Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and A&L Goodbody advised Medtronic Inc., the second-largest maker of medical devices, on its agreement to buy Covidien Plc for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.
Validus Holdings Ltd., the Bermuda- based reinsurer, agreed to buy Western World Insurance Group Inc. for $690 million in cash to expand in specialty lines of coverage in the U.S.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advised Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat company, on its raised offer for Hillshire Brands Co. of about $7.7 billion, outbidding Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom held on to the top spot among U.S. legal advisers on global mergers and acquisitions in the first half of this year, as deal-making sputtered after a brief recovery.
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