Securities & Exchange Commission

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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SEC Staff Finds that Broker-Dealers Still Are Not Conducting Adequate Section 5 Reviews

The staff of the SEC recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when engaging in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a Risk Alert that reported the results of examinations of a number of...more

Takeaways From Broker-Dealers’ Section 5 Inadequacies

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when they engage in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a risk alert that reported the results of...more

Critical SEC Deadline Fast Approaching: December 1 Deadline for Issuers and Obligated Persons to Participate in the SEC’s MCDC...

While underwriters choosing to participate in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”) were required to self-report violations by...more

Focus on Private Equity - October 2014

Proposed EU Merger Review of Non-Controlling Minority Shareholding Acquisitions: Challenges and Opportunities for Private Equity - At present, the EU Merger Regulation [Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004] (the Merger...more

Surge in FOIA Requests to State Agencies Seeking Information About PE and Other Alternative Investment Fund Sponsors

We have recently observed a surge in freedom-of-information (“FOIA”) requests made by media outlets to state pension funds and other state-government-affiliated investment entities. Although the requests have so far...more

Does SEC Gain an Advantage Bringing Insider Trading Cases in Home Court?

Following the loss of two high-profile insider trading cases, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is hoping to improve its chances in future actions by taking advantage of expanded administrative powers under the...more

FINRA Issues Guidance Notice To Warn Against Settlements Barring Whistleblower Tips

This month, FINRA issued guidance notice 14-40 to reminds firms that “it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more

Circuits Split on When to Impute Employees’ Knowledge to Corporation for Section 10(b) Claims

One of the most significant challenges facing plaintiffs in pleading a violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is sufficiently alleging that the defendant company possessed scienter, or an “intent to...more

DOJ’s Marshall Miller: You’re All FCPA Lawyers Now

Marshall Miller, the Justice Department’s principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, has been heating up the compliance conference circuit in recent weeks. On September 17th, it was the Global...more

SEC Announces First-Ever Market Manipulation Case Against High-Frequency Trading Firm

On October 16, 2014, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a settlement in the amount of US$1 million with Athena Capital Research LLC to resolve claims of market manipulation involving Athena’s use of...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014 #3

High-Frequency Trading Firm Pays US $1 Million for Serving Too Much “Gravy” on the Close From June to December 2009 - Athena Capital Research, LLC, a New York City-based high-frequency trading firm, settled charges...more

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Releases Recommendations on Changes to Accredited Investor Definition

On October 9, the Investor Advisory Committee (Committee) established by the Securities and Exchange Commission released its recommendations for changes to the definition of “accredited investor” included in Rule 501...more

SEC Faces New Constitutional Challenge to Administrative Proceedings Based on Tenure Protection of Administrative Law Judges

In a complaint filed recently in the Southern District of New York, an activist investor and his investment advisor company have gone on the offensive against the SEC. Joseph Stillwell and Stillwell Value LLC filed a...more

Blog: Director Of SEC Whistleblower Office To Staff: I Want To Pump You Up* To Find Whistleblower Retaliation Cases

According to Law360, the director of the SEC’s whistleblower office, Sean McKessy, is exhorting the staff of that office to set a high priority on cases involving employer retaliation for whistleblower complaints. During an...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #3

Editor’s Note - Looking Ahead: December 1 Effective Date for FINRA Consolidated Supervision Rules. The new FINRA Supervision rules, approved by the SEC in December 2013, become effective on December 1, 2014. The new...more

FINRA Addressing Market Risks: HFT, Algo’s, CARDS, CAT & Dark Pools

Carlo DiFlorio, FINRA’s Chief Risk Officer and Head of Strategy, told the annual meeting of the National Society of Compliance Professionals Monday that FINRA is emphasizing efforts to mitigate market risks, even as it...more

SEC Commissioner Piwowar On Enforcement Policy

Commissioner Michael Piwowar, the only economist currently on the Commission, outlined his views regarding enforcement policy in remarks delivered at the Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 last week....more

Municipal Issuers Face Dec. 1 Deadline For MCDC Self-Reporting

State or local government entities, special tax districts, hospital districts and other municipal bond issuers face a December 1 deadline to respond to the SEC Enforcement Division’s “Municipalities Continuing Disclosure...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 41

In this issue: - ISS Releases 2015 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment - SEC Investor Advisory Committee Releases Recommendations on Changes to Accredited Investor Definition - FINRA Proposes to...more

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Forum

The SEC recently announced that the annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation will be held on November 20th at the SEC in Washington. ...more

FINRA Again Cautions Against Confidentiality Provisions Silencing Whistleblowers

As reported this week by Law360 (subscription required), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a reminder (Regulatory Notice 14-40) warning firms against the use of confidentiality provisions in...more

For Now, The Broad Interpretation of “Foreign Officials” Under the FCPA Is Here to Stay

In recent years, the DOJ and SEC have significantly increased their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement efforts, and in the process, have successfully advocated the theory that state-owned or state-controlled...more

SEC Brings Another Offering Fraud Case

The Commission filed another in what appears to be an unending series of offering fraud actions. Unlike many of its prior cases, this action centers on a Respondent who kept shifting his scheme to continually raise more money...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 20 • October 16, 2014 (Global)

Compliance template for Exchange Act Rule 17a-5(f)(2). The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has made available a new template and guidance for members electronically filing the statement required by Securities...more

Referral Fees and Commission Sharing - When May Broker-Dealers Share Their Fees with Non-Brokers?

FINRA recently filed proposed rule changes with the SEC addressing when broker-dealers may pay referral fees or otherwise share compensation with persons who are not registered as broker-dealers. The proposed rule changes are...more

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