Capital Markets

  • February 27, 2024

    Dealmakers Expect Continued Uptick In M&A-Related Disputes

    Global dealmakers expected increases in mergers and acquisitions-related disputes moving into 2024 after high interest rates and financing constraints created challenges to sealing deals, according to Berkeley Research Group's M&A Disputes Report 2024, released Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Structured Finance Group Of The Year: Cahill Gordon

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's structured finance team guided the $16 billion take-private of audience measurement company Nielsen, corralling more than 10 banks to cooperate amid difficult market conditions, earning a place among Law360's 2023 Structured Finance Groups of the Year.

  • February 26, 2024

    Convicted Nikola Founder Must Forfeit Ranch, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Monday ruled Nikola Corp. founder Trevor Milton, who received a 4-year prison sentence for fraudulently inflating the truck-maker's value on Wall Street, must forfeit his 4,700-acre Utah property, citing the seriousness of Milton's crime and that he bought the ranch using inflated stock options.

  • February 26, 2024

    Genesis Creditors, Owners Allege Cash Grab At Plan Hearing

    Customers and the equity owners of cryptocurrency lender Genesis on Monday accused each other of trying to rob them of assets they deserve, as the debtor began a confirmation hearing for its Chapter 11 plan in New York bankruptcy court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Apache's $3B Write-Down Merits Bigger Class, Investors Say

    A group of Apache Corp. investors on the cusp of winning class certification are arguing that their promised class should be extended to encompass even more investors who were allegedly deceived by company promises of a potentially lucrative drilling project that ultimately led to a $3 billion write-down when it went bust. 

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Glass Co. CFO Can't Beat SEC's Accounting Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge said Monday that a former officer of a "smart" glassmaker will have to face the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's allegations that he defrauded investors by failing to tell them about certain liabilities the company faced before it merged with a blank-check company.

  • February 26, 2024

    FDIC Faces Staffing Crunch Amid Rising Turnover, IG Warns

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is struggling to hire enough new employees to keep up with retirements and departures, especially in its examinations department, according to a report from the independent agency's inspector general.

  • February 26, 2024

    CFTC Insists Agency Has Authority To Ban Election Gambling

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission told a D.C. federal judge on Monday that barring an online trading platform from offering election betting was within its power as a federal agency, and is also in the public interest.

  • February 26, 2024

    Chinese Retailer Miniso, Underwriters Beat IPO Suit For Now

    Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities Inc. and a Chinese retailer have secured the dismissal of a class action suit in New York federal court, with a federal judge ruling that the suing investors have failed to identify any actionable misrepresentations or omissions made by the company in connection with its 2020 initial public offering, among other things.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Bank CFO Cops To $700K Theft And Life Insurance Scam

    An ex-Eastern International Bank chief financial officer has pled guilty to defrauding the bank out of more than $700,000 to pay his personal expenses, and he admitted to opening life insurance policies in the names of bank employees to benefit his wife, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • February 26, 2024

    Proxy Advice Is Not Solicitation, DC Judge Rules In SEC Case

    A D.C. federal judge tossed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that define voting advice from proxy advisory firms as solicitation under agency rules, granting a win to one such firm following years of on-and-off litigation.

  • February 26, 2024

    Mass. Judge Won't Rethink SEC Win On Adviser Duty Breach

    A Massachusetts federal judge has refused to reconsider a judgment against Commonwealth Financial Network that found it failed to disclose an arrangement with its clearing firm that favored certain mutual funds to investors, saying the company has not identified any new evidence or an error in the court's application of the law.

  • February 26, 2024

    Blackwells Calls Out Disney For 'AI Mediocrity' In Proxy Battle

    Blackwells Capital ramped up its activist investor campaign against The Walt Disney Co. on Monday, laying out a "strategic plan" that includes calls for the storied entertainment company to rise above its current "technological shortcomings," including its "AI mediocrity."

  • February 26, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery dropped two potentially far-reaching decisions last week: one about founder control at Moelis & Co. and another about TripAdvisor's planned move to Nevada. On top of that, there were new cases involving Citrix Systems, Alcoa Corp., BGC Partners Inc. and Cantor Fitzgerald LP.

  • February 26, 2024

    1st Circ. Rejects Crypto Founder's Hollow Fraud Appeal

    A cryptocurrency founder convicted of fraud hitched his appeal to "inapplicable precedent" and failed to muster an argument why a judge's blocking of testimony from government witnesses deprived his defense of material and favorable evidence, the First Circuit said in upholding the guilty verdict.

  • February 26, 2024

    Stinson Adds Bressler Amery's NY Managing Principal

    Stinson LLP has hired its sixth attorney in the past year in New York, who joins its financial services and class action practice division as a partner after working as the managing principal of Bressler Amery & Ross PC's New York office.

  • February 24, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Social Media Laws & Bump Stocks

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments related to three big-ticket cases this week in a pair of First Amendment challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on their viewpoints and a dispute over the federal government's authority to ban bump stocks.

  • February 23, 2024

    SEC Upholds Bar On Ex-RBC Rep Who Cashed Out $1M Error

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday upheld a disciplinary action against a former RBC Capital Markets LLC representative who was accused of violating his industry's code of conduct when he converted $1 million that his firm accidentally deposited in his personal brokerage account.

  • February 23, 2024

    Judge Trims Bulk Of Investor Suit Against Oil, AI Companies

    A California federal judge retained only a small part of an investor suit against artificial intelligence company C3.ai and oil company Baker Hughes, cutting Baker Hughes entirely, and finding only some claims accusing C3.ai and its executives of misleading investors about its financial performance and partnership with the oil company could survive dismissal.

