Stephen M. Quinlivan

Stephen M. Quinlivan

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Option Holders Cannot be Burdened With Escrow in Merger Transaction

In Fox v. CDX Holdings, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery held that option holders could not be burdened by an escrow imposed on equity holders in a merger transaction when the terms of the option plan did not permit the...more

7/29/2015 - Equity Investors Escrow Accounts Fair Market Value Stock Options Stocks

Bank Has Standing to Challenge Constitutionality of CFPB

In State National Bank of Big Spring v. Lew, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the plaintiff had standing to challenge the constitutionality of the CFPB. The Court made quick...more

7/24/2015 - Appeals Banking Sector Banks CFPB Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions FSOC GE Capital Retail Bank Recess Appointments Richard Cordray Standing

Court Permits Settlement of Appraisal Demands on Terms Not Available to All Dissenters

Tiny deals can bring large complications. Mannix v. PlasmaNet, Inc. involved appraisal rights in a merger where the merger consideration, after adjustments, amounted to $114,000, to be split amongst 19,307,715 shares, or...more

7/22/2015 - Appraisal Attorney's Fees Dissenters Rights Fair Valuation Pro Rata Sharing Stocks

Fed Approves Rule Requiring Largest Banks To Further Strengthen Capital

The Federal Reserve Board approved a final rule requiring the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies to further strengthen their capital positions. Under the rule, a firm that is identified as a...more

7/21/2015 - Bank Holding Company Banking Sector Banks Dodd-Frank Financial Institutions FRB Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (GSIFI)

SEC Grants Relief From Risk Retention In Refinancing Transaction

The SEC granted Crescent Capital Group LP no-action relief if it does not retain an eligible risk retention interest under Section 15G of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 in connection with a refinancing of CLOs that...more

7/20/2015 - Collateralized Loan Obligations Investors Loans No-Action Relief Refinancing Risk Retention SEC Securities Exchange Act

Agencies Provide Guidance On Seeding Period for Volcker Rule

The staffs of the agencies responsible for administering the Volcker Rule have again updated the Volcker Rule FAQs. A new FAQ notes that the rule implementing the Volcker Rule and the accompanying preamble make clear that a...more

7/20/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve Financial Institutions Investment Companies Proprietary Trading RICs Volcker Rule

Briefing on Regulation A+ Challenge to Extend Though November

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has entered a briefing schedule in Montana’s and Massachusetts’ challenge to Regulation A+. The states’ briefs are due August 26, the SEC’s brief is due...more

7/20/2015 - Appeals Capital Markets Financial Markets Investors JOBS Act Registration Requirement Regulation A SEC Small Business Tier 2 Offerings

One Tardy Whistleblower Wins SEC Award, One Loses

The SEC announced a whistleblower award of more than $3 million to a company insider whose information helped the SEC crack a complex fraud. The multi-million dollar payout is the third highest award to date under the SEC’s...more

7/20/2015 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Cannot Use Dodd-Frank Bans Retroactively

Section 925(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act expanded a remedy for certain violations of securities laws form barring association with broker-dealers to a bar that includes municipal advisors, rating organizations and other regulated...more

7/15/2015 - Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank Municipal Advisers Retroactive Application SEC

FASB Defers Effective Date of New Revenue Recognition Standard

Audit committees, CFOs and accountants everywhere are cheering as the FASB has deferred the effective date of its new revenue recognition standard. As a result, public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...more

7/10/2015 - Accountants Audit Committee CFOs Employee Benefits FASB Financial Accounting Reporting Requirements Revenue Recognition Standard

SEC Proposes Clawback Rule for Executive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added Section 10D to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Section 10D requires the...more

7/10/2015 - Clawbacks Compliance Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements SEC Section 10D Securities Exchange Act

Third Circuit Issues Decision in Wal-Mart Case

The Third Circuit has issued its decision in the case of Trinity Wall Street v Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. To try and put it simply, Wal-Mart argued Trinity’s shareholder proposal dressed up a matter related to the ordinary...more

7/8/2015 - Corporate Governance Rule 14a-8 SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholder Proposals Shareholders Trinity Wall Street Wal-Mart

SEC Proposes Clawback Rules—A Comprehensive Summary

The SEC has proposed new rules to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added Section 10D to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Section 10D requires the Commission to adopt rules directing the national...more

7/3/2015 - Clawbacks Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Form 10-K Incentive Compensation New Regulations Regulation S-K SEC Section 10D Total Shareholder Return (TSR)

Executive Compensation Paid to Controlling Shareholders Subject to Business Judgment Review When Approved by an Independent...

