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SEC Adopts Final Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted final rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) to require U.S. public companies to disclose the ratio of the annual total...more

Corporation or LLC? Business Organizations for Tech Startups.

One of the first actions you will take with your startup is to organize your company a separate legal entity to protect yourself from personal liability for the company’s debts. In the tech startup context, you’ll typically...more

Latest H-S-R Act Enforcement Is a Cautionary Tale for Minority Investors

Generally speaking, stock purchases which will cause an investor to hold more than $76.3 million of the target’s voting securities may require a pre-closing notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“H-S-R”) Act. But there...more

SEC Adopts Final Pay Ratio Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules that will require most public companies to calculate and disclose a ratio that compares the annual total compensation of their “median employee” to...more

FINRA’s New Research Rules

The new rules retain many of the current rules’ core requirements, but expand certain obligations and impose requirements on debt research activities for the first time. On August 26, 2015, the Financial Industry...more

SEC Adopts Regulation A+

Newly adopted exemption to securities registration requirements may offer new capital raising opportunities for developing companies - A company that seeks to raise capital by offering or selling securities to potential...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Sixth Circuit last week concluded that Morrison, which held that Section 10(b) does not have extraterritorial reach, is inapplicable to Advisers Act Section 10(b). The DC Circuit, on rehearing, reaffirmed its prior...more

SEC Adopts Final Pay Ratio Rule

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final pay ratio rule that implements Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) nearly two years...more

Investment Fund Violates “Investment-Only” HSR Exemption

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”), the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed this week in federal court a proposed settlement to charges that an investment fund violated the...more

Third Point Settles FTC Charges That They Violated U.S. Premerger Notification Requirements

On August 24, 2015, the FTC announced that Third Point Funds (“Third Point”), which includes three affiliated hedge funds commonly managed, agreed to settle FTC charges that it violated premerger reporting requirements in...more

Alert: SEC Adopts Final Pay-Ratio Rule

On August 5, 2015, the SEC adopted a final rule to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, often referred to as the pay-ratio provision. The pay-ratio provision mandates...more

FinCEN Proposes BSA/AML Rules for Investment Advisers (Again)

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department, issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would bring certain investment advisers under the umbrella...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2015

Background - We analyzed the terms of 166 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2015 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. - Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results continued...more

Blog: Institutional Shareholders Weigh In On Pay-Ratio Disclosure

According to the director of global governance at CalPERS, quoted in the article, the new rule should provide shareholders with more clarity on executive pay and reduce the need for “back-of-the-envelope” calculations: “’This...more

FTC Cautions Against Improper Reliance on “Investment-Only” Exemption

Investment manager Third Point LLC and three of its affiliated funds have entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the federal antitrust authorities for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

High Court Confirms Process For Distributing Client Money Held By Firm In Special Administration

In this case report, we consider the High Court judgment in Re Worldspreads Ltd v Re Investment Bank Special Administration Regulations 2011 [2015] EWHC 1719 (Ch) (19 June 2015). Originally published in Practical Law on...more

Market Volatility - Reducing Bid Risk in Australia

If a takeover bidder's share price falls materially, can the bidder withdraw its bid or lower its bid price? If not, how can the bidder protect itself in a volatile market? Under Australian rules, a bidder cannot...more

Market Volatility - Reducing Bid Risk in Australia

If a takeover bidder's share price falls materially, can the bidder withdraw its bid or lower its bid price? If not, how can the bidder protect itself in a volatile market? Under Australian rules, a bidder cannot...more

Blog: Revisions To Corp Fin Financial Reporting Manual — (Very) Limited Relief For Delinquent Filers

Corp Fin has today posted revisions to its Financial Reporting Manual. The only change this quarter relates to delinquent filers. The new guidance provides that, in general, Corp Fin will not, through the comment process,...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms 2014 Opinion on Conflict Minerals Rule

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its 2014 ruling that struck down the requirement that public companies must disclose to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and on their...more

Yet More Enhancements Proposed for Private Placement Reporting

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have managed to harmonize their differences for reporting prospectus-exempt distributions since their earlier proposals in February and March 2014. They have now proposed a common...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 189-Compliance Evangelist [Video]

In this episode I report on the exciting news of my new consolidated website which brings together my blog posts, podcasts and introduces new social media offerings. I also discuss my new role as a Compliance Evangelist. ...more

New Era in Private Capital Raising – Opening Up General Solicitation and General Advertising

The next few years may be the largest watershed event in opening up private equity capital since the 1980s when Regulation D was first published by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). By allowing general...more

"Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement Confirmed Unconstitutional"

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision (opinion available here), confirmed its earlier decision in April 2014 by ruling that the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Issues Concept Release on Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued its long-anticipated concept release on Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures. The concept release notes the important function of the public company...more

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