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House Passes Encouraging Employee Ownership Act

On February 3, 2016, the House passed H.R. 1675, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015. The bill directs the SEC to revise regulations to require an issuer to furnish investors with additional specified disclosures...more

The Year in Social Enterprise: 2015 Legislative and Policy Review

The past year proved to be a landmark year in the brief history of the emerging social enterprise sector. Indeed, 2015 witnessed continued legislative efforts and important policy developments that illustrate the increased...more

House Passes SEC Small Business Advocate Act and Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act

On February 1, 2016, the House passed H.R. 3784, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act, and H.R. 2187, the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act....more

District Court Declines To Redress The SEC’s Failure To Respond To Petition Seeking Political Spending Disclosure Rule

Although placed right up front in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances is often overshadowed by the other First Amendment rights. There can be no doubt,...more

New Bill Would Require Cybersecurity Disclosures by Publicly Traded Companies

Why it matters - In the continuing efforts to enact cybersecurity legislation and advise the public about cybersecurity preparedness, a new bill introduced in the Senate would mandate that publicly traded companies...more

JOBS Act Quick Start – A Brief Overview of the JOBS Act, 2016 Update

Many market participants were taken by surprise by the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act, HR 3606, was passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 8, 2012. On March...more

Tax Law Changes Favorable to Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors

The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” (PATH) Act was recently signed into law, and two provisions in particular benefit venture capital, private equity, and other investors owning or planning to purchase a corporation....more

House Committee on Financial Services Approves Bill Exempting Smaller Reporting Companies from Filing Financial Data in XBRL

On January 28, 2016, the House Committee on Financial Services reported favorably on the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act. The bill has been scheduled for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. ...more

Financial Services Legislation: 2015 in Review and What to Expect in 2016

To the surprise of many, Congress passed a number of financial services bills in 2015, including six that amended the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010....more

How prepared is industry for the possibility of a Brexit?

The next structural issue facing the European Union - White & Case commissioned independent research to capture views on how senior in-house legal decision makers and senior managers viewed the possibility of a Brexit...more

The Built-In Gains Tax - S Corporations Are Gaining Ground

Many business owners are aware that, if a business is operated through a C corporation, the corporation pays tax on the profits and, when the profits are distributed to the shareholders in the form of dividends, the...more

100 Percent Exclusion for Qualified Small Business Stock Finally Made Permanent

Among the many “tax extenders” in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act, Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) is a permanent extension of...more

Omnibus Highway Bill Contains a Grab Bag of December Surprises for Public Companies and Companies Aspiring to Go Public

In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law an omnibus highway bill called “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” or the “FAST Act.” This new law (i) amends certain sections of the Jumpstart Our Business...more

"FINRA Submits Pay-to-Play Rule 2030 to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Draft Rules) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for approval. The Draft Rules set forth pay-to-play...more

New Legislation Extends JOBS Act Relief and Creates Resale Exemption, Among Other Changes to the Federal Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, known as the FAST Act. The FAST Act made several important changes to the federal securities laws, including (i) extending...more

Blog: Court Dismisses Case To Compel SEC To Act On Rulemaking Petition For Corporate Political Spending Disclosure

As noted in Law360, a DC District Court has granted the SEC’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed to compel the SEC to act on a rulemaking petition regarding corporate political spending disclosure. ...more

Federal Securities Law Implications of the FAST Act

New rules enhance IPO accommodations under the JOBS Act and provide private resale exemption. On December 4, US President Barack Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act or the Act, H.R....more

New Hampshire Uniform Securities Act

New Hampshire has adopted a new securities law, known as the New Hampshire Uniform Securities Act, which will become effective on January 1, 2016. It is modeled on the Uniform Securities Act (2002) (“USA 2002”), which has...more

Highway Bill Contains Provisions Relevant to Start-ups and IPO Companies

Newly-enacted law would further facilitate trading in private company shares - Further streamlining of IPO process for Emerging Growth Companies - The recently-enacted highway bill, also known as the Fixing...more

Congress Enacts Significant Changes to the REIT and FIRPTA Rules

Changes include restrictions on tax-free REIT spinoffs and other reforms generally favorable to REITs and non-US investors in US real estate. On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans...more

Congress Takes the FAST Lane to Important Securities Reforms

On December 4, 2015, the President signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, better known as the FAST Act, which had been approved by a bipartisan Congress. The FAST Act (also referred to in the media as the...more

FAST Act Continues Capital Formation Initiatives of the JOBS Act

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”) was signed into law by President Obama. While not apparent from its name, the FAST Act contains provisions that amend or supplement the...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs on FAST Act

As previously reported, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) on December 4. The transportation bill includes several provisions related to securities laws and...more

Blog: Prohibition On Political Spending Disclosure Requirement Survives In Omnibus Spending Bill, WSJ Reports

The WSJ is reporting that the provision prohibiting the SEC from adopting requirements for political spending disclosure has survived as part of the omnibus spending bill (12/15 text ). Not that the SEC was addressing the...more

Blog: Politico Reports : Prohibition On Corporate Political Spending Disclosure A Sticking Point In Omnibus Spending Bill...

According to Politico (subscription required), a “provision to prohibit the SEC from requiring companies to disclose their political campaign contributions is one of the last sticking points in the omnibus spending package,...more

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