WilmerHale > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

WilmerHale
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20036
United States

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 1

WilmerHale plays a leading role in high-profile civil and criminal cartel proceedings, representing corporate and individual clients in criminal trials, enforcement proceedings, and in government investigations, with a successful record in avoiding prosecutions and fines. The team includes former senior DOJ and governmental officials, and is able to represent clients in a wide range of industries on a multi-jurisdictional basis. Practice head Thomas Mueller is a vastly experienced practitioner with a strong focus on global cartel enforcement proceedings, encompassing litigation, leniency applications and non-prosecution agreements, successfully negotiating a 60% fine reduction for ELNA in the electronic capacitors investigation. Steven Cherry is also a leading figure in the field, and successfully defended DENSO as a private purchaser implicated in the In Re auto parts MDL. Experienced antitrust litigator Mark Ford has been highly active in the generic pharmaceuticals space, and has represented clients before the FTC and European Commission. LA-based Nana Wilberforce was promoted to partner in January 2022, and combines internal investigations and litigation expertise, with a particular focus on price-fixing investigations, assisting clients throughout cartel investigations and negotiating leniency agreements with authorities. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated. Heather Nyong’o left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Mueller

Testimonials

‘Steven Cherry is very clear and direct in his comments. Easy to contact and always available. His experience makes him a very valuable asset.’

Key clients

ELNA Co. LTD

DENSO International America, Inc.

Compañía SudAmericana de Vapores S.A

G4S Secure Solutions USA Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Elna in a suit brought by direct purchasers of electronic capacitors.
  • Representing DENSO International in the In Re auto parts MDL.
  • Representing Compañía SudAmericana de Vapores in a criminal investigation by the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division into alleged price fixing in the international ocean shipment of vehicles.

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

Acclaimed by some as ‘the best in the business‘, WilmerHale‘s premier appellate team is distinguished by its ‘exceptional legal writing and analysis‘. Appearing routinely before all Circuits, as well as the US Supreme Court, the team argued over 54 cases in 16 state and federal courts of appeals in 2021 — including four in the US Supreme Court. The group’s expertise covers the full gamut of industries and legal disciplines, with its recent cases spanning financial services, constitutional law, IP, civil rights and Native American law, among other issues. Former US Solicitor General Seth Waxman sits at the helm of the practice and has notched up more than 80 arguments before the US Supreme Court; he represents an impressively diverse stable of clients, including financial institutions, major corporations, universities and tribal governments. Department vice-chair Danielle Spinelli has a ‘great demeanor for appellate argument‘; she recently secured a SCOTUS victory for the City of Chicago in a landmark case discussing the Bankruptcy Code. In another precedent-setting Victory, Daniel Volchok paired up with Waxman to successfully represent Kenneth Humphrey before the California Supreme Court in a case considering bail reform. The department’s enviably deep bench also draws on the senior experience of Washington DC office head Catherine Carroll, Boston-based department vice-chair Mark Fleming and Thomas Saunders, who has a focus on IP-related cases. New York-based Alan Schoenfeld is an up-and-coming partner, who regularly represents clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Former department co-chair Paul Wolfson left to join the DOJ as Deputy Associate Attorney General. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrates exceptional legal writing and analysis.

‘Danielle Spinelli has a great demeanor for appellate argument.’

‘Best in the business, particularly Mark Fleming.’

Key clients

City of Chicago

Harvard College

Kenneth Humphrey

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Tower Research Capital

JPMorgan Chase

The Swatch Group and Omega SA

Spokane Tribe of Indians

JPMorgan Chase

Democratic National Committee

Catherine Lopena Torres

Tyler Jaxson; Gary Kirk; Larry Taylor

Work highlights

  • Scored a US Supreme Court victory for the City of Chicago in a case discussing the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay provision.
  • Successfully represented Harvard College in an appeal before the First Circuit regarding Harvard’s consideration of race in its admissions process to promote a diverse student body.
  • Successfully represented Kenneth Humphrey before the California Supreme Court in a landmark case considering bail reform.

Industry focus > Education Tier 1

Showcasing strength across high-stakes litigation for colleges and universities, the higher education practice at WilmerHale has a solid market reputation as a go-to firm for contentious mandates spanning gender-based and sexual misconduct, discrimination, and government investigations. Led out of Washington DC, the group has expertise handling Title IX, Title VI, and other federal anti-discrimination statues for educational clients, and is jointly managed by Bruce Berman and seasoned litigator Jamie Gorelick. Special counsel Tania Faransso represents universities ingovernment investigations, sensitive internal reviews related to Title IX and in various stages of litigation, including trial and appellate proceedings. In New York, Debo Adegbile now leads the firm’s anti-discrimination practice alongside Brenda Lee after the departure of Danielle Conley who is now Deputy Counsel to the President at the Office of the White House Counsel. The team also has a specialism advising on financial aid, federal grants, and advises universities on issues related to the misuse of research funds.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Gorelick; Bruce Berman

Work highlights

  • Secured the dismissal of all Title IX discrimination claims, parts of the Title VII discrimination and retaliation claims, and the state law whistle blower claims against client Georgia Tech Athletic Association in a lawsuit filed by former Georgia Tech women’s basketball coach, MaChelle Joseph, alleging sex discrimination, retaliation, a retaliatory and hostile work environment and breach of contract.
  • Secured significant win for our client, President and Fellows of Harvard College, when the First Circuit upheld the lawfulness of Harvard’s consideration of race in its undergraduate admissions process.
  • Represent Massachusetts Institute of Technology in connection with the arrest and indictment of Professor Chen, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for wire fraud, failing to file a foreign bank account report (FBAR) and making a false statement in a tax return.

Industry focus > Native American law Tier 1

WilmerHale maintains an excellent market reputation and is highlighted for its strength in regulatory matters and complex litigation, backed by its Supreme Court litigation group. The team represents tribal governments and nations on land-into-trust, sovereign immunity issues, and jurisdictional matters with Danielle Spinelli in Washington DC is a key name, securing several victories for tribal clients. Now under the leadership of Seth Waxman, the group handles tribal self-determination matters, commercial disputes across the water, land and natural resources area, and gaming issues, holding the National Indian Gaming Commission as a key client, with Kevin Lamb particularly active. On the litigation and policy issues, Christopher Babbitt advises on high-stakes litigation matters and on economic aid for Indian tribes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group faced two departures; former co-chair of the group Ken Salazar was appointed by the United States Senate as Ambassador to Mexico, and Michael Connor is now Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

Practice head(s):

Seth Waxman

Key clients

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Kewadin Casinos Gaming Authority/Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians

