Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Richmond, United States > Firm Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
RIVERFRONT PLAZA, EAST TOWER
951 EAST BYRD STREET
RICHMOND, VA 23219
United States

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

The ‘flexible and energetic‘ structured finance team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP works closely with other departments in the firm, including bankruptcy, M&A and energy, to advise Wall Street banks and private equity houses on a wide variety of securities transactions. The team also has specialist tax capabilities within the practice, an area where Richmond-based Cecelia Phillips Horner  is the name to note. The group has a particularly good reputation in the mortgage market, with experience across performing, non-performing and reperforming portfolios. It is also known for synthetic and asset-backed credit risk securitizations, and is increasingly busy in the fintech space, carrying out transactions involving blockchain-originated consumer loans. Tom Hiner in New York, whose experience spans asset-backed securities (ABS) and esoteric asset-backed financings, leads the practice alongside Richmond-based Mike Nedzbala, who is a veteran of the mortgage space. Also in Richmond, Amy Williams is another mortgage securitization expert. New York’s Brit Mohler, promoted to partner in April 2020, has experience with esoteric products, as well as residential and commercial mortgage-backed securitizations.

Practice head(s):

Tom Hiner; Michael Nedzbala

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hunton is flexible and energetic when it comes to negotiating deals. They not only make sure they put their client first but also that they provide insight as to what’s reasonable in a deal vs market. They want to make sure their clients are well protected but that they also know where is reasonable to stand ground vs not. I think that honesty and openness vs just purely doing what the client wants is unique and helpful.’

‘Amy Williams is a great market leader and advocate. Constantly trying to make sure her clients remain informed and up to speed on the market. At the same time managing to make sure that all clients get documents/deals done on the timeline that was initially agreed upon. Outstanding work 100% of the time.’

‘Hunton is a market leader in the representation of lenders and borrowers in connection with warehouse financing of residential and commercial mortgage loans, RMBS, CMBS and tax liens.’

‘Exceptionally knowledgeable across resi products. Deep understanding of legal considerations and structural options that allow us to deliver most efficient structures to clients. ’

‘Unparalleled experience thoughtful flexible in meeting evolving needs for client/transaction and timing expectations.’

‘The Structured Finance practice at the firm is incredibly knowledgeable about any and all transactions related to the residential mortgage space. No matter which lawyers are assigned to the transaction, my experience has been that the engaged lawyers work efficiently and know how to keep the deal moving smoothly to closing. There are no weak links.’

‘As with most of the law firms we deal with, this team is a very intelligent, thoughtful group of lawyers. What separates them in my opinion though is how approachable they are and how engaged they become when you reach out to them. They make sure my team and I understand the legal concepts and language being detailed in the legal documents, but they also respect all of our ideas and thoughts and comments as well.’

‘While the entire Hunton team does an outstanding job, I would like to highlight and acknowledge the work of 3 partners in particular: Brent Lewis, Cecilia Horner and Janet Sadler McCrae. These 3 always go out of their way to make sure we are getting the best and most sound legal advice. What I think I like most is the level of respect they treat us with and how our relationship feels more like a partnership than anything else.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae)

Angelo Gordon & Co., L.P.

Thirdpoint LLC

Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)

Kroll Bond Rating Agency

MFA Financial

Capital One, National Association

Annaly Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised MFA Financial on restructuring, following margin calls issued in the wake of the mortgage asset value collapse in early 2020.
  • Advised Pacific Gas & Electric Company on an accounts receivables financing that securitized all of its receivables.
  • Advised Government National Mortgage Association as program counsel in connection with 203 multi-class securities transactions with a combined value of $132bn.

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 1

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP enjoys a strong reputation in the market, given its preeminent role in significant environmental policy debates and regulatory developments in the US and beyond. Covering all aspects of environmental law, the firm is the trusted adviser to many energy industry clients, but is also retained by major players from the manufacturing and real estate development sectors. The group demonstrates wide-ranging experience covering waste, chemicals and climate change issues, as well as rulemaking matters under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Apart from its strength in environmental compliance and enforcement issues, practitioners are also seasoned in the legislative arena before the US Congress and multi-national treaty organizations. The group is led from Washington DC by Eric Murdock and Deidre Duncan, the latter of whom is a skilled attorney in environmental permitting, especially in the oil and natural gas sphere. Also in DC, Chuck Knauss stands out for his knowledge of energy legislation and environmental policy issues, while Kerry McGrath often advises clients on regulatory proceedings involving the scope of federally regulated “waters of the United States”. In San Francisco, Shannon Broome not only counsels clients on EHS issues, but also assists with air permitting and enforcement matters. Tom Boer left the team in July 2020 for Hogan Lovells US LLP, and Makram Jaber departed to McGuireWoods LLP.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Shannon Broome; Chuck Knauss; Samuel Brown; Kerry McGrath; Clare Ellis

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 1

The data protection offering at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is led by Lisa Sotto, ‘by far the country’s gold standard for privacy and cyber-security matters‘ in the eyes of her clients. Other key figures in the team include seasoned transatlantic counsel Aaron Simpson, COPPA expert Phyllis Marcus, risk management specialist Paul Tiao, Brittany Bacon, ‘the best at what she does‘, and Danielle Dobrusin, ‘one of the country’s leading CCPA experts‘. In broader terms, the practice is increasingly active in the areas of AI and facial recognition, where it advises on myriad cybersecurity issues, as well as on breach response. Indicative of the group’s work is its advice to Cybereason Inc., a new client for the team. In this regard, the team has assisted with numerous privacy issues relating to the client’s business growth, which included multi-jurisdictional questions pertaining to the EU, the Middle East and Asia.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Sotto

Testimonials

‘No weaknesses. Has done it all before. Wicked, smart but not arrogant. HAK has become our go-to firm for privacy and data breach issues.’

‘Phyllis Marcus in particular is incredibly valuable as one of the few real children’s privacy experts around. Her long tenure at the FTC, and her involvement in drafting the COPPA rule, give her unique perspective and insight that are hard to find among private practitioners.’

‘Brittany Bacon is simply the best at what she does. Every single issue or problem that has come up on cyber security, she has detailed experience and thoughtful solutions to bring to bear.’

‘This practice is unique because they provide legal advice in the field of data privacy and protection that are practical and customized for our business operations. They are very thorough in their analysis and take time to understand our business and how the regulatory issues will impact our organization, They are also very knowledgeable about IT matters which helps in the analysis of complex regulatory matters. They are a tremendous asset to our ongoing privacy compliance efforts.’

‘Lisa Sotto is by far the country’s gold standard for privacy and cyber-security matters. Her vast and sophisticated expertise streamlines complex issues with a practical approach. Lisa is a sharp problem solver who understands her clients’ business and delivers her work product accordingly. High quality, responsiveness and availability define her client obsessed practice.’

Brittany Bacon is a brilliant and sophisticated data professional. She is a keenly detailed, resourceful and an on-the-spot problem solver who clearly articulates actionable advice. Brittany is always available and ready to help.

Aaron Simpson is an industry leader uniquely positioned to advice clients with first-hand knowledge of Europe’s GDPR and U.S. privacy laws including the CCPA and the CPRA. Aaron provide creative and business oriented solutions.

Danielle Dobrusin is a stand-out performer on the rise. She is without a doubt one of the country’s leading CCPA experts (and soon CPRA). Danielle, who ensures nothing is overseen or forgotten, is meticulously careful in providing accurate delivery estimates, maintaining her clients aware of progress and always delivering high quality work product on time.’

Key clients

Cybereason Inc.

Kering Americas

TPG Global

Silver Lake Technology Management, L.L.C.

Tiffany & Co.

MUFG Union Bank

The TJX Companies, Inc.

iHerb

Verisk Analytics, Inc.

Proctor & Gamble Company

Work highlights

  • Provide a significant amount of global privacy and data security advice to Silver Lake Technology Management, L.L.C.
  • Handle a substantial amount of complex privacy and data protection work for MUFG Union Bank.
  • Provide global privacy and cybersecurity advice to Kering Americas.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Led from Washington DC by the ‘responsive and commercialJeffrey Schroeder, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s energy and infrastructure team is particularly adept at advising banks investing and lending into domestic solar and wind projects. Tax equity financing structures account for a significant volume of this work, which shows no signs of abating, particularly in light of the recent federal extension of the tax credit system. San Francisco-based partner Michael Klaus is a key member of the team and has advised investors on the tax equity financing to facilitate utility-scale, distributed generation and residential-related solar projects throughout the country.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder

Other key lawyers:

Laura Ellen Jones; David Lowman; Hilary Lefko; Michael Klaus; Geoffrey Lorenz

Testimonials

‘Jeffrey Schroeder is pleasant, responsive, detailed and commercial.’

‘Geoffrey Lorenz is hardworking and thoughtful.’

