Securities & Exchange Commission Compliance

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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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

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

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

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

Trying Something Different – the Desktop Risk Assessment

One type of risk assessment can consist of a full-blown, worldwide exercise, where teams of lawyers and fiscal consultants travel around the globe, interviewing and auditing. However if there is one thing that I learned as a...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 33

In this issue: - ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal - ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions - FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions -...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action

Financial fraud is an enforcement priority of the SEC. A financial fraud task force was formed in July 2013. Its purpose is to focus on this traditional staple of enforcement. A data analysis group was formed at the same time...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action at the SEC

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted amendments to the rules governing money market mutual funds (or “money market funds”) pursuant to Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company...more

SEC Settles with Dually Registered Adviser Over Best Execution, Disclosure and Principal Transactions

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser, Dominick & Dominick LLC, a firm registered with the SEC both as an investment adviser and a broker-dealer (the “Adviser” or “D&D”), and Robert X....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Second Circuit upheld SEC Rule 10b-5-2 which defines certain types of relationships as the predicate for insider trading. In reaching its conclusion the Court rejected an argument that an insider trading claim must be...more

"SEC Announces Municipal Advisor Examination Initiative"

On August 19, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) will begin a two-year examination initiative (the initiative) through the National...more

New ACE Portal/NYSE Platform Could Facilitate Private Equity Fund Raising

An enduring challenge of private equity is fund raising, whether in connection with fund formations, portfolio company financings or limited partner secondary sales. The recent modification of the SECs rules on general...more

SEC Modifies Municipal-Securities Enforcement Initiative

Responding to industry complaints, the SEC’s Enforcement Division modified its Municipal Continuing-Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative to (a) extend the deadline for issuer disclosures until December 1 (from September...more

Fine Tuning Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program [Video]

In this era of aggressive FCPA enforcement, companies are adopting anti-corruption compliance programs. The Department of Justice and the SEC have warned companies against adopting "paper compliance programs" without...more

SEC Request For O&D Bar Denied

A frequently used remedy in Commission enforcement actions is the officer and director bar. A permanent bar has the very harsh effect of precluding the person from being an officer or director of any public company. That, of...more

Unregistered Brokers: Watch out for Shortcuts

One of the things I’ve learned since returning to private practice three years ago is that people like to raise money for profitable enterprises when they can. And why not? It can be lucrative. And if the people raising...more

SEC FCPA Settlement Sends Wake-Up Call to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

On July 28, 2014, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (“Smith & Wesson”), the firearms manufacturer based in Springfield, Massachusetts, agreed to resolve charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for...more

SEC Reports on Use of Form PF Data

The SEC has issued its annual report on use of Form PF data. In its examination and enforcement programs regarding registered investment advisers that manage private funds, the staff generally reviews information contained...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - 2014 Mid-Year Update

The first half of 2014 has seen several important developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) as well as other anti-corruption laws worldwide. The FCPA has been in existence for more than 35...more

What’s Happening with Whistleblowing?

This summer the SEC and the Wall Street Journal have reported several noteworthy items concerning the SEC’s whistleblower program, one of the most controversial components of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010....more

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