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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

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.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Loeb & Loeb gains an advertising specialist; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton hires a new pro bono partner; and a longtime Treasury Department lawyer joins Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Asia Deal Digest: October 24, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster advises Japan's Softbank on another U.S. telecom investment, worth $1.3 billion*Ropes & Gray acts for Blackstone-led consortium on $625 million purchase of Chinese IT company*Simpson Thacher guides KKR on its first investment into Malaysia

Private Equity Ties Yield Roles for Top Firms

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

Clifford Chance, Kirkland & Ellis, Schulte Roth, Simpson Thacher, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges are queuing up to the private equity pipeline to advise on a handful of deals by top buyout shops. The transactions, which come as many private investment firms embark on a major fundraising drive, reveal the close ties between such law firms and their PE clients.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Several firms announce new additions, including Davis Polk, Sills Cummis, FoxRothschild, Reed Smith, and more.

Fraud Claims Against Morgan Stanley Dismissed

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 21, 2013

A Manhattan judge has dismissed a $626 million lawsuit against Morgan Stanley arising from its sale of residential mortgage-backed securities, holding that the assignee-plaintiffs did not have standing to sue and that there were no losses suffered by the original purchasers of the certificates.