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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 -

Financial Regulators Take Note: The Supreme Court’s Newest Member is a Tough Taskmaster

On April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the Supreme Court’s 113th justice. While his experience on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with cases involving financial regulation may be limited, certain of his decisions...more

SEC Issues New C&DI on Intrastate Offerings under New Rule 147A

On April 19, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a new compliance and disclosure interpretation (“C&DI”) addressing intrastate offerings pursuant to new Securities Act Rule 147A. The C&DI...more

The SEC Sends a Stern Reminder That It Is Serious About Punishing “Spoofing” and “Layering” Schemes in the Securities Markets

by K&L Gates LLP on

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that a Ukraine-based trading firm committed securities...more

2016 Could Be Peak SEC

2016 was a high-water mark for SEC enforcement activity; however, with the uncertainties associated with the new administration’s enforcement regime, we could be seeing a downturn going forward. According to a recent report...more

Colorado Proposes Cybersecurity Rules for Investment Advisers, Broker-Dealers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Colorado Division of Securities recently issued proposed rules directed at establishing cybersecurity requirements for broker-dealers and investment advisers. The proposed rules were issued only a month after New York...more

Administrative Law Judge Rules Against SEC In Insider Trading Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 18, 2017, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) James Grimes dismissed an administrative proceeding instituted by the Commission against Georgia real estate...more

Hail, Hail Freedonia: Frequently Asked Questions About SEC Registration on Schedule B by Foreign Governments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Non-US sovereigns can take advantage of a streamlined registration process to obtain financing in the US capital markets. Key Points: ..SEC registration offers certain advantages that non-US sovereign issuers...more

Colorado Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules For Financial Advisers

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Earlier this month, the Colorado Division of Securities released a set of proposed changes to the Colorado securities laws that would, if adopted, impose strict cybersecurity requirements on investment advisers and...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

Innovations in financial technology (“fintech”) are transforming the provision of financial services to consumers and small businesses in ways that are at once profound and mundane. The nascent online lending – or...more

FINRA's Newest One-Two Punch

by Reminger Co., LPA on

On February 3, 2017, the SEC approved: (1) new FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults[1]) permitting members to place temporary holds on certain customer accounts where there is a reasonable belief of...more

Your SEC Filing Cover Page is (Probably) Wrong!

If you blinked, you may have missed this one—in a release deceptively titled “Inflation Adjustments and Other Technical Amendments Under Titles I and III of the JOBS Act,” the SEC amended the cover pages of a slew of its...more

NYSE Issues Proposed Rule Allowing Listing Without an IPO

On March 13, 2017, the NYSE issued a proposed rule to modify the provisions regarding the qualification of companies listing on the NYSE to allow for a listing without an IPO. Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed Company Manual...more

SEC Announces First Whistleblower Award During Trump Era

On April 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Dodd-Frank whistleblower award of nearly $4 million, the first bounty award issued during the Trump administration. To maintain the whistleblower’s...more

Blog: It’s baaaack — the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

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A draft of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (fka version 2.0), a bill to create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs — a masterpiece of acronyming — has just been released (and weighs in at 593...more

You Better Watch Your Suitability Determinations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The SEC recently announced that it charged a former broker with knowingly or recklessly trading unsuitable investment products for five customers and taking $170,000 for one of those customers. These charges follow a prior...more

Investment Banker Charged with Insider Trading by SEC, USAO

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Investment banker Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy was supposed to report his outside brokerage account and that of his wife to his firm. He did not....more

The FCPA at 40 – FCPA Enforcement and the International Fight Against Bribery

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In two speeches last week Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden addressed multiple topics and issues around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The first set of remarks...more

Supreme Court to Consider Fundamental Issues in Omissions-Based Fraud Cases

The Supreme Court recently agreed to review a case which has split the circuit courts and has potentially huge implications for disclosure liabilities of public companies. The case, Leidos Inc. v Indiana Retirement System,...more

Who Does What: Broker Dealers | Registered Investment Advisers | Commodities/Futures Entities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

At Fox Rothschild LLP, we have a wealth of experience in creating and forming broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity entities and various hedge funds. Over the years, our strategy has been to work with our...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges With Two Former Telecom Executives

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Two former executives of Hungarian telecom firm Magyar Telecom settled FCPA charges with the SEC shortly prior to the commencement of their trial. Former CEO Elek Straub, and former Director of Central Strategic Organization...more

Whistleblower Retaliation Remains in the SEC’s Crosshairs

Whistleblower tips and awards for securities law violations have increased dramatically over the past year, according to the staff of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Office of the Whistleblower. Also during that time, the...more

Committee Recommendations for U.S. Public Equity Markets

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation released a report setting forth certain recommendations that are intended to revive the public equity markets. The report cites certain statistics regarding equity capital markets...more

SEC Proposes to Add New Reporting Events to the Municipal Disclosure Rule

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for public comment proposed amendments to the Municipal Disclosure Rule, Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The proposed...more

The SEC, Insider Trading and Prosecutorial Obligations

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Proving a close personal relationship between a corporate insider and a trader can be key to establishing illegal tipping. The relationship can support a claim by the SEC or the DOJ that the inside information was transmitted...more

Draft Financial Choice Act 2.0 Prohibits Universal Proxy and Restricts Shareholder Proposals

The House Financial Services Committee has released a discussion draft of a revised Financial Choice Act. The Committee will hold a hearing on the Act on April 26, 2017....more

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