Annual Review

Our 2023 Year in Review

A Message from the Chair

At Hughes Hubbard, we pride ourselves on the important work we do for our clients and the victories we achieve for them.

With victories in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 2023 saw important, global successes for our clients. From representing our clients in key corporate deals to counseling them through complex litigation matters, we relied on our culture of collaboration, dedication and success to secure the best outcomes for our clients.

In April, our litigation team won a ground-breaking victory in a heavily watched trial when a Connecticut federal court tossed a Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal antitrust case. The ruling created a challenging legal precedent for the DOJ – it was the first time in decades that criminal antitrust charges were thrown out under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29. Major publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, reported on our attorneys’ success in this landmark case.

Our litigation team saw another noteworthy success when they secured the release of a former high-level FIFA executive from prison, winning him compassionate release due to a years long delay of medical treatment that slowly left him blind. In November, our litigators advised a prominent music entrepreneur and producer in the sale of his label to music giant Universal and the forming and funding of his new company.

Our corporate practice secured a $2 billion financing facility for a major commercial aircraft leasing business, providing our client the final bridge before they access the capital markets. In October, our corporate attorneys advised a global investment firm in its acquisition of a leading aircraft seat vendor, securing our client’s place as the fourth largest competitor in the market. Our corporate team saw another impressive success when they guided a major biopharmaceutical company in a multi-million dollar sale of two prescription drugs used to treat mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes syndrome.

Along with our outstanding litigation and corporate successes, our bankruptcy team guided Stanadyne and Pure Power, leading manufacturers of fuel pumps and injectors, through their Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, in which our attorneys advised them on the sale of approximately $350 million of debt.

Our ability to focus on and truly understand our clients’ needs is due to the breadth of our attorneys’ skills and knowledge across all practice areas and offices. Last year, we expanded our deep bench through the internal promotion and lateral hiring of an exceptional class of attorneys.

In Los Angeles we welcomed highly regarded attorney Yi-Chin Ho as partner, Co-Chair of the China Practice and Chair of Asia Practice Development, who serves the firm with her extensive corporate experience representing Chinese companies based in the U.S. and abroad.

In New York we welcomed esteemed attorney Richard J. Miller, Jr. as partner in the firm’s Tax and Trust & Estates group, who serves the firm with his extensive experience representing individuals and cultural institutions across wealth transfer tax planning, charitable planning and more.

We also want to celebrate the four attorneys we elevated to partnership last year, Jan Dunin-Wasowicz, an experienced member of our Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations and Arbitration group and Co-Chair of our Sanctions, Export Controls & Anti-Money Laundering practice; Brendan Franzoni, a talented member of our litigation team and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Regulatory & Compliance practice; Malik Havalic, a dedicated member of our litigation team and member of the firm’s arbitration and antitrust groups; and Javad Husain, a significant member of our corporate practice.

Additionally, we promoted three to counsel in January, Justin Cohen, Gregory Farrell, and Anna Hamati, whose talent and breadth of knowledge further our ability to provide exceptional advice to our clients.

We were once again recognized in Chambers’ 2023 U.S., Global, Europe and Latin America guides, highly recommended by Latin Lawyer and named in multiple practice areas throughout Legal 500’s Latin American and U.S. guides. Among other recognitions, our investigations practice earned a prestigious place on Global Investigations Review’s GIR 30 list, a ranking of the best law firms for complex multijurisdictional corporate investigations, and our bankruptcy practice was named to the renowned Global Restructuring Review’s GRR 30 list, a ranking of the top 30 law firms for restructuring and insolvency matters around the world.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to our clients who are responsible for such a successful year and to our lawyers whose hard work and dedication are paramount to the firm’s success. We are proud to recognize the ground-breaking successes we accomplished together in 2023.