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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
200 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10166
United States

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP's structured finance and securitization practice is closely aligned with the firm's restructuring, bankruptcy, M&A and energy departments, and draws on close links with east coast financial institutions, resulting in an impressively broad offering. In 2021, the team was increasingly instructed on distressed and rescue financings, as well as capital and fund formation deals. Areas of particular expertise include master trust securitizations, blockchain originated consumer loans, triple-net leases, in addition to more exotic asset classes, such as litigation finance and agricultural loans. Lawyers are also adept at CRE CLO structures. In New York, Tom Hiner  is an expert in securitizations involving mortgages, and co-chairs the practice alongside Richmond's Mike Nedzbala, also a mortgage-related securitization specialist. Amy Williams  in Richmond advises borrowers and lenders on structuring and closing asset-based finance transactions, covering residential and commercial loans; while in the same office, Cecelia Horner provides assistance with the income tax aspects of domestic and international secured financings. Brit Mohler Dufilho is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tom Hiner; Michael Nedzbala

Other key lawyers:

Amy Williams; Cecelia Horner; John Dedyo; Jonathan Kim; Brit Mohler Dufilho

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 1

The highly specialised environmental law practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s provides comprehensive advice to its corporate client roster based in the United States and abroad, but is perhaps best known for its involvement in high-profile litigation, environmental rulemakings and regulatory developments. With a deep bench of lawyers in Washington DC and San Francisco, the practice is singled out for its experience with air-related matters, having advised numerous energy and chemicals clients on regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, policy issues, waste management and site clean-up. Furthermore, its broad service offering also covers multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues involving natural resources, climate change and water on behalf of clients from a myriad of industries, including manufacturing, real estate development and mining. The environmental group is jointly led by Washington DC-based Eric Murdock and Deidre Duncan, the latter of whom is a preeminent figure for water and natural resources regulations. Chuck Knauss, who maintains a broad environmental practice focused on the oil and gas, and transportation sectors, is another noteworthy practitioner in DC. Former general counsel for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Matthew Leopold is ‘incredibly knowledgeable and experienced‘ in major federal environmental statutes in the permitting, compliance and enforcement contexts. Also in DC, Kerry McGrath is frequently retained by major industrial groups in relation to matters under the federally regulated “waters of the United States” and NPDES permitting issues. On the West Coast, Shannon Broome is recommended for Clean Air Act matters, energy transition and climate change. She sits in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Shannon Broome; Chuck Knauss; Kerry McGrath; Matthew Leopold; Andrew Turner; Samuel Brown; Clare Ellis

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of all federal environmental regulations and how to navigate them. Access and familiarity with key regulators is key for project execution. Good problem solvers. Multiple subject matter experts in different parts of the country helps work with district and regional agency offices on permitting issues. They have been responsive to innovative billing schemes and are our go-to firm for federal permit issues.’

‘Deidre Duncan is the best outside counsel I have ever worked with. Team player with great communication skills. Knowledgeable, practical, connected, has an excellent temperament and a positive yet realistic outlook. Looks for innovative yet business-focused solutions to difficult issues but is frank enough to let us know when our desired solution may not be realistic.’

‘Hunton has an amazing team of experts in environmental law. The diverse, well-rounded team, including former senior officials, really provide amazing perspectives and knowledge. Yet at the same time they are available, resourceful, mindful of billing and humble. I really appreciate the Hunton team.’

‘Matt Leopold is incredibly knowledgeable, experienced, skilled and wiling to do whatever it takes to get the job done. We really appreciate working with him. This combination of experience and skill with availability and humility is quite rare.’

Key clients

Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Speedway LLC

NWP 12 Litigation Group

Air Permitting Forum and Auto Industry Forum

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation/Arizona Public Service Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Speedway LLC in climate change litigation in California, in claims by cities and counties that the client, along with other oil and gas companies, is liable under state common law nuisance and product liability theories.
  • Successfully defended an Arizona utility’s NPDES permit against an eNGOs’ appeal to EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board, which is now on appeal to the 9th Circuit.
  • Secured a crucial victory in the US Supreme Court for NWP 12 Litigation Group, a coalition of oil and gas industry groups.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is widely recognized as a cybersecurity law leader, specializing in complex cybersecurity and data breach events. Recently, the New York-based department has been particularly active advising clients in data breach preparedness, data transfer strategies post-Schrems II and defending major businesses against claims with respect to the CCPA. The practice is led by Lisa J. Sotto, who is also known for her role as chair of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. The team includes Aaron Simpson, who has an established EU data protection practice and provides ‘exceptional commercial perspective and insight.’ Brittany Bacon advises large, multinational companies on large cybersecurity incidents. Associate Danielle Dobrusin has a name as CCPA and CPRA expert.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Sotto

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled and commercial perspectives with quick attention.’

‘Aaron Simpson has exceptional commercial perspective and insight.’

Key clients

Cybereason Inc.

Google Inc.

Herbalife International of America Inc.

iHerb

Kering

MUFG Union Bank

Primo Water Corp.

Silver Lake Technology Management, L.L.C.

TJX Companies, Inc.

TPG Global, LLC

Cybereason Inc.

Google Inc.

Herbalife International of America Inc.

iHerb

Kering

MUFG Union Bank

Primo Water Corp.

Silver Lake Technology Management, L.L.C.

TJX Companies, Inc.

