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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

Does Your D&O Policy Cover Government Investigations?

by Reed Smith on

Policyholders need to be aware of a recent Tenth Circuit decision, MusclePharm Corp. v. Liberty Insurance Underwriters, Inc. No. 16-1462, 2017 WL 4675701 (October 17, 2017), which calls into question whether and when a D&O...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter (Ukrainian) - November 2017

by Dentons on

Implementation of the provisions set out in the Law will result in enhanced quality of the financial statements in Ukraine and will ensure the performance of Ukraine’s obligations pursuant to the Ukraine–European Union...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter - November 2017

by Dentons on

The President of Ukraine signed the Law “On Introduction of Amendments into the Law of Ukraine ‘On Accounting and Financial Statements in Ukraine’ in Connection with the Improvement of Certain Provisions.” Implementation...more

New Jersey Federal Court Extends Coverage of Merged Bank's D&O Liability Insurance Policy To Surviving Bank

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 18, 2017, Judge John Michael Vazquez of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs BCB Bancorp, Inc. (“BCB”) and the former directors and officers of Pamrapo Bancorp,...more

New European Commission proposals aimed at promoting growth and investment in Europe

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has proposed a series of reforms to strengthen and further centralise supervision of the European capital and financial markets at the EU level with the aim of creating stronger and more integrated...more

Cyberattacks Are the New Norm - How to respond and get insurance recovery for government investigations.

Takeaways - Companies that suffer cyberattacks can expect not sympathy but scrutiny from legal authorities. - D&O insurance can cover not only litigation but also investigation costs. - Strategic negotiation of...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - July 2017 - Issue 2

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on the updated Q&As published by ESMA in relation to the AIFMD and UCITS, IOSCO's...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - July 2017 - Issue 1

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. In this issue we look at the extension of the PSC regime to Scottish limited partnerships and AIM listed companies,...more

Wrap-up: “Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants?”

I am grateful for the enthusiastic feedback I’ve received on my three-part blog post “Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants?” I especially appreciate the time Kevin LaCroix took to write a...more

Who Is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part III)

This is the third of a three-part post that analyzes why plaintiffs are winning the securities class action war and what defendants can do about it....more

Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part II)

This is the second of a three-part post evaluating who is winning the securities class action war. Part I explained that this war is not just a scorecard of wins and losses, but rather a fight for strategic...more

The $100 Million Question is Answered With Extrinsic Evidence, Not Contra Proferentem

by Murtha Cullina on

Last October, we reported on the issues at stake in Gold v. Rowland, the class action that claims that Connecticut state employees were members entitled to shares of stock when their insurer, Anthem, demutualized in 2001. The...more

Business Litigation Reporter - April 2017

by Goodwin on

Representations and Warranties Insurance Policies – Lessons from the Claims Process - Representations and warranties insurance policies (R&WI Policies)—designed to protect parties from loss arising from breaches of...more

Criminal Conviction Of De Facto Officer Does Not Preclude D&O Coverage

by Allen Matkins on

After a two week trial in 2013, a jury convicted Mitchell J. Stein, a lawyer, of mail, wire, and securities fraud based on evidence that he fabricated press releases and purchase orders to inflate the stock price of his...more

Myths & Misconceptions of Biotech Securities Claims: An Analysis of Motion to Dismiss Results (2005-2016)

There is a common life cycle for Directors and Officers Liability for a publicly-traded biotechnology company bringing its first drug or device to the market. In the early stages, whether pre-clinical or Phase 1, there is...more

New York DFS Finalized Cybersecurity Regulations Go Into Effect March 1, 2017

by Bracewell LLP on

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced the final version of the “first-of-its-kind” cybersecurity regulations governing financial institutions, insurance companies, and other...more

Be Careful What You Wish For, Part II: Would Companies Be Better Off Without the Fraud-on-the-Market Doctrine?

The villain in the fight against securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988 in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). Without Basic, the...more

The Eighth Circuit Applies Insured vs. Insured Exclusion to Non-Insured Co-Plaintiffs

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a significant decision interpreting one of the most frequently litigated exclusions in the world of D&O insurance, the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that an Insured vs. Insured exclusion applied to an insured director’s...more

Ministry of Finance relaxes restrictions on foreign ownership of insurance companies operating in Thailand

by DLA Piper on

On 18 January 2017, the Ministry of Finance (MOF)’s notification was published in the government gazette, which liberalised the restrictions concerning the participation and ownership of foreign entities in the Thai insurance...more

Warranty and Indemnity Insurance – Is the Silver Bullet Beginning to Tarnish?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance products have been marketed as a “silver bullet,” which can bridge the gap between a buyer’s wish to receive proper deal protection and a seller’s aim of a clean exit. However, as the...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: finance

by DLA Piper on

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, the UK government confirmed, as previously announced, that from April 2017, it is to cap the amount of tax deductions for interest to the higher of 30% of taxable earnings in the UK or the net...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

German Investment Fund Association Extends Rules of Conduct - The general meeting of the German Investment Fund Association BVI (Deutscher Fondsverband) agreed to revised rules of conduct for the fund industry which will...more

Delay to the Application Date of the EU Regulation on Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The European Commission announced on 9 November 2016 an extension to the application date of the Regulation on Key Information Documents for Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (“PRIIPs”) to 31 December...more

The Few. The Responsible. Those who can serve as Fiduciaries for Brokerage Firms.

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Most brokerage firms are staying mum about how they intend to meet their requirements under the new fiduciary rule in 2017, but some have tipped their hands and are going to go the approach that I thought they would....more

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