Capital Markets

  • February 13, 2024

    Digitex CEO Let Unverified Users Trade Crypto, Gov't Alleges

    The founder of Digitex Futures Exchange was charged in Florida federal court over allegations he refused to implement policies designed to prevent money laundering on his cryptocurrency futures platform, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida said in a statement Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Qihoo 360, Investors Ink $29.75M Deal Over $9.3B Merger Suit

    Investors suing Chinese software company Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. asked a New York federal judge to approve a $29.75 million settlement ending claims the firm worked to push down its share price in order to pay shareholders an unfairly low price when it went private by means of a $9.3 billion merger.

  • February 13, 2024

    Nava Health To Go Public Via $320M SPAC Merger

    Health clinic chain Nava Health is planning on going public through a merger with blank-check company 99 Acquisition Group in a $320 million deal led by two law firms, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Hotel Rental Co. Hid Litigation And Failed Deal, Suit Says

    Real estate company LuxUrban Hotels has been hit with a proposed class action alleging it lied about a 25-year deal with the Royalton Hotel in New York and multiple lawsuits over unpaid rent, which it says caused shares to decline after a short-seller report disclosed the issues.

  • February 13, 2024

    ConocoPhillips Wins Transfer Of Retirees' 401(k) Suit To Texas

    An Oklahoma federal judge transferred to Texas a proposed class action from ConocoPhillips retirees alleging they lost more than $260 million when the company sunk their investment savings into the stock of a company ConocoPhillips spun off in 2012, given a forum selection clause in the 401(k) plan documents.

  • February 13, 2024

    Crypto Exec Wants IRS Summonses Quashed, Citing Privacy

    A cryptocurrency executive charged in a 2020 bitcoin fraud investigation was never notified about Internal Revenue Service summonses later sent to two banks that sought his and his company's financial records, he told a Texas federal court, arguing that the summonses should be quashed.

  • February 13, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A pizza chain, an energy company, a medical-device maker and a Manila casino were all hit with book-and-record demands last week in Delaware's Court of Chancery. A shoe company also walked away from a shareholder suit, two cryptocurrency companies tallied the costs of a broken merger, and three cigarette giants argued over Florida settlement payments.

  • February 13, 2024

    Elliott Nails 1st Board Seat At Phillips 66 After Prior Demand

    Oil refiner Phillips 66 said Tuesday it has named former Cenovus Energy executive Robert W. Pease to its board, caving to pressure from Elliott Investment Management after the activist investor revealed it bought up a $1 billion stake in the company and was seeking two board seats.

  • February 13, 2024

    Akerman Grows In NY With Real Estate, Corporate Additions

    Akerman LLP recently announced two additions to its New York office: a former Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP partner and an attorney who helped launch the Washington, D.C., office of an international law firm.

  • February 12, 2024

    Investors Win Class Cert. Against Failed COVID Test Maker

    Investors suing biotech company Talis Biomedical Corp. have received class certification in a suit alleging the company hurt investors when trading prices sank a month after its initial public offering when the company failed to secure U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its flagship testing platform.

  • February 12, 2024

    SEC Says Long Islander Aided $2M 'Free Riding' Scam

    A Long Island 25-year-old has agreed to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that he played a key role in a $2 million "free riding" scheme to take advantage of "instant deposit" credits offered by broker-dealer firms.

  • February 12, 2024

    Alys Pharmaceuticals Launches With $100M In Financing

    A new immuno-dermatology company created as an amalgamation of six separate startups launched on Monday with $100 million in financing to target dermatological indications.

  • February 12, 2024

    TradeStation Fined By FINRA For Supervisory Failures

    Broker-dealer TradeStation Securities agreed to pay $700,000 to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to settle claims that it failed to properly use anti-money laundering programs to alert the firm of suspicious trading by its customers, and that it did not implement proper procedures for the sales of certain securities.

  • February 12, 2024

    FTX Says User Agreements Don't Sink $157M Clawback

    A lawsuit to recoup cryptocurrency withdrawn from defunct trading platform FTX Trading Ltd. in the run-up to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy shouldn't be tossed, FTX told a Delaware bankruptcy court, saying the court can't determine who owned the $157.3 million of digital assets held in customer accounts at the motion to dismiss stage.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ga. Attys Claim Fund Managers Organized Illegal Tax Shelter

    Managers of a fund profited by selling units in a "grossly inflated" tax shelter and then hid a federal criminal investigation into the arrangement from investors, partners in an Athens, Georgia, law firm said in a suit recently transferred to federal court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Del. Justices Refuse Deutsche Bank's Vik Case Appeal

    A missed deadline has sunk Deutsche Bank's hopes for Delaware Supreme Court review of a Chancery Court ruling rejecting its midcase appeal in a long-running recovery suit targeting $50 million allegedly controlled by holdings of Norwegian billionaire investor Alexander Vik.

