Ulmer & Berne IP Growth Continues with Addition of Paul M. Ulrich to Cincinnati Office

Ulmer & Berne LLP announces the addition of seasoned intellectual property attorney Paul M. Ulrich as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) & Technology practice. The practice has grown significantly throughout 2014, adding eight new members since January. Mr. Ulrich joins Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office from Dinsmore & Strohl LLP where he was a partner.

Mr. Ulrich’s engineering background and experience in hands-on operations management for a large utility company enable him to provide immediate value to clients. His practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution; patent infringement/litigation; market clearance; validity opinions; patentability studies; licensing; IP due diligence for M&A; and client counseling in intellectual property matters. He is experienced in managing large global patent and trademark portfolios and developing innovative intellectual property strategies for his clients.

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Firm Represents Lenders in Chesapeake’s $4 Billion Credit Facility

Simpson Thacher represented the lenders, led by MUFG Union Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, in connection with Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s (NYSE: CHK) five-year, $4 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility. The new facility replaces the existing $4 billion senior secured revolving credit facility that was scheduled to mature in December 2015. The aggregate commitments may be increased up to an additional $1 billion, and the new credit agreement matures December 15, 2019 with two one-year extension options, which are subject to lender approval and certain customary provisions.

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King & Spalding Advises on $8.1 Billion Petrochemical Complex in Louisiana

King & Spalding advised Sasol Chemicals (USA) LLC in the development of an engineering, procurement and construction management contract with Fluor and Technip for a world-scale petrochemical complex near Lake Charles, Louisiana. King & Spalding also is advising Sasol on a suite of local and international engineering and construction contracts for the project.

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Herbert Smith Freehills advises Moorfield on sale of diversified investment portfolio to Lone Star

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Moorfield Real Estate Fund (MREF) and Moorfield Real Estate Fund II (MREFII) on its sale of a diversified real estate investment portfolio to Lone Star Real Estate Fund III (LSREFIII) for c.£1 billion.

According to Marc Gilbard, Chief Executive Officer of Moorfield Group (Moorfield), this is the largest transaction that Moorfield has undertaken in its corporate history and is a very effective way for MREF and MREFII to realise the majority of their investments.

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Freshfields advises MTN Group on US$750,000,000 bond issuance

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised leading emerging market mobile operator, MTN Group, on its US$750,000,000 4.755% guaranteed bond issuance, its first issuance into the international capital markets. The net proceeds of the bond issue will be used by MTN Group for general corporate purposes. The bond matures in 2024.

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Fennemore Craig Adds Large Group of Attorneys in Nevada

Fennemore Craig has announced the addition of a large group of attorneys, formerly with the prestigious Lionel Sawyer & Collins firm, effective January 2015. This expansion positions Fennemore Craig as one of the largest law firms in Nevada and solidifies its competitive position as a dominant, regional business law firm in the Mountain West with more than 200 attorneys across offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Denver, Phoenix, Tucson and Nogales.

The firm’s Nevada presence in Las Vegas and Reno will total nearly 50 lawyers, further strengthening the firm’s robust full service offering for business. This includes Litigation, Business and Finance, Gaming and Regulatory, Real Estate, Health Care Litigation and Regulation, Insurance, and Government Affairs, in addition to other areas including Intellectual Property, Natural Resources, Environment, Energy and Utilities, Estate Planning, and Bankruptcy.

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Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. $4.3 Billion Term Loan and Revolving Credit Facilities

Davis Polk advised J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Wells Fargo Securities LLC, HSBC Bank USA, National Association, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. and U.S. Bank National Association as joint lead arrangers, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as administrative agent, in connection with the amendment and restatement of the term loan and revolving credit facilities provided to Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (NYSE: FIS). Pursuant to the amendment and restatement, FIS repaid in full and terminated its existing facilities, and added $4.3 billion of new revolving commitments and term loans.

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Clifford Chance advises BAIC Motor on US$1.42 billion Hong Kong IPO

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised BAIC Motor Corporation Limited on its US$1.42 billion H-share listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. A total of 1.24 billion shares were offered at HK$8.90 per share, raising HK$11.03 billion. Proceeds will be used for investment into production facilities, new car development and to pay down debts.

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Marc Myrin Joins Carrington Coleman

Carrington Coleman is pleased to announce that Marc Myrin has joined the firm as a Partner. As Carrington Coleman continues implementing its plan for strategic growth to better serve its growing client base, Mr. Myrin will bring new capabilities to the firm and extend its existing capacity. Mr. Myrin is in the Real Estate and Transactions practices at Carrington Coleman.

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