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Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require Personal, Individual HSR Filings

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Do you receive any form of equity-based compensation? Does your company grant any form of equity-based compensation? If so, it is critical to remember that common equity-based compensation, such as option exercises,...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - October 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a paper from on the proposed draft elements for an international...more

Failure To Comply With Plan Technicality Causes US Securities Law Violation

by Dechert LLP on

Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 prohibits the sale of a security unless a registration statement is in effect. This prohibition on the sale of unregistered securities does not apply to exempt transactions. One such...more

SEC Provides Regulatory Relief to Entities Affected by Recent Hurricanes

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 28, 2017 announced that the SEC and its staff are providing relief to aid regulatory compliance with certain provisions of the federal securities laws by certain...more

Treasury Report, Part II: Regulation of the Capital Markets

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department” or “Treasury”) issued its second report (of four reports), titled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities, Capital Markets” (the “Report”). The...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Issues Final Guidelines for the Transfer of Data Between Trade Repositories

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The European Securities and Markets Authority has published final Guidelines governing the transfer of data between trade repositories (TRs) registered or recognised by ESMA....more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Pay Ratio Rule, Emphasizing “Flexibility” of Median Employee Pay Calculation

by Smith Anderson on

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release to assist public companies in complying with the SEC’s pay ratio rule. The SEC’s interpretive release emphasized the...more

Are You Ready for "New GAAP" Revenue Recognition? SEC Disclosure Considerations

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"NEW GAAP" REVENUE RECOGNITION - In 2014, the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued new revenue standards under Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers...more

SEC Staff Extends Effectiveness of No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision”

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (SEC Staff) on September 22, 2017 extended indefinitely the effectiveness of no-action relief granted a year earlier with respect to the...more

CFTC’s Enforcement Division Announces New Focus on Self-Reporting

Upon discovering a potential violation, a company is often faced with the dilemma of whether to self-report the incident to its regulator or attempt to deal with the incident through exclusively internal means. On September...more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 18

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Discussion and Analysis - The SEC’s recent disclosure that its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system was hacked in 2016 has been receiving a lot of attention in the press. After several years of...more

Introduction of Fair Disclosure Rules in Japan

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1. Introduction - A bill amending the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, the main statute codifying securities laws and regulating securities companies in Japan, including new rules requiring fair information...more

10 Takeaways From the CFIUS Annual Report to Congress

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Calendar Year 2015 CFIUS Report reflects review of transactions for national security risks is generally taking longer, with Chinese investors leading all others. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Cybersecurity Returns to Center Stage. The Equifax breach and recent news that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) EDGAR test filing system was hacked in 2016 have brought cybersecurity back to...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 7

LIBOR: The End Game - Since the announcement on July 27, 2017 by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) that the LIBOR rate would be phased out after 2021, much has been written about the complications of switching...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published interpretive guidance (the “SEC Guidance”) to assist public companies in their preparation of the pay ratio disclosure required by Section...more

Cyberattacks Are the New Norm - How to respond and get insurance recovery for government investigations.

Takeaways - Companies that suffer cyberattacks can expect not sympathy but scrutiny from legal authorities. - D&O insurance can cover not only litigation but also investigation costs. - Strategic negotiation of...more

Litigation Issues Arising from M&A Transactions - Don't Cut Corners: How Legal Shortcuts May Come Back to Haunt You Later

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On September 20, San Francisco Partner Meryl Macklin and Los Angeles Partner Katherine Ashton hosted a webinar on the litigation issues arising from M&A transactions and how legal shortcuts could come back to haunt...more

Planning for the Approaching CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement

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It appears likely that the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 will require companies that are subject to the rule to begin including CEO pay ratio disclosure for 2017...more

Proposed Legislation May Afford Broader Use of Regulation A

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved in a landslide vote the Improving Access to Capital Act (HR 2864), which would extend the use of Regulation A, an exemption from registration under the Securities Act,...more

Capital Formation Bills Advance in the Senate

Last week, the Senate passed three bipartisan bills that promote access to capital for small businesses and startups. The Senate bills, the House corollaries of which originally passed on March 9, 2017, include the...more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 17

by DLA Piper on

The juxtaposition of items in the financial news is always fascinating. Earlier this week, an article appearing in the Wall Street Journal stated that state legislatures are moving to bolster investor protections due to...more

Key Texas M&A Issues (Presentation)

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Agenda - Letters of Intent - Best Efforts - Indemnification - Sandbagging - Non-Reliance - Fiduciary Duties - Letters of Intent: • Buyer may seek letter of intent that is generally not binding on either party...more

A Conversation with the Division Director

At the September 15, 2017 meeting of the American Bar Association, the Director of the Division of the SEC’s Corporation Finance provided some comments regarding the Division’s work and priorities. Mr. Hinman reiterated the...more

Senior Managers and Certification Regime 2018 Extension: FCA Consults

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The Financial Conduct Authority has published a Consultation Paper containing its proposals to expand the Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all FSMA-authorised firms; the window for providing comments to the FCA...more

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