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McGuireWoods LLP
1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, 20TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
NEW YORK
United States

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 1

Serving clients in sectors ranging from industrials and information technology to real estate, McGuireWoods LLP‘s M&A practice operates across the middle-market spectrum. The team has developed a particular market reputation for its in-depth understanding of the energy and healthcare sectors, with the practice a key destination for advising major solar and wind developers on transactional matters and joint ventures. In Richmond, Michael Woodard heads up the M&A and energy transactions group, while the corporate and private equity team is steered by the Pittsburgh-based Thomas Zahn. Also in Richmond, Joanne Katsantonis has a proven track record in energy sector M&A, Patrick De Ridder's practice extends to working with businesses connected to South America, Europe and Asia, and Brian Hager maintains close relationships with the firm's manufacturing and construction clients. Charlotte-based lawyer Chris Scheurer guides national, regional and local clients through acquisitions and divestitures.

Practice head(s):

Michael Woodard; Thomas Zahn

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

NiSource, Inc.

3D Systems Corporations

Reynolds Consumer Products LLC

Carpenter Co.

Origo hf

NRG Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented 3D Systems Corp. in its acquisition of Wematter, a Swedish 3D printer manufacturer.
  • Represented New Market Waste Solutions in its sale to Waste Harmonics.
  • Represented National Partners in Healthcare, LLC in its acquisition of MedStream Anesthesia Solutions.

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 1

The cross-disciplinary transportation team at McGuireWoods LLP represents both Class I and short line railroads on a diverse range of issues. The rail group has extensive experience in the implementation of federal policies, regulations and laws concerning railroad operations, property management and cargo transportation. On the disputes front, it routinely acts in commercial litigation involving federal preemption, real estate, private and public crossings, cargo transportation claims, and contract enforcement and interpretation issues. The practice is also experienced in defending railroads against environmental enforcement actions. In the world of trucking, the group acts in state and federal courts across the country, as well as before the National Transportation Safety Board and in investigations involving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Bryan Brantley leads the firm-wide transportation industry group from Pittsburgh, where the primary role of product and consumer litigation specialist Natalie Zagari is serving as national coordinating counsel for a major transportation company. The practice also showcases longstanding commercial litigation expert Eric Bilik; and Christopher Thanner, whose track record includes representing railroads in disputes with state agencies and local governments over vested railroad rights in state-owned and public lands. All attorneys named are based in Jacksonville unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Brantley; Eric Bilik

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 2

Co-led from the firm’s Virginia stronghold by Justin Howard and Samuel TarryMcGuireWoods LLP‘s product liability and mass tort practice group has garnered a strong reputation for defending large regional, national and global companies in high-stakes litigation throughout the country. The firm’s versatility across subject matters is a strength, with transportation clients – both automotive and aviation – providing a regular source of work. As well as litigation, the team also excels in providing risk management guidance. Recent highlights include Tarry’s work for CSX Transportation, when he secured summary judgment in a case involving medical-leave discrimination and retaliation claims brought by dozens of CSXT employees. As part of his wide-ranging product liability expertise, Perry Miles has gained strong experience advising automotive manufacturers in class actions and MDLs throughout the country, achieving success across a myriad of alleged defect claims (including those relating to airbags and high pressure fuel pumps). Former practice head Dianne Flannery retired in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Justin Howard; Samuel Tarry

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Hatch; Perry Miles; Virginia Bondurant Price

Key clients

CSX Transportation Inc.

Work highlights

  • Won a significant appellate victory in a mass employment dispute for CSX Transportation Inc. involving medical-leave discrimination and retaliation claims brought by dozens of CSXT employees.

Energy > Energy litigation: electric power Tier 2

Handling the full gamut of FERC enforcement proceedings, McGuireWoods LLP‘s varied workload extends to disputes related to reliability-must-run (RMR) units, the transition from stated transmission rates to forward-looking formula rates, and the unauthorized use of transmission systems. Todd Mullins excels in enforcement and compliance disputes involving various regulators such as FERC and NERC, and related private litigation. Mullins leads the Washington DC-based practice alongside Noel Symons, whose capabilities encompass disputes arising from cross-jurisdictional matters, the design of markets for energy, transmission planning, and cost allocation. With particular proficiency in matters related to the development, ownership and operation of electric generation and transmission projects, Julia English regularly represents electric generation and transmission owners, developers, financial institutions and investors, while Katlyn Davis Farrell is well versed in handling matters regarding cost-based and market-based rates, generator interconnection, and RTO/ISO tariffs.

Practice head(s):

Todd Mullins; Noel Symons

Other key lawyers:

Julia English; Katlyn Farrell; Bernard McNamee

Key clients

Exelon Corporation

Constellation Energy

Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

NRG Energy Inc.

Alabama Power Company

Georgia Power Company

Mississippi Power Company

Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Dalton Utilities

Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc.

Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC

Duke Energy Progress, LLC

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company

Georgia System Operations Corporation

Georgia Transmission Corporation

Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power)

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation

North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1

Oglethorpe Power Corporation

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper)

Tennessee Valley Authority

PSE&G

Dominion Energy, Inc

Dominion Energy Virginia

Black Hills Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Electric Power SupplyAssociation (EPSA), and Energy Trading Institute (ETI) in an amicus brief in support of the statute of limitations arguments made by Vitol, Inc. and in opposition to arguments made byFERC in a case in which FERC requested over $2.7 million worth of penalties and disgorgement and fined one of Vitol’semployees $1m after concluding its trading activity manipulated California electricity markets.
  • Represented Constellation (f/k/a Exelon) in a novel reliability-must-run (RMR) case to keep Exelon’s Mystic Generating Plant (Mystic), a facility adjacent to an affiliate-owned liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, operational to provide fuel security in ISO-New England.

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP fields a practice with a varied caseload that encompasses rate cases, obtaining FERC approvals for transmission financing, the formation of new energy markets and regulatory litigation. FERC enforcement cases are another area of strength for the team jointly headed by a duo of energy experts: Todd Mullins chairs the firm’s energy enforcement group and has extensive experience in compliance and enforcement matters before FERC, the CFTC, and NERC, while Noel Symons’ advisory portfolio comprises RTO tariffs and market design, rate matters, and compliance, among others. Katlyn Davis Farrell is another key name to note with a broad practice that encompasses generator interconnection, cost allocation, and transactional support. FERC approvals, regulatory compliance and the development and ownership of electric generation and transmission projects fall under the umbrella of Julia English‘s areas of focus.

Practice head(s):

Todd Mullins; Noel Symons

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Exelon Corporation

DATC Path 15, LLC

Edison Electric Institute

Evergy

Black Hills Corporation

Alabama Power Company

Georgia Power Company

Mississippi Power Company

Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Dalton Utilities

Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc.

Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC

Duke Energy Progress, LLC

Louisville Gas and Electric Company

Kentucky Utilities Company

Georgia System Operations Corporation

Georgia Transmission Corporation

Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation

North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1

Oglethorpe Power Corporation

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

South Carolina Public Service Authority

Tennessee Valley Authority

PSE&G

Dominion Energy, Inc

Dominion Energy Virginia

Work highlights

  • Advised the Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Supply Association, and Energy Trading Institute on an amicus brief in support of the statute of limitations arguments made by Vitol, Inc. and in opposition to arguments made by FERC in a case in which FERC requested over $2.7m worth of penalties and disgorgement and fined one of Vitol’s employees $1m after concluding its trading activity manipulated California electricity markets.
  • Represented the Exelon Corporation in connection with the planned spin-off of its generation fleet, including advising necessary FERC approvals and FERC filing seeking approval of the transaction, which was granted in late 2021.
  • Represented Constellation in a novel reliability-must-run case to keep Exelon’s Mystic Generating Plant, a facility adjacent to an affiliate-owned liquefied natural gas import terminal, operational to provide fuel security in ISO-New England.

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP is regularly sought out for its expertise handling heavyweight transactions concerning energy companies and assets, providing trusted counsel to some of the largest retail electricity providers in the country. Beyond transactional expertise that encompasses both conventional energy portfolios and a growing volume of renewable and clean energy developments, the firm demonstrates notable energy regulation expertise and regularly drafts, negotiates and advises on supply and partnership agreements. Team head and Richmond-based Joanne Katsantonis continues to be a key contact for a range of clients that include public utilities, financial sponsors, and independent power producers, most recently overseeing transactions involving nuclear, LNG and renewable assets. Operating out of Baltimore, Brian Kelly chairs the firm’s energy industry team and often receives multiple instructions from clients looking to capitalize on his M&A, project development, and commercial expertise, while Houston-based Edmund Daniels is particularly revered for his strong track record on joint venture mandates. Baltimore’s Heather Welch Arbogast is regularly engaged by retail energy providers for complex, multi-faceted transactions. Emilie McNally has been predominantly active on LNG and battery storage mandates, advising clients from Richmond.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Katsantonis; Brian Kelly

Key clients

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

EDF Trading Holdings LLC

NiSource Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented EDF Trading Holdings LLC in the sale of EDF Energy Services to BP.
  • Represented Dominion Energy, Inc. in the $690 million sale of Hope Gas, Inc., to an infrastructure fund launched by Ullico Inc., an insurance and financial services holding company.
  • Representing NiSource in the $2.4 billion minority share sale of 19.9% equity interest of its regulated subsidiary Northern Indiana Public Service Co. or NIPSCO to Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, Blackstone’s dedicated Infrastructure group, with additional equity commitment of $250 million to fund ongoing capital requirements.

Industry focus > Education Tier 2

Praised as ‘masterful at getting to know and understand their clients’ needs’, the ‘knowledgeable’ lawyers at McGuireWoods LLP assist higher education institutions, K-12 schools, school board, academic medical centers, and foundations with the range of education mandates. Core areas of practice for the group include representing universities in government investigations and Title IX litigation, corporate governance, and education-related labor and employment mandates. Washington DC-based Farnaz Thompson steers the practice and handles litigation, investigations, and due diligence in education-related transactions, including in the edtech industry. Additional key contacts include Chicago-based Sarah Wake, who takes on both contentious and advisory mandates, and Virginia-based Michele McKinnon, who majors on providing tax compliance assistance to universities and their affiliated foundations. In Atlanta, Shelby Guilbert routinely works on insurance recovery actions, contract disputes, and cross-border litigation.

Practice head(s):

Farnaz Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Siegmund; Peter Farley; Sarah Wake; Michele McKinnon; Shelby Guilbert

Testimonials

‘In my experience, McGuire Woods is masterful at getting to know and understand their clients’ needs. The practice takes a very comprehensive approach in gaining all applicable knowledge and information. The attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about the law and are fantastic advocates for their clients.’

‘Heidi Siegmund and Peter Farley are outstanding attorneys. They are brilliant, with unparalleled work ethic and unwavering determination. They are extremely communicative and ensure that their clients have a good understanding of complex areas of the law that are applicable to individual cases. Heidi and Peter are very responsive and have exceeded our high expectations.’

‘The people, professionalism, expertise, transparent billing practices, and responsiveness are a few reasons why this firm stands out among a sea of others.’

‘The Education practice at McGuire Woods in Richmond is essential to the success of higher education in Virginia.’

Key clients

University of Arizona

Arizona State University

The Los Angeles Film School

Education Affiliates

Prince William County School Board

Stanford University

University of Southern California

Norfolk State University

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

University of Virginia

Washington & Lee University

Davidson College

Central Piedmont Community College

Liberty University

The Pennsylvania State University

Work highlights

  • Represented Oberlin College in high profile insurance recovery litigation.
  • Represented Appalachian State University as bond counsel to finance an indoor practice facility to be used by the football team and other sports teams and groups at the University.
  • Advised George Mason University on how to structure a financing program to take advantage of complex financing techniques available to higher education institutions and reduce the need for contributions from the state.

Insurance > Advice to policyholders Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP specializes in exclusive policyholder representation, covering a broad spectrum of insurance recovery disputes including property and business interruption losses from natural disasters, legal action coverage disputes, and claims related to regulatory violations. With extensive experience in international insurance arbitrations in Bermuda and litigation/arbitration in London for policies subject to both English and US law, the team’s four co-heads are found positioned across the country. Anthony P. Tatum, experienced in complex commercial disputes, serves as co-head from Atlanta, while Candace Blydenburgh, a specialist in product and environmental liability, supports from Virginia. In New York, the practice is headed by litigation expert Stephen G. Foresta, experienced in trying numerous cases in state and federal court and before arbitral panels in the US and abroad, along with Scott Oostdyk, who specializes in a range of commercial insurance disputes. Other notable figures in the practice include Shelby S. Guilbert in Atlanta, known for handling high-stakes contract disputes and cross-border litigation, as well as skilled litigators Nicholas G Hill and Joseph M. Englert, whose focus primarily lies in representing policyholders in complex commercial insurance coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stephen G. Foresta; Scott C. Oostdyk; Anthony P. Tatum; Candace Blydenburgh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (“PREPA”)

Oberlin College

Prime Healthcare Services Inc.

