This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Haynes and Boone was founded in 1964 by Richard Haynes in Dallas as a solo law office. Today, the firm is one of the largest US law firms with 10 offices throughout the country as well as an office in Mexico. The firm provides “innovative and strategic” legal advice across the full range of corporate sectors and achieves an impressive 25 listings across 11 practice areas in this edition. Haynes and Boone is especially lauded for its real estate, insolvency and restructuring and franchise practice groups.
|HAYNES AND BOONE LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 25|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Aviation||2||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
|Commercial Litigation||2||M & A||2|
|Competition||2||Oil & Gas||1|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||3|
Haynes and Boone’s real estate practice is “one of the finest” in the US and consists of more than 50 experienced lawyers. We select six practitioners to feature in the corresponding chapter, representing three of the firm’s offices. The firm’s Dallas office is the best represented and fields four practitioners including senior counsel and former chair of the firm’s real estate section Ann Saegert. She is especially “well known” for her representation of funds, pension plans and advisers, REITs and other institutional investors in all aspects of real estate and hotel transactions. She also imparts “superb advice” to corporate real estate users regarding the managing and leveraging of their portfolios. Timothy Powers oversees the international practice at Haynes and Boone and recently represented a syndicate of Japanese banks in connection with their first ever restructuring of a real estate credit facility in the US, the $300 million corporate headquarters of 7-Eleven.
The “talented” Robert Wilson has over 30 years’ experience in this sector and is recognised as “one of the top real estate transactional lawyers” in the world. He is particularly recommended for his commercial property work. Richard Martin is considered the “go-to-guy” in Texas for restructuring of indebtedness, modification, restructuring of investment ventures and acquisition of distressed indebtedness. In Houston, of counsel Melvin Dow is praised by clients for his “business nous” and ability to handle complex and sophisticated commercial transactions. Luis Moreno Trevino leads the real estate and hospitality practices at the firm’s Mexico City office and is considered a “key figure” in the Mexican real estate legal market.
The firm has three listings in our franchise chapter, showing the strength of its practice in this field. In Dallas, the “excellent” Joyce Mazero heads the firm’s restaurant and retail industries and franchise and distribution practices. Peers admire her “impressive understanding of business” as well as her dispute resolution and negotiation skills. Deborah Coldwell is a “talented litigator” focusing on franchise and distribution cases, while in Austin, Robert Lauer is praised for his work on both domestic and international franchise transactions and is deemed a “top talent” in the field.
A trio of individuals from Haynes and Boone also feature in our insolvency and restructuring section. In New York, Judith Elkin is a former chair of the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring group and a “font of knowledge” in this area. She represents debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, lenders and trustees among others, in reorganisation proceedings and financial restructurings. She is also a “fantastic” bankruptcy litigator, with particular expertise in bankruptcy appeals. In Dallas, Robin Phelan is a “prominent figure” in the area of insolvency and restructuring and he frequently appears before the bankruptcy, and other federal courts. His colleague Robert Albergotti is a respected practitioner in this sector and boasts an enviable client list which includes Bank of America, Rise Energy, SpectraVision and EOTT Energy Partners.
Two practitioners at the firm achieve multiple listings. Barry McNeil has over 40 years’ experience as a litigator and “excels” in competition cases. A former member of the antitrust division of the United States Department of Justice and a former chair of the litigation section of the American Bar Association, peers describe him as a “point of reference” within the competition market in the US. He features in both the commercial litigation and competition chapters. Mexico City-based Antonio Franck is featured in both our oil and gas and M&A chapters due to his “exceptional” abilities in these fields. He is frequently involved in the structuring and financing of electric energy projects; for example, Samalayuca and Mérida III. Alongside its notable corporate practice the firm is also very well known for the array of pro bono work it undertakes – the annual total is more than 11,000 hours.
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