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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 810
  • Gross Revenues: $975,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,205,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,940,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

Davis Polk & Wardwell is a New York-based law firm. The firm ranked 25th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms by revenue, with $870,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. The firm was ranked 29th on the 2011 Global 100 survey in terms of revenue worldwide. With 742 attorneys, the firm ranks 45th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, Davis Polk has been in and around the top fifty of The American Lawyer's annual Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. firms by revenue since 1986. Practice areas include corporate; litigation; tax; international; mergers and acquistions; real estate; and antitrust. The firm's offices worldwide include locations in London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 25 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 25 -3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 39 5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 34 -18 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 84 -39 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 18 1 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 32 28 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 69 9 Summer programs

In the News

Minority GCs Want More Diversity From Outside Counsel

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

At a Minority Corporate Counsel Association conference in Washington, D.C., general counsel called on outside counsel to do more to increase the number of minorities and women in their ranks.

Asia Deal Digest: July 24, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

*J. Sagar Associates, Allen & Overy lead Indian state-run ONGC Videsh's $2.2 billion bond sale*Duane Morris & Selvam advises Korean film company Spackman Entertainment Group on Singapore IPO*Norton Rose Fulbright acts for Toyota's trading arm on auto parts distribution deal in Thailand and Malaysia

New Court Program Seeks to Aid Sex Trafficking Victims

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Often, human trafficking victims have legal representation in their criminal cases, but no help with any potential immigration issues, leaving them with nowhere to turn but to their traffickers. A new project in Queens is recruiting volunteer attorneys to help.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Rodger Citron has been appointed to serve as associate dean for academic affairs at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Martin Clearwater & Bell has added Gregory Reilly as a partner and head of its employment and labor law practice group, and other moves.

The Careerist: Big Law Partner to Wed Star of Wonder Years

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 21, 2014

The latest in gossipy, curious and totally irrelevant news about people in law.

Dealmaker of the Week: Davis Polk & Wardwell's William Chudd

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Chudd led the deal team advising Irish drugmaker Shire Plc on its sale to AbbVie for $54.8 billion in cash and stock—marking the largest ever corporate inversion, in which a U.S.-based company lowers its taxes by moving overseas.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Seven firms announce new additions, while Davis Polk & Wardwell has elected two new partners.

SEC Lawyer To Be GC at Investment Company Institute

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2014

The Investment Company Institute is picking up senior U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer David Blass as its general counsel.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Asia Deal Digest: July 10, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

*King & Wood Mallesons on Puma Energy's $526 million investment in Papua New Guinea*Davis Polk leads aluminum products maker China Hongqiao Group's $400 million bond issue*Baker & McKenzie advises Spanish solar company Gestamp on Japan project financing

Kamins Returning to Bench While Investigation Proceeds

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Barry Kamins is going back to work next week as a civil court judge in Queens, while a judicial ethics panel investigates allegations that the jurist improperly served as a behind-the-scenes political advisor to embattled former District Attorney Charles "Joe" Hynes.

Undeterred, AbbVie Makes Another Play for Shire

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

After being rebuffed three times by Shire, AbbVie announced a sweetened bid of $51.5 billion for the Irish pharmaceutical company. Advising AbbVie are Herbert Smith Freehills and Sullivan & Cromwell; Shire turned to Slaughter & May and Davis Polk & Wardwell.

SABMiller Sells Stake in Tsogo Sun for $1.1 Billion

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The world's second-largest beer brewer said Monday that it would sell the stake in Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd. back to the South African hotel and gaming group as well as to institutional investors. Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Webber Wentzel and Davis Polk all advised on the deal.

Davis Polk on Greenland's $1 Billion Bond Sale

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The Chinese property developer is raising money to fund overseas projects.

Davis Polk's Big Bet in Hong Kong

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The Wall Street firm has assembled a dream team, with an eye on China's rising corporate elite. Is the market ready?

Skadden Crowned Winner in M&A Rankings

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom sat atop three separate rankings of legal advisers for M&A deals based on total transaction value in the first half of the year.

Asia Deal Digest: July 3, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

*HSF, Gilbert + Tobin on Healthscope Ltd.'s $2.4 billion IPO in Australia*Davis Polk leads Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s $736 million stake purchase in 58.com*Wong & Partners advises Malaysia's Icon Offshore Bhd. on public offering in Kuala Lumpur

Biotech, Vitamin Deals a Boon to Wilson Sonsini

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Swiss drug giant Roche Holdings has agreed to pay up to $1.7 billion to buy Seragon Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego-based maker of breast cancer treatments being advised by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which is also counseling online vitamin seller Vitacost.com on its $280 million sale to supermarket chain The Kroger Co.

Davis Polk on Tencent's $736 Million Buy Into 58.com

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Shenzhen-based Tencent is acquiring a near 20 percent stake in China's answer to Craigslist.

The A-List: A New Number One

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Paul Hastings reaches the A-List's top spot for the first time, while a pair of Second Hundred firms move onto the list.

New Deals

Vinayak Balasubramanian : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Private equity firm Apax Partners has agreed to sell its majority stake in Advantage Sales and Marketing to two other private equity firms, Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners. Wisconsin Energy Corporation has announced it will buy energy holding company Integrys Energy Group for $9.1 billion, including debt, a deal that would expand the company's geographic base.

The Churn: Bingham, Squire Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Two Am Law 100 firms that have dealt with a high degree of lateral volatility in recent months—Bingham McCutchen and the newly formed Squire Patton Boggs—made hires this week, but also saw some partners leave. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and others from around The Am Law 200.

A Day in the Life of the Legal Marketing Evolution

Jennifer Smuts : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2014

The legal marketing industry continues to grow and morph. This viable professional service career may have started with a grounding in client relations (client appreciation event planning) and communication (the infamous holiday card). However, I recently attended the annual Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO) conference in Chicago and found the curriculum has evolved.

Two New Cases Cast a Shadow Over Credit Bidding

Damian S. Schaible and Darren S. Klein : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Damian S. Schaible and Darren S. Klein of Davis Polk & Wardwell write: Two recent bankruptcy court decisions have increased uncertainty over the right of secured creditors to credit bid in sales of debtors' assets. Relying on and expanding a rarely used "for cause" limitation on a secured creditor's right to credit bid under §363(k) of the Bankruptcy Code, these decisions may ultimately affect credit bidding rights in a broad swath of cases.

Am Law 100 Firms Tapped in Wisconsin Energy Deal

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Skadden, Cravath and Foley & Lardner all advised on Wisconsin Energy's $9.1 billion cash and stock purchase of Integrys Energy group while Baker Botts and Davis Polk represented the financial advisers.

Corporate Restructuring And Bankruptcy

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "Landlords Beware: Court Finds Debtor May Assume, Then Assign Lease'," "Two New Cases Cast a Shadow Over Credit Bidding," "Intercreditor Agreements in Chapter 11: What's a Junior Lienholder to Do?" and "Courtside Seats: Sovereign Restructurings in the Supreme Court Arena."

Wilmer Lawyer Named in Leaked Bitcoin Bidder List

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

It seems that Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is seeking to buy some Bitcoin. An associate in the firm's financial services and regulatory and government affairs practice in Washington, D.C., is on a leaked list of potential bidders for nearly 30,000 Bitcoins seized from now-shuttered online drug marketplace Silk Road.

Asia Deal Digest: June 19, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2014

* Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills on Shell's $5.7 billion divestment from Woodside * Allen & Gledhill advising Alibaba on a proposed investment in Singapore's postal service* Jones Day guides a touchscreen chipmaker on a $598 million acquisition of a Japanese competitor

Davis Polk, DLA Advise on $1.7 Billion TE Connectivity Deal

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

TE Connectivity Ltd. on Wednesday said it would acquire Measurement Specialties Inc. in a $1.7 billion deal that is expected to enhance the sensor products of the newly combined company.

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

Skadden, Davis Polk on $1 Billion Sinopec Bond Issue

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

The two firms also previously teamed on a $5 billion debt offering by Sinopec in April.

Meet the Judges: Southern District Chief Judge Loretta Preska

: New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

In the first of an occasional series, the Southern District chief judge discusses the court, her most difficult challenges and most satisfying experiences as chief, and her style of judging.

Asia Deal Digest: June 12, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2014

* Private equity giant CVC turns to Simpson Thacher on formation of new $3.5 billion Asia fund* Simpson and Skadden on Alibaba browser buyout deal* Baker & McKenzie advises Australia's Origin Energy on $800 million gas exploration permit buy

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

Haynes and Boone and Debevoise & Plimpton have added partners, while other firms have named practice group leaders and added counsel.

Fee Tracker: Latham's Lucrative Soccer Links

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

In its latest tally of money flowing to Am Law 200 firms, The Am Law Daily looks at Latham & Watkins' work for the U.S. Soccer Federation ahead of this year's World Cup tournament; Gibson Dunn's mounting Bridgegate tab; and the bills accrued by Davis Polk and Skadden on a big financial services IPO.

Davis Polk Report: A Trickle of Whistleblower Awards

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

Although $739 million been set aside to reward those who report wrongdoing in the financial markets, awards to date have barely dented those accounts.

Skadden, Davis Polk on Baidu $1 Billion Bond Issue

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Chinese internet search giant Baidu is selling the five-year notes in order to raise cash for general corporate purposes.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Davis Polk Helps Tyson Foods Prevail in Big Poultry Duel

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Tyson Foods, one of the country's largest chicken processors, appears poised to best Pilgrim's Pride and its lawyers from Cravath, Swaine & Moore to acquire deli and packaged meat purveyor Hillshire Brands, an offshoot of defunct consumer goods giant Sara Lee Corp.

