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Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Insolvency & Restructuring

The Californian economy is in relatively robust health, but nonetheless there remains a wealth of bankruptcy and workout expertise in the state’s leading commercial law firms. Both general commercial and boutique firms made an impact in the research, and this chapter identifies 33 outstanding lawyers from 16 firms.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Banking

California’s banking lawyers continue to command an impressive presence in the national and international marketplaces. A number of stars from a range of firms came to our attention.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Private Funds

The 14 individuals from 10 firms featured in this chapter generally fall into two camps: those who deal with fund formation and transactions on behalf of private equity and venture capital; and those whose practices focus primarily on the formation and servicing of another popular form of investment, hedge funds.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Energy

Our research into the energy industry in California has identified 19 lawyers from 13 firms with an established record advising major, independent and state energy companies and utilities.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 – Competition

The research for this chapter has unearthed great competition expertise within California. In total we identify 28 individuals from 19 firms who earned the highest of praise from both clients and peers. San Francisco houses the Federal Trade Commission’s western field office and the city is home to over half the nominees. We have also uncovered leading lights in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, all of whom contribute to a burgeoning practice in the state.

Editorial: Employee Benefits in California

The area of ERISA and employee benefits law is one of major concern to US companies, with potential liability in this area sometimes reaching into millions of dollars. As such, clients rely on the lawyers in this chapter for their drafting skills, advice and, when necessary, representation in this area.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Commercial Litigation

Litigation is big business in California, and this is reflected by the number of practitioners dedicated to this area, and the amount of boutique firms with a formidable presence in the state.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Mergers & Acquisitions

California’s economy is one of the largest in the world, let alone the United States, and as a result high levels of corporate activity and transactional work pass through and derive from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, and other places in the state. As such, there are particularly high levels of transactional legal expertise in the local commercial firms, and the research has identified 28 practitioners from 15 leading practices who stand out.

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