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The Political Implications Of UK's Tom Hayes Verdict

On Monday, Aug. 3, Tom Hayes was convicted and sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment for his part in the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor). The result has attracted attention because it was the first...more

DC Circuit Court Rejects Challenge to SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

The DC Circuit Court has rejected an effort by the New York and Tennessee Republican Parties to set aside Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 206(4)-5. The 2010 SEC rule prohibits investment advisers from providing...more

DC Circuit Tosses Republican’s Challenge to Adviser Pay-to-Play Rule

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday rejected a challenge to the SEC’s investment-adviser pay-to-play rule, holding that two state Republican Party organizations filed it almost four years too late....more

Judge Berman Deflates SEC’s ALJ Appointment Process

United States District Court Judge Richard M. Berman of the Southern District of New York has been making headlines in recent weeks as he presides over the highly publicized case between the National Football League (“NFL”)...more

TN Republican Party Loses Challenge to Adviser Pay-to-Play Rule

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday rejected a challenge to the SEC’s investment-adviser pay-to-play rule, holding that New York and Tennessee Republican-Party organizations filed it almost four years...more

"SEC Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule G-42, MSRB Files Partial Amendment"

On August 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an Order instituting proceedings intended to determine whether to approve or disapprove Proposed Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) Rule G-42...more

H.R. 3226: New Bill Calls for Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains

In late July, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3226, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015. The bill, if passed, would require companies to file annual reports with...more

Less Harsh, for Weed: New Bill Would Help Banks Work With Marijuana Businesses

Why it matters - A new bill introduced in Congress would help legal marijuana businesses access much-needed financial services. Banks have struggled with the question of whether—and how—to work with marijuana-related...more

The SEC Considers Updating the Accredited Investor Definition: A Discussion of Status, SEC Advisory Committee Recommendations,...

The accredited investor (AI) definition is an extremely important component of the private placement market. A significant amount of capital is raised using Regulation D, and accredited investors participated in 89 percent of...more

Senate Appropriations Committee Is Next Stop For California Finders Bill

AB 667 (Wagner) continues to wend its way through the California legislature.  The bill, which was sponsored by the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, defines a finder as a natural...more

Blog: House Bill To Require Disclosure Of Efforts To Eliminate Slave Labor From Supply Chains

Yesterday, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Chris Smith introduced H.R. 3226, the ‘‘Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015.’’ ...more

“Pay to Play” Developments

Based on recent announcements from the SEC and its Staff, changes may be forthcoming for advisers’ use of third-party solicitors for government entity clients....more

California Crowdfunding Bill In Suspense

Yesterday, Broc Romanek published several posts regarding crowdfunding.  Meanwhile here in California, crowd funding has stalled in the legislature.  AB 722 (Perea) passed unanimously out the Assembly Committee on Judiciary...more

House Financial Services Committee Reports on JOBS Act Related Bills

A flurry of activity was seen last week on the House floor as the Financial Services Committee reported on various bills, many of which JOBS Act related. These bills propose to change registration and reporting requirements...more

Changes to Sunday Trading Laws – Good News for Retailers?

In his emergency summer budget of July 8, Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the Sunday trading rules in England and Wales. In this bulletin we provide a brief reminder of the current rules and look at what the...more

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation Seeking to Increase SEC Penalty Amounts

On July 9, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced Senate bill 1730, the Stronger Enforcement of Civil Penalties Act of 2015 (SECPA), aimed at increasing the SEC’s ability to combat securities’...more

Delaware Corporation Law Now Prohibits “Fee-Shifting,” Allows Limited “Forum Selection”

On June 24, 2015, the Delaware State Legislature enacted various amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), which resolved two increasingly controversial issues of corporate governance....more

Delaware Legislature Rejects Fee-Shifting Bylaws for Stock Corporations

On June 24, Delaware’s Governor signed Senate Bill No. 75 into law and closed the door on the tantalizing prospect of fee shifting (“loser pays”) bylaws for Delaware stock corporations. The full text of the bill can be read...more

New MSRB Rule Will Increase Available Information Regarding Trades of Municipal Securities

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved amendments by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the “MSRB”) to MSRB Rule G-14 regarding the reporting of trades of municipal securities. These...more

"Update on Compliance Date of SEC Rule 206(4)-5's Placement Agent Provision"

On June 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Release No. IA-4129 setting July 31, 2015, as the compliance date for SEC Rule 206(4)-5's placement agent restrictions on using third-party and affiliated...more

House Holds Hearings on Bill to Ease BDC Restrictions

The Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises of the House Financial Services Committee heard testimony on June 16, 2015 in support of proposed bills that would, among other things, increase the...more

SEC Announces First Charges Against Underwriters under MCDC Initiative

On June 18, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 36 municipal bond underwriters, the first enforcement actions against underwriters brought by the SEC under the...more

Senator Elizabeth Warren Criticizes SEC Chair Mary Jo White for “Extremely Disappointing” Leadership

In a letter dated June 2, 2015, Senator Elizabeth Warren described several “promises” that Mary Jo White, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, had allegedly broken. Senator Warren focused on (1) the SEC’s failure...more

Senator Warren’s Letter to the SEC Chair Calls for More Aggressive Enforcement

Senator Elizabeth Warren recently released a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, complaining that her leadership of the SEC over the past two years has been “extremely disappointing.” The Senator opined that the nation’s...more

Washington Politics and Compliance

Consider this posting a warning to everyone in the corporate governance field. I am not known for being a chicken little and screaming “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” I tend to be a realist when it comes to politics...more

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