TPG Global, LLC

Work highlights

  • Providing global privacy and cybersecurity advice to Kering Americas.
  • Advising Silver Lake Technology Management, L.L.C on global privacy and data issues.
  • Advising TJX Companies, Inc on global privacy and data issues.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a long history of acting in high-exposure environmental claims and has represented large energy, manufacturing, commercial real estate development, petroleum product terminating and mineral extractive industry clients in environmental litigation in the US and beyond. Covering all major federal and state environmental statutes, the team’s impressive track record includes significant Clean Air and Water Act matters, precedent-setting greenhouse gas public nuisance suits, complex enforcement defense proceedings involving chemicals, waste management and site clean-up. The environmental group is led out of Washington DC by Eric Murdock and Deidre Duncan, the latter of whom has a notable reputation in the oil and gas sector. Also in the DC office, Chuck Knauss maintains a broad base environmental practice, demonstrating particular strength in enforcement, permitting, risk management and climate change matters, while permitting natural resources mandates are core areas of activity for Kerry McGrath. Matthew Leopold, who also sits in the DC office, is ‘exceptionally skilled and an expert in environmental law‘, bringing to the table strategic insights as the former General Counsel for the US Environmental Protection Agency. The ‘world-class team of professionals‘ also includes Shannon Broome, who is a leading practitioner in landmark nuisance litigation in California. She is based in San Francisco and represents clients from the oil and gas, renewable energy and manufacturing industries.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Shannon Broome; Chuck Knauss; Kerry McGrath; Andrew Turner; Matthew Leopold; Samuel Brown; Alexandra Hamilton; Clare Ellis

Testimonials

‘They have a world-class team of professionals in environmental litigation with second to none client service and availability. This combination is very limited and I am continuously impressed by their knowledge and skills, as well as their willingness to go the extra mile for us. We are very pleased with Hunton.’

‘Matt Leopold is exceptionally skilled and an expert in environmental law. He makes every effort to be available and respond to our requests. I wholeheartedly recommend all the Hunton team.’

Key clients

Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Speedway LLC

NWP 12 Litigation Group

Air Permitting Forum and Auto Industry Forum

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation/Arizona Public Service Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Speedway LLC in climate change litigation in California, in claims by cities and counties that the client, along with other oil and gas companies, is liable under state common law nuisance and product liability theories.
  • Successfully defended an Arizona utility’s NPDES permit against an eNGOs’ appeal to EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board, which is now on appeal to the 9th Circuit.
  • Secured a crucial victory in the US Supreme Court for a coalition of oil and gas industry groups regarding a federal district court order that prevented the use of an important Clean Water Act (CWA) nationwide permit for oil and gas pipelines.

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

With lawyers who are 'put in a big fight’ for their clients, the practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has recently been very active on Covid-19 coverage issues. The practice is also notable for its support of energy industry clients and its work on cyber insurance and ransomware issues in close cooperation with the firm’s cyber security practice. Practice head Walter J. Andrews in Miami offers program audits and policy manuscripting as well as representing clients in litigation and arbitration. Lorelie S. Masters  in Washington DC is a recognized expert in insurance work who has recovered insurance coverage for products, environmental property damage, cyber and other liabilities. Miami-based Andrea DeField, who joined the partner ranks in April 2021, is an active up-and-comer.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Walter Andrews and his partner Andrea DeField are experts in the industry. They have depth and breadth of experience in the area of insurance in terms of on-going business and policy advice as well as crisis and risk management in the critical area of cyber security risk.’

‘Hunton was responsive, knowledgeable, available, smart, respected by all and was able to shepherd our company through a material ransomware attack and the ensuing coverage matter.’

‘This law firm was very knowledgeable, professional, and they were ready to put in a big fight to win our case. They were always available for any questions or concerns.’

‘Our team, Mr Walter Andrews and Mr Cary Steklof were with us all they way. They went above and beyond on researching, listening to us, and collaborate with our personal legal team in order to come up with their very best strategy to win our very complicated case.’

‘The leaders of this team, including Michael Levine and Larry Bracken, have been at the forefront of pursuing some challenging COVID-19 claims on their clients’ behalf. Their approach has been both innovative and strongly based on expanding existing law.’

‘Larry Bracken and Michael Levine are staunch client advocates. They have a good combination of being excellent and deeply versed about insurance law, adding common sense, and working with a team to get the best result for their clients. Something all clients value.’

Key clients

H.I.G. Capital, LLC

Treasure Island Casino

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

Legal Sea Foods

Circus Circus LV, LLP

Ralph Lauren Corporation

The Inns by the Sea

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

Boardriders, Inc.

Cinemark USA

Work highlights

  • Representing the world’s third-largest movie theatre chain, Cinemark USA, in the company’s effort to recover more than $1 billion in revenue lost due to COVID-19. The lawsuit involves losses at almost 500 facilities world-wide.
  • Representing H.I.G. Capital, LLC in litigation with its liability insurers and its subsidiaries’ liability insurers for coverage of two UK regulatory investigations and actions in which H.I.G.’s affiliates and subsidiaries have been named as targets.
  • Representing Treasure Island LLC, a Las Vegas strip casino, and Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., in litigation against their property insurers for their respective COVID-19 related business interruption losses.

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

At Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, the M&A team pulls together multidisciplinary transactional, competition, data protection, labor, securities, tax and IP expertise. Richmond-based Steven Haas handles a wide range of corporate transactions, and is also active on the corporate governance and shareholder activism fronts. Steven Patterson, a member of the Washington DC office, co-chairs the team alongside Haas and is particularly well-regarded among retail and consumer products entities. The practice is also active in the field of energy-related deals, owing to the extensive expertise of Michael O’Leary in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Steven Haas; Steve Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Gary Thompson; Michael O’Leary; Fernando Alonso; Peter Weinstock; Kevin Georgerian

Testimonials

‘Hard working, quick turnaround responses, available to discuss always and very talented resources.’

‘Honest, speak their minds, not necessarily what the client wants to hear but the truth, always looking for solutions and alternatives.’

‘Hunton is very deal savvy, practical and responsive and provide great value to any M&A deal they work on.’

