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Episode 15 -- The Justice Department's New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by Michael Volkov on

On November 26, 2017, the Justice Department announced adoption of its new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the new policy at an FCPA Conference in Washington, D.C. Under...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions and Public Statement in the Blockchain Space

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The SEC has recently taken significant public steps in the regulation of token sales (popularly known as initial coin offerings, or ICOs) relating to blockchain. While the SEC Guidance provides clarity for critical points and...more

SEC’s Cyber Unit Takes Aim at ICOs

For the second time in less than a month, the SEC’s newly created Cyber Unit has shut down an initial coin offering (ICO). This time the ICO was for Munchee, Inc., a California-based developer of an iPhone application for...more

SEC Approves NYSE’s Proposed Amendment Limiting Issuance of Material News After Short Period of Time Following Trading Session

On December 4, 2017, the SEC approved the NYSE’s proposed amendment to Section 202.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual. The proposed amendment limits the issuance of material news by a listed company during the period of...more

Michigan Strikes Back . . . In Pennsylvania

by Reed Smith on

A (relatively) long time ago in a state not so far away, the Michigan Legislature enacted the Michigan Product Liability Act. It contained a provision providing the manufacturers of FDA-approved drugs with immunity from...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 80, The Last Jedi Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance- and ethics-related stories of the week, including: 1. There are several FCPA 40th anniversary pieces going up these days. The FCPA Blog is looking...more

Sale Of Shares At Sheriff’s Sale May Constitute Conversion

by Allen Matkins on

One might expect that a sheriff’s sale of stock pursuant to a writ of execution could not result in a viable claim for conversion by a judgment debtor. A California Court of Appeal, however, has ruled that it could....more

The Effect of Tax Reform on Michigan Charter Schools

by Miller Canfield on

Many recent press reports have warned of the negative affect tax reform could have on charter schools around the country. These reports focus on the proposed elimination of private activity bonds (“PABs”) under the House tax...more

Bitcoin: Where Speculation (Likely) Meets Securities Regulation

by Murtha Cullina on

Recently, Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies have been widely reported in national mainstream news, with stories describing rapidly higher prices and interest, especially among retail investors. As a result, regulated...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dell Appraisal Decision

The Delaware Supreme Court has reversed the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision in Dell, Inc. v. Magnestar Global Event Driven Master Fund Ltd. et al. The Chancery Court had found that fair value was 28% above the deal...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FRB Requests Public Comment on Proposal to Amend Regulation A - On December 4, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board ("FRB") requested public comment on a proposal to amend Regulation A to make certain technical adjustments,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Generic drugmaking giant Teva Pharmaceuticals will cut 25% of its workforce (around 14,000 jobs) and shutter manufacturing and R&D facilities in an effort to “simplify its structure and reduce its debt”....more

Director Discretionary Compensation Awards Tested by Entire Fairness Standard According to Delaware Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court found in In re Investors Bancorp Stockholders Litigation that director equity grants based on director discretion are subject to an entire fairness standard of review. ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission had one win and two losses in court over the last week, one of which may have a long term impact on its cases. In a case centered on two alleged microcap manipulations the court dismissed the complaint finding...more

Federal Reserve Board Proposes to Amend Regulation A

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Federal Reserve Board issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding amendments to Regulation A. The proposed amendments would revise the provisions with regard to the establishment of the primary credit rate at the...more

New FINRA Rules Address Elderly Abuse

by Burr & Forman on

On February 5, 2018, FINRA will enact two rules to assist brokers with addressing financial exploitation of the elderly. Statistically, the elderly have a 1 in 20 chance of being a victim of financial exploitation. ...more

SEC Announces Delay in Form N-PORT Filing Requirements

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 8, 2017 issued a temporary final rule (Temporary Rule) that provides a nine-month delay to the dates by which certain registered investment companies (funds) must...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part V, What does it all mean?

by Thomas Fox on

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

ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines for U.S. Public Companies

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last month, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) updated its proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming proxy season. The updates, summarized in part below, are effective for shareholder meetings on or after Feb. 1, 2018....more

Day 11 of One Month to Better Written Standards- Policies and Procedures on Travel

by Thomas Fox on

Prior to the 2012 FCPA Guidance, the Justice Department issued two 2007 Opinion Releases which offered guidance to companies considering whether to, and if so how to, incur travel and lodging expenses for government...more

SEC Acts on Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

by BakerHostetler on

In the past few years, and particularly in the past few months, cryptocurrencies or digital currencies – most notably bitcoin and ether – have surged in popularity and dominated the financial press and to some degree even the...more

CFTC Staff Grants Time-Limited Extension of Swap Data Reporting Relief for Certain Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants...

On November 30, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission‘s (“CFTC“) Division of Market Oversight announced in a no-action letter that it had extended relief it provided certain CFTC-registered swap dealers (“SD“)...more

The SEC Refocuses on Retail Investors

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the states traditionally have handled the bulk of retail brokerage investigations, such as the suitability of a retail broker’s investment recommendations or alleged excessive...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Attack of the State AGs. On December 12, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and 16 other state attorneys general (State AGs) sent a letter to President Trump arguing that past statements by Mick...more

SEC Shuts Down Initial Coin Offering Using Blockchain for Failure to File Securities Registration Statement

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On December 11, 2017, the SEC instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Munchee Inc., the creator of an iPhone application that allows users to review restaurant meals, with regard to Munchee's planned initial coin...more

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