Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: NY Federal Prosecutor of Michael Cohen Joins Investment Bank

Sept. 4, 2019, 12:00 PM
  • Former Kirkland & Ellis partner Robert Khuzami, who as a senior New York federal prosecutor led the prosecution of President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, left his post earlier this year to return home to Washington. Now Khuzami, also a former director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division and senior in-house lawyer at Deutsche Bank, has joined asset manager and investment bank Guggenheim Partners, one of his old clients, as a managing partner and chief legal officer. (New York Law Journal) (Press Release) (NYT)

  • LeClairRyan, advised by Hunton Andrews Kurth, filed for Chapter 11 protection in Virginia yesterday, following years of tumbling revenue and partner exits. Partners at the Richmond-based firm voted to dissolve in August. (BLAW via BLB) The filing could keep the firm’s creditors and partners busy for years. (American Lawyer)

  • Campbell Soup Co., advised by Weil, Gotshal & Manges, agreed to sell its European potato chips business to Valeo Foods for about $80 million. Willkie Farr & Gallagher represented CapVest and its portfolio company Valeo Foods in the deal. (BN)

  • Hurricane Dorian forced closure of law firm offices and several federal and state courts from Florida to South Carolina yesterday. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Squire Patton Boggs added former PayPal and Axiom data protection counsel Lydia de la Torre as of counsel in its Palo Alto, California office. She arrives from from Santa Clara Law School, where she was co-director of the Data Privacy Certificate Program. (SquirePattonBoggs.com)

  • Federal Communications Commission General Counsel Tom Johnson announced promotions in his legal team. Current deputy GC for litigation, David Gosset, moved up to deputy GC and chief of staff. Current deputy GC for administrative law Ashley Boizelle succeeded Gosset as deputy GC for litigation, and current special counsel to Johnson Michael Carlson moved into Boizelle’s former slot. (FCC.gov)

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hired two lawyers to replace his recently departed counsel, Alphonso David. He hired former Williams & Connolly partner Kumiki Gibson, who was counsel to Vice President Al Gore among other roles, as his new counsel. He hired former Wilson Elser lawyer Elizabeth Garvey, recently assistant counsel to the New York State Senate, as special counsel. (New York Law Journal)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • DLA Piper hired a top General Motors lawyer, Paul Hemmersbaugh, as a partner and chair of its transportation regulatory and litigation group, in Washington. Hemmersbaugh was previously chief counsel to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where he oversaw the largest recall in U.S. history. (DLAPiper.com)

  • BakerHostetler hired privacy and data protection specialist Daniel Pepper as a partner in Philadelphia, getting him from telecommunications giant Comcast, where he was a senior legal and privacy executive. (Bakerlaw.com)

  • Former SEC international affairs office director Paul Leder joined Washington-based Miller & Chevalier Chartered as of counsel in its litigation department, boosting the firm’s securities enforcement, international anti-corruption, and white collar defense practices. (MillerChevalier.com)

  • The NFL’s New York Jets promoted its longtime general counsel Hymie Elhai to be its president but haven’t said yet who will replace him. (NewYorkJets.com)

  • King & Spalding hired ex-Venable partner and Justice Department veteran Alicia O’Brien as a partner in its government matters practice group in Washington. (BLAW via BLB)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Repay Holdings Corporation, which provides realtime electronic payment solutions, hired its longtime outside lawyer, Troutman Sanders partner Tyler B. Dempsey, as its new general counsel. Dempsey was previously at King & Spalding. (Yahoo! Finance)

  • New York-based Hughes Hubbard & Reed elected Paris-based anti-corruption and internal investigations attorney Nicolas Tollet to partner. Tollet joined the firm as counsel in December 2016 from French engineering company Technip, where he was VP for group compliance. (HughesHubbard.com)

  • Legal tech platform Reynen Court hired veteran product manager Tim Klem to lead its efforts to improve interoperability between and among third-party legal tech software applications. (ReyenCourt.com)

  • Hogan Lovells hired Ernst & Young national tax principal Josh Scala as a San Francisco-based corporate partner in its real estate investment trust tax practice. Scala, who was earlier a transactional tax attorney at Arnold & Porter in Washington and San Francisco, advises on tax treatment of complex real estate development transactions. (HoganLovells.com)

  • Frost Brown Todd added two financial services industry lawyers in Louisville: former Bank One and JPMorgan Chase in-house compliance officer Nancy Eff Presnell and veteran public and project finance attorney Laura Theilmann. (FrostBrownTodd.com)

  • DLA Piper added former SEC enforcement lawyer George Demos in its litigation practice in Sacramento, California. (DLAPiper.com)

  • Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS added retired Illinois Appellate Court judge Mary Anne Mason to its Chicago panel. (JAMSadr.com)

Legal Decisions

  • Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem’s press credentials must be reinstated, a federal judge ordered yesterday, in a win for Karem and his Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher attorney Theodore Boutrous. (National Law Journal)

  • Nigeria is fighting a breach-of-contract judgment in a London arbitration that has reached $9 billion and could go higher, stemming from a failed energy project. That judgment, one of the biggest a company has ever won from a sovereign state, may have all started with an elaborate sham by a politically connected Irishman, now dead. Appearing in this story are the infamous Panamanian money laundering law firm Mossack Fonseca, Kobre & Kim, a global firm that specializes in disputes and investigations involving international fraud and misconduct, and a Big Law attorney working for Nigeria. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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 in Washington at mward@bloomberglaw.com

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