Davis Polk, Willkie Advise Comcast: Business of Law
By Elizabeth Amon – Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM ET
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP advised Comcast Corp. on its agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion, combining the two largest U.S. cable companies in an all-stock transaction.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP advised Time Warner.
Lead Davis Polk mergers and acquisition partners advising Comcast are David L. Caplan and William J. Chudd. Additional partners include Arthur J. Burke, antitrust and competition; Bruce K. Dallas, capital markets; Avishai Shachar, tax; Kyoko Takahashi Lin, executive compensation; and Frank J. Azzopardi intellectual property.
Willkie’s communications practice is leading the effort to secure Federal Communications Commission regulatory approval, the firm said. The Willkie team is led by Frank Buono and Jim Casserly and includes partner David Murray.
The Skadden team includes New York mergers and acquisitions partners Stephen Arcano and Ann Beth Stebbins.
Paul Weiss’s team includes corporate partners Robert Schumer, Ariel Deckelbaum and Ross Fieldston.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is representing JPMorgan Chase & Co. as financial adviser to Comcast with a deal team led by corporate partner Rob Spatt.
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Heenan Blaikie Teams Join Dentons and Baker & McKenzie
Dentons Canada LLP said 22 partners and counsel from Heenan Blaikie are joining the Montreal and Toronto offices.
Nineteen are joining in Toronto, including partners Jay Duffield, Adam S. Goodman, Martha Harrison, Mike Hollinger, Paul Lalonde, James McVicar and Gavin Sinclair, corporate; Michael Davies, Michael Henriques and Ryan Middleton, financial services; and Mark Jadd and Yves St-Cyr, tax.
In Montreal, Ilan Dunsky joins the infrastructure/PPP group.
Thirty lawyers have come to Dentons from Heenan to date, including 19 partners, the firm said in an e-mail. Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien joined the firm as counsel this week.
A group of 13 transactional lawyers formerly with Heenan in Toronto are joining Baker & McKenzie. Led by partners Kevin Rooney and Sonia Yung, the group has experience in the corporate and securities, tax, and banking and finance practices.
Other partners joining Baker & McKenzie include Peter Clark, Ilia Danef, Charles MacCready and Corey MacKinnon.
The additions give Baker & McKenzie more than 75 lawyers in Toronto and more than 4,100 lawyers globally at 74 offices in 46 countries.
SEC Office of International Affairs Names Leder Head
Paul Leder was named head of the SEC’s Office of International Affairs. The office advises the commission on cross-border enforcement and regulatory matters and coordinates SEC involvement with regulatory authorities outside the U.S., according to e-mailed statement.
Leder was formerly a partner at law firm Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP.
SEC Said to Hire Ex-Finra Executive to Run Trading Division
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to name a former executive of Wall Street’s self-regulator as its top overseer of exchanges, brokerages and clearing firms, according to three people familiar with the matter.
SEC Chairman Mary Jo White has selected Stephen Luparello as the new director of the Trading and Markets Division, said the people, who asked to not be named because the decision hasn’t been announced. Luparello, now a partner in the Washington office of law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, previously served as vice chairman of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, where he worked for more than 16 years.
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Foreign-Exchange Judge Names Firms to Lead Antitrust Case
Scott & Scott and Hausfeld LLP were named interim lead lawyers in a lawsuit against banks including Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, UBS AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co., claiming they conspired to manipulate WM/Reuters rates for determining foreign-exchange prices.
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