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Private Fund Update - March 18, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

BDC Reform Bills Face Uncertain Future

Three bills introduced in the House of Representatives that would ease leverage restrictions on business development companies (BDCs) face an uncertain future in light of concerns expressed by the Chair of the Securities and...more

Private Fund Update - October 21, 2013

In this issue: - The President - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) -...more

The Most Important Thing You Need To Know Now About The Lifting Of The General Solicitation Ban

I’m tempted to begin this post with the following: Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission lifted the ban on general solicitation in Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings....more

The Politics Of Securities Enforcement

Historically, the Governor appointed California’s Commissioners of Corporations. Cal. Corp. Code § 25600. Today, the Governor still appoints the head of the new Department of Business Oversight. Having served as a...more

Swiss Voters Approve “Against the Rip-Off” Referendum Restricting Corporate Compensation

On March 3, 2013, voters in Switzerland approved a referendum providing one of the world’s most onerous restrictions regarding executive compensation. The referendum entitled, “Eidgenössische Volksinitiative ‘gegen die...more

Political Spending Disclosure Bill Set For First Committee Hearing Today

In January, I wrote about Senator Noreen Evans bill, SB 121, that would require any corporation (as defined) that has shareholders located in California and that makes a contribution or expenditure (as defined)...more

Without An “Intelligible Principle” Can The SEC Adopt Political Spending Rules?

In August 2011, Professor Lucian Bebchuk and nine other law professors submitted this petition asking that the Securities and Exchange Commission adopt rules requiring public companies to disclose to shareholders the use of...more

SEC Commissioner Emphasizes the Need for Robust Proxy Disclosure

On February 20, 2013, SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar delivered a speech regarding the need for more robust disclosure in proxy statements and highlighted areas in which disclosure can be substantially improved....more

The Transparency Agenda: Section 1504 and Beyond

A number of significant briefs were filed recently with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires oil, gas, and mining issuers to report on their payments...more

Can Feds Force Companies to Disclose Political Spending?  [Video]

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg Law) -- The SEC is considering a proposal by Robert Jackson, associate professor at Columbia Law School, that public companies be required to disclose their political spending. SEC staff members have said...more

"SEC Considering Disclosure of Political Activity Spending"

On December 21, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicated in its semiannual regulatory agenda that the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance is considering whether to recommend that the...more

Will Congress' Dodd-Frank Mistake Harm Banks?  [Video]

Jan. 10 (Bloomberg Law) -- Scott Cammarn, partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about a little known provision of Dodd-Frank that could end up costing foreign banks doing business...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

Improper Use of Televoting Overturns AGM Results

The recent victory on October 16, 2012, by a dissident slate of candidates for the board of directors of Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines Limited (the Company) illustrates the potentially significant consequences that the...more

ISS Releases 2013 Voting Policy Updates: Two Key Changes on Director Voting Recommendations

On November 16, 2012, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") released its 2013 "Corporate Governance Policy Updates and Process," which will be used in its proxy voting recommendations for this upcoming annual meeting...more

Pay-to-Play: Recent SEC Actions Highlight Importance of Compliance Controls

I. Overview - Two recent actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and its staff highlight the importance of compliance controls with respect to political contributions and other political activities. In...more

Corporate Political Spending And Other Studies

Yesterday, Broc Romanek wrote this post about a new study from the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. This study...more

SEC Risk Alert on Pay-to-Play and MSRB

On August 31, the SEC issued an alert on compliance with MSRB Rule G-37, which limits political contributions by municipal securities professionals to campaigns of public officials of issuers with whom they are doing or seek...more

New ‘National Examination Risk Alert’ Issued by the SEC Re: Compliance with Political Contribution ‘Pay-to-Play’ Rules in...

On August 31, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a National Examination Risk Alert directed to improve compliance with Municipal Securities Rulemaking...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Campaign Contributions and Pay-to-Play Prohibitions

At the beginning of the Labor Day holiday and in the heart of the campaign season, the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a Risk Alert targeting compliance by investment banks underwriting...more

California Bill Threatens Market Exception For Dissenters’ Rights

The California legislature is taking its summer recess and will reconvene on August 6. Joint Rule 51(b)(2). It will then sit until August 31 which is the last day for either the Senate or the Assembly to pass bills. Cal....more

Six Lessons Learned from the CP Rail Proxy Battle

In late September 2011, funds controlled by Pershing Square Capital Management, Inc. (Pershing Capital) began acquiring common shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP Rail) at prices approximating the 2-year low in CP...more

Proposed Legislation Would Increase Investment Opportunities For Business Development Companies

The Next Steps for Credit Availability Act (H.R. 5929), introduced by Rep. Michael G. Grimm and Rep. Nydia Velázquez in June 2012, would allow BDCs to invest more of their assets in start-up companies and small-to mid-sized...more

Congress Pressures SEC on Two Fronts

Last week, members of Congress sent letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission, encouraging them to reconsider rules related to the initial public offering (IPO) process, and to adopt rules relating to conflict...more

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