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Ritchie v. Rupe 2016 and the Limits of Fiduciary Duties Owed Between Shareholders in Closely Held Businesses

A recent Texas court of appeals decision bucks the prevailing view when it comes to fiduciary duties owed between shareholders in closely held companies. In Ritchie v. Rupe, the court reversed the jury’s determination that...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February #1

FMLC issues addendum to legal uncertainty for CCPs paper - FMLC and the US-based Committee on Capital Markets Regulation (CCMR) have issued an addendum to their comment paper on issues of legal uncertainty relating to...more

Board of Directors’ Response to Shareholder Demand Not Subject to Heightened Boland Scrutiny

A Maryland appellate court has ruled that a demand refusal by an entire board, consisting of a majority of disinterested and independent directors who chose not to appoint a special litigation committee, is entitled to the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.5.16

Jobs report Friday again. Here are the 5 Things the Journal told you to watch – WSJ (and NYTimes)... The Upshot’s not saying that a 2016 recession is inevitable, but if it does happen, this may be the path that takes us...more

U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill Seeking to Raise Disclosure Thresholds under SEC Rule 701

A bill (H.R. 1675) seeking to increase the information disclosure threshold under SEC Rule 701 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 3 by a vote of 265 to 159. Rule 701 exempts from registration issuer sales or...more

Proposal Calls for CA Insurers to Divest From Coal

On January 25, 2016, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones asked California insurers to voluntarily divest their investments in the thermal coal industry. In addition, beginning in April 2016, California insurers...more

Securities Enforcement 2015 Year-End Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) filed a record 807 enforcement actions in fiscal year 2015, 52 more than it filed in 2014. It also set a record by obtaining approximately $4.2 billion in...more

Charlottesville as a "Hotbed for Innovation": Fastest Growing Area in US for Venture Capital Funding

Where a court is located often determines the type of cases that it hears. For example, the "Rocket Docket" of the Eastern District of Virginia hears a large number of patent and technology-related cases both because of the...more

Changes to the Annual Privacy Notice Delivery Requirement

As a result of recent changes to federal privacy laws, financial institutions—such as registered investment advisers, exempt reporting advisers, commodity trading advisers, registered broker-dealers and private funds—may no...more

Securities Law Considerations in Online Marketplace Lending

Online lending marketplaces have recently emerged as a prominent feature in credit markets. The rapid growth of the marketplace lending industry is reflected in the profusion of names that have been used to describe this type...more

Three Bills Proposing Amendments to the Federal Securities Laws Gain Traction in Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills on February 1, 2016 that propose changes to the federal securities laws, including the Securities Act of 1933 (’33 Act) and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (’34 Act)....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.4.16

Beware the toxic debt hangover, a nasty side effect of years of the aggressive stimulus policies governments and central banks around the world have engaged in to ramp up their economies. Trillions of dollars of bad loans,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 230-What Are Data Analytics in Compliance, with Joe Oringel-Part 2 [Video]

In this second part of a two-part series I conclude my visit with Joe Oringel on the use of data analytics in a best practices compliance program. ...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #15

DWP issues guidance on pensions advice requirements - DWP has issued a factsheet for pension scheme providers on which pension benefits with a guaranteed annuity rate are safeguarded for the purpose of the new advice...more

Evaluating the Health of Loan and Bond Markets for 2016

Corporate borrowers and issuers typically access the credit markets only for need or opportunity, so may not actively monitor loan market conditions. As a leading firm with a nationally ranked practice representing borrowers...more

Yahoo! Compensation Litigation – History May Not Repeat Itself but it Often Rhymes

The Delaware Court of Chancery has issued an opinion on a Section 220 demand made against Yahoo! No complaint has yet been filed, and although Vice Chancellor Laster speculates on some inferences that can be drawn, no one has...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of ERISA Fiduciary Obligations in Recent Stock Drop Decision

In recent years, plaintiffs’ lawyers have brought numerous ERISA breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits against employers that offer employer stock funds in their 401(k) plans. These lawsuits are typically brought on behalf of...more

US Loan Market Adapts to European Bail-In Directive

LSTA publishes model provisions for use in US law-governed credit agreements to assist in adopting new EU bail-in rules. European Economic Area (EEA) financial institutions are now subject to a new set of regulatory...more

Egypt Liberalises Electricity Market to Allow Private Sector Participation

In 2015, Egypt issued its unified Electricity Law no. (87), paving the way for market liberalisation of its power generation and distribution services. A few months on from its introduction, what are some of the key...more

Bridging the Week - February 2016

Bank Wins Dismissal of Lawsuit Claiming It Misled FCM About the Appropriateness of an Investment for Customer Segregated Funds: A lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co., and various affiliates and employees (collectively,...more

The SEC is focusing its enforcement and investigation efforts on preparers and auditors of financial statements, Mary Jo White...

In a recent address, SEC Chair Mary Jo White stated that the SEC had focused its reinvigorated investigation and enforcement efforts on holding preparers and auditors accountable for their work on financial statements. She...more

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Emphasizes Priority to Bring Enforcement Actions for Commercial Bribery under U.S....

Black’s Law Dictionary defines commercial bribery as “[a] form of corrupt and unfair trade practice in which an employee accepts a gratuity to act against the best interest of his employer.” Commercial bribery is illegal...more

The Supreme Court Meant What It Said On Employer Stock Funds

On January 25, 2016, in Amgen, Inc. v. Harris, 2016 WL 280886, the Supreme Court sent a strong message to the lower courts, plaintiffs and ERISA fiduciaries that pleading standards for breach of fiduciary duty prudence claims...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 25, 2016, DBRS updated its methodology for rating Subscription Loans (Capital Call). On January 21, 2016, Fitch updated its U.S. RMBS Master Rating Criteria....more

Eleven Banks Reach Settlement with Commonwealth of Virginia on RMBS Claims

On Friday, January 22, 2016, eleven banks, including Merrill Lynch, RBS, and Barclays, agreed to settle claims brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia in a 2014 action alleging misrepresentations as to the nature, quality,...more

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