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Why Not Let The Market Decide The Frequency Of Earnings Reports

In an Op-Ed published yesterday by the Wall Street Journal, MIT Senior Lecturer Robert Pozen and Harvard Law School Professor Mark J. Roe  argue for the retention of quarterly earnings reports with some modifications.  They...more

Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Update: SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules implementing one of the last four remaining executive compensation requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

Securities and Governance Update: October 2015 Update

This summer, the SEC proposed a new clawback rule (Proposed Rule 10D-1) to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank). Section 954 of Dodd-Frank added a new...more

SEC and Amnesty International Seek En Banc Rehearing of Decision in Ongoing Conflict Minerals Court Battle

On Friday, the SEC and Amnesty International each filed petitions seeking a rehearing en banc of the August 2015 panel opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the conflict minerals...more

States Challenge SEC Regulation A+

Massachusetts and Montana have taken the highly unusual step of suing the SEC over a recent amendment to Regulation A under the Securities Act of 1933. The SEC adopted "Regulation A+" (as the amended regulation is...more

Five Advantages to Section 18 – A New Weapon for Institutions

Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act, while seldom used in the past, has been increasingly used by institutional investors in suits against banks and other entities. The advantages of Section 18 are as follows...more

Conflict Minerals Disclosure for Calendar Year 2015: "Conflict Undeterminable" Generally No Longer Permitted

The "DRC Conflict Undeterminable" determination, widely employed in conflict minerals reports to date, will not be permitted for issuers (other than small companies) reporting in 2016 on activities in calendar year 2015. At...more

Reflections on the Hitachi FCPA Enforcement Action

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced resolution of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Hitachi Ltd (Hitachi). There were several interesting aspects to...more

Internal Whistleblowing Protected Against Retaliation Under Dodd-Frank Says Second Circuit

While the Dodd-Frank Act provides various protections to whistleblowers, federal courts have inconsistently interpreted who precisely qualifies as a whistleblower. In a much-anticipated opinion, the Second Circuit Court of...more

Blog: SEC Seeks Comment On Effectiveness Of Reg S-X Rules That Require Disclosure About Entities Other Than The Reporting Company

The SEC is requesting comment on certain Reg S-X rules as part of its Disclosure Effectiveness Project. The request relates specifically to the financial disclosure requirements in Reg S-X that require public reporting...more

Changes to the NYSE’s Material New's Policy

On August 27, 2015, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) filed a proposed rule change with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend Section 202.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual to expand the time periods...more

SEC Adopts Pay Ratio Rule

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final rule to implement the requirement of Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) that public...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - NYDFS Announces Approval of First BitLicense Application from a Virtual Currency Firm: The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced Sept. 22 that it has approved...more

Proxy Access: Round 2 Begins

Shareholder proponent James McRitchie, who was successful in persuading the SEC to reconsider its no-action position with Whole Foods on proxy access, has hinted at his intentions for the upcoming proxy season, or at least...more

NYSE Amends Rules for Release of Material News

Changes to Notification Requirements - Notifications During Pre-Market Hours. Currently, Rule 202.06 requires listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before they release material news “shortly before the...more

Capturing The SEC

Suppose you are selling a service with some success.  You want to increase sales, but how?  You could promote the value of your services, but some may disagree and others may be indifferent.  A more certain solution would be...more

Blog: Big Companies Voluntarily Enhance Audit Committee Disclosures

While the SEC and PCAOB ponder what to do with auditor and audit committee reports, an increasing number of large companies have begun to include more audit committee disclosures on a voluntary basis, according to an analysis...more

Return of the Cyborg—FTC and SEC Oversight of Cybersecurity Ramps Up

The government appears to be increasing its enforcement efforts regarding cybersecurity risks. A three-judge panel of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held the FTC may bring a claim that a company’s...more

New Study Released on the 8-K Trading Gap

On September 7, 2015, a new study on the “8-K trading gap” conducted by researchers at Harvard and Columbia law schools was released. The “8-K trading gap” refers to the four business day period before SEC reporting...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2016 Proxy Season

Some will want to start preliminary planning for the 2016 proxy season. It has been a bewildering year of developments, but most will be thankful that there are relatively few new rules that must be implemented at this time....more

Going-Private Transaction Results in $148 Million Fraud Charge for CEO and GC – What to Consider Going Forward

The Delaware Court of Chancery (the "Court") recently found the CEO, David Murdock ("Murdock"), and the General Counsel, C. Michael Carter ("Carter"), of Dole Foods Company (the "Company") personally liable to investors for...more

SEC ALJ Dismisses Case: Inside-Info Trades, But No Tipper Benefit

An SEC administrative law judge (“ALJ”) found that former Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri traded on material nonpublic information tipped him by former analyst Greg Bolan, but dismissed the insider-trading charges against...more

FAQs on the SEC’s Proposed Clawback Rule

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a rule directing national securities exchanges and associations to establish listing standards that require public companies to adopt and enforce a...more

The Fundamental Distinction Overlooked By The SEC

Yesterday marked the close of the comment period on the SEC’s proposed incentive compensation clawback rules.  You can read my comments here.  The proposed rules are fundamentally flawed because the SEC failed to recognize...more

Canadian Coalition of Good Governance Advocates More Proxy Access

Earlier this year, the Canadian Coalition of Good Governance (CCGG) released its publication “Shareholder Involvement in the Director Nomination Process: Enhanced Engagement and Proxy Access”, proposing enhanced proxy access...more

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