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Clients & friends newsletter September 2014

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • Belgium, China, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela
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  • September 30 2014

In an unfortunate decision, the Brussels Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by a lower court denying the deductibility of stock option costs

A cautionary tale regarding the use of “confidential witnesses” in pleadings

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • USA
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  • September 24 2014

On August 21, 2014, Ruben Castillo, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, issued an 18-page opinion on the

Ninth Circuit holds announcement of an investigation, without more, is insufficient to establish loss causation in securities fraud case

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • USA
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  • September 24 2014

On September 11, 2014, the Ninth Circuit published its amended opinion in John Loos v. Immersion Corp. et al., No. 12-15100 (9th Cir. 2014), holding

In a Section 10(b) Exchange Act case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed dismissal of claims filed by the U.S. and foreign investors who purchased stocks on a foreign exchange, even though the stocks were cross-listed in the U.S. an

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • USA
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  • July 29 2014

Plaintiffs were purchasers of shares of UBS stock who alleged that, beginning with the 2006 launch of an internal hedge fund (Dillon Read Capital

Before the whistle blows: recent developments and best practices for effective whistleblowing programs

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • USA
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  • June 18 2014

News about whistleblowers has been prominent once again during the first half of 2014, both in legal circles and in the mainstream media. Several

Court denies SEC's application for service by publication or email due to lack of evidence these methods would reach defendants in China

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • USA
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  • May 29 2014

In connection with an action alleging fraud and other violations of U.S. securities laws against Chinese companies, the United States Securities and

Divided SEC presses ahead with conflict minerals reporting after court partially invalidates rule

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • USA
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  • May 12 2014

On April 14, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision holding part of the SEC's conflict minerals reporting rule

SEC staff says 2014 conflict minerals reporting remains in effect and on schedule, except for labeling rejected by Court of Appeals

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • USA
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  • April 30 2014

The new SEC guidance states that the Division still expects companies to file reports required under the rule on or before the existing filing date -

US Court of Appeals issues ruling invalidating portion of SEC conflict minerals rule

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • USA
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  • April 21 2014

On 14 April 2014, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld in part and invalidated in part the SEC's conflict minerals rule

“Fraud on the market” and securities class actions: Canadian domiciled companies await the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc

  • Baker & McKenzie
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  • Canada, USA
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  • April 2 2014

Our team has been monitoring some key developments that could soon impact US and Canadian companies that list shares on US exchanges. One of