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Chair White Testimony and Capital Formation Related Initiatives

In the November 19, 2015 Congressional testimony, Chair White discussed a number of capital formation related initiatives. She mentioned the Commission’s...more

SEC Agenda for 2016: Tighten Rules on Leverage for Funds; Stress Testing and Third-Party Compliance Reviews for Advisers

In testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services on November 18, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White described what the SEC has in store for the investment management industry....more

Summary and Discussion of Chair White's Speech Regarding SEC Regulation

Highlights: - The SEC plans to develop a proactive and agile regulatory framework through which it can anticipate issues and address them proactively, even as the capital markets continue to undergo rapid change. -...more

Access Fees and Regulatory Structure of Trading Venues

On October 27, 2015, the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (EMSAC or Committee) held its second meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) in Washington DC. The Committee is considering...more

SEC Finally Adopts Federal Crowdfunding Rules: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), by a 3-1 vote, adopted the long-anticipated final rules permitting federal crowdfunding (“Title III Crowdfunding”), providing a potentially attractive...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC’s apparent preference for administrative proceedings as a venue for its enforcement actions continues to draw criticism. H.R. 3798 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The bill is tilted the “Due Process...more

“Building a Dynamic Framework for Offering Reform”

At today’s PLI Securities Regulation Institute conference, SEC Chair White delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Chair White addressed a broad range of topics. She noted the successes of securities offering reform as...more

FY2015 SEC Enforcement Report

Late last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2015, reporting a record number of enforcement actions and the highest amount of fines collected by the SEC to...more

SEC Issues Staff Legal Bulletin Outlining the Scope of the “Directly Conflicts” Exclusion under Rule 14a-8 and Providing Guidance...

On October 22, 2015, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (the SLB) in which it provides guidance on two key issues surrounding the exclusion of shareholder proposals...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 20 - October 2015 (Global)

Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a 41-page report that provides private fund industry statistics and trends. The report aggregates data supplied by more than 2,600 private fund advisers on Form...more

Blog: Corp Fin Issues New SLB Providing Guidance On Rule 14a-8 Exclusions For “Conflicting Proposals” And “Ordinary Business”

Corp Fin today posted Staff Legal Bulletin 14H providing guidance on two key issues regarding shareholder proposals under Rule 14a-8: - the scope and application of Rule 14a-8(i)(9) (the exclusion for conflicting...more

SEC Chair Calls for Reexamination of Treasury Market Regulations in Light of High Speed Electronic Trading

On October 20, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave the keynote address at the “Evolving Structure of the U.S. Treasury Market” conference organized by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York....more

SEC Proposes Liquidity Risk Management Rules for Open-End Funds

In the second step of its five-part plan to enhance registered funds regulations, the SEC has proposed new requirements on portfolio liquidity, risk monitoring, and board oversight. At an open meeting held on September...more

Progress for Venture Exchanges

We have seen various initiatives intended to promote capital formation for smaller reporting companies and emerging growth companies. Among these initiatives, the development of venture exchanges in the United States appears...more

SEC Brings First Major Cyber Insider Trading Case Against International Hacking Ring

In an action that emphasizes the agency’s commitment to cybersecurity, the SEC recently charged 32 defendants with violations of the federal antifraud laws and corresponding SEC rules, stemming from an alleged $100 million...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 14 • July 2015 (Global)

US lawmakers seek push out details. US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the country’s banking regulators asking for information concerning the effect of an amendment to the Dodd-Frank act...more

SEC Chair Attempts to Reassure Compliance Officers That They Will Not Be Targeted

Demonstrating the effect recent enforcement efforts have had on the industry, in remarks given in Washington, DC at a Compliance Outreach Program for broker-dealers, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White...more

What Message Is Being Sent to CCOs By SEC Commissioners?

The role of the chief compliance officer is the talk of the Securities and Exchange Commission these days – or at least some of its Commissioners. Those who are speaking for the record agree that the role of the CCO is...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce published a report containing a series of recommendations regarding the SEC’s Enforcement program. Several recommendations focused on the use of administrative proceedings, including one which...more

Can “Bad Actors” Wave Goodbye to SEC Waivers?

The SEC has been thinking harder before waiving automatic disqualifications that the federal securities laws and regulations impose on so-called "bad actors." Without such waivers, companies may be barred from, among...more

U.S. SEC Approves Proposal to Modernize Investment Company Reporting Regime

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) unanimously approved a proposal (Proposal) to modernize the reporting of information provided by registered investment companies (funds). Guided by the recent...more

Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (Committee) met on June 3 to discuss various topics including (1) SEC rules with respect to intrastate crowdfunding; (2) the...more

Senator Elizabeth Warren Criticizes SEC Chair Mary Jo White for “Extremely Disappointing” Leadership

In a letter dated June 2, 2015, Senator Elizabeth Warren described several “promises” that Mary Jo White, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, had allegedly broken. Senator Warren focused on (1) the SEC’s failure...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

This week Senator Elizabeth Warren forwarded a 13 page letter to SEC Chair White regarding her performance in office. The letter highlighted what it calls a “significant gap” between the promises of Ms. White at the time she...more

May Whistleblower Digest | Spend on Compliance Training Now, Avoid $450M Fine Later

The SEC has been busy this past month (as always). SEC Chair May Jo White shared that the SEC is less than thrilled with reports that some companies are trying to restrict employees from receiving whistleblower awards. As you...more

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