Founded in New York in 1917, Kaye Scholer combines the continuity and business acumen of a century-old law firm with a forward-looking, results-driven approach focused around lasting client relationships. With strengths in five core legal areas—corporate, finance, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate—and focusing on two key sectors—life sciences and financial industries—we offer strategic guidance and legal services to public and private entities facing litigation, transactional or governance challenges. Our lawyers regularly advise on matters across multiple legal jurisdictions, including in the US, Canada, UK, EU and China.
Main Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
·Advises the City of Los Angeles Airports on issues related to the American Airlines bankruptcy
·Represents the convertible bondholders in the restructuring of IVG Immobilien AG, a German public company that manages assets totaling over €21 billion
Complex Commercial Litigation
·Helped obtain the dismissal of a putative class action against Amazon.com and major publishers of electronic books, including client Penguin Random House LLC
·Secured a victory for Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. and its former CEO in a case brought by minority shareholders, challenging the terms under which the company would be taken private
·Assisted longtime client Onex Corporation and its affiliates in an agreement to sell their 50 percent interest in RSI Home Products to RSI for proceeds of approximately $323 million
·Advised Pfizer Inc. on an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Gliknik Inc. for a drug candidate designed to replace and improve on pooled human intravenous immunoglobulin
·Represented private aviation company Wheels Up in its placement of a $1.4 billion order with newly reorganized Beechcraft Corp.
·Advised Unifrax I LLC, a leading worldwide manufacturer of industrial ceramic fiber products, in its $670 million refinancing
·Won dismissal with prejudice of two patent infringement cases against pioneering biotech company Complete Genomics, a Daily Journal “Top Verdict” for 2013
·Won summary judgment for Avery Dennison, which had been accused of tortious interference with business expectation and false advertising under the Lanham Act
National Security, Government Contracts & Regulatory Compliance
·Represented MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. in its $1 billion acquisition of Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
·Represented French multinational aerospace component and security company Safran in its $400 million acquisition of the assets comprising Goodrich Corporation’s Electrical Power Systems business from United Technologies Corporation
·Represented Criterion Real Estate Capital LLC and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in originating mortgage and mezzanine financing to finance the acquisition of the Park Lane Hotel in New York
·Advised Royal Bank of Scotland in the sale of the retail portion of San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square to Jamestown Group
Tax & Private Clients
·Advised Schilling Ventures, LLC on tax issues related to the acquisition of Cyclonaire Corporation
·Advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on tax issues related to its $500 million investment in a 1,500 MW wind farm portfolio owned by Invenergy