Banking

  • May 22, 2018

    Blank Check Co. Run By Ex-NYSE President Files $400M IPO

    Far Point Acquisition Corp., a blank check company backed by hedge fund Third Point LLC and run by former NYSE Group President Tom Farley, filed an initial public offering Tuesday to raise $400 million in order to acquire a fintech business.

  • May 22, 2018

    Citco's UBS Docs Privileged In Pension Fund Row, Judge Says

    Citco Group Ltd. can keep confidential certain communications with UBS AG sought by several pension funds that have accused Citco and others of making misrepresentations about a $100 million investment in an insolvent investment vehicle, a Louisiana federal judge ruled Monday, finding that the documents warranted attorney-client privilege.

  • May 22, 2018

    House Sends Dodd-Frank Banking Rule Rollback To Trump

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a major rollback of Dodd-Frank rules, sending a package of financial industry changes that backers say cut costly and burdensome regulations to President Donald Trump, who has indicated his support for the measure.

  • May 22, 2018

    Convicted Judge Says Mortgage Fraud Case On Shaky Ground

    An Illinois state judge convicted earlier this year in a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme appeared in court on Tuesday to reset the date of her sentencing while she argues that the government had not proved she intended to commit fraud.

  • May 22, 2018

    Emirates NBD Snaps Up DenizBank For $3.1B

    Banking giant Emirates NBD has inked a $3.1 billion deal to buy an almost complete stake in Turkish private bank DenizBank AS held by state-owned Sberbank of Russia, the banks said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    NJ Mortgage Officer Gets 18 Months For $6M Fraud Scheme

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday imposed an 18-month prison sentence on a man for his role in a $6 million mortgage scheme that led to several property loan defaults and exposed public and private lenders to millions of dollars in potential losses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

  • May 21, 2018

    Justices To Review Scope Of Immunity For Int'l Orgs

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a D.C. Circuit decision holding that international organizations enjoy even more immunity from lawsuits than do foreign governments, taking up a case Monday from a group of Indian nationals suing the International Finance Corp. over a power plant project they say has wreaked havoc on the surrounding environment.

  • May 21, 2018

    What's Next For The Payday Lending Rule

    Lawmakers may have run out of time to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s controversial restrictions on issuers of payday, title and other forms of short-term, high-interest loans, but that doesn’t mean the agency’s so-called payday lending rule is in the clear.

  • May 21, 2018

    Litvak Is No Rescue For Ex-Nomura RMBS Trader, Feds Say

    Prosecutors on Friday ripped a renewed bid in Connecticut federal court for a new trial from a former Nomura Securities International Inc. residential mortgage-backed securities trader found guilty of conspiracy, saying the Second Circuit's recent reversal of ex-Jefferies Group trader Jesse Litvak's conviction has no bearing on this case.

  • May 21, 2018

    Bank Fraudster Gets 2 Years In Prison For Criminal Contempt

    A purported oil and gas entrepreneur found guilty of criminal contempt for refusing to repay a bank that won a $5 million judgment against him, and later convicted of bank fraud by a second jury, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison by a Manhattan federal judge in the contempt matter.

  • May 21, 2018

    Creditor Wants IBRC Ch. 15 Left Open For $12.6M Claim

    An Irish-American businessman has asked the Delaware bankruptcy court overseeing Irish Bank Resolution Corp.’s Chapter 15 proceedings to let him subpoena the debtor for documents, claiming the government-run “bad bank” cheated him out of $12.6 million.

  • May 21, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Ansaldo STS, Meezan Bank, Kuwait Energy

    Hitachi Automotive hopes to buy Elliott Management’s stake in Italian rail-signaling business Ansaldo STS, U.S. and European institutional investors are in talks to buy small stakes in Pakistan’s Meezan Bank, and Kuwait Energy is mulling the sale of an oil and gas field in southern Iraq.

  • May 21, 2018

    CFTC Partners With States, Gives Crypto Derivative Guidance

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is entering an agreement with state regulators aimed at slashing red tape and increasing coordination and has put out new guidance on how exchanges should handle cryptocurrency derivatives, the agency's head said on Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    Accused ICO Fraudsters Deny $25M Crypto Card Scheme

    Two co-founders of cryptocurrency company Centra Tech Inc. on Monday denied charges of conning investors in a $25 million initial coin offering to fund a digital currency payment card they falsely claimed was backed by major payment processors including Visa Inc.

