David Baay represents the energy industry in commercial litigation. His clients include multinational oil companies, drilling contractors, pipeline operators, oilfield service companies, and multi-commodity traders. With trial and arbitration experience that spans the past 16 years, David represents his clients in high stakes litigation and other crisis situations. He takes pride in finding creative solutions to his clients’ problems.
Umar Bakhsh is a member of Eversheds Sutherland's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Umar counsels his clients on patent litigation, preparation, and prosecution matters. Umar is particularly experienced serving clients in the electro-mechanical, wireless communication, medical device and control system spaces.
Robert Ball advises technology entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and institutional investors in complex transactions, including capital formation, venture capital and growth equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public and private offerings, equity incentive arrangements, director and officer obligations and general corporate matters. Robert also represents larger companies, both public and private, in connection with joint ventures, technology licensing arrangements, strategic partnerships and global expansion. He is a seasoned business and legal advisor who brings significant knowledge and hands-on experience in data analytics, internet infrastructure, software-as-a-service, cloud computing, payments, security, e-commerce and social media.
Brendan Ballard represents an array of clients in state, federal and appellate court litigation throughout the United States. Brendan focuses her practice on complex business litigation, involving financial services, contracts, insurance, tax, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other commercial disputes. Brendan also advises clients in the pre-litigation phase of disputes in an effort to either avoid or prepare for potential litigation.
Open Weaver Banks represents clients in state and local tax controversies at the administrative, trial and appellate levels. Her work includes income, franchise, sales and use, and property tax matters. Specifically, Open has advised on and litigated complex SALT matters associated with unitary combination, the constitutionality of the “throw-out” apportionment rule, intangible holding company nexus, addback of interest and intangible deductions, the application of P.L. 86-272, qualification for sales and use tax exemptions, and the availability of personal income tax credits for taxes paid to other jurisdictions.
Wilson Barmeyer defends class action lawsuits, complex business litigation matters, and governmental regulatory examinations and audits, with a focus on litigation and regulatory matters involving financial services, life insurance and annuities, and broker-dealers. He also provides advice and guidance on all facets of unclaimed property matters, including audit defense, litigation counsel, compliance and planning strategies.
Madison Barnett counsels clients in a full range of state and local tax matters, including tax controversy, multistate tax planning and structuring, policy matters and complex transactions. He represents clients in all stages of tax controversy – from audits to appellate litigation – involving income and franchise taxes, sales and use taxes, property taxes, and constitutional issues. Madison also advises clients in state economic development tax credit and incentives matters.
With nearly 25 years of experience as an investment banker and lawyer, Brian Barrett advises banks, broker-dealers, insurers, reinsurers, hedge funds and asset managers on all aspects of structured finance, secured lending and derivatives.
Kimia Basyuk advises energy clients on a wide range of transactional matters, including domestic and cross-border financings, project development, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.
Joshua Belcher has a national, multidisciplinary practice counseling clients in the utility, power and pipelines sectors. He guides clients through mergers and acquisitions, financings, project development and energy commodities transactions, with a focus on helping companies identify and manage complex environmental business risks in the context of the transaction and ongoing operational compliance. Joshua has extensive experience in both the development and acquisition of utility-scale and customer-sited energy projects, including combined heat and power, wind, biomass and solar facilities. He represents both corporate buyers and project developers in the negotiation of renewable power purchase agreements for physical energy and financially-settled hedges and the purchase and sale of associated environmental attributes. He also represents energy companies in civil litigation and administrative proceedings.
With deep experience in developing cutting-edge solutions and new products, Fred Bellamy counsels clients on the complex organization and federal securities regulation of life insurance, annuity products and mutual funds. Fred has worked extensively in the application of federal securities laws to all types of insurance products, including variable annuities, variable life insurance, universal life, excess interest products, modified guaranteed annuities and other market-value-adjusted products, indexed products and private placements of securities insurance products.
