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Latham & Watkins Advises Financial Advisers in Coinbase Direct Listing

Latham & Watkins represented the financial advisers to cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase Global, Inc. in its direct listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “COIN” on April 14, 2021. Latham previously represented Spotify in its ground-breaking direct listing on the NYSE in 2018 and the financial advisers in the direct listings of Slack and Asana on the NYSE in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Latham represented the financial advisers to Coinbase in its direct listing with a capital markets team led by New York partners Marc Jaffe, Greg Rodgers, and Benjamin Cohen, with New York associates Brittany Ruiz, Jonathan Hernandez, and Darby Dietrich. Advice was provided on corporate matters by Chicago partner Max Schleusener; on financial regulatory and cryptocurrency matters by New York partner Stephen Wink, with London associate Shaun Musuka; on financial regulatory, payments, and AML matters by Washington, D.C. partner Todd Beauchamp and London partner Stuart Davis, with Washington, D.C. associates Charles Weinstein and Loyal Horsley and London associates Gabriel Lakeman, Sam Maxson, and Sidhartha Lal; on bank regulatory matters by New York partner Alan Avery and New York counsel Pia Naib; on FCPA & sanctions matters by Washington, D.C. partner Eric Volkman, with Washington, D.C. associate C.J. Rydberg; on CFTC regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters by New York partner Yvette Valdez and Chicago partner Eric Swibel, with New York associates Ashley Weeks, Adam Fovent, and Iris Xie; on tax matters by New York partner Jiyeon Lee-Lim, with New York associate Seung Hyun Yang; on benefits and compensation matters by New York partner Bradd Williamson, with New York associate Anne Bracaglia; on data privacy and security matters by Washington, D.C. partner Jennifer Archie, with Washington, D.C. associate James Smith and London partner Fiona Maclean and London counsel Danielle van der Merwe, with London associate Liz Longster.

Hogan Lovells advises Ingredion on its £185 million acquisition

International law firm Hogan Lovells has advised NYSE-listed firm Ingredion, a leader in the plant-based ingredient solutions market, on its £185 million acquisition of PureCircle, a London-listed producer of stevia sweeteners. The acquisition advances Ingredion’s specialties strategy for sugar reduction and will support future sales growth.

The takeover was implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement with PureCircle shareholders having the option to receive cash or shares in the Ingredion Bidco. Ingredion have also invested a further US$130 million into PureCircle by means of an equity injection, and a result of this acquisition will control 75 percent of PureCircle. The transaction was announced in April, though completion was subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions, including obtaining antitrust clearance in the United States.

The corporate team was led by corporate partners Maegen Morrison (in London), together with Bill Curtin and Richard Parrino, based in Washington, D.C. They were supported by teams in China, the United States, Belgium and London across a variety of practice areas including antitrust, corporate, data protection, employment, employee share schemes, IP, real estate, and pensions.

Commenting on the deal, partner Maegen Morrison said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Ingredion on its first public acquisition in the UK. The transaction is yet another example of the breadth and depth of our global practice and our ability as a firm to work seamlessly across jurisdictions and practices, in close conjunction with our client’s legal and deal teams, even when working remotely.”

Global Head of M&A, Bill Curtin added: “We are honoured to serve as M&A counsel to Ingredion, drawing upon our ability to execute cross-border transactions in regulated industries and by providing our global resources to promote our clients’ continuing success.”

Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Securities Class Action

Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon” or the “Company”) (NYSE: AVP) securities between August 2, 2016 and August 2, 2017, inclusive (the “Class Period”). Avon investors have until April 15, 2019 to file a lead plaintiff motion.

Investors suffering losses on their Avon investments are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith to discuss their legal rights in this class action at 888-638-4847 or by email to [email protected].

On August 3, 2017, Avon issued a press release announcing its second quarter 2017 financial results and held a conference call to discuss the results. The Company reported a net loss of $0.12 per share and a 3% decline in active representatives. Avon also reported that Brazil revenue was “down 2% in constant dollars, primarily driven by a decrease in Active Representatives.” On the call, Avon’s Chief Financial Officer acknowledged that, despite Avon’s earlier representations, the remedial actions in Brazil (i.e., stricter credit terms applied to recruiting new representatives) were negatively impacting active representatives and revenue in Brazil. On this news, shares of Avon fell $0.36, or 10.71%, to close at $3.00 per share on August 3, 2017, thereby injuring investors.

The Complaint filed in this class action alleges that Defendants made materially false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Avon was engaged in an undisclosed scheme whereby it significantly loosened its credit terms in order to recruit new representatives in Brazil, its largest market; (2) its specific credit terms in Brazil; (3) Avon failed to increase its allowance for doubtful accounts to account for the changes to its credit terms in Brazil; and (4) as a result of these concealments, Avon stock was trading at artificially inflated prices throughout the class period.

If you purchased shares of Avon, have information or would like to learn more about these claims, or have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 by telephone at (215) 638-4847, toll-free at (888) 638-4847, or by email to [email protected], or visit our website at http://www.howardsmithlaw.com/

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