Lawyer Limelight: Carlos Mendez-Penate

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President Obama’s Dec. 17 announcement on changes in U.S.-Cuba relations caught most Americans off guard. Carlos Méndez-Peñate, who lived in Havana until the age of nine, counts himself among those surprised by the full extent of the regulatory changes for U.S. individuals and businesses, but he was at least prepared. The Akerman LLP partner, a 1976 graduate of Yale Law School, has had an active Cuba practice for several years as part of his broader corporate finance work. He has been structuring deals throughout Latin … [Read more...]

Manatt Grows National Real Estate Practice

NEW YORK — Jan. 21, 2015 — Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced today that Andrew E. Schultz has joined the firm’s Real Estate and Land Use practice as a partner in the New York office. Schultz comes to Manatt from Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. Schultz has more than 20 years of experience in real estate law, including sales, acquisitions, financings, leasing, joint ventures and real estate investment funds. His multifaceted practice focuses on developing, financing and acquiring office buildings, multifamily … [Read more...]

Cravath Represents AmerisourceBergen in Acquisition

January 12, 2015 ‹ AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:ABC) and MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. (NASDAQ:MWIV) today announced that they have entered into a definitivemerger agreement for AmerisourceBergen to acquire MWI Veterinary Supply (MWI), the leading animal health distribution company in the United States. Under the terms and conditions of the merger agreement, AmerisourceBergen, through a new wholly-owned subsidiary, will make an all cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of MWI at a price of $190.00 per share, representing a $2.5 … [Read more...]

Vinson & Elkins Promotes Eight to Partnership

Vinson & Elkins Promotes Eight to Partnership   December 18, 2014 — Vinson & Elkins announces the promotion of eight lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1, 2015: David Cole, Devika Kornbacher and Kai Haakon Liekefett in Houston; Tirzah Lollar and Jeremy Marwell in Washington, DC; John Grand and Russell Oshman in Dallas; and Tzvi Werzberger in New York. “We are extremely appreciative of the hard work and outstanding leadership of each of these individuals and are pleased to welcome them to the … [Read more...]

Goodwin Procter Expands Tech & Life Sciences Group

January 05, 2015  NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Goodwin Procter, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, announced today that Andrew H. Goodman has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Technology & Life Sciences Group in New York. Goodman comes to the firm from Kean Miller LLP in New Orleans. He was previously a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Los Angeles office after practicing as an associate in its Boston office for five years. “Andrew’s public company, shareholder activism and M&A experience make him a … [Read more...]

Hon. Robert Smith to Join Friedman Kaplan

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Honorable Robert S. Smith, who will retire as an Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals on December 31, 2014, will join the law firm of Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP in New York City as a partner on January 1, 2015. Judge Smith has served on the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, for more than a decade. During this time, he has written scores of opinions and become well known for his judicial scholarship, insight and intellectual rigor even in the most … [Read more...]

Former Treasury Official Amir-Mokri Rejoins Skadden

NEW YORK – December 3, 2014 – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP announced today that Cyrus Amir-Mokri, former Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of Treasury, has rejoined the firm as a partner in the New York office. Mr. Amir-Mokri will resume his complex litigation and advisory practice. Mr. Amir-Mokri was confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions in November 2011, a position he held until April 2014. Before serving at Treasury, Mr. Amir-Mokri was Senior … [Read more...]

Cravath’s Chesler to Chair NYPL Board

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Legal lion Evan Chesler has been named Chairman of the Board of the New York Public Library – a role which has special meaning for the Cravath, Swaine & Moore chairman. “I spent my afternoons as a boy in the Bronx in the local library,” he recalls. “It was where I did my homework, saw my friends and was introduced to the magic of the written word.   “Now to be given the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Library's Board of Trustees is truly a great honor. I am committed to continue to serve … [Read more...]

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...]