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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

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Executive Committee Chair: Andrew M Johnston
Number of partners:
42 Number of other attorneys: 45

Firm Overview:
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP combines a broad national practice of corporate, intellectual property, business reorganization and restructuring, commercial law and litigation with a general business, tax, estate planning and real estate practice within the State of Delaware. The firm acts as lead counsel or co-counsel in matters of national and international significance as well as those affecting its immediate community. Morris Nichols is the Delaware representative of TerraLex, a global network of 150 independent law firms and 15,000 attorneys in nearly 100 countries.

Main Areas of Practice:

Alternative Entities:
Morris Nichols offers advice on all types of alternative entity matters, including the formation and operation of limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships and statutory business trusts. Handling a variety of complex transactions, the firm frequently represents private equity and hedge funds, master limited partnerships (MLPs), mutual funds and regulated trust companies in mergers, asset acquisitions and sales, structured finance and joint ventures. As leaders in the field, Morris Nichols attorneys serve on the drafting committees responsible for reviewing and proposing amendments to Delaware alternative entity statutes.

Business Reorganization & Restructuring:
Morris Nichols is recognized as one of the premier restructuring and reorganization practices in the United States. Since 1990, Delaware has been the venue for nearly half of the nation’s largest bankruptcy cases and Morris Nichols has been at the center of many of these sophisticated proceedings. It leverages that experience along with the capabilities of its corporate litigation, intellectual property, real estate, and corporate and commercial counseling practices to assist troubled businesses and other major parties in large, complex cases and adversary proceedings. Commercial Transactions: The firm provides a complete range of commercial law, banking and financial services, representing lenders, borrowers, issuers and investors in all forms of financing transactions. The firm’s attorneys regularly advice on bank and insurance regulatory issues and represent clients before Delaware’s Office of the State Bank Commissioner and Department of Insurance.

Corporate Counseling:
Morris Nichols advises clients on complex Delaware corporate transactions and corporate governance issues. The firm represents boards of directors or board committees, particularly in transactions that may involve director or stockholder conflicts of interest. Morris Nichols also provides formal legal opinions on matters of Delaware corporate law. Corporate counseling attorneys have long played an important role in drafting and updating Delaware’s corporate statute.

Corporate & Business Litigation:
The firm’s deep bench of corporate litigators represent clients in high-stakes corporate governance and alternative entity disputes before the Delaware Court of Chancery, Delaware Superior Court, Delaware Supreme Court, US District Court for the District of Delaware and other courts throughout the United States. Morris Nichols often handles derivative suits or class actions brought in connection with M&A transactions, takeover battles and proxy contests or other claims alleging director negligence or misconduct. The firm also provides a range of general business litigation services, appearing before all of the Delaware trial and appellate courts, state and federal, local boards and administrative agencies and before trial and appellate courts nationwide. The litigation attorneys represent clients in commercial, contract and business disputes of virtually every kind.

Intellectual Property Litigation:
Morris Nichols is renowned as the premier patent litigation law firm in Delaware. The practice achieved preeminence in IP litigation in Delaware and nationwide serving as lead counsel in many cases and assisting as co-counsel in other cases brought to Delaware by patent litigators nationwide. The firm represents leading companies in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, medical devices, consumer products, semiconductors, networking and telecommunications.

Real Estate:
The Morris Nichols real estate practice covers the negotiation and documentation of complex commercial real estate including transactions involving the development, acquisition and sale of commercial property, commercial financing, office, retail and industrial leasing and public-private development.

Regulation/Governmental Affairs:
The firm represents public entities and agencies, and private sector clients, before legislative bodies and city, county, state and federal regulatory agencies on unclaimed property and other matters. It is actively involved in monitoring, drafting and advocating legislation and regulations that affect clients.

Trust, Estate & Tax:
The firm acts as trust and fiduciary litigation counsel to Delaware trust companies, national banks conducting trust business in Delaware, individual trustees and beneficiaries of trusts in Delaware and other jurisdictions, and to wealthy families with trusts in Delaware. Morris Nichols provides federal income, estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax advice to individuals, trusts, estates, business enterprises and their owners, and charitable organizations nationwide.

Morris Nichols clients include Fortune 500 companies, smaller companies and partnerships, individuals, financial institutions, government agencies, law firms and not-for-profit organizations.