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White & Case LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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John Reiss - White & Case LLP

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

White & Case LLP maintained a strong presence in large-cap M&A throughout 2018. The firm's global presence, which has been strengthened by a series of headline lateral hires in the M&A and private equity fields, has helped to considerably augment its standing in the market. Moreover, its recent launch of new offices in Chicago and Houston has specifically bolstered its US reputation. It continues to showcase its formidable presence in representing financial advisers in bulge-bracket M&A. The team advised Sempra Energy on the completion of its $9.45bn acquisition of Energy Future Holdings and its subsidiary Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company. It also advised Calpine on the completion of its $17bn acquisition by Energy Capital Partners and a consortium of other investors. In another headline cross-border transaction, the group advised SodaStream International, the Israeli manufacturer and distributor of sparkling water makers, on its $3.2bn sale to PepsiCo. John Reiss heads the global corporate practice and the immensely experienced Morton Pierce continues to advise on a range of large-cap deals, including the previously mentioned Calpine transaction. Oliver Brahmst co-heads the private equity team and has a fine record in corporate M&A and portfolio company deals. Daniel Dufner and Gregory Pryor are also highly rated. Denise Cerasani is recommended for M&A financial advisory roles and Gary Silverman is leading the firm's efforts in Chicago, especially in the private equity space.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

In 2018, White & Case LLP added a Chicago office, bringing in experienced M&A and private equity experts Gary Silverman and Raymond Bogenrief from Greenberg Traurig LLP and Thomas Horenkamp from DLA Piper LLP (US); the new Chicago office also hired a number of real estate private equity specialists. The firm has 'an incredibly deep bench in all specializations', 'global reach and consistent high quality across offices', 'tremendously hard working lawyers' including 'high quality partners, very strong depth across both junior and senior levels'. The team continues to impress in middle market transactions and on occasion in the high-value leveraged buyout space. Key clients include CVC Capital, Brookfield Asset Management, Roark Capital, Harvest Partners, Global Infrastructure Partners and Investcorp. It advised Roark Capital and its portfolio company Arby’s Restaurant Group on the company's $2.9bn acquisition of fellow restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings. It also advised CVC Capital on its all-cash $1.8bn acquisition of ConvergeOne Holdings, an IT and managed services provider, from Clearlake Capital Group. Global head of M&A John Reiss and global co-head of private equity Oliver Brahmst lead the practice in the US. Energy and infrastructure specialist Jason Webber is 'highly commercial, has a unique ability to process, understand and solve complex legal issues quickly', and is 'one of the best negotiators'.

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