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The Impact of Newman on SEC Enforcement: Part I

This is the first segment of a five part series discussing the impact of the Second Circuit’s ruling in Newman on SEC insider trading cases. Introduction - In seeking rehearing and an en banc hearing before the...more

Exercising Registration Rights Did Not Violate Fiduciary Duties

Molycorp, Inc. is a publically traded Delaware corporation engaged in a the production and sale of rare earth oxides. Private equity investors held 44% of Molycorp’s stock, appointed certain directors and had demand...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Insider Trading Indictment

The US District Court of Massachusetts in U.S. v. McPhail, et. al., Case No. 1:14-cr-10201, 2015 WL 2226249 (D. Mass. May 12, 2015), denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss an insider trading indictment in the wake of the...more

Delaware Chancery Awards Attorneys’ Fees Without Finding Damages

In In re Nine Systems Corporation Shareholders Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery awarded the plaintiff attorneys’ fees even though the court previously declined to award plaintiff damages for the defendants’ breach...more

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC's Proposed Rules

On April 29, the SEC proposed rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and executive compensation actually paid. HIGHLIGHTS...more

The CSRC and the SFC Announces Launch of the Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds Scheme

Introduction - On May 22, 2015, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) issued a joint announcement on the decision to implement the Mainland-Hong...more

The CSMAD: Forthcoming Changes to EU Market Abuse and Insider Dealing Rules

On July 3, 2016, the European Union’s Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) will replace the EU’s Market Abuse Directive (MAD). The directive on criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation (CSMAD) will be...more

Blink and You’ll Miss It: In Lanier v. BATS Exchange, Inc., the Southern District of New York Dismisses Case Alleging Damages as a...

In the blink of an eye, high-frequency trading systems can engage in a staggering number of securities transactions. The subject of Michael Lewis’s popular book, Flash Boys, high-frequency traders seek to maximize profits by...more

Montana Joins Massachusetts in Regulation A+ Challenge

Montana has joined Massachusetts in a challenge to Regulation A+ adopted pursuant to the JOBS Act. The Montana and Massachusetts cases have been consolidated....more

Life Partners, Et Al. V. Arnold Et Al.; Texas Supreme Court Confirms Fractionalized Life Settlement Interests Sold To Texas...

The ruling – On May 8, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court, in Life Partners, Inc., et al. v. Michael Arnold, et al., case number 14-1022, unanimously affirmed two Texas state appellate court decisions and concluded that...more

Federal Reserve Proposes Adding Additional Asset Types to Meet LCR Requirements

On May 21, the Federal Reserve Board proposed adding certain general obligation state and municipal bonds to the range of assets a banking organization may use to satisfy the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) requirements...more

CFTC Announces Agenda For Upcoming Market Risk Advisory Committee Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) announced its agenda for its upcoming meeting on June 2. MRAC will discuss: (1) the Bank of England’s CBEST Program and its impact on addressing...more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters Relating to Swaps Trading Platforms in Australia

On May 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued two no-action letters granting relief to certain swaps trading platforms in Australia and participants executing swaps transactions on such platforms....more

Stock Repurchases: “We Can’t Think Of Anything Better To Do With Your Money”

The Wall Street Journal took aim yesterday at stock repurchases and dividend payments, citing a commissioned study that concluded: “companies in the S&P 500 index sharply increased their spending on dividends and...more

Having it Both Ways: Does the SEC’s Enforcement Division Guidance on Forum Selection Do Anything More Than Foreshadow Increased...

Earlier this month, the SEC’s Enforcement Division issued its “Approach to Forum Selection in Contested Actions.” This guidance comes at a time of heightened criticism regarding the SEC’s increasing reliance on administrative...more

Court Enters $806 Million Judgment in FHFA v. Nomura

On May 16, 2015, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a judgment requiring Nomura and RBS to buy back, at a total cost of $806 million, seven RMBS certificates...more

Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Class Action Against Yahoo! Affirmed By Ninth Circuit

On May 15, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action against Yahoo! In re: Yahoo! Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 11-cv-02732 (9th Cir. May 15, 2015). In 2011,...more

De-risking: Bank access for brokers and asset managers

The FCA has publicly announced an expectation that, in the context of managing money laundering risks, banks should not indiscriminately withdraw services from market sectors. Brokers and asset managers with appropriate...more

Crowdfunding: A New Way for Montana Companies to Raise Money

A new exemption passed in the Montana 2015 legislative session will allow Montana companies to use crowdfunding to offer and sell securities in Montana beginning July 1, 2015. This exemption is subject to various limitations...more

ISS Reports on Compensation Trends

ISS has issued a report on compensation trends incorporating data so far from this year’s proxy filings. According to ISS: - The most significant trend continuing in 2015 has been the move to performance-based pay,...more

Changes To The Securitisation Regime In Spain Under Law 5/2015

Law 5/2015, dated 27 April, for the promotion of business financing (Law 5/2015), has introduced important changes in the legal regime of securitisation in Spain....more

FINRA Offers 11.7 Million Reasons To Maintain Adequate Supervisory Controls

As noted previously in this blog, the SEC and other regulatory agencies continue to display an increased interest in the issue of internal and supervisory controls.  The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has...more

Pay Versus Performance Rules Proposed by Securities and Exchange Commission

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued another proposed rule under the Dodd-Frank Act, this time with respect to the pay versus performance requirements of Section 953(a) of the Act. ...more

Georgia Supreme Court: Insurer did not “unreasonably” withhold consent to settle

In Piedmont Office Realty Trust v. XL Specialty Insurance Co., No. S15Q0418 (Ga. Apr. 20, 2015), the Georgia Supreme Court reiterated that, in the face of a policy provision prohibiting the insured from unilaterally settling...more

Dodd-Frank of the North? Incentive-Based Whistleblower Program Coming to Canada

It will be of significant interest to US corporations that make securities filings with the Ontario Securities Commissions (“OSC”), that on February 3, 2015, the OSC published “Staff Consultation Paper 15-401”, which sets out...more

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