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The Deal Video: Pepper Hamilton's Ed Dartley Talks Valuations [Video]

Right now, private equity firms are sitting on a cash glut that represents an all-time high for the industry, nearly $1 trillion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, says Pepper Hamilton securities lawyer Ed Dartley, we're also seeing...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, recently gave the keynote address, here, at the 2014 Angel Capital Association Summit. He focused on the following three items on the SEC rulemaking...more

A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit

When I first looked at Judge Murphy's (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys' fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008, I was...more

Del. Chancery Criticizes Bankers Again in Rural Metro; Undisclosed Conflicts Can Make Sale Process Unreasonable

What you need to know: A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision reinforced the premise that directors of Delaware corporations will be held culpable if they conduct an M&A process based on inadequate information...more

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 66, Visit with Virna De Palma from TRACE [Video]

In this episode I visit with Virna De Palma,Senior Director, Global Strategy & Communications at TRACE International, Inc.. She talks about some of the services which TRACE offers and details a new and exciting scholarship...more

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2014

In this issue of the Corporate Communicator we bring you two short articles on important developments from the SEC relating to private securities offerings and private M&A transactions. In the first article, we discuss the...more

Registration Requirements Eased for Brokers and Financial Advisors in M&A Transactions

We are often asked whether a financial advisor or business broker may advise on mergers and acquisitions and similar business combinations of a privately held company in a stock transaction without having to register as a...more

FINRA Invites Public Comment on a Modified Regulatory Scheme for Broker-Dealers Specializing in M&A and Corporate Finance

FINRA is seeking public comment on a much needed overhaul of the regulatory requirements for broker-dealers who specialize in M&A and corporate finance. The overhaul would be accomplished by creating a new category of...more

Who’s in Charge – Is the Board Responsible to Monitor Its Financial Advisor or Vice Versa?

In the case of In re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware held that the primary financial advisor retained by Rural/Metro Corporation aided and abetted the board in...more

The More Things Change? Delaware Supreme Court Applies Business Judgment Standard of Review in Going-Private Transaction

Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. - On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its decision in the widely followed case Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (“M&F Worldwide”), providing a blueprint for a controlling...more

FINRA’s Proposed Limited Broker Regime Falls Short of Private Fund Needs

FINRA proposes a new “lite” registration regime for private placements and M&A activity. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) recently issued Regulatory Notice regarding proposed rules (Proposed...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 43, Interview with Neil Swidey, author of Trapped Under the Sea [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Neil Swidey, author of Trapped Under the Sea, who discusses safety, risk and leadership. ...more

M&A Update: Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Business Judgment Rule Review For Certain Controlling Stockholder Transactions With...

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Court of Chancery’s 2013 decision in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation, holding that in going-private mergers where there is a controlling stockholder, the use of both...more

M&A Update: The “Gatekeepers”: Delaware Court Holds Conflicted Financial Advisor Liable For Aiding And Abetting Breach Of...

Delaware courts have increasingly shined a spotlight on what they consider to be conflicts of interest for sell-side financial advisors. On March 7th, the Delaware Chancery Court hit these conflicts with a laser beam. In a...more

FINRA Issues Proposed Rule Set for Limited Corporate Financing Brokers

FINRA issued for comment a Proposed Rule Set for Limited Corporate Financing Brokers (LCFBs). The proposed rule set would provide a lighter regulatory regime for LCFBs, defined as any broker that solely engages in one or more...more

FINRA Proposes Separate Rules for Firms Whose Activities Are Limited to Advice on Capital Raising and Restructuring and...

In Regulatory Notice 14-09, FINRA requested public comment on a proposal to adopt a narrower set of rules (the “Proposed LCFB Rules”) for member firms that meet the definition of “limited corporate financing broker” (each, an...more

Private Company M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Registration

The SEC has granted relief to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) advisory firms to allow them to facilitate private company M&A transactions and receive transaction-based fees without registering as broker-dealers. It has long...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 42, Interview with Patrick Taylor of Oversight Systems on Transaction Monitoring [Video]

In this episode I visit with Patrick Taylor, President of Oversight Systems on transaction monitoring in a best practices FCPA compliance practice. ...more

M&A Brokers for Private Companies Need Not Register with the SEC

The staff of the SEC recently issued a no-action letter permitting an "M&A Broker" to advise on and be compensated in connection with the purchase and sale of a privately held company without registering as a broker-dealer...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2014: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Several recent legal developments will likely impact acquisition finance. A recent decision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York examines who is an “Eligible Assignee” entitled to acquire...more

Business Brokers Get “No-Action” Relief from SEC

Business intermediaries who facilitate the purchase or sale of privately-held businesses for a success fee based on the size of the completed acquisition may no longer have to be concerned about registering as broker-dealers...more

Financial Advisor Liable for Aiding and Abetting Buyout Target Board’s Breach of Fiduciary Duty

On March 7, the Delaware Court of Chancery published a post-trial opinion in In Re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation (Rural Metro) finding Rural/Metro’s financial advisor RBC liable for aiding and abetting the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 10

In this issue: - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Set for Limited Corporate Financing Brokers - SEC Issues No-Action Relief to Broker Dealers from Financial Responsibility Rule 15c3-3 Amendments -...more

Episode 41-Interview with John Champion, leadership lessons from Captain Kirk [Video]

In this episode I visit with John Champion, co-host of the podcast of The Mission Log; a podcast which discusses each episode of all iterations of Star Trek. We discuss the leadership with lessons from Captain Kirk. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 40, Interview with Adam Turteltaub [Video]

In this episode I visit with Adam Turteltaub, from the SCCE. Adam has worked in the compliance space for over 10 years and has seen the increased awareness and acceptance of compliance. He also discusses the upcoming SCCE UK...more

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