Capital Markets

  • March 25, 2024

    FTX Clawbacks Unlikely To Help Bankman-Fried At Sentencing

    FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried probably won't find much success in arguing for a shorter prison term based on the billions of dollars recovered by the shuttered crypto exchange's bankruptcy estate, experts told Law360 ahead of this week's much-anticipated sentencing hearing.

  • March 22, 2024

    Expert's Sanctions Off Limits In SEC's 'Shadow Trading' Trial

    A California federal judge overseeing a "shadow trading" trial starting Monday against a pharmaceutical executive ruled that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission can't introduce banking sanctions evidence against the defendant's mergers and acquisitions expert as long as he doesn't give opinions on securities law.

  • March 22, 2024

    US Bank Ends $3.5B RMBS Trusts Suits Against BofA, Others

    U.S. Bank on Friday notified a New York federal judge it permanently discontinued two lawsuits against First Franklin Financial, Merrill Lynch Mortgage and Bank of America relating to substandard loans in residential mortgage-backed securities trusts worth $3.5 billion, two years after the parties reached a conditional settlement.

  • March 22, 2024

    Activists Press Full 5th Circ. To Nix Nasdaq Diversity Rule

    Conservative groups opposing a requirement that Nasdaq-listed companies publicly disclose board diversity data are pressing the full bench of the Fifth Circuit to declare the rule unconstitutional, arguing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's involvement in the rulemaking process transforms the requirement into an unconstitutional restraint on free speech. 

  • March 22, 2024

    WisdomTree Nabs New York Trust Company Charter

    Asset management firm WisdomTree announced Friday that it's received a New York trust company charter, allowing it to expand its personal finance service and issue two of its stablecoins in New York.

  • March 22, 2024

    Telecom Shareholders Want Tribunal DQ'd Over 'Biased' Blog

    The majority shareholders in a Latin American telecommunications tower operator are urging a New York court to reconsider its bid to disqualify the entire tribunal overseeing an arbitration over an alleged corporate coup, saying a blog run by one of the arbiters shows proof of bias.

  • 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

    Feds Reach Deal To Seize, Sell FTX Executive Jets

    Federal prosecutors Friday told a New York federal judge they have reached a deal to seize and sell private jets intended to take convicted fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried and top executives of his bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX to and from the company's Bahamian headquarters.

  • March 22, 2024

    Minority Investor Seeks Docs As Truth Social Goes Public

    A minority stockholder of the company behind former President Donald Trump's Truth Social has demanded a New York clearing agent share whatever information it got about the company's stockholder lists before Digital World Acquisition Corp. shareholders voted to acquire the social media platform on Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    SEC Sanctions NY Atty For 'Improper Professional Conduct'

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has barred a New York-based attorney from practicing before the agency, saying she engaged in "improper professional conduct" by failing to comply with a requirement that she not do further work for a two-year period for a company she had represented in proceedings.

  • March 22, 2024

    DLA Piper Lands McMillan Hong Kong Office Leader

    DLA Piper has hired for its cross-border capital markets practice an experienced attorney who formerly led McMillan LLP's Hong Kong office and was co-chair of the firm's China practice group.

  • March 22, 2024

    5 Things To Know As SEC Takes Terraform Fraud Case To Trial

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's suit against collapsed cryptocurrency project Terraform and its creator Do Kwon takes center stage next week in U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff's courtroom in Manhattan, and at its heart is a question of whether the business deceived investors in the lead-up to the collapse that helped set off the so-called crypto winter.

  • 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 21, 2024

    SEC's 'Shadow Trading' Trial To Test Insider Info Boundaries

    If the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission can convince jurors hearing its first-ever "shadow trading" case next week to find a former executive in the wrong for buying up a competitor's securities while having insider information about his own company, the floodgates could open to civil and criminal prosecution of other corporate insiders under the novel legal theory, attorneys told Law360.

