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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
ONE BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA, SUITE 1400
421 FAYETTEVILLE STREET MALL
RALEIGH, NC 27601
United States

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

Alongside a range of more typical work in the CMBS/RMBS space, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has strong relationships with the government-sponsored entities. Amy Williams in Richmond advises Ginnie Mae on its REMIC issuances, while Brent Lewis and Janet McCrae regularly sit across the table from Freddie Mac, representing the initial purchasers of many of its Structured Agency Credit Risk notes. The practice group is jointly led by Tom Hiner in New York and Richmond-based Mike Nedzbala, who recently advised Capital One on its exit from the residential mortgage business. Other names to note include Steven Becker, who has recently advised on the securitization of home equity lines of credit, and Eric Burner, who has been active in non-QM deals. Serena Mentor joined as counsel in May 2019 from an in-house role at Wells Fargo.

Practice head(s):

Mike Nedzbala; Tom Hiner

Testimonials

‘Hunton has expert, extensive knowledge of the topic. It always impresses.’

‘Kevin Buckley is unlike any attorney I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Our in-house team is repeatedly struck by his comprehensive understanding of what are often encyclopedic loan securitization documents.  He seems to effortlessly translate that keen understanding into expert legal advice in real time. When dealing with complex securitization issues, which implicate interests on the multi-million dollar level, his judgment, diligence and ethics have been indispensable.’

‘Kevin Buckley’s availability and response time is superb. Attention to detail, amazing recall.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Wells Fargo Bank

Ginnie Mae

Angelo Gordon & Co.

Thirdpoint

Fannie Mae

Kroll Bond Rating Agency

Front Yard Residential

Angel Oak Capital Advisors

Capital One

Cross River Bank

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 1

Bringing together expertise in environmental disciplines including air, water, chemicals, natural resources and climate change law, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handles cutting-edge work covering multi-jurisdictional regulatory matters, compliance and enforcement proceedings. Led from the firm's DC office, the team is routinely involved in high-profile regulatory cases that help shape law under federal environmental statutes. Deidre Duncan has core strength in high-profile CWA matters, while Makram Jaber focuses on matters involving the Clean Air Act, New Source Review program and Hazardous Air Pollutants. Environmental compliance is a key area of activity for Eric Murdock, who also has in-depth knowledge of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Chuck Knauss specializes in environmental and energy legislation, regulation and policy issues, while Andrew Turner is proficient in matters involving the Endangered Species Act. A name to note in the San Francisco office is Tom Boer, who has experience in emergency response, regulatory agency enforcement actions, and environmental compliance related to the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. Climate change specialist Shannon Broome is another contact in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan; Makram Jaber

Other key lawyers:

Tom Boer; Shannon Broome; Chuck Knauss; Andrew Turner; Allison Wood; Clare Ellis; Andrew Knudsen

Key clients

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Air Permitting Forum

Dominion Energy  Services

Agrium

Cargill

Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Vulcan Materials Company

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP's New York-based privacy and cybersecurity team is recognized by clients for its 'unparalleled expertise' and 'refreshing pragmatism to help navigate the labyrinth of the legal and regulatory landscape'. The group has experience across the full range of matters, including breaches, compliance projects and transactions, and boasts particular expertise in the financial services, private equity, technology, and retail sectors. In the past year, the team has been particularly busy advising clients on compliance with the CCPA, as well as on biometric data regulations. It is also assisting clients with data-monetization products and is increasingly acting for private equity clients in corporate transactions. Lisa Sotto, who according to one client is 'the gold standard for privacy and cybersecurity matters', leads the practice group, which also includes 'a world-class team of smart, hard-working, responsive associates'. Aaron Simpson takes the lead on privacy and cybersecurity work for private equity firms, while Phyllis Marcus has particular experience in advising consumer electronics, interactive gaming companies, and internet-connected device manufacturers on compliance with the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). For advice on cybersecurity preparedness, Paul Tiao, who also has experience advising clients on the Supporting Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act, is a name to note. 'Shining star' Brittany Bacon is highlighted for her breadth of experience in assisting clients with both cybersecurity incidents and developing global privacy compliance programs.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Sotto

Testimonials

The breadth of the team’s capabilities by subject matter and jurisdiction make them thought-leaders I consult first on data privacy and protection matters.’

Very commercial approach, keen to take time to understand the risk profile of the client and its need. Great knowledge and understanding of global privacy laws.

Expert knowledge and ability to provide practical business solutions in an ever-evolving privacy landscape.

The Hunton team is second to none. It is local as well as international, and is particularly strong in maintaining a high quality of work irrespective of changes in resource or jurisdiction. I don’t have to explain to every attorney our business and structure because the team knows us. Clients’ institutional knowledge is acquired and maintained by the firm. This is both efficient and reassuring.

Hunton’s focus of work has been on CCPA applicability and compliance data breach preparation. They reflect a deep practice generally on federal law and specifically in CA and NY.

Unparalleled expertise, work product quality, responsiveness coupled with a refreshing pragmatism to help navigate the labyrinth of the legal and regulatory landscape.

Aaron Simpson is highly practical and can cut through the fog of ambiguous data privacy and protection rules and regulations and help you get your hands around the actual risk associated with the requirement and advise you efficiently on mitigation strategies.

