North America/US

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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Deals | US

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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Deals | US

GoDaddy swipes right for Match Group CLO to head up legal team

Jared Sine replaces Michele Lau, who departed last year to rejoin McKesson

Microsoft, Ford GCs among in-house teams collaborating on generative AI initiative

Factor’s The Sense Collective project seeks to accelerate AI adoption in corporate legal departments

Las Vegas Sphere-owner appoints legal chief from dating app Bumble

Laura Franco will also head up the legal team at Madison Square Garden Entertainment

Polsinelli secures 10-strong Maynard Nexsen cybersecurity team

Team including four former Maynard practice leaders joins across Birmingham, Raleigh and New York

Revlon announces GC change as bankruptcy-era legal chief steps down

David Schwartz will replace Andrew Kidd, who helped steer Revlon through its recent Chapter 11 proceedings

Arnold & Porter adds six partner team across US from BCLP

Multi-practice team joins across Chicago, Denver and New York

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Max Hill KC joins King & Spalding in London

Atlanta-based firm cites ‘ever-increasing convergence of the civil, criminal and regulatory strands of the law’

End in sight to dispute between BMW, patent monetiser and Susman Godfrey

Law firm had tried to withdraw as counsel, but parties now working on settlement in long running patent infringement action

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Legalweek organiser condemns reported instances of sexual harassment at offsite parties

ALM pledges to champion ‘meaningful, positive change’ within legaltech community after LinkedIn post by woman attendee goes viral

Paul Weiss secures Dechert’s mass tort co-head in Los Angeles

Kimberly Branscome joins having counselled GSK, 3M and Johnson & Johnson in high-profile litigation

Neiman Marcus Group makes interim CLO’s role permanent

Tom Mattei takes over from Hannah Kim who has joined Chicago-based market research business Circana