Big Deals

Verizon/Vodafone; Amgen/Onyx; Microsoft/Nokia

, The American Lawyer


Hogan Lovells: FCC issues: Michele Farquhar, Ari Fitzgerald, Trey Hanbury, and asso­ciates A.J. Burton Jr. and Neal Desai. International trade: Jeanne Archibald. (All are in Washington, D.C.) Hogan has been Vodafone's U.S. communications regulatory counsel for several years.

Slaughter and May: Corporate: Nigel Boardman, Craig Cleaver, Roland Turnill, and associates Murray Cox, Filippo de Falco, Catherine Rutter, and Danielle Topic. Tax: Steve Edge and associates James Hume and Venetia Jennings. Competition and regulatory: special adviser Christopher Wright and associates Scott Pettifor and Emma Waterhouse. Financing: Edward Fife, Philip Snell, and associates Sarah John and Andrew Williams. Pensions and employment: Roland Doughty. (All are in London.)

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek: Tax: Paul Sleurink and associate Ingrid Mensing. M&A: Anja Mutsaers, senior asso­ciates Niels Geuze and Henk van Ravenhorst. Corporate: Jean Schoonbrood, senior associate Birgit Snijder-Kuipers, and associate Eva van den Berg. (All are in Amsterdam.) Slaughters tapped De Brauw for Dutch law advice.

Microsoft / Nokia

Stephen Elop left Microsoft Corporation to become the CEO at Nokia Corp. in 2010. On September 3 he agreed to sell Nokia's devices and services unit to the software giant for $7.18 billion, a deal that would bring him back to Microsoft and position him to succeed Steve Ballmer as the company's CEO.

The deal would bring Microsoft into the mobile phone business, where Nokia was a pioneer in the 1990s. In recent years, though, Nokia has fallen on hard times, as it's been unable to compete with Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in manufacturing smartphones. Microsoft will pay $5 billion for Nokia's business and another $2.18 billion to license its patents. The transaction would leave Nokia with its patent portfolio as well as a cellular network equipment manufacturing business and a unit that provides mapping services.

The parties hope to close the deal in the first quarter of 2014 pending approvals from regulators and Nokia shareholders.

For acquiror Microsoft Corp. (Redmond, Washington)

In-House: General counsel Brad Smith, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez and Mary Snapp, associate general counsel Keith Dolliver, deputy general counsel Linda Norman and Lisa Tanzi, associate general counsel Isabella Fu, Micky Minhas, and Matthew Penarczyk, and assistant general counsel Timothy Carlson, Chris Weinstein, and Mary Newcomer Williams.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett: M&A: Alan Klein and asso­ciates Jim Cross, Jasmine Kaufman, Anthony Vernace, and Jay Yu. Tax: Gary Mandel and associates Jonathan Goldstein and Devin Heckman. Intellectual property: Lori Lesser and associates Samantha Himelman and Marcela Robledo. Executive compensation and employee benefits: Gregory Grogan and associates Linda Barrett, Alina Finkelshteyn, and Sarah Naseman. Capital markets: William Brentani and associate Sara Terheggen. Environmental: senior counsel Adeeb Fadil and asso­ciate Noreen Lavan. Real estate: counsel Krista McManus and associate Alison Fagen. (All are in New York except for the following: Cross is in Houston, and Robledo, Barrett, Brentani, and Terheggen are in Palo Alto.) Simpson represented the company when it bought Skype S.à r.l. from Silver Lake Partners LP in 2011.

Covington & Burling: Intellectual property: Evan Cox, Bruce Deming, Lisa Peets, Ingrid Rechtin, special counsel Marie Lavalleye, and associates Bradley Chernin, Anabel Lee, and Robert Wu. M&A: Louise Nash and special counsel Matthew Edwards. Antitrust and E.U. competition: Miranda Cole. Litigation: Peter Swanson and associates Allison Kerndt, Matthew Kudzin, and Benjamin Wiseman. (All are in San Francisco except for the following: Lavalleye and the litigators are in Washington, D.C. Nash, Peets, and Edwards are in London. Cole is in Brussels.) Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith is a former Covington partner, and the firm also advised the company on the Skype deal.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft: Antitrust: Jonathan Kanter, Charles "Rick" Rule, special counsel Amy Ray, and associates Ngoc Hulbig and Nandu Machiraju. (All are in Washington, D.C.) Rule and Kanter have been antitrust counsel to Microsoft since the 1990s.

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