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Securities Litigation Alert: District Court Says Indirect Purchasers of Shares Can Bring Fraud Claims Against Private Company and...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with important implications for late-stage private companies, a federal magistrate judge ruled last week that investors in funds holding private company securities can bring fraud claims against the issuer of the...more

SEC Announces New Changes to Covers of Periodic Reports and Registration Statements

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The SEC adopted technical rule and form amendments under the JOBS Act that impact almost every periodic report and registration statement by adding an additional “check the box” item on the covers (as well as the introductory...more

The Danger of Paying Finder’s Fees to Unregistered Broker-Dealers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

We get asked from time-to-time whether it is advisable for issuers to pay fees to unregistered “finders” for introducing potential investors in the United States to the issuer in connection with securities offerings. The...more

How effective are the UK's primary markets? FCA reviews the effectiveness of the primary markets and proposes technical...

by Hogan Lovells on

Reviewing the structure of the UK's primary markets - The FCA is reviewing the structure of the UK's primary markets to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of investors and issuers. As part of its review, the...more

Saudi Arabia Update - February 2017

by Dentons on

Legal developments - Fines and penalties for employers - This month witnessed increased pressure on employers in Saudi Arabia in the form of fines and penalties, including...more

Regulation Round Up - February 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The FCA and PRA announced changes to enforcement process with the aim of strengthening the transparency and effectiveness of enforcement decision-making processes. Some of the changes have already come into force, the rest...more

SEC Issues No Action Letter Regarding Canadian Companies’ Registration of Rights Offerings on MJDS Form F-7

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In December 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced an amended regime for a prospectus-exempt rights offering in Canada. This amended regime allows certain public companies in Canada to conduct a...more

Debt Dialogue: January 2017

This month’s issue of Debt Dialogue address handover of records to a substitute collateral manager (in the Tilton litigation), the EU bail-in rules, the interplay of Section 3(c)(7) of the Investment Company Act and rights of...more

I Deliver Some Round Observations About California’s Rounding Rule

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post concerned various actions that a California corporation may pursue in lieu of issuing fractional shares. I left for today the subject of rounding. Section 407 of the Corporations Code expressly permits...more

Minnesota’s First Crowdfunding Portal Approved, But The Question Remains: Will Anyone Actually Use It?

On November 9, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Commerce approved the first crowdfunding portal operator, VentureNear.com, under the crowdfunding legislation known as MNvest. As soon as the portal is populated with...more

Four Eye-Opening New C&DIs Issued by the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released four new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) on November 17th addressing aspects of offerings under Regulation A and Regulation D. The staff’s new...more

New C&DI’s on Fee Calculations and Form S-8

The SEC issued three new C&DIs on fee calculations: Question 240.11 - Question: An issuer has a Form S-8 on file that registers shares of common stock to be issued upon the exercise of outstanding options. ...more

SEC Staff Issues C&DI on Form S-3 Transaction Requirements

On November 2, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation Question 116.25 (C&DI...more

Issuer Reporting and Disclosure Remains Focus of SEC and Other Regulators

by Perkins Coie on

In a recent speech, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney confirmed the SEC’s continued pursuit of investigations and enforcement actions relating to issuer reporting and disclosure, an area that remains a high priority...more

SEC's Filing Fees Increase 15 Percent Effective October 1, 2016

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On August 31, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that in fiscal year 2017, the fees that public companies and other issuers pay to register their securities with the SEC will be increased from...more

To Disclose or Not To Disclose, That Is The Question

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

In connection with a private offering of securities the issuer will provide potential investors with some form of disclosure document. Regardless of what type of offering it is (e.g. Rule 506, Title III, Intrastate, or other...more

This Case Caused Me To Take Stock

by Allen Matkins on

I recently came across Fukuda v. Nethercott, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92462 (D. Utah, July 15, 2016). The case involved claims by the plaintiff that the defendants had sold him securities in violation of the registration...more

Listing Indian Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

India is now included as an “acceptable jurisdiction” by The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”). The HKEx also published a new “Country Guide – India” (the “India Guide”) relating to India-incorporated issuers....more

SEC Cyber Update: Official Outlines Active Role for SEC on Cybersecurity as Enforcement Questions Persist

by Carlton Fields on

SEC Chicago Regional Director David Glockner spoke at a PLI Conference in New York on June 6 regarding the SEC’s data security regulations and enforcement efforts. Mr. Glockner acknowledged frustration with the Division of...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last Week - It appears that House and Senate leadership will keep their word on adjourning before the 4th of July, with leadership of the two chambers apparently agreeing to a budget over the weekend. The Senate worked...more

SEC Prevails in Regulation A+ Litigation

Regulation A+, which became effective on March 25, 2015, permits the offering of up to $50,000,000 in securities in any twelve-month period, subject to the certain requirements (a “Tier 2 Offering”). Tier 2 Offerings are not...more

EU Market Abuse Regulation—Implications for Non-EU Issuers with Securities Traded on an EU Market

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The EU’s revamped market abuse rules—the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”)—come into direct effect in all EU Member States on July 3, 2016. MAR expands the scope of certain EU rules to EU markets that were previously not...more

SEC Issues Interim Final Rule Required by the FAST Act Regarding Form 10-K Summary Page

On June 1, 2016, the SEC issued an interim final rule to implement Section 72001 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which requires the SEC to issue regulations to permit issuers to submit a summary...more

SEC Completes JOBS Act Rulemaking with Amendments to Exchange Act Registration Rules

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The SEC recently adopted rules implementing Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) and Title LXXXV of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”). Title V and...more

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

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