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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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"IRS Offers Limited Safe Harbors for Recapitalizations Before Spin-Offs"

On July 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a new revenue procedure, Rev. Proc. 2016-40, providing safe harbors for transactions in which a corporation (Distributing) obtains the requisite control of a…more

Acquisitions, Board of Directors, Capital Structures, Controlled Transactions, IRS

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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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"Insights: Brexit"

On June 23, the UK electorate took the historic decision to leave the European Union, a process that has never been undertaken by any member state. While the vote itself does not trigger the process of exit from a legal…more

Anti-Avoidance, Article 50 Treaty of the EU, Bilateral Agreements, Conflicts of Laws, Corporate Taxes

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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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"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases, these…more

Beneficiaries, Death Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation

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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 - June 2016"

The fourth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, cost shifting and other e-discovery…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Attorney-Client Privilege, Class Certification, Corporate Communications, Cost-Shifting

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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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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of Financial…more

Banks, CISO, Comment Period, Covered Entities, Cyber Attacks

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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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"Third Time’s the Charm: Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality Regulations"

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) in a lengthy 2-1 decision denied various challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) 2015 Open Internet Order…more

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

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"Key Takeaways: Foreign Governments, US Courts and International Arbitration"

On June 23, 2016, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Foreign Governments, U.S. Courts and International Arbitration.” Topics of discussion included the settlement of the Argentine sovereign debt litigation, enforcement of…more

Arbitration Awards, Argentina, Cuba, Foreign Sovereigns, FSIA

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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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"In Escobar, Supreme Court Upholds False Claims Act’s Implied Certification Theory"

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar unanimously upheld the implied certification theory of False Claims Act (FCA) liability. The Court ruled that a party can be…more

Conditions of Payment, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors, Fraud

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"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases, these…more

Beneficiaries, Death Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation

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"Sanctions in Takeover Situations: Navigating Regulatory Hurdles"

The U.S. government frequently uses sanctions as a key tool in pursuing its foreign policy agenda. As a result, transactions involving sanctioned individuals and entities (Sanctioned Persons) are often prohibited. The successful…more

Acquisitions, Economic Sanctions, Exemptive Relief, Licenses, Mergers

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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 - June 2016"

The fourth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, cost shifting and other e-discovery…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Attorney-Client Privilege, Class Certification, Corporate Communications, Cost-Shifting

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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: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of Financial…more

Banks, CISO, Comment Period, Covered Entities, Cyber Attacks

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"Recent Developments in the Use of Variable Interest Entities"

The variable interest entity (VIE) structure has been around since the listing of Sina.com on the Nasdaq Stock Market in 2000. It enables companies to exercise control over operating entities and derive economic benefits from…more

China, Controlling Stockholders, Foreign Investment, Foreign Ownership, HKEx

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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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New York Passes Ethics Package Impacting Lobbying and Disclosure

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law an ethics package (the Bill) including campaign finance, lobbying and disclosure amendments. Below, we briefly summarize key provisions that (i) expand…more

Campaign Contributions, Disclosure Requirements, Ethics, Independent Expenditures, Lobbying

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Interim Regulations Issued on Investigations of Evasion of Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties

The anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) laws provide companies that manufacture products in the United States with a remedy for the injury caused by imports of products that are dumped (i.e., sold at unfairly low…more

Anti-Dumping Duty, Countervailing Duties, Customs and Border Protection, Exports, Imports

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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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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of Financial…more

Banks, CISO, Comment Period, Covered Entities, Cyber Attacks

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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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"How Companies Should Respond to New Non-GAAP Financial Disclosure Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) regarding the use of…more

CDIs, Corporate Financing, Disclosure Requirements, Financial Statements, Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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"In Escobar, Supreme Court Upholds False Claims Act’s Implied Certification Theory"

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar unanimously upheld the implied certification theory of False Claims Act (FCA) liability. The Court ruled that a party can be…more

Conditions of Payment, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors, Fraud

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"Continental Drift? Brexit’s Potential Impact on International Investment Managers"

The U.K. referendum vote to leave the European Union has focused attention on Brexit’s potential impact on the U.K.’s financial services industry. The U.K. is home to a wide array of asset managers, banks, insurers, investment…more

AIFM, AIFMD, AIFMD Passport, EEA, EU

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"Corporations Turn to Synthetic PPAs to Reduce Energy Costs, Carbon Footprints"

Synthetic power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy have emerged in recent years as a promising opportunity for corporations to reduce and stabilize their long-term energy costs and advance their sustainability…more

Hedges, Investment Funds, Power Purchase Agreements, Renewable Energy

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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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"How Companies Should Respond to New Non-GAAP Financial Disclosure Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) regarding the use of…more

CDIs, Corporate Financing, Disclosure Requirements, Financial Statements, Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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"Supreme Court Confers Broader District Court Discretion in Determining Enhanced Damages"

In a unanimous decision issued on June 13, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., relaxed the standard for awards of enhanced damages under 35 U.S.C. § 284. In so ruling, the Court…more

35 U.S.C. § 284, Abuse of Discretion, Enhanced Damages, Halo v Pulse, Highmark

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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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"Proposed Treasury Regulations Raise New Hurdles for Tax-Free Spin-Offs"

On July 14, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department proposed new Treasury regulations that, if finalized, would generally become effective for distributions under Section 355 of the Internal Revenue Code…more

Business Assets, IRS, Parent Corporation, Shareholder Distributions, Stocks

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What Can Mutual Fund Boards and Advisers Learn From the AXA Trial Ruling?

