Private Equity

  • July 23, 2024

    Rising Star: Davis Polk's Sijia Cai

    Sijia Cai led the Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP team that advised investment firm Rubicon Founders LLC on its roughly $1.2 billion second flagship private equity fund and was on the team that advised on a $2.5 billion Morgan Stanley secondaries fund, earning her a spot among the fund formation practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 23, 2024

    Eni's Mobility Biz Unit Valued At €12.5B As KKR To Buy Stake

    Private equity shop KKR will buy a minority stake in the sustainable mobility business of Eni SpA, the Italian supermajor oil company, in a deal that values the subsidiary at up to €12.5 billion ($13.6 billion), the companies said Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Chancery Ruling Denies Extra New Relic Doc Release Demand

    Two shareholders of web analytics firm New Relic Inc. lost a Delaware Court of Chancery bid Monday for additional disclosures regarding the company's $6.5 billion, $87-per-share buyout by private equity firms Francisco Partners and TPG Capital LP, despite a magistrate's finding that the original, general demand was proper.

  • July 22, 2024

    Steward Health Care Finds Buyers For 2 Hospitals

    Steward Health Care has told a Delaware bankruptcy judge it has found buyers for two of the facilities in its first round of hospital sales in its Chapter 11 case, but three others had attracted no qualified bids.

  • July 22, 2024

    What Attorneys Need To Know About JD Vance

    Vice presidential nominee JD Vance's brief legislative record shows he is aligned with his fellow Republicans on hot-button issues like abortion and immigration, but it also indicates that the senator from Ohio may be willing to break with the GOP mainstream when it comes to regulating big business. Here's what attorneys should know about the vice presidential candidate.

  • July 22, 2024

    FTC Tells 5th Circ. Anesthesia Co. Can't Stop Antitrust Case

    The Federal Trade Commission is telling the Fifth Circuit to dismiss U.S. Anesthesia Partners Inc.'s appeal in the FTC's antitrust case against it, saying the circuit court has no jurisdiction in the appeal because the lower court ruling at issue falls outside the scope of the collateral order doctrine.

  • July 22, 2024

    Fifth Third Sued In $20M Escrow Dispute Over Dividend Solar

    A private equity seller of a solar panel fintech lender that Fifth Third Bank bought in 2022 has sued the bank in New York federal court to free up $20 million in indemnity escrow funds that it alleges the bank has tried improperly to withhold over state investigations tied to the fintech.

  • July 22, 2024

    Goodwin Guides Bregal Sagemount's $500M Fund Close

    Growth-focused private equity shop Bregal Sagemount, advised by Goodwin Procter LLP, on Monday announced that it clinched its inaugural fund after raising $500 million of capital commitments.

  • July 22, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A $6 million bank fee, a $42.5 million shopping mall deal, some questionable Amazon deliveries and long-ago expired ketchup: it was all part of the comings and goings in Delaware's Court of Chancery last week. New cases involved mining and cybersecurity companies, board takeovers, "weaponized" director election provisions, and legal fees following a $3.1 billion telecom merger. In case you missed it, here's the latest from the Chancery Court.

  • July 22, 2024

    AI-Focused Velocium To Go Public Via $445M SPAC Merger

    AI-focused technology provider Velocium Inc. has agreed to go public by merging with special purpose acquisition company Maquia Capital Acquisition Corp. in a deal that values Velocium at $445 million, both parties announced.

  • July 22, 2024

    Rising Star: Goodwin's Lynette Elam

    Lynette Elam of Goodwin Procter LLP guided the $16.5 billion fundraise for private equity firm TA Associates on its TA XV fund, which the firm has identified as one of 2023's biggest private equity funds, in the latest chapter of her work with the longtime client. This accomplishment and others have arned her a place among the fund formation attorneys honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 22, 2024

    CSG Again Ups Price For Vista's Sporting Biz To $2.15B

    Czech defense company Czechoslovak Group AS has upped its price to buy Vista Outdoor Inc.'s sporting products division, called The Kinetic Group, to $2.15 billion, an increase of $50 million from the previous deal terms, Vista said Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    SEC Launches Multiagency Fraud Council

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that it is creating the Interagency Securities Council, which will bring together federal, state and local regulatory and law enforcement professionals quarterly to discuss the latest in "scams, trends, frauds, and mitigation strategies."

