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Cyberattacks Are the New Norm - How to respond and get insurance recovery for government investigations.

Takeaways - Companies that suffer cyberattacks can expect not sympathy but scrutiny from legal authorities. - D&O insurance can cover not only litigation but also investigation costs. - Strategic negotiation of...more

Litigation Issues Arising from M&A Transactions - Don't Cut Corners: How Legal Shortcuts May Come Back to Haunt You Later

by Bryan Cave on

On September 20, San Francisco Partner Meryl Macklin and Los Angeles Partner Katherine Ashton hosted a webinar on the litigation issues arising from M&A transactions and how legal shortcuts could come back to haunt...more

Planning for the Approaching CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement

by Goodwin on

It appears likely that the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 will require companies that are subject to the rule to begin including CEO pay ratio disclosure for 2017...more

Proposed Legislation May Afford Broader Use of Regulation A

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved in a landslide vote the Improving Access to Capital Act (HR 2864), which would extend the use of Regulation A, an exemption from registration under the Securities Act,...more

Capital Formation Bills Advance in the Senate

Last week, the Senate passed three bipartisan bills that promote access to capital for small businesses and startups. The Senate bills, the House corollaries of which originally passed on March 9, 2017, include the...more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 17

by DLA Piper on

The juxtaposition of items in the financial news is always fascinating. Earlier this week, an article appearing in the Wall Street Journal stated that state legislatures are moving to bolster investor protections due to...more

Key Texas M&A Issues (Presentation)

by Jackson Walker on

Agenda - Letters of Intent - Best Efforts - Indemnification - Sandbagging - Non-Reliance - Fiduciary Duties - Letters of Intent: • Buyer may seek letter of intent that is generally not binding on either party...more

A Conversation with the Division Director

At the September 15, 2017 meeting of the American Bar Association, the Director of the Division of the SEC’s Corporation Finance provided some comments regarding the Division’s work and priorities. Mr. Hinman reiterated the...more

Senior Managers and Certification Regime 2018 Extension: FCA Consults

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The Financial Conduct Authority has published a Consultation Paper containing its proposals to expand the Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all FSMA-authorised firms; the window for providing comments to the FCA...more

SEC Advisory Committee Meeting on Small and Emerging Companies

On September 13, 2017, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held an open meeting to discuss the Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) auditor attestation requirement, the final report that will be issued prior to the...more

Forging ahead with “entire fairness,” or playing it safer (procedurally speaking)

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Controlling stockholder buyouts of Delaware corporations are generally scrutinized under the lens of “entire fairness” to determine whether the transaction was the product of fair dealing and fair price. Notably, however,...more

Finding the Unicorn in Lender Liability Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

Investors frequently talk in terms of trying to find the next unicorn, that small start-up company that is going to turn into a billion dollar valuation. Lawyers are like that as well, always looking for that new decision...more

SEC to ICO Players: Our Game, Our Rules

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published an investigative report (the “Report”) cautioning market participants that the offer and sale of digital assets such as “coins” or “tokens,”...more

In A Post-Trial Opinion, Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Contract And Fiduciary Duty Claims For Lack Of Personal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty brought by plaintiffs against a prospective business partner,...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: American Deal Terms

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With regulatory constraints currently making it challenging to get capital out of China, the Pound Sterling continuing to suffer Brexit-related weakness and the NZ$ having softened against the Greenback, we expect North...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - September 2017

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Keeping ahead of global anti-corruption trends is critical in today’s business markets. The Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest, which puts global trends at your fingertips, puts you ahead. The deep experience of the Dorsey...more

Don't Want To Be The Next Kodak? Embrace Blockchain

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

For most of the 20th century, Eastman Kodak Co. (often referred to simply as Kodak) was one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Founded in 1888, Kodak dominated the film and camera markets — in 1976, Kodak had 90...more

Congress Passes H.R. 2864 (Improving Access to Capital Act), Expanding Scope of Regulation A to Cover Reporting Companies

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2864 (Improving Access to Capital Act) by a vote of 403-3. The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Krysten Sinema and previously amended by the Committee on...more

SEC Updates Financial Reporting Manual

On August 25, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) updated its Financial Reporting Manual by making the following changes...more

August 2017: Securities & Structured Finance Litigation Update

New York’s First Department Creates Split Authority on Inducement Claims by Guaranty Insurers, Weighs in on “Backstop” Claims in RMBS Suits. On May 16, 2017, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, issued a...more

Shareholder Activism Dealt a Blow in Australia's Federal Court

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The Background: In RBC Investor Services Australia Nominees Pty Limited v Brickworks Limited [2017] FCA 756 (10 July 2017) ("Brickworks case"), a large institutional investor sought to dismantle a cross shareholding...more

NYSE Issues Proposed Amendment Limiting Issuance of Material News After Short Period of Time Following Trading Session

On August 18, 2017, the NYSE issued a proposed amendment to Section 202.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual to limit the issuance of material news by a listed company during the period of time from the official closing time...more

FERF Report on EGC Status

Recently, the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) published a white paper titled, “Growing Past Emerging Growth: Five Years After the JOBS Act,” which highlights areas of focus for emerging growth companies (EGCs)...more

Dual-Class Stock Blessed for Spin

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A new Letter Ruling from the IRS brings concerns for corporations looking at a spinoff. Our Federal Tax Group breaks down the guidelines and what they mean. - Dual-class structure - Debt - Delayed transfers LTR...more

Replacing Familiar Benchmarks: Preparations to Phase Out the IBORs

Long a mainstay of the financial world, the floating “IBOR” rates, based on the rates of actual or purported interbank offered loans, are now being swept slowly into the dustbin of history. The quantity, in both number and...more

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