Capital Markets

  • July 24, 2024

    SEC Unlikely To Relitigate Loss On Hedge Fund Regs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission appears ready to accept defeat in its efforts to require more detailed disclosures from private fund managers, with attorneys saying the agency's continued silence since last month's Fifth Circuit loss likely indicates it will not press the issue any further.

  • July 24, 2024

    FDIC's Hill Says Basel Plan Needs New Draft With All Aboard

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s second-in-command called Wednesday for federal regulators to move in unison as they revise their controversial Basel III endgame plan for tougher big-bank capital requirements, saying any next draft should be comprehensive and backed by all the agencies involved.

  • July 24, 2024

    Ex-Arena Group CEO Says He's Owed Fees For Dueling Suits

    The former CEO of digital publisher The Arena Group is demanding that the company make its contractual payments to him to cover his costs for dueling lawsuits against one another in separate state courts, according to a Wednesday suit in Delaware Chancery Court.

  • July 24, 2024

    Latham-Led Warehouse Giant Lineage Inks Year's Largest IPO

    Cold-storage warehouse giant Lineage Inc. on Wednesday priced an upsized $4.4 billion initial public offering within its range, represented by Latham & Watkins LLP and underwriters counsel Goodwin Procter LLP, marking the year's largest IPO to date.

  • July 24, 2024

    Meme Stock Investor Opposes Robinhood Settlement For Now

    A meme stock investor on Wednesday urged a Florida federal judge to deny a settlement between Robinhood and other traders who say they sustained losses when the exchange restricted trading of certain stocks during a social media fueled run, since he says he hasn't received any details on the deal.

  • July 24, 2024

    22% Of FINRA Member Firms Join Remote Inspection Program

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Wednesday that 741 firms have opted to participate in a new pilot program for remote inspections of broker-dealers, representing a 22% share of the regulator's member firms.

  • July 24, 2024

    EV Co. Scores Initial OK On $13M Deal To End Investor Suits

    A Colorado federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a $13.3 million settlement resolving shareholder lawsuits against commercial electric-vehicle company Lightning eMotors, whose executives and directors had been accused of touting unrealistic growth projections in the lead-up to a 2021 merger.

  • July 24, 2024

    Latham, Stevens & Lee Guide Bitcoin Co.'s $365M SPAC Deal

    Bitcoin rewards provider Fold and a special purpose acquisition company announced Wednesday they agreed to merge through a transaction that will take Fold public at an estimated $365 million valuation, with attorneys from Stevens & Lee and Latham counseling the parties.

  • July 24, 2024

    Wilson Sonsini Leads PE-Backed OneStream's $490M IPO

    Private-equity backed financial software provider OneStream Inc. railed in debut trading Wednesday after pricing a $490 million initial public offering above its range, represented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC and underwriters counsel Latham & Watkins LLP, kicking off a potentially busy week for IPOs.

  • July 23, 2024

    Chancery Ends Challenge To $12.5B Qualtrics' SAP Sale

    Saying it was not reasonably conceivable that he would find software giant SAP and Qualtrics International Inc. directors liable for damages after Qualtrics' $12.5 billion sale to Silver Lake Capital despite a superficially better offer, a Delaware vice chancellor on Tuesday dismissed a stockholder challenge to the deal.

  • July 23, 2024

    Coinbase Renews Plea For Gensler's Private Emails

    Coinbase Inc. asked once again Tuesday to access the private communications of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler as it fights allegations that it permitted the illegal trading of unregistered securities on its crypto platform.

  • July 23, 2024

    Chancery Spikes Raytheon Stockholder's Derivative Suit

    A shareholder who faulted directors at Raytheon Technologies Corp. for allowing a special committee to change employee compensation plans without first seeking stockholder approval has failed to show how the board of directors did anything wrong, a Delaware vice chancellor ruled Tuesday, dismissing the derivative lawsuit.

