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White & Case LLP
Southeast Financial Center
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
Miami, Florida 33131-2352
FLORDIA
United States

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 1

Housing a ‘great international practice’, White & Case LLP regularly acts for US-based companies in international cartel proceedings, and is geared to handle both criminal proceedings and linked damage claims.  The representation of international clients in matters related to the Sherman Act is another noted specialism of the team, and includes vast experience with summary dispositions, trials and appeals in US courts. Exemplifying this in particular is practice head and trial expert Mark Gidley, who recently represented clients from the fintech, education, financial services and energy sectors. Pharmaceutical companies benefit from the firm’s dedicated pharmaceuticals and healthcare group, which is led by Peter Carney, and offers niche expertise in investigation and antitrust litigation concerning allegations of product hopping in this sector. Adam Acosta is another name to note, focusing on government investigations and antitrust litigation. All mentioned lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gidley

Other key lawyers:

Peter Carney; Robert Milne; Adam Acosta; Christopher Curran; Frank Hogue

Testimonials

‘Great international practice that can assist with complex matters in many jurisdictions. ’

‘Mark Gidley is a bright, practical, determined, aggressive and fun lawyer to work with. He is creative and always thinking outside the box to solve problems and move things forward.’

‘They are very responsive and considering the nature of the topic, they will quickly assemble a team with specialities in each field, such as government affairs, anti-trust, litigation, and commercial transactions.’

 

Key clients

Symrise

Apex Clearing

Vanderbilt University

Orbia Advance Corporation, S.A.B de C.V.

Crédit Agricole

Gilead

Google

Pfizer

Nexans

EpiPen

AbbVie

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Gerber Products Company

Experian PLC

FXI Holdings, Inc.

Corsicana Mattress

Elite Comfort

Solutions

Future Foam

Leggett & Platt

Serta Simmons Bedding

Tempur Sealy International

Brooklyn Bedding

Boston Scientific

Work highlights

  • Advised German chemicals company Symrise on cartel investigations in the US, UK and EU (including Switzerland).
  • Representing Mexico-based Orbia, a chemical manufacturing company, in relation to private damages actions arising out of an ethylene buyer’s cartel.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

The ‘overall excellent‘ antitrust offering at White & Case LLP fields a team of ‘strategic, skilled litigators’ with a strong track record advising large global corporations, leading US universities, and public investment funds in the full range of high-profile antitrust litigation. Under the leadership of J. Mark Gidley, the team has recently secured several class action wins for clients in the pharma and tech industries; Kathryn Jordan Mims is another key name here. Christopher Curran takes point on cross-border disputes and litigated mergers, while New York’s Jack Pace is the key name for competitor-on-competitor disputes and pay-for-delay cases. Peter Carney, who also heads the firm’s global pharmaceuticals and healthcare group, has extensive experience representing both domestic and international corporations in investigations, patent-related antitrust litigation, and reverse-payment claims. The ‘consistently reliableJaclyn Philips and ‘true rockstarKelly Newman, based in Boston, ably assists with contentious mandates in the pharma, energy, and metallurgy industries. Unless otherwise stated, all mentioned individuals are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

J. Mark Gidley

Testimonials

‘Our support from White & Case LLP over the last several months has been dynamic, responsive and commercial – complex legal arguments clearly explained to our business colleagues in a clear and helpful manner.’

‘Mark Gidley has the ability to present complex legal arguments in a concise and simple way and always with a sense of humour, which is greatly appreciated. Jaclyn Phillips provides consistently reliable support, using clear and concise verbal and written communication that greatly facilitates our internal discussions with stakeholders. Jaclyn takes a strong lead coordinating our matter and this proves to be invaluable.’

‘Kathryn Jordan Mims is professional, competent, efficient, knowledgeable, and personable. More noteworthy is that she is commercial, practical, and solution-oriented. She is truly a client’s lawyer. I cannot recommend her enough.’

‘Overall excellent.’

‘They are strategic, skilled litigators. They have government (DOJ) experience, which of course can be helpful, and they’ve been able to translate that well into defense work.’

‘They have a good team from senior partners down through more junior partners, senior associates, and junior associates; I appreciate that they gave associates appropriate-yet-challenging roles on the team, allowing them to shine.’

‘They are incredibly responsive. They have come to quickly understand our industry and our business, which has been critical at several important strategic moments.’

‘Stand-out associate Kelly Newman is a true rockstar: She has managed to master both the minutiae of a data-heavy, document-heavy case (and keeping several parallel tracks moving at once) and the big-picture strategy and client relationship management.’

Key clients

National Association of REALTORS®

Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Whaleco Inc. (Temu)

Apex Clearing Corporation

Gilead Sciences

AbbVie (formerly Forest Laboratories ) and Merz Pharmaceuticals

Samsung Bioepis

Boston Scientific

Vanderbilt University

Gerber Products Company

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Experian PLC

Toshiba

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Pfizer

Symrise Inc. and Symrise AG

Lycamobile USA, Inc.

Nexans

Work highlights

  • Represented the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PIF’s Governor in the recent action involving LIV Golf, Inc. and the PGA Tour, Inc.
  • Representing Temu in its antitrust litigation against its competitor Shein.
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of this “pay for delay” pharmaceutical antitrust class action, brought on behalf of putative classes of direct-purchaser and end-payor plaintiffs relating to AbbVie’s hypertension medication, Bystolic.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

An exceptional arbitration practice that has all the ingredients necessary for success’, White & Case LLP’s full-service offering is distinguished by its enviable track record in both commercial and investor-state cases, with sources particularly praising its expertise in the latter sphere. Frequently engaged to represent both investors and states, the team has represented parties in over 100 investor-state disputes worldwide and consistently handles cases under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Fielding one of the deepest benches in the market, the national group is split between offices on the East and West Coast with Washington DC standing as the seat of global international arbitration head Abby Cohen Smutny, who is hailed for her ‘unsurpassed knowledge and practice in international public law and international investment arbitration’. Cohen Smutny is acting alongside New York-based Ank Santens to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a $500m telecoms-related dispute under the China-Saudi bilateral investment treaty (BIT). Other go-to senior partners include Washington DC-based Carolyn Lamm, who ‘can find a solution in any situation’, and New York’s Paul Friedland, who is renowned globally for his specialist experience in the international arbitration space. The New York group also draws on Damien Nyer, who heads the Americas international arbitration practice. Hansel Pham is a further key contact in Washington DC, while Brody Greenwald is recommended in Los Angeles. Kristen Young departed the practice in February 2024, and Jonathan Hamilton left in March 2024.

Practice head(s):

Abby Cohen Smutny

Other key lawyers:

Carolyn Lamm; Paul Friedland; Ank Santens; Damien Nyer; Hansel Pham; Brody Greenwald; Silvia Marchili; Petr Polášek; Nicolle Kownacki

Testimonials

‘White & Case has an amazing team of talented and qualified professionals. ’

‘I work with a team coordinated by Carolyn Lamm. She is fantastic and an incredible manager. She coordinates the work on cases perfectly. I am amazed by her attention to detail. She can find a solution in any situation.’

‘White & Case has an exceptional arbitration practice with all the ingredients necessary for success – vast legal knowledge and practical expertise in all fields of international arbitration and, especially, in investor-state arbitration.’

‘The team consists of highly competent, and thoroughly dedicated lawyers capable of tackling even the most difficult legal problems. They also understand well the specifics of working with sovereign clients.’

‘Abby Cohen Smutny is a brilliant counsel. Her unsurpassed knowledge and practice in international public law and international investment arbitration allows her to make the best strategic decisions for a case and execute them perfectly with her superb written and oral advocacy.’

‘Petr Polášek is one of the outstanding lawyers of his generation, who stands out for his deep knowledge, excellent professional skills and hard work.’

‘First-class lawyers, with global reach and multiple competencies, they are wonderful to work with. In Washington DC, Nicolle Kownacki is very dedicated, knowledgeable and reliable—wonderful to work with.’

Key clients

Honduras Próspera and its affiliates

Gabriel Resources and Gabriel Resources (Jersey)

MetLife, MetLife Servicios and MetLife Seguros de Retiro

Zurich Insurance Company, 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), Jan De Nul, Grupo Unidos por el Canal

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Rutas de Lima

WorleyParsons International

Mitsui & Co

Telefónica

Orazul International España Holdings

Red Eagle Mining Corp

Work highlights

  • Acted for Telefónica in two investment treaty claims against the Republic of Colombia and the Republic of Peru respectively.
  • Successfully represented Rutas de Lima against the Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima in a toll-road dispute involving one of the largest infrastructure projects in Peru.
  • Represented Honduras Próspera in its multibillion-dollar ICSID claim against Honduras, arising out of the State’s abolishment of a free zone in disregard of legal stability agreements.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 1

White & Case LLP has a diverse offering across international litigation, combining a strong record in commercial disputes with integrated expertise in key areas such as antitrust, intellectual property, and white-collar crime. The firm has a particularly strong record in enforcement litigation, both on the enforcement and defense side, and counts among its clients a diverse range of sovereign wealth funds, governments, and major names in tech, financial services, and manufacturers, among others. Glenn M. Kurtz  leads the team from New York, offering significant expertise in high-stakes trials across industries and jurisdictions, while Washington DC's Christopher Curran is a vastly experienced name, with a long-standing track record in key matters, particularly relating to extraterritorial application of US state and federal law as evidenced by his recent work for major clients such as for the Republic of the Sudan. Also in DC, Claire DeLelle has standout capabilities in defending foreign financial institutions, including the National Bank of Pakistan, and has seen success on behalf of corporate and sovereign entities alike. In Los Angeles, Rachel Jari Feldman acts for clients in a variety of industries, most notably telecoms, tech, and social media.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kurtz

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Curran; Claire DeLelle; Rachel Feldman; Tara Lee

Testimonials

Very creative and persistent. Results oriented team. Very independent, meaning the can involve the client only on a need basis. Vast experience put them in a position to identify and engage other law firms in relevant jurisdictions to complement them with local law knowledge.

Key clients

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia

PDVSA

QC Terme

Intercos S.p.A.

Anglo Asian Mining

National Bank of Pakistan

Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Republic of the Sudan

Agricultural Bank of China

Eni S.p.A.

