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Friday Afternoon Smackdown – The SEC v. The House Of Representatives

On Friday, June 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed an action against the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives and congressional staffer Brian Sutter seeking enforcement of...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 5 - June 25, 2014

In This Issue: - The 1996 Morgan Stanley Letter: Re-imagined at the Age of 18 - Structured CDs – Goodbye Regulation DD, Hello Regulation DD - FCA Issues Fine in Relation to Structured Product...more

New SEC Guidance Regarding Social Media; Proposed Clarifications to Delaware Law for Mergers Following a Tender Offer; Change in...

Social media is becoming a desirable tool for companies to communicate with their shareholders and potential investors. Over the last few years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has issued guidance on how SEC...more

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 1: The Recent Increase in Focus on Privacy Issues

Each day this week, we are going to explore some of the issues in the rapidly growing area of cyberliability. We will examine the recent increase in focus on privacy issues, why directors should be concerned, the top...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, April 2014

In this issue: - EU Developments - German Developments - UK Developments - Us Developments - Excerpt from EU Developments - European Commission Proposes to Introduce Shareholder "Say...more

"The JOBS Act: The Resurgent IPO Market and What We Learned in Year Two"

Almost two years have passed since the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) was signed into law to ease regulatory burdens on smaller companies and facilitate public and private capital formation. The provisions...more

Cybersecurity and the duty of care: a top 10 checklist for board members

Visibility on information security, including cybersecurity as well as physical security aspects, is increasingly permeating corporate life. The relatively new SEC requirements for public disclosure of cybersecurity...more

The Short Field Guide To IPOs

The emerging growth Company - The JOBS Act created a new class of issuer: the emerging growth company (EGC). An EGC is defined as an issuer with total annual gross revenue of less than $1 billion during the most recent...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

REGULATION FD - Beginning in 1999 and continuing into 2000, media reports about selective disclosure of material nonpublic information by issuers raised concerns that select market professionals who were privy to this...more

Survey Says: Fortune 500 Disclosing Cyber Risks

Ever since our 2013 prediction, an ever increasing number of public companies are adding disclosure related to cybersecurity and data breach risks to their public filings. We previously analyzed how the nation’s largest...more

Court Rejects SEC’s Interpretation That All Exchange Act Reports Are Public

SEC Misreads The Dodd-Frank Act - Commenting on the SEC’s short-lived resource extraction rule, Professor Stephen Bainbridge recently posted: Can’t anybody at the SEC do basic cost benefit analysis? I hesitate to...more

Court Vacates SEC Resource Extraction Rules

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated the SEC resource extraction disclosure rules....more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At The SEC, Fed, And FDIC

The SEC Proposed Money Market Fund Reforms - On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) voted unanimously to propose rules that would reform the way that certain money market funds...more

Stop Insider Tweeting! -- Feds eye social media for securities shenanigans

As financial institutions and investors turn to social media to instantly share snippets of news and potential clues about market trends, the FBI and SEC are monitoring such postings for evidence of insider trading and...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: Regulation FD and Social Media

As we discussed in our February Bulletin, late last year Netflix and its CEO, Reed Hastings, each received a notice from the SEC Staff indicating that the Staff intended to recommend to the SEC that it institute proceedings...more

Business News Digest – May 2013

In this issue: - Does the SEC Like Social Media? Understanding the Application of Regulation FD to Social Media - NIST Holds First Workshop on Executive Order Cybersecurity Framework - Jumpstart Our...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- May 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - SEC Allows Limited Use of Social Media for Public Disclosure; Federal Reserve Board Publishes a Final Rule Specifying when Nonbank Firms are “Predominantly Engaged in...more

The SEC Says Cities (And City Officials!) Must Obey Securities Laws, Too

Yesterday the SEC filed an Order Instituting Cease and Desist Proceedings against the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for violations of Rule 10b-5. The City consented to entry of a Cease and Desist Order....more

Corporate Finance Alert: The Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures — A Disclosure Guide

Companies commonly supplement their reported earnings under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with non-GAAP financial measures that they believe more accurately reflect their results of operations or...more

SEC OKs Social Media for Company Announcements; Investors Must be Alerted

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a report concluding that social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, may constitute legitimate means for a reporting company to make public announcements in compliance with...more

How the SEC's Social Media Guidance Changes The Way Companies Share Investor Information [Legal Perspective]

"While the guidance is not hard to understand, it will be difficult to apply. And the SEC will be looking for someone to cross the line..." - Stephen M. Quinlivan; Leonard, Street and Deinard...more

SEC Greenlights Use of Social Media for Publicly Disclosing Company Information

Recognizing the reality that many investors likely get more information from Facebook and Twitter than a corporate 10-K and that most public companies have a robust social media presence, the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Be Careful What You Wish For: SEC Permits Company Disclosures Via Social Media If Regulation FD Requirements Are Met

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report clarifying that companies can use social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, to disseminate material nonpublic company information under Regulation...more

Lessons from Netflix on the Use of Social Media for Informal Disclosure

On April 2, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a report (the Netflix Report) announcing that it would not pursue enforcement action against Netflix, Inc. and its Chief Executive Officer, Reed Hastings,...more

Does the SEC Like Social Media? Understanding the Application of Regulation FD to Social Media

The SEC seldom releases an investigation report under Rule 21(a) of the Exchange Act, but when it does, the information is usually important for all public companies. Last week, the SEC issued an investigation report to...more

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