Private Equity

  • March 18, 2024

    Paul Hastings-Led Francisco Partners To Pay $1.2B For Jama

    Tech-focused private equity investor Francisco Partners has agreed to buy Portland, Oregon-based Jama Software from shareholders including Insight Partners and Madrona Ventures for $1.2 billion, the companies said Monday. 

  • March 18, 2024

    Nuvei's Stock Soars On Disclosure Of Potential PE Buyout

    Canadian fintech Nuvei Corp. said it has formed a special committee to evaluate strategic options after reports indicated that private equity firm Advent International is pursuing a buyout, developments that led to a more than 33% jump in the company's stock Monday.

  • March 18, 2024

    Home Solar Co.'s Ex-CEO Wants Out Of Faulty-Panel Suit

    The CEO of a bankrupt solar company asked a Michigan federal judge on Monday to toss a lawsuit from a couple who purchased a solar system they claim was defective, saying having a "distinctive leadership style" does not make him an alter ego for the company.

  • March 18, 2024

    NYSE Moves To Boot Wilbur Ross-Backed SPAC

    Ross Acquisition Corp. II, a special-purpose acquisition company founded by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, disclosed Monday the New York Stock Exchange has suspended trading of its shares and began the delisting process after the SPAC failed to complete a merger within the required three-year time frame.

  • March 18, 2024

    AI-Focused Astera Labs Boosts IPO's Projected Size To $653M

    Astera Labs Inc., a provider of connectivity chips designed to address the growing demand for artificial-intelligence software, on Monday increased the size and price range of its coming initial public offering, which is now set to raise about $653 million.

  • March 18, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Multimillion-dollar e-cigarette settlements, $4 billion in stock buybacks and a $6.1 million appraisal tweak were among the big-dollar items logged in the Delaware Court of Chancery's ledger last week. Also on the docket: a Panama port project, a news outlet's defamation case, drone disputes and a flood of mail from Tesla shareholders. In case you missed it, here's all the latest from the Chancery Court.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-CEO Sues Trump-Tied SPAC For Litigation, Probe Fees

    A director and former CEO of Donald Trump-tied Digital World Acquisition Corp. has sued the venture in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking legal fee advancements from DWAC for costs arising from federal probes, lawsuits in multiple states and potential fiduciary breach claims.

  • March 18, 2024

    Proskauer Guides $58M Sale Of Seattle Reign NWSL Team

    The National Women's Soccer League's Seattle Reign FC will fall under new ownership as a group including men's soccer franchise Seattle Sounders FC and private equity giant Carlyle announced plans to buy the women's team in a deal that values it at $58 million.

  • March 18, 2024

    PE Biz Oakley Capital To Invest £9M In Optical Tech Biz

    Private equity investor Oakley Capital said Monday an associated fund has agreed to buy Horizons Optical for an undisclosed sum, a deal expected to pool in £9 million ($11.5 million) investment for the medical software business.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-Goodwin Partner Now PE Vice Chair At Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that they are adding another private equity attorney from Goodwin Procter LLP, choosing the New York partner to serve as its global vice chair of private equity.

  • March 15, 2024

    FTC Probing Reddit's AI Licensing Ahead Of IPO

    Reddit Inc., which earlier this week announced plans for an estimated $715 million initial public offering, revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday that the Federal Trade Commission is looking into the company's sale of user-generated content to train artificial intelligence.

  • March 15, 2024

    Split Texas Justices Leave Contempt Charges Against Nate Paul

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up an appeal challenging criminal contempt charges against troubled real estate investor Nate Paul, with dissenting justices arguing that the court would "likely conclude" that Paul's due process rights were violated if it accepted the case.

  • March 15, 2024

    Apollo Voting Rules Favoring Founders Challenged In Del.

    An Apollo Global Management Inc. investor has launched a challenge to board agreements favoring the company's former managing partners in decisions on board and executive committee seats, citing recent Court of Chancery rulings that invalidated similar measures.

  • March 15, 2024

    PE Has Heightened Appetite For Deals Versus Corporates

    Private equity players had a greater appetite for large deals compared to their corporate counterparts moving into 2024, and they also anticipated hashing out a higher number of them, according to a report from software company SS&C Intralinks.

  • March 15, 2024

    Morgan Lewis Adds 3 Perkins Coie Attys To Investment Team

    Global firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced Friday that it has hired three ex-Perkins Coie LLP attorneys, including one of its practice group co-chairs, to strengthen its investment management team.

  • March 15, 2024

    Trade Secret Cases Are Up As Clients Eye Patent Alternatives

    Trade secret litigation has seen a gradual increase over the past decade, driven by the promise of substantial damages awards, a new federal law, and frustration over the challenges of patent litigation, according to intellectual property attorneys.

