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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 9, 2018 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced another victory for firm client Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd., in a high profile competitor case at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Yesterday, the full Commission ruled in favor of Oxford Nanopore by affirming summary determination of noninfringement by Oxford’s nanopore sequencing technology in a patent infringement investigation brought by Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc.

“This is the second case Baker Botts has handled for Oxford Nanopore at the ITC, and the firm’s third ITC win over the last year,” said Bart Showalter, chair of Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property Department. “We are very active with our ITC trial work and are continuing to achieve great results for clients we represent in complex ITC litigation. This win for Oxford Nanopore further demonstrates the caliber of our experience.”

Baker Botts is among the most active general-practice patent litigation firms in the U.S. and is currently counsel in five ITC investigations. The firm’s patent litigation docket includes more than 150 current patent cases in district courts, the ITC, and the Federal Circuit. Baker Botts’ PTAB Trials Practice has handled over 300 matters at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of clients.

“A good ITC trial practice needs to be based on a deep understanding of the ITC’s complex procedures, and to be supported by scientific expertise and sufficient bandwidth to handle the intense pre-trial phase. Few firms in the U.S. can match our scientific, trial and ITC experience. We are unique in that approximately 70% of our firm’s 180 patent lawyers have ITC experience,” said Mr. Showalter.

Baker Botts lawyers involved: Steve Hash (Partner, Austin); Lisa Kattan (Partner, Washington, D.C.); and Paul Morico (Partner, Houston).
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Baker Botts Hosts Successful First Board of Directors Forum in Houston, TX

HOUSTON, February 6, 2018 – On January 31st, a group of pre-eminent speakers drawn from some of the most distinguished boards and leading financial and service firms joined Baker Botts partners for the first Baker Botts Board of Directors’ Forum which was followed by a presentation over lunch by former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III. In a half-day session held in Houston before an audience of public and private company directors and senior officers, the forum covered a number of topics geared toward assisting corporate directors to employ and adopt best practices amid growing challenges of corporate governance this year.

The panels covered best practices in M&A and crisis communications, the challenges posed by shareholder activism and the strategic responses, insurance coverage issues and disputes, and the heightened importance of diversity in today’s boardroom.

To kick-off the event, the M&A panel spoke in great detail about the experience and course of events when a well-known and material insider of a public company looks to take it private and the importance of process in that context. The group also examined the latest trends in post-M&A litigation including the reduced willingness of the Delaware courts to entertain shareholder suits that follow big deals. In the Crisis Management and Corporate Communications segment, our second panel discussed the impact of social media on crisis communications, the importance of understanding the “tipping point” in a crisis, and the significance of knowing your primary audience when responding to a crisis. Finally, this panel emphasized the importance of Board members being proactive in accurately assessing the health of a company’s culture to protect its brand, reputation and value if and when a crisis hits.

The program’s third group of speakers provided insight into addressing shareholder activism from the perspective of a target company’s board, outside counsel and advisors. Acknowledging that activism has become an accepted means of shareholder involvement that is increasingly supported by institutional investors, this panel stressed the importance of engagement and noted the higher degree of scrutiny that boards now face when confronted by activist investors and their supporters who demand greater accountability. In the insurance discussion, our speakers reviewed the role of the board in overseeing critical aspects of a company’s business. The speakers covered the board’s oversight duties in the context of issues ranging from preventing sexual harassment in the workplace to protecting against security breaches and mitigating losses in connection with natural disasters. Finally, the program’s diversity panel walked the audience through the growing importance of gender and ethnic diversity, as well as age diversity given the need to understand a company’s customers, clients and users. This group of speakers also noted that diversity can be enhanced through a focus on skills and functional experience which can broaden the pool of applicants beyond those with just industry experience when a board looks to achieve diversity goals. The panelists reminded all present that board diversity sets an organization’s tone and support for diversity and inclusion throughout that organization.

To view the event agenda, please click here.

To schedule an interview with a Baker Botts partner on a topic seen above, please contact Sheena Cochran at 713.229.1964.
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Baker Botts Adds Four Corporate Partners in New York and Washington

NEW YORK, February 22, 2018 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that four corporate partners, formerly of Vinson & Elkins, have joined the firm. Three of the lawyers will be based in the firm’s New York office and one in its Washington, D.C. location.

“These are exceptional lawyers, and their arrival bolsters our existing teams of New York and Washington based corporate lawyers in our private equity, capital markets and M&A practices,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“This is the second major addition to our Corporate Group in the past year. Last year, we added nine new corporate partners. Over the last 12 months, we have added 20 new lateral partners to the firm. Our continued attraction of high quality partners with robust practices demonstrates the firm’s platform strength and strategic focus, together with our enduring commitment to deliver value-added services that regularly exceed client expectations,” added Mr. Baker.

