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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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Legal Alert: FAST Act Creates New Exemption for Private Resales of Securities; Also Requires Disclosure Modernization and Simplification

On December 4, 2015 President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”) which, despite its name, includes a number of provisions designed to facilitate capital formation and modernize and simplify certain disclosure obligations under federal securities laws. The changes were effective immediately. 

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Regulation Crowdfunding

A new tool to raise capital is now available for small business and startup owners who may have previously believed that raising funds through selling an interest in their business to be too cumbersome or expensive.   

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Recent Ruling Changes How Companies Should Process or Store Data From EU

Recently, the European Union Court of Justice invalidated a Safe Harbor Framework (established in 2000), which thousands of companies relied upon to facilitate the transfer, processing and storage of data from the EU to the U.S.  Any company that processes and stores data from the EU, including customer and employee personal data, should be reviewing its contracts and procedures and monitoring these developments. 

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Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Law on Friendly Directors’ Independence

In a recent decision of the Delaware Supreme Court, the court reversed a Chancery Court determination that a Director was sufficiently independent such that a demand on the Board of Directors was not excused.  The court clarified that directors whose deep friendship also involved financial ties may not be deemed independent in order to excuse a demand on a Board of Directors. 

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SEC Approves Final Rules for Pay Ratio Disclosure

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved its final “Pay Ratio Disclosure” rules as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The final rules require annual disclosure of the ratio of a reporting company’s principal executive officer’s total annual compensation to the median of the total annual compensation of all its employees. Most public companies will be required to make the pay ratio disclosure following their first full fiscal year beginning on or after January 1, 2017. Specifically, for a calendar-year reporting company, the first pay ratio disclosure must be made in the proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting. 

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SEC Proposes Incentive-Based Compensation Clawback Rules

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules which would require exchange-listed companies to adopt a policy for the recovery of incentive-based compensation in the event of an accounting restatement. These rules would implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. 

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