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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 835
  • Gross Revenues: $1,128,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,350,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,165,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a New York-based law firm. The firm ranked 21st on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms by revenue, with gross revenue of $923,500,000 in 2010. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has been in the top 25 of the annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm was ranked as the 25th highest grossing law firm in the world. With 810 attorneys, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett placed thirty-fourth on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. The firm's practice areas include antitrust, litigation, corporate law, discrimination and sexual harassment, and intellectual property. Its offices include locations in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Palo Alto, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Beijing.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 20 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 20 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 37 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 25 -2 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 59 -10 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 32 -3 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 56 -6 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 98 -9 Summer programs

In the News

New Deals

Vinayak Balasubramanian and Alexandra Wilson : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Italian lottery operator GTECH S.p. has announced that it would acquire Las Vegas-based slot machine maker International Game Technology for $6.4 billion. Albemarle Corporation announced that it plans to acquire competitor Rockwood Holdings for $6.2 billion in a cash and stock deal, a move that will combine two of the world's largest specialty chemical companies.

Travelers' $500M Payment to Johns-Manville Reinstated

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Travelers Indemnity Co. must pay more than $500 million under an insurance policy covering asbestos claims, a unanimous federal appeals panel has ruled, reinstating a bankruptcy court order that had been overturned by a district court.

The Churn: A Dechert Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A high-powered litigator leaves Dechert, more departures from Bingham McCutchen and a rare outside hire by Wachtell Lipton in our latest look at lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

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.

Second Circuit Socks Travelers With $500 Million Asbestos Tab

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2014

The ruling extends a recent hot streak for Bancroft's Paul Clement, who's scored a series of rapid-fire reversals in cases involving Hobby Lobby, Aereo and the Chinese heavy equipment giant Sany Group.

Wachtell Raids Simpson Thacher for Executive Compensation Expert

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

A month after Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz executive compensation partner Jeremy Goldstein left the venerable Am Law 100 firm to start his own practice, the country's most profitable shop on a profits-per-partner basis looked outside its ranks to find a replacement in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Andrea Wahlquist. She becomes only the fourth lateral partner hire in Wachtell's storied history.

DLA Piper Pulls Off IPO Trifecta

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

The firm advised on three simultaneous listings Friday, while Fenwick & West lawyers had a hand in two.

Apple's E-book Settlement Hinges on Appeals Court Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

The plaintiffs lawyers and 33 state attorneys general who have accused Apple Inc. of e-book price-fixing have finally revealed the details of their proposed settlement with the tech giant.

Asia Deal Digest: July 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

*Linklaters advises on Hony Capital's $1.54 billion PizzaExpress acquisition*Skadden acts for Chinese e-commerce company Cogobuy on its $198 million Hong Kong IPO*WongPartnership represents Lend Lease on a new $729 million loan from DBS and OCBC

New Deals

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Reynolds American Inc., maker of Pall Mall and Camel cigarettes, has agreed to buy Lorillard Inc. for $27.4 billion, including debt. If completed, the merger would create a powerful rival to the largest tobacco company in the U.S.

E-Book Combatants Hedge Their Bets in $450M Apple Deal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

The settlement calls for Apple to pay between $450 million and nothing at all, depending on what an appeals court does with a July 2013 liability verdict from U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan.

Sugary Drinks, Hydrofracking, 'Unfinished Business'

Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

In their New York Court of Appeals Roundup, Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. discuss a decision that struck down New York City's limits on the sale of soda and other sugary drinks in large containers, upheld the use of local zoning laws to effectively ban "hydrofracking" and ruled that a dissolved law firm is not entitled to post-dissolution profits earned on work performed on a non-contingency fee basis.

Four Firms Advise on Chemical Companies' Merger

Alexandra Wilson : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Shearman & Sterling, Troutman Sanders, Kelley Drye & Warren and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised in Albemarle Corporation's acquisition of Rockwood Holdings.

Judge Awards $50 Mil. to Attorneys in Truck Stop Suit

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 16, 2014

A Pennsylvania federal judge has granted final approval of a $130 million settlement in an antitrust suit between independent truck-stop owners on one side and trucker fleet payment card company Comdata Inc. and three national truck-stop chains on the other.

Reynolds Agrees to Buy Lorillard for $27.4 Billion

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Jones Day, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Allen & Overy and Kirkland & Ellis all advised on the megadeal that would create a $50 billion tobacco company to rival Altria Group, the holding company of Philip Morris.