Faurecia

Republic of Trinidad & Tobago

Miya Water

Ioan Micula

Daimler AG

Nutrilinea SRL

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago as plaintiff in an 18-year long dispute related to the building of the Piarco International Airport.
  • Represented the National Bank of Pakistan in securing final dismissal of a lawsuit against NBP under the aiding-and-abetting provision of the US Antiterrorism Act, a decisive victory that involved no admission of any wrongdoing whatsoever and no payment by NBP to the plaintiffs.
  • Represented the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia in the closely watched LIV Golf/PGA Tour dispute.

Finance > Fintech

Leveraging support from its global network, White & Case LLP often advises fintech clients seeking bank partnerships, media companies on NFTs, and banking entities on lending projects. The multifaceted practice is also highlighted for its strength in cybersecurity issues, data management, regulatory matters, as well as technology transactions. With experience in advising brokers, payment processors, and issuers, former banking regulator Pratin Vallabhaneni oversees the team and is well-established in the blockchain sector. In Chicago, Gary Silverman advises corporate entities on joint ventures, M&A, and private equity investments, Douglas Landy leads the firm’s financial services regulatory practice, and Burr Eckstut is knowledgeable of financial data and often handles NFT matters. A key member of the firm’s white-collar department, Joel Cohen is proficient in tax, insider trading, and money laundering proceedings. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in New York, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Prat Vallabhaneni

Key clients

UCC – Celsius

UCC – Genesis

Joint Provisional Liquidators – FTX

Meta

Government of El Salvador

JP Morgan

Figure Technologies

USDF Consortium

BankProv

Bit Digital

Work highlights

  • Advised Meta on AML, sanctions, and trade compliance issues in relation to various payment products around the world.
  • Advised the Government of El Salvador on the establishment of a 7-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud to support the country in its journey to become a technological hub in Central America.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

White & Case LLP represents clients globally, representing debtors, creditors and distressed investors in all parts of the capital structure including advising on all aspects of corporate and financial restructurings through to chapter 11 proceedings. John K Cunningham has a track record in Latin American cross-border restructurings, and was involved in the GoldenTree Asset Management LP matter alongside Glenn M. Kurtz  and Thomas MacWright, representing GoldenTree in Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s Title III case. Thomas Lauria  is the global practice head and has represented clients on large and complex restructurings, alongside bankruptcy matters, while Jessica Lauria serves as lead counsel on bet-the-company engagements, as well as multifaceted chapter 11 cases such as mass tort assignments. Scott Griessman advises clients on a range of financial structuring and insolvency matters, and on the litigation side, Chris Shore represents clients in issues relating to complex business disputes largely arising from debtor/creditor relations. Situated in Los Angeles, Doah Kim is noted for her focus on business reorganization and restructuring matters, whereas Richard Kebrdle has a practice focused on bankruptcy and financial restructuring. Chicago-based Gregory Pesce is a name to watch for his focus on protecting and advancing the financial interests of corporate debtors, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Lawyers are based between New York and Miami unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lauria

Other key lawyers:

John Cunningham; Jessica Lauria; Richard Kebrdle; Gregory Pesce Doah Kim; Glenn M. Kurtz; Thomas MacWright; Scott Griessmann; Chris Shore; Brian Pfeiffer

Testimonials

‘Excellent counsel, strong people skills, can see the forest through the trees.’

‘Brian Pfeiffer is smart, practical and focused on achieving the best result for the client.’

‘White & Case has a complete restructuring area, that combines litigation, capital markets, restructuring itself and contracts, that allows clients to deal with just one law firm for all or at least to coordinate all tasks, which, in my experience, is very important.’

‘Availability and flexibility. Together with a huge Brazilian restructuring expertise and native speakers lawyers which help a lot.’

‘White & Case Restructuring team is unique because they understand their clients needs and know how to respond efficiently.’

‘John Cunningham and Claire Tuffey are outstanding. They are always available and know very well the law.’

Key clients

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Celsius Networks

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Genesis Holding

The Joint Provisional Liquidators of FTX Digital Markets, Ltd

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of National CineMedia LLC

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Envision Healthcare

Boy Scouts of America

Lordstown Motors Corp.

Maxus Liquidating Trust

Rabobank

Ad Hoc Group of Unsecured Noteholders of Carvana Co.

GoldenTree Asset Management LP

PWM Property Management

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of SiO2 Medical Products Inc.

Surgalign Holdings Inc.

Ad Hoc Group of Noteholders and Preferred Equity Holders of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)

3M Company

Johnson & Johnson and Johnson and Johnson Holdco (NA) Inc.

Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Cox Operating LLC

Credito Real

Work highlights

  • Advised 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, acting as the fiduciary for 1.7 million account users that used the Celsius platform before its bankruptcy filing.
  • Advised Boy Scouts of America in connection with the historic non-profit’s chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Advised the ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders of Carvana Co. on successful US$5.7 billion debt exchange and related liability management transactions.

International trade > CFIUS Tier 1

The  ‘very experienced and commercially savvy team’ at White & Case LLP sits as part of the overarching national security department, which specializes in CFIUS, FDI reviews, Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) mitigation, and Team Telecom matters. Distinguished by its ability to lean into the wider firm’s extensive international network, the group brings its enviable cross-border firepower to bear in high-stakes, cross-border transaction reviews. The Washington DC-based practice is led by Farhad Jalinous, who ‘knows the US FDI regime inside out’. A go-to specialist for complex multi-jurisdictional matters, Jalinous is advising French aerospace and defense company, Safran, in CFIUS and security clearance matters connected to its anticipated $1.8bn acquisition of Raytheon Technologies’ flight controls and actuation business lines. Other CFIUS specialists include Karalyn Mildorf, whose experience cuts across a wide range of industries and investor countries; Keith Schomig, who routinely advises on national security reviews before CFIUS and on FOCI mitigation matters before the US Departments of Defense and Energy; David Jividen, who is sought after for his government background, which includes a stint as Deputy Director for the Department of Defense’s Foreign Investment Review office; and counsel Ryan Brady, who is an ‘exceptionally bright young professional’.

Practice head(s):

Farhad Jalinous

Other key lawyers:

Karalyn Mildorf; Keith Schomig; Ryan Brady; David Jividen; Michael Crowley; Jason Burgoyne

Testimonials

‘Farhad Jalinous is a superstar. He knows the US FDI regime inside out and has a huge network. He also is very well versed in other jurisdictions’ FDI regimes and has great knowledge of geopolitics. Farhard has taken the W&C global FDI practice to the next level and can rely on a strong network of specialists.’

‘The team has members with prior work experience at CFIUS agencies, which brings a unique practical view to complement the legal analysis.’

‘Extensive subject experience, risk assessment capability, proactivity and simple communication. Stand-out members include Farhad Jalinous, Keith Schomig and Michael Crowley.’

‘We are extremely happy with the legal support the team provides to us in regard to CFIUS matters. I would say that the most important part is how THE WHOLE TEAM is knowledgeable, fast to react and help. This practice knows what really matters to their clients from a practical perspective.’

‘I’m pleased at how efficient and swift our communication is with Farhad Jalinous, as well as the attitude towards the matters he handles – without any overcomplicating or exaggerating tendencies (which may be often the case in the regulatory field of expertise).’

‘Counsel Ryan Brady is an exceptionally bright young professional, very knowledgeable and understands well the needs of the client. Jason Burgoyne also proved to be a valuable counsel: client-oriented and able to articulate complicated legal concepts and translate them into client-friendly language.’

‘A very experienced and commercially savvy team. Farhad Jalinous has extensive experience and knowledge. He handles matters professionally and efficiently.’

Key clients

Cobepa

Eurazeo

Hexatronic

IFS AB

NTT Data

Siemens

SoftBank

Soitec

Quad-C

Work highlights

  • Advised Flexjet on CFIUS considerations relating to its $3.1bn business combination agreement with Horizon Acquisition Corporation II.
  • Advised Safran on CFIUS, FDI, and clearance matters in connection with its anticipated $1.8bn acquisition of Raytheon Technologies flight controls and actuation business lines.
  • Advised Exxon on the CFIUS aspects of the sale of its 48.2% stake in Aera Energy to IKAV SICAV-FIS SCA.

International trade > Trade remedies and trade policy Tier 1

White & Case LLPhas a breadth and depth of trade practice that is unmatched’, with a full-service trade remedies and trade policy group, which covers antidumping and countervailing duty investigations (where it represents both petitioners and respondents), through to FTA negotiations and WTO dispute settlement proceedings. A go-to specialist in trade regulation, Gregory Spak handles trade litigation before all national agencies and multinational trade bodies, including the WTO. Spak successfully defended Louis Dreyfus Company Sucos (LDC) in the antidumping duty investigation concerning lemon juice from Brazil; notably, LDC was the only exporter to receive a 0% dumping margin in the investigation. David Bond heads the international trade group globally and recently acted with ‘top-notch’ trade remedies partner, Jay Campbell, to score various victories in antidumping investigations concerning rubber products on behalf of Synthos Kralupy, PJSC Tatneft, and Kumho Petrochemical. The Washington DC-based team additionally draws on the senior experience of Walter Spak, who is noted for trade remedies, dispute resolution under NAFTA and the WTO, and trade policy-related issues. The group further benefits from a strong second line of non-partners, including newly promoted counsel Ron Kendler, who focuses on antidumping cases, countervailing duty proceedings and WTO matters, and senior associate Jessica Lynd.

Practice head(s):

David Bond

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We find White & Case to be extremely diversified in its knowledge and support. The team has a breadth and depth of trade practice that is unmatched in our experience with other firms.’

‘Overall, we found the trade practice at White & Case to be knowledgeable, compassionate, and extremely responsive throughout our interactions. Jay Campbell is excellent at distiling complex legal issues into easy to understand concepts for the team.’

‘What makes W&C unique is the solid technical knowledge it has on the topics it provides us with advice on, as well as the honesty with which it renders its services. Also its huge availability to discuss anything with us at any time.’

‘Gregory Spak is a remarkable practitioner who shares with us his tremendous knowledge and experience on trade policies, remedies and situations.’

‘W&C has great professional drive and technical experience. Its services are value added and rendered with exceptional quality. The team is available for any inquiry or issue that our company may encounter, and responses are provided in a timely manner. ’

‘Gregory Spak and Miguel Mayorga’s work is exceptional. They both have a broad vision and an extensive ability to solve complex problems related to trade remedies and international trade matters. The team is always one step ahead and willing to address the issues at hand considering our best interest.’

‘An efficient team, providing quick responses. Jay Campbell is top-notch.’

