Securities

  • February 28, 2024

    Autonomy Founder's Fraud Trial Risks 'Morass,' Judge Warns

    The California federal judge overseeing the upcoming criminal fraud trial of Autonomy founder Mike Lynch over the software company's $11.7 billion sale to Hewlett-Packard warned prosecutors and defense attorneys Wednesday about growing estimates for the trial's length, saying they're "going to lose [jurors] in the morass" of a monthslong trial.

  • February 28, 2024

    SEC Taps Agency Vet To Lead Adviser, Fund Rulemaking Unit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday that an agency veteran currently serving as deputy director of the examinations division will be the new head of its investment management division, which oversees the regulation of investment advisers, mutual funds and certain private fund operators.

  • February 28, 2024

    Fla. Judge OKs $43.5M Deutsche Bank Deal In Ch. 15 Case

    A Florida bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a $43.5 million settlement between Deutsche Bank AG and liquidators for a group of Caribbean-based companies to resolve claims against the bank for its alleged role in a real estate Ponzi scheme targeting rich South Americans.

  • February 28, 2024

    'You Gave Away Your Case': Crypto Win Wilts At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday leaned toward letting a technical tug-of-war continue in litigation accusing the cryptocurrency platform Coinbase Inc. of running a sketchy sweepstakes, as multiple justices suggested the Ninth Circuit overlooked key issues when it sided with aggrieved consumers.

  • February 28, 2024

    Marcum CPA Sues To Stop SEC's 'Unprecedented' In-House Case

    A certified public accountant and Marcum LLP engagement partner has sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New York federal court, seeking to block its administrative case against him by arguing his constitutional rights are being violated by an "entirely unprecedented" enforcement action.

  • February 28, 2024

    Biotech Co., Ex-Exec And Investor To Pay $5.2M In SEC Suit

    A New York federal judge entered final judgments against medical device company RenovaCare, its controlling shareholder, and its former chief operating officer to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit accusing them of artificially inflating RenovaCare's stock price, ordering them to pay a total of $5.2 million.

  • February 28, 2024

    Gemini To Pay $37M Fine, Vows To Make Customers Whole

    Crypto exchange Gemini Trust Co. has committed to making users of its now-shuttered Earn product whole through the bankruptcy of its former partner Genesis Global under a new settlement with a New York regulator that included a $37 million fine for additional alleged compliance failures.

  • February 28, 2024

    SEC Republicans Warn Against Changing 'Accredited' Definition

    Limiting who counts as an accredited investor could "devastate" local angel investor networks, a Republican member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has warned, as the agency weighs enacting additional rules on private markets.

  • February 28, 2024

    Binance Founder Against More Travel Limits, Floats UAE Trip

    Binance founder Changpeng Zhao has told a Washington federal judge he opposes prosecutors' motion for further travel restrictions and suggested, without explicitly asking, that he be allowed to see his family in the United Arab Emirates. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Attys Get $750K Fee Award In $6M Med Tech Co. Deal

    Class attorneys for minority shareholders of Autonomous Medical Devices Inc. who secured a $6 million settlement to resolve claims about a purportedly underpriced stock sale to an interest of Oracle founder Larry J. Ellison won court approval of the settlement Wednesday, along with a requested $750,000 fee award.

  • February 28, 2024

    SPAC Investor Says Energy Co. Merger Was Overhyped

    An investor of blank-check company Star Peak Energy Transition Corp. has sued several of its current and former directors and controllers, alleging the defendants protected their buy-ins while leaving public investors to suffer losses after the company merged with an energy storage company.

  • February 28, 2024

    Embattled Philly Loan Biz Principals Hit With RICO Charges

    Legal troubles for the principals of Philadelphia's Par Funding cash advance company are mounting as federal prosecutors hit them with a new indictment adding Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act allegations on top of existing charges that the principals bilked investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and threatened violence against borrowers.

  • February 28, 2024

    Ex-NYPD Officer Accused Of Forex Investment Fraud

    A former NYPD officer has been charged with using misrepresentations to induce people to invest in his foreign exchange fund and then paying them back with proceeds from future investors to give the appearance of legitimacy.

  • February 28, 2024

    Securities Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    The securities litigation team at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP played a central role in winning a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Slack Technologies LLC, putting in place new barriers to shareholder suits against companies that go public via direct listings, winning it a spot on Law360's 2023 Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 28, 2024

    Crown Castle Founder Alleges Entrenchment Bid In Del. Suit

    The co-founder of cell tower operator Crown Castle Inc. sued the Texas company Wednesday in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking to invalidate a cooperation agreement between its board and activist investor Elliott Investment Management LP.

  • February 28, 2024

    TKO Reveals Ongoing Impact Of McMahon Issues In Filing

    WWE is not immune to the personal legal battles and controversies of disgraced founder Vince McMahon, who was recently accused of trafficking a former employee, according to a recent regulatory filing by parent company TKO.

  • February 28, 2024

    US Trustee Taps Ex-Prosecutor To Be FTX Examiner

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge to allow Robert Cleary, a former U.S. attorney who is now with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, to investigate FTX's finances as an examiner in the defunct cryptocurrency company's Chapter 11 case.

  • February 28, 2024

    AdaptHealth, Ex-CEO Cut $51M Deal To End Investor Fight

    AdaptHealth and its former CEO have agreed to pay $51 million to resolve a shareholder suit alleging the medical equipment company misled investors by retroactively inflating growth numbers ahead of a merger with special acquisition firm DFB Healthcare Acquisitions Corp., according to court documents filed in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday.

