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"Hong Kong Takeovers Panel Invalidates Whitewash Waiver Granted to Alibaba"

The recent decision of the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel (the Panel) in relation to Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited (formerly CITIC 21CN Company Limited (21CN)) has reemphasized the fundamental importance…more

Acquisitions, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC), Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Majority Shareholders

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2015 SEC Filing Deadlines for Companies With December 31, 2014 Fiscal Year End

As the end of the year approaches, reporting companies should be aware of the various SEC filing deadlines for 2015. Companies also should be mindful of the 2015 financial statement "staleness" dates (when financial statements…more

Compliance, Deadlines, Filing Requirements, SEC

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"US Tax Court Issues Key Section 199 Decision for Contract Manufacturing Arrangements"

In a case of first impression, the United States Tax Court has applied the Section 199 domestic production rules in a contract manufacturing context. In Advo, Inc. & Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, the court rejected the view…more

Manufacturers, Section 199

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The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2015

In This Issue: - The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 - Class Certification Decisions: ..Decisions Granting Motions to Strike/Dismiss Class Claims ..Decisions Denying Motions to…more

Breach of Contract, CAFA, Chamber of Commerce, Class Action, Class Certification

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"Important FIRPTA and REIT Reforms Enacted"

The newly signed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) includes several reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) and the taxation of real estate investment trusts (REITs)…more

FIRPTA, Foreign Investment, Pension Funds, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, REIT

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"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino…more

DOJ, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Mergers, The Clayton Act

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"First Circuit Holds That a Private Equity Fund May be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Obligations"

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a private equity fund sponsored by Sun Capital Advisors constituted a “trade or business” for purposes of ERISA multiemployer pension withdrawal…more

Controlled Groups, ERISA, Multi-Employer Pensions, Pensions, Private Equity

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"No Gains, Just Pain: Increasingly Uncomfortable Taxation Environment for Private Equity Executives’ Compensation"

Arguing that their compensation should count as capital gains — since it derives from the appreciation in value of portfolio companies — private equity executives in Europe generally have been taxed under the more favorable…more

Capital Gains, Carried Interest, EU, Executive Compensation, France

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"Recent Case Highlights Opportunity for Distressed Exploration and Production Companies"

On March 8, 2016, a bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York issued a much-anticipated decision, In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation, that will undoubtedly influence the reorganization strategies of certain…more

Bankruptcy Court, Commercial Bankruptcy, Covenants that Run With the Land, Debtors, Exploration and Production Sharing Contract

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"Insights Conversations: M&A"

Skadden M&A partners Steve Arcano, Tom Kennedy (moderator), Jeremy London, Amr Razzak and Rodd Schreiber discussed their perspectives on M&A activity in 2015 and the outlook for 2016. The conversation covered the current…more

Acquisitions, Antitrust Investigations, Board of Directors, Institutional Investors, Mergers

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"Brazil: Recent Corruption Scandals Offer First Test of Brazilian Anti-Corruption Act"

As in China, in 2014, authorities in Brazil significantly increased investigations and enforcement actions. Brazilian headlines recently have been dominated by the corruption scandal involving Petrobras (Brazil’s state-run,…more

Anti-Corruption, Brazil, Energy Sector, Enforcement Actions, Government Investigations

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"Staples-Office Depot Mergers, 1997 v. 2016: Changed Industry, Same Result"

On May 17, 2016, one week after announcing his decision, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released a public version of his opinion siding with the Federal Trade Commission in its…more

B2B Transactions, Burden of Proof, Competition, Evidence, Expert Testimony

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"Key Takeaways - Energy M&A Webinar Series: Utility M&A Update"

On January 28, 2016, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Utility M&A Update,” the first installment of a three-part Energy M&A Webinar Series focused on transactional trends in the energy industry. The program, which drew 140…more

Energy Sector, Foreign Investment, Industry Consolidation, Merger Agreements, Natural Gas

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"Cutting-Edge Analysis Can Help Companies Leverage Patent Opportunities, Avoid Risks"

There is no shortage of new developments involving patents these days — from legislative initiatives in Congress to a host of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions — and making sense of these changes and their impact on patent…more

Analytics, Business Opportunities, Patent Infringement, Patent Portfolios, Patents

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"Fee-Shifting Bylaws: The Current State of Play"

As previously reported, on May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis Federation), No. 534,2013 (Del. May 8, 2014), holding that fee-shifting provisions…more

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"The Newfound Attractiveness of European M&A"

In 2014, Europe registered its highest levels of M&A deal activity since the financial crisis. Compared to 2013, overall European M&A activity climbed 40.5 percent to $901.4 billion (the highest value since 2008). Inbound M&A,…more

Corporate Sales Transactions, EU, Foreign Investment, Merger Agreements

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"2015-16 Supreme Court Update"

In its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court is once again poised to address a range of disputes relevant to businesses. These include significant constitutional issues, class action practice and other procedural matters, and…more

Affirmative Action, Class Action, Class Certification, Corporate Counsel, Extraterritoriality Rules

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The E-Discovery Digest - February 2016

