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Shares of Foreign Subsidiaries

by Allen Matkins on

I expect that little or no thought is given to the possible application of California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 when a corporation incorporates a subsidiary under the laws of a foreign country. However, the issuance...more

Grecian Magnesite: Tax Court Finds Reliance on a US Tax Advisor Establishes Reasonable Cause

On July 13, 2017, the Tax Court, in Grecian Magnesite, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. 3 (2017), rejected Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arguments that, in order to establish good faith reliance, the...more

IRS Retirement Plan Guidance Simplifies Pre-Approved Plans and Provides Roadmap for Individually Design Plan Conversion

by Benesch on

In Revenue Procedure 2017-41, the IRS makes significant changes to the procedures that it will use in reviewing and approving “pre-approved” retirement plans. The revenue procedure applies to almost all types qualified...more

FINRA Holds Regulator Forum on Distributed Ledger Technology

On July 13, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) held a Blockchain Symposium (the Symposium) in which representatives from a number of US regulators discussed the work they have undertaken to assess...more

Private Equity and Privilege: Why Recent Legal Developments Matter to Buyout Firms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Legal professional privilege allows clients to share information with lawyers, knowing it need not be revealed in court. Privilege extends to legal advice generally, and to documents prepared in contemplation of litigation. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - FHFA Announces $5.5 Billion Settlement With Royal Bank of Scotland - On July 12, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA"), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,...more

The rules of interpretation: a seller indemnity in a share purchase agreement

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal over the meaning of an indemnity in a share purchase agreement, and in delivering its judgment has given guidance on the rules of contractual interpretation....more

PCAOB Adopts New Auditor Reporting Standard

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After more than six years of outreach and public comment, on June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) adopted a new auditor reporting standard1 that, if approved by the SEC, would significantly...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission affirmed by a divided vote an Initial Decision dismissing insider trading charges against Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri. At a hearing the Division of Enforcement failed to prove that in six instances Mr....more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Code of Conduct as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Last year, one of the most interesting non-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It involved a clear quid pro quo benefit paid out by United...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With all of Europe closely eyeing the ECB for hints about its move away from aggressive bond buying, some cities that have benefited disproportionately from the QE are being forced to consider what life on the other side will...more

FHFA Announces $5.5 Billion Settlement With Royal Bank of Scotland

On July 12, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA“), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced it had reached a settlement with Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, related companies and specifically...more

Lessons From the CoinDash Initial Coin Offering Hack

On July 17, 2017, the CoinDash initial coin offering (ICO) was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions...more

My long running issues against self-directed brokerage accounts

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I used to joke that the only clients that used to ask about self directed brokerage accounts were medical practices and law firms. I stopped telling the joke when so many advisors told me that was the truth. My opinion about...more

Tax Court Rejects IRS’ Position in Rev. Rul. 91-32

Grecian Magnesite Mining, a Greek corporation (GMM), owned an interest in Premier Chemicals LLC, a Delaware limited liability company classified as a partnership for US income tax purposes (Premier). Premier conducted a trade...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 14

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Everything Compliance-Episode 14 Topics from Matt: 1.Trump Administration & FCPA enforcement— we have two declinations now; maybe a compare-and-contrast, and speculation on what a tough Trump Admin...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. After making a splash with the finalized version of its Arbitration Rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed temporary adjustments to the reporting requirements for...more

Trump to Nominate SEC Commissioner

On July 18, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Ms. Hester Maria Peirce as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 5, 2020. ...more

Three Fund Issues That Can Unexpectedly Impact Portfolio Company Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Increasingly complex fund structures and documentation mean that analysing how potential portfolio acquisitions interact with the fund at the top of any deal structure is more important now than ever. Investor Excuse...more

German Government Increases Foreign Investment Oversight

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Changes to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung – FTPO) will impact certain cross-border transactions. Key Points: ..The changes, which entered into force on 18 July 2017, allow...more

SEC Chairman Clayton Talks Cyber Threats And Responses

by King & Spalding on

On July 12, 2017, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton made his first public speech as head of the Commission, emphasizing the need for coordination between companies and regulators to thwart cyber...more

Recent case law update: Treatment of Trust Assets — Akers (and others) v. Samba Financial Group (2017)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The English Supreme Court has delivered a ruling that provides helpful guidance on the enforceability of trusts in respect of assets located in foreign jurisdictions that do not recognise trusts. The ruling also highlights...more

The Case Of The Wholly Owned, But Not Totally Held, Subsidiary That May Or May Not Be 100% Owned

by Allen Matkins on

When someone says that a subsidiary is “wholly owned”, I believe that the common understanding is that the parent company owns all of the issued and outstanding equity of the subsidiary. What if the statement is that the...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Board Oversight as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Is a Board of Directors a compliance internal control? I think the clear answer is yes. In the FCPA Guidance, in the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program, there are two specific references to the obligations of a...more

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