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Update to New CME Rule on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart

On August 28, 2014, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., and the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (collectively, the “CME”) submitted a notice of a rule…more

CFTC, CME, Commodities Exchange Act, Disruptive Trading Practices, New Regulations

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Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.: The Court Retains Basic, But Permits Defendants To Rebut Price Impact At Class Certification

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long anticipated decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317, 2014 WL 2807181 (June 23, 2014). The Court declined to overturn the 25 year-old decision in…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Action, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market

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M&A Update: Ohio Federal Judge Blocks Controlling Stockholder’s Tender Offer Based On Target Board’s Conflicts and Stockholder Coercion

In a March 14, 2014 decision that has received little commentary, an Ohio federal court in Spachman v. Great American Insurance Co. took the extraordinary step of enjoining a tender offer by Great American Insurance, a…more

Board of Directors, Controlling Stockholders, Disclosure, Due Diligence, Minority Shareholders

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New Decision Increases Calculation Of Patent Term

Yesterday, in Novartis AG v. Lee, 2013-1160 (Fed. Cir., Jan. 15, 2014), the Federal Circuit determined that the USPTO has been incorrectly calculating patent term adjustments, potentially shortening the terms of thousands of…more

Patent Term Adjustment, Patent Terms, Patents, USPTO

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First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing: High Frequency Trading Firm Owner Indicted in Northern District of Illinois

On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the indictment of Michael Coscia, the owner of Panther Energy Trading (“Panther”), for six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of…more

Commodities, Criminal Prosecution, Fraud, Popular, Spoofing

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No Market Interest Rate and No Make Whole: Momentive Performance Court Rejects Lender Arguments Against Confirmation

On August 26, 2014, Judge Robert D. Drain of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that (i) the debtors could satisfy the cramdown requirements of section 1129(b) of the Bankruptcy Code…more

Bankruptcy Code, Cramdown, Interest Rates, Make-Whole Premium, Secured Creditors

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SEC Issues Guidance on Conflict Minerals Rule

On May 30, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance related to the requirement that issuers disclose the use of conflict minerals in their products, as mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and…more

Compliance, Conflict Mineral Rules, Dodd-Frank, Failure-to-File, Reporting Requirements

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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CRA3 – Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards in relation to Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

On 24 June 2014, ESMA published its Final Report on the draft regulatory technical standards under CRA3. With respect to structured finance instruments, the Final Report sets out draft standards for the information to be…more

CRA, Disclosure Requirements, ESMA, EU, Structured Financial Products

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US DOJ’s First Successful Extradition Based On Antitrust Charges

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that, for the first time ever, the DOJ successfully extradited “an alleged price-fixer” on an antitrust charge. Romano…more

Antitrust Investigations, DOJ, Extradition, Foreign Nationals

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Skandia: Intra-Company Supplies Treated as Taxable Transactions for VAT Purposes by the Court of Justice of the European Union

On 17 September 2104, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) gave its preliminary ruling in the case of Skandia America Corporation USA, Sweden Branch v Skatterverket (C-7/13) (“Skandia”). The decision of the…more

Corporate Taxes, EU, Income Taxes, International Tax Issues, Value-Added Tax

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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Final And Proposed Regulations Address U.S. Withholding Tax On U.S. Equity Derivatives

I. Introduction - On Tuesday, December 4, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that, if finalized as proposed, would dramatically increase the extent to which U.S. withholding tax is imposed on…more

Derivatives, Dividends, Foreign Investment, IRS, U.S. Treasury

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SEC Renews its Enforcement Focus—With Vigor—on Accounting Issues (Quorum, March 2014)

In the wake of Mary Jo White’s appointment as the new Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement has sought to aggressively investigate alleged accounting violations. …more

Compliance, Enforcement, Fraud, Mary Jo White, SEC

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Lehman Bankruptcy Court Issues Safe Harbor Decision

On December 19, 2013, Judge James M. Peck of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued his latest decision in the Lehman Brothers cases addressing the scope of the safe harbor provisions of…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Lehman Brothers, Safe Harbors, Section 560, Swap Agreements

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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US DOJ’s First Successful Extradition Based On Antitrust Charges

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that, for the first time ever, the DOJ successfully extradited “an alleged price-fixer” on an antitrust charge. Romano…more

Antitrust Investigations, DOJ, Extradition, Foreign Nationals

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The Volcker Rule’s Impact On Banking Entities’ Ownership And Sponsorship Of Structured Finance And Securitization Transactions

On December 10, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity…more

CFTC, Covered Banking Entity, Dodd-Frank, FDIC, Federal Reserve

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First Amendment And Off-Label Promotion – Prosecute What I Do, Not What I Say

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of Alfred Caronia (“Caronia”), who had been tried and convicted of participating in an unlawful conspiracy to introduce a…more

FDA, FDCA, First Amendment, Interstate Commerce, Misbranding

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CRA3 – Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards in relation to Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

On 24 June 2014, ESMA published its Final Report on the draft regulatory technical standards under CRA3. With respect to structured finance instruments, the Final Report sets out draft standards for the information to be…more

CRA, Disclosure Requirements, ESMA, EU, Structured Financial Products

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Federal and State Governments Position Patent Trolls in their Crosshairs

The number of patents filed in recent years has increased with the proliferation of complex products containing thousands of components. So too has the incidence of lawsuits or threats of suit…more

Bad Faith, FTC, Non-Practicing Entities, Patent Assertion Entities, Patent Infringement

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The Volcker Rule’s Impact On Banking Entities’ Ownership And Sponsorship Of Structured Finance And Securitization Transactions

On December 10, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity…more

CFTC, Covered Banking Entity, Dodd-Frank, FDIC, Federal Reserve

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New Decision Increases Calculation Of Patent Term

Yesterday, in Novartis AG v. Lee, 2013-1160 (Fed. Cir., Jan. 15, 2014), the Federal Circuit determined that the USPTO has been incorrectly calculating patent term adjustments, potentially shortening the terms of thousands of…more

Patent Term Adjustment, Patent Terms, Patents, USPTO

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Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases?

