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New York firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is taking on the former national chairman of the Democratic National Committee to chair a new global public affairs group.
Joseph Andrew is joining as a partner in the corporate/M&A department of Cadwalader. He is moving with two other political colleagues to launch the new practice. Douglas Richardson, a former executive director at the Democratic Governors' Association, and Bradley Queisser, who was director for operations for the Gore-Lieberman Recount Committee in Florida, are also joining. Neither one is a lawyer so their titles are yet to be decided, but they will be senior political advisers for clients. Andrew's practice will focus on mergers and acquisitions in regulated areas such as energy, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and technology. As well as chairing the new group, he will divide his time between the Washington DC and New York offices. His arrival will give Cadwalader clients access to both lobbying potential and to his experience in industry regulation and differing jurisdictional requirements. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1999-2001 and used to be a partner at midwest US firm Johnson-Smith. Cadwalader managing partner Robert Link said: "Joe brings a connection both with the Democratic Party in terms of lobbying efforts that our clients might be interested in, and in terms of strong links to corporate America and very strong European regulatory experience." Link said that adding a public affairs group had not been a priority, but that the addition of Andrew was too good an opportunity to miss. Cadwalader has made a strategic decision to focus on building its M&A and corporate presence, and Andrew can bulk up that practice. Link said: "He's very familiar with the European rules and a lot of the regulatory aspects which companies involved in these very large international mergers have to get involved with. One of our primary focal points and strategies is to continue to develop a top M&A and corporate finance practice - it's a very strong strategic endeavor." Some of Cadwalader's recent M&A deals include advising Pfizer on its acquisition of Warner-Lambert for $114.5bn (£82.7bn); US West in its $75bn (£54bn) merger with Qwest Communications; and Quaker Oats in its $13bn (£9.4bn) acquisition by PepsiCo.