Capital Markets

  • February 26, 2024

    Apache's $3B Write-Down Merits Bigger Class, Investors Say

    A group of Apache Corp. investors on the cusp of winning class certification are arguing that their promised class should be extended to encompass even more investors who were allegedly deceived by company promises of a potentially lucrative drilling project that ultimately led to a $3 billion write-down when it went bust. 

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Glass Co. CFO Can't Beat SEC's Accounting Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge said Monday that a former officer of a "smart" glassmaker will have to face the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's allegations that he defrauded investors by failing to tell them about certain liabilities the company faced before it merged with a blank-check company.

  • February 26, 2024

    FDIC Faces Staffing Crunch Amid Rising Turnover, IG Warns

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is struggling to hire enough new employees to keep up with retirements and departures, especially in its examinations department, according to a report from the independent agency's inspector general.

  • February 26, 2024

    CFTC Insists Agency Has Authority To Ban Election Gambling

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission told a D.C. federal judge on Monday that barring an online trading platform from offering election betting was within its power as a federal agency, and is also in the public interest.

  • February 26, 2024

    Chinese Retailer Miniso, Underwriters Beat IPO Suit For Now

    Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities Inc. and a Chinese retailer have secured the dismissal of a class action suit in New York federal court, with a federal judge ruling that the suing investors have failed to identify any actionable misrepresentations or omissions made by the company in connection with its 2020 initial public offering, among other things.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Bank CFO Cops To $700K Theft And Life Insurance Scam

    An ex-Eastern International Bank chief financial officer has pled guilty to defrauding the bank out of more than $700,000 to pay his personal expenses, and he admitted to opening life insurance policies in the names of bank employees to benefit his wife, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • February 26, 2024

    Proxy Advice Is Not Solicitation, DC Judge Rules In SEC Case

    A D.C. federal judge tossed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that define voting advice from proxy advisory firms as solicitation under agency rules, granting a win to one such firm following years of on-and-off litigation.

  • February 26, 2024

    Mass. Judge Won't Rethink SEC Win On Adviser Duty Breach

    A Massachusetts federal judge has refused to reconsider a judgment against Commonwealth Financial Network that found it failed to disclose an arrangement with its clearing firm that favored certain mutual funds to investors, saying the company has not identified any new evidence or an error in the court's application of the law.

  • February 26, 2024

    Blackwells Calls Out Disney For 'AI Mediocrity' In Proxy Battle

    Blackwells Capital ramped up its activist investor campaign against The Walt Disney Co. on Monday, laying out a "strategic plan" that includes calls for the storied entertainment company to rise above its current "technological shortcomings," including its "AI mediocrity."

  • February 26, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery dropped two potentially far-reaching decisions last week: one about founder control at Moelis & Co. and another about TripAdvisor's planned move to Nevada. On top of that, there were new cases involving Citrix Systems, Alcoa Corp., BGC Partners Inc. and Cantor Fitzgerald LP.

  • February 26, 2024

    1st Circ. Rejects Crypto Founder's Hollow Fraud Appeal

    A cryptocurrency founder convicted of fraud hitched his appeal to "inapplicable precedent" and failed to muster an argument why a judge's blocking of testimony from government witnesses deprived his defense of material and favorable evidence, the First Circuit said in upholding the guilty verdict.

  • February 26, 2024

    Stinson Adds Bressler Amery's NY Managing Principal

    Stinson LLP has hired its sixth attorney in the past year in New York, who joins its financial services and class action practice division as a partner after working as the managing principal of Bressler Amery & Ross PC's New York office.

  • February 24, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Social Media Laws & Bump Stocks

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments related to three big-ticket cases this week in a pair of First Amendment challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on their viewpoints and a dispute over the federal government's authority to ban bump stocks.

  • February 23, 2024

    SEC Upholds Bar On Ex-RBC Rep Who Cashed Out $1M Error

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday upheld a disciplinary action against a former RBC Capital Markets LLC representative who was accused of violating his industry's code of conduct when he converted $1 million that his firm accidentally deposited in his personal brokerage account.

  • February 23, 2024

    Judge Trims Bulk Of Investor Suit Against Oil, AI Companies

    A California federal judge retained only a small part of an investor suit against artificial intelligence company C3.ai and oil company Baker Hughes, cutting Baker Hughes entirely, and finding only some claims accusing C3.ai and its executives of misleading investors about its financial performance and partnership with the oil company could survive dismissal.

  • February 23, 2024

    Barclays Must Face Trimmed Suit Over $17.6B Over-Issuance

    Barclays PLC and a number of its top executives must face a trimmed version of a proposed class action over a financial reporting error that led to Barclays selling more than $17.6 billion in securities over its maximum registered amount, a New York federal judge ruled Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    CFTC Commissioner Dings Agency's Dodd-Frank 'Rollback'

    U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission member Christy Goldsmith Romero has criticized agency staff over a recent decision to give swap dealers a pass on complying with a certain Dodd-Frank-era regulation related to interest rate swap disclosures, saying the move threatens to undermine an important protection against conflicts of interest.

  • February 23, 2024

    Momentive Shareholders Battle In Del. Over $19M Settlement

    Hedge funds with shares of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. that withdrew from a consolidated class lawsuit over the silicone maker's $3.1 billion sale in 2019 urged Delaware's Court of Chancery on Friday to carve them out of a proposed $19 million class settlement, accusing their former co-lead counsel of grabbing their "cake."

