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Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 43, the Linde Declination

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the first Declination issued by the DOJ in the era of the Trump Administration, which was issued by the DOJ on June 16, 2017, when it issued a Declination to Linde North...more

Day 16 of One Month to Better Investigations and Report -Privacy Concerns in Investigation

by Thomas Fox on

Prior to the Schrems decision by the European Court of Justice, US based law firms could rely on Safe Harbor to use and analyze information from investigations conducted in Europe. However the Schrems decision and subsequent...more

A Resurgence of Synthetic Securitizations - After a major market contraction in the wake of the financial crisis, risk-pooling...

Within the past few months, there have been a number of reports of the resurgence, particularly in Europe, of synthetic securitizations of risky assets. These transactions allow banks to transfer credit and other default...more

New Opportunities for Shareholder Meetings in Virginia and Beyond

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This spring, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved legislation passed by the General Assembly permitting Virginia corporations to hold virtual-only shareholder meetings, beginning July 1, 2017. When the new law goes into...more

European distressed debt and private equity - defensive strategies coming to the fore?

by DLA Piper on

Where a corporate borrower defaults on its debt terms, distressed debt investors are often presented with opportunities to acquire the debt at a discount. The strategy of investing in distressed debt presents investors with a...more

Cannabis companies: Think twice about ‘Alternative Public Offerings’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As many cannabis industry watchers know, one of the primary challenges still facing cannabis businesses is access to capital, as we have discussed previously on Tracking Cannabis. Heavy regulation in the industry and...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - June 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Google's New Office Space Could Have Huge Impact on Downtown San Jose - San Jose is the largest city in California's Silicon Valley, yet some of the tech industry's largest employers maintain their biggest offices...more

Valuation of Illiquid Portfolio Investments – Avoiding Regulatory Risks with Form and Substance

For private fund managers, the valuation of privately-held securities has been subject to heightened regulatory scrutiny. As the IPO on-ramp for private “unicorn” investments has lengthened, fund managers may hold illiquid...more

Report Shows 2016 Record-Setting Year for Class Action and SEC Settlements

Last week, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholders Services (“ISS”) published its semi-annual report of the top 100 U.S. securities class action settlements and top 50 SEC settlements of all time, as of December 31,...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: In-Bound Investment into the United States Specific Survey Report Forms 5-Year...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), conducts seven (7) mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. These seven surveys consist of an initial survey for any new in-bound...more

MiFID II for Non-EU Fund Managers

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The revised EU Markets in Financial Instruments package—known as MiFID II—takes effect on January 3, 2018. New rules on trading inducements, research, best execution, market transparency and the regulation of algorithmic...more

Attention Retail Investors: The SEC Wants to Hear Your Views on the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

In connection with the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) fiduciary rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”), key provisions of which became applicable on June 9, 2017, SEC Chair Jay Clayton issued a public statement seeking retail investors’...more

Hong Kong Securities Laws Violations: SFC’s Case Against Moody’s – Part 3

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 8, 2017, the Hong Kong "Court" of Appeal handed down a "Judgment" dismissing an appeal brought by Moody’s challenging a determination (Determination) by the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal (“Tribunal”). This...more

Ready to IIROC and Roll: Alberta Legislation Grants Increased Investigative Powers to IIROC

Earlier this month, Alberta became the first province to grant the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) express, direct legal authority to collect evidence during the course of its investigations and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s indefinite leave of absence just got a whole lot more definite with news late yesterday that, bowing to pressure from shareholders, Kalanick has resigned from his post altogether....more

OJK Simplifies the IPO Process and Enhances Disclosure

by White & Case LLP on

New regulations issued by the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan "OJK") aim to increase the number of public offerings in Indonesia by (1) shortening the regulatory review period by adopting a...more

Day 15 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-the Parameters of Privileges

by Thomas Fox on

The concept of privilege in an internal investigation is critical. Two important privileges are the attorney/client privilege and the work product privilege. Unfortunately both are often miss-understood, miss-applied and...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 336, James Koukios on Morrison Foerster April Anti-Corruption Report

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, James Koukios, a partner at Morrison & Foerster returns to discuss the firm's newsletter Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2017. In this episode we highlight the three following...more

Supreme Court 2016-17 Recap

The politics surrounding the appointment of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court dominated the news cycle during the 2016-17 term, but the Court’s decisions themselves have been far from controversial. As the term draws to...more

Dutch Court Denies Approval of Collective Settlement Unless Changes Are Made as to Allocation of Compensation and Fees

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal denied approval of the €1.204 billion collective settlement of former Fortis (now Ageas) shareholders’ claims unless the parties agree to restructure the allocation of the settlement amount among...more

Revenue Recognition Representations for M&A and Underwriting Agreements

Some have suggested that the FASB’s new revenue recognition standard will result in particularized representations in M&A, underwriting and loan documents. It’s easy to argue it’s not necessary and is covered by the standard...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Barclays and a group of its former execs are facing charges of fraud by false representation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office over deals they struck with Qatar in 2008 to avoid a government bailout....more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Caremark Claim For Failure To Adequately Allege That The Board Consciously Disregarded FCPA...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty and other claims brought derivatively against the directors and former chief financial officer of...more

Northern District Of California Dismisses Securities Fraud Class Action, Finding Plaintiffs Had Alleged "Injury In Fact"...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 12, 2017, Judge Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed without prejudice a putative securities class action against Charles Schwab & Co. (“Schwab”) under...more

Proxy Access: Highlights of the 2017 Proxy Season

As we approach the end of the 2017 proxy season, the third since the New York City comptroller launched the Boardroom Accountability Project to enact proxy access across the U.S. market, proxy access has begun to transition...more

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