Michael Reif

Michael Reif

Robins Kaplan LLP

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Eric Mindich—famous for becoming the youngest-ever Goldman partner at 29—is shuttering his Eton Park Capital Management hedge fund and returning the $7 billion it manages to investors. Viewed along with Pershing Square’s...more

3/24/2017 - Financial Sector Hedge Funds Investors IPO Pharmaceutical Industry SEC TCPA Theranos Unsolicited Faxes

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Eddie Lampert’s Sears mega-gamble appears to finally be catching up with him. Or the store, at least. Mr. Lampert, it seems, will come out not as worse for the wear as one might have expected....more

3/23/2017 - Apple Banking Sector Dakota Access Pipeline Deutsche Bank Iran Sanctions Loans Mobile Apps Native American Issues Oil & Gas Personal Data Retail Market Sears Takeover Bids Technology Tribal Lands Water Supplies ZTE

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Uber’s board is sticking with the devil it knows. And that means that CEO Travis Kalanick’s safe where he is, despite a few pretty awful months for the ride-hailing company and promises to change the company culture....more

3/22/2017 - Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon Banking Sector Commerzbank Debt Market Distressed Debt DOJ Financial Markets Insider Information Price-Fixing RMBS Sharing Economy Shipping Cargo Student Loans Subpoenas Takeover Bids Uber

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White Collar Watch dates itself considerably with its Perry Mason allusion, but its bigger point is an interesting one–good luck finding a true “gotcha” moment when dealing with what are “quintessentially offenses of the...more

3/21/2017 - Banking Sector Fraud IPO Offerings Pharmaceutical Industry Repurchases SoftBank Tax Evasion Telecommunications UBS Valeant Wells Fargo White Collar Crimes Wireless Technology

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Following up on news last week that Bill Ackman was finally done with his grand Valeant experiment, the Times gives us a deeper look at what was really going on with the activist investor’s bet and ultimate $4 billion loss....more

3/20/2017 - Activist Investors Auto Manufacturers Banking Sector Debt Market Ethics Federal Reserve Financial Sector General Motors Netflix Pharmaceutical Industry Private Equity Resignation RMBS Sharing Economy Stock Markets Uber Valeant

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The struggle to attract and retain businesses and the jobs they provide has increasingly led to states and cities squaring off against others, with competing tax incentive packages the very real currency of the battle....more

3/17/2017 - Anti-Competitive Auto Manufacturers Banking Sector Cross-Selling IPO Job Creation National Emissions Standards Offerings Regulatory Oversight SnapChat Tax Incentives Volkswagen Wells Fargo White Collar Crimes

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As anticipated (and hinted-at forcefully by its officials), the Fed raised the benchmark interest rate yesterday to a range nearing 1 percent, a move that signals the slow end to the body’s nine-year stimulus effort....more

3/16/2017 - Administrative Appointments Banking Sector Caterpillar CFTC Class Action Deutsche Bank FinTech Innovative Technology Insider Trading Interest Rate Adjustments OCC RBS Stock Markets Stocks Underwriting Wells Fargo

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Financial transaction provider Euronet Worldwide’s made an unsolicited bid to acquire MoneyGram for about $1 billion in cash, throwing a wrench into Ant Financial’s plan to use MG as a way to break into the US market and...more

3/15/2017 - Article 50 Treaty of the EU EU Fiduciary Duty Fiduciary Rule Financial Sector Hackers Indictments Interest Rates Investment Adviser SIFMA Stock Markets UK UK Brexit Yahoo!

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Bill Ackman, not known for giving up easily, is finally throwing in the towel on Valeant (even after taking a board seat at the company) and cutting his losses after a failed “two-year bet that lost about $4 billion for his...more

3/14/2017 - Automotive Industry Chamber of Commerce DOL Driverless Cars Fiduciary Duty Fiduciary Rule Financial Sector Golden Parachutes Intel Investment Adviser JPMorgan Chase Marissa Mayer Pharmaceutical Industry Retirement RMBS Stock Exchange Technology Sector Toshiba Valeant Verizon Yahoo!