The Diversity Crisis: Are Clients Easing Off?

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 08, 2014

Corporate legal departments have long led the charge for diversity at law firms. A decade into the fight, GCs may be turning their attention elsewhere.

The Diversity Crisis: Time to Call It Racism?

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2014

Until law firms start acting as if they believe blacks can make it in Big Law, diversity efforts won't succeed.

Big Duty-Free Deal Pulls in Legal Squadron

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Enough lawyers to fill an airport terminal are advising on the $1.7 billion sale of Nuance Group to Swiss travel retail rival Dufry AG, owner of U.S. newsstand chain Hudson News.

Chinese Companies Return to U.S. Exchanges in Big Way

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Three years ago, U.S.-listed Chinese companies seemed to be an endangered species as many of them became the targets of regulatory investigations and shareholder litigation. But last month Chinese online retailer JD.com had the largest U.S. IPO ever for a Chinese company, with a much, much bigger one for Alibaba Group on the way. Is resurgence here to stay?

Law Firm Ties That Bind

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In 2012, four federal appeals ­judges enjoyed free legal services from law firms — including Judge Jay Bybee of the Ninth Circuit, for the sixth year in a row — and another 14 had financial agreements with firms they worked for before taking the bench.

Legal Aid Society Honors Banks

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

Steven Banks, who stepped down as the Legal Aid Society's attorney-in-chief earlier this year to become the commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration, was honored by about 150 friends and colleagues at a reception Tuesday.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs Fallout, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Judges' Law Firm Ties, By the Numbers

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

In 2012, four federal appeals judges enjoyed free legal services from law firms—including Judge Jay Bybee of the Ninth Circuit, for the sixth year in a row, according to a National Law Journal review of 257 financial disclosures judges filed last year. Another 14 judges had financial agreements with firms they worked for before taking the bench.

Davis Polk Scores for Morgan Stanley in 2nd Cir. ERISA Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Morgan Stanley has been keeping its lawyers at Davis Polk & Wardwell busy with litigation stemming from the subprime meltdown. And judging by two decisions issued this week, the firm is earning its keep.

The Careerist: Is It Time To Call It Racism?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 29, 2014

Is racism one reason African Americans aren't making it in law firms?

The Diversity Crisis: Big Firms' Continuing Failure

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Large firms have long lagged in matters of diversity, and their record on hiring and promoting African-Americans is especially bleak. Why have firms fallen so short, and what can be done about it?

Am Law Trio Help Koch Slake Petro Thirst

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Jones Day is advising an affiliate of Koch Industries on its $2.1 billion purchase of PetroLogistics, which is being represented by Vinson & Elkins and Weil.

Judge Narrows Morgan Stanley MBS Case as Class Cert Looms

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

A proposed class action against Morgan Stanley has served as a petri dish for key issues in mortgage-backed securities litigation, with mixed results for both sides.

Cravath Helps Brazilian Client Cook Up Meat Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Moving to derail Hillshire Brands' pending $4.3 billion purchase of Pinnacle Foods, Pilgrim's Pride has turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to advise on its $6.4 billion bid for the Sara Lee spinoff.

Skadden Advises JD.com on Tencent Investment

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

Chinese Internet giant Tencent increased its stake in online retailer JD.com through a $1.3 billion placement that ran concurrently with the latter's $1.8 billion Nasdaq IPO.

Asia Deal Digest: May 22, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

* Allen & Overy guides India's Bharti Airtel on a $2 billion bond issue* Skadden and Davis Polk lead on $1.3 billion Tencent investment in JD.com* Milbank and Latham on a $1.17 billion Indonesian geothermal plant financing

SONDA Law Proves Effective in Protecting Gay Employees

Geoffrey A. Mort : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Geoffrey A. Mort writes: There is little doubt that the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act has had a fairly significant impact on the workplace in New York state, where the courts have, for the most part, been willing to enforce it.

Davis Polk on $1.5 Billion China Cinda Bond Issue

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

The Chinese state-owned "bad bank," which collects non-performing loans from other banks, will use the money raised for investment and as working capital.

Raskin Takes on President's Role at City Bar

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

As Debra Raskin prepares to assume the role of president of the New York City Bar Association, her to-do list includes access to justice and an effort to broaden membership within the organization.

Clifford Chance and Cleary Lead on Abbott Labs Pharma Deal

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Abbott turned to Clifford Chance on its buy of a controlling stake in Chilean drugmaker CFR Pharmaceuticals, with Cleary advising CFR.

