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United Kingdom
Jenner & Block to Launch in London

By Chris Johnson |

The Chicago-based firm has announced that it will open a disputes-focused office in London later this spring to meet the increasing international needs of its clients.

Barclays Taps New GC for Europe and the Middle East

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The U.K. bank has promoted Simon Croxford to general counsel for investment banking for the Europe and Middle East region.

FARNBOROUGH, UK - JULY 15: Closeup of a Pirelli tyre attached to a Caterham Formula 1 race car on static display at the Farnborough Airshow, UK on July 15, 2012

China, Italy
Clifford Chance Leads ChemChina’s $7.7B Italian Tire Buy

By Anna Zhang |

China's Jun He Law Offices, Italy's Pedersoli e Associati, Linklaters and Latham & Watkins are among the others working on what will be the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese state-owned enterprise since the $15 billion CNOOC-Nexen deal in 2012.

Djibouti

Djibouti, United Kingdom
Gibson Dunn Partner Suspended for Mishandling Djibouti Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

A British high court judge has reversed an order freezing the assets of Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh after finding that a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner knowingly presented faulty evidence implicating Boreh in a 2009 grenade attack.

Germany
Foley Partner Escapes Supreme Court Sanctions Over a German Client's Brief

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed its disciplinary action against Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley over his submission of a jargon-filled petition mainly written by his client, a German business executive and nonlawyer. The court issued this warning to lawyers: Write petitions in plain language.

United Kingdom
Bank of England Taps Experienced UK Regulator as GC

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The 300-year-old central bank has appointed Sonya Branch as its new general counsel.

Finland, Sweden
Deal Watch: One Skadden Client Ousts Another in Duel for Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Skadden client Valeant Pharmaceuticals prevail over fellow firm client Endo International in its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals, while Finnish utility company Fortum sells off its Swedish energy business for $6.9 billion in Europe's highest-dollar infrastructure deal in several years.

Germany
NJ Can't Prosecute Chaperones in Overseas Sex Case

By Michael Booth |

New Jersey authorities cannot prosecute two high school chaperones accused of having sex with three high school students on a school trip to Germany, the state Supreme Court ruled March 18.

United Kingdom
Third Circuit Weighs Whether to Send Aluminum Pricing Dispute to London Arbitration

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A British businessman, alleged to have conspired with Pittsburgh-based Alcoa to inflate the cost of raw materials, has invoked a contract's arbitration clause to try to move the case out of federal court.

Kazakhstan, Spain
Computer Hack in Kazakhstan Exposes Client Emails with Curtis Mallet

Emails between Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and its client, the Republic of Kazakhstan, were posted online in January after that government’s computers were hacked. Kazakhstan’s counsel at Curtis says in a complaint filed Thursday against the alleged hackers that some of the emails contained privileged and confidential attorney-client communications.

Jones Day Launches Same-Sex Marriage Website

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has launched a website that provides information on how same-sex relationships are legally recognized in nearly 300 jurisdictions worldwide.

The Churn

China, Hong Kong, Australia, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Dubai, Canada
Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart due to conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada
Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of transactions in the United States and around the world sees Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Freshfields and Davis Polk take the lead for companies in the analytics, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors.

Jayanthi Sadanandan

United Kingdom
Latham & Watkins Appoints New London Managing Partner

By Chris Johnson |

Latham & Watkins has appointed finance partner Jay Sadanandan as the new head of its London office, replacing corporate partner Nick Cline, who finished a five-year term as office managing partner in February.

LEGO Friends.

China, Denmark
Lego Sues to Block Imports in Patent Fight Over Toy Dolls

By Jenna Greene |

The International Trade Commission on Wednesday gave a green light to toymaker Lego A/S to bring a patent and copyright infringement case against three competitors that are seeking to appeal more to girls. Lego says its rivals copied its "Friends" line.

