Chambers & Partners has compiled their independent and objective list of America's Leading Lawyers for Business based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide -- which is designed to reflect market opinion -- contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.
In Chambers' 2005 review of national legal talent in the area of "Corporate/M&A," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.
New York Ranking: 5
The Firm: The Chicago-based firm is making inroads into the New York M&A market, and is further bolstered by traditional strong suits in private equity, bankruptcy and antitrust. Clients described it to be "deep enough so that at fairly short notice they can be in touch with experts across countries and across legal boundaries." A team of at least seven M&A partners enjoys steady growth in the M&A arena with highlight matters such as the $723 million acquisition by ABRY Partners of Language Line Services from Providence Equity Partners. The team also acted for the selling shareholders when KKR agreed to acquire Sealy for $1.5 billion in a secondary buyout from a private investment group. Utilizing the strengths of its international operations, the firm advised on the US aspects of Bain Capital's €1.4 billion acquisition of Brenntag AG and Interfer Stahl from Deutsche Bahn.
The Lawyers: Star player Stephen Fraidin "has to be on anyone's list," commentators said. He is acting for Forstmann Little on the acquisition of International Management Group (IMG) for an undisclosed amount.
The Clients: Bain Capital; Forstmann Little; Dow Chemical; DuPont and Centurion Wireless Technologies.
Reprinted with permission from Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005 - www.chambersandpartners.com.