The percentage of female associates at law firms fell for the third straight year, even as women made gains in becoming partners, according to a survey by NALP, formerly known as The National Association for Law Placement.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP represented Bayer AG in its agreement to buy Merck & Co.’s consumer unit for $14.2 billion. Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP acted as legal counsel to Merck.
Jones Day announced that Jeff Dinerstein and Arthur Nathan joined the firm’s Houston office as partners in the mergers and acquisitions practice. They were previously partners at Haynes & Boone LLP, where Dinerstein was co-head of the M&A practice.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Madison Dearborn Partners LLC in its $1.6 billion purchase of hospital therapy provider Ikaria Inc. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP represented Hampton, New Jersey-based Ikaria.