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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 776
  • Gross Revenues: $1,184,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,525,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,450,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Sullivan & Cromwell is based in New York City. It ranked 14th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms based on gross revenue, with revenues of $1,079,000,000 in 2010. The firm ranked 18th on the 2011 Global 100 revenue rankings. With 749 attorneys, it ranks 44th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250. The firm has been in the top fifteen of The American Lawyer's annual Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. firms by revenue since 1986. Sullivan & Cromwell's areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, banking regulation, real estate finance, and derivatives. Practice areas include corporate and financial law, litigation, intellectual property and technology, and tax law.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 14 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 14 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 44 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List 26 -3 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 53 9 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 50 6 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 94 -25 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Detroit Police, Fire Retirement Class Action to Proceed

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

After throwing out a putative class action against Goldman Sachs twice before, a federal judge has switched gears on the mortgage securities suit brought by Detroit police and fire retirees and allowed it to proceed.

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe, Ross Todd, and Rebekah Mintzer : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Motorola v. AU Optronics; In re Bank of American RMBS litigation; Vichi v. Konicklijke Philips; and more

Dealmakers of the Year: Standout Lawyers in Tough Times

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

The lawyers behind the most innovative corporate work, plus the details of the transactions they negotiated.

Big 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.

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.

GI Partners Hires New GC and Compliance Head

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 19, 2014

The private equity firm is keeping compliance under the legal department umbrella.

Legal Aid Forms Committee to Find New Chief Attorney

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Two union officials and three attorneys-in-charge of the New York City Legal Aid Society are among those named to a search committee to find a successor to outgoing Attorney-in-Chief Steven Banks.

Opinion: CBA Defense Of Family Law System Is 'Misguided'

: The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 13, 2014

Editor's note: The author of this letter is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a former clerk for a federal judge and a former tax lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. Last fall, he was involved in legal proceedings in which he and his lawyer challenged the fees and conduct of a GAL involved in his divorce case.

Pro Se Patentees to Fight David Boies in San Jose Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Father-and-son inventors accused of stealing their idea from law firm files say their money ran out after three years of scorched earth litigation so they must represent themselves.

Insurance Firms Seek Escape From U.S. Bank Capital Rules

: Bloomberg : January 11, 2014

Insurance companies will urge U.S. lawmakers to stop the Federal Reserve from imposing bank-like capital standards on their industry.

Banco Popular

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Banco Popular North America's in-house legal department knows how to do more with less. With only three attorneys, two paralegals and one administrative assistant, the department maintains close relationships with about a dozen outside law firms while keeping legal matters in-house as much as possible to control costs.

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.

ETP Wins $319 Million Pipeline Verdict as S&C Client Dodges Fallout

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

Energy Transfer Partners won at least $319 million this week in its lawsuit alleging that Enterprise Products Partners improperly backed out of a pipeline development deal. But ETP failed to persuade jurors that a codefendant, Enbridge Inc., interfered with the partnership.

Ballard Spahr Helps to Generate $1.86 Billion Sale of PGW

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 05, 2014

When 33 potential bidders expressed interest in August in vying for Philadelphia Gas Works as part of the city's anticipated sale of the largest municipally-owned gas utility in the country, Ballard Spahr's Gregory L. Seltzer knew his client was in good shape.

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.

Big Suits

Susan Beck, Rebekah Mintzer, Ross Todd, Jan Wolfe and Sheri Qualters : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

U.S. v. JPMorgan Chase; In re Payment Card Interchange Fee Antitrust Litigation; Swatch v. Tiffany; In re: Southeastern Milk Antitrust Litigation

Magic Circle Firms on Harbin Bank IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 26, 2014

The lender is the latest Chinese commercial bank to seek a Hong Kong listing to increase capital adequacy ratios in response to tighter regulatory requirements.

Chancery Dismisses With Prejudice Claims Against Electronics Giants

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

The Delaware Court of Chancery has dismissed with prejudice a fraud and misrepresentation lawsuit filed by Italian businessman Carlo Vichi, who provided financing to fund a joint venture between the world's two largest electronics companies, Philips and LG Electronics. In the 183-page opinion, the court concluded that the plaintiff failed to prove his claims under either Delaware or Italian law.

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: Goodwin Procter Enjoys Record Year

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Gross revenues for Goodwin Procter were up 5 percent in 2013, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. Revenue per lawyer was up 6.5 percent while profits per equity partner grew 7 percent, topping the firm's past financial performance. Average compensation for all partners rose by nearly 8 percent, also a new high at Goodwin.

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.