Key clients

Duke Energy Corporation

DTE Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented Duke  Energy acquiring 37 MWs of fuel cell projects from Bloom Energy, with off-take arrangements with commercial and industrial customers.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides comprehensive environmental law assistance to multinational clients across a variety of industries in domestic and international contentious matters. The team is a popular destination for energy companies (chiefly in the oil and gas segment), but is also engaged by household names from the automobile, manufacturing, and real estate development sectors. With expertise in air, water, natural resources, chemicals and waste, the specialist team has a strong profile in multi-party environmental disputes before federal and state courts, and is particularly rated for its work at the intersection of environmental regulatory issues and litigation. Eric Murdock and Deidre Duncan (a go-to environmental counsel for oil and gas industry clients) jointly coordinate the practice from Washington DC. Chuck Knauss is another name to note in DC; he combines expertise in environmental and energy regulations, litigation and risk management. On the West Coast, Shannon Broome has a wealth of experience in climate change nuisance suits, incident response and enforcement action defense. She is based in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Shannon Broome; Chuck Knauss; Samuel Brown; Kerry McGrath; Andrew Turner; Karma Brown; Clare Ellis; Alexandra Hamilton; Lauren Bachtel; William Brownell

Testimonials

‘Hunton Andrews Kurth has a very deep EHS bench and works collaboratively. I have been able to leverage their expertise on a broad range of topics, including PSD permitting, NPDES permitting, RCRA, TSCA, and OSHA.’

‘Sam Brown sets the bar for how relationship partners should interact with clients. He is incredibly responsive and committed to always finding the best and most efficient team for any given project. He also leverages his longtime EPA experience to provide well-considered strategic advice for a broad range of projects.’

Key clients

NuStar Energy L.P.

NWP 12 Litigation Group

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Redwood City Industrial Salt Works LLC

Brick Industry Association

American Iron and Steel Institute

Work highlights

  • Assisted NuStar Energy with crisis management and regulatory/litigation responses to a fire/explosion in two ethanol tanks at the client’s Shore Terminal’s facility.
  • Represented a coalition of oil and gas industry groups as defendant-intervenors before the US Supreme Court in a lawsuit filed by environmental groups challenging Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12.

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

The insurance team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a strong record in property and business interruption claims, primarily representing clients in the hospitality sector. Based in Miami, practice head Walter Andrews has over 30 years of experience in insurance coverage matters and other related issues and represents major food and beverage franchises. In addition, Michael Levine in Washington DC has extensive experience in insurance litigation and has been heavily involved in Covid-19 business interruptions matters. Lorelie Masters handles various types of first-party property insurance claims, including claims under boiler and machinery, business interruption, extra expense and other related coverage. Andrea DeField is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Walter Andrews

Testimonials

‘Walter Andrews and Andrea DeField are the two I primarily work with and both are very responsive whenever I need to pick their brains. In addition, they keep me updated on various legal disputes and decision of which I have an interest.’

‘The Hunton insurance recovery group has several excellent, experienced lawyers in several offices. Unlike other firms who may have one or two real insurance specialists, Hunton has many.’

‘Larry Bracken and Michael Levine are the two with whom I am most familiar. They are both very experienced experts in the insurance recovery area and don’t just occasionally dabble in it – it’s their full-time practice and it shows. Larry is a very senior partner and engenders a lot of confidence from his clients. He is a good team player and thoughtful litigator. Mike Levin is also a very experienced partner working on some cutting-edge COVID matters and is an innovative and thoughtful insurance lawyer. Any client would be fortunate to have them working on their matters.’

 

Key clients

Treasure Island Casino

H.I.G. Capital, LLC

The Children’s Place

Legal Sea Foods

Circus Circus Casino

Out West Restaurant Group Inc.; Cerca Trova Restaurant Group, Inc.;Cerca Trova Steakhouse, L.P.; and Cerca Trova Southwest Restaurant Group, LLC

Ralph Lauren Corporation

S. Wallace Edwards and Sons, Inc.

AWP USA Inc.

Inland Private Capital

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

Ranger Construction Industries, Inc.

Grey Oaks Country Club, Inc.

Toter de México S. De R.L. de C.V.

Santander Consumer International Puerto Rico

Banco Santander International

Work highlights

  • Representing Treasure Island LLC in a lawsuit against its property insurer, Affiliated FM Ins. Co., seeking to enforce Treasure Island’s all-risk insurance policy for business interruption losses sustained due to COVID-19 and the resulting civil authority orders that disrupted the casino’s business operations (Treasure Island, LLC v. Affiliated FM Ins. Co., No 2:20-cv-00965-JCM-EJY (D. Nev.)). The complaint template developed by Hunton’s insurance team has been used by other law firms and policyholders for their own, nearly identical complaints. The litigation is currently in discovery and is expected to proceed to trial in early 2021.
  • Representing Ralph Lauren Corporation in an action against its property insurer, FM Global, for refusal to cover losses incurred all over the world as a result of COVID-19 and violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. The current estimated matter value is over $750m and the litigation is currently in discovery.
  • Representing Circus Circus Casino and Resort in a COVID-19 business income lawsuit against property insurer, AIG, in Nevada federal court after AIG denied a lost income claim worth up to $500m.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides comprehensive advice and counsel on the full range of trademark matters, including clearance, evaluation, licensing, enforcement, and portfolio management. The IP team works in conjunction with other of the firm’s practice groups, playing a key role in matters ranging from M&A to data security. John Gary Maynard co-heads the IP practice from Washington DC, and leads on brand protection and licensing. Also recommended in DC are Michael Oakes and Tyler Maddry. In New York, IP practice co-leader James Rosini leads on a range of IP matters for clients in sectors such as advertising, entertainment, and publishing. The team saw several departures in 2020: in February, Michael Lennon left for Potomac Law Group and Laurence Posorske joined Arent Fox LLP; and in April, Michael Turner took an in-house role, and Clifford Ulrich departed for Carter, DeLuca & Farrell LLP.

Practice head(s):

John Gary Maynard; Tyler Maddry; James Rosini; Michael Oakes

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Reichman; Stephen Demm; Susan Smith

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize

Peanuts Worldwide

MIH TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS B.V.

Work highlights

  • Responsible for clearance, registration, maintenance, and licensing of the US portfolio of trademarks for Ahold Delhaize and routinely handled branding strategy and enforcement protection, including before the USPTO and federal courts.
  • Represented Peanuts Worldwide, which owns all rights to the PEANUTS characters including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, etc., in trademark prosecution, strategy, and licensing.
  • Worked on the worldwide rebranding of the parent company of the largest company in Africa, Naspers/MIH, developing the new name PROSUS.

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

In the M&A space, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP stands out for its cross-disciplinary and international capabilities. In addition to its US, European and Asian offices, the firm also has in-depth experience of transactions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Contested acquisitions, corporate auctions and spin-offs as well as buyouts and divestiture programs are among the team’s main activities. Richmond-based co-head Steven Haas assists companies and boards of directors with matters regarding corporate governance, shareholder activism and other fiduciary duty matters. Steven Patterson in Washington DC specializes in representing retail and consumer products companies. In Houston, Michael O’Leary has a wide reputation in master limited partnerships, energy and oilfield services matters.

Practice head(s):

Steven Haas; Steve Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The HAK team is well-rounded in their skill set and very responsive to their clients’ needs. You can get the answers you need in just about any subject area very efficiently and quickly.’

‘Steve Haas is the main partner I work with on M&A and corporate matters and is great to work with and very knowledgeable from a legal and practical perspective. He is extremely responsive and does whatever is necessary to get the job done in a productive and efficient manner.’

Key clients

GAINSCO, Inc.

Royal Vopak

BlackRock, Inc.

Tredegar Corporation

San Juan Holdings

HOF Village, LLC

Dana Incorporated

Pure Acquisition Corp.

Evercore Partners

Jernigan Capital, Inc.

DCP Midstream Partners, LP

Virginia Community Bankshares, Inc.

Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation

Pretium REO, LLC

BankFirst Capital Corporation

Entegra Financial Corp.

Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Pure Acquisition Corp. in its $845m acquisition of HighPeak Energy, LP, HighPeak Energy II, LP and HighPeak Energy III, LP.
  • Represented GAINSCO, Inc. in its $400m acquisition by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
  • Represented Hall of Fame Village in its $390m SPAC merger with Gordon Pointe Acquisition Corp to create the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

Predominantly based in the Richmond office, the outsourcing team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP stands out for its expertise in advising global clients on high-value, multi-vendor outsourcing transactions. The team acts as longstanding counsel to a number of clients on IT and business process outsourcing matters. Randall Parks leads the practice, and Jeffrey Harvey and IT outsourcing specialist Andrew Geyer are other notable practitioners. In Washington DC, Cecilia Oh focuses on outsourcing involving financial services and payments transactions and is especially active in the fintech sector.

Practice head(s):

Randall Parks

Testimonials

Hunton has unique experience in the retail payments processing arena‘.

