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The Market Abuse Regulation – Impact on AIM companies

On 3 July 2016 the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) will come into force and will apply directly to AIM traded companies. The London Stock Exchange has recently confirmed the changes it will make to the AIM Rules as a result of...more

REITs Get Respect from the Market — a New Sector Home

Beginning in September 2016, publicly traded equity REITs (real estate investment trusts) and other listed real estate companies will get a new home in the S&P 500. They are moving out of the Financials Sector and into a...more

Blog: SEC Proposes To Allow More Companies To Qualify As Smaller Reporting Companies

Without holding an open meeting, the SEC has proposed changes to the definition of a “smaller reporting company” that would raise the financial cap from “less than $75 million” in public float to “less than $250 million,”...more

SEC Proposes to Amend Smaller Reporting Company Definition

In the years following the JOBS Act, which created the term “emerging growth company” and made available certain disclosure and other accommodations to companies that qualified as EGCs, there has been renewed focus on scaled...more

SEC Approves IEX Proposal to Launch National Exchange, Issues Interpretation on Automated Securities Prices

On June 17, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved the application of Investors’ Exchange LLC (“IEX”) to register as a national securities exchange. Prior to transitioning its operation to a national...more

Blog: Discussion Draft of the Financial CHOICE Act

A discussion draft for the Financial CHOICE Act is now publicly available. Many of the provisions of interest from a corporate standpoint are in Title IV—Capital Markets Improvements and Title X—Unleashing Opportunities for...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

Practice Pointers on Shelf Offerings by Business Development Companies

Overview - Business development companies (“BDCs”) are U.S. publicly held investment funds that invest primarily in private and thinly traded public U.S. businesses. BDCs have generally faced capital raising challenges...more

Brexit: Impact on M&A transactions

M&A activity - In the shorter term, there may well be a slow down or delay in M&A activity as parties, including funders, assess the impact of the Brexit vote and the uncertainty around the immediate future and the...more

Modifications to Code Section 409A Regulations

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, which applies to non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. The proposed regulations are...more

Agencies Propose Incentive Compensation Rules for Financial Institutions

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently proposed new restrictions...more

Structuring Equity Interests for Independent Sponsors

In a traditional private equity fund, the fund managers will raise money from investors to establish a pool of capital the fund can then use to invest in a number of portfolio companies. A big benefit of a fund is that the...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 12 - June, 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis In our last edition, we discussed a recent SEC enforcement action against a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner, who agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle charges that included...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Treasury and IRS Issue Proposed Regulations Imposing Documentation Requirements Under...

In addition to the discussion of the recently proposed regulations which impose new documentation requirements under Section 385, this month’s issue features articles regarding the Circuit Court decision in Chemtech Royalty...more

Details Emerge about the Financial CHOICE Act

On June 15, 2016, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released a more detailed summary of the Financial CHOICE Act (“FCA”), a proposal to revisit the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

EU Council Agrees on Final Anti Tax Avoidance Directive

We wrote in February (European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package) about the draft EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD”). On 21st June 2016, the EU Council agreed on the final text of the ATAD and it will...more

SEC Charges Private Fund Administrator with “Gatekeeper Failures”

Add fund administrators to the list of service providers the SEC expects to act as “gatekeepers.” In two separate settled actions last week, the SEC found that a private fund administrator “caused” the managers’ unregistered...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2016

VC WATCH - Half-Time 2016: A Glass Half-Empty, or Half-Full? After two record years for venture fundraising and investment, the “bears” among us are already planning for the next down-cycle. Recent headlines...more

Blog: Corp Fin Issues New CDIs Providing Guidance On Rule 701 Primarily In The Merger Context

Corp Fin has just issued some new CDIs providing guidance on Rule 701, with all but one of the CDIs addressing the application of Rule 701 in the context of merger transactions. The new CDIs are summarized below...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Reaffirms Heightened Standard for Recovering Punitive Damages

On June 1, 2016, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion in 1st Team Fitness, LLC, et al. v. Francesco Illiano, No. 0136, Sept. Term 2015 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jun. 1, 2016) reaffirming Maryland’s heightened...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues Order Approving Inflation Adjustments to “Qualified Client” Dollar Thresholds for Investment Adviser Performance Fee Rule - On June 14, the SEC issued an order approving...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

EU Market Abuse Regulation—Implications for Non-EU Issuers with Securities Traded on an EU Market

The EU’s revamped market abuse rules—the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”)—come into direct effect in all EU Member States on July 3, 2016. MAR expands the scope of certain EU rules to EU markets that were previously not...more

CFTC Requests Public Comment on a Rule Amendment Certification Filing by ICE Futures U.S.

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) seeks comments from the public on a proposed amendment that “would clarify that parties to a block trade may engage in pre-hedging or anticipatory hedging of the position...more

MAR for Premium Listed Issuers

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) has direct effect as law in the United Kingdom from 3 July 2016. Broadly, it replaces the current regime in relation to the disclosure of and delaying the disclosure of inside information,...more

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