• Special-purpose acquisition companies — aka “blank-check” companies — are having a moment on Wall Street. The investment vehicles have raised more than $40 billion already in 2020 and are on track to more than triple last year’s total of $14 billion.
  • SPACs have recently attracted bold-faced names such as hedge-fund titan Bill Ackman, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley power player Dragoneer Investment Group, and “Moneyball” star Billy Beane.
  • But there’s an ecosystem of advisors, salespeople, and lawyers pitching blank-check companies to investment platforms and wealthy people as viable financing options.
  • We spoke with more than a half dozen industry insiders to come up with a list of the market’s most influential players.
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One of Wall Street’s most talked-about trends is the wave of special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, that have launched IPOs at such a torrid pace that they’re on track to

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  • Attorneys in bankruptcy, data privacy, and healthcare are among those in highest demand, especially with the sea changes caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • Five lawyers and two recruiters shed light on the nine practice areas they think will boom over the next few years, and the essential skills to develop to best position yourself in the industry.
  • “The legal industry has adapted to COVID and its restrictions, and many are actually having a strong economic year despite all of the disruptions,” said legal recruiter, Larry Watanabe.
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Amid the upheaval wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, navigating the rocky job market can be tough.

The legal industry certainly wasn’t immune to the disruption: Many law school graduates were, and still are, stuck in a state of limbo, while top law firms pulled the trigger on pay cuts, layoffs, and furloughs, as previously reported in

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AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “a” from “a-” of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (Minneapolis, MN) and MLM Risk Retention Group, Inc. (Washington DC). These companies are collectively referred to as MLM Group. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.

The ratings reflect MLM Group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The upgrade of the Long-Term ICR reflects MLM Group’s improved operating performance, which resulted from implementing a number of initiatives designed to reduce underwriting volatility and improve rate adequacy. Underwriting performance has benefited from favorable reserve development and compares well with the composite and peer averages. MLM Group has maintained high policyholder retention levels despite

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – (August 20, 2020) – International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that 159 lawyers from all 13 of the Firm’s U.S. offices were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021 (Woodward White, Inc.). In addition, 12 of those lawyers, from the Firm’s Anchorage, Denver, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle offices, were recognized as Best Lawyers® 2021 Lawyers of the Year.

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Dorsey announced today that 159 lawyers from all 13 of the Firm’s U.S. offices were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021. (Graphic: Dorsey & Whitney LLP)

New for 2021, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognized 24 Dorsey attorneys. This award recognizes extraordinary lawyers who have been in private practice for less than 10

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