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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 1,735
  • Gross Revenues: -$2,084,967,296
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,275,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,615,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

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 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 4 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 7 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 15 -8 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 11 -1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 43 4 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 69 -18 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 82 -39 Summer programs

In the News

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.

'McWane': Tacit Coordination Versus Illegal Agreement

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Skadden Arps partners Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte write: In the recent case against McWane Inc. Ltd., the FTC affirmed an exclusive dealing claim against the company, but it deadlocked 2-2 (along party lines) on price-fixing claims. Unfortunately, the lack of a fifth commissioner to break the tie left observers without a clear statement on how, at least within the FTC, to dissect price-fixing allegations and proof, and immediate reactions to the decision expressed disappointment at the lack of guidance. Nevertheless, there are at least a few lessons to draw from McWane.

Chiquita's Fyffes Buy Bears Fruit for Deal Lawyers

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

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

Mineral Company Taps Cravath for Big M&A Buy

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

Cravath, Swaine & Moore is advising Minerals Technologies on its $1.74 billion acquisition of Amcol International, which is being advised by Kirkland & Ellis. The offer by Minerals Technologies topped a rival bid made last month by French specialty materials maker Imerys and its lawyers from Skadden and Fried Frank.

In-House Counsel Profile: CME Group Inc.'s Kathleen Cronin

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

CME Group Inc. is the parent of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchange and the Commodity Exchange — in other words, the largest combined derivatives marketplace in the world.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

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

A New GC in the Tronox Sandbox

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

The producer of mineral sands promotes an in-house insider to lead it out of bankruptcy.

Schulte, Latham Lead on $9 Billion Safeway Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

An investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management has struck a deal to acquire grocery store chain Safeway in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year. Schulte Roth & Zabel is advising the buyers, with Dechert and Baker Botts also providing antitrust advice. Latham & Watkins is representing Safeway.

Phone Makers Hope Carriers' ADR Clause Can Protect Them Too

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen will decide if privacy claims over tracking software are governed by a third-party arbitration agreement.

Asia Deal Digest: March 6, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

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

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 06, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Chancery Denies Lehman's Claims Under Acquiescence Doctrine

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 05, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery applied the rarely-used acquiescence doctrine to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and T. Rowe Price High Yield Fund Inc. against a company that owns and operates Spanish-language television stations throughout the country.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Sony Corporation of America and Credit Suisse Group have signed new agreements at 11 Madison Ave., between 24th and 25th streets, in the Flatiron District.

Skadden Advising Sina Weibo on $500 Million IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2014

China's Twitter-like 'microblogging' service is seeking a U.S. listing.

Strine to Preside as Delaware Chief Justice for First Time

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 04, 2014

After being sworn in last Friday as chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, Leo Strine, Jr., will preside over the state's highest court in Dover for the first time on Wednesday.

Justices Expand Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 04, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Reed Smith, Skadden Advise as Caesars Shuffles Casinos

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

Caesars Entertainment is selling four casino properties in Las Vegas and New Orleans to one of its affiliates in a restructuring transaction worth $2.2 billion, including assumed debt and committed expenditures. Reed Smith is representing a special committee of Caesars' board while Skadden is advising a special committee of Caesars Acquisition Company's board.

Justices Expand Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 04, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Three Former Federal Prosecutors Create Litigation Firm

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 03, 2014

Jeff Neiman, Jeff Marcus and Dan Rashbaum are launching a white-collar litigation firm called Marcus Neiman & Rashbaum.

Banks Is Leaving Legal Aid for a City Position

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

Steven Banks, who has been attorney-in-chief of the New York City Legal Aid Society since 2004, was named commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday.

Inadmissible: HRF Partners With Law School

: Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

An Access To Justice Scorebook

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The National Center for Access to Justice has 50-state survey of Americans' ability to use the justice system.

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

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

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

Unrest in Ukraine Ripples Through Global 100 Firms

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

Baker & McKenzie, Chadbourne & Parke, Clifford Chance, Dentons, DLA Piper and Squire Sanders have all seen business at their offices in Kiev grind to a halt this month amid clashes between opposition forces and security services loyal to former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Tex Parte: South Texas College of Law partners with Human Rights First nonprofit

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

One and Done


: The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

The downturn didn't force Ian McLean out of a job. But it coincided with his decision to try something different.

Why Lawyers Are Still Waiting for the Future

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Six years after Lehman Brothers died, technology-driven changes in the market are slow to arrive.

Online Justice Index Maps Legal Access in America

Katherine Montgomery : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

The National Center for Access to Justice now collects and presents national and state data on access to legal representation for a variety of underprivileged groups.

Why Lawyers Are Still Waiting for the Future

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Six years after Lehman Brothers died, technology-driven changes in the market are slow to arrive.

Asia Deal Digest: February 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

* Skadden guides Holland's Vitol on $2.6 billion acquisition of Shell assets in Australia* Herbert Smith Freehills advises Chinese copper recycler on Hong Kong IPO* Wilmer and Amarchand team for $110 million Web hosting acquisition in India

Herbert Smith Freehills Drops Singapore QFLP License

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Singapore's Ministry of Law announced Friday that four other foreign firms renewed their licenses, which allow them to practice Singapore law in exchange for meeting certain local hiring and revenue targets, while one firm was given a one-year conditional extension.

Canadian Big Deals

Laura King : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Brookfield Property Partners/Brookfield Office Properties; Fortis/UNS Energy; Pacific Rubiales Energy/Petrominerales; Fairfax Financial/BlackBerry

In-House Counsel Helps Launch Access to Justice Project

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 27, 2014

The Justice Index is a new online tool that compares levels of access to justice in state legal systems.

Project Measures Access to Civil Legal Services

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

When trying to measure access to civil legal assistance, empirical data can be hard to find. But an ambitious online database released Tuesday aims to solve that problem by showing state-by-state comparisons of available services.

Justices OK Suits Against Law Firms in Ponzi Scheme

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Private investors burned in Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme can move ahead with their state-law class actions against two prominent law firms and insurance brokers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

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

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2014

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

First Solar Turns the Spotlight on a New GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

The solar solutions company highlights the new hire's experience in the energy sector.

Supreme Court Takes a Pass on Whirlpool Class Actions

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Defying expectations and the hopes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the high court declined Monday to hear arguments that it should dismantle two class actions over allegedly defective Whirlpool Corp. washing machines.

Columbia Takes the Lead

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Skadden on Acquisition of Shell Australia Assets

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2014

Dutch trading company Vitol is buying the oil giant's refining and retail businesses in Australia.

Part of Pro Golfer's Suit Against PGA Tour Advances

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 21, 2014

Professional golfer Vijay Singh can move forward with claims that the PGA Tour failed to properly investigate his use of a product believed to contain a banned substance before taking disciplinary action against him, a Manhattan state judge ruled.

Dealmaker of the Week: Latham's Charles Ruck

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

Ruck, along with fellow Orange County M&A partner R. Scott Shean, led the Latham team advising Actavis on its $25 billion acquisition of specialty pharmaceuticals company Forest Laboratories.

New Deals

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

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

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Chevron Work Gives Gibson Dunn a Boost

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher reported gains across key financial metrics in 2013. The firm enjoyed its biggest bump in gross revenue, which rose 7.4 percent, to $1.386 billion, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Bonuses Spread to Associates at Midsize and Small Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Associate bonuses are no longer confined to large law firms. Midsize firms and boutiques say they are increasingly using individualized merit pay paired with incentive packages to retain and reward their most talented lawyers.

Editorial: A Time for Trial

: The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 18, 2014

On January 6, 2010, John M. Farren was arrested and charged with 4 serious felonies: attempted murder, 2 counts of assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a child for the brutal and highly publicized attack on his then wife, Mary Margaret Farren in the presence of their 2 small children.

Government Still Pursuing Greenberg Case 9 Years Later

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

After years of litigation pursued by three different state attorneys general and recent court rulings that seem to lift any remaining barriers to a trial, the end of the civil fraud case against business titan Maurice "Hank" Greenberg is still nowhere in sight.

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

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

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

INADMISSIBLE: Holder Presses Voting Rights for Felons

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. last week urged state and federal lawmakers to restore voting rights to felons who are no longer under supervision, calling restrictions in place now "profoundly outdated." Plus more in this week's column.

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

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

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

Skadden Snags Lead Again for Jos. A. Bank, This Time on Bauer Buy

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

Jos. A. Bank has further complicated its ongoing battle with rival clothier Men's Wearhouse, which launched a hostile takeover for the company last month after rebuffing an unsolicited Jos. A Bank bid. Now, Jos. A. Bank has agreed to buy casual sportswear company Eddie Bauer from private equity owner Golden Gate Capital in a cash-and-stock deal worth $825 million.

Dealmaker of the Week: Paul Weiss' Robert Schumer

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

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

REIT Work Keeps Half-Dozen Am Law 100 Firms Busy

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

Kite Realty Group Trust has tapped Hogan Lovells for counsel on its $1.2 billion buy of the Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, which has retained Alston & Bird to advise on the proposed union of the two shopping center owners. Meanwhile, two other top REITS—including one led by a former Sullivan & Worcester partner—battle with activist investors.

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

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

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

DOJ Warns 'Repeat Offenders' with $425 Million Bridgestone Fine

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

The Justice Department has a message for companies in trouble for fixing prices: If you're going to come clean, you better not hold back.

Asia Deal Digest: February 13, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

* Singapore's Puma Energy turns to Cleary for a $750 million notes issue in Luxembourg* Skadden advises Chinese SOE on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise acquisition* Maddocks and Stikeman Elliott on the $479 million acquisition of an Aussie dairy products company

New Deals

Sara Randazzo : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The Coca-Cola Co. is jumping on the at-home beverage-making trend by agreeing to pay $1.25 billion for a stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the opportunity to develop a countertop system for producing cold drinks that would likely compete with current market leader SodaStream.

Kirkland, Skadden Carve Out $1.6 Billion Minerals Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Paris-based specialty materials company Imerys is buying U.S. company Amcol International, which specializes in specialty minerals and chemicals. Kirkland is advising Amcol on its sale, while Skadden is representing Imerys.

Judge: No Sanctions for Lawyers Suing Skadden, Staffing Firm

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A U.S. district judge in New York has refused to allow Tower Legal Staffing to request sanctions against David Lola, an attorney who sued Tower and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for failing to pay him overtime for his work on a document review assignment, or against Lola's counsel, D. Maimon Kirschenbaum.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Patricia Hennessy joins Conrad O'Brien as co-chairwoman of the education law group in the West Chester, Pa., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

'Indefiniteness' Finally Gaining Some Respect

Douglas Nemec and Hoda Rifai-Bashjawish : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the defense against business-method patents.

Wall Street Watchdog Sues DOJ over $13B JPMorgan Pact

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

Better Markets Inc., a nonprofit led by a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, filed an unusual lawsuit Monday challenging the legality of the U.S. Department of Justice's $13 billion mortgage settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

'Leaning In' Makes Legal Sense for Employers

John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

In their Labor Relations column, John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom write: Engaging with employees on sensitive personal issues is serious business but, if undertaken correctly, can be a win-win for employees and employers.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

Zynga's Devang Shah

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Herrick, Feinstein has appointed new chairs and co-chairs of several departments, among other announcements of promotions and additions.

Skadden Adds Fizz to Coca-Cola's Make-At-Home Drink Deal

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Advised by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the Coca-Cola Co. has agreed to pay $1.25 billion for a stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the opportunity to develop a countertop system for making cold beverages. Baker & McKenzie is advising Green Mountain on the transaction.

Schulte Parts Ways With Associate Accused of Battery In Suit

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: February 6, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

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

Skadden Bankruptcy Baron Joins Liquidation Shop

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

John "Jack" Wm. Butler Jr., a former cohead of the corporate reorganization practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is poised to leave the Am Law 100 firm's Chicago office to join financial services shop Hilco Global, which specializes in distressed investments.

Skadden Fends Off Southwest Airlines Merger Challenge

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

The Ninth Circuit brought a likely end to an antitrust class action seeking to undo Southwest Airlines Co.'s 2011 acquisition of AirTran Airways Inc.

State Bar Asks Lawyers to Back Civics Education

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

"A robust civic education is vital for promoting a culture of engagement in the democratic process and ensuring that all Americans...are informed, thoughtful and active citizens," the report adopted by the NYSBA said.

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

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

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

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Law firm personnel changes in metropolitan Washington D.C.

The 2013 Lateral Report

: The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Fueled by the Dewey diaspora, lateral activity among Am Law 200 firms reached a three-year high in 2012.

Taking It All the Way to Trial, or Acting 'As If'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

When the U.S. Marshals Service seized the booth of a Chinese tire maker at a Las Vegas trade show and confiscated its contents, it was an unambiguous message from Weisbrod Matteis & Copley: Pay up.

Capitalizing on Experience at the Big Shops

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado is no place for attorneys to cut their teeth. The Los Angeles-based litigation boutique, which opened its doors in 2002, comprises a dozen veteran lawyers who contributed to a string of wins last year for major companies, name partner William Delgado said.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

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

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

Establishing a sense of credibility

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A game of three-dimensional chess. That's how Kenneth Lee described the multibillion-dollar battle between the trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc. and the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

The Lateral All-Stars

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

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

Is Reliance on Lateral Hiring Destabilizing Firms?

William Henderson and Christopher Zorn : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

More than ever, firms look to laterals to boost profitability. But the data shows that it's not working.

State Bar Annual Meeting

: New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A list of the awards presented or announced by the New York State Bar Association during the group's annual meeting Jan. 27-31 at the Hilton New York.

A Personal Take on This Year's Lateral Report

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

After six years at the magazine's helm, The American Lawyer's editor in chief issue makes a move of her own and uses the occasion to reflect on two trends that capture Big Law's split personality.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Skadden Hires Meister to Head Crime Group

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

David Meister, who served as enforcement director at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, will head the firm's government enforcement and white-collar crime group in New York.

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

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

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

CFTC Enforcement Head Rejoins Skadden

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

After a three-year stint as director of the enforcement division at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, David Meister is rejoining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as head of the government enforcement and white-collar crime group in New York.

Judge Rejects Fee Bid in $20 Billion Sprint M&A Challenge

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

A gaggle of top plaintiffs firms that challenged a $20 billion deal involving Sprint got some disappointing news this week when a Kansas judge denied their bid for $8 million in fees.

State, Federal Courts Warn Of Virus-Carrying Messages

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 30, 2014

State and federal courts in Connecticut are among those nationwide circulating warnings about virus-bearing emails that purport to be notices of court hearings. At the Connecticut Judicial Branch, court administrators are on the lookout for the virus attacks.

