Asset Management

  • June 04, 2024

    Kirkland-Led PE Firm Closes Inaugural Fund At Nearly $300M

    New York-based private equity shop MFG Partners, led by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on Tuesday announced that it clinched its inaugural private equity fund after securing nearly $300 million in commitments, which will be used to invest in lower middle market industrial companies.

  • June 04, 2024

    Jury Still Deadlocked Over Carhartt Atty's Embezzlement Trial

    A Detroit-area jury remained deadlocked Tuesday as it deliberated for the second day on embezzlement charges against a Michigan attorney who is accused of stealing millions from Carhartt heiress Gretchen Valade when he was trustee of her irrevocable trust.

  • June 04, 2024

    SEC Shutters Salt Lake City Office, Shifts Cases To Denver

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday that it will close its Salt Lake City office for budgetary and organizational purposes, saying that the caseload of the office, which among other things handled the troubled Debt Box case, will now be handled by staff in Denver.

  • June 04, 2024

    Widow's 'Elderly' Claim For Atty Fee Can't Stand, Trustees Say

    A coal company executive's widow can't demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees over a dismissed suit seeking $6.5 billion, United Mine Workers of America pension plan trustees argued, knocking her claim that the trustees are seeking funds from an "elderly woman."

  • June 04, 2024

    Archegos Jury Note Demands Info After Atty's COVID Absence

    A juror hearing the government's $36 billion market manipulation case against Archegos founder Bill Hwang took the unusual step Tuesday of asking if there was "something we are not being told" after COVID-19 sidelined a lawyer and prompted others to don masks.

  • June 03, 2024

    FTX, IRS Propose Settling $8B Tax Fight For Just $885M

    FTX and the Internal Revenue Service have reached a proposed settlement worth roughly $885 million that would resolve the agency's contention that the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange operator owes $8 billion in taxes, according to a motion filed Monday in Delaware federal bankruptcy court.

  • June 03, 2024

    11th Circ. Backs Freeze Of Grants For Black Women Only

    In a split decision Monday, the Eleventh Circuit said that a Georgia federal judge should have blocked a Black-led venture capital firm from awarding grants to businesses owned only by Black women, opining that the practice was "substantially likely" to violate federal law barring racial discrimination in the writing of contracts.

  • June 03, 2024

    Green Groups Drop Their Challenge To SEC's Climate Rule

    The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club have voluntarily asked the Eighth Circuit to dismiss their challenges to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's climate disclosure rule, saying they are instead focusing their resources elsewhere.

  • June 03, 2024

    Treasury Aims To Salvage Corp. Transparency Act At 11th Circ.

    The Corporate Transparency Act is a valid exercise of congressional authority to curb money laundering under the commerce clause and the necessary and proper clause in the Constitution, the U.S. Treasury Department told the Eleventh Circuit on Monday in a bid to restore the law's reporting requirements.

  • June 03, 2024

    Everton's Sale To Embattled PE Firm Off The Table, For Now

    Everton Football Club has let its sale to private equity firm 777 Partners LLC lapse amid legal troubles for the buyer and concerns from minority shareholders about the deal, although no official reason was given in its Saturday announcement.

  • June 03, 2024

    Fla. Judge Won't Trim Mercer's Suit Against Ex-Adviser

    A Florida judge on Friday denied an investment adviser's bid to end claims by the parent company of her former employer Mercer Global Advisors' suit accusing her of stealing clients and interfering with its business.

  • June 03, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery pushed out tons of decisions last week, along with a second round of new rules and letters of concern over pending changes to the state's corporate law code. The court's docket was as busy as ever, with new cases involving Tesla CEO Elon Musk, FTX cryptocurrency claims, and more. In case you missed it, here's the latest from Delaware's Chancery Court.

  • June 03, 2024

    Vanguard Investors Want Class Cert. In Tax Liability Fight

    Investors accusing Vanguard and its top brass of violating its fiduciary duties by triggering a sell-off of assets in target retirement funds in an attempt to lower fees, leaving smaller investors with massive tax bills, asked a Pennsylvania federal court to certify them as a class.

  • June 03, 2024

    Archegos Bets Moved Stock Prices Like A 'Magnet,' Jury Told

    An economist on Monday told the Manhattan federal jury hearing charges that Archegos founder Bill Hwang perpetrated a $36 billion market distortion that his big-dollar market moves at the fallen hedge fund pulled share prices like a "magnet."

  • June 03, 2024

    Biotech Firm, Mobile App Prepare To Enter IPO Fray

    Biotechnology firm Rapport Therapeutics Inc. and Australian-listed mobile-sharing app Life360 Inc. unveiled plans on Monday for initial public offerings that are estimated to raise about $311 million combined this week, under guidance from three law firms.

  • June 03, 2024

    Sullivan, Simpson Guide Ackman's Pershing On $1B Sale

    Billionaire investor Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management announced Monday it sold a 10% common equity stake in the business to a consortium of institutional investors and family offices for $1.05 billion, giving the hedge fund a $10.5 billion value. 