‘Steve Haas has been the primary partner I have worked with on M&A deals and he exemplifies all the firm’s qualities and attributes.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Industrial Logistics Properties Trust (ILPT) in its announced $4bn acquisition of Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp.
  • Represented Sunlight Financial LLC in connection with its $1.3bn merger with Spartan Acquisition Corp. II.
  • Advised Capstead Mortgage Corp. in its $1.07bn merger with Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP continues to be highly active across the outsourcing space, advising clients from a range of sectors on complex transactions. The team is equally adept at handling the outsourcing of business processes such as HR, finance and accounting as well as IT outsourcings involving cloud systems and software-as-a-service aspects. Randall Parks leads the team and has extensive experience in commercial transactions, with a focus on technology. Andrew Geyer and Jeffrey Harvey are also noted for their expertise in technology-related transactions, while Cecilia Oh in Washington DC focuses on outsourcing deals in the financial services and retail sectors, such as the outsourcing of payment processing. Lawyers are in Richmond unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Randall Parks

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team works as a seamless unit. I can safely assume that something I’ve mentioned to one member of the team will be known by everyone. The team works hard, which means that they have extensive experience in negotiating deals and the most recent trends.’

‘Cecilia Oh and her team deliver outstanding legal expertise that is carefully tailored to exactly what our company needs. It’s not out-of-the box legal advice, it’s a powerful combination of deep knowledge of both the latest legal developments and our company’s particular situation. Cecilia is a go-to attorney for our team.’

‘The team is expert in all things outsourcing. They have excellent client focus and are very good at keeping me up to date in what is happening in my contracts. I appreciate he fact that they are constantly updating their forms with the newest changes in the law. And I think their rates are very competitive.’

‘I have been working with Andy Geyer for almost 15 years. His subject matter knowledge is as good as with any outside attorney I work with. His responsiveness is excellent and having worked so long together, he is able to anticipate my needs and make the process go that much more smoothly.’

‘This firm has represented a wide variety of clients in this space, as well as negotiated against a wide variety of key suppliers in this area. They possess a deep knowledge of what constitutes the “market” regarding legal provisions in these agreement and can more effectively counsel clients as to the positions taken by other parties generally. This is important as many clients do not engage in outsourcing deals with enough regularity to know what the “market” is. They also have a large number of other attorneys that can quickly advise on ancillary topics that may arise during the engagement.’

‘Andrew Geyer and Christina Edwards are superb contract drafters and equally adept at explaining or advocating the client’s position in negotiations with counterparties.’

Key clients

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Baylor Scott & White Health

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

CoBank, ACB

ScanSource, Inc.

Delaware North Companies, Inc.

First West Texas Bancshares, Inc.

Oceanfirst Bank

Fox Factory Holding Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advising the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants in a number of IT and business process outsourcing agreements.
  • Advising CoBank on a number of technology-based outsourcing agreements.
  • Advising ScanSource on routine outsourcing and technology issues.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 2

Led by Howard Schreiber in Dallas together with New York-based Laurie Grasso and Brett Gross, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has been increasing its presence in acquisition, financing and development of affordable housing, and life sciences and health care sectors, parallel to its well-established commercial real estate lending and REIT practice. It is also highly knowledgeable on foreclosure on defaulted mortgage and mezzanine loans, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and the sale of REO properties. The practice also undertakes a significant amount of pro-bono work. Gross specializes in securitized and portfolio mortgage lending, mezzanine, construction and hospitality lending, and credit facilities, while New York-based Peter Mignone and Matthew Halal ‘s practice focuses on advises lenders and investor representation. Dallas’ key attorneys include Kathleen Wu, Kathleen Tarbox Muñoz and Raegan Watchman.  

Practice head(s):

Howard Schreiber; Laurie Grasso; Brett Gross

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are very responsive, very knowledgeable and very creative in finding solutions to possible issues. They guide the lenders and provide options for solutions without dictating what to do.’

‘Brett Gross is a partner but is always involved in deals. He never loses focus of the deals (even if he has more junior people working on them) and is always available to discuss loan points. He and his team are very responsive. ‘

 

Key clients

Beal Bank

Chatham Lodging Trust

Knighthead Funding, LLC

Tishman Speyer

Raith Capital Partners LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented CLMG Corp., as Agent for Beal Bank USA in numerous transactions around the United States valued over $500m.
  • Represented institutional lenders with the origination of a $415m mortgage loan refinance secured by one of the largest shopping malls in southern California.
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with a $412.88m credit facility encumbering (initially) seven multifamily residential apartment buildings located in California, Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

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

Adept at handling private litigation (including class actions/MDLs and individual actions), as well as matters proceeding on multiple fronts (including regulatory and government enforcement actions), the ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides ‘efficient and effective’ representation of clients in toxic tort cases involving product liability, occupational injuries and public nuisance. Asbestos litigation is a strength, as is involvement in novel areas, including Covid-19 litigation, where the team, led by ‘top-notch‘ Richmond-based litigator Alexandra Cunningham, recently secured dismissal of federal law suit brought against its client, Smithfield Foods, against allegations that it subjected its employees to unsafe working conditions in the immediate outbreak of the pandemic. Houston-based Georgia Lucier co-heads the team alongside Cunningham and is a key contact, as is Richmond-based associate Merideth Daly, who exhibits ‘thoughtful, effective, and strategic approach to litigation and case strategy’. 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is knowledgeable and experienced, with excellent judgement when it comes to case strategy. They are highly responsive and client-focused, with an excellent network of expert consultants and witnesses when needed.’

‘For a large firm, they are extremely efficient and effective. I would trust this team with any toxic tort matter nationwide, including high-profile, high-value, bet-the-company litigation.’

‘Ali Cunningham is an experienced, strategic thinker, responsive and client-focused. She is a top-notch litigator and trial lawyer, and provides clear, concise, and practical advice. My go-to-partner for toxic tort defense.’

Meredith Daly is efficient, hardworking, and responsive. Thoughtful, effective, and strategic approach to litigation and case strategy. Outstanding communicator. I would trust Merideth in a lead role on any litigation matter.’

