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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 787
  • Gross Revenues: $950,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,205,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,455,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

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 22 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 22 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 42 3 Lawyer head count
The A-List 6 3 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 31 -13 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 19 -5 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 32 28 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 69 9 Summer programs

In the News

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.

Three Firms on Shanda Games $1.9 Billion Take-Private

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Latham & Watkins and Davis Polk & Wardwell have the lead role on the deal involving the developer of China's popular World of Legend online game.

Cravath, Wachtell Lead on Martin Marietta's Big Cement Buy

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

Construction materials company Martin Marietta Materials has agreed to acquire Dallas-based cement-maker Texas Industries in an all-stock deal worth $2.7 billion. Cravath is advising Martin Marietta, while a Wachtell team is representing Texas Industries.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce the finalists in nine industry categories for The Asian Lawyer All-Star law firm awards.

Litigation Department of the Year: Honorable Mentions

By David Bario, Michael D. Goldhaber, Robin Sparkman, Julie Triedman and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Ten firms win Honorable Mention recognition in The American Lawyer's 2014 Litigation Department of the Year competition.

Slaughter and May Hires Hong Kong Lateral

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

John Moore will become the Magic Circle firm's first lateral partner ever when he joins from Morrison & Foerster next month.

Winner, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Simpson Thacher

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Simpson Thacher doesn't have the nation's biggest antitrust group. It just seems that way.

Megadeals Put Am Law Trio Atop Final 2013 M&A Rankings

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

A handful of large transactions, including the third-largest deal in history, helped three firms—Davis Polk, Simpson Thacher and Wachtell—outpace their Am Law rivals in separate year-end rankings of M&A legal advisers released by Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters.

Asia Deal Digest: January 23, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

* S&C, Simpson on Anheuser-Busch InBev's $5.8 billion repurchase of Korea's Oriental Brewery from PE shops* Simpson, S&C again on a $2.5 billion Mitsubishi Motors share sale* Linklaters advises Hong Kong conglomerate Jardine Matheson on an investment in car dealerships in China

Cleary Leads on $1.5 Billion Korea Eximbank Notes Issue

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

The bank provides credit and loan facilities to Korean companies conducting overseas business.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Nine firms announce new partners, while Paul Weiss, Bingham McCutchen and Tarter Krinsky & Drogin each announce a new addition.

Insurance Industry Deals a Boon to Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

A dozen Am Law 100 firms have grabbed roles on a series of transactions announced since the start of 2014 involving the insurance industry, where consolidation in the sector this year could could produce a bevy of business for transactional lawyers.

Asia Deal Digest: January 16, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

* Cleary and Sidley lead on $16 billion Suntory-Beam deal* Paul Hastings advising Chinese meat processor Shuanghui on a planned $6 billion IPO* Stephenson Harwood helps budget airline VietJet buy $800 million in jet engines

Am Law 100 Trio Take Lead on Time Warner Cable Bid

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

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it had rejected rival Charter Communications' $61.3 billion takeover bid, with the former relying on longtime outside counsel Paul Weiss for representation and the latter turning to Wachtell and Kirkland & Ellis. Should the companies end up striking a deal, a fresh round of cable industry consolidation—and a bevy of transactional assignments for other Am Law 100 firms—could follow.

Second City Shanghai

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

Despite its reputation as China's New York, Shanghai still doesn't compare as a financial—or legal—center. Not to New York, not to Hong Kong, not even to Beijing. A Shanghai office has become dispensable to some international law firms, and Beijing-based firms increasingly dominate the domestic profession. Could policy shifts, including the unveiling of a new Free Trade Zone, start to help Shanghai live up to its amazing skyline?

Leading M&A Transactions-Target or Acquirer Based in N.J.-2013

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Leading M&A transactions with the target or acquirer based in N.J. in 2013.

New Jersey M&As Saw Drop In Number and Value in 2013

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

New Jersey's mergers-and-acquisitions market told a familiar tale in 2013: another year that began with optimism and ended with stagnation.

Asia Deal Digest: January 9, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

* Gibson Dunn advising Hong Kong teleco on proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of local rival* Allen & Gledhill, Simpson on GIC's $2.8 billion buyout of Blackstone's stake in a London development* King & Wood Mallesons and Johnson Winter on a proposed Aussie natural gas merger

The Churn: Sidley Picks Up Weil Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses another lawyer to Sidley Austin; a renewable energy team in Chicago, San Francisco and New York joins Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Foley & Lardner; and Edwards Wildman Palmer makes a string of hires around the country.

