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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

101 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10178-0061, USA
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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP¬†has 'a sophisticated¬†arbitration¬†practice',¬†which routinely¬†represents sovereign states in high-stakes disputes. Leveraging 'an¬†excellent ability to cut through challenges and make a case clearly and concisely', the team recently acted for the Republic of India on six separate arbitration matters brought by foreign investors in the telecoms sector, which included a case brought by Vodafone under the India-Netherlands BIT. The practice group also secured an ICSID annulment for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela concerning a $1.4bn award issued in 2014 in a case involving Mobil‚Äôs oil projects in Venezuela. The firm's roster of clients includes¬†the State of Kuwait, the State of Libya and¬†Turkmenistan.¬†In New York, department head George Kahale III¬†is ‚Äėa bright legal mind‚Äô,¬†and senior counsel Mark O‚ÄôDonoghue, who acts for clients such as Republic of Cyprus, is ‚Äėfirst rate‚Äô.¬†Also recommended are recently promoted partner¬†Robert Garcia¬†and Washington DC-based¬†Claudia Frutos-Peterson. Miriam Harwood¬†left the firm for Squire Patton Boggs. All named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

George Kahale III - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

With a core team that has practiced together for more than 30 years, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP provides a high degree of experience and knowledge to a strong and loyal client base of foreign exporters and governments in many of their highest-profile trade disputes. Although it has a smaller international footprint than many of the ranked firms, its offices in Geneva and Beijing are of great assistance to clients in, respectively, WTO matters and the many China-related issues. Team head Daniel Porter regularly leads on the most significant matters handled by the firm, such as the ongoing representation of LG Electronics in its trade litigation. This work has recently included defending the company in relation to safeguard actions targeting the importation of washing machines and solar panels. Matthew McCullough has a flourishing reputation in the market, having achieved some significant victories for corporates and foreign governments in subsidies cases. As well as handling domestic investigations, McCullough, alongside Porter, has also been a pivotal part of the firm's growth in the WTO arena, where the Chinese government is a significant client. James Durling rounds out the team at partner level, while counsel Antonio Riva Palacio Lavin has expertise advising on matters with a Latin America nexus, as well as on China matters by virtue of his role as the firm's chief representative of the Beijing office. William Barringer  joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in April 2018. Named attorneys are based out of Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

Next Generation Partners

Matthew McCullough - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 5

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has 'strong all-round bankruptcy capabilities' and a leading international insolvency practice that spans issues in Mexico, Canada and Europe. The New York-based team also specializes in Chapter 11 litigation, particularly for indenture trustees and multinational corporations. 'Hardworking star individual' Lynn Harrison III leads the 'diligent and responsive' practice, which includes recently promoted partner James Drew. The team is acting as conflicts counsel to the Lehman reorganized debtors in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, handling all bankruptcy, corporate and litigation-related matters where the debtors' lead bankruptcy counsel has an actual or perceived conflict of interest. In 2018, the department achieved a $1.74bn recovery to the Lehman estate upon a settlement with Citibank. In another highlight, the group is representing Connecticut brokerage CRT Capital Group in connection with the Chapter 15 proceedings of Luxembourg-based SLS Capital and various related litigation. In July 2018, the practice filed a motion seeking details of all proceeds SLS’s foreign representative Yann Baden had obtained in the US, discovering that he collected nearly $20m and had distributed it without the permission of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In August 2018, Judge Shelly Chapman held that Baden had violated the US Bankruptcy Code and ordered him to return almost $3m of funds. Steven Reisman, Theresa Foudy, Cindi Giglio and Shaya Rochester left the firm for Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in March 2018.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 6