Cleary Helps Deutsche Bank Raise $11 Billion

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

The German banking giant has retained Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to advise on its plans to raise new capital, in part by selling 60 million shares to an investment firm linked to Qatar's royal family.

Shearman Advises on CNPC Bond Issue

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 15, 2014

China's largest oil and gas company has issued two tranches dollar-denominated bonds.

Asia Deal Digest: May 15, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 15, 2014

* Freshfields guides China's Citic Group on massive restructuring* Herbert Smith Freehills leads on three big China bond offerings* King & Wood Mallesons advises Sydney airport on $1.4 billion loan

Appeals Court Revives More Price-Fixing Claims Over Memory Cards

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Purchasers of SD memory cards didn't wait too long to file a class action against Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

Ninth Circuit Revives Memory Card Price-Fixing Claims

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Purchasers of SD memory cards didn't wait too long to file a class action against Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

Davis Polk, Cleary Seek to Take Citizens Bank Public

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

The Royal Bank of Scotland has filed papers seeking to spin off its U.S. arm Citizens Financial Group—owner of Citizens Bank—in an initial public offering that could raise $4.6 billion.

Weil's Awkward Transition

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

When Weil, Gotshal & Manges embarked on a strategic overhaul, some partners headed for the exits.

Chevron Takes Aim at Consultants in New Ecuador Discovery Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

Chevron's lawyers at Gibson Dunn want to force litigation consulting and e-discovery company H5 to help them build their case against Russell DeLeon, the Gibraltar-based billionaire who helped fund a massive environmental case against Chevron in Ecuador.

Wachtell, Simpson Handle $1.65 Billion Payments Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Vantiv has turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for counsel on its acquisition of Mercury Payment Systems from private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.

SEC Disclosure Push Could Boost Sustainability Efforts

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission initiative aimed at updating corporate disclosure requirements is attracting strong interest proponents of better reporting on sustainability initiatives.

Asia Deal Digest: May 8, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2014

* Simpson Thacher taking China's Alibaba public in the U.S.* Morrison & Foerster helping Chinese train maker test Hong Kong IPO waters* King & Wood Mallesons and Minter Ellison on $1.6 billion Newcastle port lease

Davis Polk on $2.5 Billion Tencent Bond Offering

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The issue is part of $5 billion program launched by the Shenzhen-based Internet company last month.

Alibaba Files for U.S. IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The prospectus filed by the Chinese e-commerce giant Wednesday morning gives the full list of counsel who will be participating in its highly anticipated U.S. initial public offering.

Three Murder Convictions Vacated in Brooklyn

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Three half-brothers had their decades-old murder convictions vacated yesterday at the request of Brooklyn prosecutors, marking the first vacaturs since District Attorney Kenneth Thompson took over a closely-watched review of cases linked to a retired detective.

Firms Ranked by Profits Per Partner

: The American Lawyer : January 06, 2014

After jumping 4.2 percent in 2012, average profits per partner growth for The Am Law 100 in 2013 was essentially flat, increasing just 0.2 percent.

Four Firms Lead on Bayer's Big Merck Carve-Out

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

In the latest large pharmaceutical industry deal, Covington, Fried Frank, Morgan Lewis and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on a $14.2 billion transaction between Merck and German drug giant Bayer.

General Counsels Make the Case for Diversity

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Several GCs discussed diversity efforts, corporate challenges and pressuring outside counsel to increase diversity at their own firms at a city bar forum last week.

Davis Polk Knocks Out Suit Over Facebook IPO Profits

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

Legal battles over Facebook's May 2012 IPO continue to dog the company and its bankers. But Davis Polk chipped away at the litigation on Friday, defeating an investor lawsuit alleging that Facebook's underwriters improperly earned $100 million in so-called short-swing profits.

New York Firms Increase Profits, Reducing Size

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Many large New York law firms grew their revenue and profits last year, continuing to pull ahead of the national pack when it comes to financial indicators.

Ethics, Cynicism and the Voting Booth

Carey R. Dunne : New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

Carey R. Dunne, president of the New York City Bar Association, writes: We watch with concern as people risk their lives to vote in struggling democracies around the world, yet here at home we shrug our shoulders when passing up this most democratic of opportunities.

May 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The healthcare industry continues to dominate the M&A market with the announcement last week that Zimmer Holdings has agreed to acquire rival medical device specialist Biomet Inc. The cash-and-stock deal is worth $13.35 billion. Also, six major firms have tuned in for the latest episode in Comcast's dramatic $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

A Tough Year at Bingham

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Lower billings and higher costs in 2013 meant that Bingham McCutchen partners took a hit. But not everybody suffered.

