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Cyber in the Board Room: Balancing Risk and Oversight

Boards of directors remain increasingly exposed to the threat of liability arising from data breaches and other cyber-incidents. Nearly a year ago, Senators Jack Reed and Susan Collins introduced the Cybersecurity...more

Bill C-25 Looks to Include Majority Voting, Diversity Disclosure Requirements in Canada Business Corporations Act

The Government of Canada recently introduced Bill C-25 (Bill), titled “An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and the Competition Act”....more

AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial

In its 2010 opinion in Jones v. Harris, L.P., the United States Supreme Court embraced the so-called Gartenberg standard for assessing an investment adviser’s fiduciary liability for excessive mutual fund fees under Section...more

CFTC Extends Exemptions of RTO Energy Products to Bar Private Rights of Action

The CFTC quelled a controversy that had emerged regarding its proposed exemption of certain specified energy products transacted in Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) by doing a “180” on its proposals that otherwise...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The latest from the CFPB and its “Project Catalyst,” which aims to “encourage the development of innovative consumer financial products that meet regulatory requirements” [think Fintech]....more

Blog: Are Stock Options A Counterweight To Whistleblower Bounties?

A new academic study, “Rank and File Employees and the Discovery of Misreporting: The Role of Stock Options,” finds that companies that flout financial reporting rules tend to grant more stock options than their peers that...more

SEC Exams Looking for Whistleblower Violations

SEC staff in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations are examining compliance with key whistleblower provisions arising out of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The staff is...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 16-SOX reporting & disclosure controls and COSO Framework unity [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I discuss the differences between SOX 404 reporting controls and 302 disclosure controls. We then pivot to a discussion of the potential merging of the COSO 2013 Framework for controls with the...more

Countries at a Glance 2016: Spain - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employers should distribute a hard-copy disclaimer which acknowledges the employees' receipt of the Plan documents as...more

"CFTC Proposes Rules to Count Cross-Border Swaps for Swap-Dealer Thresholds and Other Requirements"

The CFTC’s newly proposed rules on cross-border transactions address which swap activities affect swap-dealer thresholds and trigger transaction-level swap requirements. These are the latest in a series of CFTC rulemakings,...more

Countries at a Glance 2016: United States - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - A claim for breach of contract could arise where a Plan is amended or discontinued. It is recommended that Plan...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 41

SEC/CORPORATE – SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Five Additional C&DIs Relating to Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule – On October 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

FCA Publishes Third MiFID II Consultation Paper - The FCA published its third consultation paper on 29 September 2016, on the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II)....more

SEC Staff Releases New C&DIs on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On October 18, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) for the controversial pay ratio...more

The Manipulation Standard And A Setback For CFTC

On Sept. 30, 2016, Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York issued an order resolving competing motions for summary judgment in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ongoing action against Donald R....more

UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Issuers

Companies trading on either the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market or AIM should ensure that their systems and procedures reflect changes to their disclosure and other obligations arising from the implementation of the new...more

SEC Will Vote on Final Intrastate Offering Exemptions

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold an open meeting at which the Commission will consider the adoption of final rule amendments relating to Securities Act...more

When The SEC Become A Real Estate Regulator

For at least a century, it has been said that only three things matter in real estate: location, location, location. Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission took this old saw to heart in the context of disclosure of...more

Bridging the Week - October 2016 #3

Registration Based on Quantitative Test Likely to Be Part of Supplemental Regulation AT, Suggests CFTC Chairman - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, indicated last week that he...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The first 100 days of your startup: From registering a name to funding options - How to start a startup: Advice from startup founders - Techworld talks...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

On October 18, 2016, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued five new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) regarding the pay ratio disclosure rule, which will require...more

SEC’s Latest Insider Trading Action: A Question of Materiality

Earlier this month the Supreme Court head argument in Salman, perhaps the most significant insider trading case to be considered by the High Court in decades. The issue there centers on what constitutes a personal benefit...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: DIFC Funds: 2016 and Beyond

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a financial free-zone located in Dubai with its own established set of laws and regulations as well as a financial regulator and court system. Established in 2004, the DIFC...more

SEC Releases New Interpretations on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission published five new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) related to CEO pay ratio disclosures. The CDIs...more

The SEC Speaks: How to Identify the Median Employee for Your Pay Ratio Disclosure

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance posted five new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) regarding the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K on October 18, 2016. The “pay ratio”...more

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