Weil, Cleary Advise on Motorola Deal: Business of Law

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP represented Lenovo Group Ltd. (992) in its purchase of Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Motorola Mobility phone unit for $2.91 billion. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP advised Google on the deal.

From Weil were mergers and acquisitions partners Keith Flaum and Richard Climan in Silicon Valley and Henry Ong in Hong Kong; technology & intellectual property transactions partner Jeffrey Osterman in New York and John Brockland in Silicon Valley and counsel Arlene Hahn in New York; tax partner Helyn Goldstein in New York; employment partner Paul Wessel and counsel Steve Margolis in New York; finance partner Gabriel Gregson in Silicon Valley; and antitrust partner John Scribner in Washington.

The Cleary team representing Google was led by M&A partner Ethan Klingsberg and included partners Paul Tiger in New York and Freeman Chan in Hong Kong; intellectual property counsel Daniel Ilan in New York; finance partner Amy Shapiro in New York; antitrust partners Leah Brannon and Mark Nelson in Washington; Francisco Enrique González-Díaz and Maurits Dolmans in Brussels; capital markets partner Jeff Karpf in New York; and regulatory partner Paul Marquardt in Washington.

With the deal, Lenovo, the world’s largest personal-computer maker continues a buying spree of U.S. technology businesses. The sale includes $1.41 billion in cash and Lenovo stock paid at the close of the deal, with $1.5 billion to be paid in a three-year promissory note, Google said in a statement Jan. 29.

Google will retain a majority of Motorola Mobility’s patent portfolio, with Lenovo receiving a license to the intellectual property.

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Law Firm News

Samsung, Quinn Emanuel Sanctioned by Judge in Apple Patent Suit

Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), sanctioned with its law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP by a U.S. judge for violating a court order protecting the confidentiality of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s patent-licensing accords, avoided the severe penalties the iPhone maker sought.

The sanctions relate to a report Quinn Emanuel sent via e-mail that disclosed Apple’s patent-license agreements with Nokia Oyj, including “highly confidential financial terms,” to employees of Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung who weren’t authorized to see the information, according to court filings.

Samsung said the disclosure, which came as the companies were waging their first patent-infringement dispute in federal court in San Jose, California, over technology in smartphones, was accidental. Apple won that 2012 jury trial and was ultimately awarded damages of $930 million.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose on Jan. 29 said that “public findings of wrongdoing” by Quinn Emanuel and its payment of Apple and Nokia legal costs for the litigation of the e-mail disclosure would be “sufficient both to remedy Apple and Nokia’s harm and to discourage similar conduct in the future.” Grewal didn’t say how much Quinn would pay.

John Quinn, a lawyer representing Samsung, told Grewal at a Dec. 9 hearing that Apple had exaggerated the importance of the “inadvertent” disclosure and the harm it caused. The law firm has spent “millions of dollars” investigating the depth and breadth of the disclosure, he told the judge.

Grewal’s ruling “should put an end to the unsupported accusations that fueled this inquiry,” Quinn said in a statement yesterday.

The infringement cases are Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., 11-cv-1846, and Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 12-cv-630, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).

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Law Firm Moves

Former CFTC Enforcement Head Meister Returns to Skadden Arps

David Meister, the former enforcement director of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is rejoining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as head of the government enforcement and white collar crime group in New York.

Meister left Skadden in 2010 to accept the role at CFTC, which he held until Oct. 30. Meister had also previously been a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Meister will represent financial institutions and other corporations and their boards, and individuals, in investigations, litigation and other proceedings. His practice will involve a range of federal, state and international work and he also will conduct internal investigations, according to a firm statement.

During his tenure at the CFTC, Meister led the staff in bringing record numbers of enforcement actions, including the first charges under the Dodd Frank Act. He led the prosecution of Libor and other benchmark manipulation, as well as fraud and manipulation in energy, metals and other commodities markets, institutional supervision failures and unlawful trading practices, according to the statement.

“We are delighted to welcome David back to Skadden. His CFTC tenure positions him uniquely to assist our clients in the full spectrum of enforcement and criminal matters,” David M. Zornow, Skadden’s global head of litigation/controversy practices, said in the statement.

Lawyers Join Greenberg Traurig, K&L Gates and Gibson Dunn

Ron E. Deutsch and Nicole A. Perez joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as shareholders in its mergers and acquisitions practice. Deutsch was counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Perez was senior counsel at Allen & Overy LLP.

Randel R. Young joined the Houston office of K&L Gates LLP as a partner in the firm’s energy, infrastructure and resources practice area. He had been a partner at Jackson Walker LLP.

Eric D. Vandevelde joined the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as of counsel in the firm’s information technology and data privacy and white collar defense and investigations practice groups. Previously, he was the deputy chief of the cyber and intellectual property crimes section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. 

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