Ex-Prime Minister Chretien Joins Dentons: Business of Law

Jean Chretien, Canada’s prime minister from 1993 to 2003, joined Dentons Canada LLP as counsel from Heenan Blaikie LLP.

Heenan is closing after more than 40 years as it faces competition from larger firms and a slump in mergers and acquisitions.

Gowlings said it hired a group of former Heenan lawyers, including employment and labor lawyers Guy Tremblay and Lucie Guimond in Montreal. Tremblay was co-managing partner at a Heenan from 1997 to 2011.

Eight bilingual commercial litigation lawyers from Heenan also joined the Ottawa office, including partners Pierre Champagne, Benoit Duchesne, Rodrigue Escayola and Louis-Pierre Gregoire.

Partner Moves Roundup

David Carden, the first U.S. ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, will rejoin Jones Day in Singapore as partner-in-charge of Asia. He was co-head of Jones Day’s securities litigation and Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement practice before confirmation of his ambassadorship in March 2011.

White & Case LLP said Daniel Levin joined the firm as a partner in the global white-collar practice in Washington. Levin, formerly of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, previously worked as senior associate counsel to President George W. Bush, chief of staff to Federal Bureau of Investigations Director Robert Mueller and chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, the firm said.

Karen Dunn joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where she will focus on high-profile civil and criminal litigation and crisis management. She previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, associate counsel to President Obama and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, the firm said.


Orrick, Darrois Villey Advise on L’Oreal’s Nestle Deal

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advised L’Oreal SA, the world’s largest cosmetics maker, on its agreement to buy back 8 percent of its stock from Nestle SA for 6 billion euros ($8.2 billion), the first sale of shares by the Swiss company after four decades of ownership.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier was Nestle’s counsel. The Swiss firm Homburger also represented Nestle. The Bettencourt family was advised by Bredin Prat.

The Orrick team advising L’Oreal included partners Jean-Pierre Martel and Alexis Marraud des Grottes.

The Darrois Villey team was led by corporate partners Emmanuel Brochier and Bertrand Cardi and included partners Christophe Vinsonneau, corporate, and Vincent Agulhon, tax.

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Wachtell, Latham on Mallinckrodt $1.3 Billion Pain-Drug Deal

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz advised Mallinckrodt Plc, the drugmaker spun off by Covidien Plc last year, on an agreement to buy Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc. for about $1.3 billion in cash.

Mallinckrodt’s legal advisers also included Arthur Cox in Ireland. Cadence’s legal adviser is Latham & Watkins LLP.

Wachtell Lipton’s team is led by corporate partners Adam O. Emmerich and Benjamin M. Roth and consists of Jeremy L. Goldstein, executive compensation and benefits; Eric M. Rosof, restructuring and finance; Jodi J. Schwartz, tax; and Ilene Knable Gotts and Nelson O. Fitts, antitrust.

Latham’s corporate deal team was led by Charles Ruck and Cheston Larson. Additional advice was provided by partners Wesley Holmes, finance; Michael Egge and Amanda Reeves, antitrust; Steven Chinowsky, Stephen Swinton and Kenneth Schuler, intellectual property; Ben Haas, FDA/regulatory; Laurence Stein, tax; and Michele Johnson, compliance.

Lawyers from Fried Frank Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, led by corporate partner John Sorkin, acted as counsel to Deutsche Bank in its role as financial adviser to Mallinckrodt.

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Firm News

Jackson Lewis Opens in Kansas City with Spencer Fane Team

Jackson Lewis PC opened its 55th office in Kansas City, Kansas. It will be led by Brian J. Christensen. He is joined by shareholder David M. Kight. Both moved to the firm from Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP.

Jackson Lewis has more than 770 attorneys in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.


Manhattan Federal Prosecutor Won $2.7 Billion in Forfeitures

The federal prosecutor’s office in Manhattan said it won more than $2.7 billion in forfeitures since January 2013, including $1.7 billion from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and $900 million from SAC Capital Advisors LP.

More than $1.8 billion of the $2.7 billion is expected to go to victims, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

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