Ze’-ev Eiger

Ze’-ev Eiger

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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SEC Approves NASDAQ’s Proposed Rule on Golden Leash Arrangements

On July 1, 2016, the SEC approved NASDAQ’s proposed Rule 5250(b)(3), as amended by Amendment No. 2 filed on June 30, 2016 (the “Final Rule”), requiring NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose third-party compensation...more

7/19/2016 - Board of Directors Disclosure Requirements Executive Compensation Final Rules Golden Leash Arrangements Nasdaq Proxy Statements Publicly-Traded Companies SEC Third-Party Relationships

FINRA Proposes Amendments to Communications Rule to Help Clarify Application to Debt Research Reports

On June 24, 2016, FINRA proposed amendments to its communications rule, Rule 2210, to help clarify the application of Rule 2210 to debt research reports, in light of the new debt research rule, Rule 2242. The implementation...more

6/29/2016 - FINRA Rule 2210

SEC Issues C&DIs for Securities Act Rule 701

On June 23, 2016, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) for Securities Act Rule 701. The new C&DIs address the exemption for offers and sales...more

6/29/2016 - Acquisitions C&DIs Derivatives Mergers SEC Securities Valuation

Practice Pointers on Shelf Offerings by Business Development Companies

Overview - Business development companies (“BDCs”) are U.S. publicly held investment funds that invest primarily in private and thinly traded public U.S. businesses. BDCs have generally faced capital raising challenges...more

6/28/2016 - Business Development Companies Investment Company Act of 1940 Investment Funds NAV Offerings Publicly-Traded Companies SEC Shelf Registration

SEC Increases Net Worth Threshold for “Qualified Clients” under Rule 205-3 of the Advisers Act

On June 14, 2016, the SEC issued an order (the “Order”) to increase the net worth threshold for “qualified clients” under Rule 205-3 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”), from $2 million to...more

6/28/2016 - Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 SEC Statements of Net Worth Threshold Requirements

SEC Proposes Rules to Update Disclosure Requirements for Mining Registrants

On June 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) issued a press release proposing rules to modernize disclosures for mining properties (the “Proposed Rules”), currently set forth in Item 102 of Regulation...more

6/22/2016 - CRIRSCO Disclosure Requirements Mining Regulation S-K Resource Extraction SEC Securities Exchange Act

Practice Pointers on Navigating the Securities Act’s Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) included a measure directing the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) to relax the prohibition against general solicitation and general...more

6/20/2016 - Accredited Investors Advertising Capital Raising Final Rules General Solicitation JOBS Act Registration Requirement Regulation D Rule 502 Rule 506 Offerings SEC Securities Act of 1933

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Regulation A+

On June 14, 2016, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Lindeen v. SEC upheld Regulation A+, including the SEC’s definition of “qualified purchaser.” The decision comes after petitioners William F. Gavin and Monica J....more

6/20/2016 - Appeals Preemption Qualified Purchaser Regulation A SEC Statutory Construction Test Tier 2 Offerings

2016 BDCs & Small Business Capital Formation Forum

On June 28, 2016, Morrison & Foerster LLP, along with the Milken Institute, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Small Business Investment Alliance (SBIA), will be hosting the 2016 BDCs & Small Business...more

6/13/2016 - Business Development Companies Capital Formation Investment Companies SBA SBIA Small Business Small Business Formation

SEC Issues Interim Final Rule Required by the FAST Act Regarding Form 10-K Summary Page

On June 1, 2016, the SEC issued an interim final rule to implement Section 72001 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which requires the SEC to issue regulations to permit issuers to submit a summary...more

6/3/2016 - Corporate Issuers Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Form 10-K Interim Rule SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 6

Structured Notes Offered on an Agency Basis - In our last issue, we discussed the potential impact of the Department of Labor’s new rules on sales of structured products. In that article, we discussed some of the...more

5/31/2016 - Comment Period Debt Deposit Accounts DOL FDIC FINRA Offerings Recordkeeping Requirements Regulation S-K Retirement Plan SEC Structured Financial Products Underwriting

SEC Issues C&DIs and Small Entity Compliance Guides for Crowdfunding

On May 13, 2016, the SEC issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on Rules 100 (Crowdfunding Exemption and Requirements), 201 (Disclosure Requirements), 204 (Advertising) and 205 (Promoter Compensation)...more

