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Hong Kong, United Kingdom
A&O, Freshfields Lead Li's $3.75B British Rail Buy

By Tom Brennan |

Two companies controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing are acquiring Eversholt Rail Group from a consortium that includes U.K. private equity funds 3i Infrastructure and STAR Capital Partners.

A courtroom sketch of Khalid al Fawwaz at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan Tuesday

Trial of Alleged Osama Bin Laden Conspirator Begins

By Mark Hamblett |

Khalid al Fawwaz was a critical, top-level conspirator in Osama bin Laden's war against America, spreading the al Qaida leader's declarations of hate, training terrorists and leading the terror cell that bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, a federal prosecutor told a jury Thursday.

United Kingdom
The Careerist: Clifford Chance's Problem Associate

By Vivia Chen |

A lawyer makes an incendiary video, and the Magic Circle firm gets blame for its response.

Omega Seamaster.

Switzerland
Court Sides with Costco in ‘Gray Market’ Fight With Omega

By Amanda Bronstad |

In a closely watched case about the copyright rights of foreign companies, a federal appeals court has struck down Swiss watchmaker Omega S.A.’s attempt to use U.S. copyright law to block Costco Wholesale Corp.’s sale of its luxury watches.

Ireland
Dealmakers of the Week: Eileen Nugent and Graham Robinson of Skadden

By Jennifer Henderson |

The pair guided NPS Pharmaceutical's $5.2 billion sale to Irish drugmaker Shire, which is recovering from a botched deal with AbbVie last year.

Vietnam, France
Hogan Lovells Hires in Ho Chi Minh City

By Tom Brennan |

Former Gide Loyrette Nouel Vietnam practice head Samantha Campbell will take on the same role at the Anglo-American firm starting in March.

China
Shearman, Davis Polk on China's $1.4B European Hotel Buy

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons and Baker & McKenzie are also among the firms helping state-owned Shanghai Jin Jiang acquire France's Groupe Du Louvre.

China, India, Russia
FCPA Shifts in China, India, Russia and Latin America

By Sue Reisinger |

Lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offered their views on changes to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement in emerging markets.

United Kingdom
Edwards Wildman, MoFo Hires Spur Cooley’s Launch in London

By Nell Gluckman |

Cooley announced Monday that the firm would open an office in London with 55 lawyers—20 of them partners—from Edwards Wildman Palmer and Morrison & Foerster. The move marks Cooley’s second international office opening.

Shire Pharmaceutical's Adderall

Ireland
Am Law 100 Firms on Both Sides of $5.2 Billion Shire, NPS Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Slaughter and May are representing Dublin-based Shire as it recovers from its botched deal with AbbVie last year and acquires New Jersey-based NPS Pharmaceuticals, which turned to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for legal counsel.

United Kingdom
Latham, Littler Launch Back Office Operations

By Chris Johnson |

In the latest move by Am Law 100 firms looking to slash expenses, Latham & Watkins and Littler Mendelson have announced plans for back office operations centers in Manchester, England, and Kansas City, Mo., respectively.

United Kingdom
Dechert ‘Deeply Saddened’ By Death of Star Disputes Partner

By Chris Johnson |

Dechert announced that its London litigation partner Antony Dutton died suddenly on Jan. 4.

United Kingdom
O'Melveny Sees Two Partners Depart

By Nell Gluckman |

Two months after losing a high-profile media and entertainment group to Latham & Watkins, two more top partners at O'Melveny & Myers have left the firm. IP partner Kenneth Nissly in Silicon Valley has retired, while London-based M&A partner Daniel Oates has defected for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Indonesia, Australia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Uruguay
A Guide to the Legal Battles Over Tobacco Packaging

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Big Tobacco is fighting plain-packaging regulations in court, in the World Trade Organization, and in international arbitrations.

United Kingdom
The Global Lawyer: Is Pro Bono Just a Band-Aid for a Broken System?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Some British lawyers fear that expanding pro bono programs gives government an excuse to slash legal services.

United Kingdom
Continental Breakfast: After the Magic Circle, A New Start

By Chris Johnson |

Former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen dishes about his move to Gibson Dunn

Shepherd & Wedderburn Partner & Chief Executive, Stephen Gibb in Edinburgh.

United Kingdom
For Big Scottish Firms, the Independence Question Isn't Settled

By Susan Hansen |

In a legal market under pressure, two of Scotland's Big Four opted to merge with British firms. Other Scottish firms remain staunchly autonomous. Who's best positioned to survive the ongoing shakeout?

