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Commercial Contracts Include an Implied Duty of Good Faith

There has long been an implied duty that an employer must act in good faith when terminating employment contracts. Until now, such a duty was not necessarily implied in other commercial contracts. However, all companies...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Dismiss Fraud Claims Against Private Equity Fund and Directors

In Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP v. SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLLP, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss fraud-based claims made in connection with Great Hill’s acquisition of Plimus, a...more

Blog: SEC proposes rule amendments to conform registration thresholds to JOBS Act thresholds

At the end of last week, the SEC issued a press release indicating that it had voted to propose various amendments to implement portions of the JOBS Act. (In a departure from the norm, the SEC did not hold an open meeting to...more

Pinpointing Your International Bribery Risks

In December, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released an analysis of all corruption and bribery cases involving the crime of bribery of a foreign public official in international business...more

Tax Law Extension Good News for Non-corporate Investors

Congress once again temporarily extends the 100 percent capital gains exclusion on “qualified small business stock.” On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (the 2014 TIPA)...more

Top 10 Legal Mistakes For Start-Ups

1. You Haven’t Lawyered Up. OK, that may be a little dramatic, but the worst case scenario is that you have a handshake deal with your co-founders. After all, we are all buds, this won’t go wrong. Even if it never goes...more

Alstom Joins Santa’s Naughty List – In a Very Big Way

The North Pole for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action announcements seems to have temporarily moved south for the month of December. Last week there was the final announcement of the long-standing Avon...more

Others May Seek Swap Reporting Delay Like Southwest

Reuters has an interesting article about a no-action letter the CFTC issued to Southwest Airlines to permit a 15 calendar day delay in reporting oil derivative transactions. Southwest apparently convinced the CFTC that rapid...more

Bridging the Week - December 2014 #4

ESMA Publishes Implementing Rules for MiFID II - The European Securities and Markets Authority issued its final technical advice and initiated a consultation regarding proposed regulatory and technical standards...more

SEC Condemns Breach Of Client Confidences While Offering Possible Bounties For Breaches

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had “charged a California-based attorney and his wife with insider trading on confidential information obtained from a corporate client.” According to the...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2015

Dear clients and friends, We present to you our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC...more

The Second Circuit Sets New Hurdles for Insider Trading Convictions

Under the Second Circuit’s new ruling, prosecutors have two large hurdles they must clear to convict under securities laws. First, they must prove that a defendant knew that the source of inside information disclosed tips in...more

A New Prosecutorial Frontier: SEC Seeks Bans on Municipal Officials

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) was recently granted a preliminary agreement by a federal judge to bar a municipal official from participating in future bond sales. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the...more

Illegal “Wash Sales” in Futures Contracts Result in $35 Million Fine

On December 18, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a Consent Order against a foreign bank (the “Bank”), imposing a civil monetary penalty of $35 million and enjoining future violations by...more

SEC Clarifies BDC Transactions with Certain Second-Tier Affiliates

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management has clarified which restrictions apply to BDC’s co-investment transactions with limited partners of a partnership that is an affiliated person of the BDC....more

Second Circuit Issues Landmark Decision Limiting Insider Trading Liability of "Remote Tippees"

On December 10, 2014, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a set of insider trading convictions and reined in government prosecutions of insider traders who are outside the company in which stock is traded...more

Delaware Legislature to Resume Debate in January on Bylaws Imposing Liability on Shareholders

The ability of corporations to impose liability on shareholders through bylaws and charter provisions has been the subject of much debate recently. On May 8, 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware held in ATP Tour, Inc. v....more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - December 2014

The Bitcoin Marketplace and Regulatory Environment: An Overview - Startup companies and financial products focused on bitcoin continue to burgeon, resulting in various regulators recently proposing regulations, making...more

There’s No Place Like Home: SEC Increasingly Uses Administrative Proceedings

Stung by adverse court rulings in some of its enforcement cases, the SEC is bringing more of those cases in its own forum—an SEC administrative proceeding. ...more

CFTC Issues Additional Relief for Family Offices

In November 2012, the CFTC's Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued a no-action letter stating that the Division would not recommend that the CFTC take enforcement action against a family office for failure...more

No Auction Required – Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Board Flexibility under Revlon

Ruling that an active solicitation process is not necessarily required for a target board of directors to satisfy its fiduciary duties in a change of control transaction, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned a preliminary...more

Bringing the Individual Accredited Investor Into the 21st Century

On December 17, 2014, the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (the “Committee”) held its first meeting in over a year. The transcript and an archive of the webcast of the meeting are not yet available,...more

Frequently Asked Questions: Convertible Debt

I get questions all the time from clients who haven’t raised convertible debt before. If my clients frequently ask these questions, no doubt there are scores of others who have the same ones. ...more

3rd Circuit Holds Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim Subject to Arbitration

In Khazin v. TD Ameritrade the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that securities-related retaliation claims brought under Dodd-Frank pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 78u-6(h)(1)(B)(i) are subject to arbitration...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - December 2014

In this issue: - SEC Crowdfunding Rules Delayed Until October 2015 - Mega M&A Experiencing One of Biggest Booms in History - Some Small Business Owners Say Tax Break Extension Not Enough - 2014...more

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