Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP opened a Houston office led by former Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP partner Mark Farley, who is one of eight lawyers hired to expand its environmental and workplace safety practices.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP regained the top spot among legal advisers on mergers and acquisitions in 2011 as deals rose by 3.7 percent in a year lawyers said was marked by volatility tied to European debt and regulatory enforcement.
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.
Torys LLP and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP advised Loblaw Cos., which agreed to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. for C$12.4 billion ($11.9 billion) in the biggest takeover of a Canadian retailer. Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP advised Shoppers.