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King Arthur Week – the Pentecostal Oath and Code of Conduct – Part II

The foundational document of any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program is its Code of Conduct. This requirement has long been memorialized in the US Sentencing Guidelines, which contain seven basic...more

ESMA Call for Evidence on Investments Using Virtual Currency or Distributed Ledger Technology

On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a call for evidence on investments using virtual currency (vc) or distributed ledger technology. ESMA has been monitoring and analyzing VC...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs in Connection with Swaps with Operational or Clerical Errors

On April 22, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight and Division of Clearing and Risk (Divisions) issued CFTC Letter No. 15-24 to provide no-action relief to enable swap execution facilities...more

Blog: Amnesty International And Global Witness Scold Companies For Poor Performance In Complying With Conflict Minerals Rule

Amnesty International and Global Witness have posted a paper, “Digging for Transparency,” evaluating the performance by 100 public companies in their inaugural season of conflict minerals reporting. The overall reaction:...more

Prudential Settles $2B RMBS Suit with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch & Co.

On April 22, 2015, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch reached an agreement with several Prudential Insurance Co. affiliates to settle two lawsuits brought by Prudential. Prudential had alleged that Bank of America and Merrill...more

CFTC Provides Guidance on Calculating Projected Operating Costs by SEFs

On April 23, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) provided guidance to swap execution facilities (SEFs) regarding the calculation of projected operating costs and expenses for purposes...more

UAE Corporate Law Reform

The UAE has recently passed a new commercial companies law and approved some key changes to its public takeover regime. 1. New UAE Commercial Companies Law UAE Federal Law No. (2) of 2015 Concerning Commercial...more

UAE Issues New More Flexible 2015 Commercial Companies Law

The UAE continues to develop a more sophisticated corporate regulatory regime which has significant implications for government-owned companies, limited liability companies and joint stock companies. All companies are...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for SEF Confirmation and Recordkeeping Requirements and Confirmation Data Reporting Requirements

On August 14, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) granted no-action relief to swap execution facilities (SEFs) from the confirmation and recordkeeping requirements set forth in...more

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Failed Bank Shareholder Derivative Suit under FIRREA

On April 21, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a bank shareholders’ suit against a bank holding company – and its officers and directors – for breach of fiduciary duty. Barnes v....more

CFTC Issues Guidance for Swap Execution Facilities on the Calculation of Projected Operating Costs

On April 23, the CFTC issued guidance regarding the calculation of projected operating costs or expenses for the purpose of meeting the financial resource requirements under SEF Core Principle 13 in Section 5h(13) of the...more

"Shadow Banking and Financial Stability: Regulators Propose Framework for Nonbank Noninsurers"

On March 4, 2015, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a second consultation paper concerning the methodology they propose to use to identify nonbank...more

SEC Awards Million-Dollar Whistleblower Bounty To Compliance Professional

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission" or "SEC") issued an order awarding as much as $1.6 million to a "compliance officer" for information that helped the Commission resolve an enforcement...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

UCITS: New KIID Q&A - ESMA published revised Q&A’s on the KIID on 26 March 2015. The Q&A includes a new question on the treatment of past performance information in case of fund mergers....more

The SEC Doesn’t Love Secret Perks for Executives

If you find yourself as the CEO of a public company, you’ll probably find pluses and minuses. You’ll have to work really hard, but it can be lucrative, too. You can get paid a lot of money. And your company can pay you...more

March and Q1 2015 IPO Market Review

The IPO market continued its moderate pace in March. The month produced nine IPOs, bringing the total for the first quarter of 2014 to 28 IPOs—the first quarter since the second quarter of 2013 not to produce at least 50 IPOs...more

Another Whistleblower Award Wrinkle

There is no longer any doubt that the SEC is serious about implementing its whistleblower program. According its most recent award announcement, the program has now paid more than $50 million to whistleblowers since its 2011...more

SEC Halts Fraudulent Farm Loan Investment Program

The Commission initiated an action centered on the misuse of offering proceeds tied to farm loans. The defendants include an investment adviser, a financial planner and an attorney. SEC v. Veros Partners, Inc., Civil Action...more

SEC Awards ~$1.5M to Whistleblowing Compliance Officer

Earlier this week, the SEC approved a whistleblower award of between $1.4-1.6 million to a compliance officer. Ordinarily, the Commission will not consider information to be “derived from [a whistleblower’s] independent...more

"French M&A: More Proactive Boards Could Improve Tender Offer Process"

Because many publicly listed companies in France have significant or controlling shareholders, public tender offers have the potential to create conflicts of interest within the board room. These conflicts arise whether the...more

Proxy Access Week of April 19

During the week of April 19, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed two proxy access proposals passed and four failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the company. Details are as...more

Obligations Under Earn-Outs Are Limited to What the Words Say

The stockholders of Cyveillance, Inc., sold their company for $40 million up-front and a $40 million earn-out if the company’s revenues reached a certain level. Section 5.4 of the merger agreement prohibited the buyer from...more

The CSA Proposes Amendments to the Passport System

On April 16, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), except for the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), published a notice and request for comments on proposed amendments to Multilateral Instrument 11-102 -...more

CFTC Provides Relief in Connection with Erroneous Swap Trades and Swap Trade Confirmations

On April 22, the CFTC issued two no action letters providing relief intended to support the development of swap execution facilities (SEFs) and the trading of swaps on SEFs and designated contract markets (DCMs). The first no...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 16

In this issue: - SEC Committee to Focus on the Order Protection Rule at Upcoming Meeting - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs in Connection with Swaps with Operational or Clerical Errors - CFTC...more

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