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Prominent Denver Attorneys Join Polsinelli Shughart
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Citing the firm’s extensive national resources and complementary practices, a group of Denver attorneys will join Polsinelli Shughart effective November 1. The attorneys include some of Denver’s most highly respected corporate, intellectual property, real estate, and construction and business litigation attorneys from Hensley Kim, LLC. The attorneys join Polsinelli Shughart’s Denver office and will serve clients locally, regionally and nationally.
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McGlinchey Stafford Opens New Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
National law firm McGlinchey Stafford PLLC is pleased to announce that it has opened a new office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Paul H. Minoff has joined the firm as Of Counsel and will lead operations in Fort Lauderdale. The firm’s expansion into South Florida follows its initial move into the state in August of 2010, with the opening of an office in Jacksonville.
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Leading Media Team Joins Bird & Bird in Hamburg
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Bird & Bird is delighted to announce the appointment of a new team to strengthen our recently opened Hamburg office. The arrival of this team doubles the number of partners in Hamburg and brings key expertise to a city with a strong media market.
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Former Partner Rejoins Fulbright From El Paso Corporation
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
An El Paso Corporation lawyer has rejoined Fulbright's Pennsylvania office, which serves companies working within the Marcellus Shale. Janet McQuaid returns to Fulbright as an environmental law partner focusing on energy clients. She previously was a partner  in the firm's Austin office for seven years before going in-house at El Paso in 2008. McQuaid spent 15 years at Fulbright, where she represented energy, chemical, and waste disposal companies in waste, water, toxic substance control, and remediation matters.
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Covington Advises Joy Global in Sale of Drilling Products Business
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ: JOYG), a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, reported today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the drilling products business of its recently acquired LeTourneau Technologies, Inc. to Cameron International Corporation (NYSE: CAM) for $375 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. Covington & Burling LLP advised Joy Global on the deal.
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Dewey & LeBoeuf Advises IUSA on the Successful Conclusion of the U.S. Portion of its Cross-Border Debt Restructuring
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
On August 25, 2011, Industrias Unidas, S.A. de C.V. (“IUSA”) received a confirmation order from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware that marked the successful conclusion of the U.S. portion of its multinational debt restructuring, scheduled to close in September. IUSA is one of Mexico's largest diversified industrial groups, manufacturing copper-based and electrical products for the housing and electrical power markets primarily in the U.S and Mexico.
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Jones Walker Expands Into Mississippi with Watkins Ludlam Merger
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
William H. Hines, Managing Partner of the law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P, and Dennis W. Miller, Chief Executive Officer of the law firm of Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A., today announced plans to combine firms. The combination, approved by the shareholders of Watkins Ludlam and the Jones Walker partnership this month, is to be effective on or before January 1, 2012. The combined firm will have more than 375 attorneys. The transaction adds 67 new attorneys, one government relations specialist, and three Mississippi offices in Jackson, Gulfport, and Olive Branch to the Jones Walker firm.
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Clifford Chance Advises Nakheel on Landmark Restructuring
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Clifford Chance has advised Nakheel PJSC on the successful restructuring of liabilities in a total amount in excess of US$16bn, which closed last week. The amount and the nature of the liabilities involved and the large number of creditors made this one of the most complex restructurings in the region to date requiring the assistance of a large multi-disciplinary team. The restructuring also included the legal separation of the Nakheel PJSC group from the rest of the Dubai World group.
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Chadbourne & Parke Represents Mexican Government Mortgage Lender Fovissste In Large Cross-Border Securitization
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Chadbourne & Parke LLP represented Mexican government mortgage FOVISSSTE in two recent large deals. The first deal, completed on August 8, was a private cross-border mortgage backed securitization worth approximately US$450 million. The second deal, completed on August 22, was an approximately $US325 million issuance of its TFOVI program in the Mexican Stock Exchange.
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Davis Polk Advises PepsiCo, Inc. on Its $1.25 Billion Notes Offering
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Davis Polk advised PepsiCo, Inc. on its registered offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 0.8% senior notes due 2014 and $750 million aggregate principal amount of 3.0% senior notes due 2021. BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as joint book-running managers for the offering.
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Davis Polk Wins Dismissal for LG Electronics of Large Price-Fixing Case Involving Optical Disk Drives
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Davis Polk is defending LG Electronics in a coordinated MDL federal antitrust proceeding in San Francisco. The cases encompass over 30 nationwide class actions, all alleging a global price-fixing conspiracy in the market for optical disk drives.
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Hogan Lovells Closes $1 Billion in Financing for NextEra Energy Resources Solar Project
Monday, August 29, 2011
Hogan Lovells announced today that it closed approximately $1 billion in project financing on behalf of NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary Genesis Solar for the development of a 250 MW utility-scale solar thermal electric generating facility.
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McDermott Helps Protect Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights in Kenya
Monday, August 29, 2011
A transatlantic team of attorneys from the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP, in partnership with lawyers from Firm client Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) and the non-profit Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) have joined together to produce a critical and comprehensive report on the land and property laws and inheritance and succession rights for disenfranchised women and children in Kenya entitled Kenya: Property, Inheritance & Succession Rights. The critical report includes strategic recommendations to help alleviate discrimination against women and expand access to justice within the court system.
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Corporate Attorney Michael Flynn Joins Gibson Dunn's Orange County Office
Monday, August 29, 2011
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Flynn has joined the firm’s Orange County office as a partner.  Flynn was formerly a partner at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, where he served as chair of the Corporate and Securities Practice.  He will continue his corporate practice with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
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Korea – The Next Frontier – But When?
Friday, August 26, 2011

A good number of our placements over the last six years have been of Korean-speaking attorneys, most of whom are Korean natives who were educated in the United States after a preliminary legal education in Korea. There are very few UK-trained Korean transactional lawyers interested in practicing in Asia. [If there are any out there we don’t know yet, we hope you will get in touch.]

In the earlier years of our practice involving placement of these lawyers, we had a large contingent of junior to mid-level candidates who had little interest in Korea as a place to lateral to, although some moved to Korea to work in Korea firms, for family reasons, or because it was easier for them to land positions in Korean firms than in US or UK firms. Some of our more senior Korean US associate candidates over the years have been making strategic career moves to Korean law firms, as well as moves there for family reasons.