Having good resources in the Hunton AK London and Brussels offices gives them a front row seat to everything unfolding in the UK and EU. The team includes subject matter experts in several areas.

Aaron Simpson is an outstanding lawyer and individual. Him and his team delivers very high value service to the client, in a prompt, commercial and reasonable way.

We have enjoyed working with all of the Hunton Andrews Kurth attorneys in the subject practice areas, Brittany Bacon in particular.  Brittany has been a valued contributor to our overall privacy program for many years and has taken the time to not only learn but prioritize our business needs.

Lisa Sotto is by far the country’s gold standard for privacy and cybersecurity 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.

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. Aaron provides creative and business oriented solutions.

Bacon Brittany was a rising star and is now a shining star. She is extremely detailed oriented, resourceful and an on-the-spot thinker who will clearly articulate the issue and provide a clear and viable path forward.

We chose the firm because Aaron Simpson appeared to possess what we needed. We couldn’t be more pleased. They have been completely responsive and extremely helpful. Turnaround is great and advice wise and based on extensive experience across many sectors.

Lisa Sotto’s skill and confidence as an expert and as a leader are evident and have allowed her to assemble a world class team of smart, hard-working, responsive associates who have taken up her professional example.

Key clients

Yahoo!

Dunkin Brands

Vivint

Tiffany & Co.

The Western Union Company

Hudson’s Bay Company

Verisk Analytics

Silver Lake

Carhartt

David Yurman

Best Buy

Procter & Gamble

Viacom

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Led from Washington DC by Jeffrey SchroederEric Pogue and David LowmanHunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a strong track record for developers, sponsors, end-users and investors engaged in the financing, development and acquisition of renewable energy and clean power projects and portfolios. Although the practice is fairly broad-based, it has developed a particularly strong reputation on behalf of commercial banks, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, on tax equity financings, both from a single project and portfolio perspective.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder; Eric Pogue; David Lowman

Other key lawyers:

Laura Jones; Jo Anne Sirgado; Timothy Unger; Geoffrey Lorenz; Michael Klaus; Hilary Lefko

Key clients

Allianz Renewable Energy Partners of America

Bank of America

DTE Power & Industrial

Duke Energy Corporation

GE Energy Financial Services, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP stands out for its strong presence in the energy sector, where it handles multi-party environmental litigation in federal and state courts across the country, including in the Supreme Court. The practice group is jointly headed by three partners in Washington DC: Eric Murdock, who is especially active in enforcement action defense; Deidre Duncan, a key advisor to oil and gas clients on litigation involving environmental statues including NEPA and NHPA; and Makram Jaber, who focuses on matters relating to the Clean Air Act. Also in DC, William Brownell represents clients in the electric utility and energy sectors, Chuck Knauss is a contact for work in the automotive and transportation industries, and Andrew Turner is the name to note for Endangered Species Act litigation. In San Francisco, Tom Boer has a strong track record in defending citizen suits, and Shannon Broome is noted for her extensive expertise in climate change matters.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan; Makram Jaber

Other key lawyers:

William Brownell; Chuck Knauss; Andrew Turner; Tom Boer; Shannon Broome; Allison Wood; Samuel Brown; Clare Ellis; Andrew Knudsen

Key clients

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Air Permitting Forum

Dominion Energy  Services

Agrium

Cargill

Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Vulcan Materials Company

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP's East Coast trademark team handles clearance, registration, licensing, enforcement and portfolio management matters. Contacts in the firm's DC office include practice co-head John Gary Maynard, who has particular strength in handling domain name issues, and Susan Smith, who is rated for her work in overseas portfolio management. New York-based joint practice head James Rosini advises major retailers, banks and software companies on a host of trademark portfolio issues, and Jonathan Reichman (also in New York) is a name to note for portfolio management in the entertainment industry. Also recommended is Richmond-based Stephen Demm, who specializes in trademark counseling and prosecution.

Practice head(s):

John Gary Maynard; James Rosini

Key clients

United States Olympic Committee

Ahold Delhaize

Extended Stay Hotels

Interval International

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is consistently ranked among the league leaders in mid-market M&A by deal volume, and indeed, with its strong footprint across the US and in commercial centers throughout Europe and Asia, the corporate group is routinely involved in transactions on a national and international scale. The M&A practice group is jointly headed by Steven Patterson in Washington DC and Steven Haas in Richmond, both of whom advise on a range of governance, shareholder activism and other fiduciary duty matters, in addition to maintaining active transactional practices. Other key contacts in the corporate team include Houston-based Michael O’Leary and oil and gas practice co-head Ashley Burns MuehlbergerFernando Alonso leads the Latin America team from the Miami office, and has experience acting for Spanish financial institutions and corporates. Gary Thompson chairs the public company M&A practice in the Richmond office.

Practice head(s):

Steve Patterson; Steven Haas

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Leary; Ashley Burns Muehlberger; Robert Jewell; Fernando Alonso; Allen Goolsby; Gary Thompson

Testimonials

‘Robert Jewell and Michael O’Leary are super-good lawyers in securities and M&A’.

‘Robert Jewell has great experience and adds value to all types of transactions’.

‘Michael O’Leary provides super M&A counsel and strong experience in all types of deals’.