China, Italy
China's Italian Shopping Spree

By Heather O'Brian |

Chinese investment in Italy continues to rise.

United Kingdom
A Fine Old Time

By Chris Johnson |

A record settlement by banks yields plenty of work for U.S. and U.K. lawyers.

Australia, United Kingdom, Uruguay
Smoke and Lawyers

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Big Tobacco is attacking packaging regulations with both trade law and arbitration. Which is the better weapon?

Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al Nashiri

Poland
A European Court's Harsh Judgment of U.S. Torture

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Poland to pay damages to terror suspects who were subject to "enhanced interrogation techniques" in CIA detention on Polish soil.

Big Deals

By Rebecca Geiger |

Billion-dollar transactions in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Nordic countries.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

United Kingdom
A Bill of Rights for Britain?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A Conservative Party proposal would guarantee the United Kingdom freedom from Europe's human rights court.

United Kingdom
New Risks for U.K. Litigation Funders

By Julie Triedman |

A litigation funder is found liable for costs tied to trial abuses by a plaintiff it backed.

United Kingdom
Good Faith: The European View

By Mark Abell and Beata Krakus |

The traditional idea that good faith is not part of common law business-to-business contracting is now outdated, whether in England, Ireland or the United States.

As Inversion Deal Work Tapers Off, Am Law Firms Carry On

By Wenxiong Zhang |

The frantic pace of inversion deals that once saved U.S. corporations millions of dollars in taxes while heaping riches on the law firms that helped structure them are slowing to a crawl. But M&A attorneys say there is still plenty of other deal work to keep them busy.

United Kingdom, Canada
Dealmaker of the Week: Ryerson Symons of Simpson Thacher

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

The corporate partner represented an investment group backed by London's BC Partners as it beat out rival private equity bidders for its $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart, the largest leveraged buyout in the U.S. so far this year.

Russia
Bear Market Continues for Big Firms in Russia

By Julie Triedman |

Global 100 firms with a major presence in Russia have quietly pulled back from Moscow and St. Petersburg as the country’s economy reels from a perfect storm of Western economic sanctions, the ruble’s recent collapse and tumbling oil prices.

France
Akin Gump Partner Helps Holocaust Survivors Win Reparations

By Nell Gluckman |

Akin Gump partner Raphael Prober saw his six-year pro bono project come to a gratifying finish earlier this month when the French government agreed to pay $60 million in reparations to Holocaust victims deported on trains operated by France's national state-owned railway company, SNCF.

Michael J. Garcia

Switzerland
Raising Red Card, Kirkland Partner Quits FIFA Probe

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Kirkland & Ellis partner and former top federal prosecutor Michael Garcia stepped down from his role as head of the investigatory branch of FIFA's ethics committee after the organization declined to consider his protest.

Switzerland
Document Discovery Clarified in Foreign Criminal Cases

By Mark Hamblett |

A federal statute that authorizes courts to order document production for certain foreign proceedings also permits discovery for use in a criminal investigation conducted by a foreign magistrate, the Second Circuit has ruled. The case centers on an inquiry into a Swiss "feeder fund" for the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Spain, Canada
Am Law Firms Advise on Repsol's Canadian Energy Deal

By Julie Triedman |

Spain's Repsol SA will acquire Calgary-based Talisman Energy Inc. for $12.9 billion. Repsol called upon Sullivan & Cromwell and Bennett Jones, while Talisman turned to Norton Rose Fulbright; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Blake, Cassels & Graydon.

United Kingdom
Gibson Dunn Grabs Another Star London Lateral

By Chris Johnson |

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has continued to develop its London transactional practice with the addition of another senior partner, bringing in renowned leveraged finance expert Stephen Gillespie from Kirkland & Ellis.

The Churn

Singapore, France, Germany, United Kingdom
Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn’s litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

China, Japan, South Korea, European Union, United States
Global IP Offices Report Increased Patent Activity

By Lisa Shuchman |

A total of 2.1 million patent applications were filed in the world's five largest patent offices in 2013, according to the "IP5 Statistics Report, 2013 Edition."

United Kingdom
Duane Morris Relaunches UK Employment Practice With Partner Hire

By Chris Johnson |

Duane Morris has relaunched its employment practice in London with the hire of partner Elena Cooper from the U.K. base of Canadian firm Fasken Martineau.

