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Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

Charlottesville as a "Hotbed for Innovation": Fastest Growing Area in US for Venture Capital Funding

Where a court is located often determines the type of cases that it hears. For example, the "Rocket Docket" of the Eastern District of Virginia hears a large number of patent and technology-related cases both because of the...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - FINRA’s Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule Will Impact Investment Advisers - Late last year (December 24, 2015), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a proposed rule to the U.S....more

New Bill Would Require Cybersecurity Disclosures by Publicly Traded Companies

Why it matters - In the continuing efforts to enact cybersecurity legislation and advise the public about cybersecurity preparedness, a new bill introduced in the Senate would mandate that publicly traded companies...more

2016 Proxy Season Checklist – What You Need to Know

As we roll into a new year and a new public company reporting season, public companies should be aware of a number of rule changes and rulemakings, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff guidance, disclosure trends...more

Securities Class Action Suits Increased in 2015

Last year there were more class action suits filed compared to the prior year. The actions were brought largely against companies traded on the two major exchanges in the biotech and healthcare sectors, according to a recent...more

Jawbone Successfully Leverages Patent Portfolio as Collateral in Fund Raising Efforts

Fitness device maker Jawbone was recently featured in a Re/code article announcing that the company had raised $165 million in new funding. The article mentioned another aspect of the Jawbone’s fundraising efforts; the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 17, 2016

The 4 Kinds of Series A Rounds in Enterprise - Elsewhere on this very blog, we’re in the middle of a three-part series on methods of Series Seed financing. But for those looking to make the leap to Series A, especially...more

Merck Resolves Investors’ Class Action Lawsuit Related To Vioxx

In 2004, Merck pulled its painkiller, Vioxx, from the market after a study linked the drug to increased risks for heart attack and strokes. On Friday, January 15, 2016, Merck announced that it had agreed to pay $830 million...more

SEC’s 2016 Examination Priorities Include Continuing Focus on Cybersecurity Controls

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week issued a press release outlining the agency’s 2016 Examination Priorities that included cybersecurity. The release states: "To help fulfill the SEC’s mission of...more

SEC Expands Cybersecurity Compliance Requirements For 2016

On January 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the 2016 examination priorities list. For the third year in a row, cybersecurity is a top concern, especially with regard to internal security program...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 10, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Challenging Uber, Lyft Bets on a Road Wide Enough for Two - We ended our last post pondering the anti-competitive nature of a marketplace dominated by tech...more

OCIE and FINRA Announce 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 6 and January 11, 2016, respectively, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) each...more

SEC Staff Announces 2016 OCIE Examination Priorities

On January 11, 2016, the staff of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its annual announcement on examination priorities in the coming calendar...more

CFTC Proposes Regulation of Automated Trading

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved the issuance of proposed rules to implement a framework of registration, reporting, recordkeeping and other compliance requirements for market...more

SEC Provides Guidance on 2016 Examination Areas of Focus

On Monday, January 11, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) areas of focus for 2016, which include: - protecting retail investors and...more

Cybersecurity Tops SEC Office of Compliance Inspections 2016 Examination Priorities

The 2016 lists are starting to be released by regulatory agencies in the United States, giving a heads’ up to covered entities as to what compliance issues will take front and center this year. Once again, the Office of...more

SEC’s 2016 Examination Priorities Focus on Retail Investors, Market Wide Risk and Use of Data Analytics

The recently issued Examination Priorities for 2016 reveals that the SEC’s priorities are organized around the same three thematic areas as last year: (i) retail investors, including retirement investments; (ii) market-wide...more

SEC Exam Priorities for 2016

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations or OCIE announced its examination priorities for 2016. Those priorities generally “reflect certain practices and products that OCIE perceives to present potentially...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 3, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2015 - Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2016 with a list within a list—dig into First Round Review’s best...more

FINRA’s 2016 Examination Priorities Identifies New Initiatives on Market Integrity and Firm Culture and Further Concern on...

The recently issued 2016 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter discloses FINRA’s new initiatives on market integrity and firm culture and reflects a focus on firms’ supervision regarding conflicts of interest and...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Scholar Rock Secures $36 Million in Funding

Scholar Rock, based in Cambridge, Mass., is a biotechnology company focused on developing drugs that selectively target supracellular activation of growth factors in the disease microenvironment. The company’s initial drug...more

Finding Investors in a Crowd—New SEC Rules Clear the Way for Startups to Use Crowdfunding to Exchange Equity for Capital

Soon startups will be able to use crowdfunding platforms to sell an equity stake in their business to investors in exchange for working capital. However, as explained below, this new capital pathway may be of limited utility...more

New Crowdfunding Rules for Issuers: Opportunities or Landmines? - Part II

This is the second of our blog posts exploring Regulation Crowdfunding and its provisions before the final rules become effective on May 16, 2016. Issuer Requirements - Certain Issuers Ineligible for...more

SEC Proposes Significant Regulatory Changes for Alternative Trading Systems

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) proposed significant changes to the regulatory requirements applicable to dark pools and other alternative trading systems (“ATSs”) that...more

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