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Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - October 2017

Supreme Court to Hear Important Whistleblower Case - Why it matters: Must an employee “whistleblower” specifically provide information about alleged corporate misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in...more

SEC Proposes Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In an effort to reduce compliance and cost burdens, the SEC has proposed amendments to some of the rules and forms associated with Regulation S-K. The Result: The proposed modifications relate to property...more

Is a Series LLC Right for Your Business?

by Mintz Levin on

The Series limited liability company (the “Series LLC”) is more nuanced than an ordinary limited liability company, and for the right user, it provides flexibility that will streamline administration better than other...more

Break Fees Can Cause Broken M&A Deals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Given ongoing competition between buyers in a strong sellers’ market, the resilience of seller break fees as a feature of the European M&A market is surprising. According to the Latham & Watkins 2017 European Private M&A...more

Find those “missing” plan participants

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Missing plan participants are usually only an issue when a retirement plan decides to terminate and wants to avoid dragging out the process and having to file another Form 5500....more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 73

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories, including:   1. We discuss our highlights from the recently concluded SCCE 2017 Compliance and Ethics Institute. 2....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Proposes Rules to Implement FAST Act Mandate to Modernize and Simplify Disclosure - On October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments "to modernize and simplify disclosure...more

Tax planning for private corporations and their shareholders - converting income into capital gains

by Dentons on

On October 19, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada issued a news release advising that it will not move ahead with proposed measures intended to target the conversion of income into capital gains. The announcement is the...more

The Alberta Securities Commission’s Credit for Exemplary Cooperation Program

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) announced its new Credit for Exemplary Cooperation in Enforcement Matters Policy (ASC Policy) on October 16, 2017. The ASC Policy sets out the benefits of cooperating with the ASC and...more

SEC Proposes Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K

On October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to propose amendments to modernize and simplify certain disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K applicable to public companies, investment...more

Corporate Communicator - Fall 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Recent changes to Nevada corporate law reaffirm Nevada’s commitment to providing directors and officers with maximum deference in the exercise of their fiduciary duties on behalf of Nevada corporations. Specifically, Nevada...more

CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule – Implementation Considerations

by King & Spalding on

Despite attempts to delay or eliminate the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule, most U.S. public companies will be required to comply with the rule beginning with their 2018 proxy statement. The CEO pay ratio disclosure rule will...more

UK national security and infrastructure – tougher merger control ahead?

by Dentons on

On 17 October, the UK Government published a Green Paper reviewing national security implications of foreign ownership or control, as indicated in this year's Queen's Speech....more

Cryptocurrency Update: CFTC Reaffirms Jurisdiction Over Certain Virtual Currency Transactions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

There is little question that virtual currency will be subject to increasing regulatory oversight as it continues its steady march towards the mainstream. On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume III - September 2017

by Carlton Fields on

EXPECTFOCUS® is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Publication...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume III - September 2017

by Carlton Fields on

EXPECTFOCUS® is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Publication...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court removed Leidos from its argument document this week. The case, which focused on a question regarding the scope of Section 10(b) in a securities class action, was scheduled for argument next month. The...more

SEC Proposes Disclosure Changes

by Bryan Cave on

The SEC issued a proposing release on October 11, 2017 to amend a wide variety of disclosure rules, primarily under Regulation S-K, in an effort to modernize and in some cases simplify disclosure requirements for public...more

Leaving the Contractual Term “Voting Power” Undefined Could Be Risky Business

What does the contractual term “voting power” mean? Does it refer only to the power to elect corporate directors, or does it refer to the power to vote on any fundamental matter of corporate governance? Is voting power an...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lyft, armed with a fresh billion from Google’s venture investment arm (CapitalG), is looking seriously at a 2018 IPO. The CapG money raises Lyft’s valuation from $6.9 billion to more than $10 billion....more

Day 15 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures- Tying It All Together for Joint Ventures

by Thomas Fox on

As I conclude this section on joint ventures, I want to emphasize again the risk they pose under the FCPA. Mike Volkov has stated, “A joint venture requires the integration of disparate company cultures. It can be successful,...more

CSA Propose Amendments to the Mandatory Derivatives Clearing Rule

On October 12, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) proposed for comment amendments (Amendments) to National Instrument 94-101 Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives (NI 94-101), in order to...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize and Simplify Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K

by White & Case LLP on

On October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") proposed technical amendments to modernize and simplify certain public company disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K and related rules and forms (the...more

Cybersecurity, Data Breaches Continue to Make Headlines

Cybersecurity continues to make headlines in the financial services industry, from the recent announcement that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was targeted by hackers to final approval of the settlement in a...more

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