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Rights Plan Update - Augusta Decision Charts a Halfway House Course

On May 2, 2014 the British Columbia Securities Commission (the BCSC) ruled in favour of Augusta Resource Corporation, permitting Augusta’s shareholder rights plan to remain in effect for an additional 75 days. HudBay Minerals...more

How To Get A Request For An Interpretive Opinion Rejected

Corporations Code Section 25618 authorizes the Commissioner of Business Oversight to honor requests for interpretive opinions. An interpretive opinion offers far more protection than a no-action letter from the SEC staff. ...more

Form 10s as Alternatives to Traditional IPOs – Interview with Bill Hicks, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bill Hicks, Member of Mintz Levin's Corporate & Securities Practices, discusses the advantages of going public via a Form 10....more

Administrative Law Judge Recommends 4.7 Percent Increase for Xcel Energy's Minnesota Customers

On July 8, 2013, Xcel Energy Inc., submitted a filing with the SEC detailing an Administrative Law Judge’s decision in a pending electric rate case in Minnesota and calculating the decision’s impact on one of its...more

Waterfall Distributions for Investors – Bruce E. Methven

Managers who are organizing an investment funds....more

N.Y. ALJ Holds Taxpayer’s Motives for Acquiring Stock and How Stock Is Used Irrelevant in Determining Investment Capital

A New York administrative law judge recently held in Matter of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. that income received by a taxpayer from its ownership of common stock was investment income. In so holding, the ALJ addressed an important...more

Swap Clearing and the Commercial End User Exception: Corporate Governance and Risk Management Issues for Commercial Companies

Central clearing of over-the-counter derivatives is a central pillar of the financial services reforms that are embodied in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). The presumption...more

Changes in the Wind for Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans?

On December 28, 2012, the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) submitted a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requesting that the SEC implement rulemaking to impose new requirements with respect to...more

The Cutting Edge Of Anti-Corruption Compliance: Proactive Audits

The FCPA world is fast-becoming the leader in new compliance strategies. The Justice Department and the SEC have embraced the requirement for conducting “proactive audits.”...more

Securities Law Essentials For Growing Companies

We recently gave a presentation at a CLE titled Securities Law Essentials for Growing Companies. The presentation included an overview of what constitutes a public offering, what is a security, classical private placements,...more

Insider Trading Enforcement And Deterrence

It is hard to know whether the government’s aggressive enforcement of insider trading laws deters criminals from violating securities laws. One key factor in this equation is the risk of getting caught. The Obama...more

NYSE And Nasdaq Amend Compensation Committee Independence Proposals

Nasdaq has amended its proposal regarding independence of compensation committees required by the Dodd-Frank Act. Nasdaq proposes to clarify that a compensation committee is not required to conduct the independence...more

Congress Extends Exclusion for Investors in Qualified Small Businesses

Among the taxpayer-favorable aspects of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act), the 100 percent exclusion from gross income of gain on the sale of Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS), provided for in section 1202 of...more

Notification Threshold Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Increased to $70.9 million

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced higher reporting thresholds for pre-merger notifications filed on or after February 11, 2013. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced revised thresholds for...more

FTC Announces Increases to Thresholds for Pre-Merger Notification and Limitations on Interlocking Directorates

On Jan. 10, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission made its annual announcement of revisions to thresholds that determine whether companies must abide by the pre-merger filing and waiting period requirements set forth in the...more

"CFTC Issues Final Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations"

Swaps trade in a global market. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to impose a panoply of regulation on the swaps market mostly through regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures...more

EC Technical Standards for European Markets Infrastructure Regulation

On December 19, 2012, the European Commission adopted nine regulatory and implementing technical standards to complement obligations defined under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation on OTC derivatives, central...more

CII Submits Rule 10b5-1 Rulemaking Petition to the SEC

On November 28 the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), an association of public, corporate and union pension funds and other employee benefit plans, submitted a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman...more

The SEC Is Scrutinizing Asset Valuations—Are You Ready?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently has set its sights on registered entities and their officers and directors for overvaluing the entities’ assets....more

No Knowledge, but Hints of Omissions in the Allianz FCPA Settlement

On December 17, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a settlement under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) with Allianz SE (“Allianz”), the insurance company based in Germany, resulting...more

SEC Includes Disclosure Of Corporate Political Spending Rule In Unified Agenda – What Does It Mean?

On August 3, 2011, a group of leading academics, including Harvard Law School Professor Lucian A. Bebchuk, submitted this petition for rulemaking to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The petitioners asked the SEC to...more

Private Placements By Acquisition Targets – Another Regulatory Grey Area

On November 28, 2012, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) issued the reasons for the decision it had made following a hearing to consider an application made by Inmet Mining Corporation for certain relief in...more

CSRC Scraps Quantitative Thresholds for Offshore Listings by PRC Companies and Paves the Way for Direct Overseas Listings by...

China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”), the securities regulator of the People’s Republic China (the “PRC” or “China”), has scrapped quantitative threshold requirements for Chinese companies applying for offshore...more

Other NYSE/NASDAQ Developments

Non-Executive Employment of Family Members No Longer Precludes Nomination of Non-Independent Directors under “Exceptional and Limited Circumstances” Until recently, a director of a NASDAQ-listed company could serve as an...more

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