This is the third edition of The E-Discovery Digest, a periodic publication on notable decisions relating to key discovery topics. It is designed to keep clients up to date on the evolving state of the law regarding discovery…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Attorney-Client Privilege, Bad Faith, Cost-Shifting, Disclosure

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Skadden Energy Law Handbook - 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 Skadden Energy Law Handbook, available as a PDF or via our web page. This updated edition of our 2006 Handbook addresses a broad range of energy regulation topics, including…more

Energy Sector, Handbooks

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Skadden Energy Law Handbook - 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 Skadden Energy Law Handbook, available as a PDF or via our web page. This updated edition of our 2006 Handbook addresses a broad range of energy regulation topics, including…more

Energy Sector, Handbooks

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"Limited English Proficiency: An Emerging Compliance Risk"

How consumer financial services providers can meet the needs of a growing population of "limited English proficiency" (LEP) consumers without running afoul of laws prohibiting deceptive practices and discrimination has emerged…more

CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, English-Only Rules, Fair Lending, Financial Services Industry

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"IRS Issues Alert on Phishing Scheme to Obtain Payroll Data"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued an alert regarding a phishing email scheme in which cybercriminals pose as governmental officials or company executives and request employee payroll and tax data, including W-2s…more

Corporate Executives, Cyber Crimes, Email, Government Officials, IRS

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The E-Discovery Digest - February 2016

This is the third edition of The E-Discovery Digest, a periodic publication on notable decisions relating to key discovery topics. It is designed to keep clients up to date on the evolving state of the law regarding discovery…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Attorney-Client Privilege, Bad Faith, Cost-Shifting, Disclosure

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"Big Data Enters the Agenda of EU Antitrust Authorities"

On May 10, 2016, the French Competition Authority and German Federal Cartel Office published “Competition Law and Data,” a joint report on big data and its implications for competition law. The paper identifies issues that…more

Acquisitions, Antitrust Investigations, Big Data, Competition Authorities, EU

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"Recent Case Highlights Opportunity for Distressed Exploration and Production Companies"

On March 8, 2016, a bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York issued a much-anticipated decision, In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation, that will undoubtedly influence the reorganization strategies of certain…more

Bankruptcy Court, Commercial Bankruptcy, Covenants that Run With the Land, Debtors, Exploration and Production Sharing Contract

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"CFIUS’s Annual Report to Congress Highlights Decrease in Investigations, Need for Transparency "

Key Developments - The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency organization charged with identifying potential national security risks posed by foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses…more

Acquisitions, Annual Reports, CFIUS, China, Critical Infrastructure Sectors

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"The Trans-Pacific Partnership and What It Means for Pre-Existing Treaties"

On November 5, 2015, after seven years of high-stakes negotiations, the Office of the United States Trade Representative released the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement among the United States…more

Expropriation, Foreign Investment, International Arbitration, International Litigation, International Treaties

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The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2015

In This Issue: - The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 - Class Certification Decisions: ..Decisions Granting Motions to Strike/Dismiss Class Claims ..Decisions Denying Motions to…more

Breach of Contract, CAFA, Chamber of Commerce, Class Action, Class Certification

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"Mass Tort and Consumer Class Action Outlook: Opportunities and Challenges"

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down several decisions addressing overbroad or “no-injury” class actions, and a number of important issues are percolating in the lower courts as well. Below are some issues…more

Article III, Ascertainable Class, Class Action, Class Certification, Corporate Counsel

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"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino…more

DOJ, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Mergers, The Clayton Act

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"New HHS OIG Criteria to Guide Resolution of Health Care Investigations"

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has issued updated guidance on the use of its so-called permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act (42…more

Administrative Authority, CMS, DOJ, Exclusion Orders, False Claims Act (FCA)

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"Labor Department Redefines ‘Fiduciary’ for ERISA and Internal Revenue Code Purposes"

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a widely anticipated final regulation that redefines who is a “fiduciary” of certain employee benefit and other plans for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security…more

401k, Administrative Exemption, Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, DOL

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"Will 2014 Be the ‘Year of the Foreign Private Issuer’?"

Experience in 2013 has shown that U.S. securities exchanges are once again becoming increasingly popular venues for listings by non-U.S. companies. The number of non-U.S. companies that conducted initial listings in the U.S. in…more

Compliance, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Emerging Growth Companies, Foreign Exchanges

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The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2015

In This Issue: - The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 - Class Certification Decisions: ..Decisions Granting Motions to Strike/Dismiss Class Claims ..Decisions Denying Motions to…more

Breach of Contract, CAFA, Chamber of Commerce, Class Action, Class Certification

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The E-Discovery Digest - February 2016

This is the third edition of The E-Discovery Digest, a periodic publication on notable decisions relating to key discovery topics. It is designed to keep clients up to date on the evolving state of the law regarding discovery…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Attorney-Client Privilege, Bad Faith, Cost-Shifting, Disclosure

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"2015-16 Supreme Court Update"

In its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court is once again poised to address a range of disputes relevant to businesses. These include significant constitutional issues, class action practice and other procedural matters, and…more

