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California Court of Appeal Holds Doing Business ? Any Activity Engaged In for Pecuniary Gain

On January 12, 2017, the California Court of Appeal held in a published opinion that a taxpayer passively holding a 0.2 percent interest in a California-based limited liability company (CA LLC) was not “doing business” in the...more

2017 Financial Industry Regulatory Priorities - OCIE and FINRA Announce Examination Areas of Focus

In early January, both the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) and FINRA announced their examination priorities for 2017. As in previous years, both the SEC and FINRA share many examination...more

The Difference Between Being Right and Doing Right

Not long ago I wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent enforcement actions against companies that include pretaliation clauses in their employment contracts. I posted the article online, and one compliance...more

SEC Chair Urges Continued Efforts on Global Accounting Standards

Outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White has urged her successor and the SEC to continue to pursue high-quality, globally accepted accounting standards “as one of its highest priorities.” In a...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 2

2017 Examination Priorities Announced by the SEC - On January 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2017 examination priorities, which seek to...more

Boardroom Perspectives: Proxy Access – Preparing for the 2017 Proxy Season

As shareholders continue to submit proxy access proposals, public companies may wish to consider proxy access and develop a response plan. Many public companies have received shareholder proxy access proposals in...more

Calling All Stock Certificates

Last week, Broc Romanek’s Mentor Blog addressed the question of what to do about outstanding stock certificates following a reverse stock split. Today, I’ll weigh in with a California perspective....more

Election Result Risk Factors

January is a good time for calendar-year-end companies to re-evaluate, and update as necessary, their Form 10-K risk factors. This year in particular, the November election results introduce a wide range of new considerations...more

Change in Shareholder Approval Requirements for Certain TSX-V-Listed Issuers Undertaking a Change of Business or Reverse Takeover

On December 15, 2016, the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) published amended Policy 5.2 – Changes of Business and Reverse Takeovers of the TSX Venture Exchange Corporate Finance Manual (Policy 5.2). The amendments to Policy 5.2...more

Shareholder Proposals Restricting Board/Management Access to Preliminary Voting Results May Be Excluded

On January 6, 2017, the SEC Staff granted no-action relief that would allow companies to exclude shareholder proposals preventing management or the board from accessing preliminary voting results on uncontested matters prior...more

Day 15 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Post Training Evaluation [Video]

What if you want to take you post-training analysis to a higher level and begin to consider the effectiveness through your return on investment (ROI)? Joel Smith, the founder of Inhouse Owl, a training services provider,...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 35-the Friday the 13th edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 35, week ending January 13, the Friday the 13th edition   1.       Hernandez and Beech FCPA guilty pleas. 2.       VW guilty plea in emissions-testing scandal. 3.       VW executive Oliver...more

Day 13 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, create a data action plan [Video]

You should work to create an action plan to use your data. But never forget you need to get your digital information right. That means several sources of data to help you choose the best course of action. Earlier this year,...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2017 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Day 12 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, creating a culture of data in compliance [Video]

You should work to create a culture of data in your compliance program. This comes from an understanding that data is a product, which you can consume internally in the compliance function. Your data is a corporate asset so...more

OCIE 2017 Exam Priorities: Focus on Retail, Elderly and Retirement Investors; Market Risks

The SEC’s National Examination Program (NEA) of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced that its examination priorities in 2017 will focus on three general areas: retail investors, risks...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

FCPA enforcement was a key priority this week. The Commission filed two settled actions. Once involved a recidivist in which the firm made admissions in resolving the matter with the DOJ. ...more

Insider Trading in the E.U. and U.S. Markets – An Ocean Apart?

With increasing momentum towards global regulatory convergence – driven predominantly by G20 commitments – it is noteworthy that some important (and practically significant) distinctions remain between the market conduct...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What You Need to Know

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...more

European Commission Reports on Diversity of Bank and Investment Firm Management Bodies

The European Commission published a report on benchmarking of diversity practices under the Capital Requirements Directive. The CRD requires banks and investment firms to ensure that the composition of management bodies is...more

U.S. CFTC Enforcement: Key Compliance Takeaways From 2016

In 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission brought several significant enforcement actions involving computerized robo-advisors, recordkeeping and reporting requirements, insider trading, spoofing, market...more

Brownstein Victory Demonstrates Value of Vigorously Challenging Materiality Allegations in Securities Fraud Trials

The materiality of misrepresentations and omissions in securities fraud litigation is a complex but critical issue. For several reasons, defendants sometimes give this element of a securities claim less at tention than it...more

To Be or Not To Be: The SEC Administrative Court — Are They Constitutional or Not

Seyfarth Synopsis: What, if any, steps the government will take to appeal the Tenth Circuit’s Bandimer’s decision remains to be seen. The government may elect to petition the entire Tenth Circuit to hear the case en banc. Or...more

2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

Mondelez Agrees to Pay $13 Million to Settle FCPA Charges Related to Alleged Bribery in India

On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Illinois-based multinational confectionery company Mondelez International Inc. and its subsidiary Cadbury agreed to settle Foreign Corrupt...more

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