Wake Up Call: Latham Global Chief Rich Trobman Moving to NY from London

July 29, 2019, 11:28 AM
  • Latham & Watkins’ London-based global chair, Richard Trobman, who has been leading the firm’s U.K. growth for almost 20 years, will relocate to its New York office by the end of August. His focus will be on the firm’s U.S. growth, according to a report, which Latham confirmed in an email. (The Lawyer) Trobman, a capital markets partner and a former vice chair who joined Latham’s L.A. office straight out of law school in 1991, took over as the firm’s leader last year after the abrupt exit of William Voge in a sexting scandal. (BLB)

  • Latham is advising T-Mobile US Inc. on its $26.5 billion proposed acquisition of Morrison & Foerster client Sprint Corp, in a deal that got the Department of Justice’s OK last week. The deal was based on conditions that T-Mobile and Sprint sell multiple assets to Dish Network Corp. and deploy a nationwide 5G network. Morrison & Foerster is lead counsel to Sprint and its controlling shareholder SoftBank Group, in the acquisition, which the Obama administration had rejected and which still faces a lawsuit filed by a group of states. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; and DLA Piper are also advising T-Mobile. (BN via BLAW) (T-Mobile.com)

  • Bayer AG still plans to appeal after it got a judge to slash a jury’s $2 billion-plus award to a couple who said that Roundup weedkiller, made by Bayer’s Monsanto unit, caused their cancer. Bayer said the decision cutting the award to $86.7 million is a step in the right direction, but it believes scientific evidence presented in the case doesn’t support allegations that Roundup causes cancer. (BN via BLAW) (The Recorder) Bayer, which faces thousands more cases making similar allegations, hired Skadden Arps partner John Beisner in June and set up a special committee to advise its executives on how to deal with the allegations. (BLB)

  • Cooley added Hong Kong-based corporate partner Ferish Patel from Gunderson Dettmer, where Patel was head of the Singapore office. Cooley said the hire is part of its plan to expand in Southeast Asia with its own new Singapore office to be led by Patel, subject to regulatory and other approvals. (Cooley.com)

  • LeClairRyan last week lost a 15-lawyer group to Fox Rothschild, and founder and name partner Gary LeClair also left. Now LeClair Ryan and its joint venture with alternative legal services provider UnitedLex are being sued by a former marketing specialist for gender pay discrimination. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Insurance giant United Healthcare Services Inc., advised by Boies Schiller & Flexner, has settled its antitrust lawsuit against six drug companies over wakefulness drug Provigil. Lawyers from Cravath Swaine & Moore, Kirkland & Ellis, Blank Rome, and Venable, were among firms advising drug companies in the long-running case. (BLAW via BLB)

  • California’s State Bar told people registered to take the state’s bar exam that it accidentally revealed to law school deans the essay topics that will be in this week’s test. (The Recorder)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Stroock & Stroock commercial litigation and government affairs partner Josh Sohn is set to become administrative partner for the firm’s New York litigation practice group, effective Thursday, Aug. 1. (Stroock.com)

  • Proskauer Rose represented Ohio-based doctor group Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and McGuireWoods advised Revelstoke Capital Partners, a Denver-based healthcare services private equity firm, in their deal to launch a management services organization aimed at fueling Beacon’s growth. (Global Legal Chronicle)

  • DLA Piper client Genomma Lab Internacional S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican pharmaceutical and personal care company, got a Mexican government green light to make a public offering of short- and long-term senior notes valued at about $523 million (10 billion Mexican pesos). (DLAPiper.com)

Laterals, Moves

  • Epstein Becker Green hired veteran health care regulatory attorney Julie Watson Lampley as a member in Nashville. She joins from Butler Snow, where she had led the firmwide healthcare industry team and the healthcare regulatory and transactions practice group. (EBGLaw.com)

  • Littler, the management-side worklaw firm, added partner Karl A. Fritton as a shareholder in Philadelphia. Fritton joined from Reed Smith, where he led the labor and employment practice group. (Pennsylvania Record)

  • Greenspoon Marder hired former Dentons and Baker McKenzie international finance partner Michael Smith as a partner in New York in its corporate & business practice group. It also added three other attorneys to the group in Los Angeles, Miami, and Denver. (GMLaw.com)

  • Troutman Sanders named employment law and commercial litigation partner Román Hernández as head of its Portland, Oregon, office. He succeeds the firm’s Portland office-founder Lara Skidmore, who died earlier this month. (Troutman.com)


  • A new group of Southeast Asian legal tech startups, law firms, legal departments, and regulators is aiming to build and nurture a legal tech “ecosystem” in the region. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The Federal Trade Commission’s $5 billion settlement with Facebook Inc. “fails to safeguard the interests of Facebook users,” a Washington D.C-based privacy group says in a court filing. (Bloomberg Law)

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

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

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