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Canadian Securities Administrators provide guidance on use of social media by reporting companies

The rule of timely disclosure in Canada is, in essence, that a reporting (public) company must make significant information about itself available to the investing public on a timely and equal basis. The primary resultant...more

CSA Reviews Use of Social Media by Reporting Issuers

On March 9, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-348 Staff’s Review of Social Media Used by Reporting Issuers (notice). The notice provides the results of the CSA’s review of social...more

Fore Warned: Fifth Circuit Sticks to its Guns

A prior prior Ask the Receiver® discussed the Fifth Circuit case Janvey v. The Golf Channel, Inc., 780 F. 3d 641 (5th Cir. 2015) (“Golf Channel I”). There the court found The Golf Channel liable to return $6,000,000 paid to...more

Southern District Of New York Finds That Government Leaks Do Not Warrant Dismissal Of Insider Trading Charges Against Billy...

On March 1, 2017, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied professional gambler William “Billy” Walters’ motion to dismiss his indictment on charges of insider...more

Initial Results Validate Crowdfunding Reforms

Beginning in 2012 America started a bold experiment to prove that: Less is more; and, Addition by subtraction works. The experiment tested whether reducing government regulation would produce better...more

SNAP IPO Debuts On NYSE

SNAP Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, went public yesterday with a valuation of approximately $33.4 billion. The Company raised $3.4 billion at $17 per share, and is now trading well above the IPO price. While SNAP has...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2017

As we start 2017, uncertainty abounds. Donald J. Trump’s ascension to the Presidency and populist movements in Europe and Britain are set to upend global norms and challenge the status quo. Serious questions are being raised...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

Corporate Governance for Commercial Telcos

John Pietila presented this webinar on corporate governance issues to the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association in February 2017. Please see full Presentation below for more information....more

Day 1 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Tones in an Organization [Video]

Welcome to Day 1 of 30 days to a better compliance program. Together with a podcast each day, I will be giving you tips to help you create a best practices compliance program in 2017. At the end of January, you will not only...more

The Evolution of Real Estate Crowdfunding — Some Links

Real estate crowdfunding remains one of “fin-tech’s” hottest stories in 2016. While crowdfunding remains a tiny percentage of overall real estate debt or equity deals, the share continues to grow....more

Boston Brewpub Hopsters Raises Fastest Reg CF Crowdfunding Ever

A brew pub—Hopsters Brewery—has raised more than $600,000 in what industry insiders are calling the "fastest crowdfund offering ever." The Boston-area brew pub and eatery used the WeFunders platform to raise funds in...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016 #5

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Board Basics: Advisory Boards - A seed or series A round often triggers a game of musical chairs for board seats. Fortunately, an advisory board serves as...more

ASC Adopts Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Small or Start-up Alberta Businesses

Effective October 31, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) which provides Alberta-based issuers with a crowdfunding prospectus exemption. MI 45-108 is...more

SEC Adopts Changes to Rules 147 and 505

Changes Reflect Adoption of Intrastate Crowdfunding and Increased Usage of Private Offerings Under Regulation D The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on October 26, 2016 voted to update Rules 147 and 504....more

Takeover Code: changes to communicating and distributing information

There have been recent changes to the Takeover Code. The purpose of these is to ensure that the Code's rules on communicating and distributing information and opinions during a takeover offer adequately reflect recent...more

FCC Liberalizes Rules for Foreign Investment in U.S. Broadcast Licensees

On September 30, 2016, the FCC adopted an order designed to liberalize and streamline the foreign ownership review process for broadcast licensees (the “Broadcast Liberalization Order”). Section 310(b) of the Communications...more

Is this the first shot in the SEC’s war against social media?

The SEC has repeatedly included issues around social media in its annual exam priorities for investment advisers. With the SEC’s recent release of a final rule on the subject, the SEC has taken that “exam priority” to the...more

Can blockchain live up to the hype?

Is blockchain the revolutionary technology that will rewrite the rules for the finance industry, identifying authenticity and verifying payment flows that arise at a business-to-business level or between business and...more

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

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