Weil Advises RF Micro on TriQuint Deal: Business of Law

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP are acting as counsel for RF Micro Devices Inc., which agreed to buy TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. for $1.59 billion, creating a chipmaker with more than $2 billion in revenue. Perkins Coie LLP is counsel for TriQuint.

The Weil team includes corporate partners Keith Flaum and Jane Ross; antitrust partner John Scribner; tax partner Helyn Goldstein; and technology and IP transactions partner John Brockland.

The Perkins Coie team for TriQuint was led by Portland partner Roy Tucker, and included partners John Thomas, Danielle Benderly, Carl Crow and Barry Reingold.

Womble Carlyle’s Jeffrey Howland led a team for RF Micro that included partners Lou Barbieri, corporate; Jeff Lawyer, tax; James Daniel, benefits; and Jane Jeffries Jones, executive compensation.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is advising BofA Merrill Lynch as financial adviser to RF Micro, with a corporate team that includes partner Alan F. Denenberg.

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Firm News

Jones Day Announced Business and Tort Litigation Practice Head

Dan Reidy will lead Jones Day’s U.S. business and tort litigation practice, the firm’s largest with 450 lawyers.

He succeeds Mickey Pohl, who became head of Jones Day’s product liability practice in 2003 and then head of the business and tort litigation practice when it was formed in 2011.

Reidy was most recently partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s Chicago Office, a post he held since 2008. A former prosecutor and first assistant in the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office, he was the lead prosecutor in the “Greylord” judicial corruption project, which prosecuted judges, lawyers and court personnel.

“Dan is a person of the enormous integrity and high character who is relied upon by clients to advise what is in their best interest and to vigorously protect them from unfair and arbitrary treatment,” Steve Brogan, managing partner of Jones Day said in a statement.

Pohl is stepping down, as is required by the firm’s partnership rules, after turning 65. He will remain a full-time litigation partner.

Partner Moves

Latham & Watkins Adds White Collar Litigator in Boston

Latham & Watkins LLP announced that Michael K. Fee has joined the firm’s Boston office as a partner in the litigation department. He joins Latham from Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston.

Fee’s practice focuses on the defense of clients involved in government investigations, as well as criminal, civil and administrative enforcement proceedings. He has experience in health-care enforcement and compliance matters.


Carney Revamps BOE Legal Team as Advisers Promoted for Markets

The Bank of England promoted two lawyers to lead advice on markets and financial stability as Governor Mark Carney extended his shakeup of the central bank to its legal department.

Jacqueline Joyston-Bechal has become head of division for markets and banking, while Jonathan Grant will lead another division on financial stability and market infrastructure, according to a document on the BOE’s website.

The appointments coincide with an internal review at the BOE into allegations that staff may have condoned practices regulators are probing as part of their investigation into alleged currency manipulation.

According to the central bank’s website, there are now six heads of division within its legal department. The other four are John Heath, Rob Price, Rob Dedman and Vivienne de Chermont.

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Shanghai Free-Trade Zone Opens to Foreign Law Firm Cooperation

China’s Ministry of Justice approved a plan allowing Chinese and foreign law firms to cooperate inside the Shanghai free-trade zone, according to a statement posted on a website of the Shanghai city government on Feb. 18.

The local justice bureau is expected to finish compiling details of the plan by the end of March, according to a statement. For the statement, click here.

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