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Disclosure Requirements Securities & Exchange Commission Compliance

Upcoming Compliance Deadlines for Registration Statement and Shareholder Report Disclosures under Liquidity Risk Management and...

by Dechert LLP on

The initial compliance dates are rapidly approaching for new disclosure requirements adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for registered investment company (funds). All initial registration statement...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 Staff Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on “Robo-Advisers”

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Guidance Update (Guidance) on February 23, 2017, on the subject of automated investment advisers...more

Personal Advice for Robo-Advisers: Beef Up Disclosure and Compliance

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Robo-advisers, those automated bots that offer up personalized investment advice with little, if any, human contact, face increased regulatory scrutiny as they grow more popular. After monitoring and engaging them for...more

Not Correctly Reporting Losses: An Internal Controls Failure

by Thomas Fox on

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) internal controls enforcement action drew my attention. It was not a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action but it certainly does have implications for a...more

SEC Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Resource Extraction Payments

On June 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules requiring certain producers of oil, natural gas and minerals to publicly disclose information regarding payments to the U.S. federal government,...more

SEC Proposes New Rules That Would Make Available Scaled Disclosure to More Companies

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - On June 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its rules and regulations that would expand the number of companies that qualify as “smaller reporting companies” by...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part IV

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have been exploring the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with Joe Howell, an Executive Vice President (EVP) with Workiva Inc. We have considered how some of the issues addressed by the PCAOB directly...more

A New Front in the Climate Change Debate

by JD Supra Perspectives on

The climate change debate has taken a new turn with the recent revelations from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. A legal perspective from Skadden attorneys Noelle Reed and Wallis Hampton....more

Crowdfunding Regulations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final crowdfunding rules. More than two years after the publication of the proposed crowdfunding rules, the SEC approved regulations that permit...more

Consider Refreshing Your Existing SEC Disclosure

by Baker Donelson on

As the fiscal year wraps up and SEC registrants begin to think about their 10-K and proxy, this is a good time for businesses to refresh their disclosure and to consider whether language that reappears annually still...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Non-Enforcement - SEC Decides Against Mounting an Appeal in Koch Ruling - The July 2015 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court in Koch v. SEC will apparently not be challenged by the SEC. The Court ruled in that...more

U.S. SEC Proposes Liquidity Risk Management Programs, Optional “Swing Pricing,” and Liquidity Reporting for Mutual Funds and...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a new rule and amendments to rules and reporting forms under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”), designed to standardize...more

What's Market? Update: Securities

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Amendments to Regulation A adopted by the SEC to comply with a mandate in the JOBS Act took effect on June 19, 2015. Regulation A as amended (often referred to as “Regulation A+”) expands the maximum aggregate amount that...more

Another Round of Favorable SEC Settlements, But Only for Underwriters that Self-Reported

The SEC has rolled out its second wave of enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriting firms for alleged securities violations in municipal bond offerings in connection with its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure...more

Investment Management Update - October 2015

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. Schwab...more

Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Update: SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules implementing one of the last four remaining executive compensation requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

EXPECT FOCUS: Onboard Technology, NAIC Cybersecurity, DOL, ACA Litigation, SEC Regulation (Vol. III, Summer 2015)

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In This Issue: IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage LIFE INSURANCE - - Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case - Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News...more

Raising Capital? Don’t Forget about SEC Filings (It’s Not as Difficult as It Sounds)

by Varnum LLP on

The mention of "securities law and regulations" is a common, but daunting phrase that many entrepreneurs hear when they are attempting to raise money from investors for their companies. Under federal securities laws, any sale...more

SEC Seeks Public Comment on Regulation S-X

On September 25, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it is seeking public comment on the effectiveness of financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S-X. The request for comments...more

SEC Announces Second Wave of MCDC Enforcement Actions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week announced enforcement actions under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative, targeting 22 municipal bond underwriting firms for alleged due...more

SEC Proposes Major Disclosure Changes for Funds and Advisers

by Carlton Fields on

The SEC recently published two rule proposals to address concerns over the Commission’s ability to gauge and monitor any risks that the asset management industry poses to the financial system and investors. This includes the...more

One Size Does Not Fit All: Written Disclosure Policies in a Time of Increased SEC Enforcement

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to increase its enforcement efforts in the municipal bond market by focusing on the sufficiency and timeliness of disclosure in initial municipal securities...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Updates Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations for Legacy Deals - On September 16, the SEC released its updated compliance and disclosure interpretations for the rules adopted under Regulation AB, the Securities...more

SEC’s Increased Cybersecurity Enforcement and How to Reduce Your Risks

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The SEC announced last week that an investment adviser had agreed to settle charges that it failed to take required steps to protect against and respond effectively to a cybersecurity breach. The action comes on the heels of...more

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