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IPOs and IPAs: Ballast Point Transaction Illustrates Benefits of a Dual-Track Approach

The menu for craft breweries raising capital and looking for investor liquidity now includes another viable alternative – public offerings. With the filing of public offering documents by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and...more

SEC Once Again Sanctions The CCO of An Investment Advisory Firm

On November 19, 2015, the SEC announced a settlement with investment advisory firm Sands Brothers Asset Management, LLC for violating the Custody Rule, SEC Rule 206(4)-2, which requires that registered investment advisers who...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Policies for 2016 Proxy Season

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have released updates to their proxy voting policies that will apply to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2016. The ISS policy updates can be found here...more

SEC Issues Report on Increasing Use of Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

In November 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its Outsourced CCO Initiative Report. The report addressed the increased trend of outsourcing compliance activities to third-party consultants within the...more

Upping the Ante: Cybersecurity, the SEC and the Perils of Being Unprepared

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is finally getting serious about cybersecurity – and for good reason. If the ever-growing business and headline risks aren’t enough to scare investment advisers and broker-dealers...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Issue 2016 Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firms such as Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) provide an array of services related to corporate governance and proxy voting to public company shareholders....more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2015

Unicorns and Other High-Valuation Deals - Over the last several years, the number of private companies with valuations in excess of $1 billion has skyrocketed, with daily reports of births of new “unicorns.” As the...more

New M&A Proxy Statement Unbundling Guidance

After a decade of inattention, the SEC staff has recently sought to clarify the still-murky proxy statement unbundling rule. First came three C&DIs issued back in January 2014 (see this Doug’s Note). Then just weeks ago, the...more

Amendments to the German Voting Rights Notification Rules

New European transparency requirements have been transformed into German law. On 27 November, Germany will implement the Amendment Directive to the Transparency Directive (2013/50/EU, the Amendment Directive). The...more

Bank of Italy: New Reporting Requirements on Issuances and Offerings of Financial Instruments

The Bank of Italy post-trade reporting requirements are likely to impact the issuance and offering of bonds and other debt securities in Italy. The Bank of Italy has the power to require entities issuing or offering...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Exclusion of Shareholder Proposals Under the “Ordinary Business” and “Direct Conflict” Exclusions of Rule...

On October 22, 2015, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB 14H), which addresses issues related to shareholder proposals that conflict with a company’s own proposal or...more

IRS Issues Guidance on the Applicability of Section 162(m) to CFO Compensation

Summary: The IRS recently informally revised its guidance regarding which officers of public companies must be considered when determining the compensation deduction limitation of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code...more

SEC Secures Freeze Order In Nursing Home Offering Fraud

The SEC charged a 25 year veteran of the nursing home and retirement community business with offering fraud. The defendant has been involved multiple offerings, raising over $190 million. SEC v. Brogdon, (D. N.J. November 20,...more

SEC Sanctions Adviser, Executives and CCO for Custody Rule Violation – Again

On November 19, 2015, the SEC sanctioned a registered investment adviser, its two owners, and a former chief compliance officer for violating the Advisers Act “custody rule” after previously settling similar charges and...more

Not a Coin Toss: Regulatory Agencies Bringing Enforcement Actions Against Virtual Currency Start-ups

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the SEC are flexing their regulatory muscles to rein in securities and commodities rules violations by start-up companies in the virtual currency space. On September 17,...more

ISS Ignores Contrary Studies In Adopting Overboarding Policy Change

ISS released its 2016 Benchmark Policy Recommendations last Friday. I had previously criticized ISS for its proposal to change its recommendation on withholding votes with respect to directors who sit on too many boards...more

The Carrot or the Stick? New Ways to Explain Why Compliance Builds a Stronger Bottom Line

There is a well-known truth that most business leaders get: bad ethics are bad for business. The reasons are as obvious as last week’s headlines: fines, investigations, remediations, and the like can take a huge toll...more

The New Securities Financing Transactions Regulation

The Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (“SFTR”), which imposes requirements on EU AIFMs and UCITS managers to make certain disclosures to investors, was adopted by the European Council on 16 November 2015. Some of...more

Brief Updates on Capital Formation and Related Matters

At today’s meeting of the American Bar Association’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee meeting in Washington, DC, various representatives from the Securities and Exchange Commission provided some comments and...more

SEC Exam Staff Shares Observations on Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

Firms that use third-party CCOs or that rely on financial intermediaries that have outsourced their compliance functions should consider taking a fresh look at their compliance structure in the wake of this guidance....more

Investing in Russia Guide

Dentons Moscow office has recently issued Investing in Russia Guide for companies and financial institutions considering investments in Russia. The report on the legal framework for investments covers corporate, real estate,...more

European Commission Acknowledges a Year’s Delay to the Implementation of MiFID II May Be Necessary

Recent weeks have seen increasing numbers of market participants and trade bodies in the European Union (including the Investment Association and the European Fund and Asset Management Association) calling for the start date...more

Chair White Testimony and Capital Formation Related Initiatives

In the November 19, 2015 Congressional testimony, Chair White discussed a number of capital formation related initiatives. She mentioned the Commission’s...more

Exempt Offering Alternatives

We have revised and republished a summary chart of exempt offering alternatives. ...more

Joanne Soslow on Raising Capital in Today's World [Video]

Joanne Soslow, partner and head of the Securities Practice Group of Morgan Lewis, talks about how recent regulations and the rise of social media has changed the landscape for companies seeking to raise capital in the 21st...more

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