Herb has practiced tax law in Washington for 45 years, focusing on corporate and other transactional tax planning, tax controversies, IRS National Office representations and exempt organization matters. He successfully guides clients through tax issues in connection with taxable and tax-free acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs and other restructurings involving domestic and foreign entities; negotiates large case settlements with IRS Appeals Offices throughout the country; and has litigated cases at the trial and appellate court levels. In the exempt organizations area, he has represented public charities, private foundations and other non-profit organizations in connection with obtaining and defending against proposed revocations of tax-exempt status, obtaining private letter rulings and various other tax planning, compliance and controversy matters. Herb came to Eversheds Sutherland (US) as a partner in 1998, and continues to practice with the firm since joining the tax faculty at Northwestern University School of Law in 2009.
Lucero Bello advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, fund formations, joint ventures and private placements of securities. She also assists clients in obtaining Hart-Scott-Rodino clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. A member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Corporate Practice Group, Lucero's work also routinely includes general corporate representation and advice.
Coalton Bennett is a patent engineer in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
John Benson represents lenders, pension fund advisers, syndicators and commercial mortgage servicers and special servicers in various aspects of real estate finance and real estate structured finance. John’s practice concentrates on securitized commercial real estate loans, affiliated debt products, structured finance and the resolution of nonperforming or sub-performing real estate assets. More specifically, John brings a thorough understanding of real estate mortgage investment conduit (REMIC) regulations and the way they impact commercial mortgage origination and loan servicing, including servicing publicly traded commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) trusts, as well as legal risk management in entrepreneurial and developing businesses.
Kristen Bertch counsels clients on a broad range of financial services, corporate governance and transactional matters, including initial public offerings and capital raising efforts.
Todd Betor focuses on the state and local tax implications of business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganizations. Todd counsels clients on state tax planning pre- and post-transaction, and provides modeling, guidance and integration recommendations. He also guides clients throughout the reorganization process, from drafting implementation plans to writing tax opinions. His clients include regulated entities from the telecommunications and energy sectors, as well as digital economy and technology companies.
Bruce Bettigole has more than 30 years’ experience as a securities enforcement lawyer and litigator, including 13 years in senior positions on the government/regulatory side. He has been lead trial counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel, Chief Counsel for NASD, now known as FINRA, Chief Counsel of NASD’s Criminal Prosecution Assistance Group, and Special Assistant United States Attorney for several U.S. Attorney’s offices. Bruce relies on his deep experience and insider’s knowledge of those agencies to represent clients involved in FINRA, SEC, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), state securities commissions, and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and litigation, as well as in FINRA arbitrations and private securities class actions.
Cindy Beyea is a member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Financial Services Practice Group and focuses her practice on advising mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, investment company boards of directors and investment advisers. Cindy concentrates on issues involving the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and related federal securities laws.
Samina Bharmal advises clients on a range of environmental enforcement and compliance matters before state and federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of State, and on developing comments and judicial challenges to federal rulemakings.
In a career built with hands-on experience in international law, national security and globalization combined with high-level U.S. government service, Jeff Bialos assists his clients in making multi-faceted business decisions, structuring transactions and complying with complex regulatory requirements. Jeff brings deep experience in defense, homeland security and national security matters, including antitrust, procurement, export controls, industrial security and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He advises clients on international commercial, trade and public policy issues, assists in internal investigations and he has significant regional experience in Europe, Japan and the Middle East. He handles novel private/public issues for clients in an array of regulated industries.
With an insider’s knowledge of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tom Bisset helps financial institutions, including insurance companies, banks and mutual funds, comply with SEC rulings and regulatory requirements. Tom follows new developments in regulatory issues, and guides his clients in matters affecting mutual funds, variable insurance products, fixed annuity contracts and equity index products.
Katie Blaszak, a member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Corporate Practice Group, focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and general corporate matters.
Matt is a trusted business and legal adviser to companies and entrepreneurs, providing practical guidance and counseling while remaining sharply focused on his clients’ needs and objectives. His clients include leaders in the automotive, telecommunications, technology and media sectors. Matt has a broad-based corporate practice and represents companies and investors in connection with their most critical and strategic transactions. He has negotiated and closed numerous mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, growth equity investments, service and licensing arrangements and other strategic transactions.
Matthew Blumenstyk represents lenders, agents, banks and other financial institutions on a broad range of corporate governance matters and finance transactions.
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