Firm Profile > Winston & Strawn LLP > New York, United States

Winston & Strawn LLP
200 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10017
United States

E-discovery Tier 1

Winston & Strawn LLP has a full-service e-discovery consulting practice, that has taken the entire e-discovery reference model (EDRM) in-house, leveraging two data centers to support the work of attorneys. As well as litigation, the group is regularly instructed on information governance and privacy issues. In Washington DC, e-discovery 'thought leaderJohn Rosenthal leads the department, praised by clients for combining 'deep knowledge of discovery issues with a trial lawyer's mentality'. The group also benefits from the forensic investigations and trade secrets expertise of Houston's Sheryl Falk, who serves on commercial litigation trial teams in state and federal cases and arbitrations. Splitting his time between Hong Kong and Chicago, Steven Grimes focuses on compliance and data security issues, internal investigations, government interactions and disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Sheryl Falk; Steven Grimes; Christopher Costello; Matthew Poplawski

Testimonials

Winston has a sophisticated discovery practice that not only provides exceptional discovery services and counseling, but advocates on e-discovery issues very well.’

The group is very experienced and trained to carefully and clearly explain discovery issues to courts.

John Rosenthal is a thought leader who is a fierce and skilled advocate. He combines deep knowledge of discovery issues with a trial lawyer’s mentality.’

Great litigators, great document reviewers.

John Rosenthal is superb litigator and deep subject matter expert in e-discovery. One of the top ten in America.’

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 1

Benefiting from 'amazing touch points within the industry across all types of projects and counter parties', Winston & Strawn LLP provides 'unparalleled knowledge' to sponsors, lenders, developers and investors across the spectrum of renewables-based M&A and financing. Lawyers within the firm's West Coast offices are particularly strong on the project development front and provide 'commercial and common-sense' advice across the gamut of power purchase contracts and other off-take and transmission agreements. Los Angeles-based partner Laurae Rossi has strong relationships with commercial banking clients, which she regularly advises as lenders across a broad range of renewables-related projects, including on tax equity, back-leverage and portfolio financings. Out of New York, Jonathan Birenbaum and Tara Greenberg 'have tremendous knowledge in all aspects of projects from investing to contract review, debt and equity' and both regularly advise funds and strategic investors on M&A and financing in the sector. Rich Shutran and Joe Karp  head the overarching energy group from New York and San Francisco and both 'handle some very good work' in the renewables space.

Practice head(s):

Rich Shutran; Joe Karp

Other key lawyers:

Laurae Rossi; Jonathan Birenbaum; Tom Solomon; Tara Greenberg; Lisa Cottle

Testimonials

The firm benefits from amazing touch points within the industry across all types of projects and counter parties.

The team has unparalleled knowledge in the sector.

The team offers commercial and common-sense advice.

Jonathan Birenbaum and Tara Greenberg have tremendous knowledge in all aspects of projects from investing to contract review, debt and equity.

Rich Shutran and Joe Karp handle some very good work in the area.

Joe Karp has decades of experience, is super sharp, diplomatic and has a great sense of humor.

Joe Karp is top notch on Power Purchase Agreements, and makes himself personally available to work on matters.

The super sharp Tom Solomon has particularly good knowledge of the CAISO tariff and markets as they relate to utility contracts and regulation.

Lisa Cottle is an outstanding lawyer.

Key clients

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

Cubico Sustainable Investments Ltd

John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

AxInfra US

Peninsula Clean Energy

Santander Bank

Capital Power

Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Dan Webb - Winston & Strawn LLP Dan Webb has enjoyed a career highlighted by headline-grabbing commercial, civil and criminal disputes. Among his historical wins, Webb acted as special counsel to the DOJ in United States of America v. John M. Poindexter (1992), successfully prosecuting the retired Admiral for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair; and in a more recent case he successfully defended General Electric against a slew of price-fixing allegations. Last year, Webb defended Adam Shacknai against a wrongful death claim in San Diego, which was dismissed with prejudice in February 2019, despite the jury finding the defendant guilty in 2018.

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

Winston & Strawn LLP advises public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions, investors, and emerging companies on a broad range of corporate matters, including cross-border M&A, take-private transactions, carve-outs, distressed acquisitions and restructurings. Leveraging over 20 years’ experience in representing private equity investors, Matthew Bergmann co-chairs the M&A practice alongside Washington DC-based Christopher Zochowski and Dominick DeChiara in New York. Also recommended are Allen Miller, another contact in New York for M&A, investments, joint ventures, securities law matters and corporate governance; Oscar David, who provides transactional support and strategic advice to businesses, C-suite executives and boards of directors; and Timothy Kincaid, who handles buyouts and divestitures for private equity funds and businesses. James Vallee joined in Houston from Paul Hastings LLP. Robert Wall left the firm. Named attorneys are in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Bergmann; Christopher Zochowski; Dominick DeChiara

Other key lawyers:

Oscar David; Timothy Kincaid; James Vallee; Eva Davis; Joel Rubinstein; Talbert Navia; Steven Gavin; Allen Miller

Testimonials

‘They have an extraordinary mix of capable attorneys with an extensive experience in Latin American companies dealing with US markets’.

‘They include native speaking lawyers from major countries in their office, bringing diversity and knowledge to their clients’.

Key clients

Bartlett & Company

CORE Industrial Partners

Crystal & Company

Corning

Ducommun

KAR Auction Services

Silgan Holdings

Synaptics

The Jordan Company

Rent-A-Center

Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP provides full coverage in advertising disputes, but is most well-known for its work on matters in the food and beverage sector, including  claims dealing with the accuracy of labelling, the description of food as natural, slack-fill issues, and alleged health benefits. More generally, the firm handles both class actions and competitor versus competitor disputes across a wide range of sectors, as well as representing clients before the NAD and NARB. Chicago-based practice head Ronald Rothstein is active in a wide range of matters, but is particularly prominent in litigation dealing with the usage of natural in advertising, and its definition and limits. Additionally, several of the firm's high profile food and beverage sector mandates are handled out of Charlotte, NC by Amanda Groves, who is highly experienced in a wide variety of sector-specific issues. The firm saw one notable departure in 2019, when Stephen Smerek left for Foley & Lardner LLP in October.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Rothstein

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Groves; Sean Meenan

Testimonials

If you want the absolute highest echelon of litigation counsel, you will be hard pressed to find any better than Winston & Strawn. They approach complex matters pragmatically and are always on top of even the smallest issues. They are zealous advocates but take a collaborative approach to solving problems.

Amanda Groves, Jeff Wilkerson, Sean Meenan and Joan Fife have provided me with outstanding counsel and have made my job as in-house counsel much more manageable. I never have to wonder if matters are being handled, and their proactive approach and knowledge and communication of complex issues leaves me with very easy decisions to make. I would recommend this team to any in-house practitioner that needs solid litigation support.

Key clients

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Hint, Inc.

Abbott Laboratories

Whitebridge Pet Brands LLC

The J.M. Smucker Company

North American Coffee Partnership

Raising Cane’s Restaurants

Panasonic Corporation

Dell, Inc.

