White & Case LLP

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Silver - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: transactions

White & Case is in pole position to take on bet-the-company disputes with complex patent, antitrust, breach of contract and licensing componentry. The broad horizons of its top trial lawyers are immeasurably helpful in this regard. A-lister Dimitrios Drivas, for example, brings to bear profound life sciences industry and technical knowledge along with a well-rounded contentious, counselling and transactional toolkit. Alison Hanstead – who also possesses heightened pharmaceutical powers – has a rare faculty for matters in which patent and competition issues intersect; so too does Raj Gandesha who has litigated a diverse array of IP, antitrust and commercial suits with equal dexterity throughout his career. Scott Weingaertner’s versatility allows him to switch between major biosimilar and high-technology conflicts without batting an eyelid. Sophistication is also a hallmark of White & Case’s transactional practice. Adam Chernichaw – who was pivotal in launching the firm’s global technology transactions offering – is at the leading edge of business in the fintech space; Arlene Arin Hahn hails from a litigation background and has finely honed presentation skills that serve her well at the negotiating table; and global thinker Erin Hanson sees things through clients’ eyes.

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Recommended - Firms: transactions

There is immense value in the globality of White & Case’s patent counsel, putting the firm in hot demand among innovative companies which depend on coherent international strategies to fulfil their commercial imperative. In her capacity as chair of the IP group, Boston’s Anita Varma is ideally placed to maximise the value of the firm’s well-rounded IP and other capabilities for clients and ensure the delivery of a seamless service. As a practitioner, she showcases impressive range and dexterity; life sciences entities enlist her to procure enforceable patents, assist them in post-grant proceedings and biosimilar litigations, and issue opinions on patentability, freedom to operate and countless other points of interest. Her USPTO and EPO qualifications further elevate her standing on the market. Charles Larsen also has a unique profile as a US patent attorney and an English solicitor. Covering similar ground for his medical technology patrons and crossing geographic borders, he can do whatever is asked of him wherever it is needed.

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Bronze - Firms: litigation

White & Case unveiled Jonathan Lamberson as its new signing in Silicon Valley in September 2020. The former Fish & Richardson lawyer brings cutting-edge SEP and FRAND expertise to the team, along with extensive trial experience. Courtroom know-how was already in plentiful supply at the firm which, in Bijal Vakil, has another assured litigator on the West Coast, as well as an adept all-round strategist. Vakil is a vital cog at the firm, having led its Silicon Valley office for a lengthy period, founded its Taiwan practice and played an important role on the diversity and inclusion front. With a flair for the fine print of licensing agreements, Vakil also leans into a gilt-edged transactions practice, crucial to the success of which are Daren Orzechowski and Alexander Touma. Versatility characterises Orzechowski’s service, in terms of the clients he serves, the deals he brokers and the technologies he handles – nothing fazes him. A previous stint as an in-house counsel has given Touma an appreciation of the practical and business realities faced by his clients.

Firm Profile

White & Case is a global law firm with a longstanding presence in the markets that matter today. The firm’s on-the-ground experience, cross-border integration and depth of local, US and English-qualified lawyers help clients work with confidence in any one market or across many. White & Case guides clients through difficult issues, bringing its insight and judgment to each situation. The firm’s innovative approaches create original solutions to clients’ most complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional deals and disputes.

The firm’s main areas of practice are outlined below.

Antitrust

Clients throughout the world seek the advice of White & Case antitrust lawyers. They count on the firm’s extensive experience in litigation against governmental authorities or private parties, counselling on delicate questions and com­prehensive worldwide coverage of merger control regimes.

Banking

Since White & Case’s founding, banking has been at the core of the firm’s practice. Today, the firm represents major banks worldwide, including many of the largest. The firm provides guidance related to acquisition finance, commercial lend­ing, project finance, bankruptcy and debt restructurings, and regulatory advice.

Capital markets

White & Case has a formidable reputation in the field of international securities and finance. Clients benefit from the firm’s capabilities in equity and debt offerings, sovereign issues, high-yield debt, securitisations, derivatives, invest­ment funds and regulatory and broker-dealer matters.

Commercial litigation

Clients entrust White & Case with their ‘must-win’ mat­ters – disputes in which huge sums, invaluable patents and brands, and even out-and-out company survival are at stake. The firm has won major trials and appeals for clients in an array of industries, including financial services, pharma­ceuticals, technology, sports, media and entertainment, and consumer products.

Financial restructuring and insolvency

White & Case is a recognised leader in complex cross-border insolvencies and workouts. The firm represents global clients in all aspects of restructurings, workouts and insolvency matters, including both transactional and litiga­tion matters.

Intellectual property

White & Case was one of the first full-service firms to develop an IP practice. Its lawyers protect and defend clients’ innovations, creative works and brands around the world, offering advice related to patents, copy­right and designs, IP audits and due diligence, licensing and merchandising, sourcing and technology, and privacy and data protection.

International arbitration

White & Case is the only leading global law firm with large and long-established arbitration teams in New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Geneva, Singapore and Stockholm, along with significant strength in other key cities, including Frankfurt, Moscow, Miami, Seoul, Hong Kong and Sydney.

Mergers and acquisitions

White & Case is among the world’s leading law firms in mergers and acquisitions. The firm advises corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms across a vari­ety of industries, in all manner of complex cross-border and domestic M&A transactions. Its M&A lawyers are leading practitioners in all major jurisdictions around the world.

Private equity

White & Case’s financial sponsor practice has a truly global reach, with market-leading service offerings in New York, London and Hong Kong, as well as fully integrated, full-service private equity practices across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. White & Case represents numerous preeminent large-cap and mid-market sponsors, as well as their portfolio compa­nies, in their domestic and cross-border transactions.

Real estate

White & Case is highly regarded for its skill in helping clients complete complex real estate financings and its in-depth experience with legal matters relating to real estate in­vestment funds. The group handles acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, portfolio sales and securitisation, financings and sales/leasebacks.

Tax

White & Case’s tax lawyers and advisers are strategi­cally located in financial centres and government capitals worldwide to provide timely, effective advice on evolving tax law and policies. The practice has provided clients with innovative, practical approaches to minimise tax liabilities on issues ranging from mergers and acquisitions to financ­ings and investment fund transactions.

Trade

White & Case helps clients manage the risks and maximise the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. The firm has an interdisciplinary, full-service global trade practice that is one of the world’s largest and most active in trade remedies and in the law of the World Trade Organisation.

White collar

White & Case helps clients deal with government investi­gations and enforcement matters. In addition to years of front-line prosecutorial experience, the firm has substantial experience defending clients through all phases of investiga­tions, as well as criminal and civil enforcement proceedings. Clients include large corporations, as well as individuals prominent in business and political affairs.

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