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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.27.16

Chinese economic data has already been wreaking havoc on markets in 2016. So I shudder to think about the impact of the recently announced investigation by China’s anticorruption commission into the head of the country’s...more

SEC Approves Proposed Change to Exempt “Early Stage Companies” from the NYSE’s Shareholder Approval Requirement for Issuances to...

The NYSE Listed Company Manual contains a number of rules requiring a listed company to obtain shareholder approval for certain issuances of securities, which rules are often referred to as the “20% rule” or “shareholder...more

Notwithstanding Concerns Of Investor Advocate, SEC Approves NYSE Proposal To Exempt Certain Related-Party Transactions From...

As you may recall, in April of this year, the NYSE filed with the SEC a proposed rule change that would exempt from the NYSE’s shareholder approval requirements early stage companies that seek to issue, subject to audit...more

NYSE Exempts Early Stage Companies From Having to Obtain Shareholder Approval Before Issuing Shares for Cash to Related Parties

The SEC has approved the NYSE proposal to exempt early stage companies from having to obtain shareholder approval before issuing shares for cash to related parties. Under the revised rules, Sections 312.03(b) and 312.04 of...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2016: 2016 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

Forward to The Past: NYSE Returns to Regulation

Everything old is new again. On January 1, 2016, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) – now owned by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. – will be taking back some of the regulatory responsibilities it yielded to the Financial...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

SEC Proposes to Ease Intrastate Offering Exemption to Facilitate Crowdfunding

The SEC has proposed amendments to Rule 147 under the Securities Act of 1933, which currently provides a safe harbor for compliance with the Section 3(a)(11) exemption from registration for intrastate securities offerings....more

NYSE Arca Withdraws Active ETF Generic Listing Standards Proposal as SEC Focus on ETFs Continues

Withdrawal comes within days of SEC Chair White and Commissioner Aguilar issuing public statements regarding ETFs. On October 19, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a notice stating that NYSE Arca,...more

Investor Advocate Recommends Rejection of NYSE Rule Change

Investor Advocate, Rick Fleming, announced last Friday the recommendation to reject the proposed NYSE rule change that would allow certain listed companies to sell additional shares to insiders and related parties without...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, October 2015

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to Asian corporates and financial institutions. Please see full...more

Blog: SEC’s New “Investor Advocate” Takes A Stand On NYSE Proposed Rule Change

Today, the new Investor Advocate, Rick Fleming, issued a statement regarding his “First Official Recommendation” to the SEC. What was that recommendation? He recommended that the SEC disapprove the NYSE’s proposed rule...more

SEC Investor Advocate Wants to Nix NYSE Proposal

The SEC Office of Investor Advocate has recommended disapproval of a proposed rule change of the New York Stock Exchange. In its proposed rulemaking, the NYSE would exempt certain early stage companies from having to obtain...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition Q3 2015

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Reflections on the Hitachi FCPA Enforcement Action

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced resolution of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Hitachi Ltd (Hitachi). There were several interesting aspects to...more

Changes to the NYSE’s Material New's Policy

On August 27, 2015, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) filed a proposed rule change with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend Section 202.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual to expand the time periods...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - NYDFS Announces Approval of First BitLicense Application from a Virtual Currency Firm: The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced Sept. 22 that it has approved...more

NYSE Amends Rules for Release of Material News

Changes to Notification Requirements - Notifications During Pre-Market Hours. Currently, Rule 202.06 requires listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before they release material news “shortly before the...more

NYSE Rule Change to Effect Issuers Public Announcements

On August 27, 2015, the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE” or the “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a proposed change to Section 202.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual (the...more

NYSE Proposes Rule To Expand Pre-market Notice Period Prior to Disseminating Material News

On August 27, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) filed with the SEC a proposed rule change to: (1) require NYSE-listed companies to notify the NYSE prior to disseminating material news if such dissemination occurs...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 35

SEC/CORPORATE - US District Court Orders SEC To Revise Resource Extraction Issuer Rule - On September 2, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ordered the SEC to file with the District Court in 30...more

Update on Proposed Listing Standards for Active ETFs

The SEC needs more time to consider generic listing standards for active ETFs. On September 2, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a notice (Notice) designating a longer period of time to consider...more

Blog: SEC Receives A Response To Its Invitation For Comment On NYSE Proposal

As discussed in this PubCo post, in early August, the SEC issued an Order instituting proceedings to determine whether to disapprove a proposal from the NYSE to amend Sections 312.03(b) and 312.04 (shareholder approval) of...more

Blog: NYSE Proposes Amendment Related To Material News And Trading Halts

The NYSE has filed with the SEC a proposal to amend Section 202.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual related to material news and trading halts. The proposal would make the following changes.....more

Dodd-Frank and Executive Compensation — Where Are We Now?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) became federal law on July 21, 2010 to provide safeguards for consumers and increase transparency in the U.S. capital markets in response to public...more

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