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Crowdfunding: What It Is and What It Isn’t

THIS OUTLINE is intended to flag a number of things about Crowdfunding that counsel should consider and in guiding entrepreneurial clients and small issuers with this developing capital formation exemption from the...more

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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 Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings

On March 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules that will expand the exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 provided by Regulation A to include an exemption for up to $50 million...more

Wannabe Derivative Plaintiffs of Delaware Corporations Cannot Skirt Delaware Law By Filing Suit in California

It is well-established that a shareholder-plaintiff may not assert derivative claims against a corporation’s officers or directors unless he or she makes a pre-suit demand on the corporation’s board of directors and alleges...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Facilitate Smaller Companies’ Access to Capital

On March 25, the SEC adopted final rules updating and expanding Regulation A, which provides an exemption from registration for smaller issuers of securities, to implement Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups...more

Supreme Court to Securities Issuers: Beware What You Omit When Stating Your Opinions

Deciding this Term’s big securities case, a unanimous Supreme Court held on March 24 that a statement of opinion does not become actionable under the “untrue statement of material fact” clause of section 11 of the Securities...more

Minority Shareholders Liable as Transferees for Unpaid Corporate Taxes Due to Wrongdoing of Majority Shareholders

The Tax Court has found two minority shareholders liable to return several million of dividends they received from a corporation when the corporation failed to pay federal income taxes at the direction of majority...more

Difficulty in Understanding? ESMA Consultation Paper on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits

On 24 March 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Consultation Paper setting out draft guidelines on complex debt instruments and structured deposits. Background - The...more

Sixth Circuit Warns Boards Not to Blow Off Notice of Shareholder Proposals

A recent Sixth Circuit decision indicates that company boards should proceed cautiously in providing notice of shareholder meetings, particularly where a dissident shareholder is expected to offer a resolution. ...more

SEC Gives Insider Outside Bounty for Whistleblowing

On March 2, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission awarded a whistleblower at least $475,000 for providing original, high-quality information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower is a...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Leaves Open Narrowed Theory Of Liability For Statements Of Opinion Under Federal Securities...

Can a public company violate the federal securities laws simply by expressing an opinion that turns out to be wrong? In 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit startled the business community by recognizing just...more

SEC Adopts Regulation A+: New Registration Option For Small and Mid-Sized Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted yesterday a new set of regulations entitled Regulation “A+,” designed to provide a more streamlined approach for small and mid-sized companies to offer securities to the public....more

Regulation A+: Final Rules Offer Important Capital Raising Alternatives

Overview - Yesterday, March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to adopt final rules to implement the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act by adopting amendments to Regulation...more

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