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SEC Complaint: How To Create A Manipulation Vehicle

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of SEC enforcement. Many of the cases start with a public shell followed by a reverse merger in which the promoters end up with large portions of the stock. The transaction culminated with...more

SGX public consultation on listing rules amendments to align with changes to the Companies Act - Electronic transmission of...

After a series of public consultations by the Steering Committee for the Review of the Companies Act, key provisions in the Companies Act (Cap 50) of Singapore (Companies Act) were identified for reform and refinement. The...more

To be prepared is half the victory

In the second in our series of alerts relating to drug pricing, we identify several considerations and potential actions that a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company can take to address the current headwinds impacting...more

SEC Crowdfunding Rules to Become Effective May 16

Securities and Exchange Commission rules authorizing equity crowdfunding become effective May 16, 2016. Under the crowdfunding rules, an eligible company may raise up to $1 million on the internet in a 12-month period,...more

PCAOB Evaluates Audit Firm Communications with Audit Committees

On April 5, the PCAOB issued a report regarding compliance with Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees (AS No. 16), based on its inspections of issuer audits during its 2014 inspection cycle. AS No. 16...more

Harmonized Reporting for Private Placements (with Increased Disclosure Requirements)

An issuer that distributes securities to the public must either file a prospectus with securities regulatory authorities and deliver such prospectus to prospective purchasers, or rely upon a prospectus exemption available...more

Inspecting Foreign Corporation Shareholder Lists

Recently, I’ve written about the “absolute” right of shareholders to inspect the shareholders list pursuant to California Corporations Code Section 1600. Readers at, or representing, foreign corporations may have skipped...more

Class Certification: Halliburton II and Basic

The predicate for many securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market theory, adopted by the Supreme Court in Basic, Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). There the Court held that a securities law plaintiff could...more

For Theranos, Life is Not All Rainbows and Unicorns: Government Conducting Criminal and Civil Investigations of Blood-Testing...

In a memorandum released on April 18, 2016, the private blood-testing company Theranos – once valued at over $9 billion – announced that it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the...more

Colorado Mining Company Announces FCPA Investigation

Recently, a gold mining company based in Colorado disclosed in its quarterly filings an investigation of certain business activities of the company and its affiliates outside the U.S. for possible violations of the FCPA....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.27.16

Alibaba’s online payment affiliate, Ant Financial Services Group, announced late yesterday that it’s raised more than $4.5 billion from investors—boosting it to a valuation of roughly $60 billion. Beyond online payments, Ant...more

SEC Seeks Comment on REG S-K Business and Financial Disclosure Requirments

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a concept release seeking comments to modernize the business and financial reporting requirements of Regulation S-K, the foundation of business and financial disclosure in...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2016

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2016 - The first quarter of 2016 saw a continued slowdown in venture activity and correspondingly less favorable terms for venture-backed companies. The percentage of up...more

What impact will the PSC Register have on banking transactions?

On 6 April 2016 a new regime relating to "people with significant control" (the PSC Regime) came into effect. UK companies already subject to transparency and disclosure rules (through trading on a regulated market, for...more

SEC’s Views on Risk Factor Disclosures

On April 13, 2016, the SEC issued a Concept Release, Business and Financial Disclosure Required by Regulation S-K. In this release, which is part of the SEC’s initiative to review and improve its disclosure requirements, the...more

Reinventing Public Company Disclosure: SEC Requests Public Comment on Regulation S-K

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release discussing and requesting public comment on the business and financial disclosure required by Regulation S-K. The concept release...more

State Tax Fallout From Federal Proposed Related-Party Debt Regulations

Recently proposed Treasury regulations under IRC § 385 (the Proposed Regulations) would create sweeping changes to the federal income tax treatment of related-party debt. The Proposed Regulations could also have far-reaching...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.26.16

In major media news yesterday, Gannett has bypassed Tribune Publishing’s leadership and gone directly to its shareholders with a $815 million takeover offer. If accepted, the move would add the LA Times and Chicago Tribune to...more

Program Related Investments: Final Regulations

Final Regulations Highlight the Broad Range of Available PRI Purposes, Recipients and Financial Structures - Final program related investment (PRI) regulations released and effective on April 25, 2016 illustrate the...more

"SEC to Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Measures in 2016"

On March 16, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White cautioned an audience of industry professionals at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the SEC continues to focus on companies’ use of financial measures...more

Court Affirms Holding That A Trust Owns Stock That Was Issued To The Trustee In His Individual Capacity

In Dutcher v. Dutcher-Phipps Crane & Rigging, Inc., a trust owned twenty percent of a family limited partnership that in turn owned a family business. No. 08-15-00202-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 3809 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2016, no...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Final Rules Implementing Business Conduct Standards for Security-Based Swap Deals and...

The US Securities and Exchange Commission, in its ongoing effort to regulate the over-the-counter security-based swap markets, adopted final rules under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act implementing comprehensive business...more

Canadian Securities Administrators amend reporting requirements for exempt financings

On April 7, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published final amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions and its Companion Policy. The amendments harmonize the reporting requirements...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #4

Swap Execution Facility Alleges in Lawsuit That Banks Conspired to Prevent Its Success: The TeraExchange, a swaps execution facility registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and related entities, brought a...more

SEC Affirms Sanctions on Stanford’s CCO

The SEC recently affirmed its ALJ’s ruling barring Alan Stanford’s former CCO from the industry and ordering monetary penalties of $260,000 together with $591,992 in disgorgement. The Commission held the CCO approved false...more

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