Chambers Continues to Award Haynes and Boone Talent High Marks in Global Directory


After a year in which Haynes and Boone, LLP widened its global reach with offices in China and Brazil, Chambers Global 2014 broadened its recognition of the firm by singling out 13 lawyers and five practices for praise in its highly regarded directory of recommended legal services.

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

“We are honored for the continued recognition from Chambers,” said Terry Conner, the firm’s managing partner. “As we continue to strategically expand and strengthen our talents to best serve clients in multiple regions, the high praise from Chambers signifies that we are becoming a strong player in the global market.”

The directory again recognized the firm’s international franchise and distribution practice group, as well as the firm’s U.S.-based bankruptcy / restructuring and the Mexican banking and finance practices. Haynes and Boone’s corporate / M&A practice was also featured in the U.S., Latin America and Mexico regions.

The firm’s U.S. Intellectual Property: Patent practice made its first appearance in the directory, including a call out for Dallas, Texas-based Partner Jeff Becker for his “deep and rich experience.”

Haynes and Boone’s Franchise and Distribution Practice Group maintained its ranking in the Global 2014 list, with clients noting that “cross-border matters were handled totally seamlessly … [T]he lawyers coordinated all the work and took responsibility for it." Austin, Texas-based Franchise Partner Robert Lauer’s clients described him as "amazingly well versed in the specific issues for every single one of the regions he works in.”

Haynes and Boone’s Mexico Banking and Finance and Corporate / M&A practices was recognized again, while Mexico City Partner Jorge Labastida maintained both of his rankings in those two practice areas. In addition, editors recognized New York Partner Frank Vivero as an “expert based abroad” for his banking and finance experience. Vivero was highlighted for his work with a Mexican company in its first IPO in the international capital markets.

Mexico City Partner Antonio Franck maintained his rankings in the banking and finance practice and corporate / M&A category. Frank’s experience includes representing Grupo Fermaca in its $400 million project financing in relation to the construction and operation of a gas pipeline. Sources cited him as an “experienced player in the banking ambit” and “a really good lawyer with a reputation to match.”

The Latin America-wide corporate / M&A practice was once again recognized, with Americas Practice Group Chair Larry Pascal singled out as an “expert based abroad” for his “key role on many of the firm’s regional deals.” Pascal also was recognized as a foreign expert in the U.S. corporate / M&A sector. He offers more than 20 years of experience in advising companies on their cross-border Latin American and Spanish projects, advising clients on transactions throughout Latin American and the Caribbean.

Of Counsel Cecilia Flores Rueda not only maintained her status as an up-and-comer in the Latin America-wide Arbitration category, but also made her debut in the Mexico-wide Dispute Resolution category with editors praising her as "a very knowledgeable and very important name in arbitration."

Partner Ariel Ramos repeated his Band 1 ranking for Mexico-wide Projects and is known for being “at the forefront of the market,” editors said. Partner Walter Keneally earned recognition in the U.S. Projects category with a client calling Keneally “thorough and gives a lot of insight for us, and draws on other expertise when he needs to."

Partner Robert Albergotti was again honored in the U.S. based-bankruptcy / restructuring practice with clients referring to him as a “great strategist” and someone who “knows what the best use of time is and what is worth a client's time.” Albergotti recently led the firm’s team as conflicts counsel for American Airlines' parent company AMR during its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Partners Charles Beckham and Robin Phelan also upheld their status in the bankruptcy category. Beckham was praised for his strength in communication and experience analyzing legal positions, while Phelan was described as a “recognized genius in the legal field – the guy you go to if you have a question you can't answer."

Partner Lenard Parkins, meanwhile, made his debut as a recognized practitioner. He has in-depth experience in representing debtors regarding issues of dealing with collective bargaining agreements and the requirements needed to deal with collective bargaining agreements under Section 1113 of the bankruptcy code.

The legal directory also recognized Marcelo Mello of MMA, a Brazilian law firm that entered into a cooperation agreement with Haynes and Boone in March 2013. Editors featured Mello in the Brazil, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas category and Mello’s peers praised his “in-depth knowledge of the sector.”

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