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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 249
  • Gross Revenues: $614,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $2,465,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $4,975,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 8

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is a New York-based law firm. With gross revenue in 2010 of $580,000,000, the firm ranked 46th on The American Lawyer's 2011 AmLaw 100 rankings. Wachtell, Lipton is the smallest of the AmLaw 100 firms in terms of number of attorneys. Since Wachtell, Lipton first appeared in the annual AmLaw rankings in 1984, it has consistently ranked first in terms of revenue per lawyer. According to The National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250, with 253 attorneys, the firm placed 164th on the 2010 ranking of U.S. law firms based on size. In the 2011 Global 100 survey of firms worldwide, the firm ranked as the 53rd highest grossing law firm. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is a business law firm, and its practice is organized into seven departments: corporate, litigation, creditor's rights, tax, executive compensation and benefits, antitrust, and real estate. In addition to its record for working on a high percentage of the largest mergers and acquisitions transactions, Wachtell also specializes in corporate restructuring and financing. All of the firm's work is conducted out of a single location in New York.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 48 8 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 48 8 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 167 -3 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 200 0 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 113 -26 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 37 -24 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 85 -12 Summer programs

In the News

Chief Justice Strine to Speak At ABA Section Meeting

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 02, 2014

Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. is set to participate in the American Bar Association Section of International Law's spring meeting.

Q&A: Brian Farkas on Chancery Court's Arbitration Program

Suevon Lee : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 01, 2014

On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Strine v. Delaware Coalition for Open Government, involving a challenge over the constitutionality of the novel, short-lived program in Delaware that allowed the state's Court of Chancery judges to serve as arbitrators.

April 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Dealmakers of the Year: Standout Lawyers in Tough Times

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

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

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

Shareholder Activism in the M&A Context

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

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

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.

Q&A: Brian Farkas on Delaware Chancery's Arbitration Program

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 24, 2014

On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in the challenge over the constitutionality of Delaware's short-lived arbitration program. CLI spoke with Manhattan litigator Brian Farkas on the back story and why the Third Circuit may have left the door open.

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

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

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

Clinton-Era Documents Detail White House Legal Discussions

Todd Ruger and Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 14, 2014

The latest release of previously secret documents from the Clinton White House offered a behind-the-scenes look into how the administration handled a U.S. Supreme Court decision and a billion-dollar fraud lawsuit against major tobacco companies. Here are those and some other high points from about 4,000 pages of documents—released Friday by The National Archives—that includes correspondence between Bill and Hillary Clinton and their aides.

The Importance of Boardroom Influence in Finding Control

William Savitt and Ryan A. McLeod : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 05, 2014

Labels matter. Under Delaware law, few labels are more consequential than that of "controlling stockholder." Controllers, unlike other stockholders, owe fiduciary duties to their fellow stockholders, and—as the decisions inC.A. No. 758-CC (Del. Ch. Oct. 2, 2009), and, more recently,C.A. No. 6354-VCN (Del. Ch. Apr. 5, 2013), showed—their presence in even a third-party transaction can affect the standard of review applied to such a transaction.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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

Maura Grossman on Predictive Coding, Cowboy Boots and Fruit Loops

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 25, 2014

She started as a calligrapher, then became a psychologist, and now as a lawyer is an e-discovery leader.

Brooklyn D.A. Names Advisers for His Review of Convictions

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

As New York City averted a lawsuit from David Ranta, who spent 23 years in prison for a now-vacated murder conviction, the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office announced the appointment of an outside advisory panel to help review other questionable convictions.

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.

SEC's Canellos Returns to Milbank as Shearman Picks Up Orrick Heavyweights

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Wednesday was a day of musical chairs for the New York securities bar. One top securities litigator and government enforcer opted to return to his longtime law firm, while another prominent practitioner landed at his fourth firm in eight years.

UJA-Federation Recognizes Lawyers

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The UJA-Federation of New York honored Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz partner Theodore N. Mirvis and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Edward O. Sassower at the organization's Lawyers Division annual event on Jan. 30.

Technology-Assisted Review Still Triggering Angina

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 04, 2014

Wachtell, Lipton's Maura Grossman will try to calm lawyers who are intimidated by predictive coding at two LTNY sessions.

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.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

New Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Two years after the collapse of its attempted takeover of rival Vulcan Materials, Martin Marietta Materials said Tuesday it will pay $2.7 billion to acquire Dallas-based cement-maker Texas Industries. Also, China's Lenovo Group has agreed to acquire the IBM's low-end server division for $2.3 billion.

