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Independent legal counsel provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • USA
  • September 20 2011

Section 952(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act, "Independence of Compensation Consultants and Other Compensation Committee Advisers," added a new Section 10C to the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, which provides that the compensation committee may only select a compensation consultant or legal counsel after taking into consideration factors identified by the SEC; and the company must provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the compensation committee, for payment of reasonable compensation to an independent compensation consultant or legal counsel.


Final Rules on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Bounties
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • USA
  • June 30 2011

At the end of May, the SEC voted 3-2 to adopt Final Rules on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Bounties.


Europe’s unified patent litigation system inches nearer
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • European Union
  • September 1 2011

After years of relatively little progress, there appears to be momentum building up behind the two building blocks underlying the European Union’s goal of a unified patent system.


SEC approves proposal regarding the appointment of competitive market markers
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • USA
  • August 22 2011

On August 11th, the SEC approved the International Securities Exchange's proposed rule change revising the manner in which Competitive Market Makers ("CMMs") are appointed to options classes.


ISDA sponsored test shows competitive and transparent interest rate swap market
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • USA
  • November 15 2010

On November 9th, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association released the results of a blind test independently conducted among market participants on the liquidity, price transparency and competitiveness of the "plain vanilla" US Dollar and Euro interest rate swap ("IRS") markets.


New class of market participant for index options is proposed
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • USA
  • January 31 2011

On January 25th, the SEC provided notice of the International Securities Exchange's proposal to establish a new class of market participant for index options traded on the Exchange called Index Options Primary Market Makers and Index Options Competitive Market Makers, collectively referred to as IXMMs.