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Committee Recommendations for U.S. Public Equity Markets

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation released a report setting forth certain recommendations that are intended to revive the public equity markets. The report cites certain statistics regarding equity capital markets...more

4/24/2017  /  Capital Markets , Equity , IPO , Regulation D , SEC

Food for Thought, part 1

In researching and updating our treatise, Exempt and Hybrid Securities Laws, we regularly review recent literature regarding capital markets developments. The principal underlying thesis of the treatise has been that exempt...more

News Round Up - April 2017

Momentum Builds in the U.S. IPO Market - Renaissance Capital reported a strong start to the year in its U.S. IPO Market 1Q 2017 Quarterly Review. The first quarter of 2017 saw 25 IPOs, which raised $9.9 billion, a jump...more

A Trio of FINRA Notices Focused on Capital Formation Issues

On April 12, 2017, FINRA released three regulatory notices for comment that propose amendments to various FINRA rules affecting capital formation. In connection with its release of the notices, FINRA President and CEO Robert...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 3

SEC Rolls Out “POSITIER” - The SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate used a recent March 9, 2017 open meeting and related “Evidence Summit” to announce its new investor research initiative, “POSITIER.”1 This new acronym...more

FINRA Proposes Changes to Rules Affecting Offerings

On April 12, 2017, FINRA issued three Regulatory Notices requesting comments on proposed changes to various rules relating to financing transactions. Regulatory Notice 17-14 requests comment on all of FINRA’s existing...more

SEC Government-Business Forum Report

The final report from the forum held in November 2016 was recently published. The recommendations of the forum often provide the Securities and Exchange Commission with insights regarding measures that could promote capital...more

SEC Staff Guidance on Regulation A Offerings

On March 31, 2017, the SEC Staff published five Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Regulation A. ...more

JOBS Act Related Technical Amendments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted technical amendments to conform several rules and forms to amendments made to the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934...more

News Round Up - March 2017

Changes Afoot? - President Trump has issued a number of orders that have as their aim reducing regulatory burdens. For example, there is the January 30, 2017 “two for one” order, which contemplates that, for each new rule...more

The SEC Issues a Request for Comment on Possible Changes to Industry Guide 3

On March 1st, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) issued a request for comment (“RFC”) seeking comment on Industry Guide 3, “Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies” (“Guide 3”). Guide 3,...more

Inline XBRL Proposed Rule and IFRS Taxonomy

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) proposed the use of the Inline XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) format for the submission of operating company financial statement...more

Exhibit Hyperlinks and HTML Format

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) adopted amendments that require that registrants that file registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and the...more

U.S. Securities-Based Crowdfunding

Acting Chair Piwowar made remarks at the the Dialogue on Crowdfunding hosted by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions at New York University. In his remarks,...more

SEC Speaks Acting Chair Piwowar’s Remarks

At today's, February 24, 2017, Practising Law Institute SEC Speaks annual program, Acting Chair Piwowar made opening remarks. During his wide-ranging discussion, Acting Chair Piwowar, inspired by William Graham Sumner’s the...more

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

US Chamber of Commerce on Capital Formation and Disclosure Requirements

In a recent letter, the Chamber commented to the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies about the Committee’s consideration of the factors affecting the trend of companies remaining private and deferring...more

Why are more companies staying private?

Because they can…. This was the conclusion of the discussion at the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies earlier in the week. The Committee discussed statistics relating to the number of companies that are...more

MoFo Tax Talk: Volume 9, Issue 4

EDITOR’S NOTE - Tax Talk doesn’t remember much about 1985. But we do remember that, after Ronald Reagan was re-elected president in 1984, tax reform was a very hot topic (remember the Tax Reform Act of 1985?). Anyway,...more

Mutual Funds As Venture Capitalists? Evidence from Unicorns

In a recent paper, authors Sergey Chernenko, Josh Lerner, and Yao Zeng consider investments by mutual funds (“cross over funds”) in 99 unicorn companies. Given the rise in recent years of investments by cross over funds in...more

Understanding TLAC - The Federal Reserve’s final bank capital rules have been hailed as the end of too big to fail

The Federal Reserve Board’s final rules regarding total loss absorbing capacity (TLAC) requirements for global systemically important banks (GSibs) in the US will require levels of capital and other loss-absorbing capacity...more

Updated Market Statistics

At the 35th Annual Federal Securities Institute, a representative of the Securities and Exchange Commission shared some market data....more

Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers

Likely, this is only the beginning. Senator Inhofe and Representative Huizenga filed Congressional Review Act Resolution relating to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s final rule regarding the disclosure of certain...more

Rule 504 Small Entity Compliance Guide

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for Issuers that provides a helpful summary of the exemption....more

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