Adam Hakki

Adam Hakki

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Second Circuit Accepts Controversial “Inflation-Maintenance” Theory of Securities Fraud Liability

In so-called “price maintenance” securities fraud cases, plaintiffs argue that a misrepresentation that does not cause a stock’s price to rise can nevertheless be actionable under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange of...more

10/6/2016 - Best Buy Class Certification Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund Material Misstatements Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Stock Prices

D.C. Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Proceedings

On August 9, 2016, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Lucia v. SEC, a significant decision that holds that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC” or...more

8/17/2016 - Administrative Hearings ALJ Appointments Clause Article II SEC

“Veep”: The Evolving Law of Advancement and Indemnification

Companies confer title of “Vice President” on a wide range of employees, from senior executives, in some cases, to line-level personnel, in others. While distinguishing someone functioning as a senior executive from someone...more

8/1/2016 - Board of Directors Bylaws Corporate Officers Indemnification Clauses Personal Liability

Securities Enforcement: 2016 Mid-Year Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) brought over 400 enforcement actions in the first half of 2016 and is on pace to surpass its record of 807 enforcements actions in a single fiscal year, which...more

7/20/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Books & Records Broker-Dealer Chief Compliance Officers Cooperation Corporate Counsel Cybersecurity Disgorgement Enforcement Actions Enforcement Statistics FCPA Insider Trading Investment Adviser Municipal Bonds SEC Whistleblowers

Two Recent Second Circuit Decisions Provide Opportunity for Supreme Court to Address Whether American Pipe Tolling Extends to...

The tolling rule established by the Supreme Court in American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah generally provides that the commencement of a class action in federal court suspends the applicable statute of limitations for all...more

7/20/2016 - American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah Bear Sterns Class Action IndyMac Lehman Brothers Statute of Limitations Statute of Repose Tolling

In the Matter of Microsoft: Why It Matters

On July 14, 2016, the Second Circuit released its decision in Microsoft Corp. v. United States, No. 14-2985, slip op. (2d Cir. July 14, 2016). The Second Circuit rejected the Government’s efforts to require Microsoft to turn...more

7/20/2016 - Data Centers ECPA Electronic Communications Electronically Stored Information EU-US Privacy Shield International Data Transfers Ireland Microsoft Popular Public Policy Search Warrant Stored Communications Act US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Second Circuit Holds a National Bank’s Citizenship Is Determined Exclusively by Location of Main Office, Not Principal Place of...

For purposes of assessing the existence of federal subject matter jurisdiction based on diversity of citizenship, national banking associations—i.e., corporate entities chartered not by any State, but by the Office of the...more

7/12/2016 - Banks Diversity Jurisdiction Principal Place of Business Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Eleventh Circuit Rules Disgorgement Subject to Five-Year Limitations Period, Ruling Against SEC

On May 26, 2016, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued SEC v. Graham, a significant decision that, at least in the Eleventh Circuit, limits the ability of the Securities and...more

6/13/2016 - Disgorgement Enforcement Actions Injunctive Relief SEC Statute of Limitations

CFTC Adopts Final Rules Regarding the Cross-Border Application of Its Swap Margin Requirements

On May 24, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) adopted a final rule defining the cross border application of its margin requirements for uncleared swaps. The final rule covers all swap dealers and...more

6/9/2016 - CFTC Cross-Border Final Rules Margin Requirements Swaps

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: Capturing the Apparent Conflict at the “Moment of Rollover”

The US Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule captures rollover, transfer and distribution recommendations to retirement investors. In essence, under the rule, a financial organization or adviser is acting as a fiduciary...more

6/9/2016 - Conflicts of Interest Distribution Rules DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty IRA Rollovers Retirement Plan

Delaware Chancery Court Grants Appraisal Petition After Finding Dell MBO Transaction Provided Stockholders Less Than Fair Value

Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Chancery Court recently issued an important opinion in In Re: Appraisal of Dell Inc.C.A. No. 9322-VCL (May 31, 2016), holding that merger consideration offered to Dell, Inc’s common...more

6/8/2016 - Appraisal Rights Buyouts Corporate Counsel Delaware General Corporation Law Fair Market Value Private Equity Firms

Second Circuit Reaffirms Its View That Extender Statutes Supersede Statutes of Repose

The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”) includes a so-called Extender Statute prescribing the limitations period for actions brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) as...more

5/24/2016 - Extender Statutes FDIC FHFA FIRREA Statute of Repose

High Court Rejects Narrow Bankruptcy Fraud Exemption

In its recently issued decision in Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, a 7-1 majority of the Supreme Court has clarified that intentionally fraudulent transfers designed to hinder or defraud creditors can fall...more

