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Changes to the UK Takeover Code—Asset Sales and Other Matters

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 8 January 2018, changes were made to the U.K. Takeover Code (the “Code”) which: (i) for the first time, expand the application of the Code to certain “asset” transactions taking place in “offer situations”, (ii) require...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2018 #2

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Declines To Compel Production Under The Garner Privilege Exception

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 10, 2018, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to compel the production of attorney-client privileged documents under the Garner doctrine in the context of direct breach of...more

NYSE Dividend Notification Changes Effective February 1

by Goodwin on

On February 1, 2018, the amendments to the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual adopted in August 2017 become effective. These amendments will require listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before a...more

Compensation in the 2018 Proxy Season: Recent Shakeups Create New Challenges

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

When designing 2018 compensation plans and proxy disclosure, companies should focus on implications of recent developments, as well as enduring compensation considerations. 2018 brings significant changes to the executive...more

Before Filing A Lawsuit, You May Want To Review Your Offering Documents

by Allen Matkins on

This post by John O'Brien for Legal Newsline is a reminder to securities issuers that they might want to review their prior offering documents before filing a lawsuit in which they make inconsistent allegations and disclose...more

What does the relaxation of foreign ownership rules in the UAE mean for franchising?

by Dentons on

The Cabinet of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently issued Federal Law No. 18 of 2017, which amended certain provisions of the UAE commercial companies law (Federal Law No. 2 of 2015) (the CCL). The new law...more

Day 18 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program- Internal Reporting and Triaging Claims

by Thomas Fox on

The call, email or tip comes into your office; an employee reports suspicious activity somewhere across the globe. That activity might well turn into a FCPA issue for your company. As the CCO, it will be up to you to begin...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 24, the Looking Back to Look Forward Edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, the top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a look at some of the top FCPA, compliance and data privacy/data security issues from 2017 and how they inform what will be the top such issues in 2018....more

U.S. Courts Of Appeals For The Eighth And Ninth Circuits Each Rules That SLUSA Precludes Alleged Violations Of State Laws Based On...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 29, 2017 and January 9, 2018, respectively, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit each affirmed district court dismissals of...more

Bridging the Week - January 2018 #2

FINRA Announces 2018 Examination Priorities; Will Review Role of Firms and Salespersons in Facilitating Cryptocurrency Transactions and ICOs: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued its 2018 Regulatory and...more

Supreme Court to Decide Who Can Appoint ALJs

The Supreme Court of the United States, on Friday, January 12, 2018, agreed to decide whether the former practice of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of having its chief judge appoint administrative law judges...more

Disclosure of Accounting Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in SEC Reports

by Goodwin on

On December 22, 2017, the Office of the Chief Accountant (the OCA) and the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission published guidance relating to financial accounting...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment on Terminated CEO’s SOX And DFA Claims

Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a terminated CEO’s complaints about his board of directors’ managerial decisions did not qualify as protected whistleblowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

The New Voice of The Whistleblower

by NAVEX Global on

This article originally appeared in our Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Predictions & Recommendations for 2018 Seven years after the launch of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) whistleblower program, the voice of...more

New Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate Decrease Affects Borrowers

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Late in 2017, H.R.1, the federal tax reform bill (the “Federal Tax Act”) was signed into law. Effective January 1, 2018, the maximum federal corporate income tax rate decreased from 35% to 21%. ...more

Underwriting or Placing Fees, Corporate Finance Contacts and MiFID II

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

MiFID II is Europe’s new financial regulation for investment business which came into effect on 3 January 2018. The banking and legal industries seem to be unsure about whether or not MiFID II treats both issuers and buy-side...more

Day 17 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-Managing Your Third Parties

by Thomas Fox on

The building blocks of any compliance program lay the foundations for a best practices compliance program. For instance, in the lifecycle management of third parties, most compliance practitioners understand the need for a...more

US Tax Reform—Disclosure Considerations

by White & Case LLP on

On December 22, 2017, tax reform (the "Tax Act")1 was signed into law. The Tax Act will have significant implications for companies, including on their accounting and associated disclosure, as discussed below. The SEC’s...more

Financial Markets Disputes and Regulatory Update - January 2018 - What can we learn from the second half of 2017

by Dentons on

Court decisions/impacts - Cases which consider the construction and use of standard form financial agreements almost always deserve reading. Most notable in this category is the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Dexia v....more

Financial Markets Disputes and Regulatory Update - January 2018 - Regulatory developments

by Dentons on

Senior managers regime, certification regime and conduct rules (SMCR) - Individual Accountability: Extending the Senior Managers & Certification Regime to all FCA firms, and extending the SMCR to Insurers - Consultation...more

Financial Markets Disputes and Regulatory Update - January 2018 - Judgments

by Dentons on

Court of Appeal upholds consistent interpretation of ISDA Master Agreement - Dexia Crediop S.P.A. v. Comune di Prato [2017] EWCA Civ 428 - Dexia was appointed as Prato's adviser in relation to debt restructuring and...more

The U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Fundamental Changes to Business Taxation

by Jones Day on

Signed into law December 22, 2017, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" represents the most comprehensive reform to the U.S. federal tax code in a generation. The Act's most notable provisions include significant reductions in both...more

With the Draft of the Italian Budget Law 2018, more certainties on indirect taxation of share deals (Italian)

by Dentons on

Article 13 of the Draft Law on Budget 2018 provides for a provision amending the current Article 20 of the D.P.R. of 26 April 1986, no. 131 concerning the application of the registration tax (applicable also to other taxes of...more

SEC Venue Selection: Avoiding Ground-Hog Day

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to determine whether the SEC’s use of hearing officers is contrary to the Constitution’s Appointments Clause in an order entered in Raymond J. Lucia Companies v. SEC, No. 17-130 on Friday, January 12,...more

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