Key clients

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Alfa Laval Inc.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Balfour Beatty and related companies, including AMC West

Atotech USA, LLC

 

 

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended and won the dismissal of a high-profile federal lawsuit for Smithfield Foods involving allegations of unsafe Covid-19 working conditions.
  • Represent 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 a major oil company in toxic tort, chemical exposure, and personal injury litigation.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is intensely focused on the energy (including oil and gas, renewables and energy transition), utilities, retail and consumer, and REITs sectors. The Houston office has experienced a notable uptick in debt offering engagements from energy clients and is also making an impact in green bonds and sustainability-linked bonds thanks to the efforts of Courtney Cochran Butler and others. Susan Failla is driving forward the retail and consumer side of the practice, and Peter O’Brien, Steven Friend and Michael Fitzpatrick are leaders in power and utilities transactions. Richmond’s David Wright is a key name in real estate and REIT deals.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Michael Fitzpatrick; Mayme Beth Donohue

Work highlights

  • Advised the agents and/or underwriters on National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation’s $4.9bn renewal medium-term notes program and InterNotes® program.
  • Represented Altria Group in its $4.62bn tender offer of senior notes.
  • Advised Duke Energy on its $550m aggregate principal amount of first and refunding mortgage bonds, 2.55% series due 2031.  

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP continues to primarily operate in the REITs, power, energy, retail and financial services sectors. The firm has achieved a significant market share of REIT IPOs over the last few years and the power and utilities groups are also active in equity offerings. The capital markets team has an evenly balanced emphasis on issuer and underwriter clients. New York partners Peter O’BrienChristina Kwon and Michael Fitzpatrick are key figures in power and utilities transactions and Richmond partner David Wright  is prominent in REIT offerings.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients

Barclays Capital

Banc of America Securities LLC

Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

BMO Capital Markets

Cantor Fitzgerald

Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

B. Riley Securities, Inc.

BTIG, LLC

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Truist Securities, Inc.

Newlake Capital Partners Inc.

Piper Sandler & Co.

Virtu Americas LLC

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Represented the underwriters in connection with Consolidated Edison’s $775m public offering, bought deal and shelf offering of common stock; and $552m public offering, bought deal and shelf offering of common stock.
  • Represented the Underwriters in connection with Rexford Industrial Realty’s: $750m public offering, at-the-market of common stock; and $325m public offering, bought deal of common stock.
  • Advised the sales agents in connection with American Electric Power Company’s (AEP) commencement of an at-the-market program to sell up to an aggregate offering price of $1bn billion of AEP’s common stock.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a particular focus on energy, power, REITs, retail and financial services. It has a broad spread of issuer clients and an especially strong connection to underwriters such as RBC Capital Markets, JP Morgan Securities and Bank of America Securities. Although better known for investment grade debt, it has achieved substantial growth in high-yield thanks to its well established energy capital markets practice in Houston, where partners Henry Havre and Michael O’Leary  have advised on a series of headline deals.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Henry Havre; Michael O’Leary

Key clients

Hilcorp Energy I, L.P.

RBC Capital Markets

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.

Banc of America Securities

Work highlights

  • Represented Hilcorp Energy I, L.P. and Hilcorp Finance Company in connection with its tender and private offering, Rule 144 A of senior notes.
  • Represented the underwriters in the $750m tender offer and public offering, and follow-on of senior notes by Genesis Energy, L.P.
  • Advised the initial purchaser in Kraton Polymers LLC and Kraton Polymers Capital Corporation’s $400m private offering, Rule 144A of senior notes.

Finance > Project finance

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP's US group, which forms part of its global energy practice, works with banks, institutional lenders, development finance institutions and project developers on the financing of wind, solar, and geothermal projects, in addition to more traditional power facilities. Jeffrey Schroeder leads the team from Washington DC and represents a number of premier investment banks in asset, stock, and portfolio acquisition transactions. In New York, Michael Madden advises on offshore drilling platforms and oil refineries. John Shepherd, Jr.  arrived from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in March 2021 to add to the firm's regulatory expertise, practicing out of DC.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder

Other key lawyers:

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

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP represents a broad range of oil and gas industry clients before FERC and other federal governing bodies and state regulatory entities. The team handles audits, compliance and enforcement issues, as well as oil-pipeline regulatory matters. It also supports clients on jurisdictional issues for unregulated companies and is able to advise on environmental matters, including oil and gas permitting, and the operation, repair and replacement of infrastructure. Based in Washington DC, co-chair Deidre Duncan is a water and natural resources law expert, while fellow co-chair Myles Reynolds -in Dallas- primarily represents natural gas utilities and midstream companies.

Practice head(s):

Deidre Duncan; Myles Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

An excellent team on environmental and infrastructure permitting issues. Has the whole package of regulatory and litigation expertise. Strong on strategic advice and regulatory and litigation strategy. Excellent brief writing.’

Very high-level expertise and can cover issues from regulatory, litigation and appeals.’

Key clients

Enbridge

Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska

NWP 12 Litigation Group

Marathon Petroleum Corporation / Speedway

Energy Transfer

Rover Pipeline

ETC Tiger Pipeline

Trunkline Gas Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Marathon Petroleum Corporation in climate change litigation in California, in claims by cities and counties that Marathon Petroleum and other oil and gas companies are liable under state common law nuisance and product liability theories.
  • Representing Energy Transfer in several proceedings in which recent FERC orders either announced new initiatives or changes to policy.
  • Acted on behalf of a coalition of oil and gas industry groups in obtaining a victory at the US Supreme Court that stayed a federal district court decision preventing the use of an important Clean Water Act nationwide permit (NWP 12) by oil and gas pipelines.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is the ‘"go-to" firm for state regulatory matters in TexasThe team is praised for being ‘highly responsive and willing to go the extra mile as neededIt regularly represents clients in routine and contested, federal and state regulatory proceedings, and provides regulatory guidance to support a variety of commercial transactions. Additionally, the group has extensive NERC capabilities including representing clients in compliance audits. Based in Washington DC, project finance specialist Jeffrey Schroeder jointly leads the team with Myles Reynolds in Dallas; Reynolds primarily advises electric utilities, natural gas utilities and midstream companies. In Dallas, Tab Urbantke and counsel Lauren Freeland are also recommended. John Shepherd, previously at FERC, joined the Washington DC office in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder; Myles Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Tab Urbantke; Kevin Jones; Eric Murdock; Pete Johnson; Lauren Freeland; John Shepherd

Testimonials

The Hunton team in Texas is a “go-to” firm for state regulatory matters in Texas and also provides great support on a multi-state and Federal level.’

