Chair: Theodore VH Mayer
US Offices: New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Kansas City
International Offices: Paris, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro**
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is a New York-based international law firm, founded in 1888 by the renowned jurist and statesman Charles Evans Hughes. The firm consistently earns top rankings for its pro bono work and for diversity. It was the first major New York firm to make an African-American woman a partner and to be chaired by a woman.
**In cooperation with Saud Advogados
Main Areas of Practice:
Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations:
Conducting investigations in more than 60 countries and six continents over the past two years, Hughes Hubbard lawyers have served as corporate compliance counsel; served as government decision-makers responsible for bringing civil and criminal enforcement actions; served as the first World Bank integrity compliance officer; and represented parties involved in criminal and administrative enforcement actions.
Antitrust & Competition:
Counseling clients on all aspects of antitrust law, including in cartel-related criminal grand jury investigations, class action litigation, and representing parties before government enforcement agencies (both US and EU) in conduct-related investigations, the firm provides antitrust advice to clients in connection with M&A and compliance issues, including on pricing, distribution, and standard-setting and other IP-related issues.
Representing leading airlines, investment banks, leasing companies, hedge funds, and other financial institutions in both domestic and cross-border transactions, the firm possesses a deep understanding of all manner of aviation finance structures and has been involved in many ‘first-in-kind’ transactions. The practice covers all aspects of the aviation business.
Corporate Reorganisation & Bankruptcy:
Representing clients in judicial and out-of-court restructurings, insolvency matters and related litigation, the breadth of the practice is reflected in the significant matters on which the group has advised, including the bankruptcy liquidations of Lehman Brothers Inc. and MF Global Inc., the largest and eighth-largest bankruptcies, respectively, in US history. The group has achieved landmark victories before the UK Supreme Court and represented foreign administrators in US proceedings.
Hughes Hubbard’s corporate clients include some of the world’s largest companies. The firm has a strong M&A practice that represents public and private companies in stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, including the full range of public company matters such as hostile takeovers and proxy fights. Lawyers in the M&A practice also represent special committees of boards of directors in connection with exploration of strategic alternatives and review of going private and related-party transactions. Lawyers in the securities and capital markets practice represent issuers and underwriters in public and private equity and debt offerings, including IPOs and equipment financings. The firm also has a strong banking and finance practice which represents financial institutions in syndicated lending, project finance and regulatory matters.
The firm’s intellectual property practice provides global market leading experience in patent and other related intellectual property law matters. Hughes Hubbard attorneys have successfully argued landmark patent and trademark cases in numerous federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States International Trade Commission, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Notably, the group has achieved precedent setting victories which have changed the legal landscape, including the US Supreme Court’s seminal TC Heartland decision regarding patent venue.
Recognised nationally and internationally by the world’s leading legal publications, the firm’s arbitration lawyers often become involved with clients well before a dispute has arisen, working to draft appropriate arbitration or mediation clauses for contracts. Once a dispute arises, the lawyers act as advocates and as arbitrators in commercial and investment treaty arbitration and other dispute resolution proceedings throughout the world.
Advising on matters involving the entire spectrum of sophisticated international trade and investment issues faced by governments, multinational corporations and trade associations, the group’s practice includes: export controls and economic sanctions, trade remedies, market access, customs counselling, antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings and counselling, WTO and NAFTA dispute avoidance and resolution, investment arbitration and state-to-state arbitration.
Litigation is a cornerstone of Hughes Hubbard’s practice. The firm has the resources to play virtually any role in major litigation including trials, appeals and class actions. Hughes Hubbard brings national coordinating experience in many complex cases. Much of the firm’s litigation involves crossborder elements. The firm is renowned for its work representing foreign parties in US litigation, parties to foreign litigation in US courts and clients involved in US litigation who have related foreign litigation.
Media, Technology & Commercial Transactions:
Combining the resources and experience of a traditional law firm with an understanding and passion for today’s cutting-edge technologies, the practice assists clients in navigating the new realities and challenges arising from this shifting landscape. Lawyers advise clients on matters in the areas of digital media and the Internet, entertainment and technology and information security.
Tax & Employee Benefits:
Lawyers in this area are involved in complex crossborder transactions, including M&A, multinational joint ventures, and financings. The firm assists clients in structuring their operations to achieve worldwide tax efficiencies. The firm’s employee benefits lawyers handle all aspects of employee pensions, executive compensation and ERISA work.