Private Equity

  • July 18, 2024

    Ukraine Businessman Looks To Arbitrate $1B Gramercy Suit

    A Ukrainian businessman is urging a Wyoming federal court to force Gramercy Funds Management to arbitrate in London its racketeering lawsuit accusing him of fraudulently transferring more than a billion dollars from his agricultural business, a debtor of the Connecticut-based hedge fund.

  • July 18, 2024

    6 Firms Steer Latin American Airline Giant's $533M IPO Plans

    Latam Airlines Group SA on Thursday outlined plans for an estimated $533 million U.S. initial public offering, guided by six law firms, marking a return to U.S. markets two years after the South American airline giant exited bankruptcy.

  • July 18, 2024

    Moody's Says White Ex-Director's Depo 'Fatal' To Bias Suit

    Financial analytics company Moody's on Wednesday told a Pennsylvania federal judge that it was clear a former employee who sued it for discrimination wasn't fired for being white and old, pointing to his "fatal" admission that he'd still be employed had he responded to a company vaccination survey.

  • July 18, 2024

    State Of 2024 Energy Dealmaking: Midyear Report

    Energy dealmaking in the first half of 2024 has, in many ways, picked up where 2023 left off, but companies also increasingly have an eye on the U.S. presidential election this fall that could bring drastic change to the landscape. Here are some transactional trends that have stood out to energy attorneys so far this year.

  • July 18, 2024

    Mixed Results Greet 2 IPOs For Hospital Giant, Insurance Firm

    Private equity-backed hospital operator Ardent Health and insurance brokerage TWFG Inc. began trading Thursday after completing two initial public offerings that raised $379 million combined at varying points of their price ranges, guided by four law firms.

  • July 18, 2024

    Ex-Venable Trusts And Estates Partner Joins Stradling In LA

    Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth PC announced that it launched a trusts and estates practice with the hiring of an experienced Los Angeles-based partner from Venable LLP.

  • July 18, 2024

    Pharma Biz Buys Animal Medicine Co. For Up To $520M

    Latham & Watkins LLP-advised animal health therapeutics company Invetx, which is currently owned by life sciences-focused investment management firm Novo Holdings, on Thursday announced plans to be bought by veterinary pharmaceuticals company Dechra Pharmaceuticals Ltd., advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, for up to $520 million.

  • July 18, 2024

    Womble Bond Adds Finance Atty With Latin America Focus

    Womble Bond Dickinson's growing New York office is welcoming a capital markets and structured finance attorney after his more than 10 years with Hogan Lovells, most recently in Brazil.

  • July 18, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Google, StandardAero, Sony

    Google parent Alphabet nearing $23 billion Wiz buy, PE firms circle StandardAero at potential $10 billion price, and Sony backs away from Paramount after Skydance deal. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • July 18, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Calif. PE Firm Secures $1.5B For 3rd Fund

    Los Angeles-based private equity shop Kingswood Capital Management LP, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on Thursday announced that it clinched its third fund after raising $1.5 billion of capital commitments, bringing the firm's total assets under management to roughly $3.2 billion.

  • July 18, 2024

    PE Firm's £432M Deal Awaiting NSIA Clearance Pushed Back

    Wealth management firm Mattioli Woods said Thursday that its approximately £432 million ($546 million) acquisition by London private equity firm Pollen Street Capital that is awaiting national security clearance is now likely to close a month later than expected.

  • July 17, 2024

    Politan Sues Masimo Over Delayed Board Election Meeting

    Activist investment firm Politan Capital Management LP launched a lawsuit Wednesday against Masimo Corp. in Delaware Chancery Court just days after the medical technology company accused it of violating securities laws by trying to gain control of Masimo through a proxy contest that duped Masimo shareholders using "lies and deceit."

  • July 17, 2024

    Nasdaq Seeks To Tighten Delisting Rules Governing SPACs

    Nasdaq is proposing to strengthen its rules governing delistings and trading suspensions of special-purpose acquisition companies that fail to complete mergers within 36-month deadlines or that violate other listing standards.

  • July 17, 2024

    Warburg Pincus Pours $100M Into Brazilian Fintech Biz

    Brazilian banking software provider Matera on Wednesday revealed that it received a $100 million investment from private equity giant Warburg Pincus, which will be used to fund the fintech company's expansion into the North American market with a focus on growing its product development.

  • July 17, 2024

    Telecom Co. Stockholder Seeks Fees For Beefing Up Proxy

    A shareholder of Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. is suing for his legal fees in Delaware's Court of Chancery, saying he brought "substantial" benefits to shareholders by forcing extra disclosures about the company's pending $3.1 billion merger with Searchlight Capital Partners LP and the British Columbia Investment Management Corp.

  • July 17, 2024

    Top Vista Investor Opposes $2.1B Kinetic Sale To Czech Co.

    Gates Capital Management Inc., a top shareholder in Vista Outdoor Inc., is urging the sporting goods maker not to move ahead with a plan to sell part of its business to a Czech defense group, pushing instead for a spinoff or sale of the entire company, according to a Wednesday letter.

  • July 17, 2024

    Latham Adds Ex-Kirkland Private Equity Pro In Boston

    An experienced private equity attorney has jumped from Kirkland & Ellis LLP to Latham & Watkins LLP in Boston.

