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"Hong Kong Public M&A: Time for a New Approach?"

For any potential bidder considering the acquisition of a listed company, issues such as ease of transaction execution, the ability to respond to a competing offer, timetable and cost will be of great importance. The chosen form…more

Hong Kong, Mergers, Privatization, SEHK, SFC

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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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"FCA Listing Rule Changes Applicable to Premium Listed Companies"

On 2 October 2012, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a wide-ranging consultation paper (CP12/25) on the effectiveness of the listing regime which proposed a number of changes to the Listing Rules, including in…more

Board of Directors, Controlling Stockholders, Corporate Governance, FCA, Financial Regulatory Reform

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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

Domestic Production Activities Deductions, 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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"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 15, 2015, 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

FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Premerger Notifications, Threshhold Requirements

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"Shareholder Activism in the US Banking Industry"

Although the 2012 and 2013 proxy seasons saw increased (and highly publicized) shareholder activism across a range of industries, that trend has not yet made its way to the U.S. banking industry. Over the last two proxy seasons,…more

Executive Compensation, ISS, Say-on-Pay, Shareholder Activism, Shareholder Litigation

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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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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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"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: ISS Releases FAQs Regarding Peer Group Selection — Deadline Fast Approaching for Companies to Update Peer Group Information"

New ISS Peer Group Methodology - One of the most controversial issues during the 2012 proxy season was the degree to which the peer groups chosen by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) varied from the peer groups…more

Executive Compensation, ISS, Proxy Season

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Second Circuit Rules Patriot Act Does Not Authorize Bulk Metadata Collection; Congress Reconsiders Certain Patriot Act Authorities - SEC Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Companies and…more

Broadband, Commercial Bankruptcy, Customer Lists, Cyber Crimes, Cybersecurity

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A Guide to the UK Disguised Investment Management Fee Rules

New rules effective from today in the U.K. are likely to have material impact on the tax treatment of payments by a fund to its U.K.-based management executives and service providers. The rules cover many areas of fund manager…more

Carried Interest, Clawbacks, Distribution Rules, Fees, Financial Transaction Tax

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"Insights Focus: Key Observations for Directors and Senior Executives"

Although Insights is intended to cover a wide range of issues, there are a number of topics we believe will be of particular interest to directors and senior corporate executives. Below is an introduction to these topics and a…more

Board of Directors, C-Suite Executives, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Governance, Cybersecurity

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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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"DOJ Antitrust Action Condemns Pre-Merger Coordination Requiring Target Company to Sell Factory"

On November 7, 2014, the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced a $5 million agreement to settle charges that Flakeboard and SierraPine had engaged in unlawful pre-merger coordination. The DOJ’s…more

Antitrust Provisions, Civil Monetary Penalty, Disgorgement, DOJ, Due Diligence

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"Getting Back to Basics with Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans"

In late 2012, The Wall Street Journal published a number of articles that analyzed the trading practices of certain public company executives, in many cases under trading plans that were entered into in accordance with the…more

Rule 10b-5, SEC, Securities Exchange Act, Trading Plans

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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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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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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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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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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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"CFPB Defines 'Unfair,' 'Deceptive' and 'Abusive' Practices Through Enforcement Activity"

Since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) opened its doors in July 2011, it has aggressively pursued enforcement actions against a wide range of consumer financial services providers. Although the Dodd-Frank Act…more

CFPB, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions, Financial Institutions, Popular

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"Supreme Court Clarifies Standard to Challenge IRS Summons"

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Clarke1 held that a taxpayer has a right to conduct an examination of IRS officials regarding their reasons for issuing an administrative summons when the taxpayer…more

Bad Faith, Document Requests, IRS, Request For Information, SCOTUS

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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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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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"SEC Releases Additional Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Form PF"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has released several rounds of additional Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) regarding Form PF, the private fund systemic risk reporting form promulgated by the SEC and the…more

