Securities

  • April 04, 2024

    Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Can't Duck Archegos Claims

    A New York appellate court on Thursday affirmed a decision refusing to dismiss ViacomCBS investors' claims against Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and a long list of banks over the collapse of Archegos Capital Management, finding that investors plausibly identified statements the banks made that could have been misleading.

  • April 04, 2024

    Crypto Co. Fined $700,000 For Duping Investors Into 'AI' Trading

    The owner of an unlicensed cryptocurrency investment firm wooed a cancer patient and other investors with promises of AI-driven trading, only to use their funds for rent payments and other personal expenses, Connecticut regulators said Wednesday in ordering a $700,000 fine.

  • April 04, 2024

    SEC Fines Adviser Senvest $6.5M In Texting Probe Case

    Investment adviser Senvest Management LLC has agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $6.5 million for its failure to hold on to certain electronic communications, the SEC said, expanding the list of settlements the agency has secured with firms in recent months over off-channel texting violations.

  • April 04, 2024

    Wells Fargo Hit With Del. Suit Targeting Account Abuses

    Citing billions of dollars in regulatory agency sanctions, fines and judgments and allegedly chronic disregard of "red flag" reports and fake account investigations, a Wells Fargo & Co. stockholder has sued 23 current and former bank directors and officers in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking derivative recoveries for the losses.

  • April 04, 2024

    BAE Stuck $8.2B Retirement Plan With Hefty Fees, Court Told

    Aerospace and defense company BAE Systems breached federal benefits law by saddling its $8.2 billion retirement plan with excessive recordkeeping fees and causing participants' savings to plummet, a proposed class action filed in D.C. federal court said.

  • April 04, 2024

    Ginnie Mae, HUD Must Face Bank's Vacated Lien Suit

    A Texas federal judge trimmed but declined to dismiss Texas Capital Bank's suit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and its Government National Mortgage Association program over a vacated loan lien that the bank says was worth tens of millions of dollars.

  • April 04, 2024

    BitMEX Can't Ax Investor Suit After 2nd Circ.'s Binance Ruling

    A New York federal judge has refused to toss a proposed class action accusing cryptocurrency platform BitMEX and its executives of using their "God access" to customer accounts to manipulate trades and liquidate the accounts, finding that under the Second Circuit's recent Binance ruling, the transactions occurred in the U.S.

  • April 04, 2024

    Attys Awarded $1.5M In Fees On Tax Disclosure Suit

    Attorneys who won a $4.5 million settlement for a class of investors claiming a Chinese startup misrepresented its tax liability will receive their requested $1.5 million in attorney fees, a New York federal judge ruled.

  • April 04, 2024

    Judge Recuses Herself From Cartel Case Over Exxon Stock

    A Nevada federal judge has recused herself from a batch of antitrust lawsuits claiming U.S. shale oil producers colluded with OPEC to drive up prices at the pump, citing her ownership of a "significant" amount of Exxon Mobil Corp. stock.

  • April 04, 2024

    Judge Won't Pause Dismissal Of $114M Discord Stock Case

    A Houston judge has denied a bid from federal prosecutors to pause the dismissal of an indictment that accused eight men of running a $114 million pump-and-dump stock scheme, writing that the government's argument for a stay largely rehashes the merits of dismissing the case and "is not particularly persuasive."

  • April 04, 2024

    SEC Voluntarily Puts Climate Regs On Ice During Court Battle

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that it is voluntarily delaying the implementation of climate disclosure regulations while it fights an Eighth Circuit challenge seeking to vacate the rules, with the regulator saying that it hopes the voluntary stay will speed resolution of the case. 

  • April 04, 2024

    UK Billionaire Lewis Avoids Prison For Insider Trading

    A New York federal judge on Thursday sentenced British billionaire Joe Lewis to three years of probation for feeding his girlfriend and private-jet pilots nonpublic stock tips about his private equity firm's portfolio companies, saying a prison term would put the 87-year-old at "serious risk" of death.

  • April 04, 2024

    Ex-CEO Reaches Legal Fee Agreement With Trump-Tied SPAC

    A Delaware vice chancellor has signed off on an agreement between Donald Trump-tied Digital World Acquisition Corp. and its former CEO to have the venture pay his legal costs related to federal probes and litigation in multiple states.

  • April 04, 2024

    Del. Justices Reverse Chancery On Match.com Deal Fairness

    Delaware's Supreme Court on Thursday undid a Chancery Court dismissal of a challenge to Match.com's 2019 reverse-spinoff from Barry Diller-controlled IAC Interactive, in a closely watched case rejecting the lower court's finding that Match had justified the use of a less onerous fairness test.

  • April 04, 2024

    Withers Adds Former In-House Corp. Atty In San Francisco

    Withers has hired the former in-house general counsel for a financial software company, who joins the firm to continue his practice working with entrepreneurs in the technology, e-commerce and digital publishing industries, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • April 04, 2024

    IT Firm ConvergeOne To Wipe $1.6B Of Debt In Ch. 11

    Information technology company ConvergeOne Holdings Inc. received preliminary approval for a disclosure statement Thursday that describes its plan to slash $1.6 billion from its balance sheet in a prepackaged Chapter 11.

