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IRS Issues Final and Temporary Debt-Equity Regulations Under Section 385

On October 13, 2016, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final and temporary regulations under section 385. The final and temporary regulations recharacterize certain debt instruments as equity for...more

Transactions Update: Purchase Price or Compensation

Purchase Price v. Compensation - ..Companies are choosing to stay private significantly longer than the vesting period for stock options ..Recent proposals by private companies to buy back stock from current and...more

Application of New Debt-Equity Regulations to Securitizations

On October 13, 2016, Treasury and the IRS issued new final and temporary “anti-inversion” regulations under section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code that could treat certain purchasers of notes issued by securitizations as...more

Controversial Debt-Equity Regulations Finalized With Limited Fixes, Concessions and Reservations by Government

On October 13, 2016, Treasury and the IRS issued important new final and temporary regulations (the “Regulations”) under section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code addressing the treatment of intercompany debt for U.S. federal...more

More Leveraged Buy-Outs to Face HSR Scrutiny as Agency Expands Reporting Requirements

The Federal Trade Commission's Premerger Notification Office has expanded the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting requirements for certain leveraged buyouts. M&A practitioners generally are familiar with the HSR premerger...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Like a hot new underground nightclub [I presume.  Not exactly  my scene], Marcus—Goldman Sachs’ new online lending platform aimed at the consumer banking segment—requires a password. Goldman’s reportedly sending out the...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 3rd. Quarter 2016

Investor confidence rebounded in the third quarter immediately following Brexit, driving the S&P 500 to new highs. Comments by the Fed in early September stirred up some volatility and share prices slipped backwards. Not...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

Seventh Circuit Eases ERISA Plaintiffs’ Pleading Burden Against Private Company Plan Fiduciaries

On August 25, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Allen v. GreatBanc Trust Co., No. 15-3569, 2016 WL 4474730 (7th Cir. 2016), held that (1) the defendant in an ERISA case, rather than the plaintiff,...more

Transferee Liability: The [Unlikely] Situation that your Nonprofit Receives a Charitable Gift with Expensive Tax Strings Attached

The case of Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner - On August 15, 2016, the Tax Court decided in Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2016-154, that two foundations were liable as transferees...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Regulators aren’t the only ones after Theranos now. On Monday, one of its major investors—Partner Fund Management—filed suit against the embattled blood-testing company in Delaware state court over an alleged series of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Theranos is “retreating” from its blood tests, cutting its workforce by 40 percent, and shuttering facilities—all signs that Elizabeth Holmes’ company may be shifting to developing products to sell to outside labs rather than...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.3.16

Deutsche Bank’s penchant for dealing in risk—in the form of currency swaps, bond sales, or derivatives, among others—has left it (and its highly leveraged balance sheet) particularly vulnerable amidst last week’s news of...more

Second Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Certain Foreign Purchasers and Purchases from Securities Class Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a lengthy opinion today in the long-running In re Vivendi, S.A. Securities Litigation, affirming the jury’s verdict on liability and addressing issues about loss...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.27.16

We learned yesterday that Twitter’s shopping itself around for a buyer. It’s facing one big complication, though—the sizeable amount of stock Twitter has doled out to its employees over the years. Last year, for example,...more

Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Dudenhoeffer Applicability to Privately Held Stock - Decision Clarifies Burden to Plead ERISA Section 406...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's Aug. 25, 2016, decision in Allen v. GreatBanc Trust Co., No. 15-3569, made it the first court in a published opinion to expressly reject Fifth Third Bancorp v....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

Proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger presents a charitable planning opportunity

The announcement of the Bayer-Monsanto transaction gives shareholders a great opportunity to think about taxes and charitable planning options. Shareholders have seen a $10-$15/share bump since May, and the current...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.13.16

In a closely watched and dissected speech yesterday, Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard told the crowd gathered at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that she favored “prudence” in raising rates despite recent signs of...more

The Charging Order – How The Nevada Secretary Of State Doesn’t Get It Quite Right

In 2007, Nevada imposed an interesting limitation, the charging order, on the ability of creditors to foreclose on shares of closely-held Nevada corporations. Here’s how the Nevada Secretary of State’s website describes the...more

Introduction of the Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership (EESO) Act

On July 12, 2016, the Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership (EESO) Act (S. 3152) was introduced to the U.S. Senate by Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Dean Heller (R-NV). The Act is intended to make it easier for...more

District Court Rules on ERISA Liability of Board and ESOP Advisory Committee Members in ESOP Transactions

On Sept. 1, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued its decision in the Antioch employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) fiduciary litigation. The court held that the Antioch Board of Directors...more

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