CFTC, Form PF, Reporting Requirements, SEC

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"European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiry Into E-Commerce"

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched an antitrust sector inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This sector inquiry is part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims inter alia…more

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

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"Global Workforces Create Compensation Challenges for Employers"

In-house legal and human resources professionals at companies of all sizes are expected to navigate the legal and cultural ramifications of employing a global workforce. Compensation programs designed for employees at a…more

Corporate Counsel, Cross-Border Transactions, Employee Relocations, Employment Contract, Equity Compensation

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"The FCC Acts (Again) on Net Neutrality, Awaits Court Challenges"

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) recently issued its long-awaited network neutrality regulations, which if allowed to stand will have far-reaching implications for media, content, broadband and the…more

Broadband, Communications Act of 1934, FCC, First Amendment, Internet

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"The 'Law 42' Arbitrations Against Ecuador and the Importance of BIT Language"

Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) afford investors a series of guarantees against expropriation or unfair treatment of investments in foreign jurisdictions. They also typically allow investors to enforce those rights before a…more

Arbitration, Bilateral Investment Treaties, Ecuador, Expropriation, FET Clauses

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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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"Chairman Camp’s Proposals Place REITs in the Crosshairs"

On February 25, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R. Mich.) proposed a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. tax code (the Code). While the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” (the Proposals) contains a number of previously…more

C-Corporation, IRS, REIT, Tax Reform

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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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"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 15, 2015, 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

FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Premerger Notifications, Threshhold Requirements

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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, Federal Contractors, First-to-File, Healthcare Providers

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"SEC Proposes New Rules for Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure"

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules that would require companies to disclose the relationship between the compensation actually paid to named executive officers (NEOs) and the…more

Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Form 10-K, Pay-for-Performance

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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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"Recent Regulatory and FASB Actions Impacting Auditors"

In one of several recent actions impacting auditors, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) have devoted heightened attention to related-party transactions,…more

Auditors, Audits, FASB, PCAOB, Regulatory Standards

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The E-Discovery Digest - June 2015

In This Issue: - - Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product Decisions: ..Decisions Protecting Against Disclosure ..Decisions Ordering Disclosure - Spoliation and Preservation Decisions: ..Sanctions…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Contempt, Cost-Shifting, Depositions, Destruction of Evidence

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"Supreme Court: A Term-End Review"

As the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014-15 term draws to a conclusion, the Court has resolved — or will resolve in a matter of days — several cases with potentially wide-reaching implications for a range of important policy and…more

Administrative Authority, Affordable Care Act, Amtrak, Appellate Review, CAFA

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"France's Double-Trial System for Market Abuses May Be Headed for Reform"

In 2015, the French double-trial system for market abuses will be referred to the Constitutional Council for an assessment of the system’s constitutionality under the double jeopardy rule (or, using the Latin maxim, the ne bis…more

Criminal Prosecution, Double Jeopardy, Enforcement Actions, Financial Markets, France

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"Mutual Fund Recognition Scheme Further Opens China’s Financial Markets"

The liberalization of China’s financial markets continues at a rapid pace. For April and May 2015, the combined average daily value of trade on China's stock exchanges1 was around US$150 billion, compared to around US$40 billion…more

China, Financial Markets, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Mutual Funds, Shanghai Stock Exchange

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"FIRPTA Reform Opens Door to Increased Foreign Investment in US Real Estate"

This afternoon, Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) re-introduced in the House of Representatives a bill to significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R…more

Capital Gains, FIRPTA, Foreign Investment, Pension Funds, Property Tax

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"Executive Compensation and Benefits Report: Proposed Regulations Highlight the Complexity of the $500,000 Deduction Limit for Compensation Paid by Health Insurance Providers"

On April 1, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations providing guidance on the $500,000 deduction limit for compensation paid by certain health insurance companies to their employees. Because of the…more

