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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 5

Electronic Structured Product Systems and FINRA’s Robo-Advisor Report - In a prior issue of this publication, we wrote about electronic structured note issuance platforms, and how these might be affected by U.S....more

Partnerships Must Respond to New Audit Rules

The recently-enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 includes a far-reaching overhaul of the rules applicable to IRS partnership audits and tax adjustments. This will be significant for partnerships and limited liability...more

FAST Relief from Some Securities Law Requirements

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which became law in December 2015, contained important federal securities law changes. - Among other changes, it further reduced the burdens on emerging growth...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 17

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Modifies and Extends Pilot Program for NMS Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility - The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an order that modifies and extends the National...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

"SEC to Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Measures in 2016"

On March 16, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White cautioned an audience of industry professionals at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the SEC continues to focus on companies’ use of financial measures...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

"The Resurgence of SPACs in a Quiet IPO Market"

More than 20 years old, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) — publicly listed companies established with the goal of acquiring unspecified targets — have recently experienced a surge in popularity. Ten SPACs for...more

Practical Advice for the Business Owner - Avoiding common mistakes when making incentive compensation grants to employees

Incentive compensation (e.g., stock options, restricted stock, bonus plans, phantom stock, stock appreciation rights, etc.) can be a very useful tool for aligning the incentives of employees and shareholders, as well as a...more

"SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Feedback on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements"

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking feedback on ways to modernize the business and financial disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K. The 341-page release...more

Securities Law Advisory: SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Comment on Regulation S-K

At an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 13, 2016, the SEC voted 3-0 to issue a concept release seeking public comment on modernizing certain disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K,...more

[Event] Regulation Crowdfunding: 10 Rules to Live By Post-JOBS Act - May 5th, Raleigh, NC

Join us for a complimentary program that will cover the basics of the newly-effective Regulation Crowdfunding process. The rules surrounding Regulation Crowdfunding are complicated and pursuing investors through crowdfunding...more

DOL issues final fiduciary rule and related exemptions

The final DOL fiduciary regulation (the Final Rule) and other guidance published by the DOL on April 8 will have a significant effect on those who provide investment advice and sell investment products and services to...more

Second Circuit Stresses Control, Not Attribution, In Applying Janus’s “Ultimate Authority” Test, And Also Allows Expert Testimony...

In Janus Capital, the Supreme Court established the “ultimate authority” test to determine who may be liable under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) as a “maker” of a materially misleading...more

Private Equity Fund Sponsors' Risk for ERISA Unfunded Pension Liability Grows

On March 28, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that, under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), two private equity funds (1) were engaged in a trade or business, and (2) had...more

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Promote Company Self-Reporting

In a speech delivered last Wednesday by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, the Justice Department’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division announced the launch of a new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) “pilot program” that...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 7 - April 2016 (Global)

- United States US indicts Iranian computer specialists for cyberattacks on banks and a dam. The New York Times reported that the Justice Department unsealed an indictment against seven Iranian computer specialists who...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 14

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Approves FINRA’s Proposed Expansion of Supplement Schedule for Derivatives and Off-Balance Sheet Items - On April 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 16-11...more

To PPM or not to PPM that is the Question for many Start-Ups

Many start-up companies know they want to raise angel capital, but do not know how to proceed. They really want to know: “do I need a 50 page Private Placement Memorandum to raise money?” The answer is: “It depends, but...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016

Regulatory Developments - DOL Issues Final Fiduciary Rule - On April 6, the Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled its pre-publication final version of the long-awaited fiduciary rule (the Final Rule). Some of the more...more

DOJ Announces New FCPA Pilot Program to Encourage Self-Reporting

On April 5, 2016, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, who heads the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a new “FCPA pilot program” designed to motivate companies to voluntarily selfdisclose...more

CFTC Proposes Dodd-Frank Relief to Certain Energy Industry Contracts

The proposal furthers an ongoing effort to minimize Dodd-Frank burdens on commercial end users. On April 4, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order proposing guidance about the Dodd-Frank...more

Federal Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Withdrawal Liability on “Partnership-in-Fact” Theory

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Sun Capital Partners III LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 10-10921 (D. Mass. 2016) delivered a surprising...more

[Webinar] FCPA Spotlight: Best Practices for Controls and Records - April 20th, 1:00pm, EDT

In recent weeks both software manufacturer SAP S.E. and SciClone Pharmaceuticals have entered into deferred prosecution agreements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle charges that they violated...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 13

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Proposes Amendment to Transactions in Exchange-Traded Managed Fund Shares Rule - On March 29, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a...more

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