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Banker Bonuses: UK and EU Remain on Collision Course

October 22, 2014 | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP | James Anderson, Stephen G. Sims, Helena J. Derbyshire, Patrick Brandt, Gregory P. Norman

On 15 October 2014, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued a formal Opinion and Report regarding the so-called "banker bonus cap." With bonus season fast approaching, the opinion— which states that role-based allowances should not be treated as fixed compensation, but rather as variable compensation subject to the banker bonus cap — has increased tensions between the EBA and European Commission on the one hand, and the U.K. on the other. A primary question for banks and their boards is whether the Opinion is immediately enforceable.

District Court Dismisses State Parties’ Challenge to SEC Rule 206(4)-5

October 8, 2014 | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP | Kenneth A. Gross, Ki P. Hong, Matthew Bobys, Melissa L. Miles, Patricia M. Zweibel, Rachel L. Applestein, Shayla K. Parker, Charles M. Ricciardelli, Tyler Rosen, Tanya Sehgal

On September 30, 2014, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed for lack a challenge to the SEC's "pay to play" Rule 206(4)-5. The court found that subject matter jurisdiction for review of the rule lies exclusively with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In addition, in dicta contained in a lengthy footnote, Judge Howell also cast serious doubt over the plaintiffs' standing to bring the suit.

Corporate Finance Alert - 2015 SEC Filing Deadlines for Companies

October 7, 2014 | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP | Richard B. Aftanas, Brian V. Breheny, Adrian J. S. Deitz, Rajeev P. Duggal, Gregory A. Fernicola, Z. Julie Gao, Michelle Gasaway, David J. Goldschmidt, Stephan Hutter, Thomas J. Ivey, Stacy J. Kanter, Laura A. Kaufmann Belkhayat, Jonathan B. Ko, Riccardo A. Leofanti, James A. McDonald, Andrea L. Nicolas, Gregg A. Noel, Jonathan B. Stone, Alec P. Tracy, Danny Tricot, Pranav L. Trivedi, Yossi Vebman, Richard C. Witzel, Jr., Dwight S. Yoo, Michael J. Zeidel, Phyllis G. Korff

As the end of the year approaches, reporting companies should be aware of the various SEC filing deadlines for 2015. Companies also should be mindful of the 2015 financial statement "staleness" dates (when financial statements must be updated in order to consummate a securities offering).