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When It Comes to Documentation, Smart Companies Behave Like Every Day Is Audit Day

Audits are part of nearly every ethics and compliance program. They come from the Internal Audit Department, outside auditors testing control systems and processes, and in some cases, government regulators evaluating the...more

2016 half-year in review: M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Delaware Law Updates—The Court of Chancery Deviates from Some Recent Appraisal Decisions and Gives “100 Percent Weight” to the...

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Court of Chancery—Merion Capital L.P. v. Lender Processing Services, Inc., C.A. No. 9320-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2016) ("LPS")—Vice Chancellor Laster strayed from several of the Court...more

Merger and Purchase Agreements Governed by Maryland Law: “Best Efforts"

Merger and purchase agreements involving Maryland corporations and REITs may be governed by Maryland law. For lawyers accustomed to agreements governed by Delaware or New York law, we are frequently asked to describe key...more

Reminders for Foreign Private Issuers for the 2017 Annual Reporting Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for foreign private issuers (FPIs) in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Family Businesses Should Carefully Consider Indemnification and Advancement Obligations Included In Limited Liability Company...

When a family business operated as a limited liability company brings on professional management, the parties typically focus on items in the operating agreement such as capital contributions, allocations and distributions,...more

Loans Between Related Entities

What Was Intended? Over the last thirty years, I have reviewed the income tax returns of many closely held corporations and partnerships. Quite often, on Schedule L (the balance sheet), I will see an entry for “other...more

SBA's New Rule Offers Some Welcome Changes for the Franchise Community

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a key player in franchise development, providing loan guarantees for franchisee start-ups. As a condition for providing these guarantees, the SBA historically required a...more

Blog: Government Considering Reform To Hold Companies More Accountable For Economic Crime

The Ministry of Justice has announced that it has commenced a consultation with businesses on the introduction of legislation aimed at tackling corporate economic crime and is seeking views on the extent to which reform is...more

House Acts to Place Additional Limitations on SEC Rulemaking

With its passage of the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act last week, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken action to place additional constraints on future rulemaking by the Securities and Exchange Commission; however,...more

What Can the Business Community Expect from a Trump Administration

As Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, the business community stands watch expecting a business-friendly White House. Trump’s promises of fewer regulations and lower taxes have small and large businesses alike feeling...more

Sustainability Reporting Trends in the New Year – ’16 going on ‘17

If you’re feeling uncertain or confused about the future of sustainability reporting in the United States, you’re not alone. With the business world’s adoption of sustainability reports moving full steam ahead—and increasing...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

Why is it Time for an Annual Checkup for Both You and Your Company 2016 Version

Over the past few years many of you probably read my blog regarding having a checkup for you and your business. This does not involve the doctor, but it does involve all the other professionals in your personal and business...more

European Commission Publishes Proposed Directive on Countering Money Laundering by Criminal Law 

The European Commission published a legislative proposal for a Directive on countering money laundering by criminal law. The proposed Directive is intended to harmonize and establish minimum rules concerning the definition of...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Securing Your Series A Round in 2017: Five Things to Do Now - Series A deals declined in 2016, but you can still beat the odds with the right planning and...more

Beware of Conflicting Interest Transactions in Family Business Management

Directors of all corporations – including family owned businesses – owe a fiduciary duty of loyalty to the company. This duty requires a director to put the interests of the company ahead of his or her personal interest and...more

Court of Appeals to Decide Controversial Partnership Dissolution Case

In a controversial ruling last year in Congel v Malfitano, the Appellate Division, Second Department, affirmed and modified in part a post-trial judgment against a former 3.08% partner in a general partnership that owns an...more

Current Administration Proposes Significant Changes to EB-5 Program

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced potential changes that could significant impact the EB-5 investor visa program. The EB-5 investor visa was originally established by Congress in 1990 to attract foreign...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

Reform of corporate criminal liability for economic crime

On 13 January, the UK Ministry of Justice issued a Call for Evidence on the reform of corporate criminal liability for economic crime. This follows statements by the UK government in 2016 about extending corporate criminal...more

The PFIC Regulations Get a Facelift

On December 28, 2016, the Treasury issued final regulations (T.D. 9806) that primarily address passive foreign investment company (PFIC) ownership and reporting rules and largely adopt 2013 proposed (REG-140974-11) and...more

Culture: Meeting Regulatory Expectations

“Culture remains a key driver of significant risks … and the root cause of high-profile and significant failings. Our focus on culture in financial services firms and its impact on conduct has been, and remains, a priority....more

New IRS Reporting Rule Could Bite Unwary Foreign Investors

There are two main sources of reporting requirements for foreign investors in the United States — the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The IRS recently upped its game by requiring reports from...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

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