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DLA Piper in Talks With Heenan Lawyers: Business of Law

DLA Piper LLP, one of the world’s biggest law firms, is in talks to hire a group of partners from failing Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie LLP, a DLA spokesman said in an e-mail.

Heenan, which counted former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Pierre Trudeau among its employees, is closing after more than 40 years amid competition from larger firms and a slump in mergers and acquisitions.

The Wall Street Journal reported the discussions yesterday. The lawyers DLA Piper is talking with include about 25 or 30 partners with litigation, corporate, capital market, banking and other experience, according to the newspaper. DLA has about 4,200 lawyers.

Heenan, which employed 525 lawyers and professionals and more than 600 support staff, specialized in large Canadian and foreign corporations, governments and public institutions, as well as startups in industries including mining and energy. The firm has nine offices in Canada and one in Paris.

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Allen & Overy to Open in Barcelona With Freshfields Hire

Allen & Overy LLP is opening an office in Barcelona with the addition of Spanish lawyer Antoni Valverde, a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

The office is A&O’s second in Spain. The firm opened one in Madrid in 1991.

Among his recent work, Valverde advised on the acquisition of OHL Brasil by Abertis Infraestructuras SA in 2012. He also specializes in private equity and worked on the sale of bus operator Grupo Avanza SA, the firm said in a statement.

Partner Moves Round-up

Perkins Coie, Dentons, Arnold & Porter: Lateral Moves

Perkins Coie LLP added five new West Coast partners. Joseph P. Reid and Thomas Millikan joined the San Diego office in the patent litigation practice, from Gartman Law Group. Tiffany Cunningham joined the Chicago office, also in the patent litigation practice, from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Lee Schindler joined the firm in Seattle in the emerging companies and venture capital practice. He was most recently counsel with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP in Boston. Also in Seattle, Patchen Haggerty, most recently with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, joined the trademark and copyright practice.

Dentons added two partners this week. Patrick J. Gennardo joined the litigation practice in New York from Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, where he was chairman of the complex commercial litigation practice group for the insurance and reinsurance industries. Michael Kasdin joined the insurance regulatory practice in the Chicago office, from DLA Piper LLP.

The firm also added Jamieson A. Karson, former chairman and chief executive officer of Steven Madden Ltd. and most recently a lawyer at McCarter & English LLP, to its corporate practice as senior counsel in New York.

Arnold & Porter LLP said Joseph Tirone, previously at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, rejoined the firm as a partner in the corporate and securities practice. He focuses on energy and infrastructure project development and project finance transactions and will divide his time between the Washington and Houston offices.

Intellectual-property partner Andrew Pratt joined Venable LLP in Washington. He comes from Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP, where he represented companies in disputes over software, semiconductor fabrication and processing, and Internet business methods, the firm said.

Troutman Sanders LLP announced that James Washburn, formerly of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, joined the firm in the business litigation practice in Atlanta.

Cohen & Gresser LLP hired Johannes Jonas, a former Dentons cross-border M&A partner, to open and lead an office in Paris. The new location is the New York-based firm’s first European outpost.

Gregory Manter, formerly of Mayer Brown LLP, joined DLA Piper LLP as partner in the technology, sourcing and commercial practice. He will split his time between Chicago and San Diego.

Steven Whittaker, formerly of Simmons & Simmons, joins Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a partner in the investment management group in the London office.

Julian Ellison joined Mayer Brown’s Brussels office as a partner in the antitrust and competition practice. Previously, he was a partner with Ashurst LLP in Brussels.

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