Asset Management

  • June 06, 2024

    Calif. Judge Pauses Wells Fargo Investor Row Over State Case

    A California federal judge has paused a pension system's proposed class action accusing top Wells Fargo & Co. officers of enabling a "culture of lawlessness," making way for a state court suit that alleges similar wrongdoing.

  • June 06, 2024

    Ameriprise Says Father-Son Ex-Reps Stole Client Info

    Ameriprise Financial seeks a restraining order against two former employees, a father-son duo, and their new employer, saying the men took boxes of confidential documents "in the dark of the night" to transfer to their new roles.

  • June 06, 2024

    SEC Sued For Info On Text Message Sweeps

    The American Securities Association sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Florida federal court on Thursday, pushing for the disclosure of evidence it says could shed light on how the regulator came to impose billions of dollars' worth of fines against firms whose employees communicate business-related information over unmonitored texting and chat apps.

  • June 06, 2024

    Investors Say Fund Preyed On Alums For RICO Scheme

    A group of Chinese and American investors alleged this week that they were ripped off to the tune of millions of dollars by a group of fraudsters who, through a series of fraudulent bank loans, bogus tax filings and false advertising, induced them into putting their money into a Los Angeles real estate project.

  • June 06, 2024

    Simpson Thacher, Latham Guide Waystar's $968M IPO

    Private equity-backed hospital billing firm Waystar Holding Corp. priced a $967.5 million initial public offering within its range on Thursday, represented by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and underwriters' counsel Latham & Watkins LLP, marking the largest IPO since April.

  • June 06, 2024

    AT&T Says Pension De-Risking Move Expressly Allowed

    AT&T is trying to ditch two suits by retirees who claimed the telecom giant put their savings at risk by transferring pension obligations to an annuity provider, arguing that the retirees were attempting to "attach fiduciary liability to a non-fiduciary decision."

  • June 06, 2024

    5 Firms Steer Pair Of Cross-Border IPOs Totaling $230M

    Australian-listed location app Life360 Inc. and Israeli nanotechnology startup Gauzy Ltd. began trading on Thursday after pricing two cross-border initial public offerings that raised a combined $230 million, steered by five law firms.

  • June 06, 2024

    Haynes Boone Guides Natural Gas Producer's SPAC Merger

    An Italian natural gas producer has said that it will merge with a Nasdaq-listed blank-check company to help accelerate its transition to clean energy in a deal steered by Haynes and Boone and Greenberg Traurig.

  • June 05, 2024

    Dems Urge SEC To Double Down On Climate Enforcement

    A group of 38 Democratic lawmakers is urging U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler to step up enforcement of the agency's existing climate disclosure-related guidance, as the agency faces court challenges to its controversial climate rule.

  • June 05, 2024

    Wells Fargo Sued For Allegedly Aiding $300M Ponzi Scheme

    Wells Fargo Bank NA has been hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court alleging that it aided and abetted a $300 million Ponzi scheme that duped more than 1,000 investors, most of whom were elderly and lost substantial life savings due to the scheme.

  • June 05, 2024

    SEC Risk Alert Outlines Broker-Dealer Exam Process

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Examinations issued a risk alert Wednesday outlining its process for selecting broker-dealer firms to examine, refining the scope of the exam and the types of documents the division may request.

  • June 05, 2024

    AI Co., Biotech Prep IPOs Worth $602M As Novelis Delays

    Healthcare data artificial intelligence platform Tempus AI and Australian biotech Telix Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday unveiled plans for initial public offerings that will aim to raise a combined total of approximately $602 million, while sustainable aluminum solutions provider Novelis, a day prior, postponed IPO plans due to market conditions.

  • June 05, 2024

    Archegos Ex-Exec Who Sued Fund Testifies At Founder's Trial

    An investment pro who claims in a $50 million suit that he was pressured to defer his Archegos pay testified Wednesday in the $36 billion market manipulation case against fund founder Bill Hwang that Hwang called the shots and was rarely questioned.

  • June 05, 2024

    Texas To Launch Stock Exchange Backed By $120M Capital

    TXSE Group Inc. said Wednesday it plans to launch the Texas Stock Exchange, a national trading venue for public companies and exchange-traded products, following a $120 million private capital raise that was guided by Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • June 05, 2024

    Attys For NY Life Workers Want $6.3M Cut Of $19M Deal

    Current and former New York Life workers asked a New York federal court Wednesday to approve nearly $6.3 million in attorney fees in a $19 million proposed class action deal to end a suit accusing the insurance giant of unlawfully retaining shoddy proprietary investment options in their retirement plans.

  • June 05, 2024

    StepStone Clinches Record $3.3B VC Secondaries Fund

    New York-based investment firm StepStone Group Inc., advised by Proskauer Rose LLP, has clinched its latest venture capital secondaries fund after securing $3.3 billion from investors, marking what the firm says is the largest fund dedicated exclusively to pursuing venture capital secondaries to date.

  • June 05, 2024

    5th Circ. Private Funds Ruling Could Rewrite SEC Agenda

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday vacated U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that would have required private fund advisers to provide detailed disclosures to investors, in a sweeping decision that could upend the regulator's approach to promised rules on climate, artificial intelligence and crypto assets.

  • June 04, 2024

    Ontrak CEO Shed $20M In Stock With Insider Info, Jury Hears

    Ontrak Inc.'s founder rushed to dump over $20 million of the healthcare company's stock using insider information about a souring relationship with its biggest client, Cigna, helping him avoid $12 million in losses, prosecutors told California federal jurors Tuesday in a first-of-its-kind securities fraud trial.

