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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and... more +
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -
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Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - June 2015

The Unfolding FIFA Scandal: Will the DOJ Show the Banks a Red Card? - Why it matters: The worldwide soccer community has for years decried the brazen corruption that permeated FIFA, international soccer’s governing...more

Delaware General Corporation Law Amended Regarding Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Clauses

On June 24, 2015, the governor of Delaware signed into law legislation that amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (Title 8 of the Delaware Code) (“DGCL”) to effectively prohibit fee-shifting bylaw provisions in the...more

$5.9 Million in Payments to Golf Channel Declared Out of Bounds

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision that should make defendants in Ponzi cases shiver in their boots. The court said that the defendant, the Golf Channel, had to return nearly $6 million and that it...more

What the Government Expects to Find in an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

Similar to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement generally, the federal government has expanded what it expects to find in an anti-corruption compliance program. U.S.-connected companies operating internationally...more

How to Protect Your Company’s Bottom Line Against Data Breach Losses Through Insurance

In the wake of what seems to be daily announcements of new data security breaches and increased regulatory oversight over company information security and privacy practices, companies are looking for ways to minimize risks...more

"Update on Compliance Date of SEC Rule 206(4)-5's Placement Agent Provision"

On June 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Release No. IA-4129 setting July 31, 2015, as the compliance date for SEC Rule 206(4)-5's placement agent restrictions on using third-party and affiliated...more

Happy Public Float Day!

If you are a year-end company, today is the end of your second fiscal quarter, which means that it’s just about time to calculate your public float to see if your reporting status has changed. Here are a few things to...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 3): Potential Dangers

This is the third in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We started with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter campaign, triggering the...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs Relating to New “Regulation A+”

On June 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to the recently expanded Regulation A, commonly referred to as...more

Cyber risks -- Congressional Letter to SEC

On June 18, 2015, Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Jim Himes (D-CT) sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) calling for updated cybersecurity disclosure guidance for publicly traded companies....more

SEC Requests Public Comments on Exchange-Traded Products

On June 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is seeking public comments on issues relating to listing and trading of new, novel, or complex exchange-traded products. The request for comment addresses...more

SEC Announces Open Meeting on Proposed Clawback Requirements under Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act became law on July 21, 2010, introducing a variety of executive compensation-related regulations, including with respect to shareholder say-on-pay voting and...more

Vanishing Regulation A+ Filings

The initial filings seemed to be of low quality. I feel for the SEC staff, because it appears they will have their hands full as people lob in poorly conceived filings. It appears they will have to do more babysitting than...more

SEC Publishes Staff Interpretations on New Regulation A+

The Securities and Exchange Commission has published 11 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) related to the new rules implementing “Regulation A+,” which became effective June 19, 2015. The C&DIs are numbered...more

Are You A US Private Company Looking For Capital? Regulation A+ May Be Your Answer.

The amended Regulation A became effective on June 19, 2015, and the SEC has recently provided helpful guidance about it. On June 18, 2015, the SEC made available “Amendments to Regulation A: A Small Entity Compliance Guide”...more

SEC Charges KKR With Misallocating Broken Deal Expenses

Everyone knew the SEC would pursue a marquee-name private equity sponsor for misallocating expenses. It finally happened, with KKR settling charges for misallocating “broken deal” expenses. Charges against others are likely...more

Are Universal Proxy Ballots On the Way?

Improving the proxy process remains front and center at the SEC and continues to garner media headlines. A recent high-profile example was this past proxy season’s focus on proxy access shareholder proposals, including the...more

SEC Proposes New Reporting Requirements for Registered Funds

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed rules, forms and amendments under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”) and related regulations (together, the “Proposed Amendments”) that...more

Conflict Minerals: European Parliament Endorses New Compliance Requirements

It has been nearly a month since the deadline for companies in the United States to file their second annual conflict minerals reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As companies and their stakeholders assess...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 25

In this issue: - Delaware Amends Its Corporate Law to Prohibit Fee-Shifting, Approve Exclusive Forum Provisions and Facilitate At-The-Market Offerings - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs Relating...more

OCIE Launches Sweep Examination of BD/IA Retirement Investments

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is launching a sweep examination that will target the retirement-based savings activities of broker-dealers and investment advisers. The multi-year...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act Rules

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a release proposing amendments to Form ADV and to certain rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”). The proposed amendments...more

SEC Chair White Spills The Beans On Proposal For Universal Proxies, Hints About The Exclusion For Conflicting Shareholder...

Recently, in a speech to the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, SEC Chair May Jo White discussed four proxy-related issues that have recently created tension between companies and their...more

The SEC’s Proposed Reporting and Disclosure Changes: What Investment Companies and Advisers Should Know

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a release proposing new rules and forms and amendments to existing rules and forms that would affect registered investment companies (the “Investment...more

Whistleblowing: An Employer’s Guide To Global Compliance

In This Issue: - Foreword - A Summary Across Five Continents - Law and Sanctions - The Legislative Framework: Whistleblower Protections Across the Globe - Global Differences: The Cultural...more

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