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Veil Piercing/Alter Ego Determinations – How Fund Managers Can Protect Themselves

A veil piercing claim can be a worst-case scenario for a private fund manager dealing with a struggling portfolio company investment – the company fails, and ensuing legal claims are brought not only against the portfolio...more

SFC Obtains Disqualification and Court Orders Against Hanergy’s Former Chairman and Current Directors

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Court of First Instance’s decision has important implications for directors of listed companies when failing to act in the best interests of the company. Background - On July 15, 2015, the Securities and Futures...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Order for Relief

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Single Purpose Limited Liability Companies for Liability Protection: A Word of Caution

by Williams Mullen on

It has become a fairly common practice among commercial and investment real estate owners to hold title to their various parcels in single purpose entities (“SPE’s”), most commonly limited liability companies (“LLC’s”). Many...more

Blind Spots Remain as SELF DRIVE Act Passes House

by Jones Day on

The first federal bill on autonomous vehicle technology passed the full U.S. House of Representatives unanimously on September 6, 2017. The bill addresses important privacy, preemption, exemptions, testing, safety standards,...more

Don’t Judge an Insurance Policy by its Cover

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Whether you are a developer, builder, design professional, subcontractor, or supplier, one of the most important aspects of risk management is ensuring both you, and any entities with whom you contract, have good insurance....more

Soup, Salvation and Overtime: Sixth Circuit Takes Up Televangelist’s FLSA Appeal

Are you entitled to FLSA coverage if you are doing the Lord’s work? In March 2017, a federal district court in Ohio answered “yes” and awarded almost $400,000 to unpaid employees/volunteers of a church restaurant....more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Use of Cash Collateral

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Counterpoint: Why Sane People Serve as Bank Directors

by Bryan Cave on

Bank directors have played a crucial role in the turnaround of the banking industry, an accomplishment that deserves recognition in light of the fact that it has been done under tremendous regulatory burden and tepid economic...more

Personal Liability for Senior Accounting Officers Over Tax Accounting Arrangements— First Court Decision Provides a Cautionary...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) regime was brought in by the Finance Act 2009 and requires large companies and groups to identify the individual who is responsible for certifying to the UK tax authority (HMRC) each...more

Twist & shout: California appellate court allows reverse veil piercing against LLC

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The California’s Fourth Appellate District has concluded that “reverse veil piercing” is possible to add a limited liability company to a judgment against the 99 percent owner of that LLC, in a decision that distinguishes...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Forum Shopping

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

California Court Green Lights Reverse Veil Piercing Of Delaware LLC

by Allen Matkins on

Courts historically have applied the alter ego doctrine to “pierce the corporate veil” so that a shareholder may be held liable for the debts or conduct of the corporation. California has extended the possibility of alter...more

Never a Dull Moment in Employment Law: Whistleblowing and More

by Dechert LLP on

The Supreme Court’s recent decision quashing the Employment Tribunal fee regime is not the only recent employment law news of which UK employers need to be aware. This OnPoint summarises some other recent developments....more

Real Estate Finance: Massachusetts

by WilmerHale on

A Q&A guide to real estate finance law for borrowers and lenders in Massachusetts. This Q&A addresses state laws relating to security instruments, usury laws, limitations on personal liability, recording requirements and...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Springing Recourse

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Yates Memo's Influence Felt in DOJ Health Care Enforcement

by Jones Day on

In September 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum titled "Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing." In it, she stressed that one of the most effective ways to combat corporate misconduct is...more

Nevada Supreme Court Holds That Member-Managers Were Not Proper Parties To Negligence Claim Against An LLC

by Allen Matkins on

In an opinion issued yesterday, the Nevada Supreme Court addressed the extent to which a member of a limited liability company is protected in a negligence based tort action against the LLC. Gardner v. Henderson Water Park,...more

Time to Elevate Insurance Provisions That Allocate Loss: Enhancing Coverage Under Executive Risk Liability Policies

by King & Spalding on

One of the primary functions of an executive risk liability policy, such as a directors and officers (“D&O”) liability policy, is to protect companies from the risk of covering costs incurred in the defense of its corporate...more

The Alter-Ego Of A Corporation: Piercing The Corporate Veil

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A corporation is a legal entity separate and distinct from its shareholders. The corporate form generally shields shareholders from personal liability for the corporation’s debts. However, shareholders cannot incorporate...more

Piercing The Corporate Veil In Texas

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Texas has long been one of the best locations to start a business, and a big reason for this is the liability protection afforded by the business-friendly Texas courts. Most business owners seek to limit their personal...more

The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Personal Liability of Directors in Oppression Cases

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Wilson v. Alharayeri, 2017 SCC 39 [Alharayeri], the Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision provides significant guidance as to when directors ought to be held personally liable for oppressive conduct under the...more

Supreme Court of Canada reaffirms personal liability for directors in oppression actions

by Dentons on

On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously reaffirmed that a corporation’s directors may be personally liable in an oppression action, and set out the criteria for imposing personal liability. In Wilson...more

Review of amendments to the insolvency legislation

by White & Case LLP on

This review concerns a number of amendments to Federal Law “On insolvency”1 (the “Law”) introduced by federal laws No. 222-FZ2 and No. 488-FZ3, and the interpretation of the amendments in the Review of Court Practice on...more

Personal Liability Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) not only may a corporation that fails to comply be liable to pay a monetary penalty but personal liability may also arise. Section 31 provides that "An officer, director, agent or mandatary...more

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