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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump during a news conference in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

General Counsel in the U.S. are Bullish on Trump

General Counsel in the U.S. are Bullish on Trump

In a new survey, a majority of chief legal officers at U.S. companies expressed optimism that their business operations will be positively affected when Donald J. Trump takes control of the White House as U.S. President. The phone survey, conducted by the legal market research firm Acritas, covered 101 U.S. general counsels or their equivalent

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The 2017 Litigation Playing Field Has Changed in Two Big Ways 

As the world prepares itself for a new presidential administration, no one knows for sure what the future holds. But the lawyers at Crowell & Moring took a hard look at the potential litigation landscape in 2017 and compiled their findings in a new report. The report, here, covers a lot of ground, but we caught


SEC’s Power to Recoup Illegal Profits Draws High Court Scrutiny

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to rule on the scope of a favorite tool used by securities regulators to recoup money from people found to have violated federal laws. The court said it will decide whether the Securities and Exchange Commission is bound by a five-year statute of limitations when it seeks “disgorgement,” or the

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Dershowitz Joins Team Challenging Delaware Chancery Decision

Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional law attorney and Harvard Law professor, is joining the legal team for an appellant in a case that could test the authority of the Delaware Chancery Court, one of the most powerful business courts in the country. In the case, Delaware Chancery Court Judge Andre Bouchard last May ordered that TransPerfect, a


The Real List of Top M&A Law Firms in 2016

What’s the best way to rank law firms by M&A? The question was raised after Big Law Business published a post this week about how law firms fared in 2016 on the M&A front. The article focused on the business impact of M&A rainmaker Scott Barshay decamping Cravath, Swaine & Moore, to join Paul, Weiss,

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How to Plan a Law Firm Leadership Succession (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author is the former chair of a large U.S. law firm and this is part two of a two-part article on law firm leadership succession best practices. Part One, “How to Manage a Law Firm Leadership Succession,” addressed the importance of identifying and nurturing partners with the strongest leadership potential. By Donald

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Wake Up Call: Sessions Stresses He’s Fit to Be AG

• Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions tried to reassure U.S. Senators that he’s fit to be U.S. attorney general, during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. (Bloomberg) Former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP who has described himself as an LGBT rights advocate, endorsed Sessions for the job, in a letter

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Atlanta’s Shifting Legal Landscape (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this post is a legal recruiter based in Atlanta By DeVane Tidwell, Director in Partner Development, Major, Lindsey & Africa On December 16, 2016, partners from UK firm Eversheds LLP and Atlanta-based Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan voted to merge to create a 2,300 person global firm to be named Eversheds Sutherland. The

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Despite Barshay Exit, Cravath Scores High M&A Rankings

Last year, when Cravath, Swaine & Moore lost one of its top M&A partners, lawyers questioned what kind of an effect that would have on the elite New York firm, which operates out of only two offices, Manhattan and London, in an increasingly cross-border M&A market. The answer to that question is becoming a little bit

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As Big Banks’ FX Case Ends, Judge Urges Probe of Traders

By Erik Larson, Tom Schoenberg, and Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg News A federal judge urged U.S. authorities to pursue prosecutions against individuals as part of their investigation into the manipulation of currency markets as he accepted penalties against four of the world’s largest banks. In handing down the penalties at a sentencing hearing in Bridgeport, Connecticut,