This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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With 39 offices throughout the world, White & Case has an impressive global reach serving clients in both established and emerging markets. In this edition, the firm achieves an impressive total of 126 listings in 27 practice areas out of a possible 32, demonstrating its breadth and depth of expertise. So far in 2013, the firm has advised Bupa on the €400 million acquisition of Poland’s largest health-care provider, WPD Group on financing the Butendiek offshore wind farm and Greentown, a luxury residential property developer, on its $400 million high yield bond issuance. The firm is especially strong in the fields of project finance, arbitration, aviation and banking and a significant number its practitioners feature in our corresponding chapters.
|WHITE & CASE LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 126|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||14||Labour & Employment||2|
|Asset Recovery||1||Life Sciences||4|
|Aviation||12||M & A||7|
|Capital Markets||5||Oil & Gas||6|
|Commercial Litigation||2||Private Funds||3|
|Competition||6||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Governance||3||Public Procurement||6|
|Corporate Immigration||1||Real Estate||4|
|Corporate Tax||2||Regulatory Communications||1|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||2||Trade & Customs||6|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||1||Trademarks||1|
|Internet & e-Commerce||4|
White & Case is a “market leader” in project finance with a practice encompassing more than 200 dedicated lawyers across the globe. The firm advises on project structuring and development, financing, government regulation, construction and other contract issues across a broad array of sectors. A remarkable 18 lawyers from the firm are singled out for their work in this field, including a trio of “first-class” practitioners from the New York office. Arthur Scavone is the global head of the firm’s energy, infrastructure and project finance group and is “undisputedly” one of the leading practitioners worldwide in this field. Scavone was recently involved in the Panda Sherman project involving the financing of a 758 MW natural gas-fired power project in which he represented Goldman Sachs Lending Partners and Credit Suisse Securities as mandated lead arrangers. He is also recognised in the oil and gas chapter. Troy Alexander is considered a “key figure” in this sector, especially in relation to international project financings in the power, oil and gas, telecommunications, mining and pulp and paper industries. He is also fêted for his public procurement work and achieves a further listing in that chapter. The “incredibly knowledgeable” Philip Stopford is one of three London-based lawyers recognised. He leads the firm’s EMEA energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group and has over three decades of experience in international projects. He is also a “superb” oil and gas lawyer and earns additional recognition in the corresponding chapter.
Three lawyers from the DC office also come highly recommended. The “brilliant” Victor DeSantis is the “go-to guy” for multi-lender project finance transactions. He recently represented Citigroup Global Markets, ING Bank and BNP Paribas as lead arrangers in the 2012 financing of the Amaralina Star and Laguna Star drillships, which will be chartered to Petróleo Brasileiro for oil exploration and production activities off the coast of Brazil. In Abu Dhabi, Margaret Cole and Shibeer Ahmed are both “very visible” in the region. Istanbul-based Asli Basgoz possesses “strong business acumen” and is renowned for her expertise in M&A, hence her additional listing in this chapter. Hallam Chow in Hong Kong is a project finance “specialist” who works with lenders and equity investors in projects involving gas-fired, coal-fired, alternative energy and manufacturing facilities. Lawyers from the firm’s Beijing, Mexico City, Paris, Singapore and Warsaw offices also feature in this section.
White & Case’s international arbitration practice was founded more than two decades ago and is home to more than 150 practitioners. The practice receives high praise from peers and clients who identify it as a “global leader” in the field. White & Case achieve 14 listings in our arbitration chapter, four of whom are based in the DC office. Carolyn Lamm, a former president of the American Bar Association and “pre-eminent” international dispute resolution practitioner, has acted as lead counsel on some of the most ground-breaking and prominent cases of recent years, such as representing the government of the Republic of the Philippines in Fraport v Philippines and the Republic of Indonesia in Amco Asia et al v Republic of Indonesia. Abby Cohen Smutny is a “leading light” in the field of international arbitration and peers envy her impressive client list, which includes the Republic of Bulgaria, Romania, the Philippines, Peru and Jordan. Jonathan Hamilton heads the firm’s Latin American arbitration practice while Andrea Menaker is the former Chief of the NAFTA Arbitration Division for the US State Department.
The firm also fields four Paris-based practitioners to this chapter, including the “very intelligent” Michael Polkinghorne who leads the office’s arbitration group. Polkinghorne focuses on dispute resolution in the energy, telecommunications, project finance, construction and infrastructure industries and also features in our oil and gas chapter. Christopher Seppälä is a “true expert” in arbitration and has significant experience in construction disputes, earning him an additional listing in our construction chapter. In New York, Paul Friedland is the global head of the firm’s arbitration practice and has been involved in numerous important cases in the areas of power, construction, insurance, telecommunications and mining. Colleague Ank Santens is also a “prominent figure” in the field. London lawyers Phillip Capper and David Goldberg are singled out for their “pivotal” roles in the firm’s global arbitration practice. Individuals from Stockholm and Warsaw also feature in this chapter.
White & Case boasts a “very strong” aviation practice and 12 of its practitioners are fêted for their expertise in this field. Los Angeles-based Richard Smith Jr advises lessors, lessees, lenders, intermediaries and equity interests in equipment leasing and finance transactions involving the aviation industry. Peers consider him a “true professional” with a “formidable” practice. In New York, Michael Smith is an “aircraft finance expert” and he recently represented Aviation Capital Group in its $600 million issuance of senior unsecured notes. London lawyer Adrian Beasley focuses on international asset finance and leasing transactions in the aviation industry. Clients include Jackson Square Aviation, Thomas Cook, Aeroflot and Vietnam Airlines. His colleague Justin Benson is an asset finance “guru” who is especially well known for his work for Babcock & Brown in regards to numerous operating lease transactions. Moscow-based Thomas McDonald and Paris-based Victoria Westcott are both considered “key players” in the aviation legal market in their respective jurisdictions.
The firm achieves eight listings in our banking chapter, indicating the strength of its practice in this area. The New York office is a “hub of talent” with three lawyers singled out, including the “exceptional” Ernest Patrikis. Following three decades at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and eight years at American International Group, Patrikis has “unparalleled experience” in this sector and is considered an “authority on banking compliance”. Duane Wall leads the firm’s banking advisory practice and is renowned for providing “first rate advice” to US and non-US banks and other financial institutions on the nature and structure of their operations and activities in the United States and abroad. In Mexico City, Alberto Sepúlveda Cosío is “outside counsel of choice” for a number of major banks and financial institutions due to his “impressive” abilities in this area. He receives further commendation in the capital markets, corporate governance and M&A chapters. Based in London, Lee Cullinane is a “big name” in banking due to his knowledge of financing transactions, acquisitions and restructurings. He also serves as regional section head for Europe, Middle Easte and Africa. Florida-based Carlos Viana is considered one of the “top” dealmakers in the country.
Further lawyers of note include the “stellar” Maxim Telemtayev in Almaty. Telemtayev manages the firm’s practice in Kazakhstan and in other countries and has “unparalleled understanding” of the mining and energy sectors. He features in our M&A, oil and gas and mining chapters. Claes Zettermarck is based in Stockholm and features in our arbitration, commercial litigation, construction and M&A chapters. He is considered a “superb all-rounder”.
Our research demonstrates White & Case’s impressive range of talent and comprehensive global network.
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