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.
Mark Shelton, formerly UBS AG’s Americas general counsel and global head of investigations, is joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York. He will practice financial institutions law with a focus on banking regulation and investigations.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP opened a Washington office with two new partners, national security lawyer Christopher Griner and Robert E. Plaze, former deputy director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s division of investment management.
Vinson & Elkins LLP is closing its Shanghai office later this year and will consolidate the China practice in its existing Beijing and Hong Kong offices, according to a firm memo by Chairman Mark Kelly.
The Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the disbarment of famed class action lawyer Stanley Chesley, a partner at Waite Schneider Bayless & Chesley Co. in Cincinnati, for “unreasonable” fees received in the settlement of a class action. Under Ohio Rules of Professional Responsibility, the disbarment may provide grounds for disbarment in Ohio as well.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP , the San Francisco-based law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers worldwide, hired Yoshihiro Takatori from Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP to head its Japan litigation practice.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is representing Dole Food Co., which agreed to a higher takeover offer from Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Murdock in a deal that values the fresh fruit and vegetable producer and marketer at $1.21 billion. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP represents the special committee to Dole. Paul Hastings LLP represents Murdock.