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Civil Liability Protection For Those Making Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)

From 1 June 2015, UK-based businesses will have greater freedom to report suspicions of money-laundering without risking liability to customers, due to an amendment being introduced to UK money-laundering law....more

SEC Proposes New Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and their...more

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC's Proposed Rules

On April 29, the SEC proposed rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and executive compensation actually paid. HIGHLIGHTS...more

Business Law Newsletter - May 2015

In This Issue: - Social Media Accounts in Bankruptcy: Business or Personal? - Should Your Company Allow Pets for Take Your Dog to Work Day? - Excerpt from Social Media Accounts in Bankruptcy: Business or...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #5

SEC Enforcement Action on FCPA Compliance – Check the Box Is Not Enough. On May 20 the SEC announced that global resources company BHP Billiton had agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it had violated the...more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 3: The Impact on Large Retirement Plans

In Part 1 of this series, we reported on recently proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor amending the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the...more

Does The SEC’s Unbundling Rule Deprive Stockholders The Right To Vote On The Whole?

A forthcoming academic paper looks for bundling in more than 1,500 management proposals between 2003 and 2012.  Bundling occurs when multiple matters are combined into a single proposal.  The authors, James Cox, Fabrizio...more

Proxy Access – Week of May 17 – The Trend Is Less Clear

During the week of May 17, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed six shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and five failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the...more

Teamster Plan to Cut Pensions Presents Significant Issues for Manufacturers

In April, the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund (“Central States”) announced its intention to cut the benefits of retired workers under the recently enacted 2014 Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (“MEPRA”). I previously...more

DOL's Proposed Best Interest Contract Exemption Could Require Dramatic Changes for Financial Institutions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a new “Best Interest Contract” prohibited transaction exemption, which is a standards-based exemption that applies to the receipt of compensation by advisers and their financial...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #3

SEC Proposals to Enhance Investment Company and Investment Adviser Reporting: As we went to press, the SEC commissioners announced that they had voted to approve two proposals. The first was for new and amended rules and...more

Spring Vacations: Which arguments are winning on appeals from arbitration so far in 2015?

Today I present a collection of recent state and federal appellate court decisions that vacate or un-vacate arbitration awards. The seven opinions below emphasize how difficult it is to prove that an arbitrator exceeded his...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: SEC Proposed Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

A periodic bulletin keeping small businesses informed about current developments in securities law and related matters. As required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Securities and...more

Traps for the Unwary: A Look at Employees and Benefits in M&A Transactions

Employees drive the success of a company. In fact, in some industries (technology, for example) talent acquisition can be a primary motivation for a transaction. From identifying the target’s key employees, to assessing the...more

Traps for the Unwary: A Look at Employees and Benefits in M&A Transactions

Employees drive the success of a company. In fact, in some industries (technology, for example) talent acquisition can be a primary motivation for a transaction. From identifying the target’s key employees, to assessing the...more

ISS Reports on Compensation Trends

ISS has issued a report on compensation trends incorporating data so far from this year’s proxy filings. According to ISS: - The most significant trend continuing in 2015 has been the move to performance-based pay,...more

Delaware Dismisses Caremark Claim Against DuPont

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently dismissed a derivative action in Ironworkers District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity Retirement & Pension Plan v. Andreotti et al. One of the many claims alleged was a Caremark...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 9 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Securities and investment advisory services offered through . . . That phrase is ubiquitous among small and “independent” financial services firms, regularly appearing in 6-point or...more

DOL’s Proposed Prohibited Transaction Exemption: Best Interest Contracts

This is the second in a series of client advisories regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s re-proposed regulations (Proposed Rule) defining who is a fiduciary under ERISA and the Code as a result of providing investment...more

SEC Pushes for Enhanced Disclosure of Pay Versus Performance

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued proposed regulations to implement section 14(i) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as added by section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

Sec Proposes Anticipated Rules on Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure

On April 29, 2015, the SEC, in a 3-2 vote of the SEC Commissioners, approved proposed rules (the “pay-versus-performance disclosure”) that would require an issuer to disclose the relationship between the issuer’s executive...more

SEC Proposes Dodd-Frank Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

Overview - On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3-2 to propose new rules requiring companies to disclose the relationship between executive compensation “actually paid” and the...more

Canadian Securities Administrators Adopt National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms

On April 30, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) adopted National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms. The Policy may be viewed on the websites of CSA members, including the Alberta Securities...more

Proxy Access – Week of May 3

During the week of May 3, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed six shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and three failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the...more

FINRA Chairman: SEC Should Lead on Uniform Fiduciary Standard

On May 1, 2015, Richard Ketchum, Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), reaffirmed his support for a uniform fiduciary standard for broker-dealers. Testifying before the House Financial...more

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