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Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #5

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was active this week, moving to shorten the settlement cycle for broker-dealer transactions from T+3 to T+2 and issuing updated guidance...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Securities Fraud Omissions Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will resolve a critical question governing the scope of liability in securities fraud cases which has split the circuit courts to date. The case, Leidos Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement System, No....more

The Danger of Paying Finder’s Fees to Unregistered Broker-Dealers

We get asked from time-to-time whether it is advisable for issuers to pay fees to unregistered “finders” for introducing potential investors in the United States to the issuer in connection with securities offerings. The...more

Proposals to Shake Up the UK IPO Timetable

The FCA seeks to improve transparency in the UK equity IPO process. The FCA is proposing significant reforms to the UK equity IPO process, in order to address its concerns that investors should be receiving better...more

A Rudimentary Resource Regarding Registration Rights

In any venture term sheet, an entire page (typically page 3 or 4, after the key terms we have discussed previously) will often be devoted to the concept of registration rights, which ultimately are addressed in an Investors’...more

Saudi Arabia Update - March 2017

Legal developments - The Kingdom continues its move towards e-government services - Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs considers issuing temporary licenses online for multiple activities - The Ministry of...more

Italy Implements Directive Requiring Non-Financial Disclosures for Large European Undertakings

Large public-interest companies and parent companies must disclose several types of non-financial information — for the benefit of both investors and consumers — or face monetary penalties. Directive 2014/95/EU of...more

Delaware Courts Expand Corwin Line of Cases

On March 7, 2017, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed the action In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc., C.A. No.12152-VCL. Stockholders of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. (“CPG”) claimed that CPG’s...more

Two Restatements Results in Settled SEC Financial Fraud Charges

The Commission filed a settled financial fraud action centered on three restatements against a company and two of its officers last fall. It charged violations of Exchange Act Sections 10(b), 13(a), 13(b)(2)(A) and...more

No Such Thing as March Break – Selected Corporate and Securities Law Developments

March was a busy month for corporate and securities law developments, with the publishing of staff notices by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), as well as developments regarding...more

SEC Requires Public Companies to Hyperlink Exhibits Beginning September 1, 2017

Public companies will soon be required to include an active hyperlink to each exhibit to all registration statements filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and all periodic and current reports filed under the...more

What If I Was Doing The Same Thing I Now Want to Sue Over?

Many clients ask at the start of a business divorce lawsuit, “Is it fatal to a shareholder oppression claim if I was doing some of the same things that the majority owners are doing that I am now complaining about?” As often...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 319-Brandon Essig on Prosecutor's View of the Yates Memo [Video]

In this episode I visit with Brandon Essig, a former DOJ prosecutor when the Yates Memo was released. He discusses the impact of the Yates Memo inside the DOJ and the triage that prosecutors use on cases in response....more

Day 22 of One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Operationalzing Compliance Through Compensation Incentives [Video]

The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 6, Incentives and Disciplinary Measures states: Incentive System – How has the company incentivized compliance and ethical behavior? How has the company considered the...more

Certain Considerations Relating to Virtual Shareholder Meetings

Virtual annual shareholder meetings are gradually increasing year-over-year, but the absolute number is still small and investor resistance to the "virtual-only" format persists. Nevertheless, additional companies continue to...more

New rules on conflict minerals for EU importers

The European Union is bringing forward new rules on the sourcing and import of conflict minerals. The European Parliament approved the draft conflict minerals regulation (the Regulation) on 16 March 2017 by a large...more

Ukraine: Adoption of laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares)...

On March 23, 2017 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted three laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares) of companies, in particular joint-stock companies, and...more

Department Of Business Oversight Proposes Changes To Proposed Finders Rule

Last July, the California Department of Business Oversight proposed regulations to implement the provisions of AB 667 (Wagner). The bill, which was enacted in 2015 and took effect last year, created a new exemption from the...more

Ukraine: Adoption of laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares)...

On March 23, 2017 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted three laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares) of companies, in particular joint-stock companies, and...more

What’s happening with EB-5 financing for new development projects? Is it still available?

Unless Congress acts in time, a critical part of EB-5 financing will lapse on April 28, 2017 - The Regional Center program was enacted in 1992 as a “pilot project.” Since then, it has been renewed or extended many times...more

Day 21 of One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Operationalizing Compliance at the Bottom [Video]

Today, I consider how to drive the message of compliance into the bottom of your organization. Even when a company does all the right things at the senior management level, the real issue is whether or not that culture has...more

Texas District Court Dismisses SOX Whistleblower Claim For Lack of Protected Activity

On March 21, 2017, the Northern District of Texas dismissed a former employee’s whistleblower retaliation claim on the ground that her allegations of fraud were too far removed from potentially harming the shareholders of a...more

Budget 2017: Changes to Canadian Exploration Expense and Flow-Through Shares

Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) are certain types of expenses incurred by oil and gas, mining and renewable energy corporations. CEE is 100 percent deductible in the year the expense is incurred. Certain types of CEE also...more

Southern District Of Ohio Holds Defendants Cannot Challenge The Manner In Which Shares Were Purchased At The Class Certification...

On March 17, 2017, Judge Michael Watson of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio certified a securities class action brought against Big Lots, Inc. (“Big Lots”) and various current and former...more

SEC Issues New Sources of Custody Rule Guidance

On February 21, 2017, the SEC's Division of Investment Management provided additional guidance with respect to Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Custody Rule). The guidance addressed the...more

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