The Churn

Australia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada
Skadden Adds Top French Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A leading French M&A lawyer heads to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Paris; King & Spalding brings back a former partner and sees its M&A cohead head to the NFL; Squire Patton Boggs makes it rain Down Under and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

United Kingdom
UK Lawyer Makes a Case for Litigation Funding in the US

By Sue Reisinger |

Saying it is seeing increased demand for third-party funding in U.S. lawsuits against corporations, one litigation funder in the United Kingdom is trying to shoot down common objections raised by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Switzerland, United Arab Emirates
Fog of War Lifts to Reveal Military Supply Fraud

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Overseas private contractors Monday pleaded guilty to defrauding the U.S. government of millions of dollars in a multibillion-dollar contract to supply food and water to U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri

Poland
The Global Lawyer: A European Court's Harsh Condemnation of CIA Interrogations

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

While the Obama Administration seeks to delay release of a U.S. Senate report on Bush-era CIA "enhanced interrogation techniques," the European Court of Human Rights has already weighed in, saying that the CIA's methods "amounted to torture."

The Churn

Japan, Singapore, Australia, France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Dubai
Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kenya, India, Australia, United Kingdom, Cayman Islands
From Offshore to Onshore, Law Firm Merger Boom Continues

By Nell Gluckman |

Locke Lord Edwards and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius aren’t the only two firms making merger-type moves. Maine’s Verrill Dana, which became one of the largest 350 firms in the U.S. this summer, is poised to hit the 140-lawyer mark after absorbing Connecticut’s Levett Rockwood. The Am Law Daily examines that deal and others in a globetrotting look at some recent legal tie-ups of note.

United Kingdom
A British Bill of Rights?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Some British liberals have dreamed of enacting a U.K. Bill of Rights. Now the United Kingdom’s ruling Conservative Party has put forth its own proposal for codifying human rights—but critics call it a smokescreen for decoupling from Europe.

United Kingdom
U.S. Firms in London: Winners and Losers

Am Law 100 firms employ some 6,000 lawyers in London, including some of the hottest lateral hires in years. A look at their track record reveals some surprises.

United Kingdom
Continental Breakfast with Gibson Dunn's Charlie Geffen

By Chris Johnson |

American Lawyer chief European correspondent Chris Johnson meets regularly with senior legal sector figures at their favorite breakfast joints to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. This week, Charlie Geffen discusses life after being ousted from his former managerial position at Ashurst and his new role as head of Gibson Dunn's London corporate practice.

United Kingdom
Big British Firm Seeks U.S. Merger Partner in 2015

By MP McQueen |

Bryan Hughes, CEO of London-based Eversheds, tells The Am Law Daily that a “cultural fit” is key when it comes to whittling down a 10-firm list of potential merger partners for his 1,200-lawyer outfit next year.

Otis Littlefield, Morrison Foerster partner

Q&A: MoFo's Otis Littlefield on Europe's New Patent Court

By Scott Graham |

The European Union is moving in fits and starts toward a single Unified Patent Court to handle disputes over European patents. The new court will mark a seismic shift in global patent litigation, says Morrison & Foerster patent specialist Otis Littlefield.

United Kingdom
U.K. Bank Investigations Keep Magic Circle, Am Law 100 Firms Busy

By Chris Johnson |

Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher are among the top English and American firms called on to represent banks as regulators clamp down on poor service and market abuse.

Paul Tosetti and Cary Hyden

Ireland, Canada
Dealmakers of the Week: Cary Hyden and Paul Tosetti of Latham & Watkins

By MP McQueen |

The two corporate partners led the deal for Latham & Watkins' representation of Allergan in a hotly contested takeover battle against Canada'a Valeant Pharmaceuticals that ended with the company being bought by Dublin-based Actavis plc.

London skyline

United Kingdom
The Global Lawyer: Pro Bono Law in an Anti Bono Land

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Is pro bono about feeling good, or maximizing legal services for the poor? U.K. lawyers debate the question at the European Pro Bono Forum.

Turkey
DLA Piper's Turkey Office Demerges From Firm

By Chris Johnson |

What had been DLA Piper's Turkish office is reestablishing itself as an independent practice.

Malaysia, United Kingdom
Norton Rose Fulbright on $2.1B Financing for Battersea Project

By Tom Brennan |

The London icon, seen in The Beatles movie Help! and on the cover of a Pink Floyd album, is being developed into a mixed-use site with luxury residences, retail shops and restaurants.

