Private Equity

  • June 12, 2024

    Spacecraft Maker Clinches $95M Series B Funding Round

    Spacecraft manufacturing company Apex on Wednesday announced that it clinched its Series B funding round after securing $95 million from investors, which will be used to help the Los Angeles-based company ramp up production to meet growing customer demand.

  • June 12, 2024

    4 Firms Steer $3.7B Canadian Banking Merger

    Four firms are serving as the key legal advisers on a newly inked agreement for National Bank of Canada to purchase Canadian Western Bank, or CWB, in a deal that values the latter institution at approximately CA$5 billion ($3.7 billion) and sent its stock soaring more than 70% Wednesday. 

  • June 11, 2024

    2nd Circ. Cites Macquarie In Booting Suit Over Go-Private Deal

    The Second Circuit refused to revive a proposed class action accusing a real estate services provider of artificially depressing share prices, applying apparently for the first time the U.S. Supreme Court's Macquarie decision on alleged failures to disclose certain information.

  • June 11, 2024

    Slow IPO Recovery Expected To Accelerate In 2025

    More companies are preparing initial public offerings even as the pace of new listings has been slower than anticipated, experts said Tuesday, signaling that an IPO recovery is likely to accelerate next year after investors sort out November election results.

  • June 11, 2024

    AlphaSense Valued At $4B After $650M Investment Round

    New York-based market intelligence platform AlphaSense said Tuesday it has raised $650 million in funding as part of an agreement to buy data provider Tegus, valuing AlphaSense at $4 billion.

  • June 11, 2024

    Kirkland-Led InTandem Capital Lands $715M For 3rd Fund

    New York-based healthcare services-focused private equity firm InTandem Capital Partners LLC, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on Tuesday announced that it has clinched its third private equity fund, above target with $715 million in tow.

  • June 11, 2024

    AI Hiring Platform's Ex-CEO Charged With $27M Fraud

    The founder of hiring startup Joonko Diversity Inc. has been charged with fraud, with prosecutors saying Tuesday that she deceived investors into dumping $27 million into a platform that supposedly used artificial intelligence to help companies recruit diverse job candidates. 

  • June 11, 2024

    Jones Day Lands Alston & Bird Financial Markets Atty In LA

    Jones Day announced Tuesday it brought on an Alston & Bird partner who started his decades-long legal career at Jones Day and will now work out of the firm's offices in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, strengthening its financial markets practice.

  • June 11, 2024

    Swiss Firm Closes 5th PE Program With Over $15B In Tow

    Switzerland-based private equity firm Partners Group on Tuesday announced that it clinched its fifth direct private equity program after surpassing its $15 billion target, which will be used to invest across the technology, health and life, goods and products, and services verticals.

  • June 11, 2024

    Wilson Sonsini-Led Yext Paying Up To $220M For Hearsay

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is advising Yext Inc. on a new agreement to acquire Latham & Watkins LLP-repped Hearsay Systems, a client engagement platform for financial services, for $125 million and up to an additional $95 million if certain performance metrics are hit.

  • June 10, 2024

    Pork Producers Look To Put A Fork In Price-Fixing Claims

    Pork producers accused of colluding to diminish supply and inflate prices in sprawling multidistrict litigation have urged a Minnesota federal court to toss all remaining buyers' claims against them, saying statistical reports they use are lawful and their accusers' complaints are untimely.

  • June 10, 2024

    Chancery Retains Most Healthcare Tech Merger Suit Claims

    Nearly all the allegations of fraud, breach of contract and related claims lodged by healthcare technology venture Trifecta Multimedia Holdings Inc. against acquirer WCG Clinical Services have survived dismissal challenges and will move toward trial, a Delaware vice chancellor ruled Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Arnold & Porter Advises Cognizant On $1.3B Belcan Buy

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is guiding Cognizant on a newly inked agreement to buy Kirkland & Ellis LLP-repped Belcan for about $1.3 billion, Cognizant said in a statement Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Conduent Buys Back $132M Of Shares From Carl Icahn

    Business services provider Conduent Inc. on Monday agreed to repurchase $132 million of common stock from activist investor Carl Icahn, ending Ichahn's stock in the company through a deal guided by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 10, 2024

    Addus HomeCare Buys Gentiva's Personal Care Biz For $350M

    Home care services company Addus HomeCare Corp. on Monday unveiled plans to buy the personal care operations from hospice company Gentiva for an anticipated price of roughly $350 million in a deal shaped by three law firms.

  • June 10, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Big players and big moves dominated much of the past week in Delaware's Court of Chancery, as Tesla in particular and big corporations in general showed their pique over rulings that went toward stockholders or against conventional expectations.

  • June 10, 2024

    Vista Outdoor Rejects MNC's Over $3B Takeover Bid

    Vista Outdoor Inc. said Monday that it rejected MNC Capital Partners' over $3 billion takeover offer that it lobbed at the outdoor goods company last week, while simultaneously announcing a new $2 billion offer for its sporting products division from an undisclosed U.S.-based private investment firm.

