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IPOs and IPAs: Ballast Point Transaction Illustrates Benefits of a Dual-Track Approach

The menu for craft breweries raising capital and looking for investor liquidity now includes another viable alternative – public offerings. With the filing of public offering documents by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 214-Felipe Sousa [Video]

In this episode I visit with Brazilian journalist Felipe Sousa on his observations about the current state of anti-corruption compliance in Brazil and the ongoing Petrobras scandal....more

New M&A Proxy Statement Unbundling Guidance

After a decade of inattention, the SEC staff has recently sought to clarify the still-murky proxy statement unbundling rule. First came three C&DIs issued back in January 2014 (see this Doug’s Note). Then just weeks ago, the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.19.15

NY state regulators have tagged Barclays with an extra $150 million in fines for its role in a Forex-manipulation scandal that’s already cost the bank $2.4 billion – NYTimes and Law360... As expected, the minutes from...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 212-Stephen Martin on DOJ Compliance Counsel Metrics [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Baker and McKenzie partner Stephen Martin on the recently released metrics which the new DOJ Compliance Counsel will use to evaluate corporate compliance programs under and its implications for...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 211-Matthew Stephenson, founder of the Global Anticorruption Blog [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Matthew Stephenson, Harvard Law Professor and founder of the Global Anticorruption Blog. He talks about why he founded the site, what he hopes to accomplish, some of the topics which have...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: CFTC and NFA Staff Publish FAQs and Other Resources for Filing and Reporting on Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR - On Nov. 5 the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight of the CFTC...more

Transaction Insurance as a Strategic Tool in M&A

The use of insurance in M&A transactions is gaining popularity among deal professionals who are finding this tool increasingly useful to bridge the gap on one of the most fundamental deal issues in any M&A transaction: the...more

John Rogers of Pepper Hamilton and David Marcus Discuss Middle-Market Private Equity [Video]

Solid deal sourcing, lean staffing, and a good understanding of sellers' needs are keys to success in the lower middle market. All topics covered in this interview with Pepper partner John Rogers and The Deal....more

The Deal Speaks with Pepper Hamilton's Irwin Latner on Family Offices and PE [Video]

The Deal talks to Irwin Latner, a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton, about family offices' growing allocations to private equity and how PE firms can form and maintain relationships...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 209-Latin America Focus [Video]

In this episode I review recent events from Brazil around Petrobras and the Brazilian Clean Companies Act and from Venezuela I take a look at corruption issues around PdVSA. ...more

The Growing Power of Fair Price and Process in Delaware Appraisal Actions

On October 21, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in an appraisal action in which it yet again found that the merger price was the most reliable indicator of fair value. Vice Chancellor...more

Inside M&A - October 2015

Overview of SPACs and Latest Trends - A number of recent successful business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) led by prominent sponsors have driven a resurgence in the SPAC...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Cautions Directors: Be Vigilant in Recognizing Advisor’s Conflict of Interests

Shareholders challenged the merger of Zale Corporation with Signet Jewelers Ltd. In a decision dated October 1, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery credited allegations that the board of directors of Zale breached its...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 208-Compliance at the Tipping Point [Video]

I discuss the four data points which have led me to conclude that the compliance function has reached a Tipping Point, in terms of its importance to the C-Suite....more

What's Market? Update: Litigation

In In re Appraisal of, Inc., C.A. No. 8173-VCG (Del. Ch. 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery held in connection with an appraisal proceeding brought by a dissenting shareholder that the best indication of the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 207-Mara Senn on Negotiating a FCPA Settlement [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out. In this episode I visit with FCPA practitioner Mara Senn on negotiating a FCPA settlement and what goes into the terms and conditions of settlement documents such as DPAs and...more

ESMA updates EMIR implementation Q&A

ESMA has updated its Q&A on the implementation of European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The update gives guidance on a procedure for counterparties and...more

Three Recent Delaware Decisions Highlight the Importance of Director Independence and Risks for M&A Financial Advisors

On September 28 and October 1, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued decisions in Caspian Select Credit Master Fund Limited v. Gohl, C.A. No. 10244-VCN and In re Zale Corporation Stockholders Litigation, C.A. No....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 205, Jonathan Armstrong on the Schrems Decision [Video]

In this episode I visit with Jonathan Armstrong, a partner at Cordery's in the UK. We visit on the Schrems decision by the European Court of Justice and its impact on compliance programs around hotline reporting and internal...more

Third Penalty in Two Months Against a Minority Investor Again Signals Increased FTC Enforcement of the H-S-R Act

For the third time in less than two months, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced an enforcement action against a minority investor who failed to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“H-S-R”) Act notification...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 204-Greg Dickerson, President of Hiperos on the increased importance of third party... [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Greg Dickerson, President of Hiperos, a Opus Global company. We talk about some of the most recent compliance scandals and how the management of third parties going forward has become even more...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 203-Scott Lane, Chief Executive of the Red Flag Group on management of risk and delivery... [Video]

In this episode I visit with Scott Lane, Chief Executive of the Red Flag Group. Lane talks about the approaches to risk management beyond anti-corruption, risk management in the supply chain and personalized compliance...more

New 871(m) Regulations Finalize Dividend Equivalent Payment Withholding Rules for Equity Derivatives

On September 17, 2015, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (collectively, the “new regulations”) that provide the rules for...more

Making the Most of Earn-outs

Earn-outs, where additional consideration is paid post-completion based on the performance of a target business, are becoming increasingly common in private M&A transactions. Our recent survey of European deals between July...more

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