Topic: Securities Law

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 »

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 »

New SDX Protocol Provides a Framework for Investors And Public Companies To Work Together

Friends, shareholders, directors, lend me your ears … Thanks to the Shareholder-Director Exchange, “a working group of leading independent directors and representatives from some of the largest and most influential long-term institutional investors,” public company boards and corporate shareholders now have a framework for working together to achieve their common – and individual – objectives.… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Legalized Marijuana, Polar Vortex, Data Breaches, Qualified Mortgage

“One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” – The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Legalized pot can be an HR nightmare… 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: Compensation Committees & Fees, Volcker Rule & Godzilla, Tax Havens & France, Board Chairman & CEO

A different way to “ring” in the new year: 30 years ago today, the AT&T Bell System was broken up by the US government. Should you separate the CEO and Chairman of the Board roles at your company? (Akin Gump) Good news for compensation committee members of NASDAQ companies… (Goodwin Procter) If the Volcker Rule… 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 »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Compensation Committees, Volcker Rule, OSHA Whistleblowers, Ambush Elections

Five years ago today, Bernie Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. NASDAQ wants to change its listing standards for compensation committee independence… (Shearman & Sterling) The feds approved the Volcker Rule yesterday, bringing in new era of financial regulation… (Corporate Law Report) Considering an “acqui-hire”? Consider your… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Trade Secrets, Employee Hours, Iran Sanctions, Snowden Revelations

Yes, it’s Monday. Good thing there’s law news (and coffee!): There are seven different bills related to trade secrets currently pending before Congress… (Daniel Corbett and Gabriel Ramsey at Orrick) Here are 2.75 million reasons why you need to be very very careful when rounding employee hours… (Michael Cardman at XpertHR) 2013 has been an… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Conflict Minerals, Google Glass, 3-D Printing, Pay Gap

Get a head start on your holiday shopping: sign up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief today! Can’t determine the origin of your conflict minerals? There’s a description for that: “DRC conflict undeterminable”… (Jill Radloff at Leonard, Street and Deinard) How will the rise of Google Glass impact e-discovery? (Michele Lange, JD… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Social Media, Virtual Currencies, Patent Trolls, Generic Drugs

On this day in 1974, the Department of Justice filed its final antitrust suit against the AT&T Corporation, leading to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System. Have a social media policy? You’ll want to add these items… (JD Supra Perspectives) Sure, Bitcoins and other virtual currencies present tantalizing investment opportunities, but look before… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: EU Trade Secrets, Social Media Firings, Common Whistleblower Complaints, Chief Compliance Officers

For the record, Tuesday is in fact Newsday here at JD Supra… Enjoy! The EU just took a significant step closer to uniform protection of trade secrets… (Orrick) Turns out that sometimes it’s OK to fire employees based on their social media activity… (Stephen Asay at Pillsbury) Good news for proponents of California’s cap-and-trade auction…… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Dumping Claims, Free Trade, Ethics Rules, Data Privacy

Looking for law news? You’re in luck: A change in the way the US Commerce Dept reviews dumping claims could be costly to smaller exporters… (Harry Clark and Clark McFadden at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe) Europe and the US have entered a second round of negotiations over an EU-US free trade agreement… (Aline Doussin and… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Iran Notices, Health FSAs, Corporate Boards, FATCA Implementation

Voters across the country agree: the JD Supra Corporate Brief is a great way to start the day! Are the days when Chief Compliance Officers are held accountable a thing of the past? (Bettina Eckerle of Eckerle Law) Over the past eight months, companies have filed more than 400 Iran notices with the SEC… (Shearman… Read more »