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Some FAQ News Under ERISA - The DOL Issues Two More Sets of "Investment Advice" Q&As

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released two additional sets of FAQs on January 13, 2017 regarding the new “investment advice” regulation and related exemptions (the “Rule”) under the fiduciary provisions of the...more

Employment Law - January 2017

California: On-Duty, On-Call Rest Periods Violate State Law - Why it matters - Ruling in a closely watched case, the California Supreme Court declared that on-duty and on-call rest periods violate state law....more

Day 18 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Email Sweeps [Video]

Ongoing monitoring is not limited to the financial component of compliance. The concept is straightforward; at regular intervals you can sweep through your company email database for identified key words that can be flagged...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

Choice of Entity and Key Contents of Organization Documents

Five Business Entity Forms: • Corporation • General Partnership • Limited Partnership • Limited Liability Partnership (“LLP”) • Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) Please see full presentation publication...more

HSR Act Violations Continue Trend of Heightened Enforcement, Increased Fines in 2016

The past year was a challenging one for investors purchasing voting securities in public corporations with respect to compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act....more

SEC Approves NSCC and NYSE T+2 Rule Proposals

On January 4, 2017, the SEC approved the National Securities Clearing Corporation’s (“NSCC”) proposed rule change to conform to the SEC’s proposed Rule 15c6–1(a) amendment and accommodate a second business day after the trade...more

The Final Rule: DOL Releases Additional FAQs Related to New Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released two additional sets of FAQs providing guidance related to its final rule expanding the definition of fiduciary “investment advice” (the Final Rule) for purposes of the Employee...more

Moody’s Settles RMBS/CDO Ratings Claims with DOJ, States

After markets closed on Friday the 13th, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an $864 million settlement regarding Moody’s credit ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) and collateralized debt...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

On the heels of Deutsche Bank’s $7.2 billion deal, Credit Suisse has finalized the terms of its own MBS-related settlement. The Swiss bank will pay $5.3 billion to resolve claims that it misled investors about the standards...more

Sixth Circuit Declines to Address the Definition of Dodd Frank “Whistleblower”

On January 13, 2017, the Sixth Circuit in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, declined an opportunity to be the third federal appellate court to address the definition of “whistleblower” under Dodd Frank’s...more

Informal shareholder resolutions: the Duomatic principle considered

A recent High Court decision has considered whether a company's shareholders had informally amended the company's articles of association under the so-called Duomatic principle. The case highlights issues which can arise from...more

SEC Staff Announces 2017 OCIE Examination Priorities

On January 12, 2017, the staff of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its annual announcement on examination priorities in the coming calendar...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 5, year-end wrap up Part II [Video]

We turn to the 2016 year in review, in this Part II of a two-part series. Jonathan Armstrong leads a discussion on Privacy Shield, information and data privacy issues the past year. Mike Volkov relates what he saw as the top...more

Annual Reporting Requirements for Incentive Stock Options and Employee Stock Purchase Plans

Annual Information Statements and IRS Returns - Requirement to Report - For (1) any exercise of an incentive stock option ("ISO") during 2016 or (2) transfer during 2016 of a share previously purchased pursuant to a...more

2016 half-year in review: M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Sets Top Examination Priorities for 2017

Action Item: On January 12, 2017, SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) revealed where it plans to focus its attention throughout this year. By broadening its scope, OCIE will address a wide array...more

Supreme Court to Hear Class Action Cases Involving Class Action Waivers and Tolling of Statutes of Limitations

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in class action cases involving: (1) class action waivers in employment contracts; and (2) whether filing of a securities class action tolled a statute of repose. In both...more

I Deliver Some Round Observations About California’s Rounding Rule

Yesterday’s post concerned various actions that a California corporation may pursue in lieu of issuing fractional shares. I left for today the subject of rounding. Section 407 of the Corporations Code expressly permits...more

Unfair prejudice and wrongful dismissal: combining claims

The High Court has considered whether it is possible to bring a claim for wrongful dismissal within a petition for unfair prejudice under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006....more

Blog: SEC Charges Company With Violations Of The Rules Related To Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Corp Fin staff have been dropping hints for quite a while about potential enforcement actions in connection with abuses of non-GAAP financial measures, and now one has finally materialized. In an Order released today,...more

Buy-to-Let Investors Turn to Commercial Property

Buy-to-let investors are increasingly turning away from residential properties, with some reports stating that the number of those jumping ship to the commercial sector has recently tripled. This shift has been spurred...more

Investment Outlook 2017: Deal trends in the GCC

When oil prices dropped two years ago, it took a while for the severity and durability of the new oil-price environment to sink in. The response came in 2016: governments focused on cutting expenditure, sending a cascade of...more

Delaware Law Updates—The Court of Chancery Deviates from Some Recent Appraisal Decisions and Gives “100 Percent Weight” to the...

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Court of Chancery—Merion Capital L.P. v. Lender Processing Services, Inc., C.A. No. 9320-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2016) ("LPS")—Vice Chancellor Laster strayed from several of the Court...more

DOL Issues Additional Interpretative Guidance on New Fiduciary Rule

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued the second in a planned three-part set of FAQs on its new fiduciary rule. (For details on the fiduciary rule, see our prior Alert, and for details on the...more

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