Private Equity

  • March 25, 2024

    KKR To Complete £1.3B Takeover, Delist Smart Metering Co.

    Private equity giant KKR said Monday that it will complete its £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) takeover of a British energy infrastructure company and take its shares off the London Stock Exchange.

  • March 22, 2024

    Cheerleading Giant Varsity Spirit Must Face Antitrust Suit

    A Texas federal court has refused to toss a suit accusing Varsity Spirit of working with competitive cheerleading governance bodies to boycott potential rivals and maintain its dominance over the sport.

  • March 22, 2024

    Trump Media SPAC CEO Accused Of Misleading Investors

    A sponsor of the special-purpose acquisition company approved to take Donald Trump's social media website public has sued its CEO in Florida federal court, saying a "coup d'etat" was orchestrated to oust the former leader and mislead investors in an effort to assume control over the enterprise.

  • March 22, 2024

    Reddit's Robust Debut Bodes Well For Tech IPOs

    Social media platform Reddit Inc.'s strong debut following its $748 million initial public offering could provide fresh momentum for a sizable pipeline of venture-backed technology companies exploring IPO plans, capital markets advisers say.

  • March 22, 2024

    Starboard Value Eyes Board Seats At Algonquin Power

    Canadian utility company Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. on Friday said its board of directors will review director nominees submitted by activist investor Starboard Value LP, who said the company's current board has a "long history of making value-destructive decisions" and needs to be refreshed.

  • March 22, 2024

    Legal Tech Execs Can't Arbitrate ESOP Valuation Fight 

    A legal technology company's executives and related entities can't arbitrate a proposed class action alleging they undervalued the company's shares when shutting down its employee stock ownership plan, thereby costing participants $35.4 million, a Georgia federal judge ruled, finding the plan's arbitration clauses blocked remedies allowed by federal benefits law.

  • March 22, 2024

    Lewis Brisbois Accused Of Filing 'Sham' Suits To Avert Fault

    A group of 185 Chinese investors have accused Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP attorneys of filing numerous lawsuits — and collecting $3.8 million in legal fees — to cover for failing to read "draconian" contract terms that led the investors to lose their $92.5 million stake in a $2.5 billion Los Angeles mixed-use development.

  • March 22, 2024

    87-Year-Old Billionaire Lewis Seeks No Jail For Insider Trading

    Lawyers for British billionaire Joe Lewis have asked a Manhattan federal judge not to impose any prison time after his plea to insider trading, saying a term of probation is appropriate because the 87-year-old is "nearing the end of life in declining health."

  • March 22, 2024

    Galderma Starts Trading In Switzerland After Pricing IPO

    Private equity-backed Swiss skincare company Galderma Group AG began trading publicly Friday after pricing its $2.4 billion initial public offering, marking the next stage of its growth trajectory.

  • March 22, 2024

    Trump Wins Investor Approval Of Truth Social SPAC Deal

    Digital World Acquisition Corp. shareholders on Friday approved a proposal to acquire former President Donald Trump's social media platform, setting in motion long-delayed plans to take Trump's startup public despite unresolved litigation tied to the merger.

  • March 22, 2024

    KKR Becomes Controlling Shareholder In Smart Meter Co.

    KKR said Friday that it has "significant control" over a British energy infrastructure company after more than 60% of shareholders tendered their shares to the U.S. private equity giant under a £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) takeover offer.

  • March 21, 2024

    Burford, Sysco Get OK To Swap Bid In Price-Fixing Cases

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday agreed to allow an affiliate of legal investment firm Burford Capital to substitute for food giant Sysco in price-fixing litigation against broiler chicken producers, a ruling that comes a month after a Minnesota federal judge refused to allow the same Burford unit to substitute for Sysco in similar pork and beef price-fixing litigation.

  • March 21, 2024

    Chief Of Bogus PE Firm Gets 6 Years For $10M Affinity Fraud

    The Colorado-based CEO of a purported investment firm faces nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty to securities fraud in connection with a $10.4 million scheme targeting West Point grads and involving claims he planned to invest in a trio of Italian cycling companies.