Key clients

Louis Dreyfus Company Sucos

Federación de Cooperativas Vitivinícolas Argentinas

Tenaris

Ternium Mexico and Ternium Brazil

thyssenkrupp Rasselstein GmbH and thyssenkrupp Steel North America

Japan Iron & Steel Federation

Finkelstein Metals

The Federal Republic of Germany

Marmen

Sylvamo

Merck Animal Health

Southern Cross Seafoods

Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission

Diamond Tools Technology

Synthos Kralupy

PJSC Tatneft

Kumho Petrochemical

Work highlights

  • Achieved a 0% dumping margin for Louis Dreyfus Company Sucos in the antidumping duty investigations concerning lemon juice from Brazil.
  • Successfully negotiated a suspension agreement on behalf of Fecovita, and other Argentine producers, in both the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of white grape juice concentrate from Argentina.
  • Achieved various victories with respect to antidumping investigations of several rubber products on behalf of Synthos Kralupy, PJSC Tatneft, and Kumho Petrochemical.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Leveraging its extensive global network, the antitrust team at White & Case LLP earns high praise from clients for its ability to ‘stay on the ball regarding trends.’ Boasting a formidable team of partners and associates, the practice is adeptly positioned to assist on multijurisdictional mandates involving multiple regulatory approvals and investigations by US, European, and UK antitrust authorities. The firm continues to be active on high-profile mandates, notably advising Albertsons in its $24.6 billion merger with Kroger, a standout representation for practice head George Paul, a ‘brilliant antitrust legal strategist.’ Elsewhere in the team, Heather Greenfield is praised by clients as ‘incredibly skilled’ and was promoted to partner in January 2024, while Rebecca Farrington is a go-to for FTC and DOJ merger investigations. Anna Kertesz is noted for her expertise in investigations and merger-related litigation, serving as a pivotal advisor to the likes of Meta and WhatsApp. All attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

George Paul

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Farrington; Tamer Nagy; Heather Greenfield; Anna Kertesz; Gabriela Baca

Testimonials

‘White & Case Team is really global because they know what is going on in the different jurisdictions and use this knowledge in favor of the clients to predict issues and offer solutions.’

‘Lawyers know the law and case law and can easily apply them to the case at hand. But most importantly, they can adapt the communication based on the client’s profile and experience.’

‘The practice has benchmarking and insights that no other firm has. I’m always impressed with the team’s ability to stay on the ball regarding trends and to be business saavy.’

‘Heather Greenfield is incredibly skilled at antitrust issues. She knows how to meet client needs and help them achieve their goals in a quick, efficient manner.’

‘The Antitrust team is one of the best with whom I have the pleasure to work. The team, led by George Paul, is appropriately staffed with legal subject matter experts who work collaboratively to deliver consistently strong strategic legal advice in managing the antitrust regulatory review of large complex mergers.’

‘George Paul is a brilliant antitrust legal strategist who combines his strong command of complex antitrust issues with very practical and sound advice to advise and advocate for his clients against regulatory agencies and opposing counsel.’

‘Gabriela Baca has an antitrust legal acumen and exceptional client service that instills trust and confidence in her legal advice and counsel. Doug Jasinski is excellent at navigating the intersection of antitrust advocacy and complex electronic discovery necessary to advocate for complex M&A deals with regulatory state and federal agencies.’

‘Multilingual lawyers who work across several offices, staffing a team tailored for the transaction.’

Key clients

Albertsons

Toshiba

Saudi Aramco

Newmont

Autotalks

Elevance

Azurity

Sole Source Capital LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Albertsons in its US$24.6 billion merger with Kroger.
  • Representing Toshiba Corp. in a US$15.2 billion go-private transaction led by Japanese Industrial Partners.
  • Advised Newmont Corporation on its entry into a binding scheme implementation deed under which Newmont will acquire 100 percent of the issued share capital in leading gold mining company Newcrest Mining Limited by way of an Australian court-approved scheme of arrangement.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

White & Case LLP remains notable for its considerable cross-border focus and international reach, routinely undertaking complex multi-jurisdictional work including consumer products cases, disputes arising out of the financial services, pharma and life sciences spaces, as well as novel SPAC litigation and cryptocurrency disputes. High value international arbitration is a core pillar of the group’s work. New York-based practice head Glenn M. Kurtz has extensive experience as a litigator and also handles high-profile restructuring mandates. Washington DC’s civil litigator Tara Lee is highly sought after by clients in connection with white collar cases and mass tort litigation. In Los Angeles, Bryan Merryman represents major retail clients and is a skilled class action defense attorney.

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; Matt Devine; Brienne Letourneau

Testimonials

‘Matt Devine is an outstanding trial attorney. They are effective and zealous advocates. They take the time to learn about their clients and provide them all with the highest level of client service.’

‘The firm has broad commercial experience and that kind of experience is helpful in resolving commercial disputes because resolving disputes involves more than understanding civil or regulatory litigation; it involves understanding what matters to stakeholders such as the CEO, Directors, General Counsel, shareholders, the public in certain circumstances, regulators and prosecutors.’

‘Bryan Merryman understands disputes as described above. He takes a methodical approach, which presents clients with multiple options to resolve a matter. And then he is patient in explaining feedback during negotiations with the other side. That said, when a dispute turns nasty, Bryan has the experience to ramp up the pressure on the other side and to prepare his clients for the intensity needed in the nasty dispute.’

‘Matt Devine and Brienne Letourneau are outstanding trial attorneys. They are effective and zealous advocates. They take the time to learn about their clients and provide them all with the highest level of client service.’

‘Matt Devine is an incredibly talented litigator and trial lawyer. Matt is also a gifted strategist and tactician who excels at understanding his client’s goals and objectives and how to best navigate through the litigation minefield to achieve those goals and objectives for his clients. His instincts are unparalleled, and he has a unique ability to connect with his clients in a way that engenders genuine trust, which leads to long-standing relationships and great results and experiences for his clients.’

Key clients

Alkermes

Anthem

BMC Software

Celsius Unsecured Creditors’ Committee

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bank Securities

Gerber Products Company

Goldentree Asset Management

Hospira Worldwide

Intercos SpA

Johnson & Johnson

Joint Provisional Liquidators of FTX Digital Markets

PDVSA

Rangers Baseball Express LLC

SOC / Day Zimmerman

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago in a trial involving two RICO claims, a common law fraud claim, and a conspiracy to commit fraud claim.
  • Assisted Nestle Purina PetCare Co. with obtaining a complete dismissal of conspiracy & consumer protection claims.
  • Acted for Federal Contractors in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Fielding a ‘talented and commercial’ team that ‘listens to client needs and responds appropriately’, White & Case LLP boasts a stellar and diverse client roster that includes majors, state-owned energy players and investment funds, and new market investors. The group has engaged with large-scale greenfield project financings, both domestically and internationally, floating production storage and offloading vessels, LNG regasification terminals, and direct air capture facilities – among others. This impressive asset engagement sits alongside continued excellence regarding multi-billion dollar M&A and private equity transactions, joint ventures and company spin-offs, handling mandates across upstream, midstream and downstream. Team lead Jay Cuclis has a wide corporate practice that is particularly focused on the upstream, and is noted for his strong work regarding CCUS. The ‘phenomenalMingda Zhao is praised for his ‘pragmatic’ and ‘commercial’ mindset is often instructed by private equity funds and their portfolio companies. Possessing M&A, finance and development expertise, Steven Otillar has predominantly been engaged with offshore mandates, while Clark Wohlferd focuses on large company takeovers, often working with the likes of Saudi Aramco. Emery J. Choi demonstrates prolific activity across the entire oil and gas value chain, handling M&A, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, whereas Charlie Ofner has led the team on mineral and royalty interest deals as well as spin-offs. Miami’s Sean Goldstein heads up the firm’s Americas-facing practice, specializing in project development and energy infrastructure work in Latin America. All practitioners are based in Houston unless otherwise stated. Christopher Richardson departed the firm in March 2024.

Practice head(s):

Jay Cuclis

Testimonials

‘The W&C team is both talented and commercial. When negotiating to get a deal done, they are straight forward with advice around what we have to have and what we would like to have but could ultimately live without. Most importantly, they listen to our needs and respond appropriately.’

‘Mingda Zhao is our main point of contact and a phenomenal resource. He is able to grasp concepts and deal points quickly and develop a path to execution. He’s pragmatic, commercial-minded, and can draw on significant transaction experience.’

 

Key clients

Marathon

Saudi Aramco

Chevron

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Continental Resources, Inc.

Old Ironsides Energy, LLC

EIG Global Energy Partners

Kimbell Royalty Partners, LP

Occidental Petroleum Corp

Devon Energy Corporation

Sixth Street Partners, LLC

Ara Partners

Braskem Idesa, S.A.P.I.

W&T Offshore

Pipeline Technique

TC Energy Corporation

Occidental

Mubadala Investment Company

Work highlights

  • Representation of Aramco on its planned acquisition of 100 percent of Esmax Distribución SpA (Esmax) from Southern Cross Group.
  • 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.
  • Representation of Devon Energy on its formation of NDB Midstream LLC, a strategic partnership between WaterBridge NDB LLC, a portfolio company of Five Point Energy LLC, and WPX Energy Permian, LLC, a subsidiary of Devon Energy Corp.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

White & Case LLP has a robust track record in a range of matters at the top of the market, including M&A, joint ventures, high-value financing, tax equity arrangements, and project development contract negotiation. The firm’s New York office houses a number of the team’s key partners: Raymond Azar, noted for his expertise across all aspects of a renewable energy project and acts for investors, sponsors and project owners; financing expert Nandan Nelivigi; and January 2024 partner appointment Raffaele Turco, who is particularly knowledgeable of the Latin American market. Project finance head Elena Millerman is also based in New York, while the head of the firm's Americas energy, infrastructure and project finance offering, Sean Goldstein, is based in in Miami and focuses on infrastructure projects across Latin America. Serena Rwejuna in Washington DC is the name to note for regulatory advice on renewable energy projects. Former practice co-head Christopher Richardson left the firm in March 2024, and Chicago-based partner Nadav Klugman, formerly of Mayer Brown, joined the practice in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Elena Millerman; Sean Goldstein

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Avantus

Broad Reach Power

Calpine

Catalyze

Encap Investments

ERG

I Squared Capital

Invenergy

Jupiter Power

KOMIPO

Masdar

OX2

RENOVA

Tokyo Gas

TotalEnergies Renewables

Work highlights

  • Representing Oxy on its agreement in a $550m joint venture with BlackRock and ongoing development and financing of a direct air capture STRATOS facility in Texas.
  • Advising Calpine on the construction, development and $1bn+ syndicated project financing of the 680 MW Menifee battery energy storage system complex in California.
  • Representing I Squared Capital on providing a $75m bilateral bridge term loan facility to Montana Renewables for an SAF biorefinery facility in Montana.

