One of the nation’s premier law firms, Choate has chosen to be distinctly different in a number of important respects from the firms with which it competes. The firm believes those differences materially benefit clients. Like a handful of leading Wall Street firms, Choate conducts its national and international practice through a single office model. The firm is all under one roof. Lawyers know each other well and work in teams every day. That familiarity, proximity and continuity allows them to communicate quickly, share knowledge easily and respond to clients’ needs not just efficiently, but seamlessly and immediately.
Main Areas of Practice:
Choate formed one of the first private equity funds in 1983 and has been a leader in private equity ever since, representing clients in over $30 billion in M&A and investment transactions in the past five years. Choate represents clients across a range of transaction sizes, but has particular expertise and knowledge of market terms and industry best practices in middle market transactions ranging from $25 million to $1 billion. The firm provides in-depth deal coverage—acquisitions and sales, minority investments and recapitalizations, fund formation and capital raising, and tax structuring. In recent years Choate has closed transactions in over 45 states and 27 foreign countries.
Technology, IP and Related Litigation
The firm represents technology companies in their entire life-cycle from start-up to strategic alliances to public company to M&A. Firm lawyers have organized thousands of emerging companies, have completed M&A transactions with proceeds over $50 billion and have been involved in public company securities offerings with proceeds over $18 billion, since 2000. The firm’s deep technology team brings IP and industry strategy resources to bear on corporate clients.
Choate’s IP group provides leading companies and institutions with sophisticated IP strategies for the acquisition and enforcement of IP rights throughout the world. The IP team, many with PhDs and other advanced degrees, uses its scientific and strategic expertise and practical business judgment to represent market-leading technology and life sciences companies in their mission critical, high-value transactions and strategies.
Choate’s trial lawyers litigate complex IP cases across the US for leading technology and life sciences companies. The trial lawyers bring partner-level intensity to each case, working with a closely integrated team of technical specialists to achieve clients' goals, including pre-litigation and due diligence counseling, and outcome-driven litigation and trial strategies.
Finance & Restructuring
Choate represents leading financial institutions, institutional investors, borrowers and issuers in a full range of financings—senior syndicated, second lien, mezzanine/subordinated and debtor-in-possession. The team has completed financings with proceeds over $20 billion across the US and in 27 foreign countries over the last five years, and has particular expertise in M&A and financings in numerous industries, including healthcare, media, retail, sports, energy and technology. Choate also has significant experience in corporate restructurings, workouts, distressed asset and debt acquisitions and bankruptcy proceedings from both the company and creditor perspective.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Choate has deep expertise in significant complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on representing clients with respect to their most challenging and complex matters involving financial/business disputes, tort defense and class action defense as well as antitrust, trade secret and securities litigation matters. Choate litigators are actual “trial lawyers” who have extensive experience appearing before federal and state courts (at last count, 43 states) and government agencies and in trial and arbitrations across the US and abroad.
Government Enforcement & Compliance
The government enforcement team is expert in advising and defending companies and individuals who are subjects of government investigations and prosecution. The team has deep experience in the full range of criminal/civil enforcement actions, investigations and prosecutions, with particular expertise handling matters involving pharmaceutical/healthcare fraud and financial fraud as well as advising public and private companies with respect to actual or suspected FCPA violations and internal investigations. With significant prosecutorial backgrounds, the group is focused on resolving matters at the earliest possible stage before indictment or trial and without publicity.
Insurance & Reinsurance
Choate represents national and multinational insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries across the nation and abroad in the UK, Bermuda and other off-shore locales. The reinsurance group works with large cedents, reinsurers and intermediaries in arbitration, trial and appellate matters, counseling clients with respect to underwriting matters, bad faith claims and audits. The firm’s coverage litigation experts have appeared in more than 200 cases and arbitrations concerning coverage litigation and bankruptcy proceedings involving environmental, asbestos, non-products, Chinese Drywall, E&O/D&O, implant and toxic tort claims.
Choate’s wealth management group offers integrated services to high net worth individuals and families, with sophisticated financial, tax and estate planning all in one place. The group provides expert counsel to a wide range of clients from multiple generations of families to public and private company CEOs and partners in private equity funds to estates, foundations and trusts.
Together with Choate’s registered investment advisory subsidiary, Choate Investment Advisors, the group delivers a suite of sophisticated and comprehensive wealth management services to clients. Their collaboration provides a multi-family office, integrating highly sophisticated legal, investment, tax and trust administration expertise—a seamless “one-stop” approach to wealth management.
The firm has preeminent US-Canada and US-Europe cross-border transactional practices. Our corporate teams represent US, Canadian and European clients in venture and private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions and strategic commercial transactions in cross-border activities and, we work with numerous companies headquartered in the European Union on expansion into the US. Choate litigators have arbitrated and litigated disputes throughout the world.
Bank of America
BV Investment Partners