Affirmative Action, Class Action, Class Certification, Corporate Counsel, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine changes to EU privacy and data protection laws, new state laws addressing data breach notifications, Congress' review of cyber insurance, and recent court…more

Class Action, Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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"Hong Kong Takeovers Panel Invalidates Whitewash Waiver Granted to Alibaba"

The recent decision of the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel (the Panel) in relation to Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited (formerly CITIC 21CN Company Limited (21CN)) has reemphasized the fundamental importance…more

Acquisitions, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC), Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Majority Shareholders

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"French Government Extends Its Veto Rights on Foreign Investments in Country’s Strategic Sectors"

On May 15, 2014, the French government published a decree extending its veto rights over foreign investments in French strategic sectors (the New Decree). The New Decree has been dubbed the “Alstom Decree” by the media, as it…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, EU, Foreign Investment, Veto Rights

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"IRS Guidance Clarifies 'Begun Construction' Standard for Renewable Electricity Production Credit Property"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released welcome new guidance with respect to renewable electricity production and energy investment tax credits. A notice issued on May 5, 2016, reflects changes to the production tax…more

Begun Construction Test, Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act

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"Aggressive SEC Enforcement Approach Creates New Challenges for Resolving Investigations"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursued aggressive enforcement of the securities laws in the past year. Several trends related to the SEC's vigorous approach are likely to continue in 2015…more

Administrative Hearings, Dodd-Frank, Personal Liability, Popular, SEC

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"Maryland Again Proposes Regulations Regarding Its Pay-to-Play"

The Maryland State Board of Elections recently proposed new regulations regarding its pay-to-play reporting law. The public comment period closes on May 30, 2016. Below is a summary of the key provisions contained in the…more

Corporate Executives, Filing Requirements, Notice Requirements, Pay-To-Play, Political Contributions

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"US Further Eases Sanctions Ahead of President’s Historic Trip to Cuba"

On March 15, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced regulatory amendments that further eased U.S. sanctions…more

BIS, Cuba, Economic Sanctions, Export Controls, Exports

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Insights: The Delaware Edition - May 2016

This issue focuses on important, developing areas of Delaware corporation law and deal litigation, including the Court of Chancery’s clarification of its evolving views about disclosure-based deal litigation settlements;…more

Acquisitions, Aiding and Abetting, Board of Directors, Books & Records, Buyouts

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"SEC Judge Issues Initial Decision Regarding Chinese Affiliates of the Big Four Accounting Firms"

On January 22, 2014, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge Cameron Elliot (the ALJ) issued an initial decision censuring the Chinese accounting firms affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP…more

Auditors, Audits, China, CSRC, Deloitte

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"US Further Eases Burma Sanctions"

In response to Burma’s peaceful and competitive elections in November 2015, on May 18, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further eased U.S. sanctions against Burma (Myanmar). These…more

Burma, Economic Sanctions, Exports, Financial Institutions, Foreign Investment

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"Challenging the IRS Anti-Inversion Notice: A Hollow Threat"

On September 22, 2014, Treasury and the IRS issued Notice 2014-52, 2014-42 I.R.B. 712 (the Notice), announcing their intention to issue regulations aimed at blunting certain of the benefits from so-called inversion transactions…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Anti-Injunction Act, Declaratory Judgment Act, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Inversion

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"New HHS OIG Criteria to Guide Resolution of Health Care Investigations"

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has issued updated guidance on the use of its so-called permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act (42…more

Administrative Authority, CMS, DOJ, Exclusion Orders, False Claims Act (FCA)

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"MiFID II Expected to Have Significant Impact on Investment Managers"

When implemented, revisions to the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) will radically change the regulation of EU securities and derivatives markets, and significantly impact the investment management…more

AIFM, EU, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), Investment Management, MiFID

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"Renewable Energy Project Warehouse Facilities Are on the Rise"

An important development in the financing of solar, wind and other renewable energy projects in 2015 was the use of a flexible investment and financing vehicle referred to as a “warehouse.” Akin to traditional warehouse…more

Construction Project, Debt Financing, Equity Financing, Popular, Power Purchase Agreements

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"New Regulations Address Outbound Transfers and Transfer Pricing"

On September 14, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) and Treasury Department proposed new regulations addressing the tax treatment under Section 367 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) of certain transfers by U.S…more

Aggregation Rules, Arms Length Transactions, Controlled Transactions, Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Foreign Corporations

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"SEC Staff Issues Updated Non-GAAP Financial Measures Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued new and revised compliance and disclosure interpretations (CDIs) regarding the SEC’s rules and regulations…more

CDIs, Guidance Update, Non-GAAP Financial Measures, Regulation S-K, SEC

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"New Federal Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law"

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA, or Act) into law. The DTSA, among other things, amends the Economic Espionage Act to create, for the first time, a federal private civil cause…more

Asset Seizure, Damages, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Ex Parte, Injunctions

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"New IRS Tax Accounting Rule to Benefit M&A"

The IRS recently adopted a taxpayer-favorable new tax rule that alleviates one of the more significant tax risks that often complicates M&A. Historically, if a target company had been reporting something incorrectly on its tax…more