Asia Deal Digest: May 1, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2014

* King & Wood Mallesons advises consortium on $6.6 billion purchase of Queensland Motorways in Australia * Allen & Gledhill on Singaporean developer CapitaLand's $2.4 billion buyout of its shopping malls arm* Cleary Gottlieb advises state-owned Industrial Bank of Korea on an equity listing in Luxembourg

With Proxy Season Comes More Settlements

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

One trend in corporate governance this year appears to be: If you can't beat activist investors, settle with them.

Pfizer Taps Skadden As It Guns for AstraZeneca

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Pfizer is eyeing AstraZeneca for $98.7 billion in what would be the largest pharma deal ever. Davis Polk and Freshfields are representing AstraZeneca.

Fried Frank: Roaring Back After a Blow

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

The New York firm posts The Am Law 100's biggest increase in profits per partner.

Am Law 100 Firms Tune In for Comcast Deal With Charter

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Kirkland, Wachtell, Davis Polk, Willkie Farr, Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher advise on Comcast's deal to transfer 1.4 million cable subscribers to Charter.

Davis Polk: A Bullish Year, a Big Payday

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Deals work, big litigations drive double-digit profit growth.

Will Antitycoon Mood Affect Hong Kong Trial?

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Thomas and Raymond Kwok, two of Hong Kong's—and the world's—richest men, are going on trial May 8 for allegedly bribing a senior government official. It is the territory's largest corruption trial ever, and it's taking place amid a rising tide of resentment toward the billionaire developers who dominate the Hong Kong economic landscape. Will antitycoon sentiment show up in the courtroom?

The 2014 Am Law 100: The Super Rich Get Richer

: The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's top-grossing law firms.

Davis Polk Advises CNOOC on $4 Billion Bond Issue

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2014

The Chinese state-owned oil company will use the proceeds to repay funds borrowed to finance its $15.1 billion acquisition of Canada's energy company Nexen Inc.

Amid IPO Wave, Firms Ride Rising Fee Tide

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

The Am Law Daily looks at Am Law 100 firms reaping fees for new listings, which have soared in recent years.

Debevoise, Greenberg Handle $1 Billion Chemicals Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Chemtura Corporation has agreed to sell its agrochemicals unit to Platform Specialty Products Corporation.

Asia Deal Digest: April 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

* White & Case and Linklaters lead on $5.85 billion Chinese mine acquisition in Peru* Chinese retail group turns to Simpson Thacher for its takeover of a British department store chain* Milbank advises the government of Sri Lanka on a third sovereign bond offering

Skadden Advises Sinopec on $5 Billion Bond Issue

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

It is the third multi-billion-dollar bond offering by the Chinese state-owned oil giant in the past year.

Sidley Renews Pitch for China in Vitamin Makers' Appeal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

With two Chinese companies facing a $157 million price-fixing verdict, the Chinese government is reasserting its position that the litigation should never have gotten off the ground because the defendants were acting at its behest.

Private Equity Giants Tap Kirkland for Two Big Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

The firm is advising Blackstone on its Ipreo Holdings buy and Madison Dearborn on its sale of Nuveen Investments.

Alibaba Asks Firms to Pick Sides

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

The Chinese e-commerce giant, which is expected to have the world's largest IPO since Facebook Inc. later this year, has let it be known that it won't be hiring any firm for transactional work that also advises its major competitors. Though such demands are not uncommon outside of Asia, not least in the U.S. tech sector, lawyers say firms face a more complicated choice in the super-competitive but still-developing China market.

Public Service Recognized

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

The City Bar Justice Center's ninth annual gala honored Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and UBS for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service, and raised a record $1.3 million.

Davis Polk, Cahill, S&C Handle Year's Biggest IPO to Date

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Three years after first filing to go public in a bid to repay a $17.2 billion federal government bailout, Ally Financial, the former finance arm of auto giant General Motors, raised nearly $2.4 billion in an IPO Thursday that sees principal investor the U.S. Treasury Department slash its stake in the company. Davis Polk & Wardwell, Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the offering, the latest to hit surging U.S. capital markets in recent weeks.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Buyout firm The Blackstone Group has agreed to buy Denver-based industrial manufacturer Gates Global from its current owners in a $5.4 billion deal announced Friday. Also, India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries will become the world's fifth-largest generic drug maker with its $3.2 billion buy of struggling rival Ranbaxy Laboratories.

From Mobs To Racquets, Senator Has Had Colorful Career

Christian Nolan : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 10, 2014

He was appointed as a federal prosecutor by Robert F. Kennedy, put members of the Genovese crime family behind bars, married a tennis pro and then spent decades as a lawmaker in both New York and Connecticut. Now after 50 years of public service, state Sen. Ed Meyer, D-Guilford, is retiring as he approaches age 80.

