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On April 8, 2019, the Federal Reserve proposed a broad overhaul of the 2011 regulations governing resolution planning (the “Proposal”)[1], which would significantly reduce the frequency of submissions and simplify requirements for many resolution plans.  The Proposal would modify the existing rule to incorporate the experience gained since the first plans were filed in 2013 to target planning efforts on key resolvability issues, while codifying the focus on the eight U.S.…
Blockchain technology continues to be a lively topic of conversation in legal, business and technology circles. This includes heated debates about whether and when the technology will deliver on its many promises and how the most common applications employing blockchain—that is, cryptocurrencies and other types of digital tokens—should be regulated in the United States and globally. Despite having experienced “crypto winter”—including a precipitous drop in cryptocurrency values, persistent skepticism about blockchain applications and a growing…
Depository institutions have been understandably reluctant to provide banking services to cannabis-related businesses in light of the significant (and costly) regulatory and compliance expectations that apply under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and other anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations.[1] Legislative relief, however, may be on the way. On March 27, 2019, with approval of the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019, H.R. 1595 (SAFE Banking Act), the US House Financial Services…
The United States had one of the world’s highest tax rates – around 35 percent – prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA 2017, and especially the Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI) rules in new tax code Section 951A). It also uses the country-of-residency basis for corporate taxation that subjects, at least in theory, all worldwide income earned by a corporation to U.S. tax. Corporations that receive a significant proportion of…
On March 15, 2019, China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress, passed the long-anticipated new Foreign Investment Law (the “FIL”). Promulgation of this legislation is widely held to have been accelerated in response to changes in China’s economic conditions, in particular cross-border trade tensions and increasing pressure on China’s domestic economy in recent years. The FIL, which will become effective on January 1, 2020, will replace the primary laws that have been governing foreign-invested enterprises…
The following compilation is our fifth annual review of significant state court decisions relevant for private company M&A transactions and related governance matters and disputes. The summary includes the landmark Akorn v. Fresenius decision, which is the first Delaware M&A decision to uphold a buyer’s termination right on the basis of an MAE. A few of the decisions concern drafting points, a few concern overall deal process and planning points, and two of the decisions…
The recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision by Vice Chancellor Glasscock in Vintage Rodeo Parent, LLC v. Rent-A-Center, Inc.1 is illustrative of the principle that merger partners should not assume that anything less than strict compliance with notice requirements (particularly when they relate to termination rights) and deadlines in a merger agreement will be enforced. In Rent-A-Center, the merger partners had extensive negotiations over the “end date” in the merger agreement, and under what…
Employee participation in corporate decision-making is a trending issue for politicians on both sides of the pond. In the U.S. and the UK, politicians and the popular press are debating whether assigning board seats to workers by law could be transferred to their corporate governance systems. In August 2018, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed legislation requiring 40 percent of the board of directors of any large American corporation be selected by the company’s employees. Similarly,…
Since the fall of 2016, federal, state, and private enforcers have sharpened their focus on allegedly anticompetitive restrictions in labor markets: so-called “no-poach” and wage-fixing agreements. This remains a hotly debated topic, with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Washington State Attorney General this month submitting consolidated amicus briefs in three proposed antitrust class actions filed in a Washington federal court dueling over the appropriate legal standard. Nevertheless, it is becoming clear that while…
On March 6, 2019, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Director of Enforcement James McDonald announced an initiative to pursue foreign corrupt practices that constitute violations of the Commodities Exchange Act (“CEA”), noting that the Enforcement Division already has open investigations involving such conduct.  The same day, the Enforcement Division issued an Advisory encouraging companies and individuals not registered, nor required to be registered, with the CFTC (“non-registrants”) who are nonetheless subject to the CFTC’s enforcement…