Private Equity

  • July 03, 2024

    Video Gaming Biz Agrees To EQT's £2.1B Takeover Offer

    The board of Keywords Studios PLC said Wednesday that it has backed a £2.1 billion ($2.7 billion) takeover offer put forward by Swedish private equity firm EQT AB, a move that will pull another company from London's capital markets.

  • July 02, 2024

    Even If There's A Better Reading, Follow Arbitrator, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit has affirmed an arbitration award requiring two venture capital funds to dissolve in a suit alleging the funds' general partners breached their fiduciary duty, saying "even if there is a better interpretation, the arbitrator's interpretation controls, 'however good, bad, or ugly.'"

  • July 02, 2024

    Harvest Capital Class Ends Chancery Merger Suit For $3.85M

    Stockholder attorneys who secured a $3.85 million pretrial class settlement for an allegedly unfair Harvest Capital Credit Corp. merger deal won an above-average 25% share of the award Tuesday, in what a Delaware vice chancellor indicated was a move to reward top-flight attention to smaller-stakes litigation.

  • July 02, 2024

    DLA Piper Hires Former Goodwin Corporate Partner In DC

    A former Goodwin Procter LLP partner has joined DLA Piper's corporate practice in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, where he will advise clients on mergers and acquisitions and other transactions. 

  • July 02, 2024

    Asia-Focused SPAC Eureka Raises $50M To Pursue Merger

    Eureka Acquisition Corp. began trading Tuesday after the special-purpose acquisition company priced a $50 million initial public offering, embarking on a search to acquire a Chinese or Greater Asian business, guided by three law firms.

  • July 02, 2024

    Casino Game Co. Settles $5.8M Conn. Loan Lawsuit

    An electronic casino and lottery game software maker and a group of its lenders have settled their dispute over a $5.8 million default judgment that the game-maker allegedly failed to pay from a suit the lenders brought in 2021.

  • July 02, 2024

    Chancery Cuts Sears Shareholders' $18.3M Award To $8.7M

    Minority stockholders of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores saw their class award in Delaware Chancery Court litigation trimmed from $18.3 million to $8.7 million Tuesday after former Sears CEO Edward S. Lampert and his co-defendants protested that the court had erred in its calculations.

  • July 02, 2024

    The Commercial Real Estate Q&A's You Can't Miss

    Check out Law360 Real Estate Authority's most buzzed-about commercial real estate Q&As from the first half of 2024.

  • July 02, 2024

    FCA Approves PE Firm's £432M Bid For Wealth Manager

    Wealth management firm Mattioli Woods said Monday that the U.K.'s financial regulator has given a green light to its approximately £432 million ($546 million) acquisition by London private equity firm Pollen Street Capital.

  • July 01, 2024

    Wash. Law Firm, Ex-Atty Aided In $20M Fraud, Suit Alleges

    A Washington attorney and her former law firm are accused of lending "an air of legitimacy" to an alleged scheme to bilk an asset management firm out of $20 million by using forged invoices to obtain financing for computer equipment, according to a complaint filed in Washington state court.

  • July 01, 2024

    Metals Recycler Strikes $170M Go-Public SPAC Merger

    American Resources Corp. on Monday announced that its metals recycling subsidiary will go public by merging with special-purpose acquisition company AI Transportation Acquisition Corp., in a deal that values American Metals LLC at $170 million and that was steered by three law firms.

  • July 01, 2024

    IPO Rebound Leads Capital Markets Recovery At Midyear

    Capital markets activity moderately accelerated in the year's first six months, buoyed by the highest level of initial public offerings in three years, signaling a busy second half for deal-makers at least until the November presidential election.

  • July 01, 2024

    FC Barcelona Media Arm's $1B SPAC Merger Is Scrapped

    A deal that would have taken the digital media arm for Spanish soccer giant FC Barcelona public through a $1 billion merger with special-purpose acquisition company Mountain & Co. I Acquisition Corp. has been called off, both parties have announced.

  • July 01, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Two multimillion-dollar settlement approvals, a $25 million fee-shifting demand, and a biotech merger spoiled by murder: This was just the beginning of the drama last week in the nation's preeminent court of equity. Shareholders in satellite companies filed new cases, a cannabis company headed toward trial, and there were new developments in old disputes involving Tesla and Truth Social.

  • July 01, 2024

    V&E Adds Kirkland, Simpson Thacher Attys In Texas And NY

    Vinson & Elkins LLP said Monday it has strengthened its capital markets and financing practices with partners in Texas and New York who joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • July 01, 2024

    Ardian Raises $3.2B For 6th Co-Investment Fund

    French private equity firm Ardian said Monday it has raised $3.2 billion for the sixth generation of its global co-investment platform, Ardian Co-Investment Fund VI.

  • July 01, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Guides $15.4B New Mountain Fund Close

    New York private equity firm New Mountain Capital said Monday it wrapped its New Mountain Partners VII LP fund at $15.4 billion, with legal guidance from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • July 01, 2024

    PE Co. Altor Buys Majority Stake In Tech Biz F24 For £18.4M

    U.K. investment company HgCapital Trust PLC said Monday that Altor, a private equity firm, has bought most of its stake in F24, in a deal that values the cloud computing company at £18.4 million ($23.3 million).

