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SEC Charges Corporate Insiders in Going-Privates for Failing to Update Schedule 13Ds

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on March 13, 2015, that it had charged eight officers, directors and major shareholders for failing to file amendments to their Schedule 13Ds to disclose steps to take...more

The Companion and SEC Enforcement of the FCPA – Part II

I will use Agatha Christie’s short story The Companion as the introduction to today’s blog post. This story, related by one of the Tuesday story-telling group of detective aficionados, Dr. Lloyd, and is about two people who...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update - March 2015

This Hong Kong regulatory update is intended to provide 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...more

New P&C Insurance Demutualization Regulations: Unknown Unknowns

On February 28, 2015, the Department of Finance released draft regulations under the Insurance Companies Act (Act) providing for a framework for the demutualization process applicable to mutual property and casualty insurance...more

SEC Annual Conference Highlights 2014 Accomplishments and Promises to Turn Up the Heat in 2015

With Chair Mary Jo White in her second year at the helm, the Securities and Exchange Commission showcased its efforts, improvements, and enforcement successes at this year’s SEC Speaks Conference. The Commission highlighted...more

Moratorium On MLP Private Letter Rulings To End Immediately

Through our contacts with the various lobbying groups for Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) in Washington D.C., Thompson & Knight’s Energy and Tax Practice Groups learned this afternoon that, effective as of today, the IRS...more

What is a Security? Even the SEC Can’t Always Tell

On February 27, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determined that, contrary to claims by the SEC, interests in an LLC that invested in conservation easements as a tax deduction mechanism were not “securities” within the...more

Goodyear FCPA Fine Highlights Benefits of Cooperation and Robust Compliance Controls

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (“Goodyear”), one of the world’s largest tire companies, reached a significant settlement with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with charges that two of its...more

Caught in the Middle: What Is a Supplier Supposed to Do When Its Customers Ask to Use a DBE as a Pass-Through?

Suppliers are caught in the middle of a new enforcement trend in federal, state, and local investigations of disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud. Historically, DBE fraud investigations have focused on the...more

Investment Management Update: The Latest News and Developments on Funds, Regulations and Investing Trends for January 2015

In This Presentation: - Personnel Changes - Insider Trading - Pay to play prohibitions under fire - F Squared – Administrative proceeding (December 22, 2014) - Reliance Financial Advisors --...more

Some LLC Names Slip Past California’s Statutory Ban

The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act explicitly bans a number of different words from being included in LLC names: The name shall not include the words “bank,” “trust,” “trustee,”...more

Qualifying for 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status is Tricky

The entities in the following IRS Technical Advice Memorandum and Private Letter Rulings failed to qualify for tax exempt status because they were not operated exclusively for exempt purposes. An organization must be...more

Coming Soon: The Rhode Island Quasi-Public Corporations Accountability and Transparency Act

Lawyers, accountants and others involved with the more than 20 quasi-state entities here in Rhode Island should be aware that the State Department of Administration Bureau of Audits has begun preparing for the January 1, 2015...more

Using Corporate Bylaws and Charters to Set the Rules for Shareholder Litigation

Recent court decisions, including the Delaware Supreme Court’s opinion earlier this month in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, have focused new attention on the use of corporate bylaws and charters to establish the...more

The Fluid State of Delaware Fee-Shifting Bylaws

On May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court held in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund that a bylaw provision that shifts "all fees, costs and expenses of every kind and description (including, but not limited to...more

Lease Negotiations – Interview with Jeff Moerdler, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Jeff Moerdler, head of Mintz Levin's Real Estate and Communications practices in New York, discusses the major issues affecting both tenants and landlords in lease negotiations....more

Structuring Compensation Programs – Interview with David Lagasse, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney David Lagasse, Member of Mintz Levin's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, talks about potential pitfalls that start-ups should be aware of when designing their compensation programs....more

Executive Compensation Packages – Interview with David Lagasse, Member, Mintz Levin  [Video]

Attorney David Lagasse, Member of Mintz Levin's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, discusses the elements that both employers and senior executives should consider when negotiating a compensation package. ...more

How To Get A Request For An Interpretive Opinion Rejected

Corporations Code Section 25618 authorizes the Commissioner of Business Oversight to honor requests for interpretive opinions. An interpretive opinion offers far more protection than a no-action letter from the SEC staff. ...more

Earn-Out Arrangements – Interview with David Lagasse, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney David Lagasse, Member of Mintz Levin's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, talks about the use of an earn-out arrangement as a way to resolve disagreements between buyers and sellers regarding the value of a...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Proposed Rules Governing Membership Applications

FINRA, in Regulatory Notice 13-29, requested comment on a revised proposal (the “Revised Proposal”) to transfer the NASD Rule 1010 Series (“Membership Proceedings Rules”), with substantive changes, into the consolidated FINRA...more

Corporate Compliance Policies – Interview with Bridget Rohde, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bridget Rohde, Member of Mintz Levin's Litigation Practice, discusses the importance of comprehensive corporate compliance policies....more

Selling Privately Held Businesses – Interview with Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member, Mintz Levin's New York Office [Video]

Attorney Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member of Mintz Levin's New York office, discusses the importance of advance planning in the sale of privately held companies. ...more

What to Do When the Government Comes Calling – Interview with Peter Chavkin, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Peter Chavkin, Chair of Mintz Levin's White Collar Criminal Defense & Parallel Proceedings and Corporate Compliance & Internal Investigations Practices, discusses the steps individuals and companies should take when...more

Corporate Criminal Liability – Interview with Bridget Rohde, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bridget Rohde, Member of Mintz Levin's Litigation Practice, discusses corporate criminal liability for the actions of employees and how companies can protect themselves....more

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