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Fed Seeks Comment on Corporate Governance Proposal for Financial Institutions

In June, Treasury issued a report noting that it believes duties imposed on bank boards are too voluminous, lack appropriate tailoring, and undermine the important distinction between the role of management and that of boards...more

OCC Seeks Comment on Volcker Rule to Implement Treasury Recommendations

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is seeking comment to assist in determining how the final rule implementing section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act, which is referred to as the Volcker Rule, could be revised...more

A Review of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

Given the SEC’s investigative report on initial coin offerings, I thought it would be interesting to review a small sample to see what else is really out there. I turned to coinmarketcap.com for information. In many cases the...more

SEC Finds Initial Coin Offerings Can be Securities

The SEC issued an investigative report cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales,...more

New SEC Chair Announces Guiding Principles

In remarks before the Economic Club of New York, new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton discussed eight guiding principles: Principle #1: The SEC’s mission is our touchstone. Investors and capital markets will suffer if the SEC...more

NYSE Proposes to Revise Notifications Prior to Dividend Announcements

The NYSE has filed a proposed rule with the SEC which will require listed companies to provide notice to the Exchange at least 10 minutes before making any public announcement with respect to a dividend or stock distribution...more

Supreme Court to Determine Scope of Whistleblower Protection

A percolating issue with respect to the SEC’s whistleblower regulations is whether the anti-retaliation protections apply only when suspected misconduct is reported to the SEC, or whether the protections also apply when the...more

Trump Administration Plan for Financial Regulation Includes Reducing Regulatory Compliance Activities for Bank Boards

The U.S. Department of the Treasury yesterday issued its first in a series of reports to President Donald J. Trump examining the United States’ financial regulatory system. Appendix B to the report includes 16 pages of...more

SEC ALJ Lifts Reg A+ Suspension of Issuer

As we noted here, the SEC temporarily suspended the Tier 2 Regulation A+ offering of Med-X, Inc. The SEC stated it temporarily suspended the offering because Med-X has not filed its annual report on Form 1-K as required by...more

CFTC Requests Public Input on Simplifying Rules

The CFTC voted to seek public input on simplifying and modernizing the Commission’s rules. The action is part of an initiative which has been dubbed “Project KISS.”...more

Trump Prevents FSOC Designations and Bank Liquidations

In a Presidential Memorandum, President Trump directed the Secretary of the Treasury, as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, not to cast a nonemergency vote to subject nonbank financial companies to...more

Enforcement Sweep Snares Issuers for Paid Stock Promotions

The SEC announced enforcement actions against 27 individuals and entities behind various alleged stock promotion schemes that left investors with the impression they were reading independent, unbiased analyses on investing...more

CFTC Initiates Project KISS

In remarks at a conference, CFTC Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo announced the CFTC’s intent to comply with an Executive Order which requires each agency to designate a Regulatory Reform Officer and establish a...more

Press Releases Sink Private Offering

The opinion of the SEC in KCD Financial Inc. upholds a FINRA disciplinary action against a FINRA member broker-dealer that sold securities in a private placement when no exemption from registration was available....more

SEC Denies Listing of another Bitcoin Fund; Petition for Review Filed for Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC has denied a proposed rule change by NYSE Arca to permit the listing and trading of shares of the SolidX Bitcoin Trust. The reasons were substantially similar to the reasons the SEC denied a proposed rule change...more

Trump’s Budget Blueprint Sets Regulatory Posture

The Trump administration has published its budgetary Blueprint. The Blueprint notes the 2018 Budget is being unveiled sequentially in that the Blueprint provides details only on discretionary funding proposals. The full...more

Legislative Proposal Addresses Use of Blockchain Technology by Delaware Corporations

The Corporate Council of The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association has prepared proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law to facilitate the use of block chain technology for...more

SEC Order Prevents Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC declined to approve a rule change submitted by Bats BZX Exchange designed to permit the listing and trading the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. The SEC said it did not approve the proposed rule change because it did not...more

SEC to Consider Requiring Inline XBRL Reporting and Comments on Disclosures in the Financial Services Industry

The SEC has issued a notice of a meeting to consider: Whether to propose amendments to rules and forms to require the use of the Inline XBRL format for the submission of operating company financial statement information...more

Trump Requires DOL to Reevaluate the Fiduciary Rule

Under current law, stockbrokers are only required to recommend suitable investments to their clients. The Department of Labor has issued a so called “fiduciary rule” which requires brokers, advisors and insurance agents, when...more

Executive Order on Dodd-Frank Rollback

President Trump has signed an executive order titled “Presidential Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System.“ The “Core Principles” are...more

First Form AP Filed with the PCAOB

Grant Thornton LLP became the first registered public accounting firm to file a Form AP with the PCAOB. Form AP currently requires identification of the engagement audit partner associated with certain SEC filings and the...more

SEC Simplifies Filing of Broker-Dealer Annual Reports on EDGAR

The SEC has previously provided guidance on the filing of annual and supplemental reports required under Rule 17a-5 or Rule 17a-12 by broker-dealers or over-the-counter derivatives dealers on the SEC EDGAR system. However,...more

SEC Publishes Regulation A+ Statistics

The SEC has published a white paper describing the types of Regulation A+ offerings to date. Facts published include: As of October 31, 2016, prospective issuers have publicly filed offering statements for 147 Regulation...more

SEC Finds Pre-IPO Transactions Were Unlawful Security-Based Swaps

The SEC announced that Equidate Inc. agreed to settle charges that it violated federal securities laws by failing to register security-based swaps that were offered and sold online to shareholders in pre-IPO companies....more

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