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SEC Brings An Offering Fraud Action Against A Claimed App Maker

The SEC brought an action against a reputed “app” manufacturer who sold shares in two different entities beginning first in Colorado and later from Georgia. From each location, and for each entity, the sales pitch was...more

Kazakhstan National Bank Tightens Banking and Price Manipulation Rules

The amendments aim to strengthen the requirements for banks’ net equity and charter capital as well as the price manipulation restrictions....more

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

500 Days and Counting – Where Are the Crowdfunding Rules? Bipartisan Disappointment

On August 8, 2014, Representatives Darrell Issa, Jared Polis, Scott Peters and Vern Buchanan, co-chairs of the House Innovation and Entrepreneurship Caucus, along with a bipartisan group of 26 other representatives, sent a...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

Divided Fourth Circuit Panel Rules On Burden of Proving Loss Causation in ERISA Fiduciary Breach Case

That was the sentiment expressed in a blistering dissent by Fourth Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson in the latest ruling in a lawsuit challenging the decision by the fiduicaries of the RJR 401(k) plan to liquidate two stock...more

Extended SEC MCDC Initiative Deadline Does Little to Lessen Urgency

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently modified its Enforcement Division’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative in order to encourage as much participation in the program as...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

SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert to assist investors in identifying potentially fraudulent private placements. In the Alert, the Office...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

So Much for Bright-Line Tests on Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Securities Laws?

In its landmark 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the Supreme Court articulated what seemed to be a bright-line test for determining the extent to which the U.S. securities laws apply to transactions with...more

Creating an Integrated Due Diligence System - Screening to Audits [Video]

Almost every FCPA enforcement action involves violations committed by third-party agents, consultants and distributors. Many companies have instituted due diligence procedures to screen third-parties, consultants and...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

Second Circuit Holds Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provision Does Not Apply Extraterritorially

Last week, in Liu v. Siemens, AG, the Second Circuit held that the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower retaliation provision (15 U.S.C. 78u-6(h)(1)) does not apply extraterritorially, in the first Second Circuit decision to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - August 18, 2014

FHFA Seeks Input on Single Security Structure for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - On August 12, FHFA published a Request for Input on the proposed structure for a Single Security that would be issued and guaranteed by...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

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