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The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2015

Unicorns and Other High-Valuation Deals - Over the last several years, the number of private companies with valuations in excess of $1 billion has skyrocketed, with daily reports of births of new “unicorns.” As the number…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

The WSGR Data Advisor - November 2015

The last two months certainly have been eventful in the world of privacy. In this issue of The WSGR Data Advisor, we examine the Court of Justice of the European Union’s recent and highly significant Schrems decision that…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted Regulation Crowdfunding, which includes the final capital formation rules mandated by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act). The final rules set…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Securities Law

ISS Data Verification Deadline and QuickScore Proxy Access Methodology Update

Data Verification - Friday, November 13, 2015, is the deadline for issuers to verify the underlying raw data used to determine the upcoming QuickScore 3.0 results from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Issuers have…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

President Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015" (P.L. 114-74). Among other things, the act eliminates the TEFRA unified partnership rules and the electing large partnership rules, and…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation

EU Data Protection Authorities Issue Statement Following Schrems Decision

On October 16, 2015, the body of European data protection regulators (Article 29 Working Party or WP29) issued a statement on the implementation of the judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Schrems…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Department of Defense Issues New Cybersecurity Rules for Defense Agencies That Use Contractors and Cloud Services to Hold Unclassified Defense Information

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently published an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).1 The interim rule, effective August 26, 2015, focuses on two issues. First, the rule…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, Military Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

EU's Highest Court Declares Safe Harbor Invalid

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the EU's highest court, issued a groundbreaking decision that invalidates the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor program. Given the widespread reliance on the Safe Harbor framework by…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Advocate General Advises EU's Highest Court to Deem Safe Harbor Invalid and to Allow EU Data Protection Authorities to Suspend Data Transfers to the U.S.

Today, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU, the EU's highest court) issued a far-reaching opinion1 that has significant implications for the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor program and data transfers…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Department of Justice Enforcement Policy Focuses on Corporations Providing Evidence Against Individuals

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors instructing them to increase their focus on the prosecution of individuals involved in corporate fraud and financial…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

The WSGR Data Advisor - September 2015

In this issue of The WSGR Data Advisor, we examine the FCC’s recent TCPA declaratory ruling and order addressing issues regarding calling and texting consumers, and discuss the new privacy, data security, and transparency…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Game Over: Popular Multi-Channel Network Settles FTC Complaint for Paid Endorsement Videos

September 8, 2015 On September 2, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first settlement with an online video marketer over an alleged failure to disclose paid endorsements. The FTC settled with Machinima, Inc.,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Federal Trade Commission Brings Complaint Against Firm for Relying on HSR Act "Investment-Only" Exemption

August 31, 2015 On August 24, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has reached an agreement with Third Point LLC and three affiliated investment funds (collectively "Third Point") to settle allegations that…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

USPTO Announces Second Round of AIA Rule Changes

On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced another set of proposed changes to the rules governing Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trial proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA)…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Adopts Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

August 20, 2015 On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final pay ratio disclosure rules to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act. These rules, which will require proxy disclosure in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law
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