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SEC Increases “Qualified Client” Standards

On June 17, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued an order (the “Order”1) increasing the dollar amount tests in order to qualify as a “qualified client” in Rule 205-3 (the “Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”). As described below, these changes will be effective…

Client Alerts | August 2, 2021 | Investment Management | Hedge Funds | Private Equity Funds

SEC Enforcement Action Against SPAC, Sponsor, Merger Target, and CEOs for Misleading Statements

Background On July 13, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) filed an administrative enforcement action and announced a settlement with Stable Road Acquisition Corp. (“Stable Road”), a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”); SRC-NI Holdings, LLC, Stable Road’s sponsor (the “Sponsor”); Brian Kabot, Stable Road’s Chief Executive Officer and the Sponsor’s managing member (“Kabot”);…

Client Alerts | July 23, 2021 | Securities and Corporate Finance

Manichean Struggle: Reverse Veil-Piercing Authorized in Delaware

A recent decision from the Delaware Chancery Court has established, for the first time, that the remedy of reverse veil-piercing is recognized under Delaware law. The decision, Manichean Capital, LLC v. Exela Technologies, Inc., resolves a dispute regarding the availability of reverse veil-piercing and augments the remedies for minority shareholders dissenting from a merger. Background…

Client Alerts | June 2, 2021 | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation

Mapping the Harbor: Additional Interpretation of the Bankruptcy Safe Harbor

A series of decisions (and a recent brief) have highlighted some of the new issues that are arising in Safe Harbor litigation. In particular, they show how the courts are wrestling with questions concerning: Which entity in a complex transaction is considered the “initial transferee” for Safe Harbor purposes? How are courts interpreting the Safe…

Client Alerts | March 24, 2021 | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation

Cover Me in Fraud: Delaware Supreme Court Finds Fraud Is Insurable

The Delaware Supreme Court has held that fraudulent conduct by corporate officers and directors is insurable in Delaware.  This consequential decision, RSUI Indemnity Company v. Murdock, 2021 BL 76083 (Del. Mar. 3, 2021), is inconsistent with the public policy of many other states, and likely will have an immediate effect on Delaware-based corporations involved in…

Client Alerts | March 15, 2021 | Commercial and Corporate Litigation | Risk Management

The Train Has Left the Station: LSTA Issues Revised Secondary Trading Documentation To Reflect Transition from LIBOR

Effective January 27, 2021, the Board of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (the “LSTA”) published a revised suite of trading documents to reflect the market’s transition from the use of the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) or other alternative risk-free rates (“RFRs”) as a key benchmark for…

Client Alerts | January 29, 2021 | Securities and Corporate Finance | Special Situations and Credit | Derivatives

I Really Can’t Stay: Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Bankruptcy Automatic Stay

The United States Supreme Court has issued an opinion that clarifies the extent to which the automatic stay imposes obligations on creditors that seized their debtor’s property pre-petition and resolves a broad split among the circuit courts. The decision, City of Chicago v. Fulton, provides protection for creditors but adds to the burdens faced by…

Client Alerts | January 20, 2021 | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation

BAM! Madoff Defendants Socked with Substantial Prejudgment Interest

A recent decision from a New York bankruptcy court provides guidance on how federal courts may approach requests for prejudgment interest in fraudulent conveyance cases. The decision, Picard v. BAM LP, highlights a risk faced by defendants in litigation of lengthy duration and provides practical guidance on how federal judges may exercise their discretion regarding…

Client Alerts | January 4, 2021 | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation