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Private Equity FCPA Enforcement

FCPA enforcement efforts are not so hard to follow and predict – the government likes to provide advance warnings as an effective means of deterrence. Justice Department and SEC officials will often tell the public their...more

Insights Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Importance of Accredited Investors for Small Business Capital Formation - “All Appropriate Inquiries”: Update on the Environmental Due Diligence Standard - A Hunt for Justice Erodes...more

Angels in Limbo: Congress and SEC Consider Regulatory Changes with Potential for Profound Effects on Start-Up Investments

Three events occurred during 2013 that have the potential to significantly affect angel investment around the country: (1) the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) lifted the prohibition on general solicitation for...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules Relating to NRSROs and Third-Party Due Diligence Reports

On August 27, 2014, the SEC adopted a number of new rules and amendments designed to improve the quality of credit ratings and increase credit rating agency accountability in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act. The...more

New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of...more

SEC Adopts Rules For Credit Rating Agencies

At an open meeting this morning, the SEC adopted, by a vote of three to two, rule amendments and new rules to implement provisions of Dodd-Frank applicable to credit rating agencies registered as nationally recognized...more

"SEC Issues New FAQs on Municipal Advisor Rule"

On May 19, 2014, the SEC issued an updated set of FAQs on the rule defining and requiring municipal advisors to register with the SEC (the Rule). The updated FAQs provide clarification on several important issues for certain...more

Key issues for asset managers in 2014

In this newsletter - U.S.: - Dodd-Frank Act – Designation of asset managers as systemically important financial institutions - Volcker Rule finalised with a more limited application to covered fund activities...more

Circuit Court Largely Rejects Challenges To SEC Conflict Mineral Rules

The SEC largely prevailed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a suit changing the Rules promulgated by the agency under Dodd-Frank regarding conflict minerals. National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, No.. 13-5252...more

Creating a Culture of Compliance

In this article, I outline the key questions that should be asked, the answers to which will determine the extent, depth, and integrity of a culture of compliance. I am going to take you through a set of questions that will...more

New Rule 506(d) "Bad Actor" Disqualification - A Continuous Diligence Headache for Emerging Companies

As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC on July 10, 2013, adopted final Rule 506(d) to "disqualify felons and other bad actors" from Regulation D private offerings. New Rule 506(d) identifies persons and triggering events...more

Which One Of Us Is The Service Provider? The Dodd-Frank Act's Infinite Loop Of Oversight

Prudential regulators have advised supervised banks for nearly 30 years about the need for careful diligence of their service providers, but the expectations of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the...more

Federal Court Upholds Conflict Minerals Rules, As Time Grows Short To Complete Supply Chain Due Diligence

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. has rejected an industry challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rules (the “Rules”) issued pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act....more

REGULATORY: Natural Resources: European Commission Issues Consultation for Views on Potential EU Conflict Minerals Initiative;...

The European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Trade has issued a consultation to solicit interested parties’ views on a potential EU initiative for responsible sourcing of minerals coming from conflict-affected and...more

Complying with the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rules

Introduction - On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules (the “Final Rules”) pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

John Ruggie Gives Opening Address at U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights

On December 4 and 5, more than 1,000 participants from 85 countries gathered for the first U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum focused on “trends and challenges” in the implementation of...more

The New SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Overcoming the Challenges of Compliance

On August 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a controversial and far-reaching rule laying out the obligations that publicly traded companies must meet under the "Conflict Minerals" provisions of the...more

The New SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Overcoming the Challenges of Compliance  [Video]

On August 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a controversial and far-reaching rule laying out the obligations that publicly traded companies must meet under the "Conflict Minerals" provisions of the...more

Human Rights Due Diligence – An Emerging Requirement in State and Federal Legislation

Two years ago, in October 2010, I published a post, Human Rights Due Diligence and the Corporate Lawyer, that addressed the need for corporate counsel to assess stakeholder expectations that companies should be accountable...more

SEC Adopts Conflicts Minerals Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted rules pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act relating to the use of conflict minerals. Section 1502 was enacted because of...more

Dodd-Frank Act Securitization Reform; New SEC ABS Office

On July 15, 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd- Frank Act”), which include a number of provisions that will significantly impact the securitization industry. The Act...more

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