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Amendments to the German Corporate Governance Code for 2017 Published and In Force

by Jones Day on

On 24 April 2017, the Corporate Governance Committee established by the German Federal Government (Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex) officially published various amendments to the German Corporate...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 9

by DLA Piper on

US financial regulators discuss Volcker Rule. CNBC reported that US financial regulators are tackling one of Wall Street’s biggest concerns by discussing the Volcker Rule governing banks’ proprietary trading. Rich Foster,...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 8

by DLA Piper on

International Monetary Fund reviews top threats to markets and banks. The Wall Street Journal reported on the IMF’s warning that high corporate leverage could threaten financial stability as the Federal Reserve raises...more

Complete Revision of German Securities Trading Act Passed German Parliament

by Jones Day on

On 30 March 2017, the German Parliament (Bundestag) finally approved a complete revision of the German Securities Trading Act (Wertpapierhandelsgesetz) as part of the Second Financial Markets Reform Act (2....more

Shareholder Rights Directive: Parliament Resolution at First Reading to Adopt Directive

by Jones Day on

On 14 March 2017, the European Parliament resolved to adopt the Commission's proposal to amend the Shareholder Rights Directive. The amendments approved by Parliament include...more

Legislation Relating to Capital Formation

As the 115th United States Congress is currently in session, a number of bills designed to promote capital raising for companies have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. In the last two months, both the House...more

NASAA adopts statement of policy to usher in e-delivery and e-signature for non-traded offerings

by DLA Piper on

Under an initiative approved last week by the membership of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), sponsors, issuers, broker-dealers and others involved in the offer and sale of shares of non-traded...more

IRS Issues Guidance on “North-South” Transactions

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On May 3, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2017-09 (the “Ruling”), which helpfully clarifies that the separate steps of a typical “north-south” spinoff transaction will be respected, and announced...more

Korea Newsletter - May 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Recent Representative Matters and News - ACUSHNET IPO - McDermott represented Korean private equity funds Mirae Asset Private Equity Partners Fund VII, Neoplux No.1 Private Equity Fund, and Woori Blackstone Korea...more

Fiduciary Duties of Directors in Connection with An Acquisition: A Massachusetts Difference

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Customary analysis of the fiduciary duties of directors in connection with their consideration of an acquisition of the corporation focuses on the nature of that fiduciary duty: What is that duty? Under what circumstances is...more

Who Is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part III)

This is the third of a three-part post that analyzes why plaintiffs are winning the securities class action war and what defendants can do about it....more

The Sexennial Vote On Frequency of Say-on-Pay: Know When to Say When, or Risk Compromising S-3 Eligibility

We are in the bloom of annual meeting season for calendar year filers. Reporting companies are dutifully reporting annual meeting results under Item 5.07 of Form 8-K within four business days of their annual meetings....more

The New Faces of FCPA Enforcement: The Transition to a Sessions-Clayton Enforcement Regime Is Unlikely to Result in Drastic...

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Now that the Trump administration has passed its first 100 days, some additional insights are available with respect to how the administration plans to enforce anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Ecuador terminates 12 BITs - a growing trend of reconsideration of traditional investment treaties?

by DLA Piper on

On 3 May 2017, the Ecuadorean National Assembly (Ecuador's legislative body) approved the denunciation of 12 bilateral investment treaties (BITs), with China, Chile, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina,...more

Partnership Dissolution And A Chief Judge’s Lament

by Allen Matkins on

Decisions by U.S. District Court judges typically begin with an identification of the parties, an explanation of the procedural posture of the case, or a description of the dispute. Chief Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, however,...more

Stock: Are Your Interests Perfected in the Digital Age?

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In a secured loan transaction, it is critical for you, as the secured lender, to ensure that your security interest in the collateral is perfected in accordance with the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) requirements. In the case...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May, 2017

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why You’re Wiser With an Adviser - Regardless of your experience, you will need advice about your startup. ...more

Energy Transfer, Williams, and the Circular Ownership of Stock

It is unheard of for a deal to die at the closing table because lawyers cannot deliver a required opinion regarding a transaction that they structured and negotiated. Yet, this is exactly what happened last year when two...more

Do You Have an Enforceable Contract for the Sale of Family-Owned Business Interests or Just an Agreement to Agree?

by Murtha Cullina on

Family members often transfer family-business ownership interests or other assets between each other. Their discussions sometimes progress from informal negotiations to a written term sheet to a final written agreement....more

"Q&A With Delaware Litigation Partner Ed Micheletti"

What is the most significant recent development in Delaware, from a litigation standpoint? The most significant recent development impacting deal litigation in Delaware is the continuing evolution of the Corwin doctrine,...more

"Sections 204 and 205 of Delaware Corporation Law: Effective Tools to Remedy Defective Corporate Acts"

Since they became effective in 2014, Sections 204 and 205 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) have provided mechanisms for a corporation to unilaterally ratify defective corporate acts or seek relief from the Court...more

Aim Carefully Before Pulling Trigger on Shotgun Buy-Sell Agreement

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

At least on paper, shotgun provisions in shareholder and operating agreements provide an elegant and efficient buy-out solution when business owners can’t get along and need a divorce. In a two-owner company, the one who...more

Nasdaq Report: Reigniting America’s Economic Engine

The Nasdaq recently published a report, titled “The Promise of Market Reform,” which sets out proposed structural changes that are intended to relieve some of the burdens associated with being a public company. The report...more

Landmarks - Spring 2017

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There continues to be very strong demand for high-quality commercial real estate. From 2011–2015, the volume of commercial real estate transactions nationally grew at an annualized rate well in excess of 10%, and projections...more

Massachusetts SJC Sends Reminder of Fiduciary Duties in Closely-Held Corporations

by Murtha Cullina on

In a recent decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that directors of a corporation owe a fiduciary duty to the corporation itself, and not to the stockholders of the corporation (as is the case in Delaware,...more

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