Capital Markets

  • May 06, 2024

    Truth Social Backer 'Absolutely' Denies Insider Rap To Jury

    An investment pro told a Manhattan federal jury Monday that he never tipped Florida speculators to a confidential plan to take former President Donald Trump's media concern Truth Social public, taking the stand to fight insider trading charges against him.

  • May 06, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A record $100 million settlement, a fishy Facebook decision, a canceled Amazon delivery and an upended $7.3 billion sale dispute topped the news out of Delaware's Court of Chancery last week. There were also new cases involving Hess, Microsoft and the 2022 World Cup.

  • May 06, 2024

    Cybersecurity Firm Appgate Hits Ch. 11 3 Years After IPO

    Technology firm Appgate Inc. and 11 affiliates filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware Monday with a prepackaged plan to wipe all debt from its books, tap new funding and go private roughly three years after its initial public offering backed by $1 billion in investments.

  • May 06, 2024

    FDIC, OCC Gear Up For Another Shot At Banker Bonus Rules

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Monday revived an Obama-era proposal to set restrictions on incentive-based pay for executives at big banks, a lingering item of unfinished Dodd-Frank Act business, and for now, the Federal Reserve is sitting out.

  • May 06, 2024

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: McKool Smith's Courtney Statfeld

    Courtney Statfeld's dad always tells her, "they never see you coming." The McKool Smith principal is one of few female litigators practicing in the male-dominated field of complex financial products, and she has made a conscious decision over the years to be herself — and to let her work speak for itself.

  • May 06, 2024

    Hedge Fund Asks Legal Tech Co. To Stop Share Issuance

    The activist hedge fund that publicly criticized Dye & Durham Ltd. in an April note penned a new letter on Monday, calling a previously announced share issuance from the legal technology company a "defensive tactic to entrench the board" and a "serious capital allocation mistake."

  • May 06, 2024

    Trump Media Hires Auditor To Replace Firm Accused Of Fraud

    Trump Media and Technology Group Corp. has hired a new auditor, replacing its predecessor firm, which was permanently suspended by securities regulators Friday for alleged "massive fraud" regarding its work with hundreds of clients, according to a filing Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    SEC Targets Robinhood's Crypto Unit For Possible Lawsuit

    Robinhood Markets Inc. notified investors Monday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plans to sue its crypto arm for allegedly failing to register as a securities brokerage firm and clearing agency, saying the agency could go as far as demanding that the platform be shut down. 

  • May 04, 2024

    IRS Seeks More Info On Purpose Test In Buyback Tax Regs

    The IRS is seeking more information on fine-tuning a test in proposed rules on the stock buyback tax meant to assess whether the principal purpose of a U.S. subsidiary's funding purchase of its foreign parent's stock is to avoid the tax, an agency attorney said Saturday.  

  • May 03, 2024

    Binance Founder's Sentence Shaped By Plea And Apology

    Binance founder Changpeng Zhao's willingness to cooperate with law enforcement and accept responsibility in court for the crypto exchange's anti-money laundering violations helped the former CEO land a deal with prosecutors that got him a relatively short prison sentence to close out a yearslong investigation.

  • May 03, 2024

    BTC-e Mastermind Cops To Money Laundering Conspiracy

    A Russian national pled guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit money laundering related to his central role in operating the cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e from 2011 to 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California.

  • May 03, 2024

    Goldman Settles Decade-Old Metal-Rigging Class Action

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has settled a decade-old putative class action claiming the investment bank and others conspired to manipulate platinum and palladium market values, according to a Friday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • May 03, 2024

    Chancery OKs Extra Digging Into Trump Media Share Dispute

    The sponsor of a special-purpose acquisition company that took Donald Trump's social media venture public earlier this year won Delaware Court of Chancery approval Friday to briefly dig deeper into disputed share-exchange terms for the deal, with more than $58 million on the line.