Cecilia Oh is an exceptional professional and a true subject matter expert in her field. We have worked with her for many years and she has provided us with excellent counsel that is practical and tailored to our objectives. She understands both the technical and commercial elements of these transactions, and provide great depth of market understanding‘.

Cecilia Oh – tons of knowledge, excellent business judgment, very responsive‘.

Andy Geyer has been my go-to outside lawyer for years. His knowledge of the area, organization and efficiency is outstanding. Because of our long working relationship, I know that I can give things to Andy and know that they will be handled like I want. His rates are extremely competitive and he is very good at bringing in other Hunton lawyers when needed‘.

Andy Geyer is a seemingly boundless source of knowledge. Whenever I encounter a situation that I am unsure of, or some odd provision I’ve never seen before, I go to Andy and he has never failed to rise to meet the need. He is also a skilled, patient and practical negotiator; he takes the time to understand how severe a risk actually is rather than waste time fighting on something that is not a true issue. Andy is excellent at presenting issues/statuses to senior leadership, negotiating with even the most hostile opposing parties and drafting creative language to meet unique needs‘.

Jessica Yeshman is a thorough reviewer, provides detailed risk summaries to help our business partners understand situations, able to meet even the toughest of deadlines, and a pleasure to interact with‘.

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize USA, Inc.

Altria Group, Inc.

American Institute of Certified Public Accounts

Baylor Scott & White Health

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

Cobank, ACB

Delaware North Companies, Inc.

First West Texas Bancshares, Inc.

Oceanfirst Bank

Scansource, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Provides regular outsourcing and technology advice to Ahold Delhaize USA.
  • Provides ongoing outsourcing, technology and commercial contracting advice to Altria Group.
  • Provides ongoing advice to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on extensive outsourcing matters.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

The team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP defends clients in a broad range of class actions and single or multi-plaintiff toxic tort cases involving products liability, occupational injuries and public nuisance. The firm serves as national counsel for asbestos litigation to industrial companies, manufacturers, retailers and distributors. Most recently it has put its toxic tort know-how to use in one of the first Covid-19-related workplace exposure cases, obtaining a dismissal for its client. Experienced product liability lawyer Alexandra Cunningham in Richmond co-leads the practice together with Georgia Lucier in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Cunningham; Georgia Lucier

Other key lawyers:

Tom Taylor; Tom Waskom

Key clients

Alfa Laval Inc.

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (“SEA”) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (“SEC”)

Georgia-Pacific, LLC

Edgewell Personal Care Company

Balfour Beatty and related companies, including AMC West

Work highlights

  • Led successful defense and won dismissal of a high-profile federal lawsuit involving allegations of unsafe COVID-19 working conditions brought against one of the largest meat processing companies in the United States, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
  • Representing several defendants, including product manufacturers, power companies and large industrial companies, as national coordinating counsel, regional counsel and trial counsel in asbestos, benzene and silica personal injury and wrongful death claims around the country.
  • Serving as regional counsel for major oil company in toxic tort, chemical exposure, and personal injury litigation.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a highly focused practice with a strong emphasis on REITs, power and energy, retail and consumer products. This specialization has enabled the firm to develop a significant market share of major issuer and underwriter engagements, and has attracted an enviable client base of blue-chip corporates and financial institutions. Houston-based Michael O’Leary  co-heads the firm’s corporate team and frequently represents the underwriters in debt offerings by issuers in the oil and gas sector. Courtney Cochran Butler is another key name in Houston; she co-heads the capital markets group alongside New York-based Susan Failla, who has broad industry coverage and large deal experience. Also recommended in New York is Peter O’Brien, another energy sector specialist, representing a number of major issuers and underwriters. Richmond partner David Wright   is noted for REIT offerings.

Practice head(s):

Courtney Cochran Butler; Susan Failla; Peter O’Brien; David Wright

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Leary

Key clients

PG&E Corporation

Duke Energy Corporation

Philip Morris International Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

BMO Capital Markets

DTE Energy Company

Consolidated Edison Company

Mizuho Securities USA LLC

NextEra Energy, Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Barclays Capital Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Scotia Capital (USA) Inc.

Ahold Delhaize NV

PRA Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised PG&E Corporation and its utility subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Company on various debt issuances as part of PG&E’s and the subsidiary’s exit from Chapter 11, the largest utility bankruptcy financing in US history.
  • Represented the underwriters in a $4.5bn senior notes offering by Energy Transfer Operating.
  • Represented the issuers or the underwriters in connection with five SEC-registered green bond financings totaling $4.15bn.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s sizeable capital markets practice is highly specialized, with designated teams for real estate (including property and mortgage REITs), power and utilities, energy, and retail and consumer products. It has an equally impressive client base and standing in both issuer and underwriter engagements. Richmond-based partner David Wright is a frequent advisor to issuers and underwriters in real estate offerings. Michael Fitzpatrick is an experienced figure in energy transactions and Peter O’Brien is recommended for power-sector deals.

Practice head(s):

Courtney Cochran Butler; Susan Failla; Peter O’Brien; David Wright

Key clients

PG&E Corporation

Duke Energy Corporation

Philip Morris International Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

BMO Capital Markets

DTE Energy Company

Consolidated Edison Company

Mizuho Securities USA LLC

NextEra Energy, Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Barclays Capital Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA)

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Banc of America Securities

BofA Securities, Inc.

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Banc of America Securities LLC

MFA Financial, Inc.

City Office REIT, Inc.

Magnetar Capital LLC

Jefferies, LLC

Postal Realty Trust, Inc.

Ladenburg Thalman

Ahold Delhaize NV

Work highlights

  • Represented Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation in connection with its $4.02bn public offering.
  • Represented JP Morgan Securities in NextEra Energy’s $2.5bn issuance of 50 million equity units.
  • Represented the underwriters in a $1.6bn preferred unit offering by Energy Transfer Operating.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a well-developed high-yield debt practice, driven by offices across the country, operating in range of industry sectors, including real estate, power and utilities, energy, and retail and consumer products. The firm is especially strong in underwriter engagements with Citigroup Global Markets, Credit Suisse Securities and JP Morgan Securities listed among the team’s key clients. Houston partners Michael O’Leary and Henry Havre have extensive experience in energy sector deals. New York’s Steven Friend is noted for offerings in the energy and utilities space.

Practice head(s):

Courtney Cochran Butler; Susan Failla; Pete O’Brien; David Wright

Key clients

PG&E Corporation

Duke Energy Corporation

Philip Morris International Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

BMO Capital Markets

DTE Energy Company

Consolidated Edison Company

Mizuho Securities USA LLC

NextEra Energy, Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Barclays Capital Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA)

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

B. Riley FBR, Inc.

PRA Group, Inc.

Ahold Delhaize NV

Work highlights

  • Represented Pacific Gas & Electric Company in the $2bn public offering of senior notes.
  • Represented the underwriters in Genesis Energy’s $750m registered offering of senior notes and the dealer manager in the concurrent $750m cash tender offer for Genesis Energy’s senior notes.
  • Represented the initial purchasers in NextEra Energy Operating Partners’ $700m 144A/Reg S private placement of senior notes.

Finance > Project finance

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is one of the busiest firms for infrastructure finance, regularly advising commercial banks and institutional lenders on the financing of US projects. The group—which features lawyers based in Washington DC, New York and Richmond—is particularly notable for its tax equity work; practice head Jeffrey Schroeder regularly assists with investments in wind, solar, and geothermal projects. Though the practice is primarily lender focused, the team also has impressive sponsor-side expertise, most notably in the context of conventional power. In October 2020, Eric Pogue and John Tormey (both of whom specialize in renewable energy projects) left for Mayer Brown.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder

Other key lawyers:

Michael Madden; Michael Klaus; Gregory Lang; Eric Nedell; Laura Jones; Geoffrey Lorenz

Key clients

Duke Energy Corporation

DTE Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented Advised Corporation in its acquisition of 37 mega-watts of fuel cell projects from Bloom Energy, with off-take arrangements with commercial and industrial customers.
  • Advised DTE Energy Services, Inc. as lead sponsor’s counsel on the Dearborn Campus Energy Infrastructure Project.
  • Advised DTE Energy Services, Inc. on its purchase of an 8MW combined heat and power generation facility.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Rated for its ‘deep knowledge and understanding‘ of the industry, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP advises on a wide range of issues involving FERC, and also provides regulatory advice on corporate and commercial transactions in the energy sector. The group also has experience representing clients before various state agencies, including PUCT, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Jeffrey Schroeder heads up the energy and infrastructure team from Washington DC, while Myles Reynolds in Dallas heads the energy regulatory department and acts for a number of prominent electric utilities utilities and midstream companies. Also recommended in Dallas is Tab Urbantke, who acted for Oncor Electric Delivery Company in a number of contentious and non-contentious matters over the review period.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Schroeder; Myles Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Tab Urbantke; Kevin Jones; Eric Murdock; Pete Johnson

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Hunton my entire career, first as an associate then as client once I moved in-house. Hunton’s understanding of the utility industry is unparalleled. Their lawyers know about our quirks, and how important institutional knowledge and relationships are. Successful representation of electric utilities needs a deep understanding of how we operate and are regulated, and that is in the bloodline of Hunton. ’

‘I primarily work with Tim Biller and Jamie Ritter, who are indispensable to me. I rely on their knowledge, their creativity, and their diligence. Sandy Collins is an incredible litigator and her ability to quickly become enveloped and fluent in the most arcane areas of utility law makes her a very unique lawyer. Bob Rolfe has been a passionate, honest, and skilled appellate lawyer for us for years.’