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 2

White & Case LLP has a strong environmental and climate change practice that continues to assist clients in a range of environmental transactions. The team is also known for its expertise in regulatory compliance, climate change, and sustainability, advising on renewable energy and other projects related to energy transition and decarbonization. In the New York office, co-head Seth Kerschner advises domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of environmental transactions, which include mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, securities offerings, bankruptcies, and real estate transactions. In Boston, fellow co-head Taylor Pullins also heads the firm’s global ESG and sustainability interest group and is known for his expertise in the energy sector, where he advises on ESG and energy transition issues. The team also includes New York’s Hayden Baker, who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, energy and infrastructure projects, and Los Angeles-based Laura Mulry, who advises clients on renewable energy certificates, carbon offsets and carbon credits, including in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Seth Kerschner; Taylor Pullins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

EnCap Investments L.P.

Orbia

Hess Corporation

Eni

I Squared Capital

Kelsian Group Limited

Mill Rock Capital

Pfizer

Quad-C Management

Kingdom of Bhutan

Syrah Resources

Calpine

Work highlights

  • Acted as environmental counsel to Aramco in connection with its purchase of Valvoline Inc.’s global products business for US$2.65 billion.
  • Advised EnCap Investments L.P on its agreement to sell the battery storage business of Houston-based Broad Reach Power from EnCap Energy Transition Fund I, and its co-investment partners Yorktown Partners, Mercuria Energy and Apollo Infrastructure Funds (the “Apollo Funds”), to French multinational utility company, ENGIE, for a total equity value in excess of US$1 billion.
  • Advised Orbia on its entry into a joint venture framework agreement with Solvay for the production of suspension-grade polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), creating the largest capacity in North America and supplying critical materials to the battery market.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

White & Case LLP has a major presence in equity offerings, including domestic and international transactions; it has a thriving practice in Latin America issuances. It is known for conventional IPOs, SPAC IPOs and de-SPACs, the SPAC area being a significant market for the firm. The capital markets team has an even mix of issuer and underwriter engagements, having boosted its standing amongst issuers in recent years. The firm also has a dedicated public company advisory practice, which has cemented issuer relationships. Joel Rubinstein is a leading name in SPAC IPOs, along with Jonathan Rochwarger and Elliott Smith. Jessica Chen is another key name in the team and John Vetterli  is a leader in international offerings, particularly for Latin American issuers. All named individuals are based in New York. Colin Diamond has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Gary Kashar

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fantastic practice with results-oriented focus. Agile and able to adapt to changing environment while managing costs and expectations. Very knowledgeable team with deep bench of talent. Positive feedback consistently received from both underwriters and issuers.’

‘Knowledgeable with action-oriented advisory. John Vetterli and Jessica Chen lead a strong group and are go-to advisors in the equity offerings space. Ability to manage complex and changing priorities across time zones and teams, organised and coordinated. Consistently provide sound advice coupled with exceptional execution.’

‘Team is extremely knowledgeable about US securities, particularly for foreign private issuers. Work extremely hard, around the clock. Bring practical and “market” solutions to the forefront.’

 

Key clients

AMCI Acquisition Corp. II

DNB Markets, Inc.

Falcon’s Beyond Global

Fast Acquisition Corp.

Gambling.com

Glaxo Group Limited

Gogo, Inc.

Guggenheim Securities, LLC

Jefferies

Kimbell Royalty Partners

MNG Airlines

NRG Energy, Inc.

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Ormat Technologies, Inc.

Presto Automation, Inc.

Prospector Capital Corp.

Tigo Energy

Transocean Ltd

Vast Solar Pty Ltd

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

White & Case LLP‘s global presence and commitment to Latin America sees it remain highly active on high-profile global mandates. The firm has substantial offices in Sao Paulo and Mexico City that have cemented relationships with key issuers and underwriters, while it is also especially active in Peru and Chile. The New York office frequently advises on investment grade offerings by European issuers. The large new York team features a wealth of partners that frequently advise on global offerings, including Jessica Chen, Rafael Roberti, Daniel Nam , Jonathan Michels and Andrew Weisberg. John Vetterli has a long track record in Latin America offerings and Joel Rubinstein is a key name for cross-border SPAC deals. Colin Diamond has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Gary Kashar

Other key lawyers:

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

White & Case LLP has an excellent record in domestic and international high-yield debt offerings. Enjoying strong connections to managers and underwriters, it has made an additional impact in issuer-side representation; this includes new issuances, special situations and liability management transactions. The capital markets team frequently works closely with debt finance, M&A, private equity and restructuring colleagues, among others, and continues to be active in ESG-driven transactions. Jonathan Michels is a widely praised high-yield debt specialist, noted for deals originating in the US and Latin America. Daniel Nam and ‘truly a great lawyer and personAndrew Weisberg are also key figures, along with Rafael Roberti and counsel Abigail Simon. All are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Gary Kashar

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The W&C team is first among peers. They are diligent, client oriented and constructive. They are a positive and creative team, that have the experience to find solutions that make the transaction happen.’

‘Andrew Weisberg is our most trusted adviser and legal counsel. He is always available, constructive, creative and extremely knowledgable. He always works to make the deal happen, thinking of solutions instead of getting stuck on minor points. He is truly a great lawyer and person.’

‘The W&C team is highly collaborative and I find that the interaction from associate to partner is seamless, which is really appreciated from our side. They have unmatched high-yield securities expertise that is critical for our issuers. They are highly innovative when it comes to structuring and helping to get the job done. They are our go to high-yield firm. ’

‘The responsiveness and ease of two way communication with individuals on their team make the difference. Jonathan Michels in particular thinks like us and our clients, which makes a large difference in helping to structure solutions that work for issuers and within the bounds of securities laws. ’

 

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Bausch Health Companies Inc.

Buckeye Partners L.P.

Citibank

Conuma Resources Limited

Credit Suisse

EchoStar

ENERGO-PRO

Jefferies LLC

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

NRG Energy

Oi S.A.

Rain Carbon Inc.

Stone Point Capital / Alliant Holdings

Talen Energy

Transocean Inc.

Xerox Holdings Corporation

Finance > Commercial lending

The ‘powerhouse lending, banking and leveraged finance team’ at White & Case LLP advises a client roster consisting of banks and private equity houses on the structuring of acquisition finance loans, including take-private deals, while also representing private equity clients as borrowers seeking a range of financing types, including mezzanine financing. Eliza McDougall was named head of the firm’s global debt financing group in September 2023, and continues to advise a range of banks and private lenders, in addition to corporate borrowers on arranging both leveraged and investment-grade credit facilities, while Justin Wagstaff heads both the Americas debt finance and global borrowers finance arms of the practice, assisting private equity sponsors and corporates on cross-border financing deals. Eric Leicht advises a number of lead arrangers on the setting up of leveraged and bridge finance transactions, and is also sought after for advice on restructuring matters, while Binoy Dharia handles a range of cross-border financing transactions, including acquisition and asset-based financing. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Justin Wagstaff; Eliza McDougall

Other key lawyers:

Eric Leicht; Rob Morrison; Binoy Dharia; Brett Pallin; Christoffer Adler

Testimonials

‘Excellent domain expertise in transaction and financing matters.’

‘White and Case’s private credit group is excellent. They are client focused and business solution oriented. I view the key differentiator as being that W&C partners are engaged and actively involved in negotiating credit documents.’

‘This group is uniquely strong in cross-border transactions. Additionally, the group has an exceptional strength in depth, both in terms of its deep bench and activity across products.’

‘Deep knowledge enabling concise advice and impeccable client service and responsiveness.’

‘W&C has a powerhouse lending, banking and leveraged finance team.’

Key clients

Apollo Capital Management LP

Boy Scouts of America

Cheniere Energy Inc.

CVC Capital Partners

Circulus Holdings, PBLLC

Harvest Midstream I, L.P.

JBS S.A.

Marathon Oil Corporation

NRG Energy, Inc.

Oatly Group AB

PDC Brands

Priority Power Management, LLC

Riverbed Technology

Booking Holdings, Inc.

Talen Energy Supply, LLC

Xerox Corporation

Bank of America

Barclays Bank

Blackrock

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Citizens Bank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

DigitalBridge Credit

Goldman Sachs

ING Capital

Jefferies Finance

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Macquarie

Mizuho Bank

Morgan Stanley

Natixis

Nomura Securities International, Inc.

Nordea

Oaktree Capital Management

Silver Point Capital

The Provident Bank

Truist Bank

UBS AG

Work highlights

  • Represented of Xerox Corporation and Xerox Holdings Corporation, as the borrower, in connection with a senior secured asset-based revolving facility in an aggregate principal amount of $300m with Citibank N.A. as administrative agent, collateral agent and swing line lender.
  • Represented Marathon Oil Company in its acquisition financing of a $3bn cash definitive agreement to purchase the Eagle Ford assets of Ensign Natural Resources.
  • Represented Deutsche Bank AG, as left lead arranger, administrative agent, lender and issuing bank, in connection with a $1.1bn term loan facility and $225m revolver facility provided to Playa Resorts Holding B.V. as borrower, for the refinancing of existing debt.