  • July 23, 2024

    Labor Dept. ESG Rule May Survive Chevron's Demise

    The Fifth Circuit recently overturned a ruling that relied on the now-defunct doctrine of Chevron deference to uphold a U.S. Department of Labor rule covering socially conscious retirement plan investing, but some experts believe the rule has a good chance at surviving — even with the precedent off the books.

  • July 23, 2024

    'Let's Go Brandon' Coin Buyers Seek Class Cert.

    Investors in the meme-inspired cryptocurrency LGBcoin sought class certification in a lawsuit alleging that prices for the token cratered after its much-hyped plan to sponsor the coin's eponymous NASCAR driver fell apart.

  • July 23, 2024

    Capital One Card Holders Sue To Block Discover Merger

    Capital One credit card holders launched a proposed class action seeking to block the company's $35 billion purchase of Discover Monday, claiming the acquisition will drive down competition and further consolidate the already-concentrated credit card market.

  • July 23, 2024

    4 Firms Guide SPAC Mergers Targeting AI, Cannabis Sectors

    An AI-powered startup that vows to combat "disinformation" and a medical cannabis developer have agreed to go public by merging with special purpose acquisition companies through separate deals unveiled this week, guided by four law firms and a law office.

  • July 22, 2024

    Actor, Promoter Cop To Forcount Crypto Ponzi Scheme

    An actor who purported to be the CEO of Forcount Trader Systems Inc. and another promoter of the fake cryptocurrency outfit on Monday both admitted to defrauding investors out of millions of dollars through a Ponzi-esque pyramid scheme.

  • July 22, 2024

    Beauty Co. Misled Investors Ahead Of Its $424M IPO, Suit Says

    Israeli beauty and wellness products company Oddity Tech Ltd. has been hit with a potential class action in New York federal court by an investor who alleges that the company overstated its artificial intelligence technology capabilities before its $424 million initial public offering last year.

  • July 22, 2024

    Investment Adviser Seeks To Ax Union Fund's Bad Advice Suit

    A union pension fund that claims it lost $30 million due to bad investment advice it received in the mid-2010s missed its chance to challenge that advice, an investment advisory firm argued in California federal court, saying the fund blew past its deadline to sue and didn't qualify for an extension.

  • July 22, 2024

    Allarity Warns Of SEC Suit Over Cancer Drug Statements

    Clinical stage pharmaceutical company Allarity Therapeutics informed investors Monday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is preparing to sue following an investigation into statements the company made as it sought approval for a new cancer treatment.

  • July 22, 2024

    Uber, Investors Ink $200M Deal To End 'Train Wreck' IPO Suit

    Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $200 million to exit a class action accusing it of failing to inform investors about significant business risks tied to stalling growth and potential legal issues ahead of its $8.1 billion initial public offering in 2019.

  • July 22, 2024

    Ether ETPs To Begin Trading

    A series of exchange-traded products holding the cryptocurrency ether are set to begin trading Tuesday, according to the exchanges listing the products.

  • July 22, 2024

    CryptoZoo Investor Can't Block Cross-Claims, Logan Paul Says

    The influencer Logan Paul, who accused his former colleagues of fraud after an investor sued all of them over an abandoned cryptocurrency gaming project, has told a Texas federal court that the investor has provided no good reason to oppose default judgments on Paul's claims.

  • July 22, 2024

    Fifth Third Sued In $20M Escrow Dispute Over Dividend Solar

    A private equity seller of a solar panel fintech lender that Fifth Third Bank bought in 2022 has sued the bank in New York federal court to free up $20 million in indemnity escrow funds that it alleges the bank has tried improperly to withhold over state investigations tied to the fintech.

  • July 22, 2024

    Boston Fund Can't Duck SEC's Unregistered Dealer Case

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday kept alive U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that Boston investment firm Auctus Fund violated securities laws by failing to register as a broker-dealer when harvesting deeply discounted shares of cash-strapped public companies through debt agreements.

