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Dentons Donates $500,000 to Detroit Firefighters

By Nell Gluckman |

Dentons, the law firm that represented Detroit’s official Committee of Retirees during the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, donated $500,000 to Detroit’s fire department. That’s small change compared with the $15 million and counting that the firm has been paid by the Motor City.

As Inversion Deal Work Tapers Off, Am Law Firms Carry On

By Wenxiong Zhang |

The frantic pace of inversion deals that once saved U.S. corporations millions of dollars in taxes while heaping riches on the law firms that structured them are slowing to a crawl. But M&A attorneys interviewed by The Am Law Daily say there is still plenty of other deal work to keep them busy.

Four Lessons from Latham Chair’s Remarkable 20-Year Run

By Aric Press |

As Bob Dell steps down as the firm's leader, he leaves behind a record that others can seek to emulate.

Helen Wan (L) and Cindy Yang (R)

Asian-American Lawyers: Doing Great—and Unhappy

By Vivia Chen |

By most measures, Asian-Americans are doing better than other minorities at law firms. So why are they so disenchanted?

Survey: Firm Leaders Are Bullish on 2015 Prospects

By Drew Combs |

Almost 90 percent of respondents to our Law Firm Leaders survey expect growth in profits per partner next year.

Honigman's Joshua Opperer, Alan Schwartz, and Arthur O’Reilly (L to R)

How Honigman Miller Helped Save Detroit's Art Collection

By Julie Triedman |

The municipally owned collection at the Detroit Museum of Art had been threatened by the city's bankruptcy.

Five Am Law 100 Firms Play Role in Caesars Reshuffling

By Nell Gluckman |

At least five Am Law 100 firms have played a role in Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s purchase of Caesars Acquisition Company in an attempt to ward off a complicated bankruptcy proceeding involving a subsidiary. Skadden and Latham are representing Caesars Acquisition Company and its special committee, respectively, while Reed Smith and Paul Weiss are counseling Caesars Entertainment and its executive committee.

Clifford M. Sloan

Obama Appointee Boomerangs Back to Skadden

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Clifford Sloan, who has served as special envoy for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention center since 2013, is rejoining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the litigation group.

Three Firms Advise on Sale of Canadian Credit Rating Agency

By Wenxiong Zhang |

DBRS, Canada's largest credit rating agency, is being acquired by private equity firms The Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus for an undisclosed sum. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, along with Canadian firms Stikeman Elliott and Torys, landed roles on the deal.

The Churn

Bingham McCutchen's Tokyo Outpost Absorbed, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Tokyo office of Bingham McCutchen has found a home for holidays, with one of Japan's leading firms and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius agreeing to divvy up the spoils; Baker & Hostetler bags a hydraulic fracturing advocate; Skadden brings back a former partner from Guantánamo Bay; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Paul Hastings Associate Journeys to South Pole on Skis

By Nell Gluckman |

Jeremie Gicquel, a Paul Hastings associate from the firm's Paris office, expects to spend Christmas Eve at the South Pole. The employment law specialist is in the middle of a 70-day cross- country ski trip into the middle of Antarctica with his wife and has used a blog to share updates about his progress with his coworkers.

How to Flirt (and Not) Your Way to Success

By Vivia Chen |

Do you know the rules for flirting on the job?

Joshua Schiller and Hampton Dellinger

In Partner Promotions, Boies Schiller Sees Its Future

By Brian Baxter and Nathalie Pierrepont |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner might be known for big associate bonuses and high-profile courtroom victories, but as its founding partners grow older, the firm is grooming a new generation. Boies Schiller recently promoted nine lawyers to partner, among them counsel Joshua Schiller, the son of the firm's cofounder and current managing partner Jonathan Schiller, and counsel Hampton Dellinger, son of noted O'Melveny & Myers appellate litigator Walter Dellinger III.

Toys, Toys, Toys: Seven Great Gadget Gifts for Lawyers

By Alan Cohen |

The year's best electronic accessories for the plugged-in lawyer.

