Chairperson: Kim Koopersmith
Number of lawyers: 900+
Recognized for its sophisticated clients and capabilities as well as its outstanding team of legal professionals, Akin Gump is a global law firm, with 20 offices and more than 1,000 lawyers and advisors across a wide range of practices and industries. Steadfast dedication to providing exemplary client service and its visionary leadership have been key factors in the firm’s swift rise to the top of the profession.
Main Areas of Practice:
Akin Gump advises investment funds, public and private companies and their boards, management and entrepreneurs on their transactional and ongoing business needs. It advises on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other finance transactions, and distressed transactions.
With more than 200 lawyers covering the industry, Akin Gump is deeply rooted in all aspects of the energy industry in the United States and worldwide, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, liquefied natural gas, coal, utilities and renewables. The firm’s lawyers represent public and private companies, sponsors and portfolio companies, management teams and investors throughout the energy value chain in transactions, including securities, capital markets, M&A, investments, projects, finance and restructuring.
The practice is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading restructuring groups with unparalleled bench depth and experience. With over 100 lawyers worldwide, attorneys have a long track record of advising official and informal creditors’ committees, companies and institutional investors in formal and out-of-court restructurings, in financing and strategic transactions, and on distressed and special situations. It has played leading roles in some of the most complex and groundbreaking matters in this space including PG&E, Purdue, Sears, FirstEnergy Solutions, Hexion, Weatherford, Nine West, Payless, Foresight Energy, Constellis, New Cotai, Mission Coal, iHeart and Avaya.
Global Project Finance:
Recognized for its project finance and development work, the firm has significant experience representing lenders, tax-enquiry investors, developers and suppliers in project finance and development projects on some of the world’s most complex renewable energy projects and infrastructure projects in the areas of construction, including airports and highways, energy and mining.
The renowned trial team is sought out by Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations for its achievements in litigating complex patent disputes in federal courts around the country and before the ITC and PTAB. It handles all aspects of IP litigation and counsels clients in transactional matters involving the licensing or transfer of IP rights and on the management of global IP portfolios.
For over 40 years, the global investment management practice has been a recognized leader in the representation of large institutional and entrepreneurial fund sponsors and managers in the formation of hedge, private equity and hybrid funds. The practice also serves as lead counsel to some of the world’s premier investors and has helped them access opportunities in markets around the world. In virtually every jurisdiction, including such fastgrowing markets as China, India and the Middle East, the practice encompasses all aspects of fund formation and ongoing operations, from fund structuring, fund management, investor relations to portfolio company representation.
Labor & Employment:
The firm represents and advises employers regarding all aspects of employment law including handling complex wage-and-hour class actions and EEO litigation; high-stakes investigations and counseling matters; litigation related to contract disputes and restrictive covenants; and traditional labor matters such as collective bargaining, union corporate campaigns and grievance arbitrations. Lawyers advise on the labor aspects of major corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and bankruptcies and represent companies in OSHA matters.
With more than 250 lawyers, the litigation group includes attorneys who have clerked at every level of the federal and state court systems; members of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; former prosecutors; and former officials at the SEC, FTC, DOJ, PCAOB and many other federal agencies. Litigators are accustomed to handling matters of exceptional complexity, such as nationwide class actions, parallel civil and administrative proceedings, and nationwide and multi-district litigation.
Public Law & Policy:
Akin Gump has one of the world’s most sophisticated and diverse US and international government relations practices, representing corporations, individuals, nonprofits, foreign governments, coalitions and trade associations. The bipartisan practice comprises more than 80 lawyers and other professionals, including many former members of Congress, who represent clients on legislative and policy matters.
Akin Gump offers a suite of services to help clients address technical and often complex regulatory schemes across a broad span of compliance obligations based on industry, products and distribution, among others. Disciplines include antitrust/competition; communications and information technology; cybersecurity, privacy and data protection; energy; environment and natural resources; food and drug law; financial services; government contracts; health care and life sciences; international trade; and transportation. Work encompasses compliance counseling, investigations, enforcement, classification and licensing, transactional due diligence, and foreign investment, among other activities.
The global tax practice offers multidisciplinary services, including guidance to US and international investors regarding the merit of tax issues facing entities doing business or making investments overseas; tax advantaged structuring during hedge and private equity fund formation; as well as counsel on M&A, international corporate restructuring, ERISA, bankruptcy reorganizations, capital markets, regulatory matters, project financings, tax controversies and private client services.