LPs, LLCs and the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

Peter E. Kazanoff and Paul C. Gluckow : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 15, 2014

In his recent opinion in No. 7141-VCL (Del. Ch. June 12, 2014), Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster dismissed, on summary judgment, claims by unit holders in a master limited partnership (MLP) asserting that the general partner (GP) of the MLP and the board of directors of the GP had breached express and implied terms of the limited partnership agreement, and that the parent of the MLP aided and abetted the alleged breach and tortiously interfered with contract.

The Churn: Baker and Quinn Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Baker & McKenzie heads to Brisbane, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan takes its litigation prowess to Houston and a trio of partners leave Kirkland & Ellis in our latest look at notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

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.

Kirkland's $5 Million Man Leads on Texas Energy Deal

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

A little more than two months after Kirkland & Ellis made waves by heading to Houston with its hire of Andrew Calder from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, the firm has snagged a key role advising longtime Simpson Thacher private equity client KKR on its creation of an oil and gas joint venture with Riverstone Holdings that will be one of the largest operators in Texas' Barnett Shale formation.

Smolen, Kluger Speak About Careers Gone Awry

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

Two Am Law 100 lawyers who fell on hard times—Lee Smolen and Matthew Kluger—have recently discussed their trials and tribulations in vastly different venues.

Loss of Key Witness Dooms Pfizer Investor Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

In a victory for Beth Wilkinson of Paul Weiss and her cocounsel at Simpson Thacher and DLA Piper, a federal judge in Manhattan refused to give plaintiffs a new chance to explain how Pfizer caused their losses.

Skadden Deal Streak Continues for ADM, VGT

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

Only a few days after Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom topped the first half M&A league tables for legal advisers, the firm grabbed roles advising Video Gaming Technologies on its $1.3 billion sale to Aussie gambling-machine maker Aristocrat Leisure, as well as the Archer Daniels Midland Company on its $3.1 billion buy of natural ingredient flavoring firm Wild Flavors.

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.

Court Tosses $10 Million Verdict in Volvo Liability Case

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The state's highest court threw out a $10 million verdict and ordered a new trial for a man who lost a leg when he was pinned against a house by a driverless Volvo, finding the trial judge gave an instruction to jurors designed for malpractice cases, not those involving defective product design.

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

The Churn: Holland & Knight Hires Again, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Only days after confirming the closure of its Abu Dhabi office to focus on the Americas, Holland & Knight has brought on an 11-strong team by raiding an energy boutique for half of its lawyers. The Am Law Daily looks at those hires and more new arrivals from throughout the Am Law 200.

The Churn: Fitzpatrick Cella Leader Leaves, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

Mayer Brown has hired Colleen Tracy, former managing partner of New York-based Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where she took the IP firm's leadership reins in 2009. The Am Law Daily looks at Tracy's move and other new arrivals throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 30, 2014

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

White House Touts Law Firm Pro Bono Work

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden expressed his support for law firm pro bono programs during a meeting this month with representatives from more than a dozen firms.

Court Revives Battle for Control of Russian Oil Company

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A billion dollar international lawsuit involving dramatic allegations of strong arm tactics, corrupt foreign courts and a complicated scheme to steal a Siberian oil field is headed for trial in Manhattan after the state's highest court reinstated the action in a key statute-of-limitations decision.

Court Revives Battle for Control of Russian Oil Company

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A billion dollar international lawsuit involving dramatic allegations of strong arm tactics, corrupt foreign courts and a complicated scheme to steal a Siberian oil field is headed for trial in Manhattan after the state's highest court reinstated the action in a key statute-of-limitations decision.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

AT&T/DirecTV; Alibaba IPO; Valeant / Allergan

Warning of Sanctions Out Front Under Proposed Introduction

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 27, 2014

The Commercial Division could soon add a note to its rules reminding practitioners of judges' authority to impose sanctions in the event of dilatory tactics, failure to appear for hearings and delay in turning over relevant documents that could incur extra costs.

Wachtell Partner Departs to Start Exec Comp Boutique

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

Jeremy Goldstein has bid adieu to the Black Rock, the New York headquarters of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he was a partner for the past six years. In launching his own boutique, the 40-year-old Goldstein leaves behind a firm that had the highest profits per partner in the country last year.

