Wake Up Call: IBM, Advised by Hogan Lovells, Said to Get Nod for Red Hat Deal

May 8, 2019, 11:38 AM
  • IBM, advised by Hogan Lovells, got the Justice Department’s antitrust approval for its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, the Linux distribution developer and open source cloud software leader, according to reports. (ZDNet) Other firms previously reported advising in the deal include Paul Weiss; Skadden; Debevoise & Plimpton; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. (American Lawyer) (Global Legal Chronicle)

  • A New Jersey Democratic political boss and insurance broker, George Norcross, has assembled an all-star legal team to contest the New Jersey governor’s task force tax credit probe that has been scrutinizing over a billion dollars in tax breaks received by companies and other entities linked to him or his brother, Philip Norcross. Norcross-linked companies have hired former state Attorney General Christopher Porrino, now a partner and litigation department chair at Lowenstein Sandler, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and former federal judge Herb Stern, now a criminal defense attorney, among others, according to reports. (BN via BLAW) (New Jersey Globe) (NJ Spotlight) (ProPublica.org)

  • On orders from the White House, former White House counsel Don McGahn, now back at Jones Day as a partner, is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. (Politico)

  • Big Four accounting firm Deloitte and law firm Epstein Becker Green have formed an unconventional strategic alliance. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Prosecutors in the prostitution solicitation case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft asked a judge to declare two of his attorneys, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partners William Burck and Alex Spiro, in contempt for allegedly lying. (NBCNews.com)

  • A new initiative, “The Fourth Floor,” aimed at hooking up veteran female business in-house counsel with female entrepreneurs is set to officially launch next week at Davis Wright & Tremaine‘s New York office. (Corporate Counsel)

  • The National Football League concussion fund is in another legal fight with retired players, this time over a proposed rule change that would make it more difficult for former players to travel long distances for concussion-related doctors appointments. (NBCPhiladelphia.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • The U.K.'s legal profession regulator said it referred 26 law firms into its “disciplinary processes” for compliance shortfalls with its money laundering rules, including having insufficient risk assessments and failing to adequately ensure their clients complied with the rules. It doesn’t name the firms. (SRA.ork.uk)

  • Michigan’s CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary Consumers Energy promoted in-house attorney Shaun Johnson to be its new senior vice president and general counsel. Johnson, the company’s VP and deputy general counsel since April 2016, takes over from the retiring Catherine Reynolds May 16. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Above The Law founder David Lat, who recently announced plans to join the recruitment firm Lateral Link as a managing director, talked recently about the site’s impact and his motivations for making the move, among other subjects. (American Lawyer)

  • A Fox Rothschild partner who has represented a pornography production company in over 2,000 copyright infringement lawsuits has left the firm to start his own boutique. (American Lawyer)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Barnes & Thornburg said corporate attorney Jason Myers joined the firm as a partner in Dallas. Myers arrives from Hudson Advisors, a global asset management company, where he was director and senior counsel. He previously spent 11 years at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas as counsel. (BTLaw.com)

  • Loeb & Loeb said trusts and estates lawyer Rachel D. Mansdorf joined the firm as a partner in New York. She was previously at Cozen O’Connor. (Loeb.com)

  • Cooley said former Virginia federal prosecutor Daniel J. Grooms joined the firm’s white collar practice as a partner in Washington. His 15-year career at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia includes two years as chief of the office’s criminal division, and other top positions. (Cooley)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS said retired Orange County (California) Superior Court judge Franz E. Miller joined its Orange County panel. (JAMSadr.com)

  • Goodwin said technology and venture capital lawyer Dan Goldberg joined the firm as a partner in New York. According to his LinkedIn, he arrives after more than 11 years at Gunderson Dettmer, most recently as a partner, and spent three years at Covington & Burling as an associate. (GoodwinLaw.com)

  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton said veteran municipal insolvencies lawyer Lawrence A. Larose joined the firm in New York as a partner in its finance and bankruptcy practice group. Joining from Norton Rose Fulbright, he’ll lead Sheppard Mullin’s municipal restructuring team. (SheppardMullin.com)

  • Quarles & Brady said outgoing National Indian Gaming Commission chairman Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri will join the firm May 20 as Washington-based chair of the firm’s law and policy group serving Native American communities and tribal nations. (Quarles.com)

  • Chicago-based Levenfeld Pearlstein hired trusts and estates partner Shannon Hartzler as a partner. According to her LinkedIn, Hartzler, who arrives from a local Chicago firm, earlier in her career spent three years as an associate at Mayer Brown. (LPLegal.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Jones Day represented tobacco company R.J. Reynolds and Shook, Hardy & Bacon represented Philip Morris, as the two companies got a Florida trial judge disqualified in a tobacco trial because he had represented 19 tobacco plaintiffs and deposed tobacco company officials before his appointment to the bench. (BLAW)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; Molly Ward at mward@bloomberglaw.com

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