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SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Amendments to the Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets has issued frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning the amendments adopted on July 30, 2013, to Rule 17a-5 (Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule) of the...more

New SEC Guidance Provides Answers on Conflict Minerals Disclosures

As the deadline approaches for publicly traded U.S. companies to file new conflict minerals reports, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued new guidance designed to help companies prepare the mandatory...more

SEC Approves Revised Semi-Annual Data Reporting Requirements for Section 529 Plan Underwriters

After initially putting the brakes on the MSRB’s attempt to use underwriters of Section 529 college savings plans as its data-gathering team, the SEC has pressed the accelerator and approved an amended MSRB Rule G-45 ...more

SEC Acknowledges Ethical Obligations May Preclude Voluntary Reporting Out By Attorneys

In 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules that purportedly immunized attorneys who, subject to specific conditions, reveal confidential information to the SEC. 17 C.F.R. § 205.3(d)(2) Technically, the...more

Amendments To "Regulation A" - A Step Towards a Middle Ground in Smaller Company Capital Formation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) recently proposed rules amending Regulation A. Regulation A currently allows an exemption from federal registration under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act) for...more

Mark Your Calendars: Key Compliance Dates for Advisers

It’s hard to believe that January is almost over and 2013 just a blur. With matching speed, many of the compliance milestones that an investment adviser faces are fast approaching, and a compliance calendar with the key...more

JOBS Act Update: SEC Proposes New Rules to Update Regulation A Offerings

In mid-December, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose rules updating the framework to the existing Regulation A offering. The rules would implement new Section 3(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933,...more

SEC enforcement cases to increase in 2014: 4 things public companies need to know

A casual observer of SEC trends could be forgiven for concluding that the SEC has lost interest in pursuing enforcement actions involving public company financial reporting violations. But the casual observer would be...more

SEC Adopts Amendments to Remove Certain NRSRO Credit Rating Related References in Rule 5b-3 under the Investment Company Act and...

On December 27, 2013, the SEC adopted final amendments (“Final Amendments”) to remove certain references to ratings by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (“NRSROs”) (e.g., Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s...more

Deadline for Filing Conflict Minerals Reports Looms

The deadline for filing conflict mineral reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is May 31, 2014, and many companies still have a lot of digging to do before they get from here to there....more

Summary Of Proposed Amendments To Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the SEC published its proposal to modify Regulation A. The SEC is proposing to expand Regulation A into two tiers: Tier 1, for offerings of up to $5 million; and Tier 2, for offerings of up to $50...more

More On The ADM FCPA Settlement

Last week, in a post entitled “Supermarket to the World – The ADM FCPA Enforcement Action”, I reviewed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Compliant brought in connection with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...more

SEC Releases Long Awaited Rules on Regulation A+

On December 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission released their long-awaited proposed rules on Regulation A+. The proposed rules, which are intended to increase access to the capital markets for smaller issuers, were...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

A+ Indeed: The SEC’s Proposed Rules Amending Reg A

Overview - Yesterday, December 18, 2013, the SEC released proposed rules to carry out the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act. The proposed rules both retain and modernize the current framework of Regulation...more

Robocop On The Beat: What The SEC’s New Financial Reporting And AQM Initiative May Mean For Public Companies

Since her confirmation as Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“the SEC”), Mary Jo White has made clear that her administration will focus on identifying and investigating accounting abuses at publicly traded...more

Disclosure Reform a Must

In a recent speech, Commissioner Gallagher provided another perspective on the need for the SEC to focus on disclosure reform. Gallagher acknowledges the importance of tackling disclosure reform, even amidst the challenges...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 22 • December 12, 2013 (Global)

OSC to hold derivatives reporting seminar. The Ontario Securities Commission announced that it will hold a seminar on January 15, 2014, on the reporting requirements under the new Derivatives Trade Repositories and...more

Federal regulators release Volcker Rule final regulations

Five federal financial regulatory agencies have released final rules implementing Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 619 created Section 13 in the Bank Holding Company Act...more

SEC Proposes Regulations Related to Crowdfunding (Part 1)

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") proposed for comment new regulations on Crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the general term used to describe a new way of raising capital using the Internet. A crowdfunding...more

SEC Staff Elaborates on Venture Capital Adviser Exemption

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided advisers to venture capital funds with guidance on fund structures that do not jeopardize an adviser’s ability to rely on the exemption from registration provided by...more

House Passes Bill to Restore Registration Exemption for Private Equity Fund Advisers

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on December 4, 2013, that would restore an exemption from registration to advisers of certain private equity funds that limit leverage, an attempt to undo another...more

Proposed Changes in Public Company Auditing Standards

On December 11, 2013, the public comment period will close on two new auditing standards proposed by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to improve the informational value of the auditor’s report. These...more

Preventing Exchange Act Reporting Obligations After The JOBS Act

In General - Growing companies need to be aware of the requirements of Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. If the thresholds of Section 12(g) are crossed, which look principally to the number of shareholders, the...more

SEC Expects Companies To Transition To New COSO Framework For Internal Control Reporting

When evaluating internal control over financial reporting, Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(c) requires the evaluation to be based on a framework that is “a suitable, recognized control framework that is established by a body or...more

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