Acquisitions, Corporate Taxes, IRS, Mergers

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"The Future of Government Regulation, Enforcement of Off-Label Promotion"

Three years ago, in United States v. Caronia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) neither prohibits nor criminalizes truthful, nonmisleading speech that may…more

Advertising, Amarin, Caronia, Commercial Speech, Corporate Counsel

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"Limited English Proficiency: An Emerging Compliance Risk"

How consumer financial services providers can meet the needs of a growing population of "limited English proficiency" (LEP) consumers without running afoul of laws prohibiting deceptive practices and discrimination has emerged…more

CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, English-Only Rules, Fair Lending, Financial Services Industry

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"Delaware Supreme Court Reaffirms Important Protections for Corporate Directors"

A trio of opinions from the Delaware Supreme Court, each authored by Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., has reaffirmed Delaware’s deference to the business judgment of disinterested corporate decision-makers and restored…more

Appeals, Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Business Judgment Rule, DE Supreme Court

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SEC Proposes Liquidity Management Rules for Open-End and Exchange-Traded Funds

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose a new Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act), as well as amendments to its rules and forms designed to promote…more

ETFs, Exchange-Traded Products, Investment Company Act of 1940, Liquidity Risk Management Rule, Mutual Funds

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"New Listing Rules for Premium-Listed UK Companies: The Fine Line Between Upholding Majority Rule and Protecting Minority Rights"

The protection of minority shareholders in companies with a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange came to the fore in the United Kingdom following the 2012 and 2013 publication of consultation papers on the effectiveness…more

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Listing Standards, London Stock Exchange, Minority Shareholders, Shareholder Rights

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Hong Kong Regulatory Update - March 2015

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong…more

Annual Reports, Enforcement Actions, HKEx, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC)

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"Proposed Treasury Regulations Dramatically Alter Existing Debt/Equity Law"

On April 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department proposed new Treasury regulations that, if finalized, would become retroactively effective to April 4, 2016, and dramatically alter the tax landscape…more

Corporate Structures, Debt, Equity Transactions, IRS, Proposed Regulation

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine changes to EU privacy and data protection laws, new state laws addressing data breach notifications, Congress' review of cyber insurance, and recent court…more

Class Action, Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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"Potential Regulatory and Litigation Risks Relating to Recent Fixed-Income Market Concerns"

Recent events relating to the fixed-income markets — including volatility in the high-yield markets and the high-profile closings of a number of funds invested in high-yield and distressed assets — have raised concerns among…more

Distressed Assets, ETFs, Fixed Income Investments, High-Yield Markets, Portfolio Managers

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"The Fracturing of Global FRAND Patent Licensing"

Standard essential patent (SEP) owners have long licensed their patent portfolios, including both SEPs and non-SEPs, on a global basis. But recent divergence, including in China and other jurisdictions, regarding what royalty…more

China, FRAND, IEEE, IP License, Patents

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"Insights Conversations: International Renewable Energy Projects"

The renewable energy sector, particularly wind and solar, has seen rapid expansion globally among both developed and developing countries. Skadden attorneys Paul Kraske, Jorge Kamine, Aryan Moniri and Leah Chacon discuss current…more

Africa, Asia, Foreign Investment, Latin America, Middle East

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"Key Takeaways: Changes Will Impact Investment in US Real Estate"

On May 4, 2016, Skadden presented the seminar “How FIRPTA and REIT Changes Will Impact Investment in US Real Estate.” Congressman Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., gave the introductory remarks, and panelists included Jeffrey DeBoer,…more

FIRPTA, Foreign Investment, Pension Funds, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Real Estate Investments

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"Bankruptcy Court Tightens Intentional Fraudulent Transfer Pleading Requirements"

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed intentional fraudulent transfer claims asserted by a bankruptcy litigation trustee against former shareholders of Lyondell Chemical…more

Acquisitions, Bankruptcy Court, Chapter 11, Corporate Restructuring, Federal Pleading Requirements

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"Broker-Dealer M&A Transactions: Toward a More Accommodating Regulatory Process"

M&A transactions involving regulated broker-dealers often require Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) approval under NASD Rule 1017. Such approval is required for any direct or indirect acquisition by a broker-dealer…more

Broker-Dealer, Change in Control, Change in Ownership, FINRA, Material Change Doctrine

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"FINRA Provides Guidance on Effective Supervision and Control Practices for Firms Engaging in Algorithmic Trading Strategies"

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a regulatory notice (the “Notice”) in March 2015 that provides guidance on effective supervision and control practices for firms engaging in algorithmic trading…more

Algorithmic Trading, FINRA, Market Access Rule, Regulation SCI, Regulation SHO

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"Banking Regulators Increasingly Assert Jurisdiction Beyond Financial Institutions"

Federal and state banking regulators have broad and largely discretionary supervisory and enforcement powers over the financial institutions they regulate, which include banks and their affiliates. Key regulators in this area…more

CFPB, Department of Financial Services, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Authority, FDIC

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The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2015

In This Issue: - The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 - Class Certification Decisions: ..Decisions Granting Motions to Strike/Dismiss Class Claims ..Decisions Denying Motions to…more

