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SEC Compliance Manual for NASDAQ-Listed Non-US Companies

As a result of registration of ordinary shares including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) under the US securities laws and the listing of ordinary shares or ADSs on the NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”), non-US...more

New House Bills Seek To Relax Some SEC Requirements And Help Reverse The Growth In Income Inequality

Hat tip to thecorporatecounsel.net blog for identifying these two new House bills. H.R. 5405, Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, is intended to relax some additional requirements for Emerging...more

Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure

The Council of Institutional Investors (CII), an advocacy group for corporate governance and shareholder rights, has published a report that highlights two approaches to disclosure regarding a board’s process of...more

SEC Compliance Manual for NYSE-Listed Non-US Companies

As a result of registration of ordinary shares including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) under the US securities laws and the listing of ordinary shares or ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”),...more

Judge Rules in Favor of CFTC on Cross-Border Application of Dodd-Frank Rules

On September 16, Judge Paul L. Friedman of the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied a challenge to the extraterritorial application of certain Commodity Futures Trading Commission rules promulgated under...more

SEC Charges Executive Officers with Fraud and Violations of Sarbanes-Oxley

On July 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement actions against Marc Sherman and Edward Cummings, CEO and former CFO, respectively, of QSGI, Inc., a publicly traded computer...more

The IPO Market In 2014: Are Boom Times Back?

A strong market for initial public offerings has long been seen as a bellwether for good times in the broader market. When companies are going public, the perception is that investors, management teams and bankers have...more

CFTC Provides Relief from Certain Agency Regulations to be Consistent with JOBS Act SEC Amendments

On September 9, the CFTC issued an exemptive letter, which provides relief from certain provisions of Regulations 4.7(b) and 4.13(a)(3) restricting marketing to the public. The exemptive letter harmonizes these rules with...more

FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231

On September 16, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. requested comments on a revised proposal to adopt consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 regarding Customer Account Statements. ...more

Oxfam America Takes A Stand, But Does It Have Standing?

Recently, I wrote about Oxfam America’s new lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to adopt a final rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

Calculating Share Price With Outstanding Convertible Notes

Now that you have agreed on a company valuation with your investors, how do you calculate the price per share for your Series A financing? This can be especially tricky when the company has outstanding convertible notes that...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Sponsor for Misallocation of Expenses on Integrated Portfolio Companies

The SEC charged a private equity sponsor with breaching its fiduciary duty to a pair of private equity funds by sharing expenses between a company in one’s portfolio and a company in the other’s portfolio in a manner that...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 92-Interview with Matt Kelly [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out. In this episode I visit with Matt Kelly, editor of Compliance Week about the upcoming Compliance Week Europe and Compliance Week West conferences, the COSO framework and internal...more

Wells Fargo Admits Violating Law, Pays SEC $5 Million Penalty

Wells Fargo was named by the Commission in a proceeding for failing to establish, maintain and enforce policies and procedures to prevent the misuse of inside information. The firm added to its difficulties during the...more

CROWDFUNDING—Meanwhile, at the States…

We continue to wait for the SEC to issue final crowdfunding regulations— the comment period ended in January. Meanwhile, some states have sensed an opportunity. Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act exempts “intrastate”...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

IOSCO Publishes Consultation Paper on Risk Mitigation Standards for Non-Centrally Cleared OTC Derivatives - On September 17, the IOSCO published a consultation paper on risk mitigation standards for non-centrally...more

The Financial Report, Volume 3, Number 18 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last Tuesday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia mostly upheld the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s authority to regulate cross-border derivatives trading. The...more

Think High Stakes Whistleblowing is Just a U.S. Phenomenon? Think Again.

Today the SEC announced that it will pay $30 million to a whistleblower in the largest award ever doled out by the agency. This news is monumental and will send shock waves around the financial world—along with gut...more

Prepare for the magnifying glass: SEC hikes scrutiny of asset managers - 4 steps to consider

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission is in the process of preparing new rules to increase the monitoring and oversight of various asset funds, including hedge funds...more

Mozambique's New Petroleum Legislation: Are Investors Ready to Hit the Gas?

Mozambique’s new Petroleum Law and new Petroleum Tax Law have been long awaited by foreign investors who have been looking for a clear and comprehensive legal framework to facilitate investment in the development of the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 37

In this issue: - Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure - FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 - IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of...more

CFTC Staff Issues Exemptive Letter Facilitating Broader Marketing of Certain Commodity Pools

On September 9, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“Division”) of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an exemptive letter (“Letter”) harmonizing certain CFTC restrictions on...more

Company Liability for Insider Stock Ownership Reports

Earlier this month, the SEC announced charges against six public companies for contributing to their insiders’ failure to properly file Form 4s or for violating the Item 405 proxy disclosure requirements for late insider...more

A Reminder of the Importance of Internal Controls Under SOX

On July 30, 2014, the SEC announced charges against the CEO and the former CFO of a computer equipment company based in Florida for misrepresenting the state of the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting and...more

Investor Transparency Post AIFMD: What Have We Gained?

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (the “Directive” or “AIFMD”) states in Recital 94 that its objective is: ...to ensure a high level of investor protection by laying down a common...more

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