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Swimming in the Deep End: A Primer on Dark Pools

“Dark pools of liquidity” have recently become the focus of increased regulatory scrutiny, including a number of high-profile enforcement actions related to these alternative trading systems. This increased scrutiny follows...more

SEC Brings Settled Administrative Proceedings Against NYSE Relating to Informational Advantages, Electronic Trading and Other...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) on May 1, 2014 announced a settlement (Settlement) with the New York Stock Exchange LLC and certain of its affiliates (collectively, the NYSE), addressing a variety...more

Second Circuit Narrows Reach of Federal Securities Laws as to Foreign Securities Transactions

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision clarifying the applicability of the anti-fraud provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to transactions in foreign securities. The...more

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

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

SEC Approves New FINRA Supervision Rules

The current rulebook of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority consists of FINRA rules, legacy National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) rules (that apply to all FINRA member firms) and rules incorporated from...more

Margin Call: The Basics of the US Margin Regulations

Your issuer client is getting ready to launch a high-yield debt offering. When you get to the office and check your messages, you learn that your client has a couple of questions about the representation in the purchase...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

What’s New for the 2014 Proxy Season

Unlike in past years, there are no new disclosure requirements which need to be reflected in this year’s proxy statement; however, with ongoing shareholder activism and the desire of companies to communicate effectively with...more

The SEC: The Future Path of Enforcement (Conclusion)

Parts I and II of this series looked back at select cases brought by the Commission during 2013. Part III considered the projected path of SEC Enforcement based on remarks by members of the Commission and new initiatives....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

Dodd-Frank affects private companies too: practice points to note

The Dodd-Frank Act – signed by President Barack Obama more than three years ago, and since then advanced with a host of rules and regulations – has been widely viewed as a law that addresses systemic risk in the financial...more

Crowdfunding and the New York Stock Exchange

For all the skeptics who think crowdfunding is a fringe idea, today I attended an event at the New York Stock Exchange about crowdfunding – yes, you read correctly, THE NYSE AND CROWDFUNDING, together. It may seem...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

New York Stock Exchange Proposes New Rules to Harmonize Quantitative Continued Listing Standards and Modify Reverse Merger Listing...

On October 8, the New York Stock Exchange proposed an amendment to Section 802.01B of the NYSE Listed Company Manual that would apply the same financial compliance standards for continued listing on the NYSE to all operating...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - October 11, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Launches Public Website for Analyzing Exchange Data - New York Stock Exchange Proposes New Rules to Harmonize Quantitative Continued Listing Standards and Modify Reverse Merger Listing...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

Read All About It-Newspaper Reporting And FCPA Allegations

One of the avenues rarely discussed for allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to work their way to the Department of Justice (DOJ) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is through good...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

Why We Could Easily Have Another Flash Crash

Three years ago, on May 6, 2010, U.S. capital markets experienced the “flash crash,” when the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered a stunning 1,000-point loss (9 percent) in five minutes, followed by an equally dramatic...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

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