Cayuga Nation of New York

Catawba Tribe of North and South Carolina

AWL, Inc.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Work highlights

  • Represented the Spokane Tribe of Indians in a case before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the Tribe and the US Department of the Interior in a long-running battle with the Kalispel Tribe over the Spokane Tribe’s efforts to operate a casino on land in Washington State.
  • Representing a Michigan tribe, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, in litigation relating to its submission seeking to have land taken into trust for it pursuant to the Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act.
  • Representing the Cayuga Nation of New York in litigation challenging the US Department of Interior’s decision to deny the Nation’s application to take land into trust for the Nation’s benefit.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 1

WilmerHale’s renowned patent litigation practice garners praise for being ‘capable of handling the biggest, most complex, and most important patent litigation matters’. The firm earns additional plaudit for having a ‘great bench from top to bottom’, consisting of experienced litigators as well as technically trained attorneys who hold degrees in areas such as engineering, computer science, biology and chemistry degrees. A popular choice for technology and life sciences clients, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical players, as well as for semiconductor companies, the team offers strong cross-border capabilities, and has a solid track record litigating cases before the district courts, the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court, and the ITC. Lisa Pirozzolo (Boston) and Mark Selwyn (Palo Alto) co-head the IP litigation department, while Emily Whelan and Joseph Haag, based in Boston and Palo Alto respectively, chair the broader IP practice. Other noted practitioners include seasoned Boston-based litigator William Lee; Sonal Mehta, who has a particular focus on technology companies; Amy Wigmore (DC); Denver’s Mindy Sooter; Robert Gunther; Brittany Amadi; and Omar Khan. Donald Steinberg retired in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Pirozzolo; Mark Selwyn; Emily Whelan; Joseph Haag

Testimonials

Capable of handling the biggest, most complex, and most important patent litigation matters.’

Outstanding talent development, camaraderie between senior partners to achieve best teams and outcomes for clients, rather than internal competition and sharp elbows.’

They have a great bench from top to bottom, which is rare to find. They also have a deep knowledge within the firm that can be leveraged to answer just about any question.’

Key clients

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Broadcom Corporation

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Intel Corporation

Lenovo Group Limited

Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Comcast Cable Communications

AbbVie, Inc.

Dropbox, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Intel against a $3bn claim from VLSI regarding microprocessor patents infringement.
  • Secured a victory for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer when the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court decision holding that the patents that cover the drug Eliquis® are valid and infringed by all generics challenging them.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

WilmerHale is regularly involved in antitrust class actions pertaining to monopolization, abuse of dominant position, and price-fixing, among others. Thomas Mueller is the key contact, leading the practice and having practiced antitrust litigation in both Europe and the US. Perry Lange has experience representing clients in a variety of industries including technology, telecommunications, entertainment, financial services, and pharma, while Steven Cherry handles opt-out-cases and follow-on civil litigation in domestic and international matters. In Boston, Mark Ford specializes in defending clients at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law. Monopolization specialist Leon Greenfield is also recommended, having represented companies in numerous high-profile appellate cases. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise. Heather Nyong’o departed the firm in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Mueller

Key clients

ELNA Co., Ltd

Salt River Project

Facebook, Inc.

Compañía SudAmericana de Vapores S.A (CSAV)

Banco Santander S.A

T-Mobile US, Inc.

AbbVie, Inc.

Novelis Inc.

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Heritage Guitars, Inc.

Cephalon, Inc

ACT – The App Association

Lenovo

Work highlights

  • Represented ELNA Co., Ltd. and obtained a favourable settlement in a class action brought by direct purchasers alleging a decade-long cartel between manufacturers of tantalum, electrolytic and film capacitors.
  • Representing Salt River Project in a class action alleging that the District’s electricity rate for rooftop-solar customers violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act and other state and federal law claims.
  • Representing Facebook, Inc. in a lawsuit brought to fanfare by a group of app developers on behalf of a purported developer class, challenging Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp and its revocation of access to certain Facebook user data as violative of various antitrust laws.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

WilmerHale regularly handles investigations by the DOJ, congress, the SEC and FBI, and many other federal agencies. The team acts for companies and individuals with a focus on the banking, accounting, automotive, TMT and life sciences sectors. Howard Shapiro is a veteran trial lawyer who handles both civil and criminal matters, while Ronald Machen is recommended for white-collar criminal defense work and government enforcement actions. Anjan Sahni is based in New York and focuses on government investigations and litigation, and Boston’s Stephen Jonas is well versed in cross-border investigations and FCA matters. In January 2021, Boyd Johnson re-joined the firm in New York from an in-house role at Soros Fund Management; in May, Christopher Cestaro joined from the FCPA; and in October, Robert Boone re-joined the firm in New York from the US Attorney’s Office SDNY. Regina Rodriguez left to serve as a judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Howard Shapiro; Stephen Jonas; Ronald Machen; Anjan Sahni

Other key lawyers:

Michael Leotta; Kimberly Parker; Robert Mueller; Edward O’Callaghan

Testimonials

‘Strong bench whether a matter requires experience with the government, advising on political issues, counseling on specific subject matters, drafting work product, and advocating to the government or in court.’

‘The team are pragmatic, collaborative, responsive, and are clear communicators.’

‘They calibrate well to client needs.’

‘They are trusted thought partners.’

‘It is really useful to talk things through with them.’

‘I have been impressed with the diversity of attorneys staffed on matters.’

‘Kimberly Parker is strategic, thoughtful, approachable, pragmatic, respected.’

‘Kimberly Parker does a great job of thinking through issues/scenarios and helping clients feel they’ve gotten to a well-reasoned result.’

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Cigna

Bank of America

Medtronic, Inc.

Panasonic Corporation

Georgia Tech Athletic Association

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc.

City of Rochester

General Assembly of the State of Colorado

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Carroll

Mark Geragos

Work highlights

  • Conducted a sensitive and high-stakes internal investigation for the US Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General (DHS-OIG).
  • Engaged by the City of Rochester, New York to assess and make recommendations for reform of the Rochester Police Department’s (“RPD”) policies, procedures, and trainings.
  • Represented the Colorado General Assembly before the Colorado Supreme Court, in a case implicating the legislature’s ability to complete its work in the middle of the pandemic.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

WilmerHale‘s nationwide disputes team demonstrates know-how in a variety of industries, in particular in the financial services, energy, life sciences, and telecommunications space. Areas of expertise of the members are matters relating to breach of contract, financial fraud, licensing, RICO and consumer protection as well as securities fraud, trade secrets and unfair competition disputes. The experienced Hallie Levin in New York was recently involved in successfully representing T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom in a significant antitrust trial. John Butts in Boston is active in business tort and contract disputes, as well as consumer class actions. The latter is also a speciality of practice head Noah Levine in New York. Other key contacts are Sonal Mehta (Palo Alto), Christopher Casamassima (Los Angeles) and David Gringer (New York). Regina Rodriguez was confirmed as a United States District Judge of Colorado in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Noah Levine

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Matt Martens is a unicorn: a brilliant out-of-the-box strategist with an “everyman” practicality that appeals to both judge and jury.’