Breach of Contract, CAFA, Chamber of Commerce, Class Action, Class Certification

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Insights: The Delaware Edition - October 2015

We are pleased to share with you the inaugural issue of Insights: The Delaware Edition, a periodic publication addressing significant Delaware deal litigation and corporation law developments. In This Issue: - Q&A With…more

Aiding and Abetting, Appeals, Appraisal Rights, Board of Directors, Breach of Duty

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Skadden Energy Law Handbook - 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 Skadden Energy Law Handbook, available as a PDF or via our web page. This updated edition of our 2006 Handbook addresses a broad range of energy regulation topics, including…more

Energy Sector, Handbooks

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"Penn National Gaming, Inc. Announces First-Ever Tax-Free PropCo REIT Spin"

Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PNG) announced last evening the first-ever tax-free spin-off of a “PropCo” real estate investment trust (REIT) from a taxable C corporation. PNG intends to separate its real property gaming facilities…more

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"Supreme Court Decision in FCA Case Both a Win, Setback for Health Care Providers"

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous decision in a False Claims Act (FCA) case that cuts both ways for the health care industry. In an opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the Court held in…more

Criminal Prosecution, False Claims Act (FCA), Federal Contractors, First-to-File, Health Care Providers

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine changes to EU privacy and data protection laws, new state laws addressing data breach notifications, Congress' review of cyber insurance, and recent court…more

Class Action, Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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"Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Bankruptcy Court Authority, Allows Court Adjudication of ‘Stern Claims’ if Parties Consent"

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Wellness International Network, Ltd., et al. v. Sharif. The Wellness decision clarifies one of the most significant open issues created four years ago by the Court’s…more

Article III, Bankruptcy Code, Consent, Judicial Authority, SCOTUS

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"Supreme Court Mandates a Clear Error Standard of Review for Factual Findings Underlying Claim Construction"

In a 7-2 decision issued on January 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., held that the Federal Circuit must review factual findings underlying claim construction for clear error,…more

Claim Construction, Clear Error Standard, De Novo Standard of Review, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Patents

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"Supreme Court Recognizes ERISA Fiduciary Duty to Monitor Plan Investments"

On May 18, 2015, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Tibble v. Edison International1 that fiduciaries who select investment options for 401(k) plans have a continuing duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of…more

401k, Breach of Duty, Duty of Prudence, Duty to Monitor, ERISA

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"Emerging Issues in the Federal Regulation of Electricity Markets"

In 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will address many of the most serious challenges the electric industry faces in multiple proceedings that will be closely followed by industry participants. Those…more

Electricity, EPA, FERC, Natural Gas, NERC

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Skadden Energy Law Handbook - 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 Skadden Energy Law Handbook, available as a PDF or via our web page. This updated edition of our 2006 Handbook addresses a broad range of energy regulation topics, including…more

Energy Sector, Handbooks

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"Employment Flash - February 2016"

The February 2016 edition of the Employment Flash looks at the EEOC's proposal for collecting equal pay information, the DOL's recent interpretation of joint employment liability under the FLSA and MSPA, Lyft's settlement of a…more

Agricultural Workers, Arbitration Agreements, Background Checks, CA Supreme Court, Campbell Ewald v Gomez

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"European M&A: Multifunctional Stichtings"

The use of “stichtings,” or Dutch foundations, in the M&A context became more widely known outside of Europe in 2015 in connection with Mylan N.V.'s use of a Dutch poison pill defense against Teva's unsolicited offer. The…more

Business Assets, Business Entities, Cross-Border Transactions, EU, Mergers

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"Antitrust and Competition: Surveying Global M&A Enforcement Trends"

US: Continuation of Aggressive Review and Enforcement - In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) further embraced their aggressive approach to merger…more

Antitrust Provisions, AT&T, Berkshire Hathaway, Competition, DirectTV

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"Labor Department Redefines ‘Fiduciary’ for ERISA and Internal Revenue Code Purposes"

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a widely anticipated final regulation that redefines who is a “fiduciary” of certain employee benefit and other plans for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security…more

401k, Administrative Exemption, Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, DOL

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"FATCA Finally Takes Effect, Subject to Transition Rules"

After several years of delays, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) finally took effect on July 1, 2014. Congress enacted FATCA as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act in 2010 to stop U.S. taxpayers…more

Enforcement, FATCA, Foreign Bank Accounts, Intergovernmental Agreements, IRS

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"New York State Issues RFP to Deploy $200 Million for Clean Energy Projects"

On February 5, the newly created New York State Green Bank issued its first request for proposals for clean energy projects in the state looking to access the Green Bank’s range of credit facilities…more

Clean Energy, Funding, Green Banks, Renewable Energy

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Employment Flash - July 2013

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court Issues Two Important Decisions Under Title VII - Supreme Court Holds Lone Plaintiff’s FLSA Collective Action Is Moot When Claims Are Resolved Before Certification -…more

Class Action, Class Arbitration, Class Certification, Collective Actions, Discrimination

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Insights: The Delaware Edition - October 2015

We are pleased to share with you the inaugural issue of Insights: The Delaware Edition, a periodic publication addressing significant Delaware deal litigation and corporation law developments. In This Issue: - Q&A With…more

