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By common practice, by wise precaution, and sometimes by law, advising corporate executives on big deals is a hush-hush business. So you might not know the names of the 10 attorneys profiled here. But they shine behind the scenes. Their specialty is the life cycle of the American company — from venture capital funding to initial public offerings, from mergers to acquisitions, and some very complex variations thereof. Their work is often judged by the amount of money that moves around; assets worth millions and billions of dollars change hands. But many have a special place in their heart for the startup company with no money and a big dream. With good legal advice, maybe it will go far. How did we choose them? We solicited suggestions from our readers and staff. Freelance reporter Tania Anderson talked to in-house counsel, venture capitalists, investment bankers, private practitioners, and others who work with corporate lawyers. And then we drew up a list, checked it more than twice, revised it several times, and, finally, chose our leading 10. To learn more about Legal Times ‘ Leading Lawyers series, click here. We have one more report this year, on immigration law specialists (nominations are due July 17).
Dealmaking 2006: Have I Got a Deal Maker for You Deal makers, especially in the Washington, D.C., area, don’t necessarily specialize in one type of business transaction. The following 10 lawyers have been the silent architects behind some of the biggest business deals in the Washington region. by Tania AndersonGun-Shy Lawyers at the OK Transaction In-house counsel need to be skeptical of overly cautious gun-jumping advice, like some counsel are overreacting to the Department of Justice’s recent gun-jumping lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc., which can jeopardize the success of corporate transactions. by Darren S. Tucker and Bilal SayyedIn Securities Deals, Plan for the Regulators Because of the highly regulated nature of the securities industry, achieving the important goal of closing speed (as well as establishing a framework for efficient post-closing integration) requires thinking through from the outset the regulatory issues that may arise in the transaction. by John V. Ayanian, Stephen H. Cohen, Monica L. Parry, and Beth D. Kiesewetter

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