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UK Regulator Bans former Barclays Wealth Management Chief Operating Officer

The Financial Conduct Authority published a Final Notice banning Mr. Andrew James Tinney from the UK financial services industry. Mr. Tinney was the Global Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management,...more

SEC Chair Mary Jo White – FCPA Enforcement Remains a Top Priority in the Increasingly Interconnected Global Marketplace

On September 21, 2016, Mary Jo White, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) spoke at a Legal Practice Division Luncheon at the International Bar Association Annual Conference. She discussed the...more

Merrill Lynch Settles SEC Market Access Charges

The Commission has brought a series of cases under Exchange Act Section 15(c)(3) and Rule 15c3-5, its market access rule. That rule requires that broker-dealers with market access establish risk management controls to prevent...more

Limits on 401(k) Plan Brokerage Windows

Many companies have recently modified their 401(k) plans to add a “brokerage window,” sometimes also known as a “self-directed account” or “self-directed brokerage account.” Rather than limiting participants to specified...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 18

The SEC recently adopted new rules that substantially amend Form ADV under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Advisers Act). Although not as comprehensive as the Form ADV amendments adopted in 2011, the new...more

Why is Anyone Surprised with the SEC Examining Firms with Previously Disciplined Advisors?

On Monday, September 12, 2016, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced that a “Supervision Initiative” will take place across the country. OCIE staff will conduct focused RIA...more

New Capital-Raising Initiatives for Alberta-based Start-up Businesses

On July 26, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted a start-up business exemption (ASC Rule 45-517 Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses), which is designed to be a simpler and less costly capital raising...more

Disclosure of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions in Alberta

On September 14, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) released for comment its proposed amendments to National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (PDF). The proposed amendments put forward...more

Remember Europe? Harshing My Mellow

Maybe it’s because I have been in Europe this past week (Munich at Octoberfest actually – Men in way-too-short leather shorts, dirndls, beer steins the size of a politician’s ego, the most astonishing amount of drinking, etc....more

Venture Exchange Regulation: Listing Standards, Market Microstructure, and Investor Protection

This summer, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Main Street Growth Act, which calls for legislative changes to promote the formation of venture exchanges. The idea that securities exchanges specially designed...more

Ninth Circuit Holds SOX Gives SEC Power to Cause Executives to Disgorge Incentive Compensation Based on Others' Misconduct

Rule 13a-14 issued under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) requires that Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers certify the accuracy of the public company’s financial statements. Section 304 of SOX states that CEOs...more

Alberta’s Prospectus Exemption For Start-Up Businesses

Alberta recently brought in a few rule changes which may be of interest: ASC Rule 45-517 Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses (Start-up Business Exemption – PDF) (effective July 19, 2016) is designed to “facilitate...more

Key Differences Between CFTC and SEC Final Business Conduct Standards and Related Cross-Border Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final business conduct rules for security-based swap dealers (SBSDs) and major security-based swap participants (MSBSPs) under Section 15F(h) of the Securities...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Long-Term Success Starts With Managing Your Startup's Runway - This week’s post is all about fundraising. Managing your startup’s money can be just as...more

Using Phantom Stock in a Family-Owned Business

Like any business, a family-owned business needs to attract, retain, motivate and reward key employees. A competitive salary and benefits package may not be enough to do this in today’s market. Many businesses issue stock or...more

SEC Files Action Against Company and its General Counsel for Loss Contingency Accrual and Disclosure Failures – What to Know

SEC’s Factual Allegations - On September 9, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint against RPM International Inc. (“RPM”) and its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, alleging the...more

SEC Overlooks Nevada’s Transfer Agent Licensing Laws

Transfer agents provide a number of crucial services, primarily for publicly traded companies. Among other responsibilities, they maintain ownership records, record security transfers, issue and cancel certificates and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed its first action against an auditor for lack of independence based on a romantic relationship this week. The agency also filed an action alleging insider trading against long time hedge fund operator,...more

Blog: Does A Low Favorable Vote For A Say-On-Pay Proposal Affect Directors’ Reputations Outside The Company?

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, say on pay has had some surprising consequences. While there hasn’t been much impact on the levels of executive pay, according to this paper, one group that have experienced some impact...more

Blog: Are The Days Of “I’ll-Scratch-Your-Back” Cronyism History?

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, a theory that is currently gaining purchase is that, whether as a result of say on pay or otherwise, the increased influence of proxy advisory firms has led to a kind of homogenization...more

House Bill Would Ease Regulatory Restrictions to Private Fund Advisers

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to modernize certain disclosure requirements and lessen regulatory burdens on private fund advisers....more

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Executive Cooperman with Insider Trading

Later this year the Supreme Court is expected to hand down what may well be the most significant insider trading case in years when U.S. v. Salman, No. 15-628 (S.Ct.) is decided. The decision has the potential to end the...more

Does California Corporate Law Really Govern 20% of All Public Companies?

On Tuesday, the Deal Professor (aka Berkeley Law School Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon) wrote an interesting column for The New York Times’ Dealb%k. According to the Professor, California is the headquarters state for 20%...more

Alberta Securities Commission Proposes Adoption of Gender Diversity Disclosure Requirements

On September 14, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 58-101 – Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices and Form 8-101F1 – Corporate Governance...more

SEC Settlements Put Severance Agreements Under Increased Scrutiny

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced settlements with two companies for using severance agreements that allegedly violated Rule 21F-17. [Order Instituting Cease-And-Desist Proceedings, In the Matter...more

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