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SEC Charges Former CEO, Firm Based On Concealed Perks

The former President and CEO of a public company repeatedly charged personal expenses to the firm largely by falsifying documents and records. Although the executive admitted certain misdeeds to internal investigators...more

SEC Proposes Rule to Require Broker-Dealers Active in Off-Exchange Market to Become Members of National Securities Association

On March 25, the SEC proposed to narrow Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act, which exempts certain brokers or dealers from membership in a registered national securities association...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings

On March 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules that will expand the exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 provided by Regulation A to include an exemption for up to $50 million...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Facilitate Smaller Companies’ Access to Capital

On March 25, the SEC adopted final rules updating and expanding Regulation A, which provides an exemption from registration for smaller issuers of securities, to implement Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups...more

Blog: CFSI posts “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure”

The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative has posted an updated 2015 version of its practical guidance white paper on conflict minerals specifically for downstream companies, called “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict...more

Blog: What Have The Conflict Minerals Rules Cost The SEC?

Sure, companies have spent millions and millions on conflict minerals compliance. But what have the conflict minerals rules cost the SEC? According to Reuters, reporting on a response by SEC Chair Mary Jo White to a request...more

SEC Rule Change Would Require High-Frequency Traders to Register with FINRA

On March 25, 2015, the SEC proposed an amendment to Rule 15b9-1 that would require high-frequency trading firms to register with FINRA. According to the SEC, the proposed amendment will better align the scope of Rule 15b9-1...more

District Court Refuses To Halt SEC Administrative Proceedings

While serving as General Counsel to California’s Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, I was from time to time asked to respond to ersatz summons and other documents issued by “Our One Supreme Court”. Given that these...more

SEC Approves Consolidated FINRA Rules 2040 (Payments to Unregistered Persons, Including Foreign Finders)

FINRA Rule 2040 governs the payment of transaction-based compensation by member firms to unregistered persons. Rule 2040(a) – General. Rule 2040(a) directs persons to look to SEC rules to determine whether the activities in...more

SEC Issues Final Regulation A+ Rules

The SEC has adopted amendments to Regulation A and other rules and forms to implement Section 401 of the JOBS Act. Section 401 of the JOBS Act added Section 3(b)(2) to the Securities Act of 1933, which directed the SEC to...more

SEC Staff Issues New FAQs on Regulation SHO

On March 17, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets (Staff) issued three new frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to Regulation SHO. The current guidance under FAQ 2.5...more

SEC Enforcement Division Outlines Focus for 2015

Action Item: Companies and individuals should continue to be mindful that the Enforcement Division will aggressively pursue securities fraud violations and will be increasing its personnel and technology resources to...more

SEC Approves ISE Rules on Information Barriers Between Customer and Proprietary Business

On March 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved amendments to the information barrier rule of the International Securities Exchange, LLC (ISE). As reported in the October 17, 2014, edition of the Corporate &...more

Regulation SBSR: The Compliance Guide to Reporting Security-based Swaps

SEC has published reporting obligations for SBS without a finalized compliance schedule. Reporting rules for cleared and platform-executed SBS and certain cross-border transactions have not yet been finalized. On...more

FERC Lightens Compliance Load for Power Traders

In a time of increasing compliance requirements and enhanced regulatory scrutiny of power trading activities, a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) order brought some compliance relief to power traders and...more

FINRA Announces $1.5 Million Sanction Against Broker-Dealer and Bars President for Fraud

On March 12, FINRA announced an order requiring a New York-based broker-dealer to pay over $1 million in restitution and $500,000 in fines for alleged fraud in sales of a private placement offering. According to the Order,...more

SEC to Vote on Regulation A+ this Wednesday Will State Law Preemption Survive?

On Friday, March 20, 2015, the SEC announced it will vote on its proposed changes to Regulation A at an open meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. These changes are generally referred to as Regulation A+ and are meant to...more

More “Broken Windows”: SEC Charges Schedule 13D Filers with Disclosure Violations for Failing to Update Ownership Reports

When a significant stockholder in a publicly-held company is considering plans to take the company private, how soon must the stockholder disclose those plans in a Schedule 13D filing?...more

SEC Charges Insiders for Failure to Update Schedule 13D Disclosures

On March 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged eight officers, directors and major shareholders for failing to update material changes in their stock ownership disclosures on Schedule 13D in connection with...more

FINRA Issues Notice on Background Checks for Registration Applicants

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released Regulatory Notice 15-05 to remind member firms of the new consolidated rules on mandatory background checks for individual registration. As first reported in the...more

Should The SEC Adopt Governance Principles (For Itself)?

When I served as Commissioner of Corporations for the State of California, I was sometimes asked about the other Commissioners.  However, I never concerned myself with the “other Commissioners” because there were no other...more

SEC Issues Guidance Regarding Standards Applicable to Waivers of Disqualification under Regulation A and Rules 505 and 506 of...

The disqualification provisions of Rules 262 and 505 under the Securities Act make the exemptions from registration under Regulation A and Rule 505 of Regulation D unavailable for an offering if, among other things, an...more

SEC Charges Corporate Insiders in Going-Privates for Failing to Update Schedule 13Ds

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on March 13, 2015, that it had charged eight officers, directors and major shareholders for failing to file amendments to their Schedule 13Ds to disclose steps to take...more

Federal Reserve Board Proposes to Include Legal Entity Identifiers in Certain Banking Organization Reporting

One difficulty encountered by national banking authorities during the course of the 2008 global financial crisis was identifying the ultimate parent for the trades made by various subsidiaries of dealers. To assist in...more

CFTC to Shift Enforcement Actions to Administrative Courts

The CFTC plans to revive the use of administrative courts to bring enforcement actions for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations, according to recent remarks by Aitan Goelman, Director of the Division...more

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