White & Case is a truly global law firm that grew from deep roots in New York. Today, more than 850 lawyers serve clients from our offices in eight US commercial hubs: New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley, Boston, Houston and Chicago. And we plan to continue growing in the US as part of our global strategy to meet the needs of our clients.
Founded in 1901, we quickly developed into a recognized US leader in corporate and banking law. We built a reputation as an innovator by helping our clients achieve their goals, with novel, often award-winning solutions to complex legal matters both within the US and across borders. In 2018, our US teams advised clients from more than 100 countries on matters in 150 countries, while people in our US offices speak 65 languages and represent 69 nationalities.
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.