  • June 03, 2024

    Holland & Knight Hires 3 Ex-Loeb Partners In LA

    Holland & Knight announced on Monday the hiring of three former finance partners at Loeb & Loeb, including its vice chair, for its Los Angeles office.

  • June 03, 2024

    Atty May Face Suspension In State Street Billing Row

    A Massachusetts disciplinary committee has recommended a six-month suspension for the former managing partner of Thornton Law Firm LLP for his alleged neglect in signing an inflated attorney fees declaration in a class action against State Street.

  • June 03, 2024

    Chamber Backs Insurers' Suit To Block DOL Fiduciary Rule

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged a Texas federal judge to block recently finalized regulations by the U.S. Department of Labor that expands who is considered a fiduciary under federal benefits law, arguing that the new rule will unnecessarily increase costs for consumers.

  • June 03, 2024

    TIAA Can't Escape Retirees' Rollover Advice Fee Suit

    A New York federal judge refused to toss retirees' suit alleging the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association of America violated federal benefits law by coercing them into transferring their assets into higher-fee managed accounts, finding the retirees' new theory of liability should proceed to discovery.

  • June 03, 2024

    Former Trucking Worker Urges Class Status In 401(k) Fee Suit

    A former trucking company employee has urged a South Carolina federal court to certify a 10,000-member class in his lawsuit accusing his former employer of saddling its retirement plan with excessive fees, saying the company's actions affected all plan participants.

  • June 03, 2024

    High Court Won't Hear Arguments On Madoff Clawback Math

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear arguments by an investor in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme for overturning a Second Circuit decision on how to calculate the amount of investor withdrawals that can be clawed back to the Madoff bankruptcy estate.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    Thrivent Unit To Pay FINRA $325K Over Lax Forgery Controls

    Financial services company Thrivent Investment Management Inc. has agreed to pay $325,000 to resolve Financial Industry Regulatory Authority allegations that it failed to have adequate controls in place to prevent its registered representatives from forging customer signatures over a seven-year period.

  • May 31, 2024

    WWE Investor Attys Enter Battle Royal To Lead Merger Suit

    Two groups of shareholders have filed competing pitches for the lead plaintiff role in a consolidated class suit seeking damages from World Wrestling Entertainment founder Vincent McMahon and others in connection with WWE's $21 billion merger with Endeavor Group, both arguing they have most successfully pursued the suit's claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations For Disclosing AI Use In SEC Filings

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    Recent remarks from U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler should be heard as a clarion call for public companies to disclose artificial intelligence use, with four takeaways on what companies should disclose, says Richard Hong at Morrison Cohen.

  • Unpacking The New Russia Sanctions And Export Controls

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    Although geographically broad new prohibitions the U.S., U.K. and EU issued last week are somewhat underwhelming in their efforts to target third-country facilitators of Russia sanctions evasion, companies with exposure to noncompliant jurisdictions should pay close attention to their potential impacts, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Mitigating Whistleblower Risks After High Court UBS Ruling

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    While it is always good practice for companies to periodically review whistleblower trainings, policies and procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent whistleblower-friendly ruling in Murray v. UBS Securities helps demonstrate their importance in reducing litigation risk, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Cos. Must Know How NY, Federal LLC Disclosure Laws Differ

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    Though New York state's new LLC Transparency Act and the federal Corporate Transparency Act impose similar beneficial owner reporting obligations on limited liability companies, New York LLCs should study the important differences between the laws to ensure they are prepared to comply with both, say Abram Ellis, Olenka Burghardt and Jane Jho at Simpson Thacher.

  • Del. Ruling Stands Out In Thorny Noncompete Landscape

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    In Cantor Fitzgerald v. Ainslie, the Delaware Supreme Court last month upheld the enforceability of forfeiture-for-competition provisions in limited partnership agreements, providing a noteworthy opinion amid a time of increasing disfavor toward noncompetes and following a string of Chancery Court rulings deeming them unreasonable, say Margaret Butler and Steven Goldberg at BakerHostetler.

  • SEC Regs Give Banks Chance To Step Up Cyber Safety Game

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    Just as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act forced financial institutions to undertake best practices in recordkeeping, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently effective cybersecurity regulations stand to similarly drive those same enterprises to seek out and implement best practices in cybersecurity, to everyone's benefit, says James Gerber at SimSpace.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CFPB Overdraft Rule Could Mean Big Shift In Banking Biz

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed "to close a longstanding loophole" in the Truth in Lending Act by changing how it regulates overdraft fees, but underneath the headline-grabbing proposal is a foundational shift in how the bureau views overdraft services, say attorneys at Katten.

  • $32.4M Fine For Info Disclosure Is A Stark Warning For Banks

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    The New York State Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve's fining of a Chinese state-owned bank $32.4 million last month underscores the need for financial institutions to have policies and procedures in place to handle confidential supervisory information, say attorneys at Sidley.

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