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Crowdfunding or Private Placement Memorandum?

Spurred by the frenzy of mid-century modern furniture of the 1950s and 1960s returning in popularity, a growing number of collectors are investing in and holding vintage furniture. Capitalizing on that craze, N. Stile Sune’s...more

Canadian Securities Administrators provide guidance on use of social media by reporting companies

The rule of timely disclosure in Canada is, in essence, that a reporting (public) company must make significant information about itself available to the investing public on a timely and equal basis. The primary resultant...more

Chancery Court Holds That Squeezed Out Stockholders Lack Standing to Compel Inspection under DGCL § 220

On February 27, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed an important matter of first impression under Delaware law: "Must a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Financial transaction provider Euronet Worldwide’s made an unsolicited bid to acquire MoneyGram for about $1 billion in cash, throwing a wrench into Ant Financial’s plan to use MG as a way to break into the US market and...more

CSA Reviews Use of Social Media by Reporting Issuers

On March 9, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-348 Staff’s Review of Social Media Used by Reporting Issuers (notice). The notice provides the results of the CSA’s review of social...more

Fore Warned: Fifth Circuit Sticks to its Guns

A prior prior Ask the Receiver® discussed the Fifth Circuit case Janvey v. The Golf Channel, Inc., 780 F. 3d 641 (5th Cir. 2015) (“Golf Channel I”). There the court found The Golf Channel liable to return $6,000,000 paid to...more

Yahoo Breaches Cost Shareholders $350 Million From Lowered Purchase Price, CEO Forfeits $14 Million in Compensation

Yahoo’s troubles for failing to timely disclose security breaches provides rare insight into quantifying the financial and other costs to a company’s shareholders and leadership when a security breach occurs and is...more

Southern District Of New York Finds That Government Leaks Do Not Warrant Dismissal Of Insider Trading Charges Against Billy...

On March 1, 2017, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied professional gambler William “Billy” Walters’ motion to dismiss his indictment on charges of insider...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

We now know what all of that law-enforcement activity around Caterpillar HQ in past weeks. A government report out this week reveals that investigators are targeting CAT for tax and accounting fraud, though no charges have...more

The Snap IPO: Speculation Without (Board) Representation

The just completed IPO of Snap Inc. has received enormous buzz and plenty of press coverage, mostly about its eye-popping valuation and offering proceeds, the big winners among the founders and early investors and the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The SEC is set to decide this week whether to okay a new ETF that could provide investors easier access to bitcoin, a potentially transformative move for the virtual currency....more

Initial Results Validate Crowdfunding Reforms

Beginning in 2012 America started a bold experiment to prove that: Less is more; and, Addition by subtraction works. The experiment tested whether reducing government regulation would produce better...more

SNAP IPO Debuts On NYSE

SNAP Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, went public yesterday with a valuation of approximately $33.4 billion. The Company raised $3.4 billion at $17 per share, and is now trading well above the IPO price. While SNAP has...more

A Deep Dive into Privacy/Security Disclosures in Snap’s S-1

Last week, Snap Inc. (“Snap” or the “Company”) – the parent company of the wildly popular app Snapchat (“Snapchat” or the “App”) – became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in the biggest tech IPO since...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

In this week’s Common Sense entry, James Stewart lets us in on how an entity that loses so much money (Snap) could be worth so much [it gained 44 percent on its offering price in the first day of trading]. The answer is being...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2017

As we start 2017, uncertainty abounds. Donald J. Trump’s ascension to the Presidency and populist movements in Europe and Britain are set to upend global norms and challenge the status quo. Serious questions are being raised...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

After months of anticipation, yesterday was finally official Snap IPO day. And despite losses of more than $500 million last year, the company saw willing investors flock to buy the $17 shares, pushing Snap’s valuation to...more

Yahoo Data Breach Update: A Third Notification + Shareholders Sue

Last week, Yahoo issued another warning to some of its customers telling them that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach. This is the third notification to Yahoo users that their information...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Shareholders have accused Under Armour of “concealing the impact” of Sports Authority’s bankruptcy from investors in order to artificially inflate its stock price. The suit comes on the heels of a disastrous Q4 for UA, in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

We learned about KraftHeinz’s offer to merge with Unilever only after it had been rejected. And now it appears to be off the table completely—all $143 billion of it....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar has reportedly scaled back some of the agency’s enforcement staff’s use of delegated authority by funneling all subpoena issuance and probe initiation through the SEC’s director of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

We had a pretty good inkling this was coming. Yahoo and Verizon are reportedly nearing a new deal, with Y! knocking something close to $300 million off of the sale price to ensure that Verizon will still go through with the...more

Corporate Governance for Commercial Telcos

John Pietila presented this webinar on corporate governance issues to the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association in February 2017. Please see full Presentation below for more information....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Former AIG chief Hank Greenberg and his co-defendant, AIG’s former CFO, reached an “unexpected” settlement last week with NY officials. The duo will fork over about $10 million in bonuses payments and admit that they...more

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