Many Korean US associates based in US have long realized that if they wanted to work on deals where their Korean cultural and language skills would provide a head start over others, they needed to do this from overseas in Hong Kong or Tokyo (most likely in Hong Kong, where most Korea practices are based). Increasingly, though, the question has changed from, “What firms in Hong Kong or Tokyo have the best Korean practices?” to, “How soon is it going to be possible for my firm to open in Seoul?” In this post we will attempt to describe in very basic detail the legal framework under which firms who wish to be in Korea as soon as possible can be there. We will also discuss the reasons why the expected boom of Korean US associate hiring in Hong Kong and Seoul, at UK and US firms, in 2011 has been thus far beendelayed for 6+ months.

Historical View of Korean Legal Market for Foreign Legal Consultants

By necessity, due to the closed nature of the legal market in Korea, lawyers admitted in the United States have historically had two choices: these attorneys could either be based in other jurisdictions around Asia (Hong Kong and Tokyo predominately) but fly into Seoul on a regular basis for transactions (and Karaoke), or they could move to Korea to work in a Korean law firm as a foreign legal consultant (“FLC’s”). Some of the most well known transactional firms who have employed FLC’s include: Kim & Chang; Bae, Kim & Lee; Lee & Ko; Shin & Kim; Yulchon; Hwang Mok Park; and Kim, Chang & Lee; Lee & Ko (just to name a few of the best known such firms). For years these firms and others like them have held sway over the indigenous Korean legal market. By virtue of their power to block international competition, they have done very well in the hiring market and some of the more senior partners have earned US top-firm money.

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Dinsmore Opens Fourth Office in West Virginia
Friday, August 26, 2011
Dinsmore is pleased to announce that it has expanded its presence in the Mountain State with a new office in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Partner Jason Long assumes the role of managing the office and makes the switch from the firm’s Morgantown location.
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McDermott Partner Leads ABA Project to Assist Haitian Attorneys
Friday, August 26, 2011
As part of the American Bar Association’s response to the massive earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, McDermott partner Anthony N. Upshaw will lead a special conference this weekend in Port-au-Prince focused on providing vitally-needed advocacy training to Haitian lawyers.
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Continental Transfert Wins Right to Enforce $423 Million Arbitration Award Against Nigeria
Friday, August 26, 2011
On August 3, 2011, a Nigerian company, Continental Transfert Technique Limited ("Continental") won the right to enforce an arbitration award of 29.6 billion Nigerian naira (approximately US$252 million at the time of the award and US$423 million after interest is included) against the Government of Nigeria.  The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment to Continental confirming the arbitration award under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.  This will allow enforcement of the award in the United States.
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Roger Strode Joins Foley Health Care Industry Team in Chicago
Friday, August 26, 2011
Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that Roger Strode has joined the firm's Health Care Industry Team as a partner in its Chicago office. Previously, Strode was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.
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Davis Polk Opens São Paulo Office, Welcomes Stephen Hood and James Vickers
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, a global law firm, today announced that its São Paulo, Brazil, office has opened following completion of its registration with the São Paulo Bar Association (OAB-SP). Actively involved in Brazilian transactions for nearly half a century, Davis Polk has advised on many of the largest and groundbreaking international securities offerings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and project financings involving Brazilian companies.
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Fowler White Boggs and Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta, & Ploucha P.A. Announce Plans to Merge
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The statewide Florida law firm of Fowler White Boggs (Fowler) and the Ft. Lauderdale based firm of Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta, & Ploucha, P.A. (Atkinson) announced their plans to merge in the first half of 2012.  This merger is a continuation of the dynamic expansion of the Ft. Lauderdale office of Fowler which will grow to nearly thirty attorneys in less than two years. The Firm is meeting its goal of attracting quality lawyers through the addition of the highly regarded and successful Atkinson attorneys.
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Davis Polk Advises VF Corporation on Its $900 Million Fixed- and Floating-Rate Notes Issuance
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Davis Polk advised VF Corporation on the filing of its automatic shelf registration statement and on an SEC-registered debt shelf takedown of $900 million aggregate principal amount of its notes, including $500 million of its 3.5% fixed-rate notes due 2021 and $400 million of its floating-rate notes due 2013. BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan acted as representatives of the several underwriters for the offering.
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Shearman & Sterling Advises on US$1.95 Billion Mong Duong 2 IPP in Northern Vietnam
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Shearman & Sterling represented the borrower and lead sponsor The AES Corporation (AES) in relation to the project financing for the US$1.95 billion 1240 MW coal-fired Mong Duong 2 IPP in northern Vietnam. This will be the first independent power producer (IPP) in Vietnam to reach financial close since Phu My 3 in 2003.
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Michael Socarras Joins Chadbourne & Parke Commercial Litigation, International Dispute Resolution and Investigations Practices in Washington D.C.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that Michael Socarras has joined the firm as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office.
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Akin Gump Further Expands Project Finance and Renewable Energy Capabilities
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced today that it has expanded its project finance and renewable energy capabilities with the addition of partners Thomas B. Trimble and Jeremy R. Schwer, who have re-joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office from Hunton & Williams LLP, where both were partners. Mr. Trimble was co-head of the renewable energy practice group at his former firm and a leading practitioner in the emerging markets practice.
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Dewey & LeBoeuf Advising Omnicare on its Proposed US$716 Million Acquisition of PharMerica
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The firm is advising Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR) on its proposed acquisition of PharMerica Corporation (NYSE: PMC) for US$15 per share of PharMerica common stock.  The proposed transaction is valued at approximately US$716 million.
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Davis Polk Advises Comcast on Investment By Boston Celtics in Comcast SportsNet New England
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Davis Polk advised Comcast Corporation on the Boston Celtics’ minority investment in Comcast SportsNet New England, LLC, the owner of the regional sports network Comcast SportsNet New England. In connection with the transaction, Comcast SportsNet New England will continue to distribute games of the Boston Celtics. The financial terms were not disclosed.
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Maddocks Advises on $364 Million Sale of WPG's Iron Ore Assets
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Maddocks law firm has advised WPG Resources Limited on the sale of its iron ore assets to OneSteel for approximately $364 million, one of this year's most significant mining merger and acquisition deals.
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Herbert Smith Advises on HK$8.2 Billion IPO of Sun Art Retail Group Limited
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Herbert Smith has advised The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, UBS AG Hong Kong Branch, Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited, BNP Paribas Capital (Asia Pacific) Limited, China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., and Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, as joint bookrunners on the HK$8.2 billion (US$1.1 billion) IPO of Sun Art Retail Group Limited ("Sun Art") on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Rule 144A/Regulation S global offering.
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Mongolia and then some...
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Mongolia. The name itself conjures up images of warrior horse-lords, high-end cashmere, vast expanses of steppe, endless “ceremonial” toasts of vodka and fermented mare’s milk, and the legendary Genghis Khan (who, in my mind’s eye, looks a bit like Jason Momoa in HBO’s Game of Thrones). OK, maybe I’m the only one who thinks of alcohol, luxury dry goods and epic fantasy novels when I hear the word “Mongolia”, but those who know me well know not to expect anything less (or more) of me!

