Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Expedited Proceedings Denied Where Harm Is Only Speculative

The Delaware Chancery Court recently denied a shareholder’s motion to expedite proceedings to enjoin a company buyout, finding that the shareholder failed to show that any threatened harm from the buyout was imminent,...more

12/11/2014 - Buy-Out Agreements Derivative Suit Motion to Expedite Shareholders

SEC Charges Company Executives With Issuing False Press Releases to Inflate Stock Price

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged two executives at a penny stock company with issuing false and misleading press releases while secretly selling thousands of their own stock shares into the market. The...more

12/11/2014 - C-Suite Executives Enforcement Actions False Press Release False Statements SEC

SEC Issues Third-Annual Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Report

On November 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its third annual Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Report. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provided for the creation of a...more

12/10/2014 - Annual Reports Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 47

In this issue: - SEC Sets October 2015 Target Date for Certain Dodd-Frank and JOBS Act Rulemaking - FINRA Issues Notice on TRACE Trade Reporting Obligations - NFA Issues Guidance on Exempt and Excluded...more

12/8/2014 - AIFM Bank Secrecy Act Banks Bitcoins BitLicense C-Suite Executives CPOs CTA Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions EU EU Data Protection Laws False Statements FFIEC FINRA Investment Funds JOBS Act NFA OCC Proposed Amendments Regulatory Standards Rulemaking Process SEC TRACE Whistleblower Awards

Raj Rajaratnam Appeals $92 Million Civil Fine to Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Convicted investment fund founder Raj Rajaratnam filed an appeal of his Securities and Exchange Commission case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arguing that the district court improperly sought...more

11/13/2014 - Appeals Civil Monetary Penalty Criminal Prosecution Insider Trading Judge Rakoff Raj Rajaratnam SEC Securities Fraud

SEC Charges Former Pharmaceutical Executive and Close Friend With Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a former pharmaceutical company executive and his longtime friend with insider trading, alleging that the friend generated more than $1 million in illicit profits by...more

11/13/2014 - Enforcement Actions Insider Trading InterMune Pharmaceutical SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 44

In this issue: - SEC Sanctions 10 Companies for Disclosure Failures Surrounding Financing Deals and Stock Dilution - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Entire Fairness Review in Absence of Conflicted...more

11/10/2014 - CFTC Compliance Dilution Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCMs Financing FINRA Mutual Funds NFA Recordkeeping Requirements SEC UK Virtual Currency

District Court Dismisses Securities Class Action for Failure to Show Causal Connection

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a securities class action against a battery manufacturer, finding that the plaintiffs failed to plead a causal connection between the alleged...more

10/16/2014 - Causation Class Action Dismissals Manufacturers

Fifth Circuit Holds Multiple Disclosures Establish Loss Causation in Securities Action

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that multiple partial “corrective” disclosures collectively may satisfy the requirements of pleading loss causation in a securities fraud class action, even if no...more

10/15/2014 - Appeals Class Action Disclosure Requirements False Billing Home Health Care Medicare Securities Fraud

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 40

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Rule 147 and Website/Social Media Use - Director of SEC Division of Corporation Finance Gives Speech on Securities...more

10/13/2014 - Bitcoin CFTC Derivatives Derivatives Clearing Organizations Disclosure Disclosure Requirements FINRA Internet OTC SEC Securities Act of 1933 Social Media TRACE Virtual Currency Waivers Websites

Delaware Court Denies Dismissal for Disinterested Directors When Entire Fairness Applies

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently addressed the pleading standard for claims against disinterested directors arising out of transactions involving a controlling stockholder, where the transaction has been alleged to be...more

9/24/2014 - Business Judgment Rule Controlling Stockholders Directors Fairness Standard Mergers Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Pleading Standards Shareholder Litigation

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 37

In this issue: - Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure - FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 - IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of...more

9/22/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Corporate Governance Dodd-Frank EU FINRA Insider Trading Institutional Investment IRS Limited Liability Companies Margin Requirements Swaps

SEC Charges Executive With Insider Trading Ahead of Client Announcements

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against a director at an investor relations firm charging him with multiple instances of insider...more