‘The depth of knowledge and experience of their financial institution practice group is unmatched by any other firm I know’. 

‘They not only know the law and regulations, they know the players in the space’.          

‘Steve Haas and his team were extremely knowledgeable and valuable’.

‘They advised us as a committee every step of the way’.             

‘Steve Haas and his entire team did a great job, they worked tirelessly to get the transactions done regardless of commitment or the time involved’.  

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize Group

Altria

Antero Midstream GP

Banco de Sabadell

Banco Santander

Carlisle Companies

Dana

Darden Restaurants

Diageo

Duke Energy Corporation

Energy Transfer Partners

Entegra Financial Corp.

Enterprise Products Partners

Evercore Partners

FCC Fomento de Construccion Y Contratas

GSO Capital Partners

Hall of Fame Village (the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH)

Huntington Ingalls Industries

InfraREIT

Liberty Tax

Lowe’s Companies

Noble Midstream Partners

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

RAM Telecommunications International

Raytheon Company

Rotoplas/Molding Acquisition Corp.

Sabine Oil & Gas Holdings

Service Properties Trust (formerly known as Hospitality Properties Trust)

Shell Midstream Partners GP

Smithfield Foods

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Sucro Can Sourcing/SC Americas

The Hershey Company

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

TRU Kids Brands

Viper Energy Partners GP and Viper Energy Partners

WGL Midstream

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

The practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handles a mix of IT and business process outsourcing agreements, representing clients in the retail, energy, financial services and telecoms sectors. Procurements, SaaS, and cloud are some of its key areas of expertise. Randall Parks heads the practice from the Richmond office, which also includes Jeffrey Harvey, who specializes in complex technology outsourcing transactions, and the 'fantasticAndrew Geyer, known for his strength in the energy, retail and consumer products industries. The Washington DC office is home to the highly regarded Cecilia Oh, as well as associate Jessica Yeshman. The firm’s hiring of Eric Link – a former procurement official with the Virginia state government has strengthened the firm’s presence in the public sector outsourcing space.

Practice head(s):

Randall Parks

Testimonials

‘A very strong practice with valuable insight, templates, and experience.’

Andrew Geyer is a fantastic partner and I would welcome the chance to work with him again.’

Key clients

Altria Group, Inc.

CoBank

Eddie Bauer LLC

H.I.G. Capital, LLC

TRU Kids Parent, LLC

Delaware North Companies, Inc.

ScanSource, Inc.

Ahold Delhaize

Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.

Ace Hardware Corporation

Baylor Scott & White Health

Owens & Minor, Inc.

The Hershey Company

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

Specializing in complex tort litigation, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has experience in multi-plaintiff suits, multidistrict litigation, class actions, and individual plaintiff cases. The firm represents clients from a range of industries and has particular expertise defending large companies, manufacturers, retailers, and distributors in asbestos litigation. Richmond-based Alexandra Cunningham acts for corporate clients nationwide in product liability and catastrophic injury cases, with a focus on mass torts and toxic torts. She co-leads the team with Georgia Lucier, who practices from the Houston office and is known for commercial litigation matters and related issues, notably personal injury and fiduciary litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Cunningham; Georgia Lucier

Other key lawyers:

Michael Mueller; Tom Waskom

Key clients

Alfa Laval

Smithfield Foods

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

Samsung Electronics America and Samsung Electronics

Georgia-Pacific

Edgewell Personal Care Company

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Following its name-making merger in 2018, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP continues to raise its profile in the capital markets space. The group’s keen sector focus on energy, utilities, retail and REITs pays dividends and it is consistently involved in major debt deals across all four core areas. The practice is well-weighted between issuer and underwriter-side mandates and it notably serves as issuer’s or underwriter’s counsel to over 100 public companies. Houston-based Courtney Cochran Butler co-heads the national capital markets group and her broad industry focus takes in energy, utilities, retail and technology-related transactions. Susan Failla co-heads the team from New York and has a focus on companies in the consumer products, energy, information services and financial services industries. In Houston, corporate co-head Michael O’Leary is noted for his emphasis on energy-related public and private offerings. Peter O’Brien and David Wright also co-head the group from New York and Richmond respectively. Richmond-based Mayme Beth Donohue is an impressive associate.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc.

Altria Group, Inc.

American Electric Power Company, Inc.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc.

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc.

Avangrid, Inc.

Barclays Capital Inc.

BNY Capital Markets, LLC

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc.

American Electric Power Company, Inc.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc.

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc.

Avangrid, Inc.

Barclays Capital Inc.

BNY Capital Markets, LLC

CenterPoint Energy Inc.

Chatham Lodging Trust

Chimera Investment Corporation

City Office REIT, Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Darden

Duke Energy Corp

Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Evergy, Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Great Plains Energy Incorporated

Hersha Hospitality Trust

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Just Energy Group Inc.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

MFA Financial, Inc.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

National Fuel Gas Company

NextEra Energy, Inc.

NGL Energy Partners LP

NuStar Energy L.P.

NiSource, Inc.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

PG&E Corporation

Philip Morris International Inc.

Puget Sound Energy, Inc.

Royal Ahold Delhaize

Sanchez Midstream Partners LP

The Southern Company

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Sunoco LP

TETRA Technologies, Inc.