Cleary Sues Insurer Over Loss of Business After Sandy

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

Cleary Gottlieb, whose main office downtown was closed for about three and a half days after Superstorm Sandy and then continued to be affected by the loss of utilities, claims it lost more than $3 million in business income.

Cleary Sues Insurer Over Loss of Business After Sandy

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Cleary Gottlieb, whose main office downtown was closed for about three and a half days after Superstorm Sandy and then continued to be affected by the loss of utilities, claims it lost more than $3 million in business income.

Three Paul Hastings Lawyers Move to Proskauer Rose

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Zachary Fasman, Allan Bloom and Erika Collins have joined Proskauer Rose as partners in its labor and employment law practice.

Bio: Mark Peters

: New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

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.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Sullivan, Fenwick Tapped for Zynga-NaturalMotion Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

Banks, NYC Council Trade Arguments Over New Law

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

The New York City Council and a group of banks traded briefs on Monday over the banks' legal challenge to a law that could influence $6 billion in deposits from the city.

Judge Upholds Arbitration Pact in Suit Against Goldman

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 30, 2014

Faced with claims that Goldman Sachs & Co. saddled a federal credit union with toxic securities, Goldman's lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell unearthed a long forgotten arbitration agreement that they hoped would offer a quick escape.

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

With Cleary on Board, Google Makes More Big Moves

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

A week after representing Lenovo in connection with its acquisition of an IBM server unit, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising Google on its $3 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to the world's largest computer maker. The firm has also grabbed a role in Google's largest-ever European deal, handling the company's $400 million purchase of an artificial intelligence start-up earlier this week.

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.

Freshfields, Norton Rose, S&C Handle $1.2 Billion BMO Buy

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

BMO Financial Group, a unit of the Bank of Montreal, has retained Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell to advise on its $1.2 billion acquisition of F&C Asset Management, one of the top asset managers in Europe and the U.K. Norton Rose Fulbright, which combined with Fulbright & Jaworski last summer and recently hired BMO's former chief compliance officer, is advising F&C on the deal.

Obituary: Richard J. Urowsky

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Richard Urowsky, a litigation partner at Sullivan & Cromwell for more than three decades, died Jan. 14 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

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

Litigation Department of the Year: Honorable Mentions

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

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

S&C, A&O on $5.25 Billion AB InBev Bond Issue

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 26, 2014

Proceeds from the offering will be used to finance AB InBev's reacquisition of Korea's Oriental Brewery.

Simpson on $2.5 Billion Mitsubishi Motors Share Sale

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

The automaker is raising money to buy back preferred shares held by other Mitsubishi affiliates.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: January 23, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 23, 2014

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

S&C on AB InBev's $5.8 Billion Korean Beer Buy

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

The brewing giant's re-purchase of Oriental Brewery Co. Ltd. from private equity firms KKR & Co. and Affinity Equity Partners is the largest foreign acquisition ever in Korea.

Paper-N-Pizza: For Apollo's Lawyers, It's All M&A

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

Friday night just got more fun for five Am Law 100 firms. Paul Hastings, Paul Weiss, Ropes & Gray, Wachtell, and Weil are grabbing a slice of private equity giant Apollo Global Management's $1.3 billion buy of CEC Entertainment, the parent of family restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese's. Meanwhile, Paul Weiss and four other firms are advising on an Apollo-backed company's $1.4 billion buy of specialty paper maker NewPage Holdings.

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

S&C, Freshfields on $3.6 Billion HK Electric IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing is spinning off his local electricity utility.

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 Careerist: Why Cooley is Cooler

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 13, 2014

Stephen Neal, the chairman of Cooley, dishes with The Careerist about his competitors, the type of hire who succeeds at his firm, and why his shop is one of the "nice" firms in Silicon Valley.

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 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.

Bharara Says JPMorgan Deal Sends Message on Compliance

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

The nation's largest bank and Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Tuesday announced a $1.7 billion forfeiture and a two-year deferred prosecution agreement related to its role as the banker for Bernard Madoff's multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

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

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

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

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.

Litigator of the Year: Robert Giuffra Jr.

: The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

A wunderkind of the New York securities defense bar, Sullivan & Cromwell's Giuffra relishes a good fight.

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.

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.

Finalist, Securities Litigation Department of the Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell played a key role in many of the high-profile securities suits arising from the financial crisis.

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.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

A slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles in 2013—and made news while doing so.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2013

Change is good—at least that's what wew're told. Last year was a good one to test this proposition, as a slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles—and made news while doing so.

