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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

"Congress Lessens Impact of Swaps Push-Out Rule"

On December 16, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that lessens the impact of Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, more commonly known as the “Swaps Push-Out...more

Securities Regulation Legislation in the Coming 114th Congress

If the current 113th Congress is any measure, we can expect the coming 114th Congress to introduce and promote bills seeking, among other matters, to facilitate capital formation, to correct oversights in the original JOBS...more

Streamlined Regulation for Insurance Companies

The Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 has been presented to President Obama for signature. The bill will: Add language to Section 171 of Dodd-Frank to clarify that, in establishing minimum capital...more

More Small Bank Holding Companies to be Eligible for Regulatory Relief

A bill has been presented to President Obama for signature that will make more small bank holding companies eligible for regulatory relief. The bill directs the Federal Reserve to increase the qualifying asset threshold of...more

Corporate Governance Update: The Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014 (CTH)

The Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014 (Cth) (Bill) is currently before the Senate. If passed, it will amend the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) to require: - Australian companies involved in...more

A Question of Ethics: The Year in Government Ethics

As long as there are governments, there will be government corruption. The temptations to abuse power are never going away, and neither is human frailty, which means government ethics will remain an important issue for, well,...more

Blog: CII And Pension Funds Make Their Voices Loud And Clear Over Fee-Shifting Bylaws

As noted in this Reuters post, the Council of Institutional Investors, along with a number of individual pension funds and other institutional investors, have chimed in on the debate currently roiling the Delaware bar over...more

House Approves Various Bills

Today the House of Representatives approved several bills including these two, which we have previously commented on...more

US China Trade War–Developments in Trade , TAA, 337/IP, Antitrust and Securities

There have been major developments in the trade politics, trade, trade agreements, trade adjustment assistance, 337/IP, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. This month the blog post has grown substantially...more

Blog: Republicans To SEC Chair: Delay Pay Ratio Rules. Is A Repeal Attempt In The Offing?

The WSJ reports that three Republican congressman — House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and Reps. Scott Garrett and Bill Huizenga — have written to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging that the SEC stop...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2015

Proxy research and advice entities Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) recently updated the guidelines each service will use to inform their voting recommendations for...more

Why Commissioner Gallagher Is Not Mistaken On Political Spending Disclosure

In this post published on October 30, I observed: According to Enver Fitch and Limor Bernstock at ISS ESG Proxy Research, shareholders associated with the Center for Political Accountability submitted 47 proposals this...more

SEC Introduces “Control Person” Liability as Enforcement Action Weapon in Claim Against Municipal Officer for Misleading Bond...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently settled the first securities fraud charges brought against a municipal official alleging “control person” status under the federal securities laws. The SEC’s settlement...more

Participation Not Required: SEC Charges Mayor as Control Person in Municipal Bond Offering

In an unprecedented exercise of its authority to charge municipal officials with “control person” liability, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park,...more

SEC Charges City Mayor as a Control Person in Allen Park, Michigan, Enforcement Action

Thursday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park, Michigan (City), and two of its former officials—the former City Mayor and former City Administrator. It is the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014

The Day After: There are still a few undecided races but we know that Republicans will control the House and the Senate in the next session of Congress. This may provide an opportunity for more bipartisan legislation in the...more

The 2014 Election: A Critical Juncture in Financial Services Legislation, Regulation, and Oversight

As November draws closer, the financial services industry is staking out a front row seat in tracking the outcomes of the 2014 midterm elections. The 114th Congress’ legislative agenda in this area will be shaped in large...more

Political Spending Disclosures – An Idea So Good That I Think You Should Pay For It

In July 2011, a group of ten law professors filed a rulemaking petition with the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking adoption of a rule requiring disclosure of political spending by publicly traded companies. ...more

"District Court Dismisses State Parties’ Challenge to SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On September 30, 2014, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Rule 206(4)-5 (Rule) for lack of subject matter...more

Blog: Will The SEC Intercede In The Battle Over Fee-Shifting Bylaws?

“The first trickle through a leak in the dam” that eventually causes the dam to collapse is how Professor John Coffee characterized the adoption of fee-shifting bylaw or charter provisions by 24 companies since May of this...more

D.C. Bill Ostensibly Lowers Tax on Capital Gains from QHTC Investments… But How?

On September 23, District of Columbia Council Chairman Mendelson introduced the Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation Through Technology Act of 2014 (Bill 20-0945 , hereinafter the “Act”) at the request of Mayor Vincent...more

Court Rejects GOP Challenge to Adviser Pay-to-Play Regulations

On September 30, the D.C. District Court rejected two GOP state committees’ challenge to the SEC’s regulation prohibiting pay-to-play among investment advisors. Bowing to “curious” precedent in which words don’t mean what...more

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill Modifying ERISA Section 4062(e)

On September 16, 2014, the United States Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 2511, which would amend Section 4062(e) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), to clarify the definition of...more

Reg A+ Debate Continues

The debate regarding state preemption for Tier 2 Regulation A+ offerings appears to continue. Late last week, a group of Congressmen sent a letter to SEC Chair White reaffirming their view that the SEC has authority to...more

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