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Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 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

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 16 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis One of our lead articles discusses a research report indicating that SEC enforcement activity has slowed in 2016. According to the article, the SEC has brought nearly ten percent fewer enforcement...more

Agreement To Arbitrate “Any Disputes” Doesn’t Reach Derivative Claims

Corn v. Superior Court, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6182 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Aug. 22, 2016) is a case about the meaning of one sentence in a settlement agreement consisting of just seven words – “The Parties agree to...more

Key Metrics for Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings

This report has been developed as a resource for our clients and friends interested in understanding recent IPO activity of technology and life sciences companies. This information comprises a number of graphs and charts...more

Everything is Negotiable, including Personal Guarantees

As many entrepreneurs and small business owners know, banks, landlords and investors will often require a personal guarantee. A personal guarantee allows the lender to reach your personal assets to satisfy a debt in the event...more

Why NOW may be the best time for developers to start EB-5 financing

Is there a serious risk that EB-5 will expire September 30, 2016? Anything is possible when Congress is in session, but none of the experts we talk to believe that the EB-5 program will be allowed to lapse....more

Putting a Premium on Illiquidity: Some Reflections on the SEC’s Scrutiny of Valuation Practices and Disclosures

Valuation is typically near the top of the list when the SEC’s enforcement division and exam staff disclose their priority topics for private funds.  We expect that trend to continue and, if anything, the focus on valuation...more

Update: Another SEC Enforcement Action on Whistleblower Waivers and Releases

Summary - Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its second significant enforcement action against an employer based on confidentiality and release provisions that the SEC asserts...more

SEC Targets Employment Agreements Requiring Waiver of Whistleblower Awards

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower continues to examine employee severance, settlement and confidentiality agreements for language that might chill reporting of securities violations to the SEC and other regulators. The...more

What’s Happening in Delaware M&A – Summer 2016

This update provides a summary of recent Delaware caselaw and statutory developments concerning mergers and acquisitions, including new cases regarding appraisal rights, fraud claims and fiduciary duty and deal process...more

Developments in SEC Private Company Enforcement: Sophisticated VC’s in the Role of Victim

The announcement that San Francisco private company Hampton Creek faces an SEC inquiry related to their alleged “buyback” program of vegan mayo comes as no shock... As soon as the facts were initially reported it seemed only...more

The Decline of the Disclosure-Only Settlement: Will We Regret What We Wished For?

In combination with the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016), Judge Posner’s blistering opinion In re Walgreen Company Stockholder Litigation, 2016...more

Which Code Applies When A Stock Certificate Has Been Lost, Destroyed Or Wrongfully Taken?

Earlier this week, I wrote about Judge Edward M. Chen’s ruling in Sender v. Franklin Res., Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 171453, 3-4 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 22, 2015). Judge Chen applied California Corporations Code Section 419 to a...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity...more

SEC Enforcement Expands Scope of Prohibited Provisions in Employment-Related Agreements

Summary - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its second significant enforcement action against an employer based on confidentiality and release provisions that the SEC asserts will discourage...more

Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 12-risk in a decentralized business model [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I go deep into the compliance weeds in our discussion of operational, compliance and regulatory risks in a decentralized business model....more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 15 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - I’ve been glued to my TV and my computer watching the “Games of the Thirty-First Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.” Although the coverage, of course, focuses substantially on US athletes, NBC and...more

The Role of BDCs in the Middle Market

Business development companies (“BDCs”) provide an important and growing alternative source of capital to small and middle market companies that may not otherwise have access to bank financing....more

Brexit and Equivalence: Review of the Financial Services Framework Across All Sectors

Since the UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, there has been much speculation about the form of the future access arrangements between the UK and the EU for financial institutions. In a scenario where no new deal is...more

Judge Chapman Flips the Script

US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of NY Grants Noteholders’ Motion to Dismiss Based on Lehman’s Failure to State Claim With Respect to Flip-Clause Litigation - On June 28, 2016, in what essentially was a...more

FINRA Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers that Sell Non-Traded BDCs

In a notice published on its website on August 4, 2016, FINRA announced that it is conducting an inquiry with respect to non-traded business development companies (BDCs). FINRA asked that the member broker-dealers send the...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 14

Discussion and Analysis - As an increasing number of investment management firms experience financial distress, we often are asked whether there are any minimum capital requirements imposed on investment advisers....more

CFTC Proposed Registration Relief for Non-U.S. Futures Commission Merchants, Commodity Pool Operators, Commodity Trading Advisors...

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed amendments to its rules (“Proposed Rules”) that loosen the conditions for exemption from registration as a futures commission merchant (“FCM”),...more

China Plans to Further Open Domestic Private Securities Investment Fund Management Business to Foreign-Owned Manager

On June 30, 2016, the Asset Management Association of China (“AMAC”) released the Q&A Regarding Registration and Filing of Private Funds (No. 10) (“Q&A No. 10”), which confirmed that both wholly foreign-owned and...more

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