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Jenner, Akin Gump, Fried Frank, Kramer: Business of Law

Former Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli rejoined Jenner & Block LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington office.

Perrelli will lead Jenner’s newly formed government controversies and public policy litigation practice group, which will advise clients on problems at the intersection of law, law enforcement and government regulation.

As the third highest-ranking official at the U.S. Justice Department from 2009 until his departure in March, Perrelli oversaw civil-litigation cases such as the negotiation of the $20 billion trust fund that BP Plc set up to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Perrelli also led negotiations involving 49 state attorneys general, the five largest mortgage servicers, and a dozen federal agencies that resulted in settlements valued at more than $25 billion.

“We are thrilled that Tom is returning to Jenner & Block,” Anton R. Valukas, Jenner’s chairman, said in a statement. “He has a remarkable track record for finding creative solutions to ‘bet-the-company’ legal problems, and he knows how to implement those solutions in a complex political and media environment.”

Perrelli began practicing law as an associate at Jenner in 1992. In 1997, he left to serve as counsel to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, rising to the position of Deputy Assistant Attorney General before returning to Jenner in 2001. Perrelli was the managing partner of the firm’s Washington office when he took the associate attorney general post in 2009.

Jenner “is an ideal fit for me to utilize my public and private experience,” Perrelli said in a statement.

Jenner’s recent high-profile hires include Mary Ellen Callahan, former chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, former U.S. prosecutor Reid J. Schar and Kenneth L. Doroshow, former general counsel of the video-game industry’s national trade group.

Jenner has about 450 attorneys with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

Akin Gump Hires Energy Regulatory Trio From Patton Boggs

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP hired a trio of energy lawyers from Patton Boggs LLP, including Suedeen G. Kelly, a former member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who will become co-chairman of the firm’s energy regulatory practice in Washington.

George D. “Chip” Cannon was also hired as a partner and Cynthia A. Marlette, a former general counsel to FERC, will be a senior counsel in the firm’s energy regulatory practice.

Kelly was nominated for three terms as a FERC commissioner under President Obama and former President George W. Bush. During her tenure, she resolved thousands of disputes and strengthened FERC enforcement, and made changes such as integrating renewables into the transmission grid, the firm said in a statement.

Kelly went into private practice in 2010 and has represented clients in the energy industry on business, regulatory, litigation and policy matters. These include FERC enforcement, electricity markets and transmission, shale gas production and pipeline activity, LNG imports and exports, deepwater drilling and pipeline breaches and accidents.

Cannon’s practice includes handling regulatory matters before federal agencies, courts and state regulatory commissions on behalf of energy-industry clients.

“Akin Gump is committed to continuing to add to our strong energy industry team in order to meet the evolving legal needs of our clients wherever they may be,” Chairman R. Bruce McLean said in a statement.

Akin Gump has more than 850 attorneys in offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Kramer Levin Hires Financial Services Partner from Schulte

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP said corporate attorney George M. Silfen joined the New York office as a partner in the financial services group. Silfen was previously a partner with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Silfen advises clients on regulatory and compliance matters associated with investment companies, and investment, brokerage, securities custody and transfer agent services. He previously worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

Kramer Levin has offices in New York, Paris and California’s Silicon Valley.

Barnes & Thornburg Hires Two Partners in Chicago

Barnes & Thornburg LLP said Lindsey D.G. Dates and Daniel J. Lawler joined the firm’s Chicago office as partners in the litigation and health-care departments.

Dates joins from the Chicago office of Jones Day LLP and Lawler worked in the Chicago office of K&L Gates LLP, the firm said in a statement.

Dates, a trial lawyer, focuses on commercial contract and business tort litigation. His experience includes cases involving bankruptcy, intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, white-collar criminal defense and commercial real estate matters.

Lawler has represented health-care providers in Illinois regulatory proceedings.

Barnes has more than 550 lawyers in 12 offices.

Fasken Martineau Hires Energy Lawyers in London

Fasken Martineau LLP hired Kirill Zenin as a partner and also added an associate in the firm’s London office. Zenin was previously an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, the firm said.

Kirill is a member of the corporate/commercial, energy and projects and corporate social responsibility groups. He has advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other transactions in the energy, natural resources and oilfield-services industries.

Kirill recently represented the Republic of South Sudan on oil and gas issues relating to its secession from the Republic of Sudan, the firm said. He was previously an in-house counsel at Schlumberger Oilfield Services for more than five years.

Fasken Martineau has 700 lawyers, with offices in Canada, Europe and Johannesburg.


Fried Frank Advises RedPrairie on $1.9 Billion Deal for JDA

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acted as counsel to RedPrairie Corp., which agreed to acquire JDA Software Group Inc. in a $1.9 billion deal that merges two providers of software for managing corporate supply chains.

DLA Piper LLP provided legal counsel to JDA, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP represented JDA’s independent directors.

The Fried Frank team included Aviva Diamant, Abigail Bomba and Richard Steinwurtzel.

DLA’s lawyers included Steven Pidgeon, Nicole Daley, Andy Moosmann, William Hoffman and Paolo Morante.

The Cravath team was led by M&A partners Scott A. Barshay and Damien R. Zoubek, partner George E. Zobitz on financing matters, and partners Eric W. Hilfers and Lauren Angelilli on tax matters.

RedPrairie and private-equity firm New Mountain Capital LLC will pay $45 a share, a 33 percent premium over JDA’s stock price on Oct. 26, before speculation of the deal surfaced, according to a statement. The deal will create a supply-chain software company with more than $1 billion in revenue.

Firm News

Covington Opens Office in Seoul to Be Led by Park

Covington & Burling LLP opened an office in Seoul yesterday after getting approval from the Korean Ministry of Justice and the Korean Bar Association.

The firm plans to initially focus on advising Korean companies on U.S. and European intellectual property, antitrust and competition law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, international trade compliance and policy issues, and regulatory matters.

William H.Y. Park, a corporate lawyer based in South Korea, will oversee the office of five lawyers. Park will work closely with former United Nations Ambassador Daniel Spiegel, the new office’s foreign legal consultant.

Covington & Burling has more than 800 lawyers at eight offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.


Rio Tinto Lawyer Helping Mongolia on Tax Issue, Australia Says

An Australian lawyer working in Mongolia for a company controlled by Rio Tinto Group is helping anti-corruption authorities with an investigation involving a tax dispute, according to the Australian government

“It’s a tax dispute,” Patrick Lowe, a spokesman for Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr, said yesterday in a phone interview from Canberra. “I understand it’s got to do with claims that the company she works for has a tax issue.”

SouthGobi Resources Ltd.’s Chief Legal Counsel Sarah Armstrong, who was barred from leaving Mongolia last week, had met with the country’s anti-corruption agency to assist the investigation, the company said Oct. 29. Mongolia’s Independent Authority Against Corruption said she’s a “suspect” in the probe, the Australian reported yesterday, citing investigation department chief A. Amarbat.

“She’s not being held,” Lowe said. “She’s returned to work but she can’t leave the country.”

Rio spokeswoman Karen Halbert declined to comment. Dave Bartel, SouthGobi’s vice president of investor relations and external affairs, also declined to comment.

Vancouver-based SouthGobi, controlled by Rio unit Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., said on Oct. 23 that it’s cooperating with Mongolian authorities and that none of its employees have been charged with any crimes. It said May 8 that Mongolia’s anti-corruption agency had asked one of its units for information for an investigation into a third party.

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