‘Deep knowledge and understanding of the Texas Public Utility Commission regulatory landscape.’

‘They have strong relationships with the regulatory body in Texas and other players in the industry that is invaluable when navigating various issues we face.’

‘The Hunton AK regulatory team has an extraordinarily deep understanding of our company and the regulatory construct under which we operate. With this understanding, they are able to efficiently assess a given issue without the need to spend time getting “up to speed” on the business, issues, or personnel involved. They act as members of our team, and I think that both our company and their team view each other as such.’

‘Partners Myles Reynolds and Tab Urbantke and Associate Lauren Freeland are stars. They just get it – they are always responsive, willing to jump in to tackle pressing issues, work extremely well with (and have the respect of) our management team, and work cooperatively with our company’s regulatory stakeholders.’

Key clients

Appalachian Power Company

Cross Texas Transmission, LLC

New York Independent System Operator

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

Potomac Electric Power Company

Vistra Corp.

Work highlights

  • Representing Oncor Electric Delivery Company in its contested base-rate case to be filed in 2021.
  • Representing Appalachian Power Company in regulatory matters in Virginia, including its triennial rate case filing with the State Corporation Commission.
  • Advising NYISO on various state and federal proceedings regarding resource adequacy, capacity procurement, market mitigation regimes, and related issues regarding the intersection of state and federal jurisdiction.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 3

Able to draw from the expertise of corporate, projects, finance and regulatory lawyers spread throughout the firm’s national offices, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s multi-disciplinary energy team is well-positioned to advise stakeholders on the acquisition, financing, and development of electric-generating facilities employing both conventional and renewable technologies. While the firm has expertise throughout a project’s life cycle, including as it relates to some energy company M&A, it is perhaps best-known for its work at the inception of a project for developer and project sponsor clients, including DTE Energy and EmberClear. The firm also handles a considerable volume of debt financing work for commercial banks, as well as advising them on their wind and solar tax equity investments. Washington DC-based partner Jeffrey Schroeder leads the energy and infrastructure team and regularly handles project financing mandates in the conventional power sector for both lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder

Other key lawyers:

Michael Madden; Michael Klaus; Gregory Lang; Eric Nedell; Vera Rechsteiner; Geoffrey Lorenz; Doug Dua

Key clients

DTE Energy

EmberClear Corporation

Duke Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised DTE Energy Services, Inc. as lead sponsor’s counsel in connection with the Dearborn Campus Energy Infrastructure Project.
  • Advised DTE Energy in connection with drafting and negotiating project documents for the $1bn development of the Blue Water Energy Center, a 1,100 MW natural gas, combined-cycle generation plant.
  • Advising EmberClear as lead developer’s counsel in connection with the development of the Harrison Power Plant, a 1,050 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric generating facility in Harrison County, Ohio.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Led from Houston by Harve TruskettHunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s ten-partner team handles a range of transactional and commercial and operational work in the upstream and midstream sectors. In this regard, the team acts for a huge range of clients including independent producers, pipeline companies, investors and national oil companies. ‘Very smart and easy to work with‘, Michael O’Leary has an excellent reputation for his work on behalf of energy companies and private equity firms on oil and gas-related M&A. He also acts for issuers and underwriters in energy-related public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.

Practice head(s):

Harve Truskett

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Leary; Parker Lee; Ian Goldberg; Ming Lei

Testimonials

‘Michael O’Leary is very smart and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Apache Corporation

Ridgemont Equity Partners

KeyBank National Association

Remora Petroleum, L.P.

Sanchez Midstream Partners LP

Antero Resources Corporation

Capital One, National Association

Waterfield Midstream, LLC

Hilcorp Energy

Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

Royal Vopak

Pure Acquisition Corp.

WGL Midstream, Inc.

Gladieux Energy, LLC

Stakeholder Midstream

Quintana Energy Services, Inc.

Government of Mozambique

Arena Management Co., LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Royal Vopak and BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund in the formation of a joint venture, Vopak Industrial Infrastructure Americas, LLC (VIIA) and then in VIIA’s subsequent $620m acquisition of three of The Dow Chemical Company’s chemical storage terminals on the US Gulf Coast.
  • Represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Pure Acquisition Corp, an oil and gas E&P-focused special purpose acquisition company, in connection with its initial business combination pursuant to which Pure will effect a so-called “double-dummy” business combination resulting in a newly formed and publicly traded company, HighPeak Energy, Inc.
  • Represented Ridgemont Equity Partners in its potential investment in the development of a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline. The NGL pipeline will run from the Permian Basin in West Texas to a fractionation facility in Sweeny, Texas on the Gulf Coast, and provide an alternative to the traditional NGL offtake capacity in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 3

The team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is well versed in assisting with the patent licensing aspects of corporate transactions and in advising on development and commercialization agreements. The group’s most prominent matters originate in the manufacturing, life sciences and pharmaceutical, and education sectors, but the practice is also active in a number of other sectors, including the energy and automotive industries. The lead trio consists of John Gary Maynard, Tyler Maddry and Michael Oakes, all based in the Washington DC office. Michael Lennon joined Potomac Law Group in April 2020; Michael Turner joined Yokogawa as director of IP strategy in the same month; Laurence Posorske moved to a counsel position at Arent Fox LLP in February 2020; and Clifford Ulrich joined Carter, DeLuca & Farrell LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

John Gary Maynard; Tyler Maddry; Michael Oakes

Other key lawyers:

Gary Abelev; Gregory Porter

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP represents plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court claims of infringement and dilution, with experience extending to trade dress infringement, and unfair competition in both bench and jury trials. In Washington DC, IP group co-head John Gary Maynard has experience representing major retail companies in federal court. He works alongside IP group co-leaders Tyler Maddry and Michael Oakes, who act for clients in the financial services and telecoms industries, as well as major Fortune 100 companies. Additionally, Edward Colbert and Susan Smith are known for their experience litigating on behalf of clients in the banking and financial services sectors and high-profile tech companies, respectively. A contact in New York is James Rosini, who has a leading market reputation in high-stakes trademark litigation. Laurence Posorke left for Arent Fox LLP in February 2020, and Michael Lennon departed to Potomac Law Group in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

John Gary Maynard; Tyler Maddry; Michael Oakes

Key clients

Beam Suntory

Constellation Brands

Mattel

William Grant & Sons, Inc.

Sandpiper of California

Commonwealth of Virginia

Woodstock Ventures LC

Fifth Generation, Inc.

HelloAva

ReCollect Systems Inc.

The Vitamin Shoppe

Work highlights

  • Represented The Vitamin Shoppe in Vitamin Shoppe Procurement Services, LLC v. Andrei Iancu, 2:19-CV-20948-KM-JBC (DNJ), defending the house mark THE VITAMIN SHOPPE, from genericness claims by the USPTO.
  • Represented Woodstock Ventures LC, producers of the WOODSTOCK music festivals, including the 1969 festival in upstate NY, in Woodstock Ventures LC et al v. Woodstock Roots LLC et al (SDNY), a trademark infringement suit against Woodstock Roots, a tobacco and cannabis company.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s immigration practice is ‘exceptional‘ according to clients and is focused on both domestic and global immigration matters. Housed in Washington DC, the group is managed by ‘seasoned veteranIan Band and handles the full range of visa issues including student, temporary work, and permanent residency. Practice co-head Adam Rosser focuses on business immigration matters for large corporations, particularly those operating in the pharmaceutical sectors and advises on I-9 compliance. Also in the team is Counsel Suzan Kern who specialises in obtaining P visas and green cards for employees. In Miami, associate Lieselot Whitbeck is the name for international immigration needs and has experience in employment law.

Practice head(s):

Ian Band; Adam Rosser

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Communication: They always reply to all of our questions, no matter how small they are. Also, to me is admirable how hard workers they are as they regularly work extensive hours to make sure all our matters are taken care of. ’

‘They have all this knowledge, experience and patience to guide us thru the processes. They have no issue with explaining how things work as many times as we need to. Particularly, Lieselot Whitbeck is awesome, she sees things in a different way and thinks outside the box, so it has been a learning experience to work with her. ’

‘The team at Hunton Andrews Kurth is extremely knowledgeable and responsive. They take the time to explain the process in an understandable way to our Managers and candidates. They make good recommendations and work very efficiently. ’

‘I feel like the firm is an extended partner for our company. I really appreciate how responsive they are – and patient. At times, it takes our company a while to get the information together. Adam, Helena, David, Jenn and Sarah are always supportive through the process. ’

‘Ian Band is a longstanding and seasoned veteran that is attuned to business needs. He is experienced, reliable, and a great colleague for those of us in the national bar. He has integrity, experience, savoir faire.’