UBS Investment Bank

Westar Energy, Inc.

WEC Energy Group, Inc.

Xcel Energy Inc.

Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s clear sector focus pays dividends and the firm has established itself as a key player in offerings involving the REIT, energy, power, energy, retail and financial services spheres. In particular, the power and utilities capital markets team secures a significant share of that market segment and acts as either issuer’s or underwriters’ counsel for over 60 utilities industry clients. Among the names to note, Houston-based Michael O’Leary is recognized for his strong profile in energy-related offerings. Houston-based group co-head Courtney Cochran Butler is also noted for her deep experience in energy transactions. In New York, department co-head Peter O’Brien has a broad capital markets practice, with a focus on the power industry. New York-based Susan Failla and Richmond-based David Wright also co-lead the group.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Leary; Christina Kwon

Key clients

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc.

American Electric Power Company, Inc.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc.

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc.

Avangrid, Inc.

Barclays Capital Inc.

BNY Capital Markets, LLC

CenterPoint Energy Inc.

Chatham Lodging Trust

Chimera Investment Corporation

City Office REIT, Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Duke Energy Corp

Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Evergy, Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Great Plains Energy Incorporated

Hersha Hospitality Trust

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Just Energy Group Inc.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

MFA Financial, Inc.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

National Fuel Gas Company

NextEra Energy, Inc.

NGL Energy Partners LP

NuStar Energy L.P.

NiSource, Inc.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

PG&E Corporation

Puget Sound Energy, Inc.

Sanchez Midstream Partners LP

The Southern Company

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Sunoco LP

TETRA Technologies, Inc.

UBS Investment Bank

Westar Energy, Inc.

WEC Energy Group, Inc.

Xcel Energy Inc.

Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield

The practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is significantly weighted towards manager-side matters and it is often engaged by major bulge bracket banks. The firm also handles issuer-side work, particularly in its industry sweet spots of energy, utilities, gaming and healthcare. Among its other distinguishing factors, the group’s solid project finance offering positions it to advise on complex project financings completed through the issuance of high-yield notes. In Houston, Henry Havre is noted for his strong activity in energy-related high-yield offerings, where he represents issuers, underwriters and private equity funds. Houston-based Michael O’Leary co-heads the firm’s corporate team and is also noted for energy-related transactions. The capital markets department is co-led by Susan Failla and Peter O’Brien in New York, together with Houston-based Courtney Cochran Butler and Richmond’s David Wright.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc.

American Electric Power Company, Inc.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc.

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc.

Avangrid, Inc.

Barclays Capital Inc.

BNY Capital Markets, LLC

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc.

American Electric Power Company, Inc.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc.

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc.

Avangrid, Inc.

Barclays Capital Inc.

BNY Capital Markets, LLC

CenterPoint Energy Inc.

Chatham Lodging Trust

Chimera Investment Corporation

City Office REIT, Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Duke Energy Corp

Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Evergy, Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Great Plains Energy Incorporated

Hersha Hospitality Trust

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Just Energy Group Inc.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

MFA Financial, Inc.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

National Fuel Gas Company

NextEra Energy, Inc.

NGL Energy Partners LP

NuStar Energy L.P.

NiSource, Inc.

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

PG&E Corporation

Puget Sound Energy, Inc.

Sanchez Midstream Partners LP

The Southern Company

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Sunoco LP

TETRA Technologies, Inc.

UBS Investment Bank

Westar Energy, Inc.

WEC Energy Group, Inc.

Xcel Energy Inc.

Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Finance > Project finance

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is a highly respected counsel to sponsors, developers, and lenders on conventional and renewable power projects. The team regularly advises on tax equity financings and has recently represented major lending institutions on multimillion-dollar community solar hedging transactions. While lawyers regularly sit on both sides of the table, when it comes to conventional power deals it is especially strong on the sponsor side. The multidisciplinary team runs the gamut of finance, tax, environmental, real estate, and regulatory advice, and has deep expertise of every stage of the project life-cycle, from greenfield developments through to portfolio divestitures. The majority of the team works out of Washington DC, where highly-rated practice head, Jeffrey Schroeder, partner John Tormey, and renewables co-chair Eric Pogue are based. New York houses several experienced partners, including Michael Madden and Jo Anne Sirgado, while Michael Klaus in San Francisco is very active on the lender side.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder

Key clients

Allianz Renewable Energy Partners of America

Bank of America

De Lage Landen Financial Services

DTE Power and Industrial

Duke Energy Corporation

GE Energy Financial Services

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP's core team handles a mix of transactional support and standalone regulatory work, with ratemaking, rulemaking and enforcement cases being core to the practice. The group is also particularly strong at representing clients before FERC, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and the Virginia State Corporation Commission. While it has historically advised ISOs, the practice has recently grown its client base of electric utilities. Myles Reynolds leads the practice from Dallas and represents natural gas utilities, midstream companies, electric utilities, and other energy businesses;  he frequently acts in proceedings before PUCT and FERC. Tab Urbantke in Dallas regularly handles the risk and regulatory aspects of project developments and capital markets and commercial energy transactions. In New York and Richmond, Kevin Jones focuses on the electric sector, and Washington DC's Deidre Duncan is a key figure for environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Myles Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Ted Murphy; William Bronwell; Kristy Bulleit; Tab Urbantke; Kevin Jones; Deidre Duncan

Testimonials

‘They are highly experienced and capable of handling most any energy related matters before state and federal agencies. They have keen insight into my company and its culture and, therefore, can more effectively represent us.’

