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New C&DIs Contemplate Intrastate Crowdfunded Offerings

This week the SEC released three new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Rule 147, which applies to securities that exempt from registration pursuant to Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act because...more

Merger And Acquisition Due Diligence And Voluntary Disclosures

The Justice Department and the SEC continue the drumbeat encouraging companies to voluntarily disclose potential FCPA violations. Of course, the reason for their position is obvious – they want to know about every violation,...more

"Government Affairs and Government Procurement: Pressure to Comply Continues to Grow in 2014"

With increased attention to transparency in corporate political spending, disclosure of so-called “dark money” and a new rule for municipal advisors, corporations and other organizations active in government affairs or...more

Cybersecurity and the duty of care: a top 10 checklist for board members

Visibility on information security, including cybersecurity as well as physical security aspects, is increasingly permeating corporate life. The relatively new SEC requirements for public disclosure of cybersecurity...more

"Will 2014 Be the ‘Year of the Foreign Private Issuer’?"

Experience in 2013 has shown that U.S. securities exchanges are once again becoming increasingly popular venues for listings by non-U.S. companies. The number of non-U.S. companies that conducted initial listings in the U.S....more

New C&DIs Regarding ‘Bad Actor’ Beneficial Ownership (Rule 506)

The staff of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance recently published additional "Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations", starting at 260.28, relating to the bad actor disqualification in Rule 506 under the Securities...more

Are You a Foreign Private Issuer?

As part of its long-standing policy to encourage foreign companies to access the U.S. capital markets, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) historically has made significant regulatory accommodations to...more

Planning for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

In This Issue: - Incorporate lessons from 2013 say-on-pay results - Prepare for new Form SD (Specialized Disclosure) filing requirements - Ensure compliance with revised listing standards related to compensation...more

SEC Staff Provides Clarification of Scope of Bad Actor Disqualification

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance published “Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations” (CDIs) on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, that provide important clarification regarding...more

New Rule 506 C&DI’s Require Some Explaining

Nancy Wojtas, the head of the public companies group at Cooley LLP, alerted me to the fact that the SEC staff yesterday issued 14 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Rule 506 under Regulation D. ...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At The CFTC And CFPB

CFTC Proposes Registered Futures Association Membership Rules - On Friday, November 8, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") proposed amending its regulations to require that all persons...more

SEC Provides Interpretations on Rule 506(c)

As we’ve previously blogged, in July 2013 the SEC adopted rules that permit general solicitation and general advertising in connection with certain offerings of securities to accredited investors. Yesterday, to help the...more

SEC Issues 11 C&DIs On Rule 144A and Rule 506(c)

On November 13, 2013, the SEC issued 11 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations regarding Rule 144A and Rule 506(c). As with previous C&DIs, many of the new ones confirm positions that the SEC has already taken in other...more

Accounting Scandal Communications In The Post-Enron World

Fueled by high-profile cases involving Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia, and HealthSouth, accounting and disclosure fraud matters grew to as much as 33 percent of all U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions...more

Venture Exchanges in the U.S. and Right-Sized Disclosure Requirements

In a recent speech delivered at a Futures Industry Association conference, Commissioner Gallagher raised the possibility of a venture exchange. Commissioner Gallagher addressed broader market structure issues in his remarks;...more

Reconsidering Disclosure: Will the SEC Shake Up the System?

Summary: Directors and officers bear potential liability for their company’s failure to comply with disclosure requirements. These required disclosures have become more and more complex – to the point where they are almost...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 19. October 2013 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Most of us have seen those top-rated TV commercials for a wireless provider featuring a conservatively dressed man sitting at a little table with several children and asking them, “Is it...more

Post-Issuance Tax Compliance and Continuing Disclosure Responsibilities for Issuers and Borrowers of Tax-Exempt Bonds

Chapter One: Introduction: Why Post-Issuance Compliance? Over the past few years, the tax-exempt bond market has been under heightened scrutiny by various regulators, including the Internal Revenue Service...more

D.C. Circuit to Decide Validity of SEC Conflict Minerals Rule, But Companies Should Consider Preliminary Steps to Comply

Industry groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reverse a July 23 district court decision (28 CCW 233, 7/31/13) and invalidate a rule issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that...more

CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that Are Commodity Pools

In a dramatic change of course, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules that apply a “substituted compliance” approach for disclosure and compliance obligations of registered investment companies...more

The Transparency Wars: Coming to a Galaxy Near You?

Everyone is in favor of transparency and anti-corruption – at least, everyone except the occasional despot or dictator. Yet substantial controversy now swirls around the disclosure of the vast sums that governments receive...more

Division of Corporation Finance Releases New CDIs

The SEC recently released new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) on a variety of topics under the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and Regulation S-K. A brief summary of some of these new CDIs is presented...more

SEC Settles With The City Of Harrisburg: Case Presents A Teaching Moment For Other Municipalities

On May 7, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania concluded a years-long SEC investigation in a first-of-its kind settlement....more

SEC Targets Another Fund Board in Recent Enforcement Case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently issued an Order Instituting Proceedings (“Order”) against the administrator and compliance services provider, as well as current and former members of the boards of...more

SEC Settles with Service Providers and Trustees of two Mutual Fund Trusts for Inaccurate Disclosures Regarding Section 15(c)...

On May 2, 2013, the SEC filed an order instituting settled administrative proceedings against the trustees (“Trustees”) and certain service providers of two “turnkey” open-end series investment companies, Northern Lights Fund...more

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