North America

Blank Rome adds four-lawyer white collar team from Akerman

Bradley Henry joins in DC as practise vice chair as another partner, a counsel and foreign associate come aboard in New York

Winston names new leadership for litigation and transactions

Co-chairs to take up roles alongside incoming chair Steve D’Amore and other new leaders in June

King & Spalding to open in Dallas with partner hire from Gibson Dunn

Veronica Moyé will front new office alongside King & Spalding partners Sean Royall and Alfonso Chan

The perfect partner part two: a trusted evaluation process

Tougher operating conditions means law firm leaders may need to rethink their partner performance evaluation process, writes Moray McLaren

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Wachtell, Vinson & Elkins and Latham lead on Chord’s $11bn Enerplus merger

Canadian firms Goodmans and Blake Cassels & Graydon also advise as consolidation in US gas and oil industry continues apace

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BMW wades into dispute between Irish patent monetiser and its litigation funder

German car maker says it is still owed costs from one of the parties in a series of patent infringement actions

FBI names fourth GC in six years as deputy GC handed top job

Bradley Brooker will take over the legal reins at the US law enforcement agency from Jason Jones

Latham & Watkins makes up 19 counsel to partner in latest promotions round

Round follows Los Angeles giant promoting 34 associates to partner in January

Maryland District Attorney’s Office appoints Simpson Thacher partner as special counsel

Litigation specialist Alicia Washington returns to government role after just over two years at Wall Street firm

Simpson Thacher hires four-partner Skadden financial services team in New York and DC

Group led by Skadden financial institutions co-head Sven Mickisch specialise in M&A and regulatory law

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Volkswagen is latest carmaker to join Avanci’s 5G licensing programme

Group that includes Audi and Seat joins more that 25 automotive brands that can now use the standard essential patents of more than 60 patent holders

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Wachtell, Sullivan & Cromwell guide Capital One’s $35bn Discover acquisition

Biggest global M&A deal since start of 2024 continues rebound in megadeals following fallow 2023

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US ski resort operator Vail Resorts promotes deputy to GC

Julie DeCecco will replace David Shapiro, who is leaving the company later this month

US legal data provider UnitedLex hires former Dell lawyer as inaugural GC

Renee Meisel to head up firm’s newly established general counsel function

Partial win for OpenAI in dispute with high-profile authors

Suit brought against ChatGPT creator partially dismissed by court, but unfair competition action upheld

Skadden secures rare investor-state arbitration award annulment for client in dispute with Iraq

ICSID upholds challenge by Kuwaiti business after first instance tribunal awarded against it

Former FERC chairman James Danly rejoins Skadden to head energy regulatory group

Washington DC-based Danly spent seven years at government energy regulator

Hogan Lovells rings in record results as turnover hits $2.68bn

PEP jumps 20% to $2.74m as transatlantic firm marks return to growth after revenue and profit dips in FY22

USPTO says AI can be on a patent but humans must also make ‘significant contribution’

IP office provides guidance on whether AI can be on a patent application but there is no “bright line” test for determining the necessary input from people

Wachtell, Paul Weiss and Vinson & Elkins shepherd Diamondback’s $26bn Endeavor acquisition

Wachtell acts for Diamondback on acquisition that will make it third-biggest producer in largest US oilfield

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