‘The Immigration team at Hunton consistently provide comprehensive and easy to follow guidance to us and our Associates. This is undoubtedly due to their advanced level of expertise with Immigration matters but also attributable to the personal qualities evident on their team which I believe truly set them apart. They are patient with our questions and issues, thoughtful and honest when providing counsel and invested in understanding our business and truthfully, a pleasure to work with. They truly support us as a team and it is obvious they operate well as a team. The internal collaboration amongst the Hunton lawyers and paralegals is evident in our constant communications with them. This imparts a high level of confidence and trust in our relationship with them.’

‘Adam Rosser is our primary Immigration counsel. He is immensely patient and thoughtful when providing advice and guiding us through complex issues. He takes the time to understand our business, and provides that wide-ranging lens thereby making our decision-making process easier to navigate and equips us to present varied solutions to our internal clients. He does all of this consistently. His friendly and lighthearted demeanor make him a true pleasure to work with.

‘Hunton has been absolutely amazing, let alone patient, with us as we help facilitate with the different cases and establish our guidelines along the way. It has been such a great experience having a very responsive and pro-active team on our side when it comes to the complexities of immigration law. ’

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize Group

Telefónica / Telxius Cable USA, Inc.

Telefónica Tech, Inc.

WH Smith PLC/Marshall Retail Group

Terumo Medical

Ruffian LLC

Rapt Studio

Pyxus International, Inc.

ChildFund International

Life House

Tombras

iDEAL Semiconductor Devices Corp.

Neuraly, Inc.

Mediacom Communications Corporation

Arcellx, Inc.

MacroGenics, Inc.

Form Technologies

Whole Foods Market

Grupo Phoenix

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is a popular choice, particularly among banks that provide platforming services to major fintech companies. The versatile group offers a strong blend of regulatory, data protection, financing, corporate and tech advice. This expertise, particularly in payment services, was brought to bear throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and related federal stimulus and pay check plans. Austin-based practice head Erin Fonté is highly experienced on the corporate and regulatory side. The team also includes New York’s Lisa Sotto, global head of the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice, and financial services litigation and compliance co-chair Jarrett Hale in Dallas. Clients also rate Washington DC-based Scott Kimpel, who leads the firm’s blockchain and distributed ledger working group.

Practice head(s):

Erin Fonté

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Sotto; Jarrett Hale; Scott Kimpel; Eric Flynn; Brittany Bacon

Testimonials

‘Hunton Andrews Kurth is both knowledgeable about present fintech activity and anticipatory of where the industry is headed–a priceless asset for our efforts. The team’s deep knowledge about every aspect of fintech and how they intersect and impact one another, strengthens our policy work and positions our team for success.’

‘Hunton has very broad and deep bench strength in a number of areas but they have always been very flexible in working with me to craft a billing structure that makes sense for my needs.’

‘Their representation of multiple platform banks provides valuable expertise.’

‘Hunton Andrews Kurth is in an important voice for our efforts in the digital assets space. What’s more impressive is their ability to stay on top of the digital asset market given its rapid evolution.’

‘We would not be able to start a digital assets line of work without the guidance, knowledge, and expertise of Scott Kimpel and Chelsea Lomprey. They are absolutely an extension of our team and go above and beyond to make sure we are up to date on the latest activity and positioning ourselves effectively.’

‘I have worked with Jarrett Hale, Eric Flynn, Brittany Bacon and Greg Hesse for a long time. Not only excellent attorneys but always very responsive.’

Key clients

CoBank, ACB

Cross River Bank and CRB Group, Inc.

Finxact, Inc.

First West Texas Bancshares, Inc.

Lend Street Financial

Lending Club

MVB Bank

Quontic Bank

Rakuten

Robinhood Markets, Inc.

Sutton Bank

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Vaster Capital

Velocity Commercial Capital

Verisk Analytics, Inc.

Yardi Systems Inc.

ZeroDown

Work highlights

  • Advising Sutton Bank, a platform bank that banks 11 fintech “unicorns”, on BSA/AML compliance, risk management, corporate governance, regulatory relations, fintech partnership agreements and new fintech product design and rollout.
  • Representing Quontic Bank, a fintech platform bank and CDFI Fund, in various matters, including a capital raising, regulatory issues, and negotiating contracts with fintech platforms to acquire Paycheck Protection Program loans and pledge them to the Federal Reserve’s Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility.
  • Advising Cross River Bank on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters, including with the FDIC, and preparing sponsor agreements and contract negotiations with fintech platforms to acquire Paycheck Protection Program loans and pledge them to the Federal Reserve’s Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 3

An ‘extraordinarily talented’ real estate finance group, the team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handles a caseload consisting of workouts and restructurings, the sale and purchase of real estate debt instruments, secured financings and preferred equity investments, among other matters. The department is proficient in all mainstream asset classes and has recently been increasingly active in the financing of affordable housing, and life sciences and healthcare properties. In New York, Brett Gross focuses on construction, hospitality, securitized and portfolio mortgage lending; he jointly heads the department with Laurie Grasso, also based in New York, and Howard Schreiber who works from the Dallas office.

Practice head(s):

Brett Gross; Laurie Grasso; Howard Schreiber

Other key lawyers:

Kathleen Wu; Matt Halal; Peter Mignone

Testimonials

‘The real estate finance team is top notch in every aspect including responsiveness, client knowledge, market knowledge and business practicality.’

‘The commercial real estate finance team goes above and beyond in every respect. Peter Mignone, Brett Gross and Matt Halal have always been willing to get on the phone whenever they are needed.  Matt Halal step up tremendously when opposing counsel had a stroke the night before closing to make sure the loan was prepared to close the next day. Their legal advice is always business practical and comprehensive.’

‘Brett Gross and his team are extraordinarily talented.  The thing that stands out for me the most is how they relate to the client. They explain issues clearly so everyone in the audience can understand. Clients like working with me because I work with Brett and his team.  They are a real compliment to my business, which is something I can’t say about any other firm I work with.’

‘Brett Gross is the best partner in any firm I have worked with. We are in a business where most individuals on the counsel side are smart. Brett gets it from the business side and has the unique ability to relate to my clients.  It is a breath of fresh air in that peer set.’

‘High level of market knowledge as they represent many institutional lenders; very committed to their clients; always willing to work within our budget while still maintaining the high level of representation.’

‘Brett Gross is always very responsive; he stays involved in deals even though he’s a partner; very helpful in bringing potential issues to light and offering solutions; very patient with clients.’

‘Client relationship is very strong. Excellent communications skills. Extremely experienced in all types of real estate transactions. Very responsive and efficient in representing our interests.’

‘Very efficient and clear in their billing. Have not missed a beat despite mostly working from home as a result of the pandemic.’

Key clients

ABANCA Corporación Bancaria, S.A.

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

Beal Bank

Chatham Lodging Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Beal Bank USA in connection with the acquisition of permanent financing in the amount of $350m for the Circus Circus Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Represented two institutional lenders in the origination of a $421.5m mortgage loan with future advance features, encumbering the fee and leasehold estates in an office building in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Represented a REIT in a joint venture with a $755m mortgage loan and mezzanine loans totalling $95m to refinance a portfolio of 46 hotels across the US.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides a set of co-ordinated, cross-disciplinary legal support to its issuer and underwriter clients. The team has expertise in a variety of matters, including IPOs, public and private securities offerings, and M&A. Of late, it has advised a variety of firms on high-stakes situations arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, including representing Chimera Investment Corporation in a convertible note offering and a $400m credit facility with Ares Capital. The team is led by George Howell and David Wright in the Richmond office. Also recommended is James Davidson, singled out by clients for his ‘outstanding legal expertise‘ and significant experience of REIT IPOs.

Practice head(s):

George Howell; David Wright

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘James Davidson is extremely professional, always makes himself available and provides sound well thought out advice.’

‘The HuntonAK REIT Practice is very responsive and provides practical advice that allows us to better meet our business objectives. It works well across disciplines (SEC, REIT tax, M&A, Comp & Benefits) and presents as one customer service team. Services are well-coordinated, creating a one-stop-shop for our legal and business guidance.’

‘James Davidson is a superb attorney and is responsive to our requests. James coordinates service offerings so that we always have access to the right experts to help us make decisions. James’ outstanding legal expertise, combined with his practical business acumen make him a valuable asset to our team.’

Key clients

Annaly Capital Management, Inc.

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

MFA Financial, Inc.

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.

