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The Journal’s weekend report on Facebook’s role in the unauthorized use of data from 50 million users wreaked havoc on the ‘Book’s stock yesterday, with losses spreading across the tech sector (and fellow its FANGers in...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Looking Out for Main Street: SEC Focuses on Retail, Cybersecurity and Cryptocurrency - The Commissioners and senior officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC" or "Commission") addressed the public on...more

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The US government’s determination that Broadcom’s hostile takeover bid of Qualcomm “could pose a national security risk” is complicating an already high-stakes (and unwelcomed) overture by Broadcom. The Committee on Foreign...more

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Second Circuit Raises Bar for US Jurisdiction Over Foreign Banks - Orrick litigators Robert Reznick, Stephen Foresta and Julie Gorchkova co-authored an article for Law360 that examines a closely-watched case relating to...more

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Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s retirement was short lived. The Jack Welch protégé will be bringing his C-suite skills to Athenahealth, the electronic medical records software provider that’s been under considerable pressure...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Interagency Statement on Accounting and Reporting Implications of the New Tax Law - On January 18, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal...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

CAQ Report Shows ‘Encouraging’ Trends in Voluntary, Enhanced Audit Committee Disclosures

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The Center for Audit Quality and Audit Analytics recently released their 2017 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer. As in past years, the 2017 report “illustrates the continuing positive trend of audit committees...more

2017 Proxy Season Results in Silicon Valley and Large Companies Nationwide

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This companion supplement to the Fenwick survey, “Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies,” covers trends in stockholder voting at annual meetings in the...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

Quarterly Investment Update - 3rd Quarter 2017

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Stock Market Commentary - The third quarter of 2017 brought the devastation of multiple hurricanes, escalating tensions with North Korea, the Equifax breach and more White House drama. Yet, investors focused on positive...more

Tax Planning is Crucial to Achieve Potential Spin-Off Benefits

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Today, the Wall Street Journal considers again, on its front page above the fold, the potential benefits of corporate spin-off transactions. The Journal article notes that the S&P Spin-Off Index has outperformed the S&P 500...more

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Uber’s got more than a spot of bother on its hands in London after this morning’s announcement that the company’s largest market in Europe won’t renew the ride-hailing service’s license to operate in the city (citing “a lack...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFPB Issues Final Rule Temporarily Raising Reporting Threshold for Home Equity Loans Under Home Mortgage Act Rules - On August 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") issued a new rule that amends...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 31, 2017, S&P published its methodology for rating U.S. Credit Card Securitizations. On August 31, 2017, S&P published a Table of Contents to its Structured Finance Criteria. ...more

Duka Beats Fraud Charge in SEC Administrative Court

Barbara Duka was an employee of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. The SEC contended that Duka loosened S&P’s methodology for rating commercial mortgage-backed securities to help the company generate ratings business from...more

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While the Journal considers the ever-growing list of headaches for Khosrowshahi, including a new federal bribery probe over potential Uber FCPA violations....more

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Mylan will pay $465 million to federal authorities to resolve claims that it overcharged the Medicaid program by millions for its EpiPen products. Though large, the figure represents about a third of the estimated...more

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Uber investor Benchmark (a Silicon Valley VC fund) is looking to recover for the lost-investment costs associated with the rocky 2017 at the ride-hailing company, and it has former CEO Travis Kalanick in its crosshairs....more

Major Stock Index Providers to Limit Inclusion of Multi-Class Companies: What it Means and Why it Matters

Major index providers S&P Dow Jones, FTSE Russell, and MSCI recently adopted, or are in the process of considering, changes to their index eligibility rules that could significantly impact companies that have, or that are...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Global Index Providers Announce Decision to Exclude Companies with Multi-class Capital Structures or...

In July 2017, global index providers S&P Dow Jones (S&P DJI) and FTSE Russell (FTSE) announced changes to their index eligibility rules, with S&P DJI excluding from certain of its indices companies with multi-class capital...more

Stock Indices Take Action to Exclude Multi-Class Share Structures

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The S&P Dow Jones and FTSE Russell indices recently took actions designed to exclude companies with multi-class share structures from several of the most prominent market indices. On July 31st, S&P Dow Jones announced that...more

New Index Rules Likely to Significantly Impact Tech Companies with Multi-Class Capital Structures

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In response to investor concerns regarding an increase in the number of technology companies that have been implementing multi-class capital structures, index providers S&P Dow Jones, FTSE Russell and MSCI have adopted or...more

S&P Announces Methodology Change for Multi-Class Shares

On July 31, 2017, S&P Dow Jones Indices (“S&P”) issued a press release announcing a methodology change for multi-class shares following its consultation published on April 3, 2017. The S&P Composite 1500 and its component...more

CHECKMATE: South Africa's credit rating downgraded to "junk status"- what this means for South Africa

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In a catastrophic moment for South Africa, credit rating agency Standard and Poor (S&P) downgraded South Africa's credit rating to "junk status". S&P cut South Africa's credit rating by one notch to BB+, which is S&P's...more

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