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Tales of a Former TPA Attorney

I was very lucky that when I started as an ERISA attorney in 1998, I worked as a staff attorney for third party administrators (TPAs) because it gave me insight and experience that I could never have gotten as an attorney...more

Hedge funds word of the day™ – Big Boy Letter [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner Chris Clark explains the Hedge Funds term Big Boy Letter, a letter sometimes entered into in connection with a secondary trade of securities where one party to the trade has more information about the...more

8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment

So, you’re about to raise money for the first time. Good luck! Before you start approaching VC firms for pitch opportunities, though, be aware that investors typically expect a certain amount of organization and structure...more

How Leading Philippine Companies are Using Bonds to Their Advantage [Video]

More than two dozen senior executives, including lawyers from Latham & Watkin's Hong Kong and Singapore offices, led presentations and panel discussions at an industry conference focused on the Philippine bond market, hosted...more

CFTC Publishes Long-Awaited JOBS Act Relief

The staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a no-action letter on September 9, 2014 (available here) that permits certain commodity pool operators (CPOs) to conduct general solicitation in private...more

“Culture of Compliance” Urged by FinCEN

Following months of rumors that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is preparing to impose personal liability on officers, directors and employees for shortcomings in their financial institutions’ Bank Secrecy...more

CFTC Issues Exemptive Relief to Harmonize with JOBS Act Amendments to Regulation D and Rule 144A

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an Exemptive Letter on September 8, 2014 (“Exemptive Letter”) providing that an issuer relying on Rule 506(c) of Regulation D and resellers relying on Rule 144A,...more

CFTC’s (Sort-of) Relief for Funds Using General Solicitation

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter that provides exemptive relief until the CFTC takes action on JOBS Act related amendments to its Part 4 Rules....more

IRS Internal Memorandum Advises That Self-Employment Tax Applies to Profits From an Investment Manager

On September 5, 2014, the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an internal generic legal advice memorandum advising an IRS field agent that the statutorily provided “limited partner” exception to...more

Hedge Funds Word of the Day™ – 10b5-1 Plan [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner Stephen Wink explains the Hedge Funds term 10b5-1 Plan, a plan used by company insiders to sell shares in the company without running afoul of restrictions on insider trading. For additional...more

Guide to Doing Business in Australia: Company Law

COMPANY LAW - Some general matters relating to company law in Australia are discussed below. REGULATORY SCHEME - The Corporations Act principally regulates companies, their incorporation, the acquisition...more

Retirement Plan Professionals That Plan Sponsors Should Avoid

In the Nelson Algren novel, A Walk on The Wild Side, there are 3 important rules of life to follow: “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse...more

Infobytes Special Alert: FinCEN Publishes Long - Awaited Proposed Customer Due Diligence Requirements

On August 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") that would amend existing Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) regulations...more

Behind the Veil and the Blurred Distinctions of Entity Liability

As corporate counsel, you are well aware that the practice of creating, expanding, or reorganizing corporate entities and their subsidiaries is fraught with legal peril, both for your client and its officers and directors....more

OCC Finalizes its Heightened Standards for Large Financial Institutions

On September 2, the OCC published final guidelines to strengthen the governance and risk management practices of large financial institutions. The guidelines apply to insured national banks, insured federal savings...more

401(k) Pros That Financial Advisors Should Partner Up With

Starsky had Hutch, Cagney had Lacey, Fred had Ginger, Bogie had Bacall, Bonnie had Clyde, Bert had Ernie, Baskin had Robbins, and Sheriff Bart had the Waco Kid. Whether it’s law enforcement, entertainment, or any type of...more

Proactive Steps Retirement Plan Sponsors Should Take

Retirement plan sponsors have a lot of headaches and liability because of their role as plan fiduciaries. They can sit back and do nothing, thereby increasing their potential liability. They can also be proactive and take...more

Funds Investing in U.S. Manufacturing Companies: Foreign Investor Considerations

Operators of manufacturing companies, especially those considering a sale or capital raise, should understand investors’ concerns regarding direct investment. Today, investment funds with investors and investments in multiple...more

How Remote is Bankruptcy Remote? Is an Operating Agreement Restriction Against a Bankruptcy Filing Without the Unanimous Consent...

Nonrecourse financing is common in today's commercial real estate lending market. So too are the use of special purpose entities ("SPEs") and limited guaranties from SPE members of all or a portion of the debt, the latter of...more

You Might Have a Problem With Your Retirement Plan When…

There are so many situations when you know you have a problem like when you forget to shut off the stove before you left home or when your lock your keys in the car with the engine running or you forget to pick your child up...more

Private Equity's Inversion Excursion: Pepper Hamilton Talks Tax With the Deal  [Video]

In this interview with The Deal’s Jon Marino, Pepper Hamilton LLP's Joan Arnold, a partner who heads the firm's tax group, says Pfizer’s play for AstraZeneca isn’t the only inversion deal being sought. There are no shortages...more

LLP Members and Pensions Auto-Enrolment: An Update

The UK Supreme Court ruled in May 2014, in Clyde & Co LLP and another v Bates van Winkelhof, that members of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) are to be treated as “workers” and therefore are covered by the protections...more

The Small Things that Create the Biggest Problems for 401(k) Plan Sponsors

“For Want of a Nail” is a proverbial rhyme that shows that the smallest of action can have huge consequences later down the line, just like a snowball effect “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse...more

Mistakes that 401(k) Plan Sponsors Should Avoid, But Do Anyway

The Surgeon General’s report on smoking was released almost 50 years ago and people still smoke cigarettes. We know the effects of cholesterol, heart disease, and the calorie count at many fast food restaurants, yet their...more

From Here to Eternity or San Juan! - Transitional Tax Planning with Pre-IPO or Appreciating Closely Held Stock

Speaking of Eternity, I must admit that I am a big fan of gospel music. While I like old school or traditional gospel, I prefer the newer R&B urban sound popularized beginning with Andrew Crouch and later Fred Hammond and...more

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