Expert Analysis

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    Being A Luthier Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    When I’m not working as an appellate lawyer, I spend my spare time building guitars — a craft known as luthiery — which has helped to enhance the discipline, patience and resilience needed to write better briefs, says Rob Carty at Nichols Brar.

  • Lead Like 'Ted Lasso' By Embracing Cognitive Diversity

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    The Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” aptly illustrates how embracing cognitive diversity can be a winning strategy for teams, providing a useful lesson for law firms, which can benefit significantly from fresh, diverse perspectives and collaborative problem-solving, says Paul Manuele at PR Manuele Consulting.

  • 3 Areas Of Enforcement Risk Facing The EV Industry

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    Companies in the EV manufacturing ecosystem are experiencing a boom in business, but with this boom comes increased regulatory and enforcement risks, from the corruption issues that have historically pervaded the extractive sector to newer risks posed by artificial intelligence, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Ambiguity Ruling Highlights Deference To Arbitral Process

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    A New York federal court’s recent ruling in Eletson v. Levona, which remanded an arbitral award for clarification, reflects that the ambiguity exception’s analysis is not static and may be applied even in cases where the award, when issued, was unambiguous, says arbitrator Myrna Barakat Friedman.

  • American Airlines ESG Ruling Could Alter ERISA Landscape

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    The Spence v. American Airlines ESG trial, speeding toward a conclusion in a Texas federal court, could foretell a dramatic expansion in ERISA liability, with plan sponsors vulnerable to claims that they didn't foresee short-term dips in stock prices, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Cyber Incident Response Checklist For SEC Compliance

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    In light of recent guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which clarified the distinction between two types of cybersecurity incident disclosures, companies should align their materiality assessment, incident response and disclosure control processes to bolster compliance and provide a measure of protection, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Opinion

    Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

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    As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

  • What FTX Case Taught Us About Digital Asset Recoverability

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    FTX's Chapter 11 plan has drawn lots of attention, but the focus should be on the anticipated outcome for investors, which counters several myths about digital currencies, innovation and recoverability, says Kyla Curley at StoneTurn.

  • How To Survive Shareholder Activism

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    In an era where shareholder activism is on the rise, companies must identify weaknesses, clearly communicate strategies, update board composition and engage with shareholders consistently in order to avoid disruptive shareholder activism and safeguard the interests of both the company and its shareholders, say J.T. Ho at Orrick and Greg Taxin at Spotlight Advisors.

  • 'Outsourcing' Ruling, 5 Years On: A Warning, Not A Watershed

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    A New York federal court’s 2019 ruling in U.S. v. Connolly, holding that the government improperly outsourced an investigation to Deutsche Bank, has not undercut corporate cooperation incentives as feared — but companies should not completely ignore the lessons of the case, say Temidayo Aganga-Williams and Anna Nabutovsky at Selendy Gay.

  • Series

    Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

  • Big Business May Come To Rue The Post-Administrative State

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    Many have framed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions overturning Chevron deference and extending the window to challenge regulations as big wins for big business, but sand in the gears of agency rulemaking may be a double-edged sword, creating prolonged uncertainty that impedes businesses’ ability to plan for the future, says Todd Baker at Columbia University.

  • Will Texas Stock Exchange Provide Regulatory Haven?

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    While the newly proposed Texas Stock Exchange may represent a market reaction to increasingly complex regulations, those looking to list on a national securities exchange should consider that their choice of an exchange may not relieve them of some of the most burdensome public company requirements, say Elizabeth McNichol and Ryan Lilley at Katten.

  • Equity Rights Offering Considerations As Maturity Cliff Looms

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    Current market uncertainties make an equity rights offering — involving affiliate backstop investors — a cost-effective, capital-raising transaction for distressed companies looking to manage their leverage ahead of the impending maturity of a substantial number of COVID-era debt issuances, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

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