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Facilitation payments no longer permissible under Canadian anti-corruption law

by DLA Piper on

Canada's repeal of the "facilitation payments" exception in its foreign anti-corruption law widens the rift between the United States, which permits such payments, and the majority of other countries, which prohibit them....more

Federal Income Tax Alert - BIG Changes in IRS Partnership Tax Audit Rules Coming in 2018

by GableGotwals on

Changes in federal tax law taking effect in 2018 will change procedure and shift liability for federal income tax determined to be due in Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) audits of partnerships. Partnership agreements,...more

The Hidden Risks of MOFCOM’s Simplified Procedure

Three years ago, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduced a simplified merger review procedure to reduce the review time for transactions that do not pose significant competitive or industrial policy concerns in...more

Delaware Courts Continue to Define Appropriate Valuation Methodologies for Statutory Appraisal

Statutory appraisal actions remain one of the most closely watched areas of Delaware corporate law, and there have been significant developments in Delaware appraisal law. Recently, the Delaware Supreme Court provided...more

Forced Labor and North Korean Workers: New Concerns for Importers

In Washington, D.C., the news this week focused on President Trump’s decision to designate (or redesignate) North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. For companies importing goods into the United States, developments this...more

The risk of uncertain partnership arrangements

by Dentons on

The risks for partnerships operating without a written partnership agreement in place are well known. A recent Court of Appeal case is a useful reminder that these risks can arise in the period after new partners join a...more

The Rise of Western Protectionism Is Set to Impact Global M&A

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

This year has seen a surge in western protectionist sentiment as a number of countries have sought to introduce legislation to tighten their laws on foreign investment and public interest issues. In Europe, the European...more

Legal Considerations in Pre-IPO Crossover Financings

by WilmerHale on

An increasingly common financing strategy for companies expecting to conduct an initial public offering (IPO), particularly in the life sciences space, is to conduct a ‘‘crossover’’ financing shortly prior to the IPO....more

Segway Competitor Rolls Away from Former CEO’s Attempt to Force Arbitration

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

A party seeking to enforce a contract has to show mutual assent, also referred to as “a meeting of the minds.” In other words, both parties actually have to agree on the same thing. If the parties don’t agree, then a contract...more

SEC Claims Individual, Firm Engaged In Unregistered Dealer Business

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s recently released report on the Enforcement Division identified retail investors and cyber as key areas of emphasis for Enforcement under Chairman Clayton. Examples of the retail focus are actions involving...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - November 2017

Insider Trading: Once More Into the Breach - Why it matters: On Aug. 23, 2017, the Second Circuit decided U.S. v. Martoma, in which the court affirmed a tippee’s conviction in an insider trading case based on the Supreme...more

Summary of ISS 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Specific to US Public Companies

by Morgan Lewis on

The updated ISS guidelines are effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published its 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates. The following...more

The Short Field Guide to IPOs - November 2017

THE EMERGING GROWTH COMPANY - The JOBS Act created a new class of issuer: the emerging growth company (EGC). An EGC is defined as an issuer with total annual gross revenue of less than $1.07 billion (originally $1 billion,...more

SEC Enforcement: Another Look At Last Fiscal Year

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC published its statistics for the last fiscal year in a glossy report centered on a discussion of the new retail/cyber focus of the Enforcement Division. Statistics are not the sole measure of success the agency...more

Executive Regulation on Value Added Tax in the UAE

by Bracewell LLP on

The United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) Federal Tax Authority has recently published the draft Executive Regulations of Federal Decree Law No. 8 of 2017 on Value Added Tax (the “VAT Law”) which introduces a 5% VAT on the import and...more

EU & Competition Law Update – November 2017

by Bryan Cave on

EU opens investigation into UK tax scheme for multinationals - The EU State aid rules are designed to stop Governments and local authorities giving companies a selective advantage, as doing so would create an unequal...more

Is Every Agent A Fiduciary?

by Allen Matkins on

In common parlance, a fiduciary is someone you can trust. The word itself is related to the Latin word, fidere, meaning to trust. We name our dogs “Fido” because dogs are trustworthy companions. For example, a dog named...more

Insurance Broker Series: Clark Morton, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group lawyers regularly collaborate with and learn from different players and functions within the insurance industry. To provide more value to our readers, we have reached out to a series of...more

Corporate Finance Alert: 2018 SEC Filing Deadlines for Companies With December 31, 2017 Fiscal Year End

As the end of the year approaches, reporting companies should be aware of the various SEC filing deadlines for 2018. Companies also should be mindful of the 2018 financial statement “staleness” dates (when financial...more

Current Trends and Proposed Legislation Pose Enhanced CFIUS Risks and Timing Considerations for Foreign Investment Transactions in...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Legislation has now been introduced in the US Congress that would significantly expand the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to a broader scope of transactions and, for some...more

SEC Provides Greater Deference to Public Company Boards

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I(CF), which articulates important interpretive guidance relating to shareholder proposals submitted to public companies for...more

THE LATEST: DOJ Antitrust Chief Casts Doubt on Using “Behavioral Remedies” to Fix Problematic “Vertical” Mergers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..On Thursday, November 16, 2017, newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim, speaking at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s Fall Forum, explained where...more

Many Paths for IPO Submissions

The following chart highlights the alternatives for EGCs and non-EGCs and now the three paths for FPIs pursuing IPOs....more

Employment Law - November 2017 #2

California Court Tosses Arbitration Agreement ‘Permeated’ by Unconscionability - Why it matters - Concluding that an arbitration agreement was both substantively and procedurally unconscionable, a California appellate...more

SEC Releases Proposed Amendments to Modify and Simplify Public Company Disclosure

by Goodwin on

The SEC has proposed many amendments to its disclosure requirements for public company reports and offering documents, based in large part on the SEC staff study contained in its FAST Act Report. Although largely technical,...more

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