This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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At the start of 2014, Haynes and Boone elected 12 lawyers to its partnership from its offices in New York, Dallas, Houston and Richardson.
Its expansion plans also saw the firm’s Silicon Valley office move to Palo Alto. The office has a strong focus on those engaging in business in California and Asia offering intellectual property advice.
|HAYNES AND BOONE|
|Aviation||3||Insolvency & Restructuring||3|
|Banking||1||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
Despite being a relatively young firm, Haynes and Boone has grown considerably in size and reputation and now counts offices in Shanghai and Mexico City among its number as well as a cooperation agreement with MMA in Rio de Janeiro.
|Total Listings in WWL||24||Established||1970|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||500|
|Number of partners||220||Number of offices||13|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Real estate is a key area of focus at the firm and with more than 60 lawyers devoted to the practice, the firm being one of the largest practices in the US. Ann Saegert is “internationally renowned” for her real estate expertise and is our real estate lawyer of the year. She represents funds, REITs and institutional investors in transactions, real estate users in managing and leveraging their portfolios. She also advises on finance arrangements, both securitised and private, and recently represented a publicly traded energy exploration and production company in connection with a $225 million sale-leaseback of a natural gas liquids pipeline gathering system. Timothy Powers oversees the international practice at the firm. His representative experience includes advising the State Board of Administration of Florida in connection with more than $1 billion in investments in real estate private equity funds. Robert Wilson has a “long-standing reputation” in the field and is “greatly respected” by peers and clients. His experience includes representing a lender in connection with loans to a major Dallas real estate developer including letters of credit issued to enhance tax exempt bonds issues on behalf of the developer.
The aviation practice provides a broad range of services to the industry including transactional and litigation matters, financing, capital raising, operational contracts and regulatory issues. The practice also provides services to aircraft and parts manufacturers, distributors, airline ticket clearinghouses and providers of computer reservation systems. Recent highlights include assisting American Airlines in its 12-year capacity purchase agreement with Republic Airways Holdings – this is the first large regional jet service deal of its kind in the US. Larry Pascal is chair of the Americas practice group and co-chair of the international practice group. He has 20 years’ experience in advising on cross-border Latin American and Spanish projects, and his activities in the aviation sector include representing American Airlines in its acquisition of Trans World Airways assets out of chapter 11 proceedings and representing the airline in its acquisition of a minority interest in Aerolineas Argentinas. Patricia Mastropierro is an Argentine foreign associate who has represented several airlines in commercial litigation and acquisitions in Latin America.
Haynes and Boone has a “very active” restructuring and insolvency litigation practice. Judith Elkin specialises in bankruptcy and business restructuring with a particular emphasis on bankruptcy appeals. She is based in the firm’s New York office. Robin Phelan is “in high demand” for his litigation experience in the bankruptcy court and federal courts. He represents debtors and creditors in proceedings including Mirant, Enron, Hawaiian Airlines and Idearc. Robert Albergotti is a “gifted lawyer” who advises on bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors’ rights matters. His representative work includes representing Centennial Beverage Group in its chapter 11 case in the northern district of Texas.
With significant expertise in franchise and distribution law, Haynes and Boone is a “firm of choice” for clients in the sector, particularly in relation to the foodservice industry. Deborah Coldwell is chair of the firm’s franchise litigation marketing group and has over 20 years’ experience as a trial lawyer. She regularly seeks preliminary and permanent injunctive relief for franchisors, distributors and the individuals who run the companies. Robert Lauer represents clients in the structuring and negotiation of franchise transactions, the enforcement of franchise, license and distribution agreements and in the resolution of disputes.
The firm’s Mexico City office achieves three listings. Antonio Franck features in the banking and energy sectors while Ariel Ramos is noted for his project finance skills.
The firmwide pro bono/public service committee was established almost 20 years ago and serves to coordinate legal work and opportunities and match them to lawyers and staff. While all lawyers make a personal choice of whether to engage or not, more than 70 per cent of associates and nearly 40 per cent of partners undertake pro bono work on a regular basis. A team of lawyers at the firm recently obtained full asylum for a Democratic Republic of Congo native who was persecuted for promoting democracy in his home country.
For Haynes and Boone, achieving diversity starts at the basics: effective recruiting and mentoring. Examples of the firm’s programmes includes a minority scholars programme for first-year students at SMU Dedman School of Law and the University of Texas School of Law, as well as an initiative sponsored by the Houston Bar Association to provide a summer clerkship in the Houston office to a first-year minority law student from one of the three law schools in the area. In recognition of its efforts, Haynes and Boone received the Thomas L Sager award in 2013.
Following in the footsteps of its founders, the firm strives to be “forward-thinking” and is constantly adapting to the changing needs of clients in a global business law marketplace. Examples include the firm’s collaborative approach to alternative fee arrangements and the use of technology to better serve clients.
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