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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 1,664
  • Gross Revenues: -$2,059,967,296
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,345,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,730,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, based in New York, ranks second on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 with $2,100,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. In terms of its global ranking, the firm placed second on the 2011 Global 100 revenue rankings. With respect to number of attorneys, the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 ranks Skadden as the sixth largest law firm in the United States with 1,859 attorneys in office locations worldwide. Skadden, Arps was the first law firm ever to break a billion dollars in annual revenues, which it did in 1999, and represents some of the country's largest corporations. Practice areas include banking, corporate, energy, insurance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and tax.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 4 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 4 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 12 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 21 -6 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 35 -15 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 49 -6 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 69 -18 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 82 -39 Summer programs

In the News

Banking on Bad Advice?

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

The DOJ's settlement with BNP Paribas raises questions about the role of the bank's lawyers.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Medtronic/Covidien; Tyson/Hillshire; Time Inc. Spinoff; Level 3/TW Telecom; Apple/Beats

Fee Tracker: Comic-Con, Cooperstown and El Pollo Loco

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

Pillsbury Winthrop reaps the benefits from San Diego's Comic-Con, Patterson Belknap brings in the bacon from the Baseball Hall of Fame, Skadden's crazy chicken windfall and the dollar values associated with other Am Law 200 clients in our latest look at legal billings.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

MediaMath will be moving its headquarters downtown to 4 World Trade Center. The global technology firm has signed a 15-year lease with Silverstein Properties Inc. for 106,000 square feet.

At Bingham, Big Guarantees Raise More Questions

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

As Bingham McCutchen engages in merger talks in an effort to reshape its future, the firm is still coping with the fallout from one of its many past combinations. Five years ago this month, Bingham joined with McKee Nelson in a deal that saw every partner from the latter receive a guaranteed contract. Bingham has only now confirmed the guarantees after The Am Law Daily brought them to light.

The Churn: Skadden's Roberts Bound for NBPA, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom litigation partner Michele Roberts in Washington, D.C., has been elected executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, an organization that recently paid big money to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which this week hired Citigroup deputy general counsel Elizabeth Sacksteder as a partner in New York. Those moves and more in our latest look at lateral hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

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

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 28, 2014

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

Four Am Law 100 Firms Help Zillow Snap Up Trulia

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

Shearman & Sterling, having already scored a big victory Monday in a major international arbitration case, has teamed up with Perkins Coie to advise online property website Zillow on its $3.5 billion buy of rival Trulia, which is receiving outside counsel from Goodwin Procter and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Court Rules On How Fees May Be Pursued in Divorce Cases

Jay Stapleton : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 25, 2014

A Connecticut Supreme Court decision is being heralded as a victory for those who favor limiting the legal fees paid to attorneys who represent children in contested divorce and custody cases.

21st Century Fox Sells German, Italian Units for $9 Billion

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

A slew of Am Law and Magic Circle firms advised as 21st Century Fox agreed to offload its pay-television assets in Italy and Germany to British Sky Broadcasting Group in a deal that would provide cash to reignite media mogul Rupert Murdoch's takeover bid for Time Warner.

Judge Nixes Price-Fixing Suit Against Alleged Chinese Cartels

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 25, 2014

A $58 million antitrust suit, claiming Chinese companies conspired to fix prices for the mineral magnesite, was dismissed July 24 by a Newark federal judge who found that the plaintiffs lacked statutory standing to sue.

Under Israel's Iron Dome, Another Law Firm Merger

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

Not even Israel is immune to market consolidation for legal services. This week Shibolet & Co., one of the country's largest law firms, picked up a seven-lawyer technology boutique in Tel Aviv as rockets rained down from Gaza on the nation's high-tech hub.

LinkedIn's Departing GC Tapped Wilson for Pair of Recent Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Her replacement, Michael Callahan, favored Latham and Skadden for corporate work when he was at Yahoo.

Former Yahoo GC Will Lead LinkedIn Legal Department

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2014

It's time for Michael Callahan to update his LinkedIn profile as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the business and social networking company.

Am Law Trio Advises on CIT's $3.4 Billion Buy of OneWest

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Wachtell Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead on CIT Group's acquisition of OneWest Bank's parent, IMB Holdco LLC, moving the commercial lender into consumer banking.

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.

Russian Steelmaker Sells U.S. Plants for $2.3 Billion

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is representing OAO Severstal in the sale of its North American subsidiaries to U.S. competitors Steel Dynamics Inc. and AK Steel Holding Corp. Weil Gotshal & Manges is advising AK Steel while Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Barrett & McNagny is counseling Steel Dynamics.

RMBS Suit Against UBS Dismissed on Standing Grounds

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 21, 2014

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos declined to postpone issuing a decision on a motion to dismiss a fraud action against Swiss bank UBS over its sale of residential mortgage-backed securities despite a pending appeal in a separate case on similar issues.

Swipe Fee Case Moves Ahead Against Card Companies

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

A group of major merchants that opted out of a $5.7 billion antitrust settlement with Visa and MasterCard have cleared a hurdle in their case against the card companies over swipe fees.

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

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

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

The Churn: As DLA Turns, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

A flurry of moves at DLA Piper; a longtime Quinn Emanuel partner departs; and Bingham loses two more amid merger talks in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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

In the Valley, GC Salary Largely a Mystery

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Eric Whitaker made roughly $1 million in salary and bonuses in his first year at SanDisk, according to an annual survey.

Am Law 100 Trio Advising on Murdoch's Time Warner Bid

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

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Hogan Lovells are representing Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox on its $80 billion unsolicited takeover bid for Time Warner, which has rejected the offer. Cravath, Swaine & Moore is advising Time Warner on the matter. All three firms have long histories with the two media giants.

Second Circuit Tosses Deutsche Bank Shareholder Class Action

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

Handing a win to lawyers at Cahill and Skadden, the Second Circuit affirmed Wednesday that its 2011 decision in dooms a long-running securities class action against Deutsche Bank AG and a half-dozen big underwriting banks.

Skadden Leads on Banking, Candy Deals

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

After outpacing the Am Law 100 pack for transactional work during the first half of 2014, Skadden has stepped up its game in the third quarter by advising Brazil's BTG Pactual Group on its $1.7 billion buy of Italian insurer Generali's Swiss private bank as well as Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli on its purchase of Russell Stover Candies for a reported $1.4 billion. Skadden also recently advised on an agreement to save struggling retailer American Apparel.

Former White House Lawyer Convicted in Absentia

Karen Ali : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 11, 2014

As in any other serious criminal trial he's handled, Bridgeport criminal defense lawyer Eugene Riccio cross-examined witnesses and stood to make objections to prosecutor's arguments.

