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MSRB Publishes Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, published its first Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors, developed to assist municipal advisors with understanding and implementing the regulatory framework created...more

SEC Discusses Criteria for Charging Chief Compliance Officers

In remarks before the 2015 National Society of Compliance Professionals, National Conference, Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement, outlined the type of criteria used to charge Chief Compliance Officers with...more

SEC Proposes to Ease Intrastate Offering Exemption to Facilitate Crowdfunding

The SEC has proposed amendments to Rule 147 under the Securities Act of 1933, which currently provides a safe harbor for compliance with the Section 3(a)(11) exemption from registration for intrastate securities offerings....more

Banking Regulators Adopt End-User Exemption for Swap Margin Requirements

New Margin Requirements - The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved a final rule to establish margin requirements for swaps that are not cleared through a clearinghouse. This action is...more

SEC Tells Court It Will Implement Resource Extraction Rules in 270 Days

As previously noted, a Federal court held that the delay in implementing the resource extraction rules violated the Administrative Procedures Act. The court ordered the SEC to file with the court in 30 days an expedited...more

New Volcker Rule FAQs: Market Making and CEO Certifications

Two new Volcker Rule FAQs have been issued. One FAQ addresses a bank’s market making activities. Amongst other things, the FAQ affirms that for purposes of meeting the final rule’s exemption for market-making, a...more

SEC Brings Another Enforcement Action For Failure to Disclose Perks

MusclePharm Corporation, or MSLP, and certain related parties recently settled an SEC enforcement action which included charges related to non-disclosure of certain perks. The SEC alleged from 2010 through July 2014, MSLP...more

NYSE Expands Rules Related to Pre-Market Notification of Material News, Trading Halts and News Releases After Market Close

The NYSE has filed a proposed rule change that is immediately effective. The NYSE proposes to amend Section 202.06 of the Listed Company Manual to: - expand the pre-market hours during which listed companies are required...more

Court Orders SEC to Implement Resource Extraction Rule

To review: On July 2, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the SEC’s resource extraction rules which were mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. Oxfam America then brought a suit against the...more

Court Reviews Validity of Escrow Claims

Gore, et al., v. Al Jazeera America Holdings I, Inc. emphasizes not only the necessity to carefully draft indemnification claim provisions in merger agreements but the need to carefully draft indemnification claims as well....more

SEC Adopts Final Pay Ratio Rule

The SEC has adopted a final “pay ratio” rule required by Section 953(b) of the Dodd Frank Act. In general, the “pay ratio” rule requires public companies to disclose the median of the annual total compensation of all...more

SEC Explains How to Form a Pre-Existing Relationship Using the Internet; New CDI’s Issued

The SEC granted no-action relief to Citizen VC, Inc. which appears to state, although subject to facts and circumstances, a pre-existing relation can be formed with a person that first contacts a seller of securities over the...more

SEC Proposes Clawback Rule for Executive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added Section 10D to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Section 10D requires the...more

SEC Publishes 11 Regulation A+ CD&Is

The SEC has published 11 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations related to Regulation A+ — numbered 182.01 through 182.11 under Securities Act Rules. Highlights are: - Twitter is allowed for testing the waters! ...more

Gallagher: SEC Should Not Alienate Chief Compliance Officers

Outgoing SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher explained his dissenting votes in two SEC enforcement actions against Chief Compliance Officers. Mr. Gallagher explained that in both instances, the Commission’s order states...more

SEC Provides Update on Concept Release for Audit Committees

In October 2014, Compliance Week noted that SEC Chair Mary Jo White indicated a concept release on Audit Committees would be forthcoming. James Schnurr, Chief Accountant, SEC Office of the Chief Accountant gave an update on...more

6/10/2015  /  Audit Committee , Compliance , Investors , SEC

Does the SEC Want Issuers to Self-Report Everything?

Andrew Ceresney, Director, SEC Division of Enforcement delivered remarks at a conference where he addressed the SEC’s cooperation program. Much of the focus was on the benefits of self-reporting and cooperation in...more

Not Necessary to “Boil the Ocean” in FCPA Internal Investigations

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell recently gave her views on the proper scope of internal investigations regarding FCPA matters. In her views she noted...more

SEC Finds Crowdfunding Website a General Solicitation and Violated Broker-Dealer Rules

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC alleged the defendant failed to implement procedures reasonably designed to prevent U.S. persons from accessing and investing in securities through its crowdfunding website. The...more

New Surprises in Final 2015 ISS Policy Updates

ISS has issued its 2015 policy updates. Unilateral Bylaw/Charter Amendments - This policy is new stand-alone policy. Previously these matters were evaluated under the ISS governance failure policy. ISS...more

OIG Outlines Major CFPB Management Challenges

The Office of Inspector General, or OIG, of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has issued its first listing of major management challenges facing the CFPB. These challenges represent what OIG believes to be...more

Regulators Approve Securitization Risk Retention Rule

Six federal agencies approved a final rule requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions. The final rule implements the risk retention requirements in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

ISS Proposes New Methodology For Evaluating Equity Plan Proposals

A key component to evaluating whether to place an equity plan proposal in a proxy is whether or not ISS will support the plan. Accoding to ISS, while it has historically recommended against approximately 30 percent of equity...more

10/21/2014  /  Compliance , Dodd-Frank , Equity Plans , ISS

It’s Going to be Harder to Sell Unregistered Securities

The SEC has issued a Risk Alert and FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligations when they sell unregistered securities on behalf of clients. This occurs when founders and employees sell their initial stakes in...more

MD&A Rules Do Not Create Rule 10b-5 Disclosure Obligation

The Ninth Circuit recently examined whether Item 303 of Regulation of S-K, which sets forth the MD&A rules, creates an affirmative duty of disclosure on which to pin a Rule 10b-5 case. The case centered around a significant...more

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