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Passive Means Passive! Missed HSR Filing Spurs Antitrust Enforcers' Ire - But Change May Be Coming

The Federal Trade Commission, in its latest enforcement action relating to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act compliance, reminds investors that strict adherence to HSR filing requirements is a must, but also may have signaled that a long...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 192-Mike Shepard on the Increased FCPA scrutiny around internal controls and best... [Video]

In this episode I visit with Mike Shepard, a partner at Hogan Lovells. He discusses the increased SEC scrutiny of internal controls in FCPA enforcement. He also gives his thoughts on the use of data analytics in a best...more

FTC Settles Allegations of HSR Act Violation by Activist Investment Fund

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement on August 24, 2015, with Third Point Funds for failing to file a notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) in connection with the...more

Delaware Chancery’s In re Dole Food Co., Inc. Decision Provides Lessons For Corporations Considering Going Private Transactions

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster found Dole Food Co., Inc. (“Dole”) Chief Executive Officer, David Murdock, and General Counsel, C. Michael Carter, liable to investors for $148 million in fraud...more

Recent FTC Action Underscores Narrow Interpretation of HSR “Investment-Only” Exemption

On August 24, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) filed a proposed settlement in federal court regarding alleged violations by Third Point LLC (“Third Point”) of the premerger reporting laws related...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - August 2015

King & Spalding Client Alert On Unprecedented Hacking And Trading Scheme — On August 11, 2015, prosecutors in the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York unsealed indictments against several individuals...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 191-interview with Maurice Gilbert on hiring in compliance, Part I [Video]

In this episode, I being a 3 part series with Maurice Gilbert, Managing Partner at Conselium Partners, one of the nation's leading CCO and C-Suite exec search firms. Gilbert shares his insights into the hiring process for...more

CLIENT ALERT: Court Finds Dole Food Company Directors Liable; Awards $148M in Damages

In re Dole Food Company, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Consolidated C.A. No. 8703-VCL - In re Appraisal of Dole Food Company, Inc., Consolidated C.A. No. 9079-VCL - In a much anticipated post-trial decision, the...more

M&A Update: Delaware Court Finds Dole Executives Personally Liable for Millions in Damages for Defrauding Stockholders in Buy-Out...

In its August 27th post-trial opinion, In re Dole Food Co., Inc. Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware Chancery Court held Dole executives David Murdock and Michael Carter personally liable for $148 million in damages for...more

"FTC Commissioners Divided on Scope of Investment-Only Exemption to HSR Rules"

On August 24, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a consent settlement based on an application of the investment-only exemption to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act’s premerger notification requirements. The settlement...more

Latest H-S-R Act Enforcement Is a Cautionary Tale for Minority Investors

Generally speaking, stock purchases which will cause an investor to hold more than $76.3 million of the target’s voting securities may require a pre-closing notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“H-S-R”) Act. But there...more

Investment Fund Violates “Investment-Only” HSR Exemption

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”), the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed this week in federal court a proposed settlement to charges that an investment fund violated the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - CFTC Issues Proposed Amendments to Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Cleared Swaps: On Aug. 19 the CFTC announced that it had voted to propose amendments to existing...more

Third Point Settles FTC Charges That They Violated U.S. Premerger Notification Requirements

On August 24, 2015, the FTC announced that Third Point Funds (“Third Point”), which includes three affiliated hedge funds commonly managed, agreed to settle FTC charges that it violated premerger reporting requirements in...more

Alert: HSR "Investment-Only" Exemption: Lessons from Third Point's Yahoo! Investment

While acquisitions of up to 10% of the voting interest in a target that are made "solely for the purpose of investment" are in many circumstances exempt from Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting requirements, even when the value...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 190-Interview with Vivian Carpenter, author of The Fifth Letter [Video]

In this episode I visit with Vivian Carpenter, author of The Fifth Letter, a legal thriller. We visit about one of the key themes of her book, corporate personhood and its relevance to FCPA enforcement. ...more

FTC Cautions Against Improper Reliance on “Investment-Only” Exemption

Investment manager Third Point LLC and three of its affiliated funds have entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the federal antitrust authorities for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

Market Volatility - Reducing Bid Risk in Australia

If a takeover bidder's share price falls materially, can the bidder withdraw its bid or lower its bid price? If not, how can the bidder protect itself in a volatile market? Under Australian rules, a bidder cannot...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 189-Compliance Evangelist [Video]

In this episode I report on the exciting news of my new consolidated website which brings together my blog posts, podcasts and introduces new social media offerings. I also discuss my new role as a Compliance Evangelist. ...more

SEC Pay Ratio Rules — A Recipe for Compliance and Model Disclosure

The SEC recently adopted its final pay ratio disclosure rules. Commencing in early 2018, public companies[1] will have to disclose (i) their CEO's total annual compensation, (ii) the median total annual compensation of all...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 188-the BNY Mellon FCPA Enforcement Action  [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out. Today I take a deep dive into the Bank of New York Mellon, FCPA enforcement action around the hiring of close family members violating the FCPA. I discuss the enforcement...more

Mergers & Acquisitions Glossary

This Glossary contains many of the important terms and definitions used in the M&A world. The Glossary is not exhaustive, however. Like most areas of the law, M&A is a highly complex subject that involves several legal and...more

Appraisal Claims Dismissed Due to Custodial Banks' Technical Acts

Despite being a court of equity, there are certain instances where the Delaware Court of Chancery demands "strict compliance" with procedural provisions irrespective of the potential for an inequitable outcome. For example,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 187-Francine McKenna from Market Watch at the Wall Street Journal [Video]

In this episode I visit with Francine McKenna, well known writer and speaker about Big 3 auditing and auditors. She has recently taken her considerable skills and talents to the Wall Street Journal where she now writes as the...more

FCA Reports Low Levels of Potential Insider Trading: The result of effective enforcement or the free hand of the market?

In its annual report published last month, the FCA found that suspicious trading in the run up to M&A deals being announced is at a historic low. It reports that its "market cleanliness" statistic for takeover announcements...more

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