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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 1,201
  • Gross Revenues: $1,228,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,025,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,230,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is an international law firm headquartered in New York with offices around the world. With gross revenue of $1,185,000,000 in 2010, it is the eleventh highest grossing law firm in the United States according to The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100. Weil Gotshal has been in the top 20 of the annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1985. According to the 2011 Global 100 survey, it is the 15th highest grossing law firm in the world. With respect to size, Weil, Gotshal & Manges was ranked as the fifteenth largest law firm in the U.S. with 1,152 attorneys, by the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250. Weil, Gotshal & Manges is known for its work in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring law.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 13 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 13 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 17 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 9 3 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 33 12 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 18 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 45 2 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 59 23 Summer programs

In the News

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

Anadarko Inks $5.15 Billion Deal to End Tronox Cleanup Woes

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The settlement follows a major courtroom victory last year by Kirkland's David Zott and his client, litigation trustee John Hueston of Irell & Manella.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

Tobacco Lobby Targets Trans-Pacific, Trans-Atlantic Pacts

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 31, 2014

As the United States negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, tobacco giant Philip Morris International Management SA has turned to Akin Gump lobbyists for help.

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Sidley Austin and Reed Smith are among the eight firms announcing new additions, while two others announce promotions.

The Churn: White House Official Joins Kilpatrick, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The White House's former associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement is now part of Kilpatrick Townsend's Native American affairs team; Faegre adds two labor and employment attorneys in Chicago; and the former U.S. Steel general counsel joins Fox Rothschild.

New Deals

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

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

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

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

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Weil and Cooley Get Call for Synopsys-Coverity Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

On a Buying Spree, Facebook Turns to Fenwick for $2 Billion Virtual Reality Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Irvine-based Oculus VR tapped Bingham McCutchen for counsel.

Financial Reform

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "The Volcker Rule's Impact on Incentive Compensation," "Targeted Returns Under FINRA's Communication Rules," "'Banking in the 21st Century: Navigating Uncharted Waters," and "FDIC Issues 'Single Point of Entry' Resolution Strategy."

Am Law Quartet Tune In for Big Local TV Deal

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

Media General has turned to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for counsel on its proposed acquisition of LIN Media LLC, which has retained Covington & Burling and Weil, Gotshal & Manges to advise on the $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal. Paul Hastings, meanwhile, is working on arranging the financing for the transaction, which will create the nation's second-largest local television broadcasting company.

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.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

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.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Milbank, a Solid Year Under New Leader

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy ended its first year under new chairman Scott Edelman on a positive note, with gross revenue increasing 6 percent, to $706 million, and profits per partner rising 5 percent, to $2.565 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Judge Faults EEOC for Probe Into Discrimination Claim

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

A major gender discrimination claim involving some 44,000 women and the nation's largest speciality retail jeweler has been dismissed because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission failed to prove that it conducted a nationwide investigation before accusing Sterling Jewelers of violating its employees' rights.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Winston, Revenue, Profits and Head Count All Slip

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

Winston & Strawn saw its gross revenue dip 1.9 percent in 2013, to $741 million, while its profits per equity partner fell 5.4 percent, to $1.41 million, according to the firm.

NJ Lawyer Pleads to Crafting Bogus Retainer Agreement

David Gialanella : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

A former top in-house lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey admitted he created a bogus retainer agreement from Weil, Gotshal & Manges promising discount legal services.

EEOC Botched Bias Case Against Jewelry Giant, Judge Rules

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

Yet another judge has dismissed employment discrimination claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the grounds that the agency ignored the unique duties it owes to its litigation targets.

AIG

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

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

Former Port Authority Lawyer Pleads To Crafting Phony Retainer

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

A former top in-house lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey admitted he created a bogus retainer agreement from Weil, Gotshal & Manges promising discount legal services.

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.

Music Rights Holder SESAC Must Face Antitrust Claims

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

A judge in New York refused to throw out part of an antitrust class action brought by TV station owners against SESAC, a music licensing organization that represents thousands of composers. The ruling comes just months after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that radio broadcasters are likely to prevail on similar claims.

The Morning Wrap

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 04, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: A redesigned law.com, the Justice Department sues Sprint Corp. over bills for eavesdropping, and Patton Boggs seeks outside help for the firm's finances.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Weil's Profits, Revenue, Head Count All Drop in 2013

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

After a turbulent year in which at least three dozen partners left and some core practices fell into the doldrums, Weil, Gotshal & Manges reported substantial financial declines in 2013. Revenue dipped 7.4 percent while profits per equity partner fell by the same percentage.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Proskauer's Revenue Up as Head Count Drops

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

Proskauer Rose recorded gains in every major financial metric in 2013, including a gross revenue increase of 4.3 percent to $768.5 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

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.

Weil Loses Finance Partner to Paul Hastings

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Senior leveraged finance partner John Cobb is heading to Paul Hastings from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, marking the 36th partner departure from Weil in the past six months, and the 15th in just the last three months alone, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

Weil Gotshal's Keith Flaum

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

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 Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Suntory/Beam; Google/Nest Labs; Lenovo/IBM low-power server business/Motorola Mobility

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

To meet an increasing need for legal services to the poor, New York Legal Assistance Group has expanded the size of its headquarters at 7 Hanover Square. Also, the New York City Department of Design and Construction is expanding its operations at The Feil Organization's Queens Atrium in Long Island City.

