Securities Act of 1933

The Securities Act of 1933 is a United States federal statute enacted in response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression. The Act has two primary purposes: 1) to give investors better... more +
The Securities Act of 1933 is a United States federal statute enacted in response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression. The Act has two primary purposes: 1) to give investors better access to material information prior to investing 2) ensure that transactions are not based on fraud. In order to effectuate its dual goals, the Act requires that any offer or sale of securities is registered with the SEC. less -
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Plaintiffs Find California Courts Congenial To Section 11 Actions

Muttering About Mottoes - The official motto of the State of California is “Eureka”. Cal. Gov’t Code § 420.5. The word is a transliteration of the Greek word e????a which is first person, singular, indicative active...more

SEC Complaint: How To Create A Manipulation Vehicle

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of SEC enforcement. Many of the cases start with a public shell followed by a reverse merger in which the promoters end up with large portions of the stock. The transaction culminated with...more

Private Placements: A Primer

A private equity offering or “private placement” of securities is the process of offering and selling securities to prospective investors without first registering the securities with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Brings Two Financial Fraud Actions

Financial fraud has long been a staple of SEC enforcement. In the wake of the market crisis the agency has attempted to once again focus on the area creating, for example, a financial fraud task force two years ago. Last...more

SEC Prevails At Trial Over Former Professional Athlete

Sometimes is does not pay to be the last man standing – particularly in a Commission enforcement action. Such was the fate of former NFL player and Olympic athlete Willie Gault. SEC v. Heart Tronics, Inc., Case No....more

Just How Many Errors Can Be Found In The Securities Act?

I’ve recently completed my editing of the annual update to Marsh & Volk’s treatise, Practice Under the California Securities Laws. One source of frustration has been to account for and explain the numerous technical errors...more

FinCEN Proposes Imposing BSA Requirements on Crowdfunding Portals

On April 4, FinCEN issued a proposed rule to amend the definitions of “broker or dealer in securities” and “broker-dealer” under the regulations implementing the BSA. Specifically, FinCEN proposed that the definitions be...more

SEC Files Another In A Series of Actions Tied to Secret Commissions

The Commission brought another in a series of actions centered on ConvergEx Execution Solutions LLC and its affiliates. As with the prior actions, this one centered on secretly adding substantial commissions to transactions...more

Former Texas AG, Computer Company Charged by SEC With Fraud

A former Texas Attorney General and state representative combined with others at a computer firm to promote the shares of the company which claimed to compete with Dell, Apple and others. About $26 million in stock was sold...more

FinCEN Proposes Funding Portals Regulations under Bank Secrecy Act

On April 4, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury (“FinCEN”), proposed amendments to the definitions of ‘‘broker or dealer in securities’’ and ‘‘broker-dealer’’ under the...more

The Grisly Death of Determination Letters for Individually Designed Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last year that it would end its staggered five-year remedial amendment cycle system for individually designed retirement plans under the determination letter program due to...more

A Unique SEC Offering Fraud Action

In recent years the SEC has brought a series of investment and offering fraud actions. Typically those actions center on schemes which promise to-good-to-be-true returns in which investors lose substantial sums. In what may...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Revising Fund Disclosure in Light of Changing Market Conditions

On March 2, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Investment Management issued new guidance (the “Guidance”) to registered investment companies and their investment advisers regarding the dynamic...more

O’Melveny Obtains SEC Interpretive Guidance for Bank of America Permitting the Immediate, Unregistered Resale of REIT Common Stock...

On March 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an interpretive letter to Bank of America, N.A., and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated clarifying the...more

SEC Issues Guidance Clarifying Rule 144(d)(1) Holding Period Requirements For REIT Shares Exchanged For Operating Partnership...

On March 14, 2016, the staff of the SEC's Division of Corporate Finance issued a no-action letter (the "No-Action Letter") concluding that, for purposes of Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended...more

Three Bills Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Concerning Access to Capital Markets

On March 23, 2016, three bills affecting access to capital markets were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 4850: Micro Offering Safe Harbor - Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota introduced this...more

One Year Later: Omnicare’s Effect on Opinion Liability

One year ago today, in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S.Ct. 1318 (2015), the Supreme Court created a new test for opinion liability under Section 11 of the Securities Act,...more

Alert: SEC Invites the "Crowd" Into Equity Financing

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted final rules ("Regulation Crowdfunding") and forms implementing the crowdfunding provisions of Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups...more

SEC Partially Settles Pump-and-Dump Manipulation Case

Pump- and-dump schemes keyed to microcap stocks seem to be the flavor of the week. On Friday the mastermind of an international market manipulation scheme was sentenced to serve 18 years in prison. U.S. v. Gallison,...more

Second Circuit Affirms District Court in Tongue v. Sanofi

On March 4, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court for the Southern District of New York in Tongue v. Sanofi, No. 15-588-CV, 2016 WL 851797 (2d Cir. Mar. 4, 2016), holding...more

Newly Codified Exemption for Private Resales of Securities

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) was signed into law. While the FAST Act primarily dealt with transportation and infrastructure improvements, it included a new subsection to...more

Recent Developments Relating to the Definition of “Accredited Investor”

When is an individual an “accredited investor” under the Securities Act of 1933? H.R. 2187, the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act, which recently passed in the House of Representatives, may broaden...more

SEC Charges Municipal Bond Issuer, Broker With Fraud

Municipal bond offerings have become a key focus of SEC Enforcement. The agency has brought a series of actions in addition to an initiative that encourages the self-reporting of underwriters in return for reduced sanctions....more

Crowdfunding Is Something Worth Explaining to Investors

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the requirements of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. Regulation Crowdfunding prescribes rules...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud and Unregistered Securities Actions

The Commission filed two administrative proceedings this week. One centers on false entries made in the books and records of a broker dealer. It will be set for hearing. In the Matter of Jason Maiher, Adm. Proc. File No....more

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