Stephen M. Quinlivan

Stephen M. Quinlivan

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Tesla, SolarCity and Social Media

Tesla, in an offer to acquire SolarCity, appears to be the first to announce a major proposed acquisition by a blog post. Since an 8-K was also filed, it can’t be sole proof that social media is a recognized distribution...more

6/22/2016 - Acquisition Agreements Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Elon Musk Form 8-K Publicly-Traded Companies Regulation FD Social Media Tesla

SEC Busts Overseas Social Media Fraud

A settled SEC enforcement action describes an alleged interesting social media fraud. Two defendants that reside in India were alleged to have been behind the fraud. According to the SEC the scheme was an online...more

10/1/2015 - Enforcement Actions Facebook Fraud Google India Investment Investors Offering Fraud Online Payments Public Offerings SEC Securities Fraud Social Media Social Networks Twitter Websites YouTube

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

6/24/2015 - Acquisitions CD&I Compliance Disclosure Requirements Mergers Preemption Registration Requirement Regulation A Reporting Requirements SEC Securities Securities Exchange Act Social Media Tier 2 Offerings Twitter

Examples of Social Media in M&A Transactions

In April 2014, the SEC provided guidance on the use of social media in M&A and other contexts. Companies have begun to cautiously make use of the guidance but the flood gates haven’t exactly opened....more

7/21/2014 - Enforcement FCC Popular SEC Social Media

SEC Chair Mary Jo White On Social Media

In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, SEC Chair Mary Jo White stated that the Netflix Section 21(a) report stands for the proposition that use of social media is acceptable “so...more

5/17/2013 - Mary Jo White Regulation FD SEC Social Media

SEC Smiles And Frowns On Use Of Social Media Under Regulation FD

Many may remember the Netflix matter. That stemmed from an inquiry the SEC’s Division of Enforcement launched about a post that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made on his personal Facebook page. The post stated that Netflix’s...more

4/3/2013 - Facebook Investors Netflix Public Disclosure Regulation FD SEC Social Media

FINRA To Require BrokerCheck Link On Internet Advertising

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., or FINRA, has filed a proposed rule change with the SEC to amend FINRA Rule 2267 (Investor Education and Protection) to require that FINRA members include a prominent...more

1/8/2013 - Advertising BrokerCheck Brokers Dodd-Frank FINRA Internet SEC Social Media

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