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Shareholder Proposals Restricting Board/Management Access to Preliminary Voting Results May Be Excluded

On January 6, 2017, the SEC Staff granted no-action relief that would allow companies to exclude shareholder proposals preventing management or the board from accessing preliminary voting results on uncontested matters prior...more

Insider Trading in the E.U. and U.S. Markets – An Ocean Apart?

With increasing momentum towards global regulatory convergence – driven predominantly by G20 commitments – it is noteworthy that some important (and practically significant) distinctions remain between the market conduct...more

2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

FINRA Bar Results from Assertion of Fifth Amendment Right against Self-Incrimination in Criminal Action - On October 5, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) barred an indicted investment adviser,...more

Late-Stage Private Placements

As we have reported in other blog posts, many successful privately held companies are able to raise funds from institutional investors at attractive valuations and defer their IPOs. While the exuberance regarding valuations...more

Loss of Foreign Fund Private Placement Exemptions in the UAE

In August 2016, the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the federal securities regulator of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), adopted new investment funds regulations (the 2016 Fund Regulations), which repealed...more

Blog: Is There A Fix For Short-Termism?

Much has been written about the problems associated with the prevalence of short-term thinking in corporate America. As noted in a post from The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, a...more

The SEC Continues to Impose Fines and Other Penalties on Companies Based Solely on the Content of Their Standard Corporate...

In August 2016, we highlighted that companies may want to review the content of their standard severance agreements, settlement agreements, confidentiality agreements and similar documents in light of an unprecedented...more

Insider Trading Law After Salman v. United States

In Salman v. United States, decided on December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court upheld a conviction for criminal violations of insider trading laws. The Court, however, declined to adopt the expansive theories of insider trading...more

Delaware Chancery Court Confirms the Invalidity of Fee-Shifting Bylaws for Stock Corporations

In Solak v. Sarowitz, C.A. No. 12299-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. 27, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that plaintiff stated a claim that a stock corporation’s fee-shifting bylaw was facially invalid under Section 109(b) of...more

Rollover Equity in the Sale of a Family-Owned Business

If you sell your family-owned business to a private equity buyer, the buyer will most likely pay a portion of the purchase price with equity in the buyer’s new company, rather than with cash. The equity that you receive in...more

Applying the Look-Through Rules in Determining 'Investment Partnership' Status Under Section 721(b) - Tax Update Volume 2017,...

Careful Evaluation and Planning Should Be Undertaken When the Partnership Is Formed and When Assets Are Contributed to Evaluate the Potential Impact of Section 721(b). Many taxpayers choose partnership structures...more

The Short Field Guide to IPOs - 2017

THE EMERGING GROWTH COMPANY - The JOBS Act created a new class of issuer: the emerging growth company (EGC). An EGC is defined as an issuer with total annual gross revenue of less than $1 billion during the most recent...more

PIPE Transactions

In a year of significant volatility, it is not surprising that there was increased reliance on PIPE (private investment in public equity) transactions. Traditionally, PIPE transactions have provided a useful capital-raising...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AIFMD – ESMA Updates Q&As and Re-Visits View of Application of Delegation Rules - ESMA issued updated Q&As on 16 November on AIFMD including two new questions and answers on the cross-border marketing of AIFs, clarifying...more

My 2017 Crowdfunding Wish List

2016 brought with it many developments in the crowdfunding industry, most notably the introduction of the long-awaited Title III crowdfunding rules. While admittedly not all crowdfunding legislation passed this year was as...more

2016 U.S. IPO Market Review

Renaissance Capital reported several record lows in their 2016 Annual Review of the U.S. IPO Market. A total of 105 IPOs were completed in 2016, raising $18.8 billion in proceeds—the lowest activity level since 2009 and the...more

Alert: ISS and Glass Lewis Update 2017 Proxy Voting Policies

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis (GL), the two most influential proxy advisory firms, recently released updates to their voting policies for 2017. Both ISS and GL issued policy updates on director...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

CSSF Newsletter – November 2016 - The CSSF published its newsletter (number 190), which provides updates in relation to recent national regulation and statistics....more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community - Special Issue

Final TLAC Rules and Structured Products - On December 15, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) issued its final rules regarding long-term debt and total loss absorbing...more

Top 10 Business Divorce Cases of 2016

I’m pleased to present my 9th annual list of this past year’s ten most significant business divorce cases. The list includes important appellate rulings by the First and Second Departments on dissolution of foreign business...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

CP 106: Review of Minimum Competency Code 2011 - The Central Bank has published a Consultation Paper on the Review of the Minimum Competency Code 2011 (CP106). The proposed changes to the minimum competency standards...more

Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 33-the Holiday Season [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 33, week ending December 23, 2016-Holiday edition 1. Odebrecht/Braskem FCPA enforcement action and its global scope and implications. 2. Goldman Sachs further ensnared in 1MDB scandal-C-Suite level...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016 #3

Editor's Note - The End of “Too Big to Fail”? On December 15, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board) adopted a final rule to strengthen the ability of government authorities to...more

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