Simpson Thacher Revives $1B Norex Suit Over Oil Venture

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2014

After churning through more than 12 years of litigation, three law firms, at least five dismissals and who knows how much cash, Canada's Norex Petroleum Ltd. finally caught a break on Thursday in its billion-dollar brawl with a gaggle of oil companies and Russian oligarchs.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: June 26, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 26, 2014

*Cordells on Citigroup's $700 million purchase of a new Hong Kong headquarters*Baker & McKenzie advises Japan's Pacifico Energy on financing for new solar project*Linklaters leads Yes Bank's $488 share placement in India

Ruling Sustains Malpractice Suit Against Greenberg Traurig

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

A state appeals panel has denied Greenberg Traurig's bid to upset a lower court's refusal to dismiss a malpractice complaint against the firm and its former partner.

Ruling Sustains Malpractice Suit Against Greenberg Traurig

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

A state appeals panel has denied Greenberg Traurig's bid to upset a lower court's refusal to dismiss a malpractice complaint against the firm and its former partner.

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

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

Preserving Issues for Appellate Review

Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

In their New York Court of Appeals Roundup, Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. discusses cases involving the application of various criminal statutes to an Internet harassment campaign, the standard for preserving issues for appellate review and the question of when a municipality is acting in a proprietary capacity for purposes of a negligence claim.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Advise on Apax Sale of Advantage

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Skadden, Willkie Farr, Latham and Simpson Thacher were all on hand for the private equity firm's majority stake sale of Advantage Sales and Marketing to Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners for a reported $4 billion.

Simpson, Skadden on Alibaba Browser Buyout

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2014

The Chinese e-commerce giant is buying the remaining shares of browser company UCWeb in deal that could be worth over $1.3 billion.

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

Am Law Trio Lead on Blackstone, DDR Shopping Center Deal

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Jones Day, Proskauer Rose and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are advising on a deal valued at nearly $2 billion that finds DDR Corp. and a real estate-focused affiliate of private equity giant The Blackstone Group teaming up to buy 76 shopping centers from American Realty Capital Properties.

Litigation Fee-Shifting Bylaws Facially Valid in Delaware

Joseph M. McLaughlin : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

In his Corporate Litigation column, Joseph M. McLaughlin writes: Last month, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that a board-approved provision in a non-stock corporation's bylaws shifting legal expenses in intra-corporate litigation to unsuccessful claimants can be valid in Delaware. Although 'ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund' pertained to a non-stock corporation, the decision has provoked an outpouring of debate because its reasoning applies equally to stock corporations.

Goldman, Bain Settle Antitrust Suit for $121 Million

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

Ropes & Gray, Sullivan & Cromwell, Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis reached the agreement Wednesday on behalf of the two companies, which were accused of conspiring with other private equity players to deflate the price of corporate takeovers.

Showing Zero Tolerance

: New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

Sanctuary for Families presented its Zero Tolerance Award and Law Firm Leadership Award at the 19th annual Zero Tolerance Dinner, which raised $1.9 million to support services to combat gender violence.

Bayard Director Moderates Sedona Conference Panel

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 11, 2014

Richard D. Kirk, a director at Bayard P.A. and head of the firm's intellectual property practice, moderated a panel at an event for The Sedona Conference (TSC).

Simpson Advises CVC on New Asia Fund

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

The London-based private equity firm will invest in the consumer industry in China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

Big Energy Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

The Lone Star State is a driving force in the energy business, so it's not surprising that four of the 10 largest Texas deals in 2013 were energy transactions.

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.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

Wasserstein & Co. Buys Back ALM Media

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

Nearly seven years after selling ALM Media Properties to private equity-owned British publisher Incisive Media for $630 million, the investment arm of late attorney and financier Bruce Wasserstein is leading a group that has agreed to acquire the legal publishing giant.

Wasserstein & Co. Buys Back ALM Media

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

Nearly seven years after selling ALM Media Properties to private equity-owned British publisher Incisive Media for $630 million, the investment arm of late attorney and financier Bruce Wasserstein is leading a group that has agreed to acquire the legal publishing giant.

Simpson, Munger, Latham Help Lawyers.com Find New Home

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

The three firms are advising on the $1.1 billion sale of Internet Brands—owner of websites like Lawyers.com and CarsDirect.com—from Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity to private equity rival KKR.

The Diversity Crisis: Pioneering Partners Say Hurdles Remain

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

What black trailblazers of Big Law say about its future.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

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?

Magic Circle Duo Joins Am Law Firm on Travelex Sale

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

Linklaters, Freshfields and Simpson Thacher grabbed lead roles on Apax Partners' sale of its ownership stake in Travelex to billionaire investor B.R. Shetty and private equity firm Centurion Investment for a reported $1.5 billion.

