Capital Markets

  • February 20, 2024

    Validity Of $2B Venezuelan Bonds Remains Unresolved In NY

    New York's highest court on Tuesday opted not to determine whether nearly $2 billion in defaulted bonds issued by Venezuela's state-owned oil company are valid, instead punting the question back to 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.

  • February 16, 2024

    NYCB Brass Face Investor Suit Over Signature Bank Takeover

    Executives and directors of New York Community Bank were named in a new shareholder derivative suit, adding to the growing list of litigation the bank and its leaders are facing over the fallout from its acquisition of Signature Bank's assets last year.

  • February 16, 2024

    VanEck Pays SEC $1.75M Over Influencer Role In ETF Launch

    Financial product issuer VanEck agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a $1.75 million penalty over allegations it failed to disclose how it paid influencer Dave Portnoy to boost the launch of its social media-tied fund to the product's board.

  • February 16, 2024

    Oat Milk Co. Settles Greenwashing Investor Suit For $9.25M

    Investors suing Swedish alternative milk manufacturer Oatly asked a New York federal judge Friday to preliminarily approve a $9.25 million deal to settle claims that the company pitched its business as more environmentally friendly than it is.

  • February 16, 2024

    Cavco Exec's Insider Trading Case Paused Pending SEC Deal

    An Arizona federal judge on Friday paused the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's insider trading case against a former executive from modular home manufacturer Cavco Industries Inc. after the two sides reached a settlement in principle on the agency's 2017 claims.

  • February 16, 2024

    $520K Deal Could End ICO Fraud Claims After Earlier $6M Deal

    Companies accused of holding an unregistered offering of digital assets and some of their current and former employees have received an initial nod for a $520,000 deal to end remaining claims in investor litigation after earlier reaching a $6 million partial deal.

  • February 16, 2024

    Canada Liable Under NAFTA For Axed LNG Project, Co. Says

    A U.S. company that invested at least $120 million in a since-thwarted liquefied natural gas project maintained that Canada is liable for $1 billion in damages for breaches of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and that the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has jurisdiction over its claims.

  • February 16, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    News broke last week that Delaware's Court of Chancery will say goodbye to its current longest-serving jurist, a development that quickly overshadowed a busy week of new merger and board disputes, fee rulings, settlements, and books-and-records demands.

  • February 16, 2024

    Carl Icahn, JetBlue Strike Deal For 2 Board Seats

    JetBlue Airways said Friday it has reached a deal with Carl Icahn to place two of the billionaire's handpicked nominees on the JetBlue board, just days after Icahn unveiled a nearly 10% stake in the airline.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Antitrust Director Named CFTC Whistleblower Head

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that the former acting litigation director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division was appointed director of its whistleblower office.

  • February 16, 2024

    Chromocell Hits Stock Markets Following $6.6M IPO

    Clinical-stage biotechnology company Chromocell Therapeutics Corp. began trading publicly on Friday after raising $6.6 million in its initial public offering, becoming the latest in a flurry of biotech IPOs.

  • February 16, 2024

    TIAA Unit To Pay SEC $2.2M In Regulation Best Interest Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced that a brokerage subsidiary of financial services firm Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle allegations that it failed to steer investors toward lower-cost products in violation of Regulation Best Interest.

  • February 15, 2024

    To Catch Crypto Crime, Look Offshore, Lawmakers Told

    Former regulators and prosecutors now employed by crypto-focused firms told U.S. House lawmakers Thursday that law enforcement needs additional power to go after offshore exchanges and other points where U.S. dollars enter and exit the digital asset economy in order to fight illicit finance in crypto.

  • February 15, 2024

    Del. Judge Won't Reorder Priority Scheme For Citgo Auction

    A Delaware federal judge on Thursday denied a bid from certain creditors of Venezuela for a "more equitable" distribution of proceeds from an auction for control of the U.S. oil giant Citgo slated for later this year, ruling that their motion came too late.

  • February 15, 2024

    Cos. See Shareholder Activism As Growing Risk, Study Finds

    Companies are increasingly identifying shareholder activism as a risk in their corporate disclosures, as the number of U.S. companies publicly subjected to activist demands rose nearly 8% from 2022 to 2023, according to a report released Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Citadel Securities, Others Beat Biotech Spoofing Suit, For Now

    A New York federal judge has adopted in full a magistrate judge's recommendation to toss a suit accusing several broker-dealers, including Citadel Securities LLC and Virtu Americas LLC, of carrying out a spoofing scheme that repeatedly drove a biotechnology company's share price down, saying he agrees with the report's finding that the suit fails to show that the alleged scheme caused lower stock prices in every instance.

  • February 15, 2024

    Investor In Battery Co. Microvast Sues Over De-SPAC Merger

    Leaders of lithium-ion battery maker Microvast Holdings Inc. and the blank-check company that took it public in July 2021 were so "personally hellbent on completing the merger" for their own benefit that they deceived public investors into approving it, a shareholder alleges in a new Delaware Chancery Court suit.

  • February 15, 2024

    Trian Decries Disney's 'Spaghetti-Against-The-Wall' Strategy

    Walt Disney Co. shareholder and activist investor The Trian Group is taking a public swipe at the company's performance, criticizing its "fairy tale" and "spaghetti-against-the-wall" strategy to improve profits.

  • February 15, 2024

    Bogus NSA Worker To Pay SEC $2.2M In Crypto Scam Case

    An alleged crypto fraudster who told would-be investors he was a former Marine and a onetime employee of the National Security Agency will pay over $2.2 million to end U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims he faces in Florida federal court.

  • February 15, 2024

    Generac Brass Hid Inflation's Impact On Sales, Suit Says

    Executives and directors of generator company Generac have been hit with a shareholder derivative suit alleging they understated the damage inflation had on consumer spending and demand for the company's products.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • The Corporate Disclosure Tug-Of-War's Free Speech Issues

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    The continuing conflict over corporate disclosure requirements — highlighted by a lawsuit against Missouri's anti-ESG rules — has important implications not just for investors and regulated entities but also for broader questions about the scope of the First Amendment, say Colin Pohlman, and Jane Luxton and Paul Kisslinger at Lewis Brisbois.

  • Crypto Issues To Watch Amid Evolving Legal Landscape

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    This year will likely be a momentous one for crypto in the U.S., but whether it is successful or disastrous will depend on the outcome of high-profile court decisions and key regulatory actions, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Navigating The Sunset Of Sibor And Other Key Benchmarks

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    Similar to the recent transition away from Libor, the expected cessation deadlines of the Canadian Dollar Offered Rate and Singapore Interbank Offered Rate are nigh, so Canadian and Singapore dollar-denominated credit facilities will likely need to be amended, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • FTC AI Inquiry Signals Intensified Focus On Emerging Tech

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent inquiry into investments and partnerships between Big Tech companies and artificial intelligence startups appears to be directed at guiding future enforcement decisions in competition, privacy and consumer protection — and three principles discussed at a related tech summit give insight on the agency's approach, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • What Shareholder Approval Rule Changes Mean For Cos.

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved proposed rule changes to shareholder requirements by the New York Stock Exchange, an approval that will benefit listed companies in many ways, including by making it easier to raise capital from passive investors, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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