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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 -

Cybersecurity, Data Breaches Continue to Make Headlines

Cybersecurity continues to make headlines in the financial services industry, from the recent announcement that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was targeted by hackers to final approval of the settlement in a...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2017

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Editor's Note - Swimming Against the Tide. As discussed below, the Trump administration’s plans for financial regulatory reform are beginning to take shape, especially in agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange...more

CFTC Extends Its Reach to Potentially Include Initial Coin Offerings

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has now made it clear that, in its view, certain initial coin offerings (ICOs) within the United States or affecting U.S. residents may be within its jurisdiction. On October...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Non-GAAP Financial Measures in Business Combination Projections

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On October 17, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new guidance clarifying the circumstances under which financial forecasts included in registration statements, proxy statements or tender offer statements...more

SEC Proposes Streamlining Disclosure Requirements

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to Regulation S-K designed to simplify and streamline disclosures made by public companies and reduce compliance costs while continuing to...more

CEO, Attorney Plead Guilty to Market Manipulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of the Commission. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has also brought a series of criminal cases centered on market manipulation charges involving these entities....more

CFTC Releases Primer on Virtual Currencies

by Reed Smith on

On October 17, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) LabCFTC released a primer on virtual currencies. The primer is an “education tool” that provides an overview of the virtual currency landscape and...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Modernize Regulation S-K Disclosure Requirements

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During an open meeting on October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose amendments to modernize and streamline the disclosure requirements for public companies, investment advisers, and...more

Blog: Treasury Report Recommends Actions To Increase Access To Capital

by Cooley LLP on

The Treasury Department recently issued a new report, A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities—Capital Markets, that, in its recommendations, not surprisingly, echoed in many respects the House’s Financial...more

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Considers Blockchain Technology and Securities Markets

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On October 12, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee (“SEC”) held an Investor Advisory Committee (“IAC”) meeting to consider, among other things, blockchain technology and the implications for securities markets....more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt proposed amendments to Regulation S-K that are intended to modernize and simplify certain disclosure requirements and related rules and...more

SEC Charges Rio Tinto, Executives With Fraud

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The Commission charged mining giant Rio Tinto Plc, its subsidiary Rio Tinto Limited, and two of its executives, former CEO Thomas Albanese and former CFO Guy Elliott, with fraud. The case centers on the acquisition of a coal...more

The SEC Wants To Know What’s Next For Blockchain: Are You Keeping Up?

On October 12, 2017, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee met to discuss Blockchain technology and its impact on the securities industry....more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Capital Formation, Dividend Notice and Pay Ratio Q3 Updates

by McDermott Will & Emery on

During the previous quarter, the SEC confirmed that CEO pay ratio disclosure will go into effect as scheduled for the 2018 proxy season. They further announced a new policy permitting qualifying issuers to submit draft...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #2

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FBI Issues Flash Alert on Apache Struts Vulnerability - The Apache Struts vulnerability has been mentioned frequently in the media over the past month, as it is believed to have been involved in one of the largest and most...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert on Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues Found During Examinations

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The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on September 14, 2017 (Risk Alert). The Risk Alert highlights...more

New SEC C&DIs on Non-GAAP Financial Measures for Business Combinations

The SEC staff has issued two new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations, or CD&Is, on non-GAAP financial measures in the context of business combinations....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Representatives of the US’s biggest stock exchanges have questioned the SEC’s plan to change how markets work by altering the current “maker-taker” system and imposing new transparency and conflict-of-interest rules on...more

House Bill Aims To Encourage Public Offerings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In an effort to facilitate capital formation, the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance expanded its nonpublic review process to permit all companies to submit draft registration statements relating to an initial public...more

Modernizing and Simplifying Disclosure with the FAST Act Mandate

Under the FAST Act mandate, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted on October 11, 2017 to propose amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms aimed at modernizing and simplifying the current...more

SEC Charges Firm, Officers Re False Statements in Private Offerings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has long focused on microcap frauds, repeatedly brining cases in this area. It has also focused in recent years on offering fraud actions, filing a string of cases....more

ICOs at the End of 2017: What We Think We Know and What We Don't Know

Initial coin offerings (ICOs), token pre-sales, and similar sales of blockchain-based coins and tokens are quickly becoming an important fundraising option, and an important method of attempting to seed a token-based platform...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 11, 2017, at the first open meeting under Chairman Jay Clayton’s tenure, the SEC proposed amendments to modernize and simplify certain disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K. The proposed amendments are largely...more

Communications With Auditors and Audit Committees May Change

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The SEC has proposed for comment major revisions in the disclosures auditors are required to make in their reports on financial statements audited pursuant to Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) standards....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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If Netflix is to be believed (and, you know, it is a public company), there’s a LOT more Stranger Things and House of Cards on the way... Turns out Nelson Peltz’s failed quest for a P&G board seat was crazy close. As in,...more

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