United Launch Alliance (“ULA”)

Xerox Corporation

UNCW Corporation

Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC

Newell Rubbermaid

Salvo Technologies Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in its pursuit of hundreds of millions of dollars for losses sustained in Hurricane Maria and subsequent 2020 earthquake under property / business interruption policies issued by European-, London-, Bermuda- and U.S.-based insurers.
  • Representing Oberlin College in high profile insurance recovery litigation arising from Gibson lawsuit.
  • Advising the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in coverage litigation arising from property damage caused by hurricane.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

In addition to having a strong track record advising financial institutions facing investigations by regulatory authorities, McGuireWoods LLP frequently advises corporations across a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and energy.  The team also regularly represents politicians and senior executives who are accused of insider trading, money laundering, and bribery. The firm houses a capable team of lawyers in Washington DC, which includes John Moran, Ben O’Neil, and Louis Greenstein. O’Neil focuses on cross-border FCPA matters, while Moran is especially adept at handling cases relating to false claims. Greenstein has deep experience representing clients before the SEC and DOJ. The government investigations and white-collar litigation team is headed by Noreen Kelly in New York.

Practice head(s):

Noreen Kelly

Other key lawyers:

John Moran; Ben O’Neil; Louis Greenstein; Jason H. Cowley; John D. Adams

Key clients

The Boeing Company

Vitol

Twitter

Biofrontera

Wiland

United Network for Organ Sharing

Trafigura Trading LLC

The Family of Otto Warmbier

Mark R. Meadows

Work highlights

  • Represented Twitter in congressional investigations related to the alleged censure of election-related information.
  • Representing the former chairman of MoviePass in a multi-count indictment filed in the Southern District of Florida alleging that the client engaged in a scheme to defraud investors during his time as the chairman of MoviePass.
  • Acting for a client that is being investigated by the CFTC and the DOJ’s market integrity unit for alleged price manipulation.

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

McGuireWoods LLP‘s broad-based product liability team has a strong pedigree representing drug and medical device manufacturers in single plaintiff and aggregated litigation, regularly securing jury trial wins, as well as acting as regional and national co-ordinating counsel on MDLs. As well as the team’s core litigation prowess, which includes the use of ADR techniques, should the need arise, the team is also noted for its deep understanding of the underlying product and the regulatory framework. Consequently, it is very effective at providing risk management strategies as well as handling product recalls. In relation to core products litigation, as well as being able to draw upon the strength of a number of highly skilled trial litigators, it also regularly achieves vital early victories at a motions stage, including as it relates to lack of jurisdiction and in Daubert challenges. Sam Tarry co-heads the overarching products liability and mass torts team alongside Justin Howard , and is noted for his aptitude at helping to develop expert witnesses as well as to explain complex scientific/medical concepts in a cogent way to juries at trial. Davis Walsh  is also a key member of the team and is particularly adept at advising on infectious disease litigation. Diane Flannery recently retired.    

Practice head(s):

Samuel Tarry; Justin Howard

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Hatch; Mark Anderson; Candace Ali Blydenburgh; Nicholas Hoffman; Davis Walsh

Key clients

Duke University Health Center and Columbia University Medical Center

Work highlights

  • Represented Duke University Health Center and Columbia University Medical Center in a putative class action brought by sixteen named plaintiffs on behalf of themselves or their decedents, based on harm allegedly sustained as a result of a shortage of a drug called Fabrazyme that began in 2009 and lasted until 2012.

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

Drawing upon experts from within the firm’s product liability and broader environmental offering, McGuireWoods LLP is well-positioned to represent clients facing down high-profile private mass tort litigation, as well as to advise on accompanying regulatory issues and governmental investigations and enforcement. The firm is also adept at providing a crisis management service in the aftermath of environmental accidents, quickly mobilizing resources to deal with often multi-pronged state and federal regulatory inquiries, as well as ensuing private litigation which invariably occurs in its wake. Atlanta-based Adam Sowatzka excels in this kind of circumstance and has expertise handling environmental matters in all media, including air, water, and waste. Los Angeles-based Gregory Evans, who co-heads the environmental litigation practice alongside Eugene Mathews in Richmond, has excellent trial credentials, including securing recent federal court successes which have helped clarify and affirm key aspects in the US federal environmental laws promoting early cleanup of the environment.  

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Hatch; Justin Howard; Samuel Tarry; Gregory Hinojosa Evans; Eugene Mathews

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Asarco LLC

Inframark LLC

Verizon

Wacker Polysilicon North America, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Achieved several groundbreaking federal court environmental trial victories that clarify and affirm key aspects in the United States Federal environmental laws promoting early cleanup of the environment.
  • Representing Inframark against allegations made by the City of Houston, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the EPA that it discharged raw sewage into a local waterway and that it falsified laboratory and other reports to suggest that the  discharges were in compliance with State permits and the Texas Water Code, when in fact they were not.
  • Representing Wacker Polysilicon North America in investigations made by various regulatory bodies including the EPA following the death of one worker and three others who were seriously injured after they were exposed to a release of hydrochloric acid during a maintenance activity at the Wacker facility in Charleston, Tennessee.

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 3

Alongside its expertise in handling major catastrophic litigation cases, McGuireWoods LLP stands out for its team’s focus on complex regulatory matters, internal investigations, and royalty litigation. Charlottesville’s Brian Jackson acts as a key contact for a range of energy clients in catastrophic events across the United States and has considerable experience with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration corrective action orders and NTSB investigations of these events. Pittsburgh’s Greg Krock is well-versed in contract disputes, toxic tort cases and royalty litigation, an area in which Charlottesville’s Jonathan Blank is also particularly active. From the Pittsburgh office, Anthony Carna chairs the firm’s oil and gas practice, routinely handling disputes arising from oil and gas leases and pipeline right of way agreements.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Carna

Other key lawyers:

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 3

As a go-to for energy project developers in the Southeast, McGuireWoods LLP frequently assists with the acquisition, development and construction of major projects in the region, with Dominion Energy among its regular clients. The practice is well versed in first-of-their-kind developments and financings, and assisting new participants in the renewable energy market. Three lawyers jointly lead the practice group: Richmond-based M&A specialist Michael Woodard and projects and real estate development expert Breenen Keene, and Durham McCormick in Houston, who is a key contact for tax matters relating to renewable energy projects. At the San Francisco office, Evelyn Kim counsels clients on development, financing, acquisition and sale of solar, wind, battery energy storage and biomass projects. A further name to note is Chicago-based projects partner Timothy Callahan. Houston lawyer Jay Hughes, formerly of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, joined the team in January 2024 and regularly advises infrastructure funds on corporate finance and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Michael Woodard; Brennen Keene; Durham McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Caprock Renewables

Dominion Energy, Inc.

