Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has recruited the global head of the private equity practice at Latham & Watkins.

R. Ronald Hopkinson has represented major private equity firms, including the Carlyle Group and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, on a number of high-profile deals. He was lead counsel to Carlyle and Welsh Carson in their $7 billion acquisition of phone directory company QwestDex in 2002, one of the largest private equity deals ever at the time. He again represented those two funds, along with Blackstone Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., in their $12 billion acquisition of media company VNU Inc., in 2006.

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