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RavenPack | Trading Around the Earnings Calendar

Our recent data science study about calendar earnings changes and news sentiment shows evidence of alpha generation. When companies change the dates of their official earnings releases it has been speculated that it is because they want to delay the release of bad news or bring forward the release date for good news. In a recent white paper, RavenPack data scientists sought to test this hypothesis by constructing strategies that bought and sold stocks when companies changed their earnings dates. Read...
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Troutman Pepper | A Path to ESG Disclosure

Regardless of your view of the efficacy of ESG disclosure for publicly-traded companies, investors increasingly are insisting on it, and the advisors that can profit from it the most – proxy advisory firms, large accounting firms and consultants – are heavily promoting it. For the 100 or so largest public companies, adding ESG disclosure to their current disclosure process generally is not a big deal. Many already publish reports consistent with GRI guidelines, and some publish reports that are...
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NautaDutilh | New controller-processor guidelines: beware of impact on data processing agreements

Armed with useful flowcharts to help organisations determine their role, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published new guidelines on the concepts of "controller", "processor" and "joint controller". Just over a month ago, the Litigation Chamber of the Belgian Data Protection Authority had published a decision in which it appeared to adopt an extensive interpretation of the concept of "controller"; now, thanks to extensive developments by the EDPB, that interpretation no longer seems to be relevant. In this newsletter, however, we...
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Vulcan Insight | Post-Brexit Talks Escalate Over UK Plans to Break Withdrawal Agreement

As the EU chief Brexit negotiator headed to London for the eighth round of post-Brexit negotiations, the underlying tensions between the EU and UK Government finally reached breaking point after a series of aggressions, this week. The deep-seated divisions and mounting tensions between Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart David Frost have become increasingly apparent over the past few weeks, with the two men publicly accusing each other, or the institutions they represent, of everything from stalling progress to refusing to engage with...
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Portolano | Life Sciences M&A Trends: Earnout Clauses, General Outlook, and a Few Drafting Tips

Earnout payments are a common and widely used tool for pricing targets operating in the life sciences, although there are various nuances depending on the specific sub-sector (biotech, pharma, med-tech, and so on). Indeed, earnouts can be a powerful mechanism in an industry where the evaluation of a target can be quite complex due to things like long R&D phases, clinical trials, and market access to products, especially in the biotech and pharma sectors, with all the connected risks....
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Thompson Hine | Treasury Issues Guidance on Potential Payroll Tax Deferral

During negotiations earlier this year between the White House and Congress over a potential third round of COVID-19 relief legislation, the idea of a Social Security payroll tax holiday was raised as a possible means to provide relief to American workers. A payroll tax holiday would consist of a temporary reduction or elimination of the employee’s share of the Social Security tax (which currently equals 6.2% of an employee’s 2020 wages up to the Social Security wage base of...
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Vulcan Insight | European Parliament draws red lines on EU budget negotiations

Returning from the COVID-19 summer recess, EU legislators face a number of pressing matters in the coming weeks and months – how to finance the EU’s economic recovery, the green and digital transformations, the many legislative files that have fallen by the wayside due to COVID-19 and now a new Commissioner hearing, the European Parliament decided to focus efforts on trying to find inter-institutional agreement on the Next Generation EU 7-year budget and Recovery Fund. On 16 September, European Commission...
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BBGFX | ECB and Beyond

Overview: A strong recovery in US stocks, a softer dollar, and higher gold and oil prices may signal the end of the brief though dramatic correction, but the market is in a bit of a holding pattern ahead of the ECB meeting.  Most of the major equity markets in the Asia Pacific region stabilized, except for Hong Kong and China.  Indonesia's plan to reimpose social distancing protocols saw the Jakarta Composite slump 5% before circuit breakers kicked in.  European...