The American Lawyer April 2013
In a shaky recovery, corporate lawyers played an even more crucial role than they did in boom times. Here are 14 who had a hand in 2012's most notable transactions.
For the examiner in the Dynegy Holdings bankruptcy, sifting through more than a million pages of documents was just the beginning of the challenge.
Transforming Realogy from a troubled real estate business into the biggest private equity-backed IPO of 2012 took patience, creativity, and perseverance.
These lawyers win recognition for their creative lawyering on challenging transactions.
Archstone Enterprise's sale to Equity Residential and AvalonBay made a big splash in the small world of REITs—and the right tax structure was the key to making it work.
Splitting Abbott Labs in half was an undertaking of historic proportions: The Wachtell team had to spin off and finance a brand-new $54 billion pharma giant.
Dollar Thrifty's hotly contested $2.3 billion sale to Hertz was a seven-year journey that became one of the longest-running takeovers of the modern corporate age.
With the support of his firm, an Am Law 100 partner joins the clergy.
Boyden Gray revives his decades-old legal strategy to challenge Dodd-Frank.
U.S. v. The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.; Millennium Import v. Reed Smith; ACA Financial v. Goldman Sachs
Republic of Iraq v. ABB; In re Old Carco LLC; Genesee County Employees' Retirement System v. Merck
Berkshire/3G Capital/Heinz; Dell LBO; Liberty Global/Virgin Media; Zoetis IPO
Am Law Tech
Although controversial, Microsoft's Windows 8 operation system may be impossible to avoid.
IBM general counsel Robert Weber discusses his pet peeves about outside counsel—and what firms should not do if they want the computer giant to hire them.
Steven Harper argues that unrestrained self-interest is ruining his profession.