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News Round Up - August 2017

SEC Permits Draft Registration Statements for All Initial Public Offerings and Direct Listings - On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the Division of Corporation Finance will permit...more

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

8/15/2017  /  Audits , IRS , Partnerships , REIT , Tax Court , TEFRA

FAQs about Liability of Public Companies and Companies in Registration for Website and Social Media Content

Understanding a Company’s Potential Liability under the Securities Laws for Website Content - These FAQs address the ways in which company websites and social media platforms can give rise to securities law liability,...more

Confidentially Speaking, This Could be a Big Deal: The Commission’s Approach to Confidential Submissions

Even amidst all the other news crowding the headlines these days, it would be hard to miss the many stories discussing the U.S. initial public offering (“IPO”) market. By now, the trends are well-reported. Many promising U.S....more

Access to Capital and Liquidity

The SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) recently produced a Report to Congress regarding the impacts of the Dodd-Frank Act on access to capital for consumers, investors, and businesses, and market liquidity. ...more

Securities Offerings and Communications: Is the Integration Bogeyman Dead

In our Practising Law Institute treatise Exempt and Hybrid Securities Offerings, we refer to the concept of “integration” under the securities law as a bogeyman of sorts for practitioners. In this day and age of tweets and...more

Congressional Hearing: The Cost of Going Public

On July 18, 2017, the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Investments held a hearing and heard testimony regarding the regulatory burdens facing public companies in the United States that may result in...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 6

Canadian Bail-in and TLAC Rules: Impact on Structured Notes Offered in the United States - Introduction - In June 2017, the Canadian government released draft regulations relating to “bail-in instruments” issued by...more

Commissioner Stein Speech

Securities and Exchange Commissioner Stein, speaking on the same day as Chair Clayton, in a speech that addressed principally market structure issues also made a number of observations on the current state of the markets....more

SEC Chair Addresses Capital Formation

In a speech earlier today, July 12, 2017, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Clayton discussed the Commission’s guiding principles. In his comments relating to disclosure requirements, Chair Clayton noted that “the...more

Investor Advocate’s Report

Recently, the SEC’s Office of Investor Advocate released the report it is required to file with the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Financial Services of the House of...more

News Round Up - June 2017

More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee - The SEC Investor Advisory Committee devoted its June 22, 2017, session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed...more

SEC Staff issues FAQs on Confidential Submissions

The Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance has published these Frequently Asked Questions to assist issuers that are not emerging growth companies that would like to avail themselves of the confidential submission...more

Confidential Submissions for All Issuers

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a new policy that essentially extends the confidential submission accommodation made available to emerging growth companies (EGCs) to all issuers. The EGC process will...more

More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee

The Committee devoted the morning’s session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed the Committee and noted that the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs and in the number of listed...more

CHOICE Act: Reform or Recalibration?

In the last session of the US Congress in mid-2016, representative Jeb Hensarling first introduced the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs) Act. This represented an...more

U.S. Treasury Department Report on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System

As required by the President’s Executive Order 13772 setting forth the core principles that should be taken into account in connection with the regulation of the U.S. financial system, the U.S. Treasury Department published a...more

NASDAQ Solicits Comments on Shareholder Approval Rules

Nasdaq posted the following notice and request for comment: “Last year, Nasdaq, solicited comments on our shareholder approval rules. These rules were adopted in 1990 and have remained largely unchanged since then. The...more

6/16/2017  /  Nasdaq , Shareholder Approval

Food for Thought, part 4

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 5

Implementing the DOL Fiduciary Rule - Background - On June 9, 2017, key provisions of the fiduciary rule adopted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will become applicable for most broker-dealers, as well as many...more

Looking Behind the Declining Number of Public Companies

Ernst & Young LLP recently published a report, which contains useful data, regarding the U.S. IPO market and the factors contributing to a decline in the number of IPOs. In particular, the study notes the contribution of...more

News Round Up - May 2017

Reviving the U.S. IPO Market - A recent study based on work undertaken by the University of Florida found that the median age of companies going public in the United States in 1999 was 5 years. Between 20042016, the...more

Food for Thought, part 3

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

Wish Lists

Many groups have come forward in recent weeks with their lists of regulations that should be reviewed or amended, as well as their list of areas that merit close review in light of the potential burdens that may be imposed by...more

MoFo Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 1

EDITOR’S NOTE - We held up Tax Talk this quarter in order to bring you the latest on the Trump administration’s tax reform plans. Unfortunately, the one-page plan and transcript of the press conference released on April 26...more

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