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA" or "the Act") prohibits bribery of foreign public officials in order to obtain or retain business. In addition to its anti-bribery provisions, the FCPA contains accounting provisions…more

Anti-Corruption, Audits, Bribery, Compliance, DOJ

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Going Public: Powhatan Energy Fund’s “Insurance Policy” Regarding FERC Enforcement’s Non-Public Manipulation Investigation Into The Fund’s “High-Frequency” PJM Trading Activity

On February 28, 2014, Powhatan Energy Fund (“Powhatan”) launched a public website disclosing that for more than three years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Office of Enforcement (“OE”) has been investigating…more

Energy, Enforcement, FERC, High Frequency Trading, PJM

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SDNY Denies Payment of Administrative Expense Claim by Relying on the Operative Document as a Whole and Rejecting a Statutory Rule of Construction

On December 13, 2012, Judge Vincent L. Briccetti from the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York denied the appellant Notes Trustee’s request to compel payment of an administrative expense claim…more

Administrative Expenses, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Last Antecedent Rule, Operative Documents

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First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing: High Frequency Trading Firm Owner Indicted in Northern District of Illinois

On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the indictment of Michael Coscia, the owner of Panther Energy Trading (“Panther”), for six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of…more

Commodities, Criminal Prosecution, Fraud, Popular, Spoofing

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Cyprus: Time To Trade?

On 25 March 2013, the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank (also known as Cyprus Popular Bank) entered resolution proceedings under the Resolution of Credit and Other Institutions Law 2013…more

Capital Controls, Central Bank of Cyprus, Cyprus Bailout, Due Diligence, Recapitalization

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M&A Update: Treasury Announces New Anti-Inversion Rules

On September 22, 2014, the Treasury Department announced its intent to issue new regulations that will reduce the tax benefits available after an inversion and may make it more difficult for some U.S. companies to invert (the…more

Corporate Counsel, Popular

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CRA3 – Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards in relation to Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

On 24 June 2014, ESMA published its Final Report on the draft regulatory technical standards under CRA3. With respect to structured finance instruments, the Final Report sets out draft standards for the information to be…more

CRA, Disclosure Requirements, ESMA, EU, Structured Financial Products

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Court Rules That Detroit Is Eligible For Chapter 9 And That Pensions May Be Impaired In Chapter 9

On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan released its 143 page decision upholding the City of Detroit’s eligibility to be a debtor under chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. …more

Chapter 9, Good Faith, Municipal Bankruptcy, Pensions

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Lyondell Bankruptcy Court Holds That Safe Harbors Do Not Prohibit Creditors From Asserting State Law Constructive Fraudulent Transfer Claims

On January 14, 2014, Judge Robert E. Gerber of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in Weisfelner v. Fund 1. (In re Lyondell Chemical Co.), Adv. Proc. No. 10-4609 (REG), 2014 WL 118036 (Bankr…more

Buyouts, Creditors, Fraud, Fraudulent Transfers, Safe Harbors

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CRA3 – Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards in relation to Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

On 24 June 2014, ESMA published its Final Report on the draft regulatory technical standards under CRA3. With respect to structured finance instruments, the Final Report sets out draft standards for the information to be…more

CRA, Disclosure Requirements, ESMA, EU, Structured Financial Products

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CRA3 – Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards in relation to Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

On 24 June 2014, ESMA published its Final Report on the draft regulatory technical standards under CRA3. With respect to structured finance instruments, the Final Report sets out draft standards for the information to be…more

CRA, Disclosure Requirements, ESMA, EU, Structured Financial Products

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M&A Update | Inversions: The View from Ireland

On June 25, 2014, Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, among others, met with Cadwalader Chairman-elect and Corporate Group Co-Chair James C. Woolery in Dublin regarding…more

Acquisitions, International Tax Issues, Ireland, Mergers, Popular

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CRA3 – Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards in relation to Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

On 24 June 2014, ESMA published its Final Report on the draft regulatory technical standards under CRA3. With respect to structured finance instruments, the Final Report sets out draft standards for the information to be…more

CRA, Disclosure Requirements, ESMA, EU, Structured Financial Products

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EPA Proposes First Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, which would impose the first federal limits on carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants in the United States…more

Carbon Emissions, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Power Plants

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Significant Uptick in Royalty and Patent Stream Monetizations (Quorum, March 2014)

One of the areas where Cadwalader has seen a significant pickup in activity levels in 2013 and early 2014 is royalty and patent stream monetizations. In 2013, we helped clients complete 10 royalty and patent monetization deals…more

Patents, Pharmaceutical, Royalties, Technology

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No Market Interest Rate and No Make Whole: Momentive Performance Court Rejects Lender Arguments Against Confirmation

On August 26, 2014, Judge Robert D. Drain of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that (i) the debtors could satisfy the cramdown requirements of section 1129(b) of the Bankruptcy Code…more

Bankruptcy Code, Cramdown, Interest Rates, Make-Whole Premium, Secured Creditors

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REMIT Draft Implementing Acts Further Define Data Reporting Obligations

On 8 July 2014, the European Commission’s DG Energy published an updated draft of the implementing acts on data reporting under the Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (“REMIT”)…more

Compliance, EU, European Commission, REMIT, Reporting Requirements

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Important Court Decision For No-Fault Insurers; Second Circuit Court Of Appeals Rejects Limitation On State Farm v. Mallela

We are pleased to inform you that our firm, together with our co-counsel Bob Stern of Stern & Montana, obtained a very favorable and significant decision for no-fault insurers on an issue of first impression at the appellate…more