Asia Deal Digest: January 30, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Simpson, Wachtell Advise on Big LatAm Banking Deal

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

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

Debevoise Knocks Out Greenberg Suit Over AIG Bailout

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the former chairman of American International Group, has reached a dead end in his company's $25 billion lawsuit alleging that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's takeover of AIG was unlawful.

Law Firm's Probe Finds No Proof of Bullying of Rutgers Football Players

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

A New Jersey law firm's probe of bullying allegations in Rutgers' University's football program has turned up no evidence of wrongdoing by the school.

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

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

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

Thomas Tew Dies Of Pancreatic Cancer

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 28, 2014

Thomas Tew, the co-founder of Tew Cardenas, often served as a receiver and was a boxing aficionado. He died Monday night of pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

Finance, Media Defendants Beat RealTime Patent Suits

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has brought a near-certain end to RealTime Data's patent infringement campaign against a large swath of the financial services industry.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

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

Bogus Court-Appearance Notices Can Email Viruses, Lawyers Told

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Courts around the country are circulating warnings about virus-bearing emails that purport to be notices of court hearings.

Winner, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Simpson Thacher

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 24, 2014

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

The Churn: K&S Adds Two From Fried Frank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

King & Spalding bolsters its white-collar group by recruiting a pair of partners of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Meanwhile, three Am Law firms open new offices with lateral hires. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements to thechurn@alm.com.

Boardroom Confidentiality Under Focus

David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

In their Corporate Governance column, David A. Katz, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Laura A. McIntosh, a consulting attorney for the firm, write: The current cultural emphasis on transparency and disclosure has contributed to an atmosphere in which sensitive corporate information is increasingly difficult to protect. There is limited statutory or case law to guide boards and directors in this area, and there exists a range of opinions among market participants and media commentators as to whether leaking information is problematic at all.

Marketplace

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

Almost a decade after opening on Columbus Circle across from the southwestern edge of New York City's Central Park, the Time Warner Center is set to be sold by its namesake inhabitant to an investor group that helped construct the 55-story edifice.

The Bankruptcy Files: Freedom Taps McGuireWoods for Chapter 11

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

McGuireWoods is advising Freedom Industries, the company responsible for a recent chemical spill that prompted drinking water bans that affected 300,000 West Virginians, on its Chapter 11 filing. Meanwhile, Skadden and Kirkland are dominating the market on bankruptcy work amid a dearth of large filings and the latter is among the Am Law 100 firms handling out-of-court restructurings for clients like Altegrity, Brookstone and M*Modal.

Banks, Icahn Beat Claims by Herbalife Short-Seller

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

In a stinging rebuke for short-seller and legal activist Daniel Ravicher, a judge on Tuesday dismissed claims that billionaire Carl Icahn and three major banks propped up an alleged pyramid scheme at the nutritional supplements company Herbalife Ltd.

Will the Asia Shakeout Ever Come?

By Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

What's the solution to the overly competitive market for legal services in Asia? Many international law firms in Asia are simply counting on their weaker rivals to eventually give up and go home, leaving a bigger pie for everybody else. But Asian Lawyer editor Anthony Lin says they shouldn't bet on that scenario.

The Churn: Hogan Lovells Launches in Sao Paulo, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Hogan Lovells opens its second Brazilian office with a lateral hire from Clifford Chance; Holland & Knight and Littler both beef up in Portland, and Pryor Cashman adds a prominent sports attorney and agent.

Fried Frank, Paul Weiss Lead on Time Warner Center Sale

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

The Am Law 100 firms—well versed on the subject of Manhattan's pricey commercial real estate—are advising media giant Time Warner Inc. on the $1.3 billion sale of its Columbus Circle headquarters to an investor group. The deal has also yielded roles for Gibson Dunn, Kirkland, Schulte Roth, Sidley Austin and Skadden.

DOJ Settlements: Don't Believe the Hype?

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

The Department of Justice announced this month that it collected a whopping $8 billion in civil and criminal settlements last year. But is the agency telling the whole story about whether these settlements are wins or losses for the public?

Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 16, 2014

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

Insurance Industry Deals a Boon to Big Firms

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: January 16, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

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

State AGs Win Right to Sue Corporations in State Court

Marcia Coyle : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

State attorneys general who have been aggressively pursuing companies for alleged violations of their antitrust and consumer protection laws scored a major victory on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that their lawsuits belong in state, not federal, courts.

State AGs Win Right to Sue Corporations in State Court

Marcia Coyle : supreme_court_brief : January 14, 2014

State attorneys general who have been aggressively pursuing companies for alleged violations of their antitrust and consumer protection laws scored a major victory on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that their lawsuits belong in state, not federal, courts.

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 13, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

Second City Shanghai

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

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

The Churn: Another Patton Boggs Loss, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

A banking partner leaves Patton Boggs in New York to join Greenberg Traurig; McGuireWoods hires a onetime counsel to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Latham poaches a Weil partner in London.

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

Jeff Mordock : The Legal Intelligencer : January 10, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

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

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

New Fellowship Aims to Restart Dormant Legal Careers

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Four Am Law 100 firms—Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley—have signed on to a new pilot program designed to put women lawyers who have stepped away from the profession for one reason or another back into a law firm setting.

K&L Gates Adds Pair of Tokyo Partners

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Takahiro Hoshino and Takahiro Tsumagari are joining the firm's commercial disputes and real estate practices, respectively.

Bucklin to Leave State Bar Association After 13 Years

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

"We have an enviable financial position, strong membership and a vast array of new and exciting member initiatives," Patricia Bucklin wrote in an email to members announcing her upcoming departure as the NYSBA's executive director.

LA Defense Lawyer Leaves Munger for Scheper Kim

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

: Delaware Business Court Insider : January 09, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 09, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

Wilson Sonsini, Skadden Advise as Singer Makes Moves

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

Elliott Management, the hedge fund founded by billionaire Harvard Law School graduate Paul Singer, has mounted a $3.1 billion takeover bid for Riverbed Technology. Elliott, an activist investor advised by Paul Weiss and New York's Kleinberg Kaplan, has also agreed to drop its opposition to the $8.3 billion sale of Celesio and reached an agreement with Compuware on the removal of a Dickinson Wright chairman emeritus and Honigman Miller partner from its board of directors.

New Deals

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

Five years after assuming management control of Chrysler Group when it emerged from bankruptcy, Italian automaker Fiat has struck a deal to buy the 41.5 percent stake in the company it did not already own.

Judge Finalizes Landmark $1.15 Billion Lead Paint Ruling

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Adem Koyuncu joins Covington & Burling's life sciences practice as partner. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

John Marshall Law Has Its First Skadden Fellow

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

When the Skadden Foundation named its 2014 class of Skadden fellows in early December, no one was more surprised to earn a spot in the prestigious public interest law program than Sarah Hess. She is the first student from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago selected as a Skadden fellow — and the first from an unranked law school thus honored since 2010.

Men's Wearhouse Launches Increased Hostile Bid for Jos. A. Bank

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

In the latest twist in the pitched battle between competing clothiers, Men's Wearhouse launched a newly revised hostile takeover offer Monday that values rival Jos. A. Bank at roughly $1.61 billion. Willkie is advising Men's Wearhouse in the matter, while Jos. A. Bank has turned to Skadden and Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake.

For FHFA's Targets, It Paid to Pay Up Quickly

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Newly released figures support the notion that General Electric Co. and Citigroup Inc. were smart to be the first to settle claims that they duped Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying toxic securities.

Judge Declines to Levy Sanctions for 'Spoliation'

Jan Wolfe : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Upholding a magistrate judge's ruling, Southern District Judge Harold Baer Jr. said Friday that U.S. Bank shouldn't be sanctioned over a document retention policy that plaintiff UBS called "aggressive and indiscriminate."

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

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

New Deals

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

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

Finalist, General Litigation Department of the Year: Skadden

By Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Skadden's litigation department is light-years away from where it was a decade ago, when its marquee practice was litigating takeover battles and proxy disputes as an adjunct to its deals work. These days, new clients regularly tap the firm's litigators first.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

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

S&C Steers Fiat Through Final Lap of Chrysler Takeover

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The Italian automaker has agreed to acquire the 41.5 percent stake in Chrysler it does not already own from a United Automobile Workers health care trust for $4.35 billion. Sullivan & Cromwell is representing longtime client Fiat in the matter, while Skadden is advising Chrysler's independent directors and Stroock is acting as counsel to Brock Fiduciary, the investment adviser managing the UAW trust's Chrysler stake.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

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

No Law School Rank, No Problem For This Skadden Fellow

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2013

Every once in awhile, the Skadden Fellowship Foundation selects someone from an unranked law school, as it did this year with Sarah Hess. She is the first student from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago to win the prestigious fellowship.

Midsize Private Equity Deals Keep Am Law Firms Busy

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

Kirkland and Ropes are advising on Bain's purchase of a majority stake in Bob's Discount Furniture; Simpson Thacher and Perkins Coie have landed roles on The Blackstone Group's $200 million investment in Crocs; and Dickstein Shapiro is representing Brynwood Partners on a pair of transactions announced within the past week.

Commercial Division Advisory Council Makes Headway

Suevon Lee. : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

Once just proposals on paper, the recommendations set forth by a task force on commercial litigation convened by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman a year and a half ago are gradually nearing actualization.

Quinn Emanuel Bid to Appeal Overtime Suit Ruling Denied

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams has rejected Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan's attempt to appeal her prior decision denying the firm's motion to dismiss a suit filed earlier this year by a contract attorney seeking overtime pay he claims he is owed for document review work he did.

A Recovery for European M&A?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

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

Kirkland, Skadden Lead on Largest Bankruptcy Matters

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2013

In a down market, the biggest cases are going to only a few firms.

Skadden Announces Its Class of Fellows for 2014

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 25, 2013

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom announced its 2014 class of Skadden fellows, a group of 28 graduating law students and judicial clerks who are devoting the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work.

Court Mulls Review Standard in Controlling Shareholder Mergers

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 25, 2013

Should the review standard for a going-private merger led by a controlling stockholder be the arduous entire fairness standard or the less stringent business judgment rule?

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2013

Haynes and Boone and BuckleySandler have added partners while others add counsel.

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

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

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

Commercial Division Advisory Council Makes Headway

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 23, 2013

Once just proposals on paper, the recommendations set forth by a task force on commercial litigation convened by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman a year and a half ago are gradually nearing actualization.

Am Law 100 Firms Snap Up Red Lobster Work

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Kramer Levin, Latham & Watkins, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are advising on a battle between activist hedge funds and the management of Darden Restaurants, owner of the Red Lobster, Oliver Garden and Capital Grille brands. While Darden announced last week its plans to spin off the Red Lobster chain, some investors want a complete breakup of the company.

Accused Ex-White House Attorney Was No-Show At Civil Trial

CHRISTIAN NOLAN : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 20, 2013

On the eve of when evidence in the civil trial was to begin Dec. 9, Farren sent an email to the Stamford Superior Court. He said simply that he was in Hartford Hospital seeking medical treatment.

Five Am Law Firms Lead as Sycamore Snags Jones Group

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners said Friday it has agreed to purchase wholesale retailer The Jones Group, which markets brands such as Nine West and Anne Klein, for $2.2 billion, including debt. Winston & Strawn and Simpson Thacher are advising Sycamore on the deal, while Cravath is representing The Jones Group, and Skadden is providing counsel to the company's board of directors.

Skadden Teaches Teens Social Media Dos and Don'ts

Lesley Guth : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

Asia Deal Digest: December 19, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2013

*Minter Ellison leads $1.7 billion Australian insurance deal *Sidley Austin acts on China State Shipbuilding Corp.'s $800 million bond issue*Milbank advises Genting Group on $730 million project financing in Indonesia

Ex-Skadden Lawyer Wins $29 Million in Domestic Abuse Case

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

A Connecticut jury awarded $28.6 million in damages this week to former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom counsel Mary Margaret Farren in connection with a civil suit she filed against her ex-husband, former White House deputy counsel John Farren, in the wake of a 2010 domestic violence incident that left her in critical condition.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2013

One of New York City's classic hotels, the Park Lane Hotel, at 36 Central Park South, has been sold for $660 million. Also, Brookfield Office Properties Inc. has acquired One North End Ave. in lower Manhattan for $200 million.

Intuitive Surgical Turns to Skadden's Ruby—Again

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 17, 2013

The Churn: Brown Rudnick Takes Paris, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Brown Rudnick opens a Paris office and brings on California's state treasurer to work part-time; BuckleySandler hires a lawyer from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Debevoise & Plimpton poaches the cohead of Herbert Smith Freehill's Seoul office.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

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

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

Judge Says Lead Paint Companies Owe $1.1 Billion

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 16, 2013

Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg backs counties in long fight to prove toxin is a public nuisance.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

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

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

Inadmissible: Whose Warhol?

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

The University of Texas fight over Farrah Fawcett's Andy Warhol artwork continues. No end yet appears in sight, according to David Beck, a partner in Houston's Beck Redden, who represents UT against actor Ryan O'Neal.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

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

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet On Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2013

When law professor Kathleen Sullivan joined the upstart Quinn Emanuel in 2005, it wasn't clear that this unusual pairing would work. It has.

Boies Schiller Tops Other Firms in Associate Bonuses

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

As it does every year, Boies Schiller has awarded associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have matched the range set by Cravath earlier this month.

Comcast, NHL Settle Class Action Over Flyers Winter Classic Tickets

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2013

A group of Philadelphia Flyers season ticketholders has agreed to settle with the team's owner, Comcast Spectacor, and a division of the National Hockey League in a putative class action in which the ticketholders alleged Comcast breached its contract when it forced them to buy tickets to the NHL Winter Classic game separately and at a significantly higher price.

The Skadden Associate Who Crawls Through Barbed Wire

Hillary Flynn : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2013

Corporate restructuring associate Amelia Boone is a top contender in the emerging sport of obstacle racing.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Sysco Corporation said Monday it will buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal worth $8.2 billion once assumed debt is factored in. Also, SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to an investor group led by former Marsh & McLennan CEO Brian Duperreault.

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

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

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

Kramer Levin Hops on $1.1 Billion Railcar Leasing Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Tokyo's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation is acquiring Flagship Rail Services, a Chicago-based railcar leasing business, from an arm of investment firm Perella Weinberg Partners. Perella Weinberg is represented by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Boies Schiller Tops Bonus Scale Again As Most Match Market

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

As it does every year, Boies, Schiller & Flexner has awarded 2013 associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the firm's high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have now fallen in line with the $10,000-to-$60,000 range set, as usual, by Cravath, Swaine & Moore earlier this month.

JNC Submits All Four Candidates For Chief Justice to Gov. Markell

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 11, 2013

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted all four Delaware Supreme Court chief justice candidates to Gov. Jack Markell for consideration, according to a source familiar with the process.