Associated British Foods PLC

Cartel Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP fields a particularly large bench of antitrust attorneys 'on the cutting edge of antitrust/cartel issues' stationed in a variety of offices across the country. New York-based partners Jeffrey Kessler and Eva Cole share the global department lead, with the former advising on antitrust, trade and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations and the latter focusing specifically on international cartel investigations led by enforcement agencies in the US, Canada and Australia among others. Eric Meiring in Washington DC brings previous experience at the DOJ's antitrust division to the table in order to advise clients on risks associated with international cartel investigations. Also stationed in the capital, Heather Lamberg is responsible for the DC antitrust practice and handles internal as well as governmental cartel activity investigations and regulatory proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Eva Cole

Other key lawyers:

Eric Meiring; Heather Lamberg; James Herbison

Testimonials

‘Winston has historically provided very capable and efficient antitrust counsel. The team there remains on the cutting edge of antitrust/cartel issues both domestically and globally.’

‘My go-to partner is Jim Herbison in the Chicago office. Jim is extremely responsive, and most importantly his “high impact and low ego”.’

‘They are doing a good job for us. They have enough knowledge about our business and way of thinking. Based on this, they are always trying to find out our favorable results.’

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

With antitrust litigation teams in New York, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco, Winston & Strawn LLP takes on civil litigation and class actions for both plaintiffs and defendants. The department is led out of New York by Jeffrey Kessler and Eva Cole, providing excellent 'consistency of work product'. Kessler is particularly involved in the consumer electronics sphere and, thanks to his strong sports law practice, also trusted by sports and entertainment clients to handle antitrust issues. Cole, on the other hand, combines the consumer electronics sector with financial services and private equity expertise. In Chicago, the 'very responsive and fantastic' James Herbison covers the defense of all genres of antitrust claims including agriculture and healthcare, and Michael Mayer enhances his personal antitrust practice with intellectual property, securities and white-collar disputes. The Washington DC-based Heather Lamberg frequently operates at the nexus of antitrust, competition and consumer issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Eva Cole

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘While the Winston team in this area, is outstanding in all respects, what I like most is their consistency of work product; put another way, it does not “bounce around” depending on the assignment – the work product and performance is consistently at the highest level.’

‘Jim Herbison is fantastic, very responsive, very sensitive to business and commercial needs and interests, and a top flight litigator.’

‘The service was top-notch with everyone on the team being dedicated to the project and responsive to our needs. Winston provided great value for the fees and was clearly the better firm at the table.’

‘Neely Agin and her team were very thorough. The thing that stood out for me was the respect and deference to Neely shown both by opposing counsel and the Department of Justice lawyers. Value cannot be based on hourly rates alone and Neely showed us that true value lies in experience, confidence and well-earned respect.’

‘Patrick Hogan and Emily Doyle were a pleasure to meet and work with throughout the deal.’

‘I greatly appreciated the positive working demeanor of everyone at W&S.’

‘W&S partners exemplify what client service means. Consistent, high-level focus, not only on task at hand but strategic direction that drives resolution.’  

‘Bob Sperling is second to none, and go to lawyer, with an exemplary, tireless team of partners and associates.’

Key clients

Avanci, LLC and Avanci Platform International Limited

Baxter Healthcare

Class of NCAA Football and Basketball Players

Corning Corporation

Discover Financial Services

JTEKT Corporation

Metaswitch Networks Ltd

Motorola Solutions

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

Nippon Seiki

North American Soccer League

NorthShore University HealthSystem

NTN Corporation

Panasonic Corporation

Relevent Sports Group

Spring Pharmaceuticals

TreeHouse Foods

WestRock Company (f/k/a RockTenn and Smurfit Stone Container Corp.)

William Morris Endeavor

Zillow Group, Inc.

Copyright Tier 2

Digital copyright disputes have been a mainstay of Winston & Strawn LLP, a team which has carved out a reputation for defending internet service providers against liability claims from content creators whose work has been infringed upon the ISP's subscribers. New York litigator and practice co-head Michael Elkin recently defended Cox Communications against a $1.5bn lawsuit brought by major music labels such as Warner Bros, Sony and Universal. Joint practice head Thomas Lane also works form the New York office and is a key contact for copyright cases concerning new technology. West Coast contacts include Jennifer Golinveaux in San Francisco, who has extensive experience in disputes involving the use of music and photographs online. Also recommended is Erin Ranahan, a name to note for matters involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Practice head(s):

Michael Elkin; Thomas Lane

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CoxCommunications

CharterCommunications

Global Eagle Entertainment

PepsiCo

Bill Graham Archives

Yahoo! / Oath

Hasbro

PNY Technologies

Office Depot

Schlumberger

Evercore Capital

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

Predominantly based in Chicago, Winston & Strawn LLP acts as primary benefits counsel to a host of publicly-listed companies, private equity funds and investment firms. Professionals such as practice head Nancy Gerrie, Steve Flores and David Rogers (managing partner of the Washington DC office) advise on Title 1 investment advice, ESOP implementation, retirement plan and executive compensation governance, and SEC reporting guidance. Stand-out associate Ariane Andrade is currently assisting with de-risking strategies for defined benefit plans, while Susan Nash leads on health and welfare strategy with a comprehensive knowledge of the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA policies. Joe Adams is also a peer-recommended member of the team, who alongside Anne Becker, secured landmark IRS rulings concerning matching student loan contributions in 401(k) plans; he is now heavily involved in the roll-out process. The Winston Employee Benefits Compliance Center gives a value-add for clients by providing assistance with routine compliance and administrative tasks.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Gerrie

Testimonials

David Rogers’ record-keeping is superb and he always thinks outside the box.

Key clients

Applied Materials

Starbucks Corporation

AECOM

Federal Signal Corporation

Dana

Carnival Cruise Lines

Embraer Aircraft Holding

Lear Corporation

Restaurant Brands International

Gartner

FreightCar America

Global Brass & Copper

Motorola Solutions

UnityPoint Health

Holland America Group

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

With a strong footprint in the private equity space, Winston & Strawn LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation experts handle a solid stream of mid-cap portfolio acquisitions and divestitures, with New York-based practice co-chair Scott Landau and associate Maria Kenny being leading names in this space. Publicly-traded companies are also counted on the client list, with Washington DC-based David Rogers and New York-based Nyron Persaud assisting on benefit plan integrations, proxy reporting obligations and ERISA fiduciary compliance. Bill Merten heads up the ESOP practice from the Chicago office, acting for boards of directors, shareholders and trustees on management buyouts, ESOP-owned company sales, public-to-private transactions and private equity acquisitions. The team also advises on the benefits elements of high-profile CEO implementations.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Gerrie; Scott Landau

Testimonials

They listen, they remember details, they connect comments and events that are interconnected and they are able to bring up items we need to know about/think about that we have not asked. The team anticipates what we need.

Key clients

A&M Capital Advisors

AECOM

Atlas Holdings

Bed, Bath & Beyond

Gartner, Inc.

GCP Capital Partners

Heska Corporation

Hudson Hill Capital

Lear Corporation

PetIQ

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Reverb Holdings

Rialto Capital Management

Sharp Electronics

The Vistria Group

The Wicks Group of Companies

Treehouse Foods

Water Street Healthcare Partners

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP has key regulatory experience, which is enhanced by its team, which fields former FERC and Commodities Futures Trading Commission officials. The practice regularly handles regulatory approvals for transactions, enforcement and compliance issues, and matters regarding structural changes in the market; it is also noted for its knowledge of the California regulatory environment. The group also has experience in the hydroelectric field and continues to expand its presence in the nuclear market. It primarily focuses on clients in the merchant market including power marketers, merchant generation players and investors. Michael Yuffee is a former FERC official with expertise in enforcement defense, compliance and transactional matters. Joe Karp leads the California energy practice from San Francisco and frequently represents clients in proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. San Francisco's Lisa Cottle and Richard Shutran in New York are also rated, while William Horin is a notable figure in the nuclear sector. John Whittaker retired. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Richard Shutran; Joe Karp

Other key lawyers:

Kimberly Ognisty; Ryan Norfolk; Michael Yuffee; Lisa Cottle; William Horin

Testimonials

‘The members that I work with have the highest ethical and personal standards. I place a significant amount of trust in the people I work with.’