Mongolia boasts history’s largest contiguous empire on earth, which, during the 13th century, stretched from Korea to Eastern Europe, and from Siberia to the Middle East. Factoring in non-contiguous empires such as the British and the Spanish empires, the Mongol empire still stacks up impressively, coming in second overall to the British Empire by a scant 700,000 square kilometers, or an area about the size of Texas. Today, Mongolia is poised for some empire-building of its own. Mongolia is one of the world’s most resource-rich democracies as well as one of its fastest growing economies. Positioned strategically between China and Russia, Mongolia is in an advantageous position to supply raw materials and resources to those two megaconsumer nations.

Mongolia is already attracting the attention of investment funds; just this month, Khan Investment Management launched the Khan Mongolia Equity Fund which was created to capitalize on the growth opportunities in Mongolia and give investors an opportunity to gain exposure to a rapidly growing country which harbors some of the world's largest coal, copper, gold and uranium deposits. Travis Hamilton, the director of Khan, predicts for Mongolia “to have the fastest growing economy in the world over the next decade”, with growth driven by the nation’s mining sector.

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McGuireWoods Advises CounterPoint Capital in Acquisition of Two Seafood Processing Companies
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A team of capital markets attorneys from McGuireWoods LLP advised CounterPoint Capital Partners LLC on financing matters in connection with its acquisition of the assets of Tomich Brothers Fish Company and Standard Seafood, a deal announced last week by the Los Angeles-based private equity firm.
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Wendy Gross and Joel Ramsey Join Osler’s Technology Business Group
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Ashurst is advising San Miguel Corporation ("SMC") as lead international counsel on its proposed acquisitions of Esso Malaysia Berhad, ExxonMobil Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Exxonmobil Borneo Sdn Bhd for a total cash consideration of US$610,000,000.
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White & Case Advises Qatalyst Partners on US$11.7 Billion Offer By Hewlett Packard For Autonomy
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Global law firm White & Case LLP advised Qatalyst Partners on the US$11.7 billion (£7.1 billion) offer by Hewlett Packard for Autonomy Corp. for £25.50 per share in cash. The Firm acted for Qatalyst Partners in its capacity as lead financial adviser and sole Rule 3 adviser to Autonomy on the deal.
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Allens Acts on Mining Merger to Create New West African Gold Producer
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Allens Arthur Robinson (Allens) has advised Toronto Stock Exchange-listed gold miner, Endeavour Mining Corporation, on its Merger Implementation Agreement (MIA) with Australian Securities Exchange-listed Adamus Resources Limited.
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Paul Hastings Continues Leveraged Finance Expansion with Addition of Another Prominent Partner
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Michael Baker has joined the Leveraged Finance practice in New York. Mr. Baker, previously with Shearman & Sterling LLP, is a prominent leveraged finance lawyer with extensive bank lending experience. His arrival follows the addition of leveraged finance partners Michael Michetti and Rich Farley, who joined in July and June, respectively.
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Proskauer - American Realty Capital REIT Seeks to Raise $1.5 Billion
Monday, August 22, 2011
Proskauer assisted with the formation of American Realty Capital Daily Net Asset Trust, Inc. (ARC NAV), a non-traded real estate investment trust that could raise up to $1.5 billion through a best efforts offering. The firm represented ARC NAV in obtaining effectiveness with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and will continue to serve as counsel during the REIT's offering period, which became effective on August 15.
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O’Melveny Represents Valedo II in SEK 2 Billion Fund Closing
Monday, August 22, 2011
O’Melveny & Myers LLP represented Valedo Partners Fund II (Valedo II) in its July 22, 2011, fund closing with committed capital of SEK 2 billion (approx. US$311 million).  Valedo II, a Swedish private limited liability company, reached its target size of SEK 2 billion on a single closing and is the successor to Valedo I, which was raised in 2006 and 2007, with committed capital of SEK 1 billion (approx. US$155 million).
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Mayer Brown JSM Advises Phoenix Real Estate Investment Funds in Acquiring Arts Mansion Hong Kong
Monday, August 22, 2011
Mayer Brown JSM is pleased to announce that it advised Phoenix Real Estate Investment Funds in acquiring more than 90% of the undivided shares in Arts Mansion, No.31 Conduit Road, Hong Kong.
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Ropes & Gray Advises Bain Capital on MYOB Acquisition
Monday, August 22, 2011
Ropes & Gray is representing Bain Capital on the private equity firm’s acquisition of MYOB, Australia’s largest business software developer, announced on Aug. 21.
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Life Sciences Team Joins Michael Best
Monday, August 22, 2011
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has added a team of six life sciences attorneys and other professionals to its Chicago office, bolstering the firm’s already robust Life Sciences Practice. The group, formerly with the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart in Chicago, is made up of two partners (Lisa Mueller and Paul Jenny), two associates (Todd Hofmeister, Ph.D., and Joseph Pletcher, Ph.D.), a paralegal (Janelle Wiggins), and a legal assistant (Laura Czech). All are joining the firm effective immediately.
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Shearman & Sterling Advises DOE on Loan Guarantee to SoloPower
Monday, August 22, 2011
Shearman & Sterling advised the United States Department of Energy (DOE) in connection with the issuance of a $197 million loan guarantee to SoloPower, Inc. in support of the construction and operation of state-of-the-art thin-film solar module manufacturing facilities at two sites in Portland, Oregon and an existing site in San Jose, California.
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Jenner & Block Represents General Dynamics in Acquisition of Leading Healthcare IT Provider
Friday, August 19, 2011
Jenner & Block recently represented General Dynamics Corporation in its entry into a definitive agreement to acquire Vangent Holding Corp., in a cash transaction valued at approximately $960 million.  The acquisition is expected to close by the beginning of October 2011.  Vangent Holding Corp. is the parent company of Vangent, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare information technology and business systems to federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor, State and Defense.
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$516.7 Million Judgment Entered in Morgan Lewis Victory for Asahi
Friday, August 19, 2011
Today, California Superior Court Judge Marie S. Weiner (San Mateo County) entered a $516.7 million judgment in favor of Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. in the case Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. v. Actelion Ltd., et al., bringing to a close the trial in Asahi's state-court lawsuit against Swiss drug maker Actelion and various of its executives and subsidiaries. Asahi's trial team was led by Morgan Lewis San Francisco partners Christopher Banks, Rollin Chippey, II, and Benjamin Smith, and associate Tera Heintz. New York partner Alan Neuwirth is responsible for the firm's long-term relationship with Asahi Kasei.
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Orrick's China Corporate Team Continues Growth with New Additions in Beijing and Shanghai
Friday, August 19, 2011
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Orrick) announced today that a corporatetransactional team led by partner Thomas Man has joined the firm’s China corporate practice, based in Beijing. An accomplished and highly respected China corporate lawyer, Mr. Man focuses on inbound and outbound M&A and complex cross-border transactions representing Chinese and international companies.
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Noted Corporate Energy Attorney Robert Eickenroht Joins Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell as Houston Partner
Friday, August 19, 2011
Longtime corporate and securities attorney Robert Eickenroht has joined the Houston Office of Locke Lord as a Partner in its growing Corporate Energy Practice Group. Eickenroht has practiced law for more than 25 years and has a broad-based corporate securities practice focused on general corporate and partnership law, merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, equities and energy.
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Phillips Lytle LLP Enters Canadian Market with Office in Waterloo Region, Ontario
Friday, August 19, 2011
Phillips Lytle LLP, one of the region’s best-known law firms, today announced it has established an office in Waterloo Region, Ontario.
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Michael Niebruegge, Leading Practitioner in Energy Finance, Joins Cadwalader
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, today announced that it has added one of the foremost attorneys in energy finance, Michael Niebruegge, to the Partnership. Mr. Niebruegge will bring his expertise in financing oil and gas production and reserve-base lending to Cadwalader’s newly formed Energy and Commodities Advisory Practice.
