Author Archives: Gabe Friedman

U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photographs after signing an Executive Order related to the review of the Dodd-Frank Act in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Photographer: Aude Guerrucci/Pool via Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Trump Appoints Lawyer to Review Mergers

Wake Up Call: Trump Appoints Lawyer to Review Mergers

• President Trump on Monday named Makan Delrahim, a former government antitrust enforcer and corporate lobbyist, to lead the Justice Department’s review of mergers and acquisitions. Delrahim is a deputy counsel to Trump, joining his team from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. (New York Times) • The U.S. Supreme Court grappled over whether to upend a

An employee sprays anti-oxidant solution on a pile of copper plates at the Southern Copper Corp. refinery in Ilo, Peru, on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Peru posted its biggest trade surplus in five years in December, as rising copper output and higher prices boosted exports. The South American country last year overtook China to became the world's biggest copper producer after Chile, allowing it to record its first annual trade surplus in three years. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

DLA Piper Expands in Peru to Boost ‘Brand Equity’

How much does law firm branding matter these days? It means everything if you’re a giant global firm opening offices across the world, and operating in markets far from home, according to Roger Meltzer, DLA Piper’s global co-chairman. “Brand equity, in general, for a global firm, is its stock in trade,” said Meltzer, in an

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WilmerHale Partner Returns After Civil Rights Stint in DOJ

WilmerHale announced that Danielle Conley is rejoining the firm as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office after spending a little more than a year as an associate deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice. In June 2015, Deputy Assistant Attorney Sally Yates contacted Conley and hired her as a primary advisor on civil rights issues. She

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Big Data Playing Bigger Role in Antitrust Review

Last December, Microsoft won early approval from the European Commission to purchase the professional networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, despite lingering antitrust concerns. A key to its success? Microsoft “agreed to add Xing AG, Germany’s biggest professional-networking site, to its Windows software to eliminate opposition in the European Union antitrust review,” Bloomberg reported. By demonstrating that

William R. McLucas of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hall and Dorr testifies at a joint meeting between the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on harmonizing financial regulation in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, September 3, 2009. Photographer: Brendan Hoffman/Bloomberg News

Two Insiders on SEC’s Possible Future Under Clayton

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Walter “Jay” Clayton is set on Thursday to testify in front of the Senate’s Banking Committee for a hearing on his nomination to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission. Clayton’s ties to Wall Street — his law firm has represented numerous banks during the bailout era, and his wife works at Goldman Sachs

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Trump to Cut Legal Aid, Lawyers Doubt Congress Will Approve

Despite the fact that President Donald J. Trump released his draft federal budget on Thursday and called for a complete defunding of the Legal Services Corp. — the country’s primary funder of civil legal assistance for low-income people — leaders at the organization remain optimistic about the future. In an interview with Big Law Business, Jim Sandman,

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PwC’s Takeover of ‘The World’s Best Tax Law Firm’

In a move that illustrates how the professional services market is changing, about half of General Electric’s tax department — once described as as ‘the world’s best tax law firm’ — is moving to PwC in April. Under the deal, about 600 people — the majority said to be lawyers or accountants — were offered positions at PwC where they

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Viacom Names New General Counsel, Shuffles Legal Department

Viacom announced it’s promoting one of its in-house attorneys Christa D’Alimonte as its next executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. D’Alimonte, who replaces the company’s longtime top lawyer Michael Fricklas, had been a deputy general counsel. She joined the company in 2012 from Shearman & Sterling, where she had been deputy practice group leader of

A statue of Albert Gallatin stands outside the entrance of the US Treasurey Building in Washington DC. on February 25, 2005. Photographer:  Ken Cedeno/Bloomberg News

Law Firm Partner’s Twitter Account Draws Questions During Vetting

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Brent McIntosh holds an impressive resume with stints in the White House and top positions in the U.S. Department of Justice. Will his use of Twitter sabotage the next stage in his career, as the proposed general counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department? The co-head of S&C’s cybersecurity practice had been selected to be the agency’s top