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 six of the country's most significant commercial hubs – Boston, 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, 2015, 2016
Named among the Top 5 most innovative law firms in North America
The Financial Times' Innovative Lawyers Report 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Cross-Border Law Firm of the Year
M&A Advisor 2016
Ranked Band 1: Projects & Energy (twelfth consecutive year)
Chambers Global 2017
#1 Law Firm for M&A by deal value globally
Mergermarket and Bloomberg M&A League Tables 2016
"Competition All-Star"—the only firm named Antitrust Group of the Year for six consecutive years
Law360 2011 – 2016
Life Sciences Group of the Year
Law360 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
Number One International Arbitration Practice globally
Global Arbitration Review 2015, 2016, 2017
Anthem, Inc. in its proposed acquisition of Cigna Corporation and subsequent appeals
We are representing Anthem, Inc., one of the largest health benefits companies, in its proposed acquisition of Cigna Corporation, a global health benefits company, and the largest-ever proposed M&A deal in managed care. Our role as lead M&A counsel to Anthem on this historic transaction also includes our antitrust practice leading the defense of the merger against a high-profile challenge brought by the US Department of Justice.
Quintiles merger with IMS Health Holdings
We advised on creating a company with a combined enterprise value of more than US$23 billion.
Freeport LNG in the largest fully non-recourse construction project financing in history
We advised Freeport LNG on the development and financing of its multi-train natural gas liquefaction complex in Texas. Current debt and equity commitments are greater than US$16 billion. Our work on this project financing earned us The American Lawyer's "Global Project Finance Deal of the Year" award in July 2015, and the highest ranking possible – "Standout" – for "Innovation in Legal Expertise: Enabling Clients' Business" in the FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report in December 2015.
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 $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.
Success in securing Occidental Petroleum Corporation's right to sell surplus electricity
We represented Occidental Petroleum Corporation in challenging state protocols and US federal laws to secure the right to sell surplus electricity to the US power grid in California. Through careful navigation of the regulatory requirements, we developed an innovative solution that avoided pitting state and federal authorities against each other and ultimately allowed the company to refocus its strategy to increase oil and gas production at its Elk Hills Oil Field while improving efficiency and lowering operating costs. We earned a "Standout" ranking by the Financial Times for this representation.
United Arab Shipping Company in issuing an award-winning innovative new structure
We represented the United Arab Shipping Company in the issue of US$162 million enhanced maritime trust certificates to raise capital in an innovative new structure that received a "Standout" ranking and was named overall winner in this category at the 2016 FT North American Innovative Lawyers Awards.
US$13.1 billion acquisition financing—largest-ever organic foods industry deal
We advised BNP Paribas and J.P. Morgan on the 100 percent debt-financed acquisition by Danone of WhiteWave Foods, a global company with US$4 billion in sales. We helped close this complex Bank Finance, Antitrust and Corporate/M&A transaction in record time.
Construction dispute with global economic significance, ongoing
We represent the contractors in a multi-billion 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.
Most influential arbitration award of the last decade
Our US arbitration lawyers represented tens of thousands of Italian holders of Argentine bonds in a US$2.4 billion ICSID claim. In a seminal decision named "Most Influential Award of the Decade," by OGEMID (part of Transnational Dispute Management), the tribunal found jurisdiction over the case, giving the green light to the first-ever mass claim in investment arbitration history. In May 2016, the parties reached an historic settlement, whereby Argentina agreed to pay 150% of the principal value of the affected bonds – an extraordinary result in a dispute that lasted more than a decade.
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.
Historic judgment in antitrust "product-hopping" case
We clinched the first summary judgment in US history ever granted in an antitrust "product-hopping" case, challenging rapid innovation. The April 2015 district court ruling concerning Warner Chilcott's Doryx® was affirmed by the Third Circuit in September 2016, creating an important precedent, particularly in the life sciences sector, for companies facing these challenges globally.
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.
Pfizer and UCB in trial victory in Hatch-Waxman patent case
We achieved a significant victory against Mylan concerning the drug Toviaz, which generates approximately US$200 million in annual US sales. At the close of evidence, the judge issued a rare general verdict from the bench in favor of our clients on all five patents. The Court's decision confirms that no generic will receive final FDA approval to market a generic version of Toviaz until 2022.