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White & Case Advises Zimmer on Biomet: Business of Law

White & Case LLP advised Zimmer Holdings Inc., a maker of artificial hips and knees, in its acquisition of Biomet Inc. for $13.4 billion to increase its product range as demand recovers for orthopedic devices.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP acted as Biomet’s legal adviser, including on European regulatory matters. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP was antitrust counsel. Ropes & Gray LLP was its U.S. regulatory counsel.

The White & Case team was led by Morton A. Pierce, along with M&A partners Chang-Do Gong and Robert N. Chung.

The Cleary Gottlieb M&A team was led out of the New York office by partner Robert Davis, with assistance from partners Jeff Karpf, corporate; Arthur Kohn, employment; and Meme Peponis, financing. In Europe, the Cleary Gottlieb antitrust team was led by Brussels partner F. Enrique Gonzalez-Diaz.

The Weil team includes partners Steven Newborn, Ann Malester and Steven Bernstein.

Ropes & Gray’s effort was led by Chicago private-equity transactions partner Neill Jakobe, Chicago litigation partners Asheesh Goel and Laura Hoey, Washington life sciences partner Joy Liu, Boston life sciences partner Michael Beauvais and Chicago intellectual-property litigation partner Marc Cavan.

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Kirkland Opens Houston Office With Hiring of M&A Attorney Calder

Kirkland & Ellis LLP opened a Houston office, its seventh in the U.S., with the hiring of mergers-and-acquisitions specialist Andrew T. Calder, formerly a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Calder specializes in M&A, corporate and securities law and corporate governance, with a focus on the energy sector, the firm said in a statement. His clients include Blackstone Energy Partners, KKR & Co. and GeoSouthern Energy Corp.

Benjamin Clinger, a Kirkland corporate partner, is relocating to Houston from Chicago. He represents private-equity sponsors in matters including M&A, leveraged buyouts and portfolio company operations and exits.


Ropes & Gray to Add U.S. Prosecutor Marc Berger in New York

Marc P. Berger, chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, will join Ropes & Gray LLP’s government enforcement practice in July.

Berger has supervised the investigation and prosecution of units of SAC Capital Advisors LP, financial fraud charges against former JPMorgan Chase & Co. traders and former Credit Suisse Group AG executives, and charges in connection with a kickback scheme to secure the bond trading business of a state-owned Venezuelan bank, the firm said.

Latham Brings in Shearman Lawyer to Lead Arbitration Practice

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is joining Latham & Watkins LLP in Paris as global co-chairman of its international arbitration practice. He moved to the firm from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

“He has an impressive track record handling large, complex arbitrations, and his knowledge of Latin American cross-border disputes runs deep,” Claudia Salomon, global co-chairman of the international arbitration practice, said in a statement. “Fernando’s areas of specialty have numerous synergies with our practice.”

Crowell & Moring Adds Corporate Partner Feigin of Nixon Peabody

Crowell & Moring LLP said Samuel E. Feigin has joined the firm’s corporate group from Nixon Peabody LLP, where he was deputy chairman of the business and finance department, chairman of Israel business and a member of the life sciences steering committee. He will be based in Washington.


Columbia Names Gillian Lester of Berkeley as Law School Dean

Gillian Lester, the acting dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, will become Columbia Law School’s new dean on Jan. 1.

“Professor Lester brings accomplished scholarship, admired teaching and first-hand academic leadership experience at a great peer institution to her new role,” Lee C. Bollinger, New York-based Columbia University’s president, said in a statement.

Lester, who specializes in employment law and policy, joined the faculty at Berkeley in 2006.

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