Risky Business: Lateral Moves Down for 2013, Firms Slow Hiring, Lawyers Move With Caution

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Eighteen of the state's 25 largest firms participated in Texas Lawyer's Lateral Hiring Survey and reported hiring 14.1 percent fewer lateral attorneys—249 versus 290—than they had in 2012.

Tech Docket Watch: S.F. Postpones Mandatory E-Filing

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

Meanwhile, Siri is vindicated, Obama gives ammo to patents, Facebook spends billions, and California democrats are antsy to push data breach laws.

Deeply Divided Federal Circuit Keeps District Judges on Tight Rein in Claim Construction

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Despite speculation that the en banc court would overrule its longstanding rule, the court voted 6-4 to affirm that claim construction be reviewed de novo on appeal.

Kasowitz Layoffs Tied to End of Credit Crisis Cases

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

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has laid off about 30 people, including associates, counsel, partners and non-attorney staff, according to a firm attorney close to the situation who said the layoffs were the result of a number of large cases nearing their resolution last year.

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.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

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

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Sidley Austin Sees Growth Across All Fronts

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

In Carter Phillips' first year as chair of Sidley Austin, the firm notched growth of greater than 7 percent in both gross revenue, to $1.6 billion, and net income, to $547 million. Profits per partner and revenue per lawyer rose approximately 4 percent, to $1.875 million and $945,000, respectively, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

East Texas Chief Says District Doesn't Live Up to 'Plaintiffs Hellhole' Reputation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Appearing in San Francisco, Leonard Davis talked trials, sanctions and 'troll fatigue' with judges from the Bay Area and Delaware.

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.

Prenatal Testing Firms Take IP Fight to Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

San Diego-based Sequenom—which saw its patent squelched by a district judge last year—is asking the appeals court to take judicial notice of "uncontested" scientific facts. But the company's rivals are crying foul.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

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.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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.

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.

Weil on Lenovo's $2.9 Billion Motorola Mobility Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2014

The Chinese computer company is planning to buy the smartphone maker from Google, which acquired it in 2011 for $12.5 billion.

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. .

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.

McDonnell Turns to Big Name Defenders

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, accused of illegally accepting payments in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement company, are fighting back with big-name Washington-area white-collar lawyers on their defense.

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.

Weil Tunes In for SiriusXM on Liberty Takeover Bid

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

SiriusXM Radio has retained Weil, Gotshal & Manges to advise on a $10 billion takeover bid announced earlier this month by cable giant John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. The hire is the latest large media-related M&A engagement for Weil.

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Eleven firms announce promotions and additions.

Weil Adds Hong Kong Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

Investment funds specialist Albert Cho was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Kirkland & Ellis.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Nine firms announce new partners, while Paul Weiss, Bingham McCutchen and Tarter Krinsky & Drogin each announce a new addition.

The Churn: Ted Kennedy Jr. Joins Epstein, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Epstein Becker hires Ted Kennedy Jr. in Connecticut; Reed Smith launches a Kazakhstan office with two Dewey alumni; and a former political adviser in Florida joins Shutts & Bowen.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

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.

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.

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Six firms announce promotions, while Karlinsky LLC and Sidley Austin announce new additions and Cozen O'Connor has named Abby Wenzel and Bernard Lee to cochair the firm's real estate practice.

Medtronic Socked With $393M Verdict in Edwards Patent Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 15, 2014

A team of Paul Weiss litigators won the mammoth award for Edwards LifeSciences on Wednesday in its global patent fight with Medtronic.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

Now on Plaintiffs Side, Powers Takes on Microsoft

Julia Love : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Former Weil Gotshal IP litigator Matthew Powers has taken aim at Microsoft Corp., a company that counted him among its go-to defenders before he crossed over to plaintiffs work.

Now on Plaintiffs Side, Powers Takes On Microsoft

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

High Court Rejects Review of 'Shopping Cart' Patents

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Soverain Software, backed by a team of top Supreme Court advocates, had argued in a cert petition that the Federal Circuit violated the Seventh Amendment when it invalidated the company's e-commerce "shopping cart" patents.

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.

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 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.

Obama's Federal Circuit Picks Poised to Shake Up Patent Law

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Six judges are set to steer a course on patent reform, topple precedent and just maybe fall in line with the Supreme Court.

The Churn: Sidley Picks Up Weil Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses another lawyer to Sidley Austin; a renewable energy team in Chicago, San Francisco and New York joins Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Foley & Lardner; and Edwards Wildman Palmer makes a string of hires around the country.

Tech Sector Dealmaking a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

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

Data shows that the tech sector was responsible for much of the global dealmaking activity last year and recently racked up nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Aid for the Homeless After Sandy

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Weil Advises Providence on Cox Buy of AutoTrader Stake

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

Atlanta-based media conglomerate Cox Enterprises has reached a deal to buy back a 25 percent stake in AutoTrader Group from Providence Equity Partners for a reported $1.8 billion. Providence, which bought the stake from Cox in 2010 for an undisclosed amount, is being represented in the matter by Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

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.

Future Chief Seen as Forceful Leader on Patent Court

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

The Churn: Paul Weiss Adds From Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The cohead of Weil, Gotshal & Manges' tax practice moves to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; another partner leaves Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles; and Jenner & Block welcomes back a former partner in New York.

Finalist, Securities Litigation Department of the Year: Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Amanda Bronstad : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Cravath's securities litigation group makes up in brains for what it lacks in size.

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.

