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SEC Considers Updating the Accredited Investor Definition

The accredited investor (AI) definition is an extremely important component of the private placement market. A significant amount of capital is raised using Regulation D, and accredited investors participated in 89 percent of...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Creditor’s Right To File Fiduciary Duty Claims

While it is generally known that creditors may only file derivative suits when the company is insolvent, there have been many open issues about what exactly that means. This decision answers many of those questions by...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Public Companies Face “Pay for Performance” Disclosure Based on Total Shareholder Return

Public company proxy statements would have to disclose the total compensation “actually paid” to their principal executive officers over the previous five years, then describe the relationship between that compensation and...more

Finally! SEC Proposes New Pay for Performance Disclosure Regulations

On April 29, 2015, in accordance with Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Reform Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a press release and published...more

BANKRUPTCY ALERT: Golf Channel Learns Hazards Of Playing With A Ponzi Scheme

The recent Fifth Circuit decision in Janvey v. The Golf Channel, Inc. ("Golf Channel") reminds us again that sometimes, despite our best efforts, bad things happen to good people. In that case, the Golf Channel learned a...more

Das Gesetz zur Quote tritt in Kraft

Nach der auch öffentlich lebhaft geführten Debatte um die Quote und der Vielzahl an Änderungen und Modifikationen im Rahmen des Gesetzgebungsverfahrens ist der finale Gesetzestext nunmehr in Kraft getreten. Viele Unternehmen...more

"FINRA Provides Guidance on Effective Supervision and Control Practices for Firms Engaging in Algorithmic Trading Strategies"

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a regulatory notice (the “Notice”) in March 2015 that provides guidance on effective supervision and control practices for firms engaging in algorithmic trading...more

FINRA is Apparently Holding its CARDS

Broker-dealers appear to have succeeded, at least for now, in beating back FINRA’s proposal to capture extensive amounts of data through electronic means....more

The Cost of Buying Silence – Non-disclosure Provisions Run Afoul of Federal Agencies

There’s an inherent tension in requiring an employee to sign an agreement restricting his or her ability to discuss activity in the workplace. On one hand, employers with confidential business practices and trade secrets need...more

NASAA Launches a Streamlined Filing Process for Form D

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) recently announced the launch of the online Electronic Filing Depository (EFD). The EFD is an online system that creates a streamlined process to enhance the...more

CFTC Proposal Eases Trade Option Obligations for Non-SD/MSP Counterparties

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed to amend part 32 of its regulations governing trade options to reduce the reporting requirements for counterparties that are not swap dealers or major swap participants...more

SEC Proposes New Pay-for-Performance Rules

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new rules to require annual disclosure in proxy and information statements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regarding the relationship between executive...more

SEC Proposes Pay Versus Performance Disclosure Rules

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the SEC proposed rules on the disclosure of executive pay versus company performance. The proposed rules implement Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,...more

SEC Proposes Long-Awaited Pay for Performance Rules

On April 29, 2015, in a 3-2 vote of commissioners cast along party lines, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules to implement Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015

CME Group Summarily Suspends Trading Privileges of Two Traders Without Hearing for Alleged Spoofing and Non-Cooperation - Less than two weeks after civil and criminal charges were filed by the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Court Sorts Out California RULLCA Transition Muddle

Monday, I wrote about Kennedy v. Kennedy, 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 329 (Apr. 20, 2015).  That post discussed the Court of Appeal’s holding that under the General Corporation Law the dismissal of a cause of action for involuntary...more

Episode 155-Mara Senn on FCPA Investigations and the Decision to Self-Disclose [Video]

In this episode I visit with Mara Senn, a partner at Arnold & Porter on how to think through a FCPA investigation and she provides a decision making calculus on how to make a decision...more

Lack Of Coverage Under Financial Institution Bond For “Fraudulently Procured” Versus “Counterfeit” Stock Certificates Pledged As...

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in Bank of Brewton v. The Travelers Companies, Inc., 777 F.3d 1339 (11th Cir. February 9, 2015), addressing whether, under Alabama law, a duly authorized stock...more

ESMA Recognizes Third-Country CCPs

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has recognised ten third-country Central Counterparties (CCPs) in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. The recognition allows these CCPs to provide clearing services...more

Dodd-Frank Update: CFTC Proposes to Reduce Trade Option Obligations for End Users

On April 30, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing to reduce certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements for end users. Notably, the NOPR...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 3

In This Issue: - The National Senior Investor Initiative - SEC Commissioner Addresses Structured Notes - The SEC Defines “Voting Equity Securities” Under the Rule 506(d) Bad Actor Disqualification...more

CFTC Says Securitization SPVs Eligible for End-User Exception

The CFTC issued a no-action letter to Ford Motor Credit to clarify that a securitization special purpose vehicle, or SPV, that is wholly-owned by, and consolidated with, a captive finance company (as described in Section...more

Developments in Prospectus Exemptions

On May 5, 2015, certain changes to the prospectus exemptions under National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (“NI 45-106”) come into force. These changes include amendments to the accredited investor exemption and the...more

Converting Your Convertible Note

If you just invested in the next big thing by way of a convertible promissory note, you will want to ensure that, when it converts, you get all of the equity to which you’re entitled. Does your note convert at the valuation...more

Proxy Access — Week of April 26

During the week of April 26, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed two shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and two failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the...more

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