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(Reuters) – Andre Bouchard, who retired as chancellor of the Delaware Court docket of Chancery earlier this 12 months, has joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as a litigation associate in Wilmington, the agency mentioned Monday.
Bouchard retired in April from the Chancery Court docket – one of many nation’s prime enterprise courts, particularly for shareholder and company governance issues – after serving as chancellor since 2014.
Because the sixth legal professional to hitch Paul Weiss’ Wilmington workplace, the agency mentioned Bouchard will focus his follow on particular committee and investigative issues, company and compliance points and litigation technique.
“[Paul Weiss] has a client base that deals with some of the most complex legal and business challenges, including many of the most significant matters that are in Delaware, and I witnessed that first hand,” Bouchard mentioned in an interview.
Throughout his seven-year tenure because the courtroom’s head decide, Bouchard issued numerous rulings that cemented or proposed new interpretations of the state’s company regulation.
He oversaw high-profile instances, such because the merger dispute between Viacom, Inc. and CBS Company and the latest restructuring battle involving shared workspace firm WeWork.
In 2016, his resolution to reject plaintiffs attorneys’ price award request in a settlement that solely resulted in extra disclosures concerning Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia was the ultimate blow to disclosure-only M&A settlements filed within the courtroom. The choice in the end precipitated many shareholder attorneys to maneuver their deal challenges to different courts.
Previous to his appointment to the Delaware bench, Bouchard was in non-public follow for almost three a long time, together with 17 years main a company and business litigation boutique he based alongside present Paul Weiss of counsel Stephen Lamb.
Their boutique agency Lamb & Bouchard grew to become Bouchard & Friedlander when Lamb left the agency to turn into a vice chancellor for the Delaware Court docket of Chancery in 1997. The agency was renamed Friedlander & Gorris when Bouchard joined the courtroom in 2014.
“Andy adds unparalleled strategic firepower to our thriving Delaware and M&A litigation practices,” Paul Weiss litigation division co-chair Jessica Carey mentioned in an announcement.
The agency has had an workplace in Wilmington since 2009.
(Extra reporting by Sierra Jackson)
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