Firm Profile > DLA Piper LLP (US) > New York, United States
DLA Piper LLP (US) Offices
1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
DLA Piper LLP (US) > The Legal 500 Rankings
Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 1
DLA Piper LLP (US) is known for its success in pre-emptive strategies, though the firm has a strong track record in litigation when it does occur. In particular, the firm has shown its value in highly complex disputes, using scientific information to win litigation. The practice is co-led by Christopher Campbell in Atlanta, who acts for pharmaceutical, automotive and insurance companies; San Diego-based Brooke Kim, who focuses on disputes in the pharmaceutical and medical device fields; and Gail Rodgers in New York, who has expertise in compliance matters. Also notable are Loren Brown in New York, who specializes in multi-district litigation involving large-scale mass tort and class action matters, as well as parallel regulatory and government enforcement proceedings; Cara Edwards in New York, who has experience serving as national counsel in multi-jurisdictional product liability suits in state and federal courts; and associate Katie Insogna in Boston, who represents pharmaceutical, life science and medical device companies.
‘DLA has a comprehensive reach which makes them an ideal partner for global companies’
‘Steve Matthews has been a wonderful member of the team. He takes the time to understand the client and works tirelessly’
‘Flexible and creative negotiation capability.‘
‘Matthew Satchwell and Shuzo Maruyama have great experience in representing international clients and always handle the matters very efficiently. Mr. Satchwell’s flexible negotiation style is especially great.‘
Aegis Therapeutics, LLC
Mazda Motor Corporation
Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Softbank Group Corporation
University of Texas at Austin
Volvo Car Corporation
‘The DLA team and team members are very diversified and collegiate’.
‘They are very responsive and knowledgeable in their respective disciplines’.
‘They are very well respected in the legal and business communities and take a “client first” approach to representation’.
‘They take ownership of the deal’.
‘Jonathan Klein takes ownership and coordinates all legal aspects of the deal and with his experience he also contributes to commercial and strategic discussions’.
Brookfield Asset Management
MB Financial Bank
‘DLA is a powerhouse. They have an expert on each issue.‘
‘Carol is well versed and well rounded. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field, attentive, responsive, and provides business minded legal advice that is practical in that she takes into account the relevant facts and circumstances.‘
‘Carol Umhoefer is an expert in her field and is a pleasure to work with. She is extremely responsive and attentive. Despite her robust work schedule, she always makes you feel like you are her top priority. She is careful, attentive to detail, excellent at issue spotting and problem solving, and provides commercial minded legal feedback that takes into account the risks and realities of the facts at hand.‘
‘DLA Piper and specifically Carol Umhoefer, are experts in this area of law. They help us interpret complex data privacy and security laws and how they apply to our business operations. They provide practical recommendations to ensure our compliance.’
‘Carol Umhoefer is thoughtful and practical in her legal advice. She is always available whether I need a quick answer or to engage her for a bigger matter or project. She is top notch.‘
‘Jayne Risk is our relationship partner. Whatever the issue, she will find us expertise within DLA to help. She is very responsive and creative with fee arrangements for unique matters.‘
State Privacy & Security Coalition
UK Mission to the United States
US Chamber of Commerce
T. Rowe Price
‘The team has a depth of outsourcing knowledge around the globe, and attorneys that are great at engaging with business and negotiating deals. They are able to advise on trends and discreet topics around data privacy and employment law.’
Catalina Marketing Corporation
Noted for handling some of the biggest and most sophisticated telecom mergers in the US, the team at DLA Piper LLP (US) also represents clients before the national security agencies, assists US clients entering global markets, and addresses state issues at regulatory commissions and the attorney general offices. The team of 'thoughtful telecom lawyers who understand the industry like no others', led by joint practice heads Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski, gives 'clear, straightforward and rational guidance without much of the legalese'. It is acting as lead regulatory counsel representing T-Mobile – and controlling shareholder Deutsche Telekom AG – in the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint Corporation. One of the largest ever telecoms mergers, it is subject to numerous federal, state and international regulatory reviews. Edward Smith is highly rated for wireless and satellite matters, namely mergers, acquisitions, and spectrum policy. On regulatory matters Eric DeSilva's 'experience at the FCC, coupled with his outstanding negotiation and writing skills, make him a great addition to the DLA team'. He focuses on wireless matters, including leading edge technologies such as 5G and Private LTE. Associates Dana Zelman and Peter Shroyer also come highly recommended. John Beahn departed the firm to join Shearman & Sterling LLP and Peter Karanjia joined from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. The latter will chair the firm’s administrative law appellate practice which boosts the firm's government-facing litigation. Lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice brings together a seasoned group of professionals that collectively amass experience and know-how second to none in the federal communications bar.’
‘Eric DeSilva and his team have the ability to juggle an enormous amount of work spanning multiple, simultaneous, complex proceedings. In short, he is a power house. Just as importantly, he also conducts his work with grace, kindness and generosity.’
‘DLA’s telecom team includes several unmatched senior leaders who have attracted a team of up and coming stars among the junior partners and associates. The telecom practice is small, but mighty, and has the chops to handle “bet the business” projects along with more mundane compliance and regulatory issues.’
‘Spectrum is one area where the group excels — an area where policy meets engineering — and that requires special background and skills. A five star group.’
‘Nancy Victory has superior judgment even in the rarified air of high-priced counsel, and has unmatched experience compared to even the most senior telecom partner in other DC firms. Her work product is always excellent and she always delivers as promised. She is outstanding.’
‘Mike Senkowski’s telecom M&A experience sets him apart from almost any other lawyer in Washington (except for maybe Nancy Victory). He has worked on virtually every major wireless transaction in the history of the industry and is an absolutely vital part of any M&A project.’
‘Edward Smith’s experience at the FCC, coupled with his outstanding negotiation and writing skills, make him a great addition to the DLA team. In any other telecom practice, he might already be the practice lead, but he is certainly a worthy successor.’
‘The practice provides a unique combination of 24/7 responsiveness, in-depth expertise and deep understanding of how to achieve results through integrated approaches to the law, regulation and drivers for Government decision-makers. Their strength comes from having core members with over three decades of experience on cutting edge wireless issues; past Government service at the highest levels; and, engineering capabilities as well.’
‘The individual team members of DLA are each amazing problem solvers and relentless in their pursuit of solutions. Key players from the DLA Team also recognize and understand the complexity of large legal organizations — seeking to add alignment and efficiencies.’
‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski are top notch in their area.’
‘This team of regulatory lawyers is superb. I have come to rely on them not just for their technical and legal expertise, but also for their good judgment and strategic thinking. The DLA regulatory team is incredibly responsive and on top of issues, unlike many of the other firms practicing in their area. They bring a deep understanding of the FCC, and state bodies, but also have important relationships and political understanding of these regulatory agencies.’
‘DLA Piper has assembled a team of thoughtful telecom lawyers who understand the industry like no others. They give clear, straightforward and rational guidance without much of the legalese. They take time to understand your business, your goals, your risk tolerance level, and your concerns. Their breadth of experience adds to the richness of their advice. They deftly move from the most technical of filing questions to the most strategic overarching telecom questions.’
‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski are smart, strategic and forward-looking lawyers who guide a team of all-stars. They can explain issues in detail to in-house counsel, then turn around and immediately high-level it for senior executives.’
‘Knowledge of the wireless telecom industry and Federal regulatory governance is superior to other firms that I have dealt with.’
Deutsche Telekom AG
T-Mobile US, Inc.
WorldVu dba OneWeb
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
TracFone Wireless, Inc.