9/4/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Insider Trading SEC Securities Act of 1933 Securities Exchange Act

Delaware Court Denies Attorneys’ Fees for Stockholders in Appraisal Proceedings

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that certain stockholders who launched appraisal proceedings challenging a merger lacked standing to obtain reimbursement of attorneys’ fees from a $10.7 million settlement in a...more

9/4/2014 - Appraisal Attorney's Fees Class Action Controlling Stockholders Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 34

In this issue: - Oregon State Court Refuses to Enforce Forum Selection Bylaw - SEC Announces Pilot Program to Widen Tick Sizes for Smaller Companies - NFA Issues Notice Setting Effective Date for Risk...more

9/2/2014 - Arbitration Attorney's Fees CFTC Compliance Confidentiality Agreements ESMA EU FCA FINRA Forum Selection Clause Mandatory Arbitration Clauses NFA Restrictive Covenants Risk Management SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Small Business

SEC Brings Fraud Charges Against Oil and Gas Company and Its CEO

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Houston American Energy Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company, and John F. Terwilliger, its CEO, for...more

8/12/2014 - Energy Energy Exploration Fraud Oil & Gas SEC

SEC Charges CEO and Former CFO With Violation of Sarbanes-Oxley

On July 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged computer equipment company QSGI Inc’s CEO, Marc Sherman, and former CFO, Edward L. Cummings, for misrepresenting to external auditors and the investing public the...more

8/12/2014 - Compliance Fraud Misrepresentation Sarbanes-Oxley SEC

SEC Settles Civil FCPA Action Against Two Former Oil Services Executives

On the eve of a trial which was scheduled to begin this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled a civil Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case it brought against two former oil services executives. The case...more

7/16/2014 - Corporate Counsel Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCPA Former Employee Oil & Gas SEC

New York Jury Acquits Former Hedge Fund Manager of Insider Trading Conspiracy

In the first case of approximately 81 insider cases that the S.D.N.Y. has successfully brought alleging insider trading, a New York federal jury acquitted Rengan Rajaratnam (Rengan), a former hedge fund manager, of conspiracy...more

7/16/2014 - Acquittals Hedge Funds Insider Trading Raj Rajaratnam Securities Securities Fraud

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 27

In this issue: - SEC Publishes Guidance for Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms Regarding Proxy Voting and Solicitation - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs Relating to Accredited Investor...more

7/14/2014 - Accredited Investors Audits C&DIs Exchange-Traded Products FINRA General Solicitation Hedge Funds Insider Trading Investment Adviser Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC Verification Requirements

Delaware Court of Chancery Invalidates Consent Due to Inadequate Disclosures

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently invalidated a written consent of a Delaware pharmaceutical corporation due to inadequate disclosures to stockholders. ...more

6/11/2014 - Consent Disclosure Requirements Pharmaceutical Shareholders Written Consent

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 23

In this issue: - SEC Chair Gives Speech on Equity Market Structure - New CFTC Commissioners Confirmed; Chairman Sworn In - CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transaction-Level Requirements...more

6/9/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPO Cross-Border Derivatives Clearing Organizations Equity Markets Fraud NFA No-Action Relief SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

Eleventh Circuit Holds that Dodd-Frank Amendments to the Commodity Exchange Act Expand Enforcement Authority of CFTC

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently decided in a case of first impression that Amendments to the Commodity Exchange Act made by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act expand the...more

4/30/2014 - Administrative Authority CEA CFTC Dodd-Frank Enforcement

Delaware Court Holds Clickwrap Agreements Enforceable

In a novel question regarding e-commerce, the Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that clickwrap agreements are valid and enforceable contracts. As defined by the court, a clickwrap agreement is “an online agreement that...more

4/30/2014 - Clickwrap Agreements Contract Formation

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 17

In this issue: - Proposed Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law and Courts and Judicial Procedure Law - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs Relating to Social Media Use - FINRA...more

4/29/2014 - CFTC Clickwrap Agreements Compliance Delaware General Corporation Law Dodd-Frank Enforcement FINRA Foreign Exchanges No-Action Letters Recordkeeping Requirements Reporting Requirements SEC Swaps

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