Wall St Woes: Dodging Rodgin

Careful conflict checking is more relevant than ever on Wall Street.


Wall St Woes: Dodging RodginCareful conflict checking is more relevant than ever on Wall Street.

But finding a law firm equipped and able to advise the US government on its $700bn bailout can’t have been an easy task for Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and his gang.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett was selected last Friday. But then there really wasn’t a lot of choice among New York’s elite law firms.

In total, six firms are thought to have considered or pitched for the job, including Davis Polk & Wardwell. But as the firm is already advising on a string of other matters relating to the crisis, it was conflicted out.

Ditto Sullivan & Cromwell. After a string of top flight mandates recently that includes acting for the Bear Stearns board on the bank’s takeover by JPMorgan Chase; advising mortgage giant Fannie Mae on its nationalisation; helping steer AIG to its $85bn bailout by the Federal Reserve; advising Lehman Brothers on its Chapter 11; Goldman on its conversion to a bank holding company and Mitsubishi on its $9bn injection into Morgan Stanley, it is understood that Rodgin Cohen’s ubiquitous firm was invited to pitch for a place on the government’s rescue package too.

In reality, however, this would have been one mandate too far.

Even in the elite, you can’t have it all.

To read TheLawyer.com’s recent profile of Rodgin Cohen, click here.

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Previous Wall St woes

13-Oct-2008 Mail prowess
Over lunch yesterday at Bingham McCutchen’s midtown Manhattan office, the firm’s co-head of its financial restructuring group seemed proud – to say the least – of his firm’s efforts during the current meltdown.

09-Oct-2008 Watching Wachovia
It was literally a last-minute intervention. At 11.59am yesterday, the Federal Reserve extended its standstill on Citigroup’s lawsuit over Wells Fargo’s bid for US bank Wachovia.

01-Oct-2008 Shock and awe
There was still hope on Wall St yesterday that the US government’s $700bn financial sector bailout would eventually make it through the House of Representatives. The expectation is that a revised plan will be adopted, one way or another.

30-Sep-2008: Byrne in the USA
And then there were more. The Linklaters team advising PricewaterhouseCoopers on Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy just keeps on growing. As revealed last week, the firm has already put a mega 20-partner, 60-associate team on the matter in London. Now the magic circle firm is pulling out the stops on this side of the Atlantic…

25-Sep-2008: Foul-weather friends
Sullivan Cromwell chairman Rodgin Cohen has deservedly garnered headline after headline in recent weeks. With almost four decades of experience, Cohen has won roles on deals that have kept him – and his firm – firmly at the centre of dealing with the US financial turbulence….

19-Sep-2008: The Queen’s City
There may be a financial crisis on Wall St, but there are new opportunities aplenty in North Carolina. In Charlotte, America’s second biggest financial centre and the home of both Bank of America and Wachovia, a whole bunch of firms are unnervingly upbeat while Wall Street collapses….

18-Sep-2008: The heat and the cool
It isn’t just financial institutions that are feeling the heat on Wall Street this week. The collapse of Lehman, the acquisition of Merrill Lynch and the effective nationalisation of AIG has left dozens of lawyers facing life without their once lucrative client relationships…

17-Sep-2008: A&O emerges
Day three of the Wall Street crisis, and the major legal players are emerging. As my colleague Julia Berris in New York noted yesterday, Wachtell and Weil Gotshal have snagged some of the biggest roles on the US end…

16-Sep-2008: Weil at heart
In a week of uncertainty, the only sure thing was that Weil Gotshal & Manges bankruptcy star Harvey Miller would get a call from longstanding client Lehman Brothers…

15-Sep-2008: The Lehman fallout
Oh, the ups and downs of finance lawyers. Three months ago Linklaters’ banking group was filled with gloom after JPMorgan dumped it from every mandate you’ve ever heard of…