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Category Archives: Corporate law

Tax Talk: When Reporting Gifts at Discounted Values, a Qualified Appraisal is Crucial

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A common method for transferring wealth from one generation to the next involves contributing assets to a partnership or limited liability company, then transferring minority interests in the partnership or LLC to descendants or other family members.  Done correctly, the technique allows donors to reduce their taxable estates by making gifts at reduced values, because …

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Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2016

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, two leading proxy advisory firms, recently published their 2016 proxy voting guidelines, which include updates applicable to the 2016 proxy season. Institutional Shareholder Services Key policy updates for US companies reflected in ISS’s 2016 proxy voting guidelines include: Overboarding: Beginning in 2017, ISS will issue negative vote recommendations …

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Business Succession Planning: An Ounce of Prevention Today

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If you told a family business owner that he or she had a one in three chance of survival as a result of a current condition, you would likely get their attention. However, when you tell that same owner that their business, as it currently exists, has a one in three chance of survival in …

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Importance of Making Sure Your Corporate Status is Up to Date

On September 8, 2015, the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) dismissed a claim for lack of jurisdiction when it determined that a contractor was not in good standing at the time of the filing, and thus it could not file the claim. Western States Federal Contracting, LLC (Western States) filed a protest …

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Jury Awards $1.6M to Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower

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A New York federal jury awarded $1.6M in compensatory damages to a whistleblower in a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation lawsuit. The verdict is consistent with a recent trend of large jury verdicts in whistleblower retaliation claims, including a six million dollar verdict in the Zulfer SOX case. According to the verdict form, the full amount of …

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