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News Corp. has retained New York’s Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld L.L.P. for its proposed $5.35 billion purchase of Chris-Craft Industries Inc., Chris-Craft’s BHC Communications Inc. and United Television Inc. affiliates. Chris-Craft has hired New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom L.L.P., and BHC and UTV have hired New York’s Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler L.L.P. The Squadron Ellenoff attorneys are partners Jeffrey W. Rubin, Ira S. Scheinfeld, Howard M. Topaz, Philip A. Altman, Stephen Paradise, Michael Starr and Joseph R. Rackman; and associates Jessica Cullen Smith, Brian Stephen and Jeffrey Tolin. The Skadden attorneys are partners Joseph H. Flom, Lou R. Kling, Howard L. Ellin, Stuart N. Alperin and Phillip Adams; and associates Alexander Johnson, James A. Meschewski, Adam D. Chassin and William J. Weiss. The Kaye Scholer attorneys representing BHC are partners Lynn Toby Fisher, Joel I. Greenberg and Sydney Unger; and associates Rina Teran and Rakesh Patel. The Chris-Craft interests have also retained Marvin Diamond, of Boston’s Law Offices of Marvin Diamond, as regulatory counsel. In addition, special committees of the boards of directors of BHC and UTV have hired outside counsel. The BHC committee is represented in the deal by New York’s Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman L.L.P.; the attorneys are partners Charles I. Weissman and Adam M. Fox, and associate Charles Speiss. The UTV committee has retained New York’s Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel L.L.P. Attorneys involved are partners Thomas D. Balliett, Thomas E. Constance and Cynthia Mann; and associate Michael Mayerfeld. The News Corp. in-house team: Arthur M. Siskind, senior executive vice president and group general counsel; Lawrence A. Jacobs, senior vice president and deputy general counsel; and, at the News America Inc. division, Ellen S. Agress, senior vice president and deputy general counsel; Janet L. Nova and Michael L. Bunder, both vice presidents and associate general counsel. Brian C. Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel of Chris-Craft, is handling the deal in-house for the other side.

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