Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1904, Duane Morris operates 21 offices across the US, including in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. The firm has robust M&A, capital markets, banking and restructuring practices that handle clients across the country. Among Duane Morris’s industry focuses are healthcare, pharmaceuticals and banking and financial services.
With offices in northern New Jersey’s Newark and southern New Jersey’s Cherry Hill, Duane Morris has a legal presence on both ends of the Garden State. The firm’s New Jersey teams focus on M&A and restructuring, as well as some capital markets transactions.
In New Jersey, the firm’s corporate groups specialize in the biopharmaceutical and real estate industries.
One of the best regarded financial and corporate law firms in New Jersey, Roseland, New Jersey-headquartered Lowenstein Sandler also has offices in New York, Palo Alto, Utah and Washington DC. The firm’s corporate attorneys are primarily located in New Jersey and New York, with a team of lawyers who focus on venture capital and M&A in the technology sector based in Palo Alto.
Lowenstein Sandler’s New Jersey office is a state-wide leader in M&A and restructuring work. Many of the firm’s top attorneys split time between the New Jersey and New York offices and frequently advise clients from the technology and life sciences industries.
One recent highlight for the firm was the acquisition of Fir Tree Partners’ portfolio company sPower by The AES Corporation and Alberta Investment Management Corporation. The team advised sPower, which at the time of the sale was the largest private solar energy operator in the country.
Another recent standout deal for Lowenstein Sandler came from its capital markets group. This past February the team represented medical device company Motus GI Holdings on its $18 million IPO.
Some other key clients for the firm from over the past year were Integral Ad Science, Indorama Ventures Public Company and Caterpillar equipment franchisee Foley.
Reed Smith is a middle-market leader with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The international law firm has 16 total US offices, having opened an Austin, Texas location in May 2018. Some of the firm’s other locations include Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Reed Smith’s Princeton office focuses on New Jersey’s massive biopharmaceutical industry, with the firm’s New Jersey financial and corporate attorneys frequently handling M&A and financing transactions for industry actors.
Sills Cummis & Gross boasts one of the top corporate practices in its home state of New Jersey. The firm is headquartered across the water from New York in Newark, New Jersey, and has a second New Jersey office in biopharmaceutical hub Princeton. Sills Cummis also has a New York office, giving it a wide reach throughout the area.
The firm is a member of global legal network ALFA International.
Sills Cummis has among the best M&A, banking and restructuring practices in New Jersey. The firm is particularly outstanding for its real estate and pharmaceutical work, but the teams handle deals across all industries.
Most of the M&A team’s deals remain confidential, but they demonstrated the firm’s versatility and expertise when it comes to various industries and client types.
Meanwhile, the restructuring group saw a significant amount of work on bankruptcies involving rural hospital groups. In one highlight, the firm advised the official committee of unsecured creditors of the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital Association’s $40 million restructuring.