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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.28.16

As expected, the Fed held steady on rates as it waits for the American economy and labor market to keep improving. June remains on the table for the next incremental increase, though some analysts are shifting expectations...more

Concerns on the New UK Whistleblower Rules

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) recently began rolling out new whistleblower rules, with which financial organisations will be required to comply. These rules have not...more

CCOs: Living in the Land of False Promises

We all have heard the scenario involving a compliance professional. A new CCO joins a company with promises from the board, the CEO and senior executives of cooperation, compensation and support for a robust independent...more

FDIC Provides Corporate Governance Guidance to Community Banks

The FDIC issued a special edition of Supervisory Insights, “A Community Bank Director’s Guide to Corporate Governance: 21st Century Reflections on the FDIC Pocket Guide for Directors.” This special corporate governance...more

2016 NACD Private Company Governance Survey Results

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recently released its 2015-2016 NACD Private Company Governance Survey. In an article in the March 2016 edition of “Private Company Director” – a monthly publication...more

Cybersecurity Advice to CEOs and Boards “Take more responsibility”!

The White House and its top security advisors are regularly advised about cyberintrusions and as a result the “time has come for CEOs and Boards to take personal responsibility for improving their companies’ cyber security”...more

Are Concerns About the UK’s New Whistleblower Rules Misplaced?

In early April, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) began rolling out new whistleblower rules, with which financial organisations will be required to comply. These rules have...more

Court of Chancery Eyes Duties in Deals Involving Stockholder

To determine the applicable standard of review in a stockholder challenge to a corporate transaction, a plaintiff may rebut the business judgment rule by pleading facts that support a reasonable inference that "a controlling...more

FDIC Provides Commentary on Responsibilities and Duties of Banks’ Boards of Directors

On April 5, the FDIC issued a special Corporate Governance Edition of its Supervisory Insights publication titled, “21st Century Reflections on the FDIC Pocket Guide for Directors.” The new edition provides guidance to...more

EHRC supports a boost for board diversity

Board diversity is a hot topic in the City. Accordingly, it is no surprise that on 23 March 2016 the Equality and Human Rights Commission (the EHRC) shared new non-binding guidance for companies entitled: "How to improve...more

Preparing Your Organization Today to Win Its Future (Possibly Inevitable) Cyber Lawsuit: Making Crown Jewels Out of Paper

One day in the not too distant future, your organization may be fighting to protect its balance sheet against high-stakes claims in a cyber tort trial. Arrayed against you will be the best of the class action plaintiff’s...more

New DOJ Guidance and FCPA Pilot Program – Part IV: Impact

This week I have been exploring the implications of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement last week of a new program Pilot Program around Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FPCA) enforcement, together with the document,...more

FDIC’s Corporate Governance Guidance Reinforces Board of Directors’ Role in Cybersecurity Preparedness

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has long considered a community bank’s board of directors as one of the most important elements in the successful operation of a bank. Nearly thirty years ago, the FDIC issued its...more

SEC Charges Biotech Company and Its Officers with Misleading Investors by Failing to Disclose FDA Concerns and Recommendations

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against a biotech company and three of its officers for securities fraud. The company has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve the charges...more

Board Refreshment: Investors Respond to Trends in Mandatory Retirement Age and Tenure with More Stringent Voting Policies

As many institutional investors have concluded, prevailing governance policies and practices have not produced desired board refreshment, which these investors would support in order to strengthen expertise, promote diversity...more

IRRCi Publishes Follow-Up Study on Controlled Companies

Recently, the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) published a follow-up to its initial 2012 study on “controlled” companies, entitled “Controlled Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 1500: A Follow-up...more

SEC Chair Discusses Enhanced Director Oversight

In a recent speech, SEC Chair Mary Jo White discussed the current role of mutual fund directors and what the SEC expects of them going forward. The Role of Independent Directors in Assessing Risk - In remarks at the...more

Chancery Applies 'Rales' in Dismissing Derivative Claim

In Sandys v. Pincus, C.A. No. 9512-CB, (Del. Ch. Feb. 29, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery considered the uncommon scenario of analyzing whether a demand made upon Zynga Inc.'s board of directors pursuant to Rule 23.1...more

UK Regulator Publishes Policy Statement and Supervisory Statement on Board Responsibilities

The Prudential Regulation Authority published a Policy Statement and Supervisory Statement on board responsibilities. The Policy is relevant to all PRA-regulated firms - banks, insurers, designated investment firms, building...more

Blog: Scrutiny Of Director Tenure Continues: Is It The Next Cause Célèbre?

The scrutiny of pale, stale and male boards continues, this time focused on the “stale,” that is, long-tenured directors. According to the WSJ, institutional investors are increasingly questioning whether more turnover on...more

Hazout v. Tsang Mun Ting, No. 353, 2015 (Del. Feb. 26, 2016) (Strine, C.J.)

In this decision, the Delaware Supreme Court rejected a long line of judicial decisions that had significantly limited the circumstances in which Delaware courts could exercise personal jurisdiction over nonresident directors...more

New Saudi Companies Law – Accumulated Losses and Risk of Statutory Dissolution

For the past few decades, the obligations of companies with losses reaching 50% or more of their share capital has been a topic of high debate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. That is due to the uncertainty surrounding the...more

Spring Cleaning: VAALCO May be Just the Reason to Begin Tidying up Your Organizational Documents

A recent December ruling is causing Delaware companies to take a closer look at the director removal provisions in their organizational documents. A number of publicly traded companies have provisions that limit the removal...more

Is the SEC Poised to Broaden Standard Co-Investment Relief?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a notice with regard to the application for co-investment relief filed by Apollo Investment Corporation and certain of its...more

2016 IPO Report

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, and recent FAST Act amendments...more

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