Pre-Closing Privileged Communications Pass to Surviving Corporation

Edward B. Micheletti and Lori W. Will : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 11, 2013

In , C.A. No. 7906-CS (Del. Ch. Nov. 15, 2013), the Delaware Court of Chancery held­­—in a matter of first impression—that pursuant to Section 259 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, the surviving corporation in a merger controls the seller entity's pre-closing privileged communications.

Judge Denies Quinn Emanuel Bid to Dismiss Overtime Suit

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

A New York federal judge on Wednesday denied Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan's motion to dismiss a suit filed earlier this year by a contract lawyer who claims the firm should have paid him overtime for a document review stint he did. The judge allowed the suit to proceed to a "limited discovery."

Bellacosa Attacks A.G. for Comments in Greenberg Fraud Case

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2013

A former Court of Appeals judge has accused the lead prosecutor in the New York attorney general's long-running case against former American International Group boss Maurice "Hank" Greenberg of intentionally deceiving trial and appellate judges.

Greenberg Laterals Help Firm Snag Big M&A Roles

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

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

FTC Broadens Filing Requirements for Exclusive Patent Licenses

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2013

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom analyze a new rule amending the filing requirements for patent transfers under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act which contains a few notable changes with antitrust implications for exclusive patent licensing transactions.

Reed Smith Takes Tech Transactions Lawyer From Wilson

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2013

Three Firms Advise as SAC Unloads Reinsurance Arm

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

A month after agreeing to a $1.8 billion settlement on insider trading charges, hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to Hamilton Reinsurance Group for a reported $500 million to $1 billion.

Sidley Partner Hires Prominent Lawyer in Sex Assault Case

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Stanley Stallworth, a 50-year-old real estate partner with Sidley Austin in Chicago, has been accused along with his nephew of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man while the alleged victim was passed out on Thanksgiving. Stallworth, whom Sidley has placed on leave, has hired well-known Chicago criminal defense firm Henderson Adam, which was formed in 2011 by former Holland & Knight partner Victor Henderson and local trial lawyer Sam Adam Jr.

How Jones Day Won Role of Trying to Save Detroit

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Fourteen firms pitched Motor City officials with proposals detailing how they intended to help the city get out from under its crippling financial problems. A close look at the bids each firm submitted, as well as conversations with those involved in the process, reveal how Jones Day emerged as the winner.

Four Firms Feast on $8.2 Billion US Foods Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Sysco Corporation has agreed to buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal that includes $4.7 billion in assumed debt. Wachtell and Arnall, Golden & Gregory are advising Sysco, while US Foods has turned to attorneys at Simpson Thacher and Debevoise.

Affirmative Action: New Requirements

John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

In their Labor Relations column, John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom review final regulations expanding affirmative action obligations covering veterans and individuals with disabilities for companies contracting with the federal government or receiving subcontracts from primary contractors.

Magic Circle Firms Lead on Global Chemical Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance have grabbed lead roles on a pair of large chemical industry mergers, while Covington & Burling, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and leading Australian firm Allens are advising on several other notable transactions in the same sector.

Court Invokes Cleanup Doctrine to Retain Non-Del. Dispute

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 04, 2013

The Delaware Court of Chancery has invoked the "cleanup doctrine" to retain jurisdiction over a dispute between two business entities with no ties to Delaware. Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons issued the opinion when he denied a defendant's motion to dismiss a shareholder complaint seeking declaratory relief because the plaintiff was requesting an equitable relief that falls within the court's jurisdiction.

Coach Scandal Still Fresh, Rutgers Appoints Risk Management Chief

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Rutgers University has appointed Theodore Brown, an in-house attorney with background as a prosecutor, to head a new unit charged with reducing the school's exposure to risk.

With GrowLife Assignment, Crowell Aims for New High

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2013

GrowLife, a public company whose products are used in the cultivation of marijuana, has hired Crowell & Moring to advise it on regulatory compliance and M&A matters amid a surge in public support for legalizing what has long been an illicit substance. Growlife CEO and former Jenner & Block partner Sterling Scott spoke Wednesday with The Am Law Daily about the company's decision to retain Crowell and where the legal cannabis industry is headed.

Deal of the Week: $6 Billion Eagle Ford Deal Means Work for Houston Lawyers

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Houston lawyers are working on each side of a $6 billion Eagle Ford asset acquisition announced on Nov. 20. Devon Energy Corp. announced it reached a definitive agreement to acquire the Eagle Ford oil play assets from the privately held GeoSouthern Energy, which is based in The Woodlands.

Quartet of Private Equity Deals Yield Roles for Big Firms

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

Baker & McKenzie, Drinker Biddle, Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright, Skadden and Womble Carlyle led the way as several large firms landed lead roles advising buyout shops BC Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Permira and Thoma Bravo on nearly $3.9 billion in transactional work around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Canadian Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Loblaw / Shoppers Drug Mart; Hudson's Bay / Saks Incorporated; Davis + Henderson / Harland Financial Solutions; Louisiana-Pacific / Ainsworth Lumber

Four Firms Help ThyssenKrupp Make Alabama Getaway

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

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

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet on Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Litigators Eye AAA Rules Allowing Appeal of Arbitral Decisions

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

For the first time, parties in a dispute before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) can opt for built-in appellate review of arbitral awards. But reception to the new AAA appellate rules, which became effective on Nov. 1, has been mixed among Texas litigators.

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2013

Lawrence E. Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household International In re Tobacco Cases II SEC v. Cuban Activision v. Hayes

Still Shrinking, But More Slowly

Matthew Huisman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Washington law offices made progress—especially compared to 2011.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 29, 2013

Simpson Thacher has elevated six to partner, Greenberg Traurig and Thompson Hine have each added a partner, and William Harrington will serve as U.S. Trustee for New York, Connecticut and Vermont.

Asia Deal Digest: November 28, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2013

*Skadden acts on U.S. IPO for Chinese classified advertising site 58.com*WongPartnership advises real estate developer Ascendas on new Indian property fund*Rahmat Lim & Partners and Allen & Gledhill advise Sime Darby Motors on Vietnamese acquisition

NHL Taps Covington for TV Deal, Concussion Suit Looms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

The National Hockey League turned to Covington & Burling as its lead outside counsel on a 12-year, $4.9 billion Canadian television rights deal announced on the league's 96th birthday and a day after 10 retired NHL players sued the league over what they claim are the debilitating effects of concussions suffered during their playing days.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

Brooklyn Friends School's upper school will be moving to 1 MetroTech Center. The school signed a 20-year lease with Forest City Ratner Companies, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises Inc., for nearly 45,000 square feet, covering the first, second and third floors, at the 23-story MetroTech Center building.

Suitor Switch: Men's Wearhouse Offers to Buy Jos. A. Bank

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

More than a month after rejecting Jos. A. Bank's unsolicited $2.3 billion takeover bid, The Men's Wearhouse is now offering to buy its rival for $1.53 billion in a move known as the Pac-Man defense. Willkie and Skadden continue to advise the clothiers.

More Reasons to Arbitrate in the Big Apple

Stephen P. Younger : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2013

Stephen P. Younger, a partner with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, writes: While the major international arbitration centers each have their own unique geographical and legal features, New York has a singular combination of stable and well-established law, a vast reserve of legal talent, and an extensive network of ancillary and support resources. New York's reputation as a neutral and impartial jurisdiction also bears emphasis when considering it in relation to other potential venues, given those factors, along with other aspects of the legal infrastructure, ranked highest among attributes corporations consider when choosing an arbitral venue.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Sandra Busell joins Davidoff Hutcher & Citron's trusts and estates group. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Lawyers Work Out Dispute Over Transgender Teen's Yearbook Photo Without Litigation

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2013

Is the dispute over a South Texas transgender teen's yearbook photo a matter of 1. justice and a national petition drive, or 2. a dress code and following grievance procedures? Lawyers for the student and for the La Feria Independent School District disagree.

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Five Firms Handle M&A Work for Lloyds, Goldman

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Lloyds Banking Group, the British banking giant created via a financial crisis-driven merger in September 2008, has tapped Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith Freehills for the $1.1 billion sale of its asset management unit to Aberdeen Asset Management in a deal that will create Europe's largest fund manager. Meanwhile, Weil is advising Goldman Sachs on its $900 million purchase of an events services business.

Dealmaker of the Week: Simpson's Andrew Calder

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Calder led the Simpson Thacher team advising GeoSouthern Energy on its $6 billion sale of shale assets to Devon Energy.

Lawyer Convicted in Insider Trading Scheme Disbarred

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 21, 2013

Matthew Kluger, a former law firm associate convicted in a 17-year, multimillion-dollar insider trading scheme, was disbarred today in the District of Columbia.

Rahman v. Kid Brands Inc.

Judith Nallin : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Plaintiff's federal securities class action was properly dismissed for failure to satisfy the heightened scienter pleading standard of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Asia Deal Digest: November 21, 2013

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2013

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

An International Arbitration Perspective on Judging

Judith S. Kaye : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Pennsylvania Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Pa. Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Lawyers Work Out Dispute Over Transgender Teen's Yearbook Photo Without Litigation

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2013

Is the dispute over a South Texas transgender teen's yearbook photo a matter of 1. justice and a national petition drive, or 2. a dress code and following grievance procedures? Lawyers for the student and for the La Feria Independent School District disagree.

Thirteen Firms Advise on $2.6 Billion Pharmaceutical JV

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Dutch life and materials sciences company Royal DSM is spinning off its pharmaceutical manufacturing unit into a joint venture with private equity firm JLL Partners that will then buy pharmaceutical company Patheon. The deal, worth roughly $2.65 billion in total, generated legal advisory roles for a host of large law firms.

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In the News

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.

'McWane': Tacit Coordination Versus Illegal Agreement

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Skadden Arps partners Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte write: In the recent case against McWane Inc. Ltd., the FTC affirmed an exclusive dealing claim against the company, but it deadlocked 2-2 (along party lines) on price-fixing claims. Unfortunately, the lack of a fifth commissioner to break the tie left observers without a clear statement on how, at least within the FTC, to dissect price-fixing allegations and proof, and immediate reactions to the decision expressed disappointment at the lack of guidance. Nevertheless, there are at least a few lessons to draw from McWane.

Chiquita's Fyffes Buy Bears Fruit for Deal Lawyers

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

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

Mineral Company Taps Cravath for Big M&A Buy

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

Cravath, Swaine & Moore is advising Minerals Technologies on its $1.74 billion acquisition of Amcol International, which is being advised by Kirkland & Ellis. The offer by Minerals Technologies topped a rival bid made last month by French specialty materials maker Imerys and its lawyers from Skadden and Fried Frank.

In-House Counsel Profile: CME Group Inc.'s Kathleen Cronin

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

CME Group Inc. is the parent of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchange and the Commodity Exchange — in other words, the largest combined derivatives marketplace in the world.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

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

A New GC in the Tronox Sandbox

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

The producer of mineral sands promotes an in-house insider to lead it out of bankruptcy.

Schulte, Latham Lead on $9 Billion Safeway Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

An investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management has struck a deal to acquire grocery store chain Safeway in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year. Schulte Roth & Zabel is advising the buyers, with Dechert and Baker Botts also providing antitrust advice. Latham & Watkins is representing Safeway.

Phone Makers Hope Carriers' ADR Clause Can Protect Them Too

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen will decide if privacy claims over tracking software are governed by a third-party arbitration agreement.

Asia Deal Digest: March 6, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

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

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 06, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Chancery Denies Lehman's Claims Under Acquiescence Doctrine

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 05, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery applied the rarely-used acquiescence doctrine to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and T. Rowe Price High Yield Fund Inc. against a company that owns and operates Spanish-language television stations throughout the country.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Sony Corporation of America and Credit Suisse Group have signed new agreements at 11 Madison Ave., between 24th and 25th streets, in the Flatiron District.

Skadden Advising Sina Weibo on $500 Million IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2014

China's Twitter-like 'microblogging' service is seeking a U.S. listing.

Strine to Preside as Delaware Chief Justice for First Time

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 04, 2014

After being sworn in last Friday as chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, Leo Strine, Jr., will preside over the state's highest court in Dover for the first time on Wednesday.

Justices Expand Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 04, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Reed Smith, Skadden Advise as Caesars Shuffles Casinos

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

Caesars Entertainment is selling four casino properties in Las Vegas and New Orleans to one of its affiliates in a restructuring transaction worth $2.2 billion, including assumed debt and committed expenditures. Reed Smith is representing a special committee of Caesars' board while Skadden is advising a special committee of Caesars Acquisition Company's board.

Justices Expand Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 04, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Three Former Federal Prosecutors Create Litigation Firm

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 03, 2014

Jeff Neiman, Jeff Marcus and Dan Rashbaum are launching a white-collar litigation firm called Marcus Neiman & Rashbaum.

Banks Is Leaving Legal Aid for a City Position

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

Steven Banks, who has been attorney-in-chief of the New York City Legal Aid Society since 2004, was named commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday.

Inadmissible: HRF Partners With Law School

: Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

An Access To Justice Scorebook

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The National Center for Access to Justice has 50-state survey of Americans' ability to use the justice system.

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

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

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

Unrest in Ukraine Ripples Through Global 100 Firms

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

Baker & McKenzie, Chadbourne & Parke, Clifford Chance, Dentons, DLA Piper and Squire Sanders have all seen business at their offices in Kiev grind to a halt this month amid clashes between opposition forces and security services loyal to former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Tex Parte: South Texas College of Law partners with Human Rights First nonprofit

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

One and Done


: The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

The downturn didn't force Ian McLean out of a job. But it coincided with his decision to try something different.

Why Lawyers Are Still Waiting for the Future

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Six years after Lehman Brothers died, technology-driven changes in the market are slow to arrive.

Online Justice Index Maps Legal Access in America

Katherine Montgomery : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

The National Center for Access to Justice now collects and presents national and state data on access to legal representation for a variety of underprivileged groups.

Why Lawyers Are Still Waiting for the Future

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Six years after Lehman Brothers died, technology-driven changes in the market are slow to arrive.

Asia Deal Digest: February 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

* Skadden guides Holland's Vitol on $2.6 billion acquisition of Shell assets in Australia* Herbert Smith Freehills advises Chinese copper recycler on Hong Kong IPO* Wilmer and Amarchand team for $110 million Web hosting acquisition in India

Herbert Smith Freehills Drops Singapore QFLP License

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Singapore's Ministry of Law announced Friday that four other foreign firms renewed their licenses, which allow them to practice Singapore law in exchange for meeting certain local hiring and revenue targets, while one firm was given a one-year conditional extension.

