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Sullivan & Cromwell Advises AbbVie on Deal: Business of Law

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July 21 (Bloomberg) -- Sullivan & Cromwell LLP represents AbbVie Inc., which agreed to buy Shire Plc for about 32 billion pounds ($54.8 billion), becoming the latest U.S. health-care company to shift its tax residence abroad in a record surge of industry deals. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advised Shire.

The New York-based Sullivan & Cromwell team on the transaction includes: Matthew G. Hurd, mergers and acquisitions; Matthew M. Friestedt, executive compensation and benefits; and Steven L. Holley, antitrust.

Davis Polk’s corporate team included partners: George R. Bason Jr. and William J. Chudd. Additional partners include: Kyoko Takahashi Lin, executive compensation; Michael Mollerus, tax; and John B. Meade, capital markets.

Latham & Watkins LLP is representing JPMorgan Chase & Co. as the financial adviser to AbbVie with a corporate team led by partners Charles Ruck, Adel Aslani-Far and Richard Butterwick

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Former MSRB Deputy Director Lanza Returns to Greenberg Traurig

Ernesto A. Lanza, former deputy executive director for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, returned to Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder in its public finance practice in the Washington office.

While at the MSRB, Lanza led the development of policy initiatives regulating the municipal securities business of broker-dealers and municipal advisors, the firm said in a statement.

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Dentons Adds Ghana Law Firm Association to African Network

Dentons, which has been active in Ghana for over 20 years, is forming an association with a firm there, JLD & MB Legal Consultancy, which provides business and corporate law services.

“JLD & MB has an excellent track record and provides the ideal platform for supporting our global clients seeking to do business in Ghana and in the broader West Africa region,” Thomas Laryea, chairman of Dentons’ Africa Executive Committee, said in a statement. “Our clients include the Ghana government and foreign investors across the country’s high growth sectors.”

Dentons has offices and associated offices in 20 countries. In April, the firm formed an association with Kapdi Twala to launch Dentons in South Africa.

Morgan Lewis Names Hugh Tanner Managing Partner in Houston

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP named energy litigator Hugh E. Tanner as managing partner of the Houston office, succeeding Brady Edwards, who has headed the office since it opened in 2007.

Tanner, who joined Morgan Lewis in 2008, concentrates on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the oil and gas industry. He led the Morgan Lewis team responsible for last year’s dismissal of cases filed against Schlumberger Ltd. subsidiary M-I Swaco, which stemmed from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the firm said.

Bryan Cave Names New Office Heads in London, Paris, Washington

Bryan Cave LLP announced several recent leadership changes. Carol Osborne, who focuses her practice in the corporate and transactions area, succeeded Rodney F. Page as the managing partner of the London office.

Constantin Achillas, who also heads the litigation and arbitration teams in Paris, became managing partner of the Paris office, succeeding Joseph Smallhoover.

LaDawn Naegle became managing partner of the firm’s Washington office, succeeding John C. Peirce. Naegle is a federal securities lawyer with an active public company practice.

Bruce Duffield, a partner based in the Chicago office, became leader of the products liability client service group, succeeding Bettina Strauss.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Amon in New York at eamon2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: David E. Rovella at drovella@bloomberg.net

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