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read the original story) it has held in place as the top tick of the market. As legal-salary historians know, that move was generally copied by other firms, with various safety measures to prevent payment of top salaries to less “productive” team members. But this year (or early next year – the 2007 salary hike was announced in January) we expect the wheel to turn again. Our basis for making this prediction is very simple, and even someone without our inside knowledge within the firms in question could make it. Just look at the numbers published by the American Lawyer, Above the Law and other trade journals, which show profits per partner (“PPP”) surging at the top tier firms, and take a look at associate salaries in percentage terms relative to those numbers. True enough, the financial recovery in the legal market has been uneven, with continuing softness and excess capacity in many segments. But after a few years of belt-tightening, as the deal economy has gradually come back to life, the top end of the legal market is doing better than ever – and then some. Take Cravath, for example, where PPP has bounced all the way back from the 2007 level of $3.3 million to $3,448,000 in 2013. The same is true at Sullivan & Cromwell and a handful of other top firms, where PPP now exceeds the pre-recession levels. But in the same time frame, the needle hasn’t moved on associate salaries. Some folks seem to think that associate salaries are somehow correlated to geography or cost of living, but we’ve been around long enough to remember the way the elite firms play this game, and it has nothing to do with zip codes or inflation. For a handful of firms in New York this used to be a game of bragging rights when they showed up for campus interviews at Harvard and Yale. Read more…
Chris Miller, who originally hails from the great state of Texas. Chris has been a licensed attorney for more than 18 years, with a particular expertise in the management of large scale e-discovery programs, both at national firms and in the operation of third-party vendors. Read more…
Shearman & Sterling is advising ARX Holding Corp., the parent company of American Strategic Insurance Corp. (ASI), on the sale of a controlling position to The Progressive Corporation for approximately $875 million in cash. The shares will be purchased primarily from non-management shareholders and will bring Progressive’s interest in the company to approximately 67%, up […]
Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, represented the banks in connection with certain aspects of the financing of the $1.24 billion acquisition of DSS Group, Inc., the parent company of DS Services of America Inc., by Cott Corporation, one of the world’s largest producers of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and […]
International law firm McDermott Will & Emery represented Olam International Limited in its pending acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (ADM) global cocoa business. The US$1.3 billion transaction will establish Olam Cocoa as one of the world’s top three cocoa processors. Based in Singapore and listed on the SGX-ST, Olam is a leading agri-business operating […]
Goodwin Procter attorneys recently advised private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners on its completed acquisition of Varsity Brands, a portfolio of brands that promote student participation in academics and athletics. The transaction will help ensure that Varsity Brands has the capital structure, resources, and financial flexibility to build its presence while delivering on its mission […]
Davis Polk advised Ingram Micro Inc. on its SEC-registered debt offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of notes due 2024. The offering was made through an underwriting syndicate led by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC. Ingram Micro helps businesses realize the promise of technology. It delivers […]
Cravath represented the underwriters, led by J.P. Morgan Securities, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Barclays and UBS Investment Bank, in connection with the US$1.1 billion registered offering of common shares and the US$2.875 billion registered offering of mandatory convertible securities of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., the seventh largest automaker in the world. The transactions closed on […]
Cahill represented Citi as sole book-running manager in connection with the secondary public offering of 20,000,000 shares of common stock by Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN), resulting in gross proceeds of $857,600,000. The selling stockholders received all of the proceeds of the sale.
Davis Polk is advising Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited as sole sponsor and joint financial adviser to Imperial Tobacco Group PLC on its $7.1 billion acquisition of U.S. cigarette brands Winston, Maverick, Kool, Salem and U.S. and international e-cigarette blu, plus other assets, from Reynolds American Inc. as part of its $27.4 billion acquisition of […]