Canadian Big Deals

Laura King : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Brookfield Property Partners/Brookfield Office Properties; Fortis/UNS Energy; Pacific Rubiales Energy/Petrominerales; Fairfax Financial/BlackBerry

In-House Counsel Helps Launch Access to Justice Project

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 27, 2014

The Justice Index is a new online tool that compares levels of access to justice in state legal systems.

Project Measures Access to Civil Legal Services

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

When trying to measure access to civil legal assistance, empirical data can be hard to find. But an ambitious online database released Tuesday aims to solve that problem by showing state-by-state comparisons of available services.

Justices OK Suits Against Law Firms in Ponzi Scheme

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Private investors burned in Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme can move ahead with their state-law class actions against two prominent law firms and insurance brokers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

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

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2014

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

First Solar Turns the Spotlight on a New GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

The solar solutions company highlights the new hire's experience in the energy sector.

Supreme Court Takes a Pass on Whirlpool Class Actions

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Defying expectations and the hopes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the high court declined Monday to hear arguments that it should dismantle two class actions over allegedly defective Whirlpool Corp. washing machines.

Columbia Takes the Lead

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Skadden on Acquisition of Shell Australia Assets

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2014

Dutch trading company Vitol is buying the oil giant's refining and retail businesses in Australia.

Part of Pro Golfer's Suit Against PGA Tour Advances

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 21, 2014

Professional golfer Vijay Singh can move forward with claims that the PGA Tour failed to properly investigate his use of a product believed to contain a banned substance before taking disciplinary action against him, a Manhattan state judge ruled.

Dealmaker of the Week: Latham's Charles Ruck

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

Ruck, along with fellow Orange County M&A partner R. Scott Shean, led the Latham team advising Actavis on its $25 billion acquisition of specialty pharmaceuticals company Forest Laboratories.

New Deals

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

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

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Chevron Work Gives Gibson Dunn a Boost

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher reported gains across key financial metrics in 2013. The firm enjoyed its biggest bump in gross revenue, which rose 7.4 percent, to $1.386 billion, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Bonuses Spread to Associates at Midsize and Small Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Associate bonuses are no longer confined to large law firms. Midsize firms and boutiques say they are increasingly using individualized merit pay paired with incentive packages to retain and reward their most talented lawyers.

Editorial: A Time for Trial

: The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 18, 2014

On January 6, 2010, John M. Farren was arrested and charged with 4 serious felonies: attempted murder, 2 counts of assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a child for the brutal and highly publicized attack on his then wife, Mary Margaret Farren in the presence of their 2 small children.

Government Still Pursuing Greenberg Case 9 Years Later

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

After years of litigation pursued by three different state attorneys general and recent court rulings that seem to lift any remaining barriers to a trial, the end of the civil fraud case against business titan Maurice "Hank" Greenberg is still nowhere in sight.

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

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

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

INADMISSIBLE: Holder Presses Voting Rights for Felons

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. last week urged state and federal lawmakers to restore voting rights to felons who are no longer under supervision, calling restrictions in place now "profoundly outdated." Plus more in this week's column.

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

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

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

Skadden Snags Lead Again for Jos. A. Bank, This Time on Bauer Buy

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

Jos. A. Bank has further complicated its ongoing battle with rival clothier Men's Wearhouse, which launched a hostile takeover for the company last month after rebuffing an unsolicited Jos. A Bank bid. Now, Jos. A. Bank has agreed to buy casual sportswear company Eddie Bauer from private equity owner Golden Gate Capital in a cash-and-stock deal worth $825 million.

Dealmaker of the Week: Paul Weiss' Robert Schumer

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

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

REIT Work Keeps Half-Dozen Am Law 100 Firms Busy

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

Kite Realty Group Trust has tapped Hogan Lovells for counsel on its $1.2 billion buy of the Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, which has retained Alston & Bird to advise on the proposed union of the two shopping center owners. Meanwhile, two other top REITS—including one led by a former Sullivan & Worcester partner—battle with activist investors.

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

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

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

DOJ Warns 'Repeat Offenders' with $425 Million Bridgestone Fine

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

The Justice Department has a message for companies in trouble for fixing prices: If you're going to come clean, you better not hold back.

Asia Deal Digest: February 13, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

* Singapore's Puma Energy turns to Cleary for a $750 million notes issue in Luxembourg* Skadden advises Chinese SOE on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise acquisition* Maddocks and Stikeman Elliott on the $479 million acquisition of an Aussie dairy products company

New Deals

Sara Randazzo : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The Coca-Cola Co. is jumping on the at-home beverage-making trend by agreeing to pay $1.25 billion for a stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the opportunity to develop a countertop system for producing cold drinks that would likely compete with current market leader SodaStream.

Kirkland, Skadden Carve Out $1.6 Billion Minerals Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Paris-based specialty materials company Imerys is buying U.S. company Amcol International, which specializes in specialty minerals and chemicals. Kirkland is advising Amcol on its sale, while Skadden is representing Imerys.

Judge: No Sanctions for Lawyers Suing Skadden, Staffing Firm

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A U.S. district judge in New York has refused to allow Tower Legal Staffing to request sanctions against David Lola, an attorney who sued Tower and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for failing to pay him overtime for his work on a document review assignment, or against Lola's counsel, D. Maimon Kirschenbaum.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Patricia Hennessy joins Conrad O'Brien as co-chairwoman of the education law group in the West Chester, Pa., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

'Indefiniteness' Finally Gaining Some Respect

Douglas Nemec and Hoda Rifai-Bashjawish : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the defense against business-method patents.

Wall Street Watchdog Sues DOJ over $13B JPMorgan Pact

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

Better Markets Inc., a nonprofit led by a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, filed an unusual lawsuit Monday challenging the legality of the U.S. Department of Justice's $13 billion mortgage settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

'Leaning In' Makes Legal Sense for Employers

John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

In their Labor Relations column, John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom write: Engaging with employees on sensitive personal issues is serious business but, if undertaken correctly, can be a win-win for employees and employers.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

Zynga's Devang Shah

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Herrick, Feinstein has appointed new chairs and co-chairs of several departments, among other announcements of promotions and additions.

Skadden Adds Fizz to Coca-Cola's Make-At-Home Drink Deal

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Advised by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the Coca-Cola Co. has agreed to pay $1.25 billion for a stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the opportunity to develop a countertop system for making cold beverages. Baker & McKenzie is advising Green Mountain on the transaction.

Schulte Parts Ways With Associate Accused of Battery In Suit

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: February 6, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

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

Skadden Bankruptcy Baron Joins Liquidation Shop

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

John "Jack" Wm. Butler Jr., a former cohead of the corporate reorganization practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is poised to leave the Am Law 100 firm's Chicago office to join financial services shop Hilco Global, which specializes in distressed investments.

Skadden Fends Off Southwest Airlines Merger Challenge

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

The Ninth Circuit brought a likely end to an antitrust class action seeking to undo Southwest Airlines Co.'s 2011 acquisition of AirTran Airways Inc.

State Bar Asks Lawyers to Back Civics Education

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

"A robust civic education is vital for promoting a culture of engagement in the democratic process and ensuring that all Americans...are informed, thoughtful and active citizens," the report adopted by the NYSBA said.

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

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

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

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Law firm personnel changes in metropolitan Washington D.C.

The 2013 Lateral Report

: The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Fueled by the Dewey diaspora, lateral activity among Am Law 200 firms reached a three-year high in 2012.

Taking It All the Way to Trial, or Acting 'As If'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

When the U.S. Marshals Service seized the booth of a Chinese tire maker at a Las Vegas trade show and confiscated its contents, it was an unambiguous message from Weisbrod Matteis & Copley: Pay up.

Capitalizing on Experience at the Big Shops

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado is no place for attorneys to cut their teeth. The Los Angeles-based litigation boutique, which opened its doors in 2002, comprises a dozen veteran lawyers who contributed to a string of wins last year for major companies, name partner William Delgado said.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

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

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

Establishing a sense of credibility

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A game of three-dimensional chess. That's how Kenneth Lee described the multibillion-dollar battle between the trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc. and the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

The Lateral All-Stars

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

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

Is Reliance on Lateral Hiring Destabilizing Firms?

William Henderson and Christopher Zorn : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

More than ever, firms look to laterals to boost profitability. But the data shows that it's not working.

State Bar Annual Meeting

: New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A list of the awards presented or announced by the New York State Bar Association during the group's annual meeting Jan. 27-31 at the Hilton New York.

A Personal Take on This Year's Lateral Report

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

After six years at the magazine's helm, The American Lawyer's editor in chief issue makes a move of her own and uses the occasion to reflect on two trends that capture Big Law's split personality.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Skadden Hires Meister to Head Crime Group

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

David Meister, who served as enforcement director at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, will head the firm's government enforcement and white-collar crime group in New York.

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

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

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

CFTC Enforcement Head Rejoins Skadden

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

After a three-year stint as director of the enforcement division at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, David Meister is rejoining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as head of the government enforcement and white-collar crime group in New York.

Judge Rejects Fee Bid in $20 Billion Sprint M&A Challenge

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

A gaggle of top plaintiffs firms that challenged a $20 billion deal involving Sprint got some disappointing news this week when a Kansas judge denied their bid for $8 million in fees.

State, Federal Courts Warn Of Virus-Carrying Messages

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 30, 2014

State and federal courts in Connecticut are among those nationwide circulating warnings about virus-bearing emails that purport to be notices of court hearings. At the Connecticut Judicial Branch, court administrators are on the lookout for the virus attacks.

Asia Deal Digest: January 30, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Simpson, Wachtell Advise on Big LatAm Banking Deal

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

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

Debevoise Knocks Out Greenberg Suit Over AIG Bailout

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the former chairman of American International Group, has reached a dead end in his company's $25 billion lawsuit alleging that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's takeover of AIG was unlawful.

Law Firm's Probe Finds No Proof of Bullying of Rutgers Football Players

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

A New Jersey law firm's probe of bullying allegations in Rutgers' University's football program has turned up no evidence of wrongdoing by the school.

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

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

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

Thomas Tew Dies Of Pancreatic Cancer

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 28, 2014

Thomas Tew, the co-founder of Tew Cardenas, often served as a receiver and was a boxing aficionado. He died Monday night of pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

Finance, Media Defendants Beat RealTime Patent Suits

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has brought a near-certain end to RealTime Data's patent infringement campaign against a large swath of the financial services industry.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

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

Bogus Court-Appearance Notices Can Email Viruses, Lawyers Told

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Courts around the country are circulating warnings about virus-bearing emails that purport to be notices of court hearings.

Winner, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Simpson Thacher

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 24, 2014

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

The Churn: K&S Adds Two From Fried Frank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

King & Spalding bolsters its white-collar group by recruiting a pair of partners of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Meanwhile, three Am Law firms open new offices with lateral hires. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements to thechurn@alm.com.

Boardroom Confidentiality Under Focus

David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

In their Corporate Governance column, David A. Katz, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Laura A. McIntosh, a consulting attorney for the firm, write: The current cultural emphasis on transparency and disclosure has contributed to an atmosphere in which sensitive corporate information is increasingly difficult to protect. There is limited statutory or case law to guide boards and directors in this area, and there exists a range of opinions among market participants and media commentators as to whether leaking information is problematic at all.

Marketplace

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

Almost a decade after opening on Columbus Circle across from the southwestern edge of New York City's Central Park, the Time Warner Center is set to be sold by its namesake inhabitant to an investor group that helped construct the 55-story edifice.

The Bankruptcy Files: Freedom Taps McGuireWoods for Chapter 11

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

McGuireWoods is advising Freedom Industries, the company responsible for a recent chemical spill that prompted drinking water bans that affected 300,000 West Virginians, on its Chapter 11 filing. Meanwhile, Skadden and Kirkland are dominating the market on bankruptcy work amid a dearth of large filings and the latter is among the Am Law 100 firms handling out-of-court restructurings for clients like Altegrity, Brookstone and M*Modal.

Banks, Icahn Beat Claims by Herbalife Short-Seller

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

In a stinging rebuke for short-seller and legal activist Daniel Ravicher, a judge on Tuesday dismissed claims that billionaire Carl Icahn and three major banks propped up an alleged pyramid scheme at the nutritional supplements company Herbalife Ltd.

Will the Asia Shakeout Ever Come?

By Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

What's the solution to the overly competitive market for legal services in Asia? Many international law firms in Asia are simply counting on their weaker rivals to eventually give up and go home, leaving a bigger pie for everybody else. But Asian Lawyer editor Anthony Lin says they shouldn't bet on that scenario.

The Churn: Hogan Lovells Launches in Sao Paulo, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Hogan Lovells opens its second Brazilian office with a lateral hire from Clifford Chance; Holland & Knight and Littler both beef up in Portland, and Pryor Cashman adds a prominent sports attorney and agent.

Fried Frank, Paul Weiss Lead on Time Warner Center Sale

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

The Am Law 100 firms—well versed on the subject of Manhattan's pricey commercial real estate—are advising media giant Time Warner Inc. on the $1.3 billion sale of its Columbus Circle headquarters to an investor group. The deal has also yielded roles for Gibson Dunn, Kirkland, Schulte Roth, Sidley Austin and Skadden.

DOJ Settlements: Don't Believe the Hype?

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

The Department of Justice announced this month that it collected a whopping $8 billion in civil and criminal settlements last year. But is the agency telling the whole story about whether these settlements are wins or losses for the public?

Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 16, 2014

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

Insurance Industry Deals a Boon to Big Firms

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: January 16, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

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

State AGs Win Right to Sue Corporations in State Court

Marcia Coyle : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

State attorneys general who have been aggressively pursuing companies for alleged violations of their antitrust and consumer protection laws scored a major victory on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that their lawsuits belong in state, not federal, courts.

State AGs Win Right to Sue Corporations in State Court

Marcia Coyle : supreme_court_brief : January 14, 2014

State attorneys general who have been aggressively pursuing companies for alleged violations of their antitrust and consumer protection laws scored a major victory on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that their lawsuits belong in state, not federal, courts.

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 13, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

Second City Shanghai

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

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

The Churn: Another Patton Boggs Loss, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

A banking partner leaves Patton Boggs in New York to join Greenberg Traurig; McGuireWoods hires a onetime counsel to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Latham poaches a Weil partner in London.

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

Jeff Mordock : The Legal Intelligencer : January 10, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

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

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

New Fellowship Aims to Restart Dormant Legal Careers

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Four Am Law 100 firms—Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley—have signed on to a new pilot program designed to put women lawyers who have stepped away from the profession for one reason or another back into a law firm setting.

K&L Gates Adds Pair of Tokyo Partners

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Takahiro Hoshino and Takahiro Tsumagari are joining the firm's commercial disputes and real estate practices, respectively.

Bucklin to Leave State Bar Association After 13 Years

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

"We have an enviable financial position, strong membership and a vast array of new and exciting member initiatives," Patricia Bucklin wrote in an email to members announcing her upcoming departure as the NYSBA's executive director.

