Star Bulk to Acquire Excel Maritime Fleet

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Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that it has entered into definitive agreements with Paul, Weiss client Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. to acquire 34 operating vessels for aggregate consideration of $634.91 million, comprised of 29.917 million shares of Star Bulk common stock and $288.39 million in cash. Upon completion of the transaction, Star Bulk's position as the largest U.S. listed dry bulk company will be further enhanced, with a fleet of 103 vessels on a fully delivered basis.

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KPS to Sell Waupaca Foundry to Hitachi Metals for $1.3 Billion

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Paul, Weiss client KPS Capital Partners, LP announced that it has signed a definitive agreement, through an affiliate, to sell portfolio company Waupaca Foundry, Inc. to Hitachi Metals, Ltd. for $1.3 billion in cash. Completion of the transaction, which is expected to close during the fourth quarter, is subject to customary closing conditions.

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Susanna Buergel, Michele Hirshman and Beth Wilkinson Named in Benchmark’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation”

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Susanna Buergel, Michele Hirshman and Beth Wilkinson are featured in Benchmark Litigation's "Top 250 Women in Litigation." The results of Benchmark Litigation are based on a six-month period of extensive interviews with litigators and their clients as well as the selected lawyers' recent case work.

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NorthStar Realty to Acquire Griffin-American in $4 Billion Transaction

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Paul, Weiss client NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. and Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II, Inc. announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which NorthStar Realty will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Griffin-American in a stock and cash transaction valued at $4 billion, including approximately $600 million of debt, establishing NorthStar Realty as a leading investor in the healthcare real estate sector.

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International Strategy & Investment To Be Acquired by Evercore

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As reported in The New York Times "Dealbook," Bloomberg and other media outlets, Evercore announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the operating business of Paul, Weiss client International Strategy & Investment, a leading independent research-driven equity sales and agency trading firm. Evercore will also acquire the approximately 40 percent interest in its Institutional Equities business not currently owned by the company.

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Oak Hill to Sell ViaWest to Shaw Communications

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Oak Hill Capital Partners and other shareholders have entered in to a definitive agreement to sell Oak Hill portfolio company and Paul, Weiss client ViaWest, Inc., to Shaw Communications Inc., one of the largest Canadian telecommunications and media businesses, for an enterprise value of $1.2 billion.

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Preferred Sands Closes on Comprehensive Restructuring Transaction


Paul, Weiss client Preferred Sands, one of North America's largest producers of sand and resin coated proppants, closed on a comprehensive restructuring. KKR, a leading global investment firm, provided $680 million of debt and equity to fully refinance Preferred Sands' outstanding debt. KKR funded the debt through a term loan, ABL and Notes.

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Fifth Circuit Ruling Keeps Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi Open

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As reported in The New York Times and other media outlets, on July 29, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a landmark decision and affirmed a preliminary injunction issued by the District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi enjoining a Mississippi requirement that all doctors who are associated with an abortion facility in Mississippi to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

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Legal 500 U.S. Names Paul, Weiss Private Equity Funds Law Firm of the Year

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Paul, Weiss was named Law Firm of the Year in the Private Equity Funds category by The Legal 500 United States Awards 2014. Paul, Weiss was also the only firm shortlisted in both the Private Equity Funds and the Alternative/Hedge Fund categories. The awards recognize the best in-house and private practice teams and individuals over the past 12 months based on more than 50,000 interviews and comprehensive research into the U.S. legal market. The winners will be honored at an exclusive event in New York City on September 24.

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Paul, Weiss Adds Prominent Litigation Partner

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP announced today that Elizabeth M. Sacksteder has joined the firm as a partner in its litigation department, resident in New York, where she will focus on complex litigation and regulatory matters.

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