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August 2015: Energy Litigation Update

Reserve Reports During the Oil Slump. The collapse of oil prices in the latter half of 2014 has led to SEC scrutiny of exploration and production (E&P) company compliance with rules regarding the calculation and reporting of...more

Corporation or LLC? Business Organizations for Tech Startups.

One of the first actions you will take with your startup is to organize your company a separate legal entity to protect yourself from personal liability for the company’s debts. In the tech startup context, you’ll typically...more

States File First Brief in Regulation A+ Challenge

Montana and Massachusetts have filed their first brief in their Regulation A+ challenge. They are not happy because Tier 2 offerings under Regulation A+ preempt state review of the offering. Under the text of the rule Tier 2...more

FTC Cautions Against Improper Reliance on “Investment-Only” Exemption

Investment manager Third Point LLC and three of its affiliated funds have entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the federal antitrust authorities for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Files Suit Against Company and Individuals Who Allegedly Ran Pension Loan Scam

On August 20, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and the New York superintendent of financial services jointly sued Pension Funding, LLC; Pension Income, LLC; and individuals Steven Covey, Edwin Lichtig,...more

Agency CMBS – the sophisticated tool for raising cheaper commercial real estate debt!

As was the case prior to the global financial crisis, the current driver for all new European CMBS deals stems from the adoption by investment banks of the originate-to-distribute business model for financing commercial real...more

SEC Approves Final Rules for Pay Ratio Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final "pay ratio" disclosure rules to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) at an open meeting on...more

The Second Circuit Denies Midland’s Request For Rehearing On Its Decision That Upended Longstanding Principles of Lending Law

On August 12, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Midland Funding, LLC and Midland Credit Management (collectively, “Midland”)’s petition for panel rehearing, or, in the alternative,...more

CFPB lawsuit against pension advance companies could have broader implications

A new lawsuit, filed by the CFPB and the New York Department of Financial Services(NY DFS) in a California federal court against two pension advance companies and three of the companies’ individual managers, again...more

Shareholders sue mobile security firm for failing to disclose hacking incident before IPO

MobileIron, Inc. was sued late last week by shareholders in a proposed class action for allegedly failing to disclose a hacking incident just weeks before its initial public offering (IPO). The suit, filed on behalf of...more

SEC Brings Heightened Scrutiny to the Real Estate Fund Industry

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has expanded its focus on private equity funds to ancillary asset classes, including specifically private equity real estate funds, with its Private Funds Unit (“PFU”) undertaking...more

Dodd-Frank Turns Five, What Comes Next?

The 2008 credit crisis was the beginning of an era of unprecedented government management of the capital markets. July 21, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the hallmark congressional response, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

DOL Hearings Debate “Fiduciary Duty” not “Suitability” Standard for Retirement Accounts

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL“) recently heard public comment to its proposed regulatory changes implementing a fiduciary duty on any individual receiving compensation for advice tailored to a plan sponsor, participant...more

Moving out of the dog house? The case for easing punitive capital requirements on securitisations

Eight years on from the credit crisis, the drive to rehabilitate securitisation continues. The most recent body to speak up for the increasingly regulated structures is the European Banking Authority, which last month...more

Spotlight on Brazil: Recuperação Judicial vs. Chapter 11

The bankruptcy proceedings of Brazilian oil companies OGX and OSX have all the makings of a financial soap opera: one high-profile billionaire filing for bankruptcy on behalf of two related enterprises with a combined...more

No-Action Letter Guidance Under Rule 506(b) of Regulation D.

On August 6, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a no-action letter to Citizen VC, Inc. (“Citizen VC”), the manager of a venture capital investment platform...more

MEasure - Summer 2015

Welcome to the Summer 2015 issue of measure, King & Spalding’s Middle East quarterly newsletter. This issue covers a number of areas with interesting developments and valuable guidance. Phillip Sacks and Jodi Norman discuss...more

Family Office Direct Investing in Private Equity Deals

For most family offices, engaging in direct investment PE deals really means finding the right partner, and the diligence required to find the right PE partner for direct deals is much more involved, and probably less of a...more

Treasury Consultation Paper – Another Step Towards Crowd-Sourced Equity Funding

On 4 August 2015, the Treasury of the Australian Government released a consultation paper, facilitating crowd-sourced equity funding and reducing compliance costs (Consultation Paper). This follows the previous discussion...more

ESMA AIFMD Opinion and Advice on the Passporting and Private Placement Regimes

Background - Under the current structure of the Alternative Investment Fund Manager’s Directive (AIFMD), European firms are permitted to market EU funds to professional investors throughout the European Union through the...more

Falling Oil Prices Are Not the Only Deterrent to Investment in Mexico's Oil Fields

On July 15, Mexico auctioned 14 shallow-water exploration blocks. The auction marked the first time in nearly eight decades that private and foreign investors could directly participate in Mexico's exploration and production...more

AIFMD: ESMA Recommends the First Wave of Non-EU Countries to Obtain a Europe-Wide Marketing Passport

On July 30, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) released its advice to the European Parliament, Council of the European Union and the European Commission on the application of the passport to non-EU...more

SEC Flexes Its Enforcement Muscle For Securities-Based Swaps

The broad definition of a “swap” in the Dodd-Frank Act, read literally, would encompass many transactions that Congress never intended to cover, so the SEC and the CFTC have jointly promulgated regulations that provide that...more

July 2015: International Arbitration Update

ISDS Arbitration Provisions—Worth the Investment. Trade agreements have always been the subject of intense public dialogue, so it should come as no surprise that negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the...more

Petrobras Shareholders’ Brazilian-Law Claims Are Subject to Mandatory Arbitration Provision

The travails of Petrobras have generated a lot of attention – and litigation – in the past year. On July 30, 2015, District Judge Jed Rakoff, of the Southern District of New York, issued an opinion explaining his prior order...more

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