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.
By focusing on quick profits, activist investors are ruining America, claims Wachtell's iconic cofounder. Is anybody listening?
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.
In a year filled with hostile bids, the Allergan-Valeant fight had it all: strange alliances, trash talk, lawsuits and plenty of scorched earth.
For 15 months, the Obama administration has gone without a confirmed candidate for this important post.
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.
In April, the global firm acquires a substantial new footprint in Canada via a merger with Vancouver's 260-lawyer Davis.
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.
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.
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.
Notable quotations from around the legal world.
How to work better with American Lawyer journalists.
POTUS Frank Underwood from the hit Netflix series illustrates how not to behave.
The mobile version of the ubiquitous email program strikes the right balance between features and usability.
Energy Transfer Partners/Regency Energy; Deals in Brief
Eli Lilly Investor-State Suit; Carter v. Canada; Lac-Mégantic Settlement; Bell/Telus Class Action
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