Members of the Dolan family hold 73% of the voting power of Cablevision Systems Corporation’s stock. A shareholder commenced a derivative action regarding the executive compensation paid to Dolan family members serving as...more

7/2/2015 - Business Judgment Rule Compensation Committee Controlling Stockholders Executive Compensation Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Vanishing Regulation A+ Filings

The initial filings seemed to be of low quality. I feel for the SEC staff, because it appears they will have their hands full as people lob in poorly conceived filings. It appears they will have to do more babysitting than...more

6/29/2015 - Capital Formation Regulation A SEC

SEC Charges KKR With Misallocating Broken Deal Expenses

Everyone knew the SEC would pursue a marquee-name private equity sponsor for misallocating expenses. It finally happened, with KKR settling charges for misallocating “broken deal” expenses. Charges against others are likely...more

6/29/2015 - Disgorgement Enforcement Actions Fund Sponsors Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Private Equity SEC

CFPB Publishes Over 7,700 Consumer Complaint Narratives About Financial Companies

The CFPB has gone live with an enhanced customer complaint data base. It now includes over 7,700 consumer descriptions of alleged problems they are facing with financial companies concerning mortgages, bank accounts, credit...more

6/26/2015 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders

SEC Meeting to Consider Compensation Clawback Proposal

The SEC has announced an open meeting to consider clawback of executive compensation under Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act to be held on July 1, 2015. According to the notice of the meeting, the SEC will consider whether...more

6/26/2015 - Clawbacks Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC Publishes 11 Regulation A+ CD&Is

The SEC has published 11 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations related to Regulation A+ — numbered 182.01 through 182.11 under Securities Act Rules. Highlights are: - Twitter is allowed for testing the waters! ...more

6/24/2015 - Acquisitions CD&I Compliance Disclosure Requirements Issuers Mergers Preemption Registration Requirement Regulation A Reporting Requirements SEC Securities Securities Exchange Act Social Media Tier 2 Offerings Twitter

First Regulation A+ Offering Document Appears on EDGAR

Perhaps the first Regulation A+ offering document has appeared on EDGAR. According to the documents it is a Tier 2 offering for up to $50,000,000. The offering circular states the offering commenced on June 19, 2015. The...more

6/23/2015 - EDGAR Public Offerings Real Estate Development Real Estate Investments Regulation A SEC Tier 2 Offerings

SEC Exams to Focus on Sales of Retirement Products

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, has launched a multi-year Retirement-Targeted Industry Reviews and Examinations (ReTIRE) Initiative. OCIE is focusing on retirement-based savings in...more

6/23/2015 - Broker-Dealer Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Requirements Examination Priorities Investment Adviser Investors Marketing Material Disclosures OCIE Retirement Plan SEC

SEC Provides Guidance on Definition of “Spouse” and “Marriage”

The SEC has provided guidance on the definition of “spouse” and “marriage” in the wake of United States v Windsor. That case held Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. As a result the SEC will...more

6/22/2015 - DOMA New Guidance Same-Sex Marriage SEC Securities Spouses US v Windsor

Gallagher: SEC Should Not Alienate Chief Compliance Officers

Outgoing SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher explained his dissenting votes in two SEC enforcement actions against Chief Compliance Officers. Mr. Gallagher explained that in both instances, the Commission’s order states...more

6/19/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Financial Markets Investment Adviser SEC Securities

SEC Says Fantasy Stock Trading Violates Securities Laws; Charges Others for Selling Illegal Security-Based Swaps

The SEC issued an Investor Alert which says fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. I bet the Congressional drafters of these provisions...more

6/18/2015 - Bitcoins Business Valuations Derivatives Dodd-Frank Investors IPO Popular SEC Securities Securities Exchange Act Security-Based Swaps Startups Stock Trades Stocks Swaps Virtual Currency

SEC Denies Montana’s Request to Stay Regulation A+

Montana and Massachusetts previously filed suit to challenge Regulation A+ adopted by the SEC under the JOBS Act. On June 5, 2015, Montana requested that the Commission stay the effective date of the amendments to Regulation...more

6/17/2015 - Business Development Capital Markets JOBS Act Motion To Stay Regulation A SEC Small Business

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