David M. Lynn

David M. Lynn

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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The Guide to Social Media and Securities Law - June 2015

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

6/24/2015 - Broker-Dealer Financial Institutions Investment Adviser Social Media

SEC Denies Motion to Stay Regulation A+

On June 5, 2015, Monica J. Lindeen, Montana State Auditor, ex officio Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, filed a motion with the SEC for a stay of the Regulation A+ rules, which are scheduled to become effective this...more

6/18/2015 - JOBS Act NSMIA Qualified Purchaser SEC

Massachusetts Challenges Regulation A+

On May 22, 2015, William F. Galvin, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking court review of the portion of...more

5/28/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Motion to Vacate Permanent Injunctions Preemption Qualified Purchaser Regulation A SEC Securities Act of 1933

SEC Approves Tick-Size Pilot

The SEC recently approved a proposal by the national securities exchanges and FINRA for a two-year pilot program to widen tick sizes for prices of certain smaller company common stock. The SEC adopted the tick size pilot...more

5/27/2015 - FINRA JOBS Act SEC Small Cap Stocks Tick Size

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC Proposes Rules to Expand Executive Compensation Disclosure in Proxy Materials

Nearly five years after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) was enacted in July 2010, the SEC narrowly approved proposed rules required under Section 953(a) of the Act. Section 953(a) of...more

5/6/2015 - Compensation Committee Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Financial Institutions Proxy Advisors Proxy Materials Proxy Statements Say-on-Pay SEC

Regulation A+: Final Rules Offer Important Capital Raising Alternatives

Overview - Yesterday, March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to adopt final rules to implement the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act by adopting amendments to Regulation...more

3/27/2015 - Final Rules Issuers JOBS Act Regulation A SEC Small Business

A-Okay, Regulation A+

This is a very brief, initial summary. We will be reporting on the final rule in an upcoming alert. The SEC’s proposed rules already had provided a very practical format for private issuers seeking to raise capital. The...more

3/26/2015 - Private Funds Private Offerings Private Placements Regulation A SEC Small Business Startups

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Hedging Disclosure

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) proposed amendments to its rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”),...more

2/16/2015 - Annual Meeting Board of Directors Dodd-Frank Hedging Proxy Statements SEC Section 14(j) Securities Exchange Act

SEC Suspends Review of Conflicting Shareholder Proposal No-Action Requests

On January 16, 2015, the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Staff”) announced that the Staff will express no views on no-action requests, arguing that shareholder proposals...more

1/30/2015 - Mary Jo White No-Action Letters Proxy Materials Rule 14a-8 SEC Securities Exchange Act Shareholder Proposals Shareholders

SEC Announces Tick Size Pilot Program Proposal

In June 2014, the SEC ordered the national securities exchanges and FINRA to develop and file a proposal for a tick size pilot program. On August 26, 2014, the SEC announced that the national securities exchanges and FINRA...more

9/5/2014 - FINRA SEC Stock Trades

Rooting Out Conflict Minerals

If your company manufactures consumer electronics, avionics, or any product incorporating even trace amounts of gold, coltan, cassiterite, or wolframite— including their derivatives, tantalum, tin, and tungsten—you may need...more

7/23/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Electronics First Amendment Manufacturers Minerals SEC

SEC: The New Cyber-Cop

It seems scarcely a week goes by without a headline blaring news of a major cybersecurity breach. And with ongoing revelations about the data-tracking activities of the National Security Agency, the public isn’t growing less...more

7/16/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Collection Disclosure Requirements NSA SEC

JOBS Act Quick Start - A brief overview of the JOBS Act - 2014 Update

In This Issue: - Introduction - The IPO on-ramp - The IPO Process - Applying Title I to other transactions - Private offerings - Crowdfunding - Regulation A+ - Exchange...more

7/10/2014 - Crowdfunding Dodd-Frank IPO JOBS Act Regulation A Rule 506 Offerings SEC Securities Exchange Act Title III

SEC Staff Provides Rule 506(c) Verification Guidance

The SEC Staff recently provided further guidance on the provisions of Rule 506(c) of Regulation D which permit the use of general solicitation and general advertising when sales are made only to accredited investors and the...more

7/8/2014 - Accredited Investors Advertising General Solicitation Issuers New Regulations Regulation D Rule 506(c) SEC Verification Requirements

SEC Orders Tick Size Pilot Program

The SEC has announced that it ordered the national securities exchanges and the FINRA to develop and file a plan to implement a targeted 12 month pilot program that will widen tick sizes for specified small-cap stocks. The...more

6/26/2014 - FINRA Market Participants SEC Securities

SEC Staff Guidance on the Use of Social Media in Securities Offerings, Tender Offers, Business Combinations and Proxy Contests

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently provided guidance on applying its rules regarding communications in connection with securities offerings, tender...more

5/14/2014 - Compliance Offerings Proxy Contests SEC Securities Act of 1933 Social Media Tender Offers

SEC Staff Provides More Guidance on Rule 506(d)

On January 3, 2014 the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance updated the Securities Act Rules Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations to address a number of interpretive issues under the “bad actor”...more

1/6/2014 - Bad Actors Compliance Regulation D Rule 506 Offerings SEC Securities Exchange Act

More on the SEC’s Regulation S-K Study

The SEC Staff’s recently released Report on Review of Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K, which was required by Section 108 of the JOBS Act, provides a starting point for revisiting broader issues regarding SEC...more

12/23/2013 - Disclosure Requirements Emerging Growth Companies JOBS Act Regulation S-K SEC

A+ Indeed: The SEC’s Proposed Rules Amending Reg A

Overview - Yesterday, December 18, 2013, the SEC released proposed rules to carry out the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act. The proposed rules both retain and modernize the current framework of Regulation...more

12/20/2013 - Disclosure Requirements EDGAR Investors JOBS Act Regulation A Reporting Requirements Safe Harbors SEC Securities Act of 1933

MoFo’s Quick Guide to: REIT IPOs

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are endlessly inventive. They were first developed in the 1960s as a means for ordinary retail investors to hold interests in real estate. The REIT market has waxed and waned over the...more

12/6/2013 - IPO Real Estate Market Registration REIT SEC

Standing out from the Crowd: A Closer Look at the SEC’s and FINRA’s Proposed Crowdfunding Rules

In this alert, we provide a detailed overview of the proposed regulatory framework that will be applicable to crowdfunding offerings conducted pursuant to Title III of the JOBS Act in reliance on Section 4(a)(6) of the...more

11/18/2013 - Broker-Dealer Crowdfunding FINRA Funding Portal Investment Company Act of 1940 JOBS Act SEC Securities Act of 1933 Subsidiaries

SEC Staff Provides Rule 506(c)/Rule 144A Guidance

Today, the SEC Staff in the Division of Corporation Finance updated the Securities Act Rules Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations to provide a number of new interpretations regarding Rule 506(c) and revised Rule 144A. ...more

11/14/2013 - Rule 144A Rule 506 Offerings SEC

SEC Announces Agenda and Panelists for Small Business Forum

The SEC has announced the agenda and panelists for its annual Small Business Forum on November 21, 2013. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the SEC (and via webcast), and will include two morning panel discussions. The first...more

11/14/2013 - JOBS Act Regulation D SEC Small Business

The Short Field Guide To IPOs

The emerging growth Company - The JOBS Act created a new class of issuer: the emerging growth company (EGC). An EGC is defined as an issuer with total annual gross revenue of less than $1 billion during the most recent...more

11/4/2013 - Emerging Growth Companies IPO JOBS Act Prospectus Public Disclosure Registration SEC Startups

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