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California Court of Appeal Holds Doing Business ? Any Activity Engaged In for Pecuniary Gain

On January 12, 2017, the California Court of Appeal held in a published opinion that a taxpayer passively holding a 0.2 percent interest in a California-based limited liability company (CA LLC) was not “doing business” in the...more

2017 Financial Industry Regulatory Priorities - OCIE and FINRA Announce Examination Areas of Focus

In early January, both the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) and FINRA announced their examination priorities for 2017. As in previous years, both the SEC and FINRA share many examination...more

The Difference Between Being Right and Doing Right

Not long ago I wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent enforcement actions against companies that include pretaliation clauses in their employment contracts. I posted the article online, and one compliance...more

SEC Chair Urges Continued Efforts on Global Accounting Standards

Outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White has urged her successor and the SEC to continue to pursue high-quality, globally accepted accounting standards “as one of its highest priorities.” In a...more

Kokesh v. SEC—US Supreme Court Set to Decide SEC Disgorgement Circuit Split

Supreme Court grants certiorari to clarify whether Section 2462’s five-year limitation period applies to SEC disgorgement claims. The US Supreme Court granted certiorari to settle a circuit split in the US courts of...more

Uncertain Seas: European Financial and Regulatory Developments into 2017

Charting New and Dangerous Waters - Lloyd George and Epictetus may be long gone but their words have much resonance with the events of 2016. The political fallout from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (“EU”)...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 2

2017 Examination Priorities Announced by the SEC - On January 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2017 examination priorities, which seek to...more

Boardroom Perspectives: Proxy Access – Preparing for the 2017 Proxy Season

As shareholders continue to submit proxy access proposals, public companies may wish to consider proxy access and develop a response plan. Many public companies have received shareholder proxy access proposals in...more

Calling All Stock Certificates

Last week, Broc Romanek’s Mentor Blog addressed the question of what to do about outstanding stock certificates following a reverse stock split. Today, I’ll weigh in with a California perspective....more

Law Firm Data Breaches Demonstrate the Expanding Scope of Cyber Attacks

In a case of “cyber meets securities fraud,” the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) recently indicted three foreign nationals on charges of insider trading, wire fraud, and computer...more

Election Result Risk Factors

January is a good time for calendar-year-end companies to re-evaluate, and update as necessary, their Form 10-K risk factors. This year in particular, the November election results introduce a wide range of new considerations...more

Recidivism Under the FCPA: Zimmer Biomet

Last week Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. paid a high price for its and its predecessors failure to comply with the terms and conditions of 2012 Deferred Prosecution Agreement (the “2012 DPA”). Biomet, having originally paid $23...more

EMIR: Intra-group Exemptions from Uncleared Margin Requirements – FCA Opens Application Process

On 4 January 2017, the FCA opened its application process for the intra-group transaction ("IGT") exemption to the EU’s new requirements to exchange margin for uncleared OTC derivative contracts (as set out in Commission...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

CFTC Adopts Amended Position Limit Aggregation Rules – Action by Asset Managers May Be Required

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) has issued amended aggregation rules for determining compliance with speculative position limits established by the CFTC in futures contracts and options thereon. The...more

European Banking Authority Recommendations for the EU Covered Bonds Framework

The European Banking Authority published recommendations for harmonizing the EU framework for covered bonds. For banks investing in covered bonds that meet certain criteria, the Capital Requirements Regulation sets...more

Final EU Agreement on Draft Prospectus Rules as Part of Capital Markets Union

The Council of the European Union announced that it had reached an agreement with the European Parliament on prospectuses for the issuing and offering of securities. Finalization of the agreement comes after the provisional...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC Enforcement Limitations

On Friday, January 13, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to resolve a Circuit split on the extent to which SEC enforcement actions are restricted by the five-year statute of limitations in 28 U.S.C. § 2462. Section...more

Change in Shareholder Approval Requirements for Certain TSX-V-Listed Issuers Undertaking a Change of Business or Reverse Takeover

On December 15, 2016, the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) published amended Policy 5.2 – Changes of Business and Reverse Takeovers of the TSX Venture Exchange Corporate Finance Manual (Policy 5.2). The amendments to Policy 5.2...more

Recent major amendments to the antimonopoly legislation

On 1 January 2017, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Competition and State Support to Housing Development” (the Law) came into effect. The...more

Shareholder Proposals Restricting Board/Management Access to Preliminary Voting Results May Be Excluded

On January 6, 2017, the SEC Staff granted no-action relief that would allow companies to exclude shareholder proposals preventing management or the board from accessing preliminary voting results on uncontested matters prior...more

Day 15 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Post Training Evaluation [Video]

What if you want to take you post-training analysis to a higher level and begin to consider the effectiveness through your return on investment (ROI)? Joel Smith, the founder of Inhouse Owl, a training services provider,...more

Day 14 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Design of Your Compliance Training Program [Video]

For compliance training to be effective its needs to risk-based in its focus. This means employees with highest risk of exposure to bribery and corruption need to receive the highest levels of training and refreshers. From...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 35-the Friday the 13th edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 35, week ending January 13, the Friday the 13th edition   1.       Hernandez and Beech FCPA guilty pleas. 2.       VW guilty plea in emissions-testing scandal. 3.       VW executive Oliver...more

Day 13 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, create a data action plan [Video]

You should work to create an action plan to use your data. But never forget you need to get your digital information right. That means several sources of data to help you choose the best course of action. Earlier this year,...more

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