Tab Urbantke is technically skilled at an elite level and displays great judgment, character, and people skills.

Myles Reynolds has tried cases across the US.

Key clients

AEP

Beal Bank

Cross Texas Transmission

Independent Electricity System Operator (Ontario)

New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)

Oncor Electric Delivery Company

Southwest Transmission

Vistra Energy Corporation

Southern Company

Dominion Energy

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Led from Houston by Harve Truskett and Hal HaltomHunton Andrews Kurth LLP's oil and gas practice group advises an eclectic mix of clients, including independent producers, multinational oil companies, investors, and transportation and pipeline companies, across a wide array of onshore and offshore matters, from both a domestic and international perspective. 'Very strong' corporate co-head Michael O’Leary is regularly at the forefront of the firm's most significant oil and gas M&A and capital markets-related work for public companies, private equity sponsors and financial institutions; he recently advised Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners on its $3.6bn acquisition of the majority of the assets of Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings and Oryx Delaware Holdings. In addition to a steady pipeline of M&A mandates in the upstream and midstream sectors, the firm is also regularly engaged in commercial activity, including in relation to the drafting of exploration and development agreements, joint operating agreements, and oilfield service contracts.

Practice head(s):

Harve Truskett; Hal Haltom

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Leary; Robert Jewell; Parker Lee; Taylor Landry; Phil Haines; Ian Goldberg; Ming Lei

Testimonials

Michael O’Leary is very strong and easy to work with.

Key clients

Apache Corporation

Hilcorp Energy Company

Sunoco LP

Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation

NGL Energy Partners

Trinidad Drilling Ltd.

ONEOK Partners, L.P.

QEP Resources, Inc.

Stakeholder Midstream

Blackbuck Resources

KeyBank

Warren Resources

Board of Directors of Viper Energy Partners

Waterfield Midstream

DCP Midstream

Polaris Production Partners

Offshore Domestic Group, LLC

Antero Midstream GP LP (Special Committee)

Sinopec

Tapstone Energy, LLC

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a strong record in first-party property and business-interruption losses, with a particular niche in work for hospitality and travel industry clients. Walter Andrews, who leads the team from Miami, advised Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines on insurance coverage. Another key area of work lies in representing energy industry insureds in coverage matters arising from facility accidents. The practice also has experience in third-party liability cases involving bodily injury claims, toxic tort claims, and environmental clean-ups and damages. Lorelie Masters, based in Washington DC, is an expert in product liability, fiduciary liability, and cyber insurance. The group also has an office in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Walter Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Lorelie Masters; Lawrence Bracken

Testimonials

‘Lorelie Masters is one of the leading experts on policyholders’ law in the United States’

Key clients

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

HIG Capital

Inland Private Capital

Ranger Construction Industries

Empire Generating Company

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

The Children’s Place

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Williams Companies

A national drive-thru restaurant chain

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP combines broad sector coverage with a highly technical team that includes a number of practitioners with science and engineering degrees as well as in-house experience. The medical device, pharmaceutical and bioinformatics sectors remain significant sources of licensing work for the team, but the caseload also includes clients specializing in telecoms, electronics, financial services and industrial equipment. As part of a full-service firm, the group can draw on the firm's strengths in related practice areas, such as cybersecurity and privacy, corporate, tax or antitrust. The heads of the practice are John Flock and James Rosini in New York and Washington DC trio Tyler Maddry, John Gary Maynard and Michael Oakes. Other key lawyers are based in the Houston office. Throughout 2019 Shawn O’Dowd joined Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. in Washington DC, Rose Cordero Prey and Robert King joined Greenberg Traurig LLP, in New York and Atlanta respectively, Eric Hanson joined Polsinelli PC's Atlanta office and James Mahon became in-house counsel at NET Power, LLC.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Gary Abelev; Gregory Porter; Jeffrey Dodd; Paul Ackerman

Key clients

Asator Global Technologies

Molecular Rebar Design LLC and Bio-Pact

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

New York University

Betesh Group

Blossom Innovations

Reveal Energy Services

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP's trademark litigation practice 'combines substantive knowledge with practicality', advising on a range of trademark, trade dress and domain name disputes. The team fields a number of 'talented lawyers', though clients have singled out Richmond-based practice co-head John Gary Maynard in particular, a 'savvy, experienced litigation partner'. Contacts in Washington DC include Edward Colbert and Susan Smith, who have acted for key clients including the US Olympic Committee. Jonathan Reichman is a name to note in New York for trademark matters in the entertainment industry, and IP practice co-head James Rosini is a market-leading litigator in the areas of banking, software and insurance.

Practice head(s):

John Gary Maynard; James Rosini

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hunton’s trademark litigation practice benefits from a savvy, experienced litigation partner in John Gary Maynard, supported by other talented lawyers, such as Josh Kalb. They combine substantive knowledge with practicality.’

