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SEC Issues Guidance on Submission of Annual Reports for Information Purposes

On November 2, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published new guidance in the form of a Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (“C&DI”) on the requirement that registrants submit copies of their annual report to the SEC for information purposes.

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Reminders for the 2017 Proxy Season

Many calendar year-end companies are beginning to prepare for annual meetings and related proxy soliciting activities. As part of that preparation, companies are turning to recent SEC rules, regulations, and policy updates. This advisory provides some reminders and updates for companies as they prepare for the 2017 proxy season.

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Ohio Foreclosure Reform Brings Standardization and Modernization to County Foreclosure Processes and Paves the Way for the Expedited Foreclosure of Vacant and Abandoned Residential Properties

On September 28, 2016, Ohio foreclosure reform takes effect following the enactment of House Bill 390 (HB 390).  The changes created by HB 390 will impact the foreclosure of both residential and commercial properties.  While Ohio foreclosure reform will undoubtedly cause county courts across the state to make revisions to their local foreclosure procedures and rules, the new law provides long overdue uniformity for foreclosing judgment creditors. Furthermore, the modernization of Ohio’s sheriff foreclosure sales, including the implementation of online sales, finally ushers the Ohio foreclosure process into the 21st century.  Additionally, the new law expedites the foreclosure of vacant and abandoned residential properties—a positive step in favor of community revitalization efforts to fight against community blight and prevent the existence of “zombie homes.”

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Legal Alert: Plan Ahead for Gift and Estate Transfers of Family-Controlled Entities

The IRS recently proposed new Regulations that, if finalized as written, will eliminate or severely affect, the ability to utilize valuation discounts on the transfer of an interest in a family-controlled entity, regardless of whether such entity operates an active or passive business.

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Time to Update Delaware Business Entities Statute

If you haven’t updated your copy of the Delaware business entities statute, you should consider doing so as it is officially out of date as of August 1.

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SEC Approves Nasdaq Rules on Disclosure of Director Compensation

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved changes to Nasdaq Listing Rules 5250 and 5615 requiring Nasdaq-listed companies to publicly disclose compensation or other arrangements by third parties to directors or nominees for director. The new requirements take effect July 31, 2016.

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SEC Adopts Interim Amendment to Form 10-K to Permit Inclusion of Summary

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission published an interim final amendment to implement Section 72001 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”), permitting an issuer to submit a summary page on Form 10-K filings. The amendment adds new Item 16, which expressly allows an issuer, at its option, to include a summary in its Form 10-K filings, provided that each item on the summary page must include cross-references to related, more detailed information disclosed in the issuer’s Form 10-K.   

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SEC Adopts Final Amendments to Exchange Act Registration Thresholds

On May 3, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final amendments to implement certain sections of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”) and certain securities regulation provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”). The amendments were adopted substantially as proposed in December 2014 (summarized in our prior blog post, here). The amendments revise SEC rules to reflect the new, higher thresholds for registration, termination of registration and suspension of reporting that were included in the JOBS Act and the FAST Act. SEC Chair, Mary Jo White, announced in a press release that, “With the adoption of these amendments, the Commission has completed all of the rulemaking mandates under the JOBS Act.” 

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Cybersecurity Issues in M&A Transactions – Part II

This post is a follow-up to January’s cybersecurity post discussing the cybersecurity considerations in performing due diligence in M&A transactions. The previous discussion can be found here. This post addresses two contractual provisions, the closing conditions and indemnification, which, if properly utilized, can protect acquiring companies from taking on too much cybersecurity risk in M&A transactions.

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Cybersecurity Issues in M&A Due Diligence

In today’s M&A transactions, cybersecurity deficiencies in a target company pose potentially significant financial and regulatory risks to the acquiring company. For this reason, new measures must be implemented in M&A transactions to protect both companies from today’s emerging cybersecurity epidemic.

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