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SEC Proposes Amendments to Update and Simplify Disclosure Requirements as Part of Overall Disclosure Effectiveness Review

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced proposed amendments in order to update and simply its disclosure requirements. ...more

ThisWeek in FCPA-Episode 14, the Wolf of Wall Street Edition [Video]

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I talk about the SFO investigation into Unaoil, the forfeiture lawsuit filed in the 1MDB scandal, the possible JP MorganChase sons and daughters FCPA settlement, the new Standard Law School FCPA...more

Municipal Advisor, School Consultant, and Associated Individuals Enter Settlement Offers with SEC after First-of-Its-Kind...

On June 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accepted the settlement offers made by two firms and three executives charged with using deceptive business practices in dealing with five school districts. As...more

Put a Fork in it: What’s Happening with the DAO?

If you have an interest in bitcoin, you’ve undoubtedly heard people refer to “The Blockchain.” Because the term “blockchain” can refer to any distributed ledger where “blocks” are added to the ledge by solving complex...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Investment advisers were at the center of a number of actions brought by the Commission this week . Two proceedings involved a registered adviser and its COO that were involved in an unregistered and fraudulent offering; two...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: The Mexican Government Announces Round Two | Publications

On July 20, 2016, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission) (“CNH”), published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (the Federal Official Gazette) the Bidding...more

When is a Joint Venture a Security?

Parvizian controlled Arcturus and Aschere, buying and selling interests in drilling projects. Each project had a managing venturor which supervised the project. Each venture included a confidential information memorandum,...more

SEC Adopts Additional Rules Related to Security-Based Swap Transaction Reporting

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules focused on greater transparency in security-based swap transactions, relying on mandates in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act....more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Update and Simplify Disclosure Requirements as Part of Overall Disclosure Effectiveness Review

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to various disclosure provisions in order to eliminate duplicative provisions and modernize the relevant requirements.   After the proposed...more

Why You Don't Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the capital of venture capital and the acknowledged headquarters of disruptive ideas, fierce determination and hard work. That aura of potential casts a golden glow on the zillions of Bay Area startups...more

"EU Market Abuse Regulation — New Requirements for Issuers of Debt Securities Admitted to Trading in Europe"

On 3 July 2016, Regulation 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union (the Market Abuse Regulation) repealed and replaced Directive 2003/6/EC on Market Abuse (the Market Abuse Directive)....more

SGX to Set Up Subsidiary Company ‘Regco’ for Regulatory Functions

Market players hail the establishment of a separate subsidiary to handle regulatory functions in response to concerns about conflicts of interest in SGX’s self-regulatory structure. On 18 July, Singapore Exchange (SGX)...more

New Legislation Modernizes Luxembourg Company Law

The Luxembourg Parliament adopted two new laws on 18 July 2016 (the “New Laws”), which update key features of some of Luxembourg’s long-established and most frequently used corporate structures and introduce new structures....more

An Analysis of Nasdaq’s “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved, on an accelerated basis, Nasdaq’s new Rule 5250(b)(3), which requires Nasdaq-listed U.S. companies to publicly disclose any arrangements or agreements...more

IRS Proposes Tax-Free Spin-Off Regulations Interpreting the "Device" and "Active Business" Tests and Addresses Recapitalizations...

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 355 of the Internal Revenue Code that would establish new guidelines under the so-called "device" and "active business" tests....more

Spin-Off Revenue Procedure Removes a No-Rule Area and Provides Safe Harbors for Unwinding High Vote/Low Vote Stock Structures

On July 15th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2016-40 (the “Rev. Proc.”) removing a recent “no-rule” area with respect to transactions undertaken in anticipation of a spin-off involving high vote/low vote stock classes for the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 11, 2016, DBRS issued a report entitled Rating U.S. Retail Auto Loan Securitizations. Report. On July 7, 2016, S&P issued a report entitled ABS: U.S. Structured Settlement Securitizations: Methodology And Assumptions....more

Suspicious Minds: Lender's Failure to Investigate and Search For "Possible Dirt" Leads to Fraudulent Transfer Liability, but Not...

In a decision that deserves the close attention of secured lenders, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a bank’s awareness of suspicious facts about the collateral pledged to secure its loan required...more

Blog: The #AIFMD for non-EU Fund Managers: why it might soon be easier to market a Fund into the EU than it’s been so far

At the moment, a non-EU PEVC fund manager (Fund Manager), managing a non-EU PEVC fund (Fund), can only market* that Fund in the EU if it complies with the National Private Placement Regime (NPPR) in every relevant EU country....more

Proposed OSC Rule 72-503 Aims to Provide Clarity on Distributions from Ontario to Outside Canada

On June 30, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published for comment Proposed OSC Rule 72-503 Distributions Outside of Canada (Rule 72-503) and Proposed Companion Policy 72-503CP (Companion Policy, and together...more

We sure have a lot of shareholders – do we need to start reporting to the SEC? – JOBS Act, Section 12(g) and Record Keeping

After several rounds of financing, many equity awards to employees and maybe a couple of acquisitions (using company stock for payment), some late stage start-up companies end up with very large cap tables. At some point,...more

Delaware Chancery Court Confirms: Two Step Merger Initiated As A Tender Offer Enjoys Business Judgment Rule Protection

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that where a majority of a corporation’s fully informed, disinterested, and un-coerced stockholders tender their shares as part of a two-step merger, that has the same “cleansing”...more

SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Meets

On July 19, 2016, the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met to discuss the “accredited investor” definition, the Regulation A market, and the Commission’s recent proposal regarding the definition of “small...more

Brexit: How will it impact asset and fund managers?

Following the result of the UK referendum on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty about the impact of the decision on the financial services industry, including asset and fund...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Order Handling Information Available to Investors

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules that “for the first time would require broker-dealers to disclose the handling of institutional orders to customers … [and] would expand the information...more

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