Singapore, United Kingdom
Kennedys Launches Singapore Joint Law Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm will join forces with shipping boutique Legal Solutions to add a local law practice to its city-state office.

Spain
Spanish In-House Counsel Try to Keep It In-House

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

A report from the Iberian Lawyer In-house Club shows that the lawyers are trying to do as much of their legal work in-house as possible.

United Kingdom, Brazil
Paul Hastings' Hiring Spree Continues With Magic Circle Raid

By Brian Baxter |

The Los Angeles-based firm, which saw partner profits rise 8.5 percent in 2014, has picked up three partners from Allen & Overy and a new office in Brazil in the wake of other recent hires of note from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Shearman & Sterling.

Australia, United Kingdom
Pinsent Masons to Launch Australian Offices

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm will extend its construction practice to Sydney and Melbourne to capture work in the country's surging infrastructure sector.

Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada
Deal Watch: AbbVie's $21B Pharma Buy, NXP in $12B Tech Acquisition, Plus More

By Jennifer Henderson |

Big Pharma tops our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more, with AbbVie Inc. agreeing to purchase cancer-drug maker Pharmacyclics Inc. for $21 billion. NXP Semiconductors, based in the Netherlands, will acquire Austin's Freescale for $11.8 billion.

United Kingdom
Man Extradited From UK to Face US Terror Charge

Vietnamese man extradited from the United Kingdom is facing charges that he provided material support to al Qaida in Yemen after telling his wife he was going to Ireland, authorities said.

China, Hong Kong, South Korea
From the Experts: A Global Perspective on Antitrust Regulation

By Thomas A. McGrath and Fay Zhou |

Antitrust/competition regulators are becoming more active and are in increasingly closer contact with each other. It's almost cartel-like.

The Churn

Germany
Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

China, Hong Kong, Sweden
Sweden's Magnusson Enters Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The Stockholm-based firm opened its first Asian office by forming an association with local firm Odebjer Fohlin.

Japan, Italy, Spain, Canada, Cayman Islands
Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Advise Valeant on $10.1 Billion Buy of Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s purchase of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $10.1 billion; Asahi Kasei Corp.’s buy of Polypore International Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion; and a merger between silicon producers Grupo FerroAtlántica and Globe Specialty Metals Inc. for a combined value of $3.1 billion.

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite

The Toughest Job in Big Law?

By Douglas McCollam |

Long-haul flights. Time zone shifts. Calls and emails around the clock. When did the job of managing partner become so grueling?

Malaysia, United Kingdom
Trowers & Hamlins Makes Move to Enter Malaysia

By Tom Brennan |

London-based Trowers is the first to take advantage of changes in the country’s law that had prohibited foreign firms from operating there. But other firms with a much bigger Southeast Asian presence aren’t rushing in behind them.

Medieval relics that make up part of the Guelph Treasure.

Germany
Germany Sued Over Relics Reportedly Gifted to Hitler

By Zoe Tillman |

Descendants of Jewish art dealers who lived in pre-World War II Germany are suing the German government, claiming they are the rightful owners of the Guelph Treasure, a valuable collection of medieval relics that ended up in the hands of the Nazis.

4 Ways to Fight Corruption in Government Procurement

By Alexandra Wrage |

Public procurement contracts often have been a breeding ground for corruption. What can companies do in these situations?

Charles Mulaney and Michael Hatchard

United Kingdom
Dealmakers of the Week: Charles Mulaney Jr. and Michael Hatchard of Skadden

By Jennifer Henderson |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Mulaney and Hatchard led the way for Broomfield, Colorado-based Ball Corp. in its $6.8 billion acquisition of the United Kingdom's Rexam PLC.

Lawyers for Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley on Thursday responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s threat to sanction him for a petition he filed in a patent case.

