This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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The past year has been one of continued growth for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, with several prominent lateral hires. Leading practitioner Steven Klein bolstered the real estate practice in the firm’s New York office in October and top energy lawyer William Scherman joined the Washington, DC, office in March. As well as several other notable new hires the firm also promoted seven of its own lawyers to partnership at the beginning of 2014.
|GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER|
|Business Crime Defence||4||Labour & Employment||3|
|Construction||1||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Governance||6||Public Procurement||2|
|Corporate Tax||2||Real Estate||7|
|Energy||1||Sports & Entertainment||2|
|Environment||4||Telecoms and Media||2|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||1||Trade & Customs||2|
Practitioners from Gibson Dunn have also been involved in several of the most prominent deals of 2013, particularly regarding M&A activity in the telecoms and media sector. The Hong Kong team were instructed by Hong Kong Telecommunications in its US$2.4 billion acquisition of mobile operator CSL from Telstra. Furthermore, a group of lawyers from the Paris office advised client Vivendi regarding telecoms giant Emirates Telecommunications Corporation’s acquisition of 53 per cent of its stake in Maroc Telecoms for US$4.2 billion.
|Total Listings in WWL||65||Established||1890|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||Over 1,100|
|Number of offices||18|
PEOPLE AND PLACES
The firm boasts a global reputation for the strength of its competition practice. Competition law has been a core area of focus for the firm for over five decades and the practice comprises of 185 dedicated lawyers. New York-based Peter Sullivan is co-chair of the firm’s antitrust practice group and is hailed as a “guru” in this field of law both within the US and internationally. He is hailed for his “first-class” advice to clients on complex litigation and competition matters. Fellow co-chair Daniel Swanson is also extremely highly regarded in our research. He is a member of both the California and Brussels Bar and has over 25 years of experience dealing with competition cases across an “impressively broad” range of industries. He is also renowned for his “superb handling” of merger clearance matters before the FTC, DoJ and European Commission, and clients “cannot speak highly enough of him”. At the Dallas office, the “prominent” Sean Royall co-chairs both the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation and internet and data protection practice groups. He boasts a “deep understanding” of competition law, partly due to his experience gained as deputy director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. San Francisco-based practitioner Gary Spratling also co-chairs the antitrust and trade regulation practice and is “one of the most highly regarded competition lawyers on the West Coast” according to peers. Clients value his “responsiveness and flexibility” and he is “well known” for his “impressive knowledge” of the anti-cartel enforcement practices of competition authorities around the globe.
Real estate is another sector in which the firm excels, boasting a “top-tier” team with an international scope. Co-chair of Gibson Dunn’s real estate department is the “greatly respected” Jesse Sharf, who is based in the firm’s Century City office in Los Angeles. He is “highly sought after” for his counsel by lenders, investors and developers and is “especially renowned” for his representation of REITs and mezzanine lenders. Also in Los Angeles is “real estate finance guru” Dennis Arnold, who is considered “one of the best in North America” for mortgage remedies and foreclosures. Furthermore, he is considered an “authority” on California’s “one action” and “anti-deficiency” laws, notably due to his involvement in the Wozab, Western Security Bank and Union Bank v Dreyfuss cases before the California Supreme Court.
Gibson Dunn boasts an “extremely fine” corporate governance practice with lawyers from its offices across the US considered key figures in this field. Amy Goodman is co-chair of the firm’s securities regulation and corporate governance group and is hailed as a “real star” in Washington, DC. She provides clients with “sound, strategic advice” and is “sought after” by independent board committees in need of representation. In Irvine, California her co-chair James Moloney has the “invaluable experience” of working for the Securities and Exchange Commission and also spent three years as special counsel in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Division of Corporate Finance. Unsurprisingly, he is considered an “expert” on securities, M&A, friendly and hostile tender offers, proxy contests and going-private transactions. Co-chair of the firm’s M&A team Jeffrey Chapman is singled out for his skills in both fields. He balances an “extremely active and diverse” M&A practice with a “remarkable roster” of clients who “greatly value” his corporate governance advice.
The firm is also home to our investigations lawyer of the year Joseph Warin, who co-chairs the firm’s white-collar defence and investigations department and chairs the Washington, DC, litigation department. He is heralded as a “global expert” on business crime defence and securities enforcement, including the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and False Claims Act. Peers cite his “encyclopaedic knowledge” and “creativity” as key factors contributing to the “exceptional strength” of his practice.
Outside of the US, two practitioners from Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office garner recognition in our research, including partner-in-charge of the office, Peter Alexiadis. He is lauded for his abilities in the telecoms and media sector, as well as his “brilliant knowledge” of competition law. The level of his communications expertise is demonstrated by the fact that he is one of only two international experts recently appointed by the Belgian Minister for Communications to select the President and the Board of the BIPT, Belgium’s regulator in the communications sector.
With a strong tradition of fostering a commitment to public service, developing a coordinated pro bono effort has been a natural progression for Gibson Dunn. A key belief of the firm’s initiative is that pro bono projects should be initiated by committed partners and associates rather than a “top-down” directive by management. The firm adheres to the Pro Bono Institute’s Pro Bono Challenge and has a national pro bono committee that meets quarterly, as well as pro bono coordinators at each of its offices, meaning pro bono work is now a concerted firm-wide effort. In October last year the firm announced a new pro bono director, Katie Marquart, who will manage and coordinate the firm’s projects. Significant matters include the 9/11 firefighters’ families cases, where practitioners helped to get roughly 90 per cent of the $70 million donated to families of firefighters of 9/11 distributed to them when it was denied by the unions; the voting rights act cases, which corrected the injustice of the minimising of minority districts in certain states; and various other family-focused projects, which help victims of domestic abuse, the vulnerable and the developmentally disabled.
Gibson Dunn strives to create an inclusive environment and fosters a collaborative culture so that all individuals can flourish. The firm truly embraces diversity and recruits, retains and promotes individuals from diverse backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, political and sexual orientation.
The firm has continued to grow over the past year with both lateral hires and internal promotions, and continues to broaden it’s geographical reach, with its most recent office opening in Beijing in early 2013. The firm has concentrated its global expansion in the Asia region and it is likely to remain a key area of focus for the firm for the future alongside continuing to increase the depth of expertise at its offices across the US and in Europe.
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