  • July 19, 2024

    NFL Antitrust Verdict, WWE Chair Woes Define 2024's 1st Half

    The first half of 2024 saw bombshell allegations and yearslong litigation lurching forward, highlighted by the shocking lawsuit accusing the founder of WWE of horrific sexual conduct, an iconic magazine almost shuttering and two NFL cases reaching significant milestones.

  • July 19, 2024

    Chancery Dismisses Kraft Heinz-3G Stock Drop Suit

    Shareholders of The Kraft Heinz Co. lost their Chancery Court lawsuit over a $1.2 billion stock sale by 3G Capital Inc. after the Delaware court deemed concerns about board conflicts "meaningless, given the dearth of well-pleaded allegations."

  • July 19, 2024

    3 Atty Takeaways On How AI Affects Employee Benefits

    Artificial intelligence technology has the potential to improve employee benefits administration and could even help employers and retirement savers avoid underperforming 401(k) investments, attorneys say. Here are three takeaways on how AI is affecting employee benefits administration and litigation.

  • July 19, 2024

    12 Firms Guiding IPO Quartet Projected To Exceed $5B

    Twelve law firms are on tap to guide four initial public offerings scheduled for the week of July 22 that could exceed $5 billion combined, led by potentially the year's largest IPO from cold-storage warehouse giant Lineage Inc.

  • July 19, 2024

    Two Class Atty Teams Challenge EngageSmart Deal In Del.

    A new and an amended stockholder complaint have taken aim in Delaware's Court of Chancery at the $4 billion January take-private acquisition of customer engagement and payments venture EngageSmart Inc. by interests of Vista Equity Partners, following a Thursday deadline for consolidated complaint and lead attorney and plaintiff proposals.

  • July 19, 2024

    Gout-Focused Biotech Raises $60M In Latest Funding Round

    Biotechnology company GRO Biosciences Inc. on Friday revealed that it clinched its oversubscribed Series B funding round after raising $60.3 million from investors, which will be used to help push the company's refractory gout treatments to clinic.

  • July 19, 2024

    Chancery Keeps Masimo Meeting Date, Speeds Up Politan Suit

    Masimo Corp. will not have to reschedule its Sept. 19 annual meeting in response to a lawsuit from Politan Capital Management LP, but will need to respond to some of the activist investor's concerns before the meeting takes place, a Delaware Chancery Court judge said Friday.

  • July 19, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: A&O Shearman, Gibson Dunn

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. buys Stelco Holdings Inc., KBR acquires LinQuest Corp., Blue Owl Capital Inc. purchases Atalaya Capital Management LP, and Amphenol Corp. buys two mobile networks units from CommScope.

  • July 19, 2024

    A Deep Dive Into The Top PE Funds Of 2024's First Half

    The five largest private equity funds to close in the first half of 2024 show that fundraising continues to march toward a comeback, a path consistent with what private equity attorneys mapped out at the end of last year.

  • July 19, 2024

    Rising Star: Latham's Oliver Prakash-Jenkins

    Oliver Prakash-Jenkins of Latham & Watkins LLP advised infrastructure investment manager American Triple I on its fundraise for the $4.2 billion development of a new terminal at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, and in just the past month has seen two projects that both involved investments of over $1 billion close, earning him a place among the fund formation law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 19, 2024

    Cooley, Latham Lead Biotech Firm Artiva's Upsized $167M IPO

    Venture-backed Artiva Biotherapeutics Inc. rallied in debut trading Friday after the drug developer priced an upsized $167 million initial public offering below its price range, represented by Cooley LLP and underwriters' counsel Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Today's Trends In Private Credit And Unitranche Financing

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    Proskauer’s Michelle Iodice analyzes recent patterns in private credit and unitranche financing transactions, including the rise of super-senior revolver loans as an alternative to traditional structure, and considers how they may shape the private credit and broadly syndicated loan markets through the remainder of 2024.

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • Series

    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.

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