Zelle Hofmann Expands Footprint with Addition of Insurance Practice Group on the East Coast

Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its insurance practice and international capabilities with the addition of 11 attorneys from The Chartwell Law Offices, the opening of offices in New York, Philadelphia and Miami, and the expansion of Zelle Hofmann’s existing Boston office.

The attorneys, formerly of Chartwell’s insurance practice, will join Zelle Hofmann effective April 30, 2015. With the addition of these attorneys and office locations, Zelle Hofmann will strengthen one of its core practices, as well as its ability to serve clients on a nationwide basis.

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Segal McCambridge Opens Office in St. Louis

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd is pleased to announce the opening of a St. Louis office on May 1, 2015. This office, located at 10 S. Broadway in the heart of downtown St. Louis, will be the firm’s eighth office. Segal McCambridge’s experienced St. Louis attorneys will serve clients in Missouri and Southern Illinois, in addition to many other areas throughout the Midwest.

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Leading Government Contracts Group Joins Covington

Covington is significantly expanding its government contracts practice with 20 lawyers from one of the nation’s top government contracts groups, including its former chair and leaders in contractor tort liability, bid protests, procurement fraud, trade secrets and employment.

The group of five partners and 15 other lawyers from McKenna, Long & Aldridge expands and deepens Covington’s capabilities across a range of government contracts matters. Frederic Levy, until recently the chair of McKenna’s government contracts practice, will serve as co-chair of Covington’s government contracts group with Alan Pemberton and Jennifer Plitsch.

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Zale Corporation’s $1.4 Billion Acquisition by Signet Jewelers

Signet Jewelers Limited, the largest specialty retail jeweler in the U.S. and the UK, and Zale Corporation, a leading specialty retailer of fine jewelry in North America, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Signet to acquire all of the issued and outstanding stock of Zale for $21.00 per share in cash consideration, representing an enterprise value of approximately US$1.4 billion. Cravath represented Zale in connection with this transaction, which is subject to Zale stockholder approval, certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

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Roetzel’s Chicago Office Expands with Addition of 11 Attorneys

Roetzel & Andress LPA announced today that 11 attorneys from the firm of Kamensky Rubinstein Hochman & Delott LLP (KRHD) have joined Roetzel in a major expansion of the firm’s Chicago office and of its health care law practice. In addition to a top-tier health care compliance and regulatory practice, the former KRHD attorneys bring to Roetzel broad-based corporate, retirement plan consulting, estate, probate and wealth planning, employment law, and commercial litigation capabilities.

“Our focus continues to be on planned growth and thoughtful and strategic moves to add services that benefit our clients and strengthen our offerings,” Roetzel Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Casto said.

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Hall & Wilcox expansion receives major boost from insurance practice

Leading independent business law firm, Hall & Wilcox, will be taking on a significant insurance practice from Sparke Helmore.

The team is led by Sparke Helmore national insurance leader Rhett Slocombe, and includes Grant Galvin, Simon Morgan, Daniel Stoddart, Nicholas Studdert and Joanna Turnbull, all of whom will be joining Hall & Wilcox as partners. The team is based in Sydney and Newcastle.

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Kelley Kronenberg Adds Bankruptcy Practice Group, Diversifies Office in Tampa

Kelley Kronenberg, a national, full-service law firm, is expanding its reach into the Florida market with the addition of a Bankruptcy Practice Group. The new group, which joined the firm’s Tampa office in April, is the result of Kelley Kronenberg acquiring Dennis LeVine & Associates, a bankruptcy law firm in Tampa, and its team of attorneys and administrative staff.

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Crown Castle’s $1 Billion Acquisition of Sunesys

On April 30, 2015, Crown Castle International Corp. (“Crown Castle”) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Quanta Fiber Networks Inc. (“Sunesys”) for approximately $1 billion in cash, subject to certain limited adjustments. Cravath represented Crown Castle in connection with this transaction, which is expected to close by the end of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

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