East Point Energy

Alleans Renewables

Work highlights

  • Represented Dominion Energy in a 2.6-gigawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW-C) commercial project.
  • Advised East Point Energy on its sale to Equinor ASA.
  • Representing Alleans Renewables in both the acquisition of 70% ownership rights and sale of a 280 and a 285 MW development-stage solar project in Mohave County, Arizona.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP‘s debt finance team includes leading banks such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo in its client roster, regularly handling investment grade, leveraged, middle market and troubled credit profiles. The practice is also highlights for its ‘unparalleled knowledge of the sports finance sector for bank lenders‘, as well as for its experience handling ABLs and matters related to the healthcare finance industry. Practice head Kevin McGinnis is a key name in the Charlotte office for his extensive experience handling credit facilities in the context of professional sports franchises. The team is ably supported by Don Ensing in the Chicago office whose expertise lies in the healthcare and energy sectors. June 2023 saw the departure of Hamid Namazie.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McGinnis

 

Other key lawyers:

Gerum Yilma; Peter Butcher; Don Ensing; Allan Holliday; Penny Zacharias

Testimonials

‘Unparalleled knowledge of the Sports Finance sector for bank lenders; is able to very easily decipher differences between cross border law which is exceptionally important; articulates the differences very well which makes them a joy to work with ’

‘Alan Holliday – tireless work ethic, ease of business, articulates issues with ease and is able to work with client counsel very well. ’

‘I have worked with the attorneys of McGuireWoods, LLP in Charlotte, NC for several years now and definitely one of the best law firms. The attorneys are quick to draft up loan documents, always available for any questions and are up to date on the various bank laws that are constantly changing. ’

‘Kevin McGinnis is hands down, number one! Kevin is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the law, especially when it comes to bank loan documentation. Kevin does not hesitate to push back on requests from the client’s attorney’s if it is not in the best interest of the bank. Additional attorneys in the firm that deserve recognition which I have worked with are Andrew Parrish and Adam Coto. Terry Witcher, senior paralegal is also fantastic to work with. ’

‘Highly knowledgeable/subject matter experts within niche area. Very responsive and easy to work with.’

‘We primarily work with the debt team, Penny Zacharias and Peter Butcher. They provide helpful lender perspective market advice especially regarding Independent Sponsors. ’

‘Penny and Peter provide a great team so there is always backup. they re quick and efficient. ’

‘McGuire Woods overall is helpful and responsive’

Key clients

Bank of America Corp

Wells Fargo

Bank of the Sierra

Brightwood Capital Advisors

Capital One

Truist Bank

White Oak Healthcare Finance

NXT Capital

Regions Bank

PNC Financial Services, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Bank of America Securities, as arranger, and Bank of America, N.A., as lender in connection with a $375m secured bridge financing commitment to Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
  • Represented Konfio in connection with an amendment and restatement of an existing facility led by Goldman Sachs Bank USA.
  • Assisted Mercuria Energy in increasing its $2.2bn credit facility to $3.4bn.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 3

The ‘extremely professional‘ team at McGuireWoods LLP maintains a private equity focused practice, handling transactions for health systems and hospitals. The group also acts in a range of FCA cases and investigations. In Chicago, practice head Holly Buckley is a corporate healthcare specialist who advises private equity funds and physician owned hospitals. Also based in Chicago, associate Amanda Roenius regularly assists clients with regulatory matters involving state corporate practice of medicine. Working out of the North Carolina office, Bart Walker leads the firm’s dental services organization team, while Kayla McCann Marty primarily acts for women’s health providers and hospitals, and is also active on mandates involving the dental industry. Kate Hardey left the practice in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Holly Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The law firm has enormous expertise.’

‘The MW Team is extremely professional, and they work with their clients in an attempt to help achieve their goals while guiding them through the regulatory and legal hurdles that are important in any healthcare transaction. What I like the most about the MW team is they stay focused on finding acceptable ways to achieve the goals.’

‘The MW Team is comprised of good people who want to get the appointed task accomplished. They are always accessible, and they always do their homework.’

Key clients

Novant Health

Audax Group

Smile Doctors

HCA Healthcare

Sverica Capital

Biofrontera AG

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Silver Oak Services Partners

Women’s Health USA

Work highlights

  • Represented ClareMedica, a provider of value-based primary care services for Medicare Advantage patients and a portfolio company of Revelstoke Capital Partners, in its acquisition of Plaza Medical Centers.
  • Represented Ambulatory Management Solutions in the acquisition of M2 Anesthesia, a general anesthesia practice focused on providing pediatric dental care based in Washington State.
  • Advised Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company on its add-on acquisition of Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center.

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

Demonstrating ‘absolute commitment to being the client’s best advocate’, the team at McGuireWoods LLP is regularly engaged in the defense of discrimination and wage and hour class actions. The group, which has additional expertise in health and safety, whistleblower, and trade secret litigation, is directed by Los Angeles-based Sabrina Beldner, who is knowledgeable on both advisory and contentious labor and employment mandates. Richmond-based all-rounder Christopher Michalik represents management in union negotiations and routinely appears before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Over in Chicago, Sarah Wake garners client praise for her problem-solving … pragmatic approach’, and contributes significant Title IX experience.

Practice head(s):

Sabrina Beldner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Practical advice that fits the situation. Regardless of the circumstances, the lawyers are always able to find resources to support decision-making.’

‘Sarah Wake is extraordinarily knowledgeable on all topics of labor and employment law, and particularly in the higher education setting. I particularly appreciate her recognition of the importance of diversity and her very practical approach. I find her approach and the group’s practice accessible, transparent, and pragmatic.’

‘Sarah Wake is by far the best attorney I have ever worked with. She is very knowledgeable, goes above and beyond, and takes a problem-solving perspective. I appreciate Sarah’s outside the box and pragmatic approach.’

‘McGuireWoods brings best in class sensibility to its work. Clear presentations, deep awareness of the diversity of institutions within the higher education landscape, absolute commitment to being the client’s best advocate.’

‘Sarah Wake represents McGuireWoods’s professional ethos extremely well. Very conscientious, very honest, can give hard news when appropriate, and absolutely tenacious when representing the client.’

Key clients

Alliance Source Testing, LLC

Cargill Incorporated

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.

International Paper Company

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

General Dynamics

IMERYS

PGA Tour, Inc.

Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants

Constellis Group LLC

The Hertz Corporation

Compass Group

Restoration Hardware

GROWMARK, Inc.

Philips Electronics North America

Work highlights

  • Defended Centerra Group in a wage and hour class action.
  • Defeated class certification in a putative wage-and-hour action brought by two Dollar General store managers.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: middle-market (Up to $500m) Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP is noted for its high-level expertise in healthcare transactions, representing a series of middle-market sponsors in their platform acquisitions, add-on transactions, and exits in addition to handling recapitalization and joint venture work. The team, which is headed up by experienced Pittsburgh-based M&A expert Thomas Zahn, is also very active in the growth equity space and places a focus on advising independent sponsors and growth companies on the launch of investment and fundraising rounds. Dallas lawyer Jon Finger is a key contact for this line of work and handles transactions across a diverse range of sectors, including manufacturing, tech, and energy. Further key contacts in the team include Geoffrey Cockrell, who primarily handles middle-market healthcare deals from the Chicago office, and Gregory Hawver, who is also based in Chicago and focuses on public and private M&A as well as governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Zahn

Testimonials

‘Flexibility in dealing with complex situations and deals.’

