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SEC Division of Investment Management Provides Guidance on the Testimonial Rule and Social Media

The Division of Investment Management (the Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued guidance (the Guidance) to investment advisers regarding the applicability to social media of Rule 206(4)-1(a)(1)...more

SEC Issues New and Revised Guidance on Intrastate Crowdfunding

On April 10, 2014, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued one revised and two new compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) regarding crowdfunding and Rule...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance for Advisers Using Social Media on Compliance with General Prohibition on Testimonials

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-4 discussing how a registered adviser or its investment advisory representatives (“IARs”) may use public commentary...more

Division of Investment Management: References by Advisers to Public Commentary on Social Media Sites Don’t Invoke “Testimonial...

Acknowledging the growing demand by consumers for information through social media, the Division of Investment Management set some ground rules on how investment advisers can use social media and publish advertisements that...more

New Regulatory Guidance on Use of Social Media by Investment Advisers

Acknowledging the growing demand by consumers for information through social media, the Division of Investment Management set some ground rules on how investment advisers can use social media and publish advertisements...more

CSA Releases Crowdfunding Proposals for Comment

On March 20, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a notice (the CSA Notice) announcing the release for comment of two proposed equity crowdfunding prospectus exemptions. Some provincial securities...more

Accredited Investor Verification under Rule 506(c)

Bill Carleton has a good post regarding the recent comments from Keith Higgins, the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, who spoke at the 2014 Angel Capital Association Summit. Higgins discussed the SEC’s...more

What Does the New Washington Crowdfunding Law Allow?

The Washington State legislature has passed a crowdfunding bill, HB 2023. The Governor has yet to sign the bill, so it is not yet law. But hopefully it will be law soon. If you are wondering what the new law will...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 31, 2014

Fed Issues a Report on Mobile Financial Services - On March 25, the Fed issued a report on the use of mobile phones to obtain financial services. Last year, 33 percent of all mobile phone users and 51 percent of...more

Simplified Authorization Procedure for Cross-Border Marketing of Swiss Securities Funds and German UCITS

At the beginning of this year – to the (pleasant) surprise of market participants – an agreement came into force to implement a simplification in the marketing of Swiss securities funds (Effektenfonds) in Germany, and German...more

Luxembourg AIFMD Transposition – Where Are We Now?

As previously reported in Dechert's Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Services Quarterly Report and DechertOnPoint, Luxembourg Law Transposing the AIFMD Passed by Luxembourg Parliament, Luxembourg’s transposition of the AIFMD...more

Fed Governor Addresses Crowdfunding

Governor Jeremy C. Stein spoke at the Crowdfunding for Community Development Finance Conference today. Fed Governor Stein’s remarks emphasized that perhaps all too often crowdfunding is associated only or primarily with tech...more

Crowdfunding Alert: Ontario Securities Commission Releases Equity Crowdfunding Exemption Proposal

Following a lengthy consultation period and broad review, the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) has unveiled a series of proposed prospectus exemptions aimed at growing small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”). Among...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 3-Interview with Marie Patterson, Vice President of Marketing for Hiperos [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Marie Patterson, VP of Marketing for Hiperos. We discuss the management of third parties by a commercial entity throughout the life cycle of the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2014

In This Issue: - NIST Releases Final Framework Document ..Key Changes From The Preliminary Framework ..The Framework Roadmap ..The DHS “C-Cubed” Program ..Next Steps - California Suggests Upper...more

Costs of Equity Crowdfunding: Are Companies in for Sticker Shock?

When the SEC‘s proposed new rules for regulating crowdfunding came out in October last year, there was understandably a lot of excitement. What’s not to love about the lofty idea of providing companies access to the huge...more

SEC Settles with Adviser and Its Principal over Misleading Mutual Fund and Advisory Services Advertisements in Newsletters and on...

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against Navigator Money Management (the “Adviser”), a registered investment adviser, and its principal, Mark A. Grimaldi (the “Principal”), over advertisements in newsletters...more

General Solicitation and Bad Actor Guidance from the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has released a series of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (the “Interpretations”) recently addressing the general solicitation exemption under new Rule 506(c) of...more

Crowdfunding: When Will the Rules Be Done?

The startup community is getting excited and antsy. The comment period on the SEC’s crowdfunding rules ended February 3. The speculation has begun – when will the rules be final? Could it be this summer? My answer: Who...more

SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Recently Adopted Amendments to Rule 506 Addressing General Solicitation and Bad...

Effective September 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 506 of Regulation D to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...more

The plus side of Reg A

To date, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) is best known for legalizing securities crowdfunding (better called ‘crowd investing’), lifting the ban on the mass marketing of private offerings, and fostering...more

"The Unsafe Harbor: The Tribune Decision and the Erosion of Bankruptcy Code Section 546(e)"

A 2013 court decision has cast doubts over the future scope of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code’s safe harbor protections against the reversal of settled securities transactions. If the ruling stemming from the Tribune Company...more

"The Future of Marketing Non-EU Alternative Investment Funds in Europe"

Adopted by the European Parliament in 2010 and implemented by EU member states in July 2013, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the Directive) seeks to protect investors and mitigate market instability by...more

SEC 2014 Adviser Examination Priorities Include Continuation of Presence Exams and Initiative Targeting Never-Before Examined...

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced the 2014 examination priorities (the “Announcement”) for its National Examination Program (the “NEP”). The priorities are organized according to...more

Crowdfunding: SEC Proposes to Exempt From Registration Internet Offerings Up to $1 Million

Late in 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules that would, if approved, authorize the use of the Internet for so-called crowdfunding campaigns seeking up to $1 million per 12-month period from...more

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