A Recovery for European M&A?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2013

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

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

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

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

CIVIL ACTIONS

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

JPMorgan, FDIC Clash Over WaMu Liabilities

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 19, 2013

JPMorgan Chase & Co. this week sued the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., arguing that the bank regulator is on the hook for massive liabilities incurred by Washington Mutual Inc.

Season's Joy

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

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

Supreme Court Rejects Cooper Tire Appeal

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 18, 2013

The Delaware Supreme Court has dismissed Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s interlocutory appeal of the Court of Chancery's November decision that Apollo Tyres Ltd. did not breach the $2.5 billion merger agreement when it attempted to resolve differences between Cooper and the union that represents workers at two of its plants.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Take Star Turns on WME's IMG Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and private equity backer Silver Lake Partners tapped Paul Weiss and Simpson Thacher, respectively, for counsel on their winning bid to acquire sports agency powerhouse IMG Worldwide from Forstmann Little & Co., which is being advised by Akin Gump and Kilpatrick Townsend as the private equity firm liquidates its portfolio.

Cahill Tops Cravath Bonuses; Others Reward Top Billers

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

Cahill Gordon & Reindel told its associates Friday that they will receive bonuses this year that range from $10,000 to $25,000 above the market scale established by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Kaye Scholer and Schulte Roth & Zabel, meanwhile, plan to treat their highest-billing associates to bonuses beyond the $10,000-to-$60,000 standard.

Volcker Rule Ushers in Era of Increased Oversight of Trades

Bloomberg News : Bloomberg : January 10, 2013

Wall Street faces more intensive government scrutiny of trading after U.S. regulators issued what they billed as a strict Volcker rule, imposing new curbs designed to prevent financial blowups while leaving many details to be worked out later.

New Deals

Brian Baxter and Sara Randazzo : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

Consumer marketing and branding company Authentic Brands Group has acquired the licensing rights to Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali from Core Media Group, and CVS Caremark has entered into an agreement to buy Apria Healthcare Group's Coram infusion therapy business for approximately $2.1 billion in cash.

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.

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

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

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

Shutts & Bowen Miami Team Works $314M GE Business Acquisition

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 26, 2013

Shutts & Bowen advises on a $314 million cash-and-stock deal allowing client APR Energy to acquire General Electric's power rental business.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Sullivan & Cromwell has elected seven partners, while Littler Mendelson, Greenberg Traurig and Winston & Strawn are among the firms announcing new additions.

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.

Thompson Taps Broad Expertise for Transition Team

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Kenneth Thompson has announced a 32-member transition team of prominent private attorneys, community leaders and criminal justice experts who are tasked with recruiting high-caliber legal talent to the office.

JPMorgan Chase Settles Mortgage Claims for $13 Billion

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2013

Federal and state prosecutors issued a stern warning to banks as enforcement officials announced a record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over its role in the financial crisis: Investigations are ongoing.

Feds, States Settle JPMorgan Mortgage Claims for $13 Billion

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2013

Federal and state prosecutors issued a stern warning to banks on Tuesday as enforcement officials announced a record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over its role in the financial crisis: Investigations are ongoing.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Asia Deal Digest: November 14, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2013

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

New York Law Journal Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2013

A photo essay of the gala dinner where the Law Journal presented its Lifetime Achievement and Impact Awards and a breakfast at The University Club.

Asia Deal Digest: November 7, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2013

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

State Bar Delays Commentary to Protest OCA Pro Bono Rules

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

The House of Delegates, the 77,000-member state bar's policy-setting body, took the unusual step of voting down a revision of the commentary to inform lawyers of their obligations under the pro bono changes to protest the imposition of the higher standards and to consider legal action against the new rules.

Baker & McKenzie on $1.5 Billion Hong Kong Bank Buy

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2013

China's Yue Xiu Group is planning to acquire a majority stake in Hong Kong's family-owned Chong Hing Bank.

Sidley, Gilbert + Tobin Advise Nine Network on IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2013

The Australian television network is aiming to raise as much as $658 million.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2013

Consol Energy said Monday it has reached an agreement to sell five of its coal mining operations in West Virginia to Murray Energy in a deal worth roughly $3.5 billion. Also, American Realty Capital Properties had to wait more than seven months, but it finally reached a deal to create the country's largest real estate investment trust in the net lease sector.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Verizon/Vodafone; Amgen/Onyx; Microsoft/Nokia

H. Rodgin Cohen

Robert Giuffra Jr. and Michael Wiseman : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Robert Giuffra Jr. and Michael Wiseman write: H. Rodgin Cohen, senior chairman of Sullivan & Cromwell, has been at the epicenter of virtually every key event impacting banking and Wall Street since the 1970s. Often referred to simply as "Rodge," he is one of a handful of living legends of the corporate bar.

