• The National Collegiate Athletic Association is shelling out around $54 million on outside law firms for fiscal 2019, more than double what it spent on outside legal four years ago, its senior vice president and chief financial officer, Kathleen T. McNeely, said yesterday. McNeely attributed the increase to the need to pay big shot lawyers to defend the NCAA from high-profile concussion and antitrust lawsuits, among others. (Inside Higher Ed)

  • Mayer Brown advised real estate investment trust company Prologis, Inc. on its $3.99 billion acquisition of Industrial Property Trust Inc., a real estate investment trust that acquires and operates distribution warehouses that are leased to corporate customers such as Amazon.com Inc. and Fedex Corp. Hogan Lovells advised IPT, which is owned by Black Creek Group LLC. (BN) (GlobeNewswire.com)

  • Bayer AG yesterday won a ruling slashing a jury verdict to $25.3 million from $80.3 million in the second case to go to trial over claims that exposure to its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. (BN via BLAW)

  • Hogan Lovells said JPMorgan Chase’s former global head of cybersecurity law, Peter Marta, joined its New York office as a partner in the privacy and cybersecurity practice. Before joining JPMorgan, Marta worked in a U.S. intelligence agency. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The government is arguing that Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray, and Nixon Peabody should be disqualified from representing some defendants in the college admissions bribery scandal because the firms have also done work for the University of Southern California. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips announced that it launched an integrated, cross-industry cannabis and CBD practice, led by real estate partner Anita Sabine. (Manatt.com)

  • London-based firm Clydes & Co. is looking for a new CEO, as the current holder of that title, Peter Hasson, is leaving next year, according to a report. (The Lawyer)

  • Greenberg Traurig’s former white-collar practice co-chair Mark Schnapp, an ex-federal prosecutor, joined Baker Donelson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as special counsel in its government enforcement and investigations group. (Daily Business Review)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Cooley said it plans to move its four-year-old London office to three floors in the city’s “tallest and most advanced building” in the third quarter of 2020. (Cooley.com)

  • The Republican-controlled Senate yesterday took a step toward confirming District Judge Peter Phipps, an ex-federal prosecutor and Jones Day lawyer, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Appointed to the district court seat in 2018, he would be President Trump’s 43rd circuit court judge to get through. (BLAW)

  • Trump has packed the courts with ultraconservatives, reshaping the judiciary for generations. (The Nation)

  • California Senator Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential candidate, has harshly criticized Kirkland & Ellis for its role in getting accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein a cushy plea deal a decade ago. But the former federal prosecutor is also taking campaign donations from lawyers at the firm, according to a report. (Associated Press)

  • As public and private colleges and universities face expanded requirements to report sex crimes, hate offenses, and a raft of other violations, many turn for help to law firms like Husch Blackwell, Cozen O’Connor, or Duane Morris, among others. (BLAW via BLB)

Deals

  • Luxembourg-based private equity and investment firm CVC Capital Partners, advised by Willkie Farr & Gallagher, acquired Robert Bosch GmbH’s packaging machinery business, based in Waiblingen, Germany, to be a newly incorporated entity managed by CVC Capital Partners. The Journal reported earlier that the deal values the unit at 850 million euros ($959.3 million), including debt. (CVC.com) (TheMiddleMarket.com) (WSJ.com)

  • Morrison & Foerster is advising San Francisco-based Xpansiv Data Systems, Inc. on its pending merger with Australian company Commodity Bourses Limited, which is an energy and environmental commodity spot exchange. (MoFo.com) (Xpansiv.com)

Laterals, Moves

  • Dykema said former Citibank in-house lawyer Robert D. Leavitt joined its financial industry group and business services department as a senior counsel in Chicago. He joins most recently from Johnson and Colmar in Illinois, where he was of counsel. (Dykema)

  • Proskauer Rose said Kirkland & Ellis capital markets lawyer David Curtiss joined its New York office as a partner in its corporate department. (Proskaueur.com)

  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough said lawyer Vanessa G. Morris joined the firm as a partner in Atlanta, in its real estate investment, finance, and restructuring group. She joins from Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, where she was a partner. (NelsonMullins.com)

  • Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati hired Jones Day life sciences partner John Wehrli in San Diego. Wehrli, who has over 34 years in the life sciences and biotech industry under his belt, has also been at Latham & Watkins, and Cooley. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Former Staples chief legal officer Michael Williams, who’s also a former Sony Electronics GC and Big Law attorney, joined consulting firm BarkerGilmore as a senior adviser. (Corporate Counsel)

Legal Education

  • The University of Miami School of Law named two White & Case partners to the leadership of its international arbitration program. Carolyn Lamm was named Distinguished Faculty Chair of the school’s LL.M. in international arbitration. Jonathan Hamilton was named a Distinguished faculty chair of the University of Miami International Arbitration Institute. (Law.Miami.Edu)

  • Jones Day announced 11 winners of its 2019 international legal fellowship award to top law students at universities in Beijing and Shanghai. (JonesDay.com)