The team knows our business and our industry, and therefore provides efficient, pragmatic solutions to problems.’

They get to know and understand our culture and frame their advice accordingly. We could not manage our complex regulatory matters without them.’

I work most closely with Tab Urbantke, Myles Reynolds, and Lauren Freeland. They understand our needs and provide a problem-solving skillset.’

The Hunton team bring us sound advice, coupled with a road map to move forward an evaluation of any risks. They are also highly responsive and willing to go the extra mile as needed.’

Key clients

New York Independent System Operator

Oncor Electric Delivery Company

Appalachian Power Company

Cross Texas Transmission

Potomac Electric Power Company

Vistra Corporation

PJM Power Providers Group (P3)

Pine Creek Mine

Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America

New York Independent System Operator

Oncor Electric Delivery Company

Work highlights

  • Representing major Texan electric utility, Oncor Electric Delivery Company, in connection with the preparation of its base-rate case, which was to be filed with the PUCT in 2021 but  was delayed until June 1, 2022 following winter storm Uri.
  • Representing Appalachian Power Company in connection with regulatory matters in Virginia, including with regard to its appeal of the company’s 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: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Best known for its strong credentials in financing and tax equity, the renewable energy practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is a top destination for several financial institutions investing and lending into wind, solar and other clean power projects. In addition, the practice is well versed in the development and acquisition of renewable energy projects and portfolios, involving wind, solar and geothermal facilities. Leader of the energy and infrastructure group Jeffrey Schroeder  is primarily focused on domestic and international project finance and other financing transactions, including but not restricted to tax equity, Rule 144A offerings and mezzanine debt. He is based in Washington DC, where Hilary Lefko stands out for her experience in tax credits for the production of electricity from renewable sources. Michael Klaus  in San Francisco is recognized for his work in the fields of project finance, development and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Lefko; Michael Klaus; Geoffrey Lorenz; David Lowman

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 3

Combining project finance, corporate, lending, environmental, litigation, regulatory and tax expertise, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP brings a multidisciplinary approach to its conventional power practice. Particular areas of advisory expertise include financing, tax, environmental and land use, FERC and energy regulatory, project development and real estate matters. Jeffrey Schroeder spearheads the practice from Washington DC and focuses on domestic and international project finance, notably project development and asset, stock and portfolio acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder

Key clients

DTE Energy

EmberClear Corporation

Work highlights

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

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP represents multinational oil-and-gas companies in litigation, advises governments on the development of regulatory regimes, and assists energy companies, investors and lenders on the development, financing and acquisition of oil-and-gas interests. The team’s experience also covers oil-and-gas acreage, asset and entity acquisitions, and transactions involving exploration, production, development and transportation. Energy transactions specialist Harve Truskett leads the team from Houston and can call on the expertise of Michael O’Leary  (also in Houston) who focuses on corporate securities and M&A in the energy space.

Practice head(s):

Harve Truskett

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Leary

Key clients

Al-Waha Petroleum Company Limited

Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC

Sable Permian Resources, LLC

Vopak Americas

OEG Offshore

United States International Development Finance Corporation

Remora Petroleum, LP

San Juan Holdings LLC

Ascribe III Investments

Stakeholder Midstream

SP Capital Holdings, LLC

Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the General Partner of Rattler Midstream LP

Limetree Bay Terminals LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising CNPC-subsidiary Al-Waha Petroleum Company on commercial agreements relating to its role as an international oil-and-gas contractor in Iraq, including negotiating amendments to an upstream petroleum contract, a joint venture agreement, and subcontracting agreements for oilfield services.
  • Ongoing advice to Emirates Global Aluminium in connection with several gas sales-agreements signed during the previous year, including amendments to gas sales-agreements with ADNOC and Dolphin Energy and gas-to-power tolling agreements with Dubai Natural Gas Company (DUGAS) and Emirates Electricity and Water Corporation (EWEC).
  • Advised Royal Vopak and BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund on the formation of a joint venture, Vopak Industrial Infrastructure Americas, and then on its subsequent $620m purchase of three of Dow Chemical Company’s chemical storage terminals on the US Gulf Coast.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

Representing high-profile trademark plaintiffs and defendants across the US, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP brings bench strength and experience to  every stage of litigation, from injunctions and temporary restraining orders all the way up to appeals before the Supreme Court. The team is led in Washington DC by John Gary Maynard, an expert in high-level brand protection disputes, who also operates out of the Richmond, VA office, and tech sector specialists Tyler Maddry and Michael Oakes. At the New York office, trademark litigation authority James Rosini, with deep experience in the practice area, represents major brands across the pharmaceuticals, retail, tech, food and beverages, and entertainment industries. DC-based special counsel Edward Colbert, who represented the Cleveland Guardians in a dispute stemming from their name change, is a go-to for clients involved in high-stakes infringement matters, along with Jeremy S. Boczko in New York.

Key clients

Constellation Brands

William Grant & Sons, Inc.

Sandpiper of California

Woodstock Ventures LC

HelloAva

Hisamitsu America, Inc.

ReCollect Systems Inc.

Two Hands America, Inc.

The Vitamin Shoppe

Constellation Brands

William Grant & Sons, Inc.

Sandpiper of California

Woodstock Ventures LC

HelloAva

Hisamitsu America, Inc.

ReCollect Systems Inc.

Two Hands America, Inc.

