in Authentic Brands Group LLC, valuing the company at $12.7bn in enterprise value.
  • Advised Sempra Energy on its $3.37bn sale to KKR of a 20% interest in Sempra Energy’s new business platform, Sempra Infrastructure Partners.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

White & Case LLP is frequently sought out for its experience in handling cross-border white-collar cases, where the firm can leverage its extensive international network in order to assist clients who often stem from the consumer products, pharmaceutical, technology, and financial services sectors. Under the leadership of New York-based Scott Hershman, whose expertise spans FCPA and anti-corruption issues alongside cybersecurity and insider trading, the practice is a go-to advisor for Fortune 500 corporates and their C-suite executives. ‘Superb attorney’ Maria Beguiristain in Miami is rated for her skill at the intersection of commercial litigation and white-collar defense, while Boston’s Michael Kendall specializes in matters with a cross-border dimension and the healthcare sector. Former federal prosecutor Joel Cohen joined the firm's New York office in early 2023 from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Practice head(s):

Scott Hershman

Testimonials

‘The team at White & Case is top-notch. Strong on substance and terrific as co-counsel in complex investigations.’

‘Maria Beguiristain is a strong lawyer and excellent strategist. I would recommend her to our clients without hesitation for the most challenging matters.’

‘In-depth knowledge.’

‘Maria Beguiristain is a superb attorney; has full knowledge of the case and clever points in every intervention.’

Key clients

Brandon Durbin (Bullard)

Falcon Healthcare (Interim)

Peter Mihaylov

William Cox

Laura Howard

Nicolas Arroyo

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Joel Farina (former employee of BBB Industries, Inc.)

Drs. Bryan C. Bruner, Wayne D. Hey, Galen E. Howard, Dan G. McBride, Dennis L. Ortiz, William A. Smith, Jr., and Robert G. Stroud

Edward B. Lyon, IV; Gryphon Management Partners, LP; and CSSF Master Fund, LP

Former CEO and Shareholder of an Austin pain management clinic

Javed Wahab

Dr. Thomas Ferro

Brian Mitchell

Joseph Geromini

Morningstar, Inc.

Miya Water

Constellis

Grupo CME

Richard Usher

John Wilson

Donna Ackerly

Work highlights

  • Conducted an independent-director-led investigation into whether the ESG raitings products at Morningstar were biased against Isreal.
  • Represented and scored a final victory on behalf of Richard Usher, who was indicted in the US regarding alleged price fixing in 2017 and acquitted by a jury in 2018, when the OCC dismissed all of its proceedings against Mr. Usher.
  • Representing John Wilson in the criminal trial for alleged conduct related to the Department of Justice’s investigation “Operation Varsity Blues.”

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 3

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

White & Case LLP has an excellent record in domestic and global debt offerings, most notably transactions that originate from Latin America and Europe. It has a fine record in investment grade bonds, high-yield debt and liability management. It is also making a further impression in sustainability-linked debt offerings. Gary Kashar is rated for representing big-name foreign issuers in high-value debt offerings. David Johansen and Andrew Weisberg are also key members of the team; the latter represented the underwriters on JAB Holdings’ $500m sustainability-linked bonds offering. Abigail Simon is a rising star at associate level. All named individuals are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

David Thatch

Key clients

Eaton Corporation

JAB Holdings B.V.

Newmont Corporation

JBS USA

Agricultural Bank of China New York Branch

International Trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 3

White & Case LLP’s trade team ‘provides in-depth and detailed legal advice that is always dependable’. Distinguished by its ability to advise clients globally both on export controls against Russia and also on Russia’s countermeasures, it has become a top choice for a broad mix of clients to advise on sanctions and export controls regulation, including foreign governments, state-owned entities, financial institutions and multinational corporations. Together, experienced partners Nicole Erb and Richard Burke co-head the sanctions and export controls department. The team also fields a prominent band of up-and-coming names including Cristina Brayton-Lewis, who is recommended for export controls issues surrounding critical technology. The firm additionally houses an active customs offering, which supports US and foreign clients on compliance matters and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) investigations and audits. Global trade head David Bond has a significant customs dimension to his practice. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise. Joyce Adetutu left the firm in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Bond

Testimonials

White & Case offers a uniquely full-service trade practice.  Their network extends globally, and allows them to provide advice in many jurisdictions.’