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Mayer Brown JSM Advised Swire Properties Limited on the Sale of Festival Walk
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Mayer Brown JSM is pleased to announce that it advised Swire Properties Limited on the sale of Hong Kong's Festival Walk to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mapletree Investments Ptd Ltd ("Mapletree") for a cash consideration of HK$18.8 billion. Completion took place on 18 August 2011.
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Porter Hedges Represents Noble Energy in a $3.2 billion Joint Venture with CONSOL Energy in the Marcellus Shale
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Porter Hedges represented Noble Energy, Inc. (Noble Energy) in an agreement announced today to create a joint venture partnership with CONSOL Energy, Inc (CONSOL Energy) for the development of CONSOL Energy’s Marcellus Shale properties in southwest Pennsylvania and northwest West Virginia. For an aggregate value of approximately $3.2 billion, Noble Energy will acquire 50% of CONSOL Energy’s Marcellus Shale interest including a 50% interest in the existing Marcellus Shale wells. This joint venture establishes a new position for Noble Energy in the Marcellus shale.
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Allen & Overy's Corporate Practice Strengthened with Appointment of Tony Sparks
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Allen & Overy today announced the appointment of Tony Sparks as partner in the corporate practice, further strengthening its Equity Capital Markets (ECM) and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) offering in Australia.
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Greenberg Traurig Wins Landmark Patent Decision, Invalidating Broad Business Method Claims As Unpatentable
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Federal Circuit issued a landmark patent decision yesterday, affirming the Northern District of California’s grant of Greenberg Traurig client Retail Decisions, Inc.’s (“ReD”) motion for summary judgment in its long-standing litigation with CyberSource Corp. The patent relates to processes for detecting fraud in credit card transactions. CyberSource had alleged that the innovative ReD Shield fraud detection product offered by ReD infringed the ‘154 patent.
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Squire Sanders Partners Approve Western Australia Combination
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The global partnership of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey has enthusiastically approved the proposed combination with Minter Ellison Perth, placing Squire Sanders among the world’s top 20 legal practices. Partners at the firm in Western Australia voted earlier this month to join Squire Sanders’ global legal practice. The combination will take effect by October.
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Paul, Weiss Advises Time Warner Cable in Acquisition of Insight Communications
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Time Warner Cable Inc. has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Insight Communications Co. for $3 billion in cash in its biggest acquisition since the 2009 spinoff from Time Warner Inc. The deal, reported in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets, joins two of the ten largest U.S. cable operators by subscribers, and is expected to result in cost savings of about $100 million through programming expense savings and other cost reductions. Insight Communications is owned by the Carlyle Group, MidOcean Partners and Crestview Partners.
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Covington Advises SandRidge on Royalty Trust Offering
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
SandRidge Permian Trust recently announced the closing of its initial public offering of 34.5 million common units of beneficial interest at a price of $18 per unit.  Net proceeds of the offering, before expenses, were approximately $584 million.  The common units sold in the offering represent a 66 percent beneficial interest in the trust.  Covington & Burling served as counsel to SandRidge Energy, Inc., the trust’s sponsor, in the transaction.
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SNR Denton Shines on Solar
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
SNR Denton announced today it has successfully advised Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited (Lightsource) in its acquisition and development of eleven of the largest solar PV panel installations in the UK. Lightsource was funded by Octopus Investments.
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Freshfields Advises Permira on EUR 1.5 Billion Offer by Cargill to Acquire Animal Nutrition Industry Leader Provimi
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised private equity firm Permira on Cargill's EUR 1.5 billion offer to acquire Provimi, a world leader in animal nutrition. Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.
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Simpson Thacher Represents Goldman, Sachs & Co. in $2 Billion Debt Offering by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Firm represented Goldman, Sachs & Co. as the sole underwriter in the public offering of $2 billion of debt securities of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (“Berkshire”), consisting of $750,000,000 of 2.20% Senior Notes due 2016, $500,000,000 of 3.75% Senior Notes due 2021 and $750,000,000 of Floating Rate Senior Notes due 2014.
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Restructuring of Donetsksteel is Completed with Full Legal Support of DLA Piper
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
In August of 2011, the international restructuring of the debt portfolio for Donetsksteel, a well-known Ukrainian finance and industrial group, for USD 820 million was successfully completed. More than 35 international and Ukrainian banks were among the group's creditors.
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Energy Law Firm of Burleson LLP Opens Denver Office to Serve Companies in Resource Plays Throughout Rocky Mountain Region
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Houston-based energy law firm of Burleson LLP, which has experience in every major U.S. shale play, announced the opening of a new office in Denver to serve companies with interests in resource plays throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
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Mayer Brown to Open Office in Duesseldorf
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that it will open a new office in Duesseldorf at the beginning of 2012. The new office will focus initially on corporate, real estate and antitrust matters.
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Clyde & Co Advises Indian Pump Systems Manufacturer on Its Acquisition of UK-based Foundry and Castings Supplier
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A multi-disciplinary team at Clyde & Co has advised Kolkata based WPIL, which has over 50 years experience in designing and manufacturing pumping systems, on its acquisition of Mathers Foundry Limited, a leading supplier of top quality steel sand castings based in Manchester.
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Squire Sanders Appoints New Moscow Partner
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Squire Sanders has appointed Eugenia Bektasheva as European partner in Banking and Finance in its Moscow office.
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Simon Schmidt Joins Chadbourne & Parke in Dubai
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP today announced that Simon Schmidt has joined the firm as international partner in the Dubai office.
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Davis Polk - Google to Buy Motorola Mobility
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Davis Polk is advising Qatalyst Partners LP as financial adviser to Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Google Inc. The definitive agreement for the transaction provides that Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $12.5 billion. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012.
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Hogan Lovells Fends Off Wide-Ranging Telecommunications Class Action
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
On 12 August 2011 a San Francisco judge refused to certify an expansive class action against California power, telecommunications, and cable companies, handing a victory to Hogan Lovells client, the California Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA).
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Freshfields Advises Cinven on Acquisition of Guardian Financial Services from AEGON
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised European private equity firm, Cinven, on the agreement by which Green Day Acquisitions Limited (a company indirectly held by funds managed and/or advised by Cinven) will acquire Guardian Financial Services, the UK provider of life and pension products, from AEGON for an enterprise value of £275 million. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2011 and is subject to regulatory approval.
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McDermott Secures $230 Million Award for Bionol Clearfield LLC
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP has secured a $230 million arbitration award for Firm client Bionol Clearfield LLC (Bionol), the Quincy, Massachusetts-founded developer of an ethanol plant located in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, from Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (Getty). The award includes $47 million in damages incurred to date, and over $180 million in future damages.
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Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge to Merge with Wildman Harrold
Monday, August 15, 2011