Hersha Hospitality Trust

Chimera Investment Corporation

City Office REIT, Inc.

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc.

Chatham Lodging Trust

Postal Realty Trust, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Served as underwriter’s counsel on behalf of Raymond James for Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc.’s initial public offering.
  • Served as underwriter’s counsel on behalf of Raymond James for NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc.’s initial public offering.
  • Represented the manager and management team in connection with the internalization of Annaly Capital Management, Inc., the largest publicly traded mortgage REIT.

Real estate Tier 3

The ‘personalized’ service at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP covers the gamut of urban investment, redevelopment, commercial leasing, sale-leaseback and public-private venture mandates, in addition to real estate-related planning and M&A. The group is particularly accomplished in commercial, retail, industrial, multi-family and mixed-use projects, including those involving multi-jurisdictional transaction structures. It has expanded its breadth of activity of late, significantly ramping up its activity in the life sciences, healthcare, and affordable housing sectors. In Dallas, Howard Schreiber jointly leads the department together with New York-based duo Brett Gross and Laurie Grasso, the last of whom has an impressive number of high-value transactions under her belt over the past 12 months. Most notably, Grasso acted for Savanna in its $435 purchase of a 27-story, 500,000 sq ft office building in Manhattan. The group benefits from an extensive national footprint with other key names spread across the Washington DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Richmond and Houston offices.

Practice head(s):

Howard Schreiber; Laurie Grasso; Brett Gross

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Giese; Matt Scoville; James England

Testimonials

‘Each attorney is knowledgeable, and they communicate very well amongst themselves. True professionals, with a sense of humor’.

‘The practice is unique in that the service is personalized. We felt like they were part of our internal team from day one. They not only took the time to understand our issues, but they also took the time to understand our point of view. In my experience that level of client commitment and client empathy is unique.’

Key clients

Cencor Acquisition Company, Inc.

Chatham Lodging Trust

Comcar Industries Inc.

Cove Property Group

Empire State Development

Landry’s

Savanna

Service Properties Trust

Six Peak Capital

Tishman Speyer

Work highlights

  • Representing Empire State Development, the chief economic development agency of the State of New York, in a $1.3bn redevelopment of Belmont Park into a sports and entertainment destination in New York.
  • Represented a real estate developer in its joint venture to purchase and redevelopment of an office building in Connecticut for technology and life science uses.
  • Represented Service Properties Trust (formerly Hospitality Properties Trust) in connection with its $438m disposition of 126 properties located in 26 states across the country. The properties were recently acquired by Service Properties Trust as part of their acquisition of a 772-property portfolio from Spirit MTA REIT.

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has extensive experience advising on all aspects of environmental issues related to oil and gas permitting, construction, operation and maintenance, infrastructure and compliance. Deidre Duncan is the practice group leader and represents key domestic oil and natural gas pipelines and their respective trade associations. San Francisco managing partner Shannon Broome represents companies and trade associations in both the upstream and downstream spaces. Also recommended are Eric Murdock and Houston-based Alexis Gomez. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Shannon Broome; Chuck Knauss; Alexis Gomez; Kevin Finto; Pete Johnson; Stuart Hollimon

Key clients

NuStar Energy L.P.

NWP 12 Litigation Group

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Statoil Gulf Services LLC

Calsep, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised NuStar Energy on an explosion of two ethanol tanks at NuStar Energy’s Selby Terminal, a key conduit for Northern California’s renewable fuels.
  • Represent a coalition of diverse national trade associations as defendant-intervenors in a suit filed by environmental groups challenging Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12.
  • Representing Marathon Petroleum Corporation (and related entities) in nine nearly identical climate nuisance cases filed across the country on behalf of municipalities, counties, states and one trade association, all of whom are represented by the same plaintiffs’ firm.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP advises pipelines and other energy companies on regulatory matters arising from commercial energy transactions and infrastructure developments, and also acts in commercial and administrative disputes relating to environmental incidents and ratemaking procedures. Names to note include Myles Reynolds in the Dallas office and Shemin Proctor in Washington DC. Deidre Duncan and San Francisco-based Shannon Broome are recommended for environmental matters in this space.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Schroeder; Myles Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘My work with Myles Reynolds was extremely positive. He and his team are thoughtful, thorough, and are true professionals. Myles first chaired two rate cases and one other regulatory proceeding for our companies in front of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Through filing, discovery, motion practice, and full hearings, Myles and his team covered every aspect of the cases. Their collaboration with us as clients was seamless and superb.’

Key clients

Enbridge, Inc.

Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC

Energy Transfer

NWP 12 Litigation Group

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Enbridge, Inc. as counsel in connection with the development and potential expansion of the Texas-to-Mexico Valley Crossing Pipeline.
  • Represented Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC as lead regulatory counsel in connection with the company’s first cost of service-based rate case before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
  • Obtained declaratory order from FERC for ETC Tiger Pipeline, LLC, an interstate natural gas pipeline owned by Energy Transfer LP, finding that it has concurrent jurisdiction with bankruptcy courts to review and address the disposition of Commission-jurisdictional natural gas transportation agreements sought to be rejected through bankruptcy.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice acts for an impressive client list including private equity firms and companies in the financial services, energy and real estate sectors. Of late, the team has been active in high-value acquisitions, as well as multiple IPOs. The partnership includes Austin-based Anthony Eppert, who handles the range of executive compensation matters and has noted expertise in ESOP transactions and 409A issues; and Dallas-based Scott Austin, noted for his expertise in ERISA fiduciary compliance.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Eppert; Scott Austin; David Mustone

Key clients

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

South Plains Financial, Inc.

Ciner Resources

City Office REIT

Ennis, Inc.

Gates Corporation

Hersha Hospitality

IES Holdings

Performance Food Group Company

Spirit of Texas Bancshares

Whole Foods

DCP Midstream Partners

Pure Acquisition Corp.

HOF Village, LLC

Royal Vopak

Jernigan Capital, Inc.

Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation

GAINSCO, Inc.

BankFirst Capital Corporation

Entegra Financial Corp.

Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc.

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

The team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handles class, collective and mass actions as well as single-plaintiff claims and arbitration proceedings. It has specialist expertise in wage and hour claims and PAGA suits, and is often instructed by clients from the banking, retail and manufacturing industries. Los Angeles’ Emily Burkhardt Vicente is also active in whistleblower claims; she jointly leads the practice with Kevin White in Washington DC, who is active in the retail and energy industries. San Francisco-based Michael Brett Burns handles public accommodation litigation. Other team members include Roland Juarez and Michele Beilke in Los Angeles, Susan Wiltsie and Ryan Bates in Washington DC as well as Boston-based Christopher Pardo. The Houston office was reinforced by the arrival of Scott Nelson from Seyfarth Shaw LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Emily Burkhardt Vicente; Kevin White

Key clients

Nationstar Mortgage

Dunn-Edwards Corporation

Office Depot, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defended Nationstar Mortgage in a series of wage and hour class action claims in California.
  • Defended Baker Hughes in a California wage and hour class action lawsuit spanning several years.
  • Defended Smithfield Foods in landmark Covid-19 workplace safety litigation.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is recognized for its thorough national coverage and its deep bench of experienced practitioners. In particular, the tax group is noted for its expertise in structured finance and securitization. Houston-based Tom Ford and Richmond-based Cecelia Philipps Horner co-chair the department, which regularly handles transactions for financial institutions, renewable energy suppliers, hedge funds, private equity groups, and tax-driven entities like MLPs and REITs. It has also been involved in a number of bankruptcies and restructurings of late. Houston-based Robert McNamara is a key figure for energy sector deals, while Kendal Sibley in Rishmond focuses on REIT taxation, asset securitization and investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ford; Cecelia Philipps Horner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is particularly strong in taxation related to REITs and funds.’

‘George Howell is an industry expert in REITs. He is always available and offers cogent advice.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Angelo Gordon & Co., L.P.

MFA Financial

Annaly Capital Management

Chimera Investment Corporation

Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae)

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

PG&E Corporation

NextEra Energy Capital Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Duke Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing various issuers in a continuing program of QM and non-QM REMIC securitizations as well as a number of debt for tax financing transactions of performing, re-performing and non-performing mortgage loans.
  • Advising PG&E Corporation and its utility subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Company in connection with various debt issuances and bank financings in connection with the clients’ exit from Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Provided tax advice in connection with the representation of Chimera Investment Corporation as issuer’s counsel in a public follow-on offering of 7.00% Convertible Senior Notes, due in 2023.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a large national litigation practice with notable strength in depth in Texas, California, Florida and the Mid-Atlantic region. Its work encompasses shareholder litigation, corporate internal investigations, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. This focus gives the firm a presence in some large securities litigation proceedings and enforcement matters, a recent example of which was its work for insurer Bowen, Miclette & Britt in a multibillion-dollar securities class action arising from the Stanford Ponzi scheme. Bradley Foster in Dallas led that matter. Edward Fuhr in Richmond leads the practice and handled a class action against Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC that alleged breach of fiduciary duty by its directors. Richmond-based counsel Johnathon Schronce also played a key role in that case.

