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Weeding Out Bad Actors: The Rule 506 Bad Actor Provisions and Capital Markets Practice – One Year Later

As we approach the anniversary of the effectiveness of the Rule 506 bad actor provisions (if you don’t happen to have it marked on your calendar, the new rules went into effect on September 23, 2013), it is a good time to...more

Reg A+ Challenged Again

Another letter to the SEC from the Hill challenges the Regulation A+ proposal. This time, the authors question the authority of the SEC in defining “qualified purchaser” as an offeree or purchaser in a Tier 2 Reg A+...more

SEC Bans Repeat, Bad-Faith Tipster From Future Submissions

Last month, after an individual filed 196 award applications, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) issued a detailed Final Order deeming him/her ineligible for an award in any of his/her pending applications and...more

Bad People Can’t Buy Failed Banks

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, has adopted a final rule to implement section 210(r) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under that section, individuals or entities that have,...more

Beware the "Bad Actor" - SEC Disqualification and Disclosure Requirements Affect Private Offering Issuers

Effective September 23, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) implemented Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which provided for expanded liability for "bad actors" in...more

"Clawback of Bonuses: UK PRA’s Banking Proposals Cast Six-Year Shadow for Bad Actors and Their Supervisors and Line Managers"

On 13 March 2014, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the U.K. regulator responsible for prudential supervision of banks, insurers and large broker-dealers, issued a consultation paper on bonus clawback (CP6/14). ...more

The Ides Of March And Evaluation Of Compliance Risk

Tomorrow, March 15 is enshrined as one of the most famous days of all-time, the “Ides of March”. On this day in 44 BC, the “Dictator for Life” Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of Roman nobleman who did not want...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2014 Edition: SEC Approves Final Rules that Disqualify “Bad Actors” from Using Rule 506 to...

Most private equity funds that are subject to the U.S. securities laws rely on Rule 506(b) of Regulation D, a safe harbor under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act), in forming funds and soliciting...more

General Solicitation and Bad Actor Guidance from the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has released a series of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (the “Interpretations”) recently addressing the general solicitation exemption under new Rule 506(c) of...more

Crowdfunding: When Will the Rules Be Done?

The startup community is getting excited and antsy. The comment period on the SEC’s crowdfunding rules ended February 3. The speculation has begun – when will the rules be final? Could it be this summer? My answer: Who...more

SEC Releases Proposed Rule Amendments to Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its proposed rule amendments to Regulation A, which were required by Section 401 of the JOBS Act. Among the changes, the proposed rules create two tiers of...more

SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Recently Adopted Amendments to Rule 506 Addressing General Solicitation and Bad...

Effective September 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 506 of Regulation D to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...more

SEC Issues Rule Proposals to Amend Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued rule proposals to amend Regulation A, implementing an important part of Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Five Additional C&DIs Relating to “Bad Actor” Rule

On January 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued five new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) with respect to Rule 506 under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities...more

SEC Grants Second Rule 506 Bad Actor Waiver

On December 26, 2013, the SEC granted its second waiver from disqualification from reliance on Regulation D because of prohibited conduct under new Rule 506(d). The waiver was granted to a Broker-Dealer alleged to have paid...more

New C&DIs Regarding ‘Bad Actor’ Beneficial Ownership (Rule 506)

The staff of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance recently published additional "Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations", starting at 260.28, relating to the bad actor disqualification in Rule 506 under the Securities...more

SEC Staff Provides More Guidance on Rule 506(d)

On January 3, 2014 the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance updated the Securities Act Rules Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations to address a number of interpretive issues under the “bad actor”...more

Bad Actors

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D (“Reg D”) that, among other things, prohibit issuers of securities from relying on Reg D if “bad actors” are...more

Texas Court Declines Indemnity For One’s Own Bad Acts

We begin with a philosophical question: Should a person be rewarded for bad behavior? Despite twerkee Molly Cyrus (and her daddy), the Kardashians and, at least for a while Richard Nixon, the answer should be, no. ...more

New Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations

On December 4, the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations regarding, among other things, Rules 506(d) and (e) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933. These...more

Bad Actor Disqualification And Just How Do You Know Whether A Violation is Scienter-Based?

In a recently issued Compliance & Disclosure Interpretation (Question #260.21), the SEC staff unequivocally stated that “bad actor” disqualification under Rule 506(d)(1)(v) is “triggered only by orders to cease and desist...more

SEC Staff Issues New Guidance on Rule 506 Bad Actor Disqualification

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance posted additional Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (see Questions 260.14 through 260.27) to the SEC website that address the “bad actor” disqualification...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 14 New C&DIs Relating to “Bad Actor” Rules

On December 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued 14 new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) with respect to Rule 506 under the Securities Act of 1933. These C&DIs...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Bad Actor Rules

On December 4, 2013, the Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“CDIs”) concerning the recently...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume VIII, Issue 46

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 14 New C&DIs Relating to “Bad Actor” Rules - NASDAQ Proposes Change to Listing Rules Regarding Compensation Committee Independence - FINRA...more

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