  • July 17, 2024

    Bruised SPAC Market Pins Revival Hopes On Veteran Backers

    More special-purpose acquisition companies are conducting initial public offerings, mostly backed by dealmakers who have completed prior mergers, bringing life to a listings market that was largely barren over the past year.

  • July 17, 2024

    PE Firms Plug $300M Into Digital Infrastructure Developer

    Digital infrastructure site developer Cloverleaf Infrastructure on Wednesday announced that it has received more than $300 million in commitments from private equity shops NGP, advised by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP-led Sandbrook Capital.

  • July 17, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Sachs Analyst Gets Over 2 Years For Insider Tips

    A Manhattan federal judge hit a former Goldman Sachs analyst with a 28-month prison sentence Wednesday for tipping his stepbrother and a friend to market-moving information, saying the Long Island native wanted to be "the big man" among his peers.

  • July 17, 2024

    KKR, Carlyle Buy $10.1B Student-Debt Portfolio From Discover

    Investment management giants Carlyle and KKR have teamed up to buy a roughly $10.1 billion portfolio of prime student loans from Discover Financial Services in a deal built by four law firms.

  • July 17, 2024

    Iger, Willow Bay Ink $250M Deal For Angel City Football Club

    The Angel City Football Club has agreed to sell a controlling stake to Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Co., and his wife, Willow Bay, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, at an enterprise value of $250 million, the team said Wednesday. 

  • July 16, 2024

    Masimo Accuses Politan Of Deceit In Hostile Takeover

    Masimo Corp. has hit the activist investment firm Politan Capital Management LP and its top brass with a lawsuit in California federal court, accusing the hedge fund of violating securities laws by trying to gain control of Masimo through a proxy contest that duped Masimo shareholders using "lies and deceit."

  • July 16, 2024

    Tycoon's Pilot Says Feds' Stock Tip Claims Don't Add Up

    A private pilot who used to work for convicted insider trader and U.K. billionaire Joe Lewis is arguing federal prosecutors can't use allegations that his own trades were suspicious to ramp up a sentence for a separate tax evasion charge.

  • July 16, 2024

    Manatt Adds Healthcare Transactions Partner From McDermott

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has added a new healthcare partner to its Boston office.

Expert Analysis

  • The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Healthcare's PE Boom

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    While an influx of capital may provide access to new resources and innovative technologies, the private equity model's method of funding may be fundamentally at odds with patient-first healthcare, and in recent years that inherent tension has gotten ugly, say Eva Gunasekera and Jaclyn Tayabji at Tycko & Zavareei.

  • Opinion

    Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

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    As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

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    Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

  • Will Texas Stock Exchange Provide Regulatory Haven?

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    While the newly proposed Texas Stock Exchange may represent a market reaction to increasingly complex regulations, those looking to list on a national securities exchange should consider that their choice of an exchange may not relieve them of some of the most burdensome public company requirements, say Elizabeth McNichol and Ryan Lilley at Katten.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

  • A Checklist For Lenders Preparing For CRE Loan Defaults

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    Considering the recent interest rate environment, lenders should brush up on the proper steps that they should take when preparing to respond to a borrower's default on a commercial real estate loan, and borrowers should understand what lenders will be reviewing, says attorney Norma Williams.

  • Opinion

    States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

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    Solving Puzzles Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Tackling daily puzzles — like Wordle, KenKen and Connections — has bolstered my intellectual property litigation practice by helping me to exercise different mental skills, acknowledge minor but important details, and build and reinforce good habits, says Roy Wepner at Kaplan Breyer.

  • Texas Ethics Opinion Flags Hazards Of Unauthorized Practice

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    The Texas Professional Ethics Committee's recently issued proposed opinion finding that in-house counsel providing legal services to the company's clients constitutes the unauthorized practice of law is a valuable clarification given that a UPL violation — a misdemeanor in most states — carries high stakes, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • In Memoriam: The Modern Administrative State

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    On June 28, the modern administrative state, where courts deferred to agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes, died when the U.S. Supreme Court overruled its previous decision in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council — but it is survived by many cases decided under the Chevron framework, say Joseph Schaeffer and Jessica Deyoe at Babst Calland.

  • First-Of-Its-Kind Chancery Ruling Will Aid SPAC Defendants

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    The Delaware Chancery Court's first full dismissal of claims challenging a special purpose acquisition company transaction under the entire fairness doctrine in the recent Hennessy Capital Acquisition Stockholder Litigation establishes useful precedent to abate the flood of SPAC litigation, say Lisa Bugni and Benjamin Lee at King & Spalding.

  • How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

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    As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

  • Supreme Court's ALJ Ruling Carries Implications Beyond SEC

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    In its recent Jarkesy opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court limited the types of cases that can be tried before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's in-house administrative law judges, setting the stage for challenges to the constitutionality of ALJs across other agencies, say Robert Robertson and Kimberley Church at Dechert.

  • Series

    Boxing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Boxing has influenced my legal work by enabling me to confidently hone the skills I've learned from the sport, like the ability to remain calm under pressure, evaluate an opponent's weaknesses and recognize when to seize an important opportunity, says Kirsten Soto at Clyde & Co.

  • Opinion

    Industry Self-Regulation Will Shine Post-Chevron

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's Loper decision will shape the contours of industry self-regulation in the years to come, providing opportunities for this often-misunderstood practice, says Eric Reicin at BBB National Programs.

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