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Skadden Tops H1 Global M&A Rankings: Business of Law

(Corrects first item to say that Skadden topped M&A deals in first half of year in report originally published July 7. Sullivan & Cromwell topped list in second quarter. To be sent this column daily, click SALT LAWBIZ <GO>.)

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP was at the top of Bloomberg’s league tables for global and U.S. announced deals by value for the first half of the year. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP was first on the list for global and U.S. deals in the second quarter, while Skadden was second.

Skadden worked on 101 global deals with a total value of $350 billion. It handled 80 in the U.S. valued at a total of $321 billion.

“Environmental factors supporting a more robust M&A market have been around for some time, and the upward trajectory in M&A activity in the first half of 2014 suggests a return of the confidence which was the missing ingredient,” Stephen Arcano, practice leader of the firm’s New York mergers and acquisitions group, said in an e-mail.


Cozen O’Connor, Mintz, Levin, Perkins: Lateral Moves Roundup

Amy B. Alderfer and Maria Louise Cousineau joined Cozen O’Connor as partners in Los Angeles. Alderfer, previously of Greenberg Traurig LLP, joins the commercial litigation department. Cousineau, formerly of Sedgwick LLP, joins the global insurance department.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC added antitrust lawyer Dionne Lomax, most recently a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Perkins Coie LLP added Richard L. Sevcik to the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the tax, benefits and compensation group. Sevcik was most recently with K&L Gates LLP.

Withers Bergman LLP announced that Dean Nicyper has joined the litigation practice in New York from Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP.

Law Firm News

Pillsbury Winthrop Names Partners to Leadership Positions

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP named three department heads as well as new practice leaders to take on leadership roles at the firm.

The litigation and intellectual-property department chairwoman will be Deborah Baum. The regulatory department chairwoman will be Sheila Harvey. David Snyder continues as business department chairman.

Christopher Zochowski was appointed firmwide practice section leader for the corporate and securities practice. James Kelly, a New York-based corporate and securities partner, was named the leader of the firm’s private-equity team. James Simpson will join John Mauel as the co-leader of the energy and infrastructure projects team for the Eastern Hemisphere and Western Hemisphere, respectively. San Francisco tax partner William Bonano will head the federal tax-controversy and tax-policy team.

Jeffrey Delaney and Julie Mayo will lead the firm’s industry team for energy.

Bird & Bird Links Up With Istanbul-Based BTS & Partners

Bird & Bird LLP entered into a cooperation agreement with the Istanbul-based law firm BTS & Partners.

“Turkey has proved a significant region for our clients, particularly those in technology-driven sectors,” Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr said in a statement. “We are very pleased to formalize our cooperation with BTS & Partners and delighted to be associated with a firm whose area of expertise closely reflects our core strengths and capabilities.”


Bloomberg Law Brief: David Bissinger on Hydraulic Fracturing

Securities attorney David Bissinger, a partner at Siegmyer, Oshman & Bissinger LLP, discusses how an anti-fracking win in a New York court may deal a blow to the industry.

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Feinberg Seeing GM Victim Requests Before Program Start

Kenneth R. Feinberg, the lawyer hired by General Motors Co. to arrange compensation for victims of cars with defective ignition switches, talks about early contacts with potential claimants, his opposition to extending the deadline, potential expansion of the program to include other cars and the benchmark for the program’s success.

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