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Unilateral Disarmament, The Prisoners’ Dilemma And SEC Staff Comment Letters

In an arms race, each suffers the worst result if it disarms and the other side remains armed. However, if both sides are armed, they are not as well off as when both sides are disarmed. This is, of course, the classic...more

Pennsylvania Audits Public Companies for Unclaimed Securities

Holders that use third-party transfer agents, such as Computershare, should check their mailboxes, as they are likely to have a notice from Pennsylvania of an unclaimed property audit. Pennsylvania has engaged...more

SEC Adopts Amendments to Implement JOBS Act and FAST Act Changes for Exchange Act Registration Requirements

On May 3, 2016, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was amending its rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of...more

The SEC’s New Registration Fee Estimator

The accurate and timely payment of SEC filing fees can be surprisingly challenging, particularly since it is often one of the last tasks performed in the scramble before a filing. The SEC has over the years attempted, with...more

IRS Proposes Updates to Rules for Deemed Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 305(c) of the Internal Revenue Code that would resolve certain issues relating to the amount and timing of deemed distributions...more

Revised London Stock Exchange Admission and Disclosure Standards

New London Stock Exchange Admission and Disclosure Standards came into effect on 4 April 2016. The Admission and Disclosure Standards set out the Exchange's admission and continuing disclosure requirements, other than for...more

China Gives Green Light for Green Bonds

China launched a green bond pilot initiative via the Shanghai Stock Exchange, encouraging further foreign investment in a rapidly growing asset class and paving the way for issuances by non-financial institutions....more

Second Circuit Adopts Actual-Knowledge Standard for MD&A Disclosures

The Second Circuit held yesterday that Item 303 of SEC Regulation S-K requires issuers to disclose only those trends, events, or uncertainties about which the issuer has actual knowledge, rather than those matters about which...more

Citizenship And The California Securities Laws

I often hear lawyers say something along the lines of “We need to find an exemption from the California Corporate Securities Law because one of the investors is a citizen of California”. The citizenship or residency of a...more

Second Circuit Reinforces Liability Standard in Securities Cases Based on Statements of Opinion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinforced the stringency of the new standard for liability in securities cases arising from allegedly misleading statements of opinion. Construing the Supreme Court's 2015...more

Apple Leads the Way as Green Bonds Set to Grow in 2016

Green bonds are fixed-income debt instruments earmarked for environmental or climate change initiatives. As companies undertake more “green” initiatives, including investing in renewable energy generation, the green bond...more

Maggiorazione del diritto di voto e azioni a voto plurimo: un primo bilancio

La maggiorazione del diritto di voto e le azioni a voto plurimo sono state introdotte nel 2014 dal Decreto Competitività. La normativa ha superato il principio one share-one vote e reso possibili strumenti flessibili che...more

Bill Threatens To Yank Qualification Upon Any Change In Management

Sometimes, I run across bills that seem to defy rational explanation. AB 2610 (Holden) appeared to be one such bill. Under the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968, the offer and sale of securities must be...more

SEC’s Charges Provide Support for Class Plaintiffs’ Allegations in the Ocwen Securities Litigation

A December 22, 2015 decision of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida in In re Ocwen Financial Corporation Securities Litigation illustrates the impact that an investigation and order of the Securities...more

SEC Enforcement Chief Highlights Focus on Reporting and Disclosure, Gatekeepers

Speaking at the Directors Forum in San Diego recently, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney reviewed the SEC’s historical and current enforcement activity in the area of issuer reporting and disclosure, as well as the...more

Eyes on Europe: Cov-lite and Term Loan B rise

The growth of European markets was noticed by US issuers, who have looked across the Atlantic to borrow as pricing widened in the US and appetite increased in Europe. In the second quarter of 2015, US issuers were the...more

Innovation is the key to success in 2016

Diverging economic conditions on either side of the Atlantic—as well as geopolitical issues such as global stock market volatility and plummeting oil prices—mean issuers, lenders and their advisers are entering unknown...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 2

Is There a Standard Form of Rule 144A Representation Letter? - My file of Rule 144A representation letters has been growing fatter, and I‘m not sure why. I would have hoped that by now there would be just one great...more

Regulation Crowdfunding – Funding Portals and Other Crowdfunding Intermediaries

Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) created a new securities registration exemption for crowdfunding offerings by adding Section 4(a)(6) to the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act). In late...more

Getting the Measure of EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources - February 2016

Corporate governance has changed dramatically since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The level of shareholder engagement and institutional...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 2, DBRS released its critical obligations rating criteria. On February 1, KBRA released its general rating methodology as it pertains to corporate issuers....more

Prospectus Directive: The Commission’s Proposal for a New Prospectus Regulation

The European Commission, as part of its Capital Markets Union action plan and its commitment to simplify and harmonize EU laws, on November 30, 2015 adopted a proposal for a new prospectus regulation, intended to replace the...more

Prospectus Directive: The Commission’s Proposal for a New Prospectus Regulation

The European Commission, as part of its Capital Markets Union action plan and its commitment to simplify and harmonize EU laws, on November 30, 2015 adopted a proposal for a new prospectus regulation, intended to replace the...more

NASAA Requests Comments on Proposed Rule and Notice Form for Tier 2 Regulation A Offerings

On January 27, 2016, the Corporation Finance Section of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) requested comments on a proposed model rule and uniform notice filing form aimed at simplifying the...more

"Hong Kong Stock Exchange Opens Doors to Russia-Incorporated Issuers"

On January 15, 2016, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx) published its Country Guide on Russia and placed Russia on its list of “acceptable jurisdictions,” formally signifying that Hong Kong’s sole regulated stock...more

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