Quinn Emanuel Opens Houston Office: Business of Law

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP opened an office in Houston led by white collar criminal trial lawyer David Gerger, whose litigation boutique, Gerger & Clarke, merged with the firm.

Gerger will become managing partner of the new office and will be joined by Shaun Clarke as special counsel and co-chairman of the white-collar group there. Three additional lawyers from Gerger & Clarke will join the firm.

“Houston is a booming market. As an international litigation firm we felt we needed a presence there,” managing partner John Quinn said in a statement. “However, we wanted to make sure we had the right focus and the right people.”

Gerger, whose practice focuses on white-collar criminal work, also has experience in Securities and Exchange Commission and other civil matters. His clients have included Andrew Fastow, Enron Corp.’s former chief financial officer, and BP Plc’s highest-ranking employees aboard the Gulf of Mexico rig during the 2010 oil spill.

“I was perfectly happy with my litigation boutique,” Gerger said in a statement. “However, when Quinn Emanuel approached me, it instantly made sense.”

Deals

Aecom Agrees to Buy URS for $4 Billion to Add New Services

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP represented Aecom Technology Corp. (ACM), which agreed to acquire URS Corp. (URS), the engineering and construction-management company targeted by activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC, for about $4 billion. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is legal adviser to URS.

The Gibson Dunn team includes partners Jonathan Layne and Peter Wardle, corporate; Hatef Behnia, tax; Sean Feller, benefits; Linda Curtis, finance; and Joshua Soven and Adam Di Vincenzo, antitrust. 

Wachtell Lipton’s team is led by corporate partners Edward D. Herlihy and David E. Shapiro, and includes partners Nelson O. Fitts, antitrust; Jeannemarie O’Brien, executive compensation and benefits; and Joshua M. Holmes, tax.

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Cravath Advised Mylan on Adding Abbott Unit for Tax Advantage

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP represented Mylan Inc. (MYL), which is buying Abbott Laboratories (ABT)’ generic-drug business and forming a new company that will be incorporated in the Netherlands, allowing for a lower-cost tax base.

The Cravath team advising Mylan was led by mergers and acquisitions partners Mark I. Greene, Thomas E. Dunn and Scott A. Barshay and included partners Stephen L. Gordon and J. Leonard Teti II, tax; and Eric W. Hilfers, executive compensation and benefits. 

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP represented Centerview Partners as financial adviser to Mylan, with a team that includes co-chairwoman of the M&A practice and New York partner Barbara Becker.

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Moves

Mayer Brown, Ballard Spahr: Lateral Partner Roundup

Mayer Brown LLP announced that Michael P. Lennon Jr. has joined the firm in Houston as a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution practice and international arbitration group from Baker Botts LLP.

Molly R. Bryson joined Ballard Spahr LLP as a partner in Washington and a member of the real estate department and the housing, tax credits, and energy and project finance groups. Bryson was previously at Nixon Peabody LLP.

John M. LeBlanc joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP’s litigation practice in Los Angeles. He focuses on litigation and regulatory matters affecting the health-insurance and managed-care industries. He comes to the firm from Barger & Wolen LLP. 

Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP, an intellectual property firm, added Eugene Kim in Washington. Kim’s practice encompasses all aspects of patent litigation and counseling. He was most recently assistant general counsel at Geico, where he was primary counsel for Internet marketing and IT business units.

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP added Alfredo Ramos as a partner in Houston. He joins the corporate practice group, where he will focus on handling oil-and-gas and international matters. He was previously at the San Antonio office of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry PC, where he was head of the energy and commercial litigation practice areas.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC added Christopher Olmsted as a shareholder in San Diego. He joins from Barker Olmsted & Barnier, where he was a name partner.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Amon in New York at eamon2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net Andrew Dunn, Peter Blumberg

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