Alexander Y. Thomas was elected global managing partner of Reed Smith LLP for a three-year term starting Aug. 1, beating out Philadelphia partner John Martini, the vice chairman of the global business and finance department.
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.
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).