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House Passes Disclosure Modification and “4(a)(1)(1/2)” Bills

On October 6, the US House of Representatives passed the Disclosure Modification and Simplification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1525), which, if enacted, would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to (1) revise Regulation S-K...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition Q3 2015

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

SEC Wins Summary Judgment In Two Fraud Actions

The SEC prevailed on summary judgment motions in two fraud actions. One is a pump-and-dump manipulation scheme. The other is a prime bank fraud. First, SEC v. Farmer, Civil Action No. 4:14-cv-02345 (S.D. Tx. Filed August 14,...more

The SEC’s Year of FCPA Enforcement

Say what you will – the SEC is making its mark this year in FCPA enforcement. So far, the SEC has brought nine separate enforcement actions, the latest with Bristol-Myers Squibb. I am sure we will see more before the end of...more

SEC Proposes Liquidity Management Rules for Open-End and Exchange-Traded Funds

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose a new Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act), as well as amendments to its rules and forms designed to promote...more

Corporate Governance Alert (US): The Menace of the Mini Tender

A perfectly legal, but on its face very predatory, practice is increasingly hitting major public companies and likely confusing and taking advantage of their small individual investors: the “mini” tender offer. Thus far, the...more

Proactive Approach To Cybersecurity: Recent SEC guidance and enforcement actions suggest that reactive firms may be in the SEC’s...

In an environment where even the largest and most powerful corporations have fallen victim to data breaches, it can be challenging to fathom how to protect against the sophisticated and ever-evolving threat of cyber attacks....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 39

SEC/CORPORATE - House Passes Disclosure Modification and “4(a)(1)(1/2)” Bills - On October 6, the US House of Representatives passed the Disclosure Modification and Simplification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1525), which, if...more

SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional, Says D.C. Circuit

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed that both Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing Conflict Minerals Rule issued by the SEC violate the...more

SEC’s Piwowar and Gallagher Dissent, Defer to Courts on ConLaw Challenge

SEC Commissioners Piwowar and Gallagher dissented from a recent Commission Opinion sanctioning an investment adviser’s use of misleading historical data purporting to validate an asset-allocation model. Agreeing there was a...more

Former CEO of Siemens-Argentina Pleads Guilty to FCPA Offenses

On September 30, the former CFO of Siemens S.A.-Argentina pleaded guilty in a federal court in New York to conspiring to pay nearly $100 million dollars in bribes to Argentinian officials. The former executive, Andres...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part I – The Yates Memo

This is the day that the US government traditionally celebrates Columbus’ discovery of the Americas, in the form of Columbus Day. My grandfather emigrated from Italy so he always took Columbus Day as his heritage day. My...more

Portfolio Monitoring and Legal Fees Subject to SEC Enforcement Action Against Private Equity Group

The SEC announced that three private equity fund advisers within The Blackstone Group have agreed to pay nearly $39 million to settle charges that they failed to fully inform investors about benefits that the advisers...more

SEC ALJ Slams Bebo; Summarily Denies ConLaw Challenge

Laurie Bebo, CEO of Assisted Living Concepts, initially got some sympathetic words from the U.S. District Judge who felt constrained to turn away her constitutional challenge to the SEC’s administrative forum: The Court...more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $14 Million to SEC to Resolve China FCPA Offenses

On October 5, the SEC announced a settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb to resolve allegations that the pharmaceutical company’s Chinese joint venture, BMS China, gave cash, jewelry, and other benefits to health care providers...more

Kinross Gold Discloses FCPA Investigation by SEC and DOJ

On October 2, Canadian mining company Kinross Gold Corp. announced that the SEC and DOJ are investigating potentially improper payments to government officials in West Africa. The company’s announcement states that it...more

Using the Internet to Raise Money: Securities Laws and Crowdfunding

There are many services available to emerging companies to raise money through crowdfunding. As an entrepreneur or leader of a company evaluating these options, it is important to understand the basic legal foundations of...more

Four Clear Messages from Bristol Meyers Squibb FCPA Enforcement Action

The SEC’s FCPA enforcement action for $14.6 million against Bristol Meyers Squibb (“BMS”) in China provides a textbook example of how things can go wrong in China. For the compliance practitioner (as well as CEO and...more

SEC and Hitachi Reach FCPA Settlement Over Corrupt Payments in South Africa

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced a settlement with Hitachi, Ltd. over allegations that the company sold shares in a South African subsidiary to a front company for the African National...more

Are You My Fiduciary? The DOL Takes Aim At A Fiduciary Standard For All Giving Retirement Investment Advice

The Department of Labor is pressing forward in its efforts to impose a fiduciary standard on anyone giving retirement investment advice. A fiduciary standard would require every retirement investment adviser to put the...more

Blog: SEC’s Advisory Committee On Small And Emerging Companies Recommends Harmonizing And Expanding Disclosure Accommodations For...

At a meeting of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies at the end of last month, the Committee approved a set of Recommendations about Expanding Simplified Disclosure for Smaller Issuers. A key focus...more

Why Not Let The Market Decide The Frequency Of Earnings Reports

In an Op-Ed published yesterday by the Wall Street Journal, MIT Senior Lecturer Robert Pozen and Harvard Law School Professor Mark J. Roe  argue for the retention of quarterly earnings reports with some modifications.  They...more

Will the “Yates Memo” Impact Maryland State Prosecutions?

“SEC. 3. (a) The Attorney General shall: (1) Prosecute and defend on the part of the State all cases pending in the Appellate Courts of the State, in the Supreme Court of the United States or the inferior Federal Courts,...more

Landmark insider trading ruling may temper government's actions, but holders of confidential, non-public information should still...

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Court declined to hear the federal government’s appeal in U.S. v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2nd Cir. 2014), an insider trading case in which the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed...more

Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Update: SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules implementing one of the last four remaining executive compensation requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

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