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Joining the Crowd: SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Regulations - Part I

On October 30, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its long-anticipated Regulation Crowdfunding, as mandated by Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”). Regulation...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

U.S. Proposes to Subject Non-U.S. SEC Registered Investment Advisers to Anti-Money Laundering Rules

The United States is proposing rules that, for the first time, would subject investment advisers registered or required to be registered (RIAs) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Investment...more

Second Circuit Allows Whistleblower Retaliation Protection Without Reporting to SEC

September 10, 2015, in a 2-1 decision in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that whistleblowers who report securities law violations internally but not to the US Securities and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Sixth Circuit last week concluded that Morrison, which held that Section 10(b) does not have extraterritorial reach, is inapplicable to Advisers Act Section 10(b). The DC Circuit, on rehearing, reaffirmed its prior...more

States File First Brief in Regulation A+ Challenge

Montana and Massachusetts have filed their first brief in their Regulation A+ challenge. They are not happy because Tier 2 offerings under Regulation A+ preempt state review of the offering. Under the text of the rule Tier 2...more

5th Circuit Revives FDIC’s Suit Against Goldman, Deutsche Bank, and Royal Bank of Scotland

On August 10, 2015, the Fifth Circuit revived a securities fraud suit brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) as receiver for Guaranty Bank against Goldman Sachs & Co., Deutsche Bank AG, and the Royal...more

SEC Publishes 11 Regulation A+ CD&Is

The SEC has published 11 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations related to Regulation A+ — numbered 182.01 through 182.11 under Securities Act Rules. Highlights are: - Twitter is allowed for testing the waters! ...more

States Challenge Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+

On May 27, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia combined lawsuits filed by the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the state of Montana against the Securities and Exchange Commission. The lawsuits seek to...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 22

In This Issue: - SEC Staff Releases Analysis Related to Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules - States Challenge Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+ - FINRA Proposes Revised BrokerCheck Hyperlink Rule -...more

Why The WSJ Is Wrong About SEC Rulemaking On Claw backs

As noted by Broc Romanek, The Wall Street Journal yesterday announced: The Securities and Exchange Commission will soon propose long-awaited rules forcing companies to claw back, or revoke, some of their top...more

Blink and You’ll Miss It: In Lanier v. BATS Exchange, Inc., the Southern District of New York Dismisses Case Alleging Damages as a...

In the blink of an eye, high-frequency trading systems can engage in a staggering number of securities transactions. The subject of Michael Lewis’s popular book, Flash Boys, high-frequency traders seek to maximize profits by...more

Dodd-Frank News: April 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...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

SEC Adopts Regulation A+: Permits Private Companies to Conduct Offerings of up to $50 million without Registration

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Regulation A. The amended regulation, which is popularly referred to as Regulation A+, permits eligible private companies to conduct “Tier 2...more

Class Actions News - Deborah Renner on Dart Cherokee Basin v. Owens [Video]

On December 15th 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States decided upon Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens, which lowers the removal standard of class action lawsuits to federal court. This decision established...more

Forum Selection For SEC Cases – District Court or Administrative Proceeding?

In late September the SEC filed a settled insider trading case against an associate of an unregistered investment adviser. In the Matter of Richard O’Leary, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16166 (September 25, 2014). The next week the...more

First Issuer Completes NASAA Coordinated Review Program

There has been somewhat of a controversy surrounding the SEC’s rulemaking in connection with Regulation A+ under the JOBS Act. Should larger Tier 2 offerings preempt state blue sky regulation (my preference) or be subject to...more

California Dividend Statutes Found To Preempt Common Law Claims

Chapter 5 of the California Corporations Code imposes specific limitations on “distributions to shareholders”, a term defined in Corporations Code section 166. Directors who approve the making of any distribution to...more

Privacy Concerns and the Proposed Reg AB II Revisions Relating to Asset Level Data

In February 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) once again re-opened the comment period with respect to proposed revisions to Regulation AB relating to the disclosure of asset-level data after receiving many...more

A Bad Turn For Reg A+ And Reg D?

SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar gave a speech to an annual conference of the North American Securities Administrators Association, otherwise known as NASAA. On the issue of Reg A+ preemption of state law, the Commissioner...more

Securities Regulator “Surprised and Offended” By SEC’s Regulation A+ Proposal

Section 401 of the JOBS Act directs the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt rules exempting offerings of up to $50 million of securities annually from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as...more

On Closer Inspection, This CII “Best Practice” May Be Neither Good Nor Legal

The Council of Institutional Investors has adopted what it describes as ”a comprehensive body of corporate governance best practices”, including Policies on Corporate Governance. I question, however, whether some of these...more

Bankruptcy Court defines limits of shareholder safe harbor in failed leveraged buyouts

An opinion issued in connection with the bankruptcy cases of Lyondell Chemical Company and its affiliates may have significant implications for shareholders who receive payments in connection with a leveraged buyout when the...more

SEC Releases Proposed Rules on Regulation A-Plus

In yet another effort to display Congress' commitment to the "democratization of access to capital," the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") has proposed rule amendments to Regulation A under the Securities Act of...more

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