  • February 28, 2024

    3rd Circ. Won't Rehear Pfizer Shareholder Suit Coverage Row

    Pfizer won't get a second shot at arguing its insurer should indemnify it in a settlement stemming from a 2003 shareholder class action, with the Third Circuit on Wednesday declining the pharmaceutical company's request for an en banc rehearing.

  • February 28, 2024

    Barnes & Thornburg Securities Ace Rejoins Kilpatrick In Ga.

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has strengthened its mergers and acquisitions and securities team with an attorney in Atlanta who returned to the firm after a couple of years practicing with Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • February 27, 2024

    Bankman-Fried Urges No More Than 6.5 Years For FTX Fraud

    FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried asked a Manhattan federal judge late Tuesday for a sentence that releases him "promptly" after his conviction for stealing billions from customers of the now-collapsed crypto exchange, arguing that federal sentencing guidelines recommend no more than six-and-a-half years in prison.

  • February 27, 2024

    SEC Accuses Ex-Tech CEO Of Social Media Fraud Scheme

    The former CEO and co-founder of digital advertising company Alfi Inc. was sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday for allegedly making false and misleading statements on social media about the now-defunct company's financial performance to try and boost its stock price.

  • February 27, 2024

    Palo Alto Networks Investors Say Co. Lied On Growth Strategy

    Cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks was hit with a proposed class action alleging it misled investors about the success of its platform consolidation strategy and damaged investors when its guidance cuts announcement led to a share price decline earlier this month.

  • February 27, 2024

    Fed's Barr Urges Careful Bank Counterparty Risk Practices

    The Federal Reserve's vice chair for supervision said Tuesday that banks should closely manage their exposure to counterparties, including by carefully measuring the credit risks they pose and using conservative margining practices.

  • February 27, 2024

    NJ Real Estate Fund Executive Cops To $658M Ponzi Scheme

    The CEO of a Garden State real estate investment fund pled guilty in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday to defrauding more than 2,000 investors through a $658 million Ponzi scheme, while also evading millions of dollars in tax liabilities, according to federal prosecutors.

Expert Analysis

  • How Broker-Dealers Can Prepare For New Remote Work Rules

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    Securities regulators recently expanded broker-dealers' ability to permit flexible remote working arrangements through the introduction of residential supervisory locations, a welcome change that better allows broker-dealers to attract and retain talent, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

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    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Considerations For Disclosing AI Use In SEC Filings

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    Recent remarks from U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler should be heard as a clarion call for public companies to disclose artificial intelligence use, with four takeaways on what companies should disclose, says Richard Hong at Morrison Cohen.

  • Unpacking The New Russia Sanctions And Export Controls

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    Although geographically broad new prohibitions the U.S., U.K. and EU issued last week are somewhat underwhelming in their efforts to target third-country facilitators of Russia sanctions evasion, companies with exposure to noncompliant jurisdictions should pay close attention to their potential impacts, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Args In APA Case Amplify Justices' Focus On Agency Power

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    In arguments last week in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Supreme Court justices paid particular importance to the possible ripple effects of their decision, which will address when a facial challenge to long-standing federal rules under the Administrative Procedure Act first accrues and could thus unleash a flood of new lawsuits, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

  • Mitigating Whistleblower Risks After High Court UBS Ruling

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    While it is always good practice for companies to periodically review whistleblower trainings, policies and procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent whistleblower-friendly ruling in Murray v. UBS Securities helps demonstrate their importance in reducing litigation risk, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

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    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Cos. Must Know How NY, Federal LLC Disclosure Laws Differ

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    Though New York state's new LLC Transparency Act and the federal Corporate Transparency Act impose similar beneficial owner reporting obligations on limited liability companies, New York LLCs should study the important differences between the laws to ensure they are prepared to comply with both, say Abram Ellis, Olenka Burghardt and Jane Jho at Simpson Thacher.

  • 9 Considerations For Divestitures, Carveouts And Spinouts

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    Amid new economic optimism, data protection, transitional services and seven other considerations can help legal practitioners untangle complex divestitures, carveouts and spinouts to unlock value for corporate sellers, say Kimberly Petillo-Décossard and Kristen Rohr at White & Case.

  • Why Fla. High Court Adopting Apex Doctrine Is Monumental

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    The Florida Supreme Court recently solidified the apex doctrine in the Sunshine State, an important development that extends the scope of the doctrine in the state to include both corporate and government officials, and formalizes the requirements for a high-level corporate official to challenge a request for a deposition, says Laura Renstrom at Holland & Knight.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • Del. Ruling Stands Out In Thorny Noncompete Landscape

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    In Cantor Fitzgerald v. Ainslie, the Delaware Supreme Court last month upheld the enforceability of forfeiture-for-competition provisions in limited partnership agreements, providing a noteworthy opinion amid a time of increasing disfavor toward noncompetes and following a string of Chancery Court rulings deeming them unreasonable, say Margaret Butler and Steven Goldberg at BakerHostetler.

  • SEC Regs Give Banks Chance To Step Up Cyber Safety Game

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    Just as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act forced financial institutions to undertake best practices in recordkeeping, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently effective cybersecurity regulations stand to similarly drive those same enterprises to seek out and implement best practices in cybersecurity, to everyone's benefit, says James Gerber at SimSpace.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

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