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Private Equity

  • May 17, 2019

    JP Morgan Chase To Buy Medical Payments Co. InstaMed

    J.P. Morgan Chase announced on Friday its intention to purchase health care payments company InstaMed, which features a cloud-based payments platform, bolstering the bank’s investments in payment services and making inroads into the health care industry.

  • May 17, 2019

    Revised Opportunity Zones Offer Tribes New Tool To Spur Biz

    The federal government's recently proposed regulations on opportunity zones provide much-needed guidance to help Native American tribes find ways to use the program to attract investment, but tribes' success will likely depend on how well they can parlay the zones with other sources of federal funding.

  • May 17, 2019

    Why Law Firms Must Have A Compliance Plan For PE Clients

    As the SEC focuses on compliance in private equity investments, legal advisers must be ready to help clients assess risk, look for red flags at target companies and implement formal compliance systems, because the simple act of having a plan in place can win favor with regulators.

  • May 17, 2019

    Don't Miss It: Paul Weiss, Kirkland Lead Week's Hot Deals

    With so much mergers and acquisitions news this week, you may have missed several deals announced in recent days helmed by firms such as Paul Weiss and Kirkland. Here, Law360 recaps the ones you might have missed.

  • May 17, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: OneConnect, Starz, Carrefour

    A financial technology unit of Chinese conglomerate Ping An Insurance has tapped advisers related to its plans to go public in Hong Kong, Lions Gate rebuffed a $5 billion offer for its Starz network from CBS Corp, and Carrefour is considering selling a minority stake in its Chinese business.

  • May 17, 2019

    8 Firms Steer 5 IPOs Topping $1B Led By Diamondback Unit

    Eight firms will lead five initial public offerings that could raise more than $1.1 billion in combined proceeds during the week of May 20, led by a Diamondback Energy subsidiary's IPO and joined by smaller offerings among blank check and biotechnology companies.

  • May 17, 2019

    Cooley Guides Venture-Backed Fastly On $180M IPO

    Venture-backed cloud infrastructure provider Fastly made its market debut Friday, racking up a $180 million initial public offering that saw the Cooley-led firm price shares at the high end of its range.

  • May 17, 2019

    Polsinelli Lands New York M&A Shareholder From Westerman

    A deal-focused attorney who steers public companies and private equity sponsors has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in New York from Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein LLP.

  • May 17, 2019

    China's Luckin Coffee Begins Trading With $651M Offering

    Beijing-based Luckin Coffee began trading Friday after pricing its shares at the high end of its expected range and raising up to about $650.8 million in an initial public offering guided by Davis Polk, Conyers and King & Wood.

  • May 17, 2019

    PE-Backed Avantor Nets $2.9B After Cutting IPO Price Range

    Shares of private equity-backed laboratory supplier Avantor, represented by Simpson Thacher, were expected to begin trading Friday after the company raised $2.9 billion in an initial public offering that priced at the bottom of its reduced range.

  • May 16, 2019

    Stockbroker Charged In Loan Scheme Must Disgorge $2M

    A California federal judge ordered the former president of a Boca Raton, Florida-based stock brokerage to pay about $2 million in disgorgement after he profited off a loan scheme the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says began in 2012.

  • May 16, 2019

    Proskauer, Kirkland Lead French Chemical Maker's $570M Buy

    French chemical maker Arkema said Thursday it has agreed to buy private equity-backed additive manufacturer ArrMaz for $570 million in a deal guided by Proskauer Rose, Kirkland & Ellis and Nob Hill Law Group that will build out the company’s offerings for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure.

  • May 16, 2019

    2 Firms Steer German Tour Guide Startup’s $484M Series E

    A German tour guide booking platform, GetYourGuide, said Thursday it landed $484 million in a funding round steered by Latham & Watkins and Walder Wyss that will be used to expand the startup's inventory of sightseeing options.

  • May 16, 2019

    TodayTix Lands $73M To Bolster Digital Box Office Biz

    TodayTix, a platform serving as an online box office for theaters around the world, said Thursday it has closed a $73 million investment that will be used to build out the platform using user data to determine new offerings.

  • May 16, 2019

    Lowenstein-Led Fintech Firm OpenFin Scores $17M Fundraise

    Financial technology firm OpenFin said Thursday a group of high-profile investors spearheaded by Wells Fargo poured $17 million into a recent funding round, giving the Lowenstein Sandler-led company additional resources to improve its finance-focused desktop operating system.

  • May 16, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Helaba-DekaBank, Pret A Manger, Takeda

    Helaba and DekaBank are mulling a potential deal, Pret A Manger is in talks to snap up rival cafe Eat, and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. expects companies to make serious offers for its Latin American business by the end of the month.

  • May 16, 2019

    Nestlé Mulls $10B Skin Health Unit Sale To EQT-Led Group

    Nestlé said Thursday it is negotiating a potential 10.2 billion Swiss franc ($10.1 billion) sale of its skin health business to an investor group led by private equity firm EQT Partners, confirming reports that deal talks are underway.

  • May 16, 2019

    3 Firms Steer KPS’ $1.8B Deal For Colfax Engineering Unit

    KPS Capital Partners said Thursday it will take over the air and gas handling business of Colfax Corp. in a $1.8 billion deal, with Paul Weiss steering the buyer and Kirkland and Ellis and Baker Botts guiding the seller.

  • May 15, 2019

    The Questions Corporate Attys Are Hearing Most From Clients

    Corporate attorneys are a regular go-to for executives, especially in 2019 as companies grapple with increased national security scrutiny, trade tensions and worries about the overall health of the M&A market. Here, Law360 outlines the questions attorneys are fielding most often so far this year.

  • May 15, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Kone, Nestle, Kohl's

    Kone is mulling a bid for German rival Thyssenkrupp's elevators business, Nestle is discussing a deal to sell its skin health unit, and Kohl's has expressed interest in buying home decor retailer At Home.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • Activist Investors And The Evolving Role Of Directors

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    Recent developments between Arconic and activist investor Elliott exemplify the need for directors to be more informed and involved on the day-to-day operations of a company — and less reliant on, and more skeptical of, management, say Morton Pierce and Michelle Rutta of White & Case.

  • To Guard Against Waiving Privilege, Don't CC The Boss

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    Argos Holdings v. Wilmington Trust, a recent New York federal court opinion, cautions that attorneys and companies should not simply assume that privileged communications may be shared with a company’s owner or affiliates without waiving attorney-client privilege, even when the company’s and the owner’s interests are completely aligned, say attorneys at Katten Muchin.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • How Del. High Court Sees Discussion Vs. Negotiation In M&A

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    Although there is still no bright-line test, last month's Delaware Supreme Court decision in Olenik v. Lodzinski clarified the difference between “preliminary discussions” and “negotiations” for purposes of the requirement set forth in the 2014 case Kahn v. M&F Worldwide, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.