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Banking

  • January 10, 2019

    Investors’ Attys In Cobalt Bribery Case Seek $43.5M In Fees

    Attorneys asked a Texas federal court on Wednesday to award them $43.45 million in fees for securing $173.8 million total for investors who brought allegations involving a potential foreign bribery scheme by now-bankrupt Cobalt International Energy Inc.

  • January 10, 2019

    Last 3 Banks In $120M Enron Debt Investor Suit Settle

    Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch have settled out of a more than 15-year-old lawsuit brought by a group of investment funds seeking to hold them and others responsible for losses on $120 million of Enron Corp. debt purchased shortly before the energy giant’s 2001 collapse.

  • January 10, 2019

    Nine West Wins Approval For Revised $22M DIP Plan

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved $22 million in new debtor-in-possession financing for fashion company Nine West Holdings Inc. after two creditor groups dropped their objections to the proposal.

  • January 10, 2019

    Forex Investors Want $300M Fee Objector To Post Bond

    An investor class that has secured $2.3 billion in settlements over claims that 15 banks plotted to rig benchmarking rates in the foreign exchange markets told a New York federal court that the lone objector to the $300 million attorneys' fees award should have to post bond.

  • January 10, 2019

    Mobile Banking Co. Scores $300M Round Ahead Of US Push

    Mobile banking platform N26 on Thursday said its latest funding round had brought in $300 million from investors as the Germany-headquartered company looks to continue its expansion into new markets, especially the U.S.

  • January 10, 2019

    HSBC Offers $30M, 'Chat' Evidence To Settle Bond-Fix Suit

    HSBC Bank PLC has cut a $30 million deal to settle investors’ allegations surrounding a scheme to rig the SSA bond market, and will hand over electronic “chats” to aid the class’ prosecution of remaining banks in the case, according to settlement documents filed in New York federal court on Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2019

    Ex-Mining CEO Sues Russian Bank For $1.7B, Alleging Fraud

    The CEO of one of the most successful gold mining companies in Mongolia filed suit Wednesday in New York state court alleging he was defrauded out of more than $1.7 billion in assets and allegedly shaken down by the Mongolian government and a Russian bank to collect debt he did not owe. 

  • January 9, 2019

    Ex-Pharma CEO's $100M Bank Fraud Trial Opens

    Jurors heard two starkly different narratives as a criminal trial commenced Wednesday against a former pharmaceutical company executive accused of a $100 million fraud scheme that prosecutors say led to the collapse of one of Puerto Rico’s largest banks.

  • January 9, 2019

    Danske Bank Estonia Scandal Erased $2.5B, Investors Say

    A putative class of Danske Bank investors claimed in New York federal court Wednesday that more than $2.5 billion was lost as a result of money laundering accusations involving the bank's Estonian branch, where suspicious payments of up to €200 billion ($230 billion) were authorized over eight years.

  • January 9, 2019

    CFPB Defends Constitutionality In 9th Circ. Oral Args

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau defended the constitutionality of its single-director, independent structure before a Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday in an appeal brought by a California law firm that wants to be freed from an agency administrative subpoena.

  • January 9, 2019

    Developer Guilty Of Bank Fraud Wants 'Hostile' Judge DQ'ed

    A Chicago real estate developer who pled guilty to a $22.9 million bank fraud scheme is seeking to kick the presiding judge off the case ahead of sentencing, arguing in a Tuesday motion that the judge has acted "openly hostile" toward his lawyer.

  • January 9, 2019

    US Sanctions Venezuelan TV Mogul Over Alleged $2.4B Scam

    The Trump administration on Tuesday sanctioned a Venezuelan billionaire television mogul currently under indictment for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as well as several other individuals and businesses over an alleged $2.4 billion corrupt currency exchange scheme.

  • January 9, 2019

    Payday Lender Nixes Noncompetes To Settle Ill. AG's Suit

    Payday lender Check Into Cash's Illinois subsidiary has agreed to stop imposing highly restrictive noncompete agreements on the low-wage customer service employees at its 33 locations statewide, according to Illinois' attorney general.