Key clients

Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe

Facebook, Inc

Bank of America

Mozilla Corporation

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Popular Securities LLC, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc., Raymond James and Associates, Inc., Santander Securities LLC, UBS Financial Services Inc., UBS Securities LLC

UBS Financial Services Inc., UBS Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, RBC Capital Markets LLC and Santander Securities LLC

T-Mobile USA

State Street Global Advisors, et al.

Barclays Bank

Fannie Mae

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company

Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians

Navient Solutions, Inc.

Comcast Cable Communications

Cigna

DISH Network

Vanguard Logistics Services (USA), Inc.

Pan American Health Organization

Genentech, Inc.

Merck & Co., Inc.

Shell Oil Company

Continental Resources

DaVita Healthcare Partners

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Analog Devices, Inc

Fidelity Charitable

Harvard University

Richard Markowitz

DraftKings, Inc.

Charles Schwab Co., Inc.

T-Mobile USA

MSD Capital, L.P.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

WilmerHale's team is praised as ‘an absolute powerhouse who can bring deeply experienced securities litigators together with other SEC professionals offering advice. Vastly experienced in defending state and federal securities class actions and shareholder derivative claims, the firm is also heavily involved in high-profile regulatory enforcement actions. Stephanie Avakian in Washington DC, chair of the securities and financial services department and former director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, joined in July 2021. She leads the practice along with DC-based Christopher Davies and Matthew Martens, Boston-based Andrea Robinson, and Susan Schroeder and Michael Bongiorno in New York. The ‘ knowledgeable, user-friendlyKevin Muck and Susan Muck in San Francisco, and up-and-coming partner Timothy Perla in Boston are also among the firm’s key partners. Bongiorno recently acted for Assertio Therapeutics in a class action alleging that the company promoted its product off-label and failed to disclose regulatory risks associated with its sales practices.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Avakian; Christopher Davies; Andrea Robinson; Susan Schroeder; Michael Bongiorno; Matthew Martens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘WilmerHale is an absolute powerhouse who can bring deeply experienced securities litigators together with other SEC professionals offering advice. They are the whole package. Note that WH elevated more women partners than men this year. I know of no other Top 25 firm who has come close.’

‘Kevin and Susan Muck are knowledgeable, user-friendly, and so efficient that work is delivered before you expect it. They know everyone in the field. I would use them for any securities matter.’

‘Susan and Kevin Muck are a great team! Very smart, great client service and helpful with complex matters.’

Key clients

Assertio Therapeutics (formerly known as Depomed, Inc.)

CPI Aerostructures Inc.

CytoDyn Inc.

Dynagas LNG Partners LP

Former Chief Auditor of Wells Fargo

Iveric bio, Inc. (formerly Ophthotech Corporation)

Karyopharm Therapeutics, Inc.

Nabriva Therapeutics plc

National Holdings Corporation

Plantronics (aka Poly)

PricewaterhouseCoopers S.A.

Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

TIAA

Velodyne Lidar, Inc.

Voyager Therapeutics, Inc.

Zuora, Inc.

Zymergen Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Assertio Therapeutics, an FDA-regulated company that develops, sells and licenses pharmaceutical products for pain and other central nervous system conditions, and several company executives, in an action based on allegations that the company promoted its product off-label and failed to disclose regulatory risks associated with its sales practices.
  • Representing the former Chief Auditor of Wells Fargo in an administrative proceeding brought by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”). The case concerns the highly publicized events at Wells Fargo whereby bank employees allegedly provided bank customers with large numbers of unauthorized products and accounts.
  • Representing Zymergen Inc., a biofacturing company, and its officers and directors in securities class action litigation challenging statements made by the company in connection with its April 2021 IPO, which raised more than $500 million and valued the company at more than $3 billion.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

WilmerHale handles M&A transactions on a global scale, fielding key attorneys throughout the US and Europe; the team possesses expert knowledge of the life sciences, technology, communications, defense and financial services sectors and is adept in all manner of transactions such as tender offers, stock-for-stock mergers, cash mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs. Joseph Conahan is renowned for his transactional, corporate governance and related regulatory expertise and operates from Boston alongside Hal Leibowitz, an M&A, public offering and venture capital financing specialist; the pair jointly head the practice and are supported by 'outstanding M&A lawyerAndrew Bonnes locally, as well as New York-based Chris Barnstable-Brown who, in addition to his M&A work, provides a full lifecycle service to a number of emerging growth companies.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Conahan; Hal Leibowitz

Other key lawyers:

Mick Bain; Stephanie Evans; Jason Kropp; Keith Trammell; Joseph Wyatt; Chris Barnstable-Brown; Andrew Bonnes

Testimonials

‘What makes the practice unique is the knowledge the team has of the latest developments and market positions taken by buyers and sellers. The team does an amazing job of keeping up to date with market trends.’

‘Hal Leibowitz has been our lead M&A attorney for over 13 years and he never ceases to amaze me with his knowledge of market trends. He is prepared for every negotiation session we have, not just understanding our issues but all of the relevant background of the other party, the other party’s law firm and other negotiation patterns. I have also been enormously impressed with Andrew Bonnes, a partner, who has worked on some of our more recent deals.’

‘This firm has experts at all levels of M&A and corporate and securities laws. They have former government employees who provided invaluable advice on that side of transactions, they have deep expertise on financing of transactions and they have deep experience in all types of M&A. There is not much they have not seen or done and they have people they can turn to in all areas.’

‘Andrew Bonnes is an outstanding M&A lawyer as well as corporate securities lawyer. He seems to relish negotiating transactions and is always available to provide invaluable assistance and leadership on a deal.’

Key clients

Alairion, Inc.

Bounteous, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cloud9 Technologies LLC

Danaher Corporation

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lookout, Inc.

Mountaingate Capital

Nantero, Inc.

Progress Software Corporation

Soraa Laser Diode, Inc. (KYOCERA SLD Laser, Inc.)

Spectris plc

Stash

TechTarget, Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

UKG, Inc.

WEX Inc.

Xpress Natural Gas LLC

Zaius, Inc.

Alairion, Inc.

Bounteous, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cloud9 Technologies LLC

Danaher Corporation

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lookout, Inc.

Mountaingate Capital

Nantero, Inc.

Progress Software Corporation

Soraa Laser Diode, Inc. (KYOCERA SLD Laser, Inc.)

