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COPPER NICKLES Covington & Burling partner Peter Nickles scored a victory on Aug. 29 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Nickles led a team representing the Southern Peru Copper Corp., which had been sued under the Alien Tort Claims Act by eight Peruvian citizens. The plaintiffs alleged the environmental effects and health risks stemming from the company’s mining and smelting activities violated international law. A unanimous three-judge panel rejected the claim, ruling it was “entirely inconsistent with our understanding of customary international law.” — Jenna Greene MCDERMOTT’S AMORE Italy’s oldest existing law firm, Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato, has become part of McDermott, Will & Emery. With 70 lawyers and tax professionals, or “fiscalists,” Carnelutti counts Italian and foreign investment banks and financial groups as clients. Firm professionals specialize in regulatory and legal advice related to Consob — the Italian equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission — as well as corporate, labor, and M&A issues. “A top-tier presence in Italy is an important strategic move that strengthens McDermott’s position in Europe,” says firm vice chairman Alan Olson. — J.G LONDON CALLING Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering last week added Robert Bratby as counsel in the firm’s London office. Bratby joins Wilmer from COLT Telecoms Group, where he held various positions, including managing the legal and regulatory department. At Wilmer, he’ll work closely with communications group partner Stephanie Liston. Both are alumni of Baker & McKenzie in London, where they worked together on numerous transactions and regulatory projects. — J.G. SHANGHAI SURPRISE Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker has opened an office in Shanghai, the firm’s fourth outpost in Asia. The office is led by Mitch Dudek, formerly partner-in-charge of the Shanghai office of Jones Day. Also joining the office is attorney Gregory Wells from Morgan Stanley in Asia. — J.G.

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