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China's State Council Announces Promotion of Foreign Investment Growth

by WilmerHale on

On August 8, China's State Council published the Notice on Promotion of Foreign Investment Growth (Guo Fa [2017] No. 39). The Notice is intended to further liberalize foreign investment, and calls on China to actively utilize...more

SEC Approves NYSE Proposed Rule Change Requiring Advance Notice of Dividend and Stock Distribution Announcements

On August 14, 2017, the SEC approved the NYSE’s proposed rule change amending Sections 204.12, 204.21, and 202.06(B) of its NYSE Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to provide notice to the NYSE at least ten...more

Update to Registration Statement Processing Procedures

The Staff of the SEC also recently updated the procedures relating to nonpublic review of draft registration statements. Specifically, the following guidance was added...more

Revised NYSE Dividend Notification Requirements

by Goodwin on

The New York Stock Exchange has amended its Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before the company announces any dividend or stock distribution or the fixing of a record...more

Blog: Corp Fin Posts New And Updated CDIs Related To Omission Of Financial Information In Registration Statements

by Cooley LLP on

The Corp Fin staff has posted new and updated CDIs related to omission of financial information from registration statements by emerging growth companies and, under the recently expanded guidance that allows non-EGCs to file...more

SEC Report Asserts Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities Under US Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s published report of its first investigation focused on tokens sold in the context of an ICO sets the framework for future token offerings and raises red flags and legal hurdles to the resale or transfer of...more

Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

The NYSE Amends its Advance Notice Requirement for Dividend Announcements: NYSE Staff Now on Call 24/7

by Locke Lord LLP on

On August 14, 2017, the SEC approved a rule change to the NYSE Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to provide notice to the NYSE at least ten minutes before making any public announcement with respect to a...more

News Round Up - August 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

SEC Permits Draft Registration Statements for All Initial Public Offerings and Direct Listings - On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the Division of Corporation Finance will permit...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Enhance Adviser Reporting

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Recently enacted SEC rules have imposed several amendments to Form ADV that advisers should be aware of, and which will apply to all Form ADVs filed after September 31, 2017 (for most advisers with a December 31-year end, the...more

Delaware Blockchain Law Goes into Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware’s historic blockchain law became effective. The Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) has always required corporations to keep records of their stock and stockholders. Before this new law was...more

Confidentially Speaking, This Could be a Big Deal: The Commission’s Approach to Confidential Submissions

Even amidst all the other news crowding the headlines these days, it would be hard to miss the many stories discussing the U.S. initial public offering (“IPO”) market. By now, the trends are well-reported. Many promising U.S....more

Securities Rules for Private Equity Financings

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In order to sell securities (notes, common stock, preferred stock, membership interests in an LLC), a company must either register the sale under federal and state securities laws or find an exemption from such registration...more

SEC Report on ICOs and Token Sales – “If It Sounds Too Good to be True…”

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On July 25, 2017, the SEC issued an investigative report to advise those who have used or may consider using a virtual organization or capital raising entity that uses distributed ledger or blockchain technology to facilitate...more

California Court Green Lights Reverse Veil Piercing Of Delaware LLC

by Allen Matkins on

Courts historically have applied the alter ego doctrine to “pierce the corporate veil” so that a shareholder may be held liable for the debts or conduct of the corporation. California has extended the possibility of alter...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 15

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - As elementary and middle-school students, we always hoped that our regular teachers would be absent and that we would be supervised by a “substitute teacher.” The normal rules of the classroom...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Finds Demand Futility Where Plaintiff Adequately Alleged That Board's Approval Of Challenged...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss a stockholder complaint asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty against directors and executives...more

Blog: Major Indices Announce Decisions To Exclude Companies With Multi-Class Share Structures

by Cooley LLP on

Earlier this week, the S&P Dow Jones Indices announced that the S&P Composite 1500 and its component indices (the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600) will no longer add companies with “multiple share class...more

Extension of the PSC regime to Scottish Limited Partnerships – are you ready?

by Hogan Lovells on

The PSC regime is not new, having created obligations on UK limited companies and UK LLPs (LLP) to maintain a register of persons with significant control (PSC) since June 2016. What is new, and is of significance to private...more

Delaware Authorizes Stocks on Blockchain

On July 21st, Delaware Governor John Carney Jr. signed SB 69 into law. SB 69 amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) to explicitly authorize the use of distributed ledger technology in the administration of...more

Non-Public Review of Registration Statements

by King & Spalding on

On July 10, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance started accepting confidential submissions for draft registration statements for all initial public offerings (IPOs) for non-public review. Previously, in connection...more

Delaware Supreme Court Decision Addresses Critical "Fair Value" Issues in Appraisal Litigation

On August 1, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an en banc opinion in DFC Global Corporation v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P., et al., reversing the Delaware Court of Chancery's decision regarding the fair value of DFC...more

The Monetary Authority of Singapore Clarifies Its Treatment of Token Offerings - To Regulate or Not to Regulate? – That Is No...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a press release issued on Tuesday, August 1, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) provided its most direct guidance yet on how it intends to treat “token offerings.” For those looking for concrete rules,...more

Delaware Law Embraces Digital Securities

by Perkins Coie on

On May 2, 2016, during a keynote address at Consensus 2016, Jack Markell – Governor of Delaware from 2009 to 2017 – announced a comprehensive program to provide an enabling regulatory and legal environment for the development...more

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