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California-Based Pharmaceutical Company Settles with SEC Regarding FCPA Offenses in China

On February 4, the SEC settled FCPA allegations with a California-based pharmaceutical company with a cease and desist order finding that the company violated the FCPA’s anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015

Regulatory Developments - FDIC Provides Framework for Cybersecurity in Recent Supervisory Insights - The FDIC featured an article titled “A Framework for Cybersecurity” in the Winter 2015 issue of Supervisory...more

Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

Charlottesville as a "Hotbed for Innovation": Fastest Growing Area in US for Venture Capital Funding

Where a court is located often determines the type of cases that it hears. For example, the "Rocket Docket" of the Eastern District of Virginia hears a large number of patent and technology-related cases both because of the...more

Hedge Fund Standards Board Publishes Findings From First Cyber-Attack Simulation

On January 21, the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) released the results of its first cyber-attack simulation (via a press release dated January 19)....more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - FINRA’s Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule Will Impact Investment Advisers - Late last year (December 24, 2015), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a proposed rule to the U.S....more

Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - First Half 2015

Background —We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during H1 2015. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US...more

New Bill Would Require Cybersecurity Disclosures by Publicly Traded Companies

Why it matters - In the continuing efforts to enact cybersecurity legislation and advise the public about cybersecurity preparedness, a new bill introduced in the Senate would mandate that publicly traded companies...more

2016 Proxy Season Checklist – What You Need to Know

As we roll into a new year and a new public company reporting season, public companies should be aware of a number of rule changes and rulemakings, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff guidance, disclosure trends...more

Iran Sanctions Implementation Day: Engaging in Business in Iran through Foreign Subsidiaries?

On January 16, 2016, various iterations of "Iran Sanctions Lifted" appeared in the headlines. Taking this quote literally, the assumption is that the doors are now open to freely engage in business with Iran. A closer look,...more

DTCC Explores Blockchain Technology

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, or DTCC, is integrally involved with settlement of trades in public company stocks. It has issued a white paper examining the use of blockchain technology to settle securities...more

Kamala Harris Puts Exxon Under Her Microscope: California AG Reportedly Has Launched Review of Oil Giant’s Statements On Climate...

Students of history know that fighting a two front war is a hazard to be avoided. According to the L.A. Times, however, that is precisely the dilemma that now faces Exxon Mobil: dual investigations from attorneys general on...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #11

HFSB reports on cyber-attack simulation - HFSB has published the results from its first table top cyber-attack simulation for hedge fund managers in London. The objective was to explore responses to three realistic...more

Securities Class Action Suits Increased in 2015

Last year there were more class action suits filed compared to the prior year. The actions were brought largely against companies traded on the two major exchanges in the biotech and healthcare sectors, according to a recent...more

Data Security in the Financial Industry: Five Key Developments to Keep An Eye on in 2016

According to a 2015 report on threats to the financial services sector, 41% of financial services organizations polled had experienced a data breach or failed a compliance audit in the previous year, and 57% listed preventing...more

Jawbone Successfully Leverages Patent Portfolio as Collateral in Fund Raising Efforts

Fitness device maker Jawbone was recently featured in a Re/code article announcing that the company had raised $165 million in new funding. The article mentioned another aspect of the Jawbone’s fundraising efforts; the...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - January 2016

As we begin the new year, it is a good time to reflect on the emerging trends in technology that present opportunities to be explored by entrepreneurs who are considering starting new businesses and growing existing...more

What's Coming in 2016? Data Security, Social Media and a Busy SEC

Data Security and Data Breaches! No surprises here. We’re getting a little fed up with spectacular stories about compromised personal data, but there is no doubt 2016 will show us more, and companies are adapting and...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 17, 2016

The 4 Kinds of Series A Rounds in Enterprise - Elsewhere on this very blog, we’re in the middle of a three-part series on methods of Series Seed financing. But for those looking to make the leap to Series A, especially...more

Tips for commodity brokers and traders facing auto-renewal provisions in vendor agreements

Businesses of all kinds, and all sizes, enter into vendor agreements in the ordinary course of business. And like many third-party vendors, the types of vendors that cater specifically to the technology needs of commodity...more

SEC Announces 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 11, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2016 priorities. New areas of focus include liquidity controls, public pension advisers, product promotion, and two popular...more

FinTech in the UK: Regulating Disruption

The United Kingdom Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser in its 2015 FinTech Report considered “FinTech” as the integration of “finance and technology in ways that will disrupt traditional financial models and businesses and...more

"Bitcoins and the Blockchain: The CFTC Takes Notice of Virtual Currencies"

As interest in bitcoin derivatives has increased, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has turned more of its attention toward virtual currencies. For a little more than a year, at least two trading facilities...more

Merck Resolves Investors’ Class Action Lawsuit Related To Vioxx

In 2004, Merck pulled its painkiller, Vioxx, from the market after a study linked the drug to increased risks for heart attack and strokes. On Friday, January 15, 2016, Merck announced that it had agreed to pay $830 million...more

The CFTC’s Proposed Standards Identify Cybersecurity Best Practices

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) offered several reasons for proposing five new cybersecurity testing requirements for the commodity trading platforms it regulates in its December 23, 2015, Notice of Proposed...more

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