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SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks at Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference

On November 16, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar addressed the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference in New York to share his views on the current and future state of financial...more

New crowdfunding regime adopted by five provinces

On November 5, 2015, securities regulators in five provinces published in final form Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) setting out rules that will provide a new way for businesses to raise capital over...more

BoE publishes RFR meeting minutes

BoE has published the minutes from the 13 October meeting of its working group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates (RFRs). The group...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015 #4

Deputy US Attorney General and SEC Enforcement Head Warn Corporate Individual Wrongdoers to Beware - Deputy US Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates provided further insight into the Department of Justice’s new emphasis...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

To Whom Does “Related Parties” Refer In A.S. No. 18?

In June of last year, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board adopted Auditing Standard No. 18 which “establishes requirements regarding the auditor’s evaluation of a company’s identification of, accounting for, and...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for the 2016 Proxy Season

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) have both released updates to their respective proxy voting guidelines. This alert provides a brief summary of the significant changes to each...more

CFTC To Hold an Open Commission Meeting on Automated Trading

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to consider a proposal on automated trading. Among other provisions, the proposed rules are...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

ISS Accepting Company-Selected Peer Group Submissions, including, for the first time, companies in the Russell MicroCap Index

Companies in the Russell 3000 and Russell MicroCap Index with annual meetings scheduled between February 1, 2016 and September 15, 2016 may submit updates to their self-selected compensation benchmarking peer groups from 9:00...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief to Certain Affiliated Counterparties

On November 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) each extended no-action relief for certain affiliated counterparties....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 45

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks at Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference - On November 16, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar addressed the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting...more

Deputy Attorney General Yates Expands on DOJ’s White-Collar Prosecution Policy

On November 16, the DOJ’s Deputy AG Sally Yates delivered remarks at the American Bankers Association and American Bar Association Money Laundering Enforcement Conference. Yates focused her remarks on recent revisions –...more

For Whom The Whistle Blows: SEC Whistleblower Office Issues Its 2015 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 16, 2015. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s...more

ISS Updates Equity Plan Scorecard and Governance QuickScore

ISS has issued a series of 26 FAQs on its Equity Plan Scorecard, or EPSC. The basic EPSC policy has not changed, but effective for meetings as of Feb. 1, 2016, the FAQs state the following adjustments will apply to EPSC...more

FCA consults on IFISA changes

FCA has published a discussion paper on the updates it plans to make to its rules and guidance on disclosure and advice relating to loan-based crowdfunding investments (peer to peer (P2P) agreements) in response to the...more

SEC Preparing to Move Forward on Accredited Investor Definition

SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services. Ms. White stated the staff is “engaged in a comprehensive review of the “accredited investor” definition. That...more

FCA bans Aviva analyst

FCA has fined Mothahir Miah, a former investment analyst at Aviva Investors Global Services Limited (Aviva), £139,000 and banned him from performing any function in relation to any regulated activity in the financial services...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2015 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...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

SEC Publishes 2015 Whistleblower Report

The SEC published its 2015 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. The report indicates the SEC received 3,923 tips in fiscal year 2015, compared to 3,620 tips in fiscal year 2014. From fiscal year 2012, the...more

SEC Qualifies Largest Crowdfunding Offering Ever; Offered On StartEngine

The SEC has qualified the Regulation A+ offering of Elio Motors which plans to make small cars costing about $7,000. Elio plans a maximum offering size of $25 million. The offering is being made through the facilities of...more

SEC Settles Charges with Private Equity Firm and Four Executives for Failure to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

The SEC recently reached a settlement with New York-based private equity firm, Fenway Partners, LLC, and four executives related to charges that Fenway Partners and several of its executives (“Respondents”) failed to disclose...more

Basel Committee reports on the trading book

The Basel Committee has published the results of its interim impact analysis of its fundamental review of the trading book. It assesses the capital impact of proposed revisions to the market framework previously consulted on....more

“Recidivist” Custody Rule Violators Settle SEC Charges

The SEC announced that an investment advisory firm, two owners, and a former chief compliance officer have agreed to settle charges that the firm again violated the custody rule after being reprimanded for violations only a...more

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