Private Equity

  • July 9, 2019

    Paul Weiss Picks Up Private Equity Pro From Kirkland

    Paul Weiss has picked up private equity lawyer Sarah Stasny as a partner in its corporate department, where she will be a member of the mergers and acquisitions and private equity groups, the firm said recently.

  • July 8, 2019

    How The Legal Pipeline Is Failing Black Attorneys

    Despite decades of programming and well-meaning talk about increasing diversity, African Americans still make up a lower percentage of law firm lawyers than both Latinos and Asian Americans. Here's what some attorneys are doing about it.

  • July 8, 2019

    2nd Circ. Backs Toss Of Brazilian Financier's Citibank Suit

    A Second Circuit panel declined Monday to revive a lawsuit alleging Citibank helped cook up a bogus criminal case in Brazil against financier Daniel Valente Dantas as part of an effort to force his Opportunity investment businesses to release billions of dollars in claims against the bank in 2008.

  • July 8, 2019

    Atlas Swallows TreeHouse Foods' Snacks Biz In $90M Deal

    TreeHouse Foods Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to sell its snacks business to private investment firm Atlas Holdings LLC for roughly $90 million, in a deal TreeHouse Foods says will help it pay down debt.

  • July 8, 2019

    In Their Own Words: 9 Partners On Diversity At Work

    We asked nine law firm partners with diverse backgrounds about times when their race, religion or identity unexpectedly came into play with their work. Here, in front of the camera, they share those stories.

  • July 8, 2019

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    Attorneys of color are still hugely underrepresented in firms’ upper echelons, but Law360’s 2019 Diversity Snapshot shows that some are going above and beyond to put partners of color in their top ranks.

  • July 8, 2019

    3 Health Care-Focused Cos. Launch IPOs Totaling $277M

    Three health care-related companies, including a venture capital-backed software provider and two biotechnology firms, set price ranges Monday for initial public offerings that could raise $277 million combined, setting up the IPO market for a recharge after a brief holiday pause.

  • July 8, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: WeWork, AB InBev, Nexon

    WeWork is planning on offering billions of dollars in debt, the books for the IPO of brewing giant AB InBev’s Asia-Pacific unit are already covered, and the founder of Korean video game company Nexon nixed plans to sell a majority stake in the company’s parent company.

  • July 8, 2019

    UK Antitrust Agency Probing Amazon's Deliveroo Investment

    The U.K.'s competition enforcer said Friday that it is investigating Amazon's planned minority investment in food delivery outfit Deliveroo, and ordered the companies not to combine their operations while it decides if a deeper probe is needed.

  • July 8, 2019

    Internet Infrastructure Startup Nabs $117M From Investors

    DriveNets, a software startup focused on internet infrastructure, said Monday that it has raised $117 million from a group of private investors that includes Bessemer Venture Partners and Pitango Growth, plus a former top executive at data storage company Seagate Technology PLC and the chairman of Microsoft Corp.

  • July 8, 2019

    UK Spending Account Co. Nabs $61M In Series B Funding

    London-based financial technology company Soldo on Monday said it nabbed $61 million in a Series B funding round led by investment firms Battery Ventures and Dawn Capital.

  • July 8, 2019

    Inside The 10 Largest PE Funds Of 2019’s 1st Half

    The 10 largest private equity funds that closed in the first half of 2019 show the ever-increasing prevalence of technology, highlight the continued rise of Asia as a place for PE activity and reaffirm that fund managers with past success have an edge over competitors.

  • July 8, 2019

    Fortress Provides Fla. Auto Biz With Up To $150M Loan

    An affiliate of private equity firm Fortress Investment Group LLC agreed Monday to provide a line of credit worth up to $150 million to Platinum Auto of Tampa Bay that will be used for multiple purposes, including to refinance existing debt and acquire secondary portfolios from other auto lenders.

  • July 8, 2019

    Kirkland Assists As Flexpoint Collects $2B Total For Funds

    Private equity firm Flexpoint Ford LLC, with help from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, said Tuesday that it has clinched its latest set of investment vehicles after raking in $2 billion from limited partners, with plans to invest in the financial services and health care industries.

  • July 3, 2019

    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot By The Numbers

    U.S. law firms have been aggressively touting their efforts to advance diversity in their ranks over the past year, but Law360’s annual head count survey shows, at best, incremental progress.

  • July 3, 2019

    Diversity Efforts At Many Firms Ignore Disabled Attorneys

    Data on attorneys with disabilities is scant, but firms with robust outreach programs are discovering just how diverse their ranks are – and can be.

  • July 3, 2019

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    It’s no secret that the legal industry is one of the least diverse professions in the country. But some law firms have made notable progress. Here are the firms that are making some headway and turning longstanding diversity goals into workplace realities.

  • July 3, 2019

    Despite Progress, Firms Still Slow To Track LGBT Data

    Many law firms are hesitant to ask about attorneys’ sexual orientation, but by not giving lawyers an opportunity to share this information, diversity experts say, firms are selling themselves short.

  • July 3, 2019

    Advisory Firm Beats Investors' Excessive Fee Suit

    Investors accusing Davis Selected Advisers LP of charging excessive fees in one of its funds have failed to prove that the firm breached its fiduciary duties under the Investment Company Act of 1940, a New York federal judge ruled in a decision unsealed Tuesday.

