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Investment Advisors Face Added Regulation That Could Potentially Impact Litigation

On February 13, 2024, FinCEN issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to deter criminals and foreign adversaries who seek to potentially compromise the U.S. financial system and assets through investment advisors. If passed, the new rule would make investment advisors subject to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) by expanding the definition of “financial institution”…
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SEC’s New Rules Give SPACs, Target Companies Much to Consider

On January 24, 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new final rules relating to special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”). The new rules affect both initial public offerings (“IPOs”) for SPACs and so-called “de-SPAC” transactions involving target companies who enter into a business combination with SPACs. In summary, the new rules appear…
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Laura M. Kaplan

Venture Debt: Down Round Protection Without Triggering Downside Provisions

There is increasing chatter in the startup and investor space surrounding venture debt. It is not at all surprising that as the availability of ready capital has contracted considerably over the past two years, debt and debt-like items have come to the front of mind. It is tempting to think that it is only venture-backed…
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Actions vs. J.P. Morgan, Monolith Serve as SEC Compliance Check Reminders

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently settled charges against J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (JPMS) for impeding hundreds of advisory clients and brokerage customers from reporting potential securities law violations to the SEC.[1] JPMS agreed to pay $18 million in civil penalties to the SEC to settle the charges. According to the SEC, from March…
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‘As Such’: Soroban Case Puts Limited Partnerships Under Tax Scrutiny

In Soroban Capital Partners, LP v. Commissioner,[1] the U.S. Tax Court determined that the exception to net earnings from self-employment in Section 1402(a)(13) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”)[2] does not automatically apply to all limited partners in a state law limited partnership. The court concluded instead that it must…
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David Pentlow

Jessica L. Kopas