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The PCAOB, Audits, and Compliance - Considerations for the Chief Compliance Officer

by Thomas Fox on

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President of Workiva LLC, to discuss, among other things, the function of the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and what role it might...more

European distressed debt and private equity - defensive strategies coming to the fore?

by DLA Piper on

Where a corporate borrower defaults on its debt terms, distressed debt investors are often presented with opportunities to acquire the debt at a discount. The strategy of investing in distressed debt presents investors with a...more

Germany introduces legislation to facilitate corporate group insolvencies (Konzerninsolvenzrecht)

by DLA Piper on

Germany’s major legal reform aiming to facilitate group insolvencies takes effect on April 21, 2018 (full German text). The new law will allow insolvency proceedings over companies within a corporate group to be concentrated...more

Valuation of Illiquid Portfolio Investments – Avoiding Regulatory Risks with Form and Substance

For private fund managers, the valuation of privately-held securities has been subject to heightened regulatory scrutiny. As the IPO on-ramp for private “unicorn” investments has lengthened, fund managers may hold illiquid...more

IRS Reissues Proposed Regulations for Centralized Partnership Audit Regime

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The new rules represent a complete overhaul of partnership audit, assessment, and collection procedures. Taxpayers should review and potentially amend partnership agreements before the new rules are scheduled to take effect...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: In-Bound Investment into the United States Specific Survey Report Forms 5-Year...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), conducts seven (7) mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. These seven surveys consist of an initial survey for any new in-bound...more

MiFID II for Non-EU Fund Managers

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The revised EU Markets in Financial Instruments package—known as MiFID II—takes effect on January 3, 2018. New rules on trading inducements, research, best execution, market transparency and the regulation of algorithmic...more

Attention Retail Investors: The SEC Wants to Hear Your Views on the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

In connection with the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) fiduciary rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”), key provisions of which became applicable on June 9, 2017, SEC Chair Jay Clayton issued a public statement seeking retail investors’...more

SFO Criminally Charges Barclays, 4 Executives Tied to Market Crisis

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Judge Roy Bean was known as a hanging judge. A saloon-keeper and justice of the peace he called himself the law west of the Pecos. ...more

OJK Simplifies the IPO Process and Enhances Disclosure

by White & Case LLP on

New regulations issued by the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan "OJK") aim to increase the number of public offerings in Indonesia by (1) shortening the regulatory review period by adopting a...more

Day 15 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-the Parameters of Privileges

by Thomas Fox on

The concept of privilege in an internal investigation is critical. Two important privileges are the attorney/client privilege and the work product privilege. Unfortunately both are often miss-understood, miss-applied and...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 336, James Koukios on Morrison Foerster April Anti-Corruption Report

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, James Koukios, a partner at Morrison & Foerster returns to discuss the firm's newsletter Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2017. In this episode we highlight the three following...more

Dutch Court Denies Approval of Collective Settlement Unless Changes Are Made as to Allocation of Compensation and Fees

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal denied approval of the €1.204 billion collective settlement of former Fortis (now Ageas) shareholders’ claims unless the parties agree to restructure the allocation of the settlement amount among...more

Bridging the Week - June 2017 #3

EC Proposes Two-Tier System for Classifying Third-Country CCPs; Certain Systemically Important CCPs May Be Required to Relocate to the EU: The European Commission proposed measures that would substantially amend its...more

Implications of the Supreme Court's Kokesh Decision

by WilmerHale on

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kokesh v. SEC that a claim for disgorgement arising from the violation of federal securities law constitutes a “penalty” for purposes of the general statute of...more

Day 14 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Miranda and Internal Investigations

by Thomas Fox on

Must an investigator warn an employee that concealing information from company lawyers conducting an internal FCPA investigation could be a federal crime? Even if the company attorneys handling the investigation provided the...more

Changes to FMC Regulations will relieve annual report distribution burden

by DLA Piper on

The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has announced changes to be made to the Financial Markets Conduct Regulations 2014 later this year, allowing issuers of certain financial products to make their annual reports...more

Day 13 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-The Yates Memo and Internal Investigations

by Thomas Fox on

When then Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates, announced the Memo that bears her name, she said the following, “we have revised our policy guidance to require that if a company wants any credit for cooperation, any credit...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 335, Mike Volkov on Blockchain and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Mike Volkov and I discuss how blockchain has the potential to transform compliance and may facilitate some truly revolutionary modifications in key businesses processes. I see some great value propositions...more

Good Bets By A 401(k) Plan Sponsor That Will Limit Their Liability

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m not much of a betting man because I hate to lose. Some will say that playing the stock market is gambling, but shrewd, informed investment decisions usually do well in the end. Retirement plan sponsors can make bets that...more

Tax Round Up - June 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

International Tax Developments - BEPS Multilateral Convention signed - On 7 June, officials from more than 60 jurisdictions signed the BEPS Multilateral Convention which will transplant a number of measures in respect...more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: Current Asia-Pacific financing trends: Key issues and opportunities - A...

by White & Case LLP on

Significant economic factors and various government policies have been driving financing opportunities, financing structures and the types of deals that have recently closed and are currently being conducted throughout the...more

U.S. Treasury Department Report on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As required by the President’s Executive Order 13772 setting forth the core principles that should be taken into account in connection with the regulation of the U.S. financial system, the U.S. Treasury Department published a...more

After Settlement By Director Defendants Of Merger-Related Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims, Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Financial...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 26, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted plaintiffs’ request to sever and stay fiduciary duty breach claims settled with directors of Good Technology Corporation (“Good”) and...more

The Financial CHOICE Act and Shareholder Engagement

by Bryan Cave on

The Financial CHOICE Act introduced in the House this spring has largely garnered attention because of its rollback of Dodd-Frank, but the bill would also significantly change the rules governing shareholder resolutions for...more

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