The Experts

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal thanks our legal columnists who have been contributing to the Law Journal from the 1960s to the present day.

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

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

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

NYLJ Honors Lifetime Achievers

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

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

Housing Agency to Get $5.1 Billion From JPMorgan

Todd Ruger and Matthew Huisman : The Associated Press : January 29, 2013

The Federal Housing Finance Agency reached settlements worth $5.1 billion with JPMorgan Chase & Co. in connection with residential mortgage-backed securities and single-family mortgages purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the agency announced today.

Court Faults Failure to Return $40 Million in Swap Collateral

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2013

Barclays Bank breached a swap agreement with hedge fund BDC Finance when it did not return $40 million in collateral requested by BDC, instead paying only $5 million a day late and failing to dispute the amount using agreed-upon dispute resolution procedures, a split First Department panel ruled.

Sullivan & Cromwell Leads on Bank of Chongqing IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2013

The Chinese regional bank is looking to raise $593 million in its upcoming Hong Kong listing.

Building a Supreme Court Practice

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

Kannon Shanmugam sits down with to discuss building a practice at a firm that does not have practice groups, amid the competitive and economic pressures of representing clients before the nation's highest court.

JPMorgan Deal's Costly Side Effects

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2013

As JPMorgan Chase & Co. hammers out a $13 billion settlement with the government, the bank has more to worry about than paying Uncle Sam and consumers. Any settlement would also have direct repercussions in a $10 billion lawsuit Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. has filed over shoddy assets.

Court Faults Failure to Return $40 Million in Swap Collateral

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 25, 2013

Barclays Bank breached a swap agreement with hedge fund BDC Finance when it did not return $40 million in collateral requested by BDC, instead paying only $5 million a day late and failing to dispute the amount using agreed-upon dispute resolution procedures, a split First Department panel ruled.

Dealmakers of the Week: Proskauer's Fass and Lichtenfeld

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Proskauer Rose advised American Realty Capital Properties on its acquisition of rival real estate investment trust Cole Real Estate Investments in a cash and stock deal worth $11.2 billion, including assumed debt.

Private Equity Ties Yield Roles for Top Firms

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

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

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2013

AT&T has agreed to lease 9,100 of its cellphone towers and sell 600 of the units outright to Crown Castle International Corporation for a combined total of $4.85 billion in cash, and Advance Auto Parts will acquire privately held rival General Parts International in a takeover bid that will create North America's largest auto parts retailer.

Seven Firms Converge on $11.2 Billion REIT Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

After being rebuffed earlier this year on its previous takeover offer, American Realty Capital Properties has finally reached an agreement to buy Cole Real Estate Investments in a transaction that creates the country's largest real estate investment trust (REIT) in the net lease sector. Proskauer Rose is advising American Realty while Fried Frank, Morris, Manning & Martin, Sullivan & Cromwell, Venable, Wachtell, and Weil also landed roles on the deal.

Three Firms Tapped for $4.85 Billion Cell Tower Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2013

Cravath is representing Crown Castle International in connection with its agreement to lease 9,100 cellphone towers from AT&T while buying another 600 towers from the company outright. Sullivan & Cromwell is advising AT&T on the deal and Bryan Cave is providing tax advice to the telecommunications giant.

DLA, Proskauer Handle JPMorgan's $725 Million Skyscraper Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2013

JPMorgan Chase, which is on the verge of reaching a $13 billion mortgage settlement with the Justice Department, has agreed to sell its 60-story office tower at One Chase Manhattan Plaza in downtown New York to China's Fosun International for $725 million. Proskauer Rose is advising JPMorgan on the deal, while DLA Piper is taking the lead for Fosun—the firm's second major real estate deal for a Chinese buyer in recent weeks.

AT&T Sells Cell Towers To Crown Castle For $4.85 Billion

: Bloomberg : January 21, 2013

AT&T, the latest carrier to offload towers to independent operators, can now focus on growth areas or more profitable parts of the business.

Q&A With Kannon Shanmugam: Building a Supreme Court Practice

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013

Five years ago, Kannon Shanmugam left the U.S. Solicitor General's office to build an appellate practice as a partner at the noted litigation firm Williams & Connolly. He was at the leading edge of a trend that has continued ever since: associates to the solicitor general taking (or sharing) the reins at Supreme Court practices at top firms.

Am Law Firms Line Up for Latest SoftBank Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2013

Just a few days after acquiring a majority stake in Finnish online gaming company Supercell, the Japanese Internet and telecommunications giant has agreed to pay $1.26 billion for a 57 percent stake in Miami-based mobile-phone company Brightstar Corp.