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Another tech-related disappointment for the Winklevii, this time with ramifications for an entire means of payment, as the SEC has rejected an application by the brothers to create an ETF tied to the price of bitcoin....more

3/13/2017 - AIG Banking Sector Berkshire Hathaway Bitcoin Consumer Lenders Fannie Mae Financial Markets Financial Sector Freddie Mac Interest Rate Adjustments Libor Real Estate Market SEC Technology Sector UK Brexit Virtual Currency

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There’s been a bit of a stir in the paint world, with Dutch firm Akzo Nobel rejecting a takeover bid from PPG Industries valued at $22 billion. In a statement, Akzo claimed that the offer “substantially undervalues” the...more

3/10/2017 - AIG Bitcoin Bribery Common Stock Data Collection Digital Currency Economic Development European Central Bank Financial Sector IRS Job Creation Samsung Section 409A South Korea Stock Options Takeover Bids Virtual Currency White Collar Crimes

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We now know what all of that law-enforcement activity around Caterpillar HQ in past weeks. A government report out this week reveals that investigators are targeting CAT for tax and accounting fraud, though no charges have...more

3/9/2017 - Accounting Fraud Administrative Appointments Banking Sector Caterpillar Class Action Confirmation Proceedings Financial Institutions Financial Sector Germany Industrial Products IPO Nominations Private Sector SEC SnapChat Social Media SoftBank Tax Fraud

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Index-fund giant State Street is putting gender diversity on corporate boards front and center, announcing this week that it will begin voting against board members charged with nominating new directors if they don’t make an...more

3/9/2017 - Android Antitrust Provisions Auto Manufacturers Capital Raising Commodities Diversity Driverless Cars Electric Vehicles EU Financial Sector Gender Equity Goldman Sachs Google Inflation Adjustments IPO Iran Sanctions North Korea Price Maintenance Sharing Economy State Street Uber Volvo ZTE

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The SEC is set to decide this week whether to okay a new ETF that could provide investors easier access to bitcoin, a potentially transformative move for the virtual currency....more

3/7/2017 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Bitcoin Bribery Capital Raising Dodd-Frank EFTs Financial Markets Financial Sector General Motors Insider Trading IPO JPMorgan Chase Offerings Samsung SEC SnapChat Social Media South Korea Technology Virtual Currency Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes

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It’s been far from a smooth ride for Uber over the past few weeks. And Friday’s revelation that the ride-sharing company’s been using a tool called “Greyball” to mine and use app data to “deceive the authorities in markets...more

3/6/2017 - Appeals Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Banking Sector Banks Bitcoin Blockchain Capital Raising Deutsche Bank Digital Currency Federal Reserve Financial Markets Financial Sector General Motors Interest Rate Adjustments Mobile Apps RMBS Securities Violations Sharing Economy Summary Judgment Technology Sector Uber Valuation

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In this week’s Common Sense entry, James Stewart lets us in on how an entity that loses so much money (Snap) could be worth so much [it gained 44 percent on its offering price in the first day of trading]. The answer is being...more

3/3/2017 - Amazon Banks Bitcoin Capital Raising Caterpillar Deregulation Digital Currency Dodd-Frank False Claims Act (FCA) Financial Crisis Financial Sector Internet IPO Moody's Offerings Offshore Funds SnapChat Technology Sector

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After months of anticipation, yesterday was finally official Snap IPO day. And despite losses of more than $500 million last year, the company saw willing investors flock to buy the $17 shares, pushing Snap’s valuation to...more

3/2/2017 - Capital Raising Data Breach DOL Dow Jones Fiduciary Duty Fiduciary Rule Financial Markets Financial Sector Hedge Funds Insider Trading Investment Adviser IPO SEC SnapChat Social Media SoftBank Wells Fargo Yahoo!

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SoftBank’s been burning up the deal scene in recent months (Fortress, anyone?), and it keeps right on rolling by helping orchestrate the merger of satellite operator and investee OneWeb with Intelsat in a bid to increase...more

3/1/2017 - Banking Sector Capital Raising Citibank Enforcement Actions Federal Reserve Forex Information Technology Interest Rate Adjustments Internet Internet Service Providers (ISPs) IPO NYSE Offerings Publishers S&P SEC Securities Violations SnapChat Social Media SoftBank Takeover Bids Technology Sector

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It may lack some of the flourish of a BBG missive, but you can be sure that plenty of insiders are paying close attention to Mr. Buffet’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders....more

2/27/2017 - Banking Sector Banks Berkshire Hathaway Bonds Capital Raising China Citigroup Dodd-Frank False Claims Act (FCA) Financial Markets Financial Sector Foreign Workers Hiring & Firing Investment Investors IPO Japan Offerings SEC Smartphones Stocks Technology Warren Buffet Whistleblowers Wireless Industry Wireless Technology

Van Patten V. Vertical Fitness Is No TCPA Killer

The rise of Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation in the past decade has been staggering. From just 14 cases in 2007, the number of TCPA-related filings has exploded to 4,860 in 2016 — a total that is expected to...more

2/23/2017 - Article III Class Action Class Certification Gym Memberships Injury-in-Fact Invasion of Privacy Prior Express Consent Robocalling Spam Spokeo v Robins Standing Summary Judgment TCPA Telecommunications Telemarketing Text Messages

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