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Everything is Negotiable, including Personal Guarantees

As many entrepreneurs and small business owners know, banks, landlords and investors will often require a personal guarantee. A personal guarantee allows the lender to reach your personal assets to satisfy a debt in the event...more

SEC Settles With 71 Municipal Issuers

The Commission’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative has been a significant success. Under the Initiative the agency has filed settled enforcement actions against firm’s representing 96% of the market...more

IRS Issues New Management Contract Safe Harbors

Almost 20 years ago, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 97-13, outlining multiple safe harbors under which a management contract would not result in private business use of bond-financed proceeds. These safe harbors, while helpful,...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Advisers With Inadequate Disclosure

The Commission has brought a series of cases against private equity centered on undisclosed fees and conflicts of interest – key areas of interest during OCIE exams. The latest proceeding in this string of cases involves four...more

Singapore Legal Update - July 2016

A Conditional Primary Obligation to Pay Is Not a Penalty - In iTronic Holdings Pte Ltd v Tan Swee Leon [2016] SGHC 77 (Singapore High Court, 21 April 2016), the Singapore High Court held that an obligation to pay a...more

Bridging the Week - August 2016 #3

Another Publicly Traded Firm Sanctioned by SEC For Allegedly Undercutting Whistleblower Protections Through Severance Agreements: Health Net, Inc., a formerly publicly traded company whose securities were registered with the...more

Putting a Premium on Illiquidity: Some Reflections on the SEC’s Scrutiny of Valuation Practices and Disclosures

Valuation is typically near the top of the list when the SEC’s enforcement division and exam staff disclose their priority topics for private funds.  We expect that trend to continue and, if anything, the focus on valuation...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 32

SEC/CORPORATE - 2016 Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Highlight Two-Step Mergers and Appraisal Rights - On August 1, a number of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) went into...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 1 [Video]

In this series, I review the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program. This episode premiers Hallmark No. 1....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

An investment banker who repeatedly tipped his father on about pending mergers was found guilty of insider trading by a jury this week. The Commission brought another action based on the whistleblower protections where the...more

Impact of Pay-to-Play Rules in the 2016 Election Cycle

The federal Pay-to-Play Rules may impact campaign contributions in the 2016 election and, in particular, campaign contributions to a major party’s presidential campaign. Financial institutions that do business with, or seek...more

FINRA Proposes Revisions to Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation Rules

On August 5, 2016, FINRA in Regulatory-Notice 16–29 proposed revisions to its regulation of broker-dealer gifts, entertainment and non-cash compensation (the “proposal”) and requested comment to the same. The comment period...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Smaller Reporting Company Definition

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued proposed amendments to increase the financial thresholds in the definition of a “smaller reporting company” that, if adopted, will increase the number of issuers...more

Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding...more

Delaware Law Updates – Court of Chancery Puts Boards of Directors on Notice that Contracting Away Derivative Claims in a Merger...

Vice Chancellor Glasscock has held that a merger designed to eliminate derivative claims against a majority of directors justified the application of the entire fairness standard of review in a direct challenge to the merger....more

Bridging the Week - August 2016 #2

Court Refuses to Dismiss Malpractice Claim Against MF Global Accountant: PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP failed in its effort to have a federal court in New York City dismiss a malpractice claim brought against it by the plan...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 31

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Issues Notice Regarding SEC’s Approval of New NMS Stock Recording and Reporting Requirements Rule - On August 8, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued Regulatory Notice 16-28,...more

Thinking at the Margin: Canadian Provincial Regulators Issue Margin Proposals for Non-Cleared Derivatives

A parallel set of margin requirements is being proposed by the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) Derivatives Committee (Consultation Paper 95-401 – Margin and Collateral Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 15 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - I’ve been glued to my TV and my computer watching the “Games of the Thirty-First Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.” Although the coverage, of course, focuses substantially on US athletes, NBC and...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Law Judges

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) scored a significant victory yesterday in its quest to defend the increased use of its in-house judges when a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled that the appointment of...more

The Role of BDCs in the Middle Market

Business development companies (“BDCs”) provide an important and growing alternative source of capital to small and middle market companies that may not otherwise have access to bank financing....more

SEC Bounty Hunters Take Heart: SEC Fines Company $265,000 For Using Severance Agreements That Provided a Waiver of Any Monetary...

Today, the SEC announced that an Atlanta-based company, BlueLinx Holdings, is settling charges that its severance agreements contained provisions that it in its view might impede employees from communicating directly with the...more

Proposed SEC Amendment Could Reduce Compliance Costs for Smaller Public Companies

Under a mandate from Congress under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently proposed an amendment to the definition of “smaller reporting company” that...more

It's Time To Loosen The Limitations On BDC Investors

Business development companies, which provide a growing and important alternative source of capital to smaller companies, face challenges raising money due to a quirk in the federal securities laws that limits how much mutual...more

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