5/19/2016 - Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Debtor-Creditor Dischargeable Debts Fraudulent Conveyance Husky International Electronics v Ritz Personal Liability SCOTUS

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: The Thin Line Between Education and Advice

Following the release in 2015 of the US Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary rule, many commentators feared that communications that had previously been characterized as “investment education” would now constitute...more

5/12/2016 - DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Final Rules Investment Adviser Retirement Plan

New York Follows Delaware, Applies Business Judgment Rule to Going-Private Mergers

On May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that courts should apply the business judgment rule in shareholder lawsuits challenging going-private mergers, as long as shareholders were adequately protected—a decision...more

5/9/2016 - Business Judgment Rule Controlling Stockholders Corporate Counsel Going-Private Transactions Share Classes Shareholder Litigation

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: The Details on Disclosure

As discussed in our publication dated April 14, 2016, the final Department of Labor fiduciary rule provides for two new prohibited transaction exemptions, the Best Interest Contract Exemption (the “BIC Exemption”) and the...more

5/6/2016 - Best Interest Contract Exemptions DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Principal Transaction Exemption

Second Circuit Holds Sarbanes-Oxley’s Five-Year Statute of Repose Applies to Claims Under Sections 9(f) and 18(a), but Re-Affirms...

Twenty-five years ago, in Ceres Partners, the Second Circuit held that the implied private right of action under Section 14 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) was subject to a three-year repose...more

5/4/2016 - Oil & Gas Private Right of Action Sarbanes-Oxley Securities Exchange Act Statute of Repose

Second Circuit Stresses Control, Not Attribution, In Applying Janus’s “Ultimate Authority” Test, And Also Allows Expert Testimony...

In Janus Capital, the Supreme Court established the “ultimate authority” test to determine who may be liable under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) as a “maker” of a materially misleading...more

4/19/2016 - Control Test Expert Testimony Misleading Statements Pfizer Pharmaceutical Industry

The US Department of Labor’s Final “Fiduciary” Rule Incorporates Concessions to Financial Service Industry but Still Poses Key...

The Rule Will Require Restructuring of Pay and Compliance Policies at Financial Institutions Serving Retail Retirement Clients The Rule Also Increases the Litigation Risks to Financial Institutions Associated with...more

4/15/2016 - Best Interest Standard DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Retirement Plan

CFTC’s Publication of Largest Whistleblower Award Follows Increased Focus on Whistleblowing Initiatives

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced the issuance of a whistleblower award of more than $10 million for original information that it said led to a major enforcement action over...more

4/6/2016 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Awards

Second Circuit’s First Published Opinion Applying Omnicare Adopts Strong Contextual Approach to Opinion Statement Liability

In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S.Ct. 1318 (2015) (“Omnicare”), the Supreme Court pronounced the standard for determining whether a statement of opinion is actionable...more

3/8/2016 - Material Misstatements Omnicare v Laborers District Council Pension Funds SCOTUS Securities Exchange Act Statement of Opinion

Some Observations on the Impact of Justice Scalia’s Death on Pending Business Cases

Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent passing leaves the United States Supreme Court with eight active members. The timetable for the nomination and confirmation of his successor is unknown and currently the subject of a political...more

3/3/2016 - ConAgra Corporate Counsel Cuozzo Speed Technologies v Lee Justice Scalia Merrill Lynch Microsoft v Baker RJR Nabisco SCOTUS Spokeo v Robins Tyson Foods v Bouaphakeo US v Newman Young Lawyers

Securities Enforcement 2015 Year-End Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) filed a record 807 enforcement actions in fiscal year 2015, 52 more than it filed in 2014. It also set a record by obtaining approximately $4.2 billion in...more

2/4/2016 - Administrative Hearings Chief Compliance Officers Cybersecurity Enforcement Statistics Insider Trading SEC Securities Fraud US v Newman Whistleblowers

Delaware Supreme Court Decision in Rural/Metro Affirms $76 million Judgment Against Third-Party Advisor for Aiding and Abetting...

On November 30, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed post-trial decisions by the Delaware Court of Chancery (i) holding RBC Capital Markets, LLC liable to Rural/Metro Corp. shareholders for nearly $76 million based upon...more

12/7/2015 - Aiding and Abetting Breach of Duty DE Supreme Court Fiduciary Duty Third-Party Risk

Second Circuit Determines That Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected Under the Common Interest Doctrine and...

On November 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held in a published opinion that (i) the attorney-client privilege was not waived by appellants-taxpayers who shared a group of documents,...more

11/13/2015 - Audits Common-Interest Privilege Corporate Taxes IRS Work Product Privilege

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