Seyfarth Shaw LLP began a labor and employment practice in Australia with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. The firm hired eight labor and employment partners from three Australian law firms who will work on national and cross-border matters.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advised Fidelity National Financial Inc., the largest U.S. title insurer, on an agreement to buy its former unit, Lender Processing Services Inc. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP advised LPS.
Robert W. Cook, former director of the division of trading and markets of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will return to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP as a partner. He will be based in the firm’s Washington office and will focus on securities, derivatives, and market regulation, the firm said.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, which advised United Co. Rusal on its $2.24 billion Hong Kong initial share sale this year, hired Norton Rose’s Freeman Chan to start a local law practice in the Chinese city.
Ropes & Gray LLP added four new corporate partners. Bracewell & Giuliani LLP lawyers Jonathan Gill and Robb Tretter join the firm in New York as partners in the private-equity practice, focusing on distressed investing. Mark Wesseldine, previously of Fried Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP will be joining the firm as a finance partner in London. Victoria Lloyd, a capital markets and mergers and acquisitions lawyer also from Fried Frank, is joining Ropes & Gray in its Hong Kong office.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP opened an office in Abu Dhabi yesterday after receiving a license from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Partner Gamal Abouali, who was based in Paris, has relocated to Abu Dhabi to head the office.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP acted as legal advisers to Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the second-biggest maker of life-sciences equipment by market value, which agreed to buy Life Technologies Corp. for $13.6 billion in cash in a deal that expands its reach in medical testing.
Two lawyers have spent much of the past decade defending Argentina in front of the same U.S. judge in dozens of lawsuits arising from the South American country’s 2001 default on $95 billion in sovereign debt.
A court fight over more than $7 billion raised for bondholders and other creditors of Nortel Networks Corp. will be delayed unless a judge finds that European units of the defunct telephone maker filed a “frivolous” appeal, company lawyers said yesterday.
David Becker , who quit as Securities and Exchange Commission general counsel before he was sued over inherited profits from Bernard Madoff ’s fraud, has rejoined the law firm where he worked before taking the SEC post.