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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

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

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

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

FDIC Gives Guidance to S-Corporation Banks Regarding Dividends under Basel III

On July 21, the FDIC clarified how it will evaluate requests by S-Corporation Banks to make dividend payments that would otherwise be prohibited under the Basel III capital conservation buffer. New Basel III capital rules...more

Equity Compensation Alphabet Soup – ISO, NSO, RSA, RSU and more

Startups and public companies alike often use equity to help attract, retain and incentivize talented employees and other service providers. The different forms of awards have proliferated in the past several years, though,...more

Seed Capital Review: Fall 2013 Survey Of Angel Financings

Welcome to the first installment of Seed Capital review, written by members of the entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray plant mooty. this is our first periodic report analyzing seed capital being raised by companies in...more

Investor Advisory Committee

On July 10, the Investment Advisory Committee will be meeting to consider various topics, including the definition of the term “accredited investor.” The Committee had previously discussed amendments to the natural persons...more

No Billboards, Please

Companies intending to seek funding under the JOBS Act’s crowdfunding provision gained a seeming advantage in September when the SEC removed its ban on the general solicitation or advertising of certain types of private...more

CAMAC's Report on Equity Crowdfunding

Does it Pave the Way to Bridge the Capital Gap for Start-Ups and Small Scale Enterprises in Australia? The Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC) released its report on crowd sourced equity funding (CSEF)...more

Cayman Islands Director Registration and Licensing Law

The Cayman Islands Director Registration and Licensing Law (2014) (the Law) was recently gazetted along with the related regulations which set out in more detail the registration requirements and fees. The Law came into...more

Fair Valuation and Mutual Fund Directors: History of Enforcement Actions Against Independent Directors

At the ICI 2014 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, the staff of the Division of Investment Management announced that it would not propose comprehensive guidance on valuation of investment company portfolios...more

DBO Filing Procedures Set To Change Big Time

When I joined the Department of Corporations, it had no website and filings were made only in hard copy. In the ensuing years, the Department (now known as the Department of Business Oversight) created a website, established...more

Does the Business Judgment Rule Protect Bank Officers and Directors?

When a corporation suffers significant losses, or ultimately fails, frustrated shareholders, creditors, or others often try to sue the corporation and/or its officers and directors for losses caused by mismanagement of the...more

Aquila on M&A: Dealmaking is Back  [Video]

May 19, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Frank Aquila, partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, tells Lee Pacchia that the recent uptick in deal activity has all the indications of an "M&A boom" in 2014. While the recent wave of transactions is...more

Thomson Reuters Session - April: Investment Management, Hedge Funds & Registered Mutual Funds: What's Happening Now? [Video]

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak has regularly hosted a roundtable in Pepper’s New York office for private funds and their managers to discuss issues in the investment management world. He has recently started to give a...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 17

In this issue: - Proposed Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law and Courts and Judicial Procedure Law - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs Relating to Social Media Use - FINRA...more

Poison Pills with Lower Ownership Thresholds for Activist Investors Come Under Attack

On March 25, 2014, Daniel Loeb’s Third Point LLC filed suit against Sotheby’s and its directors in Delaware’s Court of Chancery to invalidate Sotheby’s poison pill. The board of Sotheby’s adopted the poison pill this past...more

Verbatim Global Compliance - Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2014

Canada - The Ontario Securities Commission ("OSC") recently published for comment four proposed prospectus exemptions intended to facilitate capital formation for small companies and start-ups. The four exemptions include:...more

Thinking IPO? Timing Is Everything

Notwithstanding the fact that the last several weeks did not go as planned for a few of the companies pricing or looking to price IPOs, and the associated speculation that the IPO window may be narrowing (if not closing) for...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Columbia

Colombia is located in the northernmost part of South America. Its population is estimated at over 45 million people, with at least 10 million living in the capital city of Bogotá. Colombia’s main language is...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea about 480 miles south of Miami and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. Of the three islands, Grand Cayman is the largest with an area of 76 square miles. The islands of...more

Dissenter Rights Create Trend of Investors Driving Higher Prices and Gaining Interest

Two recent high-profile shareholder rights cases in the Delaware Chancery Court have received a lot of attention due to the money that is at stake and the individuals in the disputes. These two cases, along with several other...more

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