Finance > Project finance

Providing financing advice on a litany of projects and noted for the scale of its cross-border practice, White & Case LLP continues to be a dominant force in the energy and infrastructure market, with a strong bench of advisors well-geared to act across a range of debt, equity and hybrid structures, as well as P3s. Marquee energy project highlights include ATVM loans for lithium-ion battery resource facilities, stand-alone battery storage financings, and bridge term loans for biorefineries, green hydrogen and ammonia projects, and electric vehicle battery ventures. On the infrastructure side, the firm handles a number of of transport, social and digital-related greenfield and brownfield projects, with the team able to act as counsel on the bidding, financing, and development side of ventures including JFK International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and São Paulo’s metro system. Leading these substantial infrastructure mandates and the practice as a whole is Dolly Mirchandani, one of the most pre-eminent infrastructure lawyers in the market and who combines long-standing P3 knowledge alongside the ability to advise on first-of-its-kind private investment and finance structures across a range of traditional and novel infrastructure projects. Working closely with Mirchandani is Evelyn Balassiano who provides counsel to an impressive roster of infrastructure find, commercial banks and institutional lenders. Elena Millerman leads the firm’s global project development and finance offering and is chiefly recognized for her extensive debt and equity financing knowledge, active on both conventional and renewable energy assets. In Miami, the head of the firm’s Americas energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance practice Sean Goldstein focuses on energy and infrastructure projects in Latin America. Nandan Nelivigi has overseen mezzanine credit facilities, senior construction and term credit facilities, bridge loans, and green financings relating to a plethora of asset types. Jeffrey Davis joined the practice in March 2023 and brings extensive tax experience from his tenure at Mayer Brown, while infrastructure investment expert Nadav Klugman, also formerly at Mayer Brown, joined the team in April 2024. Former practice co-head Christopher Richardson left the practice in March 2024. All listed members of the team are based in New York unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Dolly Mirchandani; Elena Millerman; Sean Goldstein

Key clients

ING Capital LLC

KeyBank National Association

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Bank of China New York Branch

Royal Bank of Canada

JP Morgan

Mizuho Bank, Ltd

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg New York Branch

Siemens Financial Services, Inc.

Ridgewood Infrastructure

Cintra, Ferrovial, John Laing, and Alstom Consortium

DIF Capital Partners

LINXS consortium

Goldman Sachs

Société Générale

Vista Ridge LLC

Salaverry Terminal Internacional (STI)

Atlas Arteria Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the sponsors, Ridgewood Infrastructure, in their unsolicited proposal to the City of Fort Lauderdale for the development of the Prospect Lake Clean Water Center.
  • 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.
  • Representation of LINXS in connection with the Automated People Mover (APM) project of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

White & Case LLP offers broad expertise in derivatives and structured products, its transactional practice assisting parties of all types, including national and multinational investment banks, regional banks and major corporations, across the spectrum of asset classes. The firm is also accustomed to regulatory work, including work relating to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. The ‘dedicated’ Ian Cuillerier is experienced in matters relating to all manner of derivatives including credit default swaps, total return swaps and forward delivery agreements. Edward So is noted for his work on OTC and regulated markets work relating to ESF and digital asset derivatives as well as equity, foreign exchange and futures derivatives. All lawyers mentioned are in New York. Rhys Bortignon left the firm in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Ian Cuillerier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Commitment, technical knowledge, creativity.

‘Ian Cuillerier is dedicated, client focused, knowledgeable and a problem solver.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank Plc

Bank of Nova Scotia

Broad Reach Power

Clean Energy Future- Trumbull, LLC

IKAV Energy Inc.

NRG Energy, Inc.

Oatly Group AB

Oppenheimer & Co.

Talen Energy Supply, LLC

The Hertz Corporation

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

The team at White & Case LLP offers experience in traditional and esoteric asset-backed securitizations, especially whole business and rental car securitizations, as well as CLO transactions. The firm advises on both the regulatory and transactional side of its clients’ matters at the domestic and international level. Gary Kashar heads the practice, whilst David Thatch handles esoteric securitizations, including whole business securitizations, for the firm’s corporate and investment banking clients. Jim Fogarty, who is also adept at whole business securitizations, is noted for experience in relation to CLO issuances and rental car securitizations. Elizabeth Devine is well-versed in asset-backed financings across a swathe of asset classes, including automotive and whole business, for underwriters and issuers. All lawyers practice in New York.

Practice head(s):

Gary Kashar

Key clients

Antares Capital

Avis Budget Group

Bausch Health Companies, Inc.

BNP Paribas

Calpine Corporation

Encore Capital Group, Inc.

Guggenheim Securities, LLC

Jack In Box, Inc.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Neighborly Issuer LLC

NRG Energy, Inc.

Sixth Street Partners, LLC

Subway

The Hertz Corporation

International trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 2

Trade lawyers at White & Case LLP are praised by clients as ‘instrumental in providing favorable solutions to import roadblocks’. Certainly the firm maintains an active customs and import compliance practice, which is keeping increasingly busy advising on supply chains and forced labor-related issues, alongside traditional customs areas such as duty regimes and tariff mitigation strategies. Trade litigator Jay Campbell is a key contact for customs work and recently teamed up with Walter Spak to represent numerous manufacturing clients in ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigations. International trade head David Bond and senior associate Jessica Lynd also handle customs matters. The team’s export controls and economic sanctions offering—co-led by Nicole Erb and Richard Burke—stands out for its expertise across a wide range of US and non-US sanctions and export control regimes, while it is also is well-placed to advise on Russia countermeasures. Among its recent highlights in the sanctions space, Cristina Brayton-Lewis paired up with regulatory litigator Claire DeLelle to successfully represent a cryptocurrency exchange in voluntary self-disclosure proceedings before OFAC regarding apparent violations of the Iran sanctions. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David Bond; Nicole Erb

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team provided not just regulatory guidance, but practical advice on how to address both compliance and governance matters. Lawyers were helpful in both addressing complicated compliance concerns, while also addressing future actions that would assist in increasing our overall compliance posture.’

‘Its export advice covered commodity jurisdiction, freight forwarders, ITAR licensing, voluntary disclosures, as well as helping to expedite a critical license.’

‘Earl Comstock helped to navigate a time critical license through Dept of Commerce that was crucial in response to world events. Jason Burgoyne was crucial in navigating an effective voluntary disclosure including responding to additional inquiries that resulted in closure without further action.’

‘Cristina Brayton-Lewis: has been our team lead and has done a great job determining the best team member to assist with our specific issues.’

‘We find White & Case to be extremely diversified in its knowledge and support. The team has a breadth and depth of trade practice that we find to be unmatched in our experience with other firms.’

‘Overall, we find the trade practice at White & Case to be knowledgeable, compassionate, and extremely responsive throughout our interactions. Jay Campbell is excellent at conveying complex legal issues into easy to understand concepts for the team.’

‘The staff has extensive knowledge of all aspects of import processes and DOC matters. They have been very instrumental in providing favorable solutions to import roadblocks. Due to their background, they have a very broad network of contacts that help bring solutions to the table.’

‘W&C is very well positioned to offer advice and insight on areas of international trade compliance and sanctions laws that are vague or unclear. This comes from its broad experience in the area as well as its ability to connect with key regulators to understand the intent behind the regulations.’

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz

Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

Diamond Tools Technology

Work highlights

  • Represented numerous manufacturing clients in ongoing EAPA investigations, including advising Diamond Tools Technology in one of the first contested cases under EAPA regarding diamond sawblades from Thailand.
  • Successfully represented Mercedes-Benz in the sale of its Russian subsidiaries and withdrawal of operations from the Russian market.
  • Advised a major cryptocurrency exchange in voluntary self-disclosure proceedings before OFAC regarding sanctions violations.

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

Praised for its ability to package its ‘strong command of corporate governance laws and regulations, and emerging trends in the area, into actionable advice’, the team at White & Case LLP advises clients on a broad array of corporate governance issues and ongoing SEC reporting obligations. Practice head Maia Gez, lauded as ‘absolutely brilliant and ultra responsive’, is sought after by public companies for her expertise in corporate governance and securities regulation matters. Scott Levi boasts a successful track record winning securities regulatory rulings and no action requests with the SEC with regard to shareholder proposals and earns further praise for his ‘responsiveness and attentiveness’. Era Anagnosti has left the firm. Practitioners mentioned are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Maia Gez

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are really experts in the corporate governance matters, they work by the client times and needs.’

‘The team is client-oriented and very clear in their legal opinions.’

‘Maia is absolutely brilliant and ultra responsive. White & Case represents complex public companies and their expertise in foreign private issuers is a huge positive. They are solutions oriented and very practical with their advice.’

‘Scott Levi shows a deep understanding of our business and has proven able to skillfully guide us through the challenges we have faced as a young public company. His responsiveness and attentiveness has been appreciated.’

‘The team is able to package their strong command of corporate governance laws and regulations, and emerging trends in the area, into actionable advice crafted with proper consideration for our company’s commercial realities.’

Key clients

Alta Equipment Group, Inc. (Alta)

Amazon

Apollomics, Inc.

Arch Capital Group Ltd.

Concrete Pumping Holdings (Concrete)

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (Ethan Allen)

Falcon’s Beyond

Gambling.com (Gambling)

Gogo Inc.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (Hertz)

Jefferies Financial Group Inc.

Loma Negra Corporation (Loma Negra)

Microsoft Corporation

Paysafe Group Ltd.

The Real Good Food Company, Inc.

Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco)

SES AI Corp. (SES)

Steel Partners Holdings, L.P.

Shutterstock, Inc.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

White & Case LLP advises a strong client roster that includes multinational corporations, financial institutions, investment funds, individuals, governments, and sovereign wealth funds. Practice head Sang Ji has considerable experience handling the tax aspects of M&A, securities offerings, financial products, and investment funds. He is particularly well known for advising on stock and asset acquisitions, including tax-free reorganizations. David Dreier focuses on M&A, restructuring, bank financing, and securitization transactions. Steven Gee offers expertise in M&A and securitization transactions as well as in relation to tax issues concerning intellectual property. Having joined the firm from Mayer Brown LLP in February 2023, Jeffrey Davis in Washington DC brings experience in a wide range of US federal income tax matters. He has particular strength in the renewables space, advising on tax equity financings, portfolio acquisitions, back leverage financings, and tax credits, among other matters. Chad McCormick in Houston advises clients, especially in the oil and gas sector, on tax-efficient structures concerning both domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and separations as well as on the tax aspects of capital markets transactions and S-corp financings. Scott Fryman specializes in SPAC IPOs, financings, and business combinations. All lawyers mentioned are in New York unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Sang Ji

Key clients

EchoStar Corporation

Newmont Corporation

DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited

Celsius Network LLC

Eurazeo SA

Occidental Petroleum

EnCap Investments L.P.

Falcon’s Beyond Global, LLC

Inflection Point Acquisition Corp.

MNG Havayollari Ve Tasimacilik A.S. (MNG Airlines)

Byte Acquisition Corp.