New York Times
21st Century Fox
DLA Piper LLP (US) has 'decades of experience handing complex and politically charged mergers', specifically large telecoms mergers. This work includes the firm's role as counsel to T-Mobile on its precedent-setting merger with Sprint, including the divestiture of Sprint’s prepaid business to DISH. Key clients include major satellite operators, media conglomerates and internet-based companies ranging from the likes of Amazon to small tech start-ups. Joint group head Michael Senkowski, a former Chief of Staff of the FCC, has extensive experience in spectrum allocation and wireless policy. Co-head Nancy Victory assists clients in areas of new technologies and services, including connected car matters. Victory and Senkowski stand out 'as smart leaders who leverage decades of experience on behalf of clients'. Eric DeSilva focuses on wireless matters, including 5G and Private LTE. Edward Smith 'combines legal talent' and a 'persuasive personality', and is a go-to lawyer within the group for wireless and satellite matters, namely mergers, acquisitions, and spectrum policy. Associates Dana Zelman and Peter Shroyer also come highly recommended. John Beahn departed to join Shearman & Sterling LLP. Lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.
‘The DLA Piper Telecom Group has played a lead role in our transaction. They have advised on key deal issues. They secured FCC approval of the deal in the face of intense opposition; secured CFIUS approval of the transaction and assisted in settlement negotiations with federal and state authorities. Their unique capabilities were probably best reflected in their preparation of the key merger advocacy documents. The DLA Piper Telecom Group took all these inputs and produced an elegant, understandable and persuasive presentation.
‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski have handled most of the major transactions in the history of telecom and wireless. Nancy has provided sound advice to our board, scrubbed our deal terms carefully, and negotiated key commitments that were critical to securing FCC approval. Mike was the ring master for getting all of our moving parts headed in the right direction and hitting the right notes. His efforts resulted in a masterful articulation of our case and development of an effective regulatory strategy.’
‘Ed “Smitty” Smith not only has been a key drafter of the major deal advocacy filings, but also the point person for explaining the transaction and securing settlements or approvals from key state authorities. He combines legal talent, a persuasive personality and, like Nancy and Mike, relentless commitment to our transaction’s success.’
‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski are a strong team with many decades of experience handing complex and politically charged mergers. I value their experience and judgment in the M&A space and their legal advice is excellent.’
‘The DLA Piper practice group is first-rate and highly competent. The group has strong legal and engineering/technical skills and can handle diverse and complex regulatory and transactional matters.’
‘Impressed with all members of the group. I would single out Mike Senkowski, Nancy Victory, Edward Smith and Eric DeSilva as particular stand-out partners of the firm.’
‘There is no finer telecom transactions team in the profession. This group of whip-smart telecom lawyers can opine on hyper-technical filings and turn around to offer keen strategic guidance on critical transactions. Their knowledge of the industry and the technical practice informs their guidance and support on larger transactions, to ensure their clients don’t miss a beat. They give straight-forward, practical guidance and are always thinking holistically about a deal, always thinking ten steps ahead, to ensure the team remains on the right strategic path and is prepared for whatever may come.’
‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski stand out as smart leaders who leverage decades of experience on behalf of clients. They readily offer straightforward advice, without getting mired in legalese. They are comfortable with any audience, and can speak to in-house counsel about the technicalities of a deal, then turn around and speak to senior executives about the strategy.’
Deutsche Telecom AG
T-Mobile US, Inc.
WorldVu dba OneWeb
21st Century Fox
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, and willing to put in the hard work and time.’
‘DLA has a unique land use team. They are not hyper specialists in land use but rather understand that land use is part of a larger real estate transaction. The people in the group in Chicago are the best of the best and regularly are engaged in the most complex and complicated projects.’
‘Highly detailed knowledge about local city issues and players that help navigate a very complex and expensive process.’
‘Creative and comprehensive thinking, both strategically and legally.’
‘The attorneys (and planners) know the industry, the politics, the players and the process. Their insight after many years in the field is invaluable.’
‘Ted Novak’s keen insight, not only on complex land-use issues but on relationships with city or village officials, is extraordinary.’
‘In addition to deep substantive expertise, the attorneys in the practice are very focused on community and pro bono efforts, and share a deep sense of commitment to doing the right thing in addition to what their clients want.’
‘Step by step strategies outlined clearly for individual matters.’
‘Tony Calabrese and Kevin MacWhorter have added value to our projects with their expertise, thoughtful insights and dedication to our success.’
‘The team is extremely responsive, highly regarded throughout the region and does impressive work.’
The Taubman Company
Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)
QTS Realty Services
Sterling Bay Companies
The University Of Chicago
Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners
Harridge Development Group
Amplify Development Co.
MR Real Estate
The Fallon Company
Invenergy Solar Development North America
North American Properties
Real estate > Real estate Tier 1DLA Piper LLP (US) ‘packs a powerful, top-tier punch’ with ‘incredible strength and capability from senior partner down to associate level’. The firm has consolidated its position as a market leader over the past 12 months, marked by the arrival of 35 new fee earners. Notable examples include San Francisco-based Jeff Diener and Vivek Chavan, who joined from Paul Hastings LLP and Greenberg Traurig, LLP respectively, along with Jarrid King who joined the firm’s New York office from Morgan Stanley. The team’s full-service offering extends from multi-jurisdictional transactions, complex mixed-use developments, leasing, construction and design through to high-end capital markets transactions and joint venture agreements. Further, the group has extensive experience across the spectrum of asset classes, with formidable strengths in real estate deals involving offices, shopping malls, community and urban buildings. Moreover, the team is increasingly involved hospitality, stadium, technology and data centre projects. In a market leading highlights, Boston-based John Sullivan acted for Oxford Properties Group in its approximately $3.7bn acquisition of logistics company IDI, the owner of a portfolio of more than 110 operating assets. Sullivan heads the department alongside Jackie Park in New York and Richard Klawiter in Chicago. Also recommended are the 'extremely responsive' Frederick Klein in the DC office, and Boston-based Cara Nelson, who is recognized by clients for her 'diligent and efficient' approach.
Other key lawyers:
‘The DLA team can handle real estate matters across asset types and locations and have team members with insider knowledge of the nuances of particular property types.’
‘Amy Carbins is an exceptional deal manager. She knows when and where to push the counterparty to get the best deal and is very aware of client particularities and sensitivities and able to manage those needs during each transaction.’
‘DLA has an exceptional real estate practice. Real estate is a core priority for the firm and there are deep levels of talent through out the U.S. and globally. It is no doubt one of the premier real estate platforms in the World.’
‘John Sullivan is someone who is impossible not to like and has exceptional judgment and industry knowledge. You cannot go wrong with John.’
‘Chris Smith is one of the great lawyers of our generation and is aptly suited for the hardest deals when the stakes are big. On transactions, he always seems to find a way to make it happen with all sides feeling respected and happy with the outcome. On more contentious matters he is creative and fearless and willing to actually proffer actionable advice.’
‘Mark Yura in Chicago is immensely dedicated to his clients and an example of the high quality of that office.’
‘The team is collectively very responsive, from the most junior paralegal all the way up to their DC division head. They work on an outsized share of the transactions in the DC market – both on acquisitions / dispositions and on financings – and have somehow found a way to make their clients feel like their deal is the only transaction the team is focused on.’
‘Keith Greenberg performs at the level of many partners we come across and has lead multiple transactions for us. His availability at all hours, creativity, and repoir with counterparties is what sets him apart from other associates. Fred Klein is the best in the business and has demonstrated the willingness, even as the co-head of the real estate practice at DLA, to do whatever it takes to get the job done.’
‘DLA‘s team has an abundance of experience in purchase and sale transactions in the DC Metro Area. As a result, the team has often worked to structure the purchase, including the acquisition debt, in such a way that results in substantial savings to both purchaser and seller.’
‘They are excellent lawyers who have exceptional business acumen. They are very commercial in their approach to the law. they are efficient and cost effective.’
‘John Sullivan is at the very top of the real estate practice globally. we do transactions around the globe and he is without question the best of the best. i would use him anyhwere in the world for our work.’