  • June 10, 2024

    Elliott Presses Southwest Airlines For Leadership Changes

    Elliott Investment Management LP said Monday that it has amassed a stake in Southwest Airlines of approximately $1.9 billion as it pushed the airline to make leadership changes, but Southwest was quick to defend its top brass. 

  • June 07, 2024

    Speech Pathologists Say BakerHostetler Bungled Biz Deal

    A trio of Los Angeles-based speech pathologists have filed a malpractice suit against their former BakerHostetler counsel in California state court, accusing the firm and an Ohio-based partner of negligence in failing to properly advise them amid a business deal, allegedly resulting in the therapists losing their successful practice and more than $1 million.

  • June 07, 2024

    Casper Investors Ink $3M Deal Over Mattress Co.'s Woes

    Investors in mattress company Casper Sleep Inc. have asked a Brooklyn federal judge for an initial nod for their $3 million deal that would end claims the company misrepresented its financial prospects in the lead-up to its February 2020 initial public offering.

  • June 07, 2024

    6th Circ. Revives Investors' Suit Over Leech Tishman Advice

    A Sixth Circuit panel has revived a group of investors' claims that Pittsburgh-based Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl's lawyers gave fraudulent and negligent advice about clean energy investments that turned out to be a Ponzi scheme, reasoning that a one-year statute of limitations had been tolled for some claims and didn't apply to others.

  • June 07, 2024

    David Beckham Settles Suit With Mark Wahlberg's Fitness Biz

    Fitness club franchising company F45 Training, promoted by early investor Mark Wahlberg, has settled a breach of contract suit originally filed in California state court in 2022 that centered around a promotional deal involving international soccer icon David Beckham.

  • June 07, 2024

    Nossaman Picks Up Pensions Partner In Phoenix

    Nossaman LLP has brought on a public pension plan expert from Kutak Rock LLP as a partner in its Phoenix office, continuing the firm's expansion of its benefits and investments group.

  • June 07, 2024

    Goodwin, Cooley Lead J&J-Backed Neurological Firm's IPO

    Johnson & Johnson-backed neurological firm Rapport Therapeutics Inc. rallied in debut trading Friday after it completed a $136 million initial public offering within its price range, guided by Goodwin Procter LLP and underwriters counsel Cooley LLP.

  • June 07, 2024

    DLA Piper Steers Tech-Focused SPAC's $250M Filing

    Special-purpose acquisition company GigCapital7 on Friday announced plans to raise up to $250 million in an initial public offering, and said that it intends to use the proceeds to fund a future merger with a company in the technology sector.

Expert Analysis

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • Key Takeaways From 2024 Accountants' Liability Conference

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    At the recent annual Accountants' Liability Conference, regulators provided important commentary on new Public Company Accounting Oversight Board rulemaking and standard-setting initiatives, and emphasized regulatory priorities ranging from the tone at the top to alternative practice structures, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • Parsing Controversial Del. General Corporation Law Proposals

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    In response to issues raised in three recent high-profile Delaware Court of Chancery decisions, many amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law were quickly proposed that, if enacted, would bring significant changes likely to be hotly debated — and litigated — for the foreseeable future, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • A Look At M&A Conditions After FTC's Exxon-Pioneer Nod

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent consent decree imposing several conditions on Exxon Mobil's acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources helps illustrate key points about the current merger enforcement environment, including the probability of further investigations in the energy and pharmaceutical sectors, say Ryan Quillian and John Kendrick at Covington.

  • FTC Theories Of Harm After Anesthesia Co. Ruling

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    As Federal Trade Commission litigation against U.S. Anesthesia Partners proceeds following a Texas federal court's recent decision to dismiss a private equity sponsor from the suit, the case attempts to incorporate and advance some of the commission's theories of competitive harm from the final 2023 Merger Guidelines, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Investors Can Aid In The Acceptance Of Psychedelic Medicine

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    Psychedelic medicine is ready to have its breakthrough moment, and although it still faces political, legal and communications challenges, private equity investors can play a significant role in changing the public perception on psychedelics from taboo to acceptance, say Kimberly Chew at Husch Blackwell, Charlie Panfil at the Daschle Group and Ethan Lutz at FTI Consulting.

  • Perspectives

    Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • What Updated PLR Procedure May Mean For Stock Spin-Offs

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    A recently published Internal Revenue Service revenue procedure departs from commonly understood interpretations of the spinoff rules by imposing more stringent standards on companies seeking private letter rulings regarding tax-free stock spinoff and split-off transactions, and may presage regulatory changes that would have the force of law, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Del. Needs To Urgently Pass Post-Moelis Corporate Law Bill

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    After the Delaware Chancery Court's decision in West Palm Beach Firefighters' Pension v. Moelis sparked confusion around governance rights, recently proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law would preserve the state's predictable corporate governance system, says Lawrence Hamermesh at Widener University Delaware Law School.

  • 4 Arbitration Takeaways From High Court Coinbase Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's May 23 decision in Coinbase v. Suski, which provides clarity to parties faced with successive contracts containing conflicting dispute resolution provisions, has four practical impacts for contracting parties to consider, say Charles Schoenwetter and Eric Olson at Bowman and Brooke.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

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