Bank of America Merrill Lynch has appointed longtime Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Luigi Rizzo its new head of mergers and acquisitions for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, BofA announced Wednesday.
Clifford Chance LLP's global head of private equity has moved to the London office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he will help with the continuing expansion of the firm's corporate presence in London, a Latham & Watkins representative said Tuesday.
K&L Gates LLP has strengthened its Houston office with the addition of a former Haynes and Boone LLP partner who specializes in mergers and acquisitions and a wide range of private equity, venture capital and other corporate transactional matters, the firm announced Monday.
Greenberg Traurig LLP said Monday it has snagged a mergers and acquisitions expert into its New York City-based corporate and securities practice as a partner, luring him from Linklaters LLP where he worked as counsel with a slew of large financial-sector and other clients.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has beefed up its global antitrust capabilities by hiring two former top British competition regulators at its London office, the firm announced Wednesday.
Thompson & Knight LLP has landed a former Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP partner who specializes in mergers and acquisitions as well as banking industry transactional matters, adding depth to its finance practice group in Houston, the firm announced Thursday.
Cozen O’Connor has picked up a former K&L Gates LLP mergers and acquisitions and private equity pro to join its Miami office, adding to the firm’s fast-growing Florida practice, Cozen announced Monday.
Sidley Austin LLP has added to its New York office a partner in its technology transactions practice specializing in advising public and emerging companies on digital media, intellectual property and information technology matters for domestic and international transactions, the firm recently announced.
Holland & Knight LLP has landed an international trade, private equity and mergers and acquisitions wizard from Duane Morris LLP to join its Miami office as a partner in its corporate and international practice groups, the firm said Wednesday.
Baker Botts LLP has picked up two former DLA Piper partners with extensive experience in the oil and gas and electric power sectors and expertise in Latin America cross-border matters to join its Houston office, the firm announced Monday.
A veteran corporate attorney who splits his practice between mergers and acquisitions and capital markets has left Morrison & Foerster LLP to be a partner in Dorsey & Whitney LLP's Denver office, Dorsey announced recently.
Florida law firm Broad and Cassel has landed the former head of GrayRobinson PA's health care practice group as a partner in its Orlando office, where he will expand specialties in health care fraud and hospital mergers and acquisitions, it said Monday.
White & Case LLP on Tuesday expanded into Spain with a new financial center office and the addition of two local lawyers from Latham & Watkins LLP specializing in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets.
Sidley Austin LLP has landed a leading tax partner from Vinson & Elkins LLP who has extensive experience in energy deals, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets transactions to join its Houston office, the firm said Tuesday.
Bingham McCutchen LLP has expanded its corporate practice in Palo Alto, Calif., with two attorneys from Foley & Lardner LLP attorneys and one from Dinsmore & Shohl LLP who have expertise in transactional work and emerging growth companies in the financial services, clean technology and life sciences areas, the firm said Monday.
Though he's often among the youngest at the negotiating table, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's Marc Williams knows how to overcome pressure to ink deals, making him one of the firm's go-to attorneys for high-stakes transactions and earning him a spot among Law360's five mergers and acquisitions rising stars.
Having spearheaded several megadeals in the health care and technology industry, including GlaxoSmithKline PLC's $3.6 billion buy of Human Genome Sciences Inc. last year, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP partner Benet O'Reilly has earned a spot as one of Law360's five mergers and acquisitions rising stars under 40.
Morrison & Foerster LLP partner Jaclyn Liu helped handle the largest U.S. merger of 2012 — SoftBank Corp.'s $20 billion acquisition of a 70 percent interest in Sprint Nextel Corp. — while simultaneously working two other major deals, helping her land a spot among Law360's five M&A rising stars under 40.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP has hired the former co-chair of Clifford Chance LLP's mergers and acquisitions practice in the Americas as a partner in its New York office, it announced Tuesday.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Monday that its general counsel Dan M. Berkovitz, who guided the commission through the passage and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, will leave the agency at the end of March after 30 years of service in the federal government.
In resolving Morgans Hotel Group Co. Kalisman v. Friedman, the Delaware Court of Chancery carefully drew the line to allow discovery of communications between counsel and a special committee that the plaintiff-director was a member of, but shielded communications between counsel and a subcommittee on which the plaintiff-director did not serve, says Herbert Kozlov of Reed Smith LLP.
The recent introduction of the U.K.'s “patent box” — an initiative to drive down corporation tax for innovative and high-tech companies in the U.K. — should be of interest to companies and multinationals with, or considering acquiring, significant U.K. research and development and other technology-focused development operations, say Arun Birla and Ross McNaughton of Paul Hastings LLP.
Alongside legal reform and a consolidation of institutions, self-regulatory initiatives have promoted a real improvement in corporate governance practices in Brazil. Such factors have also led to the creation of a more diffuse control of capital in Brazilian companies and the increased participation of active minority investors demanding professional, independent and transparent management bodies, says Silvia Fazio of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice continue to enforce the antitrust laws in the health care field as illustrated by a recent FTC advisory opinion on a Norman, Okla., physician hospital organization. This opinion is significant as it approves a multiprovider network not involving an accountable care organization but also leaves a number of questions unanswered, say attorneys with Thompson Hine LLP.
No less than two years ago, mergers and acquisitions reps and warranties insurance was hardly ever used to close deals — like Harry Potter, it was the poor stepchild often left in the closet. But today, it has become an important tool to close deals that may not otherwise get done and win bids in this challenging environment, say attorneys with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
The Seventh Circuit ruling in Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions LLC serves as a reminder and warning to buyers who are pursuing distressed acquisition strategies for a company or its assets, that through the doctrine of successor liability, they may still be held responsible for the federal labor law claims against the seller, even if they affirmatively disclaim all liabilities in the documentation of sale, say attorneys with Haynes and Boone LLP.
If adopted by other courts, the district of Massachusetts decision in Sun Capital Partners III LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund could significantly limit a multiemployer pension fund’s ability to assess and collect withdrawal liability against companies that are owned and operated by private equity funds, say Neal Schelberg and Anthony Cacace of Proskauer Rose LLP.
If adopted, recently proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law should have a meaningful impact on, and lead to the increased use of, two-step public company acquisition structures, says Clifford Neimeth of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
While SEC v. Straub and SEC v. Sharef have provoked considerable commentary, they provide little, if any, insight for corporations in how to handle areas in which FCPA jurisdiction plays a key role, such as foreign acquisitions, joint ventures and successor liability. Moreover, the holdings appear to be closely wedded to the specific facts, rather than an illuminating new principle, say Robb Adkins and Krista Enns of Winston & Strawn LLP.
The remarkable remedies in the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed consent order in its most recent merger case suggest caution regarding the use of commonplace, ancillary transaction provisions — even in transactions that are not reportable to the federal antitrust agencies, say Bruce Sokler and Farrah Short of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.