Nixon Peabody and Chicago’s Ungaretti & Harris Announce Merger

International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP and Chicago’s Ungaretti & Harris LLP will merge effective February 1, 2015. The move reaffirms Nixon Peabody’s position as a major law firm in Chicago and the Midwest with the addition of 100 lawyers whose experience spans the full range of legal services. The combined firm retains the Nixon Peabody name and brand.

Andrew I. Glincher, who continues as Managing Partner & CEO for Nixon Peabody said, “We are privileged to team up with a prestigious law firm like Ungaretti & Harris with a stellar reputation serving public and private clients.” He continued, “This combination is responsive to the needs of our clients with interests in Chicago and the Midwest as we grow and diversify our services there. At the same time, this merger offers Ungaretti & Harris clients more than 600 lawyers across Nixon Peabody’s international platform that includes offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and London.”

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Phil Catanzano Joins Holland & Knight from U.S. Department of Education

Former U.S. Department of Education civil rights attorney Phil Catanzano has joined Holland & Knight as a senior counsel in the Boston office. Mr. Catanzano will be a member of the firm’s education practice, one of the largest in the country.

At the U.S. Department of Education, Mr. Catanzano worked in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), where he conducted investigations and compliance reviews of public and private secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, as well as state agencies, across New England to ensure compliance with federal statutes, regulations and guidelines. He also negotiated and monitored compliance agreements following investigations, facilitated mediations between educational institutions and complainants, and provided individualized training to educational institutions and other groups.

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Haynes and Boone Opens Denver Office with Highly Regarded Lawyers, Anne Weber and Alan Talesnick

Haynes and Boone, LLP today proudly announces the opening of a Denver office and the addition of two new partners, well-known midstream and pipeline practitioner Anne Weber and Alan Talesnick, who focuses his practice on securities and corporate matters.

They will be joined by two Houston-based Haynes and Boone lawyers with significant Denver contacts — Partner Patrick L. Hughes and Counsel Robert Thibault — with the ultimate goal of establishing a substantial presence to serve the Denver business community, said firm Managing Partner Tim Powers.
“Haynes and Boone has a long history of working with clients and contacts in the greater Denver area, so establishing a physical presence in Denver is a natural way to build upon those relationships and reach out to important constituents in the region,” Powers said.

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Three Partners join DLA Piper in Singapore

DLA Piper announced today that a team of three partners has joined the firm in its Corporate Group in Singapore. John Viverito and Myles Hankin are joining from Gibson Dunn, Singapore, and Joseph Bauerschmidt from Jones Day, Singapore. The three have worked together in the past and are reuniting as colleagues at DLA Piper. Each of John, Joe and Myles are ranked experts in their fields by Chambers and other leading legal guides.

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DLA Piper Adds Prominent Employment Law Practice in New York

DLA Piper announced today that Eric Wallach, Brian Kaplan, Joseph Piesco and Daniel Turinsky have joined the firm’s Employment practice as partners in New York.

The group has broad experience successfully defending litigation in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration, in addition to counseling and litigation prevention; internal compliance audits and anti-harassment training; and negotiation and drafting of employment, consulting and severance agreements. They also represent employers, corporate boards and special committees in internal investigations of alleged officer, employee and director misconduct, and executive employees to defend their actions before law enforcement and regulatory agencies. They work with a wide range of clients in sectors that include banking, investment management and other financial services; apparel and retail; media and entertainment; advertising and marketing; and manufacturing and industrial.

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Davis Polk Advises PartnerRe on Its Merger with AXIS Capital

Davis Polk is advising PartnerRe Ltd. in connection with its $11 billion merger of equals with AXIS Capital Holdings Limited. PartnerRe shareholders will receive 2.18 shares of the combined company’s common shares for each share of PartnerRe common shares they own and AXIS Capital shareholders will receive one share of the combined company’s common shares for each share of AXIS Capital common shares they own. The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of 2015, is subject to approval by the shareholders of both companies, regulatory clearance and customary closing conditions.

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RockTenn’s $16 Billion Combination Agreement with MWV

Rock-Tenn Company (“RockTenn”) and MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MWV”) announced that they have entered into a definitive combination agreement to create a leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging in a transaction with a combined equity value of $16 billion. Cravath represented RockTenn in connection with this transaction, which is subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other closing conditions and is expected to close during the second calendar quarter of this year. The combined company will be named prior to closing.

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Baker Botts Represents Regency Energy Partners in $18 Billion Merger with Energy Transfer Partners

Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP) and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETE) announced a definitive agreement under which Regency and Energy Transfer Partners will combine in a unit-for-unit transaction plus a one-time cash payment to Regency unitholders that collectively implies a value for Regency of approximately $18.0 billion, including the assumption of net debt of $6.8 billion.

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