Qualcomm Unit Loses Bid to Shift Fees in Patent Fight

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Last month the Supreme Court gave district court judges more leeway in awarding attorney fees in patent cases. But at least so far, the decision hasn't done much to prompt judges to shift fees to losing plaintiffs.

Asia Deal Digest: May 29, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2014

* Simpson guides KKR on its $1 billion acquisition of Singapore's Goodpack* Chinese state-owned Bright Foods turns to Freshfields for a big Israel acquisition* DLA Piper and King & Wood Mallesons on major restructuring for Australia's Transfield

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Novartis / Glaxo / Eli Lilly; TIAA-CREF / Nuveen; Mallinckrodt / Questcor; Blackstone / Gates

Apple Revives Push to Shed Goodwin Partner as Watchdog

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

The company tries (again) to get rid of its court-appointed antitrust monitor.

Simpson, Bass Berry Lead as Amsurg Snags Sheridan

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

An operator of ambulatory surgery centers moves to bolster its offerings by acquiring a company that provides hospitals with outsourced physicians' services.

Simpson Advising KKR on $1 Billion Goodpack Buy

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Its acquisition of the Singaporean packaging company will be the private equity giant's largest ever investment in Southeast Asia.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Pinnacle Foods Bought for $4.3B

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Pinnacle Foods is bought for $4.3 billion, Honeywell makes an acquisition and other deals and transactions statewide.

Kirkland, Jones Day Help Hess Offload Retail Unit

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Hess will part with its famous green-and-white gas station and convenience store business after agreeing to sell the division to Marathon Petroleum for $2.6 billion.

Judge Tosses Expert Testimony Against Pfizer

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

The ruling could upend a huge securities fraud case against Pfizer over its marketing of the painkillers Celebrex and Bextra. Pfizer is represented by Paul Weiss, Simpson Thacher and DLA Piper.

New Deals

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

At least a dozen firms are advising on telecommunications giant AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV. Also, Darden Restaurants has agreed to sell Red Lobster to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion in cash.

Fraud on the Court, Forum Non Conveniens, Breathalyzer

Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

In their New York Court of Appeals Roundup, Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. address cases concerning the appropriate standard for finding that a litigant has perpetrated a fraud on the court, a court's authority to dismiss on the basis of forum non conveniens absent a formal motion to do so, and a driving-under-the-influence suspect's right to communicate with counsel prior to submitting to a chemical breath test.

Mark Bagnall Leads White & Case Team In $3.7 Billion Share Offering

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 20, 2014

Mark Bagnall headed a White & Case team representing Brazil's largest telecommunications carrier in financing a merger with Portugal Telecom.

The Churn: Kirkland Adds Two, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis poaches from Weil and Baker Botts, a White House rejoins Latham and more new hires across The Am Law 200.

Dozen Firms Tune In for AT&T's $48.5 Billion DirecTV Buy

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

In a deal likely to face major regulatory scrutiny, a telecommunications giant aims to absorb the nation's largest satellite television operator.

Counsel to Counsel

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Seven general counsel describe the pivotal contributions made by the outside counsel they recruited for their blockbuster litigation wins and deals.

New Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Two global legal giants are raising their mugs to the formation of a $5 billion coffee joint venture between Mondelez International and rival D.E Master Blenders 1753, and Skadden Arps has snagged the lead role representing Hillshire Brands on a $6.6 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Foods.

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

Skadden, Simpson Help Cosmo Trade Hands in Vegas

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Six years after foreclosing on the property that became The Cosmopolitan, Deutsche Bank is selling the casino to The Blackstone Group for $1.73 billion.

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.

Judge Sides With DOJ, Monitor in Apple E-Books Hearing

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Apple's lawyers lost a skirmish in their battle to rein in the company's court-appointed antitrust monitor, Michael Bromwich of Goodwin Procter.

Skadden, Simpson Snack on Hillshire's Big Food Buy

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

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on the $6.6 billion sale of Pinnacle Foods to Hillshire Brands, the former food business of consumer goods giant Sara Lee Corp.

IN BRIEF: Rap Videos Admissible

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Rap videos made by Ronald Herron, the alleged leader of the Brooklyn, N.Y., "Murderous Mad Dogs" set of the Bloods, are admissible at his murder and ­racketeering trial, but so are the views of a defense expert who will testify that "gangsta" rap is not ­necessarily a statement of truth, a federal judge has ruled. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

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.

