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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 39

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Announces Rule Proposal to Modernize, Simplify and Increase the Accessibility of Required Disclosure - On October 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing that it...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 3rd Quarter 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - The third quarter of 2017 brought the devastation of multiple hurricanes, escalating tensions with North Korea, the Equifax breach and more White House drama. Yet, investors focused on positive...more

Treasury Issues Report and Recommendations on Capital Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury released a 220-page report on reforming the US regulatory system for the capital markets (Capital Markets Report). The Capital Markets Report includes 91 recommendations...more

Criminal Finances Act 2017 – New Criminal Offence Requires Preventive Procedures

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 recently introduced a new corporate offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. Under the new law, a corporate body or partnership may be criminally liable if it fails...more

FAST and Furious: Proposed Amendments to Regulation S-K Requirements

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In recent months, there has been an active dialogue regarding the regulatory burdens for public companies and whether these burdens have contributed to the decline in the number of U.S. initial public offerings (“IPOs”) and...more

SEC Publishes Helpful Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The SEC recently confirmed that the new CEO pay ratio disclosure rules mandated in the Dodd-Frank Act will go into effect in the 2018 proxy season. To assist companies in preparation of the new disclosure, the SEC published...more

Frequently asked questions about at-the-market offerings

What is an "at-the-market" offering? - An "at-the-market" offering is an offering of securities into an existing trading market for outstanding shares of the same class at other than a fixed price on, or though the...more

Blog: SEC proposes FAST Act Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K

by Cooley LLP on

The SEC has now posted its release regarding FAST Act Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K, which proposes amendments to rules and forms based primarily on the staff’s recommendations in its Report to Congress...more

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Joint Venture Risks Under the FCPA

by Thomas Fox on

Just as the FCPA enforcement field is covered with actions centering around mergers and acquisitions, there are multiple actions involving joint ventures (JVs). JVs continue to plague many US companies up to this day. In many...more

More on the U.S. IPO Market

As previously reported, the U.S. markets have experienced a 35% year-over-year increase in volume, with 111 IPOs completed in the first nine months of 2017, raising $26.5 billion. A recent PwC report noted that the pharma...more

What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin enter the mainstream, entrepreneurs are exploring business models that may depend on compliance with regulatory constraints. This short article summarizes the cryptocurrency regulatory...more

FINRA revises and restructures registration and exam requirements

by DLA Piper on

In a long-awaited move, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved a set of new rules proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) that revise and streamline the number and types of...more

European Commission Considers it Unnecessary to Exclude Exchange-Traded Derivatives From the Open Access Provisions of MiFIR

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has published a Report to the European Parliament and the Council recommending that Exchange-Traded Derivatives (ETDs) do not need to be excluded from the scope of the provisions of the Markets in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission prevailed at the trial of Howard Present, a co-founder of F-Squared centered on the marketing claims for its AlphaSector product. That product was also the focus of a series of actions involving investment...more

Pay-to-Play – SEC Expands Scope of Rule to CABs

The SEC’s pay-to-play rule has given advisers reason to worry about potential foot faults since its adoption. As we have noted in prior posts, the rule is filled with landmines and is therefore difficult to navigate. As was...more

Corporate Liability and the Alien Tort Statute: Highlights from the Oral Arguments in Jesner v. Arab Bank

On Wednesday, October 11, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Jesner v. Arab Bank. The case may once and for all determine whether companies are appropriate defendants in cases filed pursuant to the Alien Tort...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Makes Market Investigation Reference for Investment Consultancy and Fiduciary Management Services

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has made a market investigation reference to the Competition and Markets Authority in relation to investment consultancy and fiduciary management services. The institutional investors who use...more

Philippine Competition Commission clears Alipay and Ayala’s investment in Globe Fintech

by Reed Smith on

On 27 June 2017, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it was conducting a phase II review into the proposed investment by Alipay Singapore Holding Pte. Ltd. (Alipay) and Ayala Corporation (Ayala) into...more

Day 10 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Dis-Linking any Illegal Conduct Going Forward

by Thomas Fox on

One of my favorite words in the context of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement is dis-link. It a useful adjective in explaining how certain conduct by a company must be separated from the winning of business and...more

The Truth And Myth Over The 401(k) Investment Policy Statement

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When you go to kitchenware, you see so many different types of kitchen tools that you didn’t know existed. They sell pasta forks and cherry pitters and item you don’t really need, but you have to have. When you’re a 401(k)...more

What You Should Be Doing with Your Replacement Reserves

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Most association governing documents contain provisions requiring the association to establish and maintain one or more reserve accounts that are used to set aside funds for the future maintenance or replacement of components...more

Investment Management Special Report - 2017-18 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Introduction - Despite an anticipated de-regulatory push, there are significant new regulatory concerns for investment advisers to address in connection with their annual review of their compliance manuals....more

IRS Ruling Provides Helpful Guidance on Normalization Proration Rules 

On September 29, 2017, the IRS issued a private letter ruling (PLR 201739001) providing helpful guidance on the application of normalization proration rules for the calculation of accumulated deferred federal income taxes...more

Section 2704 Regulations to be Withdrawn

by Williams Mullen on

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 2704. The proposed regulations, through a web of dense rules and definitions, would have narrowed longstanding...more

Failure To Comply With Plan Technicality Causes US Securities Law Violation

by Dechert LLP on

Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 prohibits the sale of a security unless a registration statement is in effect. This prohibition on the sale of unregistered securities does not apply to exempt transactions. One such...more

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