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Dodd-Frank Litigation

Obligations Under Earn-Outs Are Limited to What the Words Say


Litigation, M&A, Private Equity, Uncategorized The stockholders of Cyveillance, Inc., sold their company for $40 million up-front and a $40 million earn-out if the company’s revenues reached a certain level. Section 5.4 of the merger agreement prohibited the buyer from “tak[ing] any action to divert or defer [revenue] with the intent of reducing or limiting the Earn-Out Payment.” When the […] Read more →

by   |   April 26, 2015

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Not Necessary to “Boil the Ocean” in FCPA Internal Investigations

Litigation, Public Companies and Securities Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell recently gave her views on the proper scope of internal investigations regarding FCPA matters.  In her views she noted: Although we... Read more →

by   |   April 20, 2015


Dodd-Frank Anti-Spoofing Statute Not Void for Vagueness For High Frequency Trader

Derivatives, Litigation In United States v. Coscia, the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division declined to dismiss an indictment for “spoofing” against a high... Read more →

by   |   April 18, 2015


SEC Finds Confidentiality Agreements Violates Whistleblower Rules

Employment, Litigation, Public Companies and Securities The SEC announced its first enforcement action against a company for using improperly restrictive language in confidentiality agreements with the potential to stifle the... Read more →

by   |   April 1, 2015