Capital Markets

  • February 16, 2024

    Canada Liable Under NAFTA For Axed LNG Project, Co. Says

    A U.S. company that invested at least $120 million in a since-thwarted liquefied natural gas project maintained that Canada is liable for $1 billion in damages for breaches of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and that the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has jurisdiction over its claims.

  • February 16, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    News broke last week that Delaware's Court of Chancery will say goodbye to its current longest-serving jurist, a development that quickly overshadowed a busy week of new merger and board disputes, fee rulings, settlements, and books-and-records demands.

  • February 16, 2024

    Carl Icahn, JetBlue Strike Deal For 2 Board Seats

    JetBlue Airways said Friday it has reached a deal with Carl Icahn to place two of the billionaire's handpicked nominees on the JetBlue board, just days after Icahn unveiled a nearly 10% stake in the airline.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Antitrust Director Named CFTC Whistleblower Head

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that the former acting litigation director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division was appointed director of its whistleblower office.

  • February 16, 2024

    Chromocell Hits Stock Markets Following $6.6M IPO

    Clinical-stage biotechnology company Chromocell Therapeutics Corp. began trading publicly on Friday after raising $6.6 million in its initial public offering, becoming the latest in a flurry of biotech IPOs.

  • February 16, 2024

    TIAA Unit To Pay SEC $2.2M In Regulation Best Interest Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced that a brokerage subsidiary of financial services firm Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle allegations that it failed to steer investors toward lower-cost products in violation of Regulation Best Interest.

  • February 15, 2024

    To Catch Crypto Crime, Look Offshore, Lawmakers Told

    Former regulators and prosecutors now employed by crypto-focused firms told U.S. House lawmakers Thursday that law enforcement needs additional power to go after offshore exchanges and other points where U.S. dollars enter and exit the digital asset economy in order to fight illicit finance in crypto.

  • February 15, 2024

    Del. Judge Won't Reorder Priority Scheme For Citgo Auction

    A Delaware federal judge on Thursday denied a bid from certain creditors of Venezuela for a "more equitable" distribution of proceeds from an auction for control of the U.S. oil giant Citgo slated for later this year, ruling that their motion came too late.

  • February 15, 2024

    Cos. See Shareholder Activism As Growing Risk, Study Finds

    Companies are increasingly identifying shareholder activism as a risk in their corporate disclosures, as the number of U.S. companies publicly subjected to activist demands rose nearly 8% from 2022 to 2023, according to a report released Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Citadel Securities, Others Beat Biotech Spoofing Suit, For Now

    A New York federal judge has adopted in full a magistrate judge's recommendation to toss a suit accusing several broker-dealers, including Citadel Securities LLC and Virtu Americas LLC, of carrying out a spoofing scheme that repeatedly drove a biotechnology company's share price down, saying he agrees with the report's finding that the suit fails to show that the alleged scheme caused lower stock prices in every instance.

  • February 15, 2024

    Investor In Battery Co. Microvast Sues Over De-SPAC Merger

    Leaders of lithium-ion battery maker Microvast Holdings Inc. and the blank-check company that took it public in July 2021 were so "personally hellbent on completing the merger" for their own benefit that they deceived public investors into approving it, a shareholder alleges in a new Delaware Chancery Court suit.

  • February 15, 2024

    Trian Decries Disney's 'Spaghetti-Against-The-Wall' Strategy

    Walt Disney Co. shareholder and activist investor The Trian Group is taking a public swipe at the company's performance, criticizing its "fairy tale" and "spaghetti-against-the-wall" strategy to improve profits.

  • February 15, 2024

    Bogus NSA Worker To Pay SEC $2.2M In Crypto Scam Case

    An alleged crypto fraudster who told would-be investors he was a former Marine and a onetime employee of the National Security Agency will pay over $2.2 million to end U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims he faces in Florida federal court.

  • February 15, 2024

    Generac Brass Hid Inflation's Impact On Sales, Suit Says

    Executives and directors of generator company Generac have been hit with a shareholder derivative suit alleging they understated the damage inflation had on consumer spending and demand for the company's products.

  • February 15, 2024

    Aurinia Refocusing After Failed Effort To Find A Buyer

    Kidney-focused biotech Aurinia Pharmaceuticals is hitting pause on drug development, cutting jobs and initiating a $150 million stock buyback program, the company disclosed in its year-end financial report Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    NYC Developer Owes $87M On Defaulted Condo Loans

    A New York federal judge has ordered HFZ Capital Group to hand over $87 million after a borrower defaulted on four loans guaranteed by the beleaguered development firm, denying its claims that an earlier foreclosure sale satisfying some of the loan was commercially unreasonable.

  • February 15, 2024

    Trump Social Media Blank-Check Merger Gets SEC Approval

    The blank-check company looking to take former President Donald Trump's social media platform public has obtained approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to move forward with the long-delayed merger, according to a recent regulatory filing.

  • February 15, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sony-Michael Jackson, Inspire IPO, Walmart

    Sony plans to acquire half of Michael Jackson's catalog; private equity firm Roark Capital is planning to list Inspire Brands, which owns Dunkin' and other food chains; and Walmart is pursuing an acquisition of TV maker Vizio. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • February 14, 2024

    9th Circ. Open To Rebooting Suit Over Apple App Crypto Theft

    A Ninth Circuit panel appeared open Wednesday to reviving a putative class action alleging Apple misrepresented the safety of its App Store after users' cryptocurrency was stolen from an app, with two judges questioning why the allegations can't survive when Apple has consistently touted its security in separate antitrust litigation.