CHIP, Deduction Limitations, Executive Compensation, Health Insurance, IRS

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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 Renewable Energy Tax Credit"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released welcome new guidance on renewable electricity production and energy investment tax credits. A notice issued on August 8, 2014, addresses when a facility or equipment maintains its…more

Energy, IRS, Renewable Energy, Tax Credits, Tax Incentives

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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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"Department of Justice Secures Sentence in First Super PAC Coordination Case"

The Department of Justice recently concluded its first criminal prosecution of coordination between an independent-expenditure-only committee (super PAC) and a campaign committee. On June 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court for…more

Campaign Committees, Campaign Contributions, Campaign Finance Reform, Criminal Prosecution, DOJ

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"Agencies Propose Expanding US Export Controls on Cameras, Night Vision Equipment and Sensing Technology"

On May 5, 2015, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) proposed extensive revisions to the current U.S. export controls…more

BIS, Commerce Control List, DDTC, ECCNs, Export Controls

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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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"President Obama Announces New Cybersecurity Sanctions Regime"

On April 1, 2015, President Barack Obama issued an executive order (the Order) authorizing sanctions against foreign individuals or entities found to be responsible for certain malicious cyberattacks. Under the Order, the U.S…more

Barack Obama, Blocked Person, CFIUS, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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Privacy & Cybersecurity - May 2014

In This Issue: - EU Court of Justice Creates Broad Interpretation of the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ - White House Publishes Report on Risks and Opportunities Posed by ‘Big Data’ Practices - California AG…more

Attorney Generals, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Do Not Track, ECPA

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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, Inversion, IRC

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"SEC Staff Issues Statement on Conflict Minerals Ruling"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a statement on the effect of a recent circuit court decision on the SEC’s conflict minerals rules. In an April 14 ruling, the U.S. Court of…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, First Amendment, SEC

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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, Federal Contractors, First-to-File, Healthcare Providers

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"MiFID 2: Reforming the Regulation of EU Securities and Derivatives Markets"

The European Union has begun a wide-ranging and radical reform of its securities and derivatives markets through MiFID 2, which is scheduled to be implemented across the EU by January 3, 2017. Implementation is dependent on a…more

Derivatives, EU, Financial Regulatory Reform, MiFID, Securities

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"Managing Related-Party Transactions With Yieldco and MLP Vehicles After El Paso Pipeline"

Sponsors generally form a yieldco or a master limited partnership (MLP) because the structure of these permanent capital vehicles allows for the issuance of equity to investors at a lower cost of capital, providing a…more

Acquisition Agreements, Acquisitions, Conflicts Committees, El Paso Pipeline, Financial Adviser

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"Appeals Court Reverses IRS-Favorable Tax Court Decision in BMC Software"

On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously reversed a U.S. Tax Court decision, finding that an account receivable created to implement a transfer pricing adjustment did not constitute related…more

Accounts Receivable, Tax Court, Tax Deductions, Transfer Pricing

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"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due June 1, 2015"

Conflict minerals disclosures on Forms SD for calendar year 2014, if required, must be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by June 1, 2015 — the Monday after the annual May 31 due date. As companies…more

Auditors, Conflict Mineral Rules, Country of Origin, Disclosure Requirements, Due Diligence

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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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"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, Tax Accounting

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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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"Acquisition Financings: European Certain Funds vs. US Limited Conditionality"

There has been a steadily increasing trend of European borrowers with little or no specific business in the U.S. raising financing under so-called “Yankee loans” — where the credit facility is syndicated to U.S. investors, is…more

Corporate Financing, EU, Financing, Foreign Investment, Stock Purchase Agreement

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"Disclosure and Collateral Consequences of Enforcement Actions for Regulated Financial Services Firms"

Financial services firms facing enforcement proceedings at the hands of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or any other financial industry regulator must consider disclosure obligations in the context of the…more

Commodities Exchange Act, Disclosure Requirements, Enforcement Actions, Financial Institutions, FINRA

