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The SEC Wants To Know What’s Next For Blockchain: Are You Keeping Up?

On October 12, 2017, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee met to discuss Blockchain technology and its impact on the securities industry....more

The Continuing Support for Dual-Class Stock by Companies and Investors

The reported demise of dual-class stock appears to be, to paraphrase Mark Twain, "greatly exaggerated." The end of dual-class stock was predicted following the decisions this summer by the major indices, including FTSE...more

NASDAQ Company Discusses Plan for Initial Coin Offering

Social Reality, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRAX) discussed its plans for an initial coin offering with analysts on October 17, 2017. Its stock closed up 70% on the news....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

FBI Issues Flash Alert on Apache Struts Vulnerability - The Apache Struts vulnerability has been mentioned frequently in the media over the past month, as it is believed to have been involved in one of the largest and most...more

ICOs at the End of 2017: What We Think We Know and What We Don't Know

Initial coin offerings (ICOs), token pre-sales, and similar sales of blockchain-based coins and tokens are quickly becoming an important fundraising option, and an important method of attempting to seed a token-based platform...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If Netflix is to be believed (and, you know, it is a public company), there’s a LOT more Stranger Things and House of Cards on the way... Turns out Nelson Peltz’s failed quest for a P&G board seat was crazy close. As in,...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: 10 Business Podcasts Every Entrepreneur Should Be Tuning Into Here are 10 podcasts Forbes recommends for small businesses. ...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 72, LIve From SCCE

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I are joined by Louis Sapirman, CCO at Dun & Bradstreet for a look at the pre-conference events around this year's SCCE 2017 Compliance and Ethics Institute. ...more

What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin enter the mainstream, entrepreneurs are exploring business models that may depend on compliance with regulatory constraints. This short article summarizes the cryptocurrency regulatory...more

SEC’s Chairman Makes Changes After the Agency’s Latest Cyber-Attack

by Burr & Forman on

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been busy the last couple months on the cyber front. On September 20, the SEC announced a renewed focus on cybersecurity efforts and disclosed that it had been a victim of a...more

SEC Files Fraud Charges Relating to ICO Schemes

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Two months after warning investors that some digital tokens or coins may qualify as securities under the federal securities laws, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) on September 29, 2017 brought...more

Wild West No Longer: The SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Two Initial Coin Offerings

Ending months of speculation about when regulators would wade into the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently brought its first enforcement actions against...more

SEC Cautions on Use of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Technology to Raise Capital

by Carlton Fields on

In July, the SEC issued a report addressing the applicability of U.S. federal securities laws to the offer and sale of securities by "virtual corporations or capital raising entities that use distributed ledger or blockchain...more

Day 9 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures - Post-Acquisition Integration Plan

by Thomas Fox on

Your company has just made its largest acquisition ever and your Chief Executive Officer (CEO) says that he wants you to have a compliance post-acquisition integration plan on his desk in one week. Where do you begin? Of...more

Across the Board-Episode 7, Brad Davis on the Board's Role in Data Security Oversight

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with data and IT security expert Brad Davis, CEO of EverSolve, a company specializing in data security. We discuss the role of the Board of Director's in data and IT security in both oversight and...more

SEC Brings First Enforcement Action Related to Initial Coin Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Promoters of two recent initial coin offerings face charges of investor fraud brought by the SEC, after allegedly misrepresenting the assets purportedly backing the offerings, exaggerating the amount of funds...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Peltz/P&G drama continues, with the company suggesting that Trian has lost its bid for a Board seat and the fund arguing that it disagrees with the company’s counting of the ballots....more

Day 8 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Post-Acquisition Integration Dates

by Thomas Fox on

Previously many compliance practitioners had based decisions in the M&A context on DOJ Opinion Release 08-02 (08-02), which related to Halliburton’s proposed acquisition of the UK entity, Expro. In 2011, the Johnson & Johnson...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 57-SOX Reform or Not?

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Matt Kelly and I discuss the Treasury Department’s recently released A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities-Capital Markets report. The report has multiple proposals, including multiple ideas...more

Draft Fintech Law bill introduced in Mexico

by White & Case LLP on

On September 18, 2017, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) submitted to the Mexican Federal Commission for Regulatory Efficiency (Comisión Federal de Mejora Regulatoria, COFEMER) the draft bill of the Law...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claim That “Simply Point[ed] . . . to Omitted Details” of FDA Communications Without Pleading...

The First Circuit recently affirmed dismissal of claims under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 as failing to meet the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s standard for pleading scienter. Corban v. Sarepta Thereapeutics,...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Plaintiffs’ Challenge to Risk Factors and Earnings Projections, in Williams v. Globus Medical,...

A recent Third Circuit opinion demonstrates the high bar that plaintiffs face when attempting to plead the falsity of two categories of statements: (1) risk factors alleged to be misleading because the warned-of risk had...more

The SEC Gets Hacked: What Now?

by Nossaman LLP on

It was recently revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) EDGAR database, which is used by public companies to file official documents, was breached. According to the SEC, trading off of that hacked...more

SEC Brings Fraud Action Against ICO Creator

In its first lawsuit targeting Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against the creator of the ICOs marketed as “REcoin” and “DRC.” The action, filed in the...more

Compliance Man Goes Global-Episode 3

by Thomas Fox on

I welcome you to Episode 3 of Compliance Man Goes Global podcast of FCPA Compliance Report International Edition. As always, I am joined by Timur Khasanov-Batirov, a practitioner who focuses on embedding compliance programs...more

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