Topic: investors

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Europe’s Volcker Rule, 2104 Proxy Season, Ohada Commercial Code, Shareholder-Director Communication

On this day in 1937, General Motors recognized the United Auto Workers, ending a sit-down strike that began more than a month earlier. A Volcker Rule for Europe? In the works… (White & Case) Are you ready for the 2014 proxy season? (James Barrall and Steven Stokdyk at Latham & Watkins) Seven tips for complying… Read more »

Regulation A+: Quicker and Cheaper Access to Capital for Smaller Companies

“Regulation A+ … promises to provide a meaningful new tool for private issuers wishing to access the capital markets.” (Randal Jones and Richard Raymer of Dorsey & Whitney) What’s better than an “A”? An “A+,” of course… OK, that’s probably not why the Securities and Exchange Commission recently proposed new rules to Regulation A. But… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Shareholder Activism, Bribery Blacklists, Fracking Regulation, Compliance Trends

On this day in 1980, President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation bailing out the Chrysler Corporation to the tune of $1.5 billion. Shareholder activism is on the rise – and here’s how to deal with it… (Akin Gump) China’s health care regulator will begin compiling “bribery blacklists” of corrupt companies and individuals… (Katherine Wang at Ropes… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Hacking Responses, California Laws, Delaware Corporations, Greenmail Threats

On this day in 1947, the transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories. We’ve come a long way… Most of the time, “hacking back” is only going to create more troubles… (Trevor Nagel and Joseph Schenck at White & Case) Ringing in the New Year in the Golden State? You’ll need to know about these… Read more »

IRS Rules on Real Estate Investment Trust Conversions – Do You Have The REIT Stuff?

“In recent years, there has been a considerable expansion of the types of companies holding non-traditional real estate assets that have elected to become real estate investment trusts for US federal income tax purposes.” (Laurence Crouch and Eileen O’Pray of Shearman & Sterling) For the right business, converting to a Real Estate Investment Trust (a… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Fair Use, In-House Whistleblowers, Mortgage Lenders, Tick Sizes

Great Moments in Internet history: on November 21, 1969, the first permanent ARPANET link is established between UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Your lease might be more important to the success of your business than you think… (Jeff Moerdler at Mintz Levin) Influential court of appeals says in-house lawyers shouldn’t use privileged information… Read more »

You Could Learn A Lot about SEC Enforcement Listening to Mary Jo White…

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White is certainly keeping busy. In recent weeks she’s spoken to the Council of Institutional Investors, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the Securities Enforcement Forum, among others. From lawyers writing on JD Supra, here’s what she had to say: The SEC wants more guilty pleas: “In… Read more »

5 Risks Every Private Equity Firm Needs to Manage

“[R]egulators and prosecutors are increasingly focusing on private equity firms.” (Jeffrey Legault, Mark Pedretti, and Pablo Quiñones at Reed Smith) Managing risk is nothing new in the private equity world. But federal and state regulators – and unhappy stakeholders in acquired companies – are upping the ante. From lawyers writing on JD Supra, here’s a… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: China Trademarks, Offshore Wind, Mandatory Arbitration, Butterfly Effect

It’s Wednesday, and that means an extra cup of coffee for all of us here at the JD Supra Corporate Brief. Care to join us? Good news: the G20 finally agree on something. Too bad it’s about sharing tax records around the world… (BakerHostetler) China just revised its trademark law again… (Sheppard Mullin) It’s time… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: BYOD Policies, Trade Secrets, Self-Disclosure, Supplier Breakdowns

Today’s efficiency tip: save time with email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief. Click here to sign up. Key workplace issue in the era of Mad Men: employee BYOB policies. Key workplace issue today: employee BYOD policies (Pillsbury) Didn’t we end this relationship a long time ago? So why are you still using our… Read more »

SEC Permits Corporate Communications Via Twitter, Facebook, Other Social Media

“The SEC’s release confirms that companies are permitted to announce material news through social media, provided investors know when and where to expect it.” (Orrick) The Securities and Exchange Commission has decided to let corporate communications move into the 21st Century.  Backing off from an earlier position that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings violated Regulation FD… Read more »

Updated: Mabey & Johnson, the SFO, and Confiscated Dividends…

For your interest, recent legal updates on the Mabey & Johnson corruption case unfolding in UK courts, with a specific focus on the recovery and confiscation of dividends and what this might mean re: corruption oversight for investors in public companies: – Confiscation of Dividends by the SFO: Implications for Investors (White & Case) “The… Read more »