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BHP Billiton Resolves FCPA Charges with $25 Million Settlement

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a $25 million settlement with Anglo-Australian natural resource extraction company BHP Billiton. The settlement resolves charges that the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The “Personal Claim” Exception To Advancement Rights

In the area of what claims are subject to the right to have fees advanced to a former officer or director, there is no more often disputed issue than whether the claim asserted arose out of the role as an officer or director...more

Court of Chancery Upholds Right To Secondary Offering

When investors bargain for the right to have their stock sold in a secondary offering after the company goes public, fiduciary duties normally do not operate to restrict that right. Hence, it is not possible to object...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Compliance Issues With Private Equity Fund Managers Remains a Concern With the SEC - In May of last year, the SEC rang the alarm bells after conducting sweep examinations of private equity fund managers. At that time, the SEC...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Information Reported by Investment Advisers

The proposed rules would require expanded reporting about separately managed accounts and other aspects of an adviser’s business, allow consolidated registrations for certain private fund advisers that operate a single...more

The MCDC Initiative: December Was Just The Beginning

As many of our issuer clients know, as a result of perceived wide-spread violations of post issuance reporting compliance, in 2014 the SEC conducted its “Municipal Continuing Disclosure Compliance Initiative” or the “MCDC...more

SEC Proposes Changes to Various Reporting Requirements for Investment Advisers

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously approved a proposal of additional amendments to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act)1: specifically, three changes to Form ADV 1A, and...more

Proxy Access – Week of May 24

During the week of May 24, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed three shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and five failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the...more

Proposed Regulations on Publicly Traded Partnerships Affect Natural Resource Industry

The IRS proposed regulations [REG-132634-14] to provide guidance on what is “qualified income” from a publicly traded partnership’s (PTP) activities regarding minerals or natural resources, such as oil and gas fracturing...more

I’ve said too much/I haven’t said enough: Eleventh Circuit law on the duty to correct prior representations in light of the Ninth...

On May 15, the Ninth Circuit declined to recognize a duty to correct prior representations under §§ 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, affirming the Northern District of California’s dismissal of a...more

Business Litigation Reporter - May 2015

Lawsuit Dismissed Where Defendant Hulu Did Not “Knowingly” Disclose Personal Identifying Information. In In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation, 2015 WL 1503506 (N.D. Cal. March 31, 2015), the plaintiffs alleged that Hulu had...more

Insights for Improving Conflict Minerals Compliance

As the annual May 31 deadline falls on a Sunday this year, companies must file their Conflict Minerals disclosures under Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with the U.S....more

SEC Proposes New Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and their...more

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC's Proposed Rules

On April 29, the SEC proposed rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and executive compensation actually paid. HIGHLIGHTS...more

Montana Joins Massachusetts in Regulation A+ Challenge

Montana has joined Massachusetts in a challenge to Regulation A+ adopted pursuant to the JOBS Act. The Montana and Massachusetts cases have been consolidated....more

Securities and Governance Update

With a single statement the SEC upended the private ordering of how shareholder proposals are often dealt with in the height of proxy season. Historically, it has been well settled that companies may exclude shareholder...more

IPOs - Attractive Exit Alternative For Financial Sponsors

The strong U.S. initial public offering (IPO) market, coupled with favorable regulatory changes and market acceptance of innovative transaction structures, has increased the attractiveness of the IPO as an exit alternative to...more

Corralling and Curtailing Merger Litigation: Lessons Learned from Past Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Reform

In the world of securities and corporate governance litigation, we are always in the middle of a reform discussion of some variety. For the past several years, there has been great focus on amendment of corporate bylaws to...more

[Complimentary Research Report] NAVEX Global’s 2015 E&C Policy Management Benchmark Report

Policy management has been — and remains — a maturing business practice. As a result, many compliance professionals are not working against industry benchmarks to answer such questions as: - How much are other...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 161-Gini Dietrich on how to create a MasterClass [Video]

In this episode I visit with Gini Dietrich, on how to create a MasterClass....more

Does The SEC’s Unbundling Rule Deprive Stockholders The Right To Vote On The Whole?

A forthcoming academic paper looks for bundling in more than 1,500 management proposals between 2003 and 2012.  Bundling occurs when multiple matters are combined into a single proposal.  The authors, James Cox, Fabrizio...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules to Implement "Regulation A+"

As part of its mandate under the JOBS Act to facilitate capital raises by smaller companies and emerging businesses and its continuing effort to broaden the number of investment options for investors, the Securities and...more

Mutual Funds with CFCs: Take Note of BE-10 Reporting Requirements

Mutual funds with Controlled Foreign Corporations may need to file a BE-10 with the Bureau of Economic Analysis or request an extension before the reporting deadline....more

SEC Radically Revamps Regulation A - Part 3

Reporting and Blue Sky Issues - For many years, SEC Regulation A languished as an exemption from registration that nobody really used. Although securities issued in a Regulation A offering are not “restricted...more

Massachusetts Moves to Block Regulation A+

The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has filed a petition for review of Regulation A+. The Secretary is asking that the rule be vacated because it is arbitrary, capricious and not in accordance with the...more

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