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SGX to Set Up Subsidiary Company ‘Regco’ for Regulatory Functions

Market players hail the establishment of a separate subsidiary to handle regulatory functions in response to concerns about conflicts of interest in SGX’s self-regulatory structure. On 18 July, Singapore Exchange (SGX)...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, July 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Yet Another Congressional Proposed Corporate Reform: Proxy Advisory Firms in the Crosshairs.

Over the past six months, U.S. legislators have engaged in an unusual burst of energy to introduce three separate bills regulating various areas affecting U.S. public company corporate governance: - The Cybersecurity...more

California And Delaware Corporate Law Differ In Many Respects, Including The Authority Of Committees

Both California and Delaware allow the formations of committees of the Board of Directors. Both states also allow these committees to exercise the authority of the board, but with certain exceptions. California, however,...more

Brexit: Key Issues for General Counsel

On June 23rd, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. We expect the UK Government to commence negotiations to withdraw and to establish a framework for the UK’s new relationship with the...more

SEC Clarifies Relationship between HSR Investment Intent and 13D/G Status

The SEC has issued a new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (8-K 103.11) that clarifies the interaction between the investment intent exemption in the HSR rules and the ability to file a Schedule 13G. The CDI poses...more

The Debate Over Shareholder Democracy

Corporate governance issues can quickly divide directors, management and shareholders. For years there has been a continuing debate over the efficacy and importance of shareholder democracy. In theory, and using loaded...more

Brexit and Other Key Issues for CFOs and Corporate Treasurers

On June 23, 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in an advisory Referendum. We expect the UK Government to commence negotiations to withdraw and to establish a framework for the UK’s new relationship with...more

Court Tackles Nonmember Appointed as a Special Litigation Committee

It is often said that Delaware limited liability companies are creatures of contract. Drafters of LLC agreements have the freedom to craft an LLC that best suits their goals. For instance, LLCs can be drafted to allow the...more

UK Corporate Briefing Summer 2016 Issue 6 - Summer 2016

The UK's EU referendum on 23 June 2016 delivered a leave result. The nature of the UK's future relationship with the EU and the timescale and details of the process for establishing that relationship remain to be seen....more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Change to Require “Golden Leash” Disclosure

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a rule change proposed by The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) to require Nasdaq-listed companies to publicly disclose compensation or other payments made...more

Sustainability Reporting Gains Momentum

A couple of years ago I suggested that companies should consider adding new, or enhancing their existing, sustainability disclosures. The trend toward sustainability (frequently known as “ESG” for environmental, social and...more

Audit regime: all change for public interest entities

From 17 June 2016 there are changes to the audit regime, in particular for public interest entities (PIEs). PIEs include companies admitted to the Official List and traded on the main market of the London Stock Exchange,...more

The Importance of Diversity on Corporate Boards

If there is one area where I would like to see improvement in the corporate governance world, it has to be at the corporate board level. While companies are expanding internal compliance programs, companies fail to take a...more

Regulatory decisions

Senior managers regime, certification regime and conduct rules - Crucially, this period has seen the start of implementation of the new regime for individual accountability, although it will take a further year for it to...more

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

A Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) is a computer program, running on a peer-to-peer network, incorporating governance and decision-making rules. DAOs can be programmed to operate autonomously, without human...more

Innovation in Compliance Week – Part I: Embracing Agile

This week I begin a five-part series on innovation in the compliance function. One of the most constant things that I have observed in my nearly 10 years of practice in the compliance space is its constant evolution....more

Yet Another Congressional Proposed Corporate Reform: Proxy Advisory Firms in the Crosshairs

Over the past six months, U.S. legislators have engaged in an unusual burst of energy to introduce three separate bills regulating various areas affecting U.S. public company corporate governance...more

SEC To Tighten Enforcement On Companies’ Accountability For The Glass Ceiling

Seyfarth Synopsis: SEC announced they are proposing a new rule to elicit more information about the diversity of corporate board members, maintaining that the amount of minority directors at the largest public companies has...more

International Regulators Issue Cybersecurity Guidance to the Financial Industry

The Bank for International Settlement (BIS) Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) last week issued the first internationally agreed-upon...more

Managing the Generational Transition

Almost by definition, a family-owned business consists of multiple generations of owners and operators. The different generations may have different visions for the business, but they are usually all aligned on wanting what...more

Update on Auditing the Audit

Most jurisdictions in Canada require the unanimous consent of all shareholders (including non-voting shareholders) in order for a non-distributing corporation to dispense with an audit. The requirement is absolute and...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Golden Leash Disclosure Rule

The SEC has approved Nasdaq’s proposed Rule 5250(b)(3) regarding disclosure of so called golden leash arrangements. The Rule requires each listed company to publicly disclose the material terms of all agreements or...more

"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...more

Incentive Compensation Back Under the Regulatory Spotlight

Six U.S. federal agencies in late April and May revised and re-proposed rules that were originally proposed in 2011, to govern the incentive compensation practices at financial institutions with consolidated assets of at...more

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