The Churn

Energy Pipeline Firm Fuels Three Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Locke Lord, Norton Rose Fulbright and Vinson & Elkins reshuffle some energy industry legal chairs in Houston; a K&L Gates partner with a conflict moves on; more Bingham McCutchen refugees find new homes; the federal bench lands some big-firm talent; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Week: Ryerson Symons of Simpson Thacher

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

The corporate partner led a team from the firm representing a BC Partners-backed investment group as it beat out several rival private equity bidders for its $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart, the largest leveraged buyout in the U.S. so far this year.

Bear Market Continues for Big Firms in Russia

By Julie Triedman |

Global 100 firms with a major presence in Russia have quietly pulled back from Moscow and St. Petersburg as the country’s economy reels from a perfect storm of Western economic sanctions, the ruble’s recent collapse and tumbling oil prices.

Akin Gump Partner Helps Holocaust Survivors Win Reparations

By Nell Gluckman |

Akin Gump partner Raphael Prober saw his six-year pro bono project come to a gratifying finish earlier this month when the French government agreed to pay $60 million in reparations to Holocaust victims deported on trains operated by France's national state-owned railway company, SNCF.

Nate Quarry (at right) in 2008

UFC Looks for Big Hitters to Batter Antitrust Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Slapped with a $100 million antitrust suit this week by a group of ex-fighters backed by a formidable team of plaintiffs lawyers, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its Las Vegas-based parent company Zuffa LLC have commenced a beauty contest involving several top firms flexing their legal muscle in an effort to secure the lucrative defense work.

Nate Quarry (at right) in 2008

UFC Looks for Big Hitters to Batter Antitrust Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Slapped with a $100 million antitrust suit this week by a group of ex-fighters backed by a formidable team of plaintiffs lawyers, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its Las Vegas-based parent company Zuffa LLC have commenced a beauty contest involving several top firms flexing their legal muscle in an effort to secure the lucrative defense work.

IP Partner Involved in Client Dispute Leaves K&L Gates

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Charles Holland, a former IP litigation partner with K&L Gates’ Palo Alto office, has joined the Strategic Innovation IP Law Offices in Silicon Valley following a dispute with a client about a conflict.

The Women Partner Watch Honor Roll

By Aric Press |

Over the last three years the percentage of women lawyers promoted to Am Law 200 partnerships reached 32.7 percent. The last time we examined a similar sample at the start of 2012 we pegged the partner promotion rate at 30 percent. The progress, however, is spotty. Firms vary from year to year in the percentage of women they promote. Here are lists of firms that beat the average.

Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp Lab

Skadden, Gibson Dunn, Weil Advise on Visteon Stake Sale

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Auto parts giant Visteon announced Wednesday the $3.6 billion sale of a 70 percent stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp., a South Korean maker of air conditioning and heating systems for vehicles, to Hankook Tire and Korean private equity firm Hahn & Co. Weil, Gotshal & Manges is advising Hahn, while Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has taken the lead for Visteon, whose financial adviser has turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for counsel.

Michael J. Garcia

Raising Red Card, Kirkland Partner Quits FIFA Probe

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Kirkland & Ellis partner and former top federal prosecutor Michael Garcia stepped down from his role as head of the investigatory branch of FIFA's ethics committee after the organization declined to consider his protest.

David Lat Dishes

By Vivia Chen |

David Lat talks about his novel and more!

Morgan Lewis

Bingham Pro Bono Cases Find New Home in Morgan Lewis

By Nell Gluckman |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius will assume nearly 500 pro bono cases from Bingham McCutchen as part of its absorption of the firm, bringing the combined total of pro bono cases from both firms to as many as 1,500.

The Churn

Paul Weiss Media Pro Heads to Vice Media, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

James Schwab, head of the media and entertainment practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, is poised to become president at Vice Media; a former Bingham McCutchen partner heads to the federal bench; Vorys Sater adds nine litigators in Houston; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Am Law Firms Advise on Repsol's Canadian Energy Deal

By Julie Triedman |

Spain's Repsol SA will acquire Talisman Energy Inc., one of the largest remaining independent oil and gas firms in Calgary, for $12.9 billion. Repsol called upon Sullivan & Cromwell and Canadian firm Bennett Jones for advice, while Talisman turned to Norton Rose Fulbright, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Blake, Cassels & Graydon.