Replacing Rader: Sizing up the Short List for the Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

PTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee, a former Google lawyer, is an oft-mentioned candidate—and one who would add Silicon Valley perspective to the influential patent court.

Replacing Rader: The Short List for the Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

PTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee, a former Google lawyer, is an oft-mentioned candidate—and one who would add Silicon Valley perspective to the influential patent court.

The Careerist: Best Firms for the Summer (and After)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 10, 2014

Vault's top law firms for summer programs and associate happiness.

Goldman Sachs Ruling Can't Save Cosmetics Class Action

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

What do mortgage-backed securities have to do with antiwrinkle creams? Not a whole lot, the Second Circuit told a group of disappointed class action lawyers on Thursday.

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.

Rule Limiting Privilege Log Practice to Take Effect

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 09, 2014

In an age of exploding electronic discovery that has multiplied the cost and scope of document review, litigants in New York's Commercial Division will soon have the benefit of revised privilege log practice.

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.

MoFo Scores for Kaiser in Medical Records Dispute

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

The East Bay jury trial pit MoFo's Arturo Gonzalez against Skadden's Allen Ruby.

'Lotes' and the Ever Expanding Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte write that the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, which governs the reach of the Sherman Act to foreign conduct, has become a central focus of antitrust law in recent years. Unfortunately for parties involved in litigation, particularly defendants, the increasing importance of the FTAIA has coincided with significant turmoil relating to judicial interpretation of the law.

PulsePoint Hires Startup Whiz as First GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

The new top lawyer at PulsePoint has wide startup and IPO experience at almost 100 companies.

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.

Madoff Trustee Barred from Seeking Foreign Bank Funds

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

While most people were enjoying the tail end of a long holiday weekend, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff was busy Sunday delivering a key victory to foreign banks targeted by Irving Picard, the liquidation trustee for Bernie Madoff's defunct investment firm.

Davis Polk's Big Bet in Hong Kong

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

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

Skadden Crowned Winner in M&A Rankings

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: July 3, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

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

BNP Deal Shines Spotlight on Law Firms' Sanctions Advice

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

The Justice Department's $8.9 billion settlement with BNP Paribas gave prosecutors a chance to argue that they're not afraid to get tough on big banks. But it also highlighted the roles of two large law firms that counseled BNP on transactions at the heart of the government's case, suggesting that the French Bank relied on questionable advice to justify violating U.S. sanctions regimes.

Gibson Dunn Adds Partners in Hong Kong, Beijing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Patricia Tan Openshaw and Fang Xue are joining the Los Angeles-based firm from Paul Hastings and Shearman & Sterling, respectively.

Valihura Unanimously Confirmed As Justice on State Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 02, 2014

The Delaware General Assembly on June 25 unanimously confirmed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom attorney Karen L. Valihura as a justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. She is set to replace retiring Justice Jack B. Jacobs, who stepped down June 25.

James Picked to Head Legal Aid

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Seymour James Jr. has been chosen to lead the Legal Aid Society in New York City, capping a 40-year career at the organization representing indigent New Yorkers.

Valihura Unanimously Confirmed as Del. Supreme Court Justice

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 02, 2014

The Delaware General Assembly on June 25 unanimously confirmed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom attorney Karen L. Valihura as a justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. She is set to replace retiring Justice Jack B. Jacobs, who stepped down June 25.

Overtime Case Against Quinn Emanuel to Move Forward

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

A federal judge in Manhattan has denied an attempt by Quinn Emanuel to file a second motion to dismiss a contract attorney's suit claiming that he should have been paid overtime for his work doing document review.

Glasscock Allows European Hedge Fund's Breach of Contract Claim to Proceed

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 02, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery denied a Spanish-language television station operator's motion to dismiss a breach of contract claim in a lawsuit filed by an affiliate of European hedge fund Brevan Howard Asset Management. Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III ruled that the plaintiffs' lawsuit adequately pleaded that the television network failed to undertake appropriate actions to determine if it had the capital to repurchase its Series B preferred stock.

Can't Buy Them Love

Katelyn Polantz : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Washington firms were far behind the richest firms in profits per partner.

Canadian Deals

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Riding a Wave

Maria Zilberman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Law students are getting more opportunities to dip their toes in-house.

BNP Deal Shines Spotlight on Law Firms' Sanctions Advice

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

In detailing their record settlement with BNP Paribas this week, prosecutors suggested that the French Bank relied on questionable advice from at least one major law firm to justify violating U.S. sanctions regimes.

July 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

BNP Deal Shines Spotlight on Law Firms' Sanctions Advice

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

In detailing their record settlement with BNP Paribas this week, prosecutors suggested that the French Bank relied on questionable advice from at least one major law firm to justify violating U.S. sanctions regimes.

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.

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

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Sullivan & Cromwell Guides BNP in $9 Billion Criminal Deal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell helped steer BNP Paribas SA to a historic guilty plea and settlement on Monday, bolstering the firm's reputation as go-to counsel for banks locked in hostile negotiations with regulators.

The A-List: A New Number One

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Energy Deals on Both Sides of Border Yield Roles for Vinson

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

Vinson & Elkins continued to ride the oil and gas energy M&A boom in North America this week, grabbing roles for Devon Energy on its $2.3 billion sale of noncore U.S. natural gas assets to Linn Energy, as well as private equity-backed Jupiter Resources on its $1.8 billion purchase of properties in Alberta from Canada's Encana.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Madoff Trustee Hits Dead End in Suits Against Banks

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has finally put an end to Irving Picard's quest to recover billions of dollars from HSBC, UniCredit and other banks he accused of facilitating Bernard Madoff's fraud.

Big Suits

David Bario, Ross Todd, and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund; Shell Oil v. U.S; U.S. v. Jiang; In re BofA AIG; In re Neurontin; In re Pradaxa

The Churn: Paul Weiss, Squire Patton Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A big week for lateral moves saw Paul Weiss pluck a prominent prosecutor, the newly minted Squire Patton Boggs make another key addition and a rare departure from Wachtell Lipton. The Am Law Daily has the lowdown on the latest comings-and-goings from throughout The Am Law 200.

Clifford Chance Helps Sell Own Headquarters for $1.4 Billion

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

The Magic Circle firm is advising the Canary Wharf Group on the sale of a London office tower that houses the firm's main offices to a Chinese and Qatari consortium.

Skadden Scoops Up M&A Deals

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

The firm took the lead on two back-to-back transactions, advising Validus on its $690 million purchase of Western World Insurance, and Endo International on its $575 million buy of DAVA Pharmaceuticals. Sullivan & Cromwell and Morrison Cohen counseled Western World, while Dechert represented DAVA.

