Private Equity

  • October 02, 2022

    Tillerson To Take Stand In Trump Ally's Foreign Lobbying Trial

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be called as a witness for the government in the trial of Colony Capital Inc. founder Thomas Barrack, in a case accusing the onetime Trump confidant of secretly acting as an agent of a foreign government.

  • September 30, 2022

    The 5 Biggest Cases This Supreme Court Term

    The reversal of constitutional abortion protections last term has court watchers wondering: Is affirmative action next? But the lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina are far from the only blockbusters on the docket in what is likely to be another landslide term for conservatives. Here, Law360 breaks down five cases to watch. 

  • September 30, 2022

    2 Firms Lead $2.5B Consumer Internet SPAC Deal

    Mobile app company Asia Innovations Group, guided by Kirkland & Ellis, announced Friday that it has entered into a merger agreement with a White & Case-led special purpose acquisition company, with the new company being valued at $2.5 billion.

  • September 30, 2022

    Russia Sanctions Reach Expands After Annexation

    U.S. government agencies added over 300 individuals and entities to export and financial sanctions lists Friday in response to Russia's annexation of four regions in Ukraine, and warned Moscow's supporters of their ability to pursue sanctions farther abroad.

  • September 30, 2022

    Don't Miss It: Cravath, Fried Frank Guide Week's Hot Deals

    Industry-leading M&A attorneys recently opined on factors that could be stalling deals, but the past week showed there's plenty of momentum left in the market. In fact, it may have been difficult to keep up with the flurry of activity. Here, Law360 recaps the ones you may have missed, including transactions led by Cravath and Fried Frank.

  • September 30, 2022

    Law360's The Term: A New Normal For The Supreme Court?

    As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares for the 2022-2023 term with a slate of new blockbuster cases, the fallout from last term's Dobbs decision and its leaked draft is still reverberating. And while pandemic-era restrictions at the court are loosening, the hosts discuss with veteran court reporter Amy Howe what kind of "new normal" to expect at the high court.

  • September 30, 2022

    SPAC Cancels Merger Plans With Chinese Automaker Chijet

    A special-purpose acquisition company that was set to acquire and take public Chinese automaker Chijet Motor Co. at a valuation of $2.55 billion has terminated merger plans, according to a securities filing Friday.

  • September 30, 2022

    Biz Groups Fear 'Penny Stock' Rule Could Upset Debt Markets

    Industry groups are worried the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's intent to extend enforcement of a recently revised rule governing unlisted securities to certain private bonds — even though the rule is historically associated with over-the-counter stocks — could disrupt debt markets.

  • September 30, 2022

    No Signs Of Supreme Court's Conservatives Slowing Down

    The U.S. Supreme Court's last term was considered by many to be the most consequential in a generation as the court's conservative justices delivered key victories on abortion and guns. But one quick glance at the new term's docket suggests this new supermajority has only just begun shifting the law to the right.

  • September 30, 2022

    How Well Do You Know Supreme Court History?

    As the U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its October 2022 term, it's the perfect time to dive into the court's history. Law360 will try to stump you with this 10-question quiz about the court. 

  • September 30, 2022

    UnitedHealth Merger Loss Is One Step In DOJ's Long Game

    Although a federal judge's decision allowing UnitedHealth to carry out its $13.8 billion merger with Change Healthcare was a stinging loss for the U.S. Department of Justice, the battle wasn't a total defeat for the government, according to a source familiar with the litigation.

  • September 30, 2022

    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Alleges PE Firm Takeover Fraud

    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. sued a group of its shareholders led by New Jersey private equity firm AB Value Partners LP in Delaware Chancery Court, seeking to nullify an agreement that led the Colorado-based confectioner to relinquish control of a seat on its board.

