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Court Of Chancery Adopts Market Price In Appraisal Valuation

by Morris James LLP on

Verition Partners Master Fund Ltd. V. Aruba Networks Inc., C.A. 11448-VCL (February 15, 2018) - This appraisal case adopts the target’s market price as its fair value....more

Summary of New Tax Bill

This letter provides a summary of the material provisions of the new tax bill. In order to make this extraordinarily complex bill somewhat understandable, I have left off a number of details and simplified the discussion, so...more

Second Circuit Clarifies How Price Impact Can Be Rebutted at the Class Certification Stage in Securities Fraud Class Actions

Last month, in Arkansas Teachers Retirement System v. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., the Second Circuit vacated the Southern District of New York’s order certifying a class in a Rule 10b-5 securities fraud class action. At issue...more

Income, from Whatever Exchange, Mine, or Fork Derived: The Basics of U.S. Cryptocurrency Taxation

In this first of (we hope) many posts on the interesting and myriad tax issues arising in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, we focus on the very basic U.S. federal income tax consequences of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed held its last Open Markets Committee meeting under outgoing Chair Yellen, and it agreed to hold the benchmark rate in a range between 1.25% and 1.5%. Here’s the lowdown....more

Second Circuit Reiterates: Defendants Must Satisfy Burden Of Persuasion Through A Preponderance Of The Evidence To Rebut Basic...

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit, in keeping with its recent decision in Waggoner v. Barclays, reaffirmed that defendants must satisfy the burden of persuasion by a preponderance of the evidence to rebut the presumption established by the...more

GILTI Rules Particularly Onerous for Non-C Corporation CFC Shareholders

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The recently enacted tax reform legislation significantly expanded the application of Subpart F, including by adding a new inclusion rule for non-routine CFC income, termed “global intangible low-taxed income” (GILTI). The...more

New NYSE Rule Regarding Notification of Dividends and Stock Distributions Effective February 1, 2018

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In its annual guidance memo for listed companies, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced its new rule regarding notification of dividends and stock distributions will be effective February 1, 2018. ...more

Taking Security in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a nation with a vast and growing population of over 30 million people and significant requirements for soft and hard infrastructure. Historically, the responsibility for procuring this...more

Tax Reform's New Incentives for Investments in Low-Income Communities: Part 2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Part 1 of this series of Holland & Knight alerts described a new tax incentive contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for investments in low-income communities designated as "Opportunity Zones." Part 1 also explained the...more

Deadline Approaching for Reporting 2017 ISO Exercises and ESPP Transfers

by Goodwin on

Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code requires corporations to provide information statements to employees (including former employees) and information filings to the IRS regarding exercises of incentive stock options...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

Obscure Provision of New Tax Act Complicates Testamentary Tax Planning for Nonresidents with U.S. Beneficiaries

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Nonresidents with a significant portfolio of U.S. stocks typically use a non-U.S. corporation to hold their portfolio. This is because U.S. stocks are generally subject to U.S. estate taxes at the death of their owner, and...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Extends Business Judgment Deference to Controller-Driven Stock Reclassification Transaction

by Polsinelli on

Recent Delaware court decisions have underscored the value of procedural safeguards in controlling stockholder transactions—which, at least when involving minority freeze-outs, historically were subject to entire fairness...more

2017 was a banner year for 401(k) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

An analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows that 2017 was a banner for 401(k) plan account balance. The analysis found that the average account balance for younger (25-34), less tenured (1-4 years)...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

China has put the kibosh on micro-lending, a move that has cut short not just the consumer loans themselves but the giant asset-backed securities market—a $37 billion industry in China last year alone. The new curbs have had...more

Delaware Chancery Court Extends Application of MFW Standard to Conflicted Stock Issuances

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recent decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a complaint asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of a stock issuance proposed by a controlling stockholder. IRA Trust f/b/o...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dell Appraisal Award - Emphasizes, But Does Not Require, Deference to Deal Price in Appropriate...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 14, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed a Chancery Court decision that had found the “fair value” of Dell shares in the 2013 MBO by Michael Dell and Silver Lake to be about 28% more than the final negotiated deal...more

Congress Passes Final Tax Reform Bill: U.S. Tax Reform: The Current State of Play

With the affirmative vote in the House today, both Houses of Congress have now passed a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, clearing the legislation for President Trump’s signature. President Trump is widely expected...more

The President Receives an Early Christmas Present: Congress Approves Landmark Tax Bill – What Will this Mean for Executive...

On Friday, December 15, 2017, Congress put forth a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would signify the largest piece of tax legislation in over thirty years if signed into law. Early in the morning on December...more

Stinson Advises Two Harbors in $295 Million Public Offering of Series C Preferred Stock

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Stinson Leonard Street served as lead counsel to Two Harbors Investment Corp. (NYSE:TWO) in its $295 million public offering of 11,800,000 shares of its 7.25% Series C Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Preferred...more

Year-End Tax Planning Tips

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If Congress is successful in lowering tax rates for at least some taxpayers in 2018, there are several year-end taxing-saving tips to consider prior to December 31st....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

SEC Comment about “Affiliate” Stockholder in Public Float Calculation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In monitoring SEC comment letters, we came across this SEC comment letter made public this month. It serves as a reminder to registrants that, when calculating a company’s public float, there is an informal presumption that a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news out of Uber this weekend, where the company and its board resolved outstanding issues with Travis Kalanick in order to finalize a deal in which a SoftBank-led consortium of investors will buy up about $1 billion of...more

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