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Howey Got Here: SEC Issues Guidance on Token Offerings

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Howey test lives on—now in a lesson in what not to do when it comes to token offerings. Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,” “token launches,” “token sales,” “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,”...more

U.S Tax Court Bounces Rev. Rul. 91-32: Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign Partners May Not be Subject to U.S. Tax

by Dickinson Wright on

The practice of tax law is an exercise of statutory interpretation. A recent opinion of the U.S. Tax Court, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Indust. & Ship. Co. v. C.I.R., 149 T.C. No. 3 (July 13, 2017), is illustrative. Grecian...more

Singapore Legal Update - July 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Issues of Corporate Governance and Due Diligence Raised in SingPost's Review of Its Acquisition of TradeGlobal - SingPost issued an update on its review of its acquisition of TradeGlobal Holdings Inc. The report...more

Court Upholds Stockholder's Share Ownership and Books-and-Records Request

by Morris James LLP on

Companies often defend against stockholder requests to inspect books and records by contending that the plaintiff stockholder lacks a proper purpose or that his or her stated purpose is not the real purpose. Less common is a...more

Delaware Chancellor Urges Revision of Preclusion Principles in Derivative Actions

The Chancellor of Delaware’s Court of Chancery yesterday urged the Delaware Supreme Court to revise Delaware law on preclusion in shareholder derivative actions. The court’s July 25, 2017 decision in In re Wal-Mart Stores,...more

Exercise of share options and board discretion

by Allen & Overy LLP on

There was an implied duty on the directors of a company not to act unreasonably, arbitrarily or capriciously when deciding whether to give their consent to shares being bought under an option agreement. The decision is a good...more

How much latitude will the court give a non-defaulting party under the GMRA and GMSLA?

by Dentons on

A recent case considers service of default notices (the Notices) and valuation of trades under a Global Master Repurchase Agreement (GMRA) and a Global Master Securities Lending Agreement (GMSLA) (toghether, the Agreements)....more

Avoiding Management Struggles When it Comes to Data Breaches: Part 1

by Bryan Cave on

The best way for a company to handle a data breach is to be prepared. As we discuss in our data breach readiness handbook, preparation includes, among other things, drafting an incident response plan, reviewing...more

Sears Canada Files for CCAA Protection: A Distressed Investor's Overview of US Bankruptcy and Canadian Insolvency Law

On June 22, Sears Canada Inc. ("Sears Canada") and certain affiliates1 (collectively, the "Sears Canada Group") sought and obtained insolvency protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) from the Ontario...more

The Supreme Court Gets “Specific” on Jurisdiction

by Cozen O'Connor on

For the second time in the last three years, the U.S. Supreme Court has addressed the constitutional limits of a court’s ability to exercise jurisdiction over a defendant. The 14th Amendment limits the personal jurisdiction...more

ACCC and CrownBet Roll the Dice - Apply for Judicial Review of Tabcorp/Tatts Merger Authorisation

by K&L Gates LLP on

In Brief: On 10 July 2017, the ACCC applied to the Federal Court for judicial review of the Australian Competition Tribunal (Tribunal)'s determination to grant authorisation to Tabcorp Holdings Limited's proposed...more

Back to Basics: A Review of Recent SCOTUS Personal Jurisdiction Jurisprudence

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As its term drew to a close, the Supreme Court handed down its latest decision on personal jurisdiction in a case entitled Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., San Francisco Cty. Over the last six years, the...more

Recent U.S. Tax Court Case Reverses Long Held IRS Position Regarding Taxation of Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Following the inauguration of the new administration in January 2017, many investors were anticipating the passage of a transformative tax reform bill at some point in 2017. Although legislative tax reform is seemingly...more

Court of Chancery Advocates New Test Governing Preclusion in Derivative Litigation

by Morris James LLP on

In re Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Delaware Derivative Litig., C.A. No. 7455-CB (Del. Ch. July 25, 2017) - This is an important decision holding that just because one derivative litigation was dismissed for failure to overcome...more

How To Protect Your Company From Cyber Regulatory-Enforcement: Part 2

by GB&A Insurance on

Experiencing a security breach is a bit like being on the titanic and feeling the tremble from hitting an iceberg. The impact sparks immediate panic - you know something very bad has just happened but are unsure whether the...more

Mandatory Arbitration of Securities Disclosure Disputes Is a Bad Idea—For Defendants

SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar recently said that the SEC is open to allowing companies that are going public to provide for mandatory shareholder arbitration in their corporate charters. Piwowar’s remarks have prompted a...more

Federal Banking Agencies Announce No-action Position on Certain Foreign Excluded Funds Under the Volcker Rule

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, and its implementing regulations (the “Volcker Rule”) generally prohibit a “banking entity” from engaging in proprietary trading and from investing in,...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Angola

1. What role does the government of Angola play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Foreign direct investment is a highly-regulated sector in Angola. In August 2015, the Angolan Government enacted Law...more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Partnership Verdict: Preliminary Agreements Precluded Partnership

by Bracewell LLP on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed a $535 million judgment against Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise), finding that unfulfilled conditions precedent in Enterprise’s written agreements...more

Big Tax Court Win for Foreign Investors in U.S. Partnerships

by Alston & Bird on

A foreign investor, not engaged in a U.S. trade or business, can sell stock in a U.S. corporation without fear of U.S. tax liability (with the notable exception of stock in certain U.S. corporations heavily invested in U.S....more

2017 Updates to Delaware Corporate Statutes

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On July 21, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law the 2017 amendments to the General Corporation Law and the Alternative Entity Statutes. The amendments will be effective on August 1, 2017 (other than the...more

White Collar Watch (July 2017 • Vol 1, Issue 2)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Welcome to the summer edition of Blank Rome’s White Collar Watch. In a world that seems to bring new challenges daily—such as the global cybersecurity attacks that were launched in late June—this newsletter is designed to...more

The SEC (Sort of) Extends EGC Benefits to All Issuers

by White & Case LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") extended to all issuers some of the benefits that Congress granted to emerging growth companies ("EGCs") in 2012 under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act...more

Recent Changes to the Beneficial Ownership Register Regime in the UK

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Important reforms designed to increase the transparency of the ownership and control of UK companies and English law LLPs were introduced in the UK on 6 April 2016. Among the most significant of these was a requirement for UK...more

Mid-Year IPO Trends - July 2017

Practical Law Company recently reviewed trends in the U.S. IPO market for the first half of 2017. In the first five months of 2017, 46 IPO issuers identified themselves as emerging growth companies (EGCs). Under the JOBS...more

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