In August, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where his country is spending a record $48 billion on the 2014 Winter Olympics. A regular visitor, with an official residence in town, Putin watched mixed-martial-arts contests at Oblaka nightclub with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP advised Devon Energy Corp., which will buy closely held GeoSouthern Energy Corp.’s Eagle Ford assets for $6 billion in cash, expanding its shale holdings in one of the most prolific oil basins in the U.S.
Dentons LLP, the 2,600-lawyer global law firm, and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, a 575-lawyer firm, will put their proposed merger to a vote of partners in the next two weeks, both firms confirmed in an e-mail.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP and DLA Piper LLP worked on the deal to take private Active Network Inc., a company that manages online registration for marathons, business conferences and other events. Vista Equity Partners is buying Active for about $1.05 billion in cash.
The U.S. House Armed Services Committee’s former general counsel, Roger Zakheim, is moving in November to Covington & Burling LLP, where he’ll join the global public policy and government affairs and defense, homeland and national security practices.
A Swiss lawyer pleaded guilty in a U.S. probe of offshore tax evasion and has been telling prosecutors how he helped American clients use secret accounts to hide assets from the Internal Revenue Service.