  • September 30, 2022

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen German software company Topalsson face a breach of contract claim from law firm CMS, Pfizer and BioNTech look for the cure to their patent woes in a claim against Moderna, and Alaska Airlines ready for departure in a commercial contracts claim against Virgin Aviation. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • September 30, 2022

    MVP: Debevoise's Andrew Ford

    Andrew Ford played major roles on the Debevoise & Plimpton LLP teams that advised KKR & Co. Inc. as the firm assembled the 13th iteration of its flagship North America private equity fund — a massive $19 billion vehicle — as well as another fund that reached $17 billion, earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 Fund Formation MVPs.

  • September 30, 2022

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Takes Bench, Makes History

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson received her official commission Friday in a ceremony attended by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, becoming the first Black female justice to take the nation's top bench in its 230-year history.

  • September 29, 2022

    5 Firms Guide $834M Chinese Biopharma SPAC Merger

    Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company Yisheng Biopharma Co. Ltd., announced on Thursday that it will merge with Hong Kong-based blank-check company Summit Healthcare Acquisition Corp. in a transaction that values the new company at $834 million.

  • September 29, 2022

    Barrack Jury Told Of Pro-UAE Push To Influence Trump

    Jurors in the trial of Thomas Barrack on Thursday heard about how the Colony Capital Inc. founder allegedly worked both behind the scenes and in front of the camera during former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to advance foreign policy positions favoring the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

  • September 29, 2022

    Pot Co. Investors Get Judge's Green Light After Past Setbacks

    A New York federal judge has tossed some claims by shareholders against embattled cannabis company iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc. and private equity firm Gotham Green Partners but said the investors have now shown that certain transactions at issue in the case were sufficiently domestic under the U.S. Supreme Court's Morrison decision.

  • September 29, 2022

    Brookfield Investing Up To $2B In US Renewable Energy Cos.

    Brookfield Renewable said Thursday it is acquiring Scout Clean Energy and Standard Solar for more than $1.5 billion, and that the investment could ultimately exceed $2 billion as the renewable power investor looks to expand its pipeline of wind, solar and energy storage capabilities in the U.S. 

  • September 29, 2022

    Linklaters Adds M&A Pro From Latham To Madrid Office

    Linklaters LLP has rehired a former chair of Spain's securities watchdog to be a partner on the mergers and acquisitions team in the firm's Madrid office.

  • September 29, 2022

    Deals Rumor Mill: Cineplex, Citi, Apollo

    Canadian theater chain Cineplex has revived efforts to acquire Regal Entertainment Group, Citigroup is curbing lending to asset managers and private equity groups, and banks are struggling to find investors to support a $3.9 billion buyout for Apollo Global Management. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other deal rumors from the past week that you need to be aware of.

  • September 29, 2022

    SEC Fines Deloitte China Unit $20M Over Audit Rule Violations

    Deloitte's Chinese affiliate will pay a $20 million penalty and undertake "extensive remedial measures" to settle claims it violated U.S. auditing requirements, including by allegedly asking clients to pick their own samples for testing, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.

  • September 29, 2022

    Kirkland Guides Crownpeak In £63.2M Bid For Attraqt Group

    Crownpeak Holdings LLC on Thursday said it has inked a deal to acquire British e-commerce focused company Attraqt Group PLC for £63.2 million ($68.7 million) in cash in a deal guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Latham & Watkins (London) LLP and Taylor Wessing LLP.

  • September 28, 2022

    Silicon Valley's Scale Closes $900M Software-Focused Fund

    Early-stage venture capital firm Scale Venture Partners said Wednesday it has closed its latest fund, Fund VIII, with $900 million in committed capital and will be looking to actively invest in cloud and so-called SaaS-focused software companies. 

  • September 28, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Jenner & Block, Schwarzman, Pourtavosi

    Jenner & Block is reportedly leasing 5,600 more square feet in Manhattan, Stephen Schwarzman is said to have dropped more than $87 million on an England estate and cannabis entrepreneur Cobby Pourtavosi is said to have picked up a Los Angeles Sheraton for $54.5 million.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Keys To A 9-0 High Court Win: Practicality Over Perfection

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    When I argued for the petitioner in Wooden v. U.S. last year, I discovered that preparation is key, but so is the right kind of preparation — in giving decisive answers to the U.S. Supreme Court justices' hypothetical questions I was not aiming for perfection, just the best response available, says Allon Kedem at Arnold & Porter.