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"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Annual Meeting Litigation: How to Prepare"

As the 2013 proxy season is now underway, companies should be aware of the recent wave of lawsuits alleging breaches of fiduciary duties by management and directors in connection with compensation-related decisions. These suits…more

Annual Meeting, Certificates of Incorporation, Compensation Committee, Directors, Disclosure Requirements

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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, Listing Standards, London Stock Exchange, Minority Shareholders, Shareholder Rights

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"HKEx Will Proceed With Formal Consultation on Weighted Voting Rights"

On 19 June 2015, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx) published conclusions to its concept paper on weighted voting rights (Concept Paper), announcing that it will proceed with conducting a formal consultation process…more

Consultation, Corporate Governance, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Voting Rights

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"Appeals Court Reverses IRS-Favorable Tax Court Decision in BMC Software"

On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously reversed a U.S. Tax Court decision, finding that an account receivable created to implement a transfer pricing adjustment did not constitute related…more

Accounts Receivable, Tax Court, Tax Deductions, Transfer Pricing

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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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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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"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, International Energy Projects, Latin America

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"FTC Wins Action to Block Hospital-Physician Group Merger"

On the heels of a string of successfully litigated hospital merger challenges, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently expanded its winning streak in the health care industry to include hospital acquisitions of physician…more

FTC, Hospitals, Mergers, The Clayton Act

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"US IPO Market Review and Outlook: Can the Pace Continue?"

The 2014 U.S. initial public offering market was the most active for new issues since 2000. The market began to recover from the recession in 2010 and took off in 2013 with 222 offerings raising an aggregate of $55 billion,1 and…more

Emerging Technology Companies, Energy Sector, Entrepreneurs, Equity Financing, Financing

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"Delaware Court of Chancery Decision Clarifies Fiduciary Issues in Insolvent Company Context"

The Court of Chancery of Delaware recently issued a noteworthy decision clarifying fiduciary duties and confirming business judgment rule protection for board-level business strategy decisions by directors of insolvent…more

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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 NMS, Regulation SCI

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"Managing Regulatory Risk in Bank M&A"

We expect the slowly developing but increasingly perceptible trend toward community and regional bank consolidation in the United States to continue in 2015. In connection with growing bank M&A activity, closing risk in the…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Community Banks, Due Diligence, Industry Consolidation

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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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"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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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, Federal Contractors, First-to-File, Healthcare Providers

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Second Circuit Rules Patriot Act Does Not Authorize Bulk Metadata Collection; Congress Reconsiders Certain Patriot Act Authorities - SEC Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Companies and…more

Broadband, Commercial Bankruptcy, Customer Lists, Cyber Crimes, 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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"FCA Listing Rule Changes Applicable to Premium Listed Companies"

On 2 October 2012, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a wide-ranging consultation paper (CP12/25) on the effectiveness of the listing regime which proposed a number of changes to the Listing Rules, including in…more

Board of Directors, Controlling Stockholders, Corporate Governance, FCA, Financial Regulatory Reform

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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 - March 2015

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Rejects Sixth Circuit Yard-Man Vested Benefits Presumption - Supreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Light Duty Case - NY Wage Theft Protection Act Amended - Senate and…more

Class Certification, Confidentiality Agreements, DOL, E-Verify, Employee Benefits

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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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"UK Executives Sentenced for Bribing Foreign Government Officials"

On February 12, two executives of Smith & Ouzman Limited, an English printing company, were sentenced for corruption offenses following a trial brought by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The chairman, aged 71, received an…more

Bribery, C-Suite Executives, Criminal Prosecution, Foreign Official, Serious Fraud Office

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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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Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Regulation and Prohibited Transaction Exemption Relief for Investment Advice Fiduciaries

On April 20, 2015, more than three years after withdrawing a similar proposal that was staunchly opposed by the financial services industry, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a proposed…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, DOL, Employee Benefits

