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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

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

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

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

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

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

No Easy A: SEC Proposes Rules For Regulation A+

In the last of its major rulemaking proposals under the JOBS Act, on December 18, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to publish proposed rules to modify and develop Regulation A, the so-called (and...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Regulation A+

Regulation A currently permits issuers to conduct a limited-scale public offering and subjects issuers that use it to a lighter compliance burden as compared with larger public offerings. However, because of the costs of...more

"At-the-Market Offerings Under the MJDS"

Given the recent volatility and uncertainty in the capital markets, many Canadian issuers, particularly those in the resources sector, are hesitant to commit to traditional, fully marketed follow-on public offerings due to...more

JOBS Act 2.0 Taking Shape?

Congressman Garrett recently renewed discussions regarding additional individual legislative initiatives or other proposals relating to promoting capital formation that might well be grouped together into a single “JOBS Act...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What You Need to Know 2013 Edition

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...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

Guide to Publicly Offered Private Placements Under New Rule 506(c)

Background: A company that needs capital to expand its business or fund its operations often chooses to sell stock or other securities to investors in order to meet its funding requirements. All offerings of stock or...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Short Selling in Connection with a Public Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert regarding Rule 105 of Regulation M’s (Rule 105) restrictions on short selling in connection with a...more

Don’t Short Before The Deal, SEC Reminds Hedge Funds And Buyside Firms

On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 23 investment firms for violations of Rule 105 of SEC Regulation M. Rule 105 generally prohibits short selling...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

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