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California court determines board gender diversity statute violates California Constitution

You might remember that the first legal challenge to SB 826, California’s board gender diversity statute, Crest v. Alex Padilla, was a complaint filed in 2019 in California state court by three California taxpayers seeking to prevent implementation and enforcement of the law. Framed as a “taxpayer suit,” the litigation sought […]

Is the SEC process for SPAC registration statements Kafkaesque?

“Statement Regarding SPAC Matter,” is the latest from SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce.  Seems completely anodyne, doesn’t it? But, as they say, looks can be deceiving. Instead, it’s a withering criticism of the SEC’s failure to declare a SPAC registration statement effective in time to allow a de-SPAC merger to go forward, […]

Court grants summary judgment to plaintiffs challenging California’s board diversity statute for “underrepresented communities”

As you may recall, SB 826, the California board gender diversity statute, is not the only California board diversity statute facing legal challenges.  In 2020, AB 979, California’s board diversity statute for “underrepresented communities,” patterned after the board gender diversity statute, was signed into law, and it too has been […]

SEC proposes new rules on climate disclosure [UPDATED—PART II—GHG emissions]

[This post is Part II of a revision and update of my earlier post that primarily reflects the contents of the proposing release. Part I (here) covered the background of the proposal and described the SEC’s proposed climate disclosure framework, including disclosure of climate-related risks, governance, risk management, targets and goals, financial […]

SEC (finally) proposes new rules on climate disclosure

“Highly anticipated” is surely an understatement for the hyperventilation that has accompanied the wait for the SEC’s new proposal on climate disclosure regulation. The proposed rulemaking has been a subject of conjecture for many months, and internal squabbles about where the proposal should land have leaked to the press. (See this […]

Is the SEC considering guidance on SPAC projections?

Reuters is reporting—exclusively—that the SEC is contemplating issuing more guidance that would “rein in growth projections” made by listed SPACs and clarify when the PSLRA would be available to protect SPAC projections, “according to three people with knowledge of the discussions.”  According to Reuters, the SEC guidance “would escalate its crackdown on the […]

Hyliion to Combine With Tortoise, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company

Cooley advised Hyliion, provider of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles, on its agreement to combine with Tortoise, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company or SPAC. The transaction, expected to close in Q3, will drive Hyliion’s corporate expansion and further the development and commercialization of its powertrain […]

London Listings for People’s Republic of China (PRC) Companies

The United Kingdom (UK) offers a range of markets that companies in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) might consider as venues for a primary or secondary listing of their equity securities. This blog post provides a high-level overview of the types of equity securities which might be listed, factors […]

25 Considerations in Preparing for an IPO in the UK

1. Selecting a stock exchange or market Understand the benefits of the alternative listing options, such as the premium or standard segments of the Main Market or the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, which are the main options for a company considering an IPO in the UK. Analyse […]

UK FCA Updates on COVID-19 Issues for Listed Companies

On May 27, 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK published a newsletter outlining its continuing expectations of issuers in the UK on market conduct and transaction reporting issues. The FCA also published a Primary Market Bulletin setting out updates for issuers on temporary relief for the timing of […]