Private Equity

  • February 15, 2024

    7th Circ. Rejects Ancestry.com's Arbitration Bid In Privacy Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court's decision that minors suing Ancestry.com for sharing their genetic testing information can avoid arbitration, saying there was no language in the terms their parents signed designating the children as parties to the agreement.

  • February 15, 2024

    Shoppers Say Albertsons-Kroger Suit Shortcomings Fixed

    Consumers challenging Kroger's $24.6 billion bid for Albertsons defended their revised lawsuit in California federal court against the supermarkets' latest dismissal bid, arguing their tweaked complaint now adequately identifies the affected stores and lays out how the deal threatens competition.

  • 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

    Baker McKenzie Can't Send Malpractice Suit To London

    An Illinois state appeals court has rejected a push by Chicago-based Baker McKenzie to transfer to London a legal malpractice suit accusing the international law firm of botching a client's bid to reacquire a coal mine in Russia, saying in a 2-1 decision that Cook County has an interest in deciding the case even if the alleged misconduct stems from attorneys in a Russian member firm.

  • 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

    Freenome Raises $254M For Early Cancer Detection Tests

    Cancer-focused biotechnology company Freenome said Thursday it has raised $254 million from investors to advance cancer detection tests in its pipeline.

  • 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

    Lawmakers Push PE Firm For Answers On Steward Health

    A group of lawmakers demanded answers from private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management on Thursday over its relationship with financially troubled Steward Health Care-owned hospitals in Massachusetts, saying that Steward's recent collapse is a "textbook example" of the "grave risks" that come with private equity takeover of the healthcare system.

  • February 15, 2024

    FTC's Khan Calls Healthcare 'Key' To Fight For Competition

    Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan told a conference of physicians the agency is fighting corporate control at several levels of the healthcare industry, touting the sector as a key battleground in the administration's push for more competition across the economy.

  • 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

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cybersecurity Issues For Financial Industry To Track In 2024

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    In 2024 financial institutions will confront new federal, state and industry regulations around cybersecurity that require additional procedures, enhanced proactive security measures, and timely disclosure of security incidents, say Alex Koskey and Matt White at Baker Donelson.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • A Difficult Year For CRE, But Future May Be Brighter

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    2023 was a challenging year for the commercial real estate industry, marked by significant uncertainty, but market pressure and signs of rising interest rates provide some reasons to be cautiously optimistic for the year ahead as pandemic headwinds and gridlock fade away, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • What WeWork's Ch. 11 Filing Means For Landlords

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    WeWork’s recent Chapter 11 filing in New Jersey has the potential to be one of the most consequential cases in the real estate industry in many years, and presents a number of issues for landlords, including unexpired leases, assumption, assignment and more, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Understanding Advance Notice Bylaws Is Key For All Parties

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    Recent developments in Delaware case law show that advance notice bylaws will be strictly construed and that Delaware courts will generally uphold clear, unambiguous bylaws adopted and applied reasonably, a lesson for both companies and stockholders alike as the number of companies rejecting director nominations by dissident stockholders has increased, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 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.

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