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SEC Staff Issues Update Guidance Regarding Cybersecurity

Recently, the Staff of the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Staff”) issued updated Guidance that highlights the importance of cybersecurity of registered investment funds and...more

SEC Issues New Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Funds

On April 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (the “Division”) published a Guidance Update setting forth cybersecurity concerns and advice for the registered investment ...more

SEC Secures Victory on Fraud Allegations Against Technology Executive

The US District Court for the District of Columbia took the unusual step of granting summary judgment against a technology company executive who the Securities and Exchange Commission accused of various violations of the...more

The SEC and the Pharmaceutical Industry - Recent Commentary by the SEC's Enforcement Director Identifies Areas of SEC Focus...

Recently, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Enforcement Director, Andrew Ceresney (“Ceresney”), spoke to pharmaceutical compliance personnel at the CBI’s Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress...more

SEC Releases Results of Cybersecurity Exam Sweep

We’re a bit behind on this, but better (a little bit) late than never. Last month the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations released the first results of its Cybersecurity Examination Initiative, announced...more

SEC Report: Just How Prepared are Broker-Dealers and Advisors for Cyber- Attacks?

On February 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published a highly-anticipated summary of its examination sweep of 57 registered broker-dealers...more

How Does Your Firm Compare? Results from the SEC’s Cybersecurity Examinations

On Feb. 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Risk Alert summarizing observations gleaned from a cybersecurity examination sweep of 57 registered broker-dealers (BDs) and 49 registered investment...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - February 2015

It’s still the case that commentators have said nothing revelationary about “proxy access ,” the recent private-ordering push, and the SEC’s flip-floppery on its Whole Foods no-action letter. “Proxy access” is short hand for...more

SEC Charges Chilean Citizens With Insider Trading Concerning Tender Offer for Chilean

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that defendants, Juan Cruz Bilbao Hormaeche and Thomas Andres Hurtado Rourke, both Chilean...more

Will 2015 Bring New Regulations for Bitcoin Users?  [Video]

Jan. 9, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Houman Shadab, professor at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about the emerging regulatory landscape for people and companies using bitcoin....more

SEC Fines Virtual Currency Operator For Alleged Registration Violations

On December 8, the SEC fined a computer programmer $68,387.07 for operating two separate online exchanges that traded securities using virtual currency without registering the businesses as broker dealers. Further, the SEC...more

The SEC and the DMV

“The SEC Should Copy the DMV” is the title of an article published in the New York Times by Joseph S. Fichera recently. The article focuses on the use of corporate fines, questioning whether they are effective: “The SEC and...more

The SEC Tackles Technicality

Within several months of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s announcement in late 2013 of a commitment to improving the SEC’s trial readiness, the Commission suffered a number of losses in federal...more

Bitcoin Investment Vehicles Beware – The SEC is Watching

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the co-owner of two Bitcoin-related websites for publicly offering shares in the ventures without registering the securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the...more

SEC Cybersecurity Initiative: Five Steps ALL Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Should be Taking

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert announcing its Cybersecurity Initiative....more

Did the IRS Just Help or Hurt the Bitcoin Economy?  [Video]

Apr. 1, 2014 -- Houman Shadab, Associate Professor at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about recent developments in the bitcoin economy....more

Three Important Lessons from the FCPA Guidance for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies

The US Chamber of Commerce “praised” the FCPA Guidance. The Chamber did not get what it wanted but it had to recognize that the FCPA Guidance was helpful for businesses. The FPCA Guidance provides important information for...more

It's Raining PII in New York

On November 25, 2012, the front page of the New York Post blasted the headline, “Drop Secret. Shred Alert! Covert cop files used as parade confetti.” The Post reported that shredded files appearing to contain material from...more

BIS Report on the Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets

On October 23, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published a report entitled ‘The Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets – An International Perspective’. The report is an analysis of the potential...more

ESMA Publishes Draft EMIR Technical Standards

On 27 September 2012, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its draft technical standards in the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The technical standards supplement the level one text...more

Profit Counting: The Pfizer FCPA Settlement

On August 8, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced agreements with the drug manufacturer Pfizer Inc. to settle allegations that a Pfizer subsidiary had...more

London Metal Exchange: New Information Barriers Requirement

As of 1 April 2012, related warehouse companies are required to engage an independent practitioner to assure that the information barriers they have instituted are compliant with the London Metal Exchange’s rules and...more

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Holds Pharmaceutical Companies Not Required to Disclose FDA Inspectional...

In an important ruling dismissing a comprehensive securities class action complaint against Genzyme Corporation, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held last week that regulatory comments and...more

Crowdfunding

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has just launched a new campaign in support of changing Canadian securities laws to permit crowdfunding. See the news release here. Crowdfunding is the use of...more

Gearing up for 2012 Annual Reporting Season: Has Your Public Company Board Addressed Cybersecurity Risk?

As companies have migrated toward increasing dependence on digital technologies to conduct their operations, the risks to these companies associated with cybersecurity incidents have also increased. The consequences of a...more

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