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

Firms Ranked by Revenue Per Lawyer

: The American Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Average revenue per lawyer for The Am Law 100 declined in 2013, the first time since 2009, albeit only slightly.

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.

Circuit Says Cross-Listing Doesn't Upset 'Morrison' Bar

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The ban on extraterritorial application of U.S. securities laws applies even to claims based on foreign shares that are cross-listed on an American exchange, the Second Circuit said Tuesday.

Latham Leads on Big Shale Sale

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

The firm is advising Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold's oil and gas unit on the $3.1 billion sale of its Eagle Ford shale assets in Texas, the latest in a string of U.S. energy deals announced over the past week.

The Problem With the Smart Lawyering Behind Alibaba's IPO

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

Clever lawyers can find ways to surmount almost any obstacle. That doesn't mean they always should, writes Susan Beck.

Simpson Thacher's Palo Alto Office Gets Alibaba IPO

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell represents underwriters.

Second Circuit Strikes Down Mammoth UBS Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

A long-running securities class action against UBS AG finally bit the dust on Tuesday, courtesy of an appeals court decision that further limits the extraterritorial reach of U.S. securities laws.

Proskauer Acts for PE Firm on $216 Million IPO

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

Ares Management has become the latest private equity firm to tap the public markets, although its legal fees pale in comparison to IPOs of years past.

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.

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.

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

2014 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2014 Rising Stars by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. Our panel reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

Kirkland Grabs Role on Big Bankruptcy From Bygone Era

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

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas energy giant once known as TXU, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in Delaware.

City Bar to Honor Attorneys for Diversity Efforts

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

Winners of the bar's 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Awards are Michelle Anderson of CUNY School of Law, Joseph Drayton of Cooley, Natalia Martín of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Karla Sanchez of the New York State Attorney General's Office.

Simpson Advises Alibaba on $1.2 Billion Youku Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2014

The Chinese e-commerce giant is buying an interest in the online video company along with a fund controlled by Alibaba chairman Jack Ma.

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Super Rich Get Richer

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

It was a middling year for most big firms, but the top 20 pulled away from the pack.

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.

How the SEC Chose Targets in Its Goldman Investigation

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

A veteran SEC lawyer urged the agency to be more aggressive in its Abacus probe. By Susan Beck

IN BRIEF: New Dean at Columbia

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The next dean of Columbia Law School will be Gillian Lester, now acting dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she has taught since 2006. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Asia E-Discovery Remains Murky

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 28, 2014

Inconsistent regulations create headaches for e-discovery efforts in Asian countries

A Timeline of the SEC's Goldman Sachs Probe

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Transcripts from an internal investigation reveal the SEC's internal debates over the Abacus case, day by day.

Magic Circle Guides Permira's German Chemicals Purchase

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Clifford Chance, Freshfields handle Permira's $1 billion buy of CABB International.

D.C. Federal Judges Honor Law Firm Pro Bono Service

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

Federal judges in Washington gathered Wednesday to honor 30 law firms where at least 40 percent of all lawyers performed at least 50 hours of pro bono service last year.

Kirkland Woos Simpson Dealmaker to Open Houston Outpost

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

K&E enters Space City by landing a young dealmaker with private equity ties.

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.

Dealmakers of the Year: Steven Rosenblum, Wachtell

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 21, 2014

Activist investors, rival bids, and a high-profile founder: The buyout of a once-prosperous computer maker was 2013's corporate soap opera.

Judge Tosses $124 Million Fraud Suit Over Twitter IPO

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

Simpson Thacher partners Bruce Angiolillo and Jonathan Youngwood made quick work of the case, which was filed by two investment firms claiming that Twitter duped them into propping up the company's pre-IPO valuation.

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

Simpson, Linklaters on Chinese Department Store Buy

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

A Chinese company is buy British department store chain House of Fraser for $804 million, with plans to open 50 stores in China.

Attorney Fees, Lost Profits, Products Liability

Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

In their New York Court of Appeals Roundup, Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr., partners at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, discuss a matter in which the court adopted the approach used by federal courts in determining the proper measure of attorney fees in contingency fee cases where the client is also awarded statutory attorney fees, along with other recent decisions.

Auction Benefit

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 14, 2014

More than 1,000 people attended 2014 annual photography and auction benefit for Her Justice on Thursday, which raised more than $2.2 million.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Dealmakers of the Year: Carl Sanchez, Paul Hastings

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

The key to Shuanghui International's successful pursuit of Smithfield Foods? Being willing to walk away.

