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SEC Provides Guidance on “General Solicitation” in C&DIs and No-Action Letter

On August 6, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DI Questions 256.23 through 256.33) regarding the meaning...more

FINRA Rule 2040 Goes Into Effect

On August 24, 2015, FINRA Rule 2040 concerning payments to unregistered persons went into effect. The rule, approved by the SEC in January 2015, is aligned with § 15(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Generally, FINRA...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Issues Proposed Amendments to Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Cleared Swaps - On August 19, The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed amendments to existing rules relating...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

The SEC’s Common Sense Approach to Private Placements and General Solicitation

Earlier this month the SEC issued concurrently (i) the Citizen VC No Action Letter (in response to a request for guidance authored by Mintz Levin) relating to the use of 506(b) for a private placement online and (ii) a series...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Issues Interpretations on General Solicitation Prohibition"

The staff of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) and an interpretive letter regarding the general solicitation prohibition in securities...more

No-Action Letter Guidance Under Rule 506(b) of Regulation D.

On August 6, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a no-action letter to Citizen VC, Inc. (“Citizen VC”), the manager of a venture capital investment platform...more

Citizen.VC No Action Letter: Clarity and Guidance for Conducting a Private Placement Online

The SEC has recently provided clarity as to how an issuer of securities can conduct a private placement in a password protected web page under Rule 506(b), without it being deemed a “general solicitation” and thereby being...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

The Restructuring Mid-Summer Review: Europe and the Emerging Markets - For those focused on the debt restructuring market, the Greek sovereign crisis (covered extensively in our recent updates1) has drowned out news of...more

Summary of Crescent No-Action Letter

On July 17, 2015, the SEC published a no-action letter addressing the effect on the sponsor’s credit risk retention requirement of the refinancing of one or more tranches of existing CLO debt, an issue which has been of...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Outlines Guiding Principles for Faster Payment Networks: On July 9, the CFPB released an outline of its guiding Consumer Protection Principles (Principles) for protecting consumers as...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief to Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants from Compliance with Reporting Obligations

On June 15, CFTC Division of Market Oversight published a letter extending the time-limited relief provided by previously issued no-action letter 14-90, expiring on June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2016. The relief applies to the...more

Are Universal Proxy Ballots On the Way?

Improving the proxy process remains front and center at the SEC and continues to garner media headlines. A recent high-profile example was this past proxy season’s focus on proxy access shareholder proposals, including the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - CFTC Provides No-Action Relief from Introducing Broker and Commodity Trading Advisor Registration to Non-U.S. Persons Who Advise on or Facilitate Swaps Transactions for Certain International...more

SEC Proposes Changes to Form ADV 1A Regarding Managed Accounts

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a new round of changes to its check-the-box registration form for investment advisers, Part 1A of Form ADV (“ADV 1A”), and proposed some minor changes to its recordkeeping...more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters Relating to Swaps Trading Platforms in Australia

On May 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued two no-action letters granting relief to certain swaps trading platforms in Australia and participants executing swaps transactions on such platforms....more

CFTC Says Securitization SPVs Eligible for End-User Exception

The CFTC issued a no-action letter to Ford Motor Credit to clarify that a securitization special purpose vehicle, or SPV, that is wholly-owned by, and consolidated with, a captive finance company (as described in Section...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

RMBS Claims Against Ratings Agencies Dismissed as Time-Barred - On March 27, Judge John Robert Blakely of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Standard & Poor's Financial Services, LLC's...more

Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: Is it About Guns on the Shelves or Guns in the Streets?

In late November of 2014, a federal district court in Delaware ruled that Wal-Mart must include in its 2015 proxy materials a shareholder proposal seeking heightened board oversight concerning the societal, community, and...more

Issuers Omit Proposals From Proxy Statements

As noted here, two issuers have omitted shareholder proposals from preliminary proxy statements where no-action letters from the SEC regarding omission of the proposals have been withdrawn. The blog suggests, within its...more

SEC No-Action Letter Permits Non-ERISA Retirement Plans to Issue Participant Fee Disclosures Without Violating Securities Laws

In a no-action letter dated February 18, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extended relief from the application of Rule 482 of the Securities Act of 1933 to certain retirement plans that are exempt from...more

SEC Issues Rule 482 No-Action Relief to Non-ERISA 403(b), 457 Plans

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter extending relief to certain investment-related information provided to participants in non-ERISA 403(b), 457(b), and other qualified participant-directed...more

Broad Coalition Delivers Blunt Rebuke To SEC Chairman

Last month, I wrote that the SEC’s about face in responding to the no-action letter request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. “clearly wasn’t the SEC’s finest hour.” Several days later, a coalition of some 17 different...more

Blog: Institutional Investors Speak Out On Proxy Access And Conflicting Proposals

Earlier this month, the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee devoted part of its agenda to the topic of proxy access and the much debated Rule 14a-8(i)(9), which permits companies to exclude shareholder proposals from their...more

SEC Timeout on Proxy Access Issue Has Wider Implications

On January 16, 2015, the SEC withdrew its December 1, 2014 no-action letter in which it concurred with the view of Whole Foods Market, Inc. that the company was entitled under SEC Rule 14a-8(i)(9) to exclude from its proxy...more

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