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

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

In our latest installment of the Fee Tracker, The Am Law Daily looks at the legal fees paid by several leading nonprofit organizations in the news, such as the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Bidding Committee, the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and the UJA-Federation of New York, which recently hired a top Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner as its new leader.

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.

The Churn: Dechert and MoFo's Revolving Door, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Morrison & Foerster hires the Justice Department's top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcer Charles Duross, while Dechert's white-collar and securities litigation cochair Benjamin Rosenberg is poised to leave his firm to become the New York County District Attorney's Office's next general counsel. Meanwhile, a Paul Weiss litigation partner is headed for the nonprofit sector. .

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.

That's A Lot of Tokens! $1.3 Billion Pending Purchase of Chuck E. Cheese's Parent Company CEC

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

A team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges led by Dallas corporate partner D. Gilbert Friedlander represents Irving-based CEC Entertainment in its pending purchase by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management for about $1.3 billion.

Megadeals Put Am Law Trio Atop Final 2013 M&A Rankings

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

A handful of large transactions, including the third-largest deal in history, helped three firms—Davis Polk, Simpson Thacher and Wachtell—outpace their Am Law rivals in separate year-end rankings of M&A legal advisers released by Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters.

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.

Winner, Securities Litigation Department of the Year: Paul Weiss

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 21, 2014

When the financial crisis meltdown morphed into securities litigation, Paul Weiss was at the ready—winning key victories for big banks in court and at the bargaining table, especially for Citi.

T-Mobile US Inc.

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

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.

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.

After the Fraud on the Market Doctrine: What Should Replace It?

John C. Coffee Jr. : New York Law Journal : January 16, 2014

In his Corporate Securities column, John C. Coffee Jr., the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School and Director of its Center on Corporate Governance, writes about the U.S. Supreme Court's coming decision in 'Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund', which may overrule the "fraud on the market" doctrine that was announced over a quarter century ago in 'Basic v. Levinson'.

Am Law 100 Trio Take Lead on Time Warner Cable Bid

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

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday it had rejected rival Charter Communications' $61.3 billion takeover bid, with the former relying on longtime outside counsel Paul Weiss for representation and the latter turning to Wachtell and Kirkland & Ellis. Should the companies end up striking a deal, a fresh round of cable industry consolidation—and a bevy of transactional assignments for other Am Law 100 firms—could follow.

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.

Hogan Lovells, Wilmer Advise on Sale of Thermo Fisher Units

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

Thermo Fisher Scientific is selling three units to General Electric's health care division for roughly $1.06 billion in cash. Hogan Lovells is advising GE, while Thermo Fisher is being represented by longtime outside counsel Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

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

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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.

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.

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.

Wachtel Partner Wins New Trial for Former Caddie at his L.I. Golf Club

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2013

Anthony Oddone, who was convicted of manslaughter stemming from a barroom brawl five years ago, won a chance to clear his name last week when the New York Court of Appeals overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial, thanks to Marc Wolinsky, his pro bono counsel from Wachtell,

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.

Six Firms Lead on $1.84 Billion Marketing Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Harland Clarke Holdings is buying marketing company Valassis in an all-cash deal, with Wachtell and Cleary advising Harland Clarke; Kirkland and McDermott representing Valassis; and Latham and Weil also landing roles on the transaction.

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.

Three Firms Advise on KKR's Affiliate Buy

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Buyout firm KKR is acquiring publicly traded credit investment affiliate KKR Financial Holdings in an exchange of stock worth $2.6 billion. Simpson Thacher is advising KKR, while Cravath is advising the private equity firm's independent directors. Wachtell is representing the target.

Deal of the Week: Sysco Corp. Gobbling Up US Foods in $8.2 Billion Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Houston-based food-service company Sysco Corp. turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Arnall, Golden & Gregory for its pending acquisition of US Foods in a deal valued at about $8.2 billion.

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.

Judges Cite Trial Errors in Upsetting Three Convictions

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2013

The Court of Appeals Thursday ordered a new trial for one defendant, vacated the conviction of a second and said a third defendant's conviction may have been affected by a conflict of interest involving his lawyer.

Dealmakers of the Week: Wachtell's Brownstein and Roth

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Andrew Brownstein and Benjamin Roth led the Wachtell team advising Sysco Corporation on its $8.2 billion purchase of rival food distributor US Foods from two private equity firms.

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.

