Category: Securities Law

JD Supra Corporate Brief: FATCA Update, Whistleblower Dilemna, European Data, Foreign Banks

Great moments in IP history: on this day in 1794, Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin. What to make of news that Sonos will ‘forward-publish’ patents? Depends on whom you ask… (JD Supra Contributors) This should be the last substantial change to FATCA before it goes into effect… (Skadden Arps) The… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: IPO Communication, Employee Engagement, African Electricity, Inversion Transactions

For some, it’s only Thursday. For others, it’s already Thursday. But for all of you, it’s the JD Supra Corporate Brief, and that makes any day a little bit brighter… Considering an IPO? The JOBS Act now lets you “test the waters” of potential investors without violating SEC communications rules… (Morrison & Foerster) What are… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: OSHA Inspections, Sustainable Buildings, Religious Discrimination, Export Controls

On the go? Get the JD Supra Morning Brief delivered straight to your inbox, every weekday morning. Sign up here. “We’re from OSHA and we’re here to visit your workplace…” (King & Spalding) Here’s your 52-page guide to developing, investing in, and managing sustainable buildings around the world… (DLA Piper) New guidance from the EEOC… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Big Data, Green Trade, iPad Regulation, Ukraine Sanctions

On March 11, 1999, Infosys became the first Indian company to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Mo’ data mo problems… (Judy Selby at BakerHostetler) Going green + going global = going great! (King & Spalding) When is an iPad more than an iPad? When it’s an FDA regulated medical device, for starters… (Sharon… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Activist Shareholders, Tax Reform, Ukraine Sanctions, EU Privacy

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent on the invention he called the “telephone.” Just in time for proxy season: three practical steps you can take to stay ahead of activist shareholders… (Steven Stokdyk and Joel Trotter at Latham & Watkins) The sweeping reforms in Representative Camp’s proposed tax reform… Read more »

SCOTUS Says SOX Whistleblower Protections Cover Employees at Private Companies, Too

“… the Lawson decision should be a sobering one for employers.” (Jeffrey Dunlaevy of Ogletree Deakins) Private contractors across the country now need to adopt new procedures for responding to employees who blow the whistle. That’s because the US Supreme Court ruled earlier this week in Lawson v. FMR that the whistleblower protections of the… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cyber Attacks, Patent Eligibility, Proxy Voting, Dodd-Frank

You’ve got mail! Or rather, you WOULD have mail if you signed up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief… Is your IT security keeping up with increasingly complex and sophisticated cyber attacks? (Bertrand Liard and Agathe Malphettes at White & Case) Wonder if your subject matter is patent eligible? Check the new… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: M&A Jargon, Conflict Minerals, European Technology, Trade Secrets

On the day in 1946, Winston Churchill coined the phrase “Iron Curtain” in a speech delivered at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. The M&A Word of the Day? PIPE (Martin Saywell at Latham & Watkins) Is the SEC’s Conflict Minerals rule just the beginning of “conflict sourcing” laws? (Chesley Blevins, Arcie Jordan, and Doug Paisley… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Trojan Horse, Fisker Bankruptcy, MOFCOM Approval, Target 8-K

March 4, 1789: the first Congress of the United States meets and begins work on the Bill of Rights, putting the US Constitution into effect. Like the Trojan Horse, the growing wave of employee privacy laws are far more expansive than they appear on the surface… (Todd Horn at Venable) Should secured creditors be concerned… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Tax Reform, Proxy Season, Drug Labels, Internal Investigations

Happy birthday, AT&T! On this day in 1885, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State. Representative Camp says his reform plan will make the tax code simpler and fairer, spur economic growth, and create jobs. What do you say? (Evan Migdail and Bruce Thompson at DLA Piper) Bundling? Unbundling? Why… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cybersecurity Framework, FCPA Enforcement, Marijuana Money, Food Safety

Enough is enough: on this day in 1951, the Twenty-second Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, limiting presidents to two terms. Five things every in-house counsel should understand about the NIST Cybersecurity Framework… (King & Spalding) Are you listening to what the SEC is saying about the FCPA? (Aaron Tidman at Mintz Levin) Feds… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: SEC Priorities, Cybersecurity Lawsuits, H-1B Petitions, Knowledgeable Employees

On February 26, 1995, the UK’s oldest investment bank, Barings Bank, collapses when broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange. When the SEC Speaks, you should listen: highlights from the 2014 SEC Speaks Conference… (Perkins Coie) Will the Cybersecurity Framework open the door to a new wave of… Read more »

When The SEC Speaks, You Should Listen: Highlights From The 2014 SEC Speaks Conference

It’s that time of the year again, when the Securities and Exchange Commission announces its priorities at its annual “SEC Speaks Conference.” Here’s a look at key takeaways, from attorneys at Perkins Coie: A move from rule-making to rule enforcement: “During their annual turn on the bully pulpit, several of the Commissioners themselves remarked that… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Marijuana Industry Banks, Moldy Washing Machines, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Foreign Sanctions Evaders

Go ahead, sign up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief. It is Tuesday, after all… The bottom line? Banks should think twice before doing business with a marijuana-related business… (Jay Baris and Oliver Ireland at Morrison & Foerster) Injury or no injury, consumers are free to join class action lawsuits against Whirlpool… Read more »

SEC Tells M&A Brokers: No Registration Required

Late last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission gave M&A brokers a green light to facilitate mergers, acquisitions, and other business sales and combinations without first having registered as “broker-dealers.” Attorneys from Skadden Arps explain: “Prior to the No-Action Letter, although a person who had not registered as a broker-dealer could engage in activities in… Read more »