FHFA MBS Action Dismissed in Wake of Ace II Ruling

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 11, 2014

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Eileen Bransten dismissed with prejudice a breach of contract suit involving a securitization comprised of $1.45 billion in residential mortgage loans, stating the case was 'materially similar' to one decided by the Appellate Division, First Department.

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.

Chinese Solar Firms Can't Escape Solyndra's Attack

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

A federal judge in Oakland cleared the way for an antitrust suit accusing three Chinese companies of flooding the U.S. market with cheap solar panels.

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.

Am Law Firms Help Goldman and Koch Spark Flint Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Milbank is acting as lead counsel to Goldman Sachs and Koch Industries on their joint purchase of printing ink company Flint Group from CVC Capital Partners for a reported $3 billion. Simpson Thacher is also advising the buyers, while German firm Hengeler Mueller is representing CVC.

Privilege and Work Product in Internal Investigations

Joseph M. McLaughlin : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

In his Corporate Litigation column, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Joseph M. McLaughlin reviews recent decisions which, while not upending familiar principles of privilege and work product protection available in the internal investigation context, remind clients and practitioners that immunity from disclosure will not attach or be preserved without careful attention to the structure and conduct of internal investigations.

Chinese Solar Firms Can't Escape Solyndra's Attack

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong has cleared the way for an antitrust suit accusing three Chinese companies of flooding the U.S. market with cheap solar panels.

The SEC's Internal Battles over Goldman Sachs Probe

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

In the Abacus case, the Securities and Exchange Commission secured a $550 million settlement from Goldman and a civil fraud verdict against former Goldman VP Fabrice Tourre. But one senior SEC lawyer thought the agency wasn't aggressive enough, newly released transcripts show.

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.

SEC Records Reveal Divisions over Goldman Sachs Probe

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

In the Abacus case, the Securities and Exchange Commission secured a $550 million settlement from Goldman and a civil fraud verdict against former Goldman VP Fabrice Tourre. But one senior SEC lawyer thought the agency wasn't aggressive enough, newly released transcripts show.

Simpson, Latham Lead on $5.4 Billion Gates Sale

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

The Blackstone Group has agreed to buy industrial manufacturer Gates Global from current owners Onex and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is advising Blackstone on the deal, while Gates, Onex and CPPIB are being represented by Latham.

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.

Attorney Deceit Suit Against Corwin, Greenberg Is Revived

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

A suit against Greenberg Traurig and partner Leslie Corwin was revived Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals, which found that under legal traditions dating back to the early days of New York statehood—and even older British common law—the action is not time-barred.

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

RMBS Ruling in Southern District Strikes Familiar Chord

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 28, 2014

A Southern District judge's ruling last week denying dismissal of most claims in a group of mortgage-backed securities repurchase suits sends another clear signal that courts are turning to an ever-expanding body of law to allow investors' claims to move forward.

Reargument in Ace II Denied, Stage Set for Direct Appeal

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 27, 2014

The Appellate Division, First Department denied a trustee's motion for re-argument or, in the alternative, leave to appeal to the state's highest court a December 2013 decision concerning the statute of limitations in RMBS put-back cases.

Shareholder Activism in the M&A Context

David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

In their Corporate Governance column, David A. Katz, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Laura A. McIntosh, a consulting attorney for the firm, write: Shareholder activism is poised to have an even greater impact in the M&A context this year and companies should be aware of and prepared for this possibility if they pursue an M&A transaction.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Privately-held Swiss trading house Mercuria Energy Group has agreed to buy JPMorgan Chase's physical commodities trading unit in a deal worth $3.5 billion. Also, Media General announced Friday that it has agreed to acquire LIN Media LLC in a $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal that, if completed, will create the second-largest local television broadcasting company in the country.

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.

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A work environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers is not only fundamentally fair, it can boost the bottom line. That was the message of Out in Law, a daylong event at New York University School of Law this month.

Newsmakers: Week of March 24

: Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Katherine D. Hoke, a business, real estate and commercial litigator, has been named managing partner of Shields Legal Group in Addison. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Hong Kong Looks Beyond Lost Alibaba IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's decision to hold what's expected to be the world's largest initial public offering since Facebook in New York instead of Hong Kong was long anticipated. But the company's recent final decision, which coincided with announcements of U.S. listings by other leading Chinese tech companies, has nevertheless swiftly renewed anxieties about Hong Kong's future as an IPO destination.

