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SEC Staff Legal Bulletin Clarifies Shareholder Proposal Exclusion Analysis

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Corporation Finance (Division) has issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB14H), which contains guidance on the exclusion of shareholder proposals that...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Excluding Shareholder Proposals under Rule 14a-8

On October 22, 2015, the staff of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB 14H), which provides significant guidance for companies about the Staff’s views on the scope and application...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

CFTC Extends Relief for Eurex Clearing and US Clearing Members

The Division of Clearing and Risk of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has further extended temporary no-action relief to Eurex Clearing AG and its clearing members that are US persons, which authorizes US clearing...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

SEC Provides Guidance on Venture Capital Fund Advisers Exemption

Investment advisers to venture capital funds are exempt from registration under the Investment Advisors Act if certain requirements are met. Amongst those requirements is that certain investments be made in qualifying...more

Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make me a… 506(b) Private Placement Investment

The SEC has given the go-ahead to a venture capital firm’s plan to conduct 506(b) private placements online. On August 5, 2015, the Commission issued a no-action letter to Citizen VC, Inc., saying the firm’s proposed online...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Activities That Constitute "General Solicitation" for Private Placements on Electronic Platforms

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on August 6, 2015, issued a no-action letter to Citizen VC, Inc. (the “Citizen Letter”) and new compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”), providing...more

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

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