  • February 12, 2024

    Musk Can't Dodge SEC Questions About $44B Twitter Buy

    A California federal judge has told Elon Musk that he must appear before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to testify about his $44 billion purchase of the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, waving off the billionaire's assertions that the agency was harassing him via a series of seemingly endless investigations.

  • February 12, 2024

    Siblings Fail To Escape SEC's $112M Pump-And-Dump Suit

    A brother and sister named in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case concerning an alleged pump-and-dump scheme that defrauded investors of $112 million failed to escape the suit after a Texas federal judge ruled that the SEC successfully showed that the siblings had at least a general awareness of their role in the scheme, among other things.

  • February 12, 2024

    Online Marketplace Wish Sold At Steep Discount To $1.1B IPO

    ContextLogic Inc. announced Monday that it would sell off its operating assets and liabilities, including the e-commerce platform Wish, to Qoo10 for $173 million, in a deal that represents a significant drop-off from Wish's $1.1 billion initial public offering in 2020 and that was driven by respective legal advisers Sidley Austin LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • February 12, 2024

    Genesis Hit With Objections To $1.6B In Grayscale Trust Sales

    Cryptocurrency lender Genesis Global is facing opposition to its effort to sell about $1.6 billion worth of shares in Grayscale Investments trusts to raise money for its Chapter 11 estate, with Grayscale and Genesis' parent company lodging objections to the proposed transactions in New York bankruptcy court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Amer Sports Follows IPO With Upsized $800M Debt Offering

    Sports apparel and equipment company Amer Sports Inc. has priced an $800 million private bond offering, represented by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, an upsized debt sale that comes nearly two weeks after the company completed the year's largest initial public offering at $1.4 billion.

  • February 12, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Builds Out Corp. Group With 2 Partners

    Hogan Lovells announced Monday it has bolstered its corporate and finance group with the hiring of new partners in New York and Boston.

  • February 09, 2024

    Merrill Customer Sues Over Lax WhatsApp Supervision

    A Merrill customer has filed suit against two of the broker-dealer's branch managers for allegedly failing to supervise advisers who used WhatsApp to communicate about risky options strategies that ultimately wiped out his account.

  • February 09, 2024

    SafeMoon CEO Finally Gets Bail In $300M Crypto Fraud Case

    A New York federal judge on Friday agreed to let the CEO of bankrupt cryptocurrency asset company SafeMoon out on bail, after a monthslong, multijurisdictional tug of war over fears he would flee rather than face trial over accusations that he bilked investors out of $300 million.

  • February 09, 2024

    New SEC Dealer Rule Leaves Crypto Pros Feeling In The Dark

    A newly finalized rule from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requiring certain traders to register with the agency as dealers will set near-unworkable compliance hurdles for some crypto firms — chief among them determining who will have to register, attorneys say.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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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    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.

  • The SEC's Cooled Down But Still Spicy Private Fund Rules

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    Timothy Spangler and Lindsay Trapp at Dechert consider recently finalized U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules, which significantly alter the scope of obligations private fund advisers must meet under the Investment Advisers Act, noting the absence of several contentious proposals and litigation that could result in implementation delays.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • High Court's Chevron Review May Be A Crypto Game-Changer

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    The outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court's review of the Chevron doctrine in its pending Loper v. Raimondo case will potentially usher in a paradigm shift in cryptocurrency regulation, challenging agency authority and raising hopes for a recalibrated approach that favors judicial interpretation, says Sylvia Favretto at Mysten Labs.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • 'Paper Tiger' Finds Its Fangs: Repeat Offenders And The CFPB

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    Following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent imposition of structural remedies on Enova for repeat offenses, financial institutions, especially those that have previously been subject to consent orders, need to carefully consider their options when facing future enforcement proceedings with the CFPB, says Caitlin Mandel at Winston & Strawn.

  • Opinion

    Activist Short-Sellers Are The Dark Knights Of Wall Street

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    While so-called activist short-sellers have been subject to increased scrutiny in recent years, these investors work in the shadows like Batman to expose fraud on Wall Street, often generating leads that may move regulators to take action, say attorneys at Labaton Sucharow.

  • New Regs Will Strengthen Voluntary Carbon Offset Market

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    Voluntary carbon offsets are a vital tool for organizations seeking to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions — and recent efforts by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state of California and others are essential to enhancing the reliability and authenticity of carbon credits, says David Smith at Manatt.

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