Chambers Global by Chambers & Partners Celebrates Haynes and Boone Achievements In Seven International Practice Categories, March 2015

03/24/2015

In one of its best showings ever in annual research by the highly respected Chambers Global legal directory, seven practices and 12 lawyers from Haynes and Boone, LLP are recommended as leading providers of legal services in the international marketplace.

Editors praise Haynes and Boone efforts on multiple fronts from the United States to Latin America to Mexico City.

“These Chambers results are a great validation of our firm’s increasingly global strategies on behalf of our growing client base,” said Tim Powers, the firm’s managing partner. “To receive such wonderful client praise in such a trusted publication is truly gratifying, especially in light of our firm’s expanding cross-border work in so many of our core practices.”

The directory again recognizes the firm’s international Franchise and Distribution Practice Group in the Global-wide category, where it maintained its high ranking. Latin America-wide, the Chambers Global researchers singled out the Haynes and Boone Corporate / M&A Practice, which moved up in this year’s tables.

And, for the first time editors included the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources practice, saying that its 16-lawyer team is becoming known for its aggressive lateral hires designed to take advantage of liberalized access for U.S. firms interested in developing Mexico energy. “In cross-border transactions, the lawyers handle the challenges well," the directory says.

In Mexico, the firm’s Banking and Finance, Corporate M&A and Projects practices were highlighted. It is the first year that Projects has been given a band ranking. And in the U.S., the firm’s Bankruptcy / Restructuring lawyers maintained their ranking as a recommended practice.

Editors praised the Franchising and Distribution Practice Group as a “well-respected group with expertise in a diverse range of franchising issues on both domestic and international platforms.” In particular, editors say, the firm’s ability to advise on international food service and hospitality matters deserves recognition. Researchers report that Rob Lauer, Austin Partner and head of the practice, is “always accessible and has seen these types of challenges and opportunities before - he has all the precedents at his fingertips."

In their study of the firm’s Corporate / M&A Practice Group activity throughout Latin America, Chambers researchers note that the firm’s traditional strength in oil and gas has recently expanded into the energy and infrastructure spaces. The practice’s “special focus in Texas and Mexico is replicated in other countries, such as Brazil,” the directory says. “Energy and private equity are particular strengths. They put an emphasis on servicing the client." Dallas Partner Larry Pascal, leader of the firm’s Americas Practice Group, attracts praise for his experience in Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica and Colombia, particularly in the energy and aviation sectors.

The firm’s position in the Latin America-wide energy & natural resources sector obtains ranking for the first time in the newest Chambers Global. "In cross-border transactions, the lawyers handle the challenges well," one of the firm’s clients tells researchers.

For Mexico banking and finance, Mexico City Partner Jorge Labastida receives glowing praise from clients and peers. "His commitment to the client is impressive," one says. Adds another: "His availability was one of his biggest strengths, even at unsociable hours." Labastida's practice covers asset-backed and structured cross-border finance, project finance and real estate finance.

For Mexico corporate / M&A, the firm is praised by Chambers Global for assembling “a bench of respected U.S. and local lawyers,” while Ramos is singled out for his projects work by clients as "an extraordinary lawyer who would be our first choice to work with in projects," according to an unnamed client. Mexico City Partner Ariel Ramos is noted as the key client projects contact.

In once again ranking the Haynes and Boone U.S.-based bankruptcy / reorganization practice in the Chambers Global U.S. category, researchers note the contributions of three practice group partners. Dallas Partner Bob Albergotti “is often retained for business-critical corporate reorganizations and out-of-court workouts,” the directory says. Houston Partner Charles Beckham is "a really effective and smart guy," interviewers report. Dallas Partner Robin Phelan, meanwhile, is "creative, user-friendly, hard-working and very smart.” New York Partner Lenard Parkins, meanwhile, is noted as a “recognized practitioner.”

Additional individual lawyer recognitions in the new directory edition include listings for Dallas Senior Counsel Barry McNeil in both U.S. antitrust and U.S. competition / antitrust, Labastida for Mexico capital markets, Houston Partner George Y. Gonzalez and Pascal for Latin America-wide corporate / M&A, Dallas Partner Jeffrey Becker for U.S. intellectual property, and Walter S. Keneally for U.S. projects.

Chambers Global 2015, published by London-based Chambers and Partners, is a legal directory that ranks business lawyers from around the world. Chambers publications stand out from others because of the depth of supporting research. Chambers staff researchers review a firm’s recent deals and interview a firm’s clients, then then rank firms in “bands” that reflect the firm’s reputation and expertise in a specific practice area or jurisdiction.

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