‘Winston & Strawn provides direct legal support to its customers in the area of federal regulation for the US nuclear power industry. In the current era of doing more with less resources, the support provided by Winston & Strawn is invaluable to nuclear licensees.’

‘Michael Yuffee is an excellent external counsel. He is proactive, practical-minded, provides workable risk-mitigants and commercial alternatives, thoughtfully minimizes costs and expenditures, and is very relatable and authentic.’

‘William Horin has always been well prepared for any meeting I have attended. Bill represents the  interest of his clients in an open and objective manner.’ 

Specific to William Horin, the support and follow-up is always available when customers need consultation and assistance in activities of nuclear power regulation. This includes licensing, project efforts, and most recently federal (NRC) inspections for licensees in the area of Environmental Qualification (EQ).’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

SteelRiver Infrastructure Associates

NextEra Energy

Transmission West

Pacific Gas & Electric Hydro

Calpine

Turlock/Modesto Irrigation District

Nuclear Utility Group

Midland Cogeneration Ventures

Great River Hydro

General commercial disputes Tier 2

The litigation practice at Winston & Strawn LLP attracts high-profile clients across industries, including some of the largest international financial institutions. Alongside its core strengths in financial services, a key growth area for the firm in 2019 was in consumer class actions related to food labelling. Ronald Rothstein and Sean Meenan are representing Smucker in class actions consolidated in the Northern District of California, alleging  violations of advertising laws in pet food products. Pharmaceutical product liability is another strength; Matthew Campbell, Luke Connelly and Matthew Saxon are representing Otsuka Pharmaceutical in an MDL lawsuit in the Northern District of Florida related to its drug Abilify®. Other standout attorneys include Thomas Melsheimer, managing partner of the Dallas office; co-chair of the global litigation practice, the 'brilliant' Steven D’Amore; and consumer class action specialist Amanda Groves, who practices in Charlotte and San Francisco. An associate to note is Shawn Obi in the LA office. Among key arrivals in 2019, trial lawyer Mark Werbner joined the Dallas office from Sayles Werbner, while the arrival of petrochemicals expert James Nye from Baker & Hostetler LLP strengthened the energy practice in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Steven D’Amore; George Lombardi; Amanda Groves; Thomas Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Substantive strength, client service ethic.’

Stephen D’Amore is a brilliant attorney with outstanding people skills that enable him to masterfully navigate around unnecessary conflict.’

Key clients

Panasonic

Cisco Systems

Comcast

The J.M Smucker Company

Archer Daniels Midland

Arthur J. Gallagher

North American Coffee Partnership

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Young Living Essential Oils

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Omnicare

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP remains one of the most sought after trial firms in the country and is especially active in defense litigation. The group's recent successes in 2019 confirmed its reputation as one of the finest dispute addresses in the US, with several high-profile Federal Circuit wins and successes in district courts across the country adding to the team's track record. With its historic bases in Chicago, New York and Washington DC and its more recent hubs in California and Texas, the practice has a foot on the ground near all major litigation venues in the US, ready to try cases from a wide range of sectors, including the life sciences, pharmaceutical and technology sectors. Section 101 invalidity motions are an instrument that the practice wields especially well. David Enzminger in Los Angeles, Charles Klein in Washington DC and New York's Thomas Patrick Lane form the trio at the helm of the practice which includes Chicago's Kurt Mathas. The firm saw multiple departures in 2019: Thomas Dunham joined Ruyak Cherian LLP, Vivian Kuo and Andrew Sommer joined Greenberg Traurig LLP, Paul McGrady joined Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Scott Samay left for Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP, Eric Schlichter joined McGuireWoods LLP, Jonathan Retsky left for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and Kathleen Barry became senior litigation counsel at Corning. Allan Fanucci retired.

Practice head(s):

David Enzminger; Charles Klein; Thomas Patrick Lane

Other key lawyers:

George Lombardi; Kathi Vidal: Nimalka Wickramasekera; Kurt Mathas; Thomas Melsheimer; Michael Bittner; Jovial Wong; Michael Rueckheim; John Keville; Ivan Poullaos

Testimonials

Winston has a very experienced team in many different types of IP litigation, including pharmaceuticals. The team has first chair lawyers who have a deep understanding of the science and can provide unique perspectives to clients. Judges and opponents immediately respect the firm and they draft well-reasoned briefs and motions. The team appreciates how the industry functions, business considerations, and work with clients to respond to market dynamics.

Fantastic lawyers with a very deep bench of scientific knowledge and degrees.  I find them to be always professional and always enjoyable to work with.

Having worked with a number of firms on litigation around the world, I was surprised by how much of a step-up Winston Strawn are. They are technically superior, commercially astute and easy to work with.  Always prepared and a step ahead in terms of their thinking, I never have to chase them for work product or worry that they have missed something.

Ivan Poullaos is client-oriented, very intelligent and has tremendous experience in pharmaceuticals. Ivan strives to work closely with clients and make sure their priorities are addressed. Ivan is a great case manager ensuring the right arguments are advanced at trial rather than every argument (good or bad).

Kurt Mathas is the real deal, he knows the law backwards and forwards, gives fantastic strategic advice, is able to wrap his head around deep scientific theories despite no formal academic training and is simply a pleasure to work with. He and his team go above and beyond at every turn.

Kurt Mathas is an outstanding litigator. He has an exceptional ability to grasp the underlying science and a mastery of our case. I am continually amazed at how he handles our case almost single-handedly – while he calls on the right support when needed, we do not suffer from a bloated team or a feeling that he needs to have other lawyers with him for support.

Key clients

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. 2

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

ARRIS Group

Associated British Foods

Cisco

Comcast Corp.

Cox Communications

Discover Financial Services

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Electronic Arts, Inc.

Energy Transfer Partners

Epic Games

Ericsson

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Hospira, Inc.

Intuitive Surgical

Lupin Limited

Nucor Corporation

Sandoz

SAP America

Schlumberger Limited

Sun Pharmaceuticals

Sunoco

Take Two Interactive Software

Teva North America

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP has represented clients from a range of industries, including food and beverage, tobacco, consumer products and toxic torts. The firm is particularly adept at mass tort cases and multi-district litigation. Washington DC-based Matthew Campbell chairs the product liability practice. George Lombardi in Chicago is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Sport Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP is most notable for its strong litigation practice, acting primarily for player's unions, individual athletes, and newer sports leagues attempting to compete with established competitions. Antitrust litigation is a key component of the firm's work, with lawyers such as practice co-chair Jeffrey Kessler handling disputes involving the sanctioning of new leagues and alleged collusion between franchise owners, as well as acting for unions and individuals in several high-profile employment disputes. A key recent highlight for the firm is Kessler's representation of a class of current and former college athletes in a lawsuit alleging that NCAA restrictions on compensation in Division one football and basketball violate the Sherman Antitrust Act, which is in the appeals process following a district court victory in 2019. Kessler's fellow co-chair David Feher undertakes a wide range of litigation and arbitration work in the sports sector, as well as playing a significant role in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and implementation thereof in both football and basketball. On the transactional side, the firm is most active in stadium development matters and related financing, where Alan Hoffman is a key figure. The firm can also draw on a strong talent pool at the more junior end, with litigator Jonathan Amoona developing a strong reputation in player's union work, and associate Adam Dale also emerging as one to watch.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; David Feher; David Greenspan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jeffrey Kessler and his team have an incomparable depth in the area of sport law. 