Affirmative Defenses, Allstate, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud, No-Fault Insurance

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Nonprofit Revitalization Act Of 2013 -- Best Governance Practices Made Mandatory

On December 18, 2013 Governor Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Revitalization Act”), Assembly Bill Number 8072; Chapter 549 of the Laws of 2013. Intended “to reduce unnecessary and outdated…more

Charitable Organizations, Charitable Trusts, Compliance, Executive Compensation, Non-Profits

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EPA Proposes First Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, which would impose the first federal limits on carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants in the United States…more

Carbon Emissions, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Power Plants

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First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing: High Frequency Trading Firm Owner Indicted in Northern District of Illinois

On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the indictment of Michael Coscia, the owner of Panther Energy Trading (“Panther”), for six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of…more

Commodities, Criminal Prosecution, Fraud, Popular, Spoofing

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Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.: The Court Retains Basic, But Permits Defendants To Rebut Price Impact At Class Certification

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long anticipated decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317, 2014 WL 2807181 (June 23, 2014). The Court declined to overturn the 25 year-old decision in…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Action, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market

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FTC Continues Aggressive Posture On Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements With Reference To Disgorgement

In two recent statements, the FTC reaffirmed its intention aggressively to pursue reverse-payment patent settlement agreements in the pharmaceutical industry…more

Actavis Inc., FTC, FTC v Actavis, Patents, Pay-For-Delay

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Potential Impact of New SEC Rules on Cell Tower Securitizations

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted two final rules implementing new regulations affecting asset-backed securities (“ABS”). The first set of rules, referred to in this memorandum as…more

ABS, Asset-Backed Securities, Cell Towers, Due Diligence, Regulation AB

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DOJ And FTC Release Joint Antitrust Policy Statement Regarding Sharing Of Cybersecurity Information

On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing of Cybersecurity Information explaining that competitors can share legitimate…more

Cybersecurity, DOJ, FTC

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The Volcker Rule’s Impact On Banking Entities’ Ownership And Sponsorship Of Structured Finance And Securitization Transactions

On December 10, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity…more

CFTC, Covered Banking Entity, Dodd-Frank, FDIC, Federal Reserve

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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Potential Impact of New SEC Rules on Cell Tower Securitizations

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted two final rules implementing new regulations affecting asset-backed securities (“ABS”). The first set of rules, referred to in this memorandum as…more

ABS, Asset-Backed Securities, Cell Towers, Due Diligence, Regulation AB

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Hainan Airlines Delivers a First in Offshore RMB Financing Amidst Record Dim Sum Bond Market Performance

The international market for offshore (ex-mainland China) offerings of debt securities denominated in Renminbi yuan, the currency of the People’s Republic of China, has had a record first half of 2014, with RMB130 billion…more

China, Debt Securities, RMB Bonds

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An Exceptional Decision: The ITC Stays Cease and Desist Orders Issued in the Dental Position Adjustment Appliances Investigation

On June 11, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission ordered the stay of its own cease and desist orders previously entered against ClearCorrect Operating, LLC (CCUS) and ClearCorrect Pakistan (Private), Ltd. (CCPK)…more

Cease and Desist Orders, Digital Goods, ITC, Medical Devices, Order to Stay

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Court Rules That Detroit Is Eligible For Chapter 9 And That Pensions May Be Impaired In Chapter 9

On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan released its 143 page decision upholding the City of Detroit’s eligibility to be a debtor under chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. …more

Chapter 9, Good Faith, Municipal Bankruptcy, Pensions

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On to the Supreme Court? The D.C. Circuit Denies FERC’s Request for Rehearing En Banc of its Decision to Vacate FERC’s Demand Response Rule

On September 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s request for rehearing en banc of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate FERC’s…more

Demand Response, Energy, FERC, Utilities Sector

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Final And Proposed Regulations Address U.S. Withholding Tax On U.S. Equity Derivatives

I. Introduction - On Tuesday, December 4, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that, if finalized as proposed, would dramatically increase the extent to which U.S. withholding tax is imposed on…more

Derivatives, Dividends, Foreign Investment, IRS, U.S. Treasury

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FTC Continues Aggressive Posture On Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements With Reference To Disgorgement

In two recent statements, the FTC reaffirmed its intention aggressively to pursue reverse-payment patent settlement agreements in the pharmaceutical industry…more

Actavis Inc., FTC, FTC v Actavis, Patents, Pay-For-Delay

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Restructuring of Unlisted EU Companies: AIFMD Applies to Non-EU Fund Managers on Acquisitions of Substantial Stakes

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) imposes restrictions on “asset stripping” on managers (“AIFMs”) of alternative investment funds (“AIFs”) that acquire control of EU companies. The rules contain new…more

AIFM, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Funds, Asset Stripping, Corporate Restructuring

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FTC Expands Reporting Requirements For Transfers Of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued final changes to the premerger notification rules that affect whether pharmaceutical companies must report certain proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights to the FTC and…more

Acquisitions, DOJ, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, License Agreements

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On to the Supreme Court? The D.C. Circuit Denies FERC’s Request for Rehearing En Banc of its Decision to Vacate FERC’s Demand Response Rule

On September 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s request for rehearing en banc of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate FERC’s…more

Demand Response, Energy, FERC, Utilities Sector

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Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.: The Court Retains Basic, But Permits Defendants To Rebut Price Impact At Class Certification

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long anticipated decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317, 2014 WL 2807181 (June 23, 2014). The Court declined to overturn the 25 year-old decision in…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Action, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market

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CFIUS Scrutiny of Foreign Acquisitions of U.S. Businesses Intensifies (Quorum, March 2014)