Winner, General Litigation Department of the Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The 43 litigation partners at Debevoise produced two $25 billion results, a pair of trial defense wins worth $3.5 billion apiece, and the biggest investor-state award in arbitration history. No other firm can match their record for our contest.

Cooley, Davis Polk Tapped for Biotech IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer's Editor In Chief explains who won the Litigation Department of the Year competition and why.

New Deals

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

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals being announced involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close.

Finalist, Securities Litigation Department of the Year: Davis Polk

Amanda Bronstad : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Davis Polk's elite securities team takes on everyone from the Madoff trustee to greedy shareholders.

U.S. Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over State LIBOR Cases

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

Southern District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, who gutted federal LIBOR class action litigation back in March, ruled Monday that she has jurisdiction over two high-profile investor state lawsuits filed against banks that set the LIBOR interest rate.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Twitter IPO; Devon Energy/GeoSouthern/Crosstex;American Realty/Cole; Shire/Viropharma

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

While the U.S. economy struggled to return to health over the last two years, big-ticket litigation was clearly a countercyclical buffer. And these litigators at The Am Law 200 were front and center.

Rethinking the Law Firm/Law School Relationship

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

What the profession can learn from a model program that pairs students and firms to help Iraqi refugees.

Three Firms on Thai Telecom Fund's $1.8 Billion IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters all had roles in the creation and initial public offering of True Corp. Pcl.'s new telecom infrastructure fund.

A Recovery for European M&A?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

In 2013, European dealmaking showed its first signs of health in five years.

Cold Remedy: Am Law 100 Firms Load Up on Pharma M&A

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2013

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close. A bevy of Am Law 100 firms led by Covington, Kirkland, Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, and Weil have grabbed lead roles on the transactions.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 19, 2013

Six firms have added partners and other announcements.

Season's Joy

Jack McCoy : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2013

For the 31st year, The Legal Aid Society has sponsored a holiday party for homeless and other vulnerable children and their families; 500 attended the event on Dec. 12 in Synod Hall on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

The microchip maker Avago Technologies is seeking to buy storage chip specialist LSI to bolster its cloud storage and mobile software businesses. Longtime M&A rivals Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are on opposite sides of the proposed $6.6 billion merger.

Dewey Awards Presented

: New York Law Journal : January 16, 2013

The New York City Bar hosted the Ninth Annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal ceremony on Thursday at its 44th Street headquarters.

Regulatory Reform

: New York Law Journal : January 16, 2013

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Investment Banks Face Challenges Under New Municipal Advisor Rules," "Regulating Interconnectivity on the 'Internet of Things,'" "Costs and Benefits of JOBS Act's Lifting of General Advertising Ban" and "To Grow or Not to Grow."

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2013

Longtime M&A rivals Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are on opposite sides of the proposed $6.6 billion merger announced Monday between microchip makers Avago Technologies Ltd. and LSI Corp.

Investment Banks Face Challenges Under New Municipal Advisor Rules

Lanny A. Schwartz, Scott D. Farbish and Zachary J. Zweihorn : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Lanny A. Schwartz, Scott D. Farbish and Zachary J. Zweihorn of Davis Polk & Wardwell write: Congress adopted as part of Dodd-Frank a new registration and regulatory scheme for "municipal advisors." While the law affects virtually all providers of financial services to the municipal sector, the fiduciary duty provision poses a particular challenge for investment banking. There remain uncertainties that may require further guidance from the SEC and the MSRB.

Asia Deal Digest: December 12, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2013

* Total goes in-house for a $3.6 billion New Guinea oil and gas deal* Freshfields takes the lead on planned $2.8 billion China Everbright Bank IPO* Allens and Clifford Chance on $1 billion U.S.-China lithium joint venture

Amid Deal Doldrums, Energy M&A Still Flows to Some Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Though the volume of energy-related M&A transactions has dipped to a nine-year low, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright, Vinson & Elkins and White & Case are closing out 2013 by grabbing leading roles on a spate of big deals tied to the industry.

Freshfields Advising Chinese Bank on $2.8 Billion IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2013

China Everbright Bank plans to use the proceeds to boost its capital base and further grow its business.

