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Board Oversight of Cybersecurity

Cyber-attacks on U.S. companies have increased over recent years resulting in significant costs to companies. According to surveys, U.S. companies have experienced a 42% increase between 2011 and 2012 in the number of...more

Delaware’s Adoption of Garner — and Practical Ways to Respond

On July 23, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW held that plaintiff stockholders, who make a showing of good cause, can inspect documents concerning a...more

OSC Rejection of Insider Trading Allegations Emphasizes Prosecution Difficulties

On August 26, 2014, a panel of the Ontario Securities Commission (the “panel”) released its highly anticipated decision involving allegations of insider trading, tipping and conduct contrary to the public interest in...more

Muzzling Whistleblowers: When Confidentiality Agreements Go Too Far

Confidentiality agreements can be useful to a company. For example, they can ensure that employees are aware of their company’s valuable trade secrets and can establish requirements to safeguard those assets. But when do...more

CFTC Staff Issues Relief from Ownership and Control Reporting Rules

The conditional, time-limited no-action letter extends certain compliance deadlines under the new rules. On November 18, 2013, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published final rules on Ownership and...more

ParkCentral v. Porsche: The Second Circuit Signals New Lines of Defense to Extraterritorial Securities Fraud Claims

In ParkCentral Global Hub Ltd. v. Porsche Automobile Holdings SE (“ParkCentral”), the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that domestic securities transactions that did not involve the foreign defendant, whose...more

Lead Director Network: Viewpoints: Proxy trends and advisory firm policy

Lead Director Network (LDN) and Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN) members met jointly on July 17, 2014 to discuss proxy advisory firm policy and trends from the 2014 proxy season. They were joined for part of...more

Conflict Minerals: Court Orders NAM to File Response to En Banc Rehearing Petition

The SEC, the perceived loser in the conflicts minerals case at the time, filed a petition for an en banc rehearing on May 29, 2014. NAM, the perceived winner at the time, stayed silent. After these many months, with public...more

Lead Director Network: Viewpoints: A dialogue with Keith Higgins, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

On July 16, 2014, as part of a joint meeting between the Lead Director Network (LDN) and the Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN), members of both networks met with Keith Higgins, director of the Division of...more

The Return of Biotech IPOs

Biotech IPO market activity has recently returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. This has been brought about in part by the accommodations afforded issuers under the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act...more

ESMA Publishes Updated List of Non-EEA Central Counterparties Applying for Recognition Under EMIR

On August 11, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated list of central counterparties (CCPs) outside the European Economic Area (EEA) that have applied for recognition under Article 25 of the...more

Regulation AB II

The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted final amendments related to Regulation AB that were first proposed in 2010.1 The changes address the offering process and disclosure and periodic reporting requirements for...more

Creative Shareholder Engagement–Director Videos?

Much has been written lately about the importance of shareholder engagement. (See this Doug’s Note, for example.) There has even been recent clambering to involve directors directly in shareholder engagement....more

ESMA Publishes Responses to Consultation on the Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

On August 19, ESMA published a list of responses received in respect of its first consultation on the clearing obligation relating to draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the clearing of interest rate swaps under EU...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2014

Welcome to the August 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, the former CEO of an aviation company pleads guilty to participating in an...more

Long and Winding Road of FCPA Investigations

The Justice Department and the SEC attorneys have a duty to manage caseloads and move cases responsibly. I called it “cut and run.” Either the government has the evidence or it does not – and they now fairly early on what...more

Parkcentral v. Porsche: Second Circuit Opens the Doors of Morrison, and Declines to Apply Section 10(b) to Domestic...

In Parkcentral Global Hub Ltd,. et al. v. Porsche Automobile Holdings SE, et al., Dkt. No. 11-397-cv (2d Cir. Aug. 15, 2014), the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 82, continued fallout from GSK in China [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I review the continued fallout from GSK in China. I discuss the trial of Mr and Mrs Humphreys and what it all means for the compliance practitioner going forward. ...more

Restructuring of Unlisted EU Companies: AIFMD Applies to Non-EU Fund Managers on Acquisitions of Substantial Stakes

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) imposes restrictions on “asset stripping” on managers (“AIFMs”) of alternative investment funds (“AIFs”) that acquire control of EU companies. The rules contain...more

Texas Court of Appeals Decertifies Class of Brigham Shareholders

On August 15, the Texas Court of Appeals decertified a class of Brigham Exploration Co. shareholders, holding that the trial court failed to comply with a state rule requiring rigorous analysis of certification requirements. ...more

How Far Does Section 10(b) Reach? The Second Circuit Says That A Domestic Transaction Is Necessary, But Not Sufficient, To Invoke...

In a long-awaited opinion issued on August 15 in Parkcentral v. Porsche, the Second Circuit limited the extraterritorial reach of the U.S. securities laws, affirming the dismissal of securities claims brought by parties to...more

SEC Charges Colorado Woman and Her Two Companies with Offering Fraud

On August 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Heidi Ann Gamer and two companies under her control, Gamer Economic Systems, LLC and Gamer Media Partners Corp. The SEC alleged that between...more

SEC Issues Valuation Guidance for Funds Holding Certain Short-Term Debt Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently provided some expanded valuation guidance to mutual funds in its release on Money Market Fund Reform dated July 23, 2014. The guidance is applicable to any fund,...more

SEC – USAO Charge IR Executive With Insider Trading

The SEC may be developing theme based insider trading cases. In recent weeks the agency brought two insider trading actions centered on golfing friends. SEC v. O’Neill, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-13381 (D. Mass. Filed August...more

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