  • June 04, 2024

    GOP Spending Bill Aims To Cut SEC Budget, Nix Climate Rule

    The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill Tuesday that threatens to cut funding for financial service agencies and prevent the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from funding its controversial climate disclosure rules and bar Consumer Financial Protection Bureau spending on a contentious rule, as well.

  • June 04, 2024

    NBA-Tied NFT Co. To Pay $4M Over Buyers' Securities Claim

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday gave initial approval to a proposed $4 million settlement between the firm behind NBA-focused non-fungible tokens and a class of purchasers who accused the digital assets company of selling the digital assets as unregistered securities.

  • June 04, 2024

    On 2nd Bite, Apple Investors Get Initial OK For $490M Deal

    A California federal judge has given the first OK to a $490 million settlement that will resolve claims that Apple misled investors about iPhone sales in China, saying the deal is fair and reasonable, and a better alternative than further litigation, after criticizing the deal during its initial bid for approval and ordering changes.  

  • June 04, 2024

    Apollo Leading $11B Investment For 49% Stake In Intel JV

    Apollo Global Management said Tuesday it's heading up an $11 billion investment to acquire a 49% interest in a joint venture with Intel Corp. related to Intel's Fab 34 chip factory in Leixip, Ireland.

  • June 04, 2024

    Regions Bank Escapes Ex-Ruby Tuesday Execs' Benefits Suit

    A Tennessee federal judge threw out a lawsuit lodged by former Ruby Tuesday managers alleging Regions Bank caused them to lose out on more than $35 million by inadequately protecting their pensions and breaching its duties as trustee, saying the retirement plans in question are exempt from federal benefits law.

  • June 04, 2024

    Ga. County Wants 11th Circ. To Rethink Trans Care Ban Ruling

    A Georgia county that lost a legal challenge to a provision of its health plan that bars coverage for gender-affirming surgery has asked the full Eleventh Circuit to revisit the decision, arguing that an opinion last month wrongly found the policy discriminates against transgender people, rather than being isolated to a single procedure.

  • June 04, 2024

    Chancery Pauses Meta Suit While Calif., Texas Cases Continue

    Delaware's Chancery Court on Tuesday paused a derivative suit seeking potentially massive damages from Meta Platforms Inc.'s leaders for failing to eliminate pedophilia, human trafficking and child exploitation content from its social media sites, pending resolution of direct damages suits in Texas and California.

Expert Analysis

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    Skiing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    A lifetime of skiing has helped me develop important professional skills, and taught me that embracing challenges with a spirit of adventure can allow lawyers to push boundaries, expand their capabilities and ultimately excel in their careers, says Andrea Przybysz at Tucker Ellis.

  • Practical Steps For Navigating New Sanctions On Russia

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    After the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia – the largest to date since the Ukraine war began – companies will need to continue to strengthen due diligence and compliance measures to navigate the related complexities, say James Min and Chelsea Ellis at Rimon.

  • Opinion

    UK Whistleblowers Flock To The US For Good Reason

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    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office director recently brought renewed attention to the differences between the U.K. and U.S. whistleblower regimes — differences that may make reporting to U.S. agencies a better and safer option for U.K. whistleblowers, and show why U.K. whistleblower laws need to be improved, say Benjamin Calitri and Kate Reeves at Kohn Kohn.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • The Corporate Transparency Act Isn't Dead Yet

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    After an Alabama federal court's ruling last week rendering the Corporate Transparency Act unconstitutional, changes to the law may ultimately be required, but ongoing compliance is still the best course of action for most, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • How Advance Notice Bylaws Are Faring In Del. Courts

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    Recent decisions make it clear that the Delaware Chancery Court is carefully reviewing public companies' amended advance notice bylaws in order to balance the competing interests of boards and shareholders, and will likely strike down bylaws that improperly interfere with stockholder franchises, say attorneys at Olshan Frome.

  • Employers, Prep For Shorter Stock Awards Settlement Cycle

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    Companies that provide equity compensation in the form of publicly traded stock will soon have one less day to complete such transactions under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq rules — so employers should implement expedited equity compensation stock settlement and payroll tax deposit procedures now, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • New FinCEN Guide Provides Useful BOI Context For Banks

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    Financial institutions should review a new Financial Crimes Enforcement Network compliance guide for helpful details about how the agency's beneficial ownership information database should be used, though questions remain about the access rule and whether it will truly streamline bank borrowers' Corporate Transparency Act due diligence, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • Regulatory Trends Offer 4 Lessons For Debt Relief Providers

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    A string of enforcement actions, including a New York lawsuit filed last month by seven states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, underscore the regulatory scrutiny that debt relief and credit repair companies face and offer important lessons on telemarketing and deceptive practices compliance, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • Basics Of Bank Regulators' Push For Discount Window Use

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    As the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency emphasize short-term liquidity risk management as central to preventing spring 2023-style bank collapses, banks should carefully tune into regulators’ remarks encouraging use of the Fed’s discount window, which some policymakers identify as a key component in the evolution of liquidity regulation and backstop lending, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • How Broker-Dealers Can Prepare For New Remote Work Rules

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    Securities regulators recently expanded broker-dealers' ability to permit flexible remote working arrangements through the introduction of residential supervisory locations, a welcome change that better allows broker-dealers to attract and retain talent, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Communication Is Key As CFPB Updates Appeals Process

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    Though a recently updated Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule expands financial institutions' abilities to appeal supervisory decisions, creating strong relationships and open communication channels with CFPB examiners may help resolve disputes faster than the more cumbersome formal process, says Jason McElroy at Saul Ewing.

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