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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.

Lawyer Dies in Sydney Siege

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Katrina Dawson, an Australian barrister, was one of two killed Monday during the siege of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney.

Boies Schiller Confronts Media on Sony Data Breach

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

In response to an onslaught of reports about Sony’s hacked documents, Boies, Schiller & Flexner’s David Boies has sent a letter to news outlets demanding they stop using and destroy what he calls "stolen information." Whether the letter will have any effect remains to be seen.

'Mr. Municipal Bankruptcy' Contemplates Detroit Work, Future

By Nell Gluckman |

Orr, the now former emergency manager of Detroit, reflects on his time restructuring the Motor City and what he will do next. Meanwhile, Detroit officials have renegotiated legal and consulting fees, the largest of which will go to Orr's former firm Jones Day.

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs a Boon to Half-Dozen Big Firms

By Brian Baxter |

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Schulte Roth, Skadden and Paul Hastings grabbed roles on the largest leveraged buyout for a U.S. company in 2014 as PetSmart, the nation's largest pet-store chain, on Sunday acquiesced to the demands of an activist investor and agreed to sell itself for $8.7 billion to a group led by private equity firm BC Partners. One day later, another activist fund headed by a Harvard Law School graduate prevailed in its bid to force an LBO at Riverbed Technology.

What's the Going Rate for a Major Rainmaker?

By Vivia Chen |

Kirkland & Ellis just guaranteed $36 million to its latest partner hire.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Another Star London Lateral

By Chris Johnson |

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has continued to develop its London transactional practice with the addition of another senior partner, bringing in renowned leveraged finance expert Stephen Gillespie from Kirkland & Ellis.

The Churn

Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn’s litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

After Botched Suicide, Ex-Skadden Lawyer Charged in Ponzi Scheme

By Brian Baxter |

Charles Bennett, a former corporate lawyer in New York who once worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, has been charged by federal prosecutors and regulators with running a $5 million Ponzi scheme. Bennett unsuccessfully tried to kill himself in early November, leading police to recover a suicide note detailing his alleged fraud, in which he invoked the name of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Wintry Windfall: Cahill Rewards Associates With Bigger Bonuses

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

The Am Law 100's year-end associate bonus bonanza continued Friday as Cahill Gordon & Reindel once again blew past its competitors by rewarding its junior lawyers with a whopping wintry windfall ranging from $15,000 to $115,000.

As Detroit's Emergency Manager Departs, a Website Shuts Down

By Nell Gluckman |

Former Jones Day restructuring partner Kevyn Orr resigned as Detroit's emergency manager this week after the Motor City exited from bankruptcy proceedings. As Orr mulls his future, a website in his name that rankled his former firm over the summer—KevynOrr.com—has disappeared.

Dealmaker of the Week: Olivia Tyrrell of Baker & McKenzie

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Olivia Tyrrell, a 38-year-old corporate partner with Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, led a deal team from the firm composed almost entirely of women in advising pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. on its $9.5 billion buy of Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

The Bingham Case Study: Part II

By Steven J. Harper |

Bingham McCutchen is now a case study in how quickly apparent success can turn to unambiguous failure.

The Bingham Case Study: Part II

By Steven J. Harper |

Bingham McCutchen is now a case study in how quickly apparent success can turn to unambiguous failure.

Report: Legal Market Stabilizes, Poised for Growth in 2015

By Wenxiong Zhang |

A 2015 Client Advisory report by Citi Private Bank and Hildebrandt Consulting finds that the legal market has stabilized and will continue its modest growth in 2015 as firms further improve their services and management.