The partnerships of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP are pleased to announce that the firms will merge on October 1, 2011. The new firm, with 13 offices and 650 lawyers, will be known as Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP will offer integrated services across a core group of disciplines in which the legacy firms have long enjoyed premier reputations: corporate and financial transactions, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance, and intellectual property. The client base will consist of Fortune 500 companies, government, non-profit institutions and other private businesses.

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Richard Davies to join the BLP Abu Dhabi office and strengthen international construction capabilities
Monday, August 15, 2011

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today (15 August 2011) announced that Richard Davies is joining its growing Abu Dhabi-based Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team. This partner appointment reflects the office’s distinctive focus on the built environment and strengthens BLP’s existing construction capabilities.

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A&O: Middle East practice bolstered with lateral hire in Qatar
Monday, August 15, 2011
Allen & Overy LLP today announced the continued investment in its Middle East practice with the appointment of Samer Eido as a partner in its Qatar office, bolstering its finance and Qatari law capability.

Eido joins from Simmons & Simmons where he headed up their financial markets practice in the Middle East.

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Sedgwick Opens Office in the Nation’s Capital
Monday, August 15, 2011

Sedgwick LLP has announced the August 15th opening of Sedgwick Washington, D.C., the firm’s 15th office globally and second new office this summer. Less than two months after opening Sedgwick Seattle, Sedgwick has expanded into the nation’s capital.  The 14 attorneys joining Sedgwick from Wallace Partners, PLLC will be led by managing partner Rick Wallace, a seasoned litigator specializing in product liability defense and environmental matters.

 

“Sedgwick Washington, D.C., like Sedgwick Seattle, represents the ongoing implementation of our strategy to leverage growth opportunities to benefit our clients,” said Firm Chair Michael Tanenbaum.  “The attorneys joining the Sedgwick family in Washington, D.C. are exceptional trial attorneys who strengthen the trial bench Sedgwick offers its clients across the globe.  Sedgwick Washington, D.C. enables us to broaden our reach and the seamless service we provide our clients through the United States and beyond.”

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Leading ERISA Lawyer, Jeffrey Crandall, Joins Davis Polk
Monday, August 15, 2011

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP today announced that Jeffrey P. Crandall, a leading ERISA lawyer, is joining the firm in New York as a partner in its Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice. The addition of Mr. Crandall provides Davis Polk with another seasoned expert with deep experience in executive compensation and employee benefits, both in the transactional context and in day-to-day matters involving the design, implementation and disclosure of senior executive compensation and benefit arrangements. Mr. Crandall also has particular expertise in compensation and ERISA matters relating to financial institution, private equity and hedge fund clients. He has extensive experience in structuring carry plans and other forms of manager and investment professional participation in private funds and in the ERISA aspects of the investment and management of pension plan assets under private funds and various other products and arrangements.

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Chadbourne Represents CoaLogix Inc. in U.S. Clean Tech M&A Deal
Friday, August 12, 2011

Chadbourne & Parke LLP is representing CoaLogix Inc. in connection with the sale of the company for $101 million. The sale, announced on July 29th, was to funds managed by Energy Capital Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm focused on the energy infrastructure industry.