Key clients

United States Olympic Committee

Ahold Delhaize

Woodstock Ventures

Dish Network

William Grant & Sons

Commonwealth of Virginia

Accident Fund Holdings

TBWA Worldwide

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP boasts a strong financial services regulatory practice, which has experience acting for clients in the fintech sector. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Dallas-based Erin Fonté, who joined the team from Dykema Gossett PLLC. Fonté now heads the practice group, and has a breadth of financial regulatory experience, with a particular focus in payment systems, and the payments space more generally. The cross-departmental team includes cybersecurity expert Lisa Sotto and consumer lending specialist Steven Becker, both of whom are based in New York. Scott Kimpel is a contact in Washington DC; he has particular experience in matters involving blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Names to note for financial services litigation include Jarrett Hale ('deep knowledge and also a broad industry view') and Tara Elgie, who are based in Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Erin Fonté

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Generally the team has both a broad and deep expertise across the house and collaborate really well together for the benefit of their clients. This capability is a real strength comparatively. With other firms I find myself seeking additional external support to fill in the blanks.

Steve Becker is very available and adept at bringing strong teams together to solve problems.

Jarrett Hale brings expertise with both a deep knowledge and also a broad industry view (very “plugged in”) which is very helpful.

Counsel Eric Flynn provides daily support. Broad knowledge and very thoughtful advice. We can trust the information he provides which is critical.

Key clients

Yardi Systems

Velocity Commercial Capital

Verisk Analytics

Robinhood Markets

Lend Street Financial

Vaster Capital

Cross River Bank

MVB Bank

Independent Community Bankers of America

Lending Club

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

Rated for its ‘strong knowledge of the REIT industry’, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP acts for underwriters, sponsors and lenders in relation to public and privately-owned REITs. The team has expertise in a variety of REIT matters, including IPOs, financing transactions and public securities offerings, private placements, M&A and joint ventures. It also handles strategic corporate governance and REIT taxation. Hotel and mortgage REITs are a specific focus with the practice routinely advising on their formation. George Howell, famed for his ‘deep knowledge of REIT products and tax laws’, jointly chairs the department in Richmond alongside David Wright.

Practice head(s):

George Howell; David Wright

Other key lawyers:

Mark Wickersham; Robert Smith

Testimonials

‘The firm and practice is extremely responsive and accessible. They have strong knowledge of the industry and are very easy to work with providing practical advice and counsel.’

‘George Howell: Deep knowledge of REIT products and tax laws Robert Smith: Provides practical and thoughtful advice.’

Key clients

Annaly Capital Management (mortgage REIT)

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (lodging REIT)

MFA Financial (mortgage REIT)

Summit Hotel Properties (lodging REIT)

Hersha Hospitality Trust

Chimera Investment Corporation

City Office REIT

AG Mortgage Investment Trust

Chatham Lodging Trust

Xenia Hotels & Resorts

Real estate > Real estate Tier 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP acts for real estate developers and investors in multi-jurisdictional transactions, urban investment and redevelopment matters, private-public ventures and commercial leasing. Jointly headed by Howard Schreiber in Dallas and Carl Schwartz in New York, the team is active across a range of real estate and planning matters, including property acquisitions and dispositions, developments and construction, commercial loan transactions, and real estate-related M&A. The team has particular strengths in hospitality, healthcare and natural resources projects, though it has experience in all major commercial asset classes, including industrial, retail, multi-family residential and mixed-use properties.

Practice head(s):

Howard Schreiber; Carl Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Giese; Kathleen Wu

Key clients

Baylor Scott & White Health

Beal Bank and its affiliates including CSG Investments and CLG Hedge Fund

Hospitality Properties Trust

Chatham Lodging Trust

New York State Urban Development Corporation (d/b/a Empire State Development)

Patrinely Group

Savanna Partners

Nahla Capital Management

Tishman Speyer

Westmont Hospitality Group

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has significant oil and gas expertise across multiple offices, including its Houston, Dallas and Washington DC bases. The practice has particular prominence in climate change nuisance disputes and pipeline litigation including environmental permit cases; it also has a steady caseload of mainstream oil and gas litigation including royalty and rate cases. San Francisco managing partner Shannon Broome is noted for environmental cases with particular expertise in climate change disputes and Clean Air Act matters. Washington DC's Deidre Duncan is co-head of the environmental practice and a key name for pipeline disputes, Washington DC partner Chuck Knauss is singled out for climate change cases, and Houston's Alexis Gomez is also a noteworthy individual. Eric Murdock leads the administrative law team. Makram Jaber joined McGuireWoods LLP in 2020.

Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. has a key client base of major oil and gas companies and other industry players. The group has an extensive track record in royalty, lease and commercial litigation, and also handles sizeable arbitration proceedings. The practice also leverages its unique office in The Woodlands, the oil and gas hub outside Houston, alongside significant presence in Houston itself, and stands out for its significant team of senior appellate lawyers in Texas. Craig Stahl is an experienced practitioner in royalty payments and joint operating agreement disputes, and has notable expertise in class actions. Houston's Michael Mazzone and David Ammons are key trial lawyers with extensive oil and gas industry knowledge, and Jeffrey Keuhnle is also highly rated. Named individuals are based in The Woodlands unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Chevron

Energy Transfer Partners

GE Oil and Gas

Phillips 66

Summit Petroleum

Chemical Safety Advocacy

Group 5

Texas Oil and Gas Association

Andeavor (formerly Tesoro)

Marathon Petroleum

Practice head(s):

Craig Stahl; Michael Mazzone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Solid Texas oil and gas litigation group with a big bench. Good depth and knowledge across the state.

