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Why A Plan Sponsor Should Get A Plan Review

Retirement plan sponsors tend to be reactive rather than pro-active. They would rather not spend money to undergo a plan review and assume everything is fine until they run into a big compliance issue or mistakes are...more

Big Regulatory Changes in Store for Funds and Advisers? No One Knows for Certain, but Here’s Our Best Guess

While no one knows for sure what the future holds for investment management regulation, the tea leaves indicate that we may expect a slowdown on new regulations, some pullback on parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Derivative Suits Alleging Directors Wrongfully Refused Litigation Demands

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 30, 2016, The Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed two derivative suits filed on behalf of the Bank of New York Mellon (“BNYM”). The companion memorandum and letter opinions reaffirm the heavy...more

SEC Takes Issue with Employee Confidentiality Obligations and Waivers of Monetary Awards

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or "Commission") Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued a risk alert on October 24, 2016, announcing that it will be reviewing registrants'...more

Can an Employer Back out of a Promise to Provide Advancement by Claiming That the Employee Committed Fraud?

Numerous decisions from the Delaware courts establish that a company cannot abandon its promise to advance legal fees and expenses when the covered director, officer, or employee properly invokes it....more

The Supreme Court Reaffirms Dirks in Salman

On December 6th, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its first major decision on insider trading in over 20 years, and affirmed the conviction of Bassam Salman for violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

Global Financial Markets Insight - Issue 11, 2016

As we come to the end of 2016 we re ect on a year characterised by events that have sent political shockwaves through the world’s major markets and consider what this may mean for the coming year. The surprise may be...more

SEC Chief Accountant’s Remarks on High Quality Financial Reporting, Non-GAAP Financial Measures and the Role of Audit Committees

On December 5, 2016, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker, speaking at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Conference in Washington, D.C., emphasized the importance of high quality financial reporting to...more

When A Majority Won’t Suffice

For California corporations, the general rule is that an act or decision done or made by a majority of the directors present at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present is the act of the board. Cal. Corp. Code §...more

"Matters to Consider for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2017 annual meeting and reporting season. Once again, we have prepared a checklist of essential areas on which we believe companies should focus as they plan for the...more

Steep Fines for Company With Compliance Problems, but Recognition of Remediation Efforts May Provide Model Going Forward

After a series of compliance failures leading to the resignation of company’s CEO, the privately-held health care brokerage company Zenefits was just hit with a $7 million dollar settlement by the California Department of...more

SEC Adopts New Rules to Modernize and Enhance Information Reported by Registered Investment Companies

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules and forms and amended current rules and forms under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) to significantly expand the...more

Supreme Court Affirms That Pecuniary Benefit Not Required For Family Member Tips, But Declines to Address What Constitutes a...

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous, but narrow, ruling in Salman v. United States, regarding criminal tipper/tippee liability for insider trading, which the Supreme Court had not significantly...more

What is a personal benefit? US Supreme Court issues major insider trading decision - key takeaways

On December 6th, Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its first insider trading decision in more than two decades, Salman v. United States. The decision clarified uncertainty in insider trading prosecutions that arose...more

In Win for Financial Services Industry, Second Circuit Limits Use of FCA to Enforce Banking Regulations

In United States ex rel. Bishop v. Wells Fargo & Co., 823 F.3d 35 (2d Cir. 2016), the Second Circuit rejected an attempt to use the False Claims Act (“FCA”) as an enforcement mechanism for banking regulations in the lead-up...more

Government Prevails in Significant Insider Trading Case

On December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of its most significant rulings on insider trading in recent years. In its ruling in Salman v. United States, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld Bassam Yacoub Salman’s...more

Supreme Court Opens Pathway To Increased Insider Trading Prosecutions

On Dec. 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in Salman v. United States, upholding a “friends and family” insider-trading conviction and effectively overruling the Second Circuit’s decision in...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Modernize Information Reported by Registered Investment Companies

On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) issued a release adopting final rules to modernize and enhance the reporting and disclosure of information by registered investment companies (the Final...more

Officers and Directors Spared Home Depot Data Breach Derivative Lawsuit

Officers and directors may breathe a temporary sigh of relief following the recent dismissal of the Home Depot data breach derivative case. Others will look to the facts for guidance. The complaint alleging the board had...more

Key Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Salman

Yesterday the Supreme Court issued its decision in Salman v. United States, the first insider trading case to reach the Court in decades. In a unanimous opinion delivered by Justice Alito, the Court affirmed the criminal...more

Roadmap for Merger Decision-Making Process in Delaware

In a string of recent cases, the Delaware courts have given public companies a roadmap for structuring the decision-making process in merger transactions. Before delving into the recent decisions, it may help to understand...more

Supreme Court Holds That a Gift of Confidential Information Supports Insider Trading Conviction

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court yesterday upheld a man’s conviction for insider trading based on a tip provided by his brother-in-law and rejected his contention that, in order to convict him, the...more

Claims That Controlling Stockholder Received Unique Benefits Dismissed

In GAMCO Asset Management v. iHeartMedia, Delaware's Court of Chancery considered claims that a controlling stockholder's liquidity needs created conflicts in otherwise arm's-length transactions with third parties. As...more

“Directors’ Decisions Must Be Reasonable, not Perfect” Home Depot’s Shareholder Derivative Litigation Arising from Data Breach...

On November 30, 2016, a federal district court dismissed a shareholder derivative complaint against various current and former directors of Home Depot arising from the well-publicized data breach the company suffered between...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 3 [Video]

We are back to our more rounded format for this episode on a variety of topics including anti-corruption enforcement across the globe, the new French anti-corruption law, Sapin II, the Agricultural Bank of China compliance...more

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