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Administrative Law Judge Rules Against SEC In Insider Trading Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 18, 2017, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) James Grimes dismissed an administrative proceeding instituted by the Commission against Georgia real estate...more

Hail, Hail Freedonia: Frequently Asked Questions About SEC Registration on Schedule B by Foreign Governments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Non-US sovereigns can take advantage of a streamlined registration process to obtain financing in the US capital markets. Key Points: ..SEC registration offers certain advantages that non-US sovereign issuers...more

Former CEO Granted Right To Inspect Books And Records Of Company After Demonstrating At Trial A "Credible Basis" To Infer...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 17, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled, in a post-trial decision, that defendant Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (“Cypress”) must allow plaintiff and former Cypress CEO, T.J....more

Buying Assets? Have You Considered This Secretary’s Certificate?

by Allen Matkins on

California Corporations Code Section 1001 requires approval by the outstanding shares (Corp. Code § 152) of the principal terms of a sale of all or substantially all of a corporation’s assets (unless the transaction is in the...more

NYSE Issues Proposed Rule Allowing Listing Without an IPO

On March 13, 2017, the NYSE issued a proposed rule to modify the provisions regarding the qualification of companies listing on the NYSE to allow for a listing without an IPO. Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed Company Manual...more

Shareholder Liability a Cause for Concern for Private Equity Firms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The global regulatory environment has become increasingly challenging for private equity in recent years. In our view, this trend will continue as politicians in the UK and elsewhere seek new tools to hold business...more

Pay Attention to Bylaws When Taking Corporate Actions

by Murtha Cullina on

All too often, family businesses are run in an “informal” fashion, with insufficient attention being paid to corporate formalities, including requirements set forth in a corporation’s bylaws. The Delaware Chancery Court...more

Investment Banker Charged with Insider Trading by SEC, USAO

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Investment banker Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy was supposed to report his outside brokerage account and that of his wife to his firm. He did not....more

Disclosing Election of a New Director: Remember Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K When Doing a Merger

All competent securities lawyers know that Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K requires a filing, on Form 8-K, whenever a public company elects a new director other than pursuant to a shareholder vote at an annual meeting or a special...more

Day 18 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Freight Forwarders [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

The FCPA world is littered with cases involving freight forwarders, brokers and agents in the shipping and express delivery arena. Both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have aggressively...more

For closely held companies: Is there, or will there soon be, a significant lender in your life?

by Mintz Levin on

Ten considerations for closely held companies incurring debt in connection with minority investments by private equity sponsors, growth financing, or dividend recapitalizations....more

Court Rules Indirect Purchaser Claims Against Theranos May Proceed

by Allen Matkins on

Theranos’ anni horribilium began in October 2015 with the publication of a story by investigative reporter John Carreyrou at The Wall Street Journal. Lawsuits and government investigations ensued. Although the Theranos...more

The House Financial Services Committee to Hold a Hearing on Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 this Wednesday – Here’s a Summary of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

While passage in the House seems likely, the Financial Choice Act may undergo significant changes before it may pass in the Senate. Here is a summary of certain governance and executive compensation provisions that are...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017 #4

CME Group Revises July 2016 Proposal Authorizing End Customers to Become Direct Clearing Members Without Incurring Liability for Default of Other Members - CME Group submitted amendments to its proposed rule changes...more

Alternative investment company – deadline for regulatory adjustment will end June 4, 2017

by Dentons on

On June 4, 2016 amendments to the Act on Investment Funds (the “Act”) entered into force. The purpose of the amendment is implementation in the Polish legal system AIFMD (Directive 2011/61/EU of 8 June 2011 regarding managers...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Takes Action Against Two Individuals for Market Abuse

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has banned and fined two individuals for market abuse. Mr. Niall O'Kelly and Mr. Lukhvir Thind were Chief Executive Officer and Financial Controller, respectively, at Worldspreads Limited...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges With Two Former Telecom Executives

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two former executives of Hungarian telecom firm Magyar Telecom settled FCPA charges with the SEC shortly prior to the commencement of their trial. Former CEO Elek Straub, and former Director of Central Strategic Organization...more

Whistleblower Retaliation Remains in the SEC’s Crosshairs

Whistleblower tips and awards for securities law violations have increased dramatically over the past year, according to the staff of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Office of the Whistleblower. Also during that time, the...more

Day 17 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Distributor Compensation [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

One of the issues in any compliance program is the compensation paid to a third party as FCPA exposure arises when companies pay money - either directly or indirectly - to fund bribe payments. In the traditional intermediary...more

Day 16 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Terminating a Third Party [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

At some point, you will be required to terminate a third-party and there will be multiple legal, compliance and business issues to navigate going forward. If you are stuck doing it in the middle of a Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 36, McFadden Remarks on FCPA Enforcement [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a very deep dive into two recent speeches by Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden in which he addressed multiple topics and issues...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - April 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Committee Recommendations for U.S. Public Equity Markets

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation released a report setting forth certain recommendations that are intended to revive the public equity markets. The report cites certain statistics regarding equity capital markets...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 15

CFTC - CFTC Extends Previously Granted No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying With EU Requirements - On April 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight...more

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