White & Case LLP hired mergers and acquisitions lawyer Daniel Dufner as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Dufner, who joins from Linklaters LLP, was previously a partner at White & Case from 2004 to 2009. Dufner represented WellPoint Inc. in its $4.9 billion acquisition of Amerigroup Corp. He has also represented EchoStar Corp., Dish Network Corp. and Blockbuster Entertainment Corp., the firm said.
Slaughter & May and Latham & Watkins LLP advised Thomas Cook Group Plc, the 172-year-old tour operator that required an emergency loan 18 months ago, on plans to raise 1.6 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) to restructure its borrowings as it cuts jobs and closes stores to pare costs.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, agreed to acquire Plains Exploration & Production Co. and McMoRan Exploration Co. for about $9 billion as the company returns to its roots in energy.
White & Case LLP opened an office in Madrid with the addition of partner Juan Manuel De Remedios, the former chairman of Latham & Watkins LLP’s corporate department in Spain. De Remedios, who will be joined by a local partner and a team of associates, will be the Madrid office executive partner.