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The next chapter - A new bond linking financial returns to environmental or social goals could thrive. But securities law...

Shakespeare’s Juliet may not have ascribed great significance to a name but for securities lawyers and market participants alike there is significance to nomenclature. Social impact bonds, or investments that are intended to...more

House Debate Scheduled for Bills Relating to Capital Access for Small Business

Next week, the House is scheduled to debate two bills designed to reduce regulatory burden on small businesses in order to facilitate access to capital. H.R. 5424, the Investment Advisers Modernization Act, was approved by...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

New FinCEN Proposal Will Extend AML Rules to Currently Exempt Banks and Other Institutions

Seeking to close a perceived “gap” in regulations intended to facilitate the government’s efforts to curb money laundering and the financing of terrorism, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

Tools for Targets of Activist Investors

A recent interpretation by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) of the beneficial ownership reporting rules under the Securities Exchange Act and the recent settlement of a lawsuit by the U.S....more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Companies Engaged in Resource Extraction

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted new rules which require “resource extraction issuers” to disclose annually the type and amount of payments that they (or their subsidiaries or entities under...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted Rule 13q-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and amendments to Form SD (Specialized Disclosure Report) (See SEC...more

Can a shareholder who is unable to rely on the HSR passive investor exemption still file a Schedule 13G? Maybe, says the SEC Staff...

On July 12, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced a record $11 million fine against an activist investment firm for improperly claiming an exemption from Hart-Scott-Rodino’s notification and waiting period provisions...more

SEC Clarifies Relationship between HSR Investment Intent and 13D/G Status

The SEC has issued a new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (8-K 103.11) that clarifies the interaction between the investment intent exemption in the HSR rules and the ability to file a Schedule 13G. The CDI poses...more

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than...more

Blog: SEC Permits Use Of Inline XBRL — Will It Be Enough To Make XBRL Great?

Until now, companies have been required to provide the financial statements accompanying their periodic and current reports in “structured,” i.e., machine-readable, format using XBRL and to provide this XBRL data as an...more

OTC Markets, Inc. Asks SEC To Open Regulation A+ to Reporting Issuers

On June 6, 2016, the OTC Markets Group Inc., the entity operating three major over-the-counter marketplaces (“OTC”), submitted a rulemaking petition to the SEC. The petition asked the SEC to amend Regulation A+ to allow...more

SEC Proposes Higher Net Worth Threshold for Qualified Clients under the Advisers Act

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed to increase the net worth threshold for qualified clients from $2 million to $2.1 million. This proposed adjustment is being made...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Amendments to the Venture Capital Fund Adviser and Private Fund Adviser Exemptions - Last month the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update (Update) addressing recent...more

Three Bills Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Concerning Access to Capital Markets

On March 23, 2016, three bills affecting access to capital markets were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 4850: Micro Offering Safe Harbor - Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota introduced this...more

U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill Seeking to Raise Disclosure Thresholds under SEC Rule 701

A bill (H.R. 1675) seeking to increase the information disclosure threshold under SEC Rule 701 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 3 by a vote of 265 to 159. Rule 701 exempts from registration issuer sales or...more

House to (Again) Consider Bill to Exempt M&A Brokers from Exchange Act Registration

A bill that would provide a federal statutory exemption from the broker-dealer registration requirements under Section 15(a) of the Exchange Act for certain so called “M&A brokers” has been placed on the calendar for...more

House Committee on Financial Services Approves Bill Exempting Smaller Reporting Companies from Filing Financial Data in XBRL

On January 28, 2016, the House Committee on Financial Services reported favorably on the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act. The bill has been scheduled for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. ...more

More Maladroit Drafting From The SEC

Last December, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a new exemptive rule under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The proposed rule would allow mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), closed-end funds, and...more

NYSE Exempts Early Stage Companies From Having to Obtain Shareholder Approval Before Issuing Shares for Cash to Related Parties

The SEC has approved the NYSE proposal to exempt early stage companies from having to obtain shareholder approval before issuing shares for cash to related parties. Under the revised rules, Sections 312.03(b) and 312.04 of...more

FAST Act eases resale of unregistered securities and adds new accommodations for emerging growth companies: top points

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act). Although primarily focused on funding of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, the FAST Act also includes...more

SEC Finalizes Regulation Crowdfunding — Capital Raising and Investment Limitations

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has issued final rules on Regulation Crowdfunding. The final rules and forms are effective 180 days after publication in the Federal Register, except provisions related to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: SEC Issues New Guidance on Excluding Shareholder Proposals under Rule 14a-8: Goodwin Procter’s Capital Markets practice has released a client alert on the SEC’s Division of...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Finalizes Crowdfunding Rules, Proposes to Expand Intrastate Offering and Rule 504 Exemptions"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently took several important steps to facilitate smaller securities offerings. First, it adopted final rules for the new Securities Act exemption for securities-based...more

SEC Proposes to Ease Intrastate Offering Exemption to Facilitate Crowdfunding

The SEC has proposed amendments to Rule 147 under the Securities Act of 1933, which currently provides a safe harbor for compliance with the Section 3(a)(11) exemption from registration for intrastate securities offerings....more

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