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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.29.16

Dealbook looks back at a crazy Thursday of healthcare company deals [with Abbott/St. Jude taking the prize for biggest] and concludes that the industry appears to be “convinced, regardless of tax benefits [or common financial...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.28.16

As expected, the Fed held steady on rates as it waits for the American economy and labor market to keep improving. June remains on the table for the next incremental increase, though some analysts are shifting expectations...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.27.16

Alibaba’s online payment affiliate, Ant Financial Services Group, announced late yesterday that it’s raised more than $4.5 billion from investors—boosting it to a valuation of roughly $60 billion. Beyond online payments, Ant...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.26.16

In major media news yesterday, Gannett has bypassed Tribune Publishing’s leadership and gone directly to its shareholders with a $815 million takeover offer. If accepted, the move would add the LA Times and Chicago Tribune to...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 5, BP, Executive Pay and Compliance [Video]

In this episode of Compliance into the Weeds, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the executive pay issues surrounding BP Board's awarding its CEO a 20% pay raise, in the face of a company wide prohibition on pay raises,...more

The HSR Act’s “Investment” Exemption – Strategic Considerations in Light of Recent Enforcement

On April 4, 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued ValueAct Capital (ValueAct), an “activist” investment fund, for violation of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the HSR Act), seeking civil...more

This Week in FCPA-Epiode 1 [Video]

In this initial episode of This Week in FCPA, Mr. Translations himself, Jay Rosen and I begin our weekly exploration of all things FCPA and compliance related. ...more

"The Resurgence of SPACs in a Quiet IPO Market"

More than 20 years old, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) — publicly listed companies established with the goal of acquiring unspecified targets — have recently experienced a surge in popularity. Ten SPACs for...more

Treasury Issues Stringent Inversion Regulations, Proposes Far-Reaching Related-Party Debt Rules

New regulations expand prior guidance reducing tax benefits of inversions. Proposed debt-equity rules will impact even routine intercompany transactions. On April 4, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.19.16

Oh, Theranos. 2016’s not really your year, is it? Word emerged yesterday that the DOJ and SEC are joining health officials in taking a closer look at the blood-testing company, though details of their investigation are...more

DOJ Suit Against ValueAct Shines Spotlight on HSR Requirements for Shareholder Activists

Suit signals potential consequences for activist investors who rely on the HSR “solely for purposes of investment” exemption. On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sued certain ValueAct Capital entities...more

Tough Exams for Investments in the Education Sector

The growth of private spending on education presents an opportunity for private equity. While public spending on education in the OECD as a proportion of gross domestic product decreased slightly between 2003 and 2012, the...more

US Internal Revenue Service and US Treasury Department Issue Anti-Inversion Regulations

The US Internal Revenue Service issued a proposal under Section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code with respect to the treatment of instruments issued by corporations in related-party transactions as debt or equity for federal...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.18.16

Major oil-producing countries failed to reach an agreement to cap production at meetings held this weekend at Doha. Expect markets not to take this news well – WSJ and Bloomberg... IPOs have been down—way down—in the...more

Investment Plus Partnership-in-Fact = Withdrawal Liability

Previously, we wrote about the First Circuit decision that a private equity fund constituted a “trade or business” under ERISA as amended by the Multeimployer Pension Plan Amendments Act (“MPPAA”). That dry description is...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.15.16

With regulators’ rejection of big-bank living wills still very fresh in mind, the Upshot suggests that keeping powerful banks “on their toes . . . may end up playing a surprisingly important role in keeping the financial...more

The Liquidity Crunch Spurs Creative PE Deal Financing in the US

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the US Federal Reserve and other central banks in Europe have pumped trillions of dollars into the financial markets. Notwithstanding the amounts injected, a liquidity crunch in 2016 is...more

3D Printing: Where’s the Money Coming From?

Based on research we deployed, here is a general report. Like any industry, 3D printing took a while to find solid footing, but in recent years it has gained notable attention. Since 2011, 3D printing companies raised...more

FCPA compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 248-Risk Assessments under the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I discuss performing a risk assessment under the FCPA. Listen all the way through and at the end, learn how you can receive a deliverable related to the podcast topic at no charge. ...more

Activist Funds Should Heed the Latest Enforcement of the HSR Act

The limits on an investor’s ability to acquire stock under the “investment-only” exemption to the HSR Act’s reporting requirements take center stage as the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”)...more

When Passive Investors Take a Stand – HSR Act Enforcement Put to the Test

Enforcement actions for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) often are announced with substantial money penalties or other restrictions agreed in advance between the agency and the parties. Not so with the Department...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.13.16

US regulators are reportedly preparing a handful of the US’s biggest banks for news that their living wills (their plans for winding down without a taxpayer bailout in the case of a potential bankruptcy) aren’t going to cut...more

Oil price turbulence benefits the opportunistic

The prolonged turbulence in oil prices has brought cost reduction programmes, the shelving of projects, and insolvencies in the oil field services (OFS) and exploration and production (E&P) sectors — and has presented a once...more

"Interpretation of Antitrust Exemption at Heart of DOJ Action Against ValueAct"

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) filed a complaint against activist investor ValueAct Capital in California federal court, requesting a $19 million fine for violations of the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.7.16

The DOJ has moved to block the proposed Halliburton/Baker Hughes merger in a Delaware-based federal lawsuit that argues that “combining the two oil field services companies would cut competition in the industry to...more

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