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Dead Partner And Disqualification

The Business Court on Wednesday disqualified a law firm from representing its longtime corporate client in a lawsuit against the corporation's former CEO and Chairman of its Board of Directors....more

SEC Issues Guidance Regarding Standards Applicable to Waivers of Disqualification under Regulation A and Rules 505 and 506 of...

The disqualification provisions of Rules 262 and 505 under the Securities Act make the exemptions from registration under Regulation A and Rule 505 of Regulation D unavailable for an offering if, among other things, an...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Unveils Tax Transparency Package - The European Commission has laid out its plans in a new Tax Transparency Package to clamp down on tax deals made between EU governments and multi-national...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 6 • March 2015 (Global)

OSC Investor Advisory Panel annual report. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel submitted its 2013-14 annual report. The report summarizes the Panel’s current activities and priorities as well...more

Factors the SEC Considers When Deciding Whether to Grant a Waiver to a Statutory Disqualification

On March 12, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech at the Corporate Counsel Institute at Georgetown University that shed light on disqualifications, exemptions, and waivers under the federal securities laws. Most...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015 #3

SEC Focus on Disqualification Waivers. When negotiating a settlement of an SEC enforcement action against a registered financial services firm – or one that hopes one day to become registered – it is vital to consider the...more

The Disqualification Provisions and the SEC’s Use of Wavers

One key debate regarding current SEC enforcement policy centers on the application of the so-called “bad actor” provisions. Previously the Commissioners split over the nature, use and application of those provisions. ...more

Bad Actor Disqualifications Are Not Sanction Enhancements

SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher delivered a speech where he considered the role of bad actor disqualifications in the context of the SEC’s enforcement initiatives. According to the Commissioner, the purpose of bad actor...more

Firm Disqualified Because Preliminary Injunction Is “Directly Adverse” to Another Client - Celgard, LLC v. LG Chem, Ltd.

Disqualifying Celgard’s appellate counsel due to a conflict of interest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a non-precedential opinion, found that Celgard’s preliminary injunction preventing LG Chem from...more

New York Federal Court Allows Attorney Disqualification Claim To Proceed

A New York federal court recently denied a motion to dismiss a claim filed by two reinsurers, Employers Insurance Company of Wausau and National Casualty Company. The claim sought a declaration disqualifying Hunton & Williams...more

Florida Supreme Court Affirms Disqualification of Counsel for Class Action of Toxic Tort Plaintiffs

The Florida Supreme Court clarified that its rules of professional responsibility govern whether counsel for class action plaintiffs should be disqualified based on alleged conflicts of interests that arise after a class...more

California District Court Disqualifies Class Counsel for Conflict of Interest

Is more of a good thing a better thing? In some contexts, not, as reflected by a recent case from the Northern District of California. In Lou v. Ma Laboratories, Inc., Case No. C 12-05409 WHA (N.D. Cal. Jan. 8, 2014), the...more

Bad Actors

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D (“Reg D”) that, among other things, prohibit issuers of securities from relying on Reg D if “bad actors” are...more

SEC Staff Issues New Guidance on Rule 506 Bad Actor Disqualification

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance posted additional Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (see Questions 260.14 through 260.27) to the SEC website that address the “bad actor” disqualification...more

Evidence of Employee Disqualification Is Relevant Regardless of When It Was Learned

In Horne v. International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Counsel, 16, Plaintiff Raymond Horne, an African American male, applied for organizer positions within the union of which he was a member on two...more

In Delaware, Privilege Goes to the Buyer -- Court Finds Buyer Controls Attorney-Client Privilege over Seller’s Pre-Closing...

The Delaware court of chancery held recently that control over a target company’s attorney-client privileged communications, including communications between the target company’s counsel and its pre-merger stockholders,...more

Rule 506 FAQs: Some Answers, Some New Questions

On December 4, 2013, the SEC released a new batch of FAQs regarding new Rules 506(d) and 506(e). Before diving in to the clarifications provided and the new uncertainties raised by the SEC in the new FAQs, you might want to...more

S.D.N.Y. Disqualifies Securities Class Action Plaintiffs’ Expert and Denies Class Certification

Recently, in IBEW Local 90 Pension Fund v. Deutsche Bank AG, No. 11-cv-4209, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155136 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 29, 2013), District Judge Katherine Forrest declined to certify a class of securities plaintiffs and...more

Stop-And-Frisk Judge Removed, Fights Back [Video]

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg Law) -- Last month a federal appellate court panel put a hold on changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practices and created a controversy by removing Judge Shira Scheindlin who had...more

New Regulation D General Solicitation and “Bad Actor” Disqualification: Considerations for Private Funds

Offerings of private investment fund interests routinely rely on Rule 506 of the Regulation D “safe harbor” from registration under the Securities Act of 1933. Historically, such offerings have been strictly required to avoid...more

Should There Be “Bad Actor” Risk Factor?

I’ve devoted several recent posts to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new “bad actor” rule because it is awash with a sea of troubles for issuers, both private and publicly traded. The rule prevents issuers from...more

When Directors Are Or Become Bad Actors . . .

I’ve devoted several blog posts to the multifarious problems engendered by the SEC’s new “bad actor” disqualification provisions. I’ve done so because Rule 506(d) is so poorly drafted that, like the annals of Volusius, its...more

Amending Rule 506 — Lifting the Ban on the General Solicitation of Investors and the New Bad Act Disqualification

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently enacted amendments to Rule 506 (“the Rule”) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (“the Securities Act”). These amendments were required by the...more

Private Offerings: Questions that Might Frequently be Asked Sometime Soon (Part II)

Shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rule relaxing the prohibition against general solicitation in connection with offerings made pursuant to new Rule 506(c) and Rule 144A, we provided...more

New SEC Rules Disqualifying "Bad Actors" in Private Fundraising

Earlier this summer, together with some of my partners within DLA Piper (Christopher Paci, Jason Harmon, Darryl Steinhause and Wesley Nissen), I wrote an article about new SEC regulations concerning private offerings. The...more

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