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Willkie Farr Says 12 Lawyers From Dewey & Leboeuf Join Firm

March 17, 2012

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP said 12 insurance and regulatory lawyers have joined the law firm after leaving Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, including partners Alexander Dye, Michael Groll, Robert Rachofsky and John Schwolsky.

Some of the attorneys will work in Willkie Farr’s New York office, while others will be in London. Christopher Petito will work in Washington, the law firm said in a statement.

The 12 lawyers represented insurance companies on mergers and acquisitions as well as on stock and bond offerings, the New York Times reported. The newspaper said 31 of 300 partners have left New York-based Dewey since January, and many had their pay deferred or cut after Dewey (1151L) posted weak financial results last year.

Willkie Farr (1179L), also based in New York, provides legal and business advice through about 600 attorneys and other staff from eight offices in the U.S. and Europe, according to the law firm’s website.

Dewey spokesman Angelo Kakolyris and Willkie spokeswoman Antoinette McGovern didn’t immediately respond to voicemail and e-mail messages sent by Bloomberg News seeking comment.

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