The team’s breadth of knowledge is augmented by the number of former government officials working in the trade practice, allowing insight and connections that are essential to understanding and navigating the complexities of sanctions and export control regimes.’

The team is well organized, very good at communication and well supported. Cristina Brayton-Lewis is both professional in law practice, and with very good business sense to understand our business model and our intent/concerns.

‘White & Case provides in-depth and detailed legal advice that is always dependable.’

‘White & Case excel at bringing in varied internal resources to solve complex problems. Their expertise and extensive relevant trade knowledge have been invaluable to our organization.’

Key clients

Diamond Tools Technology

Work highlights

  • Defended Diamond Tools Technology before CBP and the CIT in one of the first contested cases under the anti-evasion customs law, the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA).
  • Obtained export license within 72 hours for a world leader in respiratory and ballistic protection.
  • Represented Petróleos de Venezuela, the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company, in litigation regarding hundreds of millions of dollars of OFAC-blocked assets.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

White & Case LLP offers in-depth experience in the space, representing major players in the energy, technology and biotech industries in employment and compensation aspects of multijurisdictional M&A and complex de-SPAC mergers, advising on the full spectrum of compensation and employee benefit matters to major international corporations, including Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Zimmer Biomet and Inoapps Limited. Global head Henrik Patel has vast expertise on compensation and benefits-related aspects of private equity and leveraged buyout transactions, while Tal Marnin specializes in assisting private equity sponsors on structuring management compensation in major corporate transactions. Victoria Rosamond focuses on drafting and negotiating executive employment arrangements, as well as supporting clients on benefits-related tax and securities law. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York. Laura McDaniels left the practice in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Patel

Other key lawyers:

Tal Marnin; Victoria Rosamond; Peter Shelburne

Testimonials

‘The team is highly knowledgeable and responsive. They are also able to communicate in a manner that is understandable and not laced with tax code section references.’

‘The members of the team we have been exposed to so far, Vicky Rosamond and Peter Shelburne, have been nice to work with and highly responsive while also being respectful of our time and schedules.’

‘White & Case is unique in that they possess deep expertise, excellent judgment, and are able to simplify complexity for its clients. Under Henrik Patel’s leadership, they communicate concisely and in a straight-forward manner, even when matters are complex. The firm’s excellent judgment and situational analyses allow for deals to get done. It takes great expertise and maturity to bring this wonderful set of attributes to its clients.’

‘Henrik Patel, partner at White & Case LLP, possesses deep knowledge across legal matters, employment practices, business matters, and contracts. His judgment and ability to balance the “legal” versus the “practical” make him an invaluable business partner. His deep legal knowledge coupled with his broad client portfolio allows him to form elegant and straight-forward solutions to challenging situations.’

Key clients

VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings III, Inc.

Invenergy Renewables Holdings LLC

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

Atlas Arteria Limited

Sempra Energy

Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.

Apollo Capital Management LP

Artemis Strategic Investment Corporation

Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings

Dominus Capital

EOFlow Inc.

DIF Capital Partners

Creative Artists Agency, LLC

Elevance Health

Avianca Group International Limited

Inoapps Limited

Avast PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented VPC Impact Acqusition Holdings III, Inc on its approximately $4 billion business combination with Dave Inc.
  • Represented the founder and controlling Manager of Invenergy Renewables Holdings LLC in connection with an approximately $3 billion equity investment from Blackstone, Inc.
  • Represented Saudi Arabian Oil Company on its entry into an Equity Purchase Agreement with US-based automotive services provider Valvoline Inc. to acquire Valvoline Inc.’s Global Products Business for $2.65 billion, subject to certain customary adjustments as set forth in the Equity Purchase Agreement.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 3

