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Lead Director Network: Viewpoints: A dialogue with Keith Higgins, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

On July 16, 2014, as part of a joint meeting between the Lead Director Network (LDN) and the Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN), members of both networks met with Keith Higgins, director of the Division of...more

Court Broadens Confidentiality of Investigations - D.C. Circuit extends privilege in internal corporate probes, but inconsistent...

You are counsel to a government contractor that is conducting an internal investigation into possible fraud. Federal mandatory disclosure obligations require an investigation, as does the need to gather facts to seek legal...more

Disclosure At The Mobile Check-Out: The FTC's View On Mobile Shopping Apps

In its August 1st report entitled "What's the Deal — An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps," the FTC provides guidance on various disclosures that should be made by mobile apps along with reinforcing a number of prior...more

FinCEN Seeks to Turn Beneficial Ownership Disclosure of Private Entities on its Head

My colleagues over at our banking blog have highlighted proposed regulations by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, under the Bank Secrecy Act which are meant to combat illicit financial activity, including...more

Sunshine Ordinance Preempted by City Charter Provision Creating Attorney-Client Privilege

The First District Court of Appeal determined that City of San Francisco (“City”) resident Allen Grossman (“Grossman”) was not entitled to documents related to the development of certain San Francisco Ethics Commission...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

Executive Order Adds New Compliance Requirements for Federal Contractors

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order in an effort to crack down on federal contractors with a history of violating employee rights. Beginning in 2016, both the government’s...more

CRA3: ESMA publishes final draft Regulatory Technical Standards on disclosure requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

Executive Summary - Following the consultation paper published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in February 2014, on 24 June 2014 ESMA published its final draft of the Regulatory Technical...more

Court Limits Scope of SEC Disgorgement In Case Involving Failure to Disclose Beneficial Interests

Just last week, Judge Scheindlin from the Southern District of New York precluded the SEC from seeking wide-ranging disgorgement in an order issued in the SEC v. Wyly, 10-cv-5760 (S.D.N.Y.) case....more

MSRB Proposes Revised Duties for Municipal Advisors

The MSRB proposed a Revised Draft of Rule G-42 (“Duties of Non-Solicitor Municipal Advisors”) by Reg. Not. 2014-12 issued July 23, 2014. We addressed the original proposal in our January 23 blog post. The Revised Draft...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Accredited Investor Tests and Verification of Accredited Investors for Rule 506(c) Offerings

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance added to its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations posted on the SEC website new Questions 255.48-255.49 and 260.35-260.38 which address (1) elements of the...more

Disclosure Reform

Yesterday, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness hosted a half-day session on “Corporate Disclosure Reform: Ensuring a Balanced System that Informs and Protects Investors and Capital...more

Hearing on Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

As we previously reported, the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, testified before the House Financial Services Committee on a broad range of matters, including the SEC’s progress in...more

Failure of Mandated Disclosures

PLA often posts links to scholarly articles assessing or speculating about the effectiveness, from a consumer-protection standpoint, of disclosure and other regulatory regimes. Past such posts include, for example,...more

The Clock is Ticking on the SEC’s MCDC Initiative - Limited Self Reporting Window Closes September 9, 2014

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has announced its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”) for municipal issuers, conduit borrowers, other obligated persons...more

SEC Resolves First Case Under New Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

On July 8, 2014, the SEC announced that it had settled charges that a school district in California misled bond investors about its failure to comply with its continuing disclosure obligations under Rule 15c2-12 of the...more

When Should You Disclose an SEC Investigation?

SEC investigations have become more common in recent years as the still relatively new Chair, Mary Jo White, and others have focused resources and attention on enforcement. It is now well established that there is no...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 25

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes Fiduciary Duties to Minority Stockholders - Delaware Court of Chancery...more

The "Inadvertent" Investment Company Trap: Identifying Operating Companies Subject to the Investment Company Act

The Investment Company Act of 1940 (the "Act") was enacted by Congress to protect members of the U.S. public from potential abuses resulting from pooled investments in companies that are primarily engaged in the business of...more

The MCDC Initiative: Window Closes on September 10, 2014

As highlighted in the SEC’s 2012 Municipal Market Report, the SEC has expressed significant concern that many issuers have not been complying with their obligation to file continuing disclosure documents and that federal...more

SEC Requires Greater Disclosure of Cyber Events

Cyber is still a relatively young risk and the various stakeholders in cyber-risk are at times, still trying to determine their particular role. This includes the officers and/or directors of companies for establishing...more

Streamlining Disclosure for Venture Issuers: Proposed Amendments to National Instrument 51-102; Continuous Disclosure Obligations,...

On May 22, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations (NI 51-102), National Instrument 41-101 General...more

New SEC Initiative Offers Municipal Issuers and Underwriters an Exit Strategy for Continuing Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division recently announced a program intended to resolve violations of federal securities laws regarding continuing disclosures in bond offering documents. The program,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 21

In this issue: - CME Delays Prohibition on Transitory EFRPs - JAC Issues Guidance on Margin Funds - CFTC Hands Out First Whistleblower Award - NFA Adopts Fee for Registration...more

OCC Integrates Interagency Rules, Proposes Integrated Licensing Rules

On May 16, the OCC issued a final rule to integrate its interagency rules, which would combine, without any substantive amendments, rules related to consumer protection in insurance sales, BSA compliance, management...more

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