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Blog: Shareholder Proposal Regarding Audit Committee Composition

As noted in this article from Compliance Week, the Corp Fin staff have refused to issue no-action relief to Citigroup agreeing that it could exclude from its proxy statement a proposal from the prolific John Chevedden...more

Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Meets Wednesday

The SEC’s advisory committee will meet this Wednesday to discuss and address means of promoting secondary market liquidity for the securities of small and emerging companies, including addressing the Section 4(a)(1-1/2)...more

FDIC Resolves Doral Bank in a New Receivership Action

The $5.9 billion Doral Bank (San Juan, Puerto Rico), a wholly owned subsidiary of Doral Financial Corporation (Coral Gables, Florida), was closed by the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico, on...more

SEC Advisory Committee to vote on definition of “Accredited Investor”, and to consider secondary market liquidity for securities...

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that the next meeting of its Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will focus on ways to increase the opportunities for investors in small and emerging...more

"New Reporting Requirements on the Horizon for US Financial Services Providers Doing Business With Non-US Persons"

Following closely on the heels of the reinstated reporting requirements for inbound and outbound direct investment involving U.S. entities, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has announced...more

Privy Council clarifies power to rectify share registers of BVI companies

On 21 January 2015 the Privy Council handed down its decision in Nilon Limited v Royal Westminster Investments SA [2015] UKPC 2 clarifying the power of the courts to rectify the share register of a BVI company under section...more

Cooperation By Broker Mitigates SEC Sanctions

Cooperation was a key factor in the resolution of an action involving a minority owner of a broker-dealer that is alleged to have facilitated a fraudulent scheme to conceal losses at a major Japanese company. In the Matter of...more

New Investment Regulation has been passed

On 25 February 2015, the Federal Cabinet passed an amendment to the Investment Regulation and the Pension Fund Investment Regulation. After the Capital Investment Code (Kapitalanlagegesetzbuch, KAGB) came into force on 22...more

SEC May Seek Companies’ Agreements to Determine Whistleblower Treatment

The SEC continues to focus on its whistleblower initiative. According to a February 25 Wall Street Journal article titled “SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

It’s The Plan Sponsor’s Responsibility, Just Because

I have been a fan of Sesame Street since I was a child and again as an adult when my children were younger. It’s a brilliant show that has educated millions of kids in the past 45 years. One of the great events in Sesame...more

Real Estate Acquisitions in Japan

Interest in acquiring Japanese real estate, such as hotels, office buildings and retail complexes, is increasing due to Abenomics and the depreciation of the yen against major currencies. Japan expects to have a robust estate...more

"CFTC, SEC Issue Guidance on the Applicability of Certain Regulations to Family Offices"

In November and December 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), respectively, issued guidance regarding the applicability of certain regulations to family...more

Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2014. The report, which is...more

A European Prospectus Revolution?

The EU prospectus regime, based on Directive 2003/71/EC (the “Prospective Directive”) as amended, has been in place now for nearly 10 years and was due to be reviewed by the European Commission by 1 January 2016. However, the...more

Alert: The European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations

The European law on alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) comes in three main parts: - The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)...more

SBIC Investment: A Potential Source of Capital for Government Contractors

Owners of privately-held businesses generally finance their businesses with their own capital, augmented with bank loans. An additional source of funding for government contractors is available from Small Business Investment...more

CSA Announce Amendments to Accredited Investor, Minimum Amount and Short-Term Debt Prospectus Exemption Rules

On February 19, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (NI 45-106), which are expected to come into force this spring....more

Substantive Consolidation: When Abuse Goes Too Far An LLC Will Not Shield Assets

In re Carroll, 520 B.R. 491 (Bankr. M.D. La. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to substantively consolidate the bankruptcy estates of individual chapter 7 debtors with the separate bankruptcy estate of their wholly owned...more

A New Era for Private Funds in China?

Several years ago, alternative asset managers were enthusiastically regarding China as a new frontier for fundraising. Indeed, in 2011, Chinese private equity and venture capital firms raised substantially more money from...more

The Not-So-Remote Possibility of the Bankruptcy of a Bankruptcy Remote Entity

A bankruptcy remote entity is a special-purpose vehicle (or special purpose entity) (“SPV”) that is formed to hold a defined group of assets and to protect them from being administered as property of a bankruptcy estate. See...more

SEC Proposes Equity Hedging Disclosure Rules under Dodd-Frank

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed long-awaited equity hedging disclosure rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010...more

Corporate Governance and Disclosure Considerations for Financial Services Companies This Proxy Season and Beyond

Introduction - As the 2015 annual meeting season quickly approaches, recent and continuing corporate governance and securities disclosure developments should be top of mind as financial services companies complete their...more

Morrison & Foerster Quarterly News Tax Talk - Volume 7, No.4 January 2015

In This Issue: - Congress Passes Year-End Tax Extenders Bill - House Adopts New “Dynamic Scoring” Rule - Foreign Fund Engaged in Lending and Stock Distribution Not Protected by “Trading in Stock or Securities”...more

FASB Eliminates Extraordinary Items Reporting

In January, the FASB adopted a final Accounting Standards Update that eliminates the requirement that preparers report events that meet the criteria for extraordinary classification separately in an income statement, net of...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: SEC Proposes Disclosure Rules on Director and Employee Hedging

Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its rules and forms, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), that would require SEC reporting...more

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