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In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The SEC reminded everyone that, yes, it cares whether you timely file your Section 16 reports, by announcing enforcement actions against 28 Section 16 filers and six public companies here. Some tie the unprecedented...more

Director of SEC Division of Corporation Finance Gives Speech on Securities Disclosure

On October 3, the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (Division), Keith F. Higgins, spoke at the George A. Leet Business Law Conference, discussing SEC disclosure requirements...more

SEC Says Use IP Addresses to Control Intrastate Offerings

In a new CDI, the SEC indicates it may be possible to use IP addresses to control internet communications so that offers are made only in one state and qualify for the intrastate exemption under Rule 147. In Securities Act...more

SEC Finalizes Rule On Asset-Backed Securities

On September 24, the SEC issued a final rule adopting significant revisions to regulations governing the disclosure, reporting, registration and the offering process for asset-backed securities (“ABS”). The revised rules aim...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Accredited Investor Status

On July 3, 2014, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued six new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) regarding determination of accredited investor status for purposes of Rule 506(c). C&DI 255.48...more

Public Companies Take Note: SEC Launches Enforcement Initiative Targeting Section 16 and Other Shareholder Filings

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced charges against 28 public company officers, directors and ten percent shareholders for repeated violations of federal securities laws requiring them to promptly...more

Company Liability for Insider Stock Ownership Reports

Earlier this month, the SEC announced charges against six public companies for contributing to their insiders’ failure to properly file Form 4s or for violating the Item 405 proxy disclosure requirements for late insider...more

A Reminder of the Importance of Internal Controls Under SOX

On July 30, 2014, the SEC announced charges against the CEO and the former CFO of a computer equipment company based in Florida for misrepresenting the state of the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting and...more

Good News For Companies Adopting Retrospective Approach To New FASB Revenue Recognition Standard

One of the critical questions that companies are facing under FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is whether companies that elect to follow a retrospective approach (applying the standard to both current and prior years —...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC continued with its “broken windows” approach to enforcement this week, filing a group of 34 actions based on the failure to file either a Form 4, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G. The agency also filed an action alleging...more

Whether 1992 Or 2013 Version Of COSO Framework — Disclose In Management’s And Auditor’s Internal Control Reports

Last week, I posted a piece regarding the “squishy” deadline (to borrow the term of art coined by the COSO Chair) for implementation of the new 2013 COSO internal control framework. As you may recall, the original 1992 COSO...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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