The Churn

Germany, Italy, Dubai
Bingham, Edwards Wildman Partners Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Bingham McCutchen lawyers head for the exits, Curtis Mallet-Prevost opens an office in Rome and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Russia, Switzerland, Qatar
Kirkland & Ellis Partner Claims FIFA Report Misrepresents Findings

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

FIFA, the Zurich-based governing body for global soccer, released a summary of its investigation into the World Cup bidding process on Thursday, clearing Russia and Qatar of wrongdoing. But the head of the investigatory branch of the organization's ethics committee disagrees.

Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Five Megabanks Learned to 'Game the System,' Feds Say

By Jenna Greene |

Five megabanks agreed to pay nearly $1.5 billion on Wednesday to settle charges by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of attempting to manipulate global foreign-exchange benchmark rates.

China, India, Russia
Are Your Brands Safe in China, India and Russia?

By Lisa Shuchman |

A company’s brands are among its most important assets. But a new survey shows that corporate executives and legal departments charged with protecting those assets consider their brands to be most vulnerable in China, India and Russia.

Italy
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Plants Second Flag in Italy

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

New York-based Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle is opening an office in Rome with the addition of two partners focused on banking and finance and real estate.

Germany, Italy, United Kingdom
Antitrust Extradition: The New Reality

By David Laing |

In April the U.S. Department of Justice completed extradition of the first defendant of an antitrust violation in the 124-year history of the Sherman Act, an Italian national extradited after his arrest in Germany in 2013.

The Churn

France, United Kingdom, Mexico, United States
Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Aaron Marcu and Matthew Menchel

Switzerland
The Lawyers Behind the Defense Victory in Ex-UBS Banker's Criminal Trial

By David Bario |

Litigators of the Week: Aaron Marcu of Freshfields and Matthew Menchel of Kobre & Kim. For the defenders of former UBS banker Raoul Weil, a six-year prosecution ended with their client crying tears of joy.

United Kingdom, United States
Bingham, Edwards Wildman Slim Down Ahead of Potential Mergers

By Brian Baxter |

As Boston-based Bingham McCutchen and Edwards Wildman Palmer move toward potential merger votes with separate suitors, the latter is shedding a small number of staffers from its struggling London office. Bingham, meanwhile, could see up to 25 partners in three offices head elsewhere ahead of a possible union with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

The Churn

Morocco, United Kingdom, United States
Dentons Grows in New Jersey and Africa, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

One of the world's largest firms expands in the Garden State and Casablanca; Katten Muchin Rosenman adds a former Dealmaker of the Year; Norton Rose Fulbright gets into cybersecurity; Willkie Farr & Gallagher goes to Houston and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan.

Russia
Yukos Unit Defeats Bid to Nix $186M Arbitration Award

By David Bario |

International arbitration pro Matthew Slater of Cleary Gottlieb suffered back-to-back $185 million defeats this week in appeals challenging 2007 arbitration awards against his clients.

Jeffry Mann, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

France, United States
Morgan Lewis Makes a French Connection

By Patience Haggin |

Playing host to the French Consulate General's New Technology Venture Accelerator program, Morgan Lewis's San Francisco office is hosting executives from a select 15 promising French tech startups for a week of business training, mentoring and networking.

Thailand, Vietnam, Russia
Bio-Rad to Pay $55 Million to Settle FCPA Charges

By Cheryl Miller |

The SEC said the Bay Area life sciences company paid $7.5 million in bribes to secure business in Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.

India, United Kingdom
Osborne Clarke Strikes Best-Friend Alliance in India

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm is partnering with a newly created Indian outfit launched by Osborne Clarke's former India practice co-head.

United Kingdom, Canada
At Norton Rose Fulbright, a New Guard for the New Year

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

After 12 years, Norton Rose Fulbright chief executive Peter Martyr will relinquish his managing partner responsibilities in the U.K. to Martin Scott, while John Coleman, managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, will pass the baton to Charles Hurdon.

Expanding Overseas? Think (and Act) Local

By Lisa Shuchman |

Companies expanding globally face multiple challenges if they do not identify the laws and regulations of each country in which they operate, a panel of lawyers said at the Association of Corporate Counsel's annual meeting.

Germany
Amid Legal Struggles, Deutsche Bank Assoc. GC Found Dead

By Sue Reisinger |

Deutsche Bank AG's legal team suffered a double blow when an associate general counsel was found dead in his home, and the bank said its continued legal struggles would result in more than $1 billion in litigation costs in the third quarter.

