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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Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions?

Ever since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required many investment advisers to private equity funds to register with the SEC for the first time, fund managers knew that additional scrutiny might...more

Investment Management Update

In July 2014, the SEC settled the previously reported proceeding involving Chariot Advisors, and its former owner, Elliott Shifman, concerning charges of violating and aiding and abetting the violation of Section 15(c) of the...more

SEC Provides Guidance to Private Equity on Seller Escrows

The SEC has issued guidance to registered private equity advisers regarding escrow arrangements resulting from the sale of a portfolio company. The guidance revolves around a circumstance involving the sale of a portfolio...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting Responsibilities of Investment Advisers, Their Use of Proxy Advisory Firms, and Application of...

On June 30, 2014, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued guidance on the responsibilities of investment advisers in voting proxies and using...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Investment Adviser Proxy Voting Responsibilities and Use of Proxy Advisory Firms

On June 30, 2014, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (the “SEC”) Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20, which provides guidance on investment...more

An XBRL Prod from the SEC

The SEC has been noticeably quiet about XBRL compliance since those regulations were adopted in 2009. In July, however, the staff softly prodded this public company sore spot (think: conflicts mineral sore) with a letter...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 11, 2014)

The unblemished record of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office in insider trading cases came to an end this week with the acquittal of Rengan Rajaratnam, brother of the convicted Galleon Fund founder. This is the first loss...more

First Issuer MCDC SEC Settlement Announced

On July 8, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it has entered into a settlement order with Kings Canyon Joint Unified School District (Kings Canyon)—the first settlement with an issuer under the...more

Reverse Churning: Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel

It is obvious that broker-dealers and their registered representatives, and investment advisors, must be careful in making recommendations to clients. But the recent increase in regulatory interest relating to inaction in a...more

FINRA Announces and Publishes Its Sweep of Order Routing Practices

FINRA announced this week that it is conducting a review of its member firms’ order-routing processes and procedures and the execution quality of customer orders in exchange-listed stocks. We previously reported in this...more

SEC Issues First MCDC Cease and Desist Order

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first cease and desist order under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative). The MCDC Initiative was introduced on...more

Harmony or Dissonance: The CFTC’s and SEC’s Cross-Border Rules

Recently, the SEC issued final rules addressing, among other things, the applicability of the security-based swap dealer (“SBSD”) and major security-based swap participant (“MSBSP”) definitions to cross-border security-based...more

STOA Schemes Face Increased Regulatory Scrutiny

Increased SEC and Justice Department prosecution is bad news for stranger-originated annuity (STOA) schemes. The SEC recently announced that enforcement actions were taken against brokers Michael A. Horowitz of California and...more

SEC Provides New C&DIs on Verifying Accredited Investor Status

In early July, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued several new interpretations (at 255.48-49 and 260.35-38) (C&DI) relating to the verification of “accredited investor” status...more

JOBS Act Quick Start - A brief overview of the JOBS Act - 2014 Update

In This Issue: - Introduction - The IPO on-ramp - The IPO Process - Applying Title I to other transactions - Private offerings - Crowdfunding - Regulation A+ - Exchange...more

DID YOU KNOW? SEC Allows Family Offices to Include Members of an Extended Family

Family offices have existed for over a century and have been formed to implement very important and complex objectives, including investment management, corporate succession, estate, gift and income tax planning, and...more

At Long Last, SEC Staff Issues Proxy Advisory Firm Guidance: Will it Calm the Controversy?

After years of releases, roundtables and recommendations, the SEC's Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance have posted Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20, "Proxy Voting Responsibilities of Investment Advisers and...more

Business News Digest – July 2014

In this issue: - SEC v. Citigroup: A New Standard for Reviewing Consent Decrees - Credit Unions Beware – the TARP Watchdog Is Ready to Pounce - Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation: What Does It Mean for...more

Two Observations From the SEC’s First Settlement Under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

Just yesterday, the SEC announced its first settlement pursuant to its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative. ... Here are two observations on this settlement that could shed some light on...more

SEC Charges Auditor of PRC Firm With Unprofessional Conduct

The Commission filed another proceeding against an audit firm and its partners arising out of the audit of a PRC issuer. Unlike earlier actions involving audit firms for Chinese issuers, in this case the difficulties did not...more

SEC Releases Guidance on Proxy Voting and Use of Proxy Advisory Firms

On June 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (Bulletin), which clarifies the responsibilities of registered investment advisers when voting client proxies and retaining...more

Certain Merger and Acquisition Brokers Escape SEC Registration

The SEC recently issued a no-action letter that allows private company M&A brokers who satisfy specific criteria to avoid registering as broker-dealers with the SEC. Historically, an intermediary in a private M&A transaction...more

New Municipal Advisor Rules and Continuing Disclosure Initiative

In an era of increased scrutiny and regulation of the municipal market, the final rules on what constitutes, and the registra- tion of, “municipal advisors”, became effective July 1, 2014. Concurrently, the SEC initiative to...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Summary Section of Mutual Fund Prospectuses

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-8 (the “Guidance Update”) to provide guidance based on comments the Division has provided on the information required to be presented...more

SEC’s First Action Under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The SEC settled its first action under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative, launched on March 10, 2014. Under the Initiative the Enforcement Division agreed to recommend settlement on favorable,...more

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