  • What New Bar Exam Means For Law Students And Schools

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    Stephanie Acosta at UWorld discusses how law students and law schools can start preparing now for the new bar exam launching in 2026, which is expected to emphasize real-world lawyering skills-based tasks over rote memorization.

  • Apple's New Messaging Features Will Complicate E-Discovery

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    Apple's newest mobile operating system allows users to edit and recall messages and recover deleted messages, which could significantly increase the time, burden and expense of processing and analyzing cellphones if messages or their associated metadata become an area of scrutiny in a case, says Jarrett Coco at Nelson Mullins.

  • Regulatory Changes That May Affect Investments In Wireless

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    A potential acquisition or investment in the wireless space requires a fulsome understanding of the regulatory environment, including a new spectrum strategy under the Biden administration, the potential for more legal challenges to Federal Communications Commission decisions and more, says Laura Stefani at Venable.

  • Meme Stock Buyers Must Heed Bankruptcy Code Provisions

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    As Bed Bath & Beyond faces private securities lawsuits and teeters toward a Chapter 11 filing, it highlights why meme stock buyers must understand Bankruptcy Code provisions such as claim subordination under Section 510(b), and how they may affect recoveries in distressed companies, say Michael Handler and Andrew Michaelson at King & Spalding.

  • Law Firm Inclusion Efforts Often Overlook Business Staff

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    Law firms committed to a culture of universal inclusion can take steps to foster a sense of belonging in their business services teams, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Consulting.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

  • Lessons From 3 Chancery Books And Records Decisions

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    Attorneys at Fried Frank discuss three recent Delaware Chancery Section 220 decisions, each of which amplifies stockholders' broad right to request corporate books and records, and offer important takeaways for practitioners concerning email, confidentiality and documentation.

  • AML Regulation Of Lawyers Is Imminent And Controversial

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    The U.S. House of Representatives' recently passed National Defense Authorization Act subjects lawyers engaged in certain financial-related activities to anti-money laundering regulation under the Bank Secrecy Act, which could pit lawyers against clients in ways harmful to the rule of law and administration of justice, says Jeremy Glicksman at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York.

  • Key Adaptations For Law Firms Amid Quiet Quitting Movement

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    While quiet quitting may not be sustainable at law firms with billable hour requirements, there are specific steps law firms should take to maintain engagement and otherwise respond to the trend's underlying message that associates won't spend all their waking hours at work if they don't feel it's worthwhile, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • The Role Of Tweets, Memes, Emoji In Musk Securities Saga

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    Brad Foster at Haynes and Boone reviews securities law scenarios in the coming Twitter v. Musk litigation in Delaware and the class actions waiting in the wings, and explains how Elon Musk's tweets, memes and emoji might come into play.

  • Creating A Hybrid Work Policy? Be Intentional And Inclusive

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    The pandemic has changed expectations for the future of work forever, and as more employees demand hybrid working options, law firms must develop policies and models that are intentional, inclusive and iterative to lead the industry into the future, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • How Fintech Cos. May Transform Real Estate Investment

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    Fintech companies have begun to meet challenges to real estate investment with innovations that will drive new transactions, but they will need to provide traditional investors with more information about individual properties and communities, say Joseph Bizub and David Reiss at Brooklyn Law School, and Justin Peralta at IBM.

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Humane Layoffs As Recession Looms

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    Amid warnings of a global recession, law firms should prepare for the possibility of associate layoffs, aiming for an empathetic approach and avoiding common mistakes that make the emotional impact on departing attorneys worse, say Jarrett Green, a wellness consultant, and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Marching In On Patents Under Bayh-Dole Would Gut Startups

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    If the federal government accedes to a request from 100 lawmakers and relicenses university-linked biotech patents under the Bayh-Dole Act, it could jeopardize startups in multiple industries and prevent countless innovative products from ever coming to market, says Chris Israel at the Alliance of U.S. Startups & Inventors for Jobs.

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