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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

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Bitcoin futures started trading yesterday for the first time prompting concerns about the volatility of the cryptocurrency that prompted several exchange outages due to 10%+ swings in its price as well as heavy website...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: December

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 November 2017, the European Union (“EU”) General Court (“GC”) rendered a judgment partially annulling the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision fining a broker for its involvement in the Libor Yen interest rate...more

FCA Publishes Policy Statement Setting Out Changes to the Listing Rules, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

The United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") published a policy statement on 26 October 2017 setting out certain amendments to the Listing Rules ("LRs") and related technical notes ("Policy Statement"). The FCA...more

Expect A Busy 2018 On The M&A Front

by Murtha Cullina on

After a somewhat choppy 2017, many experts are calling for a busy 2018 in the M&A space. The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor Report suggests that the pace of M&A activity will increase in 2018, based in large part on “a...more

CVS Health to Acquire Aetna

On December 3, 2017, CVS Health, a giant in the retail pharmacy industry, announced plans to acquire Aetna. Aetna is one of the largest medical insurers in the nation, servicing approximately 46.7 million people. Under the...more

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The Senate Banking Committee has voted out of committee a bipartisan effort to ease Dodd-Frank regulations. The bill in question could “drastically cut” the number of banks subject to heightened Fed oversight and “would ease...more

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Breakingviews on Broadcom’s threat to Qualcomm’s board in the form of a slate of 11 director nominees for the company it has, so far, unsuccessfully attempted to purchase....more

Italy Enacts New Anti-Raider Rules to Protect Strategic Assets

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The Situation: Recent foreign investments in Italian blue chips led the Italian government to intervene to protect strategic assets. The Result: Decree 148/2017 introduced new disclosure requirements regarding...more

Critical Audit Matters (CAMs) and M&A

The SEC has approved the PCAOB’s standard regarding the communication of critical audit matters for public companies, referred to as CAMs, which will provide information in the audit report about matters arising from the...more

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Here’s the inside scoop on “Sheltered Harbor,” a “doomsday project” from US banks that they hope will “prevent a run on the financial system should one of them suffer a debilitating cyberattack.” The gargantuan voluntary...more

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Blue Apron co-founder Matt Salzberg is following the Steve Ells path of stepping aside as CEO after recent struggles. In Blue Apron’s case, the company’s never really recovered from the rough patch that started not long after...more

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Bitcoin surged to over $11,000 yesterday before falling 20% later in the day, prompting this look from the Journal at the widespread lure of Bitcoin mania....more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - November 2017/ Volume 9 / Issue 4

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between August 2017 and October 2017....more

German Public M&A Q1 – Q3 2017: Overview and current issues

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German Takeovers in the headlines of the press - So far this year, three takeover bids have made headlines in the German financial press. After major struggles between the executive board, supervisory board and...more

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Wells Fargo is again in federal regulators’ crosshairs. The OCC has dubbed the bank a repeat offender and is weighing a “formal enforcement action” over “improprieties in its auto-insurance and mortgage operations”....more

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More trouble for Wells Fargo, this time involving its Forex operation, which an internal investigation revealed was plagued by routine overcharging of customers and other questionable practices by bankers engaged in a battle...more

Court of Chancery Addresses the Effect of Corwin and Garner in the Section 220 Context

Since its issuance in 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court’s decision in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC has been routinely applied, in appropriate circumstances, to dismiss post-closing deal litigation. However, Corwin’s...more

ISS Releases 2018 Voting Policy Updates

by White & Case LLP on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") published updates to its benchmark proxy voting policy applicable to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2018. The policy updates are the...more

Continuing Trends in M&A Disclosure Litigation

Over the past two years, the deal litigation landscape has changed dramatically. In early 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery announced a new rule for evaluating disclosure-based settlements in deal litigation — the “plainly...more

Day 17 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communications in Compliance-Operationalize Compliance; Operationalize Culture

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One area which most particularly lends itself to a 360-degree approach to communications is in the area of corporate culture. The more you can operationalize compliance, the more it works to operationalize culture in your...more

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Time Inc. announced yesterday that it’s sold itself as part of a roughly $3 billion all-cash transaction to Meredith Corporation. Meredith, which publishes Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens, among other glossies, is...more

Court of Chancery Confirms MFW Applies to Controlled-Company Sale With Disparate Consideration

In 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., 88 A.3d 635 (MFW II), that the business judgment rule would apply to controlling stockholder “squeeze-out” mergers if the transaction is conditioned...more

Activists at the Gate: Court of Chancery Weighs In on Claims Involving Activist Stockholders

Several recent decisions applying Delaware law offer helpful insight about the impact that activist investor involvement has on board decision-making leading to a transaction and how those decisions will be reviewed by the...more

M&A Update: SEC Issues Guidance on Issuers’ Ability to Exclude Shareholder Proposals under Rule 14a-8

On November 1, 2017, the staff of the Division of Corporate Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I. SLB 14I provides additional guidance to companies and shareholders...more

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