‘Has experienced lawyers working in the oil and gas industry in the Houston office. We use them on a regular basis to provide relevant, timely, and sage representation.’

David Ammons shows responsiveness, client attention and practical application of knowledge.

Key clients

Chevron

Hess

ConocoPhillips

Finley Resources

Burlington Resources

Four Point Energy

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP stands out for regulatory matters relating to natural gas pipelines including rates, tariffs, abandonment mandates, capacity release requirements, enforcement work and other contractual issues. The group is also experienced in environmental, regulatory compliance and enforcement defense for interstate and intrastate oil and gas pipeline companies. Washington DC partner Shemin Proctor is experienced in Section 4 and Section 5 rate and tariff proceedings, and certificate, abandonment, and complaint proceedings before FERC. In Dallas, Myles Reynolds represents natural gas utilities and midstream companies in litigation before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and FERC; while in San Francisco, Shannon Broome is noted for climate change and environmental claims in the oil and gas industry. Washington DC-based practitioners Deidre Duncan and Chuck Knauss are also rated for environmental regulatory matters; and Eric Murdock leads the administrative law team from DC.

Practice head(s):

Myles Reynolds; Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan

Testimonials

Responds quickly to requests and the work product is comprehensive and complete.’

‘Shemin Proctor is extremely knowledgeable and responsive to all requests. She works well in various group scenarios even with difficult issues.’

Key clients

American Petroleum Institute

Andeavor

Chemical Safety Advocacy Group

Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska

Enbridge

EnLink Midstream

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Phillips 66

Roanoke Gas Company

Southcross Energy

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Texas Oil and Gas Association

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 4

Led out of Washington DC by Jeffrey Schroeder  and aided by a strong domestic footprint, which includes key offices in Houston, Richmond and New York, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP's energy and infrastructure practice has the strength-in-depth to handle a significant volume of mandates relating to the financing, development and acquisition of conventional energy projects and portfolios. A balanced roster of clients, including commercial banks, institutional lenders, export credit agencies, end-users and strategic investors, ensures that the firm has a 360 degree view of the commercial realities of any given deal. As well as its prowess on the financing and M&A front, the firm is also able to tap into the expertise of environmental, tax, real estate, litigation and regulatory lawyers, ensuring that it is able to provide a holistic service across the life cycle of any given project.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schroeder

Other key lawyers:

John Tormey; Michael Madden; Michael Klaus; Gregory Lang; Vera Rechsteiner; Timothy Unger; Geoffrey Lorenz

Key clients

Allianz Renewable Energy Partners of America

Bank of America

De Lage Landen Financial Services

DTE Power and Industrial

Duke Energy Corporation

GE Energy Financial Services, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Morgan Stanley

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 4

Based in Washington DC, the team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handles environmental compliance in relation to a variety of transactional matters, but has core strengths in environmental commodities and infrastructure investment deals, and the development and transfer of commercial properties or industrial facilities. Jointly led by Eric Murdock, Deidre Duncan and Makram Jaber, the team acts for all types of investors, financial institutions and corporates across a range of industry sectors. Duncan is a key contact for environmental permitting work in relation to oil and natural gas pipelines, and Jaber stands out for his expertise in Clean Air Act issues.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan; Makram Jaber

Key clients

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Air Permitting Forum

Dominion Energy  Services

Agrium

Cargill

Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Vulcan Materials Company

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

Recent highlights for Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation team involve advising on large-cap acquisitions for infrastructure-focused private equity finds, IPOs in the financial services sector, and a host of other mid-cap energy transactions. Anthony Eppert and Scott Austin lead the teams based in Austin and Dallas respectively, with expertise in deferred compensation, ERISA fiduciary compliance, equity-based compensation, severance package negotiations and ESOP transactions provided.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Eppert; Scott Austin; David Mustone

Key clients

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

South Plains Financial

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a 'very strong' immigration team, which is experienced in the full range of domestic visa issues, advising on all aspects of temporary work visas, permanent residence and citizenship. Jointly headed by Ian Band and Adam Rosser, the group is particularly active in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, where is handles all business immigration needs, especially the I-9 eligibility compliance for large corporations. Counsel Suzan Kern is recommended for nationality law. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Ian Band; Adam Rosser

Other key lawyers:

Suzan Kern; Natalie Tynan

Testimonials

‘Adam Rosser is a class A executive and lawyer who is very good at communicating with top company executives and recently hired new employees. Very honest about the approach to the immigration work, not afraid to give the bad news and always plans a contingency just in case.’

‘Adam Rosser and his team are extremely knowledgeable about immigration rules and regulations. His team partners with us to help us navigate through difficult cases and clearly explains the changes that are happening in the US immigration landscape.’

‘Adam Rosser is available and responsive to our questions and concerns. His compassion and care to our employees, as well as his wealth of knowledge are valuable as he takes the time to speak with the employees to explain clearly the process and why things have changed with immigration laws.’

‘Carol Schlenker is our Senior Immigration Paralegal, and she is responsible and available as well to our cases. Her work is detailed and even when reviewed for final signature, there has not been a time when corrections were needed.’