Germany
Foley Partner Defends 'Unorthodox' Brief in Supreme Court Disciplinary Action

By Tony Mauro |

Lawyers for Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley on Thursday pushed back against the U.S. Supreme Court’s threat to sanction him for a jargon-filled petition he filed in a patent case last year, telling the justices that although it was "unorthodox" in style, the petition "clearly and faithfully reflects" the views of his client, a German tech company executive.

United Kingdom
Novae Hires Seasoned Insurance Industry GC

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

London-based insurance company Novae Group is tapping Alexandra Moon as its new group general counsel.

United Kingdom, Ecuador
Litigators of the Week: Steven Kobre of Kobre & Kim and Herbert Stern of Stern & Kilcullen

By David Bario |

The pair helped Chevron chalk up another win in its epic fight with Ecuadorean environmental plaintiffs, forcing online poker magnate Russell DeLeon to renounce his $23 million investment in the Ecuador case.

Australia
Slater & Gordon Expands Amid New Push for Publicly Traded Firms

By Brian Baxter |

Australia’s Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, is headed to Wales after acquiring a pair of personal injury shops in the U.K. The move comes as a co-founder of a prominent U.S. litigation finance firm calls for the adoption of alternative business structures by U.S. law firms.

Russia
Fired Allen & Overy Lawyer Must Get Psych Exam in Harassment Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Allen & Overy scored an unusual appellate win this week in its fight with a onetime lawyer at the firm who was fired after authoring an erotic novel, persuading a court in New York that the woman must submit to a psychological examination.

Italy
Enzo Ferrari and the Road to a Compliance Brand

By Ryan McConnell and Aida Ahmadi |

Within a company, the compliance department's brand can remind employees about compliance requirements and reporting channels, and increase awareness of the company's program.

Amir Chakhmagh Mosque and Square in Yazd, Iran

Iran
From the Experts: Thawing Relations With Iran Could Spark US 'Gold Rush'

By Paul F. Enzinna |

The prospect of a thaw in relations has led to talk of a "gold rush" for companies, if and when the Iranian market opens.

Ecuador
Litigator Funder Who Helped Underwrite Ecuador Case Settles with Chevron

By Scott Flaherty |

On Monday, online gaming magnate James Russell DeLeon renounced his financial support for a controversial environmental suit in Ecuador against oil giant Chevron.

United Kingdom
Chadbourne Staffer Banned from Law Firms After Being Caught Stealing

By Nell Gluckman |

The accounts manager in London who stole $15,360 from Chadbourne & Parke has been banned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority from working at any law firm.

Is EU 'Right To Be Forgotten' Helping Criminals?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Google's compliance with the European Union rule is facing mixed reviews.

Orrin Hatch

Ireland
Another Try for the LEADS Act's Overseas Data Rules

By Andrew Ramonas |

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, renewed his bid to clarify how the U.S. government can access electronic data stored abroad.

Chief Judge Gregory Sleet, District of Delaware

Romania
In Reversal, Judge Won't Block ZTE Sales Ban in Romania

By Scott Graham |

Just days after staying an injunction against ZTE Corp. in Romania, U.S. District Judge Gregory Sleet said he'd intervened in error.

Hogan Lovells Introduces Community Service Mandate to All Employees

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has put in place a new policy that requires each of its more than 5,000 employees in about 25 countries to devote 25 hours per year to community service. The policy is unique because it does not just apply to lawyers, and it will encompass the international offices.

France, United Kingdom, Canada
From the Experts Multiforum Patent Challenges Around the World

By Christopher Stothers, Jennifer Sklenar, Marc Cohn and Philippe Oudinot |

If a patent is revoked in a parallel proceeding in the U.S., U.K., Canada or France, what is the impact on a prior determination of infringement?

International Trademarks Can End Up Abandoned in the US

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Non-U.S. trademark registrants must have the intention of using the mark here.

<b>OUTPOURING IN PARIS:</b> Crowds filled streets in Paris and other French cities following the terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo; the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” was prominently displayed.

