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Squeeze out Litigation isn’t just for the Rich, Famous and Camouflaged

Law360 recently reported that the creators of Duck Dynasty were in litigation with the Hollywood production company to whom they sold a controlling interest. The suit alleges the new control group was vilifying the original...more

Practice Pointers: Anticipating and Addressing SEC Comments on Non-GAAP Financial Measures - February 2017

The use of non-GAAP financial measures by public companies continues to be an area of growing concern for the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Since the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the...more

Court Finds Promissory Notes Are Not Securities

Yesterday’s post concerned the Court of Appeal’s decision in People v. Black, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 130 (Cal. App. 6th Dist. Feb. 16, 2017). The case involved the criminal prosecution of an individual for making false...more

Cyber-Extortion: A How-To Guide

Cyber extortion refers to a situation in which a third party threatens that if an organization does not pay money, or take a certain action, the third party will take an adverse action against the organization. Among other...more

The Case for a Comprehensive 360° IP Strategy: Step 3 - Implementing IP Assets/Business Strategy Alignment

This article is the fourth in a multi-part series on the critical need for businesses to extract total value from their IP assets by developing and applying a comprehensive, consistent and cost and time efficient IP...more

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

Just When We Thought Measure 97 Was Dead—It May Be Back!

As I reported previously, Oregon Measure 97 was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in the state’s general election this past November. It certainly appeared that the voters spoke loudly and clearly on November 8, 2016, when...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

IRS makes approved Form 1023-EZ data available online - The IRS announced today that publicly available information from approved applications for tax-exemption using Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for...more

CPOs of Registered Investment Companies Granted Limited Relief from CFTC Liquidation Audit Requirements

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) recently issued Letter 17-04 (the “Letter”), which grants relief from certain financial disclosure...more

7 tips for combating white-collar crime

White-collar crime costs the South African economy a huge amount every year. One expert puts the figure at R930 million a year, and poor conviction rates are estimated to be driving a 50 per cent rise in this kind of crime....more

THE LATEST: National Security Reviews of Foreign Ownership May Broaden

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “syphius”) reviews M&A transactions that may pose a risk to national security through foreign control of a US business. (See our recent...more

BEPS – are you affected?

Over 100 countries and jurisdictions are collaborating through the OECD to implement measures to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The OECD have set out 15 actions points that aim to equip governments with the...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

Senegal's new Mining Code

In October 2016, the Senegalese Parliament passed a new Mining Code (the New Mining Code), which affects the way mining permits are processed, places additional social and environmental obligations on mine operators and...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

BaFin Publishes KAMaRisk - BaFin published the “Minimum Requirements on Risk Management for Investment Management Companies (Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement für Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaften -...more

The Filing of Canadian Securities Class Actions Increased in 2016

The filing of securities class actions increased significantly last year in the U.S. In Canada the number of such actions filed also increased last year. Over the last two years in Canada however, the number of securities...more

DOJ Releases New Guidance on Compliance Programs

On February 8, 2017, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) quietly published pointed and specific guidance on how it assesses – and intends to assess – compliance programs in a report titled “Evaluation of...more

SEC Whistleblower Protection: Recent Cautionary Tales and New Best Practices

Although 2017 has barely begun, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has continued to aggressively pursue enforcement actions against companies for whistleblower-related violations. As part of its initiative, the SEC...more

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan

As an employer, a big reason for setting up a retirement plan is because it’s an employee benefit and it can be used to recruit and retain top-level employees. Unlike health insurance, the costs of running a retirement plan...more

Understanding UPMIFA: Delegation of Management and Investment of Endowment Funds

The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA or the Act) was adopted in 2006 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as the successor to the Uniform Management of Institutional...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: Delaware Confronts M&A Litigation

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year...more

GOP House Considers Adopting Clean Hands Rule for SEC Whistleblower Program

The Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., recently issued a memo outlining a plan to implement sweeping changes to a bill he introduced last year known as the Financial CHOICE Act....more

OECD: Italy Should Approve its Proposed Competition Legislation ‘Swiftly’, Including the Reform of the National Merger Filing...

On 15 February 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) published its economic survey of Italy. Among other things, the 156 page report recommends that Italy passes its proposed competition...more

Blog: Recent trends in proxy statements

It just isn’t proxy season without some kind of account of the latest trends in proxy statements, so here’s one from CFO.com. The first data point comes as no surprise: proxies are getting longer, providing more graphics...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 309-James Koukios [Video]

In this episode I visit with Morrison Forrester partner James Koukios on the firm's December newsletter on the Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 2016. James and I visit about some of the lesser...more

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