The First Sale Doctrine Under Copyright Law Update - Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons
The SEC’s advisory committee will meet this Wednesday to discuss and address means of promoting secondary market liquidity for the securities of small and emerging companies, including addressing the Section 4(a)(1-1/2)...more
We want to make you aware of a new Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement initiative that impacts issuers of municipal bonds or other governmental securities or other persons obligated to provide secondary market...more
Matthew Cypher’s (@MatthewCypher) recent article for Urban Land Magazine entitled “The Risk and Reward of Investing in Secondary Markets” argues that while “gateway markets” (Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Los...more
On May 13, FHFA Director Mel Watt presented a new strategic plan for the FHFA under his direction, which will focus on fulfilling the FHFA’s obligations under current law, and will shift away from efforts to position the...more
We analyzed the terms of 156 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley.
Overview of Fenwick & West Results -
Valuation results in 1Q14 were very...more
Multiple news outlets have reported that the U.S. Treasury Department has created an Office of State and Local Finance tasked with monitoring the distressed local government sector of the municipal finance market. Kent...more
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation recently issued an opinion favorable to the insurance industry in its Secondary Life Insurance Market Report. Responding to a Florida Legislature directive, the OIR conducted a...more
The Court of Appeal for Ontario’s recent decision in Green v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(“Green”) is significant in two respects.
First, the Court clarified the limitation period applicable to...more
Ontario's statutory regime for secondary market liability came into effect in 2006 as a result of amendments to the Securities Act (Ontario) (the OSA), creating a statutory cause of action for deficient market disclosure....more
This eUpdate is the second in a two part series examining the effect of the changes under the “Joint policy statement regarding the listing of overseas companies” on the Exchange (the New JPS) released in late September by...more
Ontario's statutory regime for secondary market liability came into effect in 2006 as a result of amendments to the Securities Act (Ontario) (OSA), which created a statutory cause of action for deficient market disclosure....more
On Tuesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order assessing $435 million in civil penalties against Barclays Bank PLC (Barclays) for allegedly manipulating western electricity markets in and around...more
The no-action relief provided by the staff of the Division of Trading and Markets is generally consistent with the relief previously provided to foreign options markets.
On July 1, the staff of the Securities and...more
FINRA has proposed a trade-reporting rule change that would result in the public dissemination of secondary market transactions in corporate debt securities sold under Securities Act Rule 144A. If adopted, this change could...more
Recognizing MERS’s role in modern day mortgage lending, the Arizona Court of Appeals confirmed in Delo v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC that tax lien purchasers must notify MERS when identified in the Deed of Trust before foreclosing on...more
Background-We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 118 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the first quarter of 2013....more
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (the City), with misleading investors about its financial health in the annual State of the City Address, as well as in its...more
A recent court case in New York highlights the ever-increasing clash between copyright law designed for real-world, physical goods and a modern world embracing all things digital....more
As widely reported recently, close to 1.2 million borrowers (about 30% of the more than 3.9 million households that faced foreclosure proceedings by the 11 leading financial institutions in 2009 and 2010), had to battle...more
The United States Supreme Court's long awaited decision on owners' rights in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. In its opinion, the high court upheld the first sale doctrine. In the words of media site Boing Boing: "Supreme...more
On January 24, 2013, the House Committee on Ways & Means released a discussion draft of legislative provisions (the “Draft” or the “Proposal”) that would make fundamental changes in the taxation of certain financial products....more
In the recent decision of Tucci v. Smart Technologies Inc. (2013 ONSC 802), Justice Perell confirmed that the statutory cause of action for misrepresentation in a prospectus (set out in s. 130(1) of the Ontario Securities...more
On February 6, 2013, the Court of Appeal for Ontario agreed to review its much discussed decision in Sharma v. Timminco Limited (2012 ONCA 107).
Timminco concerned a proposed class action in which...more
In the recent decision of Dugai, Murphy v. Manulife Financial Corporation (2013 ONSC 327), the Divisional Court confirmed the principle that defendants have no obligation to lead evidence on a motion for leave to assert a...more
Since the early days of online games, 'virtual goods' have been used to enhance game play and to provide revenue to game developers. These are earned by accomplishing tasks or bought from the developer, typically for use in...more
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