Asset Management

  • April 03, 2024

    Paul Hastings Adds Group Co-Chair With Finance Duo Hire

    Following group hires in the finance space, Paul Hastings LLP announced Wednesday it is hiring two attorneys from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, one of whom will co-chair its asset-backed finance practice.

  • April 02, 2024

    Crypto Co. Beats RICO But Not Fraud Claim Over $186M Hack

    A Delaware federal judge has significantly trimmed a proposed class action accusing companies behind a blockchain system that enabled users to transfer crypto of running an illegal money-transmitting business and misrepresenting the system's security measures before a $186 million hack, saying the suit's racketeering, negligence and conversion claims all fail.

  • April 02, 2024

    Gas Tycoon Owes $100M To UBS, Lenders After Trial Loss

    Energy titan Charif Souki owes more than $100 million to lenders, including a fund managed by a UBS division, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has ruled, rejecting Souki's claims that his lenders recklessly sold off collateral posted for the loan, including a luxury yacht, a Colorado ranch and shares of his liquefied natural gas export business Tellurian Inc.

  • April 02, 2024

    SEC Republicans Criticize 'Punishing' Rulemaking Agenda

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler opened an annual agency conference Tuesday by defending efforts to write new regulations addressing the changing U.S. capital markets, while his Republican colleagues called on the commission to pare back a "punishing" rulemaking agenda that has included a controversial rule governing climate change disclosures.

  • April 02, 2024

    Bally's Investor Says Takeover Bid Exploiting Weakness Of Biz

    Bally's Corp. investor K&F Growth Capital has urged the board of directors for the casino operator to reject a $15-per-share takeover bid from its largest shareholder, Standard General, asserting the offer from the investment firm "woefully" undervalues the business.

  • April 02, 2024

    SelectQuote Beats Investor Suit Over Revenue Reports

    A New York federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by investors of insurance distribution platform SelectQuote accusing it of reporting inflated revenue, saying the defendants' forward-looking projections are protected by the safe harbor of securities laws.

  • April 02, 2024

    Swiss Banker Avoids Prison For $60M Tax Evasion Conspiracy

    A Manhattan federal judge allowed a Swiss finance pro to avoid prison Tuesday for facilitating a tax evasion scheme that helped wealthy Americans hide $60 million from the IRS, saying the defendant is less culpable than alleged co-conspirators.

  • April 02, 2024

    Public Gets More Time To Comment On Secure 2.0 Disclosure

    Government agencies tasked with reviewing the reporting and disclosure requirements for employee retirement plans said Tuesday that they'll be extending the deadline for comments on how these processes could be improved, a goal established under retirement plan incentive package Secure 2.0.

  • April 02, 2024

    Aretha Franklin's Estate Says Atty Can't Get Unpaid Fees

    A lawyer who claims Aretha Franklin owed him for his work getting her a recording deal declined to participate in oral arguments Tuesday in Michigan appellate court, where the singer's estate told the court he filed his claims years too late. 

  • April 02, 2024

    3 Firms Guide Safety Testing Group UL's Estimated $770M IPO

    Safety science company UL Solutions Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a price range for an estimated $770 million initial public offering under the guidance of three law firms, marking the third company to launch IPO plans this week.

  • April 02, 2024

    Ex-Trustees Urge Ga. High Court To Take On Legal Fee Spat

    Former trustees of a furniture tycoon's trust have asked the Georgia Supreme Court to rule that the trust has a duty to defend them against claims from the trust beneficiaries, arguing that this "appeal has implications for every indemnitee/insured" in the state.

  • April 02, 2024

    Feds Seek Leniency For UK Billionaire Lewis In Trading Case

    Prosecutors have told a Manhattan federal judge that 87-year-old British billionaire Joe Lewis should serve less than 18 months in prison after he pled guilty to insider trading, citing his age and health and arguing he "has otherwise lived a law-abiding life."

  • April 02, 2024

    Unum Beats Ex-Hogan Lovells Atty's Disability Fight

    A Maryland magistrate judge has handed Unum Life Insurance Co. of America a win in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit brought by a former Hogan Lovells attorney who claimed she was wrongly denied long-term disability benefits for her fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and abdominal and joint pain.

  • April 02, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Arctos Scores $4.1B For Sports-Focused Fund

    Sports-focused private equity shop Arctos, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on Tuesday announced that it clinched its latest flagship sports fund after securing more than $4.1 billion from investors, around one-third of which has already been invested across various sports franchises.

  • April 02, 2024

    Investment Adviser Wants Stolen Clients Suit Trimmed

    An investment adviser and her new firm told a Florida court on Monday that the parent holding company of her former employer Mercer Global Advisors does not have standing to pursue its claims that she stole its clients and interfered with its business.

  • April 02, 2024

    DOL Narrows Retirement Asset Manager Exemption

    The U.S. Department of Labor unveiled a final regulation Tuesday making it tougher for investment managers with serious misconduct on their records to handle Employee Retirement Income Security Act-covered retirement plans, broadening an ineligibility clause that previously only covered criminal convictions.

  • April 01, 2024

    Nat'l Security Info Ordered Sealed In $12M Somali Fraud Case

    A Maryland federal judge has ordered protocols to seal confidential State Department materials amid the government's criminal fraud case charging a Maryland lawyer with misappropriating more than $12 million in Somali state assets.

  • April 01, 2024

    Cooley, Latham Guide Data Security Firm Rubrik's IPO Filing

    Venture-backed data security firm Rubrik Inc. on Monday filed long-awaited plans for an initial public offering, represented by Cooley LLP and underwriters counsel Latham & Watkins LLP, marking the latest sign of a recovering IPO market.

