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Court of Chancery Confirms MFW Applies to Controlled-Company Sale With Disparate Consideration

In 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., 88 A.3d 635 (MFW II), that the business judgment rule would apply to controlling stockholder “squeeze-out” mergers if the transaction is conditioned...more

FCA Confirms Reform to the UK IPO Process

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The new rules are designed to improve the availability of information during the UK IPO process. Key Points: ..New rules will be introduced from 1 July 2018 to change the timing and sequencing of the availability of...more

UK Launches Antitrust Review of the Wholesale Insurance Broker Market

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK Financial Conduct Authority has launched a market study into whether competition works well in the insurance broker market. The Impact: The FCA has begun a fact-finding review into the role of...more

Court Of Appeal Finds No Right To Jury In Shareholder Class Action

by Allen Matkins on

In several blog posts, I have commented on the right to a jury trial under California law. This may seem like an inapposite subject for a blog devoted to corporate and securities law issues. Nonetheless, I have...more

Bill 27: Expansion of the Conflicts of Interest Act to Public Agencies

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Bill 27 passed first reading in the Alberta Legislature on November 8, 2017. If passed, the legislation will amend the Conflicts of Interest Act (the "Act"), and expand its coverage to include public agencies, boards and...more

E.D. Virginia Allows FCA Whistleblower Retaliation Claim To Proceed

Background. Plaintiff worked with the Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment for the Department of Veteran Affairs (“Senior Advisor”) to develop an online veterans’ employment assistance program. The Senior Advisor’s husband...more

Watch for any Potential Conflicts of Interest

by Ary Rosenbaum on

It’s amazing sometimes how people are blind to conflicts of interest that are as clear as day. In my local hamlet, the Library Board hired a School District board member as their attorney even though there is a financial...more

Three Key Things to Consider on Motions to Disqualify

by Dentons on

While some motions to disqualify are nothing more than a litigation tactic, others raise legitimate questions regarding the ethical obligations owed by the attorney and her or his law firm to former clients....more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #4

EPA to Restrict Scientific Advisers Who Get Agency Grants - "Pruitt did not say how restrictive the policy would be. But it has the potential to greatly reduce the body of expert scientists who could serve on the boards...more

SFC Highlights Deficiencies in Asset Management Industry

• The SFC has identified nine common areas of non-compliance in managing funds and discretionary accounts. • The SFC urged licensed corporations to review their existing internal control procedures and operational...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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In the U.K. three F.H. Bertling executives were sentenced on corruption charges. An HSBC senior executive based in London was convicted by a New York jury for front running a client in the currency markets....more

Well here is where an advisory firm gets in trouble

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A good chunk of my work as an ERISA attorney is working with financial advisory firms in managing their retirement plan practice especially with 401(k) plans. I have many registered investment advisory clients around the...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

ISO 37001: Risk Assessments, Employees, and Due Diligence Requirements (Part IV of V)

by Michael Volkov on

In Part IV of my series on ISO 37001, I examine requirements relating to risk assessments, design of policies and procedures, and due diligence requirements. Section 4.5 sets out requirements for conducting risk...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Representatives of the US’s biggest stock exchanges have questioned the SEC’s plan to change how markets work by altering the current “maker-taker” system and imposing new transparency and conflict-of-interest rules on...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: U.S. Court recognizes a Russian bankruptcy case

by Dechert LLP on

The Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York recently addressed objections to the recognition of a Russian bankruptcy case as a foreign main case under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and to the...more

The Fiduciary Rule Status Update

by Carlton Fields on

On April 8, the Department of Labor published the so-called "Fiduciary Rule." It defines who is an employee benefit plan’s "fiduciary" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal...more

The Importance of A Robust Conflicts of Interest Program

by Michael Volkov on

It is always interesting to learn how companies handle specific compliance issues. Years ago, I could always tell when a compliance department was lacking in stature and independence in a company. Typically, I observed three...more

Attention Investment Advisers: Rules Are Not Statutes

by Allen Matkins on

Last week, I cautioned the students in my Securities Regulation class that while it can be helpful to review the SEC filings of other registrants, one should never assume that they are correct. A few days later, I noticed...more

Condominiums and Conflicts of Interest: How to interpret the rebuttable presumption

The legislature recently amended Chapter 718 of the Florida Statues, relating to condominiums, to create a rebuttable presumption that a conflict of interest exist in certain situations.[1] A conflict of interest is a real or...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2017: Hong Kong SFC Issues Clarification on Standards Expected of Asset...

by Dechert LLP on

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) recently released a circular outlining its views on how asset managers should address certain conflicts of interest between private funds and separately managed accounts...more

SC Supreme Court Says Insurers Can’t Cloud Allocation of Covered and Non-Covered Damages

The South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision in Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Heritage Communities, Inc., modified July 27, 2017, continues a trend of decisions aimed at preventing an insurer from acting in its own interest to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Cybersecurity was front and center this week, with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton being grilled by a Senate Committee about the breach at the agency. The Chairman testified that the breach occurred last year and that investigations...more

DOL Settlement Agreement Provides ESOP Transaction Guidance

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• The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS) have entered into a settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, resolving a case challenging FBTS'...more

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