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Client Alert:  Reform the Federal Sports Betting Excise Tax "Dilemma"

Now that Congress has passed a budget resolution that sets the stage for fast-track tax reform, here is one tax that clearly should be included in any reform package...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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We covered subprime auto yesterday. Today, it’s the other growing debt concern in the US—student loan obligations. Though here’s an unexpected take on it: due to missing or fake documentation, billions in defaulted student...more

SEC Confirms Sales of NFL Fan Memberships Fall Outside of Securities Act

In a no-action letter issued earlier this week, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance granted relief to LA Fan Club, “a fan club for loyal fans of the Rams football team,” to offer fan memberships for sale and...more

The Supreme Court - June 27, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver Cty. Employees, No. 15-1439: Whether state courts lack subject matter jurisdiction over covered class actions that allege only Securities Act of 1933 claims....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Barclays and a group of its former execs are facing charges of fraud by false representation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office over deals they struck with Qatar in 2008 to avoid a government bailout....more

Harvey Keitel Fails Twice to Prove Binding Contract to do Commercials for E*Trade

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In an action for breach of contract, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs star Harvey Keitel sued E*Trade based upon a Term Sheet entered into between Keitel and advertising agency Ogilvey & Mather NY (“Ogilvey”) for the actor to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

An EU high court opinion yesterday about a trade deal with Singapore could throw yet another stumbling block in the way of Britain’s exit of the union. Read on for more on the intricacies of the EU division of competencies....more

Saudi Arabia Update - January 2017

by Dentons on

Legal developments - Government's payments of the remaining dues to the private sector - As a result of the crash in oil prices in mid-2014, the Saudi government was forced to cancel projects and delay payments to...more

SEC: Plan to Invest in Hamilton Tickets a Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

People are always searching for the next great thing; the next great innovation; the next great adventure; and the next great investment. Often it is the search for that safe, sure thing return; the one where the investment...more

HSR and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Announced for 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

On 19 January 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the annual jurisdictional adjustments for premerger notification filings made pursuant to Section 7A of the Clayton Act, known as the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 294-Chris Tomlinson

by Thomas Fox on

What are the effects of corruption on the ground in Africa? In this podcast, I visit with Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson who discusses his experiences as a journalist in Africa. ...more

Fantasy Stock Picking Contest Deemed by SEC to be Illegal Security-based Swaps

The SEC shut down a “fantasy” stock picking game for allegedly violating securities laws. Forcerank LLC ran contests via mobile phone games where players paid a fee and predicted the order in which 10 securities would perform...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

An SEC Offering Fraud, An Attorney and NFL and NBA Players

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC filed another offering fraud action which in part targeted current and former professional athletes. Investors in the scheme included NFL and NBA players. The attorney defendant claims to have tried to purchase a...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.29.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A federal judge in Idaho has dismissed a $24 billion lawsuit against Credit Suisse alleging that the bank and real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield ran a “predatory loan-to-own scheme that . . . loaded four luxury ski and...more

ThisWeek in FCPA-Episode 14, the Wolf of Wall Street Edition

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In this episode, Jay Rosen and I talk about the SFO investigation into Unaoil, the forfeiture lawsuit filed in the 1MDB scandal, the possible JP MorganChase sons and daughters FCPA settlement, the new Standard Law School FCPA...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q2

by Stinson Leonard Street on

We are thrilled to bring you the 2nd installment of Stinson Leonard Street's Emerging Trends newsletter. Recent Delaware Supreme Court Opinion Limits General Personal Jurisdiction for Foreign Corporation - Recent...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 11

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I discuss the Analogic FCPA settlement, the VW emissions-testing scandal settlement, the implications of Brexit for compliance and some significant deaths in the worlds of music and sports. ...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.30.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

US banks made a strong showing in part 2 of the latest round of the Fed’s stress tests. Only Morgan Stanley didn’t pass unconditionally (concerns over the company’s “internal controls and processes” tripped it up), while the...more

Pro-Golfer Phil Mickelson Pays $1M to SEC to Settle Civil Insider Trading Claims, But Escapes Criminal Charges in Light of Newman

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the arrest of renowned sports bettor William “Billy” T. Walters on an alleged years-long insider trading scheme conducted...more

Government’s Decision Not to Charge Phil Mickelson Illustrates Difficulties in Proving Insider Trading Cases Against Tippees

On May 19, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced insider trading charges against Las Vegas sports bettor William (“Billy”)...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.20.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Manhattan USA Preet Bharara’s back in front of the cameras and back on the insider-trading horse with the announcement yesterday of criminal charges against well-known sports bettor Billy Walters and former investment banker...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.28.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As expected, the Fed held steady on rates as it waits for the American economy and labor market to keep improving. June remains on the table for the next incremental increase, though some analysts are shifting expectations...more

Debt Restructurings -- New Developments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling joined 27 other law firms in developing an opinion white paper regarding the application of recent judicial opinions relating to Section 316(b) of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 in the Marblegate and...more

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