Capital Markets

  • July 09, 2024

    Chancery OKs $22M Golden Nugget Deal, Trims Fee To $4M

    Former stockholders of Golden Nugget Online Gaming Inc. who challenged the venture's $1.56 billion all-stock sale in May 2022 to DraftKings Inc. got approval Tuesday to settle their Delaware Chancery Court class action for $22 million cash, with $4 million of it going to class attorneys.

  • July 09, 2024

    Fed's Powell Backs Do-Over For Basel Bank Capital Plan

    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told senators on Tuesday that he supports a reproposal of federal regulators' Basel III endgame overhaul to big-bank capital requirements, suggesting the package is being rethought significantly enough to merit a whole new draft before it can be finalized.

  • July 08, 2024

    2nd Circ. Lets Rail Co. Retool Suit Against Big Banks

    The Second Circuit on Monday restored Eddystone Rail Co. LLC's lawsuit targeting Bank of America NA and other banks for their alleged roles helping an oil transportation and logistics company evade liability in a roughly $140 million contract dispute, reasoning that the rail company still has time to amend its complaint.

  • July 08, 2024

    Blank Check Co. Sagaliam Gets Shareholder Suit Trimmed

    A Delaware federal judge on Monday trimmed a shareholder suit brought against blank check company Sagaliam Acquisition Corp. over its planned tie-up with biotech company Enzolytics Inc., saying the plaintiffs failed to adequately plead a breach of fiduciary duty claim.

  • July 08, 2024

    Full 2nd Circ. Urged To 'Correct' Panel's Insider Trading Ruling

    A hedge fund accused of taking advantage of its corporate insider status to profit off swing trading in 1-800-Flowers' stock is urging the full bench of the Second Circuit to reconsider a decision to revive the lawsuit against it, arguing in a Monday petition to the court that the ruling clashes with both U.S. Supreme Court precedent and with controlling Second Circuit precedent on standing. 

  • July 08, 2024

    3rd Truth Social Complaint Gets OK, Contempt Hearing Axed

    Two former "Apprentice" contestants who claim to have created Donald Trump's social media app and are now alleging they are being cheated out of their Truth Social equity got Delaware Chancery Court's permission Monday to revise their complaint for a third time against the former president and his media company.

  • July 08, 2024

    3rd Circ. Doubts SEC Properly Served Ponzi Scheme Suspect

    The Third Circuit on Monday appeared skeptical of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's bid to maintain a default judgment against a Swiss resident accused of operating a $1.4 million Ponzi scheme, peppering the agency with questions about how the complaint was served. 

  • July 08, 2024

    Wall Street Watchdog Backs SEC In Texas Crypto Market Suit

    Wall Street watchdog Better Markets Inc. threw its support behind the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday as the agency seeks to thwart an attempt by crypto industry groups to strike down a new rule that expands the definition of "dealers" under securities law.

  • July 08, 2024

    Nasdaq Seeks Tighter Listing Rules On Reverse Stock Splits

    Nasdaq wants to tighten its rules so companies that raise their share prices through reverse stock splits to avoid being delisted don't obtain more time to regain compliance if the reverse split triggers another violation.

  • July 08, 2024

    Conn. Asset Manager Offers Grayscale $2M Out For Ad Suit

    A Fairfield, Connecticut-based asset management firm that accused Grayscale Investments LLC of falsely advertising its services in order to lure investors informed the company and the Constitution State court hearing its lawsuit that it would be willing to settle the matter for a just below $2 million payment.

  • July 08, 2024

    SEC Says Crypto Promoter Should Face Trial Before Appeal

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urged a Texas federal court to move forward with a trial over whether a crypto influencer properly disclosed his promotion of a project, rather than wave through his bid to ask the Fifth Circuit to weigh in on whether securities laws applied to his case.

  • July 08, 2024

    Archegos Jury To Mull If $100B Flop A Crime Or Just Failure

    Archegos founder Bill Hwang's disastrous hedge fund trading was legal, his lawyer argued in closing to a Manhattan federal jury Monday, after prosecutors claimed "undeniable proof" that Hwang and a co-defendant criminally distorted Wall Street to the tune of $100 billion.

  • July 08, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Prince's heirs were left standing alone in a cold world last week after Delaware's Court of Chancery found their attempts to gain control of the late musician's estate too demanding. Delaware's court of equity also waved a wand for Walt Disney and slashed nearly $10 million from a damages award for Sears stockholders. In case you missed anything, here's a recap of all the latest news from Delaware's Chancery Court.

  • July 05, 2024

    UpHealth Says $110M Glocal Award Can Be Enforced

    Bankrupt medical tech company UpHealth has urged an Illinois court to enforce a $110 million arbitral award against Indian digital healthcare services platform Glocal Healthcare in a bitter feud over an ill-fated merger, saying the court should reject Glocal's argument that the tribunal exceeded its powers.

  • July 05, 2024

    How Reshaped Circuit Courts Are Faring At The High Court

    Seminal rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court's latest term will reshape many facets of American society in the coming years. Already, however, the rulings offer glimpses of how the justices view specific circuit courts, which have themselves been reshaped by an abundance of new judges.

  • July 05, 2024

    Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court's lethargic pace of decision-making this term left the justices to issue a slew of highly anticipated and controversial rulings during the term's final week — rulings that put the court's ideological divisions on vivid display. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this court term.