  • April 03, 2024

    SEC Disclosures Show Public Cos. Backing DEI, Study Finds

    Public companies overwhelmingly prioritized diversity, equity and inclusion principles in their mandatory workforce disclosures to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2023 despite a flurry of litigation and legislative proposals aimed at deterring those initiatives in the corporate world, a study from Seyfarth Shaw LLP attorneys found.

  • April 03, 2024

    Accused 'Shadow Trader' Takes Stand To Slam SEC's Case

    A former Medivation executive accused of "shadow trading" when he purchased stock in rival Incyte testified in his California federal civil trial Wednesday that he didn't base that decision on confidential information, and he didn't think even "for one second" that he was violating securities laws.

  • April 03, 2024

    Fla. Magistrate Nixes Recusal Bid In CBD Co. Securities Suit

    A Florida federal magistrate judge has shot down an effort to have her disqualified from a securities fraud case against a CBD company for remarks she allegedly made during a March settlement conference, saying the plaintiffs' arguments in favor of recusal were "legally insufficient" to establish bias.

  • April 03, 2024

    OneCoin Atty Gets 4 Years For Role In $4B Crypto Fraud

    The former head of legal and compliance at OneCoin on Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the $4 billion cryptocurrency scheme that defrauded millions of investors around the world.

  • April 03, 2024

    UK Billionaire Lewis Agrees To $1.64M Insider Trading Penalty

    British billionaire Joseph Lewis has agreed to pay $1.64 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's civil claims he fed confidential tips to his personal pilots and then-girlfriend after pleading guilty to related criminal charges earlier this year.

  • April 03, 2024

    SEC Atty Says Macquarie 'Overstated' High Court Case

    A leading attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Macquarie Infrastructure Corp. investor would be unlikely to open the "floodgates" to private disclosure litigation, as the company claims, reminding a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday that the agency is backing the investor before the high court.

  • April 03, 2024

    AT&T Faces Investor Suit Over $43B WarnerMedia Spinoff

    A Warner Bros. Discovery shareholder accused AT&T and its CEO John Stankey of hiding how serious the company's problems were as it spun off its $43 billion WarnerMedia unit, alleging that caused Discovery to pay far too much when it merged with its fellow news and entertainment giant. 

  • April 03, 2024

    Healthcare Company Hid Rising Costs Before IPO, Suit Says

    Elder-focused healthcare company Agilon Health was hit with an investor's proposed class action in New York federal court alleging that the company failed to acknowledge ahead of its initial public offering that it had been affected by rising medical costs for providers.

  • April 03, 2024

    FIS Didn't Lie To Itself About Short-Lived Merger, Execs Say

    Fidelity National's top brass recently urged a Florida federal court to toss an investor's lawsuit over a $46 billion market cap drop resulting from spinning off a payment business it had acquired a few years prior, arguing the company can't "be deceived by its own statements," which a pension fund alleged artificially inflated share prices.

Expert Analysis

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • The Corporate Transparency Act Isn't Dead Yet

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    After an Alabama federal court's ruling last week rendering the Corporate Transparency Act unconstitutional, changes to the law may ultimately be required, but ongoing compliance is still the best course of action for most, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • How Advance Notice Bylaws Are Faring In Del. Courts

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    Recent decisions make it clear that the Delaware Chancery Court is carefully reviewing public companies' amended advance notice bylaws in order to balance the competing interests of boards and shareholders, and will likely strike down bylaws that improperly interfere with stockholder franchises, say attorneys at Olshan Frome.

  • Employers, Prep For Shorter Stock Awards Settlement Cycle

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    Companies that provide equity compensation in the form of publicly traded stock will soon have one less day to complete such transactions under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq rules — so employers should implement expedited equity compensation stock settlement and payroll tax deposit procedures now, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • New FinCEN Guide Provides Useful BOI Context For Banks

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    Financial institutions should review a new Financial Crimes Enforcement Network compliance guide for helpful details about how the agency's beneficial ownership information database should be used, though questions remain about the access rule and whether it will truly streamline bank borrowers' Corporate Transparency Act due diligence, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • Strategies For Single-Member Special Litigation Committees

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    The Delaware Supreme Court's recent order in the Baker Hughes derivative litigation allowing testimony from a single-member special litigation committee highlights the fact that, while single-member SLCs are subject to heightened scrutiny, they can also provide unique opportunities, says Josh Bloom at MoloLamken.

  • Lessons For D&O Policyholders From Pharma Co. Ruling

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    A California federal court's recent decision in AmTrust v. 180 Life Sciences, requiring insurers to advance defense costs for a potentially covered claim, provides a valuable road map for directors and officers insurance policyholders, rebutting the common presumption that a D&O insurer's duty to advance costs is more limited than under other policies, say attorneys at Pasich.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • Basics Of Bank Regulators' Push For Discount Window Use

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    As the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency emphasize short-term liquidity risk management as central to preventing spring 2023-style bank collapses, banks should carefully tune into regulators’ remarks encouraging use of the Fed’s discount window, which some policymakers identify as a key component in the evolution of liquidity regulation and backstop lending, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

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