Jeffrey Kessler is the most effective advocate I have seen in action. 

Jonathan Amoona is a long-time trusted advisor regarding the NFL CBA, individual NFL contacts, and more

Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP has a diverse practice, jointly headed by Jeffrey Stern in New York and Daniel Passage in Los Angeles. As for securitization work, the firm is known for its involvement in the more unusual asset classes, ranging from international loans through to auto and aviation assets, with a particular expertise in PACE securitization. The team also has expertise in the CLO space, where Ronald Jacobson and Patrick Hardiman in Chicago are rated for their manager-side work. Dave Galainena left the team to become general counsel of The Hertz Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Stern; Daniel Passage

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aviation Capital Group

AEGON USA Investment Management

Beach Point Capital Management

LTC Global

Madison Capital Funding

Monroe Capital

Prosper Marketplace

Renew Financial Group

Renovate America

THL Credit

Transport: shipping - finance Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP is very active in vessel-related transactions, including Jones Act financing and foreign investments in Jones Act vessels and companies, Title XI-guaranteed financings and matters involving the Capital Construction Funds program. The maritime team is headed by Constantine Papavizas, who has a wealth of experience in corporate and financing deals in the maritime sector, and is also well placed to advise on regulatory issues impacting US offshore infrastructure, namely offshore wind projects. Associate Allison Skopec is also recommended. Gerald Morrissey left for Holland & Knight LLP. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Constantine Papavizas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Liberty Maritime Corporation

Mizuho Bank

Black Diamond Capital Management

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company

The Mosaic Company

Columbia Ship Management (Deutschland)

Harley Marine Services

Macquarie Bank

Aletheia Capital Management

Stellex Capital Management

BNP Paribas

Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP has a strong track record in high-stakes maritime litigation, but is recognized in particular for its expertise in US flagging issues and Jones Act compliance. Headed by Charlie Papavizas, the team acts for a variety of clients in the industry, but is especially experienced in acting for terminal operators and carriers in matters involving the Federal Maritime Commission, and other federal agencies. In one standout highlight, Papavizas is acting for American Petroleum Institute in a case brought against the US Customs and Border Protection Agency by two US shipping and shipyard trade associations regarding the interpretation of the Jones Act determining the types of vessels able to provide certain services in the Gulf of Mexico. The practice group is also rated for its experience in the offshore wind industry. Allen Black and Bryant Gardner are also recommended in the DC-based team, acting for key clients including Liberty Maritime Corporation and Schuyler Line Navigation Company. Gerald Morrissey left for Holland & Knight LLP.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Papavizas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Liberty Maritime Corporation

American Petroleum Institute

Santa Fe Discount Cruise Parking

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company

The Mosaic Company

Schuyler Lines Navigation Company

Global Marketing Systems

Liberty Global Logistics

International litigation Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP acts for large financial institutions and companies in cross-border commercial litigation and regulatory enforcement actions. In New York, the group has notable experience in representing Latin American clients, as well as in complex antitrust and IP litigation. Julissa Reynoso is a name to note for the former area, while Jeffrey Kessler is the key contact for the latter. The team also added depth to its white-collar criminal defense offering with the hire of standout trial lawyer Abbe Lowell, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. Chicago-based Steven D’Amore and George Lombardi jointly lead the litigation group.

Practice head(s):

Steve D’Amore; George Lombardi

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AbbVie

Transport Logistics International

Panasonic Corporation

NEC Corporation

Occidental Petroleum

CPB Contractors Pty

GolTV

Helm LLC

Axus Stationary Group

NTN

JTEKT

Hitachi Metals

Corning

Nippon Selki

Medtronic

Microsoft

Kim Dotcom

Brooks Brothers

BP

Jared Kushner

Carter Page

McDonald’s Corporation

Dmitry Firtash

Labor-management relations Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP is noted for its involvement in labor disputes, be it in arbitration proceedings or before the NRLB. Beyond those, the team also handles collective bargaining and day-to-day labor matters for clients from the manufacturing, energy, construction and health care sectors. Practice co-head William Miossi has longstanding experience in the contentious space and splits his time between Washington DC and Chicago, where practice co-head Michael Roche is based. Joseph Torres left for Jenner & Block LLP in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

William Miossi; Michael Roche

Key clients

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)

Constellium Muscle Shoals LLC

Arlington Metals

Caterpillar

M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

'The firm has a fabulous core group of M&A litigators who are still doing great work', says a client of Winston & Strawn LLP, adding that 'they are not only smart and hardworking but also humble, willing to listen and very attuned to what will and will not be persuasive to a court.' The firm has a strong track record in corporate governance and merger-related litigation in Delaware, as well as in post-closing disputes in state and federal courts around the country. The practice draws on the firm's prowess in securities litigation and bankruptcy proceedings, as well as its widely acknowledged capabilities as a leading trial lawyers firm, to represent corporate clients. 'Immensely talented advocateJim Smith in New York is chair of the securities litigation practice. Smith and other key partners such Matthew DiRisio, Los Angeles-based  John Schreiber and Bill O’Neil in Chicago have broad practices that encompass securities fraud, M&A, corporate governance and shareholder derivative suits.

Practice head(s):

Jim Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Winston has a fabulous core group of M&A Litigators who came over from Dewey. They are still doing great work at Winston. They are fabulous to work with because they are not only smart and hard working but also humble, willing to listen and very attuned to what will and will not be persuasive to a court.

Jim Smith remains an immensely talented advocate who can charm any judge. Matt DiRisio is an exemplary writer who can condense, repackage and serve up complex material in a compelling way. John Schrieber is vigorous, earnest and possesses excellent courtroom judgment. Lisa Chan is a rising star who is headed for great things.

Key clients

Omnicare, Inc. (CVS Health Corp.)

COR Securities Holdings, LLC

Abbott Laboratories

Arecont Vision Holdings, LLC

FTI Consulting

Guggenheim Partners

Diversis Capital, LLC

Rent-A-Center, Inc.

True Value Company

Synaptics Incorporated

Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc. / American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC

Command Security Corporation and its Directors

DAVA Pharmaceuticals

Former Chief Operating Officer of Citadel Plastics Holdings, LLC

CPI Card Group, Inc. and TriCor Pacific Capital

TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC)

Howard B. Schiller, former CFO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

NPE Seller Rep LLC

Beam Suntory

Kevin Davis, Former CEO of Performance Sports Group

PPC Partners (f/k/a the Pritzker Group)

Lear Corporation

William Blair & Company

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 3

At Winston & Strawn LLP, practice head Tom Jarvis, Steven Anzalone and Paul Goulet form a trio with longstanding ITC experience, indeed one of the teams with the longest ITC track records. The practice includes a large number of practitioners with a technical background and can draw on the firm's wider pool of patent litigators. Cases from the telecommunication, technology and retail sector are as much part of the caseload as matters coming from cable and satellite providers. All lawyers named are based in the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Tom Jarvis

Other key lawyers:

Steve Anzalone; Paul Goulet; Krishnan Padmanabhan; Michael Murray

Testimonials

The team has unparalleled expertise in the legal field, with different team members bringing different expertise and experience. From antitrust to litigation, the practice can cover most of our IP needs. Continuity within the firm is also a great strength.