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.

Simpson Clerk Charged in Inside Trading Scheme

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors in New Jersey have charged Steven Metro, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, and Vladimir Eydelman, a Morgan Stanley stockbroker, with taking part in an insider-trading scheme that netted $5.6 million in illicit profits.

ExxonMobil-Insurer Settlements Prompt Disclosure Demand

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 20, 2014

The content of settlements ExxonMobil has reached with a dozen insurance companies over denied coverage of thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits should be turned over, certain insurers have argued to a Manhattan Supreme Court judge.

Asia Deal Digest: March 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

* Alibaba confirms New York IPO with Simpson Thacher at the helm* Allen & Gledhill and WongPartnership on Temasek-led bid to acquire commodities trader Olam* Latham leads on Indian travel site's $126.5 million Nasdaq share offering

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kirkland Tops $2 Billion in Revenue for First Time

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis passed the $2 billion revenue mark for the first time in 2014, while the firm's profits per partner rose just 1 percent, to $3.278 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Cadwalader, Simpson Advise on JP Morgan Unit Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

J.P. Morgan Chase is selling its physical commodities trading unit to Mercuria Energy Group for $3.5 billion. Cadwalader is advising Mercuria on the deal, while J.P. Morgan is being represented by Simpson Thacher.

Government's Insider Trading Net Snags Simpson Thacher Clerk

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

In the latest insider trading probe to touch an Am Law 100 firm, the Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors in New Jersey have charged Steven Metro, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, along with a Morgan Stanley stockbroker, with taking part in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme that involves some of Simpson Thacher's star private equity clients.

Confessions and Police Deception; Rare Reversal in 'K2'

Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr. : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

In their New York Court of Appeals Roundup, Roy L. Reardon and William T. Russell Jr., discuss a criminal matter in which the Court of Appeals ruled that a confession obtained as a result of police deception of the defendant was inadmissible. They also address two insurance cases, one of which represents a rare reversal by the court on reargument of a decision that it rendered last year.

Government's Insider Trading Net Snags Simpson Thacher Clerk

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

The SEC and federal prosecutors in New Jersey charged Steven Metro, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, along with a Morgan Stanley stockbroker, with taking part in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme involving some of Simpson Thacher's star private equity clients.

Cheers to Antitrust Work in Contested Glass Company Merger

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

With less than a month before trial, two glass makers and the Federal Trade Commission are on the verge of settling the agency's suit challenging the companies' pending $1.7 billion merger—a transaction that's involved dozens of antitrust lawyers from more than 20 firms.

DLA, Weil Get Call for Vodafone's $10 Billion Ono Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Vodafone is acquiring Ono, Spain's largest cable operator, in a deal worth roughly $10 billion, including the assumption of debt. DLA Piper is advising Vodafone, while Ono is being represented by Weil Gotshal and Spanish firm Garrigues.

The Score: March Madness Edition

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

With the field set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, others can agonize over their brackets. The Am Law Daily's focus is on the lawyers and law firms with ties to the NCAA and the nation's top college sports conferences.

Simpson, Skadden Handle $1.1 Billion Renaissance Deal

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

The Am Law 100 firms have grabbed the lead outside counsel roles on Hellman & Friedman's purchase of education software company Renaissance Learning from U.K. buyout firm Permira, with Simpson advising Hellman and Skadden representing Permira.

Simpson Snags More Blackstone Work, as Cybersecurity Stays Hot

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

The latest noteworthy deal in the expanding cybersecurity sector finds Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advising longtime private equity client The Blackstone Group on its purchase of a majority stake in Denver-based Accuvant from Sverica International, which are being advised, respectively, by lawyers from Holland & Hart and Cooley.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

Testimony Makes Prison Garb Moot, a Federal Judge Rules

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

A defendant whose attorney failed to promptly object to his appearance before a jury pool in a prison jumpsuit undermined his own ineffective assistance claim by repeatedly referring to his criminal record on the stand, a federal judge has held in a habeas corpus case.

AIG

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

A commercial Renaissance on the scale of American International Group takes more than business savvy, financial acumen and marketing insight. It takes a crackerjack in-house legal team like AIG's Global Legal, Compliance, Regulatory and Government Affairs group.

