Capital Markets

  • February 21, 2024

    SPAC Boom Costs Auditor $2M In PCAOB Fine

    New Jersey-based auditing firm WithumSmith+Brown PC was sanctioned with a $2 million fine Wednesday by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which accused the company of taking on more work than it could handle as the market for special purpose acquisition companies boomed.

  • February 21, 2024

    Tesla, Musk Say Investors' Self-Driving Fraud Suit Is Doomed

    Attorneys for electric-car maker Tesla and its owner, Elon Musk, have said a proposed class action related to claims the company and billionaire had made about the vehicles' autonomous driving abilities should be dismissed, saying most of the statements at issue were forward-looking.

  • February 21, 2024

    JPMorgan Got $400M Before Inovalon Sale, Del. Justices Hear

    Inovalon didn't properly disclose that investors that bought the healthcare data company in 2021 paid $400 million in fees to its financial adviser, a JPMorgan unit, before the transaction, a reason enough to revive a lawsuit challenging the $7.3 billion acquisition, counsel for stockholders told Delaware's Supreme Court Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    NY Court Weighs Greenlighting Celsius Ch. 11 Suits

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday considered whether to hear two lawsuits filed in the Chapter 11 case of former cryptocurrency platform Celsius Network LLC, or if the complaints involving an account holder and a digital asset mining company should be dismissed or sent to arbitration.

  • February 21, 2024

    Messner Reeves Accused Of Losing Client's $700K Deposit

    Colorado-based Messner Reeves LLP is being sued in California state court by a Florida financing consultant that claims the firm failed to protect a $700,000 interest deposit it made as part of a client's business loan.

  • February 21, 2024

    Holland & Knight Adds Jones Walker Real Estate Atty In Miami

    Holland & Knight LLP announced it has brought on a former Jones Walker LLP attorney as a partner for its real estate capital markets team in Miami.

  • February 21, 2024

    SPAC To Delist After Failing To Close Merger With Food Biz

    Blank-check company Bite Acquisition Corp. on Wednesday revealed that it received a letter from the New York Stock Exchange saying that it has determined to begin proceedings to delist the company's common stock because it failed to complete a business merger within the specified time frame.

  • February 20, 2024

    SEC Zeroes In On SolarWinds Exec In Revised Complaint

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has doubled down on its case accusing software provider SolarWinds Corp. of failing to warn the public about the cybersecurity vulnerabilities that gave rise to a 2020 hack, providing a New York federal court with more detail about the involvement of the company's chief information security officer in the alleged cover-up.

  • February 20, 2024

    Bankrupt Co. Stole $100M In Special Needs Trusts, Suit Says

    The parents of a disabled child claim the founders and financial entities behind a now-bankrupt corporate trustee orchestrated a decadelong predatory scheme to misappropriate more than $100 million of special needs trust assets, according to a proposed class action filed Monday in Florida federal court.

  • February 20, 2024

    Chicago Sues Oil Giants, Alleging Climate Change Deception

    The city of Chicago hit BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell and the oil and gas industry's largest trade association with a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging their involvement in a decadeslong "campaign of deception" to increase consumption of fossil fuels to boost profits, despite their knowledge that their products cause environmental harm.

  • February 20, 2024

    Wells Fargo Says SEC Has Closed Hiring Practices Probe

    Wells Fargo said Tuesday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has closed an investigation into the bank's hiring practices, following allegations that some bank managers conducted sham interviews to meet a diversity quota, while Barclays PLC has said it no longer faces an investigation into its anti-money laundering compliance.

  • February 20, 2024

    Justices Won't Hear JPMorgan Syndicated Loan Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Tuesdsay that it will not hear a dispute accusing JPMorgan Chase and other banks of failing to warn noteholders about the risks of lending money to a soon-to-be bankrupt company, keeping the case's dismissal intact after the Second Circuit ruled that the syndicated loan at the center of the case was not subject to securities laws.

  • February 20, 2024

    SocGen's $35M Yen-Libor Rigging Suit Deal Gets 1st OK

    A New York federal judge Tuesday granted preliminary approval of a $35 million settlement to resolve a yearslong dispute involving a class of Societe Generale investors who accused the French financial services provider of being involved in a conspiracy to rig the London interbank offered rate for the Japanese yen.

