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Yankees President Joins Jackson Lewis: Business of Law

New York Yankees President Randy Levine, formerly counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, joined Jackson Lewis PC as of counsel in New York.

Levine, a management labor lawyer since 1980, has represented clients in the entertainment, sports, manufacturing, health-care, hospitality and transportation industries, the firm said in a statement. He also worked as New York labor commissioner under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Moves Round-up

Hughes Hubbard, Baker Botts, Hogan Lovells: U.S. Lateral Moves

David Schwartz joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s corporate department as a partner in New York. Schwartz, who was previously at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, has experience in corporate and securities matters. He played a key role in Catalyst Health Solutions Corp.’s recent merger with SXC Health Solutions Corp., Hughes Hubbard said in a statement.

Also in New York, Andrew Lankler joined Baker Botts LLP as a partner in the New York office. He was previously at Lankler, Carragher & Horwitz LLP, where he was a founding partner. His clients have included Bernard Madoff’s auditor, David Friehling, the firm said.

Hogan Lovells said Rachel Brandenburger is joining its antitrust, competition and economic regulation practice as a senior adviser in New York. From 2010 to 2013, she was an adviser to the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.

King & Spalding, Bird, White & Case: European Partner Moves

King & Spalding LLP recruited Ulf Grundmann, a European Union regulatory law lawyer, to the firm’s Food and Drug Administration and life sciences practice in Frankfurt. Grundmann was formerly a partner at Bird & Bird LLP and joint head of its international food and beverage group.

Also in Frankfurt, Bird & Bird appointed Hans Peter Leube as a partner in the corporate practice. He has more than 10 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions and private-equity transactions, acquisition and capital market law and restructuring. He was previously a partner at Schalast & Partner.

Law firm Trowers & Hamlins expanded its London banking and finance department with the appointment of partner Simon Owen. He joins from Squire Sanders LLP, where he was formerly the head of the banking practice at Hammonds before it merged with Squires.

White & Case LLP added Inigo Esteve to its U.K. equity capital markets practice in London. Esteve, who will join the global capital markets practice, focuses primarily on initial public offerings listing on the London Stock Exchange. He joins from Clifford Chance LLP.

Firm News

Partner Moves Show Corporate Demand, American Lawyer Says

Corporate lawyers were the most in demand among partners moving laterally among law firms, the American Lawyer found in a survey. They accounted for 17 percent of moves in the year ended Sept. 30, the magazine said.

Total lateral hires numbered 2,522 among the 200 wealthiest firms the magazine tracks, slightly fewer than the 2,691 the year before, according to the report.

Baker & McKenzie LLP hired the most lateral partners, taking on 68. Jones Day was next with 65, American Lawyer said.

Hogan Lovells lost the most partners in the period at 43, followed by K&L Gates LLP with 39 and DLA Piper with 37, according to the magazine.

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Virginia Gay-Marriage Ban Faces Boies-Olson Litigation Team

David Boies and Ted Olson, the lawyers who helped upend California’s gay-marriage ban and triggered a national wave of similar lawsuits, urged a U.S. judge in Virginia yesterday to make the state the first in the South to accept same-sex unions.

Boies, one of the country’s best-known litigators, and Olson, a senior Justice Department official under Republican President Ronald Reagan, faced lawyers for two county court clerks and the state’s registrar of vital statistics.

Boies, of Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP, and Olson, of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, became famous opponents after the contested 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore went to the Supreme Court. Olson represented Bush while Boies was Gore’s lawyer.

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Ropes & Gray, Weil on Entegris’s $1.15 Billion Deal for ATMI

Ropes & Gray LLP advised Entegris Inc. on its agreement to acquire ATMI Inc. in a deal valued at $1.15 billion, combining suppliers of semiconductor materials to seek larger orders. Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP is advising ATMI.

Ropes & Gray’s legal team included Craig E. Marcus as lead on the corporate/M&A side, Thomas B. Draper on debt finance, Eric M. Elfman on tax, Renata J. Ferrari on executive compensation, Peter A. Alpert on environment and James P. Dowden on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters.

The Weil team included partners Thomas Roberts and Matthew Gilroy, corporate; Mark Hoenig, tax; Paul Wessel, employee benefits; John Brockland, technology and IP transactions; Annemargaret Connolly, environmental; and Richard Ginsburg, finance.

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