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Shareholder Seeks to Block Amendment to Intel Stock Plan

A shareholder of Intel Corporation has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The shareholder seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction and any other appropriate relief...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 1st Quarter 2017

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Stock Market Commentary - Despite the realization that a number of Trump's fiscal policy changes, including tax reform, could face many roadblocks, investors welcomed reports of firming economic fundamentals, providing a...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which the plaintiff claimed Merrill Lynch acted improperly in selling shares held as collateral for a loan when plaintiff had not defaulted on the loan. The...more

China Tightens Regulations on Investing Insurance Funds in Shares of Listed Companies

by Carlton Fields on

The entire Chinese economy, including its insurance industry, has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Speculative investments have become an inevitable byproduct of this growth. One of the most well-known examples of a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As anticipated (and hinted-at forcefully by its officials), the Fed raised the benchmark interest rate yesterday to a range nearing 1 percent, a move that signals the slow end to the body’s nine-year stimulus effort....more

Delaware Court of Chancery Holds that Cancellation of Shares Through Merger Deprives Stockholder of Standing in Section 220 Action

In Weingarten v. Monster Worldwide, Inc., C.A. No. 12931-VCG, 2017 WL 752179 (Del. Ch. Feb. 27, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Glasscock, V.C.) clarified when a plaintiff has standing to vitiate inspection rights...more

A Deep Dive into Privacy/Security Disclosures in Snap’s S-1

Last week, Snap Inc. (“Snap” or the “Company”) – the parent company of the wildly popular app Snapchat (“Snapchat” or the “App”) – became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in the biggest tech IPO since...more

IRS Reverses its Position Regarding the Treatment of Merger Breakup Fees

In July 2014 AbbVie Inc. and Shire Plc's announced a $54.8 billion merger deal that would have made AbbVie the largest U.S. company to move its legal residence, though not its operations, abroad in order to lower its tax rate...more

An Introduction to Warrants

What is a Warrant? A warrant generally is a contract that gives the holder the right to buy a specified number of shares of stock of a company at a defined price and during a specified period of time. A warrant is to an...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A collection of corporate heavy hitters are betting big on the blockchain technology behind bitcoin rival Ethereum to build a computing system to track data and financial contracts. The project is seen by some as a way to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

It may lack some of the flourish of a BBG missive, but you can be sure that plenty of insiders are paying close attention to Mr. Buffet’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders....more

Watch the Napkin: First Circuit Affirms Insider-Trading Conviction

In what appears to be the first appellate decision since the Supreme Court’s December 2016 ruling in Salman v. United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed an insider-trading conviction based on a...more

Insider Trading Around Private Placements: Was Tom Price’s Investment Down Under Above Board?

On February 10, the Senate confirmed Representative Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services, where he will oversee the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His nomination has not been without...more

DOL Issues New Guidance on Plan Fiduciaries' Proxy Voting Policies

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The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) published Interpretive Bulletin (IB) 2016-1 on Dec. 29, 2016, relating to the exercise of shareholder rights and written statements of investment policy, including proxy...more

Click Here — 3rd Circuit Enforces Restrictive Covenants Tied to Electronic Acceptance of Stock Award

On February 7, 2017, the Third Circuit affirmed a partial preliminary injunction order barring two former ADP employees from soliciting customers for their new employer for one year. This decision is notable as it affirmed...more

Hail to . . . The Contracting Officer in Chief? - Donald Trump, Lockheed Martin and the Art of the Government Deal

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The art of the deal in government contracts is much more complex than in the private sector because public policies and principles attach to the use of public funds. President Donald Trump has made his federal...more

IRS Releases New Regulations Regarding Dividend Equivalents

On January 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations (the “Regulations”) under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). Code...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 4th Quarter 2016

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ECONOMIC REVIEW AND OUTLOOK - In this past year we were reminded again to expect the unexpected: The well-established political classes in the U.K., the U.S. and Italy learned that democracy was their Achilles’ heel, and...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Eligibility of Financial Services Software Patent

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The Federal Circuit, in Trading Technologies Intl., Inc. v. CQG, Inc., affirmed a district court decision holding that two patents related to a method and system for the electronic trading of stocks, bonds, futures, options,...more

Antitrust Enforcers At It Again: More HSR Actions Against Individuals Announced

by Goodwin on

In a trend that is sure to continue no matter the policy leanings of the incoming Trump administration, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it has obtained nearly $1 million in civil penalties for two...more

The Securities Law Crystal Ball

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

At the beginning of each new year, we find ourselves engaged in discussions of the evolving securities regulatory landscape and the changes that we anticipate may occur. We have done this for many years now. Each January we...more

U.S. Supreme Court Seeks Solicitor General’s Input on Co-fiduciary Indemnification

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the government’s views on a petition for certiorari asking the Court to decide whether ERISA permits a cause of action for...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We learned about Navient and its allegedly trouble-filled student-loan servicing practices yesterday. Turns out the issues are not only long-standing, but they bear similarities to the mortgage-lending issues that were at...more

Final Regulations Released Regarding PFIC Ownership Determination and Annual Reporting Requirements

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On December 27, 2016, the Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations regarding the determination of ownership of a passive foreign investment company ("PFIC") and regarding...more

What Is The Trump Pharmaceutical Policy?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Pharmaceutical stocks took a hit after President-elect Trump criticized the industry during his January 11, 2017 press conference. But he also expressed support for the domestic pharmaceutical industry. What is the Trump...more

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