LSEG's Big Russell Buy a First for Kirkland

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

The London Stock Exchange Group, one of the oldest and largest stock exchanges in Europe, has tapped Kirkland & Ellis and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to advise on its $2.7 billion acquisition of the Russell 2000 stock index from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. Skadden and Debevoise & Plimpton are also advising on the purchase, the largest transaction in LSEG's history.

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

Shire Scores in Patent Fight Over ADHD Drug

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 25, 2014

Drugmaker Shire plc announced a big win Wednesday in a patent fight that's pitted the company's lawyers at IP boutique Frommer Lawrence & Haug against a phalanx of larger firms.

Valihura Confirmed to Del. Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 25, 2014

The Delaware General Assembly today unanimously confirmed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom attorney Karen L. Valihura as a justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. She is set to replace retiring Justice Jack B. Jacobs, who stepped down today.

Valihura Confirmed to Del. Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 25, 2014

The Delaware General Assembly today unanimously confirmed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom attorney Karen L. Valihura as a justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. She is set to replace retiring Justice Jack B. Jacobs, who stepped down today.

Bench Selections May Be Predictable, but Not Preset, Observers Say

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 25, 2014

Delaware's judicial selection process is not predetermined for favored candidates, several legal observers said last week in response to retiring Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger's assertion that she was not taken seriously as a state Supreme Court chief justice candidate.

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

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

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

Orrick, Cleary Clinch Roles as Alstom's Board Approves GE Bid

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

After a two-month takeover quest, veteran French M&A lawyer Jean-Pierre Martel, a partner in the Paris office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, advised the board of engineering giant Alstom as it recommended the acceptance of General Electric's $17 billion bid for its energy business. The deal, which has yielded roles for nearly a dozen firms on both sides of the Atlantic, is the largest in GE's history.

Am Law 100 Firms Tapped in Wisconsin Energy Deal

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

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

Intercreditor Agreements: What's a Junior Lienholder to Do?

J. Eric Ivester and Raquelle L. Kaye : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

J. Eric Ivester and Raquelle L. Kaye of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom explore the extent to which intercreditor agreement waiver provisions are enforceable in bankruptcy and, if so, the type of conduct by a junior lienholder that may be prohibited.

Corporate Restructuring And Bankruptcy

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

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

Halliburton Ruling Aids Both Sides in Securities Litigation

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 23, 2014

The battlefield of securities class actions shifted on Monday, with the U.S. Supreme Court giving both plaintiffs and defendants weapons to deploy in what may be an even more intense and costly level of warfare in the future.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Day Pitney, White & Case, Paul Weiss and Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz have each added a partner, while the Fund for Modern Courts has added new members to its board of directors.

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

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

In the latest, and perhaps largest, example of a U.S. company ditching its borders, medical device maker Medtronic Inc. announced Sunday it would purchase Dublin-based Covidien in a $42.9 billion deal that would move the combined company to Ireland. Also, Priceline Group said Friday it has agreed to buy online restaurant-reservation service OpenTable.com for $2.6 billion in cash.

Skadden Stomps Securities Class Action Against BlackBerry

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

BlackBerry Ltd. shareholders enjoyed some rare good tidings on Thursday when the company posted a surprise profit. But the news wasn't so good for investors-turned-plaintiffs suing BlackBerry in a proposed securities class action.

'Respectful and Measured,' NBA Head Is His Father's Son

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

When it comes to holding firm on tough calls, the National Basketball Association's new commissioner, Adam Silver, made a name for himself long before he stood up to Donald Sterling, the controversial co-owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Lexington Ins. Co. v. MGA Entertainment, Inc

: New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Court Explains Finding Defendant Was Owed No More Than $2.4 Million It Actually Paid

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

Justice's Departure From Court Starts Clock on Judicial Reshuffling

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 18, 2014

Gov. Jack Markell is not expected to immediately initiate a search for a candidate to replace outgoing Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger, according to the governor's chief legal counsel. Berger's departure is less than three months away, but attorneys within the state are already discussing who will be tapped to 
replace her.

Judge Dismisses Bellwether Suit in Fosamax Litigation Against Merck

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

A federal judge has dismissed on summary judgment a bellwether case against Merck & Co. in the mass litigation over Fosamax, an osteoporosis treatment that can lead to femur fractures.

Judge Dismisses Bellwether Fosamax Suit Against Merck

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

A New Jersey federal judge found that plaintiff Barbara Gaynor, who took the drug after Merck revised its labeling, failed to show that the drug company didn't give her doctor adequate notice of the drug's risks.

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.

Skadden, Davis Polk on $1 Billion Sinopec Bond Issue

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

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

New Leadership for Bingham's Washington Office

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

Bingham McCutchen, a firm that has faced drops in revenue and partner headcount since 2013, has new leadership in its Washington office. Corporate lawyer Carl Valenstein and securities enforcement lawyer Elizabeth Baird assumed co-managing partners positions for the Washington office about six weeks ago.

Skadden, Wilson Advise as SanDisk Scoops Up Fusion-io

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Medtronic Heads to Ireland with $42.9 Billion Covidien Buy

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

A handful of Am Law firms with expertise in corporate inversions are advising as medical device maker Medtronic lowers its tax obligations by reincorporating in Ireland through its acquisition of Covidien.

Net Losses Outweigh Gains at Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

The number of attorneys employed full time by the largest private law offices in New York continues to decline, a trend that began with the 2008 financial crisis, according to data gathered for the New York Law Journal's annual survey. Hiring is up, however, among regional and out-of-state firms.

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

Shook Hardy Set to Sublease Hometown Space

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

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is downsizing in a Kansas City, Mo., office tower built to house the firm a decade ago. And in seeking to sublease three floors of space in the building where it serves as anchor tenant, Shook Hardy is just the latest Am Law 200 firm to reduce its real estate needs amid an evolving market for legal services.

Skadden Promotes Delaware Attorney to Counsel

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 11, 2014

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom promoted Joseph O. Larkin of the firm's Wilmington office to counsel.

Markell Nominates Valihura for the Delaware Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 11, 2014

Gov. Jack Markell has nominated private attorney Karen L. Valihura to replace outgoing Justice Jack B. Jacobs on the Delaware Supreme Court.

Markell Nominates Valihura for the Delaware Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 11, 2014

Gov. Jack Markell has nominated private attorney Karen L. Valihura to replace outgoing Justice Jack B. Jacobs on the Delaware Supreme Court.

Fee Tracker: Latham's Lucrative Soccer Links

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

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

Zuckerman Partner Named CFTC Enforcement Head

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has a new top cop: Zuckerman Spaeder litigation partner Aitan Goelman. CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad announced Tuesday that Goelman will serve as director of the agency's 130-lawyer Enforcement Division.

