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New ACE Portal/NYSE Platform Could Facilitate Private Equity Fund Raising

An enduring challenge of private equity is fund raising, whether in connection with fund formations, portfolio company financings or limited partner secondary sales. The recent modification of the SECs rules on general...more

ESMA Publishes Guidelines on Reporting Obligations Under the AIFMD

On August 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published official translations of its Guidelines on Reporting Obligations under Articles 3(3)(d) and 24(1), (2) and (4) of the Alternative Investment Fund...more

Dealmakers Q&A: Baker Botts' John Martin

John W. Martin is a corporate partner with Baker Botts LLP and serves as the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Palo Alto, California, office. He also serves on the firm’s executive committee and as the firmwide technology...more

SEC Announces Additional Settlement Under Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The SEC recently announced another issuer settlement under its Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (see our blogs First Settled Proceeding (July 23, 2014). In this settled action, Kansas consented to the standard...more

SEC Launches Exam Initiative for Newly Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC is not wasting any time making sure that newly registered municipal advisors are introduced to their regulator. On August 19, 2014, the SEC announced a two-year examination initiative for municipal advisors that...more

SEC Modifies Municipal-Securities Enforcement Initiative

Responding to industry complaints, the SEC’s Enforcement Division modified its Municipal Continuing-Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative to (a) extend the deadline for issuer disclosures until December 1 (from September...more

Fine Tuning Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program [Video]

In this era of aggressive FCPA enforcement, companies are adopting anti-corruption compliance programs. The Department of Justice and the SEC have warned companies against adopting "paper compliance programs" without...more

More from ISS–Equity Plan Data Verification

Because it is “committed to industry-leading levels of transparency and engagement,” ISS recently announced its new equity plan data verification portal. The portal is intended to provide companies with an opportunity to...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 80, Interview with the FCPA Professor, Part I [Video]

In this Part I of a two-part interview with the FCPA Professor, we visit about his new book, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a New Era. ...more

SEC to Commence Examinations of Municipal Advisors

SEC rules that took effect on July 1, 2014 generally require municipal advisors to register with the SEC through the SEC’s EDGAR system under the final registration process during a four-month phase-in period by October 31,...more

Dear organization XYZ, you need a whistleblower program - Here's why

If an organization responds quickly to allegations brought on by a whistleblower, this is an opportunity - handed on a silver platter - for that organization to be proactive and take charge of the alleged issue(s). This, in...more

Overcrowding?

This morning’s IFR US ECM Briefing reported on another significant IPO trend—the fact that over time it has become more common for IPO issuers to appoint several co-managers. ...more

Profits Do Not Always Equal Disgorgement

Judge Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York recently rejected the SEC’s attempt to seek disgorgement of almost $500,000,000 from Samuel Wyly and Donald R. Miller Jr., the Independent Executor of the Will and Estate...more

SEC Request For O&D Bar Denied

A frequently used remedy in Commission enforcement actions is the officer and director bar. A permanent bar has the very harsh effect of precluding the person from being an officer or director of any public company. That, of...more

Unregistered Brokers: Watch out for Shortcuts

One of the things I’ve learned since returning to private practice three years ago is that people like to raise money for profitable enterprises when they can. And why not? It can be lucrative. And if the people raising...more

Be Careful Where You Whistle While You Work: Courts Impose Limits on Dodd-Frank's Protection for FCPA Whistleblowers

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was heralded as providing whistle-blowing employees protection from retaliation by their employers. In Liu v. Siemens AG, handed down last week, the Second Circuit...more

SEC Brings An Offering Fraud Action Against A Claimed App Maker

The SEC brought an action against a reputed “app” manufacturer who sold shares in two different entities beginning first in Colorado and later from Georgia. From each location, and for each entity, the sales pitch was...more

Director Liability for Cybersecurity Risks

If a corporation is the target of a cyberattack resulting in a data breach, its board may be the target of a shareholder derivative action claiming breach of fiduciary duty. A recent example is Palkon v. Holmes, No....more

District Court Considers Prior SEC Complaint Evidence to Establish Scienter Under PSLRA

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently denied a defendant’s motion to dismiss a securities fraud class action, accepting as sufficient factual allegations of scienter that were drawn from a...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Derivative Suit Brought by Expired Trust

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that the trustee of an expired trust does not have capacity to pursue a derivative suit unless authorized by state law, or in the trust instrument. In April 2009, shareholders of...more

Kazakhstan National Bank Tightens Banking and Price Manipulation Rules

The amendments aim to strengthen the requirements for banks’ net equity and charter capital as well as the price manipulation restrictions....more

Securities Litigation Update

The summer may feel like a more leisurely time of year, but not in securities litigation news. Here are some of the more significant headlines...more

SEC FCPA Settlement Sends Wake-Up Call to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

On July 28, 2014, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (“Smith & Wesson”), the firearms manufacturer based in Springfield, Massachusetts, agreed to resolve charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for...more

No “Loos” Causation From Mere Announcement Of Internal Investigation

Securities fraud actions are often filed on the heels of an announcement of an internal or SEC investigation. A recent Ninth Circuit decision, Loos v. Immersion Corp., may make it easier for company executives to sleep at...more

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network – Information of 4.5 Million Individuals Stolen

Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported yesterday that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by a Chinese cyber-attack. CHS and its affiliates own and operate 206 hospitals in 29...more

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