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Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System Delayed by One Year

On April 16, 2015, the council of ministers (Council) for the proposed cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System) announced that the Cooperative System is now expected to be operational by the fall of...more

Start-up Crowdfunding Exemption Adopted In Certain Canadian Jurisdictions

The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) and securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the “participating jurisdictions”), announced on May 14, 2015, the...more

Can a Corporation Survive a Criminal Conviction? (Part III of IV)

In my continuing series on corporate criminal prosecutions, an important assumption for many DOJ policies and corporate counsel representation is that a company cannot survive a criminal conviction....more

OIG Issues Compliance Guidance for Healthcare Governing Boards

Members of healthcare governing boards now have direction from the OIG as to what is expected of them as they oversee the regulatory compliance of their organizations. And the good news is that the board members don’t have to...more

SEC Proposes Pay Versus Performance Disclosure Rules

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the SEC proposed rules on the disclosure of executive pay versus company performance. The proposed rules implement Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,...more

SEC Proposes Long-Awaited Pay for Performance Rules

On April 29, 2015, in a 3-2 vote of commissioners cast along party lines, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules to implement Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

Spotlight on Responsibility and Accountability: OIG’s New Compliance Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards

On April 20, 2015, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (“OIG”), in collaboration with the American Health Lawyers Association, the Association of Healthcare Internal...more

OIG Issues Compliance Oversight Guidance for Governing Boards of Health Care Organizations

On April 20, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), in collaboration with the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Health Care Compliance Association, issued...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Require Disclosure Regarding the Relationship Between Executive Pay and Company Financial Performance

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission published proposed rules that would require companies to disclose the relationship between executive compensation and the financial performance of the company, as well as...more

The SEC Doesn’t Love Secret Perks for Executives

If you find yourself as the CEO of a public company, you’ll probably find pluses and minuses. You’ll have to work really hard, but it can be lucrative, too. You can get paid a lot of money. And your company can pay you...more

New Capital Raising Alternatives for Non-SEC Reporting Companies: Regulation A+

Non-SEC Reporting US and Canadian companies may now raise up to $50 million in a 12-month period under an expanded exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) under...more

New UAE Commercial Companies Law: A Move Towards Global Standards

On 1 April 2015, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, enacted Federal Law No 2 of 2015 (the Commercial Companies Law, or Law). The Law brings to a close several years of...more

SEC Targets Confidentiality Agreements That Stifle Whistle-Blowing

On April 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its first enforcement action and settlement against a company for violations of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

Parties Push to Enforce Statutory Time Limits on SEC Enforcement Actions

Two cases now before US Courts of Appeals carry the possibility of placing meaningful new limits on the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) time horizon for bringing enforcement actions. The SEC has long argued that...more

California AG Initiates Supply Chain Act Disclosure Review; Enforcement Actions Likely to Follow

The California Attorney General has kicked off a campaign to ensure that companies are complying with their obligations under the state’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. On April 1, 2015, the AG’s office sent...more

The SEC Continues to Turn Up the Heat on Private Equity’s Fees, Expenses and Valuation Practices

On April 3, 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that private equity adviser Fenway Partners LLC (Fenway) received a Wells Notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in March 2015 regarding Fenway’s...more

SEC Approves Final Rules for Regulation A+

On March 25, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules amending Regulation A to implement the provisions of Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). The new rules confirm...more

SEC Says Employer's Confidentiality Agreement Violates Dodd-Frank

Employers paying severance to separated employees usually require written release agreements that include a confidentiality provision. The employee is prohibited from disclosing the existence of the agreement, or from...more

UK FCA Focuses Increased Scrutiny on Asset Managers

Regulators across the globe are intensifying their focus on enforcing the regulation of the asset management industry. Over the last twelve months, the global Financial Stability Board, the International Monetary Fund, the US...more

Three Thoughts about the SEC’s First “Pretaliation” Case

I was on a flight last Wednesday when the SEC released the first of what whistleblower chief Sean McKessy has dubbed “pretaliation” cases against KBR, Inc. When I landed I had several emails from colleagues, asking, “Did you...more

Employer’s confidentiality agreement triggers SEC action and penalty - review and revise agreements now

Consistent with its prior announcements that it will protect and encourage whistleblowers, the SEC recently announced its “first enforcement action” against a company for using allegedly restrictive language in an agreement...more

SEC Adopts Regulation A+ Rules

As amended, Regulation A now provides an exemption from registration for certain issuers offering up to US$50 million of securities in a 12-month period. On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

Carefully Draft NDAs to Avoid Whistleblower Concerns

In light of the SEC’s first enforcement action against a company for impeding whistleblower activity in violation of Rule 21F-17, employers may wish to consider clarifying in their agreements, policies and practices that...more

The SEC on Capital Formation: Graded Incomplete – Commissioner Gallagher

Last year the IPO market was overheating – a record number of initial offerings were conducted. Nevertheless, SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher gives the SEC a grade of “incomplete” in the area of capital formation in recent...more

Do Your Confidentiality and Employment Agreements Violate SEC Whistleblower Protection Rules?

As the SEC takes aim at whistleblower “pretaliation” (attempts to muzzle whistleblowers via confidentiality and other employment agreements—overt or otherwise) ethics and compliance officers need to take practical steps to...more

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