• July 11, 2024

    Ropes & Gray, Paul Weiss Steer Bain's $4.5B Envestnet Buy

    Ropes & Gray-led Bain Capital will buy Envestnet Inc., guided by Paul Weiss, in a take-private deal that values the financial technology company at $4.5 billion, Envestnet said in a statement Thursday. 

  • July 10, 2024

    BitMEX Cops To Flouting Anti-Money Laundering Rules

    Offshore crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX pled guilty in New York federal court on Wednesday to a charge alleging it violated the Bank Secrecy Act by knowingly failing to maintain adequate anti-money laundering and customer identification programs, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

  • July 10, 2024

    Pledging 'Accountability,' Biden's FDIC Pick Faces Senate Test

    President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. plans to stress her regulatory credentials and determination to fix the agency's troubled work culture when she goes before a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday for a confirmation hearing.

  • July 10, 2024

    Synapse Credit's Finance Lending License Pulled In California

    The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation on Wednesday revoked the financing lending license of Synapse Credit LLC, a subsidiary of Synapse Financial Technologies, whose April bankruptcy resulted in thousands of customers losing access to their accounts and funds.

  • July 10, 2024

    CFTC Says Internal Criticism 'Not Relevant' To Sanctions Bid

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission says that criticism leveled against it by one of its own members is "not relevant" to the agency's case against a foreign exchange firm accused of a $300 million fraud and has asked a New Jersey federal court not to consider the comments in deciding whether to issue sanctions against the regulator.

  • July 10, 2024

    SEC Exchange Plan Can't Stand Post-Chevron, Uniswap Says

    Decentralized finance firm Uniswap Labs is urging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission not to adopt a rule that could force it and other cryptocurrency trading platforms to register with the agency as securities exchanges, saying the rule will not survive a legal challenge now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Chevron deference. 

  • July 10, 2024

    Top Banks Accused Of Infringing Authentication IP With Zelle

    Intellectual property licensing outfit Factor2 Multimedia Systems has sued Bank of America, Capital One and others in Texas federal court for allegedly infringing authentication patents with Zelle and other money-transfer apparatuses.

  • July 10, 2024

    Citi Fined $136M As OCC, Fed Cite Slow Remedial Progress

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve on Wednesday leveled nearly $136 million in penalties against Citigroup Inc. and its national bank subsidiary Citibank for failing to meet risk management remediation milestones laid out in 2020 consent orders with the regulators.

  • July 10, 2024

    Feds Say Guo Ran 'Fraud Empire' As Racketeering Trial Wraps

    Manhattan federal prosecutors urged a jury on Wednesday to convict Chinese dissident Miles Guo for operating his political movement as a vast racketeering conspiracy that "brainwashed" supporters into spending more than $1 billion on scam investments.

  • July 10, 2024

    Behnam Tells Senate CFTC Is Ready To Be Retail Crypto Cop

    U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair Rostin Behnam sought to assure lawmakers that his agency is ready to protect retail investors if it is given oversight of digital asset markets during a Wednesday Senate hearing setting the stage for a coming legislative proposal on the future of cryptocurrency regulation.

  • July 10, 2024

    Troutman Pepper Adds MoFo Financial Services Atty In DC

    An experienced financial services attorney has jumped from Morrison Foerster LLP to Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP's office in Washington, D.C.

  • July 10, 2024

    CFPB Pitches Plan To 'Streamline' Mortgage Servicing Rules

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that it wants to revamp its mortgage servicing rules to make it faster and easier for struggling homeowners to access forbearance and other relief options, proposing changes that draw in part on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • July 09, 2024

    CFPB's Latest Rules Agenda Includes Blast From Fed Past

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may try to resurrect part of a defunct Federal Reserve regulation that banned banks from employing some consumer credit contract terms, according to a new rulemaking agenda from the agency that also hints at a plan B for its $8 credit card late-fee rule.

  • July 09, 2024

    2 Cases In Visa, Mastercard MDL Ready For Trial, Judge Says

    The New York federal judge handling multidistrict litigation over Visa and Mastercard merchant fees suggested on Monday separating from the MDL the lawsuits involving the Target and 7-Eleven plaintiffs, saying the cases are ready for trial and should be transferred to the Southern District of New York.

  • July 09, 2024

    Chase Bank Reaches Deal In Data Security Patent Suit

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA indicated Tuesday that it has settled a lawsuit in Texas federal court over data security patents developed by a former Israeli air defense officer who worked on technological solutions for "survivability capabilities against systemic failures."

  • July 09, 2024

    Slam By CFTC Member Backs Sanctions Bid, Forex Firm Says

    A foreign exchange firm that accused the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of misconduct in bringing an action against it has cited recent criticism of the agency's enforcement division by one of its commissioners in support of its bid to toss the case and sanction the regulator.

  • July 09, 2024

    CFPB Moves To Unfreeze Credit Card Late Fee Rule In Texas

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has asked a Texas federal judge to formally dissolve a preliminary injunction that has been blocking the agency's $8 credit card late fee rule from taking effect, arguing that the justification of the injunction — the CFPB's allegedly unconstitutional funding structure — no longer holds.