Justice Department's First Ever Antitrust Extradition

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte write: While criminal convictions and prison sentences in the antitrust context are noteworthy in their own right, Romano Pisciotti's conviction in a Florida federal court carries even more clout because it came less than three weeks after Pisciotti's extradition from Germany.

Berger Announces Retirement From Del. Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 09, 2014

Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger will retire from the bench Sept. 1, Gov. Jack Markell announced today. Berger's resignation comes after Markell on Friday nominated Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom attorney Karen Valihura to replace Justice Jack B. Jacobs, who retires later this month.

Skadden, Davis Polk on Baidu $1 Billion Bond Issue

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

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

International Arbitration: A Page of History

Judith Kaye : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Judith Kaye, after a recent visit to Mohonk Mountain House, writes: What a pleasure it was to discover that so many of our current significant dispute resolution initiatives trace their origins to Mohonk—the American Society of International Law and the Hague Conference movement, to name just two.

Three Firms Advise on $2.5 Billion Tech Takeover

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Analog Devices has tapped Wilmer on its acquisition of Hittite Microwave, which turned to Foley Hoag for legal counsel. Skadden represented Hittite's financial adviser Deutsche Bank.

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.

No Fees, But Injunction Upheld

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

"It's the longest I've ever waited for an expedited appeal," Noelle Reed said of the Fifth Circuit's decision.

Legal Aid Society Awards

: New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The Legal Aid Society held its 37th annual awards dinner on Wednesday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. About 900 people attended the fundraising event, which the group says was the most successful in its history.

Markell Nominates Valihura to Replace Jacobs

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 06, 2014

Gov. Jack Markell has nominated private attorney Karen L. Valihura to replace outgoing Justice Jack B. Jacobs on the Delaware Supreme Court.

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.

Associates Are Doin' It for Themselves

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

For young lawyers, carving out practice niches can be a path to partnership or new careers outside the law.

Supreme Court on Severance, Affirmative Action, SOX, FLSA

John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

In their Labor Relations column, John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins address the court's rulings in cases involving rights of a state's citizens to repeal affirmative action policies, the scope of the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, the meaning of donning and doffing clothes under the Fair Labor Standards Act and whether severance pay is subject to withholding taxes.

Port Authority Commissioner Admits Shying Away From Bridgegate Probe

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 05, 2014

William "Pat" Schuber, a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, testified Tuesday that he did not inquire into last fall's suspect George Washington Bridge access lane closures because he wanted to avoid political infighting.

Burford Capital GC's In-house View of Litigation Financing

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 05, 2014

Melissa Sobel, the general counsel of Burford Capital, says it's a way law departments can add value to the company.

Asia Deal Digest: June 5, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2014

* Japan's Dai-ichi Life turns to Baker & McKenzie and Willkie Farr for its first foray into the U.S. market* Minter Ellison is guiding Asia's richest man on his $2.2 billion bid for Australian natural gas distributor Envestra* Clifford Chance advises 7-Eleven Malaysia on a $225 million IPO

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.

Maintaining Privilege in the Age of E-Discovery

Lauren E. Aguiar and Julie E. Cohen : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Lauren E. Aguiar and Julie E. Cohen of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom write: The newly proposed Commercial Division rule relating to privilege log practice is intended to "promote more efficient, cost-effective pretrial disclosure." In light of existing federal and state case law, however, it is unclear whether and to what extent the rule will in fact lessen the burden on practitioners.

Ropes & Gray Settles Patent Malpractice Suit

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Ropes & Gray has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum of cash to settle a long-running malpractice suit filed by former client Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which had accused Ropes of undermining a patent it was hired to prosecute by plagiarizing another inventor's application.

No Fees, But Injunction Upheld

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 04, 2014

"It's the longest I've ever waited for an expedited appeal," Noelle Reed said of the Fifth Circuit's decision.

JNC Submits Four Candidates to Succeed Jacobs

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 03, 2014

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted four names to Gov. Jack Markell to consider as a possible replacement for retiring Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs, according to sources familiar with the process.

Jurisdiction Fight Continues in Tainted Steroid MDL

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A diagnostic imaging company has alleged that a Virginia law firm is attempting continue to involve a state court in litigation over mass torts involving a batch of tainted steroids, even though a federal judge has transferred the actions to federal court.

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.

Complex Litigation

: New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "Telephone Consumer Protection Act Class Actions After 'Mims'," "Will 'Daimler' Take the Air Out of 'Koehler'?," "Maintaining Privilege in the Age of E-Discovery" and "Expanding Liability for Audit Committee Members."

Federal Circuit Reversed—Yet Again—in Patent Cases

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Federal Circuit Reversed—Yet Again—In Patent Cases

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 02, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously slapped down the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, rejecting two of its patent rulings just over a month after hearing oral arguments in both cases.

Pfizer Inks $325 Million Deal to Exit Neurontin Class Action

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

After a failed bid by Quinn Emanuel for help from the U.S. Supreme Court, Pfizer opted to settle claims over the company's marketing of its epilepsy drug.

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?

Maintaining Privilege in the Age of E-Discovery

Lauren E. Aguiar and Julie E. Cohen : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

Lauren E. Aguiar and Julie E. Cohen of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom write: The newly proposed Commercial Division rule relating to privilege log practice is intended to "promote more efficient, cost-effective pretrial disclosure." In light of existing federal and state case law, however, it is unclear whether and to what extent the rule will in fact lessen the burden on practitioners.

Supreme Court Upends Two More Patent Rulings

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

A rough year for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit got rougher on Monday, when two more of its rulings were unanimously reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ropes Settles Long-Running Malpractice Suit

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Ropes & Gray has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum of cash to settle a long-running malpractice suit filed against the firm by former client Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which had accused Ropes of, among other things, undermining a patent it was hired to prosecute by plagiarizing another inventor's application.

A Warning for Those Who Would Blow the Whistle

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

The act of whistle-blowing, especially on Wall Street, is "not for the faint-hearted," an financial journalist writes.

June 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A Second Chance

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A lawyer who passed up a GC job once grabs the brass ring the second time; and other Moves.

Legal Aid Society Honors Banks

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

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

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

Munger, Skadden Help Drop Beats in Apple's Lap

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

Beats Electronics, the Santa Monica-based headphone maker started by hip hop mogul Dr. Dre and recording industry titan Jimmy Iovine in 2006, has turned to teams of lawyers from Munger Tolles, Skadden and British firm Osborne Clarke on its proposed $3 billion sale to Apple, which is being advised by Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

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

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Allen v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America; ViaSat v. Space Systems/Loral; E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Company v. Kolon Industries, Inc.; Wexler v. KPMG LLP et al.

