Private Equity

  • June 29, 2022

    Goodwin Adds Paul Hastings Private Equity Pro in California

    Goodwin Procter LLP has added a Paul Hastings private equity expert as a partner in its Santa Monica and San Francisco offices.

  • June 29, 2022

    Switch Omitted Financial Info On $11B Merger, Investors Say

    A pair of stockholders claimed in separate lawsuits that data center operator Switch Inc. didn't disclose key financial information about a proposed $11 billion go-private deal with investment firms DigitalBridge and IFM Investors.

  • June 29, 2022

    Investor Eurazeo To Sell Remaining 51% In Trader Interactive

    Investment company Eurazeo said Wednesday that it plans to sell its remaining 51% holding in U.S.-based Trader Interactive to an Australian company, which specializes in online car advertising, for a total value of almost $2 billion.

  • June 28, 2022

    Davis Polk Brings On Ex-Cooley Capital Markets Partner

    Corporate firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP said Monday it has hired former Cooley LLP partner and capital markets veteran Nicole Brookshire, bolstering its New York practice.

  • June 28, 2022

    4 Firms Steer Canadian Miner's $169M Dual-Listed IPO

    Mining company Ivanhoe Electric Inc. began trading Tuesday after pricing a $169 million dual-listed initial public offering in the U.S. and Canada, guided by four law firms, and marking the first U.S. IPO to raise more than $100 million in nearly seven weeks.

  • June 28, 2022

    Clean Energy Co. Intersect Gets $750M Boost From 3 Firms

    Three private investment firms are infusing Intersect Power with $750 million to help accelerate the expansion of its clean energy platform, according to a statement Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2022

    Earthstone Pays $627M For New Mexico Oil And Gas Assets

    Earthstone Energy Inc. said Tuesday it has entered into an agreement to purchase, for $627 million, the New Mexico assets of Titus Oil and Gas Production, which is located in the southeast part of the state within the northern Delaware Basin.

  • June 28, 2022

    Compensation Info Biz Pave Lands $1.6B Series C Valuation

    Pave, a company that helps businesses determine salaries for their employees, said Tuesday it was valued at $1.6 billion following its Series C funding round that included Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and YC Continuity Fund.

  • June 28, 2022

    PE-Driven Insurance Broker Merger Boom Could Be Over

    A wave of consolidation that dominated the British insurance broking sector for more than two decades might have peaked, as experts say that private-equity backed buyers are turning their attention elsewhere amid a growing scarcity of viable targets for acquisition.

  • June 27, 2022

    Ex-Trump Official, Philadelphia Atty Must Face Fraud Claims

    A Trump-era State Department official and a Philadelphia attorney on Monday lost bids to escape claims they fraudulently induced an investor to pour millions into Greek medical cannabis companies, with a Pennsylvania federal judge finding a revised suit backed up the allegations.

  • June 27, 2022

    Sidley Steers $1.9B Sale Of Brightly Software Company

    Investment firm Clearlake Capital Group LP announced Monday that it will sell Brightly Software Inc., both led by Sidley Austin LLP, to technology company Siemens AG for $1.875 billion.

  • June 27, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    The Delaware Chancery Court drew a step closer last week to filling an empty seat on the bench, a debt maven fought for control of a cosmetics company, and new cases came in involving cryptocurrency, building products, business software, and of course, private equity. Here's your weekly roundup of news from Delaware's Chancery Court.

  • June 27, 2022

    Crypto Exchange Unizen Secures $200M To Spur Growth

    Cryptocurrency exchange Unizen said Monday it secured a $200 million capital commitment from private equity firm Global Emerging Markets to help grow its trading platform.

  • June 27, 2022

    Blank Rome Welcomes DLA Piper Corporate Atty In LA

    Blank Rome LLP said it has continued growing its Los Angeles office by adding a DLA Piper corporate attorney as a partner in its corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities practice group.

  • June 27, 2022

    Nomad Health Raises $105M To Grow Traveling Jobs Program

    Nomad Health, a marketplace for temporary health care jobs, announced Monday that it plans to expand, steered by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, to new specialties after raising $105 million with joint fundraising efforts by Adams Street Partners and Icon Ventures.

  • June 27, 2022

    Grand Jury Probes Trump Platform's SPAC Merger

    Digital World Acquisition Corp., the special-purpose acquisition company planning to buy and take public former President Donald Trump's social media platform, said Monday a federal grand jury issued subpoenas to its board of directors that could derail the planned acquisition.

  • June 27, 2022

    Watson Farley & Williams Guides $374M Cruise Terminal Deal

    Watson Farley & Williams on Monday announced the €353 million ($374.4 million) finance of a new MSC Cruises mega cruise terminal at the Port of Miami in a partnership with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, with MSC Cruises being advised by WFW.

  • June 27, 2022

    CareTech To Be Taken Over By Founders In £870M Deal

    British social care provider CareTech said Monday that it has agreed to being taken over for £870.3 million ($1.1 billion) by a consortium led by its co-founders, who are taking the company private.

  • June 27, 2022

    Russia's War Is Complicating US M&A In The UK And Europe 

    Since Russia invaded Ukraine, U.S. appetite for acquisitions in the U.K. and Europe has dampened, as experts say the headwinds of war, combined with inflation and rising interest rates, have combined to create an overall challenging global environment.

  • June 24, 2022

    Cornerstone Shareholder Seeks Docs For CD&R's $5.8B Buy

    A shareholder of North Carolina-based exterior building products manufacturer Cornerstone Building Brands Inc. sued the company for records about its planned $5.8 billion merger with Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC, asserting that the private equity firm may have manipulated the company into accepting an unfair deal.