Availability and custom support by team members is what I appreciate the most. All individuals I work with are accessible and understand my needs and pain points.

The team at Winston Strawn has a very strong knowledge of the underlying technologies that are so often at the heart of patent litigation, as well as a thorough mastery of the law itself. They also have the right combination of legal experience, litigation skills, and practical judgement that are critical to success in this field. They are particularly good at knowing which patent claims to highlight, how to explain the nature of the claims in relation to other developments in the field, and how to present the information in litigation to best effect.

An excellent team with experts in each aspect of ITC practice – importation, infringement, domestic industry; all of the team worked at one time at the ITC and have connections as well as expertise.

One of the individuals who is exceptionally strong is Tom Jarvis, who leads the group that litigates patent issues before the US International Trade Commission. This forum requires special understanding of the intersection between trade law, intellectual property law, and litigation, and Tom has terrific skills at all three. Moreover, he has the personality to be effective with the people who sit in judgment in these cases, something not always found in combination with the legal and intellectual tools that are needed in these cases. Along with the other members of the team at Winston Strawn, this set of skills and talents makes a very effective combination.’

Key clients

Comcast Corporation

Walmart Inc.

GoVision LLC

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP has expertise in a variety of multi-district litigation and mass torts, recent examples of which have involved opioid litigation and cases related to prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. The firm is also active in MDLs relating to testosterone therapy that allegedly causes heart attacks, strokes and other injuries. Washington DC-based Matthew Campbell leads the practice and represents clients in product liability and mass tort litigation across the country. The team was boosted in 2019 by the arrival of Sandra Edwards, who joined in San Francisco from Farella Braun + Martel LLP.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Edwards; Luke Connelly; Christopher Essig; George Lombardi

Key clients

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical

Abbott Laboratories

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Panasonic Corporation

BRG Sports

Archer Daniels Midland

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP is best known for parallel or “piggyback” civil proceedings that follow government investigations, qui tam lawsuits, and other corporate trauma matters in heavily regulated industries such as life sciences, healthcare and financial services. The firm is also highly active in securities litigation and corporate governance-related issues in the context of bankruptcy context, and in nationwide federal securities class actions involving Section 11 claims, for both issuers and underwriters, arising out of both IPOs and secondary public offerings. The firm's partner are 'not only smart and hardworking but also humble and willing to listen'. In New York, Jim Smith is chair of the 13-partner securities litigation practice and Matthew DiRisio plays a key role. John Schreiber in Los Angeles is represents public and private companies and their boards of directors in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including federal securities and consumer class actions.

Practice head(s):

Jim Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Winston has a fabulous core group of litigators who came over from Dewey.  They are still doing great work at Winston. They are fabulous to work with because they are not only smart and hardworking but also humble, willing to listen and very attuned to what will and will not be persuasive to a court.

Jim Smith remains an immensely talented advocate who can charm any judge. Matt DiRisio is an exemplary writer who can condense, repackage and serve up complex material in a compelling way. John Schrieber is vigorous, earnest and possesses excellent courtroom judgment. Lisa Chan is a rising star who is headed for great things.

Key clients

Omnicare, Inc. (CVS Health Corp.)

Rent-A-Center, Inc.

True Value Company

Synaptics Incorporated

Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc. / American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC

Command Security Corporation and its Directors

DAVA Pharmaceuticals

Former Chief Operating Officer of Citadel Plastics Holdings, LLC

CPI Card Group, Inc. and TriCor Pacific Capital

TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC)

Howard B. Schiller, former CFO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

NPE Seller Rep LLC

Beam Suntory

Lear Corporation

US taxes: contentious Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP is known for handling IRS appeals for high-net-worth individuals and financial institutions including banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms. New York-based Lawrence Hill leads many of the team's most significant tax disputes, having recently acted as lead counsel in Tax Court litigation concerning a CLO's sale of warrants. Also recommended in New York are of counsel Richard Nessler and Edmund Cohen, who has experience of tax planning for international corporate businesses and high-net-worth multinational families. Olga Loy and Robert Heller jointly chair the global tax group in Chicago and New York, respectively. Deborah Goldstein has retired.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Hill; Olga Loy; Robert Heller

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hunter Douglas

Reniassance Technologies/Medallion Fund

Artex Risk Solutions

The Dillon Trusts

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP fields a 'very strong and responsive' tax team, which routinely handles tax planning in the context of private equity fund formation and management, M&A and business formations. The department is jointly led by Robert Heller in New York and Olga Loy in Chicago, who is especially well known for her work on SBIC fund formations, undertaking more representations than any other attorney in the US. Heller is particularly experienced in the life sciences, sports and media sectors, where he advises clients on the formation of investment funds and private equity buyouts. Also recommended are Bill Doyle and Dennis Kelly, who focuses on REIT taxation. All named lawyers are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Olga Loy; Rob Heller

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We use Winston for executive compensation tax matters and various other corporate tax matters from time to time. The Winston team is responsive and very strong in their respective areas within the Tax function.’

‘Nyron Persuad and Ariane Andrade are very responsive and qualified.’

‘Lou Weber is very experienced and familiar with Lear and can assign us to the appropriate functional specialist.’

Key clients

Column Group

Federal-Mogul Corporation (Icahn Enterprises)

Elite Dental Partners

The Jordan Company

Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration Partners

Oriens Fund II GP

Chapman University

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP houses a capable underwriter-side practice, which routinely acts for major banks on debt offerings. In addition, the group acts as designated underwriters’ counsel to a string of sizeable public companies. In Chicago, Cab Morris is particularly prolific on the debt side and enjoys close relationships with Illinois Tool Works, Motorola Solutions and GATX Corporation. Dallas-based Charles Haag is another key contact and has a solid record in advising companies and financial institutions in transactional and regulatory securities matters. Joel Rubinstein spearheads the capital markets practice from New York.

Practice head(s):

Joel Rubinstein

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

U.S. Well Services, LLC

New Frontier Capital Management Ltd.

Mind Gym Limited

Enel Chile S.A.

FTS International, Inc.

FBR Capital Markets & Co.

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

Historically stronger on the underwriter side, Winston & Strawn LLP handled a steady stream of issuer-side work during 2019, with a particularly good showing in SPAC-related transactions. On the bank side, the firm routinely represents major underwriters and it also serves as designated underwriters’ counsel to a string of public companies. New York-based Joel Rubinstein chairs the capital markets practice and represents issuers, underwriters and selling stockholders on public and private offerings, with broad experience in SPAC-related matters. In Dallas, Charles Haag is recommended for his track record in real estate and energy offerings. Chicago-based Christina Roupas also has an active equity capital markets practice, with notable expertise in REIT-related issuances.

Practice head(s):

Joel Rubinstein

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

U.S. Well Services, LLC

New Frontier Capital Management Ltd.

Mind Gym Limited

Enel Chile S.A.

FTS International, Inc.

FBR Capital Markets & Co.

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Commercial lending Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP has a versatile team that regularly advises lenders and borrowers on mid-cap financings. The bulk of the team works out of the firm's Chicago and New York offices, with highly-rated co-chairs Michael Mullins, Ronald Jacobson, and Patrick Hardiman based in the former, and William Brewer and Mats Carlston working out of the latter. The firm has developed strong relationships with several major banks and is also increasingly active on behalf of direct lenders, including Antares Capital and Twin Brook Capital Partners. The team advised on over $70bn in loans in the past year, covering a range of products and transaction types, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, unitranche and second lien facilities. Other key individuals include Chicago's Chuck Boehrer, and Charlotte-based partner Jason Bennett.

