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Former Equifax Chief Information Officer Charged With Insider Trading

by Murtha Cullina on

The Equifax data breach saga continues, this time with civil and criminal charges for insider trading lodged against Jun Ying, Equifax’s former Chief Information Officer of its U.S. Information Solutions business unit. The...more

The Case for Putting in Pre-Emption Buyout Articles in the Company’s Constitution

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Perennial (Capitol) Pte Ltd v Capitol Investment Holdings Pte Ltd [2018] SGCA 11 involved an application to wind up three companies, Capitol Investment Holdings Pte Ltd, Capitol Hotel Management Pte Ltd and Capitol Retail...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2018 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Judge Rules for Defendants in Mutual Fund Excessive Fee Lawsuit. On March 9, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio entered summary judgment for defendants in an action brought under...more

FCPA Self-Disclosure-Based Leniency for all Corporate Cases of Misconduct?

by NAVEX Global on

Ethics and compliance officers, take note of the Justice Department’s newest statement about its new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy: it wants to drop the “FCPA” bit....more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Early attention to the antitrust considerations of a given transaction can go a long way towards promoting the chances of timely or even early clearance of a transaction. As an initial matter, parties should focus their...more

Equipping Companies to Face the Future - The FRC's Proposed Changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code

by Reed Smith on

The UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has now completed its consultation on a series of wide-ranging changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code. The changes proposed in the consultation paper envisage a re-write of the...more

Status of Measures Targeting Private Corporations Following the 2018 Federal Budget

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Federal Budget, released February 27, 2018, has clarified federal plans to change the tax treatment of private corporations and represents a substantial retreat from proposals announced in July 2017. In July 2017, the...more

Companies Must Carefully Consider ESG Disclosures Under UK Non-Financial Reporting Directive

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Companies should conduct thorough due diligence in light of closer scrutiny from stakeholders and governmental and non-governmental bodies. Companies are facing increasing pressure to report on environmental, social, and...more

Defending False Claims Act Cases: Two New Tools Under the Trump Administration

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice, Civil Division, issued two policy memos that will directly affect its civil enforcement priorities, particularly with regard to healthcare and life sciences companies. The first...more

Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance in 2018, and Beyond – An Overview for In-House Legal Counsel

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After years of looming on the fringes, 2018 is likely to go down as the year that corporate social responsibility compliance became a core responsibility of in-house legal departments....more

DOJ Announces Intent To Apply Principles From FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy To Other White Collar Contexts

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

At the recent American Bar Association’s National Institute on White Collar Crime, the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Acting Head of the Criminal Division, John Cronan, announced that the Criminal Division will use the FCPA...more

Deductions And W-4s: Early 2018 Responses To Tax Reform

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law on December 22, 2017 is prompting some prudent early tax 2018 actions by both employers and employees related to employee benefits. Many employers are electing to make additional...more

Federal Court of Appeal Quells Concern over Transactional Common Interest Privilege

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A December 2016 a decision of the Federal Court caused chills for corporate lawyers across Canada when it held that common interest privilege does not apply in the transactional context where otherwise privileged material is...more

Reminders for Annual Meeting Proxy Materials

When finalizing proxy materials for upcoming annual shareholder meetings, we recommend that public companies consider the following requirements under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and stock exchange...more

Retail Industry News: Australia introduces insolvency reforms which limit contract rights to terminate for insolvency

by Dentons on

Under reforms commencing in July 2018, Australia will have new insolvency laws which will limit the exercise of contract rights to terminate for insolvency. Partners David McIntosh and Robyn Chatwood, explain how these...more

Bridging the Weeks - March 2018

A US federal court, the US Department of Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission all issued views on the regulation of cryptocurrencies that portend increasing complexity for market participants. A defendant in a...more

Supreme Court Narrows Applicability of Bankruptcy Code's Safe Harbor for Securities-Related Transfers

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In a case that could have significant, long-term ramifications for the holders of stock and other securities, the U.S. Supreme Court vastly limited the scope of a Bankruptcy Code “safe harbor” that shields certain transfers...more

Supreme Court Limits Safe Harbor Defense in Bankruptcy "Clawback" Suits

Recently, the United States Supreme Court decided Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc., a decision that has potentially far-reaching implications for a broad range of business transactions, particularly...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community Volume 9, Issue 2

FINRA 2018 EXAM PRIORITIES: SUITABILITY AND COMPLEX PRODUCTS REMAIN FRONT AND CENTER - In January 2018, FINRA released its annual examination priorities letter.1 The letter addresses a variety of areas that are important...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - March 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Keeping ahead of global anti-corruption trends is critical in today’s business markets. The Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest, which puts global trends at your fingertips, puts you ahead. The deep experience of the Dorsey...more

Sanctions Enforcement – Recent Trends

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Theresa May, UK Prime Minister, in a speech last month at the Munich Security Conference, reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to sanctions post-Brexit, saying...more

2017 Tax Act: Choice of Entity

by White and Williams LLP on

We recently prepared an alert on the new 20% qualified business income deduction that was added by the 2017 Tax Act. We have received many questions from our clients and friends about whether, notwithstanding the QBI...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Cayman Islands

1 .What role does the government of the Cayman Islands play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Cayman Islands Government has put in place and continues to maintain a regulatory structure whose goal...more

Data in the cloud: What if the cloud provider goes bankrupt?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

With data being the new “coin of the realm,” those who control and exploit data have a winning advantage over competitors. This piece focuses on control of data in the unique situation of a cloud hosting provider’s...more

New DOJ Policy Grants Companies Expanded Credit for Voluntary Disclosure of Criminal Misconduct

by Dechert LLP on

In a development with potentially far-reaching consequences for white collar enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division has expanded the opportunity for companies to earn credit for voluntary...more

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