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Capital Markets

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Platinum Partners Exec Dies Ahead Of $1B Fraud Trial

    Former Platinum Partners honcho Uri Landesman, charged for his role in a purported $1 billion securities fraud scheme, died, his lawyer said Friday, ahead of a January trial of hedge fund executives accused of duping bondholders of defunct offshore driller Black Elk.

  • September 21, 2018

    Calif. Gov. Signs Wildfire Bills, Limiting PG&E Liability

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills Friday that aim to help the state prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires, including a controversial bill that critics call a bailout for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. but that its author says is needed to save the liability-burdened utility from bankruptcy.

  • September 21, 2018

    15 Firms To Lead IPOs Exceeding $1.1B Amid Peak Season

    Fifteen law firms will guide initial public offerings from 13 companies that are expected to raise more than $1.1 billion during the week of Sept. 24, a busy lineup dominated by technology and life sciences firms going public during a sweet spot on the annual IPO calendar.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Cocoa Trading Co. Exec Gets 3 Months For $352M Fraud

    U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Friday hit a former Transmar Commodity Group Ltd. finance executive with a three-month sentence for his role in a $352 million fraud that bankrupted the cocoa trader and damaged banks, crediting his effort to cooperate but saying the size of the caper required a prison term.

  • September 21, 2018

    Schwab, Ameritrade Say Goldman Can't Ditch IPO Deal

    Charles Schwab Corp. and TD Ameritrade Inc. have accused Goldman Sachs Group Inc. of unfairly trying to terminate an agreement allowing the brokerages to share Goldman securities offerings with their own customers, according to a complaint filed in New York state court Thursday.

  • September 21, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Lone Star, Deutsche-Commerzbank, Magneti

    Lone Star is reportedly mulling floating Xella, a tie-up between banking giants Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank has earned the favor of the German government, and Calsonic Kansei Corp. has roughly €5 billion ($5.9 billion) in financing for its bid to buy Magneti Marelli SpA.

  • September 21, 2018

    Latham Guides Retailer Farfetch In Upsized $884M IPO

    U.K.-based Farfetch Ltd. bumped its initial public offering price to $20 per share the day before its debut, raising around $884 million for the private equity-backed online fashion retailer in a Friday offering guided by Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • September 21, 2018

    MabVax Stock Actions Stand Amid Pump-And-Dump Claims

    A Delaware vice chancellor on Thursday let stand a series of stock conversions that biotech company MabVax Therapeutics Holdings Inc. had worried were in question due to claims of a “well-planned” and “extensive” pump-and-dump scheme that is the subject of a recent federal lawsuit.

  • September 21, 2018

    Fenwick & West-Led Upwork Launches $135M IPO

    Upwork Inc., a venture-backed marketplace for businesses to hire and manage remote freelancers, launched an estimated $135 million initial public offering that was guided by Fenwick & West LLP, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. 

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Deutsche Bank Euribor Trader Held In Italy, SFO Says

    A former Deutsche Bank trader who was allegedly involved in manipulating a key European interest rate benchmark has been arrested in Italy and could be extradited to the U.K., the Serious Fraud Office revealed on Friday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Labaton Sucharow Adds 'Ultimate SEC Insider'

    Labaton Sucharow LLP announced Tuesday that Richard Levine, longtime associate general counsel for legal policy at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined the firm as a partner in its whistleblower representation practice.

  • September 20, 2018

    Goodwin-Led Eventbrite's Shares Soar After $230M IPO

    Shares of online ticketing platform Eventbrite Inc., represented by Goodwin Procter LLP, sizzled in their debut Thursday after the venture-backed company priced a $230 million initial public offering at the top of its range, marking the latest technology issuer to score with investors.

  • September 20, 2018

    Skadden-Led Meituan Debuts After $4.2B Hong Kong IPO

    Chinese online services platform Meituan Dianping’s shares rose in debut trading Thursday following completion of the company’s $4.2 billion initial public offering in Hong Kong — marking the fifth largest IPO in 2018 — advised by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • September 20, 2018

    British Luxury Carmarker Aston Martin Sets IPO Price Range

    Aston Martin Lagonda said on Thursday that it expects to sell 25 percent of its shares in an upcoming London initial public offering for between £17.50 ($23.22) and £22.50 apiece, which could give the British luxury carmaker a market capitalization ranging from £4.02 billion to £5.07 billion once it lists.

  • September 20, 2018

    Alleged Aide In Sham Offerings Barred From Penny Stocks

    A woman whom the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused of assisting in a scheme to create sham public companies has been barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company and trading penny stocks, a Florida federal judge announced Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Chicago-Based Trading Co. To Pay $1.5M Over 'Spoofing' Claims

    Chicago-based Geneva Trading USA LLC has agreed to shell out $1.5 million to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to settle allegations that three of its traders used the disruptive practice of "spoofing" to manipulate the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, according to an order the agency filed Thursday.

  • September 19, 2018

    Pension Fund Fights Ocwen Bid To Tank ERISA Mortgage Row

    A company accused of profiting by pushing homeowners into foreclosure after the housing bubble burst should have to face claims that its alleged actions violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and companies that helped or watched should too, a pension fund told a New York federal judge Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    DC Circ. Orders Redo For 'Big Short' Adviser’s SEC Hearing

    The D.C. Circuit on Wednesday remanded the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s case against an investment adviser featured in the book "The Big Short” for a new hearing before a different administrative law judge or the commission, in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Lucia ruling.

  • September 19, 2018

    Inovalon Investor Class Certified In Suit Over IPO

    A New York federal court on Tuesday granted certification to a class of Inovalon Holdings Inc. investors that allege the technology company filed a prospectus ahead of its initial public offering that misled investors regarding the company's revenue stream, while also dismissing some claims on the grounds that the shares were not purchased during the offering.

  • September 19, 2018

    Tilton Asks To Keep Zohar Portfolio Financials Private

    Patriarch Partners LLC founder Lynn Tilton sought a protective order in the Chapter 11 cases of the Zohar Funds in Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday, asking to keep private the financial information of companies owned by the funds to preserve the value of the portfolio companies in the event of a sale by Zohar.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    What I Learned As Lehman's Bankruptcy Lawyer

    Andrew Rossman

    I have spent nearly 10 years fighting in court for the rights of Lehman Brothers’ creditors. This arduous legal journey has yielded insights into weaknesses in our financial system and bankruptcy laws that could allow catastrophic losses to happen again, says Andrew Rossman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Zaslavskiy Does Little To Encourage Clear Crypto Guidance

    Alexis Collins

    A New York federal judge's decision last week in Zaslavskiy relieves the government of a potentially significant pleading burden when bringing cryptocurrency actions, but does not encourage clarification of clear standards for application of the Howey test, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • The Diminishing Role Of Agency Guidance

    David Freeman

    An interagency statement issued by several banking agencies last week — that supervisory guidance does not have the force and effect of law — reflects the current administration’s deregulatory agenda. But ultimately, the agencies’ newly stated position may have little practical impact, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Where Have The SEC Enforcement Actions Gone?

    Kurt Wolfe

    There has been a dip in the number of enforcement actions from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during Chairman Jay Clayton’s tenure, but this decline does not tell the whole story. The commission is still bringing a historically high volume of actions — they just happen to be in slightly different areas, says Kurt Wolfe of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.