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Quarterly Investment Update - 2nd Quarter 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - Global markets continued to rally throughout the second quarter of 2017. International stocks in both developed and developing markets saw healthy gains of 6.3%, as measured by both the MSCI EAFE...more

U.S. Public Companies: Calculating Your Public Float – What You Need to Know

If you are a year-end U.S. public company, your second fiscal quarter has recently come to an end, which means that it’s time to calculate your public float to see if your reporting status has changed. Here are a few things...more

More Cos. Authorizing No-Vote Shares Despite Resistance

More companies are establishing the right to issue nonvoting shares at their initial public offering through a triple-class stock structure, venturing beyond dual-class setups that already contain unequal voting rights...more

Funds Talk: July 2017 - Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. and the Rights of (un)Preferred Stockholders

In a recent opinion, Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. (Del. Ch. April 25, 2017) (“ODN”), the Delaware Court of Chancery refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the company’s directors and others breached their fiduciary duties by...more

Wash Sales

by Dickinson Wright on

If you own stock that is currently worth less than what you paid for it you might wish to consider selling it and then reacquiring it by purchase -- if you think that the stock has reached its low point but feel that it is...more

Debt Dialogue: June 2017 - Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. and the Rights of (un)Preferred Stockholders

In a recent opinion, Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. (Del. Ch. April 25, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the company’s directors and others breached their fiduciary duties by selling...more

Charitable Giving Strategies

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If you have been looking for ways to give back this summer, you might want to try something different. The majority of people donate to charitable organizations through gifts of cash, but this may not be the most...more

House Passes Regulatory Reform That Would Loosen Restrictions on BDCs and Other Funds

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 8, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote mostly along party lines, approved a bill that would repeal many of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) requirements and...more

NYSE Proposes to Revise Notifications Prior to Dividend Announcements

The NYSE has filed a proposed rule with the SEC which will require listed companies to provide notice to the Exchange at least 10 minutes before making any public announcement with respect to a dividend or stock distribution...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of June, 2017. Click through the links below for more information on each specific development or case....more

Director Equity Grants and Vote Buying Subject to Entire Fairness Review

In Williams v. Ji et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery examined an alleged scheme in which the Directors of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. granted themselves options and warrants for the stock of five subsidiaries over which...more

Court Says Canada’s Attempt to Create a National Securities Regulation Scheme is Unconstitutional…Again

by Burr & Forman on

The Quebec Court of Appeals recently held in an advisory opinion that Canada’s attempt to create a national securities regulation scheme with the voluntary participation of the provinces is unconstitutional. Canada’s...more

“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

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