Chairman: Ira Coleman
Number of partners: 563
Number of other lawyers: 514
McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With 20 locations on three continents, the team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong, the firm brings its personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for the clients and the people they serve.
Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust & Competition:
The firm’s lawyers provide effective, coordinated counsel on EU competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, US antitrust law and other competition laws worldwide. McDermott has analysed the antitrust implications of more than 1,300 global mergers and acquisitions, many of which considered among the most significant transactions in their respective markets.
Corporate & Transactional:
The firm represents a wide spectrum of business interests around the world, from Global 50 companies to venture backed start-ups. With a full service offering, McDermott is uniquely positioned to address the entire breadth of corporate legal needs for clients including finance and banking, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, securities and capital markets, structured finance and derivatives.
With lawyers in the United States, Europe and Asia, the firm helps clients attract and retain workers at every level, enter and exit markets as business conditions warrant, develop and implement effective employment policies, identify and protect trade secrets and other confidential information, and negotiate and enforce a range of employment contracts. Lawyers help employers ensure compliance with relevant legislation and support clients’ needs on the full range of day-to-day human resources matters and labour issues.
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation:
Lawyers help clients maximise the value of and return on their investments in human capital while avoiding exposure to liability; deliver strategic and day-to-day counsel on matters such as executive compensation, health/welfare plan compliance, qualified retirement plans, privacy and data protection, reductions in force, executive employment and severance, cultural diversity, retirement programs; full compliance with relevant laws, including ERISA legislation, among other general employee-relations matters.
The firm’s lawyers advise energy traders, producers and infrastructure developers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Assist in all aspects of physical and financial commodity trading, renewable energy projects, structured transactions and project finance, as well as regulatory and compliance matters. Represent clients in government investigations and enforcement defence, commercial transactions and project development.
Global Privacy & Cybersecurity:
The firm’s privacy and cybersecurity lawyers advise clients on the statutory, regulatory and enforcement regimes that govern the collection, use and disclosure of data in the United States, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Extensive experience advising on the full range of data privacy and protection laws, industry standards and issues; regularly counsel clients on US and international data-use issues, data transfers, and privacy compliance under US and foreign laws; conduct in-depth privacy/ cybersecurity risk assessments, often in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other domestic and cross-border transactions.
With more than 30 years of experience, the firm has one of the largest and most prestigious health law practices in the world. The firm’s lawyers counsel organisations in every major sector of the health and life sciences industry on regulatory and business transaction issues. Provide pharmaceutical, medical device and represent bio-pharmaceutical and biotech companies in relation to: acquisitions and divestitures, outsourcing projects, product development and licensing agreements, competition and pharmaceutical law matters.
The firm’s lawyers are uniquely capable of handling intellectual property matters in virtually every technical or scientific discipline, especially IP litigation, patents and trademarks. Lawyers act on matters across EU competition law, copyright, patent and trademark prosecution and oppositions, general IP and IT advisory and commercial work with special experience in finance and banking, data protection, advertising/ marketing, e-business and internet trading advice, EU pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals substantive and regulatory law.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s lawyers are experienced in public and private international arbitration, litigation in European courts and are involved in international arbitrations. Advise in disputes concerning international trade, complex contracts, shareholder/boardroom issues, environmental issues, fraud, technology and media.
Private Client & Wealth Management:
Reflecting the firm’s premier name globally for private client work, lawyers represent families and individuals, family offices, closely-held businesses, foundations, estates, trusts and special purpose asset transfer and investment management entities providing a spectrum of estate, succession, gift transfer and wealth planning services.
Regulatory & Government Strategies:
The firm’s lawyers offer a co-ordinated European regulatory and advisory service on international and cross border issues. Lawyers have extensive experience working with international legislative bodies and administrative agencies. The practice is focused on government strategies, international trade, food and agriculture, alcohol, OSHA and environmental law. The firm is adept at handling government regulations across numerous jurisdictions to meet the challenges faced by global organisations.
The firm’s lawyers provide advice in all areas of taxation for major companies doing business in Europe as well as those operating internationally. Offer strategic European and international tax planning services, covering all direct and indirect taxes, and deliver innovative advice quickly and effectively. The firm advises clients on all tax-related areas, including corporate, employee benefits, private clients, state and local taxation, transfer pricing and tax mediation.
The firm’s lawyers provide full spectrum of services, from evaluating the capabilities of potential outsourcing providers and drafting master services agreements to support during contract governance and remediating troubled relationships. The team advises on technology development, technology licensing and procurement, joint venture and strategic alliances, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, e-commerce, health information technology and cloud computing.