Founded in Philadelphia in 1885, Ballard Spahr is a firm with truly national capabilities. In addition to cities like New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, the firm’s 15 offices include places such as Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, giving Ballard Spahr’s practice groups reach into every region of the US.
The firm broke into the Colorado rankings this year in M&A.
On the financing side, the firm advised Black Bear Energy in a follow-on Series A financing led by Boulder Ventures.
The firm advises a mix of acquirer and sellers in a range of industries. For example, the firm advised Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumpin on the acquisition of O'Brien Concrete Pumping, advised Color Spot and Hines Growers on the $108 million sale of their assets and advised Everest Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of Varsity Wireless Towers.
Davis Graham & Stubbs’ headquarters and only office remain in Denver, where it was founded in 1915. The firm is the exclusive member firm for Lex Mundi in Colorado. Davis Graham is a top M&A firm and an active banking firm.
Within M&A, the firm advised Environmental Stoneworks on its $187 million acquisition by NCI Building Systems and advised Pershing on its combination with Silver Corporation.
Dorsey & Whitney is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota but has offices across the world. M&A and capital markets are clear strengths for the firm and the firm’s robust national capital markets practice allows several of its offices to stand out in states where there are few firms doing capital markets work.
Within Colorado, the firm is strong in M&A work.
The firm’s M&A team works in a range of sectors, including mining, healthcare and sports. Within the mining space, the firm advised Rye Patch Gold on the sale of its outstanding shares in Alio Gold and advised Fiore Gol (formerly GRP Minerals) on the acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares of Fiore Exploration.
The firm added Betty Arkell to its M&A practice from Holland & Hart over the research period.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher was founded in 1872 in Los Angeles. The firm has international offices and within the US also has offices in Texas, DC, New York and Colorado.
The firm has a strong M&A and financing practice within Colorado.
Partners Beau Stark and Steven Talley lead the firm’s M&A practice in Colorado. Energy has been a particularly active sector for the M&A team. For example, the firm advised Encino Acquisition Partners in the $2 billion acquisition of Chesapeake Energy’s Utica shale oil and gas assets in Ohio, advised Williams Companies on its joint venture with investment firm KKR for the acquisition of Discovery DJ Services and advised First Reserve on its $1.225 billion sale of the Deep Gulf Energy companies. In the telecommunications sector, the firm advised Zayo Group with regards to its $127 million acquisition of Spread Networks.
A multinational law firm with global headquarters in London and Washington DC, Hogan Lovells has 15 US offices. In addition to international business hubs such as New York, Houston and San Francisco, Hogan Lovells has offices in smaller metropolitan centers, including Baltimore, Colorado Springs and Minneapolis.
In M&A, the firm advised Alterra Mountain Company with the acquisition of Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah.
Over the research period the firm lost Denver lawyer Chalyse Robinson to WilmerHale.
Holland & Hart is based in Denver, but has offices in several states, including Wyoming, Nevada and Utah. The firm is ranked by IFLR1000 in Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada.
Holland & Hart has an active projects practice within Colorado that advises on both financings and sales of energy and infrastructure projects. The firm often relies on structures like PPAs and Virtual PPAs to finance projects. It also makes use of more traditional credit facilities, although the details of these deals were confidential.
The firm’s projects team is also active on acquisitions of energy projects in the state. In one asset sale, the firm advised Intermountain Wind with the sale of entities that own a 280 MW wind power plant, a 500 MW wind power plant and a 15 MW wind power plant, all in Wyoming.
Husch Blackwell stars in the middle and upper mid-markets spaces. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, the firm is a regional leader in the Midwest. However, the firm’s capabilities extend far beyond the middle of the country; Husch Blackwell also has offices in Austin, Chattanooga, Dallas, Washington DC, Houston, Phoenix, Sacramento and Denver.
Within Denver, the firm is an active firm in the real estate space.
The firm’s real estate team has been active on real estate acquisitions, the negotiation of leases, real estate financings and P3s. The real estate team has also been active on the development of sports facilities. For example, the firm advised Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District in the negotiation of a new 25-year lease of Safeco Field with the Seattle Mariners. One example of the firm’s real estate acquisition work is its advice to National Storage Affiliates on the $1.3 billion acquisition of a 112-property portfolio.
Perkins Coie is a full-service law firm which advises a variety of companies, from start-ups to multinationals across the US and Asia. Within the US, the firm maintains offices in Seattle, Anchorage, Bellevue, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Madison, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington DC.
The firm’s Denver office is strong in M&A.
In one key M&A deal, the firm advised InfoSonics Corporation on its merger with Cooltech Holding.
Partner Elizabeth Kemery Sipes, who focuses on advising private investment funds, joined the firm’s Denver office in March 2018.