LA Defense Lawyer Leaves Munger for Scheper Kim

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

: Delaware Business Court Insider : January 09, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 09, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

Wilson Sonsini, Skadden Advise as Singer Makes Moves

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

Elliott Management, the hedge fund founded by billionaire Harvard Law School graduate Paul Singer, has mounted a $3.1 billion takeover bid for Riverbed Technology. Elliott, an activist investor advised by Paul Weiss and New York's Kleinberg Kaplan, has also agreed to drop its opposition to the $8.3 billion sale of Celesio and reached an agreement with Compuware on the removal of a Dickinson Wright chairman emeritus and Honigman Miller partner from its board of directors.

New Deals

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

Five years after assuming management control of Chrysler Group when it emerged from bankruptcy, Italian automaker Fiat has struck a deal to buy the 41.5 percent stake in the company it did not already own.

Judge Finalizes Landmark $1.15 Billion Lead Paint Ruling

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Adem Koyuncu joins Covington & Burling's life sciences practice as partner. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

John Marshall Law Has Its First Skadden Fellow

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

When the Skadden Foundation named its 2014 class of Skadden fellows in early December, no one was more surprised to earn a spot in the prestigious public interest law program than Sarah Hess. She is the first student from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago selected as a Skadden fellow — and the first from an unranked law school thus honored since 2010.

Men's Wearhouse Launches Increased Hostile Bid for Jos. A. Bank

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

In the latest twist in the pitched battle between competing clothiers, Men's Wearhouse launched a newly revised hostile takeover offer Monday that values rival Jos. A. Bank at roughly $1.61 billion. Willkie is advising Men's Wearhouse in the matter, while Jos. A. Bank has turned to Skadden and Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake.

For FHFA's Targets, It Paid to Pay Up Quickly

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Newly released figures support the notion that General Electric Co. and Citigroup Inc. were smart to be the first to settle claims that they duped Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying toxic securities.

Judge Declines to Levy Sanctions for 'Spoliation'

Jan Wolfe : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Upholding a magistrate judge's ruling, Southern District Judge Harold Baer Jr. said Friday that U.S. Bank shouldn't be sanctioned over a document retention policy that plaintiff UBS called "aggressive and indiscriminate."

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

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

New Deals

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

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

Finalist, General Litigation Department of the Year: Skadden

By Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Skadden's litigation department is light-years away from where it was a decade ago, when its marquee practice was litigating takeover battles and proxy disputes as an adjunct to its deals work. These days, new clients regularly tap the firm's litigators first.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

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

S&C Steers Fiat Through Final Lap of Chrysler Takeover

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The Italian automaker has agreed to acquire the 41.5 percent stake in Chrysler it does not already own from a United Automobile Workers health care trust for $4.35 billion. Sullivan & Cromwell is representing longtime client Fiat in the matter, while Skadden is advising Chrysler's independent directors and Stroock is acting as counsel to Brock Fiduciary, the investment adviser managing the UAW trust's Chrysler stake.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

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

No Law School Rank, No Problem For This Skadden Fellow

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2013

Every once in awhile, the Skadden Fellowship Foundation selects someone from an unranked law school, as it did this year with Sarah Hess. She is the first student from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago to win the prestigious fellowship.

Midsize Private Equity Deals Keep Am Law Firms Busy

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

Kirkland and Ropes are advising on Bain's purchase of a majority stake in Bob's Discount Furniture; Simpson Thacher and Perkins Coie have landed roles on The Blackstone Group's $200 million investment in Crocs; and Dickstein Shapiro is representing Brynwood Partners on a pair of transactions announced within the past week.

Commercial Division Advisory Council Makes Headway

Suevon Lee. : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

Once just proposals on paper, the recommendations set forth by a task force on commercial litigation convened by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman a year and a half ago are gradually nearing actualization.

Quinn Emanuel Bid to Appeal Overtime Suit Ruling Denied

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams has rejected Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan's attempt to appeal her prior decision denying the firm's motion to dismiss a suit filed earlier this year by a contract attorney seeking overtime pay he claims he is owed for document review work he did.

A Recovery for European M&A?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

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

Kirkland, Skadden Lead on Largest Bankruptcy Matters

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2013

In a down market, the biggest cases are going to only a few firms.

Skadden Announces Its Class of Fellows for 2014

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 25, 2013

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom announced its 2014 class of Skadden fellows, a group of 28 graduating law students and judicial clerks who are devoting the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work.

Court Mulls Review Standard in Controlling Shareholder Mergers

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 25, 2013

Should the review standard for a going-private merger led by a controlling stockholder be the arduous entire fairness standard or the less stringent business judgment rule?

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2013

Haynes and Boone and BuckleySandler have added partners while others add counsel.

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

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

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

Commercial Division Advisory Council Makes Headway

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 23, 2013

Once just proposals on paper, the recommendations set forth by a task force on commercial litigation convened by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman a year and a half ago are gradually nearing actualization.

Am Law 100 Firms Snap Up Red Lobster Work

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Kramer Levin, Latham & Watkins, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are advising on a battle between activist hedge funds and the management of Darden Restaurants, owner of the Red Lobster, Oliver Garden and Capital Grille brands. While Darden announced last week its plans to spin off the Red Lobster chain, some investors want a complete breakup of the company.

Accused Ex-White House Attorney Was No-Show At Civil Trial

CHRISTIAN NOLAN : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 20, 2013

On the eve of when evidence in the civil trial was to begin Dec. 9, Farren sent an email to the Stamford Superior Court. He said simply that he was in Hartford Hospital seeking medical treatment.

Five Am Law Firms Lead as Sycamore Snags Jones Group

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners said Friday it has agreed to purchase wholesale retailer The Jones Group, which markets brands such as Nine West and Anne Klein, for $2.2 billion, including debt. Winston & Strawn and Simpson Thacher are advising Sycamore on the deal, while Cravath is representing The Jones Group, and Skadden is providing counsel to the company's board of directors.

Skadden Teaches Teens Social Media Dos and Don'ts

Lesley Guth : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

Asia Deal Digest: December 19, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2013

*Minter Ellison leads $1.7 billion Australian insurance deal *Sidley Austin acts on China State Shipbuilding Corp.'s $800 million bond issue*Milbank advises Genting Group on $730 million project financing in Indonesia

Ex-Skadden Lawyer Wins $29 Million in Domestic Abuse Case

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

A Connecticut jury awarded $28.6 million in damages this week to former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom counsel Mary Margaret Farren in connection with a civil suit she filed against her ex-husband, former White House deputy counsel John Farren, in the wake of a 2010 domestic violence incident that left her in critical condition.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2013

One of New York City's classic hotels, the Park Lane Hotel, at 36 Central Park South, has been sold for $660 million. Also, Brookfield Office Properties Inc. has acquired One North End Ave. in lower Manhattan for $200 million.

Intuitive Surgical Turns to Skadden's Ruby—Again

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 17, 2013

The Churn: Brown Rudnick Takes Paris, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Brown Rudnick opens a Paris office and brings on California's state treasurer to work part-time; BuckleySandler hires a lawyer from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Debevoise & Plimpton poaches the cohead of Herbert Smith Freehill's Seoul office.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

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

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

Judge Says Lead Paint Companies Owe $1.1 Billion

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 16, 2013

Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg backs counties in long fight to prove toxin is a public nuisance.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

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

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

Inadmissible: Whose Warhol?

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

The University of Texas fight over Farrah Fawcett's Andy Warhol artwork continues. No end yet appears in sight, according to David Beck, a partner in Houston's Beck Redden, who represents UT against actor Ryan O'Neal.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

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

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet On Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2013

When law professor Kathleen Sullivan joined the upstart Quinn Emanuel in 2005, it wasn't clear that this unusual pairing would work. It has.

Boies Schiller Tops Other Firms in Associate Bonuses

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

As it does every year, Boies Schiller has awarded associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have matched the range set by Cravath earlier this month.

Comcast, NHL Settle Class Action Over Flyers Winter Classic Tickets

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2013

A group of Philadelphia Flyers season ticketholders has agreed to settle with the team's owner, Comcast Spectacor, and a division of the National Hockey League in a putative class action in which the ticketholders alleged Comcast breached its contract when it forced them to buy tickets to the NHL Winter Classic game separately and at a significantly higher price.

The Skadden Associate Who Crawls Through Barbed Wire

Hillary Flynn : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2013

Corporate restructuring associate Amelia Boone is a top contender in the emerging sport of obstacle racing.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Sysco Corporation said Monday it will buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal worth $8.2 billion once assumed debt is factored in. Also, SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to an investor group led by former Marsh & McLennan CEO Brian Duperreault.

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

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

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

Kramer Levin Hops on $1.1 Billion Railcar Leasing Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Tokyo's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation is acquiring Flagship Rail Services, a Chicago-based railcar leasing business, from an arm of investment firm Perella Weinberg Partners. Perella Weinberg is represented by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Boies Schiller Tops Bonus Scale Again As Most Match Market

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

As it does every year, Boies, Schiller & Flexner has awarded 2013 associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the firm's high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have now fallen in line with the $10,000-to-$60,000 range set, as usual, by Cravath, Swaine & Moore earlier this month.

JNC Submits All Four Candidates For Chief Justice to Gov. Markell

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 11, 2013

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted all four Delaware Supreme Court chief justice candidates to Gov. Jack Markell for consideration, according to a source familiar with the process.

Pre-Closing Privileged Communications Pass to Surviving Corporation

Edward B. Micheletti and Lori W. Will : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 11, 2013

In , C.A. No. 7906-CS (Del. Ch. Nov. 15, 2013), the Delaware Court of Chancery held­­—in a matter of first impression—that pursuant to Section 259 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, the surviving corporation in a merger controls the seller entity's pre-closing privileged communications.

Judge Denies Quinn Emanuel Bid to Dismiss Overtime Suit

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

A New York federal judge on Wednesday denied Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan's motion to dismiss a suit filed earlier this year by a contract lawyer who claims the firm should have paid him overtime for a document review stint he did. The judge allowed the suit to proceed to a "limited discovery."

Bellacosa Attacks A.G. for Comments in Greenberg Fraud Case

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2013

A former Court of Appeals judge has accused the lead prosecutor in the New York attorney general's long-running case against former American International Group boss Maurice "Hank" Greenberg of intentionally deceiving trial and appellate judges.

Greenberg Laterals Help Firm Snag Big M&A Roles

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

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

FTC Broadens Filing Requirements for Exclusive Patent Licenses

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2013

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom analyze a new rule amending the filing requirements for patent transfers under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act which contains a few notable changes with antitrust implications for exclusive patent licensing transactions.

Reed Smith Takes Tech Transactions Lawyer From Wilson

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2013

Three Firms Advise as SAC Unloads Reinsurance Arm

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

A month after agreeing to a $1.8 billion settlement on insider trading charges, hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to Hamilton Reinsurance Group for a reported $500 million to $1 billion.

Sidley Partner Hires Prominent Lawyer in Sex Assault Case

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Stanley Stallworth, a 50-year-old real estate partner with Sidley Austin in Chicago, has been accused along with his nephew of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man while the alleged victim was passed out on Thanksgiving. Stallworth, whom Sidley has placed on leave, has hired well-known Chicago criminal defense firm Henderson Adam, which was formed in 2011 by former Holland & Knight partner Victor Henderson and local trial lawyer Sam Adam Jr.

How Jones Day Won Role of Trying to Save Detroit

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Fourteen firms pitched Motor City officials with proposals detailing how they intended to help the city get out from under its crippling financial problems. A close look at the bids each firm submitted, as well as conversations with those involved in the process, reveal how Jones Day emerged as the winner.

Four Firms Feast on $8.2 Billion US Foods Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Sysco Corporation has agreed to buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal that includes $4.7 billion in assumed debt. Wachtell and Arnall, Golden & Gregory are advising Sysco, while US Foods has turned to attorneys at Simpson Thacher and Debevoise.

Affirmative Action: New Requirements

John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

In their Labor Relations column, John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom review final regulations expanding affirmative action obligations covering veterans and individuals with disabilities for companies contracting with the federal government or receiving subcontracts from primary contractors.

Magic Circle Firms Lead on Global Chemical Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance have grabbed lead roles on a pair of large chemical industry mergers, while Covington & Burling, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and leading Australian firm Allens are advising on several other notable transactions in the same sector.

Court Invokes Cleanup Doctrine to Retain Non-Del. Dispute

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 04, 2013

The Delaware Court of Chancery has invoked the "cleanup doctrine" to retain jurisdiction over a dispute between two business entities with no ties to Delaware. Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons issued the opinion when he denied a defendant's motion to dismiss a shareholder complaint seeking declaratory relief because the plaintiff was requesting an equitable relief that falls within the court's jurisdiction.

Coach Scandal Still Fresh, Rutgers Appoints Risk Management Chief

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Rutgers University has appointed Theodore Brown, an in-house attorney with background as a prosecutor, to head a new unit charged with reducing the school's exposure to risk.

With GrowLife Assignment, Crowell Aims for New High

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2013

GrowLife, a public company whose products are used in the cultivation of marijuana, has hired Crowell & Moring to advise it on regulatory compliance and M&A matters amid a surge in public support for legalizing what has long been an illicit substance. Growlife CEO and former Jenner & Block partner Sterling Scott spoke Wednesday with The Am Law Daily about the company's decision to retain Crowell and where the legal cannabis industry is headed.

Deal of the Week: $6 Billion Eagle Ford Deal Means Work for Houston Lawyers

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Houston lawyers are working on each side of a $6 billion Eagle Ford asset acquisition announced on Nov. 20. Devon Energy Corp. announced it reached a definitive agreement to acquire the Eagle Ford oil play assets from the privately held GeoSouthern Energy, which is based in The Woodlands.

Quartet of Private Equity Deals Yield Roles for Big Firms

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

Baker & McKenzie, Drinker Biddle, Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright, Skadden and Womble Carlyle led the way as several large firms landed lead roles advising buyout shops BC Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Permira and Thoma Bravo on nearly $3.9 billion in transactional work around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Canadian Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Loblaw / Shoppers Drug Mart; Hudson's Bay / Saks Incorporated; Davis + Henderson / Harland Financial Solutions; Louisiana-Pacific / Ainsworth Lumber

Four Firms Help ThyssenKrupp Make Alabama Getaway

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

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

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet on Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Litigators Eye AAA Rules Allowing Appeal of Arbitral Decisions

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

For the first time, parties in a dispute before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) can opt for built-in appellate review of arbitral awards. But reception to the new AAA appellate rules, which became effective on Nov. 1, has been mixed among Texas litigators.

