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44 Senators Ask SEC to Require Disclosure of Political Contributions

In this letter 44 senators called on SEC Chair Mary Jo White to act on a rulemaking petition that would require companies to disclose their political spending. The letter was referring to Petition for Rulemaking, File No. 4-637,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

States File First Brief in Regulation A+ Challenge

Montana and Massachusetts have filed their first brief in their Regulation A+ challenge. They are not happy because Tier 2 offerings under Regulation A+ preempt state review of the offering. Under the text of the rule Tier 2…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Securities Law

Court Examines Disclosure Duties in Consent Solicitaion Removing Directors

In Kerbawy v. McDonnell, the Delaware Court of Chancery affirmed the validity of a solicitation of written consents that removed certain directors and appointed new directors. A key theme of the opinion is that stockholders are…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

FinCEN Proposes Extending Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Requirements to Investment Advisers

On Tuesday, the United States Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed a rule that would require SEC-registered investment advisers, including private equity and hedge funds, to comply with…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional After Rehearing

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its decision on the conflict minerals rule after a rehearing. In National Association of Manufacturers, et al, v. SEC, the Court adhered to its original…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Securities Law

Court Reviews Validity of Escrow Claims

Gore, et al., v. Al Jazeera America Holdings I, Inc. emphasizes not only the necessity to carefully draft indemnification claim provisions in merger agreements but the need to carefully draft indemnification claims as well. Here…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

SDNY Enjoins SEC Administrative Proceeding

In Duka v. SEC, the District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a preliminary injunction to enjoin an SEC administrative proceeding because the proceeding is “likely unconstitutional.” The court gave the same…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Securities Law

Update on Proxy Puts

Strike suits against public companies for “dead hand proxy put” provisions in credit agreements have recently attracted a lot of attention. A “dead hand proxy put” provides for the acceleration of amounts outstanding under a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

SEC Explains How to Form a Pre-Existing Relationship Using the Internet; New CDI’s Issued

The SEC granted no-action relief to Citizen VC, Inc. which appears to state, although subject to facts and circumstances, a pre-existing relation can be formed with a person that first contacts a seller of securities over the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

ISS Commences 2016 Proxy Voting Policy Survey

ISS has commenced its 2016 proxy voting policy survey. Some of the issues ISS seeks comment on include: - Is it appropriate to use non-GAAP or adjusted GAAP metrics for compensation programs? - What types of equity…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

SEC Adopts Final Pay Ratio Rule – A Comprehensive Summary

The SEC has adopted a final “pay ratio” rule required by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act. In general, the “pay ratio” rule requires public companies to disclose the median of the annual total compensation of all employees…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

SEC Bolsters Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Rules Through Interpretive Guidance

There has been a debate about whether a whistleblower must report information about a violation of securities laws to the SEC, as opposed to internal reporting, to qualify for protection under the anti-retaliation provisions of…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Option Holders Cannot be Burdened With Escrow in Merger Transaction

In Fox v. CDX Holdings, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery held that option holders could not be burdened by an escrow imposed on equity holders in a merger transaction when the terms of the option plan did not permit the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Bank Has Standing to Challenge Constitutionality of CFPB

In State National Bank of Big Spring v. Lew, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the plaintiff had standing to challenge the constitutionality of the CFPB. The Court made quick…more
| Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Court Permits Settlement of Appraisal Demands on Terms Not Available to All Dissenters

Tiny deals can bring large complications. Mannix v. PlasmaNet, Inc. involved appraisal rights in a merger where the merger consideration, after adjustments, amounted to $114,000, to be split amongst 19,307,715 shares, or…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law
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