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Wake Up Call: 2 Big Firms Advise as Daimler Truck Unit Buys Share of U.S. Self-Driving Tech Co.

April 1, 2019, 11:40 AM
  • Hughes Hubbard advised Daimler AG’s truck unit, the world’s biggest commercial vehicle manufacturer, which agreed to buy a majority stake in U.S. autonomous driving tech company Torc Robotics for undisclosed terms. Cooley advised Torc Robotics in the deal, which is part of Daimler’s plan to spend more than 500 million euros ($561 million) to start running highly automated vehicles on U.S. roads. (Mergers & Acquisitions) (BN) (Cooley)

  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is getting back former SEC commissioner Daniel Gallagher, who most recently is the chief legal officer at generic drugmaker Mylan, where, among other things, he helped deal with the political backlash that followed the company’s price hikes for the EpiPen allergic emergency shot. Gallagher’s career has alternated various stretches at WilmerHale, as an associate, counsel, and partner, with in-house jobs at financial services and pharmaceutical companies. (BN)

  • Gallagher was at WilmerHale as a partner in 2011 when he was appointed to the Securities and Exchange Commission as a Republican member. He’s returning later this month as a Washington- and New York-based partner, serving as deputy chair of the firm’s securities department. (National Law Journal)

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher client Insight Partners, a New York-based venture capital and private equity firm, invested over $100 million in PayIt, a public payments platform designed for public services. (TechCrunch)

  • Sidley Austin said it recruited London-based white collar attorney Sara George, who a was a partner at U.K. firm Stephenson Harwood and previously was a prosecutor for the Financial Services Authority. She joins Sidley as a partner in its securities and derivatives enforcement and regulatory practice. (BusinessWire)

  • Lowenstein Sandler hired two prominent litigators as partners in its white-collar criminal defense practice in New York City. They are former Manhattan attorney, Rachel Maimin, who played a key role in the prosecution of Michael Cohen, the former President Trump personal lawyer, and former SEC senior counsel H. Gregory Baker. (American Lawyer)

  • Attorney General William Barr says he is preparing a redacted version of Robert Mueller’s 400-page special counsel report to release in mid-April, with help from Mueller. (National Law Journal) Even before Mueller had completed his investigation into alleged Trump collusion with Russia, the fight over who would get to see its findings had begun. (BN via BLAW)

  • The Hollywood Reporter, in a recent profile of Davis Wright Tremaine’s First Amendment work, calls the Seattle-based firm the media’s best line of defense in the age of Donald Trump’s war on so-called fake news. It says the firm has an “outsize influence on the media at a particularly critical moment,” through work that ranges from vetting jokes for late-night comedians to helping defend the rights of CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post. (Hollywood Reporter)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • DLA Piper represented Hyper Pet LLC, a Wichita, Kansas-based provider of pet goods and accessories, in its acquisition of OurPet’s Company, an Ohio-based pet supply company. ( (

  • Three real estate transactional partners are leaving one of Trump’s go-to law firms, New York-based Kasowitz Benson Torres, to join Texas-based firm Vinson & Elkins, according to a report. The partners, including real estate transactions group head Wallace Schwartz, Julia Sanabria, and Adam Endick, had previously worked together at Skadden. (New York Law Journal)

  • The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association accused authorities who dropped felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett over his report of a hate crime attack of misleading the public on the law and circumstances surrounding the dismissal. (WTOP)


  • Google is getting criticism after reportedly halting its distribution of advertisements in China for two websites that review anti-censorship software. (Financial Times)

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