Aiding and Abetting, Appeals, Appraisal Rights, Board of Directors, Breach of Duty

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Skadden Energy Law Handbook - 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 Skadden Energy Law Handbook, available as a PDF or via our web page. This updated edition of our 2006 Handbook addresses a broad range of energy regulation topics, including…more

Energy Sector, Handbooks

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Insights: The Delaware Edition - May 2016

This issue focuses on important, developing areas of Delaware corporation law and deal litigation, including the Court of Chancery’s clarification of its evolving views about disclosure-based deal litigation settlements;…more

Acquisitions, Aiding and Abetting, Board of Directors, Books & Records, Buyouts

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"Labor Department Redefines ‘Fiduciary’ for ERISA and Internal Revenue Code Purposes"

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a widely anticipated final regulation that redefines who is a “fiduciary” of certain employee benefit and other plans for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security…more

401k, Administrative Exemption, Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, DOL

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"Popularity of Locked-Box Deals in the UK: Price Certainty, Other Benefits for Buyers"

In the U.K. M&A market, the continuing trend in recent years has been an increase in the number of deals being completed on the basis of a locked-box pricing mechanism. In a locked-box transaction, as opposed to the completion…more

Acquisitions, Audits, Buyers, Fixed Price, Locked-Box Deals

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"Third Circuit Provides Road Map for Structured Dismissals"

In the past decade, Chapter 11 practice has witnessed the rise of a new phenomenon: structured dismissals.1 Broadly speaking, the term structured dismissal is an umbrella term for a dismissal order that includes additional bells…more

Appeals, Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Chapter 7, Class Action

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"SEC Provides No-Action Relief to M&A Brokers in Connection With Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements"

On January 31, 2014, the Division of Trading and Markets (the “Division”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a no-action letter (as revised on February 4, 2014, the “No-Action Letter”) that permits an…more

Broker-Dealer, Compliance, No-Action Letters, Registration, SEC

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"SEC Proposes Rule Regarding the Use of Derivatives by Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies"

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose a new rule (the Proposed Rule) that significantly modifies the regulation of the use of derivatives by registered investment companies,…more

Business Development Companies, Derivatives, Hedge Funds, Investment Companies, Registered Investment Advisors

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"Berau May Expand US Restructuring Options for Foreign Issuers"

A recent decision in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York clarifies that restructuring options under Chapter 11 or Chapter 15 are available to foreign issuers of U.S. debt, even if those issuers have…more

Automatic Stay, Chapter 11, Chapter 15, Commercial Bankruptcy, Corporate Restructuring

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"Recent Developments in Tax Law: Impact on Corporate Tax Strategies in 2014"

Recent changes in IRS private letter ruling policy likely will result in greater taxpayer reliance on tax opinions, which may impact certain corporate strategies in the coming year. Tax-Free Spin-Offs - During…more

Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, IRS, Private Letter Rulings, Privilege Waivers

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"Post-Actavis Rulings Focus on What Constitutes a Payment in Reverse-Payment Settlements"

Nearly a year and a half after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., 133 S.Ct. 2223 (2013), the hotly contested issue of the legality of reverse-payment settlements remains as…more

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"Bankruptcy Court Tightens Intentional Fraudulent Transfer Pleading Requirements"

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed intentional fraudulent transfer claims asserted by a bankruptcy litigation trustee against former shareholders of Lyondell Chemical…more

Acquisitions, Bankruptcy Court, Chapter 11, Corporate Restructuring, Federal Pleading Requirements

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"Big Data Enters the Agenda of EU Antitrust Authorities"

On May 10, 2016, the French Competition Authority and German Federal Cartel Office published “Competition Law and Data,” a joint report on big data and its implications for competition law. The paper identifies issues that…more

Acquisitions, Antitrust Investigations, Big Data, Competition Authorities, EU

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine changes to EU privacy and data protection laws, new state laws addressing data breach notifications, Congress' review of cyber insurance, and recent court…more

Class Action, Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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"French M&A: More Proactive Boards Could Improve Tender Offer Process"

Because many publicly listed companies in France have significant or controlling shareholders, public tender offers have the potential to create conflicts of interest within the board room. These conflicts arise whether the…more

Acquisitions, AMF, Board of Directors, Conflicts of Interest, France

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"DOJ Adds Resources for FCPA Cases, Offers Incentives for Voluntary Disclosures"

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Fraud Section made two related announcements in its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Plan and Guidance. First, the Fraud Section announced a substantial…more

Cooperation, DOJ, FCPA, Federal Pilot Programs, Federal Sentencing Guidelines

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Cross-Border Investigations Update - November 2015

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including developments in U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement; the introduction of…more

Accomplice Liability, Anti-Corruption, Asia, Attorney-Client Privilege, Bribery

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"European Commission Competition Law Enforcement to Focus on E-Commerce Restrictions"

E-commerce is at the top of the European Commission’s agenda, and recent developments suggest it will remain a priority. Several European Union member states have already taken an active interest in the issue. …more

Antitrust Investigations, Cross-Border Transactions, E-Commerce, EU, European Commission