  • April 01, 2024

    Milliman Lost 401(k) Funds On Unproven Strategy, Judge Told

    Milliman's risky investments cost its employees' retirement plan more than $50 million and were part of a failed "experiment" to benefit its own bottom line, a class of employees told a Washington federal judge on Monday, kicking off a bench trial seeking to recover their losses.

  • April 01, 2024

    Nasdaq Sank Minority-Led SPAC's Tech Co. Merger, Suit Says

    The Nasdaq Stock Market along with in-house lawyers and other executives face claims they "arbitrarily and capriciously" abused their discretion to unfairly undermine a merger plan for a minority-led special purpose acquisition company seeking to bring a minority-led technology company onto the stock market.

  • April 01, 2024

    Investors Group Says New EB-5 Guidance Violates APA

    A trade association of EB-5 visa regional centers brought U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services into D.C. federal court, accusing the agency of abruptly changing the minimum investment period for foreigner investors seeking green cards without soliciting public comments.

  • April 01, 2024

    SEC Wins $93M Judgment Against Commonwealth Financial

    A Massachusetts federal judge has handed victory to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by ordering Commonwealth Financial Network to pay $93.2 million due to its "egregious" failure to disclose conflicts of interest to clients who could have used that information to invest in lower cost mutual funds.

  • April 01, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Last week, Delaware's Court of Chancery saw a $42.5 million settlement, dismissal of two big suits with two more remanded back, and new cases from shareholders of Walt Disney, Donald Trump's Truth Social, Rivian Automotive and BarkBox.

  • April 01, 2024

    Skillz Hid 'Rudimentary' Gaming Tech, Investors Tell 9th Circ.

    Skillz Inc. investors urged the Ninth Circuit Monday to revive a consolidated proposed class action alleging the mobile-gaming company misled investors about its growth prospects surrounding its 2021 go-public merger with a special-purpose acquisition company — arguing Skillz skewed revenues and misleadingly touted its gaming technology, which was in reality "rudimentary."

  • April 01, 2024

    MassMutual Escapes Ex-Worker's 401(k) Mismanagement Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge tossed a former MassMutual worker's suit claiming the life insurance and investment company mismanaged its workers' $4.1 billion retirement plan, ruling that her claims were either time-barred or lacked adequate details.

Expert Analysis

  • Unpacking PCAOB's Sanctions Against China-Based Auditors

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    Following the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's first major enforcement actions against audit firms located in China and Hong Kong for violating quality control standards, China-based U.S. issuers should be prepared for more rigorous audits in the upcoming cycle, and for continuing strict scrutiny from the regulator, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • FERC Actions Signal Concern Over Investors' Utility Stakes

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    Two recent orders and a notice of inquiry from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the subject of whether large investors are asserting control of public utilities signal increasing regulatory scrutiny of the investment community's influence over the electric power industry, say attorneys at Day Pitney.

  • 3 Areas Of Focus In Congressional Crosshairs This Year

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    Companies must prepare for Congress to build on its 2023 oversight priorities this year, continuing its vigorous inquiries into Chinese company-related investments, workplace safety and labor relations issues, and generative artificial intelligence, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • ERISA Litigation Faces New Frontiers In 2024

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    As plaintiffs firms explore novel theories for recovery and the Department of Labor attempts to broaden the definition of an investment advice fiduciary, 2024 could see new types of Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation after just 100 class actions were filed last year, say attorneys at Groom Law.

  • Del. Ruling Guides On Advance Notice Bylaw Amendments

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    The Delaware Chancery's Court's recent denial of investment fund Paragon Technologies' injunction motion against Ocean Power Technologies underscores the importance of carefully crafting and enforcing corporate advance notice bylaw amendments, especially in light of universal proxy rules, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Series

    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Securities Class Actions Show No Signs of Slowing In 2024

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    Plaintiffs asserted securities class actions at elevated levels in 2023 — a sign that filings will remain high in the year ahead — as they switched gears to target companies that allegedly have failed to anticipate supply chain disruptions, persistent inflation, rising interest rates and other macroeconomic headwinds, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Justice O'Connor Was Architect of ERISA's Lasting Success

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor laid the foundations of Employee Retirement Income Security Act jurisprudence, defining a default standard of review, preemption rules and the act's interplay with employment law, through opinions that are still instructive as ERISA approaches its 50th anniversary, says José Jara at Fox Rothschild.

  • ESG Concerns Can No Longer Be Ignored In 2024

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    While the long wait for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's ESG rule continues, government attention to regulations, increased litigation efforts and shareholder resolutions seeking transparency highlight the importance of placing an emphasis on ESG considerations, say attorneys at Wollmuth Maher.

  • Opinion

    Conflicts Abound When Activist Short-Sellers Publish Reports

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    The self-serving relationship between activist short-sellers and plaintiff-side litigators is conflict-ridden and hinders the fact finder's impartiality when a short report forms the basis for lead plaintiffs' allegations, say Nessim Mezrahi and Stephen Sigrist at SAR.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Bank-Fintech Partnerships Can Thrive Despite A Tough 2023

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    Many banking-as-a-service players experienced regulatory enforcement activities in 2023, including consent orders and more targeted, detailed guidance aimed at bank-fintech partnerships, and while it seems this trend will continue in 2024, savvy banks can use the turmoil of last year as a guide for how to better manage the risks inherent in partnerships, says Justin Steffen at Barack Ferrazzano.

  • 5 Securities Litigation Issues To Watch In 2024

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    There is yet another exciting year ahead for securities litigation, starting with the U.S. Supreme Court hearing argument next week in a case presenting a key securities class action question that has eluded review for the last eight years, say attorneys at Willkie.

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