Asia Deal Digest: April 10, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

* Shearman and Davis Polk on $3.2 billion merger of Indian generic drug makers* Linklaters and Gilbert + Tobin advising a South African retailer on its $2 billion bid for Australia's David Jones department stores* Chinese state food giant COFCO turns to Clifford Chance for Hong Kong grain trading acquisition

Almost Half of Dodd-Frank Rules Yet to Be Completed

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Nearly four years after the bill was signed into law, almost half of the rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act have yet to be completed, according to a monthly report by Davis Polk & Wardwell as cited in the Wall Street Journal.

Dealmakers of the Year: Jason Kyrwood and Alan Denenberg, Davis Polk

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Davis Polk lawyers played key roles in both the biggest transaction of the year and the most publicized one.

Shearman, Davis Polk on $3.2 Billion India Drug Merger

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2014

Indian generic drug maker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is acquiring local competitor Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. from Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co.

Dealmakers of the Year: Steven Slutzky, Debevoise

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 08, 2014

Advised by Slutzky, Verizon stunned the markets with a $49 billion debt offering that set the stage for the year's biggest acquisition.

Obituary: James W.B. Benkard

web-editor@nylj.com : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

James W.B. Benkard, a commercial litigation partner with Davis Polk & Wardwell who represented several death row inmates pro bono, died April 1 of complications due to melanoma. He was 76.

Two Major Pharma M&A Deals Yield Big-Firm Bonanza

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Wachtell, Shearman, Simpson, Latham and Davis Polk all got the year's second quarter off to a strong start by grabbing roles on one of two big pharmaceutical deals announced Monday: Irish specialty drugmaker Mallinckrodt's $5.6 billion cash-and-stock purchase of California's Questcor Pharmaceuticals and India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries' $3.2 billion buy of struggling rival Ranbaxy Laboratories.

Akin Gump, Bradley Arant Advise on Alabama Gas Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

The Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $1.6 billion deal that finds utility holding company The Laclede Group acquiring Alabama Gas Corp., the state's largest natural gas utility, from Energen Corp.

Survey Finds More Companies Splitting Chair, CEO Roles

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 04, 2014

Companies are making "incremental but meaningful changes in several key governance areas," according to a Davis Polk & Wardwell attorney.

Court Revives Samsung Antitrust Suit Against Panasonic

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

The Ninth Circuit reversed a decision that found Samsung waited too long to file its suit accusing Panasonic of using patents to stomp competitors.

Appeals Court Revives Samsung Digital Memory Suit Against Panasonic

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

A decision by Ninth Circuit Judge Ronald Gould reverses a district court ruling that the suit accusing Panasonic of using patents to stomp competitors had been filed too late.

Asia Deal Digest: April 3, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

* HWL Ebsworth advises restructuring Aussie mall developer Westfield on $20 billion in loan facilities* Slaughter and May and Freshfields on Singapore bank's proposed $5 billion Hong Kong acquisition* Skadden guides Chinese antivirus software maker on $300 million U.S. IPO

Skadden, Simpson Top First-Quarter M&A Rankings

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

The two firms outpaced their Am Law rivals in terms of the total value of their corporate clients' global transactions in the year's first three months, according to rankings released this week by Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters. Both firms bolstered their totals by grabbing roles on two of the quarter's biggest deals.

IPO With Paul Weiss Link Delayed Amid 'Flash Boys' Furor

: The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

With the storm kicked up by Michael Lewis' new book about high-frequency trading continuing to swirl, Virtu Financial—a high-speed trading outfit headed by former Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison corporate partner Douglas Cifu—has pushed back its planned initial public offering. Paul Weiss is just one of several Am Law 100 firms with ties to the controversial industry.

N.Y. Court Won't Revive Cerberus Suit Against Paul Hastings

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

Ableco Finance, a financing unit of Cerberus Capital Management, has hit a dead end in a malpractice lawsuit alleging that Paul Hastings bungled the terms of a $125 million deal in 2008.

Slaughter and May on Alibaba Offline Investment

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2014

The Chinese e-commerce giant is investing $692 million in Beijing-based department store operator Intime Retail (Group) Co. Ltd.

Shearman Assists on SunGard Spinoff

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

The firm is advising SunGard Data Systems on the spinoff of its availability services unit into an independent company with roughly $1.4 billion in annual revenue. Meanwhile, Davis Polk is also advising on a spinoff, with Credit Suisse Asset Management transferring ownership of its DLJ Merchant Banking Partners private equity unit to the fund's managers.

Cover Story: Dealmakers of the Year 2014

: The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

A dozen attorneys who distinguished themselves with their work on the year's most notable transactions.

