Dykema to Combine with Texas-based Cox Smith

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced it will combine with Texas-based Cox Smith. The combination will give Dykema a significantly expanded presence in Texas, where Cox Smith is a leading firm with deep history. The additional depth in key practices, coupled with the combined firm’s broader geographic reach, will enhance the range of services available to both firms’ clients. The addition of Cox Smith’s 118 lawyers will give the combined firm more than 450 attorneys in 15 offices. In Texas, the firm will initially operate under the name Dykema Cox Smith. The combination, which takes effect May 1, will double the size of each firm’s Dallas presence, and San Antonio will become one of Dykema’s largest offices.

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Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete Continues Growth

Labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP announced today that three new partners have joined the firm, along with several associates.

Constangy’s newly-opened New York office will be led by partner Anjanette Cabrera. Joining her are associates Naveen Kabir and JP Kernisan. All three come to Constangy from Littler Mendelson.

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Michael Bresnick, former Senior DOJ attorney and Executive Director of President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, Joins Venable

Adding a major talent to its financial enforcement and regulatory bench, Venable LLP announced that Michael J. Bresnick, former Executive Director of the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, who also served as Assistant Chief in the Fraud Section of U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, has joined as a partner in the firm’s Washington office. Mr. Bresnick will serve as Chair of the Financial Services Investigations and Enforcement Practice.

Mr. Bresnick arrives from a nationally-recognized Washington, D.C., law firm, where he chaired the Financial Institutions Practice Group, advising clients on a wide range of financial services, government enforcement actions, consumer protection, BSA/AML, securities matters, and congressional investigations.

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KTC Strenthens Key Practice Areas with Two Shareholder-Level Hires

Karr Tuttle Campbell is pleased to welcome Kathy Feldman and Alex Modelski to our firm as shareholders. Kathy and Alex both come to KTC from the Seattle office of Ater Wynne. Ms. Feldman, who is consistently recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by US News & World Report, joins our Employment Relations and Litigation practice group, while Mr. Modelski joins the Intellectual Property and Technology area to advise technology-sector and other high-growth clients in a range of business matters.

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Olin’s $5 Billion Merger with Dow Chemical’s Chlorine Business

Olin Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company announced that they have entered into definitive agreements under which Dow will separate a significant portion of its chlorine value chain and merge that business with Olin in a tax-efficient Reverse Morris Trust transaction, valued at $5 billion. Cravath represented Olin in connection with this transaction.

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Ryan Waterman Joins Brownstein’s Water Group

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Waterman as a shareholder in its San Diego office. Waterman’s practice focuses on land use, CEQA/NEPA environmental review, and water and natural resource issues. Well known for his expertise in permitting a wide range of complex projects, including renewable solar and wind energy, mixed use, and commercial projects, Waterman also counsels clients on compliance with Clean Water Act permitting, including California’s new Industrial Storm Water permit.

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Denver’s Growing Real Estate Market Leads to Expansion at Polsinelli

Polsinelli announced today the addition of a new shareholder to the firm’s Denver office and its Real Estate Practice. Real Estate attorney Amy Hansen brings 17 years of legal experience, focused on assisting clients who are developing raw land or underutilized properties for residential and commercial purposes. Hansen works with developers, contractors, investors and a range of business owners in investment structuring and other acquisition, financing, and development matters.

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Paul Hastings Advises Initial Purchasers in US$375 Million Senior Secured Notes Offering by Reliance Intermediate Holdings LP

Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, represented Barclays and RBC Capital Markets as the initial purchasers in connection with the Rule 144A / Reg S offering of US$375 million 6.50% senior secured notes due 2023 of Reliance Intermediate Holdings LP, a parent holding company of Reliance LP, a leading supplier of home infrastructure including heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and related services to homeowners primarily in Ontario, Canada. Paul Hastings also represented Barclays as dealer manager and solicitation agent in connection with the concurrent tender offer and consent solicitation by Reliance Intermediate Holdings LP with respect to all of its US$350 million 9.50% senior notes due 2019.

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