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Blog: Director Of SEC Whistleblower Office To Staff: I Want To Pump You Up* To Find Whistleblower Retaliation Cases

According to Law360, the director of the SEC’s whistleblower office, Sean McKessy, is exhorting the staff of that office to set a high priority on cases involving employer retaliation for whistleblower complaints. During an...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #3

Editor’s Note - Looking Ahead: December 1 Effective Date for FINRA Consolidated Supervision Rules. The new FINRA Supervision rules, approved by the SEC in December 2013, become effective on December 1, 2014. The new...more

SEC Commissioner Piwowar On Enforcement Policy

Commissioner Michael Piwowar, the only economist currently on the Commission, outlined his views regarding enforcement policy in remarks delivered at the Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 last week....more

ISS Proposes New Methodology For Evaluating Equity Plan Proposals

A key component to evaluating whether to place an equity plan proposal in a proxy is whether or not ISS will support the plan. Accoding to ISS, while it has historically recommended against approximately 30 percent of equity...more

Carlton Fisk, The Homer and Oversight of a Profitable Subsidiary

Today we celebrate one of the great moments in World Series history. At approximately at 12:34 AM on this date in 1975, Carlton Fisk came to bat at the bottom of the 12th, in Game 6 of the World Series between the Boston Red...more

Municipal Issuers Face Dec. 1 Deadline For MCDC Self-Reporting

State or local government entities, special tax districts, hospital districts and other municipal bond issuers face a December 1 deadline to respond to the SEC Enforcement Division’s “Municipalities Continuing Disclosure...more

MiFID II - Transaction Reporting

A transaction reporting regime has been in place at EU level for some time, albeit much was delegated to national implementation. Under MiFID II, the reporting regime will be overhauled and significantly extended in terms of...more

CFTC Clarifies and Expands Relief Relating to Delegation of Commodity Pool Operator Responsibilities

On October 15, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) issued CFTC No-Action Letter No. 14-126 (“Letter 14-126”),...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Cotton Traders’ § 1 Claims Under Copperweld

On September 30, 2014, the Southern District of New York reconsidered the Commodities Exchange Act (CEA) and Sherman Act claims brought against Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. and its affiliates in In re Term Commodities...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 41

In this issue: - ISS Releases 2015 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment - SEC Investor Advisory Committee Releases Recommendations on Changes to Accredited Investor Definition - FINRA Proposes to...more

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Forum

The SEC recently announced that the annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation will be held on November 20th at the SEC in Washington. ...more

ev3, Inc. v. Lesh, C.A. No. 515, 2013 (Del. Sept. 30, 2014)

In this en banc Memorandum Opinion, the Supreme Court reversed the Superior Court’s denial of the defendant-below’s motion for a new trial following a jury verdict and remanded the case for a new trial. The Supreme Court...more

CFTC Staff Issues Self-Executing Registration Relief for Certain Delegating CPOs

On October 15, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) staff issued Letter 14-126 (the “October Letter”), which provides self-executing registration relief to a commodity pool operator (“CPO”) of a fund that...more

CSA Releases Final Amendments to NI 31-103 – Changes will Impact Exempt Market Dealers and Other Market Participants

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published amendments to National Instrument 31-103 – Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (NI 31-103) and related...more

Non-EU investment firms’ access to EU investors under MiFID 2

The recast Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID 2), along with its accompanying Regulation (MiFIR), were published in the Official Journal of the EU in June. The new legislation is currently expected to come into...more

CFTC Staff Issues Revised No-Action Relief from CPO Registration for Certain Delegating CPOs

On October 15, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“Division”) of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued a no-action letter (“Letter 14-126”)1 providing conditional relief from...more

Final Disclosure Rules Regarding Women on Boards and in Senior Management

TSX-listed companies will almost certainly need to include disclosure in their information circulars or annual information forms on the representation of women on their boards and in senior management for the 2015 proxy...more

This Hobby Lobby Proposal Is Much Mistaken

Suzanne Weakley, editor-in-chief of the CEB Business Law Practitioner, recently called my attention to this letter from six professors at U.C. Berkeley (Robert P. Bartlett III, Richard Buxbaum, Stavros Gadinis, Justin...more

Business Litigation Reporter -- October 2014

California - Browsewrap Arbitration Agreement Not Enforced Against Individual Consumer. In Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., 2014 WL 4056549 (9th Cir. Aug. 18, 2014), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the denial of B&N’s motion...more

FINRA Again Cautions Against Confidentiality Provisions Silencing Whistleblowers

As reported this week by Law360 (subscription required), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a reminder (Regulatory Notice 14-40) warning firms against the use of confidentiality provisions in...more

Introducing a New Drug Into the Marketplace in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO Success

Mindful that this series of articles describes biotech ventures that are ripe for initial public offerings even before launching an income-producing drug product into the commercial market, the paramount objective for all...more

Why Subfranchising is Rare in the U.S.

Subfranchising is one of three multi-unit franchise structures that the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) addressed in their Multi-Unit Commentary, which was the subject of an earlier post. ...more

Sixth Circuit Narrows Collective-Knowledge For PSLRA Scienter

The US Sixth Circuit last week narrowed its standard for adequately pleading scienter in PSLRA cases using a collective-knowledge theory to impute knowledge to a corporate defendant from among various employees. In Omnicare,...more

For Now, The Broad Interpretation of “Foreign Officials” Under the FCPA Is Here to Stay

In recent years, the DOJ and SEC have significantly increased their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement efforts, and in the process, have successfully advocated the theory that state-owned or state-controlled...more

SEC Brings Another Offering Fraud Case

The Commission filed another in what appears to be an unending series of offering fraud actions. Unlike many of its prior cases, this action centers on a Respondent who kept shifting his scheme to continually raise more money...more

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