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SEC Lays Out Road Map On Disclosure Reform

Keith F. Higgins, Director, SEC Division of Corporation Finance, recently laid out the SEC staff’s approach to the much discussed disclosure reform initiative. Highlights are as follows...more

D.C. Circuit Partially Strikes Down SEC Conflict Minerals Rules

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the challenge to the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule filed by the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) and...more

New York State To Require Title Agents To Be Licensed

With the passage of the New York 2014-15 budget, New York becomes one of the last states in the country to license title agents. The budget includes measures that authorize the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to...more

"SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements Ruled Unconstitutional"

On April 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals disclosure requirements are unconstitutional and remanded the matter to...more

Appeals Court Opinion Changes Conflict Minerals Rules Compliance Landscape

On Monday, April 14, 2014, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) struck down part of the federal rules requiring publicly traded companies to report on their use of “conflict...more

Court Ruling Regarding the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held today that a portion of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting regulations – and possibly a portion of the underlying Dodd Frank Act – compel speech in violation...more

SEC Director of Corporation Finance Discusses Disclosure Effectiveness

On April 11, 2014, Keith F. Higgins, Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance, gave a speech before the ABA Business Law Section discussing the new Disclosure Project...more

SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals

On April 7, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued nine new responses to frequently asked questions regarding the disclosure of conflict mineral usage that is required by rules...more

Name And Shame No More?

The last few years has seen the rise of so-called “name and shame” laws. The aims of many these laws may be laudable, but yesterday’s decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit calls their...more

The Corporate Governance Review: Chapter 4: Canada

OVERVIEW OF GOVERNANCE REGIME - Canada’s system of corporate governance is derived from the British common law model and strongly influenced by developments in the United States. While corporate governance practices in...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Overview of Primary Provisions of U.S. and French Sunshine Reporting Requirements

2013 was a year of unprecedented scrutiny of financial relationships between manufacturers and health care professionals, such as physicians. Both the United States and France imposed sweeping new reporting and disclosure...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, recently gave the keynote address, here, at the 2014 Angel Capital Association Summit. He focused on the following three items on the SEC rulemaking...more

The Complexities of the USPTO Proposed Attributable Ownership Rules

The USPTO proposed attributable ownership rules would require the public disclosure of the “attributable owner” of patent applications and patents. As discussed in this article, the proposed definition of “attributable owner”...more

Investment Advisers to Plans May Be Required to Deliver "Disclosure Guide" Under ERISA

On March 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (the DOL) issued a proposed amendment (the Proposed Amendment) to its final regulations (the Final Regulations) under Section 408(b)(2) of ERISA (commonly referred to as the...more

President Obama Signs Equal Pay Actions

President Barack Obama took steps towards erasing pay disparity between genders on Tuesday by signing an Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum focusing on fair pay. The executive actions coincide with April 8 being...more

President Obama Takes Executive Action on National Equal Pay Day

On April 8, 2014, the President signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation. The President also issued a Memorandum instructing the...more

President Obama Signs Two Executive Actions Strengthening Equal Pay Laws

Yesterday, President Obama signed two executive actions designed to strengthen equal pay laws and narrow pay disparities based on gender or race. The executive order and presidential memorandum marked National Equal Pay...more

New York’s New Public Trust Act Expands Independent Expenditure Disclosure

Effective June 1, 2014, the Public Trust Act included in this year’s State Budget legislation redefines “Independent Expenditures” (IEs) in state and local elections. The new definition includes expenditures conveyed to 500...more

D.C. Circuit Requires Greater Disclosure of Changes in Medicare Regulations

The rulemaking process often accommodates a variety of interests, including the preference of regulatory agencies to maintain some flexibility and the rights of interested parties to participate in the regulatory process. On...more

SEC Initiative Encourages Continuing Disclosure Violation Self-Reporting By Issuers And Underwriters

HIGHLIGHTS - - The Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative) begun by the SEC's Enforcement Division encourages issuers, borrowers or underwriters to self-disclose potential...more

Offshore Disclosure: What Needs To Be Disclosed? A Checklist

The following is a list of questions that should lead to the discovery of offshore assets, whether properly reported or not. If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you may have filing obligations and should seek...more

Del. Chancery Criticizes Bankers Again in Rural Metro; Undisclosed Conflicts Can Make Sale Process Unreasonable

What you need to know: A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision reinforced the premise that directors of Delaware corporations will be held culpable if they conduct an M&A process based on inadequate information...more

Pyrrhic Victory For Parties Seeking Fracking Fluid Disclosures

Parties advocating public disclosure of the chemical makeup of fracking fluids may have won a recent battle in Wyoming, but are they losing the war? On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court in Powder River Basin Resource...more

FINRA Moves Forward With Proposed Rule Requiring Disclosure Of Recruitment Bonuses

FINRA has submitted a proposal to the SEC to adopt FINRA Rule 2243 (Disclosure and Reporting Obligations Related to Recruitment Practices). In FINRA’s words, Rule 2243 would require, in some cases, “specific disclosure by...more

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