S&C, Morgan Lewis on Bayer-Merck Deal: Business of Law

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP represented Bayer AG in its agreement to buy Merck & Co.’s consumer unit for $14.2 billion. Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP acted as legal counsel to Merck.

The Sullivan & Cromwell team was led by New York-based mergers and acquisitions partner Matthew G. Hurd.

Morgan Lewis lawyers who advised Merck included business and finance partners Alan Leeds, David Glazer and Randall Sunberg. Additional lawyers included Scott Stempel and Harry Robins, antitrust, and Nils Rahlf, business and finance.

The Fried Frank team was led by corporate partners David Shine and Abigail Bomba and included antitrust and competition partner Peter Guryan, executive compensation and employee benefits partners Amy Blackman and Donald Carleen, intellectual property and technology partner Daniel Glazer, and tax partners Michael Alter and Robert Cassanos.

Covington & Burling LLP’s John Hurvitz, co-chairman of the firm’s life sciences industry group, advised on the sale of certain assets in connection with the deal.

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Linklaters, Squire Sanders: Overseas Lateral Moves Roundup

Linklaters LLP said Michael Kam joined its U.S. executive compensation and benefits practice as senior counsel within the U.S. corporate group in New York. Kam, formerly a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, will be the national practice head of the U.S. executive compensation and ERISA group.

Squire Sanders said that Denis Charles Barat joined the Paris office as a partner in the global corporate practice from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

White & Case LLP added U.K. banking lawyer Colin Harley in the London office. Harley, who will join the global banking practice, was previously at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP hired Anke Sessler in Frankfurt. She was chief counsel litigation at Siemens AG in Munich.

Bird & Bird LLP said that Philip Graff and Ulrik Fleischer-Michaelsen joined the firm as partners in the corporate and commercial practice in Denmark.

Graff, a corporate and M&A practitioner, previously worked as the general global counsel of the energy-services division of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the firm said in a statement.

Fleischer-Michaelsen is a corporate/commercial lawyer specializing in M&A, tax, and contracts. He was previously an attorney with the Danish government.

Lander & Rogers announced that M&A lawyer Deanna Constable joins as a partner in the firm’s Sydney corporate practice. She worked the past seven years as general counsel at Mitsubishi Development Ltd.

K&L Gates Adds Lawyers in the U.S., Asia and Europe

K&L Gates LLP has made several recent hires. The firm added Jim Wu, a former general counsel with Yahoo! Asia Pacific, as a corporate partner in its Taipei and Palo Alto, California, offices.

Nicola Di Giovanni joined the firm as a corporate/M&A partner in the Paris office from Baker & McKenzie LLP.

Till Fock, a Berlin-based investment-management lawyer, joined K&L Gates from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin LLP, where he was head of the financial markets team and a member of the German management group, the firm said in a statement.


Bloomberg Law Brief: N.Y. Seeks to Prevent Sale of Buffalo Bills

Steven Silton, a member at Cozen O’Connor, discusses the retention by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration of a key sports and business lawyer to assist in the state’s bid to prevent the Buffalo Bills football team from relocating. Silton talks on Bloomberg Radio’s “Morning Bloomberg Law Brief.

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