‘Cara Nelson works closely with John and is a terrific partner. She is diligent and efficient. Fonda Duvanel has worked with us on Hudson Yards from the start. she has an extraordinary capacity for work volume and an ability to understand and distill massive amounts of very complex information.’
‘Bob Leduc is the best tax practitioner we have ever encountered. Like John Sullivan, he is exceptionally commercial in his approach.’
‘DLA Piper packs a powerful, top-tier punch, for a significantly lower cost than other top firms.’
‘Fred Klein is a top-notch real estate partner who bills fairly, is extremely responsive, and makes an extra effort to ensure key people at the client understand the situation. I would recommend him to anyone, particularly in the mid-Atlantic, although I hesitate to say this because I want to use a lot of his time!.’
AEW Capital Management
ASB Capital Management
Harrison Street Real Estate Capital
Oxford Properties Group
The Walt Disney Company
Other key lawyers:
‘DLA has a very strong team that blends both deep knowledge of e-discovery and practical experience. They have several thought leaders in the industry.’
‘Jennifer Feldman is a strong lawyer who is exceptional at project management and leading discovery projects. Judge Peck knows e-discovery from his long time as a thought leader and judicial career.’
‘DLA Piper made a smart decision to recruit Hon. Andrew Peck (Ret.) to serve in this sector. Judge Peck is renowned for his knowledge and hands-on approach. He’s pragmatic and direct. He also is committed to learning about the most current trends in technology for litigation.’
The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) is led by Richard Reilly, who is rated for his expertise in CLO work, and has particularly strong relationships with Goldman Sachs and Ares Management. Other names to note are David Ridenour in Washington, who handles securitization work involving more esoteric assets and multi-currency deals, and Andrew Sroka in Boston, whose work includes securitizing marketplace and student loans, as well as fintech assets.
‘The team has deep subject matter expertise, is very commercial and pragmatic and always provides sound advice. The team is also extremely customer focused – meeting tight timelines and always adequately resourced.’
‘David Ridenour has been a fantastic partner to us. He is extremely responsive, clear in his communication, and balances our commercial business needs with a conservative approach to our legal docs.’
SG Americas Securities
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Key Bank National Association
STORE Capital Corporation
TD Securities (USA)
Waterfall Asset Management
GC Securities and Swiss Re
Insurance Australia Group (IAG)
Other key lawyers:
Covidien Inc. and Covidien, LP (now Medtronic)
The Home Depot, Inc.
BMW of North America, LLC and BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Toyota Motor Corporation
Citrix Systems, Inc.
DLA Piper LLP (US) is among the most active firms at the ITC and handles ITC cases with a deep bench of first chair trial lawyers with extensive experience in Section 337 investigations. The group is able to assist with matters requiring district court and appellate expertise in addition to ITC strength and is increasingly active for major players from a wide range of industries, including the technology, software, life sciences and automotive sectors. With a well-staffed Washington DC office and its wide geographical footprint, the firm offers proximity to domestic and international clients, including several major Japanese companies. The Silicon Valley-based Mark Fowler is the head of the ITC practice which also includes key contacts Matthew Satchwell and Paul Steadman, both in Chicago, Erin Gibson and Sean Cunningham, both based in the San Diego office. Patent and trade secret litigator Michael Jay joined the Century City office in January 2019 from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘DLA Piper’s lawyers are not only knowledgeable in the legal profession, but in the technical aspects of our patents. In addition, they always give us easy to understand explanations and a detailed schedule of the litigation.‘
‘DLA Piper has a great ability to manage complicated cases.‘
‘The team is very strategic, reasonable in various situations in any patent dispute and litigation work. Strong negotiation skills and deep understanding of technology and also intellectual property law/procedure. Also, the team works very hard.‘
‘The team has a lot of experience in litigations in the automotive industry and in representing Japanese clients.‘
‘The team has experienced senior partners who represent us clients in a great way before the courts. Case management is also great. Communication with them is always great. They always organize the team in light of the nature of the case, forum, and other matters.‘
‘Many experienced attorneys.‘
‘Matthew Satchwell is very experienced in litigation areas and client-oriented. Paul Steadman is very experienced, too.‘
Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Memory Corporation and certain Toshiba subsidiaries
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG; BMW of North America, LLC; BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Dell Technologies, Inc.
Techtronic Industries Co.Ltd.; Techtronic Industries North America, Inc.; One World Technologies, Inc.; OWT Industries, Inc.; ET Technology (Wuxi) Co., Ltd.
AMERICA, Inc. and ASMO Corp.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
The Home Depot, Inc.
ResMed Corporation, ResMed Inc. and ResMed Ltd.
Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2DLA Piper LLP (US)'s coast-to-coast trademark team has 'a great ability to manage a large, global portfolio' and is recognized by clients for its willingness to 'take actions based on prior client guidance'. In Washington DC, Ann Ford advises The Dannon Company on issues relating to its trademark portfolio, and of counsel Ryan Compton is rated for making 'the extra effort to understand how to best communicate'. Frank Ryan in New York is highly skilled in handling media and sports-related deals. On the West Coast, San Francisco-based Gina Durham handles prosecution, clearance and portfolio management.
‘The DLA team alerts us when something significant deserves additional attention but does not funnel too many things to our team’s attention permitting us to operate efficiently.’
‘Our TM portfolio team leader at DLA, Ryan Compton, consistently staffs projects with a very diverse group and at a wide variety of billing rates to add value where possible. ‘He consistently manages a significant number of local counsel with very little oversight and almost no administrative effort as the client. Ryan makes the extra effort to understand how to best communicate with our legal team and is available 24×7. Even when matters may not be anywhere close to the most “important” task on his plate that day, Ryan always makes us feel like a priority.’
Accenture Global Services
Adtalem Global Education
Philip Morris USA
John Middleton Co.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Dr. Seuss Enterprises
Hilton Domestic Operating Company
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Jamba Juice Company
Mark W. Cross & Co.
Papa John’s International
Roark Capital Group
The Boston Consulting Group
Other key lawyers:
‘DLA has a strong Advertising and Marketing practice with a wide breadth of experience and unique niche experience in emerging areas. Their advice is practical with business oriented solutions.‘
‘Ben Mulcahy is a valued resource and expert in the eSports area. Ben is very responsive and customer focused. He not only advises on current issues but is extremely proactive in helping us future proof contracts and spot “on the horizon” risks. Highly recommend.‘
Allied Esports International, Inc.
Atlanta eSports Ventures LLC
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA (US) LLC
Chipotle (CMG Strategy Co., LLC)
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Paramount Pictures Corporation
The Pad Project, Inc.
Other key lawyers:
‘DLA Piper has the most qualified professionals in the country, with a combination of regulatory experience as well as private practice experience. DLA Piper is in the position to hire the best in class and because of that the quality of their work is outstanding.‘
‘Deborah Meshulam offers an outstanding background in education – having graduated from Columbia School of Law, private practice and SEC regulatory experience. Deborah is a a very thoughtful lawyer, who really considers all aspects of a given issue and thinks about it not only from the perspective of the law but also from practical application.‘
‘DLA’s fintech team has a breadth and scope that provides coverage across a wide variety of Fintech issues as well as ancillary issues that arise in the context of finding solutions to online payment solutions. The ability to combine their strong, core fintech competencies with expertise in other areas of commercial and regulatory matters provides a ‘one stop shopping’ capability and a unified legal perspective in a multidisciplinary environment.‘
‘Margo Tank brings expertise and creativity in abundance to the client engagement and she is able to translate client needs into a firm plan of action. Like a blacksmith hammering on the anvil, Margo shaped and forged a financial services program for our company that was both novel and tailored directly to our needs. She is relentless in pursuit of a solution and is not intimidated by sailing in uncharted waters. A pleasure to work with and learn from.‘
Opportunity Financial (OppLoans)
‘The REIT team is knowledgeable and communication is impeccable.’