Big Canadian Deals

Brian Baxter, Marlisse Silver Sweeney, Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Yamana–Agnico-Eagle / Osisko; CPPIB / Wilton Re; Encana / TPG Capital

Humorous Speeches, Jokes Highlight Bouchard Investiture

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 28, 2014

The investiture ceremony of new Court of Chancery Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard on May 23 took on the flavor of a celebrity roast at times, as several speakers, including the chancellor himself, cracked jokes about his career and told humorous stories.

Valeant Makes Skin Care Licensing Deal Amid Allergan Offer

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Six Am Law 100 firms are advising as Valeant sells the licensing rights to several skin care products to Nestle for $1.4 billion as it ups its unsolicited bid for Botox maker Allergan.

Humorous Speeches, Jokes Highlight Bouchard Investiture

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 28, 2014

The investiture ceremony of new Court of Chancery Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard on May 23 took on the flavor of a celebrity roast at times, as several speakers, including the chancellor himself, cracked jokes about his career and told humorous stories.

Seven Candidates Apply to Succeed Jacobs on Delaware Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 28, 2014

Seven candidates have applied to succeed Justice Jack B. Jacobs on the Delaware Supreme Court, according to sources familiar with the process. The candidate list is a diverse group of judges, lawyers in private practice and one law professor.

So Long, Sanders: Squire's Founding Partner Tossed in Tie-Up

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

William Sanders is the latest legal luminary to see his name fall off the shingle of an Am Law 200 firm. Negotiations over new firm names have scuttled previous merger deals between large firms.

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.

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann

Sherry Karabin : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Humorous Speeches Highlight Bouchard Investiture

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 23, 2014

The investiture ceremony of new Court of Chancery Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard took on the flavor of a celebrity roast at times as several speakers, including the chancellor himself, cracked jokes about his career and told humorous stories.

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.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A look at some partners who won't be joining a combined Squire Patton Boggs, Edwards Wildman Palmer's new public policy group, Polsinelli hires four and more lateral moves across The Am Law 200.

Court Rejects Appeals By Former White House Counsel

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 23, 2014

A former White House counsel charged with trying to kill his wife in Connecticut has lost a legal fight over whether he can use a mental health defense at his trial. The state Appellate Court has rejected John Michael Farren's appeals of rulings by Stamford Superior Court Judge Richard Comerford, who told Farren on May 1 that he couldn't use a mental health defense. Farren's appeals were dismissed Wednesday.

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.

7 Candidates Apply for Jacobs' Seat on Del. Supreme Court

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 22, 2014

Seven candidates have applied to succeed Justice Jack B. Jacobs on the Delaware Supreme Court, according to sources who are familiar with the process. The candidate list presents a diverse group of judges, attorneys in private practice and one law professor.

Skadden Advises JD.com on Tencent Investment

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

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

Asia Deal Digest: May 22, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

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

Fund for Modern Courts Awards

: New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

E. Leo Milonas and Michael A. Cardozo were honored by The Fund for Modern Courts in Manhattan on Monday.

Six Said to Be Among Del. Supreme Court Justice Candidates

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 21, 2014

Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr., Superior Court Judges Jan R. Jurden, Mary Miller Johnston and Calvin L. Scott Jr., Family Court Chief Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn, and Widener Law professor Lawrence A. Hamermesh are said to be among the candidates who applied to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs, according to sources familiar with the process.

Bouchard Margules & Friedlander Reorganizes After Partner Departures

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 21, 2014

The firm formerly known as Bouchard Margules & Friedlander has reorganized as Friedlander & Gorris after two of the firm's named partners departed to pursue different paths. Former managing partner Andre G. Bouchard left to head the Delaware Court of Chancery while David J. Margules joined Ballard Spahr's Wilmington office earlier this month.

Bouchard Margules & Friedlander Reorganizes After Partner Departures

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 21, 2014

The firm formerly known as Bouchard Margules & Friedlander has reorganized as Friedlander & Gorris after two of the firm's named partners departed to pursue different paths. Former managing partner Andre G. Bouchard left to head the Delaware Court of Chancery while David J. Margules joined Ballard Spahr's Wilmington office earlier this month.

DLA Clears Partner Caught Up in Sexist Email Furor

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

DLA Piper will not punish a London-based partner whose name surfaced in connection with a series of sexist emails sent and received by the chief executive of the U.K.'s top soccer league, a DLA client, The Am Law Daily has learned.

Schulte Roth, Skadden Tune In for Cobham's Aeroflex Buy

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

The British defense contractor absorbs a New York-based microelectronics maker in a $1.46 billion deal.

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.

Cleary Helps Deutsche Bank Raise $11 Billion

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

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

GCs, Board Members Rank Their Favorite Firms

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 16, 2014

A trade magazine and consultancy have come out with their rankings, which don't deviate from the usual crop of top law firms.

Kaye, Zabel Recognized for Advocacy

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

Former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye , of counsel at Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and William D. Zabel, a founding partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, received awards of distinction from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention for their pioneering efforts to advocate for victims' rights.

'Astronomical' Fees Assessed To Lawyer Who Testified For GAL Reform

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 16, 2014

A Connecticut lawyer who publicly voiced his concerns about high costs of guardians ad litem services was shocked by the timing of an Appellate Court decision in his own divorce case.

Ruemmler Departs as White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

Kathryn Ruemmler leaves the White House on Friday after nearly three years as President Barack Obama's top lawyer.

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.

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.

What to Expect From a Democratic Majority at FTC

Shepard Goldfein and James Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Shepard Goldfein and James Keyte review each FTC commissioner's policy hot spots, core antitrust principles and perspectives on proof, with particular attention to instances where the political divide was crossed.

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.

The Churn: Squire Sanders Exits, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Amid their firm's ongoing merger talks with Patton Boggs, several Squire Sanders practice leaders find new professional homes.

This Summer, the Hot Jobs Are In-House

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

HP is launching a summer associate program, and Morgan Lewis is farming its summers out to clients.

The Score: Ex-Patterson Belknap Partner Parsons to Head Clippers

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

As NBA Commissioner Adam Silver pushes Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the drama swirling around the team adds new players with ties to Patterson Belknap and Kaye Scholer.

Clifford Chance, Skadden Ride Caffeine High

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The global legal giants are advising on the formation of a $5 billion coffee joint venture designed to challenge market leader Nestle.

Iranian Business Ties Allegations Are Political Speech

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 08, 2014

Pseudonymous letters sent to the U.S. government alleging a Kuwaiti-based government contractor was engaging in illegal business activity with Iran were political speech, a split Superior Court has ruled in ordering the trial court to apply a heightened standard in determining whether the letters' authors could be disclosed.

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.