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Akerman Senterfitt Opens Office in Salt Lake City and Marks Important Expansion of National Consumer Finance Practice Group
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Akerman Senterfitt, one of the top 100 law firms in the United States, today announced the opening of a Salt Lake City office, the 19th office overall for the firm, and an important expansion of its National Consumer Finance Practice Group.

Joining Akerman in Salt Lake City are shareholders Robert Scott and Chandler Thompson. Both are additions to Akerman's consumer finance team, which has added 50 lawyers during the past 12 months. The practice group's total of 78 lawyers across 19 offices represents one of the largest teams in the nation of lawyers dedicated to consumer finance litigation and compliance matters.
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Frost Brown Todd Attorney, Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, Named President of the American Bar Association
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Frost Brown Todd is proud to announce attorney Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III has been named president of the American Bar Association (ABA).

 “I am extremely honored and enthusiastically accept the responsibilities of representing you as your next president,” Robinson said in remarks to the ABA’s House of Delegates. “I am determined to lead this great association with commitment, clarity and continuity, as we work together to guide the future of our profession.”

Robinson will focus on issues he believes will make the ABA stronger and more relevant to the nation: the state court funding crisis, volunteerism, membership, and diversity in the profession.

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Leading Life Sciences IP Team Joins Cooley in Seattle
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

 Cooley LLP announced today that Bill Christiansen, Ph.D., Emily Wagner and Carol Laherty, Ph.D., have joined the firm's Seattle office as partners in the firmwide Intellectual Property practice group.  All three were previously partners in Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC in Seattle.

"We are proud to welcome such a dynamic team of intellectual property attorneys to the firm," said Joe Conroy, Cooley's chief executive officer. "Their arrival further broadens our capabilities in Seattle and strengthens our national IP practice."

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Chadbourne Represented Shareholders of AnviLab in the Sale to Protek Group
Monday, August 08, 2011

Chadbourne & Parke represented the shareholders of ООО AnviLab in the sale of 100% of the company to Protek Group for $60 million.

AnviLab owns the rights for such pharmaceutical brands as Antigrippin-Maximum, Gepaguard, Influnet and is the legal owner of the ANVI Laboratory brand. The assets acquired under the transaction will pass into management of Protek Group whose key company in the production segment is CJSC Farmfirma Sotex.

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Paul, Weiss Advises Emdeon in $3 Billion Blackstone LBO
Monday, August 08, 2011

In its biggest leveraged buyout (LBO) since 2009, Blackstone Capital Partners VI L.P., has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Paul, Weiss client Emdeon, a publicly traded medical billing provider, for approximately $3 billion. Blackstone will acquire a controlling interest in Emdeon, taking the company private.The transaction was noted today in The New York Times "Dealbook."

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White & Case Advises Saudi Aramco on US$20 Billion Joint Venture with Dow Chemical in Saudi Arabia
Monday, August 08, 2011

Global law firm White & Case LLP is representing Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) on its joint venture with The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) to build and operate a US$20 billion world-scale integrated chemicals complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Aramco and its predecessor company, the Arabian American Oil Company, has been a White & Case client for more than half a century.