  • June 24, 2022

    2 Firms Guide ESG-Focused Blank-Check Firm's $200M IPO

    SK Growth Opportunities Corp., an ESG-focused special-purpose acquisition company, began trading Friday after it priced a $200 million initial public offering advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and underwriters counsel Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • June 24, 2022

    Don't Miss It: Skadden, Weil Guide Week's Hot Deals

    With so much mergers and acquisitions news this week, you may have missed several deals announced in the last several days helmed by firms such as Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • June 24, 2022

    Snell & Wilmer Adds Rutan & Tucker Partner In Calif.

    Snell & Wilmer LLP has added a corporate and securities partner from Rutan & Tucker LLP to its Orange County office, the firm has announced.

  • June 24, 2022

    Akin Gump Bolsters PE Team With 2 Covington Attys

    Two private equity attorneys from Covington & Burling LLP with an extensive history of working together on complex global mergers and acquisitions have joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as partners, part of a larger push to grow the firm's private equity practice.

  • June 24, 2022

    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

Expert Analysis

  • How M&A Insurers Can Increase Smaller Deal Servicing

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    As the number of M&A deals in the $50 million to $200 million range continues to grow, lawyers, insurance brokers and clients must address the trend away from covering these smaller transactions by working together to make it easier for carriers to consider submissions and to insure these types of risks, says Hilary Weiss at Liberty Global.

  • Tips For Managing Pre-Merger Information Exchanges

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    During merger discussions and negotiations, eight strategies can help manage the exchange of competitively sensitive information, including hiring a clean team and awareness of overlaps, says Tim Haney at LexisNexis.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Signals Judicial Shift On SEC Admin Process

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    The Fifth Circuit’s decision in Jarkesy v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission signals a growing discomfort in the judiciary with the SEC's administrative process, and those dealing with enforcement actions should bring their constitutional challenges early and often, say Benjamin Daniels and Trevor Bradley at Robinson & Cole.

  • Opinion

    Now's The Time To Address Archaic Law School Curricula

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    With law school enrollments jumping significantly ahead of a potential recession and more students graduating than the market can absorb, law schools should turn to creative solutions to teach students how to negotiate, work with clients, specialize and use technology to practice their craft more efficiently, says University of Colorado adjunct professor Jason Mendelson.

  • Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

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    The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

  • LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Highlights Pass-Through Tax Issue

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    A Virginia bankruptcy court's recent ruling in the case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan shows there may be serious tax consequences for pass-through entity partners who give up their ownership interest without following operating agreement exit provisions and updating bankruptcy court filings, say Edward Schnitzer and Hannah Travaglini at Montgomery McCracken.

  • SEC Crypto Unit Expansion Is A Warning To Industry

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent decision to expand its Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit is a clear signal that federal regulators may increase enforcement against those violating securities laws in the digital asset space, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • 8 Steps To Creating A Legal Ops Technology Road Map

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    Legal departments struggling to find and implement the right technologies for their operations should consider creating a road map that summarizes their approach to technology changes, provides clearly defined metrics for success, and serves as the single source of truth for stakeholders, says Melanie Shafer at SimpleLegal.

  • Latest SPAC Trends Point To Risk Of Negative Outcomes

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    Interest in initial public offerings of special purpose acquisition companies has reached its apex, and in the second half of this year we anticipate sustained levels of SPAC shareholder redemptions, increased liquidations for those unable to consummate an initial business combination and increased litigation risk, say attorneys at The Brattle Group.

  • What Outbound Investment Reviews Would Mean For US Cos.

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    A recent legislative proposal to establish outbound investment controls appears more sweeping than its predecessors and, if enacted, may significantly affect deal timing, feasibility and certainty for U.S. investors and companies engaging in ex-U.S. transactions, particularly those involving China, say Mario Mancuso and Luci Hague at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Data And Data Analysis In Litigation

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    Understanding, analyzing and effectively presenting large data sets is an increasingly important skill in litigation as it allows plaintiffs to dramatically scale up the scope of cases and is often critical to defeating motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, says David Burnett at Motley Rice.

  • Vet Clinic FTC Settlement Puts Private Equity On Notice

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    Prior approval and prior notice requirements in the Federal Trade Commission's settlement for a $1.1 billion merger of veterinary clinics illustrate the majority-Democratic commission's skepticism over private equity's general business model, say Bruce Sokler and Tinny Song at Mintz.

  • Steps Companies Can Take To Mitigate Privilege Labeling Risk

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    Although Google prevailed on a recent privilege labeling sanctions motion, an important takeaway from the decision is that companies should assess their in-house procedures and employee training programs regarding privileged communications to mitigate risks of the potential appearance of bad faith privilege claims, say Gareth Evans at Redgrave and e-discovery attorney James Hertsch.

  • What Litigation Funding Disclosure In Delaware May Look Like

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    A standing order issued by Delaware's chief federal judge requiring litigants to disclose whether their cases or defenses are being financed by third parties is unlikely to have onerous effects but may raise questions regarding potential conflicts of interest and access to justice, say Cayse Llorens and Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • How In-House Legal Leaders Can Drive Corporate Growth

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    Today, more executives are seeking legal leaders who are strategic, adaptable thinkers, making it essential that in-house counsel get out of their comfort zone of legal advice and take several steps to contribute toward revenue growth and raise their profile, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

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