Private Equity

  • February 15, 2024

    Starwood Capital Injects $850M Into Echelon Data Centres

    Real estate-focused private investment firm Starwood Capital Group on Thursday revealed that it acquired a 50% stake in Dublin, Ireland-based Echelon Data Centres through an $850 million investment, valuing Echelon at roughly €2.5 billion ($2.69 billion) in a deal built by three firms.

  • 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

    Campbell Soup Says It Gave FTC Info For $2.7B Sauce Deal

    Campbell Soup Co. has given the Federal Trade Commission all the information the agency has asked for concerning its planned acquisition of Sovos Brands, the owner of the popular sauce brand Rao, before the agency decides whether to give the $2.7 billion union its blessing.

  • February 14, 2024

    Insurer Needn't Defend Landlord From Antitrust MDL

    A Washington state judge has ruled in favor of an insurer in a coverage dispute revolving around nearly 40 antitrust class action claims against landlords that have been combined into a multidistrict litigation case, finding that the insurer owes no defense coverage to an accused property manager.

  • 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.

  • February 14, 2024

    OECD Chief Claims No Knowledge Of Aussie PwC Breaches

    The OECD's top official had no knowledge of PwC Australia's breaches of confidentiality when he took equity in its former CEO's consulting firm that he relinquished when the existence of the equity became public knowledge, his spokesperson told Law360.

  • February 14, 2024

    SEC Says Bankruptcy Doesn't Stop Crowdfunding Fraud Case

    Securities regulators are urging a Michigan federal judge to allow them to press on with their claims against the alleged mastermind behind a $2 million crowdfunding scheme — who has since quietly changed his name and allegedly bilked his attorney — arguing that his recent bankruptcy filing shouldn't pause proceedings.

  • February 14, 2024

    Biotech Nabs $200M Via Private Placement, Starts CEO Search

    Public gene therapy company enGene Holdings Inc. announced Wednesday that it will sell 20 million of its common shares, raising an anticipated private placement of around $200 million, to fund the development of its lead compound EG-70.

  • February 14, 2024

    Juul Gets More Antitrust Claims To Arbitration

    A California federal judge has sent two more claims against Juul to arbitration and dismissed a request for an injunction to block Altria's already-unwound investment in the company.

  • February 14, 2024

    Atty For Ex-Trump Official Accused Of Leaking Deposition

    The plaintiff in a federal fraud suit against a former Trump administrative State Department official and a Philadelphia attorney wants the defendants' attorney sanctioned and tossed from the case after the attorney allegedly shared depositions marked confidential with a third-party witness.

  • February 14, 2024

    Kirkland-Led PE Shop Raises $887M Across 2 Industrial Funds

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP-advised Core Industrial Partners, a private equity shop focused on industrial technology and industrial services, said Wednesday that it closed two separate funds above target, amassing a total of $887 million in capital commitments.

  • February 14, 2024

    North Face, Vans Owner VF Makes Deal With Engaged Capital

    Activist investor Engaged Capital got its wish for two new board members at apparel company VF Corp. after striking a deal with the company to add Caroline Brown, as well as another director in the near future with guidance from the firm.

  • February 14, 2024

    KKR Buys Stake In Health Tech Biz Cotiviti At $10.5B Valuation

    Private equity firm KKR & Co. Inc. has agreed to acquire a stake in healthcare analytics company Cotiviti from Veritas Capital, Cotiviti announced Wednesday, in a deal valuing the target at about $10.5 billion.

  • February 13, 2024

    FinCEN Eyes Enlisting Fund Managers In Illicit Finance Fight

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network moved Tuesday to expand federal anti-money laundering requirements to hedge fund managers, private equity firms and other so-called investment advisers, issuing a proposal that seeks to harden a multitrillion-dollar segment of the financial sector against exploitation by criminals.