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Shearman & Sterling Advises SunGard on Sale of Unit to Affiliates of Hellman & Friedman
Friday, August 05, 2011
Shearman & Sterling is representing its longtime client SunGard Data Systems Inc. in the sale of its Higher Education businesses to affiliates of Hellman & Friedman for a cash purchase price of $1.775 billion. Following the closing, SunGard's Higher Education businesses will be combined under a new holding company with Datatel, an existing Hellman & Friedman portfolio company.
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Cooley Advises Web.com on its $560 Million Acquisition of Network Solutions
Friday, August 05, 2011
Web.com, a leading provider of internet services and online marketing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and privately-held Network Solutions, a leading provider of website services, online marketing and global domain name registration focused on the needs of SMBs, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Web.com to acquire Network Solutions.
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Clifford Chance Advises on FLY Leasing’s Purchase of 49 Aircraft
Friday, August 05, 2011
Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised FLY Leasing Limited (FLY) on the purchase of a US$1.4 billion portfolio of 49 aircraft, leased to 23 airlines in 15 countries (including Europe and the Asia-Pacific region).
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Squire Sanders Eyes Asia Pacific Expansion
Friday, August 05, 2011
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, a top 25 global legal practice, is finalizing talks with the majority of the partners from the Western Australia firm that has operated under the Minter Ellison brand for more than two decades. Squire Sanders plans to expand into Australia and strengthen its presence in Asia Pacific, the fastest growing region in the world, by establishing a strong position in Western Australia.
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Minter Ellison to Establish Its Own Fully Integrated Office in Perth
Friday, August 05, 2011
Minter Ellison is establishing its own fully integrated office in Perth and has amicably ended its association with the Perth firm that has operated under the "Minter Ellison" name in Western Australia.
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Lateral Hires Entrenches Freehills as a Leader in IT and Communications
Friday, August 05, 2011
Freehills has recruited three of the industry’s best as part of a strategic focus on Australia’s IT and communications sectors, adding two new partners and an executive counsel to entrench its leading practice in this sector.
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Simpson Thacher Represents Underwriters in IPO of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
Friday, August 05, 2011
The Firm recently represented a group of underwriters, led by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the initial public offering of common stock of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. ("Dunkin’ Brands"), a portfolio company of Bain Capital LLC, The Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Dunkin’ Brands shares are now listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “DNKN”. A total of approximately $454.6 million in proceeds was raised in the offering. Dunkin’ Brands received approximately $395.3 million in gross proceeds from the offering and the remaining $59.3 million in gross proceeds were received by affiliates of Bain Capital LLC, The Carlyle Group, Thomas H. Lee Partners and certain other selling stockholders.
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CMS Cameron McKenna- Successful Completion of €932.5m Acquisition of Serbian Delta Maxi Group
Friday, August 05, 2011
The largest food retail transaction in Serbian history successfully completed yesterday, with CMS in Brussels, London and Belgrade, successfully advising Delhaize Group in relation to the acquisition of Delta Maxi Group. Delta Maxi is the leading Serbian food retail company which operates more than 450 stores in five Southeastern European countries (Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania).
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Shearman & Sterling Advises on AES Gener’s Concurrent Offers
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Shearman & Sterling represented AES Gener S.A. (“AES Gener”) in connection with its tender and exchange offers and consent solicitation (the “Tender and Exchange Offer”) for any and all of its outstanding 7.50% Senior Notes due 2014 and a concurrent offering of 5.25% Senior Notes due 2021 offered under Rule 144A/Regulation S. In addition, AES Gener conducted a concurrent offer in the local Chilean market to purchase for cash its outstanding 8.00% Series Q Notes due 2019 (the “Chilean Tender Offer”). Cash proceeds from the 5.25% Senior Notes due 2021 offering were used to pay the cash purchase price, premium and other fees and expenses relating to the Tender and Exchange Offer and the Chilean Tender Offer. AES Gener is the second-largest electricity generation and supply company in Chile and is majority-owned by the AES Corporation.
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Hogan Lovells Advises Credit Bank of Moscow on U.S$ 200 Million Eurobond Issue
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Hogan Lovells in Moscow has advised Credit Bank of Moscow (open joint-stock company) (CBoM) on the issue of a U.S$ 200 million Eurobond, which signed on Tuesday 2 August 2011 and is due to close on Friday 5 August 2011.
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Clifford Chance Advises on Three Korean Capital Market Deals
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised on three Korean capital market transactions in July.
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Clifford Chance Advises CVC on Disposal of Stake in Hung Hing Printing
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised funds advised by leading private equity firm CVC Asia Pacific Limited (CVC) on the disposal of a 29.9 per cent stake in Hung Hing Printing Group Limited (Hung Hing), a printing and packaging business listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, to Rengo Co, Ltd. (Rengo). Following the sale, CVC will retain a 7.6 per cent stake in Hung Hing.
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Simpson Thacher Represents HCA in $5 Billion High Yield Debt Offering
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Simpson Thacher represented HCA Inc. in its issuance of $5 billion of senior notes.  The high yield offering - the largest since the financial crisis, according to Standard & Poor’s Leveraged Commentary & Data  - was comprised of $3 billion of 6.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2020 and $2 billion of 7.50% Senior Notes due 2022.  HCA intends to use the net proceeds to redeem a portion of its outstanding secured notes.
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Duval & Stachenfeld Represents Angelo, Gordon & Co. and Metropolitan Realty Associates in Sale of Long Island Commercial Complex
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Duval & Stachenfeld LLP represented a co-venture of Angelo, Gordon & Co. (an alternative investment manager, with approximately $23 billion under management) and Long Island based Metropolitan Realty Associates (owned by Joseph Farkas) in the sale of a commercial complex located at 1000 Stewart Avenue and 500 Endo Boulevard in Garden City.  The transaction marks one of the largest commercial real estate closings on Long Island so far this year.
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Freshfields Advises Astrium on US$960m Acquisition of Vizada
Thursday, August 04, 2011
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has advised Astrium (Europe’s largest space company) on its $960m acquisition of Vizada, a key provider of fixed and mobile satellite communications.
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Morrison & Foerster Completes China CITIC Bank’s US$4 Billion A+H Share Rights Issue
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Morrison & Foerster advised China International Capital Corp (CICC) and CITIC Securities as joint H-share underwriters in the A+H share rights issue of China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited. Notwithstanding difficult market conditions, China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited raised approximately US$4 billion from the A+H share rights issue. China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited is China's seventh-largest lender in terms of total assets, and its largest shareholder is China's largest financial conglomerate, CITIC Group.
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Hogan Lovells Earns Victory in High-Profile White-Collar Appeal
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday reversed the high-profile fraud convictions of five former AIG and General Reinsurance executives, concluding that their trial was contaminated by prejudicial evidence and an improper jury instruction. Hogan Lovells represented one of the defendants, former Gen Re chief financial officer Elizabeth Monrad, and developed the winning jury-instruction argument. Hogan Lovells New York partner Ira Feinberg led the appellate representation of Ms. Monrad and argued the case before the Second Circuit.
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Baker & McKenzie Advises on USD300 Million Global Offering of Shares of PT Indomobil Sukses Internasional Tbk in Connection with Rights Issue
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Baker & McKenzie’s international securities team in Singapore recently advised CIMB, Deutsche Bank and DBS, as international selling agents, in connection with a global offering pursuant to Regulation S of shares of PT Indomobil Sukses Internasional Tbk (Indomobil) conducted concurrently with a rights issue. Indomobil is one of the largest automotive groups in Indonesia.
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Simpson Thacher Represents Initial Purchasers in $400 Million Senior Notes Offering by Antero Resources
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
The Firm recently represented J.P. Morgan, as representative of the several initial purchasers, in a $400 million offering of 7.250% Senior Notes due 2019 by Antero Resources Finance Corporation. The offering of notes was made to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act and outside the United States to non-U.S. persons in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.
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Davis Polk - Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. Initial Public Offering