Dealmakers of the Year: Standout Lawyers in Tough Times

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

The lawyers behind the most innovative corporate work, plus the details of the transactions they negotiated.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

Asia Deal Digest: March 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

* Latham advising Georgina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron mine on largest project financing ever* Clifford Chance and Freshfields on Temasek's proposed $5.7 billion investment in Hong Kong retail group A.S. Watson* Malaysian telecom giant Axiata turns to Sidley for a major Indonesian acquisition

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Financial Reform

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "The Volcker Rule's Impact on Incentive Compensation," "Targeted Returns Under FINRA's Communication Rules," "'Banking in the 21st Century: Navigating Uncharted Waters," and "FDIC Issues 'Single Point of Entry' Resolution Strategy."

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Norberto Quintana joins Holland & Knight's financial-services practice as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Mandatory Pro Bono Weighed as Disclosure Rule Is Criticized

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has defended requiring lawyers to disclose voluntary efforts to help the poor—a rule that is so unpopular among lawyers that the New York State Bar Association has decided to hire an attorney to look into challenging it.

Lawrence Walsh, Iran-Contra Prosecutor, Dies at 102

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Lawrence Walsh, an attorney best known as the chief prosecutor in the criminal investigation of the 1980s arms-for-hostages deal known as Iran-Contra, has died at age 102.

Targeted Returns Under FINRA's Communication Rules

Lanny A. Schwartz and Hilary Sunghee Seo : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Lanny A. Schwartz and Hilary Sunghee Seo of Davis Polk & Wardwell focus on the use of targeted returns, which appear to be treated as performance projections in some FINRA Enforcement cases.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Pull Away

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

A year after making only slight financial gains, a group of New York–based firms made up of some of The Am Law 100's most profitable members put even more distance between itself and the rest of the pack in 2013, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Company Re-Files Lawsuit Against Proskauer Rose

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

A former longtime client of Proskauer Rose has re-filed a malpractice suit claiming the firm's advice cost it hundreds of millions of dollars in tax liability.

Biotech Company Achoagen Taps Latham for $72 Million IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Asia Deal Digest: March 13, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

* MoFo advises Singapore's GLP on its $1.4 billion purchase of Brazilian warehouse space* Chinese auction house Poly Group turns to Clifford Chance for $331 million IPO* Davis Polk and Skadden on Tencent's strategic alliance with online retailer JD.com.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Fried Frank, a Strong Year Ahead of Leadership Change

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Fried, Frank, Harris & Jacobson's Valerie Ford Jacob said Wednesday she is stepping down from her position as cochair on the heels of a year that saw the firm rebound from a shaky 2012 by recording increased revenue and its highest-ever profits per equity partner, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Davis Polk and Skadden on Strategic Tencent Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 11, 2014

The Chinese Internet giant's investment in online retailer JD.com could help it challenge Alibaba's e-commerce dominance.

Suitor Standoff Ends with Men's Wearhouse-Jos. A. Bank Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

The competing clothiers put an end to a months-long standoff on Tuesday with Jos. A. Bank agreeing to be bought by Men's Wearhouse in a cash deal worth $1.8 billion. Willkie reprises its lead role for Men's Wearhouse, while Skadden and St. Louis-based business law boutique Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake continue to represent Jos. A. Bank.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.

Survey: Skadden Strongest U.S. Law Firm Brand Again

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

In its third annual look at which U.S. law firms have the strongest brand recognition among corporate clients, research company Acritas has again placed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom at the top of the list, followed by Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Proskauer Sues Ex-Client Accusing Firm of Malpractice

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

After its former client sued the firm for malpractice, Proskauer Rose and four of its partners have sued the client's senior executives, claiming they solicited legal advice based on "materially false...representations" and have harmed the firm's reputation with their "meritless" claims.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Profits Spike at Davis Polk

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Davis Polk & Wardwell saw its profits per partner surge 22.5 percent last year, to $2.94 million, while the firm's gross revenue rose a more modest 5.4 percent, to $975 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Litigator of the Week: Thomas Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

The omnipresent Supreme Court advocate and SCOTUSblog cofounder scored a major victory for class action plaintiffs who are seeking billions from law firms and other advisers of Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford.

Chadbourne, Proskauer Lose Supreme Court Bid to Block Stanford Class Actions

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2014

In a highly anticipated decision interpreting the reach of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, the court green-lighted investor claims against Chadbourne & Parke, Proskauer Rose and other advisers of convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford.

Three Firms Chip In on $1.6B Semiconductor Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Weil and Womble Carlyle are advising RF Micro Devices in connection with its purchase of TriQuint Semiconductor, a rival maker of radio frequency semiconductor chips, in an all-stock deal worth roughly $1.6 billion. Perkins Coie is representing TriQuint.

The Churn: 14-Lawyer Team Joins Lewis Brisbois, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Lewis Brisbois launches a new office near Philadelphia with a team of 14 laterals, including eight partners, from Nelson Levine; Pfizer's assistant general counsel heads to Paul Hastings; and O'Melveny's London office adds a Kirkland M&A partner.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

One month after Time Warner Cable rejected a takeover bid as "grossly inadequate," the nation's second-largest cable company has attracted a better offer. Also, generic drug maker Actavis has said it will buy Forest Laboratories.

