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Pay Attention to Bylaws When Taking Corporate Actions

by Murtha Cullina on

All too often, family businesses are run in an “informal” fashion, with insufficient attention being paid to corporate formalities, including requirements set forth in a corporation’s bylaws. The Delaware Chancery Court...more

Investment Banker Charged with Insider Trading by SEC, USAO

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Investment banker Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy was supposed to report his outside brokerage account and that of his wife to his firm. He did not....more

Disclosing Election of a New Director: Remember Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K When Doing a Merger

All competent securities lawyers know that Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K requires a filing, on Form 8-K, whenever a public company elects a new director other than pursuant to a shareholder vote at an annual meeting or a special...more

Day 18 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Freight Forwarders [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

The FCPA world is littered with cases involving freight forwarders, brokers and agents in the shipping and express delivery arena. Both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have aggressively...more

For closely held companies: Is there, or will there soon be, a significant lender in your life?

by Mintz Levin on

Ten considerations for closely held companies incurring debt in connection with minority investments by private equity sponsors, growth financing, or dividend recapitalizations....more

Court Rules Indirect Purchaser Claims Against Theranos May Proceed

by Allen Matkins on

Theranos’ anni horribilium began in October 2015 with the publication of a story by investigative reporter John Carreyrou at The Wall Street Journal. Lawsuits and government investigations ensued. Although the Theranos...more

The House Financial Services Committee to Hold a Hearing on Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 this Wednesday – Here’s a Summary of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

While passage in the House seems likely, the Financial Choice Act may undergo significant changes before it may pass in the Senate. Here is a summary of certain governance and executive compensation provisions that are...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017 #4

CME Group Revises July 2016 Proposal Authorizing End Customers to Become Direct Clearing Members Without Incurring Liability for Default of Other Members - CME Group submitted amendments to its proposed rule changes...more

Alternative investment company – deadline for regulatory adjustment will end June 4, 2017

by Dentons on

On June 4, 2016 amendments to the Act on Investment Funds (the “Act”) entered into force. The purpose of the amendment is implementation in the Polish legal system AIFMD (Directive 2011/61/EU of 8 June 2011 regarding managers...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Takes Action Against Two Individuals for Market Abuse

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has banned and fined two individuals for market abuse. Mr. Niall O'Kelly and Mr. Lukhvir Thind were Chief Executive Officer and Financial Controller, respectively, at Worldspreads Limited...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges With Two Former Telecom Executives

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two former executives of Hungarian telecom firm Magyar Telecom settled FCPA charges with the SEC shortly prior to the commencement of their trial. Former CEO Elek Straub, and former Director of Central Strategic Organization...more

Whistleblower Retaliation Remains in the SEC’s Crosshairs

Whistleblower tips and awards for securities law violations have increased dramatically over the past year, according to the staff of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Office of the Whistleblower. Also during that time, the...more

Day 17 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Distributor Compensation [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

One of the issues in any compliance program is the compensation paid to a third party as FCPA exposure arises when companies pay money - either directly or indirectly - to fund bribe payments. In the traditional intermediary...more

Day 16 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Terminating a Third Party [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

At some point, you will be required to terminate a third-party and there will be multiple legal, compliance and business issues to navigate going forward. If you are stuck doing it in the middle of a Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

compliance into the Weeds-Episode 36, McFadden Remarks on FCPA Enforcement [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a very deep dive into two recent speeches by Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden in which he addressed multiple topics and issues...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - April 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Committee Recommendations for U.S. Public Equity Markets

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation released a report setting forth certain recommendations that are intended to revive the public equity markets. The report cites certain statistics regarding equity capital markets...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 15

CFTC - CFTC Extends Previously Granted No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying With EU Requirements - On April 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight...more

Will New Spanish Dividend Rules Cause Pain for Private Equity in Spain?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recently effected reforms to Spanish dividend protections for minority shareholders should cause European dealmakers to review deal terms more closely in 2017. Outright acquisition of businesses is unusual in Spain, 83% of...more

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

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: VC Funding for UK Remained Steady in Q1 Despite Brexit - Startups received strong venture capital backing during Q1 in face of Brexit. ...more

The SEC, Insider Trading and Prosecutorial Obligations

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Proving a close personal relationship between a corporate insider and a trader can be key to establishing illegal tipping. The relationship can support a claim by the SEC or the DOJ that the inside information was transmitted...more

Draft Financial Choice Act 2.0 Prohibits Universal Proxy and Restricts Shareholder Proposals

The House Financial Services Committee has released a discussion draft of a revised Financial Choice Act. The Committee will hold a hearing on the Act on April 26, 2017....more

FINRA Solicits Comments on Rules Impacting Capital Formation and Proposed Changes to the Corporate Financing Rule

In what seems to be a bow to the Trump Administration, FINRA has issued Regulatory Notice 17-14 which broadly seeks comments on FINRA rules that impact capital formation. ...more

Due Diligence Defence Deemed Available for Issuance of Securities in Breach of Securities Laws

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The B.C. Securities Commission's (the Commission) decision in Re SunCentro (2017 BCSECCOM 58) provides rare guidance on the availability of a due diligence defence to parties that have illegally distributed securities. The...more

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