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2013

Lawrence E. Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household International In re Tobacco Cases II SEC v. Cuban Activision v. Hayes

Still Shrinking, But More Slowly

Matthew Huisman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Washington law offices made progress—especially compared to 2011.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 29, 2013

Simpson Thacher has elevated six to partner, Greenberg Traurig and Thompson Hine have each added a partner, and William Harrington will serve as U.S. Trustee for New York, Connecticut and Vermont.

Asia Deal Digest: November 28, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2013

*Skadden acts on U.S. IPO for Chinese classified advertising site 58.com*WongPartnership advises real estate developer Ascendas on new Indian property fund*Rahmat Lim & Partners and Allen & Gledhill advise Sime Darby Motors on Vietnamese acquisition

NHL Taps Covington for TV Deal, Concussion Suit Looms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

The National Hockey League turned to Covington & Burling as its lead outside counsel on a 12-year, $4.9 billion Canadian television rights deal announced on the league's 96th birthday and a day after 10 retired NHL players sued the league over what they claim are the debilitating effects of concussions suffered during their playing days.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

Brooklyn Friends School's upper school will be moving to 1 MetroTech Center. The school signed a 20-year lease with Forest City Ratner Companies, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises Inc., for nearly 45,000 square feet, covering the first, second and third floors, at the 23-story MetroTech Center building.

Suitor Switch: Men's Wearhouse Offers to Buy Jos. A. Bank

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

More than a month after rejecting Jos. A. Bank's unsolicited $2.3 billion takeover bid, The Men's Wearhouse is now offering to buy its rival for $1.53 billion in a move known as the Pac-Man defense. Willkie and Skadden continue to advise the clothiers.

More Reasons to Arbitrate in the Big Apple

Stephen P. Younger : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2013

Stephen P. Younger, a partner with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, writes: While the major international arbitration centers each have their own unique geographical and legal features, New York has a singular combination of stable and well-established law, a vast reserve of legal talent, and an extensive network of ancillary and support resources. New York's reputation as a neutral and impartial jurisdiction also bears emphasis when considering it in relation to other potential venues, given those factors, along with other aspects of the legal infrastructure, ranked highest among attributes corporations consider when choosing an arbitral venue.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Sandra Busell joins Davidoff Hutcher & Citron's trusts and estates group. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Lawyers Work Out Dispute Over Transgender Teen's Yearbook Photo Without Litigation

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2013

Is the dispute over a South Texas transgender teen's yearbook photo a matter of 1. justice and a national petition drive, or 2. a dress code and following grievance procedures? Lawyers for the student and for the La Feria Independent School District disagree.

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Five Firms Handle M&A Work for Lloyds, Goldman

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Lloyds Banking Group, the British banking giant created via a financial crisis-driven merger in September 2008, has tapped Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith Freehills for the $1.1 billion sale of its asset management unit to Aberdeen Asset Management in a deal that will create Europe's largest fund manager. Meanwhile, Weil is advising Goldman Sachs on its $900 million purchase of an events services business.

Dealmaker of the Week: Simpson's Andrew Calder

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Calder led the Simpson Thacher team advising GeoSouthern Energy on its $6 billion sale of shale assets to Devon Energy.

Lawyer Convicted in Insider Trading Scheme Disbarred

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 21, 2013

Matthew Kluger, a former law firm associate convicted in a 17-year, multimillion-dollar insider trading scheme, was disbarred today in the District of Columbia.

Rahman v. Kid Brands Inc.

Judith Nallin : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Plaintiff's federal securities class action was properly dismissed for failure to satisfy the heightened scienter pleading standard of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Asia Deal Digest: November 21, 2013

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2013

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

An International Arbitration Perspective on Judging

Judith S. Kaye : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Pennsylvania Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Pa. Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Lawyers Work Out Dispute Over Transgender Teen's Yearbook Photo Without Litigation

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2013

Is the dispute over a South Texas transgender teen's yearbook photo a matter of 1. justice and a national petition drive, or 2. a dress code and following grievance procedures? Lawyers for the student and for the La Feria Independent School District disagree.

Thirteen Firms Advise on $2.6 Billion Pharmaceutical JV

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Dutch life and materials sciences company Royal DSM is spinning off its pharmaceutical manufacturing unit into a joint venture with private equity firm JLL Partners that will then buy pharmaceutical company Patheon. The deal, worth roughly $2.65 billion in total, generated legal advisory roles for a host of large law firms.

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In the News

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.

'McWane': Tacit Coordination Versus Illegal Agreement

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Skadden Arps partners Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte write: In the recent case against McWane Inc. Ltd., the FTC affirmed an exclusive dealing claim against the company, but it deadlocked 2-2 (along party lines) on price-fixing claims. Unfortunately, the lack of a fifth commissioner to break the tie left observers without a clear statement on how, at least within the FTC, to dissect price-fixing allegations and proof, and immediate reactions to the decision expressed disappointment at the lack of guidance. Nevertheless, there are at least a few lessons to draw from McWane.

Chiquita's Fyffes Buy Bears Fruit for Deal Lawyers

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

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

Mineral Company Taps Cravath for Big M&A Buy

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

Cravath, Swaine & Moore is advising Minerals Technologies on its $1.74 billion acquisition of Amcol International, which is being advised by Kirkland & Ellis. The offer by Minerals Technologies topped a rival bid made last month by French specialty materials maker Imerys and its lawyers from Skadden and Fried Frank.

In-House Counsel Profile: CME Group Inc.'s Kathleen Cronin

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

CME Group Inc. is the parent of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchange and the Commodity Exchange — in other words, the largest combined derivatives marketplace in the world.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

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

A New GC in the Tronox Sandbox

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

The producer of mineral sands promotes an in-house insider to lead it out of bankruptcy.

Schulte, Latham Lead on $9 Billion Safeway Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

An investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management has struck a deal to acquire grocery store chain Safeway in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year. Schulte Roth & Zabel is advising the buyers, with Dechert and Baker Botts also providing antitrust advice. Latham & Watkins is representing Safeway.

Phone Makers Hope Carriers' ADR Clause Can Protect Them Too

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen will decide if privacy claims over tracking software are governed by a third-party arbitration agreement.

Asia Deal Digest: March 6, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

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

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 06, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Chancery Denies Lehman's Claims Under Acquiescence Doctrine

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 05, 2014

The Delaware Court of Chancery applied the rarely-used acquiescence doctrine to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and T. Rowe Price High Yield Fund Inc. against a company that owns and operates Spanish-language television stations throughout the country.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Sony Corporation of America and Credit Suisse Group have signed new agreements at 11 Madison Ave., between 24th and 25th streets, in the Flatiron District.

Skadden Advising Sina Weibo on $500 Million IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2014

China's Twitter-like 'microblogging' service is seeking a U.S. listing.

Strine to Preside as Delaware Chief Justice for First Time

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 04, 2014

After being sworn in last Friday as chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, Leo Strine, Jr., will preside over the state's highest court in Dover for the first time on Wednesday.

Justices Expand Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 04, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Reed Smith, Skadden Advise as Caesars Shuffles Casinos

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

Caesars Entertainment is selling four casino properties in Las Vegas and New Orleans to one of its affiliates in a restructuring transaction worth $2.2 billion, including assumed debt and committed expenditures. Reed Smith is representing a special committee of Caesars' board while Skadden is advising a special committee of Caesars Acquisition Company's board.

Justices Expand Corporate Whistleblower Protection

Tony Mauro : supreme_court_brief : January 04, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday significantly expanded legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, making it clear for the first time that thousands of workers in the mutual-fund industry and other private companies are protected from retaliation for reporting fraud.

Three Former Federal Prosecutors Create Litigation Firm

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 03, 2014

Jeff Neiman, Jeff Marcus and Dan Rashbaum are launching a white-collar litigation firm called Marcus Neiman & Rashbaum.

Banks Is Leaving Legal Aid for a City Position

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

Steven Banks, who has been attorney-in-chief of the New York City Legal Aid Society since 2004, was named commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday.

Inadmissible: HRF Partners With Law School

: Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

An Access To Justice Scorebook

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

The National Center for Access to Justice has 50-state survey of Americans' ability to use the justice system.

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

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

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

Unrest in Ukraine Ripples Through Global 100 Firms

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

Baker & McKenzie, Chadbourne & Parke, Clifford Chance, Dentons, DLA Piper and Squire Sanders have all seen business at their offices in Kiev grind to a halt this month amid clashes between opposition forces and security services loyal to former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Tex Parte: South Texas College of Law partners with Human Rights First nonprofit

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

One and Done


: The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

The downturn didn't force Ian McLean out of a job. But it coincided with his decision to try something different.

Why Lawyers Are Still Waiting for the Future

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Six years after Lehman Brothers died, technology-driven changes in the market are slow to arrive.

Online Justice Index Maps Legal Access in America

Katherine Montgomery : Law Technology News : January 27, 2014

The National Center for Access to Justice now collects and presents national and state data on access to legal representation for a variety of underprivileged groups.

Why Lawyers Are Still Waiting for the Future

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Six years after Lehman Brothers died, technology-driven changes in the market are slow to arrive.

Asia Deal Digest: February 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

* Skadden guides Holland's Vitol on $2.6 billion acquisition of Shell assets in Australia* Herbert Smith Freehills advises Chinese copper recycler on Hong Kong IPO* Wilmer and Amarchand team for $110 million Web hosting acquisition in India

Herbert Smith Freehills Drops Singapore QFLP License

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Singapore's Ministry of Law announced Friday that four other foreign firms renewed their licenses, which allow them to practice Singapore law in exchange for meeting certain local hiring and revenue targets, while one firm was given a one-year conditional extension.

Canadian Big Deals

Laura King : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Brookfield Property Partners/Brookfield Office Properties; Fortis/UNS Energy; Pacific Rubiales Energy/Petrominerales; Fairfax Financial/BlackBerry

In-House Counsel Helps Launch Access to Justice Project

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 27, 2014

The Justice Index is a new online tool that compares levels of access to justice in state legal systems.

Project Measures Access to Civil Legal Services

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

When trying to measure access to civil legal assistance, empirical data can be hard to find. But an ambitious online database released Tuesday aims to solve that problem by showing state-by-state comparisons of available services.

Justices OK Suits Against Law Firms in Ponzi Scheme

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Private investors burned in Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme can move ahead with their state-law class actions against two prominent law firms and insurance brokers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

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

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 26, 2014

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

First Solar Turns the Spotlight on a New GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

The solar solutions company highlights the new hire's experience in the energy sector.

Supreme Court Takes a Pass on Whirlpool Class Actions

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Defying expectations and the hopes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the high court declined Monday to hear arguments that it should dismantle two class actions over allegedly defective Whirlpool Corp. washing machines.

Columbia Takes the Lead

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Skadden on Acquisition of Shell Australia Assets

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2014

Dutch trading company Vitol is buying the oil giant's refining and retail businesses in Australia.

Part of Pro Golfer's Suit Against PGA Tour Advances

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 21, 2014

Professional golfer Vijay Singh can move forward with claims that the PGA Tour failed to properly investigate his use of a product believed to contain a banned substance before taking disciplinary action against him, a Manhattan state judge ruled.

Dealmaker of the Week: Latham's Charles Ruck

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

Ruck, along with fellow Orange County M&A partner R. Scott Shean, led the Latham team advising Actavis on its $25 billion acquisition of specialty pharmaceuticals company Forest Laboratories.

New Deals

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

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

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Chevron Work Gives Gibson Dunn a Boost

Drew Combs : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher reported gains across key financial metrics in 2013. The firm enjoyed its biggest bump in gross revenue, which rose 7.4 percent, to $1.386 billion, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Bonuses Spread to Associates at Midsize and Small Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Associate bonuses are no longer confined to large law firms. Midsize firms and boutiques say they are increasingly using individualized merit pay paired with incentive packages to retain and reward their most talented lawyers.

Editorial: A Time for Trial

: The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 18, 2014

On January 6, 2010, John M. Farren was arrested and charged with 4 serious felonies: attempted murder, 2 counts of assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a child for the brutal and highly publicized attack on his then wife, Mary Margaret Farren in the presence of their 2 small children.

Government Still Pursuing Greenberg Case 9 Years Later

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

After years of litigation pursued by three different state attorneys general and recent court rulings that seem to lift any remaining barriers to a trial, the end of the civil fraud case against business titan Maurice "Hank" Greenberg is still nowhere in sight.

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

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

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

INADMISSIBLE: Holder Presses Voting Rights for Felons

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. last week urged state and federal lawmakers to restore voting rights to felons who are no longer under supervision, calling restrictions in place now "profoundly outdated." Plus more in this week's column.

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

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

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

Skadden Snags Lead Again for Jos. A. Bank, This Time on Bauer Buy

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

Jos. A. Bank has further complicated its ongoing battle with rival clothier Men's Wearhouse, which launched a hostile takeover for the company last month after rebuffing an unsolicited Jos. A Bank bid. Now, Jos. A. Bank has agreed to buy casual sportswear company Eddie Bauer from private equity owner Golden Gate Capital in a cash-and-stock deal worth $825 million.

Dealmaker of the Week: Paul Weiss' Robert Schumer

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

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

REIT Work Keeps Half-Dozen Am Law 100 Firms Busy

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

Kite Realty Group Trust has tapped Hogan Lovells for counsel on its $1.2 billion buy of the Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, which has retained Alston & Bird to advise on the proposed union of the two shopping center owners. Meanwhile, two other top REITS—including one led by a former Sullivan & Worcester partner—battle with activist investors.

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

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

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

DOJ Warns 'Repeat Offenders' with $425 Million Bridgestone Fine

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

The Justice Department has a message for companies in trouble for fixing prices: If you're going to come clean, you better not hold back.

Asia Deal Digest: February 13, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

* Singapore's Puma Energy turns to Cleary for a $750 million notes issue in Luxembourg* Skadden advises Chinese SOE on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise acquisition* Maddocks and Stikeman Elliott on the $479 million acquisition of an Aussie dairy products company

New Deals

Sara Randazzo : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The Coca-Cola Co. is jumping on the at-home beverage-making trend by agreeing to pay $1.25 billion for a stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the opportunity to develop a countertop system for producing cold drinks that would likely compete with current market leader SodaStream.

Kirkland, Skadden Carve Out $1.6 Billion Minerals Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Paris-based specialty materials company Imerys is buying U.S. company Amcol International, which specializes in specialty minerals and chemicals. Kirkland is advising Amcol on its sale, while Skadden is representing Imerys.

Judge: No Sanctions for Lawyers Suing Skadden, Staffing Firm

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A U.S. district judge in New York has refused to allow Tower Legal Staffing to request sanctions against David Lola, an attorney who sued Tower and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for failing to pay him overtime for his work on a document review assignment, or against Lola's counsel, D. Maimon Kirschenbaum.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Patricia Hennessy joins Conrad O'Brien as co-chairwoman of the education law group in the West Chester, Pa., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

'Indefiniteness' Finally Gaining Some Respect

Douglas Nemec and Hoda Rifai-Bashjawish : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the defense against business-method patents.

