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This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed a series of actions this week which included: three cases based on insider trading; an accounting action against a company and its employees; an audit failure; the unregistered sale of securities; and the...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Climate Change Disclosures in 2016

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

UPDATE re Is New York's Proposal a Harbinger of Things to Come? Certification of BSA/AML Compliance and Personal Liability for...

Update - This announcement comes just days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Maria Vullo, another lawyer, to replace Benjamin Lawsky, who resigned as the Superintendent of the Department of Financial...more

Innovation is the key to success in 2016

Diverging economic conditions on either side of the Atlantic—as well as geopolitical issues such as global stock market volatility and plummeting oil prices—mean issuers, lenders and their advisers are entering unknown...more

BNY Mellon Issues 2015 Report on Global Trends in Investor Relations

On February 9, 2016, BNY Mellon released its 2015 Global Trends in Investor Relations: A Survey Analysis of IR Practices Worldwide. The report summarizes survey responses of 550 companies from 54 different countries to...more

English Court Decision: Canary Wharf Finance II Plc v Deutsche Trustee Company Limited et al.

If you read one thing... - In a very recent decision, the English High Court has provided clear support for the enforceability of a make-whole provision providing compensation to the holders of long-term fixed-rate...more

New Prospectus Exemption for Investors that Receive Suitability Advice from a Registered Investment Dealer

Securities regulatory authorities in each of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick recently announced the creation of a new prospectus exemption that will allow certain issuers to distribute...more

Golden Parachute Tax Terror

Smith Anderson's tax group is now offering complimentary presentations. This webinar will provide an introduction to the tax rules related to certain payments to insiders triggered by a change in control of a corporation...more

SEC Adopts Rules on Non-US Firms That “Arrange, Negotiate, or Execute” Security-Based Swaps in the US

On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rules that will affect firms operating in the global security-based swap market. Specifically, the SEC is requiring non-US firms that arrange, negotiate, or...more

Derivative Settlement With Benefit Personal to Plaintiff Rejected

In 1850, Abraham Lincoln prepared notes for a law lecture. He emphasized the importance of compromise because after litigation, "the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time." Delaware law...more

Delaware Chancery Court Applies Entire Fairness Standard to Consulting Agreement Among Affiliates of a Controlling Shareholder

In the recent decision of In re EZCORP Inc. Consulting Agreement Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 9962-VCL (Jan. 25, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery clarified the standard of review when faced with shareholder challenges...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 2

Is There a Standard Form of Rule 144A Representation Letter? - My file of Rule 144A representation letters has been growing fatter, and I‘m not sure why. I would have hoped that by now there would be just one great...more

Regulation Crowdfunding – Funding Portals and Other Crowdfunding Intermediaries

Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) created a new securities registration exemption for crowdfunding offerings by adding Section 4(a)(6) to the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act). In late...more

A reset for debt in 2015?

At the beginning of 2015, it was believed that the high yield bond and leveraged loan markets would continue at the levels seen in 2014. Issuance had peaked and terms were loosening. Indeed, the first quarter started...more

European M+A News, Winter 2016

Smart Acquisition Structures For Deals In Germany And The UK - What Are the Criteria for Smart Acquisitions via Corporations? - Inbound investment structures seeking to acquire a German or UK corporation should take...more

Another SEC Insider Trading Case As An Administrative Proceeding

The SEC filed another settled insider trading case. In the Matter of Abdallah Fadel, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-17111 (February 10, 2016). While the case is straight forward, what may be of interest is the fact that it is the...more

Delaware Inspection Ruling May Cause Yahoo! Inc. To Regret Not Incorporating In Nevada

In a recent blog post, Delaware lawyer Francis Pileggi discusses a recent ruling by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster ordering Yahoo! Inc. to produce personal emails of directors and electronically stored information in...more

Non-Equity Incentive Plans

We previously discussed the benefits of equity incentives. When it comes to compensating a start-up’s key people, equity incentives are often the best way to align interests with the founders. Sometimes, however, non-equity...more

SBIC Report: GAO Issues 2015 Investment Report on SBIC Funds

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) titled “Characteristics and Investment Performance of Single and Multiple Licensees.” The Jan. 27 report found that the...more

Blog: ESMA’s Advice On The Application Of The Passport To Non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers

It might soon be possible for alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) in the United States of America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Canada, the Isle of Man, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda or Australia (the Countries), to...more

Banks Should Take Note of FINRA 2016 Examination Priorities

Why it matters - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the independent self-regulatory body for the securities industry, has issued its list of examination priorities for 2016. Banks will recognize many,...more

Private Equity Market Intelligence - Manufacturing/Industrials Quarterly Report - Q4

Market Overview - Manufacturing - • Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in December for the second consecutive month, said the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. • Based on the...more

SEC Files Settled Financial Fraud Action

One of the key products of Monsanto Company is weed killer Roundup, sold to retailers and distributors but not directly to growers. After the product came off patent generics began to erode its profits. ...more

Supervisory “Concerns” with Shareholder Protection Arrangements

In December 2015 (following years of sporadic and seemingly random criticism) of shareholder protection arrangements, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued guidance that the Federal Reserve “may” object...more

Italy implements the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive

On January 1, 2016, two Italian legislative decrees that implement the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive No. 2014/59/EU ("BRRD") in Italy came into force in full. Executive Summary - The Bank Recovery and...more

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