Spectris plc

Stash

TechTarget, Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

UKG, Inc.

WEX Inc.

Xpress Natural Gas LLC

Zaius, Inc.

Alairion, Inc.

Bounteous, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cloud9 Technologies LLC

Danaher Corporation

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lookout, Inc.

Mountaingate Capital

Nantero, Inc.

Progress Software Corporation

Soraa Laser Diode, Inc. (KYOCERA SLD Laser, Inc.)

Spectris plc

Stash

TechTarget, Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

UKG, Inc.

WEX Inc.

Xpress Natural Gas LLC

Zaius, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Soraa Laser Diode, Inc. in its $467m acquisition by Kyocera Corporation.
  • Advised Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in its $349m divestiture of HMH Books & Media, its consumer publishing business.
  • Advised WEX Inc. in its $275m acquisition of benefitexpress, and its $250 million acquisition of certain health savings account assets of Healthcare Bank (a division of Bell Bank)

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 2

WilmerHale has long had a major presence in the the US start-up market, with a particularly strong reputation for representing emerging companies. The team’s ‘subject matter expertise and turnaround time‘ makes it an attractive choice for companies (and an increasing number of funds) operating throughout the technology sphere. Recent areas of activity have included fintech, energy and cleantech, cybersecurity, robotics and digital media. This is combined with a good understanding of the life sciences and medical devices industries. The practice has a good track record for major angel, venture and strategic financings, as well as bringing companies to sale and IPO. New York-based co-chair Gary Schall is praised for his ‘surgical precision‘, and being an ‘inexhaustible repository of knowledge and scenarios‘. He leads the team with Silicon Valley’s Daniel Zimmermann. Boston’s Mick Bain and Lia Der Marderosian are particularly active on the life sciences side.

Practice head(s):

Gary Schall; Daniel Zimmermann; Mick Bain; Lia Der Marderosian

Testimonials

‘Subject-matter expertise and turn-around time’

‘Gary Schall is the best lawyer I have ever worked with. Surgical precision, inexhaustible repository of knowledge and scenarios.’

 

Key clients

Adalo

Airspace Intelligence

Accion Systems

ByFusion Global

Centime

Crosslink Capital

Cue Health

Darwin Homes

Datanomix

DriveWealth Holdings

Entera Holdings

Exo Therapeutics

ExecOnline

Full Speed Automation (Vitesse Automation)

General Catalyst Partners

GentiBio

Hammoq

HawkEye 360

Honorlock

Immuta

Orna Therapeutics

RA Capital Management

Ribon Therapeutics

SOMA Global

Telo Therapeutics

The Lifetime Value

Wellington Management Company

Werewolf Therapeutics

Workrise (formerly RigUp)

Zaius

Work highlights

  • Advised GentiBio on its $157m Series A financing round.
  • Advised DriveWealth Holdings on its $450m Series D financing round.
  • Advised Workrise (formerly RigUp) on its $300m Series E financing round.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

WilmerHale has a recognized cybersecurity and privacy practice that stands out for its skills in handling data breaches, its experience with government investigations and regulation and its technical knowledge. Privacy, corporate governance, national security, litigation, and other focus areas all combine and contribute towards the success of the Washington DC-based cyber incidents team, led by Kirk Nahra and Benjamin Powell: Powell advises companies on significant cybersecurity incidents and incident preparedness across multiple sectors, while Nahra’s practice involves implementing the requirements of privacy and data security laws across the country and internationally. Jason Chipman is particularly active in corporate due diligence for transactions involving data security and privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Powell; Kirk Nahra

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The communication and support provided are greatly appreciated. ‘

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

WilmerHale is noted for its work advising clients in the financial services sector on transactions, including the outsourcing of core business processes. The practice’s expertise in this space is demonstrated by the its regular advice on the development of new software platforms to handle financial services processes. Elsewhere, the team also counts companies from the life sciences, logistics and technology sectors amongst its clients. The practice is led by Robert Finkel in New York, who has vast experience in this space. Ariel Soiffer in Boston is another name to note with expertise in a range of technology transactions.

Practice head(s):

Robert Finkel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Analog Devices

Barclays

Cincinnati Bell

CSL Behring

Intuit

McGraw Hill Education

Mosaic Insurance

Nomura

Select Equity Group

UBS Business Solutions US LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Select Equity Group in the outsourcing of its middle and back-office functions to SS&C.
  • Represented Mosiac Insurance in a full scope IT and BPO transaction with DXC.
  • Represented CSL Behring in a global outsourcing transaction with Cap Gemini covering mostof CSL’s IT operations – one of the largest IT outsourcing deals consummated in 2021.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

WilmerHale has a long history representing technology companies and end-users on the full range of corporate and standalone technology issues. Licensing, outsourcing and services agreements all feature prominently on the agenda, as does advice on big data and related cybersecurity and privacy issues on cross-border development and distribution deals and IP portfolio development. The team’s ‘broad capabilities‘ are key to the firm’s wider corporate offering in related M&A, venture capital financings and IPOs. This expertise extends to areas such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, fintech, health-tech and the internet of things. Lead partners include Jeff Johnson and Sarah Hogan in Boston for life sciences and related digital health matters. Ashwin Gokhale in San Francisco regularly assists with transactions in the software and hardware industries, while New York’s Robert Finkel handles outsourcing and technology service agreements. Up-and-coming Boston-based partner Ariel Soiffer is noted for his’ excellent responsiveness‘ and ‘cutting edge legal advice‘.

Practice head(s):

Steven Barrett; Jeff Johnson

Testimonials

‘Having a single point of contact that can leverage the broad capabilities of the firm.’

‘Ariel Soiffer provides excellent responsiveness, cutting edge legal advice, and insight to how legal impacts business issues.’

Key clients

Acacia Communications

Analog Devices, Inc.

Bottomline Technologies

Endurance International Group Holdings

Halomine

nference, Inc

Progress

Spectris

WEX

Zaius

Work highlights

  • Represented Acacia Communications, a provider of high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, in its $4.5 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems.
  • Represented Voyager Therapeutics in its negotiation and execution of a significant license agreement with Pfizer.
  • Represented ZebiAI Therapeutics in its acquisition by Relay Therapeutics, handling the negotiation of the milestones, earnouts and intellectual property representations.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

The ‘well-resourced‘ practice at WilmerHale scores highly with sources for its ‘perfect mixture of young ambitious professionals and experienced, diligent leading partners‘. The US group is recognized for its extensive geographical coverage and it frequently works alongside its top-tier London-based international arbitration team to handle major multi-jurisdictional disputes. The firm notches up a steady stream of both commercial and investor-state cases, with a focus on energy, financial services, corporate and IP disputes. In Washington DC, global department vice-chair Rachael Kent and the ‘highly professionalDanielle Morris are key contacts. John Pierce heads the international arbitration practice in New York and is a ‘very effective arbitration counsel‘, according to some. New York is also the seat of senior counsel James Carter, who is widely hailed as a reference in the market.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘We as clients expected the best, and we were delivered the best. WilmerHale has a team composed of the perfect mixture of young ambitious professionals and experienced, diligent leading partners. In every aspect the team totally fulfilled expectations.’

