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FINRA Issues Report on Cybersecurity Practices

Following up on our post from last week on the SEC’s cybersecurity exam sweep, you should also know about FINRA’s recent report on this area. Last month, FINRA published a Report on Cybersecurity Practices that really could...more

Dechert Survey of Securities Fraud Class Actions Brought Against U.S. Life Sciences Companies

Publicly Traded Life Sciences Companies in the United States Are an Increasingly Popular Target of Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuits - The past year was particularly noteworthy with respect to the relative number...more

SEC Enforcement Director Discusses Issues for Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Companies

In a wide-ranging speech on Tuesday, Securities and Exchange Commission Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney discussed recent SEC actions and current concerns involving the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries....more

SEC’s Risk Alert Offers Observations on Cybersecurity

Why it matters - Joining a growing chorus of regulators, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released two publications addressing cybersecurity: a Risk Alert based on observations from the Office of Compliance...more

Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2014. The report, which is...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights - Q4 2014

Welcome to the Q4 2014 issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

Cybersecurity Concerns Underpin Continued Push In The Regulatory And Legal Arenas

While Congress continues its aggressive push on cybersecurity legislation, regulatory oversight and legal efforts continue across the spectrum of industries effectively filling the gap in addressing now every day concerns...more

Calling All Boards of Directors: Four Recommendations from the SEC

SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar recently spoke at the New York Stock Exchange Conference “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom.” In his speech, Commissioner Aguilar emphasized the importance of cybersecurity and how fast the need for...more

What Startup Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Crowdfunding Before They Raise Money

What's the one thing entrepreneurs and small business owners need to know about crowdfunding before they raise money? For a JD Supra Perspective, that’s the question we put to experts writing on this matter. Here’s what we...more

Multiple Derivative Actions in the BVI: Tried but not tested?

On 8 August 2013, the Court of Appeal issued its ruling in the case of Microsoft Corporation v Vadem Ltd . The judgment at first blush appears quite definitive, that “BVI law does not permit double derivative...more

Innovative Exit Strategies for Life Sciences Companies – Interview with Bill Whelan, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bill Whelan, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Life Sciences Practice, discusses exit strategies in the life sciences....more

Venture Perspectives: New England Edition - First Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Activity Level of New England Transactions: All Rounds - Activity Level of New England Seed Transactions - Activity Level of New England Series A Transactions - Activity Level of New...more

Do Directors Face Potential Liability For Not Preventing Cyber Attacks?

In the past weeks, we’ve reported that while most companies are properly disclosing their exposure to cybersecurity threats, the increasing occurrence and severity of cyber attacks has the SEC considering even more stringent...more

Cybersecurity Disclosure: A Panel Discussion with the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

Last week in Washington, D.C., this author had the opportunity to sit in on a panel discussion by the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (“CorpFin”) discussing, among other things, recent developments in cybersecurity...more

To the Nation’s Largest Banks: Thanks for Reading

It seems that some of the nation’s largest public company banks must be avid readers of this blog and have taken to heart our 2013 prediction that the SEC would require greater disclosure related to data security risks and...more

SEC v. Hackers: More Cybersecurity Enforcement On The Horizon?

Cybersecurity may be the SEC’s newest area for enforcement actions. While the SEC first released Disclosure Guidance concerning cybersecurity in 2011, the recent media attention surrounding significant cybersecurity breaches...more

Looking Ahead: Forthcoming 2013 Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Developments

This promises to be an eventful year in securities and corporate governance litigation. A number of looming developments have the potential to change the landscape for many years to come. This is the first of two posts – or...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Fourth Quarter 2012

Background- We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 116 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2012....more

Enterprise Data Security For The Securities Lawyer

Assuring cybersecurity has become a necessity for businesses across all industries. Cybercrime — with over $1 trillion in annual profits — is now the most lucrative illegal global business. Any business with computers and...more

Maintaining Control When Shareholders Are Virtual

Amid shareholder demands for greater engagement, Internet-based annual meetings may enhance accessibility and save costs. Registered participants can follow presentations, ask questions, and exercise real-time voting. ...more

SEC's New Position on Voting Buttons Necessitates Changes to Online and Telephone Proxy Solicitation

The SEC recently informed service providers in the proxy distribution industry of a new interpretive position regarding the use of voting buttons. According to the new SEC staff position, service providers must present...more

Lessons Learned in 2012

As one calendar year ends and the next begins, it is natural to look back to take an inventory of lessons learned and to look forward in an attempt to implement such lessons. The year 2012 certainly had its fair share of...more

Recent Insider Trading Case Sparks Concerns Over Leaked Clinical Trial Results

What you need to know: The Martoma insider trading case is the latest in, and largest of, a string of actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission related to the alleged misuse of confidential clinical trial...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Third Quarter 2012

Background—We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 117 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2012. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Venture...more

Venture Perspectives: Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings: Second Quarter 2012

In This Issue: - Activity Level of New England Seed Transactions - Activity Level of New England Series A Transactions - Activity Level of New England Series B/Later Round Transactions - Size of New England Q2...more

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