Primarily based in New York, White & Case LLP‘s Americas corporate and M&A group balances a busy workload of domestic and cross-border deals, benefitting from a global network of offices and ‘strong multilingual capabilities‘. The firm fields extensive industry-specific expertise in the healthcare, tech, energy, infrastructure and financial services spaces, where practitioners advise investment banks as financial advisors, and leading corporations and private equity firms as sellers or acquirers in high-stakes M&A. Global head John Reiss brings deep experience in business deals, and is a key reference for private equity sponsors. Chang-Do Gong – who spearheads the firm’s Americas M&A group – possesses a strong transactional track record in the media, pharma, energy, IT, telecoms and infrastructure segments. Michael Deyong ‘can advise on the legal and business aspects of the most complex and significantly strategic matters‘; he is the trusted advisor to an impressive roster of corporate clients and SPACs. Focused on the oil and gas, solar energy, entertainment and financial services sectors, Morgan Hollins is a contact in the Houston office for public and private companies, as well as conflict committees. Partners Kimberly Petillo-Décossard and Ross Sturman, and associate Joseph Rosati joined the New York office from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Reiss; Chang-Do Gong

Other key lawyers:

Michael Deyong; Gregory Pryor; Denise Cerasani; Morton Pierce; Morgan Hollins; James Hu

Testimonials

‘The team is diverse from a gender and racial perspective and offers strong multilingual capabilities for cross-border M&A. They also have a global network of offices within the firm, and you can trust the quality control of each individual team’s output. The partners in charge of the engagement are always thorough in their review of key documents and highly commercial in making suggestions that can achieve a successful negotiation outcome.’

‘James Hu is an outstanding M&A partner. He is able to master the key details of your 100-page M&A contract. He is always on-call; if you have a burning question at 11 pm on your time-constrained M&A deal, then he will pick up and answer it. His mind works a mile a minute, so your call will probably last less than 10 minutes to get to the right answer, and you can bounce whatever complicated hypothetical off him that you need to. I’d recommend him to anyone looking to do a complicated cross-border M&A deal.’

‘Mike Deyong can advise on the legal and business aspects of the most complex and significantly strategic matters while providing the same degree of responsiveness and legal/business acumen on the more mundane and less complicated matters. The scope of his representation is impressive, providing a unique skill set of being able to represent clients on the biggest and toughest deals, demonstrating outstanding judgment with a thorough understanding of relevant market and industries, while providing seamless and outstanding client service. The most compelling capability that differentiates this M&A team from other practitioners is their passion and commitment to the client’s goals/objectives.’

‘Mike Deyong has really grown into one of my most trusted advisors. He demonstrates sound commercial judgment coupled with superb legal expertise and is impeccably reliable and responsive to meet our needs. Mike resolves difficult issues and communicates those ideas and solutions with ease.’

Key clients

Avast plc

Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

Panasonic

Elevance Health, Inc. (f/k/a Anthem, Inc.)

Schneider Electric

Sonnenberg Family

CM Life Sciences

Sempra Energy

Saudi Aramco

dMY Technology Group

Falcon Minerals Corp

CM Life Sciences II and CM Life Sciences III

Golden Nugget Online Gaming

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Macquarie

Zimmer Biomet

CVC Capital Partners

Allen & Co.

Invenergy / Michael Polsky

Work highlights

  • Represented Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp in its $15bn business combination with Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc.
  • Acted for Panasonic Corporation in its $8.5bn acquisition of the remaining 80% of the capital stock interests of Blue Yonder.
  • Advised Avast plc on its $9.2bn merger with NortonLifeLock Inc, which was structured as a takeover of Avast by NortonLifeLock.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 3

The private equity practice at White & Case LLP is a globally integrated full-service offering, assisting clients through all stages of their investments by working closely with the firm’s specialist groups in regulatory compliance, antitrust, and tax. The team is renowned for complex cross-border PE and M&A capabilities, advising corporates on multi-billion take private transactions, particularly in the infrastructure space. Oliver Brahmst co-heads the team from New York, having recently represented key client CVC Capital Partners in a $3.5bn investment of a minority stake in Authentic Brands Group LLC. Also leading the team is John Reiss , who is a trusted advisor to major clients including Harvest Partners, Roark Capital and Cobeqa. Luke Laumann is the global relationship partner to infrastructure giant Macquarie, having led on the $4.75bn sale of its Atlantic Aviation business to KKR. In Chicago, Gary Silverman’s broad sector focus encompasses industries such as manufacturing, life sciences, and media, while Adam Cieply is the firm’s global relationship partner to Brookfield. Daniel Kozin is noted for his skill representing sponsors in sophisticated acquisitions, divestitures and equity investments. All lawyers are New York based unless stated. Germaine Nicole Gurr departed the firm in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Brahmst; John Reiss

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Brookfield Asset Management & Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings

Sole Source Capital LLC

Harvest Partners LP

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Inc.

