On March 21, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“Division”) of the CFTC issued a no-action relief letter (the “2014 Letter”),1 to temporarily allow entities to deal in utility operations-related swaps, as defined in the 2014 … Read more
In Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP v. SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLLP, Chancellor Strine of the Delaware Chancery Court recently reaffirmed that the target company in a Delaware merger is the sole holder of the attorney-client privilege … Read more
On February 26, 2014, in Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice et al.,1 the Supreme Court narrowed the definition of “in connection with” as that term is used in the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (SLUSA). … Read more
In 2012, the Republicans learned an important lesson: neither the White House nor many Congressional Democrats would resist major deregulation of the federal securities laws if that deregulation was packaged as a “JOBS Act.” 2014 is also an election year, … Read more
The following post comes to us from John F. Coyle, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Joseph M. Green, Associate at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP in New York, … Read more
In October 2009, Dimensional Associates, LLC (“Dimensional”), the controlling stockholder of The Orchard Enterprises, Inc. (“Orchard”), which held 42% of Orchard’s outstanding common stock and 99% of its outstanding convertible preferred stock that collectively gave it approximately 53% of Orchard’s … Read more
In March 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined a broker-dealer $950,000 for supervisory deficiencies related to its failure to adequately supervise the sale of “alternative investments.” These investments include a laundry list of products that have been at … Read more
The following comes to us from Paul C. Hilal, a Partner at Pershing Square Capital Management, a New York City-based hedge fund founded in 2004.
Is shareholder activism good for the world?
A simple question, and yet it’s the subject … Read more
Our Blog’s most recent Marketplace for Ideas series has considered whether the SEC should tighten its rules under the Williams Act, which now require that investors must disclose purchases of a 5% or greater stake in public companies within ten … Read more
The following remarks were delivered by Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the 26th Annual Corporate Law Institute at Tulane University Law School on March 27, 2014. A copy of … Read more
The following post comes to us from Dan Ryan, Financial Services Advisory Practice Chairman at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and is based on a PwC publication.
On February 25th, the EU’s two legislative bodies, the European Parliament (EP) and … Read more
On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Court of Chancery’s 2013 decision in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation , holding that in going-private mergers where there is a controlling stockholder, the use of both a truly independent … Read more
This year’s “SEC Speaks” conference in Washington, D.C., was most notable for an obvious shift in the SEC’s enforcement priorities. Several significant issues and efforts that had been the subject of extensive discussion last year – including financial crisis and … Read more
The following comes to us from Sean M. O’Connor, Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law. This post is based on the forthcoming article of the same name in the Symposium issue of the George Mason Law Review … Read more
The following post comes to us from Maria von Tippelskirch, Assistant Professor, University of Hamburg and LL.M. candidate, Columbia Law School.
The Dodd-Frank Act protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers. Yet it is not clear whether this protection is … Read more
The following post comes to us from Albert Choi, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and is based on his recent paper, “Relational Sanctions against Non-Profit Organizations: Why a Selfish Entrepreneur would Organize a Non-Profit Enterprise.” The … Read more
The following post comes to us from Lynn A. Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law, Clarke Business Law Institute, Cornell Law School and is based on her recent paper, “Killing Conscience: The Unintended Behavioral Consequences of ‘Pay For … Read more
On February 25, 2014, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Representative Dave Camp (R.-Mich.), published the proposed Tax Reform Act of 2014 and an accompanying technical explanation written by the Joint Committee on Taxation (together, the “Camp … Read more
You can’t make this stuff up. Reality is more bizarre than fiction. Good as “House of Cards” or “Game of Thrones” are, they cannot match the Herbalife battle for the sheer confrontation of economic power, the treachery among rivals, or … Read more
On March 6, 2014, the Division of Clearing and Risk (the “DCR”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) issued a time-limited no action letter, extending the temporary alternative compliance frameworks available to “Eligible Affiliate Counterparties” (as defined in … Read more
The Federal Reserve’s recent Dodd-Frank enhanced prudential standards final rule subjects foreign banking organizations with ≥ $50 billion in U.S. assets (“Foreign Bank”) to a qualitative liquidity framework. Among other things, the qualitative liquidity framework requires a Foreign … Read more
The following remarks were delivered by Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. at the Institute of International Bankers 25th Annual Washington Conference on March 3, 2014. A copy of the speech is … Read more
The following post comes to us from Kevin S. Haeberle, Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Program in the Law & Economics of Capital Markets, Columbia Law School & Columbia Business School.
