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NASDAQ Amends Listing Standards to Remove Prohibition on Receipt of Compensatory Fees by Compensation Committee Members

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) filed an amendment to its listing standards that eliminates the prohibition on the receipt of compensatory fees by compensation committee members. Nasdaq listing...more

Listing an Overseas Oil and Gas Company on the London Stock Exchange

Introduction - The London Stock Exchange (the “LSE”) has long provided an attractive forum for companies with oil and gas operations outside of the United Kingdom to seek and obtain access to foreign capital markets...more

NASDAQ Amending Compensation Committee Director Independence Requirements

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its listing rules on compensation committee composition to, among other things, replace...more

Listing an Overseas Mining Company on the London Stock Exchange

Introduction - The London Stock Exchange (the “LSE”) has long provided an attractive forum for companies with mining operations outside of the United Kingdom to seek and obtain access to foreign capital markets through...more

TSX Staff Notice Guidance Impacts IPO Plans

On November 7, 2013, the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) issued a Staff Notice to Applicants, Listed Issuers, Securities Lawyers and Participating Organizations (“Staff Notice”) that provides guidance for companies considering...more

FCA Unveils New UK Listing Rules to Strengthen Minority Investor Rights

In the wake of recent high-profile corporate governance controversies the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has, this week, issued its proposed new Listing Rules which, when implemented, will give enhanced rights to...more

Hong Kong Capital Markets Quarterly News -- October 2013

In This Issue: New Sponsor Regime – Guidance Letters; Policy on Listing Overseas Companies; New Listing Decisions; New Guidance Letters; and Enforcement News Excerpt from New Sponsor Regime – Guidance Letters:...more

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Proposes To List Two Flower Species As Endangered

On October 3, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a proposed rule to list the Florida Brickell-bush (Brickellia mosieri) and Carter’s Small-flowered Flax (Linum carteri var carteri) as endangered...more

New York Stock Exchange Proposes New Rules to Harmonize Quantitative Continued Listing Standards and Modify Reverse Merger Listing...

On October 8, the New York Stock Exchange proposed an amendment to Section 802.01B of the NYSE Listed Company Manual that would apply the same financial compliance standards for continued listing on the NYSE to all operating...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - October 11, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Launches Public Website for Analyzing Exchange Data - New York Stock Exchange Proposes New Rules to Harmonize Quantitative Continued Listing Standards and Modify Reverse Merger Listing...more

Involuntary Stock Exchange Listings, Affiliated Issuers And Produce

Involuntary Listings - A few days ago, Broc Romanek wrote that a number of companies have received letters from the St. Petersburg (Russia) Stock Exchange stating that the exchange is in the process of unilaterally...more

The New NYSE and Nasdaq Listing Standards: What Should Companies Be Doing?

It has been nearly two months since the NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards became effective that require compensation committees to assess the independence of their consultants, legal counsel and other advisors. Arising out of...more

Hong Kong Stock Exchange Revises Listing Rules to Implement New Regime for Hong Kong IPOs

Overview In December 2012, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC), the securities regulatory watchdog in Hong Kong, initiated a new sponsor regime by imposing enhanced conduct requirements on...more

Hong Kong Stock Exchange Publishes Rule Changes to Complement SFC’s New Sponsor Regime

On July 23, 2013, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange published changes to its Listing Rules which complement the SFC’s new regime regarding sponsors. Both sets of changes will come into effect on October 1, 2013, except for two of...more

Hong Kong Capital Markets Quarterly News -- July 2013

In This Issue: Consultations; New Listing Decisions; Regulatory Watch; New Guidance Letters; and Enforcement News. Excerpt from Consultations - Exchange’s Consultations on Review of Connected Transaction...more

Outline of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Rule Changes to Complement New Sponsor Regulations

On July 23, 2013, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the Exchange) published amendments to the rules governing the listing of securities on the exchange (the Listing Rules) and issued additional guidance to complement...more

Asia: Corporate Newsletter - July 2013

Effect of regulatory non-compliance on suitability of listing - Under the Listing Rules, a listing applicant must be considered by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK) as suitable for listing before it can be listed....more

Affiliate Marketers Need to Be Aware of the CFTC

Some affiliate marketers have recently gotten involved in the risky world of online trading. Online trading, particularly the trading of binary options, has become an attractive alternative for some affiliate marketers to...more

New NYSE and NASDAQ Compensation Committee Rules to be Implemented on July 1, 2013

The deadline for companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange or The NASDAQ Stock Market to implement key components of the new listing rules adopted earlier this year related to the independence of compensation committees...more

NYSE and NASDAQ Listing Rules for Compensation Committees | Scheduled to Take Effect as Early as July 1, 2013

This past January, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) approved new corporate governance listing rules proposed by each of the New York Stock Exchange (the NYSE) and the Nasdaq Stock Market (the NASDAQ) pursuant...more

Public Company Adviser - June 2013: Compensation Committees May Need to Consider the Independence of Outside Legal Counsel to the...

Under new NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards that take effect on July 1, 2013, a compensation committee may receive advice from legal counsel, as well as compensation consultants and other advisors, only after considering six...more

Asia: Corporate Newsletter - June 2013

The third batch of subsidiary legislation for the implementation of the new Companies Ordinance was gazetted in May...more

Heightened Independence Standards for Advisors Should Give Compensation Committees Pause for Thought After July 1, 2013

On July 1, 2013, the portion of the revised "listing standards" of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ Stock Market (Nasdaq) related to the independence of advisors to compensation committees of listed companies...more

Accessing Asian Capital By Canadian Companies – The Case For Listing In Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong - Michael Chan, Assistant Vice President of the Global Markets Division of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“HKEx”), was recently in Canada, visiting Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver and delivering a...more

A Nice, Straightforward Administrative Law Decision: HHS’s Decision to List Styrene as Reasonably Anticipated to Cause Cancer is...

Last week, in Styrene Information and Research Center v. Sebelius, Judge Reggie Walton of the District Court for the District of Columbia rejected challenges to the decision by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to list styrene...more

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