Time to Come Out with Your Househusband?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 10, 2013

Greenberg Laterals Help Firm Snag Big M&A Roles

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

Thanks in part to three high-profile lateral partners hired in recent years—Paul Maher and Stephen Horvath III in London and Lejb Fogelman in Warsaw—Greenberg Traurig has grabbed lead roles on French financial services giant BNP Paribas' $1.4 billion sale of its Polish banking business and Swedish trucking giant Volvo AB's $1.1 billion sale of its machine rental unit.

MFY Honors Its Partners in Justice

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2013

MFY Legal Services held its 2013 Pro Bono Recognition Awards Breakfast Friday at the offices of Davis Polk & Waldwell.

A Great Statesman, Mandela Also Inspired Fellow Lawyers

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Nelson Mandela's death Thursday prompted an outpouring of tributes around the world. But before he became one of the 20th century's most influential world leaders, Mandela founded South Africa's first black law firm in one of his first steps on the path to social justice. Many of South Africa's largest firms—and most prominent lawyers—are remembering his important legacy.

Asia Deal Digest: December 5, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2013

* Davis Polk advising Chinese bad loan buyer Cinda on its upcoming $2.5 billion IPO* PetroChina turns to Herbert Smith Freehills for an Iraqi oil investment* Simpson Thacher and Amarchand on a $200 million Indian pharmaceutical investment by KKR

Davis Polk Leads on $2.5 Billion China Cinda IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2013

The company, which was created by the Chinese government to acquire nonperforming loans from state-owned banks, will use the proceeds from its listing to expand its distressed asset portfolio.

Corporate Restructuring & Bankruptcy

: New York Law Journal : January 02, 2013

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Are Utilities Unfairly Protected Under the Bankruptcy Code?," "'Free and Clear' Has Broad Reach in Bankruptcy Sales," "Analyzing the Post-'Stern' Landscape in New York" and "Using Chapter 15 to Implement Foreign Reorganization Plans in the U.S."

Four Firms Help ThyssenKrupp Make Alabama Getaway

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2013

Shearman & Sterling and Sullivan & Cromwell are representing ArcelorMittal and Japan's Nippon Steel, respectively, in a joint venture to buy an Alabama steel plant for $1.6 billion from German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp's U.S. unit, which is being advised by Magic Circle firm Linklaters.

Using Chapter 15 to Implement Foreign Reorganization Plans in the U.S.

Timothy Graulich and Giorgio Bovenzi : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Timothy Graulich and Giorgio Bovenzi of Davis Polk & Wardwell write: As restructurings become increasingly cross border, Chapter 15 recognitions of foreign proceedings have become increasingly common. Although not sought in most Chapter 15 cases (and successfully obtained in even fewer cases), recognition of a foreign plan of reorganization is an important tool available to a Chapter 15 debtor.

Simpson Thacher, S&C Land Roles on $2 Billion CVS Deal

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

Sullivan & Cromwell is representing first-time M&A client CVS Caremark on its planned $2.1 billion acquisition of Apria Healthcare Group's infusion therapy business, while Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is serving as lead counsel for Apria, which is owned by longtime Simpson Thacher client The Blackstone Group.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

INADMISSIBLE: Brush Up on the Solicitor General's Style

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

The office of the U.S. solicitor general sometimes takes controversial positions, but most practitioners agree that the quality of its legal briefs is high. Some of the office's style secrets are now available for lawyers to emulate — or, in some instances, avoid. Plus more in this week's column.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Michael Best & Friedrich gains nine attorneys in Salt Lake City; a deputy general counsel at Philip Morris returns to Shook, Hardy & Bacon; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr brings in a special counsel from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. .

Asia Deal Digest: November 21, 2013

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster guides Global Logistics Properties on creation of $3 billion fund*Simpson Thacher leads Chinese gaming company Boyaa Interactive's $127 million IPO*Gadens advises PanAust on majority-stake purchase in Papua New Guinea gold and copper mine

Davis Polk on COFCO's $1 Billion Bond Issue

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2013

The state-run Chinese food company sold two tranches of bonds worth $500 million each on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Bench-Bar Conversation: Alan D. Scheinkman

Vincent J. Syracuse and Paul D. Sarkozi : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 18, 2013

In their latest Bench-Bar column, Vincent J. Syracuse and Paul D. Sarkozi spotlight Westchester County Commercial Division Justice Alan D. Scheinkman--his background, his courtroom practices and what he expects from the attorneys who appear before him.