The Vitamin Shoppe

Work highlights

  • Represented Constellation in a set of consolidated litigation against Vineyard House in the Northern District of California, with the court finding the defendant had infringed on Constellation’s trademarks, resulting in an injunction and the eventual granting of attorney fees.  
  • Representing Hisamitsu America, maker and distributor of Salonpas Brand Pain Relieving Patches, defending a false advertising case brought by Scilex in the Northern District of California.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides comprehensive brand services to major global clients, advising on the clearance, registration and enforcement of their trademark portfolios. The group is led in Washington DC by John Gary Maynard who develops enforcement programs for companies in aviation, retail, chemicals and financial services, Tyler Maddry and Michael Oakes. James Rosini at the New York office employs deep IP experience to assist on trademark and unfair competition matters. Stephen Demm in Richmond counsels clients in the energy sector.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great personal service from the partners I work with at this firm.’

‘The partners I work with understand the issues quickly and laser focus in on solutions. Tremendously efficient.’

Key clients

Mattel

Ahold Delhaize

Peanuts Worldwide

Diginex Ltd.

Fifth Generation, Inc.

MIH Technology Holdings B.V.

Work highlights

  • Representing Ahold Delhaize in the clearance, registration, maintenance, and licensing of its portfolio.
  • Representing Peanuts Worldwide, which owns all rights to the PEANUTS characters including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, etc., in trademark prosecution, strategy, and licensing.
  • Representing Fifth Generation, Inc in global trademark prosecution and brand management matters.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 3

Led out of its Washington DC office, the team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handles global immigration mandates, sponsorship issues and compliance work for domestic and international corporates. Jointly managed by veteran professional Ian Band and business immigration expert Adam Rosser; the team is active in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors, advising clients on temporary work visas, including H-1B, O-1, and permanent residence matters through PERM. Counsel Suzan Kern handles green card applications for employers and maintains a busy pro-bono immigration practice. At the associate level, Sara Harlow advises on family-based immigration matters whilst Lieselot Whitbeck in Miami is the contact for global workforce transfers.

Practice head(s):

Ian Band; Adam Rosser

Testimonials

‘The team assigned to our account is doing an extraordinary job, especially in the current context. They have all stepped up to provide advice and recommendations needed for our immigration matters, in a very efficient way. The online Tracker system has been a great tool supporting our internal reporting.’

‘Adam Rosser, Helena Abebe and Courtland Witherup are providing an outstanding level of customer service to our employees. They provide clear explanations, help improve our internal processes and address urgent issues in a very timely manner. Their expertise is very appreciated from all our partners.’

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize USA

Arcellx, Inc.

ChildFund International, USA

Form Technologies, Inc.

Ideal Semiconductor Devices Corp

LifeHouse Health Services, LLC

Macrogenics, Inc.

Mediacom Communications Corporation

Neuraly, Inc.

Pyxus International, Inc.

Rapt Studio

Ruffian LLC

Telefonica S.A.

Telxius Cable USA, Inc.

Terumo Medical Corp.

Tombras Group, The

WH Smith PLC

Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is regularly engaged in wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment allegations, trade secret matters and issues related to the ERISA. Representing clients from the the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors, among others, the group is well versed in class and collective as well as single-plaintiff claims. The practice’s leadership is split between Los Angeles-based Emily Burkhardt Vicente is experienced in high-stakes litigation proceedings. She jointly heads the practice with Kevin White in Washington DC, who often handles wage and hour and discrimination cases. Also in Washington DC is Ryan Bates, who is skilled in class and collective actions. In Houston, Scott Nelson deals with most employment matters, including ERISA class actions and trade secret disputes. Other key names include Michael Brett Burns and Roland Juarez in Los Angeles and Christopher Pardo in Boston.

Practice head(s):

Emily Burkhardt Vicente; Kevin White

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Represented Marathon Oil in a series of independent contractor litigations in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Western District of Texas.
  • Represented ExxonMobil Corporation in a multi-million dollar Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation case.

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is noted for its effective labor and management-side labor litigation practice. The team is led by Los Angeles-based partner Emily Burkhardt Vicente and Washington DC-based partner Kevin White.

Practice head(s):

Emily Burkhardt Vicente; Kevin White

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s versatile fintech team advises on the full range of industry-relevant issues, including regulatory, finance, data protection, corporate and technology. Clients come from across the market, though the firm is especially known for representing banks, financial services and wealth management companies. Recent mandates have included advice on the launch of new products and platforms, and partnering agreements with fintech companies. The multi-faceted team is spread throughout the firm’s US office network, including Austin’s Erin Fonté, co-chair of the financial institutions corporate and regulatory practice, and New York’s Lisa Sotto, global head of privacy and cybersecurity. Other key partners include Dallas-based Jarrett Hale, co-chair of financial services litigation and compliance, and Washington DC’s Scott Kimpel, a lead contact for blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Practice head(s):

Erin Fonté

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Hunton’s size and expertise in a number of areas – compliance, litigation, bankruptcy, and regulatory matters – allows me to work with them on a variety of issues. In addition to being subject mater experts, they are innovative and responsive.’

‘I work with a number of the Hunton attorneys; Jarrett Hale, Eric Flynn, Greg Hesse, Tara Elgie, Abbie Lyle and Nikki Skolnekovich. I find their expertise to be best in class for a number of legal subject matters and all of them are super responsive. Have always treated me like I’m their most important client.’

‘The practice has a broad range of expertise available making it efficient to source our legal requirements from one firm. I have also found the firm to be flexible in structuring an ongoing working relationship.’

‘All of the attorneys I have met are extremely competent and good to work with. They display a combination of good legal technical knowledge with a pragmatic approach. I particularly enjoy working with Deborah Herzog and Carl Goss on a regular basis.’

Key clients

Addepar

Capital Plus Financial

CoBank, ACB

Cross River Bank & CRB Group

Finxact, Inc.

First West Texas Bancshares

FNZ (UK) Ltd. and FNZ Trust Company

Lead Bank

Lend Street Financial, Inc.