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"Entering a New Regulatory Era Under the Final Volcker Rule"

In December 2013, five U.S. financial regulatory agencies adopted final regulations to implement the Volcker Rule. As expressed in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Volcker Rule generally…more

Banks, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Dodd-Frank, FDIC, Proprietary Trading

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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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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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Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Regulation and Prohibited Transaction Exemption Relief for Investment Advice Fiduciaries

On April 20, 2015, more than three years after withdrawing a similar proposal that was staunchly opposed by the financial services industry, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a proposed…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Broker-Dealer, DOL, Employee Benefits

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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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"Disclosure and Collateral Consequences of Enforcement Actions for Regulated Financial Services Firms"

Financial services firms facing enforcement proceedings at the hands of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or any other financial industry regulator must consider disclosure obligations in the context of the…more

Commodities Exchange Act, Disclosure Requirements, Enforcement Actions, Financial Institutions, FINRA

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"So You’ve Issued Convertible Notes: Now What?"

The U.S. market for new issuances of convertible notes was very active in 2014, with approximately $51.4 billion of convertible debt issued in 140 transactions. In the first quarter of 2015, approximately $15.5 billion was…more

Accounting, Convertible Bonds, Convertible Debt, Derivatives, Reporting Requirements

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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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"European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiry Into E-Commerce"

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched an antitrust sector inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This sector inquiry is part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims inter alia…more

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

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - DOJ Issues Cyber Preparation and Response Guidance - RadioShack’s Plan to Auction Customer Data Highlights Issues Over Treatment of Such Data as an Asset - Google v. Vidal-Hall and Others:…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Customer Lists, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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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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"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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"SEC Enforces Whistleblower Protection Rule Against Restrictive Confidentiality Agreement"

On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement action against a company for a restrictive provision in confidentiality agreements that could deter employees from using the…more

Cease and Desist Orders, Confidentiality Agreements, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions, Internal Investigations

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"The SEC’s Renewed Scrutiny on Accounting Cases: Expected Focus Areas and How Companies Can Prepare"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has announced plans to reinvigorate its enforcement efforts with respect to accounting issues. These plans include adding dedicated personnel and using data mining…more

Accounting, Audits, Data Mining, Enforcement Actions, Financial Reporting

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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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"Proposed Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law"

On April 17, 2014, the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association proposed legislation that, if adopted, would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) in a number of important ways. Proposed…more

Controlling Stockholders, Corporate Governance, Proposed Amendments, Shareholders, Stocks

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"CFTC Issues Revised Embedded Volumetric Optionality Interpretation for Swaps"

On May 12, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued revised interpretive guidance for forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). In 2012, the CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission…more

CFTC, Forward Contracts, Guidance Update, Interpretive Opinions, Major Swap Participants

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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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"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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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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SEC Proposes Securities-Based Swap Recordkeeping, Reporting and Notification Requirements

On May 2, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)published in the Federal Register proposed regulations1 that would implement the recordkeeping, reporting and notification requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street…more

Broker-Dealer, Dodd-Frank, Major Swap Participants, Notice Requirements, Proposed Regulation

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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, Secured Lenders

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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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"RMBS Repurchases: When Does the Statute of Limitations Clock Start Running?"

Two recent decisions out of the New York State Commercial Division have introduced uncertainty regarding application of the statute of limitations in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) repurchase actions. The…more

Repurchases, RMBS, Statute of Limitations

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"So You’ve Issued Convertible Notes: Now What?"

The U.S. market for new issuances of convertible notes was very active in 2014, with approximately $51.4 billion of convertible debt issued in 140 transactions. In the first quarter of 2015, approximately $15.5 billion was…more

Accounting, Convertible Bonds, Convertible Debt, Derivatives, Reporting Requirements

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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, Mixed Ownership, Monopolization

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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, Issuers, MJDS, Public Offerings, SEC

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