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A ‘Most Daring Act’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

A most “daring act” seems to be a good way to introduce a multi-part look at the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de...more

SEC Approves T+2 settlement; Abides by T+4 settlement for Firm Commitment Deals

On February 10th, the SEC took action to formally approve of changes proposed by the NASDAQ Stock Market, NYSE MKT LLC, and New York Stock Exchange LLC’s, to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer...more

NYSE Issues Its 2017 Listed Company Compliance Guide Memoranda for Both Domestic Issuers and FPIs

On February 1, 2017, the NYSE issued separate Listed Company Compliance Guidance memoranda for both U.S. companies (“Domestic Companies”) and foreign private issuers (“FPIs”) listed on the NYSE. Below is a brief overview of...more

SEC Approves NSCC and NYSE T+2 Rule Proposals

On January 4, 2017, the SEC approved the National Securities Clearing Corporation’s (“NSCC”) proposed rule change to conform to the SEC’s proposed Rule 15c6–1(a) amendment and accommodate a second business day after the trade...more

Reminders for Foreign Private Issuers for the 2017 Annual Reporting Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for foreign private issuers (FPIs) in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Outcomes of Investing in OTC Stocks

The Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) of the Securities and Exchange Commission published a study recently that reviews, among other things, the performance of and the returns of investing in OTC stocks. The...more

Post-Election Events Making Waves in the Cannabis Industry

As we reported previously, the cannabis industry had a historic election night, with eight out of nine states approving their respective referendums legalizing some form of adult cannabis use. In the short time since that...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

SEC Approves Generic Listing Standards for Active ETFs

New standards are expected to simplify and expedite the process of launching an actively managed ETF. On July 22, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued orders approving proposals by Bats BZX Exchange,...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ Golden Leash Disclosure

In the past couple of years, a relatively hot area of the sometimes rather lackluster world of bylaws amendments has centered on requiring candidates for election to a board of directors to disclose any compensation...more

Veil Parted on SEC Whistleblower Award

Early this year, the SEC announced it had paid a whistleblower award of “more than $700,000” to a company “outsider” who “conducted a detailed analysis” that led to a successful enforcement action against the company....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the week leading up to the July 4th holiday weekend the SEC filed an action alleging insider trading centered on the acquisition of a firm by Apple based largely on circumstantial evidence and outsized trading. Another...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

McDermott’s Public Company & Capital Markets Quarterly: New Rules Impacting Disclosure, Governance and Capital Raising Efforts

During the first quarter of 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. stock exchanges issued proposed and final rules that will likely impact disclosure and capital raising efforts. This report provides a...more

International Reporting Tightens at NYSE as Competition from Europe Heats Up

Two recent events highlight the ever-shifting dynamic between U.S. and international capital markets. The first, a technical NYSE rule affecting the reporting obligations of foreign private issuers, was subtle. The second,...more

NYSE Listed Foreign Private Issuers Now Required to Submit Unaudited Semiannual Financial Information

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) recently proposed to amend the NYSE Listed Company Manual to require foreign private issuers listed on the NYSE to furnish with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) semiannual...more

Critic of High-Frequency Trading Receives SEC Whistleblower Bounty Award

According to a MarketWatch report, Eric Hunsader of Nanex LLC has identified himself as is the recipient of a more than $700,000 Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounty award.  According to Hunsader, the information he provided to...more

NYSE Rule Requiring Foreign Private Issuers to Submit Semi-Annual Unaudited Financial Information on Form 6-K is Now Effective

The NYSE’s proposed rule requiring foreign private issuers (“FPIs”) to submit semi-annual unaudited financial information on Form 6-K was filed with the SEC and took effect on February 19, 2016....more

NYSE to Require Foreign Private Issuers to File Semiannual Financial Statements on Form 6-K

The SEC has approved an NYSE rule change which will require foreign private issuers to file semiannual financial statements on Form 6-K. Foreign private issuers are not currently subject to any SEC rule that specifically...more

Blog: Director Resignation Policies Under Fire

The originator of the “Pfizer model” of “plurality plus” voting for directors — Pfizer — will be facing a shareholder proposal (January 29, from the Chevedden folks) calling for a change to Pfizer’s governing documents and...more

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

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