Ara Partners

Quad-C Management Inc.

Certares LP

Cobepa SA

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”)

Investcorp

Dominus Capital

Mill Rock Capital

Advent International

DIF Capital

Ares Management

AlphaStruxure

Apollo Capital Management LP

Schneider Electric Foundries

Work highlights

  • Representation of CVC Capital Partners in its investment of a 22.55% stake in Authentic Brands Group LLC, a brand management company and owner of a portfolio of brand name companies, including Forever 21, Brooks Brothers, Barneys New York, Lucky Brand and Juicy Couture, valuing the company at $12.7 billion in enterprise value.
  • Representation of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in its $4.475 billion sale of its Atlantic Aviation business, one of the largest portfolios of fixed base operations in the world to KKR.
  • Representation of Brookfield Infrastructure in connection with its $5.04 billion recommended offer for HomeServe plc, a home repairs and emergency services group with businesses across the UK, US, Europe and Asia.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 3

White & Case LLP has a strong team of technology transactions lawyers working throughout key US hubs, including New York, Silicon Valley, Los Angels, Washington DC, and Tampa. The lawyers have specialised expertise across a range of technology sub-sectors, including energytech, software, social media, automotives and fintech. The team is led global practice head Arlene Arin Hahn who regularly leads on cutting edge projects and technologies such as carbon capture. Other key partners include Erin Hanson, who acts for some of the world’s largest social media platforms, Andres Liivak, who is especially experienced in life sciences and healthtech, and in Los Angeles, Linda Sim, who has over 20 years experience advising on technology and outsourcing matters. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Arlene Arin Hahn

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ministry of Finance of the Republic of El Salvador

SES Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Rhodium Group

Saudi Aramco

LOTTE Corporation

TIER Mobility

ADVANZ PHARMA

AMCI Acquisition Corp. II

Vox Media

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Represening the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of El Salvador in respect of its incorporation of bitcoin as legal tender, consisting of law and regulation writing, commercial agreement negotiation and drafting, and other strategic advice given geo-political considerations.
  • Representing Saudi Aramco, one of the worlds largest integrated energy and chemical companies, on its acquisition of the Global Products Business of  Valvoline, a world leader in lubricants technology, that operates a global network of research and development labs and distribution and customer services in 140 countries.
  • Representing SES Holdings, the developer and manufacturer of high-performance hybrid lithium-metal rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, in its $3.6 billion business combination with Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp., creating the first publicly traded hybrid Li-Metal battery company.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

White & Case LLP’s New York office is home to a large commercial litigation practice for which securities cases are an increasingly important feature. One client notes that ‘the litigation team has a unique sense of urgency and has demonstrated a deep understanding of international issues to deal with in US cases’. Practice head Glenn Kurtz has a strong reputation in this arena and is involved in cutting-edge mandates, such as handling a SPAC-related matter for FAST Acquisition Corporation. Key partner Kim Havlin, who continues her rapid rise as a first-chair trial lawyer, ‘has an outstanding level of response, is practical to deal with issues and resolves problems in fast-paced scenarios, and is always ready to help’. She is leading the defense of Loma Negra, Argentina’s largest manufacturer of cement, in a series of securities class actions alleging that it downplayed corruption scandals in its IPO materials.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kurtz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The litigation team has a unique sense of urgency and has demonstrated a deep understanding of international issues to deal with in US cases.’

‘Kim Havlin has an outstanding level of response, is practical to deal with issues and resolves problems in fast-paced scenarios, and is always ready to help.’

Key clients

Toshiba

Transocean Inc. and Transocean Ltd.

Loma Negra

Tufin Software Technologies, Ltd.

Netfin Acquisition Corporation Executives

Authentix Acquisition Company, Inc.

FAST Acquisition Corp.

