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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 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 Finalizes Rule On Asset-Backed Securities

On September 24, the SEC issued a final rule adopting significant revisions to regulations governing the disclosure, reporting, registration and the offering process for asset-backed securities (“ABS”). The revised rules aim...more

Guidance for Investment Advisers Using Proxy Advisory Firms

A recent SEC Staff Legal Bulletin provides important guidance for investment advisers that use proxy advisory firms in voting clients’ securities. Nevertheless, the Bulletin (dated June 30, 2014) leaves much unresolved....more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Cost of Proposed User Fees by Registered Investment Advisers Further Discussed - SEC Valuation Guidance for All Funds - Update on Insider Trading in Mutual Fund...more

Potential Impact of New SEC Rules on Cell Tower Securitizations

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted two final rules implementing new regulations affecting asset-backed securities (“ABS”). The first set of rules, referred to in this memorandum as...more

Reg A+ Debate Continues

The debate regarding state preemption for Tier 2 Regulation A+ offerings appears to continue. Late last week, a group of Congressmen sent a letter to SEC Chair White reaffirming their view that the SEC has authority to...more

SEC Releases Strategic Plan for 2014–2018

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014 through 2018, as required by the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010. In the Strategic Plan, the...more

Bridging the Week - September 2014 #3

Court Permits Customer and IB Claims to Proceed Against U.S. Bank Over Peregrine Collapse - A US federal court in Illinois authorized two lawsuits arising from the collapse of Peregrine Financial Group to proceed...more

S.D.N.Y. Judge Permits Novel Theory And Allows SEC To Use Unpaid Taxes As Measure Of Disgorgement In Securities Fraud Case

In a case against Dallas billionaires Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother, Charles, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York agreed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

The SEC Goes Global - With 30 Million Reasons For Whistleblowers To Report Violations As Soon As Possible

On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award to an anonymous foreign whistleblower of an estimated $30 million-plus payment that more than doubles the largest previous amount....more

Takeaways from the Latest Whistleblower Awards

Two recent awards by the SEC are noteworthy reminders that it continues to vigorously implement its whistleblower bounty program and that companies must be vigilant when dealing with internal complaints....more

Bit Bites: Latest Legal Developments in Digital Currencies

When Is Bitcoin “Money” Versus a “Security”? In motions involving a high-profile criminal prosecution with ties to Silk Road and a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action, two federal courts have clarified...more

Securities and Governance Update

Each year, thousands of businesses and investment funds raise billions of dollars in capital through unregistered offerings under Rule 506—the most widely used exemption under Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as...more

Expect Focus - Regulators Are Watching: New Products, New Opportunities, New Risks - Volume III, Summer 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Standard CGL Policy Form Adds Data Breach Coverage Exclusion - LIFE INSURANCE ..Class Claims Against Lincoln National Barred in Section 419 Action – Again ...more

SEC Takes Action for Retaliation Against Whistleblower

The SEC has brought its first enforcement action for alleged retaliation against a whistleblower under the SEC’s Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules. The case demonstrates the Hobson’s choice companies face when they become aware...more

$30 million payout awarded to Whistleblower

Let's imagine this scenario... You're an employee with an organization - have been for many years. You're loyal, friendly, and you care about the future of your employer and its business success. Now imagine...more

SEC Awards $30 Million to Overseas Whistleblower

Last week, the SEC announced its largest-ever whistleblower award – more than $30 million. Indeed, the SEC order in the case indicates that the final award could be as high as $35 million, depending on the amount of...more

SEC Charges Wells Fargo Analyst, Trader With Insider Trading

Analysts reports frequently move the market and are thus considered inside information prior to publication. That is the predicate for an SEC administrative proceeding which charges a Wells Fargo analyst and trader with...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

Regulators Re-Propose Minimum Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

U.S. Federal banking regulators (the “Prudential Regulators”) recently re-proposed rules providing for minimum margin requirements for uncleared swaps and security-based swaps executed by swap dealers, security-based swap...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission announced its largest whistleblower action this week – an award to a person overseas of over $30 million. The agency also filed a series of actions this week....more

Broken Windows: SEC Enforcement Reminds Officers, Directors and 5% Shareholders to Comply with Reporting Requirements

On September 10, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement proceedings against officers, directors and major shareholders and publicly-traded companies for violations related...more

SEC Announces $30 Million Whistleblower Award to Non-U.S. Resident

On Monday, September 22, 2014, the SEC announced that it expected to award between $30 and $35 million to a non-U.S. whistleblower who provided the SEC with information about “an ongoing fraud that would have been very...more

Tips for Managing and Disclosing Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest arise in any relationship where a duty of care or trust exists between two or more parties. For financial services companies the identification and management of conflicts of interest must be a core...more

1, 2 or 3 Years? How Should Boards Decide The Frequency Of Say-On-Pay Votes?

Although the initial ruckus over how to determine the outcome of executive compensation say-on-frequency votes has subsided, I still maintain that the Securities and Exchange Commission botched the rule (§240.14a-21(b)). ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 38

In this issue: - SEC Releases Strategic Plan for 2014–2018 - House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act” - FINRA Board Approves Several Rulemaking Items...more

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