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Is France going to strengthen its control over foreign direct investments again?

by Bryan Cave on

The current rules in France concerning the control over foreign direct investments arose from the deregulation of international capital flows which occurred worldwide, and especially in the United States and the European...more

President Blocks Hostile Takeover of Qualcomm Upon Recommendation from CFIUS

by Bryan Cave on

On March 12, 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order blocking the proposed $117 billion hostile takeover of Qualcomm Incorporated by Broadcom Limited following a recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment...more

Registered Firms: Annual Compliance Obligations—What You Need To Know

This alert contains a summary of the primary annual and periodic compliance-related obligations that may apply to investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or with a particular...more

NYSE Eliminates Proxy Statement Paper Filing Requirement for Proxy Materials

by Goodwin on

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a New York Stock Exchange proposal to eliminate the requirement to send hard copies of proxy materials to the NYSE if the proxy materials are available on the SEC’s EDGAR...more

Registration of Beneficial Ownership in French Companies

by Bryan Cave on

France’s transposition of European Directive 2015/849 dated 20 May 2015 on money laundering is now in effect, with a compliance deadline of 1 April 2018. The provisions of Ordinance no. 2016-1635 of 1 December 2016...more

Singapore Budget 2018: How will the changes impact businesses and individuals?

by Dentons on

The 2018 Singapore Budget Statement, announcing various tax changes, was delivered by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on 19 February 2018 – highlighting a record budget surplus of S$9.61 billion for Financial Year 2017 and...more

Congress Accelerates Toward CFIUS Expansion

For the first time in more than a decade, legislation to expand the scope of business transactions scrutinized by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) is gaining momentum in Congress. Lawmakers on both...more

Legislator Seeks To Require Inspection Of Records In California

by Allen Matkins on

Corporations Code Section 1601 requires that records "be open to inspection . . . at any reasonable time during usual business hours . . .". The statute is silent on where the inspection must occur. In Innes v. Diablo...more

MSCI Reopens Consultation on the Treatment of Unequal Voting Structures

In late January 2018, MSCI reopened a consultation with the investment community on the treatment of unequal voting structures. Under the MSCI’s proposal, the weights of shares with unequal voting rights in the MSCI Equity...more

Top Federal Securities and Commodities Regulators Testify on Virtual Currency Regulation Before Senate Committee

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In their testimony before the U. S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (the “Committee”), Chairman Jay Clayton of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo of the...more

Midterm Congressional Election Year Merits Extra Pay-to-Play Vigilance by Investment Advisers

by WilmerHale on

Midterm congressional elections are expected to see a historic number of candidates competing. The record number of candidates comes as individual races become increasingly expensive and trends portend record spending. All of...more

As President Xi’s Power Grows, So Does China’s Presence on World Stage

In October 2017 at the Chinese Communist Party National Congress, President Xi Jinping consolidated his hold on power and cemented himself as what many commentators are calling the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao...more

Agencies Indicate Efficient, Targeted Enforcement Priorities That Rely on Self-Disclosure

One year into the Trump administration, it remains difficult to forecast what lies ahead with respect to regulatory and white collar enforcement activity. Perhaps most instructive are recent public statements of officials at...more

Priorities Begin to Emerge for Trump’s SEC

The actions that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton has taken since the start of his tenure in May 2017 provide an indication of SEC priorities, including encouraging initial public offerings (IPOs)...more

How Will the SEC Operate in the Event of a Government Shutdown?

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued an “Operations Plan Under a Lapse in Appropriations and Government Shutdown” (the Operations Plan), which details how the SEC will operate in the event of a...more

Potential SEC Shutdown: Frequently Asked Questions About the Impact on Capital Markets Transactions and Public Companies

The U.S. federal government shutdown that began Saturday has the potential to affect capital markets and public companies in far-reaching ways. While the Securities and Exchange Commission currently plans to operate fully...more

Potential SEC Shutdown: Frequently Asked Questions About the Impact on Capital Markets Transactions and Public Companies

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On Friday, January 19, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that “should there be a federal government shutdown after January 19, the SEC will remain open for a limited number of days, fully staffed...more

Draft regulations laying down major rules of the new investment support system in Poland already known

by Dentons on

The Government Legislation Center published on its website draft regulations on the introduction of a new system of investment support in Poland, including a key regulation on state aid to business. Among other things, the...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

U.S. House of Representatives Acts To Codify Registration Exemption for M&A Brokers

On December 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 477).” The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 426-0....more

New Staff Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”), which provides new guidance on how the Staff will evaluate arguments for omission of a shareholder...more

Glass Lewis Issues 2018 Voting Policies Update

by King & Spalding on

On November 22, 2017, Glass Lewis issued its updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2018 proxy season. Notable updates applicable to U.S. companies include new or revised policies relating to: ..gender diversity...more

ISS Releases Final Voting Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by Goodwin on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released the final changes to its 2018 U.S. voting policies, which will be effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. ISS’s final changes include all of...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - November 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letters to Facilitate Cross-Border Compliance with the Research “Unbundling” Provisions of the European...more

ISS Issues 2018 Voting Policies Update

by King & Spalding on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) issued its updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2018 proxy season. Notable updates applicable to U.S. companies include new or revised policies:...more

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