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Updated Compensation Peer Groups for ISS and Glass Lewis

Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) is now accepting updates to a company’s list of self-selected peers until 8:00PM EST on December 11, 2015. In determining the comparison group used by ISS in its evaluation of a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Supreme Court Hears Argument in Spokeo, a Case That Could Impact Many Statutory-Damages Class Actions

Article III of the U.S. Constitution extends the federal judicial power only to “Cases” and “Controversies.” The Supreme Court has long held that no case or controversy exists unless the party invoking federal jurisdiction…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy

FERC Likely to Look into PURPA Policies

Congress passed the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) in 1978. It quickly proved controversial in practice, and remains so today. PURPA introduced competition to the electric industry by creating a market for…more
| Energy & Utilities

Defining the Lines on Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: What the Consumer Watchdog Order and the FCC-FTC Sign MOU Mean

In the last few weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the “Commission”) has taken two significant steps to further clarify its role as an agency charged with protecting consumers. The first instance was a…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

The New Securities Financing Transactions Regulation

The Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (“SFTR”), which imposes requirements on EU AIFMs and UCITS managers to make certain disclosures to investors, was adopted by the European Council on 16 November 2015. Some of the…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Tackling Cybersecurity in the Boardroom: Special M&A Considerations

During Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s most recent cybersecurity event, “Tackling Cybersecurity in the Boardroom,” hosted on November 12, 2015, our panels discussed a number of issues facing directors…more
| Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Justice Department Updates United States Attorneys' Manual to Emphasize Priority on Prosecuting Individuals in Corporate Criminal Cases

On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice revised the United States Attorneys’ Manual (USAM) to align the principles by which federal government prosecutors investigate and prosecute criminal cases involving…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

SEC Delays Tick Size Pilot Program by Five Months

On November 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an Order delaying implementation of its Tick Size Pilot Program. The pilot program will now begin on October 3, 2016. The pilot program is being delayed to…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

FERC Officially Terminates Consideration of Quarterly Reporting Requirement for Gas Transactions

On November 17, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order officially terminating consideration of a three-year-old proposal to require quarterly reporting of every Natural Gas Act…more

FERC Schedules Technical Conference on Proposed “Connected Entity” Regulations

On November 10, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) scheduled a technical conference regarding its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on the collection of “Connected Entity” data from…more
| Energy & Utilities

Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements

On October 1, 2015, the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (the “Convention”) entered into force. The Convention binds Mexico and all members of the European Union, with the exception of Denmark. Even though…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Transparency Directive II and Changes to the DTRs

Summary - On 26 November 2015, the United Kingdom’s major shareholding notification rules will be amended in order to implement the requirements of the revised Transparency Directive (“TD2”, as amended by Directive…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Comprehensive Overhaul of Partnership Audit Regime

On November 2, 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act significantly overhauled the audit regime applicable to U.S. and certain non-U.S. investment fund vehicles that are taxed as partnerships for U.S. federal income tax purposes. In…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation

The Biggest Fear in Hollywood: Video on Demand

Usually, horror movies scare the audience, but the latest installment of Paranormal Activity gave theater houses something to fear: a new distribution model. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the sixth installment of…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts

SEC Staff Clarifies Guidance on Exclusion of Conflicting Shareholder Proposals and the Ordinary Business Operations Basis for Exclusion

On October 22, 2015, the Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued clarifying guidance upending previous interpretations regarding the exclusion of conflicting…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law
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