Capital Markets

  • February 09, 2024

    Robinhood Inks $9M Deal To End Promotional Text Suit

    Stock-trading app Robinhood has agreed to pay $9 million to resolve proposed class claims that its "Refer a Friend" program caused non-users to receive unsolicited promotional texts, in violation of Washington state law, consumers told a Seattle federal judge Thursday.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Credit Suisse Delisted Trade Note Suit

    The Second Circuit declined on Friday to revive a proposed class action accusing Credit Suisse of causing retail investors substantial losses by delisting a popular exchange-traded note, saying the bank gave adequate warnings of the risks investors faced and cautioned them against holding the note for more than a day, among other things.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC's 'Orwellian' Trade Database Is Unlawful, 11th Circ. Told

    Citadel Securities LLC and the American Securities Association have laid out their objections to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission directive that requires brokerage firms to fund the buildup of a database known as the consolidated audit trail, telling the Eleventh Circuit that the tool created an "Orwellian surveillance regime" that puts American investors at risk of being hacked.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Investors' Mexican Bond-Rigging Claims

    The Second Circuit on Friday reinstated U.S. investor claims accusing major banks of a yearslong collusion to rig Mexican government bond prices, saying a New York district court wrongly found it didn't have jurisdiction over the matter.

  • February 09, 2024

    Apache Investors Get Class Cert. In Suit Over Natural Gas Play

    A group of Apache Corp. investors received class certification in their suit against the Houston oil and gas company on Friday, with a Texas magistrate judge saying there's enough evidence the company misrepresented a specific natural gas play to go forward with a lawsuit.

  • February 09, 2024

    Labaton, Rolnick Clash Over Legal Fees In Materials Co. Deal

    Law-firm battling has sharpened over multimillion-dollar legal fee claims linked to a proposed $19 million Delaware Court of Chancery settlement for a stockholder suit challenging a $3.1 billion materials company sale in 2019, court records show.

  • February 09, 2024

    Healthcare-Focused SPAC Hits The Market After $160M IPO

    Blank-check company Helix Acquisition Corp. II hit the public markets on Friday following its upsized initial public offering, which raised $160 million by offering 16 million shares at a price of $10 apiece.

  • February 09, 2024

    Simpson Thacher, Cleary Steer Mexican Grocer's $589M IPO

    Mexican grocery chain BBB Foods Inc.'s shares rallied Friday after the company completed a $589 million initial public offering, represented by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and underwriters counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, thanks to strong appetite from investors.

  • February 09, 2024

    Activist Says CEO's Family Is Problem For Chef's Warehouse

    Specialty foods company The Chef's Warehouse has become the latest target of activist investor Legion Partners, which is asking the company's shareholders to nominate four new board members to turn around "chronic underperformance" stemming from the board's family connections.

  • February 09, 2024

    Goodwin-Led Gene Editing Firm Metagenomi Raises $94M IPO

    Preclinical biotech Metagenomi began trading publicly on Friday, raising $94 million by offering 6.25 million shares at $15, the low end of the $15 to $17 range it had set earlier in the week.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC To Collect $81M In Fines In Latest Texting Probe Cases

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it has secured agreements to pay more than $81 million in fines from 16 firms over their employees' use of personal messaging apps to do business, though the agency added that one set of firms ended up paying much less for having self-reported the violations.

  • February 09, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA NIL Rule Lives; Dartmouth Players Win

    In this week's Off The Bench, a Tennessee judge sends mixed signals to the NCAA in the fight over its NIL recruiting ban, Dartmouth's basketball players tally a win for college athletes' unionization efforts, and DraftKings tries to stop rival Fanatics from benefiting from a former executive who switched sides. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • February 09, 2024

    CORRECTED: 11th Circ. Says Guilty Plea Sinks Appeal In Investment Fraud Case

    The Eleventh Circuit declined to take up the appeal of a man who pled guilty to wire fraud after being accused of stealing investment funds from a wealthy widow, ruling that his plea was unconditional. Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the defendant and had an incorrect case number and counsel information. The errors have been corrected.

  • February 09, 2024

    NY AG Seeks $2B More From Genesis Parent Co. In Fraud Suit

    New York's attorney general filed an expanded complaint Friday accusing Digital Currency Group and other cryptocurrency companies of defrauding customers out of more than $3 billion, shortly after reaching a settlement with its subsidiary Genesis Global Capital in its bankruptcy case.

  • February 09, 2024

    Dentons, White & Case Guide Airline In $370M London IPO

    Air Astana conducted its initial public offering on the London and Kazakhstan stock exchanges on Friday, achieving a value of approximately $847 million and conditionally raising up to $370 million in an oversubscribed offering, $70 million more than it expected.

  • February 08, 2024

    High Court Ruling Solidifies SOX Whistleblower Protections

    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision Thursday in favor of a UBS whistleblower has solidified whistleblower protections across a wide range of industries, with one attorney saying the ruling has made the Sarbanes-Oxley Act the most pro-employee labor law in the country.

  • February 08, 2024

    VC Firms Accused Of Investing In 'Problematic' Chinese Cos.

    Qualcomm Ventures, Sequoia Capital China and three other American venture capital firms have collectively funneled more than $3 billion into "problematic" Chinese companies linked to human rights violations, the Chinese military and the "surveillance state," according to a report announced Thursday by U.S. lawmakers.

