Private Equity

  • May 09, 2024

    Brightstar Capital Scores Slot Machine Supplier In $1.1B Deal

    Gaming supplier PlayAGS Inc., guided by Cooley LLP, on Thursday announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Kirkland & Ellis LLP-advised Brightstar Capital Partners in a $1.1 billion take-private transaction.

  • May 09, 2024

    Trump SPAC Investor Convicted Of Insider Trading

    A Manhattan federal jury on Thursday convicted a Florida investment pro of securities fraud and conspiracy for allegedly exploiting confidential plans to take Donald Trump's media company Truth Social public in a $23 million insider trading case.

  • May 09, 2024

    PE Firm Sells Another £60.2M Of Shares Of Ads Biz

    An investment company backed by private equity firm Apax Partners said Thursday that it has sold part of its stake in online classifieds group Baltic Classifieds Group PLC for £60.2 million ($75 million).

  • May 09, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Paramount, Peloton, International Paper

    Sony and Apollo plan to break up Paramount if their $26 billion bid prevails, private equity firms are eyeing a Peloton buyout, and International Paper gets a $15 billion bid from Brazil's Suzano. Here, Law360 breaks down the notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • May 09, 2024

    Concord Won't Increase 'Final' $1.5B Bid For Rival Hipgnosis

    Concord Chorus Ltd. said Thursday that it has ruled out raising its "final" all-cash offer of $1.25 per share for rival music rights company Hipgnosis Songs, which leaves only an improved bid by private equity firm Blackstone in the running to buy it.

  • May 08, 2024

    ESOP Trustee Can't Ax Suit Claiming $60M Inflated Stock Deal

    A Michigan federal judge left most of a suit intact Wednesday alleging the trustee of a steel company's employee stock ownership plan allowed it to buy $60 million in company stock at an inflated price, ruling that the worker behind the suit backed his claims with enough detail.

  • May 08, 2024

    Truth Social Backer's Insider Trading Alibi In Jury's Hands

    A Manhattan federal jury weighed charges Wednesday against a Florida investor accused of fueling a $23 million insider trading scheme that exploited confidential plans to take Truth Social public, after the defense argued it was someone else who tipped speculators.

  • May 08, 2024

    Scooter Co.'s Mismanagement Cost ESOP Millions, Suit Says

    A scooter company violated federal benefits law by putting too much of workers' retirement funds into investments that produced meager returns and causing its employee stock ownership plan to lose out on about $3.3 million since 2018, a proposed class action filed in Pennsylvania federal court said.

  • May 08, 2024

    Japanese Crypto Exchange Coincheck Eyes US Listing In '24

    Simpson Thacher-led Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Group BV plans to complete a long-awaited merger with a special-purpose acquisition company by the year's second or third quarter, a combination that would make it the second U.S.-listed crypto venue.

  • May 08, 2024

    Reed Smith Lands Kirkland Corporate Pro In Houston

    A former Kirkland & Ellis partner has joined Reed Smith LLP's Houston office as a capital markets and corporate lawyer, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Gibson Dunn Adds Ex-Wachtell, Paul Weiss Attys As Partners

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has added a former Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz corporate attorney and a former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP lawyer who specializes in liability management as partners in New York, the firm has announced.

  • May 08, 2024

    HSF, Ashurst-Led Ardonagh Buys Insurer For $1.5B

    U.K. insurance broker Ardonagh Group Ltd. said on Wednesday it has agreed to acquire Australia-based PSC Insurance Group Ltd. in a transaction worth $2.25 billion Australian dollars ($1.48 billion), to help it expand into new markets.

  • May 08, 2024

    Skadden Taps SoFi Bank, Shearman Attys For Co-Lead Roles

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has hired two new co-leaders of its financial institutions regulatory group to advise banks, financial institutions and other market participants on regulatory and legislative developments, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Kirkland Drives Vance Street To $775M Fund IV Closing

    Los Angeles-based private equity shop Vance Street Capital, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on Wednesday announced it held the first and final close for its fourth fund with $775 million in tow.

  • May 08, 2024

    Norton Rose Adds Foley & Lardner Private Equity Pro In Texas

    Norton Rose Fulbright has added a Dallas-based private equity lawyer with decades of experience to its corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities practice who came aboard from Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • May 08, 2024

    Simpson Thacher-Led Silver Lake Lands $20.5B For 7th Fund

    Technology-focused private equity shop Silver Lake, advised by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, announced Wednesday the closing of its seventh flagship fund after securing $20.5 billion from investors, beating out the amount raised in its predecessor fund by about half a billion dollars.

  • May 07, 2024

    Trump Media Co-Founders Seek Chancery Contempt Order

    Two early investors in Trump Media & Technology Group have called for a Delaware Court of Chancery contempt ruling against Donald Trump's Truth Social media company, saying its attempt to claim their shares in a Florida lawsuit contradicted earlier representations in Delaware.

