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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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SEC Proposes New Rule on Communications Involving Security-Based Swaps

On September 8, the SEC proposed a new rule that certain communications involving security-based swaps that may be purchased only by eligible contract participants will not be deemed for purposes of Section 5 of the...more

Yes, Foreigners Can be Whistleblowers

The SEC announced that its largest ever whistleblower award estimated to be worth more than $30 million will be paid to a resident of a foreign country. While the eligibility of foreign residents for a whistleblower award...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Sponsor for Misallocation of Expenses on Integrated Portfolio Companies

The SEC charged a private equity sponsor with breaching its fiduciary duty to a pair of private equity funds by sharing expenses between a company in one’s portfolio and a company in the other’s portfolio in a manner that...more

Wells Fargo Admits Violating Law, Pays SEC $5 Million Penalty

Wells Fargo was named by the Commission in a proceeding for failing to establish, maintain and enforce policies and procedures to prevent the misuse of inside information. The firm added to its difficulties during the...more

CROWDFUNDING—Meanwhile, at the States…

We continue to wait for the SEC to issue final crowdfunding regulations— the comment period ended in January. Meanwhile, some states have sensed an opportunity. Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act exempts “intrastate”...more

The Financial Report, Volume 3, Number 18 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last Tuesday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia mostly upheld the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s authority to regulate cross-border derivatives trading. The...more

Think High Stakes Whistleblowing is Just a U.S. Phenomenon? Think Again.

Today the SEC announced that it will pay $30 million to a whistleblower in the largest award ever doled out by the agency. This news is monumental and will send shock waves around the financial world—along with gut...more

Prepare for the magnifying glass: SEC hikes scrutiny of asset managers - 4 steps to consider

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission is in the process of preparing new rules to increase the monitoring and oversight of various asset funds, including hedge funds...more

SEC commissioner weighs in on regulatory process and capital formation

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher urged the commission on Wednesday to fulfill its mandate to promote capital formation. The SEC should institutionalize an enhanced small business focus, Gallagher said in his prepared...more

Company Liability for Insider Stock Ownership Reports

Earlier this month, the SEC announced charges against six public companies for contributing to their insiders’ failure to properly file Form 4s or for violating the Item 405 proxy disclosure requirements for late insider...more

A Reminder of the Importance of Internal Controls Under SOX

On July 30, 2014, the SEC announced charges against the CEO and the former CFO of a computer equipment company based in Florida for misrepresenting the state of the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting and...more

SEC Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations on Disclosure of Preliminary Voting Results

The Investor as Owner Subcommittee of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee established pursuant to Section 911 of the Dodd-Frank Act has issued two recommendations on disclosure of preliminary voting results. The...more

SEC Advisory Committee To Consider Fee-Shifting Bylaws, But Why?

One agenda item for the upcoming meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee is a “Discussion of Issuer Adoption of Fee-Shifting Bylaws for Intra-Corporate Litigation”. This is indeed an interesting and timely topic in light...more

Regulation AB II: Second Time’s the Charm?

On August 27, 2014, following years of preparation, speculation and comment, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Regulation AB II (Reg AB II). Reg AB II represents a response to requirements of Sections 939A...more

SEC-USAO Halt Insider Trading Ring

Separating the source of the inside information from the trader with a buffer was supposed to shield everyone from the watchful eye of enforcement officials. If there were questions, research reports would be produced to...more

SEC Charges Investment Adviser for Misleading Performance Advertising

In a settled action, the SEC charged an investment adviser for false advertising and its chief compliance officer on related matters. The defendants did not admit or deny the charges....more

SEC Targets Corporate Insiders for Failing to Promptly Disclose Stock Transactions

The Commission has announced an unprecedented enforcement initiative against officers, directors, and major stockholders for violating beneficial ownership reporting requirements and against public companies for their roles...more

Two Whistleblower Cases Show Major Contrast of How Cases Can Result

A couple of recent whistleblower cases that have received national attention show the large divide that still exists in the way that these cases can progress. The first case saw the SEC award a whistleblower $400,000 for...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission continued with broken windows this week. Twenty Rule 105 short selling cases were filed in a group. Last week another group of broken window type cases was filed based on the failure to file Form 4s and...more

SEC Sued to Implement Resource Extraction Rules

On July 2, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the SEC’s resource extraction rules which were mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. Since that time, industry players have asked the SEC to...more

SEC Charges Issuers, Corporate Insiders, and Other Significant Investors for Violating Laws Requiring Reporting of Transactions in...

On September 10, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced settlements with officers, directors, and significant shareholders for violating federal securities laws requiring information about their...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - September 2014

The SEC recently settled an enforcement action against brokerage firm Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. ("MCH") for deficient insider trading procedures. This case is an important reminder of some key elements of effective insider...more

SEC Institutes Proceeding Against High Speed Trader – But Not For Trading

High speed trading is a frequent topic of discussion in the securities markets. Books have been written about it such as Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys” and Scott Patterson’s “Dark Pools.” Hearings have been held on Capitol Hill...more

Investment Firm Fined $15 Million for Cherry Picking and Soft Dollar Schemes

An investment firm's plan to defraud clients out of $10.9 million landed it a $15 million penalty from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On top of the penalty, the firm must disgorge — or give up the profits...more

Weeding Out Bad Actors: The Rule 506 Bad Actor Provisions and Capital Markets Practice – One Year Later

As we approach the anniversary of the effectiveness of the Rule 506 bad actor provisions (if you don’t happen to have it marked on your calendar, the new rules went into effect on September 23, 2013), it is a good time to...more

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