  • February 08, 2024

    Hudson City Investors Lose Cert. In $3.7B M&T Merger Suit

    A proposed investor class can't be certified in a suit alleging M&T Bank Corp. and Hudson City Bancorp Inc. hid regulatory problems that led to a yearslong delay of their $3.7 billion merger over a decade ago, a federal judge said after finding his previous order to certify the class "clearly erred in applying the Third Circuit's legal standard."

  • February 08, 2024

    DC Circ. Cautiously Weighs FINRA's Future

    The D.C. Circuit spent more than two hours Thursday debating the future of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, with the judges seemingly divided on whether the private organization is subject to the same constitutional restraints imposed on government agencies, or if it can continue punishing broker-dealers that violate its rules without additional oversight.

  • February 08, 2024

    Lawmakers Slam SEC Over Misstatements In Debt Box Case

    A group of Republican U.S. senators told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that its alleged misrepresentations in its enforcement case against a Utah crypto project may call its other crypto lawsuits into question.

  • February 08, 2024

    First Citizens Says HSBC Execs OK'd SVB Poaching Plan

    First Citizens Bank has beefed up allegations that HSBC Holdings stole confidential information and poached employees from the failed Silicon Valley Bank, filing an amended complaint Wednesday in California federal court, claiming HSBC's top executives and chief legal officer knew of the alleged poaching conspiracy.

  • February 08, 2024

    SEC, CFTC Jointly Demand More Hedge-Fund Disclosures

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission jointly passed rules Thursday requiring additional disclosures from hedge funds and other private fund advisers, aimed at improving market stability and transparency, despite dissent from Republican commissioners of both agencies who say the requirements are overreaching.

  • February 08, 2024

    Biotech Co. Neurona Therapeutics Raises $120M

    Clinical stage biotech company Neurona Therapeutics announced Thursday that it raised $120 million to advance the development of its lead treatment NRTX-1001 as well as other preclinical programs.

  • February 08, 2024

    Exxon Told Climate Proposal Suit Threatens Investor Rights

    The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility is urging Exxon to abandon a lawsuit launched against two activist investors who tried to push for a shareholder vote on a climate proposal that has since been withdrawn.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ga. Man Behind $49M Ponzi Scheme Gets Nearly 8 Years

    An Atlanta-area investment adviser who pled guilty to using his companies as vehicles for a $49 million Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to just short of eight years in prison by a Georgia federal judge, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • How FinCEN's Proposed Rule Stirs The Pot On Crypto Mixing

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    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recently issued proposal aims to impose additional reporting requirements to mitigate the risks posed by convertible virtual currency mixing transactions, meaning financial institutions may need new monitoring techniques to detect CVC mixing beyond just exposure, say Jared Johnson and Jordan Yeagley at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • A Breakdown Of The OCC's New Venture Lending Pointers

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    In light of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's recent bulletin outlining venture lending risks for banks, Matt Schwartz and Jeffrey Hare at DLA Piper highlight key considerations for both lenders and venture-backed companies seeking or maintaining loans from OCC-regulated national banks and federal thrifts.

  • Crypto, Audit Cases Dominate SEC's Enforcement Focus In '23

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    Attorneys at Covington examine the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's fiscal year 2023 enforcement results, which marked the SEC's third consecutive year of increasing enforcement activity since Chair Gary Gensler took over in 2021 — this time driven by a focus on combating cryptocurrency-related scams and enforcing recordkeeping compliance.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • 5 Steps To Meet CFTC Remediation Expectations

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    After the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently updated its enforcement policies, organizations should implement elements of effective remediation — from root-cause analyses to design effectiveness tests — to mitigate the risk of penalties and third-party oversight, say Jonny Frank and Chris Hoyle at StoneTurn Group.

  • Asserting 'Presence-Of-Counsel' Defense In Securities Trials

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    As illustrated by the fraud trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, defense attorneys in securities trials might consider arguing that counsel had some involvement in the conduct at issue — if the more formal advice-of-counsel defense is unavailable and circumstances allow for a privilege waiver, say Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Crypto Has Democratized Trading In Bankruptcy Claims

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    Following the pandemic, there has been a wave of cryptocurrency bankruptcies and a related increase in access to information, allowing nontraditional bankruptcy investors to purchase claims and democratizing a once closed segment of alternative investing, says Joseph Sarachek at Strategic Liquidity.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • What SEC Retreat In Ripple Case Means For Crypto Regulation

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has chosen a regulation-by-enforcement approach to cryptocurrency policy rather than through rulemaking, but the agency's recently aborted enforcement action against two Ripple Labs executives for alleged securities law violations demonstrates the limits of this piecemeal tactic, says Keith Blackman at Bracewell.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Paths Forward For RE Buyers In Turbulent Market Conditions

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    Real estate borrowers are facing significant challenges in financing new acquisitions or developments amid escalating interest rates, but opportunistic debt funds may be able to help bridge through the present environment, say Jon Gallant and Jared Hodges at Knowles Gallant.

  • Why The Debt Maturity Wall Is Still A Figment, For Now

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    While the phenomenon of the debt maturity wall — a growing wall of staggered corporate debt maturities — has been considered a looming problem since the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, it’s unlikely to have significant consequences before 2025 due to factors such as quantitative easing and evolved lending practices, says Michael Eisenband at FTI Consulting.

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