‘Greg Hawver: tireless worker, creative thinker.’

Key clients

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Trinity Hunt Partners

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Summit Park

LLR Partners

Compass Group Equity Partners

Assured Healthcare Partners

Drum Capital

Banner Ventures

Sverica Capital Partners

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 3

Work highlights

Tax > Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, national trade associations, and charities) Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP acts on behalf of a range of prominent charitable organizations and nonprofits as well as numerous high-net-worth donors is active across Virginia and the Southeast. Gerald Thomas is an Atlanta-based expert in corporate transactions and restructurings and co-leads the department alongside the highly experienced Michele McKinnon, who works from Richmond and advises on governance, endowment and investment matters. Also key are Jean Gordon Carter in Raleigh, who is former co-chair of the firm’s private wealth services group, and Bradley Ridlehoover of Richmond, who works closely with McKinnon and is active in both contentious and non-contentious tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Thomas; Michele McKinnon

Other key lawyers:

Jean Carter; Bradley Ridlehoover; Alec Sauble

Key clients

Policy and Taxation Group

Work highlights

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP‘s aviation group has a strong market reputation for its assistance with corporate aircraft-related financing, leasing, purchases and sales. The group is also consistently mandated to act on the acquisition, disposition and management of commercial aircraft portfolios. It additionally advises major public companies on their company-owned aircraft fleets. Also of note, the team routinely structures the ownership, acquisition, leasing, sale and financing of fractional interests in aircraft. In Charlotte, Patricia Hosmer represents borrowers, lenders, lessors, lessees, equity participants and agents in aircraft financings; and M&A and corporate transactions expert David Whelpley Jr. likewise has notable aircraft sector experience. Also integral to the department are New York-based Deepak Reddy, an adviser to airlines, aircraft leasing companies, financial institutions and investment funds on commercial aircraft-related M&A, financing, restructuring and leasing deals; and Peter Szurley in San Francisco, whose wide-ranging practice encompasses aircraft finance and sales.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Hosmer

Testimonials

Deepak Reddy and his team are very responsive, creative, well informed, and up to date on the latest aviation sector developments.

Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP‘s ‘consistently available’ transportation, shipping, maritime and regulatory team acts for terminal operators, transportation authorities, beneficial cargo owners, commodity traders, carriers, financial institutions, and vessel owners and charterers on a vast array of shipping matters. The team consistently advises on regulatory compliance with the Jones Act, as well as shipping-related international trade issues (including the shipping regulations that determine how shippers and carriers can interact). Its practice also encompasses assistance to retailers with licensing and regulatory issues, in relation to Ocean Transportation Intermediaries-related matters; and it assists beneficial cargo owners with new enforcement remedies, which are available through the Federal Maritime Commission and the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. Heading up the team, Norfolk-based John Padgett is experienced in representing tug boat companies, freight forwarders, freight consolidators, and shipping and trucking companies; and Bryan Brantley in Pittsburgh is an experienced transportation-related litigator. In September 2023, Jeanne Noonan left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Brantley; John Padgett

Testimonials

The MG team is consistently available and quick to respond to requests from client organizations.

Their diversification of skills is a great asset to clients.

Key clients

Continental Tire

Dominion Energy, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Dominion Energy in contracts to construct a 2.6-gigawatt coastal Virginia offshore wind commercial project.
  • Advising Continental Tire, as primary outside counsel, on customs regulations that govern the international supply chain for goods imported into the US.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP advises on all aspects of cartel investigations, including dawn raids, leniency applications, negotiation of plea agreements and responses to subpoenas by the government, and is also adept at follow-on class actions and opt-out cases. The practice is led by Amy Manning, whose recent caseload extends to an amnesty application in a no-poach antitrust investigation conducted by the DOJ, and the representation of a company in an investigation related to antitrust violations in government contracting. Angelo Russo is proficient in both criminal antitrust investigations and civil antitrust regulation, with his areas of expertise encompassing price fixing, bid rigging, wage-fixing and no-poach agreements. Richmond’s Brent Justus has a track record of representing corporate clients and individuals in global antitrust cartel investigations. Unless stated otherwise, all mentioned lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Amy Manning

Other key lawyers:

Angelo Russo; Sarah Zielinski; Brent Justus

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Counting trade associations, corporations, and individual executives from a broad range of industries among its clients, McGuireWoods LLP’s antitrust and competition team regularly handles disputes alleging price-fixing, no-poach agreements, and wage-fixing issues. Amy Manning, based in the firm’s Chicago office, now heads the team; Manning acts for individual executives and corporations in cases alleging no-poach agreements, as well as wage- and price-fixing claims, with particular industry expertise in the life sciences sector. Further key individuals in the Chicago team include Angelo Russo and Sarah Zielinski; Russo is also recommended for his expertise in defending corporations accused of no-poach conspiracies, while Zielinski takes point on cases concerning anticompetitive information exchanges and wage-fixing allegations. Brent Justus, in Richmond, has a particular focus on merger clearances and cartel defense.

Practice head(s):

Amy Manning

Key clients

Elite Staffing Agency

Work highlights

  • Representing Elite Staffing, Inc. in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Illinois Attorney General that raises novel questions regarding the scope of the Illinois Antitrust Act and is currently pending before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4

Led from Virginia by Justin Howard and Samuel Tarry, McGuireWoods LLP handles single plaintiff, mass tort, and class action product liability actions brought against a range of consumer product manufacturers including brands within the auto, electronic devices, and food and beverage spaces. The scope of the firm’s work runs the gamut from risk management counselling and product recall matters, through to notable litigation brought in state and federal courts relating to alleged product defects, as well as other broader consumer protection infractions.

Practice head(s):

Justin Howard; Samuel Tarry

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Hatch; Jim Neale; Trent Taylor

Key clients

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI)

Work highlights

  • Representing UNFI in litigation that includes state court personal injury trials, declaratory judgment insurance coverage matters, bankruptcy court proceedings and indemnity and contribution actions.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP’s oil and gas practice acts for a variety of clients in the oil and gas sector on a number of complex matters both in the transactional and regulatory space which include advice on exploration, development and production. From the firm’s Pittsburgh office, practice head Anthony Carna is a key contact for publicly traded and privately held energy companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and project development matters, while associate Molleigh Thomas is noted for her expertise in reviewing and drafting oil and gas lease transactions, mineral conveyances, and oil and gas title opinions. Houston lawyer Jay Hughes is noted for his experience guiding infrastructure funds through their transactional activities and joined the team from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Carna

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TC Energy

Equitrans Midstream Corporation (EQM)

EQT Corporation

Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC

Pine Run Midstream, LLC

Halliburton

Epsilon Energy USA, Inc.

