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Massive Online Security Breach – Are You Reactive or Proactive?

A few weeks ago, a Russian cyber gang amassed around 1.2 billion user name and password credentials belonging to more than 500 million email addresses. This may be to date the largest cache of stolen data. The cyber gang...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 34

In this issue: - Oregon State Court Refuses to Enforce Forum Selection Bylaw - SEC Announces Pilot Program to Widen Tick Sizes for Smaller Companies - NFA Issues Notice Setting Effective Date for Risk...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

SEC Proposes Extension of Principal Trade Rule for Registered Advisers/Broker-Dealers - The SEC has proposed extending to December 31, 2016, the sunset date for the expiration of Rule 206(3)-3T (the “Rule”) under the...more

Crackdown on Tax Treaty Abuses

Tax authorities throughout the world are cracking down on taxpayers – individuals and corporations – that utilize some aggressive tax planning strategies....more

Deputy Comptroller Describes OCC’s SCRA, Consumer Compliance Focus

On August 18, in a speech to the Association of Military Banks of America, Deputy Comptroller for Compliance Policy Grovetta Gardineer described the OCC’s increasing supervisory and enforcement focus on SCRA compliance....more

Three Disclosure Areas of Focus for Private Equity Firms Given Increased SEC Oversight

The private equity space is an area of increased scrutiny for the SEC. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) earlier this year announced its intentions to examine a significant percentage of never...more

Finding Your Fix: Removing the price fix for gold and silver may cause a rethink on the reliance on spot prices in contracts

Removing the price fix for gold and silver may cause a rethink on the reliance on spot prices in contracts - First published in Mining Journal, August 2014 The fix is finished. Amid ongoing technological and...more

Justin Bieber Does It Again – Time For Anti Bribery Training To Save The Day

Tsk tsk tsk. Just when I thought I was only going to mention him in one blog post this year, I now have the opportunity to write another. Someone has to do it! Justin Bieber is back in the spotlight and this time it isn’t...more

Mexico’s Energy Reform Provides Significant Opportunities in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

Mexico’s new energy legislation, which went into effect on August 12, 2014, will completely restructure the Mexican energy sector, including both hydrocarbons and electricity. This legislation opens up oil and gas exploration...more

LITIGATION ALERT: Texas Supreme Court Limits the Application of the Economic Loss Rule

In Texas, the economic loss rule has been applied by courts to prevent a plaintiff from recovering purely economic losses in a negligence or strict liability action. In products liability cases, when a loss results from the...more

Invest A Little To Make A Lot More: Why Indiana Should Create An Event Incentive Fund To Leverage State Taxes

In addition to looking at taxes to cut, let’s look at ways to invest a little to make a lot more. For starters, consider visitor spending where more than 26 million people who visit Indy every year generate more than $256...more

Misplaced Confidence in Ethics & Compliance Training Program Effectiveness? Survey Shows Startling Disconnect

When respondents to the NAVEX Global 2014 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Survey were asked whether each employee in their organization received the ethics and compliance training they need, 75 percent either “agreed”...more

Fair Valuation and Mutual Fund Directors: New Guidance from the SEC

1. Previous Guidance Codified by the Release - Much of the guidance included in the Release is already in section 404 of the CFRP. In fact, the amount of repetition in the revised section may confuse a first-time...more

Corporations Don't Independently Owe Fiduciary Duties to Stockholders

On Aug. 7, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III issued a letter opinion in the matter Buttonwood Tree Value Partners LP v. R.L. Polk & Co., C.A. No. 9250-VCL, that is not attention-grabbing because it wrestles with some nuanced...more

The Rise of Foreign Issuer IPOs

Foreign issuer IPOs have been increasing recently as foreign issuer activity continues to improve since a marked decline in 2011 and 2012. This decline resulted in part from market volatility in the aftermath of the financial...more

Amendments to California’s security breach notification bill head to governor: key action points for businesses

In what has become almost an annual ritual, California is poised to tweak its security breach notice law. Last year, in language DLA Piper lawyers helped to draft on behalf of the State Privacy & Security Coalition, the...more

Guide to Doing Business in Australia: Major Forms of Business Organisation

MAJOR FORMS OF BUSINESS ORGANISATION - A foreign company or investor proposing to establish a business in Australia may choose from a number of different entities or forms of business organisation. Each of these forms...more

Florida Finds No Coverage For Property Damage Caused By Neighbor’s Corpse.

On August 20, 2014, the Florida Court of Appeals refused to reconsider its decision in Rodrigo v. State Farm Florida Ins. Co., No. 4D12-3410 (Fla. App. 4th Dist. April 23, 2014), that the insured breached the policy by not...more

CEO, CFO Charged in SEC Financial Fraud Action

Since the formation of the financial task force, and its related data group, there has been speculation regarding the focus of the new program and the impact of big data techniques. One indication of how the program could...more

Zero hours contracts: new consultation launched

Alan Chalmers, a Partner in our Manchester office, comments: Regulation of the labour market is always a political issue, and in the protracted run-up to the 2015 General Election the regulation of zero hours contracts seems...more

The Future of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exports under the Department of Energy’s Revised Review Process

During the last two years, we have seen the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) pick up the pace in granting conditional authorizations for companies to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free...more

Termination for convenience clauses revisited. Can they limit potential claims?

The nature of termination for convenience clauses - As mentioned in our alert of last year, click here to read, it is increasingly the case that contracts provide one and, sometimes, both of the parties, with the...more

Corruption, Risk and Business Strategy. Which one manages the others?

Since I stared writing about issues relating to compliance at the front line of international business, I have found myself looking more and more at the role of business strategy as a significant foundation of anti-bribery...more

In re Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. S'holders Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 8917-VCL (Del. Ch. Aug. 25, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

The Delaware Court of Chancery denied a request by the parties to enter a proposed order withdrawing plaintiffs’ counsel’s request for the Court to retain jurisdiction to determine an award of attorneys’ fees and closing a...more

Important changes to Italian mandatory tender offer Rules

The Decreto Competitività (as converted into Law with amendments, the “Decree”), published on August 20, 2014, in the Italian Official Gazette (Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana), has made some important changes to...more

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