  • July 01, 2024

    Skadden-Led BlackRock To Buy Data Group Preqin For £2.6B

    Investment firm BlackRock said Monday that it has agreed to acquire private markets data provider Preqin for £2.55 billion ($3.2 billion) to boost its investment management in a deal guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Macfarlanes LLP.

  • June 28, 2024

    Chevron's End Is Just The Start For Energized Agency Foes

    By knocking down a powerful precedent that has towered over administrative law for 40 years, the U.S. Supreme Court's right wing Friday gave a crowning achievement to anti-agency attorneys. But for those attorneys, the achievement is merely a means to an end, and experts expect a litigation blitzkrieg to materialize quickly in the aftermath.

  • June 28, 2024

    Stock Clearing Orgs Slam Firm's 'Bizarre' Constitutional Attack

    Two of the nation's largest securities clearing agencies are fighting an attempt to declare their in-house disciplinary procedures unconstitutional, telling the Tenth Circuit that brokerage firm Alpine Securities Corp.'s attack on the private entities is unprecedented and threatens the stability of the capital markets. 

  • June 28, 2024

    In Chevron Case, Justices Trade One Unknown For Another

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule a decades-old judicial deference doctrine may cause the "eternal fog of uncertainty" surrounding federal agency actions to dissipate and level the playing field in challenges of government policies, but lawyers warn it raises new questions over what rules courts must follow and how judges will implement them.

  • June 28, 2024

    Ackman's Pershing Square Sets $50 IPO Price On New Fund

    Bill Ackman's new fund Pershing Square USA Ltd. on Friday set an initial public offering price of $50 per share in an IPO guided by three law firms, marking Ackman's latest step toward inviting the public to own a stake in his investment empire.

  • June 28, 2024

    As Election Looms, M&A Attys Advise To 'Stay The Course'

    The contentious presidential election is bound to rattle mergers and acquisitions activity in the short term, and the eventual winner will create unique sets of winners and losers in the market, but attorneys have a simple message to clients: "Stay the course."

  • June 28, 2024

    Legal Tech Co. Seeks Arbitration Of ESOP Row At 11th Circ.

    A legal technology company is urging the Eleventh Circuit to back arbitration of workers' claims that they lost $35.4 million when their employee stock ownership plan bought undervalued company shares, arguing that the lower court misstepped by finding that the agreement flouted rights under federal benefits law.

Expert Analysis

  • Investors Can Aid In The Acceptance Of Psychedelic Medicine

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    Psychedelic medicine is ready to have its breakthrough moment, and although it still faces political, legal and communications challenges, private equity investors can play a significant role in changing the public perception on psychedelics from taboo to acceptance, say Kimberly Chew at Husch Blackwell, Charlie Panfil at the Daschle Group and Ethan Lutz at FTI Consulting.

  • Perspectives

    Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • What Updated PLR Procedure May Mean For Stock Spin-Offs

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    A recently published Internal Revenue Service revenue procedure departs from commonly understood interpretations of the spinoff rules by imposing more stringent standards on companies seeking private letter rulings regarding tax-free stock spinoff and split-off transactions, and may presage regulatory changes that would have the force of law, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Del. Needs To Urgently Pass Post-Moelis Corporate Law Bill

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    After the Delaware Chancery Court's decision in West Palm Beach Firefighters' Pension v. Moelis sparked confusion around governance rights, recently proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law would preserve the state's predictable corporate governance system, says Lawrence Hamermesh at Widener University Delaware Law School.

  • 4 Arbitration Takeaways From High Court Coinbase Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's May 23 decision in Coinbase v. Suski, which provides clarity to parties faced with successive contracts containing conflicting dispute resolution provisions, has four practical impacts for contracting parties to consider, say Charles Schoenwetter and Eric Olson at Bowman and Brooke.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • Series

    Being An EMT Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While some of my experiences as an emergency medical technician have been unusually painful and searing, the skills I’ve learned — such as triage, empathy and preparedness — are just as useful in my work as a restructuring lawyer, says Marshall Huebner at Davis Polk.

  • Mitigating Incarceration's Impacts On Foreign Nationals

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    Sentencing arguments that highlighted the disparate impact incarceration would have on a British national recently sentenced for insider training by a New York district court, when compared to similarly situated U.S. citizens, provide an example of the advocacy needed to avoid or mitigate problems unique to noncitizen defendants, say attorneys at Lankler Siffert.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Series

    Teaching Yoga Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Being a yoga instructor has helped me develop my confidence and authenticity, as well as stress management and people skills — all of which have crossed over into my career as an attorney, says Laura Gongaware at Clyde & Co.

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

  • Pay-To-Play Deal Shows Need For Strong Compliance Policies

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, through its recent settlement with Wayzata, has indicated that it will continue stringent enforcement of the pay-to-play rule, so investment advisers should ensure strong compliance policies are in place to promptly address potential violations as the November elections approach, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • 7 Effects Of DOL Retirement Asset Manager Exemption Rule

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    The recent U.S. Department of Labor amendment to the retirement asset manager exemption delivers several key practical impacts, including the need for managers, as opposed to funds, to register with the DOL, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

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