North America

Paul Hastings, Freshfields and Addleshaws lead on Coventry Building Society’s £780m Co-op Bank acquisition

Deal to create lender with £89bn balance sheet and nearly five million customers

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Deals | US

Boies Schiller Flexner adds IP litigation trio from Shook Hardy in DC

Three-partner hire bolsters disputes firm’s patent litigation practice in tech sector

US appeals court makes design patents easier to challenge, upending decades-old test

Closely watched decision on assessing obviousness in dispute featuring General Motors dubbed blow to design owners

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News | US

US optical networking business Infinera names CLO replacement

Regan MacPherson succeeds veteran in-house counsel David Teichmann, who is moving to an advisory role

Complex global M&A deals face increased merger clearance challenges, study finds

Some 43% of cross-border transactions over the past four years failed to close due to regulatory scrutiny

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Deals | UK

US superyacht services business MarineMax appoints general counsel

Manny Alvare is promoted to GC, having previously run the legal department as VP of legal affairs

Goodwin, Covington shepherd Biogen’s $1.8bn acquisition of rare disease drugmaker

Covington counsels Biogen as Goodwin reps acquisition target Human Immunobiology Biosciences

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Deals | US

Latham, Kirkland shepherd CyberArk’s $1.5bn Venafi acquisition

Latham guides CyberArk in acquisition of cybersecurity business from Kirkland-repped Thoma Bravo

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Latham recruits life sciences partner duo in DC from Skadden, real estate partner in New York

Former FDA lawyers Jennifer Bragg and William McConagha move over in DC as Safehold CLO Douglas Heitner joins real estate team in New York

Nelson Mullins adds litigation team from London Fischer for new LA office

Product liability group including three partners join across national firm’s second LA office and in New York

US coal mining business Alpha rehires former CLO to head legal team

Mark Manno rejoins as general counsel, replacing Roger Nicholson who is exiting the company at the end of this month

Womble Bond Dickinson names successor to US chair and CEO Temple

Finance partner Merrick Benn to take over from veteran leader Betty Temple at the start of next year

Cahill adds lawyer trio from crypto boutique, launches Delaware office

Wall Street firm hires team including prominent crypto partner Lewis Rinaudo Cohen in move intended to create one-stop shop for crypto advice

US pizza chain Marco’s Pizza promotes former Subway lawyer to legal chief

Kristin Corcoran, who has been with the company since 2022, will replace CLO Todd Watson

Venable debuts in Colorado with eight-lawyer team from Sherman & Howard

Trial lawyer James Sawtelle joins to lead new office in Denver alongside seven commercial and employment litigators and counsellors

Latham, Skadden and Paul Weiss among firms advising on $6.9bn Squarespace take private

Private equity firm Permira is leading the deal, with support from General Atlantic and Accel

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Deals | US

US Supreme Court says no time limit on damages in copyright dispute involving Warner Music

Uncertainty regarding impact of ruling over work sampled in artist Flo Rida’s music as it relies on a “discovery rule” that could be invalidated in future cases

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News | US

Lument promotes deputy to GC as legal head steps aside

Stephanie Culpepper replaces Jim Henson, who will focus on his role as president of Lument Finance Trust

Sullivan & Cromwell eyes artificial intelligence growth with new practice launch

New AI practice will be co-led by partners Nader Mousavi, Mehdi Ansari and Presley Warner

Alston & Bird boosts US litigation group with Pryor Cashman partner hire

Scott Schirick joins in New York where he will focus on federal and state litigation, regulatory and white collar matters