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A man exits Comcast Corp. headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Comcast Corp. is scheduled to release earnings figures on October 26. Photographer: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg

Whoops! Client Conflict Check Creates $4B Merger

Whoops! Client Conflict Check Creates $4B Merger

Did a Big Law partner’s conflict check accidentally tip off a buyer to a deal in the works and result in one of the biggest media mergers of 2016? That very well could be the case, according to a letter that Comcast general counsel Arthur Block wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Comcast purchased Dreamworks Animation SKG in

Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina and U.S. President Barack ObamaÕs nominee as secretary of transportation, left, shakes hands with Senator William Cowan, a Democrat from Massachusetts, during a Senate Transportation Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

GE Hires Former U.S. Senator Cowan

GE announced this week that it hired Senator William “Mo” Cowan as vice president of litigation and legal policy. Cowan will start the role on April 1, and joins from the law firm Mintz Levin, where he is president and chief executive officer of ML Strategies, the law firm’s government relations and business advisory affiliate.

Signage is displayed outside of a Microsoft Corp. store in Bellevue, Washington, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg

Microsoft is Overhauling How it Hires Outside Law Firms

Microsoft Corp. is planning to overhaul its so-called “preferred provider program,” its internal system that determines which outside law firms the corporation routinely uses, one of its lawyers said. “We’re about to launch a significantly redesigned version of it over the next 12 to 18 months,” said Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel of legal operations and

Viacom Inc. signage is displayed at the company's headquarters in the Times Square area of New York, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

Viacom GC Leaving Company ‘With Very Mixed Emotions’

Viacom general counsel Michael Fricklas is leaving the company, according to internal memos provided to Big Law Business. Fricklas, 56, will stay with the company for an unspecified period of time as the firm identifies his successor, Viacom’s CEO Bob Bakish said in a memo on Friday. In a separate email to friends and colleagues,

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Norton Rose and Chadbourne: Megafirm About to Get Bigger? (Podcast)

  Is another megafirm about to get even bigger? Yesterday, Norton Rose Fulbright and New York-based Chadbourne & Parke both confirmed that they were in discussions to merge. The combined law firm would have nearly 4,000 lawyers and about $2 billion in revenue. Josh Block and Casey Sullivan discuss the likely first candidate for biggest

25th October 1956:  Chimpanzees at Hagenbeck Zoo in Germany imitate the sculpture of the three wise monkeys, Speak No Evil, See No Evil, Hear No Evil.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Law Firm Chairs Silent on Trump’s First 13 Days

After a number of major events have swept the country over President Donald Trump’s first 13 days, Big Law chairs, the outward-facing leaders of law firms who often control internal and external messaging, have found themselves in an awkward position. Just yesterday, Above the Law reported on a firm-wide memo at K&L Gates, written by none


A Chat with Venable’s New Chair

While the country remained fixated on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, another transition took place in Washington, D.C. at the top of one of the city’s large law firms. Stuart P. Ingis, who co-leads the privacy practice at Venable LLP, quietly became chair of his firm, which has nearly 700 lawyers in nine offices

A British police officer stands outside the Supreme Court in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The court's 11 judges are due to give their verdict on a government appeal against a High Court decision that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May should seek the approval of lawmakers before formally starting Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Meddling Lawyers Rejoice as U.K. Tabloids Mourn Brexit Setback

By Patrick Gower and Kit Chellel, Bloomberg News British lawyers celebrated Tuesday after a suit filed by a handful of small and mid-sized law firms defeated the British government and complicated Theresa May’s plan for a quick Brexit. But the country’s pro-leave tabloid newspapers branded the judges and attorneys as elites with contempt for voters.