British Firms Not Conceding on U.S. Law Work in Asia

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Slaughter and May's recent recruitment in Hong Kong of its first-ever lateral and first-ever U.S. law partner underscores the importance of U.S. law in Asia capital markets in particular. Though top British firms have notably failed to flourish in New York, they are determined to not let U.S. law become their Achilles heel in Hong Kong, where they face stiff competition from actual American firms.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

Dealmaker of the Week: Paul Weiss' Robert Schumer

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Schumer is leading the Paul Weiss team advising Time Warner Cable on its sale to Comcast in a $45.2 billion all-stock deal that is worth roughly $67 billion when assumed debt is added in.

Am Law Firms Feast on Comcast's Big Time Warner Buy

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Davis Polk and Willkie are advising Comcast, which announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $67 billion, including some $21.8 billion in assumed debt. Paul Weiss and Skadden are representing Time Warner in the matter, and Simpson Thacher has also landed a role.

Judge Rejects Class Status in Sandy Damages Lawsuit

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Although attorney Robert Prignoli is free to pursue his own claims of post-traumatic stress, spoilage of food and the loss of services of a female friend against ConEd for delayed power restoration, those claims were not "uniquely typical of the class of persons who he seeks to represent."

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

British medical technology company Smith & Nephew has agreed to pay $1.7 billion in cash to acquire ArthroCare, which makes devices used for soft tissue repairs and joint procedures. Also, Entegris has agreed to buy ATMI, a rival supplier of materials to the semiconductor industry, in a deal worth $1.15 billion.

Schulte Parts Ways With Associate Accused of Battery In Suit

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Schulte Roth & Zabel has parted ways with associate Samir Tabar, who was accused of battery and infliction of emotional distress in a suit filed Wednesday by a former girlfriend who claims he was "emotionally and physically abusive" during a three-year relationship that resulted in her being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Asia Deal Digest: February 6, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

* Skadden on planned $1.5 billion U.S. IPO for Chinese e-tailer JD.com* Allen & Overy advising a Korean, Thai and Lao JV on a $1 billion hydropower project in southern Laos* Clayton Utz and Herbert Smith Freehills lead on a $300 million Aussie pet supply merger

Banks' Bill in FHFA Cases: $9 Billion and Counting

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

The latest blockbuster settlement was announced late Tuesday, when Morgan Stanley revealed it would pay $1.25 billion for selling faulty mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Wall Street Firm Bolsters High Court Practice

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 05, 2014

Jeffrey Wall is the latest lawyer to decamp the U.S. solicitor general's office to lead or co-lead a major law firm's appellate practice. But Wall traveled a slightly different path when he left last fall, signing on as special counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell, a Wall Street titan, rather than heading to a Washington or Chicago firm with deep experience at the high court.

Ropes, Weil Steer $1.15 Billion Semiconductor Materials Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

The Am Law 100 firms are advising as Entegris agrees to buy ATMI. Both companies make materials used to manufacture semiconductors.

Skadden on Planned $1.5 Billion U.S. IPO for JD.com

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

A listing for JD.com, which operates China's second-largest online shopping site, would be one of the largest ever in the U.S. for a Chinese company.

Davis Polk, Latham Lead on $1.7 Billion Medical Devices Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

The Am Law 100 firms are advising on British medical technology company Smith & Nephew's purchase of ArthroCare, which makes devices used for soft tissue repairs. Davis Polk is representing Smith & Nephew, while Latham is acting as counsel to the target.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A survey of New York's largest firms shows a slight uptick in the number of lawyers promoted to partner last year. The number of new partners firmwide at remained almost even from the number in 2012.

The Lateral All-Stars

Hillary Flynn, Tom Brennan, Chris Johnson and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

New Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Two years after the collapse of its attempted takeover of rival Vulcan Materials, Martin Marietta Materials said Tuesday it will pay $2.7 billion to acquire Dallas-based cement-maker Texas Industries. Also, China's Lenovo Group has agreed to acquire the IBM's low-end server division for $2.3 billion.

Asia Deal Digest: January 30, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

* Stephenson Harwood guides a Vietnamese budget airline in for a $9 billion jet order* Weil advises Lenovo and Cleary guides Google on their $2.9 billion smartphone deal* Cleary has its turn acting for Lenovo on its $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM's low-end server business

Nasdaq, Underwriters Challenge Ruling in Facebook IPO

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 29, 2014

A federal judge is expected to hear motions next month filed by Nasdaq and the underwriters of Facebook Inc.'s botched initial public offering challenging his rulings allowing a raft of shareholder cases to proceed against them.