Elevance Health

Vast Solar Pty Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised EchoStar Corporation in its all-stock merger at a fixed exchange ratio with Dish Network Corporation.
  • Advised Newmont Corporation in its US$19.3 billion acquisition of Newcrest Mining Limited by way of an Australian scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised DigitalBridge Group, Inc in its joint venture with IFM Investors in connection with the acquisition of all outstanding common shares of Switch, Inc. for $34.25 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $11 billion, including the assumption of debt.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The white-collar team at White & Case LLP is headed by Joel Cohen, a highly experienced trial lawyer who routinely advises on matters relating to insider trading, money laundering, and securities litigation. Cohen is based in New York and joined the firm from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in February 2023.  Also practicing from the New York office, Tami Stark has a broad range of experience advising both individuals and companies on a variety of allegations, including accounting fraud, SPACs, market manipulation, and cybersecurity breaches. Located in Washington DC, Darryl Lew is skilled at handling internal and governmental investigations with a cross-border element. The firm also has a strong team in its Miami office, which includes Michael Garcia and Maria Beguiristain. Virginia Romano left the New York office in January 2023 and Kevin Bolan departed the Boston office in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Joel M. Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Tami Stark; Lauren Papenhausen; Michael Kendall; Michael Garcia; Maria Beguiristain; Darryl Lew; Scott Hershman

Testimonials

‘Mike Kendall gets to the heart of any issue. Lauren Papenhausen is incredibly fast at learning all the nuances of the business and determining the best way to mitigate risk. Alexandra Gliga has not just a legal, but also a business perspective on financial cases.’

‘Michael Garcia is extremely pleasant to work with. He has a sound understanding of the issues in complex matters and provides practical advice on how to proceed. Michael is always available to jump on a call to discuss issues that arise and is a very effective communicator.’

‘Michael Garcia works well with professional and lay clients as he is approachable, calm and readily able to provide his advice to any audience. I would highly recommend him.’

‘Maria Beguiristain excels at client service. She has strong strategic judgment and is an extremely positive collaborator. She has an intensive work ethic as well as a careful and thoughtful approach to practicing law.’

‘The firm has extensive ties to the South Florida legal community and offers clients valuable strategic insights based on this expertise.’

‘As one would expect, White & Case has some brilliant people in its litigation department. The New York and Miami offices handle a very wide range of international clients. Miami handles offshore work as well as disputes with links to Latin America.’

‘Maria Berguistan is a highly able civil fraud specialist who has insights from both sides of the fence.’

Key clients

Zoom Communications

Joint Provisional Liquidators of FTX Digital Markets Ltd.

Allianz SE

Special Committee of Cloopen Group Holding Limited

Microsoft

JBS SA, J&F Investimentos

Constellis

Garda World

Société Générale Treasurer

Former head of counterintelligence in Luxemburg

CEO of Loop Industries, Inc.

Morgan Communities

Work highlights

  • Advising Zoom in connection with its resolution of DOJ and SEC investigations relating to its business in China as well as its privacy and security practices.
  • Assisted the Joint Provisional Liquidators of the Bahamian FTX Digital Markets regarding the DOJ’s seizure of FTX Digital’s bank accounts.
  • Represented a defendant in the Varsity Blues trial, in which the appeals court overturned all fraud and bribery charges against the client.

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 3

White & Case LLP regularly acts on complex structured transactions that involve both substantial conventional power and renewable asset portfolios, particularly gas fired and nuclear projects which remain a key theme of the group’s pipeline of work. With a diverse spread of clients, the team is active on behalf of PE outfits, particularly regarding investment in early stage outfits through to the eventual sale and reinjection of capital back into the energy space. Michael Shenberg, head of US power and utilities and operating out of New York, is a key figure in some of the practice’s most prominent client relationships, such as Caline Corporation, EnCap Investments, and JERA Americas. Fellow New York practitioner Ipek Candan Snyder carries out considerable foreign investment work, often instructed by Asian asset managers and Middle Eastern clean energy developers on traditional power, battery storage and renewable deals. Houston’s Morgan Hollins provides corporate governance advice alongside her deep expertise in M&A, private equity and joint ventures, while Mingda Zhao, also in Houston, has predominantly worked with NRG Energy, Inc over the past twelve months on their energy and digital infrastructure acquisitions. Jeff Davies lends tax equity expertise from Washington DC, while Hayden Baker joined in New York from Troutman Pepper in 2023 and brings further M&A and financing capabilities. Arthur Scavone has retired.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shenberg

Key clients

Calpine Corporation

Sempra Energy

NRG

Broad Reach Power

Onward Energy

JERA Americas

LS Power

Avangrid Renewables

I Squared Capital

TotalEnergies SE

Schneider Electric

EnCap Investments

Work highlights

  • Represented NRG Energy, Inc in its $5.2 billion all cash acquisition of Vivint Smart Home, Inc inclusive of the assumption of VVNT’s debt, from Blackstone Group Inc.
  • Represented EnCap Investments L.P in its sale of Broad Reach Power LLC, a portfolio company of EnCap, to the French multinational utility company ENGIE.
  • Represented Schneider Electric Industries SAS on the €723 million sale of its , Telemecanique Sensors to YAGEO Corporation.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

White & Case LLP stands out for its presence in both domestic and cross-border offerings, having a substantial flow of deals originating in Latin America and Europe. Although the capital markets team is largely centred in New York, it has further expertise in Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago, among other cities in the US and worldwide. It frequently handles marquee transactions, including those valued in excess of $1bn. The team has also impressed in the sustainability-linked bonds field. Gary Kashar heads the Americas capital markets group, which includes senior figure Daniel Nam , who has extensive experience in investment grade and high-yield debt, and is at the forefront of sustainability-linked bonds. Andrew Weisberg and Rafael Roberti are also key names, along with counsel Abigail Simon. All named individuals are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Gary Kashar

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Agricultural Bank of China New York Branch

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Eaton Corporation

JBS USA Lux S.A.

Oatly Group AB

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

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

White & Case LLP guides private equity firms and private companies through exits via sales, IPOs, or dual-track processes, and assists public companies with domestic and international M&A. The firm continues to be active in cross-border mandates, notably representing Newmont Corporation in its $19.3 billion acquisition of Newcrest Mining Limited, and Aramco in its $2.65 billion acquisition of Valvoline Global Products. The global employment, compensation and benefits practice is led by Henrik Patel, a seasoned advisor to public and private entities, boards, and executives on M&A, private equity transactions, and leveraged buyouts. Tal Marnin focuses on management compensation for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, alongside executive-level issues. Victoria Rosamond offers expertise in cross-border transactions, ERISA fiduciary compliance, and the tax and securities laws related to benefits. All mentioned attorneys operate from the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Patel

Other key lawyers:

Tal Marnin; Victoria Rosamond; Samantha Rozell

Key clients

EchoStar Corporation

Newmont Corporation

NRG Energy, Inc.

Altria Group, Inc.

Aramco

Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited

Occidental Petroleum

EnCap Investments L.P.

Inflection Point Acquisition Corp.

I Squared Capital

Kelsian Group Limited

Elementis Plc

Elevance Health

Ardurra Group, Inc.

Cobepa SA

Pernod Ricard SA

CION Investment Corporation

DRT Holdings, LLC

OnPoint Group, LLC

Quad-C Management, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented EchoStar Corporation in its all-stock merger with Dish Network Corporation at a fixed exchange ratio.
  • Represented Newmont Corporation in its $19.3 billion acquisition of Newcrest Mining Limited, by way of an Australian scheme of arrangement.
  • Represented NRG Energy, Inc. in its $5.2 billion all-cash acquisition of Vivint Smart Home, Inc., inclusive of the assumption of VVNT’s debt.

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

Demonstrating extensive expertise across the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and tech sectors, the White & Case LLP team specializes in handling multi-jurisdictional M&A, joint ventures, and SPAC transactions on behalf of domestic and global clients. The New York-based outfit is co-headed by John Reiss and Michael Deyong, with the former being an expert in complex corporate governance matters, while the latter focuses on cross-border strategic acquisitions. Chang-Do Gong regularly acts on behalf of cyber security and tech companies, Kimberly Petillo-Décossard concentrates on financings and compliance matters, and Gregory Pryor is noted for his ability to handle deals in the energy and petrochemical sectors. Thomas Christopher routinely assists special committees and financial sponsors, and Luke Laumann, who handles a broad range of public and private M&A, is also noted as key. Private equity expert Taurie Zeitzer joined the team in January 2024 from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, while M&A and activism defense specialist Keith Hallam , formerly of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, joined in March 2024.

Practice head(s):

John Reiss; Michael Deyong

Other key lawyers:

Chang-Do Gong; Kimberly C. Petillo-Décossard; Gregory Pryor; Thomas Christopher; Luke Laumann; Kristen Rohr; Morgan Hollins

Key clients

Newmont Corporation

EchoStar Corporation

Elevance Health

Altria Group, Inc.

DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

Brookfield Infrastructure

Schneider Electric

Caterpillar Inc.

CVC Capital Partners

Macquarie Asset Management

Quad-C Krayden Holdings, Inc.

Cobepa SA

eMagin Corporation

Shutterstock, Inc.

CION Investment Corporation

Riverbed Technology

Atlas Arteria Limited

Ecobat

Air Water Ventures Ltd.

Inflection Point Acquisition Corp.

BYTE Acquisition Corp.

MNG Havayollari Ve Tasimacilik A.S.

Apollomics Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented of Newmont Corporation in its $19.3bn acquisition of Newcrest Mining Limited by way of an Australian scheme of arrangement.
  • Represented EchoStar Corporation in its entry into a definitive agreement to combine with DISH Network in an all-stock merger at a fixed exchange ratio for a total enterprise value, including debt, of $28.4bn.
  • Advised funds affiliated with the investment management platform of DigitalBridge Group, Inc. on a joint venture with IFM Investors in connection with the $11bn acquisition of all outstanding common shares of Switch, Inc.

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

White & Case LLP‘s multidisciplinary private equity team handles a steady stream of multibillion-dollar transactions across a diverse range of sectors, including healthcare, technology, and energy, though it is especially well-regarded for its expertise in the infrastructure space, where it advises major investors and asset managers on cross-border investment activities, take-private acquisitions, auctions, and leveraged buyouts. Experienced practitioner Oliver Brahmst leads the firm’s relationship with blue-chip clients such as Brookfield and CVC and co-heads the practice with John Reiss, who is noted for his M&A and corporate governance expertise. Luke Laumann is a particular key contact for private equity buyouts in the infrastructure space, while Chicago lawyer Gary Silverman handles deals in the tech and retail sectors, among others. The team expanded its ranks with the arrival from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP of Taurie Zeitzer, who is noted for her experience with leveraged buyouts and take-private acquisitions, in January 2024. All lawyers are New York-based unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Brahmst; John Reiss

Other key lawyers:

Luke Laumann; Gary Silverman; Taurie Zeitzer; Adam Cieply; Dan Kozin

Testimonials

‘The team is very well balanced and has deep knowledge of various sectors. They were very efficient in collaborating with various internal and external teams on various complex aspects of the deals.’