‘Great and well-resourced international arbitration practice in New York.’

‘Deserves its status at the top of the tree. Good to see younger partners getting to be known.’

‘One could feel the balance and good team spirit within the team. Very inspiring for clients. Lawyers totally understand clients’ business and needs. No subsequent surprising extra charges.’

I have been consistently impressed by their professionalism and their understanding of how arbitration works.’

James Carter and Rachel Kent are very able advocates who represent their clients’ positions persuasively and effectively.

‘John Pierce is a well prepared and very effective arbitration counsel.’

Danielle Morris is super friendly, very prepared, forward-looking and highly professional. A quiet and deadly effective advocate.’

International Trade > International trade Tier 3

The 'cream of the crop', according to some, WilmerHale's Washington DC-based team is recognized for its longstanding strength in trade policy matters, WTO disputes and trade remedy proceedings. Its signature trade disputes offering combines with broad capability in export controls and a thriving CFIUS practice to provide a team that covers the waterfront on international trade issues. Several big changes saw former practice head Charlene Barshefsky retire, while Jeffrey Kessler rejoined the firm following a year as Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance at the DOC. 'Outstanding attorney' David Ross now chairs the department and he is well versed in trade remedies and trade policy matters. Robert Novick remains a heavyweight trade litigator and is acting alongside Kessler to represent Boeing in the long-running US-EU aircraft disputes at the WTO. Senior counsel Ronald Meltzer ('his expertise and relationships are unparalleled'), CFIUS specialist Benjamin Powell and export controls-focused special counsel David Horn are also recommended. David Cohen became Deputy Director of the CIA. Naboth van den Broek joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Testimonials

‘WilmerHale is the cream of the crop.’

‘Wilmer’s trade team has the rare and wonderful blend of subject matter expertise, thoughtful judgment, and all-around affability. I value their guidance immensely.’

‘Very dedicated, hard working, honest, smart team members able to give helpful, objective advice. They took on a billing approach in which they accepted some risk and greater reward based upon the results.’

‘I appreciate the straightforward, humble nature of the team members. While they don’t lack confidence or ability, they spare you the bravado.’

The firm also has a wealth of expertise in other areas, which is valuable for issues that cut across trade (e.g., privacy).’

‘David Ross and Lauren Mandell have a unique combination of capabilities – both have extremely strong relationships with career and political staff at USTR, understand both the process and influence points within the Executive and Legislative branches on trade issues, and comprehensive understanding of US trade law and international trade rules.’

‘David Ross is an outstanding attorney and advisor. He writes and presents so well. I really rely on his good judgment and his legal analysis.’

‘I work primarily with Ronald Meltzer. Ron is responsive, thoughtful, and creative, and his expertise and relationships are unparalleled.’

Key clients

The Boeing Company

The Mosaic Company

CF Industries

US PET Film and Polyvinyl Alcohol producers

Visa, Inc.

First Solar

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Sierra Pacific Industries

Intel Corporation

Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems

Work highlights

  • Representing Boeing in the US-EU aircraft disputes at the WTO – among the longest-running, most complex set of disputes in the history of the WTO.
  • Representing The Mosaic Company, as the petitioner, in countervailing duty investigations into phosphate fertilizer imports from Morocco and Russia.
  • Advising Varian Medical Systems on its $16bn acquisition by Siemens, including CFIUS diligence and representation before the Committee.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

WilmerHale has maintained an active practice thanks in part to its strong association with life sciences, tech and financial services businesses. Life sciences remains its particular forte, particularly in its Boston office, along with additional expertise in New York. Key Boston partners include the highly-rated Cynthia Mazareas, Jason Kropp, David Westenberg and Stuart Falber, along with Brian Johnson and Glenn Pollner in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brian Johnson; Erika Robinson; Justin Ochs

Testimonials

‘They combine not only complete technical understanding of and support for equity offerings but also a deep understanding of the biotech sector and helpful examples and knowledge from their past experiences.’

‘The team we work with is not only highly capable but also a pleasure to work with. They offer timely advice, with a really practical bent, and keep their sense of humor as well.’

‘The level of engagement, work ethic, availability and genuine caring about our business and our success is beyond any other I’ve experienced. In particular, Cynthia Mazareus is truly exceptional. I’ve completed two successful IPOs with Cynthia and wouldn’t do one without her going forward. She staffs excellent teams and ensures the highest level of service.’

‘Cynthia Mazareus is one of the highest quality people I’ve worked with in the industry. In fact, she is the reason I’m taking the time to answer this survey at such a busy time of the year. Cynthia takes the business of her clients incredibly seriously. She manages to somehow stay on top of all of the details and carefully thinks through options, decisions and recommendations. She cares as much as the management team of the companies she works with. She has a way of making you feel like you are her only client. Her work ethic, perspective and judgement is exceptional. I won’t do another IPO without her.’

 

Key clients

Altimeter Growth Corp

Verve Therapeutics

Cue Health

Xilio Therapeutics

Decibel Therapeutics

Werewolf Therapeutics

Ameresco, Inc

Generation Bio

Curis, Inc.

Syros Pharmaceuticals

Infinity Pharmaceuticals

Blue Apron Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented Altimeter Growth Corp, a SPAC, in its $40bn business combination with Grab Holdings Inc.
  • Represented Cue Health, a health technology company, in its $200m IPO.
  • Represented Verve Therapeutics, a biotech pioneer, in its $306m IPO.

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

WilmerHale’s defense, national security and government contracts practice has a strong record in representing major contractors in multi-billion dollar bid protests, investigations, claims, and allegations of procurement fraud. The team’s strength in the defense and national security industry combines litigation and counselling expertise in both traditional and emerging areas in these spaces. The practice is co-led by Stephen Preston, who is a key contact for aerospace and defense clients; and Andrew Shipley, whose bid protest and contract performance expertise is bolstered by his in-house experience at a top aerospace and defense technology company. Also notable in the team is Barry Hurewitz, who is counsel of choice for matters involving intellectual property, privacy, and data security aspects of government contracts, with deep public procurement experience. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Preston; Andrew Shipley

Other key lawyers:

Barry Hurewitz; Phil Beshara

Testimonials

‘The best of the best. Their lawyers are simply brilliant.’