  • July 05, 2024

    High Court Flexes Muscle To Limit Administrative State

    The U.S. Supreme Court's dismantling of a 40-year-old judicial deference doctrine, coupled with rulings stripping federal agencies of certain enforcement powers and exposing them to additional litigation, has established the October 2023 term as likely the most consequential in administrative law history.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Sharpest Dissents From The Supreme Court Term

    The U.S. Supreme Court's session ended with a series of blockbuster cases that granted the president broad immunity, changed federal gun policy and kneecapped administrative agencies. And many of the biggest decisions fell along partisan lines.

  • July 05, 2024

    5 Moments That Shaped The Supreme Court's Jan. 6 Decision

    When the high court limited the scope of a federal obstruction statute used to charge hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the justices did not vote along ideological lines. In a year marked by 6-3 splits, what accounts for the departure? Here are some moments from oral arguments that may have swayed the justices.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

    In a U.S. Supreme Court term teeming with serious showdowns, the august air at oral arguments filled with laughter after an attorney mentioned her plastic surgeon and a justice seemed to diss his colleagues, to cite just two of the term's mirthful moments. Here, we look at the funniest moments of the term.

  • July 05, 2024

    11th Circ. Affirms Wells Fargo's Win Over Bitcoin Fraud Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that a Georgia federal judge correctly tossed a digital trading firm's negligence claims against Wells Fargo over the bank's role in an alleged bitcoin fraud perpetrated through Wells Fargo-held accounts, saying the company failed to show the bank owed noncustomers a duty of care.

  • July 05, 2024

    NYC Developer To Pay $272M To Settle SEC Investment Suit

    A New York City developer and his wife agreed on Friday to pay $272 million to settle claims brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that they'd schemed to raise money from hundreds of Chinese investors using false statements.

  • July 05, 2024

    SEC Issues Guidance On Confidential IPOs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Corporation Finance Division has issued updated guidance explaining how companies can file confidential registration statements when preparing go-public transactions such as initial public offerings and blank check company mergers.

  • July 05, 2024

    2024 Global M&A, Mega-Deal Values Outpacing 2023

    Dealmakers and the attorneys who represent them came into 2024 with a sense of cautious optimism about the mergers and acquisitions market.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    This U.S. Supreme Court term featured high-stakes oral arguments on issues including gerrymandering, abortion and federal agency authority, and a hot bench ever more willing to engage in a lengthy back-and-forth with advocates. Here's a look at the law firms that argued the most cases and how they fared.

Expert Analysis

  • Big Banks Face Potential Broader Recovery Plan Rules

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    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's recent call for potentially subjecting more banks to recovery planning standards would represent a significant expansion of the scope of the recovery guidelines, and banks that would be affected should assess whether they’re prepared, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Recruitment Trends In Emerging Law Firm Frontiers

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    BigLaw firms are facing local recruitment challenges as they increasingly establish offices in cities outside of the major legal hubs, requiring them to weigh various strategies for attracting talent that present different risks and benefits, says Tom Hanlon at Buchanan Law.

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    Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

  • What DOL Fiduciary Rule Means For Private Fund Managers

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    Attorneys at Ropes & Gray discuss how the U.S. Department of Labor's recently released final fiduciary rule, which revises the agency's 1975 regulation, could potentially cause private fund managers' current marketing practices and communications to be considered fiduciary advice, and therefore subject them to strict prohibitions.

  • Money, Money, Money: Limiting White Collar Wealth Evidence

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    As courts increasingly recognize that allowing unfettered evidence of wealth could prejudice a jury against a defendant, white collar defense counsel should consider several avenues for excluding visual evidence of a lavish lifestyle at trial, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

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    As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

  • Considerations For Cooperation Contracts In Loan Trades

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    Significant challenges to settling trades can arise when lenders of syndicated bank loans enter into defense-oriented cooperation agreements, which are growing in popularity, but working through these issues on the front end of a trade can save hours down the road, says Robert Waldner at Crowell & Moring.

  • Emerging Trends In ESG-Focused Securities Litigation

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    Based on a combination of shareholder pressure, increasing regulatory scrutiny and proposed rulemaking, there has been a proliferation of litigation over public company disclosures and actions regarding environmental, social, and governance factors — and the overall volume of such class actions will likely increase in the coming years, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

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    As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Next Steps After 5th Circ. Nixes Private Fund Adviser Rules

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    The Fifth Circuit's recent toss of key U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules regarding private fund advisers represents a setback for the regulator, but open questions, including the possibility of an SEC petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, mean it's still too early to consider the matter closed, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Expected Developments From Upcoming Basel Capital Rules

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    With U.S. federal banking regulators preparing to finalize the Basel IV regulatory framework as early as this fall, banks and private investment funds are expected to look to uncommitted facilities as one method to address key changes, including tighter capital requirements, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Deciphering SEC Disgorgement 4 Years After Liu

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    Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to preserve SEC disgorgement with limits, courts have continued to rule largely in the agency’s favor, but a recent circuit split over the National Defense Authorization Act's import may create hurdles for the SEC, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Updates To CFTC Large Trader Report Rules Leave Questions

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    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's updated large trader position reporting rules for futures and options is a much-needed change that modernizes a rule that had gone largely untouched since the 1980s, but the updates leave important questions unanswered, say Katherine Cooper and Maggie DePoy at BCLP.

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    Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

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