The most recently released annual report (for 2012) by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) highlights a sharp increase in abandoned deals involving foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses. …more

CFIUS, Compliance, Foreign Investment, Investigations

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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First Amendment And Off-Label Promotion – Prosecute What I Do, Not What I Say

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of Alfred Caronia (“Caronia”), who had been tried and convicted of participating in an unlawful conspiracy to introduce a…more

FDA, FDCA, First Amendment, Interstate Commerce, Misbranding

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DOJ And FTC Release Joint Antitrust Policy Statement Regarding Sharing Of Cybersecurity Information

On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing of Cybersecurity Information explaining that competitors can share legitimate…more

Cybersecurity, DOJ, FTC

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SEC Adopts Regulation AB II

This morning the Securities and Exchange Commission in an open meeting voted to adopt long-awaited final rules (the "Final Rules") implementing a series of changes to the registration and offering process for asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Regulation AB, SEC

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US DOJ’s First Successful Extradition Based On Antitrust Charges

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that, for the first time ever, the DOJ successfully extradited “an alleged price-fixer” on an antitrust charge. Romano…more

Antitrust Investigations, DOJ, Extradition, Foreign Nationals

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FTC Continues Antitrust Focus On Health Care Sector With Upcoming Two-Day Health Care Competition Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced that it will be hosting a two-day workshop in Washington, DC on March 20-21 to examine competition issues related to current developments in the U.S. health care industry. …more

Enforcement, FTC, Healthcare

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Vitro Update: “Savings Clause” Fails to Save Vitro Subsidiaries From Involuntary Bankruptcy

Shortly after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit refused to enforce Vitro SAB’s Mexican plan of reorganization in the United States (covered here), Judge Harlin D. Hale of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern…more

Bonds, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Savings Clause

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Update to New CME Rule on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart

On August 28, 2014, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., and the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (collectively, the “CME”) submitted a notice of a rule…more

CFTC, CME, Commodities Exchange Act, Disruptive Trading Practices, New Regulations

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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Nonprofit Revitalization Act Of 2013 -- Best Governance Practices Made Mandatory

On December 18, 2013 Governor Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Revitalization Act”), Assembly Bill Number 8072; Chapter 549 of the Laws of 2013. Intended “to reduce unnecessary and outdated…more

Charitable Organizations, Charitable Trusts, Compliance, Executive Compensation, Non-Profits

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On to the Supreme Court? The D.C. Circuit Denies FERC’s Request for Rehearing En Banc of its Decision to Vacate FERC’s Demand Response Rule

On September 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s request for rehearing en banc of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate FERC’s…more

Demand Response, Energy, FERC, Utilities Sector

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Alibaba Structure Forces Hong Kong Stock Exchange to Assess its Position on Corporate Governance

Alibaba Group, the holding company for a group of People’s Republic of China-based Internet e-commerce companies with sales that exceed those of eBay and Amazon combined, has announced plans to make an initial public offering of…more

Corporate Governance, Hong Kong, IPO, SEHK

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China’s Simplified Merger Review Program May Significantly Reduce Wait Times For Certain Global Transactions

MOFCOM announces simplified merger-review program that could accelerate antitrust clearance from Chinese authorities for many transactions. MOFCOM estimates as many as 60% of notified transactions will qualify and receive…more

China, Cross-Border Transactions, Global Economy, Mergers, MOFCOM

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European CLO 2.0 Issuer Jurisdiction Quick Reference Guide

New issuance of collateralised loan obligations (“CLOs”) rose last year to its highest level since the credit crunch. 2013 saw U.S. CLO issuance rise to about US$81 billion, from US$54 billion the year before while European CLO…more

AIFMD, Audits, Collateralized Loan Obligations, EU, Investment Funds

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Impact of the New PRC Cross-Border Security Regulations on Debt Financing

On May 12, 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) issued a notice on the Issuance of Administration Rules of Foreign Exchange on Cross-border Security (the…more

China, Cross-Border, Cross-Border Transactions, Debt Financing, Foreign Exchanges

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Federal Circuit Rules on Patentability of Business Method Patent

The question on appeal was whether the district court erred in dismissing Ultramercial's claims for lack of subject matter eligibility under § 101 due to abstractness. Chief Judge Rader filed the opinion for the court, and…more

Copyright, Covered Business Method Patents, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, Ultramercial v Hulu

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CFTC Votes to Re-Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 17, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) voted to re-propose rules to impose initial and variation margin requirements on uncleared swaps entered into by swap dealers and major swap participants…more

CFTC, Major Swap Participants, Margin Requirements, Prudential Regulation Authority, Rulemaking Process

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SEC Adopts Regulation AB II

This morning the Securities and Exchange Commission in an open meeting voted to adopt long-awaited final rules (the "Final Rules") implementing a series of changes to the registration and offering process for asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Regulation AB, SEC

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China’s Simplified Merger Review Program May Significantly Reduce Wait Times For Certain Global Transactions

MOFCOM announces simplified merger-review program that could accelerate antitrust clearance from Chinese authorities for many transactions. MOFCOM estimates as many as 60% of notified transactions will qualify and receive…more

China, Cross-Border Transactions, Global Economy, Mergers, MOFCOM

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First Amendment And Off-Label Promotion – Prosecute What I Do, Not What I Say

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of Alfred Caronia (“Caronia”), who had been tried and convicted of participating in an unlawful conspiracy to introduce a…more

FDA, FDCA, First Amendment, Interstate Commerce, Misbranding

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DOJ And FTC Release Joint Antitrust Policy Statement Regarding Sharing Of Cybersecurity Information

On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing of Cybersecurity Information explaining that competitors can share legitimate…more

Cybersecurity, DOJ, FTC

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Impact of the New PRC Cross-Border Security Regulations on Debt Financing