Proposed DGCL Amendments to Address Uncertainty

Allison L. Land and Christopher M. DiVirgilio : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 07, 2014

The Delaware State Bar Association has proposed legislation that, if adopted, would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law in a number of significant ways. Among other things, the proposed legislation would amend the recently enacted Section 251(h), which facilitates the use of short-form mergers in certain two-step acquisitions, to eliminate the prohibition on the use of Section 251(h) by an "interested stockholder" and to clarify the provisions of Section 251(h) to address certain questions that have arisen in the months since its adoption.

Orrick Puts Would-Be Partners Through Business Boot Camp

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

It's "critically important for legal advisers to understand the business of clients," said firm Chairman Mitchell Zuklie.

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

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

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

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.

Litigation

: New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, "Water Wars: Disputes Run Deep in Recent and Pending Litigation" "Dealing With Subsequent Remedial Measures" "Will 'Nautilus' Significantly Change the Strength of Patents?" and "Admissibility of Email Under FRE's Business Records Exception."

Dealing With Subsequent Remedial Measures

Steven F. Napolitano and Brittany M. Dorman : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Steven F. Napolitano and Brittany M. Dorman of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom write: Though subsequent remedial measures are most commonly associated with product liability litigation, New York courts apply this doctrine in other types of litigation as well, often in creative ways. Thus, plaintiff and defense counsel must keep informed of developing case law in this area, and give advance thought as to how such potentially powerful evidence could get before the jury in a particular case.

D.C. Law Firms Lag Behind the 'Super Rich' from New York

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The top Washington law firms remained clustered far behind the nation's richest firms last year, according to The American Lawyer.

Recorder Names Corporate Practices of the Year

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Brothers on Both Sides of GE's Big Alstom Bid

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

Hogan Lovells, which will promote Stephen Immelt to CEO on July 1, is one of a half-dozen firms advising on a $17 billion offer for French conglomerate Alstom's energy unit by General Electric, itself led by Jeffrey Immelt.

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.

May 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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

The Spirit of Liberty: A Perpetual Anniversary

Judith S. Kaye : New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

Judith S. Kaye, counsel to Skadden Arps and the former Chief Judge of New York, writes: There are so many 2014 anniversaries—for starters, the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th of the Civil Rights Act, reaffirming that it remains for us, each in our own way, to persist in reinvigorating the message that the spirit of liberty, genuine equal opportunity for all, lies in our hearts and in our hands.

The Spirit of Liberty: A Perpetual Anniversary

Judith S. Kaye : New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

Judith S. Kaye, counsel to Skadden Arps and the former Chief Judge of New York, writes: There are so many 2014 anniversaries—for starters, the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th of the Civil Rights Act, reaffirming that it remains for us, each in our own way, to persist in reinvigorating the message that the spirit of liberty, genuine equal opportunity for all, lies in our hearts and in our hands.

Trying to Put the Zing Back

Chelsea Allison : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A GC discusses the rapidly changing and really litigious world of games.

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.

Amid Sterling Row, Skadden Waits in Wings

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

The firm is preparing for a potential court battle with Los Angeles Clippers owner and attorney Donald Sterling.

Online Hotel Tax Hits Florida Supreme Court

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 01, 2014

The Florida Supreme Court hears arguments on taxing hotel room rentals by online travel companies.

Kirkland, Skadden Tapped for Exelon/Pepco Deal

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Exelon Corp. turned to Kirkland & Ellis for its $6.8 billion purchase of and Pepco Holdings Inc., and the two companies have tapped Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to secure potentially tricky regulatory approval. Sullivan & Cromwell and Covington & Burling served as legal counsel to Pepco.

Bouchard's Investiture as Chancellor Set for May 23

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 30, 2014

The investiture ceremony for incoming Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard is set for May 23, Gov. Jack Markell's office announced Tuesday. Bouchard, who was confirmed earlier this month, will be formally sworn in at the ceremony in Wilmington, Del.

Am Law 100 Firms Lead on Pepco Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Kirkland is advising utility operator Exelon on its $6.8 billion purchase of Pepco, which has turned to S&C and Covington.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider Has Patented Approach To Succeeding In Federal Court

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 29, 2014

A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary sought to stop a manufacturer of spinal implants from violating its patents related to the technology. Fast action was needed. So the company turned to a Connecticut law firm that prides itself on getting results in federal courts across the country—Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider.

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.

Judge Rakoff Dings Picard in Madoff Avoidance Actions

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Irving Picard's efforts to spread money among Bernie Madoff's Ponzi victims hit a snag this week, when a judge ruled that Picard must present more potent allegations in order to proceed with so-called avoidance actions against entities like Societe Generale and UniCredit that handled Madoff funds.

An Inside Look at The 2014 Am Law 100

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Our latest Am Law 100 survey finds surprises beneath the surface among the nation's top-grossing firms.

Big Suits

Mark Hamblett, Rebekah Mintzer, Saranac Hale Spencer, and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Chevron v. Donziger; Kahn v. M&F Worldwide; Chocolate Antitrust Litigation; Asahi Kasei Pharma v. Actelion

Pfizer Taps Skadden As It Guns for AstraZeneca

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

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

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.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Albertsons / Safeway; Men's Wearhouse / Jos. A. Bank; Media General / LIN; Energy XXI / EPL Oil & Gas

Chinese Antitrust Regulators More Than a Speed Bump for Deals

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Nine months after it was announced, the Microsoft-Nokia deal closed last week. The delay, those involved said, was China's emerging antitrust regime.

Sills Cummis' Gross and Net Down, But Profits per Partner Are Stable

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Sills Cummis & Gross, one of New Jersey's largest and perennially highest-grossing firms saw a drop-off in revenue and a sharp decline in net profits in the last fiscal year.

Eggleston Picked For WH Counsel

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

For the first time since taking office, President Obama has looked outside his close circle of advisers to fill the top legal post at the White House.

Q&A: David Meister

Jeff Storey : New York Law Journal : January 25, 2014

David Meister, who recently rejoined Skadden Arps after serving as director of enforcement for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Corpration, reflects on the CFTC's mission, his tenure there, and the well-trodden path between big law partnership and government service.

Asia Deal Digest: April 24, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

* Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields lead on state-owned company's acquisition of Hess Oil assets in Thailand* Cleary, O'Melveny and Kirkland on a Chinese IT company's $332 million take-private* Willkie Farr guides a U.S. VC fund on a $250 million investment Down Under

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

White & Case, one of New York's oldest law firms, has signed a long-term lease for nine top tower floors at the McGraw-Hill Building, 1221 Avenue of the Americas. Also, privately held brokerage group Transwestern will be moving its Northeast regional headquarters to 600 Lexington Ave.

