Dentons to Open Cape Town Office: Business of Law

Dentons is opening a Cape Town office by joining with KapdiTwala, an oil and natural gas law firm, as part of a plan to expand in Africa.

KapdiTwala, a Dentons affiliate since 2012, will operate as Dentons in South Africa.

“Our goal is to connect clients in Africa to our strong practices around the globe and to connect clients from around the world to top-tier lawyers in Africa,” Elliott Portnoy, Dentons global chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Dentons expects to open offices in Johannesburg and Francophone Africa later this year. The Cape Town office will have four partners, who will own it, and one associate. It will continue to be led by Noor Kapdi, KapdiTwala’s managing partner, the firm said.

“We are pleased that our clients will now benefit from our fully integrated offering of global reach combined with local expertise,” Kapdi said in a statement.


Skadden Represents Mars in $2.9 Billion P&G Pet-Food Purchase

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP is representing Mars Inc., the closely held maker of M&M’s candies and Uncle Ben’s rice, on its agreement to buy three of Procter & Gamble Co.’s pet-food brands for $2.9 billion. Jones Day represented P&G.

Skadden’s team includes mergers and acquisitions partners Howard Ellin and Neil Stronski, tax partner Cliff Gross, executive compensation partner Neil Leff, intellectual property partner Stuart Levi, real estate partner Audrey Sokoloff, health-care enforcement partner Jennifer Bragg and labor and employment law partner David Schwartz.

The Jones Day team was led by M&A partners Bob Profusek and Peter Izanec and included partners Andrew Eisenberg, Patrick O’Brien and Scott Levine, tax; David Wales, Peter Love and Serge Clerckx, antitrust; Tricia Eschbach-Hall, employee benefits and executive compensation; Tom Briggs, intellectual property; Mark Mansour, FDA/regulatory; Will Herzberger, real estate; and Tom Hamilton, environmental health and safety.

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Partner Moves

O’Melveny Hires Team of Patent Litigators in New York

Patent litigators Lisa Barons Pensabene, Marc Pensabene, and Filko Prugo, formerly of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, are joining O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s New York office in the intellectual property and technology practice.

Lisa Pensabene will assume the role of firmwide head of life sciences litigation.

“Lisa, Marc and Filko -- all first-chair patent trial lawyers -- give us the ability to serve a host of clients, ranging from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to computer hardware and software companies,” Chairman Bradley J. Butwin said in a statement.

Holland & Knight Adds Real Estate Finance Lawyer in New York

Kathleen M. Furey joined the New York office of Holland & Knight LLP, where she will focus on real estate finance and loan restructuring, primarily in the affordable housing area, the firm said in a statement. Furey, who has more than 30 years of experience in real estate law, was previously a partner at Robinson & Cole.

Foley & Lardner Adds Health-Care Partner From Nelson Mullins

Foley & Lardner LLP said Jana Kolarik Anderson, formerly of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, joined the firm’s health-care practice in Jacksonville, Florida. She advises on health-care regulatory matters such as Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, coverage and payment issues, and fraud and abuse, the firm said.

Bank of America Lawyer Joins Davis Wright in New York

Nadia Dombrowski, an attorney with experience in the payments industry, joined the payments practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in the New York office. She was most recently a senior vice president at Bank of America Corp., where she had responsibility for payment networks and their relationships, agreements and projects with the bank.


Ex-Christie Aides Can Withhold Bridge Documents, Judge Rules

Two former top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie don’t have to give documents about the George Washington Bridge lane closings to state lawmakers, a judge ruled, setting back the legislature’s probe into who ordered the traffic tie-ups and why.

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson said yesterday that forcing Bridget Anne Kelly, an ex-deputy chief of staff, and William Stepien, a former Christie campaign manager, to turn over e-mails and other papers subpoenaed by a legislative committee would violate their constitutional rights against self-incrimination. If lawmakers want the documents as they probe who snarled traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey, they can give the pair immunity, she said.

The committee’s probe, led by attorney Reid Schar, is in a critical phase. Schar claimed Kelly and Stepien are key to answering questions about the lane closures. Jacobson ruled that the committee failed to show that it was engaged in more than a “fishing expedition” when the subpoenas were issued in January.

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