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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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