5/26/2016 - C&DIs Crowdfunding Funding Portal SEC Small Entity Compliance Guide

FINRA Proposes Amendments to its New Debt Research Rule

On May 24, 2016, FINRA proposed amendments to its new debt research rule (Rule 2422). The amendments are intended to clarify Rule 2422 in four respects: (1) the consent requirement for institutional debt research reports...more

5/26/2016 - Debt Debt Securities Disclosure Requirements Equity Research Rule FINRA Foreign Investment Market Research Non-US Entities Offerings

BIO Publishes Study on Capital Raising for Emerging Therapeutic Companies

On May 24, 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) published a study, “Emerging Therapeutic Company Investment and Deal Trends,” which collects ten years of data to identify trends affecting “emerging...more

5/26/2016 - Biotechnology Capital Raising Emerging Technology Companies Initial Public Offerings JOBS Act Life Sciences Research and Development Venture Capital

Practice Pointers on the Up-C Structure

In a structure commonly referred to as an “up-C,” an existing limited liability company or other partnership form (referred to here for convenience as “LLC”) undertakes a public offering through a newly formed corporation,...more

5/25/2016 - Common Stock Corporate Taxes Holding Companies Initial Public Offerings Limited Liability Companies Partnerships Private Equity Public Offerings REIT Up-C Entity Young Lawyers

Growing Trend of Companies Staying Private Longer

On May 17, 2016, Fortune Magazine published an article by Geoff Colvin, “Take This Market and Shove It,” examining the growing trend of companies staying private rather than opting for an IPO. The article notes that while...more

5/20/2016 - CEOs Disclosure Requirements Going-Private Transactions Privately Held Corporations Publicly-Traded Companies

NASAA Releases Proposed Model Rule for Crowdfunded Offerings

On May 16, 2016, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released for public comment its proposed model rule and uniform notice filing form for crowdfunded offerings. ...more

5/19/2016 - Crowdfunding EDGAR Funding Portal NASAA SEC

SEC Issues New C&DIs on the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the “Staff”) issued 12 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on the use of non-GAAP financial measures, which has recently been an area of...more

5/19/2016 - C&DIs EBITDA Non-GAAP Financial Measures Regulation S-K SEC

SEC Approves PCAOB’s Proposed Rules on Audit Engagement Partners; PCAOB Re-Proposes Auditing Standard to Increase Transparency in...

On May 9, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued an order approving the proposal of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (the “PCAOB”) to adopt new rules (Rules 3210 and 3211), a new form,...more

5/18/2016 - Audits Financial Statements JOBS Act PCAOB SEC

SEC’s Continued Concern with the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On May 5, 2016, SEC Deputy Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker and the SEC Division of Corporation Finance’s Chief Accountant Mark Kronforst spoke at the 2016 Baruch College Financial Reporting Conference. Deputy Chief Accountant...more

5/16/2016 - Financial Reporting GAAP Non-GAAP Financial Measures SEC

The CATO Institute Assesses the Effectiveness of the JOBS Act

On May 3, 2016, the CATO Institute published a policy paper titled, “A Walk Through the JOBS Act of 2012: Deregulation in the Wake of Financial Crisis,” which assesses the JOBS Act and offers certain policy recommendations. ...more

5/5/2016 - Accredited Investors Crowdfunding Initial Public Offerings JOBS Act Private Placements Regulation A Regulation D SEC Securities Exchange Act

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D...more

4/29/2016 - Advertising Angel Investors Broker-Dealer Funding General Solicitation HALOS Act Regulation D SEC Startups

New Executive Compensation Rule At-A-Glance

On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration approved a proposed rule on incentive compensation under Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The other appropriate Federal regulators, as defined in Section 956, are...more

4/26/2016 - Covered Entities Dodd-Frank ERISA Executive Compensation NCUA

FINRA Proposes to Delay Further the Implementation Date of its New Debt Research Rule

On April 20, 2016, FINRA proposed delaying further the implementation date of its new debt research rule (Rule 2422) until July 16, 2016. Rule 2422 was set to take effect on April 22, 2016, after the implementation date was...more

4/21/2016 - Delays FINRA

IRRCi Publishes Follow-Up Study on Controlled Companies

Recently, the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) published a follow-up to its initial 2012 study on “controlled” companies, entitled “Controlled Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 1500: A Follow-up...more

4/11/2016 - Board of Directors Emerging Growth Companies Research and Development S&P Shareholder Rights

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