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House Acts to Place Additional Limitations on SEC Rulemaking

With its passage of the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act last week, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken action to place additional constraints on future rulemaking by the Securities and Exchange Commission; however,…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Corzine Settles CFTC’s MF Global Charges for $5 Million

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has obtained a federal court Consent Order against Defendant Jon S. Corzine, former CEO of MF Global Inc., requiring him to pay a $5 million civil monetary penalty for his role in MF…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Publishes Regulation A+ Statistics

The SEC has published a white paper describing the types of Regulation A+ offerings to date. Facts published include: As of October 31, 2016, prospective issuers have publicly filed offering statements for 147 Regulation A+…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

10th Circuit Finds SEC Administrative Proceedings are Unconstitutional

The Appointments Clause of the US Constitution requires that “inferior officers” be appointed by the President, department heads or courts of law. SEC administrative law judges, or ALJs, are not appointed by the SEC – they are…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Securities Law

Delaware Court Addresses Fee-Shifting Bylaw

In 2015, Section 115 was added to the Delaware General Corporation Law, or DGCL providing that Delaware corporations may adopt bylaws requiring that internal corporate claims be filed exclusively in Delaware. Section 109(b) of…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

ISS Provides Updated Compensation Plan and Executive Compensation FAQs

ISS has updated its equity compensation plan FAQs. New and materially updated questions include: - If a company grants performance-based awards, how will the shares be counted for the purposes of calculating burn rate?..…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Newest MNvest Crowdfunding Portal To Rely on Blockchain Technology

An equity and debt based crowdfunding portal built on Blockchain technology is set to begin offering crowd-sourced financing opportunities to non-accredited investors under Minnesota’s MNvest crowdfunding legislation. Silicon…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Legislation Creating Small Business Advocacy within the SEC Heading to the President’s Desk

On December 10, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act was approved by the Senate, clearing the way for signature by the President. The measure, which creates an advocacy office for the interests of small businesses within the SEC,…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics

New Corp Fin CDIs Clarify QIB Status for Rule 144A Offerings

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance staff released 35 new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) on December 8th. Among numerous interpretations focused on issues applicable to foreign private issuers and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Finds Pre-IPO Transactions Were Unlawful Security-Based Swaps

The SEC announced that Equidate Inc. agreed to settle charges that it violated federal securities laws by failing to register security-based swaps that were offered and sold online to shareholders in pre-IPO companies. Equidate…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act (H.R. 6427) (the “Act”) by a vote of 398 to 2. The Act is actually a compilation of six measures that were…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

The Domestic Corrupt Practices Act Arrives According to the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the parent company of United Airlines has agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle charges for providing a public official with more convenient flight options. The parent…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Securities Law, Transportation

CFPB Outlines Expectations on Incentive Compensation

The CFPB issued a bulletin warning supervised financial companies that creating incentives for employees and service providers to meet sales and other business goals can lead to consumer harm if not properly managed…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

GAMCO Folds on Rejection of Proxy Access Nominee

As previously noted, National Fuel Gas had rejected a proxy access nominee submitted by GAMCO Asset Management Inc. because of non-conformance with National Fuel’s proxy access by-law. Many wondered what would happen next…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

SEC Issues Report on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K Required by FAST Act

Section 72003 of the FAST Act directs the SEC to carry out a study of Regulation S-K’s requirements and to consult with the Commission’s Investor AdvisoryCommittee (the “IAC”) and Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law
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