City Bar Report Pushes for Training of Young Lawyers

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2013

After an exhaustive look at the dismal state of employment for young lawyers in New York, a New York City Bar task force has recommended additional avenues of training and support for new graduates and a shift in focus from large law jobs to providing services to the middle class.

Asia Deal Digest: November 14, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2013

* Vinson & Elkins on CNPC's $2.6 billion Peruvian oilfield buy* MoFo and Wilson Sonsini take the lead on a $917 million Chinese semiconductor deal* Clifford Chance helps MSG giant Ajinomoto buy into the Turkish sauce market

Sidley Leads on $1.5 Billion Evergrande Bond Issue

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2013

The Hong Kong-listed Chinese developer is raising the money in order to refinance existing debt.

Am Law 100, Canadian Firms Advise on Big Energy Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Foreign buyers and private-equity firms continued to spur activity in the energy M&A sector over the past week, yielding roles for Andrews Kurth; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jones Day; Locke Lord; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Vinson & Elkins; and leading Canadian firms Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt and Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer.

Three Am Law Firms Advise on $4.2 Billion Pharma Deal

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

Irish biopharmaceutical giant Shire has retained Davis, Polk & Wardwell in connection with its acquisition of rare disease drugmaker ViroPharma, which is being represented by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is serving as legal counsel to ViroPharma financial adviser Goldman Sachs.

Capital Accounts: Twitter IPO May Not Have 'Facebook Effect' on State Coffers

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

Asia Deal Digest: November 7, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2013

* Skadden, Russell McVeagh advise on New Zealand's largest-ever IPO for Meridian Energy* Baker & McKenzie guides a Chinese conglomerate buying a Hong Kong bank for $1.5 billion* A Dubai commodities firm turns to Stamford for a Singapore reverse merger

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York is closing on the sale of five of six of its Brooklyn properties for $375 million. Also, Global One Real Estate Fund has acquired the Promenade Apartments, a state-administered Mitchell-Lama building, at 150 W. 225 St., for $18.5 million.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Pro Bono Academy Offers Advice to Small Businesses

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2013

An event at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Tuesday brought together volunteer lawyers from 31 firms and entrepreneurs and heads of small nonprofits, many of whom had never gotten counsel on their businesses from an attorney before, let alone one from a big corporate law firm.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Farrell Fritz's Kathryn Cole has been installed as the first female president of the federal bar association's Eastern District of New York chapter. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Asia Deal Digest: October 31, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 31, 2013

* Rajah & Tann on a $1.1 billion bid for a Chinese food company* Morgan Lewis helps a Texas oil company make a Malaysian exit* Squire Sanders and White & Case line up for U.S. cloud computing acquisitions by Japan's NTT

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Former Milbank Asia Head Joins Boutique Investment Bank

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2013

Anthony Root is now a senior advisor in the Hong Kong office of Moelis & Co.

Three Firms Advise as PwC Swallows Booz

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

PricewaterhouseCoopers continues to expand its advisory arm with the acquisition of New York–based consulting firm Booz & Company for an undisclosed amount. Davis Polk and Linklaters are advising PwC, while Booz has turned to Cleary for legal advice.

Robert Fiske

Carey Dunne : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Carey Dunne writes: It would be easy to lament that our profession is no longer minting lawyers like Bob Fiske: giant of the bar; counselor to the world's biggest clients; dedicated leader of bar associations; someone who has repeatedly left his lucrative career to serve in important positions in government; universally recognized for integrity, honesty, and humility.

Fee Tracker: Penn State's Sex Abuse Tab, Herbalife and Twitter

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

Tallying up what Am Law 200 firms are making for their work on notable matters in the news, including the Penn State sex abuse scandal, Bill Ackman's bet against Herbalife, the coming Wikipedia reboot and Twitter's planned IPO.

NYLJ Honors Lifetime Achievers

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal pays tribute, in these essays written by friends, family and colleagues of our honorees, to 16 leaders in public interest, academia and the judiciary for their lifelong dedication to promoting justice in New York.

Pro Bono Work Recognized

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

The 2013 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, honoring City Bar Justice Center Volunteers, were presented on Oct. 22 at the New York City Bar.