Greenberg Traurig LLP, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal counsel on a transaction between Consol Energy Inc. and Murray Energy Corp.
Morrison & Foerster LLP represents Softbank Corp., which agreed to buy a stake of about 70 percent in Sprint Nextel Corp. for $20.1 billion as Japan’s third- biggest mobile-phone operator seeks growth overseas amid a declining local market. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP served as lead counsel to Sprint.
Kim Koopersmith is as surprised as anyone by the path her career has taken. On April 1, Koopersmith, 53, assumed the chairmanship of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, an 850-lawyer global law firm with strong roots in Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. Koopersmith, a litigator, is the fourth chair in the firm’s 68-year history and the first woman to hold that position. It's not exactly what she had in mind back in law school: “I assumed I would be working in some public interest capacity,” she says. “It was a surprise to me that I was at a law firm at all.”