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Securities Litigation Update

The summer may feel like a more leisurely time of year, but not in securities litigation news. Here are some of the more significant headlines...more

SEC Reports on Use of Form PF Data

The SEC has issued its annual report on use of Form PF data. In its examination and enforcement programs regarding registered investment advisers that manage private funds, the staff generally reviews information contained...more

Delaware Supreme Court Permits Stockholders to Overcome Corporation’s Attorney-Client Privilege for “Good Cause”

On July 23, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Indiana Elec. Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW held that plaintiff stockholders, who make a showing of good cause, can inspect documents concerning a...more

MSRB Seeks to Extend Pay-to-Play Rule to Municipal Advisors

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, is requesting comment on draft amendments to Rule G-37, the MSRB’s pay-to-play rule for municipal securities dealers, that would extend the rule to municipal advisors....more

ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs

On August 8, ICE Futures U.S. revised its rule and frequently asked questions related to exchange of futures for related position (EFRP) transactions. The amendments codify the requirements regarding the simultaneous transfer...more

The JOBS Act and IPO Volume

An academic study titled “The JOBS Act and IPO volume: Evidence that disclosure costs affect the IPO decision” (Dambra, Field, and Gustafson, available through SSRN) provides an interesting analysis of the effect of the JOBS...more

Regulations Finalize Treatment of Basis of Indebtedness of S Corporations to Their Shareholders

Regulations issued July 23, 2014 finalize certain treatment of the basis of indebtedness of S corporations to their shareholders. The regulations adopt the June 2012 proposed regulations without substantive change, except for...more

Private placements: tapping the US market

European corporates are turning to the US private placement market in growing numbers, as they seek to broaden and diversify their sources of funding while locking in some attractively priced long-term debt. When Smith...more

Foreign Brokers Doing Business in the United States

Foreign brokers that engage in securities transactions with U.S. investors based in the United States must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). There are two major exceptions to this rule. The...more

District Court Confirms Caremark Applies to Audit Committee Oversight of Internal Controls

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted a motion to dismiss a derivative action in which the plaintiff alleged that the directors of VeriFone Systems, Inc. breached fiduciary duties...more

New Legislation Concerning The Immobilisation Of Bearer Shares And Units

The Act intends to adapt Luxembourg legislation to the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (the FATF) and the global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes (the Global Forum) in...more

Board Responsibilities Under SEC's Money Market Fund Reform

On July 23, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) adopted final rules governing the structure and operation of money market funds (MMFs), in a release adopting amendments to Rule 2a-7 (Rule) under the...more

Happy Birthday Dodd-Frank: The Whistleblower Program Milestones and How They’ve Impacted Business Ethics Training

Did you have some cake? Break out the balloons? While it’s hard to believe, it is true. Our little Dodd-Frank, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, is already four years old and about ready for pre-school. Although we...more

D.C. Passes NMLS Conformity Temporary Act of 2014

Recently, Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray signed the NMLS Conformity Temporary Act of 2014. The Act authorizes the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) the necessary statutory authority to use the NMLS...more

KiOR Faces Significant Challenge Moving Forward

In an August 11, 2014, filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, cellulosic biofuel company KiOR, Inc. (KiOR) reported that without any new financial commitments, the Company only has enough funding to operate...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

California Finders Bill Trapped In The Weeds As Legislative Deadline Looms

The question of whether finders’ fees can be paid in securities transactions has bedeviled issuers for decades. The Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California has tried to address this recurring...more

Lying to Examiners Can Lead Quickly to Criminal Charges

Hell hath no fury like a regulator (allegedly) lied to. This week, the SEC brought civil charges, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York brought criminal charges, against a broker-dealer and its founder...more

SEC Prevails in Jury Trial Against IA and Principal

The Commission prevailed in another jury trial this week, securing a favorable verdict against a registered investment adviser, Sage Advisory Group, LLC, and its principal, Benjamin Grant. SEC v. Sage Advisory Group, LLC,...more

10th Circuit Relies On Earnings Release and Compliance with Regulation S-K to Reject Claim of Material Omissions in Public...

In United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 Pension Fund v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the complaint on a motion for summary...more

U.S. SEC Approves Sweeping Amendments to Rules Governing Money Market Funds

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) on July 23, 2014 approved, by a vote of 3- 2, sweeping amendments to Rule 2a - 7 and other rules that govern money market funds (money funds) under the...more

Directors and stockholder engagement: what path to take?

For many decades, independent directors in most public companies generally avoided face-to-face interaction with stockholders. At most, large stockholders would receive a visit from management on a swing through New York or...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 6 - August 2014

In This Issue: - European Product Intervention - FINRA Speaks at 2014 Structured Retail Products Conference - FINRA Approves Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain...more

Judge Rakoff’s “Sour Grapes”: SEC v. Citigroup Settlement Approved

On August 5, 2014, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff reluctantly approved a$285 million settlement in the SEC’s enforcement action against Citigroup. In SEC v. Citigroup, the SEC alleged that after Citigroup realized in early...more

"State Parties File Legal Challenge Against SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On August 7, 2014, the New York and Tennessee state Republican parties brought suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), challenging Rule 206(4)-5 (the rule). Specifically, the complaint seeks an...more

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