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Call for Input on the Post-Implementation Review of the FCA’s Crowdfunding Rules

The Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) published a post-implementation review of its crowdfunding rules on 8 July 2016 (the “Paper”). The Paper is a “call for input” to invite readers to engage with the review, to offer...more

Disclosing bribery conduct not an easy decision for US companies

While the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC's ) recent announcement of two non-prosecution agreements (NPAs) with Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Akamai) and Nortek, Inc. (Nortek) in matters involving books and records...more

Implementation of Policy Allowing Complete Foreign Ownership in E-Commerce Operations Nationwide in China

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Issues the First Value-Added Telecom Services License to an E-Commerce Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise. Background - Historically, foreign investors were...more

Amendment to the Development of Telecom Services and Networks Support Act in Poland

On June 9, 2016, the Lower House of the Polish Parliament passed the Development of Telecom Services and Networks Support and Other Amendments Act, known as “Mega-Act Amendment”....more

This Week in FCPA-Epiode 8 [Video]

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I discuss the declinations received by Nortek and Akamai in their FCPA enforcement actions...more

SEC Issues C&DIs and Small Entity Compliance Guides for Crowdfunding

On May 13, 2016, the SEC issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on Rules 100 (Crowdfunding Exemption and Requirements), 201 (Disclosure Requirements), 204 (Advertising) and 205 (Promoter Compensation)...more

NASAA Releases Proposed Model Rule for Crowdfunded Offerings

On May 16, 2016, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released for public comment its proposed model rule and uniform notice filing form for crowdfunded offerings. ...more

New Crowdfunding Rules Present Challenges and Opportunity

On May 16th, the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s long-awaited rules known as “Regulation Crowdfunding” take effect, providing a revolutionary method for emerging companies to raise capital. The SEC’s adopting...more

May 16th: Title III Crowdfunding Effective Date

In time for the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding, FINRA has issued an investor alert and a press release....more

Regulation Crowdfunding Takes Effect

In Depth - On May 16, 2016, the final rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) took effect (except for certain forms...more

Crowdfunding Begins on May 16, 2016

Funding portal registration is now available through FINRA. This LawFlash discusses funding portals, which are the intermediaries through which crowdfunding will occur, specifically regarding the registration process...more

Regulation Crowdfunding: Worth the Wait?

You’ve been waiting more than four years since Congress passed the JOBS Act to use equity crowdfunding to raise capital for your company. On May 16, 2016, the SEC’s final crowdfunding rules under the Securities Act of 1933...more

European Commission To Promote Crowdfunding under Capital Markets Union

The European Commission announced that it would not, at this stage, be proposing legislation to regulate crowdfunding. The Commission pledged to report on whether crowdfunding should become regulated at EU-level as part of...more

Crowdfund Your Restaurant: New Equity Financing Option Could be Industry Game Changer

Have you always dreamed of investing in a restaurant, but never had the capital necessary to make that vision a reality? Or, perhaps you are an aspiring restaurateur looking to engage local food lovers more deeply in the...more

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D...more

Federal Crowdfunding: What Comes Next?

In our original article on this subject, “SEC Finally Adopts Federal Crowdfunding Rules: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold,” we discussed some of the highlights of the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”)...more

Federal Crowdfunding: Practical Considerations For Interested Parties

This is the second of a series of articles on the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”) recently adopted by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”). As explained more fully in our original article, federal...more

FinCEN Proposes to Amend Definition of Broker-Dealer in Securities to Include Funding Portals

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed to amend the Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) definition of “Broker or Dealer in Securities” to include funding portals in order to ensure that funding portals implement...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Capital Formation Legislative Update

On March 22, 2016, Congressman French Hill introduced a bill, HR 4831, that would amend the 100-holder restriction on S corporations in the limited case of shares acquired through crowdfunded offerings or Regulation A...more

Alert: SEC Invites the "Crowd" Into Equity Financing

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted final rules ("Regulation Crowdfunding") and forms implementing the crowdfunding provisions of Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups...more

The Next Level of Investor Communication

Last year about this time General Electric made a splash with its revamped Form 10-K, which it augmented with a short video introduction from its CEO, Jeff Immelt. This year, GE launched what it calls an Integrated Summary...more

The Fundamentals of Social Media Communication Compliance

Communication via social media is now standard practice, to some extent, at almost all public companies. What once seemed limited to technology and other “forward-thinking” companies has now made its way into the even the...more

Crowdfunding Is Something Worth Explaining to Investors

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the requirements of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. Regulation Crowdfunding prescribes rules...more

Federal Counterpart to New York’s Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures by Fossil Fuel Companies

Recently, three House Democrats urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an investigation of an alleged conspiracy by the fossil fuel industry to deceive the public on climate change in order to benefit the sale of its...more

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