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CMA Taking Increasingly Intrusive Approach To Monitoring UK Deals

Since its launch in April 2014, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has played a crucial role in determining the outcome of some of the UK’s headline deals. Last year alone, the CMA scrutinised over 60 deals including...more

Delaware Chancery Court Confirms: Two Step Merger Initiated As A Tender Offer Enjoys Business Judgment Rule Protection

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that where a majority of a corporation’s fully informed, disinterested, and un-coerced stockholders tender their shares as part of a two-step merger, that has the same “cleansing”...more

Can a shareholder who is unable to rely on the HSR passive investor exemption still file a Schedule 13G? Maybe, says the SEC Staff...

On July 12, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced a record $11 million fine against an activist investment firm for improperly claiming an exemption from Hart-Scott-Rodino’s notification and waiting period provisions...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.18.16

William Ackman’s multi-year effort to expose Herbalife as a Ponzi scheme (and make good on his massive short of its stock) saw something of a moral victory last week, with the FTC imposing big-time sanctions ($200 million in...more

Record Setting Fine for Violation of HSR Reporting Requirements

On July 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (Antitrust Division) announced that it reached a settlement with ValueAct, and its related companies (ValueAct), of alleged violations of the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.15.16

The 2d Circuit’s nixed a bid by investment fund SRM Global Master Fud LP to revive its $200 million securities fraud suit against Bear Stearns and Deloitte over alleged lies about Bear’s pre-collapse financial health. The...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Facilitate Common Pay Practices

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed a number of updates to current regulations governing nonqualified deferred compensation under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The proposed updates...more

Warranty and indemnity insurance gaining traction in ASEAN

While the use of warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance has become relatively commonplace in the U.S. and European M&A markets over the last decade or so, it has struggled to gain a meaningful foothold in ASEAN during the...more

Additional Regulatory Hurdles for Private Equity Advisers

The private equity industry should carefully consider the implications of a recent Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") enforcement action. In it, the SEC, for the first time, sanctioned an SEC-registered private equity...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 26

SEC/CORPORATE – SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs on Application of Rule 701 – On June 23, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Revised listings due diligence guidelines issued by the Association of Banks in Singapore

The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) introduced its revised due diligence guidelines (Enhanced Guidelines) in respect of listings on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) on 13 May 2016. These...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.11.16

A putative class action filed last week is accusing 25 prominent banks—including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays—of “conspiring to rig the market for securities” sold by the US Treasury in their roles as primary...more

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Registered Advisers to Adopt Business Continuity and Transition Plans

On June 28, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new Rule 206(4)-4 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) that would require registered investment advisers to adopt and implement...more

2016 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

On June 16, 2016, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law House Bill No. 371, which makes a number of noteworthy changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”). The most significant 2016 amendments to the...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2016 Edition: LBO & Management Packages In France: Are Recent Developments In The...

The management packages offered to managers in LBOs can sometimes be differentiating factors for financial sponsors enabling them to win a competitive process for the acquisition of a target company. However, although...more

Alert: Failure to Comply with the HSR Act: The Price is Going Up

Failure to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 ("HSR Act") is about to get a lot more expensive. Effective August 1, 2016, the maximum civil penalty for noncompliance with the premerger...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.7.16

Disgraced Wall Street scion Andrew Casperson has pleaded guilty to federal wire and security fraud charges related to his Ponzi-like scheme in which he bilked nearly $40 million from friends and a private foundation....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.6.16

How often are we going to be hearing about Brexit aftershocks? I’d expect you better get used to it. Today’s edition: two other real estate funds (these run by Aviva ad M&G) have joined Standard Life in freezing withdrawals...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: What Fund Investors Should Know About US Bank Control Rules

Many private equity, hedge and mutual funds constantly have to confront the complex control rules that may impact even the smallest of investments in banks or bank holding companies (BHCs). The issue may be as simple as...more

Startup M&A: Why a Letter of Intent Deserves Your Full Attention

You might know it as a letter of intent or a term sheet. Maybe you’ve heard it referred to as an MOU, or memorandum of understanding. Whatever you call it, this document of about five pages is a summary of the terms of a deal...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the week leading up to the July 4th holiday weekend the SEC filed an action alleging insider trading centered on the acquisition of a firm by Apple based largely on circumstantial evidence and outsized trading. Another...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.30.16

US banks made a strong showing in part 2 of the latest round of the Fed’s stress tests. Only Morgan Stanley didn’t pass unconditionally (concerns over the company’s “internal controls and processes” tripped it up), while the...more

SEC Fines Private Equity Adviser for Failing to Register as a Broker-Dealer

The action may have significant implications for PE advisers performing brokerage services; highlights SEC’s focus on advisers receiving transaction-based compensation. On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Issues C&DIs for Securities Act Rule 701

On June 23, 2016, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) for Securities Act Rule 701. The new C&DIs address the exemption for offers and sales...more

Brexit: Impact on M&A transactions

M&A activity - In the shorter term, there may well be a slow down or delay in M&A activity as parties, including funders, assess the impact of the Brexit vote and the uncertainty around the immediate future and the...more

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