A thicket of state laws imposing sales taxes on electronic commerce is creating pressure for federal intervention to end the squabbles between states and online merchants, a lawyer monitoring the issue said.
Baker & McKenzie LLP will merge with United Arab Emirates 40-lawyer law firm Habib Al Mulla on July 1, to create Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. The firm will advise clients on local and international law in its Dubai offices and, with regulatory approval, in Abu Dhabi.
Jackson Lewis LLP opened a Tampa, Florida, office with four lawyers, led by Barnett Q. Brooks, former managing partner of the Tampa office of rival Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC. The office is the third opened by the employment law firm in the five weeks since Vincent Cino took the helm as chairman on Jan. 1.
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz advised Umpqua Holdings Corp., Oregon’s biggest bank, which agreed to pay about $2 billion in stock and cash to buy Sterling Financial Corp., the lender backed by Warburg Pincus LLC and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP.
Jim and Janet Baker, pioneers in the field of computer speech recognition, turned to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in late 1999 when they needed investment bankers to advise them on the sale of Dragon Systems Inc., the company they had spent 17 years building.