Big Deals

Verizon/Vodafone; Amgen/Onyx; Microsoft/Nokia

, The American Lawyer


Hannes Snellman: Corporate: Klaus Ilmonen, Sten Olsson, and senior associate Heidi Haanpää. Technology: Kaisa Fahllund and senior associate Erkko Korhonen. Finance: Markus Bremer. Corporate governance: counsel Micaela Thorström. Employment: senior counsel Nina Hakkarainen and Johanna Haltia-Tapio. (All are in Helsinki.)

Linklaters: Capital markets: Keith Thomson, managing associate Neil Pallender, and associate Karen Cheng. (All are in London.)

For seller Nokia Corp. (Espoo, Finland)

In-House: Chief legal officer Louise Pentland, deputy chief legal officer Ilkka Rahnasto, vice presidents–legal Jyri Lassi and Riikka Tieaho, senior legal counsel Cristy Hamley, Päivi Kuitunen, and Saana Nurminen, and directors–legal Eeva Hakoranta and Jaakko Sulander.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom: Corporate: Kenton King, Michael Mies, Danny Tricot, and counsel Jason Tomita. Intellectual property: David Hansen, of counsel James Brelsford, and counsel Carrie Leroy. Tax: Paul Oosterhuis and Eric Sensenbrenner. Executive compensation and benefits: Joseph Yaffe, of counsel Helena Derbyshire, and counsel Kristin Davis. Antitrust: Alec Chang, Frederic Depoortere, Steven Sunshine, and counsel Giorgio Motta. (All are in Palo Alto except for the following: Tricot and Derbyshire are in London. Oosterhuis, Sensenbrenner, and Sunshine are in Washington D.C. Depoortere and Motta are in Brussels. Chang is in New York.)

Roschier: Corporate: Manne Airaksinen, Paula Linna, counsel Vesa Rasinaho, senior associate Ulrika Nirkkonen, and associate Seppo Kymäläinen. M&A: Toni Siimes, Jon Unnérus, senior associate Tero Jormanainen, and associate Hanna Sarkio. Finance: Gunnar Westerlund. Intellectual property and technology: Mikko Manner, senior associate Johanna Flythström, and associate Elli Välimäki. (All are in Helsinki.) Roschier is Nokia's longtime outside law firm.

For Nokia CEO Stephen Elop

Cooley: Labor and employment: Frederick Baron. Compensation and benefits: Thomas Welk. Corporate: Samuel Livermore. (Baron is in Palo Alto. Welk is in San Diego. Livermore is in San Francisco.) Cooley represented Elop when he moved from Microsoft to Nokia.

Amgen / Onyx

Amgen Inc. agreed to pay $10.4 billion in cash for biotechnology rival Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. on August 26. At $125 per Onyx share, the deal came in at a 44 percent premium to the target's closing price on June 28, the last trading day before Amgen announced an unsolicited offer for the oncology company worth $120 a share. Other companies reportedly looked at Onyx, but none seriously challenged Amgen.

The deal gives Amgen control of Kyprolis, a treatment for multiple myeloma. The parties closed the transaction on October 1.

For acquiror Amgen Inc. (Thousand Oaks, California)

In-House: General counsel David Scott, deputy general counsel Henry Woo, and associate general counsel Eric Groen and Andrea Robinson.

Sullivan & Cromwell: Corporate: Frank Aquila, Matthew Hurd, Sarah Payne, and associates Stephen Fisher and Mary Grendell. Executive compensation and benefits: Matthew Friestedt and associate Michael Snypes Jr. Financing: John Estes and associate R. Christian Beatty. Tax: Ronald Creamer Jr. Intellectual property: Nader Mousavi. Environmental: special counsel Matthew Brennan. (All are in New York except for Palo Alto–based Payne, Fisher, and Mousavi.) Aquila first worked with Amgen general counsel David Scott in 1987 when Aquila, then a Sullivan asso­ciate, helped advise Grand Metropolitan plc on its purchase of Heublein Inc., the owner of Smirnoff vodka, from RJR Nabisco Inc. Scott was then an in-house lawyer at Heublein. He become the general counsel at Medtronic Inc. in 1999 and took the same position at Amgen in 2004, where he tapped Aquila for M&A work. Aquila represented Amgen in 2005 on its $2.2 billion purchase of Abgenix Inc. and has handled several acquisitions for the company since then, including its 2012 purchase of Micromet Inc. for $1.16 billion.

McDermott, Will & Emery: Antitrust: William Diaz, Jon Dubrow, Carla Hine, and Raymond Jacobsen Jr. (All are in Washington, D.C., except for Irvine, California–based Diaz.)

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