‘Andrew Shipley – accessible, attentive, knowledgable, brilliant.’

Key clients

Cue Health

Intelsat

Fluor

L3Harris

Mission Support Alliance

Morgan Olson

Teledyne Technologies

Westlands Water District

Work highlights

  • Advised Fluor Corporation on its $82bn contract to provide top-to-bottom logistics services for the US military worldwide.
  • Advised Teledyne in a successful protest of a $650m award by NASA to KBR for operational support for space-based programs including the International Space Station and Near-Earth Asteroid Detection system.
  • Represented L3 Harris in defending a protest initiated by its competitors for a contract to build ballistic and hypersonic detection satellites.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

WilmerHale is known for its broad transactional strength, advising on major M&A, corporate financings, product licensing agreements and strategic alliances. It frequently acts for large product developers in their acquisitions, advising PerkinElmer on its $5.25bn acquisition of BioLegend. Beyond this, the team offers dedicated regulatory and litigation support, with an emphasis on IP strategy and defense. Stuart Falber and Lisa Pirozzolo co-lead the team from Boston and advise emerging biotech clients on corporate matters. New York-based David Bassett and Robert Gunther are key IP litigators, Boston-based Sarah Hogan offers strategic patent advice, and Craig Hilts, also Boston-based, advises on capital markets.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Falber; Lisa Pirozzolo

Testimonials

‘WilmerHale assembles a knowledgeable team with varying expertises to take on the most difficult and sprawling of matters They are a collaborative bunch, using a diversity of thought to make sure that a dispute is considered from all angles. They are willing to accept constructive criticism and always strive for excellence.’

Key clients

Apellis Pharmaceuticals

Astellas US

Biogen

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

CSL Behring

Cue Health

Editas Medicine

Exelixis, Inc.

GentiBio

Gilead Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline

Iveric bio

Medtronic

Moderna

Nabriva Therapeutics

Repare Therapeutics

Roche Molecular Systems

Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Xilio Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Represented PerkinElmer in its acquisition of BioLegendfor $5.25bn in a combination of cash and stock.
  • Representing Voyager Therapeutics in the negotiation and execution of a significant license agreement with Pfizer.
  • Represented BMS and Pfizer in proceedings relating to their Eliquis patent.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 3

WilmerHale has a strong pedigree for advising on the full spectrum of corporate governance issues, with it having acted for hundreds of public companies on many of their most mission-critical requirements. Clients turn to the firm for advice on anti-takeover defenses, SEC and stock exchange compliance, as well as proxy advisory firm policies, among other matters. One of the key individuals at the firm is Meredith Cross, who is praised by one client as ‘providing well balanced advice and understanding the company’s perspective.’ The practice is split between New York, Boston and Washington DC, where Knute Salhus, Jonathan Wolfman and Lillian Brown lead the team respectively. The group has a particular focus on addressing ESG risks and opportunities as well as giving disclosure advice.

Practice head(s):

Knute Salhus; Jonathan Wolfman; Lillian Brown

Other key lawyers:

Meredith Cross; Alan Wilson

Testimonials

‘The team is first class. They are brilliant, experienced, and practical colleagues. Some of the very best outside counsel I have worked with. They understand the unique aspects of my organization as a client. They are tireless in their work on our behalf.’

‘Meredith Cross and Lillian Brown are brilliant and sophisticated.’

‘The team has a lot of depth in securities law and broad experience in how companies look at securities and governance issues, which makes them better advisors. They don’t just tell you what the rules are, they tell you what the rules are intended to address, how companies apply the rules, the risks associated with different approaches, etc.’

‘Meredith Cross is extremely responsive and has become a trusted advisor to the company. She has exceptional expertise in securities law, she can provide balanced advice, and she understands the company’s perspective and interests and helps us to get to a resolution to an issue quickly.’

‘Lillian Brown is also a trusted advisor to the company and provides sound, practical and helpful advice on various matters involving securities law and corporate governance. Her advice is insightful and well reasoned.’

‘Alan Wilson is extremely dedicated and responsive. His accounting background allows him to give us great advice when it comes to more complex SEC accounting and disclosure questions and he can look at the issue from multiple perspectives.’

Key clients

Activision Blizzard

Agios Pharmaceuticals

Akamai Technologies

Analog Devices

CIRCOR International

Danaher Corporation

Discovery Communications

Editas Medicine

Generation Bio

Genpact

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Kala Pharmaceuticals

Karyopharm Therapeutics

Manning & Napier

MKS Instruments

Northrop Grumman

PepsiCo

PerkinElmer

PTC Therapeutics

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

WilmerHale advises clients throughout complex merger review proceedings, including DOJ and FTC challenges, and offers integrated expertise in HSR compliance and contentious issues, including merger litigation. The firm works in highly scrutinised sectors such as energy and technology, and notably advised Baker Hughes on its joint venture with Akastor, which was cleared after several regulatory reviews. Key partner Leon Greenfield advised Danaher on its $9.6bn acquisition of Aldevron, reflecting his expertise in complex cross-border arrangements requiring multijurisdictional approval, while dual US and German-qualified Hartmut Schneider has remained active across a broad range of sectors, and offers bespoke expertise in intellectual property issues relating to mergers. The team is overseen by experienced antitrust litigator Thomas Mueller, while San Francisco-based Nana Wilberforce was promoted to partner in January 2022, and regularly assists clients facing merger investigations. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Mueller

Key clients

Baker Hughes Inc.

Uber Technologies, Inc.

Danaher Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Baker Hughes Company in connection with its Subsea Drilling Services joint venture with Akastor.
  • Represented Uber Technologies in its acquisition of Cornershop, a grocery delivery firm, in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion overall.
  • Advised Danaher on the planned acquisition of Aldevron LLC for $9.6bn.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

WilmerHale‘s financial services litigation practice is adept at representing clients in consumer class actions, including in litigation alleging fraud and violations of the Truth in Lending Act and state-level consumer protection laws. Beyond its work in the consumer lending space, the practice also defends banks accused of wrongdoing in securities and derivatives markets such as spoofing. New York-based Noah Levine is the key figure in the team, while Franca Harris Gutierrez chairs the overall financial institutions practice from Washington DC. David Lesser departed the firm in June 2021 and and Jamie Dycus in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Franca Harris Gutierrez

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team is willing to partner with in house counsel and the business. They are open to others ideas and collaborate well.’

‘The individuals are focused on supporting the client and assisting the client in getting the job done. Franca Harris Guiterrez stands out as partner who makes sure she gets the job done at all costs.’

