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Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, October 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

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt proposed amendments to Regulation S-K that are intended to modernize and simplify certain disclosure requirements and related rules and...more

SEC Charges Rio Tinto, Executives With Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission charged mining giant Rio Tinto Plc, its subsidiary Rio Tinto Limited, and two of its executives, former CEO Thomas Albanese and former CFO Guy Elliott, with fraud. The case centers on the acquisition of a coal...more

Canadian Securities Administrators and stock exchanges provide guidance on reporting issuers with US cannabis activities

by Dentons on

On October 16, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 51-352 Issuers with Marijuana-Related Activities (the CSA Notice) clarifying the CSA's disclosure expectations for issuers...more

New Handbooks Will Clarify Market Abuse Regulation Policies in Italy

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Italian Securities Commission (CONSOB) has approved two handbooks, “Management of Inside Information” and “Investment Reccomendations,” which offer guidelines under Market Abuse Regulation no. 596/2014 (MAR) and delegated...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Compliance Terms and Conditions in Joint Venture Agreements

by Thomas Fox on

Numerous US companies have come to FCPA grief for their overseas joint ventures and the continue to be a bane for many companies under the Act. There are some basic compliance terms and conditions which should be considered...more

Building Your Founding Team—Is There a Magic Number?

by WilmerHale on

During our recent webinar on seed fundraising, questions were raised on the ideal size of a company’s founding team and if there was a magic number that may be more attractive to investors. Jere Doyle, Managing Director of...more

The Continuing Support for Dual-Class Stock by Companies and Investors

The reported demise of dual-class stock appears to be, to paraphrase Mark Twain, "greatly exaggerated." The end of dual-class stock was predicted following the decisions this summer by the major indices, including FTSE...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Capital Formation, Dividend Notice and Pay Ratio Q3 Updates

by McDermott Will & Emery on

During the previous quarter, the SEC confirmed that CEO pay ratio disclosure will go into effect as scheduled for the 2018 proxy season. They further announced a new policy permitting qualifying issuers to submit draft...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - October 2017 - Issue 8

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on US-EU equivalence of certain OTC derivative rules; the FCA asset management...more

End and refund of the French 3% tax on distributions

by White & Case LLP on

The French Constitutional Court rules that the 3% contribution on distributions is unconstitutional - On 6 October, 2017, the French Constitutional Court, in its decision (n°2017-660 QPC), held that the 3% contribution on...more

House Bill Aims To Encourage Public Offerings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In an effort to facilitate capital formation, the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance expanded its nonpublic review process to permit all companies to submit draft registration statements relating to an initial public...more

Pensions Hazard for PE Buyers on Carve-Out Deals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Corporate carve-outs have become increasingly popular in recent years, as buyout firms scour the market for primary deals. In an environment in which the UK Pensions Regulator (the Regulator) is becoming more active, in our...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Imposes Incorporation-By-Reference Condition On Section 220 Production, Consistent With Other Recent...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 12, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery agreed to impose an “incorporation-by-reference” condition on any production by Universal Health Services, Inc. (“UHS”) in response to a...more

Central District Of California Dismisses Securities Fraud Claim Against Facebook, Finding Plaintiffs Failed To Sufficiently Allege...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 4, 2017, United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed without prejudice a putative class action against Facebook, Inc., and...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Joint Venture Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

When you bring two entities together to operate jointly, there are several difficult issues to analyze. For the US company operating under the FCPA, there must be an adequate business justification for a joint venture with a...more

European Commission Legislative Proposals for Enhanced Powers for European Supervisory Authorities and the European Systemic Risk...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has published legislative proposals designed to strengthen and further integrate the supervisory framework of the European Union. The proposals build on contributions to the Commission's public...more

SEC Charges Firm, Officers Re False Statements in Private Offerings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has long focused on microcap frauds, repeatedly brining cases in this area. It has also focused in recent years on offering fraud actions, filing a string of cases....more

Bridging the Week - October 2017 #3

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Proprietary Trading Firm Charged by CFTC With Spoofing Based Solely on the Alleged Wrongful Trading of One Employee: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Commodity Exchange, Inc. brought and resolved charges...more

ICOs at the End of 2017: What We Think We Know and What We Don't Know

Initial coin offerings (ICOs), token pre-sales, and similar sales of blockchain-based coins and tokens are quickly becoming an important fundraising option, and an important method of attempting to seed a token-based platform...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 11, 2017, at the first open meeting under Chairman Jay Clayton’s tenure, the SEC proposed amendments to modernize and simplify certain disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K. The proposed amendments are largely...more

Misunderstandings Among Owners Can Lead To Business Divorce Litigation

One of the most common reasons for a minority shareholder to file “business divorce litigation” is because that minority owner feels left out, pushed out, squeezed out – simply not part of the process in any significant way....more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require Personal, Individual HSR Filings

by Goodwin on

Do you receive any form of equity-based compensation? Does your company grant any form of equity-based compensation? If so, it is critical to remember that common equity-based compensation, such as option exercises,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 39

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Announces Rule Proposal to Modernize, Simplify and Increase the Accessibility of Required Disclosure - On October 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing that it...more

NZX Listing Rule Review

by DLA Piper on

You have until 17 November 2017 to submit your thoughts on the 79 Questions posed by NZX as part of its review of the Main Board/Debt Market listing rules (Listing Rules). If you do not wish to make a detailed submission, a...more

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