France
Staking Their Claims to 'Je Suis Charlie'

By Etienne Drouard and Seth Gold |

The French trademark office rejected a registration bid, but other jurisdictions are more permissive.

The European Court of Justice

Germany
European Court Weighs Standard for Essential Patents

By Daniel Hoppe-Jänisch |

Suggestion for balancing property rights versus competition approximates the U.S. system.

Guinea, France
A Bribe Is a Bribe: FCPA's Influence on International Arbitration

By Philip Urofsky, Henry Weisburg and Zach Torres-Fowler |

Philip Urofsky, Henry Weisburg and Zach Torres-Fowler of Shearman & Sterling write: 'BSG Resources' highlights an issue that practitioners should understand when advising their clients on the potential repercussions of FCPA liability.

China
In Asia, One Firm Goes Big as Another Goes Home

By Steven J. Harper |

Fried Frank and Dentons have implemented dramatically different China strategies. Maybe they're both correct.

Chief Judge Gregory Sleet, District of Delaware

China, Romania
China's ZTE Wins TRO Blocking Romanian Sales Ban

By Scott Graham |

ZTE's legal team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman turned to the U.S. District Court for Delaware to stop an injunction entered last week by a court in Romania.

Russia
Litigators of the Week: Van Beckwith and Michael Calhoon of Baker Botts

By David Bario |

Beckwith and Calhoon knew they faced a big challenge defending Russia's Gazprom against a $1.4 billion trade secrets case on Texas turf. So when they saw a chance to derail the case midway through trial, they pounced.

Australia, United Kingdom
Withers to Enter Formal Law Alliance in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

The London-based private client boutique is partnering with 70-lawyer KhattarWong.

Van Beckwith of Baker Botts

Russia
Baker Botts Derails $1.37B Suit Against Gazprom in Trial Stunner

By David Bario |

Smack in the middle of a $1.37 billion trade secrets trial against Russia's OAO Gazprom, plaintiff Moncrief Oil International abruptly agreed to drop the case after Gazprom's lawyers at Baker Botts uncovered evidence that a key exhibit in the trial had been faked.

John Attanasio

China, France
Former Law Dean in Prostitution Arrest, Plus the Name Game in China and France

By Vivia Chen |

Another leading academic faces a sex scandal; Norton Rose's Chinese doppleganger; why you're unlikely to meet a Frenchwoman named Nutella.

Germany
Latham Bags Four to Bolster IP, Private Equity Groups

By Brian Baxter |

A month after seeing its longtime leader retire, Latham & Watkins lured four key partners to its ranks in Germany and Washington, D.C., with raids on Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance and noted IP litigation shop Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

Thailand, United Kingdom
Linklaters, DLA Piper on Thai Tycoon's British Soccer Buy

By Tom Brennan |

Dejphon Chansiri is acquiring Sheffield Wednesday Football Club for a reported $45 million.

United Kingdom
How a Global Telecom Cut Legal Spending by 66 Percent

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Telefónica S.A. decreased external legal costs in the U.K. by 66 percent since 2012, amounting to close to 3 million pounds in savings.

France, Germany
Reductions in Force: It's Different in Europe

By Rebekah Mintzer |

When employees are based outside the U.S., it's probably going to be a whole lot more complicated to let them go.

Russia
U.S. Claims Three Were Part of Russian Spy Ring

By Mark Hamblett |

Federal authorities said they busted a Russian spy ring Monday, arresting a man who allegedly used his cover as a Russian bank employee in New York to try to obtain economic and political intelligence about the United States.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing

China
Dentons, Dacheng Seal the Deal for a Union

By Julie Triedman |

Five days after The American Lawyer broke news of the impending combination between Dentons and Asia's largest firm, the union is now official. Chinese regulators gave the expected green light to the landmark deal between China-based Dacheng Law Offices and Dentons early on Monday Beijing time, clearing the way for the signing ceremony.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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."