  • March 21, 2024

    Silvergate Must Face Investor Suit Over FTX Ties, Judge Says

    The now-defunct Silvergate Bank and its CEO must face a proposed class action brought by customers of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that Silvergate owed a duty to FTX customers and that its conduct harmed them.

  • March 21, 2024

    Sen. Warren Wants SEC To Probe Musk Control Of Tesla Board

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., urged the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to investigate whether Tesla's board of directors is independent from CEO Elon Musk, saying recent reports suggest the billionaire controls the board for his personal benefit.

  • 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

    CFPB Head Sees Flaws In Capital One-Discover Deal Rationale

    The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pushed back on Thursday against the notion that an industry's biggest firms must be put in check through mergers between other large players in that sector, offering an indirect rebuttal to the reasoning floated by Capital One in its bid to buy Discover Financial for $35.3 billion.

  • March 21, 2024

    8th Circ. Wins SEC Climate Rule Litigation Lottery

    The wave of cases against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently finalized climate disclosure rules will be consolidated and proceed in the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered Thursday, after the agency requested a random draw.

  • March 21, 2024

    Shumaker Hires Kass Shuler Atty In Tampa As Partner

    A 13-year Kass Shuler PA attorney and one-time Florida assistant state's attorney, has joined Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP in Tampa as a partner, the firm announced Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • SEC Case May Expand Scope Of Insider Trading Liability

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's first-of-its-kind enforcement action against an individual in a case involving "shadow trading" demarcates an expansion of insider trading liability to circumstances in which there is a market connection between the source of information and the issuer of the securities traded, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • Securities Question Stands After Contradicting Crypto Rulings

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    The debate about the regulation of crypto-assets came to a head in 2023 when two New York federal judges came to opposite conclusions about whether crypto-assets were securities by using the Howey test, highlighting the uncertainty facing the crypto industry as it seeks to resolve definitional questions, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • The Year Ahead In Foreign Investment And National Security

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    In 2024, expect the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, already at the forefront of addressing national security threats, to increase monitoring and enforcement related to outbound investment, focus on supply chain resilience in nondefense sectors, and heighten oversight of agricultural transactions, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Compliance Risk After SEC Warning Against 'AI Washing'

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has begun looking into the way public companies disclose how they use artificial intelligence to investors and it is likely to become an enforcement priority, meaning companies and their compliance programs should take steps now to avoid regulatory sanctions and shareholder lawsuits, say attorneys at Bracewell.

  • Sale-Leasebacks May Provide A Safe Financing Alternative

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    Amid rising interest rates and unpredictable market conditions, sale-leasebacks can be a useful investment option for both buyers and sellers, though their potential drawbacks demand careful consideration, says Chanel Di Blasi at Crosbie Gliner.

  • 5 Recent Developments Family Offices Are Watching In 2024

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    Although family offices have long been exempt from many of the more onerous regulations and reporting requirements governing U.S. investment advisers and asset managers, recent amendments to federal rules will have an impact on how family offices invest and operate in 2024, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How State AGs Process And Prioritize Consumer Complaints

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    Recent state attorneys general actions illustrate how their offices triage, monitor and respond to consumer complaints — and why businesses need to be proactive in addressing these issues as they arise, say Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett Land at Cozen O'Connor.

  • 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.

  • What The 2023 Bank Failures Taught Us, And What's To Come

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    As 2023 draws to a close, it's apparent that the bank failures this past spring sparked a seismic shift in the regulatory and supervisory landscape for banking organizations, and the consequences are still continuing to be felt throughout the financial sector as we head into 2024, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How SEC And NY Cyber Reporting Rules Affect Key Industries

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    The new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and New York State Department of Financial Services cybersecurity disclosure requirements, and their competing obligations, reveal the increasing complexity for organizations evaluating and reacting to cybersecurity incidents — particularly those in the healthcare and financial services industries, say attorneys at Manatt.

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