Key clients

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Fannie Mae

TD Bank Group

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Bank of Nova Scotia

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

WilmerHale‘s commitment to representing early-stage businesses and startups, provides it with a base for its thriving capital markets practice, which also features a range of big-name corporates in its client base. Life sciences, technology, financial services and communications are amongst its primary industries. The firm has made a particular impression in high-yield and convertible debt offerings. Erika Robinson is co-chair of the capital markets group and has a fine reputation, as does co-chair of the corporate team Justin Ochs. Both are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Brian Johnson; Erika Robinson; Justin Ochs

Key clients

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

PerkinElmer

State Street Corporation

MicroStrategy

Analog Devices, Inc.

TechTarget

Work highlights

  • Represented Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, in connection with senior notes offerings totaling $1.2bn.
  • Represented State Street Corporation, a leading provider of financial services to institutional investors including investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading, in its $850m registered senior subordinated notes offering
  • Represented MicroStrategy Incorporated, the largest independent publicly-traded business intelligence company, in connection with a Rule 144A offering of $1.05bn of 0% Convertible Senior Notes due 2027.

Government > Government relations Tier 4

WilmerHale’s public policy and legislative affairs group maintains deep regulatory strength, with antitrust and competition related matters a core capability of the group. The offering focuses on providing an integrated, substantive, policy, and political approach for clients from a multi-branch perspective where needed. Media, technology, and communications industry clients trust the team and their bipartisan experience. The team is led by Jonathan Yarowsky, who has prior senior level government experience and advises on congressional investigations. Also notable in the team is Rob Lehman, who in addition to group mainstays, has an active environmental and national security regulation practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Yarowsky

Other key lawyers:

Rob Lehman; Phil Beshara; Jonathan Blum; Brian Skretny; Jason Raymond

Testimonials

‘A diverse range of skill sets, which means I am getting thorough and well-rounded strategic advice.’

‘They also have a deep well of contacts for expertise both within the firm and through their connections on the Hill. This has served us extremely well.’

‘Jon Yarowsky, Zach Goldman, and Phil Beshara have a genuine interest in our organization and our members. Jason Raymond was also a valuable member of the team.’

Key clients

Visa, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Visa on matters impacting global trade in electronic payment services currently advising tin connection with the negotiation of global free trade agreements; on the implementation of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA); on market access matters in various foreign countries; and in connection with the negotiations on electronic commerce at the WTO.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

WilmerHale advises on M&A as well as IPOs, and counts both domestic and multinational companies across the software, biotech and financial services sectors among its key roster of clients. From the firm’s office in Boston, Kimberly Wethly leads the practice and handles all aspects of executive compensation work, while Amy Null advises tax-exempt and taxable employers, in addition to financial industry service providers, on ERISA matters. Based in Washington DC, Scott Kilgore and Ciara Baker are also key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Wethly

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Acacia Communications

Analog Devices

Eaton Vance Corp

EverQuote

MicroStrategy Incorporated

PerkinElmer

Progress

Robinhood

State Street

WEX

Work highlights

  • Represented Eaton Vance Corp. in the executive compensation and benefits aspects of an agreement under which Morgan Stanley acquired Eaton Vance for approximately $7bn.
  • Represented PerkinElmer in the executive compensation and benefits aspects of its $5.25bn acquisition of BioLegend.
  • Advised Acacia Communications, Inc. in the executive compensation and benefits aspects of a $4.5bn amended merger agreement with Cisco Systems, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 5

William Lee - Wilmer Hale

Work highlights

    Real estate Tier 5

    WilmerHale‘s real estate group primarily operates out of Boston and with the support of its Denver and Palo Alto-based lawyers. Life sciences is a key area of expertise; the firm acts on behalf of REITs, developers and pharmaceutical companies in the greater Boston area. It is also involved in large-scale development projects in Silicon Valley, Seattle and Washington DC. Based out of Boston, Paul Jakubowski and Douglas Burton are the key attorneys.

    Practice head(s):

    Douglas Burton; Paul Jakubowski

    Testimonials

    ‘Highly intelligent, very experienced, quite efficient, committed to the tasks at hand and serving its clients.’

     

    Key clients

    Analog Devices

    Atlantic Management Corporation

    Beam Therapeutics

    Carpenter & Company

    Constant Contact

    Demandware

    Dyne Therapeutics

    Kronos Incorporated

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    Work highlights

    • Advised Boston-based real estate investment and development company Atlantic Management Corporation in the acquisition, financing and leasing of corporate campuses and other large assets in Massachusetts.
    • Representing developer Carpenter & Company in the site acquisition, debt and equity financing, branding, development and management, and ongoing capitalization of the first five-star hotel on Iceland’s waterfront, including the restructuring of multiple private and governmental ownership and development restrictions.

    Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

    WilmerHale‘s Boston-led tax practice is routinely engaged by a strong mix of startups and established entities from the tech, life sciences, investment fund, and non-profit sectors. Practice co-head and certified accountant William Caporizzo advises on the tax aspects of high-value transactions, international restructurings, partnerships, and investment ventures by limited liability companies. Julie Hogan Rodgers steers a number of deals for clients in financial services, tech, healthcare, and manufacturing, while Matthew Schnall is noted for his capabilities in tax regulatory compliance and administrative rulings. In Palo Alto, Fred Adam works with companies on fund formations, investment transactions, and public offerings. Meghan Walsh is also noted. All named lawyers are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.    

    Practice head(s):

    Bill Caporizzo

    Other key lawyers:

    Julie Hogan Rodgeers; Matthew Schnall; Fred Adam; Meghan Walsh

    Testimonials

    ‘We engaged them for a large stock acquisition and given that they had lawyers specialized in a lot of different areas, we felt as if we were being served by a one-stop-shop.’

    ‘The team we work with at WilmerHale is rock solid. They, often earlier than we ourselves, know what is coming and prepare for that accordingly. They balance advise vs. strong advise very well. They are pragmatic and result driven and will never fight because of the fight. They very much have a human touch to things making them great to work with.’

    Key clients

    Acquco

    Amplitude Healthcare

    Cloud9 Technologies

    Danaher Corporation

    Eaton Vance

    Lookout, Inc.

    Medtronic

    MicroStrategy

    MineralTree, Inc.

    RA Capital Management, L.P

    The Tecan Group

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc

    WEX Inc.

    ZebiAI Therapeutics

    Work highlights

    • Represented Eaton Vance Corp., in its acquisition by Morgan Stanley for cash and stock, valued at approximately $7bn, pursuant to a tax-free reorganization.
    • Advised the buyer in its $5.25bn acquisition of BioLegend.
    • Represented MicroStrategy Incorporated in two offerings of convertible senior notes totalling $1.7bn, the proceeds of which were used to purchase bitcoin.

    Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

    The practice at WilmerHale places particular focus upon bankruptcy litigation and related contentious matters, representing an array of clients both in and out-of-court. Key clients include international names in aviation, financial services, and entertainment. Phillip Anker regularly advises secured and unsecured creditors, noteholders, indenture trustees and Chapter 11 trustees, and co-heads the practice alongside Andrew Goldman, whose expertise lies within financial and corporate restructuring, with both noted experts within bankruptcy litigation. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Anker; Andrew Goldman

    Other key lawyers:

    Danielle Spinelli; George Shuster; Benjamin Loveland; Isley Gostin; Joe Millar

    Testimonials

    ‘Andrew Goldman is very smart, very practical and incredibly responsive. He’s absolutely first rate.’

    Key clients

    Barclays Bank

    Blue Apron

    City of Chicago

    Comcast Cable Communications

    Continental Casualty Company

    Cross Sound Management LLC

    Diamond Sports Group

    Edward Lampert/ESL Investments

    Eldridge Industries

    Global Loan Agency Services (GLAS)

    The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

    PPL Corporation

    Resurgent Capital Services

    Rio Tinto

    Susquehanna Investment Group

    The Walt Disney Company

    Wilmington Savings Fund Society

    Work highlights

    • Represented Diamond Sports Group, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, in the largest non-mass tort restructuring currently in the United States.
    • Represented City of Chicago, in City of Chicago v. Fulton before the US Supreme Court.
    • Represented The Hartford in a mass tort Chapter 11 case.

    Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 7

    Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

    WilmerHale brings a strong combination of regulatory and transactional expertise to its fintech practice, as well as an excellent track record for advising emerging companies. New York corporate partner Robert Finkel and Washington DC-based regulatory partner Franca Harris Gutierrez are key names.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation

    The litigation practice at WilmerHale in Washington DC has a strong focus on defamation arising from social media.

    Solving Washington problems requires a broad range of skills, including regulatory experience, policy advocacy, litigation, and the drafting and negotiation of agreements. It also requires the ability to craft an integrated approach to deal with multiple decision makers in Congress, the executive branch and the courts, as well as with the media. WilmerHale’s Washington DC office offers unique capabilities in addressing Washington problems because the firm has deep substantive experience across the regulatory areas of greatest concern to business and because it has emphasized an integrated approach to problem-solving throughout its history.

    We are frequently asked to address the acute business needs of a company while, at the same time, helping to achieve longer-term alignment between the policy environment in which a company operates and its business model. Whether seeking to change or challenge a regulation, structuring a business strategy that depends on government support or forbearance, negotiating and clearing a deal in a regulated environment, reaching a legislative solution to a problem, addressing a congressional inquiry, handling a sensitive multipronged issue with significant political or public relations risk, or confronting urgent media inquiries on high-profile matters, we routinely offer the multidimensional representation that our clients need.

    More than 100 of our lawyers have high-level government experience—a significant differentiator for our firm that directly benefits our clients. We count among our partners a United States Trade Representative, a Deputy Attorney General, a Solicitor General, a Deputy Solicitor General, Assistant Attorneys General for both the Office of Legal Counsel and the Civil Division, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Antitrust Division, General Counsel of the Departments of Defense and of the Navy, an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, a Chief of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, General Counsels of both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, and many senior officials from the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of State, and other agencies of government.

    As the Washington metropolitan area increasingly becomes a technology and biotech hub, we have the knowledge and institutional capacity to offer a broad range of services to clients in the technology sector, particularly in the area of intellectual property where protecting intellectual assets is becoming increasingly important. Our deep experience working with technology companies allows us to counsel companies through the entire business lifecycle, from startup to public company and beyond. We serve clients in a wide array of industries and practice areas through our Washington office, including antitrust and competition, aviation, bankruptcy and commercial, communications, corporate, defense, national security, government contracts, environmental, FDA, intellectual property, international trade and market access, labor and employment, litigation and arbitration, real estate, securities enforcement and regulation, and tax.

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    Brittany Amadi photo Brittany AmadiPartner in WilmerHale’s Washington DC Office
    Christopher Babbitt photo Christopher BabbittPartner Co-Chair, False Claims Act Practice
    Ciara Baker photo Ciara BakerPartner
    Bruce Berman photo Bruce BermanPartner General Counsel
    Catherine Carroll photo Catherine CarrollPartner-in-Charge, Washington DC Office
    Steven Cherry photo Steven CherryPartner
    Christopher Davies photo Christopher DaviesPartner Vice Chair, Securities & Financial Services Department
    Jamie Gorelick photo Jamie GorelickPartner Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department Co-Chair, Crisis Management and Strategic…
    Leon Greenfield photo Leon GreenfieldPartner
    Franca Harris Gutierrez photo Franca Harris GutierrezPartner Chair, Financial Institutions Practice Co-Chair, Securities and Financial Regulation Practice
    David Horn photo David Horn
    Barry Hurewitz photo Barry HurewitzPartner in WilmerHale’s Washington DC Office
    Rachael Kent photo Rachael KentPartner Vice Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group
    Kevin Lamb photo Kevin LambCounsel
    Perry Lange photo Perry LangePartner
    Rob Lehman photo Rob LehmanSenior Public Policy Advisor Co-Chair, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs Practice
    Ronald Machen photo Ronald MachenPartner Chair, Litigation/Controversy Practice
    Matthew Martens photo Matthew MartensPartner Co-Chair, Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group
    Ronald Meltzer photo Ronald MeltzerSenior Counsel
    Danielle Morris photo Danielle Morris
    Thomas Mueller photo Thomas MuellerPartner Chair, Antitrust and Competition Practice Group  
    Kirk Nahra photo Kirk NahraPartner Co-Chair, Big Data Practice Co-Chair, Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice
    Robert Novick photo Robert NovickCo-Managing Partner
    Justin Ochs photo Justin OchsPartner Chair, Corporate Practice Group
    Benjamin Powell photo Benjamin PowellPartner Co-Chair, Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice
    Stephen Preston photo Stephen PrestonPartner Chair, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice
    Erika Robinson photo Erika RobinsonPartner Co-Chair, Capital Markets
    David Ross photo David RossPartner Chair, International Trade, Investment and Market Access Practice Group
    Knute Salhus photo Knute SalhusPartner Co-Chair, Corporate Governance and Disclosure Group
    Hartmut Schneider photo Hartmut SchneiderPartner
    Howard Shapiro photo Howard ShapiroPartner  
    Andrew Shipley photo Andrew ShipleyPartner at WilmerHale’s Washington DC Office
    Danielle Spinelli photo Danielle SpinelliPartner Vice Chair, Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice
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