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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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Conflict Minerals: Court Orders NAM to File Response to En Banc Rehearing Petition

The SEC, the perceived loser in the conflicts minerals case at the time, filed a petition for an en banc rehearing on May 29, 2014. NAM, the perceived winner at the time, stayed silent. After these many months, with public...more

Lead Director Network: Viewpoints: A dialogue with Keith Higgins, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

On July 16, 2014, as part of a joint meeting between the Lead Director Network (LDN) and the Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN), members of both networks met with Keith Higgins, director of the Division of...more

The Return of Biotech IPOs

Biotech IPO market activity has recently returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. This has been brought about in part by the accommodations afforded issuers under the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act...more

SEC Announces Exam Initiative Targeting Newly Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC announced an initiative in which its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) plans to examine a significant percentage of newly registered municipal advisors over the next two years using an approach...more

Regulation AB II

The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted final amendments related to Regulation AB that were first proposed in 2010.1 The changes address the offering process and disclosure and periodic reporting requirements for...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the roll-up to the Labor Day weekend, the SEC issued new rules regarding asset backed securities and credit rating agencies. The Commission also announced a new pilot program on tick size....more

Long and Winding Road of FCPA Investigations

The Justice Department and the SEC attorneys have a duty to manage caseloads and move cases responsibly. I called it “cut and run.” Either the government has the evidence or it does not – and they now fairly early on what...more

SEC Adopts Regulation AB II

This morning the Securities and Exchange Commission in an open meeting voted to adopt long-awaited final rules (the "Final Rules") implementing a series of changes to the registration and offering process for asset-backed...more

When The Government Chases the Tail of the Dog

Two recent white-collar cases are examples of a phenomenon that one tends to find when the defense is able to emerge victorious: a case with some core facts that simply do not fit the pattern of wrongdoing expected in the...more

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections Do Not Apply Outside U.S.

On August 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s holding that the Dodd-Frank Act’s antiretaliation provision does not apply extraterritorially. Liu Meng-Lin v. Siemens AG, No....more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

SEC Charges Colorado Woman and Her Two Companies with Offering Fraud

On August 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Heidi Ann Gamer and two companies under her control, Gamer Economic Systems, LLC and Gamer Media Partners Corp. The SEC alleged that between...more

Man the Barricades (Or the Bleachers) – Reg AB Is Here

As I write this, we are awaiting SEC’s vote scheduled for tomorrow, August 27, on final Regulation AB2 Rule and the NRSRO Rules. I say “man the barricades or the bleachers” because I’m not sure whether there is much to do...more

SEC Issues Valuation Guidance for Funds Holding Certain Short-Term Debt Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently provided some expanded valuation guidance to mutual funds in its release on Money Market Fund Reform dated July 23, 2014. The guidance is applicable to any fund,...more

SEC – USAO Charge IR Executive With Insider Trading

The SEC may be developing theme based insider trading cases. In recent weeks the agency brought two insider trading actions centered on golfing friends. SEC v. O’Neill, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-13381 (D. Mass. Filed August...more

FINRA and Exchanges Submit Tick Size Pilot Plan

FINRA and the exchanges have complied with an SEC order to establish a national market system plan to implement a targeted 12-month pilot program that will widen minimum quoting and trading increments (tick sizes) for certain...more

Finding the Time: SEC Announces Deadline Extension for MCDC Initiative

Since 1995, the SEC’s Rule 15c-12 has, subject to a few exceptions, required the “post issuance” delivery of certain annual financial and operating information from parties that are obligated to provide for the repayment of...more

SEC Launches Municipal Advisor Exam Initiative

On August 19, the SEC Announced a Municipal Advisor Exam Initiative for newly registered municipal advisors. This “presence” exam initiative appears to be similar in scope and purpose to the “presence” examinations that the...more

Made for the U.S.A Only: Second Circuit Holds That the Dodd-Frank Act’s Antiretaliation Provision Applies Only Domestically

According to the SEC, in fiscal year 2013, foreign whistleblowers accounted for 404 of the 3,238 whistleblower reports received by the SEC (nearly 12%). Recently, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals may have significantly...more

Florida Embraces Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Crowdfunding

Central Florida is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community that increasingly benefits from crowdfunding. This trend, and crowdfunding’s evolving forms, including equity crowdfunding, will be among the topics discussed...more

Risk Assessments-the Cornerstone of Your Compliance Program, Part I

One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999, in the Metcalf & Eddy enforcement action, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that risk assessments...more

ISS’ FAQs on Equity Plan Data Verification – Roadmap for Proxy Statement Disclosures

If you have a proposal to adopt or amend the company’s equity plan in the proxy statement that you file with the SEC after September 8, 2014, then you can use a new data verification portal recently launched by Institutional...more

Are More SEC Protections on the Way for Whistleblowers?

A pro-whistleblower coalition comprising organizations including the Government Accountability Project, the Project on Government Oversight and more is in the news for pressuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

OCIE Announces Exam Initiative for Newly-Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced August 19 a two-year, three-phase examination initiative targeting newly-registered municipal advisors. SEC Press Rel. 2014-170 (Aug. 19, 2014). ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Stability Board Publishes Responses to Consultation on Proposed Reforms of the Forex Market - On August 20, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published responses to its consultation in respect of proposed...more

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