Lyons, Adam

MVB Bank

Quontic Bank

Rakuten

Robinhood Markets

Sutton Bank

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce

Vaster Capital

Velocity Commercial Capital

Verisk Analytics

Yardi Systems

ZeroDown

Work highlights

  • Represnting Quontic Bank, a fintech platform bank and CDFI Fund recipient in New York, on regulatory, corporate and strategic matters, including  the design and implementation of a new checking account rewards product and the bank’s new Bitcoin rewards account product.
  • Advising Cross River Bank on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters, including with the FDIC, and also corporate and contractual advice, including contract negotiations with fintech platforms.
  • Represented FNZ in a joint venture transaction with State Street Bank and Trust (SSBT), in which a newly formed trust company acquired certain assets and liabilities related to SSBT’s Wealth Manager Services business unit.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP capital markets-based practice is based out of Richmond and is led by George Howell and David Wright . The team represents issuers and underwriters on high-value transactions and is skilled in public and private securities offerings, SEC compliance matters and IPO’s — James Davidson is the contact here. In Washington DC, Robert K. Smith  handles capital markets work, particularly 144A offerings and private placements. Federal income tax issues related to equity and mortgage REITs are dealt with by Kendal Sibley who is highly praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

George Howell; David Wright

Other key lawyers:

James Davidson; Robert K. Smith; Kendal Sibley

Testimonials

‘The team at Hunton is dedicated with deep industry and legal knowledge. Their capabilities include the ability to synthesize projects and provide holistic advice. Hunton is an industry leader in the mortgage REIT sector. They provide excellent value for the cost.’

‘Robert Smith offers practical advice that is designed to address the issues at hand without creating structural impediments for the future.

‘George Howell and Kendal Sibley are excellent tax lawyers who are the best in class REIT tax lawyers in country.’

‘The Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP team is responsive to our requests. I receive prompt responses to my inquiries and clear expectations on the timing of deliverables. Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has deep REIT and SEC knowledge while also having a breadth of services to to be able to handle our compensation and benefits needs and other services’

‘James Davidson serves our lead partner and is very good at coordinating the service provided to oour organization. James provides valuable counsel on SEC matters and on other REIT and governance issues

‘Kendal Sibley serves as our tax counsel and has an outstanding understanding of a braod range of REiT taxation issues. Kendal is well known within the REIT industry.

‘Both James and Kendal make an outstanding client service 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.

NewLake Capital Partners, Inc.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Arlington Asset Investment Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented the underwriters in connection with a $650,000,000 public follow-on offering of senior notes by Agree Limited Partnership, the operating partnership of Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE: ADC).
  • Represented Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in connection with its $500,000,000 public follow-on offering of convertible notes.
  • Represented the underwriters in connection with a $400,000,000 public follow-on offering of senior notes by Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.

Real estate Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s real estate practice is split between the Dallas and New York offices, with Howard Schreiber, in Dallas, and Laurie Grasso and Brett Gross in New York co-heading the nationwide offering. In addition to its core focus on acquisition, financing, development and leasing, the team has been increasingly active supporting various blue-chip clients with acquisitions in affordable housing, and life sciences and health care sectors. Dallas and New York based, respectively, Jeff Giese, Matthew Scoville and associate Paul Greco routinely counsel private equity and investor clients, with Greco a regular advisor on top-end private equity mandates.  

Practice head(s):

Howard Schreiber; Laurie Grasso; Brett Gross

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Giese; Matt Scoville; Paul Greco

Testimonials

‘The greater Hunton Andrews Kurth team do an outstanding job of working as a team to leverage the internal expertise across practice groups.’

Key clients

Cove Property Group

Fairstead

L+M Development Partners

Office Properties Income Trust

Patrinely Group, LLC and USAA Real Estate Company, LLC

Pretium

RMR Group

Savanna

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Tishman Speyer

Work highlights

  • Represented Pretium in connection with the $440m sale of a multi-state single-family residential property portfolio, which will facilitate the wind down of their first credit fund. Also represented Pretium with a $300m acquisition of a single family residential property portfolios located in Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Represented Office Properties Income Trust with the acquisition of two office buildings located in Illinois and Georgia.
  • Represented Sonesta International Hotels Corporation in its acquisition of Red Lion Hotels Corporation. This acquisition will make Sonesta one of the largest hotel companies in the country.

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP maintains a strong focus on the electric power sector; the firm regularly acts for electric and gas utilities in defense actions brought under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as well as handling environmental litigation related to energy storage and waste disposal. Other areas of expertise include representation in rate cases, corporate change-in-control proceedings and tariff disputes. Based in Washington DC, practice head Eric Murdock draws on 30 years of litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock

Other key lawyers:

Pete Johnson; Nash Long

Key clients

Potomac Electric Power Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) in connection with an ongoing effort to investigate current and historical environmental conditions at Pepco’s Benning Road facility.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP regularly represents clients before various state regulatory bodies such as the Railroad Commission of Texas. The group handles the gamut of issues before the FERC as well as defending clients’ positions before appellate, federal bankruptcy and state courts. It also handles oil pipeline regulation under the ICA. Environmental law expert Deidre Duncan jointly leads the group with Myles Reynolds who represents natural gas utilities and midstream companies.

Practice head(s):

Deidre Duncan; Myles Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Shemin Proctor; Shannon Broome; Chuck Knauss; Eric Murdock

Key clients

Enbridge

Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska

NWP 12 Litigation Group

Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Speedway

Energy Transfer

Rover Pipeline

ETC Tiger Pipeline

Trunkline Gas Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Marathon Petroleum Corporation in climate change litigation  brought by cities and counties in California, claiming that the client and other oil and gas companies are liable under state common law nuisance and product liability theories.
  • Representing Energy Transfer in several proceedings in which recent FERC orders announced either new initiatives or changes to policy.
  • Represented NWP 12 Litigation Group in a crucial victory in the US Supreme Court for a coalition of oil and gas industry groups; the Supreme Court’s decision stays a federal district court order that prevented the use of an important Clean Water Act (CWA) nationwide permit by oil and gas pipelines.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s workload includes high-end M&A arising out of the financial services, real estate, hospitality and energy sectors, where the team advises both public and private companies on a range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues. The practice is also noted for its capability in ESOP transactions. In the firm’s Austin office, practice co-leader Anthony Eppert advises on section 409A issues, while Dallas-based Scott Austin focuses on the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions, as well as ERISA fiduciary compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Eppert; Scott Austin

Key clients

Capstead Mortgage Corporation

CRB Group, Inc.

