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Major GST/HST changes affecting investment limited partnerships

by Dentons on

On September 8, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada released proposed amendments to the Excise Tax Act (“ETA”) that could deem certain payments from “investments limited partnerships” to its general partner (“GP”), which...more

Does California Side With Delaware Or New York On Special Litigation Committee Reviews?

by Allen Matkins on

As discussed in the two preceding posts, Nevada’s Supreme Court last week decided to adopt New York’s standard of review of special litigation committee recommendations to dismiss stockholder derivative suits. In re Dish...more

Cryptocurrencies: Are They Securities?

Cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, have been in the news a lot lately, but many people still don’t know what they are—or whether they’re regulated.  Here’s a quick rundown....more

Licensing for crowd-sourced funding operators

by DLA Piper on

Amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act), introducing a crowd-sourced funding (CSF) regime, will take effect on 29 September 2017. From this date, CSF operators (intermediaries) will be able to apply...more

Fraudulent “Social Security Maximization” Scheme Ends With Guilty Plea

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

P.T. Barnum should have said “there is a new scheme born every minute.” Yesterday a Wall Street office and Sinatra songs were used to lure would-be investors to a commodity fraudster who took investor funds for his own and...more

Investor Advisory Committee Meeting

The SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee announced its next meeting on October 12, beginning at 9.30 am. The agenda for the meeting includes remarks from Commissioners; a discussion regarding blockchain and other distributed...more

Securitisations: the Bank of Italy establishes new disclosure and statistical obligations for vehicle companies

On 30 June 2017, the Decision of the Bank of Italy of 7 June 2017, entitled “Provisionson disclosure and statistical obligations for vehicle companies involved in securitization transactions” (the “Decision”) was published in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Systemic Risk Council—a heady group of “former top financial regulators, regulators, policymakers and academics”—is warning that the rollback of Dodd-Frank and other financial regulators could lead to bank failures and...more

Day 10 Of Innovation in Compliance-Improvisation in Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

How can you change the perceptions around compliance in your organization? With the Justice Department requirement, set out in the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, to more fully operationalize your compliance...more

What Effect Will the New Revenue Recognition Standard Have on M&A?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Financial Accounting Standards Board's new revenue recognition standard is expected to have wide-ranging effects on M&A transactions. The new revenue recognition standard under GAAP will be applicable to public companies...more

The Trump threat to 401(k) and the reality of it

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When Donald Trump was elected President last November, there were quite a few people who promised gloom and doom as if it was the end of our republic. Despite the tweets and the drama, that really hasn’t panned out yet. Many...more

2017 Mid-Year Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to BakerHostetler’s 2017 Mid-Year Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review. This edition delivers news, analysis and insights into key developments in the cross-border investigations...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 54, Report from TEC 2017

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly returns to his journalism roots with a live report from TEC 2017, the Workiva user conference. We discuss some of the hot topics at the conference including possible repeal or modification of SOX...more

Canadian Securities Regulators Clear a Path for Bitcoin Funds

The British Columbia and Ontario securities regulators have taken a leap forward in the regulation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with the first registration of a fintech start-up, First Block Capital Inc., which...more

New EU Law on the Screening of Foreign Direct Investments in Europe

• The European Commission has released a set of documents, including a proposal for an ‘FDI Regulation,’ which sets out an EU framework for screening foreign direct investments. • This proposal would grant the European...more

China Halts ICOs and Token Sales and China-Based Trading Platforms Suspend Trading Amid Reports of Additional Government...

by Perkins Coie on

The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has formally announced a suspension to all ICOs and token offerings and financing activities by releasing two notices, namely, the Notice of Seven Ministries Including...more

California District Court Denies Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Class Action, Finding Public Information Is Not Immaterial As A...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 6, 2017, Judge Andrew J. Guilford of the Central District of California denied motions to dismiss a putative securities class action asserting claims under Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act...more

Proposed Legislation May Afford Broader Use of Regulation A

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved in a landslide vote the Improving Access to Capital Act (HR 2864), which would extend the use of Regulation A, an exemption from registration under the Securities Act,...more

A blockchain overview

by DLA Piper on

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offers significant and scalable processing power, high accuracy rates, and apparently unbreakable security at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional systems the...more

Equity Incentive Plans targeted by Plaintiffs’ New Theory on Section 16 Short-Swing Profit Liability

by Bryan Cave on

Securities and executive benefits attorneys and public companies that maintain equity incentive plans should be aware of a new theory of recovery under the “short-swing profit rule.” Plaintiffs’ attorneys have recently...more

Review Of Special Litigation Committee Recommendations

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post limned the Nevada Supreme Court’s adoption of New York’s Auerbach standard of review for special litigation committee recommendations. In re Dish Network Derivative Litigation, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. 61 (2017). ...more

CFIUS Continues to Present an Obstacle to Chinese Acquisitions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On September 13, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order blocking investment firm, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. (“Canyon”), from acquiring Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (“Lattice”). President Trump’s...more

Capital Formation Bills Advance in the Senate

Last week, the Senate passed three bipartisan bills that promote access to capital for small businesses and startups. The Senate bills, the House corollaries of which originally passed on March 9, 2017, include the...more

Tips on Using the Remainder of 2017 to Prepare for the 2018 Proxy Season

With the 2017 proxy season over for most companies, attention now turns to preparing for 2018. There are a number of compliance "musts" to focus on, as well as items that can be addressed in 2017 to make the 2018 proxy season...more

Venture Capital Valuations

In a recent paper, “Squaring Venture Capital Valuations with Reality,” authors Will Gornall and Ilya A. Stebulaev review and consider valuations for a sample of unicorns. The valuations are on average 49% above fair value...more

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