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Insights: The Delaware Edition - May 2016

This issue focuses on important, developing areas of Delaware corporation law and deal litigation, including the Court of Chancery’s clarification of its evolving views about disclosure-based deal litigation settlements;…more

Acquisitions, Aiding and Abetting, Board of Directors, Books & Records, Buyouts

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"CFTC Proposes Exclusion of Certain Electric Power and Natural Gas Contracts From 'Swap' Definition"

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed guidance that would exclude certain capacity contracts in electric power markets (capacity contracts) and natural gas peaking supply contracts from the…more

Capacity Market, CEA, CFTC, Electric Generation Suppliers, Electricity

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"Congress Extends Renewable Energy Tax Credits"

On December 18, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Act), which extends and modifies the investment tax credit for solar energy property, the production tax credit for wind and…more

Consolidated Appropriations Act, Production Tax Credit, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Tax Credits

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The E-Discovery Digest - February 2016

This is the third edition of The E-Discovery Digest, a periodic publication on notable decisions relating to key discovery topics. It is designed to keep clients up to date on the evolving state of the law regarding discovery…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Attorney-Client Privilege, Bad Faith, Cost-Shifting, Disclosure

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"Bulk Transfers of Accounts in Broker-Dealer M&A: Regulatory Developments"

The volume of acquisitions involving broker-dealer firms continues to increase as the industry experiences further consolidation and realignment. In 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) proposed a rule that…more

Acquisitions, Bank Accounts, Broker-Dealer, Consent, Customer Funds

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Inside the Courts - An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - May 2015 / Volume 7 / Issue 2

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court: ..Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Constr. Indus. Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (4th Cir. Mar. 16, 2015) - Auditor Liability: ..In re Advanced Battery Techs.,…more

Auditors, Books & Records, CAFA, Class Action, Class Certification

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"District Court Decision on MPM Silicones Bankruptcy Case Highlights Risks for Secured Lenders"

In a May 4, 2015, decision, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected secured lenders’ appeals of a controversial bankruptcy court decision confirming the Chapter 11 plan of reorganization of MPM…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Cramdown, Debt Restructuring, Lenders

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"New Federal Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law"

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA, or Act) into law. The DTSA, among other things, amends the Economic Espionage Act to create, for the first time, a federal private civil cause…more

Asset Seizure, Damages, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Ex Parte, Injunctions

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"Potential Regulatory and Litigation Risks Relating to Recent Fixed-Income Market Concerns"

Recent events relating to the fixed-income markets — including volatility in the high-yield markets and the high-profile closings of a number of funds invested in high-yield and distressed assets — have raised concerns among…more

Distressed Assets, ETFs, Fixed Income Investments, High-Yield Markets, Portfolio Managers

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"New HHS OIG Criteria to Guide Resolution of Health Care Investigations"

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has issued updated guidance on the use of its so-called permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act (42…more

Administrative Authority, CMS, DOJ, Exclusion Orders, False Claims Act (FCA)

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"Indian Insurance Sector Welcomes Foreign Investment With Limits on Control"

As part of the Indian government’s plans to encourage foreign investment, in 2015 it increased the foreign ownership cap in the Indian insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent. The increase, however, did not affect the…more

Board of Directors, CEOs, Foreign Investment, Foreign Ownership, India

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"Oil and Gas Companies Utilize Restructuring Strategies to Navigate Industry in Flux"

Precipitous commodity price declines that began in mid-2014 continued to disrupt the oil and gas industry in 2015, outlasting the expectations of many analysts. By the end of 2015, prices for both Brent and WTI crude were…more

Banks, Borrowers, Commercial Bankruptcy, Corporate Restructuring, Debt Financing

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"Europe's New Toolbox Aims to Minimize Impact of Troubled Banks"

Europe's latest legislative response to the recent financial crisis — the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) — is intended to establish a minimum common toolbox for regulators in each member state to address bank…more

Banking Crisis, Banks, BRRD, EU, EU Directive

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"China M&A: Reform Plan Promotes Mixed Ownership of State-Owned Enterprises"

Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have played a significant role in the world's second-largest economy, with over 155,000 SOEs valued at approximately $17.4 trillion at the end of 2013 spanning almost every industry sector…more

China, Clean Energy, Foreign Investment, Monopolization, Private Funds

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine changes to EU privacy and data protection laws, new state laws addressing data breach notifications, Congress' review of cyber insurance, and recent court…more

Class Action, Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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"At-the-Market Offerings Under the MJDS"

Given the recent volatility and uncertainty in the capital markets, many Canadian issuers, particularly those in the resources sector, are hesitant to commit to traditional, fully marketed follow-on public offerings due to…more

Canada, Public Offerings, SEC

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"After Long Debate, FTC Issues Only General Principles Regarding Section 5"

On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued formal guidance on Section 5 enforcement consisting of a general statement of principles1 to guide application of its authority to challenge “unfair methods of…more

Antitrust Provisions, Competition, FTC, Public Policy, Rule-of-Reason Analysis

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"Key Takeaways: Back to Basics - A Primer on the Differences Between Litigating and Arbitrating International Disputes"

