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SEC Targets Corporate Insiders for Failing to Promptly Disclose Stock Transactions

The Commission has announced an unprecedented enforcement initiative against officers, directors, and major stockholders for violating beneficial ownership reporting requirements and against public companies for their roles...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 91, Internal Controls for Third Parties Under the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode, I continue my exploration of internal controls around third parties in a FCPA compliance program, with Henry Mixon. ...more

More Women on Boards: It’s the Economy, Stupid

Earlier this month, the editors of Bloomberg published “Companies Can’t Afford Not to Have Women on Boards,” an editorial that advocated the importance of increasing the number of women directors, contending that the paucity...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission continued with broken windows this week. Twenty Rule 105 short selling cases were filed in a group. Last week another group of broken window type cases was filed based on the failure to file Form 4s and...more

SEC Sued to Implement Resource Extraction Rules

On July 2, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the SEC’s resource extraction rules which were mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. Since that time, industry players have asked the SEC to...more

CFTC Votes to Re-Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 17, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) voted to re-propose rules to impose initial and variation margin requirements on uncleared swaps entered into by swap dealers and major swap...more

SEC Charges Issuers, Corporate Insiders, and Other Significant Investors for Violating Laws Requiring Reporting of Transactions in...

On September 10, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced settlements with officers, directors, and significant shareholders for violating federal securities laws requiring information about their...more

Forum Selection Bylaws Are Best Considered On A Clear Day

“Exclusive forum” bylaws and charter provisions are a powerful tool for managing the risk of parallel corporate governance litigation against a company and its directors in multiple forums, allowing stockholders to bring such...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - September 2014

The SEC recently settled an enforcement action against brokerage firm Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. ("MCH") for deficient insider trading procedures. This case is an important reminder of some key elements of effective insider...more

When Do You Need Acquired Business Financials in a Prospectus?

General Rule: Your prospectus must include (or incorporate by reference) financial statements for a significant acquisition of a business that has closed 75 days or more before the offering. Significant means above 20% on any...more

SEC Institutes Proceeding Against High Speed Trader – But Not For Trading

High speed trading is a frequent topic of discussion in the securities markets. Books have been written about it such as Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys” and Scott Patterson’s “Dark Pools.” Hearings have been held on Capitol Hill...more

Investment Firm Fined $15 Million for Cherry Picking and Soft Dollar Schemes

An investment firm's plan to defraud clients out of $10.9 million landed it a $15 million penalty from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On top of the penalty, the firm must disgorge — or give up the profits...more

Weeding Out Bad Actors: The Rule 506 Bad Actor Provisions and Capital Markets Practice – One Year Later

As we approach the anniversary of the effectiveness of the Rule 506 bad actor provisions (if you don’t happen to have it marked on your calendar, the new rules went into effect on September 23, 2013), it is a good time to...more

Promoting Job Creation Bill

The House of Representatives voted 320 to 102 to pass H.R. 5405 (Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act) that contains a number of JOBS Act related measures that previously were the subject of...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - September 2014

In This Issue: The CFTC provided long-awaited exemptive relief for commodity pool operators that wish to offer their funds in private offerings using general solicitation under Rule 506(c) of the SEC’s Regulation D. ...more

SEC Continues Its “Strict Liability” Enforcement Campaigns, Focusing on Filing Failures and Rule 105 Violations

Nearly five years ago, the SEC launched an extensive "crackdown" on violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M, which prohibits short selling securities and then participating in secondary offerings of the same securities within...more

Between Bridges: Federal Court Tosses Out Challenges to CFTC Cross-Border Guidance and Policy Statement

A United States federal court on September 16, 2014, mostly tossed out all legal challenges brought by three industry groups to the cross-border guidance and policy statement initially issued by the Commodity Futures Trading...more

AIFMD: Additional Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) Data Request by FCA

On August 22, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) contacted a number of firms that had previously submitted to the FCA an earlier version of the required AIF schedule as part of their FCA application, to request that...more

SEC Enforcement Actions for Failure to File Timely Reports (under Sections 16(a), 13(d) and 13(g) of the Exchange Act)

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settled charges against (i) 28 officers, directors and major beneficial owners of publicly traded companies that failed to file Schedules 13D and 13G and...more

SEC’s Broken Window Enforcement Program Gets a Boost from “Quantitative Analytics” and “Algorithms”

The SEC announced last week that it had charged, in settled administrative proceedings, 28 individuals and investment firms that failed to “promptly report information about their holdings and transactions in company stock”...more

CFTC Grants Exemptive Relief to Private Fund Managers: General Solicitation Conditionally Permitted

The JOBS Act and the regulations thereunder (which went effective on September 23, 2013) applies to private issuers – including hedge funds and private equity funds – that want to make general solicitations within the context...more

New Disclosure Rules for Extractive Companies Coming Into Force Soon

UK companies, including UK subsidiaries of EU companies, face tougher anti-corruption rules from next year. Under chapter 10 of the EU Accounting Directive (2013/34/EU) (“the Accounting Directive”) and the EU...more

Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2015 Offerings

Desktop Staleness Calendar For 2015 Offerings For Issuers With A Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2014. Please see full calendar below for more information....more

CFTC Proposes Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

Following bank regulators’ re-proposal of margin requirements for uncleared swaps by bank swap dealers (bank SDs) and bank major swap participants (bank MSPs), the CFTC has re-proposed its own very similar requirements for...more

OFAC Fines Commodity Trading Advisor For Apparent Sanctions Violations

On September 9, OFAC released an enforcement action against a CFTC-registered Introducing Broker and Commodity Trading Advisor that operates an electronic trading platform that allows customers to automatically place currency...more

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