Proskauer Adds U.K., Hong Kong Partners to Head Practices

Proskauer Rose LLP announced two new international partner hires, including Robert Gaut, previously of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, who will head the firm’s tax practice in London.

David Chu, who previously led Dechert LLP’s Asia litigation practice, will lead the firm’s Asia litigation practice in Hong Kong, the firm said in a statement last week.

Chu is both U.S. and Hong Kong qualified and has experience advising on securities-related litigation, regulatory compliance and commercial litigation, according to the law firm.

Partner Moves Round-up

K&L Gates, Weil, Quinn Emanuel: Lateral Partner Moves

Siew Kam Boon joined K&L Gates LLP as a partner in its mergers and acquisitions and private equity practices. Boon, who will work out of both K&L Gates’ Singapore and Shanghai offices, joins the firm from O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP announced that Chris McLaughlin will join its London office as a partner in the banking and finance practice. McLaughlin, who was most recently a partner at Hogan Lovells LLP, has experience representing banks and borrowers on the financing of cross-border private equity buyouts, European real estate acquisitions and restructurings.

Former Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP Los Angeles real estate and land use partners Jerold B. Neuman and Michael J. Kiely join Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP. Neuman and Kiely’s representation has included the Millennium Partners’ 1.2-million-square-foot project around the Capitol Records’ building, the multi-module retail/entertainment center at Hollywood and Highland and the Walt Disney Company’s Grand Central Creative Campus in Glendale, the firm said.

Also in Los Angeles, restructuring lawyer K. John Shaffer joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. He was previously at Stutman, Treister & Glatt PC.  

Atlanta-based energy boutique Mercer Thompson LLC added a project development and finance practice team in Washington from Cooley LLP. Tom Amis and Nik Patel join the firm as partners, establishing the firm’s presence in Washington, along with two other lawyers, the firm said.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP announced the addition of Tom Clyde in its Atlanta office as a partner. He joins from Dow Lohnes PLLC and will be a member of the complex business litigation team.

Stuart Blaugrund has joined Dentons as a partner in Dallas. Blaugrund, previously of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, focuses his practice on employment and labor and is a member of the litigation and dispute resolution practice.


Ex-Winston Appellate Head Leaves to Handle Utah Marriage Fight

The former chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP’s appellate and critical motions practice, Gene C. Schaerr, is leaving the firm to be lead outside counsel for the State of Utah, in its fight against same sex marriage.

“Schaerr comes highly recommended by other supreme court experts and is extremely well respected by the high court as well as judges and practitioners nationally,” Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a statement. “We are pleased that he is so eager to represent our state and that he would leave his firm so he can focus on this case exclusively.”

John Bursch of Warner Norcross & Judd LLC and Monte Neil Stewart of Stewart Taylor & Morris will work with Schaerr and have agreed to cap their fees for the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver to $50,000 each. Schaerr will cap his fee at $200,000.


Prosecutors Seek to Bar Martoma Expert Witness’s Testimony

Testimony by one of Mathew Martoma’s expert witnesses at his insider trading trial should be barred, and another one’s curtailed, because defense lawyers failed to make adequate disclosures about what they’ll say, U.S. prosecutors told a federal judge.

Prosecutors’ objections to the defense testimony of expert witnesses Paul Gompers, a Harvard Business School professor, and Thomas Wisniewski, a faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine, were made in a letter to U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan yesterday.

Martoma, a former SAC Capital Advisors LP fund manager, is accused of using confidential drug trial information to benefit the hedge fund by $276 million in trades of Wyeth and Elan Corp. Opening statements in his trial on conspiracy and securities fraud charges took place Jan. 10.

Defense attorney Richard Strassberg declined by e-mail to comment on the letter to Gardephe filed by the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

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Apple to Appeal Ruling Rejecting Bid to Block Court Monitor

Apple Inc. will appeal a ruling by a Manhattan federal judge rejecting the company’s bid to block a court-appointed monitor, according to a court filing.

Michael Bromwich, a Goodwin Procter LLP partner, was appointed by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote to oversee Apple’s compliance with her ruling in an electronic-books price-fixing case brought by the U.S. against the computer maker.

Bromwich, a former U.S. Justice Department inspector general, was selected in October. Cote previously said Apple played “a central role” in a scheme with five of the six biggest book publishers to fix prices of electronic books.

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