Capital Markets

  • February 23, 2017

    Tilton, Patriarch Fail To Shake $45M Fraud Suit

    A New York state appeals court on Thursday affirmed a decision that left a fraud claim by a German bank in play against Lynn Tilton and her investment firm Patriarch Partners LLC, saying early signs that the funds in question were not what they appeared didn’t start the clock on the statute of limitations.

  • February 23, 2017

    Robo-Advisers Must Be Mindful Of Advisers Act, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday said that “robo-advisers” should be mindful of how the Investment Advisers Act applies to them and their relationship with clients since their services are unique from traditional investment advisers.

  • February 23, 2017

    Firms Fight Over $2M Probe Of Overbilling $75M Fee Pot

    Divisions have sprung up among plaintiffs' firms that planned to share a $75 million fee award as part of a settlement between State Street Corp. and foreign exchange traders in the wake of a $2 million billing probe the court proposed after three firms said they accidentally overstated the value of their work, documents filed Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court show.

  • February 23, 2017

    Andrews, Gainey To Be CytRx Stock-Pump Suit Lead Counsel

    A Delaware Chancery Court judge has appointed Andrews & Springer LLC and Gainey McKenna & Egleston to represent CytRx Corp. investors in a derivative action accusing the biopharmaceutical company’s board of sanctioning a brazen stock-pumping scheme, calling their complaint “superior” to another in the consolidated suit.

  • February 23, 2017

    Canadian Securities Watchdog Launches Regulatory Sandbox

    Canadian securities regulators on Thursday launched a so-called regulatory sandbox, allowing companies that use innovative technologies and capital-raising techniques to experiment under fewer regulations, spreading an idea that has gained momentum across Europe and Asia.

  • February 23, 2017

    European Bank Capital Raising Soars To Start 2017

    European banks have raised more than twice the capital they did at this time last year, according to new data released Thursday, and the amount is bound to surge higher, assuming a $13.8 billion rights offering from Italian financial giant UniCredit goes through as expected in the coming days.

  • February 23, 2017

    Opioid Addiction Treatment Co. Pulls $150M IPO

    Braeburn Pharmaceuticals Inc., a commercial-stage biotech company developing a drug to treat opioid addiction, formally pulled an estimated $150 million initial public offering Wednesday, saying public markets are currently unattractive, echoing a common concern among life science issuers.

  • February 22, 2017

    Resource Capital Dealt Another Shareholder Suit Over Loans

    Derivative lawsuits accusing Resource Capital Corp.'s directors of mishandling a Puerto Rico hotel loan portfolio that prompted a $41 million write-down in August 2015 continued to mount Wednesday, as a shareholder of the real estate investment trust filed the fourth case of its kind in New York.

  • February 22, 2017

    Mobile Game Maker Can't Ditch Investor Suit Over $115M IPO

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday largely kept intact a consolidated class action claiming game maker iDreamSky Technology Ltd. misled investors ahead of its $115.5 million initial public offering, saying generalized disclosures don’t shield the developer from its obligation to report issues with its popular mobile game “Cookie Run.”

  • February 22, 2017 Fraudster Takes Stand In Bitcoin Bribery Trial

    A Florida man who recently admitted to fraud and conspiracy charges in connection with the bitcoin exchange testified Wednesday that New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and tech expert Yuri Lebedev were in on a plot to co-opt a small bank for use in a money-laundering operation.

  • February 22, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Jeff Sutton, Tenet Healthcare, Compass

    Retail developer Jeff Sutton has reportedly raised $233 million through a bond sale on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Tenet Healthcare is said to have bought a Florida hospital from HCP and Compass is said to be taking another 25,000 square feet on Fifth Avenue in New York.

  • February 22, 2017

    Purplebricks Raising $62M In Share Sale For US Expansion

    U.K. real estate agent Purplebricks Group PLC said Wednesday that it plans to raise £50 million ($62.3 million) through a stock sale to help fund its expansion into the U.S., its third new market since launching in 2014.

  • February 22, 2017

    Milbank Leads Banks In VietJet's Historic $170M IPO

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP said Tuesday it advised banks that steered Vietnamese airline VietJet Aviation’s $170 million initial public offering, a landmark deal that represented the largest IPO in Vietnam’s history and the country’s first internationally marketed offering.

  • February 22, 2017

    Saudi Aramco Picks Lead Underwriters For Massive IPO

    Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco has hired three investment banks to underwrite its monster initial public offering that is estimated to raise around $100 billion, expected to be the largest ever, according to reports on Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    SEC Sues Fugitive Over $1.7M Forex Ponzi Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused a runaway man of defrauding investors out of $1.7 million by promising that his computer program would generate high returns on foreign exchange trades, despite using the investments to make Ponzi-like payments and fund exorbitant shopping sprees, according to a Tuesday statement.

  • February 22, 2017

    Killam Apartment REIT To Raise $53M Through Share Sale

    Killam Apartment REIT is selling roughly CA$70 million ($53 million) worth of trust units, in a matter that RBC Capital Markets is working on as lead underwriter, according to an announcement on Tuesday from the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based real estate investment trust.

  • February 22, 2017

    Farmer’s Co-op Says MF Global Too Late To Recover $1.7M

    A farming co-op hit back against MF Global Holding Ltd.’s demand for $1.7 million over derivatives trades that predate the firm's massive 2011 bankruptcy, saying on Monday that MF Global failed to preserve those claims in its Chapter 11 plan and therefore has no right to pursue them.

  • February 22, 2017

    PE Giant Carlyle Eyes Butterfield Exit In Post-IPO Sale

    Private-equity giant Carlyle Group plans to exit its stake in Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son, five months after the Bermuda-based bank completed a $288 million initial public offering, through a secondary offering filed Tuesday that calls for selling up to 11 million Butterfield shares.

  • February 21, 2017

    Citigroup, JPMorgan Face Euribor Antitrust Class Action

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday trimmed a putative class action brought by investors who say they lost money in derivatives transactions because big banks conspired to manipulate Euribor, the euro interbank offered rate. But two plaintiffs, including a California retirement fund, still have claims against JPMorgan and Citigroup.

  • February 21, 2017

    Citi To Pay $5.3M To Settle S. Africa Forex Antitrust Case

    Citibank will pay about $5.3 million to settle with South Africa’s Competition Commission after it was accused of colluding with 15 other banks to rig prices in currency trading involving the rand and U.S. dollar as part of the so-called foreign exchange trading cartel, the commission said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Financial Services In The 1st Month Of Trump Presidency

    Matthew Cutts

    In the first 30 days of his administration, President Donald Trump issued more than two dozen executive orders, memoranda and proclamations, several of which significantly impact the financial services industry. In addition, policymakers are turning their time and attention to reforming the nation’s financial services laws, with a “Choice Act 2.0” likely to be introduced soon, say Matthew Cutts and James Sivon of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Recent Trends In Investment-Grade Debt Offerings

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Ari B. Blaut

    Figures from 2016 show that the investment-grade bond market remained strong despite global change and uncertainty. Ari Blaut and Brian Farber of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP highlight practical considerations for the terms of investment-grade bond offerings in light of last year's trends.

  • Anti-Money Laundering Expectations Under Trump

    Michael A. Mancusi

    We do not anticipate the new administration will ease anti-money laundering enforcement. In fact, it is more likely that enforcement of the Bank Secrecy Act is an area of supervision that will increase in the coming years, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • CFTC Enforcement Considerations For 2017

    Peter Y. Malyshev

    With all of the political appointments and personnel changes at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the big question is whether the CFTC will continue to aggressively pursue market participants for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and related regulations. We believe it will, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.