BHE GT&S LLC

Dominion Energy

U.S. Steel Corporation

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Clients look to the environmental & mass tort department at McGuireWoods LLP for its experience handling climate change matters relating to air, water, waste and natural resources law. The deep bench fields Benjamin Hatch of the Norfolk office, who is known for representing manufacturing, transport and aerospace clients with regard to environmental law violations, Gregory Evans in Los Angeles, who handles environmental issues within the energy and infrastructure sectors, in addition to Eugene Mathews, who, based in Richmond, is a key contact for clients in the agriculture, waste management and chemicals industries. The Washington DC-based Makram Jaber’s focuses on the Clean Air Act, while over in Atlanta, Adam Sowatzka forms part of the crisis management & incident response team and handles environmental health and safety matters. David Franchina, of the Charlotte office, also navigates matters related to environmental incidents.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Hatch; Gregory Hinojosa Evans; Eugene Mathews; David Franchina; Makram Jaber; Adam Sowatzka

Key clients

Asarco LLC

Verizon

Wacker Polysilicon North America, Inc.

Inframark, LLC

Jefferson County, Alabama

City of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Holcim (US), Inc.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

The environmental enforcement and regulatory counselling practice group at McGuireWoods LLP handles compliance, permitting and auditing for land use, natural resources development and energy projects. The team is home to David Franchina, of the Charlotte office, who regularly handles regulatory and compliance for solid and hazardous waste as well as matters related to water and air pollution and Makram Jaber, who is a key contact in Washington DC for his deep experience handling Clean Air Act issues. With the hire of Adam Sowatzka from King & Spalding LLP, whose practice spans across air, water and waste issues, the firm has also strengthened its offering in Atlanta.  

Practice head(s):

David Franchina; Makram Jaber; Adam Sowatzka

Work highlights

  • Served as lead counsel in the response to an incident where seven workers were exposed to hydrochloric acid during a maintenance activity at the Wacker facility in Charleston, Tennessee.
  • Led an investigation into environmental regulations for The Home Depot, additionally assisting with the design, testing, and implementation of a company-wide program and electronic compliance system to ensure compliance with the RRP Rule.
  • Served as lead outside counsel for Holcim regarding violations of the Clean Water Act.

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP continues to be actively involved in a variety of environmental matters, ranging from site remediation and closure to environmental litigation and due diligence for commercial, energy and real estate transactions. Co-head David Franchina in Charlotte is regularly assisted by fellow co-head Makram Jaber in Washington DC, an expert on the Clean Air Act. Richmond-based counsel Heather Nixon Stevenson is known advising on environmental permitting and compliance matters, as well as business transactions. Atlanta’s Adam Sowatzka recently joined the team from King & Spalding LLP, bringing new expertise in investigations of catastrophic accidents and environmental crisis management matters.

Practice head(s):

David Franchina; Makram Jaber; Adam Sowatzka

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Crescent Communities

Work highlights

  • Advised commercial real estate developer in the southeast United States Crescent Communities in redevelopment of land with commercial and residential development in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, with development costs exceeding $1.8 billion).

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP  has a significant presence in investment grade and high-yield debt, along with a growing reputation in sustainable finance, including green and blue bonds. It has close links to financial institutions and energy utilities as issuers, notably Bank of America. Pittsburgh partner Hannah Thompson Frank is a key member of the team, alongside Charlotte’s Greg Kilpatrick and Barlow Mann.  

Practice head(s):

Greg Kilpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC)

Dominion Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: D)

PNC Financial Services (NYSE: PNC)

Work highlights

  • Represented Bank of America Corp in the issuance of more than $20bn in debt securities from December 2022 to late November 2023.
  • Represented Virginia Electric and Power Company in connection with its public and private issuances of debt and equity, including $2.5bn in debt offerings from November 2022 until November 2023.
  • Represented Dominion Energy South Carolina in connection with a $497m offering of 6.25% senior, secured, first mortgage bonds due October 15, 2053.

Finance > Fintech Tier 4

Noted for its consumer compliance and litigation capabilities, McGuireWoods LLP is commended as ‘highly experienced’ and often advises financial institutions on loans falling under the Paycheck Protection Program. Based in Charlotte, co-head of the practice Rakesh Gopalan is particularly well-versed in cloud-computing solutions, SaaS, and software licensing. Also co-lead of the team, Molly White in Los Angeles is vastly experienced in representing broker-dealers, individuals, and investment companies in investigations conducted by the FINRA and the SEC. In Chicago, Sarah Zielinksi is highlighted for her antitrust litigation expertise, notably in market and customer allocation, price fixing, and unfair competition. Charlottesville-based Ashley Matthews is a key port of call for financial institutions and retailers on consumer financial service and governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan; Molly White

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An amazing group of highly experienced professionals at the top of the industry. They understand true client service. ’

Key clients

Jaris

Wheels Financial

Simpler Trading

PayActiv, Inc

Kabbage, Inc

Navient Solutions, LLC

Minto Money

Finzly, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised CRCL Solutions LLC on its company sale to Enverus.
  • Represented Jaris in Delaware litigation whereby a shareholder sought company records pursuant to Delaware Corporations Code 220.
  • Advised ATSG on its acquisition of Xentaurs, LLC.

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

McGuireWoods LLP‘s trade secrets collective is headed up by Richmond-based David Finkelson and the ‘outstanding’ Yasser Madriz who works from the firm’s Houston hub. Also based in Houston are standout attorneys Meghaan Madriz who has a particular focus on assisting employers with employment-related matters at the range of court levels, Wolfgang McGavran and associate Miles Indest who has experience representing clients in high-stakes litigation. Representing clients in the range of business disputes including those regarding alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and misappropriation is the routine workload of the practice; the litigation the team handles long-standing and complex cases.

Practice head(s):

David Finkelson; Yasser Madriz

Other key lawyers:

Meghaan Madriz; Dana Rust; Heidi Siegmund; Sabrina Beldner; David Greenspan; Wolfgang McGavran; Miles Indest

Testimonials

‘Strong litigation team.’

‘Yasser Madriz is outstanding.’

‘Very client service focused and practical.’

‘Dana Rust and Heidi Siegmund thoroughly understand our business, our drivers and our risk tolerance.’

Key clients

Choice Energy Services

Vans, Inc.

Surfshark Ltd.

