Last year brought a sense of déjà vu. Outsize deals. Hostile takeovers. Even the poison pill was back in court. But deal work in 2011 also played out on a global stage inconceivable not so long ago, from South Korea and Israel to Luxembourg and Russia. The 12 lawyers shown here covered all the bases.
Twelve lawyers who played critical roles in last year's most notable transactions, from the Kinder Morgan-El Paso combination and Nortel's ground-breaking patent auction to Microsoft's acquisition of Skype and the Delphi IPO.
Eighteen lawyers who played critical roles in 2010's most important transactions.
A remnant of a simpler time, the generous pension plans at many Am Law 100 firms place an increasing weight on younger partners. Is a generational battle looming?
The fine print about how firm retirement plans work.
Lateral movement can complicate the pensions picture.
Simpson Thacher snapped up practice heads from Freshfields and Linklaters for its Hong Kong law debut.
After staying away in 2010, firms have returned to the lateral market at boom-time levels. But this hiring binge is driven by desperation, not a thriving economy.
Our picks for the most important lateral moves in 2011.