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Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation - The Business Lawyer, Vol. 70, Iss. 3

This Annual Review (“Review”) was prepared by the Subcommittee on Annual Review of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the ABA Business Law Section. The Review covers significant developments in federal...more

Delaware Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Bylaws on Fee-Shifting

Last week, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 75, which amends the Delaware General Corporation Law to prohibit Delaware stock corporations from adopting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they...more

Agencies Issue Final Policy Statement for Complying With Dodd-Frank Section 342: What You Should Know

Six federal banking agencies recently published a final interagency policy statement establishing standards for assessing diversity policies and practices. The final standards, which became effective June 10, 2015, were...more

Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Rules Regarding Claw-Back of Executive Compensation

Some five years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“the Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to work through the rule-making process required by the...more

Boardroom Perspectives: Oversight of Material Litigation in Four Practical Steps

Public companies in the United States are subject to litigation in various areas, including: shareholder litigation; government investigations and enforcement actions; environmental litigation and intellectual property...more

SEC Announces Open Meeting on Proposed Clawback Requirements under Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act became law on July 21, 2010, introducing a variety of executive compensation-related regulations, including with respect to shareholder say-on-pay voting and...more

Master Limited Partnerships: Proposed Tax Regulations Scale Back Activities Giving Rise to Qualifying Income

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (Service) have issued proposed tax regulations (Proposed Regulations) that provide guidance on, and significantly scale back, the types of activities...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: SEC Proposes Pay for Performance Rules: Goodwin Procter’s Capital Markets practice has issued a Client Alert on the SEC’s proposed rule that would require most public...more

Another Dubious Assertion Concerning Section 2115

I have often written about numerous provisions of the California Corporations Code that expressly apply to foreign corporations meeting specified tests. The most famous, but not the only, statute of this breed is Section...more

Publicly Traded Partnership Proposed Regulations

Widely held partnerships are a significant source of funding for oil, gas and certain natural resources projects, but the publicly traded partnership (“PTP”) rules can cause such partnerships to be treated as corporations for...more

Letter from America: Non-Us Companies And Executives At Risk From Us RICO Law

More frequently than ever before, American plaintiffs and prosecutors are using U.S. laws to target conduct that has little, if any, connection to the United States. Potential exposure to criminal and civil liability under...more

Cybersecurity: Where Does the Buck Stop?

Over the last few months, we’ve been talking about cybersecurity issues for employers. We’ve discussed the responsibilities and risks associated with personally identifiable information and the wave of lawsuits resulting...more

Blog: This Year’s Conflict Minerals Filings Show Some Improvement, According To Early Review

An early review of conflict minerals filings for the 2014 reporting period shows improvement in “detail, clarity and quality,” according to this article in BNA. As reported by Elm Sustainability Partners, a conflict minerals...more

Is Buying Stock The Same As Providing Capital?

A report issued by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) implies otherwise.  The report entitled “CalPERS for California 2014” trumpets CalPERS’ investment in California businesses and its indirect...more

Yet Another Reason to Consider Separate Annual Limits on Director Equity Awards

As reported in a prior blog post, public company employers that are adopting or amending equity-based compensation plans should consider adding a separate annual limit on director equity awards. In a recent Delaware Chancery...more

Ticking all the Right Boxes! Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicles Act 2015 Signed into Law

The eagerly anticipated Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles Act 2015 (the “ICAV Act”) was signed into law in March 2015 and the first Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles (“ICAVs”) have been authorised by the...more

SEC Proposes Pay for Performance Rules

The SEC has proposed rules that would require most public companies to provide disclosure in their proxy statements regarding the relationship between their executive compensation and total shareholder return (TSR) for the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Litigation Threat Means Public Companies Should Review Director Compensation Process

Corporate directors are permitted to, and regularly do, set their own compensation. This has not been controversial because boards have typically taken seriously their responsibility to set compensation that is reasonable and...more

May 2015 IPO Market Review

The IPO market picked up pace in May, with the month producing 16 IPOs. The five-month tally of 58 IPOs is 43% below the 102 IPOs over the first five months of 2014, but nonetheless represents the fifth highest first...more

Delaware House Passes Bill Prohibiting Bylaws on Fee-Shifting

On June 11th, the Delaware House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill prohibiting publicly traded corporations from adopting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they do not prevail in lawsuits...more

Blog: Are Non-GAAP Financial Measures Coming Under Renewed Scrutiny?

In the wake of the Enron scandal and the dot-com bust in 2003, the SEC adopted Reg G and related amendments to Reg S-K to prevent public disclosure of misleading non-GAAP financial measures. Among other things, these rules...more

Takeovers: A New Approach to Unacceptable Circumstances

Queensland North Australia Pty ltd v Takeovers Panel [2015] FCAFC 68 - Background - The Full Federal Court has delivered a judgment that will change the way the Australian Takeovers Panel (the Panel) approaches...more

Blog: Regulatory Salmagundi

Release of no-review letters. As you know, the SEC has been releasing the give and take of comment letter correspondence with registrants for a number of years. Now the SEC has announced that, beginning July 1, 2015, Corp...more

And The Survey Says . . . GCs Need More Cybersecurity And Social Media Training

Becoming better versed in issues surrounding cybersecurity and social media risk would greatly benefit general counsel at publicly traded companies, according to a recent survey of executive leadership....more

Blog: No Such Thing As Too Much Analysis

Or, at least, that seems to be the position of the SEC staff following the tongue–lashing it suffered in 2011, when the D.C. Circuit tossed out the SEC’s mandatory proxy access rules. You may recall that plaintiffs Chamber of...more

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