Securities & Exchange Commission

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 Enforcement Gives Employers a Strong Incentive to Clarify That Their Confidentiality Agreements Do Not Preclude Reporting...

The Securities and Exchange Commission? (“SEC”) has resolved its first enforcement action regarding a potentially overreaching confidentiality agreement following the “voluntary” revision of the agreement to state that it...more

SEC Rules Expand Access to Capital via Larger Private Offerings (Regulation A+)

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued new rules that will enable private companies to raise as much as $50 million in a 12-month period through private offerings of securities exempt from...more

"MSRB’s Rule G-42 Submitted to SEC for Approval; Rule G-44 Now in Effect"

This alert is to inform you that the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) recently submitted Proposed Rule G-42 (standards of conduct for nonsolicitor municipal advisors) to the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Federal agencies attack employment agreements, and what you can do about it: 8 steps to consider

The US Securities and Exchange Commission recently caused shockwaves when it announced its first enforcement action against a company for using an allegedly improper confidentiality agreement during internal investigations....more

JOBS Act Update: SEC Adopts Reg. A+ Rules

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt groundbreaking rules implementing Section 3(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act), as mandated by Title IV of the JOBS Act...more

Cyber-Attacks, and the Seven Steps to Protect Your Advisory Business Against Them

It sounds futuristic, or like CSI: Cyber, a sci-fi world of white hat/ black hat hackers, and of constant threats to national security and the financial markets caused by the digital world we live in. Based on the latest SEC...more

SEC Awards More Than One Million Dollars to Compliance Officer

On April 22, 2015, the SEC announced an award of between $1.4 million and $1.6 million to a compliance officer who provided original information to the SEC that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action. Exchange...more

OCIE Targets Never-Before-Examined Investment Companies for Compliance Exams

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations in a Risk Alert dated April 20, 2015, announced a program targeting investment companies that have never been examined for focused, risk-based compliance...more

Firm Sanctioned for Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Violation of the Compliance Rule

The SEC sanctioned a registered investment adviser for breaching its fiduciary duty by failing to disclose to its clients a conflict of interest created by a portfolio manager’s outside business activity and personal...more

Between Bridges - April 2015

Navinder Singh Sarao, a London-based trader, was arrested at his home in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2015, and accused by both the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the US Department of Justice of engaging in...more

The Alphabet Soup of Raising Capital: Regulation A or Regulation D — What Would You Prefer?

On June 19, 2015, amended Regulation A recently adopted by the SEC will become effective. The new Regulation A, mandated by the JOBS Act and often dubbed as Regulation A+, is a significant improvement over the old Regulation...more

Southern District Allows SEC Insider Trading Case to Proceed, Distinguishing Newman

A recent decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York allowing a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) civil enforcement action to proceed against two former stockbrokers for...more

Aging Boomers, Low Yields Lead Regulators to Warn on Complex Products

The “boomer bulge” in the US aging demographic, combined with a persistent low-interest-rate environment, leads regulators to renew their warnings about retail sales of complex investment products to older investors....more

Beware of Confidentiality Agreements with Employees; Make Sure They Don’t Stifle Whistleblowing

On April 1, 2015, the SEC announced its first enforcement action against a company for utilizing language in a confidentiality agreement which could discourage whistleblowing....more

SEC Awards Compliance Officer Whistleblower Bounty of Approximately $1.5 Million

Wednesday, the SEC announced that it would pay an unidentified compliance officer a whistleblower bounty award of between $1.4 and $1.6 million. This is the second award that the SEC has made to a whistleblower with internal...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #4

FINRA’s Retrospective Rule Review Process Continues. On April 16, FINRA announced that the FINRA Board of Governors had authorized FINRA to publish a regulatory notice requesting comment on proposed amendments to Rules 2210...more

Brazil Bribery Scandal Reaches Advertising Agencies

Humans are good at avoidance and can even reach a state of blatant disregard. The corruption news coming out of Brazil is so far-reaching that it is almost numbing....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ICMA Issues Updated Legal Opinions On GMRA - On April 9, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) published the 2015 legal opinions on the Global Master Repurchase Agreement (GMRA), the principal standard...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - April 2015

It’s Stifling in Here! SEC Rules That Companies Can’t Put Restrictive Language in Confidentiality Agreements That Could Potentially Stifle Whistleblowers - Why it matters: On April 1, 2015, the SEC announced its...more

The SEC Defines “Voting Equity Securities” for Purposes of the Rule 506(d) Bad Actor Disqualification Rules

The SEC is continuing to tie up some loose ends left over from the adoption of the Rule 506(d) bad actor disqualification rules. Certainty regarding these open items will be beneficial for issuers and placement agents of...more

SEC Files Two Offering Fraud Actions Tied To A Horse Farm

The Commission filed two settled offering fraud actions centered in part around an entity engaged in the purchase and sale of thoroughbred horses called Raintree Racing. A second involved an offering of interests in a real...more

“Friends” Who Trade on Inside Information: How United States v. Newman Changes the Law

In unsuccessfully seeking rehearing in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), reh’g denied, Nos. 13-1837, 13-1917 (2d Cir. Apr. 3, 2015), the government acknowledged that the Second Circuit’s recent decision in...more

Can You Keep a Secret? The SEC Says to Ask Carefully

Employers have a lot to be worried about. Employees are given access to trade secrets, customer lists, financial accounts, and other highly sensitive, confidential information. Most employers attempt to deter improper use of...more

BlackRock, CCO Settle SEC Conflict Charges

Conflicts of interest involving market professionals continue to be a focus of SEC enforcement. In many cases the conflict is uncovered by the inspection staff, OCIE. This time, however, the information came from an article...more

SEC Pursues Another Fractional Interest Company

On April 7, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Pacific West Capital Group, Inc., its owner, and the...more

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