‘Adam Cieply was exceptional in leading the effort across various workstreams.’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Macquarie Asset Management

Quad-C Management Inc.

EnCap Investments L.P.

I Squared Capital

DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

Mill Rock Capital

Cobepa SA

Harvest Partners

Dominus Capital, L.P.

Rosewood Investment Corporation

Nordic Capital

Ara Partners

Ares Management

Certares LP

CION Investment Corp.

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

DIF Capital

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Investcorp

QHP Capital, L.P.

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Infrastructure on the investment by Reliance Industries Ltd. to expand Brookfield’s joint venture with Digital Realty Ltd. to develop data centres for enterprises and digital services companies in India.
  • Adivsed Macquarie Asset Management on its acquisition of DTG Recycle.
  • Advised of funds affiliated with the investment management platform of DigitalBridge Group, Inc on a joint venture with IFM Investors in connection with the $11bn acquisition of all outstanding common shares of Switch, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 3

Leveraging the firm’s international presence, the global technology practice at White & Case LLP is strategically positioned to undertake a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions. The department routinely works with tech investors, private equity sponsors, and various corporations in the energy and semiconductor spaces. Expert Arlene Arin Hahn spearheads the team from New York and assists high-profile clients with disruptive tech and M&A transactions. Also in New York, Erin Hanson counsels the likes of Meta on transformative partnerships and non-traditional tech collaborations involving generative AI, while Burr Eckstut handles fintech matters relating to digital assets and financial market data. Andres Liivak is a further New York contact and focuses on emerging advanced health technologies, while Linda Sim concentrates on tech projects involving data, cloud-based services, and digital media from Los Angeles. Yixin Gong is reputed for her know-how in tech and IP work and is based in Silicon Valley. The practice has been strengthened by the arrival of New York-based Keith Hallam, who joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in March 2024, and who brings expertise in the digital aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Arlene Arin Hahn

Key clients

EchoStar

Shutterstock

Saudi Aramco

Schneider Electric

F-Secure

Ministry of Finance of the Republic of El Salvador

Riverbed Technology

eMagin

ABM

NRG Energy

AutoCruitment

Pernod Ricard

Work highlights

  • Advised eMagin Corporation on entering into a definitive agreement with Samsung Display.
  • Advised F-Secure Corporation on its $223m acquisition of Lookout, Inc.
  • Advised Riverbed Technology on its sale to Vector Capital.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 3

With longstanding experience in aircraft finance and aviation industry work, White & Case LLP‘s full-service team acts for major airlines, national and regional airlines, foreign flag carriers, charter airlines, and cargo carriers. The team’s representative expertise ranges from aircraft finance, long-term maintenance agreements, joint ventures and M&A, to regulatory issues, restructuring, capital markets, structured finance, and credit card processing arrangements. In New York, asset finance specialist Todd Wolynski has notable aviation industry experience, his broad expertise covering aircraft and helicopter finance, equipment leasing, and other cross-border corporate and finance transactions. Wolynski also has extensive experience in aviation sector-related M&A, restructurings and bankruptcies. Over in Miami, Anna Andreeva regularly advises on asset finance and equipment leasing transactions, while Brian Schmelkin‘s practice encompasses high-stakes deals for aircraft leasing companies, airlines and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hansen

Key clients

Azul Airlines

BNDES

BBAM Aircraft Management LP

JetBlue Airways Corporation

Aeromexico

Carlyle Aviation Partners Ltd

Aviation Capital Group Corp

TD Bank

Azorra Aviation

Bristow Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Azul Airlines, a Brazilian airline company, on the restructuring of its aircraft lease obligations across its fleet, as well as a restructuring of its obligations to original equipment manufacturers and existing bondholders.
  • Represented JetBlue, as debt and aviation counsel, on its ongoing acquisition of Spirit Airlines, Inc, including in the negotiation of a commitment letter with various financing parties.
  • Represented Aeromexico, as special aviation counsel, during its Chapter 11 proceedings, which included re-negotiating the contracts for its aircraft and spare engine fleet.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

White & Case LLP has litigators and regulatory lawyers across the US, but its New York office is the hub of its securities litigation capability. Led by global commercial litigation chair Glenn Kurtz, who is a highly regarded trial lawyer, the practice is active in key areas of the market including SPAC-related cases, regulatory enforcement actions, and securities fraud class actions. Kurtz played a lead role in the defense of Centene Corporation executives in a notable derivative suit. Key partner Kim Havlin handed a notable SPAC case for executives of Netfin Acquisition Corp., which faced allegations of misrepresentations in its business combination with Triterras Fintech Pte. Ltd. She settled the case on favourable terms for the defendant.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kurtz

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Toshiba

Loma Negra

Tufin Software Technologies, Ltd.

Netfin Acquisition Corporation Executives

FAST Acquisition Corp.

Ormat Technologies

Certain Directors and certain former and current Officers of Centene Corporation.

Work highlights

  • Representing Honda and American Honda in a putative securities class action filed after Honda’s ADS price drop of June 2022, asserting a claim for securities fraud under Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.
  • Representing certain directors and former and current officers of Centene Corporation, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the U.S., in a derivative suit brought by a shareholder of Centene, alleging, among other things, Caremark violations against certain Directors and certain current and former Officers of Centene Corporation
  • 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.

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

White & Case LLP‘s litigation team is led by New York’s Glenn M. Kurtz and advises a range of oil and gas industry players on complex litigation in both federal and state courts. As of January 2023, the team includes Houston’s Andrew Zeve, Sean Gorman, and Christopher Dodson, all noted for their expertise in handling high-value oil and gas-related litigation. From Washington DC, Claire DeLelle continues to litigate for a number of high-profile corporate and sovereign clients.

Practice head(s):

Glenn M. Kurtz

Key clients

Eni SpA

PDVSA

Petrobras

Southwest Energy LP

Old Ironsides Energy LLC

Read & Stevens

BD Energy LLC

Offshore Exploration & Production LLC

Action Energy Management

Saudi Aramco

Work highlights

  • Represented Eni SpA in sprawling climate change litigation.
  • Represented Southwest Energy in multiple class actions filed in Federal court related to a catastrophic storm.
  • Represented PDVSA in multiple litigations, including parallel proceedings in SDNY and Delaware Superior Court related to a breach of guaranty.

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 4

White & Case LLP‘s financial services team advises clients on a wide range of regulatory challenges and is the practice of choice for a number of foreign banks seeking to do business in the US. In addition to tackling regulatory challenges tied to day-to-day operations, including Volcker Rule compliance, the firm also advises on innovative blockchain and digital asset systems and transactions. New York’s Douglas Landy spearheads the firm’s efforts on this front, with his practice covering capital requirements and bank insolvency regulations, rules governing stablecoins and M&A-related regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Landy

Key clients

Figure Technology

Rabobank

Banco Itau

J.P. Morgan

Nordea

New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

Various Crypto Restructurings

USDF Consortium

Centre

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Itau on various US regulatory matters in connection with its acquisition of Avenue Holding, a group that includes registered US broker-dealer, licensed US money transmitter and registered investment adviser affiliates.
  • Assisted with several crypto restructuring matters, including the bankruptcy of Celsius Network, LLC, and Genesis Global and SVB’s ch. 11 filings.
  • Advised JPMorgan Chase on US and UK corporate and regulatory issues related to its strategic investment in Ownera, a digital asset platform entity.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 5

Marshalling its ‘strong experience’ in the life sciences sector, White & Case LLP handles large transactions and associated antitrust matters, with additional experience in IP litigation, covering Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA disputes. Peter Carney heads the group, specializing in both civil and criminal antitrust defense, cartel investigations in the US and a range of other countries, and negotiating patent settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Peter Carney

Testimonials

‘This practice has strong experience.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Apollomics

Azurity Pharmaceuticals

Bayer

Elevance Health

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Indivior

Johnson & Johnson (Jansen Pharmaceutical)

Kite Pharmaceuticals

Myriad Genetics

Pfizer

Samsung Bioepsis

Vertex

Vizgen

Real estate Tier 5

The team at White & Case LLP regularly handles acquisitions, sales, and development together with financings and workouts for a wide collection of domestic and global owners and developers. Team leader Eugene Leone is regularly approached by private equity firms and entrepreneurs for her transaction and structuring expertise which encompasses the likes of joint ventures and leasing; he divides his time between the Chicago and New York offices. In New York, Steven Lutt provides assistance on M&A and distressed debt transactions spanning industrial to hospitality, residential to mixed-use properties. Transactional experts Michael J. McKeever, David J. Pezza and Aaron Potter, noted for his energy and condominium construction and development experience, are also highly active members located in the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Leone

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PWM Property Management LLC and Certain Affiliates

Work highlights

  • Advised PWM Property Management and 181 West Madison Property LLC on the sale of a commercial office tower located at 181 West Madison Street in Chicago, Illinois.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 5

White & Case LLP caters to high net worth individuals and prominent corporations facing complex tax disputes, including those involving multiple jurisdictions. The group offers particular expertise in transfer pricing matters, with further strengths in advising on audits. The department is co-led from Washington DC by Kim Marie Boylan, who has significant experience in international tax matters, and transfer pricing expert Brian Gleicher, whose practice additionally covers issues of double taxation, residency, and permanent establishment questions. Sean Lyons, also of Washington DC, is highly active in the practice and represents clients in proceedings at all levels.

