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Supreme Court's Upcoming Whistleblower Decision May Dramatically Impact Compliance Programs

by BakerHostetler on

On November 28, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument on whether whistleblowers are entitled to protection from retaliation under Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

Examiners are Carefully Scrutinizing Financial Institutions’ Compensation Arrangements

by Ruder Ware on

It has come to our attention that some examiners have recently been carefully scrutinizing financial institutions’ employee compensation arrangements. Although it now appears unlikely that the proposed Dodd-Frank rules on...more

French Employment and Tax Reforms Set to Boost Private Equity Buyouts

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Macron recently unveiled employment and tax reforms to increase France’s appeal for deal makers. While France ranks highly as an investment destination for private equity firms, complex and inflexible French...more

Matters to Consider for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

Companies have important decisions to make as they prepare for their 2018 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of key corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure matters on which...more

Whistleblower Status Up For Debate Before SCOTUS: Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers

The nation’s top court will soon decide a key aspect of how employers should handle employee complaints about possible fraud or financial wrongdoing in the company that may violate federal laws. These situations provide...more

Where the Whistle Blows: Justices Express Doubt That Dodd-Frank Protection Shields Internal Whistleblowing

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, it bolstered protections for whistleblowers who report certain kinds of misconduct, such as violations of securities law. At the time, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act already provided...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Tale of Two Agencies. On November 27, Joseph M. Otting was sworn in as the 31st Comptroller of the Currency. Mr. Otting seamlessly succeeded Keith A. Noreika, who became Acting Comptroller in May 2017...more

12 O'Clock High-Episode 67 Leadership Lessons from the Grant Presidency

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Richard Lummis and consider the leadership lessons from the Presidency of US Grant. The lessons include: 1. Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Acts, leading to the passage of the 15th Amendment; 2....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

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Is an ESOP Right for Me?

by Benesch on

A better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of ESOPs can help any business owner determine if a partial or total sale to an ESOP is a solution that makes sense. And that owner needs professional advisors who...more

Legislative developments: Tech sector dodges blow and picks up limited win under tax reform bills—for now

by Dentons on

Technology sector startups and other emerging growth companies that typically rely on equity compensation to attract talent should be relieved—for now—by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill (HR 1) passed by the House on November...more

ISS Announces 2018 Updates to US Proxy Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced updates to its U.S. proxy voting guidelines for the 2018 proxy season. Although the updates are not likely to have a significant impact on 2018...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 77, the Home for the Holidays 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. The DOJ/SEC FCPA Guidance turned 5 years old this week. For the compliance practitioner,...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

Partnering Perspectives - Fall 2017

With the US poised to decrease regulation and the outcome of Brexit unknown, multinational institutions face a great deal of unpredictability in the regulatory landscape. In this edition of Partnering Perspectives, we look at...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives released its tax reform bill titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”). On November 6, 2017, Kevin Brady, Chairman of the...more

House Bill Proposes Major Modifications To Employee Compensation And Benefits-Related Laws; Initial Amendments Provide Limited...

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act proposed by the US House of Representatives on November 2 (House Bill) proposes major modifications to employee and partner compensation and benefits-related provisions of the Internal Revenue Code,...more

Update: House's Proposed Tax Reform Bill Revised, Walking Back Taxation of Stock Options at Vesting

On November 9, 2017, in what many employers will view as a positive development, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to send to the full House of Representatives a version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Proposed...more

Federal Court Grants Class Certification in the LendingClub Case Over Objections from State Court Plaintiffs, But Denies Federal...

LendingClub is facing two parallel securities litigation cases stemming from alleged false statements it made in connection with its initial public offering (“IPO”). One case is proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the...more

Executive Compensation Ramifications of Proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In its current form, the proposed legislation would drastically change the tax treatment of executive compensation in several areas. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as proposed by the Ways and Means Committee of the US House of...more

Settling the Standard for Prudence? Fall Brings New Guidance for ESOP Trustees

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Through a series of recent settlements, the US Department of Labor has outlined the process steps fiduciaries should follow in connection with a transaction involving a purchase from, or sale to, an employee stock ownership...more

ISS Issues Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") issued draft proposed policy changes for the 2018 proxy season (the "Draft Changes").1 The Draft Changes for US companies are grouped in three categories:...more

ISS Releases Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by Goodwin on

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released certain proposed changes to its 2018 U.S. voting policies for comment. The proposals relate to non-employee director compensation, poison pills and gender...more

Treasury Department Urges Principles-Based Regulation of Money Managers; Delay of Implementation of Liquidity Risk Management and...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s report on asset management and insurance recommends, among other things, a delay in implementation of the SEC’s liquidity risk management rule and the Department of Labor’s fiduciary...more

Saudi Arabia Update – October 2017

by Dentons on

Legal Developments - Government to implement further anti-concealment (Tassatur) measures - The MOCI is finalizing a plan to combat the practice of tasattur. Tasattur is the colloquial name for the practice by which...more

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