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General Solicitation of Investors for Your Financing: Rule 506(c) of Regulation D

Previously, we discussed a startup’s most important tool for selling debt or equity securities in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: Rule 506(b) of Regulation D. This rule is critically important to...more

Securities and Governance Update: October 2015 Update

This summer, the SEC proposed a new clawback rule (Proposed Rule 10D-1) to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank). Section 954 of Dodd-Frank added a new...more

New Treasury Regulations Make it Easier to Issue Tack-On Bonds or Loans

On September 12, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations (the Final Regulations) which make it easier to issue fungible tack-on debt instruments in situations where either the original debt...more

ESMA publishes draft RTS on EEAP

ESMA has sent its draft RTS on the European Electronic Access Point (EEAP), required by the Transparency Directive, to the Commission for endorsement. ESMA proposes the RTS provisions apply to regulated information made...more

SEC Advisory Committee Recommends Additional Clarity Regarding So-Called “Finders”

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies ("Advisory Committee") announced new recommendations to make it easier for small and emerging companies to raise capital using...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2015

Congress passes a bill to give states greater flexibility in defining “small businesses”; South Dakota seeks to offset Medicaid expansion costs in part with increased use of the fully federally-funded Indian Health Service;...more

CSA Findings from Gender Diversity Disclosure Requirements Review Released

On September 28, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a staff notice summarizing the findings from its review of the corporate governance disclosure of non-venture issuers as it relates to the...more

SEC Approves Rule to Regulate Debt Research Reports and Debt Research Analysts

Background - Eight years in the making, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has finally approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA's) proposed Rule 2242 (the Rule or Rule 2242), which will...more

FINRA’s New Fixed Income Research Rule and Modifications to Equity Research Rule

The long anticipated overhaul of FINRA’s research rules has now been approved by the SEC. Most provisions of the new equity research rule will become effective on December 24, 2015, with limited provisions, including changes...more

“Promptly Transmit” Redefined for Some Customer Checks

The SEC and FINRA recently extended relief originally granted to accommodate suitability reviews of deferred variable annuities, so that the relief is now also available for mutual funds, Section 529 plans, and other...more

TSX Amends Requirements for Closed-end Funds, Exchange Traded Products and Structured Products

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) has adopted amendments to the TSX Company Manual (Manual) concerning non-corporate issuers, effective September 17, 2015. The amendments generally codify existing practices of the TSX with...more

Conflict Minerals Disclosure for Calendar Year 2015: "Conflict Undeterminable" Generally No Longer Permitted

The "DRC Conflict Undeterminable" determination, widely employed in conflict minerals reports to date, will not be permitted for issuers (other than small companies) reporting in 2016 on activities in calendar year 2015. At...more

TSX Expands Exemptions Available to Interlisted Issuers

On September 10, 2015, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) published a Notice of Amendments to the TSX's Company Manual. The Amendments modify, expand and formalize certain exemptions available to issuers listed on the TSX which...more

Simplified Rights Offering Rules Announced By Canadian Securities Administrators

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have announced that a revised rights offering regime for reporting issuers will come into force on December 8, 2015 (the New Rules). The New Rules will benefit reporting issuers...more

Changes to the NYSE’s Material New's Policy

On August 27, 2015, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) filed a proposed rule change with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend Section 202.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual to expand the time periods...more

Blockchain technology identified as capital market disruptor

IOSCO Chairman Greg Medcraft has discussed digital disruption in capital markets in a speech at Carnegie Mellon University. He identifies blockchain technology, the algorithm behind bitcoin, as having the potential to...more

New Volcker Rule FAQs: Market Making and CEO Certifications

Two new Volcker Rule FAQs have been issued. One FAQ addresses a bank’s market making activities. Amongst other things, the FAQ affirms that for purposes of meeting the final rule’s exemption for market-making, a...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update

This Hong Kong regulatory update is intended to provide a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock...more

SEC Adopts Further Revisions to Rule 2a-7

The SEC recently adopted rule amendments removing credit rating references in Rule 2a-7 and Form N-MFP. Issuer diversification provisions were also amended to eliminate a current exclusion for securities subject to a...more

No Portal Necessary

With increasing frequency, we are asked whether an issuer that is considering a Regulation A offering is required to engage or use the services of a funding portal. In short, NO. A funding portal is a new type of financial...more

NYSE Rule Change to Effect Issuers Public Announcements

On August 27, 2015, the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE” or the “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a proposed change to Section 202.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual (the...more

FAQs on the SEC’s Proposed Clawback Rule

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a rule directing national securities exchanges and associations to establish listing standards that require public companies to adopt and enforce a...more

The Fundamental Distinction Overlooked By The SEC

Yesterday marked the close of the comment period on the SEC’s proposed incentive compensation clawback rules.  You can read my comments here.  The proposed rules are fundamentally flawed because the SEC failed to recognize...more

Did The SEC Misapprehend The Meaning of “Will”?

Today is the close of the comment period on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rules under Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which added Section 10D to the Securities...more

Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2016 Offerings

Latham & Watkins, in collaboration with KPMG, is pleased to announce the updated Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2016 Offerings. The calendar summarizes "staleness" dates for financial statements and periodic reporting...more

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