Former Morgan Lewis Chairman Leaves for Orrick

Howard L. Shecter, the former chairman and managing partner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, left the firm for the New York office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Shecter was most recently the senior leader of Morgan Lewis’ business and finance practice, according to a statement by Orrick Herrington.

Shecter, 64, was brought into the firm to lead its expansion efforts of the M&A practice globally, and particularly in New York.

“Expanding our global M&A practice is one of Orrick’s highest priorities, and we aim to build upon our significant resources and experience in M&A in Asia, Europe and the West Coast of the United States,” Ralph Baxter, Orrick Herrington’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Howard is a world-class lawyer and has the skills and experience to help Orrick increase its global cross-border capability and develop a preeminent New York M&A practice.”

Shecter has advised many global corporations in both negotiated and hostile acquisition transactions and represents both issuers and underwriters in public offerings. Some of his recent transactions include serving as counsel to Playtex Products in its pending $1.9 billion sale to Energizer Products, to Sierra Health Services in its pending $2.6 billion sale to United Health Group, and to Digital Insight in its recent $1.3 billion sale to Intuit. He also has represented senior management groups in large private equity LBO transactions, including SunGard Data Systems ($11.3 billion) and Freescale Semiconductor ($17 billion).

According to an article by The Legal’s sister paper, The New York Law Journal, Shecter had been one of the most senior partners at Morgan Lewis, which he joined out of law school in 1968. He served as Morgan Lewis’ managing partner from 1979 to 1983 and was chairman of the executive committee in 1985.

Shecter was the former practice group leader of the business and finance group at Morgan Lewis, but New York-based partner David W. Pollak has held the position for about two years. Shecter continued to serve as a senior leader in the group during that time.

— Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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