Lawyers In The News

Key Bingham Group Mulling Move Amid Merger Talks

By Brian Baxter and Julie Triedman |

James Roome, a London-based managing partner, global financial restructuring cochair and executive board member at Bingham McCutchen, could lead an overseas exodus of international partners from the firm should it push forward with merger talks with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Roome's potential departure from Bingham would be a huge blow to the firm, which recently revamped its leadership structure and compensation system after a tough year financially in 2013.

Freshfields Bolsters U.S. M&A Ranks With Wachtell, Skadden Alums

By Brian Baxter |

The Magic Circle has had its problems trying to make inroads in the U.S., but Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the London-based legal giants that has perhaps had the most success stateside, is ramping up its bid for transactional work in New York by hiring two former partners from Wall Street stalwarts Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The new additions come after Freshfields recently saw two partners depart from its U.S. ranks.

Alan Levin and Jerry Clements

Locke Lord, Edwards Wildman Leaders Discuss Proposed Union

By Brian Baxter |

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Locke Lord firm leaders speak with The Am Law Daily about the forces that drew their firms together and the timeline for a combination that would create Locke Lord Edwards sometime by January 2015.

Sher Kung.

Perkins Coie Associate Killed in Truck Collision

By MP McQueen |

Sher Kung, best known for her work on civil rights advocacy cases, including the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that helped overturn the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy for gay service members, was killed on Friday while bicycling to work in downtown Seattle.

Criminal Charges Levied Against Dentons’ Ex-Montreal Tax Head

By Brian Baxter |

Constantine Kyres, who headed the tax group in Dentons’ Montreal office until earlier this year, has been accused of extortion and obstruction of justice by prosecutors in Canada as a result of a long-running corruption probe involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and the government of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. But Kyres' lawyer plans to fight the charges.

David Feirstein and William Sorabella

Dealmakers of the Week: Kirkland & Ellis' Sorabella and Feirstein

By MP McQueen |

As lead advisers for Burger King on its $11.4 billion tie-up with Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons, William Sorabella and David Feirstein helped oversee one of the most visible corporate tax inversions yet.

Jones Day Nabs Shearman's LatAm M&A Head

By Brian Baxter |

Michael McGuinness, a corporate partner and former head of the Latin American M&A practice at Shearman & Sterling in New York, has left the firm for Jones Day, which over the past year has sought to slake its thirst for south-of-the-border clients by opening an office in Miami and making key lateral hires.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Lifetime Achievers, Distinguished Firm Leaders Named

By Valori Corral-Nava |

The honorees selected by The American Lawyer have had distinguished careers that include public service. Law firm leaders have exhibited extraordinary stewardship of their firm.

A River Runs Through It, Thanks in Part to Squire Partner

By Valori Corral-Nava |

This past spring, the Colorado River flowed its natural course to the Sea of Cortez for the first time in 16 years, thanks in part to Squire Patton Boggs and Arizona-based partner Peter Culp, who worked pro bono to help hammer out a landmark binational agreement between the U.S. and Mexico on the management of the Colorado River and its tributaries.

Michael Aiello.

Dealmaker of the Week: Weil's Michael Aiello

By MP McQueen |

Aiello led the way for Weil Gotshal & Manges’ legal team advising Kinder Morgan Inc. on its $44 billion deal to consolidate Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, El Paso Pipeline Partners and Kinder Morgan Management into the third-largest energy company in the U.S.

Andrew Brownstein and Benjamin Roth

Dealmakers of the Week: Wachtell's Brownstein and Roth

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz's corporate partners Andrew Brownstein and Benjamin Roth helped lead the way on Walgreens' acquisition of the remaining stake in Alliance Boots for $15.3 billion in cash and stock.

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

By Vinayak Balasubramanian |

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