‘Kerry’s communication style is clear and direct and her knowledge of the field and its practices and guidelines is fulsome.’
‘DLA has a strong Real estate presence and is our US go to legal advisor for real estate. They have a best in class team from advisory, deal and tax.’
‘Robert Leduc is one of the best legal tax advisors that I have ever worked with. He has excellent communication skills, provides business solutions so that that deal teams can continue with getting the deal across the finish line. He is extremely responsive and has exceptional knowledge of the industries tax issues.’
Black Creek Diversified Property Fund
CNL Healthcare Properties II
KBS Growth & Income REIT
Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT III
Cottonwood Multifamily REIT II
Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust
W. P. Carey
STORE Capital Corporation
Resource Real Estate Apartment REIT III
Special Committee of Board of Directors of Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT
Tax > International tax Tier 2DLA Piper LLP (US) is known for its sprawling global office network, enabling it to 'consider worldwide scenarios' in cross-border transactional work and standalone international tax planning matters. Jointly headed by Sang Kim and Sibel Owji the US team is rated for its expertise in transfer pricing and in the international tax components of the 2017 TCJA. Clients have also highlighted the lawyers' ability to 'act as coordinators with their colleagues internationally'. Other key figures include Ben Olivas in Silicon Valley and Boston-based Michael Hardgrove, the latter of whom handled the large-scale post-acquisition integration of Newport Corporation and Electro Scientific Industries. The tax team also made several lateral hires to its New York and California offices, including Kevin Glenn, who joined in New York from King & Spalding LLP.
‘I have direct access to the partners who have significant expertise. They also know exactly who to bring in to round out the team on complex matters. They are also very quick to respond with complete and practical solutions.’
‘DLA Piper is my favorite tax services provider by a mile, and I’ve worked with the majority of Big 4 and numerous other law firms. The technical expertise of the team I’ve worked with was undoubtedly top notch, on par or better than everything I’ve experienced in my career. What differentiates DLA Piper is the willingness to invest in understanding the client’s business fully which, in turn, allows them to create and bring to the table truly innovative and elegant solutions to complex issues in lieu of a million cookie cutter templates you’d expect to receive from other providers. DLA’s level of client commitment is unmatched in my view. The epithets like “above and beyond” and “going the extra mile” have become somewhat of a cliché, but they apply 100% when it comes to describing DLA’s client service. I rest easy knowing that the firm will always be there for me and would mobilize the considerable resources at a minute’s notice should it be required. In summary, DLA Piper is the most trusted and competent service provider I’ve ever dealt with.’
‘Sibel Owji is the engagement partner. I’m not the one to easily heap praise upon service providers, but Sibel stands without equal in my eyes. The breadth of her technical expertise is exceptional, and her client service commitment is simply unmatched. She’s meticulous when it comes to preparation and delivery of work product, supremely organized, highly driven, engaging, cordial, and just an absolute pleasure to work with. Saying that “she knows her clients better than the clients know themselves” will not be an overstatement. Besides all the things I’ve listed above, what I value in Sibel is her trustworthiness and reliability. She’s never once failed to be available when needed and always delivered the highest level of service through thick and thin. She’s my most trusted service provider, and I hope to continue working with her indefinitely. It goes without saying that she receives my unquestioned endorsement as one of the best tax / consulting services providers in the land.’
‘This international tax team at DLA understands our business and the company values. The team has great technical skills and also support us in implementing the related structure from an operational perspective. They works extremely hard and diligently and have great project management skills. They are excellent coordinators with their colleagues in internationally in the Netherlands and UK. As a result of their capabilities we have managed to complete a project on time.’
‘Extremely easy to work with individuals, available at very short notice, great communicators, excellent technical skills, excellent understanding of our business and operations.‘
‘The team brings business acumen coupled with tax technical advice to guide the business at a practical / operational level. In other words, the benefit we receive is practical legal advice that can influence our operations without breaking the business.’
‘The individual professionals are personable, knowledgeable and generally available. Response time is quick and informed. The broader U.S.-based team is top notch.’
‘The availability of DLA Piper colleagues is what makes the difference. They always give us prompt responses on the issues inquired, giving assertive advises.’
‘DLA Piper is able to consider a worldwide scenario, what is really important in our organization.’
‘DLA Piper has a good balance of in-depth technical expertise with providing practical guidance. They are thorough and produce solid work product‘Sibel Owji is incredibly professional and has both technical depth and breadth. She assembles a strong team and it’s reassuring that she’s on your side because she is incredibly thorough.’
International Flavors & Fragrances
First Data Corporation
Fidelity National Information Services
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3
DLA Piper LLP (US) draws on cartel defense and government enforcement practices around the globe to assist clients with cartel needs all over the world. The dedicated US cartels team is led by San Francisco-based partner Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, who services clients from a wide range of sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, technology and automotive. Her US antitrust and trade regulation co-chair Lesli Esposito focuses on consumer protection and FTC investigations from her desk in Philadelphia. The department is particularly active in investigations related to no-poaching agreements and often implements legal tech into its antitrust practice.
A Non-US International Bank
Epic Medical Group and Prime Healthcare
A Global Pharmaceutical Company
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
“Crypto Token” Technology Company
Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 3DLA Piper LLP (US)'s nationwide products liability group has experience acting for automotive industry clients in a range of product liability litigation and class actions. Names to note in the team are Atlanta-based Christopher Campbell, Mark Nadeau in the Phoenix office, and William Kiniry in Philadelphia, who handles a wide range of commercial litigation, including consumer protection class actions. DLA Piper LLP (US). A key strength is the firm's ability to provide experienced local representation in courts nationwide, including in the busiest jurisdictions for securities class actions and regulatory enforcement actions. 'They execute strategies with confidence and are relentless in representing us', says a client of the practice led by John Clarke in New York and James Mathias in Baltimore. Amy Ruhland in Austin, San Diego-based Shirli Fabbri Weiss and, on the SEC enforcement side, John Hillebrecht in New York play key roles in the practice. 'The team is extremely responsive, hardworking and successful in litigation', says a client.
‘The attorneys have actual experience in the trenches, meaning significant trial experience, former employment in government enforcement, and active cases against the government.‘
‘They are very tough but very smart. They have guts and do not shy away from challenging cases or aggressive opposing counsel. They execute strategies with confidence and are relentless in representing us.‘
‘The firm has broad resources with ability to respond thoroughly and quickly. It focuses on understanding issues at hand with the objective of understanding key issues and developing appropriate action plans.‘
‘DLA’s securities litigation practice group has deep legal and industry knowledge and expertise. They are able to cover a wide range of issues in multiple jurisdictions. Also, their work product is excellent.‘
‘The team was phenomenal. their preparation and subsequent preparation of us was outstanding. Their knowledge of the industry and the issues was second to none.‘
‘The team is smart and experienced, practical, mindful of client’s expenses and fees, realistic in their case assessment and budgeting, and good people.‘
‘The team is extremely responsive, hardworking and successful in litigation efforts.‘
‘Despite DLA being a monster-sized firm, I always feel like I’m dealing with a smaller boutique, where my matters are their top priority. The breadth of actual trial experience is impressive. And I appreciate their willingness to not just treat me as a client, but as a member of the legal team.‘
The Allstate Corporation
Roth Capital Partners, LLC and Northland Securities, Inc. (Sky Solar)
Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
MetLife Underwriters (Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC)
Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc.
Austin-based investment firm
Akers Biosciences, Inc.
