October 25, 2013
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world’s most prominent legal advisors to leading corporations and financial institutions, has again been recognized for excellence across a broad range of practice areas in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 US, a leading guide to the legal profession. A total of 14 Cadwalader practices were recognized, and 52 attorneys were singled out for their legal skills and experience.
The firm was recommended in the areas of Antitrust, Bank Lending, Corporate Restructuring, Domestic Tax, Energy: Regulatory, Financial Products, Financial Services: Regulatory, M&A: Large Deals, Municipal Bankruptcy, Patent Litigation, Real Estate, Securities: Shareholder Litigation, Structured Finance, and White-Collar Criminal Defense.
Seven attorneys were featured in the elite "Leading Lawyers" list: Gregory Markel (Securities: Shareholder Litigation), David Miller (Financial Products), Rick Rule (Antitrust), Ray Shirazi (Structured Finance), Lary Stromfeld (Municipal Bankruptcy, Structured Finance), Linda Swartz (Domestic Tax: East Coast) and Neil Weidner (Structured Finance).
Described as a team of “trusted advisers who understand the industry, as well as legal trends and policy influences affecting antitrust,” the firm’s Antitrust practice is “relied upon for the most important matters” and has “specialist expertise in the hi-tech sector.” Joseph Bial, Andrew Forman, Jonathan Kanter, Peter Moll, Charles (Rick) Rule and Brian Wallach are highlighted.
In the Bank Lending category, Cadwalader is noted for “a quality finance practice,” with Chris McDermott, Michael Niebruegge and Robert Stephens receiving mentions.
The “knowledgeable and commercial” Corporate Restructuring team is “distinguished by its ‘extreme responsiveness’ and by being “very conscious about how it staffs projects.” Mark Ellenberg is recommended.
The firm’s Tax practice, offers “a wealth of experience in the creation of tax efficient M&A structures,” with Linda Swartz featured.
Cadwalader’s Energy: Regulatory team is “impressive at bringing together FERC and CFTC expertise.” The team is noted for its “strong track record in significant investigations before both bodies, particularly the CFTC.” Terence Healey, Ken Irvin, Greg Lawrence, Paul Pantano and Joseph Williams are singled out.
The Financial Products team received a Tier 1 ranking, and is noted for its “versatility in representing both participants of both the sell and buy side, and for its innovative tax-efficient M&A structured work.” David Miller and Garry Silverstein are highlighted.
The firm is well-regarded in the Financial Services: Regulatory area, led by a team with “very deep knowledge; not just of the law but also of the business practices across the industry,” enabling the group to provide “superior advice to a whole host of major clients.” Cadwalader is also lauded for undertaking the major task of amending all ISDA "master agreements" used by swap dealers in the United States to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act. Scott Cammarn, Steven Lofchie, Jeffrey Robins and Lary Stromfeld are recommended.
In the Mergers & Acquisitions: Large Deals category, Cadwalader is noted for its work on multiple major transactions in the technology, health care and biopharmaceutical industries. Louis Bevilacqua, Christopher Cox, Karen Dewis, R. Ronald Hopkinson, Stewart Kagan, Geoffrey Levin, William Mills III and Gregory Patti are noted as key advisers.
The firm’s Municipal Bankruptcy team is described as “the preeminent practice for sophisticated municipal investors.” Mark Ellenberg, Ivan Loncar, Douglas Mintz and Lary Stromfeld are featured.
Cadwalader’s Patent Litigation group comprises a team of “very good lawyers with on-point technical backgrounds.” James Bailey and Christopher Hughes received mentions.
The firm’s “real estate financing powerhouse” team is “recognized across Wall Street,” with Fredric Altschuler, James Carroll, Melissa Hinkle and William McInerney highlighted.
The Securities Litigation group is “excellent - some of the junior partners in particular are very hard working and smart,” with an “established reputation for handling complex technical cases continues to attract key mandates.” Jason Halper, Jonathan Hoff, Peter Isajiw, Gregory Markel and Martin Seidel are recommended.
The firm’s Structured Finance team, once again ranked in Tier 1, is described as “responsive and, because of their breadth of experience, able to provide valuable advice early.” The attorneys offer “comprehensive expertise in securitization, structured products and derivatives [which] has attracted, and retained, a blue-chip following.” Michael Gambro, Stuart Goldstein, Steven Lofchie, Ivan Loncar, Richard Schetman, Ray Shirazi, Lary Stromfeld and Neil Weidner are noted.
The White-Collar Criminal Defense team “handles the full range of white-collar matters, and has a very strong FCPA bench,” with Raymond Banoun, Peter Clark and Kenneth Wainstein recommended.
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