  • March 21, 2024

    Developer Says Partner Mishandled Funds In Denver Project

    A real estate developer and a related online platform have accused a hedge fund in Colorado state court of misusing grant money and owing fees for a Denver commercial housing project.

  • March 21, 2024

    Varsity Cheer Victim Sees Claims Cut In NC Sex Abuse Suit

    Two North Carolina cheer coaches and the U.S. All Star Federation have escaped claims they flouted federal law by failing to report the sexual abuse of a young athlete, with a judge finding they can't be held liable for "aiding and abetting" the alleged abuse.

  • March 21, 2024

    UpHealth Claims $110M Win In Glocal Control Fight

    Global digital health company UpHealth Inc. says an arbitral panel has awarded it more than $110 million following a dispute that arose out of its subsidiary's acquisition of Glocal Healthcare Systems in 2020 — even as Glocal decried the award as "one-sided and perverse."

  • March 21, 2024

    Unabomber Prosecutor To Probe FTX's Sullivan & Cromwell Ties

    The Delaware bankruptcy court overseeing the Chapter 11 case of FTX Trading Ltd. has approved the appointment of a former federal prosecutor, whose experience includes work on the Unabomber case, to delve into accusations Sullivan & Cromwell is conflicted as debtor's counsel.

  • March 21, 2024

    Directors Of Public Cos. Back Trian CEO Amid Disney Proxy Fight

    Thirteen current and former public company directors, all of whom have worked with Trian Fund Management and CEO Nelson Peltz, sent a letter to The Walt Disney Company's board of directors Thursday highlighting why they believe Peltz would make a good addition to the board amid a heated proxy battle.

  • March 21, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Apollo-Paramount, Britannica IPO, KKR

    Buyout firm Apollo is offering $11 billion to buy Paramount's film studio, Encyclopaedia Britannica is gearing up for an IPO that could value the publisher at $1 billion, and KKR is mulling a sale of learning chain EuroKids International. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • March 21, 2024

    Goldman Sachs Secures $700M For Co-Investment Fund

    Goldman Sachs Asset Management revealed Thursday it recently raised $700 million for its co-investment strategy fund, which works with hedge funds and other money managers and has already deployed 40% of its capital.

  • March 21, 2024

    Activist Investor Rips 'Misguided' Strategy Of WisdomTree

    Activist investor ETFS Capital on Thursday urged shareholders of WisdomTree to withhold their votes from the asset management firm's board members at an upcoming shareholder meeting due to the company's "failed diversification strategy" and refusal to initiate a strategic review process.

  • March 20, 2024

    Insider Trading Charges Kept Intact In Trump Media Co. Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday refused to toss charges against a Florida venture capitalist over allegedly illegally profiting from a secret plan to take Donald Trump's Truth Social company public, finding court precedent for the criminalization of insider trading under securities fraud law.

  • March 20, 2024

    Latham, Davis Polk Guide Reddit's Long-Awaited $748M IPO

    Reddit Inc. on Wednesday priced a $748 million initial public offering at the high end of its intended priced range, represented by Latham & Watkins LLP and underwriters' counsel Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, completing the first social-media IPO in five years. 

  • March 20, 2024

    RedBird Sues Brookfield For $150M From Compass Deal

    The private investment firm that sold Compass Datacenters to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners for $5.7 billion last year sued the infrastructure asset manager in Delaware's Court of Chancery on Tuesday, alleging that Brookfield had breached their agreement by refusing to release $150 million out of escrow.

  • March 20, 2024

    Health And Safety Top Risk For Directors, Global Survey Says

    Health and safety is the top risk for directors and officers worldwide, according to a survey published Wednesday, in a "surprise" result partly attributed to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and increasing mental health considerations.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Singapore

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    Singapore is keen to establish itself as a leading international financial center and a key player in the sustainable finance ecosystem, and key initiatives led by its government and other regulatory bodies have helped the Asian nation progress from its initially guarded attitude toward ESG investment and reporting, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

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