Reynolds Holding is a Breakingviews editor who also writes from New York about the law. Before joining Breakingviews, he was a national editorial producer for the Law & Justice Unit at ABC News, a senior writer for Time magazine and the executive editor of Legal Affairs, the first general interest magazine about the law. He spent more than a decade as an investigative reporter and columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, where he was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for explanatory writing. Before becoming a journalist, he practiced corporate law at the New York firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. He graduated from Harvard College and Duke University School of Law.
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Two cases challenge the hedge fund’s ability to work around U.S. laws that shield the country’s assets. The court is hearing one of them as it mulls another on paying debt-swap holdouts. Upcoming arguments in the first may reveal how creative collection plans fare in the second.
A U.S. court says a regulation forcing firms to disclose their use of African minerals is unconstitutional. The rule’s merits aside, the opinion weakens the public’s right to good information. Given the Supreme Court’s pro-business tilt, transparency could be in real trouble.
The likes of Goldman and Citigroup typically favor industry-run proceedings as cheaper than lawsuits and easier to win. With reforms eroding their edge, however, they’re now demanding to go to court. Allowing banks and not investors to pick the forum makes the system look rigged.
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