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Blog: Shareholder Proposal Regarding Audit Committee Composition

As noted in this article from Compliance Week, the Corp Fin staff have refused to issue no-action relief to Citigroup agreeing that it could exclude from its proxy statement a proposal from the prolific John Chevedden...more

The SEC Will Be Your Employment Law Agency, Too

The nature of the SEC’s business a regulator of public companies lends a certain expansive aspect to its jurisdiction. That is, when your job as a government agency is to be sure public companies are making complete and...more

Goodyear FCPA Fine Highlights Benefits of Cooperation and Robust Compliance Controls

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (“Goodyear”), one of the world’s largest tire companies, reached a significant settlement with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with charges that two of its...more

Cooperation By Broker Mitigates SEC Sanctions

Cooperation was a key factor in the resolution of an action involving a minority owner of a broker-dealer that is alleged to have facilitated a fraudulent scheme to conceal losses at a major Japanese company. In the Matter of...more

Is Anything Fishy With The SEC’s Whistleblower Inquiries?

Yesterday, Rachel Louise Ensign of The Wall Street Journal wrote that the SEC recently sent letters “to a number of companies asking for years of nondisclosure agreements, employment contracts and other documents”.  According...more

SEC Remarks at the Practising Law Institute’s Program Titled “SEC Speaks in 2015”

On February 20, 2015, several representatives from the SEC spoke at the Practising Law Institute’s program titled “SEC Speaks in 2015,” including Chair Mary Jo White and Commissioner Louis A. Aguilar. Ms. White provided...more

SEC Proposes Disclosure Rule for Hedging Transactions by Directors, Officers and Employees

On February 9, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed rule that, if adopted, would require public companies to disclose in annual proxy statements whether their employees and board members...more

CFOs Ordered to Return Bonus and Profits Due to False Financial Statements

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently ordered two former CFOs of Saba Software, Inc. to reimburse the company for stock-sale profits and bonuses accrued during the 12-month periods following its materially false and...more

SEC Proposes Equity Hedging Disclosure Rules under Dodd-Frank

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed long-awaited equity hedging disclosure rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010...more

Investment Management Update: The Latest News and Developments on Funds, Regulations and Investing Trends for January 2015

In This Presentation: - Personnel Changes - Insider Trading - Pay to play prohibitions under fire - F Squared – Administrative proceeding (December 22, 2014) - Reliance Financial Advisors --...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 5

In this issue: - SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies to Discuss “Accredited Investor” Definition - Glass Lewis Enhances its Pay-for-Performance and Equity Plan Models - SEC Issues New...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 1

In this issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Implement JOBS Act Registration Thresholds - ISS Releases FAQs on Equity Plan Scorecard and Independent Chair Policy - FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and...more

SEC’s Record Whistleblower Award: Context and Key Take-Aways

On September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the highest award to date in its whistleblower bounty program: an amount estimated to be between $30–35 million to be paid to a foreign national...more

SEC Charges Corporate Insiders and Public Companies with Violations of Section 16 and Section 13 Reporting Obligations

In an enforcement sweep recently brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), 28 officers, directors and major shareholders were charged with violations of the reporting requirements relating to equity...more

SEC Sends A Message — To Executives And Their Companies

In October 2013, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech at the Securities Enforcement Forum in which she declared an “enforcement mission” of the SEC to be implementation of the “broken windows” theory of crime deterrence...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

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