This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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FIRM OF THE YEAR - INSOLVENCY & RESTRUCTURING
In 2013, Bingham placed a huge emphasis on bolstering a wide variety of practice areas across its global network. The year began with the announcement that a staggering 12 lawyers had been elected to its partnership in eight offices across M&A, environment, estate planning, financial restructuring investment management and the Japanese practice groups.
|Banking||2||Insolvency & Restructuring||12|
|Capital Markets||1||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
|Commercial Litigation||4||Private Funds||1|
|Corporate Tax||5||Real Estate||3|
|Environment||4||Telecoms & Media||1|
The year continued with another partner hire in New York to enhance the office’s transactional network in Latin America. In DC, two further lateral hires expanded the capabilities of its “top-ranked” tax group, while in London, the firm added an EU competition specialist, underscoring Bingham’s focus on growing its antitrust capabilities in Europe. Another four lateral hires in Tokyo strengthened the M&A, IP and litigation and the investment management group in east Asia. In Los Angeles, five partners were added to its IP and litigation group, as well as one partner to its corporate practice group. Last but not least, in Palo Alto, three partners strengthened the firm’s technology and IP practices.
|Total Listings in WWL||39||Established||1891|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||c. 1000|
|Number of partners||423||Number of offices||14 + 1 global services centre|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The firm has a particularly strong transnational practice in insolvency and restructuring. James Roome is managing partner of the London office and co-chair of the firm’s global financial restructuring group. He provides “exceptional advice” in a range of continental insolvency, workouts and restructurings, including numerous restructurings of distressed bonds, notes and loans. Barry Russell, who is head of the firm’s London finance group, has “extensive experience” in advising noteholders, bondholders and other creditor groups in many of the most significant European workouts and restructurings. Also in London, Tom Bannister’s “excellent” practice concentrates on European cross-border financial restructurings and workouts, while James Terry is widely regarded as a “leading” restructuring lawyer, who excels at representing hedge funds, bondholders, institutional lenders, secondary market investors and creditor committees. The New York office fields the “brilliant” Ronald Silverman, he works on complex international restructurings, distressed M&A, out-of-court workouts, reorganisation and liquidation proceedings. Jeffrey Sabin, co-head of Bingham’s global financial restructuring group, is “extremely well respected” by his clients for his longstanding work on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, debt restructuring and financial transactions. The firm is also well represented in Asia. In Hong Kong, Naomi Moore possesses “outstanding” experience of the Asian, Australian and UK markets and advises on high-profile restructurings with a focus on solvent and insolvent schemes, while the managing partner of the Tokyo office, Hideyuki Sakai, is one of Japan’s leading authorities on insolvency proceedings around the world.
Commercial litigation is another “first-rate” practice at firm. Jonathan Albano, managing partner of the firm’s Boston office, focuses his “fantastic practice” on commercial, constitutional and appellate litigation. Joseph Kociubes, also in Boston, is an “expert” trial lawyer focusing on commercial, licensing, energy, financial services, real estate, securities, insurance and constitutional litigation. David Balabanian in San Francisco is a “venerable” high-stakes commercial litigator with particular expertise in securities, energy and antitrust cases and takeover litigation.
Real estate is a major area of expertise of the firm and Bingham represents many of the country’s largest and most sophisticated financial institutions in this field. Richard Fries is co-chair of the firm’s real estate practice group and one of the most highly respected distressed real estate lawyers in the US. Barry Rosenthal is a “technically able” lawyer who undertakes even the most complex transactions. Richard Toelke is deputy co-chair of the real estate group. He represents developers, institutional property owners, pension fund advisers, REITs, lenders, and other owners and operators in all aspects of transactional real estate practices.
Last year, in the US alone, the firm racked up more than 50,000 hours on pro bono services. One of just a few examples of its pro bono activities in recent years was representing the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, which brought a suit against the state of California based on its failure to provide the requisite funding to group homes under the federal Child Welfare Act.
Bingham employs a diversity executive committee that is assigned targets and is accountable for the promotion of equal opportunities across the firm. Examples of initiatives include a women’s mentoring programme that offers targeted training and social programming for the firm’s female lawyers, and more general scholarships and mentoring designed to enhance its recruitment, retention and development of diverse talent. The firm has also created strategic partnerships with external organisations such as JFK50: Justice for All and leadership council on legal diversity.
The firm is determined to have substantial leverage in the major financial centres throughout America, Europe and Asia. A global approach enables the firm to understand how capital markets fit together, how taxes shape global financial policy, how regulations compete and conflict and how cross-border legal strategies coordinate, in order to better advise its clients. Indeed, as is evident from Bingham’s hiring policy over the last year, the firm intends not only to preserve the status and talent of its practice areas worldwide but to actively expand it.
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