Santa Cruz County Bank
‘Superb attention to detail, experience in the industry, and ability to be commercial’
‘Vanessa Wilson is excellent to work with’
‘I like that DLA Piper is a firm that speaks on point, in other words they give you clear answers for your questions’
‘Conrad Proulx is diligent, practical, polite and seeks equity to all parties. He possess high ethical standards and in all our transactions he has found the best way to devise solutions for all issues’
CIT Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Coöperatieve Rabobank and ING Capital LLC
Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération (PROPARCO)
Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest)
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest)
US EXIM and CABEI
Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)
CDC Group PLC (CDC)
Export–Import Bank of the United States (US EXIM)
Forming a part of the firm's overarching projects, energy and infrastructure offering - which is led from the US by Washington DC-based Gregory Smith, DLA Piper LLP (US) has considerable renewables credentials, both domestically and internationally - where it is able to tap into the expertise of practitioners spread across the firm's global network. The firm is well-versed at advising a myriad clients - including sponsors, lenders, equity investors and government agencies - across the spectrum of hydro, solar, onshore and offshore wind projects. A niche area of expertise relates to the team's work at the forefront of the development and financing of energy storage projects. On global energy and project financing matters, in addition to work on behalf of commercial banks, the team is also well-versed at representing export credit agencies and development finance institutions in relation to emerging markets-based transactions. Joseph Tato joined Covington & Burling LLP in March 2020, and Timothy Moran joined Holland & Knight LLP in November 2020.
The healthcare practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) focuses on transactional and related work in the healthcare sector, with a strong offering for private equity firms. The team has extensive experience in dealing with the corporate and healthcare regulatory aspects of a transaction, and the ongoing day-to-day matters arising within a portfolio of healthcare companies. Other areas of expertise include managed care contracting, value based care, and data security and privacy. Miami-based Joshua Kaye, who concentrates his practice in healthcare M&A and private equity investments, chairs the group. The department also has offices in New York, Dallas, Austin, and Philadelphia.
Backed by the firm's global network, DLA Piper LLP (US) has broad based expertise in product liability, regulatory work, IP disputes and portfolio management, and corporate ad financing transactions. Matthew Holian and Andrew Gilbert jointly lead the practice from Boston and Short Hills, respectively; Holian focuses on litigation, regulatory and enforcement challenges, while Gilbert handles corporate finance, M&A and securities transactions. San Diego-based Lisa Haile is a name to note for patent protection. Loren Brown co-chairs the firm's global litigation practice, and is 'an excellent strategist who masterfully handles the most sensitive and difficult issues'. Cara Edwards, Christopher Campbell and Lucas Przymusinski are also recommended for product liability cases and mass tort litigation. Katie Insogna is a star associate in the practice group.
Other key lawyers:
‘DLA Provide seamless legal expertise in all areas of biotechnology from raising equity, to business development to IP to real estate transactions‘.
‘The team has extensive experience with both litigation and regulatory issues; the firm has taken the time to get to know our business and act as true partners in their approach to matters‘.
‘The attorneys really listen and anticipate the needs of the client‘.
‘Lisa Haile is the most outstanding IP lawyer I’ve ever worked with – she is diligent, responsive, understands the practical business needs behind all the work she performs, and has an unparalleled scientific understanding of every issue we refer to her‘.
‘The DLA team has a number of outstanding lawyers on its team. Loren Brown is an excellent strategist and masterfully handles the most sensitive and difficult issues. Stephen Matthews is a welcome addition to the DLA team; he is an experienced litigator, trial lawyer and trusted advisor who skillfully handles complex litigation for life sciences companies. Danny Tobey and Lukas Pryzmusinski are physicians in addition to be being lawyers which enhances their ability to serve life sciences clients‘.
Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation
The New York team at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles coverage litigation relating to cyber insurance, fraud, personal injury, product liability, toxic and mass tort, environmental claims, and bad faith claims against insurers. The team has experience in representing industry clients in class action litigation, with practice co-chair Michael Murphy currently defending Catalina Holdings in a price fixing case alleging that Catalina conspired with bailbond agents and industry trade groups over a period of 30 years. Prakash (PK) Paran also co-chairs the practice. Aidan McCormack is recommended for ‘complex and high value cases.’
‘Whenever we call with problems, we all feel as though we are their only client’
‘Aidan McCormack is thought of as the go-to attorney for our most complex and high value cases’
Hudson Structured Capital Management
International Australia Group
The insurance team at DLA Piper LLP (US) has particularly strong offerings in insurtech and venture capital, and also handles cross-border M&A, restructurings, product development, entity formation and dissolution, and investigations. Prakash (PK) Paran and David Luce managed a number of M&A transactions for the Zurich Insurance Group, including the acquisition of two intermediary businesses. Paran jointly heads the practice with Michael Murphy, who has experience in representing insurance clients in claims relating to the energy and construction sectors. Senior counsel and financial services regulatory specialist Nicholas Kourides is also noted. All named partners are based in New York.
Adtalem Global Education
Authentic Brands Group/The Estate of Marilyn Monroe
Dr. Seuss Enterprises
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Mark W. Cross & Co.
Mister Car Wash
Night Owl SP
The Boston Consulting Group
The Home Depot
The NOCO Company
‘The team is prompt to respond, thoughtful in those responses, and always willing to lend a hand‘.
‘Trenton Dykes has a great sense of practical risk analysis and thoughtful recommendations‘.
SoftBank Vision Fund
New Enterprise Associates
Sailing Capital Overseas Investments Management
Samsung Venture Investment
HP Tech Ventures
The DLA Piper LLP (US) construction team stretches across the firm’s various US offices, with work ranging from large litigation or arbitration cases, to contracts and transactional-based advice for mixed-use, public service or entertainment venues. Anthony Meagher who co-chairs the practice in Baltimore along with Robert Crewdson in Atlanta, focuses on contentious matters, having successfully represented Buzzi Unicem USA in dismissing a $52m excess claim from a subcontractor, along with other project terminations and defect issues. Crewdson handles disputes work, but also handles much of the firm’s high-end transactional work. Also from the Atlanta office, Brian Fielden has a reputation for global work among project managers and contractors, having led with Italian colleagues on the $2bn construction of AS Roma’s new stadium.
Washington Nationals Baseball Club
Home Depot USA, Inc.
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Buzzi Unicem USA
Combined Properties, Inc.
Unilever United States
Texas Rangers Baseball Club
Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 3DLA Piper LLP (US)'s tax team provides comprehensive support to clients involved in tax disputes nationwide. In addition to its work in more traditional civil and criminal federal tax disputes, the team also represents targets or potential targets of whistleblower claims, acts for high-net-worth individuals in IRS audits, and has niche experience in estate and gift tax litigation. New York-based practice leaders Ellis Reemer and Diana Erbsen are 'both very experienced and highly respected', forming the core of an overall 'formidable team'. Joseph Myszka joined in Silicon Valley from Baker McKenzie LLP in 2019.
‘The DLA team is led by Ellis Reemer and Diana Erbsen, both very experienced and highly respected members of the tax controversy bar. Within DLA, Ellis and Diana have a wealth of resources and are very skilled at putting together teams of lawyers and administrative professionals to best serve their clients. Diana Erbsen is brilliant, experienced, tactical and has strong relationships among the private bar and within DOJ, IRS and NYS revenue authority. Ellis Reemer is also an extremely knowledgeable and experienced practitioner whose skills, judgment, and strong work ethic have served as the basis for a history of successful results on behalf of his clients.’
DLA Piper LLP (US) litigates a range of antitrust issues such as no-poaching, alleged price-fixing and monopolization conspiracies. Located in Philadelphia, Lesli Esposito shines in commercial litigation in antitrust and consumer protection. She co-leads the firm's antitrust practice together with Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey in San Francisco. The Chicago-based John Hamill and Robby Robertson as well as David Bamberger in Washington DC are additional key figures of the antitrust defense group. Hamill's practice revolves largely around healthcare and telecommunication clients, Robertson has significant trial experience and Bamberger often represents clients from a wide range of industry sectors in no-poaching cases.
‘The team is qualified and works efficiently to handle litigation.’