Half-Dozen Firms Dig Into Big Canadian Mining Deal

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

Amid talk about a pharma M&A boom, the global mining industry is on the verge of its own round of consolidation.

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.

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.

M&A Lawyers Line Up for Major Pharma Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Valeant launched a $45.7 billion hostile takeover bid for Botox-maker Allergan, while Novartis announced a series of transactions with GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly.

Midsized Real Estate Firm to Offer Big Law Salaries

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Duval & Stachenfeld, a 66-attorney real estate firm, is more than doubling its salary for starting associates to $175,000—above the large law firm standard—to compete with its rivals in attracting and retaining top talent.

Neil Eggleston Picked for White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, was named Monday the next White House counsel. Eggleston was picked to replace Kathryn Ruemmler, a former Latham & Watkins partner who plans to stay at the post until mid-May, the White House said. Ruemmler intends to return to private practice in New York.

Akin, Shearman Help Broker Algerian Telecom Peace

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Russian oligarch-backed VimpelCom is selling a 51 percent stake in Algeria's largest telecom operator.

Asia Deal Digest: April 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

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

Skadden Advises Sinopec on $5 Billion Bond Issue

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

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

Citing SCOTUS, Judge Revives Madoff Feeder Fund Claims

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 15, 2014

Predictions that the Supreme Court's ruling in would affect Bernie Madoff litigation proved correct this week, when a judge revived claims against one of Madoff's so-called feeder funds, Tremont Group.

Skadden on Board for Endurance's Hostile Aspen Bid

: The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

The firm is advising Endurance Specialty Holdings on its $3.2 billion hostile bid for Aspen Insurance Holdings.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 14, 2014

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

Trial Set For Ex-White House Lawyer Accused Of Attempted Murder

Associated Press : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 14, 2014

After four years of legal skirmishes, former Bush administration lawyer John Michael Farren is due to stand trial in June on charges of attempted murder and assault in connection with accusations he beat his wife nearly to death.

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.

Entertainment Matters: Belafonte Settles With King Heirs

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

A suit over MLK memorabilia ends, Katherine Heigl taps Ballard Spahr and CBS stays in-house to lock in late night.

DIGITALGLOBE INC.

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

When DigitalGlobe Inc. launched a merger with its rival in the U.S. satellite imaging market, the in-house legal team had to navigate challenges from a constellation of federal government interests.

'Blunt' E-mails Dog Intel in Pentium 4 Class Action

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

With trial set for May, a judge in California has tentatively denied the company's eleventh hour bid for summary judgment.

Dealmaker of the Week: Jones Day's Robert Profusek

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

Profusek and fellow M&A partner Peter Izanec led the Jones Day team advising Procter & Gamble on the $2.9 billion sale of its pet food business to Mars Incorporated.

'Blunt' Emails Dog Intel in Pentium 4 Class Action

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

With trial set for May, Santa Clara Judge Peter Kirwan has tentatively denied the company's eleventh-hour bid for summary judgment.

Robbins Geller Faces Off with NHL Over Head Injuries

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd made a clumsy entrance into litigation over concussions in pro sports, filing a class action complaint against the National Hockey League that included a few attention-grabbing typos and factual errors.

Pillsbury's $20 Million Man

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Jorge del Calvo powers the firm's Valley corporate practice.

Asia Deal Digest: April 10, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg has added John DiMatteo as a partner to lead the firm's intellectual property practice, among other news of moves and promotions.

Jones Day, Skadden Land on Mars' Pet Food Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

M&M's manufacturer Mars is paying $2.9 billion in cash to acquire Procter & Gamble's pet food business, which includes the brands Iams, Eukanuba and Natura. Skadden is advising Mars while Jones Day takes the lead for longtime client P&G.

Class Certified in Download Insurance Lawsuit

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Computer security firm Symantec Corp. and one of its contractors face a certified class action brought by consumers who say the companies duped them into buying “download insurance” when the same service was available for free.

JPMorgan Can't Dodge Online Payment Patent Claims

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

When inventor Lakshmi Arunachalam gets involved in patent cases, strange things can happen. But one of her latest cases quietly cleared a hurdle this week, leaving JPMorgan Chase & Co. facing claims that it infringed patents by letting its customers pay bills online.

Supreme Court Takes Case on State Action Immunity Doctrine

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partners Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte write: On March 3, 2014, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in 'North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC,' marking the second time in two years that the Supreme Court has considered the parameters of the state action doctrine, following nearly two decades of silence on the subject.

Rule 180.1: The CFTC Targets Fraud and Manipulation

David Meister, Jocelyn Strauber and Brittany Bettman : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

David Meister, Jocelyn Strauber and Brittany Bettman of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, write: The CFTC has caught up to its sister securities regulator, as it now holds that same "catchall" authority to bring enforcement actions against fraud in the commodities, commodities futures, and swaps markets.

White-Collar Crime

: New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "SEC Renews Focus on Accounting and Disclosure Fraud," "Rule 180.1: The CFTC Targets Fraud and Manipulation," "Examining the Future of Complex Prosecutions in New York," and "How the SEC May Receive Testimony Compelled in U.K., Canada."

Government Focus on Fair Labor Standards

John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

In their Labor Relations column, John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, write that with more wage and hour scrutiny by the Labor Department likely after President Obama's signing of a Presidential Memorandum aimed at revamping overtime eligibility rules, it is a good time to review protections afforded to employees under the FLSA, penalties for noncompliance and the joint employer, hot goods and successor theories of liability under the law.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 04, 2014

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

Asia Deal Digest: April 3, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

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

Skadden, Simpson Top First-Quarter M&A Rankings

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

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

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

: The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

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

Madoff Feeder Fund Tremont Group Dodges Investor Suit

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

The ruling, which also dismisses claims against Tremont parents Oppenheimer and Mass Mutual, is a loss for attorneys at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, who based their complaint partly on an exclusive jailhouse meeting with Madoff in 2009.

V&E Partner Moves to Latham Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2014

David Blumental previously headed Vinson & Elkins' Shanghai office, which was closed last year.

Canadian Deals & Suits

Laura King : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

News Corp, Murdoch Beat Investor Claims Over Hacking Scandal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

With help from Skadden, News Corp. and its CEO, Rupert Murdoch, have dodged a proposed securities fraud class action over the company's phone-hacking scandal—at least for the time being.

In-House Counsel Profile: DeVry Education Group Inc.'s Gregory Davis

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Gregory Davis heads an 11-­lawyer team that also includes a director of contract management.

Latest Dewey Clawback Complaint Targets Ex-COO

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

About a week after former Dewey & LeBoeuf chief operating officer Dennis D'Alessandro's lawyer spoke with The Am Law Daily about his client's innocence in the alleged fraud scheme that helped destroy the firm, the trustee overseeing Dewey's bankruptcy case sued D'Alessandro in a bid to recover nearly $9.3 million for creditors.