Ormat Technologies

Work highlights

  • Led a successful opposition to class-certification on behalf of Toshiba in a high-profile securities class action. Convinced the court that a proposed class of US American Depository Receipt (ADR) holders could not proceed because the proposed named plaintiff for the class did not purchase Toshiba securities in the United States, as required under the Exchange Act.
  • Represented Transocean in obtaining expedited summary judgment in a breach of contract dispute. The disputes surrounds Whitebox Relativity Value Partners and other bondholders attempts to overturn our client’s exchange offer and trigger a debt default.
  • Representing Loma Negra in a series of securities class actions brought before federal and state courts. The plaintiffs allegations surround disclosures Loma Negra made in its IPO materials and business decisions when faced with declines in the Argentinian economy and value of the company stock price.

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 4

White & Case LLP is noted for providing comprehensive advice to leading financial institutions, with ‘incredibly deep knowledge of tech, regulations and market practice‘. Clients of the firm also benefit from a wide geographical spread, as the team draws from cross-border expertise to advise the likes of JP Morgan, Banco Itau and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of El Salvador on transactional and contentious issues encompassing bank regulatory, fintech, cryptocurrency, payment system and anti-money laundering matters. Douglas Landy spearheads the offering from New York, showcasing knowledge of regulatory issues relating to M&A transactions; associate Chante Eliaszadeh joined the Los Angeles office from Dechert LLP in July 2022, fortifying the team’s cryptocurrency experience.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Landy

Other key lawyers:

Chante Eliaszadeh; Pratin Vallabhaneni; Edward So

Testimonials

‘Incredibly deep knowledge of tech, regulations and market practice.’

‘Pratin Vallabhaneni’s combination as a regulator and technical understanding of the fintech sector is unparalleled. He is able to provide solutions to deep technical and regulatory issues efficiently.’

‘Personal service by the partner and cost-effective, scalable documentation solutions make this firm stand out.’

‘Edward So is a fantastic partner. Knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects and has great market color. Solutions oriented advice.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

USDF Consortium

Ministry of Finance of the Republic of El Salvador

Figure Technology

New York Community Bank

Banco Itau

The Provident Bank

Bank of Montreal

Centre

Bank of America

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Block

First Foundation Bank

Nubank

Credit Agricole

Signature Bank

Meta

Celsius Network

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 5

White & Case LLP houses a broad team which handles pharmaceutical antitrust damages cases, life science M&A and investments, and commercial litigation involving research agreements and contractual breaches. Peter Carney leads the team from Washington DC, drawing on his expertise in acting for domestic and overseas pharmaceutical companies in antitrust civil litigations and government investigations. New York-based antitrust litigator Robert Milne assists pharmaceutical clients with M&A transactions. Colleen Tracy James has since left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Peter Carney

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Abiomed

AbbVie

Anthem

Biotronik

Blephex

Boston Scientific

CM Life Sciences

Forest Laboratories

Gilead

Johnson & Johnson (Jansen Pharmaceutical)

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Myriad

Novasep

Pfizer

Samsung Bioepsis

Vertex

Zimmer Biomet

Work highlights

  • Acted for Boston Scientific’s affiliate BTG International in litigation alleging monopolization in the sale of Zytiga.
  • Acted for AbbVie in the dismissal of all reverse-payment antitrust claims filed by nationwide class-action plaintiffs (direct and indirect purchasers) as well as nationwide retailers Walgreens and CVS.
  • Acted for Samsung Bioepis in a Seventh Circuit appeal of antitrust case relating to the blockbuster drug Humira.

Real estate Tier 5

Leveraging a national presence, White & Case LLP‘s transactional team is well-equipped to handle joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financings, workouts, construction and development for a wide variety of real estate owners, developers and asset types. Practise head Eugene Leone divides his time between the Chicago and New York offices and has a long track record of leading, structuring and executing commercial real estate transactions for a wide range of investors, including private equity, entrepreneurs and public companies. Michael McKeever in Chicago is another name to note, as is Steven Lutt in New York.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Leone

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PWM Property Management LLC and Certain Affiliates

Atlas Arteria Limited

Aramco

Work highlights

  • Advised PWM Property Management and certain affiliates on the sale of their interests in the commercial office tower located at 245 Park Avenue in New York City to an affiliate of SL Green Realty Corp.
  • Advising Atlas Arteria in the purchase of a 66.67% interest in the Chicago Skyway toll road from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and OMERS Infrastructure.
  • Advised Aramco on its entry into an Equity Purchase Agreement with automotive services provider Valvoline, Inc. to acquire Valvoline’s Global Products Business, subject to certain customary adjustments as set forth in the Equity Purchase Agreement.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 5

