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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WSJ: Whistleblowers Claim That SEC Bounty Program Lacks Transparency

On May 25, 2015, the Wall Street Journal published an article reporting that tipsters have found it difficult to collect financial awards from the SEC after filing whistleblower claims....more

The Impact of Newman on SEC Enforcement: Part I

This is the first segment of a five part series discussing the impact of the Second Circuit’s ruling in Newman on SEC insider trading cases. Introduction - In seeking rehearing and an en banc hearing before the...more

Municipal Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit

A cable operator generally cannot transfer control of its business or transfer its cable franchise without the prior approval of the franchising authority. This gives the franchising authority the opportunity to resolve...more

SEC Advisory Committee Agenda Published

The SEC announced that the next meeting held on June 3rd of its Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will focus on public company disclosure effectiveness, intrastate crowdfunding, venture exchanges, and...more

The SEC’s Current Views on Private Equity OCIE is still focused on fees and expenses, but also is turning its attention to real...

As a follow-up to last year’s “Spreading Sunshine in Private Equity” speech, in which then-OCIE Director Andrew Bowden stated that the SEC had found that more than half of the funds examined by OCIE had allocated expenses and...more

Insights for Improving Conflict Minerals Compliance

As the annual May 31 deadline falls on a Sunday this year, companies must file their Conflict Minerals disclosures under Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with the U.S....more

SEC Proposes New Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and their...more

ACE Portal, in association with NYSE, Brings Technology to Private Equity Fundraising – An Interview with the General Counsel

In the Summer 2014 issue of the PE Newsletter we reviewed a private placement platform set up by ACE Portal, in partnership with the New York Stock Exchange, to facilitate the private placement of securities by issuers. The...more

SEC Issues Proposed Investment Adviser Reporting and Disclosure Rules

In the wake of the financial crisis, the US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted detailed data reporting rules for private funds on both Form ADV (2010) and Form PF (2011). In its continuing push to gather more asset...more

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC's Proposed Rules

On April 29, the SEC proposed rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and executive compensation actually paid. HIGHLIGHTS...more

FINRA Approves Use of Related Performance in Mutual Fund Marketing Materials to Institutional Investors

On May 12, 2015, the FINRA staff published an interpretive letter (the “Letter”) permitting FINRA members to include Related Performance Information in mutual fund marketing materials directed at institutional investors...more

Blink and You’ll Miss It: In Lanier v. BATS Exchange, Inc., the Southern District of New York Dismisses Case Alleging Damages as a...

In the blink of an eye, high-frequency trading systems can engage in a staggering number of securities transactions. The subject of Michael Lewis’s popular book, Flash Boys, high-frequency traders seek to maximize profits by...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Outlines Upcoming Initiatives for the Regulation of Retail Payments - The European Banking Authority ("EBA") has announced details of its plans to harmonize regulatory and supervisory practices to ensure secure, easy...more

Life Partners, Et Al. V. Arnold Et Al.; Texas Supreme Court Confirms Fractionalized Life Settlement Interests Sold To Texas...

The ruling – On May 8, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court, in Life Partners, Inc., et al. v. Michael Arnold, et al., case number 14-1022, unanimously affirmed two Texas state appellate court decisions and concluded that...more

SEC Proposes Additional Cross-Border Rules for Security-Based Swaps

If finalized, the proposed rule would be the SEC’s second major step toward finalizing the cross-border rules for security-based swaps under the Dodd-Frank Act. On April 29, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange...more

Another SEC FCPA Action Tied to Hospitality

Hospitality and effective compliance procedures are often critical issues when dealing with government officials. Those two issues came into sharp focus in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. In the Matter of BHP Billiton Ltd., Adm....more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Form ADV and Performance Information Recordkeeping Requirements

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed amendments to Form ADV and Rule 204-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). The proposed amendments, if adopted, would...more

Blog: Former SEC Chairs And Commissioners To Chair Mary Jo White: Failure To Mandate Political Spending Disclosure Is...

Today, two former SEC Chairs and one former Commissioner delivered a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White politely berating (well, maybe not so politely) her failure to take action on the 2011 rulemaking petition to require...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #5

SEC Enforcement Action on FCPA Compliance – Check the Box Is Not Enough. On May 20 the SEC announced that global resources company BHP Billiton had agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it had violated the...more

Final Risk Retention Rules: Impact on RMBS

The following is a brief memo outlining the impact of the final risk retention rules on the securitization of residential mortgage loans. Overview - In October 2014, the final Credit Risk Retention rules were...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part III – The Desktop Risk Assessment

I continue my exploration of actions you can take to improve your compliance program during an economic downturn with a review of what my colleague Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Dresser-Rand, called the...more

Shining a Light on Payments to Governments: The Current State of “Publish What You Pay” Rulemaking Around the World

Over the last few years, a number of key jurisdictions have adopted regulations requiring companies engaged in natural resource extraction activities to disclose the payments they make to governments and state-owned...more

Securities and Governance Update

With a single statement the SEC upended the private ordering of how shareholder proposals are often dealt with in the height of proxy season. Historically, it has been well settled that companies may exclude shareholder...more

Massachusetts Challenges Regulation A+

On May 22, 2015, William F. Galvin, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking court review of the portion of...more

IPOs - Attractive Exit Alternative For Financial Sponsors

The strong U.S. initial public offering (IPO) market, coupled with favorable regulatory changes and market acceptance of innovative transaction structures, has increased the attractiveness of the IPO as an exit alternative to...more

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