  • February 20, 2024

    Ex-OCC Fintech Chief Won Over Top Brass Despite Red Flags

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's onetime fintech chief who seemingly fabricated his professional background appears to have sailed through the hiring process at the agency, according to internal OCC communications obtained by Law360.

  • February 20, 2024

    Crypto-Friendly Atty Challenges Warren For Senate Seat

    An attorney known for his pro-crypto views and criticism of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Tuesday a campaign to unseat incumbent and crypto critic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts senatorial race.

  • February 20, 2024

    DOJ Could See The Bright Side Of $35.3B Capital One Deal

    Despite the sticker shock of Capital One's $35.3 billion deal to acquire Discover Financial Services, experts believe it will ultimately be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, which for years has placed its antitrust microscope over the larger players in the credit card space. 

  • February 20, 2024

    Binance, Prosecutors Urge Court To Affirm $4.3B Penalty

    Binance Holdings Ltd. and federal prosecutors have called on a Washington federal court to confirm a historic $4.3 billion penalty, including a $1.8 billion criminal fine and a $2.5 billion forfeiture, that the crypto exchange agreed to pay last fall when admitting to a series of banking and sanctions violations.  

  • February 20, 2024

    Solar Co. Preyed On Elderly Prior To DOE Loan Deal, Suit Says

    Sunnova Energy International Inc. was hit with a proposed investor class action alleging shareholders were damaged when reports revealed that it routinely engaged in predatory tactics against elderly homeowners before it entered a deal with the U.S. Department of Energy to help disadvantaged communities.

  • February 20, 2024

    Full 5th Circ. To Hear Appeal Of Nasdaq Board Diversity Rule

    The Fifth Circuit agreed Tuesday to rehear en banc a lawsuit challenging a Nasdaq board diversity rule that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had approved, granting conservative groups that brought the lawsuit another shot at overturning a rule that requires Nasdaq-listed companies to disclose board diversity data.

  • February 20, 2024

    Validity Of $2B Venezuelan Bonds Remains Unresolved In NY

    New York's highest court on Tuesday cleared a path for Venezuela's state-owned oil company to argue that nearly $2 billion in defaulted bonds are invalid under its domestic law, saying the validity question can now be answered by the federal courts.

  • February 19, 2024

    Wachtell Lipton Guides Capital One On $35.3B Discover Deal

    Wachtell Lipton-advised Capital One said Monday it has agreed to acquire Discover Financial Services, guided by Sullivan & Cromwell, in a $35.3 billion all-stock deal that Capital One said will give it the ability to compete with the nation's top three credit card networks. 

  • February 16, 2024

    Old Rules Face New Risks As Justices Hear Truck Stop's Case

    A North Dakota truck stop's long-haul quest to save on bank card fees reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case that could hand businesses a double-edged sword with which to hack away at even decades-old regulations.

  • February 16, 2024

    JPMorgan Faces $350M Fine Over Trade Reporting Gaps

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday that it expects to pay $350 million in civil penalties to settle claims it failed to enter certain trading data into market surveillance systems.

  • February 16, 2024

    6th Circ. Rejects FirstEnergy Objector's Appeal In $180M Case

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday rejected an appeal from a FirstEnergy investor who was holding up a $180 million settlement in a derivative suit seeking to hold the utility company responsible for its involvement in a $1 billion bribery scandal.

  • February 16, 2024

    Athira Pharma Investors Win OK Of $10M Deal On Second Try

    Over 30,000 Athira Pharma investors have scored preliminary approval of a $10 million settlement over claims its former CEO manipulated studies relating to an Alzheimer's drug, five months after a Washington federal judge rejected their first bid but let them try again to address concerns over conflicts and equitable treatment.

Expert Analysis

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Predicting DeFi Regulations At Home And Abroad In 2024

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    Though decentralized finance has advocates on both sides of the Atlantic in figures like U.S. SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, DeFi in 2024 seems likely to be folded into existing regulatory frameworks in the U.K. and EU, while anti-crypto scrutiny may discourage DeFi’s growth in the U.S., say Daniel Csefalvay and Eric Martin at BCLP.

  • 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.

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