Practice Areas & Industries: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


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“Cadwalader's established New York team offers a broad array of healthcare advice, and is particularly highlighted for its in-depth expertise in issues relating to long-term care.” – Chambers USA

By bringing together seasoned, practical and business-oriented attorneys with expertise in health care, corporate finance, and restructuring, we help for-profit and not-for-profit health care providers solve their most complex problems. Perhaps more than in any other industry, health care providers face a challenging environment, marked by significant change and uncertainty. Implementation of national health care reform, the advent of new structures and forms of payment for health care delivery, escalating incentives and penalties tied to quality performance and adoption of information systems, and decreasing Medicare and Medicaid revenues represent just a few of the unique challenges for health care providers. This demanding business climate, however, presents both risks and opportunities.

We help clients tackle these and other business-critical issues not simply by reacting to them but by anticipating them. The first Wall Street law firm to develop a health care practice, Cadwalader offers its health-care clients the experience and insight of leading industry experts in areas that address the full range of concerns they face, including:

  • strategic planning;
  • mergers and acquisitions;
  • regulatory compliance;
  • managed care and professional contracts;
  • access to capital, including structured products, derivatives and private equity;
  • tax;
  • vendor relationships;
  • physician relationships;
  • debt, balance sheet management and restructuring; and
  • litigation and investigations.

Indeed, our health care group serves as counsel to a wide array of providers – hospitals, home care and long-term care providers, HMOs and managed care organizations, assisted living providers and other entities – with respect to major transactions, corporate governance, compliance matters, and litigation proceedings. As new structures and arrangements emerge in the wake of health care reform to redesign health care delivery, Cadwalader has the expertise in corporate transactions, finance, compliance, tax, anti-trust, and issues of health care quality to advise clients on all aspects of these arrangements. Cadwalader’s unique combination of expertise in health care and corporate finance also assists health care providers prepare for and proactively manage stressed and distressed situations that unfortunately are all too common today.

By teaming health care and corporate finance experts who work regularly with banks, financial advisors, accountants, and other consultants, Cadwalader provides unified solutions to the challenges facing our clients. Because our Health Care Practice developed from our many years of experience with not-for-profit health care providers, Cadwalader is especially adept at navigating the issues facing such providers.

In sum, health care executives and boards of directors turn to Cadwalader because we understand this industry, its competitive landscape, and the various strategic alternatives participants in this industry must consider.