Danielson National Insurance Company
AMN Healthcare, Inc.
McCormick & Company, Inc.
Komatsu America Corp.
‘John Reed is awesome. He has incisive legal analysis packaged with a great instinct for litigation.‘
Mavenir, Inc. (f/k/a Xura, Inc.)
Manti Holdings, LLC
Quantlab Group, GP, LLC
LaSalle & individual directors
Seller and its individual directors
Puget Sound Bancorp, Inc.
Premier Commercial Bancorp
FS Bancorp., Inc.
Gramercy and Individual Directors
‘Practical and solution-focused’, DLA Piper LLP (US) finds favour for its ability to act as ‘an extension of the client’s in-house legal team’. The national group benefits from coast-to-coast on-the-ground coverage, while its ability to plug into one of the world’s largest law firm networks is a key asset on cross-border deals. It also stands out for its broad industry focus, with its recent activity particularly concentrated in the technology, REIT and life sciences sectors. New York-based capital markets chair Christopher Paci is ‘really smart and client-driven’ and advises investment banks and US and foreign issuers on equity offerings. Global corporate co-chair John Gilluly splits his time between Austin, Dallas and Houston and regularly advises on transactional and regulatory securities issues. New York-based finance practice chair Jamie Knox is also noted for his experience in IPOs.
Other key lawyers:
‘Extensive experience in equity offerings with deep technology industry expertise.’
‘Unique in their ability to act as an extension of the client’s in-house legal team.’
‘The team is pretty practical and solution-focused — they don’t take rigid positions.’
‘Christopher Paci is a really smart and client-driven lawyer. He seems to want to get to a solution quickly and doesn’t engage in grandstanding.’
Cowen and Company
Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4
DLA Piper LLP (US) has a versatile US commercial lending team with a strong presence on both the east and west coasts. The group has several impressive niches, and in San Diego, West Coast Finance Chair Matt Schwartz leads a strong venture lending practice which represents a range of banks, funds, and family offices on their investments into the technology and life science sectors. The team has strong expertise in a variety of financings, including leveraged and asset-based loans, venture debt, acquisition financings, and mezzanine and second-lien debt. In New York, partners such as East Coast chair Jamie Knox is also noted for his advice representing borrowers.
Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4
DLA Piper LLP (US)’s employee benefits and executive compensation offering spans numerous offices and takes an integrated approach to working with the corporate team. Transactional support typically focuses on the middle market M&A field, with a client list including international corporates, hedge funds, private equity houses and senior management teams, with cited expertise in dealing with multiemployer plans. Chicago-based Richard Ashley is the key name for ERISA Title 1 and prohibited transaction matters, with Silicon Valley-based Cisco Palao-Ricketts commonly advising on retention strategy for spin-offs in the start-up and emerging markets scene. In Washington DC, Mark Muedeking has expertise in handling ESOP transactions, while Rita Patel recently drafted long-term incentive plans related to an IPO in the life sciences sector.
Other key lawyers:
Station Casinos (Red Rock Casinos)
Montgomery County Public Schools
Verizon Communications Inc.
New York University
Crown Corr, Inc
The Amynta Group
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is incredibly practical. While most outside counsel are very risk-adverse, this practice understands that risk is essential to moving forward in business and counsel appropriately.’
‘Brian Kaplan brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to any matter he handles. He is a well-seasoned litigator and advisor in employment matters. He combines a strong intellect with down to earth practicality in his approach to issues.’
‘Ryan Vann is incredibly responsive despite the many demands on his time.’
Avex Ventures Inc.
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.
California Institute of Technology
Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Conifer Health Solutions
Cushman & Wakefield
Dow Jones & Company/News America Marketing
DSM Nutritional Products
Dycom Industries, Inc.
Empyrean Benefit Solutions
Essilor Laboratories of America, Inc.
FactSet Research Systems
Fox Corp. (f/k/a/ 21st Century Fox, Inc., and Fox News Network, LLC)
Harman International Industries, Inc.
Haymaker Acquisition Corp. Helena Agri-Business
Highland Capital Management
Jack Entertainment LLC
Local Media San Diego
Lord Abbett & Co.
Medoc Health Services, LLC
New York University
Omni Hotel Management Corp.
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
PDS Trucking, Harbor Rail Transit, Pacer Cartage, a/k/a XPO Logistics
RTW Retailwinds, Inc. (f/k/a New York & Company)
Station Casinos LLC
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (“TIAA”)
Total Rx Care, LLC
Trident USA Health Services d/b/a Mobilex
TRT Holdings, Inc.
Union Bank of California
Baird Capital Partners
Celero Commerce / LLR Partners
ECP-PF: CT Operations
MSouth Equity Partners
RLJ Equity Partners
Sole Source Capital
Stellex Capital Management
Summit Capital Group
Tally Energy Services
‘I have dealt almost exclusively with Afshin Beyzaee who is exceptional. He has a broad base of knowledge on tax matters whereas most individuals are highly specialized in specific tax areas. He also gives business advice that makes the tax consult more practical and meaningful. Afshin is insightful and sees the big picture but is able to drill down to the issues that are most relevant and impactful. He is strategic and goes beyond the issue at hand to see how it might play out down the road.’
‘DLA is unrivaled in terms of corporate and tax coordination and integration. They also have incredible expertise up and down the spectrum of tax issues, extraordinary multi-disciplinary capabilities at partner level down. They have resources and sophistication comparable or better than any other firm in the world, but with a personal relationship and high touch.’
‘Knowledge of high level corporate structuring.’
‘We view DLA, and specifically Afshin Beyzaee, as an integral member of the team rather than a third party. Afshin’s multi-discipline approach is highly valuable and unique. Afshin’s relationship management and able to interact with everyone from counter parties, their legal teams, our company, business as well as creative types, and everything we throw at him!
‘We formed a bonded level of trust with Afshin that has allowed high level of integration into management decisions, extending beyond legal & tax to broader issues.’
‘Stand-out partners are Robert (Bob) LeDuc and Gerald Rokoff. Both individuals have deep expertise in their specialty areas and are highly reliable and extremely responsive.’
‘Gerald Rokoff has a wonderful ability to simplify complex tax transactions into an understandable description. This enabled me as the ultimate decision maker to make a well-informed business decision and understand the risk/rewards of such. This talent was also very helpful when we were in contentious negotiations; he was able to explain the tax concepts to the other party and be firm in our negotiating position. He was definitely a vital member of our team.’
‘Afshin Beyzaee is an outstanding partner with a deep understanding of corporate and tax issues and an excellent ability to find creative solutions for complex problems. Afshin understands our business and our culture, and we trust Afshin to have our company’s best interests at heart. In addition to his considerable experience and expertise, Afshin is also a very pragmatic lawyer, always bearing in mind that solutions need to be commercially workable. Afshin has played a significant role in our company’s growth through Mergers & Acquisitions in recent years, and we are very proud to work with him.’
Ares Management Corp.
Haymaker Acquisition Corp
The Hain Celestial Group
BP Wind Energy North America
Altman Greenfield & Selvaggi
David Weise & Associates
Big Bolt Corporation
LaSalle Investment Management
Penwood Real Estate Investment Management
Hayfin Capital Management
Harrison Street Real Estate Capital
Northland Investment Corporation
Hull Street Energy
Palatine Capital Partners
Emerson Electric Co. Retirement Master Trust
Bell Atlantic Master Trust
Washington State Investment Board
Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)
Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 5DLA Piper LLP (US)’s Chicago-based benefits experts – including practice co-head Richard Ashley, of counsel Kerry Eason and Ian Kopelman – provide a host of public companies with advice on qualified and non-qualified plan design, reporting and disclosure obligations, and tax-related advice. Ashley also advises asset managers and investment advisors on ERISA Title 1 compliance. Startups and growth clients in the life sciences and media sectors enlist San Francisco-based Mark Boxer and Silicon Valley-based Cisco Palao-Ricketts for fiduciary counseling, equity-compensation arrangements, retention strategy, and advice on employee stock purchase plans. Washington DC-based practice co-head Rita Patel recently assisted with an IRS audit into a client’s 401(k) plan.
