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Navigating the Currents – Legal Privilege Under English Law

On 8 May 2017 the High Court in London applied a strict approach to litigation privilege in the context of self-reporting investigations. It is the first case in which a court has considered whether litigation privilege is...more

ALERT: SEC Issues Risk Alert on Top Five Problem Areas in Investment Advisor Examinations

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

For investment adviser firms, an audit by the Securities and Exchange Commission or state regulators can be cause for anxiety. Regardless of how carefully a firm’s chief compliance officer adheres to regulations, deficiencies...more

"Court of Chancery Provides Guidance on 'Credible Basis' Standard for Obtaining Books"

The Delaware Supreme Court has held that strict adherence to the procedural requirements of Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law “protects the right of the corporation to receive and consider a demand in proper...more

"Q&A With Delaware Litigation Partner Ed Micheletti"

What is the most significant recent development in Delaware, from a litigation standpoint? The most significant recent development impacting deal litigation in Delaware is the continuing evolution of the Corwin doctrine,...more

The Revolution in Compliance Training – It is Not Just About Your ABCs

by Michael Volkov on

A CCO never feels like he or she has caught up on compliance program requirements. As soon as one new best practice is identified, a CCO blinks for a moment and then there is a new best practice for them to consider....more

Trust But Verify Regarding Financial Information

Minority owners of closely-held corporations (in New Jersey) often put themselves in a position where they are cut off from access to the company’s books and records. When that happens, several things can occur, and few of...more

Chancery Finds Credible Basis for Wrongdoing Warranting Inspection of Books and Records

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As discussed in various prior posts, a petitioner making a Section 220 books and records demand must state a “proper purpose” to justify inspection. Commonly approved purposes include valuation of stock, and investigation of...more

Former CEO Granted Right To Inspect Books And Records Of Company After Demonstrating At Trial A "Credible Basis" To Infer...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 17, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled, in a post-trial decision, that defendant Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (“Cypress”) must allow plaintiff and former Cypress CEO, T.J....more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges With Two Former Telecom Executives

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two former executives of Hungarian telecom firm Magyar Telecom settled FCPA charges with the SEC shortly prior to the commencement of their trial. Former CEO Elek Straub, and former Director of Central Strategic Organization...more

Court of Chancery Explains When There Is A Basis To Investigate

by Morris James LLP on

This decision does a good job of explaining when there is an adequate showing of possible wrongdoing sufficient to justify a books and records inspection. It also explains why conducting a proxy contest does not warrant...more

Are Siemens’ FCPA Compliance Efforts Public Information?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In 2008, global technology giant Siemens Aktiengesellschaft (“Siemens”) pleaded guilty to violations of the books and records provision of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Siemens paid approximately $450 million...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Robert Menendez and Brian Schatz requested that Inspector General Carl Hoecker investe Acting SEC Chairman Michael Piwowar in a letter dated March 29, 2017. The letter notes that...more

The Three Lines of Compliance Offense Versus The Three Lines of Compliance Defense

by Michael Volkov on

People crave simple solutions to complex problems. No, this is not a political statement, nor do I intend to wade into politics. This statement applies across the board – to business, compliance, government, and other...more

Will Culture Change at Uber Before It’s Too Late?

by Thomas Fox on

What happens when a company delivers a superior product or service which is enthusiastically embraced by the consuming public, has a contented, if not equally enthusiastic, public facing work force and the business itself...more

Bridging the Gap: Uniting Compliance and Financial Controls (Part II of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to attend to in the corporate governance landscape. A critical relationship needed to “operationalize” a compliance program is a partnership between a CCO and...more

Chancery Court Holds That Squeezed Out Stockholders Lack Standing to Compel Inspection under DGCL § 220

On February 27, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed an important matter of first impression under Delaware law: "Must a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Holds that Cancellation of Shares Through Merger Deprives Stockholder of Standing in Section 220 Action

In Weingarten v. Monster Worldwide, Inc., C.A. No. 12931-VCG, 2017 WL 752179 (Del. Ch. Feb. 27, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Glasscock, V.C.) clarified when a plaintiff has standing to vitiate inspection rights...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Former Stockholder Lacks Standing To Bring Section 220 Action For Inspection Of Books And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed for lack of standing a lawsuit for inspection of corporate books and records brought by a former stockholder squeezed out in...more

Court of Chancery Holds That A Books And Records Plaintiff Must Be A Stockholder At The Time Of Suit

by Morris James LLP on

This decision resolved a matter of first impression: a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the DGCL must be a stockholder at the time he files his complaint to have standing. Thus, when a stockholder...more

A Former Shareholder Cannot Demand Books and Records Under DGCL§ 220

by BakerHostetler on

Can a former shareholder whose stock was cancelled in a merger bring suit for corporate books and records under Delaware law? In a recent decision, the Court of Chancery gave a clear answer to this question of first...more

The Top Five "Gotcha" Deficiencies Plaguing Asset Managers and How to Avoid Them

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Let’s start with this caveat: as we all know, under the still-new Trump Administration, priorities may and are likely to change. Now that we got that off our chest, it is nevertheless not the time to sit back and wait. The...more

Court Of Chancery Stresses Importance Of Records Demand In Lead Counsel Battle

by Morris James LLP on

When asked to choose the lead plaintiff and class counsel, the Court of Chancery applies the well-known Hirt factors. As this decision demonstrates, the Court also will place some significant weight on which of the competing...more

Funds Talk: March 2017

OCIE Highlights Frequent Topics for Compliance Deficiencies for Investment Advisers - On Feb. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published...more

US SEC Publishes Risk Alert on Top Five Investment Adviser Compliance Issues Found During Inspections

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on February 7, 2017 (Risk Alert), highlighting the “five compliance...more

OCIE to Investment Advisers: Focus on These Five Problem Areas

by Goodwin on

Only one month after releasing its exam priorities for this year, on February 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk Alert describing...more

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