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Capital Markets

  • December 7, 2018

    Hogan Lovells Nabs Finance Partner From Milbank

    Hogan Lovells has added a partner in New York from Milbank with experience in restructuring, export-import deals, high-yield debt and liability management.

  • December 7, 2018

    8 Firms To Guide 5 IPOs Led by Tencent Music's $1.1B Deal

    Eight law firms will guide five initial public offerings that could potentially raise more than $1.5 billion combined during the week of Dec. 10, possibly the last wave of IPOs for the year, led by an estimated $1.1 billion offering from streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment Group.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    11th Circ. Backs IRS' $28M Win In Tax Shelter Case

    A U.S. Tax Court decision that disallowed almost $28 million in losses by a company, finding the claim lacked economic substance, has been upheld by an Eleventh Circuit panel.

  • December 7, 2018

    Moderna Leads IPO Pair Raising $735M

    Clinical-stage biotechnology company Moderna late Thursday said it raised more than $604 million in an initial public offering touted as the largest biotech IPO ever, alongside another offering that reaped roughly $131 million for cancer and autoimmune disorder-focused Synthorx.

  • December 7, 2018

    Better Together Is The Energy M&A Theme Of 2018

    Consolidation hit the oil and gas sector full-bore this year with multbillion-dollar tie-ups between drillers and tax and regulatory-driven roll-ups of midstream companies, while the appetite for renewable energy assets continued to grow. Here are five M&A trends that stood out to energy attorneys in 2018.

  • December 6, 2018

    Bitcoin Market 'Hijacking' Caused $4B Value Drop, Suit Says

    A lawsuit filed Thursday in Florida federal court by a Miami-based company accused several prominent players in the Bitcoin Cash cryptocurrency network of hijacking a software upgrade, leading to a "global capitalization meltdown" of more than $4 billion and harm to it and other U.S. bitcoin holders.

  • December 6, 2018

    Wall St. Lobby Fights State Action On 'Best Interest' Standard

    Wall Street’s top trade association and leading lobbyist plans to keep pressure next year on state officials who consider following Nevada in imposing a higher standard of care on broker-dealers.

  • December 6, 2018

    SEC Gives Up On Litvak Suit After Feds Drop Charges

    A Connecticut federal judge on Thursday agreed to dismiss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s civil suit against former Jefferies Group LLC bond trader Jesse Litvak in the wake of the end of his five-year criminal case in which he was convicted twice but saw those convictions overturned.

  • December 6, 2018

    Miami Investment Firms' CEO Arrested On Fraud Charges

    A Miami man was arrested Thursday on fraud and identity theft charges for allegedly misappropriating more than $5.5 million he solicited for two purported investment companies he established and also for attempting to deceive federal regulators by impersonating a victim-investor, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • December 6, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: BYD, Travelport, Amer Sports

    BYD Co Ltd. is reportedly planning on taking its battery unit public by 2022, Elliott Management and Siris Capital Group are close to a deal to snap up Travelport Worldwide, and a group vying to take over Finnish sporting goods company Amer Sports Oyj is close to a deal.

  • December 6, 2018

    Proxy Firms Should Be Regulated, Senate Panel Hears

    A former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official and a business lobbyist on Thursday both told U.S. senators that proxy advisory firms should be scrutinized more closely given their influence over corporate elections, though a New York City assistant comptroller warned of overreach that could backfire against investors.

  • December 6, 2018

    Odebrecht Says Bond Fraud Suit Can’t Continue Further

    Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA and two subsidiaries on Wednesday urged a New York federal judge to toss a fraud suit related to a far-reaching bribery scheme, arguing that the investment firm and funds suing them have not remedied defects that plagued the suit’s previous iterations.

  • December 6, 2018

    Skadden Leads Chinese Fashion Retailer To $67M IPO

    Tencent-backed Chinese fashion retailer Mogu raised $66.5 million through an initial public offering priced at the low end of its range Thursday, represented by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP while Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advised the underwriters.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 5 Common Misconceptions About SEC Investigations

    Daniel Hawke

    Defense counsel often take approaches that reflect misperceptions of how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement game is really played. It is a complex process susceptible to mismanagement by even the most capable or well-intentioned attorney, says Daniel Hawke of Arnold & Porter.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    An Opportunity To Slow The Rise Of Securities Class Actions

    Joshua Briones

    A major securities fraud case now before the U.S. Supreme Court — Lorenzo v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — marks the first of many opportunities the court will have to roll back expansive interpretations of securities law and deter plaintiffs from filing low-quality complaints, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.