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Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

SEC Investigations Spur Debate over "Materiality" of Cyberattacks

Following a record year for data breach incidents — with eight breaches exposing over 10 million identities — the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is closely scrutinizing how those breaches were handled. Multiple...more

SEC Gives Itself the Home Court Advantage in an Accounting Fraud / Internal Controls Action Against a Corporate CEO

An otherwise mundane SEC announcement on July 30, 2014 of an enforcement action charging a public company CEO and CFO with accounting fraud and internal controls violations is significant because the SEC is proceeding against...more

2014 Mid-Year Report Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement

Welcome to the 2014 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. Its purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

What Investment Advisers Need to Know About Using Proxy Advisers

On June 30, 2014, the SEC issued long-awaited guidance on an investment adviser’s use of third-party proxy advisory firms such as ISS and Glass Lewis. Due to a number of regulatory developments over the past ten years,...more

Supreme Court Protects Whistleblowing Employees of Mutual Fund Adviser

Whistleblowing law continues to develop, with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that, despite ambiguous statutory language, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 protects employees of private companies serving as...more

Whose Role is it Anyway? Unanswered Questions About Social, Political, or Environmental Corporate Disclosures

The D.C. Circuit attracted plenty of attention by ruling that one of the SEC’s conflict mineral disclosure rules – promulgated pursuant to a specific Congressional mandate in the Dodd-Frank Act – violated the First Amendment....more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections

The Issue: My company is not publicly traded, but provides services to companies that are. Do Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections extend to our employees? The Solution: Yes. Analysis: Enacted in the wake of...more

SEC Considers Returning to Its Roots

The SEC has recently taken a well-deserved beating for its lack of attention to financial fraud at publicly traded companies. The numbers speak for themselves. In 2012, the SEC brought 79 financial fraud cases, when in years...more

SEC Order Against ISS

On May 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a Maryland-based proxy adviser, with failure to safeguard its advisory clients’ confidential proxy voting information. ...more

SEC Provides No-Action Relief On Regulation BTR

Broadly speaking, SEC Regulation BTR prohibits directors and executive officers of public companies from trading in the issuer’s securities which were acquired in connection with service to the issuer if a sufficient number...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Social Media and Regulation FD

Public companies are encouraged to rigorously analyze SEC guidance prior to disseminating material information via social media....more

SEC Report Opens Door to Use of Social Media

On April 2, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a Report of Investigation (the “Social Media Report”) clarifying that a company subject to Regulation Fair Disclosure (“Regulation FD”) may use...more

SEC Opens Door for Public Companies to Make Announcements Using Social Media

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a Report of Investigation on April 2, 2013, that addresses whether public companies may use social media to make certain announcements....more

SEC ‘Likes’ Public Company Disclosures on Facebook and Other Social Media

Last December, we wrote about the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s issuance of so-called “Wells” notices indicating that the agency was considering whether to bring enforcement proceedings against Netflix and its...more

SEC Addresses Use of Social Media for Public Company Disclosures

On April 2, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Report of Investigation that directly addresses the application of Regulation FD to disclosures made through social media channels such as Facebook and...more

New Iran Sanctions Enactments Apply to U.S. Companies’ Foreign Affiliates and Subsidiaries, and Require SEC Reporting by Public...

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury enforces comprehensive sanctions that regulate, and largely forbid, most forms of trade and financial transactions by U.S. persons with Iran....more

Between Mortar and Pestle: SEC Pressure Grinds Auditors Against PRC State Interests

Comity among US and Chinese regulators may top this New Year’s wish list for United States-listed companies in China. After a failed six-month pursuit of a diplomatic solution, the SEC revived its federal court petition to...more

Public Company Advisor - January 2013: Considerations in Drafting Your 2013 Proxy Statement

The 2013 proxy season is shaping up to be another challenging year, with the new Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) disclosure requirements for compensation consultant conflicts of interest, the continued focus on...more

Public Companies Must Begin Reporting Transactions with Iran

Beginning February 6, 2013, public companies must disclose in annual or quarterly reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission whether the companies or any of their affiliates engaged in proscribed transactions with...more

"SEC Considering Disclosure of Political Activity Spending"

On December 21, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicated in its semiannual regulatory agenda that the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance is considering whether to recommend that the...more

Lessons Learned in 2012

As one calendar year ends and the next begins, it is natural to look back to take an inventory of lessons learned and to look forward in an attempt to implement such lessons. The year 2012 certainly had its fair share of...more

First of a series: Issues for 2013

Happy New Year! We are beginning this week with a series of top Privacy and Security issues for 2013, as we see them. Let’s start with an issue of interest to publicly traded companies, or companies considering going...more

"Accounting Cliff” for Public Companies with Operations in China is More Like a Slope

Public companies with PRC-based auditors are facing a worrisome accounting “slope” rather than a “cliff” on December 31, 2012. If the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is not able to finish its international...more

“Accounting Cliff” Looms for Public Companies with Operations in China

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has been trying to exercise its oversight responsibilities with regard to registered accounting firms in China for years, but so far has been prevented from doing so by...more

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