Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP is weighing options, including a pre-packaged bankruptcy, to avert the New York-based law firm’s collapse after losing dozens of partners over several months, a person familiar with the matter said.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, the No. 3 law firm adviser to banks handling merger deals, is nearing an April 30 deadline to show bank lenders it has a survival plan, possibly including absorption by another firm or cost-cutting.
BP Plc may saddle potential buyers of its assets with lawsuits as Europe’s second-biggest oil company tries to raise money to pay claims that may reach $100 billion from the Gulf of Mexico spill, lawyers said.
Innkeepers USA Trust didn’t properly carry out its duties to creditors, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley C. Chapman ruled last week. Chapman refused to approve an agreement that would have compelled Innkeepers, a real estate investment trust, to pursue a reorganization plan giving the stock to a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
Allens Arthur Robinson, a 190-year- old Australian law firm, and Linklaters LLP, a London-based firm with 2,200 lawyers, agreed on an alliance to compete internationally with local firms that have grown after combining with foreign ones.
Greenberg Traurig LLP said yesterday that it has opened an office in Warsaw with a team of more than 50 lawyers formerly with Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. The firm will operate as Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak in Poland. Jaroslaw Grzesiak, former managing partner of Dewey’s Warsaw office, serves as the managing partner and Lejb Fogelman as the senior partner.