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Private Equity

  • July 25, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tronc, Arconic, Tsinghua

    Tronc Inc. reportedly received an acquisition offer from a private equity firm, Arconic is mulling buyout offers from private equity firms, and Tsinghua Unigroup is said to have inked a deal to buy Linxens for about €2.2 billion ($2.6 billion).

  • July 25, 2018

    Investor Sues To Block Taylor Morrison's AV Homes Takeover

    An AV Homes Inc. shareholder sued the company, its executives and Taylor Morrison Home Corp. in Delaware federal court Tuesday to block Taylor's proposed $963 million takeover of the private equity-backed homebuilder and developer over alleged omissions that left investors in the dark.

  • July 25, 2018

    Gaw Capital Buys Half Of $146M Spanish Hotel Brand Hospes

    Private equity shop Gaw Capital Partners announced Wednesday it has acquired a 50 percent stake in Hospes Hotel Group, a Spanish boutique hotel brand whose assets are worth roughly €125 million ($146.2 million).

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    Kirkland Reps Grubhub In $390M Deal For PE-Backed LevelUp

    Online and mobile food-ordering and delivery service Grubhub Inc. said Wednesday it has agreed to buy Boston-based private equity-backed mobile dining engagement and payment solutions company LevelUp for $390 million in cash, in a deal that was guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • July 25, 2018

    Thompson & Knight Steers Closing Of Tailwater's $1B Fund

    Dallas-based, energy-focused private equity firm Tailwater Capital LLC on Wednesday said it has closed its latest fund with total commitments of $1 billion, which was guided by Thompson & Knight LLP.

  • July 24, 2018

    Del. Court Flags Creditor Sale Of Aerogroup Ch. 11 Assets

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge cautioned Tuesday that he would likely block a planned foreclosure auction of shoe retailer Aerogroup International Inc. litigation rights if creditors and the company fail to come up with a plan that addresses other potential interests in the assets.

  • July 24, 2018

    Graphite Scores $617M For Latest Mid-Market UK Fund

    Private equity shop Graphite Capital on Tuesday locked in £470 million ($617 million) in commitments for its latest fund as the U.K. firm looks to continue a streak of investment in middle-market companies in the country.

  • July 24, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Fosun, Median, Volvo

    Fosun International is reportedly mulling a deal to buy some or all of insurer Ageas, German clinic company Median Kliniken is up for sale, and Volvo Cars has been valued well below its owner’s target related to a potential stock market listing.

  • July 24, 2018

    PGT Inks Deal To Buy Western Window For $360M In Cash

    Impact-resistant window and door maker PGT Innovations agreed to buy Western Window Systems from a Perella Weinberg Partners-affiliated private equity firm for $360 million in cash, in a deal steered by Jones Day and Latham & Watkins LLP, the companies announced on Tuesday.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 24, 2018

    Ropes & Gray Guides PE Firm's $104M Institutional Fund

    Ropes & Gray LLP assisted Chicago-based private equity firm Periscope Equity LLC in the closing of its first institutional fund with more than $104 million of committed capital, the firm said Tuesday.

  • July 23, 2018

    Perkins Coie Nabs Dorsey & Whitney VC Pro In Silicon Valley

    Perkins Coie LLP has hired a Dorsey & Whitney LLP partner with more than 15 years of experience counseling emerging life sciences and technology companies and their investors in Silicon Valley, Perkins Coie announced Monday.

  • July 23, 2018

    Skyrocketing Team Values Attracting Sophisticated Investors

    Hedge fund manager and billionaire David Tepper completed his purchase of the Carolina Panthers earlier this month in a record-breaking $2.275 billion deal that adds another wealthy, sophisticated investor to the list of sports team owners, a trend some experts say will continue given the growth in sports franchise values.

  • July 23, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Verint, Aramco, China Tower

    Verint Systems’ discussions to merge its security unit with NSO Group have reportedly come up short, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan have earned spots on Saudi Aramco’s deal to buy an SABIC stake, and China Tower Corp. has lined up $1.4 billion worth of investments related to its planned IPO.

  • July 23, 2018

    Zohar, Tilton Go Back To Mediation Over Del. Ch. 11 Cash

    Investors in the distressed-debt Zohar funds told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday the group is headed back to bankruptcy court mediation with interests of founder Lynn Tilton over cash use and collateral, two months after mediation produced a purported global settlement.

  • July 23, 2018

    Kirkland Helps Ares Clinch €6.5B Direct Lending Fund

    Ares Management LP, with assistance from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has wrapped up what it claims is the largest European direct lending fund in history after securing €6.5 billion ($7.6 billion) from investors, the private equity firm said Monday.

  • July 23, 2018

    Willkie Guides Closing Of PE Firm ICV Partners' $585M Fund

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP guided investment firm ICV Partners’ closing of its latest funding round with $585 million in capital committed, the company said Monday.

  • July 23, 2018

    BioChemics Wants More Time To Come Up With SEC’s $17M

    Cash-strapped cosmetics manufacturer BioChemics Inc. opposed receivership over the weekend and asked a Massachusetts federal judge for a few more days to present a better plan to come up with $17 million for misleading investors, which it has owed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for more than three years.

  • July 23, 2018

    Is The Grass Greener On The Solo Side?

    Long hours. Financial stress. Unpredictable clients. These lawyers say they've found their calling.

Expert Analysis

  • An Update On CFIUS Reform

    Judith Alison Lee

    After six months of wrangling over the fate of a proposal to modernize the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the U.S. Congress appears primed to streamline the CFIUS review process. As it currently stands, the proposed legislation would alter the process in many critical respects, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. 

  • Opinion

    SEC Should Expand Opportunities For Mr. And Mrs. 401(k)

    Dina Ellis Rochkind

    As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission considers raising the standard of conduct applicable to investment advisers with respect to their retail clients, it should also consider loosening the restrictions that inhibit retail investors from gaining access to privately placed securities and other alternative investments, say Dina Ellis Rochkind and Joshua Downer of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Choice Of Entity And IRC Section 1202 After Tax Reform

    Michael Wilder

    Since the tax overhaul, the reduction of the corporate tax rate and the new deduction for pass-through income have been widely discussed as they apply to choice of business entity. Also important, though less often analyzed, are strategies to utilize Internal Revenue Code Section 1202 and the exclusion of gain from the sale of qualified small business stock, say attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • How Dodd-Frank Rollback Changes The Volcker Rule

    Jerry Comizio

    The recently signed Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act represents the first significant deregulatory piece of legislation amending the Dodd-Frank Act. The new law makes several changes to the Volcker Rule, but its impact is likely to be modest, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Trade Rep Hints At More CFIUS Scrutiny Of Biotech Deals

    Stephen Mahinka

    The Section 301 report issued in March by the United States Trade Representative highlighted foreign acquisitions and investments in the U.S. biotechnology industry. Counsel on both sides of a transaction in this sector should consider carefully whether involvement by foreign entities, especially from China, should be filed for review by CFIUS before closing, say Stephen Mahinka and Carl Valenstein of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.