A Merger Wave on the Horizon for Chinese Firms?

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 31, 2014

A potential merger between two of China's top law firms—Jun He Law Offices and Zhong Lun Law Firm—has launched a flurry of speculation in the region about what such a combination would mean, both for the two firms involved and the still-developing Chinese legal profession.

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

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

A federal judge in San Francisco rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

Skadden Opens in Seoul

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

The firm has relocated partner H. Young Shin, head of the its Korea practice, from New York to lead the new office.

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.

Skadden Win in Bank of America Case May Undercut DOJ's Strategy

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 27, 2014

A U.S. magistrate judge's recommendation to dismiss claims that Bank of America defrauded investors in a mortgage-backed security may weaken the Department of Justice's efforts to use a statute known as FIRREA.

Casino Miami Jai Alai Auctioned Off For $155 Million

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 26, 2014

Florida Gaming Corp. auctioned the casino to its primary lender, ABC Funding LLC, amid competition from other bidders.

Corporate Law Analysts Compare Bouchard to Chandler

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 26, 2014

Although on paper Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor nominee Andre G. Bouchard may have a great deal more in common with his predecessor, current Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr., many in the Delaware corporate law community choose to compare him to one of the Chancery Court's longest-tenured leaders, former Chancellor William B. Chandler III.

Kirkland Partner in the Running for White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Washington, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision.

Corporate Law Analysts Compare Bouchard to Chandler

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 26, 2014

Although on paper Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor nominee Andre G. Bouchard may have a great deal more in common with his predecessor, current Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr., many in the Delaware corporate law community choose to compare him to one of the Chancery Court's longest-tenured leaders, former Chancellor William B. Chandler III.

Corporate Law Analysts Compare Bouchard to Chandler

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 26, 2014

Although on paper Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor nominee Andre G. Bouchard may have a great deal more in common with his predecessor, current Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr., many in the Delaware corporate law community choose to compare him to one of the Chancery Court's longest-tenured leaders, former Chancellor William B. Chandler III.

Zhong Lun, Jun He Discussing Possible Merger

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2014

The two Beijing-based law firms are generally considered to be among China's top three with King & Wood Mallesons. A merger between Zhong Lun Law Firm and Jun He Law Offices would create a combined firm with about 1,300 lawyers.

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.

Skadden to Settle Fletcher Bankruptcy Case for $4.25 Million

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

While disputing a court-appointed trustee's claim that it had not "adequately" protected former client Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher Jr.'s hedge funds and those who invested in them, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has agreed to pay $4.25 million to avoid any potential legal claims stemming from the bankruptcy of one of those funds.

Hotel Bed Tax Case Heads To Florida Supreme Court

Noreen Marcus : Daily Business Review : January 24, 2014

The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case of competing financial interests that poses this question: Should counties tax the services that online deal-finder websites provide on top of what they already assess hotels for accommodations?

Skadden Lands Roles on Two Insurance Sector Deals

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

The firm is taking the lead for buyout firm TPG on its $1.5 billion purchase of The Warranty Group from Onex Corporation and representing insurance company Wilton Re Holding Ltd. in connection with its $1.8 billion sale to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Kaye Scholer is advising Warranty and Onex in the first deal, while Debevoise & Plimpton is representing CPPIB in the latter transaction. Sutherland Asbill also landed a role advising Wilton Re.

Bouchard Nominated to Lead Delaware Court of Chancery

Jeff Mordock : The Legal Intelligencer : January 21, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated private corporate litigator Andre G. Bouchard to become the next Court of Chancery chancellor. Bouchard, the managing partner of Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, is expected to be confirmed for the chancellor vacancy that was created when former Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. was promoted to state Supreme Court chief justice.

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.

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

Business Judgment Rule Governs Move to Go Private, Justices Say

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 19, 2014

A going-private merger led by a controlling stockholder should be reviewed under the less-stringent business judgment rule, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled. The high court's decision affirmed a Delaware Court of Chancery ruling that MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings' full acquisition of an affiliate was proper under the business judgment rule.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

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.

Legal Department of the Year: Exelon Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

When Exelon Corp. absorbed Constellation Energy Group Inc. in 2012, the legal department spread word of its values with Constellation colleagues whose department had lacked internal diversity or pro bono programs.

Three Firms Assist on $1.05 Billion Nursing Home Deal

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

Fried Frank is advising NorthStar Realty Finance Corporation on its acquisition of a portfolio of 80 nursing home properties from investment firms Formation Capital and Safanad. Gibson Dunn is representing Safanad on the deal and Skadden is advising Formation Capital, which will continue to control a portion of the portfolio in a joint venture with NorthStar.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 17, 2014

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

Dealmakers of the Week: Skadden's Schnell and London

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

Skadden partners Paul Schnell and Jeremy London led the firm team advising clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank on its $1.8 billion sale to rival Men's Wearhouse.

Court Makes Going-Private Deals Tougher to Challenge

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

The Delaware Supreme Court dismissed a suit alleging that MacAndrews & Forbes enriched itself at the expense of shareholders when it took over an affiliate in 2011, marking a win for defense lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Scatters Five Partner Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Holland & Knight adds two partners in Tampa and individual partners in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Burr & Forman welcomes four health care attorneys in Birmingham; and two energy and natural resources partners move to Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

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.

New Deals

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

Two competing clothiers put an end to a months-long standoff on Tuesday with Jos. A. Bank agreeing to be bought by Men's Wearhouse in a cash deal worth $1.8 billion. Also, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management has struck a deal to acquire grocery store chain Safeway for roughly $9 billion in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year.

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.

Gleacher Taps Covington, Delaware Firm for Dissolution

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

Covington & Burling and Delaware's Potter Anderson & Corroon are advising Gleacher & Company on its planned liquidation, which the boutique financial services firm announced Thursday after failing to find a buyer.

SanDisk GC Explains $28 Million Patent Win

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

A Santa Clara County jury awarded the company $28.5 million in damages for a licensing agreement breach by PNY Technologies.

Phone Makers Sued Over Carrier IQ Fight for Arbitration of Privacy Claims

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen must decide whether plaintiffs are bound by ADR agreements in their phone service contracts, which would knock the class action out of federal court.

Alston & Bird Posts Flat Year in Revenue, Income

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 12, 2014

Alston & Bird had a flat 2013 after posting significant gains in revenue and net income in 2012.

Obama Taps Atlanta Federal Prosecutor for Albany Judgeship

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 12, 2014

An assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta was nominated by the White House late today for a federal judgeship in Albany.

Davis Polk and Skadden on Strategic Tencent Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 11, 2014

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

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

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

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