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FinCEN Director Addresses COVID-19 Related Virtual Currency Issues at Consensus Blockchain Conference

On May 13, 2020, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) Director Kenneth Blanco delivered remarks to the Consensus Blockchain Conference regarding the agency’s recent observations in connection with virtual currencies, including the current risks of criminal exploitation of virtual currency, significant issues FinCEN anticipates for virtual currencies in the future, and the industry’s compliance with the … Continue Reading

SEC Offers Limited Rule Relief to Spur Small Business Crowdfunding During Pandemic

On May 4, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a temporary final rule easing some restrictions on small businesses seeking to raise capital pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding (“Reg CF”).  The SEC made the move in response to feedback from its Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee and other outreach conducted by SEC staff … Continue Reading

SEC Co-Director of Enforcement Outlines Division’s Response to COVID-19

On May 12, 2020, speaking at the Securities Enforcement Forum West 2020, Steven Peikin, the co-Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division, provided an overview of the division’s activities over the last several months as it has responded to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Division is actively monitoring issuers and … Continue Reading

Fed Updates Main Street Loan Program

On April 30, 2020 the Federal Reserve released new term sheets for the Main Street Loan Program, which is a $600 billion loan program, that will include $75 billion capitalized by the Treasury Department under the $454 billion Congressional appropriation of Section 4003(b)(4) of Title IV of the CARES Act.   The loans will target small … Continue Reading

CARES Act Loans Available for National Security Businesses

The US Treasury Department is accepting CARES Act Title IV loan applications from national security businesses to provide liquidity to offset covered losses, which include losses incurred directly or indirectly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Treasury Department will review loan applications submitted by 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 1, 2020. The … Continue Reading

Distressed Acquisitions – Key Considerations

The current COVID-19 pandemic is causing an unprecedented negative impact on businesses around the globe in nearly every sector of the economy.  Both the US Government as well as Foreign Governments have and will continue to provide short- and long-term financial support to these businesses.  However, this financial assistance will not be available to every … Continue Reading

Exchange Relief: NYSE Provides Partial Waiver for Shareholder Approval of PIPE Transactions; Nasdaq Provides Relief Regarding Continued Listing Requirements

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) both took action this month to provide issuers with much needed relief in response to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect that these measures will provide needed flexibility to many issuers, especially smaller reporting companies who have recently … Continue Reading

IRS Issues FAQs Addressing Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) allows employers to defer the deposit and payment of their share of Social Security taxes (OASDI, but not Medicare) and self-employed individuals to defer a portion of their self-employment taxes. The IRS recently published FAQs addressing specific questions about deferral of these taxes.… Continue Reading

Primary And Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facilities

On April 9, 2020, the Federal Reserve issued a term sheet for each of the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility (“PMCCF”) and the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (the “SMCCF”).  Under the PMCCF and the SMCCF, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (“Reserve Bank”) will commit to lend to a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) … Continue Reading

Sheppard Submits Comments to Main Street Loan Program

On Thursday April 16, Sheppard Mullin submitted comments to the Federal Reserve about its terms sheets for the $600 Billion Main Street Loan Program. These comments raise and explore numerous important questions that the Fed and Treasury will necessarily need to grapple with to make the Main Street programs successful. We believe that these comments … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Related Expenses

Businesses, employees, and other taxpayers are incurring new and often significant expenses as they adapt and respond to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Several tax provisions may help to mitigate the impact of those costs, including new provisions enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act as … Continue Reading

Virtual and Hybrid Shareholder Meetings in the Era of COVID-19: What Public Companies Need to Know

With annual reports on Form 10-K publicly filed and first quarter earnings releases getting underway, proxy season – the annual practice of filing and distributing proxy statements, reserving meeting venues and courting shareholders – is now in full effect.… Continue Reading

Coronavirus and Guidance on SEC Disclosures

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted publicly traded companies that provide information to trading markets, shareholders and to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Companies need to be mindful with respect to disclosures in annual and quarterly reports, earnings releases, current reports, and public and private securities offering documents.… Continue Reading

The CARES ACT – Tax Relief

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or the “CARES Act” to provide nearly 2 trillion dollars in aid and relief to individuals, businesses, and other entities in the wake of the spread of COVID-19.  Included in the CARES Act are tax and loan provisions … Continue Reading

Key Provisions in the Senate Stimulus Bill

On March 25, 2020 the Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill “[p]roviding emergency assistance and healthcare response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.”  The House and the President are both expected to approve the Bill in short order.  The Bill contains many provisions important to all companies, including government … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Directors’ Duties of Oversight: Reporting and Monitoring

Boards of directors have a duty to exercise oversight and to monitor the company’s operational viability, legal compliance and financial performance during this COVID-19 pandemic. In Marchand v. Barnhill,[1] the Delaware Supreme Court held that the alleged facts relating to an outbreak of listeria raised a reasonably conceivable inference that the company’s directors failed to … Continue Reading

Critical Employee Benefit Issues in a Pandemic – Can Employees Take Their Money out of Plans?

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, reductions in hours, furloughs and temporary closures are becoming an increasingly common and unavoidable occurrence.  Employers can expect to encounter questions with respect to employee benefits offered to affected employees.  While the facts and circumstances of each case will vary, common themes exist, a few of which are … Continue Reading

Updated: Treasury and IRS Extend Time to both File and Pay Federal Income Taxes to July 15th; States Taking Their Own Approaches on Income and Similar Taxes

As part of the federal government’s efforts to soften the economic effects from the Covid-19 pandemic, on Wednesday the IRS issued Notice 2020-17 announcing that federal income tax payments for the 2019 tax year otherwise due on April 15th may be postponed until July  15th 2020 without incurring interest or penalties on the amount due.  … Continue Reading
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