White & Case began in 1901 with the founding of a single, two-room office in New York City's financial district, where our lawyers dedicated themselves to the needs of the banking and finance community. The firm is also a pioneer among global firms. Starting more than 30 years ago, we built a global network that allows us to serve our clients across the many markets that matter today. We define the global law firm.
In the US, we work across the spectrum of law, from offices in eight of the country's most significant commercial hubs – Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. We handle the most complex, precedent-setting legal matters that businesses face – whether their legal implications end in the US, or extend across borders. See our insights on Trade and Transitions.
We bring local depth and global breadth to bear in the areas of law that affect our corporate clients, which benefit from outstanding counsel in such areas as mergers and acquisitions, banking and financial services, restructuring and bankruptcy, commercial litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, arbitration, real estate, legislative reform, project finance, securities, sovereign law, environmental law, international trade, tax and employment law.
We are among a select group of global law firms that are able to meet the cross-border and domestic needs of the most notable businesses in the US, helping them to overcome difficult challenges and seize upon exciting opportunities. We work with the world's most established and respected companies, including 75 percent of the Global Fortune 100 and 25 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as with start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Ranked 1st in Diversity
The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard 2014 – 2018
Named among the Top 5 most innovative law firms in North America
The Financial Times' Innovative Lawyers Report 2013 – 2018
Ranked Band 1: Projects & Energy (14th consecutive year)
Chambers Global 2019
Competition Group of the Year for the seventh time
Life Sciences Group of the Year for the fifth time
Number One International Arbitration Practice globally
Global Arbitration Review 2015 – 2019
M&A Deal of the Year
The Deal 2018
Equities Deal of the Year: Americas
The Banker 2018
Sempra Energy US$9.45 billion acquisition of Energy Future Holdings (EFH)
We advised Sempra in its 2018 acquisition of EFH and its subsidiary Oncor Electric Delivery Company. The Deal named this transaction the 2018 "M&A Deal of the Year," and it earned a "Commended" ranking at the 2018 Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Awards.
"Best Transit Project" and "Americas P3 Deal of the Year"
We represented ACS, Balfour, Fluor and Hochtief (collectively, LINXS) in their bid for and financial close of the Automated People Mover (APM) project of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Landside Access Modernization Program. Project Finance International declared this the "Americas P3 Deal of the Year," and P3 Bulletin named it "Best Transit Project" for 2018.
International Financing Review's "North America Leverage Loan of the Year"
We advised UBS AG, Stamford Branch as arranger on an incremental term loan facility for ION Trading Technologies S.a.r.l. and ION Trading Finance Ltd’s credit agreement, which included US$1.32 billion and €670 million of initial loans with proceeds used, in part, to acquire publicly traded UK company Fidessa Group plc.
The American Lawyer's 2018 "Global Finance Deal of the Year"
As global counsel for Oi S.A., one of Brazil’s largest integrated telecommunications enterprises, we advised Oi in restructuring nearly US$20 billion in debt governed by a variety of Brazilian, US, English and Portuguese laws. This deal earned a "Commended" ranking at the 2018 Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Awards and was named Latin Lawyer's "Restructuring of the Year 2018."
Largest industrial bankruptcy in US history (Energy Future Holdings)
After the largest leveraged buyout in history, declining energy prices forced the US$40 billion-plus bankruptcy of Energy Future Holdings. We represented a group of unsecured noteholders, who many alleged were completely out of the money with respect to their more than US$5 billion of claims. Our representation of the noteholders in bankruptcy court litigation led to a confirmed plan under which our clients received (i) the opportunity to buy Energy Future Holdings’ regulated utility Oncor and convert its parent into a real estate investment trust (REIT), and (ii) a down-side recovery, along with other unsecured creditors, of US$550 million in the event the transaction did not close. As a result of the imposition of certain regulatory conditions that made our client’s acquisition of Oncor and conversion of its parent into a REIT financially unviable, our clients nonetheless received a significantly higher down-side recovery on their claims than was expected at the outset of the chapter 11 cases.
Construction dispute with global economic significance, ongoing
We represent the contractors in a multibillion-dollar dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project. Given the importance of the Panama Canal to world trade, this dispute has major global economic significance.
Winning strategy defending Toshiba Corporation
We successfully represented Toshiba in a much-publicized US private antitrust jury trial involving allegations of price-fixing in the LCD industry, brought by opt-out claimant Best Buy. This dispute was named "Litigation of the Year" by Global Competition Review at its annual GCR Awards, and the Financial Times deemed White & Case's representation of Toshiba worthy of inclusion in its annual Innovative Lawyers Report in the area of Litigation. In addition, we represented Toshiba and several of its subsidiaries in a high-profile US jury trial concerning the related criminal investigation and civil litigation, and defended Toshiba in securing dismissal of a securities class action in US federal court in California. These trial victories are highlights of more than five years of our successful defense strategy for Toshiba around the world.
Facebook's global litigation counsel
Our US teams lead Facebook's non-US based litigation matters—providing strategic and proactive advice, with the responsibility to ensure consistent positions around the world to best protect this global tech giant. Utilizing the power of our global network, we have handled lawsuits for Facebook in more than 85 separate countries, on five continents. These cases present significant business implications on a global scale for Facebook.
High-profile litigation stemming from Anthem's proposed merger
We are handling the high-stakes, closely followed multibillion-dollar trial arising out the failed Anthem/Cigna US$54 billion merger. Venued in Delaware Chancery Court, the trial was identified as one of the top five cases to watch in Delaware in 2019.