Two now-defunct Bear Stearns investment funds have agreed to end a malpractice suit in New York court accusing Reed Smith LLP of bungling its representation of the funds to the tune of half a billion dollars during a suit against ratings agencies.
A trio of federal financial regulators released a joint statement on Friday urging anyone dealing with digital currencies to ensure they are adhering to obligations under anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism regulations, regardless of what those digital assets are called.
Federal prosecutors say two former Deutsche Bank traders’ deserve substantial prison time for Libor rigging as a crime “emblematic” of big banks’ bad behavior, while the traders argue that they had already suffered enough as two of the few to be prosecuted over the international scandal.
A New York federal magistrate judge appeared unpersuaded by Columbia University’s attempts to bring an early end to a class action challenging its retirement plan’s fees and investments, saying during a hearing Friday that he sees factual disputes in the case that can’t be resolved without a trial.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday seemed skeptical that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had identified an existing problem warranting a two-year pilot program that could cap the fees major exchanges receive.
Peachtree Hotel Group has reportedly landed nearly $23 million in financing for a Florida project, Ross Dress for Less is said to be leasing more than 34,000 square feet in downtown Miami and Longpoint Realty is said to have dropped $6.3 million on a Miami warehouse.
Insurance broker BRP Group Inc. on Friday set a price range for an initial public offering estimated to raise $246 million, steered by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and underwriters counsel Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Abrams & Bayliss and Olshan Frome Wolosky faced pushback Thursday on a $22 million fee bid for brokering a potential $47 million deal on behalf of a putative class of investors challenging Medley Capital Corp.'s proposed tie-up with Sierra Income Corp., as the defendants cast doubt that the deal is worth that much.
The past week has seen asset manager BlueCrest drag a U.S. hedge fund into court following its expansion into the U.K., a City watchdog sue a Panamanian connected to an illegal land sale scheme and a Hong Kong food distributor file suit against shipping giant MSC. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to allow all companies to pursue “testing-the-waters” communications with institutional investors before registering their offerings is welcomed by corporate attorneys, who say the policy could spur more deal-making, though investor groups are skeptical that the public will benefit from the rule change.
A Maryland man who pled guilty to scamming investors including lawyers, bankers, investment advisers and professional athletes in a $396 million scheme offering high returns on consumer debt was sentenced Thursday to 22 years in federal prison and to pay at least $190 million in restitution.
An investor told the Delaware Chancery Court Thursday his counsel at Kessler Topaz and Prickett Jones are entitled to about $440,000 in legal costs for their help brokering an estimated $47 million deal on behalf of a putative investor class that challenged Medley Capital Corp.'s proposed complex merger with Sierra Income Corp., while also questioning the co-lead counsel's $22 million fee bid.
Northrop Grumman Corp. is gearing up to stand trial next week on allegations that its 401(k) plan betrayed workers by using a costly management strategy for a risky investment fund, telling a California federal judge that the strategy made sense at the time.
The chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Thursday that the cryptocurrency Ether is definitively a commodity in line with Bitcoin, which has also been excluded from securities laws and falls under the purview of the Commodity Exchange Act.
Former Intuit executive Melissa Netram has been appointed director of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's fintech initiative, or LabCFTC, the agency announced Thursday.
A Pacific Investment Management Co. in-house attorney says the firm's "fraternity culture" routinely discriminates against women — particularly women of color — while promoting and advancing the interests of white men, according to a suit filed in California state court.
JVM Realty has reportedly bought an Illinois apartment complex from Opus Group, Global Holdings Management Group is said to be paying nearly $400 million for a New York apartment tower, and homebuilder Lennar has reportedly paid a PIMCO-managed entity $6.1 million for 50 Florida lots.
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores investors have filed a proposed class action in Delaware Chancery Court accusing controlling shareholder and former Sears CEO Edward S. Lampert of a yearslong effort to strip value from the retailer to buy out its remaining shares at an unfairly low price.
Keystone Property Group has landed $66 million in financing for a Morristown, New Jersey, office complex, according to an announcement from lender 3650 REIT on Thursday.
The relative "possibility" of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action after an investigation begins may determine whether the bankruptcy trustee for F-Squared Investments Inc. can recoup $7.7 million in legal fees spent during the investigation, the First Circuit said Thursday.
The First Circuit on Thursday tackled for the first time the issue of whether the wire fraud law applies overseas as it voiced some skepticism over a former State Street Corp. executive’s argument that his crimes did not have enough of a tie to the United States to allow his conviction to stand.
With only a few weeks left in an eventful two decades on the nationally important Delaware bench, retiring Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. has called for a sweeping overhaul of American corporate governance, aimed at countering what he sees as failures to expand long-term investment, sustainable business practices and fair sharing of gains with workers.
A proposed investor class action against Teva Pharmaceuticals will be moved from Pennsylvania to Connecticut, where it will join other investor suits over the drugmaker's alleged price-fixing after a Philadelphia federal judge said the suit was not sufficiently tied to antitrust multidistrict litigation in his district.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission denied Bitwise Asset Management's bid to launch a bitcoin exchange-traded fund in a Wednesday order, stating that it was not convinced the "real bitcoin market" can be resistant to manipulation or fraud.
Integrated CBD, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based supplier of cannabidiol products, said Wednesday that it has received $50 million via a mixture of equity and debt investment from an undisclosed New York-based hedge fund.
While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.
A recent Law360 guest article called on experts in appraisal proceedings to present valuations closer to deal price, but an examination of 20 cases involving disinterested transactions of public targets indicates this call to action is more apt for petitioner valuations than those of respondents, says Michael Cliff at Analysis Group.
Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.
An asset manager can more nimbly engage with the nuances of new data privacy legislation by following a best practices model, developed through universal protocols, that can more readily be adapted to comply with a variety of laws, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.
With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.
A recent Law360 guest article attempts to dissuade mutual funds from engaging in shareholder litigation, but it ignores the practical realities of how, under the right circumstances, it often makes sense for mutual funds to participate, say attorneys at Labaton Sucharow.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent expansion of permissible prefiling communications between issuers and certain potential investors may allow issuers to be in a better position to gauge interest in the market in a cost-effective manner, say attorneys at Debevoise.
As the June 30 deadline to comply with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation Best Interest approaches, broker-dealers must start translating their implementation strategies into concrete actions, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.
By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.
Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.
With Eugene Scalia confirmed as the U.S. secretary of labor, his department should prioritize designating proxy advisers — the primary provider of shareholder voting recommendations — as investment advice fiduciaries to protect Employee Retirement Income Security Act plan beneficiaries, says Bernard Sharfman of the Main Street Investors Coalition advisory council.
In Kennis v. MetWest, a California federal court recently ruled in favor of a mutual fund adviser accused of charging excessive fees. The decision's exploration of portfolio managers' services and the competitive marketplace potentially makes the already difficult environment for plaintiffs even tougher, say Keith Dutill and Joseph Kelleher at Stradley Ronon.
While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations we have set for ourselves and our clients, says Edward Shapiro at Much Shelist.
Given the emergence of direct lending as a popular asset class for institutional investors, an Irish treaty fund could be a powerful tool for U.S. managers with access to foreign capital, whose deployment might otherwise be waylaid by U.S. tax concerns, say Jason Schwartz and Gregg Jubin of Cadwalader.