  • February 13, 2024

    Food Co. Whole Earth Brands Taken Private In $209M Deal

    Food company Whole Earth Brands said Tuesday it will be acquired by private equity-backed Sweet Oak Holdings, which will take the company private in a deal worth about $209 million that was crafted by DLA Piper and Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • 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

    Kroger Says Its Past Shows Albertsons Deal Will Drop Prices

    Kroger has shared some statistics that it says show its merger with the country's second-biggest grocery chain, Albertsons, won't be a bad thing, pointing to evidence that prices usually drop at a grocery chain after being acquired by Kroger.

  • February 13, 2024

    Calif. Clean Energy Storage Secures $350M From Blackstone

    Arevon Energy Inc. said Tuesday that it closed on financing for a California renewable energy storage facility, including $350 million from a Blackstone unit in the form of preferred equity, with guidance from three law firms.

  • 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

    Insurance Co. Stock Fight Belongs In Del., NC Judge Rules

    A former partner in an insurance brokerage who alleges the company gave him a lowball offer to buy back his shares after he was fired should have brought his complaint in Delaware, a North Carolina Business Court judge has ruled in granting the brokerage's motion to dismiss.

  • February 13, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Ares Management, Somerset, MBS Group

    Ares Management has reportedly purchased a 14-building portfolio in New Jersey for $118.5 million, a Somerset Properties venture is said to have bought a North Carolina industrial building for $11 million, and MBS Group has reportedly leased 300,000 square feet in Queens.

  • 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

    Allen & Overy, Ropes & Gray Steer $1B Asset Manager Merger

    Financial services company LPL Financial, advised by Allen & Overy LLP, on Tuesday announced that it has agreed to buy wealth management solutions holding company Atria Wealth Solutions Inc., advised by Ropes & Gray LLP, for up to $1.035 billion in a deal that adds approximately $100 billion worth of assets to LPL's portfolio.

  • 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

    The Body Shop Appoints Administrators After PE Buyout

    The Body Shop on Tuesday appointed administrators to restructure its business, just months after the British cruelty-free cosmetics and skin care brand was bought out by European private equity firm Aurelius Group for £207 million ($261 million).

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • What Cos. Evaluating M&A Can Glean From Latest HSR Report

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    The recently released Hart-Scott-Rodino report for fiscal year 2022 helps unearth important data points for companies as they evaluate potential transactions, including that, despite a historically low enforcement rate, the number of actions exceeds the number of second requests for the first time in nearly 20 years, say Ryan Quillian and John Kendrick at Covington.

  • Chancery's Sears Ruling Clarifies Stockholder Duties

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    In a recent landmark decision involving stockholders of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, the Delaware Chancery Court addressed for the first time what precise duties a controlling stockholder owes, highlighting that controller interference with board action is not per se invalid and that enhanced scrutiny is a reasonableness test, say Christopher Chuff and Taylor Bartholomew at Troutman Pepper.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • 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.

  • What R&W Insurance Access Means For Small-Cap M&A

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    As a slowdown in mergers and acquisitions has increased insurer appetite for underwriting small-cap transactions, buyers of small and midsize enterprises stand to benefit from easier access to representations and warranties insurance, which can add protection and reassurance for all parties involved in a deal, say Caroline Thee and Ewelina Mikocewicz at Taft Stettinius.

  • Considerations For Lawyer Witnesses After FTX Trial

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    Sam Bankman-Fried's recent trial testimony about his lawyers' involvement in FTX's business highlights the need for attorney-witnesses to understand privilege issues in order to avoid costly discovery disputes and, potentially, uncover critical evidence an adversary might seek to conceal, says Lawrence Bluestone at Genova Burns.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

  • Series

    Competing In Triathlons Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While practicing law and competing in long-distance triathlons can make work and life feel unbalanced at times, participating in the sport has revealed important lessons about versatility, self-care and perseverance that apply to the office as much as they do the racecourse, says Laura Heusel at Butler Snow.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

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