On May 12, 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) issued a notice on the Issuance of Administration Rules of Foreign Exchange on Cross-border Security (the…more

China, Cross-Border, Cross-Border Transactions, Debt Financing, Foreign Exchanges

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In re Hostess Brands, Inc.: Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court Refuses to Send Cash Collateral Dispute to Arbitration

On January 7, 2013, the Judge Robert D. Drain of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York held that a dispute concerning the debtors’ use of cash collateral was not subject to arbitration,…more

ACE American Insurance Company, Arbitration, Collateral, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debtor-Creditor

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First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing: High Frequency Trading Firm Owner Indicted in Northern District of Illinois

On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the indictment of Michael Coscia, the owner of Panther Energy Trading (“Panther”), for six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of…more

Commodities, Criminal Prosecution, Fraud, Popular, Spoofing

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Nonprofit Revitalization Act Of 2013 -- Best Governance Practices Made Mandatory

On December 18, 2013 Governor Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Revitalization Act”), Assembly Bill Number 8072; Chapter 549 of the Laws of 2013. Intended “to reduce unnecessary and outdated…more

Charitable Organizations, Charitable Trusts, Compliance, Executive Compensation, Non-Profits

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Finally Certainty About Licensing SPVs Under the FCA Consumer Credit Regime

From 1 April 2014, responsibility for the regulation of consumer credit in the UK was transferred from the Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) to the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), drawing certain activities relating to…more

FCA, FSMA, Licensing Rules, OFT, SPVs

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M&A Update: Chancery Court Orders Financial Advisor to Pay Millions in Damages For Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty

On October 10, 2014, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster ruled that RBC Capital was liable to the former stockholders of Rural/Metro Corporation for $75.8 million – representing 83% of the total damages – for aiding and abetting…more

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Before The Whistle Blows: Understanding And Addressing The Expanding Scope Of Whistleblower Protections Under Sarbanes-Oxley And Dodd-Frank

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“Sarbanes-Oxley”) was enacted following the accounting scandals of the early 2000s involving Enron, WorldCom and other public companies. Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement, Enron, Federal Contractors

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Potential Impact of New SEC Rules on Cell Tower Securitizations

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted two final rules implementing new regulations affecting asset-backed securities (“ABS”). The first set of rules, referred to in this memorandum as…more

ABS, Asset-Backed Securities, Cell Towers, Due Diligence, Regulation AB

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M&A Update: Delaware Court Upholds Sotheby’s Poison Pill Defense Against Activist Citing “Negative Control” As A Corporate Threat

In a May 2, 2014 ruling relating to activist hedge fund Third Point LLC’s proxy battle with auction house Sotheby’s, the Delaware Chancery Court found that Third Point was not likely to succeed in its argument that the Sotheby’s…more

Board of Directors, Class of Stock, Fiduciary Duty, Hedge Funds, Shareholder Rights

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First Amendment And Off-Label Promotion – Prosecute What I Do, Not What I Say

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of Alfred Caronia (“Caronia”), who had been tried and convicted of participating in an unlawful conspiracy to introduce a…more

FDA, FDCA, First Amendment, Interstate Commerce, Misbranding

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Master Asset Vehicle II: Redemption Unwind Process

On October 2, 2013, after a multi-year implementation process, amendments to the transaction documents of Master Asset Vehicle II (“MAV II”) and related documents (collectively, the “Amendments”) were executed. The Amendments…more

Canada, ERISA, MAV II, Redemption Unwind, Rule 144A

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FTC Continues Aggressive Posture On Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements With Reference To Disgorgement

In two recent statements, the FTC reaffirmed its intention aggressively to pursue reverse-payment patent settlement agreements in the pharmaceutical industry…more

Actavis Inc., FTC, FTC v Actavis, Patents, Pay-For-Delay

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On to the Supreme Court? The D.C. Circuit Denies FERC’s Request for Rehearing En Banc of its Decision to Vacate FERC’s Demand Response Rule

On September 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s request for rehearing en banc of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate FERC’s…more

Demand Response, Energy, FERC, Utilities Sector

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New Urgency for Corporate Inversion Transactions (Quorum, March 2014)

Corporate inversions have constituted an active and successful part of the M&A market in 2013 and early 2014, as acquirors have typically traded up on the date of announcement. However, there is now a new urgency for U.S…more

Corporate Taxes, Foreign Corporations, Inversion, Mergers, U.S. Treasury

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Master Asset Vehicle II: Redemption Unwind Process

On October 2, 2013, after a multi-year implementation process, amendments to the transaction documents of Master Asset Vehicle II (“MAV II”) and related documents (collectively, the “Amendments”) were executed. The Amendments…more

Canada, ERISA, MAV II, Redemption Unwind, Rule 144A

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M&A Update: Chancery Court Orders Financial Advisor to Pay Millions in Damages For Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty

On October 10, 2014, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster ruled that RBC Capital was liable to the former stockholders of Rural/Metro Corporation for $75.8 million – representing 83% of the total damages – for aiding and abetting…more

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More FERC Federalism: D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC’s Jurisdiction Again – New England Power Generators Ass’n v. FERC

On July 8, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the petition for review filed by New England Power Generators Association, Inc. and other market participants’ over four Federal…more

Appeals, Federal Jurisdiction, FERC, Market Participants, Utilities Sector

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First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing: High Frequency Trading Firm Owner Indicted in Northern District of Illinois

On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the indictment of Michael Coscia, the owner of Panther Energy Trading (“Panther”), for six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of…more

Commodities, Criminal Prosecution, Fraud, Popular, Spoofing

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U.S. District Court Confirms FTC Authority To Regulate Corporate Data Security Practices

On April 7, 2014, Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied the first ever motion to dismiss filed in Federal court that challenged the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (“the…more

Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Financial Regulatory Reform, FTC, FTCA

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Nonprofit Revitalization Act Of 2013 -- Best Governance Practices Made Mandatory

On December 18, 2013 Governor Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Revitalization Act”), Assembly Bill Number 8072; Chapter 549 of the Laws of 2013. Intended “to reduce unnecessary and outdated…more

Charitable Organizations, Charitable Trusts, Compliance, Executive Compensation, Non-Profits

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Final And Proposed Regulations Address U.S. Withholding Tax On U.S. Equity Derivatives

I. Introduction - On Tuesday, December 4, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that, if finalized as proposed, would dramatically increase the extent to which U.S. withholding tax is imposed on…more

Derivatives, Dividends, Foreign Investment, IRS, U.S. Treasury

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US DOJ’s First Successful Extradition Based On Antitrust Charges

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that, for the first time ever, the DOJ successfully extradited “an alleged price-fixer” on an antitrust charge. Romano…more

Antitrust Investigations, DOJ, Extradition, Foreign Nationals

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Important Court Decision For No-Fault Insurers; Second Circuit Court Of Appeals Rejects Limitation On State Farm v. Mallela

We are pleased to inform you that our firm, together with our co-counsel Bob Stern of Stern & Montana, obtained a very favorable and significant decision for no-fault insurers on an issue of first impression at the appellate…more

Affirmative Defenses, Allstate, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud, No-Fault Insurance

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Hainan Airlines Delivers a First in Offshore RMB Financing Amidst Record Dim Sum Bond Market Performance

The international market for offshore (ex-mainland China) offerings of debt securities denominated in Renminbi yuan, the currency of the People’s Republic of China, has had a record first half of 2014, with RMB130 billion…more

China, Debt Securities, RMB Bonds

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FERC And CFTC Reach Agreement On Information Sharing And Jurisdiction

After a fair amount of back-channel arm-twisting, the two agencies with principal (and sometimes overlapping) jurisdiction over energy commodities have reached agreement on two memoranda of understanding (“MOUs”) required by the…more

CFTC, Commodities Exchange Act, Dodd-Frank, Energy Market, FERC

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More FERC Federalism: D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC’s Jurisdiction Again – New England Power Generators Ass’n v. FERC

On July 8, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the petition for review filed by New England Power Generators Association, Inc. and other market participants’ over four Federal…more

Appeals, Federal Jurisdiction, FERC, Market Participants, Utilities Sector

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First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing: High Frequency Trading Firm Owner Indicted in Northern District of Illinois

On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the indictment of Michael Coscia, the owner of Panther Energy Trading (“Panther”), for six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of…more

Commodities, Criminal Prosecution, Fraud, Popular, Spoofing

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CFTC Votes to Re-Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 17, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) voted to re-propose rules to impose initial and variation margin requirements on uncleared swaps entered into by swap dealers and major swap participants…more

CFTC, Major Swap Participants, Margin Requirements, Prudential Regulation Authority, Rulemaking Process

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Quorum Update: The Shareholder-Director Exchange Provides New Tools for Boards (Quorum, March 2014)

In the October 2013 issue of Quorum, Jim Woolery, Cadwalader’s Chairman-elect, noted that “the evolving dynamic between boards and the shareholders they serve presents new challenges that require a different set of tools in the…more

Board of Directors, Quorum, Shareholders

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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Impact of the New PRC Cross-Border Security Regulations on Debt Financing

On May 12, 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) issued a notice on the Issuance of Administration Rules of Foreign Exchange on Cross-border Security (the…more

China, Cross-Border, Cross-Border Transactions, Debt Financing, Foreign Exchanges

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Gloves Are Off: FERC Issues Public Notice of Alleged Violations in Powhatan Investigation

On August 5, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued a public Staff Notice of Alleged Violations ("NAV") regarding alleged manipulative Up To Congestion trading by Powhatan Energy Fund (Powhatan) in the…more

Energy, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, FERC, Investigations

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Potential Impact of New SEC Rules on Cell Tower Securitizations

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted two final rules implementing new regulations affecting asset-backed securities (“ABS”). The first set of rules, referred to in this memorandum as…more

ABS, Asset-Backed Securities, Cell Towers, Due Diligence, Regulation AB

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Supreme Court Rules that a Naturally Occurring DNA Segment Is Not Patent Eligible, But cDNA May Be Patent Eligible

After years of uncertainty about the patent eligibility of DNA under §101, the Supreme Court in Ass'n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S. _____ (2013), has held that "a naturally occurring DNA segment is a…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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SEC Renews its Enforcement Focus—With Vigor—on Accounting Issues (Quorum, March 2014)

In the wake of Mary Jo White’s appointment as the new Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement has sought to aggressively investigate alleged accounting violations. …more

Compliance, Enforcement, Fraud, Mary Jo White, SEC

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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New Jersey Appeals Court Interprets Force Majeure Clause In NAESB

In a ruling of significant importance for those confronting force majeure (“FM”) issues in natural gas trades, and a win for Hess Corporation (“Hess” or “Plaintiff”), the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division ruled…more

Appeals, Force Majeure Clause, Hess Corporation, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas

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Skandia: Intra-Company Supplies Treated as Taxable Transactions for VAT Purposes by the Court of Justice of the European Union

On 17 September 2104, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) gave its preliminary ruling in the case of Skandia America Corporation USA, Sweden Branch v Skatterverket (C-7/13) (“Skandia”). The decision of the…more

Corporate Taxes, EU, Income Taxes, International Tax Issues, Value-Added Tax

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Stern v. Marshall Update – Ninth Circuit Holds That Bankruptcy Courts Lack Constitutional Authority To Finally Determine Fraudulent Transfer Claims Against Non-Claimants