  • July 3, 2019

    Latin American Energy Co., Biotech Firm Join IPO Pipeline

    A Mexican oil and gas producer and a Pennsylvania-based biotechnology company have joined the July pipeline for initial public offerings with filings preliminarily totaling $112 million, adding to a wave of companies that could go public later this month.

  • July 3, 2019

    E.ventures Closes $400M In Fintech, Software-Focused Funds

    California-based venture capital firm e.ventures said Wednesday it has closed two oversubscribed funds totaling $400 million that will be used to target software as a service and fintech companies.

  • July 3, 2019

    Japanese Payments Co. Kyash Scores $14M Funding Round

    Japanese digital wallet and payment processing provider Kyash said Wednesday that investors contributed 1.5 billion Japanese yen ($13.9 million) to its latest funding round as the company looks to capitalize off of the country’s push toward a cashless economy.

  • July 3, 2019

    Brookfield Commits $500M To KKR Solar Energy Joint Venture

    Brookfield Renewable Partners, led by CMS, said Wednesday it will commit roughly $500 million to form a joint venture with KKR, where the companies will split ownership of solar power plant developer and operator X-Elio.

  • July 3, 2019

    3 Biggest Energy M&A Trends In 2019: Midyear Report

    A blockbuster tie-up between Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. overshadows a tough year for upstream oil and gas dealmaking so far, while midstream and renewable energy markets remain frothy. Here are three energy M&A trends that have stood out to attorneys in the first half of 2019.

  • July 3, 2019

    Taxation With Representation: Sidley, Simpson, Skadden

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC buy Genesee & Wyoming for $8.4 billion, Applied Materials purchases Kokusai Electric for $2.2 billion, Performance Food Group snaps up Reinhart Foodservice for $1.7 billion, and GIC and Equinix form a $1 billion data center joint venture.

Expert Analysis

  • What Securities Pros Need To Know About SEC Data Analytics

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s data analytics efforts have been repeatedly cited in SEC press releases announcing successful investigations and cases. Understanding the commission's work in this area is essential for compliance professionals at investment advisers and broker-dealers, say Charles Riely and Danielle Muniz of Jenner & Block.

  • 5 Key Issues In Acquiring Transportation Infrastructure Assets

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    There is a growing trend of governmental agencies contracting and leasing viable operating transportation infrastructure assets. Such opportunities for the private sector may exist in connection with any contemplated upgrade, extension or other modification of an asset that a governmental entity needs to finance, say José Morán and Juan Gonzalez of Baker McKenzie. 

  • What May Be Ahead For PE Infrastructure Investment In Asia

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    Despite some softening in Asian infrastructure deal volumes in 2018 and the first part of 2019, both fundraising targets and long-term investment prospects remain strong for private equity sponsors, say Scott Jalowayski and James Jackson at Gibson Dunn.

  • Measuring The Value Of A Law Firm's Social Media Efforts

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    Most legal marketers struggle to show the return on investment of their social media efforts, but establishing and answering several key questions can help demonstrate exactly how social media programs contribute to a law firm's bottom line, say Guy Alvarez of Good2bSocial and communications consultant Tom Orewyler.

  • Opinion

    Millennials Are Pushing Back Against Law Firm Sexism

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    A recent survey of millennial attorneys shows men and women are having very different BigLaw experiences, but share similar goals. It's imperative that partners recognize that they’re the ones in a position to change the culture, says Michelle Fivel of Major Lindsey.

  • 3 Law Firm Business Tactics To Support A Niche Practice

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    Once you've chosen a strategy for your law firm, what tactics will promote success? There are three tactical areas important to all firms, regardless of specialty or size, but particularly critical for today’s niche firms, say Yussuf Aleem and Jacob Slowik of Joseph Aleem.

  • Real-Life Lessons For Lawyers From 'Game Of Thrones'

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    What lessons can the various hands, maesters, council members and other advisers in "Game of Thrones" impart to real-life lawyers? Quite a few, if we assume that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted by the Seven Kingdoms, says Edward Reich of Dentons.

  • Recent Chancery Rulings Offer Forum Selection Pointers

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    In the recent Sheldon v. Pinto ruling, the Delaware Court of Chancery displays skepticism of dilution claims by early-stage investors, reasserts control group principles and delivers reminders — reinforced in its Plaze v. Callas opinion — of key points in the drafting of forum selection clauses, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your Summer Associates Succeed

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    There are a number of ways that attorneys can ensure their summer associates successfully manage critical writing assignments and new types of professional interactions, says Julie Schrager of Schiff Hardin.

  • Unpacking Treasury's New Opportunity Zone Rules

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    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service recently issued a second round of proposed regulations providing guidance for qualified opportunity fund investors and sponsors. Kelsey Lemaster and Karen Turk of Goodwin discuss the significant points that were addressed and the clarifications that are still needed.

  • Keys To Communicating A Law Firm's Mission

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    Today’s law firm leaders are pretty good at developing a strategic vision for the enterprise, but there is often a disconnect between that road map and the marketing department’s rank and file, leading to a deliverable that does little to differentiate the firm, says José Cunningham, a legal industry consultant.

  • Opinion

    How Lawyers Can Help Save The Planet

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    Over a dozen major law firms have joined our effort to overcome the legal obstacles that states, cities and businesses face in fighting climate change. But more lawyers are needed, say Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School and John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

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