  • March 15, 2024

    Atty Joins Kirkland's Investment Practice From Fried Frank

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has hired a Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP partner who until now has spent his entire legal career with the firm, Kirkland announced Thursday.

  • March 15, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Co. Sells Data Center Biz To PE Firm For $575M

    Real estate investment company Digital 9 Infrastructure said Friday that it has sold its entire stake in data center company Verne Global for up to $575 million to private equity firm Ardian France SA in a move to strengthen its financial position.

  • March 22, 2024

    Charles Russell Speechlys Hires Ex-Burges Salmon Funds Pro

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has recruited a former head of private investment funds at Burges Salmon LLP in a bid to build out its profile in the market.

  • March 14, 2024

    PE Firm Says NY Court Can Help Resolve $142M Award Fight

    A private equity firm has urged a New York federal court to exercise its jurisdiction over two paintings held by Christie's auction house, including one by Andy Warhol, as the firm looks to seize them to satisfy $142 million in arbitral awards against a Chinese restaurateur.

  • March 14, 2024

    PE Firm Riverspan Agrees To Pay $32M For Barretts' Assets

    Barretts Minerals Inc. told a Texas bankruptcy court Thursday that a unit of private equity firm Riverspan Partners had won an auction for its assets with a $32 million cash offer, money that the talc-mining company intends to use to fund a settlement trust for alleged victims of asbestos exposure. 

  • March 14, 2024

    Near Intelligence's Ch. 11 Plan Gets Court's Approval

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday confirmed consumer data platform Near Intelligence's Chapter 11 plan, which went through without objection after negotiations resolved outstanding concerns.

  • March 14, 2024

    Food Delivery App Can't Beat Investor Suit Over SPAC Deal

    A New York federal judge has trimmed a suit against Grab Holdings Ltd., a company that operates mobile food delivery and ride-hailing services, but retained allegations that several sections of a proxy statement Grab filed with a special-purpose acquisition company were false and misleading.

  • March 14, 2024

    PE-Backed Latin American Healthcare Firm Prices $420M IPO

    Private equity-backed Latin American hospital operator Auna SA on Thursday set a price range on an estimated $420 million U.S. initial public offering, with plans to use the proceeds to repay debt and financing agreements.

  • March 14, 2024

    Chancery Concedes Appraisal Math Error In HBK Share Award

    Delaware's Court of Chancery has issued a rare post-merger appraisal ruling correction, adding $6.1 million to an earlier post-deal valuation of Pivotal Software Inc. shares held by two HBK Capital Management affiliates at the time of Pivotal's $2.7 billion sale to VMWare Inc. in 2019.

Expert Analysis

  • The SEC's Cooled Down But Still Spicy Private Fund Rules

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    Timothy Spangler and Lindsay Trapp at Dechert consider recently finalized U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules, which significantly alter the scope of obligations private fund advisers must meet under the Investment Advisers Act, noting the absence of several contentious proposals and litigation that could result in implementation delays.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Opinion

    Activist Short-Sellers Are The Dark Knights Of Wall Street

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    While so-called activist short-sellers have been subject to increased scrutiny in recent years, these investors work in the shadows like Batman to expose fraud on Wall Street, often generating leads that may move regulators to take action, say attorneys at Labaton Sucharow.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • A Breakdown Of The OCC's New Venture Lending Pointers

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    In light of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's recent bulletin outlining venture lending risks for banks, Matt Schwartz and Jeffrey Hare at DLA Piper highlight key considerations for both lenders and venture-backed companies seeking or maintaining loans from OCC-regulated national banks and federal thrifts.

  • Crypto, Audit Cases Dominate SEC's Enforcement Focus In '23

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    Attorneys at Covington examine the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's fiscal year 2023 enforcement results, which marked the SEC's third consecutive year of increasing enforcement activity since Chair Gary Gensler took over in 2021 — this time driven by a focus on combating cryptocurrency-related scams and enforcing recordkeeping compliance.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Mexico

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    ESG has yet to become part of the DNA of the Mexican business model, but huge strides are being made in that direction, as more stakeholders demand that companies adopt, at the least, a modicum of sustainability commitments and demonstrate how they will meet them, says Carlos Escoto at Galicia Abogados.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • SEC Whistleblower Action Spotlights Risks For Private Cos.

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent whistleblower action against Monolith Resources holds important implications for private companies, who could face unprecedented regulatory scrutiny amid the agency's efforts to beef up environmental, social and governance reporting and enforcement, say attorneys at Wiley.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Cross-Market Implications In FTC's Anesthesia Complaint

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent complaint against a private equity firm's acquisition of anesthesiology practices highlights the controversial issue of cross-market harm in health care provider mergers, and could provide important insights into how a court may view such theories of harm, say Christopher Lau and Dina Older Aguilar at Cornerstone Research.

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