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“Sting” Money Laundering Scheme and Cooperating Client Ensnares Attorney

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District Court for the Eastern District of New York has denied motions for acquittal and new trial by a Florida attorney convicted at trial of assisting in an undercover money laundering “sting” operation....more

DOL revises guidance regarding exercise of shareholder rights by ERISA fiduciaries

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

At the end of 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 which provides updated guidance regarding fiduciary obligations with respect to corporate stock held by employee benefit plans that...more

SEC Temporarily Suspends Two Marijuana Stocks

In the past two weeks, the SEC has temporarily suspended two marijuana stocks that trade on the OTC Markets. The suspensions lasting until June 5, involved, respectively, a questionable press release concerning a proposed...more

IRS Will Resume Ruling on Important Spin-Off Issues

by Jones Day on

The IRS recently provided taxpayers with favorable guidance involving tax-free spin-offs. First, the IRS will resume issuing private rulings that allow a distributing corporation to satisfy debt it issued in anticipation of a...more

ESOP Trends in the Marketplace

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Over the years, employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) have evolved in many ways. Currently, ESOP transactions began to resemble traditional M&A transactions including financial structures, warrants and market rate sub-debt....more

Demand-Side of IPOs

Earlier this month Rick A. Fleming, Investor Advocate at the Securities and Exchange Commission, gave a speech in which he discussed the impact that shrinking public markets have on investor participation. Mr. Fleming noted...more

Dual-Class Stock and Private Ordering: A System That Works

Dual-class stock has become the target of heightened attention, particularly in light of Snap’s recent IPO. While the structure remains popular for companies trying to respond to the short-term outlook of public...more

Proposed NYSE Amendments: Dividend Notices and non-IPO Listings

by Goodwin on

The NYSE has recently proposed two notable amendments to its rules. The first proposal would require listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before the company announces any dividend or stock distribution,...more

Stock: Are Your Interests Perfected in the Digital Age?

by Williams Mullen on

In a secured loan transaction, it is critical for you, as the secured lender, to ensure that your security interest in the collateral is perfected in accordance with the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) requirements. In the case...more

NYSE Proposes to Require Listed Companies to Provide Advance Notice of Dividend and Stock Distribution Announcements

On April 13, 2017, the NYSE issued a proposed rule change that would amend Sections 204.12, 204.21, and 202.06(B) of its NYSE Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to provide notice to the NYSE at least ten...more

Taking stock

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recently published judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal, the court had to consider the interplay between the accrual of income and the ability to claim a deduction in circumstances where trading stock was...more

Roadblocks to Redemption: Delaware Chancery Court Ruling Makes Preferred Stock Redemptions More Challenging

by Goodwin on

A recent decision in Delaware illustrates yet another difficulty investors face when using redemption of their stock as a liquidity strategy. In this case, a private equity fund, Oak Hill Capital Partners, and the directors...more

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

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