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A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement Cybersecurity Is At the Top of SEC Examination Concerns In a recent SEC “risk alert” for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

SEC Proposes Liquidity Management Rules for Mutual Funds and ETFs

On September 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a comprehensive package of rule reforms designed to enhance effective liquidity risk management by open-end funds, including mutual funds and exchange-traded...more

SEC’s Increased Cybersecurity Enforcement and How to Reduce Your Risks

The SEC announced last week that an investment adviser had agreed to settle charges that it failed to take required steps to protect against and respond effectively to a cybersecurity breach. The action comes on the heels of...more

VW Emissions Testing Scandal – View from the Board

The Board of Directors role in the Volkswagen (VW) emissions test scandal is one that is only now being scrutinized. In an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled “Problems at VW Start at the Boardroom”, James B....more

SEC Adopts Further Revisions to Rule 2a-7

The SEC recently adopted rule amendments removing credit rating references in Rule 2a-7 and Form N-MFP. Issuer diversification provisions were also amended to eliminate a current exclusion for securities subject to a...more

SEC Provides Additional Information On Cybersecurity Examinations

On September 15, 2015, the Security and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert to provide additional information on the areas of focus for its second round of...more

New Study Released on the 8-K Trading Gap

On September 7, 2015, a new study on the “8-K trading gap” conducted by researchers at Harvard and Columbia law schools was released. The “8-K trading gap” refers to the four business day period before SEC reporting...more

The Financial Report - Volume 14, No. 17 - September 2015 (US)

We all love to quote statistics when they tend to support whatever position we may be advocating. At the same time, however, we are often loath to take the time and effort to respond to surveys or provide information needed...more

Canadian Coalition of Good Governance Advocates More Proxy Access

Earlier this year, the Canadian Coalition of Good Governance (CCGG) released its publication “Shareholder Involvement in the Director Nomination Process: Enhanced Engagement and Proxy Access”, proposing enhanced proxy access...more

National Futures Association Proposes Cybersecurity Guidance for NFA Member Firms

NFA links NFA’s supervisory requirements with its proposed requirements mandating that NFA Members have information systems security programs. The National Futures Association (NFA) has proposed cybersecurity...more

Client Alert: Sex, Money and Cybersecurity - Reminders for Public Companies

Recent events have highlighted the importance of comprehensive cyber-security programs for publicly-traded companies. Although the circumstances differ, in each case the impact of employee behavior with electronic...more

Proxy Access In The 2015 Season

Rhonda Brauer is a senior managing director of corporate governance at Georgeson Inc. where she helps companies enhance their shareholder communications and analyze their governance practices. She recently joined Latham &...more

Proposed AML Regulations for Registered Investment Advisers Released by FinCEN

On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released proposed rules that would require investment advisers that are registered or required to be registered (RIAs)...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Form PF — What Purpose? SEC registered investment advisers with at least $150 million of assets under management in private funds are required to periodically file Form PF with the SEC. The...more

Corporate Communicator - Fall 2015: SEC Proposes Rules for the Clawback of Executive Compensation

In this issue of the Corporate Communicator, we bring you an article about the SEC’s recently released proposal to adopt rules for the clawback of executive compensation. The proposal is already controversial and it may prove...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Stockholder Consents

Given the sanctity of the stockholder vote in Delaware law, it would be surprising if the Court of Chancery would ever reverse such a vote or the use of stockholder consents to take corporate action....more

Mergers & Acquisitions Glossary

This Glossary contains many of the important terms and definitions used in the M&A world. The Glossary is not exhaustive, however. Like most areas of the law, M&A is a highly complex subject that involves several legal and...more

The 15(c) Process Continues to be a Focus of the SEC Enforcement Staff

Two recent SEC Enforcement Division administrative settlements reinforce the importance for fund boards of directors and fund advisers to maintain a robust annual advisory contract renewal process....more

Don’t Be Caught Dead Handed: Avoiding Legal Challenges to Dead Hand Proxy Puts in Loan Agreements

A number of public companies have become the target of shareholder books and records inspection demands and litigation related to certain “change of control” provisions in their loan agreements. The type of provisions at...more

Proxy Access—the Devil Is in the Details

Proxy access, meaning the ability of stockholders to put their nominees on management’s proxy card and create a proxy contest without having to file their own proxy statement, was the marquee issue of the 2015 proxy season....more

New SEC And PCAOB Proposals Related To Audit Committee Disclosure And Audit Quality

OVERVIEW - On July 1, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release relating to its audit committee reporting requirements. This release references two Public Company Accounting Oversight...more

Conflicts of Interest: When You're Having Too Much Fun at That Business Lunch

How should fund directors monitor gifts and entertainment received by investment adviser personnel? This question moved to the forefront in February, when the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment...more

Regulators Issue Final Dodd-Frank Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Covered Entities in the Financial...

On June 9, 2015, six federal agencies (“Agencies”) subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Act”) issued much-anticipated joint final standards (“Final Standards”) in accordance with...more

A Plain English Guide to the SEC's Compensation Clawback Rules

As accounting restatements occur relatively infrequently, and the severity is often modest, the proposed “clawback” rules represent more of a "check the box" compliance activity than a real enforcement threat....more

Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2015 Edition: SEC Charges Corporate Insiders for Failing to Update Beneficial Ownership...

Enforcement actions raise potential disclosure concerns for private equity sponsors exploring investments in public companies - Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges...more

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