The Churn

China, Japan, Australia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Willkie Adds Another Ex-Kirkland Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Wenxiong Zhang |

Eight months after leaving Kirkland & Ellis for McDermott Will & Emery, private equity partner Leonard Klingbaum is on the move again; Greenberg Traurig hires a former California Senate leader; Weil, Gotshal & Manges adds a high-yield partner in London and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Singapore, United Kingdom
From the Experts: Rule Revisions From 5 Top Global Arbitral Institutions

By Kiera Gans and Amy Billing |

in the last two years, four major international arbitral institutions—the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre—have overhauled their procedures to try to improve functionality and make their institutions more attractive to users.

United Kingdom
Excalibur Litigation Funders Take Another Hit

By Julie Triedman |

A London judge ruled that a group of litigation funders must ante up an additional $7.7 million for a failed case brought by an obscure entity called Excalibur Ventures that was represented by Clifford Chance. That brings their total legal tab to date to $57.7 million.

United Kingdom
NY High Court Upholds Rule Shielding Foreign Bank Branches

By Julie Triedman |

In a decision with major implications for New York and its resident global financial institutions, the state's highest court ruled Thursday that banks with New York branches needn't turn over customers' overseas assets to claimants attempting to enforce U.S. court judgments.

Switzerland
Fort Lauderdale Trial Aims at Top Level of Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

By John Pacenti |

The Fort Lauderdale tax trial of a high-level former UBS executive is the latest example of Justice Department pressure on Swiss financial giant UBS.

European Union
Catholic Bishops Press EU on Conflict Minerals

By Sue Reisinger |

Some 70 Catholic bishops and a global Catholic development agency are urging the European Union to make proposed rules for so-called conflict minerals binding on companies, rather than seeking voluntary compliance.

Australia, United Kingdom
Bird & Bird to Merge With Australia’s Truman Hoyle

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm is establishing a presence Down Under by acquiring the 33-lawyer technology boutique.

United Kingdom
Covington Gets Qualcomm Call, Loses Two Litigators

By Brian Baxter |

Wireless technology company Qualcomm tapped Covington & Burling to advise on its proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of CSR, a British chipmaker known for its Bluetooth technology. At the same time, the firm saw two top litigators handling Deepwater Horizon-related oil spill work for BP depart its Beltway base for Kirkland & Ellis.

Italy, Switzerland
Ferrari's Biggest Fans Sue After Facebook Takes Away Their Keys

By Cheryl Miller |

A Swiss father and son sued Ferrari S.p.A and Facebook Inc. in San Mateo County Superior Court this week, claiming the Italian automaker usurped their popular Ferrari fan pages with the aid of the social network.

United Kingdom
Fried Frank Picks Up Tax Duo in New York, London

By Brian Baxter |

A month after losing its former leader and two other capital markets partners to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Wall Street mainstay Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is bringing on two tax partners from King & Spalding and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

The World Trade Center on Sept. 17, 2001.

Saudi Arabia
The Global Lawyer: 9/11 Suit Seeks $200 Billion from Saudis

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A Sept. 15 complaint filed by Cozen O'Connor alleges that a Saudi intelligence agent provided support to some of the 9/11 hijackers.

Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, France
Am Law Firms in Africa See Minimal Effects of Ebola—For Now

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

The outbreak of the virus has led to postponed conferences, travel restrictions and reliance on video conferences with clients for some firms doing business in West Africa, where the virus has taken its greatest toll. But for the most part, it's been business as usual.

Geberit Bathroom Fixtures.

Sweden, Switzerland
Geberit Taps Latham for $1.35 Billion Buy of Sanitec

By Wenxiong Zhang |

The Swiss bathroom-piping maker said on Tuesday that it would purchase Sanitec Group, a Nordic ceramic toilet maker, for $1.35 billion in an all-cash deal.

Russia, Ecuador
Chevron, Yukos, and 'Two Lifetimes of Litigation' Revisited

By Michael Goldhaber |

Which will be remembered as the main event in the world's biggest cases—the litigation or the arbitration?

United Kingdom
Steris Seeks Inversion Deal Amid Tightened Regulations

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Wachtell, Jones Day and DLA Piper advise as the Ohio-based medical technology company offers to buy Swindon, England-based sterilization services provider Synergy Health Plc for $1.9 billion in cash and stock. The deal would create a new company in the U.K., allowing Steris to redomicile there and save on taxes.