Large, transnational corporations increasingly face the question of whether to litigate their disputes in local courts or to include in their agreements provisions providing for the resolution of disputes by alternative means —…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, Choice of Court Agreements Treaty, Discovery, Dispute Resolution

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"European Court Rejects UK’s Financial Transaction Tax Challenge"

U.K.’s challenge to the proposed financial transaction tax (FTT), while recognizing that the U.K.’s challenge was precautionary — and possibly premature. The U.K. was challenging the European Council’s Decision 2013/52/EU…more

European Commission, Financial Transaction Tax, UK

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"EPA Issues Clean Power Plan to Reduce Power Plant Carbon Emissions (Updated)"

On August 3, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its final regulation, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP), establishing carbon dioxide emission guidelines for existing affected electric utility generating…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Emission Rate Credits

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine changes to EU privacy and data protection laws, new state laws addressing data breach notifications, Congress' review of cyber insurance, and recent court…more

Class Action, Commercial General Liability Policies, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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"New Federal Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law"

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA, or Act) into law. The DTSA, among other things, amends the Economic Espionage Act to create, for the first time, a federal private civil cause…more

Asset Seizure, Damages, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Ex Parte, Injunctions

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The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2014

This is the fifth edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued…more

Antitrust Litigation, CAFA, Class Action, Class Certification, Fraud

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"Eleventh Circuit Addresses Scope of FCPA Coverage of Activity Involving State-Controlled Business Enterprises"

On May 16, 2014, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provided the first appellate court interpretation of the reach of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to conduct involving…more

Appeals, Controlled Foreign Corporations, DOJ, FCPA, Foreign Official

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"CFTC No-Action Letter Relieves End-Users of Part 45 Reporting for Trade Options"

On April 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight (DMO) provided end-users no-action relief (the No-Action Letter) from certain “trade option” reporting and recordkeeping…more

CFTC, End-Users, Exemptions, No-Action Letters, Recordkeeping Requirements

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"New FIRPTA Reform: The Long-Awaited Game Changer for US Real Estate"

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill that will significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA). The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Bill) will…more

FIRPTA, Foreign Investment, Pension Funds, Popular, Real Estate Market

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"City of Chicago Expands Tax Reach to Internet Services"

On June 9, 2015, the city of Chicago released two rulings that significantly expand the city’s 9 percent gross receipt tax to charges for cloud computing and other services delivered over the Internet. The first ruling (City of…more

Click-Through Nexus, Cloud Computing, Databases, Internet Taxation, Local Ordinance

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"Emerging Issues in the Federal Regulation of Electricity Markets"

In 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will address many of the most serious challenges the electric industry faces in multiple proceedings that will be closely followed by industry participants. Those…more

Electricity, EPA, FERC, Natural Gas, NERC

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Skadden Energy Law Handbook - 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 Skadden Energy Law Handbook, available as a PDF or via our web page. This updated edition of our 2006 Handbook addresses a broad range of energy regulation topics, including…more

Energy Sector, Handbooks

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"New Federal Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law"

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA, or Act) into law. The DTSA, among other things, amends the Economic Espionage Act to create, for the first time, a federal private civil cause…more

Asset Seizure, Damages, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Ex Parte, Injunctions

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"DOJ Adds Resources for FCPA Cases, Offers Incentives for Voluntary Disclosures"

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Fraud Section made two related announcements in its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Plan and Guidance. First, the Fraud Section announced a substantial…more

Cooperation, DOJ, FCPA, Federal Pilot Programs, Federal Sentencing Guidelines

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"FIRPTA Reform Impacts Investment Opportunities in US Real Estate"

In recent months, much has been written to describe the reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) contained in the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act), which have been…more

Corporate Taxes, FIRPTA, Foreign Investment, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Real Estate Investments

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"Despite Challenges, Risk Retention Rules Set to Impact All Asset-Backed Securities by End of 2016"

Credit risk retention rules are intended to promote an alignment of interests between sponsors and investors of securitizations by requiring sponsors to maintain “skin in the game” — that is, retain a certain percentage of the…more

Asset-Backed Securities, CMBS, Collateralized Loan Obligations, Dodd-Frank, Qualified Mortgage Rule

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"DOJ Adds Resources for FCPA Cases, Offers Incentives for Voluntary Disclosures"

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Fraud Section made two related announcements in its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Plan and Guidance. First, the Fraud Section announced a substantial…more

Cooperation, DOJ, FCPA, Federal Pilot Programs, Federal Sentencing Guidelines

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"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Finalizes Crowdfunding Rules, Proposes to Expand Intrastate Offering and Rule 504 Exemptions"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently took several important steps to facilitate smaller securities offerings. First, it adopted final rules for the new Securities Act exemption for securities-based…more

Annual Reports, Board of Directors, Capital Raising, Corporate Officers, Crowdfunding

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"Extenders Bill Makes Important REIT Reforms and Closes Door on REIT Spinoffs"

President Obama signed into law a bill that will significantly reform the taxation of real estate investment trusts (REITs). Most notably, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Bill) prevents companies from…