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Davis Polk advised Barclays Capital Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and William Blair & Company, L.L.C. as joint book-running managers in connection with the initial public offering of 21,000,000 shares of common stock of Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. sold by certain selling stockholders for an aggregate price to the public of $315 million. Wesco Aircraft’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “WAIR.”
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Davis Polk - Windstream to Buy PAETEC
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Davis Polk is advising J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Stephens, Inc. as financial advisers to Windstream Corp. in connection with its stock-for-stock acquisition of PAETEC Holding Corp. Including assumed debt, the transaction values PAETEC at approximately $2.3 billion. The transaction, which is expected to close within six months, is subject to certain conditions, including necessary approvals from federal and state regulators and PAETEC shareholders.
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Clyde & Co Advises Lamprell plc on Strategic Acquisition of Maritime Industrial Services
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
International law firm, Clyde & Co LLP, has acted for London Stock Exchange listed oilfield services contractor Lamprell plc (Lamprell) on its USD 336 million acquisition of Oslo Stock Exchange listed Panamanian company, Maritime Industrial Services Co. Ltd. Inc (MIS).
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Eversheds Advises Holidaybreak on Proposed £312m Sale
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
International law firm Eversheds has advised specialist travel group Holidaybreak on its proposed £312m sale to Indian-based tour operator Cox & Kings in the biggest ever overseas acquisition by an Indian travel company.
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Paul Hastings Represents Marvel/Disney in Copyright Victory
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm advised Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in its federal district court victory against the heirs to legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby, co-creator of comics and characters such as the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and the X-Men.
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Paul Hastings Advises Baha Mar Ltd. on $3.5 Billion Resort Project
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm represented Baha Mar. Ltd., a resort hotel developer, in signing a series of management agreements with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, which will operate and manage Baha Mar's planned 700-room Grand Hyatt convention hotel, Morgans Hotel Group, which will operate and manage Baha Mar's planned 300-room luxury lifestyle hotel under the Mondrian brand, and Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, which will operate and manage Baha Mar's planned 200-room luxury hotel.
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Akin Gump Advises Vimpelcom on Eurobond Issues Totalling $3.7 Billion
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has advised leading international telecoms company VimpelCom Ltd on two Eurobond issues in 2011 with a combined value of US$3.7 billion.
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Freshfields Advising Consortium Led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings on £2.4bn Recommended Acquisition of Northumbrian Water
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is advising a consortium led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited, the Hong Kong listed infrastructure company, on its recommended cash acquisition of Northumbrian Water Group plc, the UK listed water company. The acquisition values Northumbrian Water's issued share capital at approximately £2.4bn.
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Freshfields Advises Amadeus on Establishment of €3bn EMTN Programme
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised the Amadeus Group on the establishment of a €3 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme. Amadeus Capital Markets, S.A. will act as the issuer under the Programme and the notes will be guaranteed by Amadeus IT Holding, S.A., the parent company of the Amadeus Group.
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Ropes & Gray Acts for Bormioli Rocco in Latest High Yield Offering for its London Office
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Ropes & Gray represented Bormioli Rocco Holdings S.A. and VCP VII Luxco 6 S.A.R.L. in connection with the issuance of €250 million 10 percent senior secured notes due 2018 of Bormioli Rocco Holdings S.A. The proceeds of the issuance will be used to pay, in part, the €260 million bridge loan borrowed by VCP VII Luxco 6 S.A.R.L., Bermuda Luxco S.A., Bermuda Acquisitions S.R.L. to finance Vision Capital's acquisition of a portfolio of investments from Banco Popolare, including Bormioli Rocco, the international glass and plastic packaging manufacturer. J.P. Morgan and BNP Paribas acted as joint book-running managers; the transaction launched on July 22 and priced on July 26.
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Steptoe Bolsters Growing Chicago Office, IP Practice with Trio of Patent Litigators
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Steptoe & Johnson LLP is expanding its national intellectual property litigation practice with the addition of three patent litigators in Chicago.  Joining as partners are Meredith “Mimi” Martin Addy, Thomas Filarski and Mark Remus.  Ms. Addy will also serve as the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office.
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McDermott Advises Fila and Mirae Asset on $1.225 Billion Acquisition of Titleist and FootJoy Brands
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP represented Fila Korea Ltd., the owner of the Fila® brand globally, and Mirae Asset Private Equity, the largest private equity firm in Korea, in the acquisition of the Acushnet golf business from Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO).
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Hogan Lovells Advises on Largest UK Takeover of 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Hogan Lovells has advised Northumbrian Water Group plc in relation to the largest UK takeover of 2011. The £4.7 billion offer for Northumbrian Water Group by UK Water (2011) Limited has announced today, Tuesday 2 August.
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Squire Sanders Advises on Landmark Telecoms Joint Venture
Monday, August 01, 2011
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey has advised Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa, the operator of T-Mobile in Poland, on its 15-year agreement to share radio access networks with PTK Centertel, operator of the Orange network in Poland. As part of the agreement, the two operators have transferred staff into a joint venture company, NetWorks!, with each owning 50% of the new company. NetWorks! will develop and maintain networks in Poland, and is one of only a few similar joint ventures currently operating within the worldwide telecommunications industry.
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Simpson Thacher Represents Underwriters in $735 Million Initial Public Offering of Duff & Phelps Global Utility Income Fund Inc.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Simpson Thacher recently represented a group of underwriters in connection with the initial public offering of Duff & Phelps Global Utility Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: DPG) (the “Fund”), a closed-end registered investment company.  The lead underwriters in the transaction were Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, UBS Securities LLC and Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
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O’Melveny Advises Sundance Institute on Innovative Digital Distribution Program for Independent Filmmakers
Monday, August 01, 2011
O’Melveny & Myers LLP has provided a wide range of crucial pro bono legal services for the Sundance Institute Artist Services program, a groundbreaking initiative to showcase the work of Institute artists by offering access to top-tier digital distribution platforms as well as to creative funding and marketing ideas.
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Weil - Marvel Prevails in Copyright Litigation
Monday, August 01, 2011
Weil, Gotshal & Manges represented Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in its federal district court victory over the heirs of Jack Kirby, a noted comic book artist who worked for Marvel during the late 1950s and early 1960s when Marvel created many of its iconic comic book superheroes.
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Chadbourne Represented Fortune Brands in $1.225 Billion Sale of Titleist Golf
Monday, August 01, 2011
Chadbourne & Parke represented Fortune Brands, Inc. in the $1.225 billion sale of its Acushnet Company subsidiary, which manufactures and distributes Titleist golf balls and clubs and FootJoy golf shoes and gloves.
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White and Case Advises on the First Turkish Covered Bond
Monday, August 01, 2011
Global law firm White & Case LLP advised UniCredit Bank AG, London Branch, as arranger on a new €335 million Turkish covered bond programme for Şekerbank TAŞ and initial issuances thereunder—the first-ever covered bond programme in the Turkish market. Known as the Şekerbank Asset-Guaranteed Bonds, the covered bond is also the first to earn an "A3" rating from Moody's Investors Service.
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Davis Polk Advises Cargotec Corporation on Its Acquisition of 49% Interest in China Crane
Monday, August 01, 2011
Davis Polk is advising Cargotec Corporation in connection with the investment by its wholly owned subsidiary, Cargotec Holding Netherlands B.V., (Cargotec) in China Crane Investment Holdings Limited (China Crane). China Crane is indirectly wholly owned by Carlyle Asia Growth Partners IV, L.P., an investment fund managed by global private equity firm The Carlyle Group. China Crane has a minority shareholding (18.75%) in Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (RHI), a joint-stock limited company incorporated in the People’s Republic of China. RHI’s shares are listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Cargotec is acquiring 49% stake in China Crane from Carlyle Asia Growth Partners IV, L.P. for approximately €50 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
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