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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and... more +
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -
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SEC Proposes to Narrow the Rule 15b9-1 Exemption from FINRA Membership

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC" or "Commission") proposed amendments to rule 15b9-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended ("Exchange Act"). Rule 15b9-1 currently exempts certain...more

SEC Approves Consolidated FINRA Rules 2040 (Payments to Unregistered Persons, Including Foreign Finders)

FINRA Rule 2040 governs the payment of transaction-based compensation by member firms to unregistered persons. Rule 2040(a) – General. Rule 2040(a) directs persons to look to SEC rules to determine whether the activities in...more

Federal and State Agencies Announce $714 Million FX Settlement

On March 19, four federal and state agencies –DOJ, the Department of Labor (DOL), the SEC, and New York Attorney General – entered into a proposed $714 million settlement agreement against a large bank to resolve allegations...more

Omnicare Decision Clarifies Grounds for Section 11 Liability

The Supreme Court holds that section 11 liability does not attach to a statement of opinion merely because the opinion is objectively false. On March 24, the US Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in...more

A-Okay, Regulation A+

This is a very brief, initial summary. We will be reporting on the final rule in an upcoming alert. The SEC’s proposed rules already had provided a very practical format for private issuers seeking to raise capital. The...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule Regarding Investigation and Verification of Registration Applicants

After seeking comments last fall, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (“FINRA”) proposed rule governing member firms’ verification and investigation...more

SEC Issues Final Regulation A+ Rules

The SEC has adopted amendments to Regulation A and other rules and forms to implement Section 401 of the JOBS Act. Section 401 of the JOBS Act added Section 3(b)(2) to the Securities Act of 1933, which directed the SEC to...more

More Class Actions Claim GAAP Violations, Less Paralleled by SEC Case

Last year the number of securities class action cases settled remained largely constant compared to the prior year, according to a report by Cornerstone Research. At the same time the number of cases alleging GAAP violations...more

Blog: SEC Adopts Reg A+

At an open meeting this morning, the SEC adopted rules and forms related to the offer and sale of securities under Section 3(b) of the Securities Act, so-called Reg A+, as mandated by Section 401 of the JOBS Act. ...more

SEC Staff Issues New FAQs on Regulation SHO

On March 17, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets (Staff) issued three new frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to Regulation SHO. The current guidance under FAQ 2.5...more

Chair White’s Testimony on SEC Initiatives

In testimony today, Chair White provided a brief update on various rulemaking initiatives. She noted that, in connection with the Dodd-Frank Act mandates, the Division of Corporation Finance continues to work to implement...more

SEC Enforcement Division Outlines Focus for 2015

Action Item: Companies and individuals should continue to be mindful that the Enforcement Division will aggressively pursue securities fraud violations and will be increasing its personnel and technology resources to...more

SEC Approves ISE Rules on Information Barriers Between Customer and Proprietary Business

On March 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved amendments to the information barrier rule of the International Securities Exchange, LLC (ISE). As reported in the October 17, 2014, edition of the Corporate &...more

For Shareholder Inspection Demands, A Purpose Isn’t “Proper” When the Issue Has Already Been Decided

As we have previously discussed in prior posts, shareholder demands to inspect confidential corporate information are being made with increased frequency, and are forcing more and more companies to grapple with their legal...more

Regulation SBSR: The Compliance Guide to Reporting Security-based Swaps

SEC has published reporting obligations for SBS without a finalized compliance schedule. Reporting rules for cleared and platform-executed SBS and certain cross-border transactions have not yet been finalized. On...more

SEC to Vote on Regulation A+ this Wednesday Will State Law Preemption Survive?

On Friday, March 20, 2015, the SEC announced it will vote on its proposed changes to Regulation A at an open meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. These changes are generally referred to as Regulation A+ and are meant to...more

More “Broken Windows”: SEC Charges Schedule 13D Filers with Disclosure Violations for Failing to Update Ownership Reports

When a significant stockholder in a publicly-held company is considering plans to take the company private, how soon must the stockholder disclose those plans in a Schedule 13D filing?...more

On the Hill this Week….

On March 24th, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment will hold a hearing on “Capital Formation and Reducing Small Business Burdens.” Information...more

SEC Charges Insiders for Failure to Update Schedule 13D Disclosures

On March 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged eight officers, directors and major shareholders for failing to update material changes in their stock ownership disclosures on Schedule 13D in connection with...more

Should The SEC Adopt Governance Principles (For Itself)?

When I served as Commissioner of Corporations for the State of California, I was sometimes asked about the other Commissioners.  However, I never concerned myself with the “other Commissioners” because there were no other...more

SEC Issues Guidance Regarding Standards Applicable to Waivers of Disqualification under Regulation A and Rules 505 and 506 of...

The disqualification provisions of Rules 262 and 505 under the Securities Act make the exemptions from registration under Regulation A and Rule 505 of Regulation D unavailable for an offering if, among other things, an...more

SEC’s Limit on Retroactivity of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Bounty Awards Is Reasonable, Second Circuit Holds

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently deferred to the SEC’s determination that a tipster who provided information to the Commission before July 21, 2010, the effective date of the Dodd-Frank Act, is not eligible to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Unveils Tax Transparency Package - The European Commission has laid out its plans in a new Tax Transparency Package to clamp down on tax deals made between EU governments and multi-national...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 6 • March 2015 (Global)

OSC Investor Advisory Panel annual report. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel submitted its 2013-14 annual report. The report summarizes the Panel’s current activities and priorities as well...more

Factors the SEC Considers When Deciding Whether to Grant a Waiver to a Statutory Disqualification

On March 12, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech at the Corporate Counsel Institute at Georgetown University that shed light on disqualifications, exemptions, and waivers under the federal securities laws. Most...more

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