When Facebook Inc. sought to acquire messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. for as much as $19 billion in cash and stock, the social networking site turned to Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP for the deal. WhatsApp relied on Fenwick & West LLP, the firm that acted as Facebook’s outside counsel in its 2012 initial public offering.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represented Lenovo Group Ltd. in its purchase of Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility phone unit for $2.91 billion. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP advised Google on the deal.
Clifford Chance LLP formed an association with Linda Widyati & Partners of Indonesia, a boutique law firm with experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and capital markets.
Duane Morris LLP is establishing a five-lawyer office in Shanghai through Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, its joint law venture in Asia, which will have an emphasis on facilitating outbound investment for Chinese corporations.
Toronto-Dominion Bank was sanctioned by a federal judge in Miami for “willfully” concealing evidence relevant to a trial over whether it aided a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme by disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein.
K&L Gates LLP and Australian firm Middletons agreed to combine as of Jan. 1. Middletons’ 300 lawyers in four Australian offices will bring the firm, which will continue to be known as K&L Gates, to 2,000 lawyers in 46 offices on five continents.