Other key lawyers:
Station Casinos (Red Rock Casinos)
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)
Verizon Communications Inc.
New York University
Crown Corr, Inc
The Amynta Group
DLA Piper LLP (US)'s restructuring team is divided between Chicago, under 'superb' Richard Chesley, and New York with company and buyer-side expert Thomas Califano. Their group handles mid- and top-market debt restructuring and financing matters in a number of sectors - notably retail, healthcare, and entertainment.
Other key lawyers:
‘Agile in the restructuring process with a global presence in all areas to bring in any resource needed’
‘Rick Chesley is a leading bankruptcy attorney. He is always available and a true legal counselor with superb legal knowledge but the ability to get a good deal done, too’
‘Expertise in bankruptcy laws and their applications’
‘Craig Martin has a great understanding in clients’ potential needs and great communication skills, in addition to his expertise in bankruptcy law. He is the person largely responsible for the successful case conclusion’
Authentic Brands Group
Arcadia Group (USA)
Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC)
L. K. Bennett USA
Equity Owners of The NORDAM Group
Spyglass Media Group (f/k/a Lantern Entertainment)
Transform Holdco (in re: Sears assets)
Constellation Healthcare Technologies
Independent Directors of New Cotai
4 West Holdings, Orianna Investment
DLA Piper LLP (US) has a relatively unique Latin America practice with a growing number of offices within the region and an expanding group based in the US. It also has a sizeable Puerto Rico office, which features several senior New York-qualified lawyers with a significant focus on banking and finance. Team growth in Miami and Mexico City has been complemented by new offices in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and the practice continues to benefit from its close association with Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper in Brazil. The Latin America banking and finance team is particularly prominent in energy and infrastructure finance, syndicated lending, structured finance and securitisation, and debt restructuring. It represents a large number of international lenders and Latin American corporate borrowers. New York partner William Candelaria is a senior figure in financing and restructuring, particularly in Mexico; he recently advised Mexican EPC company, Arendal, on the financial restructuring of its outstanding debts. Gregory Smith and Amala Nath are key names in Washington DC, where they represent a number of agency lenders and DFIs on headline financings in Latin America - particularly in the renewable energy and infrastructure fields; this has included advising regular client IDB Invest on the financing for the deployment of the Mexican Government-sponsored Red Compartida public-private partnership. José Sosa-Lloréns is the principal figure in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he is noted for bank regulatory matters and big-ticket financings. Former Miami partner John Murphy departed for Baker McKenzie LLP in February 2020; however, since publication Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja has moved in the opposite direction, joining the firm's New York office in December 2020.
‘Excellent team and very productive. They have been able to solve all the issues that we have presented to them and with logical and practical solutions.’
‘The advantage of DLA Piper graduates is that they each have a specialty in something and can solve problems quickly through extensive knowledge and experience in the field.‘
‘Excellent understanding and agility with complex bond and federal financing structures as well as local tax and incentives for Puerto Rico.‘
‘Proactive and solution oriented, supportive of clients and creative problem solvers.‘
‘José Sosa-Lloréns is a trustworthy and loyal counsel.‘
Standard Chartered Bank
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Banco do Brasil
Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext)
Exto International Investment
DLA Piper LLP (US)'s extensive geographic platform and its large Latin America team with deep linguistic and cultural connection to the region, provides a platform for an impressive capital markets practice, particularly in debt, securitisation and structured finance. The firm has worked on a series of significant bond offerings and debt restructurings for major corporate clients in the region. New York's Christopher Paci and William Candelaria have extensive Latin America experience, including debt capital markets transactions. Buenos Aires Marcelo Etchebarne is noted for debt restructurings and Peru's Sergio Barboza is also rated for a variety of transaction-types.
‘The Peruvian legal market is highly competitive but DLA Piper’s capital markets team is close, creative, experienced, and committed.’
‘They have a business approach in their DNA.‘
‘Sergio Barboza attends to us 24/7.’
Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex)
Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority
Quálitas Controladora and its main subsidiary Quálitas Compañía de Seguros,
Genomma Lab Internacional
DLA Piper LLP (US)'s extensive Latin America practice sits in multiple offices across the US and Latin America itself. Team members in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Houston and Miami work frequently on Latin America deals, while Madrid, Mexico City and Puerto Rico branches provide further vital connections in the region. Further offices in Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Peru, along with a cooperation agreement with Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper in Brazil, make the firm a more than credible player throughout the region. This has enabled the firm to build an impressive client base of multilatinas and Latin America-focused financial investors. It also works with a number of multinationals that have interests in the region. Recent mandates include advising Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority on the long-term concession of the San Juan Bay cruise ship terminals. The Chile and Peru offices teamed up to advise American Tower Corporation on its asset acquisition from Entel of up to 3,242 towers in Chile and its subsidiary in Peru. Miami partner Francisco Cerezo is US head of Latin America corporate and has an excellent record in headline cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Bogota partners Juan Manuel de la Rosa and Felipe Quintero are also highly rated, as are Paulo Larrain in Chile, Argentina's Marcelo Etchebarne and Eduardo Gallastegui in Mexico.
Mexico City-based Kate Brown de Vejar and Paris-based Michael Ostrove act as global co-chairs of the 'exceptional' DLA Piper LLP (US) international arbitration department, with assistance from Buenos Aires-based Mariana Lozza. With energy and construction matters its predominant focus, the practice continues to represent Metro de Lima Línea 2 in ICSID proceedings arising from a PPP project against the Republic of Peru, and recently began advising LAMSAC over alleged contractual breaches by Construtora OAS during the design and execution of works on the Línea Amarilla road system. Benefiting from a network of offices across the region, the team also has experience with various Latin American bilateral and multi-lateral investment treaty disputes, with clients identifying Brown de Vejar as 'outstanding' in this domain – with 'her focus, insight and strategic direction' making her 'best-in-class'.
‘The DLA international arbitration team is exceptional. The lawyers work particularly well across geographies and the way they have coordinated between the Americas and Japan offices has, for us, been very impressive.’
‘Kate Brown de Vejar is outstanding. Our firm finds that her focus, insight and strategic direction are best in class. Every interaction is the very definition of professionalism.‘
‘The team know the technicalities in detail and that gives the greatest security. They translate complex legal matters in a simple way. As legal in-house for me it is simple to understand, but for the other departments it is complex and DLA Peru creates a bridge.‘
Consorcio Peruano de Conservación
Metro de Lima Linea 2
Conscorcio Vial Huara
INSA Holdings and Mercantil de Inversiones Arango
Línea Amarilla (LAMSAC)
DLA Piper LLP (US) 's ascendant reputation is partially driven by its fruitful relationship with IDB Group, the development finance institution for Latin America and the Caribbean. This has led to a flow of headline engagements, including portfolio financings in the renewable energy and road infrastructure segments. Much credit should go to agency and development finance specialist Amala Nath and also Gregory Smith, who have joined the firm in the last five years. The two advised IDB Invest on portfolio-related matters for the financing of the Bucaramanga–Barrancabermeja–Yondó corridor project (Ruta del Cacao), part of Colombia's 4G road-building programme. Beyond agencies and DFIs, the firm frequently represents commercial lenders from multiple US offices and is an increasing force in Spanish law engagements from its Madrid office. Moreover, its broad presence in Latin America itself draws in a number of important deals and gives the firm much greater regional credibility. New York partner Robert Gruendel is global co-chair of the firm's energy practice and has an excellent record in project development in the oil and gas segment. Mexico City's Marcelo Paramo is noted for oil, gas and electricity matters in the jurisdiction. Madrid partner César Herrero is noted for Spanish law engagements concerning Latin America infrastructure financings. The wider group was significantly bolstered by the March-2020 arrival of immensely experienced Los Angeles-partner Dino Barajas from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as as co-head of the US infrastructure and projects and Latin America practices.