  • July 09, 2024

    Del. Chancellor Sends SwervePay Merger Suit Toward Trial

    Delaware's Court of Chancery on Tuesday rejected dismissal for an amended complaint filed by e-payment venture SwervePay accusing buyers affiliated with payment collection business Ontario Systems LLC of overstating by tens of billions revenue-producing transactions expected under a proposed 2020 tie-up.

  • July 09, 2024

    Fintech Firm Ingo Sued For Data Breach Disclosure Lag

    Fintech deposit underwriter Ingo Money Inc. faces a proposed class action alleging it waited seven months to notify consumers that it had been successfully targeted by hackers, during which time a "gold mine" of personal information was purportedly in the hands of unauthorized parties.

  • July 09, 2024

    2 Cooperators In Bankman-Fried Case To Be Sentenced In Fall

    Two former FTX executives who pled guilty and testified for the government at the trial of Sam Bankman-Fried, the collapsed cryptocurrency exchange's founder, will be sentenced this fall, a New York federal judge said Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Atty Tells Guo Jury Of Illicit Extradition Campaign

    Prominent Chinese Communist Party critic Miles Guo capped off his defense to $1 billion fraud charges Tuesday with testimony from a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney, who admitted to participating in a plot to lobby the U.S. government for Guo's extradition to China.

  • July 09, 2024

    McDermott Lands 22-Year Latham Securities Litigator In LA

    McDermott Will & Emery has brought in the global co-chair of Latham & Watkins LLP's securities litigation and professional liability practice group to join its Los Angeles office.

  • July 09, 2024

    Fed's Powell Backs Do-Over For Basel Bank Capital Plan

    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told senators on Tuesday that he supports a reproposal of federal regulators' Basel III endgame overhaul to big-bank capital requirements, suggesting the package is being rethought significantly enough to merit a whole new draft before it can be finalized.

  • July 08, 2024

    Fintech Co. Current Can't Stop Ex-GC's Depo In Bias Case

    Fintech company Current must allow the deposition of its former general counsel in a suit claiming it fostered a discriminatory work culture, a New York federal magistrate judge has ruled though the judge limited the deposition to focus on discrimination the general counsel may have personally experienced or witnessed.

  • July 08, 2024

    Paxful Co-Founder Admits Anti-Money Laundering Failures

    Paxful co-founder Artur Schaback faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison after he pled guilty in California federal court Monday to conspiring to do without effective anti-money laundering policies for the cryptocurrency exchange platform, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Expert Analysis

  • Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

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    As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • High Court's BofA Ruling Leaves State Preemption Questions

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    A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Cantero v. Bank of America sheds light on whether certain state banking regulations apply to federally chartered banks, but a circuit split could still force the Supreme Court to take a more direct position, says Brett Garver at Moritt Hock.

  • Cyber Takeaways For Cos. From Verizon Data Breach Report

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    Camilo Artiga-Purcell at Kiteworks analyzes the key findings of the 2024 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report from a legal perspective, examining the implications for organizations' cybersecurity strategies and compliance efforts.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • 3 Ways To Fight Alice Rejections Of Blockchain Patents

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    With blockchain-related patent application filings on the rise, Thomas Isaacson at Polsinelli offers strategies for responding to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office determinations that the blockchain network is just a generic computer and patent-ineligible under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Alice v. CLS Bank decision.

  • Deciphering SEC Disgorgement 4 Years After Liu

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    Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to preserve SEC disgorgement with limits, courts have continued to rule largely in the agency’s favor, but a recent circuit split over the National Defense Authorization Act's import may create hurdles for the SEC, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Risks And Promises Of AI In The Financial Services Industry

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    Generative artificial intelligence has immense potential to revolutionize the financial services industry, but firms considering its use should first prepare to show their customers and the increasingly divided international regulatory community that they can manage the risks inherent to the new technology, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Series

    Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

  • Patent Lessons From 7 Federal Circuit Reversals In May

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    A look at recent cases where the Federal Circuit reversed or vacated decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board or a federal district court provide guidance on how to succeed on appeal by clarifying the obviousness analysis of design patents, the finality of a judgment, and more, say Denise De Mory and Li Guo at Bunsow De Mory.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • What To Know As CFPB Late Fee Rule Hangs In Limbo

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    Though the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's final credit card late fee rule faces an uncertain future due to litigation involving injunctions, emergency petitions and now a venue dispute, card issuers must understand how to navigate the interim period and what to do if the rule takes effect, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • 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.

  • Unlocking Blockchain Opportunities Amid Legal Uncertainty

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    Dozens of laws and legal precedents will come into the fore as Web3, metaverse and non-fungible tokens gain momentum, so organizations need to design their programs with a broader view of potential exposures — and opportunities, say Teresa Goody Guillén and Robert Musiala at BakerHostetler and Steve McNew at FTI Consulting.

  • What The NYSE Proposed Delisting Rule Could Mean For Cos.

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    The New York Stock Exchange's recently proposed rule would provide the exchange with discretionary authority to commence delisting proceedings for a company substantially shifting its primary business focus, raising concerns for NYSE-listed companies over the exact definition of the exchange's proposed "substantially different" standard, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • The Uncertain Scope Of The First Financial Fair Access Laws

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    With Florida and Tennessee soon to roll out laws banning financial institutions from making decisions based on customer traits like political affiliation, national financial services providers should consider how broadly worded “fair access” laws from these and other conservative-leaning states may place new obligations on their business operations, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

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