  • May 21, 2018

    3 Firms Guide $4.7B Merger Of Fifth Third, MB Financial

    Fifth Third Bancorp and an Illinois-based holding company for MB Financial Bank NA on Monday said that they have agreed to merge in a deal that is valued at $4.7 billion and was guided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Silver Freedman Taff & Tiernan LLP and Vedder Price PC.

  • May 21, 2018

    $309M In Deutsche, Barclays, HSBC Euribor Deals OK'd

    A Manhattan federal judge gave a final nod Friday to $309 million in investor settlements with Deutsche Bank AG, Barclays PLC and HSBC Holdings PLC over allegations they manipulated the Euro Interbank Offered Rate, earmarking $68.7 million of the amount for attorneys' fees.

  • May 21, 2018

    PE-Backed Bank Software Biz Ipreo Sold In Nearly $1.9B Deal

    London-headquartered data and analytics firm IHS Markit Ltd. has agreed to buy private equity-backed banking software provider Ipreo Holdings LLC for $1.86 billion, in a deal guided by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, according to a Monday statement.

  • May 18, 2018

    Spokeo 2 Years Later: As Split Grows, High Court Redo Looms

    In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that concrete injuries are necessary to establish Article III standing, federal courts around the country have moved to apply the holding to scores of privacy and data breach cases. Here, attorneys look back at how courts have been interpreting the landmark decision and offer predictions at how the deepening divide is likely to play out moving forward.

  • May 18, 2018

    Wells Fargo Investor Sues Over 'Culture Of Lawlessness'

    A Wells Fargo & Co. shareholder has accused CEO Timothy Sloan, Chair Elizabeth Duke and other top brass of having enabled a “culture of lawlessness” at the bank in a derivative suit filed Thursday, the same day that new allegations emerged about a problem in the bank’s wholesale division.

  • May 18, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen two individuals bring a personal injury claim against two insurers and a yacht company after a fatal boating accident in 2014, a cryptocurrency exchange sue another exchange over IP rights, and the export arm of Philip Morris sue British lender NatWest. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

Expert Analysis

  • FCPA Settlement Shows Gov't Going After All Sides

    Amelia Hairston-Porter

    A nuclear fuel transport company's March settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice resulted in charges against not only the company itself, but also against senior executives, a foreign official and a middleman allegedly involved in bribe payments. The DOJ's pursuit of all sides in this case parallels its actions in other recent cases, say Amelia Hairston-Porter and Nina Gupta of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Financial Institutions Seem Unprepared For Libor Demise

    Kevin Trabaris

    We recently polled some of our financial clients to determine the state of their preparations for the end of Libor, and the results indicate that there is widespread awareness of the rate's phaseout by 2021. However, the survey results do not indicate anything is actually being done, says Kevin Trabaris, chairman of the financial services group at Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • Cryptocurrency Brings Rising International Risks

    Ryan Rohlfsen

    As digital currencies continue to evolve on the international platform, the anonymous and decentralized nature of cryptocurrency transactions could present a number of potential violations of U.S. anti-corruption, sanctions and anti-money laundering laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 5th Pillar Of AML Compliance Is Here, But Questions Remain

    Dustin Palmer

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s long-awaited customer due diligence rule — the so-called “fifth pillar” of anti-money laundering programs — is now effective, but the broad reach of the rule and some lingering interpretive issues have made it difficult for firms to operationalize the rule’s requirements, say members of Promontory Financial Group LLC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Banks Suing After Payment Card Breach Face Difficulty

    Donald Houser

    The Seventh Circuit's decision last month in Community Bank of Trenton v. Schnuck may stem the growing tide of financial institution litigation against merchants who fall victim to cyberattacks, say Donald Houser and Ashley Miller of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • A New Regulatory Avenue For NY Cryptocurrency Exchanges

    Jonathan Sorkowitz

    Virtual currency businesses in New York should understand that they are under scrutiny even if they receive New York BitLicenses. The Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative will most likely survive the resignation and departure of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, so businesses should proceed cautiously, says Jonathan Sorkowitz of Skarzynski Black LLC.

  • How Iran Deal Pullout Will Impact Cos. And Investors

    Ama Adams

    President Donald Trump’s highly controversial decision to reinstate U.S. sanctions against Iran represents a dramatic change in policy, with significant consequences for international business and investors. The move could quickly put companies that are subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions in a legally untenable position, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • SEC Proposal Strikes At The Heart Of Broker-Dealer Model

    Steven Lofchie

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed best-interest requirement for broker-dealers would likely discourage the offering of “full-service” brokerage and encourage alternatives, such as “discount” brokerage and fee-based advisory accounts, says Steven Lofchie of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.