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The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2015

Unicorns and Other High-Valuation Deals - Over the last several years, the number of private companies with valuations in excess of $1 billion has skyrocketed, with daily reports of births of new “unicorns.” As the...more

New M&A Proxy Statement Unbundling Guidance

After a decade of inattention, the SEC staff has recently sought to clarify the still-murky proxy statement unbundling rule. First came three C&DIs issued back in January 2014 (see this Doug’s Note). Then just weeks ago, the...more

ISS Ignores Contrary Studies In Adopting Overboarding Policy Change

ISS released its 2016 Benchmark Policy Recommendations last Friday. I had previously criticized ISS for its proposal to change its recommendation on withholding votes with respect to directors who sit on too many boards...more

The New Securities Financing Transactions Regulation

The Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (“SFTR”), which imposes requirements on EU AIFMs and UCITS managers to make certain disclosures to investors, was adopted by the European Council on 16 November 2015. Some of...more

SEC Exam Staff Shares Observations on Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

Firms that use third-party CCOs or that rely on financial intermediaries that have outsourced their compliance functions should consider taking a fresh look at their compliance structure in the wake of this guidance....more

Investing in Russia Guide

Dentons Moscow office has recently issued Investing in Russia Guide for companies and financial institutions considering investments in Russia. The report on the legal framework for investments covers corporate, real estate,...more

Pitfalls of Delaware Corporate Law

In order to create the invaluable certainty that Delaware corporate law provides to boards of directors and stockholders with respect to corporate governance and capital structure, the General Corporation Law of the State of...more

European Commission Acknowledges a Year’s Delay to the Implementation of MiFID II May Be Necessary

Recent weeks have seen increasing numbers of market participants and trade bodies in the European Union (including the Investment Association and the European Fund and Asset Management Association) calling for the start date...more

Joanne Soslow on Raising Capital in Today's World [Video]

Joanne Soslow, partner and head of the Securities Practice Group of Morgan Lewis, talks about how recent regulations and the rise of social media has changed the landscape for companies seeking to raise capital in the 21st...more

The Evolving Landscape for Finance in Greater China

Hong Kong has long served as a financial center for Asia. Now, as demand for capital in mainland China increases, and Chinese restrictions are easing, the region is poised for greater cross-border activity in the financial...more

Proxy Access Update—Preparing for the 2016 Proxy Season

Proxy access predominated corporate governance issues for the 2015 proxy season, with over 100 proposals submitted on the topic, compared to 18 in 2014. Shareholder proponents achieved significant success in 2015, with an...more

If It Doesn’t Sell Buckets, Is It Truly A Bucket Shop?

An often overlooked corner of the California Corporations Code is the Bucket Shop Law, Cal. Corp. Code § 29000 et seq. The law quite literally criminalizes the keeping of a bucket shop: "Any person who . . . is the keeper of...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2015 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules under the JOBS Act

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act to enable U.S. companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding (Regulation Crowdfunding). ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The New York AG may have launched a new trend this week. Using the Martin Act, he filed a settled action against the largest coal producer in the nation alleging false statements regarding the firm’s ability to project the...more

As Litigation Risk Increases, Private Equity Sponsors Should Re-Evaluate Their Professional Liability Insurance Programs

Private equity fund sponsors are facing increased litigation risk from regulators and private parties, including limited partners and stakeholders in portfolio companies.  As a result, private equity firms should re-examine...more

SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted Regulation Crowdfunding, which includes the final capital formation rules mandated by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act). The final rules...more

OCIE Issues Risk Alert Relating to Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

On November 9, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released the findings of its Outsourced CCO Initiative, which examined nearly 20 investment advisers and investment companies that are...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 21 - November 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission published its long-awaited rules under Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. According to the nearly 700-page...more

SEC Releases Risk Alert Related to Outsourcing of Chief Compliance Officer Duties by Investment Advisers and Investment Companies

On Nov. 9, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a risk alert reporting observations from its examination of investment advisers and investment companies that outsource their Chief...more

Blog: Another Study Shows Increase In Enhanced Disclosures Regarding The Audit Committee

The Center for Audit Quality and Audit Analytics have jointly released their second-year analysis, Audit Committee Transparency Barometer. The analysis, which studied proxy statements of companies in the S&P Composite 1500,...more

SEC Adopts New Rules Regulating Crowdfunding for Securities

On Oct. 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules to provide a registration exemption for issuers to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. In order to implement the final...more

What 19 Eminent Law Professors Would Have You Believe

UCLA Law School Professor Stephen Bainbridge yesterday highlighted an amicus curiae brief filed recently by 19 law professors in Freidrichs v. California Teachers Ass’n. That case, which is now pending before the U.S....more

Summary and Discussion of Chair White's Speech Regarding SEC Regulation

Highlights: - The SEC plans to develop a proactive and agile regulatory framework through which it can anticipate issues and address them proactively, even as the capital markets continue to undergo rapid change. -...more

Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly

Welcome to the fifth issue of Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly, Seyfarth’s quarterly publication of the Securities & Financial Litigation Group focusing on decisions or other items of interest for...more

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