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

McGuireWoods LLP’s tax and employee benefits team provides advice concerning implementation and compliance of various executive compensation, retirement, and health and benefit plans. Atlanta-based Gerald Thomas co-heads the practice with Taylor French, who works from the Charlotte office. In Chicago, Carolyn Trenda is a key point of contact for businesses which want to check their compliance with the SECURE 2.0 act. Also in Chicago, Katie Rak is adept in representing both government and private clients in implementing pension plans and initiatives. In the Charlotte office, Allison Tanner advises employers on employee benefit and executive compensation matters which relate to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Thomas; Taylor French

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Equitrans Midstream

The ExOne Company

The Neiman Marcus Group

DXC Technology

NorthShore University Health System

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

Direct Energy (sold to NRG Energy)

Sheridan Capital Partners

Navient Solutions, LLC

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

McGuireWoods LLP manages employee-related aspects in business acquisitions and dispositions, including the termination, integration, and spin-off of benefit plans. Gerald Thomas leads the firm’s wider tax and employee benefits department from Atlanta, while Charlotte-based Taylor Wedge French co-chairs the employee benefits and executive compensation division, advising clients in the pharmaceutical, financial services, and industrial sectors on stock and asset purchases. In Richmond, Robert Cipolla assists clients with the integration of employee benefit plans post-corporate transactions, while Robert Wynne offers expertise in both equity and non-equity-based incentive schemes. Carolyn Trenda, operating from Chicago, supports clients in restructuring retiree medical programs and consolidating employee benefit plans. In Charlotte, Allison Tanner offers her experience in navigating ERISA and Internal Revenue Code issues.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Thomas; Tayler Wedge French

Key clients

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

L3 Harris Technologies, Inc.

Perspecta, Inc.

Direct Energy (Centrica US Holdings, Inc.) – NRG Energy

Latticework Capital Management, LLC

Trinity Private Equity Group

eLearning Brothers, LLC

Navient Solutions, LLC

Rising Point Capital

Carolina Foods, Inc.

ExlService Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Latticework Capital Management, LLC, a Texas-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of Catalina Research Institute, a premier independent clinical trials center.
  • Advised Trinity Private Equity Group on a $38 million investment in eLearning Brothers, LLC and on the subsequent acquisitions of Trivantis and Edulence.
  • Represented Cimarron Healthcare Capital, a Salt Lake City-based private equity firm, in its acquisitions of Forward Healthcare and Frontpoint Health.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

The data privacy and security team at McGuireWoods LLP is recommended for its ‘depth of knowledge‘, experienced in the development and implementation of privacy policies along with incident response and planning. Andrew Konia heads the Virginia-based team from Tysons, with Janet Peyton among the team members in Richmond. The pair are described as ‘exceptional’; Konia focuses on preventative measures to protect against breaches, while Peyton combines intellectual property and data privacy expertise. In New York, Anne Peterson handles breach response matters along with regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Konia

Other key lawyers:

Janet Peyton; Anne Peterson; Alicia Baiardo

Testimonials

‘I have found McGuire Woods to be persistently excellent. They are cordial (more so than other firms), very driven, and have a depth of knowledge – particularly of the financial sector – that is hard to find a parallel to. They also have a fantastic understanding of the benefits and limits of data. In other words, I have found them much better than their peers at understanding what can and cannot be done with forensic reviews.’

‘Andrew Konia and Janet Peyton are exceptional. Andrew is available 24/7, and does not let anything get between him and his Client’s interests. Janet is the same way. I particularly like the way they engage and promote their associates. For lawyers who work on bet-the-firm problems, they are uncommonly decent, and focused on the well-being of their team.’

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP’s practice displays demonstrable strengths in advising on the tech and IP elements of M&A and private equity transactions. The firm also counsels clients from the fintech, industrial, and automotive sectors on various procurement matters, including in relation to SaaS business models and cloud computing. Rakesh Gopalan heads the offering from Charlotte and advises companies on corporate tech deals and tech platform implementations. In Richmond, James Anderson concentrates on representing private and public entities in a range of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Practical and sound advice. The team displays attention to detail while attending to larger business issues.’

‘A diverse and thoughtful team. Responsive and easy to work with.’

‘Rakesh Gopalan puts together the right team for the matter and is properly engaged.’

Key clients

Jaris

Wheels Financial

Simpler Trading

PayActiv, Inc.

Kabbage, Inc.

Navient Solutions, LLC

Minto Money

Finzly, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Raymond James & Associates as a financial advisor to Paya Holdings Inc. on its $1.3bn sale to Nuvei Corp.
  • Represented CRCL Solutions LLC in its company sale to Enverus.
  • Represented Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. in a $3.25m registered direct offering and concurrent private placement.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP has a strong track record at trial and on appellate matters, handling the full spectrum of business-critical disputes for a roster of financial institutions and major corporates. In Charlotte, Mark Kinghorn chairs the antitrust, trade and commercial litigation department. Jonathan Blank heads up the business and securities litigation team from Charlottesville, while Charlotte's Robert Muckenfuss spearheads the firm’s complex commercial litigation offering. From the Atlanta office, Cheryl Haas leads the financial services litigation practice, while in New York, Noreen Kelly is the government investigations and white collar lead. Norfolk's Benjamin Hatch rounds out the leadership group as chair of the environmental & mass tort litigation practice. Houston lawyer Jeremiah Anderson comes highly recommended by clients for handling ‘complex matters involving unusual fact patterns and sensitive indemnification easily and professionally’.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kinghorn; Jonathan Blank; Robert Muckenfuss; Cheryl Haas; Noreen Kelly; Benjamin Hatch

Other key lawyers:

Jeremiah Anderson; Yasser Madriz

Testimonials

‘The Houston office has excellent trial lawyers with deep roots in the Houston market, particularly with respect to energy matters, and extensive familiarity and credibility with the federal and state judges in Houston.’

‘Jeremiah Anderson operates at the highest levels of the practice. He handles extremely large and complex matters and focuses on the big-picture issues.’

‘Experienced litigation team, responsive, able to jump in and learn the nuance of the matter quickly, strong associates who really add value to the team.’

‘Jeremiah Anderson is experienced, responsive, flexible, handles complex matters involving unusual fact patterns and sensitive indemnification easily and professionally.’

‘Strong litigation team in Houston.’

‘Yasser Madriz is the outstanding leader of this team.’

Key clients

Ascend Performance Materials

Chevron Phillips Chemical

Crestwood Equity Partners

Lamprell Energy Limited

Bank of America

Vans, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of America in an Equal Credit Opportunity Act case involving a credit card point harvesting plan.
  • Acted for Vans, Inc. in countering motion to dismiss and for misjoinder.
  • Advised Chevron Phillips Chemical in a class action lawsuit involving placement of pipeline easements in Texas.

