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Wake Up Call: Dentons’ Vast Ambitions

June 11, 2015, 12:50 PM

Below is a list of recent developments in the legal industry:

Dentons has non-disclosure agreements with 21 firms “around the world to negotiate potential future mergers, with a view to expanding the firm’s presence in Europe and Asia and gaining a foothold in Latin America” and is looking to expand in Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands as well as new regions such as Japan, Australia and the entirety of Latin America. Dentons chairman Joe Andrew toldThe Lawyerthat the firm’s focus was not solely on regions where it does not currently have a presence. (The Lawyer)

• A federal magistrate judge in Pittsburgh recommended that Kirkland & Ellis should be disqualified from representing Teva Pharmaceuticals in its hostile bid for Myland NV because the firm also has represented the latter. Kirkland plans to appeal the ruling to the chief judge in Pittsburgh . (Big Law Business)

Blank Rome has acquired a 24-lawyer intellectual property law firm , Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri, which includes 11 partners in Houston. (Big Law Business)

• Litigation finance company Burford Capital now works with “ more than 75% of the Am Law 100 ″ according to its CEO. (Big Law Business)

• In a “straightforward tone with little expression,” the former controller at Dewey & LeBoeuf testified Wednesday he had falsified the firm’s accounting records at the beginning of 2009 in order to make it appear that the firm’s net income was greater than it really was in 2008. The adjustments were made in response to instructions from the firm’s former finance director, Francis Canellas, who has also pleaded guilty. The names of the three defendants on trial rarely came up during the testimony. (American Lawyer)

Indianapolis-based Barnes & Thornburg opened a Dallas office with 2 local lawyers and hopes to grow the location to 15 to 20 lawyers within a year. (Texas Lawyer)

Williams & Connolly received a subpoena in the civil fraud case in Washington, D.C. against its onetime client Lance Armstrong. Lawyers for Floyd Landis Landis served Williams & Connolly with a subpoena for documents in early May, and the firm is refusing to turn them over. (Legal Times)

• Arnold Gulkowitz has departed as head of Dickstein Shapiro’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group to start his own restructuring boutique in New York called Gulkowitz Berger. Dickstein’s head count dropped 21 percent last year , and it now has fewer than 200 lawyers. (American Lawyer)

The National Cannabis Bar Association is to be launched at the end of this month with board members from six US states and an annual membership fee of $150. (Global Legal Post)

• The American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions has denied provisional accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School . (National Law Journal)

• The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has started a new initiative to help ex-convicts reintegrate into society by getting them loans, an education and drug treatment. (ABA Journal)