“Our firm continues to focus on growing our Corporate Practice, and this group fits with our specific goal of increasing our scale in the New York, Bay Area and London markets. These are all outstanding lawyers whose practices fit with our existing industry and practice strengths,” said Mike Bengtson, Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice and a New York based partner.

Baker Botts’ Corporate Practice is recognized for its depth of experience, handling a full range of corporate, securities and financing matters, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital markets, including master limited partnerships (MLPs), and private equity. The Corporate Group also has experience in specialized financings and complex business restructurings.

Mike Rosenwasser, New York

Mr. Rosenwasser is widely recognized as one of the innovators of master limited partnerships (MLPs) since their inception in the early 1980s and continues to be a leader in the MLP industry. He has developed an industry recognized expertise in corporate finance and M&A. Mr. Rosenwasser has counseled on over 100 M&A transactions and 200 public financings. He has specific experience in working on transactions with a high degree of tax structuring.

Michael Swidler, New York

Mr. Swidler’s practice focuses on corporate law, business and commercial law, capital markets, finance, M&A and private equity. He has extensive experience in advising master limited partnerships (MLPs) regarding public and private offerings of debt and equity, initial public offerings and M&A transactions.

Adorys Velazquez, New York

Ms. Velazquez works with clients in the securities, capital markets, and M&A arenas. She has worked with domestic and international companies in the international marine and energy offshore industries as well as leading international investment banks. Ms. Velazquez also represents publicly traded master limited partnerships (MLPs) in private and public equity and debt offerings. She also works with client’s partnership formations, general corporate matters and M&A.

Catherine Gallagher, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Gallagher’s practice focuses on representing underwriters and issuers in corporate securities transactions, including initial public offerings, private placements, Rule 144A, registered secondary equity and debt offerings and continuous equity programs. She also represents clients in M&A and general corporate matters. Ms. Gallagher has extensive experience with shipping companies, offshore drillers, master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs).
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Baker Botts’ 31st Environmental Seminar Features Government Officials, Leading Insiders for Industry Issue-Spotting

HOUSTON, February 22, 2018 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, hosted its 31st annual Environmental Seminar in Houston on February 21, 2018. Senior-level government officials, Baker Botts’ industry leading lawyers and other prominent figures in the environmental field were among the speakers who provided insights to promote issue-spotting and benchmarking to more than 100 event attendees.

“Our seminar is a mainstay for industry-insiders and helps them gain perspective on the policy and regulatory changes affecting their companies across the country,” said Scott Janoe, Baker Botts partner and Environmental Department Chair. “Baker Botts lawyers from many firm offices and Departments joined with high-ranking agency staff from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to provide insight into the changes that will most impact the companies and clients affected by the array of challenges arising from D.C., Austin, and elsewhere.”

Substantive panel discussions covered:
  • Crisis Management and Incident Response
  • Clean Air Act Risk & Technology Review Rulemaking Developments
  • Regulatory Infrastructure Impediments and Developments
  • Whistleblower Response Strategies
  • Superfund Recommendations and Litigation Developments
  • CWA Jurisdiction Developments and Litigation
  • 2015 Ozone NAAQS and Texas Nonattainment
  • Climate Litigation


“The high level of client attendance, interest and engagement at the seminar shows how dynamic the law is in the environmental field,” said Matt Kuryla, Baker Botts partner. “Recent court decisions and upcoming deadlines on air quality and water have created substantial uncertainty for many of our clients. Our agency speakers were great at signaling avenues for dialogue on the toughest issues, but a lot of hard work and engagement lie ahead. Our clients gave us many good ideas for further work by our Texas Industry Project coalition, which meets next week.”

“It was another great seminar,” said Jennifer Keane, firm partner out of the Austin office. “Our seminar attendees were fully engaged in these cutting-edge topics, helping share industry perspectives and real-world experiences. And our agency speakers provided the very latest insights on key developments in federal and state policies. We were thrilled to be able to assemble such a lively group.”

Among the outside speakers was Anne Idsal, Regional Administrator for Region 6, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who was the featured keynote for the program. Other guest speakers included Steve Hagle, Deputy Director, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) who presented on, “The View from TCEQ,” and Ilan Levin, Associate Director, Environmental Integrity Project who presented on, “Current NGO Priorities.”

The annual event also included various plenary and breakout sessions where Baker Botts lawyers and attendees focused on environmental developments across industries including upstream; midstream; downstream; chemicals; power; and manufacturing, transportation and waste management.

To speak with a panelist or for additional information about the event, please contact Brecke Boyd, Brecke.boyd@bakerbotts.com.
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Baker Botts Wins for Oxford Nanopore in High-Profile ITC Competitor Case