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Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Levine Acquires Caring Brands International from Halifax Group

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP) has announced it has partnered with management to acquire Caring Brands International (CBI). LLCP, based in Los Angeles, is a PE firm that has managed approximately $7.0 billion...more

Securities and Governance Update: October 2015 Update

This summer, the SEC proposed a new clawback rule (Proposed Rule 10D-1) to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank). Section 954 of Dodd-Frank added a new...more

Singapore Legal Update - October 2015

The MAS’s consultation paper proposal to clarify that there is no requirement of material price impact to establish a case of false or misleading disclosure under section 199 of the SFA will have an impact on the way company...more

Fraud Vitiated Special-Committee Process in Dole Merger

In a self-interested transaction between a company and its controlling stockholder, the operative standard of judicial review under Delaware law is the most rigorous: entire fairness standard of review. To obtain the least...more

Delaware's One-Two Punch to M&A Litigation Disrupts the Cozy Status Quo of M&A Deal Settlements

Over the summer, Delaware in two separate and impactful decisions hit out at many, if not most, shareholder litigation suits challenging public company M&A suits. The result: uncertainty ahead. The customary rhythm in an...more

Blog: Is TSR Really The Best Performance Metric?

While TSR (total shareholder return) is increasingly used a performance metric for executive compensation, a study by Cornell University and Pearl Meyer, an executive compensation consultant, showed no real correlation to...more

Benefit Corporation Files For Initial Public Offering

A few years ago, I participated in the drafting of California’s Flexible Purpose Corporation Act, Cal. Corp. Code § 2500 et seq.  In 2014, the legislature changed the name to “Social Purpose Corporations Act”.  SB 1301...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: AMO Pharma Secures $25 Million in Financing

AMO Pharma Limited has announced it has secured $25 million in private equity financing. AMO Pharma, with offices in Philadelphia and London, is a privately held biopharmaceutical company focusing on debilitating...more

FINRA’s New Fixed Income Research Rule and Modifications to Equity Research Rule

The long anticipated overhaul of FINRA’s research rules has now been approved by the SEC. Most provisions of the new equity research rule will become effective on December 24, 2015, with limited provisions, including changes...more

ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey

On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016 global voting policy survey. The survey, which received 421 responses from a combination of...more

FINRA Publishes FAQs Regarding Research Conflicts of Interest in the Offering Process

In late May, FINRA published a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding its equity research rule, which address interactions between issuers, research analysts, and investment bankers in various stages of the offering...more

Gaining Appropriate Control in Italian Minority Investments

Minority investments are an increasing feature of the Italian PE market. One key driver of minority investments is demand from many entrepreneurs, founders and small and medium-sized businesses for funding to refinance...more

Blog: SEC To Issue Final Dodd-Frank Resource Extraction Disclosure Rule By June 2016 (Maybe)

As noted in this Law 360 article and in this blog , on Friday, the SEC filed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in connection with Oxfam...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey - On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016...more

Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Activist investors often begin planning their campaigns as much as a year in advance of the annual meeting. This includes accumulating stock positions, coordinating with other hedge funds in so-called “wolf packs,” analyzing...more

Activist Hot List: Fall 2015

Listed below are selected funds with a recent history of US shareholder activism that we expect will continue those activities in connection with the 2016 proxy season. Companies should note that these activists may not...more

Employment Law - October 2015

FTC Offers Employers Lesson in FCRA Compliance—And Limited Exceptions - Why it matters: A California employer recently received a lesson in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance from the Federal Trade...more

Blog: Are Companies Now Quicker To Settle With Hedge Fund Activists?

According to data collected by Reuters, companies are settling with hedge fund activists “at the fastest pace since the financial crisis. The average number of days it takes companies to reach a settlement with activists...more

IRS Provides Guidance on Fund of Funds

On September 15, the Internal Revenue Service published final regulations revising examples related to the application of the controlled group rules to regulated investment companies (RIC) and how the controlled group rules...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2015 #5

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

IRS Adds Certain Spin Transactions to the “No Rule” List

Treasury and IRS announce that certain “cash rich” and REIT/RIC conversion spin-offs are under study and are added to the “no rule” list. On September 14, 2015, the United States Treasury Department (the Treasury) and...more

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Deals Loss to Lehman in Interpreting Loss Under ISDA...

In a blow to the Lehman Chapter 11 estates, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York held on September 16, 2015 that Intel Corporation’s Loss calculation resulting from a failed transaction...more

NASAA Mistakes The Principal

I have frequently commented on the fact that many so-called “investor protections” have the unintended consequence of increasing the risk of investor losses.  One example are limitations on resales.  An illiquid security is...more

TSX Amends Requirements for Closed-end Funds, Exchange Traded Products and Structured Products

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) has adopted amendments to the TSX Company Manual (Manual) concerning non-corporate issuers, effective September 17, 2015. The amendments generally codify existing practices of the TSX with...more

Audit Committee Disclosures Among Largest Companies Continue to Expand

In its fourth annual report on enhanced audit committee reporting to shareholders, Ernst & Young reports that “the previously observed trend of Fortune 100 companies going beyond minimum disclosure requirements and providing...more

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