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Blog: Federal Court Gives Teeth to Operational Efforts Covenant in Sanofi/Genzyme Earn-Out Dispute

We keep a close eye on developing cases regarding earn-outs and contingent payment rights in light of the prevalent use of these arrangements in life sciences deals and their increasing use in non-life sciences deals. On…more
| Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions

Blog: Amending the European VC Capital & Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations to increase investment in SMEs

In July 2016, the European Commission published proposals to amend the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations; and submitted them to the Parliament and Council for possible adoption under the…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Blog: The FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms

Nausicaa Delfas, the FCA’s Director of Specialist Supervision has delivered a speech at the FT’s Cyber Security Summit, about the FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms. There are 3 short takeaways..…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Blog: Auditor independence follow-up

As discussed in this PubCo post, last week, the SEC announced settled charges against EY and individual EY auditors (and certain officers at the audit clients involved) with regard to alleged violations of the auditor…more
| Securities Law

Blog: HM Treasury consults on a new definition of “financial advice”

Consumers ask for advice or guidance on financial matters at different times and for different reasons. Some want to make their own investment decisions, and guidance would help. Some need limited advice on a particular issue,…more
| Finance & Banking

Blog: PSD2: EBA consults on PII Guidelines for payment initiation & account information service providers

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published its draft Guidelines on professional indemnity insurance (PII) and comparable guarantees for payment initiation and account information service providers (PISPs and AISPs…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Blog: Does A Low Favorable Vote For A Say-On-Pay Proposal Affect Directors’ Reputations Outside The Company?

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, say on pay has had some surprising consequences. While there hasn’t been much impact on the levels of executive pay, according to this paper, one group that have experienced some impact…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Blog: New CDI Regarding Investments Through A Self-Directed “Brokerage Window” Under A 401(K)

Today, Corp Fin posted a new CDI under both Securities Act Section 5 and Form S-8. The CDI involves the issue of whether a company-sponsored 401(k) plan that does not offer an employer securities fund as an investment…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Blog: Are The Days Of “I’ll-Scratch-Your-Back” Cronyism History?

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, a theory that is currently gaining purchase is that, whether as a result of say on pay or otherwise, the increased influence of proxy advisory firms has led to a kind of homogenization of…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Blog: PRA Consultation: Dealing with a market turning event in the general insurance sector

The UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has published a Consultation Paper (CP) “CP32/16 Dealing with a market turning event in the general insurance sector“. The CP attaches a draft Supervisory Statement (SS), which…more
| Finance & Banking, Insurance

Blog: Payment services & e-banking: is information “provided” on a “durable medium” if it’s sent by email

BAWAG PSK Bank, Austria provides e-banking services. To do this, it creates a mailbox for every BAWAG e-banking customer, which is accessible by logging on to the BAWAG e-banking system. BAWAG sometimes sends messages to these…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Blog: First SEC Enforcement Actions For Violations Of Auditor Independence Rules Resulting From Personal Relationships

In two orders made public today, the SEC announced settled charges against EY and individual EY auditors with regard to alleged violations of the auditor independence rules as a result of “close personal relationships” with…more
| Securities Law

Blog: UK Treasury consults on implementation of 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive

The UK’s Treasury has published a “Consultation on the transposition of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive“. The Consultation also describes HM Treasury’s proposed approach to the implementation of articles 17 et al of the…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Blog: Ninth Circuit Addresses SOX 304 Clawback Requirements And Liability For Rule 13a-14 False Certifications

A new case from the 9th Circuit, SEC v. Jensen, is the first circuit court case to confirm the SEC’s position that the “clawback” provisions of SOX 304 provide for a disgorgement remedy against CEOs and CFOs when the issuer has…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Blog: The Unintended Consequences Of Say On Pay

This post from the Columbia Law School CLS Blue Sky blog, “Should Say-on-Pay Votes Be Binding?,” by two executives from the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations in Canada, in exploring the issue raised…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law
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