White & Case LLP leverages its global network of offices to bring clients expertise in both domestic and international tax controversies. The team has particular strength in alternative dispute resolution techniques, and has a record of resolving cases with the IRS during examination or at the Appeals level. Kim Marie Boylan, who is based in Washington DC, acts as head of the tax controversy practice, and was previously head of the firm’s global tax group. Boylan has expertise in litigation and mediation, in addition to the IRS’ administrative appeals procedures and other alternative dispute resolution processes. Brian Gleicher, also of Washington DC, leads on transfer pricing, and is active both within the US and internationally representing multinational clients. Associate Sean Lyons is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kim Marie Boylan; Brian Gleicher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The W&C legal team does a great job of bringing the right mix of partners/experts and associate staff to resolve issues in an efficient manner.’

‘Kim Marie Boylan brings an invaluable mix of technical expertise and practical advice to find appropriate solutions to contentious tax controversies.’

‘It does not matter what the subject matter of the issue is. White and Case quickly dissects the issue, understands the strengths and weaknesses of the company’s position, brings the necessary resources to the table, and drives the issue to favorable resolution.’

‘Brian Gleicher is intelligent, experienced, strategic, and driven. He has used these skills over the last 15 years to drive excellent resolution of tax issues for my company. He is excellent at quickly dissecting issues and communicating the strengths and weakness of tax positions.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Thomas and Beth Montgomery in an action against the Internal Revenue Service seeking to obtain records under the Freedom of Information Act.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas

In January 2023, White & Case LLP bolstered its commercial litigation practice with a trio of arrivals. Sean Gorman joined from Bracewell LLP, alongside accomplished courtroom lawyer Christopher Dodson and Andrew Zeve, former co-chair of the firm’s energy litigation practice.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 1

Highlighted for its ‘very deep bench and industry knowledgeWhite & Case LLP has a very sizeable Latin America-focused international arbitration team (totalling some 100 professionals) that handes an impressive mix of commercial, construction and investment arbitration engagements. The team is also noted for its expertise in enforcement proceedings, while its catalogue of recent cases includes appointments in the energy, resources, financial services, technology and transportation sectors. Indeed, the energy sector – particularly renewables – has been a notably active area for the practice, while in sovereign matters, it has acted for clients in a series of  investment arbitrations against Colombia, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Peru (among other jurisdictions). ‘Invaluable’ practitioner, Jonathan Hamilton, is head of Latin America international arbitration, which has team members across it Washington DC, New York, Miami, Houston Mexico City, London and Madrid offices. Rafael Llano Oddone leads the international arbitration group in Mexico City, while Ecuadorian Francisco Jijón has impressed in a series of ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations involving Latin American parties. Houston and Miami-based Silvia Marchili is building a name for herself in investor-state arbitrations; and New York’s Jorge Mattamouros has a focus on Portuguese-speaking markets, especially Brazil’s oil and gas sector. Miami’s Estefanía San Juan was elected to the partnership in January 2023, with Ignacio Madalena becoming a local partner in Madrid the same month. Michelle Grando impresses at counsel level, as does Mexico City’s Marièle Coulet-Diaz. All named individuals are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise. Since publication, Alejandro Martinez de Hoz has been promoted to counsel - effective as of December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hamilton; Abby Cohen Smutny

Testimonials

‘Very deep bench and industry knowledge.’

‘We principally work with team leader, Jonathan Hamilton, and Francisco Jijón. Both are invaluable.’

Key clients

Grupo Energía de Bogotá

Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA)

Webuild / Grupo Unidos por el Canal

Red Eagle Mining Corp

WorleyParsons International

Telefónica

Rutas de Lima

Zurich Insurance Company & Zurich South America Invest

MetLife

Orazul International España Holdings

Mitsui & Co

Work highlights

  • Represented Grupo Energía de Bogotá (GEB) and its Guatemalan subsidiary, Transportadora de Energía de Centroamérica (TRECSA) in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala.
  • Represented WorleyParsons in an investment arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador under the US-Ecuador BIT; the case relates to the oil and gas sector.
  • Represented Telefónica in two separate ICSID arbitrations against the Republic of Colombia and the Republic of Peru.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