Practice head(s):

William Brewer; Mats Carlston; Patrick Hardiman; Ronald Jacobson; Michael Mullins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Antares Capital

Bank of Ireland

Barings

BNP Paribas

Citibank, NA

Citizens Bank

Twin Brook Capital Partners

UBS AG

US Bank, NA

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

The team at Winston & Strawn LLP advises clients on a variety of issues including proactive regulatory compliance, cybersecurity, data loss investigations, trade secret litigation, and class actions. Houston-based Sheryl Falk and Steven Grimes, who splits his time between Chicago and Hong Kong, jointly lead the team; both have broad experience in assisting clients with data privacy and cybersecurity disputes, as well as with standalone compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Sheryl Falk; Steve Grimes

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP operates across the oil and gas sphere, covering upstream, midstream, downstream, and oilfield services cases. Continuing the expansion of its oil and gas litigation expertise, the practice also recruited experienced trial lawyer James Nye from Baker & Hostetler LLP in 2019; Nye has a background in the petrochemical industry and has an extensive track record in oil and gas disputes. Key figure Hugh Tanner has substantial litigation experience, and also handles investigations, arbitration proceedings and mediation in the oil and gas sector. Denise Scofield is also highly rated. All named partners are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Tanner

Other key lawyers:

Paula Hinton; John Keville; Tim Carey; James Nye; Denise Scofield

Testimonials

Practical approach, very responsive and understands the clients’ requirements.

The energy litigation team led by Hugh Tanner provides the best support from start to finish on any claim or litigation. They get involved early, analyze the different angles to any issue and provide constant communication, advice and feedback with the aim of achieving the best results for their client.

Denise Scofield is simply outstanding. She understands the business needs, is always available no matter how big or small the issue is and her advice is always on point. Her instincts during depositions are phenomenal and as a client you know you have the best lawyer on your side.’

Key clients

Schlumberger Technology

CPB Contractors

M-I

Plains All American Pipeline Company

BP

Cameron International

Smith International

Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 4

Benefiting from 'amazing touch points within the industry across all types of projects and counterparties', Winston & Strawn LLP provides 'tremendous knowledge' to funds, strategic investors, institutional investors and financial institutions in relation to M&A and financings associated with conventional power and generation matters. Spearheaded by Richard Shutran, the firm's New York office is the primary location for conventional power work, with Jonathan Birenbaum  and Tara Greenberg particularly appreciated for their 'knowledge across all aspects of projects, from investing to contract review, debt and equity'. San Francisco-based partner Joe Karp co-heads the energy practice group alongside Shutran, and has more of a renewables focus to his work in the power space.

Practice head(s):

Rich Shutran; Joe Karp

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Birenbaum; Tara Greenberg

Testimonials

The team benefits from amazing touch points within the industry across all types of projects and counterparties.

Jonathan Birenbaum and Tara Greenberg have excellent knowledge across all aspects of projects, from investing to contract review, debt and equity.

Key clients

SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund North America

Burns & McDonnell, Inc.

AxInfra US LP

Capital Power Corporation

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 4

Primarily centred out of Houston, and aided by practitioners throughout the firm's impressive network of domestic and international offices, Winston & Strawn LLP combines significant industry knowledge with a compelling multi-disciplinary offering which includes lawyers with private and public M&A, capital markets and banking expertise. Consequently, the firm is well-positioned to effectively represent a broad array of clients, including domestic and international integrated oil companies, private equity sponsors, sovereign wealth funds, oilfield services companies, on transactions throughout the value chain. The team is at the vanguard of developments in the market and has, for example, been involved in numerous "produced water deals", including its representation of NGL Energy Partners on its $890m acquisition of the assets of Mesquite Disposals Unlimited LLC. The Houston office was recently strengthened in April 2019 by the arrival of top energy dealmaker James Vallee from Paul Hastings LLPRich Shutran  and Joe Karp  co-head the overarching energy industry group from New York and San Francisco, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Rich Shutran; Joe Karp

Other key lawyers:

Doug Atnipp; James Vallee; Alex Niebruegge; Isaac Griesbaum

Key clients

Schlumberger Ltd.

NGL Energy Partners LP

Longreach Energy Holdings, LLC

SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund North America

CSL Capital Management

U.S. Well Services, LLC

Sentinel Energy Services

MUFG Union Bank

International arbitration Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP has strengths in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, as well as in the subsequent enforcement of arbitral awards. Among its recent highlights, the team has had particularly strong showings in the energy, oil and gas, mining, and pharmaceutical sectors. The department is led by global practice chair and ‘excellent partnerRicardo Ugarte, who splits time between Chicago and London. Eric Bloom is the key contact for investment arbitration matters in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Ugarte

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Extremely hard working and always effective

The team was very thorough and diligent in its research and preparation for our arbitration proceedings. The team members notified our company in a timely manner regarding the documents to be prepared by us, reviewed by us, and responded to. Their presentations and cross-examination of the other party’s witnesses was thorough.

The individual attorneys were very professional, thorough, and friendly in their interaction with all our team members.

Ricardo Ugarte is an excellent partner, who manages cases and clients very well.

Key clients

Dominion Minerals Corp.

Eskosol S.p.A.

Republic of Ecuador

Republic of Haiti

Professional Football Club CSKA‐Sofia JSC

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

The labor and employment practice of Winston & Strawn LLP is regularly approached by clients from the financial services, energy, manufacturing, retail, food and beverage, and medical device industries, among others. The team is active in wage-and-hour class actions and discrimination lawsuits, and it is led by Chicago-based Michael Roche, who is also well versed in topics such as breach of fiduciary duty and denial of benefits. Rex Sessions in the same office has more than 30 years of experience in employment law matters, and is noted alongside Daniel Fazio. In Los Angeles, Laura Petroff is a key contact in wage-and-hour class actions. Monique Ngo-Bonnici and associates Jason Campbell and Caitlin Tran are also recommended. Joan Fife is the name to note in San Francisco. Joe Torres left for Jenner & Block LLP in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Roche

Testimonials

The team has a high level of competence and is very responsive as well as practical in its approach to case resolution.’

Winston & Strawn is a good business partner, with a diverse team throughout the US and very adept at handling upper management HR issues.’

Michael Roche’s team in Chicago is top notch. Mike has some innovative ways to use his team to keep costs down when needed.’

Joan Fife and Caitlin Tran provide prompt, thorough and responsive assistance. Both are well versed in their fields of expertise and provide exceptional service.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Accenture

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

C.R. Bard

Cox Communications/Cox Media

Databricks Inc.

Fannie Mae

Golden West Trading

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

Penske Motor Group

U.S. Bancorp

Underwriter’s Laboratories

Wintrust Mortgage

Project finance Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP is a strong choice for high-profile transport and social infrastructure projects. The bulk of this work is led out of the New York office by well regarded co-chair Alan Hoffman and partner Michael Pikiel who represent a broad mix of PPP sponsors and lenders. Recently the firm has been involved in several significant road and port infrastructure projects, as well as social and student housing developments. Younger partners such as New York's Jason Hellwig (who alongside Hoffman also has a strong sideline in sports stadium developments) are also making a good name for themselves. There is also a strong crossover into the renewables space, where Los Angeles-based partner Laurae Rossi regularly acts for developers, sponsors, and lenders in project financings and energy tax equity partnerships. New York partner Richard Shutran is also active in the renewables and conventional power space.

