FBI turns to previous adviser for GC role

When the FBI gave Bridgewater Associates’ associate GC James Baker its top legal job earlier this month, we wonder if Baker punched the air and mimicked 1991 action film Point Break by over-enunciating the line, “I am an FBI agent”.

Or maybe he made a celebratory sandwich instead, taking a slice of British brand Hovis in the week it was sold to US private equity firm Gores Group. There were no surprises in this deal, with Weil Gotshal & Manges advising longstanding client Gores Group and Hovis parent company Premier Foods returning to corporate adviser Slaughter and May.

Likewise, Baker is no shock hire. He had already advised the FBI and worked closely with FBI director James Comey, who was responsible for hiring a new general counsel, before joining the agency.

Comforting as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Also on TheLawyer.com:

  • Allen & Overy’s London-based capital markets partner Jim Wickenden has moved to Hong Kong to steer the firm’s US securities practice
  • Slaughter and May has launched a US practice in Hong Kong with Morrison & Foerster’s co-head of China capital markets John Moore
  • DAC Beachcroft has made its first move into the US through the launch of a representative office in New York
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