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP offers a comprehensive service to clients from the banking, retail and manufacturing industries, among others. The team is experienced in class and collective actions, government enforcement actions, PAGA actions, and discrimination claims as well as whistleblower incidents and non-compete matters. Los Angeles-based Roland Juarez also knows disability and website accessibility disputes well. In the same office, Michele Beilke, Julia Trankiem and Amber Rogers are noted. Juan Enjamio is a skilled practitioner in Miami.  Emily Burkhardt Vicente in Los Angeles and Kevin White in Washington DC jointly head up the practice. Christopher Pardo  joined from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

Emily Burkhardt Vicente; Kevin White

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Baker Hughes Company

Cinemark USA, Inc.

Consolidated Communications

MGM

Nationstar Mortgage

Peet’s Coffee, Inc.

Robert Half International Inc.

Smithfield

Torrid, LLC

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a broad national practice with attorneys in Houston, Richmond, Washington DC and New York advising on the tax components of M&A, financial products, private equity fund formation, and renewable energy tax credits. Richmond-based practice co-chair Cecelia Phillipps Horner has a wealth of experience advising clients on the federal income tax elements of public and private REMICs, while joint practice chair Tom Ford in Houston is noted for his work on business transactions in the oil and gas sector. Another contact in Houston is Robert McNamara, who specializes in tax issues related to publicly traded partnerships. David Klass joined the firm from Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Practice head(s):

Cecelia Phillipps Horner; Tom Ford

Other key lawyers:

Robert McNamara; George Howell; David Klass

Key clients

Bank of America

Wells Fargo

Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae)

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Annaly Capital Management

Antero Midstream GP

The Williams Companies

Duke Energy

Angel Oak Capital Advisors

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a busy practice in shareholder litigation, corporate internal investigations, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, which includes representing clients in securities cases at the US Supreme Court. Edward Fuhr in Richmond, Virginia, leads a 12-partner securities litigation and SEC enforcement practice that acts for publicly-traded companies and partnerships, audit and conflicts committees, special litigation committees, underwriters, accounting firms, broker-dealers, individual officers and directors, and financial advisers. Bradley Foster in Dallas frequently handles securities class actions alongside M&A litigation, SEC enforcement proceedings and shareholder derivative disputes.

Practice head(s):

Edward Fuhr

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Foster; Mark Mandel

Key clients

Bowen, Miclette & Britt, Inc.

Tandy Brands Accessories, Inc.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Cherry Bekaert

Seth Corporation

CSX

Cleco Corp.

Waikoloa Limited Partnership

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

Dallas-based Scott Austin and Washington DC-based David Mustone at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handle defined benefit plan terminations, plan corrections and executive compensation arrangements for clients in the energy, financial services and investment funds sectors. On the health and welfare front, Mustone and newly-promoted partner Jessica Agostino – based in Washington DC – are assisting a suite of companies with benefit plan updates concerning new compliance requirements (the Affordable Care Act in particular), as well as health reimbursement arrangements and health savings account implementation.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Eppert; Scott Austin; David Mustone

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

South Plains Financial

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

From the 2018 merger of Hunton & Williams (based in Richmond, Virginia) and Andrews Kurth (in Houston, Texas), Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP was created. The so-formed and enhanced financial restructuring and bankruptcy practice dispatches legal advice from both the named offices as well as from New York. In 2019, the main matters were related to companies operating in the healthcare, retail, and restaurant space (especially in Richmond) and in the energy field (oil and gas) in Houston. Here, co-practice head Timothy Davidson represented Weatherford International in their nationally significant Chapter 11 case. His Virginia counterpart, Tyler Brown, has advised on high-value cases from both creditor and debtor side.

Practice head(s):

Tyler Brown; Timothy Davidson

Key clients

Monitronics International

Weatherford International

KeyBank

Arena Investors

Wilmington Savings Fund Society

Think Finance

JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

LeClairRyan

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 6

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP fields a wide-ranging practice that unites experience in the district courts, in appeals, at the ITC and in post-grant proceedings and broad sector expertise, with the technology sector accounting for a significant portion of the caseload, but also including the aerospace, automotive, consumer products, electronics and manufacturing sectors. Since the early 2018 merger that created the current firm, the practice offers a wide geographical presence, with key offices in New York, Washington DC, Atlanta and Richmond. The practice heads are John Flock and James Rosini in New York and Tyler Maddry, John Gary Maynard and Michael Oakes in Washington DC. Shawn O’Dowd joined Banner & Witcoff, Ltd., Rose Cordero Prey and Robert King joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Eric Hanson left for Polsinelli PC and James Mahon went in-house to NET Power, LLC.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Aimee Soucie; Sheila Mortazavi; Mark Chapman; Michael Oakes; Paul Qualey; Clifford Ulrich; Daniel Vivarelli

Testimonials

They are professional in providing their high-level legal service and led to a successful result.

Sheila Mortazavi is knowledgeable and very attentive.

Key clients

CivicSmart

Volkswagen AG and affiliates

Sweet Green Fields

Nidec

Sony

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation Wally Martinez
Business practice Robin Russell
Business practice George C Howell
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)

Department Name Email Telephone
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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