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Capital Markets

  • December 6, 2018

    Senate Approves Trump's CFPB Pick, Despite Critics

    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday in a party line vote approving Kathleen Kraninger to take over as the permanent head of the agency.

  • December 6, 2018

    Lyft Unveils Confidential SEC Filing Amid IPO Race With Uber

    Ride-sharing giant Lyft Inc. on Thursday gave the clearest sign yet that it intends to go public by filing a confidential draft registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, escalating an ongoing race to the market with rival Uber Technologies Inc.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ridgeview Capital Founder To Cop To Sham Trade Scheme

    The founder of private equity firm Ridgeview Capital Partners LLC has agreed to plead guilty to securities fraud and aiding and abetting the same after placing buy and sell orders to create an illusion of active trading, according to a filing in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 5, 2018

    Techie, Pastor Ask 2nd Circ. To Ax Bitcoin Fraud Convictions

    A Florida tech expert and a New Jersey pastor urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to reverse their convictions over a purported scheme to co-opt a small credit union into facilitating unlawful bitcoin transactions, citing errors with key witnesses.

  • December 5, 2018

    Deutsche Bank Settles BlackRock RMBS Suits

    Deutsche Bank has struck a deal with residential mortgage-backed securities investors including funds of BlackRock Inc. and other asset managers to settle their litigation in New York federal court and California state court over the bank’s handling of hundreds of RMBS trusts.

  • December 5, 2018

    Cboe Investors Just Want Names In VIX Manipulation MDL

    Chicago Board Options Exchange investors continued to urge an Illinois federal court to approve expedited discovery in multidistrict litigation against Cboe Global Markets Inc. and related entities over alleged manipulation of its volatility index, claiming they are missing data that would help them identify the manipulators.

  • December 5, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Blackstone, Mogu, Petrobras

    Blackstone is reportedly getting ready to float health care and retirement benefits services provider Alight Solutions, Mogu is set to raise roughly $67 million when it goes public in the United States, and Brazilian state-owned oil giant Petrobras could be forced by the nation’s antitrust enforcer to offload refineries.

  • December 5, 2018

    Tritax Big Box REIT Lands $510M In Financing

    Tritax Big Box REIT PLC has landed £400 million ($509.9 million) in new financing from a syndicate of banks, and will use proceeds to pay off existing debt and for future acquisitions and investments, according to an announcement Wednesday from the U.K. real estate investment trust.

  • December 5, 2018

    Danish Ad-Tech Co. Adform Pulls Plug On $114M IPO

    Technology-focused advertising firm Adform A/S said Tuesday it will not be moving forward with its 750 million Danish kroner ($114 million) initial public offering, citing “high volatility and uncertainty in the financial markets.”

  • December 5, 2018

    Tesla Faces Securities Suit Over $1.8B Bond Offering

    A pension fund’s proposed class action alleging Tesla Inc., its CEO Elon Musk and several big banks acting as underwriters misled investors about a $1.8 billion bond offering was removed from California state court Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Foreign Banks Challenge Jurisdiction In Forex Rig Suit

    A slew of big foreign banks including BNP Paribas and HSBC Bank plc told a New York federal judge that a proposed class of investors accusing them of manipulating the foreign exchange market for at least six years haven’t proven jurisdiction over them.

  • December 5, 2018

    PE-Backed Hospital Operator Ardent Health Files $100M IPO

    Ardent Health Partners LLC, a Tennessee-based hospital chain backed by a private equity and venture capital firm affiliated with billionaire Sam Zell, filed an initial public offering Tuesday that is preliminarily estimated to raise $100 million but could exceed that total.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Fla. Broker To Serve 6½ Yrs For $16M Precious Metals Fraud

    Former Fort Lauderdale, Florida, broker Salvatore Colonna was sentenced to 6½ years in prison and ordered to pay $13.1 million in restitution for his role in a $16 million precious metals and securities fraud scheme, the U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI and the IRS announced Tuesday.

  • December 4, 2018

    Blockchain-Based Digital Payment Platform Gets NY Approval

    The New York Department of Financial Services on Tuesday approved the rollout of Signature Bank's new digital payment platform, which the bank is calling the first blockchain-based platform of its kind launched by an institution insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

  • December 4, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Daimler, Ardian, Grail

    Daimler AG is considering taking a larger stake in a joint venture with Beijing-based BAIC Motor Corp., Ardian is looking to raise as much as €6 billion ($6.8 billion) by way of its latest buyout fund, and Grail is considering going public in the U.S.

  • December 4, 2018

    Singapore Regulator Releases Guide For Token Offerings

    The Monetary Authority of Singapore on Monday released a guide describing how digital token offerings fall under the purview of the nation’s securities laws, weeks after a bill aimed at streamlining payment services regulation was introduced in the Singapore Parliament.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Energy Broker Fights 'Misguided' CFTC Insider Trading Suit

    A Houston-based energy commodities brokerage on Monday asked a New York federal judge to drop claims and dismiss one of its brokers entirely from a "misguided" U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission suit accusing the broker of using a friend's account to profit on nonpublic information about his clients' block trades.

Expert Analysis

  • Life After The Midterms For Fintech And Digital Assets

    Dina Ellis Rochkind

    Following the 2018 midterm elections and subsequent change in composition of Congress, there are new dynamics at play as to how cryptocurrency, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies will be treated from a legislative and regulatory perspective, say Dina Ellis Rochkind and Lara Kaplan of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The SEC's Latest Statement On Digital Assets

    Michael Krimminger

    Despite a recent joint announcement by three U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission divisions, several key questions about the commission’s view on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings remain unsettled, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • The Legacy Of Madoff, A Decade Later

    Mark Kornfeld

    Despite lessons from Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme that was revealed 10 years ago, financial fraud continues to thrive. Negative history repeats itself on what seems like a daily basis, say attorneys with Quarles & Brady LLP.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Spoofing Charges Don't Readily Translate To Private Actions

    Laura Brookover

    Private plaintiffs have filed putative class actions in Chicago and New York on the heels of government enforcement efforts against spoofing. But actions like these are largely untested, and two threshold hurdles for these new cases are apparent, says Laura Brookover of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.