It is well understood that society is better off when … Read more
It is well known that the Fed injected massive amounts of liquidity into the financial system during the 2007-2009 financial crisis. Far less well known is that the Fed was not the only place banks obtained government-backed liquidity when market … Read more
Although Davis Polk does not yet accept Bitcoin, we have been closely following the rapid-fire booms, busts and arrests in the Bitcoin and the larger cryptocurrency space.
Cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin, Ripple, Litecoin, Dogecoin and about a hundred others – … Read more
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the “Basel Committee”) has published a second Consultative Document containing revised proposals for the Basel securitisation framework (the “Revised Proposals”). The Revised Proposals describe a revised set of approaches for determining the regulatory capital … Read more
The following post is based on an article by Professor Steven Schwarcz of Duke Law School entitled Intrinsic Imbalance: The Impact of Income Disparity on Financial Regulation, which documents and examines the consequences of the extraordinary two-to-one income disparity … Read more
On February 18th, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) voted unanimously to approve a final rule (Final Rule) implementing the enhanced prudential standards contained in Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act. This Client Alert discusses … Read more
The following post comes to us from Charles Korsmo, Assistant Professor of Law, Case Western University School of Law and is based on his recent article, “Venture Capital and Preferred Stock,” 78 Brook. L. Rev. 1163 (2013). The full paper … Read more
It has been more than two years since the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began operating its whistleblower program, but substantial questions linger over its effectiveness and its transparency. Under the program, whistleblowers are entitled to recover up … Read more
The following post comes to us from Peter R. Reilly, Associate Professor of Law, Texas A&M School of Law and is based on his paper, “Ralph Lauren, Transnational Bribery, and Voluntary Disclosure Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: When is … Read more
The following post comes to us from Marcelo M. Prates, an Attorney at the Central Bank of Brazil. The full article, which is now published as the Central Bank of Brazil Working Paper no. 335 and has been recently noted … Read more
The following comes to us from Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology, Cornell Law School.
American International Group (AIG), the very name of this company screams out its US origins. And … Read more
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued for public comment proposed guidelines (Guidelines) to establish minimum standards for risk management governance at large insured national banks, insured federal savings associations, and insured branches of non-U.S. banks
The following post comes to us from Charles K. Whitehead, Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, and is based on his recent paper, “Paying for Risk: Bankers, Compensation, and Competition,” which is co-authored by Simone M. Sepe, Associate Professor … Read more
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Division of Market Oversight (the “Division”) announced yesterday that Javelin SEF, LLC’s (“Javelin”) self-certification of available-to-trade determinations (“MAT Determinations”) for certain benchmark interest rate swap contracts is deemed certified. Under CFTC regulations, the swaps … Read more
In a landmark decision now on appeal, In re MFW Shareholders Litigation, the Delaware Chancery Court ruled that a freezeout merger negotiated by an independent special negotiating committee (SNC) and conditioned in advance on approval by a majority-of-the-minority (MOM) vote … Read more
Since the financial crisis, federal regulators have been searching for ways to rein in excessive risktaking in the financial sector. Many scholars and regulators have argued that executive retirement benefits can serve this risk-curbing function. Because top managers might not … Read more
Following a robust 2012, the financing markets in 2013 continued their hot streak. Syndicated loan issuances topped $2.1 trillion, a new record in the United States. However, as in 2012, financing transactions in the early part of 2013 were devoted … Read more
The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act” or “the Act”) was signed into law in the spring of 2012, amidst the ongoing fallout from the 2008 financial crisis as well as a hotly-contested presidential election. Having received uncharacteristic … Read more
The OCC has proposed a set of enforceable and specific risk governance guidelines to formalize its heightened expectations for large national banks and federal savings associations. The risk governance guidelines would set new, and much higher, minimum standards for the … Read more