Haynes and Boone Helps Sears CEO Slash Stake in Retailer

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

Haynes and Boone is advising ESL Investments, a hedge fund controlled by Sears CEO Edward Lampert, on the reduction of its stake in the retail giant, which is seeking to sell off its Lands' End and Sears Auto Center businesses in an effort to cut costs and pay down debt.

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.

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.

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet on Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

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

Activision Stock Buy Wasn't a Combination, Court Explains

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 27, 2013

Activision's $8.2 billion purchase of its stock from Vivendi, the video game publisher's owner, is not a business combination because the two companies are separating and not consolidating, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled.

Ace Securities RMBS Appeal Heads to First Department

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 27, 2013

Back in October 2011, an attorney representing certificate-holders of mortgage-backed securities wrote a letter to a bank trustee, urging him to execute an attached tolling agreement, respond to an outstanding request to deliver certain mortgage files and, if necessary, to initiate litigation against the sponsoring financial institution.

Hedge Funds Face Scrutiny in RMBS Repurchase Suits

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 25, 2013

It was a point raised early and often during a recent motion to dismiss hearing on a residential mortgage-backed securities repurchase case, but its significance in the greater context of such litigation is debatable: The role hedge funds play behind the scenes.

Judge May Let Autonomy Suit Proceed Against HP, Whitman

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

Judge May Let Autonomy Suit Proceed Against HP, Whitman

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 21, 2013

Activision Stock Buy Wasn't a Combination, Court Explains

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 20, 2013

Activision's $8.2 billion purchase of its stock from Vivendi, the video game publisher's owner, is not a business combination because the two companies are separating and not consolidating, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

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

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Developments Regarding Gender Diversity on Public Boards

David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2013

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: With new legislative and non-governmental initiatives around the world resulting in growing numbers of women directors and greater shareholder focus on board diversity, this issue is likely to become increasingly significant in 2014 and beyond, both in the United States and abroad.

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.

Robert Morgenthau

Stephen Kaufman : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Stephen Kaufman writes: Robert Morgenthau has been a model of dynamic innovation, insatiable curiosity, unimpeachable integrity and unstoppable determination. His kind of courage is critical to one who wields the awesome power of criminal prosecution.

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.

Am Law Firms Cut into $1.1 Billion Timber Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2013

Plum Creek Timber Company has agreed to acquire all of packaging company MeadWestvaco's U.S. timberlands, and will also invest in the latter's South Carolina rural development properties. Wachtell and Nelson Mullins are advising Richmond-based MeadWestvaco on the transaction.

Pro Bono Work Recognized

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

The 2013 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, honoring City Bar Justice Center Volunteers, were presented on Oct. 22 at the New York City Bar.

Five Firms Advise on $3.5 Billion Consol Coal Mine Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2013

Consol Energy has agreed to sell five of its coal mining operations in West Virginia to Murray Energy in a deal worth $3.5 billion—including cash, assumed debt and future considerations. Kirkland & Ellis is advising Murray, while Consol has turned to attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll, Greenberg Traurig, Wachtell and West Virginia's Steptoe & Johnson.

DuPont Taps Skadden for Split Work

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Industrial conglomerate E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company—commonly known as DuPont—has turned to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for outside counsel on its plan to split itself in two by spinning off its performance chemicals business into a new publicly traded company.

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.

CVR Energy Sues Wachtell Over Role in Icahn Spat

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

In a suit filed Thursday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., CVR Energy accuses Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and corporate partners Andrew Brownstein and Benjamin Roth of malpractice in representing the oil refining company in its unsuccessful effort to fend off a hostile takeover by activist investor Carl Icahn. The suit states that Wachtell received $6 million for its work advising CVR.

Wachtell, Paul Hastings Forge Corning-Samsung Agreement

Brian Baxter : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

Corning has tapped Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for counsel on its agreement to buy out Samsung's share of a joint venture between the two companies in a complex transaction that gives the Korean electronics giant a 7.4 percent stake in Corning. Paul Hastings is advising Samsung.

Wachtell, Paul Hastings Forge Corning/Samsung Agreement

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

Corning, whose Gorilla Glass is used in smartphone, tablet, and television LCD screens, has tapped Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for counsel on its agreement to buy out Samsung's share of a joint venture between the two companies in a complex transaction that gives the Korean electronics giant a 7.4 percent stake in Corning. Paul Hastings is advising Samsung.

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.

Berger & Montague

Leigh Jones : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2013