Practice head(s):

Ed Fuhr

Key clients

Bowen, Miclette & Britt, Inc.

CoBank

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

CSX

Cleco Corp.

PNC Corporation

Landry’s

Sojitz Corporation of America

Work highlights

  • Represent CoBank, ACB, the largest institution in the national Farm Credit System (with total assets larger that Credit Suisse, RBC, Deutsche Bank, Regions Bank and other FDIC-insured bank), in a securities claim arising from its early redemption of subordinated debt (10-year bonds) issued during the financial crisis.
  • Representing former directors and officers of Cleco Corp. in defense of fiduciary duty claims related to cash-out merger.
  • Representing an insurance industry client in a multibillion-dollar securities class action, a separate multibillion-dollar receivership claim, numerous related lawsuits in both state and federal court, a federal multi-district litigation proceeding, and multiple appellate proceedings at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court, all arising from the Stanford Ponzi scheme.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 5

At Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, David Mustone and Jessica Agostinho (both based in Washington DC) are acting as outside counsel to the retirement and welfare benefits teams of a large international retail company for a broad range of compensation and benefits matters, including qualified and non-qualified defined contribution retirement plans, welfare benefit plans, and executive compensation matters. Energy, manufacturing and financial services entities are also included in the team’s client portfolio. Mustone shares leadership of the practice with Scott Austin in Dallas and Anthony Eppert in Austin.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Eppert; Scott Austin; David Mustone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Available, plain-spoken, sensible approach‘.

Key clients

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Sabine Oil & Gas

South Plains Financial

DCP Midstream Partners

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is recommended for its depth of expertise in both bankruptcy-related litigious and distressed asset and company transactions. The team is able to assist creditors and debtors with a wide range of restructuring matters, and has a particular focus on the provision of strategic advice to corporate clients and independent board committees. In addition to maintaining its strong reputation for representing financial institutions, the firm has recently been involved in Chapter 11 work in the energy industry, as well as in high-profile retail bankruptcies, including the J. Crew restructurings. Practice co-heads Tyler Brown and Timothy Davidson lead from Richmond and Houston, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Tyler Brown; Timothy Davidson

Testimonials

‘Hunton’s experience with both the consumer and commercial bankruptcy space is perfect for financial institution clients.’

‘My go-to partners are responsive and helpful. They take the time to understand our business to be able to provide practical, tailored solutions.’

Key clients

Hi-Crush Inc.

J. Crew Group, Inc.

Think Finance

Remora Petroleum

Capital One Services, LLC

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

ENTREC Corporation

Lonestar Resources

Apache Corporation

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Intelsat S.A.

Sanchez Midstream Partners LP

Sable Permian Resources, LLC

Wayne Services Legacy, Inc.

MFA Financial, Inc.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Williamson Memorial Hospital, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Houston-based provider of proppant and logistics services, Hi-Crush, in its Chapter 11 filing, listing approximately $600m in debt.
  • Represented J. Crew, an American multi-brand, multi-channel, specialty retailer, as co-counsel, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcies.
  • Represented Remora Petroleum, a Texas-based private exploration and production company, in its Chapter 11 filing.

Employment >

Hunton Andrews Kurth is a global law firm of more than 1,000 lawyers handling transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for clients in myriad industries including energy, financial services, real estate, retail and consumer products and technology. Areas of practice focus include capital markets, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, P3, public finance and infrastructure, and privacy and cybersecurity. With offices across the United States and in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the firm is aligned with clients’ businesses and committed to delivering exceptional service. Visit HuntonAK.com and follow the firm on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Main areas of practice
Bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights: Hunton Andrews Kurth regularly handles major bankruptcy and creditors’ rights representations for a range of clients investing in, or facing, distressed situations. The firm has extensive experience in both debtor and creditor-side representations in complex restructurings, corporate reorganizations and distressed M&A transactions. Hunton Andrews Kurth’s bankruptcy group covers matters pending in courts across the US, including the busy Chapter 11 forums of the Southern District of New York, Delaware, the Southern District of Texas, and the Eastern District of Virginia.

Corporate: Hunton Andrews Kurth offers clients comprehensive legal services across the vast corporate spectrum. With a strong focus on understanding each client’s strategic business objectives, the firm advises virtually every form of corporate entity, from startups and privately held companies to publicly-traded, multinational corporations; MLPs; REITs; private equity entities; and financial institutions. The firm’s representation includes issuers, underwriters and investors in capital markets transactions; financial advisors, special committees and investors in complex M&A transactions; and clients facing regulatory and corporate governance matters. In conjunction, the tax team provides efficient solutions and proactive approaches in all transactions. Clients come from the myriad industries of today’s global economy, including financial services, energy, real estate, retail and consumer products, manufacturing and healthcare.

Cybersecurity and privacy: With lawyers located in the US, Europe and Asia, Hunton Andrews Kurth’s renowned global practice focuses on all aspects of cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, including advising on legal compliance with numerous international, US state and federal laws; developing and implementing privacy and information security programs; preventing and managing cyber events; and responding to data breaches. The firm has assisted clients with more than 1,700 data breaches and cyber incidents worldwide, handling every aspect of the breach event.

Energy and infrastructure: The firm’s energy and infrastructure practice advises sponsors, lenders, investors, independent power producers, government enterprises and other project participants on the development, acquisition and financing of capital-intensive energy projects (including traditional oil, gas, LNG, coal and nuclear, as well as wind, solar, hydro and biomass), as well as water and sewer, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects across the US, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. In addition, we regularly advise on the formation of wholesale market energy systems, capital markets and commercial and structured financings. The firm’s attorneys represent clients through an effective, multidisciplinary approach that offers a broad range of experience in financing, tax, environmental and land use, FERC and energy regulation, project development and real estate, allowing us to provide seamless representation across the life of project.

Environmental: Hunton Andrews Kurth is on the front lines of emerging environmental issues in the US Supreme Court and other federal and state courts; with federal and state regulatory agencies; and before the US Congress. The firm advises clients over the entire lifecycle of environmental issues, from initial legislative and policy developments, through implementation, compliance, responses to enforcement actions and court challenges. The firm provides counsel in the full range of environmental matters, including air, water, natural resources, hazardous waste, brownfield remediation, toxic torts, asbestos and climate change issues.

Labor and employment: The firm’s labor and employment team understands the many challenges facing employers today and represents clients in virtually every form of traditional and emerging labor and employment dispute. The firm has represented national and multinational corporations in countless class and collective actions, pattern and practice actions, government enforcement actions, individual and multi-plaintiff claims, and state agency proceedings across the country. The team includes numerous courtroom veterans and are among the few lawyers in the country who have tried class and collective actions to jury verdict using representative proof. The team’s experience in worker health and safety matters include extensive involvement in planning and disseminating pandemic responses. The firm’s attorneys have earned deserved reputations as ‘go to lawyers’ for labor and employment legal issues.

Litigation: The firm’s litigation practice has the collective knowledge and extensive trial experience required to help clients identify and manage potential risks, respond to existing or threatened litigation, and pursue resolution in every available venue. Clients seek out Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP for its proven track record to litigate matters, particularly in the disciplines of antitrust and competition; banking and finance; bankruptcy and restructuring; construction; corporate governance; e-commerce; energy; environmental and regulatory matters; insurance; IP; labor and employment; managed care; M&A; product liability and mass tort; securities; tax; and white collar defense and investigations. The firm’s accomplished issues-and-appeals practice represents clients in appellate courts nationwide, including in the US Supreme Court and in state and federal courts of appeal. The firm also advises foreign entities with operations, investments and strategic alliances in the US.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Litigation Wally Martinez
Business practice Robin Russell
Business practice George C Howell
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Tyler Brown photo Tyler BrownPartner and Co-Head of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice
Alexandra Cunningham photo Alexandra CunninghamPartner, Co-head of the Products Liability and Mass Tort Litigation practice group
James Davidson photo James DavidsonPartner
Stephen Demm photo Stephen DemmPartner
Mayme Beth Donohue photo Mayme Beth DonohueAssociate
Kevin Finto  photo Kevin Finto Partner
Edward Fuhr photo Edward FuhrPartner and head of the firm’s Securities Litigation team
Andrew Geyer photo Andrew GeyerPartner
Allen Goolsby photo Allen GoolsbySpecial Counsel
Steven Haas photo Steven HaasPartner and co-head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions team
Jeffrey Harvey  photo Jeffrey Harvey Partner
Cecelia Philipps Horner photo Cecelia Philipps HornerPartner and co-head of the firm’s Tax and ERISA practice
Harry M. Johnson photo Harry M. JohnsonPartner
Laura Ellen Jones photo Laura Ellen JonesPartner
Eric Link  photo Eric Link Director of Government Affairs
Eric Nedell photo Eric NedellPartner
Mike Nedzbala photo Mike NedzbalaPartner and co-head of the firm’s structured finance and securitization practice
Randall Parks photo Randall ParksPartner, co-chair of the firm’s corporate team, chair of the global technology…
Johnathon Schronce photo Johnathon SchronceCounsel
Kendal Sibley photo Kendal SibleyPartner
Gary Thompson photo Gary ThompsonPartner
Thomas Waskom photo Thomas WaskomPartner
Mark Wickersham photo Mark WickershamPartner
Amy Williams  photo Amy Williams Partner
David Wright photo David WrightPartner and head of the Real Estate Capital Markets practice
Managing Partner : Walfrido J Martinez
Deputy Managing Partner : Robin R Russell
Chairman, Executive Committee : George C Howell, III
International Offices : Bangkok
International Offices : Beijing
International Offices : Brussels
International Offices : Dubai
International Offices : London