White & Case LLP stands out not only for its commitment to Latin America (spanning multiple offices), but also its breadth of clients across the sponsor, DFI, commercial bank and fund segments. Unusually, the core of the team is based in Miami, where Carlos Viana leads the Latin America group. Also in Miami, bilingual partner Sean Goldstein is pivotal to the firm’s relationship with IDB Invest, leading multiple deals across the region. The team has a longstanding presence in energy projects and is building its standing in infrastructure projects. It advised BNDES and the commercial banks on the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the São Paulo Metro system’s Line 6-Orange. It continues to advise on a raft of projects in Chile, while Colombia and Brazil have also become key markets. Smaller jurisdictions such as Paraguay and Ecuador also feature strongly for the team. New York partner Thomas Pate and Washington DC’s Martin Menski have had key roles in developing the firm’s infrastructure practice, while remaining active in energy. John Anderson is a major figure in São Paulo; and New York associate, Raffaele Turco, demonstrates ‘impressive understanding’ and is highly rated by clients. Former partner Jeannine Acevedo  moved in house at Atlas Renewable Energy in February 2023.    

Practice head(s):

Carlos Viana; Chris Richardson; Andrew Clark

Testimonials

Unlike other firms, the partners stay involved in the issues and are always in the know. The most junior lawyers are excellent and there is clearly good internal coordination in the team. They have a good distribution of tasks among the team members, and they are efficient with their time, which means that we do not receive surprises in the invoices.

Thomas Pate and his team always make me feel like my company and our issues are a top priority. Apart from the fact that his team work is excellent, he has a very good business sense and clearly understands our objectives and the parameters within which we can manoeuvre.

What makes W&C unique compared to other law firms is that it takes the lead in the activities. In transactions in which different law firms from different countries are involved, W&C on its own initiative decides to take the lead and coordinate. Another aspect that makes it unique is that it provides a true support to the client, it is not limited to issuing concepts or sending documents, but rather provides a true support. Takes the customer by the hand.

They suffer and enjoy with the client, they have a unique ability to listen, they are respectful of the client’s opinion, they identify the client’s true needs and their priorities, they always try to find a solution that covers us legally but allows business to move forward. They know/manage counterparties to the point that they trust W&C to structure and draft contractual documents. As an in-house lawyer, I feel 100% supported and covered. Sean Goldstein and Raffaele Turco…the best! thanks to them I sleep peacefully!

From the beginning, Raffaele Turco was tireless, working all hours and weekends to turn drafts, get comments back to the deal team leaders, and keep the opposing side engaged and responding as quickly as possible. Beyond the high energy level and dedication to the deal, I consistently noticed in Raffa a high degree of creativity in structuring solutions in the negotiations which achieved our goals and addressed our commercial/legal concerns in often novel ways. He showed clear dominion over the terms of the working draft itself and saved us a lot of time by knowing exactly what needed to be marked up or reviewed based on whatever change had just been agreed. Together, we conceived of, and somehow got the other side to agree on an absolutely novel concept.

Raffaele Turco demonstrated an impressive understanding of the overall deal, the sensitive points in the financial, commercial and strategic aspects of the deal, and helped me carry the weight of getting the deal across the finish line on time. By the end, Raffa was running the deal for W&C by himself and we actually finished and executed the contract on the very final day of our regulatory deadline, following a marathon, 36hr all-nighter session.

Key clients

Akuo Energy

AMP Capital

BNDES

IDB Invest

Infraestructura Marina del Golfo

Salaverry Terminal Internacional

Sonnedix

Toesca Renovables

Work highlights

  • Represented BNDES and other commercial banks and developmental agencies as the senior lenders in the non-recourse senior secured financing to Concessionária Linha Universidade for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Line 6-Orange Line of the São Paulo metro system.
  • Represented IDB Invest in the $262m equivalent social bonds issued by the concessionaire of the Rumichaca-Pasto 4G project, an 83-kilometre highway located in the Department of Nariño near the border between Colombia and Ecuador.
  • Represented Infraestructura Marina del Golfo (IMG), a joint venture of TC Energy Corporation and Sempra Infrastructure Partners, in a $1.56bn senior unsecured term loan financing for its natural gas pipeline Sur de Texas-Tuxpan, Mexico’s first undersea pipeline connecting the country with the US.

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