  • May 03, 2024

    Sentencing Delayed For Ex-Fintech Exec In Crypto Case

    Sentencing for the CEO of fintech company Hydrogen Technology Corp. was delayed Friday after a dispute over how to calculate the amount of money lost in the conspiracy to manipulate the market for Hydrogen's digital assets.

  • May 03, 2024

    SEC Fines Trump Media's Audit Firm For 'Massive Fraud'

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday that it has fined and permanently suspended the public accounting firm of former President Donald Trump's social media company for allegedly running a "sham auditing mill" by failing to meet industry standards in reviewing the financial statements of hundreds of clients.

  • May 03, 2024

    Beauty Biz Puig Begins Trading In Spain After €2.6B IPO

    Charlotte Tilbury owner Puig Brands SA began trading in Spain on Friday after raising €2.61 billion ($2.8 billion) as part of Europe's largest initial public offering so far in 2024.

  • May 02, 2024

    Ex-JPM Trader Slams DOJ's 'Rank Opportunism' In Doc Suit

    A former JPMorgan Chase & Co. foreign exchange trader is pressing a D.C. federal court to order the release of investigative material from the government's failed market manipulation criminal case against him, saying the U.S. Department of Justice's arguments against disclosure amount to "rank opportunism."

  • May 02, 2024

    Latham, Skadden Grab Spotlight As Large IPOs Surge In April

    Latham & Watkins LLP guided five initial public offerings in April, while Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP advised the company bringing to market the largest IPO of 2024, concluding the busiest month for new listings year to date.

  • May 02, 2024

    Attys Due For Spam Suit Sanction, But Not $750K, Judges Say

    Class counsel's misconduct in helping instigate a spam text suit against stock-trading app Robinhood Financial LLC warranted sanctions, a Washington state appeals court panel ruled Thursday, but the judges said the $750,000 penalty went over the top in deterring the bad behavior.

  • May 02, 2024

    Activist Files New Proxy Fight In REIT Takeover Attempt

    Activist investor Blackwells Capital LLC continued its campaign against hospitality executive Monty J. Bennett by separately urging shareholders of Braemar Hotels & Resorts Inc. and an advisory firm that Bennett controls to approve a board shake-up during upcoming annual meetings.

  • May 02, 2024

    Ex-FTX Boss Ryan Salame To Give Up $5.9M Bahamas House

    Ryan Salame, the former co-chief executive of FTX Digital Markets, an affiliate of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd., has agreed to transfer a $5.9 million house he owns in the Bahamas to FTX in lieu of paying the firm restitution over fraudulent political donations, according to a Wednesday motion.

  • May 02, 2024

    Discover Ups Liability Costs For Card Pricing Issue To $1.2B

    Discover Financial Services has put a $1.2 billion price tag on remediation for its previously disclosed credit card pricing misclassification, which is now the subject of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, representing an increase of nearly 230% from the $365 million liability it recorded nearly a year ago.

  • May 02, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Coca-Cola, General Mills, MLB's Giants

    Coca-Cola is preparing an IPO for its African bottling division, cereals giant General Mills is exploring selling its North America yogurt business, and a 5% stake in the San Francisco Giants is up for sale at a price that could value the club at $4 billion. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • May 01, 2024

    Republicans Say Bank Merger Reviews 'Need A Shot Clock'

    House Republicans on Wednesday raised concerns with federal banking officials about how long it can take their agencies to sign off on proposed bank mergers, a long-standing industry complaint that the lawmakers say a tight "shot clock" could help address.

  • May 01, 2024

    JPMorgan Says It's Paying $100M More In Trade Penalties

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Wednesday that it expects to pay $100 million to yet another U.S. regulator to resolve alleged deficiencies with its program for monitoring employee and client trading activities, a fine that comes on the heels of an additional $350 million in penalties stemming from its trade surveillance.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Exxon Court Should Clarify Shareholder Proposal Exclusion

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    ExxonMobil last month took the unusual action of asking a Texas federal judge whether a proposal from climate activists seeking to limit oil and gas sales could be excluded from its 2024 proxy statement, and the court should use this opportunity to reevaluate SEC policy and set clear limits on when shareholder proposals can be included, says Stephen Bainbridge at UCLA School of Law.

