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Vernon Jordan

Lifetime Achiever: Vernon Jordan Jr.

By Susan Hansen |

The Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner became a household name as an adviser to President Bill Clinton.

Pearlridge Center, a mall owned by Glimcher Realty Trust and located in Aiea, Hawaii.

Am Law Firms Land Roles on Big Real Estate Deals

By Valori Corral-Nava |

A flurry of real estate transactions totaling $6.9 billion has yielded work for several Am Law 100 firms, including Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Goodwin Procter.

Xiaflex by Auxilium

Takeover Battle Highlights Skadden's Inversion Expertise

By Brian Baxter |

Four Am Law 100 firms are facing off in a $2.2 billion takeover fight involving Endo International's bid to acquire Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, a deal that would stymie a $345 million tax inversion deal forged by the latter this summer with Canadian biotechnology firm QLT. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which is currently advising Auxilium, has also done inversion work for Endo.

The Careerist: Women Fall Behind in Client Development—More Than Ever

By Vivia Chen |

Women are losing ground in client origination, says study.

business men in London

Bingham Loses Bulk of London, Frankfurt Offices to Akin

By Julie Triedman and Brian Baxter |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld announced Wednesday morning that most of Bingham McCutchen's London and Frankfurt offices, along with a third of Bingham's Hong Kong office, will be joining the firm in one of the more high-profile mass lateral defections in recent memory.

The Churn

Dentons' New LatAm CEO Eyes Mergers, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Jorge Alers, a former head of the Latin American practice at two Am Law 100 firms and most recently general counsel for the Inter-American Development Bank, is on the lookout for potential combinations as the new CEO of Dentons' Latin American and Caribbean group. The Am Law Daily takes an in-house focused look at the latest round of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Peter Lyons.

Freshfields Bags M&A Bigwig From Shearman & Sterling

By MP McQueen |

The Magic Circle firm has hired Shearman's M&A partner Peter Lyons as it continues to boost its ranks in U.S. transactional work.

The American Lawyer Names Global Legal Awards Grand Prize Winners

By Chris Johnson |

The American Lawyer announced Monday the winners of its Global Legal Awards grand prizes. In the climax of a thrilling event at Gotham Hall in New York City, four grand prizewinners were chosen from more than 270 nominations to be named as the year's best cross-border legal work across corporate, finance, disputes and citizenship.

U.S. Investigators Turn Bankers into Informants

By Jamille Sutton |

In an effort to collect information over the potential manipulation of currency markets, U.S. investigators at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice have turned a number of bank employees into informants, people familiar with the matter tell The Wall Street Journal.

Bankrate Discloses SEC Investigation Amid CFO Resignation

By Jamille Sutton |

Online financial publishing company Bankrate Inc. on Monday disclosed that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating its financial reporting for 2012 and that its chief financial officer of eight years has resigned.

Nucor to Acquire Gallatin Steel for $770 Million

By Jamille Sutton |

Wilmington Trust Settles SEC Disclosure Fraud Charges

By Jamille Sutton |

Wilmington Trust, a Delaware-based bank holding company owned by M&T Bank Corporation, agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which charged the company with accounting and disclosure fraud for failing to properly report loans that were not being paid off after the financial crisis, the SEC announced Thursday.

SEC Creates New Office in Economic and Risk Analysis Division

By Jamille Sutton |

The Securities and Exchange Commission has created a new office within the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis to organize efforts in developing tools for risk assessment used to help support the SEC's activities, the agency announced on Thursday.

Pro Bono: Covington's Wrongful Conviction Case

By Wenxiong Zhang |

The client, a Louisiana man, is seeking compensation after spending 15 years in state prison.

Cognizant's Delivery Center in Kolkata.

Am Law Firms Advise on Pair of Health Care Mergers

By MP McQueen |

Monday was a big day for health care company mergers, with Latham & Watkins, Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom taking the lead on two deals with a combined value of nearly $5 billion.

A TRW employee working in an auto parts manufacturing facility.

Am Law 100 Trio Revs Up for Auto Parts Megamerger

By Brian Baxter |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and leading German shop Gleiss Lutz are advising Michigan-based TRW Automotive on its $11.74 billion sale to Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen, advised by Sullivan & Cromwell. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is counseling another party to the deal, which if completed will create the world's second-largest auto parts supplier.

The 2014 Summer Associates Survey

In this year's edition of The American Lawyer's annual Summer Associates Survey, the 3,645 would-be lawyers who completed the poll said they were highly satisfied with their experience at the 135 firms where they spent the summer, with Foley Hoag and Choate Hall & Stewart earning the top marks.

Detroit Trial Elicits Unusual Apology From Kirkland, Syncora

By Susan Beck |

Less than a week after insurer Syncora dropped its opposition to Detroit's plan to emerge from Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the company and its lawyers at Kirkland issued an extraordinary public apology Monday for attacking the motives and good faith of the two mediators working on the city's reorganization.


How we conduct our survey of summer associates.

FINRA Narrows Choice for New Head of Arbitration

By Jamille Sutton |

In its search for a new head of its arbitration unit, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has narrowed down the potential candidates to two of its own officials who have both worked in the arbitration unit and with FINRA for years, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Donald Dunner

Lifetime Achiever: Donald Dunner

By Drew Combs |

The Finnegan Henderson name partner played a key role in creation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The Churn

Sidley Snags Cam Kerry, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Sidley Austin has hired Cameron Kerry, a former general counsel and acting secretary at the U.S. Commerce Department and younger brother of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as senior counsel in Boston and Washington, D.C. The Am Law Daily looks at Kerry's hire and more in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Paul Hastings Helps Tate's Whip Up Private Equity Buyer

By Brian Baxter |

Thomas Kruger, a corporate partner with Paul Hastings in New York, earlier this month helped good friend Kathleen King sell her famous Tate's Bake Shop this week to private equity firm The Riverside Company. The deal marks the end of a long journey for King, who more than a decade ago lost the name to the company she founded in Southampton, N.Y.

Federal Indictment May Provide Clues Into Cynk Technology

By Jamille Sutton |

Six individuals and six firms with offices in Belize in the same building as Cynk Technology Corp., the penny stock whose suspicious stock rise caught the attention of regulators, were charged with orchestrating a $500 million money laundering scheme.