  • February 14, 2024

    Biden's OECD Pick Vows To Warren He'll Avoid Crypto Policy

    A former New York congressman who's been nominated to serve as the U.S. ambassador to a global economic development body has said he'll forgo working on crypto-oriented policy if he's confirmed to the job after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass, expressed concern over his work with cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.

  • February 14, 2024

    Split 11th Circ. Rules Against SEC On Penny-Stock Ban

    A "toxic lender" will have to disgorge nearly $1 million in profits made after he ran afoul of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules on trading in penny-stock debt, but his behavior was not egregious enough to warrant a permanent ban from penny-stock markets, a divided Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    Karuna Faces Investor Suit Over $14B Bristol Myers Buyout

    A Karuna Therapeutics Inc. shareholder has filed suit against the Boston-based biotechnology company alleging a proxy statement related to a proposed $14 billion buyout deal between Karuna and Bristol Myers Squibb contained false and misleading information and omitted key facts.

  • February 14, 2024

    First Purely Tax Crypto Indictment Signals More On Tap

    Federal prosecutors' first public indictment of an individual who underreported the capital gains from a nearly $4 million legal sale of bitcoin indicates that authorities have opened the floodgates for more criminal cases that deal purely with undisclosed gains on legitimate cryptocurrency transactions.

  • February 14, 2024

    Debt Box Calls SEC Dismissal Bid 'Gambit' To Avoid Sanctions

    Crypto project Debt Box urged a Utah federal judge Wednesday to deny the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's motion to dismiss the controversial enforcement action against it for now, calling the action a "gambit" from the regulator to avoid potential sanctions and a permanent dismissal over alleged misconduct.

  • February 14, 2024

    Adagio Medical Goes Public In $128M SPAC Merger

    Adagio Medical, a catheter ablation tech maker, and Arya Sciences, a special purpose acquisition company, said on Wednesday that they would merge, taking the combined company public at a $128 million value, guided by respective legal adviser Reed Smith and Kirkland.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • 5 Securities Litigation Issues To Watch In 2024

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    There is yet another exciting year ahead for securities litigation, starting with the U.S. Supreme Court hearing argument next week in a case presenting a key securities class action question that has eluded review for the last eight years, say attorneys at Willkie.

  • A Look At Consumer Reporting In 2023, And What's To Come

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    The legal landscape of consumer reporting is evolving as courts, federal regulators and state legislatures continue to weigh in — and while last year may have seen a slight downtick in the overall volume of Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation, 2024 is set to be a watershed year for this area of the law, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Securing Financial Transparency In Chapter 11 Reporting

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    As we enter the new year, restructuring professionals would be wise to review Chapter 11 public reporting requirements to navigate what debtors may do to try to minimize public reporting, and what creditors can do to get the public reporting they deserve by striking a balance between financial transparency requirements and tactical moves, say Thomas Moers Mayer and Nancy Bello at Kramer Levin.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • SEC Case May Expand Scope Of Insider Trading Liability

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's first-of-its-kind enforcement action against an individual in a case involving "shadow trading" demarcates an expansion of insider trading liability to circumstances in which there is a market connection between the source of information and the issuer of the securities traded, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • Securities Question Stands After Contradicting Crypto Rulings

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    The debate about the regulation of crypto-assets came to a head in 2023 when two New York federal judges came to opposite conclusions about whether crypto-assets were securities by using the Howey test, highlighting the uncertainty facing the crypto industry as it seeks to resolve definitional questions, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • The Year Ahead In Foreign Investment And National Security

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    In 2024, expect the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, already at the forefront of addressing national security threats, to increase monitoring and enforcement related to outbound investment, focus on supply chain resilience in nondefense sectors, and heighten oversight of agricultural transactions, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Compliance Risk After SEC Warning Against 'AI Washing'

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has begun looking into the way public companies disclose how they use artificial intelligence to investors and it is likely to become an enforcement priority, meaning companies and their compliance programs should take steps now to avoid regulatory sanctions and shareholder lawsuits, say attorneys at Bracewell.

  • Sale-Leasebacks May Provide A Safe Financing Alternative

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    Amid rising interest rates and unpredictable market conditions, sale-leasebacks can be a useful investment option for both buyers and sellers, though their potential drawbacks demand careful consideration, says Chanel Di Blasi at Crosbie Gliner.

  • 5 Recent Developments Family Offices Are Watching In 2024

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    Although family offices have long been exempt from many of the more onerous regulations and reporting requirements governing U.S. investment advisers and asset managers, recent amendments to federal rules will have an impact on how family offices invest and operate in 2024, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How State AGs Process And Prioritize Consumer Complaints

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    Recent state attorneys general actions illustrate how their offices triage, monitor and respond to consumer complaints — and why businesses need to be proactive in addressing these issues as they arise, say Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett Land at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Charting The Course For Digital Assets In 2024

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    Although 2023 was a tough year for the digital asset industry, upcoming court decisions, legislation and regulatory action will bring clarity, allowing the industry to expand and evolve, and the government will decide what innovation it will allow without challenge, says Joshua Smeltzer at Gray Reed.

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