Practice head(s):

Kim Marie Boylan; Brian Gleicher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The White and Case team is composed of exceptional tax lawyers. They are very technical and very strategic. They quickly assess issues and provide advice on the best path forward. I have been using the lawyers at White and Case for 20 years, and they have a long track record of successfully resolving issues with the IRS, driving significant value for my company. ’

‘Brian Gleicher is an exceptional tax controversy and transfer pricing attorney. His responsiveness makes each client feel like they are his only client. He has the ability to listen and quickly digest issues and concerns the company is facing. He provides innovative solutions and does not stop until the desired results are obtained. I cannot say enough good things about Brian as a tax lawyer. Any company would be wise to have him on their team. ’

Key clients

Occidental Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Acted for two subsidiaries of Occidental Petroleum as co-counsel in consolidated cases in the U.S. Tax Court.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

White & Case LLP recently hired a highly competent team capable of handling Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission. Seasoned intellectual property practitioners Yar Chaikovsky and Philip Ou, both based in Palo Alto, joined from Paul Hastings LLP in March 2023, and Washington DC-based lawyer Jordan Coyle, former chair of the ITC practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, joined in September 2023.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Led by trial lawyer Yar Chaikovsky in Palo Alto, White & Case LLP handles a broad range of patent infringement disputes for both domestic and international tech clients. A group from Paul Hastings LLP joined the firm in March 2023, including Philip Ou and David Okano, both based in Palo Alto.

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

White & Case LLP‘s trade secret group was bolstered significantly in 2023 with the arrivals from Paul Hastings LLP of newly appointed global IP chair Yar Chaikovsky and Philip Ou to Palo Alto and of David Okano to Silicon Valley in March, and of Bruce Yen also to Palo Alto in February. Further, Washington DC-based Jordan Coyle joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in September 2023.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 1

White & Case LLP is an indisputable leader in Latin America banking and finance. It leads the market in project finance, has a major presence in aviation finance and is active in acquisition finance in the energy and infrastructure fields. It is also at the forefront of debt restructurings and debtor-in-possession (DIP) financings in the region and is further noted for loans to financial institutions in Latin American jurisdictions. Green and sustainability-linked loans are another forte; it represented Petrobras on its debut $1.25bn sustainability-linked loan. The large banking and finance group operates from multiple offices, including Miami, New York, Washington DC, São Paulo and Mexico City. Carlos Viana  is head of the Latin America group and an eminent figure in project finance - although he is active in a range of financings, including syndicated loans. São Paulo executive partner John Anderson is a prominent name in Brazil, especially in the energy sector. New York’s Sabrena Silver has wide-ranging experience in Latin America financings; and Anna Andreeva has made an impression in asset finance, corporate loans and project finance. New York partner Bibiana Jaimes is well regarded for capital markets’ and debt financings. Named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Viana; Sabrena Silver

Testimonials

White & Case has an unrivaled level of experience in the financial sector. They have experience in all types of transactions, have multidisciplinary teams in different geographies, who speak various languages ​​and are always focused on the client.

We have worked extensively with Sabrena Silver and Bibiana Jaimes on various transactions and in our experience their dedication and client service is unmatched by other firms we have worked with. Both are exceptional professionals and I would recommend them without hesitation to financial institutions that require complex and specialised services.

The White & Case team provides relevant and unique insights into multilateral bank financings. They are well versed on latest market trends. We have used them for several deals throughout LatAm and have found them to provide strong legal support in all cases. I also appreciate their new Global Diversity Initiative because it shows that big law can also lead conversations about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Carlos Viana and his team always respond quickly to the current issues of the day. They bring a strategic mindset to their role.

They know the product (loans) very well, how to mitigate risks, what are the market standards which facilitate negotiations. I find them significantly better than other firms.

They are quite hands-on and really get into the important details. We have worked with Sabrena Silver and we believe that she has very good experience, she is pragmatic, not only diligent in her work but also helps push the transaction to closing.’

The W&C team is a very solid team that works very well together. It is a team with a lot of experience leading and coordinating financing processes that will ensure a successful process for all parties. The leadership of the senior partners infects the junior staff with energy and together they offer a high value service. I would say that the difference with other firms is the proactive approach to identify potential challenges during the process and propose timely solutions. The professional and conciliatory language of partners and junior staff helps to carry out transactions as well.

Partners of the experience of Carlos Viana and Sabrena Silver are crucial for the success of the transactions and of the firm. Carlos’s broad leadership over his teams makes the difference and his innovative and proactive approach is contagious to the rest of the team. Carlos and Sabrena are very focused on results and constantly go beyond what is expected to obtain results and the satisfaction of their clients.

Key clients

Celeo Redes

HSBC

Citi

Aerovías de México

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Tereos Açúcar e Energia Brasil

Ad hoc bondholder group of LATAM Airlines creditors

Morgan Stanley

JBS

Mizuho

Petrobras

BP Bunge Bioenergia

Banco Nacional de Desenvolimento Economico e Social (BNDES)

Vale

Arroyo Energy Investment Partners

Banco de Credito del Peru

SMBC

Invenergy

Standard Chartered Bank

BBVA

Santander

Societe Generale

MUFG

Work highlights

  • Advised the affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management as a debtor-in-possession lender in relation to the $1.3bn senior tranche of a $2.45bn  multi-tranche debtor-in-possession financing facility in the chapter 11 proceedings of LATAM Airlines Group.
  • Advised Petrobras in a green market debut $1.25bn sustainability-linked term loan facility; this was the first time Petrobras has contracted financing associated with its corporate sustainability targets.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Goldman Sachs and HSBC on a $650m cross-border loan facility to Nubank, one of the largest fintech companies globally and the largest bank in Latin America by market capitalisation.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami Tier 1

White & Case LLP’s Miami office houses one of the most complete Latin America practices. From white-collar crime and investigations to international arbitration, banking and finance, and projects and energy, it has a huge and highly developed team with a major focus on the Latin America region. On the projects front, the team in Miami includes head of Latin America Carlos Viana, a leader in project finance, along with IDB Invest relationship partner Sean Goldstein, and up-and-coming yunger partner Anna Andreeva. The group have a fine background in energy projects and have carved-out a growing portion of infrastructure financings over recent years, with mandates including a series of project financings in Chile, along with metro projects in Brazil. Solar projects and 4G road refinancings have also featured in the team's caseload. Another key member of the team, Christian Hansen has particular expertise and an extensive record in the aviation finance segment in Latin America. More broadly, the Miami team is also recognised for acquisition finance, sustainability-linked financings and debt restructurings. It has a flourishing white-collar crime and investigations practice led by Michael Garcia and Maria Beguiristain, which has a major presence in FCPA violations, internal investigations and M&A due diligence; the team is increasingly active in relation to gaming, crypto and online platforms. In international arbitration, a group which includes Silvia Marchili (who divides her time between Houston and Miami), has a strong presence in commercial, construction and investor-state arbitration; the Miami team forms part of the firm's broader, market-leading Latin America arbitration practice, which has an outstanding record in energy and LNG-related arbitrations. Arbitration specialist Estefanía San Juan was elected to the partnership in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Viana

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 1

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 and regional section head 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, while former practice co-head Christopher Richardson left the team in March 2024.  

Practice head(s):

Carlos Viana; Andrew Clark; Sean Goldstein

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.

Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations Tier 2

White & Case LLP has an intense focus on Latin America, which features a well-established white-collar crime and investigations practice led by Michael Garcia and Maria Beguiristain in Miami. The department has built a strong geographic profile, based on headline engagements in Brazil and -more recently- throughout Latin America; it continues to represent some of the biggest names in Brazil, along with other Latin American businesses and an array of multinationals with interests in the region. The team is multi-lingual and has tight cultural connections to Latin America. It has achieved recognition for its expertise in FCPA investigations, internal investigations and M&A due diligence. It is also developing its name in matters related to gaming, crypto and online platforms, and has achieved further growth in US sanctions programmes. Enrique Espejel is another key figure; based in Mexico City where he co-heads the disputes practice, he is frequently engaged in internal investigations for international clients and their Mexican subsidiaries, and also has fine record in enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Scott Hershman

Key clients

Grupo CME

Work highlights

  • Successfully concluded an internal investigation for Grupo CME, which was proactively launched by the company in response to an article publishing alleged improprieties in the awarding of several contracts by a state-owned company.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

White & Case LLP has performed admirably in spite of a difficult climate for capital markets issuances, with deal flow from Brazil – the firm’s primary market – remaining strong with a series of bond restructuring engagements. It has a large team of capital markets specialists in São Paulo, along with a significant number of New York partners and associates that have a particular focus on Brazil. Mexico, the Andean region and Argentina are also core markets for the team; 2022 partner-hires Eduardo Flores Herrera and Narciso Campos in Mexico City are both capital markets focused. The firm has also benefitted from its strength in energy and infrastructure, areas where capital markets activity has remained relatively buoyant, and it has leveraged its prominence in liability management to significant effect. The practice group continues to benefit from its exceptional issuer client base that provides a steady pipeline of engagements, while it also maintains strong links to bulge-bracket investment banks and funds – including distressed debt funds – that are increasingly prominent in this space. Further growth in the team has come through the promotion of São Paulo’s Abraham Paul and Miami-based Karen Katri to the partnership. Donald Baker remains the premier international capital markets lawyer in São Paulo, while John Vetterli is global head of capital markets and has a major focus on the Brazil market. São Paulo’s John Guzman is increasingly prominent in Brazil capital markets offerings, and Bibiana Jaimes and the highly-rated Rafael Roberti are also key team members. Sao Paulo associate Beatriz Barros is active team member on many large deals. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Viana; John Vetterli

Testimonials

Team focused on client’s needs and goals.

Partner Rafael Roberti fully available and gives quick feedback on all matters.

W&C has an incredibly strong practice that is particularly active in Brazil. Creative, responsive, smart.

Raf Roberti in particular is fantastic. He is deep, incredibly knowledgeable, commercial…just outstanding!

Key clients

Banco BTG Pactual

Itaú

XP Investimentos

Banco Bradesco

Caixa Econômica Federal

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás

Sendas Distribuidora

Oi

Eneva

Bank of America

Banco Mercantil del Norte

Cydsa

Lumina Capital Management

Goldman Sachs

Equatorial Energia

AEGEA Finance

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

Citigroup

Santander

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio

Safra

Financiera Independencia

Alpha Credit

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco BTG Pactual on the $6.9bn public offering by Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras (Eletrobras) and BNDES of 697,476,856 common shares, including 9,783,100 American Depositary Shares evidenced by American Depositary Receipts.
  • Advised Constellation Oil Services Holding on the restructuring of its $1.8bn indebtedness, including New York-law governed bonds, project financing loans and working capital facilities.
  • Advised AlphaCredit on its $800m financial and operational restructuring, including its Chapter 11 filing and negotiations with various funded debt creditors.

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