Thomson Reuters Session - SEC Approves New Rules to Address Run Risks in Money Market Funds

On September 9, 2014, Pepper Hamilton attorneys Gregory J. Nowak and John P. Falco spoke on a webinar for West LegalEdcenter, part of Thomson Reuters. This podcast is a recording of this webinar.

On July 23 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to the rules that govern money market mutual funds. The amendments make structural and operational reforms to address risks of investor runs in money market funds, while preserving the benefits of the funds. The rules build upon the reforms adopted by the Commission in March 2010 that were designed to reduce the interest rate, credit and liquidity risks of money market fund portfolios. When the Commission adopted the 2010 amendments, it recognized that the 2008 financial crisis raised questions of whether more fundamental changes to money market funds might be warranted. The new rules require a floating net asset value (NAV) for institutional prime money market funds, which allows the daily share prices of these funds to fluctuate along with changes in the market-based value of fund assets and provide non-government money market fund boards new tools – liquidity fees and redemption gates – to address runs.

This engaging webcast will delve into:

  • understanding the new regulations and what this means for fund managers
  • how and why the SEC adopted
  • analysis and prospectus on the possible impact in the near term and long term.

PDF file of the PowerPoint slides from this webinar.

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The Pepper 5: On 2014 Venture Capital Funding Outlook

This is a podcast series where we ask Pepper attorneys five key questions on topics that are top of mind for our clients. Today we are focusing on venture funding and our guest is Pepper partner Steven R. London from our Boston office.

Mr. London led Pepper’s charge at the 2013 New England Venture Summit, moderating a couple of panels and meeting with many venture capitalists and companies looking for funding from around the country. In this podcast we discuss the outlook for venture funding in 2014 based on his experience in the marketplace and specifically what he heard at the Summit. We also cover his number one tip for companies looking for dollars; the best way to approach a VC for funding; fatal flaws for an elevator pitch; and discuss Pepper’s Emerging Company Program.

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Representation and Warranty Insurance in M&A Transactions

Recently Bruce K. Fenton, Pepper partner and chair of the firm’s Private Equity Practice Group and Investment Funds Industry Group, hosted Jay J. Rittberg, senior vice president and Americas M&A manager, and Ashley Behan, mergers & acquisitions insurance, of AIG to discuss the use and benefits of representation and warranty insurance in both buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions.

This podcast is a recording of this seminar. Mr. Rittberg and Ms. Behan discuss how this insurance is used in transactions to either supplement or replace the indemnification obligations contained in the acquisition agreement, including why representation and warranty insurance is relevant right now (6:07); the process of coming to the market (39:09); auction scenarios (45:24); and pricing (56:29).

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Corporate End-Users of Financial Derivatives and Dodd-Frank: A New Paradigm

Brian Korn, of counsel and resident of Pepper's New York, Los Angeles and Orange County offices, practices in our corporate and securities group and is a member of the firm's Financial Services Reform Response Team.

Brian recently gave a presentation to the New York City Bar on changes to swaps and derivative products for corporate end-users resulting from the Dodd-Frank Wall St. Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Brian spent a few minutes with us to discuss the highlights of his presentation, including what companies need to do now to prepare themselves for the changes brought about by the Dodd-Frank regulations.

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The JOBS Act and Public Offerings - Six Months Out

The "Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act" (JOBS Act, or the act) has been law for six months now. In this podcast, Pepper securities attorneys Robert A. Friedel and Brian S. Korn discuss the impact of the JOBS Act, including advantages that emerging growth companies have under the act, the impact the act has had on lock-up release and waiver practices, the aspects of the JOBS Act that have impacted public offerings and how the SEC and other regulators have responded to the act.

Bob is a partner in the Philadelphia office and Brian is of counsel in our New York office. Brian is a recent addition to the firm, joining Pepper from Barclays, where he was director and head of equity capital markets and equity syndicate compliance.

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What Every CFO Needs to Know About the Changes to the HSR Act Premerger Notification and Report Form

Recently Pepper Hamilton hosted a breakfast breakout session in conjunction with the CFO Alliance. The topic of the breakfast was “What Every CFO Needs to Know About the Changes to the HSR Act Premerger Notification and Report Form.”

In late 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding a number of long-anticipated changes to the HSR Act Premerger Notification and Report Form.

Some of these changes will require companies to provide new or additional information and documents that could prove to be burdensome and expensive. The new rules will also require companies to be more cautious when drafting internal documents, even those unrelated to transactions, as these documents will now be captured by some of the new HSR requirements. The final rules will likely take effect in Q3 or Q4 of 2011.

In this session Barbara Sicalides, a Pepper partner and incoming Chair of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section's Antitrust Committee, discussed this fast-changing environment and the important steps companies should take to prepare for the new requirements, minimize risks and maximize opportunities for efficiently navigating the premerger review process.

This podcast features Barbara’s presentation.

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What CFOs Need to Know About the Changing Employment Picture and its Effect on Corporate Decision Making

Recently, Pepper Hamilton hosted a Breakfast Breakout Session in conjunction with the CFO Alliance. The roundtable topic was “What CFOs Need to Know About the Changing Employment Picture and its Effect on Corporate Decision Making.”

In this session, Amy McAndrew, discussed the latest developments in labor and employment law, including legislation in the pipeline; the focus of administrative agencies under the Obama administration; the newly enacted Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Richard Reibstein then lead a discussion about the changing landscape of independent contractor misclassification law and aggressive government enforcement initiatives at both the national and state levels.

This podcast features both Amy’s and Richard’s presentation.

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Time to Step Out

Over the last couple of years we have experienced the stock market crash, real estate market crash, federal bail-out of banks and high unemployment. In this podcast, Pepper attorney Michael Weiner, a partner in the Princeton office of Pepper Hamilton, is joined by Mark Taffet, Founder and CEO of Mast Advisors, and Allen Kohan, a Managing Director of Mast Advisors, to discuss how this is a good time for businesses that have survived the economic turmoil to step out and pursue investment opportunities.

Topics they cover include three factors that companies should be thinking of when making a strategic move as well as the factors from a legal perspective that companies should be considering when making strategic investments.

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Distressed M&A Outlook - Market Conditions to Produce Significant M&A Opportunities

Recently Pepper hosted a breakfast discussion that was entitled “Distressed M&A Outlook - Market Conditions to Produce Significant M&A Opportunities.”

To gain perspective on the current distressed M&A market, Pepper Hamilton and Carl Marks Advisory Group commissioned mergermarket to survey a diverse group of corporate executives, private equity practitioners, hedge fund investors and lawyers regarding the foremost issues facing distressed investors today.

Moderated by Pepper partner Jim Rosener, this podcast features the panel discussion of Todd Feinsmith, partner from Pepper Hamilton, Warren Feder, partner from Carl Marks Advisory Group and Lawrence Klaff , principal from Gordon Brothers Group as they discussed the findings of our survey on the distressed M&A market and how the landscape has changed since the survey was conducted, including the Chrysler/GM effect, the imposition of politics on the financial markets and the repercussions of CIT.

Download a copy of the PPT slides from the event.

Download a copy of the report.

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Innovative Deal-Making

In this podcast with Matt Gilman, a member of the firm’s Boston office and Corporate and Securities Practice Group, he focuses on innovative deal-making, specifically, how getting stockholder pre-approval of discounted financing transactions can provide some much needed flexibility in difficult economic times.

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