Riding a Late-Year M&A Surge, 2013 Goes Out Like a Lion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Late-Year M&A Surge a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

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

Data shows that mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. accounted for 43 percent of last year's global deal volume and that the nation's technology industry was responsible for much of the activity. The sector continued its dealmaking run over the past week with a batch of transactions that totaled nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

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

To Focus on Mediation, Former Del. CJ Veasey Joins Gordon Fournaris

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 01, 2014

Former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey has left Weil, Gotshal & Manges to join Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, a Wilmington firm. Veasey said the move was motivated by his desire to do more arbitration, mediation and other neutral work.

The Churn: Greenberg Raids Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2013

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a corporate partner in Washington, D.C., and three intellectual property lawyers in Texas; Winston & Strawn hires an energy lawyer in Hong Kong from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and a Dorsey & Whitney partner becomes New York City's new corporation counsel.

Court Backs Making More Losers Pay Patent Suit Costs

Susan Decker : Bloomberg : January 31, 2013

Patent owners who lose infringement lawsuits should have to pay the winner's legal fees more often, a U.S. appeals court said in adding its views to a debate before Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

Lehman Unsuccessful in Recovering Funds From Creditors

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., which is liquidating itself pursuant to a court-approved bankruptcy plan, had sought to recover hundreds of millions of dollars from Intel and about $23 million from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority under two swap agreements.

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.

Federal Circuit Lowers Bar for Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gives more leeway to district judges to decide when losers should pay in patent suits.

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.

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.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Barbara de Marigny joins the tax practice of McGuireWoods as partner in the Houston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 23, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

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.

Morris Nichols Partner Speaks on M&A Agreements

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 18, 2013

Patricia O. Vella, a corporate law counseling group partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, served as a speaker for the Strafford webinar/teleconference panel titled "M&A Agreements: Limitations on Contractual and Extra-Contractual Liabilities" on Dec. 10.

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.

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.

Newsmakers - Dec. 16

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Jeff M. Dobbs, Jonathan B. Judkowitz and Andrew Stanger have been promoted to partners in Mayer Brown in Houston, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Embracing Change: Looking Back at Lateral Moves in the Lone Star State in 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

The year 2013 was a tumultuous one in the Lone Star State's legal market, with a number of significant lateral groups moving to new firms and several out-of-state firms, lured by the energy industry's strength, establishing offices here.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 16, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

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.

Texas Lawyer's Top 20 of 2013

: Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2013

Here are this year's top 20 articles rated by number of page views received on www.texaslawyer.com between Jan. 1 and Dec. 9.

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.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Abbie Maliniak joins Davis Wright Tremaine's health care practice as of counsel to the Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: IP Winner Irell & Manella

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Trade Secrets and California Ban on Noncompetition Agreements

Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

In their Employment Law column, Weil, Gotshal & Manges partners Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas discuss the unsettled state of employee noncompetition/solicitation agreements, which are generally prohibited under California law, necessary to protect a former employer's trade secrets, an exception which has never been expressly overruled but which some courts have staked out a more restrictive position on.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

Four firms announce new additions, while Mayer Brown, Weil Gotshal and Certilman Balin announce promotions.

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.

Linklaters, Weil Advise on Alinda's Polish Broadcast Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

U.S. private equity firm Alinda Capital Partners is buying Emitel, a Polish broadcast infrastructure company, from London-based Montagu Private Equity. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Reuters reports it could be worth as much as $1.1 billion.

Young Conaway Partner Moderates ABI Panel

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 04, 2013

Michael R. Nestor, a bankruptcy and corporate restructuring partner at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, moderated a panel as part of the American Bankruptcy Institute's "Delaware Views From the Bench" event.

Firms That Hired Dewey Partners Can't Block Subpoenas

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Over the objections of more than two dozen law firms, the federal bankruptcy judge overseeing Dewey & LeBoeuf's Chapter 11 case ruled Tuesday that those firms must turn over information about how much work they inherited in taking on former Dewey partners ahead of its collapse last year.

Corporate Restructuring & Bankruptcy

: New York Law Journal : January 02, 2013

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Are Utilities Unfairly Protected Under the Bankruptcy Code?," "'Free and Clear' Has Broad Reach in Bankruptcy Sales," "Analyzing the Post-'Stern' Landscape in New York" and "Using Chapter 15 to Implement Foreign Reorganization Plans in the U.S."

Questions Raised by Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules

Kevin F. Meade and Arielle Gordon : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Kevin F. Meade and Arielle Gordon of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, focus on the proposed changes to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1) and 37(e), which could have a significant impact on discovery.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Applied Materials / Tokyo Electron; Koch Industries / Molex; Ares/CPPIB / Neiman Marcus; Regency Energy / PVR

In-House Counsel Profile: Getty Images' John Lapham

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Founded in 1995, Getty Images Inc. creates and distributes content including photographs, music and video clips. John Lapham leads a 25-person team of 15 lawyers and 10 support staff spread over six cities in four countries.

Are Utilities Unfairly Protected Under the Bankruptcy Code?

Debra A. Dandeneau and Victoria Vron : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Debra A. Dandeneau and Victoria Vron of Weil, Gotshal & Manges write: With all the focus recently on how the Bankruptcy Code should be amended, it is surprising that the protections utilities receive, some of which are grounded in anachronistic notions of how utility services work, have not been subject to more scrutiny. With increasing technology, the scope of "utility services" arguably has expanded, with no real attempt being made to limit the notion of what truly is a "utility" within the meaning of §366.

