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The Securities Exchance Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1934 to govern the secondary securities trading market. In addition, the Securities Exchange Act established the Securities and Exchange... more +
The Securities Exchance Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1934 to govern the secondary securities trading market. In addition, the Securities Exchange Act established the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is the primary regulatory agency enforcing federal securities laws. less -

Dentist, Claiming Tip Was a Rumor, Wins Insider Trading Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A jury found Jessie Roberts, a Louisiana dentist who claimed what the government called an illegal tip was just a rumor, not guilty of insider trading. U.S. v. Roberts, No. 15-ct-00020 (M.D. La. Filed Feb19, 2015). The case...more

Central District Of California Denies Motion To Dismiss Putative Securities Class Action Against El Pollo Loco Restaurant Chain,...

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On August 4, 2017, United States District Judge David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion to dismiss a putative securities fraud class action against El Pollo...more

Fintech Alert: SEC Advises That an Unincorporated Virtual Organization That Issued Virtual Currency Engaged in an Unregistered...

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Financial Services - Action Item: The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has provided guidance for digital currency offerings that may run afoul of the U.S. securities laws. Investors, token issuers, and other...more

It’s Back: NYSE Amends Proposal Allowing Listing Without IPO

On July 31, 2017, the NYSE amended its proposal, originally issued on March 13, 2017 and then withdrawn on July 19, 2017, to modify its listing qualifications to facilitate direct offerings. Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses District Court Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Class Action, Holding That Non-Forward Looking Statements...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 28, 2017, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision dismissing a putative class action lawsuit against Quality Systems, Inc., (“QSI” or the “Company”), a...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Short-Swing Trading Suit

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On August 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a “short-swing” trading suit brought by a shareholder in Herbalife, Ltd., Hologic Inc., and Nuance Communications, Inc....more

SDNY Judge Adheres To Prior Ruling That Discovery Rule Applies To Securities Act Statute Of Limitations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 28, 2017, Judge Victor Marrero of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York denied a motion for reconsideration of an earlier decision declining to dismiss as untimely a putative class...more

SEC Confirms Certain ICOs Are Securities Offerings; Regulators Renew Focus on Cryptocurrencies

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What Is an ICO? An ICO, or initial coin offering, is the sale of virtual coins or tokens, often as a means of capital raising by startup companies that are involved in blockchain technology. Depending on the terms of the...more

DAO and the Art of Securities Regulation: SEC Clarifies that Digital Tokens May Be “Securities”

by K&L Gates LLP on

The rapid rise of distributed ledger technology and the spate of recent initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) have focused attention on whether, and in what circumstances, virtual currencies and digital tokens may be securities...more

SEC Charges Cancer Fighting – Now Restaurant Firms With Fraud

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The Commission filed another in what has become a stream of offering fraud actions. This case sought to halt an offering – the last investor funds were deposited June 30, 2017 — in which investors were promised their funds...more

SEC Finds ICOs May Be Subject to Registration Requirements

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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other digital currency financing events have enjoyed explosive growth in 2017, with hundreds of millions of dollars invested with little to no regulation or government oversight. That era...more

$2.5 Million SEC Whistleblower Award Goes to Government Employee

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On July 25, 2017, the SEC announced another whistleblower award – this one for almost $2.5 million. What sets this award apart from earlier awards is its recipient – “an employee of a domestic government agency.” The Order...more

Goodwin Alert: SEC Issues Long-Awaited Guidance

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other market participants offering digital assets by “virtual” organizations may be subject to the...more

SEC: Certain Initial Coin Offerings Are Securities Offerings

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

SEC’s investigative report sends clear message that virtual transactions using innovative technologies are subject to the application of securities laws. Introduction - On July 25, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Determines That Certain Virtual Tokens Are Securities

On July 26, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an investigative report concluding that certain tokens (or coins) offered and sold by The DAO, a virtual organization, were securities under the Securities...more

SEC Settles Offering Fraud Tied to Cellphone App

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The focus of SEC enforcement has not changed under a new Chairman if recent cases are any indication – at least for now. For example, offering fraud actions have been a key focus of Enforcement for years....more

Blockchain and Digital Token Update: SEC Releases Investigative Report and Investor Bulletin

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On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released groundbreaking materials relating to blockchain tokens. These materials provide significant and welcome insight to the SEC’s and its staff’s thinking...more

The SEC (Sort of) Extends EGC Benefits to All Issuers

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On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") extended to all issuers some of the benefits that Congress granted to emerging growth companies ("EGCs") in 2012 under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act...more

Eastern District Of Wisconsin Dismisses Securities Fraud Allegations Based On Accounting Errors For Failure To Sufficiently Plead...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 20, 2017, Judge J.P. Stadtmueller of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin dismissed claims brought by shareholders of Kohl’s Corporation (“Kohl’s”) against the company and two of its...more

SEC Commences Expanded Nonpublic Review of Registration Statements

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced1 an expansion of nonpublic review of draft registration statements for initial public offerings, initial registrations of classes of securities under Section...more

2nd Circuit Weighs in on Certifying Classes Involving Foreign Securities

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In In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion regarding the standards for certifying a class involving foreign securities. Petrobras is a multinational Brazilian gas...more

Second Circuit Overturns District Court Denial Of Leave To Add Securities Fraud Claims Because Release Clause In Stock Sale...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a part of a district court decision denying a plaintiff’s motion to amend a complaint to add securities fraud claims based on a contractual...more

U.S. Public Companies: Calculating Your Public Float – What You Need to Know

If you are a year-end U.S. public company, your second fiscal quarter has recently come to an end, which means that it’s time to calculate your public float to see if your reporting status has changed. Here are a few things...more

SEC Allows Non-EGCs to Submit Certain Draft Registration Statements for Confidential Review

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Effective July 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance began accepting draft registration statement (DRS) submissions from issuers filing registration statements in connection with...more

SEC to Allow Issuers to File Draft Initial Registration Statements on a Nonpublic Basis

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) announced that it would begin to allow issuers to file draft initial registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act“) on a...more

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