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FINRA Requests Comment on the Effectiveness and Efficiency of its Rules on Gifts and Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation and its...

As part of an assessment of selected rules and related administrative processes, FINRA has issued Regulatory Notice14-15 and Regulatory Notice14-14 seeking public comment on the effectiveness and efficiency of its (a) Gifts...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Employees Of Private Contractors Of Public Companies Are Covered By SOX Whistleblower Protections

In Lawson v. FMR, LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the whistleblower protections established in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) cover employees of a public company's private contractors and subcontractors, reversing...more

UCITS V - Aligning with AIFMD!

The European Parliament voted to adopt the UCITS V Directive (“UCITS V”) on 15 April 2014, in advance of Parliamentary elections next month. The final vote followed a period of uncertainty where there was potential for the...more

The SEC’s Whistleblower Program: 2013 Results and What to Expect in 2014

The SEC’s 2013 Whistleblower Report to Congress reported an 8% increase in tips and whistleblower awards over the previous year, as well as the program’s largest single award to date. In recent public statements,...more

Focus on Private Equity - April 2014

In This Issue: - Private Equity Firms Face Potential Liability Under Plant Closing Laws - Incentivising Management Across the Pond - Excerpt from Private Equity Firms Face Potential Liability Under Plant...more

SCOTUS Ruling Increases Private Company Risk – Imminent Need for Business Ethics Training

In an important ruling on March 4, the Supreme Court expanded the whistleblower protections outlined in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Originally only applied to whistleblowers at public companies, the Justices decided in a...more

Tax Alert: New Executive Compensation Regulations Clarify Timing of Taxation

The Internal Revenue Service recently published final regulations under Section 83 of the tax code. These regulations deal with the timing for taxation for grants of property (e.g., stock) that are subject to...more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections

The Issue: My company is not publicly traded, but provides services to companies that are. Do Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections extend to our employees? The Solution: Yes. ...more

Muddy employee incentive issues in a disappointing exit: 9 practical tips for public company acquirers

In mediocre payout situations, transaction proceeds are unlikely to give a substantial (if any) return to common stockholders, yet may be sufficient to at least return the initial investment, and perhaps a liquidation...more

Foreign LLCs Take Note: This Legislative Oversight May Affect You Too

Section 407 of the California Labor Code provides - Investments and the sale of stock or an interest in a business in connection with the securing of a position are illegal as against the public policy of the State and...more

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Scope of Whistleblower Protections

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that whistleblower protections of Sarbanes-Oxley extend not only to employees of public companies, but to the employees of their contractors and subcontractors. See Lawson...more

Whistleblower Claims The Wave Continues

"The cover-up is often worse than the crime" – an apt mantra for employers who are being increasingly forced to defend retaliation and/or whistleblower claims brought in myriad industries under a broad spectrum of federal and...more

White Collar Watch - March 2014

In This Issue: - SEC at odds with Siemens over whether whistleblower protections extend to employees who report wrongdoing directly to their companies - Fourth Circuit decision tolling False Claims Act statute...more

Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections Cover Employees of a Public Company’s Private Contractors

On March 4, 2014, the United States Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, expanded the protections offered to whistleblowers under anti-fraud laws, in Lawson v. FMR LLC. In its decision, the Court ruled that a specific...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Property Transferred for Services Under Section 83

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued final regulations clarifying the forfeiture provisions under Section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, for transactions...more

Social Media Training is About Balance: Embrace the Power, Mitigate the Risks

Perhaps you’ve heard of this crazy new thing called “Social Media.” Of course you have. Even your grandmother uses Facebook now, right?...more

Supreme Court Widens Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Net

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly expanded the Sarbanes-Oxley anti-retaliation law to cover employees of private contractors who perform services for publicly-traded companies. Passed in 2002 in the wake...more

Proxy Season Litigation Primer: Defending Shareholder Suits to Enjoin Annual Meetings for Allegedly Inadequate Disclosures...

Over the past few years, as plaintiffs have found it increasingly harder to succeed in “say-on-pay” litigation, another type of litigation over proxy disclosures has been on the rise. These cases are generally brought as...more

SEC Issues No-Action Letter on the Definition of Knowledgeable Employee

On February 7, 2014 the staff of the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a no-action letter to the Managed Funds Association (the “No-Action Letter”), providing...more

SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Warns Companies and Inside Counsel Against Using Employment Incentives to Deter External...

During a recent panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center’s 18th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, warned...more

SEC Enforcement Trends: Focus on the FCPA

This is the first in an ongoing series of posts focusing on current trends in SEC enforcement actions, and how those trends impact current and potential whistleblowers. We’ve chosen to highlight actions brought under the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Contractors

In a landmark whistleblower decision by the United States Supreme Court, Lawson, et al. v. FMR LLC, et al., the Court held that the whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) apply not only to...more

SEC Scrutinizing Contractual Impediments to Whistleblower Complaints

Sean McKessy (“McKessy”), the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) whistleblower chief, cautioned in-house attorneys who draft contracts incentivizing employees to report securities fraud complaints in-house rather...more

New Reports Suggest the SEC is Cracking Down on Confidentiality Agreements

In our practice as counsel for SEC whistleblowers, one of the troubling practices we frequently see on the part of companies is the use of confidentiality agreements that purport to prevent employees or former employees from...more

Retaliation Exposure Tipping Point? Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower Protections to Private Company Employees

The Supreme Court in Lawson vs FMR, LLC (delivered March 4, 2014 after a 6-3 vote) has ruled that employees of private companies engaged by public companies are covered by the whistleblower protections of Sarbanes Oxley Act...more

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