A Brief Rebuttal

Edward Reines : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

A lawyer who argues before the Federal Circuit, and chairs its advisory council, defends it.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Bankruptcies In Decline, Law Firms Recast their Nets

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 29, 2013

Some South Florida law firms are feeling the pinch from a steep decline in bankruptcy filings, while others are keeping busy with litigation and international opportunities.

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

Three Firms on $2.9 Billion Chinese Take-Private Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Weil Gotshal & Manges and O'Melveny & Myers have the lead roles on a proposed buyout of Chinese game developer Giant Interactive by a group of minority shareholders.

City Fails in Bid to Restrict Single Adults' Shelter Eligibility

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

The Bloomberg administration's attempt to introduce new eligibility restrictions for single adults seeking temporary admission to New York City's homeless shelters was rejected Tuesday by the state's highest court.

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.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses three partners to Greenberg Traurig and gains one in Dallas; Jackson Lewis hires a new managing partner for its San Francisco office; and a longtime Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner joins Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C. .

Newsmakers

: Texas Lawyer : January 18, 2013

Tim Sorrells, former general counsel for the Texas Ethics Commission, has joined The Tuggey Group as a partner in the Austin government affairs practice. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

A Ten-Year Look at Who Gets the Most Work

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Microsoft, SAP Ask Federal Circuit to Bless Anti-Troll Tactic

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Arguing for Microsoft and SAP, Edward Reines said his clients should be able to take on patent assertion entities targeting their customers.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Pepper Hamilton poaches three Goodwin Procter partners to open in Silicon Valley; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr takes a partner from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Brown Rudnick hires the former cochair of Bingham McCutchen's life sciences practice. .

Microsoft, SAP Ask Federal Circuit to Bless Anti-Troll Tactic

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 12, 2013

Arguing for Microsoft and SAP, Edward Reines said his clients should be able to take on patent assertion entities targeting their customers.

How Many Lawyers Has Sidley Austin's Big D Office Nabbed From Weil?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 11, 2013

Sidley Austin's Dallas office picked up a total of 28 lawyers from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in October. Texas Lawyer previously reported the names of the nine partners who made the move to Sidley, but the firm this week identified the counsel and associates who also changed firms.

Weil IP Partner Jumps to Wilmer

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

Quinn Adds Cleary's Morillo to D.C. White-Collar Team

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Juan Morillo is headed from Cleary to Quinn Emanuel, where he will cochair the firm's Washington, D.C., white-collar and corporate investigations group. A former pick for The American Lawyer's Fab 50 Young Litigators, Morillo is the latest addition to a two-year-old Quinn Emanuel office that continues to grow.

Gibson Dunn, Freshfields Advise on Vivendi's Latest Asset Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

The French conglomerate has agreed to unload its 53 percent stake in Moroccan phone company Maroc Telecom to Emirates Telecommunications in a deal valued at $5.7 billion. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which has been advising Vivendi in connection with a series of divestitures, and Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have grabbed lead roles on the transaction.

Shearman Nabs Role on $1.2 Billion Software Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Francisco Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the technology sector, has once again tapped Shearman & Sterling for transactional work. This time, the firm is advising on the proposed $1.17 billion sale of cloud-technology provider GXS Group to Canadian software company Open Text.

Am Law 100 Trio Help Brookfield Get Bigger

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

Brookfield Property Partners, an affiliate of commercial real estate giant Brookfield Asset Management, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion to increase its stake in mall owner General Growth Properties to 32 percent. Goodwin Procter, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Canadian firm Torys are advising on the deal, while Weil, Gotshal & Manges is counseling the parent company on its closure of a $7 billion infrastructure fund.

How Are U.S. Firms Faring in London?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 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.

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.

1 Year Later, Attorneys Still Counsel Victims

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2013

In the initial days and weeks after Sandy, hundreds of lawyers from private firms and nonprofit legal services agencies confronted immediate issues such as securing temporary housing, unemployment benefits and emergency food stamps. Now, lawyers say they're gearing up for legal battles that could take years to resolve.

Baby Boom: For Second Year in a Row, Large Firms Continue to Bring In More Baby Lawyers

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2013

Since the financial crisis of 2008, this is the second year in a row that the large firms participating in 's New Associate Hires survey have brought in a larger entering class than the previous year. The firms are filling in their associate ranks to make up for smaller or nonexistent first-year associate classes since 2008, says one firm consultant.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: October 24, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster advises Japan's Softbank on another U.S. telecom investment, worth $1.3 billion*Ropes & Gray acts for Blackstone-led consortium on $625 million purchase of Chinese IT company*Simpson Thacher guides KKR on its first investment into Malaysia

Clawback Controversy Now Clouding Dewey Bankruptcy

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2013

In an objection filed Wednesday in New York federal bankruptcy court, a group of 28 law firms asked the judge overseeing Dewey & LeBoeuf's Chapter 11 proceedings to squash the now-defunct firm's planned investigation into so-called unfinished business claims it hopes to recover. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom on the same day, six firms sought to prevent a Howrey trustee from collecting money on such claims.

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.

Waxman Asks SCOTUS to Tighten Federal Circuit Reins in Newegg Case

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2013

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Several firms announce new additions, including Davis Polk, Sills Cummis, FoxRothschild, Reed Smith, and more.

