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Day 16 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Voluntary Monitoring

by Thomas Fox on

There are multiple areas in the Department of Justice’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs which intersect with the area of continuous improvement. In addition to Prong 9. Continuous Improvement, Periodic Testing and...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Stock/Cash Dividends for REITs and RICs

On August 11, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released guidance allowing publicly offered real estate investment trusts and regulated investment companies to distribute earnings in a combination of cash and stock as long...more

Panel orders sale of shares, even though no contravention of law

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Takeovers Panel has ordered the sale of shares by two connected parties that were seeking to exert control over a target company, even though the parties were not associates and their action did not contravene...more

SEC Approves NYSE Proposed Rule Change Requiring Advance Notice of Dividend and Stock Distribution Announcements

On August 14, 2017, the SEC approved the NYSE’s proposed rule change amending Sections 204.12, 204.21, and 202.06(B) of its NYSE Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to provide notice to the NYSE at least ten...more

Update to Registration Statement Processing Procedures

The Staff of the SEC also recently updated the procedures relating to nonpublic review of draft registration statements. Specifically, the following guidance was added...more

Revised NYSE Dividend Notification Requirements

by Goodwin on

The New York Stock Exchange has amended its Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before the company announces any dividend or stock distribution or the fixing of a record...more

SEC Staff Guidance on Financial Information in Registration Statements

The Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance recently posted additional guidance regarding the financial information that an EGC may omit from its draft registration statements, as well as guidance for non-EGC issuers. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 31

CFTC - CFTC Suspends Need of Formal Notice for Position Disaggregation Relief - On August 10, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the CFTC) issued no-action relief, eliminating the need for certain persons...more

Revisiting Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans

I am sometimes surprised by the number of insiders who trade in their company’s stock outside of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans. It is often said, with some accuracy, that executive officers, directors and other insiders always...more

CA Supreme Court: Entity Ownership Change Can Trigger Documentary Transfer Tax

Many entities are formed for the sole purpose of buying and holding real estate. In this setup, legal title is held by the entity itself (not the entity’s owners), but the entity’s owners have a “beneficial interest” that...more

Canadian Securities Administrators Provide Guidance on the Review of Material Conflict of Interest Transactions

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Transactions between related parties may create material conflicts of interest between an issuer and its directors, officers and related parties. In particular, material conflicts of interest may arise in the context of...more

Blog: Corp Fin Posts New And Updated CDIs Related To Omission Of Financial Information In Registration Statements

by Cooley LLP on

The Corp Fin staff has posted new and updated CDIs related to omission of financial information from registration statements by emerging growth companies and, under the recently expanded guidance that allows non-EGCs to file...more

Blog: Corp Fin supplements information regarding expanded process for confidential filing of IPO registration statements

by Cooley LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the SEC supplemented the information in its June 29 announcement regarding its expanded draft registration statement processing procedures, which allowed companies that were not emerging growth companies...more

SFC (the “Commission”) Expresses Concern over Irregularities in Asset Management Activities

•The Commission has identified a number of regulatory concerns with respect to private funds and discretionary accounts, in particular, funds with concentrated, illiquid and interconnected investments. •The Commission has...more

SEC Adopts Exhibit Hyperlink Requirement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

•The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted amendments (final rules) that will require registrants to include hyperlinks to exhibits. •The final rules apply to certain periodic reports under the Securities...more

SFC Proposes Rules and Code for Open-Ended Fund Companies

by Dechert LLP on

Recently, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published a consultation paper on the Securities and Futures (Open-ended Fund Companies) Rules (Rules) and Code on Open-ended Fund Companies (Code) which, if...more

SEC Report Asserts Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities Under US Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s published report of its first investigation focused on tokens sold in the context of an ICO sets the framework for future token offerings and raises red flags and legal hurdles to the resale or transfer of...more

Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

U.S. Withholding on Synthetic Trades over U.S. Equities—Further Delay of Full Implementation Until 2019 (Notice 2017-42)

In response to perceived abuses in taxpayers’ use of swaps and other derivative transactions (e.g., options, futures or forwards) to avoid withholding tax on U.S. source dividends, Congress added Section 871(m) to the...more

Private Company Liquidity Programs

Nasdaq Private Market reports increased activity in private company liquidity programs. Companies that are choosing to stay private longer are using structured and controlled liquidity as a recruitment and retention tool,...more

2017 EY Survey Reports Steady Increase in Voluntary Audit-Related Disclosures

by WilmerHale on

In its sixth annual report on voluntary audit committee reporting to shareholders, Ernst & Young observed “similar increases in voluntary audit-related disclosure as in the past several years, with steady growth in certain...more

IRS Provides Guidance on Stock Distributions for Publicly Offered REITs and RICs

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Revenue procedure sets forth requirements for ensuring certain stock distributions are treated as property distributions eligible for dividends paid deduction. On August 11, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...more

Loans to U.S. Subsidiaries Should Be Carefully Structured and Documented to Obtain U.S. Tax Benefits

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Canadian companies should carefully structure and document loans and advances to their U.S. subsidiaries. If loans to U.S. subsidiaries are not properly structured and documented, such loans may be recharacterized as equity...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC filed an insider trading case this week based on three separate trading chains that netted $5 million in trading profits, all back to a New York City bank official. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 66, the Take a Stand Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance and ethics related stories, including:   1. The SEC charges KPMG and partner with blown oil and gas company audit. 2. BSRG raises its...more

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