Practice head(s):

Alan Hoffman

Testimonials

High quality, knowledgeable, efficient, commercial team. Trust them. The most cost efficient practice in the industry. Laurae Rossi is one of the best project finance attorneys in the industry. Unparalleled problem solver

Key clients

Aldridge Electric

AxInfra US LP (Axium Infrastructure)

Barclays Capital

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Hawaii Electric Industries

InfraRed Capital Partners

John Laing Investments

JP Morgan

Kiewit Development Company

Los Angeles Dodgers/Guggenheim Baseball Management

Meridiam Infrastructure

MUFG Union Bank, NA

Plenary Group USA

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP has a track record of derivatives work, in particular in relation to local government finance. Practice head Michael O’Brien has experience acting for financial institutions, mutual fund managers and other end-users. Michael Loesch in Washington DC is a contact for CFTC regulatory matters.

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

Spread across several of the firm's offices, Winston & Strawn LLP's trade secrets group is particularly active in cases relating to technology, excepting the lawyers in the Texas offices, who specialize in acting for energy companies. The practice group is jointly led by tech litigator David Enzminger in New York, Houston-based John Keville, who has a background in mechanical engineering, and Steven Grimes, who divides his time between Chicago and Hong Kong. Sheryl Falk is another key contact; she co-leads the firm's global privacy and data security group.

Practice head(s):

David Enzminger; Steve Grimes; John Keville

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alixa Rx

Metaswitch Networks

Paloma Resources

Product Quest Manufacturing

Schlumberger

Tenneco

Total Rod Concepts

Walmart

Private equity buyouts Tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP represents several major funds including Ares Management, Atlas Holdings, and Century Park Capital Partners in buyouts, strategic investments, and exits. The practice group also advises portfolio companies on their transactions, particularly divestments and transfer to rival funds. The firm's international reach and offices across the US allows it to act on a wide range of complex, often multi-jurisdictional matters, while its broader expertise in financing and tax forms part of a comprehensive offering to private equity clients in all aspects of their transactions. New York-based partners Dominick DeChiara and Bradley Vaiana lead the practice alongside 'towering figureEva Davis in Los Angeles. Davis advised VMG Partners and portfolio company Sun Bum Holdings on the sale of the latter to S.C. Johnson & Sons, an example of the firm's multi-level representation of both funds and their holdings, as well as demonstrating the team's capabilities in private-to-private transactions alongside go-privates and exits.

Practice head(s):

Dom DeChiara; Eva Davis; Brad Vaiana

Testimonials

In a competitive environment, speed has been an important tool in winning deals for us and the Winston team has supported the most aggressive timelines without flinching. They have ensured quality of their work while meeting these timelines.

Eva Davis is the towering figure on the team and brings a great blend of practical business judgement and legal prudence. She is also a strong negotiator and effective team leader.

Key clients

Eos Partners

Frontenac Company

GenNx360 Capital Partners

Kainos Capital

Narrow Gauge Capital

NextGen Growth Partners

Pacific Avenue Capital Partners

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Shore Capital Partners

Water Street Healthcare Partners

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP has core strengths in middle-market buyout and credit funds. Contacts in this space include Bradley Mandel in Chicago, who is advising GCP Capital Partners on forming a buyout fund, GCP Capital Partners IV; Meg Frey, the chair of the practice group; and Megan Devaney, who has worked with Frey on several high-value funds over the past year. In New York, Scott Naidech has extensive experience handling fund formation and launch mandates for international and US private fund sponsors; Beth Kramer, also in New York, is a name to note for regulatory matters.  

Practice head(s):

Meg Frey

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Arbor Investments

Origami Capital Partners

Parallel 49 Equity

Post Capital Partners

Southern Cross Group

Thermion Energy

WAMEX Private Equity Management

Real estate Tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘highly competent in numerous areas of real estate’, including high-end developments, distressed asset deals, mezzanine financing, and real estate-related litigation, among other areas. Dallas-based Billie Ellis jointly heads the department with Corey Tessler, who is based in the firm's New York office. Edward Prokop recently joined the Los Angeles office from Sidley Austin LLP, where he has developed a reputation for portfolio sale-leaseback transactions and single-family residential loan portfolio platforms. Chicago-based Andrew White is another new arrival; he joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP, strengthening the team's service offering for private equity capital raising, finance and investment matters.

Practice head(s):

Billie Ellis; Corey Tessler

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Yeager; Jeff Smith; William Lange; Edward Prokop; Andrew White

Testimonials

‘Highly competent in numerous areas of real estate law, tax law relating to real estate and partnerships. Multiple team members assigned to client so availability never an issue.  Response time to questions and messages excellent (even if out of the country).’

‘Billie Ellis, Masae Ellis, Andre Betaque. Doug Yeager, Danielle Marr. Each of these people exhibit excellent technical skills, very responsive to client needs, extremely strong work ethic and work well with attorneys from other firms.’

Key clients

Freehold Capital Acquisitions

Long Cove Development

Stonelake Capital Partners

Financial services regulation Tier 7

Winston & Strawn LLP's Chicago-based financial services team specializes in advising investment funds and regional banks, often in relation to M&A, private equity transactions and consumer finance matters. The firm also has experience advising clients, including trade associations, thrift institutions and foreign investment advisers, on compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, and its effect on their operations in the US. 'Regulatory expertJerry Loeser, who previously served as chief regulatory and compliance counsel for Wells Fargo, has experience advising clients on bank M&A, Basel III issues, lending limits and various other matters before regulators such as the CFPB and the Fed. Chair of the bank regulatory practice Christine Edwards focuses on securities, banking and insurance regulations; she also assists clients with corporate governance and policy issues.

Practice head(s):

Christine Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Talented team with diverse experience in the financial services regulatory environment.’

Key clients

Discover Financial Services

Comerica Bank

PNC Bank

Continental Investors

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Bank of Hawaii

Brighthouse Financial

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

Split primarily between the firm's Chicago and DC offices, the appellate team at Winston & Strawn LLP is led by Chicago office managing partner Linda Coberly, and has developed considerable experience representing clients in all federal courts of appeals. Practice vice-chair Steffen Johnson left the partnership to join Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in June 2019. New York-based Michael Elkin is a key contact for IP-related appeals.

Practice head(s):

Linda Coberly

Other key lawyers:

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Clients of Winston & Strawn LLP note that 'the experience of this team makes it unique and valuable to its clients'. Under the co-leadership of Washington DC's Abbe Lowell, the group is able to handle significant individual representations, many of which are politically sensitive, spanning multiple highly-publicized scandals, including FIFA, UN bribery, 1MDB and the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. From New York, joint practice head Suzanne Jaffe Bloom has built a successful practice representing corporates and individuals in fraud and FCA cases; while leading the team from California (splitting his time between San Francisco and Los Angeles), Robb Adkins is noted for having 'unparalleled judgment and instinct for strategy', and substantial FCPA knowledge. Dan Webb is a key figure in the Chicago office. In 2019, the firm made some significant hires, taking on a group from Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington DC, including trade and sanctions expert Cari Stinebower and in San Francisco, from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, seasoned anti-corruption practitioner Pamela Davis.

Practice head(s):

Robb Adkins; Suzanne Jaffe Bloom; Abbe David Lowell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Robb Adkins is the -cohead of the group, and he is an exceptional attorney and person. He has unparalleled judgment and instincts for strategy. He commands the fact and law. He is super efficient, and he has an uncanny ability to identify, quickly, the key issues that can be used to drive towards an optimal and efficient resolution.’

