Garrett A. DeVries

Garrett A. DeVries

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

On March 22, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer...more

3/27/2017 - Amended Rules Broker-Dealer CCPs Central Counterparties International Harmonization Risk Controls Risk Mitigation Rule 15c6-1(a) SEC Securities Exchange Act Securities Transactions

SEC Calls for Comments on Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation and Guidance

On January 31, 2017, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, issued two statements calling for comments on the SEC’s enforcement of the conflict minerals reporting requirements of...more

2/3/2017 - Comment Period Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Counsel Disclosure Requirements First Amendment SEC

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2017

Here is our annual list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year: Corporate strategy: Oversee the development of the corporate strategy in an increasingly uncertain and volatile world economy with new and more...more

12/21/2016 - Antitrust Provisions Board of Directors CFIUS Corporate Governance Cybersecurity Executive Compensation Shareholder Rights Trump Administration

SEC Staff Issues New C&DI on Integration Analysis of Successive Offerings Made Under Different Provisions of Regulation D

On November 17, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance, in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) Question 256.34,...more

11/29/2016 - C&DIs General Solicitation Regulation D Rule 152 Rule 506 Offerings Safe Harbors SEC

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Regarding Requirement to Submit Annual Reports to SEC Under Exchange Act Rules 14a-3(c) and 14c-3(b),...

On November 2, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance regarding the submission of annual reports by registrants to the SEC under Exchange...more

11/8/2016 - Annual Reports Disclosure Requirements EDGAR Form 10-K New Guidance SEC

SEC Staff Issues C&DI on Form S-3 Transaction Requirements

On November 2, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation Question 116.25 (C&DI...more

11/8/2016 - C&DIs Corporate Issuers Form S-3 Publicly-Traded Companies Registration Statement SEC

SEC Staff Releases New C&DIs on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On October 18, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) for the controversial pay ratio...more

10/24/2016 - C&DIs Executive Compensation Regulation S-K SEC

Tick Size Pilot Program Commences

On October 3, 2016, a National Market System (NMS) Plan to implement a Tick Size Pilot Program commenced. The program was introduced by an Order of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 6, 2015, as “an...more

10/12/2016 - Federal Pilot Programs FINRA National Market System (NMS) SEC Small Cap Stocks Stock Exchange Tick Size

2016 Changes to Delaware Law Go into Effect

Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law - Several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) were signed into law on June 16, 2016, and went into effect on August 1, 2016.1 Most...more

8/19/2016 - Amended Regulation Appraisal Delaware General Corporation Law Delaware Limited Liability Company Act Limited Partnerships Mergers

SEC Proposes Amendments to Update and Simplify Certain Disclosure Requirements

On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments designed to update and simplify certain disclosure requirements that may have become redundant, duplicative, overlapping, outdated or...more

7/26/2016 - Comment Period Disclosure Requirements GAAP IFRS Proposed Amendments Regulation S-K Regulation S-X SEC

SEC Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Resource Extraction Payments

On June 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules requiring certain producers of oil, natural gas and minerals to publicly disclose information regarding payments to the U.S. federal government,...more

7/13/2016 - Anti-Corruption Compliance Corporate Counsel Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Facilitation Payments Foreign Entities Form SD New Regulations Oil & Gas Popular Resource Extraction SEC

SEC Proposes Changes to Smaller Reporting Company Definition

On June 27, 2016, the SEC Staff proposed changes to the definition of “smaller reporting company” to expand the number of registrants that would qualify as smaller reporting companies (SRC). The term “smaller reporting...more

7/1/2016 - Capital Formation Proposed Amendments Regulation S-K SEC Smaller Reporting Companies Stock Float

SEC approves final rules implementing JOBS Act and FAST Act

On May 3, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) released final rules1 implementing Titles V and VI of the JOBS Act and Section 85001 of the FAST Act, which together adjusted certain threshold for...more

5/13/2016 - Bank Holding Company Final Rules Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) JOBS Act Registration Requirement SEC

The SEC Speaks in 2016: Division of Corporation Finance Panel

Senior members of the Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) gathered with two former SEC commissioners at the Practising Law Institute’s annual “SEC Speaks”...more

3/23/2016 - Administrative Interpretation Crowdfunding Dodd-Frank Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Professional Conferences Proxy Season Rulemaking Process SEC

Second Circuit Upholds Sanofi Dismissal Despite Omnicare

In its first published opinion applying the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015), the 2nd Circuit has offered relief to...more

3/11/2016 - Corporate Counsel Material Misstatements Omnicare v Laborers District Council Pharmaceutical Industry Popular Registration Statement SCOTUS Securities Exchange Act

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Proxy Access

Proxy Access - 2015 was a turning point for shareholder proposals seeking to implement proxy access, which gives certain shareholders the ability to nominate directors and include those nominees in a company’s proxy...more

2/2/2016 - CalPERS CalSTRS Institutional Investors Proxy Access Rule 14a-8(i)(9) Shareholder Proposals TIAA CREF Vanguard

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Executive Compensation

Executive and Director Compensation - Perennially in the spotlight, executive compensation will continue to be a hot topic for directors in 2016. But this year, due to the SEC’s active rulemaking in 2015, directors will...more

1/26/2016 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation SEC

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Audit Committees

Audit Committees - Averaging 8.8 meetings a year, audit continues to be the most time-consuming committee.i Audit committees are burdened not only with overseeing a company’s risks, but also a host of other...more

1/18/2016 - Audit Committee Board of Directors Corporate Governance IRS SEC

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Risk Management

Risk Management - Risk management goes hand in hand with strategic planning — it is impossible to make informed decisions about a company’s strategic direction without a comprehensive understanding of the risks involved....more

1/15/2016 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Risk Management

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity - Nearly 90 percent of CEOs worry that cyber threats could adversely impact growth prospects, up from nearly 70 percent the previous year. Yet, in a recent survey, nearly 80 percent of the more than 1,000...more

1/15/2016 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Cybersecurity Popular Risk Management

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: M&A Developments

M&A Developments - M&A activity has been robust in 2015 and is on track for another record year. According to Thomson Reuters, global M&A activity exceeded $3.2 trillion, with almost 32,000 deals during the first three...more

1/15/2016 - Acquisitions Board of Directors Corporate Governance Mergers

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Board Composition and Succession Planning

Board Composition and Succession Planning - Boards have to look at their composition and make an honest assessment of whether they collectively have the necessary experience and expertise to oversee the new opportunities...more

1/15/2016 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Succession Planning

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Social Media

Social Media - Companies that ignore the significant influence that social media has on existing and potential customers, employees and investors do so at their own peril. Last quarter, Facebook reported daily active...more

1/15/2016 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Facebook Online Reputation Reputation Management Social Media Twitter

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016 U.S. public companies face a host of challenges as they enter 2016. Here is our annual list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year... Please see full Alert below for more...more

12/31/2015 - Audit Committee Board of Directors Corporate Governance Cybersecurity Shareholder Activism

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Shareholder Activism

Shareholder Activism - Shareholder activism and “suggestivism” continue to gain traction. With the success that activists have experienced throughout 2015, coupled with significant new money being allocated to activist...more

12/23/2015 - Audit Committee Board of Directors Corporate Governance Cybersecurity Proxy Access Shareholder Activism Strategic Planning

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