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's team is 'very knowledgeable and professional', and has been kept busy advising fund investors and sponsors on fund formation, launches and regulatory matters, among other areas. Carl Ruggiero continues to advise Merrill Lynch on the compliance and operation of a number of feeder funds, while Shaun Reader handled the formation and launch of the i80 Fund, an open-ended fund focusing on investment in loans; the fund has a $100m target. Sovereign wealth funds are another area of strength for the firm. Other clients include Brevet Capital Management, United Gulf Bank, Livingston Securities and HBM Partners. The team is located in New York.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is particularly active on behalf of clients operating in the energy, commodities, telecoms, manufacturing, transportation and technology industries, and the group has extensive experience in complex cross-border transactions and foreign investments in the US, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Lawrence Goodman is the M&A group chair and Andrew Seiden's recent experience includes representing high-net-worth clients in venture capital, private equity and private equity fund investments, as well as advising a pharmaceutical developer on the sale of a majority interest in its product development pipeline. Other notable advisers are chair of the firm’s securities practice group and opinions committee Jeffrey Ostrager, Raymond Hum, who divides his time between Washington DC and New York, former chair of the international corporate department Matias Vega, and Valarie Hing. The attorneys named are in New York, except where otherwise stated. Evan Borenstein left for Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Leading lawyers

Lawrence Goodman - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

The 'collegiate and practical' team at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP in New York provides international tax planning and structuring expertise to clients in a number of industries, including energy, commodities, telecoms, and pharmaceuticals. In recent work, the team advised E.ON SE on US tax matters relating to the restructuring of the company and spin-off of the company’s conventional power generation and energy trading businesses to its shareholder; team head Klas Holm led this matter. Key partner Marco Blanco is acting for the Indian government in a tax dispute involving a bilateral investment treaty arbitration brought by Vodafone against the Government of India over its liability for a $2.6bn tax transfer of assets. Counsel Olga Beloded is also working on this matter. Kuang-Chu Chiang departed the team in 2018 to Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

The New York tax group at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP¬†is¬†‚Äėcommitted to creative solutions on a wide range of issues‚Äôand has expertise in a diverse range of industries including pharmaceuticals, telecoms, energy, among others. Klas Holms¬†‚Äėseems to know all business lines as if they were his own‚Äôand is ‚Äėexceptional in his creativity and problem solving‚Äô; he recently advised E.ON on the tax aspects of its internal restructuring and spin-off of the company‚Äôs conventional power generation and energy trading businesses to its shareholder.¬†Eduardo Cukier¬†and¬†Marco Blanco¬†are other contacts in the department. William Bricker left the practice.

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has shifted its emphasis away from Venezuela to Mexico following changes in the political administration and the ensuing political instability. Key clients now include PNC Bank, Grupo Posadas, Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios P√ļblicos (Banobras), Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext) and Nacional Financiera (Nafin). Rodrigo Valverde S√°nchez is the key figure in Mexico City where he advised PNC Bank, as administrative agent and lead arranger, on a $135m secured revolving credit facility for C&D Technologies. He also led the team that advised Banobras, Nafin and Bancomext as senior lenders, on the restructuring of a $1.7bn credit facility for Alt√°n Redes, the concession-holder for the development of a 4G fiber optic network in Mexico.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP¬†is praised for its 'strong presentation skills in hearings, in-depth research and cogent written submissions'. It is widely recognised as a market¬†leader representing states and state-owned entities in investment treaty disputes. New York-based group head¬†George Kahale III is representing respondent Venezuela in a series of arbitrations, including an ICSID arbitration commenced by subsidiaries of ConocoPhillips with respect to petroleum projects, and a dispute concerning¬†the¬†nationalisation¬†of a manufacturer and supplier of materials used in the extraction of crude oil. Other highlights include acting for a Mexican state-owned company in an LCIA arbitration in a high-value construction dispute. Claudia Frutos-Peterson¬†¬†and¬†Gabriela √Ālvarez √Āvila¬†are also recommended members of the team, which, however, lost Kate Brown de Vejar¬†and¬†Miriam Harwood¬†to DLA Piper LLP (US)¬† and Squire Patton Boggs¬†respectively.

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