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Massachusetts Department of Revenue Introduces Pilot Voluntary Disclosure Program

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (the Department) released a draft administrative procedure introducing a pilot Voluntary Disclosure Program (the Program) for the settlement of uncertain tax issues for business...more

The SEC’s (Re-)Proposed Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Rule – An Update, Deep Dive and Selected Takeaways and Action Items...

During December, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its long-awaited proposed rule (the Rule) on the disclosure of resource extraction payments by public companies. Under the Rule, a resource extraction...more

New Bill Would Require Cybersecurity Disclosures by Publicly Traded Companies

Why it matters - In the continuing efforts to enact cybersecurity legislation and advise the public about cybersecurity preparedness, a new bill introduced in the Senate would mandate that publicly traded companies...more

JOBS Act Quick Start – A Brief Overview of the JOBS Act, 2016 Update

Many market participants were taken by surprise by the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act, HR 3606, was passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 8, 2012. On March...more

TSX and TSXV join regulators in accommodating rights offerings

The rights offering exemption has historically been an underutilized means of raising capital for public issuers. This exemption from the requirement to file a prospectus allows issuers a method of financing whereby existing...more

Desktop Reference: 8-K Filing Events

Latham & Watkins has created the Form 8-K Filing Events and Periodic Report Filing Dates Desktop Reference Guide for 2016....more

"Acquisitions of Controlling Interests in Hong Kong-Listed Companies Through Primary Issuances"

Acquisitions that result in a change of control of a Hong Kong-listed company — defined as 30 percent or more of the voting power — trigger a mandatory general offer to all shareholders of the company. The Hong Kong...more

"Recent Shareholder Activism in Asia Could Signal Changing Attitudes"

Levels of shareholder activism are reaching record highs in the United States, and such activity has become increasingly prevalent in Europe. But with the exception of Japan, Asia often is seen as a relative backwater in this...more

2015 Half-year in review M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

"SEC Moves to Complete Final Rules for Executive Compensation Disclosures"

Public companies should start preparing for the new executive compensation disclosures mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moves to complete these rulemakings in the next year. The...more

5 Securities Litigation Issues to Watch in 2016

The coming year promises to be a pivotal one in the world of securities and corporate governance litigation. In particular, there are five developing issues we are watching that have the greatest potential to significantly...more

Section 162(m) Compliance Reminder

2016 Shareholder Approval Reminder - If a publicly-traded corporation’s equity incentive plan or annual bonus plan was last approved by shareholders in 2011, the plan must be submitted to shareholders for re-approval in 2016...more

PCAOB Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Participants in an Audit

On December 15, 2015, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted new rules and related amendments to auditing standards (Rules) to provide investors with more information about who participates in public...more

Blog: NYC Comptroller Submits Proxy Access Proposals To 72 Companies For 2016

As noted in TheCorporateCounsel.net blog, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has once again submitted, on behalf of a number of NYC pension funds, a raft of shareholder proposals for proxy access as part of the...more

NYC Comptroller Announces 2016 Proxy Access Shareholder Proposals

Some things are as certain as death, taxes and Adobe updates. There will always be a proxy season, and maybe 15 years ago we started to think about ISS. Now the list has grown to include Scott Stringer, Comptroller of the...more

SEC Approves Proposed Change to Exempt “Early Stage Companies” from the NYSE’s Shareholder Approval Requirement for Issuances to...

The NYSE Listed Company Manual contains a number of rules requiring a listed company to obtain shareholder approval for certain issuances of securities, which rules are often referred to as the “20% rule” or “shareholder...more

A Buyer’s Market for MLPs in 2016

Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (PPVA) Contracts to Enhance the After-Tax Investment Return of Foreign Investors in MLPs - Overview - Master Limited Partnerships are publicly traded partnerships....more

Federal Tax Advisory: Investment Company Rules

Sections 351 and 362 contain investment company rules that have nothing to do with mutual funds. They define certain corporations as investment companies in counterintuitive ways and then deny the usual nonrecognition...more

Alert: New Bill Targets Cybersecurity Expertise on Boards of Directors

On December 17, 2015, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced, S2410, the Cybersecurity Disclosure Act of 2015, which would require public companies to disclose what cybersecurity expertise their...more

SEC Officials Question Increased Demands on Audit Committee Members

In a December 9 address at the 2015 AICPA National Conference on SEC and PCAOB Developments, SEC Chair Mary Jo White discussed the “heavy demands” placed on audit committees. In particular, she suggested that new,...more

Corporate Climate Change Reporting: Recent Developments

As world leaders coalesced in Paris to agree an historic treaty to commit nearly 200 countries to a global greenhouse gas reduction target, a similar, renewed focus has been brought recently across borders to enhance...more

Blog: Bipartisan Senate Bill Introduced To Require Public Companies To Increase Transparency Regarding Board Oversight Of...

Senators Jack Reed and Susan Collins have introduced the bipartisan Cybersecurity Disclosure Act of 2015, a bill to promote transparency in the oversight of cybersecurity risks at publicly traded companies. According to the...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update - December 2015

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

SEC Returns to the Plate with a New Proposed Extractive Industries Payments Rule

After striking out in its first attempt to formulate a proposed rule to implement the extractive industry payments provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), the Securities and...more

Earnings Release Pitfalls and Reminders

It’s the time of year when calendar-year-end public companies gear up to release their annual earnings. Therefore, as you dust off last year’s earnings release, it may be helpful to consider some pitfalls experienced by even...more

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