Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Wins Two Awards From M&A Advisor

Monday, February 1, 2010 - 01:00

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP received top honors in two categories - "Law Firm of the Year" and "Energy Deal of the Year" - at The M&A Advisor's Eighth Annual M&A Awards Gala.

In naming Akin Gump "Law Firm of the Year," The M&A Advisor recognized the firm's successful participation in complex transactions with master limited partnerships, including its representations of the special committee of Regency Energy Partners LP in a $1.053 billion joint venture, the "Energy Deal of the Year"; the special committee of Magellan Midstream Holdings, L.P. in its $1.014 billion combination with Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.; and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. in its $736 million acquisition of significant assets from its sponsor, El Paso Corporation.

The M&A Awards Gala - held on December 14 at the New York Athletic Club - honored deal teams, dealmakers and firms. This year, 170 finalists in 34 categories were chosen.An independent body of experts spanning the M&A industry determined the ultimate recipients of the awards.

Akin Gump has received 12 M&A Advisor Awards since 2006.

The New York and Philadelphia offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP have been awarded Gold LEED® -CI and LEED® -CI certification, respectively, from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the firm announced today.

Akin Gump is the first law firm in New York - and only the second in the United States - to earn Gold LEED certification. Nationally, only eight U.S. law firm offices have achieved LEED certification to date.

LEED is the USGBC's leading rating system and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of the world's greenest, most energy-efficient and highest performing buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

USGBC recognized Akin Gump's office at One Bryant Park in New York for a number of green design and construction features, including floor-to-ceiling building glass to maximize natural light, an automatic daytime light-dimming system, an on-site five megawatt combined heat and power electrical plant and a "grey-water" system that collects and reuses rainfall.USGBC recognized the firm's Two Commerce Square office in Philadelphia for its use of recycled building materials; furniture constructed from wood harvested from FSC-certified forests; and low-emitting paints, carpets and adhesives to provide better air quality.Architectural firm Butler Rogers Baskett designed Akin Gump's New York office; Partridge Architects, Inc. designed the firm's Philadelphia office.