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SEC Approves Revised NYSE Rule Delaying Material News Releases After Closing

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a revised version of the previously proposed New York Stock Exchange rule that will prohibit listed companies from issuing material news after the close of trading...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims In Connection With Two-Step Merger, Despite Finding Corwin...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 30, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty claims against the board of Opower, Inc. (“Opower”) in connection with Opower’s acquisition...more

Court Denies Class Certification In Putative Class Action Against Fiber Optic Technology Company Where Defendants Successfully...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 5, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied class certification in a putative securities fraud class action against Finisar Corporation (“Finisar”), a technology...more

Japan's FSA Clarifies Regulatory Position on Initial Coin Offerings, Warns of Risks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA") has released a statement on initial coin offerings ("ICOs"). It clarifies the regulatory position of ICOs under Japanese law and also highlights potential risks to...more

Securities Fraud Action Based Upon DeVry University's Representations About Graduate Employment Rates Was Dismissed Because...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 6, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a securities fraud lawsuit brought against DeVry Education Group, Inc. and several of its executives (“DeVry”), with leave...more

Investing Intelligently in an E-Commerce Company: Challenges & Potential Innovations

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By 2027, Singapore’s e-commerce market is predicted to grow five-fold – to at least US $5.4 billion (S$7.5 billion), according to a study by Google and Temasek Holdings. E-commerce markets in other parts of Asia are also...more

SEC Suffers Loss in Insider Trading Case

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The SEC lost an insider trading case last week against the CEO of Delta Petroleum, Roger Parker. SEC v. Parker, Civil Action No. 1:12-cv-02839 (D. Col.). The complaint centered on to allegations of illegal tipping in two...more

SEC Announces More than $20 Million in Whistleblower Awards

by Bryan Cave on

In the course of one week, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced awards to three whistleblowers totaling more than $20 million under the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. On November 30, the SEC...more

In Reversal, SEC Agrees That Its Administrative Law Judges Are Inferior Officers That Require Commission Appointment, But Still...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Solicitor General submitted a brief to the United States Supreme Court in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, urging the Court to grant certiorari and resolve a circuit...more

Court of Federal Claims Rejects SBA Decision that Future Conditional Restriction on Stock Ownership Destroys “Unconditional...

Veteran-owned small businesses have long grappled with seemingly benign drafting inconsistencies between Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations that can leave a business...more

Move Aside EPA, The SEC Is Now Regulating Ecosystems!

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I don’t hear many securities lawyers talking about “ecosystems”. Indeed, I think of the word as being more the province of environmental lawyers. The word itself is an amalgamation of two Greek words – ?????, meaning house,...more

SEC Announces Cease-and-Desist Order Against Couple And Their Respective Hedge Funds Over Sharing Of Confidential Strategies From...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 5, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an administrative proceeding against Paritosh Gupta (“Gupta”), his hedge fund, Adi Capital Management LLC (“Adi Capital”), his wife, Nehal Chopra...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on SEC/Corporate; Broker-Dealer; Derivatives; CFTC; UK, EU and Brexit...

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Further Comments on the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Its Payments for Market Making Rule - On November 28, as part a retrospective rule review, the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

Bridging the Week - December 2017 #2

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First Cash-Settled Bitcoin Futures Contract Begins Trading on CFTC-Overseen Exchange; Industry Organization Bemoans Self-Certification Process: The CBOE Futures Exchange commenced trading of Bitcoin Futures last night –...more

Is the Defense Bar Losing the “Securities Class Action War?”

Douglas Greene, one of the United States’ most well-known securities litigators – on either side of the bar – recently wrote a four-part treatise, titled Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War – Plaintiffs or...more

SEC Cooperation Leads to Waiver of Privilege

On December 5, 2017, a Florida federal magistrate judge ordered a law firm to turn over interview notes and memoranda from an internal investigation, finding that any applicable privilege had been waived when attorneys gave...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December, 2017

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Is Your Startup Prepared for the GDPR? - During last month’s QuickLaunch University webinar, Partners Dr. Martin Braun and Dave Gammell discussed data privacy...more

Luxembourg transparency registers: soon a reality!

by Dentons on

On 6 December 2017, two Bills of Law which will implement articles 30 and 31 of the Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for...more

Were The SEC’s Pay Ratio Rule Efforts Valiant?

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James D.C. Barrall recently published a listing of ten consensuses on CEO pay ratio planning. He begins with the following...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

Operating Agreement Defeats Statutory Buyout Rights Upon LLC Member’s Withdrawal

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When the tsunami of LLC enabling statutes swept the U.S. in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including New York in 1994, many included a default rule authorizing as-of-right member withdrawal and payment for the “fair value” of...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part I, Introduction

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In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 361, Don Fischer on export control compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Don Fischer, a San Francisco and Washington, based lawyer who is one of the country’s leading practices dedicated to assisting corporations, universities and research institutions with the...more

Day 7 of One Month to Better Written Standards– Operationalization of Your Code of Conduct

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How can you work to operationalize the Code of Conduct as articulated in the Department of Justice (DOJ) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs? The Evaluation focuses not on whether a company has a paper compliance...more

Monetary Authority of Singapore Release Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore address initial coin offerings and also how current laws will be applied to intermediaries. The Result: Whether a...more

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