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Why Kokesh Really Matters

by WilmerHale on

For U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement practitioners, perhaps the blockbuster decision of the last U.S. Supreme Court term was Kokesh v. SEC — but not for the reason that you might suspect. In Kokesh, the...more

SEC Comments Begin for Early Adopters of Revenue Recognition

Some people don’t believe in blazing trails and adopting public reporting standards before you have to. They think you’re sticking your neck out, and will become a Guinea pig for SEC comments or fodder for plaintiff’s lawyers...more

SEC Issues Revised C&DIs Reflecting Updates for Prior Amendments to Rules 147 and 504, the Repeal of Rule 505 and Clean-up Changes

On September 20, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued revised compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) for purposes reflecting updates for prior amendments to Securities Act Rules 147...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The ‘book is backing off of a 2016-proposed stock reclassification that “would have solidified Mark Zuckerberg’s control over the social network” after a shareholder suit that would have seen Zuck on the stand in a Delaware...more

Nevada Supreme Court Adopts Delaware’s Direct Harm Test For Derivative Claims

by Allen Matkins on

On the same day that the Nevada Supreme Court rejected Delaware’s approach to reviewing special litigation committee determinations, it adopted Delaware’s test for determining whether a shareholder suit is derivative or...more

SEC Provides Additional Pay Ratio Interpretive Guidance

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday issued interpretive guidance on the CEO pay ratio rule. Separately, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued guidance on calculation of the pay ratio. These moves...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2017 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: When to Let Your Competitors Be Your Investors - In this VentureBeat article, WilmerHale Partner Josh Fox discusses the risks and rewards of accepting funds...more

Equifax Data Breach Highlights SEC Disclosure Obligations for Public Companies in the Wake of Cybersecurity Attacks

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the country’s three primary credit reporting bureaus, announced it had suffered a major cybersecurity breach that could potentially affect half of the U.S. population. According to the...more

CEO Pay Ratio Rule: New SEC Advice Helps Companies Prepare to Comply

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Having recently affirmed that there will be no postponement of the 2018 effective date for CEO pay ratio disclosure, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Sept. 21 issued interpretive guidance to assist companies in...more

Pay Ratio is a Go!: The Commission and the Division of Corporation Finance Provide Guidance and Updated C&DIs

by Locke Lord LLP on

On September 21, 2017, both the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) and its Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) provided guidance on the pay ratio disclosure requirement mandated by the Dodd-Frank...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on the Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues and Use of Accolades in Advertisements

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

I. Advertising Rule Compliance Issues - On September 14, 2017, the staff of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert on the most frequent advertising...more

Cyberattacks Are the New Norm - How to respond and get insurance recovery for government investigations.

Takeaways - Companies that suffer cyberattacks can expect not sympathy but scrutiny from legal authorities. - D&O insurance can cover not only litigation but also investigation costs. - Strategic negotiation of...more

Pay Ratio Compliance is Around the Corner; Is Your Company Ready?

For two years, the pay ratio rule has loomed in the distance with uncertainty regarding its fate. On September 15, 2017, in remarks made at the ABA’s Business Law Section Annual Meeting, William Hinman, Director of the...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 69, for the week ending September 22, the Apples and Honey Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories, including:   1. Telia settles massive FCPA enforcement action. 2. New concerns about money laundering in Venezuela...more

SEC Charges Platinum Equity for Misallocation of Broken Deal Expenses

The SEC announced a settled action against Beverly Hills-based investment adviser, Platinum Equity Advisors, LLC, for charging three of its private equity fund clients with about $1.8 million more than it should have in...more

Nevada Supreme Court Adopts Delaware’s Tooley Test to Determine Whether Shareholder Claims are Direct or Derivative

In Parametric Sound Corp. v. The Eighth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, ___ P.3d ___, 2017 WL 4078845 (Nev. Sept. 14, 2017), the Nevada Supreme Court addressed the circumstances under which breach of fiduciary...more

IRS Issues Proposed Guidance on the Definition of Registered Form

by Dentons on

On September 15, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations (REG-125374-16) amending the definition of obligations that are in registered form to take into account current market practices and...more

The Latham FPI Guide: Accessing the US Capital Markets From Outside the United States - 2017 Edition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Fabry-Pérot Interferometer, SA is a highly successful non-US company known to the world as FPI. FPI is considering doing a debt or equity offering in the United States. What are the key legal issues it, and its underwriters...more

Litigation Issues Arising from M&A Transactions - Don't Cut Corners: How Legal Shortcuts May Come Back to Haunt You Later

by Bryan Cave on

On September 20, San Francisco Partner Meryl Macklin and Los Angeles Partner Katherine Ashton hosted a webinar on the litigation issues arising from M&A transactions and how legal shortcuts could come back to haunt...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Pay Ratio Rule

Two pieces of guidance emerged from the SEC on September 21, 2017, with respect to the pay ratio rule. First, the Commission issued interpretive guidance on the rule. Second, the Division of Corporation Finance also issued...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Agencies to Propose Amending CRA Regulations to Conform to HMDA Regulation Changes, and Remove References to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program - On September 13, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve...more

Did The SEC’s Pay Ratio Guidance Miss Conjunction Junction?

by Allen Matkins on

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued interpretive guidance to assist issuers in complying with the pay ratio rule. At the same time, the Division of Corporation Finance staff issued guidance concerning...more

European Commission Proposes Framework to Screen Certain Foreign Direct Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposal coordinates existing national screening mechanisms, grants the Commission powers to review investments of “Union interest.” European Parliament and Member States’ approval still required. Key Points: On 13...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission became a cybersecurity headline this week, not for brining a case or writing a rule in the area but for an intrusion into its systems. The Chairman issued a statement on the subject....more

Chinese Buyers Act Quickly – Parallel UK & EU Foreign Takeover Control Systems Proposed

by Bryan Cave on

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

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