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Developments from Meeting of Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The Committee discussed: Regulation A+; secondary market trading for private securities; venture capital exchanges; and the accredited investor definition....more

How Many SARs Does It Take to Find Yourself in Regulators' Crosshairs? Answer: None

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Enforcement Division Director Andrew Ceresney, recently drew attention when he announced that the SEC intends to include among its enforcement priorities compliance with the Bank...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 5 • March 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - In “Conflicts, Conflicts Everywhere,” her speech at the recent IA Watch 17th Annual Compliance Conference, Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement...more

What is a Security? Even the SEC Can’t Always Tell

On February 27, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determined that, contrary to claims by the SEC, interests in an LLC that invested in conservation easements as a tax deduction mechanism were not “securities” within the...more

Delaware Court Grants Petition to Dissolve Joint Ventures

Earlier this month, the Delaware Chancery Court offered further guidance on 8 Del. C. § 273, which establishes a mechanism for the dissolution of a joint venture corporation with two 50 percent stockholders. The Chancery...more

Restricting Share Capital Reductions in Takeovers

The Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 17) Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) came into force on 4 March 2015. The Regulations amend section 641 of the Companies Act 2006 to prevent a company from reducing its share...more

Full Dissemination of Information–How Many Days?

How many days does it take for material nonpublic information in a press release or an SEC filing to be deemed fully disseminated to, and digested by, the marketplace? The answer can affect, for example, the duration of a...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC continued Operation Shell-Expel this week, suspending trading in the shares of 128 OTC issuers bringing its total for the program to about 8% of the shares traded in that market. The Commission also announced another...more

SEC Enforcement Director Discusses Issues for Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Companies

In a wide-ranging speech on Tuesday, Securities and Exchange Commission Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney discussed recent SEC actions and current concerns involving the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries....more

SEC’s Risk Alert Offers Observations on Cybersecurity

Why it matters - Joining a growing chorus of regulators, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released two publications addressing cybersecurity: a Risk Alert based on observations from the Office of Compliance...more

The Proxy Season Field Guide - Fifth Edition

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - The 2015 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide...more

Blog: In Re Numoda Corporation Shareholders Litigation: Delaware Court Addresses The New Delaware Ratification Statutes

A recent Delaware opinion, In Re Numoda Corporation Shareholders Litigation, decided on January 30, 2015, appears to be the first opinion to resolve questions under the new Delaware statutes, Sections 204 and 205, which...more

Derivative Action Stayed Pending $228.9M Appeal

When a company receives an adverse judgment holding it responsible for hundreds of millions in damages, shareholder derivative suits often follow. A typical claim is that had the board exercised proper oversight, the company...more

February FCPA Compliance Digest: If You Haven’t Started Your FCPA Compliance Training, Now Might Be A Great Time…

This might be our most exciting FCPA Compliance Digest thus far – we get to write about a DECLINATION! It feels a little bit like seeing a compliance unicorn. Cobalt Energy Announces SEC FCPA Declination - It’s...more

Sentencing of CEO Highlights Importance of a Good "Tone at the Top"

Highlighting the peril of unethical business leadership, a judge recently sentenced the former CEO of a bankrupt cash-management firm to 14 years in prison for defrauding more than 70 customers of more than $665 million...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015

Federal Regulators Address the Scope of the Marketing Restriction in the Volcker Rule SOTUS Exemption. The federal regulatory agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker rule—The Federal Reserve Board, the...more

Avoiding personal liability amidst heightened AML enforcement

In February 2014, the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA), the self-regulatory body for the U.S. securities industry, suspended a former global anti-money laundering compliance officer at Brown Brothers Harriman &...more

Omissions Regarding “Known Trends” in a 10-Q Report May Support a Securities Fraud Claim

If a public company fails to disclose in its quarterly or annual reports trends and uncertainties that it could reasonably expect to have a material impact on revenues, at least one significant federal court has held that the...more

Are LLC Interests Securities in California?

Does California consider membership interests in a limited liability company to be securities? There are two correct answers to this question – yes and no. As I discussed a few years back, the California Corporate Securities...more

"ISS Issues ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Guidance for 2015"

As part of its ongoing rollout of its 2015 policy updates, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has issued “Frequently Asked Questions” guidance with respect to both its 2015 Compensation Policies and its new equity plan...more

SEC’s enforcement priorities for 2015 – conflicts

In “Conflicts, Conflicts Everywhere,” her speech at the recent IA Watch 17th Annual Compliance Conference, Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit),...more

Blog: Shareholder Proposal Regarding Audit Committee Composition

As noted in this article from Compliance Week, the Corp Fin staff have refused to issue no-action relief to Citigroup agreeing that it could exclude from its proxy statement a proposal from the prolific John Chevedden...more

Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Meets Wednesday

The SEC’s advisory committee will meet this Wednesday to discuss and address means of promoting secondary market liquidity for the securities of small and emerging companies, including addressing the Section 4(a)(1-1/2)...more

Master Denies Limits On Trading Following Inspection

A Master holds that the Court should not impose trading restrictions after a books and records inspection but should impose a confidentiality provision. ...more

Goodyear Settles SEC’s FCPA Charges for $16M – Investigation Underscores Importance of Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence and Oversight...

On February 24, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had settled its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation of payments made by two subsidiaries of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber...more

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