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SEC Overlooks Nevada’s Transfer Agent Licensing Laws

Transfer agents provide a number of crucial services, primarily for publicly traded companies. Among other responsibilities, they maintain ownership records, record security transfers, issue and cancel certificates and...more

Does California Corporate Law Really Govern 20% of All Public Companies?

On Tuesday, the Deal Professor (aka Berkeley Law School Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon) wrote an interesting column for The New York Times’ Dealb%k. According to the Professor, California is the headquarters state for 20%...more

New FAQs Clarify Shareholder Approval Rules For Stock-For-Tax Withholding

It has been close to a decade since the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) last updated its set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding equity compensation plans. On August 18, 2016, the NYSE released updated FAQs and,...more

SEC Suspends Regulation A+ Offering

In the first action of its kind, the SEC has temporarily suspended the Tier 2 Regulation A+ offering of Med-X, Inc. The $15 million continuous offering of common stock was qualified by the SEC on November 3, 2015. ...more

Ethics and Incentive Compensation: A Ticking Time Bomb

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, it was reported that “some drug-industry watchers say Mylan’s incentives may have played a role in its steep price increases for the EpiPen.” The article addressed one-time awards for...more

SEC's Filing Fees Increase 15 Percent Effective October 1, 2016

On August 31, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that in fiscal year 2017, the fees that public companies and other issuers pay to register their securities with the SEC will be increased from...more

SEC Proposes to Require Hyperlinks to all Exhibits in Periodic Reports and Registration Statements

On August 31, the SEC issued proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and Regulation S-T that would require public companies and companies filing registration statements to include in the exhibit index to periodic and current...more

New Nasdaq Rule Requires Disclosure of Third Party Compensation of Directors and Nominees

Effective August 1, 2016, companies listed on Nasdaq are subject to a new rule requiring annual disclosure of the material terms of agreements or arrangements between directors or director nominees and third parties that...more

The Delaware Plaintiff’s Bar Mines a New Vein of Liability: Limits on Director Compensation

Compensation committees composed of independent outside directors were created as the check-and-balance guardians against management compensation engorgement. But as the Roman philosopher Cicero famously posed, “Who guards...more

Taking security over publicly traded shares

Taking security over publicly traded shares can be a minefield for an unprepared lender. Lee Federman and Nik Colbridge discuss some key issues to consider. ...more

International News: Focus on International M&A

The Impact of The EU General Data Protection Regulation - The EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 4 May 2016 following the compromise...more

Blog: GAO Issues Second Annual Conflict Minerals Report

The GAO has issued its annual conflict minerals report to Congress, entitled “Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups.” The GAO is required to report annually...more

Non-GAAP Disclosure Controls and Procedures

It seems that everyone is focused on non-GAAP financial measures these days, including the SEC. As has been exhaustively reported, SEC Chair Mary Jo White fired the first shot across public company bows back in December 2015,...more

The Basics of Board Service: Sheila Ronning Demystifies the Fundamentals

Long before adding women to boards was a hot topic, Sheila Ronning, CEO and founder of Women in the Boardroom, believed in the importance of providing women the opportunity to serve and excel on corporate boards. Today, as...more

Update: Another SEC Enforcement Action on Whistleblower Waivers and Releases

Summary - Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its second significant enforcement action against an employer based on confidentiality and release provisions that the SEC asserts...more

SEC Targets Employment Agreements Requiring Waiver of Whistleblower Awards

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower continues to examine employee severance, settlement and confidentiality agreements for language that might chill reporting of securities violations to the SEC and other regulators. The...more

Public Companies to Revise Employee Confidentiality and Severance Provisions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued two Cease and Desist Orders that dramatically change the landscape for employee contractual confidentiality provisions, as well as for employee waiver and release...more

After Adopting the “Fraud-on-the-Market” Presumption of Reliance, Australia is Poised to Become a Plaintiff-Friendly Venue

The United States is a popular location for securities class actions, due in large part to its reputation as a generally plaintiff-friendly system. A key contributor to that reputation is the acceptance of the...more

Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding...more

Review Severance Agreements For Unlawful Anti-Whistleblower Provisions

On Wednesday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled with Atlanta-based BlueLinx Holdings over claims that the publicly traded building products distributor’s severance agreements stifle protected...more

SEC Issues Cease-and-Desist Order Against Severance Agreement Clause Limiting Whistleblowers' Rights to Recover Bounty Awards

On August 10, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease-and-desist Order and imposed remedial sanctions against a publicly traded company for including language in its severance agreements requiring...more

The Rise of Principles-Based Corporate Governance

In late July, executives at thirteen major companies and investor institutions published and widely advertised their “Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance” for public companies, boards of directors and shareholders....more

Russian Legislation Update: 9 May - 17 July 2016

Welcome to the most recent issue of our Russian Legislation Update, covering the period of 9 May - 17 July 2016. In this issue: - Civil relations - Currency Control - Anti-Money Laundering - Banking -...more

Key Takeaways from Cornerstone Research’s Securities Class-Action Filings 2016 Midyear Assessment

Cornerstone Research recently released its 2016 midyear assessment of federal securities class-actions filings. The report finds an increase in filings in the first half of 2016, with particular increases in M&A filings,...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Disclosure of Third-Party Payments to Directors

New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b)(3) is a result of increased activist shareholder efforts to place representatives on public company boards of directors. During the past several years, activist shareholders have sought to nominate...more

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