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In the News

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

Anadarko Inks $5.15 Billion Deal to End Tronox Cleanup Woes

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The settlement follows a major courtroom victory last year by Kirkland's David Zott and his client, litigation trustee John Hueston of Irell & Manella.

Anadarko Agrees to Record $5B Environmental Settlement

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

In the U.S. Justice Department's largest environmental enforcement recovery ever, Kerr-McGee Corp. and its parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today agreed to pay $5.15 billion to settle charges that they fraudulently tried to duck responsibility to pay for environmental cleanup after decades of contamination.

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

Tobacco Lobby Targets Trans-Pacific, Trans-Atlantic Pacts

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 31, 2014

As the United States negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, tobacco giant Philip Morris International Management SA has turned to Akin Gump lobbyists for help.

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Sidley Austin and Reed Smith are among the eight firms announcing new additions, while two others announce promotions.

The Churn: White House Official Joins Kilpatrick, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The White House's former associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement is now part of Kilpatrick Townsend's Native American affairs team; Faegre adds two labor and employment attorneys in Chicago; and the former U.S. Steel general counsel joins Fox Rothschild.

New Deals

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

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

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

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

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Weil and Cooley Get Call for Synopsys-Coverity Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

On a Buying Spree, Facebook Turns to Fenwick for $2 Billion Virtual Reality Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Irvine-based Oculus VR tapped Bingham McCutchen for counsel.

Financial Reform

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "The Volcker Rule's Impact on Incentive Compensation," "Targeted Returns Under FINRA's Communication Rules," "'Banking in the 21st Century: Navigating Uncharted Waters," and "FDIC Issues 'Single Point of Entry' Resolution Strategy."

Am Law Quartet Tune In for Big Local TV Deal

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

Media General has turned to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for counsel on its proposed acquisition of LIN Media LLC, which has retained Covington & Burling and Weil, Gotshal & Manges to advise on the $1.6 billion cash-and-stock deal. Paul Hastings, meanwhile, is working on arranging the financing for the transaction, which will create the nation's second-largest local television broadcasting company.

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.

The Churn: Foley Snags Weil's Boston Leader, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil Gotshal's latest lateral defector is the managing partner of the firm's Boston office; Pillsbury lands two transportation finance partners from DLA Piper in London; and a former senior federal prosecutor heads to Sidley.

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.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Milbank, a Solid Year Under New Leader

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy ended its first year under new chairman Scott Edelman on a positive note, with gross revenue increasing 6 percent, to $706 million, and profits per partner rising 5 percent, to $2.565 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Judge Faults EEOC for Probe Into Discrimination Claim

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

A major gender discrimination claim involving some 44,000 women and the nation's largest speciality retail jeweler has been dismissed because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission failed to prove that it conducted a nationwide investigation before accusing Sterling Jewelers of violating its employees' rights.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Winston, Revenue, Profits and Head Count All Slip

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

Winston & Strawn saw its gross revenue dip 1.9 percent in 2013, to $741 million, while its profits per equity partner fell 5.4 percent, to $1.41 million, according to the firm.

NJ Lawyer Pleads to Crafting Bogus Retainer Agreement

David Gialanella : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

A former top in-house lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey admitted he created a bogus retainer agreement from Weil, Gotshal & Manges promising discount legal services.

EEOC Botched Bias Case Against Jewelry Giant, Judge Rules

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

Yet another judge has dismissed employment discrimination claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the grounds that the agency ignored the unique duties it owes to its litigation targets.

AIG

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

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

Former Port Authority Lawyer Pleads To Crafting Phony Retainer

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

A former top in-house lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey admitted he created a bogus retainer agreement from Weil, Gotshal & Manges promising discount legal services.

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.

Music Rights Holder SESAC Must Face Antitrust Claims

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

A judge in New York refused to throw out part of an antitrust class action brought by TV station owners against SESAC, a music licensing organization that represents thousands of composers. The ruling comes just months after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that radio broadcasters are likely to prevail on similar claims.

The Morning Wrap

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 04, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: A redesigned law.com, the Justice Department sues Sprint Corp. over bills for eavesdropping, and Patton Boggs seeks outside help for the firm's finances.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Weil's Profits, Revenue, Head Count All Drop in 2013

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

After a turbulent year in which at least three dozen partners left and some core practices fell into the doldrums, Weil, Gotshal & Manges reported substantial financial declines in 2013. Revenue dipped 7.4 percent while profits per equity partner fell by the same percentage.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Proskauer's Revenue Up as Head Count Drops

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

Proskauer Rose recorded gains in every major financial metric in 2013, including a gross revenue increase of 4.3 percent to $768.5 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

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.

Weil Loses Finance Partner to Paul Hastings

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Senior leveraged finance partner John Cobb is heading to Paul Hastings from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, marking the 36th partner departure from Weil in the past six months, and the 15th in just the last three months alone, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

Weil Gotshal's Keith Flaum

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

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 Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

Suntory/Beam; Google/Nest Labs; Lenovo/IBM low-power server business/Motorola Mobility

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

To meet an increasing need for legal services to the poor, New York Legal Assistance Group has expanded the size of its headquarters at 7 Hanover Square. Also, the New York City Department of Design and Construction is expanding its operations at The Feil Organization's Queens Atrium in Long Island City.

Risky Business: Lateral Moves Down for 2013, Firms Slow Hiring, Lawyers Move With Caution

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Eighteen of the state's 25 largest firms participated in Texas Lawyer's Lateral Hiring Survey and reported hiring 14.1 percent fewer lateral attorneys—249 versus 290—than they had in 2012.

