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Marty Lipton's War on Hedge Fund Activists

Michael D. Goldhaber

By focusing on quick profits, activist investors are ruining America, claims Wachtell's iconic cofounder. Is anybody listening?

Features

2015 Dealmakers of the Year

Our Dealmakers of the Year package is no rote examination of the 2014's biggest transactions. Instead, we spotlight creative thinking, novel approaches and innovative work. Here we present 20 transactions—some big, some small—where effective lawyering truly made the difference.

2015 Corporate Scorecard

After a so-so 2013, European and Asian economies picked up last year while the United States continued its recovery, showering corporate and transactions practitioners with work. The number of mergers and acquisitions worldwide rose 6 percent, and their combined value jumped 47 percent, making 2014 the strongest year since 2007. Capital markets, especially equity offerings, also showed healthy gains.

The Take-No-Prisoners Battle Over Allergan

By Julie Triedman

In a year filled with hostile bids, the Allergan-Valeant fight had it all: strange alliances, trash talk, lawsuits and plenty of scorched earth.

The Global Lawyer: Seat Stays Vacant for State Department Legal Adviser

By Michael D. Goldhaber

For 15 months, the Obama administration has gone without a confirmed candidate for this important post.

Bar Talk

Talcum Powder's Alleged Cancer Link Spurs Litigation

By Susan Beck

What could be more harmless than baby powder? But some studies have connected the use of talc products to ovarian cancer. Companies are lawyering up.

DLA Piper's Big Move in Canada

By Julie Triedman

In April, the global firm acquires a substantial new footprint in Canada via a merger with Vancouver's 260-lawyer Davis.

Weil's $16 Million Class Counsel Fee

By Scott Flaherty

When Weil, Gotshal & Manges litigators get tapped for an antitrust class action, they're usually playing defense. But role reversal has paid off for the firm in a case against performance rights organization SESAC.

The Lawyers Behind the Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout

By Brian Baxter

When prizefighters Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao reached a deal for their May 2 match in Las Vegas, it was O'Melveny in Pacquiao's corner and Kinsella Weitzman in Mayweather's.

Hogan Lovells Advocates for an Imprisoned Lawyer in Swaziland

By Nell Gluckman

In a pro bono effort, the law firm is petitioning the United Nations on behalf of a Swazi attorney who was jailed after writing an article critical of the nation's judiciary.

Citations

Notable quotations from around the legal world.

Columns

Dear PR Professional

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief

How to work better with American Lawyer journalists.

Leadership 'Don'ts' for Lawyers From 'House of Cards'

By David L. Brown

POTUS Frank Underwood from the hit Netflix series illustrates how not to behave.

Tech Review: Microsoft's Outlook App

By Alan Cohen

The mobile version of the ubiquitous email program strikes the right balance between features and usability.

The Work

Big Deals

Energy Transfer Partners/Regency Energy; Deals in Brief

Canadian Big Suits

Eli Lilly Investor-State Suit; Carter v. Canada; Lac-Mégantic Settlement; Bell/Telus Class Action

Big Suits

By David Bario, Rebekah Mintzer, and Scott Flaherty

Moncrief Oil International v. Gazprom; Chesapeake Energy v. American Energy Partners; Beyond Systems v. Kraft; Franklin California Tax Free Trust v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico