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Disclosing Election of a New Director: Remember Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K When Doing a Merger

All competent securities lawyers know that Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K requires a filing, on Form 8-K, whenever a public company elects a new director other than pursuant to a shareholder vote at an annual meeting or a special...more

Day 18 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Freight Forwarders [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

The FCPA world is littered with cases involving freight forwarders, brokers and agents in the shipping and express delivery arena. Both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have aggressively...more

For closely held companies: Is there, or will there soon be, a significant lender in your life?

by Mintz Levin on

Ten considerations for closely held companies incurring debt in connection with minority investments by private equity sponsors, growth financing, or dividend recapitalizations....more

DOL Charts a New Course for ERISA's Fiduciary Rule

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule on April 7, 2017 (Final Extension),1 delaying for 60 days the applicability date of the new rule defining who is a fiduciary under ERISA (Fiduciary Rule)2 and related...more

Court Rules Indirect Purchaser Claims Against Theranos May Proceed

by Allen Matkins on

Theranos’ anni horribilium began in October 2015 with the publication of a story by investigative reporter John Carreyrou at The Wall Street Journal. Lawsuits and government investigations ensued. Although the Theranos...more

The House Financial Services Committee to Hold a Hearing on Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 this Wednesday – Here’s a Summary of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

While passage in the House seems likely, the Financial Choice Act may undergo significant changes before it may pass in the Senate. Here is a summary of certain governance and executive compensation provisions that are...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017 #4

CME Group Revises July 2016 Proposal Authorizing End Customers to Become Direct Clearing Members Without Incurring Liability for Default of Other Members - CME Group submitted amendments to its proposed rule changes...more

Alternative investment company – deadline for regulatory adjustment will end June 4, 2017

by Dentons on

On June 4, 2016 amendments to the Act on Investment Funds (the “Act”) entered into force. The purpose of the amendment is implementation in the Polish legal system AIFMD (Directive 2011/61/EU of 8 June 2011 regarding managers...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Takes Action Against Two Individuals for Market Abuse

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has banned and fined two individuals for market abuse. Mr. Niall O'Kelly and Mr. Lukhvir Thind were Chief Executive Officer and Financial Controller, respectively, at Worldspreads Limited...more

Who Does What: Broker Dealers | Registered Investment Advisers | Commodities/Futures Entities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

At Fox Rothschild LLP, we have a wealth of experience in creating and forming broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity entities and various hedge funds. Over the years, our strategy has been to work with our...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges With Two Former Telecom Executives

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two former executives of Hungarian telecom firm Magyar Telecom settled FCPA charges with the SEC shortly prior to the commencement of their trial. Former CEO Elek Straub, and former Director of Central Strategic Organization...more

Whistleblower Retaliation Remains in the SEC’s Crosshairs

Whistleblower tips and awards for securities law violations have increased dramatically over the past year, according to the staff of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Office of the Whistleblower. Also during that time, the...more

New York Court Dismisses Royal Park’s RMBS Cases for Lack of Standing

On April 12, 2017, Judge Charles E. Ramos of the New York State Supreme Court for New York County dismissed Royal Park’s RMBS lawsuits alleging fraud and other tort causes of action against Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank,...more

Canadian Regulators Propose Broad Derivatives Dealer and Adviser Business Conduct Rules

On April 4, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment Proposed National Instrument 93-101 – Derivatives: Business Conduct (Business Conduct Rule), which would impose a range of business conduct...more

Day 17 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Distributor Compensation [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

One of the issues in any compliance program is the compensation paid to a third party as FCPA exposure arises when companies pay money - either directly or indirectly - to fund bribe payments. In the traditional intermediary...more

Day 16 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Terminating a Third Party [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

At some point, you will be required to terminate a third-party and there will be multiple legal, compliance and business issues to navigate going forward. If you are stuck doing it in the middle of a Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

compliance into the Weeds-Episode 36, McFadden Remarks on FCPA Enforcement [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a very deep dive into two recent speeches by Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden in which he addressed multiple topics and issues...more

New York Department of Financial Services Provides Guidance on Cybersecurity Regulation; Colorado Financial Regulator Proposes...

In April 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (the “DFS”) released guidance on interpreting 23 NYCRR Part 500, its recently promulgated regulation that requires banks, insurance companies and other financial...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - April 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Committee Recommendations for U.S. Public Equity Markets

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation released a report setting forth certain recommendations that are intended to revive the public equity markets. The report cites certain statistics regarding equity capital markets...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

SEC Proposes to Add New Reporting Events to the Municipal Disclosure Rule

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for public comment proposed amendments to the Municipal Disclosure Rule, Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The proposed...more

FINRA Observes Second Anniversary of Its Senior Helpline

On April 21, 2017, FINRA issued a press release marking the second anniversary of its Securities Helpline for Seniors. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 15

CFTC - CFTC Extends Previously Granted No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying With EU Requirements - On April 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight...more

Will New Spanish Dividend Rules Cause Pain for Private Equity in Spain?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recently effected reforms to Spanish dividend protections for minority shareholders should cause European dealmakers to review deal terms more closely in 2017. Outright acquisition of businesses is unusual in Spain, 83% of...more

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