The firm’s Latin American team has handled matters in every Latin American and major Caribbean country, and has exceptional, longstanding relationships with legal professionals, business leaders, economic groups and governments throughout the region. The firm’s lawyers and other professionals in the practice – most of whom are fluent in either Spanish or Portuguese — understand the intricacies of the local business culture and underlying legal framework. The Latin America practice draws upon the worldwide resources of Hunton Andrews Kurth. The firm represents clients across the full spectrum of industries that make up today’s global economy.

Areas of practice: The Latin America practice is a multi-disciplinary group focused on cross-border matters, including:

Mergers and acquisitions: representation of public and private companies in all aspects of mergers and negotiated acquisitions across a broad range of industries, with a particular emphasis on energy and infrastructure, telecommunications, financial services and consumer products.

Banking and finance: representation of domestic and international lenders and borrowers in a wide range of credit transactions, including secured and unsecured term and revolving loans, bridge financings, syndicated and bilateral transactions, export and import prepayment transactions, and various other financing structures.

Investigations and Trade Regulations: advice, counsel and representation in connection with investigations of US and non-US entities, including multinational corporations, start-ups, high-net-worth families and individual investors, in connection with application of US laws and regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering statutes, and sanctions regimes under OFAC.

Capital markets: representation of issuers and underwriters in various capital market transactions, including initial and secondary public equity offerings, as well as private placements of debt and equity securities.

Energy, infrastructure and project development: representation of sponsors, equity investors and lenders in every aspect of the development, construction and financing of power generation, transportation, renewable energy, telecommunications, water, natural resources and infrastructure projects.

Transnational litigation and international arbitration: representation of litigants in mediation, arbitration, litigation and neutral case evaluation, as well as representation of multinational clients in connection with significant internal investigations involving operations in Latin America.

Intellectual property: representation of multinational clients in trademark registration, litigation and transactional support; IP-related issues associated with mergers and acquisitions; and IP development, management, protection and monetization.

Clients Include: Banco Santander, SA, Citibank, NA, Grupo Rotoplas, Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura, S.A. (CIFI), IDB Invest, Ferrovial S.A., Banco de Sabadell, SA, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Diageo, Duke Energy Corporation, Banco de la Producción S.A., IberiaBank Corporation, Mastercard, Banesco, SA, MercadoLibre, Inc., Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, SA, Mondelez International, ExxonMobil Corporation, Promerica Financial Corporation, TI Sparkle Americas, Inc., Wärtsilä Development & Financial Services, Inc., Leonardo S.p.A., Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, SA (FCC)

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Business practice Fernando C Alonso
Business practice John J Beardsworth Jr
Business practice Fernando Margarit
Business practice Uriel Mendieta
Business practice Vera Rechsteiner
Business practice Doris Rodriguez
Business practice Alejandro Silva
Labor, employment and immigration Juan C Enjamio
Labor, employment and immigration Adam Rosser
Litigation and international arbitration Samuel A Danon
Litigation and international arbitration Gustavo Membiela
Litigation and international arbitration Jay Range
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Firm overview: With lawyers in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP serves clients across a broad range of complex transactional, litigation and regulatory matters. Hunton Andrews Kurth is known for its strength in the energy, financial services, real estate, and retail and consumer products industries as well as its considerable experience in more than 100 distinct areas of practice, including privacy and cybersecurity, intellectual property, environment, and mergers and acquisitions. Hunton Andrews Kurth’s full-service litigation practice is one of the largest in the country, with particular depth in key litigation markets such as Texas, California, Florida and the Mid-Atlantic.

Main areas of practice
Bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights:
Hunton Andrews Kurth regularly handles major bankruptcy and creditors’ rights representations for a range of clients investing in, or facing, distressed situations. The firm has extensive experience in both debtor and creditor-side representations in complex restructurings, corporate reorganizations and distressed M&A transactions. The team’s work reaches across all industries, including energy, retail, food & beverage, financial institutions, media and technology. Hunton Andrews Kurth’s bankruptcy group covers matters pending in courts across the US, including the busy Chapter 11 forums of the Southern District of New York, Delaware, the Southern District of Texas, and the Eastern District of Virginia.

Corporate: Hunton Andrews Kurth offers clients comprehensive legal services across the vast corporate spectrum. With a strong focus on understanding each client’s strategic business objectives, the firm advises virtually every form of corporate entity, from startups and privately held companies to publicly traded, multinational corporations; MLPs; REITs; private equity entities; and financial institutions. The firm’s representation includes issuers, underwriters and investors in capital markets transactions; financial advisors, special committees and investors in complex M&A transactions; and clients facing regulatory and corporate governance matters. In conjunction, the tax team provides efficient solutions and proactive approaches in all transactions. Clients come from the myriad industries of today’s global economy, including financial services, energy, real estate, retail and consumer products, technology, manufacturing and healthcare.

Cybersecurity and privacy: With lawyers located in the US, Europe and Asia, Hunton Andrews Kurth’s renowned global practice focuses on all aspects of cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, including developing and implementing privacy and information security programs; preventing and managing cyber events; responding to information data breaches; and advising on legal compliance with all international, EU and US state and federal laws. The firm has assisted clients with more than 1,900 data breaches and cyber incidents worldwide, handling every aspect of the breach event. The firm also considers global policy issues through our Centre for Information Policy Leadership, a think tank that provides strategic leadership and consulting on all aspects of global information policy, privacy and security.

Energy and infrastructure: Hunton Andrews Kurth’s energy and infrastructure practice advises sponsors, lenders, investors, independent power producers, government enterprises and other project participants on the development, acquisition and financing of capital-intensive energy projects (including a substantial portion of the wind and solar projects that are financed in the United States), as well as transportation, water and sewer, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects across the US, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.

In addition, the firm regularly advises on the formation of wholesale market energy systems, capital markets and commercial and structured financings and public-private partnerships. The firm’s lawyers represent clients through an effective, multidisciplinary approach that offers a broad range of experience in financing, tax, environmental and land use, FERC and energy regulation, project development and real estate, allowing the firm to provide seamless representation across the life of project.

Environmental: Hunton Andrews Kurth is on the front lines of emerging environmental issues in the US Supreme Court and other federal and state courts; with federal and state regulatory agencies; and before the US Congress. The firm advises clients over the entire lifecycle of environmental issues, from initial legislative and policy developments, through implementation, compliance, responses to enforcement actions and court challenges. The firm provides counsel in the full range of environmental matters, including air, water, natural resources, chemicals, hazardous waste, brownfield remediation, toxic torts, asbestos and climate change issues.

Labor and employment: Hunton Andrews Kurth’s labor and employment team understands the challenges facing employers today and represents clients in virtually every form of traditional and emerging labor and employment issue. The firm has represented national and multinational corporations in countless class and collective actions, pattern and practice actions, government enforcement actions, individual and multi-plaintiff claims, and state agency proceedings. The team’s lawyers include numerous courtroom veterans and are among the few lawyers who have tried class and collective actions to jury verdict using representative proof. The team also has a robust counseling practice that routinely advises clients on day-to-day compliance matters and partners with colleagues in firm transactional practices on mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, spin offs, and other corporate transactions.

Litigation: Hunton Andrews Kurth’s litigation practice is one of the largest in the country and has the collective knowledge and extensive trial experience required to help clients identify and manage potential risks, respond to existing or threatened litigation, and pursue resolution in every available venue. Clients seek out the firm for its proven track record to litigate matters, particularly in the disciplines of antitrust and competition; banking and finance; bankruptcy and restructuring; class actions; construction; corporate governance; e-commerce; energy; environmental and regulatory matters; insurance; IP; international arbitration; labor and employment; managed care; M&A; privacy; product liability and mass tort; securities; tax; white collar defense and investigations. The firm’s accomplished issues-and-appeals practice represents clients in appellate courts nationwide, including in the US Supreme Court and in state and federal courts of appeal. The firm also advises foreign entities with operations, investments and strategic alliances in the US.

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