Tech Docket Watch: S.F. Postpones Mandatory E-Filing

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

Meanwhile, Siri is vindicated, Obama gives ammo to patents, Facebook spends billions, and California democrats are antsy to push data breach laws.

Deeply Divided Federal Circuit Keeps District Judges on Tight Rein in Claim Construction

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Despite speculation that the en banc court would overrule its longstanding rule, the court voted 6-4 to affirm that claim construction be reviewed de novo on appeal.

Kasowitz Layoffs Tied to End of Credit Crisis Cases

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

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has laid off about 30 people, including associates, counsel, partners and non-attorney staff, according to a firm attorney close to the situation who said the layoffs were the result of a number of large cases nearing their resolution last year.

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.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

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

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Sidley Austin Sees Growth Across All Fronts

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

In Carter Phillips' first year as chair of Sidley Austin, the firm notched growth of greater than 7 percent in both gross revenue, to $1.6 billion, and net income, to $547 million. Profits per partner and revenue per lawyer rose approximately 4 percent, to $1.875 million and $945,000, respectively, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

East Texas Chief Says District Doesn't Live Up to 'Plaintiffs Hellhole' Reputation

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Appearing in San Francisco, Leonard Davis talked trials, sanctions and 'troll fatigue' with judges from the Bay Area and Delaware.

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.

Prenatal Testing Firms Take IP Fight to Federal Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

San Diego-based Sequenom—which saw its patent squelched by a district judge last year—is asking the appeals court to take judicial notice of "uncontested" scientific facts. But the company's rivals are crying foul.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

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.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

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.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

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.

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.

Weil on Lenovo's $2.9 Billion Motorola Mobility Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2014

The Chinese computer company is planning to buy the smartphone maker from Google, which acquired it in 2011 for $12.5 billion.

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. .

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.

McDonnell Turns to Big Name Defenders

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, accused of illegally accepting payments in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement company, are fighting back with big-name Washington-area white-collar lawyers on their defense.

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.

Weil Tunes In for SiriusXM on Liberty Takeover Bid

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

SiriusXM Radio has retained Weil, Gotshal & Manges to advise on a $10 billion takeover bid announced earlier this month by cable giant John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. The hire is the latest large media-related M&A engagement for Weil.

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Eleven firms announce promotions and additions.

Weil Adds Hong Kong Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 22, 2014

Investment funds specialist Albert Cho was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Kirkland & Ellis.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Nine firms announce new partners, while Paul Weiss, Bingham McCutchen and Tarter Krinsky & Drogin each announce a new addition.

The Churn: Ted Kennedy Jr. Joins Epstein, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Epstein Becker hires Ted Kennedy Jr. in Connecticut; Reed Smith launches a Kazakhstan office with two Dewey alumni; and a former political adviser in Florida joins Shutts & Bowen.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

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.

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.

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

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Six firms announce promotions, while Karlinsky LLC and Sidley Austin announce new additions and Cozen O'Connor has named Abby Wenzel and Bernard Lee to cochair the firm's real estate practice.

Medtronic Socked With $393M Verdict in Edwards Patent Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 15, 2014

A team of Paul Weiss litigators won the mammoth award for Edwards LifeSciences on Wednesday in its global patent fight with Medtronic.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

Now on Plaintiffs Side, Powers Takes on Microsoft

Julia Love : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Former Weil Gotshal IP litigator Matthew Powers has taken aim at Microsoft Corp., a company that counted him among its go-to defenders before he crossed over to plaintiffs work.

Now on Plaintiffs Side, Powers Takes On Microsoft

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

High Court Rejects Review of 'Shopping Cart' Patents

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 13, 2014

Soverain Software, backed by a team of top Supreme Court advocates, had argued in a cert petition that the Federal Circuit violated the Seventh Amendment when it invalidated the company's e-commerce "shopping cart" patents.

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.

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 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.

Obama's Federal Circuit Picks Poised to Shake Up Patent Law

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Six judges are set to steer a course on patent reform, topple precedent and just maybe fall in line with the Supreme Court.

The Churn: Sidley Picks Up Weil Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses another lawyer to Sidley Austin; a renewable energy team in Chicago, San Francisco and New York joins Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Foley & Lardner; and Edwards Wildman Palmer makes a string of hires around the country.

Tech Sector Dealmaking a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

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

Data shows that the tech sector was responsible for much of the global dealmaking activity last year and recently racked up nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Aid for the Homeless After Sandy

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Weil Advises Providence on Cox Buy of AutoTrader Stake

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

Atlanta-based media conglomerate Cox Enterprises has reached a deal to buy back a 25 percent stake in AutoTrader Group from Providence Equity Partners for a reported $1.8 billion. Providence, which bought the stake from Cox in 2010 for an undisclosed amount, is being represented in the matter by Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

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.

Future Chief Seen as Forceful Leader on Patent Court

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

The Churn: Paul Weiss Adds From Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

The cohead of Weil, Gotshal & Manges' tax practice moves to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; another partner leaves Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles; and Jenner & Block welcomes back a former partner in New York.

Finalist, Securities Litigation Department of the Year: Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Amanda Bronstad : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Cravath's securities litigation group makes up in brains for what it lacks in size.

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.

