Gibson Dunn Adds UBS Counsel Shelton: Business of Law

Mark Shelton, formerly UBS AG’s Americas general counsel and global head of investigations, is joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York. He will practice financial institutions law with a focus on banking regulation and investigations.

Partner Moves Roundup

Proskauer, McDermott, Covington, Steptoe: Lateral Partner Moves

Paul Hastings LLP’s labor and employment lawyers Zach Fasman, Allan Bloom and Erika Collins joined Proskauer Rose LLP in New York, Proskauer said in a statement.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced that Stephanie McCann, who will be based in Chicago, and Leonard Klingbaum, who will be based in New York, join the international financing practice. They were both previously partners at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Corporate lawyers Rusty Conner and Michael Reed will be joining Covington & Burling LLP with a focus on transactional matters for banks and other financial institution clients, the firm said. They were formerly of DLA Piper LLP, where Conner had been managing partner of the Washington office.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced white collar lawyer Kevin Robinson joined the firm in the litigation practice in London. He was most recently head of the regulatory and criminal investigations practice at Irwin Mitchell LLP, where he specialized in advising clients on regulatory investigations and defended prosecutions arising from those investigations.

Kevin Harnisch, formerly of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington office in the securities litigation and enforcement practice, Steptoe said.

K&L Gates LLP said it added Jean-Patrice Labautiere as a partner in the corporate/M&A practice. Labautiere joins from Allen & Overy LLP, where he practiced for 15 years and contributed to the launch and development of its Paris corporate practice, the firm said.

King & Spalding LLP announced that the special matters and government investigations practice has expanded with the addition of Robert K. Hur as a partner in Washington. Hur rejoins King & Spalding from the U.S. Justice Department, where he was assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.


Menendez Sets Up Legal Fund After $250,000 Legal Bill for Probes

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is opening a legal expense fund after paying law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP $250,000 last year for fees related to ethics investigations.

The legal costs relate to Justice Department and Senate Ethics Committee investigations into Menendez’s ties to a campaign donor, the Associated Press reported Jan. 31.

“We have incurred significant expenses to respond to the smear campaign that was launched by right-wing operatives,” Tricia Enright, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Democrat, said, without citing any organizations or allegations.

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Davis Polk & Latham on Smith & Nephew $1.7 Billion Deal

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advised Smith & Nephew Plc, which agreed to buy ArthroCare Corp. for $1.7 billion in cash to add products for minimally invasive surgery used in sports medicine.

Latham & Watkins LLP advises ArthroCare with a corporate deal team led by partners Michael Hall, Charles Ruck and Josh Dubofsky. Advice by Latham partners was also provided on corporate matters by David Lee; on antitrust matters by Michael Egge and Amanda Reeves; on compensation and benefits matters by James Metz; on intellectual property matters by JD Marple; on tax matters by Kirt Switzer; on health-care regulatory matters by John Manthei and Stuart Kurlander; and on securities and finance matters by Joel Trotter and Wesley Holmes.

The Davis Polk corporate team includes partners George R. Bason Jr. and Michael Davis. Additional partners on the deal include Jeffrey P. Crandall, executive compensation; Ronan P. Harty, antitrust and competition; and Kathleen L. Ferrell, tax.

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Law Firms Get Clearance for $13.6 Billion Thermo Fisher Deal

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, which worked with Slaughter & May as antitrust counsel to Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., obtained antitrust clearance for the company’s $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies Corp.

On Jan. 31, the Federal Trade Commission signed off on the deal, agreed upon in April, which required clearance across nine different jurisdictions, in more than 50 different product areas.

The Axinn team included partners John Harkrider, Michael Keeley, Mark Alexander and Daniel Bitton.

The Slaughter & May team was led by competition partners John Boyce and Michael Rowe.

Additional firms advising on the transaction are Jun He on Chinese law; Anderson Mori & Tomotsune on Japanese law, Kim & Chang on South Korean law, Gilbert & Tobin on Australian law, Russell McVeagh on New Zealand law, ALRUD on Russian law and Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP on Canadian law.

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