The American Lawyer The daily source for legal business news, analysis and intelligence from the editors and reporters at The American Lawyer. en-us Copyright 2016. ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved. The American Lawyer The Churn: Nixon Lands Bulger Prosecutor, Plus More Lateral Moves (Hillary Flynn) Nixon Peabody hires the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger; a top lawyer with the White House Council on Environmental Quality joins Covington & Burling; and the head of Cozen O'Connor's real estate practice becomes general counsel of a real estate investment trust. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements and news releases to Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:25:15 EST 1202631767683 The Churn: In and Out at Kaye Scholer, Plus More Lateral Moves (Hillary Flynn) Kaye Scholer loses a partner on each coast while hiring senior attorneys in its Chicago and Frankfurt offices; the former director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition returns to Boies, Schiller & Flexner; and Gardere Wynne Sewell expands by three in Dallas. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements and news releases to Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:02:22 EST 1202630971302 The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200 (Hillary Flynn) Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi hires The Beatles' longtime U.S. lawyer; a former U.S. ambassador to Australia rejoins Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sidley Austin hires two new partners. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements and news releases to Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:12:31 EST 1202630453566 The Long Fight For Baby Veronica When the Supreme Court ruled in the high-profile adoption battle over a little girl with Cherokee ancestry, the case seemed to be over. It wasn't. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST 1202628537873 Eversheds Elects Litigation Partner Paul Smith as New Chair (Chris Johnson) National U.K. law firm Eversheds has elected litigation partner Paul Smith as its new chairman. Smith is best known for pioneering "partnering and convergence" arrangements with clients such as DuPont and Tyco International, in which Eversheds agrees to discount its rates in return for a guarantee of a significant share of the company's external legal work. He will formally begin his four-year term on May 1, 2014. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:19:28 EST 1202633391291 Edwards Wildman Helps Google Get Into Robots (Brian Baxter) Military robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics tapped Edwards Wildman Palmer for counsel this week on its sale to Google for an undisclosed sum. The deal has the Internet, and even some late-night comedians, buzzing. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:16:57 EST 1202633579545 Three Firms Advise on KKR's Affiliate Buy (Tom Huddleston Jr.) Buyout firm KKR is acquiring publicly traded credit investment affiliate KKR Financial Holdings in an exchange of stock worth $2.6 billion. Simpson Thacher is advising KKR, while Cravath is advising the private equity firm's independent directors. Wachtell is representing the target. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:39:21 EST 1202633556064 The Churn: Brown Rudnick Takes Paris, Plus More Lateral Moves (Hillary Flynn) 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. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements and news releases to Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:17:40 EST 1202633545191 The Careerist: Partner Buys House for $95 Million (Vivia Chen) It's almost Christmas, so naturally our thoughts turn to what money can buy. A look at money news. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:51:44 EST 1202633572142 Citi Survey Finds Law Firm Leader Optimism on the Rise (Sara Randazzo) In the latest quarterly survey from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group, law firm managing partners see a brighter future for 2014 than they did at the end of the third quarter. At the same time, more law firm leaders predict a shrinking equity partner tier than they did in September. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:24:25 EST 1202633222127 Latham, Skadden Lead on $6.6 Billion Microchip Merger (Brian Baxter) Longtime M&A rivals Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are on opposite sides of the proposed $6.6 billion merger announced Monday between microchip makers Avago Technologies Ltd. and LSI Corp. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:31:46 EST 1202633299030 Am Law 100 Trio Advises on AIG's $5.4 billion Aircraft Deal (Hillary Flynn) AIG is selling its aircraft leasing subsidiary to Netherlands-based AerCap Holdings for $5.4 billion in cash and stock. Debevoise & Plimpton advised AIG while O'Melveny & Myers represented its subsidiary, International Lease Finance Corporation. Meanwhile, AerCap tapped Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Netherlands firm NautaDutilh for counsel. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:11:21 EST 1202633328889 Fees Slashed, Kaye Scholer Claims Redemption in GSC Ruling (Julie Triedman) Former GSC adviser Kaye Scholer says a ruling vindicates its conduct in the GSC Group Chapter 11, but the judge warned that "big firm-itis" contributed to carelessness in the case. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:51:04 EST 1202633325980