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In his first big merger of the year, Charles Ruck helped biotechnology giant Amgen Inc. acquire the biotech company Tularik Inc. for $1.3 billion. Ruck is a mergers and acquisitions partner in the corporate department of Latham & Watkins. In 2002, Ruck served on the team that guided Amgen Inc.’s $17.7 billion merger with the drug company Immunex. Founded in 1980, Amgen creates products with the latest advancements in molecular biology, and now bills itself as the world’s largest biotechnology company. He also advised the pharmaceutical company TheraSense when it was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in a billion-dollar deal. Last year, Ruck also closed several multibillion-dollar deals for the gaming giant Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., and served as counsel to the principal in Harrah’s announced $9 billion acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Inc. He oversaw a series of mergers that included casinos, gaming companies and hotels, making Harrah’s a visible leader in the gaming industry. In the past, he has represented an impressive list of banking clients, including Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, advising them in acquisitions and depositions. Besides his corporate work, Ruck was a past president of the Orange County [Calif.] Big Brothers/Big Sisters board.

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