Wall Street Watchdog Sues DOJ over $13B JPMorgan Pact

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

Better Markets Inc., a nonprofit led by a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, filed an unusual lawsuit Monday challenging the legality of the U.S. Department of Justice's $13 billion mortgage settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

'Leaning In' Makes Legal Sense for Employers

John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

In their Labor Relations column, John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom write: Engaging with employees on sensitive personal issues is serious business but, if undertaken correctly, can be a win-win for employees and employers.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

Zynga's Devang Shah

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Herrick, Feinstein has appointed new chairs and co-chairs of several departments, among other announcements of promotions and additions.

Skadden Adds Fizz to Coca-Cola's Make-At-Home Drink Deal

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Advised by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the Coca-Cola Co. has agreed to pay $1.25 billion for a stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the opportunity to develop a countertop system for making cold beverages. Baker & McKenzie is advising Green Mountain on the transaction.

Schulte Parts Ways With Associate Accused of Battery In Suit

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: February 6, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

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

Skadden Bankruptcy Baron Joins Liquidation Shop

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

John "Jack" Wm. Butler Jr., a former cohead of the corporate reorganization practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is poised to leave the Am Law 100 firm's Chicago office to join financial services shop Hilco Global, which specializes in distressed investments.

Skadden Fends Off Southwest Airlines Merger Challenge

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

The Ninth Circuit brought a likely end to an antitrust class action seeking to undo Southwest Airlines Co.'s 2011 acquisition of AirTran Airways Inc.

State Bar Asks Lawyers to Back Civics Education

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

"A robust civic education is vital for promoting a culture of engagement in the democratic process and ensuring that all Americans...are informed, thoughtful and active citizens," the report adopted by the NYSBA said.

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

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

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

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Law firm personnel changes in metropolitan Washington D.C.

The 2013 Lateral Report

: The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Fueled by the Dewey diaspora, lateral activity among Am Law 200 firms reached a three-year high in 2012.

Taking It All the Way to Trial, or Acting 'As If'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

When the U.S. Marshals Service seized the booth of a Chinese tire maker at a Las Vegas trade show and confiscated its contents, it was an unambiguous message from Weisbrod Matteis & Copley: Pay up.

Capitalizing on Experience at the Big Shops

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado is no place for attorneys to cut their teeth. The Los Angeles-based litigation boutique, which opened its doors in 2002, comprises a dozen veteran lawyers who contributed to a string of wins last year for major companies, name partner William Delgado said.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

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

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

Establishing a sense of credibility

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A game of three-dimensional chess. That's how Kenneth Lee described the multibillion-dollar battle between the trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc. and the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

The Lateral All-Stars

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

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

Is Reliance on Lateral Hiring Destabilizing Firms?

William Henderson and Christopher Zorn : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

More than ever, firms look to laterals to boost profitability. But the data shows that it's not working.

State Bar Annual Meeting

: New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A list of the awards presented or announced by the New York State Bar Association during the group's annual meeting Jan. 27-31 at the Hilton New York.

A Personal Take on This Year's Lateral Report

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

After six years at the magazine's helm, The American Lawyer's editor in chief issue makes a move of her own and uses the occasion to reflect on two trends that capture Big Law's split personality.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Skadden Hires Meister to Head Crime Group

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

David Meister, who served as enforcement director at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, will head the firm's government enforcement and white-collar crime group in New York.

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

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

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

CFTC Enforcement Head Rejoins Skadden

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

After a three-year stint as director of the enforcement division at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, David Meister is rejoining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as head of the government enforcement and white-collar crime group in New York.

Judge Rejects Fee Bid in $20 Billion Sprint M&A Challenge

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

A gaggle of top plaintiffs firms that challenged a $20 billion deal involving Sprint got some disappointing news this week when a Kansas judge denied their bid for $8 million in fees.

State, Federal Courts Warn Of Virus-Carrying Messages

JAY STAPLETON : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 30, 2014

State and federal courts in Connecticut are among those nationwide circulating warnings about virus-bearing emails that purport to be notices of court hearings. At the Connecticut Judicial Branch, court administrators are on the lookout for the virus attacks.

Asia Deal Digest: January 30, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

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

Simpson, Wachtell Advise on Big LatAm Banking Deal

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

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

Debevoise Knocks Out Greenberg Suit Over AIG Bailout

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the former chairman of American International Group, has reached a dead end in his company's $25 billion lawsuit alleging that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's takeover of AIG was unlawful.

Law Firm's Probe Finds No Proof of Bullying of Rutgers Football Players

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

A New Jersey law firm's probe of bullying allegations in Rutgers' University's football program has turned up no evidence of wrongdoing by the school.

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

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

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

Thomas Tew Dies Of Pancreatic Cancer

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 28, 2014

Thomas Tew, the co-founder of Tew Cardenas, often served as a receiver and was a boxing aficionado. He died Monday night of pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

Finance, Media Defendants Beat RealTime Patent Suits

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has brought a near-certain end to RealTime Data's patent infringement campaign against a large swath of the financial services industry.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

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

Bogus Court-Appearance Notices Can Email Viruses, Lawyers Told

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Courts around the country are circulating warnings about virus-bearing emails that purport to be notices of court hearings.

Winner, Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year: Simpson Thacher

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 24, 2014

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

The Churn: K&S Adds Two From Fried Frank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

King & Spalding bolsters its white-collar group by recruiting a pair of partners of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Meanwhile, three Am Law firms open new offices with lateral hires. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements to thechurn@alm.com.

Boardroom Confidentiality Under Focus

David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh : New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

In their Corporate Governance column, David A. Katz, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Laura A. McIntosh, a consulting attorney for the firm, write: The current cultural emphasis on transparency and disclosure has contributed to an atmosphere in which sensitive corporate information is increasingly difficult to protect. There is limited statutory or case law to guide boards and directors in this area, and there exists a range of opinions among market participants and media commentators as to whether leaking information is problematic at all.

Marketplace

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

Almost a decade after opening on Columbus Circle across from the southwestern edge of New York City's Central Park, the Time Warner Center is set to be sold by its namesake inhabitant to an investor group that helped construct the 55-story edifice.

The Bankruptcy Files: Freedom Taps McGuireWoods for Chapter 11

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

McGuireWoods is advising Freedom Industries, the company responsible for a recent chemical spill that prompted drinking water bans that affected 300,000 West Virginians, on its Chapter 11 filing. Meanwhile, Skadden and Kirkland are dominating the market on bankruptcy work amid a dearth of large filings and the latter is among the Am Law 100 firms handling out-of-court restructurings for clients like Altegrity, Brookstone and M*Modal.

Banks, Icahn Beat Claims by Herbalife Short-Seller

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

In a stinging rebuke for short-seller and legal activist Daniel Ravicher, a judge on Tuesday dismissed claims that billionaire Carl Icahn and three major banks propped up an alleged pyramid scheme at the nutritional supplements company Herbalife Ltd.

Will the Asia Shakeout Ever Come?

By Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

What's the solution to the overly competitive market for legal services in Asia? Many international law firms in Asia are simply counting on their weaker rivals to eventually give up and go home, leaving a bigger pie for everybody else. But Asian Lawyer editor Anthony Lin says they shouldn't bet on that scenario.

The Churn: Hogan Lovells Launches in Sao Paulo, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Hogan Lovells opens its second Brazilian office with a lateral hire from Clifford Chance; Holland & Knight and Littler both beef up in Portland, and Pryor Cashman adds a prominent sports attorney and agent.

Fried Frank, Paul Weiss Lead on Time Warner Center Sale

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

The Am Law 100 firms—well versed on the subject of Manhattan's pricey commercial real estate—are advising media giant Time Warner Inc. on the $1.3 billion sale of its Columbus Circle headquarters to an investor group. The deal has also yielded roles for Gibson Dunn, Kirkland, Schulte Roth, Sidley Austin and Skadden.

DOJ Settlements: Don't Believe the Hype?

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

The Department of Justice announced this month that it collected a whopping $8 billion in civil and criminal settlements last year. But is the agency telling the whole story about whether these settlements are wins or losses for the public?

Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 16, 2014

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

Insurance Industry Deals a Boon to Big Firms

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

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

Asia Deal Digest: January 16, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

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

State AGs Win Right to Sue Corporations in State Court

Marcia Coyle : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

State attorneys general who have been aggressively pursuing companies for alleged violations of their antitrust and consumer protection laws scored a major victory on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that their lawsuits belong in state, not federal, courts.

State AGs Win Right to Sue Corporations in State Court

Marcia Coyle : supreme_court_brief : January 14, 2014

State attorneys general who have been aggressively pursuing companies for alleged violations of their antitrust and consumer protection laws scored a major victory on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that their lawsuits belong in state, not federal, courts.

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 13, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

Second City Shanghai

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

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

The Churn: Another Patton Boggs Loss, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

A banking partner leaves Patton Boggs in New York to join Greenberg Traurig; McGuireWoods hires a onetime counsel to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Latham poaches a Weil partner in London.

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

Jeff Mordock : The Legal Intelligencer : January 10, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

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

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

New Fellowship Aims to Restart Dormant Legal Careers

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Four Am Law 100 firms—Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley—have signed on to a new pilot program designed to put women lawyers who have stepped away from the profession for one reason or another back into a law firm setting.

K&L Gates Adds Pair of Tokyo Partners

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Takahiro Hoshino and Takahiro Tsumagari are joining the firm's commercial disputes and real estate practices, respectively.

Bucklin to Leave State Bar Association After 13 Years

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

"We have an enviable financial position, strong membership and a vast array of new and exciting member initiatives," Patricia Bucklin wrote in an email to members announcing her upcoming departure as the NYSBA's executive director.

LA Defense Lawyer Leaves Munger for Scheper Kim

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

: Delaware Business Court Insider : January 09, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

Strine Nominated to Be Delaware's Next Chief Justice

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 09, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. to be the next chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Strine has served on the Chancery Court since 1998 and has led the nation's preeminent business court since 2011.

Wilson Sonsini, Skadden Advise as Singer Makes Moves

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

Elliott Management, the hedge fund founded by billionaire Harvard Law School graduate Paul Singer, has mounted a $3.1 billion takeover bid for Riverbed Technology. Elliott, an activist investor advised by Paul Weiss and New York's Kleinberg Kaplan, has also agreed to drop its opposition to the $8.3 billion sale of Celesio and reached an agreement with Compuware on the removal of a Dickinson Wright chairman emeritus and Honigman Miller partner from its board of directors.

New Deals

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

Five years after assuming management control of Chrysler Group when it emerged from bankruptcy, Italian automaker Fiat has struck a deal to buy the 41.5 percent stake in the company it did not already own.

Judge Finalizes Landmark $1.15 Billion Lead Paint Ruling

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 08, 2014

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Adem Koyuncu joins Covington & Burling's life sciences practice as partner. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

John Marshall Law Has Its First Skadden Fellow

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

When the Skadden Foundation named its 2014 class of Skadden fellows in early December, no one was more surprised to earn a spot in the prestigious public interest law program than Sarah Hess. She is the first student from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago selected as a Skadden fellow — and the first from an unranked law school thus honored since 2010.

Men's Wearhouse Launches Increased Hostile Bid for Jos. A. Bank

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

In the latest twist in the pitched battle between competing clothiers, Men's Wearhouse launched a newly revised hostile takeover offer Monday that values rival Jos. A. Bank at roughly $1.61 billion. Willkie is advising Men's Wearhouse in the matter, while Jos. A. Bank has turned to Skadden and Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake.

For FHFA's Targets, It Paid to Pay Up Quickly

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Newly released figures support the notion that General Electric Co. and Citigroup Inc. were smart to be the first to settle claims that they duped Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying toxic securities.

Judge Declines to Levy Sanctions for 'Spoliation'

Jan Wolfe : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Upholding a magistrate judge's ruling, Southern District Judge Harold Baer Jr. said Friday that U.S. Bank shouldn't be sanctioned over a document retention policy that plaintiff UBS called "aggressive and indiscriminate."

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

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

New Deals

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

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

Finalist, General Litigation Department of the Year: Skadden

By Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Skadden's litigation department is light-years away from where it was a decade ago, when its marquee practice was litigating takeover battles and proxy disputes as an adjunct to its deals work. These days, new clients regularly tap the firm's litigators first.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

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

S&C Steers Fiat Through Final Lap of Chrysler Takeover

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The Italian automaker has agreed to acquire the 41.5 percent stake in Chrysler it does not already own from a United Automobile Workers health care trust for $4.35 billion. Sullivan & Cromwell is representing longtime client Fiat in the matter, while Skadden is advising Chrysler's independent directors and Stroock is acting as counsel to Brock Fiduciary, the investment adviser managing the UAW trust's Chrysler stake.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

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

No Law School Rank, No Problem For This Skadden Fellow

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2013

Every once in awhile, the Skadden Fellowship Foundation selects someone from an unranked law school, as it did this year with Sarah Hess. She is the first student from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago to win the prestigious fellowship.

Midsize Private Equity Deals Keep Am Law Firms Busy

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

Kirkland and Ropes are advising on Bain's purchase of a majority stake in Bob's Discount Furniture; Simpson Thacher and Perkins Coie have landed roles on The Blackstone Group's $200 million investment in Crocs; and Dickstein Shapiro is representing Brynwood Partners on a pair of transactions announced within the past week.

Commercial Division Advisory Council Makes Headway

Suevon Lee. : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

Once just proposals on paper, the recommendations set forth by a task force on commercial litigation convened by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman a year and a half ago are gradually nearing actualization.

Quinn Emanuel Bid to Appeal Overtime Suit Ruling Denied

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams has rejected Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan's attempt to appeal her prior decision denying the firm's motion to dismiss a suit filed earlier this year by a contract attorney seeking overtime pay he claims he is owed for document review work he did.

A Recovery for European M&A?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

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

Kirkland, Skadden Lead on Largest Bankruptcy Matters

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2013

In a down market, the biggest cases are going to only a few firms.

Skadden Announces Its Class of Fellows for 2014

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 25, 2013

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom announced its 2014 class of Skadden fellows, a group of 28 graduating law students and judicial clerks who are devoting the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work.

Court Mulls Review Standard in Controlling Shareholder Mergers

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 25, 2013

Should the review standard for a going-private merger led by a controlling stockholder be the arduous entire fairness standard or the less stringent business judgment rule?

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2013

Haynes and Boone and BuckleySandler have added partners while others add counsel.

