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10th Circuit Relies On Earnings Release and Compliance with Regulation S-K to Reject Claim of Material Omissions in Public...

In United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 Pension Fund v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the complaint on a motion for summary...more

What 2014’s Continued IPO Surge Means for Clean Tech and Renewable Energy Companies

The year 2014 is on track to be the most active IPO market in the United States since 2000, with the mid-year total number of IPOs topping last year’s mid-year total by more than 60%. There were 222 US IPOs in 2013, with a...more

7 Tips For Building The Perfect Pitch Deck

Your pitch deck arguably is the single, most important document that you will generate in the life of your company. It is the opening salvo with your potential investors. It is “the hook” by which you will (or will not)...more

Examples of Fee Shifting By-Laws

Some smaller companies and those in the process of going public have begun adopting fee shifting by-laws. As my colleagues at Stinson Leonard Street have advised, we urge caution for those headed in this direction until,...more

D&O Claims – Overview of US Securities Law

The Securities Act of 1933 (“the 1933 Act”) regulates the process by which securities are first offered and sold to the public, and has two primary objectives: (1) to ensure that investors receive full and accurate...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 3, 2014)

In a holiday shortened week, dark pools were again a focus for regulators. This week FINRA sanctioned Goldman Sachs in connection with the operation of its dark pool....more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - June 26, 2014

In This Issue: - SBA Ups Size Standards, Allowing 8,400 Firms to Become Small Biz - Auditors Want to Limit Reporting of 'Critical Audit Matters' - House Approves Permanent Extension of Small Business Tax...more

Bitcoin Investment Vehicles Beware – The SEC is Watching

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the co-owner of two Bitcoin-related websites for publicly offering shares in the ventures without registering the securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the...more

SEC Approval of Amendments to FINRA Corporate Financing Rules Will Reduce Burdens on Parties in Public Offerings

The SEC recently approved amendments to simplify and refine the scope of FINRA corporate financing and underwriter conflicts of interest rules. The amendments include modifications that will affect not only underwriters and...more

The Return of Smaller IPOs

IPO market activity has recently returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. With 70 IPOs in the first quarter and 114 IPOs year-to-date, 2014 is off to the fastest start since 2000 and is on pace to finish...more

FINRA Simplifies Corporate Financing and Conflict of Interest Rules

FINRA, the securities self-regulatory organization whose members are broker-dealers, recently simplified two rules that are critical in the public offering process....more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 11 • June 5, 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - FINRA recently simplified two rules that are critical in the public offering process. FINRA’s Corporate Financing Rule generally regulates underwriting compensation and prohibits unfair...more

SEC, Bitcoin and Unregistered Offerings

Bitcoin has been a much discussed item recently. The virtual currency is a digital representation of value that is traded and can serve as a medium of exchange. There are websites that use it. At one time there was a stock...more

Recent Developments for Intrastate Crowdfunding and Social Media Use

In June 2013, the N.C. House of Representatives approved HB 680, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (NC JOBS Act) by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 103-1. Designed to utilize the “intrastate offering” exemption found...more

Privacy Concerns and the Proposed Reg AB II Revisions Relating to Asset Level Data

In February 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) once again re-opened the comment period with respect to proposed revisions to Regulation AB relating to the disclosure of asset-level data after receiving many...more

Status, under the Registration Requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, of Intrastate Crowdfunded Offerings, and the Use by an...

Securities that are offered and sold only to residents of a single state by a company “resident and doing business” in that state are exempt from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission under Section 3(a)(11)...more

Crowdfunding: It’s Coming to Texas

In late April, the Texas Securities Board issued proposed regulations that would allow crowdfunding in intrastate transactions in Texas. The word on the street is that the proposed regulations will become final in August...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

Debt Capital Markets in 19 Jurisdictions Worldwide - 2014: Cyprus

1 What types of debt securities offerings are typical, and how active is the market? Debt securities are typically offered in the Cypriot market in the form of corporate bonds, and usually take the form of fixed rate...more

SEC Eases FINRA Corporate Financing Rule

The SEC has approved changes to FINRA Rule 5110, which among other things - - narrow the scope of the definition of “participation or participating in a public offering;”...more

More SEC Social Media Guidance–Don’t Be Left Behind

The SEC’s incremental accommodation of social media continues. Most recently, the staff has issued several CDIs specific to public offering communications, including tombstone ads (Rule 134), business combinations (Rule 165)...more

ECCF

Recently, Craig Lewis, the Chief Economist and Director of the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, commented on the economic impact of various JOBS Act reforms, or the effects on “efficiency, competition, and...more

IIROC Proposes Guidance for Underwriting Due Diligence

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published proposed guidance on March 6, 2014, setting forth nine key principles for underwriting due diligence....more

A Guide to Regulation M: Regulating Market Activity During a Public Offering

Regulation M is intended to prevent potentially manipulative practices by underwriters, issuers, selling security holders and other participants in securities offerings. Understanding the key aspects of Regulation M is...more

What’s Next for the Commission?

At a recent program, S.E.C. Speaks, Chair White noted that the Commission continues to move forward to complete rulemakings required under the JOBS Act related to exempt offerings. She noted that while the Act makes it...more

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