Jim Gregory Joins Lowenstein Sandler

New York, NY November 10, 2014 – Lowenstein Sandler LLP is expanding its executive compensation team for its private equity, hedge fund, venture capital and other clients with the addition of James E. Gregory as a partner in the firm. Mr. Gregory has joined Lowenstein Sandler’s Employee Benefit and Executive Compensation practice in its New York office.  He was previously a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP.  Gary M. Wingens, Lowenstein Sandler’s chairman and managing partner, said, “Lowenstein Sandler is … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Gerald Silk

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As the leading plaintiffs’ securities litigation firm in the nation, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann is bound to make an impact after any corporate fraud scandal, pushing for both recoveries and reforms. A key member of that tireless army is Gerald Silk, who also heads the Bernstein Litowitz team that evaluates which cases to take on. Investors around the world are happy that Silk, the son of a plaintiffs’ lawyer, switched sides after initially doing defense work at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. The 1995 Brooklyn Law … [Read more...]

Cravath Handles Trio of Big-Ticket Deals

Cravath's Damien Zoubek and Richard Hall. (Photo by the firm.)

Cravath, Swaine & Moore's deal lawyers were off to a busy start this week, playing key roles in three significant transactions announced on the same day. The deals included Sapient’s acquisition by Publicis Groupe; Casa Cuervo’s asset exchange with Diageo; and Covance Inc.’s acquisition by LabCorp.  Starting in Paris, before U.S. markets opened, on November 3 partners Faiza Saeed and Eric Schiele took the lead advising Sapient Corporation in its $3.7 billion acquisition by Publicis Groupe, a transformative deal … [Read more...]

Manatt Adds Top Antitrust Lawyer

NEW YORK — Oct. 27, 2014 — Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced that Lisl J. Dunlop has joined the firm as a partner in the Antitrust group, based in the firm’s New York office. Dunlop comes to Manatt from Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she was a member of the Antitrust group and helped launch its United Kingdom competition law practice. With over 20 years of experience, Dunlop advises leading national and multinational companies in an array of industries—particularly those in the media, technology and … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Susan Saltzstein and Allison Schneirov

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Making partner was not a big focus for either Allison Schneirov (photo, left) or Susan Saltzstein when they joined Skadden more than 20 years ago. As it turns out, they not only made partner but rose to the top of their practices nationally, Schneirov as a transactional lawyer and Saltzstein as a litigator. The two lawyers were friendly during college at the University of Pennsylvania, though Saltzstein was a year ahead. “Allison may not remember that we were in the same history class, but I do,” Saltzstein … [Read more...]

Kramer Levin Names New White Collar Co-Chairs

NEW YORK, October 22, 2014 – Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP announced today that Paul H. Schoeman and Eric A. Tirschwell have been named co-chairs of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group. Both are former federal prosecutors. They will take over leadership of a group that has handled many of the nation’s most high-profile white-collar cases and significant trials and has long ranked as among the best in the country. “I’ve enjoyed watching Paul and Eric develop into two superb and highly … [Read more...]

Boies Schiller Wins $1B For AriZona Iced Co-Founder

Judge Timothy Driscoll of Nassau County (NY) Supreme Court handed AriZona Iced Tea co-founder John Ferolito a massive win in his dispute against his former partner, Domenick Vultaggio. How big? Well, at AriZona’s 99 cents per can pricing, Vultaggio will need to sell 1,010,101,010 cans of tea to pay the $1 billion tab. And that’s before interest, which is accruing at $185,000 per day. The decision is believed to be the fourth billion-dollar plus award in 2014, trailing international arbitration ($50B), tobacco ($23B) and … [Read more...]

Kramer Levin Expands IP Group

New York, October 10, 2014 – Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP announced today that Christine Willgoos has joined the firm’s intellectual property practice as special counsel. Ms. Willgoos has extensive experience litigating complex patent matters for clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She was previously counsel at Paul Hastings. “Christine has a deep understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology that has helped her achieve many impressive patent litigation wins for her pharmaceutical and … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Philippe Selendy

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As lead counsel for the Federal Housing Finance Agency in its landmark RMBS litigation against major Wall Street banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, and others, Philippe Selendy and his team at Quinn Emanuel have settled twelve cases and recovered more than $16 billion in cash payments for the American taxpayer. The huge and highly publicized wins cap a long string of successes in complex financial litigation for Selendy, a 1993 Harvard Law graduate, and the firm. Lawdragon: You’ve made a name for yourself in … [Read more...]

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...]