  • February 23, 2024

    Barclays Must Face Trimmed Suit Over $17.6B Over-Issuance

    Barclays PLC and a number of its top executives must face a trimmed version of a proposed class action over a financial reporting error that led to Barclays selling more than $17.6 billion in securities over its maximum registered amount, a New York federal judge ruled Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    CFTC Commissioner Dings Agency's Dodd-Frank 'Rollback'

    U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission member Christy Goldsmith Romero has criticized agency staff over a recent decision to give swap dealers a pass on complying with a certain Dodd-Frank-era regulation related to interest rate swap disclosures, saying the move threatens to undermine an important protection against conflicts of interest.

  • February 23, 2024

    Momentive Shareholders Battle In Del. Over $19M Settlement

    Hedge funds with shares of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. that withdrew from a consolidated class lawsuit over the silicone maker's $3.1 billion sale in 2019 urged Delaware's Court of Chancery on Friday to carve them out of a proposed $19 million class settlement, accusing their former co-lead counsel of grabbing their "cake."

  • February 23, 2024

    Fla. Judge Orders 'Front' Company To Pay Back Investors

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a company that it says was a secret "front" for a convicted fraudster reached a deal Friday in Florida federal court with the parties agreeing that investors would have the opportunity to get more than $4 million of their money back.

  • February 23, 2024

    SVB's Cayman Unit Loses Ch. 15 Bid In NY

    A bankruptcy judge in New York has dismissed a petition from the Cayman Islands branch of Silicon Valley Bank that sought U.S. recognition of its Cayman insolvency proceedings, finding that it is not eligible to file a Chapter 15 petition.

  • February 23, 2024

    Trump-Tied SPAC Adds NY Fraud Judgment To Risk Factors

    Digital World Acquisition Corp., which is seeking to merge with Donald Trump's social media company, has included a new warning for investors in a regulatory filing following the former president's $453.5 million fraud penalty in New York state court.

Expert Analysis

  • Mitigating Whistleblower Risks After High Court UBS Ruling

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    While it is always good practice for companies to periodically review whistleblower trainings, policies and procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent whistleblower-friendly ruling in Murray v. UBS Securities helps demonstrate their importance in reducing litigation risk, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Steps For Companies New To Sanctions Compliance

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    Businesses newly required to implement compliance programs due to the increased breadth of mandatory sanctions and export controls, including 500 additional Russia sanctions announced last Friday, should closely follow the guidance issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other regulators, say Jennifer Schubert and Megan Church at MoloLamken.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Cos. Must Know How NY, Federal LLC Disclosure Laws Differ

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    Though New York state's new LLC Transparency Act and the federal Corporate Transparency Act impose similar beneficial owner reporting obligations on limited liability companies, New York LLCs should study the important differences between the laws to ensure they are prepared to comply with both, say Abram Ellis, Olenka Burghardt and Jane Jho at Simpson Thacher.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Predicting DeFi Regulations At Home And Abroad In 2024

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    Though decentralized finance has advocates on both sides of the Atlantic in figures like U.S. SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, DeFi in 2024 seems likely to be folded into existing regulatory frameworks in the U.K. and EU, while anti-crypto scrutiny may discourage DeFi’s growth in the U.S., say Daniel Csefalvay and Eric Martin at BCLP.

  • Opinion

    Exxon Court Should Clarify Shareholder Proposal Exclusion

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    ExxonMobil last month took the unusual action of asking a Texas federal judge whether a proposal from climate activists seeking to limit oil and gas sales could be excluded from its 2024 proxy statement, and the court should use this opportunity to reevaluate SEC policy and set clear limits on when shareholder proposals can be included, says Stephen Bainbridge at UCLA School of Law.

  • Mitigating The Risk Of Post-Closing M&A Earnout Disputes

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    Today's uncertain deal environment makes a well-crafted earnout an excellent way for parties to accomplish a desired transaction that would not otherwise occur, but transacting parties also need to take key steps to avoid the risk of post-closing disputes that earnouts can present, say Chad Barton and Claire Lydiard at Holland & Knight.

  • Understanding SEC's Focus Amid Lack Of Final AI Rules

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    Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules to govern artificial intelligence are likely far from being finalized, understanding existing regulatory provisions that could address AI risks with respect to development, disclosure, compliance and data protection could help firms anticipate and avoid pitfalls, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Don't Sit On Bankruptcy Sidelines, 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent In re: Louisiana Pellets decision, holding that a creditor couldn’t assert indemnification defenses in a suit brought by the trustee of a liquidation trust, highlights the risks faced by creditors and other contract parties that choose not to participate in a bankruptcy, say Gregory Hesse and Kaleb Bailey at Hunton.

  • Preparing For DOJ's Data Analytics Push In FCPA Cases

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    After the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it will leverage data analytics in Foreign Corrupt Practice Act investigations and prosecutions, companies will need to develop a compliance strategy that likewise implements data analytics to get ahead of enforcement risks, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • How High Court SEC Case Could Affect The ITC

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy will likely spare the U.S. International Trade Commission from major operative changes, the ITC’s ability to issue penalties for violations of its orders may change, say Gwendolyn Tawresey and Ryan Deck at Troutman Pepper.

  • Loan Transparency Proposals May Bring Some Clarity

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    U.S. banking regulators' proposed revisions to rules that would require banks to disclose more granular information about loans made to nondepository financial institutions would somewhat clarify the size of the fund finance market, though full enlightenment does not look likely in the near future, says Chris van Heerden at Cadwalader.

  • Exxon ESG Proxy Statement Suit May Chill Investor Proposals

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    Exxon Mobil’s recent use of a Texas federal lawsuit to intimidate shareholders into withdrawing a climate-friendly proxy proposal could inspire more public companies to sue to avoid adopting ESG resolutions — a power move that would chill activist investor participation and unbalance shareholder-corporate relations, say Domenico Minerva and James Fee at Labaton Keller.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

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