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American Icon Amends Stock Plan To Make It Section 25102(o) Eligible – Why?

Section 102 the National Securities Markets Improvement Act (which amended Section 18 of the Securities Act of 1933) deems securities listed (or authorized for listing) on the NYSE, the American Stock Exchange or the National...more

Allegations Of Collusion Among Financial Institutions—Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, What We’ve Learned

Over the last 15 years, financial institutions have paid billions of dollars to settle claims that they colluded with each other. Below, we discuss four separate matters, beginning with the Nasdaq spread cases in the late...more

Securities Update - March 2014

In December 2013, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued to Congress its “Report on Review of Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K” (the S-K Study) that originally...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 11

In this issue: - NASDAQ Launches Marketplace for Private Companies - SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rules 2210 and 2214 - CME Group Exchanges...more

Top Disclosure and Governance Tips for 2014

The proxy and annual reporting season is upon us and, as with other things, it is best to be prepared. Here are some thoughts for publicly traded companies to carry through the season and help plan for the remainder of the...more

"Will 2014 Be the ‘Year of the Foreign Private Issuer’?"

Experience in 2013 has shown that U.S. securities exchanges are once again becoming increasingly popular venues for listings by non-U.S. companies. The number of non-U.S. companies that conducted initial listings in the U.S....more

NYSE/NASDAQ Update

SEC APPROVES FINAL RULES ON COMPENSATION COMMITTEE LISTING STANDARDS - On January 11, 2013, the SEC approved the NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards implementing Exchange Act Rule 10C-1, which directs the exchanges to...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2014

2014 ANNUAL MEETING SEASON - Dear clients and friends, We present to you our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy...more

Preparing for the 2014 Proxy Season

With the proxy and annual reporting season just around the corner, public companies need to be alert to this year’s regulatory developments. Below is a summary of current and anticipated changes that may impact reporting...more

Nasdaq Proposes Amendments to Compensation Committee Member Independence Rules

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend its listing rules relating to compensation committee member independence. The...more

NASDAQ Amending Compensation Committee Director Independence Requirements

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its listing rules on compensation committee composition to, among other things, replace...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume VIII, Issue 46

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 14 New C&DIs Relating to “Bad Actor” Rules - NASDAQ Proposes Change to Listing Rules Regarding Compensation Committee Independence - FINRA...more

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 14 -- December 2, 2013

In This Issue: Launching an Exempt Structured Products Program in the United States: Issues for Non-U.S. Banks to Consider; “Big-Boy Letters” Revisited: Pharos Decision Upheld by the Sixth Circuit.; SEC Addresses...more

Nasdaq Proposes Changes To Compensation Committee Independence Requirements

When implementing SEC Exchange Act Rule 10C-1 regarding the independence of compensation committee members, Nasdaq adopted a prohibition on the receipt of compensatory fees by compensation committee members, which is the same...more

Codes of Ethics: SEC Requirements

Your good client Socrates is on the line. Socrates — who gave up a promising career in philosophy to take up professional soccer — has an ethics question for you. No, he is not asking you to explain Stoicism, Epicureanism or...more

Banking Notes - October 2013: Community Bank Stock on the Over-the-Counter Market

Over the last 12 months, we have seen an increase in the number of community banks interested in generating liquidity for their shareholders. The reasons for this increase vary: some banks want to create a more liquid stock...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel (Update) - September 11, 2013

As we run up the September 23 effective date of rules eliminating the prohibition on general solicitations under Regulation D and wait for final SEC "process" rules, a few additional resources are below(summary of comments on...more

The New NYSE and Nasdaq Listing Standards: What Should Companies Be Doing?

It has been nearly two months since the NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards became effective that require compensation committees to assess the independence of their consultants, legal counsel and other advisors. Arising out of...more

Raising Capital in the United States: A Guide to Using MJDS for U.S. Public Offerings and Periodic Reporting

About this Publication: This publication is written for Canadian companies considering accessing the U.S. public capital markets through the Multi-jurisdictional Disclosure System (“MJDS”) and for those Canadian...more

Reminder: Exchange Requirements Governing Independence of Compensation Committee Advisers are in Effect as of July 1, 2013

As we previously reported, earlier in 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved certain new listing requirements for the NYSE and NASDAQ effective July 1, 2013. The new listing requirements implement...more

Corporate Communicator - Summer 2013

In this issue of the Corporate Communicator, we are providing a short update concerning two recent reporting and governance matters affecting public companies. The first item is developments relating to a proposal by the...more

NYSE and NASDAQ Listing Rules for Compensation Committees | Scheduled to Take Effect as Early as July 1, 2013

This past January, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) approved new corporate governance listing rules proposed by each of the New York Stock Exchange (the NYSE) and the Nasdaq Stock Market (the NASDAQ) pursuant...more

Public Company Adviser - June 2013: Compensation Committees May Need to Consider the Independence of Outside Legal Counsel to the...

Under new NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards that take effect on July 1, 2013, a compensation committee may receive advice from legal counsel, as well as compensation consultants and other advisors, only after considering six...more

Heightened Independence Standards for Advisors Should Give Compensation Committees Pause for Thought After July 1, 2013

On July 1, 2013, the portion of the revised "listing standards" of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ Stock Market (Nasdaq) related to the independence of advisors to compensation committees of listed companies...more

NASDAQ Withdraws Rule Proposal That Would Have Required Listed Companies to Have an Internal Audit Function

As discussed in our March 18, 2013 issue of Securities and Financial News to Note, on February 20, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ) filed with the SEC a proposed rule change to require that listed companies establish...more

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