Global Transactional Attorney Joins BakerHostetler

International and domestic transactional attorney, Partner Rajiv Khanna has joined BakerHostetler’s Business Group in the firm’s New York office. Khanna comes to BakerHostetler from Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Khanna brings more than 35 years of experience, including four years practicing in New Delhi, India, counseling publicly and privately held clients on domestic, cross-border, and multijurisdictional M&A transactions; securities offerings; corporate and project finance; and real estate transactions. His business background allows him to advise clients in a business friendly manner in technology, pharmaceutical, financial services, energy, consumer products and other industries through mergers and acquisitions, initial and follow-on public offerings, and other transactions. Khanna most recently counseled a Fortune 500 company on its mergers and acquisitions. His fluency in Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi allows him to serve multinational clients with interests in South Asia. He is recognized as a New York Super Lawyer (2006-2008) and is listed in Jewels of India.

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Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc.’s Inaugural Private Offering of $2.75 Billion of Senior Notes

Hunton & Williams LLP advised J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. and Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., as joint book-running managers, in connection with Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc.’s (“CPG”) inaugural issuance of $2.75 billion in aggregate principal amount of its senior unsecured notes (the “notes”) in a private placement under Rule 144A and Regulation S of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, to eligible purchasers. The notes will initially be fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by certain of CPG’s subsidiaries. A portion of the net proceeds from the private offering will be used to fund a special dividend to NiSource Inc., CPG’s parent company, in connection with their planned separation, which is expected to take place in mid-2015. Upon the completion of the planned separation, CPG will become a stand-alone publicly traded company, focusing on natural gas pipeline and related businesses.

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Stroock Continues National Expansion with Addition of Eight Real Estate Attorneys in Washington, DC and New York

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is pleased to announce the addition of eight attorneys, including three partners, from DLA Piper to the Firm’s national Real Estate Practice Group. Joining the Firm’s Washington, DC office are partner Jeffrey R. Keitelman, who will serve as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, co-chair of the Real Estate Practice Group and co-managing partner of the Washington, DC office, and partner Kim Pagotto. Joining the Firm’s New York office is partner Marc Hurel. In addition, of counsels Richard Cohn, Jonathan A. Cohen and Joseph F. Miller; special counsel Hala M. Sibay; and associate Kelly Booker will also join the Firm.

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Chambers-ranked Asset Finance Partner Joins WFW’s Madrid Office

Widely acknowledged as a global leader in asset finance, particularly in the maritime sector, Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has added further strength to its already formidable asset finance practice with the addition of Chamber and Partners­-ranked lawyer Alfredo Cabellos as a partner in the Madrid office

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Reed Smith Expands in Germany with New Office in Frankfurt

Global law firm Reed Smith has today announced a significant investment in its European platform with the opening of an office in Frankfurt. The opening is in response to growing client demand in the German market and builds on the success of the firm’s Munich office, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year

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Davis Polk – BHP Billiton Announces End of U.S. FCPA Investigations

Davis Polk advised BHP Billiton on investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) into potential breaches of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) related to previously terminated minerals exploration and development efforts as well as hospitality provided by the Company to foreign government officials at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The DOJ completed its investigation without taking any action. Today, the SEC announced a settled administrative proceeding related to BHP Billiton’s hospitality program hosted by BHP Billiton in connection with its sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

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