The experience of this team makes it unique and valuable to its clients.’

Key clients

Outcome Health

Petróleos Mexicanos

Zebra Technologies Corporation

Norman W. Fries

MegaUpload

Baxter Healthcare and Baxter International Inc.

AIG

GolTV

Omnicare

William Daniel Nicholson, M.D.

Thomas C. Davis, former Dean Foods Chairman

U.S. Senator for Puerto Rico Hector Martínez Maldonado

David Topkins, a former senior executive of Art.com

Former General Counsel of ArthroCare, Richard Rew

Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Ivanka Trump, daughter of the President of the United States and wife of Jared Kushner

Dmitry Firtash

Jack Evans, Washington, DC Council Member

Kathy Randall, Mike Buttram and other certain employees of Plains All American Pipeline Company

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Fernando Scherrer-Caillet

Rafael Ramirez, former U.N. Ambassador to Venezuela, former Minister of Energy for Venezuela, and former head of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

Rupert Stadler, Audi Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Gilberto Nunez

John Gray

Craig Weisbruch, retired Vice President of National Gypsum

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP's core Latin America team has a deep and impressive history in the region, most notably in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Beyond its core specialisation, the group has broad geographic and industry coverage. Extensive SEC-registration expertise ensures it is frequently engaged to advise on deals that require a combination of M&A and capital markets knowledge, and it continues to impress in both debt and equity for both private company and quasi-sovereign issuers. Clients include TV Azteca, Enel Américas, Enel Chile, Enel Generación Chile, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and Pampa Energía. The team advised Enel Chile on its major reorganisation involving a $2.7bn dual-jurisdiction SEC-registered exchange offer and simultaneous Chilean tender offer, an SEC-registered cross-border preemptive rights offering and a $1.1 billion merger of Enel Green Power Latin América with Enel Chile. It also advised Enel Chile on its $1bn notes offering. 'The level of service is outstanding' and 'the team is really impressive in terms of availability, responsiveness, depth of knowledge and practical advice'; moreover, it is 'very deal oriented', 'the partners are completely involved and are always the main contact in all the transactions', and 'it understands extremely well the Latin American market and the complexities that may arise in capital markets transactions'. Co-head of the Latin America practice Talbert Navia is a versatile practitioner with an especially strong record in the Southern Cone region, including in Argentina. Fellow co-head of the practice Allen Miller is a seasoned Latin America capital markets specialist who is 'an extremely capable lawyer', 'really cares about his clients and gets deeply involved in every transaction'; he 'is thorough but very pragmatic and has a unique business understanding', 'is always available and is very creative to solve problems' - as a result, he 'is respected not only by his clients but also by his counterparties'. Sey-Hyo Lee 'is an extraordinary advisor', 'never misses the important details', 'has a lot of patience and makes sure that everyone understands the issues and solutions'; furthermore, he 'is extremely collaborative, works very hard and succeeds in achieving the results sought by its clients'. Claude Serfilippi is recommended for high yield bonds and project bonds.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP has built an impressive mix of inbound and outbound deals through its substantial Latin America team. The group has an especially fine record in energy and infrastructure deals and is at the forefront of private equity investments and fund formation in the region; co-chair of the Latin America practice Talbert Navia previously founded two private equity funds that focused on the US and Latin America. Navia and the team have worked on a series of deals for Southern Cross Group, the Latin America private equity fund manager, along with a number of Mexican and Chilean fund managers. The firm has also impressed in deals involving complex securities issues, going-private transactions and SEC-registered exchange offers. Energy and infrastructure, oil and gas, natural resources, consumer products, technology and retail are key industry sectors for the practice. Other clients include Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, Enel Américas and Enel Chile, Sociedad Química y Minera De Chile (SQM), Pampa Energía, SCL Energía Activa, Thermion Energy, Barrick Gold and InterEnergy. In one of many headline transactions, the team advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional  (FDN) on its co-investment agreement with CDPQ to jointly invest in energy and infrastructure projects in Colombia. The team has also had a long-running role in advising Enel Chile on its complex reorganisation involving a $2.7bn dual-jurisdiction SEC-registered exchange offer and simultaneous Chilean tender offer, a SEC-registered cross-border preemptive rights offering, and a $1.1bn merger of Enel Green Power Latin América's Chilean renewable energy business with Enel Chile. The team's 'level of service is outstanding', it 'is really impressive in terms of availability, responsiveness, depth of knowledge and practical advice'; moreover, 'the partners are completely involved and are always the main contact in all the transactions'. Department members 'know how to work as a team', 'the focus is always on the client and they really know how to interact very well with local counsel to achieve the results sought by the client'; indeed, 'they are very knowledgeable about the market, the complexities of cross border transactions and are very deal oriented,' says one client. Co-chair of the Latin America practice Allen Miller is 'always available', 'very creative', 'is the best lawyer in the US advising Latin American companies that are listed in the US' and 'is the type of lawyer that any client wants to have'. Sey-Hyo Lee and Claude Serfilippi are also key members of the team. The seasoned Morton Grosz is recommended for private equity transactions.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP 's core Latin America team has deep experience in the region and is noted for project finance, energy sector M&A and investments, renewables projects and capital markets-driven financings. Key markets include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Central America; and clients include Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), Enel Américas, Southern Cross Group, Sociedad Química y Minera De Chile (SQM), Pampa Energía and YPF. In recent mandates the team advised EPM, as borrower, on the financing of the construction of the 2,400MW Ituango Hydroelectric Project in Medellín, Colombia; and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) on its co-investment agreement with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) to jointly finance infrastructure projects in Colombia. The team's 'level of service is outstanding' and it 'is really impressive in terms of availability, responsiveness, depth of knowledge and practical advice'; 'the partners are completely involved' and 'they understand extremely well the Latin American market and the complexities that may arise in transactions'. Talbert Navia leads the Latin America group and has a fine record in energy transactions. Co-head of the team Allen Miller 'really cares about his clients and gets deeply involved in every transaction',  he 'is thorough but very pragmatic and has a unique business understanding' - he grasps 'local issues very well and is very creative to solve problems'. Sey-Hyo Lee 'is an extraordinary adviser', who 'always understands the whole picture very well and never misses the important details'; he 'has a lot of patience and makes sure that everyone understands the issues and solutions', 'is extremely collaborative and succeeds in timely achieving the results sought by clients'. Claude Serfilippi 'is very deal oriented, pragmatic and understands his clients needs'.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP has a core team of experienced and prominent Latin America specialists. The versatile team covers a range of banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and projects and energy business, and has excellent connections to lenders and corporate borrowers throughout the continent.  of Latin America practice co-chairs Talbert Navia and Allen Miller, along with Claude Serfilippi, have worked together for many years and lead a substantial team of Latin America-focused practitioners. Clients include Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), Enel Américas, Pampa Energía, Greenwind, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Navia led the team that advised FDN along with Los Administradoras de Fondos de Pensiones Colombianas (AFPs), on their co-investment agreement with Caisse de Dépôt et Placement su Quebec (CDPQ) to jointly finance infrastructure projects in Colombia; the agreement is intended for long-term equity investments up to a total of $1bn in infrastructure projects and companies. The practice group also advised Empresas Públicas de Medellín, as borrower, on the financing of the construction of the 2,400MW Ituango Hydroelectric Project in Medellín, Colombia; and Enel Chile on its $2bn senior unsecured bridge loan facility, among other mandates.

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