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An energy company, its CEO and the firm’s public relations adviser and its president were named in a fraud action by the SEC centered on false representations concerning oil reserves for a property in Columbia. The...more
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Welcome to King & Spalding's economic development news bulletin, Investing in Georgia. In this edition, you will find:
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On May 22, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) and its staff took three actions.
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The SEC recently settled an enforcement action against an individual alleged to have sold millions of dollars in securities on behalf of oil and gas companies without being associated with a registered broker dealer, as...more
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General Rule. Dodd-Frank requires all swaps listed...more
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The Framework places increased emphasis on...more
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