On December 4, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit added to the growing body of case law delineating the extent of bankruptcy courts’ jurisdiction in the wake the Supreme Court’s decision in Stern v…more

Article III, Chapter 7, Fraudulent Transfers, Jurisdiction, Split of Authority

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CFTC Votes to Re-Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 17, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) voted to re-propose rules to impose initial and variation margin requirements on uncleared swaps entered into by swap dealers and major swap participants…more

CFTC, Major Swap Participants, Margin Requirements, Prudential Regulation Authority, Rulemaking Process

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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US DOJ’s First Successful Extradition Based On Antitrust Charges

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that, for the first time ever, the DOJ successfully extradited “an alleged price-fixer” on an antitrust charge. Romano…more

Antitrust Investigations, DOJ, Extradition, Foreign Nationals

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Significant Uptick in Royalty and Patent Stream Monetizations (Quorum, March 2014)

One of the areas where Cadwalader has seen a significant pickup in activity levels in 2013 and early 2014 is royalty and patent stream monetizations. In 2013, we helped clients complete 10 royalty and patent monetization deals…more

Patents, Pharmaceutical, Royalties, Technology

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SEC Adopts Regulation AB II

This morning the Securities and Exchange Commission in an open meeting voted to adopt long-awaited final rules (the "Final Rules") implementing a series of changes to the registration and offering process for asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Regulation AB, SEC

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Final And Proposed Regulations Address U.S. Withholding Tax On U.S. Equity Derivatives

I. Introduction - On Tuesday, December 4, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that, if finalized as proposed, would dramatically increase the extent to which U.S. withholding tax is imposed on…more

Derivatives, Dividends, Foreign Investment, IRS, U.S. Treasury

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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Takeaways From Government Victories In Recent Antitrust Merger Trials

Recent government victories in the antitrust challenges to the consummated mergers of Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews and St. Luke’s/Saltzer are the latest in a string of trial successes by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the…more

Antitrust Conspiracies, Antitrust Litigation, Bazaarvoice Inc, DOJ, FTC

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M&A Update: Chancery Court Orders Financial Advisor to Pay Millions in Damages For Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty

On October 10, 2014, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster ruled that RBC Capital was liable to the former stockholders of Rural/Metro Corporation for $75.8 million – representing 83% of the total damages – for aiding and abetting…more

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Vitro Update: “Savings Clause” Fails to Save Vitro Subsidiaries From Involuntary Bankruptcy

Shortly after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit refused to enforce Vitro SAB’s Mexican plan of reorganization in the United States (covered here), Judge Harlin D. Hale of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern…more

Bonds, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Savings Clause

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FTC Continues Antitrust Focus On Health Care Sector With Upcoming Two-Day Health Care Competition Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced that it will be hosting a two-day workshop in Washington, DC on March 20-21 to examine competition issues related to current developments in the U.S. health care industry. …more

Enforcement, FTC, Healthcare

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CRA3 – Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards in relation to Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

On 24 June 2014, ESMA published its Final Report on the draft regulatory technical standards under CRA3. With respect to structured finance instruments, the Final Report sets out draft standards for the information to be…more

CRA, Disclosure Requirements, ESMA, EU, Structured Financial Products

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EU Risk Retention Requirement: A Workable Solution For US CLO Collateral Managers?

Background - Article 405 of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms and amending Regulation (EU) No…more

Banks, Collateralized Loan Obligations, EU, European Banking Authority, European Commission

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CRA3 – Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards in relation to Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

On 24 June 2014, ESMA published its Final Report on the draft regulatory technical standards under CRA3. With respect to structured finance instruments, the Final Report sets out draft standards for the information to be…more

CRA, Disclosure Requirements, ESMA, EU, Structured Financial Products

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A Brief Primer for Corporate Social Media Disclosures in Light of the SEC’s Recent Guidance on Regulation FD

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission" or "SEC") recently stepped into the social media age with its April 2, 2013 Report of Investigation pursuant to 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 concerning a…more

Facebook, Investors, Netflix, Public Disclosure, Reed Hastings

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Norex Decision, Long in Federal Court, Now Dismissed By State Court Using Borrowing Statute To Shorten Applicable Limitations Period

We have posted on the meanderings of the Norex case in federal court... After dismissal from federal court, Norex sued in state court. Norex Petroleum Ltd. v. Leonard Blavatnik, et al., Index No. 650591/11 (Sup. Ct. N.Y…more

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No Market Interest Rate and No Make Whole: Momentive Performance Court Rejects Lender Arguments Against Confirmation

On August 26, 2014, Judge Robert D. Drain of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that (i) the debtors could satisfy the cramdown requirements of section 1129(b) of the Bankruptcy Code…more

Bankruptcy Code, Cramdown, Interest Rates, Make-Whole Premium, Secured Creditors

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SEC Adopts Regulation AB II

This morning the Securities and Exchange Commission in an open meeting voted to adopt long-awaited final rules (the "Final Rules") implementing a series of changes to the registration and offering process for asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Regulation AB, SEC

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M&A Update: Treasury Announces New Anti-Inversion Rules

On September 22, 2014, the Treasury Department announced its intent to issue new regulations that will reduce the tax benefits available after an inversion and may make it more difficult for some U.S. companies to invert (the…more

Corporate Counsel, Popular

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Court Denies Pinnacle Airlines’ Motion to Reject Collective Bargaining Agreement: Outlines Potential Resolution

Following the pattern recently established by other S.D.N.Y. bankruptcy judges in Hostess and American Airlines, Judge Robert Gerber denied Pinnacle Airlines’ motion to reject its collective bargaining agreement with the Air…more

American Airlines, Collective Bargaining, Hostess, Pinnacle Airlines, Unions

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Lehman Bankruptcy Court Issues Safe Harbor Decision

