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SEC Complaint: How To Create A Manipulation Vehicle

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of SEC enforcement. Many of the cases start with a public shell followed by a reverse merger in which the promoters end up with large portions of the stock. The transaction culminated with...more

SEC Crowdfunding Rules to Become Effective May 16

Securities and Exchange Commission rules authorizing equity crowdfunding become effective May 16, 2016. Under the crowdfunding rules, an eligible company may raise up to $1 million on the internet in a 12-month period,...more

PCAOB Evaluates Audit Firm Communications with Audit Committees

On April 5, the PCAOB issued a report regarding compliance with Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees (AS No. 16), based on its inspections of issuer audits during its 2014 inspection cycle. AS No. 16...more

Class Certification: Halliburton II and Basic

The predicate for many securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market theory, adopted by the Supreme Court in Basic, Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). There the Court held that a securities law plaintiff could...more

For Theranos, Life is Not All Rainbows and Unicorns: Government Conducting Criminal and Civil Investigations of Blood-Testing...

In a memorandum released on April 18, 2016, the private blood-testing company Theranos – once valued at over $9 billion – announced that it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the...more

Colorado Mining Company Announces FCPA Investigation

Recently, a gold mining company based in Colorado disclosed in its quarterly filings an investigation of certain business activities of the company and its affiliates outside the U.S. for possible violations of the FCPA....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.27.16

Alibaba’s online payment affiliate, Ant Financial Services Group, announced late yesterday that it’s raised more than $4.5 billion from investors—boosting it to a valuation of roughly $60 billion. Beyond online payments, Ant...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2016

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2016 - The first quarter of 2016 saw a continued slowdown in venture activity and correspondingly less favorable terms for venture-backed companies. The percentage of up...more

What impact will the PSC Register have on banking transactions?

On 6 April 2016 a new regime relating to "people with significant control" (the PSC Regime) came into effect. UK companies already subject to transparency and disclosure rules (through trading on a regulated market, for...more

SEC’s Views on Risk Factor Disclosures

On April 13, 2016, the SEC issued a Concept Release, Business and Financial Disclosure Required by Regulation S-K. In this release, which is part of the SEC’s initiative to review and improve its disclosure requirements, the...more

Reinventing Public Company Disclosure: SEC Requests Public Comment on Regulation S-K

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release discussing and requesting public comment on the business and financial disclosure required by Regulation S-K. The concept release...more

State Tax Fallout From Federal Proposed Related-Party Debt Regulations

Recently proposed Treasury regulations under IRC § 385 (the Proposed Regulations) would create sweeping changes to the federal income tax treatment of related-party debt. The Proposed Regulations could also have far-reaching...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.26.16

In major media news yesterday, Gannett has bypassed Tribune Publishing’s leadership and gone directly to its shareholders with a $815 million takeover offer. If accepted, the move would add the LA Times and Chicago Tribune to...more

Program Related Investments: Final Regulations

Final Regulations Highlight the Broad Range of Available PRI Purposes, Recipients and Financial Structures - Final program related investment (PRI) regulations released and effective on April 25, 2016 illustrate the...more

"SEC to Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Measures in 2016"

On March 16, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White cautioned an audience of industry professionals at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the SEC continues to focus on companies’ use of financial measures...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Final Rules Implementing Business Conduct Standards for Security-Based Swap Deals and...

The US Securities and Exchange Commission, in its ongoing effort to regulate the over-the-counter security-based swap markets, adopted final rules under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act implementing comprehensive business...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #4

Swap Execution Facility Alleges in Lawsuit That Banks Conspired to Prevent Its Success: The TeraExchange, a swaps execution facility registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and related entities, brought a...more

Blog: Taking On “Management Review Controls”

In a speech at the end of 2015 to the AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments, SEC Chair Mary Jo White emphasized that “it is hard to think of an area more important than ICFR [internal control over...more

Forex Investment Scheme Results in Criminal Charges

Investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes have become a staple of SEC enforcement. The investment fraud schemes often cross from securities into other areas such as the currency markets. In such instances either the CFTC or the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 8 - April 2016 (Global)

There are currently only three SEC Commissioners, rather than the normal five. A recent New York Times article discussed what appears to be a logjam in the approval of two apparently highly qualified nominees for the open...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 16

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Releases Registration Fee Estimator On April 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the release of an online tool that will assist companies in calculating registration fees relating to...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.25.16

This weekend’s Fair Game pulled out the old slide rule and got mathy on us, looking at the proliferation of companies these days reporting results “not based on generally accepted accounting principles” in an effort to “steer...more

Debt Restructurings -- New Developments

Shearman & Sterling joined 27 other law firms in developing an opinion white paper regarding the application of recent judicial opinions relating to Section 316(b) of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 in the Marblegate and...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Postscript: Bill Campbell, 1940-2016 - He may not be the most globally famous person who passed away this week, but Bill Campbell’s quiet influence on...more

One Size for All: Increased Private Placement Reporting Begins June 30

Effective June 30, 2016, issuers will have to report prospectus-exempt distributions that settle on or after that date in any Canadian jurisdiction using a new, harmonized Form 45-106F1 (New Form), with significantly...more

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