  • January 9, 2019

    House Dems Seek To Delay Rollback Of Russia Sanctions

    Key House Democrats voiced concerns Tuesday over the Trump administration's plans to walk back sanctions imposed against companies tied to a Kremlin-linked oligarch as a response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Syria and interference in the 2016 presidential election, demanding a postponement until members of Congress can be briefed.

  • January 9, 2019

    Fannie Mae Not A Reporting Agency Under FCRA: 9th Circ.

    Fannie Mae isn't a "consumer reporting agency" as defined by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, meaning it can't be held liable under the statute for inaccurate information generated by a computer program it licenses to mortgage lenders, a divided Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2019

    Prolonged Shutdown Threatens To Stall IPO Market

    The ever-lengthening government shutdown is threatening to stall initial public offerings more each day with the absence of a full U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff to review filings and move them through the pipeline, potentially wreaking havoc on deal timetables.

  • January 9, 2019

    Mortgage Lender's Arbitration Agreement Stands In Wage Row

    A California appellate court has reversed a lower court decision denying a retail mortgage lender’s bid to force a former employee to arbitrate individual claims made in his wage-and-hour suit, finding an arbitration agreement in place was mostly up to snuff except for a section that should be severed.

  • January 9, 2019

    Labaton's Fee Deal With Atty Was A One-Off, Ex-Judge Says

    A retired judge hired by Labaton Sucharow LLP to look into the $4 million the firm paid lawyer Damon Chargois in "referral fees" in cases where he did no work concluded in a report filed Tuesday that the deal was "unique and aberrational," a finding Labaton praised.

  • January 9, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: PNC Bank, Sotheby's, CitizenM Hotels

    PNC Bank has reportedly sold a Florida office building for $14.22 million, Sotheby's International Realty is said to be leasing roughly 38,000 square feet in Manhattan, and CitizenM Hotels has reportedly bought a piece of a Miami development site for $10.75 million.

  • January 9, 2019

    3 Claims Over BofA Fee Practices Flagged By Magistrate

    A North Carolina federal magistrate judge is recommending the dismissal of three claims asserted in a proposed class action against Bank of America NA over account fee practices that it allegedly uses to squeeze billions of dollars from customers each year, but said the suit's central breach of contract claim should go forward.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • How To Work With Regulators During Internal Investigations

    David Chaiken

    The recent courtroom battle over the admissibility of statements made by former Deutsche Bank traders shines a spotlight on a potentially recurring problem — excessive government entanglement in an internal investigation. Counsel conducting such investigations should take certain steps to minimize the risk, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • Opinion

    Ohio's Risky Foray Into Bitcoin: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    By interacting with a cryptocurrency institution for tax payments, Ohio is exposing its operations to a potential cyberattack. In addition, the noxious mix of federal and state regulatory requirements creates a foggy compliance labyrinth, even for a U.S. state, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Recent Trends In Intercreditor Agreements

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Bruce Cybul

    In the current commercial real estate market, mortgage lenders' cautious approach should continue to provide mezzanine lenders with ample opportunities. By maintaining an important role in transactions, mezzanine lenders can gain more leverage when negotiating intercreditor agreements, say attorneys at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Few Taxpayers Should Use New Offshore Disclosure Protocol

    Patrick McCormick

    Last month, the IRS updated its voluntary disclosure practices. For taxpayers without criminal exposure, the updated protocol can provide the optimal route for an offshore disclosure, but more palatable options likely exist for the significant majority of noncompliant taxpayers, says Patrick McCormick of Drucker & Scaccetti.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Opinion

    Ohio's Risky Foray Into Bitcoin: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Last month, cryptocurrency hit yet another milestone when Ohio began accepting bitcoin payments for taxes. However, Ohio’s treasury, or any other state or federal government entity, should be the very last institutions to even consider accepting this dubious form of payment, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Prudential Framework For Large Banks Is Set To Change

    Satish Kini

    The Federal Reserve Board recently issued two proposals that represent a significant change in the prudential regulation of large banking organizations. Attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP examine the notable aspects of the new framework.