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SEC Proposes Rules for Disclosure of Companies’ Hedging Policies

On February 9, as mandated by Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new rules requiring disclosure by US public...more

2/18/2015 - Dodd-Frank Hedging Proposed Regulation Proxy Statements Public Disclosure Publicly-Traded Companies Regulation S-K SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 6

In this issue: - SEC Publishes Rules for Reporting Security-Based Swaps - SEC Proposes Rules for Disclosure of Companies’ Hedging Policies - CFTC Extends Relief From Certain OCR Requirements - NFA...more

2/17/2015 - Arbitration Banking Sector Banks Bribery Brokered Deposits Capital Requirements CFTC Clawbacks FDIC Haiti Hedging NFA OCC SEC Security-Based Swaps Subordination

Glass Lewis Enhances its Pay-for-Performance and Equity Plan Models

Glass Lewis, a leading proxy advisory firm, recently announced enhancements to the performance metrics used in both its US and Canadian pay-for-performance (PFP) models and its US equity plan model. The current Glass Lewis...more

2/11/2015 - Corporate Governance Equity Compensation Executive Compensation Google Glass Pay-for-Performance

SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies to Discuss “Accredited Investor” Definition

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that its Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (Committee) will hold a public meeting on February 17 to vote on recommendations to the SEC regarding the definition...more

2/11/2015 - Accredited Investors Emerging Growth Companies Public Meetings SEC Small Business

SEC Issues New Debt Tender Offer Guidance

On January 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance issued a no-action letter (New Letter) that (1) substantially revises prior guidance relating to debt tender offers and (2) expands the...more

2/11/2015 - Exchange Offer No-Action Letters Non-Convertible Debt Securities SEC Tender Offers

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 5

In this issue: - SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies to Discuss “Accredited Investor” Definition - Glass Lewis Enhances its Pay-for-Performance and Equity Plan Models - SEC Issues New...more

2/9/2015 - Accredited Investors CBOE Cybersecurity Emerging Growth Companies Enforcement Actions Equity Plans ESMA Exchange Offer Federal Reserve FINRA Glass Lewis Pay-for-Performance Ponzi Scheme Private Student Loans Proposed Amendments SEC Small Business Tender Offers

SEC Announces Proxy Voting Roundtable

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that it will host a roundtable on February 19 on ways to improve the proxy voting process, with a focus on universal proxy ballots and retail (non-institutional)...more

2/3/2015 - Proxy Voting Guidelines Roundtable SEC Shareholders

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 4

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Resales Under Regulation S - SEC Announces Proxy Voting Roundtable - CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief From Certain...more

2/2/2015 - AIFM Anti-Money Laundering Brokers C&DIs CFTC Clawbacks CME NYMEX EU Directive Forex Insider Trading Major Swap Participants Netherlands No-Action Relief Proxy Voting Guidelines Regulation S Reporting Requirements SEC Swap Dealers UK

SEC Chair Directs Staff to Review Commission Rule Excluding Conflicting Proxy Proposals

On January 16, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White announced that she has directed the SEC’s staff (Staff) to review Rule 14a-8(i)(9) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which allows an...more

1/27/2015 - Corporate Governance Issuers Mary Jo White Proxy Access Rule Rule 14a-8 SEC Securities Exchange Act Shareholder Proposals

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 3

In this issue: - SEC Chair Directs Staff to Review Commission Rule Excluding Conflicting Proxy Proposals - SEC Comments on FINRA's Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Pricing Disclosure - CFTC Grants...more

1/26/2015 - Broker-Dealer Canada CFTC Class Action Conflicts of Interest ESMA FINRA Forex Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Hong Kong Layering Mary Jo White Mexico Mining Mortgages NFA OCC Proposed Regulation Proxy Access Rule PSLRA Scienter SEC Securities Shareholder Proposals Threshhold Requirements Whole Foods

ISS Releases FAQs on Equity Plan Scorecard and Independent Chair Policy

On December 22, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released 20 FAQs on its new Equity Plan Scorecard (EPSC) and nine FAQs on its updated Independent Chair Policy, each of which will...more

1/13/2015 - Corporate Governance Equity Plans Independent Chair ISS Proxy Advisors Shareholder Proposals

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 1

In this issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Implement JOBS Act Registration Thresholds - ISS Releases FAQs on Equity Plan Scorecard and Independent Chair Policy - FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and...more

1/12/2015 - CFTC CME Equity Plans FCMs FINRA Independent Boards ISS JOBS Act NASD No-Action Relief REITS SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan

Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Dismiss Fraud Claims Against Private Equity Fund and Directors

In Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP v. SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLLP, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss fraud-based claims made in connection with Great Hill’s acquisition of Plimus, a...more

12/23/2014 - Board of Directors Business Litigation Corporate Officers Due Diligence Fraud Merger Agreements Motion to Dismiss Private Equity Funds

SEC Sets October 2015 Target Date for Certain Dodd-Frank and JOBS Act Rulemaking

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently published its agenda with respect to upcoming rulemaking, including rulemaking contemplated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) and...more

12/10/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank JOBS Act Regulation D SEC

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

SEC Sanctions 10 Companies for Disclosure Failures Surrounding Financing Deals and Stock Dilution

On November 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced enforcement actions against 10 companies for failing to make the required disclosures about financing deals and other unregistered sales that diluted their...more

11/11/2014 - Debt Financing Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Actions Equity Financing Form 8-K SEC Unregistered Securities

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Entire Fairness Review in Absence of Conflicted Transaction

On October 24, the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a lawsuit filed by certain minority stockholders of Crimson Exploration, Inc. in In re: Crimson Exploration Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 8541-VCP (Del. Ch. Oct...more

11/11/2014 - Business Judgment Rule Controlling Stockholders Fairness Standard Fiduciary Duty Oil & Gas Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Stock-for-Stock Merger

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

ISS Announces Launch of QuickScore 3.0

On October 29, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, announced that on November 24 it will launch the third generation of its QuickScore governance risk rating system, QuickScore 3.0. ...more

11/4/2014 - ISS QuickScore Rating System

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 43

In this issue: - ISS Announces Launch of QuickScore 3.0 - SEC Provides Relief to GSEC From Rule 204 Close-Out Requirements - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements -...more

11/3/2014 - Banks CCPs CFTC Class Action Commingling Commodities Compliance EMIR ESMA EU European Commission FCMs Fixed Income Investments Flood Insurance Foreign Banks Foreign Exchanges ISS OCC Risk Retention SEC Securities Litigation UK

Director of SEC Division of Corporation Finance Gives Speech on Securities Disclosure

On October 3, the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (Division), Keith F. Higgins, spoke at the George A. Leet Business Law Conference, discussing SEC disclosure requirements...more

10/14/2014 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements SEC Transparency

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Rule 147 and Website/Social Media Use

On October 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) regarding whether an issuer of securities may use its own website or social...more

10/14/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Public Offerings SEC Securities Act of 1933 Social Media Websites

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

House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act”

On September 16, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” The bill addresses a number of Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)-related matters,...more

9/30/2014 - Dodd-Frank Emerging Growth Companies Job Creation JOBS Act Pending Legislation Securities Exchange Act Small Business Startups

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