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Corp Fin Issues Three New and Revised Interpretations of the Securities Act Rules

On October 19th, the Division of Corporation Finance released three new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) concerning the Securities Act. Revised C&DI 271.04 and new C&DI 271.21 relate to exempt...more

Fantasy Stock Picking Contest Deemed by SEC to be Illegal Security-based Swaps

The SEC shut down a “fantasy” stock picking game for allegedly violating securities laws. Forcerank LLC ran contests via mobile phone games where players paid a fee and predicted the order in which 10 securities would perform...more

Bipartisan Members of Congress and NASAA Declare Support for SEC’s Proposed Modernization of Rules to Facilitate Intrastate...

On October 7, 2016, a bipartisan contingent of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the president of the North American Securities Administrator Association (NASAA) coordinated a duel message to the SEC regarding...more

SEC’s Proposed Rules for Expedited Settlement May Impact Long-Standing Exception for Firm Commitment Offerings

The SEC has agreed to propose rules that would shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date (also known as T+3 settlement) to two business days after...more

Supreme Court Will Weigh Insider Trading, Securities Act Class Action Requirements

In its 2016 fall term, the U.S. Supreme Court will have the opportunity to consider two cases involving securities laws, one of which is already on the calendar for oral argument. The cases concern the “personal benefit”...more

To Disclose or Not To Disclose, That Is The Question

In connection with a private offering of securities the issuer will provide potential investors with some form of disclosure document. Regardless of what type of offering it is (e.g. Rule 506, Title III, Intrastate, or other...more

Putting a Premium on Illiquidity: Some Reflections on the SEC’s Scrutiny of Valuation Practices and Disclosures

Valuation is typically near the top of the list when the SEC’s enforcement division and exam staff disclose their priority topics for private funds.  We expect that trend to continue and, if anything, the focus on valuation...more

Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding...more

Blog: Corp Fin Staff Issues New CDI Regarding Representations Required In Exxon Capital Exchanges

Corp Fin has posted a new CDI regarding the use of Form S-4 in connection with so-called “Exxon Capital” exchanges. In an Exxon Capital exchange (Exxon Capital Holdings Corporation (April 13, 1988)), an issuer that has...more

Hill v. SEC: Eleventh Circuit Buries District Court Challenges to the Constitutionality of SEC Enforcement Actions

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that a district court cannot hear constitutional challenges to an ongoing administration enforcement action of the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - May 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes like this: When the wind changes direction, there are those that build walls and there are those that build windmills. In the...more

Thinking of Developing a Whistleblowing System? New Canadian Guidance Released Today

Companies and regulators alike are increasingly recognizing that “whistleblowers”, i.e., individuals who report suspected wrongdoing, mismanagement or unethical conduct, are an important resource for managing risk and...more

Court of Appeal of Alberta Allows Sharing Self-Incriminating Evidence Given in Securities Proceedings with Foreign Authorities

For many years, there has been a growing concern in Alberta and elsewhere as to what might happen when the subject of a compelled examination under Alberta securities law faces potential scrutiny in other jurisdictions; can...more

"Insights Conversations: Securities Litigation"

From the impacts of U.S. Supreme Court Omnicare and Halliburton cases to the uptick in Securities Act class actions, litigation partners Scott Musoff and Susan Saltzstein discuss the latest securities litigation developments....more

CIBC v. Green: The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Key Provisions of the Ontario Securities Act and the Ontario Class...

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada offers both clarity and further questions on the timing of secondary market misrepresentation claims brought under the Ontario Securities Act (the “Securities Act”). While we...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: New Capital Formation Changes and Reduced Disclosure Burdens Enacted As Part of 'FAST Act'"

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which, despite its name, contains several new provisions designed to facilitate capital formation and reduce...more

The SEC Files Another Action Based on ZeeksRewards

ZeeksRewards is the case that just keeps on giving. The multi-level pyramid and Ponzi scheme has generated two prior SEC enforcement actions. One involved the company, Rex Ventures Group, LLC, and its principal, Paul Burks....more

Revised Capital Markets Act: Civil Damages for Insider Trading Revisited

The recently released revised consultation draft of the Capital Markets Act (CMA) for the proposed Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System (Cooperative System) includes noteworthy revisions to the definition of...more

BDC Bill Approved by Financial Services Committee

On November 4, 2015, the House Financial Services Committee voted 53-4 in favor of HR 3868 sponsored by Congressman Mulvaney. Among other things, the bill would make needed changes to the Securities Act that would bring the...more

California District Court Holds Class Action Alleging Securities Act Claims Not Removable Under SLUSA

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently clarified the criteria for removal of a securities class action filed in state court under the Securities Act of 1933, 15 U.S.C. §§ 77a, et...more

SEC Finally Adopts Federal Crowdfunding Rules: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), by a 3-1 vote, adopted the long-anticipated final rules permitting federal crowdfunding (“Title III Crowdfunding”), providing a potentially attractive...more

Investment Management Update - October 2015

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. Schwab...more

Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Update: SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules implementing one of the last four remaining executive compensation requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

Securities Claims Based on Item 303 of Regulation S-K: It Just Doesn’t Matter

In January 2015, the Second Circuit held in Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley, 776 F.3d 94 (2nd Cir. 2015), that Item 303 of Regulation S-K imposes a duty to disclose for purposes of Section 10(b), meaning that the omission...more

SEC Updates Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations for Legacy Deals

On September 16, the SEC released its updated compliance and disclosure interpretations for the rules adopted under Regulation AB, the Securities Act and the Exchange Act. Among others, the updated interpretation clarified...more

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