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Securities Litigators Who Do Not Understand Insurance Coverage Could Pay Dearly

There was a time not that long ago when lawyers representing parties in securities litigation and arbitration did not have to concern themselves too much with insurance coverage issues. Federal and state statutory securities...more

New York Trial Court Holds that Administrative Orders Do Not Constitute "Final Adjudications"

New York Trial Court Holds that Administrative Orders Do Not Constitute “Final Adjudications” For Purposes of Applying Fraud/Dishonesty Exclusion in Professional Liability Policy - A recent New York trial court...more

Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Insurers

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading...more

How Strong Is Your D&O Safety Net?

Directors and officers policies is the most important insurance to protect directors and officers from personal liability. Corporations often broadly indemnify their directors and officers so gaps in D&O insurance will have...more

Practical Tips For Avoiding Securities Litigation, Understanding D&O Insurance, And Selecting Defense Counsel

In my last post of 2013, I thought I’d share some thoughts about how public companies can better protect themselves against securities claims – practical steps companies can take to help them avoid suits, mitigate the risk if...more

New Dutch transfer pricing decree: incorporating case law, bringing clarity

The Dutch Ministry of Finance has released a new transfer pricing Decree that is already in effect. The New Decree, announced in late November, supersedes two earlier Decrees, that of 30 March 2001 (IFZ 2001/295) and...more

Global Financial Market Insight - November 2013

Welcome - With recovery in financial markets starting to take hold it is an exciting time to launch our Global Financial Markets Insight. The purpose of our new quarterly is to help guide new and experienced users of...more

SEC Enforcement/Securities Litigation and D&O Insurance

Recent SEC Enforcement Developments - .. Change in SEC policy regarding “no admissions” settlements - SEC Chair Mary Jo White has joined with colleagues at DOJ to change the perception that U.S. companies are...more

Financial Institutions Practice - Quarterly Review (October 2013)

In This Issue: - “The Upfront Costs of Compliance Are Looking More Like a Bargain Every Day” and “How to Minimise the Risk of Insider Trading and Leaking of Material Information” (October-December), Risk &...more

Recent Changes In SEC Enforcement Policy Require Renewed Attention To Directors’ And Officers’ Insurance Terms

In recent months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced and implemented policy shifts that could compromise the availability of directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance coverage for entities and...more

The Meaning Of Life Settlements: Are They Securities Or Not?

“Life settlements” are financial transactions in which the original owner of a life insurance policy sells it to a third party for an up front, lump sum payment. The amount paid for the policy is less than the death benefit...more

Legal Alert: Acquisitions of Insurers by Private Equity Firms Under Heightened Regulatory Scrutiny

In recent months, the New York Department of Financial Services (the DFS) has raised concerns over the perceived trend of private equity firms and other investment companies acquiring insurance companies, particularly those...more

European Commission Issues Communication Addressing New Sources of Risk in the Financial Sector

On 4 September 2013, the European Commission published a long-anticipated communication that detailed far-reaching plans to reform the shadow banking industry. The envisaged reform project anticipates a five point approach,...more

Asia: Corporate Newsletter - August 2013

Listing rule changes regarding the new IPO sponsors regime - The much anticipated new regulatory regime for IPO sponsors will come into effect this October. Details of the reforms under the new regime have been...more

Massachusetts Court Allows Consideration of Extrinsic Evidence

In its recent decision in BioChemics, Inc. v. AXIS Reinsurance Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111218 (D. Mass. Aug. 7, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider when an...more

Residential Mortgage Securitization Update: GSE Reform Bill

Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) have introduced a bi-partisan bill to reform the U.S. housing finance market. Entitled the “Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013” (the “Reform Bill” or...more

Three Landmark Decisions for Insurers and RMBS Investors

Quinn Emanuel recently secured landmark rulings for its client MBIA Insurance Corporation (“MBIA”) in three major decisions in MBIA’s long-running lawsuit against Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (“Countrywide”), various...more

SEC’s Shift in No-Admit-or-Deny Policy Would Create Dilemma for Defendants if Applied in Close Cases

Last Tuesday, new SEC Chairman Mary Jo White said at The Wall Street Journal’s annual CFO Network Event that the SEC “in certain cases” will seek admissions of liability as part of settlements. The statement made headlines,...more

The New York Court of Appeals’ Vigilant Decision: A Welcome Return to Enforcing Insurance Contracts as Written

In a much-anticipated decision, New York’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals, on June 11, 2013, unanimously rejected a group of insurers’ attempt to invoke purported “public policy” considerations to avoid covering...more

New York's Highest Court Sends Strong Signal That Insurance Companies Will Be Held To Their Coverage Obligations

On June 11, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals decided two groundbreaking insurance coverage cases on public policy grounds....more

J.P. Morgan Decision Curtails the Phantom “Restitution Defense” to D&O Coverage

In a case closely watched by industry observers, the New York Court of Appeals, in J.P. Morgan Securities v. Vigilant Insurance Company, No. 113 (NY, June 13, 2013), issued an important ruling in the field of directors and...more

Regulators Shining a Light on "Shadow Insurance"

A highly critical report issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) on June 11, 2013, found that almost a quarter of New York life insurers were diverting a total of $48 billion of their policies to...more

Fed Rewrites Section 716 of Dodd-Frank

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday, June 5, issued an interpretation of the so-called “swaps push-out” section of the Dodd-Frank Act that corrects a drafting error that virtually everyone agrees needed to be fixed. The Federal...more

Tenth Circuit Applies Broad Interpretation Of “Interrelated Wrongful Acts” Under New York Law

In Brecek & Young Advisors, Inc. v. Lloyds of London Syndicate 2003, ___F.3d ___, 2013 WL 1943338 (10th Cir. (Kan.) May 13, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit broadly applied the definition of...more

May 2013: Insurance Litigation Update - Insurer Prevails on Standards for Loss Causation.

On April 2, 2013, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department issued its decision in MBIA Insurance Corp. v. Countrywide Home Loans et al., No. 602825/2008. The decision is significant for insurers,...more

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