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Cravath, Latham Advise Carlyle on J&J: Business of Law

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP worked on Carlyle Group LP’s agreement to buy the Ortho Clinical unit of Johnson & Johnson for $4.15 billion.

Cravath represented J&J with a deal team that included mergers and acquisitions partners Robert I. Townsend III and Damien R. Zoubek, the law firm said in a statement.

Latham is advising Carlyle with a corporate team led by Daniel Lennon and David Brown, according to a statement from the law firm. Additional partners included David Raab, tax; David Della Rocca, employee benefits; and Steven Betensky, intellectual property.

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Paul Weiss, Wachtell, Weil on $1.3 Billion Apollo Purchase

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, Wachtell Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP advised on the agreement by CEC Entertainment Inc., owner of the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant chain, to be taken over by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management LLC.

The transaction is valued at $1.3 billion, including debt. Paul Weiss corporate partners Greg Ezring and Mark Wlazlo advised Apollo, along with real estate partner Peter Fisch, the firm said in an e-mail.

Wachtell also advised Apollo, with a team led by corporate partners Steven A. Cohen and Ronald C. Chen, according to a firm statement.

CEC was advised by Weil Gotshal with a team led by D. Gilbert Friedlander, the law firm said. Additional partners included Raymond Gietz, Courtney Marcus, Jared Rusman, Heather Emmel, Michael Kam, Annemargaret Connolly, Karen Ballack and Laura Wilkinson.

Ropes & Gray LLP partner Jane D. Goldstein is counsel to Goldman Sachs & Co., financial adviser to CEC.

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Lawyer News

Christie Bridge Scandal Triggers Arms Race for Toughest Lawyers

The search to find which aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge, and why, is drawing top lawyers experienced in prosecuting or defending politicians, mobsters and the insider trader with the longest U.S. prison term.

The Republican governor’s office said yesterday it hired Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP to respond to a federal inquiry into lane closures that brought traffic to a standstill for four days beginning Sept. 9 in Fort Lee, at the New Jersey end of the bridge to New York. Randy Mastro, a former deputy mayor of New York City under Rudolph Giuliani, leads the team.

The state Assembly signed up Reid Schar, 51, a former federal prosecutor in the corruption trials of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Bridget Anne Kelly, 41, a deputy chief of staff fired by Christie, is going with Walter Timpone, whom Christie once nominated to be his second-in-command when he was the U.S. attorney for New Jersey.

The scandal that threatens to tarnish the 51-year-old Christie’s possible run for the White House in 2016 will be full of expensive lawyers whispering advice about how to field questions from lawmakers, what to say to those government agents and why rolling over on the boss can be the smart play.

“I would call it high pressure and high stakes for the lawyers, and certainly their clients,” said Darren Gelber, president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey. “There are political issues and careers at stake, and it’s all playing out on a statewide, and to some extent, a national platform.”

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Partner Moves Round-up

Hunton, Kilpatrick, Shearman: New Lateral Hires

Hunton & Williams LLP added Rori H. Malech to the firm’s capital finance and global real estate team in Washington. She joins from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where she was most recently co-chairman of the Washington real estate group.

Real-estate lawyer Ken Atkins joins Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina. He previously worked as vice president of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and executive director of Wake County Economic Development.

In the San Francisco Bay area, Shearman & Sterling LLP expanded its corporate finance practice with the addition of Christopher M. Forrester, who was previously at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Jesse P. Kanach, former counsel with Shearman, joined Perkins Coie LLP’s Washington office in the investment management group.

In New York, former federal prosecutor Jillian B. Berman joins Levine Lee LLP. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, she was a lead prosecutor in the insider-trading case against Doug Whitman, founder of Whitman Capital LLC, who was convicted.

Also in New York, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP said employee benefits and executive compensation attorney Manan Mike Shah, previously with Jones Day, joined the tax group.


City University of New York Names Lawyer as Leader

City University of New York named James Milliken, a lawyer and current president of the University of Nebraska, as its next chancellor.

Milliken received his undergraduate degree at Nebraska and a law degree at New York University. He worked for the nonprofit Legal Aid Society and New York-based law firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

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