Chiquita's Fyffes Buy Bears Fruit for Deal Lawyers

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Chiquita Brands International has agreed to acquire Irish rival Fyffes in a $526 million stock-for-stock deal that would create the world's largest supplier of bananas. Chiquita is being advised by Skadden, as well as Taft Stettinius & Hollister and Irish firm McCann FitzGerald. Simpson Thacher and Arthur Cox are representing Fyffes, which is receiving antitrust advice from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin. Freshfields and Kirkland are serving as antitrust counsel to Chiquita.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: March 6, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

* Sullivan & Cromwell and Mori Hamada team for Japan Display's $3.8 billion Tokyo IPO* Clifford Chance advises Chinese state food giant COFCO on its acquisition of a Dutch grain trader* Skadden on planned $500 million IPO for Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo

S&C, Mori Hamada on Japan Display's $3.8 Billion IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2014

The state-backed company, which counts Apple Inc. among its customers, was created when the display divisions of Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. merged in 2011.

Clifford Chance, Simpson Advise on Carlyle's Tyco Deal

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

Tyco International is selling its South Korean fire protection and security unit to buyout firm the Carlyle Group for $1.93 billion in cash. Clifford Chance and South Korean firm Lee & Ko are advising Carlyle on the deal, while Tyco is represented by Simpson Thacher and Kim & Chang.

Clifford Chance, Simpson Advise on Carlyle's Tyco Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Tyco International is selling its South Korean fire protection and security unit to buyout firm Carlyle Group for $1.93 billion in cash.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Microsoft Beats Sanction Ahead of Web Patent Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 25, 2014

Two weeks before trial in a case alleging that Microsoft infringes a patent for Web browsing, Fish & Richardson won a ruling that nixes adverse inference findings against the company.

First Department Appoints Discipline Committee Chair

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

The First Department has appointed labor and employment attorney Ernest Collazo, managing partner of Collazo Florentino & Keil, to chair its Departmental Disciplinary Committee.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

* Weil and MoFo on Chinese consortium's $2.5 billion logistics investment* Clifford Chance advising China's Dongfeng Motor Group on a proposed $1.1 billion investment in French automaker Peugeot* Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker & McKenzie on $1.37 billion Aussie utility deal

Hotels, Travel Sites Beat Price-Fixing Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that hotel chains and online travel companies conspired to fix the price of rooms booked online, handing a big win to a brigade of defense firms.

Latham, Wachtell Lead on $25 Billion Actavis-Forest Labs Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Dublin-based generic drug maker Actavis is buying Forest Laboratories in a $25 billion cash-and-stock deal that increases Actavis' access to specialty drugs. Latham is advising longtime client Actavis on the deal, while Forest has turned to Wachtell. Other firms working on the deal include Skadden, which is counseling Actavis on antitrust issues, as well as Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher, which are representing financial advisers Greenhill & Co. and J.P. Morgan, respectively.

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.

Simpson on $1.58 Billion Alibaba Mapping Acquisition

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

The Chinese e-commerce giant has offered to buy Beijing-based digital mapping company AutoNavi Holdings Ltd.

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.

Five Am Law 100 Firms Handle Three Big PE Deals

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

Private equity giants KKR and The Carlyle Group kept a handful of Am Law 100 firms busy this week with acquisitions totaling nearly $5 billion, and veteran Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Mari Lerner took the lead on two of the deals. Changing hands in the transactions were an industrial packaging unit owned by Illinois Tool Works, medical device maker Lake Region Medical and optical retailer National Vision.

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

Judge OKs Settlement In Price-Fixing Suit

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 04, 2014

Three major manufacturers of zippers, snaps, buttons and hooks have settled for $17.6 million with a class of thousands of plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation case alleging price-fixing.

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.

In-House Counsel Profile: Accenture's Julie Sweet

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Julie Sweet manages an international legal department of 1,500, including 470 lawyers. More than 40 percent of the attorneys are based in North America.

Am Law 200 Firms Stake Claims in Houston

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Drawn by the oil and gas boom, plenty of other firms have followed Latham's lead into Houston.

Move Fast and Call a Lawyer

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Ten years since Facebook's birth, its legal department still faces novel issues every day. And users don't always hit the "like" button.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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

Simpson, Wachtell Advise on Big LatAm Banking Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

Brazil's Itau Unibanco, Latin America's largest bank in market value terms, has hired Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for counsel on its $2.85 billion cash-and-stock bid for control of CorpBanca. The target, Chile's fifth-largest bank, has retained the services of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. A trio of South American firms are also working on the deal.