United Kingdom
Fried Frank, Quinn Emanuel Boost London With Senior Partner Hires

By Chris Johnson |

Fried Frank captures Kirkland & Ellis London senior partner Graham White, who joins the firm as its first-ever London managing partner, while Quinn Emanuel launches a London competition practice with the hire of litigator Boris Bronfentrinker from Hausfeld & Co.

Valerie Jacob.

United Kingdom
With a Series of Star Hires, Freshfields Shifts Strategy in New York

By Chris Johnson |

Elite U.K. firms have struggled to establish themselves as serious contenders in the United States, especially in big-ticket transactional work. Now Freshfields has recruited high-profile talent from Skadden, Wachtell, Fried Frank, and Shearman in a bid to challenge Wall Street firms on their own turf.

Ireland, Brazil
Shareholder Suit Seeks to Halt Chiquita Merger with Ireland's Fyffes

By Charles Toutant |

Chiquita Brands International has been hit with a shareholder suit over its plans to merge with an Irish produce distributor after rejecting a more lucrative deal with two Brazilian companies.

Skadden Once Again Comes Out on Top of M&A Rankings

By Wenxiong Zhang |

Continuing on its transactional tear, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom sat atop three separate rankings of legal advisers for global M&A deals based on total transaction value in the first three quarters of the year.

Russia
$3.5 Mil. Russian Bank Hacking Case Survives

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

First Commonwealth Bank's insurance company could still be on the hook for covering a $3.5 million loss after a Russian hacker got access to an energy company executive's account information.

Reggie Walton.

Russia
Russian Company's Suit Against Former DLA Partner Survives

By Nate Beck |

A Russian railway company’s lawsuit, claiming that allegedly stolen money ended up in the hands of a Washington partner at DLA Piper, can proceed, a Washington federal trial judge says.

The Churn

United Kingdom, Canada
King & Spalding Raids Bingham in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Bingham McCutchen has one partner left in London following the departure of a restructuring specialist for King & Spalding, which lost the founder of its London office to General Electric. Meanwhile, Schiff Hardin heads to Dallas, along with other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

France
Gibson Dunn, Willkie Put on Pretty Face for Bourjois Buy

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Cosmetics company Coty has turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Bredin Prat to advise on its $240 million bid for Chanel's Bourjois cosmetics brand, while Willkie Farr & Gallagher is advising Chanel.

United Kingdom, Ecuador, Canada
The Global Lawyer: A Wild 'Off Week' in the Chevron Ecuador Case

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The Canadian bar revolts, Chevron mugs a litigation funder, and the plaintiffs play jujitsu. What's next—Donziger tossing out the first pitch of the World Series?

Hungary
White & Case Wins Arbitration Victory for Hungary

By Jan Wolfe |

An ICSID panel found for Hungary in a €300 million investor-state arbitration over a canceled mega-casino backed by U.S. billionaire Ronald Lauder.

Belgium, United Kingdom
The Global Lawyer: Class Actions Aborning in Europe and the U.K.

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

After 15 years in the waiting room, it's time for global antitrust plaintiffs to hand out cigars.

The Churn

United Kingdom
London Calling for U.S. Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Gibson Dunn, Kaye Scholer and Paul Hastings all made major lateral hires in London this week by raiding their British brethren.

United Kingdom
Morgan Lewis, Paul Weiss Broker UBM's Advanstar Acquisition

By Wenxiong Zhang |

The two Am Law 100 firms and Magic Circle shop Slaughter and May are working on a deal that will see British media and marketing company UBM become the largest events organizer in the U.S.

Indonesia, Malaysia, United Kingdom
Ashurst, Gibson Dunn Meet Again Over Murphy Oil Sale

By Brian Baxter |

While Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's London office raided Ashurst for its former head, the two firms also worked on opposite sides of Arkansas-based Murphy Oil's $2 billion sale of assets in Malaysia to an Indonesian oil and gas giant.

Charlie Geffen

United Kingdom
Gibson Dunn Grabs Former Head of Ashurst

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Charlie Geffen, who led the British firm for five years until he was replaced by dispute resolution partner Ben Tidswell in 2013, is joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's London office along with Ashurst corporate partner Mark Sperotto.

Slovakia
U.S. Group Supports Marriage-Equality Foes in Slovakia

By Marcia Coyle |

Alliance Defending Freedom, among the leading opponents of same-sex marriage in the U.S. courts, is pressing that message abroad, this time before the Constitutional Court of Slovakia.