  • February 23, 2024

    Fla. Judge Orders 'Front' Company To Pay Back Investors

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a company that it says was a secret "front" for a convicted fraudster reached a deal Friday in Florida federal court with the parties agreeing that investors would have the opportunity to get more than $4 million of their money back.

  • February 23, 2024

    SVB's Cayman Unit Loses Ch. 15 Bid In NY

    A bankruptcy judge in New York has dismissed a petition from the Cayman Islands branch of Silicon Valley Bank that sought U.S. recognition of its Cayman insolvency proceedings, finding that it is not eligible to file a Chapter 15 petition.

  • February 23, 2024

    Trump-Tied SPAC Adds NY Fraud Judgment To Risk Factors

    Digital World Acquisition Corp., which is seeking to merge with Donald Trump's social media company, has included a new warning for investors in a regulatory filing following the former president's $453.5 million fraud penalty in New York state court.

  • February 23, 2024

    4th Circ. Won't Rethink Adviser's Defamation Coverage Denial

    A Fourth Circuit panel declined to reconsider its decision that an investment adviser is not owed coverage under her firm's professional liability policy for an underlying defamation lawsuit.

  • February 23, 2024

    Healthcare AI Startup Abridge Raises $150M

    AI clinical documentation company Abridge said on Friday that it had raised a $150 million series C round to build on its existing product lines and accelerate research and development.

  • February 23, 2024

    Co. Saddled Retirement Plan With Mediocre Funds, Suit Says

    SAS Institute Inc. cost workers millions in savings by failing to trim underperforming investment funds from its $3.6 billion retirement plan, according to a proposed class action filed against the software analytics giant in North Carolina federal court.

  • February 23, 2024

    Binance Judge Says Greed Overtook Ethics, OKs $4.3B Plea

    A Washington federal judge signed off Friday on Binance's $4.3 billion plea deal on money laundering and bank fraud charges, saying from the bench that the cryptocurrency exchange's ethics violations could not be explained away by mere ignorance. 

Expert Analysis

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • What Are The Pros And Cons Of Selling A Bankruptcy Claim?

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    As companies navigate financial uncertainties and market challenges, they should understand the advantages and disadvantages of selling a bankruptcy claim, so that they can monetize it with confidence and minimize the risk that amounts received in connection with a sale will be subject to potential disgorgement, says Evelyn Meltzer at Troutman Pepper.

  • Series

    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • What Financial Cos. Must Know For Handling T+1 Settlements

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted a groundbreaking new T+1 settlement rule for securities transactions in order to improve market efficiency — but it presents significant challenges for the financial services industry, especially private equity firms, hedge funds and institutional asset managers, says Adam Weiss at Petra Funds Group.

  • CFTC Moves May Boost Interest In Voluntary Carbon Markets

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    As companies try to reduce their net greenhouse gas emissions, many have been cautious about embracing voluntary carbon credit markets — but recent moves by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to regulate this sector may address some of its well-known challenges, say Deborah North and Laura Daugherty at Cleary.

  • 3 Strategies For Aggressive Judgment Enforcement

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    As illustrated by the many creditors of Citgo Petroleum Corp. who may walk away empty-handed — despite the company's court-ordered sale — it is important to start investigating counterparty assets and planning for enforcement even before obtaining a judgment, says Brian Asher at Asher Research.

  • How Biotech Cos. Can Utilize Synthetic Royalty Financing

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    Synthetic royalty transactions have been on the rise as a funding structure for biotechnology companies, but questions have arisen surrounding how such transactions work, and structuring them correctly requires a nuanced understanding, say Todd Trattner and Ryan Murr at Gibson Dunn.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • As Promised, IRS Is Coming For Crypto Tax Evaders

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    The IRS is fulfilling its promise to crack down on those who have neglected to pay taxes on cryptocurrency earnings, as demonstrated by recently imposed prison sentences, enforcement initiatives and meetings with international counterparts — suggesting a few key takeaways for taxpayer compliance, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

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    Playing Competitive Tennis Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experience playing competitive tennis has highlighted why prioritizing exercise and stress relief, maintaining perspective under pressure, and supporting colleagues in pursuit of a common goal are all key aspects of championing a successful legal career, says Madhumita Datta at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • The Questions Around Prometheum's SEC-Compliant Strategy

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    While the rest of the crypto industry has been engaged in a long-running battle to escape the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's jurisdiction, a once-obscure startup called Prometheum has instead embraced the SEC's view to become the first crypto special-purpose broker-dealer, but it's unclear whether it can turn its favored status into a workable business, says Keith Blackman at Bracewell.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Reverse Merger Tips For Biotechs After SEC's Recent Actions

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    Several recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission developments could limit the viability of reverse mergers for biotech companies, and will require additional creativity and analysis for private companies looking to go public, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • Black-Led VC Fund Case Could Hinge On Nature Of Grants

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    Organizations whose missions involve any manner of race-conscious funding should closely monitor arguments this week in American Alliance v. Fearless Fund, a case filed against a grant program that seeks to address the gap in venture capital funding for Black women-led businesses, which will examine whether grants are charitable under Civil Rights Act Section 1981 liability, say Kali Schellenberg and John Stapleton at LeVan Stapleton, and Kenneth Trujillo at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

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