Finance > Project finance Tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP delivers astute project finance expertise amongst the wider M&A, development, and tax work that an array of infrastructure funds, energy operators, and utilities seek assistance with. Renewables continue to be the main focus of the group, with both onshore and offshore wind, solar, and associated battery storage facilities regularly at the fore. The practice is led by tax specialist Durham McCormick; Brian Kelly, whose practice balances M&A, project development, and project finance instructions; and Brennen Keene, who has been predominantly active on wind and solar projects over the past twelve months. Timothy Callahan has overseen a variety of financing structures in recent work highlights, including portfolio financings, collateralized construction-term financings, back-leveraged financings, and refinancings, for the most part in the renewables space. Doug Lamb has a far-reaching practice that sees him handle infrastructure and PPP mandates, commercial agreement negotiations and reviews, and project financing, including tax credit work. Keene and Lamb operate out of Richmond, whereas McCormick and Kelly sit in the Houston and Baltimore offices, respectively. Callahan is based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kelly; Brennen Keene; Durham McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

KeyBank National Association

Caprock Renewables

Dominion Energy, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised KeyBank National Association in relation to equipment, construction and permanent financings provided by KeyBank to developers of wind farms and solar plants.
  • Represented Dominion Energy on contracts with an aggregate value, to date, of approximately $7 billion to construct a 2.6-gigawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW-C) commercial project.
  • Representing Caprock Renewables, a boutique utility scale renewable energy company based in Austin, Texas.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 5

Real estate specialist McGuireWoods LLP represents lenders in various financings, such as multifamily mortgage loans, bridge financing, and acquisitions. Dennis Mensi leads the practice from New York, focusing on advising lenders on originations and servicing of commercial mortgage loans. He is key to originating multifamily loans intended for sale to Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac. In Richmond Craig Harmon is the go-to for mortgage lending, while Los Angeles-based Alice Youngbar assists with financing multifamily properties. Bill Seligman is also based in Los Angeles and is well-versed in representing mezzanine lenders and institutional investors in financing transactions. Lease financing and financing of hotels and healthcare are handled by Nancy Little from Richmond.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Mensi

Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly client centric – they are responsive, knowledgeable and reasonable.’

‘They are always responsive. When negotiating with counterparties they always stay level-headed and calm while clearly relaying and defending our position. They are a pleasure to work with.’

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 6

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

McGuireWoods LLP‘s non-contentious tax offering is particularly strong in the energy and private equity spaces. Practice head Gerald Thomas in Atlanta advises on public offerings and M&A across a wide range of industries, including private equity, healthcare, tech, energy, and real estate. Houston’s Durham McCormick focuses on the tax structuring of renewable energy transactions, with an emphasis on production tax credits, investment tax credits, and Section 1603 Treasury Grants. Craig Bell in Richmond offers state and local tax expertise, while Sabrina Conyers in Charlotte advises public and private corporations, investment banks, and private equity funds.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Thomas

Key clients

Novant Health Inc

Cleveland Bio Labs

Dominion Energy

NiSource

Geneva Glen Capital

Central States Dermatology Services, LLC

Teledyne Technologies, Inc.

CEI Vision Partners

Alliance Source Testing, LLC

Pleatco LLC

Five Crowns Capital LLC

Midwest Eye Consultants PC

FPC-Labco, LLC – Analytical Technologies Group

Work highlights

  • Represented NiSource in its $2.4 billion sale of a 19.9% equity interest in NIPSCO, Indiana’s largest vertically integrated electric and gas distribution company, to an affiliate of Blackstone Infrastructure Partners.
  • Represented Analytical Technologies Group, a portfolio company of Reynolda Equity Partners, in its acquisition of Holmes Analytical, a provider of service, maintenance and repair for pharmaceutical laboratory instruments.

McGuireWoods, one of the world’s leading law firms, has earned the loyalty of its many longstanding clients with deep and broad legal experience; a passion for understanding their businesses and markets; innovative delivery of practical, business-minded solutions; and unmatched service. McGuireWoods’ continuing success comes down to one simple fact: The firm listens to its clients.

Clients consistently place McGuireWoods among a small group of elite firms in surveys such as BTI Consulting’s Client Service A-Team, an annual ranking derived from unprompted feedback by general counsel and top decision-makers at Fortune 1,000 companies. 2024 marked the 18th time McGuireWoods has been singled out for excellence on BTI’s Client Service A-Team list. McGuireWoods is one of only four firms nationwide to earn a coveted top 30 ranking in each of the past 10 years.

One aspect of McGuireWoods’ value proposition is its ability to address client issues from multiple angles by partnering with affiliate McGuireWoods Consulting, ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the top 20 Washington, DC, government relations firms. By working closely with its consultants, McGuireWoods can augment its legal work with powerful experience and connections in strategic communications and government relations.

Also setting the firm apart is its longstanding commitment to innovation in the delivery of legal services. Financial Times has consistently honored McGuireWoods as one of North America’s most innovative law firms in its prestigious North America Innovative Lawyers report. The firm invests in technology to enhance its productivity and efficiency, including building an outstanding in-house e-discovery infrastructure. McGuireWoods was quick to embrace legal project management and has developed proprietary tools for budgeting and matter management, even helping clients establish their own in-house systems. And the firm is a pioneer in the creative use of alternatives to the billable hour to help clients control legal costs without sacrificing quality. BTI recognized McGuireWoods as one of only a handful of firms named by legal decision-makers at top companies as the absolute best at developing and implementing AFAs for corporate clients.

The firm partners with clients to give back to communities and advance their mutual desire to increase diversity and inclusion in the profession. The firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts have been recognized by Chambers and Partners, The American Lawyer, Law360, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, among others. As part of the firm’s commitment to community service, its lawyers provide thousands of hours of pro bono work each year, helping children, victims of domestic violence, the elderly, veterans and nonprofit groups.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Litigation Michael N. Herring
Corporate and Private Equity Thomas E. Zahn
Debt Finance Kevin A. McGinnis
Energy Brian J. Kelly
Environmental & Mass Tort Benjamin L. Hatch
Financial Services & Securities Enforcement Robert A. Muckenfuss
Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Jason H. Cowley
Healthcare Holly Buckley
Labor & Employment Sabrina A. Beldner
Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Transactions Michael B. Woodard
Private Equity Geoffrey C. Cockrell
Private Equity Jon W. Finger
Public Finance Kay McNab
Real Estate and Land Use Dennis W. Mensi
Regulatory and Compliance Vishwa Bhargava Link
Securities Greg R. Kilpatrick
Tax and Employee Benefits Gerald V. Thomas, II
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Managing Partner : J. Tracy Walker IV
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