Cravath Represents Johnson & Johnson in Acquisition

September 30, 2014 - Johnson & Johnson today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Alios BioPharma, a privately held clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for viral diseases, for approximately $1.75 billion in cash. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP represented Johnson & Johnson in the transaction. The closing is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of … [Read more...]

Latham Advises Athlon on $7.1B Acquisition by Encana

Encana Corporation (Encana) (TSX, NYSE: ECA) and Athlon Energy Inc. (Athlon) (NYSE:ATHL) have announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Encana to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Texas-based Athlon by means of an all-cash tender offer for US$5.93 billion, as well as Encana assuming Athlon’s US$1.15 billion of senior notes, for a total transaction value of approximately US$7.1 billion, as noted in the companies' news release, below.  Closing of the … [Read more...]

Timothy Kratz Joins Jackson Lewis

DENVER, CO (September 24, 2014) -- Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the largest workplace law firms in the world representing management, is pleased to announce Timothy M. Kratz has joined the firm’s Denver office as Shareholder.  Mr. Kratz, who joins Jackson Lewis from Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow P.C., has more than 20 years of litigation and counseling experience in all aspects of workplace law.  “Tim brings with him an excellent reputation, an impressive litigation track record and over … [Read more...]

Jones Day Welcomes Leading IP Attorney

ATLANTA, Sept. 24 -- The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Todd S. McClelland has joined its Atlanta Office as a partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice. Mr. McClelland, who was previously a partner in Alston & Bird's Atlanta office, focuses his practice on privacy and data security issues. "Todd is a highly-regarded lawyer with substantial experience in cyber security and data privacy, areas that continue to garner widespread attention among our clients," said Richard H. Deane, Jr., … [Read more...]

Cooley Adds Corporate & Capital Markets Partner

San Francisco – September 23, 2014 – Cooley LLP announced today that Robert W. (“Rob”) Phillips has joined the firm as a partner in its business department. Phillips will reside in the firm’s San Francisco office. Phillips’ practice focuses on the representation of technology and other companies in capital markets offerings, including public offerings and convertible debt and high yield debt offerings. Phillips, who was previously a partner at Latham & Watkins, also has deep experience advising clients … [Read more...]

Goodwin Procter Expands FinTech Platform

09.23.14- Goodwin Procter has expanded its FinTech Practice, naming practice area leaders and consolidating under a single platform its market-leading experience in both the technology and financial services industries and its established presence in key industry markets.  The FinTech Practice is backed by a cross-disciplinary team of more than 60 attorneys with expertise in financial services, private equity, technology, investigations, and intellectual property, consumer financial services, business and securities litigation. Attorneys … [Read more...]

Phillips & Cohen Wins Record SEC Whistleblower Award

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept.22, 2014 – The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that it has approved a record whistleblower award for a whistleblower represented by Phillips & Cohen LLP. [Also see the Lawdragon Magazine feature "The Giant Killers" about the firm's whistleblower practice.] The whistleblower will receive at least $30 million to $35 million for providing information and assistance that led to a substantial recovery by the federal government. The reward is the largest one the SEC has made under the … [Read more...]

Jackson Lewis Adds In-House Litigator

MEMPHIS, TN (September 18, 2014) -- Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the largest workplace law firms in the world representing management, is pleased to announce Colby Shannon Morgan, Jr. has joined the firm’s Memphis office as Of Counsel. Mr. Morgan, who joins Jackson Lewis from the Litigation Department at Federal Express (FedEx), brings to the firm over 30 years of trial experience. “We are pleased to welcome Colby to our Memphis team,” said James R. Mulroy III, Memphis office Managing … [Read more...]

Drinker Biddle Elects Andrew Kassner as Firm Chair

PHILADELPHIA, September 22, 2014: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP announced today that its Managing Partners, the firm’s elected governing body, have elected Andrew C. Kassner as the firm’s next Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2015.  Kassner, who has been serving as the firm’s Executive Partner, will succeed Alfred W. Putnam, Jr., who has been the firm’s Chairman and CEO since 2005. “Andy was the natural choice,” said Putnam.  “He has been our Executive … [Read more...]

AgnewBrusavich Files Lawsuit Against Newport Beach

ORANGE COUNTY, CA -- AgnewBrusavich, a Torrance-based personal injury law firm, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Olympic cyclist Paul Deem over the death of his wife, Debra Healy Deem, who was killed on August 27, 2013 while riding her bicycle northbound on California’s Pacific Coast Highway.  At approximately 1:30 P.M., motorist Robert James Anderson was making a right-hand turn onto Newport Coast Drive when he struck and killed Mrs. Deem. The lawsuit alleges that the State of California and the City of Newport Beach was negligent in … [Read more...]