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Blog: Does Disclosure Of A High CEO-Employee Pay Ratio Affect Consumer Behavior?

The answer is yes, according to a recent study from the Harvard Business School, “Paying Up for Fair Pay: Consumers Prefer Firms with Lower CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratios. Just in time to be part of the mood music for the SEC’s...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - States are Accommodating Crowdfunding Offerings While the SEC Continues to Ponder Crowdfunding Rules - The SEC first proposed rules in October 2013 for the crowdfunding exemption which was included in...more

IRS Proposed Tax Regulations Aimed at Fee Waiver Arrangements

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued proposed regulations addressing disguised payment for services of a partner, including the proper tax treatment of fee waiver arrangements commonly used by...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #53

We are pleased to present the 53rd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases regarding compelled turnover of Facebook data, a revived securities class...more

Client Alert on Azerbaijani Securities Regulations - Client Alert on Latest Developments in Azerbaijani Securities Regulation...

Securities Markets Law - New categories of professional participants in securities markets - Professional participants in securities markets are defined to include investment companies, stock exchanges, clearing...more

Second Circuit: Facebook Shareholders Lack Standing for Derivative Suits Challenging Pre-IPO Statements

Earlier this week, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit opinion reinforced that federal courts take standing in derivative actions quite seriously, particular when the alleged director misconduct predated the IPO....more

The Legal Risks Associated with Corporate Sustainability Reporting

Investors, consumers and other stakeholder groups are driving a growing demand for companies to disclose more information about their environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability practices. Many companies are...more

A Kickstart to Business: Florida Joins Other States in Passing Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption

The local charitable campaign that raised funds for new team uniforms is moving to the boardroom as Florida joins more than 20 other states that have passed legislation or enacted regulations permitting some form of...more

Current Marketplace Trends in Real Estate Crowdfunding

Today, there appears to be an ever-expanding number of sponsors and markets for crowdfunding. Commercial real estate is no exception. At the recent IMN US Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum, Elizabeth...more

Second Marblegate Decision Finds for Bondholders Using the Trust Indenture Act to Block an Out-of-court Restructuring

Twin rulings by the District Court for the Southern District of New York, the first of which was issued in December 2014 and the second issued on June 23rd of this year, have created great uncertainty in the bond market...more

Expect Focus - ONLINE HEALTH CARE: NOT SO FAST Telemedicine Hits A Few Speed Bumps, Volume II, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT • Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences - LIFE INSURANCE • Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly...more

The Guide to Social Media and Securities Law - June 2015

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (Committee) met on June 3 to discuss various topics including (1) SEC rules with respect to intrastate crowdfunding; (2) the...more

Net 1 Announces Closure of SEC FCPA Investigation

On June 8, Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc., a South Africa-based mobile payments company incorporated in Florida, announced that the SEC had closed a FCPA investigation arising out of a contract with the South African Social...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 169-the First Mailbag Issue [Video]

In this inaugural Mailbag Episode, I field questions from an earlier podcast on the training of third parties under the FCPA. ...more

Minnesota Adopts Crowdfunding Law

Minnesota has adopted an intrastate crowdfunding exemption referred to as “MNvest.” The legislation is meant to work in tandem with the federal exemption for intrastate offerings under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act...more

Crowdfunding Isn’t Charity

“How do I get backers for my project?” - You see this question asked frequently on social media sites. The projects are sometimes serious, but have often advanced little more than a dream. The person seeking funds may...more

Sixth Circuit Changes Course on Proof Required to Show Protected Whistleblower Activity Under SOX

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) provides anti-retaliation protection to whistleblowers who engage in “protected activity.” To engage in protected activity under SOX, the whistleblower must provide information to the Securities...more

US v. Heinz May Bolster Expansive FIRREA Interpretation

The U.S. Department of Justice’s aggressive use of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to sue banks for fraud just received an unexpected boost, and from an unlikely source: In a criminal case...more

What Banks Need to Know About the .BANK Domain Name

As the internet continues to expand, there are new opportunities to use recently approved new domain name extensions similar to .COM, .EDU, .ORG, and .NET. One of these domain names of particular interest to financial...more

Florida House and Senate Pass Intrastate Crowdfunding Legislation

In light of the SEC’s significant delay in implementing the national equity crowdfunding rules regarding the JOBS Act crowdfunding exemption, a growing number of states have recently adopted laws regulating intrastate...more

FINRA Launches BrokerCheck Media Blitz

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is the largest independent, not-for-profit regulator of securities firms conducting business in the United States. FINRA is authorized by the United States Congress to...more

Assessing cybersecurity risks and protecting consumer data before filing for an IPO in the age of the Internet of Things

In May of this year, Fitbit Inc. (Fitbit) filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) for upwards of $100 million. With more and more consumers using wearable devices, privacy concerns have skyrocketed. However, since 2011,...more

More Provinces Crowd into Crowdfunding, but Not Yet Ontario or Alberta

On May 14, 2015, the securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the Crowdfunding Jurisdictions) announced that they have implemented, or expect to implement,...more

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