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Fidelity Prevails In ERISA Float Litigation

The First Circuit joined the Eighth Circuit in finding that Fidelity’s practice of earning overnight “float” interest on the cash paid out to 401(k) participants redeeming shares in mutual funds did not violate ERISA’s duty...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission settled another FCPA action centered on the efforts of a Chilean airline to resolve its labor issues. The agency also filed four offering fraud actions: one based on an internet fraud; a second centered on the...more

Delaware Law Updates – What Is the Fair Value of a Stock? Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects the Transaction Price as the Most...

In two recent decisions out of the Delaware Court of Chancery – In re: Appraisal of DFC Global Corp., C.A. No. 10107-CB ("DFC Global") and In re: Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322-VCL ("Dell") – Chancellor Bouchard and...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved Nasdaq’s proposal for a “golden leash” disclosure rule (Rule 5250(b)(3)) requiring listed companies to publicly disclose benefits given by investors or other...more

Tips for Preclearing Insider Trades

Insider trading policies are among the most detailed and confusing of all corporate polices. And though they are not required by any SEC or stock exchange rule, virtually every public company has one. Included in almost every...more

IRS Provides Guidance for Making an 83(b) Election

On July 25, 2016, in T.D. 9779, the IRS published final regulations concerning the procedures for making an election under section 83(b) of the Code. The new final regulation, Treas. Reg. §1.83-2, eliminates the requirement...more

Brazil tax court decision on withholding of individual income tax on employee stock options: key takeaways for companies

A recent decision by the Brazilian Federal Administrative Tax Court (CARF) partially settles the debate between Brazilian tax authorities and companies regarding the treatment of employee stock options for purposes of...more

MTC Annual Meeting Update: Market-Sourcing Regulations Presented to Executive Committee

On July 28, the Multistate Tax Commission (“MTC”) held its Executive Committee Meeting. The Executive Committee voted to accept the Uniformity Committee’s recommendations for a taxpayer’s prospective change in its method of...more

Development of the practice on assessing of withholding tax on interest income (coupon yield) payable by a Russian company for...

On 29 June 2016 the Commercial Court of Moscow rendered a decision in the case No. ?40-178650/15-75-1487 under the application of Gazprombank JSC (the “Bank”). The decision contains a number of findings that in future may be...more

Nasdaq Rule Requiring Disclosure of Director “Golden Leash” Compensation Goes into Effect August 1, 2016

A new requirement that Nasdaq-listed companies disclose certain payments made to directors by third parties is scheduled to go into effect on August 1, 2016. The new rule targets so-called “golden leash” payments made to...more

Understanding the basics of European Marketplace Lending

One of the most significant changes in the European finance market over the last year has been the advance of new market entrants in the form of direct lending and marketplace lending platforms. The size and sophistication of...more

Masala bonds - A taste of things to come?

Borrowing by Indian companies from the overseas market or 'External Commercial Borrowings' (commonly referred to as ECBs), is regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and is governed by the various rules specified by the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.29.16

A federal judge in Idaho has dismissed a $24 billion lawsuit against Credit Suisse alleging that the bank and real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield ran a “predatory loan-to-own scheme that . . . loaded four luxury ski and...more

Proposed Regulations under Section 355 Clarify Device and Active Trade or Business Requirements for Tax-Free Spin-offs

On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) published proposed regulations that would modify the device and active trade or business requirements for tax-free...more

California Health Care District Financing Techniques

Across the nation, the delivery of health care services is undergoing a period of transformation. Much of this change is being driven by The Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010. Many hospital facilities in...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2016

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

"Recent Bills to Amend Dodd-Frank Preview Coming Attractions in Post-Election Congress"

Recently introduced legislation suggests that Republicans and Democrats in post-election Congress will be looking in very different directions on how to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

What Does FinCEN’s Proposed AML Rule Really Mean For Registered Investment Advisers?

Federal regulators are on the brink of finalizing proposed anti-money laundering (“AML”) regulations for Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”)-registered investment advisers (and those investment advisers required to...more

The SEC Audit Trail – Several Industry Groups See Problems as Currently Proposed

Last week, several securities industry groups filed critical responses to the SEC’s plan for an audit trail. While most groups that commented on the SEC’s proposed regulation supported implementing the proposal, several had...more

Shareholders Will Get to Trial in Petrobras Corruption Scandal Action

Yesterday I wrote about what may well be the next great bribery and corruption scandal across the globe involving the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). However, the current largest corruption...more

Can blockchain live up to the hype?

Is blockchain the revolutionary technology that will rewrite the rules for the finance industry, identifying authenticity and verifying payment flows that arise at a business-to-business level or between business and...more

Ten Questions to Consider Before Granting Equity to Employees

Granting employees equity can be a great way to reward and motivate employees. Most employees will work harder once they have some skin in the game. However, granting equity can be complicated and it's easy to make mistakes....more

Brexit: Potential regulatory and transactional impacts for financial institutions

This paper considers the key potential regulatory and transactional consequences for financial institutions of the UK's referendum vote on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU. The future relationship between the UK and the EU is...more

Brexit and financial markets

On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in a so-called Brexit referendum. This historic decision raises significant challenges and potential opportunities for financial services activity within...more

Important changes to the Market Abuse Regime

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) will replace the current EU market abuse regime from 3 July 2016. This will be the first time standardised market abuse rules will apply across all EU countries. Up to now the rules flowed...more

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