  • Mitigating The Risk Of Post-Closing M&A Earnout Disputes

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    Today's uncertain deal environment makes a well-crafted earnout an excellent way for parties to accomplish a desired transaction that would not otherwise occur, but transacting parties also need to take key steps to avoid the risk of post-closing disputes that earnouts can present, say Chad Barton and Claire Lydiard at Holland & Knight.

  • Understanding SEC's Focus Amid Lack Of Final AI Rules

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    Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules to govern artificial intelligence are likely far from being finalized, understanding existing regulatory provisions that could address AI risks with respect to development, disclosure, compliance and data protection could help firms anticipate and avoid pitfalls, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Don't Sit On Bankruptcy Sidelines, 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent In re: Louisiana Pellets decision, holding that a creditor couldn’t assert indemnification defenses in a suit brought by the trustee of a liquidation trust, highlights the risks faced by creditors and other contract parties that choose not to participate in a bankruptcy, say Gregory Hesse and Kaleb Bailey at Hunton.

  • Preparing For DOJ's Data Analytics Push In FCPA Cases

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    After the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it will leverage data analytics in Foreign Corrupt Practice Act investigations and prosecutions, companies will need to develop a compliance strategy that likewise implements data analytics to get ahead of enforcement risks, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • How High Court SEC Case Could Affect The ITC

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy will likely spare the U.S. International Trade Commission from major operative changes, the ITC’s ability to issue penalties for violations of its orders may change, say Gwendolyn Tawresey and Ryan Deck at Troutman Pepper.

  • Loan Transparency Proposals May Bring Some Clarity

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    U.S. banking regulators' proposed revisions to rules that would require banks to disclose more granular information about loans made to nondepository financial institutions would somewhat clarify the size of the fund finance market, though full enlightenment does not look likely in the near future, says Chris van Heerden at Cadwalader.

  • Exxon ESG Proxy Statement Suit May Chill Investor Proposals

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    Exxon Mobil’s recent use of a Texas federal lawsuit to intimidate shareholders into withdrawing a climate-friendly proxy proposal could inspire more public companies to sue to avoid adopting ESG resolutions — a power move that would chill activist investor participation and unbalance shareholder-corporate relations, say Domenico Minerva and James Fee at Labaton Keller.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • Implications For Digital Assets After SEC Settlement With DAO

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's December settlement with BarnBridge — finding that the decentralized autonomous organization's products were securities under federal law — foreshadows increased enforcement attention on digital assets, and reveals arguments the SEC may use in similar disputes with decentralized finance protocols, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Bitcoin ETF Approval Doesn't Mean SEC Approves Of Crypto

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    While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's approval last month of 11 applications for spot exchange-traded funds tracking bitcoin is a landmark moment for the crypto-asset industry, investors who are hopeful that the SEC will approve similar crypto-based ETFs may be disappointed, says attorneys at Mintz.

  • A Closer Look At Novel Jury Instruction In Forex Rigging Case

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    After the recent commodities fraud conviction of a U.K.-based hedge fund executive in U.S. v. Phillips, post-trial briefing has focused on whether the New York federal court’s jury instruction incorrectly defined the requisite level of intent, which should inform defense counsel in future open market manipulation cases, say attorneys at Lankler Siffert.

  • The Corporate Disclosure Tug-Of-War's Free Speech Issues

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    The continuing conflict over corporate disclosure requirements — highlighted by a lawsuit against Missouri's anti-ESG rules — has important implications not just for investors and regulated entities but also for broader questions about the scope of the First Amendment, say Colin Pohlman, and Jane Luxton and Paul Kisslinger at Lewis Brisbois.

  • Crypto Issues To Watch Amid Evolving Legal Landscape

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    This year will likely be a momentous one for crypto in the U.S., but whether it is successful or disastrous will depend on the outcome of high-profile court decisions and key regulatory actions, say attorneys at Venable.

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