Asset Management

  • March 21, 2024

    CFPB Head Sees Flaws In Capital One-Discover Deal Rationale

    The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pushed back on Thursday against the notion that an industry's biggest firms must be put in check through mergers between other large players in that sector, offering an indirect rebuttal to the reasoning floated by Capital One in its bid to buy Discover Financial for $35.3 billion.

  • March 21, 2024

    8th Circ. Wins SEC Climate Rule Litigation Lottery

    The wave of cases against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently finalized climate disclosure rules will be consolidated and proceed in the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered Thursday, after the agency requested a random draw.

  • March 21, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Apollo-Paramount, Britannica IPO, KKR

    Buyout firm Apollo is offering $11 billion to buy Paramount's film studio, Encyclopaedia Britannica is gearing up for an IPO that could value the publisher at $1 billion, and KKR is mulling a sale of learning chain EuroKids International. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • March 21, 2024

    Goldman Sachs Secures $700M For Co-Investment Fund

    Goldman Sachs Asset Management revealed Thursday it recently raised $700 million for its co-investment strategy fund, which works with hedge funds and other money managers and has already deployed 40% of its capital.

  • March 21, 2024

    Salesforce Can't Ax Vast Class Suit Over 401(k) Management

    Salesforce must face a class action comprising up to 50,000 employees alleging the company allowed its 401(k) plan to be filled with expensive and poorly performing investment options, a California federal judge ruled, finding the workers provided enough evidence to proceed to trial.

  • March 21, 2024

    Activist Investor Rips 'Misguided' Strategy Of WisdomTree

    Activist investor ETFS Capital on Thursday urged shareholders of WisdomTree to withhold their votes from the asset management firm's board members at an upcoming shareholder meeting due to the company's "failed diversification strategy" and refusal to initiate a strategic review process.

  • March 21, 2024

    Ex-OneCoin Attorney Says 1 Year In Prison Is Enough

    A Bulgarian woman who held the title of legal and compliance executive at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange asked a Manhattan federal judge to credit her for the year she'd spent in prison in harsh conditions and not sentence her to any more jail time.

  • March 21, 2024

    FDIC To Target Deals Creating Cos. With $100B-Plus In Assets

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Thursday approved a policy proposal that floats new ways the agency would assess the "financial stability" of proposed mergers between insured depository institutions, for the first time identifying $100 billion in assets as the threshold for deals that would get "added scrutiny."

  • March 21, 2024

    ECJ Adviser Rejects Taxing Foreign Pension Funds Differently

    Taxing dividends paid to foreign public pension funds while exempting dividends paid to the source country's general retirement savings funds contravenes European Union law, an adviser to the bloc's highest court said Thursday, backing Finnish pension funds' challenge of a Swedish law.

  • March 20, 2024

    Receiver Allowed To Have 'Evil Zombie' Standing In Fraud Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit revived a receiver's Florida lawsuit seeking to recover $22 million allegedly lost in a Ponzi scheme, saying he has standing to bring fraudulent transfer claims by several companies used in the fraud because they're no longer the "evil zombies" controlled by the perpetrators.

  • March 20, 2024

    Insider Trading Charges Kept Intact In Trump Media Co. Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday refused to toss charges against a Florida venture capitalist over allegedly illegally profiting from a secret plan to take Donald Trump's Truth Social company public, finding court precedent for the criminalization of insider trading under securities fraud law.

  • March 20, 2024

    Latham, Davis Polk Guide Reddit's Long-Awaited $748M IPO

    Reddit Inc. on Wednesday priced a $748 million initial public offering at the high end of its intended priced range, represented by Latham & Watkins LLP and underwriters' counsel Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, completing the first social-media IPO in five years. 

  • March 20, 2024

    Trump SPAC Sues To Force Vote In Favor Of Deal

    The special purpose acquisition company hoping to take Trump Media & Technology Group public sued its largest founding investor in New York state court to force a vote in favor of the deal, the latest legal turmoil to sprout from the SPAC's spat with its former chief executive.

  • March 20, 2024

    UK Pension Fraud Fund To Pay Out £416M To Victims By 2026

    The U.K.'s pension lifeboat scheme said Wednesday it expects to pay up to £416.7 million ($530 million) in compensation to members of pension schemes that have been hit by scams.

  • March 20, 2024

    SEC Proxy Roundup: Verizon, UPS Escape ESG Proposals

    Verizon and UPS may exclude from their proxy statements shareholder proposals on social policy and climate change matters, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff, who also denied various other requests from corporations looking to escape separate social and politics-related proposals.

  • March 20, 2024

    RI Ex-Broker Gets 8 Years In Ponzi Scheme

     A Rhode Island man was sentenced to eight years in prison for running a decade-long Ponzi scheme to defraud investors and to evade his taxes.

  • March 20, 2024

    Ex-LC&F Chief Says SFO And FCA 'Wrecked' His Career

    A former director of London Capital & Finance had his career "wrecked" by the finance regulator and fraud investigation agency when they forced the investment company into administration without reason, his lawyers said at his trial Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2024

    Law360 Announces The Members Of Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2024 Editorial Advisory Boards.

  • March 20, 2024

    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

  • March 19, 2024

    5th Circ. Ducks 'Pandora's Box' In Tossing SEC Gag Rule Row

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday defeated a challenge to its so-called gag rule against settling defendants, with the Fifth Circuit writing that it didn't want to open a "Pandora's box" by ruling that it had jurisdiction to review a financial radio show host's appeal of a decision that wasn't a final judgment.

  • March 19, 2024

    Goodwin, Simpson Thacher Steer Astera's Upsized $713M IPO

    Astera Labs Inc., a provider of connectivity chips designed to support cloud software and artificial-intelligence systems, priced an upsized initial public offering Tuesday that raised $712.83 billion, represented by Goodwin Procter LLP and underwriters counsel Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. 

  • March 19, 2024

    Top Bank Lobbyist To Biden: Stop The Regulatory 'Tsunami'

    The head of the largest U.S. banking trade group vowed Tuesday to keep litigation on the table if federal regulators don't back off their rulemaking "tsunami," tough talk that comes as the group's latest such legal challenge has hit potential turbulence in Texas.

  • March 19, 2024

    Reddit Reveals Patent Complaint From Nokia As IPO Nears

    Reddit Inc. on Tuesday said it received a letter from Nokia Corp. alleging that it has infringed certain Nokia patents, a disclosure that comes just ahead of the social media platform's long-anticipated initial public offering.

  • March 19, 2024

    SEC Gambles Climate Rule Fate On Circuit Court Lottery

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate legal challenges to its climate disclosure regulations before a single federal circuit court, leaving the fate of the hotly debated rules in the hands of a randomly selected appellate panel.

  • March 19, 2024

    Kellogg Arbitration Pact Is Invalid, 6th Circ. Told In 401(k) Fight

    A former Kellogg Co. employee urged the Sixth Circuit to reinstate his lawsuit accusing the company of up-charging retirement plan participants with excessive fees, saying the case was wrongly booted to arbitration without his consent.

Expert Analysis

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2023

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal and state courts made 2023 another groundbreaking year for whistleblower litigation and retaliation developments, including the SEC’s massive whistleblower awards, which are likely to continue into 2024 and further incentivize individuals to submit tips, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Understanding Advance Notice Bylaws Is Key For All Parties

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    Recent developments in Delaware case law show that advance notice bylaws will be strictly construed and that Delaware courts will generally uphold clear, unambiguous bylaws adopted and applied reasonably, a lesson for both companies and stockholders alike as the number of companies rejecting director nominations by dissident stockholders has increased, say attorneys at MoFo.

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    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • A Review Of 2023's Most Notable Securities Litigation

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    There is much to be learned from the most prominent private securities cases of 2023, specifically the Tesla trial, the U.S. Supreme Court's Slack decision and the resolution of Goldman Sachs litigation, but one lesson running through all of them is that there can be rewards at the end of the line for defendants willing to go the distance, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • ESG Investing Caught In Culture War Crosshairs In 2023

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    As 2023 draws to a close, ESG investing remains a raging battleground in the U.S. culture wars, as illustrated by the array of legislative efforts across the country aimed variously at restricting or promoting the use of ESG investing — but it remains to be seen what practical impact, if any, these laws will have, say Amy Roy and Robert Skinner at Ropes & Gray.

  • 4 Key Ways CFIUS Affected Private Equity In 2023

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    Sponsors and investment professionals should note how escalated enforcement by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in 2023 affected private equity deal making and evaluate their CFIUS-related procedures in preparation for the regulator's reach to expand further next year, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • DOJ Officials' Remarks Signal New Trends In FARA Activity

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    Three U.S. Justice Department officials' remarks at a recent forum reinforce the department's renewed focus on aggressively enforcing the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which has been transformed into a significant national security and criminal enforcement tool, and its efforts to tightly regulate the activities of foreign agents in the U.S., say attorneys at Covington.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 8 Ways To Negotiate Improved Disgorgement Outcomes

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's nearly $3.4 billion collected in disgorgements in 2023 shows that substantial disgorgement claims from regulators and law enforcement are the new norm, but corporations may be able to dramatically reduce what they owe by using eight strategies to argue for reduced net profit calculations, say experts at AlixPartners.

  • How The NY AG Leads Investigations In Civil Securities Fraud

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    Although investigating white collar fraud can put significant strain on state and local resources, the New York Attorney General's Office has continued to use its expansive statutory authority to take a leading role in bringing civil enforcement actions in highly complex financial matters, say Carrie Cohen and Nathan Reilly at MoFo.

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    ESG Around The World: Singapore

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    Singapore is keen to establish itself as a leading international financial center and a key player in the sustainable finance ecosystem, and key initiatives led by its government and other regulatory bodies have helped the Asian nation progress from its initially guarded attitude toward ESG investment and reporting, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • What 3rd Circ. Gets Wrong About Arbitration Enforcement

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    The Third Circuit and other courts should correct their current law, exemplified by the Third Circuit's recent decision in Henry v. Wilmington Trust, requiring a motion to dismiss based on an arbitration clause because it conflicts with the Federal Arbitration Act, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and — with regard to the improper-venue approach — U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says David Cinotti at Pashman Stein.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • What Banks Should Know About FDIC Assessment Rule

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    Max Bonici at Venable answers questions banking organizations may have about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s recent approval of a rule implementing a special assessment on banks to recoup costs associated with protecting uninsured depositors after the bank failures earlier this year, and highlights other considerations for uninsured deposits.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

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