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FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 204-Greg Dickerson, President of Hiperos on the increased importance of third party... [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Greg Dickerson, President of Hiperos, a Opus Global company. We talk about some of the most recent compliance scandals and how the management of third parties going forward has become even more...more

Delaware's One-Two Punch to M&A Litigation Disrupts the Cozy Status Quo of M&A Deal Settlements

Over the summer, Delaware in two separate and impactful decisions hit out at many, if not most, shareholder litigation suits challenging public company M&A suits. The result: uncertainty ahead. The customary rhythm in an...more

M&A Update: Fully Informed Vote of Disinterested Stockholders Results in Business Judgment Rule Protection in Post-Closing Review...

In an October 2, 2015 decision, Corwin, et al. v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court clarified that once a merger closes, as long as it has been approved by a fully informed vote of the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 203-Scott Lane, Chief Executive of the Red Flag Group on management of risk and delivery... [Video]

In this episode I visit with Scott Lane, Chief Executive of the Red Flag Group. Lane talks about the approaches to risk management beyond anti-corruption, risk management in the supply chain and personalized compliance...more

New 871(m) Regulations Finalize Dividend Equivalent Payment Withholding Rules for Equity Derivatives

On September 17, 2015, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (collectively, the “new regulations”) that provide the rules for...more

HSR Enforcement Continues Swiftly: $240K Settlement Announced with FTC for Failure to File

On the heels of the FTC's recent HSR passive investor exemption enforcement action comes another reminder that HSR compliance is not always clear, and that it is not always easy. The Federal Trade Commission has announced a...more

Five Settle Insider Trading Charges with SEC

The SEC filed a settled insider trading case which names as defendants two attorneys, an accountant and two other individuals. The action is based on information misappropriated from a corporate director by his personal...more

In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322-VCL (Del. Ch. July 13, 2015) (rev'd July 30, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the continuous holder requirement set forth in Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State...more

Making the Most of Earn-outs

Earn-outs, where additional consideration is paid post-completion based on the performance of a target business, are becoming increasingly common in private M&A transactions. Our recent survey of European deals between July...more

In re Riverbed: The Beginning of the End for Disclosure-Only Settlements in M&A Cases?

The past decade has seen an incredible rise in M&A litigation. According to Cornerstone, in 2014, a whopping 93% of announced mergers valued over $100 million were subject to litigation, up from 44% in 2007. As Delaware...more

Request for Comment on Regulation S-X

The SEC recently published a request for comment on Regulation S-X, which signals an important step in the Commission’s continuing review of disclosure requirements. The request for comment is focused on financial statement...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 201-Maurice Gilbert on Hiring in Compliance, Part III [Video]

In this final episode of a 3-part interview with Maurice Gilbert, Managing Director of Conselium, Gilbert discusses keys to interview preparation and execution and what to expect in the offer phase of the hiring process. Be...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 199-Louis Sapirman on using social media in a compliance program [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Louis Sapirman, the CCO at Dun & Bradstreet. He discusses how he has integrated social media into the fabric of his company's FCPA compliance program. ...more

2015 Guide to Acquiring US Public Companies

This guide summarizes certain important considerations for acquiring a publicly traded US-based target corporation through a negotiated (i.e. “non-hostile”) tender offer, exchange offer or merger. US public companies are...more

Five Tips for a Successful Exit

Any number of factors can trigger a tech company’s exit: worn-out founders, anxious investors, industry consolidation, or wild, Instagram-like success. As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility and timing of...more

In re Dole Food Co., Inc.; A Going-Private Primer

In an August 27, 2015 decision, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Chancery Court found that the chief executive officer (David H. Murdock) and president and general counsel (C. Michael Carter) of Dole Food Co., Inc....more

Activist Funds Must Comply with HSR Premerger Reporting Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint in August 2015 against three affiliated activist hedge fund companies and Third Point LLC, their management company, for acquiring voting securities in Yahoo! Inc. without...more

Transaction Trend Advisory: U.S. Craft Brewery Joint Ventures with Foreign Breweries

The recently announced transaction between Lagunitas Brewing Company and Heineken N.V. marks the third transaction over the last ten months between a major U.S. craft brewery and a large foreign brewery. The prior two...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 194-Maurice Gilbert, Hiring in Compliance-Part II [Video]

In this episode, I continue my discussion with Maurice Gilbert, Managing Partner at Conselium. In this Part II of a 3-part series, he discusses how he determines potential candidates for a CCO or compliance position and then...more

Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Allegations Assailing Independence Of VC Directors In Dismissing Derivative Suit

A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision dismissing derivative fiduciary duty claims has significance for public companies with board members who are associated with venture capital firms. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 192-Mike Shepard on the Increased FCPA scrutiny around internal controls and best... [Video]

In this episode I visit with Mike Shepard, a partner at Hogan Lovells. He discusses the increased SEC scrutiny of internal controls in FCPA enforcement. He also gives his thoughts on the use of data analytics in a best...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 191-interview with Maurice Gilbert on hiring in compliance, Part I [Video]

In this episode, I being a 3 part series with Maurice Gilbert, Managing Partner at Conselium Partners, one of the nation's leading CCO and C-Suite exec search firms. Gilbert shares his insights into the hiring process for...more

M&A Update: Delaware Court Finds Dole Executives Personally Liable for Millions in Damages for Defrauding Stockholders in Buy-Out...

In its August 27th post-trial opinion, In re Dole Food Co., Inc. Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware Chancery Court held Dole executives David Murdock and Michael Carter personally liable for $148 million in damages for...more

Latest H-S-R Act Enforcement Is a Cautionary Tale for Minority Investors

Generally speaking, stock purchases which will cause an investor to hold more than $76.3 million of the target’s voting securities may require a pre-closing notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“H-S-R”) Act. But there...more

Alert: HSR "Investment-Only" Exemption: Lessons from Third Point's Yahoo! Investment

While acquisitions of up to 10% of the voting interest in a target that are made "solely for the purpose of investment" are in many circumstances exempt from Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting requirements, even when the value...more

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