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Welcome To California: No Foreign Corporations Need Apply

California continues to hemorrhage corporate charters to Delaware and Nevada.  The most recent potential emigrant is SJW Corp. which filed this proxy statement last week seeking shareholder approval of a reincorporation from...more

RBS Motion to Dismiss RMBS Fraud Claim Granted in Part

On March 20, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part Defendants’ motion to dismiss a complaint filed by several HSH Nordbank affiliates against several RBS...more

SEC Charges Underwriter and Bankers in Connection with Offering by China-based Issuer A Cautionary Tale of How Bad Facts and Weak...

On March 27, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against an investment bank and two of its bankers for failing to adequately review and escalate a due diligence report which contradicted...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2015 #4

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Regulations on Methodology for Calculation of Fixed Costs by Investment Firms - UK Bank of England Announces Details of 2015 Stress Test...more

CFTC Issues Advisory on Ownership and Control Reporting

The Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have issued an advisory on ownership and control reporting (OCR) for futures...more

“A” is For Approved: SEC Finalizes Regulation A+, the Small Offering Exemption

Securities lawyers had a “first time in forever” moment on March 25, when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to approve landmark reforms to its Regulation A, the so-called (and until now little-used)...more

At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index Annuity?

The so-called Harkin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act was intended to keep fixed-index annuities outside the SEC’s jurisdiction. But the issue remains unsettled on the state level. For example, an Illinois state court recently...more

SEC Imposes $6 Million in Penalties for Straw Purchaser Arrangement

On March 26, 2015, the SEC settled charges against 22 parties relating to arrangements by which companies not registered as broker-dealers purchased securities on behalf of Global Fixed Income, LLC (GFI) and received...more

SEC Charges Directors, Officers and Major Investors for Failing to Update Disclosures Prior to Announcements of Going Private...

On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced settlement proceedings against officers, directors, and major shareholders of several companies that were recently taken private for failing to update...more

Whistleblower Award Update

There was not much activity from the SEC Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) in the months since it announced the highest whistleblower award to date in September 2014, but that changed in February when it issued a number of...more

European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Adopted its Report on Securities Financing Transactions

The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) adopted its report on securities financing transactions (SFTs). This document reflects ECON’s final position on measures to monitor the build-up of...more

SEC Brings Enforcement Action Related to Perks

The SEC charged the former CEO of Silicon Valley-based technology firm Polycom Inc. with using nearly $200,000 in corporate funds for personal perks that were not disclosed to investors. It’s the second enforcement action in...more

Court Dismisses FDIC’s Amended Complaint for Untimeliness

On March 24, Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Defendants’ motion to dismiss an action filed by the FDIC, as receiver for two failed banks, related to...more

SEC Adopts Rule Giving Access to Capital for Smaller Companies

On March 25, the SEC adopted final rules to amend Regulation A, a current exemption from registration for smaller companies issuing securities. The new rules, which allow smaller companies to offer and sell up to $50 million...more

In Long-Awaited SEC Action – Access to Capital for Entrepreneurial Startups Facilitated by New Rules - Venture Capital and...

On March 25, 2015, in a long-awaited action by the SEC, the regulatory agency finally made a bold move intended to facilitate access to capital for entrepreneurial, high tech startups and other smaller companies. Pursuant to...more

California and Delaware Courts Agree: Amendments to Corporate Bylaws Do Not Apply Retroactively to Impair Pursuit Previously...

Two recent decisions, one from the Delaware Court of Chancery and one from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, refused to apply bylaws that impaired a shareholder/member plaintiff’s ability to pursue...more

SEC Issues Regulation A+ Rules; Increases Access to Capital Markets for Smaller Issuers

On March 25th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules to amend Regulation A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The new rules, referred to as “Regulation A+,”...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

UBS and Capital Ventures Settle RMBS Dispute - On March 26, Capital Ventures International and several UBS affiliates filed a stipulation of dismissal after reaching a settlement disposing of all claims in the action....more

The US Supreme Court Clarifies When Issuers May Be Liable for Opinions Under the Securities Act: Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist....

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Constr. Indus. Pension Fund, Slip op., No. 13-435 (Mar. 24, 2015), held that issuers may sometimes be liable under Section 11 of the Securities Act...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Examines Liability in Statements of Opinion

The United States Supreme Court in Omnicare, Inc., et al. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, et al., clarified standards for liability that a company issuing securities may face through...more

The ASEAN Trading Link

The ASEAN Trading Link is a stock trading link established among the stock exchanges of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand that has been in place since September 2012. This initiative is one of the measures driven by the ASEAN...more

SEC Charges Former CEO, Firm Based On Concealed Perks

The former President and CEO of a public company repeatedly charged personal expenses to the firm largely by falsifying documents and records. Although the executive admitted certain misdeeds to internal investigators...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules Expanding Regulation A, Providing a New Option for Offerings Under $50 Million

On March 25, 2015, the SEC formally adopted its final rule amendments governing the expansion of registration exemptions for public offerings of $50 million or less in any 12-month period under Regulation A of the Securities...more

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Filing Reminders"

Following are a few points to consider when preparing proxy statement materials for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with annual shareholder meetings....more

SEC Proposes Rule to Require Broker-Dealers Active in Off-Exchange Market to Become Members of National Securities Association

On March 25, the SEC proposed to narrow Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act, which exempts certain brokers or dealers from membership in a registered national securities association...more

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