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Information Letter: Management Liability: Potential Risk Zones (Russia)

The recent court practice shows that lawsuits seeking compensation of damages caused to company by its management are being filed with increasing frequency. It is largely due to courts' departure from formalistic approach to...more

DOJ Issues Opinion, Provides (Some) Comfort on Successor Liability

In a recent Opinion Procedure Release (OPR), Number 14-02, the U.S. Department of Justice expressly limited successor liability for a US company purchasing a non-US company that had paid bribes in the past. In so doing, DOJ...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: DOJ settles gun-jumping case, FTC issues fines for failure to submit HSR filing and FTC...

DOJ fines particleboard manufacturers $4.95 million for gun-jumping violations - On Friday, November 7, 2014, two companies agreed to pay $4.95 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) allegations that the...more

How Falsifying Compliance With A Lease Became Securities Fraud

The CEO and CFO of a successful senior living firm sought to expand the business by acquiring the operations of another firm and leasing its facilities. Despite warnings that the lease terms were far to onerous, the deal was...more

Recent Developments in Successor Liability under the FCPA and UK Bribery Act

I. New Guidance from the DOJ - On November 7, 2014, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Opinion Procedure Release 14-02 (the “DOJ Opinion”) that provides real-world...more

Delaware Court Provides Guidance on Acceptable Deal Protection Mechanisms and Scope of Third Party Aiding and Abetting Liability...

On November 25, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision in In Re Comverge, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, which: (1) dismissed claims that the Comverge board of directors conducted a flawed sales process and...more

Delaware Court Invalidates Release and Indemnification Obligations Against a Selling Stockholder in a Merger Transaction

The Delaware Chancery Court recently invalidated a buyer’s attempt to obtain a release and indemnification obligations from selling stockholders of a Delaware corporation that was acquired in a merger. The ruling will require...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 111-Virna Di Palma on the TRACE Matrix [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Virna Di Palma on the newly released TRACE Matrix. This is an extremely useful tool to help companies evaluate a wide variety of corruption and bribery risks on a country by country basis. ...more

Explore: Insights from the DLA Piper Mining Sector (Global)

In This Issue: - Editorial - About our mining sector - Mirabela Nickel restructuring – An Australian first - EU import duties and the mining supply chain - Indonesia – An update on the ore and minerals...more

International News: Focus on Compliance

In This Issue - Welcome to the final issue of International News for 2014. As regulatory oversight of companies—from Sarbanes Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery...more

In re Kinder Morgan, Inc. Corporate Reorg. Litig., C.A. No. 10093-VCL (Del. Ch. Nov. 5, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction and held that a provision in a partnership agreement imposing a higher voting threshold with respect to certain mergers...more

Minority Shareholders' Alleged Control of Management and Operations Does Not Establish Domination of the Board

Emphasizing the demanding pleading standards a shareholder must meet to show that a minority shareholder controls a board of directors, on November 25, Vice Chancellor Glasscock dismissed claims for breach of fiduciary duties...more

2014 SEC and FINRA Enforcement Actions Against Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The sheer number of enforcement actions brought against broker-dealers and investment advisers makes it challenging to keep up. In this alert, we divide this year’s most important cases against broker-dealers and investment...more

Thanksgiving-Eve Delaware Chancery Court Decision Refuses to Dismiss Fraud-Based Claims Against Private Equity Investors and...

On Thanksgiving Eve the Delaware Chancery Court issued a detailed opinion sure to be of significance to all parties involved in M&A transactions, particularly in the private equity space. In Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP...more

New York Appellate Court Affirms Business Judgment Rule for Going-Private Transaction

New York companies seeking to go private with a controlling shareholder may now be less vulnerable to shareholder litigation. On November 20, 2014, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed a New...more

Delaware Court Preliminarily Enjoins Merger Due to Flawed Sales Process

On November 24, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery preliminarily enjoined for thirty days a vote by C&J Energy Services stockholders on a merger with Nabors Red Lion Limited, to allow time for C&J's board of directors to...more

SEC Settles Insider Trading Case With COO

The SEC and the DOJ have waged an aggressive battle against insider trading for years, resulting in a string of courtroom victories, guilty pleas and settlements as well as significant sanctions which are supposed to deter...more

Automotive News, 3/2014

This is the first issue of “Automotive News”, a regular update on current developments in the automotive industry, with a particular focus on Germany, published by Morgan Lewis’ automotive practice for clients and interested...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 110-interview with Jonathan Armstrong [Video]

In this episode I visit with Jonathan Armstrong a partner in Cordery in London. He visits with me about his new firm, the equity investment of Lexis/Nexis in his firm and some of the trends he sees in cross-border...more

California Healthcare Institute Releases 2015 California Biomedical Industry Report

The California Healthcare Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP have released their 2015 California Biomedical Industry Report describing industry trends through 2014. The CHI report highlights the continued strength of...more

Administration Publishes Fall 2014 Unified Regulatory Agenda

We expect 2015 to be a very busy year for actions on new or proposed federal regulations in the absence of congressional legislation. That was confirmed on November 21, 2014, when the administration published its “Unified...more

SEC Will No Longer Require an Acquired Entity to Use “Pushdown” Accounting upon a Change in Control

On November 18, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and the Office of the Chief Accountant (the Staff) rescinded Topic 5.J. of the Staff Accounting Bulletin Series. Topic 5.J. required an SEC registrant that became...more

The Product Line Exception to Successor Liability Rules in the United States

In the United States, the general rule is that the purchaser of a business by way of an asset purchase is only responsible for those liabilities that it expressly or impliedly assumes from the seller. However, Canadian...more

HSBC Unit Settles Unregistered Broker-Advisor Charges With SEC

A Swiss unit of U.K. financial services giant HSBC Holdings plc. settled charges that the firm repeatedly sold securities and rendered advisory services in the U.S. without registering with the Commission despite legal advice...more

DOJ Is Moving Away From The Halliburton Opinion

The U.S. Department of Justice just issued its most recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act opinion release, only the second in 2014. The requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to...more

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