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FINRA Requests Comment on the Effectiveness and Efficiency of its Rules on Gifts and Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation and its...

As part of an assessment of selected rules and related administrative processes, FINRA has issued Regulatory Notice14-15 and Regulatory Notice14-14 seeking public comment on the effectiveness and efficiency of its (a) Gifts...more

Municipal Bond Market Absorbs Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s Decision that Teacher Pension Reform Legislation is Unconstitutional...

The latest swerve in the rollercoaster that is Puerto Rico public finance occurred on April 11 with the release of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s ruling striking down as unconstitutional the bulk of the territory’s teacher...more

UCITS V - Aligning with AIFMD!

The European Parliament voted to adopt the UCITS V Directive (“UCITS V”) on 15 April 2014, in advance of Parliamentary elections next month. The final vote followed a period of uncertainty where there was potential for the...more

The Headache of Plan Loans

They often say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I don’t know who said it first (I heard it was originated with St. Bernard, the saint, not the dog), but perhaps they were a 401(k) plan sponsor that had a...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Chili

Chile’s business environment is the result of a policy-driven strategy that has focused on building sound macroeconomic fundamentals and strong institutions, promoting competition and international integration, and creating a...more

Focus on Private Equity - April 2014

In This Issue: - Private Equity Firms Face Potential Liability Under Plant Closing Laws - Incentivising Management Across the Pond - Excerpt from Private Equity Firms Face Potential Liability Under Plant...more

CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion issues second annual report

The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has issued its second annual report to Congress covering the OMWI’s activities in 2013. The Dodd-Frank Act required the CFPB and various other federal agencies...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Brazil

With more than 196 million inhabitants and over 8.5 million square kilometers, Brazil is the largest country and economy in Latin America (its GNP in 2011 was roughly USD2.07 trillion). It is a federative republic, consisting...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Bolivia

Bolivia is a country with amazing natural beauty and a diverse landscape, sheltering a fourth of the world’s greatest biodiversity. Bolivia’s riches also include raw material, industrialized material and of course, tourism....more

The ABC’s of Target Benefit Plans – Part III

This is my third blog post in a series on target benefit plans. In the first post, I discussed the basics of target benefit plans (TBP), also referred to as defined ambition plans. In the second post, I discussed New...more

Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections Cover Employees of a Public Company’s Private Contractors

On March 4, 2014, the United States Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, expanded the protections offered to whistleblowers under anti-fraud laws, in Lawson v. FMR LLC. In its decision, the Court ruled that a specific...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Extends Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections to Employees of Mutual Fund Investment Advisers and Other...

The Supreme Court of the United States on March 4, 2014 held that employees of a privately-held mutual fund investment adviser are protected under a whistleblower provision enacted as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Property Transferred for Services Under Section 83

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued final regulations clarifying the forfeiture provisions under Section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, for transactions...more

"Clawback of Bonuses: UK PRA’s Banking Proposals Cast Six-Year Shadow for Bad Actors and Their Supervisors and Line Managers"

On 13 March 2014, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the U.K. regulator responsible for prudential supervision of banks, insurers and large broker-dealers, issued a consultation paper on bonus clawback (CP6/14). ...more

Supreme Court Widens Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Net

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly expanded the Sarbanes-Oxley anti-retaliation law to cover employees of private contractors who perform services for publicly-traded companies. Passed in 2002 in the wake...more

SEC Issues No-Action Letter on the Definition of Knowledgeable Employee

On February 7, 2014 the staff of the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a no-action letter to the Managed Funds Association (the “No-Action Letter”), providing...more

Protecting Your Value: The Importance of the Employee NDA

Where is your company’s value? If you are a young start-up company, it’s probably in ideas. Any new invention, new way of attracting business, new way of streamlining a process, or anything else “new” starts with an...more

In Lawson, Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Contractors

On March 4, 2014, in Lawson v. FMR, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a public company’s private contractors can be covered under the whistleblower protections of Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Supreme Court’s...more

New Reports Suggest the SEC is Cracking Down on Confidentiality Agreements

In our practice as counsel for SEC whistleblowers, one of the troubling practices we frequently see on the part of companies is the use of confidentiality agreements that purport to prevent employees or former employees from...more

Do Your Plans Include a Time Limit on a Participant’s Right to Sue?

Some, but far from all, employee benefit plans set a limit on the amount of time a participant has to file a lawsuit claiming benefits under the plan. Until recently, however, not all courts would recognize these plan...more

Brownstein Trial Victory Provides Executive Compensation Plan Guidance

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck attorneys and their client recently scored another trial victory. The outcome provides lessons for Brownstein’s clients that utilize variable compensation plans for their...more

View From McDermott: Conflicting Review Standards in Executive Retirement Plan Benefit Claims—Is There Really a Difference?

Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, retirement plans generally come in two flavors – (i) retirement plans qualified under Section 401 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and (ii) executive retirement plans,...more

What the Pension Reform Decision in Arizona May Mean for Illinois

Today the Arizona Supreme Court has handed down its much-anticipated decision in Fields v. The Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan. In Fields, the Court unanimously struck down a pension reform package enacted by the...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Vietnam

1. What role does the government of Vietnam play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is the central administrative body that oversees all investment...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Taiwan

1. What role does the government of Taiwan play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Three types of Taiwan government approval requirements may be relevant to direct foreign investment in...more

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