Riding a Late-Year M&A Surge, 2013 Goes Out Like a Lion

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Late-Year M&A Surge a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

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

Data shows that mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. accounted for 43 percent of last year's global deal volume and that the nation's technology industry was responsible for much of the activity. The sector continued its dealmaking run over the past week with a batch of transactions that totaled nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

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

To Focus on Mediation, Former Del. CJ Veasey Joins Gordon Fournaris

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Law Weekly : January 01, 2014

Former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey has left Weil, Gotshal & Manges to join Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, a Wilmington firm. Veasey said the move was motivated by his desire to do more arbitration, mediation and other neutral work.

The Churn: Greenberg Raids Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2013

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a corporate partner in Washington, D.C., and three intellectual property lawyers in Texas; Winston & Strawn hires an energy lawyer in Hong Kong from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and a Dorsey & Whitney partner becomes New York City's new corporation counsel.

Court Backs Making More Losers Pay Patent Suit Costs

Susan Decker : Bloomberg : January 31, 2013

Patent owners who lose infringement lawsuits should have to pay the winner's legal fees more often, a U.S. appeals court said in adding its views to a debate before Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

Lehman Unsuccessful in Recovering Funds From Creditors

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., which is liquidating itself pursuant to a court-approved bankruptcy plan, had sought to recover hundreds of millions of dollars from Intel and about $23 million from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority under two swap agreements.

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.

Federal Circuit Lowers Bar for Fee Shifting in Patent Cases

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 27, 2013

A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gives more leeway to district judges to decide when losers should pay in patent suits.

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.

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.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Barbara de Marigny joins the tax practice of McGuireWoods as partner in the Houston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 23, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

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.

Morris Nichols Partner Speaks on M&A Agreements

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 18, 2013

Patricia O. Vella, a corporate law counseling group partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, served as a speaker for the Strafford webinar/teleconference panel titled "M&A Agreements: Limitations on Contractual and Extra-Contractual Liabilities" on Dec. 10.

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.

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.

Newsmakers - Dec. 16

: Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Jeff M. Dobbs, Jonathan B. Judkowitz and Andrew Stanger have been promoted to partners in Mayer Brown in Houston, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Embracing Change: Looking Back at Lateral Moves in the Lone Star State in 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

The year 2013 was a tumultuous one in the Lone Star State's legal market, with a number of significant lateral groups moving to new firms and several out-of-state firms, lured by the energy industry's strength, establishing offices here.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 16, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

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.

Texas Lawyer's Top 20 of 2013

: Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2013

Here are this year's top 20 articles rated by number of page views received on www.texaslawyer.com between Jan. 1 and Dec. 9.

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.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Abbie Maliniak joins Davis Wright Tremaine's health care practice as of counsel to the Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: IP Winner Irell & Manella

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Trade Secrets and California Ban on Noncompetition Agreements

Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2013

In their Employment Law column, Weil, Gotshal & Manges partners Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas discuss the unsettled state of employee noncompetition/solicitation agreements, which are generally prohibited under California law, necessary to protect a former employer's trade secrets, an exception which has never been expressly overruled but which some courts have staked out a more restrictive position on.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

Four firms announce new additions, while Mayer Brown, Weil Gotshal and Certilman Balin announce promotions.

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.

Linklaters, Weil Advise on Alinda's Polish Broadcast Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

U.S. private equity firm Alinda Capital Partners is buying Emitel, a Polish broadcast infrastructure company, from London-based Montagu Private Equity. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Reuters reports it could be worth as much as $1.1 billion.

Young Conaway Partner Moderates ABI Panel

: Delaware Law Weekly : January 04, 2013

Michael R. Nestor, a bankruptcy and corporate restructuring partner at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, moderated a panel as part of the American Bankruptcy Institute's "Delaware Views From the Bench" event.

Firms That Hired Dewey Partners Can't Block Subpoenas

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Over the objections of more than two dozen law firms, the federal bankruptcy judge overseeing Dewey & LeBoeuf's Chapter 11 case ruled Tuesday that those firms must turn over information about how much work they inherited in taking on former Dewey partners ahead of its collapse last year.

Corporate Restructuring & Bankruptcy

: New York Law Journal : January 02, 2013

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Are Utilities Unfairly Protected Under the Bankruptcy Code?," "'Free and Clear' Has Broad Reach in Bankruptcy Sales," "Analyzing the Post-'Stern' Landscape in New York" and "Using Chapter 15 to Implement Foreign Reorganization Plans in the U.S."

Questions Raised by Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules

Kevin F. Meade and Arielle Gordon : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Kevin F. Meade and Arielle Gordon of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, focus on the proposed changes to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1) and 37(e), which could have a significant impact on discovery.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Applied Materials / Tokyo Electron; Koch Industries / Molex; Ares/CPPIB / Neiman Marcus; Regency Energy / PVR

In-House Counsel Profile: Getty Images' John Lapham

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Founded in 1995, Getty Images Inc. creates and distributes content including photographs, music and video clips. John Lapham leads a 25-person team of 15 lawyers and 10 support staff spread over six cities in four countries.

Are Utilities Unfairly Protected Under the Bankruptcy Code?

Debra A. Dandeneau and Victoria Vron : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Debra A. Dandeneau and Victoria Vron of Weil, Gotshal & Manges write: With all the focus recently on how the Bankruptcy Code should be amended, it is surprising that the protections utilities receive, some of which are grounded in anachronistic notions of how utility services work, have not been subject to more scrutiny. With increasing technology, the scope of "utility services" arguably has expanded, with no real attempt being made to limit the notion of what truly is a "utility" within the meaning of §366.

