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2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

Applying the Look-Through Rules in Determining 'Investment Partnership' Status Under Section 721(b) - Tax Update Volume 2017,...

Careful Evaluation and Planning Should Be Undertaken When the Partnership Is Formed and When Assets Are Contributed to Evaluate the Potential Impact of Section 721(b). Many taxpayers choose partnership structures...more

Outcomes of Investing in OTC Stocks

The Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) of the Securities and Exchange Commission published a study recently that reviews, among other things, the performance of and the returns of investing in OTC stocks. The...more

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Lynn Tilton’s very public spat with the SEC over the agency’s in-house court system may be heading to the Supreme Court, thanks in part to a recent 10th Circuit opinion last week that created a Circuit split over the...more

Stock Dividend Foot Faults

Recently the Treasury issued proposed regulations for Section 305. The proposal was prompted by Section 6045B, enacted in 2008 and effective only under regulations requiring the issuer of stock to provide basis reporting. A...more

Complex Investment Product Training Materials Under Fire

In September 2016, the SEC imposed an approximately $15 million penalty and disgorgement (in total) against UBS Financial Services Inc. (UBS) as part of a settled action alleging that UBS failed to adequately train its...more

Eleventh Circuit Confirms that Issuers are not Required to Disclose Retention of Outside Promotional Firms

On December 15, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a securities class action against Galectin Therapeutics Inc., a Georgia-based biotechnology company. The suit...more

Dismissal for Drugmaker Affirmed: Galectin Had No Duty to Disclose Payments to Promoters

In re: Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 16-10324, 2016 WL 7240146, ____ , F2d ___ (11th Cir. Dec. 15, 2016). The Eleventh Circuit recently addressed the circumstances under which a public company...more

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Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox have fulfilled a mission derailed five years ago by a UK phone hacking scandal and have taken full control of British satellite TV giant Sky. Fox paid just shy of $15 billion to acquire the...more

Stockholders Petition the Supreme Court to Liberalize Eleventh Circuit Rules for Pleading Securities Fraud

A recent petition for certiorari filed in the United States Supreme Court asks the Court to clarify what an aggrieved investor must plead to state a claim for securities fraud under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934...more

Tax Developments in 2016: Federal Tax (Part I) - Sections 355, 382, and 385; and new rules on partnership audits dominate...

Section 385 Proposed Regulations — Impact on Related-Party Financing - Section 385 has been in the Internal Revenue Code since 1969. It was enacted to provide guidance for whether to classify an interest in a corporation...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You’re donating high-basis stock to charity

As the end of the year approaches, many may begin thinking about making gifts to qualified charitable organizations as a way to reduce potential estate and income tax liability while supporting a worthy cause. This brief...more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2016

In This Issue: - 6 estate planning techniques for blended families - If it’s broken, fix it! Trusts that no longer achieve their objective can be repaired - Preparing for a new year: Take time now for a quick...more

First Circuit Affirms Tough Standard for Alleging Securities Fraud; Revives One Claim Against Local Drug Maker

On November 28, 2016, the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of all but one of the class action securities fraud claims against Cambridge, MA drug company, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., reaffirming the exacting pleading...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Application of Manifest Disregard of the Law

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a former trader fraudulently purchased $1 billion in Apple shares that ultimately forced the closure of the trader's firm, Rochdale Securities. Rochdale...more

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SEC chief Mary Jo White has announced that she’ll be stepping down in early 2017—an expected move that nevertheless drives home the reality of the big changes ahead for the securities industry (and many others)....more

IRS and Treasury Issue Final Regulations Under §385 Classifying Interests in a Corporation

On October 13, 2016, the IRS and Treasury Department issued much anticipated regulations (the “Final” or “Temporary” Regulations) under Internal Revenue Code section 385. These regulations, which consist of both temporary...more

Impact of New Tax Regulations on Intercompany Debt Obligations

The final, temporary, and proposed regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service on October 13 relating to intercompany debt obligations between members of an affiliated group of corporations under Section 385 of the...more

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Merrill Lynch has already staked out the position in response to the DOL’s retirement account fiduciary duty rule that it would no longer offer commission-based IRAs to retirement savers. Yesterday, it effectively doubled...more

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 of the Internal Revenue Code. The final and temporary regulations recharacterize certain...more

Employee Benefits Developments - October 2016

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of October, 2016. 2017 Benefits Limits Announced - The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security...more

Stock Acquisitions Checklist

On October 22, 2016, the Treasury finalized the debt/equity regulations under Section 385 it had proposed in April. The 517-page package can daunt even the most motivated readers. “Expanded groups” (EG) that know they will be...more

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

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