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.
Reed Smith LLP opened the firm’s first Texas office in Houston, with 12 partners from seven firms, including Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Baker Botts LLP and Haynes & Boone LLP, half of whom will bolster the energy and natural resources industry group.
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.
Four firms advised on the acquisition by John Malone’s Liberty Global Inc. of U.K. cable-television provider Virgin Media Inc. for $16 billion in cash and stock to challenge Rupert Murdoch in Europe’s biggest pay-TV market.
Mergers and acquisitions lawyer Wesley R. Johnson Jr. was named partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s New York office. Johnson succeeds Willis Goldsmith, who led Jones Day in New York since January 2008. Goldsmith will continue his practice advising clients on labor and employment matters as a partner in New York.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP hired a Washington team of white collar attorneys formerly of White & Case LLP and led by former acting U.S. Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General George J. Terwilliger III.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP represented Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc., which agreed to buy Proximagen Group Plc, a U.K. biotechnology company pursuing treatments for central nervous system diseases, for as much as 356.8 million pounds ($554.7 million).