‘The DLA project finance team is very competent. This includes being aware of legislative developments and market trends, the way of executing operations, and knowing how to differentiate what is superfluous from what is relevant.’
‘They have a very high technical quality that, added to the knowledge of the market and the orientation to satisfy the needs of the client, makes them one of the best options on the market.’
‘The team offers comprehensive services and always gets to the point. It is also sincere and fast.‘
DFC (formerly OPIC)
DLA Piper LLP (US) > Firm Profile
In 2005, DLA Piper became one of the world’s most prominent legal service providers through a merger of unprecedented scope. The motivation for doing so was not about size or prestige or putting pins in a map. It was to create a global organization capable of quickly and efficiently serving the most important legal needs of clients around the world, whether it is across multiple jurisdictions or in a single market.
Today, DLA Piper has lawyers in more than 40 countries throughout the world’s established and emerging business centers in the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s continued growth allows it to offer its clients the advantage of one law firm with the depth and geographic coverage to meet their legal needs where they are based and doing business.
In Latin America in 2018, DLA Piper expanded in Argentina with its agreement with Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly; in 2017 the firm entered Peru as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar; in 2016 the firm formed BAZ|DLA Piper in Chile and opened an office in Puerto Rico; in 2015 the firm formed DLA Piper Martinez Neira in Colombia and combined with Gallastegui y Lozano in Mexico City; and DLA Piper also has an ongoing cooperation agreement with Campos Mello Advogados in Brazil.
In 2017, DLA Piper merged with Liner LLP, a leading Los Angeles firm that focuses on litigation, real estate, business transactions and restructuring.
In 2015, DLA Piper combined with Davis LLP to form DLA Piper (Canada), with deep roots in the Canadian and international business communities, and services across seven offices in more than 50 practices.
Main areas of practice:
DLA Piper’s corporate lawyers support the world’s leading enterprises, emerging startup companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities.
The employment team advises clients worldwide on employment legislation, helping them meet their workforce objectives.
The finance lawyers provide clients with guidance and representation on all aspects of financial lending and related matters.
DLA Piper provides a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, sourcing, franchise and technology law services.
The firm’s international trade, regulatory and government affairs clients receive counsel on federal, state and local government and regulatory matters on all levels of legislation and policy.
With skilled lawyers in litigation, arbitration, investigations and ADR, DLA Piper deploys that experience to help clients devise the best legal strategies to handle business disputes.
The firm has a track record of successfully delivering first-rate legal services in all segments of the infrastructure and energy industries, and advises on energy law, infrastructure finance, transport matters and more.
DLA Piper offers a full range of real estate services, in the areas of acquisitions and disposals, construction law, financing, land use, planning and development, leasing, environmental law, insurance and tax.
The firm’s restructuring lawyers have significant experience advising clients on investigation, enforcement, litigation and asset recovery on a multijurisdictional basis relating to public and private companies in underperforming and distressed situations.
Tax clients receive a full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations.
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|David Goldstein||Partner; Co-Head, Investment Funds Practice||View Profile|
|Robert Gruendel||Global Co-Chair, Energy Sector Chair, US Shipping and Maritime Sector||View Profile|
|John Hillebrecht||Partner; Co-Chair, White Collar, Corporate Crime and Investigations Practice||View Profile|
|Gina Reif Ilardi||Partner||View Profile|
|Kerry Johnson||Partner||View Profile|
|Jack Kantrowitz||Partner||View Profile|
|Brian Kaplan||Partner; Chair, US Employment practice; Co-chair, Global Employment practice||View Profile|
|Garrett Kennedy||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Jarrid King||Partner||View Profile|
|Jonathan Klein||Partner; Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Group||View Profile|
|Jamie Knox||Partner; Chair, New York Finance Practice Group||View Profile|
|Nicholas Kourides||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Yasho Lahiri||Partner||View Profile|
|David Luce||Partner||View Profile|
|Jessica Masella||Partner||View Profile|
|Aidan McCormack||Partner||View Profile|
|Deborah Meshulam||Partner||View Profile|
|Frank Mugabi||Partner||View Profile|
|Michael Murphy||Partner; Global Co-Chair, Insurance Sector||View Profile|
|Maruti Narayan||Partner||View Profile|
|Christopher Paci||Partner; Chair, Capital Markets Practice Group||View Profile|
|PK Paran||Global Co-Chair, Insurance Sector||View Profile|
|Jackie Park||Partner; Co-US Managing Partner||View Profile|
|Evan Parness||Partner||View Profile|
|Andrew Peck||Senior Counsel||View Profile|
|Tony Pezzano||View Profile|
|Joseph Piesco||Partner||View Profile|
|Stuart Pollack||Partner||View Profile|
|Lucas Przymusinski||Tax||View Profile|
|Ellis Reemer||Partner; Head of the Tax Controversy Practice||View Profile|
|Richard Reilly||Partner||View Profile|
|John Reiss||Partner||View Profile|
|Gail Rodgers||Partner||View Profile|
|Philip Rogers||Partner||View Profile|
|Gerald Rokoff||Partner; Co-Chair, Transactional Tax Practice||View Profile|
|Richard Rubano||Partner||View Profile|
|Frank Ryan||Partner; Global Co-Chair and US Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology; Deputy Chair,…||View Profile|
|Bruce Saber||Partner||View Profile|
|Adrienne Scerbak||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Caryn Schechtman||Partner||View Profile|
|Megan Shea||Partner||View Profile|
|Chris Smith||Partner; Co-Head, New York Real Estate Practice||View Profile|
|Adam Tope||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Gregory Tulquois||Partner; Global Co-Chair, Commercial Contracts||View Profile|
|Daniel Turinsky||Partner||View Profile|
|Peter White||Partner and Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s US Media, Sport and Entertainment…||View Profile|
|Carmen Wong||Of Counsel||View Profile|
|Drew Young||Partner||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of Partners Worldwide : 1,700 Number of Lawyers Worldwide : 5,000
LanguagesMore than 60
OtherAmericas Co-Chairman : Roger Meltzer (New York) Americas Co-Chairman : Jay Rains (San Diego) Americas Co-Managing Partner : Richard Chesley (Chicago) Americas Co-Managing Partner : Jackie Park (Downtown Los Angeles)
Colombia: Mergers & Acquisitions
Published: March 2020
Authors: Juan Manuel de la Rosa Felipe Quintero
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Colombia.
United Kingdom: Technology
Published: July 2020
Authors: Kit Burden Liz Osako
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Technology laws and regulations that may occur in United Kingdom.
The Netherlands: Tax
Published: September 2020
Authors: Jian-Cheng Ku Rhys Bane
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Tax laws and regulations that may occur in The Netherlands.
Morocco: Data Protection
Published: May 2020
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Data Protection laws and regulations that may occur in Morocco.
EU: Energy - Oil & Gas
Published: December 2020
Authors: Orestis Omran Stella Mavrommati Giota Skiathiti Alec Van Vaerenbergh Félix Leyman
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Energy - Oil & Gas laws and regulations that may occur in EU.
Romania: Employee Incentives
Published: January 2021
Authors: Monica Georgiadis Andra Trantea Tudor Nedelea Lidia Dutu-Carstea
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Employee Incentives laws and regulations that may occur in Romania.
Colombia: Banking & Finance
Published: February 2021
Authors: Camilo Martínez
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Banking & Finance laws and regulations that may occur in Colombia.
Peru: Banking & Finance
Published: February 2021
Authors: Sergio Barboza Nelly Espinoza
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Banking & Finance laws and regulations that may occur in Peru.
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