Bad Actors

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Can “Bad Actors” Wave Goodbye to SEC Waivers?

The SEC has been thinking harder before waiving automatic disqualifications that the federal securities laws and regulations impose on so-called "bad actors." Without such waivers, companies may be barred from, among...more

And Now Bad Actor Waivers for Forward-Looking Statements

The Securities Act (Section 27A(b)) and the Exchange Act (Section 21E(b)) exclude reliance on the safe harbor for forward-looking statements if, among other things, the statement is made with respect to an issuer that has,...more

SEC Clarifies “Voting Equity Securities” for Purposes of the Bad Actor Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently released additional guidance on the definition of “voting equity securities” as applied to the bad actor disqualification rules under Rule 506(d) of the Securities...more

Factors the SEC Considers in “Bad Actor” Waivers

We have previously blogged about the SEC’s July 2013 rule change that disqualifies certain “bad actors” from using Rule 506. Thankfully, Rule 506 permits the SEC to determine, upon a showing of good cause, that it is not...more

New California Internet Poker Bills Seek Political Compromise and Consensus, But May Further Divide Stakeholders in the Absence of...

Efforts to pass online poker legislation in California have failed for years, in large part due to the failure to achieve consensus on the most critical issues affecting stakeholders. California is now poised to consider new...more

Striking the Balance: Mary Jo White Says the SEC’s Process for “Well-Known Seasoned Issuer” Waivers Is Fair, But Signals a...

In a speech last Thursday, SEC Chair Mary Jo White publicly addressed the issue of whether the SEC has been too lax in granting waivers to large corporations that are subject to certain restrictions under the Well-Known...more

The Disqualification Provisions and the SEC’s Use of Wavers

One key debate regarding current SEC enforcement policy centers on the application of the so-called “bad actor” provisions. Previously the Commissioners split over the nature, use and application of those provisions. ...more

SEC Issues Policy on Bad Actor Waivers

In an effort to quell internal (including outspoken SEC Commissioners) and external criticism, the SEC has published its policy on bad actor waivers. The policy looks fair on its face. Application is another...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #3

The Impact of Regulation on Community Banks: Harvard Study and Senate Banking Committee Hearing Highlight Differing Views. FDIC Director of Risk Management Supervision Doreen Eberley testified last week before the Senate...more

Bad Actor Disqualifications Are Not Sanction Enhancements

SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher delivered a speech where he considered the role of bad actor disqualifications in the context of the SEC’s enforcement initiatives. According to the Commissioner, the purpose of bad actor...more

Bad Actor Waivers and Conditions – The Controversy Continues

In a prior blog we discussed a Regulation D bad actor waiver granted to Oppenheimer & Co. that imposed conditions on the receipt of the waiver. The waiver provided “Oppenheimer will comply with the conditions stated in its...more

SEC Grants Second Bad Actor Waiver With Conditions

SEC Commissioner Kara Stein recently described what many saw as a possible model for harsher bad actor waivers after settling a matter with the SEC. According to Ms. Stein “The waiver was for a limited time, and only if...more

Securities and Governance Update

Each year, thousands of businesses and investment funds raise billions of dollars in capital through unregistered offerings under Rule 506—the most widely used exemption under Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as...more

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

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