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The New Landscape for Inversions: IRS and Treasury Change the Rules

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and Treasury Department issued Notice 2014-52 (the “Notice”) targeting corporate inversions on September 22, 2014 (the “Notice Date”) in the U.S. Tax considerations are important for...more

OECD/BEPS Intangibles Revisions to Change Character, Treatment of Goodwill

Corporations acquiring intangible assets as part of business combination will no longer be able ignore goodwill in their subsequent restructurings and asset transfers. That’s the upshot from tax authorities from around the...more

The Flawed Headcount Requirement on Schemes of Arrangement

A failed takeover of a Hong Kong-listed company has highlighted a weakness in English company law. On 16 June, a proposed take private by way of scheme of arrangement lapsed when the resolution to approve the scheme...more

The Truth About Mobile Intellectual Property Protection: Debunking Common Misconceptions

Mobile is the platform of the smart future. - As mobile device and network capabilities expand and reach broader audiences, ubiquitous network connectivity and depth of mobile data penetration will solidify the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 95-interview with Scott Killingsworth on Private to Private Compliance Solutions [Video]

In this episode I visit with Scott Killingsworth, partner at BryanCave on his thoughts around the compliance solutions found in private-to-private compliance obligations. ...more

House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act”

On September 16, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” The bill addresses a number of Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)-related matters,...more

Delaware Court Approves Out-Of-State Forum Selection Bylaw Adopted At Time Of Merger

In City of Providence v. First Citizens BancShares Inc. et al., C.A. No. 9795-CB (Del. Ch. Sept. 8, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Bouchard, C.) held that a minority shareholder's claims against a Delaware...more

Treasury Announces Inversion Regulations; Reach Extends to Other Cross-Border M&A

New guidance seeks to curb the incidence of inversions and reduce the associated tax benefits, but also extends beyond inversions. On September 22, 2014, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal...more

Activism: An Overview from the Company Perspective

Increasingly, companies are being confronted with shareholders seeking to exercise power and influence over business activities. The term “activism” has become a buzzword to refer to shareholders seeking to make operational,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 94-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment in a FCPA Compliance Program,... [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report I continue my visit with Henry Mixon on internal controls for gifts, travel and entertainment in a best practices FCPA compliance program. ...more

Alert: IRS and Department of the Treasury Notice Limits Inversion Transactions

On September 22, 2014, the United States Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued a Notice (Notice 2014-52) that limit "inversion" transactions and their potential tax benefits. In general, an...more

Treasury and IRS Issue Inversion Notice

The Treasury Department and the IRS released Notice 2014-52 (the “Notice”) on September 22nd to limit expatriation transactions. The Notice states that Treasury will issue regulations intended to limit the tax benefits of...more

Canadian securities regulators reach consensus on more target-friendly take-over bid legislation

The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) have announced that they intend to publish a new proposal for changes to the regulation of take-over bids, replacing the two alternative proposals published for comment in March...more

Delaware Chancery Court Applies M&F Worldwide Six-Factor Test in Private Company Freeze-Out Merger and Grants Motion to Dismiss...

In a bench ruling in Swomley v. Schlecht, C.A. No. 9355-VCL (Del. Ch. Aug. 27, 2014), the Delaware Chancery Court relied on the six-factor test set out in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., 88 A.3d 635 (Del. 2014), to dismiss a...more

Treasury Takes Action Against Corporate Inversions

Earlier this week, the Treasury Department and the IRS announced that they would issue regulations that substantially limit the U.S. tax benefits of corporate inversions (and certain post-inversion transactions)....more

Disclosing Merger Negotiations: The Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

Corporate merger negotiations are typically conducted under a veil of secrecy, with public disclosure withheld until the end when a definitive agreement has been signed. The fear is that premature disclosure of preliminary...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Reaffirms Enforceability of Forum Selection Bylaws

In City of Providence v. First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (Del. Ch. September 8, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery upheld a forum selection bylaw that designated North Carolina as the exclusive forum for certain...more

Antitrust In Australia: Where Is It Heading?

The ACCC argues the current wording of section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) (which regulates misuse of market power) does not sufficiently capture exclusionary anti-competitive conduct that can damage the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 93-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment in a FCPA Compliance Program [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out! Today I begin a two-part series with Henry Mixon on internal controls around gifts, travel, entertainment and business courtesies in a FCPA best practices compliance program....more

M&A Update: Treasury Announces New Anti-Inversion Rules

On September 22, 2014, the Treasury Department announced its intent to issue new regulations that will reduce the tax benefits available after an inversion and may make it more difficult for some U.S. companies to invert (the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 92-Interview with Matt Kelly [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out. In this episode I visit with Matt Kelly, editor of Compliance Week about the upcoming Compliance Week Europe and Compliance Week West conferences, the COSO framework and internal...more

City of Providence v. First Citizens BancShares, Inc., C.A. No. 9795-CB (Del. Ch. Sept. 4, 2014) (Bouchard, C.)

In this consolidated opinion concerning the validity of a forum selection bylaw, the Court of Chancery affirmatively answered, among other things, an issue of first impression: “whether the board of a Delaware corporation may...more

Delaware Court Enforces Exclusive Forum Provision Adopted Concurrently with Announcement of Merger Agreement

Public companies are increasingly enacting “exclusive forum” bylaws — designating a single forum for intra-corporate disputes — as a way to limit the risk and burden of multi-jurisdictional stockholder litigation. This trend...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 91, Internal Controls for Third Parties Under the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode, I continue my exploration of internal controls around third parties in a FCPA compliance program, with Henry Mixon. ...more

Sears’ New $400 Million Secured Loan: Another Sign of Trouble at the Venerable Retailer?

Last year, the 112-year old retailer J.C. Penney was regularly in the news – and it was rarely good. The stock was in a free-fall, in the process of dropping from about $20 per share in May 2013 to a low of a little more...more

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