In the first trial of a recent wave of cases under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act, Judge Peter G. Sheridan of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled in favor of the defendant-adviser, finding…more

Advisory Contracts, Arm's Length Principle, Excessive Fees, Independent Directors, Investment Adviser

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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 - June 2016"

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

Corporate Governance, HKEx, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC), Hong Kong Stock Exchange

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"IRS Offers Limited Safe Harbors for Recapitalizations Before Spin-Offs"

On July 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a new revenue procedure, Rev. Proc. 2016-40, providing safe harbors for transactions in which a corporation (Distributing) obtains the requisite control of a…more

Acquisitions, Board of Directors, Capital Structures, Controlled Transactions, IRS

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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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"The E-Discovery Digest - June 2016"

The fourth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, cost shifting and other e-discovery…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Attorney-Client Privilege, Class Certification, Corporate Communications, Cost-Shifting

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of Financial…more

Banks, CISO, Comment Period, Covered Entities, Cyber Attacks

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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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"The E-Discovery Digest - June 2016"

The fourth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, cost shifting and other e-discovery…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Attorney-Client Privilege, Class Certification, Corporate Communications, Cost-Shifting

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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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"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases, these…more

Beneficiaries, Death Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation

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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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Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of Financial…more

Banks, CISO, Comment Period, Covered Entities, Cyber Attacks

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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: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of Financial…more

Banks, CISO, Comment Period, Covered Entities, Cyber Attacks

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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 Confers Broader District Court Discretion in Determining Enhanced Damages"

In a unanimous decision issued on June 13, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., relaxed the standard for awards of enhanced damages under 35 U.S.C. § 284. In so ruling, the Court…more

35 U.S.C. § 284, Abuse of Discretion, Enhanced Damages, Halo v Pulse, Highmark

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What Can Mutual Fund Boards and Advisers Learn From the AXA Trial Ruling?

In the first trial of a recent wave of cases under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act, Judge Peter G. Sheridan of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled in favor of the defendant-adviser, finding…more

Advisory Contracts, Arm's Length Principle, Excessive Fees, Independent Directors, Investment Adviser

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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 - August 2016"

The August 2016 edition of Employment Flash covers a number of developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on when the clock starts ticking on the filing period for constructive discharge claims; the Department of…more

Ambush Election Rules, Attorney's Fees, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Constructive Discharge, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

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"Insights: Brexit"

On June 23, the UK electorate took the historic decision to leave the European Union, a process that has never been undertaken by any member state. While the vote itself does not trigger the process of exit from a legal…more

Anti-Avoidance, Article 50 Treaty of the EU, Bilateral Agreements, Conflicts of Laws, Corporate Taxes

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"The E-Discovery Digest - June 2016"

The fourth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, cost shifting and other e-discovery…more

Adverse Inference Instructions, Attorney-Client Privilege, Class Certification, Corporate Communications, Cost-Shifting

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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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"SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser as an Unregistered Broker"

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") accepted a settlement offer from a registered investment adviser of private equity funds, and its founder, principal and managing member. The settlement…more

Broker-Dealer, Civil Monetary Penalty, Disgorgement, Enforcement Actions, Fraud

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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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"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases, these…more

Beneficiaries, Death Benefits, Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation

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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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What Can Mutual Fund Boards and Advisers Learn From the AXA Trial Ruling?

In the first trial of a recent wave of cases under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act, Judge Peter G. Sheridan of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled in favor of the defendant-adviser, finding…more

Advisory Contracts, Arm's Length Principle, Excessive Fees, Independent Directors, Investment Adviser

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"How Companies Should Respond to New Non-GAAP Financial Disclosure Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) regarding the use of…more

CDIs, Corporate Financing, Disclosure Requirements, Financial Statements, Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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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: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of Financial…more

Banks, CISO, Comment Period, Covered Entities, Cyber Attacks

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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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"Prudential Regulators Extend Swaps Clearing Exemptions and Exceptions to Non-Cleared Swap Margin Requirements"

On August 2, 2016, federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators) adopted a final rule (PR Margin Exemptions) implementing exemptions from the Prudential Regulators’ impending initial and variation margin requirements for…more

Banking Regulators, CFTC, Dodd-Frank, Margin Requirements, Non-Cleared Swaps

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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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"Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Awarding Attorneys’ Fees Under the Copyright Act"

On June 16, 2016, in an 8-0 decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 579 U.S. __, the U.S. Supreme Court held that when district courts determine whether or not to award discretionary attorney fees to prevailing parties…more

Attorney's Fees, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Objective Unreasonableness Standard

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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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"In Escobar, Supreme Court Upholds False Claims Act’s Implied Certification Theory"

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar unanimously upheld the implied certification theory of False Claims Act (FCA) liability. The Court ruled that a party can be…more

Conditions of Payment, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors, Fraud

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"How Companies Should Respond to New Non-GAAP Financial Disclosure Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) regarding the use of…more

CDIs, Corporate Financing, Disclosure Requirements, Financial Statements, Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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