A Brief Rebuttal

Edward Reines : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

A lawyer who argues before the Federal Circuit, and chairs its advisory council, defends it.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Bankruptcies In Decline, Law Firms Recast their Nets

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 29, 2013

Some South Florida law firms are feeling the pinch from a steep decline in bankruptcy filings, while others are keeping busy with litigation and international opportunities.

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

Three Firms on $2.9 Billion Chinese Take-Private Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Weil Gotshal & Manges and O'Melveny & Myers have the lead roles on a proposed buyout of Chinese game developer Giant Interactive by a group of minority shareholders.

City Fails in Bid to Restrict Single Adults' Shelter Eligibility

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

The Bloomberg administration's attempt to introduce new eligibility restrictions for single adults seeking temporary admission to New York City's homeless shelters was rejected Tuesday by the state's highest court.

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.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses three partners to Greenberg Traurig and gains one in Dallas; Jackson Lewis hires a new managing partner for its San Francisco office; and a longtime Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner joins Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C. .

Newsmakers

: Texas Lawyer : January 18, 2013

Tim Sorrells, former general counsel for the Texas Ethics Commission, has joined The Tuggey Group as a partner in the Austin government affairs practice. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

A Ten-Year Look at Who Gets the Most Work

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Microsoft, SAP Ask Federal Circuit to Bless Anti-Troll Tactic

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Arguing for Microsoft and SAP, Edward Reines said his clients should be able to take on patent assertion entities targeting their customers.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Pepper Hamilton poaches three Goodwin Procter partners to open in Silicon Valley; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr takes a partner from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Brown Rudnick hires the former cochair of Bingham McCutchen's life sciences practice. .

Microsoft, SAP Ask Federal Circuit to Bless Anti-Troll Tactic

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 12, 2013

Arguing for Microsoft and SAP, Edward Reines said his clients should be able to take on patent assertion entities targeting their customers.

How Many Lawyers Has Sidley Austin's Big D Office Nabbed From Weil?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 11, 2013

Sidley Austin's Dallas office picked up a total of 28 lawyers from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in October. Texas Lawyer previously reported the names of the nine partners who made the move to Sidley, but the firm this week identified the counsel and associates who also changed firms.

Weil IP Partner Jumps to Wilmer

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 08, 2013

Quinn Adds Cleary's Morillo to D.C. White-Collar Team

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Juan Morillo is headed from Cleary to Quinn Emanuel, where he will cochair the firm's Washington, D.C., white-collar and corporate investigations group. A former pick for The American Lawyer's Fab 50 Young Litigators, Morillo is the latest addition to a two-year-old Quinn Emanuel office that continues to grow.

Gibson Dunn, Freshfields Advise on Vivendi's Latest Asset Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

The French conglomerate has agreed to unload its 53 percent stake in Moroccan phone company Maroc Telecom to Emirates Telecommunications in a deal valued at $5.7 billion. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which has been advising Vivendi in connection with a series of divestitures, and Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have grabbed lead roles on the transaction.

Shearman Nabs Role on $1.2 Billion Software Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Francisco Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the technology sector, has once again tapped Shearman & Sterling for transactional work. This time, the firm is advising on the proposed $1.17 billion sale of cloud-technology provider GXS Group to Canadian software company Open Text.

Am Law 100 Trio Help Brookfield Get Bigger

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

Brookfield Property Partners, an affiliate of commercial real estate giant Brookfield Asset Management, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion to increase its stake in mall owner General Growth Properties to 32 percent. Goodwin Procter, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Canadian firm Torys are advising on the deal, while Weil, Gotshal & Manges is counseling the parent company on its closure of a $7 billion infrastructure fund.

How Are U.S. Firms Faring in London?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 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.

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.

1 Year Later, Attorneys Still Counsel Victims

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2013

In the initial days and weeks after Sandy, hundreds of lawyers from private firms and nonprofit legal services agencies confronted immediate issues such as securing temporary housing, unemployment benefits and emergency food stamps. Now, lawyers say they're gearing up for legal battles that could take years to resolve.

Baby Boom: For Second Year in a Row, Large Firms Continue to Bring In More Baby Lawyers

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2013

Since the financial crisis of 2008, this is the second year in a row that the large firms participating in 's New Associate Hires survey have brought in a larger entering class than the previous year. The firms are filling in their associate ranks to make up for smaller or nonexistent first-year associate classes since 2008, says one firm consultant.

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.

Asia Deal Digest: October 24, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster advises Japan's Softbank on another U.S. telecom investment, worth $1.3 billion*Ropes & Gray acts for Blackstone-led consortium on $625 million purchase of Chinese IT company*Simpson Thacher guides KKR on its first investment into Malaysia

Clawback Controversy Now Clouding Dewey Bankruptcy

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2013

In an objection filed Wednesday in New York federal bankruptcy court, a group of 28 law firms asked the judge overseeing Dewey & LeBoeuf's Chapter 11 proceedings to squash the now-defunct firm's planned investigation into so-called unfinished business claims it hopes to recover. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom on the same day, six firms sought to prevent a Howrey trustee from collecting money on such claims.

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.

Waxman Asks SCOTUS to Tighten Federal Circuit Reins in Newegg Case

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 23, 2013

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.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 22, 2013

Several firms announce new additions, including Davis Polk, Sills Cummis, FoxRothschild, Reed Smith, and more.