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

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

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

Commercial Division Advisory Council Makes Headway

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 23, 2013

Once just proposals on paper, the recommendations set forth by a task force on commercial litigation convened by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman a year and a half ago are gradually nearing actualization.

Am Law 100 Firms Snap Up Red Lobster Work

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Kramer Levin, Latham & Watkins, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are advising on a battle between activist hedge funds and the management of Darden Restaurants, owner of the Red Lobster, Oliver Garden and Capital Grille brands. While Darden announced last week its plans to spin off the Red Lobster chain, some investors want a complete breakup of the company.

Accused Ex-White House Attorney Was No-Show At Civil Trial

CHRISTIAN NOLAN : The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 20, 2013

On the eve of when evidence in the civil trial was to begin Dec. 9, Farren sent an email to the Stamford Superior Court. He said simply that he was in Hartford Hospital seeking medical treatment.

Five Am Law Firms Lead as Sycamore Snags Jones Group

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners said Friday it has agreed to purchase wholesale retailer The Jones Group, which markets brands such as Nine West and Anne Klein, for $2.2 billion, including debt. Winston & Strawn and Simpson Thacher are advising Sycamore on the deal, while Cravath is representing The Jones Group, and Skadden is providing counsel to the company's board of directors.

Skadden Teaches Teens Social Media Dos and Don'ts

Lesley Guth : The Recorder : January 20, 2013

Asia Deal Digest: December 19, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2013

*Minter Ellison leads $1.7 billion Australian insurance deal *Sidley Austin acts on China State Shipbuilding Corp.'s $800 million bond issue*Milbank advises Genting Group on $730 million project financing in Indonesia

Ex-Skadden Lawyer Wins $29 Million in Domestic Abuse Case

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

A Connecticut jury awarded $28.6 million in damages this week to former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom counsel Mary Margaret Farren in connection with a civil suit she filed against her ex-husband, former White House deputy counsel John Farren, in the wake of a 2010 domestic violence incident that left her in critical condition.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2013

One of New York City's classic hotels, the Park Lane Hotel, at 36 Central Park South, has been sold for $660 million. Also, Brookfield Office Properties Inc. has acquired One North End Ave. in lower Manhattan for $200 million.

Intuitive Surgical Turns to Skadden's Ruby—Again

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 17, 2013

The Churn: Brown Rudnick Takes Paris, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Brown Rudnick opens a Paris office and brings on California's state treasurer to work part-time; BuckleySandler hires a lawyer from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Debevoise & Plimpton poaches the cohead of Herbert Smith Freehill's Seoul office.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

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

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

Judge Says Lead Paint Companies Owe $1.1 Billion

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 16, 2013

Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg backs counties in long fight to prove toxin is a public nuisance.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

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

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

Inadmissible: Whose Warhol?

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

The University of Texas fight over Farrah Fawcett's Andy Warhol artwork continues. No end yet appears in sight, according to David Beck, a partner in Houston's Beck Redden, who represents UT against actor Ryan O'Neal.

Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger

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

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet On Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2013

When law professor Kathleen Sullivan joined the upstart Quinn Emanuel in 2005, it wasn't clear that this unusual pairing would work. It has.

Boies Schiller Tops Other Firms in Associate Bonuses

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

As it does every year, Boies Schiller has awarded associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have matched the range set by Cravath earlier this month.

Comcast, NHL Settle Class Action Over Flyers Winter Classic Tickets

Zack Needles : The Legal Intelligencer : January 13, 2013

A group of Philadelphia Flyers season ticketholders has agreed to settle with the team's owner, Comcast Spectacor, and a division of the National Hockey League in a putative class action in which the ticketholders alleged Comcast breached its contract when it forced them to buy tickets to the NHL Winter Classic game separately and at a significantly higher price.

The Skadden Associate Who Crawls Through Barbed Wire

Hillary Flynn : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2013

Corporate restructuring associate Amelia Boone is a top contender in the emerging sport of obstacle racing.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Sysco Corporation said Monday it will buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal worth $8.2 billion once assumed debt is factored in. Also, SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to an investor group led by former Marsh & McLennan CEO Brian Duperreault.

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

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

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

Kramer Levin Hops on $1.1 Billion Railcar Leasing Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Tokyo's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation is acquiring Flagship Rail Services, a Chicago-based railcar leasing business, from an arm of investment firm Perella Weinberg Partners. Perella Weinberg is represented by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Boies Schiller Tops Bonus Scale Again As Most Match Market

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

As it does every year, Boies, Schiller & Flexner has awarded 2013 associate bonuses significantly sweeter than those doled out by the rest of The Am Law 100, with the firm's high end hitting $300,000. Meanwhile, at least 10 other firms have now fallen in line with the $10,000-to-$60,000 range set, as usual, by Cravath, Swaine & Moore earlier this month.

JNC Submits All Four Candidates For Chief Justice to Gov. Markell

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 11, 2013

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted all four Delaware Supreme Court chief justice candidates to Gov. Jack Markell for consideration, according to a source familiar with the process.

Pre-Closing Privileged Communications Pass to Surviving Corporation

Edward B. Micheletti and Lori W. Will : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 11, 2013

In , C.A. No. 7906-CS (Del. Ch. Nov. 15, 2013), the Delaware Court of Chancery held­­—in a matter of first impression—that pursuant to Section 259 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, the surviving corporation in a merger controls the seller entity's pre-closing privileged communications.

Judge Denies Quinn Emanuel Bid to Dismiss Overtime Suit

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

A New York federal judge on Wednesday denied Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan's motion to dismiss a suit filed earlier this year by a contract lawyer who claims the firm should have paid him overtime for a document review stint he did. The judge allowed the suit to proceed to a "limited discovery."

Bellacosa Attacks A.G. for Comments in Greenberg Fraud Case

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2013

A former Court of Appeals judge has accused the lead prosecutor in the New York attorney general's long-running case against former American International Group boss Maurice "Hank" Greenberg of intentionally deceiving trial and appellate judges.

Greenberg Laterals Help Firm Snag Big M&A Roles

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

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

FTC Broadens Filing Requirements for Exclusive Patent Licenses

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2013

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom analyze a new rule amending the filing requirements for patent transfers under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act which contains a few notable changes with antitrust implications for exclusive patent licensing transactions.

Reed Smith Takes Tech Transactions Lawyer From Wilson

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 10, 2013

Three Firms Advise as SAC Unloads Reinsurance Arm

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

A month after agreeing to a $1.8 billion settlement on insider trading charges, hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to Hamilton Reinsurance Group for a reported $500 million to $1 billion.

Sidley Partner Hires Prominent Lawyer in Sex Assault Case

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Stanley Stallworth, a 50-year-old real estate partner with Sidley Austin in Chicago, has been accused along with his nephew of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man while the alleged victim was passed out on Thanksgiving. Stallworth, whom Sidley has placed on leave, has hired well-known Chicago criminal defense firm Henderson Adam, which was formed in 2011 by former Holland & Knight partner Victor Henderson and local trial lawyer Sam Adam Jr.

How Jones Day Won Role of Trying to Save Detroit

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Fourteen firms pitched Motor City officials with proposals detailing how they intended to help the city get out from under its crippling financial problems. A close look at the bids each firm submitted, as well as conversations with those involved in the process, reveal how Jones Day emerged as the winner.

Four Firms Feast on $8.2 Billion US Foods Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Sysco Corporation has agreed to buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal that includes $4.7 billion in assumed debt. Wachtell and Arnall, Golden & Gregory are advising Sysco, while US Foods has turned to attorneys at Simpson Thacher and Debevoise.

Affirmative Action: New Requirements

John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

In their Labor Relations column, John P. Furfaro and Risa M. Salins of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom review final regulations expanding affirmative action obligations covering veterans and individuals with disabilities for companies contracting with the federal government or receiving subcontracts from primary contractors.

Magic Circle Firms Lead on Global Chemical Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance have grabbed lead roles on a pair of large chemical industry mergers, while Covington & Burling, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and leading Australian firm Allens are advising on several other notable transactions in the same sector.

Court Invokes Cleanup Doctrine to Retain Non-Del. Dispute

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 04, 2013

The Delaware Court of Chancery has invoked the "cleanup doctrine" to retain jurisdiction over a dispute between two business entities with no ties to Delaware. Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons issued the opinion when he denied a defendant's motion to dismiss a shareholder complaint seeking declaratory relief because the plaintiff was requesting an equitable relief that falls within the court's jurisdiction.

Coach Scandal Still Fresh, Rutgers Appoints Risk Management Chief

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Rutgers University has appointed Theodore Brown, an in-house attorney with background as a prosecutor, to head a new unit charged with reducing the school's exposure to risk.

With GrowLife Assignment, Crowell Aims for New High

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2013

GrowLife, a public company whose products are used in the cultivation of marijuana, has hired Crowell & Moring to advise it on regulatory compliance and M&A matters amid a surge in public support for legalizing what has long been an illicit substance. Growlife CEO and former Jenner & Block partner Sterling Scott spoke Wednesday with The Am Law Daily about the company's decision to retain Crowell and where the legal cannabis industry is headed.

Deal of the Week: $6 Billion Eagle Ford Deal Means Work for Houston Lawyers

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Houston lawyers are working on each side of a $6 billion Eagle Ford asset acquisition announced on Nov. 20. Devon Energy Corp. announced it reached a definitive agreement to acquire the Eagle Ford oil play assets from the privately held GeoSouthern Energy, which is based in The Woodlands.

Quartet of Private Equity Deals Yield Roles for Big Firms

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

Baker & McKenzie, Drinker Biddle, Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright, Skadden and Womble Carlyle led the way as several large firms landed lead roles advising buyout shops BC Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Permira and Thoma Bravo on nearly $3.9 billion in transactional work around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Canadian Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Loblaw / Shoppers Drug Mart; Hudson's Bay / Saks Incorporated; Davis + Henderson / Harland Financial Solutions; Louisiana-Pacific / Ainsworth Lumber

Four Firms Help ThyssenKrupp Make Alabama Getaway

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

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

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet on Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Litigators Eye AAA Rules Allowing Appeal of Arbitral Decisions

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

For the first time, parties in a dispute before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) can opt for built-in appellate review of arbitral awards. But reception to the new AAA appellate rules, which became effective on Nov. 1, has been mixed among Texas litigators.

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2013

Lawrence E. Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household International In re Tobacco Cases II SEC v. Cuban Activision v. Hayes

Still Shrinking, But More Slowly

Matthew Huisman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Washington law offices made progress—especially compared to 2011.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 29, 2013

Simpson Thacher has elevated six to partner, Greenberg Traurig and Thompson Hine have each added a partner, and William Harrington will serve as U.S. Trustee for New York, Connecticut and Vermont.

Asia Deal Digest: November 28, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2013

*Skadden acts on U.S. IPO for Chinese classified advertising site 58.com*WongPartnership advises real estate developer Ascendas on new Indian property fund*Rahmat Lim & Partners and Allen & Gledhill advise Sime Darby Motors on Vietnamese acquisition

NHL Taps Covington for TV Deal, Concussion Suit Looms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

The National Hockey League turned to Covington & Burling as its lead outside counsel on a 12-year, $4.9 billion Canadian television rights deal announced on the league's 96th birthday and a day after 10 retired NHL players sued the league over what they claim are the debilitating effects of concussions suffered during their playing days.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

Brooklyn Friends School's upper school will be moving to 1 MetroTech Center. The school signed a 20-year lease with Forest City Ratner Companies, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises Inc., for nearly 45,000 square feet, covering the first, second and third floors, at the 23-story MetroTech Center building.

Suitor Switch: Men's Wearhouse Offers to Buy Jos. A. Bank

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

More than a month after rejecting Jos. A. Bank's unsolicited $2.3 billion takeover bid, The Men's Wearhouse is now offering to buy its rival for $1.53 billion in a move known as the Pac-Man defense. Willkie and Skadden continue to advise the clothiers.

More Reasons to Arbitrate in the Big Apple

Stephen P. Younger : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2013

Stephen P. Younger, a partner with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, writes: While the major international arbitration centers each have their own unique geographical and legal features, New York has a singular combination of stable and well-established law, a vast reserve of legal talent, and an extensive network of ancillary and support resources. New York's reputation as a neutral and impartial jurisdiction also bears emphasis when considering it in relation to other potential venues, given those factors, along with other aspects of the legal infrastructure, ranked highest among attributes corporations consider when choosing an arbitral venue.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Sandra Busell joins Davidoff Hutcher & Citron's trusts and estates group. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Lawyers Work Out Dispute Over Transgender Teen's Yearbook Photo Without Litigation

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2013

Is the dispute over a South Texas transgender teen's yearbook photo a matter of 1. justice and a national petition drive, or 2. a dress code and following grievance procedures? Lawyers for the student and for the La Feria Independent School District disagree.

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Five Firms Handle M&A Work for Lloyds, Goldman

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Lloyds Banking Group, the British banking giant created via a financial crisis-driven merger in September 2008, has tapped Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith Freehills for the $1.1 billion sale of its asset management unit to Aberdeen Asset Management in a deal that will create Europe's largest fund manager. Meanwhile, Weil is advising Goldman Sachs on its $900 million purchase of an events services business.

Dealmaker of the Week: Simpson's Andrew Calder

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Calder led the Simpson Thacher team advising GeoSouthern Energy on its $6 billion sale of shale assets to Devon Energy.

Lawyer Convicted in Insider Trading Scheme Disbarred

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 21, 2013

Matthew Kluger, a former law firm associate convicted in a 17-year, multimillion-dollar insider trading scheme, was disbarred today in the District of Columbia.

Rahman v. Kid Brands Inc.

Judith Nallin : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Plaintiff's federal securities class action was properly dismissed for failure to satisfy the heightened scienter pleading standard of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Asia Deal Digest: November 21, 2013

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2013

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

An International Arbitration Perspective on Judging

Judith S. Kaye : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Pennsylvania Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Pa. Firms Rank High on Client Service List

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 20, 2013

Three of Pennsylvania's largest law firms also appear to be some of the most highly thought of among the largest purchasers of legal services—Fortune 1000 corporate counsel.

Lawyers Work Out Dispute Over Transgender Teen's Yearbook Photo Without Litigation

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2013

Is the dispute over a South Texas transgender teen's yearbook photo a matter of 1. justice and a national petition drive, or 2. a dress code and following grievance procedures? Lawyers for the student and for the La Feria Independent School District disagree.

Thirteen Firms Advise on $2.6 Billion Pharmaceutical JV

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Dutch life and materials sciences company Royal DSM is spinning off its pharmaceutical manufacturing unit into a joint venture with private equity firm JLL Partners that will then buy pharmaceutical company Patheon. The deal, worth roughly $2.65 billion in total, generated legal advisory roles for a host of large law firms.