On December 19, 2013, Judge James M. Peck of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued his latest decision in the Lehman Brothers cases addressing the scope of the safe harbor provisions of…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Lehman Brothers, Safe Harbors, Section 560, Swap Agreements

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A Brief Primer for Corporate Social Media Disclosures in Light of the SEC’s Recent Guidance on Regulation FD

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission" or "SEC") recently stepped into the social media age with its April 2, 2013 Report of Investigation pursuant to 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 concerning a…more

Facebook, Investors, Netflix, Public Disclosure, Reed Hastings

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REMIT Draft Implementing Acts Further Define Data Reporting Obligations

On 8 July 2014, the European Commission’s DG Energy published an updated draft of the implementing acts on data reporting under the Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (“REMIT”)…more

Compliance, EU, European Commission, REMIT, Reporting Requirements

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Supreme Court Rejects SEC's Position Concerning Statute of Limitations in Securities Fraud Actions

On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Gabelli v. SEC, holding that, in an action by the government for civil penalties, the five-year statute of limitations provided by 28 U.S.C. §…more

Discovery Rule, Fraud, Gabelli v SEC, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, SCOTUS

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Significant Upwind Impact: The Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”). EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., No. 12-1182. In a 6-2 decision, the…more

Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution, EPA, EPA v EME Homer City, NAAQS

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CFIUS Scrutiny of Foreign Acquisitions of U.S. Businesses Intensifies (Quorum, March 2014)

The most recently released annual report (for 2012) by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) highlights a sharp increase in abandoned deals involving foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses. …more

CFIUS, Compliance, Foreign Investment, Investigations

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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DOJ And FTC Release Joint Antitrust Policy Statement Regarding Sharing Of Cybersecurity Information

On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing of Cybersecurity Information explaining that competitors can share legitimate…more

Cybersecurity, DOJ, FTC

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Federal Circuit Clarifies Standards for a Clinical Trial to Be Public Use

In 2007, Dey L.P., Dey Inc., and their parent company Mylan, Inc. (collectively, "Dey") sued Sunovion Pharmaceutical, Inc. ("Sunovion"; formerly known as Sepracor, Inc.) for infringement of five of Dey's patents…more

Clinical Trials, Dey, Patent Infringement, Patents, Prior User

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Cyprus: Time To Trade?

On 25 March 2013, the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank (also known as Cyprus Popular Bank) entered resolution proceedings under the Resolution of Credit and Other Institutions Law 2013…more

Capital Controls, Central Bank of Cyprus, Cyprus Bailout, Due Diligence, Recapitalization

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Potential Impact of New SEC Rules on Cell Tower Securitizations

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted two final rules implementing new regulations affecting asset-backed securities (“ABS”). The first set of rules, referred to in this memorandum as…more

ABS, Asset-Backed Securities, Cell Towers, Due Diligence, Regulation AB

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European Banking Authority Publishes Final Draft Regulatory Technical Standards On Securitisation Retention Rules – Who Can Now Retain In A Managed CLO?

I. Introduction - Earlier this week, the EBA published its final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (“Draft RTS”) on securitisation retention rules and related requirements. The RTS are intended to provide greater…more

Banks, Capital Requirements, EU, MiFID, Risk Retention

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New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, Due Diligence, SEC

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Significant Upwind Impact: The Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”). EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., No. 12-1182. In a 6-2 decision, the…more

Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution, EPA, EPA v EME Homer City, NAAQS

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FERC Orders Evidentiary Hearing For Alleged Market Manipulation By BP

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order setting an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to determine whether BP America Inc., BP Corporation North America Inc., BP…more

Evidentiary Hearings, FERC, Market Manipulation

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The Volcker Rule’s Impact On Banking Entities’ Ownership And Sponsorship Of Structured Finance And Securitization Transactions

On December 10, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity…more

CFTC, Covered Banking Entity, Dodd-Frank, FDIC, Federal Reserve

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Cyprus: Time To Trade?

On 25 March 2013, the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank (also known as Cyprus Popular Bank) entered resolution proceedings under the Resolution of Credit and Other Institutions Law 2013…more

Capital Controls, Central Bank of Cyprus, Cyprus Bailout, Due Diligence, Recapitalization

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Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases?

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA" or "the Act") prohibits bribery of foreign public officials in order to obtain or retain business. In addition to its anti-bribery provisions, the FCPA contains accounting provisions…more

Anti-Corruption, Audits, Bribery, Compliance, DOJ

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M&A Update | Inversions: The View from Ireland

On June 25, 2014, Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, among others, met with Cadwalader Chairman-elect and Corporate Group Co-Chair James C. Woolery in Dublin regarding…more

Acquisitions, International Tax Issues, Ireland, Mergers, Popular

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Hainan Airlines Delivers a First in Offshore RMB Financing Amidst Record Dim Sum Bond Market Performance

The international market for offshore (ex-mainland China) offerings of debt securities denominated in Renminbi yuan, the currency of the People’s Republic of China, has had a record first half of 2014, with RMB130 billion…more

China, Debt Securities, RMB Bonds

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An Exceptional Decision: The ITC Stays Cease and Desist Orders Issued in the Dental Position Adjustment Appliances Investigation

On June 11, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission ordered the stay of its own cease and desist orders previously entered against ClearCorrect Operating, LLC (CCUS) and ClearCorrect Pakistan (Private), Ltd. (CCPK)…more

Cease and Desist Orders, Digital Goods, ITC, Medical Devices, Order to Stay

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Impact of the New PRC Cross-Border Security Regulations on Debt Financing

On May 12, 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) issued a notice on the Issuance of Administration Rules of Foreign Exchange on Cross-border Security (the…more

China, Cross-Border, Cross-Border Transactions, Debt Financing, Foreign Exchanges

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