Recipients of the American Bar Association’s pro bono publico awards, which will be presented today in Chicago, include the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Neal Minahan, a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Amy Lorenz-Moser, a partner with Armstrong Teasdale LLP.
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co.’s A$2.2 billion ($2 billion) takeover of GrainCorp Ltd. was blocked by Australia, prompting a record drop in shares of the east coast’s biggest crop handler and a slide in the local currency.
Bank of America Corp.’s effort with Societe Generale SA to reverse New York’s approval of MBIA Inc.’s 2009 restructuring is being considered by a judge after the conclusion of a four-week trial over the transaction.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP represents KKR & Co., the private-equity firm run by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, which agreed to buy industrial equipment maker Gardner Denver Inc. for about $3.7 billion after raising its offer. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP is advising Gardner Denver.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP advised Spectra Energy Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. pipeline company, on the agreement to buy its first oil system from Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and two other owners for $1.25 billion in cash.
Kim Dotcom, whose Megaupload.com website accounted for 4 percent of world Internet traffic before being shut down last year on U.S. copyright infringement charges, plans to unveil a new, encrypted file-sharing site in New Zealand in a snub to U.S. authorities.