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5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense: Effective Use of the Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision

In this installment of the D&O Discourse series “5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense,” we discuss the third of five changes that would significantly improve securities litigation defense: to make the Supreme Court’s...more

Saudi Arabia Update - June 2016

Legal Developments - Vision 2030 introduces new Nitaqat - Earlier this year, the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the new reform plan, Vision 2030, which expresses Saudi Arabia's long-term goals and...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #5

Regulatory Developments - FSOC Rescinds GE Capital's SIFI Designation - On June 29, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) announced that it had voted unanimously to “rescind its determination that...more

"Hong Kong Regulatory Update - June 2016"

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: The Hong Kong Professional Investor Regime

Similar to the situation in many other jurisdictions, fund managers, banks and other market participants in Hong Kong were, until recently, not required to apply the same regulations to high net worth, corporate or...more

SEC Raises ‘Qualified Client' Net Worth Threshold from $2 Million to $2.1 Million

Rule 205-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 permits investment advisers to charge performance- based compensation (including performance and incentive fees by private funds) only to “qualified clients.” On June 14,...more

Non-GAAP Financial Measures – Agenda Item for Upcoming Audit Committee Meetings

On June 27, 2016, SEC Chair Mary Jo White delivered a speech, which focused, in part, on non-GAAP financial measures, which have become the new old “hot button” issue for the SEC. Chair White strongly urged companies to...more

SEC Proposes to Expand Smaller Reporting Company Eligibility

On June 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) proposed amendments to the definition of “smaller reporting company” (SRC) that would expand the number of companies that have this status. These...more

Reducing the regulatory burden Changes to companies' statutory registers and filing requirements

On 30 June 2016, changes will be made to companies' record keeping and filing requirements which are aimed at reducing the regulatory burden. These include... Please see full Publication below for more information....more

Small Business Investors Can Save Big with New IRS Code Amendments

Recent amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) have significantly expanded the opportunity for tax savings under Section 1202. Section 1202, which was originally added to the Code in 1993, provides relief...more

California Court of Appeal Confirms that Corporations Code § 1601 Does Not Require Corporations to Ship Records Maintained Out of...

In Innes v. Diablo Controls, Inc., Case No., A145528, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 475 (Cal. App. June 16, 2016), the California Court of Appeal, First District, affirmed that California Corporations Code § 1601, which permits...more

RMBS Suit to Proceed Against Morgan Stanley

On June 16, 2016, Justice Marcy S. Friedman of the Supreme Court of the State of New York largely denied Morgan Stanley’s motion to dismiss a breach of contract action brought by RMBS trustee Wilmington Trust Company. The...more

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

SEC Orders Increase in Qualified Client Threshold

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a final order on June 14 to adjust for inflation the net-worth threshold for a registered investment adviser to charge performance-based compensation to its advisory clients...more

SEC Declines To Define “Mineral” In Resource Extraction Rule But Then Defines It Anyway

As reported by Broc Romanek yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted (again) a resource extraction rule. Congress had ordered the SEC to adopt a rule by April 17, 2011. After belatedly adopting a rule, the...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

Evolving Director-Investor Communications: Preparing for Your Board’s Direct Engagement with Shareholders

Preparation, two-way communication, targeted proactive engagement and choosing the right director for the job are the keys to a successful engagement strategy, say Latham & Watkins partners Mark Gerstein and Steve Stokdyk in...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 Increases Qualified Client Net Worth Threshold

Every five years, the US Securities and Exchange Commission is required to adjust for inflation the agency’s dollar-based qualification tests for when an SEC-registered investment adviser can receive compensation based on...more

Consider Adding Separate Annual Sublimit on Director Equity Awards

In response to the Delaware Chancery Court’s 2012 and 2015 decisions in Seinfeld v. Slager and Calma v. Templeton and Facebook’s 2016 settlement of Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, public companies that are adopting or amending...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

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