  • May 07, 2024

    Everton Investors Bemoan Soccer Team Sale Amid Fraud Suit

    The Everton FC Shareholders Association wants to slam the brakes on the "farce" sale of its Premier League soccer team to private equity firm 777 Partners LLC, arguing they are not qualified owners, a demand that comes as the firm faces allegations of fraud.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ex-Tugboat CEO Can't Reinstate $75M Defamation Verdict

    A Washington state appeals panel won't let the former CEO of boating company Harley Marine Services Inc. reinstate a $75 million defamation verdict against his former business partners, finding that the comments that formed the basis for the verdict are covered under the state's "absolute" litigation privilege.

  • May 07, 2024

    Steward Health Gets Ch. 11 Loan, Says It Plans Hospital Sales

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Tuesday allowed Steward Health Care to take out $75 million in Chapter 11 financing to meet its next-day payroll after being told the hospital chain plans to sell facilities to pay down its $9 billion in debt.

  • May 07, 2024

    DOL Official Says Expect Pension De-Risking Report Soon

    The U.S. Department of Labor's employee benefits chief said Tuesday the agency expects to submit a report to Congress shortly on so-called pension risk transfers, which involve the exchange of defined benefit pension plan liabilities for annuity insurance contracts.

  • May 07, 2024

    Truth Social Investor Grilled By Feds At Insider Trading Trial

    A Florida investment pro on trial for allegedly exploiting confidential plans to take Truth Social public in a $23 million insider trading case was challenged Tuesday by prosecutors on the timing of trades and communications before the "special" media deal.

  • May 07, 2024

    Alight Inks Deal With Activist Starboard For 2 New Directors

    Alight Inc., a cloud-based human capital and technology services provider, said Tuesday it has agreed to appoint two new independent directors to its board through an agreement with activist investor Starboard Value LP. 

  • May 07, 2024

    Fenwick-Led Cloud Security Co. Raises $1B At $12B Valuation

    New York-headquartered cloud security company Wiz, advised by Fenwick & West LLP, announced on Tuesday that it hit a $12 billion valuation after securing $1 billion in its latest fundraising round.

  • May 07, 2024

    WilmerHale Guides Akamai's $450M Buy Of Noname Security

    Cloud company Akamai Technologies Inc., advised by WilmerHale, on Tuesday announced plans to buy Noname Security, an application programming interface security company, for $450 million.

Expert Analysis

  • How Private Funds Can Navigate New FinCEN Reporting Rules

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    In light of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's new regulations implementing beneficial ownership reporting requirements, private fund managers must assess whether certain obligations apply to entities within their structures and whether potential structural changes could simplify those obligations, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Wesco Ch. 11 Ruling Marks Shift In Uptier Claim Treatment

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    A Texas bankruptcy court’s recent decision in In re: Wesco Aircraft Holdings leaves nonparticipating creditors with a road map to litigate to judgment non-pro rata liability management transactions, and foreshadows that bankruptcy courts may no longer be a friendly forum for these types of claims, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Decline In Same-Industry M&A Tells A Nuanced Policy Story

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    In light of newly available Hart-Scott-Rodino Act data suggesting that intraindustry mergers are down overall and pharmaceutical and hospital intraindustry transactions tend to face greater antitrust scrutiny than in the past, attorneys at Morgan Lewis explore whether Biden administration enforcement policies may be curbing pro-competitive strategic M&A.

  • BIPA's Statutory Exemptions Post-Healthcare Ruling

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    The Illinois Supreme Court's November opinion in Mosby v. Ingalls Memorial Hospital, which held that the Biometric Information Privacy Act's healthcare exemption also applies when information is collected from healthcare workers, is a major win for healthcare defendants that resolves an important question of statutory interpretation, say attorneys at Quinn Emanuel.

  • Behind The 'CVR Spin' Method Of Unlocking Assets In M&A

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    The spinoff of contingent value rights, or the CVR spin, can unlock secondary and noncore assets in public mergers and acquisitions, while resolving the market dislocation of some traditional divestitures, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • What Fed's Credit-Linked Note FAQ Means For Capital Relief

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    U.S. banks that seek to mitigate their loss of liquidity under the Basel III capital requirements by issuing direct credit-linked notes should turn to recent Federal Reserve FAQs for insight into how this new use of synthetic securitizations may reshape risk and regulation in the U.S. market, says Cris Cicala at Stinson.

  • Business Litigators Have A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Series

    Skiing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    A lifetime of skiing has helped me develop important professional skills, and taught me that embracing challenges with a spirit of adventure can allow lawyers to push boundaries, expand their capabilities and ultimately excel in their careers, says Andrea Przybysz at Tucker Ellis.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How New EU Tax And Transfer Pricing Rules May Affect M&A

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    Companies involved in mergers and acquisitions may need to adjust fiscal due diligence procedures to ensure they consider potential far-reaching effects of newly implemented transfer pricing measures, such as newly implemented global minimum tax and European Union anti-tax avoidance directives and proposals, says Patrick Tijhuis at BDO.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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