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On December 14, 2005, the Securities and Exchange Commission held an open meeting during which the Commission adopted revisions to the deadlines for filing periodic reports and the definition of an "accelerated filer". The Commission also proposed revisions to the "best-price" rule applicable to registered tender offers intended to resolve a split among federal circuits on the interpretation of the existing rule. At the same meeting, the Commission proposed amendments to liberalize the deregistration process for foreign companies; these amendments are summarized in a separate Gibson Dunn memo, dated December 14, 2005.Adoption of Revisions to the Periodic Report Filing Deadlines for "Accelerated Filers"The Commission adopted revisions to the pe
Client Alert | December 16, 2005
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") announced today that it is proposing amendments to rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") which, if adopted, will liberalize the de-registration process for many foreign private issuers, allowing them to terminate their on-going reporting obligations under the Exchange Act and remove them from the burdens of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Client Alert | December 15, 2005
On 14 December 2005 the European Court of First Instance (the "CFI") delivered its long awaited judgments in the appeals against the GE/Honeywell decision (cases T-209/01 and T-210/01).
Client Alert | December 14, 2005
Federal regulations mandate that covered federal contractors and subcontractors collect information about the gender, race and ethnicity of "applicants" for employment.
Client Alert | December 12, 2005
December 2005Denver partner Jessica Brown is the author of "Employee Blogging: What Employers Don't Know Could Hurt Them," [PDF] published in the December 2005 issue of Law Journal Newsletters - Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report.Reprinted with permission, December 2005 edition of Law Journal Newsletters - Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, © 2005 ALM Properties, Inc.
Client Alert | December 7, 2005
The USPTO's Motivation for The GuidelinesOn October 26, 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office adopted a set of Interim Guidelines for Examination of Patent Applications for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (the “Guidelines”).
Client Alert | December 2, 2005
On November 23, 2005, the New York Stock Exchange filed proposed amendments to its corporate governance listing standards with the Securities and Exchange Commission for approval. Among other things, the proposals would impact the NYSE's director independence requirements and related proxy disclosures and would mandate notification to the NYSE of any non-compliance with its corporate governance listing standards. Although the NYSE's filing states that its Board of Directors approved the proposed amendments in April 2005, the SEC must publish them for comment and approve them before they take effect. An overview of the proposals is below, and the NYSE filing, which includes a mark-up showing the proposed changes to the text of the Listed Company Manual, is available on the
Client Alert | December 1, 2005
October 2005Partner Stephanie Tsacoumis is the author of "Impact of Securities Offering Reform on Underwriting Arrangements," [PDF] published in the October 2005 issue of Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor.This article is reprinted with permission from Aspen Publishers, copyright 2005, Insights, Volume 19, Number 10.
Client Alert | November 30, 2005
November 2005Partners Joseph West and Judith Lee and associate Jason Monahan are authors of "U.S. Export Control Compliance Requirements for Government Contractors" [PDF] published in the November 2005 issue of Briefing Papers, a Thomson/West publication.Reprinted with permission, Briefing Papers, © 2005 Thomson/West.
Client Alert | November 30, 2005
Gibson Dunn partner Kenneth Lamb and associates Justin McAnaney and Oliver s'Jacob are authors of "Why US companies should consider AIM" [PDF] published in the November 2005 issue of International Financial Law Review.
Article | November 30, 2005
Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") proposed amendments to its proxy rules that would permit issuers and non-issuers soliciting proxies from shareholders to deliver proxy materials electronically by posting them to a website.
Client Alert | November 29, 2005
Recent decisions by German courts and German and French Data Protection Authorities require international companies with German or French subsidiaries to carefully examine the local legal requirements before implementing anonymous reporting procedures and codes of ethical conduct.
Client Alert | November 28, 2005
On Friday, November 18, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released its U.S. and international corporate governance policy updates for the 2006 proxy season.
Client Alert | November 20, 2005
On November 16, 2005, the U.S.
Client Alert | November 18, 2005
Gibson Dunn partner F. Joseph Warin participated in a conference sponsored by the National Chamber Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a recent amendment to the United States Sentencing Guidelines affecting the attorney-client privilege for corporations.
Firm News | November 17, 2005
Brussels Partner David Wood is the author of "Regulation and competition in the media sector" [PDF] published in the November 15th issue of Competition Law Insight.
Article | November 15, 2005
In its first decision of the new Term, the Supreme Court yesterday addressed the scope of an employee’s compensable workday under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 ("FLSA"), as amended by the Portal-to-Portal Act of 1947. The FLSA requires, among other things, that employers pay non-exempt employees the minimum wage for every hour worked, and one and one half times the employees’ regular rate for hours worked over 40 per workweek. The Portal-to-Portal Act permits employers to exclude as non-compensable: (1) time spent "walking, riding, or traveling to and from the actual place of performance of the principal activity or activities which such employee is employed to perform"; and (2) time spent on "activities which are preliminary to or postliminar
Client Alert | November 9, 2005
Gibson Dunn has created a multidisciplinary task force to assist our clients on issues related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Gibson Dunn lawyers provide a look at personal data and other privacy-related legal developments across Europe for October 2020.