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What?? The Target Company Does Not Own its IP!?

We have been working on a number of private company mergers and acquisitions transactions this year where the technology and the intellectual property of the target company (the “Target”) are the key value drivers for the...more

The Whistle Blower Provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley Extends to Employees of Privately Held Companies Under Some Circumstances

In a decision that expands considerably the number of employees covered by the whistle-blower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the United States Supreme Court ruled earlier this month in Lawson v. FMR LLC that two former...more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections

The Issue: My company is not publicly traded, but provides services to companies that are. Do Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections extend to our employees? The Solution: Yes. Analysis: Enacted in the wake of...more

FTC and DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing Cybersecurity Information

On April 10, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a policy statement clarifying that the Agencies "do not believe that antitrust is – or should be – a roadblock to legitimate...more

Supreme Court Expands Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Companies

In 2002, after corporate fraud at Enron led to the company's collapse, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Under SOX's main whistleblower protection provision, an employee of a publicly traded company who claims...more

Dissenter Rights Create Trend of Investors Driving Higher Prices and Gaining Interest

Two recent high-profile shareholder rights cases in the Delaware Chancery Court have received a lot of attention due to the money that is at stake and the individuals in the disputes. These two cases, along with several other...more

Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower Protection To Contractors’ Employees

On March 4, in a suit brought by former employees of private companies that advise or manage mutual funds, the U.S. Supreme Court held (6-3) that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s whistleblower protection provision covers employees of...more

M&A Brokers for Private Companies Need Not Register with the SEC

The staff of the SEC recently issued a no-action letter permitting an "M&A Broker" to advise on and be compensated in connection with the purchase and sale of a privately held company without registering as a broker-dealer...more

Business Brokers Get “No-Action” Relief from SEC

Business intermediaries who facilitate the purchase or sale of privately-held businesses for a success fee based on the size of the completed acquisition may no longer have to be concerned about registering as broker-dealers...more

Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection

Yesterday, in a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision greatly expanding the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) to cover employees of private entities contracting with publicly...more

SEC Relief For "M&A Brokers:" Not Required To Register As Broker-Dealers

The Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets recently issued an important no-enforcement letter regarding the status of a person engaged in effecting transactions in connection with the transfer of ownership...more

Selling Privately Held Businesses – Interview with Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member, Mintz Levin's New York Office [Video]

Attorney Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member of Mintz Levin's New York office, discusses the importance of advance planning in the sale of privately held companies. ...more

The Diminishing Privacy Of Private Corporations

In 2000, what was then known as the General Accounting Office (now, the Government Accounting Office) warned of possible money laundering by Russian entities using U.S. corporations. The report was addressed to Senator Carl...more

U.S. Anti-Inversion Trap: Forming a New U.S. Corporation

Non-U.S. persons often wish to set up a new U.S. corporation (USCo) to conduct business in the United States, frequently in very short order. While there are many advantages to conducting business in the United States through...more

Tenth Circuit Rules in Favor of Religious For-Profit Corporations in Birth Control Litigation under the Affordable Care Act

In Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. et al. v. Sebelius, et al.,1 an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Mardel Inc., two for-profit corporations owned and operated by...more

Business Valuation in Divorce - Choosing a Valuation Expert

Whenever a privately held business is among the assets in a dissolution proceeding, certain fundamental issues must be addressed in the context of determining the value of the business. If the business is relatively small in...more

SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Makes Recommendations

On March 21, the Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (Advisory Committee) submitted several recommendations to the SEC on rules, regulations and policies relating to emerging...more

Financial Services Tax – UK Update from Dechert’s Tax Group: Rule Changes Yield Mixed Blessings for UK Investors in Offshore Funds

UK investors in closely held offshore funds can be directly liable for tax if the fund makes a gain on an underlying asset even if the gain is reinvested by the fund and not distributed to the investor. There is also the...more

Doing Business in Canada: Mergers & Acquisitions

Significant legal requirements may arise under corporate and securities laws when acquiring or investing in a Canadian company or business in Canada. In a proposed acquisition, the ownership structure of the target business...more

Insider Trading - Private Corporations

Insider trading at large publicly traded corporations makes news headlines and is the stuff of Hollywood movies. Less talked about is Canadian and Ontario corporate laws prohibiting insider trading in privately held...more

Entrepreneurs - small startup companies. Avoid costly mistakes and focus on growing a successful business. Theodore B. Howell [Video]

Theodore B. Howell Corporate Attorney Entrepreneurs - small startup companies. Avoid costly mistakes and focus on growing a successful business. Mr. Howell is the Chair of the Corporate Group. He counsels small to...more

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