Brown Rudnick earns recognition for another year of success with improved rankings in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. This year, three new attorneys were included in the publication: James Bedar, Barbara Kelly, and Nicole Bouchard. In the Finance - Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate ranking, Brown Rudnick moved up one tier, to Tier 3.

Published annually, the Legal 500 rankings highlight the practice area teams and practitioners that provide the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Research is based on feedback from clients worldwide as well as interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

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Congratulations to the following attorneys named in this year's Legal 500 rankings:

Practice Area

2019 Ranking

2019 Lawyers Recognized

Finance - Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Tier 3

Edward Weisfelner, Jeffrey Jonas, Robert Stark, William Baldiga

M&A/corporate and commercial - M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Tier 5

James Bedar, Samuel Williams

Tax - US taxes: non-contentious

Tier 7

Vincent Guglielmotti, Barbara Kelly, Nicole Bouchard


The Legal 500 United States 2019 Ranking Details:


Finance: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 3


The well-regarded litigators at Brown Rudnick LLP specialize in contentious issues in the restructuring and bankruptcy area. The firm has a particular focus on representing hedge funds and other sophisticated distressed debt investors in disputes over the value of bankruptcy estates and avoidance, and also has experience arguing toward a change in case law. Working from New York and Boston, William Baldiga is managing director and can call on the expertise of practice group co-heads Edward Weisfelner in New York and Jeffrey Jonas, who splits his time between New York and Boston. Also notable in the team is New York-based Robert Stark, who is leading for the official creditors' committee of Exco Reasources. Exco filed for Chapter 11 in Houston, with a $2bn debt structure dominated by insider-creditors; the team conducted an in-depth investigation, including document discovery and depositions. The case is now being mediated by the chief bankruptcy judge. In another highlight, the firm is acting for the class of sexual assault victims in relation to the Chapter 11 filing of the Weinstein Company; the team's role involves voicing the interests and concerns of the victims and helping to formulate a Chapter 11 plan that will provide compensation.



M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 5


Brown Rudnick LLP's M&A group provides complementary practices in IP, tax, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, finance, and government relations, and stands out for its work with emerging growth companies. Highlights included advising private equity real estate fund manager Queensgate Investments on its acquisition of Generator Hostels, Patron Capital’s premium hostels business. Boston-based Samuel Williams is managing partner and James Bedar is practice group leader.



US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 7

Brown Rudnick LLP's New York-based tax practice advises on tax-efficient restructurings, debt workouts and bankruptcy matters, corporate reorganizations an M&A deals. Key partner Vincent Guglielmotti assisted Self-Storage Capital Partners with the transfer taxes and other tax matters in relation to the acquisition and financing of a storage facilities portfolio worth approximately $50m. Also recommended are Nicole Bouchard, who assisted Hologic with various securities offerings, and counsel Barbara Kelly, who is recommended for financing deals, recapitalizations, reorganizations and partnership structuring.