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Ex-GC William Rosoff to Head Akin Gump Beijing Office
The Asian Lawyer
William Rosoff was most recently a mergers and acquisitions partner in the New York office of Philadelphias Cozen OConnor. He joined that firm in 2009 from the New York office of OMelveny & Myers, where he was also a partner.
Rosoff was general counsel of Marsh & McLennan from 2000 to 2004, when he resigned amid a probe by then-New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer into bid-rigging at the insurance brokerage. In 2005, Marsh & McLennan paid $850 million to settle civil fraud charges brought by Spitzers office.
Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, Rosoff was a New York partner with Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he began his career in 1978. He left the firm in 1997 for a brief stint as general counsel for food-and-cigarette giant RJR Nabisco, where he oversaw that companys breakup, including the sale of its Nabisco unit to Kraft Foods Inc. and its international tobacco division to Japan Tobacco Inc. He returned to Davis Polk in 1999.
In a statement, Akin Gump said the addition of Rosoff was another step forward in building a leading M&A practice in the region. The firm said he would be working closely with lawyers in its Hong Kong office, which opened earlier this year.
Rosoff replaces as Akin Gump Beijing office head Spencer Griffith, who is relocating to the firms Washington, D.C. office.
This article originally appeared in The Asian Lawyer.