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SCOTUS to Hear Another Securities Case

by Burr & Forman on

On April 18, the SCOTUS heard oral argument in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, an action concerning whether the five year statute of limitations of 28 U.S.C Section 2462 applies to disgorgement. This was the...more

SEC Brings Post-MCDC Enforcement Actions Against Underwriter and Officials

On April 5, 2017 the SEC released two orders instituting cease-and-desist proceedings (consent decrees) which are the first post-MCDC cases finding securities law violations based on misstatements in official statements...more

FINRA Proposes Broad Range of Amendments to Corporate Financing Rule

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 12, 2017, the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) published proposed amendments to FINRA Rule 5110, which regulates the terms and arrangements of securities underwriting conducted by FINRA...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A host of things happened in the last few months regarding Conflict Minerals, although likely not much that will affect what a public company reports on its Form SD, due May 31. (Spoiler alert: The same thing companies have...more

2016 Could Be Peak SEC

2016 was a high-water mark for SEC enforcement activity; however, with the uncertainties associated with the new administration’s enforcement regime, we could be seeing a downturn going forward. According to a recent report...more

Supreme Court to Consider Fundamental Issues in Omissions-Based Fraud Cases

The Supreme Court recently agreed to review a case which has split the circuit courts and has potentially huge implications for disclosure liabilities of public companies. The case, Leidos Inc. v Indiana Retirement System,...more

Meet HAL, Your New Robo-Adviser: SEC Regulatory Guidance For Robo-Advisers

by Polsinelli on

“Hello, Dave. You're looking well today.” In the iconic science fiction movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer courteously greeted his astronaut human companion Dave Bowman. HAL was a Heuristically...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Publishes Compliance and Disclosure Guidance for Regulation Crowdfunding - On April 5, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Airs Concerns Over Multi-Tiered Offerings Following Snap’s IPO

Snap Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 2nd, was the largest tech IPO since Alibaba went public in 2014. Initially priced at $17 per share, the share price jumped to more than $24 by the end of...more

SEC Issues Guidance to Robo-Advisers

Robo-advisers are a fast-growing segment of the investment advisory industry. In fact, they now account for an estimated $71.5 billion in assets under management. In response to their explosive growth, the SEC has made...more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

by White & Case LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

Compensation to Newsletter Writers Must Be Disclosed

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On April 10, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement brought enforcement actions against 27 individuals and entities behind various alleged stock promotion schemes. These actions arose when public companies, through promoters...more

SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance Issues Statement on Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

Ruling & Enforcement: Conflict Minerals’ Disclosure - On April 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered a final judgment in favor of the National Association of Manufacturers, declaring that...more

"Cybersecurity Trends for Boards of Directors"

Cybersecurity has in recent years become an integral component of a board’s role in risk oversight, but directors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory when it comes to formulating policies and oversight processes...more

SEC Will Not Enforce Part of the Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the acting Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) Michael Piwowar released a statement that the Commission will not recommend enforcement of certain parts of its Conflict...more

SEC Issues New Material Event Notices Under Proposed Rule 15c2-12 Amendments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 1, 2017, proposed adding two additional triggers – in new subparagraphs (15) and (16) – for the material events notice requirements under Rule 15c2-12 (the Proposed...more

Conflict Minerals - What Just Happened and What Didn’t

The conflict minerals saga continues. Background - In April 2014, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC held that the conflict minerals rule’s requirement that...more

SEC Provides Additional Relief for Conflict Minerals Disclosures: What Should Covered Public Companies File on May 31st?

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) issued a statement on the effect of the recent court decisions in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC...more

New Developments and Uncertainties for Conflict Minerals Disclosure

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) Division of Corporate Finance issued a new statement adding some uncertainty to company obligations and enforcement exposure under the SEC conflict minerals rule...more

SEC Staff Issues New Guidance on Conflict Minerals Rule for 2017 Filings

by Bryan Cave on

Late Friday, April 7, the SEC issued two statements relating to the conflict minerals rule which reflect a significant change in the staff’s guidance for public companies. The upshot of these statements is that the staff...more

Conflict Minerals Rule is Still in Effect – For Now

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the D.C. District Court entered its final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC holding that Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, Rule 13p-1 and Form SD...more

The Downside of Sustainability Reporting

Not long ago, I wrote about the growth of sustainability reporting among public companies. (See this Doug’s Note.) It is now widely believed that effective sustainability reporting, also called “corporate social...more

Court Enters Final Judgment in Conflict Minerals Case

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has entered a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. The final judgment is identical to the proposed judgment which we described previously....more

SEC Modernization in Plain English: Decoding the Regulation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Practical points on managing SEC Modernization. INTRODUCTION - On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its final Investment Company Reporting Modernization rules and forms for the...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee...

On February 28, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee Practices.” The Skadden panelists were labor and employment law partner David Schwartz,...more

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