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Corporation Owes No Duty To Warn Former Director Of Impending Option Expiration

Does a corporation commit constructive fraud if it fails to warn a former director of the impending expiration of a stock option? That was one question decided earlier this month by Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey in Nelson v....more

You Sold Your Startup (and Maybe Your Soul): How to Leave Your Company

A few years ago, a client sold his small startup company to a competitor. In return, the acquiring company gave him some cash, stock options, and an executive-level job. After faithfully serving his new corporate overlord for...more

Legal Trends: Pensions & Employee Benefits

The newly elected federal Liberal government is committed to exploring enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). At the same time, the Government of Ontario is progressing with the implementation of the Ontario...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 2, 2015: 60 seconds around the globe – ECB News Issue 2, 2015

China - Changes to Employee contribution rates for work related injury insurance and maternity insurance - As of 1 October 2015, employer contribution rates for injury-at-work insurance and maternity insurance have...more

Equity Incentives – Founders’ (Legal) Checklist, Continued

Equity incentives are fairly intuitive: team members get equity in the company (or options to buy equity) on the assumption that its value will increase over time and that equity is frequently subject to future vesting to...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Best Execution Obligations in Equity, Options and Fixed Income Markets

In light of the increasing use of automated markets for equity securities and standardized options, and recent advances in trading technology and communications in the fixed income markets, the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

Stockholder activism disclosure tips: deciphering increasingly complicated timing and ownership positions

Peeling away the various arguments of stockholder activists and their often larger-than-life personas - and occasional multi-hour conference calls - lays bare the gritty details of the ways stockholder activists actually take...more

A Hollow Nickel, Hollywood And Texas Gulf Sulphur

If you’ve taken a course in securities law, you’ve undoubtedly heard of, and I hope have read, SEC v. Texas Gulf Sulphur Co., 401 F.2d 833 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 394 U.S. 976 (1968). That case is famous for the Second...more

New Law Attempts To Clarify Legal Status Of LLC Employee Membership Purchase And Option Plans

California Labor Code Section 407 may be a bit of a surprise to many lawyers both in and outside of the state.  It provides: Investments and the sale of stock or an interest in a business in connection with the securing of a...more

Protecting Company Relationships and Information Upon an Employee Departure

Learn how your company can prepare to act quickly and strategically to protect important relationships, information and trade secrets at the time that a key employee leaves. This webinar will review the latest developments in...more

Ruling on UK Executive’s Lawsuit Involving U.S.-Based Stock Option Plan

English executives employed by multinational companies often have a contract of employment with the company’s UK subsidiary, but may also participate in a separate bonus or share option plan that contains foreign (e.g., U.S.)...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #2: Stage Your Company

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

Five Tips for a Successful Exit

Any number of factors can trigger a tech company’s exit: worn-out founders, anxious investors, industry consolidation, or wild, Instagram-like success. As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility and timing of...more

Blog: Do Stock Options Affect Consumer Safety?

Yes, according to a new study, “Throwing Caution to the Wind: The Effect of C.E.O. Stock Option Pay on the Incidence of Product Safety Problems,” from the University of Notre Dame, as reported in this NYT column by Gretchen...more

Restricted Stock Units (RSUs): What is going to change with “Macron” Bill?

The so-called ‘Macron law’ enacted on 6 August 2015 significantly changes the rules governing Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). Major changes are designed to make RSUs more attractive for employees. This is in contrast to...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - United States Tax Court Invalidated Treasury Regulation § 1.482-7(d)(2)

In addition to the discussion of the Tax Court’s decision in Altera, this month’s issue features articles regarding Notice 2015-47 “Basket Options” and Notice 2015-48 “Basket Contracts”, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals...more

DOJ and SEC Announce Parallel Action Against Former Investment Banking Analyst and Two Individuals for Alleged Involvement in...

On August 25, the DOJ unsealed an indictment charging three defendants each with (i) one count of conspiracy to commit securities and tender offer fraud; (ii) 13 counts of securities fraud; (iii) 13 counts of tender offer...more

Did You Ever Wonder Whether “Within” Might Be A Superfluous Pleonasm?

Suppose that you hold an option that must be exercised “within 30 days prior to the expiration of the option”.  Does this mean that you must exercise the option no later than thirty days before the expiration date or that you...more

International Tax Alert (US): Tax Court Invalidates Cost Sharing Regulation on Stock-Based Compensation. Now What?

The Tax Court in Altera Corp. v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 3 (2015) has determined that Treas. Reg. §1.482-7(d)(2) requiring related taxpayers to share stock-based compensation (SBC) in a cost sharing arrangement (CSA) is...more

Tax Court: Stock based Compensation Costs Need not be Included in International Cost-Sharing Arrangements

The Stunning Altera Case - Employee stock options are an important part of compensation—both as income to the executives and as a deduction for the employer. But when stock options are used by multinational companies,...more

Know Your Limits! Section 162(m) and Excess Equity Grants

In the past few years there has been an uptick in stockholder derivative litigation related to equity compensation granted to named executive officers that exceed the plan share limits. The claims against the companies...more

Option Holders Cannot be Burdened With Escrow in Merger Transaction

In Fox v. CDX Holdings, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery held that option holders could not be burdened by an escrow imposed on equity holders in a merger transaction when the terms of the option plan did not permit the...more

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Executive Compensation Clawbacks

On July 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed for public comment a new rule and rule amendments to implement provisions of Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. In...more

Delaware General Corporation Law Amendments

On June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell approved several important amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”),[1] with such amendments generally becoming effective on August 1, 2015. These...more

Inside the New York Budget Bill: Department Issues Guidance Regarding Investment Capital Identification Procedures

On July 7, 2015, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance issued guidance (TSB-M-15(4)C, (5)I, Investment Capital Identification Requirements for Article 9-A Taxpayers) on the identification procedures for investment...more

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