Dana Incorporated

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Evan Stone (Double Bottomline)

Finance of America Equity Capital LLC

GAINSCO

Happy Bancshares, Inc.

Hilcorp Energy Company

IES Holdings, Inc.

MV Transportation

Newlake Capital Partners Inc.

NuStar Energy L.P.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

Patrinely Group, LLC

Performance Food Group Company

Special Committee of Pure Acquisition Corp.

Spirit of Texas, SSB

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

SPB Hospitality LLC

Stakeholder Midstream

Sunlight Financial, LLC

Vopak Americas (Royal Vopak)

Work highlights

  • Represented Sunlight Financial LLC in its merger with Spartan Acquisition Corp. II.
  • Advised Capstead Mortgage Corp. in its merger with Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc.
  • Represented NewLake Capital Partners, Inc. in its sale to GreenAcreage Real Estate Corp.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Renowned by clients for its market-leading capabilities in REIT transactions, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is regularly sought out by some of the leading institutional investors, insurers, and utilities companies for assistance in a host of matters. Richmond-based practice co-head Cecelia Philipps Horner  anchors the firm’s securitization and REIT offering, most recently handling a growing volume of triple-net lease and crop-loan securitizations. Also in Richmond, Kendal Sibley represents public and private REITs in all manner of qualification and structuring issues. Houston-based co-head Robert McNamara focuses his practice on renewable energy tax, including carbon capture incentives, transactions, and MLPs. Washington DC-based Hilary Lefko is recommended for renewable energy projects and tax credit matters.

Practice head(s):

Cecelia Philipps Horner; Robert McNamara

Other key lawyers:

Kendal Sibley; George Howell; Hilary Lefko

Testimonials

‘The leading tax practice in the mortgage REIT sector. They provide excellent value.’

‘George Howell and Kendal Sibley are excellent tax lawyers, and the best in class REIT tax lawyers in country.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Duke Energy Corporation

MFA Financial

Annaly Capital Management

Ellington Management Group

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Crestwood Equity Partners LP

Insight Equity I LP

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Pretium Partners, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented 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.
  • Advised PG&E Corporation and its utility subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Company in connection with various debt issuances and bank financings in connection with PG&E’s and the Utility’s exit from Chapter 11.
  • Advised an investment corporation in a public follow-on offering of 7.00% Convertible Senior Notes, due in 2023.

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP advises clients across the retail, financial services, manufacturing and energy sectors on a range of compensations and benefits matters, ranging from qualified and non-qualified defined contribution retirement plans and welfare benefit plans to equity and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements. In Austin, Anthony Eppert focuses on ESOPs, while Scott Austin, who operates from the firm’s Dallas office, handles deferred compensation issues. Eppert and Austin lead the practice alongside Washington DC-based David Mustone, who advises on the ERISA aspects of employee benefits matters.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Eppert; Scott Austin; David Mustone

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Agostinho; Kelly Ultis; Michelle Lewis

Testimonials

‘The team has broad-based experience and seems familiar with a wide range of issues. I like that they offer regular webinars on employee benefits topics.’

‘Scott Austin and Michelle Lewis are both very responsive to my requests. Scott is also proactive in reaching out to let me know about new developments and to ensure I am aware of approaching deadlines. He does a good job of enlisting the right person to work on our matters and seems to be a good supervisor and project manager.’

Key clients

Dana Incorporated

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Ennis Inc.

DTE Energy Company

Hilcorp Energy Company

IES Holdings, Inc.

MV Transportation

NuStar Energy L. P.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

Performance Food Group Company

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

SPB Hospitality LLC

Sunlight Financial, LLC

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

The practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides strategic advice on a vast array of matters, with its team well versed in the handling of both in and out-of-court corporate restructurings, as well as reorganizations. Co-head Timothy Davidson, based in Houston, has particular expertise within pre-bankruptcy workouts and counter-party risks related to mergers, acquisitions and general corporate transactions. Co-head Tyler Brown, based in Richmond, is well equipped to advise both debtor and creditor sides in bankruptcy matters.

Practice head(s):

Tyler Brown; Timothy Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Rovira; Justin Paget; Ashley Harper

Testimonials

‘Hunton is a full service firm with exceptional attorneys available to meet virtually any legal need a client may require. Moreover, their availability and responsiveness is unmatched.’

‘Hunton invests in understanding their client’s business dealings, which translates into superior legal advice. Moreover, they are consistently available, even at the highest levels of the firm, and are quickly able to provide elite level legal service at a moment’s notice.’

Key clients

Limetree Bay Terminals, LLC

Guitar Center, Inc.

Apache Corporation

J. Crew Group, Inc.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Buckingham Senior Living Community, Inc.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Williamson Memorial Hospital, LLC

Sundance Energy, Inc.

MFA Financial, Inc.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Intelsat S.A.

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

Sable Permian Resources, LLC

Superior Energy Services, Inc.

Hi-Crush Inc.

Proprietary Capital LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Limetree Bay Terminals in the bankruptcy proceedings of Limetree Bay Refining, filing in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Represented J. Crew, an American multi-brand, multi-channel, specialty retailer, as co-counsel, in its chapter 11 cases.
  • Represented Apache Corporation in the Fieldwood Energy bankruptcy proceeding filed in the Southern District of Texas.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is 'expert in technology agreements', including technology M&A, outsourcing and IP transactions. Key partners include global technology and outsourcing co-head Randall Parks in Richmond and IP co-head Tyler Maddry in Washington DC.

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.

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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)

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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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