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ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal

On August 14, Institutional Shareholders Services Inc. (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, announced the launch of a new equity plan data verification portal for all US companies receiving proxy recommendations. ...more

8/26/2014 - Investment Adviser ISS Proxy Advisors Transparency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 33

In this issue: - ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal - ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions - FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions -...more

8/25/2014 - CFTC Class Action Class Certification Compliance Contests & Promotions Derivatives EMIR Equity Plans ESMA EU FCA FinCEN Fraud ISDA ISS Judge Rakoff OCC Rule 10(b) SEC Security-Based Swaps SEFs Social Media Swap Dealers Swaps

Amendment to Delaware Judicial Procedure Law Permits Parties to Extend Statute of Limitations for Breach of Contract Claims

Pursuant to an amendment to Section 8106 of the Delaware Courts and Judicial Procedure Law, effective as of August 1, parties to a contract may agree to extend the statute of limitations for up to 20 years for a breach of...more

8/12/2014 - Breach of Contract Statute of Limitations

SEC Publishes Guidance for Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms Regarding Proxy Voting and Solicitation

On June 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management and Division of Corporation Finance published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (SLB 20), which offers guidance regarding investment advisers’...more

7/15/2014 - Investment Adviser Proxy Advisors Proxy Solicitations Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs Relating to Accredited Investor Verification Methods

On July 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued six new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) with respect to determination of accredited investor status and, in...more

7/15/2014 - Accredited Investors Investors JOBS Act Regulation D Rule 506 Offerings SEC Securities Act of 1933

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 Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed

In the face of opposition from business organizations, the Delaware legislature has deferred consideration, likely until the beginning of 2015, of proposed legislation (discussed in the Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest...more

7/1/2014 - ATP Tours Bylaws Delaware General Corporation Law Fee-Shifting Statutes Proposed Legislation

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 26

In this issue: - Delaware Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed - SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling...more

6/30/2014 - CFTC FCMs Fee-Shifting Statutes FINRA Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund NFA No-Action Letters SCOTUS SEC Securities Securities Fraud Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swap Dealers Swaps

Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes...

In Hamilton Partners, L.P. v. Highland Capital Management, L.P., the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by former stockholders of American Home Patient, Inc. (AHP)...more

6/24/2014 - Breach of Duty Controlling Stockholders Debt Collection Debtors Fiduciary Duty Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Delaware Court of Chancery Applies Entire Fairness Standard to Going-Private Transaction with a Controlling Stockholder Negotiated...

In In re Orchard Enterprises, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that the entire fairness standard of review applied to a going-private transaction with a controlling stockholder, even though the...more

6/24/2014 - Board of Directors Controlling Stockholders Delaware General Corporation Law Going-Private Transactions Independent Boards Minority Shareholders Negotiations Shareholder Litigation

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 25

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes Fiduciary Duties to Minority Stockholders - Delaware Court of Chancery...more

6/23/2014 - Compliance Controlling Stockholders Cross-Border Debt Debtors Disclosure Requirements FCMs Fiduciary Duty FINRA Fraud Investment Adviser Minority Shareholders Real Estate Market SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swaps

SEC Issues Statement on the Effect of the Recent US Court of Appeals Decision on the Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 29, Keith Higgins, the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, issued a public statement offering guidance on companies’ compliance with the conflict minerals rule in...more

5/6/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules First Amendment Manufacturers SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 18

In this issue: - SEC Issues Statement on the Effect of the Recent US Court of Appeals Decision on the Conflict Minerals Rule - CFTC Extends Relief From Oral Communication Recording Requirement - CFTC...more

5/5/2014 - CFTC Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Sales Transactions Designated Contract Market No-Action Letters Reporting Requirements SEC SEFs

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

Proposed Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law and Courts and Judicial Procedure Law

Proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) are being considered by the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. If approved by the Corporation Law Section and the Executive...more

4/28/2014 - Delaware General Corporation Law Judicial Proceedings Proposed Amendments

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs Relating to Social Media Use

On April 21, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) regarding the use of social media in the context of securities offerings,...more

4/28/2014 - Compliance Corporate Financing SEC Social Media

US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 14, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in the lawsuit challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule which reversed, in part, the prior...more

4/22/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Due Diligence SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 16

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule - FINRA Proposes Rule 2081 to Prohibit “Bargained-For” Expungements - SEC Issues FAQs...more

4/21/2014 - Broker-Dealer CME Conflict Mineral Rules Expungement FINRA Fraud Hedge Funds SEC

SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals

On April 7, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued nine new responses to frequently asked questions regarding the disclosure of conflict mineral usage that is required by rules...more

4/15/2014 - Audits Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 15

In this issue: - SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Amendments to the Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule - FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding...more

4/14/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Collateralized Loan Obligations Conflict Mineral Rules FINRA Leverage Capital Ratio MTFs SEC Swaps

Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Chancery Court Ruling that Applied Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with...

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Chancery Court’s decision in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation. In that decision, the Chancery Court had granted summary judgment in favor of...more

3/25/2014 - Business Judgment Rule Controlling Stockholders Going-Private Transactions MFW Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 12

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Chancery Court Ruling that Applied Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with Controlling Stockholder - Amendments to Uniform Branch Office...more

3/24/2014 - CFTC Controlling Stockholders Corporate Counsel Discrimination Employer Liability Issues FINRA MFW Racial Discrimination Registration SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swaps

NASDAQ Launches Marketplace for Private Companies

On March 5, NASDAQ announced the launch of its new capital marketplace for private companies, NASDAQ Private Market. Qualifying companies will be able to use NASDAQ Private Market’s platform to raise capital and control...more

3/18/2014 - Nasdaq

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 11

In this issue: - NASDAQ Launches Marketplace for Private Companies - SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rules 2210 and 2214 - CME Group Exchanges...more

3/17/2014 - Audits CFTC Clearing Agencies CME FINRA Nasdaq Ponzi Scheme Risk Management SEC Transfers

OTC Markets Proposes Amendments to OTCQX Rules and New Rules for US Banks

On February 13, OTC Markets Group (OTC) proposed amendments to the OTCQX Rules for both US and international companies. The OTCQX is the highest market tier for over-the-counter trading on the OTC Markets. These proposed...more

2/25/2014 - Banks Cross-Border Eligibility OTC

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